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Franklin, KS

February 1-March 28: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit: A Stitch in Time: Mon-Sat 10 am to 4 pm, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway St. Each month will focus on a different craft: crochet in February and Counted Cross Stitch in March. Special programming will be held, visit Facebook page for more information. Call 620.347.4220.

February 22: Learn the Art of Finger Crochet, Monday-Saturday 2-4 pm, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway St. Claire Krueger will demonstrate finger crochet and some basic skills that will lead to projects. Materials provided, free. Call 620.347.4220 for reservations.

Pittsburg, KS

February 11-14: Pittsburg High School Presents Guys & Dolls,
7 pm; February 14 matinee 2 pm, Pittsburg High School Auditorium, 1978 E. 4th St. Call 620.235.3100.

February 14: Southeast Kansas Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge & 5K Run/Walk, 10:30 am, Crimson Villas Apartment Complex. 5K Run/Walk, Plunge starts at noon, stay after plunge for the chili cook-off at 1 pm. Register at www.plungeks.org/plunge/pittsburg. Call 620.232.1330.

February 14: PPRD Dad & Daughter Date Night Disco Party, 3-5 pm or 6:30-8:30 pm, Memorial Hall. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles or family friends can bring ladies for beverages, dancing, crafts and pictures. $8 per person/$16 per couple. Call 620.231.1212.

Aurora, MO

February 6: Annual Aurora Rotary Chili Supper, 5-7 pm, Aurora High School, 305 W. Prospect.  Funds collected will benefit the Rotary’s sponsored scholarships. Cost: $5.Call 417.678.4150.

Carl Junction, MO

February 7: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. All-you-can-eat breakfast. Adults/$5, children/$3. Call 417.649.8846.

Carthage, MO

Every Friday: The Woodshed, inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square, 7:30 pm. Live music. $5 admission. Call 417.358.2707.

February 1: Super Bowl Party at the Woodshed, 4-10 pm, inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square, 311 South Main. Meatballs, wings. Call 417.358.2707.

February 20: Ticolini duSarousch Circus, 7-9 pm, Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison. Fun for kids, live performances, face painting. $10. Call 417.359.8181.

February 27 & 28: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, February 27: 5-8 pm, February 28, 10 am-4 pm, CMC Auditorium, 1900 Grand Ave. February 27, Chamber Members only, February 28 open to public. Admission $1 in advance, $2 at the door. Call 417.358.2373.

February 28: Brad Potter Coin & Stamp Show, 9 am-5 pm, Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison. Find a variety of coins and stamps for your collection. Call 417.237.7050.

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 1: Expressions of the Soul, 1 pm. George Washington Carver was more than just a scientist; he was also a talented artist. This program looks more closely at Carver the artist and how artistry brought joy to his life.

February 7 & 8: 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.

February 14 & 15: Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance, 1 pm. This 60-minute documentary features more than 130 rarely seen paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by black artists, along with rich archival footage of those artists at work.

February 21 & 22: Sisters of Selma, 1 pm. This 60-minute film is a spiritual take on the Selma voting rights movement of 1965 from some of its unsung foot soldiers: Catholic nuns. Never before in American history had avowed Catholic women made so public a political statement.

February 28: Ida B. Wells, 1 pm. This 30-minute film explores the life of a woman who fought against lynching in the South and worked as a teacher, journalist and human rights activist.

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.

February 6: Joplin Women’s Club, noon, Twin Hills. Carol Parker will be the guest speaker at the Woman’s Club luncheon. She will share her memories of her career at KSNF-TV. Cost $11. For reservations call Stephanie Everitt at 417.781.6138. Hostesses will be Jane Moult, Barbara Garrett and Janet Emmertt.

February 7: 2015 Joplin Ice Bowl, 10 am, McClelland Park. 27-hole round of disc golf and chili cook-off after tournament. Fundraiser to benefit Souls Harbor. Call 417.850.0166.

