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Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Anderson, MO: 8 am-noon, Saturdays, Hwy 71. 417.223.8888.

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

Pittsburg, KS: 7:30 am-12 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg.

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square. www.visit-carthage.com/attraction/carthage-farmers-market.

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

Joplin, MO: 4-7 pm Thursday, Joplin Carnegie Library, 300 S. Main Street.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturday; Tuesdays TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot.

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturday, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets, downtown.

Nevada, MO: Saturdays 8-12 pm, 304 W. Austin, downtown Nevada.

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-7 pm, Thursdays 11 am-2 pm and Saturdays
9 am-noon. In the pavilion at Main Street.

Columbus, KS

May 6: Miss Columbus/Miss Teen Tasting Bee, 11 am-2 pm, 320 E. Maple, community building. Sample dishes and recipes that will appear in the 2016 Miss Columbus cookbook. Call 316.250.3782.

May 12: Fire up for Fireworks, 11 am-1 pm, Maple UnCommon Hotel, 120 E. Maple. Get a hamburger, large hot dog or sausage with chips and drink for $6. Proceeds go toward the purchase of fireworks for 4th of July. Call 620.429.1492.

May 21: AYRA Rodeo, 5 pm, Columbus Saddle Club arena. S. Park Avenue.

Franklin, KS

May 2-June 25: Miners Hall Museum, Cultivating Change, Monday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm at the Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway St. History of farming and tractors in Southeast Kansas hosted by the Southeast Kansas Old Time Engine & Tractor Club. Learn about the world of tractors on Southeast Kansas farms. Call 620.347.4220.

May 22: Miners Hall Museum, Small Engine Demonstration, 2 pm. Small engine demonstration with the FFA at the Miners Hall Museum. Call 620.347.4220.

Pittsburg, KS

April 23: The Colonial Fox Theatre Presents: The Way Down Wanderers. Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, five-piece modern folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. For more information, visit: https://www.colonialfox.org.

April 30: Get Busy Livin’ Dylan Meier Foundation, Hutchinson Football Field. 5k and Friendship 1m walk. For more information, visit www.getbusylivin.org/gbl5k/ or email getbusylivinfoundation@gmail.com.

April 30: Big Bang Rockfest. All proceeds collected from the 7th annual event funds the 2016 Pittsburg fireworks display. A $10 wristband gets you into all four bars. Support local artists and a great cause! Visit www.facebook.com/bigbangrockfest/timeline.

May 6-7: Pittsburg State University Spring Commencement, 5 pm. Pittsburg State University conducts its annual spring commencement ceremonies at the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education building. College of Education will follow at 8 pm. Saturday the Kelce College of Business, including the College of Arts and Sciences, departments of Art, Communication, History, Philosophy and Social Sciences will start at 9:30 am. The College of Arts and Sciences departments not previously listed will follow at 12 pm.

May 7: O.K. Kid’s Day, 8 am-2 pm, Lakeside Park. Sponsored by the Kansas Wildscape Foundation and many others. Designed to get families outdoors and active, fishing derby, canoeing, bounce houses, sidewalk chalk, bike rodeo, archery and many more outdoor games, free. Call 620.231.8310.

Anderson, MO

May 7: Old Timers Day, sponsored by SWC Commercial Club. Call 417.436.2368.

May 20: Berry Glow, 6-10 pm. 5k Night Run. New this year is a block party near the finish line with a DJ and dancing! 417.436.2368.

May 21: Berry Festival, 8 am-5 pm, Town Hole Park. Celebrate the heritage of the strawberry industry, Little Miss Strawberry Pageant, great arts and crafts, food, entertainment and an afternoon full of bluegrass.Call 417.845.6939.

Carl Junction, MO

April 30: Carl Junction Spring City Wide Sale. Sales in every neighborhood. Free maps of sale addresses available at Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce businesses.

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

May 10: Carl Junction Area of Commerce Building Dedication, 11 am, 205 N. Main.

