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Support Your Local Farmers Market!

Centerton, AR: 9 am-1 pm Saturdays, Highway 102 & Sienna Drive. www.centertonfarmersmarket.com.

Bentonville, AR: 7 am-1 pm Saturdays, downtown Bentonville square.

Fayetteville, AR: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays on the square.


Rogers, AR: 7 am-1 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, corner of Walnut & 1st streets. 479.246.8383.

Franklin, KS: 4-6 pm Thursdays, Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway. 620.249.9333.

Parsons, KS: 7-10 am Tuesdays and Saturdays, downtown Parsons. 620.421.7030.

Pittsburg, KS: 7:30 am-12 pm Saturdays, 12th & Broadway streets. www.pittsburgfarmersmarket.org.

Grove, OK:  8 am-noon, Grove Community Center, 104 W. Third Street. 918.791.5472.

Carthage, MO: 7:30 am-12 pm every Wednesday and Saturday, historic Carthage square. 417.358.3579.

Joplin, MO: 4:30-6:30 pm Thursdays, Ewert Park, 5th Street and School Avenue. 417.625.4750.

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

Nevada, MO: Wednesdays 5 am, Saturdays 8 am, on the square. Call 417.321.0591.

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-6 pm, Fridays 11 am-2 pm and Saturdays 9 am-12 pm under pavilions in King Jack Park.

Bentonville, AR

August 1: First Friday Flicks: “A League of Their Own,” 8 pm, Lawrence Plaza. Call 479.464.7275 or visit www.bentonvillear.com.

Fayetteville, AR 

August 17: President Clinton’s 68th Birthday Celebration, 11 am-1 pm, Clinton House Museum, 930 West Clinton Drive. Free barbecue lunch and President Clinton’s favorite snacks. Stop by and sign Bill’s birthday card and share favorite President Clinton stories. Call 479.444.0066.

Rogers, AR

Every Saturday: Pickin’ in the Park, 6 pm, Frisco Park, Downtown Rogers. Bring acoustic instrument and lawn chair; enjoy gospel, country and bluegrass music.

August 11: 2014 NWA Technology Summit, 7:30 am-1 pm, John Q. Hammons Convention Center, featured speaker Karenann Terrell and Jeff Amerine. Latest technology to improve business and technology users. Tickets $59/Chamber members, $99/non-Chamber members. Call 479.636.1240 or visit www.nwatechsummit.com.

August 22 & 23: 30th Annual Frisco Festival, Main street, live music on the Frisco Stage, carnival rides, bike rides, road races and other competitions, along with delicious food of all kinds and ice-cold beverages. Free admission. Call 479.936.5487.

Arma, KS

Aug 15-17: 68th Arma V-J Homecoming. Annual homecoming celebration in tribute to those who serve our country since the end of World War II after the victory over Japan. Arts and crafts, motorcycle show and competition, veterans’ parade, carnival and rides, live music and tractor pull, and Kansas’ largest mud volleyball tournament. Call 620.231.1212 or visit www.pittsburgareachamber.com.

Columbus, KS

August 5-9: Cherokee County Fair. Entertainment, livestock shows, 4-H exhibits, carnival. Call 620-783-5154.

Aug 23: 25th Annual Big Brutus Polka Fest, 7-11 pm, Big Brutus Museum. World’s largest electric shovel celebrates 27 years as a tourist attraction in conjunction with the annual Polka Fest. Polka Fest features a variety of regional polka bands performing ethnic music combined with ethnic food and beverage. Call 620.827.6177 or visit www.bigbrutus.org.

Franklin, KS

August 1-September 27: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit: “The Thrill of the Game: Sporting Traditions in Southeast Kansas,” 10 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday, 701 S. Broadway. Free admission. Call 620.347.4220 or visit www.minershallmuseum.com.

Pittsburg, KS

July 30-Aug 2: 98th Annual Crawford County Fair, Livestock exhibitions, arts and crafts, competition between county FFA and 4-H clubs, livestock auction, rodeo, live music and demolition derby. Call 620.724.4092. 

