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Weekend Outlook October 26-28, 2012


  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s “Halloween Happening:  An Alien Invasion” continues tonight (10/26) from 6:30 to 9:30.  The free program features indoor activities and an outdoor guided hike.  For more information, 888-4237.
  • Dickerson Park Zoo’s Halloween Spooktacular continues through Halloween night from 6:30 to 9 each evening.  For details, 833-1570.
  • The Friends of the Library’s Fall Book Sale continues through Sunday (10/28) at Remington’s on west Republic Rd.  To learn more,
  • The 4th Annual Outside Halloween Tour, Forest of Fears 2012, will continue tonight and tomorrow night (10/26 & 10/27) at 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.  Admission to the children’s tour is $4, and admission to the Haunted Tour is $8.
  • The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will hold a blood drive today from 3:30 to 6:30 in the Discovery Center parking lot.
  • Scare on the Square is tonight (10/26) from 5:30 to 7:30 on the square in West Plains.  There will be music, a lights show, games, costume contests and much more.  Trick or Treating starts at 6:10.
  • The American Legion & Auxiliary’s Fear Factory haunted house at 1401 Bill Virdon Dr. in West Plains is open tonight and tomorrow night (10/26 & 27) from 6:30 to midnight.  Admission is $6 or $5 with the donation of a nonperishable food item.
  • Kids are invited to the Monster Mash storytime this morning (10/26) at 10 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  Dress up, trick-or-treat and hear a story.
  • The Library Station will host a costume party for kids in grades six through 12 tonight (10/26) at 6.  To learn more, 865-1340.
  • The Library Center invites all ages to the Peanut Butter Jelly Kids Concert tonight (10/26) at 7.  For more information, 882-0714.
  • The Eureka Springs School of the Arts will host the 10th Annual Mad Hatter Ball tonight (10/26) at 6:30 at the Crescent Hotel.  Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling 479-253-5384.
  • Missouri State University will host Maroon, White and You Homecoming this weekend.  The Maroon Miles 5K Walk/Run starts at 7 tomorrow morning (10/27) at the Plaster Student Union.  The cost is $10 for students, $15 for pre-registered adults and $20 for non-registered adults.  For more informaoitn, 836-4064.  The Homecoming Parade starts at 9 tomorrow morning on John Q. Hammons Parkway.  Bearfest Village will be open after the parade in Lot 22, and the Homecoming football game starts at 1 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For more information,
  • Rare Wines, Rare Books, a University Libraries William Daggett Society wine tasting social to support the Rare Books Endowment at MSU, will be held tomorrow night (10/27) at 7 at the Meyer Library.  Tickets are $100.  To find out more or to make a reservation, 836-5428.
  • Celebrate local foods in the Ozarks at the Springfield Food Day Celebration tomorrow (10/27) from 3 to 7 at Mother’s.  There will be entertainment by HonkyTonk Renovators, samples of food by local farmers, prizes, cooking demonstrations and much more.  Guests are asked to bring fresh or canned food for Ozarks Food Harvest.  For more information, 773-2033.
  • Fall Fest at Rutledge Wilson Farm Park continues tomorrow and Sunday (10/27 & 10/28) from 5 to 7 pm.  For more information, 837-5949.
  • The Moxie Cinema will show the documentary “Forks Over Knives” tomorrow (10/27) at noon.  A post show discussion will be lead by Dr. Richard Aiken from Mood for Life. 
  • The Fordland Clinic invites you to the Fall Kids Carnival tomorrow afternoon (10/27) from 1 to 4 at the Chateau Charmont, south of Fordland.  There will be carnival games, a costume contest, hay ride and more.  Admission is $5 per child, which includes a meal.  Adults and children under three get in free.  The Fordland Clinic will also host the 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball fundraiser tomorrow night from 7:30 to 11 at Chateau Charmant.  For more information, 767-2273 or
  • The Antique Festival of the Ozarks is tomorrow (10/27) from 9 to 5 and Sunday (10/28) from 11 to 5 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  To find out more,
  • Thriller on C Street is tomorrow (10/27) at 4:30 (a family-friendly version) and 7:30.  Admission is free.  A Fright Night Halloween Party will be held after the performance, and admission is $10.  For details,
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge near Eureka Springs will host its 17th annual Howl-o-ween party tomorrow night (10/27) from 7 to 9.  For details, 479-253-5841 or
  • Republic Paw Pantry will host the “Modern Day Pet Photo Contest” at Lasting Memories, 200 N. Main St. in Republic, tomorrow (10/27) from 9 am to 1 pm.  The entry fee is a 5 lb. or larger bag of pet food or $5 cash.  To enter your pet, Karen at 732-4717.  Republic Paw Pantry works to prevent cats and dogs from being abandoned or surrendered due to financial crisis. 
  • The Park Central Branch Library will host the Hooky Spooky Storytime tomorrow morning (10/27) at 10.  Kids can wear costumes and listen to stories, sing songs and take part in not-so-spooky activities.
  • The Library Station invites kids to the Monster Mash Party and Costume Parade tomorrow morning (10/27) at 11.  For details, 865-1340.
  • The Brentwood Branch Library will host The Great Pumpkin Party tomorrow afternoon (10/27) for all ages.  Try some pumpkin-flavored treats, play pumpkin games and check out the winning entries from Pumpkinpalooza. 
  • Kickapoo High School will host the 10th annual Ozarks Food Harvest Fall Carnival tomorrow night (10/27) from 6 to 8:30 in the school’s cafeteria.  Admission is at least two canned food items per person.  There will be games, trunk or treating, a haunted house, face painting and more.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society invites you to look for birds on the South Creek Greenway tomorrow morning (10/27) from 8 to 11.  Meet at the Forest Institute—take Forest Drive north from Battlefield Rd. until the road ends in a parking lot.  For more information, Dorothy at 887-6796.
  • The Ozarks Coin Club’s Annual Fall Coin Show is tomorrow (10/27) from 9 to 5 and Sunday (10/28) from 9 to 3 at the E-Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  Admission and parking are free.
  • The Springfield Symphony invites children of all ages and their families to dress up and attend a free Halloween concert Sunday afternoon (10/28) at 2:30 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Free cookies and candy will be provided by the Symphony.  You need to get your free tickets in advance at the Springfield Symphony office, 411 N. Sherman Parkway.
  • The Scottish Saint Andrew’s Society of Springfield presents the Kirkin’ of the Tartans service at 10:30 Sunday morning (10/28) at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1551 E. Portland.  For more information,