Calendar of Events – Joplin MO & Surrounding Areas

July 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.

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 13-18: IPRA-ICRA Rodeo, Saddle Club Arena, South Park St. Admission. 620.674.1492.

July 24-28: Cherokee County Fair, fairgrounds on E. Country Rd. 417.529.3144.

Crawford, KS

July 22: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.

July 30-August 5: Crawford County Fair, Crawford County Fairgrounds east of Girard.

Girard, KS

July 12: Thursday on the Girard Square, 7 pm, downtown Girard. Includes music by Living Faith Church.

Franklin, KS

July 15: “Moving a Behemoth,” 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum. Free presentation. Details: Call 620.347.4220.

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

July 7: Blues Music with Scott Ellison, 7 pm, Circle B Ranch Event Center.

July 7: Boy Band Review, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino. The best boy band tribute show in the country, bringing full-production lights, video, choreography, harmonies and energy.

July 8: St Jude’s Benefit with Makenna & Brock and a special guest, 6 pm, Circle B Ranch Event Center & Live Music Venue.

July 11: 2nd Annual Piano Festival & Competition, Winners Recital, 4 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

July 12: Teng Fu in Concert, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

July 13: 2nd Annual Piano Festival Competition Winners & Teng Fu, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

July 14: The Gala Piano Festival Concert, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

July 20-22: Four State Farm Show, 7:30 am-3 pm Friday & Saturday; 8 am-3 pm Sunday. Agricultural product displays and equipment demonstrations held at the Farm Show site at 7688 Kansas 171, Pittsburg.

July 21: 2nd Annual Scotty VanBecelaere Memorial Dice Run. Registration 11 am, Faces Saloon, Pittsburg. From there, will continue to Galena, Cherokee, Girard, Frontenac, then back to Pittsburg. All vehicles welcome. Will include live music, bar games, a live auction and food.

July 28: Kansas Shrine Bowl: Strong Legs Run 5K and Walk for Love, 7:30 am, Kansas Shrine Bowl Parade in downtown Pittsburg starts at 10 am; kickoff for the 45th Annual Shrine Bowl All Star Game is 7 pm.

July 29: Caroline Spence and Robby Hecht: Times TBA. Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America’s past, however on the stage and in the studio this young songwriter from Charlottesville, Virginia, proves she is every bit as serious.

July Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 North Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit

July 19-22: Pittsburg Community Theatre Presents SISTER ACT, 7:30 pm; July 20 & 22, 2 pm, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story. Call 620.231.7827 or visit

July 30 & 31: Pittsburg Community Theatre will hold auditions for The Balcony Scene, 7 pm, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. This production is about Alvin and Karen, who meet on their adjoining balconies and form a friendship that sets their two worlds on a collision course. LA Times-“A sunny salute to romance” Show dates Oct. 4-6 at 8 pm. Call 620.231.7827.

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. 

July 16: Fused Glass Workshop, 1-3 pm. Add more bling to your life as you make your own fused glass dichroic cabochons in this glass workshop! You will learn basic glass-cutting skills and principles of glass fusing to design and construct several cabochons.  Ages 14 and up. $50; register and pay by July 15.

July 18: 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 skills levels welcome.

July 21: Beginning Oil Painting, 12:30-4:30 pm. Paint still life and landscapes from photos. Have fun while learning the basics of oil painting. This is a four-part workshop. Additional dates are July 28, August 4, August 11. Ages 16 and up, $35 per person/per class; register and pay by July 21. 

July 28: Ceramic Bowl Workshop, 2-5 pm. Make two hand-built textured ceramic bowls. Get a little dirty with Daria! This workshop meets at Cow Creek Pottery, 107 E. 8th; Pittsburg, KS. Ages 12 and up. Class limit: 12; $40. Register and pay by July 27.

Franklin, KS

July 15: Mining for the Central Coal and Coke Company presentation, 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum. Free presentation. Details: 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

Carl Junction, MO

July 4: Carl Junction Fourth of July Parade, 10 am. Entrants line up on Broadway Street. Parade follows Well Street and Main Street and ends at Community Center. Contact Dixie Asbell 417.825.7626.

