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Gary’s Show Me articles ranged from “The Road Less Traveled” to “Tastes of the 4-States” and “Your Realtor for Life.”
Our team and our region lost a passionate advocate for all. At Show Me The Ozarks Magazine, we honor, we remember and we will work to further his lasting legacy of love and compassion for creating community.
“I wake up every morning and think about all that can be done. I am getting to do everything I enjoy doing.”
Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always nearby. Still loved, still missed and very dear.
In loving memory of our long-time writer, supporter, encourager and friend, Gary Stubblefield 1961 -2023
About the Cover
We’re showcasing some of the most talented professionals in the beauty industry. We call them our friends and neighbors and our stand-in therapists and confidants. This month, we celebrate the ladies who have a hand in making us feel confident in our own skin.
Back Row: Shawn Phillips, Tania Locke, Laurie Goins, Laura Brasier and Alisha McAlister
Front Row: Melissa Yerington, Crystal Vice, Makayla Farris and Chrissie Callihan
45 Recipe: Mock Risotto
64 Health Events
Welcome to April in the Four States! Indoors, you can find classes to help you decorate your home with DIY crafts or learn how to line or swing dance. Outdoors, take a hike, learn about campfire cooking or landscape your outdoor space using native plants. Don't forget the Easter celebrations in the area, too!
34 Northeast Oklahoma Events
27 Tastes of the Four States - Casa Montez
28 Show Me Dining Guide
58 Your House ... Your HomeUpdate your entry for a great first impression
78 The Great Outdoors
80 A Naturalist Voice - American Robin, a new look at an old friend
66 Why I Run: Running through 3 States Piques Runner's Interest
67 Fit for Life - Chewing the Fat
68 Meet The Doctors
75 Evidence-Based, Life-Changing Treatment
76 Ascent Recovery: 17th Annual Charity Classic
5 In loving memory of Gary Stubblefield
20 April Performances at Connect2Culture
22 The Creative Edge: Josh Okerson
24 Show Me Carl Junction
25 Spotlight on Carthage
26 Joplin Arts District
46 Fashion Forward: The Vogue Boutique
47 Things We Love
60 Many Ways to Go Green
62 The Joys of Heaven
74 Faces & Places: Freeman Cat in the Hat
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I have met many people in my life, but I have only met one Gary Stubblefield. Gary and I might have met in business, but Gary was more than a feature writer, a businessman or a community leader. Gary was my friend. He was a friend to everyone he met.
The loss of Gary has only begun to impact me. Even though my heart hurts and my eyes are filled with tears, I know it will be in the moments I briefly forget and pick up the phone to call him. It will be in the moments of community events when I look for his warm smile and miss his humor. It will be in the moments I need advice, a good laugh or a one-of-a-kind Gary story. In those moments, I will be heartbroken.
Gary lived life big and he loved people even bigger. He was the first to help someone in need. He took the time to do the little things. He treated people, all people, with grace and compassion. Gary lived his life with the wisdom we all hope to hold. He knew it was not about what you have, but how you make people feel. It is how Gary made all those around him feel that will never be forgotten. Being good to people is his legacy.
If Gary could help, he did. Whether that was wearing big red shoes for Ronald McDonald House, stopping by to give cookies to Area Agency on Aging, ordering the Stubblefield Special at the Lions Club or living up to his nickname Mr. Carl Junction, Gary loved giving back. He spent endless hours helping raise money for area nonprofits and charities. Gary never missed a chance to help support local businesses. Gary did not do it for the recognition or the limelight. Gary did it because that is who he was.
Gary loved Show Me The Ozarks Magazine. He told everyone he met. Whether that was on Living Well or just a one-on-one conversation, he showed his support. Gary has been a part of Show Me from the beginning, whether as our biggest cheerleader or one of our most-read writers or both. He looked for magazine copies everywhere he visited and, if they were not displaying the most up-to-date edition, he called to let me know. Gary, believed in me. He believed in the magazine. Show Me The Ozarks Magazine will not be the same without him.
To know Gary was to love Gary. Nothing seems more deserving than dedicating this issue to Gary Stubblefield. Gary, you might not be here, but I will carry your words and spirit with me, and this magazine, every day and every month we print. I was honored to have you in my life.Lee Radcliff-Timmsen, Editor/Publisher
“No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”
What’s Happening Calendar of Events SMTO
in the Ozarks
If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to: email@example.com. Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the scheduled event.
Wednesdays: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Drop the H Brewing Company, 107 E. Rose St.
Thursdays: Thursday Night Line Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.
First Friday of the Month: Heavy metal bands, live music, 9 p.m., Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.
Second Friday of the Month: Drag Shows, 10 p.m., Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.
Last Friday of the Month: College Night w/ DJ A Baby, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission with college ID. Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.
ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165. Check our Facebook page during the month as artists may offer popups.
Every Tuesday: Art Exploration/Weekly Beginning Painting, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Explore different art techniques. Feel free to bring something you are working on.
April 6: Pisces Zodiac Painting, 6-8 p.m. This is a small acrylic make and take. Acrylic paint, canvas and brushes supplied. $25, due at time of registration. Class limit: 10 max, ages 14 and older.
April 8: Neurographic Art, 2-4 p.m. This class helps you work through different areas of life you may be wanting to change or are struggling in. Neurographic art helps to form new neural paths in the brain. When you are finished with the process, you can use markers, Crayolas or pencils to color in the areas. You are then left with your own unique piece of art. $30, due at time of registration. Class limit: 10. Ages: 18 and older.
April 11: Taurus Zodiac Painting, 6-8 p.m. This is a small acrylic make and take. Acrylic paint, canvas and brushes supplied. $25, payable at registration. Ages: 14 and older. Class limit: 10 max.
April 13: Happy Flowers: An Acrylic Painting, 6-8 p.m. This is a small acrylic make and take. Just in time for Mother’s Day, you can learn to paint sweet flowers. Acrylic paint, canvas and brushes supplied. $25, payable at registration. Ages: 14 and older. Class limit: 10 max.
April 15: Pressed Flower Lantern Workshop, 2-4 p.m. We will place dried flowers on jars which will, in turn, be candle holders. Feel free to bring your own personal pressed flowers, but a large variety of flowers and all materials are available. $25 for one jar or $40 for two jars, payable at time of registration. Ages: 10-100+ years. Class limit: 12 max.
April 16: From Junk Mail to Junk Journal, 1-3 p.m. With paint, stencils, stamps, marking tools and tapes, we will make an artsy journal with affordable materials. All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own junk mail, envelopes, flyers, etc., to use. $35, due at time of registration. Ages: 13 and older. Class size: max 6.
April 18: Aries Zodiac Painting, 6-8 p.m. This is a small acrylic make and take. Acrylic paint, canvas and brushes supplied. $25, due at time of registration. Class Limit: 10 max. Ages: 14 and older.
April 22: Fused Glass Votive Cups, 1-4 p.m. Create a votive cup by arranging cut pieces of glass on a 6” clear glass base. Basic glass-cutting skills are taught; experience not required. All supplies, tools and instructions included in the workshop fee. Please wear close-toed shoes when working with glass. Protective eyewear is available if you do not wear glasses or bring your own. $50, payable at time of registration. Class limit: 10 max. Ages: 14 and older.
April 23: Ceramic Coil Pots, 1-3 p.m. All supplies included as well as all the firing for a finished product. $45, due at time of registration. Ages: 12 years and older. Class size: 10.
April 29: Spring Floral Table Arrangement, 2-4 p.m. Rilie Creollo, professional florist, will give step-by-step instructions. You choose your own color palette and flowers. We provide everything you need: container, tools, flowers, etc. Snacks and beverages provided. $50/person; please pay at time of registration. Ages: 10-100. Class limit: 14 max.
Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237
Monday, Wednesday & Friday Pickleball 6-10 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 1-3 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Tuesday Yoga 6 p.m.
April 7: Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., CJ Community Center. Cost: Adults $6; children under 6 years, $3. Call 417.439.7724.
April 7: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 a.m., Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609.
Diamond, MO - George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca. *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.
April 2: Casting A Legacy - Art Walk, 1 p.m. Join a park ranger for a walk near the visitor center, exploring commemorative artwork along the trail.
April 8 & 9: George Washington Carver: A Man of Great Faith, 1 p.m. Learn how George Washington Carver listened to ‘the Great Creator’ when studying nature and science and in the stillness of his early morning walks.
April 15: Park Prescription (Rx) Day, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Give yourself the gift of better health with a visit to the park. Activities to get your body moving outside will be offered.
April 16: Struggle for an Education, 1 p.m. Learn about challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education in the years after the Civil War.
April 22: Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrate George Washington Carver’s love for art. Visitors will view demonstrations and instructional workshops utilizing pastels, natural dyes, pencils and more.
April 23: Film: George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life, 1 p.m. An Iowa Public Broadcasting Service documentary highlights George Washington Carver’s complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work. (56 minutes)
April 29 & 30: Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Discover how George Washington Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.
Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 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. Curbside ordering also available, and orders may be placed Tuesday at 8 p.m., until Thursday at 8 p.m., at http://localline.ca/joplin-empire-market. Curbside pickup hours are Saturday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. More information: ivy@ joplinempiremarket.com.
April 7: The Woman’s Club of Joplin Club Day, noon, Twin Hills Golf and Country Club. Lunch followed by a program presented by Susan Hickam, executive director of Lafayette House. For more information or for reservations, call or text 417.483.6336.
Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 West Riviera Drive, Joplin, MO. The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife. Check out the native plant landscaping, exhibits or hike the trails. Purchase a fishing or hunting permit, attend a nature program or watch for wildlife along the trails and banks of Shoal Creek. Enjoy a variety of free public programs throughout the year. Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and most state holidays. Call 417.629.3434, email Shoal.Creek@mdc.mo.gov or visit mdc.mo.gov/events for upcoming events. Parking lot, grounds and trail are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.
April 1: Women’s Hike on Wildcat Trails, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., registration required. Women only, ages 14 and up; girls 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult female. This will be around a four-mile hike with some rugged terrain. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Meet at the Gazebo on the west side of the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center.
April 7: Little Acorns: Spring is Here, 10:30 a.m., registration required. Ages: 3 to 7. Join us to learn about the signs of spring. We will also make a fun spring craft to take home.
April 11: Virtual: Outdoor Cooking: Campfire Cooking for Kids, 12 p.m., registration required. Ages: 10 and up. We will cover methods of outdoor cooking with little campers so they can be involved and excited about spending time outdoors.
April 15: Tried and True Naturescaping from the Start, 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Ages: 18 and up. Naturescaping is utilizing native flowers, vines, shrubs and other plants that share our environment for our landscaping needs. The program is geared toward all interested adults including educators developing and planning outdoor classrooms.
April 18: Virtual: Outdoor Cooking: The Recipes, 12 p.m. Registration required. Ages: 10 and up. We will talk about finding and developing recipes and how to make any recipe work in camp, around a campfire or maybe just at home.
April 25: Virtual: Wonderful Wildflower ID, 10 a.m. Registration required. Ages: 12 and up. Let’s explore the beauty and uniqueness of ephemeral wildflowers. Join Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center naturalists to learn how to identify spring wildflowers and which ones you may see in your own backyard.
April 27: Pollinator Chat and Crochet, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages: 12 and up. Join us to learn about the importance of pollinators in Missouri, including bees, butterflies and many others. We will also create a simple crochet bee. It’s recommended you know basic crochet stitches but it isn’t required. All materials provided.
Webb City, MO
Saturdays: Webb City Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon. Farm-fresh produce, baked goods, herbs, jams, jellies, humanely raised meats and so much more. Information: 417.438.5833.
March 31 & April 1: Spring Shop Hop, 5 p.m. Annual spring shopping event. Enjoy a fun weekend of shopping in Webb City! Take advantage of the great sales going on, ride the trolley and enjoy a meal and/or a beverage.
April 1: Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. King Jack Park. Rain date Saturday, April 8.
April 7: First Friday, 7-10 p.m., Just a Taste. Swing dance lessons, 7 p.m.; live jazz and dancing, 8-10 p.m.; band this month is JOMO Jazz. Feel free to try out your new moves and/or kick back and relax to some tunes and cocktails. Adult: $8 in advance, $10 at the door; student: $5. Call 417.673.1154.
Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.
April 7: Adult Program-Beginner’s Foraging, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 13 and up. Kelly Hock will present a class for those interested in beginning foraging and will focus on a few spring edibles specifically. Pre-register by visiting our Facebook page, by visiting https://bit.ly/WCBeginnersForaging or by emailing email@example.com.
April 8: Yoga in Nature-Adults, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Ages 12+. This class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. $10 to attend. You must pre-register by visiting our Facebook page or emailing maddie@ wildcatglades.org.
April 8: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:30 a.m., free. Ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Must pre-register. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 12 & 15: Preschool Connections: Butterfly Park, April 12, 10-11 a.m.; April 15, 1-2 p.m., ages 3-7. Join us to read a story called “Butterfly Park” and to sing a fun song about butterflies. We will make a special craft that will prove to be useful to butterflies. There will also be something special for each child if they come back to our Earth & Arbor Day event. Pre-register by visiting our Facebook page, going to https://bit.ly/PreschoolApril2023 or by emailing email@example.com.
April 15 & 17: Nature Explorers: Pollinator Power, April 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; April 17, 2-3 p.m. Ages 7-14. Pollinators are the “little things that run the world.” Join us to learn a little about the pollinators of Missouri. We will spend a bit of time outside looking for pollinators, so please dress appropriately. Pre-register by visiting our Facebook page, visiting https://bit. ly/NatureExplorersApril2023 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 19: Adult Program: Foraging with Bo Brown. Two Classes: April 19, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2:30-5 p.m. $10 to attend. Bo Brown is a foraging expert and the writer of the popular Foraging the Ozarks field guide. He will teach a class about the basics of foraging, and participants will take a walk on Wildcat’s trails to learn about some of the local edible plants at Wildcat Park. Pre-register by going to our Facebook page, visiting https://bit.ly/ WildcatForaging or by emailing email@example.com.
