March
22

The nation’s only little league of entertainers, the non-profit American Kids Inc., and the nation’s socially-minded ice cream maker, Ben & Jerry’s in Branson, are joining forces on two projects: Missouri Kids Show Daze and Free Cone Day.

Missouri Kids Show Daze on March 28, April 28, June 11 and July 14 and 16 will feature local young entertainers in 20 minute shows 1-3 p.m. on the deck at the Ben & Jerry’s located on the Marina at Branson Landing, 7 N. Boardwalk Suite C. A portion of the proceeds from ice cream sales during the two-hour periods will be donated to American Kids Inc.

“The kids will be literally singing for their supper,” said Dr. Dale Smith, founder of American Kids Inc. “Funds raised through this opportunity at Ben & Jerry’s will go to various projects such as the college scholarship fund and the portable sound system fund. The local Missouri Kids group is raising funds to purchase a portable sound system to be used as they present shows at various locations such as retirement homes and other community events.”

On April 21 Missouri Kids will perform 4-8 p.m. during Ben & Jerry’s Annual Free Cone Day. During that time Missouri Kids members ages 16 and up will join a host of Branson celebrities as guest scoopers while others of all ages will help clean tables and assist guests as they enjoy the ice cream cones given away that day.

“There’s always great fun and surprises at your neighborhood Scoop Shop with local celebrities as guest scoopers, worthwhile social mission partners, music and other entertainment happening throughout the day, so make sure you make it down to enjoy all of the Free Cone Day fun,” said Brandon Karn, owner of the Branson Ben & Jerrry’s. “Last year Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops gave away more than 1 million free cones worldwide!”

“Our members, with guidance from our certified adult volunteers, present a vast number of shows on the local, regional and national level and embrace the opportunity to share their talent gifts for the benefit of others,” said Smith. “Free Cone Day is a great way for the kids to give back to their own community and thank Ben & Jerry’s for supporting not only our non-profit American Kids Inc., but also the other grassroots, socially changing groups across the nation.”

“We are pleased to have American Kids involved with a company whose social mission includes recognizing the central role that business plays in society by initiating innovative ways to improve the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally and whose value focus is on children and families. What better way to improve quality of life than to start with kids and the families that support them through activities such as American Kids?” said Smith.

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March
19

Pancake Breakfast

Posted In: Events by Christine Thompson


Christine Thompson
branson@swmoa.com
Branson Senior Center
417-335-4801
201 Compton
Branson, MO   65616

The Branson Senior Center will host a Pancake Breakfast March 21st 2009 from 7AM-Noon. All you can eat for $5.00.
Childen under – $2.50. ALL of the proceeds benefit the meals on Wheels Program which services people who cannot make their own meals. Music for the day will be provided by George Christofferson and Senimental Journey. Come enjoy a great breakfast and the friendships of the Branson Area.

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March
19
logo Miles Brusherd
miles@alumni.drury.edu
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
PO Box 1060
Branson West, MO   65737

REEDS SPRING, MO – Get ready for a safer Spring Boating Season! The Coast Guard Auxiliary will instruct “About Boating Safely” course hosted by Gibson Technical Center at Reeds Spring Schools. Three Thursday evening sessions will begin March 26, April 2, and April 9 from 6-9pm.

“About Boating Safely” sessions includes a wide variety of information that applies to all recreational watercraft. You’ll learn:

· What to do in case of boating emergencies

· General information about boats and maintenance

· Information on preparing for safe and enjoyable outings

· Navigation rules and aids to navigation

· Guidelines for operating your boat or PWC safely

· State-specific laws and regulations you must follow

When you successfully complete the three course sessions you’ll earn a certificate and wallet card. This course meets the mandatory Missouri State Law requirement for anyone born after January 1, 1984 who wishes to operate a vessel on Missouri lakes. You may also be eligible for a reduced insurance rate. Just phone in today at 417-272-3271 to reserve your seat…bring a friend!

