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Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Bentonville, AR: Saturdays 7:30 am-1 pm, Wednesdays 2:30-7 pm.

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Fayetteville, AR: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays on the square.
Franklin, KS:
4-6 pm Thursdays, Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway. 620.249.9333.

Joplin, MO: 4-7 pm Thursdays, 906 S. Main Street.

Joplin, MO: 8:30 am-1 pm Saturdays, 925 S. Range Line Rd.

Lamar, MO: 3-6 pm Wednesdays, 8 am-1 pm Saturdays, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays, South Park by the YMCA parking lot.

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturdays, downtown, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets.

Nevada, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays, 304 W. Austin, downtown Nevada.

Pittsburg, KS: 7:30 am-12 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg.

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-7 pm, Fridays 11 am-2 pm and Saturdays 9 am-noon, in the pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Arma, KS

August 14-16: 69th Annual Arma V-J Homecoming. V-J Homecoming was started at the end of World War II after the victory over Japan to welcome the boys home. Arts and crafts, motorcycle show and competition, veteran’s parade, carnival and rides, live music and tractor pull, and Kansas’ largest mud volleyball tournament. Visit Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Arma-V-J-Homecoming.

Columbus, KS

August 4-8: Cherokee County Fair, fairgrounds on E. Country Road in Columbus. Exhibits, livestock shows, free entertainment each evening, carnival rides. Contact 620.762.2848
August 22: Big Brutus Polka Fest, 7-11 pm, on the grounds at Big Brutus. Dance the night away. Call 620.827.0177.

Franklin, KS

August 1-September 26: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit “Cheers - Bootlegging, Winemaking and Home Brew,” Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway. Free. Doors open at 1:45 pm and program begins at 2 pm. Call 620.347.4220 for reservations.

August 2: Miners Hall Museum “Home Brew,” 2-3 pm, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway. John Laflin will give a demonstration on how to make beer at home. Free. Doors open at 1:45 pm and program begins at 2 pm. Call 620.347.4220 for reservations.

Girard, KS

August 6 & 20: Thursdays on the Square. Family fun and entertainment. For a full event lineup visit the Celebrate Girard Facebook page at www.facebook.com/celebrategirard?fref=ts.

Pittsburg, KS

July 29-August 1: Crawford County Fair. Livestock exhibitions, arts and crafts exhibitions, competition between county FFA and 4-H clubs, livestock auction, rodeo, live music and demolition derby.  Call 620.231.1000

August 1: Rollin Nostalgia Cruise Night, 6 pm. First Saturday of each month in the parking lot between Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Payless Shoe Store and Big Lots, 2810 N. Broadway. Visit sites.google.com/site/rollinnostalgia/.

August 1: Pittsburg Parks and Rec Flick N Float Dive in Movie Series. Starts at dark. Pittsburg Aquatic Center, 708 W. 9th St. Big Hero 6. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids. Call 620.231.8310.

August 14: Colonial Fox Friday Flix, 8:45 pm, parking lot north of the Colonial Fox Theatre. How to Train Your Dragon: (Rated PG). Donations appreciated. Visit www.colonialfox.org/events.html.

August 15: Pittsburg Parks and Rec Flick N Float Dive in Move Series, starts at dark at the Pittsburg Aquatic Center, 708 W. 9th St. Insurgent. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids. Call Pittsburg Parks and Recreation at 620.231.8310.

August 18: Dog Swim, 5:30-7 pm, Pittsburg Aquatic Center, 708 W 9th St. Dogs and their owners are invited to take a dip before the pool is drained for the summer. Entry fee is $4; bring a donation and entry fee discounted to $2. Some items needed include canned pet food, treats, toys, bleach, paper towels, etc. Owners MUST show a copy of their dog’s updated shot records. Call 620.920.0308.

August 21: Pittsburg Art Walk, 6-10 pm, downtown Pittsburg. Showcasing local talent and downtown businesses. Features food vendors, music, art demonstrations and beautiful work from local artists.  Call 620.231.1000

Anderson, MO

August 8: Running with the Outlaws, downtown square. Registration 6:30-7:30 am, race start 8 am. Proceeds benefit Pineville Fire Department and McDonald County Back Pack Snack Program. Visit www.registration-wizard.com.

