Webb City Farmers Market regular Karen Scott is one of several farmers helping others to become successful.

Successful farmers offer free advice

Bob Foos

Registration is open for “Practical Advice from Successful Farmers,” a series of free live Zoom presentations featuring tips and best practices from successful farmers and Extension educators in Southwest Missouri. Each session focuses on a specific crop and includes an on-farm video followed by a question and answer time with the featured farmer or educator.

In addition, there will be a session on establishing a berry farm and a session focused on the business models of the three participating farms.

All sessions will run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A familiar Webb City Farmers Market vendor, Karen Scott, of Oakwoods Farm, is one of the featured farmers.

Upcoming sessions are:

• Tuesday, May 7, Sweet Potatoes with Curtis Millsap

• Tuesday, May 14, Alliums with Curtis Millsap

• Tuesday, May 21, Leafy Greens with Karen Scott

• Tuesday, May 28, Tomatoes with Andre Gradinaru

• Thursday, May 30, Berry Farm Establishment (blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, and high tunnel strawberries) with Patrick Byers, MU Extension, and Angela Brattin

Farmers Curtis Millsap, Andre Gradinaru and Karen Scott all operate small diversified farms, and they also share a passion for farming, for learning, and for teaching and mentoring other farmers.  All are exceptional growers and business persons. Registered participants can pick and choose among the sessions of interest.

Registration is online.

Roundabout construction to hamper HH traffic at Carthage for 9 months

The Missouri Department of Transportation recommends that drivers take an alternate route while a roundabout is constructed on Route HH and Russell Smith Way (leading to Mercy Hospital Carthage).

Lane closures are to begin Monday, May 6. Completion isn’t expected until February 2025. The contractor will initially build a temporary access to the hospital.

Carthage is paying for half of the $1.3 million project.

JLT to hold ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ auditions

Auditions for the “Billy Elliot the Musical Music” by Elton John will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 20 and 21, at Joplin Little Theatre. The production will be directed by Carolyn McGowan. 

Director Carolyn McGowan will be casting 16 men ages 18 – 65; seven women, ages 30 – 70; four boys ages 5 – 12, and 11 girls, age 8 – 12. Auditions will include cold readings from the script, a vocal portion of the finale, and dance. Contact the director for more information: carolynlmcgowan@yahoo.com.

Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community… and changes his life forever.

Race to help Red Cross save lives by giving blood

The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors to keep the blood supply stable by racing to give blood or platelets in the weeks to come. Donors of all blood types – especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets – are crucial to keeping shelves fully stocked with blood products throughout the month.

Right now, there’s no letting off the gas when it comes to lifesaving care. With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential for hospital patients who count on transfusions every single day.

Reservations are to be booked by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling (800) RED CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor app.

The closest opportunities to give will be:
• May 13 at Mt. Hope Church of Christ, 2830 Mt. Hope Road.

• May 16 at Fellowship Baptist Church, 2827 E. 32nd St., Joplin.

Thanks to Sport Clips Haircuts, all who come to donate through May 31 will get a coupon for a free haircut by email. Plus, those who come to give  before May 19 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two and VIP racing experience to the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Races at Darlington Raceway Labor Day weekend, including entry to the Sport Clips racetrack hospitality tent and a $1,000 gift card. Additionally, those who come to give by May 19 will also get a bonus $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/racetogive for more details.