What's Happening in the Ozarks!
Calendar of Events
December 2: Christmas Celebration, 5 pm; parade, 7 pm, downtown square. Pictures with Santa, letters to Santa, vendors. Call 620.429.1492.
December 4: Cookie Walk, First Christian Church, 128 W. Elm. Dozens and dozens of cookies for purchase. Call 620.429.2715.
December 6: Arma Community Christmas Cantata, 6 pm, Arma United Methodist Church.
December 1-29: Miners Hall Museum 4th Quarter Special Exhibit: The French Connection – Exploring the French Immigrant Experience in Southeast Kansas, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway. The exhibit is open for viewing Mon-Sat, 10 am-4 pm. Free. Doors open at 1:45 pm; program begins at 2 pm. Call 620.347.4220 for reservations.
December 13: Miners Hall Museum – French Music, 1:45 pm. Free. For more information or to make reservations call 620.347.4220.
November 30: Downtown Christmas Parade and Open House, 6:30 pm, Broadway For more information, contact Pittsburg Parks and Recreation at 620.231.8310.
December 5: 7th Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Santa’s Workshop, 8 am-12:30 pm, lower level of Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. Children can decorate an ornament, color pictures, play games and meet Santa. Admission to Santa’s Workshop is free with a non-perishable, unexpired food donation. Call 620.231.8310.
December 8: National Circus & Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, 6 pm, Memorial Auditorium. Features many circus and acrobatic acts such as hats, juggling, diving through rings, bicycles, feet juggling with umbrellas, unicycles, adagio of four and grand martial arts. Also includes traditional circus acts. For tickets or more information, visit www.memborialauditorium.org or call 620. 231.7827.
December 11: Pittsburg State University Fall Commencement, 5 pm, Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building. The College of Arts and Sciences and Kelce College of Business. College of Education and College of Technology following at 8 pm. Call 620.235.4205.
Carl Junction, MO
December 5: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. All-you-can-eat breakfast, $5/adults, $3/children under 12.
Every Friday: The Woodshed, 7 pm, inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square. Live music. $5 admission. Call 417.358.2707.
George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.
November 28 & 29: The Life and the Legacy, Booker T. Washington, 1 pm. Through narration and reenactment, this 30-minute film traces the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the founding of the Tuskegee Institute.
December 5 & 6: Expressions of the Soul, 1 pm. George Washington Carver was more than just a scientist, he was also a talented artist. Join us to look more closely at Carver the artist and how artistry brought joy to his life.
December 12: Walk with a Doctor. Noon. Becoming healthier can literally be a walk in the park. Bring your health-related questions and join a doctor from Freeman Health System for this one-mile walk to better health.
December 12: Holiday Open House, 1-3 pm. The park staff and volunteers invite the public to a holiday celebration of seasonal music, interpretative programs and refreshments.
December 19 & 20: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.
December 26 & 27: The Tuskegee Airmen,1 pm. In 1941, with the world at war, a select group of African Americans made their way to Tuskegee, Alabama, with dreams of becoming the first black fighter pilots in the country. This documentary explores the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max $15/family. Gym membership card gets half off admission. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360. Food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs from 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.
November 26: Turkey Trot, 8 am, 6th & Main. Turkey Trot 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run. This is a chip-timed event with New Balance technical shirt, Krispy Kreme donuts and Starbucks coffee included in the race fee. $30/$15 fee. Visit http://starlitrunning.com.
December 1: First Tuesday Lunch, 11:30 am-1 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 501 S. Pearl. Your choice of spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti red, lasagna or chili with or without beans; includes salad, dessert and drink. Lunches are $6.
December 4: Joplin Woman’s Club, 12 pm, Twin Hills. Entertainment will be Show-Me Harmony Choir. Cost is $11. For reservations, call Stephanie Everitt at 417.781.6138.
December 5, 6 & 7: “The Greatest Yard Sale Ever,” 8 am, Freedom Worship Center, 14430 Hwy FF (32nd St.). Furniture, tools, household and bedding, and clothing. Call 417.262.0782.
December 6: Linda Lindquist Baldwin’s 23rd Annual Holiday Celebration, 2-4 pm, Joplin Museum Complex , 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Show and sale of her award-winning artwork, original papier-mache Belsnickle Santas and ornaments and exclusive edition Santas, snowmen, home décor and other miscellaneous items designed especially for and available only at this event. Refreshments and door prizes. Call 417.499.6604.
December 12: The Ugly Sweater 5K & Egg Nog Mile, 9-11 am, Downtown Joplin. Inaugural Joplin Santacon festival weekend! Come out in your ugliest Christmas sweater and run a 5K through downtown and/or run the Egg Nog Mile down Main Street. $35. Call 417.540.6821.
January 4: Master Naturalist Training–Public Interest Meeting, 6:30-8:30 pm, Walter Woods Conservation Area (Joplin). Registration required (ages 18-adult). Discover how Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service. This orientation meeting is for individuals interested in joining the local conservation service chapter. To become a certified Master Naturalist, participants must complete an initial training course and complete eight hours of advanced training. They must also contribute 40 hours of natural resource-related volunteer service through the local chapter. Call Joplin MDC office 417.629.3423.
Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
Open Tuesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Monday. Wildcat Park and nature trails open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk, to provide children and adults with nature-related educational programs and outdoor experiences through a sustainably developed nature center facility, site amenities and system of trails. All programs are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Dr., Suite A, Joplin. Programs require pre-registration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.
