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Weekend Outlook November 30-December 2, 2012

Rose O'Neill House; photo credit: Michele Skalicky
Rose O'Neill House; photo credit: Michele Skalicky

  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center presents the Nature and the Arts program “An Evening with Photographer Tim Ernst” tonight (11/30) at 5 and 7.  He’ll share images set to music from his latest publication “Arkansas Landscapes.”  To register, 888-4237.
  • Take a stroll on the Nature Center’s trails after dark tonight (11/30).  The center’s trails will be open and patrolled—take a walking buddy and a flashlight.  Inside the Nature Center, enjoy a crackling fire and hot chocolate.  For more information, 888-4237.
  • The Midtown Victorian Christmas Homes Tour is today (11/30) from 5 to 9 and tomorrow (12/1) from noon to 5.  It will feature four private homes and the Rose O’Neill house on the Drury campus.  Tickets are $12 tomorrow (12/1) at the Drury Diversity Center.  To learn more,
  • The Winterfest Visual and Performing Arts Festival is today through Sunday (11/30-12/2) at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  To find out more,
  • Rudolph’s Five and Dime:  A Holiday Bazaar continues today (11/30) at the Blair-Shannon Grand Lounge on the MSU campus.  Booths set up by various vendors and student organizations are selling a variety of items.  Proceeds will go to the Wilda F. Looney Residence Leadership Scholarship fund.
  • The Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts presents Cirque Dreams “Holidaze” tonight (11/30) at 8 and tomorrow (12/1) at 2 and 8.  For more information, 836-7678 or
  • Lemondrop and Luna Productions present “A Fantastic Show” featuring dances and songs from many countries tonight (11/30) at 7 at 416 Commercial.  For details, 496-7146.
  • The Holiday Store at the Library Center is open today and tomorrow (11/30 & 12/1) from 10 am to 7:30 pm and Sunday (12/2) from 1 to 4.  Kids can purchase gifts priced from 25 cents to $8. 
  • The Library Station will host a Holiday Open House tomorrow (12/1) from 8:30 to 10:30 am.  Kids can enjoy games, crafts, stories and free photos with Santa.  The Polar Express will be shown at 10.  The Holiday Store at the Library Station will be open tomorrow (12/1) from 9 am to 7:30 pm.  To learn more, 865-1340.
  • AIDS Project of the Ozarks will host a World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil tomorrow night (12/1) from 5:30 to 6:30 at Remington’s Entertainment Complex, 1655 W. Republic Rd.  The event will feature the Missouri State University Gospel Choir and speakers impacted by HIV.  For more information, 881-1900.
  • The 3rdAnnual Alternative Gift Market at National Avenue Christian Church will be open tomorrow (12/1) from 9 to 3 and Sunday (12/2) from 8:30 to 12:30.  The event will feature gift opportunities from 23 nonprofit organizations.  To find out more, 869-9176 or
  • If you have time this weekend, you might want to address some holiday cards for the men and women of the US Armed Forces.  They’ll be sent through the Red Cross, and the deadline is December 7th.  Mail cards to:  Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.  To learn more, 832-9500.
  • The 31stAnnual Optimist Club Holiday Arts and Crafts Show will be held tomorrow (12/1) from 8:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday (12/2) from 10 am to 3 pm at the West Plains Civic Center.  For details,
  • The Ash Grove Branch Library will host a Holiday Open House tomorrow (12/1) from 8:30 to noon.  Enjoy refreshments and make a craft.  The Ash Grove Christmas Parade starts at 10 and will go past the library.  For more information, 751-2933.
  • The Fair Grove Branch Library will show the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” tomorrow afternoon (12/1) at 4.  To find out more, 759-2637.
  • The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library will show the animated film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” tomorrow morning (12/1) at 10.  There will also be Grinch-themed games, snacks and crafts. To register, 862-0135.
  • Kids in grades 2-4 are invited to the program “Games Around the World” tomorrow morning (12/1) at 10:30 at the Library Center.  For details, 882-0714.
  • The Library Center and Library Station invite adults to watch “The Fellowship of the Ring,” part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, tomorrow afternoon (12/1) at 1.
  • Anyone 18 and older is invited to the Brentwood Branch Library for the program “Paper Crafting 101” tomorrow afternoon (12/1) at 2.  To register, 883-1974.
  • Candyland at the Footbridge is tomorrow (12/1) from noon to 2 at the Jefferson Ave. Footbridge on Historic Commercial Street.  Kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and will receive a small toy, a hat, gloves and a scarf while supplies last.  For more information, 831-6200.
  • The 24thAnnual Jack Frost run/walk is tomorrow (12/1) at 9 am at the O’Reilly Catholic Student Center, 847 S. Holland.  Doors open at 8.  Proceeds will benefit Catholic Campus Ministry.  To learn more, 865-0802 or
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host an archery clinic tomorrow (12/1) from 1 to 2:30 for anyone eight and older.  For more information, 833-8647
  • The Park Board will also host an Archery Tournament tomorrow (12/1) with two age categories:  nine-15 and 16 and up.  It’s from 2:30 to 3:30 .  The cost is $2 for five shots.  To learn more, 833-8647
  • The Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives program will offer a free Winter Outdoor Safety and Preparedness class tomorrow night (12/1) at 7 at the Watershed Center.  For details, 833-8647 or
  • The Jingle Bell Run will be held tomorrow morning (12/1) at 8 at Mediacom Ice Park.  Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation.  For more information,