JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Tea-time bird feeders, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Participants will make bird feeders. Cost: $20. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Wildcat Craft Club, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Participants will make Mother’s Day gifts. Details: 417-782-6287.
JOPLIN: Creative Cottage, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 523 S. Sergeant Ave. Participants will make Mother’s Day gifts. Cost: $20. Details: 417-622-7971.
JOPLIN: Children’s workshop registration, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First St. Sessions will run June 18-22 and June 25-29. Cost: $50. Details: 417-623-3638.
NEOSHO: 50th anniversary of Benton visit, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Newton County Historical Park, 121 N. Washington St. Organizers invite anyone who was present for Thomas Hart Benton’s homecoming on May 12, 1962, to share stories. Details: 417-451-4940.
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.
JOPLIN: Hummers and hummerscaping, 7 p.m. today, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Chock Otte will talk about hummingbirds. Admission is free. Details: 417-437-5380.
JOPLIN: Bird Bonanza, 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Preschool children will learn about migrating birds. Cost: $5. Details: 417-782-6287.
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