March 2020

Posted on Mar 2, 2020 in Monthly Arts & Culture

What’s coming up in March 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: Connect2Culture presents The Choir of Man on Tuesday, March 10 at Joplin Memorial Hall. See below in “Performances” for more information.

In light of recent COVID-19 announcements, please confirm any events listed below are still occurring with the respective organization before attending.


PERFORMANCES:

March 3: Jack Broadbent, 6:30pm (doors 6:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). With his distinctive slide-guitar style played with a whiskey flask in hand, Jack Broadbent has distinguished himself as a dynamic folk artist. The British guitarist’s unique blend of acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues vocals combine to create electric performances. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $35. 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.

March 5: MSSU Jazz Collective feat. Emma Miller, Robert Terry, and the Southern JazzBones, 7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). An evening of soulful jazz music with the Missouri Southern Jazz Collective! Enjoy classic jazz standards, featuring vocalist Emma Miller and guest soloist Robert Terry. The Southern JazzBones, a trombone quartet, will also perform jazz and popular tunes. Free and open to the public. More information: More information: Rita Boyer, boyer-r@mssu.edu, 417.625.9318.

March 6 & 8: Heartland Opera Theatre Presents: Puccini Double Bill, 7:00pm (Sunday 2:00pm) at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Celebrate Heartland Opera Theatre’s 21st year with a season of one-act operas! For this performance, enjoy two, one-act operas by composer Giacomo Puccini, including Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Suor Angelica follows a cloistered nun who discovers a secret and encounters a miracle. Gianni Schicchi, featuring the famous song O Mio Babbino Caro, tells the hilarious story of a greedy family who is thwarted by Gianni Schicchi. Tickets are available online at heartlandoperatheatre.com or over the phone at 417.385.1454. Tickets: In Advance $20, Day Of $25, Students $10. More information: Michael Gregory, info@heartlandoperatheatre.com, 417.385.1454.

March 6: Ben Miller Band at Blackthorn Pub, 9:00pm–Midnight at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (510 S Joplin Ave). Joplin’s own Ben Miller Band returns to Blackthorn Pizza & Pub for a spectacular performance. More information: Melanie Wamble, blackthornpizzaandpub@gmail.com, 417.623.2485.

March 8: Nick Moss Band feat. Dennis Gruenling House Concert (Ages 10+), 6:00pm (doors 5:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Blues guitar virtuoso, Nick Moss, and harmonica wizard, Dennis Gruenling, have been on a winning streak since they first joined forces in 2016. The two award-winning artists work as one on stage, producing hair-raising blues performances that have stunned crowds across the globe.  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.

March 10: Connect2Culture Presents: The Choir of Man, 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin Memorial Hall (212 W 8th St). Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” The Choir of Man offers up 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub (free beer, anyone?!) that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock – all to roof-raising heights. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a show you’ll ever attend! The Choir of Man celebrates music that has wide appeal including songs by Adele, Queen, Paul Simon, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. The cast features world-class tap dancers, singers, and instrumentalists, ensuring that there is something for everyone in this joyous and uplifting show for all ages. Tickets: $31 Front Floor, $21 Back Floor & Mezzanine. Tickets may be purchased at connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550, or at the door. This performance is part of Connect2Culture’s Curtains Up Series 2019/2020. More information: Emily Frankoski, emily@connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550.

March 11: Hadden Sayers House Concert (Ages 10+), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Having released eight, critically acclaimed albums over two decades, Hadden Sayers is no longer just a guitarist from Ruthie Foster’s band, but a distinguished solo artist. The Texas native’s expert skills allow him to transform classic tropes, like blues, R&B, and rock, into something new. Sayers’ melodies, hooks, vocals, and guitar licks all culminate to create highly anticipated, engaging performances. 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.

March 19 – 29: Persuasion, 7:00pm (Sundays 2:30pm) at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin (2101 Annie Baxter Ave). This movingly romantic adaptation of Jane Austen’s last novel brings a classic story of enduring love to the stage! Sir Walter Elliot, on the verge of financial ruin, must rent the family estate to avoid bankruptcy. His daughter, Anne, is surprised to learn who has taken the estate: the sister of Captain Wentworth, a man whose proposal she was persuaded to refuse years before. Then, Wentworth was a poor sailor with no social standing, but he has returned a rich and eligible officer. As they are thrown into one another’s company once again, Anne’s affection remains despite her lack of hope for any reconciliation. But when Wentworth begins to show signs of jealousy towards one of her suitors, she must summon the courage to seek out his true feelings. Tickets: Adults $10, Children under 13 $5. More information: Tammy Aggus, sgtjoplin@gmail.com.

