Our Advertisers
Calendar of Events
Dining Guide
About US

What's Happening in the Ozarks!


Calendar of Events   Cultural Arts and Entertainment    Health Events   


Calendar of Events


Eureka Springs, AR

February 4, 5 & 6: 11th Annual Mardi Gras Extravaganza, Jokers Masquerade Ball at 6 pm, February 4. This ball features fascinating, imaginative costumes as well as extravagantly decorated tables. The big event is the Coronation Ball in the Crystal Dining Room of the grand 1886 Crescent Hotel February 5 at 6 pm. This is a black tie, formal gown, elegant occasion where the Mardi Gras King and Queen and their royal court are presented with much pomp and circumstance. On Saturday, February 6 at 2 pm, well over 1,000 people will line the historic streets of Eureka Springs to enjoy the sights and sounds of an authentic Mardi Gras parade. Call 804.926.8736.

Franklin, KS,

February 1-March 31: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit “Sew” Happy Exploring The Balkans’ Style and Repurposed Sewing, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway. The exhibit is open for viewing Mon-Sat, 10 am-4 pm. Three special monthly programs will be held. These special programs are free to the public. Doors open at 1:45 pm and programs begin at 2 pm. Call 620.347.4220 for reservations.

February 7: Miners Hall Museum - “Recycled Sewing,” Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway. Taking old items and giving them new life. Presented by JoMarie Golob. Doors open at 1:45 pm and program begins at 2 pm. Call 620.347.4220 for reservations.

Pittsburg, KS

February 5-6: KCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Pittsburg State University Robert W. Plaster Center. For more information, visit http://www.kcacsports.com/schedule/0/17.php#Feb.

February 13: Polar Bear Plunge & Strut Pittsburg, Crimson Villas Apartment Complex. The Special Olympics 5k Run/Walk will start at 10:30 am, Plunge at noon. Make sure to stay after the plunge for the chili cook-off at 1 pm. For more information visit http://www.plungeks.org/plunge/pittsburg.

February 20: Pitt Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament, Lincoln Park Temp Course. Registration will start at 10 am, players meeting at11:30 am and the tournament will begin at noon. The Pitt Disc Golf Club will host the annual Ice Bowl at the Four Oaks Golf Course. The golf tournament is to help raise charitable funds for the Wesley House. The event raised $428 and 40 pounds of canned goods. For more information, contact Pittsburg Parks and Recreation at 620.231.8310.

February 26-28: MIAA Indoor Track and Field Champion, Pittsburg State University Robert W. Plaster Center. For more information visit http://themiaa.com/sports/2015/6/30/MTRACK_0630153130.aspx?id=300&.

Carl Junction, MO

February 6: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 North Main. All-you-can-eat breakfast, $5/adults, $3/children under 12.

Carthage, MO

Every Thursday: Fiber Night, 6-8 pm, Carthage Antiquarium, 110 E. 4th Street. Learn new ways to DIY with fiber: knitting, spinning, needlework, crochet and more. Free and open to the public. Call 417.388.1436.

February 5-7 & 12-14: Neil Simon’s comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd. Doors open 6 pm, show starts 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee: doors open 12:30 pm, show 2 pm. Special treats for the ladies in attendance on Valentine’s Day. Ticket includes dinner and dessert. Ticket prices: $26 for adults, $23 for seniors (55 and up). Special veterans’ pricing of $18 for veterans and their spouses on opening night February 5.

February 6: Ozark’s NFLCC Vintage Fishing Lure and Tackle Meet, 9-11 am, Fairview Christian Church, 2320 S. Grand Ave. Bring in tackle for identification and appraisal. Show host Casey Jones can be contacted at 417.276.1812.

February 27: Soundfest & the Arts, Carthage High School. Show choir competition, entertainment, food, craft booths. Contact criggerk@carthagetigers.org.

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.

February 6 & 7: Expressions of the Soul, 1 pm. Carver had a passion for art and believed his creations were expressions of his soul. See images of Carver’s artwork that he used to convey the sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation.

