December 2019

Posted on Nov 26, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in December 2019? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout the month. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Connect2Culture presents “It Must Be Christmas” with David Phelps on Sunday, December 15th. See “Performances” for details.


PERFORMANCES:

December 1: Jimi Hendrix Birthday Celebration feat. Chris Duarte, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Celebrate the genius guitarist, Jimi Hendix, with a night of Jimi’s music, featuring guitar legend, Christ Duarte, and special guests, Dave Renko and Doug Dicharry. There is a suggested, minimum 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.

December 4­–8: Joplin Little Theatre: Return of the Christmas Kid, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). The Toy Box owner Calvin is visited by two angels that take him on a ride through Christmas of yesteryear to show him what he’s lost in his life. Come see this hybrid of A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and It’s a Wonderful Life! This show will make you laugh, cry, and remember why we celebrate Christmas. This show takes place in The Toy Box and JLT’s created a chance for you to give back.  Bring a new, unwrapped toy and place it on JLT’s stage. After the production, all of the toys will be donated to The Salvation Army to help brighten a child’s Christmas. Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors/Students $15, Children $8. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

December 5–8: Elf: The Musical, 7:00pm (Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm) at Ozark Christian College Chapel (1111 N Main St). Based on the holiday classic, Elf: The Musical follows Buddy, a human raised by Santa Claus’ elves. When Buddy discovers he’s not an elf, he travels to New York City to meet his father, but quickly realizes that his birth family is in desperate need of Christmas cheer. Tickets: Adults $10, Children (ages 12 and under) $5, Groups of 10+ $8, Under Balcony $5. More information: Carolyn Hardison, hardison.carolyn@occ.edu, 417.626.1221.

December 7: Karen’s Dance Studio: Magic of the Season, 10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, and 6:00pm at East Middle School, Auditorium (4594 E 20th St). A fun, informal, production from Karen’s Dance Studio showcasing dancers of all ages embracing the magic of the season through various styles of dance. Enjoy the performance, take pictures with Santa Claus, and bring a toy to donate to the Lafayette House’s toy drive! There will be four different performances throughout the day at 10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, and 6:00pm. Admission: $2. More information: Nicole Amayo, info@karensdancestudio.com, 417.623.1093.

December 7: 10th Annual Seasonal Choral Flourish, 1:00pm and 7:30pm at St. Peter’s the Apostle Catholic Church (812 Pearl Ave). This highly-anticipated, annual performance by the MSSU Choral Department, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. The concert will feature the Missouri Southern Chamber Singers, Madrigal Singers, and Concert Chorale, with Dr. David Sharlow conducting and accompaniment by Glenda Austin. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

December 8: Choral Society Concert, 3:00pm at First Community Church (2007 E 15th St). Receive some Christmas cheer from the MSSU Choral Society’s annual holiday recital! With familiar Christmas songs, like Silver Bells and Frosty the Snowman, and powerful, new selections, this performance will put anyone in the holiday spirit. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

December 10: Ian Moore Acoustic House Concert (Ages 10+), 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Guitar player and singer/songwriter Ian Moore was propelled into stardom with the release of his debut album in 1993. Since then, his 30+ year musical career has been a whirlwind of tours, TV appearances, award-winning albums, and record-breaking songs. Today, Moore continues to create spectacular music that combines his stunning guitar prowess with his soulful vocals. Don’t miss this music legend! There is a suggested, minimum 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.

December 12–23: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: A Charlie Brown Christmas, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Celebrate the most magical time of the year with a real-life performance of this beloved Christmas cartoon! All ages welcome. General admission tickets will be sold at the door 45 minutes before show time. No one will be seated after the show begins. Tickets: Adults $10, Children 13 and under $5. More information: Tammy Aggus, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

December 15: Four State Symphonic Winds Concert, 4:00pm at Webb City High School Auditorium (621 N Madison St, Webb City, MO). A night of spectacular music from some of the region’s finest musicians. A wind band comprised of talented, adult musicians, the Four State Symphonic Winds’ performance is sure to please. Free and open to the public. More information: Craig Fuchs, information-cfuchs@pittstate.edu.

