Saturday, Nov. 24, is the 9th annual Van Buren County Toy, Food Run and Christmas Parade, sponsored by From Crime to Christ and Flame Riders. Bring an unwrapped toy and a non-perishable food item to participate. After the Toy Run, Santa will hand out gifts to children 12 and under at the Kiddie Park in Clinton. Kickstands up at 1 p.m., leaving from Backyard Antiques. For more information call Happy Jack at 884-6396.

The board of director of Ozark Opportunities will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Newton County Library on Highway 7 in Jasper. The meeting is open to the public.

The Williams Family from Mississippi will be at Burnt Ridge Community Church Friday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Potluck follows. There will be a free giveaway from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24.

Dec. 20 is the deadline to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment survey for Van Buren County. To find the survey visit