Local Events

Today

  1. Estate Planning Webinar - 10:00 am
    • College of the Ozarks will host an estate planning webinar on Monday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to register for the free, live webinar: https://www.cofo.edu/EstatePlanning The webinar will be hosted by Natalie Rasnick, dean of development at College of the Ozarks, and led by Andy Peebles, attorney and estate expert. “We are so pleased to offer this complimentary estate planning webinar to our community,” Rasnick said. “The statistics show that most people aren’t fully prepared or informed when it comes to their estate plans. Our goal is to help attendees learn how to create a plan that reflects their goals and dreams, putting them in control of their future.”

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Wednesday, September 30th

  1. Blood Drive - 9:00 am
    • Ozark Mountain Family YMCA will host a blood drive for the Red Cross on Wednesday, September 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Y, located at 175 Industrial Park Drive in Hollister. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter HOLLISTER to schedule an appointment.

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Friday, October 2nd

  1. Lake Shore Clean-up
    • It’s time to gather your friends and family and get ready for the 2020 Lake Shore Clean-up! What a great way to wrap up an Ozarks summer! Given the impact of COVID, some creativity was needed! The first and second weekends in October, around 1,000 volunteers will gather around the shoreline to do their part to help keep Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake clean and beautiful! While respecting COVID guidelines, families and close friends can put their hands, feet, and boats into motion! You can do your part beautifying the lakes while staying safe: on your time, schedule, and with family. By sharing photos/videos of your family doing the work and posting them to your social media feeds with the hashtag #weloveozarkslakes, you will be entered to win a Weber Standup Smoker worth $500! All participants will receive a souvenir t-shirt! If requested, Ozarks Water Watch can provide trash bags, gloves, tarps, and masks for the volunteers. Dumpsters will be strategically placed around the lakes. Since 2001 Ozarks Water Watch, dozens of sponsors and thousands of dedicated volunteers have removed over 283 tons of trash (566 pickup trucks full) from our shorelines and almost 4,600 tires have been recycled! Visit http://www.ozarkswaterwatch.org/lake-shore-cleanup-2020 to register by September 30th! For more information, email cleanup@ozarkswaterwatch.org or call 417-739-5001. 

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Saturday, October 3rd

  1. Walk to End Alzheimer’s
    • The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Branson residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 3.  The Branson Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Branson. “Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we,” said Stacy Tew-Lovasz, Greater Missouri Alzheimer’s Association chapter president. “Many of our constituents are at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19 and we know that our volunteers and participants appreciate our commitment to keeping all involved healthy and safe.  “This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Tew-Lovasz. “The pandemic is changing how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.” Time-honored components of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s are being replicated. On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants' smartphones, tablets and computers  To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on Walk day, new features are being added to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage'' to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In Missouri alone, there are more than 120,000 people living with the disease and 319,000 caregivers.   To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit: alz.org/walk.

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  2. LUC Open House - 10:00 am
    • The Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch in Lampe will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, October 3, 2020. LUC is celebrating 38 years of helping to change the lives of young men. The boys will give tours of the ranch starting at 10 a.m., a free roast pork and chicken meal will be served at 11:30, the boys will present a program at 12:15 and tours will continue at 1:30. The ranch is located about 2 miles west of Dogwood Canyon off Highway 86. For more information, call 417-779-5374 or visit LUCBoys.org.

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  3. David Barton Speaking in Springfield - 7:00 pm
    • David Barton, "America's Historian", will speak at High Street Church, 900 N Eastgate Ave, Springfield, on Saturday, October 3 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Barton will share the historical perspectives of our freedoms and the role God had in creating our nation, and how we as Christians can respond in love to the world around us. This event is free, but registration is required to accommodate social distancing. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/y4q8slqv. A love offering will be taken. For more information, call 417-263-0425.

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Friday, October 9th

  1. Lake Shore Clean-up
    • It’s time to gather your friends and family and get ready for the 2020 Lake Shore Clean-up! What a great way to wrap up an Ozarks summer! Given the impact of COVID, some creativity was needed! The first and second weekends in October, around 1,000 volunteers will gather around the shoreline to do their part to help keep Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lake clean and beautiful! While respecting COVID guidelines, families and close friends can put their hands, feet, and boats into motion! You can do your part beautifying the lakes while staying safe: on your time, schedule, and with family. By sharing photos/videos of your family doing the work and posting them to your social media feeds with the hashtag #weloveozarkslakes, you will be entered to win a Weber Standup Smoker worth $500! All participants will receive a souvenir t-shirt! If requested, Ozarks Water Watch can provide trash bags, gloves, tarps, and masks for the volunteers. Dumpsters will be strategically placed around the lakes. Since 2001 Ozarks Water Watch, dozens of sponsors and thousands of dedicated volunteers have removed over 283 tons of trash (566 pickup trucks full) from our shorelines and almost 4,600 tires have been recycled! Visit http://www.ozarkswaterwatch.org/lake-shore-cleanup-2020 to register by September 30th! For more information, email cleanup@ozarkswaterwatch.org or call 417-739-5001. 