April 20: Adult Program: Sounds of Nature, 6-8 p.m. Ages 13+. Join us to learn about some of the nocturnal animals that are calling out at night. We will talk about those animals in the Wildcat Glades Education Cottage, and then we will take a walk at dusk along the trails to see if we can put those new skills to use. Pre-register by going to https://bit.ly/WildcatSounds or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 22: May the Forest Be with You: Earth & Arbor Day Event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For this annual event, we will have a native tree giveaway, a native plant sale, live music, food trucks and numerous booths. No need to register, just head out to Wildcat Park any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to enjoy the festivities. Questions: email@example.com.
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April 7: Opening Reception: Rhythms & Threads by Clint and Mary Thornton, 6-8 p.m., artCentral Carthage, 1110 E. 13th St. Enjoy libations and hors d’oeuvres, and meet the artists during this come-and-go reception. Free; donations appreciated. More information: artcentral@ artcentralcarthage.org, 417.358.4404.
April 7-May 13: Rhythms & Threads by Clint and Mary Thornton, artCentral Carthage, 1110 E. 13th St. Artists Clint and Mary Thornton’s compositions reflect their call and response to artistic conversations inspired by music that dances through the strokes of Clint’s brushes and the stitches of Mary’s needles. Free; donations appreciated. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.358.4404.
April 7: The Reminders, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. Tickets: connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550 or at the C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex (Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m.). Tickets: $25-$35. More information: email@example.com, 417.501.5550.
April 9: Joanna Connor House Concert, 7 p.m. Suggested, minimum donation of $35. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing. More information: email@example.com
April 13-16 & 20-23: Seussical JR., 7 p.m.; Sundays 2:30 p.m., Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. Tickets: sgtjoplin.square.site. Tickets: Adults $10, children (ages 4-14) $5, children ages 3 and under admitted free. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 20-22: Little Shop of Horrors, 7 p.m., Joplin High School PAC, 2104 S. Indiana Ave. Tickets: Adults $10, students $8. More information: email@example.com
April 22: Miss Jubilee & The Yas Yas Boys, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. Tickets: connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550 or at the C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex (Tuesday–Saturday, 1-5 p.m.). Tickets: $20. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.501.5550.
April 27-29: Bonnie and Clyde the Musical, 7:30 p.m., Dream Theatre Co., 124 S. Main St. Reservations required: showtix4u.com/event-details/70446. General admission: $25. More information: email@example.com, 417.622.6470.
April 29: Piano Battle, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall. 212 W. 7th St. Pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis perform pieces and audience members cast their votes to decide the winner. Tickets: connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550 or at the C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex (Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m.). Tickets: $30–$40. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.501.5550.
Through June 1: Iconic Joplin (ages 12-16). Joplin’s 150th birthday celebration, Iconic Joplin, challenges teams of teens to work together to research, design and build Joplin landmarks in their past, present or future states out of LEGO bricks! Teams were announced December 1. Winners will be announced in June. Info: hello@Landmark-Builds.com, 417.825.3395.
All Month: Joplin Reads Together (ages 18+), Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Community-focused event centered upon one adult book and includes accompanying programs during April, ending with a visit
from the author. Participate by reading Remarkable Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, tracking progress on Beanstack and joining programs offered throughout the month. Details available at joplinpubliclibrary. org/joplinreadstogether. Free. More information: sturnerhill@ joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1030.
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 p.m., Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 p.m.; 21+ from 10 p.m. until close. Free. email@example.com, 417.540.9186.
April 4: Chat & Craft (ages 18+), 6-8 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Marcellus, the snarky octopus from the Joplin Reads Together book Remarkably Bright Creatures, has a few things to say about your reading habits. In this program, participants will stamp their own bookmark or postcard with witticisms straight from the cephalopod’s beak. Free. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.623.7953 x1030.
April 4: Speed Networking, 6-8 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. Are you a Joplin arts and cultural organization representative? Come prepared to tell your organization’s story and brainstorm potential collaborations with your creative peers. Light appetizers and beverages served. Registration required: bit.ly/c2c-speed-networking-registration-2023. Free. More information: email@example.com, 417.501.5550.
April 5: Remarkably Bright Creatures Book Discussion (ages 18+), 1-2 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Free. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.623.7953 x1030.
April 6: Exploring Swedish Culture (ages 18+), 2-3 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Join MSSU professors Dr. Amber Mintert and Dr. Rebecca Shriver as they present on Swedish culture. Free. More information: email@example.com, 417.623.7953 x1030.
April 6: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process and all art will be for sale. Map of participating locations is available at facebook. com/firstthursdayartwalkjoplin. Free. More information: lteeter00@gmail. com, 417.438.5931.
April 6: Opening Reception: Lost & Found: Remarkably Bright Objects, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Light refreshments available while they last. Free. More information: sturnerhill@ joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1030.
April 7: April First Friday with VSM Joplin, 7-10 p.m., Just A Taste Webb City, 105 S. Main St., Webb City. Join Vintage Swing Movement (VSM) Joplin for a dance lesson at 7 p.m., then show off your new skills or kick back and enjoy live music from NWA Jazz & More at 8 p.m. Pre-registration encouraged; visit fb.me/e/2Jen2d8m3. Event limited to the first 100 people who register. Tickets: At the door $10, in advance $8, students $5. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 316.243.8175.
April 8: Market Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Celebrate Easter weekend with the Joplin Empire Market! Free. More information: email@example.com, 928.514.7713.
April 11: Researching Your Roots: Tools for Discovering Your Family Tree (ages 18+), 6-7 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Review the resources Joplin Public Library offers for genealogy research with JPL Reference and Local History staff. Free. More information: sturnerhill@ joplinpubliclibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1030.
April 13: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. Dues $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.691.0480.
April 13: Joplin Goes to the Movies: Bonnie and Clyde, 7 p.m., Landreth Park, 1001 NW Murphy Blvd. We are commemorating the 90th anniversary of the infamous shootout with Bonnie and Clyde with a free outdoor film.
Show begins at 8:30 p.m. Free. More information: email@example.com, 417.625.4789.
April 15: Wonders of Wildlife: Under the Sea, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Sharks, jellies and sea turtles—this EDventure is all about animals that live in the sea. Open to all ages. Free. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.623.7953 x1030.
April 15: Celebrate Joplin: Baseball, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Joe Becker Memorial Stadium, 300 S. High Ave. Witness a Vintage Baseball Association exhibition game between the Westerns Base Ball Club of Topeka and the St. Louis Brown Stockings. More information: email@example.com, 417.625.4789.
April 15: Percy Wenrich, “The Joplin Kid,” Tribute to Ragtime, 7 p.m., MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Featuring Joplin-born composer Percy Wenrich’s most famous works. Cost: Reserved seating $15, general admission free. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.625.4789.
April 18: Remarkably Bright Creatures Book Discussion (ages 18+), 6-7 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Free. More information: email@example.com, 417.623.7953 x1030.
April 18: 1,000 Words Poetry Event, 6-8 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Free. More information: sconroy@ spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.
April 22: MSSU’s World Music & Cuisine Festival, 5-7:30 p.m., MSSU Gymnasium, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Join MSSU’s international students, faculty, staff, community members and local ethnic restaurants as they prepare delicious, native dishes. Then, enjoy live music and dances from a variety of countries. Cost: $2 per sample, $15 unlimited wristband. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.625.9736.
April 20: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Joplin. Every third Thursday, March through October, on Main Street in downtown Joplin, enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment and food. Free. More information: email@example.com, 928.514.7713.
April 27: Shelby Van Pelt Author Visit (ages 18+), 6 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. The final program of Joplin Reads Together: a visit from Shelby Van Pelt, author of Remarkably Bright Creatures. Free. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.623.7953 x1030.
April 29: Joplin Empire Market’s Fifth Birthday Bash! 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Enter for a chance to win a hoop-style greenhouse and more! Free; food and drink available for purchase. More information: email@example.com, 928.514.7713.
April 29: Book Signing with LaDonna Greiner, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. LaDonna photographs landscapes, vintage buildings and backroads. Free. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.
April 4-April 18: Joplin K-12 Art Show, Joplin High School, 2104 S. Indiana Ave. You are invited to support the work of Joplin’s talented, young artists during the annual Joplin K-12 Art Show! Free. More information: email@example.com
March 18-May 13: PhotoSpiva 2023, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. Celebrating its 47th year, PhotoSpiva 2023 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. The competition is open to all US photographers and any type of photographic process. Free; donations appreciated. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.623.0183.
Through May 12: The 24th Annual Jo Mueller Small Works Auction, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. In this exhibit and auction, Spiva member artists create works ranging from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. Free; donations appreciated. More information: email@example.com, 417.623.0183.
Through April 30: Ozarks Photography by LaDonna Greiner, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. An outdoor enthusiast, Greiner photographs landscapes, vintage buildings and backroads. Free. More information: jill@ postartlibrary.org, 417.623.7953 x1041.
Through April 30: Rural Relics by Jim Bray, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th St. A collection of watercolor and acrylic paintings from artist Jim Bray. Free. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.438.5931.
Through April 30: Totally Color by Connie Miller, Plant Parenthood 417, 528 S. Main St. Visit Plant Parenthood, a store dedicated to helping people experience, grow and decorate with plants, and see Totally Color, an exhibit by artist Connie Miller! Free. More information: plantparenthood417@ gmail.com.
April 4: Master Gardening Class (ages 18+), 6-7:30 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Join Master Gardener Eric Osen as he teaches about raised beds, containers, straw beds and other alternative gardens. Free. More information: email@example.com, 417.623.7953 x1030.
Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd Street
Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 4-5:15 p.m. Painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and more. Pre-registration recommended; register at spivaarts.org/classes. In advance $6, at the door $8. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.623.0183.
Create N’ Sip Studios, 223 W. 3rd Street:
Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. Canvas and home decor DIY event. Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. $28-$58. Info: email@example.com, 417.680.5434.
Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 a.m. 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. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.680.5434.
Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main Street: Call the gallery at 417.553.0835 to sign up.
Every Tuesday: Beginner’s watercolor class, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $20. Bring your own supplies. Ages 8 and up.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday: 2 p.m., $20. Improve your painting and learn principles of design. Bring your own watercolor, oils or acrylic paint.
April 14: Watercolor, 1-3 p.m., all supplies furnished; $30.
April 15: Saturday Paint Class, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $30, includes all supplies and ice cream cone from Caroline’s; ages 8 and up; paint Monet or Van Gogh.
April 16: Ozark Festival Orchestra’s Pops Concert, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Monett City Park Casino, 101 S. Lincoln Ave. Arrive at 1:30 p.m. to enjoy treats during a pie and ice cream benefit and a silent auction for art lovers. At 2:30 p.m., hear the orchestra perform patriotic selections. Tickets available at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis. Admission to pie and ice cream benefit, silent auction and concert included in ticket price.
Admission: Adults $15, children (ages 12 and under) $5. More information: email@example.com, 417.316.3302.
April 21 & 22: Suspects & Sleuths, Crowder College, 601 Laclede Ave. An evening of mystery, fun and fundraising. Additional details to come. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 417.455.5458.
The band’s lead singer, Samir, built his musical portfolio from some of life’s toughest lessons. “I grew up in the Congo and immigrated to this country to remind myself, my family and my friends dreams can come true,” he said. “Some of my early challenges became my biggest assets for my creativity and gave me endless inspiration.”
For example, the band’s song, "Dreams Come True", and its chorus: "All praise due, Peace be with you, Regardless where you’re from, Or what you’ve been through, Tap into your higher self and make your dreams come true” is an anthem for those to move forward after a difficult period.
Samir said the band is a family affair; his wife plays guitar and their three children are part of the band and the crew. “It gives them skills they will use in their futures when it comes to meeting people easily and using their creativity in tough situations.” They have enjoyed playing the big venues like the Apollo and Red Rocks, and they’re looking forward to coming to Joplin.
Want to go?
April 7, 2023 • 7 p.m.
Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall
Series: Curtains Up Series
*C2C and MSSU are collaborating to have them offer a workshop at MSSU the day before that is open to the public.
Connect2Culture’s April schedule includes a variety of musical performances at the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex. Here’s what you’ll find:
MISS JUBILEE & THE YAS YAS BOYS
Miss Jubilee and the Yas Yas Boys is a St. Louis band that specializes in early blues, jazz and hokum. Vocalist Miss Jubilee (aka Valerie Kirchhoff) leads the group, paying homage to the female blues singers of the 1920s and ‘30s and to the rich musical heritage of St. Louis.
“I can't remember what age I was when my mother put me in the church choirs, which led me to join all of the choirs I could in school,” Kirchhoff said. “I remember observing my older sisters going to the library and bringing back records to listen to and browsing albums at record shops to find something new. It was rarely about hearing the latest band but more about finding anything we had never heard before. Because of this, I formed the same habits and listened to as much music as I could, purely to see if I liked it or not.”
Kirchhoff heard an album of Bessie Smith that showed her there was a wealth of female singers from the ‘20s and ‘30s, and she began to study and learn the music of these greats.
“Having a band was something I had always dreamed of,” she said. “But focusing on obscure singers from a different time can be difficult. I use pro players and they are really committed to the vision of the band. Every musician has an important role in getting this music right. We are all so fortunate to play with one another and the support from our hometown of St. Louis is a really big deal to us.”
Kirchhoff is thrilled every time she does a show. “What I love the most is that you don’t have to do anything to these songs and they can still feel relatable, and they become a way to converse and have a good time with new people,” she said. “We’re looking forward to sharing the music with Joplin.”
Want to go?
Miss Jubilee & Yas Yas Boys
April 22, 2023 • 7 p.m.
Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall
Series: Cornell Series
Paul Cibis and Andreas Kern may be the dueling pianists, but it’s the audience who will be the star of the show when they vote to determine which of these two accomplished musicians win the piano battle.
And you know the show is going to be lively when you check out their website for a preview performance, marvel at the music and decide to look at the dropdown menu of merchandise available for sale: CD, t-shirt and ear plugs (they really do sell them). This playful approach will be the theme to their evening’s entertainment, something they’ve been sharing with audiences around the world and to much acclaim.
Want to go?
