Little Apple News from Appleton City

In an effort to better represent the needs and interests of all area residents, a member of Representative Vicky Hartzler’s staff, Lauren Mann, will be available at the St. Clair County Courthouse to meet with you, listen to your concerns, and address any problems you may have with a federal agency.  Thursday, June 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the St. Clair County Courthouse, 655 2nd St., Osceola, MO 64776. For more information, contact Lauren Mann at 816-884-3411.

AC Athletic Boosters, Inc. will have a meeting on Sunday, June 27 at 6:30 in the high school commons room.  This is their annual officer election. All 3 of the current officers have resigned.  If no one shows up, or steps up, the booster club will dissolve.  Booster club supports all of the student athletes when there is a need.  Please join in and help the kids.

The 17th Annual Appleton City Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday, July 10 at the City Park.  Check-in is from 8:00 a.m. to noon and the Car Show will be from noon to 3:00 p.m.  There will be a $10 entry fee per vehicle.  There will be judging for all classes with the top 70 for cars and trucks, top 3 for motorcycles and top 3 for rat rods. The first 150 entries will be given dash plaques.    There will also be a 50-50 drawing, door prizes, goodie bags and a live auction.  Food concessions, biscuits & gravy and cobbler & ice cream will be available. Budman will present music entertainment. Proceeds from the Show will go toward a pair of $1000 scholarships for local high school students.  In addition, Zink Motor Co, which is one of the oldest Ford dealerships in the country, is hosting the Kansas City Antique Car Clu8b at the dealership in Appleton City during the car show.  20-25 Model A’s and Model T’s will be on display. There will be an open house and tours of this historic dealership.  The admission is free.  The location for this show is across the street from the Appleton City Car Show. For car show information, call Bob Roos 660-492-2822, George Moore 660-476-5574, Ed Hardesty 660-464-0360 or Doug Snodgrass 660-492-2814, or email to

There will be a benefit dinner and auction for Kirk Schussler to raise money to help with medical and chemotherapy expenses due to colon cancer.  The benefit will be held on Saturday, July 10 at the Montrose Community Building in Montrose.  All monies raised will be put into an account that has been established as the Kirk Schussler Medical Fund at the Montrose Savings Bank.  A whole hog dinner will be served with to go meals being offered.  The dinner will be served from 5:00 – 7:30 with the auction beginning at 7:30.  Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction may contact Kristina Klass at 660-492-3436.  Anyone wishing to donate to the medical fund can leave it at the Montrose Savings Bank or mail it to Kristina Klass at PO Box 86, Montrose, MO  64770.  Thank you for your support.

During the Sesquicentennial Celebration there are many area to participate in exhibiting military items, art creations, quilts, polish up the special vehicle and tractor, crank up the small engine, built an outstanding float, grow those whiskers, sew up an old fashion costume, sit back and enjoy the movie or listen to the Main Street APP, dig in the closet for the decade clothing to wear or loan to someone to model, or clothing is available that needs models. Positions need to be filled for greeters at all the exhibits to welcome the visitors. And don’t forget to buy your souvenirs early, some may sell out. The final event schedule is still tentative, but is scheduled for August 12-15.  Read the AC Journal or follow them on Facebook at appletoncitymosesquicentennial2020. For questions call 660-476-5857 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. or email with subject SQC to

4×6 photos of former AC mayors are being requested to preserve AC History.  Please leave them at City Hall.

In conjunction with the Appleton City Sesquicentennial Celebration and also the congregation’s Sesquicentennial (+1), Trinity Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a quilt show at the church and inviting area quilters to participate.  The Quilt Show will be Friday and Saturday, August 13-14 during the Sesquicentennial.  Included in the show will be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, embroidered, appliquéd, and baby quilts, and wall hangings. If your quilt, either old or newer, has an interesting story with it, also plan on sharing that with the public. The show pre-registration begins now and ends June 30. At this time, 1 item can be registered per entry.  After June 30, depending on responses, the registration may be opened up again to include more available spaces at the show.  A $25 prize will be awarded in each category and a $50 “People’s Choice” Award. Call or text Kathy Rodick at 417-309-0471 with your name, address, phone number, and entry category, and a packet will be sent to be completed and brought with you to the show set-up on Thursday, August 12.

The annual Ellett Memorial Hospital Community Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, August 7.  Follow their Facebook page for new and exciting vendors being added this year. Word on the street is KC Wolf may be making an appearance again this year!

There will be a benefit chicken dinner Friday, June 25 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. at the Fair Haven Park (on HWY C, 8 miles north of Walker, MO) to benefit Stoney Creek and Walnut Creek Schools.  The menu is all you can eat fried or BBQ grilled chicken, chicken & noodles, bens cole slaw, homemade bread and butter with freshly cranked ice cream and homemade pies for dessert.  For information, contact Leroy at 417-432-1020.  A freewill donation will be greatly appreciated.


June 24     Representative Vicky Hartzler’s staff, Lauren Mann, will be at the St. Clair County Courthouse 1:00-2:00 p.m.

