September 2019

Posted on Aug 31, 2019 in Monthly Arts & Culture

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

Featured Image: Pro Musica presents Miró Quartet on September 19, 2019. See “Performances” below for more information.


PERFORMANCES:­

September 1: Missy Andersen, 5:30pm (doors 5:00pm) at The Coda Concert House (2120 E 24th St). Recently named the Best New Female Artist by Real Blues Magazine, Missy Andersen is a dynamic blues singer who delivers entertaining and soulful performances. The critically acclaimed singer and her guitar player/husband possess “a musical maturity that is as entertaining as it is compelling,” according to PBS Australia. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $15. 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. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

September 7: Cherry & Jerry, 7:00–9:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). From the Ragged Blade Band, Isaac Cherry and Jerry Rabushka perform a variety of early 1900s classics and rare, soulful tunes. Grab a cup of coffee and listen to the sounds from an era ruled by ragtime, blues, and jazz! More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 317.483.5558.

September 12: Siblings Improv LIVE, 8:00–9:00pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). Joplin’s favorite improv crew takes the stage for their first show after summer break. Come drink some coffee and enjoy 60 minutes 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.

September 19: Pro Musica: Miró Quartet, 7:00pm at First Community Church (2007 E 15th St). The Miró Quartet is one of America’s most celebrated and dedicated string quartets, and for the past twenty years has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages, earning accolades from passionate critics and audiences alike. Based in Austin, TX, and thriving on the area’s storied music scene, the Miró takes pride in finding new ways to communicate with audiences of all backgrounds while cultivating the tradition of chamber music. The quartet first performed in Joplin during the 2001-02 season and a second time in the 2011-12 season. Free and open to the public. More information: Deb Billings, info@promusicajoplin.org, 417.625.1822.

September 21: The Blu Soul Review: A Night of Comedy and Live Music, 7:30pm at Amelie Event Center (104 S Joplin Ave). Continue celebrating Carver Legacy Day with a night of side-splitting comedy from talented comedians, including Janell Banks, Duke Taylor, and Nick Nichols! Additionally, Ocie Band will also be providing soulful, live music. Tickets: $7.50. More information: Eric Wells, 816.665.3209 or visit https://www.facebook.com/kc.sigmas.

September 25–29: Joplin Little Theatre: Xanadu the Musical, 7:30pm (Sunday 2:30pm) at Joplin Little Theatre (3008 W 1st St). Xanadu follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds. Tickets: Adults $18, Seniors/Students $15, Children $8. More information: Cecie Fritz, info@joplinlittletheatre.org, 417.623.3638.

September 27: Heartland Opera Theatre: Bon Appétite! by Lee Hoiby, 7:00pm at Northwood Arts and Event Center (115 N Wood St, Neosho, MO). A one-woman show based on the famous chef, Julia Child. Sung in English. Tickets: Advance $15, Day of Show $20, Students $10. More information: Michael Gregory, info@heartlandoperatheatre.com, 417.385.1454.

September 29: Heartland Opera Theatre: Bon Appétite! by Lee Hoiby, 2:00pm at The Woodshed (311 Main St, Carthage, MO). A one-woman show based on the famous chef, Julia Child. Sung in English. Tickets: Advance $15, Day of Show $20, Students $10. More information: Michael Gregory, info@heartlandoperatheatre.com, 417.385.1454.


