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Calendar of Events

 

Support Your Local Farmers Market!

Fayetteville, AR: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays on the Square. Season begins April 5. Visit www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org.

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

Webb City, MO: 11 am-2 pm first and third Fridays under the pavilions in King Jack Park. Visit www.webbcityfarmersmarket.com.

Fayetteville, AR

April 26: Champions for Kids RazorFest, 10 am-1 pm, Reynolds Razorback Stadium. 10th annual event includes fun zones, music, giveaways, health zones, fitness activities, nutrition education and more. Call 479.582.2008.

Rogers, AR 

April 18: Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County presents 14th Annual 5K Glow Run 5-9 pm, Frisco Stage, 200 S. First Street. Family-friendly nighttime events include 1-Mile Fun Walk, 400-Yard Super Hero Dash, and chip-timed 5K Glow Run beginning at the Frisco Stage in Downtown Rogers. Call 479.621.0385.

Columbus, KS

April 4: Business EXPO, 12:30-5 pm, CUHS gym. Businesses showcase products and services. Prizes. Call 620.429.1492.

April 11: Fire-up for Fireworks Cook-out, 11 am-1:30 pm, Maple UnCommon Hotel. Proceeds go to help purchase fireworks. Call 620.429.1492.

April 18: Easter Egg Hunt, 3:30 pm, Big Brutus museum grounds. Call 620.827.6177.

April 19: Easter Egg Hunt, 10 am, City Park. Ages 9 months to 10 years. Call 620.429.1492.

April 20: Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 am, Big Brutus museum grounds. Call 620.827.6177.

April 27: Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, 9 am, Columbus Country Club, Hwy 66. Register with Jamie at Mike Carpino Ford, 620.429.2200.

Franklin, KS

April 1-June 28: Miners Hall Museum Special Exhibit: “Milestones for US Workers” Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm,   Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway, Call 620.347.4220.

Pittsburg, KS

April 5: Pittsburg’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 11 am, Lincoln Park. Call 620.231.1212.

April 5: 2014 Rollin’ Nostalgia Car Club Cruise Nights, 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. Call 620.231.1212.

April 12: Move & Shake for MS, Registration 9 am; walk begins at 10 am. Pittsburg Community Middle School, raise funds to provide grants to those living with multiple sclerosis in our local area, zumbathon and  fun walk happening simultaneously. $20 registration, $5 for students K-8. Email moveandshakeforms@gmail.com, call 620.762.3733 or visit www.msborderwalk.org.,

April 26: Get Busy Livin’ Dylan Meier Foundation 5K and Friendship 1-mile Walk, Hutchinson Field. Register at www.getbusylivin.org/gbl5k/.

April 26: Big Bang Rockfest V, 4-10 pm, Downtown. Annual fundraiser for the Pittsburg July 4th Fireworks Show. Help keep Fireworks at Lincoln Park on July 4th a tradition for generations to come while supporting Pittsburg’s own music festival with the area’s best bands! Call 620.231.1212.

Carl Junction, MO

April 22: Mercy Mobile Mammography Unit Visit, 8 am-4 pm, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Call 417.649.8846.

April 24: 14th Annual Carl Junction Community and Education Awards Banquet, 6:30 pm, Carl Junction High School, 806 West Walnut. Call 417.649.8846.

April 26: Carl Junction Spring City Wide Sale, 7 am. Sales in every neighborhood. Free maps available at CJ Chamber businesses. Call 417.649.8846.

Carthage, MO

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

April 4, 11, 18, 25: The Woodshed, inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square, 7:30 pm. Live music from two bands. $5 admission. Call 417.358.2707.

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/gwac.

National Park Week Film Series featuring ‘’The National Parks, America’s Best Idea.” Enjoy the six-part, twelve-hour documentary by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. A different episode will be shown throughout the week from 2 pm-4 pm in the visitor center.

April 20: Episode 1: The Scripture of Nature, 1851-1890

April 21: Episode 2: The Last Refuge, 1890-1915

April 22: Episode 3: The Empire of Grandeur, 1915-1919

April 23: Episode 4: Going Home, 1920-1933

April 24: Episode 5: Great Nature, 1933-1945

April 25: Episode 6: The Morning of Creation, 1946-1980

April 5-6: “A Genius Remembered,” 1 pm. This 30-minute film explores the life of George Washington Carver.

