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Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Bentonville, AR: Saturdays 7:30 am-1 pm, Wednesdays 2:30-7 pm.

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Fayetteville, AR: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays on the square.
Franklin, KS:
4-6 pm Thursdays, Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway. 620.249.9333.

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

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

Joplin, MO: 8:30 am-1 pm Saturdays, 925 S. Range Line Rd.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays, South Park by the YMCA parking lot.

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

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

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

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-7 pm, Fridays 11 am-2 pm and Saturdays 9 am-noon, in the pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Branson, MO

July 24, 25 & 26: Ozark Steel Guitar Associations, 7 pm, The Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center, 3050 Green Mountain Dr. See and hear the finest of steel guitar pickers and entertainers. Call 417.682.1841.

Columbus, KS

July 10-12: IPRA-ICRA Rodeo, 8 pm, Saddle Club Arena on Park Ave. Admission. 620.674.8820.

Girard, KS

July 2: Thursdays on the Square. Family fun and entertainment. For a full event lineup, visit the Celebrate Girard Facebook page at

Helper, KS

July 3: URA, MRCA and Open Rodeo, 2 pm. Kids’ games at 1:30 pm, hillbilly games at 2 pm and end the night with the URA, MRCA and Open Rodeo at 8 pm with fireworks to follow. Admission $8/adults, $5/kids. Call 620.231.1212.

Pittsburg, KS

July 4: Rollin Nostalgia Cruise Night, 6 pm. First Saturday of each month in the parking lot between Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Payless Shoe Store and Big Lots, 2810 N. Broadway. Visit sites.google.com/site/rollinnostalgia/.

July 10: Colonial Fox Friday Flix, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 9:15 pm, parking lot north of the Colonial Fox Theatre. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit www.colonialfox.org/events.html.

July 17, 18 & 19: Four State Farm Show. Thousands of farmers and ranchers come together on a 300-acre farm near Pittsburg for three days of agricultural product displays and equipment demonstrations. Show hours are 7:30 am to 3 pm Friday and Saturday, 8 am-3 pm Sunday. For more information, visit www.farmtalknewspaper.com.

July 29-August 1: Crawford County Fair. Livestock exhibitions, arts and crafts exhibitions, competition between county FFA and 4-H clubs, livestock auction, rodeo and live music. The most popular event at the Crawford County Fair is the demolition derby, which takes place on the final night of the fair.

Anderson, MO

July 16-18: McDonald County Fair, July 16, 11 am-9 pm. Includes coronation of the Queen, Princess and Little Miss contestants. July 17, 8 am-7 pm, Saturday, 8 am-10 pm, horse show Sunday at 5 pm. McDonald County High School Fair Barn. Call 417.223.8888.

July 17 & 18: Smith Auto Group Smash & Bash, 92 Route 00. Monster truck rides, grilled burgers and hot dogs, bounce house for the kids, and lots more. Call 417.226.0300.

July 23: Movies In The Park, 7:30 pm, Town Hole Park. Grab your lawn chair and enjoy a great movie under the stars. Movie starts around 8:45 pm. Movie is free. Popcorn, snacks and drinks for sale. All money raised goes to help support the Betterment Club’s “Playground Project” to buy new playground equipment for the city parks. Visit  www.andersonbetterment.org.

Carl Junction, MO

July 4: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-9 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 North Main. All you can eat breakfast, $5/adults, $3/children under 12. Call 417.649.8846.

Carthage, MO

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

July 5: Battle of Carthage Vespers Service, 5 pm, Battle of Carthage State Historic Site, East Chestnut Street next to Carter Park. Wear cool, comfortable clothing and bring your own lawn chair. Enjoy old-time music and honor our brave ancestors in song and prayer. Free. Call 417.359.8181.

July 14-18: Jasper County Youth Fair, 6 pm, Municipal Park & Fairgrounds. Call 417.358.2158.

July 24: Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk, 6-9 pm. Visit www.carthageartwalk.org.

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.

July 4 & 5: George Washington Carver, An Uncommon Way, 1 pm. This 50-minute documentary chronicles Carver’s amazing life story. The film includes the perspectives of noted historians and features historical film footage.

