April 2019

Posted on Apr 1, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in April 2019? We have all the details on performances, arts events, exhibits, and classes happening throughout April in the #JoplinArts. Take a look below and share with friends…

Featured artwork by Margie Moss.


PERFORMANCES:

April 4–14: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: Living with “Style”, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Senior citizen Sam Style was known on the job, in his community, and by his family as a real man of God. It’s now time to enjoy some peace and quiet. Or is it? Alone since the death of his beloved wife, Sam is forced by health concerns to sell his home and make other living arrangements. Sam feels God directing him to a retirement home. As he witnesses to those around him, Sam reminds us that no one is ever beyond being useful to God. Tickets are available at the door, which opens 45 minutes prior to the showtime. A handicap ramp is accessible at the rear of the building. More information: Tammy Aggus, hsnmathwiz@gmail.com, 417.553.0755. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Kids.

April 6: Anderson Entertainment Group: REZA, Edge of Illusion, 7:30–9:30pmat Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Join the award-winning illusionist, Reza, for a thrilling performance. Reza’s magnificent talents are pushed to the limits in this revolutionary show. Watch as Reza goes beyond traditional, mundane magician acts and provides his audience with an entertaining, spectacular experience. Tickets: $35 VIP, $30 VIP Child (11 & Under), $15 Child (11 & Under), $25 Floor, $20 Mezzanine. More information: Bruce Anderson, bruce@andersonentertainmentgroup.com, 417.850.9655.

April 7: Southern Symphonic Choir & Orchestra: Rutter Requiem, 3:00pm at Central Christian Center (410 S Virginia Ave). The Southern Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra will present their large work – Rutter Requiem. The Symponic Chorus is under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow & the Symphonic Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Canes Nicolas. The event is free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

April 7: Albert Cummings, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). Albert Cummings’ phenomenal talents have spurred on his successful career, earning him praise and accolades. Impressed by his passion, bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton performed for and produced Cummings’ solo debut album, From the Heart. The album, featuring Cummings fronting Double Trouble, was described by Bluesprint magazine as, “a barrage of guitar pyrotechnics that calls to mind a grand mix of the styles of past masters like Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix.” There is a suggested donation of $25. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

April 9: Chamber Winds Concert, 5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). The MSSU Music Department presents the Chamber Winds Concert featuring various chamber ensembles from the department. This concert will take place on Tuesday, April 9th at 5 pm in Corley Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

April 11: Les Misérables Screening, 6:30–9:15pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). A blockbuster novel for over 150 years comes vividly to life in award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies’ multi-layered retelling of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. This enthralling television event (not a musical) airs in six episodes on MASTERPIECE, Sundays, April 14 – May 19, 2019 on Ozark Public Television. However, on April 1 at 6:30pm, you can view Les Misérables at the advanced screening event at Bookhouse Cinema in Joplin! To reserve your seat, please call 417.825.5161. Don’t hesitate, limited seating available. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

April 11–14: Midwest Regional Ballet: CATS, April 11–13 at 7:30pm & April 14  at 2:30pm at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center (503 N Pine St, Pittsburg, KS). Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center invites you to amazing performances of the Hit Broadway Musical, CATS. This production is being staged by Midwest Regional Ballet under the direction of Artistic Director, Kaye Lewis and Musical Director, Mary Jo Harper. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is set amongst a larger-than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favorite feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella, and Skimbleshanks. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the CATS to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Senior Citizens, $12 Children Under 12, $10 Balcony. To purchase tickets, call 620.231.7827 or visit memorialauditorium.org. More information: Kaye Lewis, kayelewis_mrb@hotmail.com, 620.235.4831.

April 11: MSSU Jazz Combos, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Please join the MSSU Jazz Combos in concert on Thursday, April 11th at 7:30 pm in Corley Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

April 12: MSSU Jazz Combos at Gusano’s, 6:00pm at Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria (3929 E 7th St E). Enjoy a slice of Chicago-style pizza while you listen to MSSU’s Jazz Combos. Reservations recommended. The event is free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

April 13: Connect2Culture: Grant Landis, 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Young, American pop singer/songwriter Grant Landis got his start singing at church in Joplin. After discovering a passion for music and performing, Grant began posting acoustic cover videos on Vine, a social sharing site. Subsequently, he ventured into YouTube, Instagram, and more. Based on a solid social fan base, Grant joined DigiTour, which brings social media stars to the stage, and toured across the country. With growing confidence, he launched his own headline tour playing to sold out shows across North America. He was invited to appear on the first season of Lifetime TV’s, The Pop Game – competing alongside other up-and-coming artists while being mentored by mega producer, songwriter, and performer Timbaland. As a result, Grant was signed to a singles deal with Mosely Music Group, Timbaland’s label. The single “Another Life” (2018) was released from that collaboration. Grant continues to write and perform. With a 2018 move to Nashville, Tennessee, and a recently released music video, “Home To Momma,” Grant is poised to write the next chapter in his career. Tickets: $20 General Admission. Tickets may be purchased at connect2culture.org, 1-800-514-3849 (Etix is the EXCLUSIVE ticketing provider), or in-person on Saturdays (10:00am–3:00pm) at Joplin Empire Market until April 6, 2019. Group pricing is available. Tickets for groups of 10+ receive a 20% discount per ticket (maximum group size is 50). More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.625.6683.

