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Franklin, KS

March 1-March 28: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit: A Stitch in Time, Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway St. Special programming will be held, visit Facebook page for more information. Call 620.347.4220.

March 8: Miners Hall Museum-Counted Cross Stitch, 10 am, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway St. Bev Pommier will present basic cross stitch information along with an easy project for participants. Materials provided; free. Call 620.347.4220.

Pittsburg, KS

March 7: PSU International Students Food and Culture Fair, 5-7 pm, Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium, lower level, 503 N. Pine. International diversity on the Pittsburg State University campus will be on display; open to the community. Call 620.235.4680.

March 14: Shamrock Shuffle 5K, 8 am, Lincoln Center. A guess-your-time format with prizes for the top three individual male and females, top three teams that cross the finish line. All runners and participants encouraged to wear green to show their spirit! Online registration at https://pprd.pittks.org/ or call 620.231.1000.

March 15: SEK Humane Society Chili Fundraiser and Country Store, 11 am-2 pm, lower level of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. Tickets $7 and includes chili, crackers, dessert and drink. Proceeds go toward the care and maintenance of the homeless animals at the shelter. Contact 620.232.1840.

March 27-28: Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Biz Expo, Pittsburg’s Meadowbrook Mall. The public is invited to attend this free event that showcases a wide variety of products and services from area businesses. Booth space available, call 620.231.1000 or visit http://pittsburgareachamber.com.

Aurora, MO

March 28: Annual Business EXPO, 10 am-2 pm, Aurora High School, 305 W. Prospect. Giveaways, drawings and door prizes. Call 417.678.4150 or auroracoc@mo-net.com.

Carl Junction, MO

March 7: Carl Junction Business Expo, 9 am-2 pm. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Admission $2/adults, children under 12 free.

March 14: 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.

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

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

March 7 & 8: George Washington Carver, An Uncommon Way,
1 pm. Fifty-minute film documentary produced by Franklin Springs Family Media chronicles Carver’s life story, from his struggles to obtain an education through his rise to fame as a scientist, educator and humanitarian.

March 14 & 15: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-
1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

March 15-22: Peep into Spring, 9 am-4 pm. The Partnership for Environmental Education (PEEP) invites you to get your own PEEP Passport. Visit the park and five area sites that conserve natural resources to earn a special patch.

March 21 & 22: Old-Fashioned Toys & Games, 10 am-4 pm. Playtime was a simple affair in the 19th century, as children invented their own games or played with homemade toys. Stop by the visitor center and experience the joy of playing with some old-fashioned toys and games. This is a self-guided activity.

March 28: George Washington Carver National Monument Art and Essay Award Program, 2 pm. The public is invited to attend this program recognizing the efforts of the many hardworking fourth grade students who submitted essays and artwork based on the life of George Washington Carver.

Coffee With Carver Series

March 19: Carver’s Bulletins: Tomatoes and More, 10-11 am. Have coffee and learn more about the work of George Washington Carver. Program intended for ages 18 and up.

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.

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 3: First Tuesday Fundraiser Luncheon, 11:30 am-1 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 509 S. Pearl. Lunch includes choice of chili with or without beans, spaghetti red with or without beans, or lasagna. Includes salad, dessert and drink. $6. Carry-outs available. This month’s lunch benefits the Community Clinic. Call 417.624.2433.

March 6: Joplin Woman’s Club, noon, Twin Hills. The program will be “Carolyn Trout Does Her Eggs.” $11. Hostesses are Gwen Delano, Pat Crespino and Mary Reynolds. Call 417.781.6138.

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.

March 7: Feeling Blue, 1-3 pm. Age: 10+. $5 per person members/$10 per person non-members. They’re our state bird and they need homes, too! Learn all about the magnificent bluebird and what you can do to help them. Make a bluebird house to take home, and help us spruce up last year’s bluebird houses in the park as we prepare for the nesting season.

March 14: Bunny Hop-Preschool Nature Connections, 10-11 am. Age: 3-6 years. $5 per child members/ $10 per child non-members. Hop on over to the Center to learn more about rabbits. Songs, games, crafts and stories will help us learn more about this common Missouri mammal. We will spend some time outside looking for rabbits, their food and places where they may raise their young. Our time will include a visit from a special, live bunny friend! Stay after the program and get a professional photo of your child with him for a small fee.

March 14: Pictures with the Bunny, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. All ages welcome. $5 per person members/$10 per person non-members. Join photographer Russ Kinerson for pictures with our very own live Easter bunny! Photos will be mailed the following week, just in time to send out in your springtime greetings to family and friends.