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

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

July 13: 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

July 7 & 8: Encouraging the Next Generation, 1 pm. George Washington Carver was a teacher, friend and mentor to many young men who faithfully carried on his work. Visitors will learn of the treasured relationships Carver had with these young men, often referred to as “Carver’s boys.”

July 14: Carver Day, 10 am-3 pm. Celebrate the 1943 establishment or the 75th anniversary of George Washington Carver National Monument on this fun-filled Saturday! Guest speakers, musical groups, a junior ranger station, exhibitors and much more!

July 21, 28 & August 4: Junior Ranger Days, 10 am-2 pm, ages 8 to 12. This annual event series gives children a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like being a park ranger, as well as a unique opportunity to learn more about George Washington Carver and the National Park Service through a variety of hands-on and small group activities.

July 18: World Listening Day, 11:30 am. Sounds and soundscapes are all around us, and just like landscapes, they are special and unique. Join us for a hike as we connect and try to understand, appreciate and experience the natural world.

July 22: African American Trailblazers, 1 pm. Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join us for this discussion exploring some of the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans.

July 29: 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.

Golden City, MO

July 19-21: Golden City Harvest Days. Community reunion event going on for over a century featuring such events as live music, baby show, kids games, tractor pull, cake walk, quilt show, talent show, pet show and classic car cruise in. Call 417.537.8781 or visit

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.

July 14: Relay for Life, 4-10 pm, MSSU’s Leggett & Platt Gymnasium. Join us as we raise funds to attack cancer from every angle! Food, live entertainment, and bounce houses and games for kids. Visit

July 17: Joplin Area Town & Country Quilters, 10:30 am; meets the third Tuesday, Peace Lutheran Church, 3100 N. St. Louis. Education at 10:30 am; potluck luncheon at noon, trunk show program at 1 pm. Visitors and new members always welcome. Call 417.437.2490. 

July 19: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin.

July 26-28: Joyful Hearts Regional Women’s Conference, July 26-27, 7-9 pm; July 28, 9 am-3 pm, 410 Virginia Ave. Woven will be hosting our fifth annual Joyful Hearts Regional Women’s Conference in July! Our conference this year is centered on a powerful concept: BRAVE! We are called to be brave! Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 1 Cor 16:15. Call 417.781.5982.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group

All programs will be held at the Creek Pavilion along Shoal Creek in Wildcat Park, not at the Center. Space is limited and fills up quickly. To register, email

July 11: Preschool Nature Connections: What Lives in the Water? Ages 3-6. 1 pm, Wildcat Glades, 201 Riviera Dr. Armed with buckets and dip nets, Wildcat Glades Friends Group will head down to the water to explore life within our creeks. Bring a blanket or towel to sit on and reusable water bottles. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email Classes are limited to the first 15 students.

July 14: Yoga in Nature for Kids! Ages 2+. 9:30 am, Wildcat Glades, 201 Riviera Dr. Led by a registered yoga teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email Classes are limited to the first 15 students.

July 14: Preschool Nature Connections: What Lives in the Water? Ages 3-6. 10 am, Wildcat Glades, 201 Riviera Dr. Armed with buckets and dip nets, Wildcat Glades Friends Group will head down to the water to explore life within our creeks! Bring a blanket or towel to sit on and reusable water bottles. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email Classes are limited to the first 15 students.

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

July 2: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Webb City, MO

July 5: King Jack Park Summer Concert, 6-9 pm, King Jack Park. Featuring the Duke Mason Band, food trucks. Band begins at 7 pm. Call 417.673.1154.

July 14: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5-8 pm, downtown Webb City historic district.

Grove, OK

July 14: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God Church, two miles east of Grove on south side of Hwy 10. Enjoy The Lesters of St. Louis, Southern gospel singers and singing groups. Call 417.775.4121.

June 29, 30 & July 1: 6th Annual Thunder on Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek Marina. Twenty heats of hydroplane and runabout boat racing. Sixty-five boats from 15 states will compete for points in the National Boat Racing Association. Testing starts June 29, noon; races start 1 pm June 30 and Sunday, July 1. Mayor’s Cup to high point driver Saturday. Drawing for a big screen TV Saturday. Must be present to win. Food vendors noon to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Call 918.786.9079.

July 7-8: Wolf Creek Nationals Southern Drag Boat Association, LLC, presented by: Cat Spot and Cherokee Casino Grove Oklahoma, Wolf Creek Park, Saturday – $20, Sunday – $20, weekend pass $30, cooler $10 per day. Call 918.786.9079.