Carthage, MO

Route 66 Drive-in Theatre. Dusk Friday-Sunday evenings, 1731 Old 66 Boulevard. Adults $7, children 6-12 $3, ages 5 and under free. Call 417.359.5959 or visit www.66drivein.com.

May-September: Vintage Fashion, Powers Museum, 1617 Oak Street. “Fashionable Ladies of Carthage: Fashion Selections from the Collections,” Tuesday through Saturday noon-4 pm, fourth Sunday of each month from 1:30-4 pm. Free but donations are encouraged. Call 417.237.0456 or visit www.powersmuseum.org.

May 7: City Wide Garage Sale, dawn; area sales throughout the city. Call 417.358.2191.

May 14: Farm Girl Fest Spring Show, 10 am-6 pm, Kendrick Place. Crafts, food, bluegrass music, hay rides, face painting, storytelling, petting zoo, pie-eating contest at 1 pm and games. Free. Call 417.793.9154.

May 27: Carthage Historic Artwalk, 6 pm. Music and food are complimentary at many of the galleries and the art is not to be missed. Many galleries offer Art Show Specials to patrons of the arts. Bring the kids and let them explore their imagination. Live music and special activities will be set up around the square. Call 417.359.8181.

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.

April 30: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1 pm. Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers.

May 1: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1 pm. Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers.

May 7 & 8: Carver and Chemurgy. In a study called chemurgy, George Washington Carver created an interesting array of by-products from such agricultural plants as peanuts, soybeans, cowpeas and cotton. Visitors will learn the “why” behind these creative synthetic products and how his work has impacted society.

May 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.

May 21: Centennial Bioblitz, 9 am-4 pm. To  celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and all the species it protects, visitors are invited to join in simultaneous Bioblitz surveys across the National Park Service. This information collected across the NPS will electronically feed into the agency system in Washington, D.C., highlighting the biodiversity discovery.

May 21: Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge University, 9:30 am-3 pm. This youth initiative with Boy Scouts will provide instruction in orienteering, citizenship in the community, American heritage, soil and water conservation, and gardening merit badges.

May 28 & 29: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1 pm. George Washington Carver was a teacher, friend and mentor to many young men who faithfully carried on his work. Visitors learn of the treasured relationships Carver had with “his boys” and students at Tuskegee.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Show your gym membership card to get half off admission. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foozball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360, food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.

May 7: McAuley Catholic High School Annual Theatre Art’s Night, 7 pm, McAuley Catholic High School multi-purpose room, 930 Pearl Ave. A reception will follow for the cast and audience. Call 417.624.9320.

May 7: Camptastic, 12-4 pm, Camp Mintahama. RSVP for directions. Camp fun for all girls in grades K-5. Learn archery, explore Mintahama Program Center, experience outdoor activities, scavenger hunt, play games, hike, sing camp songs, learn outdoor skills and try a tasty camp snack. $17, includes annual Girl Scout membership, activities and snack. Call 877.312.4764, x 1205.

May 13, 14 & 15: 10th Annual Spring Rock Swap, 9 am-5 pm, Joplin Museum Complex. To reserve space, contact the Joplin Museum Complex 417.623.1180 or joplinmuseum@sbcglobal.net.

May 19: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

May 20: Joplin Memorial Kids Race, 6 pm, Memorial Hall,. One mile running, walking, skipping are all permitted. A parent can run with their child for no cost. For more info, visit the Joplin Memorial Marathon website.

May 21: Joplin Memorial Marathon, 6:30 am, Memorial Hall at 8th & Joplin. The Joplin Memorial Marathon was created as a way to honor the 161 people who lost their lives in the May 22, 2011, tornado and to provide hope to the Joplin community while at the same time staging a first-class event. Half marathon and full marathon starts at 6:30 am and 5k starts at 6:45 am. For more time and cost details, visit http://joplinmemorialmarathon.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Open Wednesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. Wildcat Park and nature trails open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk. All programs are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Dr., Suite A, Joplin. Programs require pre-registration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.