April 29, 2023 • 7 p.m.
Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall
Series: Curtains Up Series
Educated in Hanover, Berlin, and London, Paul Cibis has performed on five continents and has been invited to international festivals, featured in radio and television programs around the world and has released several albums.
Andreas Kern studied in Cologne and Berlin. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has extensive experience abroad and has always worked to present classical music in unconventional ways. He is proud to say those efforts have successfully drawn a much wider and younger audience than traditional classical concerts. Both pianists define ‘concert’ in unique terms. Cibis said, “A concert is a time for the audience to enjoy the beauty of classical music, though not necessarily in a traditional format.” And Kern said, “A concert is the opportunity to make new and interesting musical experience and to go home with the feeling that you did not only have a great time but have also expanded your artistic horizon.”
Chance encounters of the creative kindBy Ann Leach
The Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” Joplin artist Josh Okerson found himself in the right moment at the right time when a 90-year-old encourager and mentor, Michael F. Wright, came into his life.
“It was 2019 and I don’t even remember how I got Michael’s phone number,” Okerson said. “But I called him to talk about art, and we struck up a friendship immediately. A year later, I drove to meet him at his Santa Fe home. The moment I saw his work and learned he had been a personal assistant to Willem De Kooning in the mid- to late-‘60s, I knew fate must have sent me there.”
Painting is very relaxing and good for depression and anxiety disorders. It strengthens creativity and allows the painter to express deep, often unpleasant emotions he could not otherwise express.
~ Josh Okerson
Okerson began painting as a way of coping with anxiety and depression. A career plan was thwarted due to the 2011 tornado, and the later governmental closing of his chosen educational institution left him unable to complete his degree.
“I felt a sense of hopelessness after that,” Okerson said. “I started collecting art to bring some joy to my life at the time. The more I looked at these paintings, the more they intrigued me. I wanted to know how someone’s mind could create such beautiful works of art.”
His conversation with Wright encouraged him to give painting a try.
“I never had a composition in mind, and I wasn’t inspired by anything,” Okerson said. “I just got lost in the moment and couldn’t stop. Painting is a very intimate experience for me and involves a great deal of emotion. It’s not something I plan.”
Okerson derives inspiration from music, politics, personal relationships and nature, as well as from how he is feeling about his own life and its ups and downs. He seeks to create something that stylistically has never been seen before, and his goal is to keep improving his work. He does this by watching educational videos, experimenting with different textures and mediums, and sharing his work and asking for feedback from other artists, including his mentor and encourager, Wright.
“I was astonished at Michael’s response to my first painting,” Okerson said. “He told me, ‘You’ve got tremendous potential, kid. Especially since you have never had any prior education. If you keep doing this, you’ll go far, and I will be behind you 100%.’ I took his advice and haven’t stopped painting. This is my purpose, it’s what I am destined to do.”
Onbehalf of the Carl Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors, we are heartbroken to announce the passing of Gary Stubblefield. He served our chamber as executive director for over nine years, and his dedication to the community didn't stop there after his retirement. He went on to represent Carl Junction as a city alderman, local realtor, writer for Show Me The Ozarks magazine and served on numerous boards at many area organizations.
In honor of his memory, we encourage everyone to continue his legacy by #BeAGary. Go out and support a local business, eat biscuits and gravy, surprise someone with flowers, have lunch with a friend you haven't seen in a while, check in with family, donate to a good cause and go out to do good. In true Gary fashion, you must snap a picture or "it didn't happen." There are no words to describe how much he is missed. He will forever be Mr. Carl Junction.
The Carthage Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual banquet at the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer. The Chamber and other agencies handed out awards that honored individuals and businesses for their contributions to Carthage.
Maple Leaf Festival Volunteer of the Year – Brian Chorum
Small Business of the Year – Boomers BBQ Willy Waggoner
Citizen of the Year - Jackie Boyer
Best Decorated Business Table - Leggett & Platt
Other awards presented by other agencies included: City of Carthage Excellence in Industry Award - Schreiber Foods
artCentral Artist of the Year – Alice Lynn Greenwood Mathe’ Vision Carthage – Merre Putnam
ATHENA International – Dr. Carissa Gober
Carthage R-9 Schools Golden Key Awards – Early Childhood-
Third Grade Golden Key Winner: Heather McConnell, FourthSixth Grade Golden Key Winner: Jeni Barlow, Ninth-Twelfth Grade Golden Key Winner: Christy Philpot
To see the full gallery of pictures, visit www.carthagechamber. com.
In April, the Chamber, along with many other local organizations, are coming together to celebrate a community Earth Day celebration. This event will be held Saturday, April 22, at Carthage Central Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will feature fun for the whole family with many activities planned for kids and parents to enjoy. Food trucks will be on hand along with a first ever Shred-A-Thon provided by Innovative Industries to shred papers and documents. The Carthage Tree Board will hand out saplings, while supplies last, to attendees. For more information, contact the Carthage Chamber at 417.358.2373.
Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply
2309 Fair Lawn Dr. 417.358.3529
Race Brothers carries a complete line of farm and home supplies including clothing, electrical, plumbing, lawn and garden, outdoor power equipment, tools, truck accessories, pet supplies, cattle-handling equipment, farm fencing and toys. Dedicated to providing the Carthage area with quality service and products for over 40 years. You’ll like the way we do business…tell a friend!
Third Thursday street festival is an outside, downtown community event on Main Street from First through Seventh streets. Learn more at www.Facebook.com/ JoplinThirdThursday. Join us April 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m., where you can enjoy music, entertainment, food trucks and artisan crafts.
Urban Art Gallery, 511 South Main Street: Featuring self-taught painter and mixed media artist Rachel Cabral’s show, Mirror of the Mind, during April. Meet Rachel April 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
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Visit these local establishments to experience a variety of creative events this spring:
JOPLIN ARTS DISTRICT NEWS - A snapshot of news, events and activities happening in April.
Art Exhibits, Theater and Music
Connect2Culture, 212 West 7th Street
•“Miss Jubillee & The Yas Yas Boys April 22 at 7 p.m. A St. Louis blues and jazz group pay homage to the great women singers of the 1920s and 1930s. Tickets: $20. • Piano battle with internationally acclaimed pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis April 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $30-40.
For ticket information and other details, call 417.501.5550. All performances are held in the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex.
Dream Theatre Company, 124 South Main Street, presents Bonnie and Clyde. A sexy, thrilling musical with blues, gospel and rockabilly music. April 27, 28, 29 and May 3, 4, 5. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Order tickets ($25) at showtix4u.com or reserve at 417.622.6470.
First Thursday ArtWalk with eight locations April 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in downtown historic Joplin. Artists, musicians and host businesses offer a pleasant evening of local arts experiences. Find a map of locations posted on Facebook/ firstthursdayartwalkjoplinEvents.
Local Color Art Gallery, 1027 South Main Street hosts painter Barb Hicklin teaching beginning watercolor (ages 8 and up) every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $20 walk-in and bring your supplies. Walk in or RSVP 417.553.0835.
Spiva Center for the Arts, inside the Cornell Complex, 212 West Seventh Street: Enjoy viewing the 2023 Jo Mueller Small Works Auction, Photospiva 2023 in its 47th year as a national juried show of photography; PhotoSpiva Kids and Teens, and Jim Mueller: Local Legacy, celebrating the life and work of renowned photographer, instructor and PhotoSpiva founder. You’re invited to attend the 1000 Words poetry event April 18 at 6 p.m., when writers will create a poem in response to one of the photos featured in the PhotoSpiva exhibit and read their poems out loud. Next, the Four States Photography Enthusiasts Club will open their annual juried exhibit April 28.
Blackthorn Pizza & Pub 510 S. Joplin Ave Joplin, MO
Facebook: @ BlackthornPizza&Pub
Blackthorn Pizza & Pub is a welcoming and inclusive Irish pub in the heart of downtown Joplin. This hip spot is famous for its delicious food, huge beer selection on tap, the area’s best live music and unforgettable drag shows. Follow Blackthorn on Facebook for upcoming events. Open 7 days a week and now also open for lunch Thursday through Monday.
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Beast & Barrel, 530 South Main Street: During April, see large, colorful, realistic, yet conceptual, paintings by artist Andrew Batcheller. Meet Andrew April 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Blackthorn Pizza and Pub, 510 South Joplin Avenue, hosts Stand Up Comedy Open Mic 8:30 p.m. each Sunday. Singer/song writer Open Mic on second Wednesday at 8 p.m. All ages until 10 p.m. No cover.
April 21, 7:30 p.m. Spring Fling Drag Show, $10 cover benefitting JOMO Pridefest 2023.
Brew Pub & Parlor, 813 South Main Street: Karaoke every Tuesday, 8 p.m., 21+, no cover. Catch a free comedy show the last Friday of every month.
Chaos Brewing Company, 122 South Main Street: Enjoy the ‘90s band Mixtapes April 5 at 8 p.m. And play free Trivia Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Club 609, 609 South Main Street: During April, presents painter Philip Ledbetter with “Looking Back” at his first 10 years of being an artist from college to now. His reception is April 6, 5:308:30 p.m.
Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 South Joplin Avenue: Artist Robin Harner’s faith-based exhibit of paintings, Inspired by God runs through April. Meet Robin during her reception
April 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Also enjoy Joplin Improv Live at 7 p.m. April 21; Downtown Poetry at 6 p.m. the third Monday of every month; and Open Mic Night the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Free.
Plant Parenthood, 528 South Main Street: Artwork from artists Marta Churchwell, Merlen White, Connie Miller, Brent Skinner and others. Meet the artists April 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Countryside in the City
Countryside in the City is one of the leading florists in Joplin for fine, quality roses, flowers, plants and gifts for every occasion. Let our experienced designers and staff create a one-of-a-kind gift you will love. We also offer beautiful custom-designed wedding flower arrangements including wedding bouquets, centerpieces and boutonnieres. Open Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-1 pm. Convenient parking.
Casa Montez is a beloved institution in Joplin, Missouri, known not only for its delicious food but also for the memories it has helped create for generations of families and friends. Since opening its doors in 1965 as the first Mexican restaurant in Joplin, Casa Montez has been serving up authentic cuisine that has earned it a loyal following.
The Amayo family ran the restaurant until 2018 when they sold it. Unfortunately, the restaurant closed during the pandemic. In 2021, Cindy and David Amayo decided it was time to bring Casa Montez back, and boy, am I glad they did!
During my visit to Casa Montez, I was immediately struck by the warmth and friendliness of the staff, who made me feel right at home. The cozy, inviting atmosphere added to the experience, and I knew I was in for a treat. The cheese dip, a customer favorite, was the fantastic start to my meal, and the Perfect Margarita was a refreshing accompaniment.
As I worked my way through the menu, I found myself impressed by the quality and consistency of the food. The Supreme Nachos were piled high with toppings and full of flavor. The Florentine Burrito Dinner was just like I remembered, tender spinach stuffed inside a tortilla and topped with Casa Montez’s signature cheese sauce. The made-to-order Carnitas Tacos are top-notch. The meat is tender, the flour tortilla is fried perfectly and the toppings are fresh. You will find the tacos on the a la carte menu, but they could easily fill you up as a meal.
Cindy and David Amayo clearly take great pride in their family traditions, and it shows in every dish they serve. Cindy’s top picks are the tamales, carnitas and fajitas, while David’s favorites are the soft and hard tacos made from his grandmother’s recipe.
Overall, Casa Montez is more than just a restaurant; it’s a legacy passed down through generations of families and friends. It’s a must-visit for anyone looking for authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Don’t miss the chance to experience it for yourself.
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Crabby’s Seafood Bar and Grill
815 W. 7th St. • Joplin, MO • 417.206.3474
Catering • Private Parties • Chef at Home
Dine at Crabby’s for a beautiful meal in an elegant, yet approachable finedining experience. Choose from a wide variety of fresh seafood, steak and chops. Enjoy libations from our full bar, including the best Scotch selection in town. Serving the Four States for 10 years! Make your reservations today!
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm • Closed Sunday
Red Onion Café
203 E. 4th • Downtown Joplin, MO 417.623.1004 • www.redonioncafe.com
Casual urban dining in historic downtown Joplin since 1995. Famous for fresh salads, smoked chicken dip, burgers, pasta, grilled fish and steaks. The menu has a wide variety of gluten-free, low-carb and keto-friendly items. Extensive craft beer menu and wines by the glass. Full-service catering for groups large and small. Consistently voted “Best Restaurant” and “Best Menu” by 417 Magazine and The Joplin Globe. $-$$
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-9 pm
TRACKSIDE BURGERS & BBQ
Trackside Burgers & BBQ
1515 West 10th St. • Joplin, MO 417.717.1161
Trackside Burgers & BBQ offers freshly made items to order. Chef Mike and his staff offer the old-fashioned hamburgers everyone loves and more, from homemade sauces and seasoned fries to perfectly prepared chicken sandwiches and onion rings. Chef Mike wants to share his love for food and his heart to serve people. Call about catering for your next party or event! $-$$
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 am-8 pm; Saturday, 11 am-3 pm
4224 S. Main St. • Joplin, MO 417.624.2272
Casa Montez is back in business and ready to serve you! The team at Casa Montez is serving up all of your favorite recipes as before as well as their famous cheese dip. If you’re looking for the perfect Mexican cuisine including delicious tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and so much more, you must visit Casa Montez at their new location. Call ahead for your to-go order and conveniently pick up at the walk-up window. $-$$
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-8 pm
609 Main Street • Joplin, MO 417.623.6090
“Treat your appetite to a GOURMET DELIGHT served ‘Joplin style’.” Flavorful specialties for any occasion, featuring salads, burgers and sandwiches. Delicious entrees – beef, chicken, pork, seafood and seven “pastabilities!” Offering appetizers, homemade desserts, soup du jour, beer, wine and mixed drinks. Kids menu available. $-$$$
Hours: Kitchen open Monday-Friday 11 am-10 pm Saturday 11 am-10:30 pm • Bar open later
Hackett Hot Wings
520 S. Main • Joplin, MO 417.625.1333 • www.hacketthotwings.com
“The only wings better are on an angel.” Offering 13 flavors of wings, plus salads, catfish, chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, boneless wings and more! Call for catering and reservations. Now offering an additional dining area and sports room with 17 big-screen TVs and full bar featuring Coach Hackett’s Ultimate Bloody Mary. Check out the online store at hacketthotwings.com. (Smoke-free) $-$$
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11 am-9 pm; Fri-Sun, 11 am-10 pm; Mon-Wed Lunch Specials, 11 am-2 pm; Mon-Wed Happy Hour, 3-6 pm.