EVENTS:

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

September 3: Chat n Craft (Adults), 5:30–7:45pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips, and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship, and fun. Free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, cmatekel@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

September 4: Diversity and Dying on the Great Barrier Reef: What Does the Future Hold?, 10:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). The Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, is the world’s largest coral reef system. It is home to an incredible diversity of animals and is a popular tourist destination. However, the entire reef system is under threat from climate change and ocean acidification. Dr. Jason Willand will explore the biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef and the measures that are being taken to restore parts of the reef that have experienced coral die-off. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 4: Vegemite Tasting Station and Oceania Photo Booth, 10:30am–1:30pm at Missouri Southern State University, Billingsly Student Center (3950 E Newman Rd). This is your chance to try Vegemite, a unique snack spread loved by Australians! Along with the tasting station, there will be a photo booth with iconic Oceania locations. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 4: A Toad and Snake Invasion: Ecological Disasters Caused by Invasive Species, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Southeast Asia is home to a wide array of richly diverse ecosystems. The islands in the region contain one of the highest diversities of amphibians, reptiles, and mammals on our planet. A growing concern in many different ecosystems is invasive species. Dr. David Penning will discuss the historical context of these species introductions and what biologists are currently doing to prevent any further damage. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 5: Navigating an Uncharted World: The Marshallese in Arkansas, 9:30am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Springdale, Arkansas, has the second highest population of Marshallese people in the world, behind only the Marshall Islands. An estimated 12,000 Marshallese living in Arkansas seek better lives but often encounter several challenges. Marshall Islands native and founder and chief executive director of the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese will explore the challenges facing the Marshallese living in Arkansas. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 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.

September 5: Opening Reception: Body Languages by Connie Miller, 5:30–8:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Celebrate the accomplishments of local artist, Connie Miller, and admire the distinctive style featured in her exhibit, Body Languages. Free and open the public. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

September 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.

September 6: Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center Open House, 10:00am–Noon at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Celebrate the reopening of the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center! Stop by during this open house for light refreshments and cool exhibits. Guest speakers from the Missouri Department of Conservation and other organizations will be featured at 10:30am. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 6: Land of 700+ Cultures: The Art of Papua New Guinea, 2:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). The diversity and relative isolation of many areas in Papa New Guinea led to a large range of functions, styles, materials, and motifs in their art forms. Dr. Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris will give an overview of the art of Papua New Guinea and use her experiences to provide context for the works on display in the Oceanic Journey: The Art of Papua New Guinea exhibition. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 6: Opening Reception: Oceanic Journey: The Art of Papua New Guinea, 3:00–5:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). Experience the art of Papua New Guinea, including a selection of engaging ritual and everyday objects, like Bilum (string) bags, ceremonial bowls, figures, and rattan masks. Object loan courtesy of the Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 6: Vintage Swing Movement Joplin: 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 a beginner’s dance lesson. Then, enjoy live jazz music and show off your newly acquired skills! Cost: $5. More information: Ashley King, vsmjoplin@gmail.com, 316.243.8175.

September 7: September Stroll and Scavenger Hunt, 9:00–10:00am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Meet at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center’s gazebo (beside the building) for a leisurely September stroll along the Wildcat Park trails. Hunt for natural objects while walking and see what you can find! The walk is a little more than a mile and is rated easy. Please bring strollers for toddlers. No registration required. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

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

September 9: Harry S. Truman: World War I Memories, 6:00–7:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Local WWI historian, Kavan Stull, will portray former President Harry S. Truman, and recall true stories from Truman’s enlistment and his war experiences. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

September 12: WWI Mobile Museum Reception, 6:00–7:30pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The World War I Mobile Museum is coming to Joplin and we’re celebrating with doughnuts! Enjoy doughnut holes, mini doughnuts, coffee, and more in our Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953×1018.

September 12: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6:00pm at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers – from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels (romance, mystery, historical, middle grade, YA, etc.), nonfiction books (regional history and the Arcadia Images of America series), and articles (travel, education, law topics, etc.). The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public and meets every second Thursday. Dues are $10 per calendar year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: S.V. Farnsworth, s.v.farnsworth@gmail.com, 417.691.0480.

