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Weekend Outlook June 25-27, 2010

  • Enjoy flowers and live music at the same time
  • Visit the Japanese Stroll Garden for free
  • Learn about MSU-West Plains athletics
  • Find bargains
  • Take youngsters to a camping program
  • Celebrate the 4th of July early
  • Buy fresh produce
  • Party on C-Street
  • Take your kids to Play Day
  • Make free art
  • Walk or roll for a cause
  • Create art at the zoo
  • Listen to live music in the park
  • Visit area gardens
  • The community is invited to a town hall meeting to discuss the Missouri State University-West Plains athletics program tonight (6/25) at 6 at the corner of Trish Knight St. and Garfield Ave. in West Plains. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served. Take lawn chairs.
  • The American Red Cross will hold their 2nd annual Indoor Garage and Bake Sale today (6/25) until 4:30 at their offices, 1445 N. West Bypass. Proceeds will provide babysitters training scholarships for kids 11 to 15-years-old. For details, 832-9500.
  • An Evening of Audio Theater will be held tonight (6/25) at the West Plains Civic Center Theatre. Admission is $5 with a reduced fee for seniors and those under 13. Doors open at 7.
  • Three to six-year-olds are invited to the Little Acorns program “Let’s Go Camping” today (6/25) at 11 or 1:30 and tomorrow morning (6/26) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
  • Republic will host its 14th annual Have a Blast celebration tonight (6/25) at J.R. Martin Park starting at 6. There will be live music from Big Smith, food, family entertainment and a fireworks show at dusk. For details,
  • The Wilson’s Creek Farmers’ Market opens at 4:30 this afternoon (5/28) and is open every Friday at First Baptist Church of Battlefield at FF and Weaver Rd.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmers’ Market opens tomorrow morning (5/29) at 8:30 in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall parking lot.
  • The C-Street Farmer’s Market is open tomorrow (6/19) from 9 am to 2 pm near the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on Historic Commercial Street. For details,
  • The Community Partnership of the Ozarks is hosting the postponed Community Wide Play Day tomorrow (6/26) from 10 am to 2 pm at Fassnight Park. There will be lots of activities including planting, painting, weaving, marble shooting, jump roping, storytelling and more. Every child who attends will receive a free book. Admission to the event is free.
  • The Springfield Regional Arts Council will host its next Free Art Day tomorrow (6/26) at the Creamery Arts Center. For details, 862-ARTS.
  • The Bluegrass and Blossoms Festival is tomorrow (6/26) from 1 to 5 at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The concert will feature the Missouri Mountain Gang and Reel Greene. Admission is free. Take lawn chairs or blankets. Also tomorrow, the $3 admission fee to the Japanese Stroll Garden will be waived. The garden will be open from 9 am to 7:30 pm. And a free tram service will take visitors from the concert area to the Bill Roston Butterfly House. For more information,
  • The 5th annual C-Street Jam is tomorrow (6/26) from 3 to 9 pm on Historic Commercial Street. The event will feature performances by Ha Ha Tonka, Cropdusters, Cornbelt Chorus, Turett & the Traitors and Bringers of the Dawn. For more information,
  • The 1st annual Walk & Roll fundraiser for A Sporting Chance and Special Olympics is tomorrow (6/26) at Jordan Valley Park. To learn more, visit
  • Dickerson Park Zoo will host Art Gone Wild tomorrow (6/26) from noon to 4. There will be five stations where kids will create art. The event is free with regular zoo admission. For more information, 833-1570.
  • Mid-Town Neighborhood’s Concerts in Washington Park Series starts Sunday night (6/27). A concert featuring Blue Plate Special will start at 6 Sunday at the park, 1600 N. Summit in Springfield. Take lawn chairs and blankets.
  • The Springfield Regional Opera will host its annual garden tour at various locations in Springfield and the surrounding area Sunday (6/27) from 10 am to 6:30 pm. The cost is $10, and children under nine get in free. For more information, 883-5580.