JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Halloween fused glass sun catchers, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third. Participants 9 and older will make Halloween-themed sun catchers. Cost: $25. 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.
CARONA, KAN.: Train rides, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Carona Depot. The rides are sponsored by Heart of the Heartlands train club and the South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad. Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and younger. Details and reservations: 620-396-8594.
GROVE, OKLA.: Fall Fest and Food Truck Rally, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Grove Community Center. Food trucks will line Grand Street adjacent to the center. The event includes vendors with arts, crafts, antiques and retro items. Details: 918-786-2211.
JOPLIN: Car seat check, 9 to 11:30 a.m. today, 1027 S. Main. The session is organized by Alliance Safe Kids. Details: 417-782-9899.
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.
JOPLIN: Annual fall festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Golden Paw Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, 2300 N. Main. The event includes costume contests for children and their pets, games, food booths, vendors, a bake sale, a silent auction, face painting and a photo booth. Details: 417-623-0842.
JOPLIN: Lego Club, 2 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Public Library, Third and Main. Children up to fifth grade may build with the library's blocks. Details: 417-623-2184.
MOUNT VERNON: Apple Butter Makin' Days, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, courthouse square. The event includes apple butter cooked in huge copper kettles over open fires, games, food and entertainment. Organizers request no pets. Details: 417-466-7654.
JOPLIN: Pancake breakfast fundraiser, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sportsman's Park, 1729 E. Seventh. Includes unlimited pancakes, coffee, juice, and milk and the choice of one side of bacon or sausage. Cost: $5, $3 for children. Proceeds benefit Crosslines Churches. Details: 782-8384.
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 area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
MIAMI, OKLA.: Jenny Simms Band, 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, amphitheater, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. Jake Simpson, violinist, singer and graduate of NEO, will perform with the band. Admission is free. Details: 918-540-6060.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: Midwest Trumpet Festival, 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dean Recital Hall, PSU campus. Event includes master class by Joe Burgstaller and performance of Crowder Jazz Orchestra. Details: 620-235-4485.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: Outdoor Kansas Kids Day, 8 a.m. Saturday, Lakeside Park. Events include archery, dodge ball, fishing, canoeing and more. Details: 620-232-7275.
WEBB CITY: Farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday 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.
JOPLIN: Dog Day Afternoon, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library, Third and Main. Children up to fifth grade may read to certified therapy dogs. 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: "Oliver Twist," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66. Tickets: $24.50; $21 for seniors, youths and students; $12 for children. Details: 417-358-9665.
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
New genealogy websites open every day. A great way to learn about them is to periodically check www.cyndislist. com. That website tracks other genealogy sites around the world and arranges them by categories.
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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