Little Apple News from Appleton City

City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

All boys and girls ages 9 – 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2020 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held January 19, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at the Montrose R-XIV Public School Gymnasium. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 9 – 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are REQUIRED to furnish proof of age (birth certificate) and written parental consent. Pre-registration is preferable. Entry forms are available in the Montrose School office if you are child is interested. Please return completed forms and proof of age to the school office as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact: Norman Wagner at 60-492-2177. The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in 15,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth.

Immaculate Conception Church / St. Mary’s School, Montrose will hold its 9th Annual Smoked Meat Dinner Sunday, January 26.  The dinner will be served in St. Mary’s School Hall from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The menu includes smoked pork and chicken, baked beans, potato casserole, slaw, rolls, homemade cobbler and cake and tea, lemonade or coffee. A freewill donation will be greatly appreciated.  All proceeds will benefit Immaculate Conception Parish.  Please join them for great food and fellowship as they kickoff Catholic Schools Week.

Knitting classes, led by Ann Barclay, have resumed at the Appleton City Library on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Come join them and see what you might learn or get support in projects you are working on. Supplies are available if you don’t have any already. Learn something new this year. All ages are invited. Call 660-476-5513 for more information.

Appleton City Head Start is enrolling children for the 2019-2020 school year. Children need to be 3 years old on or before August 1, 2019. They have class Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Their phone number is (660)234-8767. The address is 214 S Beech St., AC MO 64724.

Once again DbarJ Quilts Etc will be sponsoring the Elva Gwinn Huffman Essay Contest for non-profit groups. Any non-profit group can write an

essay about their group, their good works, how they would use the quilt to help them raise money for their cause. It is best if you keep it to no more than 2 pages. Due date for the essays in March 31, 2020. They will be read and the quilt will be given out on April 2, which is Elva’s birthday. If you wish more information, you can call 660-598-2222 during business hours, M,W,TH,F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday 12:00-5:00 p.m.

The Appleton City Museum will provide a stroll down memory lane with a Photo Display during the SQC Celebration. Over 150 pictures will be on display of businesses, buildings, area occupations, leaders of the community and basically pictures of the past (anything that isn’t current). If anyone would like to donate an 8×10 photo to the Museum for this event, they will be glad to display it. However, they ask for prints that will become the property of the Museum in preserving AC History. The deadline to submit will be April 1, 2020. They may be mailed to: A.C. Museum, 305 N. Maple, ACMO 64724 or you can drop them off workdays at the museum, which are some Wednesday afternoons during the winter.

There will be a community play held during the Sesquicentennial event in June 2020. Abby Sage and Kamber Grishow are producing and directing the production and would like to formally extend their invitation for all those who wish to be a part of the event to please contact them. Whether you are interested in acting, assisting with costumes or set design, or simply want to offer your help with the process but don’t know how, please let them know. Auditions for the play will be held later in January (date TBD). Sage can be reached at (417) 766-8708 and Grishow at (660) 492-3502. More information can be found on the Appleton City Community Play Facebook page.

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for January and February 2020. Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Jan 15–Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Vardakis, Jan 20 – Rheumatology – Dr. Latinis, Jan 28 – Orthopedics – Dr. Gray, Feb 3 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, Feb 5 –Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Vardakis, Feb 6 – OB/GYN-Dr. Kallberg, Feb. 7 – Ophthalmology-Dr. Soni,  Feb 12 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin,   Feb 13– Podiatry-Dr. Dowell, Feb 14 – Orthopedics-Dr. Gray, Feb 17 – Rheumatology–Dr. Latinis, Feb 19 – Upper GI, Colonoscopy- Dr. Namin,   Feb 26 – Orthopedics – Dr. Gray.                

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Jan 13 – 18    AC Varsity Basketball Tournament

Jan 19     Knights of Columbus free throw contest 12:30 p.m. at the Montrose R-XIV Public School Gym

Jan 20     Martin Luther King holiday.  Banks and government offices closed.

Jan 21-24      Courtwarming week activities at AC Schools