|Events in the 4-state area for March 2014 appear below focusing on the cities of Joplin and Springfield in Missouri, Pittsburg in Kansas, Miami in Oklahoma and Fayetteville in Arkansas. Events are posted as we get them. Come back often for updates. To include your event of interest send an e-mail here.
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continuing 1-9: A Tale of Two Cities by Laura Eason will be performed by the Stained Glass Theatre of Joplin at Irving Elementary, 2901 S. McClelland Blvd., Joplin. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. nightly, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for adults are $8 and children 4-13 are $5. Phone (417) 625-1293.
continuing 1-Mar. 16: The Bass Pro Spring Fishing Classic features free fishing seminars conducted by pros and special activities for kids. Special events continuing March 1-2 include seminars from top professional anglers; March 1-5, a reel trade in; March 7-9, seminars by local pros or conservation groups; March 7-11, a rod trade-in, March 8, fried fish sampling, March 15-16, fishing introduction to kids and March 15, a women's fishing workshop. Register to win a new Nitro Z-7 performance bass fishing boat featuring a 150-horsepower Mercury motor and trailer and a guided fishing trip on Table Rock Lake with lodging at Big Cedar Lodge, a total sweepstakes package of more than $32,000. For more information go here.
3-Apr. 1: The Missouri Southern Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will be collecting shoes to donate to Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit group dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The shoes will be sent to children and adults in need in Haiti. Donation boxes for new or gently worn shoes will be located on the Missouri Southern State University campus in Hearnes Hall, Webster Hall, Billingsly Student Center, Plaster Hall and Spiva Library. Shoes also may be dropped off in Room 361 of Webster Hall. Monetary donations also will be accepted to offset the cost of shipping once collection has ended. For more information about Soles4Souls contact Sydney Marsellis at (479) 957-0677 or Nancy Ellis at (417) 625-9580.
5-8: Southern Theatre presents The Drowsy Chaperone from the book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and adapted to the stage by Lisa Lambert (music) and Gre Morrison (lyrics). It will be directed locally by Ann G. Lile. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. nightly. General admission is $3 for adults, $1 for senior citizens and high school students. For tickets phone (417) 625-3190.
6:Vatterott College, 809 Illinois Ave., Joplin, invites the community to their open house from 5-9 p.m. Featured are a chili cook-off and complimentary food and drinks, raffle prizes and giveaways, scavenger hunt, line dance lessons, a photo booth and a DJ.
6: Celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela through the singing of the Soweto Gospel Choir. The event will take place at the Walton Arts Center's Baum Walker Hall in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. For more information go here.
6-8: A production of PANIC by Joseph Goodrich, recipient of the 2008 Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Play, will be performed in the auditorium of the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the campus of Crowder College in Neosho. Here's the plot: While attending a premiere in Paris in 1963 a famous American film director is accused of an unspeakable crime. Bit by bit the truth is revealed, and he and his circle of friends must decide how far they will go to protect his legend. Brimming with echoes of Alfred Hitchcock and old Hollywood, this award-winning mystery will keep the audience riveted until the startling conclusion. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Admission.
7: A free Cancer Care Connect Education Workshop will be offered for people living with thyroid cancer, their families and health care professionals. Listen from 12:30-1:30 p.m. central time over the telephone or via webcast online. Register by phoning (800 813-4673 or online here. Speakers include Dr. R. Michael Tuttle, member and attending physician, endocrinology service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Krzysztof Misiukieuwicz, assistant professor of medicine, hematology and medical oncology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.
8: "Mariah Watkins" is the subject of a talk beginning at 1 p.m. in the Visitors Center of the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond. A member of the Neosho African American community in Neosho, Watkins for a short time was an influence in Carver's life. Free.
9: Silent Spring, a 60-minute documentary exploring the life of writer/environmentalist Rachel Carson, will be shown beginning at 1 p.m. in the Visitor Center of the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond. Free.
11: This is the deadline at 5 p.m. to submit an entry in the 48th annual Maple Leaf Festival theme contest sponsored by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 402 S. Garrison. Provide theme suggestion along with name, address and phone number. Entries may be submitted via e-mail here. For more information contact Neely Myers, membership director, at (417) 358-2373.
11: Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? Are you wondering how the Affordable Care Act will affect you and your community? If so, make plans to attend an informational session about the new health care law that can help families, individuals and businesses understand their options and responsibilities. It will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Newton County University of Missouri Extension Center, Smith Hall, Crowder College, 601 Laclede, Neosho.
11: The 52nd annual International Film Festival will show the 1954 Polish film Five from Barska Street. It will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. in Plaster Hall's Cornell Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
14: The Southwest Missouri band Keltic Knot will perform beginning at 7 p.m. at The MARC, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd., Mt. Vernon. Vagrant, a six-member band from Monett playing a uniwue blend of folk, rock and bluegrass music, will open for them. Irish food will be available to purchase. Admission is $5 per person at the door.
15: "George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way" is a 50-minute film by Frankin Springs Family Media. It will start at 1 p.m. in the Visitors Center of the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond. Free.
16-22: "Peep into Spring" will be part of The Partnership for Environmental Education. Visit the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond to get a passport for the five other sites in the area to earn a special patch. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Visitors Center.
18: Senator Claire McCaskill will be the special guest at two Southwest Missouri Democratic fund raisers. For those with deep pockets ($100 per person suggested donation) a March Mixer will take place from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. The chance to meet the senator includes two drink tickets and an appetizer buffet. Then for a suggested donation of $20 per person the senator will appear at 7 p.m. (registration begins at 5:45 p.m.) in the Billingsly Center ballroom. Featured will be an auction conducted by comic Pat Kelly and a get-together with cookies and punch..
21-23, 28-30: Greater Tuna a comedy about small town morals and mores by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard and Joe Sears will be performed at the Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 W. Old 66 Blvd., Carthage. Kendra Goepfert will be the director. For ticket prices and curtain times go here.
22-23: "Women in Carver's Life" is the subject of a program presented in the Visitors Center of the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond. It begins at 1 p.m. Free.
26-30: Murder at the Howard Johnson's is the next performance at the Joplin Little Theatre, Directed by Jade Leggott, the stars are Marilyn Marshall Six (Arlene), Richard H. Roberts (Mitchell) and Roscoe Miller (Paul). Curtain is 7:30 p.m. nightly and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Phone the box office for tickets at (417) 623-3638.
27: Pro Musica Joplin presents the Horszowski Tour. It will take place beginning at 7 p.m. in Corley Auditorium of Webster Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University, Joplin. Donations requested.
29: "Superheros vs. Villains" is a costumed 5K or one mile fun run sponsored by Starlit Running Company down Main Street and back from 6th and Main in Joplin. Featured will be music, awards and music. Register by March 22 for a race shirt in your size, otherwise first come, first served. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $15 for the one mile. Go here.
29: The Webb City Library Centennial Celebration concludes with the best music and dance from 1913 to 2013 performed by local artists and a power point slide show of the 100 years that the Webb City Library was in existence prepared by Marti Pittman and Mike Moore. The event will take place at the Route 66 Event Center, Main and Broadway in downtown Webb City, beginning at 7 p.m.
31: Step by step replacement of long-established Kentucky 31, the dominant pasture grass in Missouri that belatedly was discovered to carry a toxic fungus, will be an important topic at a program planned at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details go here.
- For events at the Joplin Library go here.
- For dates of monthly NAMI of Joplin support groups go here.
- For events at the Discovery Center of Springfield go here.
- For events associated with the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Joplin go here.
- For a listing of shows at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Springfield go here.
- For events at Baum Walker Hall of the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas go here.