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Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Bentonville, AR: Saturday market starts April 25 from 7:30 am-
1 pm. Wednesday market start on May 6 from 2:30 pm-7 pm.

Fayetteville, AR: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays on the square. Season begins April 4. Visit www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org.

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

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the Farmers sell out of product. North side of the Historic Carthage Square.

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

Webb City, MO: Saturdays 9 am-noon, in the pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park. Visit www.webbcityfarmersmarket.com.

Columbus, KS

April 3: Big Brutus Easter Egg Hunt: 3:30 pm, Lincoln Park. Call 620.231.1212 or  visit  www.bigbrutus.org.

Pittsburg, KS

April 4: Pittsburg City Wide Garage Sale: Pittsburg/Frontenac. Find details in the Morning Sun or at www.morningsun.net/.

April 10-11: Perspectives of Photography Seminar, Shoot-Out & Photography Competition, Lamplighter Inn. Multiple presenters will discuss varying topics ranging from photography 101, black and white film, posing, seniors, engagements, weddings, concept/artistic, fashion, networking, videography, Photoshop and more. Many of the classes/sessions will have hands-on workshops. Bring your gear and a laptop! Call 620.235.4706 or visit http://perspectives2015.wix.com/pop2015.

April 11-12: Area Wide Garage Sale: The Crawford County Area Wide Garage Sale. Find details in the Morning Sun or visit www.morningsun.net/.

April 12: Mini Warrior Dash, 2:30-3 pm, Schlanger Park. Similar to the adult race but made for kids kindergarten and up with crawling, jumping, running and much more through and around course obstacles! Pre-registration fee $8/child, day of registration $10/child. Divisions to be determined upon entries. Appropriate clothing and shoes required; dress according to the weather. Call 620.231.8310.

April 17: 62nd Annual Pitt State Coaches Clinic: The area’s only “ON the Field” clinic. Each presenter will have 40 minutes on the field to demonstrate a play, concept or drill. For more information and to register, visit http://www.pittstategorillas.com/documents/2015/2/17//Pitt_State_Coaches_Clinic_brochure.pdf?id=484.

April 18: Get Busy Livin’ Dylan Meier Foundation 5k and Friendship 1-mile Walk, Hutchinson Football Field. For more information visit  http://getbusylivin.org/gbl5k/.

April 24: Aging with Attitude Regional Expo, 9 am-3:30 pm Friday, First Church of the Nazarene. Inspiration, answers to questions and information to make the most of life! Keynote Speaker J.T. Knoll: Getting Older: Laughter Really is the Best Medicine. Registration fee $15/person and includes lunch, FUNercise sessions, prizes and resource fair. Call 620.431.1530 or your local extension office, or go to www.southeast.ksu.edu/AgingExpo.

April 25: The 6th Annual Big Bang Rockfest, 4-10 pm, Downtown. All proceeds fund the 2015 Pittsburg fireworks display. A $10 wrist band gets you into all four bars! Support local artists and a great cause! For more information visit www.facebook.com/bigbangrockfest/timeline or call 620.231.1212.

Carl Junction, MO

April 4: 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.

April 16: 15th Annual Carl Junction Community & Education Awards Banquet, 6:30 pm, Carl Junction High School. Tickets $15. Call 417.649.8846.

April 25: Carl Junction Spring Citywide Sale, 7 am. Sales in every neighborhood. Free printed maps available at Carl Junction Chamber businesses. For more information, 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.

April 25: Boots & Barbeque, 11 am-6 pm, Memorial Hall. BBQ cook-off, silent auction, raffles and special guests Hank Rotten Jr, Duke Mason, the Sarah Dunn Band, Rich McCready and Lonnie Hulette. $10 donation, all proceeds benefit Medicine H.A.T. Inc, a nonprofit providing horse-riding therapy to children and adults with special needs. Call 417.439.9545.

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.

National Park Week Film Series, featuring The National Parks, America’s Best Idea. Enjoy the six-part, 12-hour documentary by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. A different episode will be shown throughout the week from 2-4 pm in the visitor center.

April 19: Episode 1: The Scripture of Nature, 1851-1890

April 20: Episode 2: The Last Refuge, 1890-1915

April 21: Episode 3: The Empire of Grandeur, 1915-1919

April 22: Episode 4: Going Home, 1920-1933

April 23: Episode 5: Great Nature, 1933-1945

April 24: Episode 6: The Morning of Creation, 1946-1980

April 2: Art in the Park/National Junior Ranger Day, 10 am-3 pm. Celebrating George Washington Carver’s love for art, this event features local artists at work across the park grounds. Visitors may participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops using pastels, natural dyes, pencil and more. In conjunction with National Park Week, kids are invited to join a park ranger for activities to earn a special Junior Ranger badge!

