Calendar of Events – Joplin MO & Surrounding Areas

May 2018

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

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

Franklin, KS: 4-6 pm Thursdays, Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway. 620.249.9333.

Pittsburg, KS: 8 am-12 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

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

May Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 50 North Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

May 2: Pittsburg High School Performing Arts, 6 pm, 10th Annual Feast and Follies event. Silent auction, dinner, bar and performance helps raise money for PHS’s performing arts program. For more information and tickets, call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

May 3: Pittsburg Community Middle School’s Spring Band Concert, 7 pm. This event is free to the public and has GA seating. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

May 3: “It Came From the Basement Comedy Show” Headlining Jessica Michelle Singleton, 8:30 pm. Get your laughs on in the Lower Level (THE BASEMENT) of the Memorial Auditorium. Doors and bar open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. For more information and tickets, call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

May 5: Pittsburg Parks and Rec’s Spring Dance Recital, 10 am. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door. Doors open at 9:30 am. For more information, call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

May 10: Pittsburg Community Middle School’s Spring Choir Concert, 7 pm. This event is free to the public and has GA seating. Doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

May 12: Pittsburg Youth Chorale’s Spring Recital, 10 am. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door. Doors open at 9:45 am. For more information, call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

May 12: Karen’s Dance Studio Recital, 3-6 pm. Karen’s Dance Studio from Joplin will host two of four of their dance recitals for the first time at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $6.50. For more information and tickets, call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

May 21 & 22: PCT’s SISTER ACT Auditions, 7 pm. Pittsburg Community Theatre will host auditions for their summer musical SISTER ACT. This event is open to the public. No prepared piece is required. The show dates are July 19-22. For more information, call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

ArtForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway, call 620.240.0165.

Thursdays: Art in the Afternoon, 1-3 pm. Bring your project and join us for coffee and snacks. 

May 2 & 16: Open Drawing, 4-6 pm. Bring your sketchpad and pencils.

May 5: Beginning Painting, 1-3 pm.

May 5: Jewelry: “Peas in a Pod,” 4-6 pm.

May 19: Fused Glass Windchimes, part I, 1-4 pm.

May 19: Ceramic Birdhouses, 2-5 pm.

May 26: Fused Glass Windchimes, part II, 1-3 pm.

May 26: Jewelry: Silver Bracelet, 3-5 pm.

Franklin, KS

May 6: Making Pasties, 2 pm. Making Pasties, Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway. Presented by MaryJo Johnson. Free admission. Call 620.347.4220 or www.minershallmuseum.com.

Carl Junction, MO

May 4: 2nd Annual Carl Junction Chamber Golf Tournament, 1 pm, Briarbrook Golf Course. Details: Randy Brownlow, 417.626.1304. 

May 5: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 North Main. Full breakfast, $6/adults.

May 5: Recycling & Document Shredding Event, 8-11:00 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 301 N. Main. Free event, open to all Four State residents and businesses. Safely recycle electronics, fluorescent bulbs, appliances, more. Safely shred documents. Details: Jennifer Shotwell at 417.649.6400, ext. 302.

Carthage, MO

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

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.

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.

May 5 & 6: 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 more about notable African Americans in history and discuss modern-day trailblazers.

May 12 & 13: Carver and Chemurgy, 1 pm. In a study called chemurgy, George Washington Carver created an interesting array of by-products from such agricultural plants as peanuts, soybeans, cowpeas and cotton. Visitors will learn the “why” behind these creative synthetic products and how his work has impacted society.

May 19: Girl Scout Day, 10 am-3 pm. This youth initiative with Girl Scouts will provide instruction in Using Resources Wisely, Making the World a Better Place, Five Senses, Bugs, Flowers, Jewelry, Finding Common Ground, Trees, Traveler, Sky, Justice and Water badges. Registration required.

May 20: Film: Sisters of Selma, 1 pm. An unabashedly spiritual take on the Selma voting rights marches of 1965 from some of its unsung foot soldiers – Catholic nuns. Following “Bloody Sunday,” sisters from around the country answered Dr. King’s call to join the protests in Selma.

May 26 & 27: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1 pm. The Jesup Wagon, also known as the Agricultural School on Wheels, carried George Washington Carver’s bulletins and many other useful supplies to the farmers.

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.

May 4: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm, location TBA. WineShare is a national event that takes place on the first Friday of each month. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer to share. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. Free to attend; everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Email info@downtownjoplin.com.

May 17: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Third Thursday is sponsored by KSN/KODE.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center 

Spring Hours: Regular Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. The Center is closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays through the spring. 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.

May 4 & 5: Fabric and Needlecrafts Sale, 9 am-5 pm. All proceeds go to support the Wildcat Glades Friends Group.

May 10: Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter Meeting (held second Thursdays), 7-8:30 pm, Birds of Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Central Kansas. Cost: Free!

May 26 Native Plant Sale and Naturescaping Program, 9 am-2 pm. Purchase beautiful and beneficial native plants for all areas of your landscape from three vendors: Missouri Wildflower Nursery, Ozark Soul Nursery and Smiling Sun Nursery. Attend a free program on naturescaping your yard with representatives from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation from 9-10 am.

Preschool Nature Connections

May 9 & 12: Preschool Nature Connections Bird Bonanza, 1- 2 pm Sat., May 12, 10-11 am, age: 3-6 years accompanied by adult. Cost: Free! Sponsored by Calvin Cassady. Spring means a bonanza of new birds are here! Many of our feathered friends, like the hummingbird, have just returned from their wintering grounds. Meet these “Southerners” and learn about their amazing migration and the hazards they face in a game of migration headache! Take a bird hike and make a fun birdie craft. Each child will also take home a recycled plastic bird feeder.