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March
19

FREE CONCERT WILL BENEFIT AREA HUNGRY

Posted In: Events by The Ozarks Sentinel


logo The Ozarks Sentinel
editor@ozarksentinel.com
The Ozarks Sentinel
www.ozarksentinel.com
11863 State Hwy. 13
Kimberling City, MO   65686

KIMBERLING CITY – A free concert has been planned for the Kimberling City area to help raise food for area food pantries.
The concert will provide some of the hottest local acts from Stone County and the Branson area in an effort to raise awareness of hunger and needs in the Ozarks region.
Sponsored by The Ozarks Sentinel, the concert will feature Keith Allen (Rednecker), Tracy Lynn, The Missouri Boatride (with Dean Webb – one of the original Darlings from the Andy Griffith Show), and perennial favorite, The Highway 13 Band. Several other artists have indicated an interest to perform at the benefit, and will be announced as appearances are confirmed.
Publisher, Mary Warren, said the idea for the concert came as part of the newspaper’s commitment to provideing support for local charities.
“We have always been very big on supporting charities within our coverage area, “ she said. “With the current concerns over the economy, it is easy to forget that people are going hungry in this area and the food pantries do an excellent job of trying to make sure no one goes hungry. However, as we hear news about the economy declining we also note that people aren’t always tuned into the problems that others may be facing.
“By putting together this concert, with some amazing talent, we hope that many of our readers will come out, bring a couple of non-perishable food items and enjoy an evening of wonderful entertainment. At the same time, they will be helping those who have need of something so many of us take for granted – food.”
Warren noted that the world-class entertainers lined up for the April 4 concert, have all donated their time and talent.
“We have some wonderful, caring entertainers in our area and they have so graciously donated their talents to this cause. For each of them, we are truly grateful,” she said.
The concert will be held at the Ozarks Room at Hillbilly Bowl in Kimberling City beginning at 6 p.m. on April 4.
Warren said the venue was selected for a number of reasons.
The Kimberling City area is home to the newspaper and is central to much of their coverage area, making it an easy drive for people from many of the communities.
In addition, the venue donated the space and set-up and has held numerous concerts over the years.
But, according to Warren, one of the biggest reasons for the venue selection came because of it’s look.
“This isn’t a big Branson-type theater. It is reminiscent of the old Ozarks,” she said. “It’s basically a big room with chairs and a small stage. We didn’t want all of the trappings of a modern venue. We wanted this to be a community concert that everyone would feel very comfortable attending.”

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March
19
logo Bob Nichols
Bob@MoWineFest.com
Assocaited Artists
417.699.6199
www.MoWineFest.com
4514 N Gretna Road
Branson, MO   65616

The Missouri Wine Festival today announced a marketing partnership with Branson.Com. Bob Nichols, Producer of the festival, said that the Wine Festival will be soon be enticing huge numbers of the “Wine Crowd” to Branson for the April 25th & 26th celebration of Missouri Wines and Artisan Cheeses. Branson.Com is the most popular website for the folks planning their trip to Branson, receiving substantially more hits than any other Branson, Missouri website. Nichols said, “ With an impressive marketing budget, aimed primarily at the Branson/Springfield Metro-plex area, we are expecting to see over 10,000 visitors to Branson that weekend alone”. The Missouri Wine Festival is being celebrated at The Chateau on the Lake Resort on Table Rock Lake. There will be celebrity book signings by Deana Martin, who will be autographing her “Best Selling” memoires of her life with her Father Dean Martin and the Rat Pack; Author Jonathan Eccher will be available to sign his book, “A Tour of Missouri Wineries” all taking place at the KSFX Performance Stage. There will be live music all day Saturday and Sunday with seminars and cooking demonstrations. And each night, a 5 course Wine Maker’s Dinner prepared by Chef Doug Knopp, recipient of Wine Spectator Magazine’s “Award of Excellence”. The Missouri Wine Festival is part of a “Concert’ of area events called “Ozark Mountain Spring” Other events that weekend include “Hand in Hand”, a salute to America’s Purple Heart Recipients and The Branson Arts Council’s Targeted Art Show and Auction, also at the Chateau on the Lake Resort. For Information and tickets to The Missouri Wine Festival, click on www.MoWineFest.com or call 417.699.6199

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March
16

WHO: Gene Conrad, Deputy Director, Branson Airport
WHAT: News conference to announce expansion of air service at Branson Airport
WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Branson Airport Terminal

Executives of the Branson Airport, the nation’s first privately developed and operated commercial service airport, will announce an expansion of air service to the airport at a news conference Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. At that time airport officials will announce a fourth destination with regularly scheduled low-cost air service to and from the Branson Airport.