February 13 & 14: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1 pm. The Jesup Wagon, also known as the Agricultural School on Wheels, carried George Washington Carver’s bulletins and many other useful supplies to the Southern farmers. A park ranger will share the story of this fascinating teaching tool.

February 18: Coffee with Carver, Establishing a National Monument in Diamond, Missouri, 10 am. As the first national park to honor an African American, the establishment of George Washington Carver National Monument was progressive for the surrounding area. Join a park ranger to discuss how national parks are established and the complicated road to honoring George Washington Carver.

February 20 & 21: Interracial Understanding, 1 pm. Join a ranger to discuss Carver’s rise to fame and his efforts for interracial understanding after his 1921 appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee.

February 27 & 28: 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

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Show your gym membership card to get half off admission. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foozball, 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.

February 5-6: Missouri Southern State University Men’s & Women’s Track & Field, Indoor Season, Mercy Indoor Track, Missouri Southern State University Campus. February, 5, all day event, MSSU Open Invitational; February 6, MSSU Open Invitational, all day event. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event. Tickets are priced at $5 per person. Kids 12 & under are free. For information about tickets, contact ???. For an updated schedule or more details of the upcoming events, visit, http://www.mssulions.com/schedule.aspx?path=mtrack or http://www.mssulions.com/schedule.aspx?path=wtrack.

February 5: Joplin Women’s Club of Joplin, noon, Twin Hills. Valentine’s party with beautiful music provided by the Barber Shop Quartet. The cost is $11. Hostesses are Jane Moult, Annie Junge and Janet Emmert. For reservations, call 417.781.6138.

February 12: The Glenn Miller Orchestra, 7 pm, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 E. Newman Road. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has toured consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Join us for a reception with the artists after the show. Call 417.781.5124.

February 14 & 16: Dog Day Afternoon, 4 pm, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main St. Allows independent readers in K-5th grade to practice their reading skills by reading to certified Therapy Dogs. The Library supplies the books and the dogs, and the children are the storytellers. Registration takes place at the Children’s Desk on the day of the event. For independent readers, grades K-5th. Call 417.623.2184.

February 14: Children’s Lego Club, 2 pm, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main St. A monthly build-a-thon for LEGO-loving children! LEGOs, Duplos and Megabloks are all provided and children and their parents/caregivers are encouraged to play and create something special. Toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children welcome. Call 417.623.2184.

February 11, 13 & 27: Missouri Southern State University Women’s Basketball, Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. February 11, 5:30 pm, Nebraska-Kearney; February 13, 1 pm, Fort Hays State; February 27, 1 pm, Pittsburg State. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the day of the event. To purchase tickets, visit https://tix.extremetix.com/Online/?siteID=3463 or call 417.625.9820.

February 11, 13 & 27: Missouri Southern State University Men’s Basketball, Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. February 11, 7:30 pm, Nebraska-Kearney; February 13, 3 pm, Fort Hays State; February 27, 3 pm, Pittsburg State. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the day of the event. To purchase tickets, visit https://tix.extremetix.com/Online/?siteID=3463 or call 417.625.9820.

February 13-28: Missouri Southern State University Baseball, Warren Turner Field, Missouri Southern State University Campus. February 13, Bemidji State, 1 pm; February 14, Bemidji State, 12 and 3 pm; February 15, Bemidji State, 2 pm; February 19, McKendree, 2 pm; February 20, McKendree, 2 pm; February 21, McKendree, 12 pm; February 26, Lindenwood, 3 pm; February 27, Lindenwood, 1 pm; February 28, Lindenwood, 1 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the day of the event. To purchase tickets, visit https://tix.extremetix.com/Online/?siteID=3463 or call 417.625.9820.

February 20-28: Missouri Southern State University Softball, Lea Kungle Field, Missouri Southern State University Campus. February 20, Missouri S&T (DH), 12 & 2 pm; Teri-Mathis Zenna Memorial tournament, Joplin Athletic Complex, February 27-28; February 27, Sioux Falls (S.D.), 2 pm; February 27, McKendree, 4 pm; February 28, Rockhurst, 10 am; February 28, Drury, 12 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the day of the event. To purchase tickets, visit https://tix.extremetix.com/Online/?siteID=3463 or call 417.625.9820.

