Upcoming Programs

Bright Beginnings - Spring Gardening Workshop

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will be hosting their annual Spring Gardening Workshop on Saturday, March 2, 2019.  Workshop will be held at the Faith Lutheran Church at 221 Malone, Branson, MO.  Registration with shopping and a continental breakfast starts at 8 a.m.  Sessions start at 9 a.m. and will run to 3:00 p.m. The workshop includes a catered lunch and vendors will offer plants and horticulture related merchandise.  Advanced registration is required.  Online registration is encouraged and available at http://mgozarks.com.  For more information on program or mail in registration form see attached program flyer.

Workshop Sessions:

  • How to Garden on a Rock Pile, Raised Beds for Both Veggies and Ornamentals, Oscar Cross, Hilltop Gardens, Ash Grove
  • Xeriscape Gardening, T. Woody Wells, Landscape Designer & Master Naturalist
  • Bird Friendly Backyard, Alan Gregory, Biologist, Master Gardener and Avid Birder
  • 2019 Garden Weather Forecast, Ron Hearst, KY3 Chief Meteorologist
  • Stretching Exercises, Monica Mueller, Stone County Community Health Specialist

Watch your email for handouts the week of the event.  Print and bring them with you if you want them.  They will not be available at the event.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

On Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Taneyville Municipal building at 1:00 p.m., Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy field specialist will provide training that provides certification to obtain a Missouri Private Pesticide Applicator license for agricultural producers and will also count for recertification requirements by the state.  This training will not serve as certification for commercial applicator licenses.  Must be 18 years or older.  The training will last 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  The cost of the training is $25 for all who attend.  If weather is a concern please the extension office at 417-546-4431to confirm the program will proceed.  Attached is a flyer with all sites in the area that will be holding these trainings.

Brown Bag Lunch Gardening Series 2019

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will present their monthly gardening workshops again this year, in the demonstration gardens located at the Taney County MU Extension center at 122 Felkins Avenue in Forsyth.  Programs are held on the third Tuesday of each month at noon starting Tuesday, April 16, 2019 through October.  Classes are free and open to the public as part of community education offered by the Master Gardeners. 

2019 Programs:

  • Tuesday, April 16 - Seed Starting - Bill Greet, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, May 21 - Right Plant in the Right Place - Rita Hlasney, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, June 18 - Lillies - Penny Meador, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, July 16 - Water Wise - Marie Ewing, Master Gardeners
  • Tuesday, Aug. 20 - Preserving Your Garden Abundance - Marie Ewing, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Bring the Garden in for the Fall - Alice Troyke, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 - Seed Saving - Maggie Shanks, Master Gardener

So pack you lunch and join us in our garden setting for these casual, informative programs.  In case of inclement weather programs are often moved to the basement of the Forsyth Community Presbyterian Chruch at 271 Main Street. For further information see attached flyer or call the Taney County University of Missouri Extension center at 417-546-4431 or taneyco@missouri.edu. The Master Gardeners will also offer programs at the Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City on Wednesday, at 10 a.m. see their programs in the attached flyer.


FREE Tax Preparation- Taney County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites to Open January 28

FORSYTH, Mo. -- University of Missouri Extension's Taney County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites will be open according to the following schedule for 2019:

  •   Mondays and Tuesdays, Taney County OACAC, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 610 S. Sixth St., Branson               
  •  Taney County MU Extension Center, Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 122 Felkins Avenue, Forsyth

Beginning Jan 16, call 417-546-4431 to make an appointment for free tax preparation.

Who can get Free Tax Preparation and the Earned Income Credit?

  • Taxpayers with an AGI of $57,000 or less can get Free Tax Preparation
  • Families meeting additional requirements are eligible for a credit of up to $6,431

Volunteers are not trained to do business taxes, itemized taxes or capital gains and losses.  If you have any of these you should see a paid preparer.

Want your taxes prepared for FREE? Be sure to bring:

  • Original Social Security cards for you, your spouse, and each of your dependent children
  • Picture ID for all who need to sign forms and date of birth for you, your spouse and any dependents.
  • Wage and earning statements from all employers (Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc) and any interest or dividend information for 2018.
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C, Health Coverage Statements
  • If you have a Marketplace granted health coverage exemption, bring your exemption certificate number
  • A personal check (for checking account and routing number), if you want your refund directly deposited
  • Your 2017 tax return (optional)

In 2018, did you…

  • Receive unemployment compensation? Bring your Form 1099G
  • Pay for child care? Bring the total you paid for child care expenses and the name, address, and Tax ID/Social Security Number of the child care provider
  • Pay student loan interest? Bring the total of the student loan interest you paid
  • Pay for tuition? Bring Form 1098 for you, your spouse, and/or dependent children
  • Receive retirement income? Bring your 1099R

Volunteers will also do the Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim for senior citizens over 65 years of age, those on full disability, and 100% disabled veterans.  Along with the required identification listed above you will need to bring:

  • Either your 2018 paid real estate receipt or rent verification forms completed by your landlord
  • Copies of your SSA-1099, RRB-1099, or SSI statement from social security
  • Disabled veteran documentation

Save the Date

Master Gardeners are planning to hold their plant sale on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Forsyth.  More information to come.



Do you need an answer?

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