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Weekend Outlook September 6-8, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Ozarks Celebration Festival

  • The Ozarks Celebration Festival Ice Cream Social and Concert featuring Rhonda Vincent and the Rage is tonight (9/6) at 5 at the John H. Keiser Amphitheater on the east side of Strong Hall.  Admission is free.  For more information,
  • The Japanese Fall Festival is today through Sunday (9/6-9/8) at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and younger.  To learn more,
  • The Southwest Missouri Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games will be held today and tomorrow (9/6-9/7) at the old city park and Dallas County Fairgrounds in Buffalo.  For more information,
  • The Greater Ozarks Blues Festival is today and tomorrow (9/6-9/7) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  View a schedule of performers and more information at
  • The ipourlife 5K Glow Run/Walk is tonight at 8:55 at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church, near Missouri State University.  Proceeds will go to the ipourlife curriculum and programs at Pipkin Middle School and Rare Breed.  To find out more,
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church will host its annual Greek Festival today (9/6) from 5 to 10, tomorrow (9/7) from noon to 10 and Sunday (9/8) from noon to 3 at the church, 4200 S. Holiday.  Enjoy Greek food and music and watch native Greek dances.  To learn more,!/events/681642671850023/.
  • The 2013 Outdoor Days at Springfield Lake is being held this weekend.  Free camping begins tonight (9/6), and hours tomorrow (9/7) are 9:30 to 4 and Sunday (9/8) 11 to 3:30.  Try various outdoor activities including canoeing and kayaking, fishing, shooting, archery and more.  For details,
  • West Plains area residents are invited to celebrate the new athletics seasons with MSU-West Plains and the Grizzly Booster Club at the Grizzly Fall Picnic today (9/6) at 5 at the West Plains Civic Center.  Enjoy a free dinner and see a 6 pm volleyball match.  Donations of toys and other items for the South Central Child Advocacy Center will be collected.
  • Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to a Back to School Bash tonight (9/6) at 6 at the Library Station.  There will be pizza, games and prizes.  For details, 865-1340.
  • The Mountain View Garden Club’s Flower Show is today (9/6) from 3 to 6 and tomorrow (9/7) from 9 to 1 at the Mountain View Community Center.
  • Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar will host a free Lunch and Learn seminar on sleep health this morning (9/6) at 11:30 in the CMH Community Rooms.  Learn about sleep apnea, treatment and sleep hygiene.  To register, 328-6010.
  • The Pleasant Hope Community Show and Festival is tomorrow (9/7) beginning at 7 am with a 5K Run/Walk.  Arts and Crafts booths  and carnival games are open from 10 to 3.  A Pedal Tractor Pull is at 3 and the Queen and Prince Coronation and Family Fun Night starts at 5.  To learn more, 267-2271.
  • The Ozarks Celebration Festival is tomorrow (9/7) from 9 to 6 and Sunday (9/8) from 11 to 5 on the Missouri State campus.  The event features five performance stages and more than 75 artists, craftsmen and exhibitors.  For more information,
  • Ozark Greenways will host the 10thannual Yoga on the Trail fundraiser tomorrow morning (9/7) at 9 on the historic James River Bridge on the Galloway Creek Trail.  The cost is a suggested minimum donation of $15.  For details,
  • Learn about bats at Sequiota Park tomorrow night (9/7) at twilight and watch bats fly out of the cave during a program by Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives.  To learn more,
  • A Skeet and Trap Shoot to benefit the South Central Red Cross will be held tomorrow morning (9/7) at 9.  For details, 257-0018.
  • Antioch United Methodist Church will host a 5K Walk/Run to benefit Robberson Community School students tomorrow morning (9/7) at 10.  To register,
  • The Fair Grove Branch Library will host Bluegrass in the Park tomorrow afternoon (9/7) at 4 in the park behind the library.  Take a picnic if you’d like and listen to live bluegrass music.  To find out more, 759-2637.
  • Country Days is tomorrow (9/7) from 11 to 8 on the square in Bolivar.  The event includes live music, free children’s activities, a car show, craft vendors and more.  For details,!/events/429133647204645/.
  • Geezerfest:  the Not-So-Back-to-School Concert is tomorrow night (9/7) at 7 at the Library Center.  Take lawn chairs.
  • Author and personal historian Wayne Groner will present the free class “Your Memories, Your Book:  Writing Your Life Story” tomorrow morning (9/7) at 10 at the Library Center.  For details, 883-4532.
  • The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (9/7) from 8 to 1 at 4139 Nature Center Way. Tomorrow is also the Iron Chef of the Ozarks Competition at the market beginning at 9.  For more information,
  • The Greater Springfield Farmers Market is open tomorrow (9/7) from 8 to 1 in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall Parking Lot.
  • C-Street Market is open tomorrow (9/7) from 8 to 1 near the Footbridge on Commercial Street.
  • The Ozark City Wide Garage Sale is tomorrow (9/7).  For more information,
  • The Railroad Historical Museum, located in an old train in Grant Beach Park, is staffed by volunteers and is open Saturdays from 2 to 4.  To learn more,
  • Life’s Journey will host the 1stannual Little Heroes 5K Run/Walk tomorrow morning (9/7) at 8 on the south side of Hammons Student Center.  For details,!little-heroes-5k-/c1tlm.
  • The travelling exhibit “Moneyville” is at the Discovery Center of Springfield through September 15th. To learn more, 862-9910.
  • The Sunday Concert Series continues Sunday afternoon (9/8) at 2 at the Library Center with Red Bridge Bluegrass. 
  • The Jane A. Meyer Summer Carillon Series Concert is Sunday night (9/8) at 7 on the grounds of the Meyer Library.  Take lawn chairs or blankets.
  • The Christian County Historical Society will host an open house Sunday (9/8) from 2 to 4 at the Christian County Museum, 202 E. Church in Ozark. 
  • A Concert in the Park featuring Lyal Strickland starts Sunday night (9/8) at 6 at Washington Park, 1600 N. Summit in Springfield.  Take lawn chairs or blankets.  Admission is free.  To learn more,
  • Sunday (9/8) is Grandparents Day at Dickerson Park Zoo.  Grandparents get in for half price.  For more information,