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Support Your Local Farmers Market!

Centerton, AR: 9 am-1 pm Saturdays, Highway 102 & Sienna Drive. www.centertonfarmersmarket.com.

Bentonville, AR: 7 am-1 pm Saturdays, downtown Bentonville square.

Fayetteville, AR: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays, on the square.

Rogers, AR: 7 am-1 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, corner of Walnut & 1st streets. 479.246.8383.

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

Parsons, KS: 7-10 am Tuesdays and Saturdays, downtown Parsons. 620.421.7030.

Pittsburg, KS: 7:30 am-12 pm Saturdays, 12th & Broadway streets. www.pittsburgfarmersmarket.org.

Grove, OK: 8 am-noon Wednesdays, Grove Community Center, 104 W. Third Street. 918.791.5472.

Carthage, MO: 7:30 am-12 pm every Wednesday and Saturday, historic Carthage square. 417.358.3579.

Joplin, MO: 4:30-6:30 pm Thursdays, Ewert Park, 5th Street and School Avenue. 417.625.4750.

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

Nevada, MO: Wednesdays 5 am, Saturdays 8 am, on the square. Call 417.321.0591.

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-6 pm, Fridays 11 am-2 pm and Saturdays 9 am-12 pm under pavilions in King Jack Park.

Bentonville, AR

October 3: First Friday Flicks: “The Corpse Bride,” 8 pm, Lawrence Plaza. Call 479.464.7275.

Rogers, AR

Every Saturday: Pickin’ in the Park, 6 pm, Frisco Park, Downtown Rogers. Gospel, country and bluegrass music.

October 10: L2: Learn-Lead form the John Maxwell Company,
7:45 am-12 pm, Embassy Suites, 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, speaker John C. Maxwell via live simulcast. Rated as the number one leadership expert for six consecutive years, Maxwell will be speaking on his newest book “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions.” Email: jill@afm-change.org.

October 16-19: Frisco Station Mall Arts & Crafts Festival, Frisco Station Mall, First & Elm streets, largest crafts fairs in NWA, featuring hundreds of crafters. Free. Call 479.636.1240.

Baxter Springs, KS

October 4: Route 66 Cruis’n Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, 10 am-4 pm, downtown. Swap meet, live music. Call 417.894.1946.

Cato, KS

October 18: Annual Cato Tour: 9 am. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Cato Christian Church. Former ministers and members will be recognized. Activities include music and presentations at the church and schoolhouse, historical booths and presentations on the grounds, music and wiener roast around the campfire and two-hour wagon rides to area historical sites. For information, follow them on Facebook or visit their website at www.catoschool.com.

Columbus, KS

October 10-11: Columbus Day/Hot Air Balloon, Industrial Park on Hwy 69 south and downtown square. Friday: Balloon glow and three balloon races. Saturday: car show, craft show, entertainment, antique tractors, 5k and half marathon. Parking $5 for all four balloon events. Call 620.429.1492 or visit www.columbusdayballoons.com.

Franklin, KS

October 1-December 28: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit: “Italians in Southeast Kansas.” 10 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday, 701 S. Broadway. Free admission. Call 620.347.4220.

Pittsburg, KS

October 1-12: SEK Art Fest. Celebrate our area’s football heritage with 24 larger-than-life footballs decorated by local artists and on display in downtown Pittsburg. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/SekArtFest?ref=br_tf or www.sekartfest.com/.

October 4: Pittsburg/Frontenac Citywide Garage Sale, 8 am. Call 620.231.2600.

October 4: Rollin’ Nostalgia Car Club Cruise Night: First Saturday of each month, 6 pm. Located in the parking lot between Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Payless Shoe Store and Big Lots, 2810 N. Broadway. Call 620.231.1212.

October 10-11: Southeast Kansas Old Time Gas Engine and Tractor Club Swap Meet. Friday 9 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum Grounds. Swap meet of antique engine parts, tractor parts, knick knacks and other flea market items. Free bean feed on Saturday. Call 620.249.0255.or visit www.sekgasenginetractorclub.com.

October 14: 4th Annual Catwalk & Cocktails, 7 pm, Parrot Bey, 408 N. Locust. Cat-themed ladies night, hors d’oeuvres, fashion show, silent auction and door prizes. All proceeds go to the local Pawprints on the Heartland Trap-Neuter-Return project to spay/neuter feral cats. $25/person, $175/reserve a table of 8. Call 620.920.0308.

