JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Watercolor for teens and adults, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall. The two-session class will cover watercolor basics. Second session held on Aug. 11. Cost: $80. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Annual Park Days, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Ewert Park. Events include a gospel concert, dance, giveaways and recognitions. The event is presented by the Emancipation Celebration Committee. Details: 417-782-0055 or 417-483-1752.
JOPLIN: Raise the Roof, 10 a.m. Saturday, 6893 Highway 43. Includes groundbreaking ceremony, MOKAN chili cook-off, salsa and wings contests, four live bands, auction, dog adoptions, bake sale and local vendors. Proceeds to benefit Misti’s Mission, a Joplin tornado relief donation and distribution center. Details: 417-499-8198.
NEOSHO: Pet adoption day, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Orscheln’s Farm and Home Store, 840 W. Harmony St. Dogs, puppies and cats will be available for adoption. Organized by Faithful Friends Animal Advocates. Details: 417-592-2512.
CARL JUNCTION: All-you-can-eat breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Carl Junction Community Center. Pancakes, sausage, and biscuits and gravy will be served. Proceeds will benefit the Carl Junction Lions Club scholarship fund.
WEBB CITY: Benefit auction and bake sale, 2 p.m. Sunday, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7630, North Webb Street. Proceeds are for the family of the VFW commander, who died in June. Details: 417-434-2689 or 620-2249-0331.
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: joplin chessclub@ yahoo.com.
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.
JOPLIN: Kayaking fundamentals, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Cost: $16; $8 for members. 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.
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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