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Branson is named as the Best Value City in America for 2016 by trivago.com. Every year, trivago analyzes cities across the United States to reveal upcoming year’s 50 Best Value Cities according to a press release from the Branson CVB.The trivago Hotel Price Index shows the average overnight accommodation prices for standard double room on trivago. Scaling up to 100, the Best Value Index lists the combined score on consumer rating and average hotel price. Branson scored a 90.5. Springfield was also ranked among the Best Value Cities in America at number seven. Branson and Springfield were the only Missouri cities to be ranked in the top 50, with Little Rock being the only Arkansas city to make the list as well; coming in number eight behind Springfield. The complete ranking list can be found at the address on your screen.

College of the Ozarks invites artists throughout the Ozarks to submit paintings for the annual White River Painting Exhibit that will take place on November 17th through December 17th in Edwards Art Gallery at the Ralph Foster Museum at the College. Paintings completed within the past two years may be submitted in most any painting medium, however, digital paintings will not be accepted. The deadline for submissions is November 16th. The museum hosts the annual event to pay tribute to our extraordinary Ozarks heritage and to express the museum’s continued mission of providing learning experiences about Ozarks culture through the arts. For an entry form and guidelines, artists may call Jeanelle Ash at 417-690-2603 or email ash@cofo.edu or go to the Ralph Foster Museum’s webpage at the address on your screen.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others need blood products. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., with one in eight developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, mastectomy surgery or treatment of complications. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those needing transfusions. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative, and AB blood. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 9099 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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One of the oldest Medical Explorers programs in the country is expanding to Cox Medical Center Branson this fall. To celebrate the expansion of Medical Explorers Post 229, Skaggs Foundation, CoxHealth and Missouri Foundation for Health have come together to present Medical Explorers Branson kick-off event on October 10th. There will be a free dinner beginning at 6PM at the Branson Convention Center. This will include an opportunity to learn about the Medical Explorers program and how it is impacting students considering a career in medicine. During the dinner, there will also be an opportunity to support a scholarship fund for local students. There will be featured speakers along with speakers from past and current Medical Explorers to talk about how the program has helped shape their future. Anyone interested in learning more can call Victoria Miller at 417-348-8998 or email victoria.miller@skaggs.net. The event is free but reservations are requested by Monday, October 5th.

Monday Night Movie Madness is coming up at the Historic Owens Theatre and Comedy House in Downtown Branson. The film, “Little Women” will be shown at 9AM. This event is free for all to attend. The Historic Owens Theatre and Comedy House is located at 205 S. Commercial Street.

October is the last month for the 2015 C of O Farmers Market. The market is open every Friday through October 31st from 7AM to 12:30PM. The market is located in the sale barn across from the W. Alton Jones Milking Parlor on the campus. Guests will find homegrown vegetables, homemade breads, fresh milk, prime beef cuts, annuals and perennials from the college’s greenhouses and student-made jams, jellies, fruitcake, handmade pottery and stained glass items.

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