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Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Bentonville, AR: Saturday market starts April 25 from 7:30 am-1 pm. Wednesday 2:30-7 pm. www.downtownbentonville.org.

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.

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

Joplin, MO: 4-7 pm Thursday, Joplin Carnegie Library, 300 S. Main Street.

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

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturday, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets, downtown; 3-6 pm Tuesdays, MU Extension Office, 18728 State Highway 59.

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: The market is open from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesdays, from 11 to 2 on Fridays and from 9 to noon on Saturdays, in the pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.


Franklin, KS

May 2-30: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit “You’ve Got Mail.” Hosted by Bob Beasley, Pittsburg Postmaster. Explore the impact of the U.S. postal service on the life of area people. Includes the history and changes of this service over time, and the activity of philately (stamp collecting). No admission fee; reservations required. Call 620.347.4220 for reservations or for more information. Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway. Open Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm.

May 19: Miners Hall Museum - History of Postal Service, 7-8 pm. Pittsburg Postmaster Bob Beasley will discuss the relevance of the postal service today with the rise of social media, the decline of mail volumes and the plans for the future. Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway, from 7-8 pm. No admission fee. Call 620.347.4220.

Pittsburg, KS

May 2 & 3: Crawford County Relay for Life, noon-midnight, Carnie Smith Stadium, 1801 S. Joplin St. For more information visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=64834.

May 2: 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 https://sites.google.com/site/rollinnostalgia/.

May 8: USD 250 Feast and Follies Fundraiser: 6 pm, Memorial Auditorium. Helps fund PHS student scholarships and teacher grants. Student and alumni-supported auction and cocktail reception, dinner 7 pm, the scholarship presentation, variety show 8 pm, coffee and dessert social to follow.

May 8: Colonial Fox Friday Flix The Incredibles, dusk, parking lot north of the Colonial Fox Theatre. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit www.colonialfox.org/events.html.

May 23: VIP Tea Party, 6:30 pm, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium, 503 Pine Ave. A fairy tale-themed dance from Midwest Regional Ballet. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House. $12 VIP admission includes a tea party at 6:30 pm, pictures with cast, snacks, fairy wand crafts.

Anderson, MO

May 15: BerryGlow 5k. Sponsored by the Anderson Betterment Club, Call 417.223.8888.

May 16: Anderson Berries & BBQ Festival, 8 am-5 pm, Town Hole Park. Celebrate the heritage of the strawberry industry, arts and crafts show, food vendors, donut eating contest, Little Miss Strawberry pageant, cruise in/car show, backyard BBQ contest, duck race and more. Proceeds buy new playground equipment for city parks. Visit
www.andersonbetterment.org or call 417.214.3455.

May 16: Citywide Yard Sale, 7 am. Call 417.214.3455.

Aurora, MO

May 1 & 2: The Quilted Garden in Aurora, 9 am-5 pm, The Thistle Fabric and Quilts. Kits, drawings, shop specials. Call 417.476.5844.

Carl Junction, MO

May 2: 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. Benefits Joplin NALA. Call 417.649.8846.

May 14: How to Set Up an LLC Workshop, 12-1 pm, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Free workshop provides answers to how, when and why to set up a limited liability corporation. Facilitated by Chris Churchwell, CPA. Lunch provided. RSVP: 417.649.8846.

May 26: Drive-Thru Job Fair, 1-3 pm. Receive valid job leads from companies currently hiring, without leaving your car. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. 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.

May 9: Mutt-Minster Dog Show, 1 pm, Carthage Central Park. Open to any mix of canine, no papers required. Small, medium and large categories. Proceeds benefit Carthage Humane Society. Call 417.388.0871 or 417.359.1747.

May 16: 3rd Annual Farm Girl Fest, Spring Arts & Craft Show, 10 am-6 pm, The Kendrick Place. Crafts, food, Bluegrass music, hay rides, face painting and games. Free. Call 417.793.9154.

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.