March 25 – 29: Enter Laughing, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). A farce, written by Joseph Stein, Enter Laughing is loosely based on the life of actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director Carl Reiner. The action centers on the journey of young, aspiring David Kolowitz, as he tries to extricate himself from overly protective parents (who want him to be a married pharmacist), and two too many girlfriends, while struggling to overcome his lack of talent in the 1930’s New York City arena of show business. Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors/Students $15, Children $8. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

March 28: Soroptimist International of Joplin: 5th Annual Comedy for Camp (Ages 18+), 6:00–8:00pm at Wilder’s Event Center (1208 S Main St). Laughter for a good cause! Soroptimist International of Joplin invites you to their 5th Annual Comedy for Camp, featuring talented comedians like Dave Dugan and Joey I.L.O. All proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Soroptimist, a week-long summer camp for Jasper County foster kids. Purchase tickets online at comedyforcamp5.eventbrite.com. Tickets: $55 per person, $100 per couple. More information: Amanda Mitchell, ajmitchell@freemanhealth.com, 417.825.9624.

March 31: Fred Eaglesmith & Tif Ginn House Concert (Ages 10+), 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). After years of success, husband and wife duo Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn continue to wow audiences across the nation with their passionate harmonies and raw, quirky narratives. You won’t want to miss this dynamic, talented duo!  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.

March 31: Siblings Improv LIVE (Ages 16+), 8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Joplin’s favorite improv crew takes the stage for a night of side-splitting comedy made up on the spot! Free and open to the public. More information: Eric Epperson, eric.d.epperson@gmail.com, or follow @SiblingsImprov.


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.

February 28 – March 1: MSSU Literature Lives: Short Story Writing Contest. Create your own fascinating world through a short story for a chance to share your work! Submissions must be in the portal fiction genre. Portal fiction is a popular subgenre of fantasy and science fiction in which a character is magically transported to another world or time. Entries must also follow these guidelines: – Feature a specific place or object as a portal that take your character(s) to another time or place; – Reference a lion – literal or metaphoric; – Smoothly incorporate one of these phrases from J.K. Rowling’s books: “What sort of objects are Portkeys?” “The snake suddenly opened its beady eyes.” “They dropped their voices as they entered the muffled stillness of the library.” “Professor, did you understand –?” – Underline each of the three above required elements. – The short story you submit must be your own, original creation. Submit your entry by 3:00pm on Sunday, March 1. Winning submissions will be read during the closing gala on Friday, March 6. Open to MSSU students, faculty, and staff as well as high school students and community members. High school or below entries are sent to MSSULitLives.HighSchool@gmail.com. Current MSSU students’ entries are sent to MSSULitLives.MSSUStudents@gmail.com. Community members or MSSU faculty and staff’s entries are sent to MSSULitLives.Community@gmail.com. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

February 28 – March 1: MSSU Literature Lives: Play Writing Contest. Have a knack for drama? Write your own magical play for a chance to see it come to life! Entries should be five to seven pages in length, set in a wizarding world, and must follow the following guidelines: – Two to five characters; – One location; – No costume changes; – Minimal props; – The play you submit must be your own, original creation. The winning play will be directed and performed by MSSU students during the closing gala on Friday, March 6. Manuscripts must be submitted to MSSUPlayContest@gmail.com by 3:00pm on Sunday, March 1. Include contact information in the body of your email submission. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

February 28 – March 6: MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Calling all Potterheads! Join Missouri Southern State University’s Department of English and Philosophy in celebrating J.K. Rowling’s magical series with variety of themed events. For a list of all events, visit mssu.edu/academics/arts-sciences/english-and-philosophy/literature-week/. All events are a part of the department’s third annual Literature Lives program. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

February 29 & March 1: Expressions of the Soul, 1:00pm at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Art was an integral part of Carver’s life, one that he used not only to revive his spirit, but to produce expressions of his soul. Visit George Washington Carver National Monument and see a collection of Carver’s serene and tranquil pieces. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 1: MSSU Literature Lives: “To Read or Not to Read: Harry Potter and the Christian Community” by Pastor Reed Dunn, 3:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room West (1901 E 20th St). Since their publication, the Harry Potter novels have caused controversy and confusion for various Christian communities. In this presentation, Pastor Reed Dunn will not tell anyone what to think but, rather, will investigate the decision-making process. Drawing from the New Testament and the early church, participants will consider how different Christians answered the question of how much they should be involved in secular and pagan society. Ample time for discussion will follow the talk. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

March 2: MSSU Literature Lives: Creature Studies and Crafty Concoctions, 6:00–8:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, North End Zone Facility (3950 E Newman Rd). Missouri Southern’s School of Arts and Sciences proudly presents Creature Studies and Crafty Concoctions, an exploration of the magical animals, plants, and objects presented in the Harry Potter novels. See and learn about owls and snakes, study helpful herbs, learn spellbinding verses, and create your own wand and dragon egg! Space and supplies may be limited. Registration required; to register, visit mssu.edu/advancement/alumni/moso-monday-arts-and-sciences.php. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 3: 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.

