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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. —
Carthage Humane Society featured in YouTube series with Josh Duhamel
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Craig Tally: Discussion important when differences exist
To this day, I am powerless to walk with my wife down a sidewalk with her walking on the traffic side. Many years ago, I learned men just don't do that -- men stand between a lady and the danger of traffic.
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Annual PhotoSpiva exhibit to open this weekend
When curators at Spiva Center for the Arts put together an exhibit, they have complete control over it, said Director Jo Mueller. They review the work, choose selections and make display decisions.
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