May 12 Yoga in Nature for Kids! (held second Saturdays), 9:30-9:55 am, age: 2+ accompanied by adult. Cost: Free! Instruction provided by 4-States Yoga. Kids as young as two can benefit from learning yoga! Led by a registered yoga teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, children will practice balance, become body aware, improve gross motor skills, gain confidence, learn “calm down” breathing techniques and have fun! Maximum of 15 children for the class. Program held indoors in inclement weather.

Lamar, MO

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

Mt. Vernon, MO

May 19: 58th Southwest District Square and Round Dance Festival, 3-5 pm. The Marc, 822 Mt. Vernon Blvd. Workshops for square dance and lLine dances. Evening dance begins at 6:30 pm and includes square dances, round dances and line dances. $ 7 per person at the door. Theme: Revisiting Prom “A Night with the Stars.” Square dance attire optional. Call 307.259.0867.

Monett, MO

May 7: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Neosho, MO  

May 5: Master Gardener Plant Sale, 8 am-1 pm, University of Missouri Extension office, 18728 Hwy 59. A great selection of perennials, vegetables, bulbs, groundcovers, shrubs, grasses, herbs and much more. Call 417.455.9500.

May 5: Car & Bike Cruise Night, 4-7 pm, downtown. Door prizes, car spotlights, lots of fun for everyone. Call 417.451.1925.

Webb City, MO

May 3-5: Citywide Garage Sale, 6 am. Sales throughout the city. Call 417.673.0398.

May 5: Kentucky Derby Wine Share, 4:30-6:30 pm, Spencers’ Sweet Call. Attend a Webb City Chamber of Commerce Kentucky Derby-themed Wine & Beer Share! Bring one bottle of wine or a six pack of your favorite craft beer to share. Enjoy traditional Derby food, mint juleps, candy samples and Pegasus Pie. Race is at 5:30 pm. RSVP 417.673.1154 or email leeann@webbcitychamber.com.

May 12: Route 66 Cruise Night, 4-8 pm, downtown Webb City historic district. Route 66 Cruise Night Downtown Webb City in conjunction with our spring festival, Route 66 Cruise-A-Palooza. Car & Bike Show, dash plaques to the first 100! This is a free event open to everyone! Double the trophies and prizes! Trophies to be awarded at 6:30 pm. Brought to you by X-Treme Powersports. Enjoy food trucks, carnival rides and Members Only! ‘80s cover band at 7 pm.

Grove, OK

May 12: 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.

Cultural Events

Fayetteville, AR

May 5: Masterworks III: La Bohème, 7:30 pm, Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, 495 W. Dickson Street. The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas ends its season on a high note with its Masterworks III performance of La Bohème. Visit sonamusic.org.

Carthage, MO

Through May 20: artCentral presents Josie Mai, “EAT ART,” a solo artist exhibition featuring original hand-rubbed collages. Fridays & Saturdays 12-5 pm, Sundays 1-5 pm. All other days, call 417.358.4404 to schedule a visit. Workshop offered during the exhibition: May 12: Cooking Class & Meal, $40, noon. Call 417.358.4404.

May 11-13 & May 18-20: Things My Mother Taught Me, 6 pm, Sunday matinee, 12:30 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Boulevard. Call 417.388.1466 or 417.358.4300, or email dougdickey05@gmail.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.

Performances:

May 3-May 5: Joplin High School Theatre Department presents The Addams Family: A New Musical, 7 pm, Joplin High School, 2104 N. Indiana Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or checks only. Cost: $5 child/senior and $8 adult. Call 417.625.5230.

May 4: Jason Bishop, Magician, 7 pm, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Rd. From his breathtaking double levitation to his cutting-edge op-art and plasma illusions, Jason Bishop features stunning and original state-of-the-art magic. Call 417.781.5124.

May 6: Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House. Please send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. Tickets are a minimum suggested donation of $20 for general admission.

May 30-June 3: Joplin Little Theatre presents Shrek: The Musical, Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 pm, 2:30 pm matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Joplin Little Theater, 3009 W. 1st St. Recommended for all ages. General admission $18, seniors and students $15, and children age 12 and under $8. Call 417.623.3638 or visit jltplay.org.

Events:

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.

May 1: Chat ‘n Crafts (Adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. An adult crafting group that meets the first Tuesday of the month. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun!

May 3: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art is for sale.

May 4: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 505 Byers Ave., 8 pm. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. No charge; everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome.

May 5: Art Feeds Mercy Park Mural Reveal, 10 am at Mercy Park, 3002 St. Johns Blvd. Art Feeds is excited to reveal this beautiful community mural created by the smallest community members. Free and open to the public. Call 417.553.9631.

May 10: 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.

May 10: Reception “Brazed and Welded Sculptures,” 6-7:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. “Brazed and Welded Sculptures,” a show comprised of welded abstractions by local artist Jim Jackson. Free. Call 417.623.7953.

May 12: Reception “Beauties of the Prairie,” 2-4 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. All photographs in this exhibit were taken by Ann Butts on local prairies and are accompanied by the common name of the flower, a small detail and each flower’s location. Free. Call 417.623.7953.

May 17: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm on Main Street in 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!

May 18-20: Bob Yapp Window Restoration & Weatherization Boot Camp, 8 am-5 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E 4th St. Students will work on actual windows, learning the restoration process. Students will attend all three days of the workshop. Visit murphysburg.org. Cost $100 per student.

May 18-20: Spring Gem and Rock Show, 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 9 am-3 pm, Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 504 S Schifferdecker Ave. Free. Call 417.623.1180 or visit joplinmuseum@sbcglobal.net.