February 26-28: Kingdom Advancement and Influence, Life Change Outreach, 1402 S. Michigan Ave. Denver Thompson of England is a vibrant preacher with real revelation knowledge of God’s word and able to speak to all age groups and cultures. He has travelled the world seeing signs and wonders with real habitations of God manifest presence enveloping people and churches. Call 417.291.0767.

February 27: Bridal Bash 2016, 10 am-3 pm, The Amelie/Roxy Event Center, 104 S. Joplin Ave, downtown Joplin. Over 40 wedding-related wedding vendors, wine and food tasting, swag bags and prizes and several booths. Admission $5. Call 417.483.4268.

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 pre-registration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.

February 6: Milkweeds & Monarchs, 1-3 pm. Age: 12+ accompanied by adult, $4 per person members/$8 per person non-members. Learn about the Monarch Joint Venture, the life cycle of the magnificent Monarch butterfly and the simple things each of us can do to help reverse the recent serious decline in their population. MJV brochures and pollinator mix seed packets will be available to get you started. Learn how to get your milkweed seeds started at home this winter and plant the seedlings come springtime

February 20: Yoga in Nature, 9-10 am. All ages welcome. Cost: $3 per person members/$6 per person non-members. Enjoy exercising at your own level beside beautiful Shoal Creek with instructor Donna Bowman. Yoga can help with your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, which can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life.

Preschool Nature Connections

February 10 & 13: Bears, Bears, Bears, February 10, 1-2 pm; February 13, 10-11 am. Age: 3-6 years accompanied by adult, $5 per child. Somebody’s been asleep for a long winter nap, but should be waking up soon! It’s the black bear, who’s making a big return to his old stomping grounds in Missouri. Learn about these adaptable creatures and how people can live near them, with just a bit of common sense. A story and craft will round out the program.

February 13: Discover Winter Birds and The Great Backyard Bird Count, 10 am-12 pm. Age: 8+ accompanied by adult, free. Many winter guests are visiting our feeders. Do you know who your guests are? We’ll begin indoors learning basic bird identification techniques, and a few of the more common birds in our area. We’ll also learn about critical issues affecting birds, and what we can do to help. Following a discussion of how to use binoculars and field guides, we’ll head outdoors (weather permitting) for a chance to see and hear birds in their natural habitat on a hike through the Park. Learn how you can participate at home in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count February 13-16.

February 20: The Mystery of Honey Bees, 10-11 am. Age: 8+. Cost: $4 per person members/$8 per person non-members. Beekeeper Dale Foley, one of the founding members of the Joplin Beekeepers Association, will provide a program on honey bees and basic bee-keeping practices.

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, Barton County Senior Center, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/Internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

February 5, 6, 7: The Monett Artists’ Guild performs The Baseball Show, 7 pm, doors open at 6 pm; Sunday begins at 1:30 pm, doors open 12:30 pm. Featuring 25 of the finest in local talent! Monett High School Performing Arts Center, 1 David Sippy Drive. Tickets are available at the Chamber office in advance or at the door, both for $5. For more information, call the Chamber office at 417.235.7919.

February 9: 47th Annual Ag Conference featuring Dairy and Beef session, 10 am, Monett Armory. The Beef session begins at 3:30 pm. Each session will feature speakers in each field with a variety of specialties. Lunch and dinner will be served on site and vendors will be available all day. There is a $5 per session charge to attend. This conference is a cooperative effort of the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the University of Missouri Extension offices. For more information, call the Chamber office at 417.235.7919.

February 18: The Regional Career Fair, 1-5 pm, Monett City Park Casino in the South Park. This fair will feature employers from Barry and Lawrence counties and will allow potential employees a chance to speak with business leaders in person. If you are looking for a job, this is the place to be! For more information, call the Chamber office at 417.235.7919.

