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CARL JUNCTION: Community breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Community Center, 303 N. Main St. Eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuits, gravy and sausage will be served. Cost: $7; $5 for children.
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: email@example.com.
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: 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: A Day on the Chert Glade, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. The event includes a hike with discovery stations and a native plant sale. Details: 417-782-6287.
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: “The Robber Bridegroom,” 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. First St. Tickets: $15; $13 for seniors and students; $6 for children. Details: 417-623-3638.
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