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Weekend Outlook October 14-16, 2011

  • The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center will celebrate its one-year anniversary today through Sunday (10/14-10/16) at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.  There will be hands-on activities, horticulture seminars, live entertainment including performers from Springfield’s Sister City Tlaquepaque, Mexico and flautist Bettine Clemen.  For a detailed schedule, visit
  • Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park is hosting events throughout the month to celebrate the fall season.  Bluegrass and BBQ is tomorrow and Sunday (10/15-10/16) from noon to 5.  There will be live bluegrass music, a tractor pull and demonstrations of antique tractors and steam engines.  The park’s pumpkin patch and corn maze are open each weekend through the end of the month.  To learn more, 837-5949.
  • The Forest of Fears 2011 Outside Haunted Tour, presented by the Ozark Parks and Recreation Department, is tonight and tomorrow night (10/14-10/15) and October 21stand 22ndat the Ozark Community Center.  For details, 581-7002.
  • The Haunted House on the Hill to benefit Chadwick Project Graduation 2012 will be open tonight and tomorrow night (10/14-10/15), October 21stand 22ndand October 28ththrough 31stin Oldfield.  Turn east on Highway T, and the house will be two miles on the right, past the cemetery.  Hours are 7 to midnight.
  • Tonight (10/14) is Open Mic Night at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.  Show off your talent on the library’s community stage.
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is tonight (10/14) at 7 in front of West Plains Music.  Take lawn chairs.
  • Hiking the Ozarks will host an Outdoor Rendezvous today through Sunday (10/14-10/16) at Horseshoe Canyon in Jasper, Arkansas.  Activities include several hikes, outdoor classes, a rock climbing class and more.  To register,
  • The Greater Ozarks Home Builders Association Remodelers Show is today through Sunday (10/14-10/16) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  For more information,
  • The 2ndAnnual Harvest Soup Cook-off to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest is tomorrow morning (10/15) from 9 to noon at the Greater Springfield Farmers’ Market at Battlefield and Glenstone.  Get the chance to sample soup from 24 area restaurants by donating fresh produce, canned goods, paper products or money to Ozarks Food Harvest.
  • The 27thAnnual Nathan Boone Homestead Days Festival will be held tomorrow and Sunday (10/15-10/16) from 10 am to 4 pm at the Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove.  Living history camps of mountain men and soldiers will represent Boone’s work as a hunter, soldier, farmer, politician, explorer, surveyor, businessman, spy and scout.  There will also be games, activities, frontier music and food vendors.  For more information,
  • Homestead Days—Main Street Nights is tomorrow (10/15) in Ash Grove.  Ride a shuttle bus to experience 100 years of history including the Phenix Marble Quarry and Berry Cemetery.  Main Street will be filled with vintage vehicles, music, children’s games, pony rides, craft demonstrations and more.  You can also take horse-drawn wagon tours and walking tours to in-town historic sites.  For more information, 751-3838.
  • Kids are invited to the program “Children’s Games of the 1830s” tomorrow morning (10/15) at 10 at the Ash Grove Branch Library.
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a 5K walk, will start at Jordan Valley Park tomorrow morning (10/15) at 9.  For details,
  • George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO invites you to the program “George Washington Carver:  A Biography” tomorrow afternoon (10/15) from 1 to 4.  To learn more,
  • The Springfield Regional Arts Council will present a Free Art Day tomorrow (10/15) from 10 to noon at the Creamery Arts Center.  Make spider and cat finger puppets, leaf printed pinwheels and more. 
  • The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri will host its annual Hound Dog Homecoming tomorrow afternoon (10/15) from 2 to 5.  There will be dog demonstrations, family-friendly activities, children’s crafts, microchipping, educational booths and on-site competitions for dogs and their owners.  For more information, 833-2526.
  • The Kimberling City Library presents the 14thAnnual Antique Appraisal Fair tomorrow (10/15) from 9 am to 2 pm at the library, 45 Kimberling Boulevard.  The cost is $5 per item, and there’s a limit of 2 items per person or 4 items per family. 
  • The Springfield Oyster Festival to benefit Show-Me Healthy Women is tomorrow (10/15) from 11 am to 8 pm at Summers at the River in Nixa.  Six bands will be performing as well as a local comedian and the event will feature a bounce house, face painting, costumed characters, sand castle building, hula hooping and lots of booths.  A variety of food will be available including oysters.  For details, 883-1104.
  • Go bird watching tomorrow (10/15) with members of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society.  Meet at 8 am at the Richwood Valley OTC Campus on Highway 14 west of Ozark.  For more information, call Dan at 725-9481.
  • The Ozark Mountain Gem & Mineral Show is tomorrow and Sunday (10/15-10/16) from 10 to 5 each day at the Springfield Expo Center.  Listen to a talk on Riverbluff Cave and watch demonstrations of jewelry making, flint-knapping, stone cutting and more.
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Harmony House will hold an open house and a domestic violence community forum and give tours of the shelter tomorrow (10/15) from 1 to 3.  Harmony House is at 525 E. Cherry.  For more information,
  • The “Let’s Get Active” traveling exhibit is at the Discovery Center of Springfield through January 8th.  For information, 862-9910.
  • The exhibit “Turkey Call Makers Past and Present” will be unveiled at the Missouri Conservation Department’s Twin Pines Conservation Education Center tomorrow (10/15).  A premiere will be held from 6 to 8 pm and will include homemade ice cream, a variety of desserts and music from the Bakers.  For more information, 573-325-1381.
  • Take a class in Beginning Genealogy tomorrow morning (10/15) at 9:30 at the Library Center.  To register, 616-0534.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will offer a class in nature journaling tomorrow morning (10/15).  To register, 888-4237.
  • Adults are invited to the Back to Basics class “Raising Chickens” tomorrow afternoon (10/15) at 2 at the Library Station.  For more information, 865-1340.
  • The Haunting of the Hollows of Galloway Creek is tomorrow (10/15) from 3 to 8 pm at Galloway Park in West Plains.  See vultures from Dickerson Park Zoo, Peanut the Turtle from the MO Department of Conservation, Zoofari animals and more. 
  • Rachel Gholson and other members of MSU’s Folklore Club will share Ozarks legends and ghost stories Sunday afternoon (10/16) at 2 at the Library Station.
  • The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold a Youth Waterfowl Hunting Clinic tomorrow (10/16) from 9 am to 3 pm at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center..  To register, 742-4361.