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Weekend Outlook April 4-6, 2014


  • The Walk on the Wild Side fashion show and luncheon to benefit the MSU-West Plains Garnett Library is today (4/4) from noon to 1 at the West Plains Country Club.  For ticket information, 255-7945.
  • The 2014 Shrine Circus is at JQH Arena through Sunday (4/6).  For ticket information, 836-7678 or
  • The Brentwood Branch Library will host a Performers Showcase today (4/4) at 4.  Kids in grades six through 12 will watch two Central High School students perform their entry for this year’s National History Day competition, “Let’s Go, Let’s Publish:  Katharine Graham and the Rights and Responsibilities of Journalism.”
  • The Park Central Branch Library will hold its annual Edible Books Festival tonight (4/4) at 7.  Professional bakers will present cakes fashioned after the themes from this year’s Big Read book, “The Call of the Wild.”  You’ll be able to vote for your favorite and then have a chance to sample some cake.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will be the site of a Native Plant Sale and Seminar tomorrow (4/5) from 9 to 3.  Learn about native plants and their benefits and purchase native plants from a variety of vendors.  To find out more, 888-4237.
  • Tim Ernst, a wilderness photographer from Arkansas, will present “Into the Wild—Yellowstone in Winter” tomorrow (4/5) at the Library Center.  To register for the 5 pm program, 882-0714.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will offer tours of Doling Park’s Giboney Cave tomorrow (4/5) 11 to 4:30.  Wear shoes that can get muddy.  The cost is $4 per person or $12 per family of four for the walking tour and $6 or $20 per family for a tunnel tour.  For more information, clickhere.
  • Celebrate spring and the opening of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park by attending the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival tomorrow (4/5) from 11 to 3.  Take your own kite or purchase one at the event.  To learn more, click here.
  • CoxHealth is partnering with Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park to offer a Family Fun Day tomorrow morning (4/5) from 9:30 to noon.  The event will include a cow train, inflatables and hay rides.  For details, 269-INFO.
  • Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks will host a Two-Year Anniversary Party and Spring Gardening Kick-Off tomorrow (4/5) from 8 am to 1 pm t the market at James River Freeway and Republic Rd.  The event will feature paleo cooking demonstrations, live music, a children’s activity area and food sampling.  To learn more,
  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will hold its annual Park Day Cleanup tomorrow (4/5). Volunteers will sign up at the Visitor’s Center beginning at 8:30 and work will begin at 9.  The work day will wrap up at 1.  To sign up to volunteer, 732-2662, ext. 389.
  • A Colorectal Awareness Party will be held tomorrow night (4/5) at 6 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  The casino night will feature dinner, games, prizes and a live and silent auction.  The cost is $750 for a table of ten.  Proceeds will benefit CoxHealth Foundation’s Colorectal Cancer Prevention Fund.  For more information, 269-7150.
  • The 2014 Red Cross Skeet & Trap Shoot will be held tomorrow (4/5) in West Plains.  For details, 417-257-0018.
  • Anyone 18 and older can attend a program on soap making tomorrow afternoon (4/5) at 2 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  Participants will learn hot-process soap making and will take home a recipe booklet.  To learn more, 883-1974.
  • Saturday Matinee:  Cult Classics Film Fest starts tomorrow (4/5) at 2 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  See “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” rated PG.
  • Park Central’s Walk-in Weekend Theater will feature the film “The Hunger Games,” rated PG-13, tomorrow night (4/5) at 6:30, popcorn included.  For details, 831-1342.
  • Wayne Groner will offer the free class, “Your Memories, Your Book:  Writing Your Life Story” tomorrow morning (4/5) at 10 at the Library Center.  To find out more, 883-4532.
  • The Spring Ag and Urban Fest is at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds today and tomorrow (4/4-4/5) from 9 to 5 and Sunday (4/6) from 9 to 3.  For details,
  • The Missouri State soccer team will host Missouri Valley College tomorrow (4/5) at 12:15 and 1:45 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Missouri State women’s soccer team will face Missouri Southern tomorrow (4/5) at 10 am and 4 pm at Glendale High School.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Missouri State football team will host a Spring Scrimmage tomorrow morning (4/5) at 10 at Kickapoo High School.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Springfield Urban-Warrior Challenge is Sunday morning (4/6) at Hammons Field.  The 12.4K race will take runners through obstacles designed to challenge their endurance, speed and agility.  To learn more,
  • The Beer Can Collectors Club Meeting is tomorrow (4/5) from 11 to 3 at Billiards of Springfield, 541 E. St. Louis.  Take your brewery items for an appraisal.  For more information, 827-9659.
  • Go on a Useful Plant Hike, part of the Primitive Skills Series, Sunday (4/6) from 1 to 3 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  It’s part of the Springfield-Greene County Library’s Big Read Series, Call of the Wild.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Eureka House Concerts presents Michael Reno Harrell Sunday (4/6).  The event begins with a meet-and-greet potluck at 5, and music will start at 6.  For more information, 479-244-0123.
  • First & Calvary’s Musical Offerings concert series continues Sunday (4/6) at 2:30 with the Missouri State University Community Ban at the church, 820 E. Cherry.
  • Little Hoover’s Big Band will perform Sunday afternoon (4/6) at 2:30 in Drury’s Clara Thompson Hall.  Admission is free.
  • Open Drawing for adults is held the first Sunday of each month at the Springfield Art Museum.  Admission is a $5 donation.  For more information, 837-5700.
  • Dickerson Park Zoo’s summer hours are now in effect.  The zoo is open each day from 9 am to 5 pm.  To learn more,