SUNSHINE AND WARM WEATHER! There is not anything that brings a smile to your face quicker than warm weather and days to enjoy it. Inside our pages, you will find incredible art, entertainment, festivals, outdoor activities, local farmers markets and all that is vibrant in this area and beyond. Check our Calendar of Events and find all the ways to enjoy the sunshine and warmth this time of year brings.
OUR BABIES! Congratulations to the winners of our 13th Annual Baby Contest and thank you to everyone who entered your precious little one. We love to see the beautiful faces of all the adorable little girls and boys out there. With 109 entries this year, we were able to raise $1,090 for our Local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Turn to pages 65 and 66 to learn how this organization touches the lives of families that live right here in our community. We could not thank them enough for all they do every day.
MOMS. The relationship between a mother and her child goes beyond words. Moms continuously strive to give their children all they can. They are often the most influential person in a child’s life, and they spend their day participating in acts of selflessness. Mother’s Day is here, and you will find an incredible array of ideas to show your appreciation for your mom this year. Shop local while finding the most trendy boutiques, jewelry, hand-dipped strawberries, fine wine and more.
CONTESTS. In SMTO tradition, email a photo of you and your mom (or most inspirational woman in your life) with your personal story to email@example.com. We will post your photo and story on our Facebook page. The photo with the most “likes” wins! The winner will be treated to a luxury bouquet and a $50 gift card to Mythos. What a wonderful way to honor her on Mother’s Day!
WOMEN IN BUSINESS. We love to honor our business owners, medical professionals, men in business and everyday heroes. As a woman in business, it is always an honor to also recognize women in business. Check out our Women in Business section and see how these women are impacting the communities we live in.
OKLAHOMA. From spending a day with the alpacas, boat racing, hydroplane racing or fishing on Grand Lake, rodeos, musicals, museums and unique one-of-a-kind local shops, a day spent in Oklahoma must be an item on your to-do list this summer. See pages 30-43 to plan a day, weekend or your vacation right here close to home!
JOPLIN! There is a great comfort in knowing how far we have come in the last four years and how we continue to honor those we lost in the May 2011 tornado. The Memorial Half Marathon is May 15 and 16. The race begins in front of Joplin Memorial Hall at 8th and Joplin streets in Joplin. For more information, go to www.JoplinMemorialHalf.com. This event is truly for everyone, whether you are registering to run or wish to stand on the streets and cheer those who are running.
PRIDE. We have dedicated several pages to highlighting the spirit that continues to illuminate Joplin during this anniversary month. Flip through our pages and be filled with pride for the amazing individuals and organizations that come together each year to help us remember and motivate us to continue to push on. Joplin is a great place to call home.
Happy Mother’s Day and happy May to all!!