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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This week offered some of the warmest days of the year, signaling the start of sweltering summer days. Outdoor activities are a big part of the season.
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But getting outside can also be vital. Research has shown that by spending even just a few minutes outdoors in natural light and fresh air, moods and attitudes are improved and concentration is boosted.
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As summer approaches, a series of seasonal camps will put an emphasis on art, and a few of those will focus on sweet sounds.
One in particular will introduce students across the area to the intricacies of jazz.
Sarah Coyne: Older kids still find joy in toys
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Sarah Coyne: Patience required for major lessons
Suddenly the toilet was frightening. Sitting down to do the dirty business was no longer fun. Waiting patiently for things to happen was boring.
Anime festival for teens pairs activities with animation
The library will host its third annual Anime Festival Saturday. The event will feature games, food and plenty of chances to talk about the popular form of Japanese animation.
Aisha Sultan: Study shows popular kids peak too early
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