September 13: Wild 417, 7:00pm at Wildcat Park, Creek Side (201 Rivera Dr). Where nature and art collide. Join Wildcat Glades Friends Group for the most unique runway show you’ll ever see! Local stylists will transform models into nature-inspired beauties from the 417-area code. Animals, plants, flowers… nothing is off limits! Admission: $25 per person, $40 per couple. Cocktail dress suggested. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

September 14: Prairie Day, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Learn more about George Washington Carver’s childhood environment through storytelling, living history demonstrations, wagon rides, and exhibits. Enjoy live, musical performances and fun stations, like candle dipping, butter churning, wool spinning, weaving, broom making, and more! Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

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

September 16: Paul Ganguin: Ancient Religions, Modern Myths, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Artist Paul Gauguin’s lifelong fascination with other cultures – their imagery, their traditions, and their beliefs – shaped his career as an artist. This talk will trace the theme of myth and religion in his art with an emphasis on the inspiration he found in Polynesia, and it will reveal how the greatest myth Gauguin created may have been his own artistic legend. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 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, Al Ortolani, 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. Free and open to the public. More information: Allison Blevins, ablevins@pittstate.edu.

September 19: G’day, USA, 11:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). A guide to the customs, culture, and food from the land down under! Explore more about Australians’ speech, where they came from, the sports they play, and the foods they eat. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 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.

September 19: Open Mic Night, 6:30pm 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 on their favorite performance. The winner receives a $25 gift card and a chance to play for 30 minutes during October’s Open Mic Night! Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano, and an aux cable will be available. More information: Autumn Zimmerman, autumn@joplinavenuecoffeecompany.com, 317.483.5558.

September 20: The Mates Plate: Exploring the Taste of Australia, Noon at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). Australians have an affinity for both street food and home cooking. Many of these dishes have origins inherited from Chinese and Greek immigrants, the British, or convicts transported from Great Britain to penal colonies in Australia. Jay Jay Wolf, who brought Australian meat pies, sausage rolls, and sausages to the United States in 2017, will share the taste of his country and allow you to sample one of his mini party pies. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 20: Fifth Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 6:00–10:00pm at Mercy Park (3002 St Johns Blvd). The Kiwanis Club of Joplin – in collaboration with Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts – will be hosting its fifth annual Joplin Arts Fest! Southwest Missouri’s premier fall, fine arts festival, Joplin Arts Fest allows visitors to learn about the local arts and cultural community in Joplin and elsewhere. This two-day, juried event boasts 40+ fine artist booths, live performances by local artists, children’s art activities and a variety of food trucks. Free and open to the public. More information: Steve Doerr, joplinartsfest@gmail.com, 417.529.3730.

September 21: Fifth Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 9:00am–4:00pm at Mercy Park (3002 St Johns Blvd). The Kiwanis Club of Joplin – in collaboration with Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, and Spiva Center for the Arts – will be hosting its fifth annual Joplin Arts Fest! Southwest Missouri’s premier fall, fine arts festival, Joplin Arts Fest allows visitors to learn about the local arts and cultural community in Joplin and elsewhere. This two-day, juried event boasts 40+ fine artist booths, live performances by local artists, children’s art activities and a variety of food trucks. Free and open to the public. More information: Steve Doerr, joplinartsfest@gmail.com, 417.529.3730.

September 21: Monarch Festival, 9:00am–1:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Celebrate the annual migration of monarch butterflies! Get up close with monarch caterpillars and butterflies and participate in citizen science as experts tag some. Enjoy face-painting, crafts, games, and more! A monarch program will be held in the classroom at 10:00am. No registration required. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 21: Native Plant Sale, 9:00am–Noon at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Adding native plants to yard can provide valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Stop by to purchase native plants and receive information about how to include native plants in your landscaping, what plants to select, and how they benefit wildlife. Plant vendors will include Ozark Soul Native Plants, Missouri Wildflower Nursery, and Smiling Sun Gardens. No registration required. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 21: Carver Legacy Day, 10:30am–12:30pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Members of Phi Beta Sigma, a historically African American college fraternity, will hold a special tribute to one of their most esteemed members, Dr. George Washington Carver, by recognizing and honoring Carver’s legacy. Additionally, there will be entertainment hosted by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in downtown Joplin later that evening. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