October 16: Project Warmth Chili, Soup & Pie Fundraiser, 11 am-2 pm & 4-6 pm, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium Lower Level. Proceeds go to utility assistance for our neighbors in Crawford County. $6 for adults, $3 for children 10 years old and under. Carry out available. Call 620.231.1212.

October 31: Pittsburg ArtWalk, 5-9 pm, downtown. Features food vendors, music, art demonstrations and beautiful work from local artists. Call 620.231.1000 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pittsburgartwalk.

Aurora, MO

October 4: 30th Annual Aurora Houn Dawg Fest, 8 am, Oak Park, Business Highway 60. Classes for classic and street rod cars, trucks and motorcycles showcased. Entry fee $25 required for vehicles. Plaque awards for each class along with dash plaques awarded to the first 100 entries.  Awards, a 50/50 pot, a chili cook-off competition, pie cook-off, food and craft vendors. Live music will entertain the crowds throughout the day. Call 417. 678.4150.

Ash Grove, MO

October 18: Back Roads to Main Street Heritage Festival, 9 am-5 pm, Main Street. Celebrate our back roads and town heritage of the 1830s to the 1930s. Costume contest, activities, games and contests for all ages. Call 417.751.3838.

Carl Junction, MO

October 4: Carl Junction City Wide Sale. Sales in every neighborhood. Free printed maps of sale locations available at Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce businesses. For more information, contact CJACC at 417.649.8846.

October 4: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. All-you-can-eat breakfast. Adults/$5, children/$3.

October 8: Power of Email Marketing Workshop, 10 am-12 pm. Presented by the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and the MSSU Small Business Development & Technology Center. No cost. Reservation required. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Details, contact the CJACC at 417.649.8846.

October 29-Pinterest/Instagram Marketing Workshop, 10 am-2 -pm. Presented by the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and the MSSU Small Business Development & Technology Center. No cost. Reservation required. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Details contact the CJACC at 417-649-8846.

Carterville, MO

October 11: Route 66 Fall Festival, 11 am-8 pm, West Main Street. Food, crafts, games, raffles and prizes, music from Missourians, Aging Angels, Center Creek Band and STR8SHOT. Bring your lawn chairs. Proceeds benefit Carterville parks. Call 417.291.9803 or 417.673.1341.

Carthage, MO

Every Friday: The Woodshed, inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square, 7:30 pm. Live music. $7 admission. Call 417.358.2707.

Every Saturday: Wine Maker’s Dinner, 6-8 pm, White Rose Winery, by reservation only. Call 417.359.9253.

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

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

October 11 & 12: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1 pm. The Jessup Wagon, also known as the Agricultural School on Wheels, carried George Washington Carver’s bulletins in addition to many other useful supplies to the southern farmers. A park ranger will share the story of this fascinating teaching tool.

October 18 & 19: George Washington Carver: A Vision for the Twenty-First Century, 1 pm. Join us for a one-hour ranger led program that explores the life of George Washington Carver as it relates to the 21st century and beyond.

October 25 & 26: 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.

October 25: Wonders of the Night Sky, 7-8 pm. The night sky is the largest natural resource at George Washington Carver National Monument. Come and learn about celestial navigation, star stories and the effects of light pollution. This 30-minute long slide show will be followed by an outside constellation tour.

Joplin, MO

October 3: Joplin Women’s Meeting, noon, Twin Hills Country Club. Featured speaker is Lisa Olliges-Green of KOAM. The cost of the luncheon is $11. For reservations call Stephanie Everitt at 417.781.6138.

October 4: Ocktoberfest, 11 am-10 pm, Downtown Joplin, 501 S. Main St. Downtown Joplin is presenting a Main Street Festival, combining the family-friendly “Fall Kids Fest” with the German tradition of welcoming in the month of October. Oktoberfest Week 2014 is safe, clean and fun for all ages, desires and interests. The entire community is welcome to share the public stage. Call 417.553.7993.

October 5: Winefeast 2014, 2:30-5 pm, Holiday Inn. Sip and sample more than 100 wines from internationally known wineries, piano by Ken Oglesby. Silent Auction Tickets $25 in advance ($35 at the door) and beer tasting! Spotlight on Wine: 12:15-2 pm. Your spotlight ticket includes commemorative wine glass plus WineFeast 2014 beginning at 2:30 pm. Ticket $60 per person in advance only. Seating is limited so reserve early. Call 417.782.2226 for tickets. Must be 21 to attend.

