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Weekend Outlook February 15-17, 2013

Photo Credit: Michele Skalicky

  • You know spring is right around the corner when it’s time for the Lawn and Garden Show.  It’s set for today and tomorrow (2/15 & 2/16) from 9 to 6 and Sunday (2/17) from 11 to 5 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  Admission is $4, and kids 12 and under get in free.  The Show will feature a variety of exhibits and seminars.  For details,
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will host an Owl Prowl and Evening Stroll tonight (2/15) from 7 to 8:30.  See owls from Dickerson Park Zoo inside the Nature Center and then head out on the trails to try to call some wild ones.  To register, 888-4237.
  • It’s Open Mic night tonight (2/15) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.  To learn more,
  • The Can You Tackle Trivia? Trivia event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Southwest Missouri chapter, is tonight (2/15) at 7 at Knights of Columbus, 2340 W. Grand.  The cost is $20 per person.  For details, 886-2199.
  • Missouri State University is celebrating the Chinese New Year through today (2/15) with a variety of events.  A Chinese music performance starts this morning at 11:50 and a Twelve Year Animals Painting Demonstration starts at 1:30 today in Siceluff Hall, room 124.  For more information, 836-5798 or
  • Missouri State University-West Plains will celebrate its 50thanniversary with a year-long celebration starting tonight (2/15) with a concert at the West Plains Civic Center featuring the band Ha Ha Tonka.  A social hour with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar is planned from 7 to 8, just before the concert.  For ticket information, 417-256-8123.
  • The I Love My Pet pet show to benefit the Grant Beach Neighborhood Association, will be held tonight (2/15) from 6 to 8 at the St. Joseph Parish Hall, 1113 N. Campbell.  Pets will be judged in several categories, and the cost per pet to enter is $5.  To learn more, 942-2456.
  • 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 (2/15 & 2/16) are 10:30 to 4:30.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
  • It’s Saturday Afternoon at the Movies tomorrow afternoon (2/16) at 2 at the Library Center.  See the movie “Roman Holiday.”  For details,
  • Learn how to attract birds to your yard during a program tomorrow morning (2/16) at 10:30 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  The program is for kids six and up with an adult mentor.  Learn how to attract birds, how to identify them and then build a birdhouse to take home.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The Conservation Teen Club at the Nature Center will also make birdhouses tomorrow (2/16).  Kids 12 to 17 are invited from 2 to 4.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson will host Vulture Venture tomorrow (2/16) from noon to 5.  There will be indoor activities, including the chance to see a captive vulture close up, and outdoor viewing opportunities.  For details, 417-334-4865.
  • The Zac Brown Band, with special guest Blackberry Smoke, takes the stage tomorrow night (2/16) at 7 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or
  • Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (2/16) from 9 to 1 at 4139 S. Nature Center Way.  For details,
  • The Friends of the Garnett Library at MSU-West Plains will hold their annual chili supper tomorrow (2/16) from 4:30 to 7 at First Presbyterian Church.  Tickets are $7.50 each, and kids six and younger can eat for $3.  For details, 417-255-7945.
  • Anyone with low-to-moderate income, those with disabilities, non-English speakers and the elderly can get free tax help tomorrow (2/16) from 10 to 2 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  To make an appointment, 864-0030.
  • Low-income and senior taxpayers can get free tax help tomorrow (2/16) from 10 to 3 at Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration.  To find out more, 873-7522.
  • Learn how to create a family legacy with your children through family time and storytelling during the Parents Brunch and Learn tomorrow morning (2/16) at 11 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  To register, 862-0135.
  • The Brentwood Branch Library presents “Seuss Fest” tomorrow afternoon (2/16) at 1.  To learn more, 883-1974.
  • John Hoover, curator of the Art of the Printed Book exhibit will present “The Continuing Appeal of Fine Books in a Googled World:  A Selection of Great illustrated Books of the Past Twenty-Five Years” tomorrow afternoon (2/16) at 2 at the Library Center.  For more information,
  • The Red Cross will offer Babysitter’s Training tomorrow (2/16) from 8:30 to 4:30 at 1545 N. West Bypass.  The cost is $85.  For details or to register,
  • Explore the Civil War history of the area around Osage Springs tomorrow (2/16) at the Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers, Arkansas.  The cost is $5.  To register for the program “Civil War Secrets of Osage Springs,”