July 11: Carver Day Celebration, 10 am -3 pm. Celebrating the 1943 establishment of George Washington Carver National Monument, this event features programs interpreting the life of George Washington Carver. Guest speakers, musical groups, a Junior Ranger station and exhibitors.

July 18: Soil Nutrients and Plants, 11 am. Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fiber and even medicine according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Join us to learn more at the Carver demonstration gardens as we celebrate 2015 as the International Year of Soils.

July 18 & 19: African American Trailblazers, 1 pm. Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join us for this program exploring some of the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans.

July 25 & 26: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Learn how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

Golden City, MO

July 11-18: Golden Harvest Days, Golden City. Classic car cruise- in, live music, contests, art, children’s midway, baby show, kids’ games, tractor pull, quilt show, pet show, talent show and more! Call 417.573.9781.

Joplin, MO

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

July 2: First Thursday Artwalk, 5:30- 8:30 pm., downtown. ArtWalk features local artists showing, demonstrating and selling their works in over 10 venues, with live acoustic music. For more information and updates of artists/venues participating, visit First Thursday Artwalk Joplin MO on Facebook. Call 417.438.5931.

July 3: Joplin Woman’s Club, noon, annual Bingo and Picnic lunch, Joplin Family Y South. Barto’s is catering the lunch. Cost is $11. Everyone is invited. Prizes awarded. All proceeds from the Bingo will go to the Y Scholarship Fund. For reservations call 417.781.6138.

July 7: First Tuesday Lunch, 11:30 am-1 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 501 S. Pearl. Your choice of spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti red, lasagna or chili with or without beans; includes salad, dessert and drink. Lunches are $6.

July 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. 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. Call 618.560.9775.

July 25: ColorFOAM5k, 8 am, Landreth Park. Run, walk or dance through clouds of color, wear white and prepare to be blasted. Portion of proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Missouri. To register go to www.colorfoam5k.com or call 877.456.0220.

July 31-August 1: Wild Wild Joplin Days, Landreth Park. Bands, blues, bluegrass, country, barbecue and more. Honoring law enforcement and raising money for autism. Call 417.629.2495 or visit www.joplinfestivalgroup@gmail.com.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

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

July 6: Sit-On-Top Kayaking 101, 6-8 pm, 12+ accompanied by adult. $10. Participants will learn the basic steps of how to operate a kayak designed to sit on. This easy and relaxing recreational kayaking is for anyone and is simple to learn. Meet at the Shoal Creek boat ramp in Wildcat Park. All instruction, kayaks and life jackets provided by Extreme Sports, Inc.

July 7-10: Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp, 12:30-3:30 pm, $125. Led by certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey, we meet at the Center each afternoon and use nature as our inspiration to create three original pieces of art. Fee includes all art materials, a snack and instructor’s fee.

July 11: Time with Turtle, Preschool Nature Connections, 10-11 am, 3-6 years, $5 per child members/$10 per child non-members. Learn about real turtles and spend some time with our reptile friends with shells. We’ll meet several live turtles, go on a turtle hike in the park, plus have time for a story and a craft.

July 18:  Shoal Creek Clean-up, 8 am-1 pm, 13+ accompanied by adult. Free. Registration required. Bring canoe or kayak or borrow one of ours and join us for a fun morning floating along Shoal Creek from Grand Falls in Joplin to Schermerhorn Park in Galena, Kansas. We’ll pick up trash along the way and end with lunch and prizes at the SEK Nature Center. Limited shuttle service available.

July 18: 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. Instructor Connelaine Gustad teaches Hatha Yoga, exercise for balance, strength, flexibility and endurance.

July 20: Kayaking Basics and Float 102, 5:30-7:30 pm, $20 per person. Enjoy a short but fun evening float while going over basic kayaking skills and seeing the sights along Shoal Creek. Meet at the boat ramp in Wildcat Park and carpool to launch at Redings Mill Bridge then continue our float back to the ramp in Wildcat Park. Some entry level knowledge of paddling and swimming recommended. Introduction to Sit-On-Top Kayaking 101 is recommended prior to this class for those that have never been paddling before. All instruction, kayaks and life jackets provided by Extreme Sports, Inc. Preregistering is required and class is limited to 5.