December 5: Discover Winter Birds and Bird Feeding, 9:30-11:30 am, Suggested age: 7+. Cost: $6 per person members, $12 per person non-members. We’ll begin indoors learning basic bird ID techniques, some of our common winter birds and ways to attract winter guests to your yard. We’ll also learn about critical issues affecting birds and what can be done to help them, including participation in citizen science bird counts and other projects. We’ll then head outdoors for a chance to see and hear birds on a short, easy hike through the park. To register, call 417.781.6287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preschool Nature Connections
November 28: Native American Stories for Kids, 2-3 pm. Age: 6+. $5 per person members, $10 per person non-members. Everyone loves a good story! These come from the first Americans: the Osage, Cherokee, Lakota and other Native People. Hear about the antics of coyote, the trickster, Grandmother Spider and many other special animals. Get up close to a few live animal guests!
December 12: Clever Coyotes, 10-11 am. Age: 3-6 years old, $5 per child members, $10 per child non-members. According to Native American legend, Coyote is quite the trickster. Learn more about this clever Missouri canine through stories, games and a walk outside. To register, call 417.781.6287 or email email@example.com.
December 19: Yoga in Nature, 9-10 am. All ages, $3 per person members, $6 per person nonmembers. Enjoy exercising at your own level beside beautiful Shoal Creek. Instructor Connelaine Gustad teaches Hatha Yoga, exercise for balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, which can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Program held indoors in inclement weather.
December 19: Annual Christmas Bird Count, 8 am-1 pm. All ages. Those who wish to take part in the annual Joplin-area Christmas Bird Count should meet at the Audubon Center at 8 am for area assignments. Individuals who are new to birding are welcome to carpool with experienced birders. We will return at noon for a potluck lunch provided by the chapter and begin compiling the species and numbers of birds seen on the count. Those who wish to continue counting after lunch may do so.
January 2: Christmas Bird Count for Kids, 9 am-1 pm. Age: 7+; free. Led by experienced birders who enjoy sharing their hobby with kids. We’ll have some binoculars and bird field guides available for those who can’t bring their own. Then we’ll split into teams of 6 kids or less with a leader and go out and count as many species of birds in the park and surrounding area as we can in 2 hours. Parents are encouraged to go along, but to let the kids do the work. We’ll return to the Center for some fun bird games and a hot lunch. Each child will get a prize for participating. To register, call 417.781.6287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every Monday: Senior Center Activities, 9 am, Barton County Senior Center, 306 W. 11th St. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, reading library, pool, computer/Internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.
December 7: Monett Senior Dance, 7 pm, Senior Center, 415 Dairy St. Monthly dance, $3. Call 417.235.3285.
November 25-December 31: Festival of Lights in the South Park. Beginning at 5:30 every night until 9:30 p.m. during the week and 10 pm on weekends and holidays, you can take your family through the best light display in Southwest Missouri. No entry fee, but donations are taken at the end by elf volunteers. Call 417.235.7919.
December 3, 4 & 5: Holiday Market, Mills Park Centre Building. Fifty vendors with something for everyone. Door prizes given away every 15 minutes and complimentary appetizers provided by Edward Jones. $5 admission. Ladies Night December 3, 5-9 pm; December 4: Holiday Market, 5-9 pm, and join us across the street at 6 pm for the annual lighting of the park. December 5, Holiday Market, 10-4 pm. Call 417.451.1925.
December 17: Chamber Holiday Open House, 5-7 pm, Chamber of Commerce. Art After Hours. Call 417.451.1925.
December 28-31: Neosho Holiday Basketball Classic, Neosho High School, 4-day /16-team format in the Boys Division. Girl’s Division will be a 3-day tournament beginning December 29. Call 417.451.5250.
Webb City, MO
December 11: Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company, 7:30 am. Plant tours offered. Meet one of our largest employers and the many products they manufacture. Call 417.673.1154.
December 5: Christmas Thyme Tour of Homes, 10 am-4 pm. Seven decorated homes featured. Tickets $10 for the following locations: Weathered Charm, 3rd Street; Rustic Rehab, Main Street; Grand Savings Bank, Main Street. Call 918.791.9355.
December 3, 4 & 5: artCentral’s HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE. Thursday 6-8 pm, Friday 3-8 pm, Saturday 9 am-4 pm, HYDE HOUSE, 1110 E. Thirteenth. Designed as a unique artist-created holiday shopping venue showcased in holiday-decorated historic Hyde House and filled with artist-created art, gifts, ornaments and delectables. Pocket-friendly prices and helpful artCentral shopping consultants will make your holiday shopping a true pleasure. Call 417.358.4404 or visit www.artcentralcarthage.org/-holiday-boutique---hyde-house.html.
December 5, 12, 19 & 26: Painting for All Ages, 12:30-2 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $30, includes materials. Call 417.358.2707.
December 11: Canvas & Cocktails, 6-8:30 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $40, includes materials and cocktail. Call 417.358.2707.
Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit www.connect2culture.com. Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.
November-December 31: 68th Annual Membership Show, Spiva Center for the Arts Main Gallery. Spiva members present their best work in the largest, most anticipated exhibit of the year.
November 30-December 11: Senior Shows, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. MSSU senior art majors showcase their original works through a variety of creative mediums.
