What's Happening in the Ozarks!
Calendar of Events
December 6: First Friday, 5-8 pm, Downtown Square. Theme: Bentonville in Toyland with Wal-Mart toy vendors showcasing new toys. Great food, live music, children’s activities, gallery openings and more. Call 479.254.0254.
December 7, 14 and 21: Movie Nights at Lawrence Plaza:
6:30 pm. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for movies displayed on a
December 7: A Christmas Carol
December 14: Jack Frost
December 21: The Santa Clause
December - January 20: Ice Rink at Lawrence Plaza, $5 per session or $3 per session with own skates. Visit www.bentonvillear.com or call 479.464.7275.
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: Farmers Market,
December 6: First Thursday, 5 pm, Downtown Square. Art walk, live music, charity beer garden, free access to visual and performing art. Visit www.firstthursdayfayetteville.com.
Every Saturday and Wednesday: Farmers Market, 7 am-1 pm, Frisco Park.
Every Saturday: Pickin’ in the Park, 6 pm, Frisco Park, Downtown Rogers. Visit www.rogerslowell.com/events.
December 6-8: Frisco Station Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair, Saturday 10 am-8 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm, 100 Dixieland. Call 479.872.9917.
December 20: Third Friday Art Walk, 5-9 pm, Historic Downtown Rogers. Music, food, businesses
open late. Visit
December 6 & 20: Christmas at The Woodshed, 7:30 pm, inside Cherry’s Art Emporium on the Square. Live music from two bands. $5 admission. Call 417.358.2707.
December 12: Canvas and Cocktails, 6 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium on the Square. Art lessons and cocktails. Call 417.358.2707.
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.
December 1: The Life and the Legacy; Booker T. Washington,
December 7: Holiday Open House, 1-3 pm. The park staff and volunteers invite the public to a holiday celebration of seasonal music, interpretive programs, and refreshments.
December 14-15: History of the Carver Family Cemetery, 1 pm. Join a park ranger at the Carver family cemetery to rediscover the history of some of the families buried there. Enjoy an afternoon learning about the Diamond Grove community.
December 21-22: George Washington Carver; An Uncommon Way, 1 pm. This 50-minute film documentary produced by Franklin Springs Family Media chronicles Carver’s amazing journey from seeking an education to becoming a household name.
December 28-29: The Tuskegee Airmen, 1 pm. In 1941, with the world at war, a select group of African Americans made their way to Tuskegee, Alabama with dreams of becoming the first black fighter pilots in the country. This documentary explores the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.
November 30: Joplin Museum Complex Train Show,
Every Tuesday: Four States Christian Singles, 6 pm, Ryan’s Steakhouse, 510 Rangeline. Call 620.423.9506.
December 6: Joplin Woman’s Club, 12 pm, Twin Hills Golf and Country Club. Style show by Upstairs Boutique. Contact Lorraine Whittington, 417.623.3290.
December 8: Worldwide Candle Light, 7 pm, Community of Christ Church, 1212 Goetz Blvd. Bereaved Parents of the Four States will hold a candle lighting ceremony in memory of all children who have died. The public is welcome. Candles provided. Call 417.673.8513.
December 11: Get Acquainted Coffee, 9:30 am, at the home of a member. Call 620.674.1070 or
417.673.0220, or visit
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.
December 7: Discover Winter Birds and Bird Feeding, 9-11 am. All ages welcome - suggested ages: 7+, Cost: $6 per person members; $12 per person nonmembers. Many winter guests are beginning to arrive at our feeders. Do you know who they are? We’ll begin indoors learning basic bird ID techniques, some of our common winter birds, and ways to attract winter guests to your yard. We’ll also learn about critical issues affecting birds and what can be done to help them, including participation in citizen science bird counts and other projects. Following a discussion of how to use binoculars, we’ll head outdoors for a chance to see and hear birds on a short, easy hike through the park. For one day only, participants can receive 15% off their purchase of bird feeders, nest boxes, and roosting boxes.
December 14: Clever Coyotes, Preschool Nature Connections, 10-11 am. Ages: 3-6. Cost: $5 per person members, $10 per person non-members. According to Native American legend, Coyote is quite the trickster. Learn more about this clever Missouri canine through stories, games, and a walk outside. We will have a howling good time!
December 21: National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, 8 am-1 pm. All ages welcome - suggested ages 7+. Free. Sponsored by Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter. We’ll meet at the Center, team up with experienced birders, and set out to count as many birds as we can! The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends. Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a lot of fun!
