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Weekend Outlook April 16, 2010

  • Watch the skies
  • Bid on stuff
  • Meet Marideth Sisco
  • Learn to knit
  • Dance
  • See woodcarvers in action
  • Attend a basketball game
  • Find bargains
  • Go to a movie
  • Get free computer help
  • Buy fresh produce
  • Celebrate Earth Day
  • See model trains
  • Celebrate your Scottish heritage
  • Eat ribs for a cause
  • Recycle tires
  • Go bird watching
  • Enjoy live music
  • Explore a cave
  • The Missouri State Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science will host a NASA Observing Night tonight (4/16) from 8 to 10:30 at Baker Observatory. For more information, visit or call 836-4857.
  • Missouri State-West Plains will host a surplus auction today (4/17) from 10 to 2 at Broadway Hall, 218 W. Broadway in West Plains.
  • Marideth Sisco, who has a regular feature, These Ozarks Hills, on KSMU, will spin tales and share memories of the people and places of the Ozarks at a Big Read event this afternoon (4/16) at 4 and 6:30 at the Brentwood Branch Library. For more information, 883-1974.
  • Adults can learn how to knit tonight (4/17) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library. To register, 831-1342.
  • A dance is held each Friday night at 7 at the West Plains Senior Center. Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
  • Woodcarvers from around the Ozarks will revive a centuries-old tradition at the 6th annual Carving in the Ozarks today and tomorrow (4/16 & 4/17) at U.S. 62 East at Rockhouse Road in Eureka Springs. For more information, 479-253-2080.
  • The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly basketball program will host the 5th annual Grizzly All-Star Classic tomorrow (4/17) at the West Plains Civic Center. The girls’ game gets underway at 5, and the boys’ at 7. For details, 417-255-7993.
  • West Plains will host its city-wide yard sale tomorrow (4/17).
  • The Show-Me Challenge Karate and Grappling Championships are tomorrow (4/17) at the West Plains Civic Center. For more information, 256-4290.
  • Pittman Elementary, 2934 E. Bennett, will host a garage sale tomorrow (4/17) beginning at 7 am to benefit the 5th graders’ end of the year field trip.
  • A garage sale to benefit the Child Advocacy Center will be held tomorrow (4/17) from 6:30 am to 3 pm at the center, 1033 E. Walnut.
  • Tomorrow (4/17) is Healthy Kids Day at the Pat Jones Family YMCA. Special activities will be held from 10 to noon. For more information, 881-1599.
  • The Park Central Branch Library will take part in Center City Saturday tomorrow (4/17) from 1 to 5. Spend an afternoon watching movies with an environmental theme. For details, 831-1342.
  • You can get free computer help tomorrow (4/17) at 2:30 at a 1-on-1 Help Desk at the Brentwood Branch Library.
  • Kids 2 and younger are invited to “Babes in the Woods Celebrates Earth Day” tomorrow morning (4/17) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmers Market is open for the season. Tomorrow’s (4/17) market opens at 8:30 at the northwest corner of Battlefield and Glenstone in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.
  • The Discovery Center will celebrate Earth Day tomorrow (4/17) from 10 to 5 with special exhibits. For more information, 862-9910.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the Murr Family will host an event tomorrow (4/17) at Jordan Valley Park. There will be bike rides beginning at 10, activities for kids, information booths, music and more. For details, visit
  • CoxHealth will host an open house for its new Meyer Orthopedic Center tomorrow (4/17) from 1 to 3 at the corner of National and Walnut Lawn.
  • The Ozarks Model Railroad Association will host the 32nd annual Train Meet tomorrow (4/17) from 9 to 3 at Springfield Catholic High School, 2340 S. Eastgate. Eight homes will be open for viewing individuals’ model railroads from 1 to 6. Admission is $5 for adults, and children under 12 get in free.
  • Barry County Pioneer Days will be held at the Crowder College Cassville Campus auditorium tomorrow (4/17). There will be free chili at 5. A silent auction will be offered throughout the evening. The Possum Holler Fiddlers will take the stage at 6, and an old-fashioned pie auction will begin at 6:30. Proceeds will be used to find programs and other activities being planned to complement the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street exhibit “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” which will be on display the Barry County Museum June 19 thru July 31.
  • The Scottish St. Andrew’s Society of Springfield will commemorate the early Scottish settlers in the Missouri Ozarks tomorrow (4/17) from 10 to 4 at the Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site in Ash Grove. There will be an information tent as well as programs and traditional Scots and Ozark music played on the dulcimer. To learn more, 447-8174.
  • Rotary Clubs of Springfield will host the 11th annual Rock ‘n Ribs BBQ Festival tomorrow (4/17) beginning at 10 am to benefit several area charities. Admission is $10 at the gate.
  • Empire District Electric will host a used tire collection tomorrow (4/17) from 9 to 3 at the Joplin Recycling Center, 1310 West A Street.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will host a birdwatching trip tomorrow (4/17) to Greer Spring Access. Meet at 6 am at the northwest corner of the parking lot of Sam’s Club on E. Sunshine. For more information, call Greg Swick at 581-2757. The Audubon Society will host a birdwatching trip Sunday (4/18) to the Busiek Conservation Area. Meet at 7 am at the MODOT parking lot at the southwest corner of Highway 65 and Evans Rd. To learn more, call Dan Crane at 732-7932.
  • Sunday Sounds will feature the Farnum Family, playing gospel, bluegrass and old-time music, Sunday afternoon (4/18) at 2 at the Library Station. Admission is free.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will show the conservation videos “Back to the Wild” and “Creating an Urban Oasis” Sunday afternoon (4/18) at 2.
  • Explore Doling’s Giboney Cave tomorrow (4/18). Walking tours will start at 1 and 4. For more information, 833-8647.