JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Anime 101, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Students 12 and older will learn how to draw anime. Cost: $15. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall streets. An after-school program for students 6 to 12 years old. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
NEOSHO: Zombie makeup, 4 p.m. today, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
BAXTER SPRINGS, KAN.: Pig roast, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Baxter Springs United Methodist Church, 13th and East streets. Meals are $9 for adults, $4 for children. Takeouts are available.
DUENWEG: Celebration Day, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Irwin and Malloy streets, behind Duenweg Elementary School. The event includes food, live entertainment, inflatables, arts and crafts and fireworks. Details: 417-623-2027.
JOPLIN: Third Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, downtown Joplin. Event includes, music, art walk, performances and more. Final event of the year. Details: 417-310-3472.
CARTHAGE: Model railroad swap meet, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Fairview Christian Church, 2320 S. Grand Ave. The event is organized by the Southwest Missouri Railroad Association. Admission: $3. Details: 417-622-9864.
JOPLIN: PC Chess Club, 6 to 10 p.m. today, Hardee’s, 1641 W. Seventh St. The club offers classes, lectures, training and workshops for children and adults. Details: joplinchessclub@ yahoo.com.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
GALENA, KAN.: Farmers market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Seventh and Main streets. Farmers, gardeners and crafters are welcome. Details: 417-438-6396 or 417-529-3191.
JOPLIN: Farmers market, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Seventh Street and Joplin Avenue. Details: 417-625-4750.
WEBB CITY: Farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, King Jack Park. Details: 417-483-8139.
JOPLIN: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. today and Wednesday, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Fun for 4s and 5s, 10:30 a.m. today, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Public Library. The event is for children 5 and younger. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Baby Bookworms, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library. Event includes stories, songs, group interaction and playtime for babies up to 3 months old. Details: 417-623-2184.
NEOSHO: Book discussion, 1 p.m. today, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
NEOSHO: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Neosho-Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
SENECA: Story time, 10:30 a.m. today, Seneca Branch Library, 1216 Cherokee St. Details: 417-776-2705.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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