Did You Know?
The tradition of wearing a red poppy for Memorial Day was started by Moina Michael in 1915. Inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, Moina Michael was the first to wear the red poppy and started selling poppies to friends and people she worked with. The money she earned was used to help servicemen in need.
For more interesting facts and history about Memorial day, visit MemorialDay.org by clicking below.
Save Some Energy.
The hot months are coming, which means you're probably thinking about turning on that a/c (if you haven't already) and that means a higher electric bill. But what if there were things you could do around your home to conserve energy?
- Close the blinds/curtains. I get it it. natural light is great, but the sun is hot. If you have several blinds and curtains open, then your house is also going to get hot.
- Keep the temp at 78*. When you leave your home set the thermometer to a higher temperature. This will keep the a/c from kicking on as often.
- Use fans. Turning a fan on helps circulate the air in your home, keeping it cooler.
- Turn off lights and unplug electronics. Computers, TVs, radios, whatever you can think of. It may sound like a small detail, but not only are those lights & electronics using extra electricity, they are also a heat source.
Thinking of Selling?
Spring is a great time to put your home up for sale. The weather is warming up, but not too hot to be outside. The grass is turning green and flowers are starting to bloom. Before listing your home, there are a few things to consider.
- Price. You have the final say when it comes to the price, but take an agents advice into consideration. They will be able to tell you about the market and how other homes compare to yours.
- Condition. Most buyers make decisions about a property they see within the first 15 seconds of entering a home. Consider making changes, such as painting or patching holes, to make your home more marketable.
- Clean Up. Getting rid of clutter and messes in your home for pictures and showings is important. Seeing a house that is a mess can be distracting to a potential buyer.
- Be flexible. If you still occupy the home while it is listed, work with other agents and buyers to allow them to show your home as often as possible. The more showings, the more likely you will get an offer.
Saturday, May 6th, 1 PM - 3 PM
Location: Spiva Center for the Arts
Cost: $15. Come celebrate Free Comic Book Day and enjoy an afternoon of super-hero themed creation with fellow comic book fans. Bring your favorite comics to use as inspiration. Parents are encouraged to stay with child participants under the age of 13. Pre-registration is required.
Tuesday, May 9th - Thursday, May 18th, 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
Location: Schifferdercker Golf Course
SNAG is a proven play development program designed for new learners. The system builds on strong fundamentals to develop playing ability quickly and effectively. SNAG sessions are for girls and boys ages 4 to 7. The fee is $35 per session. Sessions will will meet from 5:45pm-6:45pm on Tuesday's and Thursday's for 2 weeks at the Schifferdecker Golf Course. For more information, contact the Golf Shop at 417-624-3533.
Sunday, May 21st, 2 PM - 9 PM
Location: Joplin Memorial Hall
Joplin Parks and Recreation Department is offering an ADULT INDOOR WIFFLE BALL LEAGUE for you and a few of your closest friends. All skill levels are welcome. Teams play a 6-game schedule on Sunday afternoons, beginning May 21st. All games will be played at Memorial Hall. Team registration is $185.00. Teams are limited to 5 fielders on defense, but teams can have up to 8 players total. Register by calling 417-625-4750, online at joplinparks.org, or by stopping by our offices at 3301 W. 1st Street.