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Weekend Outlook August 22-24, 2014

Chris Hunkeler

The Illuminating the Darkness 5K Run, hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, starts tonight (8/22) at 8:30 at the Forest Institute.  Registration starts at 7.  For details or to register,

The Movies at Founders Park series continues this weekend.  See “Finding Nemo” tonight (8/22) and “The Goonies” tomorrow night (8/23) at dusk.  Free tickets are available in advance at the Busch Municipal Building, Mediacom Ice Park, Mediacom officers and at the Dan Kinney, Doling and Chesterfield Family Centers.  For more information,

The Back to School Blast Youth Horse Show is today through Sunday (8/22-8/24) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  Proceeds will benefit Greene County 4-H.  To learn more,

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The 17th annual Neighborhood Night Out is tonight (8/22) from 6 to 8 in eight Springfield neighborhoods.  It’s a chance for neighborhoods to raise awareness about crime and host community building activities.  These neighborhoods are participating: 

·         Bissett Neighborhood Association, LA Wise Park, connected to Bissett School

·         Doling Neighborhood Association, 301 E. Talmage

·         Fulbright Springs, off Old Highway 13

·         Grant Beach Neighborhood Association, Grant Beach Park, 833 W. Calhoun

·         Midtown Neighborhood Association, Washington Park, 1600 N. Summit

·         Robberson, Dayspring Christian Fellowship, 2157 N Prospect Ave.

·         Weller Neighborhood Association, Smith Park, 1536 E. Division

·         West Central Neighborhood Alliance, McGregor School Park, 1200 W. State

·         Westside Betterment Association, Zagonyi Park, 1724 Mount Vernon Street

For more information,

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Man Playing a Guitar

Acoustic Jam on the Square is held Friday nights at 7 on the square in West Plains.  Take lawn chairs.

A dance is held each Friday night at7 at the West Plains Senior Center. All ages are welcome, and admission is $5.

Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to the program “Chill Fridays” today (8/22) at 3 at the Library Center.  Play video, board and card games.

Teen Friday Nights is tonight (8/22) at 6 at the Library Station for kids in sixth through 12th grade.  Stop by for games, crafts and special events.  To learn more, 865-1340.

Fassnight and Grant Beach pools remain open this weekend.  Fassnight will hold a Splash & Sizzle event tonight (8/22).  Get in for $1 from 4 to 10 or free with a canned food item.  To find out more,

Learn how to mulch and water your vegetable garden during a class tomorrow (8/23) taught by Christian County Master Gardeners at 1 at the Community Center of the Ozarks in Ozark.  For more information, 581-6774.

The exhibit, The Show Must Go On:  Theatre and Entertainment Venues in Springfield, is at the historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square through October 11th.  Hours today and tomorrow (8/22-8/23) are 10:30 to 4:30.  To learn more,

You’ll have the chance to tour Giboney Cave at Doling Park tomorrow (8/23) from 11 am to 4:30 pm.  The cost is $6 per person or $20 for a family of four.  For details, 833-8647.

The Discovery Center of Springfield will host the annual Moonlight Bike Ride tomorrow night (8/23).  It will start at 6:30 with registration from 5 to 6:15 in the center’s parking lot.  The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for kids three to 15-years-old if you register in advance.  There will be live music, pancakes and root beer floats after the ride.  For details,

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The Missouri Prairie Foundation will hold a benefit tomorrow night (8/23) at the White River Conference Center.  Conservationist Dr. Peter Raven will be the guest speaker at the dinner.  Tickets are $35, and you can find out how to purchase them by calling 888-843-6739.

The Diva Dash 5K and Lil’ Princess Fun Run is tomorrow morning (8/23) at 8 at the Nixa Community Center.  Proceeds will benefit the Child Advocacy Center.  For more information,

The Library Center presents “Mighty Men of War:  The Carthage Light Guard in World War I” tomorrow morning (8/23) at 10 for adults.  To learn more, 882-0714.

Local living historians will describe the experiences of common soldiers in World War I during the program “Soldiers of the Great Way” tomorrow afternoon (8/23) at 1 at the Library Center.  For details, 882-0714.

Kids in fourth through sixth grades are invited to “The Giver, The Game!” tomorrow (8/23) at 1 at the Strafford Branch Library.  For more information, 862-0135.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Hiking Club will wade in Bull Creek tomorrow (8/23).  To register, 888-4237.

Learn the art of woodcarving from members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists tomorrow morning (8/23) at 10 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.

See a woodcarving demonstration tomorrow (8/23)from 10 to 4 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.