March 20: First Day of Spring Hike and PEEP Passports, 10 am-12 pm. Age: 6+. $5 per person members/$10 per person non-members. Need a fun activity with the kids over spring break? Join us on a moderate hike to look for signs of spring, from birds singing to flowers blooming, and much more! You can also pick up your PEEP (Partnership for Environmental Education Partnership) Passport (free) at any time and visit other interpretive sites in the area. During your visit, answer the questions for that PEEP site and receive a stamp or sticker. Once you have visited at least six of the eight sites, you earn a cool PEEP patch!

March 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.

March 27: Flying WILD Bird Workshop for Homeschooled Families, 10 am-3 pm. All ages welcome, $22 per family. Exploring bird biology, behavior, sounds, flight and habitat can be an adventure in learning for you and your family with the environmental education program Flying WILD. Participants will experience a fun, hands-on supplementary curriculum that engages children in real inquiry and meets National Science standards. The 43 activities in the program guide help middle school students excel academically and learn science process skills. The activities can also be easily adapted for younger children. Everyone should bring a sack lunch, but snacks and some supplies are provided.

Lamar, MO

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

Monett, MO

March 2: Monett Senior Dance, 7 pm, Senior Center, 415 Dairy Street. Monthly dance, $3. Call 417.235.3285.

Neosho, MO

Newton County Extension Center events:

March 10: Buying Bulls for Economic Success, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Eldon Cole, livestock  specialist, is the keynote speaker. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

March 17: Working with Volunteers, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Jeremy Elliot, 4-H youth development specialist,, is the speaker. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

March 24: Identify & Strengthen Leadership Skills, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Kathy Macomber, community development specialist, is the speaker. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

March 31: High Performing Teams, Raising the Bar, 6 pm, Newton County Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59. Kathy Macomber, community development specialist, is the speaker. $10 per class or three for $25. Call 417.455.9500.

Neosho, MO

March 14: Veteran & Active Duty Military Fishing Day, 10 am-2 pm, Neosho National Fish Hatchery, 520 East Park St. Free fishing and lunch provided for active and retired military. No license or tag required; however, there is a four-trout limit. Volunteers will be available to clean and bag your catch on ice. Call 417.451.0554.

March 20 & 21: 23rd annual Neosho Business & Industry Review, 5-8 pm Friday, 10 am-2 pm Saturday, Neosho High School. Businesses promote their products and services; drawings and door prizes. Call 417.451.1925.

Pineville, MO

March 28: Health Fair/Business Expo, 8 am-2 pm, McDonald County High School. The Freeman Screen Team and various medical vendors will be at the Health Fair. After visiting that, step across the hall to the non-profit booths and then into the gym for the business displays. 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

March 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.

March 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.

March 20-22 & March 27-29: Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes. 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.

Joplin, MO

Through March 28: Trash-To-Art 2015 Contest. Contest to celebrate the Joplin Recycling Center’s 15th anniversary. Entries must be made of materials that would otherwise be discarded. Pick up entry form at the Post Art Library, 300 S. Main St., or Joplin City Hall, First Floor Reception Counter, 602 S. Main St., or at www.joplinmo.org. Call 417.782.7678 or 417.624.0820, Ext. 501.

March 1-31: Laura Horn Mixed Media Exhibit, 300 S. Main St., Monday & Thursday 9:30 am-7:30 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sunday 1-5:00 pm. Laura Horn will display quilled (paper filigree) pieces and “stained glass” style watercolor paintings. Free. Call 417.782.7678.

March 4: Connect2Culture Arts Roundtable: What Everyone Should Know About Copyrights, 5–7 pm, Post Memorial Art Reference Library, 300 S. Main St. Attendees will learn the basics of copyright law: who owns what, how much you can use of someone else’s work, what’s really “fair” about “fair use,” what happens when you sell a piece and how to avoid disputes. Call 417.625.6683.

March 5: Pro Musica presents the Lysander Piano Trio, 7 pm, First Baptist Church, 633 S. Pearl. Free; however, donations appreciated. For more information: www.promusicajoplin.org or 417.625.1822.

March 6 & 7: Heartland Opera Theatre presents Down In the Valley, 7 pm, TJ Concert Hall. Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School and Heartland Opera Theatre join forces to present a beautiful American story about jealousy and young love. Call 417.782.4953.

March 6: A Local Female Art Group – Meeting & Critique, 6-9 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Second meeting and first critique. Bring your artwork: 2-D, 3-D, writing, acting, etc. Bring as many pieces as you want. All levels and ages welcome. Call 417.437.9281.

March 7 & 8: Straw into Gold: The Classic Tale of Rumpelstiltskin, 2:30 pm, Taylor Performing Arts Center. The story of Rumpelstiltskin, the evil troll who can spin straw into gold. Blackmail, treachery and romance are all spun into this classic tale. Call 417.625.9393.

