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Weekend Outlook November 16-18, 2012

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  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites you to the Nature and the Arts program “The Photography of Noppadol Paothong” tonight (11/16) at 7.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The Cup O’Cheer Homes Tour to benefit Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks is today (11/16) from 10 to 7:30.  Tour six Springfield homes decorated for the holidays then visit the Ronald McDonald House for dessert and a silent auction.  The first 1200 ticket holders will receive a custom teacup and saucer.  Tickets are $25.  For details, 886-0225.
  • Tonight (11/16) is Open Mic Night at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.
  • Clayworks at Missouri State University is holding its annual pottery sale through today (11/16) from 10 to 5 (11/16) across from Bear Necessities in the Plaster Student Union.
  • The Habitat for Humanity Tool Belts and Bow Ties event starts tonight (11/16) at 6 at Bass Pro Shop’s White River Conference Center.  The event includes a gourmet tapas buffet, live and silent auctions, live entertainment and more.  For ticket information, 829-4001.
  • The MSU women’s volleyball team will host Drake tonight (11/16) at 7 and Creighton tomorrow night (11/17) at 7 at Hammons Student Center.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • Geography Awareness Week wraps up today (11/16) at MSU with a presentation on “Nature Revisited:  How Geography, History and Culture Shape the Grand Canyon.”  It’s at 3 in Meyer Library 101.
  • Kids in grades 6-12 may compete in the Bibliotrivia Contest tonight (11/16) at 6 at the Library Center.  To register, 882-0714.
  • Springfield’s Festival of Lights kicks off tomorrow night (11/17) at 5:30 at Jordan Valley Park with the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.  It will be followed by a visit with Santa and fireworks at Hammons Field.  Free ice skating will be offered tomorrow night at 6 at Mediacom Ice Park.  Skate rental is $2.50.  To learn more, www.itsalldowntown.com.    
  •  The 27thAnnual Festival of Trees takes place tomorrow night (11/17) at 6:30 at the Discovery Center.  For details, 862-9910. 
  • Since half the Discovery Center will be closed tomorrow (11/17) to prepare for the Festival of Trees, visitors can get in for half price.
  • The 48thAnnual Ozark Christmas Parade is tomorrow night (11/17) at 6.  The Grand Marshal will be Jake Rogers who competed on America’s Got Talent.  He’ll give a post-parade concert on the Ozark Square.  The parade will begin on Jackson St. in front of Ozark Bank and will go east on Jackson, south on 3rdto the square.
  • The Association of International Students at MSU presents the 34thAnnual International Banquet and Show tomorrow night (11/17) at 6 in the Plaster Student Union.  For tickets, 719-8475.
  • The NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament is being held through tomorrow (11/17) at the West Plains Civic Center.  For ticket information, 225-7227.
  • The Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass hosts Acoustic Jam on the Square at 7 each Friday night at the West Plains Music Store.  Take instruments and chairs.
  • A Winter Tree ID program will be held tomorrow morning (11/17) at 9 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Kids 3 to 6 are invited to the Little Acorns program “Foxes in the Fields and Forests” tomorrow morning (11/17) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Tomorrow (11/17) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the final November volunteer workday hosted by A & B Cycle to build the Frisco Highline Mountain Bike Trail.   Volunteers will continue building the new mountain bike trail, a 10-mile single-track trail from Willard to Walnut Grove, which parallels the main Frisco Highline Trail directly to the west.   Volunteers should bring drinking water, snacks, work gloves, and, if possible, chainsaws, heavy rakes, loppers, pruners, machetes or shovels. Questions?  Chris McNeese at 866-1999.
  •  The Library Center will host a Magic Tree House Birthday Celebration tomorrow morning (11/17) at 10 for kids in preschool through 3rd grade.  For more information, 882-0714. 
  • Learn about J.R.R. Tolkien during a program tomorrow afternoon (11/17) at 2 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  Hear about Tolkien’s life and literary inspirations.  For details, 883-1974.  And the Library Center will present “Talking Tolkien with Justin Noetzel” tomorrow night (11/17) at 7.  For more information, 882-0714.
  • The Library Center invites kids in grades 4-12 to “Hobbitfest” tomorrow afternoon (11/17) at 2.  Watch the 1977 film “The Hobbit,” bake elevensies and make elf ears.  To learn more, 882-0714.
  • The MSU men’s basketball team will host San Diego State tomorrow night (11/17) at 7:05 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The 6thAnnual Habitat Hold’em is tomorrow night (11/17) at the Diamond Room at Knights of Columbus, 2340 W. Grand.  Registration and check-in starts at 5 and the tournament at 6.  For more information, 864-6622.
  • The MSU Music Department presents the Missouri State Symphony and Choirs Holiday Concert Sunday afternoon (11/18) at 4 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Admission is free.