What's Happening in the Ozarks!
Calendar of Events
Support Your Local Farmers Market!
Fayetteville, AR: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays on the Square. Season begins April 5. www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org.
Franklin, KS: 4-6 pm Thursdays, Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway. 620.249.9333.
Webb City, MO: 11 am-2 pm first and third Fridays under the pavilions in King Jack Park.
March 8: Kiss a Pig Gala, 6 pm-12 am, John Q. Hammons Center, 3303 Pinnacle Hills Pkwy. Community leaders compete for the chance to kiss a pig for producing the first source of insulin for people with diabetes. Fine cuisine, live auction, entertainment. Call 479.464.4121 or visit www.diabetes.org.
March 1-29: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit: “History of Quilting,” 10 am-4 pm, 701 S. Broadway. Free. Exhibit features historical and vintage bed quilts of the 1930s and vintage sewing supplies, doll quilts and wall hangings. New quilts added each month. Call 620.347.4220 or visit www.minershallmuseum.com.
March 5: Pittsburg State University’s Apple Day, 2 pm, Wilkinson Alumni Center. Apple Day, also known as Commemoration Day, is PSU’s oldest tradition. Call 620.235.4795.
March 7: Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival: Over 60 junior high and high school groups compete at three locations: McCray Hall, Overman Student Center and Memorial Auditorium. Daytime events are free. Evening concert featuring Bob Mintzer and his LA Big Band requires tickets. Call PSU ticket office, 620.235.4796.
March 15: Get Green Celebration:
Parks and Recreation for the 1st Annual Get Green Celebration to
kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run at 8 am,
Rollin’ in the Green Bocce Tournament at 10 am, and Get Green St.
Patrick’s Day Classic at
March 15: Kansas Youth Wrestling District 1 South Sub-district Tournament: 9 am, John Lance Arena at PSU. Call 620.231.1212.
March 28-29: Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Biz Expo:
10 am-5 pm, Meadowbrook Mall. Free event showcasing a wide variety of
products and services from area businesses. Product samples, giveaways
and prize drawings. Call 620.231.1000 or visit
Carl Junction, MO
March 8: 3rd Annual Carl Junction Chamber Business Expo, 9:30 am-2 pm, Community Center, 303 N Main. Visit with many businesses, food exhibitors and local nonprofits. Door prizes. Call 417.649.8846.
“Supercharge Your Facebook Marketing” workshop,
March 20: “Affordable Care Act for Businesses” workshop,
March 29: Aurora Community Chamber of Commerce Annual Business EXPO, 10 am-2 pm, Aurora High School, 305 W. Prospect, Giveaways, drawings and door prizes. Call 417.678.4150.
March 7 & 21: The Woodshed, inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square, 7:30 pm. Live music from two bands. $5 admission. Call 417.358.2707.
March 25: Carthage City Council and R-9 School Board Candidate Forum, 7:30 am, CWEP Community Room, 627 W. Centennial. Hosted by Carthage Chamber of Commerce. Free; open to the public. Call 417.358.2373.
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/gwac.
March 1-2: “Ida B. Wells,” 1 pm. 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.
March 8: “Mariah Watkins,” 1 pm. Ranger talk focusing on the role Mrs. Watkins played in Carver’s life.
March 9: “Silent Spring,” 1 pm. Documentary exploring the life of writer and biologist Rachel Carson.
March 15-16: “George Washington Carver, An Uncommon Way,”
March 16-22: PEEP Into Spring, 1-4 pm. Discover nature during spring break! The Partnership for Environmental Education (PEEP) invites you to get your own PEEP Passport. Visit the park and five other area sites that conserve natural resources to earn a special patch.
March 22-23: “Women in Carver’s Life,” 1 pm. Like many enslaved children, young George was separated from his mother and did not know any grandmothers or aunts. He relied on other women to provide for his care, training, and self-confidence.
March 29: 24th Annual Art and Essay Awards Ceremony, 2 pm. The public is invited to attend this ceremony recognizing the efforts of the fourth-grade students who submitted essays and artwork based on the life of George Washington Carver.
March 9: Children’s Lego Club, 2 pm, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main. Monthly build-a-thon for LEGO-loving children. Those under six must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417.623.2184.
March 15: “Explore & Play,” 10:30 am, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main. Listen to a theme-related story, sing songs and visit “exploration stations” that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. Ages 1-5. Call 417.623.2184.
March 20: Third Thursday Downtown, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street from 1st-15th. Enjoy local art, music, entertainment, food, unique retail shopping and special events each month. Call 417.310.3472 or visit www.downtownjoplin.com.
