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Calendar of Events

Support Your Local Farmers 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 Saturdays; Tuesdays TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot.

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

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

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-7 pm, Saturdays 9 am-noon. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Columbus, KS

October 6-8: Hot Air Balloon Regatta, Balloon Glow. Lift off Saturday and Sunday morning and Saturday late afternoon, weather permitting. Call 620.429.1492 or go to www.columbusdayballoons.com.

October 7: Columbus Day Festival, downtown square. Car show, old time tractors, craft fair, children’s corner, entertainment, food and more. Call 620.429.1492 or go to www.columbusdayballoons.com.

Franklin, KS

October 2-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. Seeking the American dream, the Irish brought their songs, stories and beliefs to the area. Free admission. Call 620.347.4220.

October 20: “Irish Music and Stories,” 2 pm. Join us for the 1st Annual Wine Walk, Franklin Community Park, Business 69 Highway. Event is held in conjunction with Miners Hall Museum’s annual Camp Franklin. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite or available the night of the event (credit card payment available). Each $20 ticket includes the Wine Walk and a tour of Camp Franklin. Call 620.347.4220.

October 20 & 21: A Night at Camp Franklin, 6-9 pm. Visiting Miners Hall Museum might cause you to wonder, “What was it like for a young immigrant to leave his home and travel to Crawford County, Kansas, to work in the coal mines?” Perhaps you wonder why so many immigrants were involved with bootlegging or the connection between the coal mines and the beginning of Mt. Carmel Hospital. These stories, along with that of a miner’s wife, coal miner and company store owner, will be presented on the grounds of Miners Hall Museum. Tickets: $5/adult and children over 12.

Pittsburg, KS

October 7: Cato Tours. Be a part of the fun and enjoy a variety of activities including historic reenactments, live music, hayrack rides, wiener roast and silent auction. For more details, go to www.catoschool.com or like them on Facebook.

October 7: Fiesta Italiana, 2-10 pm, Raider Sports Complex. Fiesta provides a great opportunity for people to celebrate their heritage and show what made Southeast Kansas what it is today. Many cooks and major vendors help each year by providing food, prizes and live music. The different foods include traditional Italian, Mediterranean, French, Mexican, American, Greek, Slovenian, Italian-Cajun, Bohemian and German, among others. Activities include more food samples than ever, kids’ zone, Mario’s Market, which features a silent auction, and a live auction. For more information visit http://frontenacedfoundation.org/.

Carl Junction, MO

October 5: Mercy Mobile Mammography Unit, 9 am-4 pm (closed 12-1 pm for lunch), Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main.

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

October 7: Carl Junction Fall City Wide Sale. Sales in every neighborhood. List of sale addresses available at www.carljunctioncc.com.

October 8: 8th annual Carl Junction Breast Cancer Walk. CJHS Bulldog Stadium, 1-4 pm. Details, phone Ali Carlton at 417.649.5765.

Carthage, MO

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

September 30-October 29: 51st Annual Maple Leaf Festival. Visit www.mapleleaf.com.

October 1: Annual Baked Potato Feed & Auction, 5-7 pm, Mount Moriah UMC, 15506 Nutmeg Road. $6 per person or $20 for a family of four or more, and includes baked potato, toppings, dessert and drink. All proceeds go to help sponsor yearly youth events and yearly missions trip to Rio Bravo, Mexico. Contact Brian Fosdick at bcfosdick@yahoo.com or Terri Dawald at dawaldmom@gmail.com.

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.

October 1: African American Trailblazers, 1 pm. How do you define a trailblazer, and who makes that designation in history? When is that designation made? Join a ranger to learn about African Americans in history and discuss modern-day trailblazers as well.

October 7: Neosho Historic Schoolhouse Program, 11 am & 1 pm. Join a park ranger for a special offsite program at 639 Young St. in Neosho. 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.

October 14: Robin Jeep Nutrition Workshop, 1 pm. Join Chef Robin Jeep in a nutrition workshop that teaches about preparing healthy meals. Her focus will be on plant-based nutrition, much like those promoted in George Washington Carver’s promoted bulletins.

October 21 & 22: Archaeological Investigations, 1 pm. Artifacts will be available for viewing during this program. A park ranger will discuss the information that can be collected from artifacts and the importance of maintaining a collection.

