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: Children's Lego Club, 2 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Public Library. Children may build with the library's Legos. Details: 417-623-2184.
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: Big Love pet adoption, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Golden Paw Pet Resort, 2301 N. Main St. The adoption session is organized by Golden Paw Animal Rescue. Animals are available for preview on Facebook. Details: 417-623-0842.
NEOSHO: Book sale, noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. The sale is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Details: 417-451-4231.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Piano concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Corley Auditorium, MSSU campus. Stacey Barelos will perform selections from her newest album, "Henry Cowell: Piano Music." Details: 417-625-9543.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: Maniacal 4 concert, 7:30 p.m. today, McCray Hall, Pittsburg State University. The acclaimed trombone quartet will perform. Details: 620-235-4124.
WEBB CITY: Jim Graham concert, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Minerva Candy Co., 12 S. Main St. Details: 417-717-0042.
DIAMOND: Winter raptor program, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, George Washington Carver National Monument. The indoor workshop will focus on falcons, hawks and eagles. Admission is free; registration is required. Details: 417-629-3423.
JOPLIN: Adopt-a-Critter open house, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Animals found at the center will be on display. Details: 417-782-6287.
WEBB CITY: Winter farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, the Clubhouse, 115 N. Madison St. Details: 417-483-8139.
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.
SENECA: Story time, 10:30 a.m. today, Seneca Branch Library, 1216 Cherokee St. Details: 417-776-2705.
CARTHAGE: "Nana's Naughty Knickers," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $22, $19 for seniors, youth and students, $10 for children. Details: 417-358-9665.
JOPLIN: "The Patsy," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bud Walton Theatre, MSSU campus. Play was the first to be presented at Joplin Junior College. Admission: $3, $1 for seniors and students, free for MSSU students and faculty. Details: 417-625-3190.
JOPLIN: "That's Amore," 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First St. The salute to Dean Martin is a fundraiser for the theater. Admission: $10. Details: 417-623-3638.
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
There was golden silence when I left the house that morning. The girls were upstairs playing quietly and had been treating one another with nothing but kindness and respect for almost an hour. Me being the paragon of optimism that I am, I knew it couldn't last.
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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.
- Parents' planner (May 30-June 5)
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
Swimming pools are open and staffed with lifeguards. The weather is warm enough for adventures in creeks, rivers and lakes. But the best place to start teaching kids to swim is in the family bathroom.
- Parents' planner (May 23-29)
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