March 3: MSSU Literature Lives: Harry Potter Trivia, 12:20pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Meet in the Lion’s Den and put your knowledge of the wizarding world to the test! Winners receive a $10 gift card. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 3: In French Fiddle Tunes and Tall Tales: The French Creole Story of Missouri, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). This exciting program will take listeners on a fascinating trip through the French Creole history of Missouri from both a historical and cultural perspective, highlighting the enduring French identity of places like Ste. Genevieve and Old Mines through ancient French folktales, haunting ballads, and foot-stomping fiddle tunes. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

March 3: MSSU Literature Lives: “Diversity, Identity, and Authorship in the World of Harry Potter” Roundtable Discussion, 3:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center, Rm 309 (3950 E Newman Rd). Led by MSSU’s Gay-Straight Alliance, this roundtable event encourages participants to share their thoughts on the wizarding world. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 3: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Downtown Joplin Alliance (931 E 4th St). 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 the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

March 3: Women’s History Joplin: A Brief Introduction, 6:30–8:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Did you know Spiva’s building is believed to be the only historic building in Joplin named for a woman? Explore this and more with Post Art Library Director Jill Sullivan as she presents Women’s History Joplin: A Brief Introduction during Women’s History Month 2020. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

March 3: MSSU Literature Lives: “Magic, Politics, and Harry Potter” Faculty Panel, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Phelps Theater (3950 E Newman Rd). Listen to MSSU professors from the history and political science departments as they discuss government, slavery, and discrimination in the Harry Potter series. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 3: MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: Z, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). A 1969 film from Algeria-France, Z is based on true events and closely parallels the real-life assassination of a Greek doctor and humanist whose 1963 murder led to public scandal and eventual overthrow of the democratic government in Greece. Part mystery and party thriller, the film made its mark as a groundbreaking political roman à clef, and its edge-of-your-seat plot, vérité photography and driving score resonate even today. Introduction by Dr. Steve Wagner, professor of history. 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.

March 4: 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.

March 4: MSSU Literature Lives: Wizarding Photo Booth, 1:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Strike your best pose and be inserted into the fantastic, wizarding world of Harry Potter! This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 4: MSSU Literature Lives: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2:30pm & 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Watch the popular adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling’s novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards. Possessing magical powers of his own, he is summoned to Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 4: MSSU Literature Lives: Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic, 3:00pm & 7:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. Watch the Broadway play that Metro calls “hilariously heartfelt!” This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 4: MSSU Literature Lives: Mudbloods: A Film about Quidditch, 5:30pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). Transforming Harry Potter’s fictional competition into a physically demanding, real-life sport, Quidditch has secured its place as one of the fastest growing collegiate club sports today. Mudbloods follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City. Through nail biting victories and losses, the dreamers, creators and athletes who make up this exceptional community come together to make this magical sport into something you could’ve never imagined-until now. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 5: MSSU Literature Lives: Escape Room, 9:00am–7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Library (3950 E Newman Rd). Can you escape from this magical room? Gather you friends and sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4FAAA72EA1F49-magic to see if you will have an enchanting escape! Spots are limited and sign-ups are required. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 5: MSSU Literature Lives: “The Physics of Flight” by Professor Jared Durden, 5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Black Box Theatre (3950 E Newman Rd). Professor Jared Durden from Ozarks Technical Community College presents an interactive lecture followed by a chance to ride a hovercraft, play with associated demos, and engage in informal conversations. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 5: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. First Thursday ArtWalk is a sophisticated, yet festive event, for area artists, as well as patrons of the arts. . . past, present and future! Dozens of artists will be showing or demonstrating their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Participating artists will be located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic Downtown Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 5: Opening Reception: Explorations by Deborah Reed, 5:30–8:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Be among the first to see artist Deborah Reed’s exhibit, Explorations, in which she explores what can be done on canvas while staying true to her varied styles. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 5: 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.

March 5: MSSU Literature Lives: “‘The Magic of Mentoring’: The Failings of Albus Dumbledore” by Dr. Christopher Bell, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Dr. Christopher Bell, the keynote speaker for MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter, will discuss the failings of one of the most beloved Harry Potter characters: Albus Dumbledore. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 6: MSSU Literature Lives: Quidditch Tournament, 2:00–5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Fred G. Hughes Football Stadium (3950 E Newman Rd). Have you dreamed of participating in Harry Potter’s favorite, fictional sport? Dream no more! Gather your team and participate in MSSU’s Quidditch Tournament to determine which team is the best. Registration required by February 21; to register, visit mssu.edu/student-affairs/student-life/recreation/fitness-intramurals.php. Need not be a MSSU student or employee to participate! This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 6: MSSU Literature Lives: Magical Gala, 6:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, North End Zone Facility (3950 E Newman Rd). Celebrate the closing of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter with a magical evening of costumes, snacks, and a performance! Discover who wrote the most magical short stories and who will win the Readings Play Writing contest. This event is a part of MSSU’s Literature Lives Week 2020: Harry Potter. Free and open to the public. More information: Amy Gates, gates-a@mssu.edu, 417.625.3554.

