January 2020

Posted on Dec 30, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in January 2020? We have all the details on arts, culture, and entertainment in Joplin, MO, throughout the month. Scroll through and share with friends…

Featured Image: Ray Scott at The Coda Concert House. See below in “Performances” for more information.


PERFORMANCES:

January 25: Ray Scott House Concert, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). A rare find in country music today, Ray Scott captivates audiences with his honest, authentic lyrics and signature wit. Scott’s distinctive, southern voice has contributed to the success of his critically acclaimed, debut album, My Kind of Music, as well as his popular singles, like Crazy Like Me or Rayality. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $20. 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.

January 29–February 2: Death Trap, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 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. May not be of interest to young children. Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students, $8 Children. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

January 30–February 9: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin: Alice in Wonderland, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). Lewis Carroll’s classic, whimsical tale brought to life on stage! Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland for a variety of unique adventures and encounters with strange characters. Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Children under 13. More information: Tammy Aggus, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.


EVENTS:

Monthly on Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs, and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

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.

January 1: First Day Hike, 8:00am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Start 2020 out right with a beautiful, morning hike! All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

January 2: Animal Bingo (Ages 5+), 1:00–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Looking for a fun family activity to beat cabin fever? Enjoy a game of bingo that has a fun and educational twist. Win prizes and see some live animals, too. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

January 2: 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.

January 3: Unity in the Community – Free Youth Night, 5:00–11:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Description TBA. Free and open to the public. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

January 3: Vintage Swing Movement Joplin: January First Friday, 7:00–10:00pm (Social Dance 8:00pm) at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Celebrate the return of the Roaring 20’s and 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. Come dressed in 1920s attire, 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.

January 4: Kids Christmas Bird Count (Ages 7-17), 9:00am–1:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Kids, enjoy a morning just for you and the birds. Discover the excitement of bird watching through the annual Christmas Bird Count. Experienced birders from the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society Chapter and local staff will lead mentored birding experiences. Remember to bring binoculars if you have some, dress for the weather, and be prepared for a hike that is rated easy to moderate. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

January 4 & 5: George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In honor of George Washington Carver Day, watch a new Iowa PBS documentary, which highlights Carver’s complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

January 5: CSC Monthly Membership Meeting, 3:30pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Catch up with other members and hear about the latest happenings at the Minnie Hackney Community Service Center. Memberships are $70 per year. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

January 5: 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.

January 6: 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.

January 7: Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am & 1:00–4:00pm 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.

January 8: Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am & 1:00–4:00pm 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.

January 9: 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.

January 10: Opening Reception: Anonymous Women: Camouflage and Calamity by Patty Carrol, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Be among the first to see the memorable photographs featured in Patty Carrol’s exhibit Anonymous Women: Camouflage and Calamity. The 2019 PhotoSpiva juror, Carrol is a celebrated photographer whose work will stretch your imagination. Free and open the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 10: Opening Reception: Flexible Itineraries Far From the Madding Tour Bus by Ron Erwin and Thao Nguyen, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Experience the hauntingly beautiful wonder depicted in each of Ron Erwin and Thao Nguyen. Although the husband and wife duo travel together, they each have an individual way of interpreting the world around them through their work. Free and open the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 10: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm at Main Street Axe Company (215 S Wall Ave). This month’s WineShare will occur on the second Friday of January. 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. This month’s event will be held at Main Street Axe Company! As always, there is no charge to attend WineShare and everyone 21 years of age and older is welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

January 11: Artist Talk: Patty Carroll, 11:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Renowned photographer, educator, and PhotoSpiva 2019 juror, Patty Carroll, elaborates on the intricacies of her exhibit, Anonymous Women: Camouflage & Calamity. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 11: Opening Reception: K-12 Art Show (K-5), Noon–2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Celebrate the accomplishments of local kindergarten through fifth grade students, whose work is featured in this non-competitive exhibit! Another reception for grades 5-12 will be held from 2:00–4:00pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

January 11 & 12: Carver and Chemurgy, 1:00 pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO  64840). Discover the fascinating variety of synthetic, plant-based by-products that George Washington Carver produced and their enduring impact on our world. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

January 11: Opening Reception: K-12 Art Show (6-12), 2:00–4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Celebrate the accomplishments of local sixth through twelfth grade students, whose work is featured in this non-competitive exhibit! Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

January 11: Unity in the Community, 5:00–11:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Description TBA. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

January 12: 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.