May 21: 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. 

May 24: Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) Demonstration, 10 am-3 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. For thousands of years, the art of dyeing eggs has been passed down through generations of Ukrainian families. This demonstration will show you the process of this ancient art. Free. Call 417.623.7953.

Exhibits

May 1-30: Colorful Expressions by Connie Miller, Joplin Ave Coffee Company, 511 S. Main St. Modern Expressionist paintings in acrylic on canvas depicting colorful images of life, people, pets, birds and flowers. These paintings will add color and light to your life. Call 816.522.4911.

May-July 13: Brazed and Welded Sculptures by Jim Jackson, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. “Brazed and Welded Sculptures” is a show comprised of welded abstractions by local artist Jim Jackson.

May-June 30: Beauties of the Prairie – Wildflower Photography by Ann Butts, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. As a Missouri Master Naturalist and a member of Missouri Prairie Foundation, Ann has the tools and the know-how to enhance public knowledge of Missouri’s natural areas and reasons to keep them healthy.

Through May 31: Thoughts and Stories by Amber Mintert, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th St. MSSU Assistant Professor of Art Mintert’s work was created using her favorite ingredients of mixed media, thought-provoking combinations and a subtle humor.

Through June 30: Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) by Carolyn Trout, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. For 40 years, Trout has developed fine, detailed techniques that breathes life into otherwise plain and perhaps forgotten egg shells.

Classes

May 7: Life Drawing with Sandra Conrad, 6-8 pm, Urban Art Gallery, 511 S. Main St. All materials provided along with snacks. Students are welcome to bring their own easels or anything else they might find helpful. Call 417.438.5931. Cost: $25.

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

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

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes available for $125 each. Drop in any other time with an appointment.

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

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. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

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

Joplin Public Library

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. 

Second Saturdays: Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio, Joplin Public Library Makerspace, 1901 E. 20th St. Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first come, first serve basis each second Saturday. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Call 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.

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

RSVPaint May Events and Workshops. Create a one of a kind, made by you, wood or canvas project every Wed-Sun at 4 pm with featured projects evenings at 7 pm, Saturdays at 1 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Walk-in during open studio times or register online in advance for featured projects. Ask about weekly bar specials. Soft drinks and water also available.

Paint Your Pet events Thursday, May 10, 6:30 pm and Sunday, May 20, 2 pm.

Wine’d Down Wednesday at 4 pm with open studio and 1/2 price wine specials.

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.

Classes

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

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

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.

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

Saturdays: Tween Workshop with Sarah Serio (ages 12-14), 1 pm. Students will have a chance to explore the art forms they love and experiment with new mediums. Cost: $12 per session, pre-registration required. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

May 5: Mother/Daughter Pendants with Jane McCaulley (ages 9+), 10 am. Glass pendant class is the perfect way to express your love this Mother’s Day. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $25.

May 8: Artist Statements 101 with Josie Mai, 5:30-7 pm. Bring a short artist statement and one piece of original art. Josie Mai will facilitate the sharing and editing of the statements into a clear, practical and usable document. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

May 12: Mimosas & Marbling with Jordan Murdock-Thompson (ages 21+), 10 am. Spring is the perfect time to make a marbled silk scarf while sipping mimosas! Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35.

May 12: Spring Wreaths with Samantha Brotherton (ages 15+), noon. Celebrate spring by making your own seasonal wreath. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $30.

May 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

May 19: Skin Art – Tattoos with Jamie Fifer (ages 14+), 10 am-noon. Tattoo artist Jamie Fifer as she teaches the history, styles and placement of tattoos. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $35

Events:

May 3: Spiva Trivia Night (ages 21+), 6-8 pm. Cost: $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. Team that wins each round wins 75% of the entry fees. The remainder goes toward Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Must be 21 or older. Call 417.623.0183.

May 11: Art on Tap/Small Works Closing Party (ages 21+), 6-9 pm. Art on Tap is an event for Spiva members and a time to invite non-member friends and family. It’s free for members, but non-members may attend by purchasing a $20 ticket. Call 417.623.0183.

Exhibits:

April 23-May 11: MSSU Senior Exhibit, Missouri Southern State University. A group of talented MSSU senior art majors will showcase their original works through a variety of creative mediums inside Spiva Art Gallery during this exhibition.

Through May 11: MSSU Senior Exhibit. MSSU senior art majors showcase their original works through a variety of creative mediums inside Spiva Art Gallery.

Through May 12: PhotoSpiva 2018. Celebrating its 42nd year, PhotoSpiva 2018 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country.

Through May 12: 2018 Small Works Auction. More than 100 Spiva member artists created works from jewelry to collage, which they donated for auctioning. View works and place bids at spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ until 3 pm May 10. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute.

Through May 31: The Peace Canoe, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. “The Peace Canoe” is a third grade collaborative project on loan from Spiva Center for the Arts. Over 1,800 third graders visited Spiva during their recent Native American Contemporary exhibit. The canoe is covered with a collaborative collage of the children’s own stories of peace.

May 25-June 21: Food for Thought. Every culture has its celebrations, family meals and traditions that involve food. The artwork examines the many aspects food plays in our daily lives.

May 25-June 21: Spiva Sketchbook Project. Two-page spreads of original sketchbooks created by 80 invited artists.

Health Events

Galena, KS

May 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.

May 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    

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

May 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.

May 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.

May 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

Joplin, MO

WednesdaysMay 9, 16, 23, 30: Freeman Farmers Market, 4:30-7:30 pm, Freeman West, Main Entrance. Freeman Farmers Market is starting up again. Visit every Wednesday in May. Call 417.347.3950.

