JOPLIN, Mo. —
BAXTER SPRINGS, KAN.: Annual ice cream social, 5 p.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, 1310 East Ave. The event features Fuss and Feathers. Details: 620-856-5996.
CARTHAGE: Puzzle, game day, 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. Children and teens can participate. Details: 417-237-7040.
JOPLIN: Volunteer orientation, 1 p.m. today, Joplin Humane Society. Details: 417-623-3642.
WEBB CITY: Food pantry fundraiser, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Frisco Church, 908 W. Daugherty St. The event includes a concert featuring Duke Mason, Lowell Mason and Crawford and Co., a silent auction and dessert. Details: 417-627-2580.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
WEBB CITY: Sky Kings RC fun fly, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aylor and East streets. Details: 417-673-3414.
JOPLIN: Dogwood Trailblazers Walking Club, 5:30 p.m. today, St. PaulÕs United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Details: 417-781-4474 or 417-624-0133.
WEBB CITY: Farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, King Jack Park. Details: 417-483-8139.
CARTHAGE: Story time, 10 a.m. today, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. Details: 417-237-7040.
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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