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Calendar of Events

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Anderson, MO: 8 am-noon, Saturdays, Hwy 71. 417.223.8888.

Pittsburg, KS: 7:30 am-12 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg.

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square. www.visit-carthage.com/attraction/carthage-farmers-market.

Lamar, MO: 3-6 pm Wednesdays, 8 am-1 pm Saturdays, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Joplin, MO: 5:30-8:30 pm Third Thursdays, Main Street.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturday; Tuesdays TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot.

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturday, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets, downtown.

Nevada, MO: Saturdays 8 am-12 pm, 304 W. Austin, downtown Nevada.

Webb City, MO: Tuesday 4-7 pm, Thursday 11 am-2 pm, Saturday 9 am-noon. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Pittsburg, KS

June 1-30: Community Artwork for a Cause displayed in the Bev Corcoran Art Gallery, Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center (MACC) at 503 N. Pine. Call 620.231.7827 or email maccinfo@pittks.org.

June 3: Pittsburg Family YMCA Dance Recital, 12:30 pm and 6 pm, Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center (MACC) at 503 N. Pine. Call 620.231.7827 or email maccinfo@pittks.org. Order tickets at http://secure.ticketsage.net/Pittsburg_Memorial/Box_Office/EventsPage.aspx?ws=1.

June 9 & 10: Ducks Unlimited 2nd Annual Firearm Frenzy Convention, 11 am. Food served 11:30 am-2 pm; tickets are eligible for food, beer, non-alcoholic drinks and entry into the 50-Gun Super Raffle. Purchase five tickets to be entered to win a $1,000 gift card, $20 each and must be purchased in advance at West 4th Pawn, 1009 W. 4th Street, Pittsburg, Kansas.

June 12-23: PCT Jr. Starz Workshop. PCT’s Jr. Starz is open to any child ages 6-12 interested in theatre, regardless of experience. Fee is $50/child. Morning session Monday-Friday: 8 am-noon, afternoon session Monday-Friday: 1-5 pm.

June 22: Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) Artist Reception and Auction, 6-8 pm. Free admission. All art sale proceeds benefit BACA. Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center (MACC) at 503 N. Pine. Call 620.231.7827 or email maccinfo@pittks.org.

June 23: PCT Jr. Starz Performances. Morning session performance at 6 pm, afternoon session performance at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center (MACC) at 503 N. Pine. Call 620.231.7827 or email maccinfo@pittks.org.

Carl Junction, MO

June 3: Carl Junction Lions Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 North Main. Full breakfast, $6/adults.

June 10: 4th annual Flag Day Concert, 11 am, Memorial Park. Free patriotic music concert by the Heartland Concert Band.

Carthage, MO

Route 66 Drive-in Theatre: Movies begin at dusk Friday-Sunday evenings, 1731 Old 66 Boulevard. Adults $7, children 6-12 $3, ages 5 and under free. Call 417.359.5959 or visit www.66drivein.com.

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

June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29: Meditation in Motion, 11 am-12 pm, Fair Acres Family YMCA. Free to Y members. Call 417.358.1070.

June 10: Shrimp Boil & Gumbo Feed, 6-8 pm, public welcome. $20 per person, soft drinks and beer included (not tax deductible). Fresh frozen shrimp available $7 per pound. Call 417.793.4496.

June 17: Summer Concerts in the Park, 7-9 pm, Central Park. Featured is the Catalyst Band of Joplin, a group that plays the music of the ‘70s with a mix of favorite standards. Free.

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.

June 3: National Trails Day, 9 am-noon. National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails. Visitors will learn about NPS trails, hiking safety, nutrition and well-being. You are invited to “Find Your Park” as we explore the park paths, trails and boundary roads.

June 10, 17 & 24: Summer Junior Rangers, 10 am-2 pm. For ages 8 to 12, this annual event series gives children a “behind the scenes” look at what it’s like being a park ranger, as well as a unique opportunity to learn more about George Washington Carver and the National Park Service through a variety of hands-on and small group activities.

