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.
WEBB CITY: Summer swim team sign-ups, 5 and 6:15 p.m. today, Buck Miner Swim Center, 500 N. Madison. Details: www.webbcityswim.com.
JOPLIN: Third Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, downtown Main Street. The event, organized by the Downtown Joplin Alliance, includes an art walk, live music and extended hours for downtown businesses. Details: 417-310-3472.
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.
CARL JUNCTION: Fundraising golf tournament, 8 a.m. Saturday, Briarbrook Golf Course. Tournament benefits Carl Junction High School Lady Bulldogs softball team. Entry: $60. Details: 417-850-4611.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to all musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
MIAMI, OKLA.: "Musica Curiosa," 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Coleman Theatre. Program includes screening of "Long Pants" and Dennis James on organ. Tickets: $19, $16 for seniors, $13 for students and $9 for children. Details: 918-540-2425.
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: "Murder's Bad, But Monday Can Kill You," 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First St. Tickets: $13; $11 for seniors and students; $5 for children. Details: 417-623-3638.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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