JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: African safari, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Children 3 to 5 years old will explore wildlife and art of Africa. The class also will be held on Wednesday and Friday. Cost: $45. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Drawing camp, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Students 6 to 12 years old will study expert drawing techniques. The class also will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. Cost: $90. Details: 417-623-0183.
CARTHAGE: Story time, 10 a.m. today, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. Details: 417-237-7040.
JOPLIN: Children's Summer Reading Club ending celebration, 10 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Public Library, Fourth and Main streets. The underground-themed event includes crafts, games, snacks and face painting. 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.
WEBB CITY: Patriotic concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church, Broadway and Roane Street. The concert featuring the MSSU Choral Society will honor members of the U.S. armed forces.
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.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: "The Wizard of Oz," 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Auditorium. Admission: $10; $8 for seniors and students; $5 for balcony. Details: 620-231-7827.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
ASBURY: Community fish fry, 6 p.m. Saturday, Asbury Baptist Church. Details: 417-649-7152.
CARTHAGE: Puzzle, game day, 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. Children and teens can participate. Details: 417-237-7040.
CARTHAGE: Back to school carnival, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, First Presbyterian Church, 115 W. Chestnut St. The event includes carnival games for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Tickets will be available for 25 cents each or five for $1. Details: 417-358-2341.
JOPLIN: Single moms group, 6 p.m. today, Royal Heights United Methodist Church, 1612 Euclid Ave. Dinner at 6 p.m., fellowship 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children welcome, food and games provided. Details: 624-3366.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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