February 14: Live Jazz Speakeasy Valentine’s Dinner, 7 pm, Cosmopolitan Event Center, 501 S. Main. Live jazz, a retro Beatnik featuring JoMo Jazz & Friends Ensemble, expanded with jazz singers and horns. Dinner buffet, dessert and a dance floor, cash bar available. $35. Order tickets at www.eventbrite.com. Call 417.629.2495.

February 22: Joplin’s Bridal Bash, 11 am-3 pm, The Roxy Event Center, 102 S. Joplin. Enjoy an afternoon with four-state area local wedding professionals, vendors, food and wine sampling, prizes, swag bags and more. One lucky bride will win a grand prize valued at $6,000. Admission is $5. Call 417.483.4268 or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheRoxyJoplin.

March 1: Wedding Stuff Bridal Swap Meet, 12-3 pm, Cosmopolitan Event Center, 501 S. Main. Find repurposed items, shabby chic, new items, homemade decor, used decor, catering, planning, photographers and honeymoon options, plus glassware, wedding-related, burlap and lace, floral, reception venues and even dresses and changing rooms to try them on. $2. For booth application and info call 417.629.2495 or email joplinfestivalgroup@gmail.com.

March 8: Joplin “Bride Ride 2,” 11 am-3 pm. Visit great wedding and reception venues, and vendors around Joplin via limousine or charter party bus. Dining, drink options and prizes. $10 per guest for food, drinks, transportation. Call 417.629.2495.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Open Wednesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. Wildcat Park and nature trails open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk. All programs are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Dr., Suite A, Joplin. Programs require preregistration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.

February 14: Discover Winter Birds and the Great Backyard Bird Count, 10 am-12 pm. Age: 8+. Free. We’ll begin indoors learning basic bird identification techniques. 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 habitats on a hike through the park. Learn how you can participate at home in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

February 14: Raptors Rule, 1-2 pm. Age: 6+. Free. Raptors are the masters of the sky and include eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Pittsburg State University Nature Reach will be here and use a number of live birds to explain more about these incredible hunters and their role in nature. Be sure to bring your camera!

February 21: 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.

February 28: Recycled Crafts, 1-4 pm. Age: 6+. $5 per person members/$10 per person non-members. Discover how to turn recyclables into fun works of art or practical items to use around the house as you visit different craft stations at your leisure. Stay as little or as long as you like!

Lamar, MO

February 20: Barton County Business Expo, 9 am-3 pm, Memorial Hall, 1100 Broadway St. Join us to see what businesses have in store for 2015. New products and services will be on display, door prizes will be given away all day. Call 417.682.3595.

February 2, 9, 16 & 23: Senior Center Activities, 9 am-5 pm, 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.

February 3, 10, 17 & 24: Lamar Rotary meeting, noon, Memorial Hall, 1104 Broadway. Rotary meets at noon every Tuesday at the Lamar Memorial Hall basement. Call 417.681.0125.

February 4, 11, 18 & 25: Web Wednesday, 11-11:30 am. Live Chamber member training; a perfect class for beginners and above who need help in getting started with the online member benefits of the Chamber of Commerce. Call 855.233.6362.

February 9 & 23: Lions Club Meeting, 7 pm, Lamar Enterprises, 1401 Maple St. Meets every second and fourth Monday. Call 417.214.9156.

February 11: Lamar Community Betterment Meeting, noon, Wolf Center, 801 E. 12th St., Hwy 160 in Lamar. Community Betterment meets the second Wednesday. Call 417.682.5851.

February 20: Barton County Business Expo, Memorial Hall, 1100 Broadway St., 9 am-3 pm. Meet with local business representatives, win door prizes and enjoy great food with your friends and neighbors. Call 417.682.9566.

Monett, MO

February 19: 46th Annual Ag Conference, 10 am, National Guard Armory, 300 Chapell Drive. Presentation on the dairy side of the cattle industry. Lunch provided at end of conference. Beef portion begins 3:30 pm, dinner provided by the Southwest Missouri Cattleman’s Association. Vendors available. $5 per person. Call 417.235.7919.

Mt. Vernon

January 31: Mt. Vernon Chamber Annual Business Expo, 9 am-2 pm, The MARC, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. Area businesses show their services. Free to the public, bring canned goods for the food kitchen. Call 417.466.7654.