May 2 & 3: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

May 9 & 10: Women in Carver’s Life, 1 pm. Like many enslaved children, young George was separated from his mother and did not know any grandmothers or aunts. He relied on other women to provide for his care, training and self-confidence. This program introduces several women important to George Washington Carver.

May 16: Walk with a Doc, 1 pm. Becoming healthier can literally be a walk in the park. Bring your health-related questions and join a doctor from Freeman Health System for this one-mile walk to better health.

May 23 & 24: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1 pm. Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers.

May 30 & 31: 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.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd., $3/person; max of $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.

May 1: Joplin Woman’s Club, noon, Twin Hills. Guest speaker is Teddy Steen on Home, Love and Hope. Cost is $11. For reservations, call 417.781.6138.

May 2: A Night at the Derby, 4:30 pm, The Ramsey, 6th & Main. Live auction, silent auction, Derby hat contest. Proceeds benefit Camp Soroptimist for foster children and other service projects. $40. Call 417.347.7705.

May 5: 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; proceeds go to our Ronald McDonald House. Call 417.624.2433 to place carry-out orders by May 3.

May 9: Camptastic, 12-4 pm, Camp Mintahama. Camp fun for girls in grades K-5. Learn archery, explore Mintahama Program Center, experience outdoor activities, scavenger hunt, play games, hike, sing camp songs, learn outdoor skills and try a tasty camp snack. $17, includes annual Girl Scout membership, activities and snack. Call. 877.312.4764, ext. 1205.

Joplin Memorial Half Schedule

Friday, May 15

12-8 pm – Last chance registration and packet pick up at MSSU

12-8 pm – Vendor expo during packet pick up at MSSU

12-3 pm – Kids packet pick up at MSSU

4-5:45 pm – Kids packet pick up and late registration at Memorial Hall

6 pm – Kids Run starts at Memorial Hall

7 pm – Walk of Silence through Memorial Banners starts at Memorial Hall

Saturday, May 16

6:15 am – Final announcements and instructions

6:30 am – Half Marathon starts

6:45 am – 5k starts

10:30 am – Half marathon traffic control ends and the finish line closes.

May 15-17: Tri-State Gem & Mineral Society 9th Annual Outdoor Rock Swap, May 15 and 16, 9 am-5 pm; May 17, 9 am-3 pm, Museum Complex in Schifferdecker Park. Showing, trading, selling of gems, minerals, specimens and jewelry. Call 417.623.1180.

May 21: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Downtown Joplin. Stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

June 13: 8th Annual Charity Golf classic, 7 am, registration and continental breakfast, Schifferdecker Golf Course, four person scramble. $75/person includes lunch, green fees and cart for 18 holes; $40/person for lunch and ride along; $20 for lunch only. To benefit Ascent Recovery residences. Registration and entry fee may be mailed to ASCENT Recovery Residences, P.O Box 4368, Joplin, MO 64803.

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.

May 2: Missouri Stream Team Introductory Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Workshop, 8:30 am-5 pm. Age: Adults and older youth accompanied by adult. Free. Includes six hours of classroom instruction and one to two hours on a stream to demonstrate sampling methods, get wet and learn about aquatic life. The only requirements for attending are that you have an interest in water quality, are willing to donate your time to attend the entire workshop and monitor a stream. Workshop attendees qualify to receive monitoring equipment that includes a kick net, vials, invertebrate photographs, forceps and magnifiers. Fill out online registration at www.mostreamteam.org. For more information contact Susan.Higgins@dnr.mo.gov or 800.781.1989.

Preschool Nature Connections

May 9: Wild about Wildflowers, 10-11 am. Age: 3-6 years. $5/child members, $10/child non-members. Your child will discover flowers’ magic in this interactive program. Ends with a short hike to discover these delicate beauties outside the center and even plant some to take home.

May 9: Plein Aire Paint Out, 9:30 am-1 pm. All ages. Free. The glades are in bloom, the trees are flowering and there’s no better time to paint Wildcat Park!  Works created during this event will be on display in the Center during June and July. All skill levels welcome. In case of inclement weather, some pop-up tents will be available.

