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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

The Van Buren County Democrat website is available only to print and digital subscribers. If you are already a subscriber, you can access the website at no additional charge.