December 26: Fourth Thursday Music/Food on the Square,
December 2: Monett Senior Citizen’s Center Monthly Dance, 7-10 pm, 415 Dairy Street. $3 admission. Call 417.235.3285.
December 3: Ladies Night, 6-8 pm, Race Brothers Farm & Home, 210 South HWY 37. Join Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks for Ladies Night; enjoy refreshments and live auction. All proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. Call 417.862.3838.
December 1-22: Woolaroc Fall/Winter Schedule, 10-5 pm, 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Mountain Man Camp closed for the season. Animal Barn open weekends. Call 918.336.0307 or visit www.woolaroc.org.
December 7: Miami Business Expo & Rotary Club Breakfast, 8 am. This free expo offers a chance to see what products and services are available from the local businesses. The Rotary Club also hosts their annual pancake breakfast. Tickets will be available at the door or through any Rotary Club member. Contact Miami Area Economic Development Service (MAEDS) 918.542.8405.
December 12: Mel Tillis and Pam Tillis Christmas Show, 7 pm, Buffalo Run Casino, Indoor Peoria Showplace. Premium tickets $35; reserved tickets $30. Call Buffalo Run Casino box office, 918.542.7141, ext 2200.
November 23-December 30: Twin Bridges Park of Lights
December 7: Miami Business Expo & Rotary Pancake Feed at Miami Civic Center
December 7: Miami Route 66 Christmas Parade, Downtown Miami, 6 pm.
December 5-8: “A Christmas Carol” presented by Miami Little Theatre at the Coleman Theatre
December 13-14: “It’s a Wonderful Life” Classic Movie at the Coleman Theatre
December 21: Tulsa Praise Orchestra at the Coleman Theatre
January 17: Jana Kramer at Buffalo Run Casino, 8 pm Doors Open.
January 24: Love and Theft at Buffalo Run Casino, 8 pm Doors Open
January 23-25: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College High School Basketball Tournament
December 6: Grand Lake O The Cherokee Quilt Guild, 10 am, Grove Community Center. Call 918.786.9079.
December 14: Christmas Parade, 11 am, downtown. One of the largest daytime parades in the state. Live music, food, and festivities. Call 479.254.0254.
December 1-January 15: White Flight at The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest
Thousands of white butterflies are living snowflakes amid a rainforest
of twinkling lights. Call 417.332.2231 or visit
December 1-31: Branson Area Festival of Lights, dusk-11 pm, Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Roark Valley Road. Spectacular one-mile drive illuminated by more than 175 displays. Family vehicles $15; family season pass $25; mini coaches, church vans and limos $30; motor coaches $55. Call 417.334.4084, ext. 338.
December 1-31: Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights - The historic 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Ride Inspiration Tower’s glass elevators for a Santa’s-eye view of the lights. Call 800.785.1550.
December 8: 65th Annual Branson Adoration Parade, Historic Downtown Branson. One of the largest and most popular Christmas holiday events in the Ozarks begins at 3:30 pm with activities and entertainment followed by the parade at 5:30 pm. Call 417.334.4084.
December 31: New Year’s Eve Cruise on the Landing Princess,
Carl Junction, MO
December 8: Christmas Parade, 2:30 pm, Downtown. Call 417.649.8846.
December 1- 8: Mt. Moriah Lights, 5:30-9:30 pm, Friday-Sunday, Mt. Moriah, 15506 Nutmeg Road. Park and enjoy over 50,000 lights programmed to six different Christmas songs. Visit www.mtmoriahlights.weebly.com.
December 1-21: Christmas at the Chapel, Precious Moments Chapel, 9 am-5 pm, Friday and Saturday until 8 pm. Call 800.543.7975 or visit www.preciousmomentschapel.org.
December 1- 26: Way of Salvation Light Display, 5:30-10 pm, Thursday-Sunday, CMC Complex, 1900 Grand. Drive through beautiful mile-long light display featuring biblical scenes and more. Call 417.359.8181.
December 2: Christmas Open House - Shop Carthage merchants for all your holiday needs. Call 417.358.2373.
December 2: Mayor’s Tree Lighting, 6 pm, Jasper County Courthouse. Call 417.358.2373.
December 2: Carthage Christmas Parade, 7 pm, Historic Carthage Square. Santa is the guest of honor. Call 417.359.8181.