Carl Junction, MO

August 1: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-9:10 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 North Main. All-you-can-eat breakfast, $5/adults, $3/children under 12. Call 417.649.8846.

Carthage, MO

Every Friday: The Woodshed, 7 pm, inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square. Live music. $5 admission.  Call 417.358.2707

August 6-9: Marian Days, Congregation of the Mother Co-redemptrix, 1900 S. Grand. Annual religious pilgrimage of Vietnamese Catholics includes daily mass, food kiosks and vendors. Call 417.359.8181.

August 28: Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk, 6-9 pm. Visit www.carthageartwalk.org.

Rt. 66 Drive-In Theatre, Friday-Sunday evenings, 17321 Old Route 66 Blvd. Adults $7, children $3, 5 and under are free. Call 417.359.5959 or visit www.66drivein.com.

Cassville, MO

August 15: Back to School Kids Free Fishing Day, 6:30 am-8:15 pm, Roaring River State Park. Anglers under age 16 are allowed to sign up and obtain a free trout tag. Awards handed out to successful anglers. Visit www.mostateparks.com or call 417.847.2539.

Diamond, MO

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.

August 1 & 2: Old-Fashioned Laundry, 11 am-1 pm. Visit the 1881 Moses Carver house and try your hand at washing laundry the way George did in the late 1800s. Tour the Moses Carver house and become acquainted with life in the 19th century while learning more about George Washington Carver.

August 8 & 9: Expressions of the Soul, 1 pm. George Washington Carver was more than just a scientist; he was also a talented artist. This program looks more closely at Carver the artist and how artistry brought joy to his life.

August 15 & 16: Struggle for Education in a Segregated America, 1 pm. Join us for this program exploring some of the challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education while growing up in the post-Civil War United States.

August 22 & 23: Founders Day Program, 1 pm. Authorized in August 1916, the National Park Service now cares for over 400 national parks throughout the country, each one an important part of our collective identity. Join us for this special presentation celebrating the birth of the National Park Service.

August 29 & 30: Old-Fashioned Toys & Games, 10 am-4 pm. Playtime was a simple affair in the 19th century as children invented their own games or played with homemade toys. Stop by the visitor center and experience the joy of playing with some old-fashioned toys and games.

Joplin, MO

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.

July 31-August 1: Wild Wild Joplin Days, Landreth Park. Bands, blues, bluegrass, country, barbecue and more. Honoring law enforcement and raising money for autism. Call 417.629.2495 or visit www.joplinfestivalgroup@gmail.com.

August 6: First Thursday Artwalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown. ArtWalk features local artists showing, demonstrating and selling their works in over 10 venues, with live acoustic music. For more information and updates of artists/venues participating, visit First Thursday Artwalk Joplin MO on Facebook. Call 417.438.5931.

August 4: 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.

August 6: Ice Cream Social/Open House, 3 pm, Associates of Dental Arts, 525 W. 32nd St. Prizes, gift cards to local restaurants, iTunes gift cards, Sonicare toothbrushes and more. Fun for the whole family and plenty of ice cream. Call 417.781.5600.

August 7: Joplin Woman’s Club, noon, Twin Hills. Fashion show presented by Christopher and Banks. Club members will be models. $12. For reservations call 417.781.6138.

August 8: Blue Moon 5K and 10K. 10K @ 8:10 pm, 5K @ 8:15 pm, and 1 Mile @ 7:30 pm. 955 East North St. Flat and fast out and back trail of hard-packed crushed rock. Runners will enjoy ice cream bars and other snacks. Prizes awarded to the overall male and female in the 5K and 10K distances. Call 417.553.0826.

August 13: 17th Annual Golf Tournament, 1 pm shotgun start, Twin Hills Golf & Country Club. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald house. Call 417.623.4112.

August 15: 2015 ACFA Championship Cat Show, 9 am-4 pm, Jack Lawton Webb Convention Center, 5300 S. Range Line Rd. Championship judging, vendors of cat-related art, furniture and grooming supplies. A local shelter with animals to adopt will be there. Raffle. Call 417.782.9582.

August 20: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. Call 618.560.9775.

