JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Photography for Teens, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall. Students will learn about lens application, natural lighting and reflectors. Cost: $35. Details: 417-623-0183.
NEOSHO: Lemonade and lightning bugs, 10:30 a.m. today, Neosho-Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. The program is for children 6 and younger. Details: 417-451-4231.
JOPLIN: Children’s crafts, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Joplin Public Library. Children up to fifth grade will make a cascading star and constellation scope. Details: 417-623-2184.
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 band room. The band is open to area musicians, with no audition required. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Show-Me Harmony Chorus rehearsal, 7 p.m. today, Joplin Family Worship Center, 5290 E. Seventh St. Area women may join the singing. Details: 417-782-4631 or 417-624-8951.
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 Tuesday 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 23 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.
CARTHAGE: "The Mikado,” 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 796 S. Stone Lane. Tickets: $25; $22 for seniors, youths and students; $13 for children. Details: 417-358-9665.
NEOSHO: "The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What?” 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, Elsie Plaster Community Center, Crowder College. The play is presented by the Crowder Community Theatre. Admission: $10; $7 for seniors and students; $5 for Crowder students and staff. Details: 417-451-3223.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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