April 13: Pro Musica: Aaron Diehl Trio, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 Newman Rd). Experience the critically-acclaimed talents of pianist Aaron Diehl! Diehl has performed with several renowned symphonies, including the New York Philharmonic, and jazz legends, like Philip Glass. With a 15-year career in music, Diehl has experimented with a variety of genres and has recently pursued modern, classical works. Don’t miss the performer New York Times jazz critics have said plays with “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Students. Tickets may be purchased at promusica.org or at the door. More information: Deb Billings, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

April 16: Joshua Espinoza Jazz Trio, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Working with guest artist Joshua Espinoza, MSSU alum Jaron Davis returns to his alma mater for a stunning jazz performance. A skilled and rising drummer, Davis performed more than 200 shows a year for the Showboat Branson Belle and played in famous settings like the Philadelphia South’s Jazz Club and Richmond Jazz Festival. You won’t want to miss this swinging performance! This concert is free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

April 19: Brewer & Shipley, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24 St). Brewer & Shipley are reuniting for only a few performances this summer, including their return to The Coda Concert House for their 50th Anniversary. Famous for their 1970 hit “One Toke Over the Line,” these folk-rock legends have continuously produced work that features their signature guitar work, vocal harmonies, and lyrics that explore the concerns of their generations. There is a suggested donation of $25. More information and reservations: Jeff Morrow, info@codaconcerthouse.com. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking etc. will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

April 22–27: Southern Theatre: These Things Fall Apart – A Festival of One-Act Drama, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). These Things Fall Apart is a collection of published one-act plays chosen by Directing II students. Students spent the first half of the semester creating a concept for their chosen play and writing an analysis. After two nights of auditioning 38 interested actors, the second half of the semester has been dedicated to the direction of those plays. Some plays are comedic and some are dramatic. Each evening will be interesting and diverse. All plays are for mature audiences only. The plays will be presented in repertory style over six nights. Curtain time for all performances will be 7:30pm. Admission is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis. The first set of plays, to be performed on April 22 & 25, will be The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, directed by Allison Dodge and Abra Cadaver by John Materra, directed by Bailee Lewis. The second set of plays, to be performed on April 23 & 26, will be The Birthday Present by Peter Brook, directed by Chelsie Jeffries, Sure Thing by David Ives, directed by Damon Fox, and Tell me Another Story, Sing Me A Song by Jean Lenox Toddie, directed by Klaire Hardy. April 24 & 27 will offer Enemies by Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood, directed by Kayley Baumhover, A Game by Dennis E. Noble, directed by Austin Henady, and The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang, directed by Carly Ball. For theatre production information call 417.625.9393. Requests for accommodations related to a disability must be made to Terri Spencer at 417.625.9393 at least 72 hours before the performance. No admission charge. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available at the door from 6:30–7:30pm each evening. More information: Ann Lile, Lile-A@mssu.edu, 417.625.9393.

April 26 & 27: The TJ Middle School Musical: Oklahoma!, 7:00pm at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (3401 Newman Rd). Admire the talents of these young students as they perform in the classic musical, Oklahoma!. This critically acclaimed musical follows the antics of two different couples who find their love threatened by other people and their intentions. Admission is free; tickets required. For more information, call 417.781.5124. 


EVENTS:

April 1–30: National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press began an intentional collective effort to celebrate NPM in Joplin in 2016 and 2019 marks the fourth year of Joplin’s official celebration. NPM mainstays were collected (such as Spiva’s 1,000 Words Event) and the committee rounded out the lineup by adding new poetry-centric events (such as Open Mic Poetry Night). Visit connect2culture.org/poetrymonth2019 to view a full listing of this year’s poetry events in Joplin! More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.625.6683.

April 1: Sigma Tau Delta’s Annual Spring Book, 10:00am–5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Drop in to MSSU’s Billingsly Student Center to give some gently loved books a new home. All books priced $1 to $5. Proceeds support MSSU Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Admission is free and open to the public. The book sale will be occurring at different times from April 1–5. More information: Amy Gates, gates-A@mssu.edu.