Noel, MO

February 13: McDonald County Chamber Annual Banquet, 6 pm, River Ranch Resort, 101 River Rd. Theme is “Casino Night.” We will hand out “funny money” to play blackjack, poker, roulette. Social hour, cash bar, silent auction and dinner. Cost: $30/person. Contact Billie Benson,  417.223.8888.

Webb City, MO

Every Saturday: Farmers Market, 9 am-noon, under the pavilions, King Jack Park. www.webbcityfarmersmarket.com.

Grove, OK

February 12-14: 18th Annual Home & Garden Show, Feb. 12, 3-7 pm; Feb.13, 10 am-6 pm; Feb. 14, 11 am-3 pm, Grove Civic Center, 1720 South Main. Get ready for spring by visiting nearly 100 exhibits of home and garden products featured in the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Home & Garden Show. Speak one-on-one with area contractors, check out the latest ideas in home improvements, decorating ideas, landscaping and remodeling. You don’t want to miss this show! Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, 918.786.9079 or visit www.groveok.org.


Cultural Arts and Entertainment


Carthage, MO

February 12-28: artCentral presents “Sparkle and SHINE,” Hyde House, 1110 E. Thirteenth. Mixed media juried exhibition featuring works by members of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition. Opening reception takes place at 6 pm February 12, public is invited. Free. Donations accepted. Call 417.358.4404.

Joplin, MO

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


Through February 26: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Group Show, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, featuring Daria Claiborne (pottery), Tamara Geisert (painting) and Paula Giltner (painting). JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. Call 417.592.1673.


February 3-7: Joplin Little Theatre presents: Seven Keys to Baldpate, 7:30 pm (2:30 pm Sunday matinee), Joplin Little Theatre. Billy McGee makes a bet with a wealthy friend that he can write 10,000 words within a day. He retires to a mountain resort in the dead of winter and locks himself in, under the impression he has the only key. When he is visited during the night by a rapid succession of melodrama stock types it appears there is something amiss. Directed by Jim Lile. Adults $13; student/senior $11; children under 12 $5. Call for reservations at 417.623.3638 or at jltplay.org.

February 11-21: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Arsenic and Old Lace, Thursday–Saturday at 7 pm and Sun at 2:30 pm, Stained Glass Theatre. In “Arsenic and Old Lace,” we meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Adults $8, children $5.

February 25: Pro Musica presents Chanticleer Vocal Ensemble, 7 pm, Central Christian Center. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco based GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 37th season. At 6:30 pm, the Missouri Southern Choral group led by David Sharlow will present a pre-concert. Open to the public at no charge; donations appreciated.


Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6-8 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. A fiber arts club where people, beginner to advanced, come together to dabble in yarns and threads while enjoying conversation. The Club meets each Thursday, same place and time. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin.

February 6: Coloring Book Club, 10:30 am–noon, Post Art Library. It’s as simple as it sounds: Enjoy coloring, coffee and camaraderie! Though geared for adults, all ages are welcome. All supplies provided with many different coloring book pages to choose from. Free and open to the public.

February 8: “No Barren Land” Fundraiser, doors open at 6:30 pm (show begins 7 pm), RSVPaint Joplin, 420 South Main. An art exhibit accompanied by live music and poetry; coffee bar with beverages available for purchase. Entry fee is $7 and all funds raised at the door and at the coffee bar will be donated to the International Rescue Committee. A few of the artists included will be Kyle McKenzie, Mark Neunshwander and Biaka Zaidarhzauva.

February 11: Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. Open to the public. Dues $7.50 for the year, but first meeting is free.

February 26: 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.

Joplin Public Library:

February 15: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. Adult crafting group meets every third Monday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun!

Classes on multiple days:

Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio, 3820 E. 20th St., 417.623.1455:

Tuesdays: Studio Class, 11 am-2 pm or 6-9 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 for 8-week course.

Wednesdays: Studio Class, 10 am-noon or 6-9 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 for 8-week course; $165 for the two-hour course.

Thursdays: Studio Class, 10 am-1 pm or 6-9 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 for 8-week course.