March 6: First Friday WineShare, 6:00–8:00pm Joplin Advanced Training & Technology Center (420 Grand Ave). WineShare is a national event that takes place on the First Friday of each month. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. It’s also a fantastic way to kick off date night! Feel free to bring friends or colleagues, 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 hosted by Crowder College at the Joplin Advanced Training and Technology Center. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

March 6: VSM Joplin: March 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. No partner needed! Cost: $5. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

March 7: Discovery Table: Missouri Mammals, 10:00am–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Stop by any time to learn more about Missouri’s mammals and see how many furs and skulls you can identify. All ages welcome! Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

March 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. Visit connect2culture.org to learn more about C2C’s Curtains Up Series and purchase tickets 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.

March 7 & 8: Women in George Washington Carver’s Life, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). A variety of women had an enormous impact on Carver’s life. Acting as maternal figures or spiritual mentors, these women aided Carver in his endeavors to receive an education. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

March 10: MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: The Willow Tree, 7:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). A 2005 film from Iran, The Willow Tree follows Youssef, who has been blind since a childhood accident and has built a life for himself with his devoted wife, adoring daughter, and career as a professor specializing in the poetry of the Persian Sufi mystif Rumi. Corneal transplant surgery restores his sight, but with sight comes a change in perception, as he regrets the years lost in darkness, becomes detached from the world he has known, and tries to come to terms with the moral choices and need for second chances sight brings. Introduction by Dr. Amy Gates, assistant professor of English. 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.

March 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.

March 12: Open Mic Night, 6:30–9:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Show off your incredible musical abilities! Performers are each allotted five to eight minutes per set and audience members vote for their favorite performance. The winner receives a $25 gift card and a chance to play for 30 minutes during the next Open Mic Night! Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano, and an aux cable will be available. To sign up early, message them on Facebook at facebook.com/joplinavecoffeeco/. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 417.483.5558.

March 14 & 15: Struggle for Education, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Explore some of the challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education while growing up in the post-Civil War United States. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

March 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.

March 17: 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.

March 18: 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.

March 18: Discovery Table: Missouri Mammals, 10:00am–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Stop by any time to learn more about Missouri’s mammals and see how many furs and skulls you can identify. All ages welcome! Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

March 19: Coffee with Carver: Carver’s Bulletins: Some Choice Wild Edibles, 10:00am at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO  64840). After discovering that poor, share-cropping families in the South often ate meals with little nutritional value, Carver encouraged them to supplement their meals with nutrient-dense plants. Look at this bulletin and more of Carver’s agricultural leaflets on display, then get a head start on your spring garden and plant tomato or pepper plants! Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 19: Third Thursday, 5:30–8:30pm in Downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Come with your friends and family to stroll through Downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

March 20: Fun, Fishy Friday, 1:00–4:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Are you up for some fun and fishy activities? Stop by any time to learn about different types of fish in Missouri, how to cast a fishing lie, fish for backyard bass (weather permitting), and make a fun fish to take home! No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

March 20: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30–6:30pm at Downtown Joplin Alliance (931 E 4th St). 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 the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun, info@downtownjoplin.com, 417.501.9649.

March 20: Opening Reception: PhotoSpiva 2020 and Annual Small Works Auction, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Be one of the first to see two of the most anticipated Spiva exhibits of the year: the 44th Annual National PhotoSpiva exhibition and the 22nd Annual Small Works Auction. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21: PhotoSpiva 2020: Portfolio Review, 10:00am–Noon & 1:00–3:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Calling all amateur and professional photographers! Looking to get helpful feedback from a knowledgeable and skilled professional? Schedule a time now for an evaluation of your photography portfolio by PhotoSpiva 2020 juror and photographer, April Watson. Please email spiva@spivaarts.org to schedule a time slot. Cost: Spiva Members $15, Non-Members $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21 & 22: Inspiring Success: Mariah Watkins and Her Influence, 1:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO  64840). During George Washington Carver’s stay in her Neosho home, Mariah Watkins provided Carver with an invaluable experience that not only built his self-esteem but fostered his faith and encouraged his pursuit of an education. Learn more about Watkins and her impact on Carver’s life. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 21: PhotoSpiva 2020: Juror Talk and Awards Ceremony, 7:00–8:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Join this year’s PhotoSpiva juror, April Watson, and receive the results of the PhotoSpiva 2020 competition. Then, listen as Watson gives a brief lecture and provides insight into her work as well as her selections for this year’s competition. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

March 24: MSSU Bringing Them All Back Home Film Festival: Raise the Red Lantern, 7:00pm at Bookhouse Cinema (715 E Broadway St). A 1991 film from China, Raise the Red Lantern explores the oppressive hierarchy in 1920s China. After her father’s death, 19-year-old Songlian marries the much older Chen Zuoqian, becoming the latest concubine in Chen’s burgeoning harem. Introduction by Dr. Conrad Gubera, professor of sociology and 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: Holly Crane, bookhousejoplin@gmail.com, 417.825.5161.