October 28: B.A.R.K. Ranger Walk, 9 am. Join us for a walk with a local veterinarian along the 1-mile Carver trail. This event celebrates dogs across the country and the benefits of utilizing the protected areas of the national parks for the use of exercise for both humans and their furry friends.

October 29: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1 pm. Take some time to learn about the artwork and verses 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.

September 30 & October 1: 12th Annual Four States Open, 10 am, starting at McClelland Park and Snowberry DGC in Joplin, Morse Park North in Neosho, and Lakeside Park DGC in Carl Junction. There will be $3,000 added cash to the pro fields, $1,000 added cash to the Friday Field Events (doubles tourney, SkillShot Challenge and mini golf) will start at 10 am on the 29th at McClelland Park in Joplin. There will be $3,000 added cash to the pro fields, $1,000 added cash to the Friday Field Events, our usual $55+ value players. Register at www.dgscene.com/4SO_2017.

October 1: Mother Road Marathon, 7 am-3 pm. Mother Road Marathon navigates six communities through three states on historic Route 66, while the Mother Road Half Marathon participants travel four towns in two states on their way to the eventual finish in Joplin. Call 417.434.0862.

October 5: 8th Annual Covers for a Cause, 9 am-5:30 pm. Stop by Freeman Hospital West Main Entrance (in front of the gift gallery) to help kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Get your photo taken and star on your very own ShowMe The Ozarks Magazine cover! You can take your print home for only $15 per print. Bring all your friends, family and co-workers! All proceeds benefit the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation. Dress up, think pink and join us for a day of fun at Covers for a Cause! Call 417.455.9898.

October 6: First Friday WineShare, 6-9 pm. Different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare, and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Free admission. For more information, email info@downtownjoplin.com.

October 14: North Heights Porchfest, 4-7 pm, West E. Street. A free event featuring 12-plus musical acts, games, activities for all ages and food trucks. Find out more at http://northheightsporchfest.com.

October 19: 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 details.

October 21: 5th Annual Newton County Christmas for Kids Chili Cook Off & Silent Auction, 5 pm, 2891 Reinmiller Road. Cost: $5. Live band, bounce house provided by Affordable Rentals for the kids, and food. No charge for chili entries. Also have a non-chili category to enter soups, whole dish entrees, etc. After chili is judged, everyone gets to eat. All proceeds donated to Newton County Christmas for Kids. Silent auction ends at 8 pm. Call 417.659.9009.

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.

Preschool Nature Connections:

October 11 & 14: Spooky Creatures, October 11: 1-2 pm or October 14: 10-11 am. Free. Sponsored by an anonymous donor. Ages: 3-6 years accompanied by adult. Due to popularity, pre-registration is highly suggested. We can only accommodate 15 children per class in effort to make the class beneficial for each participant. Do spiders and bats really scare you? Join us as we learn about these interesting creatures that many people fear. Maybe you’ll see they’re not that spooky after all and have important jobs in nature! We’ll read a story about a little bat named Stellaluna, from the award-winning book by the same title, look for spiders and their webs along the trails, and make a craft in the end.

October 28: Enchanted Forest & Ghostly Glades. Check out our Facebook page for more details in early October.

October 28: 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.

October 28: Community Work Day, 8:30-11:30 am. This is another great opportunity to help keep Wildcat Glades trails in great shape. Join us as we clear the remaining flood damage and perform general trail maintenance. All plans are subject to the weather. Please wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and appropriate clothing for working. Additional detailed information available on our Facebook page and website closer to the event. Pre-registration helps staff and lead volunteers establish a good work plan so no drop of sweat is wasted.

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.

October 14: Wyatt Earp’s Fallfest, Lamar Square, 9 am-4 pm. Bi-hourly Wild West shoot-outs and amazing costumed attendees, Nearly 100 quality general vendors, informational and civic groups, arts and craft booths including original designs such as textiles, wearable art, hand-crafted ceramics, decorative and functional wood, jewelry, leather, photography, paintings, drawings, prints and metal work. Call 417.682.3595.

October 14: Wyatt Earp’s 5k, 8 am, Moore Pavilion. Family event, all ages welcome. All proceeds go toward Barton County 4-H programs. Call 417.682.3595.

Neosho, MO

October 3: Fall Job Fair, 11 am-4 pm, Neosho Civic. Free admission for job seekers, employers’ booths. Call 417.451.1925.