October 10: L2: Learn-Lead, 8-11:30 am, MSSU Taylor Auditorium. Half-day simulcast designed to lift your vision as it inspires you to lead well. John Maxwell, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Tim Sanders will inspire you and share their expertise to help you succeed as a leader. Call 417.583.2113.

October 11: Route 66 Mother Road Bicycle Tour, 6 am, Schifferdecker Park. Three-State Mother Road Bicycle Tour. Begins in West Joplin and follows route 66 West Email joplintrailscoalition@gmail.com.

October 16: Third Thursday Downtown, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street from 1st to 15th streets. Enjoy local art, music, entertainment and food; art walk; performance stages featuring live music, dance and performance art; local restaurant fare and unique retail shopping. Call 417.310.3472.

October 18: The Salvation Army Chicago Staff Band Concert, 7 pm, Central Christian Center Church. The Chicago Staff Band is The Salvation Army’s principal concert band of the Midwest. Its innovative music and quality performances are the result of dedication and effort of its band members who volunteer their many hours of service without remuneration. Much of their music is based on traditional hymns of the church. $20. Call 417.624.4828.

October 18-19: R.K. Gun and Knife Show, 9 am-5 pm, Holiday Inn Convention Center, 3615 South Range Line Road. Buy, sell  and trade. Call 563.927.8176.

October 19: “Help Us Adopt” Benefit Chili Feed & Car Show, 3-6:30 pm, Northview Assembly Church, 3531 N. Range Line Rd. Fundraiser for Josh and Mandy Edmonson to adopt baby. Crafts, bounce house, silent auction, $5 chili, drink and dessert. Call 417.439.9771.

October 25: Benefit for Norm Wininger, 11 am-5 pm, Hideout Harley-Davidson. Food, 50/50 pot, car and bike show. Fun for the whole family. Call 417.950.5680 for more information. To make a donation call 417.208.6566 or 417.291.7731.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Open Wednesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. Wildcat Park and nature trails open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk. All programs are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Dr., Suite A, Joplin. Programs require preregistration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit

October 31-November 1: Fall Rummage Sale, 9 am-5 pm. A project of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Volunteers; all proceeds benefit education programs at the Center. Rummage donations from the public will be accepted starting Tuesday, October 28. Please, no computers, electronics or clothing.

November 1: Heron’s Nest Holiday Open House, 9 am-5 pm, all ages, free. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by finding a special gift for the nature-lovers at our holiday open house! Enjoy a 15 percent discount on most items. Free refreshments are provided.

Preschool Nature Connections

October 11: Forest Bright, Forest Night, 7-8 pm. Age: 3-6, $5 per child members/$10 per child non-members. Day or night, the forest is always full of activity. Join us to discover which of our animal friends like the light of day and which prefer the dark of night. Participate in games and stories, and go on a twilight hike in the forest before putting your preschooler to bed! Meet at the pavilion near Shoal Creek, west of the Center.

October 18: All About Owls!  10 am-1 pm. Age: 7-12. Cost: $35 per child. Anne-Marie Gailey, certified art teacher, will help your children discover the amazing world of owls! Explore unique owl stories and artworks. Create “owl art” through drawing, collage-painting and sculpture. A surprise owl present is provided for all participants. All materials and a snack are provided. Wear appropriate clothing and bring a sack lunch. Parents are not required to stay for the program.

October 18: Advanced Nature Photography, 10 am–12 pm. Ages: 15+, $6 per person members/$12 per person non-members. If you enjoy the nature photos on our website and Facebook page, you won’t want to miss this opportunity! Published nature photographer Becky Wylie will discuss how to take better nature photos. Class includes a hike in the park to practice the techniques. This is a good opportunity to get some shots to submit in the nature photography contest next March in Show Me The Ozarks Magazine, an annual fundraiser for the Audubon Center. Every photographer will get at least one of their pictures printed in the magazine!

Lamar, MO

September 29: Barton County Senior Center, 306 W. 11th St., 9 am-5 pm. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/Internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

October 6, 13, 20, 27: Barton County Senior Center, 306 W. 11th St., 9 am-5 pm. Cards, Dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/Internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

October 11: Wyatt Earp’s Fallfest, 9 am- 3 pm, Lamar square. Vendors, a baby show, live shoot outs with Wyatt, Doc Holiday and gang. Call 417.682.3595.