Finn’s 2707 E. 32nd Street • Joplin, MO 417.624.3466 • www.finnsjoplin.com
Finn’s is a semi-fine dining restaurant that caters to all your dining desires. Enjoy our dog-friendly patio and warm, inviting fireplaces. From our uniquely crafted cocktails, farm-fresh ingredients and Joplin’s best in-house bakery paired with our elegant, intimate atmosphere for small gatherings or a night out. Finn’s chefs are experts in their craft, with just the right touch to make your restaurant experience special. $$-$$$
Hours: Monday -Saturday: 11 am-9 pm
Just A Taste
105 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO 417.673.9463 • www.justatastemo.com
Just A Taste Webb City has a plethora of incredible spaces for you to try out. Every time you come in, you can have a unique experience. Visit our tasting room, which features our own wine made in St. James, Missouri. Or, join us for dinner in our intimate restaurant or indoor courtyard, where we feature a farm-to-table menu. Or, stop in for a drink in our cozy cocktail bar featuring an inventive cocktail menu and hundreds of beer and spirits. $$-$$$. Check Facebook for hours.
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Undercliff Grill & Bar
6835 Old Highway 71 • Joplin, MO 417.629.2869 • www.theundercliffgrill.com
Undercliff Grill & Bar is back in business! This historical restaurant has been brought back to life under new ownership, so come by to grab a bite to eat and see what’s new. Chow down on some good old-fashioned comfort food or grab a beer at the bar. Undercliff Grill & Bar is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, a date or a night out with friends and family. Follow Undercliff Grill & Bar on Facebook to learn more! $-$$.
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11 am-9 pm; Saturday, 9 am-9 pm; Sunday, 9 am-3 pm.
Bailey’s Family Dining
1200 Briarbrook Dr. • Carl Junction, MO
417.781.2944 • Like us on Facebook!
Bailey’s restaurant offers a variety of home-cooked meals that are sure to satisfy. Enjoy one of our many delicious burgers with hand-breaded onion rings or try a pulled pork chimichanga. On the weekend, join us for breakfast where everything is made from scratch. From sweet to savory, we offer specialty pancakes, omelets and all your breakfast favorites. $-$$
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 am-10 pm; Saturday-Sunday 7 am-10 pm.
408 Havenhurst Drive • Pineville, MO 417.223.2055 • www.haven55.com
Haven 55 is a cozy country restaurant with a magnificent view, delicious homestyle food and exceptional service. The culinary masterpieces from Owner and Executive Chef Alan Bone cannot be beat. You will love the New York strip steak with blue cheese cream sauce, the fried green beans, and you don’t want to miss Wednesday night prime rib! Located on the site of the old Havenhurst Mill, built in 1868, this historical restaurant overlooks the dam on Little Sugar Creek. $-$$$
Hours: Tues-Sat for lunch 11 am-2 pm, and dinner 5 pm-9 pm
70220 East Hwy 60 • Wyandotte, OK 888.992 SKY1
Shawanoe Restaurant, located inside Indigo Sky Casino, is serving delicious award-winning chef creations daily. Bring your family and friends and enjoy delicious desserts, gourmet sandwiches, upscale salads, and a wonderful selection of pasta dishes. For the steak lover, mouth-watering steaks cooked to perfection. Everything to satisfy your appetite, plus your favorite beverage. Go to indigoskycasino.com for additional information. Located inside Indigo Sky Casino, Hwy 60 West of Seneca, MO. $-$$$
Taste of Italy
4321 S. Chapel Road • Carthage, MO 417.358.2000
“The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again.” Taste of Italy serves up delectable, authentic Italian food with new specials almost daily. Owner and Head Chef Aleks Sula was born in Albania and raised in New York City, so he brings 20-plus years of experience in traditional Italian and Mediterranean cooking to his menu. You can expect made-from-scratch bread, sauces, pasta and more. $-$$
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-9 pm; Sunday, 11 am-3 pm
1926 S. Garrison Ave. • Carthage, MO 417.237.0547
For the delicious authentic Mexican food you crave, there’s no place like MisArcos. We offer great choices, from our mouthwatering quesadillas to sizzling fajitas to massive burritos. There’s a reason we were voted Best of the Four States for Mexican food! Did we mention our two for $5 margaritas? Mis Arcos is the home of great food, fun times and lots of laughs! $-$$
Hours: Mon-Wed, 11 am-9 pm; Fri, 11 am-9:30 pm; Sat/Sun 11 am-9 pm
Sam’s Cellar Bar & Oven
101 N. Wood • Neosho, MO 417.451.3330 • www.samscellar.com
Sam’s Cellar offers a unique dining experience under the historic square in Neosho, MO. Enjoy gourmet wood-fired pizzas, burgers, wings, wraps, subs or a specialty salad. The full bar offers signature cocktails, draft beers and wine to wet your whistle. Come visit us at Sam’s Cellar for a dining experience you will never forget! $-$$
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 11 am-Close
988 S. Country Club Rd • Carthage, MO 417.553.7357 • Like us on Facebook!
Kascade Steakhouse is Carthage’s newest spot for a delicious bite to eat. The chef is an expert in gourmet steaks, steakburgers, salmon and Italian food – his authentic alfredo is to die for. Come in on Fridays for the prime rib special. Under the same owners as Midway Café in Bartlesville, OK, where we are serving up the breakfast you have come to know and love. Dining room and lounge accommodates groups, events and weddings. $-$$
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EVENTS Northeast OK
April 1: Celebration of Miami, Oklahoma Native Cherokee Lucien Ballard
1-7 p.m., 103 North Main Street, Miami
MLT Presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
7 p.m.; April 23, 2 p.m.
April 29: Miami Area Chamber of Commerce
8 a.m.-8 p.m.
April 29: Mural Fest 2023
7-10 p.m., 101 South Main Street, Miami
Celebrate public art in the Gateway to the West, on America's favorite highway, Route 66 in Miami, Oklahoma! Featuring new murals by artists Carlos Barboza, Kellen Carter, Rhiana Deck, Up Doggs, Fish, Aditi Heins, Will Heron, Candy Kuo, Sam Smith, Jessica Stout and May Yang.
Also enjoy live music, painting for kids, train rides and a car show, food trucks by Incredible Edibles, Smokin’ Son of a Gun and M&S Burgers.
Visit http://okmurals.org for more information.
April 29: The Edwards Twins:
The Ultimate Variety Show at the Coleman Theatre
7 p.m., 103 North Main Street, Miami
Vegas’ top impersonators and impressionists celebrating 35 years! Remember all the wonderful variety shows we grew up with in the ‘70s and ‘80s? Now is your chance to see them live and re-created by Las Vegas’ number one impersonators of all time. All your favorite legendary superstars...
April 1-30: Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Dogwoods at Lendonwood Gardens
1308 Har-Ber Road, Grove
April 1: Get Your Grove On!
11 a.m., Grove Community Center/City Hall, 104 West 3rd Street
Enjoy an afternoon of praise and worship provided by a variety of area churches. Food trucks will be there. Bring your own chairs! Presented by the City of Grove and the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Life Savers Chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association.
April 1: Spring Fling at DK Home Accents
10 a.m.-3 p.m., DK Home Accents, 20 West 3rd Street, Grove
COS Project 7 is hosting its annual Spring Fling Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DK Home Accents. There will be a cake walk, bounce house and lots of food and fun!
April 21-23: Civil War Days
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Har-ber Village Museum, 4404 West 20th Road, Grove
Living history of Civil War era including reenactors, vendors and hands-on activities.
Dates and times are subject to change.
Please call the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau at 918.542.4435 to confirm.By Don Lowe
The fast-approaching MuralFest 66 that’s scheduled for late this month in Miami, Oklahoma, is a big deal for this community with several amazing activities, all designed to provide a memorable day of family fun and entertainment.
At the heart of this event are multiple murals that will be created. Callie Cortner, president of the Miami Arts & Humanities Council (MAHC) and director of library, arts and culture for the City of Miami, says, “Part of the excitement of MuralFest 66 is the unknown aspect of the work we will receive.
“We work with the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate (OMS) to select artists. We provide the walls and measurements on buildings in Miami’s Downtown Cultural District and OMS narrows down the artists that best fit our community. The OMS does the bulk of the legwork on [presenting] national artists.
“We gather a muralist selection committee made of MAHC members, building owners, sponsors and community members. They look over all the past work of muralists and make recommendations to the MAHC board.
“We get to choose the muralist, but we do not decide what they paint. Over the years, we have gotten an incredible variety of work, and I can’t
Miami’s MuralFest 66
wait to see what we’re able to add this year. We are painting all new murals. Nothing is being redone or painted over this year.
“Last year, we had more than 100 artists apply. Kris Kanaly with OMS makes suggestions on which applicants are suitable. Our muralist selection committee narrows it down further and makes their recommendations to the MAHC board. Then final selections are sent.” Cortner notes, “Local artists also apply. They must submit a link for us to view their work or provide photos. Then, we make our selections. The number of artists changes yearly, depending on how many walls are available for painting. This year, we will have multiple local artists doing smaller murals individually and as many as 12 national artists.”
There’s so much to see and do at this extraordinary event and Cortner says, “This is free for anyone to attend. We have the murals being painted, live music, a charity car show benefitting Toys for Tots, kids’ games and events, food trucks, and we’re adding a new aspect to it this year.
“There will be a stage just to highlight our talented local kiddos. We are also inviting dancers, singers and musicians of all ages to come and
Amazing artwork and more come alive at
When: Saturday, April 29, starting at 10 a.m. Where: Miami Cultural District between Miami Public Library and The Coleman Theatre Various Activities
– Attendees will have the opportunity to support local artists by shopping the Art Market. Local vendors will also line Route 66 on the day of the event, while showcasing their businesses and selling their items. OMS Muralists will set up a sales tent to sell their work.
– The Kids’ Depot is sponsored by Vance Auto Group and will feature face painting by local artist Rachel Sanda and Balloon Art by Nate Morton. Kids can also enjoy plenty of games, prizes and a petting zoo hosted by local 4H kids.
– The Car Show is sponsored by Outta Control Auto and will have 10 award options up for grabs. Classic Cars: Vintage Midlife Crisis (1975 and older) and Hairband Metal (1976-1995). Modern Car: New Kid on the Block
(1996-present). Rat Rod: Rat Fink. Semi/Big Rig: Maximum Overdrive. Import: Tuna No Crust. Bike: Easy Rider. Misc.: Outlaw.
– There’s also the Bodacious Bike & Scooter Decorating contest for kids 12 and under and a Big Wheel Race for adults.
Planning/Organization: Miami Arts & Humanities Council (MAHC), which is a 501(c)3 organization, is the backbone of the event. Its mission is to promote, encourage, coordinate and support high-quality programs and education in the arts and humanities for the benefit of the community. The council board works with local sponsors to raise funds to make this event possible each year. The City of Miami allows the beautiful murals and provides support with tasks such as blocking the streets and setting up the stage. The Oklahoma Mural Syndicate (OMS) is a big part of the festival since they help coordinate and preselect the national artists. The Convention and Visitors Bureau and Visit Miami help with advertising and getting the word out.
perform for the community. We try to add something new every year. And this year, it’s the Little Locals stage.”
Cortner says, “I wear many hats in the community. This event allows me to do my favorite part – give back to the community. I love helping bring excitement and fun to the people living in Ottawa County and enjoy sharing how great our community is with those traveling here.
“We have so many great things to offer for such a small place in the world. I think our supporters feel the same way. We would not be able to do this without our sponsors and partners. This event takes months and months of planning. MAHC loves to bring arts and culture to people of all ages, and we encourage everyone to stop by.”
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Grand Country Lakeside RV Park
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Har-Ber Village Museum
4404 W. 20th St. • Grove, OK
www.HAR-BERVILLAGE.com • 918.786.6446
A visit to this quiet lakeside village will take you on a nostalgic journey into the past. Har-Ber Village Museum celebrates the bygone era of pioneer life in Oklahoma. Multiple log cabins house eclectic collections of antiques, and frequent living-history demonstrations bring the times alive for visitors. Remember the past, celebrate the present, imagine the future! Open the third Saturday in March through the first Saturday in November.
Hours 9 am-3:30 pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
A non-profit, listener-supported radio station in Grove that includes solid biblical teaching as the main focus. Programming includes nationally known teachers such as Greg Laurie, James Dobson, Adrian Rogers, Tony Evans, David Jeremiah, Skip Heitzig, Chuck Smith and many more along with local pastors. Also, programs such as Jay Sekulow, Washington Watch and Understanding the Times, Voice of the Martyrs, Compassion Radio and more. See our website for programming schedules.
35401 S. 580 Road • Jay, OK • 804.389.2579
Did you say you want the best yarn? How about mine?
Come to Zena Suri Alpacas where 49 alpacas graze in peaceful, green splendor. Bring the family and friends for a tour. The Alpacas can’t wait to see you for all the great activities, events and April's amazing pre-shearing yarn and fiber sale.
Whether it’s classes in felting or dyeing, renting our cottage for a romantic getaway, taking that tour to learn about the lovable animals or feeding and touching them, we have something for everyone and every age here in beautiful Zena, Oklahoma. Please call 804.389.2579 to book your tour, event or even a weekend getaway! www.zenasurialpacas.com
One mile west of Main St. on Har-Ber Road
918.786.2938 • www.lendonwood.com
Don’t miss the springtime colors of Lendonwood Gardens, an 8-acre botanical garden in Grove. You’ll enjoy beautiful azaleas, rhododendrons, daylilies, dogwoods, peonies and more! Stop by the Oklahoma Garden for regional plant ideas, and check out the Japanese Pavilion overlooking the Koi pond. You’ll see why Lendonwood offers the perfect backdrop for weddings, photography and special events. Open year-round from dawn to dusk. Make a date to visit Art in the Garden Saturday, May 6, when area artisans display and sell their works along Lendonwood’s winding pathways. Interested exhibitors should call Lendonwood to reserve space by April 28 at 918.786.2938.
