JOPLIN, Mo. —
CARL JUNCTION: Pancake breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy and hash browns will be served. Cost: $5; $3 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Carl Junction Fire Department's Christmas food basket fund.
JOPLIN: Pottery sale, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Friday, Billingsly Student Center, Missouri Southern State University. The sale is organized by the MSSU ceramics department. A percentage of proceeds will be used to purchase tools and equipment for the program. Details: 417-625-9735.
JOPLIN: Train show and swap meet, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Joplin Museum Complex, Schifferdecker Park. The show features model, collectible and antique electric trains. Admission: $3; free for children younger than 12. Details: 417-673-4888.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
DIAMOND: Holiday open house, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Visitor Center at George Washington Carver National Monument. The celebration includes seasonal music, interpretive programs and refreshments. Details: 417-325-4151.
JOPLIN: Holiday open house and Tree of Remembrance, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Joplin Humane Society, 140 E. Emperor Lane. Light refreshments and adoption specials will be available all day. The event includes pictures with Santa from 2 to 5 p.m. and a Tree of Remembrance ceremony at 6 p.m. Details: 417-623-3642.
JOPLIN: 29th annual Living Christmas Tree, 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Ozark Christian College. The program features "Beneath His Father's Heaven" with music by a 60-plus member choir and orchestra. Details: 417-626-1221.
JOPLIN: Kansas City Southern's Holiday Express, 4 p.m. Tuesday, former Union Depot, B and Main. Visitors can board the train to visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. Details: www.kcsouthern.com.
JOPLIN: Joplin Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Main from 20th to Second. This year's theme is "Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child." Details: 417-392-7268.
NEOSHO: Breakfast with Santa, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, The Civic, 109 W. Main. Details: 417-451-1925.
NEOSHO: Christmas parade, 5 p.m. Saturday, downtown square. Details: 417-451-1925.
JOPLIN: New York Polyphony, 7 p.m. today, Central Christian Center, 410 S. Virginia. The program includes medieval and contemporary Christmas carols. The concert is presented by Pro Musica Joplin. Details: 417-625-1822.
JOPLIN: Heartland Concert Band Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Northpark Mall. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Seasonal Choral Flourish, 7:30 p.m. Friday, First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th. The concert, presented by the Missouri Southern State University music department, will include performances by the Concert Chorale, Jazz Unlimited and the Chamber Singers.
WEBB CITY: Missouri Southern State University Choral Society concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church, 102 N. Roane.
JOPLIN: Environmental IQ program, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. The program is organized by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Details: 417-629-3423.
WEBB CITY: Farmers market, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, King Jack Park. Details: 417-483-8139.
JOPLIN: "Miracle on 34th Street," 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First. Tickets: $13; $11 for seniors and students, $5 for children. Details: 417 623-3638.
JOPLIN: "Hansel and Gretel's Christmas Adventure," 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Taylor Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. Tickets: $1, 50 cents for children. Details: 417-625-3190.
WEBB CITY: Stained Glass Theatre's "Gift of the Magi and Celebration of Christmas," 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday, Mount Hope Church of Christ, 2831 Mount Hope Road. Admission: $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 4-13; free for children 3 and under on lap. Tickets: 417-626-1293.
CARTHAGE: Story time, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. Details: 417-237-7040.
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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