JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: PhotoSpiva Kids kickoff class, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Children 4 to 8 years old will learn about photography. Images taken will be displayed. Cost: $25. 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: Polar bear program, 7 p.m. today, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Rod and Ellen Sallee will talk about the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba. The session is sponsored by the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society. Details: 417-623-2211.
JOPLIN: Obedience training demonstration, 11 a.m. Saturday, Joplin Humane Society, North Main Street Road. The demonstration is a preview of classes that start Monday. The session is organized by the Joplin Humane Society and Golden Paw Pet Resort. Details: 417-623-0842.
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: joplinchessclub @yahoo.com.
JOPLIN: Children's Lego Club, 2 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Public Library. Participants may build with the library's Legos. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Drum clinic, noon Saturday, music building, Missouri Southern State University. Jim Riley, of Rascal Flatts, will teach the clinic. The sponsor is Palen Music. Seating is limited to the first 100 people. Details: 417-625-3061.
DIAMOND: Flying Wild workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, George Washington Carver National Monument. Participants will receive special training focusing on birds. The program is designed for master naturalists, teachers and interpreters. Cost: $7.50. Participants are to provide a sack lunch. Details: 417-629-3423.
JOPLIN: Dogwood Trailblazers Walking Club, 5:30 p.m. today, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Details: 417-781-4474 or 417-291-4432.
WEBB CITY: Winter farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, The Clubhouse, 115 N. Madison St. Details: 417-483-8139.
JOPLIN: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. 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. Wednesday, 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 3 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.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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