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

September 23: Hanging Man by Andrew Upton: The View from the Background, 10:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). “Dramaturgy” is a comprehensive exploration of the context in which a play resides. The effective production of a play requires an understanding of the incidents and issues that sparked its creation. Southern Theatre’s offering for the Oceania Semester, Andrew Upton’s Hanging Man, invites us to learn more about its Australian context and thus enhance the experience of viewing the play. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 25: Māori Culture Book Club and the Polynesian Influence, 5:30pm at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave). The Whale Rider (1978) by Witi Ihimaera, the first Māori writer to publish both a novel and a book of short stories, is “a magical, mythical work about a young girl whose relationship with a whale ensures the salvation of her village.” Enjoy the book, learn about the Māori culture of New Zealand, and meet new people in the process by joining the Oceania-themed book club, hosted by the Missouri Southern English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. The book club will meet on Wednesdays: Sept. 25 at Joplin Avenue Coffee (first third to half of book), Oct. 23 at the Joplin Public Library (second half of book), and Nov. 20 at Phelps Theater in the Billingsly Student Center on the MSSU campus (endings, adaptations, and afterlives). Light snacks provided. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 26: Aotearoa: ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud,’ 1:00pm at Missouri Southern State University, Cornell Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). New Zealand is a country of just under 5 million people in the South Pacific with a rich and diverse history, beautiful landscapes, and friendly citizens. Karen Polon of Cottey College will discuss the arrival of explorers to the islands, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and the customs of the Māori and their place in present-day New Zealand society. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 26: MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, 6:00–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room East (1901 E 20th St). MANHATTAN SHORT is an event that takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week—and Joplin Public Library is excited to participate! Each year, ten short films (two hours altogether) are selected and shown across the globe. Then, audiences are asked to make their voices heard and vote for the one they think is best! Viewer discretion advised for anyone under 18. Parent or guardian required for children under 18. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

September 27: Annual JAKES Event (Ages 6-17), 9:00am–1:00pm at Baugh Flight Park (6079 Incline Rd, Reeds, MO). The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Spring River Toms Chapter, with assistance from the Missouri Department of Conservation, is holding its annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics, and Sportsmanship) outdoors event. Activities include archery, shotgun shooting, predator calling, and boating safety. More information or pre-registration: Jerry Hartman, 417-388-2923 or Will Carr, 417-763-5106.

September 27–29: Tri-State Gem & Mineral Society: Rock-a-Thon, 9:00am5:00pm (Sunday 9:00am–3:00pm) at Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum (504 Schifferdecker Ave). Enjoy the amazing, wonderful world of rocks and gems at the 21st annual Gem & Mineral Expo! Patrons can peruse bead jewelry, learn to identify local minerals, participate in rock swaps, shop for beautiful gems, and win door prizes. Don’t miss the Four-State area’s premier, rock and gem event! Free and open to the public. More information: Chris Wiseman, joplinmuseum@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180.

September 27: MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, 4:00–6:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room East (1901 E 20th St). MANHATTAN SHORT is an event that takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week—and Joplin Public Library is excited to participate! Each year, ten short films (two hours altogether) are selected and shown across the globe. Then, audiences are asked to make their voices heard and vote for the one they think is best! Viewer discretion advised for anyone under 18. Parent or guardian required for children under 18. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

September 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. 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.

September 28: National Public Lands Day, 10:00am–3:00pm at George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO). Public parks like George Washington Carver National Monument provide beautiful spaces for communities to learn, grow, and enjoy. However, these public spaces require upkeep and maintenance. Volunteer at George Washington Carver National Monument during this nationwide, volunteer-led workday to help improve and preserve the 240-acre Carver farm. Free and open to the public. More information: Randall Becker, randall_becker@nps.gov, 417.325.4151.