May 18: Yoga in Nature, 9-10 am. All ages; $3/person members; $6/person non-members. Enjoy exercising at your own level beside beautiful Shoal Creek. Instructor Connelaine Gustad teaches Hatha Yoga, exercise for balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, which can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Program held indoors in inclement weather.

May 18: Kayaking Basics and Float 102, 5:30-7:30 pm. Ages: 12 and up accompanied by adult; $20 per person. We will enjoy a short but fun evening float while going over basic kayaking skills and seeing the sights along Shoal Creek. We will meet at the boat ramp in Wildcat Park and carpool to launch at Redings Mill Bridge and continue our float back to the ramp in Wildcat Park. It is recommended to have some entry level knowledge of paddling and swimming for this class. All instruction, kayaks and life jackets provided by Extreme Sports Inc. Preregistering is required and class is limited to five.

May 23: Native Plant Sale, 12-2 pm. All ages. Free. Purchase beautiful and beneficial native plants for all areas of your landscape from the Missouri Wildflower Nursery. You can be guaranteed to get the plants you want by placing your order with the nursery at least a week before and they will deliver it here on the 23rd. Go to mowildflowers.net to view their catalog and place pre-orders.

May 23: Naturescaping Workshop, 9:30-11:30 am. Age: 12 and up accompanied by adult. Free. A partnership event with Missouri Department of Conservation. You’ll learn why and how to include native plantings in your landscape, how to install a rain garden, what plants to select and how they benefit wildlife. Bring photos or maps of your yard and we’ll help you create your own naturescape! Includes handouts and native plants.

May 23: Glade Day, 12-2 pm. All ages. Free. Explore the unique chert glade ecosystem found in Wildcat Park. Discover the ingredients it takes to make a glade while attending “Recipe for a Glade,” a 30-minute program presented at noon. Then venture outside for a walk along Silver Creek Chert Glade and visit discovery stations located beside the trail featuring glade animals, plants and glade management techniques. Our very own mascot, Cherty the Collared Lizard, will be present!

May 29: Prairie Birds and Blossoms Tour, 8 am-2 pm, $16 per person. Age: adults only. Led by a naturalist, our focus will be on prairie birds and wildflowers found in the Golden Grasslands Important Bird Area, located mainly in southeast Barton County and southwest Dade County. We’ll explore the prairie by foot in the morning, then stop for lunch and pie at the famous Cooky’s Cafe in Golden City (not included in price). Transportation included and binoculars will be available. Trip limited to 10 people.

May 30: Missouri’s Reptiles Rock, 10-11 am. All ages. $5/person members; $10/person non-members. Join some of our dry and scaly friends—lizards, turtles and snakes—and learn all about the reptiles! See and even touch some amazing live reptiles, if you dare, and find out how they are a valuable, natural part of our environment.

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.

Monett, MO

May 4: Monett Senior Dance, 7 pm, Senior Center, 415 Dairy Street. Monthly dance, $3. Call 417.235.3285.

Neosho, MO

May 2: Car & Bike Cruise Night, 3-7 pm, Historic Neosho Square. Live DJ, no entry fee; all registered entries receive dash plaques, entertainment. Call 417.451.1925.

May 5: 6th Annual Evening of Jazz, 6 pm, Neosho Civic. Wine and hors d’oeuvres mixer at live jazz performance by Crowder Jazz Orchestra. Proceeds provide scholarship assistance for students with limited financial resources. Tickets $30 each. Contact the Crowder Foundation at 417.455.5701 or foundation@crowder.edu.

May 7: Crowder Quill 35th Anniversary Ceremony, 11:30 am-1 pm, Elsie Plaster Community Center, campus of Crowder College. Crowder Quill, a literary and art magazine of Crowder College, will host the annual awards ceremony with a campus- and community-wide poetry reading and luncheon. Call 417.455.5540.

