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Weekend Outlook January 18-20, 2013

  • Mike and Tenley will present the Nature and the Arts program “A Musical Celebration of the Land” tonight (1/18) at 7 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Their program features a musical tribute to the Ozarks focusing on traditional music, history and storytelling.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The HBA Home Show is today (1/18) from 11 to 8, tomorrow (1/19) from 10 to 8 and Sunday (1/20) from 11 to 5 at the Springfield Expo Center.  Admission is $6, $5 for seniors, and kids 12 and under get in free.  To find out more,
  • The Fair Grove Branch Library will host “Fans of Robert B. Parker Unite” this afternoon (1/18) at 2.  Enjoy donuts and coffee as you visit with other fans and discuss what made the detective series writer so prolific.  For more information, 759-2537.
  • It’s Open Mic night tonight (1/18) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.  For details, 831-1342.
  • Today (1/18) is Science Sprouts Friday at the Discovery Center of Springfield.  There will be storytime by the Springfield-Greene County Library at 10 and 1 and science demonstrations at 11 and 2.  There is a fee for the program.  To find out more, 862-9910.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals Caravan will be at the Hammons Field Training Facility today (1/18).  Meet current players, Cardinals alumni and broadcasters, register for prizes and get autographs.  For details,
  •  The 2013 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions continues through tomorrow (1/19) at JQH Arena on the MSU campus.  To learn more,
  • A dance is held each Friday night at 7 at the West Plains Senior Center.  Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is held Friday nights at West Plains Music Store on the West Plains Square.  Take instruments and lawn chairs.
  • The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County, 155 Park Central Square, is hosting the exhibit “Sun, Sports and Summer Fun:  A Celebration of the 100thAnniversary of Springfield-Greene County Park Board” through March 15th.  Hours today and tomorrow (1/18 & 1/19) are 10:30 to 4:30.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
  • The Brentwood Branch Library presents “Teen Chopped!” tomorrow afternoon (1/19) at 2 for kids in grades six through 12.  Each team will receive a box of secret ingredients and will have to create a culinary masterpiece.  A panel of judges will declare the winners.  To register, 883-1974.
  • See the film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” tomorrow afternoon (1/19) at 2 at the Strafford Branch Library.
  • See the classic film “Holiday Inn” tomorrow afternoon (1/19) at 2 at the Library Center.  Take your own snacks. 
  • The Missouri State Lady Bears will host Drake tomorrow (1/19) at 12:05 at JQH Arena.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites anyone 18 and up to the program “Hiking Club Orienteering” tomorrow (1/19) from 8 to 5 at the center and at Compton Hollow Conservation Area.  Learn the basics of using a compass and topographic maps then test your newly-learned skills.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (1/19) from 9 to 1 at 4139 S. Nature Center Way.  For details,
  • 417WhiskeyFest is set for tomorrow (1/19) from 4:30 to 8 at the University Plaza Hotel.  Admission is $65.  To find out more,
  • As you’re out and about this weekend, keep in mind that I-44 at West Bypass/Highway 160 will be closed starting at 10 tonight (1/18) and continuing through as late as 6 tomorrow night (1/19).  West Bypass/Highway 160 will also be closed.  For details,
  • The 18thannual Bowl-a-thon, Knights Striking Out for the Kitchen, will be held Sunday (1/20) at several bowling alleys in the area.  For more information,