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Weekend Outlook May 16-18, 2014

Young Sprouts in the Garden Logo (Credit: Greene Co. Master Gardeners)

  • The Colossal Sale to benefit scholarships at Evangel University continues today (5/16) from 8 to 5 and tomorrow (5/17) from 8 to noon at the Mabee Center, 1111 N. Glenstone. 
  • The MSU baseball team will face Evansville today (5/16) and tomorrow (5/17) at 1:05 at Hammons Field.  For ticket information, click here.
  • Springfield Little Theatre presents “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” tonight and tomorrow night (5/17-5/18) at 7:30 and Sunday (5/19) at 2:30 at the Landers Theatre.  For tickets,
  • The southern rock quintet, Blackberry Smoke, will be at the Gillioz Theatre tonight (5/16) at 8.  For tickets,
  • The Park Central Branch Library will host the Unbound Mic Sessions tonight (5/16) at 7.  Sign-up starts at 6:30.  Modern Epic will accompany soloists tonight if they take their own chord changes.  To find out more, 831-1342.
  • The Little Acorns program, “Treemendous Trees,” will be held today (5/16) at 1:30 and tomorrow (5/17) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center for kids three to six-years-old.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Brushes and Blushes will be held at the Barn Event Center in West Plains tonight (5/16) at 7.  The $25 cost includes supplies, instruction and two glasses of wine or $15 if you have your own supplies.  To register, 270-0035.
  • Young Sprouts in the Garden is tomorrow (5/17) from 9 to 1 at the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  Kids can participate in a variety of hands-on activities including make and take nature crafts, searching for bugs in rotten logs, nature games and more.  For details, click here.
  • The MO Conservation Department will offer the free program “Discover Nature Families:  .22 Rifle Shooting Basics” tomorrow morning (5/17) at 8:30 at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range.  To register, 742-4361.
  • You can have old papers shredded for free by the Springfield Chapter of Credit Unions at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks tomorrow (5/17) from 8 to noon. 
  • Learn how to plant a garden during a program presented by Christian County Master Gardeners tomorrow (5/17) at 1.  Admission is free.  For details, 581-4018.
  • The Iron Horse Gravel Grind is set for tomorrow (5/17) from 8 to 3 at the Frisco Highline Trail.  There are two courses available—the free “Cool Breeze” 25-30 mile course and the “Cruel Challenge,” which is 75 to 100 miles long and which costs $25 per person.  To learn more, or 864-2014.
  • Take part in Tai Chi at the Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park tomorrow morning (5/17) at 11.  Admission to the garden is $3 per person.  To find out more, 891-1515.
  • See the silent movie “The Cameraman” tomorrow afternoon (5/17) at 2 at the Library Center.  Take a snack if you’d like.
  •  The 4thannual Paddle Fest is tomorrow (5/17) from 9 am to 4 pm at Finley River Park in Ozark.  Try out kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and more.  For details, click here.
  • The 11thannual Ozarks Red Ribbon Ride to benefit AIDS Project of the Ozarks is tomorrow (5/17) in Springfield.  To register, click here.
  • Park Central’s Walk-in Weekend Theater will feature the film “Ocean’s Twelve,” rated PG-13, tomorrow night (5/17) at 6:30. 
  • The Library Center w2ill host the Geezerfest Spring Fling Concert tomorrow night (5/17) at 7.  Geezer will perform its blend of 60s and 70s rock along with some newer numbers on the patio.
  • Take a hike to a local prairie to photograph wildflowers, insects and landscapes tomorrow afternoon (5/17) from noon to 4 with the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The Annual Trail of Tears Remembrance will be held tomorrow (5/17) from 9 am to dusk and Sunday (5/18) from 9 am to 4 pm at Battlefield City Park.  Participate in a traditional stick ball game, listen to guest speakers, see flint knapping demonstrations and more.  For details, 883-5840.
  • The History Museum on the Square will host a walking tour of Jewish downtown Springfield tomorrow afternoon (5/17) at 2.  The tour will start in the museum’s lobby on Park Central Square, and the cost is $5 per person.  For more information, click here.
  • The Fur FunFest Pet Expo is tomorrow (5/17) from 10 to 4 at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, AR.  There will be live music, games for children, vendor booths, crafts, pet adoptions and more.  Proceeds will benefit the Good Shepherd Humane Society.  To learn more, click here.
  • The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow morning (5/17) from 8 to 1 at Farmers Park.  To learn more,
  • The C-Street Market is open tomorrow (5/17) from 7:30 am to 1 pm on Commercial Street near the Footbridge.  For more information, click here.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmers Market is open tomorrow (5/17) from 8 to 1 in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.  To learn more, click here.
  • The Arts in the Park Concert Series at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield continues tomorrow night (5/17) at 7 outside the Visitor’s Center with the Missouri State University Civil War Army Band.  Admission is free. Take blankets and lawn chairs.
  • Reeds Spring’s Cajun Days is tomorrow (5/17) from 8 am to 9 pm featuring a 5K COLORme Cajun Run, a velcro wall, hot air balloons, crawfish races, a children’s area, food, crafts and more.  To learn more,
  • The Jazz Educator’s Big Band will present a concert Sunday afternoon (5/18) at 2:30 on the south side of Drury’s Findlay Student Center.  Take blankets or lawn chairs.  Admission is free.  Park in lot 7 next to the O’Reilly Center.
  • The Books in Bloom Literary Festival, presented by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation, will be held Sunday (5/18) from noon to 5 at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.  Authors will be available for book signing and they’ll read from their work and talk about what inspires them.  Admission is free.