January 14:  MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: The Lives of Others, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). A 2006 film from Germany, The Lives of Others follows Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer ordered to spy on a famous playwright and his lover, who are believed to be disloyal to the Communist Party. Over time, Wiesler becomes attached to the couple and must decide where his loyalties lie when his superior officer orders him to kill the playwright. Introduction by Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies. This film is a part of MSSU’s Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

January 16: Coffee with Carver: Expressions of the Soul, 10:00 am 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. Visit George Washington Carver National Monument and see images of Carver’s serene and tranquil pieces. After this presentation, there will be a still life workshop using oil pastels. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

January 18: 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.

January 18 & 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Film Celebration, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., watch this moving, 45-minute film, called Martin Luther King Jr: We Shall Overcome, which highlights some of his major speeches. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

January 18: Heartland Opera Theatre: Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-Along Fundraiser (Ages 21+), 4:00pm & 7:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Support Heartland Opera Theatre by attending this fun, sing-along event! Tickets cover additional admittance to the 6:15pm reception, which includes door prizes, hors d-oeuvres, a drink ticket, and popcorn. Tickets: $30 In Advance, $35 Day Of. More information: Michael Gregory, info@heartlandoperatheatre.com, 417.385.1454.

January 19: 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.

January 20: 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.

January 21: Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am & 1:00–4:00pm 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.

January 21: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Meeting, 10:30am–2:30pm at Peace Lutheran Church (3100 N Saint Louis Ave). A day of fellowship and quilting! At 10:30, learn new techniques with an educational class/video. Then, enjoy a potluck luncheon at noon, followed by featured speaker, Rollie Fraser, who will present a program entitled “How to Prepare Your Quilt to Take a Long Arm Quilter.” Afterwards, a business meeting and show and tell will take place. Any adult can attend two meetings prior to becoming a member. Dues are $20 a year and membership is open to quilters of all ages and abilities. More information: Kathy Knapp, knappka@gmail.com, 417-825-7078.

January 21: MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: Hero, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). A 2002 film from China, Hero is set in ancient China, during a period of war and strife. The king, who has endured three assassination attempts, has implemented a strict edict forbidding anyone to come within 100 paces of himself. However, he lifts this edict for a nameless protagonist, who approaches the king and recounts how he thwarted the assassination attempts. Introduction by Dr. Michel Howarth, director of the Honors Program. This film is a part of MSSU’s Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival. Free and open to the public. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

January 22: Project FeederWatch, 9:00–11:00am & 1:00–4:00pm 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.

January 24: Unity in the Community – Free Youth Night, 5:00–11:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Description TBA. Free and open to the public. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

January 25: 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.

January 25: 2nd Annual Empire Market Chili Cookoff, 10:00am–3:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Back by popular demand, the Joplin Empire Market’s Chili Cookoff will return on January 25! Put your favorite recipe to the test or come to taste all the delicious chili dishes and vote for your favorite. Judging begins at 10:30am and public tasting starts at 11:00am. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places as well as People’s Choice. Admission fees grant access to taste all chili and vote in People’s Choice. Cost: $5. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, ivy@joplinempiremarket.com, 417.986.3914.

January 25: Festival of Eagles, 10:00am–3:00pm at Veterans Memorial Park (774 Ozark St, Stella, MO). The fish-filled streams of southwest Missouri are a winter home to bald eagles – and you can view these majestic birds. The Missouri Master Naturalists, the community of Stella, and local MDC staff will provide spotting scopes and fun educational activities throughout the day. Stop by anytime. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

January 25: 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.

January 25 & 26: Man of Great Faith, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). George Washington Carver had a deep Christian faith that guided his life and work. Learn the story of his inspiration and what Carver credits for his success. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

January 25: Grown Folk MOTOWN, 7:00pm at Minnie Hackney Service Center (110 S Main St). Description TBA. Ages 21 and up BYOB. Memberships are $70 per year. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

January 26: 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.