Preschool Nature Connections

May 11 & May 14: Bird Bonanza, May 11, 1-2 pm, Saturday 10-11 am, age: 3-6 years accompanied by adult, $5 per child members. Spring means a bonanza of new birds are here! Many of our feathered friends, like the hummingbird, have just returned from their wintering grounds. Learn about their amazing migration and the hazards they face in a game of migration headache! Take a bird hike and make a fun birdie craft. Each child will also take home a bird house kit that adults can help them put together. Pre-registration may be done in person, via wildcatglades@audubon.org or by calling 417.782.6287.

May 21: Yoga in Nature, 9-10 am. All ages welcome. Cost: $3 per person members, $6 per person non-members. Enjoy exercising at your own level beside beautiful Shoal Creek with instructor Donna Bowman. Pre-registration may be done in person, via wildcatglades@audubon.org or by calling 417.782.6287.

May 28:  Native Plant Sale, 8:30 am-2 pm. Purchase beautiful and beneficial native plants for all areas of your landscape from the Missouri Wildflower Nursery. You can be guaranteed to get the plants you want by placing your order with the nursery at least a week before and they will deliver it here on the 23. Go to mowildflowers.net to view their catalog and place pre-orders. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Audubon Center. Pre-registration may be done in person, via wildcatglades@audubon.org or by calling 417.782.6287.

Lamar, MO

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

May 7: Truman Day 2016, 9 am-3 pm, downtown. Fifty vendors, reenactments, games and entertainment, baby show, motorcycle show. Call 417.682.3595.

Monett, MO

April 30: City-Wide Garage Sale. First rays of sunlight peek over the horizon and will end when the last item is sold. The Chamber will produce a guide along with a city map. Call 417.235.7919.

May 5: Prayer Breakfast, 7 am, YMCA. Join the community in celebrating the National Day of Prayer with a guest speaker and musical entertainment. RSVP to the Chamber office beforehand and call for any questions. 417.235.7919.

May 4 & 18: Barry-Lawrence Toastmasters, 12-1 pm, Monett Chamber Board Room. First and third Wednesday of each month, improve your speaking skills and allow you to connect with community members. Call 417.235.7919.

Neosho, MO

May 7: Dr. John H. Galey Art and Music Festival, 2-8 pm, One 14 Coffee Bar (114 Wood). Artists and community are collaborating to host a day of multi-media celebration, remembrance, creativity and culture, artwork, live outdoor and indoor music, patio lunch, drinks and fun. Call 417.455.2739.

May 7: LJ Jenkins Bull Riding Event, 7 pm, Crowder College Roughrider Arena. Cowboy chuck wagon bean feed dinner, full concession, $10 adults, $8 kids. Call 417.455.5720.

May 7: Car & Bike Cruise Night, 3-7 pm, historic Neosho square. Call 417.451.1925.

May 20: Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum, 10:15, Crowder College, Neosho, 601 Laclede. $12 includes brunch. Register online at www.neoshocc.com or call 417.451.1925.

Pineville, MO

May 28: History Live Celebration, 10 am-2 pm, historic courthouse square. Music at the bandstand, food at the cook shack, old-fashioned pie auction, demonstration of heritage crafts, a Doug Hall print drawing, and the season opening of the Courthouse Museum, featuring a new traveling exhibit, “100 Years of Fashion.” Call 417.223.3593.

Webb City, MO

May 5: Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, 7:30 am, Route 66 Events Center, cost $10. RSVP 417.673.1154 or e-mail gwen@webbcitychamber.com.

May 6 & 7: Citywide Garage Sale, dawn. Maps in the May 4 edition of the Wise Buyer. Call 417.673.2421.

May 14: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5-8 pm, downtown. Antiques, classic cars and more. Trophies will be awarded. Call 417.673.1154.

May 15: Chamber Night at the Ballpark, 2 pm, Hammons Field, Springfield. Sponsored by C & M Machining. Call 417.673.1154.

