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Weekend Outlook September 2-5, 2011

  • Illuminating the Darkness, a 5K run for suicide prevention starts at 7:30 tonight (9/2) at the Forest Institute, 2885 W. Battlefield.  Check-in begins at 6.  For details, e-mail
  • A garage sale to benefit Children’s Miracle Network is today (9/2) until 4 pm in CoxSouth meeting rooms 1, 2 & 3.
  • The Missouri State women’s soccer team will face Kansas tonight (9/2) at 7 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Billings Community Fair continues today and tomorrow (9/2-9/3) in Billings, just west of Republic.  A parade starts at 1 tomorrow afternoon.  There will also be a truck and tractor pull, exhibits, a carnival, food, pony rides and more. 
  • The Ozark Mule Days event is today thru Sunday (9/2-9/4) at Finley River Park in Ozark.  More than 500 mules and 100 miniature donkeys will compete in more than 60 events during the event.  To find out more,
  • The Eureka Springs Banjo Rally continues thru tomorrow (9/3) at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Musical styles include Ragtime, Dixieland, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway tunes and old standards.  To learn more,
  • Acoustic Jam in the Square is Friday nights at 7 in front of West Plains Music in West Plains.  Take instruments and lawn chairs or just go to listen.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites kids three to six-years-old to the Little Acorns program “Bear Tales” this morning (9/2) at 11.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Several storytimes are planned today (9/2) at Springfield-Greene County Library branches.  For details,
  • Kids in grades 6 thru 12 are invited to the program “Project Runway:  Back to School Fashions” tonight (9/2) at 7 at the Library Center.  Design and re-fashion old clothes and accessories into something new.  Take clothes to craft with—supplies will be provided.  For more information, 882-0714.
  • Learn how to write memoirs during the program “Writing Your Life Story” tomorrow morning (9/3) at 10 at the Library Center.  To find out more, 882-0714.
  • A 5K Run to benefit Children’s Miracle Network starts tomorrow morning (9/3) at 8 at Hammons Field.  For more information, 832-3036.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmer’s Market opens at 8:30 tomorrow morning (9/3) in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall parking lot.
  • The C-Street Market is open tomorrow (9/3) from 8 am to 2 pm near the Footbridge on Commercial Street.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host “Pickin’ in the Park” tomorrow (9/3) from 4 to 8 pm at Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park.  There will be barbecue treats, a bonfire, bluegrass bands, hayrides and hands-on activities.  For details,
  • The Springfield Central Labor Council presents the 2011 Labor Day Parade and Picnic Monday (9/5).  The parade starts at 10 am at Grand and John Q. Hammons Parkway, will travel west on Grand to Campbell, then west to Fassnight Park.  A picnic starts at 11:30 at Fassnight.  The cost is $5 and proceeds will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
  • The 1stAnnual Labor Day Run for History will be held Monday (9/3) at 8 am on the Frisco Highline Trail.  The run will start at Conco Quarry, 902 Quarry Rd.  Proceeds will benefit the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County.  For more information,