The latest closures, postponements and announcements in the Lake area.

As the Lake of the Ozarks begins to feel the effects of COVID-19, Lake Media is dedicated to providing our readers with the most up-to-date information on local closings and announcements. If you have an announcement or listing, please contact newsroom@lakesunonline.com.

 

CANCELED/POSTPONED EVENTS, GROUPS & ACTIVITIES

• The Lake Arts Council Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone three of our upcoming events indefinitely.  Starting with the Palm Sunday Art Show (3/27/20 - 4/5/20); the 2020 Lake Arts Variety Showcase (4/4/20); and the Student Art/Photo Quest Show from (4/8/20- 4/26/20).

• The Missouri District Junior High Gathering, scheduled for March 27-29, 2020 at Camp Windermere, Lake of the Ozarks has been canceled. Congregations and individuals who have already registered for the ministry event will be refunded.

• The Chamber Expo scheduled for March 28 has been rescheduled to May 2.

• Bridge & Dam Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K - canceled March 28.

• The Fraternal Order of Police has cancelled the Policeman's Ball Fundraising Dinner for March 28.

• The QuarterMania auction scheduled for March 29 at the Inn at Grand Glaize will be postponed to a later date (TBA).

• The Sunrise Beach American Legion and The Camdenton VFW has cancelled the scheduled event on Sunday, March 29th for National Vietnam Veterans Day activities. Nothing has been re-scheduled at this time.

APRIL CANCELLATIONS

• The Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing scheduled in early April has been canceled.

• Our Lady of the Lake Knights of Columbus Council 9273, Lake Ozark, MO fish fries schedule for April 3rd are all cancelled.

• The Camden County Republican Club has cancelled the annual Lincoln Days Dinner set for April 4. Plans are to reschedule it for later this summer.

• The Go Blue! BBQ Bash for Kids’ Harbor scheduled for April 4th has been postponed. New date TBA.

• The City of Linn Creek Easter Egg Hunt and the Osage Beach Easter Egg Hunt, both set for April 11, have been postponed.

• Camdenton R-III Education Foundation’s Elegant Evening event, originally scheduled for April 17, has been cancelled this year.

• Lake Regional Health System has cancelled all events and support groups through April 17. Lake Regional has also announced visitor restrictions to the hospital to help limit the spread of illness in the community.

• The Cocktails and Caddies Golf Tournament, originally scheduled for April 17th, will now be held on June 5th, 2020 at The Golf Club at Deer Chase. “We are pleased that the event will still take place, only later in the year than usual.” stated Lake Area Chamber Director, K.C. Cloke. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or wanting to register a team, please contact the Lake Area Chamber today to learn more about this event at info@lakeareachamber.com.

• The Dogwood Festival in Camdenton in April has been postponed and will be moved to a later date.

• The April First Friday Coffee in Eldon has been canceled and the Annual Awards Dinner scheduled for April 23 has been postponed. The Eldon Chamber of Commerce will update when the dinner has been rescheduled.

• The annual Firefighters Benevolent Association of Osage Beach’s Fish Fry set for April 26 has been canceled.

• All events and programs hosted by Missouri State Parks are postponed or canceled through April 30. Missouri State Parks visitors centers, campgrounds and lodging will remain open.

• The Lake of the Ozarks Soccer Association has postponed the start of the Spring Soccer.

• Sunrise Beach Little Theatre Board of Directors has decided to postpone or cancel all of events until further notice. Any questions can be directed to the info line at 573-374-0374.


• The Senior Activity Center at the Lake (on D Road) has cancelled all activities until further notice.

• The Lake Area Chorale has canceled all upcoming concerts for April & May.

MAY CANCELLATIONS

• The Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals has been moved from May to September 11-13.

• The May Hot Summer Nights has been moved to the second Saturday in October. The “Invasion of the Rat Rods” theme will be on October 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Plans are to keep the remaining dates this summer: June 12, July 10, August 14 & September 11. Organizers say they will determine if any additional dates will move at a later time.

LOCAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

• The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Willmore Lodge Visitors Center have closed to outside traffic.

 

• The Eldon Area Chamber of Commerce office will be closed to public access until further notice. Staff is still available to serve our members and community during this time. Please call 392-3752, or email info@eldonchamber.com for assistance.