December 15: Connect2Culture: David Phelps “It Must Be Christmas,” 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 Indiana Ave). With a vocal range spanning more than three octaves, David Phelps has led an astounding career beginning when he was just a child. Starting with small performances at his church, Phelps found his passion for performing and was inspired to share his remarkable, natural gift. Graduating from Baylor University with a degree in vocal performance, Phelps joined the award-winning Gaither Vocal Band. Phelps served as the group’s tenor for more than 15 years, helping secure nine Dove Awards and one Grammy. In 2017, Phelps left the Gaither Vocal Band to pursue a global, solo career. Today, Phelps remains a worldwide icon for the gospel genre and enjoys an expanding fan-base, while juggling his successful career with home and family. With Christmas classics like you’ve never heard them before, and new songs that will become Christmas staples – It Must Be Christmas with David Phelps truly captures the meaning of the most wonderful time of the year. Tickets: $50 Orchestra, $40 Mezzanine and Front Balcony, $30 Back Balcony. Tickets may be purchased at connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550, or at Joplin Empire Market on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14. This performance is part of Connect2Culture’s Curtains Up Series 2019/2020. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.


EVENTS:

November 22January 31: The Winter Gift Gallery at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway). The Winter Gift Gallery is a pop-up shop that offers a wide variety of products from local artists and creators. Pop into Bookhouse Cinema on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during operating hours to peruse the Winter Gift Gallery’s stellar selection of items available, including art, jewelry, décor, clothing, books, music, and more! More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

December 1: Film: A Genius Remembered, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). This 30-minute film explores the life of George Washington Carver, told by people who actually knew him and by others whose work was influenced by his great legacy. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 1: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 3:00–4:30pm at Spiva Park (Joplin, MO). Take some time to pitch in and help make our downtown look great! Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes, or gloves. The Clean Team will meet at Spiva Park and work between 1st–4th on Main Street. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

December 1: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

December 5: RKO Floor Show: Open Auditions, 10:00am at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Looking to be a part of the RKO Floor show? Now’s your chance! The RKO Floor Show is hosting auditions for their 2020 season. Auditionees can try out for multiple roles and must perform two scenes during their audition. Open roles (and the scenes performed for auditions) include Frankenfurter (Sweet Transvestite and Full Floor Show), Janet (Toucha Toucha and Floor Show), Brad (Dammit Janet and Floor Show), Columbia (Time Warp and Floor Show), Eddie/Dr. Scott (Hot Patootie and Eddie’s Teddy), Rocky (Sword of Damocles and Floor Show), and Riff Raff (Time Warp and Take Over). RKO Floor Show is also seeking a Call Back Captain. Free and open to the public. More information: Stevie Rose, therkofloorshow@gmail.com, 417.825.5161, or message them on Facebook.

December 6: Opening Reception: End of Our Lease by MSSU Seniors, 5:00–8:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Celebrate the skill and accomplishments of six Missouri Southern seniors, whose artwork is featured in the latest exhibit, End of Our Lease. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

December 6: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Newton’s Jewelers – Joplin (428 S Main St). 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, as well. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. The Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. This month’s event will be held at Newton’s Jewelers. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

December 6: VSM Joplin: December First Friday, 7:00–10:00pm (Social Dance 8:00pm) at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Learn the art of swing dance with Vintage Swing Movement Joplin! A beginner’s swing dance lesson will take place at 7:00pm, followed by a social dance with live jazz at 8:00pm. Dance the night away, listen to some incredible jazz music by Freddie Green & Friends, grab a drink, and enjoy the speakeasy atmosphere of Joplin Avenue Coffee Company. Cost: $5. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

December 7: 2019 Breakfast with Santa, 8:00–10:00am at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Santa is taking a break from his holiday schedule to have breakfast with all the good children of Joplin! This come-and-go event includes a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and biscuits and gravy. Children can visit with Santa after breakfast and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. Registration required by December 4, 2019. Register here or by calling 417.625.4750. Cost: $6 per person. Children two and under are admitted for free. More information: Joplin Parks and Recreation, parks@joplinmo.org, 417.625.4750.

