JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: MOAR to Moore Benefit Car Meet, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, former Dillon's parking lot, 1402 E. 20th. Entry fee: $3. Proceeds to benefit tornado recovery.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
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: Movie night, 7 p.m. Friday, First Christian Church, Fourth Street and Pearl Avenue. "Rango" will be shown. Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be available. Details: 417-623-2390.
JOPLIN: "The Lion King 11Ú2," 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Phelps Theater, MSSU campus. Details: 417-625-9760.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to all musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Missouri Lions Club All-State Band concert, 5 p.m. today, Landreth Park. The band is composed of area high school students. The concert is organized by the Carl Junction and Joplin Host Lions clubs.
WEBB CITY: Green Earth Band, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Minerva Candy Co., 12 Main St. Details: 417-717-0042.
WEBB CITY: Farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, King Jack Park. Details: 417-483-8139.
CARL JUNCTION: "The Music Man," 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Carl Junction Schools Auditorium, Allen and Broadway. Tickets: $8, $5 for children. Details: 417-626-1293.
CARTHAGE: "The Star-Spangled Girl," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66 Blvd. Tickets: $23 for adults; $20 for seniors, students with ID and youths; $11 for children ages 6-12. Details: 417-358-9665.
JOPLIN: Hangout with Hugh, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Compose Yourself, 2 p.m. Sunday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Participants will learn how to compose music. The session is part of the "ArtWorkers" exhibit. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: "The Well," 4 p.m. Sunday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. The program is an improvisational contemporary dance. The session is part of the "ArtWorkers" exhibit. Details: 417-623-0183.
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.
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