April 12: Walk With a Doc, 11 am. Becoming healthier can literally be a walk in the park. Bring your health-related questions and join a doctor from Freeman Health System for this one-mile walk to better health.

April 12-13: “The Life and the Legacy, Booker T. Washington,”
1 pm. This 30-minute film traces the legacy of Booker T. Washington and the founding of Tuskegee Institute.

April 19-20: Exploring  Earth Day, 1 pm. Join a park ranger to learn about the origins of Earth Day, the water cycle, water quality testing, and what tree rings can tell us about history and the environment.

April 26: Art in the Park/National Junior Ranger Day, 10 am-
3 pm. Celebrating George Washington Carver’s love for art, this event features local artists at work across the park grounds. Visitors may participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops utilizing pastels, natural dyes, pencil, and more. In conjunction with National Park Week, kids are invited to join a park ranger for activities to earn a special Junior Ranger badge!

Joplin, MO

April 13: Joplin Spring Bridal Fling 2014, 11 am-4 pm, Cosmopolitan Event Center, 501 S. Main. Contests, fashion shows, prizes and dozens of exhibitors. $5. Call 417.553.7993.

April 13: Children’s Lego Club, 2 pm, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main. Monthly build-a-thon for LEGO-loving children. Those under six must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417.623.2184.

April 17: Third Thursday Downtown, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street from 1st-15th. Enjoy local art, music, entertainment, food, unique retail shopping and special events each month. Call 417.310.3472 or visit www.downtownjoplin.com.

April 19: “Explore & Play,” 10:30 am, Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main. Listen to a theme-related story, sing songs and visit “exploration stations” that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. Ages 1-5. Call 417.623.2184.

April 26: WALK MS Joplin, 9 am, Landreth Park. Registration 9 am; walk begins at 10 am. 1- and 3-mile route options. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch included. Family friendly including dogs! Registration free. Raise $100 or more for Multiple Sclerosis programs and research and receive a free T-shirt. Super hero theme. Call 417.268.9010 or visit Walk.msmidamerica.org.

April 26-27: The Bear Prince, 2:30 pm, Taylor Performing Arts Center, MSSU. Based on the Mexican folk tale “El Principe Oso.”  Story of a young girl named Rosa who marries a bear to save her poor father. Call 417.625.9393.

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, MO, Programs require preregistration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.

April 19: 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. Held indoors in inclement weather.

April 12: Preschool Nature Connections - Jeepers, Spring Peepers, 10 - 11 am. Ages: 3 - 6 years. $5 per child members/ $10 per child non-members. Learn the difference between frogs and toads, take part in some “froggy” activities and hike to the pond.

April 19: Naturescaping and Rain Garden Workshop, 9 am-12 pm. Ages: 12+.  Free. Learn why and how to include native plantings in your landscape, how to install a rain garden, what plants to select and how they benefit wildlife.  Includes handouts and native plants.  Bring photos or maps of your yard and we’ll help you create your own custom rain garden!  Free native trees and shrubs for all participants.

April 26: Meet the American Woodsman, John James Audubon, 10 am- 2 pm,  Free. Celebrate the 229th birthday of the National Audubon Society’s namesake and one of America’s best known artists, John James Audubon. The year is 1843. Meet Mr. Audubon along Shoal Creek as he shares stories from his many adventures in the wilderness. Come and go as you please as you walk the scenic trails in Wildcat Park. 

April 26: It’s a Drive-by Treeing!  Tree and shrub give-away, 10 am-2 pm. All ages welcome, Free. No need to leave your car - just pull through parking area and a volunteer will fill your order and send you on your way!  Tree and shrub species are native to the area so they are better adapted to our climate and more resistant to disease and pests.

Monett, MO

April 5: Business Showcase, 10 am-2 pm, City Park Casino. Free. Event gives the community a chance to see what Monett businesses have to offer. Call 417.235.7919.

April 25: Eggs & Issues Breakfast, 8 am, City Park Casino. Government representatives will address concerns and answer questions from the community. Call 417.235.7919.

Neosho, MO

Through April: Neosho R5 Preschool and Kindergarten Screenings, PAT office, Field School. Schedule appointment by calling 417.451.8632.