May 20: Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum, 10:15 am, Crowder College, Neosho, 601 Laclede. $10 includes brunch. RSVP 417.673.1154 or e-mail leeann@webbcitychamber.com.

May 30: Mount Hope Day Ceremony, 11am, Mount Hope Cemetery, 3700 N. Range Line Road. Laying of a wreath at each of the five military services, Honor Guard 21-gun salute, Taps played by Bugles Across America, bagpiper will be on the grounds to provide music, hot dogs and soft drinks will be provide free. Discounts on cemetery services will be offered. WWII vintage aircraft will do a fly over and then circle back and do a missing man formation fly over at noon. VFW selling poppies, Civil Air Patrol is helping, Call 417.673.1590.

Dewey, OK

June 4: 25th Annual Dewey Antique Show, 8 am-5 pm, Washington County Fair Building, $4 admission. Something for the new or seasoned collector. 106 booths from six states. Country, Western, retro, vintage, cottage, advertising, door prizes, lunch available. Call 918.440.5200.

Grove, OK

May 1 & 2: Har-Ber Village Museum Farm and Agriculture Days, 9 am-5 pm, Har-Ber Village, 4404 West 20th St. Demonstrations of a wide range of crafts and trades related to farm life including sheep shearing, spinning and weaving, woodcarving, grain grinding, blacksmithing, fence building, butter churning and washboard laundry. Participate in a special May Pole celebration. Free with admission to Har-Ber Village (adults 14-62, $10; seniors 63+, $7.50; students ages 6-13, $5; under 6, free. Family rate $30 for two adults and up to five students). Call 918.786.6446.


Cultural Arts and Entertainment


Carthage, MO

April 29-May 15: artCentral presents “Emerging Artists,” Hyde House, 1110 E. Thirteenth. A mixed media exhibition featuring scherenschnitte artworks by Katie Watson and photography by Maddie Capps. Opening reception 6-8 pm, Friday, April 29 at Hyde House. Public is invited. Free. Donations accepted. Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday, 12-5 pm; Sunday, 1-5 pm. All other days call 417.358.4404 to schedule a visit.

May 13-15 & 20-22: The Fox on the Fairway, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd. Doors open 6 pm, show starts 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee: doors open 12:30 pm, show 2 pm. Ticket prices: $26 for adults, $23 for seniors (55 and up).

Joplin, MO

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


May: Artwork by Josie Mai, Post Art Library, 300 South Main Street.

Through May: Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) Group Show, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Artwork by JRAC members Diana Bray, Cheryl Church and Christina Lorenzen. For more information, email joplinrac@gmail.com.

May 28-June 17: ART BABBLE, Jorge Leyva Studio, 1305 E. Vandalia St. See new artwork by Bill Perry, John Gray, Margie Moss, Jorge Leyva, Matt Myers and Rebecca Perry. By appointment only. Email jorgeleyvastudio@gmail.com or call 417.483.9490.


April 29: Staged Reading Performing – Huis Clos (No Exit), 7 pm at MSSU Bud Walton Theatre. Staged reading performance of Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist play Huis Clos. Advanced MSSU French students will present this reading free to the public (in both French and English).

May 5: TJ Family Theater: Popovich Pet Theater, 3:30 pm at the TJ Concert Hall. This family-oriented blend of unique comedy and pet stunts will be a hit with your entire family. Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich has been performing for more than 30 years and brings his award-winning act and more than 30 of his talented performing pets to TJ for this afternoon of magic, comedy and fun.

May 7: Pro Musica presents Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play (Jazz), 7:30 pm, Ozark Christian College. Triple Play is the name given to three outstanding and versatile musicians, Peter Madcat Ruth (on harmonica, guitar, jaw harp, percussion and vocals), Joel Brown (folk and classical acoustic guitar and vocals) and Chris Brubeck (electric bass, bass trombone, piano and vocals).

May 10: Crowder Jazz Band, 7:30 pm, Midtown Pizza Kitchen. Enjoy a free concert by the Crowder Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Todd J. Hastings.

