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Franklin, KS

Through December 29: Miners Hall Museum “From the Emerald Isle: ‘Tis the Irish!” 701 S. Broadway. A special quarterly exhibit honoring the Irish immigrants who settled in Southeast Kansas. Free admission. Call 620.347.4220.

December 10: Miners Hall Museum, “Irish Immigration in Word and Song,” 10 am-4 pm, Miners Hall Museum. The story of Irish immigration with musical emphasis, including a taste of Irish food. Reservations are recommended 620.347.4220. Admission is free.

Pittsburg, KS

December 2: Tim Meadows at Kansas Crossing Casino. Versatile comedian Tim Meadows crafted some of the series’ most memorable characters during his 10 years on Saturday Night Live. For more information and tickets, visit www.kansascrossingcasino.com.

December 2: 69th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center, 7503 N. Pine St., 7 am–1 pm, 503 N. Pine St., 620. 231.7827. Visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

December 2: ZUMBAthon for Communities in Schools of Mid-America, 9:30-11 am, Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department, Lincoln Center, 710 W. 9th St. Support a great cause, have fun and work off those holiday calories at the fifth annual holiday ZUMBAthon! This year’s event benefits USD 250 School District students through Communities in Schools of Mid-America. Admission: One donation of socks, underwear, gloves, hats or scarves. For each additional item you bring, you’ll receive a ticket for entry into a prize drawing. Call 620.231.8310, email pprd@pittks.org or visit www.pittks.org for more information.

Carl Junction, MO

December 2: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Full breakfast, $6/adults.

December 3: Carl Junction Christmas Parade, 2 pm, Main Street. Details: 417.649.6062.

Carthage, MO

Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707.

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs – Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

December 2 & 3: African American Trailblazers, 1 pm. How do you define a trailblazer, and who makes that designation in history? Join a ranger to learn about African Americans in history and discuss modern-day trailblazers.

December 9: Holiday Open House, 1-3 pm. The park staff and volunteers invite the public to a holiday celebration of seasonal music, interpretative programs and refreshments.

December 16 & 17: Expressions of the Soul, 1 pm. Carver had a passion for art and believed his creations were expressions of his soul. See images of Carver’s artwork that he used to convey the sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation.

December 23 & 24: Christmas in Yellowstone, 1 pm. Stretching across more than 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone National Park was designated America’s first national park in 1872. Only a small fraction of visitors experience the park during winter months, a time when nature’s inhospitality is matched only by its serenity. This film will last about 52 minutes.

December 30 & 31: The Tuskegee Airmen, 1 pm. In 1941, with the world at war, a select group of African Americans made their way to Tuskegee, Alabama, with dreams of becoming the first black fighter pilots in the country. This documentary explores the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Show your gym membership card to get half off admission. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360, food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.

December 1: Wind Ensemble Concert, 7:30 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Taylor Auditorium, 3950 Newman Rd. The Southern Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Rick Espinosa, presents their winter concert. This event is free. Visit mssu.edu/music or call 417.625.9318.

December 9 & 10: Joplin High School Theatre presents Crazy Cocoa Christmas, 2 pm at Joplin High School, 2104 N. Indiana Ave. It’s almost Christmas Eve, and…oh, no! Santa’s elves haven’t made enough toys! Join in on this wild adventure as Santa, his elves and a polar bear do what they have to to save Christmas! Call 417.625.5238.

January 1: Chilly 5K & Kids’ Frozen Fun Run, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Joplin Family Y, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle Dr. Start the New Year off on the right foot with the Joplin Family Y Chilly 5K & Kids’ Frozen Fun Run! The 5k begins at the former Downtown YMCA and ends at the Joplin Family Y. Complimentary childcare is provided for race participants from 10 am-12 pm. Call 417.781.9622.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Winter Hours Begin: Regular Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. The Center is closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays through the winter months. All programs are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Drive, Suite A, Joplin, unless otherwise specified. Pre-registration is requested for all programs at the Audubon Center. Space is limited and fills up quickly. To register, call 417.782.6287 or email wildcatglades@audubon.org.

December 2: Whooo’s in the Mood for Love? 7-9 pm, age: 7+, $6 per person members /$12 per person non-members. It may be fall, but owls are already busy courting. We’ll begin indoors by learning about these nocturnal birds and their secretive habits, and even tear into some of their pellets (regurgitated prey remains) to discover what they eat. Afterwards, we’ll go on a hike to hopefully hear their “love songs,” and possibly catch a glimpse of these Romeos and Juliets! Warm up afterwards with some hot cocoa or apple cider, and some “owl pellet” cookies!