Every Tuesday: Child-Parent Relationship Training, 5:30-7:30 pm, Neosho R5 Central Office, 418 Fairground Road. Fun program for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-13. Call Crystal or Bea to register, 417. 312.2622.

April 4-5: City Wide Rummage Sale, 7 am, rain or shine. Maps available the morning of the sale at local convenience stores and restaurants, Missouri’s largest garage sale. Call 417.451.1925.

April 13: 53rd Annual Dogwood Tour, 9 am-5 pm. Tour maps and Dogwood information available at the Rotary tent, Neosho High School. Signs posted along the route for this special event. Call 417.451.1925.

April 19: Garry Carson’s Magical Mystery Show, 7 pm, Neosho Civic. Rotary Club fundraiser to Benefit New-Mac CASA, an organization that helps advocate for children who find themselves in the court system through no fault of their own. Tickets are $10.00, available at the Chamber office. Call 417.451.1925.

Webb City, MO

April 11-12: Springtime on Broadway, downtown Webb City. Carnival, vendors, crafts, music and more. Call Erin Braker, 417.673.3402.

April 12: Webb City Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 1-3 pm, King Jack Sport Complex. Enjoy the day with an Easter egg hunt and prizes. Call 417.673.1154.

Bartlesville, OK

April 2: Broadway in Bartlesville presents “West Side Story,” 7:30-10 pm, Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd. One of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time returns to Broadway in a groundbreaking new production directed by its legendary librettist, Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents. Call 918.337.2787.

April 4: Abrams Brothers, 7:30 pm, Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams. This young Canadian group of brothers performs a mixture of bluegrass, country and folk-rock. Call 918.336.2787.

April 8: Taste of Home Cooking School, 5-9 pm, Bartlesville Community Center. Vendor booths, door prizes. Tickets $10 at select area businesses; $11 online at www.bartlesvilleradio.com; $13 at Bartlesville Community Center. Call 918.336.1001.

April 12: Second Saturdays Jazz Night, 8-10 pm, Price Tower Copper Bar, 510 Dewey Avenue, featuring Jo Hemiann. Call 918.336.4949.

April 13: ALT*AFT, (Alternative Afternoon), 2-4 pm, Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams.  Performance of Lemony Snickett’s “The Composer Is Dead” with music by Nathaniel Stookey. Witty and ingenious, with inside jokes for adults and kids, this piece for narrator and orchestra solves a mystery. Tickets $15. Call 918.336.2787.  

April 25-26: Wee-Cycle Children’s Consignment Event, 8 am-8 pm, Washington County Fairgrounds, 1109 N. Delaware Street.  Clean out those closets! Selling kids and maternity clothes, strollers, high chairs, toys and more. Call 918.841.1295.

April 26: 4th Annual Harley Party and Poker Run, 10 am-11 pm, Bartlesville Municipal Airport. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville. Tickets: $25. Enjoy dinner, dancing to live music by Infinity, cash bar, raffles, auction.

April 26: Light It Up Blue Bartlesville Run for Autism, 8 am-1 pm, 6th and Jennings. Proceeds benefit Paths to Independence, an accredited PK-12 private school structured to meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders. Call 918.336.8708.

Grove, OK

April 10-13: Grand Lake Cluster Dog Show, 9 am, Grove Civic Center. Dogs from across the country are entered each day for conformation and obedience competition, vendors on site featuring pet supplies and specialty items, concession area. Free. Call 918.786.2289 or visit www.grandlakefun.com.

April 20: Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 2 pm, Grove Sport Complex. Children of all ages are welcome to get in on the hunt! Lots of great prizes. Sponsored by City of Grove and Group 33. Call Grove Area Chamber, 918.786.9079, or visit www.groveok.org.

Miami, OK

April 11: Baby Boomers Comedy Club, 8 pm, Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main. In this hilarious 90-minute theater event, fellow baby boomers and veteran comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader hit all the familiar topics with clean humor that’s been a hit at thousands of conventions. Call 918.540.2425.

April 24-26: Miami Little Theatre presents “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 8 pm, Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main. The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject the realities of life with which she is faced. When she goes to live with her sister in New Orleans, circumstances lead to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness. Call 918.540.2425.