May 12-22: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents Emma, Thursday–Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm. Emma is Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece. Seating is general admission and tickets may be purchased exclusively at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.

May 17: Menopause The Musical, 7:30 pm, MSSU’s Taylor Auditorium. Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. Tickets: $29-$75.

May 25-29: Joplin Little Theatre presents One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm Sunday matinee. A man pretending to be crazy to get out of prison work detail finds himself in a mental ward. In trying to liven the place up and shake up the institution, he butts heads with the chief nurse at every turn in this classic. Adults: $13; student/senior: $11; children under 12: $5.


May 3: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun!

May 5: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process and all art will be for sale.

May 12:  Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. Open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

May 15: Joplin Art Reading Group, 7 pm, Instant Karma. The first book the group will read is Why Art Cannot Be Taught by James Elkins. Ask to join the group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/446118642258571/?notif_t=group_r2j_approved.

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


April  30: The Art of Colored Pencils, 11 am–noon, Rose Gallery of Fine Art. Learn basic techniques in using colored pencils. Cost: $15 per session, plus the one-time cost of supplies, open to ages 18 and older. Space is limited, pre-enrollment advised. Call 417.623.1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com.

May 14: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Outer Space Exploration (Grades K-5), 9-11:30 am, St. Paul’s Preschool. Spend Second Saturdays getting creative with Art Feeds Joplin! Workshops held at the St. Paul’s Awesome Adventure Preschool and led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. $25 preregistration – artfeedsjoplin2ndsaturday.eventbrite.com.

May 14 & 28: The Art of Colored Pencils, 11 am-noon, Rose Gallery of Fine Art. This is a beginning class for anyone wanting to expand sketching styles, improve work in adult coloring books or just learn a new medium. Cost: $15 per session, plus the one-time cost of supplies. Ages 18 and older. Space is limited, pre-enrollment advised. For the supply list and to pre-enroll, call 417.623.1065 or email rosefineartgallery@gmail.com.

Recurring Classes:

Crackpot Pottery & Studio: 3820 E. 20th, Joplin, MO

Tuesdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 11 am-2 pm or 6-9 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). For more info and registration: 417.623.1455.

Wednesdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 10 am–noon or 6-9 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). $165 for the two-hour course. For more info and registration:  417.623.1455.

Thursdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Class, 10 am-1 pm or 6-9 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Have a project in mind? Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. No membership fee required. Cost: $225 (for 8-week course). For more info and registration: 417.623.1455.

Saturdays: Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio Drop-In Class, 10 am–noon. Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required. For more info and registration: 417.623.1455.

Phoenix Fired Art:

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

Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30 am–noon. Get your hands dirty and see if clay is something you’d like to explore further. All skill levels welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix members; $35 for non-members (plus clay and firing).

Open Studios:

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

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


420 S. Main Street. Discover your inner artist! No experience required. Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Each class is a different piece of artwork. Materials provided: 16”x 20” canvas, paints, brushes, easels, aprons and cash bar. Instructed Classes, $35/painter is ages 13 and up, must be 21 and older to drink alcohol. Walk-In Open Studios, $25/painter are an all-ages, non-instructed time from 1-4 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays with Wine-Down Wednesdays from 1-9 pm. All Ages Family Paint allows all ages to paint with family and friends, $25 for children under 13 and receive an 11”x14” canvas, $35 for 13+ and receive a 16”x20” canvas. Call 417.680.5434 or www.rsvpaint.com.

