JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: I am Disney, 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Students 12 to 14 years old will explore artistic themes around Disney characters. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Hangout with Hugh, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. The session, part of the "ArtWorkers" exhibit, features topics brought up in a community photo mural. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Alcohol ink tiles, 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. The class is for students 6 and older. Cost: $10. 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: Stuffed animal sleepover, 4 p.m. Friday, Joplin Public Library. Children up to fifth grade may bring a favorite stuffed animal and spend the night at the library. Pickup is at 10 a.m. Saturday. Details: 417-623-2184.
CARTHAGE: Brunch, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday, VFW Post No. 2590, highways 96 and 171. Biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns and fruit will be served. Cost: $5. Details: 417-358-1657.
JOPLIN: Dogwood Trailblazers Walking Club, 5:30 p.m. today, St. PaulÕs United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Details: 417-781-4474.
JOPLIN: Sparrow identification, 7 p.m. today, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. The Ozark Gateway Audubon Society program will be presented by Dave Henness. Details: 417-624-0995.
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.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to all musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: R/C Club fun fly, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Black Cat Road, 1.25 miles north of Seventh Street. The event includes displays and demonstrations.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
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, Mo. —
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