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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 ann.leach@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, May 14

Kaleidoscope of Community Butterflies11 am-2 pm

Join the community at Joplin’s Home Depot, 3110 E. 20th St., to paint one of more than 1,800 wooden butterflies to be displayed throughout Joplin. A gathering of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope, and, with your help, these beautiful, hand-painted symbols of pride will be placed throughout our community.

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.

Sunday, May 15

Salvation Army – A Celebration of Life and Family1-5 pm

This event features free carnival games and prizes, a free light lunch, music by the Bobby D Band, and at 2 pm, a rededication of the Hope Memorial that was built after the May 22, 2011 tornado. Staring with this event, Salvation Army will be accepting donations of $100 for Memorial Stones (available May 15 – July 1, 2016). These stones will display the donor’s name or business and honor an individual of the donor’s choosing lost in the 2011 storm. The stones will form a path to and around the Hope Memorial. We appreciate your participation.

Monday, May 16

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Recovery Seminar5:30 pm

The Salvation Army is hosting a free seminar on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Recovery by Ryan Johnson, MS, PLPC. The seminar will be held at the Salvation Army Family Store, 302 East 7th Street in Joplin.

Tuesday, May 17

Joplin Proud Spring Cleaning – 9-11 am & 1-3 pm – CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST

Volunteer to help beautify Joplin with projects planned in conjunction with the City of Joplin. Projects include street, stream, and park clean up and tree watering.

Thursday, May 19

Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit – Real People, Real Experiences, Real Lessons – Missouri Southern State University – Join your peers at a unique disaster recovery summit told entirely through the lens and experience of community leaders and elected officials.

The Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit, May 19-20, 2016, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear lessons learned from communities across the Midwest that experienced some of the worst natural disasters from the last decade. The two-day summit offers first-hand perspectives from leaders and elected officials guiding communities through the long-term process of community recovery that continues even today.

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Documentary Viewings10 am & 11:30 am

MSSU Billingsly Student Center, First Floor, Phelps Theatre – free and open to the public

“Steadfast-The Documentary”

10-11 am: “Steadfast” is an encouraging and inspiring film about the Joplin tornado, one of the most destructive in US history. Several residents share their experiences of that fateful day and the days to follow. Through a surge of volunteers and a determined spirit, Joplin has rebuilt in an unprecedented way to now exhibit a higher population and more businesses than before the storm. This film is a heartfelt tribute to the strength and resolve of a community seemingly torn apart by tragedy that rose up to inspire the nation and the world. Director Gregory Fish will be available after the screening to discuss the movie and answer questions. View the trailer.

“Joplin, Missouri – A Tornado Story”

11:30 am-1:00 pm: Compelled by the devastation in his hometown, filmmaker Chip Gubera tells the story of distress, survival, recovery, and hope. This award-winning and Mid-America Emmy nominated film transports the viewer into the minds and hearts of the people of this midwestern community as their strength is tested in the aftermath of one of the strongest tornados ever recorded. Their stories are told through dramatic, firsthand accounts of survivors and officials. Filmmaker Chip Gubera and his father Conrad Gubera will be available after the screening to discuss the movie and answer questions. View the trailer.

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 20

Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit – Real People, Real Experiences, Real Lessons – Join your peers at a unique disaster recovery summit told entirely through the lens and experience of community leaders and elected officials.

The Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit, held May 19-20, 2016 at MSSU, 3950 E. Newman Rd, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear lessons learned from communities across the Midwest that experienced some of the worst natural disasters from the last decade. The two-day summit offers first-hand perspectives from leaders and elected officials guiding communities through the long-term process of community recovery that continues even today.

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Business Celebration Ribbon Cutting and Cook-out – May 20th at 11:30 am – Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 East 4th Street Joplin, MO  64801

Our business community continues to be a part of Joplin’s recovery. In honor of the 5th Anniversary, join us in celebrating all area businesses! A cookout will take place at the chamber office immediately following the ribbon cutting. Chamber members and non-members are welcome to attend. Please invite your business neighbors!

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 Blasters vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes6:35 pm

Come cheer on the Joplin Blasters baseball team in the second season at the historic Joe Becker Stadium, . The game begins at 6:35 pm. Make sure to stay afterwards for an amazing fireworks show. The team will be supporting Joplin Proud with a variety of activities during their opening weekend. Click here for ticket information.