April 1 & 2: Joplin Little Theatre Auditions: 9 to 5, The Musical, 7:00pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). 9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she? Online audition form MUST be completed and can be found at www.justthemix.com along with more information about characters, and audition info. On audition day, please come prepared to sing 16 measures that will highlight your singing. DO NOT sing songs from the show. Also, wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You will be taught a part of one song from the show to dance. There are 26 people in this cast. 15 women and 11 men. This show production is for late teens and older. Performance Dates: May 29-June 2, 2019. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

April 2–4: Sigma Tau Delta’s Annual Spring Book, 8:00am–5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Drop in to MSSU’s Billingsly Student Center to give some gently loved books a new home. All books priced $1 to $5. Proceeds support MSSU Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Admission is free and open to the public. The book sale will be occurring at different times from April 1–5. More information: Amy Gates, gates-A@mssu.edu.

April 2: MSSU Tournées Film Festival: Jauja, 3:00–5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). In this Western-like film, a Danish father enters a vast, unwelcoming desert in search of his daughter, who he believes was abducted. However, this desert is unusual and contains oddities that suggest time behaves abnormally within its borders. This film is a part of Missouri Southern State University’s Tournées Film Festival. Each film will be presented in French with English subtitles. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736. Admission: Free.

April 2: Joplin K–12 Art Show, 5:30–7:30pm at Joplin High School, Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). Celebrate the works of Joplin’s talented, young artists! Enjoy light refreshments as you admire masterpieces created by Joplin Schools’ students. Artwork from students of all ages will featured. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Seth Wolfshorndl, sethwolfshorndl@joplinschools.org, 417.625.5230.

April 2: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun! More information: 417.623.7953, chatncraft.wordpress.com.

April 2: Poetry Reading: Alan Berecka, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Library, Rm 413 (3950 Newman Rd). The Saltzman Series of Visiting Writers presents poet Alan Berecka. A Pushcart-nominated poet, librarian, and the first Poet Laureate of Corpus Cristi, Texas, Berecka’s impressive work can be found in his poetry books and collections, including Comic Flaw and Remembering the Body. Berecka will also be visiting with MSSU students in Kuhn Hall at 11:00am that same day. More information: Joey Brown, brown-jr@mssu.edu, 417.625.9377.

April 3: MSSU Tournées Film Festival: Le Grand Méchant Renard et Autres Contes (The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales), 6:30–8:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). In this comical, three-part film, farm animals experience a variety of entertaining misadventures. Watch as a trio of animals attempt to bring a baby to its family, as a fox adopts three chicks, and as the farm animals save Christmas. This film is a part of Missouri Southern State University’s Tournées Film Festival. Each film will be presented in French with English subtitles. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736. Admission: Free.

April 4: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30pm–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First  Thursday ArtWalk  is  a  sophisticated,  yet  festive  event,  for  area  artists,  as  well  as  patrons  of  the arts…past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. More information: Linda Teeter, 417.438.5931.

April 4: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6:00–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Rounds begin every 30 minutes in Spiva’s Main Gallery. $5 per person each round and winners take home 75% of the cash. Beer available to participants. This is a 21 and up event. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 5: Sigma Tau Delta’s Annual Spring Book, 8:00am–Noon at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Drop in to MSSU’s Billingsly Student Center to give some gently loved books a new home. All books priced $1 to $5. Proceeds support MSSU Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Admission is free and open to the public. The book sale will be occurring at different times from April 1–5. More information: Amy Gates, gates-A@mssu.edu.

April 5: MSSU Tournées Film Festival: Marcel Proust’s Time Regained, 1:00–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Director Raoul Ruiz’s masterpiece explores the complex tangle of memories belonging to the famous novelist, Marcel Proust. In the film, Proust, elderly and on the edge of death, observes the fragmented events that made up his life. This film is a part of Missouri Southern State University’s Tournées Film Festival. Each film will be presented in French with English subtitles. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736. Admission: Free.

April 5: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at VAZZO Creative (512 S Joplin Ave). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues. Bring a bottle of wine or some craft beer to share. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. More information: Lori Haun, 417.501.9649.

April 6: Pictures with Bunny, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Celebrate Easter by cuddling up with Trevor the bunny, as award-winning photographer Russ Kinerson takes your picture! Then, take your adorable photos home on a provided flash drive. Cute, bunny-related crafts will be available for you to make while you wait. Registration is strongly suggested. Without registration, we cannot guarantee you will have your picture taken. Click here to register. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. Cost: $20.

April 6: Connect2Culture Pop-Up Box Office, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Prefer to buy tickets to one of Connect2Culture’s performances in person? Visit the pop-up box office at Joplin Empire Market to buy offline. Tickets to Grant Landis (April 13th) will be available for purchase. Click here to learn more about C2C’s Curtains Up Series. Tickets also available for purchase online. Etix is C2C’s exclusive ticketing provider. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.625.6683.