Newton County Extension Center events:

May 12: May Hay is Good Hay, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Speaker: Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

May 19: Basic Sheep Production, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Speaker Randy Garrett, LUCE small farm educator. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

May 26: Eating Wild Edibles, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Speaker Hill ‘N Holler Master Gardener. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

Pierce City, MO

May 16: 7th Annual Pierce City Arts Festival and Wine Tasting, 9 am-4 pm, Pierce City Park (South Park). Free festival admission, art workshops, a free root beer float, meet the artists and authors at the art marketplace, works of art in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, folk art and more. Live music. Call 417.489.3041 or visit www.piercecityartsfestival.webs.com.

Sarcoxie, MO

May 16: Relay for Life, 10 am-10 pm, Sarcoxie Historic Square, entertainment by Sassy Taps Cloggers, Smokin’ Gondolas, Chigger Ridge Band, Regan Robberson, and more. Caregiver and survivor speakers, and Relay ceremonies throughout the event. Vendors ranging from gardeners, artists, foods, oils, Jamberry nails, Arbonne and more, games for the entire family including inflatables, face painting, fingernail and hair painting, pony wagon rides, sidewalk chalk. Call 417.597.1400.

Webb City, MO

May 1 & 2: Citywide Garage Sale, 7 am. Call 417.673.1154.

May 2: Webb City Bright Futures Fun Walk, 10 am-noon, Webb City High School Stadium. Each walker gets a t-shirt, a lanyard, snack and beverage. DJ, face painting and inflatables, concessions and prizes for every school based on participation and prizes for the two walkers who bring in the most in pledges. Call 417.673.3402.

May 9: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5-8 pm, downtown. Classic car show, trophies and prizes. Call 417.673.1154.


Cultural Arts and Entertainment


Carthage, MO

May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Painting for All Ages, 12:30-2 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $30, includes materials. Call 417.358.2707.

May 14: 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, MO are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, please visit:
www.connect2culture.com. Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, MO.


Through May: Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) Group Show, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th St. Fifteen works by 10 JRAC artists are on exhibit and for sale. Artwork on display was created during the August 2014 Arty Hour trip to the Joplin Union Depot. Artists on display: Steve Snyder, Brenda Sageng, Margie Moss, Paula Giltner, Koral Martin, Roger Wade, Dylan Garrison, Steve Head, Daria Claiborne and Linda Teeter. Visit joplinrac.org or call 417.592.1673.

Through May 17: Springfield Hot Glass by Terry & Gabriel Bloodworth, Phoenix Fired Art,1603 S. Main.

May 1-31: Trash-to-Art Exhibit, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Drive, Suite A. Entries submitted to the Trash-to-Art Contest will be displayed all month.

May 18-July 15: Kevin Hughes, Phoenix Fired Art. Sculptural and functional pottery by Hughes, associate professor of ceramics at Missouri State University.

Through May: Gerald Johnson: Hand-dyed Woven Masterpieces, Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St.

Through May: “Out In Space & Beyond” by Merlen White, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin St. A collection of paintings by Merlen White, of Joplin. Artist Talk: Third Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm.


April 27-May 2: Festival of New Drama, 7:30 pm, MSSU’s Bud Walton Theatre, 3950 Newman Rd. Southern Theatre student directors who also serve as playwrights take center stage in this eclectic program of their original works. Rated M for mature audiences.

May 1: MSSU Spring Choral Concert, 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 501 W. 4th St. Final concert of the year. Listen to the MSSU Concert Chorale, MSSU Chamber Singers and MSSU Jazz Unlimited, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, perform works from the medieval to contemporary genres.

May 1-3: Ozark Christian College Spring Musical: Mary Poppins, Friday, 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2 pm and 7 pm, Ozark Christian College, 1111 N. Main St. $10 per person, $7 for children under 12 and overflow seats. Call 417.626.1221.

May 2: Pro Musica presents a Special Jazz Concert with Bobby Shew, 7:30 pm, MSSU Corley Auditorium, 3950 Newman Rd. Free to public, donations welcome.