June 11: Neosho Historic Schoolhouse Program, 1 pm. Join a park ranger for a special offsite program at 639 Young St. in Neosho, MO. This is the location of what was historically known as the Neosho Colored School that G. W. Carver attended in 1876. Learn about Carver’s time in Neosho and the struggle for an education during that time.

June 18: Juneteenth Celebration, 1 pm. What is Juneteenth? It’s a time for reflection on freedom. Join a park ranger for an informative program on one of America’s most historic celebrations of the ending of slavery.

June 25: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1 pm. Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers.

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.

June 3: Race4Hope, 7:30 am, Missouri Southern State University. Proceeds benefit Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization with the mission of working with residents to raise awareness, provide support, offer education and instill hope for those afflicted with and affected by breast cancer.

June 10: Ascent Recovery Residences Golf Fundraiser, 7 am-12 pm, Schifferdecker Golf Course. Support substance abuse recovery in a faith-based environment. Call Teddy Steen at 417.540.6313.

June 11: Tri-State Iris Society, 2 pm, Southwest Missouri Bank at the corner of Zora and Range Line. Call 417.625.1866.

June 12: Blue Moon 10k, 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run, 7:30-10:30 am. Frisco Greenway South Trailhead is the venue for this chip timed, luminary-lit run.

June 15: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

Neosho, MO

June 24: Celebrate Neosho, 7 am-10:30 pm, Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport. 5k, “Flights for Hire” in either a helicopter or plane, static displays, vendor midway with inflatables and rides for the kids, and a car show. Air show begins mid-afternoon and continues until dark and is followed by a nightcap of fireworks. Call 417.451.8050 or text 417.389.3301.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center – Open Tuesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm. Sunday from 1-5 pm. Wildcat Park nature trails are open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk. 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.

Programs and Events

June 2 & 3: Volunteer Rummage Sale, 9 am-5 pm. A project of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Volunteers; all proceeds benefit education programs at the Center.

June 3: National Trails Day Hike and Clean-up, 9:30-11:30 am. Age: 8 and up accompanied by adult, free. Join a naturalist as we explore some of the nature trails in Wildcat Park and clean up any trash as we celebrate National Trails Day. Come dressed appropriately and with water and bug spray.

June 3: Recipe for a Glade, 2:30-4 pm. All ages welcome. Free. Discover the ingredients it takes to make a glade during this 45-minute program featuring glade animals and plants. Play Glade Bingo for prizes! Then venture outside for a walk along Silver Creek Chert Glade. Our giant, lovable, glade mascot, Cherty the Collared Lizard, will be present for photos and hugs!

June 6: A Midsummer’s Night Dinner on Redings Mill Bridge, 6:30 pm-Social, 7 pm Dinner catered by Mythos. Cost: $85 per person; $170 per couple. Enjoy a gourmet dinner served on linen as you experience the sounds and sights of Shoal Creek settling down for the night. (Rain date: Wednesday, June 7).

Preschool Nature Connections

June 7: In My Backyard, 1-2 pm, or June 10, 10-11 am. Cost is covered by Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri. Age: 3-6 years accompanied by adult. Get ready to go on a backyard safari after learning about our animal neighbors and how we can help them. We’ll also discuss why it’s best to leave them and their babies alone, rather than keeping them as pets. We’ll take a short hike looking for critters and make a fun craft. Registration required.

June 17: Nature Photography Workshop with Nop, 1-4 pm. $50 per participant for ages 12 and up. Join award-winning nature photographer Noppadol Paothong for an interactive workshop on nature photography. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills, with the assistance of Nop, on the trails of Wildcat Park. Participants need to bring their own photography equipment. View Nop’s photography at www.nopnatureimages.com.

June 20-23: Camp Wildcat Summer Day Camp, 8 am-12 pm, $100 per child per week members/$125 per child per week non-members. Age: 7-12. Each day, we’ll learn about different groups of animals: birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects and other invertebrates. Limited to 12 children. Children should be in good physical condition and able to hike in summer weather. For the convenience of working parents, we will provide supervision from 7:30 am-12:30 pm. Partial scholarships available from Wild Birds Unlimited for children who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program at school.