Neosho, MO

February 10: Calf Development, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Reagan Bluel, dairy specialist, is the keynote speaker. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

February 17: Freezer Meals: Planning in your Budget, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Amanda Werner, 4-H youth development assistant, is the speaker. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

February 21: Improve Your Health by Physical Activity, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Renette Wardlow, human development specialist, is the speaker. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

Noel, MO

February 7: McDonald County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, 6- 9 pm, River Ranch Event Center, Highway 59. Banquet tickets $30 each. Call 417.223.8888.

Webb City, MO

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

 

Cultural Arts and Entertainment

 

Carthage, MO

January 30-February 1 & February 6-8: Moon Over Buffalo. Doors open 6 pm, show starts 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee: doors open 12:30 pm, show 2 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd. Adults: $24.50; seniors (55 and up): $21; youth (13-18): $21; children: $12. Call 417.358.9665 or visit
www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.webs.com.

February 7, 14, 21 & 28: Painting for All Ages, 12:30-2 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $30, includes materials. Call 417.358.2707.

February 12: 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

January 29-February 1: ELEEMOSYNARY, 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm Sunday matinee, Joplin Little Theatre. A 1955 multi-act play by Lee Blessing follows the uncommunicative relationships between three generations of women. Visit www.joplinlittletheatre.org or call 417.623.3638.

February 2: Family Theater: Four Score and Seven Years Ago – A Civil War Musical, 6:30 pm, Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall, 3401 Newman Rd. Ages 5-99 will enjoy this family theater event focused on the Civil War in America. Call 417.781.5124.

February 12: Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm, second Thursday of every month, Joplin Public Library meeting room,  300 S. Main St. Group is open to the public. Dues $7.50 for the year, if interested can attend first meeting free. Wide array of people attend from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Call 417.623.7953.

February 12: Pro Musica presents the Brasil Guitar Duo, 7 pm, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 812 S. Pearl Ave. The Duo’s innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works. Open to the public at no charge, donations appreciated. For more information: www.promusicajoplin.org or 417.625.1822.

February 14: An Evening with Michael W. Smith, 7 pm, Calvary Baptist Church. An intimate evening of praise and worship with contemporary Christian music legend Michael W. Smith. Tickets are reserved seating and available online at www.shofarconcerts.com.

February 21: Explore & Play! It’s Fairy Tale Day, 10:30 am, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main, ages 1-5. Fun, hands-on time just for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers! Listen to a theme-related story, sing some songs and then 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.

Exhibits:

Through February 27: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Rotational Exhibit, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th St. Settling into winter for the next JRAC members’ rotating art exhibit is Holly Gomez (painting), Sandra Conrad (sculpture) and Elizabeth Cosby (painting). This exhibit rotates artists every three months, and works are for sale.

Classes:

Every Wednesday & Saturday: Classes at Local Color, 10 am–6 pm, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. In either session you may decide when to come in and how long to stay. 10 am-2 pm: Donna Roberts specializes in realism and experimental techniques for creative watercolors and acrylics. Bring any materials you have, but if you haven’t any, Donna will provide materials for the first lesson. $25 per class. Call 417.623.3727. From 2-6 pm: Paula Giltner will teach realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call Paula at 417.291.1486.

Every Saturday: Painting Class, 12:30-3 pm, ages 8+, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Enjoy creating your very own work of art with help from experienced local artists. Students are able to paint anything their heart desires. Weekly themes are available. All materials furnished. $35. Call to reserve 417.553.0835. 

February 1: Chat n Craft for Adults, 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library, 300 S Main St. Crafting group for adults. All types of hand work. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join us for laughter, friendship and fun! Some months we have classes. Call 417.623.7953.

February 4, 11, 18 & 25: Senior Drawing Class with Merlin White, 9:30 am, composition. Each week we will draw a new still life. No experience necessary. Call 417.781.9353.

