June 16, 2008

Second ‘Discover Downtown’ in Offing

By Wally Kennedy, The Joplin Globe, Mo.

Jun. 16--A number of events have been lined up for the second "Discover Downtown" celebration that will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Our first event in May was a great start," said Dirk Gerdes, event chairman. "It was good to see the downtown streets vibrant and full of people exploring the many treasures of downtown Joplin."

The events this month include:

n Downtown restaurants and retailers offering extended hours and specials.

n Family game night at Changing Hands Book Shoppe.

n A "Welcome to the Neighborhood" reception and tour of a completed loft at Missouri Place Lofts (the former Howsmon building).

n "Get the Scoop" on U.S. Bank and receive free ice cream.

n Children's fingerprinting at Kidz N Style, courtesy of the Joplin Police Department.

n Bicycle registration at Spokes & Spandex, courtesy of the Joplin Police Department.

n The addition of the Bistro Art Gallery, 405 S. Main St., featuring a one-night show of the work of six area artists: Joe Prater, Stephanie McGrew, Linda Teeter, Betsy Cooper, Daria Clairborne and Sue Coglin.

n Art on Tap at Spiva Center for the Arts, complete with live music, food from Woody's Woodfire Pizza and Samuel Adams beer, for the 21-and-older crowd. Admission is $10 for members, and $35 for nonmembers or $50 per couple. Hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m.

n Tours of the historic Newman Building, now City Hall, and a history of Joplin exhibit courtesy of the Joplin Museum Complex. Tours will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. The building will be open until 9 p.m.

n Storytelling at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Joplin Public Library. Brother John will perform "Celebration," a story told through words and music.

n Movie night at the Fox Theater at 6:30 p.m. This month's movie is "The Sandlot," the story of a new kid in town who is eager to make friends. A $3 donation is requested.

For details about Discover Downtown, people may phone Gerdes at (417) 627-9495.


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