April 6: Dance Party, 10:00–10:45am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Put on your dancing shoes and join Chelsey Davenport for a fun morning to moving and grooving! This program is intended for children and families. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

April 6 & 7: Harry S. Truman: Memories of World War I, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO). Learn about Missouri native and 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman. Listen as historian and reenactor Kavan Stull shares stories about Truman’s service in the Missouri National Guard, his experience at Camp Doniphan, how he rose through the ranks to become a Captain, and his part in the battles fought by his regiment, Battery D, 129th Field Artillery. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 6 & 7: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Art was an integral part of Carver’s life, one that he used not only to revive his spirit, but to produce expressions of his soul. Come to George Washington Carver National Monument and see a collection of Carver’s serene and tranquil pieces. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 7: Open House Celebration, 2:30pm at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Celebrate the recent accomplishments of Joplin Little Theatre! Enjoy a tour of the recently renovated back stage area, honor the Theatre’s volunteers and generous community donors, and admire the Theatre’s new capabilities with a light and rigging display show. Refreshments will be served. No tickets are required but reservations are appreciated. More information or for reservations: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

April 8 & 9: Auditions: The Music Man JR. (Cast Ages 19 and Under), 7:00pm at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth, and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter! Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself. The Music Man JR. is the perfect vehicle for your young cast, a toe-tapping crowd-pleaser that features a soaring soprano ingénue part, and a leading role for a charismatic actor, as well as plenty of roles for kids of every level. Auditions are usually cold readings from the script. A musical would require a prepared singing audition as well. Visit Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin’s website to download audition form. Cast Ages 19 and Under. More information: Tammy Aggus, hsnmathwiz@gmail.com, 417.553.0755.

April 9: MSSU Tournées Film Festival: Frantz, 3:00–5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Anna, a young German woman, mourns the loss of her late fiancé, Frantz, who died in World War I. However, she is not alone in her grief. Adrien, a friend of her fiancé, appears at Frantz’s grave one day. The two develop a relationship, and Anna finds comfort in Adrien’s presence. Then, Adrien makes a stunning confession that shatters their newly built friendship. This film is a part of Missouri Southern State University’s Tournées Film Festival. Each film will be presented in French with English subtitles. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736. Admission: Free.

April 10: Spring Stroll, 10:00–11:00am at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, Pavilion (201 W Riviera Dr). Enjoy the beautiful spring weather with a relaxing stroll through an easy, mile-long trail. Meet at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s pavilion, beside the building. All ages are welcome. No registration required. Please bring strollers for toddlers. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

April 11: Joplin Writers Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. For more information, search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

April 12: MSSU Tournées Film Festival: BPM/120 Battements Par Minute, 1:00–3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). BPM follows the stories of fictionalized characters in the organization, Act Up-Paris, as they actively fight the French government and pharmaceutical companies for proper recognition and improved treatment of those with AIDS. Their efforts are immortalized in this emotional drama. This film is a part of Missouri Southern State University’s Tournées Film Festival. Each film will be presented in French with English subtitles. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736. Admission: Free.

April 13: Neosho Historic Schoolhouse Program, 9:00am at 639 Young St, Neosho, MO. Are you ready for a field trip? Join us at what was once the location of the Neosho Colored School, where George Washington Carver began his formal education in 1876. Learn about the time that Carver spent in Neosho and his struggle to receive an education in a prejudiced world. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 13: Pictures with Bunny, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Celebrate Easter by cuddling up with Trevor the bunny, as award-winning photographer Russ Kinerson takes your picture! Then, take your adorable photos home on a provided flash drive. Cute, bunny-related crafts will be available for you to make while you wait. Registration is strongly suggested. Without registration, we cannot guarantee you will have your picture taken. Click here to register. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. Cost: $20.

April 13–14: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Join our knowledgeable rangers and learn about the Jesup Wagon, or the Agricultural School on Wheels. Developed by George Washington Carver, these wagons were used to deliver supplies and Carver’s educational bulletins to rural farmers. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 13: MSSU’s World Music & Cuisine Festival, 5:00–7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Are you ready to experience foods and music from around the world without leaving Joplin? Join MSSU international students, faculty, staff, community members, and local ethnic restaurants as they prepare delicious, native dishes. Then, enjoy music and dances from a variety of other countries. There is a small fee to enter. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

April 14: Spiva Shoot Out, 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Looking for a fun way to hone your photography skills? Join other local photographers in a two-hour event hosted by Spiva Center for the Arts. Roam the center as you photograph anything that stands out to you. Models will be available, should you need them! Cost: $10. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 15: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). April’s downtown poetry reading will feature Dr. Lisa Lewis. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month. Throughout the month, see their facebook page for weekly writing prompts in honor of National Poetry Month. More information: Allison Blevins.