December 4-21: Christmas Cards and Decorations of the ’40s, ’50s & ’60s, 11 am-4 pm, Wednesday-Saturday, Powers Museum, 1617 Oak. Call 417.237.0456 or visit www.powersmuseum.com.
December 7: Breakfast with Santa, 9 am, Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Howard. $8; reservations required. Parents and children enjoy breakfast and photos with Saint Nicholas and some European helpers. Call 417.358.4631.
December 5-6: Christmas Show, 7 pm, Crowder College Cassville campus. Enjoy HomeTown Sound and The RedHots performing traditional and contemporary holiday tunes. Call 417.847.2814.
December 7: Christmas Parade, 6 pm, Main Street. Call 417.847.2814.
Golden City, MO
December 7: Christmas Parade, 12 pm. Call 417.682.3595.
December 14: Christmas Parade, 2 pm. Call City Hall, 417.472.6556.
December 10: Joplin Christmas Parade, “Christmas through the Eyes of a Child,” 6 pm, Main Street. Contact Joplin Jaycees, 417.392.7268.
December 10: Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express, 4 pm, former Union Depot, 201 N. Main. Tour three cars of the festive six-car train; visit with Santa and his elves. Free. Call 417.310.3472.
December 13-15: 4th Annual DickensFest hosted by Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. 6-8:30 pm, Moffet and Sergeant avenues between Third and Fourth streets. Free admission; donation buckets available. Also The Night Before Christmas Carol, 6:30 pm, First United Methodist Church, 501 West 4th Street. Call 417.483.3116 or visit www.murphysburg.org.
December 6-7: Miss Merry Christmas Pageants, 7-9 pm, Thiebaud Auditorium. Annual holiday pageant for women of various ages. Call 417.682.3595.
December 12: Home for the Holidays Lighting on the Square, 6 pm. Call 417.682.3595.
December 12: Christmas Parade, 6 pm, Town Square. Call 417.682.3595.
December 1-31: Festival of Lights, nightly 5:30-9:30 pm and until 10 pm weekends. Call 417.235.7919.
December 14: Christmas Parade, 10 am, Broadway Street. Call 417.235.7919.
Mount Vernon, MO
November 30: Christmas Parade, 4:45 pm. Call 417.466.7654.
Walnut Grove, MO
December 7: Christmas Parade, 2 pm, Walnut Grove School. Call 417.830.1087.
Webb City, MO
December 5: Christmas Parade, 6 pm. Theme “Let There Be Light.” Call 417.673.1154.
December 6-7 and 13-14: Santa Stop on Route 66 and Street Trolley Event, 5-8 pm, Route 66 Welcome Center, 112 W. Broadway, downtown. Photos with Santa and rides on the newly renovated “Old Urban” street trolley. Tickets: $1 per person; purchase at Welcome Center 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. Call 417.673.1154.
December 6 -7: First Annual Holiday Market & Craft Fair, 4-9 pm, 21 S. Webb Street. Call 417.673.1154.
December 14: Cookies & Milk with Santa, 3-4 pm, Minerva Candy Company. Tickets: $5 per child; $3per each additional child within the same family. Photo with Santa; Christmas cookie and glass of milk; candy-making demonstrations and more. Purchase tickets at Welcome Center 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. Call 417.673.1154.
December 7: Sweet Annie Herb Club Christmas “Thyme” Tour of Homes, 10 am-4 pm. Tickets: $10; available at Victorian Accents, Grand Savings Bank. Call 918.906.2922.
December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22: Har-Ber Village Christmas on Main Street, 2-8 pm, local businesses, organizations and individuals decorate buildings for this family event. Music, refreshments, activities, and a visit from Santa. Call Katie Johnson, 918.786.6446.
December 14: Grove Annual Christmas Parade, 6-10 pm, Business District. Call 918.786.9079.
McDonald County Holiday Events:
November 30: “Meet Me Downtown for Winterfest” Street Fair, 10 am-2 pm, Main Street. Food, live music, arts and crafts, shopping specials.
November 30: Winterfest Pretty Baby Contest, 10:30 am, Exciting Living Word Fellowship Church. Contestants range in age from 0 to 24 months. Call 417.845.6939 or visit www.andersonbetterment.org.
November 30: Winterfest Christmas Parade, 2
pm. Main Street. Christmas-themed floats, bands, Santa and more! Come to
Anderson to kick off the holiday season! Call 417.845.6939 or visit
December 14: Christmas Parade, 1 pm, Downtown. Floats, marching bands and Santa. Call 417.364.8661.