April 4 & 5: A Genius Remembered, George Washington Carver, 1 pm. Thirty-minute film explores the life of George Washington Carver, told by people who knew him and by others whose work was influenced by his great legacy.

April 10 & 11:  Early Education Educational Experiences of George Washington Carver from Diamond Grove to Neosho 1864-1876. 11 am. Special program by a visiting Drury University professor will describe the formal and informal educational experiences impacting George W. Carver during his formative years and the legal aspects of education in 19th-century Missouri.

April 11: 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.

April 18 & 19: Exploring Earth Day, 1 pm. Get in touch with nature and celebrate Earth Day at George Washington Carver National Monument. Join a park ranger to learn about the origins of Earth Day, the water cycle and what tree rings can tell us about history and the environment.

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.

April 2: Bunco Night and I.G.U. Fundraiser, 6 pm, Continental Banquet Center, 2802 N. Range Line Rd, $20. A fun evening of food and friendship. Raise money for club projects and awards sponsored by Soroptimist International of Joplin. Call 417.347.7725.

April 3: Joplin Woman’s Club, noon, Twin Hills. Guest speaker will be Jason Burns, Joplin Police Chief. Cost is $11. For reservations, call Stephanie Everitt. Hostesses will be Marie Schlegel, Karen Buchanan and Kathy Norris. Call 417.781.6138.

April 7: First Tuesday Lunch, 11:30 am-1 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 501 S. Pearl. Enjoy fellowship and great food (meal, drink and dessert). First Tuesday Lunch to benefit Ronald McDonald House. Your choice of spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti red, lasagna or chili with or without beans; includes salad, dessert and drink. Lunches are $6, and all proceeds go to our House. Call 417.624.2433 to place carry-out orders by April 3.

April 11: 13th Annual FurBall, “Denim & Diamonds Masquerade,” 5-9 pm, Downstream Casino Pavilion. Cocktails, silent auction, photo booth and entertaining jazz music from Jim Hunter and the Mellotones. Dazzle in your cocktail attire or dress up your denim with an elegant masquerade mask. You’re sure to enjoy this night of dinner, music and entertainment, all for a great cause: the homeless pets of the Four States. Call 417.206.0355.

April 13: Show-Me State Games & Shelter Insurance Torch Run, 4 pm, Spiva Park. Show-Me State Games offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun. For a complete schedule of events and more details, visit www.smsg.org or call 573.882.2101.

April 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Downtown Joplin. Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop!

April 17: Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum, 10:15 am, Continental Banquet & Catering, 2802 N. Range Line Rd. $10 includes brunch. RSVP. Call 417.624.4150.

April 18: Joplin’s Pride Talent Show, 6 pm, Wilder’s Restaurant 1212 S. Main St. Share your talent with the LGBT community. Contestants’ $10 entry fee, guests $7. All proceeds go to Joplin Pride Festival. Call 417.592.0258.

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.

April 4: Historic American Indian Pots (Ages 5+), 9-11:30 am. Create, decorate and take home pinch and coil pots made from polymer clay. Natural items, twigs, shells and antlers will be used to create texture, and earth pigments will add color. Learn more about American Indian pottery during the curing time. Children 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members, adults helping children free. Clay, materials and tutorials are provided. Call 417.825.3318 or email cyndi.pawpawpatch@gmail.com.

April 4: Covering Glass: Vases, Jars, Candle Holders & More (Ages 15+), 1-4:30 pm. Glass jars have so many uses; just check out all the Mason jar ideas you see on crafting websites. We will make them beautiful with polymer clay scenes, leaves, flowers and more. Cost: $35 per person; clay, supplies and detailed tutorials included. Call 417.825.3318.

April 6: Introduction to Sit-on-top Kayaking 101, 6-8 pm, first Monday of each month. Ages 12 and up accompanied by adult, $10 per person. Participants will learn the basic steps of how to operate a kayak designed for the person to sit on top. This easy and relaxing recreational kayaking is for anyone and is simple to learn. We will meet at the Shoal Creek boat ramp in Wildcat Park. All instruction, kayaks and life jackets provided by Extreme Sports Inc. Preregistering is required and class is limited to 7.