December 7: 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. Package tickets, as well as individual tickets will be available. Click here to learn more about C2C’s Curtains Up Series. Tickets are also available online. C2C’s Pop-Up Box Office is held on the three consecutive Saturday’s before a Curtains Up Series performance. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

December 7: Natural Holiday Crafts, 10:30am–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Drop in anytime to make simple, holiday ornaments from natural materials! Materials will be provided, kids need to bring their creativity and parents need to provide guidance. Please bring a bag to carry your ornaments home. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

December 7: Photos with Santa, 11:00am–2:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Jane Ballard Photography and Joplin Empire Market are teaming up to capture a magical moment between your family and Santa Claus! All ages welcome. Cost: $10 for each shareable digital and one 4×6 printed (four additional 4×6 prints can be purchased onsite for an extra $10). More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

December 7: Holiday Open House, 1:00–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Celebrate the holiday season at George Washington Carver National Monument with seasonal music, interpretive programs, crafts, and refreshments! The Tri Statesmen Barbershop Chorus will perform at 1:00pm followed by Joplin High School Strings at 2:00pm. Carver’s Christmas Cards will be on display and participants can create holiday crafts, like epiphany luminaries, origami Santas, wood carvings, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 7: Victorian Christmas Open House, 1:00–3:00pm at Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 Schifferdecker Ave). A (very) old-fashioned, Christmas open house! Enjoy refreshments, take pictures with people in period dress, and create your very own Victorian ornament. To top it all off, Santa Claus will stop in for a visit! All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Stacy, joplinmuseum@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180.

December 7: Post Art Library Holiday Tea, 2:00–4:00pm at Post Art Library, Post Reading Room (1901 E 20th St). Get into the holiday spirit by enjoying tea, holiday treats, and performances by the Thomas Jefferson Cavalier Chorus and Thomas Jefferson String Ensemble. Performances will take place between 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

December 7: Short-Eared Owl Hike (Ages 12+), 4:30pm at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area (160 SW 160th Ln, Mindenmines, MO). When winter begins in Missouri, short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits, and other small mammals. Discover more about these uncommon winter residents. Bring the family and dress for the weather for this easy-rated hike. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

December 8: Gallery Brunch, 11:00am–2:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Enjoy a scrumptious brunch in Spiva’s Main Gallery surrounded by the electric Membership Show. Take your pick of the mouth-watering dishes in the full breakfast and lunch buffets, all catered by Golden Goodies. Advance reservations are required. Go to spivaarts.org/events/ for reservations. Cost: $20 per person. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

December 8: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

December 9 & 10: Death Trap Auditions, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). Written by Ira Levin, Death Trap holds the record for the longest running comedy/thriller on Broadway and was nominated for four Tony Awards. It provides twists and turns of devilish cleverness and offers hilariously sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be spellbound until the very last moment. The subsequent 1982 movie starred Christopher Reeve, Michael Cain, and Dyan Cannon. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

December 10 & 11: Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am (Wednesday 1:00pm) at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Stop in anytime to help the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center staff count the birds at their feeders and to learn about Project FeederWatch. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

December 12: Holiday Open House, 5:00–7:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation & Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Join the Missouri Department of Conservation and Wildcat Glades Friends Group as they celebrate the holidays with light refreshments and holiday activities for kids! The Nature Store will be open for shopping, offering a 10% store-wide discount, so you can find the perfect gift for the nature-lover on your shopping list. Stop by any time. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 12: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at the 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 $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

December 12: Master Naturalist Training: Public Interest Meeting (Ages 18+), 6:30–8:30pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Come discover how Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service! This orientation meeting is for individuals interested in joining the local conservation service chapter. Members volunteer at public events, conduct education demonstrations, participate in field trips and citizen science projects, and hold social events tied to a shared love of nature. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

December 13 & 14: Holiday Open House, 4:00–7:00pm (Saturday 10:00am–5:00pm) in Downtown Joplin. A weekend of holiday cheer, all at the boutiques and shops in Downtown Joplin! Enjoy sales, giveaways, treats, drinks, and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

December 13: Holiday Open House, 5:30–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Local Color’s Holiday Open House! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself. Enjoy refreshments while meeting Local Color’s award-winning artists and perusing the spectacular art on display. Items for sale include pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more. Free and open to the public. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

December 13: Night Market Before Christmas, 6:00–10:30pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Join the Empire Market for the last night market of the year! The Night Market Before Christmas will feature both spooky and festive themes alike, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, live music, unique vendor offerings, and more! All ages welcome. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

December 14: Trout Fishing (Ages 12+), 8:00am–Noon at River State Park (12716 Farm Road 2239, Cassville, MO). The second part of the Trout Fishing and Fly Tying class from December 6, participants can practice their newly acquired skills and reel in a prized trout! Meet at Roaring River State Park. All supplies will be provided, but if you have your own fishing equipment, feel free to bring it. Registration required. Click here to register. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

December 14: Christmas Bird Count, 8:00am–1:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Whether an experienced birder or a beginner, you can help members of the Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter count birds for this fun citizen science activity. Data collected will be used to help track long-term trends in bird populations. Visit the Ozark Gateway Audubon Chapter on Facebook to learn more. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

