May 7, 2019

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Ozark Independent Living
Ozark Independent Living (OIL) will hold a basic beginners sign language class starting June 12th and continuing on Wednesdays through July 17th. Each session is from 10 a.m. to noon at the West Plains Senior Center, 416 E. Main St.
Instruction will be provided by West Plains resident Sue Cawthron at no cost to participants through OIL's sponsorship, but the American Sign Language book used for the course costs $30.  OIL Independent Living Services Manager Kathy Bauer said, "The books are for sale from OIL at $30 each which is a discounted price.  The books are new and the students keep them after the classes are over. Sue prefers everyone have a book so they can practice and study between classes."
Class size is limited. For more information or to reserve a place in the class, call Bauer at 257-0038.

West Plains Council on the Arts
Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival
Old-time cooking - the stories, recipes, and dishes will be featured at this year's What's Cookin' Stage at the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival, along with a healthy dose of Dutch Oven cooking. This is the 15th year for the Cooking Stage. Aid's Downtown Antiques are sponsoring this event.
The 25th annual Festival will be held May 31 and June 1, 2019, in and around the West Plains Civic Center. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture.  Admission to all festival events is free. Festival hours are noon-9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.
In the Brush Arbor, neighbors will share stories from their families, highlighting the way food was prepared in their homes here in the Ozarks. Dutch Oven cooking will be featured both days.  Coordinator Tara Hensley starts the menu off with Dutch Oven Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy, followed by an hour of reminiscing with vintage kitchen gadgets. Laura Ingalls Wilder's vinegar pie recipe will be demonstrated and of course, there is sampling!  Completing the day's offerings will be a Dutch Oven workshop preparing breakfast for dinner.
Saturday's session will kick off with the 2nd  Annual Pie Competition. Bring your best apple pie, and entries will be received from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Entries should be brought to the Redbud Room inside the West Plains Civic Center. Judging by a select group of experts begins at noon, with awards announced (and samples offered at the Cooking Stage) at 12:30.
Pies should be prepared "from scratch," including crusts, as that will be included in the judging criteria. Please bring a copy of your recipe so it can be shared in next year's Festival Cookbook. Winners will also be featured in the Cookbook. Pies should be brought in non-returnable tins.
The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains.  The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands.
2019 Festival partners include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center, and Missouri State University-West Plains.  Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
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Ozarks Medical Center
3rd A nnual OMC Dice Run of the Mills - June 8

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) will hold its Third Annual OMC Dice Run of the Mills on Saturday, June 8. Each year, this fundraiser is used to raise money for a specific need of one of the departments of OMC.

The Dice Run is open to motorcycles and vehicles of all types. Cost to enter is $20 per vehicle and includes a Dice Run Swag Bag. Riders can begin the route any time after registration, which will be from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at OMC Parkway Center, 1211 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains. To participate in the dice game, dice scoring cards can be purchased for $5 each, with no limit on how many cards one can play. T-Shirts will be available for purchase at both registration and the Lot Party.

The public is invited to attend the Lot Party at Great Rivers Distributing, located on Highway 63 in Pomona, even if they are not participating in the Dice Run. The Lot Party will open at 3:30 p.m. with food trucks, a cash bar, silent auction, and vendor booths. The band Fender Bender will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will play throughout the afternoon. Dice Run Awards will be announced at 4:30 p.m., and the 50/50 drawing winner and silent auction winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m.

For those unfamiliar with the rules of a dice run, five dice will be rolled at each of the six Dice Roll Stops. The player's score will be recorded on their dice scoring card. A prize will be awarded to the winner of each stop for highest roll and lowest roll.

The grand prize of $100 will be awarded to the participant who has the highest overall dice roll score after all six rolls. Consolation prizes will be awarded for lowest overall score, oldest motorcycle driver or passenger, and for the person who traveled the furthest to compete.

Several sponsorship levels and booth space at the Lot Party are available for this event.

For more information about the Dice Run, contact Melissa Smith, 417-257-6737 or Charlie Wharton, 417-505-9161, Dice Run Co-Chairs.
Ozark Farmers Co-op

Ozarks Medical Center