July 31-Aug 3: Pittsburg Community Theater presents “Annie,” 7:30 pm, August 2 & 3, 2 pm matinees. Ticket prices: $12 adults, $10 seniors/students, $8 GA balcony. For more information or to buy tickets visit www.memorialauditorium.org or call 620.231.7827.

August 1-Oct 12: SEK Art Fest. Celebrate our area’s football heritage with 24 larger-than-life footballs decorated by local artists and on display in downtown Pittsburg. The footballs will be auctioned off to raise funds for next year’s festival and for future regional art projects and festivals. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/SekArtFest?ref=br_tf or www.sekartfest.com/.

August 2: Rollin’ Nostalgia Car Club Cruise Night: First Saturday of each month, 6pm. Located in the parking lot between Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Payless Shoe Store and Big Lots, 2810 N. Broadway. Call 620.231.1212.

August 15: Friday Flix, Tallgrass Film Festival Road Show, 8:45 pm, on outside wall of Colonial Fox theatre. The Tallgrass Road Show is a mobile outreach program that showcases a selection of short films from previous Tallgrass Film Festivals. Donations appreciated. Visit www.colonialfox.org or call 620.235.0622.

Aug 27-29: Pittsburg Community Theatre presents “Clue,” 7:30 pm. Call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

Aug 29-31: Little Balkans Days, Downtown Pittsburg. Annual festival celebrates the community’s culture, heritage and history. Arts, crafts, and concessions. Call 620.704.7369 or visit www.littlebalkansfestival.com.

Aug 30-31: Walnut Homecoming: Community homecoming celebration featuring arts and craft vendors, carnival, street dance, a variety of competitions, family gatherings, Senior King-Queen Coronation, parade and large softball tournament. Call 620.354.6733.

Carl Junction, MO

August 2: 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. Call 417.649.8846.

Carthage, MO

Every Friday: The Woodshed inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square, 7:30 pm. Live music. $7 admission. Call 417.358.2707.

Every Saturday: Wine Maker’s Dinner, 6-8 pm, White Rose Winery, by reservation only. Call 417.359.9253.

Every Saturday & Sunday: Kiwanis Kiddieland, 2-5 pm, Municipal Park, 2000 Oak Street. Kid-sized rides. Call 417.359.8181.

August 2: Mary Kay 5K Sprinkler Derby, 10 am, Fairview Christian Church, 2320 Grand Ave. Untimed 5k and 1-mile fun run/walk water stations including sprinklers, misters and rain showers. All ages. Snacks and drinks. Call 417.674.1016.  

August 7-10: Marian Days, 7 am-10 pm, 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 15-17: Bring Your Stix on Route 66, 7:30 am, Carthage Golf Course, 2000 Richard Webster Dr. Couples play, prizes. Call 417.237.7030.

August 22: Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk, 6-9 pm. Visit www.carthageartwalk.org.

Route 66 Drive-in Theatre, 17321 Old Route 66 Blvd. Movies begin at dusk Friday-Sunday evenings. Adults $6, children $3, kids in car seats free. Call 417.359.5959 or visit www.66drivein.com.

Cassville, MO

August 16: Back to School Kids Free Fishing Day, 7 am-8 pm, Roaring River State Park. Anglers under the age of 16 are allowed to sign up and obtain a free trout tag. Missouri Department of Conservation schedules educational instruction in trout fishing and fish cleaning. Awards go 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 2 & 3: A Genius Remembered, George Washington Carver,
1 pm. Thirty-minute film explores the life of George Washington Carver, told by people who knew him and by others whose work was influenced by his great legacy.

August 9 & 10: 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 16 & 17: 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 23 & 24: Founders Day Program, 1 pm. Authorized in August 1916, the National Park Service now cares for 401 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 and learn what makes the national parks truly “America’s Best Idea.”

August 30 & 31: 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. This is a self-guided activity.

Joplin, MO

August 1: Joplin Women’s Club Fashion Show, noon, Twin Hills Country Club, presented by Chico’s. Models are members of the Club. Cost $11. For reservations, call Lorraine Whittington at 417.623.3290.

