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Weekend Outlook September 12-14, 2014

Michele Skalicky

Michele Skalicky talks with Charlotte McCoy about the Green Revolution exhibit at the Discovery Center and tells you what's happening in the Ozarks this weekend.

The 19th annual Japanese Fall Festival is today (9/12) from 5 to 10 pm, tomorrow (9/13) from 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday (9/14) from 11 am to 6 pm.  Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids 3 to 12 and kids two and younger get in free.  The festival will feature an international Sumo champion, drummers, Japanese top spinning, martial arts, a kimono fashion show, Japanese food, hands-on kids’ activities and more.  For details,

See the documentary, “The Lost Bird Project,” tonight (9/12) at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  The evening begins at 6:30 and also includes children’s activities, games and art projects.  Take chairs and nonalcoholic beverages—the Nature Center will provide the popcorn.  No registration is needed.  For details, 888-4237.

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Passenger Pigeon

Republic Paw Pantry will host its 2nd annual Dinner & Auction at Rock Springs Farm in Republic tonight (9/12) at 6.  Tickets are $35 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, entertainment and a silent, live and handyman auction.  To learn more,

The Missouri State ice hockey team will face Eastern Illinois tonight and tomorrow night (9/12 & 9/13) at 7 at Mediacom Ice Park.  For ticket information, or 836-7678.

The Ozarks Genealogical Society’s annual conference, Breaking Down Brick Walls, is today and tomorrow (9/12-9/13) at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center, 2610 N. Glenstone.  The keynote speaker is J. Mark Lowe, a full-time professional genealogist, author and teacher.  For details, 597-9597

The Smithsonian traveling exhibit , Green Revolution, is at the Discovery Center of Springfield through January 4th.  To learn more,

The annual Jazz Eureka festival continues through Sunday (9/14) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  The Fayetteville Jazz Collective, an 18-piece big band will perform tonight (9/12) at 7:30 in The Auditorium.  Tickets are $12.  Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and his son, Delfeayo Marsalis, will headline the festival with a show tomorrow night (9/13) at 8.  For more information,

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Mary Poppins at SLT

Springfield Little Theatre presents “Mary Poppins,” starring Kim Crosby, today through October 5 at the Landers Theatre.  For ticket information,

The Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Show will be at the West Plains Civic Center tonight (9/12) at 7.  To learn more,

Kids in grades 4-8 will make melted crayon art during a ‘Tween Town program today (9/12) at 4 at the Library Station.  For more information, 865-1340.

Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to the Library Center tonight (9/12) at 9 for the program “The Maze Runner:  After Hours.”  The program will feature a live-action game with Nerf guns in anticipation of the upcoming release of the movie, “The Maze Runner.”  To learn more, 882-0714.

Neighborhood Night Out events will be held tonight (9/12) from 6 to 8 at Nichols Park, 1900 W. Nichols and at LaFayette Park, 202 E. Atlantic.  For more information, click here.

The MSU women’s soccer team will host Central Arkansas tonight (9/12) at 7 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

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MSU women's soccer

The MSU Football Bears’ home opener is tomorrow night (9/13) at 6 at Plaster Sports Complex. BearFest Village opens at 3 in a new location—north of the stadium in front of McDonald Arena.  A free fireworks show will follow the game against North Dakota.  For details, click here.

The Moonlight Tour at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is tomorrow night (9/13) from 7 to 10.  Tickets are $7.  The tour will be at the Ray House and will incorporate several scenes associated with the Civil War.  For more information, 732-2662.

Night of Caring, to benefit the Doula Foundation, will be held tomorrow night (9/13) at 6 at Farmer’s Park, featuring live and silent auctions.  For more information, 832-9222. 

The Azalea Run, a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon to benefit the Gardens at Woodfield will be held tomorrow (9/13) beginning at 441 S. Truman in Nixa.  To learn more, click here.

The AMVETS Post 98 will host the 24th annual Memorial Golf Tournament tomorrow (9/13) at the West Plains Municipal Golf Course.  For details, 256-6986.

Ozark Independent Living will host its 2nd annual Ozark Fall Fest tomorrow (9/13) from 9 to 5 at the West Plains Middle School.  The free event will feature food, music, auctions, homemade crafts and more.  For details, 257-0038.

Stop by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow (9/13) from 1 to 4 to learn about the passenger pigeon, which became extinct 100 years ago.  There will be activities, exhibits, games and art projects, and the film, “The Lost Bird Project” will be shown at 1:30 and 3.  You don’t need to register.  To learn more, 888-4237.

