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Weekend Outlook October 7-9, 2011

  • The Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park will host a Fun & Games Weekend tomorrow and Sunday (10/8-10/9) from noon to 5.  There will be pony rides, hay rides, an obstacle course, a bounce house, make-your-own scarecrow, a pumpkin slingshot, face painting and a fishing contest.  The corn maze, pumpkin patch and Haunted Trail are open each weekend until the end of October.  For more information,
  • The Wooley Creek Bluegrass Festival is today thru Sunday (10/7-10/9).  Performances begin today at 5 with food on the grounds, and the one-room school will be open to visitors.  Performances begin tomorrow morning at 10.  Activities on Sunday include a 9 am worship service in the schoolhouse, a gospel jam from 10 to 2 and the annual Wooley Creek reunion.  The school is located 3 and a half miles west of Cape Fair off Highway 76.  For details,
  • The Missouri State Ice Hockey team will wear pink jerseys and play on pink ice tonight and tomorrow night (10/7-10/8) at 7 at Mediacom Ice Park to benefit Making Strides against Breast Cancer.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Missouri State women’s soccer team will host Drake tonight and tomorrow night (10/7-10/8) at 7 at Plaster Sports Complex. 
  • The Missouri State volleyball team will face Creighton tonight (10/7) at 7 at Hammons Student Center.
  • The Missouri State baseball team will play today (10/7) at 3 at Hammons Field.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • Kids three to six-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program “Spider Safari” today (10/7) at 11 and 1:30.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The West Plains Zizzers Homecoming Parade starts at 2 this afternoon (10/7) through the downtown area.  The football game will start tonight at 7. 
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is tonight (10/7) at 7 on the Square in West Plains.  Take lawn chairs.
  • Operation Photo Rescue will be in Joplin at the main public library, 300 S. Main, today and tomorrow (10/7-10/8) from 9 to 6 to help Joplin residents restore photos damaged in the May tornado.  For more information,
  • Today (10/7) is the last day to register your dog as a homecoming candidate for the “Hound Dog Homecoming” Saturday October 15that the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri.  Entries can be made online at www.swh.orgor in person at the Humane Society during regular business hours, and the cost is $30.  Votes can be made for $1 each online as well. 
  • The Republic Branch Library will show the movie “Tron Legacy” for kids in grades 6 through 12 this afternoon (10/7) at 3:45.
  • Marshfield Harvest Days is today and tomorrow (10/7-10/8) in Marshfield.  For more information,
  • Mt. Vernon’s Apple Butter Makin’ Days Festival is today thru Sunday (10/7-10/9).  For details,
  • The Missouri State men’s soccer team will host Central Arkansas tomorrow night (10/8) at 7 at Plaster Sports Complex.
  • The MSU Football Bears will face Illinois State tomorrow afternoon (10/8) at 2 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • St. John’s Sunshine Run is tomorrow (10/8) in Springfield.  For more information,
  • The Discovery Center will host an International Observe the Moon event tomorrow night (10/8) from 6 to 8 in the Center’s auditorium and parking lot.  Take a look at the moon with the help of the Springfield Astronomical Society.
  • The program “Fall into Gardening” will be presented tomorrow morning (10/8) at 11 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.  To register, 891-1515.
  • Meet the Springfield Public Schools students and staff who are featured in the book “What I’ve Learned So Far…the Next Generation” at a book fair tomorrow (10/8) at Barnes & Noble.  The contributing authors will be there to sign books from 1 to 3 pm.
  • The Locust Prairie School Day is today through Sunday (10/7-10/9) at the school at the intersection of Farm Rd. 239 and Farm Rd. 56 between Strafford and Fair Grove.  There will be a chili and soup lunch, live music and a car and tractor display.  Proceeds go to the preservation of the one-room school.  To learn more, 294-5886.
  • “Haunting in the Hills” is tomorrow (10/8) from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday (10/9) from 10 am to 3 pm at Alley Spring.  The free event features folkway demonstrations, reenactments, hands-on activities, food vendors and bluegrass music.  To find out more,
  • The Harvesting the Good Life Fall Festival will be held tomorrow (10/8) from noon to dusk at the park at Holiday Island near Eureka Springs.  The event focuses on the benefits of producing and buying local food.  For details, 479-253-6117.
  • The SRO Lyric Theatre Guild and Springfield Little Theatre will host a garage sale at the Creamery Arts Center tomorrow (10/8) from 8 am to 3 pm. 
  • The Library Center presents “Veggies:  Anything but Ordinary” for kids in grades K-2 tomorrow morning (10/8) at 10.  To register, 882-0714.
  • The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library’s “Rockin’ Saturdays” series continues tomorrow (10/8) at 2.  The concert this weekend is “Fun with Lou LeBrun and her Accordian.”
  • The Chopper Walkers Relay for Life team will host a benefit golf tournament for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Howell County tomorrow (10/8) at the West Plains Municipal Golf Course.  To learn more, 293-0141.
  • Jim Hinckley, author of Ghost Towns of Route 66 will sign copies of his book tomorrow afternoon (10/8) from 3 to 5 at the Powers Museum in Carthage.  Route 66 videos, children’s activities and a new 66 mini-display will run from 10 to 5 and Sunday from 1 to 5. 
  • Victory Mission’s 17thAnnual Victory Ride to benefit the mission is Sunday (10/9).  For details,
  • The Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday (10/9) at 2 at Phelps Grove Park.  For more information,
  • The  Springfield-Greene County Library District’s “Sunday Concert Series” will feature Jordan Fairchild and Rachel Mayanovic playing old-time music on guitar and fiddle, Sunday afternoon (10/9) at 2 at the Library Center.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will host a birdwatching trip to prairies in Southwest Missouri Sunday (10/9).  Meet at 7 am on the northeast side of the Lowe’s parking lot at Highway 13 and Norton Rd.  Take lunch, snacks and water.  For details, call Charley at 860-9505.
  • MSU’s Student Activities Council will co-host the showing of the movie “2011 Real Rock Film Tour” Sunday night (10/9) at 7 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre.  The film series showcases the wildest climbing stories from around the globe.  Admission is free.
  • Listen to Jeremy Chesman play the carillon Sunday night (10/9) at 7 outside Meyer Library.