Lamar, MO

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

July 23: Fourth Thursday Music/Food on the Square, 6-8 pm, Lamar bandstand. Music, food and art, fun for all ages. Call 417.682.3595.

Monett, MO

July 6: Monett Senior Dance, 7 pm, Senior Center, 415 Dairy St. Monthly dance, $3. Call 417.235.3285.

Neosho, MO

July 8-11: Newton County Fair, Camp Crowder area south of Neosho. Carnival, livestock exhibits, craft booths, food and entertainment. Call 417.624.0415 or visit www.extension.missouri.edu/newton.

Webb City, MO

July 11: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5-8 pm, downtown. Classic car show, trophies and prizes. Call 417.673.1154.

Grove, OK

July 4: Cajun Festival, Grove Civic Center. Special Cajun entertainment, food, music, dancing and fun. Call 918.786.8896.

July 10-11: Grand Lake O’ The Cherokee GLOC Performance Boat Shootout, Wolf Creek Park and Grove Civic Center. For schedule and information view www.glocshootout.com.

July 18: “Cars for Critters,” 11 am-3 pm, Grove Civic Center. Indoor car show, a benefit for Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake. Free. Food, music, raffles, door prizes with lots of American classic and European exotic cars to view. Pre-register at www.doitforthepets.com or call 918.791.8328.

July 24 & 25: 2015 Quilt Show, Friday 9 am- 6 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm. Grove Civic Center, 1720 S. Main. Presented by Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees Quilt Guild. Call 918.787.6065.


Cultural Arts and Entertainment



Carthage, MO

July 4, 11, 18 & 25: Painting for All Ages, 12:30-2 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $30, includes materials. Call 417.358.2707.

July 9: Canvas & Cocktails, 6-8:30 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $40, includes materials and cocktail. Call 417.358.2707.

Joplin, MO

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 18-July 15: Kevin Hughes, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Sculptural and functional pottery by Hughes, associate professor of ceramics at Missouri State University.

July 3- 31: James Noury, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Ceramic artwork by Lawrence, Kansas, artist.

June-August: Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) Group Show, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Artwork on display by Heather Grills, Janice Kinman, and Koral Martin. The rotating exhibit is one example of a member privilege to show multiple times throughout the year. Call 417.592.1673.


July 8-12: Forever Plaid, 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm Sunday matinee, Joplin Little Theatre. In 1964 en route to pick up their custom-made plaid tuxedos, four young singers were driving and rehearsing in their cherry red 1954 Mercury convertible when they were slammed broadside by a school bus filled with eager young teens. Tickets: $15.

July 26: MSSU Choral Society’s Patriotic Concert, 3 pm, First Baptist Church, Broadway and Roane, Webb City. Open to the public at no charge. For more information, email Carnine-A@retired.mssu.edu.


July 9: 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. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

July 24: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists’ biographies, art techniques and philosophical art-related films. Donations accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.


July 6-10: Summer Mud Clay Camp. Ages 8-12. 9:30 am-noon, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. All firing and materials included in cost. Each student will receive a camp t-shirt. Members $150; non-members $175. Call 417.437.9281 to register.

July 11: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Under the Sea. Grades K-5. 9-11:30 am, St. Paul’s Preschool, 2423 W. 26th St. Workshops led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. Calling all SpongeBob, Ariel and Nemo fans: our favorite landscape is featured in this one. We’ll create four different projects inspired by anything and everything under water. $25 for online pre-registration.

July 11: Jewelry Class – Soldering with Heather Jones, 1-4 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Learn the basics of soldering with local artist Heather Jones. Students will create copper and sterling earrings. Cost: $75 (includes all materials; students will be provided tools to take home). Class size is limited to eight so pre-register ASAP!

July 13-17 and 20-24: JLT Summer Workshop – Stars & Stripes. Grades K-12. Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. All workshops have morning (9 am–noon) or afternoon (1-4 pm) options unless otherwise noted. Enrollment may be made by contacting the JLT box office, 417.623.3638 or by visiting joplinlittletheatre.org/wordpress/2015-workshop/.