October 24: Fourth Thursday Music/Food on the Square, 6-8 pm, Lamar bandstand. Food, music, art and fun for all ages. Call 417.682.3595.

Mt. Vernon, MO

October 10-12: 48th Annual Apple Butter Makin’ Days, 9 am-
5 pm Friday and Saturday; 10 am-4 pm Sunday. Apple butter is cooked in large copper kettles on the town square before jarred and sold. Crafts, parade, car show, games and food. Call 417.466.7654 or visit www.mtvernonchamber.com.

Neosho, MO

October 4-5: Neosho Fall Festival Autumn Harvest, 9 am-
5 pm, Neosho square. Coaster car race, food, craft vendors, live music, inflatable rides, games, scarecrow contest, art show. Call 417.451.8050.

October 4: History Alley, 10 am-3 pm, Newton County Historical Park, 121 N. Washington St. Blacksmithing, basket weaving, corn grinding, Dutch oven cooking, wagon rides, petting zoo, photo shoot, live music. Call 417.451.1925.

October 4: Movie Under the Stars: “A Night at the Museum,” dusk, Newton County Museum. Bring chairs and blankets. Sponsored by The Neosho Arts Council. Call 417.451.1925.

October 5: Chili Cook-Off, 5-6:30 pm, Neosho High School practice field. $5 buys chili, drink and dessert plus two chili vote tickets. Sponsored by the Neosho Rotary Club. Call 417.451.1925.

Webb City, MO

September 29-October 2: Paint the Town Red. Help “Paint the Town Red” by decorating your business in Webb City colors before the homecoming football game October 3. Residential and business decorating contest. Call 417.673.1154.

October 2: Parade & Community Bonfire, 6 pm.

October 3: Homecoming Coronation & Football Game, Webb City vs. Neosho

October 4: Trolley Tours of Webb City, 10 am-noon

October 9: Annual Banquet & Webb City R-V11 Hall of Fame Induction, 6 pm, Butcher Block Banquet Center, 499 W. Fountain Rd., Joplin, $30. Call 417.673.1154.

Grove, OK

October 3: Grand Lake O the Cherokee Quilt Guild, 10 am, Community Center. First Friday of each month. Call 918.786.9078.


Cultural Arts and Entertainment



Fayetteville, AR

October 3: First Thursday Fayetteville, 5:30 pm, downtown Fayetteville square, outdoor art walk. Free. Call 479.521.5776.

Rogers, AR

October 3-4: Yucks Dynasty-2014 Northwest Arkansas Gridiron Show, 7:30 pm, Rogers Little Theater, 116 S. Second St. Area journalists write and perform the skits and songs. Admission benefits scholarship programs. $25. Call 479.443.5600.

Pittsburg, KS

October 31-November 2: Midwest Regional Ballet Presents “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 7:30 pm, November 1: 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, November 2, 2:30 pm at Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. Purchase tickets at www.memorialauditorium.org or call 620.231.7827.

Carthage, MO

October 3-5 & 10-12: “The 39 Steps.” Doors open 6 pm, show starts 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee: doors open 12:30 pm, show 2 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd. “The 39 Steps” takes audiences on a comedic trip through Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller with four actors playing over 50 roles. Adults: $24.50; seniors (55 up): $21; youth (13-18): $21; children: $12. Call 417.358.9665 or visit www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.webs.com.

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

October 10-26: “HOMES,” artCentral, 10 am-3 pm, Hyde House Gallery, 1110 E. 13th St. Paintings by artist James Oliver, professor of painting at Pittsburg State University. Free. Call 417.358.4404.

Joplin, MO

Through November 24: Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) members’ exhibit in the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th Street, is a trio of art featuring a variety of oil paintings, glass art and Ozark photography by John Mills, Steve Henton and Steve Snyder. For more information, email joplinrac@gmail.com.

October 4: Tristatesmen Chorus presents “Barbershop Harmony Show,” 7 pm, Victory Ministry Sports Complex, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. Advance tickets $12, and $15 at the door. Supporting Children’s Miracle Network. Call 417.621.8693.