April 11: Preschool Nature Connections-I Can Help Save the Earth, 10-11 am. Ages 3-6 years, $5 members/$10 non-members. Max is a little monster who likes to litter and never, ever recycles! Learn with Max the importance of recycling through stories, games and crafts, and help keep our earth a beautiful place.

April 11: Beginning Nature Photography, 10 am-12 pm. Ages: 10+, $6 per person members/$12 per person non-members. Published nature photographer Becky Wylie will discuss basic tips to taking better outdoor photos. Class includes a hike in the park to practice the techniques. This is a good opportunity to get some shots to submit in the nature photography contest next year in Show Me the Ozarks Magazine, an annual fundraiser for the Audubon Center. Every photographer will get at least one of their pictures printed in the magazine!

April 18: It’s a Drive-by Treeing (free tree and shrub give-away), 10 am–2 pm. All ages welcome. Trees provided through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and the Community Foundation of SWMO; shrubs provided by Missouri Department of Conservation. If you could use more plantings on your property, drive by the Audubon Center and pick up your free trees and shrubs! No need to leave your car, just pull through our parking area and a volunteer will help fill your order and send you on your way! Tree and shrub species will be available that are native to the area, so they are better adapted to our climate and more resistant to disease and pests.

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

Hartville, Mo

April 24-26: The Civil War Heritage Festival, on the historic square. Fun activities for the whole family, including two reenactments at the Steele Mansion and one in the town square where the original battle was fought, a ladies’ tea social, a grand ball, cannon firing at night, live music, a school day and a church service on Sunday. Free admission. For more information, visit www.hartvilleareacc.com.

Lamar, MO

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

Monett, MO

April 6: Monett Senior Dance, 7 pm, Senior Center, 415 Dairy Street. Monthly dance, $3. Call 417.235.3285.

Neosho, MO

April 17-18: 27th Annual City-Wide Garage Sale, 7 am. More than 400 sales are expected in and around Neosho during the two-day period. Call 417.451.1925.

Newton County Extension Center events:

April 14: Temperament & Leadership, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Speaker: Jim Wirth, human development specialist. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

April 21: Managing Heart Disease, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Speaker: Lydia Kaume, health and nutrition specialist. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

April 28: Backyard Poultry, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Speaker: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

Pineville, MO

April 11: Benefit Dinner for McDonald County Historic Society, 5:30 pm, River Ranch Resort. Dinner, silent and live auctions; tickets $30. Benefit to raise funds to complete second floor. Call 417.223.7700.

Sarcoxie, MO

April 25: Second Annual Missouri State Dutch Oven Cook-off, 9 am, historic town square. Desserts, breads and entrees cooked over open fires by contestants from throughout the nation using cast iron Dutch ovens. Watch the food being prepared, then judged, after which you can taste the culinary skills of the participants. Prizes are awarded in the various categories, overall grand prize. Call 417.548.7732.

Webb City, MO

April 10 & 11: Springtime on Broadway, Friday 2-11 pm, Saturday 10 am-
11 pm, downtown. Carnival rides, live entertainment, arts and crafts, food. Free admission. Call 417.673.1154.

April 11: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5-8 pm, downtown. Classic car show, trophies and prizes. Call 417.673.1154.

Bartlesville, OK

April 7: Taste of Home Cooking School, 5-9 pm, Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd. Browse vendor booths. Show begins at 6:30 pm and will feature 10 delicious recipes. Tickets $10. Attendees will receive a bag of goodies and can register for great door prizes. Call 918.336.1001 or visit www.bartlesvilleradio.com.

April 25: Light it Up, Blue, Bartlesville: A Run for Autism, 8-11 am, Bartlesville High School, 1700 Hillcrest Dr. 5K and 1-mile fun run. Authorized 5K course on Shawnee Avenue. Call 918.914.9920.

April 25: Oklahoma Indian Summer Golf Tournament, 1-5 pm, Adams Golf Course. Four Man scramble. scramble; $65 entry fee includes golf towel, cart, green fees, lunch and free drinks. Mulligan tickets $1 each; remaining tickets used for door prizes on the 18th hole. You can tee off or pay our bow hunter $5 to shoot an arrow for you. You drop your ball where the arrow lands on the green. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, 2 long drive holes, 2 closest to the pin holes, $5,000 hole-in-one on hole #6. Call 918.397.2125.