August 20-22: Zerkapalooza, all day, downtown. Summer music festival, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, kickball tournament, citywide scavenger hunt and other fun events. Visit www.zerkapalooza.com.

August 29: Wine, Women & Shoes, 4-8 pm, Amelie Event Center, 104 S. Joplin St. Sip fine wines, shop shoes and accessories, mingle with “Shoe Guys,” savor food bites, enjoy a glamorous fashion show, bid on incredible auction lots and participate in the Key-to-the-Closet raffle. Proceeds benefit local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Freeman Health System. Call 417.347.6658.

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. All programs are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Dr., Suite A, Joplin. Programs require preregistration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.

Preschool Nature Connections

August 1: Insect Safari, 10-11 am. Age: 3-6 years, $5 per child members, $10 per child non-members. Insects are everywhere and play an amazing role in our world. Learn about these six-legged wonders and go on a bug hunt.

August 8: Shoal Creek Water Festival, 10 am-3 pm. All ages welcome. Take a dip in Shoal Creek in your cardboard boat; sing and dance with Wildheart; wonder at the raptors from World Bird Sanctuary; cheer your duck on to victory during the duck race; learn about water quality, conservation and ecology at one of the water activity booths; and shop the unique nature-inspired gifts and art in Trader’s Row. Don’t forget the fourth annual Kids Shoebox Boat Race: kayak slalom races! Free.

August 9-August 29: Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center is one of 11 Audubon Centers nationwide to exhibit the winners from this year’s National Audubon Society Photography Awards. Reproductions will be available to purchase at the Center during this time.

August 15: Yoga in Nature, 9-10 am, all ages welcome, $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.

August 17: Kayaking Basics and Float 102, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Ages: 12+. Cost: $20 per person. Enjoy a short but fun evening float while going over basic kayaking skills and seeing the sights along Shoal Creek. It is recommended to have some entry-level knowledge of paddling and swimming for this class. Introduction to Sit-On-Top Kayaking 101 is recommended prior to this class for those who have never been paddling before. All instruction, kayaks and life jackets provided by Extreme Sports Inc. Preregistration is required and class is limited to five.

Lamar, MO

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.

August 22-29: Lamar Free Fair. Activities and events on the square and at Memorial Hall, Thiebaud Auditorium and Moore Pavilion. Call 417.682.3687 or 417.682.2446.

August 23: Fourth Thursday Music/Food on the Square, 6-8 pm, Lamar bandstand. Music, food and art, fun for all ages. Call 417.682.3595.

Monett, MO

August 3: Monett Senior Dance, 7 pm, Senior Center, 415 Dairy St. Monthly dance, $3. Call 417.235.3285.

August 15: 5th Annual “Maggard’s Day Out” 3-Person Scramble, 8 am-2 pm, Windmill Ridge Golf Course. Lunch, t-shirt, prizes given for the longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one. Call 417.235.6076.

Neosho, MO

August 1: Big Spring Bluegrass & BBQ, 10 am-8 pm, Big Spring Park, 308 W. Spring St. Ten bluegrass groups. Area barbecue vendors. Free. Bring the lawn chairs, bring the kids and bring an appetite! Call 417.451.8050.

August 22: Big Spring Summer Social on the Square, 4-8 pm, historic downtown square. Music, entertainment and fun. Free. Focus is to provide children of all ages an end-of-summer celebration. For registration information, call 417.451.1925 or 417.451.5200. Businesses or clubs interested in participating, contact the Chamber office, 417.451.1925.

August 22: Cinema in the Park, Movie TBA, 8:30 pm, Big Spring Park. Call 417.451.1925.

Pineville, MO

August 5-8: Jesse James Days, 6 pm, Pineville Community Center. Carnival rides, vendors, food and music nightly. A 2005 Jeep Liberty 4x4 will be raffled off August 8 at 9:30 pm. Call 417.223.4368.

Webb City, MO

August 8: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5-8 pm, downtown. Classic car show, trophies and prizes. Call 417.673.1154.

Bartlesville, OK

August 22: PlayForBurk presents Alex Boye in Concert, 7-9 pm, Bartlesville Community Center. See article on page 37. Call 918.336.2787 or visit www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.