September 28: MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, 11:00am–1:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room East (1901 E 20th St). MANHATTAN SHORT is an event that takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week—and Joplin Public Library is excited to participate! Each year, ten short films (two hours altogether) are selected and shown across the globe. Then, audiences are asked to make their voices heard and vote for the one they think is best! Viewer discretion advised for anyone under 18. Parent or guardian required for children under 18. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

September 28: MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, 4:00–8:00pm at Joplin Public Library, Community Room East (1901 E 20th St). MANHATTAN SHORT is an event that takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week—and Joplin Public Library is excited to participate! Each year, ten short films (two hours altogether) are selected and shown across the globe. Then, audiences are asked to make their voices heard and vote for the one they think is best! Viewer discretion advised for anyone under 18. Parent or guardian required for children under 18. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

September 28: Joplin Comedy: Jokin’ and Smokin’ at El Guapo’s, 9:00pm at El Guapo’s Cigar & Pipe Lounge (532 S Joplin Ave). Are you reading for a night of side-splitting stand-up with Patrick Garrity? Garrity’s riotous routines explore military experiences, growing up with a younger brother, and other life circumstances through hilarious characters, impressions, and real-life situations. Come watch this exciting entertainer at work! Admission: $10. More information: Dakoda Potter, potterdakoda1982@gmail.com, 417.540.9186.

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

September 30: From Convicts to Crocodile Dundee: The History of Australian National Identity, 9:00am at Missouri Southern State University, Corley Auditorium (3950 E Newman Rd). In 1914, the Commonwealth of Australia became embroiled in the First World War alongside the rest of the vast British Empire. Australians employed the patriotic language of Britishness to, in the words of one leader, “stand beside the Mother Country to help and defend her to the last man and the last shilling.” From a population of less than five million, 400,000 Australians served with the ANZACs on the other side of the world. However, more than 60,000 never returned. John C. Mitcham will explore the Australian experience from 1914-1918, examining how the Great War marked an important milestone in the development of the Australian nation. Free and open to the public. This event is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.


EXHIBITS:

September 1 – 30: Photography by David Storm at Joplin Avenue Coffee House (506 S Joplin Ave). Grab a cup of coffee and admire the striking photography of David Storm! More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

September 1 – 30: Body Languages by Connie Miller at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). What can you discern about someone’s attitude without the help of facial expressions? Connie Miller’s extraordinary exhibit, Body Languages, explores this concept through unique paintings of faceless subjects. More information: Linda Teeter, lteeter00@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

September 3 27: Oceanic Journey: The Art of Papua New Guinea at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd). The objects on display are from New Guinea, the second largest island in the world. The island is so rugged that many villages are isolated from each other to the point that more than 800 languages are spoken across this island of about 11 million people. This isolation has prevented western influence on the arts. On view in this exhibition will be a selection of engaging ritual and everyday objects including Bilum (string) bags, ceremonial bowls, figures, and rattan masks. Object loan courtesy of the Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Free and open to the public. This exhibit is a part of MSSU’s Oceania themed semester. More information: Chad Stebbins, stebbins-c@mssu.edu, 417.625.9736.

September 8 – 13: WWI Mobile Museum at Joplin Public Library, Community Room West (1901 E 20th St). One hundred years ago, the United States promised to remember the millions who lost their lives securing our freedom in WWI. The WWI Mobile Museum was created to honor those who served in the war to end all wars and to remember what their sacrifices have achieved. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953. Free and open to the public. More information: Evan Martin, emartin@joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953.

August 23 – September 22: All Creatures Great and Small at artCentral (1110 E 13th St, Carthage, MO). Discover a variety of fascinating animals and insects through the fun and vibrant photos of 15 photographers! This exhibit features artwork from members of “Four State Photography Enthusiasts.” Free and open to the public. More information: Jane Ballard, jane@janeballard.com, 417.501.9960.