July 13: Art Feeds Grown Ups: Summer Series – Painted Planter, 6-8 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin. Art Feeds for Grown Ups is a workshop for adults ready to get crafty, snacky and chatty. All the supplies are included Cost: $45.

July 14-17: Jazz Camp, 9 am-3 pm, MSSU Music Department, 3950 Newman Rd. Final Recital: July 17 at 6 pm. The MSSU Jazz Camp will provide each student with a foundation in the jazz idiom. Registration/website: mssu.edu/jazz or facebook.com/joplinjazzcamp Contact Randolph-L@mssu.edu. Cost: $150 (includes tuition, t-shirt and all camp materials).

July 17: Art Workshop with Art Feeds. Grades 1-5. 9:45 am–noon, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main. Registration begins July 6. Join the imaginative group from Art Feeds for a special summer reading art workshop. Children will explore their creative side through art, friendship and fun! Note: Workshops are free, however, children may only attend one art workshop per month.

July 18: Explore & Play! It’s Community Hero Day! Ages 1-5. 10:30 am, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main. This program entails fun, hands-on time for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers. Families will explore specially created exploration stations that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. Free.

July 20: Chat n Crafts. Adults. 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun.

July 27: Art Feeds Grown Ups: Summer Series. Set of 2 Wine Glasses and Wine Stopper, 6-8 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin. Attend an intimate evening creating with others, where all proceeds benefit Art Feeds Joplin programs. Design your own set of two wine glasses and create a unique wine stopper. Wine and cheese are included for snacks and sips. Cost: $45.

Classes on multiple days in July 2015:

Joplin Square Dance Center:

Tuesday Mornings: Line Dancing Classes, June-Sept. Ultra beginner: 10-10:30 am ($5), High beginner: 10:30-11:30 am ($5), Intermediate: 11:30 am-12:30 pm ($5), Joplin Square Dance Center. Taught by Tyra Farris, instructor/choreographer. Pre-registration not required. Call 785.640.0544.

Joplin Public Library:

Tuesdays: Crafternoons (Grades 6-12), 3-6 pm, Joplin Public Library. The first Tuesday of each month has themed instruction. Teens are welcome to bring their own projects or use the crafting supplies provided by the Library.

Mosaics Art Gallery:

Tuesdays: Life Drawing Class, 5:30-8 pm, Mosaics Art Gallery. Artists who attend should bring their own drawing supplies and easel if needed. The only fee is the split cost required to pay the model (i.e. the model fee is $50; if there are 10 artists per session, the cost will be $5 each). Email rjreed@cableone.net or call 417.624.4180.

Phoenix Fired Art:

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Clay Classes at Phoenix Fired Art, 11 am-2 pm and 6-9 pm. Eight-week session. $240 Phoenix members; $270 non-members (additional fees may apply). Call 417.437.9281.

Sundays: Sunday in the Studio with Perry Fleming, 1-4 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. $240 Phoenix members; $270 non-members (additional fees may apply). Call 417.437.9281 to register.


420 S. Main St. Pricing includes acrylic paints, canvas, brushes, easel, apron and instruction. $35 each. Ages 13 and over unless otherwise noted; 21 and over to consume alcohol. RSVP in advance. 417.680.5434 or www.rsvpaint.com.