April 16: “Fake News” Juried Exhibition Award Reception, 4:00–6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). An award reception for MSSU Spiva Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Fake News. Exhibit description: Divisive, diverse, inflammatory – politics can’t be avoided and they are often difficult to navigate. Propaganda, laden with political slogans, on all sides, adds more ambiguity to the mix. Our political opinions, and those intrinsic beliefs, shape us, and our responses to the political chatter. This show includes pieces that respond to the theme “Fake News.” The exhibit will runs April 1–19, 2019. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

April 16: 1,000 Words, 6:30–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so tell us all about it! Produce poetry or prose by drawing your inspiration from one to two photos exhibited for PhotoSpiva 2019. Participants can share their works with the public during readings in the Main Gallery. These readings will be displayed through QR codes along with your chosen exhibition photo. Sign-ups begin March 23. Cost: Free. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 18: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm 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! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

April 18: National Poem In Your Pocket Day, 5:30–8:30pm at Third Thursday (Main Street in Downtown Joplin). On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and online. Pocket poems will be distributed during Downtown Joplin’s Third Thursday and at venues throughout Joplin all-day! This is a collaborative celebration for National Poetry Month led by Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press.

April 19: Open Mic Poetry Night, 7:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Write poetry? Love poetry? Come recite a poem you’ve written OR one by a poet you love. Feel free to bring some craft beer or a bottle of wine to share. This is a 21+ event. Free admission. OMPN is a collaborative endeavor to celebrate National Poetry Month between Connect2Culture, Post Art Library, and Pub Hound Press. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.625.6683.

April 20: Art in the Park/Earth Day Celebration, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO  64840). Celebrate George Washington Carver’s own enthusiasm for art by participating in this annual showcase of local artists’ works. These artists’ pieces will be displayed in various places around the park. Fun, hands-on demonstrations with clay, watercolor, pastels, and other art media will be offered and children can earn a special Junior Ranger Badge. George Washington Carver National Monument is proud to feature Sarah Serio as their guest artist and presenter. Serio’s latest series of works, titled “Welcome to the Game: Human Trafficking in America,” highlights the brutality suffered by the 27 million people sold into the world of human trafficking. Enjoy the Earth Day celebration by watching special films and creating crafts from recycled materials. More information: Randall Becker, randall-becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151. Cost: Free.

April 23: Book Club, 5:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Library (3950 E Newman Rd). Join the MSSU English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and other book enthusiasts as they dive into Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This New York Times bestseller follows Kya Barkley, an outcast who lives by herself in the marshes of Barkley Cove, North Carolina. Dubbed the “Marsh Girl,” rumors have circulated about Kya for years and when the corpse of Chase Andrews, a popular boy from Barkley Cove, surfaces in the marshes, Kya becomes the number one suspect. The book club will meet on the fourth Tuesdays of February, March, and April and will be reading the book in thirds. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

April 25: Spring 2019 Literally Design Competition Reception, 6:00–7:30pm at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). View the works of selected finalists of “Literally Design” and enjoy light refreshments in the Local History gallery inside Joplin Public Library. “Literally Design” is a juried typographic poster design competition for college and university students in Missouri and Arkansas. Fusing the written and spoken word with design, this competition challenges students to consider their personal interpretation of a specific text and how it influences their design choices. Selected finalists will have their posters printed free of charge and prepared for display at Post Art Library. There is no entry fee for this competition, and students are limited to one poster per entry. This reception is free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

April 26: Mother’s Day Open House, 5:30–8:30pm at Local Color Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Celebrate Mother’s Day by enjoying light refreshments and admiring a selection of breath-taking jewelry, crafted by guest artist Denise Temofeew. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

April 27: National B.A.R.K. Ranger Day, 9:00–11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Looking for something to do with your pup? Join our park rangers and veterinarian Dr. Rowe from the Diamond Animal Clinic for a one-mile walk through the Carver trail. After your invigorating excursion, watch your canine companion become an official B.A.R.K. Ranger! More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

April 27: May The Forest Be With You – Earth & Arbor Day Event, 10:00am–1:00pm at Landreth Park (Joplin, MO). Join Wildcat Glades Friends Group and celebrate Earth and Arbor Day with fun, family-friendly events! Sign up for the stream-side litter cleanup, take a tree identification hike, learn how to properly mulch a tree, enjoy live music and food trucks, and participate in giveaways. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

April 27: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10:00am at Beckett’s Cafe (705 Illinois Ave). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) Coffee Hours offer JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic, or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month and you must be a JRAC Member to attend. Membership dues for JRAC are $35 annually. JRAC is a not-for-profit established to empower visual artists in the area by helping them network with other artists and the community-at-large. More information: joplinrac@gmail.com.

April 28: Park Prescription (Rx) Day, 11:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Park Prescription Day is just what the doctor ordered! Improve your health through fun, outdoor activities and a nutrition workshop with chef Robin Jeep! More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.