August 16: 13th Annual Svitak Freedom Ride, all day. Five route choices: 10 miles, 25 miles, 40 miles, 67 miles and 100 miles, plus a kids’ ride. Philip Svitak was killed March 4, 2002 along with seven other American servicemen in Afghanistan. Call 417.850.9923 or visit

August 16: The GEICO Motorcycle Hot Bike Tour, all day. Motorcycle Enthusiast magazine has chosen Joplin to be the first stop on the 1,000-mile journey. The ride merges motorcycle enthusiasts and industry leaders to celebrate the open road as the pages of Hot Bike magazine come to life with bike shows, music, food, vendors and bike rides from city to city. Call 417.624.4150.

August 22: Lynyrd Skynyrd Concert, 8 pm, Downstream Casino Resort. Tickets: $30 and up. Call 918.919.6000.

August 21: Third Thursday Downtown, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street from 1st to 15th streets. Enjoy local art, music, entertainment and food; art walk; performance stages featuring live music, dance and performance art; local restaurant fare and unique retail shopping along with special events each month. Call 417.310.3472 or visit www.downtownjoplin.com.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Open Wednesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. 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.

July 29-August 1: Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp, 12:30-3:30 pm, age: 7-12 years, cost: $125. Led by certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey. Use nature as the inspiration to create original pieces of art including origami, mobiles, papier-mâché, painting and color pencil drawing, etc. Fee includes all art materials, a snack and instructor’s fee.

August 9: 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, and new this year: kayak slalom races!

August 13: Kayaking Basics 102, 5-9 pm. Age: 10+. $10 per person members, accompanied by adult/$20 per person non-members.  This is the second class in the Learning to Kayak Program. A 101 kayak class is required before entry into 102 kayaks. We will make a short evening float from Redings Mill Bridge to Wildcat Park. Use your own kayak or we can provide one (limited to 8 provided kayaks).

August 16: Yoga in Nature, 9-10 am. All ages welcome. $3 per person members/$6 per person non-members. Enjoy exercising at your own level beside beautiful Shoal Creek. Instructor Connelaine Gustad teaches Hatha Yoga, an exercise for balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, which can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. 

Preschool Nature Connections

August 16: Leaping Lizards, 10-11 am. Age: 3-6 years. $5 per child members/$10 per child non-members. How high can a lizard leap? Ask Cherty the Collared Lizard, Wildcat Glades mascot, as he makes a special appearance and discusses sunning, scales and tails. We’ll go on a lizard hunt and see if we can find any of his relatives along the way!

Lamar, MO

August 4, 11, 18 & 25: Barton County Senior Center, 306 W. 11th St., 9 am-5 pm. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/Internet access and Wii. Call Stormy Cuba at 417.682.3881.

August 16: Lamar Fair Queen Contest, 7-9 pm, Thiebaud Auditorium. Sponsored by Lamar Rotary Club. Call 417.682.5556.

August 16-23: Lamar Free Fair. Activities and events on the square and at Memorial Hall, Thiebaud Auditorium and Moore Pavilion. Call Ed Moore, 417.682.3687 or Terry Moore, 417.682.2446.

August 28: Fourth Thursday Music/Food on the Square, 6-8 pm, Lamar bandstand. Food, music, art and fun for all ages. Call 417.682.3595.

Mt. Vernon, MO

August 8-9: Aurora Quilt Guild, Color My World Quilt Show, 10 am-4 pm, The Marc, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. Vendors, people’s choice award, boutique, bed turning door prizes, opportunity quilt drawing. $5 admission. Call 417.678.1600.

August 30: Movie in the Park: “Frozen,” dusk, Spirit of 76 Park, music one hour before. Sponsored by Mt. Vernon Regional Arts. Call 417.461.0295.

August 30: 100 Mile Long Garage Sale, 7 am, goes from Ash Grove to Branson West. (Through Miller, Mt. Vernon, Pierce City, Monett, Aurora, Marionville, Crane) A map can be printed off the chamber’s website, visit www.Mtvernonchamber.com.  Call 417.466.7654.