May 27-31: Bertha, The Beautiful Typewriter Girl, 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Filled with the raging conflict between “Good” and “Evil,” this is a hilarious melodrama about Desperate Daniel Desmond and his vile attempts to betray Bertha, the beautiful typewriter girl. Every possible angle of the old-time melodrama is incorporated: stolen diamonds, a vengeful scheme, manly heroism, and the pure and noble actions of our hero and heroine, who unflinchingly face almost insurmountable odds! Tickets may be purchased at the JLT box office or at www.joplinlittletheatre.org.


May 5: Pioneer Pageant, 7-8:30 pm, Post Memorial Art Reference Library. Local women, dressed in original and reproduction clothing from the 1860s to the 1940s, will share selected readings from the book Though Long the Trail, by Joplin author Mabel Hobson Draper. The book describes her mother’s pioneering life from traveling across the plains and living in a Kansas sod house, to navigating the random chat piles and gaping holes of the early mines in Joplin. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling 417.782.7678.

May 9: Third Annual Art Feeds Paint Wars, 9 am, Victory Ministry & Sports Complex. Art Feeds Paint Wars is a unique fusion of dodgeball with Art Feeds Paint Bombs resulting in a colorful, competitive mess. Teams will battle their way to the top by hurling Art Feeds Paint Bombs at each other through obstacles while bonding as a community. Questions can be directed to meg@artfeeds.org or ashley@artfeedsjoplin.org.

May 14: Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild is a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Writers at all levels attend. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries.

May 22: 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.

Classes in May 2015:

May 9: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Photo Finish! (Grades K-5), 9-11:30 am, St. Paul’s Preschool. Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds! These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around a fun, imaginative theme. $25 for online pre-registration, or $30 at the door. Registration: www.classy.org/joplin/events/art-feeds-2nd-saturday-workshops/e33113.

May 18: Chat n Craft (Adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. Meets every third Monday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun!

Weekly Classes:

Phoenix Fired Art:

Tuesdays: Clay Classes: Session II with Geoffrey Kunkler, 11 am-2 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. Begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels. No prior experience necessary! Call 417.437.9281.

Tuesdays: Clay Classes: Session II with Geoffrey Kunkler & Perry Fleming, 6-9 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. Begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels. No prior experience necessary! Call 417.437.9281.

Wednesdays: Clay Classes: Session II with Geoffrey Kunkler, 11 am-2 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. Begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels. No prior experience necessary! Call 417.437.9281.

Wednesdays: Clay Classes: Session II with Geoffrey Kunkler & Perry Fleming, 6-9 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. Begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels. No prior experience necessary! Call 417.437.9281.

Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey Kunkler, 9:30 am-noon, Phoenix Fired Art. Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix members; $35 for non-members (plus clay and firing). Call 417.437.9281.

Sundays: Sunday in the Studio with Perry Fleming, 1-4 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. No prior experience necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! (call for fees). Call 417.437.9281.

Joplin Public Library:

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


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.

April 30, 7-9 pm, "Abstract Bicycle" with Gene

May 1, 7-9 pm, “Daffodils” with Jordan

May 2, 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Flower Face” with Gene

May 2, 7-9 pm, Date Night-”At the Lake” with Coleman

May 3, 1-3 pm, “Blue Sky Birds” with Gene

May 6, 1-9 pm, Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio

May 7, 7-9 pm, “Aces” with Coleman

May 8, 7-9 pm, “Spring Birch” with Jordan

May 9, 1-3 pm, Momma and Me, All Ages Family Paint, “Lady Bug”

with Gene

May 9, 7-9 pm, Momma and Me-”Single Rose” with Coleman

May 10, 1-3 pm, Momma and Me “Child’s Song” with Coleman

May 11, 6:30-9 pm, Master Study, “Monet’s Waterlilies” with Gene

May 13, 1-9 pm, Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio 

May 14, 7-9 pm, “Moonlit Poppies” with Jordan

May 15, 7-9 pm, Date Night-”Beach Getaway” with Coleman

May 16, 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Fireflies” with Jordan

May 16, 7-9 pm, “Fiery Trees” with Gene

May 17, 1-3 pm, “Kandinsky’s Hearts” with Jordan

May 17, 5-8 pm, Paint Your Pet by Petsway!

