The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 16, 2012

Tornado anniversary to be observed at Third Thursday

Children to ‘rebuild Joplin’ with building blocks

A wall-building event, a play, a building-block session for children and a slate of other activities are on tap for today’s Third Thursday event centered around Joplin’s one-year anniversary of the May 22 tornado.

The event is being put on in coordination with Rebuild Joplin and the Joplin Long Term Recovery Committee.

Participants can help build walls that will go into some of the houses that are replacing some of those destroyed by the tornado. Wall construction will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Main Street. A time of remembrance and a wall raising will be held at 7:30 p.m. Messages of hope can be left on the walls from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Children who attend the Third Thursday event can help “rebuild Joplin” at a Lego Education Showcase from 6 to 8 p.m. on Main Street near Fourth Street.

A large table upon which participants will display their creations will be set up. Organizers are hoping that the children who participate will build an entire town with the kits of building blocks.

At the conclusion of the Third Thursday event, the Community Partnership will use the kits for block parties and other events.

“We’re so excited to have received this showcase grant,” said Jamie Blood, an event organizer. “The whole idea behind Legos — being able to build and create with them — fits so well with the theme for this Third Thursday, which is ‘Rebuild Joplin.’”

The Lego Education Showcase grant was made available through the Education Blueprints Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing learning resources and programs that deliver education solutions to individuals, teachers and students.

“Leaves of Hope: A Play for Joplin” will be performed at 8:30 p.m. at the Gryphon Building, 1027 S. Main St. Theater professor David White compiled the play with material from Joplin High School students and alumni.

Memorial art exhibits are planned at the Post Memorial Art Reference Library, Spiva Center for the Arts, the Local Color Art Gallery and the Mystery Gallery. A number of other galleries will be open during the event.

Also planned:

• Face painting at Dance Universe, 531 S. Main St.

• A car cruise with vintage cars in the 200 block of Main Street.

• An Art Feeds auction at JB’s Piano Bar, 112 S. Main St., with a silent auction from 5 to 9 p.m. and a live auction at 7 p.m.

• The YMCA Corporate Challenge, an obstacle course, in the 400 block of Main Street.

• Cars, Bikes and Tattoos, 628 S. Main St.

• An open rehearsal of the Midwest Regional Ballet Company, 507 S. Wall Ave.

• A “tiki” party pig roast with fire dancers at 8:30 p.m.

Stages will be set up for performers from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Sixth and Main streets, and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fifth and Main streets.

Shuttle service

A SHUTTLE WILL RUN through downtown to take people to the various event locations.

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