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Community calendar for October 2021


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Every Tuesday and Thursday

Yoga in the Park

The Christian County Library invites you to breathe fresh air while practicing yoga with instructor Debra Tucker of 417 Create Arts and Yoga Studio. Bring your own mat to Finley River Park in Ozark on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Rotary Park in Nixa on Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Oct. 7-23

“Welcome to Joe’s” at Stained Glass

Stained Glass Theatre presents “Welcome to Joe’s,” running at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $12-13 for adults, and $5 for children 5-12. Stained Glass Theatre is located at 1996 West Evangel Street in Ozark. For more information, visit http://sgtheatre.com.

Oct. 14

Salute to Community

Ozark’s Partnership in Progress hosts the annual Salute to Community Dinner on Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ozark, 1400 West Jackson Street. Partnership is Progress is made up of members from the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, the city of Ozark, the Ozark R-VI School District, Ozarks Technical Community College and the government of Christian County. Registration is available at http://ozarkchamber.com.

Oct. 15-16

Sparta Persimmon Days

The 34th Annual Sparta Persimmon Days festival will be held Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The event is held at Roller Park on Division Street, just west of Highway 14. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, with a trunk or treat event from 12-2 p.m. sponsored by the Sparta First Baptist Church.

Oct. 16

Gravestone Cleaning

Learn to uncover history and honor our ancestors at the same time. Expert Nikhole Wagner hosts a gravestone cleaning event at Rose Hill Cemetery, 2561 Rose Hill Road in Billings at 1 p.m. Wear some clothes that can get dirty, and learn the proper cleaning methods for gravestones.

Oct. 16

Clever State of the Community

The Clever Chamber of Commerce holds the inaugural Clever State of the Community Event at Clever High School at 6 p.m. Registration is required in advance through the Clever Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $25 each, and the dress code is business casual. The registration page is available at https://tinyurl.com/frut7e8x.

Oct. 16-17

Fall Festival and anniversary

Ozark First Church of the Nazarene holds a 50th anniversary celebration and fall festival at 500 East Highview, one block north of the Ozark branch of the Christian County Library. On Saturday, Oct. 16, the celebration goes from 4-7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for games, bounce houses, food, door prizes and music from the performers of the Oldfield Opry. The anniversary celebration continues Sunday morning with breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by a service at 10 a.m. For more, visit http://ozarknazarene.org.

Oct. 22-23

Book Sale in Sparta

The Sparta branch of the Christian County Library hosts a Friends of the Library book sale for the first time ever. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, you can secure great deals on books, CDs, DVDs and other surplus material from the library at low prices. For more information about how to join the FOL, visit http://christiancountylibrary.org/friends.

Oct. 23

History on the Square

Celebrate a century of Christian County at the Christian County Historic Courthouse in downtown Ozark. Presentations begin at 11 a.m., followed by a community fish fry fundraiser at noon. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. During the presentation, Christian County residents can learn about some of the artifacts found inside a time capsule that was buried in a wall of the historic courthouse for 100 years.

Oct. 23

Book signing at the castle

Author Tai Kaimes will read and hold a book signing for “Princess Lizzie” at Chateau Charmant, 1700 Martins Branch Road in Fordland. “Princess Lizzie” is a children’s book about manners, and you’re sure to laugh all the way through the story of a little girl earning her crown. The event is sponsored by the Fordland Library, and starts at 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 23

Festival of Frights

The Ozark Community Center hosts a free trick-or-treating event at 1530 West Jackson Street from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is free for all ages. The festival includes trick-or-treating from 5:30-7 p.m., carnival games, hayrides, s’mores and a spooky movie from 5:30-9 p.m., and the Haunted Trail from 8-10:30 p.m. The event is inclusive with a sensory-friendly area. For more information, call (417) 581-7002, ext. 2005.

Oct. 30

Creepin’ at the Crossroads

Bring the family to downtown Nixa for a fun Halloween event with safe trick-or-treating. The event will have a maze, candy, live music performances and a beer garden for adults. Creepin’ at the Crossroads starts at 4 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 14 and Main Street. The event is organized each year by the Nixa Downtown Revitalization Committee.

Oct. 31

Downtown Ozark Trunk or Treat

Trick-or-treat downtown with decorated vehicle trunks and Ozark businesses playing host. This fun and free event starts at 5:30 and goes until 8 p.m. Enjoy a safe and fun Halloween. For information on how to become a sponsor or enter your vehicle trunk into the event, call Mayor Bradley Jackson at (417) 860-9541 or visit http://4csertoma.com.