May
27

Can’t Sit Still – Help for Joplin

For many of us who have seen the devastation in Joplin and felt horrible for them, here is an opportunity to convert our feelings to actions.
Saturday, the RivR is taking a large group to help people dig out and get their homes in a livable condition. We have people who have gone on a scouting mission and now we need all hands on deck. Obviously there is no way to be sure of exactly what we will do on Saturday, but there are whole neighborhoods that are damaged but not destroyed. Our goal will be to assist residents in clearing debris and getting their homes in a condition so they can stay in them. This seems to be one of the greatest needs right now.

When:
Meet at the RivR @ 5:45 A.M. on Saturday.
Meet at 65 & 160 @ 6:20 A.M.
(It is really important that we travel together. We will be taking buses. Traffic is a huge problem in Joplin and we don’t want to compound their problems even more. So jump in with us.)

Who:
People who care a lot and are flexible enough to do whatever will help.
Skill is not a requirement – desire is.
This trip is for teens going into 9th grade – adults. (not advisable for younger kids)

What to bring:
Lunch
Change of clothes (optional – in case of rain)
Light tools – hammer, prybar, etc. (not necessary, but maybe helpful)
Work Gloves
Chainsaw – (again, not necessary, but we don’t know what we will need)
Heavy Machinery – tractors and trailers – (if you want to consider this, we will put
you in touch with appropriate people to help plan it’s use)

Return:
We will quit work around 5:00. We will stop in Springfield for a quick dinner on the way home.
Thanks for adjusting your plans and joining us on this really important trip. We have to continue care for others in significant ways. Please let us know if you are planning to go. Call the church office at 417-546-7487 and tell Lynn or send an email to rivercurrents@yahoo.com. The sooner you can let us know, the better we can plan the trip.

Our promise is that we will do everything possible to accomplish as much as we can. We won’t waste your time. Pray for the people in Joplin. Pray for the trip. Help us love with our hands, not just our thoughts.

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May
27

Join the relief effort for Joplin tornado victims
Choose from a number of ways to reach out to our
Missouri neighbors and businesses

Following the devastating storms in southwest Missouri on Sunday evening, your immediate action is requested to assist in the Joplin recovery efforts. Many members of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry have already contributed to this recovery, but vital resources are still in need. Donate money, items or your time through a variety of organizations that are on the ground serving in the Joplin area.

Monetary Donations
Joplin-native Sen. Ron Richard is encouraging Missouri businesses that are looking to help to call the donation desk at the State Emergency Management Agency command center in Joplin at 573.526.9364. The line is being used to coordinate large shipments of supplies and monetary donations from individual and corporate donors.

You can help immediately by texting the word “Redcross” to 90999 or by donating online on the American Red Cross website by clicking here. Donations will go toward the purchase of medical supplies, food and other basic necessities that families are in desperate need of right now.

Recovery Items
A number of items are also in demand, specifically bottled water, non-perishable food, can openers, toiletries, clothing (please have boxed and labeled), work gloves, and construction-grade trash bags. To locate a fundraiser near you, please visit the Joplin, Mo.,Tornado Recovery Facebook page.

Blood Donations
The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a Code Red Alert for Type “O Negative” blood. Please consider making a blood donation at a center near you, if you are able.

Volunteer Your Time
Officials are asking for volunteers with medical skills to register at the Show-Me Response website or by calling 417-832-9500. All others are asked to wait 3 to 5 days to sign up by calling 800.427.4626 or 211.
If you have relatives or friends in the Joplin area that you have not been able to contact, please visit the Red Cross’s Safe and Well registry. Authorities are asking that you keep the phone lines clear by using text messaging and social networks on the Internet.

And to keep up-to-date on the latest news and aid requests, visit the KY3 News website.
Thanks in advance for stepping up to support Joplin as the community recovers from the tragic natural disaster. Please contact the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s office if you need further assistance as to how to make a contribution: 573.634.3511.