Performances: (See page 63 for Holiday performances)
December 3-13: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Little Women, Thursday-Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Under the guidance of their beloved mother, the four young March sisters—tempestuous Jo, motherly Meg, shy Beth and spoiled baby Amy—struggle to keep their family going while Father’s away in the Civil War. In this beautifully dramatized adaptation of the classic novel, even as privation, illness and sibling rivalry cast their shadows, each girl strives to find her true self. Seating is general admission, and tickets may be purchased exclusively at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.
December 4: First Friday Opening Reception, 5:30-8:30 pm at Phoenix Fired Art. Phoenix Fired Art hosts exhibit openings on the First Friday of every month.
December 10: Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. Open to the public. Dues $7.50 for the year, but first meeting is free.
December 12: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Artistic Elves (Grades K-5), 9-11:30 am, St. Paul’s Preschool. Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds Joplin! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around fun, imaginative themes. Workshops held at the St. Paul’s Preschool and led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. $25 preregistration.
Joplin Public Library:
December 21: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. Adult crafting group meets every third Monday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun!
420 S. Main St. Discover your inner artist! No experience required. Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class creates a different piece of artwork. Pricing includes acrylic paints, canvas, brushes, easel, apron and instruction. $35 each. Ages 13 and over unless otherwise noted; 21 and over to consume alcohol. Walk-In Open Studios is all-ages from 1-5 pm Tues-Thurs for $25 per painter. A non-instructed time, artist is on-hand to help. RSVP in advance. 417.680.5434 or www.rsvpaint.com.
Closed for Thanksgiving
Dec 1: 7-9 pm - “Winter Cardinals”
Spiva Center for the Arts
Third and Wall streets. Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit the Spiva website, www.spivaarts.org, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.
Mondays: Art Lounge, 5-8 pm, ages: 14-18. Cost: $105 for nine weeks; payment plan available. For teens pursuing art after high school or just wanting more art than they get in school, this is an opportunity to explore the studio of a local artist, find out what it takes to get into a college art program, and learn the basics of blogging to showcase your artwork. Class includes a light meal each week.
Tuesdays: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12. Cost: $6/class. Drop in and experiment with painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-register as space is limited.
Wednesdays: Preschooler and Pal Art Class, 10:30-11:30 am. Ages: 3-5. Cost: $6/class. Share art with your young artist while exploring painting, drawing, water resist and sculpture. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students, so register early.
Thursdays: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12. Cost: $11/class. Learn drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash and detailing in this introductory class.
December 5: Block Print Holiday Cards with Sarah Serio, 1-3 pm. Ages: 14-adult, $15. Send season’s greetings and a piece of art all in one! Create and carve your own holiday design using easy-to-cut materials and then use the printing press to make your cards!
December 12 & 13: A Vintage Repurposed Christmas with Kerstin Landwer, 10 am-noon; December 13, 1–3 pm. 16 and older, $15. Meet Saturday morning at Spiva to carpool to one of Kerstin’s favorite junkin’ spots in Sarcoxie to dig through “rusty gold.” Then we’ll meet back at Spiva on Sunday afternoon to assemble our new holiday treasures. For those who don’t find the “rusty gold” that tickles their fancy, we’ll explore other repurposed items such as books and paper ephemera to create holiday magic. Cost covers all supplies except items purchased at junk location.
December 12: Fused Glass Holiday Ornament, with Jane McCaulley, 2-4 pm. Ages: 9-99. $27. Glass artist/teacher Jane McCaulley teaches how to create beautiful glass ornaments that look great on a Christmas tree, window or mantel. This class is great fun for kids and adults. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes.
December 19: Graham Cracker “Gingerbread” Houses with Lindsay Bowers, 1-3 pm. Ages: 6+. $18. Students build and decorate a one-of-a-kind “gingerbread” house. Graham crackers, frosting, chocolate and candies will make this a house that’s good enough to display – or eat!
November-December 31: Figurative Sculpts by Dustin Poché, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery. Inspired by a love of period fashion and work experience in costume design, textiles and illustration in the New York fashion industry, the Russell, Kansas, multimedia artist creates exquisitely crafted, must-see, one-of-a-kind fine art figures.
Art Parties For All Ages At Spiva!
Want to host an ART PARTY? Spiva membership and 50% deposit required at time of reservation. Guests must be at least four years old. Two-hour ART PARTIES include a hands-on activity taught by one of Spiva’s teaching artists. You provide refreshments and decorate the space. Call 417.623.0183 for more information.
December 1: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line). 620.783.1732
Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.
Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.
No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.
Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.
December 10: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Enter through north door. Call 620.704.1110.
Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS
December 8: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.
December 23: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.
Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital - Carthage, MO
December 1-29: Monday and Tuesday Grief Support Group. Every Monday 1:30-2:30 pm; every Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Free; registration appreciated. Call Chaplain Galen Snodgrass, 417.359.2636.
December 21: Four States Stroke Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every third Monday of each month. Byers Avenue United Methodist Church. Kevin.email@example.com.
December 22: Diabetes Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every fourth Tuesday of each month, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. For more information, call 417.359.1359.
Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.
Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.
Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.
December 9 & 23: Grief Support Group, meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Suite 100. Call 417.623.8272.
December 15: Brain Injury Support Group, meets every third Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Call 417.659.8086 or visit www.ilcenter.org.
