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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 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.

Columbus, KS

July 25-29: Cherokee County Fair. Fairgrounds on E. Country Road. Livestock exhibits, carnival, food. 417.529.3144.

August 6: Our Celebrate the Sign reception, 1-3 pm. Maple Uncommon Guest House and Gallery, featuring the six artists who provided the artwork for the new building sign. Reception is free and open to the public, with refreshments and music! Call 620.429.3130.

August 24: Back to School Carnival, 5-7 pm. City Park, S. Kansas St. 620.429.3661.

August 26: Big Brutus Polka Fest, 7-11 pm. On the grounds of Big Brutus, West Mineral. 620.827.6177.

Franklin, KS

August 1-September 30: Miners Hall Museum Evolution of Emergency Services Fire and Police Departments. Special quarterly exhibit dedicated to honoring the history of brave public servants of the police and fire departments of Southeast Kansas. Mike McLeod, fire chief for the City of Arma/Crawford County District #2 Fire Department, will serve as host of the exhibit. For more information, call the Museum at 620.347.4220.

August 6: Miners Hall Museum – Infamous Trials in Crawford and Cherokee Counties, 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway St. This special program is presented in conjunction with the special quarterly exhibit “Miners Hall Museum – Evolution of Emergency Services.” All programs are held at 2 pm, and reservations are recommended by calling 620.347.4220. Admission is free. Doors open at 1:45 pm, and after the program, you are welcome to view the special exhibit.

Pittsburg, KS

August 2-5: Crawford County Fair. Livestock exhibitions, arts and crafts exhibitions, competition between county FFA and 4-H clubs, livestock auction, rodeo and live music. The most popular event at the Crawford County Fair is the demolition derby, which takes place on the final night of the fair. For more information, visit www.crawfordcountyfair.org.

August 5: Rollin Nostalgia Cruise Night, 6-10 pm, parking lot between Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, Payless Shoe Store and Big Lots, 2810 N. Broadway.

August 11: Dylan Scott at Kansas Crossing Casino, 7 pm. An old soul with a young spirit, a dreamer who imagined himself following his father’s path to Nashville, a man’s man with a lifelong love for hunting and country music, and a heartthrob whose wide smile and deep-voiced Louisiana drawl have already turned many a woman’s head. Tickets available at www.kansascrossingcasino.com.

August 18: Colonial Fox Friday Flix, Toy Story, 9 pm. Friday Flix films are shown on the wall outside the Colonial Fox Theatre. Donations appreciated. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic Colonial Fox Theatre. Call 620.235.0622.

Carl Junction, MO

August 5: Carl Junction Lions Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 North Main. Full breakfast, $6/adults.

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.

July 29-30: Summertime Vintage & Handmade Market, Westwood’s Civil War Ranch, 11838 Civil War Ave. Art, craft, vintage, antiques, boutique and good old JUNK booths will fill the barns and arena of the Civil War Ranch with some of the best products available in the area. Over 150 vendors from 10 states! Call 417.883.0870.

August 3-6: Marian Days, CMC Grounds, 1900 S. Grand. Marian Days brings an opportunity to share culture, faith and prosperity with thousands. Food kiosks, farmers market and many vendors of devotional and cultural items. Visit www.dongcong.net. Call 417.359.8181.

August 11: Food Truck Friday, 12-9 pm, Central Park. Second Friday of each month. Food vendors, beer garden and music. Call 417.359.8181.

August 20: Summer Concerts in the Park, 7-9 pm, Central Park. Bring a chair. Bring the kids. Bring a friend. Bring a picnic dinner. Call 417.359.8181.

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.

July 30: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

August 5 & 6: Neosho Historical Schoolhouse Program, 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.

August 12 & 13: 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 he used to convey the sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation.

August 19 & 20: Carver Laboratory Demonstration, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

August 25 & 26: Storytelling Festival, 6-8 pm; August 26: 11 am-3 pm. Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday all weekend long. We invite visitors to hear the stories these special places and spaces hold with various storytellers. Our units protect not only scenic beauty in places like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite but powerful stories, like George Washington Carver’s, and more.

August 27: Founders Day, 1 pm. It’s our birthday, and we’ll party if we want to! The NPS was established by the Organic Act of 1916, and park staff invites visitors to attend a special ranger-led program and share their favorite National Park Service memories.

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.

August 5: Waterrun, 5-7 pm, 3301 W. 1st Street. Wettest, wildest and most fun run or walk you have likely experienced. Navigate 3-, 2-, or 1-mile while running through sprinklers, getting drenched by spray from a fire hose, and being blasted by super soakers. Call 417.434.0862.

August 17: 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.

Neosho, MO

August 5: Neosho Blue Grass & BBQ Festival, 10 am-9 pm, Big Spring Park, 309 W. Spring St. Enjoy a day of music and fun. Throughout the day, you can sample the fare of the hand-selected and by invitation only BBQ vendors. Call 417.451.8050.

