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Baxter Springs, KS

November 8: Veterans Day Celebration, 6 am, pancake feed at the Lions Club building, parade at 10:30 followed by a memorial service following the parade at the Veterans Memorial Park, chili feed after the memorial service, American Legion Building. Call 620.856.3131.

Franklin, KS

November 1-December 28: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit: “Italians in Southeast Kansas.” 10 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday, 701 S. Broadway. Free admission. Call 620.347.4220.

Pittsburg, KS

November 11: Veterans Day Recognition: A program honoring area veterans at Pittsburg State University’s Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. For more information, contact 620.235.4122 or www.psuvetmemorial.org.

Aurora, MO

November 13: The First Annual Piccadilly Gala, 6 pm, Aurora Community Center 40 W. Church St. A high-energy auction where you could win hundreds of dollars in gifts for only a few quarters. Paddles $10 per person (1 paddle per person). Call 417.678.4150.

Carl Junction, MO

November 1: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. All-you-can-eat breakfast. Adults/$5, children/$3. 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.

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.

November 1 & 2: African American Trailblazers, 1 pm. Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join us for this program exploring some of the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans.

November 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.

November 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.

November 22 & 23: The Life and the Legacy: Booker T. Washington, 1 pm. Through narration and re-enactment, this 30-minute film traces the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the founding of Tuskegee Institute.

November 29 & 30: Old-Fashioned Toys & Games, 10 am-4 pm. 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

November 7: Joplin Women›s Club, noon, Twin Hills. Dress Barn Style Show will be presented. Members of the Club will be models. Cost: $12. Call 417.781.6138.

November 8: 27th Annual Joplin Community Veterans Day Parade, 10 am, Main St. Call 417.623.3131.

November 8: Carry the Fallen-22K Ruck March to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide, 8 am, Veterans Memorial Hall, 212 West 8th Street. Active Heroes is working to reduce veteran suicides with team events like this. Event follows a 22-kilometer course starting with the Joplin Veterans Day Parade. Call 417.623.3131.

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.

November 1: Heron’s Nest Holiday Open House, 9 am-5 pm. Free. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by finding a special gift for nature lovers. Enjoy a 15 percent discount on most items. Free refreshments provided

November 7: Bird Banding with the Missouri River Bird Observatory, 3-5 pm. Free. All ages welcome. Learn more about our feathered friends from the Missouri River Bird Observatory staff as they catch, band and release the birds. You’ll get to observe close-up the process of banding and find out what information scientists can learn from the returned bird bands.

November 8: Women’s Discover Winter Birds and Bird Feeding, 9 am-12 pm. Suggested age: 7+. $6 per person members, $12 per person non-members. Learn basic bird ID techniques, some of our common winter birds and ways to attract winter guests to your yard. Then we’ll head outdoors for a chance to see and hear birds on a hike through the park.

November 8 & 15: A Nature Inspired Christmas, 1:30 -4 pm. Age:  10+. $75 per person. Create papier mache bird ornaments, moss-covered ornaments and other amazing nature-inspired decorations for your Christmas tree or to give as gifts during these two sessions. Design and print your own Christmas gift bags and tags, too.

Preschool Nature Connections

November 15: Falling for Leaves, 10-11 am. Age: 3-6 years. $5 per child members/$10 per child non-members. Discover the how and why of the beautiful fall colors as we investigate Missouri’s magical trees through songs, stories and a walk outside.

November 22: Natural Wreaths for Winter, 2-4 pm. Age: 10+. $15 per wreath members, $30 per wreath non-members. Try making your own wreath with some natural items from the park added to a 24-inch floral silk evergreen or grapevine base. Wear clothes and shoes for walking in the woods, and don’t forget your pruning shears and gloves.

Lamar, MO

November 3, 10, 17, 24: 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 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

November 4: Festival of Flavors 5:30-7:30 pm, First United Methodist Church, 1600 North Central. Tickets $10 advance/$12 at the door for adults, $5 for children ages 7-12, and 6 under are free. Call 417.235.7919.

