JOPLIN, Mo. —
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.
CARTHAGE: Tricolini du Sarousch Circus, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Memorial Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. for pony rides, face-painting and petting zoo. Tickets: $10. Details: 941-735-8746.
DIAMOND: "African-American Trailblazers," 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, George Washington Carver National Monument. The program explores contributions and accomplishments of African-Americans. Details: 417-325-4151.
DIAMOND: "Wonders of the Night Sky," 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, George Washington Carver National Monument. The program includes a 30-minute slide show on celestial navigation, the Underground Railroad, star stories and the effects of light pollution, along with an outdoor constellation tour. Details: 417-325-4151.
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: Pet adoptions, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Tractor Supply, 1316 N. Range Line. Organized by Golden Paw Pet Rescue. Details: 417-623-0842.
JOPLIN: "Chautauqua: John Colter Live," 2 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third. Chuck Parker will portray famed 1800s mountain man John Colter. Details: 417-623-0183.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: Chinese New Year celebration, 5 p.m. Friday, Overman Student Center, PSU campus. A traditional Chinese meal will be served at 6 p.m. at United Methodist Campus Ministry. Tickets: $8. Details: 620-719-7733.
WEBB CITY: Fog Barbershop Quartet, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Minerva Candy Company, 12 S. Main. Details: 417-717-0042.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
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: 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.
CARTHAGE: "Up the Down Staircase," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66 Blvd. Dinner is served an hour before curtain time. Tickets: $24.50; $21 for seniors; $12 for children. Details: 417-358-9665.
JOPLIN: "The Mousetrap," 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First. Tickets: $13; $11 for seniors and students. Details: 417-623-3638.
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
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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.
Rich Brown: Members of Orthodox church will celebrate overnight
Visions of Easter activities will be dancing through the heads of young and old alike as they shuffle off to bed tonight. But not so for a small congregation in the village of Saginaw.
Benji Tunnell: Sports movies are still Costner's comfort zone
No one actor has been more synonymous with sports films than Kevin Costner. Costner had a fairly productive career throughout the early '80s, the high point being his portrayal of Elliot Ness in "The Untouchables." But it wasn't until back-to-back baseball films, "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," that he truly became a star.
Marta Churchwell: Planning a big part of Spiva's three-minute film contest success
The first weekend in May will be a long one for a handful of local filmmakers. Keep the coffee pot plugged in. This will be as much a test of endurance as it is filmmaking skills.
Jeremiah Tucker: Record Store Day a great event for music lovers
But of the recent proliferation in national days of recognition, the only one I'm fully on board with is Record Store Day. And -- huzzah! -- it's tomorrow.
'Orphan Black' is silver lining to Cable One's drop of Viacom channels
There is one good thing -- and only one good thing -- about Cable One kicking Viacom channels to the curb without a single consideration for customers: Subscribers get to watch "Orphan Black." The second season starts Saturday.
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