October 7 & 8: Neosho Fall Festival, 10 am-7 pm, Sunday 11 am-3 pm, downtown square. Arts, crafts, live music, food, scarecrow contest. Call 417.451.1925.

Webb City, MO

October 12: 100th Annual Chamber Banquet & Webb City R7 Hall of Fame Induction, 5:30-8:30 pm, Butcher’s Block Banquet Center, 499 W. Fountain Rd. Dinner and program. Call 417.673.1154.

Bernice, OK

October 21: River Ridge Bluegrass Music Association, 5 pm, Bernice Baptist Church Community Building, 120 Hickory Street, Highway 85A. The Foust Family plays at 6 pm, Lonesome Road plays at 7 pm. $5 admission donation. Concessions available.

Grove, OK

October 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

Carthage, MO

October-November 12: artCentral presents “MICHAEL STEDDUM: unleashed! DOG SHOW,” Hyde House, 1110 E. Thirteenth. Opening reception October 6, 6-8 pm; public invited. Admission is free; donations welcome. Hours: Fridays & Saturdays 12-5 pm, Sundays 1-5. Call 417.358.4404.

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.


October 20: Pro Musica presents New Century Saxophone Quartet, 7 pm, Saint Paul’s UMC, 2423 W. 26th St. No tickets required, donations accepted. Call 417.625.1822.

October 21: Angel Guild Red Carpet Gala, 7 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. You’ll enjoy red carpet treatment, an exclusive preview of the season opener and a champagne toast at intermission. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at door. Call 417.623.3638.

October 25-29: Joplin Little Theatre presents Heathers the Musical, 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:30, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. General admission $15, seniors and students $13, children age 12 and under are $6. Call the box office at 417.623.3638 or visit jltplay.org.


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.

October 3: Tri-State Gem and Mineral Club Meeting, Joplin Museum Complex, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Call 417.623.1180.

October 3: 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!

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

October 6: 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.

October 12: 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.

October 12: Lydia Humphreys Reception, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Sixteen of Humphrey’s portraits are on exhibit inside Joplin Public Library now through mid-November. Call 417.623.7953.

October 13: Thomas Hart Benton Chautauqua Series, 6:30 pm, Newman Building, 602 S. Main St. Cocktails with Benton, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view rarely seen sketches from Thomas Hart Benton. Benton will talk about additional pieces that were taken out of the archive for this single event. Call 417.623.1180.

October 13: Open Mic Poetry Night, 7 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Recite a poem you’ve written or one by a poet you love. Feel free to bring some craft beer or a bottle of wine to share. This is a 21+ event. Free admission. Call 417.625.6683.

October 14: Thomas Hart Benton Chautauqua Series, 7 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Spend time with Thomas Hart Benton as he talks about his life as an artist and the exceptional amount of travel he’s done. At 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, enjoy a downtown mural walking tour or a historic building walking tour. The cost for the evening with Benton is $10; tours are $7 each. Call 417.623.1180.

October 14: Joplin Public Library Makerspace Grand Opening, 10 am, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Makerspaces are creative, do-it-yourself spaces where people gather to share ideas and expertise, as well as create, collaborate and learn from others. Call 417.623.7953.

October 16: 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.

October 19: 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.


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.

October 3: Improv 10, 7:30 pm, JBs Downtown, 112 S Main. Learn the basics of improv comedy from Siblings Improv. The entire course (Tuesdays in September and October) is $50. Email siblingsimprov@gmail.com.

October 12: Teen Book Club with Joplin Public Library, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Bring a brown bag supper; we’ll supply dessert. The book theme for this month is spooky. No registration necessary. Call 417.623.7953, ext. 1027, or email teen@joplinpubliclibrary.org.

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 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 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 at Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main St. The public is welcome to visit the gallery and observe artists at work at any time. Current Phoenix students may come for extra open studio hours ($5 an hour) and anyone with basic clay skills is welcome to use the facility for $10 an hour, though registered students have priority on equipment during class times. Annual membership: $25 for students, $40 for seniors, $50 for adults and $100 for a family.

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio, 3820 E. 20th St. 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 are $15/hour. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class.

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

October 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, Saturday afternoons from 1-3 pm. $30/ painter. Wine’d Down Open Studios are an all-ages, non-instructed time. Artist 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.

