Austin Allen tour Sunday includes Oronogo Depot and Webb City Clubhouse

The historic streetcar depot in Oronogo and the former Clubhouse for streetcar employees in Webb City are included on a tour of buildings designed by distinguished local architect Austin Allen that will take place Sunday.

Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. will host the tour and a lecture from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday featuring 18 historic structures built between 1890 and 1917 that were designed or associated with Allen.

Other tour sites include Joplin City Hall (originally the the Newman Building), St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, the United Hebrew Congregation Temple and Old Elk’s Club. The event will be a rare opportunity to tour the ongoing restoration of the Olivia Apartments or stand inside Austin Allen’s mausoleum – his final resting place at Mount Hope Cemetery.

At 1 p.m., Brad Belk, principal historian and house site director for Joplin Historical Neighborhoods, Inc., and community historian for Missouri Southern State University, will deliver a lecture on the life and work of Austin Allen at tour headquarters, the Joplin Schools Administration Building, 310 West Eighth St., Joplin. The Administration Building, originally Joplin High School, was designed by Allen in 1916. Doors will open at 12:15 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour at the lecture site. Tour sites will open at 1:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m. Guests can pick up their tickets at headquarters before or after the lecture and then start their self-guided tour of the sites in any order.

Low-cost vaccine clinic Friday morning at Humane Society

The Joplin Humane Society is offering a low-cost vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 1.

Among the vaccines and tests available are rabies shots for $10.

No appointment is necessary. Services will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier, and all cats must be in a carrier. Payment by cash or credit card only.

The Alliance seeks to feed families through first public Pop-Up Produce event

The Alliance will distribute 800 boxes of free, locally-grown and minimally processed food items from underserved producers from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7. The event will take place in the large parking lot located at 1901 S. Pearl Avenue.

Missourians in need are encouraged to drive-through to receive their groceries while supplies last. No registration or ID is necessary to receive assistance.

The Alliance is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the distribution. Those interested in helping can sign up online or contact the office at (417) 782-9899.

“I am excited about increasing access to locally produced foods for community members while establishing economic opportunities for local farmers,” said India Malherbe, Pop-Up Produce coordinator for The Alliance.

The Pop-Up Produce Program is made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Through LFPA, the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) seeks to purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers by partnering with organizations like The Alliance.

The Alliance has previously partnered with the Neosho School District to serve families within the Bright Futures program, distributing 250 boxes of beef from Thogmartin Cattle Co., along with apples, rice, and sweet potatoes from surrounding communities. Similar items can be expected for the distribution on Dec. 7. A list of upcoming Pop-Up Produce events can be found on The Alliance website.