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Weekend Outlook September 20-22, 2013

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  • Branson’s 40thAnnual Autumn Daze Festival continues through tomorrow (9/21) in downtown Branson featuring arts, crafts and music.  Hours today are 9 to 6 and tomorrow 9 to 4.  For details,
  • Marionville’s Applefest opens today and runs through Sunday (9/20-9/22).  The festival features a carnival, a parade, an apple pie baking contest, arts and crafts and more.  For details,
  • Anyone 15 and up can register for the class “Nature Art with a Chinese Brushstroke” today (9/20) at 1, 2 and 3:30 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  For more information, 888-4237.
  • Enjoy a night of movies under the stars as the Missouri Conservation Department projects movies from the department’ first public information vehicle—a restored 1946 Chevy panel wagon—tonight (9/20) at 7:30 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  See “A Snake’s Tale” and “Green Fire:  Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.”  Popcorn will be provided—take lawn chairs and drinks.
  • Science Sprout Days begin today (9/20) at the Discovery Center of Springfield.  Kids six and younger will learn about dinosaurs.  There will be a story time with Park Central Library at 10 and 1 and special science demonstrations at 11 and 2.  General admission applies.  To find out more, or 862-9910.
  • The 2013 Missouri Master Gardener State Conference continues today through Sunday (9/20-9/22) in the Springfield area.  To learn more,
  • The Unbound Mic Sessions continue tonight (9/20) at 6:30 at the Park Central Branch Library.  Share your talent on the community stage.  For details, 831-1342.
  • Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park’s annual Fall Fest starts tomorrow (9/21) and is open weekends through October 27th.  Hours tomorrow (9/21) are 11 to 6 and Sunday (9/22) from noon to 6.  There will be a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a hay maze, a cow train, hayrides, a corn cannon, pony rides and more. A haunted trail is open Fridays and Saturdays beginning October 4th from 6 to 10.  Admission to Fall Fest is free, but some activities require a fee.  For more information, 837-5949 or
  • The Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk will be held tomorrow (9/21) at Jordan Valley Park.  Registration starts at 2:30.  To learn more,
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives will hold a Bat & Cave Awareness Day tomorrow (9/21) from 11 to 7.  Watch a bat flight at dusk.  For more information,
  • Dickerson Park Zoo will host Kids Fair tomorrow (9/21) from 10 to 2.  Visit booths set up by local businesses that cater to children and families.  For details,
  • The MO State Football Bears will take on Central Arkansas tomorrow night (9/21) at 6 at Plaster Sports Complex, and the MSU men’s soccer team will host Xavier tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 at Plaster.  The MSU volleyball team will host Kansas State Sunday afternoon (9/22) at 1 at Hammons Student Center.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • Farmers Market of the Ozarks will host a Soup-Off Event from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm tomorrow (9/21).  Sample a variety of soup and vote for your favorites by dropping money in jars.  The money will be donated to Harvest on Wheels.  For more information,
  • College of the Ozarks will host the Pitch in for Patriots 5K and 10K Fun Run tomorrow (9/21) on the C of O campus.  Proceeds will help fund a Track Chair for a disabled Missouri veteran.  To register or to learn more, or 690-2325.
  • Rediscover life in the Ozarks more than 150 years ago at the 22ndannual 1860s Lifestyle Exposition tomorrow (9/21) from 11 to 4:30 and Sunday (9/22) from noon to 4:30 at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  For details,
  • The non-profit group RAC will host a basketball tournament at the West Plains Civic Center tomorrow (9/21).  To learn more, 270-6710.
  • OMC will host its annual Blue Jean Ball tomorrow night (9/21) at Risner Stables.  For more information, 257-6735.
  • Learn In-Line Muzzleloading Rifle Shooting Basics during a program tomorrow morning (9/21) at 8:30 at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range.  To register, 742-4361.
  • Citizens Memorial Hospital and the CMH Foundation will host the 10thannual Burgundy Ball tomorrow night (9/21) at 6 at the University Plaza Convention Center.  For more information, 328-6010 or 888-328-6010.
  • Kids in grades three through five can create art projects based on the styles of some of their favorite authors and illustrators tomorrow morning (9/21) at 10 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  To register, 883-1974.
  • The Republic Branch Library will celebrate National Play-Doh Day tomorrow. Kids in grades K-5 are invited to make Play-Doh creations tomorrow morning (9/21) at 10. 
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Hiking Club will hike at the Henning Conservation Area tomorrow (9/21).  To register, 888-4237.
  • Learn about bats during the Little Acorns program “Going Batty” tomorrow morning (9/21) at 11 for ages three to six at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Cider Days is tomorrow and Sunday (9/21-9/22) from 10 to 5 on Walnut Street.  The two-day fall festival will feature regional artists and crafters, three performance stages, a free children’s area and apple cider.  Admission is $4 per person, and children ten and younger get in free.  To learn more,
  • The Mountain View Garden Club will hold its annual Fall Plant Sale tomorrow (9/21) from 9 to noon at the corner of First and Pine Streets in Mountain View.
  • Tomorrow (9/21) is Folk Art Family Day from 10 to 3 at the Rogers Historical Museum, 322 South Second in Rogers, Arkansas.  See demonstrations of textile crafts and woodcarving as well as hands-on workshops in weaving, seed art and doll making.  For more information, 479-621-1154 or
  • Join registered dietician Adam Pruett as he demonstrates how to prepare delicious and healthy foods even if you’re on a special diet tomorrow morning (9/21) at 10:30 at the Fair Grove Branch Library.  For details, 759-2637.
  • Adults are invited to “Saturday Afternoon at the Movies:  Cary Grant Classics” tomorrow afternoon (9/21) at 2 at the Library Center.  See the movie “Charade.” 
  • Learn how to raise chickens during a program tomorrow afternoon (9/21) at 2 at the Library Station.  For more information, 865-1340.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Southwest Missouri will host a Candlelight Vigil Sunday night (9/22) at 8 at the VFW Post 3404, 1136 E. Atlantic in Springfield, to remember veterans who have committed suicide.
  • Kids ages three to seven are invited to celebrate fall at the program “It’s Fall!” Sunday afternoon (9/22) at 2 at the Library Center.  To learn more, 882-0714.
  • Hear from the authors of the first travel guide to historic and Civil War sites up and down the Missouri-Kansas border during a program Sunday afternoon (9/22) at 3 at the Library Center.  For more information, 882-0714.
  • The Fall Equinox Yoga Mala will be held Sunday (9/22) at 4 on Park Central Square.  The event, a series of 108 sun salutations, will benefit the Downtown YMCA Strong Kids Scholarship Program.  There’s a suggested donation of $15.