EXHIBITS:

April 22 – 30: Senior Capstone Project Exhibitionat Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). This annual show features works by graduating seniors as part of their graduation requirements. Gallery hours are 9:00am–5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Graduating Seniors: Jaclyn Kidd (BFA-Design), Bailie Broadwater (BA Visual Art), Cicily Atkinson (BFA-Design), and Brooks-Elizabeth Billings (BSEd-Art Education). More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417-625-9563.

April 1 – 19: Fake News at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd). Divisive, diverse, inflammatory – politics can’t be avoided and they are often difficult to navigate. Propaganda, laden with political slogans, on all sides, adds more ambiguity to the mix. Our political opinions, and those intrinsic beliefs, shape us, and our responses to the political chatter. This national juried exhibition includes pieces that respond to the theme “Fake News.” Awards & Reception: Thursday, April 18, 4:00–6:00pm. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

April: Super Heroes at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 Joplin Ave). In honor of Autism Awareness Month, this exhibit features mixed media artwork by artists with autism – Devon Thomas, Caleb Cleveland, and Jordan Barkley. Artists will be present at First Thursday ArtWalk (April 4; 5:30–8:30pm) to talk about their artwork. A workshop with the artists about living and creating with autism, will be announced at a later date. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

April: Cozy Spaces by Diana Bray at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). For the month of April, Urban Art Gallery presents Cozy Spaces, realistic paintings, by Diana Bray. Bray shows us another dimension of her creativity in a body of work showing environments that feel as though we’ve stepped into private space with comfort and ease. Peace and tranquility may be enjoyed by stopping a moment and enjoying each piece of her one-of-a-kind show in Urban Art Gallery’s very own “cozy” space! A reception for Bray will be help during First Thursday ArtWalk on April 4, 5:30–8:30pm. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

April – June: Sculpture by Justin Hale at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

March 26 – April 20: Relics of the Titanic at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). As its 107th anniversary approaches, the world remains captivated by the story of the Titanic. The infamous and tragic tale of the lost, luxury liner is enveloped in both fact and fiction. Discover more about the tragedy that shook the world through the riveting pieces of Allen Shirley’s collection. Admission: $2 per person (children under 5 are free). More information: Chris Wiseman, joplinmuseum.org@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180. 

March 23 – May 10: 2019 Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 21st annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating member artists. This not-to-miss event includes a closing party for bidding, set for 5:30–7:00pm on Friday, May 10. Come enjoy an evening of wine, food, and fast and furious bidding! Especially anticipated every year are the Rainmaker entries. Rainmakers are artists whose works have sold for $300 or more during previous Small Works auctions. With an opening bid of $300, these works hold a place of honor in the exhibit. All other works start their bidding at $35. For all entries, there is a “Buy It Now” option for those who don’t want to risk losing a piece in a last-minute bidding war. Artists set their own “Buy It Now” prices, but the minimum is $125. Rainmakers’ minimum “Buy It Now” price is $500.  Works may be viewed and bids may be placed online at https://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit until 3:00pm on Thursday, May 9. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute.

March 23 – May 18: PhotoSpiva 2019 at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 43rd year, PhotoSpiva 2019 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. The call for entry at photospiva.org closes at midnight on January 1st. Images will be chosen by juror Patty Carroll. The week of the exhibit opening, Carroll will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva.

March – April: MSSU Senior Sneak Peek at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An art show comprised of artworks by recent or soon-to-be recent graduates of Missouri Southern State University’s Art Department, is on display in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room. A preview of the artists’ senior shows, Sneak Peek features art by Jocelyn Lechuga, Lydia Humphreys, McKenzie Wesley, Sydney Buffington, and Jacklyn Kidd. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.


CLASSES:

April 3: Preschool Nature Connections: Time with Turtle (Ages 3–6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Park, Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Ready to become a turtle expert? Discover basic facts about turtles, learn about different species, sing turtle-related songs, create a turtle craft, and meet live turtles! Registration is required. See the Facebook Page for registration. This class is for ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

April 3: Turkey Clinic, 6:00–10:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Prepare for the approaching, spring turkey season! Revisit the basics or learn new skills so that you can bring in a prized gobbler. Turkey biology, hunting strategies, firearms, and ammunition will be discussed. All ages are welcome but children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Visit mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents to sign up. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3434.

April 5: 1-2-3 Play with Me, 9:30–10:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This five-week program for families with children ages birth to 3 years provides developmentally appropriate play opportunities in a fun and relaxed social environment. Each week, different community expert will teach strategies for healthy child development, offer early literacy tips, and facilitate early interventions. This is a five-week program and classes will occur on April 5, 12, 19, and 26. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

April 6: Glass Garden Stakes with Jane McCaulley (Ages 9+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Wondering how you can spice up your garden this spring? Join Jane McCaulley and make your own beautiful, glass garden stake! Cost: $40. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 6: Little Acorns: Hooray for Hummingbirds! (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Did you know that hummingbirds will soon arrive in our area for their summer nesting season? Bring your little one and discover more about these adorable, tiny birds! No registration required. Cost: Free. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