June 20-23: Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp – Recycling Renaissance, 12:30-3:30 pm. Cost: $125 per week. Age: 7-12. With basic instruction, we will produce beautiful handmade paper! Some scrap paper will be supplied but students are encouraged to bring heavier weight and color scrap paper. Create animal sculptures from recycled materials, too! Using a variety of plastic bottles, small to medium size boxes, cardboard pieces, etc., we will construct an additive sculpture part by part! Pre-registration and payment to instructor due by noon June 16. Fee includes most art materials, snack and instructor’s fee.

June 27-30: Camp Wildcat Teen Adventure Camp, 8 am-12 pm. $150 per child per week members,$175 per child per week non-members. Age: 13-17. Ready for some adventure? How about kayaking, a zip-line, and some shooting sports? We’ll kayak, zip line and do some shooting sports along with a trip to a certified challenge course to test our courage. We’ll also learn about outdoor ethics and the “leave no trace” philosophy, and volunteer for a community habitat improvement project. Limited to 10 children. Children should be in good physical condition. For the convenience of working parents, we will provide supervision from 7:30 am-12:30 pm.

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.

June 3: Lamar Community Art Walk, historic downtown Lamar. Call 417.682.3595.

Webb City, MO

June 6: Webb City Area Genealogy Society, 6 pm, Webb City Public Library, 101 South Liberty, 3rd floor. Call 417.673.0398 between noon and 4 pm.

June 10: Webb City Route 66 Cruise A Palooza, 12 pm-midnight, downtown. Call 417.673.0398.

Grove, OK

June 24: 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.

Vinita, OK

June 3: Vinita’s 38th Annual World’s Largest Calf Fry and Cook-off, 11 am-3 pm, Craig County Fairgrounds, just south of I-44 in Vinita. Local food, entertainment ranging from crafts, cowboy games and kids’ games, or maybe you would like to come and play some music for the crowds. Call 918.256.7133 or visit www.vinita.com.

June 16 & 17: Annual Vinita Route 66 Festival, 9-am-2 pm, downtown Vinita. Enjoy history, shopping, food and fun. Call 918.323.5148 or go to www.VinitaRoute66Festival.com.

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Cultural Arts and Entertainment

Carthage, MO

June 15-18: Proposal by Design. Doors open at 6 pm, dinner served at 6:30 pm and show starts at 7:30 pm. For the Sunday matinee, doors open at 12:30 pm, with dinner at 1 pm and show starting at 2 pm. Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Boulevard. Call 417.358.9665. Go to www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.com.

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.


June 8-18: Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin Presents Charlotte’s Web, 7 pm, 2:30 pm Sundays, Stained Glass Theatre, 2101 Annie Baxter. $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-13. Call 417.553.0755 or email sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

June 19-24: MOShakes Festival presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7:30-8:30 pm, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Rd. The production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be held June 20, 22 and 24 while The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) will be held June 19, 21 and 23. Call 417.625.9396 or email moshakes@mssu.edu.

June 30 & July 1: Fiddlers On The Route, 5-10:30 pm, Landreth Park. Connect2Culture and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau present a two-day festival of outstanding musical performances. Night one caters to the 21+ crowd (think date night, girl/guys night out). Crowds will enjoy the swingin’ shufflin’ blues and dance group Hudson’s All Star Hoo Doos and the rockin’ country of The Mother Road’s musical ambassadors, The Road Crew. Enjoy food vendors and a beer garden. Night two is a family affair featuring America’s premier youth fiddling show band, the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. Enjoy dinner on the grounds from food vendors before the concert, sit back and prepare to be amazed. This a free live music experience for the Joplin area and beyond! For more information, call 417.625.6683 or email emily@connect2culture.com.


Thursdays: Knittervention of Joplin, 6-8 pm, Phoenix Fired Art. A fiber arts club for beginners to advanced knitters. Meets each Thursday. Free. More info: facebook.com/Knitterventionjoplin.org/wordpress/2016-workshop/ or call 417.437.9281.

