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: Volunteer orientation, 10 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Humane Society, North Main Street Road. The program will teach shelter basics and animal handling for society volunteers. Registration is required. Details: 417-623-3642, ext. 110.
JOPLIN: David Ring presentation, 6 p.m. Sunday, Eastvue Baptist Church, 2802 New Hampshire Ave. The cerebral palsy victim and inspirational speaker will speak. Details: 417-782-8000.
COLUMBUS, KAN.: Chili, soup benefit, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, 4-H Building, 114 W. County Road. Chili, vegetable soup, drink and dessert will be served for $6. Proceeds will benefit the Mercy Maude Norton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Details: 620-429-3828.
JOPLIN: PC Chess Club, 6 to 10 p.m. today, HardeeÕs, 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: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. 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. Wednesday, 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.
JOPLIN: Yoga in Nature, 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. The class is taught by Connelaine Gustad. Cost: $6; $3 for members. Details: 417-782-6287.
MINDENMINES: Short-eared owl hike, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Shawnee Trail Conservation Area. Participants are to provide binoculars and dress for the weather. Registration is required. Details: 417-629-3423.
WEBB CITY: Winter farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, The Clubhouse, 115 N. Madison St. Details: 417-483-8139.
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