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Weekend Outlook May 17-19, 2013

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  • The Trail of Tears Remembrance and Dedication is today and tomorrow (5/17-5/18) from 9 am to dusk each day at the City of Battlefield City Park.  Meet American Indians and watch artists at work.  See the bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo at 1 tomorrow.  Learn the history, traditions and way of life of the American Indian.  Admission is free.  To find out more, 224-9194.
  • Branson’s 53rdannual Plumb Nellie Days Arts, Crafts and Music Festival continues through tomorrow (5/18) in downtown Branson.  Hours today (5/17) are 9 am to 6 pm and tomorrow (5/18) from 9 to 4.  Details are at
  • The Brentwood Branch Library invites kids in grades six through 12 to the program “Hawaii to Japan, Tahiti to Thailand” this afternoon (5/17) at 4.  Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with traditional games, crafts and activities.  For details, 883-1974.
  • It’s Open Mic Night tonight (5/17) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.  Take the stage with your musical or spoken word performance.
  • The Arts in the Park Series at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield continues this weekend.  Listen to the Missouri State University Community Band tomorrow night (5/18) at 7.  Take blankets and lawn chairs.
  • The West Plains Senior Center will host a Volunteer and Resource Fair tomorrow (5/18) from 9 to noon.  Find out about volunteer opportunities in the community.  To learn more, 256-4055.
  • Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass will hold a Fish Fry and Gospel Show tomorrow (5/18) starting at 5:30 at the HOBA Park in West Plains.  For more information,
  • Master Gardeners of Greene County will host Young Sprouts in the Garden tomorrow (5/18) from 9 am to 1 pm at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  Ride a zip line, try archery and geocaching, hunt for worms and much more.  Admission is free.
  • Anyone 15 and older may register for the program “Close-Up Nature Photography” tomorrow morning (5/18) from 9 to noon at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Kids up to age two are invited to the program “Babes in the Woods” tomorrow morning (5/18) at 10.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will celebrate its 100thanniversary with the 100thBirthday Bash tomorrow (5/18) from noon to 4 at Phelps Grove Park.  The event will feature 1913-themed activities and carnival midway games, live music, food at 1913 prices and more.  For details,
  • Dairy Days is tomorrow (5/18) from 10 to 4 at the Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park.  There will be activities and demonstrations about cows, farms and the products they provide us.  To learn more, 837-5949.
  • Kids’ Fishing Day is tomorrow (5/18) from 6:30 am to 8:15 pm at Roaring River State Park.  Kids 15 and under will be able to pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office.  Take fishing equipment if you have it.  Free hot dogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 and 1.  Listen to bluegrass music and comedy from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.  For more information, 847-2430.
  • The 3rdAnnual Stomp the Blues Out of Homelessness is tomorrow (5/18) at 1315 E. Trafficway.  Gates open at 1:30, and the event starts at 2:15.  Performers include John Lee Hooker, Jr., Shane Dwight and Cassie Taylor.  Tickets are $20 and are available at several retail outlets and online.  For more information,
  • The Library Center presents the Summer Reading Kick-off Extravaganza tomorrow morning (5/18) at 10.  Pick up your Summer Reading Game Board and take part in crafts, a scavenger hunt and more.  Movies will be shown throughout the day.  To learn more, 882-0714.
  • The Republic Branch Library will host the Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party and Pet Parade tomorrow afternoon (5/18) at 2.  For details, 732-7284.
  • The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library presents “Can Ya Dig It? tomorrow (5/18) from 10 to 1 to kick off the Summer Reading Program.  There will be stories, crafts and games and rock and roll and folk music by Dallas Jones at 10.  For more information, 862-0135.
  • Geezerfest will present their Spring Fling Concert tomorrow night (5/18) at 7 on the Library Center patio.  Listen to music from the 60s and 70s. 
  • Celebrate Armed Forces Day tomorrow (5/18) at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks.  Vendors will offer specials and discounts to past and present military.  There will be cooking demonstrations and samples and live music.  For details,
  • The Greater Springfield Farmers Market is open tomorrow (5/18) from 8 to 1 in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall Parking Lot.
  • C-Street Market is open tomorrow (5/18) from 8 to 1 near the Footbridge on Commercial Street.
  • To learn about other farmers’ markets in the Ozarks,
  • Look for the Painted Bunting and other bird species in Willard and Bois d’Arc with the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society tomorrow (5/18).  Meet at 8 am at the north Lowe’s on the northeast side of the parking lot.  For more information, 581-2757.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society invites you to look for late migrants Sunday (5/19) at Valley Water Mill.  Meet in the parking lot at Valley Water Mill at 7 am.  For details, 300-3374.
  • The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation presents the 8thannual Books in Bloom, a garden party celebration of readers and writers Sunday (5/19) from noon to 5 in the Gardens and Conservatory of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.  For more information, or 870-423-5300.