December 22: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, meets fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl, 417.849.7814.
Freeman Health System
December 1: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-7 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 S. Wisconsin Ave. Call 417.347.7850.
December 1: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6:00 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Dr. Open to breast cancer patients. Call 417.347.2662.
December 1: Freeman Friends & Family CPR, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Suite C, 1130 E. 32nd St. Taught by Freeman Screen Team. Sign up at freemanhealth.com under classes and events. Fee: $15. Call 417.347.4448.
December 7: Prenatal Class, 6:30-9:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration is required. Call 417.347.6667.
December 8: Freeman Striders, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall. Striders is designed to fit into your schedule. Log your walking distance and turn in your walking card at Northpark Mall, second Tuesday each month, or mail it to the Advantage office. Call 417.347.4448.
December 8: Free Blood Pressure Checks, 7:30-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court. Free blood pressure checks on the second Tuesday of every month. Freeman Advantage will provide information about wellness program for older adults. Call 417.347.4448.
December 8: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (rear entrance). Call 417.347.1266.
December 8: Freeman Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Hospital East, 1st Floor Lobby, 932 E. 34th St. Open discussion led by Freeman Social Worker Julie Matchell. Call 417.347.5876.
December 8: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30-7:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W, 1102 W. 32nd St. Covers basic breastfeeding techniques such as positioning, latching and assessing adequate intake, as well as pumping and going back to work. $15. Call 417.347.6667.
December 9: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call 417.347.4036.
December 10: Freeman Neosho Terrific Tea, 1:30 pm (1 pm social time), New-Mac Electric Cooperative, 12105 E. Highway 86, Neosho. Frank Tisdale, NP, Freeman Neosho Physician Group, will speak. Aaron Decker, music minister at First Baptist Church, will sing Christmas carols. Call 417.347.5837 or visit freemanhealth.com/advantage.
December 12: Prenatal Class, 8 am-3:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration is required. Call 417.347.6667.
December 14: Prenatal Review, 6:30 pm. Prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration is required. Call 417.347.6667.
December 15: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. Call 417.347.7400.
December 17: Stroke Support Group, meets every third Thursday, 4-5 pm, Freeman Sports Complex, 2206 E. 32nd St. A group mission to offer education, advocacy and enlightenment for stroke survivors and caregivers. Open to the public. Call 417.347.4546.
December 22: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (rear entrance). Call 417.347.1266.
December 29: Freeman Advantage Tea, 10-11:30 am (9:30 am social time), Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit freemanhealth.com/advantage.
Freeman Advantage Trips: Sign up now for Joplin Little Theatre, Dec. 9; Christmas in Branson, Dec. 16; Kinky Boots, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Feb. 6. Call 417.347.5837.
Mercy Hospital - Support Groups
Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.8760.
Every Monday: Grief Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Mercy Hospital Carthage Chapel. Free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. Call 417.556.2472.
December 9: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Men’s. Meets second Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.
December 14: Bariatric Support Group, meets second Monday of month, 5:30-7:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2915.
December 21: Four States Stroke Support Group. Meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive, Joplin. Email Kevin.Woods@Mercy.net.
December 22: Diabetes Support Group. Meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library Community Room, 612 S. Garrison. Call 417.359.1359.
December 23: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Women’s. Meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.
Mercy Auxiliary: Call Paula Moore, Volunteer Services Manager, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 417.556.2265
December 1-2: Electronics Sale, 7 am-4 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way.
December 18: Poinsettia Sale, 7 am-3 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way.
December 22: Blood Drive, 10 am-4 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit www.namijoplin.org. Meetings held at the NAMI building located at 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.
Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A new signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.
Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.
Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.
Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.
Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.
Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.
December 7: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm.
December 28: Alzheimer & Dementia Support Group, meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Call 417.451.2544.
Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO
December 5: NRMC Foundation Tree of Shining Memories Naming Ceremony, 5 pm, Nevada square. Call 417.448.3801.
December 6: NRMC Children’s Holiday Festival, 1-4 pm NRMC Main Lobby. Call 417.448.3801.
December 9: Care Giver Support, 1:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer Care Center, 2101 N. Ash St. Call 417.448.3999.
December 15: NRMC Hospice Candle Lighting Ceremony, 6 pm, St. Paul Lutheran Church.
December 16: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center, 301 N. Main St. 417.667.5847.
Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK
December 10: Low Vision Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.
December 10: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.
December 8 & 22: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.
December 10: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.
INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK
Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.
December 1: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.
December 3: Autism Support Group meets first Thursday monthly, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.
Branson Limousine Christmas Light Tours
November 1-December 31
See Branson’s holiday lights in style! Sip on sparkling cider and listen to Christmas music inside a warm, luxurious limo while you enjoy a tour of Branson’s holiday lights. 417.331.1316. www.bransonlimoservice.com/tours.php.
The Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
November 1-December 31
A drive-through animation display that will carry you into the very heart of Christmas. The trail winds its way through the historic 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills homestead and will take you down the famous “Trail that Nobody Knows How Old” into a holiday wonderland. Located at 5586 W. Hwy 76, Branson, MO. 417.334.4191. www.trailoflights.com. Dusk until after shows.
Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village
November 5-December 27
This new attraction features a drive-through display, plus a village to explore where there will be rides on the North Pole Express train, photos with Santa and a life-size nativity experience. Located at 555 Buena Vista Road, Branson, MO. 417.335.8860. www.ozarkmountainchristmaslights.com. Drive-through display open every night, 5:30-11 pm; Village open Thursday-Sunday, 5:30-9 pm.
Ronald McDonald House Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 13 at 6:45 pm
This year’s “Gift of Light, Gift of Love” tree lighting ceremony will be accompanied by a musical program performed by the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School’s Upper School Vocal Ensemble and Orchestra. The tree will be located at Northpark Mall in the Macy’s courtyard through the holidays. Located at 101 N. Range Line Road, Joplin, MO. 417.624.2273. www.rmhjoplin.org.
Monett’s “Festival of Lights”
November 25-December 31
There’s no admission charge to see over half a million dollars in lights in Monett’s South Park, located at the intersection of Highways 37 & 60, in Monett, MO. Donations are accepted at the Elf Hut. 417.235.7919. www.monett-mo.com. Weekdays, 5:30-9:30 pm; weekends, 5:30-10 pm.
Twin Bridges “Park of Lights”
November 26-December 30
Over 40 light displays are set up as a drive-through exhibit. Free to the public, donations are appreciated. Located at 14801 S. Hwy. 137, Fairland, OK. 918.533.3649. Like “Twin Bridges Park Partners” on Facebook. 6-9 pm.
Way of Salvation Driving Lights Tour
November 26-December 27
Drive through this brilliant holiday light display at the Congregation
of the Mother Co-Redemptrix, 1900 Grand Avenue, Carthage, MO.
Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm
November 27-December 19
Enjoy the Christmas lights display with a narrated nativity, plus take a ride on the Christmas train. Located at 1090 Manning Road, Southwest City, MO. 417.762.2276. www.ozarkvalleychristmas.com. Saturdays, 4-8 pm.
Workman Family Christmas
November 28-December 31
This private residence in Webb City has over 34,000 lights that dance to music. Located at 1790 Webbwood, Webb City, MO. Find “Workman Family Christmas Light Display” on Facebook. 6-10:30 pm.
Downtown Joplin’s Holiday Kick-Off
Monday, November 30 at 6 pm
Enjoy cookies, cocoa and coffee at the window display opening at Joplin’s City Hall (602 S. Main) at 6 pm. Then stay downtown for the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6:30 pm (location TBA). 417.625.4789. Like “Joplin Holiday Experience” on Facebook.
Mt. Moriah Lights
December 4-30; closed December 7-9 and December 20
This light display features over 70,000 lights and is synchronized to music. Located 10 minutes from Carthage at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church, 15506 Nutmeg Road, Carthage, MO. 417.394.2564. www.mtmoriahlights.com. 5:30-9:30 pm.
Sarcoxie Musical Light Show
Stop by the square any night to enjoy the lights and music in downtown Sarcoxie, MO. 417.548.7242. Find “Sarcoxie Christmas on the Square” Facebook page. 6-10 pm.
Mt. Vernon, MO
Saturday, November 28 at 4:45 pm
This town’s parade is part of an all-day celebration called Village of
Lights, which includes a holiday homes tour, a visit from Santa and the
lighting of the historical Lawrence County Courthouse. 417.466.7654.
Monday, November 30 at 6:30 pm
Pittsburg’s Christmas parade will march down Broadway, from 10th to 2nd streets. Santa will greet children following the parade at Pritchett Pavilion, located at Broadway and 2nd streets. 620.231.8310. www.pittks.org.
Ft. Scott, KS
Tuesday, December 1 at 6 pm
This parade will be held in downtown Ft. Scott. 620.223.3566. www.fortscott.com.
Tuesday, December 1 at 6 pm
“The Music and Miracles of Christmas” is the theme for this year’s
parade. Funds generated by the 2015 Joplin Christmas Parade will go to
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an organization that makes
miracles happen for local children with medical needs. The parade will
march down Main Street, extending from 20th Street to the heart of
downtown Joplin. 417.347.4622.
Thursday, December 3 at 6 pm
The Christmas parade begins at 22nd and Main, with Santa Claus bringing up the rear. 620.421.6500. Like Parsons Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.
Saturday, December 5 at 5 pm
Neosho’s downtown square comes alive with the “Christmas Trees and Memories” parade. 417.451.1925. www.neoshocc.chambermaster.com.
Saturday, December 5 at 5:15 pm
This town’s “Reason for the Season” Christmas parade begins at 5:15 PM and reaches the square around 5:30 PM. Santa will be the last entry in the parade, and children can visit with him and pass out candy after the parade. The Musical Light Show begins after the parade and plays until 10 PM. 417.548.6130. Like Sarcoxie Christmas on the Square on Facebook.
Saturday, December 5 at 6 pm
The Miami Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Miami Christmas parade on Route 66, “Christmas in Candyland.” Miami has one of the largest parades in Northeast Oklahoma, with the historic Coleman Theatre providing a beautiful backdrop as entrants make their way down Main Street in downtown Miami. 918.542.4481. www.miamiokchamber.com.
Saturday, December 5 at 6 pm
There will be lighted floats, marching bands, antique cars and Santa Claus on Cassville’s Main Street during the town’s evening Christmas parade. 417.847.2814. www.cassville.com.
Sunday, December 6 at 5 pm
Branson’s 67th Annual Adoration Christmas Celebration will begin with a nativity lighting at 5 PM, followed by the parade. 417.334.1548.