April 29: 7-9 pm - “Love Nest” Date Night Diptych
April 30: 1-3 pm - All Ages Family Paint “Jazzy Piano Keys”

May 2: 7-9 pm - “Sugar Skull”
May 3: 7-9 pm - “Chevron Hearts”
May 4: 1-9 pm - Wine Down Wednesday
May 5: 7-9 pm - “Abstract Daisy”
May 6: 7-9 pm - Wine Glass Decorating Party
May 7: 1-3 pm - All Ages Family Paint, Mommy and Me diptych, “Kindred Trees”
May 7: 7-9 pm -”Stealing Kisses” Date Night Diptych 
May 9: 7-9 pm - “Fiery Trees”
May 10: 7-9 pm - “Route 66”
May 11: 1-9 pm - Wine Down Wednesday
May 12: 7-9 pm - “Palm Tree Sunset”
May 13: 7-9 pm - “Canoe For Two” Date Night Diptych
May 14: 1-3 pm - All Ages Family Paint, “Birds on a Wire”
May 14: 7-9 pm - “Kandinsky’s Circles”
May 16: 6:30-9:30 pm - “Paint Your Pet”
May 17: 1-3 pm -  “Life Aquatic”
May 18: 1-9 pm - Wine Down Wednesday
May 19: 7-9 pm - Third Thursday Art Festival
May 20: 7-9 pm - “Pecking Order” Date Night Diptych
May 21: 1-3 pm - Closed for Private Party
May 21: 7-9 pm - “My Anchor”
May 23: 7-9 pm - “Fireflies”
May 24: 7-9 pm - “Glowing Trees” Date Night Diptych
May 25: 1-9 pm - Wine Down Wednesday
May 26: 7-9 pm - “Juniper Pearl”
May 27: 7-9 pm - “Koi” Date Night Diptych
May 28: 1-3 pm - All Ages Family Paint, “Swirly Tree”
May 28: 7-9 pm - “Swooned Swans” Date Night Diptych
May 30: 7-9 pm - “Made In America”
May 31: 7-9 pm - “Summers Eve”

Spiva Center for the Arts

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


Mondays: Art Lounge, 4:30-7:30 pm. Ages: 14-18. Cost $105 for nine weeks; payment plan available with minimum $30 down. Find out what it really takes to get into a college art program and succeed. Class fee includes light meal. Partial scholarships available.

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

Wednesdays: Preschooler and Pal Art Class (ages 3-5), 10:30-11:30 am. Share art with your young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist and sculpture. Build their creativity through reading and art. Adult must stay with child. Register early as space is limited to eight children. $6/class.

Thursdays: Young Painter (ages 6-12), 3:45-5:15 pm. Artist and instructor Amber Mintert teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash and detailing in this fun introductory painting class. $11/class.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making® with Jesse McCormick, 10 am-12 pm. Free. An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. For more information or to register, call Lisa Thompson at the Alzheimer’s Association, 417.886.2199.


May 14-July 3: Matt Dehaemers: Fusing–Grafting–Melding. In 2011, the Kansas City artist helped create a fundraiser for Joplin artists affected by the May tornado. Five years later, Dehaemers’ 3-D work alludes to resiliency, adaptation and the delicate balance between man-made and natural environments.

May 14-July 3: Dear World Revisited. An abridged look at Robert X. Fogarty’s 2012 photographic exhibition, Dear World, From Joplin With Love. A number of the original portraits and narratives will be accompanied by links to present-day recorded stories to update viewers on the lives of Joplin residents affected by the May 2011 tornado.


May 7: Mother’s Day Madness, Mess, & Memories with Sarah Serio (Ages 5+), 1-3pm. Moms, daughters, sons and grandmas come get messy, let loose and laugh in this Jackson Pollock-inspired painting class. Throw paint, squirt paint and fling it! Pre-registration is required; all materials provided. Cost: $15 ($15 for parent/guardian and first child, $5 for each additional child). Call 417.623.0183 to register.

May 14 & 15: May Mosaic Mirrors with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+). May 14 from 1-3 pm and May 15 from 3-5 pm. In this two-day class, learn the techniques to create a beautiful glass mosaic mirror with glass artist and instructor Jane McCaulley. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and feel free to bring your own safety glasses or borrow a pair. Space is limited to 12 students; pre-registration is required. Cost: $40. Call 417.623.0183 to register.

