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Thursday, Sept. 29
• The Newton County Health Department will offer influenza vaccinations for $15 at Diamond First Baptist Church from 9 – 11 a.m.
• Every Candle Has a Name, an event to kick off October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be at 7 p.m. at Big Spring Park. The event is to honor the memory of and to celebrate the lives of breast cancer survivors. The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and Bosom Buddies Support Group. Bring a lawn chair. Contact Donna Hood at 451-8511 for information.

Friday, Sept. 30
• The Newton County Health Department will offer influenza vaccinations for $15 at the Fairview Hammons Center from 9 – 10 a.m.
• The Stella Senior Citizens Center will host a dinner and dance. Starting at 5 p.m., enjoy an all you can eat finger-licking good fried chicken and all of the trimmings with dessert and drink for $7 per person. Then dance to the music of McDonald County Playboys at 7 p.m. for an additional $3. Also at 6:30 p.m., there will be a pie auction with Bob and Cara Lasswell, so bring a pie.

Saturday, Oct. 1
• The Neosho Fall Festival, with arts and crafts, entertainment and food, will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Square. An antique tractor parade will circle the Square at 10 a.m. Also, held in conjunction that day will be History Alley, at the Newton County Museum, just one block north of the Square. There will be live pioneer demonstrations, Civil War soldiers, music and much more! For more information on the fall festival, call 451-8090. For more information on History Alley, call 451-4940.
• The Neosho Arts Council will host an art exhibition and sale from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Civic in conjunction with Fall Festival.
• The Joplin Stamp Club will hold its annual stamp show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carthage Memorial Hall, Oak and Garrison streets in Carthage. Stamp dealers from several states will take part in the show, as will postcard dealers. Exhibits from club members’ collections will be displayed. Admission and parking is free. For more information, please call Marlin Willoughby, publicity chairman, at 358-3593.
• Barnyard Days open at the Circle R Ranch. The craft festival will run from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Royal Heights United Methodist Church will host a charcoal broiled chicken dinner from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at their 1612 Euclid Street location in Joplin. A half-chicken dinner with coleslaw and baked potato is available for a $7 donation.
• Granby Recycling Station will close at noon.
• There will be a music show at "Pam's Place" in Seneca. Guest band this week will be "Wilderness Road" from Exeter. There will also be an open mic. All area musicians are encouraged to come out and participate in the open mic portion of the show. Door open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. For more information call 455-3735 or 455-4790. "Pam's Place" is located at 2097 Marla Lane in Seneca, across from Eagle Picher.

Sunday, Oct. 2
• Barnyard Days will be held at the Circle R Ranch. The craft festival starts at 9 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.
• Come join the Neosho Nazarene Church, 1045 Fairhill Dr., Neosho (behind Price Cutters), from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 2-7. VBS kickoff will be Oct. 2 with hot dogs, cotton candy, games, hayride and a bounce house, all free. VBS will run from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 through Friday, Oct. 7. Bring the whole flock (adults also) to “Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus was a Kid.” To register your whole family for this Bible adventure, come by tonight to the VBS kickoff.
• McNatt Baptist Church is holding their Annual Revival and Old Fashioned Day on Oct. 2.  Evangelist is Bro. Scott Pogue of Hilldale Church at 10:45 a.m. with dinner on the grounds afterwards. In the afternoon there will be games and crafts for the children, buggy rides, and at 2:30 p.m. Last Resort, a local bluegrass gospel group, will be in concert with an ice cream social to follow. Monday through Friday revival services will be held at 7 p.m. each evening with special music. The church is located 7 miles east of Goodman on Hwy. C.  For information call 364-8740.

Monday, Oct. 3
• The Newton County Health Department will offer influenza vaccinations for $15 at Granby Fire Department from 9 – 11 a.m. and, starting today, from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Neosho Health Department office.

Tuesday, Oct. 4
• Newton County A&M Society meeting at 7 p.m. Newton County Fairgrounds, Neosho. This will be the annual meeting.

Friday, Oct. 7
• Crawford and Co. (Canaan Bound and Friends) will present a gospel sing at 6:30 p.m., at Fairview Christian Church, 2320 S. Grand, Carthage. No admission charged. For information, call 529-9569

Saturday, Oct. 8
• The Southwest Missouri Art Alliance will host its 16th annual Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Show. The work will be judged the day of the event, with a demo and reception to follow. The show will hang until Oct. 24 and art will be for sale. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Elsie Plaster Building, Crowder College. Anyone 18 years and older, emerging/student or professional, may enter.  Early bird registration is Friday, Oct. 7 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, please call Becky Golubski at 489-3041 or April Davis at 358-6329. A prospectus will be available closer to time online at www.southwestmissouriartalliance.webs.com.
• The Ritter Family reunion will be held at the Neosho VFW Post 4142. Eat at noon, bring covered dish. Any questions, call 775-2884 or 781-3737.

Monday, Oct. 10
• The Genealogy Friends of the Library will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. in the genealogy room of the Neosho/Newton County Library. Light snacks will be served. Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome to attend.