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Weekend Outlook Friday March 27, 2009

Find out what's happening this weekend in the Ozarks:

  • Cherry Blossom Kite Festival Saturday
  • Missouri State Baseball and Softball Bears in Action this Weekend
  • Greater Ozarks Audubon Hosts Birdwatching Trip
  • Learn About Lasagna Gardening
  • Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro
  • Learn About Macro Photography at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center
  • Find Out About the Battle of Springfield

  • The 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival will be held tomorrow (3/28) from 11 to 3 at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene Park in Springfield. Take your own kite or make one at the festival for $2. Admission is free.
  • The Missouri State baseball team will face Oral Roberts University tonight (3/27) at 6:30, tomorrow night (3/28) at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 1 at Hammons Field. And the Missouri State Softball Bears will take on Drake University tomorrow and Sunday (3/28-2/29) at noon at the Killian Softball Complex. For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • It’s Astronomy Week at the Discovery Center, and a star party will be held tonight (3/27) from 5 to 8. A Star Lab will be held at 10:30 am, 1, 3:30 and 6:30 pm today. For more information, 862-9910.
  • The Go Green Festival will be held today and tomorrow (3/27-3/28) in Thayer. There will be presentations and workshops on local energy and food sustainability. For details, 417-264-7977.
  • The US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management will hold adoptions of wild horses and burros today and tomorrow in Humansville. For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS or go to
  • Learn how to create a habitat for birds in your yard, how to identify them and make a wren house to take home at the Discover Nature Families program “Creating a Bird Haven” tomorrow (3/28) from 2 to 4 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The Nature Center’s Hiking Club will hike through the Mark Twain National Forest at Noblett Lake tomorrow (3/28) from 8:30 to 5. And the Nature Center will offer a class on macro photography tomorrow (3/28) from 9 to noon. To register for any of those programs call the Nature Center at 888-4237.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will host a bird watching trip tomorrow (3/28) from 8 to 3 at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area. Meet at 8 am in the Lowe’s parking lot at Highway 13 and Norton Road. Take lunch, drinks and snacks. The trip is free and open to anyone, regardless of bird watching experience. For more information, call Charley Burwick at 860-9505.
  • The class “Lasagna Gardening for Beginners” will be offered tomorrow morning (3/28) at 10 at the Library Station. To register, 865-1340.
  • The Gillioz Theatre presents “Celebrating Queen with the Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra” tomorrow night (3/28) at 7:30. For tickets, 863-9491.
  • Rockaway Beach will hold the 2nd annual Celebration Clean-Up tomorrow (3/28) from 8 to 4. Volunteers are needed to help create new flower beds and planters in the park and on city sidewalks. Help in removing large items for curbside pickup will be offered. For details, call Rockaway Beach City Hall at 417-561-4424.
  • Local History Librarian John Rutherford will talk about the Battle of Springfield tomorrow afternoon at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. For more information, 862-0135.
  • The citizen action group “Sowing Seeds for Community” will host a seminar and dinner Sunday (3/29) beginning at 4 pm in West Plains. For details, call Phoenix at 417-293-2282.
  • Flamenco guitarist Ronald Radford will give a concert Sunday night (3/29) at 7 at the Springfield Art Museum. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.