Homecoming queen and king candidates

Don’t forget to go to the game early this week for homecoming coronation. QUEEN CANDIDATES are: Hally Philpot, Skylar Powell, Brenda Lawrence, Kinzlea Smith, Madi Graves and Kamryn Worden. KING CANDIDATES are: Quade Eilenstein, Braedan Christian, Eli Miller, Felipe Perez, AJ Bash and Landon Johnson. (Amanda Robbins photo)

Blue Ribbon School Celebration

2 p.m. Thursday at Eugene Field Elementary

Eugene Field Elementary’s selection as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School will be formally celebrated by students and staff at 2 p.m. Thursday.

A special guest will be Gov. Mike Parson. Eugene Field is also a Missouri Gold Star School.

Parson is also scheduled to visit the Crowder College Training Center, 420 Grand Avenue, Joplin, at noon and Joplin High School-Franklin Tech Center, at 12:50 p.m.

Downtown After Dark – Oktoberfest

4:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

The last Downtown After Dark monthly shopping event of the season, Oktoberfest, will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, in Webb City. Participating stores will be open late, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. 

One of 12 different beers will be served in each store. Those wishing to drink are to purchase wristbands for $15 at Just A Taste.

Not a drinker? No problem! Wristbands are not required to just shop.

Food trucks will be set up on the parking lot at the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce Office/Route 66 Tourist Information Center.

Wings and Wheels Weekend

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 – 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Freedom of Flight Museum

The Freedom of Flight Museum’s Wings and Wheels Weekend will feature aircraft and vehicle displays Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9.

Aircraft displays and kids activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

A car and motorcycle show will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Registration will be from noon to 2 p.m.

There will be a geocache search both days.

All events will be held at the General Aviation Terminal at Joplin Regional Airport, 5501 Dennis Weaver Drive, Webb City. Admission will be free.

Proceeds will benefit the Freedom of Flight Museum operations and its youth STEM education mission.

Pro Musica Presents Grammy-nominated PUBLIQuartet

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at First Presbyterian Church, Joplin

Pro Musica continues its 43rd season with the PUBLIQuartet String Quartet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at First Presbyterian Church of Joplin, 509 S. Pearl Avenue. 

This free concert features the innovative work of the Grammy-nominated quartet, which is best known for bringing the classical string quartet into the modern era.

PUBLIQuartet’s concerts mix new interpretations of classical repertoire with elements of jazz, rock, folk, and more. Alongside their performance of contemporary and classical canon works, they are particularly celebrated for their use of group improvisation, riffing on familiar and obscure tunes from the classical and popular repertoire to bring new life to music from the past. In Pro Musica’s concert, PUBLIQuartet will reinterpret music by classical composer Antonin Dvorak and jazz great Ornette Coleman – and much in between.  

The string quartet will also serve as Pro Musica’s annual Arts Education Residency ensemble. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11-12, they will perform a series of education programs for hundreds of students at Joplin’s Soaring Heights and Cecil Floyd schools. 

The Oct. 13 concert is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Donations are welcomed at the door. Visit www.promusicajoplin.org for more information on this and future events.