Neosho, MO

November 7: Bright Futures Bowling Tournament, 6 pm, Edgewood Bowl. Call 417.451.1925.

November 11: Agriculture Appreciation Banquet, 5 pm, Neosho High School Cafeteria. Farmers and ranchers in Newton and McDonald counties are our special guests. Call 417.455.9500.

November 15: Zumbathon® Charity Event, 9-11 am, Neosho Freeman Family Y. Benefits TRIO program scholarships at Crowder College. Cost: $15. Call 417.455.5688.

November 20: Annual Chamber Banquet, 6 pm, The Civic, 109 W. Main St. Call 417.451.1925.

Nevada, MO

November 11: 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade, 4 pm, historic square. Theme is “Honoring our Flag: 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem.” Call 417.667.3492.

Walnut Grove, MO

November 1 & 2: Sippin N Sawin, 9 am-5 pm, 7C’s Winery, 502 E. 560 Rd. Missouri’s only Chainsaw Carving Festival. All carvings will be auctioned Sunday at 2 pm to support local charities. Call 417.988.9829.

Webb City, MO

November 7: Distinguished Citizen Banquet, 6:30 pm, Webb City Junior High, 807 W. 1st St. Tickets $25. Call 417.673.1154.

November 10: Veterans Breakfast, 7-10 am, Veterans Hall, 1000 N. Webb St. Free for all area veterans and their families. Call 417.673.1154.

November 24: VFW Post 7630 and American Legion Thanksgiving Dinner, 11 am-2 pm. Free dinner to all veterans and R7 patrons. Call 417.673.1154.

Grove, OK

November 7: Grand Lake O the Cherokee Quilt Guild, 10 am, Community Center. First Friday of each month. Call 918.786.9078.

November 7 & 8: Pioneer Days at Har-Ber Village Museum, 9 am-5 pm. Explore daily pioneer life through hands-on activities, demonstrations, music and more. All activities are free with museum admission ($10 adults; $7.50 seniors; $5 ages 6-13; under 6 free). Call 918.786.6446 or go to www.har-bervillage.com.


Cultural Arts and Entertainment


Bella Vista, AR

November 8: Veterans Day Dance, Bella Vista Big Band, 7:30 pm, Riordan Hall, 7 Kingsdale Lane. Arrive at 7 pm for a free dance lesson, dance to a live 15-piece big band and enjoy a dance demo by the dance instructor, Jerry Kendrick. Tickets $10 per person. Call 479.855.8170.

Pittsburg, KS

October 31-November 2: Midwest Regional Ballet Presents The Nightmare Before Christmas, 7:30 pm, November 1: 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, November 2: 2:30 pm at Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. Purchase tickets at www.memorialauditorium.org or call 620.231.7827.

November 21: Opera and the Southeast Kansas Symphony, 7:30 pm, Memorial Auditorium. PSU Opera Theatre and the Southeast Kansas Symphony present An Enchanted Evening, a gala concert of operatic and musical theatre gems featuring the final trio from Der Rosenkavalier, Act III of La Boheme and selections from West Side Story. Tickets: Adults $10, $5 for students under 17 and seniors over 65, $5 for groups of 10 or more and free to PSU students and faculty with ID. Call 620.235.4470.

Carthage, MO

December 4-7 & 11-14: Sorry, Wrong Chimney. Doors open 6 pm, show starts 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee: doors open 12:30 pm, show 2 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd. Adults: $24.50; seniors (55 up): $21; youth (13-18): $21; children: $12. Call 417.358.9665 or visit www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.webs.com.

November 7-23: Through the Years, Paintings, artCentral, 12-5 pm, Hyde House Gallery, 1110 E. 13th St. Oil paintings by Tricia Courtney, works by Richard Courtney and multimedia by both on November 7, 6 pm. Free. For information, call 417.358.4404.

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

Joplin, MO

Through November 24: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) members’ exhibit in the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th Street, is a trio of art featuring a variety of oil paintings, glass art and Ozark photography by John Mills, Steve Henton and Steve Snyder. For more information, email joplinrac@gmail.com.