August 11, 12 & 13: 29th Annual production of the Silver Follies, 7 pm, August 13: 2 pm, Elsie Plaster Center, Crowder College Campus. Written, produced, directed and acted entirely by senior citizens. General admission is $5 and children under 12 are free.

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.

August 2 & 5: Wiggle Worms, August 2: 1-2 pm, August 5: 10-11 am. Sponsored by an anonymous donor. Age: 3-6 years accompanied by adult, free. Earthworms aren’t gross! They’re really pretty cool animals and are very important to plants and other animals, like birds. Learn about the life of an earthworm and how they help us grow food. We’ll go on a worm hunt and see what we can dig up in the garden. Due to popularity, pre-registration is highly suggested. We can only accommodate 15 children per class in an effort to make the class beneficial for each participant.Those pre-registered will be given top priority.

August 12: Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center 2017 Shoal Creek Water Festival, 9 am-3 pm. Cool off at the Shoal Creek Water Festival! Join Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center for a day of water fun! Take a dip in Shoal Creek in your cardboard boat. In the big tent, enjoy listening to the Clean Water Rainger and several other entertainers. Cheer your duck on to victory during the duck race. Learn about water quality, conservation and ecology at one of our water activity booths. And don’t forget the annual Kids Shoebox Boat Race! The Missouri Department of Conservation is hosting the Kid’s Fishing Derby at Walter Woods; pre-registration is required. Back by popular demand is the inner tube slide. Cost for the slide is $5 and you must wear a life jacket. New this year: inner tube race. This day of water fun is free to the public and all ages are welcome.

August 19: Introduction to Bee-keeping, 10-11:30 am. All ages welcome. $4 per person members/$8 per person non-members. Bees are critical pollinators of cultivated crops and many plants in natural ecosystems, but they’ve been declining for various reasons. Join local bee-keeper Dale Foley on National Honey Bee Day to learn the basics of bee-keeping so you can start your own hive. Handouts available.

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.

August 19-26: 74th Annual Lamar Free Fair. Largest free fair featuring animal shows, beauty pageants, baby shows, carnival rides, games, great food and more! For all the details, visit www.facebook.com/LamarFreeFair/. Please purchase your fair ride bracelets for $14 in advance at any local area bank locations. Call 417.850.2033.

Webb City, MO

August 12: Webb City Route 66 Cruise Night, 4-5 pm, downtown. Cruisers and car lovers alike can come to historic downtown Webb City for a monthly night of fun for the whole family! Sponsored by Joplin Supply Company. Call 417.673.0398.

Grove, OK

August 26: 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.

Bartlesville, OK

Through September 5: Woolaroc Animal Barn Open for the Season, 10 am-5 pm, 12 miles southwest of Bartlesville from Hwy 123 & US 60. Call 918.336.0307 or visit www.woolaroc.org.

Through August 27: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Journey to the Prairie Exhibit, Price Tower. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm. A look at the life and career of Frank Lloyd Wright and his journey toward building his only realized skyscraper, Price Tower. Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy all the interactive elements of the show, featuring a recreation of Wright’s Taliesin studio and a virtual reality program. Admission: adults $6, seniors $5, children and members are free. Call 918.336.4949 or visit www.pricetower.org.

August 3-5: Green Country Rodeo, 7:30 pm, Bartlesville Round up Arena, 669 US Hwy 60. Thursday night: Tough enough to wear pink, Friday night: The Oklahoma Pride 4-H Drill Team will perform, Saturday night: Queen and Little Britches winners will be announced. Visit www.bvilleeroundupclub.com/index.

August 5: BIG Event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, 6-10 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 205 SW Frank Phillips. Join us and help support the important work of providing vulnerable children with the one-to-one mentor that can change their lives for the better, forever. For information on tickets or raffle tickets, contact Charlene Dew at 918.213.4524 or charlene.dew@bbbsok.org.

August 5: Summer Movie Series from the Bartlesville Film Society, 9:15 pm, Arvest Building, 2nd & Dewey. Showing The Incredibles. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Call 918.336.8709.

August 8 & 22: It’s HiSTORY Time at the Museum, 11-11:45 am. Area History Museum will host a new program called It’s HiSTORY Time for preschoolers-1st grade. For more information, call 918.338.4290.

August 22: Agape’ Mission Empty Bowl Fundraisers Lunch, 11 am-1 pm, Bartlesville Community Center. Agape Mission is a non-profit and non-denominational organization. Agape provides over 2,000 nutritious meals a month for people in need. The mission also gives over 1,400 sacks a month of nutritious snack items to local school children who are at risk of going hungry over the weekends while attending school. Food 4 Kids Program reaches every school in Washington County that is interested, totaling 12 schools. Call 918.336.5410.