August 23: Hideaway Summer Concert Series, 6-8:30 pm, Hideaway Pizza, Johnstone & Frank Phillips Blvd. Live music hosted by Hideaway Pizza. Visit www.hideawaypizza.com.

August 29: The Big Event benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters, 6-11 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 205 SW Frank Phillips Blvd. Themed dinner and auction with entertainment by Ernest James Zydeco. Call 918.213.4524.

Grove, OK

August 8: Great Grand Bobber Drop, 8 am, Grand Lake area. Bobbers will be dropped in the Honey Creek, Sailboat Bridge, Shangri-La and Elk River areas. Retrieve the bobbers and turn them in at Grand Lake Sport Center and other official claim sites to win one of hundreds of prizes. Visit www.groveareamerchants.com.

Jay, Ok

August 8: Hot Wheel and Swap Meet, 9 am-3 pm, Jay Community Center, 429 S. 9th St.  Thousands of diecast vehicles including Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning, Greenlight, M2 Machines, Muscle Machines, Matchbox, NASCAR and much more. The first 50 kids 12 and under will get a free car and free races with great prizes. Free vendor drawings with super treasure hunts, convention cars, etc. Call 918.253.3493.

August 8: 17th Annual Cruise Night, 3 pm, downtown. For more information, call 918.253.8698.


Cultural Arts and Entertainment


 Carthage, MO

August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Painting for All Ages, 12:30-2 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $30, includes materials. Call 417.358.2707.

August 13: Canvas & Cocktails, 6-8:30 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $40, includes materials and cocktail. Call 417.358.2707.

Joplin, MO

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.


July–September 6: Pam Denniston’s Eclectic Collections: Home is Where the ‘Art Is,’ Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. The daughter of a New York art dealer, Denniston (1942-2013) developed a love of art that colored her entire life. Paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, hand-painted furniture—even fashion and toys—reflect her exuberant personality in this tribute to a veteran collector.

July 18–September 6: John Bremer: Tactile Dimensions, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Fascinated by texture and color, Bremer begins his complex, abstract constructions with myriad geometric shapes. Surface treatments add texture and yield vivid, harmonious colors in these large-scale works.

August 7–September 15: Just Desserts, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. A national juried show just about desserts! Juried by Sunshine Cobb.

July-August: Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) Group Show, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Artwork on display by JRAC members Heather Grills, Janice Kinman, and Koral Martin. For more information about JRAC or this show, call 417.592.1673.


August 6-16: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Smoke on the Mountain (Musical), Thursday-Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm, Stained Glass Theatre, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday night gospel sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. Seating is general admission and tickets may be purchased exclusively at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.


August 6: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art is for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music.

August 7: First Friday Exhibit Opening – “Just Desserts,” 7-9 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S Main. Phoenix Fired Art hosts exhibit openings on the first Friday of every month.

August 8: Shoal Creek Water Festival, 8 am-3 pm, Wildcat Park, 201 Riviera Drive. Join Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center for a day of water fun! Watch the infamous Cardboard Boat Race, race your own in the Shoebox Boat Race, sing and dance with Wildheart, and learn about raptors from World Bird Sanctuary. Cheer your duck on to victory during the duck race and learn about water quality, conservation and ecology at one of the water activity booths. Unique nature-inspired gifts and art will be for sale in Trader’s Row. Free.

August 13: 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. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. Connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

August 17: Southern Symphony Orchestra Rehearsals Begin, 7-9 pm, Missouri Southern State University’s Phinney Hall. Do you play an orchestral instrument? Do you have previous experience playing in a symphony orchestra? Then consider joining the fun! If you are at least of high school age, and if you play, or have played, an orchestral instrument, you are invited to join. Rehearsals are held Mondays 7-9 pm. Contact Dr. Jeffrey Macomber, conductor, at 417.625.9635 or macomber-j@mssu.edu.