Saturdays: Drop-In Class, 10 am-noon. Drop-in and play with clay! Cost: $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.

Open Studios:

Every day: Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours. The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mondays & Fridays: All-Day Open Studio, Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio. Open studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Tuesday & Wednesdays: Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11 am-2 pm and 6-9 pm. All classes include students with different levels of experience. No prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! Four-week session. Students may join mid-session if space is available. $120 Phoenix members; $135 non-members (additional fees may apply). Call 417.437.9281 to register.

Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30 am-noon. Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups; however, 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).


420 S. Main St. Discover your inner artist! No experience required. Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class creates a different piece of artwork. Pricing includes acrylic paints, canvas, brushes, easel, apron and instruction. $35 each. Ages 13 and over unless otherwise noted; 21 and over to consume alcohol. Walk-In Open Studios is all-ages from 1-5 pm Tuesday-Thursday for $25 per painter. A non-instructed time, artist is on-hand to help. RSVP in advance. 417.680.5434 or www.rsvpaint.com.

Feb 2: 7-9 pm - “Winter Cardinals”
Feb 3: 7-9 pm - “Into the Sunset”
Feb 4: 7-9 pm - “Winter Welcome”
Feb 5: 7-9 pm - “Amour des Chats”
Feb 6: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Blue Dandelion”
Feb 6: 7-9 pm - Date Night Diptych, “Beach Getaway”
Feb 9: 7-9 pm - Date Night Diptych, “Lions In the Sun”
Feb 10: 7-9 pm - “A Night Walk”
Feb 11: 7-9 pm - “Autumn Stroll”
Feb 12: 7-9 pm - Date Night Diptych, “Together”
Feb 13: 12-3 pm - Paint Your Pet
Feb 13: 7-9 pm - Date Night “Glass Decorating Party”
Feb 14: 1-4 pm -  Valentine’s Paint Your Date Picasso Style
Feb 16: 7-9 pm - “Perched on Love”
Feb 17: 7-9 pm - “A Single Rose”
Feb 18: 7-9 pm - Date Night “Stealing Kisses”
Feb 19: 7-9 pm - “Love Is In the Air”
Feb 20: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Abstract Daisy”
Feb 20: 7-9 pm - Date Night Diptych, “Swooned Swan”
Feb 23: 7-9 pm - “Dolphin Sunset”
Feb 24: 7-9 pm - “In Vino Veritas”
Feb 25: 7-9 pm - “Bicycle Duet”
Feb 26: 7-9 pm - “The Red Umbrella”
Feb 27: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Starry Night”
Feb 27: 7-9 pm - “Sun and Moon”

Spiva Center for the Arts

Third and Wall streets. Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit www.spivaarts.org, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


Mondays: Art Lounge with Fred and Amber Mintert, 5-8 pm. Ages 14-18. Pursuing art after high school or just don’t get enough of it at school? Class fee includes a light meal each week. Partial scholarships available. Classes are held on Mondays from Sept. 21-Nov. 16.  Cost $105 for 9 weeks; payment plan available with minimum $30 down.

Tuesdays: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm, ages 6-12. Drop in and experiment with painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Must pre-register. Space is limited for this popular class. $6/class.

Thursdays: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm, ages 6-12. Does your child want to learn to paint? If so, he/she will love this painting class. Artist and instructor Amber Mintert teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash and detailing in this fun introductory painting class. Call 417. 623.0183 for more information and pre-registration. $11/class.

Weekend Classes:

February 6 & 13: PhotoSpiva Tweens Kick-off Class with Mark Neuenschwander, ages 9-13, 11 am-12:30 pm. PhotoSpiva Tweens exhibit features the work of young, budding photographers. This year, students will learn more advanced techniques in this two-part class and will take a field trip to Hideout Harley-Davidson to capture some fun images! Two images for each student will be selected, framed and displayed in the Upstairs Gallery during April 2016. Space is limited, so register early. Sponsored by Hideout Harley-Davidson. Cost: $40.