July 1: 1-9 pm - Walk-In Open Studio
July 2: 7-9 pm “Colorful Critters”
July 3 & 4: Closed for Holiday
July 5: 2-4 pm “Almond Blossoms”
July 6: 1-9 pm Walk-in Open Studio
July 7: 1-9 pm Walk-in Open Studio
July 8: 1-9 pm Walk-In Open Studio
July 9: 7-9 pm “Waterlilies”
July 10: 7-9 pm “Sapphire Poms”
July 11: 1-3 pm Family Paints “Sun Guardians”
July 11: 7-9 pm “Birds on a Wire”
July 11: 10 pm-Midnight Late Night Date Night “For All Seasons”
July 12: 2-4 pm “Bahama Momma”
July 13: 1-9 pm Walk-In Open Studio
July 14: 1-9 pm Walk-In Open Studio
July 15: 1-9 pm Walk-In Open Studio
July 16: 3rd Thursday Art Walk Artist Gene Kinnamon
July 17: 7-9 pm Date Night “Love Nest”
July 18: 1-3 pm Family Paints “Colored Orbs”
July 18: 7-9 pm Date Night “Wine Glass Decorating”
July 19: 2-4 pm “Sundae”
July 19: 5-8 pm Paint Your Pet
July 20: 1-9 pm  Walk-In Open Studio
July 21: 1-9 pm Walk-In Open Studio
July 22: 1-9 pm Walk-In Open Studio
July 23: 7-9 pm “Blue Fiery Trees”
July 24: 7-9 pm “Bicycle”
July 25: 1-3 pm Family Paints, “Starry Night”
July 25: 7-9 pm Date Night “Swooned Swans”
July 26: 2-4 pm “Eagle Feathers”
July 27: 1-9 pm Walk-In Open Studio
July 28: 1-9 pm Walk-In Open Studio
July 29: 1-9 pm Walk-In Open Studio
July 30: 7-9 pm “Flowering Vines”
July 31: 7-9 pm Date Night “Lions In the Sun”

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.


Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-noon, free. An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Call 417.886.2199.

Weekend Classes:

July 18: Boho Chic, 1-3 pm. Ages: Adult. $20. Learn how to use leather and charms to create a bracelet, then complete the look with a headband embellished with your choice of beads, feathers or a fabric flower. All supplies provided, but if you have something special you want to add, feel free to bring it. Class size is limited, so register early.

July 25: Tie Day Saturday, 11 am-2 pm. Ages: All. $5/t-shirt or bring your own. You supply the shirt or buy one of ours and we supply the rest.

Summer Art Camps:

Camps for Youngsters 3-5:

June 30-July 2: Creative Cafe, 10-11:30 am. Cost: $50. Learn to enjoy food while making art with it.

July 14-16: Under the Sea, 10-11:30 am, $50. Students will take an adventure under the sea, making special underwater friends.

July 21-23: Artful Antics, 10-11:30 am, $50. What does green smell like? What does this painting feel like? From painting to clay, everything will be tried.

July 28-30: Splish Splash, 10-11:30 am, $50. What better way to spend a summer day than playing in water and making art? Learn to use water in all its different forms to create one-of-a-kind art.

Camps for Youngsters Ages 6-12:

June 30-July 2: Printmaking, 12:30-5:30 pm. Cost: $90. Learn the basics of relief printing, monoprints and serigraphy using a variety of techniques and papers, and design and print t-shirts and note cards. Students will take part in a print exchange in which each creates a print, then trades it to get an original piece of art from every student in the class.

July 14-16: Clay Camp, 12:30-5:30 pm, $100. Explore hand and slab building techniques to make mugs, jewelry, whistles and more.

July 21-23: Drawing Camp, 12:30-5:30 pm, $90. Explore the different tools for drawing and learn pencil drawing from life, comic book design, portraits, landscapes and everything in between.

July 28-30: Glass Camp, 12:30-5:30 pm, $100. Learn about the world of fused glass by making a mosaic letter to hang on the wall, plus jewelry, a wind chime and more. Wear close-toed shoes. Minimum of eight students; maximum of 20.

Pre-registration for camps is recommended as they fill up early. Scholarships are available for all camps. To register for camps or apply for scholarships through the Kids FunFund, phone 417.623.0183 or email spiva@spivaarts.org.

Events, Etc:

July 2: Alzheimer’s Education Brown Bag Lunch, 12-1 pm, free. For information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter, 417.866.2199.

Call for Entries, Off the Wall: Wearable Art! In Spiva’s sixth artists’ challenge, fashion takes center stage. Conventional and unconventional materials—fabric, found objects, plastic, wood, metal and more—may be incorporated into these works of art. The exhibition, Sept. 18 through Nov. 1, will close with a runway show. Contact Spiva at 417.623.0183. Deadline for submission: 5 pm, Sept. 6.