December 7: Noel Christmas Parade, 2 pm, City Hall. The Christmas City’s 126th anniversary parade, vendor booths and more. Call 417.475.3696.
December 7: “Lighted” Christmas Parade, 5 pm, Downtown. Join us for a good Ole’ Fashioned Christmas. Activities start midday with Santa arriving during the lighted parade. Santa’s Workshop is set up for kids to make gifts for family members, and enjoy Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen. The evening concludes with pictures with Santa and a chili dinner. Contact City Hall, 417. 223.4368.
Southwest City, MO
December 7: Christmas Parade, 10:30 am. Christmas-themed floats, area bands, Santa and more. Call 417.762.3767.
Through December 9: Operation Warm Hearts - Neosho Newton County Library, 201 W. Spring Street, is collecting new blankets in original packaging to benefit children of Neosho through the Bright Futures program. 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday. Call 417.451.4231.
December 1: “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” 7 pm, United Methodist Church, 224 S. Wood Street. Community Chorus service consists of Bible readings, traditional Christmas carols, congregation hymns, and special music. Call 417.455.5540.
December 5: Big Spring Park Lighting Ceremony, 6 pm. Annual lighting ceremony featuring holiday songs by Central Elementary’s second and third grade choir, a book giveaway and more. Call 417.451.1925.
December 5: Neosho Holiday Market, 5-9 pm, The Civic. Crafts, direct sales, and local businesses available for one-stop shopping. Call Shelly, 417.850.9584.
December 5: Christmas Concert presented by Crowder College Vocal Music Department, 7 pm, Elsie Plaster Community Center. Call 417.455.5470.
December 5-7: 12th Annual Journey to Bethlehem, 6-9 pm, Racine Christian Church, 12218 State Hwy K. Live stage show, interactive outdoor theater, living nativity. Call 417.501.5821.
December 7: Dickens Christmas Faire, 8 am-4 pm, The Civic on the Square. Breakfast with Santa and craft activities for kids. Call 417.451.5200 or 417.451.1925.
December 7: Christmas Parade, 5 pm, Historic Neosho Square. Theme: “Christmas Night of Lights.” Call Debbie, 417.451.5200, or Shana, 417.451.1925.
December 7: Christmas Jazz Concert, 7 pm, The Civic, featuring the Jack Mitchell Band. Tickets: $5. Proceeds benefit Shop with a Cop and Christmas for Kids programs. Call 417.451.1925.
December 8: Christmas Homes Tour presented by Soroptimist International of Neosho, 1-4 pm. Four lovely homes featured. Tickets: $8 or two for $15 in advance; $10 at door day of; available at Newton County Title, Southwest Missouri Bank-Neosho, Great Southern Bank-Neosho, First Choice Chiropractic and New-Mac Electric. Call Holly, 417.437.2145.
December 14: Crowder College Fall 2013 Graduation, 10 am, Bob Sneller Gymnasium on the Neosho campus.
December 8: Arma Community Christmas Cantata, 6 pm, United Methodist Church, 313 E. Main Street presented by area-wide community choir. All donations used for Christmas Baskets for the needy. Musicians from Pittsburg, Frontenac, Girard, Arma, and surrounding areas participate in this joyful event. Call Linda Roberts, 620.347.8578.
Baxter Springs, KS
December 6: Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 pm, Chamber of Commerce office. Lighting of the tree and pictures with Santa. Call 620.856.3131.
December 7: Christmas Parade, 1 pm. Call 620.429.0190.
December 4: Christmas Celebration Parade, 7 pm, Downtown Square. Chocolate factory, children’s activities, pictures with Santa. Call 620.429.1492.
December 6: Cookie Walk, 7:30 am until gone, First Christian Church, 128 W. Elm. Dozens of holiday cookies. Call 620.429.2715.
December 2-December 30: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit: “Slovenes in Southeast Kansas,” 10 am-3 pm, 701 South Broadway. Free. Visit www.minershallmuseum.com.
December 7: Christmas Parade, 2pm, Call 620. 856.3131.
December 5: Girard Christmas Parade, 6:30 pm. Annual holiday event featuring traditional festivities including parade, Santa Claus, food, music, shopping and more. Call 417.724.4715.
December 7: Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 am. Call 417.724.4715.
December 7: Christmas Parade, 2 pm. Call 620.429.0190.
December 2: Pittsburg Christmas Parade: 6:30 pm, Downtown, presented by Pittsburg Parks and Recreation. Lineup begins at 5 pm in front of the Middle School. Call 620.231.8310.