July 21: 9th Annual Great Grand Bobber Drop, 8 am, Grand Lake. Call 918.786.2300 or visit

​Miami, OK

July 4: 4th of July Extravaganza, 5-11 pm, Riverview Park. Evening activities for children kick off at 5 pm. Food concessions from Maw and Paw Kettle, Frozen Cabana, J&S Concessions, Frozen Elephant, and Jacks Ice Cream. Call 918.542.4435.

July 20: Resurrection-A Journey Tribute, 7:30-10 pm, Coleman Theatre Beautiful, 103 N. Main St. This band is the gold standard by which all Journey tributes are measured. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $20 for students and children.

Quapaw, OK

July 4-7: Quapaw Tribe Pow Wow. Experience American Indian traditions with the Quapaw tribe. The tribe holds an annual celebration over the 4th of July weekend that includes dancing, contests, vendors and plenty of family fun. Call 918.542.1853.

Cultural Events

Joplin, MO

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


July 1:Brewer & Shipley House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House. Send an email to 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.

July 8: KALO House Concert, 6:30 pm, The Coda Concert House. Send an email to 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.

July 17: Four State Saxophone Quartet, 4:30 pm, Webb City Farmers Market. The Four State Saxophone Quartet features local professional educators and performers collaborating together to promote the diverse musical works of the saxophone. Performances range from modern compositions, standard repertoire for saxophone ensembles, jazz arrangements and transcriptions. Call 417.483.8139.

July 25-29: Joplin Little Theatre presents Children’s Summer Show, 7 pm, 2:30 pm Saturday & Sunday, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. This old-fashioned melodrama features actors ages 18 and under. Tickets $10 adult, $5 children 12 and under. Call 417.623.3638 or visit

July 26-August 5: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents The Count of Monte Cristo, 7 pm, 2:30 pm Sundays, Stained Glass Theater, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. On the very day of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes, young Edmund Dantes is framed by three men, arrested and thrown into the notorious prison Chateau d’If. Befriended by a fellow prisoner, he plots a daring escape, unearths a secret fortune and returns to Marseilles and Paris disguised as the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, determined to seek vengeance on the men who framed him. Email


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.

July 3: 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!

July 5: 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.

July 5: Open Reception, 5:30 pm, Urban Art Gallery, 511 S. Main St. Urban Art presents Safari, the paintings of life experiences by artist Tom Madearis.

July 6: 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.

July 12: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library. Connect with the Joplin Writers’ Guild on Facebook. Open to the public. Dues $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

July 12: An Introduction to the King of Instruments, 6:30-7:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Meet the monarch of the musical family: the pipe organ. With over 1,000 years of development and change, the “king of all instruments” has an exciting story. Using pipes as small as pencils and as large as tree trunks up to 32” long, the musical range and dynamics of the pipe organ exceeds all other musical instruments. Free and open to the public.

July 13: 2018 Movie in the Park presents The Little Mermaid, 8:30 pm, Schifferdecker Family Aquatic Center, 400 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Bring your family, a date, a group of friends or even fly solo as you enjoy a movie under the stars! Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Concessions available for purchase. Movie starts at dusk, unless otherwise noted. Brought to you by Joplin Parks and Recreation. Call 417.625.4750.

July 19: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, 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!

July 28: Murder in Murphysburg: A Joplin History Murder Mystery, 6 pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 505 S. Byers Ave. The scene is set in the spring of 1872 in the Wild West boomtown that has sprung up around the mining operations along Joplin Creek. Help celebrate the founding of the new town Union City in Southwest Missouri. Joplin camp and Murphysburg have set aside their differences and combined their forces for the good of the people. Activities include appetizers, cash bar, photo booth, blackjack tournament, dinner, dessert, dancing, party games, and, of course, a murder! Semi-formal, formal, Western or appropriate character costumes are required for entry. Tickets for this unique event are $50 per person. Seating is limited, so make sure to get your tickets early at Call 417.483.3116.

July 31: C2C Arts Roundtable: Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. The Joplin Arts & Cultural Preview is your chance to get the scoop on what the Joplin Arts & Cultural Community will be offering in the upcoming 2018-2019 year. Free and open to the public. To save your spot or sign up your organization, email or call 417.625.6683.

