JOPLIN, Mo. —
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: 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: Birds of New Zealand program, 7 p.m. today, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Steve and Margaret Hoyle will speak. The program is presented by the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society. Details: 417-624-0995.
JOPLIN: Proclamation in the Park, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Cunningham Park. Event includes a proclamation marking the day as Salvation Army Day. Details: 417-624-4528.
JOPLIN: Discover Nature: Flowers for Mom, 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, Walter Woods Conservation Area, south of Joplin. Participants 4 to 12 years old will create a Mother's Day card and bouquet. Registration is required. Details: 417-629-3423.
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.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
JOPLIN: Barbecue ribs sale, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Food 4 Less, 2800 E. 32nd St. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new equipment trailer for Boy Scout Troop 77.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to all musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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