May 21 & 22: Beginner Basket Making with Sarah Craker-Nedwed (Ages 14+), 1-3 pm each day. Two-part class is a great introduction to basket construction and techniques for making various basket types. Please wear jeans or dark-colored pants, bring hand lotion (basket reed will be damp and can be rough on skin and light colored fabric). Each student may also bring decorative yarn, rope or fiber to decorate their basket; all other materials provided. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Cost: $40. Call 417.623.0183 to register.

Art Parties For All Ages at Spiva!

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

Pittsburg, KS

May 4: USD 250 Feast and Follies, 6 pm, Memorial Auditorium. Special event helps fund PHS student scholarships and teacher grants. Student- and alumni-supported auction and cocktail reception, dinner at 7 pm, the scholarship presentation and variety show at 8 pm, and a coffee and dessert social to follow. Tickets may be purchased at www.usd250foundation.org.


Health Events


Galena, KS

May 3: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line). 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

May 12: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West.  Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS

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

Pittsburg, KS

May 25: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital - Carthage, MO

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

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

May 24: Diabetes Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every fourth Tuesday of each month, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. 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.

May 10: Brain Injury Support Group, meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Call 417.659.8086 or visit www.ilcenter.org.

May 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.

Freeman Health System

May 3: Cooking with Susan, 11:30 am, Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute conference room, 1102 W. 32nd St. Join Susan Pittman, Freeman diabetes education coordinator, cooking tips. $5. Call 417.347.5837.

May 3: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, first Tuesday of each month at All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Dr. Open to breast cancer patients, newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

May 3: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, first Tuesday of the month at Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Call 417.347.7850.

May 3: Freeman Friends & Family CPR, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Suite C, 1130 E. 32nd St. First Tuesday of every month. Sign up at freemanhealth.com under classes and events. Fee: $15. Call 417.347.4448.

May 4, 10 and 26: Spotlight on Orthopaedics, 11:30 am May 4; 11 am May 10; 10:30 am May 26, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Three sessions focused on caring for your shoulders, hips and knees. Call 417.347.5837.

May 5: Freeman Early Detection Screening, 8 am-5 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C. Fee: Varies. Screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, stroke/carotid artery screenings and osteoporosis risk assessment. Call 417.347.6555.

May 5: Sibling Class, 6:30-8 pm, Freeman West, 1102 W. 32nd Street. This class will help your other child or children adapt to changes that will occur with having a new brother or sister. Call 417.347.6687.

May 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.

May 10: Freeman Striders, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall. Striders is designed to fit schedule. Walk anytime, anywhere – log the distance and turn in your walking card at Northpark Mall the second Tuesday of each month or mail it to the Advantage office. Call 417.347.5837.

May 10: Free Blood Pressure Checks, 7:30-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, blood pressure checks on the second Tuesday of every month. Freeman Advantage will also be on hand to provide information about wellness program for older adults. 417.347.5837.

May 10: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Call 417.347.1266.

May 10: Freeman Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, second Tuesday of each month at Freeman Hospital East, 1st Floor Lobby, 932 E. 34th St. Open discussion led by Freeman Social Worker Julie Matchell. Call 417.347.5876.

May 11: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, second Wednesday of each month at Freeman Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call 417.347.4036.

May 12: Advantage Matinee, 2 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Join Advantage members and view The Intern. Contact Freeman Advantage at 417.347.5837 to reserve your space.

May 16: Type 2 Diabetes Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center, First Floor conference room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Interesting speakers address a variety of topics. Call 417.347.5700.

May 17: Menopause the Musical, 7:30 pm, Taylor Performing Arts Center, MSSU. A portion of the proceeds benefits Freeman Women’s Health Fund. Order at www.shofarconcerts.com and use the promo code FREEMAN to save $5 on every ticket purchased.

May 17: Neosho Advantage HealthWISE, 1:30 pm, New Mac Electric,100521 Highway 86, Neosho. Entertainment, speakers and refreshments,  get  blood pressure checked. Open to  public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit freemanhealth.com/advantage.

May 17: Freeman Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Third Tuesday of every month. Call 417.347.1266.