Cultural Arts and Entertainment


Carthage, MO

April 4, 11, 18 & 25: Painting for All Ages, 12:30-2 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $30, includes materials. Call 417.358.2707.

April 9: 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.


March 30-April 17: 37 Prime, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 Newman Rd. An exhibit presented by the Focal Point Student Art Club displays an array of high-quality undergraduate artwork from universities across Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Reception: March 31, 4-6 pm.

March-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. Email joplinrac@gmail.com.

April 1-30: Paintings by Annabelle Seelye Fuhr, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin St. Paintings from Lamar artist. 417.620.2232.

April 1-30: Trash-to-Art Exhibit, Post Memorial Art Reference Library, 300 S. Main. Entries submitted to the Trash-to-Art contest are displayed all month. Winning entries will be exhibited at the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center during May.

April 20-24: Senior Exhibition, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 Newman Rd. MSSU senior art majors showcase their original works through a variety of creative mediums. At the reception April 25, senior artists will appear beside their artwork to discuss their pieces with interested viewers. Reception: April 25, 12-2 pm. Call 417.625.6683.


April 10: Adam Carroll, 7 pm, Joplin House Concert Series. Adam has earned comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, John Prine and Bob Dylan. Visit joplinmusic.com for more information.

April 12: The Southern Symphonic Chorus & Orchestra presents Johannes Brahms’ Requiem, 3 pm, Central Christian Center, 410 S. Virginia Ave. The Southern Symphonic Chorus is open for all community singers to join the MSSU Concert Chorale in presenting a choral/orchestral work every spring. Call 417.781.5982.

April 15: MSSU Jazz Combos, 7:30 pm, MSSU Corley Auditorium, 3950 Newman Rd. The MSSU Jazz Combos, under the direction of Dr. Phil Wise, provides incredible opportunities to hear jazz in configurations of combos from trios to sextets. Call 417.625.9393.

April 16: Pro Musica presents American Brass Quintet, 7 pm, Corley Auditorium, MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Rd. 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor and internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time. Free, open to the public, donations welcome.

April 17: MSSU Jazz Combos, 6-8 pm, Gusano’s, 3929 E. 7th St. The MSSU Jazz Combos, under the direction of Dr. Phil Wise. Call 417.625.9393.

April 20: MSSU Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band, 7:30 pm, Taylor Performing Arts Center, 3950 Newman Rd. Under the direction of Director of Bands Dr. Rick Espinosa. Literature from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods as well as 20th century contemporary music.

April 21: MSSU Steel Pan Lions/Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 pm, Taylor Performing Arts Center, 3950 Newman Rd. Hear traditional island tunes and pop tunes in an island setting.

April 23: MSSU Jazz Orchestra Concert, 7:30 pm, MSSU Corley Auditorium, 3950 Newman Rd. Jazz standards, contemporary literature and progressive repertoire. Call 417.625.9393.

April 24: Southern Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 pm, Taylor Performing Arts Center, 3950 Newman Rd. The Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Macomber, performs a concert featuring the anticipated return engagement of pianist Roger Wright. Call 417.625.9393.

April 27-May 2: Festival of New Drama, 7:30 pm, MSSU’s Bud Walton Theatre. Southern Theatre student directors, who also serve as playwrights, take center stage with this eclectic program of their original works. Rated M for mature audiences. Call 417.625.9393.

April 28: Family Theater: Lightwire’s Dino Light, 6:30 pm, TJ Concert Hall, 3401 E. Newman Rd. Unique and visually dazzling, Dino Light has been praised for its cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance by audiences all over the world. Call 417.782.4953.


April 2: Connect2Culture Arts Roundtable: Making Your Organization Smarter and Faster—Top Tech Tools for Arts & Artists, 11:30 am-1 pm, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Learn about 25 online tools that will help you or your organization get organized, get attention, get creative, get social and get a better website. Call 417.625.6683.

April 9: Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild is a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, open to the public. Dues $7.50/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. Like Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. Call 417.623.7953.

April 11: World Music & Cuisine Festival, 5-8:30 pm, MSSU Connor Ballroom, Billingsly Student Center, 3950 Newman Rd. Presented by the MSSU Institute of International Studies and the International Club. Admission free, but food servings sold via tickets priced at $1 each. Visit www.mssu.edu/international-studies/world-festival/.