Through July 31: Summer Reading Art Challenge Kick-Off, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Celebrate this year’s summer reading program by picking up an art board for an all-ages Summer Reading Art Challenge! Pick up an entry form and an 11x17 inch art board from any public service desk inside the Library. On the art board, create a piece of art inspired by music. Artwork must be created on the art board provided by the Library. All forms, mediums, mixed-media, etc., accepted. Artwork will be exhibited in the Library August 2-September 28. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category (Adult, Teen and Kids). A reception will be held August 3, to honor all participants. Contact Jill at 417.623.7953, x. 1041 or


Through July 13: Brazed and Welded Sculptures by Jim Jackson, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St.

July 1-31: Safari by Tom Madearis, Urban Art Gallery, 511 S. Main St. Urban Art presents Safari, the paintings of life experiences by artist Tom Madearis. 


July 2: Chess Club, 5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Monthly Children’s Department program for chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. Call 417.623.7953.

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  

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.

July 7, 14, 28: Vet Art Classes – Clay Series, 2-4 pm. This three-part clay workshop spans three dates. Join Spiva at Crackpot Pottery to immerse yourself in the steps involved in making pots, bowls or cups. Workshop 1 involves throwing pieces on the wheel. Workshop 2 focuses on trimming pieces. Workshop 3 is glazing and discussion of the firing process. Free to all veterans. Veterans only. Must commit to all three workshops. Limit is 10 people per class. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

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

Tuesdays: Dog Day Afternoon, 4 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. This program encourages independent readers in K-5 grades to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. For independent readers, grades K-5. Call 417.623.7953.

Fridays: Summer Movie Break, 2 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Escape from that summer heat and enjoy a movie and popcorn. A different movie is shown each week. Call 417.623.7953.

Saturdays & Tuesdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 9:30 am-2:30 pm Saturday, 4-7:30 pm Tuesday, Joplin Public Library Makerspace, 1901 E. 20th St. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace will be open on a walk-in, first come, first serve basis. You do not need a library card to use the makerspace. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3-D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. 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

July Events:

Create a one-of-a-kind, made-by-you wood, glass or canvas project! Events scheduled every Wednesday-Sunday with featured projects. Join us for Wine’d Down Wednesday for Open Studio from 4-9 pm; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and afternoons on Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Walk-in or register online in advance for featured projects and to choose your own. Ask about weekly bar specials. Soft drinks and water also available.

All Things Pets event July 15 all day.

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 or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-12), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. 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

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

July 14: Wizards & Wine (ages 21+), 5 pm. Create a one-of-a-kind wand while enjoying a glass of Hogsmeade’s finest wine. Call 417.623.0183 or visit Cost: $35.

July 14: Coloring Book Club, 10:30 am-noon. Bring your coloring book or sketchbook and get creative. Spiva provides some coloring pages and markers, but it’s best to bring what you prefer or purchase items in the gift shop.

July 21: Charcoal Drawings (age 15+), 1 pm. Learn about value, form, highlights and more with Sandra Conrad as she teaches the basics of this stunning art form. Call 417.623.0183 or visit Cost: $15.


July 5: 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.


Through July 20: Kloes by Tarrah Krajnak, Missouri Southern State University Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Kloes is a series of photographs taken by the artist in 2017. “I found myself in a century-old abandoned garment factory in Lansford, Pennsylvania. I am not immune to the simultaneous pleasure and horror of ruins. I only had a couple hours to shoot this decrepit old building, entombment of an American industrial past, my grandfather’s and 107 years of forgotten garment workers. The futility of the photographic overwhelmed me: these same abject structures that the Bechers were so good at de-sentimentalizing through precise formal language I could not. I pressed my shutter in desperation, but whatever I wanted from this place was already gone.”

July 3-28: Water Works by Don and Ruth Snider, Upstairs Gallery. Dynamic duo Ruth and Don Snider present a collection of their watercolor paintings depicting architecture and nature inspired by their European travels.

July 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.

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


View our list of summer arts camps and classes here:

Health Events

Galena, KS

July 3: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

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

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

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

Parsons, KS

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

July 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    

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

July 25: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

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

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

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

July 10: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

July 11 & 25: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

July 3: 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.