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  2. Branson Homecoming Tailgate Fundraiser - 4:30 pm
    • The Branson Education Foundation will host a tailgate fundraiser on Friday, October 9 prior to the Homecoming football game with Willard. The event will be held in the 9th Grade Commons from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $4 for children (age 6 and under). The tailgate meal will consist of a barbecue sandwich, side and a drink. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event at Branson Bank (248 location), the BEF Facebook page or at the door on October 9. A bake sale will also be available along with raffle items. Preordered Pirate Spirit Wear will be ready for pickup and some Spirit Wear will be available for purchase.  All meals will be served in to-go boxes so attendees can dine in or carry out.

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Saturday, October 17th

  1. 5K Rotary of Table Rock Lake Fun Walk/Run - 9:00 am
    • The Rotary Club of Table Rock Lake will host a 5K Fun Walk/Run on Saturday, October 17 at 9 a.m. at Kimberling City Elks Lodge, 37 Beach Blvd. Proceeds will benefit local charities and a fall food drive. Cost is $30 (by Oct. 1, $40 after Oct. 1) per person and includes a free t-shirt. Virtual runners welcome. Register online at ozarkracingsystems.com.

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  2. Craft Extravaganza - 9:00 am
    • Craft Extravaganza, presented by Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake, will be held October 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kimberling City Harter House parking lot. The event features ALL handmade arts and crafts made by Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake and raises money for local charities. The fair will consist of hundreds of items created by local crafters (mostly members of the Ladies of the Craft Interest Group). There will also be an assortment of canned goods (jellies, jams, relish and salsa) that will be sold individually or wrapped and ready for holiday gift-giving.

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Sunday, October 18th

  1. Craft Extravaganza - 9:00 am
    • Craft Extravaganza, presented by Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake, will be held October 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kimberling City Harter House parking lot. The event features ALL handmade arts and crafts made by Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake and raises money for local charities. The fair will consist of hundreds of items created by local crafters (mostly members of the Ladies of the Craft Interest Group). There will also be an assortment of canned goods (jellies, jams, relish and salsa) that will be sold individually or wrapped and ready for holiday gift-giving.

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Tuesday, October 20th

  1. Free Gardening Program - 12:00 pm
    • Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will present their monthly gardening workshops again this year, in the demonstration gardens located at the Taney County MU Extension center at 122 Felkins Avenue in Forsyth. Programs are held on the third Tuesday of each month at noon April through October. Classes are free and open to the public as part of community education offered by the Master Gardeners. Some seating is provided, but you can bring a lawn chair. Programs are an hour-long beginning at 12 noon.

      2020 Programs:

      * April 21 - You Can't Kill This - Tough Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs and Trees - Colleen Walpert, Master Gardener

      * May 19 - Soil Microbes - Marie Ewing, Master Gardener

      * June 16 - Using Herbs - Barbara Garlich, Master Gardener

      * July 21 - Vermiculture - Gloria Cowpergen, Master Gardener

      * August 18 -Garden Safety - Lisa Gibbs, Master Gardener

      * Sept. 15- Succulent Propagation - Mary O'Brien, Master Gardener

      * October 20 - Dahlias - Penny Meador, Master Gardener

      Pack your lunch and join us in our garden setting for these casual, informative programs. In case of inclement weather programs are often moved to the basement of the Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church at 271 Main Street. For further information, call the Taney County University of Missouri Extension center at 417-546-4431 or email taneyco@missouri.edu.

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Saturday, October 31st

  1. Safe Street Trick or Treat - 5:00 pm
    • Branson Landing's 14th Annual Safe Street Trick or Treat will take place on October 31 from 5-7 p.m. at participating Branson Landing merchants. This is a FREE event. This safe Halloween alternative is exclusively for children in costume up to age 12. Children can visit the businesses with the Halloween PUMPKIN Signs in their windows – as those signs will mark the participating "Trick or Treat" businesses, located up and down the Branson Landing Promenade. Also, if you see teal PUMPKINS in any of the Branson Landing store windows, these are for Food Allergy Awareness treats or gifts.

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Thursday, November 26th

  1. Turkey Trot 5K - 7:00 am
    • The Ozarks Running Club will hold its annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday, November 26, 2019, at 7 a.m. in Branson. This flat and scenic course at Branson Landing is a great family friendly venue to either join in as a family to participate or watch your family as they participate in the Turkey Trot. The Branson Turkey Trot is a family event to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information, visit ozarksrunningclub.com

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