JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Smithsonian Club, 4 to 5 p.m. today, Spiva Center for the Arts. Participants 8 to 12 years old will study the famous museum. Cost: $10. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Students will experiment with different mediums in the after-school program. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Author Jan Thomas visit, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. today, Joplin Public Library, Third and Main. The author will read her stories and sign books during the library's regular story times. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Moms discussion group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, Royal Heights United Methodist Church, 1612 Euclid Ave. Child care is provided. Details: 417-624-3366.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
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.
CARTHAGE: Story time, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. Details: 417-237-7040.
JOPLIN: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. today and 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. today and Wednesday, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Saturday story time, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Public Library, Third and Main. Families are invited. 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: "Gypsy," 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First St. Tickets are $15, $13 for students and seniors, $6 for children. Details: 417-623-3638 or joplinlittletheatre. org.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: "Alice in Steampunk Wonderland," 2:30 Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and kids under 13, and $10 for balcony. Details: 620-231-7872 or www.memorialauditorium. org.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to all area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Fantastic plastic: Joplin woman's Barbie collection spans 35 years
When Toni LoPresti was 4 years old, a new doll hit the New York Toy Fair. Her name was Barbie, and she was a 12-inch-tall teenage fashion model wearing a black and white bathing suit, open-toed shoes, gold hoop earrings and shades.
Ryan Richardson: Pet emergency kit key to preparedness
Since I moved to Joplin more than a year ago, my friends and family have been adamant about preparedness for storms and disaster.
Frankie Meyer: Website a good resource for finding genealogy links
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Cari Rerat: Strong female characters anchor teen fantasy novels
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Dave Woods: 'Camp Calamity' spurs autograph pursuit
A little elf -- Bob Wolfe from Bob's Always Buying Books -- uncovered a treasure few but me would love. He discovered a rag-tag copy of "Janet Lennon at Camp Calamity" at his store.
Benji Tunnell: 'Frozen' helps Disney recapture a bit of its lost magic
This is a very refreshing change from weaker Disney offerings such as "Chicken Little" and "Meet the Robinsons," and a sign that the studio is finally learning how to properly meld its storied past with its Pixar-driven present.
Jeremiah Tucker: Country heavyweights help 'Duck Dynasty' sound clean
Released by Universal Music Group, the music on "Duck the Halls" sounds like any other handsomely produced country product churned out by the Nashville machine. For such a legendarily ungroomed family, not a hair is out of place here
Joe Hadsall: Tipping made awkward by tablet computers
I'm sure tablet computers are great for a lot of things, but I do not like how they are messing up tipping.
Ann Leach: Learning to receive is also important
Throughout my formative years, I learned to find great gifts for people. I would constantly hear, "This is perfect for me," exclaimed with such genuine delight that even I got excited about it. It was fun for me then, and it still is today.
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