March 26: Spiva in Bloom Reception, 5:30–7:30pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate the art of flowers! Each year, regional florists are invited to create a floral arrangement based on a work from PhotoSpiva 2020 and you can view their artistic creations during this free reception. Contact Spiva for more details. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 27: Spiva in Bloom Luncheon, 11:30am–1:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Enjoy a delicious, catered lunch in Spiva’s Main Gallery, surrounded by the beauty and wonder of PhotoSpiva 2020. Local florist and Spiva member Justin Thomas will also be there to create a floral arrangement based on a piece of art. Pre-register at spivaarts.org/events. There are only 48 spots available. Cost: $50 per person. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 28: South Middle School 2nd Annual Spring Market, 9:00am–3:00pm at South Middle School (900 E 50th St). South Middle School’s annual Spring Market is an arts and craft show with a variety of vendors offering quality goods at reasonable prices. Scour racks and booths for the best deals, grab a bite at a local food truck, and enter a raffle to win a gift basket! Cost: Adults $5, School Age Children $1, Children four and under admitted for free. More information: Alison Russell, alisonrussell@joplinschools.org, 417.625.5250.

March 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.

March 28: “Sincerely, Your Mother,” 1:00pm at George Washington National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Explore the cherished relationship George Washington Carver had with Sophia Liston and learn about the impact she had on his adulthood. Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Martin, GWCA_Interpretation@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 28: Sights and Sounds of Solace, 1:00pm at First United Methodist Church (501 W 4th St). Celebrate Easter with glorious worship music performed by local organ and piano musicians as well as area vocalists! Then, for the first time ever, view the Sacred Art Collection, a collection Tal Crim’s art prints and an antique manuscript from the 1420 Book of Hours. All proceeds benefit Solace House of the Ozarks. Purchase tickets online at facebook.com/solacehouseoftheozarks or solacehouseoftheozarks.com. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at Webb City Sentinel, Avalon Hospice, Metro Appliance, or by mailing your payment to Solace House Tickets: General $25, Student $10. More information: Sandy Hughes, solacehouseoftheozarks@gmail.com, 417.208.9292.

March 28: Third and Fourth Grade Art and Essay Awards Ceremony, 2:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Admire the work of area third and fourth graders and celebrate the winning submissions from this year’s annual Third and Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest. More information: Diane Eilenstein, diane_eilenstein@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

March 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

March 30: Opening Reception: Wandlung, 3:00–4:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Be one of the first to see the incredible pieces featured in Missouri Southern State University’s bi-annual faculty show, Wandlung. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

March 30: Closing Reception: Central Ozark Conference (COC) Art Show, 5:00–7:00pm at Crowder College, Longwell Museum (601 Laclede Ln, Neosho, MO). Support and celebrate the accomplishments of area students, whose work has been selected and displayed at the COC Art Show. Each year, area high school teachers select the best artwork from Neosho, Carthage, Joplin, Webb City, and Carl Junction to compete in the COC Art Show. This year’s COC Art Show, hosted by Carl Junction High School, features a variety of pieces that display impressive control, natural skill, and distinctive style from local students. Free and open to the public. More information: Nellie Mitchell, nmitchell@cjr1.org.

March 30 & 31: Bonnie and Clyde the Musical Auditions, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3009 W 1st St). With music by Frank Weldhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and book by Ivan Menchell, this production centers on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression. Needed: Five women and eight men, between 20 and 60 years old; one boy and one girl, between 10 and 12 years old; large ensemble of young and mature adults. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

March 31: 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.


EXHIBITS:

March 30 – April 16: Wandlung at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Missouri Southern State University’s bi-annual faculty show, Wandlung, features a variety of works and media, all created by the Art Department faculty. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

March 21 – May 8: Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 22nd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. This not-to-miss event includes a closing party with wine, food, music, and fast and furious bidding set for 5:30–7:00pm on Friday, May 8. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21 – May 16: PhotoSpiva at Spiva Center for the Art, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 44th year, PhotoSpiva 2020 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Images were selected by juror April M. Watson, Ph.D. The week of the exhibit opening, Watson will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 6 – March 30: Central Ozark Conference (COC) Art Show at Crowder College, Longwell Museum (601 Laclede Ln, Neosho, MO). Each year, area high school teachers select the best artwork from Neosho, Carthage, Joplin, Webb City, and Carl Junction to compete in the COC Art Show. This year’s COC Art Show, hosted by Carl Junction High School, features a variety of pieces that display impressive control, natural skill, and distinctive style from local students. A closing reception will be held on Thursday, March 12 at 5:00pm. The public may view the show between 9:00am and 6:30pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Nellie Mitchell, nmitchell@cjr1.org.