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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.

Summer Camps: For a complete list of summer art camps, go to www.connect2culture.com/summerartcamps2017.


July 26-30: Joplin Little Theatre presents The Snow White Show, 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W First St.

August 17, 18 & 19: JBs Downtown Music Fest 2017, 5-11:30 pm at JBs Downtown, 112 S. Main St. Different bands are scheduled to perform at different times throughout the festival. For a complete lineup and tickets, visit https://jbsdowntownjoplin.ticketleap.com.


Mondays: Movie Monday, 2-4 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Enjoy the new Joplin Public Library while watching Monsters vs. Aliens. Call 417.623.7953.

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.

August 1: 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!

August 1: Tri-State Gem and Mineral Club Meeting at Joplin Museum Complex, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Call 417.623.1180.

August 3: 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!

August 4: First Friday WineShare, 6-9 pm. At different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. No charge; everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome.

August 4 & 5: Workshop with Wylliams/Henry, 11 am-4 pm, Midwest Regional Ballet, 2101 Stephens Blvd. Learn from dancers, choreographers and teachers with highly esteemed, professional experience to push your dance ability and artistry to the next level! For more information on Wylliams/Henry, please visit http://wylliams-henry.org/. Cost for both days is $85. To register, call 417.439.9549.

August 5: Pillar Awards Night, Stained Glass Theater, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. Call 417.553.0755.

August 7 & 8: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions Heathers the Musical, 7 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under. For auditions, be prepared to dance, read from the script and sing selections from the show. Every role in this cast is required to sing. Call 417.623.3638 or visit jltplay.org.

August 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.

August 17: 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.

August 21: Downtown Poetry July 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.

August 25: Fourth Friday Film Night, 6 pm potluck, film starts at 6:30 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main St. Films showcase artists’ biographies, art techniques and philosophical art-related films. Donations accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks. Call 417.437.9281.


August 17: Pick Your Passion with April Davis (Ages 10+), 6 pm, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. This class occurs on the third Thursday of each month. Call 417.553.0835 to register.

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. 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: *NEW ADDRESS* 223 W. 3rd St. at the corner of 3rd and Wall across the street from Spiva Art Gallery.

Discover your inner artist! Relax, Sip, Visit, Paint and Create! Each scheduled event creates a different piece of artwork. Cost for canvas events is $35/painter. All Ages Family Paint, Saturday afternoons 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. Custom designed Wooden Pallet Workshops vary by cost per pallet. Glass Decorating and Succulent Garden Parties are $35/guest with in-studio upgrade options. RSVP in advance, at-door non-registered guests incur a $5 surcharge. All materials provided. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend most classes. View our full calendar at www.rsvpaintjop.com to reserve your tickets. Must be 21 to drink alcohol.

August 1: 2-4 pm – “Neature Walk”
August 1: 7-10 pm – Date Night “Profile Cove”
August 2: 2-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
August 3: 2-4 pm – “Starry Night”
August 3: 7-9 pm – Glass Decorating Party
August 4: 7-9 pm – “Whatever Ales Ya”
August 5: 1-3 pm – “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”
August 5: 7-9 pm – Date Night Diptych “Woven Branches”
August 6: 2-4 pm – “Sisters”
August 6: 4-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
August 8: 2-4 pm – “Ingredients for Bliss”
August 8: 6:30-9:30 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
August 9: 2-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
August 10: 2-4 pm – “Smile”
August 10: 7-9 pm – “Majestic Peafowl”
August 11: 7-9 pm – Glass Decorating Party
August 12: 1-3 pm – Special Picnic Table Workshop
August 12: 7-10 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
August 13: 2-5 pm  Paint Your Pet
August 13: 5-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
August 15: 2-4 pm – “Dream Catcher”
August 15: 7-9 pm – “Great Blue Heron”
August 16: 2-9 pm – WIne’d Down Open Studio
August 17: 2-4 pm – “Dolphin Sunset”
August 17: 7-9 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
August 18: 7-9 pm – Date Night Diptych “Flamingos in Love”
August 19: 1-3 pm – “My Beautiful Balloon”
August 19: 7-9 pm – Succulent Garden Party
August 20: 2-5 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
August 20: 5-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
August 22: 2-4 pm – “Fiery Trees”
August 22: 7-9 pm – Glass Decorating Party
August 23: 2-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
August 24: 2-4 pm – “Dandelions”
August 24: 6:30-9:30 pm – Paint Your Pet
August 25: 7-9 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop
August 26: 1-3 pm – “Swirly Tree”
August 26: 2-9 pm – Date Night Diptych “Making Memories”
August 27: 2-4 pm – Glass Decorating Party
August 27: 4-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
August 29: 2-4 pm – Succulent Garden Party
August 29: 7-9 pm – “Catch a Wave”
August 30: 2-9 pm – Wine’d Down Open Studio
August 31: 2-4 pm – “Moonlit Poppies”
August 31: 7-9 pm – Wooden Sign Workshop

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.