April 8: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Botanical Bead Bracelets (Ages 15+), 6:00–9:00pm at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Expand your accessories by creating your own bead bracelets! Participants will make beads from translucent clay and can add botanical items, like bark, seeds, flowers, and natural dyes. While the clay cures, discover additional ways to fashion beads and jewelry. Registration required by noon the Friday before class. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 per person (clay and materials provided). More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

April 11: Little Acorns: Hooray for Hummingbirds! (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Did you know that hummingbirds will soon arrive in our area for their summer nesting season? Bring your little one and discover more about these adorable, tiny birds! No registration required. Cost: Free. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

April 12: 1-2-3 Play with Me, 9:30–10:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This five-week program for families with children ages birth to 3 years provides developmentally appropriate play opportunities in a fun and relaxed social environment. Each week, different community expert will teach strategies for healthy child development, offer early literacy tips, and facilitate early interventions. This is a five-week program and classes will occur on April 5, 12, 19, and 26. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

April 13: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Scare-Critters (Ages 6+), 9:00am–Noon at Pawpaw Patch Productions (4940 Highway 43). This project was inspired by the scarecrows in Thailand and colorful Mexican art. Join Cyndi Cogbill to make your own version of a scarecrow using bright, colorful designs. We will make and share polymer clay canes for the decorations on each critter. During the curing process you will learn about scarecrows, American Indian gardening, and plant some seeds in the garden. Registration required by Noon the Thursday before class. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 per person, within a family, additional members are $12, adults helping a child are free (clay, all materials, tutorial provided, and nature program provided). Children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult). More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

April 13: Family Yoga with Kara Patterson (Ages 6–12 + Adult), 10:00–11:00am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Improve your health while having fun with your child! This class will provide participants with the basics of yoga, so there’s no previous yoga experience needed. Learn breathing exercises, partner poses, challenging poses, group poses, and fun yoga games! Cost: $10. More information: Jade Henning,jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 13: Catfishing for Beginners (Ages 6+), 10:00am–2:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Learn the basics of catfishing, including catfish identification, strategies, rules and regulations, equipment, cleaning, and cooking your catfish. Fishing equipment will be provided but you may bring your own. Ages 6 and up are welcome but all children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Those 16 years and older will be required to have a valid Missouri fishing license. Registration is required. Visit mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents to sign up. No organized groups, please. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

April 13: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Wildcat Glades Park, Pavilion  (201 E Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. This is a great opportunity to help kids during these months they might be experiencing a little angst from being cooped up. Please sign up by following the instructions on their Facebook page. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. This class is for ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free. 

April 13: Preschool Nature Connections: Time with Turtle (Ages 3–6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Glades Park, Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Ready to become a turtle expert? Discover basic facts about turtles, learn about different species, sing turtle-related songs, create a turtle craft, and meet live turtles! Registration is required. See the Facebook Page for registration. This class is for ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713. Cost: Free.

April 19: 1-2-3 Play with Me, 9:30–10:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This five-week program for families with children ages birth to 3 years provides developmentally appropriate play opportunities in a fun and relaxed social environment. Each week, different community expert will teach strategies for healthy child development, offer early literacy tips, and facilitate early interventions. This is a five-week program and classes will occur on April 5, 12, 19, and 26. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

April 20: Explore and Play Garden Day (Ages 1–5), 10:00–11:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Get ready to have FUN! This 90-minute event for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers only happens once a month, making it extra special. Opportunities for play-based learning using themes are offered throughout the Children’s Department. Each station encourages adult-child play and teaches early literacy skills. Come Explore with us! More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

April 20: Mimosas & Marbling with Jordan Murdock (Ages 21+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Expand your wardrobe by making a beautiful, marbled silk scarf while sipping mimosas! Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 20: Male Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 18+), 11:00am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Figure drawing can be difficult but improve your skills with the help of instructor Sandra Conrad and a professional nude model! Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

April 20: Mushroom ID for Beginners (Ages 10+), 1:00–4:00pm at Walter Woods Conservation Area (7129 Dutch Elm Dr). Identifying mushrooms can be tricky and, in a survival situation, vital. Join Dan Liles, President of the Southwest Chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society, and learn the essentials of mushroom identification. Then, put your skills to the test by searching for mushrooms. Registration is required. Visit mdc.mo.gov/SouthwestEvents to sign up. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

April 26: 1-2-3 Play with Me, 9:30–10:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This five-week program for families with children ages birth to 3 years provides developmentally appropriate play opportunities in a fun and relaxed social environment. Each week, different community expert will teach strategies for healthy child development, offer early literacy tips, and facilitate early interventions. This is a five-week program and classes will occur on April 5, 12, 19, and 26. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

