Missouri Southern will sponsor the next Third Thursday, set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in downtown Joplin.

Presented by the Downtown Joplin Alliance, the monthly event spotlights local art, music, entertainment and food on Main Street, between First and Seventh streets.

Missouri Southern will sponsor Third Thursday on Sept. 18.

Missouri Southern will sponsor Third Thursday on Sept. 18.

A variety of campus departments and organizations will have tables, including Career Services, Athletics, the SHOW-ME GOLD Program, the theater and biology departments and the Bookstore. There also will be games and an inflatable from House of Bounce for kids to enjoy.

9art Photography will present the “Back to School Brouhaha” photo booth at Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. Props will be provided by Athletics, or participants can come in an original costume for a chance to win a prize.

“One of the goals of the Downtown Joplin Alliance is to create a college-friendly town,” said Trisha Patton, executive director of the Downtown Joplin Alliance. “Partnering the university and its Lion Pride college spirit with the biggest community event means a lot not only to downtown, but also the city of Joplin.”

For more about Third Thursday, visit www.downtownjoplin.com.