August 12: 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.


August: Hand Rubbed by Josie Mai, Crabby’s Seafood Bar and Grill, 815 W. 7th St. Josie’s primary medium is collage material from National Geographic magazine. Pieces are hand-torn. Paper and adhesive are applied with fingertips and palm.

Through September 24: A Bell(e)s Ball: Porcelain Figures by Linda Ganstrom, Main Gallery. The various roles of women in the late 20th and early 21st century, their connection and responsibility to their community and the environment, as well as the changing perceptions of women’s potential are reflected in Linda’s figurative sculptures. $5 suggested contribution; members free. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

Through September. 24: Anemoi, Breath of the Morning Sky, Ceramic Whistles by Laurie Spencer. Spencer is interested in using sound as the voice of the sculptures as a means of giving them a sense of life. The whistles are not meant as musical instruments, but rather as organic “living” sensuous forms. $5 suggested contribution; members free. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

Pittsburg, KS

August 5: Doug Stone and the Stone Age Band, 7 pm, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. Featuring Joplin area residents Rusty Knight and Scotty Eastman. With special guests The Danny Bell Trio (former members of Livewire). Call 620.231.7827 for tickets. Purchase in person at the box office M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

August 25: Art Walk, 5-9 pm, downtown Pittsburg. Last Art Walk of the year. Pittsburg’s Art Walk is an event that showcases local talent and downtown businesses. The Art Walk features food vendors, music, art demonstrations and beautiful work from local artists. If you have questions or would like to be a part of the Art Walk, visit their Facebook page for more information.

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Health Events

Galena, KS

August 1: 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.

August 10: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS

August 8: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

August 23: 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.

August 8: 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.

August 9 & 23: 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.

August 1: 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.

August 3: 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.

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

August 8: 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.

August 8 & 22: 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.

August 9: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call 417.347.4036.

August 9: Autism and Feeding Disorders: An Overview of Treatment Approaches, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). William Sharp, PhD, and Rashelle Berry, MPH, MS, RD, CSP – the director and lead nutritionist from the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – will discuss methods of assessing and treating feeding problems in children with autism spectrum disorders. Fee: $75. Register at autismandeatingdisorders.eventbrite.com.417.347.7725.

August 15: 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.

August 21: 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.

August 25: 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:

August 4: Freeman Advantage Game Day, 1 pm. Join your friends for card games, dominoes and refreshments. Call 417.347.5837.

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

August 24: Freeman Advantage “Your Story, Your Legacy,” 9-11 am, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Register for a three-day writing class taught by Terri McDermid and get the tools needed to craft your life’s story. Cost: $30, payable the day of class. 417.347.5837.

August 29: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am (social time 9:30 am). Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Freeman Director of Medical Education, Dr. Robert McNab, shares great health information, and Renae Gillmore provides entertainment. 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.

August 9: 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.

August 9: 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.

August 14: Bariatric Support Group, 5:30-7 pm, Mercy Joplin, Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

August 21: 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.

August 22: Diabetes Support Group meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Water and Electric meeting room, 627 W. Centennial. Call 417.359.1359.

August 23: 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.

August 23: 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 Joplin

August 3: 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.

August 16: Fresh Air Lunch and Learn, noon-1 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. For those ready to quit smoking, Mercy is ready to help. The free lunch-and-learn event will cover the health benefits of getting and staying tobacco free, including disease prevention, recognizing early signs of lung disease, lung cancer screenings, and strategies and resources on how to quit for good. To register or for more information, visit www.mercy.net/QuitSmoking.

Mercy Auxiliary Joplin

Beginning August 1: Valet Service, 7:30 am-5 pm, weekdays, Mercy Hospital Joplin’s 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.

August 1-2: Linen Sale, 9 am-4 pm, Aug. 1; 7 am-2 pm, Aug. 2, Mercy Hospital Joplin’s Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. New items include ultra-plush and Sherpa blankets. Items include sheet sets (twin, XL twin, full, queen, king and California king). Cash, checks and credit/debit cards will be accepted.

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

August 21: 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

August 9: Blood Drive, 1-5 pm. Save a life with Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. Moore-Few Care Center Community Room. To make an appointment, call 417.448.3622.

August 9: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

August 15 & 17: 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.

August 16: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

August 22: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 7 am. Free screenings of the Month: Blood Pressure and Cholesterol. Kern Senior Center. Call 417.448.3801.

August 26: 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.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

August 10: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

August 10: 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

August 8 & 22: 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.

August 10: 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.

August 1: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

August 3: 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 August. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.