April 27: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Botanical Bead Bracelets Family Class (6+), 9:00am–12:00pm at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Looking for a fun, creative way to spend the day? Bring your family and create your own bead bracelets! Craft unique beads from polymer clay and botanical items, like seeds or flower petals. While the clay beads cure, enjoy a special program revolving around plants. This class is designed specifically for families. Registration required by Noon the Thursday before class. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 per person, within a family, additional members are $12, adults helping a child are free (clay and materials provided). Children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult). More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd): 

Tuesdays: 9:00am–Noon
Wednesdays: 4:30–7:30pm

Painting with Pam Leisenring at Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd). Pam has been teaching fine art classes privately for 32 years and continues to bring individualized instruction to expand the artistic experience of beginners and established artists alike. Each student chooses a preferred medium (Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolors, etc.) and subject matter. These are ongoing classes and students may join at any time. New members always welcome. More information: Pam Leisenring, 417.781.3839. $20 per class, all materials provided for first class. 

Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30am, 10:45am, & 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Wow! Wiggling, giggling, singing, shaking, it all happens on   Tuesdays! This 40 minute play- and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy development through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: Birth to 2 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4:00–4:45pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Ready for some furry fun? This program for independent readers allows children in K-5th grade to practice their skills by reading to certified Therapy Dogs. The library supplies the books and the dogs, and the children become storytellers. Registration takes place the day of the event at the Children’s Desk.This program is suggested for independent readers who are in K-5th grades. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Silliness is our specialty! The library staff use this 30 minute story time to share our favorite short stories, simple songs, and rhymes. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 3 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11:00am at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop early literacy skills are offered and family participation is encouraged. At-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 4 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Library staff read stories, sing songs, share jokes and rhymes, use finger plays, felt boards, and puppets, and offer hands-on activities to help develop early literacy skills. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested Age: 2 to 5 years. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: Children’s Maker Cart (Grades 1–5), 2:00–3:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This program for children in 1st through 5th grades uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. This program is offered on first and third Sundays from 2:00–3:00pm in the Children’s Department. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St): 

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2:00–6:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Calling all “big kids” for a weekly drop-in painting class for adults! Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 4 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches realism watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. The fee is $20 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30am at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Local Color artists will be leading an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided by the instructor. Let Local Color help you discover your inner artist or perhaps help you build upon your current skills. Class size is limited to six, so students must register prior to each Wednesday session. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels – beginner to advanced! Cost: $30 per class. More information: Sandy Robinson, 417.553.0835.

RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

Thursdays & Fridays: 7:00–9:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am–Noon | 1:00–3:00pm | 7:00–9:00pm
Sundays: 2:00–4:00pm

Discover your inner-artist! No experience required. Come Relax, Sip, Visit, and Paint! Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend, but you must be 21 to drink alcohol. Feel free to arrive 15 minutes early to get settled in. Cost: $38–$78. Click here to see class offerings. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.

Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St): 

Tuesdays: Creation Station with Sandra Conrad (Ages 6–11), 3:45–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop in Tuesday afternoons and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture, and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited in this popular class. The class is held weekly on Tuesdays from January 15-May 14. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 pre-registration ($8 at the door).

Saturdays: Mini Makers with Amy Mullins (Ages 3–5), 10:30–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). These workshops are for the smallest artists in your family! At each session, students will create projects around a theme.  Led by teacher and artist Amy Mullins. Get ready for an hour of fun and creativity for you little ones! Adult must accompany child. The class is held weekly on Saturday’s from January 5-May 18. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. 

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St):

Fridays: Date Night, until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Firehouse Pottery-Joplin has something just for you. Friday nights are date night 2-for-1 studio fees until 8:00pm for all couples. More information: 417.553.0671. 

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (Ages 18+), until 8:00pm at Firehouse Pottery-Joplin (112 S Main St). Ladies! Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening with Firehouse Pottery-Joplin and free studio fees as well. More information: 417.553.0671.


OPEN STUDIOS & CLUBS:

First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Monthly  Children’s department program for chess players  of  all experience  levels. No registration required. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

Mondays & Fridays: All-Day Open Studio at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes are available for $125 each. Same rules for equipment use apply if you come during class. Drop in any other time with and appointment. 

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4:00pm–7:30pm on Tuesday and 9:30am–2:30pm on Saturday at the Joplin Public Library Makerspace (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library, Joplin Public Library, and Joplin Makers have partnered for Second Saturday Makerspace Open Studio events. 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 maker space. Use of all makerspace equipment is free (though a small fee applies to 3D prints) and open to the public. Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian to use the maker space during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953 x1041.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Open Studio, 5:00–9:00pm at RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St). RSVPaint Joplin is combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: infojop@rsvpaint.com.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

***This list is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit connect2culture.org/arts-calendar. Better yet! Subscribe to the Joplin Arts & Cultural Calendar and receive weekly emails detailing the latest arts and cultural offerings.