June 1: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated yet festive event for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts past, present and future!

June 6: Chat ‘n Crafts (Adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun!

June 8: 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.

June 10: Encore Awards Night, 6:30-8:30 pm at Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Celebrates Joplin Little Theatre’s 2016-2017 season. The “Encore Awards” are JLT’s version of the Tony Awards. Dress your best and come renew old acquaintances. Call 417.623.3638.

June 12 & 13: Anne of Green Gables auditions, 7 pm, Stained Glass Theatre, 2101 Annie Baxter. Auditions include cold readings from the script. Call 417.553.0755 or email sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

June 15: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

June 23: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Showcasing artists’ biographies, art techniques and philosophical art-related films. Donations accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks. Call 417.437.9281 or find them on Facebook.


May 2: Siblings Improv presents Improv 101, 7-9 pm, JB’s Downtown, 112 S. Main St. Learn the basics of improv comedy. $50 for the entire course. To sign up, email siblingsimprov@gmail.com.

Recurring Classes

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

Tuesdays: 11 am-2 pm or 6-9 pm; Wednesdays: 10 am-noon or 6-9 pm; Thursdays: 10 am-1 pm. Work alongside top potters in the area as you learn hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and different firing techniques. Lessons are specialized for each individual, regardless of experience level. Crackpot will help you plan and execute your vision! Firing fees are included in class price. Cost: $225 (for each 3-hour, 8-week course), $165 (for each 2-hour, 8-week course). For more information and registration, call Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio at 417.623.1455, or email joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com.

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

Phoenix Fired Art: 1603 S. Main Street, Joplin, MO

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Monthly Clay Classes, 11 am-2 pm and 6-9 pm. Classes include students with different levels of experience. No prior experience is necessary, so begin or build your skills with clay by learning techniques to transform raw mud into fun and functional vessels! Each monthly clay class includes four, 3-hour classes of instruction. $120 Phoenix members; $150 non-members (additional fees may apply). Call 417.437.9281 to register.

Saturdays: Saturday Drop-In Clay Class with Geoffrey, 9:30 am-noon. All skill levels welcome. Phoenix loves intergenerational groups; however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call ahead if you are interested in bringing a group. $25 for Phoenix members; $35 for non-members (plus clay and firing).

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 & Fourth Thursdays: Pick Your Passion with April Davis (ages 10+), 6-8:30 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.

Open Studios

Every day: Open Studio at Phoenix Fired Art, during regular business hours. The public may visit the gallery and observe artists at work. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour), and anyone with basic clay skills may use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $30 for seniors, $35 for adults and $75 for a family.

Mondays & Fridays: All-Day Open Studio, Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio. Open Studio hours are come and go anytime. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $200 each. Hourly rates are $15/hour.

RSVPaint-Joplin, 420 S. Main Street

Discover your inner artist! No experience required. Relax, Sip, Visit, Paint, and Create! With each event, we create with you a different piece of artwork.  All artistic materials are provided for you to create with paint on canvas, wood or glass. Events and workshops scheduled daily Tuesday-Sunday. Complementary house beverage with registration. View our full calendar at www.rsvpaintjop.com to reserve your tickets.

Instructed Canvas Events, $35/painter Includes 16×20 canvas is ages 13 and up, must be 21 and older to drink alcohol.
All Ages Family Paint, $30/painter, allows those under 13 years of age time to paint with family and friends.
Paint Your Pet, $45/painter, register early so we can sketch your pet’s photo to canvas for you to paint.
Wooden Pallet Workshops, starts at $35/wooden pallet, register early so we can create the custom stencils for your wooden pallet design.
Glass Decorating, $35/painter includes two pieces of glassware and wine bottle to decorate.
Succulent Workshops, starts at $35/terrarium. Choose from a variety of vessels and succulents. Upgrades available.
Wine’d-Down Open Studios, $25/painter, an all-ages, non-instructed time.

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.


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.