March 1 – 31, 2020: Nature Photography on Metal by Koral Martin at Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St). Admire all that nature has to offer, beautifully captured by Carthage artist, Koral Martin. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 1 – 31, 2020: Random Pieces by Carollea Zimmerman at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Artist Carollea Zimmerman, AKA Charlie Zimms, presents an eclectic selection of pieces, including paintings and metal works. Free and open to the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

March 1 – 31, 2020: Explorations by Deborah Reed at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Local artist, Deborah Reed, explores the boundaries of mixed media and pushes the envelope of what can be done on canvas while staying true to her varied styles. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

February 24 – March 23: Mystorical Constructions by Michelle Martin at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Print-maker Michelle Martin presents surreal, otherworldly prints featured in her exhibit, Mystorical Constructions. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, bentley-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9563.

February 7 – March 15: JRAC: Heart & Soul at artCentral (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Joplin Regional Artists Coalition is proud to present Heart & Soul, a mixed media exhibition featuring work from some of the area’s best artists! A reception will be held on Friday, February 7 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Free and open to the public. More information: Emily Rose, joplinrac@gmail.com.

February 1 – March 31: JRAC: Home Is Where The Art Is at Maple UnCommon Guest House and Gallery (120 E Maple St, Columbus, KS). Couples who create together stay together! Visit the Maple UnCommon Guest House and Gallery to view the striking works of three, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition couples: Steve and Cindy Head, Diana and Jim Bray, and Steve and Valerie Doerr. Free and open to the public. More information: Laura Lowry-Greene, mapleuncommonhotel@columbus-ks.com, 620.429.3130.

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 Carroll at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Spiva proudly presents the work of 2019 PhotoSpiva juror, Patty Carroll. Carroll’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.


CLASSES:

January 27 – March 2 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: Salsa, 6:30–7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Discover the rich and fast-paced Salsa during this six-week session! No partner needed. Meet at the Recreation Center located inside of Billingsly Student Center. Cost: $65 per person for six lessons. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

January 27 – March 2 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: East Coast Swing, 7:30–8:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Discover the fun and rhythmic East Coast Swing during this six-week session! No partner needed. Meet at the Recreation Center located inside of Billingsly Student Center. Cost: $65 per person for six lessons. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

January 27 – March 2 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: Free Dance Practice, 8:30–9:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Practice and perfect the new dance moves you learned from Judy’s Ballroom Dance! Meet at the Recreation Center located inside of Billingsly Student Center. Free and open to the public. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

March 9 – April 13 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: Waltz, 6:30–7:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Discover the classic, elegant Waltz during this six-week session! No partner needed. Meet at the Recreation Center located inside of Billingsly Student Center. Cost: $65 per person for six lessons. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

March 9 – April 13 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: East Coast Swing, 7:30–8:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Discover the fun and rhythmic East Coast Swing during this six-week session! No partner needed. Meet at the Recreation Center located inside of Billingsly Student Center. Cost: $65 per person for six lessons. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

March 9 – April 13 (Mondays): Judy’s Ballroom Dance Lessons: Free Dance Practice, 8:30–9:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). Practice and perfect the new dance moves you learned from Judy’s Ballroom Dance! Meet at the Recreation Center located inside of Billingsly Student Center. Free and open to the public. More information: Judy Schneider, schneider-j@mssu.edu, 417.392.0215.

March 6: Twisted Silver Earrings, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Join Marta Churchwell and create a custom pair of twisting earrings using real silver! Sign up at aprildavisfineart.com. All supplies included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

March 6: DIY & Big Projects Workshop, 6:30–9:30pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Bigger is better! Create your choice of large projects, including blanket ladders, hanging plant stands, toddler tables, porch post stands, and large rectangle signs. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $38–$68. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

March 7: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Trade Beads – Make and Learn Family-Friendly Class (Ages 5+), 9:00am–Noon at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Make trade beads from cernit, a glass-like, translucent polymer clay. Your beads will be perfect for bracelets, earrings, key chains, fan pulls, and more. While they cure, learn the history of trade beads. Children ages 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult; adults assisting children attend for free. Registration required. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. All materials provided. Cost: $25 per person, $12 for additional family members in the same household. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

March 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 Monet’s Vase of Tulips, Van Gogh’s Roubine du Roi Canal with Washerwomen, or Van Gogh’s Peach Tree in Bloom! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Reservations required. Cost is $30. More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