RSVPaint-Joplin

420 S. Main St. All events last two hours. Pricing includes acrylic paints, canvas, brushes, easel, apron and instruction. All events are $35 each. Ages 13 and over unless otherwise noted; 21 and over to consume alcohol. Guests are encouraged to RSVP in advance. 417.680.5434 or visit www.rsvpaint.com. During the month of February, Every Night is Date Night. Couples can receive a discounted date night for two during any of our scheduled classes.

February 1: Winter Forest with Coleman, 1-3 pm.

February 4: Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio, 1-9 pm.

February 5: Perched with Gene, 7-9 pm.

February 6: Date Night—For All Seasons with Jordan, 7-9 pm.

February 7: Family Paint- Love Flowers with Jordan, 1-3 pm.

February 7: Date Night—Together with Coleman, 7-9 pm.

February 8: The Red Umbrella with Jordan, 1-3 pm.

February 9: Sugar Plum Trees with Coleman, 7-9 pm.

February 11: Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio, 1-9 pm.

February 12: Amour des Chats with Jordan, 7-9 pm.

February 13: “Gal-entine Ladies Pamper and Paint” Kandinsky’s Hearts—Coleman, 7-9 pm, featuring massages and mini-mani’s for the gals to pamper themselves a bit before the big date night!

February 14: Ages Family Paint—Family Tree—Jordan, 1-3 pm.

February 14: Date Night—Canoe for Two—Jordan, 7-9 pm.

February 14: Date Night—Serene Eventide—Coleman, 10 pm-12 am.

February 15: Fleur D’Lis—Coleman, 1-3 pm.

February 15: Paint Your Pet, 5-8 pm. Registration deadline is Feb. 14 at 5 pm.

February 18: Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio, 1-9 pm.

February 18: Paint Your Pet sponsored by PetsWay. Three-hour $45 special event where guests can paint portraits of their pets by sending us photos to prepare. Guests are encouraged to RSVP online at www.rsvpaint.com/calendar.  

February 19: Moon-lit Poppies with Coleman, 7-9 pm.

February 20: Starry Night with Jordan, 7-9 pm.

February 21: All Ages Family Paint—Elephant—with Jordan, 1-3 pm.

February 21: Date Night—Winter Sunset—with Coleman, 7-9 pm.

February 22: Colored Orbs with Coleman, 1-3 pm.

February 23: Tree Silhouette with Gene, 7-9 pm.

February 25: Walk-In Wednesday Open Studio, 1-9 pm.

February 26: Skyline Sailboats with Coleman, 7-9 pm.

February 27: In Vino Veritas with Jordan, 7-9 pm.

February 28: Family Paint—Rainy Flower—with Coleman, 1-3 pm.

February 28: Date Night—Swooned Swans—with Jordan, 7-9 pm.

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. For information, call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org or follow us on Facebook.

Classes:

February 2, 9, 16 & 23: Art Lounge, 5-8 pm. Ages: 14-18. $99 for nine weeks. For teens who want more art in their lives, this is an opportunity to 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.

February 3, 10, 17 & 24: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12. $5/class. Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media, including painting, drawing, clay, sculpture, collage, photography and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Please pre-register as space is limited.

February 5, 12, 19 & 26: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12. $10/class. Artists learn the basics of painting including drawing, color mixing, brush control and detailing in this introductory painting class.

Weekend Classes

February 7: 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.

February 14: PhotoSpiva Tweens, 11 am-12 pm. Ages: 9-13, $35. This is for teens who aged out of PhotoSpiva Kids but want to continue to build their photography skills. Class prepares participants for the PhotoSpiva Tweens exhibit in April. Two photographs from each participant will be chosen for the exhibit. Pre-register as space is limited. 

February 21: Etched Metal Jewelry, 1-3 pm. Ages: Adult, $25. Learn simple techniques for etched designs and use a variety of application methods to create a pendant and a bracelet.

February 28: Trash to Treasures, 1-3 pm. Ages: 10-Adult, free. This class is in preparation for the Joplin Recycling Center’s Trash-to-Art contest held as part of its 15th anniversary observance. Rummage through Spiva’s collection of recycled treasures, exploring found objects as a medium for art. After completing the class, create an entry for the recycling center contest and exhibit. For contest and exhibit details, go to www.postlibrary and www.connect2culture.com.