April 2-May 21: Mondays: Freeman Advantage Yoga, 5:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, Conference Rooms 1-3, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Paige Cardwell, professional yoga therapist and physical therapy assistant with Freeman Physical Rehabilitation Unit, will teach a gentle yoga class. Cost is $25, and payment may be made the first day of class. Call 417.347.5837.

May 1: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

May 1: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRD should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

May 1: Freeman Friends and Family CPR, 6:30-9 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Taught by Freeman Screen Team. Preregistration required. Fee: $15. Call 417.347.4448.

May 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 and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Please call 417.347.6555 for appointment.

May 8: Freeman Advantage Striders/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

May 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.

May 9: 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.

May 10: Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s® 26th Annual Tournament of Miracles 8 am-7 pm, Peoria Ridge Golf Course, 10301 S. 600 Road, Miami, OK. Enjoy guilt-free golf at the 26th Annual Tournament of Miracles, benefitting your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital! Registration is $150/person. Call 417.347.3793.

May 10: Will’s Place Block Party, 5-7 pm, Will’s Place, 1800 W. 30th St. In observance of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, join us for an evening of family activities, fun and food! Call 417.347.7580.

May 15: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5-6 pm, Freeman Women’s Center, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

May 15: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

May 17: Freeman Neosho Blood Drive, 12-4 pm, Freeman Neosho Hospital, South Parking Lot. Call 417.347.4326.

May 21: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. A support group for people with Type 2 diabetes. Call 417.347.5700.

May 25: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

Freeman Advantage Striders

May 23: AARP Smart Driver, 12-4:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Auditorium. Learn how changes in laws, roads and cars impact older drivers. Some insurance companies will offer a discount for taking this course. AARP members $15, non-AARP members $20. Make your reservation by contacting Freeman Advantage at 417.347.5837.

May 29 Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 9:30-11:30 am, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Amanda Price, MD, Freeman Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist, will speak about Freeman’s specialized non-surgical spine treatment service. Call 417.347.5837.

Freeman Auxiliary

May 10: Freeman Auxiliary Spring Plant Sale, 9:30 am-while supplies last, Freeman Gift Gallery at Freeman Hospital East and West, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Freeman Business Center Lobby. Great Mother’s Day gifts at affordable prices. Hanging basket, $18, ferns $16 and potted geraniums $9. Call 417.347.4603.

Freeman Auxiliary Jewelry Sale – Shop the Lionne Designs Sale to find the perfect gift for yourself or loved ones. Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary projects. Call 417.347.4603.

May 22: 7 am-3 pm, Freeman Neosho Hospital, North Conference Room
May 23: 7 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital East, Conference Room 1E
May 24: 7 am-4 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Room 1W and 3W
May 25: 9 am-3 pm, Freeman Business Center, Conference Room 1

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.

May 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.

May 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.

May 9: Cancer Caregiver Support Group meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.

May 14: 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.

May 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. Call 417.556.8240. Email Kevin.Woods@Mercy.net.

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

May 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.

May 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.

May 24: Lunch and Learn, noon-1 pm. Mercy Joplin will host a free lunch and learn on women’s health and robotic surgery in the Mercy Conference Center at 100 Mercy Way. Register at mercy.net/ForWomen.

Mercy Auxiliary, Joplin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neosho, MO

May 28: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

May 9-June 13: Feel Better Now! 1-3 pm. Reduce medical costs and doctor visits with this free six-week course. Develop self-management skills for living with a chronic disease. Moore-Few Care Center Community Room. To register, call 417.448.3841.

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

May 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.

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

May 18: Blood Drive, 1-5 pm. Save the life of a local blood-loss victim. Donate with Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. Moore-Few Care Center Community Room.

May 19: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12:30 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.     

May 22: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Free screenings of the month: blood pressure and cholesterol. Kern Senior Center. Call 417.448.3801.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

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

May 10: Low Vision Support Group, meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

May 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.

May 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.

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

May 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. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.

June 2018

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

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

Franklin, KS: 4-6 pm Thursdays, Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway. 620.249.9333.

Pittsburg, KS: Thursdays 4-7 pm, and Saturdays 8 am-noon, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

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

Thursdays through August: Bone Creek Thursday Night Fishing Jackpots, registration 3 pm, tournament begins 7 pm, Crawford State Park. Jackpots are held at the Rocky Point boat ramp on Bone Creek Lake. Tournaments till dark. $8 per person, 12 & under fish free with an adult.

June 2: Super Cruise on Broadway: 6-10 pm. Dash plaques, door prizes, free hot dogs and pop for participants, cool ‘60s cruisin’ music, 50/50 pot, trophies awarded at 8:30 pm. No registration fee. Call Brad at 620.231.8343 or email Rollin-Nostalgia@cox.net.

June 2: Hypnotist Jim Wand, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino. Tickets at www.kansascrossingcasino.com.

June 2: Ridicules Trixx, 8:30 pm, Circle B Ranch Event Center. $5 cover charge.

June 8: Hairball, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing. Lights, sound, video screens, smoke, fire, blood, bombs, confetti, spiders, snakes and monsters. Tickets at www.kansascrossingcasino.com.

June 9: Concert with Razen Kane combined with TORN! Rock/Classic Rock, 7 pm, Circle B Ranch. Details www.facebook.com/circlebranchpartybarn/.

June 16: Eastern Kansas Timed Event Circuit Rodeo, 2 pm, Crawford County Fairgrounds, 249 E. Hwy 47, Girard. Timed event entries close at 1:30 pm and show starts at 2 pm. Roping entries close at 5:30 pm. Need not be a member to compete. Details at www.facebook.com/EasternKansasTimedEventCircuit/.