December 2: Pictures with Father Christmas & Heron’s Nest Gift Shop Christmas Sale, 12:30-4:30 pm. Just to put a little twist on the holiday, we persuaded Father Christmas to stop by the Center to pose with a few of our favorite nature lovers. Have your little one’s (or your own) picture taken with our Woodland Father Christmas and shop the Christmas sale at the Heron’s Nest. Most items in the Heron’s Nest will be 15% off, and we will accept donations for pictures with Father Christmas. You may call and schedule your photo time. All unscheduled photos will be on a first come, first served basis.

Preschool Nature Connections:

December 6 & 9: The After-Christmas Tree, 1-2 pm; December 9, 10 am-1 pm. Free. Ages: 3-6 years accompanied by adult. Are you and your children sad to see the Christmas tree come down after the holidays? Our storybook this month teaches everyone your tree can keep the giving-spirit alive even after the holidays by decorating it outdoors with seed ornaments, nuts and fruit to feed the birds and other wildlife. It can also be used as a shelter from the snow, or habitat for some fish in a pond. Children will learn about the animals that may visit their after-Christmas tree, make ornament treats to take home, and help decorate the Center’s own outdoor tree for the birds.

December 16: National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, 8 am-12 pm. Those who wish to take part should meet at the Audubon Center at 8 am for area assignments. Individuals who are new to birding are welcome to carpool with experienced birders. We will return at noon for a potluck lunch provided by the chapter and begin compiling the species and number of birds seen on the count. Those who wish to continue counting after lunch may do so.

December 23: Yoga in Nature, 9:30-10:30 am, $3 per person members/$6 per person non-members. All ages welcome. Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, and can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Enjoy exercising at your own level in nature with instructor Natalie Herrod with 4-States Yoga Restoration Center. Program held indoors in inclement weather.

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

December 4: Monett Senior Dance, 7-10 pm, Monett Senior Citizen’s Center, $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Neosho, MO

November 30-December 2: 2017 Holiday Market in Neosho, 100 College St. Join us for the biggest Neosho Holiday Market ever! We have over 60 booths that will be filled with all your holiday shopping needs. Thursday night VIP tickets $5 – snacks, giveaways and VIP shopping. Friday and Saturday admission $2. 417.451.1925.

Webb City, MO

December 2: Shop with a Cop, 6 am, Webb City Walmart. Webb City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies help spread a bit of holiday cheer for area children and their families each year. Children get to shop and purchase something from their Christmas lists and take home food items for their family. Contact the Webb City Police Department at 417.673.1911.

Grove, OK

December 30: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God Church, two miles east of Grove on south side of Hwy 10. Enjoy Southern gospel singers and singing groups. Call 417.775.4121.

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Cultural Arts and Entertainment

Joplin, MO

Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit www.connect2culture.com. Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.


December 2 & 3: Chris Duarte Group House Concert, Dec. 2, 5 pm; Dec. 3, 4:30 pm, The Coda Concert House. Chris Duarte’s guitar playing is steeped in the Texas blues, jazz and rock of his native San Antonio. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of only $25 each night for seated general admission. To help pay for hotel rooms for the artists, reserved second row or premium stools are a suggested donation of $35. Email info@codaconcerthouse.com for details or to make reservations.

December 5: Siblings Improv presents It’s A Blunderful Life (ages 16+), 8 pm, JBs Downtown, 112 S. Main St. Siblings Improv presents a night of live improvised comedy. See a local improv troupe take suggestions from the audience and turn them into compelling moments and hilarious scenes. It’s all made up. No script. Which is usually pretty obvious. For more info, follow @SiblingsImprov.

December 7: Dustbowl Revival House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House. Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Please send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com for an invitation. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of only $25 for seated general admission.

December 7: Pro Musica presents Calmus Vocal Ensemble, 7 pm, Central Christian Center, 5th & Virginia Ave. One of the most successful vocal groups in Germany, this ensemble has forged a refined sound few groups achieve. No tickets are required, donations gratefully accepted. Call 417.625.1822.

December 7-17: Stained Glass Theatre presents A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, 7 pm, 2:30 on Sundays, Stained Glass Theatre, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. A young Laura Ingalls and her family make a home in Burr Oak, Iowa, during difficult times. Adults $10 and children $5. Tickets available at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to show times. www.sgtjoplin.com.