The $155 million airport, built entirely with private funds, opens May 11, 2009.

Directions to the Branson Airport:

From Highway 65 North, turn right/east approximately 4 miles north of the Highway 86 intersection into the Communities at Branson Creek and follow Branson Creek Boulevard about 2.5 miles until it turns into Branson Airport Boulevard, continue another 2 miles to the Branson Airport.

From Highway 65 South, turn left/east approximately 1 mile south of the Hollister exchange into the Communities at Branson Creek and follow Branson Creek Boulevard about 2.5 miles until it turns into Branson Airport Boulevard, continue another 2 miles to the Branson Airport.

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March
16

The community is invited to attend the annual Community Marketing Presentation by the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 3, in the Keeter Center on the campus of College of the Ozarks.

The presentation will cover 2008 research statistics on visitor numbers and revenue; a forecast for the 2009 season; details of the marketing, media, public relations and sales plans and news from the organization. Mark the date on your calendars.

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March
16

The Rankin Brothers Classic Music Revue has opened its second season in Branson, and this year they’re performing at the Starlite Theater on Missouri 76 across from the Hollywood Wax Museum.

They invite residents of Taney and Stone counties to enjoy their show for the price of $5 March 16 through 30. They perform at 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and at 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The two brothers, Mark and Matt, are known as singer-impressionists. They grew up in Texas, and developed a love for the vintage music, guitars, cars and anything from the 50’s and 60’s. At ages six and seven, one of their favorite things to do was record themselves singing with Jan and Dean, The Beach Boys, and Buddy Holly.

After performing in Texas for many years, they’ve brought their classic hits to Branson including the music of Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Neil Diamond, The Righteous Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, Roy Orbison, George Strait, Conway Twitty, Chuck Berry and more.

They’re joined onstage by three outstanding female vocalists and a cast of all-star musicians. To find out more and purchase tickets, call 417-337-9333 and visit www.rankinbrothers.com or www.starlitetheatre.com.

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March
16

Official Press Release

Branson Tourism Center is proud to announce its first annual Easter Egg Hunt being held at Stockstill Park in Branson, Missouri on April 11th from 12pm to 4pm. There is no charge for participating by they are accepting donations for Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society event to raise money for cancer research.

Concessions will be available including hot dogs, chips, soda and cotton candy. A variety of activities for all ages including games, Easter Egg painting, Easter Egg baskets, face painting, balloon animals, live music and contests throughout the dar are sure to make this event one not to miss.

The official Toddler Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 2:30pm and the 5 years and up Easter Egg Hunt will commence at 3:00pm. All events are free and open to the general public. The event will happen rain or shine.

Please direct questions regarding the event to Branson Tourism Center, Tiffany Combs or Emily Pennington, 417-334-4400.

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March
16

Excel co-founder to speak in Branson

Posted In: City News by BroadcastBranson.com


The marketing expert who took Excel Telecommunications as a start-up company to a billion dollar publicly traded corporation in just under seven years, Stephen R. Smith, will speak in Branson on Thursday, March 19th, at 7 p.m. at the Branson Towers Hotel.

Open to the public, the meeting is part of a seven state 2009 Spring into Action Tour at which Smith will talk about his newest venture, Ultimate Choice Travel, a revolutionary nationwide travel agency.

Smith was the co-found of Excel Telecommunications where he created and deployed the marketing strategy for the long-distance company that wen over a billion dollars in revenue faster than Microsoft. This time he is capitalizing on the multi-billion dollar travel industry and has founded Ultimate Choice Travel.

“What I’m most excited about with Ultimate Choice Travel is that travel industry holds more opportunity for representatives than the long distance industry did…travel is fun. Everyone wants to do it, and it is natural for any conversation,” said Smith. “You can build a business in the travel industry, which will safely be around for a long time. And the travel business is many thousands of times the size of the long distance business, so the opportunity is virtually endless.”

Smith will detail his expansion plans for his new travel venture and explain how ot here can participate on a part-time or full-time basis from home. He will also be talking about voice over internet protocol and changes in the telephone industry.

The Branson Towers Hotel is located at 236 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. For more information call Mark White 417-598-1353.

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