Events, etc:

February 13: Art on Tap, 6-9 pm. Age: 21 and older, Cost: Membership, available at the door at $25 for students with ID; $40 for individuals; and $55 for family or couples. Get a taste of beer, barbeque and bluesy jazz. This membership event will feature a selection of brews from Heart of America Beverage Co. and food from Lumpy’s Express BBQ. Music will be provided by Springfield band Bella Donna.

February 20: 5 pm: Deadline for delivery of photographs selected for inclusion in PhotoSpiva 2015. Photographers whose work was selected will be notified prior to this date.

Exhibits:

Closing Sunday, February 22:

Main Gallery: The Landscape Revisited: Jonathan Beer, Sandra Gottlieb and Martin Weinstein

Regional Gallery: Billyo O’Donnell: Painting Missouri

Upstairs Gallery: Third Graders’ Collaborative Project: Landscape Reimagined

Mt. Vernon, MO

February 17: Canvas and Cocktails, 6-8:30 pm, Keen Bean Coffee, 1031 S. Market St. Supplies are provided by art instructors April Davis Brunner, Joplin, and Becky Golubski, Pierce City. They will help you to create an 8” x 10” acrylic painting. Mount Vernon Regional Arts Council throws in one cocktail per person. $40 per person. Call Becky, 417.489.3041 or April, 417.358.6329.

Neosho, MO

February 21: Sweet Arts Gala Fire & Ice Ball, 6 pm, Neosho Civic Center, 109 W. Main. Neosho Arts Council presents the fifth annual elegant dinner; music by JM Big Band of NW Arkansas, fine art auction, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auction, dancing. $60 per person with proceeds going toward the promotion of local arts. Call 417.451.1925 or 417.592.0427.

Pittsburg, KS

February 14: Southeast Kansas Symphony, Tango: 6:30 pm. The Southeast Kansas Symphony presents Tango, PSU Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. This concert will focus on music south of the border. Works include La Cumparsita, Por Una Cabeza, Adios Nonino, Tango Uno, Estaciones Portenas, Calambre, Vuelvo al Sur and many others conducted by PSU’s Dr. Raul Munguia. Call 620.235.4796.

February 26-March 1: PSU Theatre Presents Eurydice: PSU Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. Tickets will be available online approximately 10 days prior to the event. Call 620.235.4796.

 

  

Health Events

Galena, KS

February 3: 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.

February 12: 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   

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

February 25: 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

February 2: The Pink Rose Gift Shop, 9 am-5 pm. All-new merchandise. Call 417.359.2657.

February 2-23: Monday and Tuesday Grief Support Group. Every Monday 1:30-2:30 pm; every Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Open to the public at no cost; registration is appreciated. Materials provided. Call Chaplain Galen Snodgrass, 417.359.2636.

February 16: Four States Stroke Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every third Monday of each month, United Methodist Church, Byers Avenue. For more information, contact Kevin.woods@mercy.net.

February 24: 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. Learn about managing fatigue, working with health professionals, relaxation techniques and practicing healthy eating habits. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

February 11 & 25: Grief Support Group, meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Suite 100. Providing a safe, confidential and supportive environment. Call 417.623.8272.

February 17: 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.

February 24: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl at 417.849.7814.

Freeman Health System

February 3: Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman East Conference Room 4E. Call 417.347.5876

February 3: Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 Wisconsin Ave. Call 417.347.7850.

February 5: Heart of the Matter Women’s Heart Health Luncheon, 12-2 pm, Amelie Event Center, 104 South Joplin St. Presenters: John Cox, DO, FACC; C. Ryan Longnecker, MD, FACC, FSCAI; Cathy Banes, DNP, ARPN-C, CHFN. Enjoy a delicious meal and learn about heart disease, stroke symptoms and prevention from Freeman Cardiac Specialists. $5 per person. There will be giveaways, photo booth and door prizes! Bring a friend, co-worker, sister, mother or daughter and join us! Call 417.347.6621.

February 5: 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.

February 7: 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.

