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: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," 2 p.m. at Billingsly Student Center, 8 p.m. at the oval today, Missouri Southern State University. The showings are part of the Movies through the Decades series. Details: 417-625-9760.
JOPLIN: Third Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, downtown Main Street. The event includes live music, an art walk and extended hours for 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.
JOPLIN: Volunteer orientation, 10 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Humane Society. Only 20 spaces are available. Details: 417-623-3642.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: Art walk, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Broadway from Euclid Street to 10th Street. Details: pittsburgart email@example.com.
JOPLIN: Fundraising tournament, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Boys & Girls Club, 317 S. Comingo Ave. Competitors will play Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock. The event includes a carnival and concessions. Entry: $15. Carnival-only entry: $5. Details: 417-623-8072.
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.
GOLDEN CITY: Golden Prairie hike, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Golden Prairie. The program will cover prairie chickens and other grassland birds. Details: 417-629-3423.
JOPLIN: Naturescaping, rain garden workshop, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. The program covers basic designs, handouts, tips and more. Details: 417-629-3423.
NEOSHO: 52nd annual Dogwood Tour, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tour maps and dogwood information will be available at the Rotary tent at Neosho High School. Tours also will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery. Details: 417-451-1925.
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.
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: "The Wizard of Oz," 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, South Middle School, 900 E. 50th St. The musical is presented by theater students at McAuley Catholic High School. Tickets: $10. Details: 417-624-9320, ext. 13.
NEOSHO: "Grease," 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Elsie Plaster Community Center, Crowder College. Tickets: $10; $7 for seniors; $6 for Crowder students. Details: 417-455-5470.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: "Cats," 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Auditorium. The performance is a joint production of the Midwest Regional Ballet and the American Opera Studio of Kansas City. Tickets: $18; $10 for balcony; $20 for VIP. Details: 620-231-7827.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Women's league offers practice, social opportunities for gun owners
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