JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Tie dye Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall. Participants need to bring T-shirts. Cost: $5 per shirt. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. The after-school program is for students 6 to 12 years old. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Groundbreaking ceremony, 1:30 p.m. today, Billingsly Student Center, MSSU campus. Ceremony marks construction of a lion icon. Details: 417-625-9399.
JOPLIN: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," 2 p.m. today at Phelps Theater, 8 p.m. at the oval, Missouri Southern State University. The showing is the final movie in the Movies Through the Decades festival. Details: 417-625-9760.
JOPLIN: Single moms group, 6 p.m. today, Royal Heights United Methodist Church, 1612 Euclid Ave. Dinner at 6 p.m., fellowship 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children welcome, food and games provided. Details: 624-3366.
JOPLIN: First Friday Night Movies, 7 p.m. Friday, First Christian Church, Fourth and Pearl. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" will be shown. Hot dogs, drinks and popcorn will be served.
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 musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Southern Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. today, Corley Auditorium, Missouri Southern State University. Guest vocalist Rebecca Luebber will be featured. Admission is free.
WEBB CITY: Spring concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church, Broadway and Roane. MSSU Choral Society will perform a selection of songs ranging from Bach to Broadway. Details: 417-623-9633.
DIAMOND: Healthy Parks, Healthy People, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Carver National Monument. Event includes health educators, wellness presentations, workshops and more. Details: 417-325-4151.
NEOSHO: Car and bike cruise night, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, downtown square. The event includes a DJ, a 50/50 drawing and car spotlights. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Details: 417-451-1925.
WEBB CITY: Farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, King Jack Park. Details: 417-483-8139.
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: "Singin' in the Rain," 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Ozark Christian College chapel. Tickets: $10, $7 for children. Details: 417-626-1221.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Classic heavy eggplant Parmesan gets lighter take
I've always been a big fan of eggplant Parmesan. There are a bunch of ways to make this classic Italian dish, but I'm partial to what you might call the full-fat version: thick slices of breaded eggplant that are sauteed, then baked until creamy, and finally topped with tomato sauce and melted cheese.
Cheryle Finley: Read instructions to avoid baking failures
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Amanda Stone: Simple mixes are also healthy
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Marta Churchwell: New steel drum group at MSSU off to great start
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Jeremiah Tucker: No issues with rock band's take on national anthem
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Joe Hadsall: Persistence pays off in hunt for new phone
Finally, I got what I wanted. The phone I've been coveting since it was released in May is now in my hands. I'm so overjoyed with my new BlackBerry Q10 that I was tempted to write this column using its incredible keyboard.
Dave Woods: Spring brings changes to Branson lineup
I remember getting a day at Silver Dollar City once a year. But spending the night at a fancy motel with a swimming pool? No way. The thought of spending several days and nights on vacation was out of the question.
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