At a pop-up store in the mall, you can be amused by cats and even adopt them.

Need a cat or just looking?

The Joplin Humane Society announces it’s opening a pop-up store in the North Park Mall as the purrfect place to enjoy relaxing with adorabe – and  adoptable – cats and kittens.

Tiny Tigers Lounge & Adoption Center will open at noon Saturday, June 3. It will then run every weekend (Friday through Sunday) until Sunday, July 9.

Guests can lounge comfortably, chat with friends or enjoy quiet time in the company of up to 30 kittens and cats.

There has recently been a huge influx of cats and kittens at the humane society. On-site adoptions will enable customers to take their kitty home that day.

The lounge is located in the old Gymboree store, close to the Dunham mall entrance. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m Sunday. Watch for updates on Facebook.

Summer Kick-Off Fun Day Saturday in Carterville’s Route 66 Comets Park

The Carterville Park Committee will hold its annual Summer Kick-Off Fun Day from 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, in Route 66 Comets Park.

Highlights of the family activities include:

  • Free hot dogs while they last
  • Jack’s Ice Cream (small fee)
  • Dunk tank (small fee)
  • Face painting by Bikers Against Child Abuse
  • Playing in water provided by the fire department
  • Petting zoo
  • Cotton candy
  • Cake walk
  • Games

Free on-farm fruit workshop Tuesday for farmers and hobbyists

A free on-farm workshop will be held from 9 to noon, Tuesday, June 6, at the Webb City Farmers Market’s Fruit Education Site on the Lykou Lee Farm,15392 Ibex Road, Neosho.

Patrick Byers with University of Missouri Extension and Angela Brattin will lead hands-on discussions of:

  • Blackberry harvest
  • Preparing a site for blueberries – this must be done 6 months before planting!
  • Blackberry pest trapping & management
  • Blackberry fertility management
  • Elderberry fertility management

The Tuesday workshop is for both commercial and hobbyist growers, as well as consumers interested in learning how their food is grown It is part of a series of workshops at the site focused on growing blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and elderberries and is funded through a Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant. The workshop will be conducted in English with Hmong translation available.

There will be two additional workshops this year to follow the crops during the growing season.

For more information on the workshop or the Education Site, call or text Angela Brattin at (417) 439-3704.

Asbury Fire District receives grain rescue tube with training

On May 22, first responders with the Asbury Fire Protection District were awarded a grain rescue tube and were trained how to use it.

The donation is from the Nationwide insurance company through its Grain Bin Safety advocacy campaign. The training was provided by representatives of Specialty Risk Insurance.

Every year, thousands of farmers and commercial grain handlers risk their lives by entering grain bins to remove clumped or rotted grain.

“It only takes seconds, or a simple mistake, for an adult to sink in the quicksand-like flow of grain and become fully entrapped or engulfed,” according to Brad Liggett, president of agribusiness at Nationwide. “Adding to the risk is a lack of rescue equipment available to local fire departments and emergency responders who are called for help when a worker becomes trapped.”

Specialty Risk Insurance owner, Kevin Charleston, said, “We live in these farming communities receiving the rescue tubes and training. I see an increased risk year after year with the youth working on farms. They’re in their first job, not knowing the danger of climbing in a grain bin, and simply trying to be helpful. Our goal of grain bin safety sponsorship with Nationwide is to eventually have a grain bin rescue tube within 20 minutes of all the farms in the Carthage area in the worst-case scenario that someone is entrapped.”

The grain rescue tube delivery and training was conducted by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety and included simulations of entrapments and rescues using a state-of-the-art grain entrapment simulator, which is loaded on a trailer and able to hold about 100 bushels of grain.

Asbury Fire Protection District is one of more than 270 fire departments to benefit from the Nationwide grain bin safety program since its inception. Since 2014, at least seven fire departments have put the tubes and training to use to save the lives of workers trapped in grain bins.