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Weekend Outlook August 21, 2009

  • See a movie
  • Learn about insects
  • Share your talents
  • Listen to live music
  • Run or bike for a cause
  • Try snorkeling
  • Get free computer help
  • Insect-O-Rama is tonight (8/21) from 6:30 to 9 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. There will be crafts, live insects, fly-tying, games and much more. Admission is free. For details, 888-4237.
  • Adults can watch the film “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” tonight (8/21) at 6:30 at the Library Station.
  • It’s open mic night tonight (8/21) at the Park Central Branch Library. Share your talents on the community stage starting at 7.
  • The Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association will host the 3rd Annual Fiddle Fest, Harmonica Howl, Bluegrass Band Jam and Crafters Convention today and tomorrow (8/21-8/22) in West Plains. To find out more, 1-888-256-8835.
  • The 7th Annual Eureka Springs Family Bluegrass Weekend continues thru Sunday (8/23). There will be free performances all weekend long in Basin Park. For details, call 479-253-2586 or visit
  • The Gillioz Theatre will show the classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” tonight and tomorrow night (8/21-8/22) at 7. Tickets are $5 and are available at the box office one hour before showtime.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold their first annual “Illuminating the Darkness 5K: A Run for Suicide Prevention” tonight (8/21) at 8:30. For more information, 864-7119 or
  • A benefit to raise money to pay for a Sparta resident’s medical bills will be held tonight (8/21) at 5:30 at Sparta Elementary School on Highway 125 North in Sparta. There will be music by Tom Sisco & the Unionaires and Kountry Konfusion, food, an auction and a raffle. To find out more, 417-848-0597.
  • Flatcreek Bluegrass will present a Bluegrass Music Show tomorrow (8/22) from 1 to 4 at the Salvation Army Headquarters at Kansas and Chestnut Expressways. Admission is free.
  • The Nature Center invites adults to go on a snorkeling trip tomorrow (8/22). Visit a local creek to look for longpincered crayfish, sculpins, madtoms and more. For more information, call the Nature Center at 888-4237.
  • The Discovery Center’s 6th Annual Moonlight Bike Ride starts tomorrow night (8/22) at 9:30 at the Center at 438 E. St. Louis. Registration and a pre-party featuring music by the Scribbles starts at 8. There will be hands-on activities to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, and the Springfield Astronomical Society will have telescopes so you can view the moon and the stars. For details, call the Discovery Center at 862-9910.
  • The Brentwood Branch Library invites kids of all ages and their parents to a bilingual storytime—in Spanish and English—tomorrow morning (8/22) at 10.
  • Learn Archery Basics tomorrow morning (8/22) at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Bois D’Arc. To register, call 742-4361.
  • Get one-on-one computer help from members of the ICON Computer Users Group tomorrow morning (8/22) at 11:30 at the Library Center.
  • The ICON Computer Users Group will offer How-To Computer Seminars tomorrow (8/22) at the Library Center. “Family Tree Maker 2009: Reports and Charts” starts at 12:30 and “Windows Vista: Communicating and Scheduling” is at 2:15. For details, 882-0714.
  • The Discover Nature Families program “Dragons of the Insect World” is Sunday afternoon (8/23) from 1 to 4 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, call 888-4237.
  • See the 2009 Pride Marching Band during Concert-on-the-Green Sunday night (8/23) at 7 at Plaster Sports Complex. Admission is free.
  • The Midtown Neighborhood Association’s Concert in the Park series continues Sunday night (8/23) at 6 in Washington Park with music by Glen McKenzie and the Road Kings. Take blankets and lawn chairs. Admission is free.