June 16: Garden Tour, 8 am-2 pm, Farmers Market, 11th & Broadway. Self-guided tour of six unique private gardens. Tickets may be purchased from 7:30-11:30 am. For more information, go to Zone 6 Garden Club on Facebook or zone6gardeners.blogspot.com.

June 16: Ridgerunnerzz, 7 pm, Circle B Ranch Event Center.

June 16: Luke Pell, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing. Country music sensation appeared on Season 12 of ABC’s The Bachelorette. Tickets at www.kansascrossingcasino.com.

June 18: The Raleigh Ringers, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center. The Raleigh Ringers have been dazzling audiences worldwide with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged just for handbells. Tickets: www.http://bicknellcenter.com.

June 22 & 23: SEK Old Time Gas Engine & Tractor Club Annual Show, Crawford County Historical Museum. Exhibits, old gas engines, antique tractors, antique farm machinery, antique and classic cars, full-size hay baling demonstration, corn grinding demonstration and operational old-time saw mill, model steam engines, a parade of power and garden tractor pull. Details at www.sekgasenginetractorclub.com.

June 23: BJ Pruitt and the Barnstormers, 7 pm, Circle B Ranch Event Center. Enjoy country and red dirt country music. Details at www.facebook.com/circlebranchpartybarn/.

June 23: Mainstage at the Colonial Fox – Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, 7:30 pm, Colonial Fox Theatre. Corky has two albums as a guest blues soloist and two albums with a classical chamber group. Details at www.colonialfox.org.

June 24: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.

June 30: ABA Fishing Tournament at Bone Creek Reservoir.

June 30 & July 1: Horville Road Band, 7 pm, Circle B Ranch Event Center west of Pittsburg. Enjoy country and classic rock. Details at www.facebook.com/circlebranchpartybarn/.

West Mineral, KS

June 2: Miners Day Reunion at Big Brutus, 1 pm. Big Brutus, now on the National Register of Historic Places, once again hosts the Miners Day Reunion for retired miners and their families. Events include a fish fry.

June 2: Cherokee County Sportsmen’s Fish & Game Association Fishing Derby, 12-3 pm, Sportsman’s Clubhouse. Open to kids 16 and under, and adults 60 and over, with prizes awarded in all divisions. Participants bring their own equipment. Free.

June 9: West Mineral Eagles Annual Kids Free Fishing Tournament. Details TBA.

Columbus, KS

June 9: Columbus KS City Wide Rummage Sale. Call 620.674.2335.

June Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 50 North Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

June 2: Y Academy of Dance Recitals “DRIVE,” 12:30 pm and 6 pm. Join Pittsburg YMCA Dance Academy for their yearly dance recitals. Call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

June 3: Pittsburg High School Theatre Presents URINETOWN, 7 pm. This is the dress rehearsal as they take the show to the International Thespians Conference at the end of the month. This event is free to the public and has GA seating. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

June 8-10: Midwest Regional Ballet Presents “Black & White Series,” 7:30 pm; June 10, 2:30 pm. A ballet that deals with the fears and shame caused by abuse, addiction, thoughts of suicide, and rape and how to speak out and become a victor, not a victim. For ages 13 and up. Call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

June 11-22: PCT’s Jr. Starz Theatre Workshop. Theatre workshop for ages 6-12. Two sessions: 8 am-12 pm and 1-5 pm. Cost is $50 per child. Limited space. For more information and to sign up, call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

June 15-16: KS District Gold Wing Road Riders Association Biker Rally, hosted at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. Food trucks, games, bike light parade and more! Must RSVP for indoor event. Call 620.231.7827.

June 22: PCT Jr. Starz Presents “The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever,” 6 pm and 8 pm. Tickets GA and sold at the door. Call 620.231.7827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org.

ArtForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway, call 620.240.0165.

Thursdays: Art in the Afternoon, 1-3 pm. Bring your project and join us for coffee and snacks. 

June 2: Keeping It Sharp! 1-3 pm. Learn how to correctly sharpen carving chisels, engraving tools, knives for carving and cooking, and scissors with an array of sharpening equipment. Here’s a great opportunity to bring your own tools that need sharpening! Ages 12 and up. 

June 4-8: Young Artist: A Summer Art Camp for Kids! ArtForms Gallery. The focus of this year’s camp will involve working 3-dimensionally with clay, creating kinetic art and more sculpture. Class size is limited. Register soon! $50. 8-9:30 am, ages 6-9 years; 10-11:30 am, ages 10-12 years; 12:30-2:30 pm, ages 13-17 years

June 6 & 20: Open Drawing instruction, 4-6 pm. Drop in and receive free drawing instruction and encouragement. Bring your sketchbook and preferred drawing tools if you have them. All ages and skill levels welcome!

June 10: Ceramic Pitchers, 2-5 pm, ArtForms Gallery. Create a functional pitcher that will be embellished with textures. All supplies and firings included. This workshop is held at Cow Creek Pottery, 108 E. 8th, Pittsburg. Ages 12 and up. Register by June 9. $40.

June 15: ArtForms Gallery Second Anniversary Party, 5:30-9 pm. Join ArtForms Gallery artists as they celebrate their second anniversary.

June 16: Fuse on! Glass Workshop, 1-4 pm, ArtForms Gallery. Basic glass-cutting skills will be taught as you create your own fused glass art. This is a fuser’s choice workshop with choices of wind chimes, votive cups, small plates or bowls. All supplies and kiln firings included. Bring a dust mask and do not wear open-toed shoes. Ages 14 and up. Register by June 15. $50.

June 30: Beginning Carving Techniques, 2-5 pm, ArtForms Gallery. Learn the different basic cuts needed to do any type of carving. We’ll carve in monster clay instead of wood, which allows controlled cuts, making it easier to learn the techniques. All supplies furnished. Ages 12 and up. Register by June 27. $40.

