JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. The after-school program is for students 6 to 12 years old. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
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: St. PatrickÕs Day parade and festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, downtown Joplin Ave. Parade begins at 10 a.m. along Main from 15th to Third. Festival begins at 11 a.m. and includes vendors, crafts, carnival games and food. Live music starts at 5 p.m. Details: 855-744-7787.
COLUMBUS, KAN.: Potato bake, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church, 320 W. Maple. Meal includes a potato with two toppings, including chili, cheese, broccoli or buffalo chicken. Cost: $6. Details: 620-429-1918.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
WEBB CITY: Kelly Cecil concert, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Minerva Candy Co., 12 S. Main St. Details: 417-717-0042.
JOPLIN: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. today, 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: Baby Bookworms, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs, group interaction and playtime for babies up to 3 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.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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