 

 

Cultural Arts and Entertainment

 

 

Bentonville, AR

April 6: The Diamonds in Concert presented by Live On Stage in NWA,  2 pm, Arends Arts Center, 1901 SE “J” Street. Visit rock ‘n’ roll history as you “Stroll” in for these “Little Darlin’(s).”  Call 479.855.9997.

Fayetteville, AR

April 1-6: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz, 7:30 pm, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson Street. An enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Join Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they journey through the magical land of Oz. Call 479.443.5600.

Carthage, MO

April 18: “6X12: A Slice of Home,” artCentral Hyde House Gallery, 1110 E. 13th Street, 10 am-4 pm Monday-Friday.  Special silent auction event to benefit the gallery featuring works by all member artists in both galleries. Reception 6-9 pm. Silent bids accepted the week prior. Free. Call 417.359.8181.

April 25-May 9: Exhibit “LAYERS,” artCentral Hyde House Gallery, 1110 E. 13th Street, 12-5 pm Fridays & Saturdays; 1-5 pm Sundays. Pastels and paintings by artists Patti Beavers, Sarcoxie, and Becky Golubski, Pierce City, in both galleries. Artists’ reception 6 pm April 25. Call 417.359.8181.

April 25: Fourth Friday Art Walk, 6-9 pm, Historic Carthage Square. Call 417.359.8181 or visit www.carthageartwalk.com.

Joplin, MO

April 25: Heartland Opera Theatre presents “A Most Ingenious Paradox,” 7:30 pm, Corley Auditorium, MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Road. The best of Gilbert and Sullivan in a rollicking musical revue narrated by Queen Victoria herself! Reserved tickets $15; door tickets $20; students $10. Call 417.782.4953.

April 15-May 11: Celebrating a Local Son and His Art - 125th Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton, 8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, 1st floor of Joplin City Hall. Public exhibit of a collection of works by Neosho native and world-renowned painter and muralist Thomas Hart Benton. Also on display are works submitted by regional 11th and 12th grade students. Weekend viewing by appointment. Call 417.625.4789.

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.

Classes:

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages 6-12. Cost: $5 per class.  Experiment with a variety of media and explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Limited space; please preregister.

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Preschooler and Pal Art Class, 10-11 am. Ages 3-5. Cost: $5 per class.  Share art with your very young artist as we explore painting, drawing, water resist, and sculpture. Build creativity through reading and art. Parents must stay with student. Limited space; please preregister.

April 3: Memories in the Making®, 10 am-12 pm. Free. An art experience centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Call 800.272.3900.

April 5: Anime with Amber, 11 am-1 pm. Ages 12-18. Cost: $25.  Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on real anime boards to create your character, storyline, and background.

April 12: Pysanky Eggs for the Beginner, 10 am-1 pm. Ages 13+. Cost: $35. Ancient art form uses egg shells, beeswax, and water soluble dyes to create masterpieces in miniature. Limited to 6 students.

April 12: Pysanky Eggs for the Advanced, 2-5 pm. Ages 13+. Cost: $35. Further exploration into this fascinating art form for returning students. Limited to 6 students.

April 5 & 12: Clay Bird Bell, 10 am-12 pm. Ages 6-12. Cost: $35. First, learn how to use basic hand-building techniques to create a funny bird that is also a bell. Return the following Saturday to apply finishing touches with paint, wire and beads.

April 25-26: Mosaic Mirrors, 6-8 pm Friday; 11 am-12 pm Saturday. Ages 14+. Cost: $50.

This two-day class teaches skills required to create mosaic masterpieces. Closed-toe shoes must be worn.

Exhibits:

Through May 4: PhotoSpiva 2014, Main Gallery. Year 38 of Spiva’s acclaimed national photography competition presents outstanding images by amateur and professional U.S. photographers.

Through May 4: Natalie Wiseman: Un-still Life, Regional Gallery. Household items illustrate themes of potential, luck, and control – or the lack thereof. Wiseman’s realistic style and primary color palette depict life that is anything but still!

Columbus, KS

Through April: “Raining Cats & Dogs” Exhibit, Maple UnCommon Hotel & Gallery, 120 E. Maple Street. Free event to make friends and raise funds for local shelter and rescue organization All God’s Creatures. Opening reception featuring celebrity guest artist Cocoa, 1-4 pm Sunday, April 6. Call 620.429.3130.