Franklin, KS

June 10: Mining for the Central Coal and Coke Company presentation, 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum. Free presentation. Details: www.facebook.com/minershallmuseum/. Call 620.347.4220.

Asbury, MO

Fridays through October: Friday Night Fun Drags, Mo-Kan Dragway. Gates open 6 pm. Racing is 7-11 pm. Spectator admission $10, kids 12 & under free, or $20 to race your car on the Mo-Kan 1/4 mile. Details at www.mokandragway.com.

June 9: Mustang Drags, 4 pm, Mo-Kan Dragway. Details: www.mokandragway.com.

June 23: Midwest Motorcycle Drags, Show and Swap Meet, 11 am, Mo-Kan Dragway. Details: www.mokandragway.com.

Carl Junction, MO

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

June 9: 5th annual Flag Day Concert. 11 am, Memorial Park. Free patriotic music concert by the Heartland Concert Band. 

Carthage, MO

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

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.

June 8: Food Truck Friday, 12-9 pm, Carthage square. 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.

June 2, 9 & 16: Summer Junior Rangers, 10 am-2 pm. Ages 8-12. Annual event series gives children a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like being a park ranger and a unique opportunity to learn more about George Washington Carver and the NPS through a variety of hands-on and small group activities.

June 2: National Trails Day, 8 am-12 pm. National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails. Visitors will learn about NPS trails, hiking safety, nutrition and well-being.

June 9: Aquatic Life Bio Blitz and National Get Outdoors Day, 9 am-2 pm. During this free event, scientists, naturalists, families and volunteers will work together to document and discover aquatic life found at George Washington Carver National Monument.

June 17: 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 23 & 24: Film: Against the Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance, 1 pm. 60-minute documentary features more than 130 rarely seen paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by black artists, along with rich archival footage of those artists at work.

June 30: 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 21: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin.

June 30: The Joplin Area Organists hosts “Festival of Hymns,” 3 pm, Ozark Christian College Chapel. Over 30 hymn tunes shared on the Schantz pipe organ and the Kiwai grand piano. Narrator Kay Vreeland will reveal the stories behind several hymns and their writers. Tenor Patrick Boyer will lead the audience in several sing-a-long medleys of old favorites. Admission is free. Call 417.782.9630.

Lamar, MO

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

Monett, MO

June 4: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Webb City, MO

June 7: King Jack Park Summer Concert, 6-9 pm, King Jack Park. Food trucks. Band begins at 7 pm. Call 417.673.1154.

June 9: Route 66 Cruise Night, 4-8 pm, downtown Webb City historic district.

Grove, OK

June 9: 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.

Cultural Events

Carthage, MO

June 21-24: Rumors, 6 pm, Sunday matinee, 12:30 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Boulevard. Call 417.388.1466 or 417.358.4300, or email dougdickey05@gmail.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.

Performances:

May 30-June 3: Joplin Little Theatre presents Shrek: The Musical, 7 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. Recommended for all ages. General admission $18, seniors and students $15, and children age 12 and under $8. Call the box office at 417.623.3638 or visit www.jltplay.org.

June 1-3: Joplin Comedy Festival: National Night w/ Preston Lacy & Dave England, 8 pm, JBs Downtown, 112 S. Main St. Join NYC’s Terry McNeely; featuring Mike Stricker from Chicago and opening act Tim Brennan. With special guest star Dave England and host Preston Lacy. Order tickets on eventbrite.com for $27 or pay $35 at the door. Visit joplincomedy.com.

June 2: Rhythm & Brews 40 Years of Excellence Tour, 6 pm-12 am, Wilder’s Event Center, 1208 S. Main St. Enjoy an evening celebrating 40 years of Kitchen Pass excellence. Start out the night by savoring a dinner full of Kitchen Pass favorites. Don’t forget to dress in your favorite decade’s attire, and you could win the costume contest. Tickets: www.cssmo.org. Prices start at $40.

June 3: Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House. Send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent in return. All proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

June 7-17: Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 7 pm, Sunday 2:30 pm, Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin, 2101 Annie Baxter Avenue. Tickets: Adults $10, kids $5. Tickets available at the door. Email info@sgtjoplin.com.

June 10: Hot Club of Cowtown House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House. Send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent in return. All proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

June 13: Igor & The Red Elvises House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert house. Send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds go to the artists performing.

June 22: Fiddlers on the Route Bluegrass Festival – Dailey & Vincent, 7:30 pm, Joplin Memorial Hall, 212 W. 8th St. Award winners Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music: bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. Floor and handicap general admission $25; mezzanine $20; balcony $15; children 12 and under free. All ticket prices increase $10 for day-of sales. Go to connect2culture.org or call 800.514.3849.

June 23: Fiddlers on the Route Bluegrass Festival – Regional Bluegrass Bands, 11:30 am-10 pm, Joplin Memorial Hall, 212 W. 8th St. Hear some of the best local and regional bluegrass bands in the area. Visit connect2culture.org. Admission: $10 per person wristband for all-day access. Children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

June 24: Twisted Pine House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House. Send an email to info@codaconcerthouse.com to make reservations. A confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent in return. All proceeds go directly to the artists performing.

June 28: Heartland Concert Band Concert, 6:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Celebrate the 2018 theme for summer reading—music—with Heartland Concert Band on the library’s lawn. Free. Bring your own chair or blanket. Call 417.623.7953.

Events:

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.

June 1: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm, TBA. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. No charge; everyone 21 years and older is welcome.

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

June 7: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art is for sale.