October 1: 2-5 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop featuring Seasonal Single Boards
October 1: 5-8 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
October 4: 3-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
October 5: 2-5 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
October 6: 7-9 pm – Date Night Diptych “Wild Love”
October 7: 2-4 pm – All ages Family Paint “Our Pumpkin Patch”
October 7: 7-9 pm – “Island Sunset”
October 8: 2-5 pm – Wood Sign Workshop
October 8: 5-8 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
October 11: 3-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
October 12: 6:30-9:30 pm – Paint Your Pet
October 13: 7-10 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
October 14: 2-4 pm – All Ages “Night Owl”
October 14: 7-9 pm – Date Night Diptych “Under My Umbrella”
October 15: 2-4 pm – “Witch’s Pet”
October 15: 4-8 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
October 18: 3-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
October 19: 6:30-9:30 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
October 20: 7-9 pm – “Enchanted Falls”
October 21: 2-9 pm – Wood-a-Pa Looza
October 22: 2-4 pm – Glass Decorating Party featuring
“My Boo”
October 22: 4-8 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
October 25: 3-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
October 26: 7-9 pm – Date Night Diptych “Muskrat Love”
October 27: 7-10 pm –  Wooden Sign Workshop
October 28: 2-4 pm –  All Ages “Halloween Greetings”
October 28: 7-10 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop featuring “Seasonal Porch Sign Post”
October 29: 2-5 pm – Paint Your Pet
October 29: 5-8 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio

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.

October 7 & 21: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 to register or visit spivaarts.org.

October 14: 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.

October 21: Wand Making Workshop (ages 7+), 9 am. Are you still waiting on your letter to Hogwarts? In the meantime, create your own unique wand with polymer clay, bamboo rods, paint, powders, molds and more! Cost: $10. Call 417.623.0183.


October 5: National Arts & Humanities Month Proclamation Ceremony, 5 pm. The ceremony will recognize and celebrate the impact the arts and humanities have had on the cultural and economic growth of Joplin.

October 13: Opening Reception for the Arts, 5:30-7:30 pm. Preview the exhibits a day early, mingle with friends and enjoy refreshments. $5 suggested contribution; members free. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.


October 14-December 8: 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.

October 14-December 8: 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.

October 3-28: A Celebration of the Elements by Angel Brame, Daria Claiborne, Melody Knowles. One piece 3-D and one piece 2-D per element per artist. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

Pittsburg, KS

October 5-7: PCT Presents The Last Five Years, 8:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. PCT’s first “After Dark” performance for mature audiences. This modern musical ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. Tickets available by calling 620.231.7827.

October 19-22: PSU Theatre Presents babrauschenbergamerica: 7:30 pm Saturday, Sunday 2 pm, Miller Theater at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. A contemporary collage filled with joy and chicken jokes. Visit the PSU Theater Department’s website for more information.

October 21: The Colonial Fox Theater Presents Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, 7:30 pm. This unique collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts.

October 21: Southeast Kansas Symphony Concert: Opening Night Concert, 7:30-9 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. This performance features PSU faculty Patrick Howle and Stella Hastings performing a world premier composition.

October 29: PSU Best of Broadway Presents RENT: Sunday, 7:30-10 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts: Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall. RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. Purchase tickets at pittstate.edu/tickets.

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Health Events

Galena, KS

October 3: 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.

October 12: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS

October 10: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

October 25: 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.

October 10: 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.

October 11 & 25: 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

Columbus, KS

October 7: Clays for a Cause, 8 am-12 pm, Claythorne Lodge, 1329 NW 100th St. Join the fourth annual Clays for a Cause sporting clay tournament benefitting Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. The event includes a silent auction, side matches and gun raffles. Entry Fee: $80 per person – includes lunch, t-shirt and 100 clays. Four-person teams or individual participants welcome. Registration limited to first 200 paid participants. Register online or download registration form at ozarkcenter.com/clays. Call 417.347.7725.

Joplin, MO

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

October 3: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 6-8 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (west door). Enjoy a Zumba® class and social time with fellow breast cancer survivors and supporters. Call 417.347.2662.

October 3: 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.

October 3: Freeman Friends & Family CPR, 6:30-9 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Ste. C, 1130 E. 32nd St. Taught by Freeman Screen Team. Sign up at freemanhealth.com under classes and events. Fee: $15. Call 417.347.4448.