Classes in April 2015:

April 11: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Calling All Painters! Grades K-5, 9-11:30 am, St. Paul’s Preschool. Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds! Each workshop includes four projects and a snack. $25 for online pre-registration or $30 at the door. Registration: www.classy.org/joplin/events/art-feeds-2nd-saturday-workshops/e33113.

April 18: Explore & Play! It’s Garden Day! Ages 1-5, 10:30 am, Joplin Public Library. A fun, hands-on time for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers. Listen to a theme-related story, sing songs and explore specially created exploration stations that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. Free and open to the public. Call 417.623.7953.

April 20: Chat n Crafts. Adults, 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that 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! Call 417.623.7953.

Weekly Classes:

Joplin Public Library:

Tuesdays: Crafternoons. Grades 6-12, 3-6 pm, Joplin Public Library. Held every Tuesday in the Library’s Teen Department. The first Tuesday of each month has themed instruction. Teens may bring their own projects or use the crafting supplies provided. Call 417.623.7953.


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 visit www.rsvpaint.com.

April 1: 1-9 pm, Walk-in Wednesday Open Studio

April 2: 7-9 pm, “April Showers”

April 3: 7-9 pm, Date Night “For All Seasons” with Jordan

April 4: 1-3 pm, “All Ages Family Paint, Bunnies” with Jordan

April 4: 7-9 pm, “Fiery Blue Trees” with Coleman

April 5: Closed for Easter. Happy Easter!

April 8: 1-9 pm, Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio

April 9: 7-9 pm, “Avian Sol” with Coleman

April 10: 7-9 pm, “Almond Blossoms” with Jordan

April 11: 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Stained Glass Flowers”
with Jordan

April 12: 1-3 pm, “Faith Risen” with Coleman

April 13: 6:30-9 pm, Master Study “Klimt’a Field of Poppies”
with Jordan

April 15: 1-9 pm, Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio

April 16: 8:30-11 pm, Third Thursday. Art Bar

April 17: 7-9 pm, “Sunshine Lamp Trolley” with Gene

April 18: 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Hydrangeas” with Gene

April 18: 7-9 pm, Date Night, “Wine Glass Decorating”

April 19: 1-3 pm, “Garisol” with Jordan

April 19: 5-8 pm, Paint Your Pet by Petsway!

April 22: 1-9 pm, Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio

April 23: 7-9 pm, “Peacock Feathers”” with Coleman

April 24: 7-9 pm, “Tree Silhouette”” with Gene

April 25: 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Lazy Fox” with Gene

April 26: 1-3 pm, “Bamboo Waters” with Coleman

April 29: 1-9 pm, Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio

April 30: 7-9 pm, “Abstract Bicycle” with Gene

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 1, 8, 15, 22 & 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 2, 9, 16, 23 & 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 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12, $10 per class. Learn the basics of painting.

April 6, 13, 20 & 28: Art Lounge, 5-8 pm. Ages: 14-18. Cost: $99 for nine weeks. Explore professional art studios or learn how to create a blog to showcase art en route to building a portfolio. Class fee includes a light meal each week.

April 7, 14, 21 & 28: 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.

Weekend Classes

April 4: 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.

April 18: Free Family Art Day, 11 am-2 pm. Ages: all. Cost: free. Use your imagination on a collaborative family project that will be unveiled at the St. Avips Ball in May. Make spin art to take home also.


April 12: PhotoSpiva Tweens reception and awards presentation, 2 pm.

April 14: 1000 Words Poetry and Prose Reading, 6:30 pm. Selecting photographs in the PhotoSpiva 2015 exhibit for inspiration, writers present poetry, prose and short stories. Writings that are presented do not have to be 1,000 words in length. To enter, contact Shaun Conroy, 417.623.0183.


Main Gallery: PhotoSpiva 2015. This 39th edition of the longest-running photography competition in the nation features 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.

Upstairs Gallery: PhotoSpiva Tweens. The youth answer to PhotoSpiva, this exhibit features the work of shutterbugs ages 9 through 13.

Pittsburg, KS

April 7: Steinway Society Concert David Osborne, 7:30 pm, PSU Bicknell Family Center, 503 N. Pine. “Pianist to the Presidents” has entertained at the White House and performs regularly at the request of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter at the Maranatha Baptist Church. Call 620.235.4796 or visit www.bicknellcenter.org/.

April 13: STOMP. PSU Performing Arts & Lecture Series Presents STOMP, 7 pm, PSU Bicknell Family Center, 503 N. Pine. Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm. Purchase tickets at www.pittstate.edu/tickets or call 620.235.4796.