November 13: Pro Musica presents Cantus, 7 pm, Central Christian Center, 415 S. Main St. With Theater Latté Da, Cantus will present All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, recalling the World War I truce between Allied Forces and German soldiers in no man’s land Christmas 1914. Call 417.625.1822 or visit www.promusicajoplin.org.

Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall streets. Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. For information, call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org.


November 1: Anime with Amber Baker, 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.

November 1: Fused Glass Holiday Platters, 1-3 pm. Cost: Adults $40. Jane McCaulley leads the class through the steps to cut and create a one of a kind work of art: A platter beautiful enough to use for the holidays. Class size is limited; wear close-toed shoes.

November 4, 11, 18: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm, ages 6-12. Cost: $5/class. Experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography and printmaking. Please pre-register. Space is limited.

November 5, 12, 19: Preschooler and Pal Art Class, 10:30-11:30 am, ages 3-5. Cost: $5/class. Share art with your young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist and sculpture. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited, register early.

November 6, 13, 20: Memories in the Making™, 10 am-12 pm. Free. An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience is necessary. For details, call 417.886.2199.

November 6, 13, 20: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm, ages 6-12. Cost: $10/class. Artist and teacher Jordan Murdock teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash and detailing in this fun introductory painting class.

November 8: Plein Air Painting, 11 am-1 pm, ages 10-adult. Cost: $15. Get outside and learn how to capture all the beauty that fall has to offer. Students will draw and paint a landscape on their own canvas board.

November 15: Etched Metal Jewelry, 1-3 pm, ages 14-adult. Cost: $30. No experience necessary! Learn simple techniques for professional-looking etched designs. Use a variety of application methods to create a beautiful pendant and bracelet.

November 22: Clay for Tots, 10:30-11:30 am, ages 3+. Cost: $10. Students learn basic hand-building skills to create a pinch pot and a coiled pot that they will decorate. Parents must stay with child for this class.


September 20 – November 8: Norman Rockwell: 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers, Main Gallery General admission: $5; members, seniors and students: $3; children under 12: Free. This popular touring exhibit includes original tear sheets of covers Rockwell created for the Post between 1916 and 1963.

November 15, 2014-January 3, 2015: 67th Annual Membership Show, Main Gallery. Spiva members present their best work in the largest, most anticipated exhibit of the year. A fascinating mix of works and media.




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.

November 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

November 10: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room, meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

November 14: Lunch and Learn, 12-1 pm. Via Christi physical therapy director Clayton Kent will speak about strength training benefits for older adults. Lunch $3 with RSVP to 620-235-7894.

November 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

November 3-25: 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.

November 9 & 30: Spradling Family Birthing Center Open House for expectant parents, 1-3 pm, free. Call 417.359.2600.

November 25: 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.

November 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. Providing a safe, confidential and supportive environment. Call 417.623.8272.

November 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.

November 24: 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

November 1: 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.

November 3, 10, 17 & 24: 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.

November 4: Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 Wisconsin Ave. Call 417.347.7850.

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

November 12: Cancer Support Group, 2 pm, Freeman Cancer Institute Downstairs Conference Room. Call 417.347.4029.

November 17: 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.

November 18: Freeman Blood Drive, 8:30-11:30 am, Freeman Business Center parking lot, 3220 McClelland Blvd. People 17 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds and have not given blood in the past eight weeks may participate in the blood drive. Call 417.347.4603.

November 18: Freeman Blood Drive, 2-5 pm, parking lot behind Freeman Urgent Care, 1130 E. 32nd St. People 17 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds and have not given blood in the past eight weeks may participate in the blood drive. Call 417.347.4603.

November 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.

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

November 20: Stroke Support Group, 3 pm, College View Manor, 3828 College View. Call 417.347.1234.

November 25: 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 www.freemanhealth.com/advantage.

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 Prestige- Call 417.625.2262

November 4: Mercy Prestige & CLAIM Open Medicare Enrollment, 12-4 pm, Mercy Conference Center. Call for appointment 417.208.3456.

