|Events in the 4-state area for July 2014 appear below focusing on the cities of Joplin in Missouri, Pittsburg in Kansas, Miami and Tulsa 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-Aug. 16: Special hands-on activities are offered by the Powers Museum, 16 17 W. Oak, Carthage, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call the museum for more details: (417) 237-0456.
continuing 1-30 (every Wednesday): "Wacky Wednesday," a weekly Vacation Bible School event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 509 S. Pearl, Joplin. All children age 4 years through 5th grade are invited to attend. There will be crafts, music, games, stories and snacks. There is no charge. For details call Pastor Sarah at (417) 624-2433.
7-Aug. 8: Enroll in the Summer Discovery Academy 2014 at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Rd., Joplin. For more information including a description of courses and costs go here.
10, 23, 30: Dr. Steven Wagner, professor of history will be the moderator for the summer meeting of Missouri Southern State University's Literary Lions. Meetings will begin at 10 a.m. near the Java coffee shop in MSSU's Spiva Library. The book to be discussed is Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Raymond Arsenault. For more details go here.
19 (third Saturday monthly): The city of Joplin has opened a free limb and brush drop-off site until further notice for Joplin residents (no limb drop-off by commercial haulers). Leaves, grass clippings, trash, etc. will not be accepted. The hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1702 N. Schifferdecker Ave., 6/10ths of a mile north of Belle Center Road on the west side of Schifferdecker. The city’s residential trash service provider, Republic Services, also will pick up tree limbs with the weekly trash. Limbs must be cut to a maximum of four foot lengths and bundled no more than a maximum of 50 pounds. Residents should set the tree limb bundles next to their blue polycart.
19-Aug. 25: Paul Cagonigro will return to the Main Gallery of the Spiva Center for the Arts with photographs from the collection of J. Armin Rust. Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum's surrealistic art will be displayed in the Regional Gallery. The center is located at Third and Wall in Joplin. Hours are: Tuesdays–Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.and Sundays 1-5 p.m.
22: Juneteenth, the oldest known nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. will be observed beginning at 1 p.m. at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond. A park ranger will give a free presentation on the history of Juneteenth and how the event is honored around the country. The program also will talk about national park units that celebrate the African American experience.
26: A Shoal Creek clean-up will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wildcat Park, Joplin. Children 10+ must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your canoe or kayak. We'll pick up trash along the way and end with lunch and prizes. Limited shuttle service will be available. Pre-registration is required. (417) 782-6287.
26: The Carthage Chamber of Commerce's Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale will take place on and off the square during regular business hours. Huge discounts will be offered. In conjunction with the event the Greater British Motor Club will host its annual car show and the Carthage Farmer's Market will be on the north side of the square.
26: The monthly breakfast of the Southwest Missouri Democrats will take place from 9-11 a.m. at the Golden Corral meeting room, 2415 S. Range Line Rd., Joplin. The featured speakers for this meeting are 7th congressional Democratic primary candidates Genevieve Williams and Jim Evans with the winner facing Billy Long in the November election. Each candidate will speak and answer questions from the audience. Information about all the August 5th primary ballot amendments will be available at this meeting.
27: The MSSU Choral Society will present its free annual patriotic concert at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 102 N. Roane Ave., Webb city. Under the direction of Dr. Al Carnine the performance will feature the cantata America, of Thee I Sing with narration by William Cade and LeAnn Wilson and soloist Kathi Cassady. Accompanist Eleanor McLemore will play an arrangement of God Bless America and the group will perform Sing Out Your Joy, Keep the Dream Alive and America Depends on You and Me!.
27: Learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory in a discussion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Visitor Center of the George Washington Carver National Monument, 5646 Carver Rd., Diamond. Free.
30-Aug. 3: The Boy Friend, a romantic spoof of 1920s musical comedies and a tale of mistaken identity, will be performed at the Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 First St., Joplin. For tickets call the box office at (417) 623-3638. For a complete schedule of shows go here.
31: "Glass on Glass" is a workshop conducted by Sallie Divine and Tricia Courtney that utilizes a glass window and found objects to create a work of art. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., come and go, at the Local Color Art Gallery, 1027 S. Main St., Joplin. The cost is $50 per person and includes materials. Phone: (417) 553-0835.
- For events at the Joplin Library go here.
- For dates of monthly NAMI of Joplin support groups go here.
- For events at the Spiva Center for the Arts 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.