March 7: PhotoSpiva Tweens Workshop (Ages 11-15), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). From design principals to composition and lighting, students will learn all about photography as an art form and participate in a photo walk downtown. Cameras are provided to the students to take home and create their own photographic art – some of which will be on display in Spiva’s Upstairs Gallery during the month of March. Artist reception and awards ceremony will also take place at a later date. Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 7: Statement Pendants with Polymer Clay with Jade Henning (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Learn the dos and don’ts of polymer clay while creating a chic, elegant addition to your jewelry box! Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 10: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Trade Beads – Make and Take Class (Ages 15+), 6:00–9:00pm at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Learn new bead styles and create your own glass-like replicas from cernit, a translucent polymer clay! Registration required. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. All materials provided. Cost: $25 per person. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

March 11: The Wandering Canvas: Painting Class, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Painting can be intimidating but there’s no need to worry! Paint alongside experienced instructors as they guide you through the process of creating a masterpiece. All ages welcome! Cost: $10. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 417.483.5558.

March 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: Monet’s Vase of Tulips, Van Gogh’s Roubine du Roi Canal with Washerwomen, or VanGogh’s Peach Tree in Bloom! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). More information and reservation: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

March 13: Succulent Face Vase, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Sculpt your own vase with a face, perfect for planting a succulent! Sign up at aprildavisfineart.com. All supplies included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

March 13: DIY Chunky Blanket, 6:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Stay warm this winter by learning how to finger knit your own super cozy, chunky blanket! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $88. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

March 14: Tree of Life Necklace, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Add new life to your accessories with a twisted wire, tree of life necklace! Sign up at aprildavisfineart.com. All supplies included. Cost: $30. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

March 14: Advanced Acrylic Painting with Sandra Conrad (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Ready to advance your painting skills? Level up with this class designed to challenge and inspire acrylic painters everywhere! Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 14: Just a Little S’more, 4:30–6:30pm at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). There is so much s’more to eat around the campfire! Learn about campfire safety, how to build the perfect campfire, and share some recipes for a few gourmet s’mores. Registration is required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Please wear weather appropriate clothing, and sturdy shoes, and bring your best roasting stick. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 14: Paint Pour Techniques, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). An Internet sensation, paint pouring creates beautiful, vivid masterpieces. Perfect different paint pouring techniques with Mary Parks and create your own masterpiece! Sign up at aprildavisfineart.com. All supplies included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

March 17 – 19: Young Author Camp with Amy Mullins (Ages 5-9), 10:00–11:30am at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Encourage the power of reading and creating art with this exciting story making camp! Kids will write, illustrate, and bind their own personal stories, creating a cherished memory that is completely unique to them. Cost: $50. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 17 – 19: Spring Break Extravaganza with Sarah Serio (Ages 8-14), Noon–5:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Explore painting, printmaking, and drawing! Campers will open their creative minds to exploring various mediums while they transform into a superhero of their own creation, learn about the world of comic book art, and try their hand at pop art style super props. Art, games and fun for spring break! Cost: $75. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 18: Spring Crafts, 1:00–3:00pm at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). Spring is just around the corner! Get ready to say goodbye to those winter days by crafting wreaths, decorating an Easter tree, and customizing a pretty flowerpot. Registration is required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 19: Little Acorns: Spring Peepers (Ages 3-6), 10:30am–11:30am & 1:00pm–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). The tiny spring peepers’ choruses are some of the most familiar sounds of springtime. Bring your little ones to learn more about these little frogs with big voices. No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

March 19: DIY Chunky Blanket, 6:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Stay warm this winter by learning how to finger knit your own super cozy, chunky blanket! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $88. More information: John Coleman, coleman@creatnsip.com, 417.680.5434.

March 20: Scrapbook Style Journal, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Learn scrapbook styling and create a personalized journal with Brenda Hayes. Sign up at aprildavisfineart.com. All supplies included. Cost: $35. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

March 21: Beginner Wildflower Identification (Ages 16+), 10:00–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Spring wildflowers will be emerging soon! But how can you tell what they are? This beginner’s class can help wildflower enthusiasts learn more about wildflower identification. The class will focus on flower and plant parts as well as what characteristics common to some flower families. Additionally, participants could win with their very own Missouri Wildflowers book by Edgar Denison! Registration required. To register, visit mdc.mo.gov/events-s3?field_rel_regions_tid=68. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

March 21: Beginners Guide to Watercolor with Roxenne Kendall (Ages 13+), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Want to learn how to create gorgeous watercolor paintings but unsure where to start? This class is the perfect solution! Come learn the fundamentals of watercolor while creating your own breath-taking galaxy scene. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21: Moon and Sun Face, Noon–2:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Play with clay and create your own Sun Face or Moon Face with artist Christina Lorenzen! Sign up at aprildavisfineart.com. All supplies included. Cost: $40. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

March 21: Pyrography: The Art of Wood Burning with Roxenne Kendall (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Learn all about the art of wood burning! Students will make their own Mandala design on Baltic Birch Panel. Cost: $40. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad, 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.

