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Weekend Outlook December 16-18, 2011

  • Kids in grades six through 12 can learn to make healthy snacks for the holidays tonight (12/16) at 6 at the Library Station.  For more information, 865-1340.
  • Adults are invited to learn how to crochet tonight (12/16) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.  To register, 831-1342.
  • Fall Commencement at Missouri State University is today (12/16) at 12:30 and 4 in JQH Arena.  For details,
  • Tickets for Big Smith’s farewell concerts May 5thand 6thgo on sale today (12/16) at noon.  For tickets, 863-9491.
  • The annual Home for the Holidays Concert is tonight (12/16) at 7 at the City Auditorium in Eureka Springs.  Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.  For more information, 479-253-7333.
  • The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is hosting the Stop and Give Blood Drive through December 31stat all of its donor centers.  For more information,
  • Horse Drawn carriage rides are being offered tonight and tomorrow night (12/16-12/17) in downtown Springfield as part of the Festival of Lights.  To learn more,
  • The Missouri State men’s basketball team will host Kennesaw State tomorrow afternoon (12/17) at 2:05 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • Friends of the Gardenwill host “Santa and Friends” tomorrow (12/17) from 10 am to 3 pm at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.  The atrium will be decked out with a holiday-inspired landscaped G-scale model train and village layout and with several varieties of poinsettias.  Santa will be available for visits and photos and storytimes will be held throughout the day.  Kids can make nature ornaments from materials collected in the garden and can also decorate cookies.  There is a fee for some activities.  For more information, 891-1515.
  • Santa will visit the Greater Springfield Farmer’s Market on its last day of the season tomorrow morning (12/17) from 9 to noon.  The Market is at the northwest corner of Glenstone and Battlefield.
  • Kids can visit with Santa tomorrow morning (12/17) from 10:30 to 11:30 at the West Plains Public Library.
  • Ice skate for free, plus the cost of skate rental, tomorrow night (12/17) from 5:30-6:30 at Mediacom Ice Park.  It’s part of the Festival of Lights.  For more information,
  • The West Plains Center for the Arts will perform their Christmas Show tomorrow afternoon (12/17) at 2 at the Avenue Theatre.  Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. 
  • Kids in grades 1-5 are invited to the program “Lego Mania @ Your Library tomorrow morning (12/17) at 11 at the Library Center.  To register, 882-0714.
  • Wires N Wood will perform bluegrass holiday tunes tomorrow afternoon (12/17) at 2 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  Listen to music and enjoy cookies and warm beverages.  You can also make a craft to decorate your home for the holidays.  For more information, 883-1974.
  • Kids in grades K through six are invited to the Willard Branch Library tomorrow afternoon (12/17) at 2 for the program “Candy Craze.”  Make vehicles, structures, animals and other things with candy using the craft book “Candy Construction.”  To register, 742-4258.
  • Stop by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow (12/17) between 10 am and 4 pm to watch members of the Ozark Whittlers and Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Hiking Club will hike the Homesteaders Trail at Henning Conservation Area tomorrow (12/17).  To register or for more information, 888-4237.
  • The Missouri State Lady Bears will face Morgan State Sunday afternoon (12/18) at 2:05 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, 836-7678.