November 11: Mercy Prestige Veterans Day Luncheon, 12 pm, Byers Avenue United Methodist Church, 1730 S. Byers. Call for reservations 417.625.2262.

November 14: Mercy Prestige trip to see Danny O’Donnell, Branson. For more details call 417.625.2262.

November 19: Mercy Prestige Roundabouts with Dave Taylor, MO Department of Transportation, 9:30 am, Byers Avenue United Methodist Church, 1730 S. Byers Ave. Please call for reservations 417.625.2262.

Mercy Bariatrics:

November 6: Bariatric Seminar with Dr. Danny Liu, Mercy certified bariatric physician, 6-7 pm, Messenger Chapel on the new Mercy Joplin campus. Free. Call Nancy Bettasso to get registered, 417.659.6671.

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.

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

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

November 4: Caregiver Support Group for Memory Loss, 6-7 pm, meets first Tuesday of each month, Barton County Memorial Hospital Board Room. Topic is Trigger a Flash. Call 417.681.5100.

November 18: 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

November 6: Freedom from Smoking Kick Off, 12 pm, Café Conference Room. Call 417.448.3801.

November 11: 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.

November 18 & 20: Childbirth Class, 6-8 pm Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom. Call 417.448.3801.

November 20: Great American Smoke Out, 9 am-4 pm. Stop by the NRMC main lobby and pick up a free kit to help kick the habit. Call 417.448.3801.

November 22: Childbirth Class, 8 am-12 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom. Call 417.448.3801.

November 26: Community Blood Center Blood Drive, 1-4 pm, Moore Few Community Room. Call 417.448.3801.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center - Grove, OK

November 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.

November 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.

Miami, OK

November 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.

November 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.

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

November 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.

Holiday Events

Aurora, MO

November 21: The Present Run/Walk, 7 pm, Aurora High School football field. Medals awarded for tops in each category. Entry fee: $15 plus an unwrapped toy or gift of up to $10 value. Call 417.678.4150.

Carl Junction, Mo

November 7-8: Vintage Vogue Open House, 9 am, 144 S. Main. Fine vintage furniture, home decor and gifts...all the things women with an eye for style love at prices to fit all budgets! Call 417.649.7911.

November 7-8: This is Studio Bliss, 9 am-9 pm, 405 East Pennell. Vintage store, gifts. Call 417.623.2634.

November 11: The Annual Miss Jingle Bell & Mr. Elf Contest, 6:30 pm, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Children vie to be crowned Mr. Elf and Miss Jingle Bell by collecting $1 votes. Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s Beautification Fund. Call 417.291.2025.

Carthage, MO

November 20-22: Holiday Sale & Santa Rummage, 11 am-4 pm, Powers Museum, 1617 W. Oak St. Holiday decor, supplies, educator items, books. Call 417.237.0456 or visit www.powersmuseum.com.

November 28: Christmas Lighting Ceremony at the Chapel, 6:30 pm, Precious Moments Chapel, 4321 Chapel Rd. Call 800.543.7975, ext 2855.

November 28-December 31: Christmas at the Chapel, Precious Moments Chapel, 9 am-5 pm, Friday and Saturday until 8 pm. Enjoy holiday concerts. Call 800.543.7975 or visit www.preciousmomentschapel.org.

November 28-December 26: Way of Salvation Light Display, 6:30-10 pm, Thursday-Sunday, CMC Complex, 1900 Grand. Drive-through beautiful mile-long light display featuring biblical scenes and more. Call 417.359.8181.

November 28: Small Business Saturday, Shop Carthage merchants for all your holiday needs. Call 417.358.2373.

December 1: Mayor’s Tree Lighting, 6 pm, Jasper County Courthouse. Call 417.358.2373.

December 1: Carthage Christmas Parade, 7 pm, historic Carthage square. Santa is the guest of honor. Call 417.359.8181.

December 4-5: Christkindlmarkt Olde World Christmas Market, 5:30-7:30 pm, Sunday 9 am-3 pm, Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Howard Street. Call 417.358.4631.