December 7: Comedy & Cocktails: Derek Smith & BradChad Porter, 9 pm, Infuжn Водка Bar, 530 S. Main St. Joplin Comedy proudly presents Derek Smith (Chicago) and BradChad Porter (OKC) for another edition of Comedy and Cocktails! Tickets on sale now at joplincomedy.com. Tickets: $10.

December 13-17: Joplin Little Theatre presents I’ll Be Home for Christmas, 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Set in 1941, experience a story of the faith of a family and our country on the verge of World War II. Tickets: Adults $18, seniors (55 and up), students $15, children (12 and under) $8.Tickets may be purchased by calling the Joplin Little Theatre box office, 417.623.3638, or online at www.joplinlittletheatre.org.

December 17: Connect2Culture presents David Phelps’ Classic Christmas, 7:30 pm, Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, 2104 N. Indiana Ave. David’s renditions of old hymns and modern holiday hits capture the true spirit of Christmas. Tickets: $20-$40. Tickets may be purchased at connect2culture.com or 1.800.514.3849 (etix is the exclusive ticketing provider). Groups of 15-40 receive a 20% discount. Call 417.625.6683.


Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6-8 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. A fiber arts club for beginners to advanced knitters. Meets each Thursday. Free. Call 417.437.9281.

December 1: Phoenix Fired Art’s Holiday Open House, 9 am-8 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main St. Enjoy refreshments, holiday music and shopping! Browse a wonderful selection of local artwork from glass, to jewelry, to fiber arts, to pottery. There is something for everyone in the family! Call 417.437.9281.

December 1: First Friday WineShare, 6-9 pm. At different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. No charge; everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome.

December 2: Post Art Library Holiday Tea, 2 pm, Joplin Public Library,1901 E. 20th St. Enjoy music by string ensemble Still Waters and holiday tea in the beautiful Post Reading Room inside the Joplin Public library. Call Jill Sullivan at 417.623.7953 x1041.

December 4 & 5: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions – Steel Magnolias, 7 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. A well-known and popular play and movie about the bond six women share with their stories of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana town. Needed are six women, ages 18-70. Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. There will also be scenes read from the script. Performance dates: February 14-18, 2018. Call 417.623.3638 or visit joplinlittletheatre.org.

December 5: Chat ‘n Crafts (Adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun!

December 9: Joplin History & Mineral Museum Open House, 2 pm, Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 7th & Schifferdecker. Walk the halls of Joplin’s rich history while enjoying refreshments. Bring the kids to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! Call 417.623.1180.

December 11 & 12: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin Auditions – Father of the Bride, 7 pm, Stained Glass Theatre, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. When beautiful Kay Banks announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan, her doting middle-class father, Stan, must contend with a variety of problems, ranging from money issues to wedding planning difficulties. Performance dates: February 8-18, 2018. For more information, email info@sgtjoplin.com.

December 14: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library. Connect with the Joplin Writers’ Guild on Facebook. Open to the public. Dues $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

December 16: Joplin Public Library Makerspace Open House, 10 am, Joplin Public Library,1901 E. 20th St. Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library invite you to meet your makerspace! During this event, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in only, first come, first serve basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Call Jill Sullivan at 417.623.7953 x1041.

December 18: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6-8 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Open mic sign-up begins at 6 pm. Three featured poets will begin reading at 6:15 pm. Open mic starts at 7 pm. Email ablevins@pittstate.edu.

December 22: Fourth Friday Film Night. Potluck at 6 pm; Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main St. Showcase artist biographies, art techniques and philosophical art-related films. Donations accepted. Bring camping chairs and snacks. Call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.


Mondays & Fridays: Listen & Draw After School, 3 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. An opportunity for school-aged children who visit the library after school to listen to an audio book while they draw. Suggested age range: K-5th grade. Call 417.623.7953.

Crackpot Pottery & Studio: 3820 E. 20th, Joplin, MO

Open six days a week (Monday-Saturday) hours: Monday-Thursday 9 am-9 pm Friday & Saturday 9 am-4 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques, or enjoy any of the workshops offered involving several of the other art mediums. With a fee of $125/mo it allows you unlimited access (during business hours). This fee includes instruction (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), firing and glazing. For more info and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at 417.623.1455, or email joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com.

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio, open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates (reloadable card issued) are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

Saturdays: Drop-In Class with Geoffrey, 10 am-noon. Drop-in and play with clay! This class costs $30 plus clay. No 8-week commitment required.

