JOPLIN, Mo. —
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: Pet adoptions, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Petsmart, 520 Range Line. Organized by Faithful Friends Animal Advocates. Details: 417-592-2512.
JOPLIN: "The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride," 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Phelps Theater, Missouri Southern State University. Details: 417-625-9760.
CARL JUNCTION: Benefit breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Carl Junction Community Center. Meal includes pancakes, sausage, hash browns, gravy, biscuits and eggs. Cost: $7, $4 for kids. Proceeds benefit the Carl Junction Lions Club Leader Dog program.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
CARTHAGE: "The Star-Spangled Girl," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66 Blvd. Tickets: $23 for adults; $20 for seniors, students with ID and youths; $11 for children ages 6-12. Details: 417-358-9665.
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.
WEBB CITY: Date Night band, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Minerva Candy Co., 12 S. Main St. Details: 417-717-0042.
CARTHAGE: Fourth of July celebration, all day today. Events on the square include a breakfast at 7 a.m., a parade at 10 a.m. and live music starting at 11 a.m., along with games, activities, and food and craft vendors. Fireworks will begin at dark at Municipal Park. Details: 417-237-7000.
DUENWEG: Freedom Celebration, 4:30 p.m. today, Duenweg Assembly of God, 7380 E. 20th. Event includes showing of "By Dawn's Early Light," food, music and kids games. Details: 417-206-4370, 417-540-9305.
JOPLIN: Heartland Concert Band performance, 11 a.m. today, Northpark Mall. The concert includes ensemble performances. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Rockin' Fourth of July, 3 p.m. today, Landreth Park. The event includes music starting at 5:15 p.m. Trolley rides will be available from Memorial Hall from 7 to 11 p.m. 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, Mo. —
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Dave Woods: Vegas a great destination for quick vacation
I love to get out of town for a few days, often with little notice. Expiring vacations days loomed on my calendar, and I needed some Dave time. Nothing fancy, just something cheap.
Joe Hadsall: Saints' success depends on me keeping mouth shut
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Holiday concerts featured at MSSU
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