December 5-7 & 12-28: Mt. Moriah Lights, 5:30-9:30 pm, Friday-Sunday, Mt. Moriah, 15506 Nutmeg Road. Park and enjoy over 50,000 lights programmed to six different Christmas songs. No display on December 21. Visit www.mtmoriahlights.weebly.com.

December 6: Breakfast with Santa, 9 am, Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Howard. $8; reservations required. Parents and children enjoy breakfast and photos with Saint Nicholas and some European helpers. Call 417.358.4631.

December 6: The Colonel’s Victorian Holiday Tea, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm or 5 pm, Historic Phelps House, 1146 Grand Ave. Reservations required. Cost: $20. Enjoy a sumptuous tea with savory and sweet treats while a harpist plays. Call 417.358.9688 or visit www.phelpshouse.org.

December 6: Christmas Historic House Tour, 10 am-4 pm, Historic Phelps House, 1146 Grand Ave. Cost: $20. Visit a variety of historic homes. Call 417.358.9688 or visit www.phelpshouse.org.

December 6: Birthday Party for Jesus, 10 am-3 pm, Faith Lutheran Church, 2134 S. Grand. For children 3 and up. Christmas story time, activities, crafts and lunch. Call 417.358.5059.

December 6: Christmas at Cherry’s, 2-6 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main. Join merchants in celebrating the season with pictures with Santa from 2-4 pm, sleigh rides from 4-6 pm, fantastic retail deals all day. Call 417.358.2707.

December 13: Duke Mason Concert, 6:30 pm, Carthage Memorial Hall. Dance the night away while raising funds for Toys for Tots. Call 417.237.7050.

Joplin, MO

November 7: 13th Annual Gift of Love, Gift of Light Official Tree-lighting Ceremony, 7:15 pm, Northpark Mall, Macy’s Women & Children courtyard. Fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House. Tree sponsorships available. Call 417.624.2273 or visit www.rmhjoplin.org.

November 8: Ozark Mountain Christmas Show, 10 am, Central Christian Center, 410 S. Virginia Ave. Seven of Branson’s stars help kick off the season with a live performance. General admission $10, VIP $20. Call 417.624.2273.

November 20: Downtown Joplin’s Holiday Kick-off: Carolers 5-7:30 pm; photos with Santa 5:30-7:30 pm; holiday open house 5:30-7:30 pm; holiday decorating contest 5:30-7:30 pm; 1-Mile Jingle Bell Fun Run 6:30 pm following tree lighting.

November 20: City Hall Window Display Opening, 6 pm, Main Street. Call 417.310.3472.

November 20: Spiva Park Tree Lighting, 6:30 pm.

November 20: Santa visits Downtown. Photos taken at 420 S. Main, 5:30-7:30 pm.

December 2: Joplin Christmas Parade, 6 pm, Main Street. Contact Freeman Health System at JoplinChristmasParade@freemanhealth.com or 417.347.1019.

December 4 & 11: Santa visits Downtown, photos taken at 420 S. Main, 5:30-7:30 pm.

December 6-7: Mother Goose Christmas Mystery, 2:30 pm, MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center. Little Boy Blue is on the case, looking for the perpetrator of the mishaps plaguing Mother Goose’s cherished nursery rhymes. Call 417.625.9393.

Lamar, MO

December 6-7: Miss Merry Christmas Pageants, 7-9 pm, Thiebaud Auditorium. Annual holiday pageant for women of various ages. Call 417.682.3595.

Liberal, MO

December 6: Santa Day, 10 am-4 pm, Liberal High School. Vendors, soup/chili feed, visit from Santa, raffles, musical entertainment. Call 417.843.3453.

Monett, MO

November 26-December 31, Festival of Lights, nightly 5:30-9:30 pm and until 10 pm weekends. Monett South Park. Lights are free with donations taken at the end by volunteer elves. Call 417.235.7919.

Mt. Vernon, MO

November 29: Village of Lights Homes Tour, 12-4 pm. Owners of 5-6 homes open their doors to share their special seasonal decor. Tickets: $5 in advance; $7 the day of the tour. Call 417.466.7654.

