JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall streets. An after-school program for students 6 to 12 years old. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
CARTERVILLE: Route 66 Fall Festival, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, city park. The event includes a car show, parade, drawings, contests, vendors and crafts. Details: 417-629-2794.
CARTHAGE: Farm Girl Fest, 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Red Oak II. The event includes handmade crafts, hayrides, Dutch oven cooking, knitting, horse rides and goat milking. Admission is free. Details: 417-793-6108.
SCAMMON, KAN.: Annual turkey dinner, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. The dinner is organized by the Scammon Knights of Columbus Council. Cost: $8; $5 for children 7 to 11.
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: joplinchessclub@ yahoo.com.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Music Gala, 7:30 p.m. today, Taylor Performing Arts Center, Missouri Southern State University. Performers include the Southern Jazz Orchestra, the Royal Thunder Drum Line and MSSU President Bruce Speck. Details: 417-625-9635.
JOPLIN: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. today and Wednesday, 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: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Public Library. The event is for children 5 and younger. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Baby Bookworms, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library. Event 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.
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: Tarantula program, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. The program is for preschool children. Cost: $12; $6 for members. Details: 417-782-6287.
WEBB CITY: Farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, King Jack Park. Details: 417-483-8139.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
- Health & Family
Prime time for crime: Summer a good time to review burglary prevention strategies
The Joplin Police Department has the stats to show that home burglaries increase during the summer within city limits. Over the past four years, burglaries are highest in August, then May and June.
Sarah Coyne: Short lecture instills big lesson on handling disagreements
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Sarah Coyne: Long trip requires preparation
For the first time, my little family is about to embark on a cross-country vacation. We've made quick road trips here and there, but this summer will mark our induction into the airplane-flying, beach-going, more-than-weekending club. And we're terrified.
Reading can become a great summer habit with right suggestions
Reading is part of daily activities for Shanon Cooper and her children Kaya and Kohl. The three were at Joplin Public Library Tuesday to pick out a few new books -- Kaya, 8, had her eye on a series of books about fairies and Kohl, 10, had a few football stories chosen.
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Sarah Coyne: Be part of childrens' learning
Motherhood has led me to develop many new habits. Some are neither exciting nor admirable, such as a tendency to hide chocolate in my sock drawer.
Parents can help kids with first steps to swim lessons
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