Opening July 1: Upstairs Gallery: Jane McCaulley: Medley of Glass. Guitars, violins and ukuleles, once headed for the trash, are recycled to make music with art, surrounded by traditional mosaic and fused glass pieces.

Closing July 3: Main Gallery: Diverse Directions: Robert Russell & Alex Barde. Abstract oils are paired with mixed media and light installations to celebrate these former Pittsburg (Kansas) State University professors.

Regional Gallery: Uncommon Threads: A Dozen Shades of Gray. Art quilts examine the aging process and educate viewers on issues facing people as they age.

Opening July 17:  Main Gallery: Pam Denniston’s Eclectic Collections: Home is Where the ’Art Is. The daughter of a New York art collector, the late Pam Denniston became a passionate collector herself. Paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, hand-painted furniture, even fashion and toys reflect her exuberant personality in this tribute to a veteran collector.

Regional Gallery: John Bremer: Tactile Dimensions. Missouri artist John Bremer’s complex, abstract constructions begin with myriad geometric shapes, each covered with textural materials and added to the whole to create ambitious large-scale works.

Pittsburg, KS

July 23-25: Pittsburg Community Theatre Presents, Evita, 7:30 pm; July 25-26, 2:30 pm matinees. Pittsburg Community Theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is based on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron, who became the spiritual leader of the nation, rising from nothing to becoming one of the most famous figures in the country’s history. Tickets available at
www.memorialauditorium.org or by calling 620.231.7827.


Health Events

Galena, KS

July 2: 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.

July 9: Grief Companions Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Enter through north door. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS

July 14: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

July 22: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital Carthage, MO

July 6-28: Monday and Tuesday Grief Support Group. Every Monday 1:30-2:30 pm; every Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Free; registration is appreciated. Materials provided. Call Chaplain Galen Snodgrass, 417.359.2636.

July 20: Four States Stroke Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every third Monday of each month. Byers Avenue United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Kevin.woods@mercy.net.

July 28: Diabetes Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every fourth Tuesday of each month, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. For more information, call 417.359.1359.

Joplin, MO

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

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

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

July 8 & 22: 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.

July 21: Brain Injury Support Group, meets every third Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Call 417.659.8086 or visit www.ilcenter.org.

July 28: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl at 417.849.7814.

Freeman Health System

July 2: Freeman Screen Team Early Detection Screening, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C. $15. Open to the public. Screening will take about 15 minutes. Please wear clothing to access arms and lower legs. Call 417.347.6555

July 6: 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.

July 7: Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 Wisconsin Ave. Call 417.347.7850.

July 8: Cancer Support Group, 2 pm, Freeman Cancer Institute Downstairs Conference Room. Call 417.347.4029.

July 9: Sibling Class, 6:30 pm,  class  helps  your other child or children adapt to changes that will occur when a new brother or sister arrives in your home. One-night class lasts for one hour and is open to children 3-12 years of age. Bring a doll or stuffed animal about the size of a baby to class. $5 per child. Call 417.347.6667.

July 11: Miss Miracle, 10 am-1 pm, Landreth Park. Money raised stays local to help children in our area through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The girl who raises the most money for your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital wins. Girls ages 4-12 are invited to participate. Call 417.347.6639.

July 14: Free Blood Pressure Checks, 7:30-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court. Free 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. Call 417.347.4448.

July 14: Alzheimer’s Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman East Conference Room 4E. Call 417.347.5876.

June 16: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W, 1102 W. 32nd St. Covers basic breastfeeding techniques such as positioning, latching and assessing adequate intake, as well as pumping and going back to work. $15. Call 417.347.6667.

July 16: Stroke Support Group, meets every third Thursday, 4-5 pm, Freeman’s Sports Complex, 2206 East 32nd Street. A group mission to offer education, advocacy and enlightenment for stroke survivors and caregivers,  open to the public with special guest speaker RN Gwynn Caruthers to discuss the importance of having an open dialog with physicians and family regarding medical decisions. Call 417.347.4546.

July 21: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. Call 417.347.7400.

July 28: Freeman Advantage Tea, last Tuesday of each month, 9-11:30 am, Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Annual health screening; open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit www.freemanhealth.com/advantage.

