The Melissa Public Library will now be offering monthly STEAM programs targeted to tweens and teens, ages 8-18. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that focuses on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. This month, join the library on March 17 from 11 a.m. to noon, where they will be making harmonicas. All supplies will be provided. Note: younger attendees must have a parent in attendance.


A Child and Babysitting Safety Class will be held on Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Melissa Community Room. This is a private company supplying the class instruction. Learn CPR, first aid and more. This program is targeted for 11-15 years old and costs is $50. Email jnehls@cityofmelissa.com or stop by the library. Registration forms available online at http://www.cityofmelissa.com. Must have at least five registered by Tuesday, March 13 to hold the class.


Community Coat and Outerwear Drive is still on and will continue through end of March, so bring your donations to the library for the Melissa Community Outreach’s annual drive. The good folks at MCO will be giving out the following items to those in need in our community: coats of all size (adult and child and infant), jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, outerwear sweatshirts or sweaters and hoodies. New or clean, gently used donations are welcome. Some pickup is available or you can bring them by during our regular hours.


The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) meets monthly (3rd Saturdays) in the Melissa courtroom from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children. Contact Regent Linda Dillard at 214-675-0191 or Registrar Linda Sullivan at 972-658-2366. The next meeting is Saturday, March 17. Come and see what it is about!


Did you know that Genealogy is now the number one hobby in America? DAR is now offering two free genealogy exploration classes each month and although walk-ins are welcome, it is best to register to guarantee ready hand-outs. Email marilynmatteii@att.net or librarian@cityofmelissa.com. The meetings will be held: 1st Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. next on March 6; 3rd Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. next on March 15.


Have a bunch of fun stuff or an interesting collection you would like to share? We are looking to put your treasures on display in the locked cabinet in the library for two months sometime in 2018. Show off your favorite stuff! lperkins@cityofmelissa.com


After much thought and consideration, the City of Melissa has determined that the Melissa Farmers Market & More will take a hiatus for the 2018 season. This move is intended to allow them the chance to reassess the interest level and desired makeup of the Market to hopefully build upon for the future. To best do this, the Market needs your input, so in the coming weeks we will be posting a short survey on the City website at http://www.cityofmelissa.com/farmersmarket.html.


The input received from you (citizens, vendors and potential vendors) will substantially help them determine their future course, so please keep an eye out for the survey and take a moment tell them what you think.