August 20: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

August 22: Art Feeds Gala 2015 – “Find Your Purpose In The Circus,” 7 pm, Roxy Event Center, 104 S. Joplin. There will be fancy eats, interactive art, opportunities to invest in little artists and loads of inspiring details that will make your night unforgettable. Plan your outfit ahead of time to fit with the vintage circus theme. Silent auction, live auction and a dance party. All proceeds will feed creativity and facilitate emotional expression in Art Feeds programs nationwide. All of the night’s live auction proceeds benefit Art Feeds programs in Joplin and Carthage. Ticket sales benefit Art Feeds National and all silent auction sales benefit Art Feeds Joplin and Art Feeds Carthage programs. Tickets: $85; golden tickets: $140; Table of 10: $850.

August 28: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists’ biographies, art techniques and philosophical art-related films. Donations accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

Until September 6: Call for Entries – Off the Wall: Wearable Art!, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. In Spiva’s sixth artists’ challenge, fashion takes center stage. Conventional and unconventional materials – fabric, found objects, plastic, wood, metal and more – may be incorporated into these works of art. All area artists are encouraged to participate. The exhibition, Sept. 18 through Nov. 1, will close with a runway show in the Main Gallery. Call 417.623.0183 or stop in to register. Deadline for submission: 5 pm. Sunday, Sept. 6.

Classes on multiple days in August 2015:

Joplin Square Dance Center:

Tuesday Mornings: Line Dancing Classes, June-Sept. Ultra beginner: 10-10:30 am, ($5), High beginner: 10:30-11:30 am ($5), Intermediate: 11:30 am-12:30 pm ($5), Joplin Square Dance Center. Taught by Tyra Farris, instructor/choreographer. Pre-registration not required. Call 785.640.0544.

Joplin Public Library:

Tuesdays: Crafternoons (Grades 6-12), 3-6 pm, Joplin Public Library. The first Tuesday of each month has themed instruction. Teens are welcome to bring their own projects or use the crafting supplies provided by the Library.

Mosaics Art Gallery:

Tuesdays: Life Drawing Class, 5:30-8 pm, Mosaics Art Gallery. Artists who attend should bring their own drawing supplies and easel if needed. The only fee is the split cost required to pay the model (i.e. the model fee is $50; if there are 10 artists per session, the cost will be $5 each). Email rjreed@cableone.net or call 417.624.4180.

Phoenix Fired Art:

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11 am-2 pm and 6-9 pm. Eight-week session. $240 Phoenix members; $270 non-members (additional fees may apply). Call 417.437.9281.


420 S. Main St. 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. RSVP in advance. 417.680.5434 or www.rsvpaint.com.

August 1: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “ Cross”

August 1: 7-9 pm - “Hydrangea Garden”

August 2: 2-4 pm - “Cheery Tree”

August 3: 1-9 pm - Walk-in Open Studio

August 4: 1-9 pm - Walk-in Open Studio

August 5: 1-9 pm - Walk-in Open Studio

August 6: 7-9 pm - “Fiery Trees”

August 7: 7-9 pm - “Majestic Lighthouse”

August 8: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Elephant”

August 8: 7-9 pm - Date Night “By the Lake”

August 9: 2-4 pm - “Read”

August 10: 1-9 pm - Walk-in Open Studio

August 11: 1-9 pm - Walk-in Open Studio

August 12: 1-9 pm - Walk-in Open Studio

August 13: 7-9 pm - “Night Owl”

August 14: 7-9 pm - Date Night “Together”

August 15: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Eagle Pride”

August 15: 7-9 pm - “Run Strong”

August 16: 2-4 pm - “Over the Rainbow”

August 16: 5-8 pm - Paint Your Pet

August 19: 1-9 pm - Walk-in Open Studio

August 20: Third Thursday Art Walk Artist, Coleman

August 21: 7-9 pm - “Juniper Pearl”

August 22: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Swirly Tree”

August 22: 7-9 pm - Date Night “For All Seasons”

August 23: 2-4 pm - “Abstract Bike”

August 26: 2-4 pm - Walk-in Open Studio

August 27: 1-9 pm - “Tree Silhouette”

August 28: 7-9 pm - “Amour des Chats”

August 29: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Butterfly Spiral”

August 29: 7-9 pm - “Sunshine Lamp Trolley”

August 30: 2-4 pm - “Moonlit Poppies”

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.


Tuesdays, Creation Station. August 11, 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. Please preregister as space is limited.

Wednesdays, Preschooler and Pal Art Class. August 12, 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: Memories in the Making, 10 am-noon, free. An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Call 417.886.2199.