December 7: 5th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, 8 am-1 pm, Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, lower level. Call 620.231.8310.
December 7: Santa’s Workshop, 10 am-1 pm, Memorial Auditorium. Play reindeer games, make crafts and visit Santa’s workshop. Admission: donate one nonperishable/unexpired canned food item to be donated to the Wesley House of Pittsburg. Call 620.231.8310.
December 8: Pittsburg Community Christmas Concert,
3 pm, Memorial Auditorium. Call 620.231.7827 or
December 8: Football Capital of Kansas Bowl: 8 pm, Carnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Pittsburg State University. The premier bowl game in junior college football features two of the top teams from the NJCAA. Call 620.235.4205.
December 13: Pittsburg State University Winter Commencement
pm, Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building. 5 pm: College of Arts
and Sciences and College of Business; 8 pm: College of Education and
Technology. Call 620. 235.4205 or visit
December 14-15: 6th Annual Via Christi Home Medical Equipment Gorilla Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament: 8 am, Pittsburg State University Student Recreation Center. Tournament features nationally ranked teams from across the Midwest. Free admission. Call 620. 235.4911 or visit www.visitcrawfordcounty.com.
December 7: Mariachi los Camperos - Fiesta Navidad, 8 pm, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson Street. Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles-based mariachi ensemble under the direction of Natividad “Nati” Cano. Call 479.443.5600.
December 6-8 and 12-15, “Fully Committed,” 7-11 pm, Sunday matinee 1 pm, Rogers Little Theatre, 116 S. 2nd Street. Follow a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number-one restaurant. Call 479.631.8988.
December 5-8 and 12-15: “Christmas Belles,” 6:30 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66 Blvd. Sunday matinee 12:30 pm. A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control. Call 417.358.9665 or visit www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.com.
December 7: Christmas at Cherry’s, 2-6 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main. Celebrating the season with pictures with Santa, sleigh rides. Call 417.358.2707.
December 1-12: Casey Stueber Art Exhibit, 9 am-4 pm, Crowder College Longwell Museum. Artist reception 2-4 pm, December 8. Closed November 27-29. Call 417.455.5470.
December 7: “Huck Finn,” 2 pm and 6 pm, Crowder College Elsie Plaster Community Center. This version of the story of Huck Finn captures Twain’s cadence and complexity, and is tinged with a sense of awe for the Mississippi River, a character that never says a word but still speaks volumes. Call 417.455.5470.
December 5: Pro Musica presents New York Polyphony, 7 pm, Central Christian Center, 415 S. Main Street. This all-male quartet is recognized as one of the finest vocal ensembles active today. New York Polyphony applies not only refined musicianship and interpretative detail, but also a refreshingly modern touch to a repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary works. Open to the public at no charge; donations appreciated. Call 417.625.1822 or visit www.promusicajoplin.org.
December 4-8: “Miracle on 34th Street,” 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee 2:30 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 West 1st Street. The substitute Santa Claus hired for the annual Macy’s Christmas Day Parade thinks he is Kris Kringle. He touches the lives of many, teaching them a lot about faith and the true meaning of Christmas. Call 417.623.3638.
December 5-15: “The Gift of the Magi” and “A Celebration of Christmas,” 7:30 pm, Sunday Matinee 2:30 pm, Stained Glass Theatre, 2101 Annie Baxter. “The Gift of the Magi” is a classic tale of a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. Visit www.sgtjoplin.org or call 417.626.1293.
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.
December 3 & 10: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12, $5 per class. Experiment with a variety of media and explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities.
December 3 & 10: Preschool Mommy & Me Art, 11 am-12 pm. Ages: 3-5, $5 per class. Explore art with your very young artist through painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Parents must stay with student.
December 7: Anime with Amber, 11 am-1 pm. Ages:
December 14: Fused Glass Ornaments, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Ages: 9-adult, $25. Create beautiful glass ornaments that look great on a Christmas tree, in a window or on a rear-view mirror. Wear close-toed shoes.
December 21: Graham Cracker “Gingerbread” Houses, 1-
December 3-31: Graffiti: Urban Art, Upstairs Gallery. Follow Linda Teeter’s exploration of the art form, which she calls the “creative vernacular” of metropolitan areas, such as the West Bottoms in Kansas City, or Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Is it vandalism? Or is it raw art, created with passion, splattered on the brick-walled urban canvas? Artist reception 2-5 pm, Sunday, December 8.