June 9: Joplin Little Theatre’s BRAVO! NIGHT, 6:30 pm at Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Appropriate dress requested. Visit joplinlittletheatre.org or call 417.623.3638.

June 14: “The Incredible Life of a Monarch Butterfly,” Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 Riviera Dr. Presenter: Karen Richardson. Call 417.438.6220 or email cvcassady@softnet.com.

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

June 14: 48-Hour Film Competition Viewing/Awards, 5:30 pm, Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway. This competition challenges filmmakers to create a three-minute short within a two-day period. Each film must include specific criteria. The final films will be screened at Bookhouse Cinema at 5:30 pm, 6:15 pm and 7 pm, with an awards ceremony after the final showing. Email sconroy@spivaarts.org to sponsor the competition or donate prizes.

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

June 21: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm on Main Street in 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!

Exhibits

Through July 13: Brazed and Welded Sculptures by Jim Jackson, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. “Brazed and Welded Sculptures” is a show comprised of welded abstractions by local artist Jim Jackson.

Through June 18: Artifacts of Human Trafficking, 10 am-5 pm, Rapha House, 712 S. Main St. Shine a light into the darkness through art and explore the pervasive sex trafficking industry in the United States through this installation created by Austin artist Amie Stone King, with accompanying juried, 2-D mixed media works from artists around the world based on the themes of desperation, isolation and deceit.

Through June 30: Beauties of the Prairie – Wildflower Photography by Ann Butts, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. All photographs in this exhibit were taken on local prairies and are accompanied by the common name of the flower, a small detail and each flower’s location.

Through June 30: Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) by Carolyn Trout, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Many cultures have egg-decorating traditions, but in the Ukraine, this became more than a tradition – it became an art that defines national identity.

Classes:

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

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

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes available for $125 each. Drop in any other time with an appointment.

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

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. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

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

Joplin Public Library

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. 

Second Saturdays: Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio, Joplin Public Library Makerspace, 1901 E. 20th St. Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first come, first serve basis each second Saturday. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Call 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.

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

RSVPaint June Events and Workshops. Create a one of a kind, made by you, wood or canvas project every Wednesday-Sunday at 4 pm with featured projects evenings at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Walk-in during open studio times or register online in advance for featured projects. Ask about weekly bar specials. Soft drinks and water also available. All Things Pets event Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 pm. Walk In during Wine’d Down Wednesday at 4 pm with half-price wine specials. Third Thursday drink and project specials.

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.

Classes:

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

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

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.

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

Saturdays: Tween Workshop with Sarah Serio (ages 12-14), 1 pm. Students will have a chance to explore the art forms they love and experiment with new mediums. Cost: $12 per session, pre-registration required. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

June 2: Makeup Artistry 101 (ages 12+), 10 am-noon. Makeup artist Natalie DeMint teaches the basics of makeup application and contouring. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $25.

June 9: Mermaid Marker Fun (ages 6-10), 10 am-noon. Design a special booklet to hold your very own drawings and writing for the summer. As a mermaid, you will design your own mermaid crown and hair. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $20.

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

June 9: Abstract Ink Workshop (ages 15+),1-3 pm. Spend an afternoon creating your own 12”x12” piece of colorful and modern abstract art using alcohol ink techniques. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $30.

June 16: Street Ink, 1-3 pm. Create unique prints on t-shirts (bags, fabric, etc.) from the manhole covers, vents and other often-unnoticed designs located in historic downtown Joplin! One printing item provided, but bring more to make many prints! Cost: $35.

June 23 & 30: Grown-Up Glass Camp (ages 15+), 10am-2 pm. Bring a lunch and your creativity for this two-day dive into glass art! Students will create mosaic and fused glass projects to take home. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org. Cost: $90.

Events:

June 2: Spiva Center for the Arts presents Veggie Creatures, 9 am-noon, Webb City Farmers Market, 106 E. Tracy St. Bring your kids for a fun-filled morning of creative creature making with locally grown fruits and veggies. Call 417.623.0183. No cost.

June 7: Spiva Trivia Night (ages 21+), 6-8 pm. Cost: $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. Team that wins each round wins 75% of the entry fees. The remainder goes toward Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Must be 21 or older. Call 417.623.0183.

June 7-9: 48-Hour Film Competition Filming. Filmmakers, get your teams together and prepare for a whirlwind of creativity. Contestants should meet in the Main Gallery at 6 pm Thursday, June 7, to receive this year’s criteria. They then have 48 hours to complete a 3-minute short film. Deadline to submit entries is 6 pm, Saturday, June 9. Cost is $20 per team. Call 417.623.0183.

June 9: Sketchbook Artist Panel, 11 am. Join some of the Spiva Sketchbook artists as they discuss a unique look into the process of an artist and how they began their sketchbook journeys. Panelists include Nellie Mitchell, Bess Lanyon, Linda Ellard-Brown and Natalie Wiseman.

June 25: Main Gallery Dinner, 7 pm. Experience four courses and four wine pairings by Chef Dale Davis of Indigo Sky Casino while admiring Tablescapes by Justin Thomas of The Wild Flower. Dine in the gallery surrounded by the current exhibit, Food for Thought. Business casual attire. Reservations only by June 22 at 5 pm. $100 per person. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

June 30: Charlotte Street Foundation Panel, 11 am. Three artists from this innovative Kansas City residency program, Glyneisha Johnson, Ruben Castillo and Rebekah Peck Moguel, form the panel. Call 417.623.0183.

June 30: Spiva Opening Reception, 5:30 pm, Art and the Animal – a flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists, comprised of realistic depictions of art and nature in various mediums. Call 417.623.0183.

