JOPLIN, Mo. —
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: Children's Lego Club, 2 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Public Library. Children may build with the library's Legos. Details: 417-623-2184.
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: Big Love pet adoption, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Golden Paw Pet Resort, 2301 N. Main St. The adoption session is organized by Golden Paw Animal Rescue. Animals are available for preview on Facebook. Details: 417-623-0842.
NEOSHO: Book sale, noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. The sale is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Details: 417-451-4231.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to area musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: Piano concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Corley Auditorium, MSSU campus. Stacey Barelos will perform selections from her newest album, "Henry Cowell: Piano Music." Details: 417-625-9543.
PITTSBURG, KAN.: Maniacal 4 concert, 7:30 p.m. today, McCray Hall, Pittsburg State University. The acclaimed trombone quartet will perform. Details: 620-235-4124.
WEBB CITY: Jim Graham concert, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Minerva Candy Co., 12 S. Main St. Details: 417-717-0042.
DIAMOND: Winter raptor program, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, George Washington Carver National Monument. The indoor workshop will focus on falcons, hawks and eagles. Admission is free; registration is required. Details: 417-629-3423.
JOPLIN: Adopt-a-Critter open house, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Wildcat Park. Animals found at the center will be on display. Details: 417-782-6287.
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. today, 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: Baby Bookworms, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs, group interaction and playtime for babies up to 3 months old. Details: 417-623-2184.
SENECA: Story time, 10:30 a.m. today, Seneca Branch Library, 1216 Cherokee St. Details: 417-776-2705.
CARTHAGE: "Nana's Naughty Knickers," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $22, $19 for seniors, youth and students, $10 for children. Details: 417-358-9665.
JOPLIN: "The Patsy," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bud Walton Theatre, MSSU campus. Play was the first to be presented at Joplin Junior College. Admission: $3, $1 for seniors and students, free for MSSU students and faculty. Details: 417-625-3190.
JOPLIN: "That's Amore," 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. First St. The salute to Dean Martin is a fundraiser for the theater. Admission: $10. Details: 417-623-3638.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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