 

• Bridal Cave has issued this statement about temporarily closing: “The safety of our guests and employees are first and foremost.  In an abundance of caution, and in accordance the recommendations made by health experts, Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park will be temporarily closed to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
At Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park our employees are an integral part of our operation. For that reason, Bridal Cave will continue to pay our full time staff during this closure.
We realize that we are all in this together. This is not a time for panic. As we all do our part to keep this virus from spreading, take time to appreciate the simple things that are overlooked in our busy life style. Read a good book, write someone a letter, play a board game with the kids, watch a classic movie or call your mom.  This too will pass.
From all of the staff and management at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park we wish you all good health and are looking forward to seeing our guests again very soon.”

• The Grandparents Raising/Caring for Grandchildren Support Group Meetings held at the Lake Ozark Christian Church have been canceled until further notice.

 

• Per the Camden County Commission, Camden County will not be accepting passport applications until further notice.

 

• According to Columbia College - Lake of the Ozarks' Facebook page: "While the college does not have any known COVID-19 cases among our faculty, staff or students at this time, leadership is taking a preventative stance in accordance with public-health recommendations. We will be suspending all on-campus classes for students nationwide and transitioning to a virtual learning platform through the end of the Spring Semester, which concludes on April 25."

 

• State Fair Community College - Lake campus is canceling classes until further notice.

 

• University of Missouri System officials announced that all four universities will conduct remote courses for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, extending the recently announced suspension of in-person classes.
Universities will remain open to ensure students who need access to dining and housing, library resources or broadband are accommodated.


• The Child Advocacy Council Thrift Store in Camdenton will not be open and they will not be accepting donations until further notice.

 

• Hope House thrift store is closed and not accepting donations until further notice. New procedures are in place for food pantry clients.

 

• The Morgan County Library is suspending all outreach, programming and meeting room use until further notice. The library is still open but are practicing social distancing on public computers and encouraging the use of digital resources for those ill or concerned about potential exposure.

 

• All libraries within the Camden County Library District are closed. All overdues are suspended. Please keep materials at home until we reopen. Online ebooks and other materials are available through our website at:www.ccld.us/databases

 

• Laclede Industries has announced it will close its recycling facility (Waste Watchers) in Lake Ozark through April 7. Linda Kimrey, Laclede Industries director, issued the announcement mid-morning Monday.
She said the Laclede County Health Department has recommended that Laclede Industries – along with Lebanon Schools – suspend operations to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to project “our most vulnerable employees who are at significant risk should they come into contact with the disease.”
Once the corona virus issue has passed, Laclede will discuss expanding the opening of the facility to cover the days lost to closure.

 

• The city of Osage Beach will postpone the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt, any other City community events, certain programs, and employee work travel through May 15, 2020; this will also include various park events. There are no plans to reduce City services.

 

• The Lamb House food pantry is and will remain open our normal hours at this time. The thrift store will remain closed until April 1. During that time we will not be accepting any donations as well.
The food pantry will remain open and will operate from 9:30am to 1 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Call 573–346-2168 for food when you arrive at the pantry. The director will get your information and fill the food order, then it will be placed outside our regular pickup door at the side of the building.
They will not be providing assistance with prescriptions or utilities until we we resume full operations.

 

• Share the Harvest Food Pantry will continue to assist Camden County families with their food needs but are modifying the way clients come through the door. Starting on Friday March 20, share the Harvest thrift store will only be open during pantry hours (Tuesdays from 1-7 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.), the thrift store will be closed on Monday Friday and Saturday. No donations will be accepted and should not be dropped off when the thrift store is closed.


• Aging Best (formerly Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging) has suspended the congregate meal program and activities at all Aging Best partner Senior Centers out of concern for the health of the seniors we serve. Lake locations include Miller County: Eldon Senior Center, Friendship Hall; Camden County: Camdenton Senior Center, Macks Creek Senior Center, and Osage Beach Senior Center; Morgan County: Versailles Nutrition Site and Westside Senior Center. The suspension will continue through March 31, 2020 at which time we will re-evaluate reinstating regular programming. Aging Best is committed to providing nutrition and services for seniors and caregivers in our communities. We will temporarily be offering curbside meals and expanded home delivered meals to continue serving those in need.

 

• MU Extension of Miller County staff are still working, but the office is closed until further notice. We can be reached at millerco@missouri.edu or by phone at 573-369-2394 to answer questions, provide up to date information, and serve our customers.  Patricia Barrett, County Engagement Specialist

 

• Long-term residential care facilities have adjusted their visitation policies. Please check before you visit.