August 8 – September 30: Summer Reading Art Challenge Exhibit at Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St). Creativity and imagination abound in this exhibit, which features work inspired by this year’s summer reading theme: space. Free and open to the public. More information: Jill Sullivan, jhsullivan@postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 X1041.

August 8 – September 12: Safety in Numbers by Jaclyn Kidd at Rapha House (710 S Main St). This sobering exhibit from Missouri Southern State University alumni, Jaclyn Kidd, reflects the pervasiveness of sexual assault in our community. Mirrors were placed in men’s and women’s restrooms at MSSU’s campus and people could leave marks or comments if they had experienced sexual assault, rape, threats, or harassment. “I didn’t expect the volume [of responses] and the reactions that people had to it,” says Kidd. More information: 417.621.0373.

August 3 – September 28: The Watercolors of Paul Jackson at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Admire the spellbinding work of painter Paul Jackson. A master at watercolor, Jackson has been recognized for his work numerous times. Named Master Painter of the World by International Artists Magazine, Jackson’s skill and exquisite paintings have earned him accolades from American Artist magazine, Watercolor magazine, Forbes, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

August 3 – October 5: The Photography of Richard Loftis at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). A talented photographer, Richard Loftis dedicated his life to his passion. One of the most distinguished photographers in the Midwest, Loftis taught at multiple universities and colleges, including the Kansas City Art Institute. Today, the late Kansas City photographer’s extraordinary work is housed in museums across the Midwest. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


CLASSES:

September 4: Preschool Nature Connections: Migration (Ages 3–6), 1:00–2:00pm at Wildcat Park Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Some animals are arriving this time of year while others are moving away. Why? Learn more about migration, including what it means, how animals prepare for it, and what we can do to help our animal friends along their journey! Registration required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/YoungestNaturalist. Free and open to the public. This is a program offered by Wildcat Glades Friends Group. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

September 7: Pawpaw Patch Productions: Open Studio (Ages 6+), 9:00am–Noon at Studio 43 (4940 Highway 43). Do you want to make more bison, another project from a class, or do your own thing? Open Studio at Pawpaw Patch Productions provides an opportunity to create! One new skill or project per open studio time slot will be taught. The first person to register and request a skill or project will determine what is demonstrated. Scrap polymer clay, tools, ovens, and assistance provided. For more than one or for large projects, please bring your own clay. Children ages 6–15 must be accompanied by an adult (adults accompanying children do not have to pay to enter). Registration required. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 per person, additional immediate family members are $12 for three hours. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

September 7: Reptiles of Missouri, 1:00–2:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Discover more about the snakes, turtles, and lizards that call Missouri home and meet live specimens. After the program, a discovery table and craft will be available. No registration required. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 7: Nailed It! Acrylic Pour with Samantha Brotherton (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Don’t be a Pinterest Fail! Learn how to properly create an acrylic pour, the latest craze taking over the art world. Cost: $40. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

September 9: Papaw Patch Productions: Open Studio (Age 16+), 6:00–9:00pm at Did you have a polymer clay class and want to make more? Have you seen something you want to try? You don’t have to buy all the supplies and find the space for them, just come and create! The first person to register and request a skill or project will determine what is demonstrated. Scrap clay and tools provided; bring your own polymer clay if you want to create more than one project or a large project. Registration required. Call or text 417.553.1583 or email cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com. Your registration is complete when you receive a reply. Cost: $25 (plus tax) per person for three hours. More information: Cyndi Cogbill, cyndi@pawpawpatchproductions.com, 417.553.1583.

September 14: Preschool Nature Connections: Migration (Ages 3–6), 10:00–11:00am at Wildcat Park Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Some animals are arriving this time of year while others are moving away. Why? Learn more about migration, including what it means, how animals prepare for it, and what we can do to help our animal friends along their journey! Registration required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/YoungestNaturalist. Free and open to the public. This is a program offered by Wildcat Glades Friends Group. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

September 14: Yoga in Nature for Kids (Ages 2+), 11:15–11:45am at Wildcat Park Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Led by Amanda, a Registered Yoga Teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Registration required. To register, visit http://bit.ly/kidsnatureyoga. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.