Through January 5, 2014: 66th Annual Membership Show, Main Gallery. Spiva artists of all ages present their best work in the largest, most anticipated exhibit of the year featuring a fascinating mix of works and media.
Through January 5, 2014: 4 Women/4 Visions - Contemporary Fiber, Regional Gallery. Four visionary Oklahoma artists present a range of fiber art – completely contemporary yet deeply steeped in traditional techniques from around the world.
December 5-8: “A Christmas Carol,” 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday matinee 2:30 pm, Coleman Theatre, 103 North Main. Three ghosts take the miserly Scrooge on an eye-opening trip in search of the true meaning of Christmas. Call 918.540.2425.
December 6-8: Artfest 2013 4th Annual Fine Art Show, Friday 10 am-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Grace Community Church, 1500 King Drive. This show consists of artists throughout northeastern Oklahoma and as far away as Colorado. Categories include Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Dimensional and Digital art, and Youth entries. Call 918.333.2030.
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.
December 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.
Barton County Memorial Hospital, Lamar, MO
December 9: Diabetes Support Group, 5:30 pm, Barton County Ambulance District office meeting room, 1100 Cherry Street. Call 417.681.5107.
Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, MO
December 2-30: 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.
December 8 & 29: Spradling Family Birthing Center Open House for expectant parents, 1-3 pm. Free. Call 417.359.2600.
December 12: Golden Reflections Annual Christmas Dinner, 12 pm, Carthage Water and Electric community room. RSVP to Emily Boydston, 417.359.1351.
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.
December 6: 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.
December 10: 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
December 7: Prenatal Day Class, 8 am-3:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Class prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration required; call 417.347.6687.
December 3: Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Freeman Business Center conference room (back entrance). Call 417.347.7850.
December 10: Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman East lower level lobby. Call 417.347.4478.
December 11: Cancer Support Group, 2 pm, Freeman Cancer Institute downstairs conference room. Call 417.347.4029.
December 16: Diabetes Support Group, third Monday of each month, 5:30-6:30 pm,
Freeman East conference rooms 1-3. Call 417.347.5831.
December 17: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, 1130 East 32nd Street. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. 417.347.7400.
December 17: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30 pm. Freeman West meeting room 1W. Cost $15. Call 417.347.6667.
December 19: Freeman Screen Team Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, 1130 East 32nd Street, Suite C. Appointment required. Call 417.347.6555.
December 19: Stroke Support Group, 3 pm, College View Manor, 3828 College View. Call 417.347.1234.
December 31: Freeman Advantage Terrific Tea, 10 am, Freeman Business Center conference room. Social time and blood pressure screenings 9:30 am; program 10 am. Call 417.347.5837.
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:
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Mercy Cycling Group, times vary. Routes and times posted on “Mercy Joplin Cycling Group” Facebook page. Call 417.625.2260.
Wednesdays: Mercy Running and Mercy Walking Group, 5:30 pm. Routes posted on “Mercy Joplin Running Group” Facebook page. Call 417.625.2260. Meeting place on Wednesday changed to The Surgery Center Parking lot at 32nd Street and Connecticut. Water not provided at this location, so bring your own. Running Group will meet in the Mercy Hospital Joplin lobby Thursday at 7:30 pm.
Mercy Auxiliary Events – Call 417.625.2262
December 2-3: Poinsettia Sale, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 2817 St. John’s Boulevard, 9 am-5 pm. 6 ½” pot - $10; 4 ½” pot - $5. Please pick up poinsettias on these days between these hours.
December 6: Tupperware Sale, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 2817 St. John’s Boulevard. All proceeds benefit Mercy Hospital Joplin.
December 18: Blood Drive, 8-10 am and 12:30-4:30 pm, Silver Creek.
Senior Connections: Free fun activities, food and fellowship at Community of Christ Church, 1212 Goetz Blvd. Call Alicia, 417.208.3650.
December 3: Bingo, 1:30-3:30 pm
December 10 & 17: Bunco, 1:30-3:30 pm
December 24 & 31: No meeting
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,
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.
December 5: Family-to-Family Class, 6:30-9 pm. Free course for family members or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.
December 2: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm, NAMI building.
INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center - Grove, OK
December 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.
December 12: Low Vision Support Group
meets the second Thursday of each month,
December 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.
December 10 & 24: Depression Support Group
meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month,
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.
December 3: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations 4th floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.
November 7: 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.