JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: PhotoSpiva Tweens, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third. Students 9 to 13 years old will take photos for an April PhotoSpiva exhibit. Cost: $35. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall. The after-school program offers experimentation with different media. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
ALBA: Family movie night, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Alba Friends Church, 110 Berry. "No Greater Love" will be shown. The event includes dinner.
JOPLIN: Moms discussion group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, Royal Heights United Methodist Church, 1612 Euclid. Child care is provided. Details: 417-624-3366.
JOPLIN: Kids' Night Out, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Joplin Athletic Complex, 3301 W. First. Children 5 to 12 may enjoy activities and pizza so their parents can have a date night. Cost: $15 per child. Details: 417-625-4750.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
JOPLIN: Discover Winter Birds, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Basic bird identification techniques in preparation for the Great Backyard Bird Count will be taught. The session includes an outdoor hike. Cost: $10; $5 for members. Details: 417-782-6287.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
WEBB CITY: Riverbend, 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Minerva Candy Co., 12 S. Main. Details: 417-717-0042.
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, Third and Main. Children 2 and 3 years old are invited for stories, songs, finger play, rhymes and more. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Fun for 4s and 5s, 10:30 a.m. today and Wednesday, Joplin Public Library, Third and Main. Children 4 and 5 years old are invited for stories, songs, finger play, rhymes and more. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Explore and Play, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Public Library, Third and Main. The program includes games and activities that involve early literacy skills. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Little Listeners, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library, Third and Main. Babies up to 12 months and parents are invited for stories, songs and more. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Movers and Shakers, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library, Third and Main. Children 1 to 3 years old are invited for singing, dancing and playing. 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, Mo. —
Sign of success: Catchphrase triggered a high climb for comedian Bill Engvall
Born on July 27, Bill Engvall's sign is Leo. But a catchphrase based on a different kind of sign turned out to be a go sign for his career. The comedian has risen from stand-up comedy to starring in and producing his own sitcom and being featured on "Dancing with the Stars."
Branson festival offers food, entertainment smorgasbord
Each year, Branson performers get together and raise funds with the See the World festival to assist in the marketing of Branson as a vacation destination.
Heartland Opera Theatre revue to feature best of Gilbert and Sullivan
A revue of the best works of Gilbert and Sullivan will be featured next week at Missouri Southern State University.
For Earth Day, parents' excitement about recycling can spread to kids
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Sarah Coyne: Get to root of kids' sleeping problems
At some point in your parenting career, you've probably been struck by sleep disturbances, either from a baby who won't fall asleep anywhere but on your reclining torso, a toddler who refuses to stay in her own room or a preschooler who's started wetting the bed.
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Amanda Stone: Easter baskets can include healthier treats
If the Easter Bunny had his way, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't be loading up Easter baskets with candy. Bunnies don't eat that stuff.
Cheryle Finley: Ham a main course with many options
Buying a ham -- the traditional entree for your Easter dinner -- is not as simple as it sounds. Do you get uncooked, fully cooked, spiral cut, bone-in or boneless? This is truly a matter of personal taste.
Explore: Little tasks can build kids’ outdoor skills
When I mentioned to some friends that my husband and I were taking our sons and their buddies on an overnight camping trip at a state park last summer, they rolled their eyes and said with sarcasm, “Have fun.”
Explore; Preparation pays off when it comes to beginning spring gardening
On a warm, sunny spring day, it’s tempting to make purchases at a garden center, then hurry home to get them planted. Don’t. Not yet.
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