JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Whimsical Wooden Ornaments, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Students will paint and decorate an ornament. For ages 6 and up. Cost is $15. Details: 417-623-0183.
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.
JOPLIN: Cecil Floyd craft show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Cecil Floyd Elementary, 24th and Roosevelt. Event features more than 150 area jury selected exhibitors. Admission: $2.
JOPLIN: Pet pictures with Santa, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Petsmart, Seventh and Range Line. Bill Welch will take pictures. Proceeds benefit Spare Cat Rescue. Cost: $10. Details: 417-388-5596.
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: email@example.com.
CARTHAGE: Craft, bake sale, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Saturday, Ulmer Community Center, 1208 S. Garrison. Organized by Carthage TOPS No. 1157. Details: 417-673-3989.
JOPLIN: 1940s Christmas Homecoming Dinner Theater, 6 p.m. Friday, Joplin Family Worship Center, 5290 E. Seventh. Meal includes bacon-wrapped steak, baked potato, green beans and salad. Admission: $10; $6 for children. Details: 417-623-7134.
JOPLIN: Seasonal Choral Flourish, 7:30 p.m. Friday, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 812 S. Pearl. Details: 417-625-9562.
JOPLIN: Holiday art, craft and gift expo, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Event includes more than 35 booths and concessions. Proceeds will benefit student ministries.
NEOSHO: Christmas choral concert, 7 p.m. today, Elsie Plaster Auditorium, Crowder College campus. Crowder Choral and Chamber Choir will perform. Details: 417-455-5620.
WEBB CITY: Christmas parade, 3 p.m. Saturday, along Main and Third. Theme is "Christmas on Broadway." Details: 417-673-1154.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Turtle Island Quartet, 7 p.m. today, Central Christian Center, 415 S. Main. Part of Pro Musica Joplin's annual chamber music season. Details: 417-625-1822.
JOPLIN: Percussion ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m. today, Taylor Performing Arts Center, Missouri Southern State University. Admission is free.
WEBB CITY: Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church, Broadway and Roane. The cantata "All is Well" will be performed by the MSSU Choral Society. Details: 417-625-9633.
NEOSHO: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Neosho-Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
JOPLIN: As the Cold Wind Blows, 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Program for kids 3 to 6 years old discusses how animals deal with winter. Cost: $10, $5 for members. Details: 417-782-6287.
CARTHAGE: "It's a Wonderful Life," 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30. Tickets: $22, $19 for seniors and students. Details: 417-358-9665.
JOPLIN: "Over the River and Through the Woods," 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First. Tickets: $13, $11 for seniors and students, $5 for children. Details: 417-623-3638.
NEOSHO: "The Steadfast Tin Man," 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Elsie Plaster Community Center, Crowder campus. Tickets: $2, $1 for kids.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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Ryan Richardson: Pet urine becomes indoor problem during winter
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Frankie Meyer: Best starting point for family research is your life, not web
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Rich Brown: Christian authors connect generation gap with book-signing
Lindsey Bell, a new kid on the block of Christian writing, will be joined by her mentor and fellow author, LeAnn Campbell, for a book-signing event next week in Joplin.
Craig Tally: Discussion important when differences exist
To this day, I am powerless to walk with my wife down a sidewalk with her walking on the traffic side. Many years ago, I learned men just don't do that -- men stand between a lady and the danger of traffic.
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Veteran, new artist share Legends stage with tributes to Tina Turner, Adele
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Annual PhotoSpiva exhibit to open this weekend
When curators at Spiva Center for the Arts put together an exhibit, they have complete control over it, said Director Jo Mueller. They review the work, choose selections and make display decisions.
Artist to demonstrate polymer clay's ease of use during Wildcat Glades sessions
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