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Weekend Outlook March 18-21, 2011

  • Watch college baseball, softball or soccer
  • Attend a concert to help Japan
  • See the Hillbenders
  • Learn about frogs
  • Learn to i.d. wild mushrooms
  • View a women's history month quilt exhibit
  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
  • Visit a farm park
  • Run for a cause
  • Attend an international dance
  • Get free tax help
  • Learn how to plant an herb garden
  • Watch movies

  • The Missouri State Baseball Bears will face Western Illinois tonight (3/18) at 6:30, tomorrow afternoon (3/19) at 2 and Sunday afternoon (3/20) at 1 at Hammons Field. For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • Missouri State University will kick off the “Bears Bringing Hope: Illuminating Japan $30,000 in 30 Day” campaign during a concert tonight (3/18) at 7:30 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre. Donations will be accepted. For more information, 836-4386.
  • The Hillbenders will be in concert tonight (3/18) at 7 at the West Plains Civic Center. Admission is $8. For details, 255-7966.
  • Learn to make papercrete planters from recycled materials tonight (3/18) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library. To register, 831-1342.
  • Kids 3 to 6-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program “Spring Peepers” today (3/18) at 11 and 1:30 and tomorrow (3/19) at 1:30 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
  • Maxine Stone, author of Missouri’s Wild Mushrooms—A Guide to Hunting, Identifying and Cooking the State’s Most Common Mushrooms, will present the program “Not Just Morels: Missouri’s Wild Spring Mushrooms” tonight (3/18) at 7 at the Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
  • The Nature Center invites kids 2 years and under to “Babes in the Woods Celebrates Spring” tomorrow morning (3/19) at 11. To register, 888-4237.
  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will present “Threads Through the Past,” a Women’s History Month quilt exhibit. It will be open tomorrow and Sunday (3/19 & 3/18) and March 26th and 27th from 9 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm. To open the exhibit, Dr. Virginia Laas will present the lecture “No age of barbarism can show us such scenes of cruelty and plunder”: Women and Guerrilla Warfare in Southwest Missouri” tomorrow morning at 10.
  • Celebrate the 2nd annual National Ag Day tomorrow (3/19) from 10 am to 4 pm at Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park. The event will feature live bluegrass music, a lawn tractor pull, farm demonstrations including sheep shearing and horse shoeing, livestock displays, farmer’s market vendors, wagon rides and more. For details, 837-5949.
  • The 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and celebration is tomorrow (3/19) in Downtown Springfield. The Irish Idol Contest will start at 12:30 at the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on Commercial Street. An Irish Pet Contest gets underway at 1, and the parade kicks off at 2 at Commercial and Benton led by Grand Marshall Gordon McCann. For more information, or 831-6200.
  • The 5th annual Pitter Pat 5K/10K and One Mile Fun Run to help raise money for Junior League of Springfield, is tomorrow (3/19) at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University. The 10K and 5K races start at 8 and the one mile run is at 8:15. For more information,
  • The Missouri State Association of International Students presents an International Dance tomorrow night (3/19) from 7 to 11 in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. Admission is free. For more information, 268-0405.
  • Free tax help will be available tomorrow morning (3/19) at 9 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library for low-to-moderate income families and individuals. To learn more, 883-5366.
  • The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold a free Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic tomorrow (3/19) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. To register, 742-4361.
  • The program “Ready to Garden: Herb Gardening for Beginners will be held tomorrow afternoon (3/19) at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. To register, 862-0135.
  • It’s Center City Saturday tomorrow (3/19) at 1 at the Park Central Branch Library. Watch movies rated PG or under. To find out more, 831-1342.
  • The annual Cystic Fibrosis Concert featuring Marty Stuart is tomorrow night (3/19) at 7 at the West Plains Civic Center.
  • The ICON Computer Users Group will present their annual March of Technology Expo tomorrow (3/19) from 8:30 to 5 at the Library Center. The year’s theme is Mobile Computing. For more information, or 887-6686.
  • The Missouri State softball team will host UNI tomorrow (3/19) and Sunday (3/20) at noon at Killian Softball Complex. For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Missouri State women’s soccer team will take on Missouri S&T Sunday (3/20) at noon at Plaster Sports Complex. For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • Social critic, political commentator, author and TV host Bill Maher will be at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts Sunday night (3/19) at 7:30. For tickets, 836-7678.