The Thayer Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 3. The theme is "Lighting Hearts at Christmas." The crowning of the Thayer Little Miss and Mr. Merry Christmas and Junior Miss and Mr. Merry Christmas will be held after the parade in front of Bank of Thayer. Parade entrants will line up at 5 p.m. on Chestnut Street next to the old elementary school. For information, call Laree Rees at 417-264-3265.
The crowning event is sponsored by the Thayer Alumni Board. All money collected in the candidate ballot cans in area businesses will provide a scholarship for a graduating Thayer High School senior and for savings bonds for two sixth-grade students. For questions about the pageant, call Anthem Eder at 870-625-0411.
The Alton Culture Club will present its annual Christmas parade and Little Mr. and Miss Christmas pageant on Dec. 3. Activities start at 9:45 a.m. with a choir in the high school gym, followed by the pageant at 10. Parade lineup is at 10:30 with the parade starting at 11 a.m.
The Koshkonong Parent-Teach Organization will have a Christmas parade on Dec. 10. A pageant crowning will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by the parade at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be sold at the senior center. After the parade, Santa will visit with children and pose for photos at the senior center. For information, call Natalie Frealy at 573-380-0994, Emily Richardson at 417-764-9618 or Regina Wilbanks at 417-867-5601.
The Mammoth Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will have a Christmas parade on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. At 6 p.m. Dec. 9, the chamber will have a tree-lighting ceremony in the Simmons Bank parking lot. For information, call Glenda Pryor at 870-625-7364.
Shop with a Cop
Oregon County law enforcement agencies, along with the Mammoth Spring Police Department will have their annual Shop with a Cop event on Dec. 10. Applications are available at the Thayer police Department and must be submitted by Dec. 4.
Toys for Tots
"A Good Old Country Christmas" show will be presented at the West Plains Civic Center Auditorium at 7 p.m. Dec. 2, and 3 to gather new toys for the Toys for Tots program. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy. The event includes more than 40 artists and musicians. The toys will be distributed to needy children in Oregon County, as well as Howell and Texas counties. For information, call 417-372-1129.
West Plains Optimist Club's 30th annual Holiday Season Arts and Crafts Show will be from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the West Plains Civic Center. For information, call Tara Willbanks at 417-256-1587.
West Plains Christmas Parade is set for 1 p.m. Dec. 10. For more information or to enter a float, call the West Plains Chamber of Commerce office at 417-256-4433.