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May 3 Craft night - carved wooden spoonsEcho Bluff State Park844-322-3246
May 3 National Day of Prayer - Grace Community Church will be hosting a National Day of Prayer opportunity on Thursday, May 3rd, during the noon hour. There will be a light lunch served beginning at 11:45 and a time of prayer beginning at 12:15. This is a time for all to join in corporate prayer for our nation, our community, and our local churches. This local event is one of thousands of such events held on this date across the nation. This year's theme is "Pray for America - UNITY." There is no cost for lunch; however, reservations would be appreciated by May 1st, and can be made by calling the church office at 729-4573.11:45Grace Community Church729-4573
May 4 Annual Junior Ranger Day - The annual Junior Ranger Day event at Ozark National Scenic Riverways will be held at Alley Spring on Friday, May 4th. Each year, students and youth organizations come together with educators from natural resource agencies for an exciting day of outdoor education exhibits and activities. Students from area schools will begin arriving at 9:00 a.m. A brief welcoming ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and then classes will rotate through a variety of engaging activity stations until approximately 2 p.m. Participants should bring a picnic lunch and dress to spend the day outdoors. Activities, displays, and presentations are targeted toward 4th and 5th grade students. Homeschool students and scout groups will find this event to be a wonderful educational opportunity. The general public is also welcome to attend. Schools and large groups should RSVP by calling Dave Tobey at 573-323-8093 or email The main event for students will be a live Birds of Prey presentation by bird handlers from the Dickerson Park Zoo. Activities will include a short hike with Ozark Trail Association volunteers, paddling skills presented by American Canoe Association Instructors, outdoor skills with National Park Service Rangers, and archery instruction provided by National Archery in the Schools instructors. Special programs will be presented about caves, snakes, bears, butterflies, fish, wildfires, and much more. Participating organizations include Missouri State Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation, Bonebrake Center, Project WET, Springfield Plateau Grotto, American Canoe Association, Ozark Trail Association, Master Naturalists of Missouri, Missouri State University, and National Association of Archery in the Schools. For more information call 573-323-8093 or visit us online at Alley Spring is located approximately six miles west of Eminence, Missouri, on State Route 106. Activities will conclude at approximately 2:00 p.m. with a ceremony to swear in all students as official Junior Rangers and award them their badges. Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people. For more information about the Riverways, call (573) 323-4236; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website 9-2Alley Spring573-323-8093
May 5 Cinco de Mayo - Family Friendly Party on the Deck5 pmEcho Bluff State Park
May 5 Community Wide Yard Sale - Time to organize, clean out those closets and garages and participate in the Spring City Wide Yard Sale. The City Wide Yard Sale is the perfect answer to get organized! To reserve your spot at the City parking lot @ 4th & Iron St. call 729-2428. To be included on the map and newspaper advertisements, call 729-4126,the Salem News. MAPS available at Chamber Office/Visitor's Center, City Administration Building and Convenience stores. Saturday Morning Throughout the City 573-729-4811Starting 7:00 AMAll over Salem573-729-2428
May 5 Spring Kids Free Fishing Day - Kids fish for free at Montauk State Park each year on the Saturday before mother's day weekend. Kids 15 and under can pick up their required free fishing tag at the registration booth near the fish cleaning station the night before the event from 5-8 pm or all day on Saturday.6:30 am-8:15 pmMontauk State Park573-548-2585
May 7 thru 11 SMDH Free sports PhysicalsSMDH729-8000
May 8 Photo Scavenger HuntTiger Trail729-8163
May 10 Senior Citizens’ Trout FishingTournament - This trout tournament will be open to any man or woman 60 years of age or older. Two classes will be designated, fly or bait. Two prizes will be awarded to winners in each class for heaviest trout, and heaviest stringer of trout. Gift certificates will be presented to the winners upon completion of the tournament. Registration at Dorman L. Steelman Lodge. Tournament hours are 6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 6:30 AM - 2:00 PMMontauk State Park
May 10 Stained Glass Workshop series, round 4 - Registration is required. $25 per person covers all supplies needed.5:30-8:00The Creative Arts Center729-0029
May 11 thru 12 Old Mill Days - Bring mom out for Mother’s Day weekend for our Annual Old Mill Days and celebrate the historic Mill and our rich Ozark heritage. Each year the valley comes to life with historical re-enactors, historical artisans, and other local Ozark crafters. Join us at Montauk on the Saturday before Mother’s Day as we step back in time and explore lost traditions of a time many have forgotten. Note: On Friday Montauk invites local schools for a sneak peek and explore hands on activities.9-4Montauk State Park