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

March 19-29: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Pygmalion, Thu–Sat: 7 pm, Sun: 2:30 pm, Location: TBA. Based on classical myth, Bernard Shaw’s «Pygmalion» plays on the complex business of human relationships in a social world. Call 417.626.1293.

March 21: Explore & Play! It’s Alphabet 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. Free and open to the public. Call 417.623.7953.

March 25-29: The Fantasticks, 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm Sunday matinee, Joplin Little Theatre. A funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. Visit www.joplinlittletheatre.org or call 417.623.3638.

March 27: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Showcases artists’ biographies, art techniques and philosophical art-related films. Donations accepted. Bring your own camp chairs and snacks. Call 417.437.9281.


March: Student Artwork Exhibit, Joplin Public Library (Children’s Department), 300 S. Main. Display featuring the artwork of different Joplin Elementary School students. This month, artwork was created by 2nd grade students from Columbia Elementary. Call 417.623.7953.

March 2–28: Dreadful 7, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery. Among the 3-D art showcase is original works by art faculty members. 417.625.6683.


Every Wednesday & Saturday: Classes at Local Color, 10 am–6 pm, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Each session is come and go. 10 am-2 pm: Donna Roberts specializes in realism and experimental techniques for creative watercolors and acrylics. $25 per class. Call 417.623.3727. From 2-6 pm: Paula Giltner will teach realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. $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 own work of art with help from experienced local artists. All materials furnished. $35. Call to reserve: 417.553.0835.

March 14: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop, 9-11:30 am, St. Paul’s Preschool, Rainbow Color Explosion! K-5th grade workshops are open to the community and organized around a fun, imaginative theme. Includes four projects and a snack. $25 for online pre-registration; $30 at the door. Registration: www.classy.org/joplin/events/art-feeds-2nd-saturday-workshops/e33113.

March 16: Chat n Craft for Adults, 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main St. Meets every third Monday. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project. Call 417.623.7953.

March 28: The Hip Handmade Market, 10 am-4 pm, The Amelie & The Roxy, 104 S. Joplin Ave. Southwest Missouri’s hippest craft show is back with over 50 vendors. Email


420 S. Main St. All events last two hours. 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

March 1: 1-3 pm, “Juniper Pearl’ with Coleman

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

March 5: 7-9 pm, “Cat Noir” with Jordan

March 6: 7-9 pm, Date Night “Canoe For Two” with Jordan

March 7: 1-3 pm, “Red Umbrella” with Jordan

March 7: 7-9 pm, “Red Umbrella” with Jordan

March 8: 1-3 pm, “Country Church” with Jordan

March 9: 6:30-9 pm, Master Study, “Monet›s Sunrise” with Jordan

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

March 12: 7-9 pm, “Hydrangea Garden” with Coleman

March 13: 7-9 pm, “Irish Pride” with Coleman

March 14: 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Elephant” with Coleman

March 14: 7-9 pm, “Butterfly Spiral” with Jordan

March 15: 1-3 pm, “Celtic Cross” with Jordan

March 15: 5-8 pm, Paint Your Pet by Petsway

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

March 19: Third Thursday. RSVPaint Celebrates One Year in Joplin!

March 20: 7-9 pm, Date Night, “Serene Eventide” with Coleman

March 21: 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Shake a Tail-feather” with Coleman

March 21: 7-9 pm, Date Night, “Splash of Red” with Jordan

March 22: 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Shake a Tail-feather” with Coleman

March 23: 6:30-9 pm, Master Study, “Klimt’s Field of Poppies” with Jordan

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

March 26: 7-9 pm, “Sapphire Poms” with Coleman

March 27: 7-9 pm, “Bicycle” with Jordan

March 28: 1-3 pm, All Ages Family Paint, “Over the Rainbow” with Coleman

March 28: 7-9 pm, “I would Lasso the Moon” with Jordan

March 29: 1-3 pm, “Chrysanthemums” with Coleman

Spiva Center for the Arts

Third and Wall streets. Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org or follow us on Facebook.


March 2 & 9: 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.

March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: 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.

March 5, 12, 19 & 26: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12, $10 per class. Learn the basics of painting.

Weekend Classes

March 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.

March 14: Stamped Leather Bracelets, 1-3 pm. Ages: 10+. Cost: $15. Learn how to stamp a creative design into a leather bracelet, then finish it off with a waterproof coating.

March 28: Beginner Pysanky Egg Design, 10 am-1 pm. Ages: 13+. Cost: $35. Learn this ancient art form of using egg shells, beeswax and water soluble dyes to create masterpieces in miniature.

March 28: Advanced Pysanky Egg Design, 2-5 pm. Ages: 13+. Cost $35. Build on the knowledge gained in the beginner’s class by trying more intricate designs and increasing the dye selections.