December 14: 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. Package tickets, as well as individual tickets will be available. Click here to learn more about C2C’s Curtains Up Series. Tickets are also available online. C2C’s Pop-Up Box Office is held on the three consecutive Saturday’s before a Curtains Up Series performance. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

December 14 & 15: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11:00am–1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 14: Historic Murphysburg Preservation: “Home for the Holidays,” 1:00–6:00pm (doors 12:30pm) at Unity Joplin (204 N Jackson Ave). Step back in time for a glimpse into turn-of-the-century Joplin with a Holiday Homes Tour of nine private historic homes. Four of the decorated homes are in the Historic Murphysburg District on South Sergeant Avenue between 3rd and 6th Streets, three are in the North Heights Neighborhood, and two are in the heart of downtown. The tour begins at Unity Joplin, where tickets can be purchased and booklets can be obtained. Tickets can be purchased in advance here or at Blythe Mercantile. Tickets: $20 In Advance, $25 Day Of. More information: Paula Callihan, murphysburg@gmail.com, 417.483.3116.

December 14: Old Joplin Flashlight Walking Tour, 7:00–9:30pm at Blythe Mercantile (107 W 2nd St). Hear the history and ghost tales of Joplin! Downtown Joplin Alliance and Paranormal Science Lab proudly present a Flashlight Walking Tour in downtown Joplin, Missouri. Walking tour begins at Blythe Mercantile. Cash or credit card at the door. Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Kids (14 and under). More information: blythemercantile@gmail.com.

December 15: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

December 16: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). A poetry reading and open mic event! Open mic sign-up begins at 6:00pm. Featured reader begins at 6:15pm. Open mic readings follow at 7:00pm. This event occurs on the third Monday of each month – same place, same time. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

December 17: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Meeting, 10:30am–2:30pm at Peace Lutheran Church (3100 N Saint Louis Ave). Get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy a day of fellowship and fun with the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters! Although there will be no speaker, there’s still plenty to do. Enjoy a delicious, Christmas potluck, watch the installation of the newest officers, and exchange gifts with your Secret Pal. Membership is open to quilters of all ages and abilities. Dues are $20 annually. Any adult can attend two meetings prior to becoming a member. More information: Kathy Knapp, knappka@gmail.com, 417.825.7078.

December 19: Downtown Window Decorating Competition Awards Ceremony, 2:00pm at Joplin City Hall (602 S Main St). Find out which downtown organization put the most Christmas cheer into their holiday decorations! Downtown Joplin Alliance will award trophies to winning contestants in the following categories: Most Lights, Most Humorous, and Most Festive. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

December 21 & 22: Film: Christmas in Yellowstone, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Stretching across more than 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone National Park was designated America’s first national park in 1872. Only a small fraction of visitors experience the park during the winter months, a time when nature’s inhospitality is matched only by its serenity. This film will last about 52 minutes. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 22: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

December 28: 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. Guests and members are welcome 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: Marta Churchwell, joplinrac@gmail.com.

December 28 & 29: Film: The Tuskegee Airmen, 11:00am at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In 1941, with the world at war, a select group of African Americans made their way to Tuskegee, Alabama, with dreams of becoming the first black fighter pilots in the country. This documentary explores the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

December 29: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9:00pm (Sign-Up 8:30pm) at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10:00pm. 21+ from 10:00pm until close. Admission: Free. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.


EXHIBITS:

December 15 – January 16: K-12 Art Show at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Admire artwork from children of all ages! This non-competitive exhibit is arranged by grade level in order to show creative development by grade. It includes a variety of 2D and 3D works including paintings, clay sculptures, cardboard constructions, and works made from found objects. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

December 7 – January 31: Meet the Posts at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, invites you to meet Dr. Winfred L. and Elizabeth C. Post through a display about the Posts, the Post Foundation, and Post Art Library. Why does the library have a Post Reading Room? Who are those people in the portraits hanging near the fireplace? What is Post Art Library? These questions and more are answered through Post family artifacts, books, and photographs. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

December 2 – 13: End of Our Lease by MSSU Seniors at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). A wide range of artwork created in different media is the main focus in the senior exhibit, End of Our Lease. Aptly named, the exhibit showcases six students’ work before their anticipated graduation. Featured artists include Marilyn Alvarez, Madelyn Gale, Matthew Harris, Carla Rea, Amber Wagner, and Hampton Yust. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

