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Events in the month of November 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017
It's almost winter! Join Jeff Fuller as he talks about the best methods of putting your garden to bed for the winter (but does it really go to sleep?). Topics include using cover crops, using mulch as well as leaf mold in a totally organic environment. The approach of realizing garden soil is a living entity that has to be nourished year round is the basis of this community skills event. 
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
This event is free to the public
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Attention Chamber Members: We have an opportunity you do not want to miss! We are holding a free presentation on November 9th from 3:00-4:00 pm, here at our Chamber Office.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Abby Wambach, retired professional soccer and two-time gold medalist will be speaking as the Student Activities Board's fall speaker.
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Friday, November 10, 2017
Community Opportunities Sheltered workshop will be Hunting for Bucks to raise money for the Adair County United Way on Friday November 10th from 11 am to 4 pm at Walmart in Kirksville.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Come raise money for philanthropy, support ANAD! Purchase a tee shirt for $7, participate in the 1 mile Fun Run for $5, the 5K for $10, or all three for $18!


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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Fire Cider: a Natural Cold Remedy

It's that season again for colds and flus. But did you know you could use common household ingredients to fight those nasty bugs? Learn how to make Fire Cider and how it can help remedy the common cold and flu. If you want to make your own and bring it home, there will be a materials fee for $5/jar. Please RSVP for a jar by e-mailing 

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Truman’s Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The concert will begin with Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72” and will be followed by Stravinsky’s “Symphony in Three Movements.” The featured and final piece of the performance will be Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet Op. 71,” including seasonal favorites like “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Flowers.”
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Voci, Truman’s premier women’s choir, will perform “Folk Songs from Around the World” at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Under the direction of graduate conductor Carter Datz, the concert will feature music representing countries from around the world, including Hungary, Japan, Israel, Bulgaria, England, Mexico and the United States.
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Reminiscent of the popular movie Night at the Museum, great movie speeches transcend
the screen and come to life on Mon. Nov. 13th at Truman State University’s Ruth W.
Towne Museum and Visitors Center. Students from select COMM 170 sections have
organized an entertaining program scheduled from 8:00-9:00 PM. Approximately 90
students are involved in the project sponsored by the Communication Club (NCASC) in
honor of Communication Week at Truman. At any given point about half of the students
will be in character and will share what was rhetorically splendid or lackluster in the
speech at hand; this will allow the other student performers to move around and enjoy
student speeches as well.
The public is invited to meander through the museum in self-paced style realizing that
each student presentation is 3-5 minutes. Students will share brief insights about the
characters, the rhetorical situation, and will perform excerpts of the dialogue/speeches.
Students are also invited to join the Communication Club. NCASC is committed to
enriching the lives of undergraduate Communication major and minors by promoting the
study and application of communication principles through educational and social
functions. Dr. Barry Poyner serves as an advisor to the organization, the only NCA
Student Club in the state of Missouri! Bethany Spitzmiller serves as club president.
NCA members will assist as night watchmen.
This is the 8 th time that such an event has been organized at Truman. In the past, historic
speeches, drawn from the Top 100 Speeches of the 20 th Century
( have been performed. In addition to the movie speeches,
this grand finale poses a number of 21 st century nominations for consideration.
Those attending are encouraged to vote for the best portrayal based on dress, delivery of
quotes, and understanding of character, rhetorical situation, and rhetorical splendor. The
event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Dr. Barry Poyner
at Truman State University, 660.785.4063,

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Community Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by local businesses. Come join us for turkey with all the fixings! Everyone is welcome. Meal is free of charge.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Saturday, November 18, 2017

Kirksville High School students will transport audiences to 1950s New York City in their annual musical, West Side Story.  This musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage gangs from different ethnic backgrounds.  Tensions rise when Tony, a former Jet, and friend of the Jets leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, whose brother Bernardo, is leader of the Sharks.  How can Tony and Maria ever be together?

West Side Story features such memorable songs as “I Feel Pretty”, “America”, “Gee, Officer Krupke”, and “Tonight”.  KHS students and faculty have been working for months with daily rehearsals in preparation for this massive musical undertaking.

The performance stars Joseph Doman as Tony, Meg Howard as Maria, with Sarah Vorkink as Anita, and Carlo Tornatore as Bernardo. Riff is played by Alex Grimm.  The musical is under the direction of drama teacher Denise Clark and choir teacher Rebecca Murphy. 