June 10: Straw Weaving with Randi Bachman, 1-3 pm, ages 13 and up. Cost: $35. This class is an introduction to an early form of weaving called stick weaving or straw weaving. Using a vast array of natural, synthetic and unexpected fibers, it covers basic weft techniques using a weaving form. Participants will learn a versatile, portable weaving technique and leave with a piece of wearable fiber art.

June 10: 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. Free.

June 24: Culinary Art 101 with Josie Mai, 12-2 pm, ages 16 and up. Cost: $40 per session; maximum of five adults each session. This class meets offsite in Carthage, Missouri. Use seasonal ingredients fresh from the Webb City Farmer’s Market to create a family-style lunch. Individually plate and photograph the meal, sit down and eat, and walk away with leftovers and recipes. Basic prep and cooking skills.

Summer Youth Art Camps

12:30-5:30 pm, Ages 6-12*, Cost $90-$100. Minimum of 6 students required for classes to hold, maximum of 15. All camp descriptions are available at www.spivaarts.org. *Please note some camps begin at age 9 for safety reasons.

June 6-8: Glass Camp* with Jane McCaulley. Cost: $100. Create beautiful artwork with a glass artist.

June 13: Recycled Art Adventures with Sarah Serio. Cost: $90. Build your sculpting skills and stretch your mind as we create art using recycled materials.

June 20-22: Printmaking Camp with Sarah Serio. Cost: $90. Learn various printmaking techniques and make multiples.

June 27-29: Drawing Camp with Audrey Hogan. Cost: $90. Draw, sketch and doodle through this adventurous camp while we dive into new mediums like charcoal, sumi-e ink, and conté.

Preschool Summer Art Camps with Lydia Humphreys

10-11:30 am. Ages 3-5, Cost $50. Minimum of 4 students for classes to hold, except where specified.

June 6-8: Art Explorers. Join us for an adventure in art history!

June 13-15: Tinker Camp. Your little artist will use recycled materials to create masterpieces.

June 20-22: Creative Café. Your little artist will use recycled materials to create masterpieces. Make edible art!

June 27-29: Amazing Animals. Land, sea, and sky; we’ll explore it all and learn about the animals that live near and far.


June-July 2: Biodiversity in the Art of Care by Pieter Brest van Kempen. Brest van Kempen’s meticulously executed paintings explore the variety of nature and attest to the artist’s belief that chief among nature’s hallmarks is its diversity. $5 suggested contribution; members free. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

June-July 2: Tim Cherry’s Hewn from Nature, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Tim’s wildlife sculptures are an expression of each animal’s personality, movement and behavior. $5 suggested contribution; members free. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

Summer Classes

June 11-16: Creative Arts Academy, 3 pm. Cost: $250, Ozark Christian College, 1111 N. Main St. Registration deadline: June 1.

The goal of the Academy is to empower high school students to use their crafts in a way that creates Jesus culture in the world. The academy hopes to inspire a generation of artists who will bring excellence, beauty and truth to every realm of life. Through training in multiple disciplines, purposeful collaboration with other artists and peers, and in an atmosphere of joy, the staff believes students will leave as better artisans of film, music, writing and dance.

Learn worship and creative arts from our staff and professional artists in four tracks:

Musical Arts: vocal, instrumental and worship leading

Technical Arts: audio production, sound design, lighting and stage design

Visual Arts: photography, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration and animation

Performing Arts: theater, dance and writing

Questions? Contact Carolyn Hardison at hardison.carolyn@occ.edu or 417.626.1234, ext. 2400. To register for the Creative Arts Academy: occ.edu/arts/creative-arts-academy

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Health Events

Galena, KS

June 6: 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.

June 8: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS

June 13: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

June 28: 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.

June 13: 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.

June 14 & 28: 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

Wednesdays: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman Hospital West. Fresh local produce, meats and baked items for sale. 417.347.5646.

June 1: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, stroke/carotid artery screenings and osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Call 417.347.6555.