Turner’s Tastee Table Treats
11 N. Main St. • Wyandotte, OK • 918.533.3234
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy pizza! Turner’s Tastee Table Treats serves up piping hot pies with all the classic toppings, or try a new spin on an old favorite! You’ll also find scrumptious cinnamon rolls, calzones, breadsticks and more. This welcoming restaurant is the place to be for delicious food and happy memories with friends and family. Come see us today!
May Block Party/ Food Truck Friday
Friday, May 5, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Grove, Oklahoma, on the Community Center Lawn Websites: https://groveok.org/ and http://gacreativealliance.org/ Emails: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Block party, food truck Friday perfect combination in GroveBy Don Lowe
There will be quite a gathering in Grove, Oklahoma, early next month when the much-anticipated May Block Party/Food Truck Friday takes center stage with Creative Alliance hosting this event.
Brent Malone, tourism director/membership director with Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, Grove Convention & Tourism, says this festive get-together will be “themed with art and music.
“It will be downtown on the Community Center lawn. There will be roughly 10 food trucks and we will block off the street for the party. All live music will be played on the city lawn.”
Judi Barber with Creative Alliance says, “It is a joy to take part in these special Fridays because the Community Yard is filled with individuals and families talking and laughing and enjoying the evening.”
As for the agency she represents and its focus in this community, Barber says, “The Grove Area Creative Alliance is a non-profit that serves as a resource for creators, cultural entrepreneurs and those who enjoy the products of creativity.
“The Alliance takes a broad view of creativity, ranging from visual arts to theater, photography, gardening, crafts, music, writing, film, education, technology, science and more. The organization’s members support a thriving community that inspires creativity, enriches education and attracts visitors for cultural experiences. It’s made up of community members, artists and business leaders.”
Partnering with Creative Alliance and bringing a block party to the regular Friday festivities makes perfect sense, and Malone says, “The Food Truck Fridays have never changed. There has always been live music and something else to add to the event.
“The purpose was to bring people downtown and just have fun. When we have events coming up, it is a great place to show them off, such as the Toes in the Grand Festival, Drag Boat Races, etc.”
Malone is appreciative of all his organization has done in recent years to help create tremendous events that are appealing to residents and visitors, and he says, “When the Grove Convention and Tourism started five years ago, my thought was to bring action downtown.
“There was a huge push to revitalize our downtown, and this was a great way to get visitors to see our beautiful downtown. And five years later, this has been a stamp starting the summer with people looking forward to each block party.”
Malone is excited to be a part of events like this one and all the interest it sparks. He says, “I’m thrilled to see what this has become and more than that, watching our community come together.
“Some towns and cities lose their community, but Grove seems to be spot on. I love my town and I love my community.”
It sure seems as though there is a whole lot to love with all the great things happening in Grove right now and much more to come as summer approaches.
Spectacular springtime blooms on display at Lendonwood GardensBy Don Lowe
Spring blooms mark a special time on Lendonwood’s calendar, according to Pauline Hale, who serves on Lendonwood Gardens’ board of directors as chair of the communications committee.
“This is all about the garden’s burst of color from March through June,” says Hale. “Lendonwood Gardens is well known for its extensive collections of Japanese maples, azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, peonies, daylilies, hostas, evergreen trees, magnolias and more. Meandering pathways, highlighted by streams and waterfalls, draw visitors into an ever-changing splash of color.”
Hale shares that other popular features include “the Japanese Pavilion overlooking a Koi Pond, which is home to many colorful koi fish. Another highlight is the Angel of Hope Statue commemorating lost loved ones, especially children.
“Also popular is the Oklahoma Garden, with flowers, trees and shrubs that are ‘Oklahoma Proven.’ And visitors enjoy the Monarch Waystation, a butterfly garden designed to help build the populations of Monarch and other butterflies.
“This season offers a beautiful backdrop for photos at prom time, weddings, engagements, family portraits and more.
“The first Saturday in May, the Garden holds Art in the Garden, where area artists and artisans display and sell their artwork against that beautiful backdrop of color. Overall, in the spring, the garden truly shows off for all visitors. Not to be outdone, autumn provides stunning views for visitors with the changing colors of Japanese maples.
Lendonwood Gardens Fast Facts
Address: 1308 Har-Ber Road, Grove, Oklahoma
Phone Number: 918.786.2938
Email address: email@example.com
Hours of Operation: The garden itself is open from dawn to dusk, every day, year-round. (The welcome center is open from mid-March to early-December, Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Cost of Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for members and children under 12
Oversight: A board of directors oversees Lendonwood Gardens, Inc., which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The garden is operated entirely by volunteers.
Historical Perspective: Lendonwood Gardens has been open 26 years to the public as a botanical garden. In 1995, local dentist Dr. Leonard Miller founded the garden, which then was donated to the non-profit organization in 1997.
Original Concept: It was the private eight-acre garden of Dr. Miller, who developed an interest in Japanese gardens. Lendonwood continues to reflect that Japanese influence, although other design styles have been incorporated over the years.
“Visitors often remark on the garden’s beauty and serenity, with something to offer year-round – even during the winter.
“They love wandering along peaceful pathways, seemingly a world away from work, traffic, distractions and everyday life. Some have said this offers inspiration and information about gardening, but also a place for simply relaxing and enjoying nature.”
Hale is excited to be part of this amazing place and she says, “I have served on the board of directors for more than 20 years, and it never fails to thrill me as changing seasons bring new delights for the eye and the soul.
“Gardens are always a work in progress and Lendonwood is no exception. So, with eight acres, the garden offers enormous possibilities for growth and development. Something new is added or modified every year, such as the recently added Monarch Waystation and an upcoming Hummingbird Waystation.”
Anyone looking to get outside to enjoy so many spectacular sites of springtime blossoming into full beauty all around us should make Lendonwood Gardens in Grove, Oklahoma, a destination spot over the coming weeks and months.
Finding Health at New Life SpaBy Kathleen Swift
Balance. New Life Spa in Grove, Oklahoma, is designed to help you find balance and healing in your life.
“We are here to help you regain your health so your body will have the greatest chance to heal itself as God designed it to do,” said owner Deborah Stauss. A naturopathic physician, Stauss emphasizes that New Life Spa is a healing spa where people can learn to help themselves heal.
“I spent 39 years in dentistry, during which time I became interested in natural health following a series of family illnesses that were improved through natural healing. I am also a licensed massage therapist and master herbalist,” said Stauss. “I want to share the knowledge I have gained over the years by helping others take control of their health, find a way to live pain free, take their health back into their own hands and help them feel as though they have gained a new life.”
To help others find healing, New Life Spa offers a wide variety of natural healing services, including dry and moist salt therapy.
“Salt has antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties,” said Stauss. “It reduces inflammation in the respiratory system, so it is a great therapeutic choice for people with asthma, bronchitis, allergies, cystic fibrosis and COPD. It also helps with flu and colds because salt kills all germs and viruses.
“Our ozone therapy is offered through a tunnel sauna where a client is lying down with their head out of the tunnel. The ozone is oxygen with an extra molecule, which it lends to the body through the skin during therapy using infrared light. This therapy kills viruses and parasites and is medically proven as a disinfectant. During WWII, ozone therapy was used to treat wounds. It can even be used to treat cavities, which is a new service I will be offering.”
Many of the services offered at New Life Spa are structured so a client is taught how
to use the equipment and learns to treat themselves. Stauss said this empowers her clients to heal themselves and get well with the services offered.
When more hands-on therapies are sought, New Life Spa has trained staff to help. “Michelle is our body sculpting specialist using Contour Light Therapy. This therapy uses medical-grade red light with infrared mats to help shrink fat cells,” explained Stauss. “Body sculpting reduces inflammation, helps rejuvenate skin, helps with weight loss and hair regrowth and much more.”
Joni is the specialist for Vibrational Raindrop therapy at New Life Spa. The therapy uses nine essential oils and tuning forks in each session. This therapy supports a healthy immune system, soothes inflammation and pain, promotes relaxation, detoxes the body and helps improve sleep quality, among other things.
There are many other natural health services offered at New Life Spa, including body wraps, ionic foot bath detox, red light
vitamin D therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) and much more.
To access these therapies, Stauss explained, “Our spa is open for clients to walk in and be trained to use some therapies themselves. Our membership is $80 a month or one day for $45. With a monthly membership, you
can come up to three times a week, so it is a bargain. We have multiple therapy rooms, so clients have privacy, and we can serve multiple clients at once.
“What we do is not healing,” said Stauss, “but we bring the body into balance so it can heal itself. I have a passion for seeing people be
healthy and take control of their health. I know doctors and medication are important, but I wanted to help people treat the underlying causes of their disease. Eating well, exercise and spiritual health are important, too. Our goal is to help you find the place of balance that includes your spiritual, physical and mental well-being.”
"I have a passion for seeing people be healthy and take control of their health."
Grove Home & Garden Grove Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 25th year of the Grove Home and Garden Show March 3-5 in Grove, Oklahoma. The event, which had a change of venue this year, featured businesses showcasing everything from lawn and garden equipment, supplies and services to home improvement products, along with area tourist and entertainment opportunities. The event is always fun and draws attendees from all over the Four-State Area. It was a great time and a great success.
This creamy and flavorful cheater risotto is a great way to enjoy the fresh taste of asparagus and peas. The cream cheese adds richness and creaminess to the dish, while the grated Parmesan cheese adds a nutty and tangy flavor. This is a quick meal that tastes fresh and fantastic! Enjoy!
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups instant brown rice
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.
Add onion and salt and cook, stirring often, until soft and just beginning to brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
Add rice and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Add broth and bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove cover and spread asparagus and bell pepper on top of the simmering rice—do not stir into the rice mixture.
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese or Parmesan cheese, plus more for passing, if desired
Replace cover and continue simmering, adjusting the heat if necessary, until the liquid is almost absorbed and the asparagus is bright green but still crisp, about 5 minutes.
Add peas and cream cheese; stir until the mixture is creamy and the cheese is incorporated.
Return to a simmer and continue cooking until the liquid has evaporated and the asparagus is tender, about 5 minutes more.
Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan
Serve with additional grated cheese.
The Vogue Boutique
Adyson is ready for spring in this cute neutral floral maxi dress.
Adyson's one of a kind Chanel necklace is made from an authentic vintage Chanel button.
Adyson's sunglasses are by Diff, a charitable company that gifts a pair of reading glasses to someone in need with every pair sold!
Her bag is from the new spring Hobo line.
Her beaded necklace, gold bracelets, hoops and skinny gold bands are all from e-newton jewelry. e-newton is gold filled, not plated, which allows you to wear them in the pool and shower without tarnishing!
Zena Suri Alpacas
35401 S. 580 Road • Jay, OK • 804.389.2579
Did you say you want the best yarn? How about mine?
Come to Zena Suri Alpacas where 49 alpacas graze in peaceful, green splendor. Bring the family and friends for a tour. The Alpacas can’t wait to see you for all the great activities, events and April's amazing pre-shearing yarn and fiber sale. Whether it’s classes in felting or dyeing, renting our cottage for a romantic getaway, taking that tour to learn about the lovable animals or feeding and touching them, we have something for everyone and every age here in beautiful Zena, Oklahoma. Please call 804.389.2579 to book your tour, event or even a weekend getaway! www.zenasurialpacas.com
Big R’s Pies
BigRsPies.com 417. 437.3135
BigRsPies.com was 23 years in the making. Owner Twyla Housh sold the barbecue portion of Big R’s in April, but she and her mother Carla kept the pie portion and set up a commercial pie kitchen. Whole pie pickups are at Big R’s, Red Onion Espressoria in Galena, Kansas, and Chatters in Pittsburg, Kansas. No charge for delivery within Joplin city limits.
Extreme Sports Scuba
5203 S. Range Line Road • Joplin, MO
417.659.9009 • www.extremesportsscuba.com
At Extreme Sports Scuba, we offer beginning scuba and a large list of specialty classes. We don’t believe in hidden costs and supply all gear for the Open Water SCUBA Diver Course except for boots. The Open Water Scuba course is only $395 per person and includes educational material. Now is the perfect time to learn to dive! Come see us and like us on Facebook.
The Paw Spa Bathhouse for Dogs is THE place to treat your dog to a spa day! Located next to BigDog Boutique on the Carthage square, Paw Spa features full grooming, wash services, nail trims and selfserve wash stations. Everything is provided to wash your own dog, including premium shampoos and conditioners, brushes, towels and chamois, and heated dryers. We even take care of all clean-up! If do-it-yourself isn’t your thing, let us give your dog a bath while you shop around the square. Paw Spa also offers full grooming in a quiet, one-on-one environment. Check us out on Facebook at PawSpaBathhouse or call 417.356.5190.
The Vogue Boutique
144 S. Main • Carl Junction, MO
Just 10 minutes from downtown Joplin 417.649.7911
Gift yourself something special! The Vogue Boutique has all the favorite hard-to-find lines everyone loves, such as Hunter, Birkenstock, Ecco, Hobo, Liverpool, Mackenzie-Childs, Kendra Scott, Julie Vos, E-Newton, Musse Bath, Tokyo Milk, Archive, Sweet Grace, Mudpie, Tyler, Capri Blue and many more! Let our friendly staff help you choose the perfect outfit or pair of shoes at The Vogue Boutique, 144 South Main Street, in the heart of historic downtown Carl Junction just across from the Post Office. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop online anytime at shopthevogueboutique.com.