Performances are Thursday, November 16th, through Saturday, November 18th, at 7 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.  General admission tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at Edna Campbell’s, Beard’s Decorating, Hy-Vee, or the Kirksville High School Office.  Tickets are also available at the door beginning approximately one hour before showtime.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

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Friday, November 17, 2017
Join us in celebrating the arrival of the Float Pod at Rejuvenate Massage Therapy!
There will also be an open house from 4:30-6:30 pm 

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Friday, November 17, 2017
Join Take Root Cafe, Still Kids, and the Art of Living Club as we host Walk with Me, a Journey into Mindfulness featuring Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese monk Martin Luther King Jr. nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is one of the most popular Zen Buddhist teachers of all time, and is widely acknowledged for introducing mindfulness to the western world. 

Also a human rights activist, poet and successful author, his books have sold millions worldwide. For the last fifty years, his own practice of mindfulness has touched the hearts and minds of people looking for an enhanced mental and emotional resiliance and a lifestyle that's free from anxiety and stress. 

Nov 17, 6:30-8:30 pm. 

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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Show Me Select Replacement Heifer Program is focused entirely on Missouri's farmers and is dependent upon active participation from regional extension livestock specialists and local veterinarians, each of which are critical components of the agricultural sector of this state.

The anticipated outcomes of this program include:

  • Increased adoption rate by farmers in Missouri of management practices that offer potential to improve long-term reproductive efficiency of their herds and resulting profitability
  • Expanded working relationships among farmers, regional livestock specialists and veterinarians that will enhance information exchange and improve management of cow herds across Missouri
  • Improved heifer development programs through a Total Quality Management approach
  • Increased marketing opportunities for and added value for Missouri-raised heifers
  • Creation of reliable sources of quality replacement heifers in terms of genetics and management



This program is unique in that it is first and foremost, an educational program targeted at improving production efficiency through increased use of existing technology, coupled with the marketing component.


Missouri ranks second in the nation in total number of beef cows with more than 2 million cows on 60,000 farms across the state. Income from the forage-based beef cattle industry represents the largest source of agricultural revenue within Missouri and presents significant potential to further increase Missouri's on-farm income and total agricultural revenue. The profitability of cow/calf operations in Missouri and throughout the United States is influenced largely by pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed for breeding. Improvements in production efficiency are possible and can be expected to occur with improvements in reproductive management.

Female replacement strategies have one of the greater long-term effects on profitability within a cowherd as any other decision made by a cow-calf producer. Producers must evaluate long and short-term effects of replacement choices and the combined sensitivity of those choices to market price and long-term reproductive integrity of their herds. Decision-making systems that focus only on the short-term effects of female replacement strategies do not measure such things as: reproductive soundness, replacement rate, comparative productive capacity between heifers and cows, death and morbidity rates, disease incidence, conception rates, comparative pregnancy distribution between heifers and cows, calving interval effects on weaning weight and prices, and effect of birth weight on dystocia and subsequent reproduction.

Low adoption rates by farmers of selected management practices designed for improvement of replacement beef heifers suggest that sufficient efforts to demonstrate the utility of these practices have not been made. Because of the obvious potential to improve production, reproductive efficiency, and individual farm income we propose the development of a comprehensive educational program for beef producers in Missouri focusing on development of the replacement beef heifer.


Selection and management of replacement beef heifers involve decisions that affect future productivity of an entire herd. Programs to develop heifers have therefore focused on the physiological processes that influence puberty. Age at puberty is most important as a production trait when heifers are bred to calve as 2-yr-olds and in systems that impose restricted breeding periods. The number of heifers that become pregnant during their first breeding season and within a defined time period is correlated with the number that exhibit estrus early in the breeding season.

The decision to breed heifers as yearlings involves careful consideration of the economics of production, and the reproduction status and breed type or genetic make-up of the heifers involved. A number of factors influence the ability of a cow to calve in a given year and successively over a number of years. Heifers that calve early during their first calving season have higher lifetime calf production than those that calve late. Because most calves are weaned at a particular time rather on a weight-constant or age-constant basis, calves born late in the normal calving season are usually lighter at sale time than those born early. This tends to decrease the total lifetime profitability of their dams. In many cases subjective methods of selecting replacement heifers have not afforded suitable focus on reproductive traits. The ability to identify heifers with the greatest reproductive potential prior to the breeding season should result in increased reproductive efficiency resulting in improvements in total cowherd productivity and profitability.


