The Little Apple

The Senior Citizen Dinner is a complimentary Christmas dinner with entertainment and art sponsored by Appleton City High School.  This dinner is for all senior citizens of our community and will be hosted in the Appleton City Elementary School gym on Wednesday, December 19 at 11:30 a.m.  (Doors will open at 11:00 a.m.)  They would greatly appreciate you showing up and allowing them to serve you on that day.

Come do some evening Christmas shopping Wednesday December 14 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in Appleton City.  Participating businesses are: 3 Wishes, Fika, Rural Roots, Jina’s Junque, Half Baked Take & Bakery, Cork & Keg and Sandi’s F’n Kitchen (603 W 3rd St). Shopping local is handy and appreciated by your home town businesses.

Zink Motor Company is holding their 2nd annual hat/glove drive for kids in the surrounding area from now until December 16. If you wish to participate, the drop-off will be in the showroom at Zink Motor Company. Please help keep the children warm this winter!

All American Agency Group LLC is sponsoring a window decorating contest for the businesses on Main Street.  There will be prizes for the top three windows and a people’s choice window.  Judging will be December 19 by a few willing volunteers from another community.  If you would like to be a part of making Main Street magical, contact Kimberly at, call 660-476-2444 or text 660-424-4129

The Methodist Churches of Appleton City and Rockville invite you to upcoming services.  They will be holding their Blue Christmas (The Longest Day) Service, which is a service of healing and hope on Wednesday, December 21, Rockville 6:00 p.m. and Appleton City 7:30 p.m.  The Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be held at Rockville at 6:00 p.m.  Christmas Day service will be combined at Rockville 10:00 a.m.  All are invited to join any and all of the services.  Regular Sunday services are Rockville 9:00 a.m. and Appleton City at 10:45.

Christmas and New Year’s Masses at Immaculate Conception Church in Montrose and St. Patrick’s Church in Butler  are as follows: Christmas Eve – Immaculate Conception 4:00 p.m., St. Patrick 7:00 p.m. Christmas Day – Immaculate Conception 8:00 a.m. St. Patrick 10:00 a.m.  New Year’s Masses will stay the same as a weekend Mass since it falls on the weekend.

A reminder to Appleton City residents that taxes are due December 31.  A penalty will be assessed for any late payments. Taxes are now payable to the County Collector at the courthouse in Osceola. 

Ellett Memorial Hospital Appleton City offers outpatient specialist services for December 2022.  Call 660-476-2111 for appointments. Dec. 15 – Podiatry- Dr. Pace,   Dec. 21– Upper GI, Colonoscopy-Dr. Namin, Dec 28 – Ortho-Dr. Gray, Dec 28 – Ophthalmology – Dr. Soni 

The Master Gardener program’s motto, helping others learn to grow, emphasizes service to others as the program’s main objective. A new session of online Missouri Master Gardener core training begins January 15, 2023. There will be 14 online classes. Classes are delivered through the Canvas learning management system as a series of scripted and narrated presentations. Students work at their own pace. A composite score of 70% on chapter quizzes is needed to pass the course. Topics include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, insects and diseases, and pesticide safety. Subjects covered include basic botany, soils and plant nutrition, vegetable gardening, fruit production, insects and diseases, landscaping, turf management and pesticide safety. Core training is the first step toward certification as an MU Extension Master Gardener. Trainees must also complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service, Local Master Gardener coordinators can help online trainees find volunteer opportunities to meet the service hour requirements. Registration for the spring 2023 online session closes January.14. 2023. For details and registration, go to

Alfalfa 101: Establishing a Stand, Starting Production, Harvesting, Feeding and Economics will be offered on-line via Zoom.  The two-part workshop, on January 24 and 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. will give producers the basic knowledge to produce alfalfa.  Alfalfa is quite different from other forages and requires more management but rewards you with high quality forage.  Year in and year out, alfalfa has been one of the crops with the highest return in MU Extension crop budgets.  The workshop will be taught by Pat Miller, University of Missouri Extension Agronomy Specialist; Wesley Tucker, University of Missouri Extension Ag Business Specialist and Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist.  The cost is $20 per person.  The 68 page Alfalfa Management Guide and other handouts will be e-mailed to participants.  Please make reservations by January 20 by registering on-line at: For more information, call Pat Miller at 417-448-2560 or e-mail her at 

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Dec 14       Senior Citizen Dinner 11:30 a.m. at Appleton City Elementary gym

Dec 14       After hours shopping at AC Businesses 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dec 15       ACHS Winter Band Concert 7:00 p.m.

Dec 19       Appleton City Elementary Winter Concert 6:00 p.m.

Dec 22       Winter break begins at Appleton City Schools