February 10: Free Blood Pressure Checks, 7:30-8:30 am, Northpark Mall food court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Call Screen Team, 417.347.4448.

February 11: Cancer Support Group, 2 pm, Freeman Cancer Institute Downstairs Conference Room. Call 417.347.4029.

February 17: 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 17: 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.

February 20: Stroke Support Group, 4-5 pm, Freeman Support Center, 2206 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.1234.

February 23: Diabetes Type 1 Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Guest speakers offer information and resources for managing diabetes 1. Enter for chance to win prizes. Open to the public. Call 417.347.5700.

February 24: Freeman Advantage Tea, 9-11:30 am, Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Annual health screening; open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit www.freemanhealth.com/advantage.

Mercy Hospital

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

Every Wednesday: Free Blood Pressure Screening, 9 am-12 pm, St. John’s Medical Equipment Store, 3120 S. Main, Suite 10. Call 417.627.8424.

Every Thursday: Free Blood Pressure Screenings, 10-11 am, Mercy Hospital Lobby. Call 417.627.8424.

Mercy Prestige-Call 417.208.3456

Reservations needed by February 4: Mercy Prestige dinner theatre trip, Forever Plaid. Travel to New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, KS Reservations required. For more information, please call 417.625.2262.

February 12: Valentine’s Day Luncheon, noon, Byers Ave. United Methodist Church, 1730 S. Byers. Call for reservations or for more information, please call 417.625.2262.

Mercy Stitchers:

February 10: Stitch and Lunch, 12–1 pm, Byers Ave. United Methodist Church, 1730 S. Byers. For more information, please call 417.625.2262.

Mercy Auxiliary-Call 417.625.2262

February 4: Volunteer Recruitment Reception, 2-4 pm, Mercy Hospital Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, Conference Center. Sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary. 

Mercy Gift Shop

Through March 22: Gift Shop Sale, 9 am-5 pm. Inventory reduction sale to get ready to move into the new gift shop. We will have new discounts every week! Hurry in for best selection. Call 417.625.2260.

Mercy Bariatrics

February 5: Bariatric Seminar with Dr. Danny Liu, Mercy certified bariatric physician, 6-7 pm, Messenger Chapel on the new Mercy Joplin campus. Free. Call Nancy Bettasso to get registered, 417.659.6671.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 2: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm, NAMI building.

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

February 3: Caregiver Support Group for Memory Loss, 6-7 pm, Barton County Memorial Hospital Board Room. Call 417.681.5100.  

February 3 & 24: Blood pressure checks, Senior Center, 306 W. 11th St. Call 417.682.3881.

Neosho, MO

February 17: Remember Me Group meets the third Tuesday of each month, 4-5 pm, 400 Lyon Drive. Create a scrapbook with education about dementia. Must RSVP. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center Nevada, MO

February 3: Breastfeeding Support Group, 6:30 pm, Medical Arts Building 2nd floor conference room. For women in their third trimester of pregnancy. Call 417.448.3801.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

February 12: 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.

February 12: Low Vision Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

Miami, OK

February 12: 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.

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.

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

February 5: 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.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule for February:

February 3: 9 am-4 pm, Mercy Clinic, Oswego, KS

February 4: 10 am-2 pm, Walgreens, 20th and Range Line, Joplin, MO

February 5: 8 am-4 pm, Mercy Hospital, Columbus, KS

February 10: 10 am-2 pm, Wal-Mart, 15th St., Joplin, MO

February 11: 8 am-noon, Ortho 4 States, Galena, KS

February 12: 8 am-4 pm, Mercy Hospital, Columbus, KS

February 17: 9 am-noon, Dr. Hill Clinic, Southwest City, MO

February 18: 10 am-2 pm, City Pointe, Webb City, MO

February 19: 8 am-4 pm, Mercy Hospital, Columbus, KS

February 24: 9 am-noon, Primary School, Noel, MO

February 25: 9 am-noon, Arma Clinic, Arma, KS

February 26: 8 am-4 pm, Mercy Hospital, Columbus, KS

Schedule an appointment by calling 620.429.2545 or walk on.