JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Tie Dye Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall. Cost: $5 per shirt. 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.
JOPLIN: Preschooler and Pal art class, 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third. Participants will explore artistic techniques. An adult must remain with the student. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
ALBA: Family movie night, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Alba Friends Church, 110 Berry. Dinner will be provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
DIAMOND: 24th annual art and essay awards ceremony, 2 p.m. Saturday, George Washington Carver National Monument. Fourth-grade students who submitted essays and artwork based on the life of Carver will be recognized. 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: World Music and Cuisine Festival, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Billingsly Student Center, Missouri Southern State University. Featured entertainment includes the Kufara marimba band, a drum circle, an 11-piece mariachi band, a Brazilian batterie, a Chinese ensemble and the MSSU Caribbean steel drum ensemble. International cuisine will be served. Food and drink tickets are $1. Details: 417-625-9736.
JOPLIN: Juggler Nick Pike, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Webster Hall, MSSU campus. Pike is a quarterfinalist from NBC's "America's Got Talent." Details: 417-625-9669.
MIAMI, OKLA.: NEO expo and craft fair, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, student union, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. More than 30 vendors will showcase art, jewelry, home decor, hair and clothing accessories, and seasonal gift items. Details: 888-464-6636.
JOPLIN: Chili, soup luncheon fundraiser, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, 819 E. Ninth. Cost: $5. The meal is sponsored by Home Medical Equipment Services. Details: 417-782-6752.
JOPLIN: Test drive fundraiser, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Northpark Mall. For every valid test drive, Frank Fletcher Ford will donate $20 to Joplin High School's Project Graduation. Details: 417-540-0243.
LAMAR: All sports benefit auction, 7 p.m. Friday, West Elementary School. Numerous items will be available during live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit the Lamar High School Athletic Department. Details: 417-681-0328.
JOPLIN: Train show, swap meet, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Joplin Museum Complex, Schifferdecker Park. The show will include more than 60 tables of train-related items for sale or trade. Admission: $3. Details: 417-673-4888.
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 area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Horszowski Trio, 7 p.m. today, Corley Auditorium, Missouri Southern State University. The concert is presented by Pro Musica Joplin. Details: 417-625-1822.
JOPLIN: Joplin schools annual string day, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Memorial Hall, 212 W. Eighth. String students in grades 4-12 in Joplin schools will perform. Admission is free.
JOPLIN: Joplin Piano Teachers Association recitals, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Webster Hall, Missouri Southern State University. About 125 students will perform. Details: Vicky Ralston, 781-8326.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: Clarinetist Alcides Rodriguez, 7:30 p.m. Friday, McCray Hall, Pittsburg State University. The concert is part of PSU's Solo and Chamber Music Series. Tickets: $12; $8 for seniors and students. Details: 620-235-4796.
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 teaches early literacy skills to toddlers and preschoolers. 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: "Greater Tuna," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66. Dinner is served an hour before showtime. Tickets: $24.50; $21 for seniors and students; $12 for children. Details: 417-358-9665.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Women's league offers practice, social opportunities for gun owners
The objective for some is to improve their skills for target or competitive shooting, the league's website says. Others, while wanting to improve their skills, also are interested in aspects of self-defense.
Ryan Richardson: Collars, leashes can help dogs learn control
I take my dog out to the biking and walking trails in Joplin on a regular basis. I'm kind of a big guy, so the exercise is great for me gets my dog out into nature a bit more. Even though it has been pretty hot lately, I still make it a point to get out there three times a week if possible.
Frankie Meyer: Genealogy website upgrades its microfilm ordering process
Have you recently used the website familysearch.org? I recently learned that the site has vastly improved its system allowing researchers to order microfilm copies of items listed on the site.
Rich Brown: McDonald County Children's choir combines music with a gospel ministry
The McDonald County Children's Choir may entertain a lot of people, but the hope is that it will bless even more through its ministry, according to choir director Amber Nelson.
Craig Tally: Talents should never go to waste
What we know as the parable of the talents (Matthew, chapter 25) originated with Jesus as far as we know. It exemplifies perfectly those parables which we often mishandle. Mishandled parables are parables which we ask to say too much.
Joe Hadsall: National Geographic Channel helps keep thirst for nonfiction sated
Like the seasons, I periodically enter a phase where fiction doesn't interest me. Thank goodness for National Geographic Channel.
Jeremiah Tucker: Weezer's new apology to fans doesn't sound very genuine
If you're an early Weezer fan, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," the upcoming new album from one of the most iconic bands of the '90s.
Marta Churchwell: Festivals are hard work for artists, but worth it
What we artists and craftsmen will endure to earn a few bucks at a festival.
Overacted on purpose: 'The Boy Friend' is a send-off of '20s-era musicals
The musical is filled with history. It is the third-longest-running musical in British history, and Julie Andrews starred in the Broadway debut of the play in America. The musical is also the first Broadway musical to be performed by Joplin Little Theatre, which first picked up the script in 1960, about 20 years after its formation.
Grammy win has kept zydeco singer Chubby Carrier busy
Since winning a Grammy for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album in 2011, Chubby Carrier's schedule has filled up. But he is thrilled to be able to return to Joplin.
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