March 25: Joplin NALA Read’s Annual Spell Ball Games, 5:30 pm, Joplin High School 11th and 12th Grade Center, Northpark Mall. The goal of this event is to promote literacy awareness and raise $25,000 to provide funding for NALA programs and services. Call 417.782.2646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
March 29: Dancing with the Joplin Stars 2014, 6-10 pm, Downstream Casino Resort Pavilion, 69300 East Nee Road. Fundraiser for the JACC Cultural Affairs Committee “Art in Public Places” project. $50 per person, dinner included. For tickets and People’s Choice voting, visit joplincc.com/dancing.html. Call 417.624.4150.
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. Programs require preregistration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.
March 15: Yoga in Nature, 9-10 am. All ages welcome. $3 per person members/$6 per person nonmembers. Enjoy exercising at your own level beside beautiful Shoal Creek.
March 20: First Day of Spring Hike and PEEP Passports, 10 am-12:00 pm. Ages: 6+. Cost: $5 per person members/$10 per person nonmembers. Need a fun activity with the kids over spring break? Join us on a moderate hike to look for signs of spring. Also, pick up your free PEEP (Partnership for Environmental Education Partnership) Passport at any time and visit other interpretive sites in the area to earn a cool PEEP patch.
March 22: The Amazing Weed Whacker Challenge! Volunteer Work Day at the Park, 9 am-12 pm. All ages welcome; those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Race around Wildcat Park performing wacky, fun activities and winning prizes as you help remove invasive plant species. Bring gloves and wear pants and long sleeves.
March 3: Monett Senior Citizen’s Center Monthly Dance,
Every Monday through April 21: Couch Potato to 5K, 6 pm, Neosho Family YMCA, 4701 Chouteau Avenue. This program will move you from the couch to becoming a 5K finisher. Participants complete the program by running the Neosho Dogwood 5K. $35 members/$55 public. Call 417.455.9999.
March 2: 2nd Annual Neosho Pet Fair, 1-4 pm, Lampo Center, 500 E Spring Street. Informational booths, pet grooming, animal adoption, and licenses. Dr. Kent Findley offers rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs for $5. Call 417.451.1925.
March 14-15: 22nd Annual Business & Industry Review,
March 29: Neosho Sprint Triathlon, 9 am, Neosho Freeman Family YMCA. 300 yard swim, 13.5 mile bike and 3.1 mile (5K) run. Proceeds benefit Faithful Friends Animal Advocates, Inc. Call 417.455.9999.
Webb City, MO
March 14: Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum, 10:30 am, Continental Banquet Center, 2728 N. Rangeline Road. $10. Call 417.673.1154.
March 1: St. John Catholic School 1920s Style Auction Gala, 6:30 pm-12 am, Johnstone-Sare Building, 100 SW Frank Phillips Blvd. Annual fundraiser includes auction, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. $85 per person. Call 918.336.4353 or visit www.sjcs-ok.org/auction.
March 8: Pilot Club of Bartlesville presents: Prairie Dinner & Cooking School with Aunt Pearl, 6:30 pm, Osage Room at Tri-County Technology Center. $50 per person. Proceeds benefit The Kiddie Park. Call 918.336.8487.
February 28-March 2: Grand Lake Boat and Sports Show, Grove Civic Center. An in-water boat show on Grand Lake displaying boats of all sizes plus numerous boat dealers, recreational vehicle dealers, lake activity suppliers, and travel information. Call 918.786.2289 or visit www.grandlakefun.com.
March 1: Mardi Paws, 6 pm. Jana Jae performing, Cajun food, Fun & Silent Auction. Contact Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake, 918.786.7630.
March 7: Grand Lake o’ the Cherokee Quilt Guild, 10 am, Grove Community Center. Call 918.786.9079.
March 1: Peoria Stomp Dance, 10 am. Buffalo Run Casino indoor Peoria Showcase. Cultural dance event of the Peoria Tribe is an exciting display of slow, stomping steps to rhythm. The traditional stomp dance ceremony contains both religious and social meaning. Call 918.540.2535
March 1: Willie Nelson, 8 pm, Indoor Peoria Showplace. Premium tickets: $75; reserved tickets: $60. Call 918.542.7141, ext. 2200.
March 1-2: “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” 2 pm, NWACC White Auditorium, 1 College Drive. Enjoy this fantastical story of mayhem with a group of talented local youth. Adults: $8; students and seniors 65+: $6. Email: email@example.com. Call 479.464.5084 or visit www.triketheatre.org.
March 9: The Jesse Lynch Trio, 2 pm, Arends Arts Center, 1901 SE “J” Street. From Beethoven to contemporary composition, Jesse Lynch regularly straddles the spectrum of musical innovation and tradition. Tickets: $25; students $5. Call 479.855.9997.
