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Weekend Outlook August 17-19, 2012

  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will present “Insect-O-Rama” tonight (8/17) from 6:30 to 9:30.  Enjoy a variety of activities about insects.  No registration is required—stop by anytime.  For more information, 888-4237.
  • Movies at Founders Park continue this weekend.  See the movie “Zookeeper” tonight (8/17) and “Sherlock Holmes 2:  a Game of Shadows” tomorrow night (8/18) at dusk.  Free family four-packs of tickets are available at Mediacom Ice Park, the Busch Municipal Building, Chesterfield and Doling Family Centers and Mediacom offices.  For more information,
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is tonight (8/17) at 7 on the Square in West Plains.  Take instruments and lawn chairs.
  • The Fair Grove Branch Library will show the film, “Double Indemnity,” from 1944, this afternoon (8/17) at 4.  The showing is part of the series “Danger After Dark,” featuring film noir movies inspired by mystery writers from the 30s and 40s.
  • The Library Station will host an End-of-Summer Bash tonight (8/17) at 6 for grades six through 12.  To learn more, 865-1340.
  • The Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center invites you to go on an evening prairie hike tonight (8/17) at 8 at the Barton County Prairie.  For more information or to register, 417-629-3423.
  • Walnut Grove will host its annual Possum Trot Days today and tomorrow (8/17-8/18) at the Walnut Grove City Park and at the school.  There will be a 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run, live music, food, craft booths, a dunk tank and much more.  To find out more, 417-994-2593 or
  • The Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association will host the 5thAnnual Fiddle Fest, Harmonica Howl, Crafters Convention and Bluegrass Band Jam tomorrow (8/18) at the HOBA Bluegrass Park in West Plains.  For details,
  • The Springfield Regional Arts Council presents the Back-to-School Free Art Day tomorrow morning (8/18) from 10 to noon at the Creamery Arts Center.  Projects will include Bad Hair Day Pencils, Design Your Own Messenger Bag, ID Tags and Paint Your Own Wise Owl.  The Springfield-Greene County Library will provide storytelling.  To learn more, 862-ARTS.
  • The Discovery Center will host the 9thAnnual Moonlight Bike Ride tomorrow night (8/18).  A pre-party and registration starts at 7 in the parking lot featuring live music, root beer floats and a bike obstacle challenge, and you can sign up to win prizes in a costume contest.  The bike ride starts at 8:30—headlights and helmets are required.  Registration on-site is $25 for adults and $20 for kids three to 15.  For more information, 862-9910 or
  • The Springfield-Greene County Parks Outdoor Initiatives will have a Bat & Cave Awareness Display at Sequiota Park tomorrow and Sunday (8/18-8/19) from 10 to 5. Watch the bats fly out at dusk.  For details, 833-8647 or
  • The Grizzly Alumni Volleyball Match pairing the alumni vs. the 2012 team will start tomorrow afternoon (8/18) at 2 at the MSU-West Plains Student Recreation Center.  Admission is free.
  • CASA will host a benefit concert featuring Allie Hutsell, American Idol Finalist Erin Gray and Rachelle Lamb tomorrow night (8/18) at 6 at the West Plains Civic Center.  Tickets are $15 each.  For more information, 417-255-2100.
  • The Library Center and Daughters of Union Veterans will host “What  I Learned from My Great-Great Grandmother” tomorrow morning (8/18) at 10.  Connie Bogner will talk about the hardships faced by Missouri families because of General Order No. 11, issued during the Civil War.
  • See the movie “Ghostbusters,” rated PG, tomorrow afternoon (8/18) at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, and watch “Hugo,” rated PG, at 2 at the Library Center.
  • The American Cancer Society will host the Cattle Baron’s Ball tomorrow night (8/18) at 6:30 at the Darr Agricultural Center.  The event will include live and silent auctions, gourmet cuisine, Vegas-style and other gaming, live western headline entertainment and a Light of Hope.  To purchase tickets, 447-1483.
  • CoxHealth’s Women’s Center presents the Mother/Daughter Luncheon and Back-to-School Fashion Show for moms and their daughter 10 to 13 tomorrow (8/18) from 11 to 1 in Foster Auditorium at Cox South.  The cost is $12 per person.  To register, 269-LADY.
  • The American Red Cross will hold Babysitter’s Training tomorrow (8/18) from 8:30 to 4:30 for kids 11 to 15-years-old.  To register,
  • Learn about hummingbirds during the program “Summer Hummers” Sunday night (8/19) at 5 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Hummingbird Bander Sarah Driver will talk about the tiny birds as she attempts to capture and band some.  To register, 888-4237.