1201 E. 32nd Street • Joplin, MO club1201.com
Now serving Joplin’s best brunch! Homemade beignets, pastries, biscuits and gravy, peppered bacon, eggs and parmesan fried potatoes and more! For lunch, enjoy your favorite appetizers, “outof-this-world” salads, seasoned breads and your choice of dressing, soup du jour, sandwiches from burgers to apricot turkey and over 30 other choices! We offer a full service catering menu for private parties, business meetings and special events. Hours: Tues-Thur 11 am-3 pm; Fri 11 am-10 pm; Sat and Sun 9 am-2 pm. We are available for out-of-house and in-house events and catering 7 days a week.
Blue Moon Boutique
613 S. Main Street • Joplin, MO • 417.553.0826
Facebook: @Blue Moon Boutique Joplin
Blue Moon loves partnering with local creators to bring you amazing products like these soaps and serums from Alchemist Haven that are locally made with natural skin-friendly ingredients. At Blue Moon Boutique, you’ll always find unique clothing and accessories, quirky home decor and gifts, locally made artwork and more. If you have an eclectic, boho style, then Blue Moon Boutique will be right up your alley!
One 24 Outlet 13105 Kodiak Rd • Neosho, MO • 417.451.1144
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One24 Boutique is a unique mother/daughter-teamed store that specializes in the unique. Located in Neosho, this small-town store has gifts, home decor, one-of-a-kind finds and FASHION!! The new “One24 Rags” clothing line was custom designed by the two ladies! Everything in the outlet is 40% off. A portion of all proceeds is donated each month to the KU Bladder Cancer Department to fund a research scholarship.
4 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO • 417.717.0073
Facebook & Instagram: @SocietyWebbCity
Our monthly ladies’ nights are one of our most popular events here at Society. We offer a wide range of services from Botox, lash/brow tint, lash lift, foot detox, chemical peel, plasma fibroblast and even permanent jewelry. Of course, there is always a tasty drink and snacks to enjoy along with an in-store special during our monthly event. Newly added services coming soon!
Spencers’ Sweet Call at the Minerva
12 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO • 417.717.5183
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Happy Mother’s Day from Your Friends at Spencers’ Sweet Call! What are Mom’s two favorite things? Her kids and chocolate! Make her day extra special with a gift from Spencers’ Sweet Call. Located in the historic Minerva Candy Company building, this family-owned candy shop is serving up sweet treats for the folks of Webb City and beyond! Wednesday and Thursday, 1-5 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 am-6 pm. Special orders by appointment, and curbside pickup is available.
Hatfield Smoked Meats
7329 Gateway Dr • Neosho, MO • 417.624.3765
Enjoy a deliciously smoked ham for your Easter dinner this year and leave the cooking to us! Family owned and operated since the 1930s, Hatfields Smoked Meats has a proud tradition of providing high-quality meats, grocery service and catering to the Four States. We specialize in mouth-watering fresh-cut steaks, smoked meats, meat trays, snack sticks, beef jerky, meat for special occasions and more. Come in daily for one of our lunch specials and be sure to order your Easter ham early!
Wig’N Out Boutique
20 S. Main St. • Webb City, MO
417.717.5099 • www.wignoutboutique.com
Wig'N Out Boutique would love to help you with all your hair goals and needs. Their experienced stylists specialize in wigs, hairpieces and extensions. At Wig’N Out Boutique, you will also find stylish clothing, shoes and accessories for every occasion. And always remember: "We've got you covered from head to toe!" Call today to schedule your consultation.
April 25 is National Hairstyle Appreciation Day and at Show Me The Ozarks Magazine, we are celebrating all month! Not only are we showcasing stylists from around our area but also estheticians, massage therapists and many other professionals who truly help us feel good about ourselves. The beauty industry is always evolving, and these featured ladies work hard to stay up to date on trends, the latest technology and newest beauty products. They also act as our stand-in therapists and confidants, always willing to listen and give advice when needed. We hope you enjoy our inaugural feature of Shear Genius.By Kristi Spencer
Everything You Need to Know Before Your Next Appointment
How much should you tip?
The general rule of thumb is to tip around 20% of the total cost of the service. However, if you’re particularly pleased with the result, you can always tip more. Keep in mind tipping is not mandatory, but it’s a good way to show your appreciation for a job well done.
What if you don’t like the result?
It’s always best to speak up while you’re still in the salon if you’re unhappy with the result. Give your stylist a chance to fix any issues. If you’re still not satisfied, you can choose not to tip, but keep in mind not all problems are the stylist’s fault.
Should you tip the salon owner?
Yes, it’s appropriate to tip any hairstylist, even if they’re the salon owner. Whether they own the salon or not, they’re still providing a service and rely on tips as part of their income.
How should you handle tipping during the holidays?
During the holidays, it’s a nice gesture to up your tip if your budget allows. You could also consider buying your stylist a gift or gift card to show your appreciation. What are other ways to show your appreciation?
• Be on time for your appointment.
• Shower, or at least brush your teeth before you go.
• Give your stylist a genuine thank you at the end of your appointment.
In conclusion, tipping etiquette can be challenging, but following these general guidelines and showing your stylist genuine appreciation can help ensure you and your stylist have a happy and successful salon experience.
Lori Goins is a master barber and owner of V’s Barbershop, a full-service, old-fashioned barbershop where getting a haircut is more than just a haircut. At V’s, a haircut is a ritual, a nostalgic experience harkening back to the simpler days. From the real barber chairs to the hot lather and straight-edge razor shaves, at V’s, you’ll experience the whole package.
Lori is a passionate person and a couple of her most favorite things about being a barber include her relationships with her patrons and her employees. “I enjoy the relationships I have built with individuals over the years,” said Lori. “I get to see patrons grow up, get married and have babies. They truly become part of the family.” And in turn, Lori knows her patrons always return because of the wonderful service they receive from the dedicated employees she is surrounded by.
With many sacrifices over the years, hard work, the support of her wife, Nikki, and her children, Lori is able to bring an authentic experience to Joplin and the surrounding area.
Hairstylists are an essential part of our lives, and tipping them appropriately is crucial to show our appreciation for their hard work. However, the rules of tipping etiquette can be confusing, especially when it comes to hair stylists. Here are some tips to help you navigate hairstylist tipping etiquette.Kristi Spencer is the founder of The Polite Company and an etiquette expert. Kristi provides personalized in-person or online etiquette lessons that build social skills and self-esteem. She helps clients find success at work and in personal relationships. Kristi is a Emily Post Institute graduate, the gold etiquette training standard. Kristi is the exclusive Emily Post Institute-trained etiquette instructor in the Four-State Region. Kristi Spencer lives in Carl Junction with her husband and two sons.
Adrian Petticrew and Aubree Templeman have owned Oasis Salon & Day Spa for almost 22 years. The business is a womanowned, family business and Adrian and Aubree truly have a passion to help other women and men in their industry make a career out of doing something they love, while balancing family and life outside of work.
“You really can have it all, and we want to show others how to accomplish that,” said Aubree.
At Oasis, the large group of stylists have been in the industry from anywhere between one to 28 years and are passionate about staying on top of trends and learning new techniques to give their guests the best experience possible. “We train all
new stylists in a ‘masters’ program before they see new guests,” said Aubree. “Our stylists are dedicated to grow and adapt as the industry changes and are always working to perfect their craft.”
Oasis Salon & Day Spa has big goals this year. They plan to add 10 new service providers and add new services to their menu in both the salon and the spa.
OASIS SALON & DAY SPA
Owners: Adrian Petticrew & Aubree Templeman 2915 East 29th Street • Joplin, MO • 417.206.9999 www.oasissalonanddayspa.com
Laura Brasier and Alisha McAlister are the owners of Wanderlust Hair Art Studio and opened the business over five years ago. At Wanderlust, you’ll find some of the most talented stylists in the area. “Most of the stylists in our salon are certified educators for our color company, as well,” said Alisha. “Not only are they talented, they each are unique and have some of the biggest hearts.
When Laura and Alisha first opened Wanderlust, they wanted to create an environment where their stylists felt free to be creative, a safe space to be themselves and a family. “All for one and one for all,” they call it.
Taking care of their clients in every way is important to the team at Wanderlust, whether it’s a new client who needs a major
correction or a new mom needing to feel pampered and have a moment to breathe. “It makes our day to know that we touch not only our client’s hair, but also their hearts,” said Laura. Wanderlust Hair Art Studio and their stylists are active in the community and donate services regularly.
Wanderlust offers a wide array of services, including hair, nails, extensions and full body waxing. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram at Wanderlust Hair Art Studio.
WANDERLUST HAIR ART STUDIO
Owners: Laura Brasier & Alisha McAlister
122 West 1st Street • Joplin, Missouri • 417.356.5924
Tania Locke is the owner of Salon Central and has 40 years of experience in cosmetology. She opened Salon Central in 2007 and has built a team consisting of hairstylists, nail technicians, massage therapist, esthetician, nurse injector and a permanent makeup artist.
“Each team member provides many different services to their clients and have many years of experience,” said Tania. Everyone on the team is self-employed and runs their own business inside Salon Central.
Melissa Yerington is a permanent makeup artist with Wake Up with Makeup and provides all forms of permanent makeup and some facial treatments. A few of her services include lip blushing, eyeliner, eyebrows, BB glow foundation, microneedling, age spot removal and tattoo removal. Melissa has many years of experience and most enjoys helping clients with all their makeup needs.
Shona Watkins is a licensed massage therapist and has been practicing for 23 years. She has always had a natural instinct to help others feel better and an uncanny ability to relieve pain
through massage. Shona enjoys developing lasting relationships with her clients.
“They come in to me in all kinds of conditions, whether it’s emotional pain or physical pain and after their session, they leave feeling better, lighter and happier,” said Shona.
Shelby Perry is a certified nurse injector and is passionate about skin. She is fascinated by the ways a youthful look can be achieved or restored without the expense and downtime of surgery. Shelby offers neurotoxin, dermal filles, Kybella, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, infusion therapy and medical grade skincare.
“I get the chance the hype up women and help them realize how beautiful they already are,” said Shelby. “It’s fulfilling when a client leaves my chair more confident than when we started!”
Owner: Tania Locke
1801 East 20th Street • Joplin, MO
Tania 417.439.2103 • Melissa 620.762.3881
Shona 417.529.8464 • Shelby 918.533.6961
Crystal knew from a young age she wanted to be a stylist. “I remember being a little girl and I would cut my sister’s and my Barbie doll hair,” said Crystal. “I have always loved being creative.” Now, Crystal creates deeper meaning in her role as a stylist. As a wig and hairpiece specialist, Crystal sees ladies who are losing their hair for many different reasons such as cancer, thyroid, alopecia, trichotillomania, genetics, surgeries and other autoimmune issues. “It takes a lot for a lady to even walk in the door or pick up the phone to call us,” said Crystal. “With that in mind, hair is something everyone sees, so when that is taken away from you, you can feel depressed, insecure and alone. Can I just say you are not alone! When a lady sits in my chair, we do
a consultation and discuss the why's and how's so I am able to help them with their hair goals.”
Once Crystal finds what they’ll need to achieve their hair goals, she customizes their look by color and cut. “It makes me feel good when they leave the salon and their head that once hung down is now held high and they are smiling,” said Crystal. “However, I am the one who is always more blessed when I am able to help a lady feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside!”
Outside of work, Crystal loves spending time with her family, serving at her church, attending sporting events and traveling. WIG'N
Owner/Stylist: Crystal Vice 20 South Main Street • Webb City MO • 417.717.5099
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Arista Ramsey is a lead stylist at Dr. Flys Salon. She has 15 years of experience and specializes in sew-in weft hair extensions, as well as precision cuts and color. “I’ve always been drawn to helping people feel better about themselves, and doing hair is a great career for that,” said Arista. For more information or to book an appointment, call 417.623.6000 or book online at drflys.com.
Meet Sam, our certified lash artist, and Chloe, our all-things-skincare esthetician for facials, peels, waxing, microneedling, dermaplaning and brow lamination.
La Boussole Medical Spa & Wellness Center is a physician-directed day spa like no other, offering an array of the latest health, wellness, aesthetic medicine and anti-aging treatments such as acupuncture, IV therapy, weight management, Botox and fillers, body sculpting/ contouring, massage therapy, laser therapies, skin resurfacing and more. Free consultations. www.LaBoussoleJoplin.com
Stacey Hamilton loves helping women feel more confident and amazing in their skin by helping them simplify their makeup routine with SEINT one compact makeup.
“I color match each client and give my recommendations on certain colors for their skin,” said Stacey. “The client also selects colors and when we’re finished, their whole makeup bag can now be in one compact.” Stacey has helped women in the Four States and beyond with their SEINT one compact makeup needs.
Audrey Bosworth, NP-C Rise Up Medical and Wellness, LLC 513 Main Street • Joplin, MO • 417.766.6195 riseup.glossgenius.com
Audrey Bosworth is a certified nurse practitioner and loves helping people feel like the best version of themselves, whether it’s addressing skin concerns, preventing stagnant facial lines or helping clients achieve their weight loss goals. Audrey opened Rise Up Medical and Wellness, a medical weight loss clinic, a year ago. She also has education in medical aesthetics, including neurotoxins (Botox), dermal fillers, sclerotherapy, chemical peels and medical grade microneedling.
Show Your Support for Arbor Day: Dig a Hole and Plant a Tree in ItBy Don Lowe
Ozark Nursery owner Gayl Navarro understands as well as anyone the significance of Arbor Day, especially considering all this city lost 12 years ago. She says, “After the 2011 tornado, Joplin lost a vast number of trees.
“It is more important than ever for us to do all we can to help restore the area back to pretornado.”
Navarro encourages others to visit www.arborday.org to find out what makes Arbor Day so important, as well as just how much the Arbor Day Foundation is doing worldwide. At its core, the website conveys that its primary focus is simply all about “[i]nspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.”
Providing broader perspective, the website explains: “It’s simple truth – the more trees we plant, the healthier our planet becomes. For decades, the Arbor Day Foundation has been creating opportunities for people and organizations to plant trees around the world. We work with a variety of partners to prioritize where trees are needed most.”
The website stresses, “It’s more than just planting trees.”