May 20, 1-9 pm, Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio 

May 21, 3rd Thursday Art Walk- Local art and BOGO gift certificates

May 22, 7-9 pm, “Silvery Silence” with Jordan

May 23, 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Funny Frog” with Coleman

May 23, 7-9 pm, “Nuit a Paris” with Jordan 

May 24, 1-3 pm, “Lightning Storm” with Coleman 

May 27, 1-9 pm, Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio 

May 28, 7-9 pm, “Feathers” with Jordan

May 29, 7-9 pm, “In Vino Veritas” with Jordan

May 30, 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Rainy Flowers” with Coleman

May 30, 7-9 pm, Date Night-”Canoe For Two” with Jordan

May 31, 1-3 pm, “Aroma Delightful” with Coleman

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.


April 29: Preschooler and Pal Art Class, 10:30-11:30 am. Ages: 3-5. Cost: $5 Explore painting, drawing, water resist and sculpture to build creativity through stories and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students.

April 30: 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 is necessary. For more details, contact Lisa Thompson, 417.886.2199.

April 30: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12, $10 per class. Learn the basics of painting.

May 5 & 12:  Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12, $5 per class. Drop in to experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, sculpture, collage, photography and printmaking. Please pre-register.

May 6 & 13: Preschooler and Pal Art Class, 10:30-11:30 am. Ages: 3-5. Cost: $5. Explore painting, drawing, water resist and sculpture to build creativity through stories and art. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students. 

May 7, 14, 21 & 28: 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 is necessary. For more details, contact Lisa Thompson, 417.886.2199.

May 7, 14, 21 & 28: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12, $10 per class. Learn the basics of painting.

Weekend Classes

May 2: Anime with Amber Baker, 11 am-1 pm. Ages: 12-18. Cost: $25 per class. Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on real anime boards to create your character, storyline and background.

May 2: Fantastical Fairy Gardens, 2-4 pm, ages: 6-12. Cost: $15. Create a miniature world of whimsical fairy folklore complete with plants, signs, homes and fairies. All supplies provided.

May 7: FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition, 6 pm, Main Gallery. Contestants receive competition criteria and are then given 48 hours to create a three-minute film. Entries must be returned to Spiva by 6 pm, Saturday, May 9. 

May 8 & 9: Mosaics for Kids, Friday: 4-6 pm, Saturday 10:30-11:30 am. Ages: 9-14. Cost: $25. Learn how to cut glass, fit pieces together for a mosaic design and finish it with a touch of grout and polishing. Wear close-toed shoes. Bring safety goggles or wear Spiva’s.

May 8 & 9: Mosaic Wine Bottle Lantern, Friday: 6:30-8:30 pm, Saturday: 12-1 pm. Ages: Adult. Cost: $35. Learn how to cut glass, place it on a bottle and then grout it for that stained glass finish. Supplies provided. Wear close-toed shoes. Bring safety goggles or wear Spiva’s. Class size is limited; early registration is suggested.  

May 30: Metal Jewelry Enameling, 1-3 pm. Ages: Adult. Cost: $25. Learn about enameling powders, how to prepare metal pieces and how to use a torch to achieve a smooth glassy enamel. Supplies provided.  


Opening May 2: Upstairs Gallery: Gerald Johnson: Woven. The masterful weavings of the late Gerald Johnson feature hand-dyed fibers and color and form that are influenced by his Native American heritage.

Closing May 3: Main Gallery: PhotoSpiva 2015. This 39th edition of the longest-running photography competition in the nation will feature 85 photographs that were accepted from 809 submitted from across the U.S. Juror: Shannon Thomas Perich, curator of the Photographic History Collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Regional Gallery: Wildly Serene: Paintings by Jack Davis. Local artist Davis fills his canvases with texture, light and color to bring wildlife and nature’s drama to life.

Opening May 16: Main Gallery: Diverse Directions: Robert Russell & Alex Barde. Abstract oils are paired with mixed media and light installations to celebrate these former Pittsburg (Kan.) State University professors.