January 27: Sherwood Speaker Series: “Robert Van Horn’s Civil War: Loyalty, Freedom, and the Evolution of the Border West,” 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). The Civil War remains a defining chapter in our nation’s history. Learn more about this significant part of American history as Jeremy Neely presents “Robert Van Horn’s Civil War: Loyalty, Freedom, and the Evolution of the Border West.” Free and open to the public. More information: Brad Belk, belk-b@mssu.edu, 417.625.9665.

January 28:  MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: El secreto de tus ojo (The Secret in Their Eyes), 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). A 2009 film from Argentina, this thrilling mystery follows Benjamín Espósito, a former criminal investigator who begins writing a book about the unsolved murder and rape of a newlywed, which still haunts him. Although he hopes that writing about the case will put his mind at ease, Benjamín’s recollection helps him make a shocking revelation. Introduction by Dr. Susana Liso, assistant professor of Spanish. This film is a part of MSSU’s Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival. Free and open to the public. More information: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

January 31: Unity in the Community – Free Youth Night, 5:00–11:00pm at Minnie Hackney Community Service Center (110 S Main St). Description TBA. Free and open to the public. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.


EXHIBITS:

January 21 – February 18: At the End of the Day by Dave Loewenstein at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Description TBA. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

January 11 – March 14: Flexible Itineraries: Far from the Madding Tourist Bus by Ron Erwin and Thao Nguyen at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). This exhibit features the photography of past PhotoSpiva winners and husband and wife, Ron Erwin and Thao Nguyen. Although they travel together, both photographers have unique ways of interpreting the world around them and each one excels in producing vivid, haunting depictions of far-away lands. Free and open the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 11 – March 7: Anonymous Women: Camouflage and Calamity by Patty Carrol at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva proudly presents the work of 2019 PhotoSpiva juror, Patty Carrol. Carrol’s photographic depictions of disguised female models and mannequins will stretch your imagination and may change the way you see the world around you. A one-of-a-kind, 3D installation will also be featured in the exhibit and will allow guests to see how this artist constructs her memorable photographs. Free and open the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

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 – 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.

October 8 – January 6: 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:

January 2: Board Art: Winter Berries, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create this wintry scene on a knotty pine board and let the natural beauty of the wood make your masterpiece even more unique. Cost: $38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 3: Snakes of Missouri (Ages 5+), 1:00–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Despite their scary appearances, most snakes in Missouri are harmless and play an important role in our ecosystems. Learn more about these misunderstood reptiles and see several live snakes. After the program, kids can make their own twirled snake to take home. Registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

January 3: DIY Workshop feat. Porch Posts, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Greet guests before you even open the door by creating a porch post and hanging sign set! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$48. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 4: Family Open Paint, 11:00am–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do with the family? Bring them to Create N Sip for this all ages, open paint event! Everyone can create their own unique piece, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 4: Instructed Painting: Winter Swing, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create a whimsical scene with this winter swing. You can choose to paint on a 16×20 canvas or 16×16 wood pallet. No experience needed! Cost: $38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 5: Family Canvas: Winter Magic, 2:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). The beauty and wonder of winter are hard to capture- but it’s always worth trying! All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 8: Preschool Nature Connections: Secrets of Winter (Ages 3-6), 10:00am at Joplin Empire Market (931 4th St). Where do some of the animals and insects go when it is cold and snowy? Do they snuggle down underground? Or curl up in a log? How about way down at the bottom of a pond? Learn these winter secrets and make a snowy craft. If weather allows, there may be a snowball toss, so bring a warm coat. Free and open to the public. This program is offered by Wildcat Glades Friends Group. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

January 9: 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: Matisse’s Flowers and Fruit, Van Gogh’s Landscape, or your pet! If you choose to paint your pet, please bring a printed photo of them. 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.