Results from the 1994 NAHMS survey (National Animal Health & Monitoring Service) indicate that a small percentage of farms nationwide utilize specific management procedures for replacement beef heifers. The results of this survey, which include farms in Missouri, are listed in the following table.

Management practice Number of operations (%)
Feed seperately 32.8
Pelvic measurements 3.0
Reproductive tract scores 1.2
Breed prior to mature cow herd 12.7
Synchronize estrus 3.0
Artificial insemination 3.3
Body condition score 4.6
Weigh 7.9
Pregnancy test/palpation 15.9
NAHMS, 1994

These practices, despite their potential impact and resulting contribution to the reproductive integrity of an entire herd, both short and long-term, have gained only marginal acceptance. These practices help to ensure that heifers entering a herd as raised or purchased replacements will contribute to the general performance and productivity of an entire cowherd immediately and more importantly long-term. These criteria provide an objective assessment of the postweaning to prebreeding development phase and a useful means of objectively selecting or culling bred replacements.

With more than 2 million beef cows in production in Missouri and roughly 1 million heifers produced annually, there is significant potential to add value to a large, untapped segment of the beef herd in this state. Currently, an estimated 15% of heifers produced annually are retained for breeding purposes. The remainder are fed to slaughter. Therein lies an opportunity to retain greater numbers of heifers to develop and market for breeding purposes within Missouri, surrounding states, the nation, as well as internationally.

One of the largest problem areas for cow-calf operations is the developing phase of the replacement beef heifer and related inadequacies in nutrition and management. Extension programming and industry education should provide a common ground in terms of available technology and emerging management practices. Development of a fundamental understanding of basic principles regarding animal breeding, genetics, reproductive biology, nutrition, animal health, and economics are essential in making informed management decisions that sustain long-term economic viability on a farm-to-farm basis. These considerations provide the foundation upon which the Show Me Select Heifer Replacement Program is based.

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Friday, November 17, 2017
North Central Missouri Show-Me-Select Bred Heifer Sale
Friday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.
Kirksville Livestock, LLC
Selling 150 crossbred and purebred heifers, including Angus, Angus cross, Red Angus and a few Charolais-cross
Get the sale catalog and more information on our Facebook page at


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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Christmas in Novinger includes sales at three locations.  The 32nd annual Country Christmas Craft Festival will be held at the Novinger School and features all types of handmade crafts, bake sale, and food stand.  The Novinger Community hosts the Holiday Bazaar which includes antiques, collectibles, repurposed and flea market items, crafts and commercial products.  Shopper's Delight will be held at the Fire House where all types of commercial vendors sell their wares, along with some crafts and homemade food products.  
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Sunday, November 19, 2017
 Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Dinner & Missions Auction. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm with our Missions auction to follow. There is no cost for the dinner, the auction is to raise money for Nazarene Missions. Call the church office (660-665-6862) if you have any questions.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
For months now, Take Root Cafe has been partnering with other nonprofits in Kirksville to offer a free monthly community meal as a way to continually reach out to those who are in need of a healthy meal. 

While this service is needed, we want to expand upon this idea and open up this community meal to those who need their bellies filled AND to those who can afford it but may be in need of community. 

Inviting everyone to the table to share in a community meal together is the core of what Take Root is about. We want to transcend income-levels, see past culutral and class differences, and be able to sit down and enjoy delicious local food together.

For those who can afford to pay for your meal, we are asking $10/ticket (for either yourself or someone in need) OR $20 to purchase your ticket and a ticket for someone in need.

For this month, w,e are partnering with the Salvation Army, as they have 20 clients who have already been invited to this meal. Help us pay for their meals and yours, as we enjoy the holidays together!

Pay for tickest at the cash register at Take Root. Thank you!

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Please come and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday November 23, 2017  11:00 Am - 1:00 Pm Everyone is welcome, and there is no need to RSVP.Cornerstone Church 1702 E. Elson Street Kirksville, MO. 63501 660-956-4480
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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