September 14: Family Fun with Mixed Media with Sandra Conrad (All Ages), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). A fun afternoon of art and memories! Bring your family and work together to create a mixed media mobile. Cost: $25. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

September 14: Paint Your Pet, 7:00pm at Pistol Paws Dog Training (2501 N Rangeline Rd, Ste 7). Pistol Paws Dog Training and RSVPaint are joining forces to celebrate your pampered pet! Send in a photo of your pet to have it drawn on a canvas before the class. Then, paint your pet’s portrait and take your masterpiece home! Reserve your spot by September 9. All supplies and refreshments included. Cost: $60 per person. More information and reservations: Evelyn Goodan, pistolpawsdogtraining@gmail.com, 417.437.8731.

September 19: Vino and 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 Cap Martin, Breck’s Garden at Giverny, or Monet’s Bouquet of Sunflowers. 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.

September 21: Monarchs Rule!, 10:00–10:45am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Monarchs are fascinating and beautiful creatures. Learn more about their life cycle and migration before they flutter away to their winter oasis in Mexico. Enjoy Monarch Festival activities before and after the program. No registration required. All ages welcome; best for ages 5+. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 21: 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 Cap Martin, Breck’s Garden at Giverny, or Monet’s Bouquet of Sunflowers. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Cost is $30 (all materials included). More information: Margie Moss, margiemonet@gmail.com, 417.553.0835.

September 21: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 15+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Capturing the human physique on paper can be challenging. But, with the help of a professional model and instructor Sandra Conrad, you can take your drawing skills to the next level. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

September 23: Fun and Learn Workshop with Connie Miller, 6:00–7:30pm at Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St). Paint wonderfully whimsical masks under the instruction of local artist, Connie Miller. All supplies and snacks provided. Cost: $25. More information or RSVP: Linda Teeter, urbanartjoplin@gmail.com, 417.438.5931.

September 25: Little Acorns: Terrific Trees (Ages 3–6), 10:30–11:30am at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Trees provide food and shelter for many kinds of wildlife, but that’s not all they do. Bring your tots and find out why trees are so terrific! No registration required. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 28: Hunter Education Skills Session (Ages 11+), 9:00am–1:00pm at Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center (201 Riviera Dr). Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by attending this skills session, which will satisfy part two of the Missouri Hunter Education requirements. You must complete part one, the knowledge session, to attend this skills session. Registration required. Click here to register. Free and open to the public. More information: Kim Banner, Kimberly.Banner@mdc.mo.gov, 417.629.3434.

September 28: Photo Walk with Lola Nelson (Ages 13+), 1:00–3:00pm at Spiva Center for the Arts (222 W 3rd St). Hone your photography skills and prepare for PhotoSpiva 2020 by taking a photo walk downtown! Learn more about composition, lighting, and other photography elements from published photographer Lola Nelson. Cost: $20. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

September 28: Nature Explorers: Cooking with Squitos (Ages 7–12), 3:30pm at Wildcat Park Pavilion (201 Riviera Dr). Relax by the campfire in Wildcat Park and learn how to cook with the skeeters! Learn the basics of campfire safety, how to cook on an open flame, in a Dutch oven, and on a stick. Please bring your bug spray and closed toed shoes. This is a program offered by Wildcat Glades Friends Group. Free and open to the public. More information: Robin Standridge, robin@wildcatglades.org, 417.708.7713.


RECURRING CLASSES:

Hobby Lobby (1315 S Rangeline Rd):

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

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


Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St):

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

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.


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

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

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

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


RSVPaint Joplin (223 W 3rd St):  

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

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


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.


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.

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

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


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