Through March 9: artCentral announces “What is Red?” Fridays and weekends, Hyde House Gallery, 1110 E. 13th Street. All media works by 50+ artists of Joplin Regional Artists Coalition in both galleries. Call 417.358.4404.
March 21-23 & 28-30: “Greater Tuna,”
6 pm, Sunday matinee
March 2: Pro Musica presents Haifa Symphony Orchestra, 3 pm, Taylor Performing Arts, MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Road. Founded in 1950 and in recent years has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and in Israel. Call 417.625.1822.
March 26-30: “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s,” 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee 2:30 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 West 1st Street. A quirky suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson’s Motor Inn. Call 417.623.3638.
March 27: Pro Musica presents Horszowski Trio, 7 pm, Corley Auditorium, Webster Hall, MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Road. Two-time Grammy nominated Jesse performed with Raman over 20 years ago when they were children. Call 417.625.1822.
Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall. Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 pm Sunday, closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary donation for admission to AT&T Main Gallery is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org. Early registration recommended.
March 1: Anime with Amber, 11 am-1 pm. Ages: 12-18. Cost: $25. Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on real anime boards to create your own character, storyline, and background.
March 4, 11, 18, & 25: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12. Cost: $5 per class. Experiment with a variety of media and explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Please preregister.
March 5, 12, 19, 26: Preschooler and Pal Art Class, 10-11 am. Ages: 3-5. Cost: $5 per class. Share art with your young artist, explore a variety of media and build creativity through reading and art. Parents must stay with student.
March 8 & 12: Clay for Tots, 10 am-12 pm. Ages: 3-5. Cost: $25. Students learn basic hand-building skills and create a “Hairy” Harry head during the first class, then use their unique talents to paint their creation in the second class. Parent must stay with child.
March 14: Portfolio Review with PhotoSpiva 2014 juror, 10 am-12 pm and 1-3:30 pm. Cost: $25 per 15 minute private session/members $15. For students, amateurs, and professionals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1 to reserve your session. Scholarships may be available.
March 14: PhotoSpiva 2014 Awards Presentation and Juror Lecture, 7 pm. Admission: $10. Awards ceremony presents the winning competitors with cash awards ranging from $50 to $750. Dornith Doherty delivers the 2014 juror’s lecture. Call or email email@example.com.
March 24-May 19: Art Lounge, 4-7 pm. Ages: 14-18. Cost: $99 for nine sessions. Payment plan and partial scholarships available. Art Lounge is an amazing program that helps teens build knowledge as well as their portfolios. Check out artjuggler.blogspot.com for a taste! Light meal included each week.
March 29: Tie Dye Saturday, 11 am-2 pm. All ages. Cost: $5 per T-shirt. You supply the T-shirt and we supply the rest!
March 2-30: “PhotoSpiva Kids 2014,” Upstairs Gallery. Opening reception 2 pm, Sunday March 2. Thirty talented photographers, ages four through eight, greet their fans, grant media interviews, and share their artistic insights as part of their reception and awards ceremony. At least two images by each artist are printed, matted, framed and featured in the exhibit. Framed prints are available for $25, unframed prints are $10 each, and the young photographers earn 60 percent from the sale, just like their adult counterparts.
March 8-May 4: “PhotoSpiva 2014,” Main Gallery. Year 38 of Spiva’s acclaimed national photography competition presents outstanding images by amateur and professional U.S. photographers. PhotoSpiva Kids runs concurrently during March.
March 8-May 4: Natalie Wiseman: Un-still Life, Regional Gallery. Household items illustrate themes of potential, luck, and control – or the lack thereof. Wiseman’s realistic style and primary color palette depict life that is anything but still!
March 1-May 4: “Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy,” Photographs by Gordon Watkinson, 10 am-5 pm, Price Tower, 510 Dewey Avenue. A unique perspective on Bauhaus design philosophy as it relates to architecture and its relevance in today’s society. Call 918.336.4949 or visit www.pricetower.org.
March 8: Second Saturdays Jazz Night, 8-10 pm, Price Tower, 510 Dewey Avenue. Jo Hemian performs live jazz music in Copper Bar. Call 918.336.4949.
March 1-2: Silent Movie with Dennis James, 7:30 pm, Sunday matinee 2:30 pm, Coleman Theater, 103 N. Main. Dennis James returns with his famous silent film accompaniment! The 1927 film “Wings” stars Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, and Charles Rogers. Tickets: $17 adults; $14 senior citizens and students. Call 918.540.2425.
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 13: Grief Companions Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Enter through north door. Call 620.704.1110.
Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital - Carthage, MO
March Health Focus: Colorectal Cancer
Screening Kits. Cost: $3.