And at www.arborday.org, you’ll be able to glean much more of the overall philosophy, which states, “Since 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has been hard at work helping as many people as possible not just plant trees, but truly understand their value. As we’ve grown to become the largest member nonprofit organization, so has our passion for getting our hands in the dirt and determination to teach everyone about the role trees play in the health of our planet. We’ve worked with members, supporters and partners to plant millions of trees worldwide But, we’re far from done.
“The benefits of trees are truly mind-blowing. They help slow climate change, foster biodiversity, support underserved communities, protect our homes, clean our air and water, improve our mental and physical well-being, curb soil erosion, build economic opportunities, and so much more. What it comes down to is that now more than ever, the world needs more trees. We are answering the call with our ever-growing network of planting partners in keeping pace with the increasing need and focusing on areas where trees will do the most good.”
When it comes to her company’s focus, Navarro explains, “Our goal is to provide our community with high-quality landscape materials and a knowledgeable team ready to assist customers as they beautify their homes.
“Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or prefer a complete installation by our professional landscape crews, you will find what you need at Ozark Nursery.”
Ozark Nursery strives to create an appealing atmosphere, and Navarro says, “Some of the features that have been a long-time customer favorite are our resident shop cats that are eager to welcome visitors and our permanent fishpond.
“Another unique feature is our permanent shade house. This is the only shade house in the area, and it offers guests a serene shopping experience.”
Navarro is excited to be so heavily invested in Ozark Nursery while being able to promote initiatives like Arbor Day.
“Trees not only provide shade, clean the air we breathe and increase property value, they’re also an important food source and shelter for wildlife.”
Address: 5361 North Main Street, Joplin, Missouri
Phone Number: 417.623.0224
Email address: OzarkNursery@gmail.com
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Sunday
Daily Operation: A team of five fulltime and six part-time employees assists customers with all garden, landscape and plant needs.
Historical Perspective: Ozark Nursery has been serving the area since 1974. Its history dates back even further to the 1950s as Hood Nursery and later McCoys, before assuming its current name. It’s important to note the location has remained the same throughout the years.
As Arbor Day is celebrated late this month, there’s no better time to visit Ozark Nursery in Joplin, Missouri, to help continue revitalizing trees throughout this area after there was so much loss of this natural and vital part of nature from the devastating winds that destroyed so much here more than a decade ago.
Update your entry for a great first impression
Our editor-in-chief Lee Radcliff-Timmsen decided she wanted to update her entry and she used a lot of great ideas to do it. Lee stated, “Not only do we have friends and family into our home, but I also have a home office and now some of my clients come into my home through the front entry, and I wanted it to be light, bright, updated and welcoming.”
First, she started with new flooring from Joplin Floor Designs. Joplin Floor Designs crews had installed a durable luxury vinyl floor (that looked like a beautiful mid-tone solid wood) the year before, and she realized she wanted to continue to update her entry.
She started by removing the old wood paneling and adding a feature wall. Crews installed a stacked stone in a light gray with neutral tones to the right of the entry after they removed the old paneling and spindles. This brightened the entry and provided a beautiful focal wall.
Lee also knew she wanted a punch of color on the other walls leading downstairs from her split-level entry. As she removed the old paneling, she updated with a gorgeous color on just two of the walls. This color accents the lighter stone wall and adds to the lightness and brightness of the entry. She also had the wood trim and banister painted a bright white to lighten up the entry even more.
Lee hung two beautiful pictures on the wall that are the perfect size and scale, and they accent the height of the entry. She remembered to add some great lighting with a beautiful chandelier. It is one of the first things you notice when you come into the entry. The small ledge you see when you come into the home will have items changed in and out for the holidays. For spring, Lee wanted a beautiful picture. So, her friend and artist Margie Moss helped her pick one that pulled out the beautiful wall color and accent colors of the entry into one beautiful piece. The addition of some candlesticks on the ledge helps accent the metal colors of the frames on the pictures, the metal on the light and the clock above the door.
Lee and her husband, Scott Timmsen, wanted to thank the people who helped them with their vision.
“Trevor Frerer at Joplin Floor Designs and contractor Marvin really helped us bring our vision to life. They both helped make sure the construction was done well when they
all the woodwork and banister. Since I moved my office downstairs in my home, I have a lot more people in and out, and they all tell me they LOVE the entry. I know we could not have done it without the help of Duane and Holly Hukill and Joplin Floor Designs and their staff and contractors.”
So, take some advice from Lee and update your entry with new flooring, a feature wall (whether stone or wood), some great lighting and personalize it with a beautiful paint color. Add some colorful accessories and you have a beautifully updated entry that is timeless for years to come. Excellent job, Lee!
Many ways to go green while taking care of our planetBy Don Lowe
53rd annual Earth Day.
This year’s Earth Day celebration is set for Saturday, April 22, and millions of people around the globe will participate in wide-ranging events to show their support for this most worthy of causes. While there are an endless variety of ways to lend a helping hand and focus efforts on taking better care of Mother Earth, we’re excited to share just a few ideas to get started:
1. Pick up Litter – Help clean up the planet by spending time picking up litter around your neighborhood, school or local park. You can also encourage friends to pick up litter in their own area.
2. Plant a Tree – Trees can help with soil erosion and contribute to dealing with carbon emissions. So, make your mark and give the next generation a greener future by planting a few trees this Earth Day. The best part is you can do this just about anywhere.
3. Carpool – This is a brilliant idea to celebrate Earth Day. It can be an excellent way to help minimize vehicle emissions. Carpooling will also help reduce fuel consumption, which is a benefit to the environment.
4. Recycle – Make sure to properly recycle where you can, including things like paper, glass, metal and plastic, as well as electronic items such as cell phones, laptops and televisions.
5. Unplug Your Devices – A vast majority of the energy that powers our homes comes directly from fossil fuels. If we unplug our electronic devices, we will help reduce our home’s energy demands and carbon emissions. This Earth Day, spend more time outdoors enjoying
There’s no better time than right now to promote environmental awareness and to look for practical ways to help protect our planet with the
all nature has to offer instead of scrolling through screens on our cell phones, laptops and other electronics.
6. Energy-saving Light Bulbs – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports if every household in the U.S. replaced just one standard incandescent light bulb with an energy-efficient one, the nation would save about $600 million annually in energy costs.
7. Compost Bin – Composting is an excellent way to feed the soil and organisms in the soil and plant life, while reducing waste. Teach your family about composting while setting your first bin together.
8. Reusable Shopping Bags – Being prepared with reusable bags is a key to reducing a major source of waste – plastic. This could also be a family project. Buy some plain canvas totes and decorate them with fabric paint to help make saving the planet more fun.
9. Adopt-A-Highway Event – These types of programs not only work to help clean up local environments but also help to educate the public on the importance of proper trash disposal.
10. Reusable Coffee Cups – Saving just five cups and lids over the course of a week amounts to nearly 300 during the year. Multiply that by the number of people just in your office and it adds up quickly. Give everyone in the office a company-branded mug on Earth Day to help reinforce the message.
Earth Day Fast Facts
What: An annual event to help demonstrate support for the environment
When: Saturday, April 22
History: First held April 22, 1970, it now includes wide-ranging events coordinated around the world by EarthDay.org, including one billion people in more than 193 countries.
Planting the Seeds: The history of Earth Day dates to 1970 when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson organized the first Earth Day to help raise public awareness about environmental issues and promote environmental activism. Since then, Earth Day has become a global event with celebrations and events taking place in more than 193 countries. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in many ways, including community cleanup events, tree plantings and educational events. And it provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and governments to take action.
THE JOYS OFHeavenby Phillip McClendon
Sometimes we describe dying as “crossing the Jordan.” That’s because the Jordan River runs into the Dead Sea.
The story is told of an elderly Christian lady who was dying. For most of her life, illness had confined her to bed or a wheelchair. The family gathered to say farewell. Holding her hand, one of her grandchildren asked, “Are you afraid to die?” With tears of joy, she replied, “No, I’m not afraid of death because my Father owns the land on both sides of the river.” What an answer!
In heaven, there will be no sickness, depression, pain, loneliness, fear, grief or any of the things that make life on earth so difficult. God’s Word says, “For you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings (Malachi 4:2 NRS).”
Isaiah writes: “The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away (Isaiah 35:10 NKJV).”
When we lose a loved one in death, the question arises, “Will I see them in heaven; will I know them?” Yes! You wouldn’t know less in heaven than you knew on earth. Paul answers, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known (1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV).”
Heaven will be the greatest family reunion of all time. And here is the best part of all: We will never be separated again.
“There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.”
April 11: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 p.m., Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.
April 13: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.
Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS
April 26: Cancer Support Group, 3 p.m., Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.
Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.
Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.
Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.
April 11: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 p.m., The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact 417.659.8086 for information and referral.
April 26: Grief Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., Hospice Compassus, 2216 E. 32nd St., Ste. 201. Call 417.623.8272.
Freeman Health System
All events are free and open to the public, unless noted; support group meetings are cancelled on days Joplin R-VIII Schools close due to inclement weather.
April 4: Expresso Yourself Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-6 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Enjoy a coffee courtesy of Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute. Our monthly breast cancer support group enables members to share, gain helpful information and useful tips, and form new friendships. Enjoy listening to a special guest from time to time. RSVP to Marcella at 417.347.2662.
April 6: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, by appointment, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early Detection Screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Call 417.347.6555 for an appointment.
April 11-14: Freeman Auxiliary Shoe Sale:
April 11: 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Freeman Hospital East Conference Rooms 1E-3E.
April 12: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms.
April 16: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Freeman Hospital West Conference Rooms 1W-4W.
April 14: 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Freeman Hospital West Conference Rooms 1W-4W.
Shop designer shoes and accessories from Klogs®, Dansko®, Alegria® and Vera Bradley®. Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary projects. For more information, call 417.347.4603.
April 13: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 p.m., Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Kelley Wheeler at 417.347.4000 for more information.
April 18: Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.
April 20: Freeman Caregiver Support Group, 10-12 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Are you a caregiver interested in having a safe haven to share your feelings? Receive information about resources and coping mechanisms, gain advice on what lies ahead, make new friends and learn how to deal with family members. Door prizes will be given out. RSVP to Kathy Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417.347.8463.
April 18: Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.
April 22: Freeman 5K and Walk for Autism, 8 a.m. Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Support local children with autism spectrum disorders and their families by participating in this event. All proceeds benefit program development and scholarship assistance at Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism. Register at runsignup.com/ Freeman5K.
April 25: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 p.m. (registration), 5:30 p.m. (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery. Contact 417.347.1266 or freemanhealth.com/bariatric to register.
National Alliance on Mental Illness - For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit www.namijoplin.org. Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St., in Joplin.
Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 p.m. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m.
Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 p.m.
Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m.
Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:303:30 p.m.
Every Wednesday: Post-5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 a.m.
Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.
April 24: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 p.m., Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice and Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.
April 11 & 13: Birth and Beyond Class, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., hospital mezzanine. Nevada Regional Medical Center will offer a four-hour class covering childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for a woman who is in her last trimester. Especially suited for women who are giving birth for the first time, this class covers all the basics of the birthing experience. For more information or to register, call 417.448.2101. (This class takes two evenings to complete.)
April 18: Book Fair Mike Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Join the experience with Book Fair Mike as he offers all kinds of books and gifts for your shopping needs. With graduation events on the horizon and weddings just around the corner, this would be a perfect time to pick up those special gifts for family and friends. Offering far more than just books, this sale promises gifts suitable for every occasion.
April 25: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 a.m.-noon, Kern Senior Center. Free screenings every fourth Tuesday of the month: blood pressure, plus this month’s focus screening: glucose readings. Takes place at the Kern Senior Center in Rich Hill.
Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK
April 11 & 28: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 p.m., Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.
INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK - For more information, visit www.integrisok.com/baptist-regionalhealth-center-Miami-ok.
Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 a.m. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 a.m.
April 4: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 a.m., Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.
Crisis Text Line Text 741741
Free 24/7 support for those in crisis to create a plan to stay safe and healthy.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code
Running through 3 states piques runner’s interestBy Ann Leach
be completely alone and out of my head. In those moments, running is the only thing that matters.”
It’s not that Eastin was totally new to running; she ran cross country in high school and participated in track and field all four years and ran in college, too.
Eastin found herself running her first marathon in 2010, though she admits she knew nothing about preparing for the sport and never had a goal to run one. But a notice about the Mother Road Marathon caught her attention, and she thought it would be neat to say she had run through three states.
“I have to say, I hated every minute of it. I didn’t fuel my body, I didn’t train or hydrate correctly. I didn’t know what or how to give my body what it needed during the race,” she says. “To be honest, I didn’t even know I was supposed to. I remember being halfway through the race and ready to quit, but I refused to stop. I had a goal to finish, and I did just that.”
The result of the experience? A decision to never run again. Until seven years later. Eastin explained her change of heart with a quote from Arthur Blank: “I run because it is so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.” She adds, “Life comes with a lot of responsibilities and stress, and running has a way of helping me not lose my mind. In my life, running isn’t just for exercise or enjoyment, it has a way of helping me escape from all the craziness. I can
“I didn’t really start to love running until the summer before my freshman year of college,” she says. “I was in a toxic relationship and got to the lowest point of my life. I learned how to use running as a coping mechanism. I love what running does for me even on the days I have to fight to find motivation to get out and run. I am grateful to have a wonderful coach who challenges me in my running regularly.”
Eastin ran two marathon races last year and dropped 19 minutes from her time between those races. Her intention is to now drop eight more minutes. “I have a goal to make it to the Olympic trials,” she says. “To be able to make it to the trials and run with them would be such an honor.”
To help herself realize that dream, Eastin is continually working on her mindset.
“I always try to set goals and run for something, and have a purpose,” she says. “I want the proud moment at the finish line, and that always gives me satisfaction.”
She reminds herself how hard she has worked and recalls struggles she has moved through in the past. “I definitely couldn’t have made it as far as I have without the support that I have, Eastin says. “I am surrounded by so many wonderful people who have believed in me and helped motivate me along the way.”
T here’s a common saying that goes, “What we resist, persists.” If you don’t believe it, talk with Dora Eastin.