May 17: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. Third Tuesday of every month. Call 417.347.7400.

May 17: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30-7:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W, 1102 W. 32nd St. 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.

May 18: Senior Prom – One Enchanted Afternoon, 11:30 am-2 pm, Butcher’s Block Event Center, 499 W. Fountain Rd. Tickets are $7. Call 417.347.5837.

May 19: Stroke Support Group, 3-4 pm, every third Thursday, Freeman’s Sports Complex, 2206 E. 32nd St. Open to public,  guest speaker RN Gwynn Caruthers to discuss the importance of open dialogue with physicians and family regarding medical decisions. Call 417.347.4546.

May 24: Freeman Advantage AARP Smart Driver Course: 12-4:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. The body changes as we age and those changes can affect our driving ability. Learn how our bodies, the roads, laws and vehicles impact you to drive longer and safer. Call 417.347.5837.

May 24: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 5:30 pm, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Call 417.347.1266.

May 25: National Senior Health and Fitness Day, 4-6:30 pm, Joplin Family Y South, 3404 McIntosh Circle. Vendor booths, play bingo and participate in available fitness classes. Enjoy prizes and refreshments.

May 26: Springfield Cardinals Game, leaves Freeman East at 4:15 pm. Join Freeman Advantage as we watch  Springfield Cardinals play the Midland Rockhounds from the Redbird Roost. $60 includes transportation, ticket to game, all-you-can-eat buffet and gratuity. Call 417.347.5837.

May 31: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10-11:30 am (9:30 am social time), Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Enjoy entertainment, speakers and refreshments and get your blood pressure checked. Open to public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit freemanhealth.com/advantage.

Freeman Advantage Trips: Find out more about our upcoming trips,  Fort Smith, Arkansas, June 21; New Theatre in Kansas City August 31; Christmas in St. Louis December 3-5; Black Hills and Badlands, fall 2016; and Hawaii Land and Cruise, winter 2017. Call 417.347.5837.

Mercy Hospital - Support Groups

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

May 10: Bariatric Support Group, meets second Monday of month, 5:30-7:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2915.

May 11: Cancer Caregiver Support Group, meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

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

May 16: Four States Stroke Support Group, meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Email Kevin.Woods@Mercy.net.

May 24: Diabetes Support Group. Meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library Community Room, 612 S. Garrison. Call 417.359.1359.

May 25: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Women’s, meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

May 25: Grief Support Group, 2-3 pm, meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, Mercy Hospital Carthage Chapel. Free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. Call 417.556.2472.

Mercy Auxiliary

May 16-17: Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale, 8 am-4 pm, Mercy Conference Center, Mercy Hospital Joplin.

Mercy Sisters Health Boutique Joplin Events: 417.556.2605

May 3: Look Good Feel Better, Sisters Health Boutique. Call to register. Seating is limited.

May 24: Sisters Health Boutique, 10 am-3 pm. A Fit Event with American Breast Care. Appointments appreciated; call 417.556.2605.

Mercy Joplin Gift Shop

May 5-8: Mother’s Day weekend sale at Mercy Gift Shop.  20% off most items in the gift shop. Free gift wrap. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neosho, MO

May 23: Alzheimer & Dementia Support Group, meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

May 3: NRMC Auxiliary Tupperware Sale, 8 am-3 pm, Mezzanine Conference Room.

May 11: Blood Drive Wednesday, 1-5 pm, Moore-Few Community Room.

May 16: Free Skin Cancer Screening, 1-3 pm, Mezzanine Conference Room.

May 17 & 19, 21: Child Birth and Breastfeeding Class, Tuesday/Thursday, May 17 & 19: 6-8:30 pm and Saturday, May 21: 8 am-12:30 pm, 3rd floor classroom medical arts building.

May 18: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center, 301 N. Main Street. Call 417.667.5847.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

May 12: Low Vision Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

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

Miami, OK

May 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.

May 12: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK - For more information please visit: www.integrisok.com/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.

May 3: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

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