March 5 & 12: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Counselor, 8 am-12 pm and available from 1-5 pm by appointment. Mercy Health System certified application counselor assists with Affordable Care Marketplace insurance needs, answers questions about the Affordable Care Act, helps with filling out forms and applying on-line. For appointment, call 417.621.4140.
March 3-25: Monday and Tuesday Grief Support Group: Monday 1:30-2:30 pm; Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Free eight-week course on coping with grief continues. Materials provided. Call Chaplain Galen Snodgrass, 417.359.2636.
March 9 & 23: Spradling Family Birthing Center Open House for expectant parents, 1-3 pm. Free. Call 417.359.2600.
March 25: Diabetes Support Group, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library community room. Call 417.359.2652.
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. 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 South Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.
March 7: Free Monthly Memory Screening, first Friday of each month, 10 am-12 pm or by appointment. Compassionate Care Senior Services, 624 S. Main. Call 417.623.2447.
March 11: Brain Injury Support Group, 12-1:30 pm, Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Call 417.659.8086 or visit www.ilcenter.org.
Freeman Health System
March 4: Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 Wisconsin Avenue. Call 417.347.7850.
March 10: Prenatal Class, 6:30-9:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Class prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration required; call 417.347.6687.
March 11: Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman East lower level lobby. Call 417.347.4478.
March 12: Cancer Support Group, 2 pm, Freeman Cancer Institute downstairs conference room. Call 417.347.4029.
March 17: Freeman Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman West meeting room 3-4W, 1102 West 32nd Street. People 17 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds and have not given blood in the past eight weeks may participate in the blood drive. Call 417.347.4603.
March 17: Diabetes Support Group meets the third Monday of each month, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center conference room, 1532 West 32nd Street. Call 417.347.5831.
March 18: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, 1130 East 32nd Street. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. 417.347.7400.
March 20: Stroke Support Group, 3 pm, College View Manor, 3828 College View. Call 417.347.1234.
March 18: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30 pm. Freeman West meeting room 1W. Cost: $15. Call 417.347.6667.
March 25: Freeman Advantage Tea, 6-10 am, conference room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Annual health screening; open to the public. Call 417.347.4448.
March 27: Freeman Screen Team Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, 1130 East 32nd Street, Suite C. Appointment required; call 417.347.6555.
Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 2 pm, SWMO Community Alliance conference room, 2914 E. 32nd. 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 Healthification Team:
Every Thursday: Free Blood Pressure Checks, 10-11 am, hospital lobby. Call 417.627.8424.
Mercy Auxiliary Events:
March 6: Midnight Madness, 5 pm-midnight, Mercy Gift Shop, 2817 St. John’s Blvd.
March 18: Shoe Roads Production Shoe Sale, 12-6 pm, Mercy Hospital.
March 19: Shoe Roads Production Shoe Sale, 6 am-2 pm, Mercy Hospital.
Mercy Running Group and Walking Group - Meeting place on Wednesdays has changed to the Surgery Center Parking lot at 32nd Street and Connecticut. Bring your own water to keep hydrated! Visit the Mercy Running Group Facebook page for route updates. All co-workers and community members welcome. Wear reflective clothing and consider a headlamp or knuckle lights to be safe and visible.
Mercy Prestige Events - Call 417.625.2262
March 3: Bingo, 1 pm, Byers United Methodist Church, 1730 S. Byers. Call 417.625.2262.
March 5: Matter of Balance, 1 pm. Fall Prevention Class is full at this time.
March 6: AARP Smart Driver Class, 12:30 pm. Location?
March 11: Mercy Stitchers, 11:30 am-1 pm, Byers Avenue United Methodist Church.
March 15: Prestige Trip - Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, “Chicago.” Call 417.625.2262.
March 17: Prestige Anniversary Luncheon, 12 pm, Byers Avenue United Methodist Church.
March 27: Prestige Health Fair, 7-9:30 am, Byers Avenue United Methodist Church.
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 Street 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.
March 3: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm, NAMI building.
Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO
March 17: Diabetes Support Group, 5:30 pm, Barton County Ambulance District office meeting room, 1100 Cherry Street. Call 417.681.5107.
INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center - Grove, OK
March 13: 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 13: 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.
March 13: 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.
March 11 & 27: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays 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.
March 4: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations 4th floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.
March 6: Autism Support Group, meets the first Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street S.W., with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.
Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule
March 4: 9 am-4 pm, Dr. Bortmes, Oswego, KS
March 5: 10 am-3 pm, Walgreens, 20th & Range Line, Joplin, MO
March 6: 8 am-4 pm, Mercy Maude Norton Hospital, Columbus, KS
March 12: 8 am-12 pm, Ortho 4 States, Galena, KS
March 13, 20 & 27:
8 am-4 pm, Mercy Maude Norton Hospital,
Schedule an appointment by calling 620.429.2545 or walk on.