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Weekend Outlook April 24, 2009

  • Buy plants
  • Take your teddy bear to the zoo
  • Learn about amphibians and reptiles
  • Watch sports
  • Go hiking
  • Create art
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Take your dog to Commercial Street
  • Play with your kids at a free play day
  • Go birdwatching
  • The Brentwood Branch Library will offer a “School’s Out—Stuff to Make and Do” program today (4/24) at noon for all ages. The theme is “Archaeology and Mummy Finders.” For more information, 883-1974.
  • The Missouri Cowboy Poetry Festival will be held today thru Sunday (4/24-4/26) in Mountain View, Missouri. A free show for students will begin at 1 today, and a Dinner and show starts tonight at 5. The show will start at 7. Tomorrow, there will be shows at 10, 1 and 7 at the Community Center and Cowboy Church will be held Sunday morning at 10:45. For more information, 934-2213.
  • The Missouri State Biology Department will present a seminar on prairie restoration this afternoon (4/24) at 4 in Temple Hall, room 3. The public is welcome.
  • The Missouri State Music Department will present a percussion ensemble concert tonight (4/24) at 7:30 in Wehr Band Hall. Admission is free.
  • MO State’s Public Affairs Conference continues today (4/24). The presentation “No Child Left Inside” will begin at 9 in Plaster Student Union, room 313. “Sustainable for Whom? Understanding Sustainability Through the Lens of Less Developed Countries” will begin at 9 in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom West. “What is the Elephant in the Room” will start at 10:30 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre, and Plenary speaker retired demographer Harold Hodgkinson will present “Implications of Population Changes” at noon in the Plaster Student Union Theatre. Admission is free.
  • It’s National Wildlife Week, and the Springfield Conservation Nature Center will have a Discovery Table today (4/24) from 2 to 4 on amphibians. See toads, frogs and salamanders up close and create some amphibian artwork to take home. A Discovery Table on reptiles will be set up tomorrow (4/25) from 2 to 4.
  • The Nature Center’s Hiking Club will visit Roaring River State Park tomorrow (4/25) to hike the trails there. The trip is open to anyone 18 and up. For more information or to register, call the Nature Center at 888-4237.
  • The MO State softball team will face Creighton University tomorrow and Sunday (4/25-4/26) at noon at Killian Sports Complex. For tickets, 836-7678.
  • MO State University will host the Maroon and White Football Game tomorrow afternoon (4/25) at 1 at Plaster Sports Complex.
  • The film, “The Greatest Silence,” will be shown tomorrow night (4/25) at 6 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre. The film, shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo, shatters the silence that surrounds the use of rape as a weapon of conflict.
  • The Greene County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale tomorrow (4/25) beginning at 7:30 am in a tent at Nathanael Greene Park, on Scenic between Battlefield and Sunshine. It will continue until all plants are sold.
  • The Springfield Regional Arts Council will host a free art day tomorrow (4/25) from 10 to noon at the Creamery Arts Center. There will be five hands-on art activities including making Koi fish windsocks, Mexican bracelets, hand coloring Art Unites People and painting a 3-D community mural. There will also be storytelling.
  • The Springfield-Branson National airport will host a Community Open House tomorrow (4/25) from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the new terminal. More than 30 area businesses and civic organizations will participate in the open house, and many will have free gifts for the public.
  • “Project Lifestory: A Celebration of Folks” will be held tomorrow morning (4/25) from 10 to noon at the Brentwood Branch Library. Adults can celebrate this year’s Big Read title “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the folks that live all around us . People from a variety of races, faiths, backgrounds and lifestyles will share their experiences.
  • Ozarks Technical Community College will host an open house tomorrow (4/25) from 10 to 1 in the Information Commons Atrium, 1001 E. Chestnut Expressway. Learn more about opportunities provided by the college.
  • St. John’s and Dickerson Park Zoo will host the annual Teddy Bear Rally tomorrow (4/25) from 9 to 2 at the zoo. There will be games, entertainment, Zoolympics, inflatables and teddy bear checkups. For more information, call the zoo at 833-1570.
  • The 11th annual Community Wide Play Day will be held tomorrow (4/25) from 10 to 2 at Fassnight Park. There will be a community weaving, sensory play, planting, bubbles, storytelling, obstacle courses and much more. Each child will receive a free book. Admission is free.
  • The Discovery Center will celebrate DNA Day tomorrow (4/25). For details, 862-9910.
  • The group Keep it Green and Blooming will give away free trees tomorrow (4/25) from noon to 3:30 in the parking lot of Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 109 Walnut Lane in Branson. For information, 334-3968.
  • The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will host Earth Day at the ReStore, 2410 S. Scenic, tomorrow (4/25) from 10 to 2. There will be live music by Lyle Strickland and Eddie Gumucio and the Electrics, a Cans for Habitat recycling drive, free food, prizes and a rain barrel kit sale by the James River Basin Partnership. For details, 829-4001.
  • The annual Spring Contest and Convention of the Central States Barbershop Harmony Society is this weekend. The event will end with the Quartet Finals and Show of Champions tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Gillioz. The box office opens at 6, and tickets are $29.
  • The Howell County Health Department will hold their annual Rabies Clinic tomorrow (4/25) from 8 to 4 at the Howell County Fairgrounds, from 1 to 3 at the Mountain View Farmer’s Market and from 9 to 11 am at Willow Springs Booster Field.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will host a bird watching trip tomorrow (4/25) to Roaring River State Park near Cassville. Meet at 7 am in the NW corner of the parking lot of Wal-Mart at West Bypass and Sunshine. Take snacks, lunch and drinks. The trip is free and open to everyone, regardless of bird watching experience. For more information, call Jerry Williams at 732-1333.
  • The Audubon Society will host another birdwatching trip Sunday (4/26) to the Busiek Conservation Area. Meet on the west side of the Remington’s parking lot, 1655 W. Republic Rd. at 7 am. For details, call Steve Martin at 485-3560.
  • Arf-Fest 2009 will be held Sunday (4/26) from 1 to 6 at the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on Commercial Street for pets and their people. Admission is $3. Children 10 and under get in free. There will be a Dog Parade and Beauty Contest among other things. For more information, 862-ARTS.
  • The Discover Nature Families program “Wild About Wildflowers” will be held Sunday afternoon (4/26) from 1 to 4 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
  • The Nature Center will show the conservation videos “Jewels of the Ozarks” and “Blooming Secrets” Sunday afternoon (4/26) at 2.