October 17 & 19: Heartland Opera Theatre presents La Traviata, 7:30 pm, October 19: 2:30 pm. Taylor Performing Arts Center at MSSU. Verdi’s beloved opera performed by professional singers in Italian with English titles and full orchestra. Tickets: $20 reserved, $25 at door, $10 students. Call 417.782.4953 or visit www.heartlandoperatheatre.com.

October 21: Pro Musica presents Escher String Quartet, 7 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 509 S. Pearl. No charge (donations appreciated). Call 417.625.1822.

October 25: The Show-Me Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International present their annual show titled “Seasons of Song,” 7 pm, Ozark Christian College Chapel, 1111 N. Main St. Tickets $12 adults, $5 children under 12. Call 417.782.4631.

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 Main Gallery is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org. Early registration recommended.


September 30: Intro to Watercolor, 6-8 pm, adults. Cost: $150; members $135 for the six-week session. From raw beginners to more seasoned painters.

September 30: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm, ages 6-12. Cost: $5/class. Experiment with a variety of media. Pre-register. Space is limited.

October 7, 14, 21, 28: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm, ages 6-12. Cost: $5/class. Experiment with a variety of media. Pre-register. Space is limited.

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Preschooler and Pal Art Class, 10:30-11:30 am, ages 3-5. Cost: $5/class. Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist and sculpture. Space is limited, register early.

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Memories in the Making™, 10 am-12 pm, free. An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. Call 417.886.2199.

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm, ages 6-12. Cost: $10/class. Jordan Murdock teaches drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash and detailing in this introductory painting class.

October 4: Anime with Amber Baker, 11 am-1 pm, ages 12-18, Cost: $25. Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on real anime boards to create your character, storyline and background.

October 11: Girl Scout Workshop – Painting with Amber Minert, 1-3 pm, ages 2nd-3rd grade. Cost: $10. Girl Scouts tour the galleries, discovering and identifying various painting techniques and styles. In the studio classroom, each student creates a painting that exhibits the use of color and a variety of ways to apply paint. This workshop fulfills three requirements to earn the Painting Badge.

October 18: Splattered Chairs with Tricia Courtney, 1-4 pm, ages 8-88, $40. You’ll fling, sling, splatter and drip your way to a masterpiece on one of our little wooden chairs. Dress accordingly. Space is limited, register early

October 25: Altered Tile Pendant with Kristin Girard, 1-3 pm, age adult, $20. Love those cute and funky altered pendants? Kristin Girard will show you the tips and tricks to make a fabulous piece of jewelry uniquely your own. All supplies are provided.


September 20-November 8: Norman Rockwell: 323 Saturday Evening Post Covers, Main Gallery. General admission: $5; members, seniors & students $3; children under 12 free.

September 5-October 24: 2014 Small Works Auction, Regional Gallery. Spiva artists contribute 6” x 6,” 9” x 12” and 12” x 12” original works for this exciting annual auction.

October 3-30: Memories in the Making, Upstairs Gallery. How could you express yourself if you had no access to language or ways to organize your thoughts? Could you express your memories another way?

October 10: Idealizing America: Norman Rockwell and Irving Berlin. 7 pm. Author and scholar Michael Lasser will explore how the works of Rockwell and Berlin reflected American culture of the time. Berlin music will be performed by Rebecca Luebber Ensor, accompanied by Robert Ensor. Admission: $10 general admission, $7 for members.


Neosho, MO

October 11: 19th Annual Thomas Hart Benton Four State Regional Art Competition and Exhibit. Two divisions: Emerging and Professional. Original works only. Registration Oct. 10, 4:30-6:30 pm and Saturday 8-9:30 am at the Longwell Museum, Crowder College. Two entries allowed, $20 for the first entry, $5 for the second. Exhibit October 11-26, weekdays 9 am-4 pm and weekends 1-4 pm. Call 417.489.3041 or 417.358.6329.



Health Events


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.

October 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

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

October 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

October 6-28: Monday and Tuesday Grief Support Group, Monday 1:30-2:30 pm; Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Open to the public at no cost; registration is appreciated. Materials provided. Call Chaplain Galen Snodgrass, 417.359.2636.

October 8: Caregivers Together, 1-2 pm. Support group for family caregivers. Call 417.358.8121.

October 12 & 26: Spradling Family Birthing Center Open House for expectant parents. 1-3 pm, free. Call 417.359.2600.

