The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 19, 2009

Special events slated for ‘Third Thursday’

From staff reports

A mad-science laboratory for youngsters, an introduction to the Missouri Southern State University football team, a fashion show by MSSU cheerleaders, along with a slate of live entertainment, art displays and a business seminar are among the activities planned for today’s “Discover Downtown: Third Thursday” event.

Members of the MSSU football team will be on hand at 6 p.m. at Spiva Park for a “meet the team” event. MSSU cheerleaders will model clothing from Upstairs Boutique in a fashion show at 6:45 p.m. at Trios, 112 S. Main St.

Mad Science will present an interactive “Mad Lab Live” science show beginning at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of the Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main St.

A seminar titled “Building and Business Opportunities in Downtown Joplin” will be held at 6 p.m. on the second floor above Spokes and Spandex at 531 S. Main St. Topics will include information about city grant programs, tax credits and financing for downtown enterprises.

Memorial Hall and the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department will be hosts for the Brown Bag Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 p.m. at Spiva Park.

A farmers market, also sponsored by the parks department, will be open at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind City Hall, 602 S. Main St. An information booth about all that’s planned for “Third Thursday” will be set up in the parking lot. A second information booth will be in Spiva Park. They will operate from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Art and live music will be presented at several downtown locations. Start times vary by location.

The lineup for the music and the art walk:

Trios, 112 S. Main St., music by Folk ’n Roll.

Mystery Gallery, 514 S. Main St., music by Kufara; graphite work by Gary Royse; photography by Linda Teeter, Bill Van Volkinburg and Chadwick Yates; pottery by Sue Cogin; paintings by Jesse McCormick, Dot McCormick and Karen Brust; glass by Joanna Turnbull; works by Faith Barrick.

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