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Weekend Outlook September 5-7, 2014

Missouri State University

The Ozarks Celebration Festival Kick-off Concert and Ice Cream Social event is tonight (9/5) at 5 just east of Strong Hall on the MSU campus featuring The Undergrass Boys, The Chapmans and Rhonda Vincent & the Rage.  The festival continues tomorrow (9/6) from 10 to 6 and Sunday (9/7) from 11 to 5 featuring more live music, craftsmen, storytelling, dance and food.  For details, click here.

The 2nd annual Nocturnal Bloom, to raise awareness of alternative art forms, is tonight (9/5) from 7 to 11 on Park Central Square.  The event will feature six DJs, live art demonstrations, a "Before I Die..." installation, sound and light design, set design and several performance groups including dancers, hula hoopers and fire poi spinners.  Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and interact with the different elements of the event.  For more information, click here.

Learn about fire safety during a Conversations from the Heart program presented by CoxHealth this morning (9/5) at 10 at Wheeler Heart & Vascular Center, 3800 S. National.  To learn more about the free class, 269-5506.

The Missouri State volleyball team will host Western Kentucky tonight (9/5) at 7, Incarnate Word tomorrow (9/6) at 12:30 and Milwaukee tomorrow night at 7 at Hammons Student Center.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

Bass Pro’s 2014 Outdoor Days are today through Sunday (9/5-9/7) at Lake Springfield.  The event will feature a variety of recreational opportunities including kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, a petting zoo and much more.  Most activities are free.  For a complete schedule of events, click here.

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Outdoor Days

St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 S. Holiday, will hold its annual Greek Festival today through Sunday (9/5-9/7) featuring Greek music and dance, Greek cuisine and more.  For more information, click here.

The Greater Ozark Blues Festival is today and tomorrow (9/5-9/6) at the American Legion Post 639, 2660 S. Scenic.  To learn more,

First Friday Art Walk is tonight (9/5) from 6 to 10 at various venues in downtown Springfield.  For details,

The First Friday Downtown Stroll, with the theme, “Beatlemania,” is tonight (9/5) from 5 to 8 in Downtown West Plains.  The event features a 60s costume contest with cash prizes, music, movies and a car show.  To find out more, click here.

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Daddy Long Legs

Kids three to six-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program “Hey! Big Daddy” today (9/5) at 11 and 1:30 and tomorrow (9/6) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  They’ll learn about harvestmen, otherwise known as daddy long legs.  To register, 888-4237.

The 12th annual SW MO Celtic Heritage Festival will be held today and tomorrow (9/5-9/6) in Buffalo featuring the Calling of the Clans at 7 tonight and the games at 9 tomorrow.  For a schedule of events,

The Tri-Lakes Moose Lodge will hold an auction tonight (9/5) at 7 in Ridgedale—on Highway 86 across from the Big Cedar entrance.  Proceeds will go to the Crisis Center and Mooseheart.  For more information, 779-0650.

LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home will host the Dinner for Life 2014 tonight (9/5) from 6 to 9 at the University Plaza Hotel.  The home provides safe housing and support services to help homeless, pregnant women get on a path to self-sufficiency.  For ticket information, 720-4213.

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 Teen Friday Nights tonight (9/5) at 6 at the Library Station.  For more information, 865-1340.

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Golden Retriever

The Pawsitive Collaboration Celebration will be held tomorrow (9/6) from noon to 3 at Phelps Grove Park.  Meet the partners who help meet the needs of the stray and unwanted animals in Springfield.  The event will also feature a dunk tank, drinks and a silent auction.  For more information, 864-1664.

The MSU men’s soccer team will host UMKC tomorrow night (9/6) at 7 at the Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

The Springfield Regional Arts Council will present the 5th annual Flights of Fancy arts gala tomorrow night (9/6) at 5:30 at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.  The event will feature performances by various arts organizations, food and the presentation of the 2014 Ozzie Awards.  For ticket information, 862-ARTS (2787).

Wilkinson Dental in Springfield will provide free dental care for anyone 18 and older who can't get dental care elsewhere during a “Dentistry from the Heart” event tomorrow (9/6).  Registration starts at 7:30 am.  Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Meet players from MSU’s athletic teams and members of the Sugar Bears and sign up for Boomer’s Kids Club tomorrow (9/6) from 10 to 2 at the Discovery Center of Springfield.  The cost is $10, which includes club fees and admission to the Discovery Center.  To learn more, 862-9910, ext. 713.

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Rainbow Brite Fabric

Watch the classic cartoon, “Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer” tomorrow morning (9/6) at 10 at the Park Central Branch Library.

Adults can learn to make their own laundry soap during a program tomorrow afternoon (9/6) at 2 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  To register, 883-1974.

Learn how to upcycle old magazines into baskets, wreaths, bows and more during a program tomorrow afternoon (9/6) at 3 at the Park Central Branch Library.  For details, 831-1342.

Park Central Branch Library’s Walk-In Weekend Theatre will feature the film, “Pirates of the Caribbean:  The Curse of the Black Pearl,” tomorrow night (9/6) at 6 for ages 13 and up.

The Rogersville Boy Scout Troop 46 will hold its annual Community Yard Sale this weekend.  Hours are 6 am to 5 pm tomorrow (9/6) and 6 am to noon Sunday (9/7) at the Logan Rogersville Upper Elementary School at the corner of Highway 60 and S. Mill Street. 

Historian Wayne Groner will offer the free class, “Your Memories, Your Book:  Writing Your Life Story” tomorrow morning (9/6) at 10 at the Library Center.  For more information, 883-4532.

Learn about keeping landscaping trees healthy and about safely managing pests in the garden during a free Christian County Master Gardeners seminar tomorrow (9/6) from 1 to 4 at the Nixa Community Center.  To register, 581-3558.

C-Street Market is open tomorrow (9/6) from 8 am to 1 pm.  For details, click here.

Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (9/6) from 8 to 1 at Farmer’s Park at James River and Republic Rd.  For more information,

The Greater Ozarks Farmers Market is open tomorrow (9/6) from 8 to 1 in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.  To learn more, click here.

The MSU women’s soccer team will host Arkansas State Sunday afternoon (9/7) at 1 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

The MO State field hockey team will face Saint Louis Sunday afternoon (9/7) at 2 at Allison North Stadium at MSU.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or