October 27: Diabetes Support Group, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library Community Room, 612 S. Garrison. Call 417.359.1359 or 417.359.1351.

Joplin, MO

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Learn about managing fatigue, working with health professionals, relaxation techniques and practicing healthy eating habits. Call 417.625.2492.

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

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

October 3: 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.

October 7:  Vatterott Job Fair, 10:30 am-1 pm, Vatterott College, 809 Illinois. Job fair for Integrity Home Care. Free. Call 417.659.8500.

October 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. Providing a safe, confidential and supportive environment. Call 417.623.8272.

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

October 28: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl at 417.849.7814.

Freeman Health System

Every Saturday: Sports Injury Clinic, 9-11 am, Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, 3105 McClelland Blvd, open to middle school, high school and college athletes injured during the previous week’s school sports activities. X-ray is available onsite. Call 417.347.5400.

September 30: Freeman Advantage Tea, 9-11:30 am, Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Annual health screening; open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit freemanhealth.com/advantage.

October 4: Clays for a Cause, 8 am-8 pm, Claythorne Lodge, 1329 NW 100th St., Columbus, KS. Clay competition, silent auction, gun raffles, side matches, lunch and refreshments, tournament benefiting Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism! Participants will compete in four-person teams. To register or for questions, please call Courtney Bay at 417.347.7725 or email cdbay@freemanhealth.com.

October 4: 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.

October 6 & 13: Parenting Class for Parents of Teens, 5:30-7 pm, Will’s Place, 1800 W. 30th Street. Tips for parents with teens, presented by Kimberly Fielding. Call 417.347.7580.

October 7: Friends and Family CPR Class, 6:30-9 pm, Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C. Open to the public, Learn to save lives by learning CPR. $15. Call 417.347.4448.

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

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

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

October 16: Stroke Support Group, 3 pm, College View Manor, 3828 College View. Call 417.347.1234.

October 20 & 27: Diabetes Support Group meets the third Monday of each month, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.5831.

October 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.

October 23: Freeman Screen Team Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C. Appointment required; call 417.347.6555.

October 28: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Cost: $15. Call 417.347.6667.

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

Mercy Hospital

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 2 pm, SWMO Community Alliance Conference Room, 2914 E. 32nd St. Call Nancy, 417.623.5560.

Every Wednesday: Free Blood Pressure Screening, 9 am-12 pm, St. John’s Medical Equipment Store, 3120 S. Main, Suite 10. Call 417.627.8424.

Every Thursday: Free Blood Pressure Screenings, 10-11 am, Mercy Hospital Lobby. Call 417.627.8424.

Mercy Prestige- Call 417.625.2262

October 2: Mercy Prestige Luncheon, 12 pm,  Byers Avenue United Methodist Church, 1730 S. Byers St., Joplin. Call 417.652.2262.

October 2: Blood Drive, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and Mercy Auxiliary, co-sponsoring a blood drive at the following locations:

Silver Creek Galleria, 8-10 am-Joplin

Mercy Hospital Joplin, 2817 St. John’s Blvd., Joplin, 12:30-4:30 pm.

Planning Design & Construction building, 300 E. 50th Street, Joplin, 1-4 pm.

October 2: HCI $6 Jewelry Sale, 7 am-4 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin, sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary Joplin.

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 St. in Joplin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

October 1-31: Mammogram Special in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mammograms are 50 percent off the regular price of $342 for a screening. Please call 417.681.5161 to make your appointment.

October 1: Barton County Memorial Hospital Community Health Fair, 9 am, National Guard Armory, 106 Broadway. Informational booths, heath assessments and laboratory testing. Call 417.659.8500.

October 7: Caregiver Support Group for Memory Loss, 6-7 pm, meets first Tuesday of each month, Barton County Memorial Hospital Board Room. Topic is Trigger a Flash. Call 417.681.5100.

October 16 & 17: Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale, Thursday 8 am-6 pm, Friday 7 am-3 pm, Barton County Memorial Hospital Lobby, 29 NW 1st Lane. Sponsored by the Barton County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Call 417.681.5107.

El Dorado Springs, MO

October 14: El Dorado Springs Health Fair, 9-11:30 am, El Dorado Springs Senior Center. Health Fair open to seniors. Free. Call 417.659.8500.