Neosho, MO

Every Tuesday: Child-Parent Relationship Training, 5:30-7:30 pm, Neosho R-5 central office, 418 Fairground Road. Fun program for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-13. Call 417.312.2622.

August 2: Big Spring Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, 11 am-6 pm, Big Spring Park. Bluegrass music featuring seven bluegrass groups from around the area; food; vendors. Bring lawn chairs. Call 417.451.8050.

August 23: 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, please contact the Chamber office, 417.451.1925.

August 23: Cinema in the Park Featuring “The Lego Movie”, Dark, Big Spring Park, sponsored by L&L Survey, Hurst-Roche Engineers, Inc., and The Neosho Arts Council. Call 417.451.1925.

Pineville, MO

August 6-9: Jesse James Days, 6 pm, Pineville Community Center. Carnival rides, vendors, food and music nightly. Tyrone Power Jr. will be in town to join the celebration. A 2007 Saturn Ion will be raffled off August 9 at 9:30 pm. Call 417.223.4368.

Racine, MO

August 22: Jason Gray Concert, 7 pm, Racine Christian Church, 12218 State Hwy K. $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 for children 12 and under. Call 417.776.2280 or visit www.racinechristian.org. 

Webb City, MO

August 1: Second Annual Webb City Golf Tournament, 12 pm, Briarbrook Golf Course, 502 Briarbrook Dr. Call 417.649.6777.

August 9: Cruise Night, 5-8 pm, downtown Webb City. Hosted by the Webb City Chamber of Commerce and X-treme Power Sports Auto Center. Classic car show, trophies and prizes awarded. Call 417.673.1154.

Grove, OK

August 1: Grand Lake O the Cherokee Quilt Guild, 10 am, Community Center. First Friday of each month. Call 918.786.9078.

Miami, OK

August 9: Miami BMX 80’s Night, 5:30 pm. Night race with ‘80s movies, bike show, best dressed contest, dance off, retro bikes and bike show awards. Call 918.541.0269.

August 16-24: Ottawa County Free Fair, Miami Fairgrounds. Fair, livestock shows, commercial exhibits, food vendors and more. Call 918.542.1688.

August 23: Rebels Car Cruise Night, 6 pm, Waylan’s Ku-Ku Drive-in. Live music, door prizes, dash plaques, games, family fun and more make this an exciting regional event. Call 918.542.8002.

August 28: Merle Haggard, Buffalo Run Casino Indoor Peoria Showplace, tickets $55 and up. Call Buffalo Run Casino at 918.542.7141, ext. 2200.

August 29-31: Ottawa Tribal Pow-Wow, Ottawa tribal grounds, Adawe Park, 11400 S. 613 Road. Pow-Wow continues the tradition of holding no-contest dancing, offering dancers ample opportunities to relax, dance and have fun. Call 918.542.1536.



Cultural Arts and Entertainment



Fayetteville, AR

August 7: First Thursday Fayetteville, 5:30 pm, downtown Fayetteville square, outdoor art walk. Free. Call 479.521.5776.

Rogers, AR

August 7-10:  Xanadu, 6 pm, Victory Theater, 116 S. 2nd St. Based on film starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Tickets: $48 dinner theater, $17 balcony adult, $10 balcony student/child. Call 479.631.8988.

August 15: Boston Concert, 6-11 pm, Wal-Mart AMP, 5079 West Northgate Rd. Boston is an arena rock group, best known for their songs performed in the 1970s and 1980s. Tickets $29-$79. Call 479.443.5600.

August 22-23: Annual Frisco Festival. Live music on the Frisco Stage, carnival rides, bike rides, road races and other competitions, along with delicious food of all kinds and ice-cold beverages in the Entertainment Garden. Call 479.936.5487.

Carthage, MO

Every Saturday: Art Classes, 12-2 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. All ages. All materials furnished, $30. Call 417.358.2707.

Every Tuesday: Watercolor Class, 6 pm. Class with Tom Jones. All ages welcome, $30 covers all materials. Adults only, third Tuesday of every month. Call 417.358.2707.

