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May 12 thru Dec 8 Salem 5K Fun Run/Walk 2nd Saturday of Each Month - Whether it's your first 5K or you are trying to set that PR, join us! You can run, walk, or skip along the course....it doesn't matter as long as you are moving8 amSalem Community Center @ the Armory729-8163
Jul 1 Celebration of the River Commuinty at Round Spring - Ozark National Scenic Riverways and the Shannon County Museum will host a Celebration of the River Community at Round Spring on Sunday, July 1, at the picnic pavilion located next to the spring branch. Families with a connection to the Round Spring community are invited to bring family pictures and artifacts to share with others attending the event. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with displays of local family history. Bring a picnic dinner and join us at the pavilion for an evening meal at 7:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. we will show several short films about the Current River area produced by local film makers and featuring people in our river community. Many of the films were recently shown at the Ozark Streams Film Festival to a standing room only crowd. Current and former members of the Round Spring community will join the reunion to share memories from earlier days on the Current River. Historic families from the Round Spring area include names such as Chilton, Light, Weese, Smith, Banks, Stewart, Ramsey, and others. It will be a wonderful time of sharing and an opportunity for visitors to learn what it was like to live along the Current River decades ago. Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people. For more information visit, www.nps.gov/ozar or call 573-323-8093. 6:00 P.MRound Spring573-323-8093
Jul 4 4th of July Firework display - Fireworks will be displayed at the Dent County Commons at dark.DarkDent County Commons729-6900
Jul 4 4th of July Parade - Parade theme "Celebrating the American Dream" Parade lineup begins at 5:15 pm with the parade starting at 6 pm. The parade will follow the normal parade route ending at the Dent County Courthouse. Grand Marshal Eric Surles.6:00 PMNormal Parade Route729-6900
Jul 4 Firecracker 4 on the 4th Fun Run/Walk - Come and support the Back to School Fair (making sure kids have back to school supplies). Proceeds from the $25 entry fee will go to his worthy cause. Register by June 27 to get a race themed beach towel. Presented by the Salem Running Club.8:00 A.MSalem United Methodist Church729-4551
Jul 5 Craft night - brooms6 pmEcho Bluff State Park844-322-3246
Jul 6 Dive-In Movie - Free Admission Join us for a movie at the newly renovated city pool! bring a chair or floatie to sit in.8:45 pmSalem City Pool729-8163
Jul 6 Splash and Dash fun run - Adults $20 kids 17 and under $15. Registration due by June 29th. After event participants will have free admission to the pool.7 pmSalem City Park729-8163
Jul 7 thru 8 Canoe &Kayak Clinics - Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Current River State Park will be offering free paddling clinics July 7-8, July 14-15, July 21-22, and July 28-29. The schedule for each weekend clinic will be the same, with dry land basic sessions conducted on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. at the Round Spring amphitheater. Paddle stroke instruction will begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday on the lower lake at Current River State Park. Students will have the option to continue instruction on the river in the afternoon, paddling approximately 4 miles from Current River State Park to Round Spring on an interpretive float with an instructor. Topics to be covered include canoe and kayak equipment, rescue techniques, basic paddle strokes and maneuvers, and river safety. Instructors for this clinic are certified by the American Canoe Association. Kayaks, paddles, and personal floatation devices will be supplied by Current River State Park and the clinics are free to all participants. Each session is limited to twelve participants, so pre-registration is required. Significant natural and cultural points of interest will be discussed during the paddle from Current River State Park to Round Spring. Trees and plants along the river will be identified, as well as wildlife and signs of wildlife. Just downstream from Current River State Park, a spring and old home site on river left will provide an opportunity to learn about the Ozark culture. Further downstream, Merritt Rock will be on river right, and the trip will pause for a short presentation about caves in the Riverways. The guided float will also stop at Sinking Creek, which enters the Current River on river left one mile before the destination at Round Spring. For more information or to register for one of the sessions call the Round Spring Visitor Center at 573-323-8093 or sign up in person at the Round Spring Visitor Center, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. 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 and upcoming programs, call (573) 323-4236; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar. Round Spring573-323-8093
Jul 9 thru 12 Junior Ranger Day Camp-Round Spring - Ozark National Scenic Riverways is hosting a free Junior Ranger Day Camp at Round Spring, July 9-12. Children are invited to spend the morning with a Park Ranger from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day from Monday, July 9, through Thursday, July 12. The day camp will be a great opportunity for kids to enjoy fun, exciting and educational activities as they become "Junior Rangers." Activities will focus on the development of outdoor skills and the study of natural wonders in the park. On Monday, Junior Rangers will explore river critters and try their luck fishing. Tuesday will be trails and outdoor skills day, with an opportunity to explore the newly constructed Round Spring Spur of the Ozark Trail. On Wednesday, a paddling class will be presented by certified instructors from the American Canoe Association. Thursday will be exploration of the underground wonders of Round Spring Cave. At the conclusion of the program, participants will receive a Junior Ranger badge. This program is targeted at children seven to twelve years of age. Space is limited, so call the Round Spring Ranger Station at (573)323-8093 to reserve a spot for your children and to receive detailed information about the program schedule and activities. Junior Ranger Day Camp is free and just one of many events and programs slated for 2018. For more information about special events scheduled throughout the year, contact (573)323-4236, visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozark. 9:00-12:00Round Spring573-323-4236
Jul 12 Stained Glass Workshop Series - These workshops will be held on the second Thursday of each month for the next several months at the Creative Arts Center in Salem or as long as there is an interest. These workshops are especially designed for individuals wanting to create a stained-glass piece that will take several sessions to complete, although individuals only wanting to do a small project that can be completed in one night may also come. Led by artist and art teacher Amber Pryor, all materials are provided to make your project to take home. There is a maximum enrollment of 8, so register early. The cost is $25 per session and reservations can be made by calling the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center at (573) 729-0029 or calling/texting (573) 247-0279 and arranging to pay your fee to hold your spot. This is NOT appropriate for young children or women who are pregnant. The Creative Arts Center is behind the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center located at 202 South Main in Salem, MO.5:30-8:00 pmThe Creative Arts Center729-0029