June 6: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, first Tuesday of each month at All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Dr. Open to breast cancer patients, newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

June 6: Freeman Friends & Family CPR, 6:30-9 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Taught by Freeman Screen Team. Sign up at freemanhealth.com under classes and events. Fee: $15. Call 417.347.4448.

June 6: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, first Tuesday of the month at Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Call 417.347.7850.

June 13: Free Blood Pressure Screenings, 7:30-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court. Blood pressure checks on the second Tuesday of every month. Freeman Advantage will provide information about wellness program for older adults. Call 417.347.5837.

June 14: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call 417.347.4036.

June 15 & 27: 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.

June 19: Freeman Type 2 Diabetes Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center 1st Floor Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.5700.

June 20: 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.

June 30: Bill & Virginia Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Call 417.347.7850.

Freeman Advantage:

June 13: Freeman Advantage Striders, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Call 417.347.5837.

June 27: Freeman Advantage Ice Cream Social and Car Show, 5:30-7 pm, Freeman Hospital East Grassy Area, 932 E. 34th St. Savor delicious ice cream, enjoy good music and vote on your favorite classic car! Cost: free to Freeman Advantage members. Lifetime membership: $20. 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.

June 1: Cancer Survivor Day, 11 am-1 pm. Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Join this free celebration of cancer survivors that includes a buffet lunch, door prizes, educational booths, special speakers and entertainment by comedian, juggler and cancer survivor Scott Burton. Pre-register at mercy.net/SurvivorDay or 417.556.2488.

June 1: Bariatric Seminar, 6-7 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. This 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.

June 14: 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.

June 14: 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.

June 19: 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.

June 27: Diabetes Support Group meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Water and Electric meeting room, 627 W. Centennial. Call 417.359.1359.

June 28: 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.

June 28: 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.

June 29: Mended Hearts, 5:30-6:30 pm, meets the fourth Thursday monthly at Mercy Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, Joplin. Call 417.556.2262.

Mercy Auxiliary Joplin

June 3: Trivia Night, doors open at 5:30 pm, trivia starts at 6 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Get together your team for a fun night of trivia. Cost is $80 per eight-person table. Proceeds will be donated to Mercy Clinic Cardiology for heart screenings. To register a team or for more information, call 417.556.2265.

June 6-7: Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale, June 6: 8 am-5 pm, June 7: 7 am-3 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin’s Gift Shop, second floor, 100 Mercy Way.

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.

Neosho, MO

June 26: Alzheimer & Dementia Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

June 2: Lunch and Learn: Live Resolute, Part 1, 12-1 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. What is holding you back from your goals? In this first of a two-part class, learn to recognize and manage the barriers of stress in your life. Unlock the power to manage your direction. Bring your lunch or reserve one for $3. Register by calling 417.448.3622.

June 6: Free Skin Cancer Screening, 11 am-1 pm. Provided by Dr. Jacqueline Youtsos, FP specializing in dermatology, Mezzanine Conference Room. To make an appointment, call 417.448.3622 or visit www.cbco.org.

June 6 & 8: Tuesday/Thursday Childbirth & Breastfeeding Class, 6-8:30 pm. Two-part course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. NRMC Medical Arts Building, 3rd Floor Classroom. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622.

June 10: Saturday Childbirth & Breastfeeding Class, 8 am-12:30 pm. One-day course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. NRMC Medical Arts Building, 3rd Floor Classroom. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622.

June 14: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm. Free peer support program, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Call 417.448.3801.

June 16: Lunch and Learn: Live Resolute, Part II, 12-1 pm. What is holding you back from your goals? In this second of a two-part class, learn to recognize and manage the barriers of stress in your life. Unlock the power to manage your direction! NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Free to attend. Bring your lunch or reserve one for $3. Register by calling 417.448.3622.

June 21: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am. Free screening, Vernon County Senior Center. Call 417.448.3801.

June 27: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 7 am, Kern Senior Center. Screening of the month: Blood pressure and glucose. Free screenings.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

June 8: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

June 8: 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

June 13 & 27: 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.

June 8: 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.

June 6: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

June 8: 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 June. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.