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May
26

If you love Bluegrass Music, and you’d like to hear some great bands, join us at the Kimberling City, MO Shopping Center Saturday, May 28th 7-10 p.m. The event is hosted by Missouri Boat Ride, & many bands will be performing throughout the evening.

There is going to be 5 different bands from the surrounding areas, including Arkansas that are going to perform free and all donations will be given to the Convoy of Hope out of Springfield that will only go to Joplin Missouri.
Cash or Check made to Convoy of Hope will be so appreciated.

Come enjoy Country and Bluegrass music and donate $1.00 or even $100.00. We all know the Joplin area will be recovering for a long time and the Ozarks always takes care of our neighbors.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the fun.

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May
26

1945 W. 76 Country Blvd. • Branson, MO 65616
417-335-2484/Reservations • 417-336-5829/Fax

Recorded LIVE on Friday night at 10:30 PM
This show is broadcast on radio stations around the country.
Airing Saturday nights at 7:00 PM on KRZK – 106.3 in Branson, Mo.
And — Sunday nights at 9:00 PM. on KHOZ – 102.9 in Harrison, Ar.,

You can also listen via the internet.
Show airs at 7:00 PM (cst.) – Every Saturday Night

Instructions for Internet Connection
1. Type the following into your web browser: www.BransonCountryUSA NET.
2. After page loads, click the “On Air” button.
3. Enjoy the show!

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May
26
logo Tiffany Powers
tpowers@legendsinconcert.com
Tiffany Powers
417-339-3003
www.legendsinconcert.com
1600 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO   65616

Legends In Concert, The World’s Greatest Live Tribute Show, at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, announces area appreciation to our friends and families who live or work in Stone or Taney County. Tickets will be $5.00 plus tax on June 3, 4 & 5th for both the 3 & 8 p.m. shows. Come see Martina McBride, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, The Blues Brothers and Elvis in one incredible theatrical production including the Legends In Concert band and fabulous singers and dancers.
The charisma of two locally known talents, Bucky Heard and Justin Clark, combine for a high-energy, highly entertaining Blues Brothers performance. They are mainstays at the Legends In Concert show along with Elvis Presley. Portrayed by Dean Z, this act is sure to bring you a rock-a-billy good time! Let Martina McBride melt your heart with her powerful ballads, Michael Jackson mesmerize you with his thrilling tribute to the King of Pop and The Temptations bring you to your feet with their incredible energy and outstanding harmonies!
Don’t miss this sizzling summer line-up during our area appreciation on June 3, 4 & 5! Proof of residency or employment required at time of purchase. Tickets available day of show only and can be purchased at the Legends Box Office.

Show times are 3 & 8 p.m. For more information, call 417-335-STAR or visit www.legendsinconcert.com.

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May
26

As most are aware, our friends and neighbors in Joplin, located about 100 miles from Branson, were devastated by a Category F5 Tornado on Sunday May 22. Although the horrific storms did not affect the Branson area physically, the impact of what has happened to our friends and neighbors in Joplin is heavy on our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

In addition, however, they need assistance and help in rebuilding their community and recovering their personal lives from the total devastation they have faced. The information on this page is intended to provide guidance on how you can assist in that effort in a manner that will get the most help to those that need it as quickly as possible.

JOPLIN, MO TORNADO INFORMATION

The outpouring of support from Hollister and Branson citizens and businesses continues. See below for opportunities and drop off sites in Hollister and the surrounding areas:

HOLLISTER DROP SITES:

MEMCO, INC in Hollister (off the intersection of Hwy 65 & Hwy 86) have cleared out space in their warehouse, donated use of trucks and have coordinated to make deliveries to Convoy of Hope in Springfield. If you cannot make it to Memco, you may also drop off at the Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce Office inside the Taney County Airport behind Herrman Lumber. Contact Kim Crosby at Memco for additional information (417-297-0611). The following items have been approved and are needed:

Blankets (new or gently used/clean)
Pillows (new or gently used/clean)
Towels (new or gently used/clean)
Clothing & shoes (only NEW items accepted)
Socks and work gloves
Non-Perishable Foods
Pre-packaged (ready-to-eat) snacks
Bottled Water
Personal Care Items
Toiletry Items (shampoo, soap, etc.)
Baby Care Items (diapers, wipes, etc)
Laundry Detergent
Cleaning Supplies
Trash Bags (large, sturdy)
Paper Products
First Aid Supplies
Pet Food & Pet Supplies

COUNTRY MART in Hollister. Customers who wish to participate may have $1, $3 or $5 added to their total at checkout. All 48 Pyramid Foods Stores will be participating in this program. The money raised will be given to the American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter, specifically designated for relief in Joplin. For more information, please visit www.countrymartgrocery.com

ARROWHEAD BUILDING SUPPLY in Hollister is collecting non-perishable food items to aid families in Joplin. Please drop off food items or first aid items to help get these families through this devastating time… Thank you for your support and contact us with any questions-

Hollister Location
181 Hollister Pointe Drive (Behind Lowe’s on Birch Rd)
Hollister MO. 65672
417-690-4733

Additional Contact Information:

Red Cross of the Greater Ozarks www.ozarksredcross.org or www.redcross-ozarks.org

United Way Dial 2-1-1 (seeking volunteers and donations) If the number is not operational, please call 800-427-4626.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks www.cbco.org or 800-280-5337 (all types needed)

To check on loved ones, view the “Safe and Sound” registry of the Red Cross at www.safeandsound.org

Follow on Facebook – “Joplin, Mo Tornado Recovery” – find the page at http://www.facebook.com/joplinmo?ref=ts&sk=wall#!/joplinmo

Branson/Lakes Area Website – Online Directory of Resources http://www.explorebranson.com/spring/2011-tornado-donations.php

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May
25
logo Janee Clark
groups@claycoopertheatre.com
The Clay Cooper Theatre
417-332-2529
www.claycoopertheatre.com
3216 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO   65616

The country music band, EXILE, will be performing at the Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson, MO, Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June17, both shows at 8pm.

In 1963, a group of high school students started a rock and roll band in Richmond, Kentucky. They called themselves the Exiles. When Dick Clark’s Caravan Of Stars hit the road in 1965, they picked up the Exiles to perform on several dates in and around Kentucky. They continued touring nationally with the Caravan of Stars through to 1968; opening the show and providing back-up for headlining stars like Freddy Cannon, the Young Rascals, B. J. Thomas and others

The band changed musical styles throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. They shortened their name to Exile in 1973. In 1977, Mike Chapman, an Australian who had established himself as a record producer in the UK, came to the United States in search of an experienced group who wrote their own material. Chapman heard an Exile demo and went to their next concert, he and Exile decided to collaborate, producing the Mixed Emotions album on Warner/Curb Records. The first single release from that album was “Kiss You All Over” and topped the charts at #1 for four weeks. Mixed Emotions was a best-seller for six months.

Exile also produced several more #1 singles including “Woke Up In Love,” “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory,” “Give Me One More Chance” and “Crazy For Your Love”, “She’s A Miracle,” “Hang On To Your Heart,” “I Could Get Used To You,” “It’ll Be Me,” “She’s Too Good To Be True” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough”. Exile received 11 nominations for Vocal as well as Instrumental Group of the Year from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Don’t miss EXILE this summer! Purchase your tickets today by calling 877-317-2604 or order them online at www.claycoopertheatre.com.

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May
25
logo Janee Clark
groups@claycoopertheatre.com
The Clay Cooper Theatre
417-332-2529
www.claycoopertheatre.com
3216 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO   65616

Branson, MO. — America’s most beloved animal expert “Jungle Jack” Hanna brings his animal friends to the Clay Cooper Theatre for two special performances at 3:30 and 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 19.
“Jungle Jack’s” live show features many of his favorite animal friends as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world. Hanna and his furry and feathered friends provide ahhh-some animal escapades (sometimes unscripted) and educate us about the protection and conservation of some our planet’s most precious species. Audiences give Jack rave reviews – everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult is entertained and inspired.