December 15: Vet Art – Thermal Shock, 5 pm. This event is open to all active military, Reserve, National Guard, veterans and their families. Experience the process of raku pottery firing with Spiva Center for the Arts and Crackpot Pottery. For tickets, visit spivaarts.org or call 417.623.1455.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm. Up to 4 hours of painting time. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

Third Thursdays: Pick Your Passion with April Davis (ages 10+), 6-8 pm. Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques. $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.

December 15: Local Color’s Holiday Open House, 5:30-8:30 pm. Enjoy refreshments, meet the artists and enter the drawing to win a $50 gift certificate (with $25 purchase). Items for sale include: pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, angels, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more.

RSVPaint Joplin: 223 W. 3rd St. at the corner of 3rd and Wall across the street from Spiva Art Gallery.

December scheduled events. Discover your inner-artist! Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint and Create! Each scheduled event creates a different piece of artwork. Cost for most canvas events is $35/painter. Date Night Diptychs are $60/couple and includes two canvases. All Ages Family Paint, Saturdays 1-3 pm. $30/painter. Wine’d Down Open Studios are an all-ages, non-instructed time. Artists are on-hand to help you create one of our ideas or one of your own. $25/painter. Wooden Sign Workshops vary by cost per pallet. Glass Decorating $35/guest. RSVP in advance, at-door non-registered guests incur a $5 surcharge. Some events may be subject to a registration deadline before the event. All materials provided. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend most classes. Must be 21 to drink alcohol. 

Dec 1, 7-9 pm – “Red Bird”
Dec 2, 1-3 pm – Family Paint “Holiday Shimmer”
Dec 2, 7-10 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 3, 2-5 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 6, 1-3 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
Dec 7, 6:30-9:30 pm – “Paint Your Pet”
Dec 8, 7-10 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 9, 1-3 pm – Family Paint “Happy Christmas”
Dec 9, 4-9 pm – Date Night “Northern Lights”
Dec 10, 2-4 pm – Glass and Ornament Decorating
Dec 10, 5-8 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 13, 4-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
Dec 14, 6:30-9:30 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 15, 7-10 pm – “Tree Trimmers”
Dec 16, 1-4 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 16, 7-9 pm – “Family Ornaments”
Dec 17, 1-3 pm – “Red Barn”
Dec 20, 4-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
Dec 21, 7-9 pm – “Holiday Toast”
Dec 22, 7-10 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 23, 1-4 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 23, 7-9 pm – Glass and Ornament Decorating Party
Dec 24-25 – Closed for Christmas Holiday
Dec 27, 4-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
Dec 28, 7-9 pm – “Best Days Spent”
Dec 29, 7-10 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 30, 2-5 pm – Family Paint “Snow Globe”
Dec 30, 7-9 pm – Date Night Diptych “Winter Sunset”
Dec 31, 2-5 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
Dec 31, 6-8 pm – “Cheers”

Spiva Center for the Arts

Third and Wall streets. Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit www.spivaarts.org, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-12), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 to register.

Tuesdays: Young Artist Studio (ages 11-13), 5:15-6:30 pm. Provides students the opportunity to explore in depth the art forms they love, as well as experiment with new materials. Cost: $80 (course) or $11 weekly. Call 417.623.0183 to register.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-12 pm. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. Free. No prior art experience necessary.

December 2 & 16: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

December 9: Coloring Book Club, 10:30 am-noon. Bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the gift shop.

December 9: Fused Glass Ornaments with Jane McCaulley (ages 13+), 10:30 am-1 pm. Create a beautiful glass ornament using a pre-made template or branch out and create your own design! Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $13 per person.

December 16: Mimosas and Marbling – Holiday Edition (ages 21+), 10 am-noon. Don’t miss this season-inspired scarf-decorating workshop. Learn marbling and printing techniques to create your own unique silk scarf as you sip on a holiday-themed mimosa. To register or for more information, visit spivaarts.org or call 417.623.0183. Cost: $35 per person.

December 20: Holiday Workshop, 1-3 pm. Create memorable holiday decorations. Cost is $5 per project and all ages welcome. To register or for more information, visit spivaarts.org or call 417.623.0183. Cost: $5 per project.


December 19: Spiva Christmas Party, 5-8 pm. Join Spiva for a traditional Christmas gathering and trim the tree, enjoy live music and celebrate the holiday season. Free. All ages welcome. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.