August 14: Canvas & Cocktails, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St., every 2nd Thursday of each month, 6-8:30 pm. All materials and cocktail, $40. Call 417.358.2707.

August 15-17 & 22-24, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” 6 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Blvd. Dinner and show at its best! Sunday Matinee 1 pm. Comedy about a family with 12 children. Reservations required; call 417.358.9665 or visit www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.webs.com.

July 21-August 1: artCentral Weekday Art Classes, 10 am-3 pm, Hyde House Gallery, 1110 E. 13th St. Weekday art classes for kids ages 8-14. Choose among 2-3 classes daily, $35 per day includes all materials and an afternoon snack. Sack lunches brought and eaten in the beautiful outdoor setting of historic Hyde House. Call 417.358.4404.

August 29: Fourth Friday Art Walk, 6-9 pm, Historic Carthage Square. Call 417.359.8181 or visit www.carthageartwalk.com.

Joplin, MO

June 1-August 29: JRAC Rotating Exhibit at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th St., 10 am-5 pm. Call 417.438.5931.

Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall. Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 pm Sunday, closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary donation for admission to AT&T Main Gallery is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org. Early registration recommended.


August 7, 14, 21, & 28: Memories in the Making®, 10 am-12 pm. Free. Art experience centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Call 800.272.3900.

August 9: Anime with Amber, 11 am-1 pm, ages 12-18. Cost: $25.Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on real anime boards to create your character, storyline and background.

August 16: Tie Dye Saturday, 11 am-2 pm, ages all. Cost: $5/shirt. Looking for some family fun? You supply the t-shirt and we supply the rest!

August 22-23: Mosaic Letters with Jane McCaulley, Friday 6-8:30 pm, Saturday 11 am-12 pm, age adults, teens welcome. Cost: $30. Two-day class will teach skills required to create mosaic masterpieces. Students will make a mosaic letter to display in your house or to give as a gift. Closed-toe shoes must be worn.


July 19-September 7: Paul Caponigro: Photographs by an American Master, Main Gallery. Among the foremost landscape photographers of our time, Caponigro combines technical perfection with an intense, mystical sensibility in his exquisite photos.

July 19-August 24: Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects, Regional Gallery. Au’s work feeds off childhood fascination with science fiction. Purdum’s drawings capture memories stored in imaginative time capsules. Together, their works appear to be plucked from a surreal world.

August 1-30: Eileen Donnelly: Color My World, Upstairs Gallery. Oil and acrylic paintings that are part of a collection since the May 2011 tornado make up this exhibit. An artist’s reception will be held during Third Thursday activities on August 21 in the Upstairs Gallery and Spiva library.

Monett, MO

August 9: Annual Kings Prairie Music Festival, 4-9 pm, east of Monett off Hwy 60 at Z, and look for signs. Free admission, no alcohol. Bring your chairs and park on the grass. Performances by favorite local country, gospel and bluegrass groups. Barbecue dinner, pies and soda. Call 417.442.7910.


Health Events


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 14: 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 8: Monthly Lunch and Learn, 12 pm, DePaul Hall. Dr. Corin Wilde will speak on foot care. Call 620.235.7894. Please RSVP by August 6.

August 19: Breastfeeding Class. Learn breastfeeding and pumping techniques. Call 620.235.7516 to enroll.

August 26: Parenting Class. Call 620.235.7516 to enroll.

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital - Carthage, MO

August 4-26: Monday and Tuesday Grief Support Group, Monday 1:30-2:30 pm; Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Open to the public at no cost; registration is appreciated. Materials provided. Call Chaplain Galen Snodgrass, 417.359.2636.

August 10 & 31: Spradling Family Birthing Center Open House for expectant parents. 1-3 pm, free. Call 417.359.2600.

August 26: Diabetes Support Group, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library Community Room, 612 S. Garrison. Call 417.359.1359 or 417.359.1351.

Joplin, MO

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Learn about managing fatigue, working with health professionals, relaxation techniques and practicing healthy eating habits. 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 South Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

August 1: Free Monthly Memory Screening, first Friday of each month, 10 am-12 pm or by appointment. Compassionate Care Senior Services, 624 S. Main. Call 417.623.2447.