July 3: 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.

July 4, 11, 18, 25: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West, Main Entrance. Freeman Farmers Market is starting up again. Visit every Wednesday in July. Call 417.347.3950.

July 5: 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.

July 10: 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.

July 10 & 12: 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

July 10 & 24: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar, 5:30 pm, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Freeman Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Call 417.347.1266.

July 11: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Penny Peek, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, for questions at 417.347.4036.

July 16: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. July’s meeting topic is “Carbohydrate Counting with a Dietitian.” Call 417.347.5700.

July 17: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 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.

July 17: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

July 19: Freeman Neosho Blood Drive, 12-4 pm, Freeman Neosho Hospital, South Parking Lot. Call 417.347.4326.

July 24: Freeman Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 2W and 4W. Call 417.347.4603.
July 24: Freeman Auxiliary Tupperware Sale,
9:30 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital East Conference Room, 1102 W. 32nd St. Call 417.347.4603.

July 25: Freeman Auxiliary Tupperware Sale, 9 am-3 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Call 417.347.4603.

July 27: 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.

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.

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

July 7: Mercy Joplin Walk with a Doc, 9 am. Visit the cafeteria on the second floor for a free bottle of water, then meet at the butterfly statue garden near the hospital entrance.

July 9: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-7 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

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

July 11: 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.

July 16: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Call 417.556.8240. Email

July 17: Prestige Trip to Hard Rock Casino. Call 417.556.3456 for more information.

July 24: Lung Disease Support Group, 1:30 pm, Cancer Conference Center of Mercy Hospital Joplin, 100 Mercy Way. (Please enter through the Cancer Center entrance located on the southeast side of the hospital.) The group is sponsored by Mercy Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation and meets the fourth Tuesday.

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

July 25: Cancer Survivor Support Group-Women’s meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

July 25: Grief Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, 2-3 pm, Mercy Hospital Carthage Chapel. Free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. Call 417.556.2472.

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.

July 23: Tupperware Sale, 7 am-3 pm in the Mercy Joplin Conference Center.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit 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

July 23: 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

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

July 11- August 15: 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.

July 14: NRMC Griffons Night, 7 pm, Lyon’s Stadium, 139 W. Highland. Free admission to game against Jefferson City.     

July 17 & 19: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8:30 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3622 to register.

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

July 21: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12:30 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers 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.     

July 22: NRMC Foundation Griffons Night, 7 pm, Lyon’s Stadium, 139 W. Highland. Free admission to game against Springfield and free popsicles.     

July 26: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood Pressure and Bone Density.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

July 10 & 24: 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.

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

July 12: Low Vision Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

July 12: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

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.

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

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

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

4th of July Celebrations

Columbus, KS:

July 4: 4th of July Celebration, 5k run, 7 am, register at 620.429.2678. Games begin at 5 pm on E. Country Rd., Columbus City Park, 620.429.1492. Fireworks at dark.

Crawford, KS:

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

Hepler, KS:

July 3 & 4: Hepler Independence Day Celebration & Rodeo: Details TBA.

Girard, KS:

July 1: Smokin’ Hot Independence Day Celebration in Girard: Details TBA.

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.

Granby, MO

June 29, 30 & July 1: Granby’s Old Mining Town Days. Fireworks display July 1, 9:15 pm.

Joplin, MO

July 3: 4th of July Celebration, 7-10 pm, First Community Church of Joplin, 2007 E. 15th Street. Hamburgers, hot dogs and a big fireworks display.

July 4: Freedom 321, 8 am, Joplin Athletic Complex, 3-mile, 2-mile and 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

Grove, OK

July 3: Grove Fireworks, Wolf Creek Fireworks.

July 4:  Duck Creek Fireworks, Arrowhead.

July 4: Independence Day Activities, 9 am-4 pm, Grove Civic Center. Arts, crafts, music and Cajun festival. 918.786.8896.

July 4: Independence Day Activities, 4-7 pm, South Grand Lake Regional Airport.

Disney, OK

July 6-8: Crawl for Christ, 316.259.1050.

Miami, OK

July 4: Miami Fireworks, Riverview Park.

Vinita, OK

July 29: Vinita Fireworks, Vinita Hornet Stadium.