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. —
Family affair: Father directs daughter in 'Annie,' a musical about families
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History takes bigger spotlight for annual Emancipation Days
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Rich Brown: Christian ministry lets unmarried people meet, socialize
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Weekend festival shines light on historic Route 66
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Show features dogs' stunts, tricks
Perondi and his pack of canine performers have entertained audiences around the country since 2001. He said "kids" of all ages enjoy their show.
Ann Leach: It's time to slow down, enjoy life
A woman at the gym was using the Stairmaster, reading a book, listening to music and drinking water all at the same time. I watched from my treadmill behind her and wondered how doing all of those things at once could be helpful to this woman's health goals. But then, who am I to judge?
Marta Churchwell: Internet has transformed, refined art of tattoos
Now, tattoos are considered an art form. The skin is simply one medium for artists who frequently dabble in other mediums.
Jeremiah Tucker: Magic's 'Rude' carries puzzling popularity
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Benji Tunnell: 'Hercules' not good, but not bad for a blockbuster
That's why I didn't have much in the way of high expectations when I heard that he would be helming "Hercules," the second adaptation of the character this year. Sometimes, when expectations are minimized, it's easier to be surprised.
Joe Hadsall: Improve your smartphone photos by changing grip
But there is one thing I've discovered that increases quality immensely: the right grip.
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