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Weekend Outlook Oct. 19-21, 2012

  • The Brentwood Branch Library invites you to Pumpkinpalooza today and tomorrow (10/19 & 10/20).  Take in a decorated pumpkin based on your favorite picture book or literary character to be displayed at the library.  Pumpkins will be judged and prizes awarded.  For details, 883-1974.
  • Tonight (10/19) is Open Mic Night for adults at the Park Central Branch Library starting at 7.
  • The American Legion & Auxiliary “Fear Factory XI” haunted house, at 1401 Bill Virdon Boulevard in West Plains, will be open from 6:30 to midnight tonight and tomorrow night (10/19-10/20).  Admission is $6 or $5 with the donation of a nonperishable food item. 
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is held Friday nights at 7 on the Square in West Plains.  Take instruments if you want to join in and lawn chairs.
  • Christos House will host a documentary night at the West Plains Civic Center Theatre tonight (10/19) at 6.  See the film, “Poser and Control:  Domestic Violence in America” and “A New Kind of Strength:  The Men’s Movement to End Domestic Violence.”  The films will be followed by a panel discussion and candlelight vigil.
  • The MSU field hockey team will host Kent State today (10/18) at 12:30 at Plaster Sports Complex.
  • Dickerson Park Zoo’s Halloween Spooktacular runs through Halloween Night from 6:30 to 9 each evening.  Admission is $7 per person at the gate.  To find out more, 833-1570.
  • The Christian County Library Fall Book Sale continues through tomorrow (10/20) at the Christian County Library, 1005 N. 4thAve in Ozark.
  • Fall Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park continues tomorrow and Sunday (10/20-10/21) with Bluegrass and BBQ from noon to 6.  To learn more,
  • Ash Grove will host “Homestead Days and Main Street Nights” featuring tours of historic sites in the town and a dog show and race.  To find out more,
  • The Wine and Food Celebration to benefit kids’ programming on Ozarks Public Television is tomorrow (10/20) from 2 to 5 at the White River Conference Center next to Bass Pro Shops.  Sample food from more than 20 area restaurants and try a variety of wine, beer and cocktails.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $40 at the door and are available at Brown Derby Wine Center and Marketplace, select Brown Derby locations and Andy’s Frozen Custard.  For more information, 836-8894.
  • CoxHealth will host the Colorectal Rundie 5K Run/Walk tomorrow (10/20) to benefit the CoxHealth Foundation Colorectal Cancer Prevention Fund.  The run starts at 8 am at CoxHealth’s Meyer Center, 3545 S. National.  For details, 269-7150 or
  • Convoy of Hope will hold the first “Running with Convoy” 5K run/walk tomorrow (10/20) to benefit the organization’s children’s feeding initiatives, disaster response work and U.S. community outreach events.  At each kilometer, participants will take in the culture from each of the four regions that Convoy of Hope serves.  To learn more,
  • The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk is set for tomorrow (10/20) starting at 8:30 am at Jordan Valley Park.  For details, www.makingstridesswmo.orgor 447-1488.
  • The annual Schuyler Community Breakfast and Bake Sale will take place tomorrow morning (10/20) from 7 to 9:30.  The cost is $5.  The Schuyler Community Center, near Fantastic Caverns, preserves a former one-room school.  For more information, 881-8909.
  • Pets and Pumpkins is planned for tomorrow (10/20) from noon to 5 on Historic C-Street.  There will be a costume parade for people and their pets, games and Halloween activities.  Admission for children is $2.  For details,
  • The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will host the 9thannual Fall Gardening Workshop tomorrow (10/20) from 9:30 to 2:45 at the Kimberling City Senior Center, 63 Kimberling Hills Blvd.  To register or for more information, 357-6812 or
  • Children’s book author and illustrator Shane Evans will give two presentations tomorrow (10/20) at the Library Station.  The 10 am program is for older teens, parents, educators and others who are interested in learning about and teaching kids about world cultures.  A 1 pm program is for kids in grades 4 through 8.  Evans will combine storytelling and art projects as he talks about his own world travels and how it’s important to hold onto your dreams.  For more information, 616-0580.
  • The Haunting in the Hollows will be open tomorrow (10/20) at Galloway Creek Nature Park in West Plains.  Activities will take place from 2 to 6 with a bonfire from 6 to 7.  There will be animals, crafts, face painting and more. 
  • The Discovery Center will offer the Frankenstein’s Toy Box workshops tomorrow (10/20) at 10 and 2.  Kids will get to design their own toy.  The cost is $25.  To register, 862-9910.
  • The Library Center invites kids in grades four through 12 to play a game of life-size monopoly tomorrow afternoon (10/20) at 2.
  • The Doomsday Film Series for adults continues tomorrow afternoon (10/20) at 2 at the Library Center with the showing of “Deep Impact,” rated PG-13.
  • Celebrate Health Literacy Month at the Library Center tomorrow (10/20) by learning about the library’s health books and online resources.  Stop by the Health and Wellness booth in the concourse anytime between 2 and 4.  The library’s health librarian, Cory Mihalik, will present “Finding Health Information Online” during a program at 4.  To learn more, 882-0714.
  • The Strafford Branch Library will show the film “Murder on the Orient Express” tomorrow afternoon (10/20) at 2.
  • The Ozarks Audubon Society will take a trip to Central Kansas to look for waterfowl and sandhill cranes tomorrow and Sunday (10/20-10/21).  The public is invited.  For details, contact Greg Samuel at 839-5627.
  • The Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Society will host its 45thAnnual Gem & Jewelry Show tomorrow (10/20) from 10 to 6 and Sunday (10/21) from 10 to 4 at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis. 
  • Ozark Greenways invites you to celebrate the re-opening of the Galloway Creek Trail near Lone Pine and James River Freeway tomorrow morning (10/20) at 11.  For details, 864-2015.
  • The Greene County Historical Society invites you to a free program commemorating the 225thanniversary of the United State Constitution.  The Society will also honor Dr. Duane G. Meyer with its Lifetime Achievement Award.  The event will be held tomorrow afternoon (10/20) at 2:30 in the Crystal Room at MSU’s Kentwood Hall, 700 E. St. Louis. 
  • The 4thAnnual Outside Halloween Tour, Forest of Fears 2012, is open tonight and tomorrow night (10/19-10/20) and October 26thand 27that the Ozark Community Center Forest Trail, 1530 W. Jackson in Ozark.  A children’s trick or treat tour is from 5 to 8, and the Gravely Haunted Tour is from 8:30 to 11.  For more information, 581-7002.
  • Flu clinics for uninsured adults, offered by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, will begin Sunday afternoon (10/21) from 1 to 4 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit.  For more information, 874-1228.
  • A celebration of the 10,000 surgeries performed at SAAF House Spay-Neuter Clinic is planned for Sunday (10/21) from 2 to 4 at 1600 N. Washington.  There will be refreshments, tours of the clinic and goody bags for kids.