February 18: “Art On Tap,” 6-9 pm. 21-and-over event for Spiva members is an evening of art, live music, delicious eats and plenty of beer. A live band will perform in the Main Gallery and Granny Shaffer’s will provide a tasty sampling of appetizers. Plenty of various craft beers will also be on tap. Some beer memorabilia will be auctioned to benefit the Center.

February 27: Kinetic Art: Mechanical Sculptures with Fred Mintert, ages 10-14, 1-3 pm. In this prequel to the “Art That Moves” series, students will create a moving mechanical sculpture. Kinetic art combines art, science and problem solving to allow students to experiment with forms, materials and structure. Cost: $20.


Though February 21: St. Avips Invitational, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery. Works by artists whose talent is matched by their generosity: Each contributed 75-100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their works at the annual St. Avips Ball to benefit Spiva. We express our gratitude with this spotlight exhibition.

Through February 21: Making Marks: A World of Printmaking. For people who know about prints and those who don’t: etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, serigraphs and collagraphs by noted artists, as well as explanatory text and a small etching press. Multiple originals will illustrate how an etching is made.

March 2-April 27: Dance Composition with Darcie Shultz, 4-5 pm, ages: 9-14. Cost: $45/8-week session, 8-week choreography class.

Art Parties For All Ages at Spiva!

Want to host an ART PARTY? Spiva membership and 50 percent deposit required at time of reservation. Guests must be at least four years old. Two-hour ART PARTIES include a hands-on activity taught by one of Spiva’s teaching artists. You provide refreshments and decorate the space. Call 417.623.0183 for more information.

Pittsburg, KS

February 12: Pittsburg State University Opera with the Southeast Kansas Symphony, The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Elixir of Love is one of the most performed operas by Gaetano Donizetti. It combines a touching love story and hilarious comedy with some of the most famous melodies, including the much-loved aria ‘Una furtiva lagrima.’ The opera premiered in Milan in 1839 with great reviews securing Donizetti’s status as one of the most successful opera composers of his time. For more information, visit www.bicknellcenter.com.

February 13: The Band of the Royal Marines And The Pipes, Drums, and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards, 7:30 pm, PSU Bicknell Family Center for the Arts British Regiments - United States Tour 2016 Featuring the Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums & Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards. Ticket information, visit  http://pittstate.edu/office/tickets/bicknell-center-tickets.dot.

February 17-20: Pittsburg High School Theatre Shrek, 7 pm; 2 pm matinee Feb. 20. Visit www.pittsburghighschooltheatre.org/shrek.html.

February 20: Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Presents Matthew Mayer, 7:30-9 pm.  Mayer’s nine solo piano albums and musical projects including movies, commercials and radio have resonated around the world. Visit www.bicknellcenter.com.

February 25-28: PSU Theater Presents: The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. A raucous comedy that follows the fumbling adventures of Sir John Falstaff as he attempts to woo two married women at the same time. Outrageous and hilarious. For more information, visit www.pittstate.edu/info/psu-theatre/season-brochure.dot.



Health Events


Galena, KS

February 2: 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.

February 11: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Enter through north door. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS

February 9: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

February 24: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital - Carthage, MO

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

February 15: Four States Stroke Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every third Monday of each month. Byers Avenue United Methodist Church. Kevin.woods@mercy.net.

February 23: 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.

February 10 & 24: 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.

February 16: 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.

Freeman Health System

February 2: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, first Tuesday of each month at All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Dr. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

February 2: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, first Tuesday of the month at Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Call 417.347.7850.

February 2: Freeman Friends & Family CPR, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Suite C, 1130 E. 32nd St. Taught by Freeman Screen Team. Sign up at freemanhealth.com under Classes and Events. Fee: $15. Call 417.347.4448 for more information.

February 9: Freeman Striders, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall. Striders is designed to fit into your schedule. Walk anytime, anywhere – log the distance and turn in your walking card at Northpark Mall the second Tuesday morning of each month or mail it to the Advantage office. Call 417.347.4448.

February 9: Free Blood Pressure Checks, 7:30-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court. 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.

February 9: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (rear entrance). Call 417.347.1266.