Jul 14 thru 15 Canoe & Kayak Clinics - Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Current River State Park will be offering free paddling clinics July 7-8, July 14-15, July 21-22, and July 28-29. The schedule for each weekend clinic will be the same, with dry land basic sessions conducted on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. at the Round Spring amphitheater. Paddle stroke instruction will begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday on the lower lake at Current River State Park. Students will have the option to continue instruction on the river in the afternoon, paddling approximately 4 miles from Current River State Park to Round Spring on an interpretive float with an instructor. Topics to be covered include canoe and kayak equipment, rescue techniques, basic paddle strokes and maneuvers, and river safety. Instructors for this clinic are certified by the American Canoe Association. Kayaks, paddles, and personal floatation devices will be supplied by Current River State Park and the clinics are free to all participants. Each session is limited to twelve participants, so pre-registration is required. Significant natural and cultural points of interest will be discussed during the paddle from Current River State Park to Round Spring. Trees and plants along the river will be identified, as well as wildlife and signs of wildlife. Just downstream from Current River State Park, a spring and old home site on river left will provide an opportunity to learn about the Ozark culture. Further downstream, Merritt Rock will be on river right, and the trip will pause for a short presentation about caves in the Riverways. The guided float will also stop at Sinking Creek, which enters the Current River on river left one mile before the destination at Round Spring. For more information or to register for one of the sessions call the Round Spring Visitor Center at 573-323-8093 or sign up in person at the Round Spring Visitor Center, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. 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 and upcoming programs, call (573) 323-4236; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar. Round Spring573-323-8093
Jul 21 thru 22 Canoe & Kayak Clinics - Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Current River State Park will be offering free paddling clinics July 7-8, July 14-15, July 21-22, and July 28-29. The schedule for each weekend clinic will be the same, with dry land basic sessions conducted on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. at the Round Spring amphitheater. Paddle stroke instruction will begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday on the lower lake at Current River State Park. Students will have the option to continue instruction on the river in the afternoon, paddling approximately 4 miles from Current River State Park to Round Spring on an interpretive float with an instructor. Topics to be covered include canoe and kayak equipment, rescue techniques, basic paddle strokes and maneuvers, and river safety. Instructors for this clinic are certified by the American Canoe Association. Kayaks, paddles, and personal floatation devices will be supplied by Current River State Park and the clinics are free to all participants. Each session is limited to twelve participants, so pre-registration is required. Significant natural and cultural points of interest will be discussed during the paddle from Current River State Park to Round Spring. Trees and plants along the river will be identified, as well as wildlife and signs of wildlife. Just downstream from Current River State Park, a spring and old home site on river left will provide an opportunity to learn about the Ozark culture. Further downstream, Merritt Rock will be on river right, and the trip will pause for a short presentation about caves in the Riverways. The guided float will also stop at Sinking Creek, which enters the Current River on river left one mile before the destination at Round Spring. For more information or to register for one of the sessions call the Round Spring Visitor Center at 573-323-8093 or sign up in person at the Round Spring Visitor Center, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. 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 and upcoming programs, call (573) 323-4236; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar. Round Spring573-323-8093
Jul 27 Bear Necessities - The Bonebrake Center of Nature and History will present “Bear Necessities” on Friday, July 27, 2018, starting at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Janet Price, naturalist, of Moonshadow Moments, LLC, formerly of Johnson’s Shut-Ins, participants will join our delightful “baby bear” (in pajamas, no less) as he tells us what Missouri’s black bears are REALLY like. And, please don’t poke the bear (that is a private joke that visitors will be let in on during the program). 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. The Bonebrake Center is located at 601 North Hickory Street in Salem, at the corner of North Hickory Street and East Rolla Road and can be viewed on the website at www.bonebrake.org or on our Facebook page! 6:30 P.M.Bonebrake Center of Nature and History729-3400
Jul 28 thru 29 Canoe & Kayak Clinics - Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Current River State Park will be offering free paddling clinics July 7-8, July 14-15, July 21-22, and July 28-29. The schedule for each weekend clinic will be the same, with dry land basic sessions conducted on Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. at the Round Spring amphitheater. Paddle stroke instruction will begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday on the lower lake at Current River State Park. Students will have the option to continue instruction on the river in the afternoon, paddling approximately 4 miles from Current River State Park to Round Spring on an interpretive float with an instructor. Topics to be covered include canoe and kayak equipment, rescue techniques, basic paddle strokes and maneuvers, and river safety. Instructors for this clinic are certified by the American Canoe Association. Kayaks, paddles, and personal floatation devices will be supplied by Current River State Park and the clinics are free to all participants. Each session is limited to twelve participants, so pre-registration is required. Significant natural and cultural points of interest will be discussed during the paddle from Current River State Park to Round Spring. Trees and plants along the river will be identified, as well as wildlife and signs of wildlife. Just downstream from Current River State Park, a spring and old home site on river left will provide an opportunity to learn about the Ozark culture. Further downstream, Merritt Rock will be on river right, and the trip will pause for a short presentation about caves in the Riverways. The guided float will also stop at Sinking Creek, which enters the Current River on river left one mile before the destination at Round Spring. For more information or to register for one of the sessions call the Round Spring Visitor Center at 573-323-8093 or sign up in person at the Round Spring Visitor Center, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. 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 and upcoming programs, call (573) 323-4236; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar. Round Spring573-323-8093

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