Hanna’s television career began in 1983, when he was invited to appear on Good Morning America following the birth of baby twin gorillas at the Columbus Zoo where he served as director. Through the years, he has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, and several other programs as well.

In 1992, Hanna’s media appearances were taking so much time that he became director emeritus at the Columbus Zoo. In 1993, he became host of the nationally syndicated Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. After 12 years, he started a new TV series, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, an action-packed series that won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series in 2008.

Author of 11 books and counting, his timeless tales continue to captivate audiences from every generation. Everyone respects this ambassador between the animal and human worlds. Clay Cooper Theatre is excited to welcome “Jungle Jack” to Branson, Missouri. Call for reservations today by calling 877-317-2604 or book online www.claycoopertheatre.com.

This show is presented by Nationwide Insurance.

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May
25

By:  Shelby Gray

Eighteen College of the Ozark students accompanied by six WWII Veterans, will travel abroad to France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

The trip, which will last from June 2-16, will provide students with the experience of a lifetime, as the Veteran’s guide them through the lands where they once fought.

The six Veterans going on the trip served in either the battles of D-Day, Berlin, or the Battle of the Bulge. Of the Veterans John Primerano, Lou Rabesa and Andy Anderson will be traveling with C of O students for the first time and will join returning Veterans Bill Kamsler, Bryan Sperry and Ned Knapp.

While in Normandy, the students and Veterans will have an in-depth visit to the Normandy American Cemetery, where they will attend the official commemorations of the 67th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

In Berlin, they will tour the Allied Museum in the former Headquarters of the American Forces, which commemorates the generations of soldiers and their families who protected Berlin during the Berlin Airlift.

The last evening of the trip, the group will visit the site where Germany finally surrendered on May 9, 1945, which is now known as the German-Russian Museum.

This trip is part of College of the Ozarks Patriotic Education Travel Program, whose mission is to educate younger generations about the sacrifices of American soldiers so that their stories will never be forgotten. Since the program’s beginning in 2009, more than 100 students have escorted WWII Veterans to battlefields and American cemeteries in England, France, Germany, Belgium, Tunisia, The Netherlands, Okinawa, Iwo Jima and Hawaii.

For more information on the Patriotic Education Travel Program, contact The Keeter Center for Character Education at 417-690-2242.

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May
25
Pat
patavery@gmail.com
Branson Veterans Task Force
PO Box 128
Branson, MO   65616

Nearly 100 flags wave in a gentle breeze as residents and visitors drive along the Avenue of Freedom on Gretna Road. For more than ten years, the flags have welcomed veterans and reminded all Americans of the sacrifices of those who protected our freedoms. If you ever took a moment to reflect on the beauty and symbolism of the Avenue of Freedom, I’m sure you mentally said a “thank you” to our active duty military and a “welcome home” to our veterans.

Today the Avenue of Freedom needs your help. Recent storms have destroyed most of the flags and poles, leaving the beautiful drive bare. Our visitors miss the outward proof that Branson is a town committed to America and those who have so proudly served.

The Branson Veterans Task Force no longer has the funding to revive this meaningful tradition. We’re asking for your help – our residents, businesses and visitors. We would love to have new flags in place for the summer season – in time for Flag Day (June 14) and the 4th of July. We’d even rush to get them up for part of Memorial Day weekend if we have the funds.

Please help us! Donations may be made to the Avenue of Freedom at the Branson Veterans Task Force office, the Flag Store or the Veterans Museum, or mail to PO Box 128, Branson, MO 65615. Please make checks payable to “Avenue of Freedom.”

Make a donation, take up a collection at the office or talk to your friends and family. If someone would like to make a donation but can’t take it to one of the above locations, call the Branson Veterans Task Force office at 417-337-8387.

Together let’s beautify our city, welcome our military and veterans, and promote our American patriotism!

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