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This weekend’s Balloon Dayz in Branson is cancelled. After months of careful planning and even a event name, date, and venue change earlier this year, this weekend’s festivities are being cancelled due to the high chance of showers and thunderstorms. Event Coordinator, Rodney Williams, says with the impending weather forecast, it would be impossible to fly any balloons or have a successful set up. The event is not going to be rescheduled for this year, but plans are already being made for next year. Outside of Branson, the Balloon Dayz organization hosts festivals in Joplin, Russellville, Arkansas, and Granbury, Texas each year. More information can be found at www.balloondayz.com.
Stone County OACAC hosts its 7th Annual Ozark Mountain Monopoly Tournament this weekend. The event is being held at the Best Western Branson Inn and Conference Center, located a quarter mile west of Silver Dollar City starting at 10AM on Saturday. Organizer Zana Schafer says the tournament draws Monopoly enthusiasts from across the country. Schafer also says there is still time for players to register. The entry fee is $20 and covers two, 90 minute game rounds, a tournament t-shirt and lunch. A silent auction and giveaways are also available and included during the event. For more information or to register, contact the Stone County OACAC by calling 417-739-1130.
Reeds Spring School District is hosting two special events next week for young children and their families. On Thursday, October 29th from 6-7PM children are invited to travel from trunk to trunk collecting candy during this year’s Truck or Treat event at the Reeds Spring High School parking lot. The cost is $1 per child and an additional $5 for those who wish to participate in the Haunted Trail. All the money raised from this event will be used to buy items for the annual Christmas Food Drive, which fed 112 families for the holidays last year. The following day, “Parents as Teachers” is hosting its 3rd Parent Connection event for the 2015-16 school year. This months event also includes a unique theme. This event is targeted for parents with children who are not yet old enough for school. This event is being held inside of the Reeds Spring Primary School from 9:30-11AM.
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The Branson Salvation Army is introducing a new website this Christmas season for its volunteer bell ringers. Beginning November 2nd, area residents will begin seeing the iconic Salvation Army Red Kettles across the Ozarks. In an effort to increase its annual number of volunteers, the Salvation Army is announcing its new RegisterToRing.com website. This website gives access to everything the bell ringers will need to volunteer this holiday season. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign brought in about $95,000 in the months of November and December of 2014. This website will give interested volunteers instant access to sign-ups, but those without internet access or prefer the traditional sign up method can still schedule a shift by calling. To sign up for a two hour volunteer shift visit www.registertoring.com or call 417-339-4434.
The Landing to Landing Canoe and Kayak Race is set for this weekend. Registration is at 8AM at Cooper Creek with the race beginning at 10AM. Fees are $60 for a two person tandem canoe or kayak and $40 single kayak. Proceeds from the race will benefit Together Forever: A Skyler Sanders Family Foundation. Lunch will be served from Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe. For more information and to register, visit www.togetherforeverskyler.org.
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