December 2 – January 5: The Missouri Rockets aka Radio City Rockettes at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). Contrary to popular belief, the Radio City Rockettes dance troupe did not originate in New York. The troupe originated in St. Louis, Missouri and were known as The Missouri Rockets. Visit The Missouri Rockets aka Radio City Rockettes display in the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library to learn about some of the troupe’s original members. Display courtesy of Charlotte Trautman. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

December 2 – January 6: Schifferdecker Electric Park by White Buffalo Sign Co. at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). A blast from the past! Get a glimpse of Joplin’s past with White Buffalo Sign Co.’s Schifferdecker Electric Park and other local, historical tidbits. Displayed in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

December 1 – 31: Gwen’s Paintings on Tea Bags  by Gwen Bosworth Bogart at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Artist Gwen Bosworth Bogart has a passion for art and creativity as well as for the environment. An art teacher in Kansas City, she creates whimsical, watercolor scenes on recycled tea bags in order to “save waste and make art.” More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

December 1 – 31: Whimsy in Clay by Cathy Broski at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). An artist from Kansas City, Cathy Broski hand forms imaginative sculptures. These one-of-a-kind, playful pieces add beauty and appeal to any home. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

November 1 – December 21: JRAC: ARTerior MOtives at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) once again takes over the Upstairs Gallery with a beautiful collection of art that represents an impressive variety of mediums and talent. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 12 – December 14: 72nd Membership Show at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Back for its 72nd year, Spiva’s Membership Show honors the wide range of passions and creativity its members channel into their work. Almost 100 local artists’ work will be displayed, featuring a variety of mediums and styles. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 12 – December 21: Catherine Kirkland: What’s the Point? at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Lenexa artist, Catherine Kirkland, answers the question, “What’s the Point?” through each vivid piece in her series of pointillist paintings. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

October 8 – January 8: Grind: Giving Real Inspiration Never Diminishes by Brett Dorrance at Post Art Library (1901 E 20th St). This solo show is comprised of a typographic sculpture with corresponding posters. Artist Brett Dorrance’s background knowledge of graphic design and 3D design is displayed in a pragmatic, modern, and uplifting way. He has a large interest in motivational messages and helping others from the bottom to the top. His desire is for the viewer to walk away with a sense of encouragement. “We all go through a daily GRIND no matter what the circumstances are,” said Dorrance. “I want that daily GRIND to be applied in a way that brings success and hope, not destruction or failure.” Dorrance’s exhibit will be displayed in The Bramlage Willcoxon Foundation Gallery.Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.


CLASSES:

December 4: Preschool Nature Connections: The After Christmas Tree, 1:00–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation & Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Learn how to keep the spirit of giving alive even after Christmas is over! Create items to feed birds and other animals that live outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. To register, click here or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 5: Instructed Canvas: Snow Globe, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Capture the beauty and whimsy of winter in this fun, customizable snow globe painting! No experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

December 6: Ornaments, Crosses, and Trivets, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Create your own unique, clay ornaments, crosses, or trivets with artist Christina Lorenzen. All materials included. Cost: $35 per person. Click here to sign up. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

December 6: Trout Fishing and Fly Tying (Ages 12+), 6:00–8:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Sharpen your fly-fishing skills or begin developing them! This course is designed for both experts and beginners and will cover trout and other species of fish that can be caught with fly fishing equipment, what flies and lures to use, and other strategies to catch more fish. Meet at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center on Friday, December 6 to talk fly fishing and fly tying with hands-on demonstrations from local experts. Then, on Saturday, December 14, meet at Roaring River State Park to practice your new skills and try out that new fly. All supplies will be provided, but if you have your own fishing equipment, feel free to bring it. Registration required. Click here to register. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

December 7: Family Fun Painting Class (Ages 8+), 11:00am–1:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Looking to unleash your inner artist? Come paint all the things you love! Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Rosso Fiorentino’s Musical Angel, Moss’ Christmas Trees, or Isabel Coppedge’s Winter Scene. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Cost is $30. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

December 7: Stained Glass Ornaments, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Learn about the fine craft of glass with Jane McCaulley and create your own stained glass ornament! Click here to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $40 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

December 7: Resin Ornaments with Jade Henning (Ages 12+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Preserve small keepsakes or original designs of your own to hang on your tree for years to come. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