Exhibits:

Through June 21: Food for Thought. Every culture has its celebrations, family meals and traditions that involve food. The artwork examines the many aspects food plays in our daily lives.

Through June 21: Spiva Sketchbook Project. Two-page spreads of original sketchbooks created by 80 invited artists.

June 1-30: Andrew Batcheller. Call 417.623.0183 or visit spivaarts.org.

June 30-August 4: Art and the Animal, flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists, comprised of realistic depictions of art and nature in various mediums.

June 30-August 4: Charlotte Street Foundation. Features three artists from their innovative Kansas City residency program: Glyneisha Johnson, Ruben Castillo and Rebekah Peck Moguel.

SUMMER CAMPS:

View our list of summer arts camps and classes here:

http://connect2culture.org/summer-art-camps-and-classes-2018/

Health Events

Galena, KS

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

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

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

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

Parsons, KS

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

June 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    

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

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

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

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

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

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

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

June 6 & 27: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

June 5: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

June 5: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRD should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

June 6, 13, 20, 27: Freeman Farmers Market, 4:30-7:30 pm, Freeman West, Main Entrance. Freeman Farmers Market is starting up again. Visit every Wednesday in June. Call 417.347.3950.

June 7: 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 and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Call 417.347.6555 for appointment.

June 12: Freeman Advantage Striders/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.

June 12 & 26: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar, June 12, 6 pm, June 26, 5:30 pm, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Call 417.347.1266.

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

June 18: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. A support group for people with Type 2 diabetes. Call 417.347.5700.

June 19: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5-6 pm, Freeman Women’s Center, 1st Floor Conference Room, 1532 W. 32nd St. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

June 19: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

June 22: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

June 26 & 28: Safe Sitter Class, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, Ste. C, 1130 E. 32nd St. This one-day class is for boys and girls, 6th-8th grade, who would like to learn child care skills, safety skills, life and business skills, first aid and rescue skills. Fee: $40. Pre-registration is required. Call 417.347.4430.

Freeman Advantage Striders

June 19: AARP Smart Driver, 12-4:30 pm, Freeman Business Center Auditorium. Learn how changes in laws, roads and cars impact older drivers. Some insurance companies will offer a discount for taking this course. AARP members $15, non-AARP members $20. Make your reservation by contacting Freeman Advantage at 417.347.5837.

Freeman Auxiliary

Freeman Auxiliary Collective Goods Sale. Shop great books, gifts, toys and games at amazing prices. Call 417.347.4603.

June 11: 9 am-4 pm, Freeman Business Center, Conference Room 1

June 12: 7 am-4 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 1W and 3W

June 13: 7 am-3 pm, Freeman Neosho Hospital, North Conference Room

June 14: 7 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital East, Conference Room 1E

June 28: Freeman Auxiliary Tupperware Sale, 9 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West Lobby, 1102 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.4603.

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 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.

June 5: Look Good, Feel Better, 10 am-noon. A free program sponsored by the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. Participants must be undergoing cancer treatment. Pre-register at 417.556.2605.

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

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

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

June 18: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Call 417.556.8240. Email Kevin.Woods@Mercy.net.

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

June 26: Mercy Lung Disease Support Group, 1:30-3 pm, Mercy Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Sponsored by Mercy Hospital Joplin Pulmonary Rehabilitation. For details, contact Kelsey Hessee, RRT, 417.556.8231.

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

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

Mercy Auxiliary, Joplin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neosho, MO

June 25: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

June 6: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

June 13: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

June 13: Feel Better Now! 1-3 pm. Reduce medical costs and doctor visits with this free six-week course. Develop self-management skills for living with a chronic disease. Moore-Few Care Center Community Room. To register, call 417.448.3841.

June 19 & 21: 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.

June 23: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12:30 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.     

June 24: NRMC Foundation Purse Bingo, 11:30 am, Nevada Elks Bingo Hall. Tickets available for $40 in advance. Play bingo for your chance to win a designer purse! Proceeds benefit NRMC Foundation.

June 26: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: blood pressure and hemoglobin.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Independence Day Celebrations

Girard, KS:

July 1: Smokin’ Hot Independence Day Celebration.

Crawford, KS:

July 2: Crawford State Park Celebration & Fireworks Display at Crawford State Park near Farlington.

Mulberry, KS:

July 3: Mulberry Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display.

Pittsburg, KS:

July 3 & 4: Pittsburg Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks at Lincoln Park.

July 4: 28th Annual Rollin’ Nostalgia 4th of July Car Show: 9 am at Lincoln Park.

Carl Junction, MO:

July 4: 4th of July Parade, 10 am, Main Street. Contact Dixie Asbell at 417.825.7626.

Carthage, MO:

July 4: Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks, 4-11 pm, Carthage Municipal Park. Call 417.359.8181.

Joplin, MO

July 4: Freedom 321, 8 am, Joplin Athletic Complex, 3 Mile, 2 Mile & 1 Mile race, celebrating everything that is American. We’re running miles, not kilometers, in celebration of Independence Day. #runmilesnotkilometers. Call 417.434.0862.

July 4: Independence Day Celebration, Hughes Stadium at Missouri Southern State University. Call 866.818.6788.

June 20-July 4: Black Market Fireworks retail fireworks sales at 10 area locations (three indoor air-conditioned locations in Joplin, Missouri, and seven tent locations throughout the Southwest Missouri region.  

Neosho, MO

June 30: Celebrate Neosho, 9 am, Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport. More info on Facebook. Call 417.451.8050.

Seneca, MO

July 7: Freedom Festival 2018, Fun Run for Freedom, pancake race, freedom parade, kids’ games and more. Call 417.776.2100 or visit www.senecamochamber.com.