Through December 16: 70th Membership Show. Spiva member artists present their best work in this annual showcase of regional talent. A fascinating mix of styles and media. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

Through December 16: In a Japanese Garden by Carol Adamec. The exhibition consists of paintings and sculpture of flowers and kimonos and is installed to include garden-related items to create a Zen-like environment. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

December-January: Installation by Luke Blevins at Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Blevins is a multi-disciplined artist with a focus in painting, photography and ceramics. Call 417.623.7953. ext. 1041.


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Health Events

Galena, KS

December 5: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

December 14: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS

December 12: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

December 27: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

December 12: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, abuening@ilcenter.org for information and referral.

December 13 & 27: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

December 5: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Dr. Call 417.347.2662.

December 5: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Respite services for individuals enrolled through JRO should be requested prior to the event. Contact Kailin Anderson to verify eligibility or put a name on a list prior to the event. Call 417.347.7850.

December 5: Freeman Friends & Family CPR, 6:30-9 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Ste. C, 1130 E. 32nd St. Taught by Freeman Screen Team. Preregistration required. Fee: $15. Call 417.347.4448.

December 7: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Ste. C, 1130 E. 32nd St. Early Detection Screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Please call 417.347.6555 for an appointment.

December 12 & 26: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar, 5:30 pm, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Call 417.347.1266.

December 13: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Penny Peek, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, for questions at 417.347.4036.

December 13 & 20: Holiday Farmers Market, 3:30-7 pm, Freeman Hospital West Main Entrance. Fresh local produce, meats, cookies, popcorn, cinnamon rolls and more! Call 417.347.5646.

December 18: Freeman Type 2 Diabetes Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center 1st Floor Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.5700.

December 19: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (rear entrance). Call 417.347.1266.

December 19: Writing Class, 9-11 am, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (rear entrance). If you are interested in learning more about writing your memories or life stories, join Freeman Advantage members to discuss writing and receive helpful tips and tricks from Terri McDermitt, local writer and author. RSVP. Call 417.347.5837.

Freeman Advantage Striders

December 12: Freeman Advantage Striders/Freeman Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

Mercy Hospital – Support Groups

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3-3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.8760.

December 7: Bariatric Seminar, 6-7 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Is weight-loss surgery right for you? Mercy Bariatric Center can help you decide. The free seminar is for those who have considered weight-loss surgery, are 80 to 100 pounds overweight, have had multiple unsuccessful attempts at weight loss or have an illness caused or made worse by excess weight. To register or for more information, visit www.mercy.net/JoplinBariatrics.

December 11: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-7 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

December 13: Cancer Survivor Support Group-Men’s meets the second Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

December 13: Cancer Caregiver Support Group meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

December 18: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Email Kevin.Woods@Mercy.net.

December 26: Diabetes Support Group meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Water and Electric meeting room, 627 W. Centennial. Call 417.359.1359.

December 27: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2-3 pm, Mercy Hospital Carthage Chapel. Free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. Call 417.556.2472.

December 27: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Women’s meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

Mercy Auxiliary, Joplin

Weekdays: Valet Service, 7:30 am-5 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Clinic Entrance (west entrance), 100 Mercy Way. Sponsored by Mercy Auxiliary Joplin, this complimentary service is available for all patients and family members seeking non-hospital care or services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit www.namijoplin.org. Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

December 1: NRMC Foundation Tree of Shining Memories Lighting Ceremony, 6:30 pm. Prior to the Christmas parade, reading of memorials and lighting of the tree. Southeast corner of Vernon County Courthouse lawn. To purchase a memorial light, call 417.448.3620.

December 3: Holiday Festival, 1-4 pm. Join us at NRMC for the 14th annual free kids’ event with games, crafts, face painting and specials guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus!

December 12 & 14: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8:30 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622 to register for this class.

December 13: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

December 16: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. One-day childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622 to register for this class.

December 20: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

December 21: Blood Drive, 1-5 pm. Give the gift of life! Walk-ins accepted, but appointments are appreciated. Moore-Few Care Center Community Room. Call 417.448.3622 or visit www.cbco.org.

December 26: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 7 am. Free screenings of the month: blood pressure and cholesterol. Kern Senior Center. Call 417.448.3801.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

December 14: Diabetes Support Group, meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

December 14: Low Vision Support Group, meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

Miami, OK

December 12 & 26: Depression Support Group, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

December 14: Caregivers Support Group, meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit www.integrisok.com/baptist-regional-health-center-miami-ok.

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

December 5: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

December 7: Autism Support Group meets first Thursday monthly, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule for December. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.