Monday, December 7 at 7 pm
Sponsored by SkillsUSA, Carthage’s Christmas Parade will wind its way around the town’s historic square. 417.359.7026. www.visit-carthage.com.
Webb City, MO
Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 pm
Webb City’s Project Graduation brings this year’s evening Christmas parade to downtown Webb City. “The Joy of Christmas” will be the theme of the parade, which will march from 2nd and Main to Aylor and Main. 417.673.1154. www.webbcitychamber.com.
Thursday, December 10 at 6 pm
Be sure to stay until the end of
this town’s evening parade, for there will be a special visitor waiting
to greet children at Memorial Hall. 417.682.3595.
Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm
Seneca’s Chamber of Commerce presents this year’s Christmas parade, with the theme of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” held in downtown Seneca. 417.776.2100. www.senecamochamber.com.
Saturday, December 12 at 11 am
Santa Claus will lead Monett’s Christmas parade, which begins on Broadway and moves west from 8th Street to 1st Street. 417.235.7919. www.monett-mo.com.
Saturday, December 12 at 6 pm
The theme of Grove’s Christmas parade is “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols.” 918.786.9079. www.groveok.org.
Christmas Tree Farms
Bridges Christmas Tree Farm:
Find the perfect Christmas tree at this self-service tree farm. Saws are provided. Located at 18434 Ivy Road, Carthage, MO. 417.358.2555. Hours: Always open.
Bridgestone Christmas Tree Farm:
Cut your own Scotch pine or Austrian pine trees, or choose from pre-cut White Pine, Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir and Fraser Fir trees. Fresh wreaths are for sale, both decorated and undecorated. There is a sale barn where customers can shop from local vendors selling woodworking pieces, scarves and hats, plus holiday items, while sipping on hot chocolate and cider.
Other activities include hay rides that go around the tree farm, a barrel train ride for the kids and the chance to warm up by a fire, roasting marshmallows and making s’mores (weather permitting).
The farm is located just north of Joplin (3.7 miles north of Stones Corner on Hwy 43), at 9615 County Lane 251, Webb City. 417.529.8508. www.bridgestonefarm.com. Hours: 1-5 pm November 27 (Black Friday); then 3-5 pm Fridays, 10 am-5 pm Saturdays, and 1-5 pm Sundays, November 28-December 20 (or until they are sold out).
Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm:
In addition to finding the perfect Christmas tree, you can take a hayride to the field, choose a wreath and browse in the gift shop. Little ones can enjoy the Kids’ Corner in the barn, making an ornament and bird feeder, taking a family picture in a sleigh and building on the activity table.
Located at 1090 Manning Road, Southwest City, MO. 417.762.2276.
Bowen’s Christmas Tree Farm:
Located at 996 South 260th Street, Pittsburg, KS. 620.231.1307. Find “Bowen’s Christmas Tree Farm” on Facebook. Hours: 10 AM-6 pm November 27 (Black Friday); then 3-6 pm weekdays, 10 am-6 pm Saturdays, and 12-6 pm Sundays, November 28-December 24.
McConnell’s Christmas Tree Farm:
This is a “choose-and-cut” farm; you choose the tree and they will cut it down for you, plus shake, bag and load it at no charge. They also sell fresh wreaths and always have free cookies and hot apple cider. Located at 18065 Queens Road, Parsons, KS. 620.421.4621. Find “McConnell’s Christmas Tree Farm” on Facebook. Hours: 9 am-4 pm Saturdays, and 1-4 pm Sundays, November 28-December 20.
Owasso Tree Farm:
At this tree farm, you can cut your own Virginia pine, or purchase a Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir or Fraser Fir tree. They also sell fresh ornamental wreaths measuring 12”-36” in diameter. After cutting your tree, take a hayride to the Christmas Cabin and warm up with some hot apple cider while you shop for ornaments and other holiday items. Located at 11039 N. 129th E Ave., Owasso, OK. 918.272.9445. www.owassotreefarm.com. Hours: 9 am-7 pm Saturdays and Sundays, 1-7 pm Mondays-Fridays, November 21-December 22 (closed Thanksgiving Day).
Santa will be one busy man in the Four States this month! Find out where the little ones can catch a glimpse of him, plus other ways the entire family can have a jolly time together celebrating the season.
Visit with Santa: Northpark Mall, JCPenney
Courtyard, 101 North Range Line Road, Joplin, MO. 417.781.2121.
Letters from Santa: Drop letters off at Santa’s mailbox and staff will get letters to Santa so he can respond to children. Deadline to mail letters is Friday, December 4 at 5 pm. Joplin Athletic Complex, 3301 West 1st Street, Joplin, MO. 417.625.4750. www.facebook.com/joplin.parksandrecreation. (November 16-December 4)
Santa on the Carthage Square: Each child who visits with Santa will receive a small toy and some candy.
Portraits available with Sherry Petty at Koka Art Gallery, 409 S. Main Street, Carthage, MO. 417.358.2889. www.kokagallery.com. (November 28, 2-4 pm)
Professional photography available at Cherry’s Art Emporium on
the Square, 311 S. Main Street, Carthage, MO. 417.358.2707.