Regional Gallery: Lifelines in Shades of Gray. Art quilts examine the aging process and educate viewers on issues facing people as they age. 

Pittsburg, KS

May 8 & 23: The Tristatesmen Barbershop Chorus Presents, A Capella Concert, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Features “Lunch Break,” Barbershop Harmony Society’s top-ranked comedy quartet and “Tristatesmen Barbershop Chorus.” Tickets are general admission only and available online or at the box office. Prices $15 or $10 with a student ID. Call 620.235.4796 or visit www.bicknellcenter.org.

May 22: Pittsburg Art Walk, 6-10 pm. Showcases local talent and downtown businesses. Food vendors, music, art demonstrations and work from local artists. Visit www.facebook.com/pittsburgartwalk or call 620.231.1212.



Health Events


Galena, KS

May 5: 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.

May 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

May 12: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

May 27: 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

May 4-26: 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.

May 18: 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.

May 26: 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.

May 13 & 27: 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.

May 19: 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.

May 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

May 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.

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

May 7: Sibling Class, 6:30 pm. This class will help 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.

May 8: Golf Tournament of Miracles- CMN Hospitals, 11 am-7 pm, Peoria Ridge Golf Course, 10275 South 600 Road. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Golf Tournament of Miracles promises everything a golfer could ask for: great lunch and dinner; network with other great businesses; a four-person scramble. 11 am registration and lunch, 1 pm tee time. Awards to follow. Net proceeds benefit your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Call 417.347.6639.

May 12: 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.

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

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

May 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.

May 19: 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.

May 30: 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.

June 2: Friends and Family CPR Class, 6:30-9 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C. $15 fee. Open to the public. This class is for people who are looking to learn CPR who do not need to be certified. Call 417.347.4448.

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.

May 26: Free Diabetes Support group, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library conference room. Presentation on diabetes care plus handouts and refreshments. Call 417.627.8424.

Mercy Gift Shop Auxiliary
Call 417.625.2262

May 4-9: Mother’s Day Sale at Mercy Gift Shop, 2nd Floor, Mercy Hospital, Monday-Friday, 9 am-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm. Special discounts on gifts for mom. We offer a wonderful selection of gifts for mothers, grandmothers and moms-to-be, as well as fresh flowers, balloons and candy. Call 417.625.2244.

May 7: Mercy Volunteer Appreciation Day – We recognize our volunteers for all of their hard work!

Mercy Prestige-Call 417.625.2262

May 5: Mercy Prestige Luncheon, noon, Mercy Hospital, 100 Mercy Way.

May 6: Senior Prom. Purchase tickets from Prestige. Call for more info.

May 15: Prestige Trip to Hanger Kafe/Black Walnut Emporium. Call for reservations at 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. For family 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.

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

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

April 4 & 25: Blood pressure checks, Senior Center, 306 W. 11th St. Call 417.682.3881.

May 7: Caregiver Support Group, 6 pm, Barton County Memorial Hospital board room. Topic is Alzheimer’s dementia. Call 417.682.3809.

May 12 & 13: Books Are Fun, Barton County Memorial Hospital Lobby. Brought to you by the Barton County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Call 417.681.5107.

Neosho, MO

May 25: 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

May 5: Infant/Child CPR Class, 6:30 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor. Call 417.448.3801.

May 7: Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive, 1-5 pm, Moore Few Community Room. Call 417.448.3801.

May 13: Skin Cancer Screening, 8:30-10 am, Mezzanine Conference Room. Call 417.448.3801.

May 13: Care Giver Support Group, 1:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer Care Center, 2101 N. Ash St. Call 417.448.3999.

May 14: Hearing Screening, 8 am-10 am, Mezzanine Conference Room. Call 417.448.3801.

May 19, 21 & 23: Child Birth Classes, Tuesday/Thursday, 6-8 pm and Saturday 8 am-12 pm, Medical Arts Building third floor classroom. Call 417.448.3801.

May 20: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center, 301 N. Main Street. 417.667.5847.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

May 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.

May 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.

Miami, OK

May 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.

May 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.

May 5: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

May 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.