JOPLIN, Mo. —
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.
JOPLIN: Cougar Run, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, College Heights Christian School, 4311 E. Newman Road. Participants will ride bicycles, scooters and skateboards to raise funds for school improvements. Details: 417-782-4114.
JOPLIN: Mother Road Bicycle Tour, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Schifferdecker Park. The route goes across three states along the Route 66 corridor and ends in Afton, Okla. Proceeds will benefit the Frisco and Ruby Jack trails. Details: 417-525-4898.
JOPLIN: Discovery Fair, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Schifferdecker Park. The event includes massages, psychic readings, chiropractic and tai chi. Proceeds will benefit the Healing and Discovery Center. Details: 417-438-5938.
JOPLIN: Oktoberfest, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Main Street downtown. Events include children’s entertainment until 7 p.m., crafts, vendors, live entertainment and a beer garden. Details: 855-744-7787.
JOPLIN: Cougar Carnival, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, College Heights Christian School, 4311 E. Newman Road. The event will raise funds for school classrooms. Details: 417-782-4114.
JOPLIN: Lego Club, 2 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Public Library. Children up to fifth-graders may build creations. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Chocolate Extravaganza, 1 to 7 p.m. today, Holiday Inn Convention Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Hospice Compassus Dream Team. Admission: $10. Details: 417-623-8272.
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: Carthage Musical Devotees concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Howard. Performers include Elizabeth Ariele Foltz, Alheli Aranda Britez, Matthew Herren, Raul Antonio Munguia and Stella Hastings. Details: 417-358-4188.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: Wind soloists, 7:30 p.m. Friday, McCray Hall, Pittsburg State University. The concert is part of the university’s Solo and Chamber Series. Tickets: $12; $8 for seniors and youths; free for PSU students. Details: 620-235-4796.
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: Dogwood Trailblazers Walking Club, 5:30 p.m. today, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Details: 417-781-4474 or 417-291-4432.
JOPLIN: Farmers market, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Seventh Street and Joplin Avenue. Details: 417-625-4750.
JOPLIN: Forest Bright, Forest Night, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Children 3 to 6 years old will learn about nocturnal animals. Cost: $10; $5 for members. Details: 417-782-6287.
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: 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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Sarah Coyne: Summertime encourages outdoor activities
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