JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall streets. An after-school program for students 6 to 12 years old. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
CARTERVILLE: Route 66 Fall Festival, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, city park. The event includes a car show, parade, drawings, contests, vendors and crafts. Details: 417-629-2794.
CARTHAGE: Farm Girl Fest, 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Red Oak II. The event includes handmade crafts, hayrides, Dutch oven cooking, knitting, horse rides and goat milking. Admission is free. Details: 417-793-6108.
SCAMMON, KAN.: Annual turkey dinner, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, St. Bridget’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. The dinner is organized by the Scammon Knights of Columbus Council. Cost: $8; $5 for children 7 to 11.
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.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Music Gala, 7:30 p.m. today, Taylor Performing Arts Center, Missouri Southern State University. Performers include the Southern Jazz Orchestra, the Royal Thunder Drum Line and MSSU President Bruce Speck. Details: 417-625-9635.
JOPLIN: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. today and 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. today, 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.
GALENA, KAN.: Farmers market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Seventh and Main streets. Farmers, gardeners and crafters are welcome. Details: 417-438-6396 or 417-529-3191.
JOPLIN: Farmers market, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Seventh Street and Joplin Avenue. Details: 417-625-4750.
JOPLIN: Tarantula program, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. The program is for preschool children. Cost: $12; $6 for members. Details: 417-782-6287.
WEBB CITY: Farmers market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, King Jack Park. Details: 417-483-8139.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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