Pittsburg, KS

April 4-6: Pittsburg Community Theatre presents “The Grapes of Wrath,” 7:30 pm, Sunday matinee 2 pm, Memorial Auditorium. Tickets: $12 Adults; $10 Seniors/Students; $8  GA Balcony. Call 620.231.7827.

April 24-27: PSU Theatre presents “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” 8 pm, Sunday matinee 2 pm, PSU Studio Theatre. An incessantly ringing cell phone and a dead man with a LOT of loose ends…so begins Ruhl’s comedy about the odyssey of a woman forced to confront assumptions about morality and our need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. For mature audiences. Tickets: $11 general public; $7 under 17/over 65; free admission with valid PSU photo ID. Ticket Office: 620.235.4796.

 

  

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.

April 10: Grief Companions Support Group, meets the second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Enter through north door. Call 620.704.1110.

April 25: Aging with Attitude - KSU Research and Extension, 9 am-3:30 pm, Wesley United Methodist Church, 505 Leawood Drive.  Call M. Gayle Price, 620.431.1530.

Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS

April 2: National Walking Day - get out and enjoy a walk!

April 12: Move and Shake for MS, 10 am-12 pm, Pittsburg High School track. Zumba activities, fun walk, awareness day for MS. Call 620.235.7894.

April 12: PSU Softball Melanoma Awareness Ballgame, 12 pm and
2 pm, PSU softball field, Rouse Street. Information on skin cancer available, free sunscreen while you watch the game and free skin screenings by dermatologist provided by MCA and KU. Call 620.235.7894.

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital - Carthage, MO

April 1: A “Spring Shower” to benefit Silver Linings, 3-7 pm, 1503 Hazel Avenue. Silver Linings is a teen parent education program. Participants complete learning modules to earn “Baby Bucks” to redeem for needed items in the boutique. New or gently-used laundered items are accepted. The shower is a come and go event. Refreshments served. Call 417.388.7894.

April 2: Free AAT Deficiency Screening Event, 7:30 am-1 pm, main lobby. If you have been diagnosed with COPD or Emphysema, you should be tested for Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency, regardless of smoking history. A hereditary condition, you need to know if you carry it for your health and the health of your children and grandchildren. Screening includes laboratory blood draw. Call 417.359.1350.

April 7-29: 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.

April 11: Free Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Screenings,
7:30-10 am, Mercy Primary Care, 1515 Hazel, Suite 101 (lower level). Karen Fenstermacher, FNP, is available to answer questions about abnormal readings. No appointment necessary. Call 417.237.0744.

April 13 & 27: Spradling Family Birthing Center Open House for expectant parents, 1-3 pm. Free. Call 417.359.2600.

April 16: Healthcare Decisions Day, 8 am-3 pm. Advance Care Directive forms available in the hospital lobby. Free assistance with filling out the forms and a notary public also available.

April 17: Golden Reflections, 2-3 pm, Carthage Water & Electric Community Center, 627 W. Centennial. This month’s meeting is a service project to benefit Silver Linings. Guest Speaker: Renee Laney, Silver Linings project coordinator. Also celebrating March and April birthdays. Call 417.359.1351.

April 22: Diabetes Support Group, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library community room. Call 417.359.2652.

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. 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.

April 4: 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.

April 15: 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

April 1: Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 Wisconsin Avenue. Call 417.347.7850.

April 7 & 14: Prenatal Class, 6:30-9:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Class prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration required; call 417.347.6687.

April 12: Freeman Family 5K Run/Walk, 8-10 am, Joplin Family Y South, 3404 McIntosh Circle Drive. Awards for top overall male and female, and first, second, and third place in each age category. Proceeds benefit Joplin Schools Foundation Snack Pack program.

April 15: Pink Door Boutique Fit Event, 10 am-3 pm, 1532 West 32nd Street. Women who have undergone a lumpectomy or mastectomy can learn about prosthetic options. Free refreshments and giveaways while browsing post-mastectomy products, including new bra styles, the latest in breast form technology, swim forms, and swimwear. Appointments appreciated! Call 417.347.7465.

April 15: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30 pm. Freeman West meeting room 1W. Cost: $15. Call 417.347.6667.