October 10 & 24: 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.

October 11: 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.

October 16: 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.

October 17: 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.

October 20: Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism 10th Birthday Celebration, 2:30-6 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This free event includes food trucks and birthday cake, resource fair, tours of the facility, unveiling of Art Feeds mural, music and games. For more information, visit leffencenterforautism.com. Call 417.347.7850.

October 27: 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 Striders

October 5: Freeman Advantage Game Day, 1 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (west door). Join your friends for a game of cards or dominos. Refreshments provided. Call 417.347.5837.

October 10: 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.

October 10: Freeman Advantage AARP Smart Driver, 12-4:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Auditorium, 3220 McClelland Blvd (west door). Learn how changes to roads, cars, bodies and laws can impact driving. Cost: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-AARP members. RSVP. Call 417.347.5837.

October 18: Freeman Advantage CarFIT, 10 am-2 pm, Freeman East Parking Lot, 932 E. 34th St (enter from Indiana Ave.). This drive-through checkup evaluates how well your vehicle fits you from seatbelt to mirrors. Appointments scheduled every 20 minutes. RSVP at 417.347.5837.

October 24: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am (social time 9:30am), Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (west door). Learn how the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure gives hope to patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not ideal candidates for a complex open-heart surgery. 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.

October 9: 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.

October 11: 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.

October 11: 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.

October 16: 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.

October 24: Diabetes Support Group meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Water and Electric meeting room, 627 W. Centennial. Call 417.359.1359.

October 25: 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.

October 25: 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 Hospital, Aurora

November 2, 3 & 4: Annual Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 2 & 3: 8 am-4 pm, Nov.4: 9 am-1 pm, Carol Morris Conference Room, 500 S. Porter Ave. Call 417.678.4003.

Mercy Hospital, Carthage

October 19: Stuff a Critter, 8 am-5 pm, Room 1940, Mercy Hospital Carthage, 3125 Dr. Russell Smith Way. Choose from a variety of stuffed animals and support patients in need.

Mercy Hospital Joplin

October 5: 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.

October 13: Mercy Wellness Speaker Series: Breast Cancer Awareness, 11:30 am-1 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Join Mercy cancer specialists, who will discuss signs and symptoms of breast cancer, risk factors, treatment options, reconstruction and life-saving screenings. The free event includes lunch, educational booths and prize drawings. Presented by Mercy and Show Me The Ozarks Magazine. Register at mercy.net/BreastAware.

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.

Oct. 2-3: Stuff a Critter. October 2, 7 am-5 pm; Oct. 3, 7 am-3 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Choose from a variety of stuffed animals and support auxiliary programs.

Mercy Prestige

Oct. 18: Medicare Open Enrollment, 9:30 am-2 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. The Mercy Prestige seniors group and CLAIM will host Medicare open enrollment for anyone who may need help. Appointments are helpful, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, call Mercy Prestige at 417.556.3456.

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

October 23: 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

Wednesdays Through October 25: Feel Better Now, 1-3 pm. Six-week diabetes self-management class intended for people with diabetes or for anyone caring for someone with diabetes. Moore-Few Care Center Community Room. To register, call 417.448.3841.

October 3: Sibling Celebration, 3:30-4:15 pm, NRMC Medical Arts Building Conference Room. Helps young children celebrate becoming a big sibling. Includes a tour of the Maternity Care Center. To make an appointment, call 417.448.3622.

October 6: Lunch and Learn: Dysmetabolic Syndrome, 12-1 pm, Mezzanine Conference Room, presented by Dr. Karen Porte, M.D., F.A.C.E. Also known as metabolic syndrome, a set of risk factors that contribute to big health problems. To make an appointment, call 417.448.3622.

October 11: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

October 17 & 19: 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.

October 18: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

October 19: Ladies Night, 3:30-7 pm, NRMC Main Lobby. In honor of breast cancer awareness, bring a friend for an evening of shopping, refreshments, door prizes, mammograms and more. To schedule your mammogram during these extended hours, call 417.448.3622. *Most insurance accepted, uninsured discount.

October 21: 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.

October 24: 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

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

October 12: 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

October 11 & 25: 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.

October 12: 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.

October 3: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

October 5: 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 October. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.