May 13 thru 16 KidzTurn CrusadeGrace Community Church729-4573
May 13 Mothers Day Lunch11 amEcho Bluff State Park
May 13 Mother's Day Special Sunday Buffet - Bring mom and the family to Montauk on this special day. The “Mother’s Day Buffet” will be prepared and served by the staff of the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.11:00-4:00Montauk State Park
May 18 thru 20 Ozark Mountain Yogo Festival - visit for more infoEcho Bluff State Park844-322-3246
May 19 thru 20 Celebration on the River Community @ Akers - Eminence, MO: Ozark National Scenic Riverways will host a special celebration of the historic Akers community on May 19 and 20 in partnership with the Shannon County Museum and Ozark Heritage Project. Everyone is invited to attend this event, which will highlight the rich history of the upper Current River. On Saturday, May 19, a local Current River bluegrass band will provide entertainment at the Akers Visitor Center from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tiny’s Hillbilly BBQ will be on hand so that visitors can enjoy an evening meal on the banks of the Current River while listening to the music. A dutch oven cooking demonstration will be conducted as well. Participants are encouraged to explore all the nearby historic sites, including Akers Ferry, Mt Zion Church, Devils Well, Howell-Maggard Cabin and Welch Spring. Rangers will be available at Akers Visitor Center to provide information and directions for seeing those areas. On Sunday, May 20, activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a special service at the Mt. Zion Church, located one-half mile north of Akers Ferry on State Route K. At noon, everyone will gather at the Akers Visitor Center to enjoy a picnic lunch, a bluegrass open jam session with local musicians, and stories about life on the upper Current River from descendants of local families. Those with a connection to the Akers community will have an opportunity to share memories with everyone in attendance. At 2:00 p.m. we will kick-off the 2018 Current River Canoe Race with a short paddle from Welch Spring to Akers. A brief visit to the Howell-Maggard Cabin will be included during the paddle. Events: Saturday, May 19 • 5:00 to 8:00 pm: Bluegrass music, Tiny’s Hillbilly BBQ, and Dutch Oven Cooking at Akers Visitor Center Sunday, May 20 • 11:00 am: Church service at Mt. Zion Church • Noon: Picnic Lunch, Bluegrass Open Jam Session, Stories of the Upper Current River • 2:00 to 5:00 pm: Current River Canoe Race Kick-off and Interpretive Paddle from Welch Spring to Akers Join us to learn more about the cultural history of the upper Current River! For more information about this event call (573) 323-8093; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at For more information about the Riverways, call (573) 323-4236; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at all dayUpper Current River573-323-8093
May 19 Spring Craft Fair - Join us for our Spring Craft Fair featuring handmade and repurposed products, along with select direct sales, food vendors, and games for kids.10 - 4Echo Bluff State Park
May 23 thru 24 SMDH Health Fair6:00-9:00Salem Community Center @ the Armory729-6626
May 25 Going Batty - Led by Janet Price, naturalist, of Moonshadow Moments, LLC, formerly of Johnson’s Shut-Ins, explore the magic of BATS! If you don’t like bugs driving YOU batty, check out how bats take care of the problem for us—for free! Count Batula will be flying in to share some secrets, songs, and even a bat rap with us! This program is appropriate for all ages and is especially family-friendly. The cost is $1.00 per person or $5.00/family, regardless of the number, which includes a light snack. Phone reservations are requested to plan for snacks and activities. Please call the Bonebrake Center (573.729.3400) for more information or register.6:30-8:30 pmBonebrake Center of Nature and History729-3400
May 26 Birds of Prey - Bring your lawn chairs to sit and relax as you see a bald eagle, owls and hawks up close during this unique outdoor program! You must be seated when the program starts. Handlers will allow some of the birds to fly just inches above the heads of the audience as they talk about the unique characteristics of each bird of prey. The program will be held in the field adjacent to the park lodge at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Program is presented by the World Bird Sanctuary of St Louis.2:00 pmMontauk State Park
May 26 Salem Acoustic Community Jam - Bring your instrument and play along with the crew, or just come to listen and pat your feet! No talent needed! free for all6:30 pmThe Creative Arts Center729-0029
May 28 Memorial Day Service at Cedar Grove Cemetery - Guest Speaker- Bill Stack. Lunch will be served after service at the American Legion Post. Open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend10:00 A.M.Cedar Grove Cemetery729-1394

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