Take your own photo with Santa and enjoy free wassail samples at Carthage True Value Hardware, 119 East 3rd Street, Carthage, MO. 417.358.3579. www.facebook.com/TrueValue. (Saturday, December 12, 2-4 pm)
Take your own photo with Santa and warm up with coffee and cocoa at Mother Road Coffee, 325 South Main Street, Carthage, MO. 417.359.8182. www.motherroadcoffee.com. (December 19, 2-3 pm)
Take your own photo with Santa in a pink ‘61 Chrysler at the Carthage Deli, 301 South Main Street, Carthage, MO. 417.358.8820. www.carthagedeli.com. (December 19, 3-4 pm)
Santa at Jolly Mill Park: Children are welcome to bring an ornament to place on Santa’s tree. Santa visits from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Bring your camera. 417.476.5421. (December 4-5, 6:30-8:30 pm)
Breakfast with Santa: Join Santa at Neosho’s Dickens Christmas Faire. Neosho Civic, 109 West Main, Neosho, MO. 417.451.1925. www.neoshocc.com. (December 5, 8-11 am)
Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy a pancake-and-sausage breakfast with Santa. Joplin Memorial Hall, 212 West 8th Street, Joplin, MO 64804. 417.625.4750. www.facebook.com/joplin.parksandrecreation. (December 5, 8-10 am)
Christmas at the Old Toy Store: An original
children’s holiday play about Floyd the toymaker and his toys. MSSU,
Taylor Performing Arts Center, 3950 Newman Road, Joplin, MO.
Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train in Neosho: This festive, six-car train will bring Santa and his elves. Free event. 211 E. Coler Street, Neosho, MO. www.neoshocc.com. 417.451.1925. (December 8, 4-8 pm)
Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train in Joplin: Union Depot, 201 North Main, Joplin, MO. 417.625.4789. www.facebook.com/HolidayExperience. (December 9 at 4-8 pm)
Cookies and Cocoa with Santa: Tickets sold in advance at the Webb City Chamber of Commerce. Event will be held at the Route 66 Event Center, 21 South Webb, Webb City, MO. www.webbcitychamber.com. 417.673.1154. (December 12, 1 pm and 4:30 pm)
A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Family movie night, plus a photo with Santa. Route 66 Movie Theater, 24 South Main Street, Webb City, MO. 417.673.1154. www.webbcitychamber.com. (December 15 at 6:30 pm)
The Gingerbread Bear: It’s holiday story time at the Joplin Family YMCA with The Gingerbread Bear by Robert Dennis. Each child will receive his or her own copy of the book to take home: South Branch, 3404 West McIntosh Circle, Joplin, MO. 417.781.9622. www.joplinfamilyy.org. (December 15 at 5:30 pm); Downtown Branch, 510 South Wall, Joplin, MO. (December 16 at 5:30 pm)
Winter Wonderland Candy Cane Hunt: Children ages
3-9 are welcome to
participate in a candy cane hunt, then warm up with hot chocolate and
cookies. Joplin Athletic Complex, 3301 West 1st Street, Joplin.
A Christmas Story: Bring some blankets and chairs and enjoy a classic holiday movie with the family. Free event. Joplin Memorial Hall, 212 West 8th Street, Joplin, MO. 417.625.4750. www.facebook.com/joplin.parksandrecreation. (December 19, 6:30 pm)
Theatrical and musical productions enrich the celebratory spirit of the season. Here is a list of holiday performances in the Four States.
Choirs of Christmas Celebration: Choirs from across the region will perform on Friday and Saturday nights during the holiday season. These are free events. Precious Moments Chapel, 4321 Chapel Road, Carthage, MO. 800.543.7975, ext. 2855. www.preciousmomentschapel.org. (November 27-December 26, closed December 25)
Journey to Bethlehem: Annual family Christmas experience featuring live music, interactive drama, live animals and a living nativity. This is a free event. Racine Christian Church, 12218 State Highway K, Seneca, MO. 417.776.2280. www.facebook.com/Journey.Racine. (Doors open at 5:30 pm; show and tours run 6-9 pm, December 3-5.)
