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Throughout May

Journal Joplin!
An opportunity for citizens to express feelings through journaling

An opportunity for citizens to express feelings through journaling. Journal Joplin! offers an opportunity for 161 community leaders and current and former citizens to record their thoughts on Joplin’s progress and challenges that have brought the community to this anniversary.

Journals can be picked up 10 am-6 pm April 18-22 and 10 am-4 pm Saturday, April 23 at Post Art Library inside Joplin Public Library, 300 Main St. Journals will also be available anytime April 18-23 at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 2642 E. 32nd St. Participants are asked to return journals by Thursday, May 26 (details are included with your journal).

Contact Ann Leach to participate or for more information at

Saturday, May 22

Community Involvement3 pm – 5 pm

Come to Cunningham Park to visit kiosks of community organizations, participate in creating  butterfly decorations, and enjoy refreshments available for purchase from an array of food trucks.

Spiva Center for the Arts Dear World Revistedexhibit opens at 10 am

To memorialize the one-year anniversary of the 2011 Joplin tornado, Robert X. Fogarty, accompanied by writer Adam Karlin and production manager Jonny Rosenbloom, visited Joplin to capture images and messages of residents, first responders, volunteers, and city officials affected by the storm. With handwritten text on their skin, the subjects addressed the viewer with statements of hope and defiance. The resulting photos were exhibited in Spiva’s Main Gallery in Dear World, From Joplin with Love in July 2012, and a book of the same title was produced. Now, on the five-year anniversary of the storm, the original photos and stories of selected storm survivors will hang in Spiva’s Regional Gallery, along with updates on where they are now, how the tornado changed their lives, and how our community recovered. This event is sponsored by Freeman Health System.

Thursday, May 20

Third ThursdayDowntown Joplin, 5 – 8:30 pm

Come downtown for an evening of music, food, art, shopping, local artisans, kids activities, and lots of community fun! It all begins at 5 pm!

Joplin Blasters Season Opening Game6:35 pm

The Joplin Blasters open their second season in the American Association against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The game begins at 6:35 pm at the historic Joe Becker Stadium, 131 S. High Ave. The team will be supporting Joplin Proud with a variety of activities during their opening weekend Ticket information can be found here.

Friday, May 21

Joplin Memorial Marathon Expo Noon – 8 pm

Pick up your race day packet and visit vendors at the MSSU Beimdiek Student Center on the campus of MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Rd.

Joplin Memorial Marathon Kids Fun Run5:45 pm

The kids one mile run will begin at Memorial Hall. Running, walking, skipping is all permitted. A parent can run with their child for no cost. Parents will need to use the check-in system (TBA) and sign a waiver. Kids’ late sign up and packet pickup can be done at runner expo Friday May 20, 2016 at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center from noon-3:30 P.M.. 4:30-5:30 P.M. packet pickup and late registration for kids will be at Memorial Hall (race start/finish). Joplin Memorial Marathon sponsor, Sign Designs, will help the kids make an award after they finish running.he kids one-mile run will begin at 6 pm from Memorial Hall, 212 W. 8th St. Running, walking, and skipping are all permitted! Parents can even run along with their child. Sign up by clicking here.

Joplin Memorial Marathon Walk of Silence 7:30 pm

The Walk of Silence is an event open to the community at no charge. 161 banners honoring the victims killed in the May 22, 2011 Tornado will line Joplin Street from 9th to 20th street. At 7:30 P.M. this stretch of road will be closed to traffic and we will have a time of remembrance and silence for people to walk the corridor of 161 banners honoring the victims killed in the May 22 tornado. No pets please, children are welcome, we just ask that everyone be respectful of this time. The road will open back up to traffic at 8:30 P.M

Saturday, May 21

Joplin Memorial Marathon 6:30 am

Lace up your shoes for a great day of running, including the inaugural memorial marathon, half marathon, and 5K. The races begin at 6:30 am. Sign up by clicking here.

Neighborhoods of Recovery, self-guided tours – throughout the day

This event showcases the return of the neighborhoods most impacted by the tornado with a drivable or walkable self-guided tour to view the progress. You can also meet homeowners, organizations, and volunteers who dug in and began the process of rebuilding their neighborhoods. A detailed map can be downloaded here.

Wings & Wonder1-2:30 pm

Children are invited to Cunningham Park from 1 to 2:30 pm for fun arts, crafts, science fun, and treats! It’s a great way for even the youngest Joplin citizens to take part in the weekend.

Neighborhoods of Recovery, gathering of charities – 1-3 pm

Visit with representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Convoy of Hope, Rebuild Joplin, Samaritan’s Purse with Forest Park Church, Operation Blessings, Fuller Center for Housing, and Catholic Charities at 23rd and Kentucky Ave. for a neighborhood picnic. These charities, along with many other unsung organizations and individuals, have been the driving force in bringing back our most impacted neighborhoods.