February 9: Freeman Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, second Tuesday of each month at Freeman Hospital East, 1st Floor Lobby, 932 E. 34th St. Open discussion led by Freeman Social Worker Julie Matchell. Call 417.347.5876.

February 10: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, second Wednesday of each month at Freeman Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call 417.347.4036.

February 13: Prenatal Class, 6:30-9:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration is required. Call 417.347.6667.

February 15: Freeman Type 2 Diabetes Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center 1st Floor Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.5700.

February 16: Freeman Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (rear entrance). Call 417.347.1266.

February 16: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. Call 417.347.7400.

February 16: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30-7:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W, 1102 W. 32nd St. Covers basic breastfeeding techniques such as positioning, latching and assessing adequate intake, as well as pumping and going back to work. $15. Call 417.347.6667.

February 18: Freeman Advantage AARP Smart Driver Course: 12-4:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). The body changes as we age and those changes can affect our driving ability. Learn how our bodies, the roads, laws and vehicles impact you so you can drive longer and safer. Call 417.347.5837 to reserve your space.

February 18: Stroke Support Group, meets every third Thursday, 3-4 pm, Freeman Sports Complex, 2206 E. 32nd St. A group mission to offer education, advocacy and enlightenment for stroke survivors and caregivers. Open to the public with special guest speaker RN Gwynn Caruthers to discuss the importance of having an open dialog with physicians and family regarding medical decisions. Call 417.347.4546.

February 23: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10-11:30 am (9:30 am social time), Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Mark your calendar and join us for a great program, support and education on topics of concern. Open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit freemanhealth.com/advantage.

February 23: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (rear entrance). Call 417.347.1266.

February 25: Freeman Advantage Oscar Night, 5:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Academy Award Winning movie Out of Africa, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, won Best Picture 30 years ago. Enjoy this feature film, along with refreshments and some challenging movie trivia. Call 417.347.5837.

Freeman Advantage Trips: Find out more about our upcoming trips including a Tulsa day trip, March 31; Black Hills and Badlands, Fall 2016; and Hawaii Land and Cruise, Winter 2017. Call 417.347.5837.

Mercy Hospital - Support Groups

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.8760.

February 8: Bariatric Support Group, meets second Monday of month, 5:30-7:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2915.

February 10: Cancer Caregiver Support Group, meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm. Location: Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

February 10: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Men’s, meets second Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

February 15: Four States Stroke Support Group, meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive, Joplin. Email Kevin.Woods@Mercy.net.

February 15: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Women’s, meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

February 23: Diabetes Support Group. Meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library Community Room, 612 S. Garrison. Call 417.359.1359.

February 24: Grief Support Group, 2-3 pm, meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, Mercy Hospital Carthage Chapel. Free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. Call 417.556.2472.

Mercy Joplin Events:

February 16: Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5:30-7 pm, 3rd floor Heart Gallery, Mercy Hospital Joplin.

February 19 & 26: Breakfast in Red, 7-9 am, Mercy Conference Rooms 2 & 3. Pre-register at mercy.net/GoRedBreakfast.

Mercy Cancer Center

February 2 & March 2: Look Good Feel Better, 10 am-noon, Cancer Center Conference Room. Free.  RSVP required. Call 417.556.2605 to register.

Mercy Prestige: Call Patti Lett for more information. 417.553.2262

February 2: Savannah in the Spring Trip Meeting, 5:30-6:30 pm, Mercy Conference Center

February 9: Book Bag Book Club, 10-11 am, meets on the second Thursday each month, Volunteer Service Workroom, Room 2804.

February 12: Sweethearts and Healthy Hearts Luncheon, noon, Mercy Conference Room.

February 13: Mamma Mia Trip, Walton Art Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Call 417.556.3456 for more information or reservations.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

February 1: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm.

Neosho, MO

February 22: 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

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

February 24: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center, 301 N. Main St. 417.667.5847.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

February 11: Low Vision Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

February 11: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

Miami, OK

February 9 & 23: 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.

February 11: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

February 2: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

February 4: Autism Support Group meets first Thursday monthly, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.