It’s a Wonderful Life: A classic holiday play presented by Miami Little Theatre at the Coleman Theatre, 103 North Main Street, Miami, OK. 918.540.2425. www.colemantheatre.org. (December 3-6)
If You’re Missing Baby Jesus: Ozark Christian College’s Living Christmas Tree production tells the story of a family who ends up with an “extra” baby Jesus in their newly purchased nativity set. Join the townsfolk at Hinkley’s Hardware store to solve this dilemma and to celebrate their giant “singing” tree. Located at 1111 North Main Street, Joplin, MO. 417.626.1221. www.occ.edu. (December 3-6)
Uh, Oh, Here Comes Christmas: Dinner and a Christmas show at Stone’s Throw Theatre. This charming show takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December. Located at 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd., Carthage, MO. 417.358.9665. www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.webs.com. (December 3-6 and 10-13)
Crawford & Co’s Christmas Concert: There will be refreshments and the entertainment of Crawford & Co and Duke Mason & the Duke Mason Band. Risen Ranch Cowboy Church, Junction I-44 & County Road 100, Carthage, MO. 417.529.9569. www.Risenranchcowboychurch.com. (Friday, December 4 at 6:30 pm)
The Nutcracker: The Midwest Regional Ballet performs this holiday classic at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 East Newman Road, Joplin, MO. 417.781.5124. www.tjeffschool.org. (Friday, December 4 at 7 pm and Saturday, December 5 at 2 pm)
Seasonal Choral Flourish: The MSSU Choral Department, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will present the Sixth Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish. Free to the public, it will be performed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 812 South Pearl Avenue, Joplin, MO. 417.625.9562. www.mssu.edu. (Friday and Saturday, December 4-5, at 7:30 pm)
Christmas at the Old Toy Store: Missouri Southern State University Theatre presents an original children’s holiday play about Floyd the toymaker and his toys. Located at MSSU’s Taylor Performing Arts Center, 3950 Newman Road, Joplin, MO. 417.625.9300. www.mssu.edu. (Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6 at 2:30 pm)
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: This service, traditionally sung on the first Sunday of Advent, consists of readings from the Bible interspersed with traditional Christmas carols, congregational hymns and special music sung by the Crowder College Community Chorus. United Methodist Church, 224 South Wood, Neosho, MO. 417.455.5634. www.crowder.edu. (Sunday, December 6, at 7 pm)
Yes, Virginia - The Musical: A brand-new musical that has been adapted specifically for school children by Macy’s. This holiday classic is based on the 1897 true story of Virginia O’Hanlon, an 8-year-old girl who inspired the most famous newspaper editorial of all time by asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First Street, Joplin, MO. 417.623.3638. www.facebook.com/joplinlittletheatre. (December 9-13)
A Big Band Christmas: The classic sounds of Big Band will create an evening of great music celebrating the Christmas season. Coleman Theatre, 103 North Main Street, Miami, OK. 918.540.2425. www.colemantheatre.org. (Saturday, December 19 at 7 pm)
If you live in the Four States, you’ll have many opportunities to hear festive marching bands, see sparkling decorations and catch a glimpse Santa Claus at the many area Christmas parades. The celebrations begin right after Thanksgiving and are listed below in chronological order.
Ft. Scott, KS: This parade will be held in downtown Ft. Scott. 620.223.3566. www.fortscott.com. (Tuesday, December 1 at 6 pm)
“The Music and Miracles of Christmas” is the theme for this year’s
parade. Funds generated by the 2015 Joplin Christmas Parade will go to
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an organization that makes
miracles happen for local children with medical needs. The parade will
march down Main Street, extending from 20th Street to the heart of
downtown Joplin. 417.347.4622.
Parsons, KS: The Christmas parade begins at 22nd and Main, with Santa Claus bringing up the rear. 620.421.6500. Like Parsons Chamber of Commerce on Facebook. (Thursday, December 3 at 6 pm)
Neosho, MO: Neosho’s downtown square comes alive with the “Christmas Trees and Memories” parade. 417.451.1925. www.neoshocc.chambermaster.com. (Saturday, December 5 at 5 pm)
Sarcoxie, MO: This town’s “Reason for the Season” Christmas parade begins at 5:15 PM and reaches the square around 5:30 pm. Santa will be the last entry in the parade, and children can visit with him and pass out candy after the parade. The Musical Light Show begins after the parade and plays until 10 pm. 417.548.6130. Like Sarcoxie Christmas on the Square on Facebook. (Saturday, December 5 at 5:15 pm)
Miami, OK: The Miami Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Miami Christmas parade on Route 66, “Christmas in Candyland.” Miami has one of the largest parades in Northeast Oklahoma, with the historic Coleman Theatre providing a beautiful backdrop as entrants make their way down Main Street in downtown Miami. 918.542.4481. www.miamiokchamber.com. (Saturday, December 5 at 6 pm)
Cassville, MO: There will be lighted floats, marching bands, antique cars and Santa Claus on Cassville’s Main Street during the town’s evening Christmas parade. 417.847.2814. www.cassville.com. (Saturday, December 5 at 6 pm)
Carthage, MO: Sponsored by SkillsUSA, Carthage’s Christmas Parade will wind its way around the town’s historic square. 417.359.7026. www.visit-carthage.com. (Monday, December 7 at 7 pm)
Webb City, MO: Webb City’s Project Graduation brings this year’s evening Christmas parade to downtown Webb City. “The Joy of Christmas” will be the theme of the parade, which will march from 2nd and Main to Aylor and Main. 417.673.1154. www.webbcitychamber.com. (Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 pm)
Lamar, MO: Be sure to stay until the end of this town’s evening parade, for there will be a special visitor waiting to greet children at Memorial Hall. 417.682.3595. www.business.bartoncounty.com. (Thursday, December 10 at 6 pm)
Seneca, MO: Seneca’s Chamber of Commerce presents this year’s Christmas parade, with the theme of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” held in downtown Seneca. 417.776.2100. www.senecamochamber.com. (Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm)
Monett, MO: Santa Claus will lead Monett’s Christmas parade, which begins on Broadway and moves west from 8th Street to 1st Street. 417.235.7919. www.monett-mo.com. (Saturday, December 12 at 11 am)
Grove, OK: The theme of Grove’s Christmas parade is “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols.” 918.786.9079. www.groveok.org. (Saturday, December 12 at 6 pm)
Ketchum, OK:, The theme of parade is “Gateway to Grand Lake.” Door prizes. Prizes include a 42’Flat Screen TV, Cash, Gift Cards, and baskets. Santa, Frosty and Rudolph the Reindeer will be there. 918.782.7062 (Friday December 11, 6:30 pm) Call 918.782.7062.