March 21: Joplin Outdoors: Hammock Camping Clinic, 1:00–5:00pm at Wildcat Glades Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Intended for anyone who wants to learn about hammock camping, this clinic will cover the gear required, what equipment works best, and how to properly set up your hammock. Then, practice by setting up and trying a variety of hammocks. Meet at the Wildcat Glades Pavilion. RSVP required. RSVP at joplinoutdoors.com. Free and open to the public. More information: Kenneth Bogle, kbogle@joplinoutdoors.com.

March 21: 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. 

March 25: The Busy Tree (Ages 3-6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). Lots of creatures rely on trees – even humans! Enter the woods for a leisurely hike and search for special trees. Maybe the busy tree will be the home for a family of birds with new babies or the home for a spider and its web. Maybe a squirrel will find its lunch under the tree.  Then, enjoy a story, sing a song or two, and make a craft. Registration is required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Please wear weather appropriate clothing. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 27: Stone Mandala Painting, 6:00–8:00pm at April’s Art House (5245 Old Highway 71). Relax and unwind while you paint your own stone mandala with Teri Diggs. Sign up at aprildavisfineart.com. All supplies included. Cost: $25. More information: April Davis, aprildavisfineart@gmail.com, 417.358.6329.

March 27: The Wandering Canvas: Painting Class, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Painting can be intimidating but there’s no need to worry! Paint alongside experienced instructors as they guide you through the process of creating a masterpiece. All ages welcome! Cost: $10. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 417.483.5558.

March 27: Wetlands, Wader, and Wildlife: A Habitat Success (Part One) (Ages 12+), 6:30–8:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 W Riviera Dr). Discover the down and dirty facts about how 275-acres of land at the Webb City Wastewater Treatment Facility is being transformed into an urban wetland and native grassland through the Cardinal Valley Natural Habitat Restoration Project. Habitat Manager Randy Haas will share how this area, once heavily mined for zinc, is being managed to help clean up heavy metal contamination while providing much needed habitat for migrating birds and other wildlife. Then, take a tour of these wetlands during Part Two of this program on March 28. Registration required. To register, visit mdc.mo.gov/events-s3?field_rel_regions_tid=68. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

March 28: Nitty Gritty Wetland Tour (Part Two) (Ages 12+), 9:00–10:30am at Webb City Wastewater Treatment Facility (2100 N Madison St, Webb City, MO). Interested in getting a bird’s eye view? Visit the wetlands and surrounding habitat created through the Cardinal Valley Natural Habitat Restoration Project. Waterfowl, wading and shore birds, along with other resident and migrant birds could be observed on our tour of the area. Staff will have viewing scopes and binoculars on site to help participants observe and identify birds and other wildlife. Meet at the Webb City Wastewater Treatment Facility. Call 417.629.3434 for directions, if needed. Registration required. To register, visit mdc.mo.gov/events-s3?field_rel_regions_tid=68. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

March 28: Art & Yoga with Kara Patterson (Ages 6-12), 10:00am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). It’s a spring-time celebration with art and yoga! Celebrate by learning spring and animal themed yoga poses, creating leaf and flower print mandalas, and learning about the connection of art, yoga, and nature. Cost: $15. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 28: Spiva in Bloom Workshop (Ages 21+), 10:30am–Noon at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate spring while examining floral designs and enjoying mimosas with Justin Thomas of the Wild Flower. Cost: $30. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 28: The Busy Tree (Ages 3-6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Village (201 Riviera Dr). Lots of creatures rely on trees – even humans! Enter the woods for a leisurely hike and search for special trees. Maybe the busy tree will be the home for a family of birds with new babies or the home for a spider and its web. Maybe a squirrel will find its lunch under the tree.  Then, enjoy a story, sing a song or two, and make a craft. Registration is required. To register, visit facebook.com/wildcatglades or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message. Please wear weather appropriate clothing. Free and open to the public. More information: Lauren Copple, lauren@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

March 28: Planter Paintings with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Celebrate spring by combining art and nature! Create lovely paintings on flower planters provided by Spiva. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 28 & April 4: Fine Art Printmaking with Sarah Serio (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). This two-part class takes a deep dive into printmaking as an art form. The first class will focus on designing and carving your art while the second will cover printing methods, actual printing, and editions. Both classes included in price. Cost: $45. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 28: DIY Chunky Blanket, 6:00–9:00pm at Create N Sip Studios (223 W 3rd St). Stay warm this winter by learning how to finger knit your own super cozy, chunky blanket! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $88. 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): 

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio. 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 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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 Oil, Acrylic, & Watercolor Come & Go, 2:00–5:00pm 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 3 hours of painting time, you can both accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil, 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 traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will be using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign-up is required; you can sign up at Local Color in person during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. 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.