April 17: Stroke Support Group, 3 pm, College View Manor, 3828 College View. Call 417.347.1234.

April 21: Diabetes Support Group meets the third Monday of each month, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center conference room, 1532 West 32nd Street. Call 417.347.5831.

April 22: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, 7 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl, 417.849.7814.

April 26: Freeman Advantage Tea, 6-10 am, conference room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Annual health screening; open to the public. Call 417.347.4448.

April 26: Freeman Screen Team Public Health Fair, 8-11 am, Calvary Baptist Church, 600 E. 50th Street. Individual tests and services provided; open to the public. For best results, food and drink (except water) should be avoided for 8 hours prior to testing. Call 417.347.6555.

April 26: Walk for Autism Awareness, 8-10 am, MSSU, Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Registration: $15 adults, $10 kids. All proceeds benefit program development and scholarship assistance for Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. Call 417.347.6557.

April 24: Freeman Screen Team Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, 1130 East 32nd Street, Suite C. Appointment required; call 417.347.6555.

Mercy Hospital

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

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

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

Mercy Healthification Team:

Every Wednesday: The Mercy Running Group and Walking Group, 5:30 pm, Surgery Center Parking lot, 32nd Street and Connecticut. Bring water to keep hydrated!  Please visit the Mercy Running Group Facebook page for information and route updates.

Every Thursday: Free Blood Pressure Checks, 10-11 am, hospital lobby. Call 417.627.8424.

Mercy Auxiliary Events:

April 3: Midnight Madness, 5 pm-midnight, Mercy Gift Shop, 2817 St. John’s Blvd.

April 6-12: National Volunteer Week. There will be a special appreciation day for volunteers during this week.

April 29-30: Miche Purse Sale, 7 am-4 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin.

Mercy Prestige Events - Call 417.625.2262

April 4: Prestige Luncheon “Severe Weather,” 12 pm, Byers Avenue United Methodist Church, 1730 S. Byers Street. Speaker: Doug Heady.

April 8: Prestige Trip: Mills of Ozark County. Call Patti Lett, 417.625.2262.

Senior Connections: Free fun activities, food and fellowship at First Baptist Church, 633 S. Pearl Avenue. Call Alicia, 417.208.3650.

April 3, 10, 17 & 24: Bunco, 1:30-3:30 pm

National Alliance on Mental Illness

For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit www.namijoplin.org. The NAMI building is located at 219 W. 2nd Street in Joplin.

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

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

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

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

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

April 4: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm, NAMI building.

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

March 17: Diabetes Support Group, 5:30 pm, Barton County Ambulance District office meeting room, 1100 Cherry Street. Call 417.681.5107.

Medicalodges - Neosho, MO

April 9: 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.

April 15: Remember Me Group Meeting, meets the third Tuesday of each month, 4-5 pm, 400 Lyon Drive. Create scrapbook with education about dementia. Must RSVP. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center – Nevada, MO

April 8: Sibling Celebration, 3:30-4:15 pm, NRMC Medical Arts Building conference room. Class is designed for children ages 2-6 celebrating becoming a big brother or sister. A parent or guardian must accompany children. Call 417.448.3622 to register.

April 8: Breastfeeding Support Group, 6:30 pm, NRMC Medical Arts Building conference room. Support for women who are breastfeeding or who are pregnant and want more information. Call 417.448.3622 to register.

April 9: Care Giver Support Group, 1:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center, 2101 N. Ash. Call 417.448.3999.

April 12: Community Health Fair, 9 am-12 pm, Osage Prairie YMCA, 500 W. Highland Avenue. Lots of booths, health information, screenings and giveaways. Call 417.667.9622.

April 16: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center, 301 N. Main Street. Call 417.667.5847.

April 18: Lunch and Learn: “Organ Donation” with Midwest Organ Transplant Network, 12- 1 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Free. Lunch is available for $3 or you may bring your own. Call 417.448.3622 to reserve seat.

April 25: Lunch and Learn: “Medicare 101” with Care Connection, 12-1 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Free. Lunch is available for $3 or you may bring your own. Call 417.448.3622 to reserve seat.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center - Grove, OK

April 10: 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.

April 10: 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

April 10: 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.

April 10 & 24: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System conference room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center – Miami, OK

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

April 1: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations 4th floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

April 3: 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.