December 11: Siblings Improv Sessions, 7:30–9:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Drop into Spiva for this free improv workshop hosted by Siblings Improv! These no-pressure-loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

December 12: Vino & Van Gogh, 6:00–8:30pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Vino & Van Gogh is a monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your very own version of an impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint: Rosso Fiorentino’s Musical Angel, Moss’ Christmas Trees, or Isabel Coppedge’s Winter Scene. All materials are furnished, plus good eats and old/new friends! Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

December 13: Little Acorns: Furry Scurry (Ages 3-6), 10:30–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). If you’re furry, you don’t need to worry about a cold winter flurry. Want to know why? Then hurry to the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center to learn more about mammals and their fur. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

December 13: Nature Explorers: Fishing Lure DIY (Ages 7–12), 6:00–8:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation & Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Hooked on fishing? Learn more about Missouri’s fish, discover the best bait to attract one, and create your own lure to take home! To register, click here or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 14: Preschool Nature Connections: The After Christmas Tree, 10:00–11:00am at Shoal Creek Conservation & Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Learn how to keep the spirit of giving alive even after Christmas is over! Create items to feed birds and other animals that live outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. To register, click here or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 14: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15–11:45am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). 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. Registration required. To register, click here or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 14: Christmas Ornament Painting with April Davis, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Celebrate the holiday spirit and create your own, hand-painted Christmas ornament. Click here to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $25 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

December 14: Nature Christmas Crafts (Ages 7-12), Noon–1:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Use items from nature to create unique Christmas ornaments & decorations! Participants can make and take up to three items each. Registration required. To register, click here or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

December 14: Clay Jewelry Stand with Sandra Conrad (Ages 12+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Just in time for the holidays! Create your own functional art piece to give as a gift or to keep for yourself! Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

December 20: Acrylic Painting with April Davis, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Learn more about the art of acrylic painting. Whether you’re looking to make a last-minute gift or unwind from the stress of the holidays, this class is for you! Click here to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $30 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

December 21: Clay Angels, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Craft your own clay angel with the guidance of artist Christina Lorenzen. Click here to sign up. All materials included. Cost: $40 per person. More information: April Davis, aprildavis777@yahoo.com, 417.358.6329.

December 21: Little Acorns: Furry Scurry (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). If you’re furry, you don’t need to worry about a cold winter flurry. Want to know why? Then hurry to the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center to learn more about mammals and their fur. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.


RECURRING CLASSES:

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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org,  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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

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

Tuesdays: Creation Station (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. Sponsored by Dr. John and Joy Cragin. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free and open to the public. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

Second & Fourth Saturdays: Vet Art with Sandra Conrad, 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Instructor Sandra Conrad will lead participants every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month in a variety of art projects using different mediums. Pre-registration is required. This free event is open to all Active Military, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans and their families. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

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

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 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. Cost: $20. More information: Paula Giltner, jnpgiltner@hotmail.com.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10:00am–2:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St). Discover your inner artists or build upon your current skills! Enjoy experimental painting class lead by Donna Roberts, who will be using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information: Donna Roberts, h2rdmr@aol.com, 417.623.3727. 

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, sandyrob@cableone.net, 417.553.0835.

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.

Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St):

Saturdays: Drop-In Class (Ages 12+), 10:00am–Noon at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio (3820 E 20th St). Get behind the potter’s wheel and practice throwing clay or learn a new skill in this drop-in class! Approximate turnaround time for finished work is 3-4 weeks. Calling in advance is recommended to ensure there is space available. Drop-in classes can also be accommodated throughout the week with an appointment. Instruction, glazing and firing included. Cost: $30 per person, plus clay fee. More information: Suzi Huntington, joplincrackpotpottery@gmail.com, 417.623.1455.

Create N Sip (223 W 3rd St):

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create N Sip Studios 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: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10:00am at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$176. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin (110 S Main St):

First Mondays: Recycled Art Class, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Get creative while recycling! Participate in this monthly class and create art from everyday items that often end up in the trash. Free and open to the public. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, 417.499.1525.

Second Mondays: Quilting for the Community, 1:00–3:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Do you have a knack for making quilts? Attend this monthly event and use your talents to make quilts for disabled and needy citizens in the community! Free and open to the public. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, 417.499.1525.

First & Third Tuesdays: Soul Line Dancing, 6:00–8:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have fun! Learn new and old line dances while exercising and dancing to some of your favorite R&B hits. Free and open to the public. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, 417.499.1525.


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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

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, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.

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, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.2184.

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