January 9: DIY Address Planter Box, 7:00–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Spruce up your home with a cute, custom planter box! You can choose to build your project or simply decorate it. Cost: $38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 10: Little Acorns: Regal Eagles (Ages 3-6), 10:30–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Big, beautiful, and brawny, bald eagles are the kings of the sky. Come learn about the adaptations that make these special birds royalty. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

January 10: Date Night Diptych: Together, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Spend an evening with your boo or bae while creating a painting together! No experience necessary. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 11: Family Open Paint, 11:00am–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do with the family? Bring them to Create N Sip for this all ages, open paint event! Everyone can create their own unique piece, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 11: 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 Matisse’s Flowers and Fruit, Van Gogh’s Landscape, or your pet! If you choose to paint your pet, please bring a printed photo of them. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Cost is $30. More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

January 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at 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, call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. This program is offered by Wildcat Glades Friends Group. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

January 11: Little Acorns: Regal Eagles (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Big, beautiful, and brawny, bald eagles are the kings of the sky. Come learn about the adaptations that make these special birds royalty. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

January 11: Crocheted Cat Hats with Heather Wright (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Look cool while keeping warm this chilly season! Participants will learn basic crocheting skills and will take home their own purrrfect cat hat. Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 11: Preschool Nature Connections: Secrets of Winter (Ages 3-6), 1:00pm at Joplin Empire Market (931 4th St). Where do some of the animals and insects go when it is cold and snowy? Do they snuggle down underground? Or curl up in a log? How about way down at the bottom of a pond? Learn these winter secrets and make a snowy craft. If weather allows, there may be a snowball toss, so bring a warm coat. Free and open to the public. This program is offered by Wildcat Glades Friends Group. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

January 11: DIY Workshop feat. Blanket Ladders, 7:00–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create and personalize one of many DIY projects, including the blanket ladder, which can store your blankets all winter! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$68. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 12: Family DIY Workshop, 2:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). The whole family is sure to enjoy an afternoon of getting crafty and creative during this wood sign workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 13: Quilting for the Community, 1:30pm 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. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

January 16: Paint Your Pet, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Celebrate your favorite pet by painting their portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $48. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 17: Board Art: Winter Magic, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create this whimsical, wintry scene on a knotty pine board and let the natural beauty of the wood make your masterpiece even more incredible. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 18: Family Class: Seed Bomb Making, 10:30am at Joplin Empire Market (931 E 4th St). Turn locally collected seeds into “seed bombs” for your yard! This all ages class will help create a showy bloom this spring and bring pollinators to your yard. Free and open to the public. This program is offered by Wildcat Glades Friends Group. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

January 18: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Capturing the human physique on paper can be challenging. But, whether you’re beginning to draw the human form or an advanced artist looking to draw a live model, this class can take your drawing skills to the next level. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 18: Nature Explorers: Winter Tree ID (Ages 7-12), 1:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Look at local trees on a tour of the Woodland Loop trail and learn how to identify Missouri trees without leaves. Discover why trees lose their leaves, and what important characteristic set trees apart. Wear weather appropriate clothes and shoes. Free and open to the public. This program is offered by Wildcat Glades Friends Group. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

January 18: Date Night Diptych: Flamingo Heart, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). There’s no need to wait until Valentine’s Day to show someone how much you care. Let them know how you feel with a night of creating a fun, memorable painting. No experience necessary. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$70. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 19: Family Canvas: Swirly Tree, 2:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Don’t let the gray days bring you down! Add color to your world with this Swirly Tree painting! No experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 21: 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. Cost: Non-members $5, Members attend for free. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 417.499.1525.

January 24: DIY Workshop feat. Framed Projects, 7:00–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Framed wood signs always look sharp! Choose the size you want and get creative. All sizes marked down $10. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 25: 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.

January 25: Family Open Paint, 11:00am–3:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Looking for something to do with the family? Bring them to Create N Sip for this all ages, open paint event! Everyone can create their own unique piece, no experience needed. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 25: Acrylic Painting for Beginners with Sandra Conrad (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Interested in learning how to paint, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you! Students will learn the fundamentals of acrylic painting while painting their own bird-themed masterpiece to take home. Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

January 25: Board Art: Winter Berries, 7:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create this wintry scene on a knotty pine board and let the natural beauty of the wood make your masterpiece even more unique. Cost: $38. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 26: Family DIY Workshop, 2:00–4:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). The whole family is sure to enjoy an afternoon of getting crafty and creative during this wood sign workshop! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28–$58. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

January 30: DIY Workshop feat. Memory Board, 7:00–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Create a personalized memory board! Display the photos that mean the most to you with a design that says it all. No experience necessary. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$48. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.


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. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 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. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 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. Cost: $5 Non-Members, free for members. Memberships are $70 a year. More information: Nanda Nunnelly, cscjoplin1946@gmail.com, 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.

* 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.