There are a lot of options out there for your weekend fun!  Here's a list we put together of events happening over the weekend.

The Pettis County R XII’s Veteran’s Day Assembly will be on Friday, November 8.

The assembly will feature the Smith Cotton JROTC Color Guard, patriotic performances, veteran recognition, and a guest speaker, Senator Mike Parson.  The event begins at 10:00 a.m. in the school gymnasium and a reception for veterans and their families will follow.  RSVP by calling 826-5385.

The Scott Joplin Foundation and the Liberty Center for the Association of the Arts presents an Evening with Jeff Barnhart.

Jeff Barnhart is a world renowned pianist and will be performing on Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the Liberty Center Box Office at 660-826-5145. Tickets for adults are $10, for students and 18 & under, $5.

The American Legion in Cole Camp is having their annual Pork and Turkey Dinner. 

It’ll be held on Saturday, November 9, serving dinner from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Post 305 in Cole Camp.  Adult advance tickets are $8, children aged 5-12 are $3, and under five eat for free.  Prices go up a dollar at the door.  Get your tickets at Mora Lumber, Heet Gas Company, and Dean’s Barber Shop.

The next meeting of the Valley of Hope Support Group will be November 9.

The Valley of Hope is a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren. It’ll be held on November 9 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at 1200 East Broadway, the Salvation Army. For more information, call Debby at 619-8048.

There will be a Jack Oakie Film Festival to celebrate the life and career of this Sedalia native.

It’ll be held on November 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Convention Hall in Liberty Park.  There will be light refreshments.  Donations will be accepted to benefit the restoration of the Uptown Theater.  Any relatives of Jack are asked to please attend.  The night is open to the public.

The Smith Cotton Project Fundraiser in Sedalia is starting up. 

Tickets are $100 and provide two chicken dinners complete with cheesy potatoes, green beans, rolls and dessert, and a chance to win cash – there is a $2,500 grand prize, plus other prizes ranging from $50 to $1,500. There also will be a silent auction for themed baskets. Dinner is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Smith-Cotton High School cafeteria. All proceeds will be used to pay for the Project Graduation party for the Class of 2014, held the night of Commencement. For tickets or to make donations, call Laura Akin, (660) 473-9682; Kelly Burkholder, (660) 620-1840; or Amy Simoncic, (660) 287-4118.

The Liberty Center Association for the Arts and Starline Brass is thrilled to welcome Royal Wade Kimes back to the Liberty Center stage. 

The concert will be Saturday, November 9 beginning at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  The show is always a rousing, energetic, packed concert. Kimes will pay tribute to our American heroes during the show.  Join us at the Liberty Center to celebrate our veterans.   The community is invited to purchase tickets in order to send local veterans as no charge to them to the concert. Veterans tickets will be distributed through the 40 and 8 Organization. To sponsor a veteran, please call the Liberty Center to purchase tickets or mail your sponsor marked “Veterans Show”. If you would like to send a 40 and 8 veteran to the show or purchase tickets for yourself, please contact the Liberty Center at (660) 827-3228 or via e-mail: or stop by the office at 111 West 5th Street in historic downtown Sedalia.

The Elks support our nations’ veterans annually with a deer hide collection program. 

These hides are cured and delivered to a tannery. Once tanned, the hides are then turned into leather gloves made by veterans of the United States Armed Services. Once produced, the Elks sell these gloves and donate the proceeds to various charitable veterans’ programs throughout the United States. The state of Missouri has now been #1 in the nation for the past two years beating out Iowa for the most hides collected toward this fine program. Please help us continue to support our nations’ veterans by contributing your hides to us. The hides simply need to be skinned from the deer, have the neck and legs cut off, and contact an ELK VETERANS SERVICES committee member immediately before they start to spoil. The committee members will collect them, salt cure them, and store them until the end of all deer hunting seasons.

Locally, you can contact the following individuals: Chris Spence (Chairman): 660-619-3445 Ellis Tilman: 660-553-1944 or Doug Tilman: 660-287-0496

The Sons of the American Legion post 642 are having a membership drive.

Through the months of November and December, if you are eligible, you may join the SAL for only $15.  This price is half off the regular membership price of $30.  This offer is for new membership only (no renewals at that offer).  Stop by and get an application at 2016 West Main or call the American Legion Post 642 at 827-2750.

The need for animal food and supplies at the Sedalia Animal Shelter continues as winter approaches, but donations often decrease as the holidays near.

To help, we at the Thompson Hills Animal Clinic are conducting our Fourth Annual Pet Food Drive for the Sedalia Animal Shelter through the end of November.  Donations of dog and cat food, blankets, laundry soap, and bleach to aid in the operation of the local animal shelter are encouraged. Convenient drop off locations for your donations are at Thompson Hills Animal Clinic across from West Lake Ace Hardware at 1201 Thompson Blvd or at the shelter, 2900 West Main St.  During this season of thanks, remember the cats and dogs looking for permanent homes, temporarily housed in the Sedalia Animal Shelter. The drive runs from November 1stthrough the 30th.  Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact Debbie Spalding or Dr. Chad McNeal at Thompson Hills Animal Clinic, 1201 Thompson Blvd, Sedalia.  Call 827-5310
Have a great weekend!