Integrity Home Care

July 9: Dinner at Watered Gardens, 6 pm, Watered Gardens, 531 Kentucky Ave., Joplin. Provide dinner and entertainment, free. Call 417.208.7343.

July 10: Brain Games, 11 am, Monett Senior Center, 405 Dairy St. Fun and educational brain games for seniors. Open to the public. Free. Call 417.208.7343.

July 23: Brain Games, 11 am, Dade County Senior Center, 58 N. Allison Ave., Greenfield, Missouri. Fun and educational brain games for seniors. Open to the public. Free. Call 417.834.4430.

Mercy Hospital -Support Groups

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

Every Monday: Grief Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Mercy Hospital Carthage Chapel. Grief Support Group meets every Monday and is free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. Call 417.556.2472.

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, 100 Mercy Way, l Lobby. Call 417.627.8424.

July 8: 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.

July 13: Bariatric Support Group: Meets Second Monday of month, 5:30-7:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2915.

July 20: 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, Joplin. Email Kevin.Woods@Mercy.net.

July 22: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Women’s: Meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

July 28: Diabetes Support Group: Meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library Community Room, 612 S. Garrison. Call 417.359.1359.

Mercy Gift Shop Auxiliary-Call 417.625.2262

July 10: Tupperware Sale, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way.

July 27-28: Coffeecake and More, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way.

Mercy Prestige-Call 417.625.2262

July 17-18: Presidential Library Trip, Abilene, Kansas, and Independence, Missouri.

July 29: Bingo, Mercy Prestige, Mercy Hospital, 100 Mercy Way.

Please call for more information or reservations.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm,  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.

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

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

July 7: Sibling Celebration 3:30-4:15 pm, Medical Arts Building 2nd floor conference room. Free.

July 8: Caregiver Support Group, 6 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Topic is Alzheimer’s dementia. Call 417.682.3809.

July 14 & 16: Childbirth Class, 6-8 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom, $15.

July 15: Free Varicose Vein Screening, 8:30-10 am, Mezzanine Conference room.

July 15: Free Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Call 417.682.3881.

July 18: Childbirth Class, 8 am-12 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd flr classroom, $15.

Neosho, MO

July 27: 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

July 7: Care Giver Support Group, 1:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center, 2101 N. Ash St. Call 417.448.3999.

July 7: Sibling Celebration, 3:30-4:15 pm, Medical Arts Building 2nd floor conference room . Call 417.448.3622 to register.

July 14 &16 : Childbirth Classes, Tuesday/Thursday, 6-8 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom. $15. Call 417.448.3801.

July 15: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center, 301 N. Main Street. 417.667.5847.

June 19: Lunch and Learn Importance of Immunization, 12-1 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference room, free to attend, lunch is available for $3. Call 417.448.3622.

July 18: Childbirth Class, 8 am-12 pm, 3rd floor classroom medical arts building. Call 417.448.3622.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

July 9: 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.

July 9: 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.

Miami, OK

July 8: 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.

July 14 & 28: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure
and glucose screenings
provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village,
9-10 am.

July 2: Autism Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.

July 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule for July:

July 1: Walgreens, 20th and Range Line, Joplin, MO, 10 am-2 pm.

July 2: Mercy Hospital, Columbus, KS,
8 am-4 pm.

July 7: Mercy Clinic, Oswego, KS, 9 am-4 pm.

July 8: Ortho 4 States, Galena, KS, 8 am-noon

July 9: Mercy Hospital, Columbus, KS,
8 am-4 pm.

July 14: Wal-Mart, Neosho, MO, 10 am-2 pm.

July 15: City Pointe, Webb City, MO,
10 am-2 pm

July 16: Mercy Hospital, Columbus, KS,
8 am-4 pm.

July 21: Southwest City, MO, Clinic,
9 am-noon

July 22: Arma, KS, Clinic, 9 am-noon

July 23: Mercy Hospital, Columbus, KS,
8 am-4 pm.

July 30: Mercy Hospital, Columbus, KS,
8 am-4 pm.

Schedule an appointment by calling 620.429.2545 or walk on.