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Weekend Outlook September 11, 2009

  • Celebrate the Ozarks
  • Listen to the Blues
  • Attend a Japanese, Celtic or Mariachi festival
  • Watch sports
  • Visit the Nature Center
  • Learn about water quality
  • Race a canoe
  • Walk for a cause

  • Celebrate the Heritage of the Ozarks at the Ozarks Celebration Festival tomorrow (9/12) from 10 to 6 and Sunday (9/12) from 11 to 6 on the grounds in front of Carrington Hall on the Missouri State Campus. There will more than 50 craftsmen, vendors and exhibitors and three entertainment stages. The final concert and ice cream social will be held Sunday night from 6 to 10 at the John H. Keiser Amphitheatre on the east side of Strong Hall. The concert will feature “The Lowdown Fancy” and Grammy Award-winning The Dan Tyminski Band. Admission is free. For details, visit
  • The Missouri State women’s soccer team will take on Stephen F. Austin tonight (9/11) at 5:30. They’ll face Oral Roberts University Sunday afternoon (9/13) at 1 at Plaster Sports Complex.
  • See the Missouri State field hockey team play Louisville at 11 tomorrow morning (9/12) at Plaster Sports Complex.
  • The Missouri State softball team will face Drury tomorrow morning (9/12) at 11. They’ll play Coffeyville Community College tomorrow afternoon (9/12) at 3. Both games are at Killian Softball Complex. For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Missouri State Football Bears will take on Tennessee-Martin tomorrow afternoon (9/12) at 3 at Plaster Sports Complex. For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Missouri State-West Plains Grizzly Fall Picnic is today (9/11) at 5 in the West Plains Civic Center Exhibit Hall followed by a Lady Grizzly Volleyball game at 6. For more information, 417-255-7255.
  • Devlin Pierce will perform acoustic folk music during “Park Central Sounds” tonight (9/11) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.
  • It’s Teacher Appreciation Day today (9/11) at the Discovery Center. Teachers and one guest will be admitted free from 4 to 7. Sunday (9/13) is Grandparents Day from 1 to 5. Grandparents and seniors will receive discounted admission.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites 3 to 6 year olds to the program “Who’s Awake When You’re Asleep?” today (9/11) at 11 or 1. Kids will learn about creatures of the night. To register, 888-4237.
  • The Greater Ozarks Blues Festival opens at 5:30 tonight (9/11) at the Bass Pro Shops parking lot. Gates open at noon tomorrow (9/12). To find out more, visit
  • The Southwest Missouri Celtic Festival and Highland Games is today and tomorrow (9/11 & 9/12) at the city park and fairgrounds in Buffalo. There will be sheep herding demonstrations, dancing, clan tents, a children’s area and more. For details, visit
  • The Japanese Fall Festival, presented bythe Springfield Sister Cities Association,is today through Sunday (9/11-9/13) at the Mizumoto Japanese Garden and Nathanael Greene Park in Springfield. Hours are 5:30 to 10 tonight and 11 am to 10 pm tomorrow and Sunday. The festival features a Taiko drumming group, a Japanese storyteller, sword demonstrations, a candy art designer, Japanese wares, candlelight walks, a children's area and much more. For details, visit
  • The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks invites you to help celebrate its 25th anniversary tomorrow (9/12) from 9 to 2 at Valley Water Mill Park. There will be free lunch, canoe races from 1 to 2 and hands-on water education activities for the whole family. To learn more call 866-1127 or visit
  • The event “What’s Happening in Our Town” is tomorrow (9/12) from 11 to 3 at People’s Park in West Plains. Find out about various community organizations. For more information, 417-256-3216.
  • The 2009 SW MO Autism Speaks chapter will hold a fundraising walk tomorrow (9/12) at Jordan Valley Park. Walk registration and a resource fair start at 9, and the walk begins at 10. To find out more, visit
  • Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarvers Artists tomorrow morning (9/12) at 10 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The program is for anyone 12 and older. To register, 888-4237.
  • Members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarvers Artists will demonstrate their craft tomorrow (9/12) from 10 to 4 and Sunday (9/13) from 1 to 4 at the Nature Center.
  • Learn about monarch butterflies during the program “Monarchs Rule!” tomorrow afternoon (9/12) at 1 at the Nature Center. You need to register by calling 888-4237.
  • The Discover Nature Families program “Nature Photography” is Sunday afternoon (9/13) at 1 at the Nature Center. Registration is required.
  • The Nature Center will show the conservation video “On the Wings of the Monarch” Sunday afternoon (9/13) at 2.
  • The last of five concerts in the Jane A. Meyer Carillon series “Second Sundays @ 6” is Sunday afternoon (9/13) at 4 outside Meyer Library.
  • The White River Valley Historical Society will hold an ice cream social Sunday afternoon (9/13) at 1 featuring Native American music at the Taney Center in Forsyth.
  • The Ozark Mountains British Brass Band will perform a free concert Sunday afternoon (9/13) at 2 at the City Auditorium in Eureka Springs.
  • A Mariachi festival will be held Sunday (9/13) from 3 to 7 at Remington’s on Republic Rd. There will be Latin American dance, food, games, family activities and a concert featuring mariachi music. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 12 get in free. For more information, 865-HOPE.