Opening March 7: 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.

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 Kids. The children’s answer to PhotoSpiva, this exhibit features the work of 12 shutterbugs ages four through eight.

Pittsburg, KS

February 26-March 1: PSU Theatre Presents Eurydice, PSU Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Call 620.235.4796.

March 6: 41st Annual PSU Jazz Festival, 1 pm, concert 7:30-9:45 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts & Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine. Free. Sixty-plus public school and community college performing groups. Jazz Festival Concert with DIVA. Tickets at the door or PSU ticket office. Call 620.235.4796.

March 7: String Madness Concert: String Band Music from Bach to Bebop, 3 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 503 N. Pine. Three hot instrumentalists pool their talents to form String Madness. Call 620.231.7000.

March 7: PSU International Students Food and Culture Fair, 5-7 pm, Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine. Rich international diversity on display. Call 620.235.4680.

March 12: A Tribute to America and the Arts: Gene Bicknell in Concert, 7-9 pm, Bicknell Family Center. Grand opening celebration produced by entertainment veteran and philanthropist Gene Bicknell features performances by the Pittsburg State University choirs, the SEK Symphony and Pittsburg State Theatre. Tickets prices: $22 general public, $15 seniors (65 and over), children (18 and under) and PSU faculty/staff, and free for fee-paying PSU students. Visit www.bicknellcenter.com or call 620.235.4796.

March 25: PSU Performing Arts & Lecture Series Presents World-Famous Illusionist Reza, 7:30-9:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 503 N. Pine. Hailed by critics as the nation’s top touring illusionist. Call 620.231.7000.

March 27-29: Pittsburg Community Theatre Presents, Yours, Anne, 7:30 pm, March 29 at 2 pm, Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. Call 620.231.7827.

March 27: Southeast Kansas Symphony Young People’s Concert, 10-11 am, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Free. Based on the children’s book Zin, Zin, Zin! A Violin! Perfect for young listeners. Call 620.235.4472.

March 27: Lark Quartet, 7:30-9:30 pm, Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall, Pittsburg State University. For ticket information visit



Health Events


Galena, KS

March 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.

March 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

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

March 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

March 3-24: 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.

March 16: 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.

March 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. 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.

March 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. Call 417.623.8272.

March 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.

March 26: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl at 417.849.7814.

Freeman Health System

March 2: Breast Cancer Support Group, 4-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle. Call 417.347.2662.

March 3: IHOP Pancake Day- CMN Hospitals, 7 am-10 pm, IHOP, 2117 S. Range Line Rd. Enjoy a free short stack of pancakes as IHOP “flips” for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and, in turn, make a donation to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Call 417.347.6639.

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

March 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.

March 9: 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.

March 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.

March 10: Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman East Conference Room 4E. Call 417.347.5876

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

March 14: March O’ the Kidney, 8-10 am, Northpark Mall, 101 N. Range Line Rd. One-mile walk hosted by Freeman Dialysis Center. $10 per walker. Call 417.347.1111.

March 16: Diabetes Type 2 Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.5700.

March 17: Bariatric Support Group, 5-6 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd. Call 417.347.1111.

March 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.

March 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.

March 19: Stroke Support Group, 4-5 pm, Freeman Support Center, 2206 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.1234.

March 28: 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.

March 7: Community Open House, 10 am-4 pm, New Mercy Hospital, 100 Mercy Way. Ceremony and tours. Call 417.625.2260.

March 22: 1st Patient Move-in Day, 6 am. Old campus closes/new campus opens. Patients will be moved into the new hospital and services on St. John’s Blvd. will shut down.

Mercy Auxiliary-Call 417.625.2262

March 3: Volunteer Recruitment Fair, 2 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. New discounts every week! Call 417.625.2260.

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.

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

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

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

March 7 & 28: Blood pressure checks, Senior Center, 306 W. 11th St. Call 417.682.3881.

Neosho, MO

March 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

March 5: Lunch and Learn, 12-1 pm, Healthy Nevada Innovation Center. Stress management presented by Carol Roberts and Susie Platt. Call 417.448.3801.

March 10 & 12: Childbirth Class, 6-8 pm, Medical Arts building 3rd floor classroom. Call 417.448.3801.

March 13 & 14: Take-home colon screening kits, 12-4 pm. Pick up at NRMC information desk. Call 417.448.3801.

March 14: Take-home colon screening kits, 8 am-12 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom. Call 417.448.3801.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

March 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.

March 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

March 10 & 24: 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.

March 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.

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.

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

March 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 March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 24: 10 am-2 pm, Dollar General Store, Diamond, MO

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

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

March 31: 10 am-2 pm, Walgreens, Neosho, MO

Schedule an appointment by calling 620.429.2545 or walk on.