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Weekend Outlook April 20-22, 2012

  • The MSU Music Department presents an Island Breeze concert tonight (4/20) at 7:30 in Wehr Band Hall.  Admission is free.
  • You’re invited to go on a spring wildflower hike this afternoon (4/20) at 1 at the Springfield-Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The 7thAnnual Foster Child Benefit featuring a chili supper, auctions and door prizes, is tonight (4/20) at 5 at the West Plains Civic Center.  The chili supper is $5 for adults and $3 for children.  To learn more, 256-2432.
  • The Library Center invites kids in grades six through 12 to the “Film Noir Film Fest” today (4/20) from 3 to 9.  See classic film noir films from the 40s and 50s.  For more information, 882-0714.
  • The series “Disaster Film Fridays” for kids in grades seven through 12 continues this afternoon (4/20) at 3.  See the movie “Twister,” rated PG-13. 
  • The Rotary Club’s 13thAnnual Rock’n Ribs Festival is today (4/20) and tomorrow (4/21) at the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks at Campbell and Plainview Rd.  For details,
  • Tonight (4/20) is Open Mic Night at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.
  • The Springfield Regional Arts Council will hold a Free Art Day tomorrow morning (4/21) from 10 to noon at the Creamery Arts Center.  There will several spring activity stations including gift wrap making, printmaking rubbing techniques, journal decorating and necklace and medallion making.  For details, 862-2787.
  • Dickerson Park Zoo will host the Party for the Planet tomorrow (4/21) from 10 to 2.  Learn how compost works, see rain barrel and compost tumbler demonstrations, tour activity stations and more.  Kids will get free sprouted plants.  To learn more, 833-1570.
  • Celebrate Earth Day tomorrow (4/21) at the Discovery Center of Springfield from 9 am to 6 pm.  There will be educational displays, hands-on activities and demonstrations.  The Fishin’ Magicians will provide entertainment.  If you’d like more information, 862-9910.
  • The Christian County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale from 8 to noon tomorrow morning (4/21) in the FEMA storm shelter on the OTC Richwood Valley Campus, located between Nixa and Ozark on Highway 14.  For more information, 581-3558.
  • The Ken Coleman Memorial 5K race to Prevent Child Abuse will start tomorrow morning (4/21) at 8 at the Jim D. Morris Campus of Boys & Girls Town, 1212 W. Lombard.  To register, 865-1646.
  • The Beard & Moustache Competition will be held tomorrow night (4/21) at 8 at Patton Alley Pub.  Registration is from 6 to 7:30.  Proceeds benefit Ozarks Food Harvest’s Backpack Program. 
  • Oxford Hospice presents the Daughters Without Mothers Spring Tea and Seminar tomorrow afternoon (4/21) from 1 to 4 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 925 E. Seminole.  The event is free. To RSVP, 883-7500, ext. 3235.
  • The Habitat for Humanity Restore will host “Earth Day at the Restore” tomorrow (4/21) from 8:30 am to 5 pm.  Free lunch will be served from noon to 2.  There will be several environmentally-friendly vendors from 11 to 3 and live entertainment from noon to 3. 
  • The Annual Bonniebrook Open House & Tea will be held tomorrow afternoon (4/21) from 1 to 4.  Admission is free.  To learn more, 417-561-1509 or
  • Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson will celebrate Earth Day tomorrow with habitat games, nature art, information about hypermilling and alternative vehicles, water critters, bats and more.  The first 500 visitors will receive a free tree seedling.  If you’d like to find out more, 417-334-4865.
  • MSU presents “Football vs. Maroon vs. White” tomorrow afternoon (4/21) at 1 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • A film screening of “The Maltese Falcon” starts tomorrow night (4/21) at 6 in Missouri State University’s Plaster Student Union Theatre.  It’s part of the Springfield-Greene County Library’s Big Read event.  Admission is free.
  • The Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts presents Ricky and Gunnar Nelson in “Ricky Nelson Remembered” tomorrow night (4/21) at 8.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • Help celebrate Earth Day by participating in “Joplin Earth Day Backyard Recovery” tomorrow morning (4/21) from 9 to noon.  To find out more, 417-629-3423.
  • Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park invites you to “Fun Family Fishing” tomorrow (4/21) from noon to 4.  Take part in a fishing contest, try to win prizes, enjoy a scavenger hunt and relax by a bonfire.  For more information, 837-5949.
  • The Missouri Department of Conservation and West Plains Public Library will host a fishing trip tomorrow (4/21) for kids ages 5 to 15.  To register, 256-4775.
  • Hosta Dividing Seminars will be held tomorrow morning (4/21) at 9, 10 and 11 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.  To register for the free programs, 891-1515.
  • A Local Foods meeting will be held tomorrow afternoon (4/21) at 3 at the West Plains Civic Center Theatre.  Learn about the benefits and how-to’s of the local food industry.
  • The Parkinson’s Group of the Ozarks will present the 2012 Parkinson’s Symposium for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families and caregivers tomorrow (4/21) from 9 am to 1 pm at Mercy Springfield’s Catherine McAuley Conference Center.  Registration starts at 8:30.  The event is free and includes a complimentary lunch.  To learn more, 885-9595.
  • The Library Center will host a Document Disposal Weekend tomorrow (4/21) from 8:30 am to 9 pm and Sunday (4/22) from 1 to 5.  Take sensitive documents and deposit them in secure, locked bins to be shredded at EDCO’s Springfield headquarters.  For more information, 882-0714.
  • Adults are invited to the program “How to Raise a Money-Smart Child” tomorrow morning (4/21) at 9:30 at the Strafford Branch Library.  For details, 736-9233.
  • The program “Missing or Murdered in Missouri” starts tomorrow afternoon (4/21) at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  Springfield author Barbara Kemm-Highton will discuss some of the familiar, high-profile cases in her book “Missing or Murdered in Missouri:  Unsolved and Solved Cases.”  For more information about this Big Read 2012 event, 862-0135.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society invites you to join them to look for birds Sunday morning (4/22) from 8 to 11 at the Ozarks Technical Community College-Richwood Valley Campus.  Meet in the MODOT parking lot at the southwest corner of Highway 65 and Evans Rd. at 8 am.
  • See the 1949 film “The Third Man” Sunday night (4/22) at 6:30 at the Moxie Cinema, 431 S. Jefferson #108.  Admission is free.