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Weekend Outlook April 6-8, 2012

  • Anyone in 7th thru 12th grades is invited to "Disaster Film Fridays" this afternoon (4/6) at 3 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  Today, see the film "Poseidon," rated PG-13.  For more information, 862-0135.
  • The Park Central Branch Library will host the Big Read Iron Chef Cook-off tonight (4/6) at 6.  See which team will bring "The Maltese Falcon" to life with the most delicious dish.  The library will also host an Edible Books Festival tonight at 7.  Vote for your favorite and then enjoy eating them.  To learn more, 831-1342.
  • The Missouri State softball team will take on Bradley this afternoon (4/6) at 2 and tomorrow (4/7) at noon at Killian Sports Complex.
  • A dance is held at the West Plains Senior Center each Friday night at 7.  Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is held Friday nights at 7 on the square in West Plains.  An Acoustic Country, Folk & Rock Jam is held in the West Plains Music Store, and a Bluegrass Jam is at #1 Evans Arcade.  Take chairs or chairs and instruments if you want to join in.
  • You're invited to the unveiling of six new Trail of Tears National Historic Trail signs and 21 Greene County historic markers tomorrow morning (4/7).  The event will start at 10:30 at the Strafford Sports Complex, 9602 E. Highway OO in Strafford.  Following the ceremony, you'll have the chance to take an auto caravan retracement tour of the Trail of Tears as it runs through Greene County.  For more information, 883-5840 or
  •  The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites you to the Native Plant Seminar and Sale tomorrow (4/7) from 9 to 4.  Learn about landscaping with native plants from a variety of speakers and purchase native plants.  To find out more, 888-4237.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will take a walk on the Nature Center trails tomorrow morning (4/7) from 8 to 10 to watch for birds.  Anyone can join in, regardless of bird watching experience.  Meet at the Nature Center pavilion.  For more information, 889-9940.
  • A Spring Gardening Kick-Off:  A Very Festive Grand Opening of the new Farmers Market of the Ozarks is tomorrow (4/7) at the market at Republic Rd. and James River Freeway.  Market hours tomorrow are 7:30 am to 1 pm.
  • Harvest on Wheels will host its first annual “Seeds to Feed” promotion tomorrow (4/7) at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks.  They’ll distribute free vegetable seed packets donated by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, along with basic gardening information, to anyone willing to plant an extra row for the hungry in our community.
  • A Naturescaping/Rain Garden Workshop will be held tomorrow morning (4/7) from 9 to noon at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center in Joplin.  To register, (417) 629-3423.
  • An Herbal Goat Cheese Workshop will be held tomorrow (4/7) from 10 to 1 at the Springfield/Greene County Botanical Center.  The fee is $10.  To register, 891-1515.
  • Acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke will be at the Gillioz Theatre tomorrow night (4/7) at 8.  For ticket information, 863-7843.
  • The OMC Easter Egg Hunt is tomorrow morning (4/7) at 10 at the West Plains Civic Center.  For details, 257-6735.
  • The Strafford Branch Library presents "Solve the Mystery of Your Family History" tomorrow morning (4/6) at 11 for adults.  Learn about basic genealogy research during this Big Read 2012 event.  To learn more, 736-9233.
  • A Bluegrass Show and Jam is set for tomorrow (4/7) at the Firefighters Union Hall, 2350 N. Clifton in Springfield.  The Jam is from 4 to 6:30, and the show, featuring Nighthawk Express, Bear Creek Bluegrass and High Hopes will start at 6:30.  Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
  • Watch Dickerson Park Zoo's animals go on their own Easter egg hunt as zookeepers hide papier-mache eggs filled with treats for the animals to find tomorrow (4/7) from 10 to 2.  For more information about Enrichment Eggstravaganza , 833-1570.
  • Author and personal historian Wayne Groner will present the free class "Your Memories, Your Book:  Writing Your Life Story" tomorrow morning (4/7) at 11:30 at the Library Center.  To learn more, 883-4532.
  • The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will host the Egg Shell Shuffle Run tomorrow morning (4/7) at 8 at Cox Health's Wheeler Heart and Vascular Center.  After the race there will be an Easter egg hunt at Burrell Lake.  Proceeds will go to the search for a cure for type-1 diabetes.  For more information or to register,
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center's Primitive Skills Series continues Sunday (4/8) with a Useful Plant Hike from 1 to 3.  To register, 888-4237.