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.

The Other Side of Storm7:30 pm

Nationally acclaimed composer Hubert Bird debuts his original piece of music inspired by the events on and after May 22, 2011. Performed at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, 2104 Indiana Ave., admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at Cleo’s, Ernie Williamson Music, Hometown Bank (both Joplin locations), Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, and All Things Grand in Carthage.

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.

Joplin Amateur Radio Club (W0IN) – throughout the day

The Joplin Amateur Radio Club will be setting up near Cunningham Park May 21 and 22. The Joplin Amateur Radio Club’s radio and communication abilities were instrumental in the rescue and recovery efforts after the tornado. Learn more about the event.

Miracle League of Joplin9 am – Giants vs A’s; 10 am – Rangers vs Cardinals; 11 am – Pirates vs Royals

See some talented baseball players show their stuff at the Will Norton Miracle Field at the Joplin Athletic Complex.  The Miracle League of Joplin was formed to provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball on a custom field that features a flat, rubberized surface to help prevent injuries. The field opened in May 2013 and was a long-time vision of Joplin Rotary Clubs. It was made possible by donations from Rotary Clubs around the world, the Keller Williams Foundation and numerous personal donations. The field was named for Will Norton, a Joplin high school student who was one of the victims of the May 22, 2011 tornado that devastated Joplin.

Paws in the Park Five-Year Reunion – 11 am-4 pm

The Joplin Humane Society and ASPCA invite families and their pets to this fun event in Parr Hill Park. Pets should be well behaved, on a leash, with up-to-date vaccinations. FREE microchips will be available for pets on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 am-2 pm. Additionally, families may find a new forever friend at an adoption event, 11 am-4 pm. Click here to visit the Joplin Humane Society website.

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.

Called To Walls – 1-3 pm
You are invited to Central Christian Center to view the documentary “Called to Walls,” which chronicles a series of community-based murals led by Dave Loewenstein between 2010 and 2013. Featured in the film is the story and creation of Joplin’s own “The Butterfly Effect: Dreams Take Flight” (2011).

Joplin High School/Franklin Technology Center Open House 2-4 pm

Tour the new Joplin High School/Franklin Technology Center, 2104 Indiana Ave., rebuilt after being destroyed in the May 2011 tornado. The high school opened to students and staff in September 2014. Learn more about the new school.

Give Thanks Joplin 20165:41-9 pm

During this worship event held at Cunningham Park, several area churches and ministries will come together to give thanks to God for His protection, provision, healing, and restoration during the city’s recovery. In the case of inclement weather, this event will relocate to Victory Ministry & Sports Complex, 3405 Hammons Blvd.

Joplin Blasters vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes6:35 pm

The Joplin Blasters baseball team will be supporting Joplin Proud with a variety of activities during their opening weekend. Come cheer them on in their second season at the historic Joe Becker Stadium. The game begins at 6:35 pm.

The Other Side of Storm 7:30 pm

A second opportunity to experience nationally acclaimed composer Dr. Hubert Bird’s original piece of music inspired by the events on and after May 22, 2011. It will be performed at the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center.

Sunday, May 22

Joplin Amateur Radio Club (W0IN) – throughout the day

The Joplin Amateur Radio Club will be setting up near Cunningham Park May 21 and 22. The Joplin Amateur Radio Clubs radio and communication abilities were instrumental in the rescue and recovery efforts preceding tornado. Learn more about the event.

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 will be available on this site in May.

Pride, Progress, and Potato Salad 1-4 pm

Community Picnic – Join the community and volunteers for lunch in Cunningham Park from 1 to 4 pm. This community picnic is put on by Operation BBQ Relief in honor of their fifth anniversary of serving others during times of disaster. The event includes live music by local musician Carter Hulsey and Country Music Association recording artist Kenny Foster.

Joplin High School Graduation2 pm

Congratulations to the class of 2016! Joplin High School graduation begins at 2 pm at Leggett and Platt Athletic Center at Missouri Southern State University. This is a ticketed event.

Gathering of Remembrance and Hope4:30 pm

An event to honor our loss from the May 22 tornado, recognize the resilience of our community, and share our hopes for the future. This event begins at 4:30 pm in Cunningham Park.