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Weekend Outlook February 21-23, 2014

Blueberry Plant (Credit: Chuck Grimmett; Flickr)

  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will hold an Owl Prowl tonight (2/21) at 7.  Join docents from Dickerson Park Zoo for a close up look at owls, and then head out on the Nature Center’s trails to try to call wild owls.  Take a flashlight.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be presented at 7 tonight (2/21) by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ Imaginary Theatre at the West Plains Civic Center.  Admission is $5, and kids 13 and under get in free.  To learn more, 417-255-7966.
  • A dance is held every Friday night at 6:30 at the West Plains Senior Center.  Admission is $5, and all ages are welcome.
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is each Friday at 7 pm at the West Plains Music Store.  Take instruments and lawn chairs.
  • Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to the Library Station tonight (2/21) at 6 for Teen Friday Nights.  For more information, 865-1340.
  • The Unbound Mic Sessions are tonight (2/21) at 6:30 at the Park Central Branch Library.  Adults are invited to share their talents.  Sign-up starts at 6.
  • The Discovery Center of Springfield will hold Science Sprouts from 9 am to 6 pm today (2/21) for kids six and younger.  Story time with the Park Central Library is at 10 and 1 with special science demonstrations at 11 and 2.  For details, or 862-9910.
  • The Missouri Blueberry Conference is today and tomorrow (2/21-2/22) on the Missouri State University Campus.  To learn more, click here.
  • The Missouri State Lady Bears will host Indiana State tonight (2/21) at 7:05 at JQH Arena.  For tickets, 836-7678 or
  • The Missouri State men’s basketball team will face Indiana State at noon tomorrow (2/22) at JQH Arena.  For tickets, 836-7678 or
  • Ozarks Public Television and Mercy Kids present the Seuss Science Day tomorrow (2/22) from 10 to 4 at the Discovery Center of Springfield.  Listen to Seuss stories, see science demonstrations and get your picture taken with the Cat in the Hat.  To learn more,
  • The Library Station will host a Sophisticated Tea Party tomorrow morning (2/22) at 11 for kids of all ages.  To find out more, 865-1340.
  • The Strafford Fire Protection District will hold an all-you-can-eat chili supper and raffle from 3 to 8 pm tomorrow (2/22) to raise money for the Hailey Owens Memorial Fund at Empire Bank.  The cost is a $5 donation, and raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each.  The event will be held in the Strafford High School Gym, 201 W. McCabe in Strafford.  For more information, 655-0941 or 736-3679.
  • You’re invited to join in a march and candlelight vigil for Hailey Owens tomorrow night (2/22).  The march will start at 8:15 and go down Commercial Street to the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.  Gather at the intersection at Campbell and Commercial.  A moment of silence will conclude the march.
  • National Avenue Christian, Brentwood Christian, South Street Christian and Central Christian Churches will host a wine tasting event and silent auction, Wine into Water, tomorrow night (2/22) from 6:30 to 9 at Vino Cellars, 2137 W. Republic Rd.  Proceeds will support global water projects.  Tickets are $25.  For more information, 869-9176.
  • The Sertoma Chili Cook-Off is tomorrow (2/22) from 11 to 5 at the Springfield Expo Center.  Attend the Cook’s Party tonight (2/21) starting at 6 and see how the event is set up and watch local bands perform.  Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and children five and under get in free.  More information is at
  • Castaway Animal Rescue will hold a Pet Adoption Day tomorrow (2/22) from 10 to 5 in the JC Penney East Court at Battlefield Mall and will also have their trailer in the mall parking lot from noon to 5.  To learn more, click here.
  • The exhibit “Love on the Square 2,” featuring photo images of Springfield from the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County’s Betty Love collection, is on display at the historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square through March 15th.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Admission is $3.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites women and girls 14-17 accompanied by an adult female on a three-mile hike at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area tomorrow (2/22) from 9 to 1:30.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Tomorrow (2/22) is LEGO Saturday at 11 am for kids in grades K-5 at the Republic Branch Library.  For details, 732-7284.
  • The Boone County Library and Conserving Arkansas’ Agricultural Heritage will host a Seed Swap tomorrow (2/22) from 10 to 2 at the Boone County Library in Harrison, Arkansas.  Take heirloom seed, bulbs and plants to share or learn from gardeners and farmers how to get started saving seeds.  If you don’t have seeds, take coin envelopes, garden implements or good cheer to trade. 
  • The West Plains Public Library Foundation’s 8thannual Chili Cook-off will be held from noon to 4 tomorrow (2/22) at the West Plains Civic Center.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.  For details, 256-4860.
  • The COPACABANA night club show, presented by the Missouri State Pride Bands, is tomorrow night (2/22) at the Oasis Convention Center.  Enjoy an evening of big band music with the Lennon Brothers and Gail Lennon and pianist Pat Coil along with dancers.  To make a reservation, 836-5454.
  • Ozarks Public Broadcasting presents a screening of “Alice Walker:  Beauty in Truth,” a film about the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, Sunday night (2/23) at 6 at the Moxie Cinema at Campbell and McDaniel.  It’s part of the Women and Girls Lead Initiative.  Admission is free.  For more information,