June 27     AC Athletic Boosters, Inc. meeting 6:30 in the high school commons room

June 28-July 1    AC First Baptist Church VBS 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

July 4       Independence Day Holiday (observed July 5)

July 10     AC Car Show

The Fireworks stand run by the James Girls and Bry in the Back Room of the Old Pizza Store is set up and ready.  The shelves are overflowing with a wide variety.  Follow them on Facebook at James Family Fireworks for information and specials. Come shop in air conditioning. Hours are:  Friday June 25 – 26 11:00 – 9:00, Thurs July 1-July 2 11:00 – 9:00, Sat July 3 – July 4 10:00 – 9:00, Monday July 5 12:00 – 9:00.

Give yourself credit. New Growth and joining partners want to let everyone know about a credit building workshop on June 30 from 4:00-5:30. This FREE session includes a free copy of your credit and a personalized credit action plan with step by step guidance on how to improve your credit score without spending any money.  Do you need a checking account? Sign up for one at the event. Speakers include Jo Ann Lane, Benton County Missouri Economic Development Director and Kelly Asbury, EDFP, CGBP, Director. This workshop will be held at the Lincoln City Hall in Lincoln, MO. Register at For questions, contact

West Central Missouri Community Action Agency’s Senior Care found a way to encourage safe socialization during the midst of a pandemic.   COVID-19 enhanced the isolation and loneliness that many seniors experience.  Senior Care Pen Pals are matched with other seniors that have similar likes and hobbies.   Writing kits are provided and include all the necessary items to become successful writing companions.   Kits include stationery, note cards, all occasion greeting cards, ink pens, motivational quotes to share and postage stamps.   If you are 65 and older and are interested in learning how to become a Senior Care Pen Pal, please contact Senior Care staff at 660-476-2185.

Community members may enroll in Taking Care of You, a virtual class presented by the University of Missouri Extension program that offers practical strategies for dealing with stress and life challenges. Developed by an interdisciplinary MU Extension team, the research-based program focuses on positive psychology and mindfulness in sessions held over eight weeks. Participants learn concepts and practical strategies they can incorporate into their everyday lives through small group discussion, self-reflection and group activities. The program teaches ways to: Take better care of body, mind and spirit health, Become more aware of the mind-body connection, and how to use this awareness for better health, Respond rather than react to life’s stressors, Discover opportunities in life’s challenges, Develop habits that can lead to better health, Find ways to bring more joy into life, Simplify life and Live more in the moment.  The class will meet on Mondays at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. via zoom July 12, 2021 through August 30.  Registration is available online at through Wednesday July 7, 2021. For questions, more information, or accommodations, call Kyleigh Sullivan at 660-619-1355 or email her at

First Baptist Church in Appleton City, MO invites children to Rocky Railway VBS: Jesus’ power pulls us through. A summer kid’s event called Rocky Railway VBS will be hosted at First Baptist Church from June 28 to July 1. At Rocky Railway, kids discover through life’s ups and downs that Jesus’ power pulls us through. Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, engage in fun snack-eating experiences, take part in one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible memory buddies to remind them to trust Jesus, and test out sciency-fun gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God sightings. Each day concludes with the Rocky Wrap-Up that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 8:15 p.m. Kids at Rocky Railway VBS will join a mission effort to provide helpful alpacas for families in need in Ecuador, South America. Rocky Railway is for kids from 3 years old through those that have completed 4th grade and will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. The final evening of VBS will be a family night. They are inviting families to come join them for a meal, experience some of the things your kids did during Vacation Bible School, and end the evening with some yard games.

You can sign your child up free online at  For more information, call 660-476-5512 or message them through Facebook at First Baptist Church of Appleton City

Five area churches are teaming together to present a community VBS on July 12-16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. each evening. They invite all kids ages 3 years- 6th grade to join them on this “Journey with Jesus”.  Each church will host an evening: Trinity UMC – Monday, Rockville UMC – Tuesday, Church of God – Wednesday, River of Life – Thursday, Christian Church – Friday. Visit 3 different nights and you will be able to attend a pool party to end the week! Transportation will be available if needed. Contact Paige at 660-492-0985 for more info. You can register online at   

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold their annual Vacation Bible School July 5 and 6, 2021.

Native grasses can be a useful grazing tool for cattle in the summer months.  Therefore, MU Extension is cooperating with NRCS, Missouri Department of Conservation and the Nature Conservancy of Missouri to provide a native grass pasture walk on June 28. This pasture walk will begin at 6:00 p. m. at Schaaf Farms northeast of El Dorado Springs, Mo.  There will be a brief discussion by the landowner about cattle and forage management on the operation.  Furthermore, there will be representatives there from the cooperating organizations to provide discussion as well as answer questions related to the cattle grazing management on native grasses. There will be a light meal offered at the pasture walk.  Register for the free pasture walk in order to attend by June 25th by contacting the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 or online at more information on proper grasslands management visit the MU+NRCS Grasslands website at or the MU/MDC native grass website at

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for June, 2021.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments: June 23 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, June 23 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni, June 24 – Rheumatology, Dr. Tay   

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