JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Whimsical Wooden Ornaments, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Students will paint and decorate an ornament. For ages 6 and up. Cost is $15. Details: 417-623-0183.
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.
JOPLIN: Cecil Floyd craft show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Cecil Floyd Elementary, 24th and Roosevelt. Event features more than 150 area jury selected exhibitors. Admission: $2.
JOPLIN: Pet pictures with Santa, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Petsmart, Seventh and Range Line. Bill Welch will take pictures. Proceeds benefit Spare Cat Rescue. Cost: $10. Details: 417-388-5596.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARTHAGE: Craft, bake sale, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Saturday, Ulmer Community Center, 1208 S. Garrison. Organized by Carthage TOPS No. 1157. Details: 417-673-3989.
JOPLIN: 1940s Christmas Homecoming Dinner Theater, 6 p.m. Friday, Joplin Family Worship Center, 5290 E. Seventh. Meal includes bacon-wrapped steak, baked potato, green beans and salad. Admission: $10; $6 for children. Details: 417-623-7134.
JOPLIN: Seasonal Choral Flourish, 7:30 p.m. Friday, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 812 S. Pearl. Details: 417-625-9562.
JOPLIN: Holiday art, craft and gift expo, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Event includes more than 35 booths and concessions. Proceeds will benefit student ministries.
NEOSHO: Christmas choral concert, 7 p.m. today, Elsie Plaster Auditorium, Crowder College campus. Crowder Choral and Chamber Choir will perform. Details: 417-455-5620.
WEBB CITY: Christmas parade, 3 p.m. Saturday, along Main and Third. Theme is "Christmas on Broadway." Details: 417-673-1154.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Turtle Island Quartet, 7 p.m. today, Central Christian Center, 415 S. Main. Part of Pro Musica Joplin's annual chamber music season. Details: 417-625-1822.
JOPLIN: Percussion ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m. today, Taylor Performing Arts Center, Missouri Southern State University. Admission is free.
WEBB CITY: Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church, Broadway and Roane. The cantata "All is Well" will be performed by the MSSU Choral Society. Details: 417-625-9633.
NEOSHO: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Neosho-Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
JOPLIN: As the Cold Wind Blows, 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Program for kids 3 to 6 years old discusses how animals deal with winter. Cost: $10, $5 for members. Details: 417-782-6287.
CARTHAGE: "It's a Wonderful Life," 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30. Tickets: $22, $19 for seniors and students. Details: 417-358-9665.
JOPLIN: "Over the River and Through the Woods," 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First. Tickets: $13, $11 for seniors and students, $5 for children. Details: 417-623-3638.
NEOSHO: "The Steadfast Tin Man," 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Elsie Plaster Community Center, Crowder campus. Tickets: $2, $1 for kids.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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- Parents' planner (Feb. 13-19)
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