Thursdays, Young Painter. August 13, 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.

Weekend Classes:

August 1: Anime, 11 am-1 pm. Ages: 12-18, $27/class. Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on professional anime boards to create your own character, storyline and background.

August 7 & 8: Back to School Bash and Tween Lock-In, 10 pm Friday-6 am Saturday. Ages: 9-13, $40. Overnight adventure includes games, food and making art. It will have a Harry Potter theme with Hogwarts catering the party and serving some of Harry’s favorite treats. Professor McGonagall will teach transfiguration spells at a photo booth, while Professor Snape leads students in wand making and more. Wand skills will be practiced as participants play interactive games on a supersize Xbox Connect. Participants may bring a sleeping bag and pillow and come in costume. Space is limited to 20 participants, so register early.

August 15: Hands-On Workshop with Exhibiting Artist John Bremer, 1-3 pm. Ages: 14-adult, $37. One of Spiva’s current exhibiting artists, John Bremer, will teach his techniques in creating textural, colorful, geometric paintings. Cost includes all materials.

August 22: Stained Glass for Beginners, 2-4 pm. Ages: 14-adult, $37. Learn everything needed to create a stained glass sun catcher. Students should bring their own soldering iron, but all other supplies will be provided.

August 29: Clay Dog, 11 am-1 pm. Ages: 6-12. Cost: $27. Make your own clay dog, inspired by the black dog from the exhibit “Pam Denniston’s Eclectic Collections: Home Is Where the ‘Art Is.” Students will learn to roll clay into a slab, then cut and shape it into a dog, use tools to embellish it, then return the following Saturday to paint it. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 417.623.0183 or email spiva@spivaarts.org.

Events, Etc:

August 6: First Thursday Art Walk with artists’ booths and music in the gallery, 5:30- 8:30 pm.

August 20: Third Thursday with selfies art challenge. Win a prize. 5:30-8:30 pm.

August 30: Drop-off begins for Area Artists Challenge Off the Wall: Wearable Art, 1 pm.

Call for Entries, Off the Wall: Wearable Art! In Spiva’s sixth artists’ challenge, fashion takes center stage. Conventional and unconventional materials—fabric, found objects, plastic, wood, metal and more—may be incorporated into these works of art. The exhibition, Sept. 18 through Nov. 1, will close with a runway show. Contact Spiva at 417.623.0183. Deadline for submission: 5 pm, Sept. 6.


Main Gallery: Pam Denniston’s Eclectic Collections: Home is Where the ’Art Is. This tribute to veteran collector Pam Denniston includes paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, hand-painted furniture, fashion and toys from a variety of eras and countries.

Regional Gallery: John Bremer: Tactile Dimensions. This Monett artist’s colorful, complex, abstract constructions begin with geometric cardboard shapes, each covered with textural material and added to the whole to create harmonious large-scale works.

Upstairs Gallery: In a Paper Boat. Formerly of the Joplin area, Duluth, MN, artist Ressie Burrows presents canvas sculpture, multi-media and drawings.

Pittsburg, KS

August 21: Pittsburg Art Walk: 6-10 pm, downtown. Showcases local talent and downtown businesses. The Art Walk features food vendors, music, art demonstrations and beautiful work from local artists.

August 31: PALS Presents “The Filharmonic,” 7:30 pm, PSU Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. This group of Filipino-American youngsters who were featured in NBC’s hit musical competition The Sing-Off has much to sing about. Making the semi-finals, finishing the first Sing-Off national tour, sharing the stage with Linkin Park, Black Eyed Peas and Pentatonix, then being part of the movie Pitch Perfect 2 is only the kick-off to their amazing journey! Seating is general admission. PSU student-only ticket sales begin Monday, August 17. General ticket sales begin Monday, August 24. Ticket prices are as follows: PSU student: free ticket with valid student ID; PSU faculty/staff: $10; community member: $15, child/senior: $10. For additional information on ticketing, call 620.235.4796.


Health Events

Galena, KS

August 4: 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.

Parsons, KS

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.

