The Spring Creek Artisans are having a Christmasfest, 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 10, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, at the Salem Creative Art Center (behind the ONCRC building by the Farmers Market). Art, crafts, baked goods, gifts, demonstrations and fun. Everyone welcome!
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS STORE
Abounding Hope Church (next door to Dollar General) is having a Children’s Christmas Store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 11. Children up to 13 years old are invited to shop for up to five items with free gift-wrapping. Nothing priced over a dollar. Someone will help each child with their shopping. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
MT. ZION CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
The Shannon County Museum Association will host an outdoor Mt. Zion Christmas Celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 12, at Akers Group Campsite 1, weather permitting. Enjoy a bon fire, Christmas message and Christmas carols. Candy, cookies and finger food may be brought to share. Descendants of Akers and Mt. Zion families are asked to share their stories. For updates check the Shannon County Museum or Friends of Mount Zion Facebook, or for more information contact Judy Maggard Stewart at 573-247-8706.
SALVATION ARMY KETTLE DRIVE
The local Salvation Army Kettle Drive is taking place now through Friday, December 24, at Town & Country Supermarket. Please sign up on the posted calendar to “man the kettle” or call 573-674-3966, call or text 573-578-4802.
STORM SIREN TESTING
Testing of the Licking storm sirens will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 16.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Licking Chapter meets at 4 – 4:30 p.m. at the Licking United Methodist Church, 208 S. Main St. on Mondays. Attend a meeting to see if we can help you lose weight or maintain your lost weight. For more information, visit TOPS.org or call Kathleen at 573-548-1133.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Licking United Methodist Church.
GRIEF AND LOSS RECOVERY GROUP
The Grief and Loss Recovery Group meets at 7 p.m. at the Licking Pentecostal Holiness Church, corner of Hwy. 63 and College St., Licking, on Tuesday evenings. Open to all! For more information, call Diane at 573-889-9197.
FREE ADDICTION RECOVERY CLASS
A program to help you overcome any form of addiction, based on the doctrine of Jesus Christ. If you or a loved one are struggling, please come! Every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the corner of Hwy. 63 and Hwy. E, Houston.
Kidz Club will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 223 Main Street on Wednesday evenings. A meal will be served. Kidz Club is open to those age four through sixth grade! If your child needs a ride contact the church at 573-674-3141.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
A Grief Support Group meets at 10 a.m. and a Depression/ Anxiety Group meets at 12 p.m. at the Green Tree Christian Church, 800 Greentree Rd, Rolla, on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call Mary at 573-674-1127 or 573-247-8640 for more information.
OZARK MOUNTAIN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
The Ozark Mountain Amateur Radio Club meets the third Saturday of each month, at noon at the Lone Star Annex, 114 W. Main St. in downtown Houston. All are welcome, with young people interested in Ham Radio especially encouraged to attend. We can help with getting your FCC license! Contact Willy Adey at 417-260-4626 for more information.
Sherrill Township meets at 5:30 p.m. every other Thursday at the township shed located at 11875 South 137 in Licking. The next meeting is December 16.
Lynch Township’s meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., at the Lynch Township Shed, 14472 Boiling Springs Road.
BOONE TOWNSHIP MEETING
Boone Township meets the second Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Meeting is at the Township Shed, 16245 Highway AF, Licking.
TEXAS COUNTY TRANSPORTATION
Licking Bridge Builders has transportation available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To ride the bus, please make your appointment at least a day in advance by calling 573-674-3558 and talking with a volunteer.
NARCONON NEW LIFE RETREAT
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., both addiction and alcohol use are on the rise. Alcohol sales showed a tremendous increase as online alcohol sales skyrocketed. While short-term alcohol abuse can have its own serious consequences, regular, heavy use of alcohol can result in long-term damage to the body. Learn more about alcohol addiction and what can be done by visiting: https://www.narcon onnewliferetreat.org/blog/signs-that-alcohol-use-is-getting-dangerous.html.
Narconon can help you take steps to help those suffering from alcoholism. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1-800-431-1754.
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