November 29: Meet Santa, 3-4:15 pm, Courthouse, Chamber office. Call 417.466.7654.

November 29: Christmas Parade, 4:45 pm, on the square. Call 417.466.7654.

Neosho, MO

November 18: 12th Annual Festival of Wreaths, 4 pm, Elsie Plaster Center, Crowder College. Live and silent auction, holiday decor, all kinds of merchandise, trips, services and gift cards. Fundraising event hosted by Crowder College Foundation. Call 417.455.5646.

November 22: Crowder College Chorale & Chamber Choir presents A Candlelight Christmas 2014, 7 pm, Neosho United Methodist Church, 224 S. Wood. Call 417.455.5458.

December 4: Holiday Market VIP Ladies Night, 5-9 pm, Mills Park Centre, 100 N. College St. $5 admission. Refreshments, cash bar, giveaways, over 50 vendors, unique gifts, handmade items, gourmet foods. Call 417.451.1925.

December 4-6: 13th Annual Journey to Bethlehem, 6-9 pm, Racine Christian Church, 12218 State Hwy K. Live stage show, interactive outdoor theater, real animals, living nativity. Call 417.501.5821 or visit facebook.com/Journey.Racine.

December 5:  Holiday Market, 5-9 pm, Mills Park Centre, 100 N. College. $2 admission. Refreshments, over 50 vendors, unique gifts, handmade items, gourmet foods. Call 417.451.1925.

December 5: Lighting of the Park, dusk, Big Spring Park. Call 417.451.1925.

December 6: Winter Wonderland, 8-noon, The Civic on the Square. Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 am.  Kids’ Activities, 9-noon. Call 417.451.1925.

December 6: Holiday Market, 10-4 pm. $2 admission. Refreshments, over 50 vendors, unique gifts, handmade items, gourmet foods. Call 417.451.1925.

December 6: Christmas Parade, 5 pm, historic Neosho square. Call 417.451.1925.

Nevada, MO

November 7-8: Holiday Open House, hours vary. Shop the merchants in Nevada to kick off the holiday season.

November 28-December 25: Lights at the Lake: Radio Springs Park. Holiday lights run from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas. Various civic groups work the park each evening and accept donations.

Baxter Springs, KS

December 6: Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 pm, Chamber of Commerce office. Lighting of the tree and pictures with Santa. Call 620.856.3131.

December 7: Christmas Parade, 2 pm. Call 620.429.0190.

Columbus, KS

November 7: First Christian Church Bizarre, 8 am, 128 W. Elm. Call 620.429.2715.

December 3: Christmas Celebration Parade, 7 pm. Call 620.429.1492.

Parsons, KS

November 2: Holiday Shopping Spree, 10 am-3 pm, 302 Main St. Over 30 crafters, home-based and small business vendors help you get your Christmas shopping done early. Call 620.421.4760.

December 4: Christmas Parade, 7 pm, 22nd and Main. Call 620.421.6500.

Pittsburg, KS

November 6: Holiday Shopping Ladies Night: 6-8 pm, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. Vendor booths, silent auction, style show by local businesses and entertainment. Call 620.231.1000.

December 2: Pittsburg Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm, downtown. Lineup begins at 5 pm in front of the Middle School. Call 620.231.8310.

Grove, OK

November 7-8: Christmas Open House featuring lake, downtown and area merchants. Call 918.786.6600.

Miami, OK

November 7: Holiday Faire, 10 am-2 pm. New Hope Christian Church, 2221 Rockdale Rd. Christmas shopping, decorations, cookies, pies, cakes, lunch: chili or chicken soup, sandwich and dessert. $6. Call 918.540.3688.

November 27-December 30: Twin Bridges Park of Lights, 6-9 pm, 14801 S. Hwy. 137. Drive-through exhibit of 40 light displays. Free; donations appreciated. Call 918.542.6969.

December 7: Miami Christmas Parade on Route 66, 6 pm. Call 918.542.4481.