August 13: Grief Companions Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Enter through north door. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS

August 11: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

August 26: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital - Carthage, MO

August 3-25: Monday and Tuesday Grief Support Group. Every Monday 1:30-2:30 pm; every Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Free; registration is appreciated. Materials provided. Call Chaplain Galen Snodgrass, 417.359.2636.

August 17: Four States Stroke Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every third Monday of each month. Byers Avenue United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Kevin.woods@mercy.net.

August 25: 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.

Joplin, MO

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.

August 12 & 26: 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.

August 18: 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.

August 25: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl at 417.849.7814.

Freeman Health System

August 3: 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.

August 4: Friends and Family CPR Class, 6:30-9:30 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C. Class is for people who are looking to learn CPR who do not need to be certified. $15. Call 417.347.4448.

August 6: Freeman Screen Team Early Detection Screening, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C. $15. Open to the public. Screening will take about 15 minutes. Please wear clothing to access arms and lower legs. Call 417.347.6555.

August 6: Sibling Class, 6:30 pm. Class  helps  your other child or children adapt to changes that will occur when a new brother or sister arrives in your home. One-night class lasts for one hour and is open to children 3-12 years of age. Bring a doll or stuffed animal about the size of a baby to class. $5 per child. Call 417.347.6667.

August 11: 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 also be on hand to provide information about wellness program for older adults. Call 417.347.4448.

August 11: Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman East Conference Room 4E. Call 417.347.5876.

August 18: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. Call 417.347.7400.

August 18: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30-8:30 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.

August 20: Stroke Support Group, meets every third Thursday, 4-5 pm, Freeman’s Sports Complex, 2206 E. 32nd St. A group mission to offer education, advocacy and enlightenment for stroke survivors and caregivers. Open to the public with special guest speaker RN Gwynn Caruthers to discuss the importance of having an open dialog with physicians and family regarding medical decisions. Call 417.347.4546.

August 25: Freeman Advantage Tea, last Tuesday of each month, 9-11:30 am, Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Annual health screening; open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit www.freemanhealth.com/advantage.

Mercy Hospital - Support Groups

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group. Meets every Monday, 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. Grief Support Group meets every Monday and is free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. Call 417.556.2472.

Every Wednesday: Free Blood Pressure Screening, 9 am-12 pm, St. John’s Medical Equipment Store, 3120 S. Main, Suite 10. Call 417.627.8424.

Every Thursday: Free Blood Pressure Screenings, 10-11 am, 100 Mercy Way, l Lobby. Call 417.627.8424.

August 10: Bariatric Support Group: Meets Second Monday of month, 5:30-7:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2915.

August 12: 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.

August 17: 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.

August 25: Diabetes Support Group: Meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library Community Room, 612 S. Garrison. Call 417.359.1359.

August 26: 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 Prestige-Call 417.625.2262

August 10: Mercy Prestige Luncheon, 12 pm, Mercy Hospital Conference Room. Speakers will talk about extended home care.

August 13: Mercy Prestige Book Club, 10 am. Book: Little Mercies.

Mercy trips in September: Mackinac Island, Branson Landing. Please call for more information and reservations. Call 417.556.3456.

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. 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.

August 3: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm.

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

August 4: Caregiver Support Group, 6 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Topic is Alzheimer’s dementia. Call 417.682.3809.

August 18  & 20: Childbirth Class, 6-8 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom, $15.

August 19: Free Varicose Vein Screening, 8:30-10 am, Mezzanine Conference room.

August 19 : Free Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Call 417.682.3881.

August 19: Childbirth Class, 8 am-12 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom, $15.

Neosho, MO

August 24: 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

August 4: Infant/Child CPR, 6:30 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom. Call 417.449.3801.

August 12: Care Giver Support Group, 1:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center, 2101 N. Ash St. Call 417.448.3999.

August 18 & 20: Childbirth Classes, Tuesday/Thursday, 6-8 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom. $15. Call 417.448.3801.

August 19: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center, 301 N. Main Street. 417.667.5847.

August 22: Childbirth Class, 8 am-12 pm, 3rd floor classroom medical arts building. Call 417.448.3622.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

August 13: Low Vision Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

August 13: Diabetes Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

Miami, OK

August 11 & 25: 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.

August 13: Caregivers Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 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.

August 4: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

August 6: Autism Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.