JOPLIN, Mo. —
From staff reports
BAXTER SPRINGS, KAN.: Community celebration, 7 p.m. Friday, Kiwanis Park. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Details: 620-856-2375.
JOPLIN: Doo-Dad Mike, 3:30 p.m. today, Joplin Public Library. The children’s musician will perform. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Stuffed animal sleepover, 4 p.m. Friday, Joplin Public Library. Children will read and sing to stuffed animals or dolls, then let them “spend the night” at the library. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Children’s Lego Club, 2 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Public Library. Children in fifth grade and younger will build Lego sculptures. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: PC Chess Club, 6 to 10 p.m. today, Hardee’s, 1641 W. Seventh St. The club offers classes, lectures, training and workshops for children and adults. Details: email@example.com.
GALENA, KAN.: Farmers market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Seventh and Main streets. Farmers, gardeners and crafters are welcome. Details: 417-438-6396 or 417-529-3191.
JOPLIN: Farmers market, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Seventh Street and Joplin Avenue. Details: 417-625-4750.
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.
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, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Public Library. The event is for children 5 and younger. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Baby Bookworms, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library. Event includes stories, songs, group interaction and playtime for babies up to 23 months old. 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: “The Mikado,” 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 796 S. Stone Lane. Tickets: $25; $22 for seniors, youths and students; $13 for children. Details: 417-358-9665.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
From staff reports
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