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Arts and Entertainment

Weekend Outlook July 8-10, 2011

  • Movies at Founders Park start tonight (7/8).  The featured movie tonight is “Shrek Forever After.”  “Meet Me in St. Louis” will be shown tomorrow night (7/9).  Movies start at dusk at Founders Park in downtown Springfield.  Free tickets are available at Chesterfield and Doling Family Centers, Mediacom Ice Park, the Busch Municipal Building and at Mediacom Offices, 1533 S. Enterprise.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Library offers a variety of programs this weekend.  For a complete list, visit  The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library presents “Movie Madness” this afternoon (7/8) at 2:30 for students in grades 6 thru 12.  Watch a movie rated PG-13 or under.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Library, the Ozark Steam Engine Association and the Southwest Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association will team up to present the program “Steam Back in Time” this morning (7/8) at 10 at the Steam Engine Grounds.  For details, 732-7284.
  • It’s Open Mic Night tonight (7/8) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center will host a 4-H Horticulture and Vegetable Exhibit today and tomorrow (7/8-7/9) from 11 am to 6 pm.  The Center is located in Nathanael-Greene/Close Memorial Park.
  • The exhibit “Divided Loyalties:  Civil War Documents from the Missouri State Archives” is at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield thru September 25th.  For details, 732-2662.
  • The Mid-America Fox Trotting Horse Association’s 44thAnnual Grand Slam Show continues thru tomorrow (7/9) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  For details, visit
  • Listen to classic rock by Snog during “Rockin’ Saturdays” tomorrow afternoon (7/9) at 2 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  For more information, 862-0135.
  • Watch the Grupo Latinoamericano Dance Company perform dances from around the world tomorrow night (7/9) at 7 at the Library Center.
  • Learn about venomous snakes of Missouri tomorrow afternoon (7/9) at 2 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Then, see live specimens of Missouri’s venomous snakes on display at the Nature Center from 3 to 4.  For details, 888-4237.
  • A Civil War Expo and Joplin Fundraiser will be held tomorrow (7/9) from 9 am to 5 pm at the Valley Water Mill Equine Center.  Go north on Glenstone, right on Valley Water Mill Rd., left on Barnes and watch for signs.  Listen to Civil War music, watch firing demonstrations and learn about artillery, see a Civil War fashion show and more.  Admission is a $2 donation for adults.  Kids 12 and under get in free.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmer’s Market opens at 8:30 tomorrow morning (6/11) in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall parking lot.  To learn about other farmer’s markets in the area, visit
  • A great way to cool off in this summer heat is to go swimming.  For a schedule of when Springfield-Greene County Park Board pools are open, visit or call the pool hotline at 864-2099.
  • The 68thCarver Day Celebration is tomorrow (7/9) from 10 am to 4 pm at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.  There will be exhibitors, live music, storytelling, guided tours, activities for kids and guest speakers.  For more information, 325-4151.
  • The annual Lorenzo Williams and Friends Youth Football Camp to benefit Children’s Miracle Network, will be held tomorrow (7/9) at Lakes Country Indoor Soccer Field, 2334 E. Pythian, for kids in grades K-12.  To register, 269-1830.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will present the Primitive Skills Series program “Making Cordage” Sunday afternoon (7/10) from 1 to 3.  Stop by anytime.
  • The Library Center invites you to “Chapter and Verse:  Music on a Sunday Afternoon” Sunday (7/10) at 2.  Listen to bluegrass music performed by Larry and Mary Mayfield and friends.
  • Helen Hofmeister Hawley will give a concert on the Missouri State University Carillon Sunday night (7/10) at 7 outside Meyer Library.
  • Hogs for Dogs will be held Sunday (7/10).  Registration for the motorcycle ride to benefit CARE (Castaway Animal Rescue Effort) will start at 9 am at Denney’s Harley-Davidson, 3980 W. Sunshine.  For more information, call Beth at 882-0100.