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Weekend Outlook July 25-27, 2014

Ozark Empire Fair

The Ozark Empire Fair continues through August 3 in Springfield, featuring rides, food, exhibits and concerts.  For ticket information or to view a schedule of events,

The Movies in Founders Park series continues with “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” tonight (7/25) and “50 First Dates” tomorrow night (7/26) at dusk.  Take blankets or lawn chairs.  Free tickets are available in advance at Chesterfield, Dan Kinney and Doling Family Centers, Mediacom Ice Park and Mediacom offices and the Busch Municipal Building.  For more information, click here.

It’s Movie Night at the Y tonight (7/25) at 7 at the Pat Jones Y in Springfield.  See the movie “Frozen.”  Take a picnic if you’d like as well as blankets and lawn chairs.  To learn more, 881-1599.

Yoga on the Square continues today (7/25) at 12:10 at Park Central Square.  Mats will be available on a first come, first served basis.  For details, click here.

Kids in 7th through 12th grade are invited to a Sci-Fi Party today (7/25) from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  They can dress in a sci-fi ensemble and enjoy drinks, snacks, games and the movie, “The Fifth Element,” rated PG-13.  For more information, 862-0135.

Kids in grades K-5 will test paper airplanes and learn all about planes during the program “Flight School” today (7/25) at 4 at the Library Center.  To register, 882-0714.

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Night Sky

A program for kids in grades six through 12 today (7/25) at the Library Center will focus on how different cultures created stories of brave gods and goddesses based on the night sky.  Exploring Mythology starts at 4.  For details, 882-0714.

The Library Center will host “Springfield’s Urban Histories:  A Community’s Unexplored Past” tomorrow (7/26) from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm with a variety of topics and speakers.  For a complete list, visit

The Library Center and the Republic Branch Library will host Batman’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations tomorrow (7/26).  For details,

Adults are invited to the program “Heraldry 101” tomorrow afternoon (7/26) at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  Learn how to make your own coat of arms official and how to protect yourself from Internet scam artists offering fake ancestry.  To learn more, 862-0135.

The Strafford Branch Library will present the program “Sheldontopia” tomorrow at 2 for adults.  Play trivia and other games and do experiments to celebrate some of the most popular fictitious scientists—the guys and girls of “The Big Bang Theory.”  For more information, 736-9233.

Kids six and younger will learn about roadrunners during a Little Acorns program tomorrow morning (7/26) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.

C-Street Market is open tomorrow (7/26) from 8 am to 1 pm for regular hours and tomorrow night from 6 to 10 for the Summer Bazaar.  That event will feature food, musicians, performances--including fire dancers and belly dancers--and new vendors.  For details, click here.

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Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (7/26) from 8 to 1 at Farmer’s Park at James River and Republic Rd.  For more information, click here.

The Greater Ozarks Farmers Market is open tomorrow (7/26) from 8 to 1 in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.  To learn more, click here.

Grant Beach, Westport and Silver Springs Pools are open from 5:30 to 8 for a Splash ‘n Sizzle event tonight and tomorrow night (7/25-7/26).  Meador will be open tomorrow night from 5:30 to 8 and Fassnight will be open tomorrow night from 5:30 to 10.  Admission is $1 or a canned food item for Ozarks Food Harvest.  Swim for free on Fridays from 10:30 to noon at Grant Beach, Silver Springs and Westport Pools.  To find out more, click here.

The Christian County Master Gardeners will offer sessions tomorrow (7/26) on harvesting, mulching, watering and pest control from 1 to 4 at the OC in Ozark.  For registration information, click here.

The United Way of the Ozarks will present "An Evening in Paris" Sunday night (7/27) from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Springfield Art Museum with a live art auction featuring art from local artists.  For ticket information, click here.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.