April 16-18: Midwest Regional Ballet presents Dracula, Thursday 7:30 pm, Friday 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm, Saturday: 2:30 pm, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine St, Pittsburg, KS. Call 417.439.9549.

April 17: American Brass Quintet with Douglas Reed, 7:30-9:15 pm, McCray Hall. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for over 65/under 18. No charge to full-time PSU students with valid student ID. Tickets: 620.235.4796 or visit www.pittstate.edu/office/tickets.

April 18: Colonial Fox Backstage Concert Series featuring Danny Cox, 7:30 pm, Colonial Fox Theatre. Since the 1960s, Danny has released several albums, written musicals and acted in films. Tickets: $25. Call 620.235.0622 or visit colonialfox.org/dannycox.html.

April19: BFCFA Presents the 312th Army Band in Concert: 3-3:40 pm, Bicknell Family Center. Unofficially reorganized from the 89th Division Band, which was deployed during the campaign to reoccupy France during World War II. For more information, visit www.bicknellcenter.org. Call 620.235.4796.

April 24: 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

April 2: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. Dr. Kido, a fellowship trained surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Lori, are providing free weight-loss surgery seminars at 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 helps those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical and financial consequences of being overweight, as well as provides a solution for the many who are simply frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss. No reservations are necessary to attend the free seminars, which are open to the public.

Premier Surgical Institute was built upon Ortho Four States’ mission to restore patients’ quality of life and unique vision to create a comprehensive, compassionate and affordable world-class place of healing and innovative wellness experience. The resort-like comforts of Premier Surgical Institute provide a relaxing and comfortable setting for those attending the seminars.

For more information about Dr. Kido’s seminars or the various insurance plans accepted for his weight loss procedures, please contact Lori at 620.232.9000.

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.

April 9: 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

April 14: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

April 23: 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

April 2-28: 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.

April 20: 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.

April 28: 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.

April 8 & 22: 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.

April 21: 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.

April 28: 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

April 2: 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.

April 4: 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.

April 7: 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 that do not need to be certified. Call 417.347.4448.

April 7: Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 Wisconsin Ave. Call 417.347.7850.

April 8 Cancer Support Group, 2 pm, Freeman Cancer Institute Downstairs Conference Room. Call 417.347.4029.

April 11: Freeman Family 5K Run/Walk, 8-10 am, Joplin Family Y South, 3404 McIntosh Circle Drive. Awards given to the top overall male and female, and first, second and third place in each age category. Children receive a participation medal. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ozark Center’s Turnaround Ranch. Childcare provided for children 8 weeks-12 years courtesy of the Joplin Family YMCA. Call 417.347.1111.

April 14: 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.

April 14: Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman East Conference Room 4E. Call 417.347.5876.

April 21: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. Call 417.347.7400.

April 21: 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

April 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.

April 27: Diabetes Type 1 Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.5700.

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 Auxiliary-Call 417.625.2262

April 1: Shoe Roads Production Shoe Sale, 7 am-2 pm, Mercy Hospital Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary.

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.

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

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

April 8: Caregiver Support Group, noon, Barton County Ambulance Barns meeting room. Light lunch will be served. Dr. Christopher Andrew, M.D., neurologist, will discuss dementia. RSVP to 417.681.5109 or 417.682.3809.

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

Neosho, MO

April 27: 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

April 7: Sibling Celebration, 3:30 pm, Medical Arts Building 2nd floor conference room. Call 417.448.3801.

April 8: Care Giver Support, 1:30 pm, Barone Care Center, 2101 N. Ash St. Call 417.448.3999.

April 11: Community Health Fair, 9 am-12 pm, Osage Prairie YMCA, 500 Highland Ave. Call 417.667.9622.

April 12: Lunch and Learn-Autism, 12-1 pm, Mezzanine Conference Room. Free to attend, call to reserve lunch for $3. Call 417.448-3622.

April 14, 16 & 18: Child Birth Classes, April 14 and 16: 6-8 pm, April 18 8 am-12 pm, Medical Arts Building, 3rd floor classroom. Call 417.448.3801.

April 15, 22 & 29: Feel Better Now Class, 1-3 pm, Moore Few Community Room. A 6-week educational workshop to learn how you can feel better now. Call 417.448.3801.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

April 9: 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.

April 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

April 9: 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.

April 14 & 28: 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.

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.

April 2: 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.

April 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations 4th floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.