JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall streets. An after-school program for students 6 to 12 years old. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Black FUR-iday, 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Joplin Humane Society, 140 E. Emperor Lane. The session includes special adoption rates and free ID tags for the first 15 adoptions. Details: 417-623-3642.
JOPLIN: Train show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Joplin Museum Complex, Schifferdecker Park. The show features model, collectible and antique electric trains, operating layouts, train memorabilia, and more than 60 tables of items for sale. Admission: $3 for adults; free for children under 12. Proceeds go to the Joplin Museum Complex. Details: Rick Gardner, 417-673-4888.
CARTHAGE: Thanksgiving dinner, noon to 2 p.m. today, Carthage Crisis Center, 100 S. Main St. Deliveries are available. Details: 417-358-3533.
DIAMOND: Thanksgiving breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m. today, Diamond High School. The free meal is served by members of the high school’s student council and National Honor Society.
JOPLIN: Thanksgiving brunch, 8:30 to 10 a.m. today, Souls Harbor, 915 S. Main St. Details: 417-358-3533.
JOPLIN: Thanksgiving dinner, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Salvation Army, 320 E. Eighth St. Deliveries are available. Details: 417-624-4528.
JOPLIN: 15th annual Thanksgiving dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, First United Methodist Church, Fourth Street and Byers Avenue. Deliveries are available. Details: 417-623-2796.
LAMAR: Thanksgiving dinner, noon today, First Baptist Church, 1301 E. Sixth St. Home deliveries are available. Details: 417-682-3538.
MIAMI, OKLA.: Thanksgiving dinner, noon to 2 p.m. today, Miami Church of Christ, 124 B St. N.W.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: Thanksgiving dinner, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, St. John Lutheran Church, 304 W. Third St. The 30th annual event involves several churches and local organizations.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
NEOSHO: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Neosho-Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
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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.
Children's Christmas play features fairy-tale siblings
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