Free kids meals start Thursday at the market

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 – 11 a.m. Saturdays

The Webb City Farmers Market is serving free kids meals again this summer.

Starting Thursday, afternoon meals will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

And breakfast will be served from 9 – 11 a.m. Saturdays.

The meals are FREE to all who 18 and under. They will be packed with healthy ingredients from farms, bakeries and other food vendors in our area.

One change is that meals can’t just be picked up anymore. Market manager Rachael Lynch says the USDA is now requiring that the meals be eaten at the market.

Schools’ free kids meals start Friday

Meanwhile, starting Friday, kids 18 and younger can eat breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday at schools open for summer school. Being enrolled isn’t required.

Schools open for summer school are: Madge T. James Kindergarten Center, Webster Primary Center, middle school, junior high school and high school.

Back to the ’80s Downtown After Dark

4:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2

Take a trip back in time to the ’80s for this month’s Downtown After Dark event, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in downtown Webb City.

Participating businesses will be serving tastings of wine to guests with wristbands, along with snacks meant to pair with the beverage. 

There will also be food trucks at the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce at Broadway and Webb Street.

Wristbands for wine tasting will be for sale for $15 at Just A Taste, 105 S. Main St. They are optional, though. No ticket or payment is necessary to just shop without sampling the wine.

’80s Prom for adults

4 – 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Just A Taste

Just A Taste will continue the Downtown After Dark them with an ’80s Prom for adults, featuring cocktail food, music, dancing and a cash bar. There will also be a fashion contest and photo opportunities.

Tickets are $20. They can be purchased Thursday with the Downtown After Dark wristbands or Friday. Receive a $5 discount by purchasing the wristband and prom ticket at the same time.

Prom tickets can also be purchased online at

Sky Kings fun-fly and swap meet

9 a.m. – sunset, Saturday, June 11

The Sky Kings R/C Club will hold its spring fun fly and swap meet Saturday, June 11, at the club’s airfield in Webb City.

Spectators, welcome to attend for free, are reminded to wear hats and sunglasses and bring lawn chairs. Lunch will be available to purchase.

Remote control pilots from the Four States are expected to be flying their planes. A current Academy of Model Aeronautics card is required to fly.

The airfield is located north of Sharon Drive, just west of the Carterville city limits. 

For more information, contact Thane Snider at (417) 699-3076 or

Master Gardener classes start in July

Applications due for limited enrollment by June 30

University of Missouri Extension in Jasper County is sponsoring a Missouri Master Gardener volunteer training course. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning July 12 and winding up in Early August. The course contains 10 sessions of three hours each.

Course trainees will learn basic gardening and volunteerism skills with the goal of involvement in the Master Gardener mission of “Helping others learn to grow”. The Master Gardeners participate in a wide variety of community service projects and assist University of Missouri Extension in providing unbiased educational information to the public.

Enrollment is limited to 20 dedicated people who are willing to volunteer 30 hours the first year and 20 volunteer hours, along with 6 continuing education hours in subsequent years to become an active member of the Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners, or chapter of their choice. Once trained, continuing education hours are available through attending monthly meetings, workshops, and classes.

Session topics include botany and plant identification techniques, plant environments, soil health, diagnostics of diseases and pests, home fruit production, home vegetable production, landscaping with woody plants, landscaping with herbaceous plants, lawns and alternative lawns, tropical plants and plant propagation. Each session concludes with a strategy of educational volunteering on each topic.

This years’ master gardener training classes are held in partnership with the Carthage Public Library.

The Core Training Program has limited enrollment. The fee for the training is $200.

Application deadline is June 30. To apply for a space in the program or to obtain further information contact University of Missouri Extension in Jasper County at or call (417) 358-2158.

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