Chewing the Fat The good and bad of fatBy Bradley Morris
We live in a fat renaissance. Many diets that promote eating many fats are trending while at the same time, the nation’s obesity epidemic is growing. Conventional wisdom from decades ago might say these are related and fats in your diet lead to poor health. However, that’s not a full look at the fat issue, as we know what causes weight gain: calories. Anecdotally, many people I know who have finally succeeded in getting better health have done so with diets such as keto and paleo.
So, what’s going on and why should you consider fat in your diet?
As always, your health is unique to you, so consult with your doctor or a nutritionist before making any dietary or lifestyle changes.
There are some risks to a low-fat diet. Low-fat diets can put you at a higher risk for depression and anxiety, hormone and nutritional imbalances, worse heart health, insulin resistance and diabetes, and, believe it or not, weight gain and overeating. I could spend this article discussing the reasons for any of these, but I think the important broader message is that fat does provide health benefits.
What are healthy fats? There are generally two different types of fats: saturated and unsaturated. Without getting into too much detail, saturated fats are not referred to as healthy fats. You get saturated fats from meat, dairy and some oils. Too much of these fats can raise your cholesterol (both good and bad) and can lead to some heart diseases. What are referred to as healthy fats are the unsaturated fats. These fats help lower your bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol while also lowering triglycerides. While everyone’s health situation is different, generally foods with saturated fat shouldn’t be avoided just because of the fat since they can have their own health benefits, but again, someone with certain health issues might need to stick with the unsaturated fats.
So, what are some good sources of unsaturated fats? Foods such as avocados, nuts and fatty fish are good sources, as are olive and avocado oils. Even though I just spent the last paragraph breaking down good and bad fats, you can break down unsaturated fats into monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. You can actually break this down a bit further, which is why I won’t since I’m already running out of space. The real takeaway to this is that each type of unsaturated fat (and further subtypes) has its own health benefits. Because of this, building a diet with multiple types of good fats provides more health benefits than picking one source of healthy fats and sticking to it.
There’s a lot to fat and any kind of good-bad binary will never give you the whole picture on it. Many sources of healthy fat have other nutritional benefits, so it’s not even fair to say you would eat them only for the healthy fats. As always, it’s important to diversity your nutritional intake, and shying away from fat just because it reminds you of the scale will only mean you miss out on more tools in your journey for better health.
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Freeman Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss once said: “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” Freeman Health System leaders –including Freeman President and CEO Paula Baker, Chief Financial Officer Steve Graddy and Dr. Adam Fahrenholtz – took this to heart when they read from their favorite Dr. Seuss classic to a roomful of Freeman Learning Center students. Also in attendance was the Cat in the Hat, a popular Dr. Seuss character who appears regularly in programming on Ozarks Public Television’s PBS Kids.
Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. This motivational and awareness day calls all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading. The local event is organized by Freeman Health System and Ozarks Public Television to help promote reading skills and develop the kids’ love of reading, which is fundamental to learning.
Evidence-based, life-changing treatmentSubmitted by Freeman Health System
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can change a family’s life from the inside out, turning daily tasks into overwhelming sensory experiences for the individuals it affects.
Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, an Ozark Center program of Freeman Health System, has worked to improve the quality of life for local children and families touched by autism since 2007, serving over 1,000 families to date.
“The programs we offer at Leffen allow individuals to overcome hurdles they themselves or others may have thought were insurmountable,” said Leffen Center Director of Autism Services Edyth Spera. “Many of the children we serve learn ways to communicate. Some of the best moments are when a child communicates and connects with a caregiver for the first time. Children and adults learn skills that help them become
more a part of the community by being able to attend community events, develop friendships and even get a job.”
Staff at Leffen Center specialize in applied behavior analysis (ABA), a gold-standard treatment with high rates of success for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. ABA is an evidence-based treatment approach that uses positive reinforcement to help individuals acquire useful skills, including communication, socialization, self-care and learning skills. Children learn and practice skills in both formal, structured classroom settings and unstructured situations at home, such as meal and play times.
Developed in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic Autism Consulting Group, Leffen Center is one of only a few treatment centers of its caliber. So, members of our community can get evidence-based, life-changing treatment without having to travel far from home for diagnosis or treatment.
“A formal autism spectrum disorder diagnosis brings a sense of relief and confirmation to parents, giving them hope for the future and validation their challenges are real,” said Ozark
Center Chief Administrative Officer Vicky Mieseler. “It also allows for early detection and intervention, which can vastly improve a child’s outcomes. Ozark Center is honored to offer these critical services right here in our community.”
Furthering that effort, Mieseler serves on the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her contributions there helped form the Autism Roadmap for Missouri, which will discuss best practices for care and services within healthcare, education, vocational support and community resources and highlight opportunities for improvement.
“I am personally honored to be chosen as a member of the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders,” said Mieseler. “I served on previous state level committees that made initial efforts to bring services to Missouri’s autism community, and I look forward to being part of the solution, especially in Southwest Missouri.”
To schedule an appointment with Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism’s diagnostic team, call 417.347.7850.
Charity Classic Takes Place April 17By Bridget Bauer
Teddy Steen just can’t believe this year’s charity golf tournament will be the 17th annual tournament.
The annual charity golf classic to benefit ASCENT and The ROCC (Recovery Outreach Community Center) will take place Monday, April 17, at Twin Hills Golf Course. A hamburger and hot dog buffet will start at 12 p.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
“Seventeen years, wow,” Steen, executive director of ASCENT Recovery Residences, said. “One thing is the Twin Hills Country Club has a great golf course and not a lot of people get to play on it. This tournament gives people who don’t get to play on it a chance to do that. It is such a fun event that I really look forward to every year because of the fellowship!”
Steen said Twin Hills makes the event so smooth, and has a staff that is accommodating. Besides the hospitality of Twin Hills, the community supports the event with not only its participation but with a variety of sponsorship levels and particularly hole sponsorships. She added year after year, the same people continue their hole sponsorships while others play in the tournament every year.
“The money raised from this tournament is not attached to particular projects,” she said. “That is important because we can use it for administrative and operation expenses and salaries. Since all our staff provide direct services to our clients, that is very important to our sustainability, especially at the ROCC, where we charge nothing for any of our services.”
Like all the past years, the strawberry dessert will be served at the end of the tournament. The angel food cake is topped with frozen strawberries in a strawberry glaze with cream cheese in the filling and topped with powdered sugar. Steen said it is one of the highlights of the day and is so good.
“Finally, I would like to recognize and thank Bryan Simpson and Kenny Neal,” Steen said. “It is because of them and their hard work that this has been so successful. They make the contacts of all their friends and business partners who are so willing to help, and because of their character, their contacts know this is worth supporting. It is amazing, and I don’t know if I can ever thank them enough for what they do.”
OUTDOORSBy Larry Whiteley
An award-winning magazine and newspaper writer, radio host and blogger for more than 40 years. His book, “Seasons: Stories of Family, God and the Great Outdoors,” is available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
COLUMNIST HONORED BY CONSERVATION FEDERATION
Congratulations from all of us at Show Me The Ozarks magazine to columnist Jeff Cantrell on being named the Conservation Federation of Missouri’s 2022 Conservation Communicator of the Year. This honor is well deserved.
I enjoy reading Jeff’s column, "The Naturalist Voice", each month. I know a lot of you do, also. This award is not just for Jeff’s excellent nature column. He is also the Missouri Department of Conservation’s
Outdoor Educator and Naturalist at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center at 201 Rivera Drive in Joplin.
Jeff loves his work of connecting educators, youth leaders, home school parents and general public classes to their local environment. He also assists teachers on how to use nature to instruct kids in a variety of subjects and help the students with their learning and life skills. He also helps set up outdoor classrooms for schools and does a college credit course focusing on conservation topics. In his free time, Jeff enjoys floating, hiking and birding.
The outdoor world and the world we live in need more people like Jeff Cantrell. They would both be a better place.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT- David Sobel
HELP PROTECT OUR GREAT OUTDOORS
We hunters, fishermen, hikers, campers and others love the outdoors. We want someone working to protect our clean water and air, helping protect our fields and forests, conserving natural resources and preserving our fish and wildlife. We want someone to work with politicians to pass laws to preserve and protect these things and to stand up and fight any laws that would harm our great outdoors.
The Conservation Federation of Missouri is working hard to protect those things for us and to preserve our outdoor heritage. The Kansas Wildlife Federation and the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma are at work in their states to do the same. Not just for us, but for our kids, grandkids and future generations.
I encourage you to join, make a donation or both to the organization in your state that is working for you. All three are our voices when it comes to protecting our great outdoors.
TAKE A KID TURKEY HUNTING
Are you taking a kid turkey hunting this year? If not, may I ask why not? Get them a shotgun that fits. Buy a youth model 20 gauge for them. Before you take them on the hunt, teach them gun safety. Pattern the shotgun and then help them practice, practice, practice.
During the hunt, tuck them tightly beside you or inside your knees. Help them align the shotgun on the incoming turkey and prearrange a signal for when they should fire.
If they are lucky enough to get one, they will be thrilled. Let them sit awhile and admire the bird, smoothing its feathers, examining its beard and spurs and showing respect for their quarry. Also, show them you are proud of them whether they get a turkey or not. Then, be proud of yourself for passing on our turkey hunting heritage.
THE WISDOM OF OLD BOONE
Spring is here and the fish are hungry. Getting out there and fishing for them is a great escape. There are memories to be made on the water, whether a big fish, a kid’s first fish or beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It’s pretty hard to worry about anything when you’re out fishing.
GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AND GET OUTDOORS
In a recent survey, 64% of people say social media is harmful. They say many of our country’s problems seem to come from too much social media. They believe the addiction to social media has added to the division and the hate in our country. We need to put down our phones, get off social media and get outdoors.
There definitely is a tremendous amount of time lost while doing social media or just being on our phones reading all the junk that is there instead of paying attention to things that matter, like our kids and people we love. I’m not on my phone nearly as much as some people, but I still catch myself looking at it too much and reading things that get me mad and raise my blood pressure. There is lots of evidence out there that warns us of the dangerous human impact of social networking. I prefer to thumb through a magazine like this one or a newspaper that brings words to life. I challenge you to at least cut back on social media. Try it for a week, then two weeks and keep going. Generations survived without it and so can we. Find your humanity again. Your stress levels will fall. And you will find gratefulness for what you have rather than resentment and anger that social media serves you or the jealousy and envy from looking at other people’s Instagram life, which is only what they want you to see through a filter.
Besides, folks, it’s spring! You should be out getting ready to hunt turkeys, going hiking and camping or on a boat reeling in fish! Do yourself and your family a big favor. Put down your phone, get off social media and get outdoors.
THAT IS THE TRUTH
How can we be free when we are prisoners of social media in a world without privacy? How can we be free when our every movement is tracked, and every conversation is recorded and can easily be held against us? How exactly are we free if we are tethered to our cell phones?- Tom Green
“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, ‘The more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings."
American robin, a new look at an old friendField notes by J. Cantrell, photos courtesy of the MO Dept. of Conservation
Earth Day is celebrated this month! And, it’s common for naturalists and biologists to stay on the positive side of the environmental news for this celebration. Unfortunately, we regularly hear the deteriorating status of our ground water, changing climate and the diversity of the world’s wildlife, so a little uplifting news is a pleasure to share.
I’m always trying to highlight the underdog in nature. Personally, I believe I have something in common with the Kratt Brothers on the PBS Kids nature show, Wild Kratts in that I want to introduce a lesserknown animal or plant to a class of students, an interested adult or group. I’m hoping the importance of everything native in the Ozarks is seen, appreciated and understood more.
If I wanted to choose an uplifting character to highlight and one that is easily available for all students and members of the public to observe, the American robin would be hard to beat. The robin is lucky to be among the category of wildlife that does very well in most neighborhoods and may be a symbol of a healthy community for the families who live, work and play there. Robins are in the thrush family and claim relations to Missouri’s Eastern bluebirds, the wood thrush and a few thrushes that pass through our region between the tropics and Canada during migration. Historically, in pre-settlement times, they were residents of this country’s woodlands and in present day, they find the typical backyard, city park and cemetery fine substitutes. I think the robin fits so well into our landscape that it is often overlooked and taken for granted. I frequently talk to people who want to invite certain seed-eating birds to their feeder, or want more cardinals, buntings or goldfinches. But, I rarely get a message or have a conversation on robins. Perhaps, that is an “old friend” status; they simply are always among us when we are going to a park or conducting garden chores. However, being so dependable makes it a perfect subject to teach kids some observation skills. We may use the robin to learn about habitat needs and wildlife behavior. There is even an opportunity to see how the robin fits in the ecology of our backyard along with other songbirds without competition.
The American robin, like the bluebirds, have a slender beak without a hook or being very sharp, making it adaptable for eating soft foods. They will forgo seeds, insects with hard shells, etc., for other fowl to cherish and prefer berries, earthworms and soft insects. Students with nature-related, take-home assignments from school will notice robins standing, hopping and running toward prey on their lawns. They
certainly are visual with their binocular vision and hearing is relied on by this hunter of all things soft and small. They will tilt their heads to pick up vibrations while foraging, and students may make predictions on their available food.
Spring is full of robust robin song, and contented robins may scurry about while we are in our backyard with a “tut” or “tut tut” call notes. They pay us little attention (perhaps seeing us as that old friend, too), but they will have little patience for another pair of robins in their yard. Full body combat is common and will likely chase another robin out of their territory. They provide one of the easiest life cycles for students and families to witness. Their mud bowl nest is finely constructed with grasses and small twigs. It’s often placed in easy view for humans; the birds seem to have confidence the human neighbor is no bother to them. Their clutch of three to five eggs may take almost two weeks to hatch. If young fledglings fall out of a nest, the parent birds do not mind at all if a human hand lifts the youngster back. However, if an independent youngster feels the need to escape too often, a parent will feed and care for it outside of the nest.
We are fortunate this Earth Day season to have amazing neighbors like robins at our patios and gardens. They give us a connection to the wild and lend a study subject for all of us to learn a little more. We always have room to learn more and be a good friend to the earth.
Enjoy the spring weather, and I hope to see you on a trail this April.