Neosho, MO

October 8: Crowder Job Fair, 9 am-1 pm, Crowder College, Wright Conference Center. Job fair for Integrity Home Care. Call 417.659.8500 or email niclole.anderson@integrityhc.com.

Medicalodges - Neosho, MO

October 8: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month, 4-5 pm, 400 Lyon Drive. Friends and family of persons with any type of dementia are welcome. Call 417.451.2544.

October 21: Remember Me Group meets the third Tuesday of each month, 4-5 pm, 400 Lyon Drive. Create a scrapbook with education about dementia. Must RSVP. Call 417.451.2544.

Monett, MO

October 24: Golden Age Games, 9 am-4 pm, Monett High School, Fun, Interactive “Olympics” for seniors that are nursing facility residents at many location, free. Call 417.208.7343.

Nevada Regional Medical Center – Nevada, MO

October 2:  Sheet Galore & More Sale, 7 am-4 pm, mezzanine, everyone is invited. Sponsored by NRMC Auxiliary. Call 417.448.3801.

October 7: Sibling Celebration, 3:30-4:15 pm, Medical Arts Building 2nd floor conference room. This class is designed to celebrate children ages 2-6 who are going to become a big brother or big sister. Call 417.448.3801.

October 14: Breastfeeding Support Group, 6:30 pm, Medical Arts Building 2nd floor conference room. For women in their third trimester of pregnancy. Call 417.448.3801.

Noel, MO

October 16: Presentation on Medicaid Services/Employment Opportunities, 6 pm, Head Start, 628 Johnson Drive. Open to the public. Information will be provided to educate on Medicaid services, healthy children & youth, consumer-directed services and employment opportunities. Spanish interpreter will be available. Call 417.659.8500.

Stockton, MO

October 24: Stockton Senior Center Health Fair, 9 am-noon. Health Fair for area seniors. Free. Call 417.659.8500.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center - Grove, OK

October 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.

October 8: Low Vision Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

Miami, OK

October 7 & 21: 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.

October 9: Caregivers Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center

Miami, OK

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

October 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.

October 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations 4th floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Halloween Events

Siloam Springs, AR

October 31: Downtown Trick or Treat, 3:30-5:30 pm. Bring the family downtown to the best place for trick-or-treating! Downtown merchants welcome the community with candy, treats and prizes!

Pittsburg, KS

October 4-5: Wood Farm Pumpkin Patch: An agri-tourism attraction located southwest of Pittsburg opens for its fall pumpkin harvest. Wood Farm features pumpkins for the picking and a large pumpkin display. Children’s activities including a small corn maze, hay bale maze, pumpkin chunkin’ slingshots, hay rack rides, cornbox, Jack-O-Lantern Express Train and petting zoo. Hours of Operation Oct. 4-26. Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 pm. Located at 1122 South 200th Street. For more information, e-mail woodfarmpumpkinpatch@wtcusa.net.

McCune, KS

October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26: Hickory Creek Farms. Open 1-6 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Six-acre corn maze, pumpkins on the vine, pumpkin playground, rubber duckie races, Critter Corral, live pig races, barrel train rides, punkin chunkin’ and hayrides - all for just $8 admission (kids under 2 are free). Call 620.632.4294 or visit www.hickorycreekfarms.com.

Granby, MO

October 1-30: Renner Farms, 13507 Raccoon Road, one-half mile south of East Newton High School. Pumpkins already gathered, corn maze, wagon rides and farm animals. Call 417.472.6199.

Lamar, MO

October 31: Halloween Hullabaloo, 3-5 pm, Downtown Lamar. Halloween fun for all ages, trick or treating and costume contest! Call 417.682.3595.

Oronogo, MO

September 28- October 31: Pathways Corn Maze, 23895 State Hwy 96. Open every weekend, Fridays, 6-11 pm, Saturdays, 1-11 pm. Pumpkin pick in field, tractor pulled hay rides. Call 417.529.8508.

Bartlesville, OK

October Spook-A-Rama, 6-10 pm, Kiddie Park, 200 N Cherokee. The House of the Bogey Man Haunted House and Wacky Science Show. Call 918.336.5337.

Grove, OK

October 25: Historical Haunted Halloween, 4404 West 20th Street. Reservation required, $7 per person or $25 for 4; $3 per members. Wear your costumes for an afternoon and evening of not too-scary spooktacular fun for families. Bring your flashlight! Activities for the young ones in the afternoon. Call 918.786.6446.