August 19: Brain Injury Support Group, 12-1:30 pm, Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Call 417.659.8086 or visit www.ilcenter.org.

August 26: Joplin Ostomy Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl at 417.849.7814.

Freeman Health System

August 2: 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  11: Parenting Class for Parents of Teens, 5:30-7 pm, Will’s Place, 1800 W. 30th Street. Tips for parents with teens, presented by Kimberly Fielding. Call 417.347.7580.

August 5: Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 Wisconsin Avenue. Call 417.347.7850.

August 8: Friends and Family CPR, 6:30-9 pm, Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd Street, Suite C. Class is for people who are looking to learn CPR. No certification is needed. $15. Call 417.347.4448.

August 12: Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman East Conference Room 4E. Call 417.347.5876.

August 13: Cancer Support Group, 2 pm, Freeman Cancer Institute Downstairs Conference Room. Call 417.347.4029.

August 18: Diabetes Support Group meets the third Monday of each month, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.5831.

August 18: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30 pm. Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Cost: $15. Call 417.347.6667.

August 19: 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 21: Stroke Support Group, 3 pm, College View Manor, 3828 College View. Call 417.347.1234.

August 26: Freeman Advantage Tea, 9-11:30 am, Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Annual health screening; open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit freemanhealth.com/advantage.

August 28: Freeman Screen Team Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C. Appointment required; call 417.347.6555.

Mercy Hospital

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 2 pm, SWMO Community Alliance Conference Room, 2914 E. 32nd St. Call Nancy, 417.623.5560.

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, Mercy Hospital Lobby. Call 417.627.8424.

Mercy Healthification Team:

Every Wednesday: Mercy Running Group and Walking Group, 5:30 pm, hospital lobby; water provided. Visit Mercy Running Group Facebook page for information and route updates.

Every Thursday: Free Blood Pressure Checks, 10-11 am, hospital lobby. Call 417.627.8424.

Every Saturday & Tuesday: Mercy Cycling Group, Saturday 9 am, Tuesday 5:45 pm, MSSU parking lot. Follow routes and times at www.facebook.com/groups/636833056328423.

Prestige Events- Call 417.625.2262

August 1: Prestige Watermelon and Ice Cream Social, 2 pm, Byers Avenue United Methodist Church, 1730 S. Byers Street.

August 6-7:  Prestige Trip to St. Louis, Cardinals Baseball.

August 12: Mercy Stitchers, 11:30 am, Byers Avenue United Methodist Church, 1730 S. Byers Street.

August 21: AARP Smart Driver Class, 12:30–4:30 pm,  Byers Avenue United Methodist Church,  1730 S. Byers Street.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit www.namijoplin.org. The NAMI building is located at 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm, NAMI building.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm, NAMI building.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm, NAMI building.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm, NAMI building.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am, NAMI building.

Every Thursday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A new signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. NAMI building.

August 4: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm, NAMI building.

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

August 5: Caregiver Support Group for Memory Loss, 6-7 pm, meets first Tuesday of each month, snacks provided. Call Mary Jo Mincks at 417.681.5109 or Shanna Johnson at 417.682.3809.

Medicalodges - Neosho, MO

August 13: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month, 4-5 pm, 400 Lyon Drive. Friends and family of persons with any type of dementia are welcome. Call 417.451.2544.

August 20: Remember Me Group meets the third Tuesday of each month, 4-5 pm, 400 Lyon Drive. Create a scrapbook with education about dementia. Must RSVP. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center – Nevada, MO

August 5: Infant/Child CPR, 6:30 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom. Techniques for CPR on children. Call 417.448.3801.

August 12: Breastfeeding Support Group, 6:30 pm, Medical Arts Building 2nd floor Conference Room. For women in their third trimester of pregnancy. Call 417.448.3801.

August 20: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Call 417.448.3801.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center - Grove, OK

August 14: 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.

August 14: 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.

Miami, OK

August 12 & 26: 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 14: 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 5: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations 4th floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

August 7: 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.