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The Christian County Master Gardeners will hold their Fall Plant Sale tomorrow morning (9/13) from 8 to 11 at The Gardens at Woodfield, 441 Truman in Nixa.  You can purchase trees, shrubs, bulbs and perennials for fall planting.  Proceeds will benefit a future sensory garden at The Gardens at Woodfield.

The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library invites you to take part in “Crafts for a Cause” tomorrow (9/13) from 10 to 1.  Make a craft to donate to a local charity.  For more information, 862-0135.

See the cartoon, The Flintstones, during Retro Cartoon Saturday Morning tomorrow morning (9/13) at 10 at the Park Central Branch Library.  For details, 831-1342.

Enjoy traditional bluegrass, country and gospel tunes with Acoustic Essays tomorrow afternoon (9/13) at 4:30 at the Brentwood Branch Library.

See the movie, The Count of Monte Cristo,” rated PG-13, during the Walk-in Weekend Theater tomorrow night (9/13) at 6:30 at the Park Central Branch Library.

Geezerfest will present The Not-So-Back-to-School Concert tomorrow night (9/13) at 7 on the Library Center’s patio.  Take lawn chairs for the free concert.

Three historic sites along Route 66 will be dedicated tomorrow (9/13), and the public is invited to help celebrate.  Barnes General Store, 8240 W. Highway 266, will be dedicated at 4, Barnes Feed Mill, 8270 W. Highway 266 at 4:30 and Graystone Heights Modern Cabinets, 9323 W. State Highway 266 at 5.  Beverages and food will be available at the last location with live music by the band, Sober as a Judge.  To rsvp, 732-6263.

Strafford will host Route 66 Days tomorrow (9/13) from 9 am to 9 pm in the city’s downtown area with food, music, crafts, a tractor pull, street performances and more.  A parade starts at 9 am.  For details,

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Sculpture at Springfield Art Museum

The next Springfield Art Museum Family Day is tomorrow (9/14) from 10 to noon.  Families can drop by for hands-on activities for kids two and older and explore the new “Maquette:  The Sculptor’s Tool” show.  Refreshments will be provided.  No pre-registration is required.  A Family Art Workshop is also planned for tomorrow.  It’s designed to help children and grown-ups enjoy art together.  To register for the free workshop, 837-5700.

The Home of the Brave Motorcycle Rally, to support homeless or at-risk veterans, is set for today (9/12) at American Legion Post 639, 2660 S. Scenic.  Gates open at noon.  To find out more,

The photography exhibit, Ozark Snapshots, by Barbara Williams is at the West Plains Civic Center through October 5.  For details, 256-1813.

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 (9/12-9/13) are 10:30 to 4:30.  To learn more,

C-Street Market is open tomorrow (9/13) from 8 am to 1 pm.  For details, click here.

Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (9/13) from 8 to 1 at Farmer’s Park at James River and Republic Rd.  And tomorrow the market will host the Iron Chef Competition at 9:30 featuring three local chefs.  For more information,

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The Greater Ozarks Farmers Market is open tomorrow (9/13) from 8 to 1 in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.  To learn more, click here.

The Sunday Concert Series continues Sunday afternoon (9/14) at 2 at the Library Center with guitarist Shannon Twine who plays in the thumbpicking style of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.  Admission is free.

The Boston Brass will present a concert Sunday afternoon (9/14) at 2 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Admission is free.  To learn more, click here.

The MSU Carillon Summer Concert Series concludes Sunday night (9/14) at 7 outside Meyer Library.  Take blankets or lawn chairs.  Refreshments will be served, and you’ll have the chance to tour the carillon after the concert.

As part of Ozarks Public Broadcasting’s 40th anniversary celebration, Women & Girls Lead presents a free film screening of “The Invisible War” Sunday night (9/14) at 6 at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell.  The documentary tells the story of one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets:  the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.  To learn more, click here.

Watch bats fly out of Sequiota Cave Sunday night (9/14) with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives.  Arrive 45 minutes before dusk.  Sequiota Park is at 3500 S. Lone Pine.


You need to register by Tuesday (9/16) if you would like to take part in the Springfield Greene County Park Board’s Kayaking Clinic Sunday 9/21 at Lake Springfield.  The cost is $25 for one kayak or $35 for a tandem kayak (for two).    To register, 833-8923.

The Springfield Greene County Park Board will hold a group camping weekend September 26-28 at Ritter Springs Park.  Registration is required by 9/19.  The fee is $10 per person (age six and under are free).  For more information or to register, 833-8923.

A Dutch oven cooking clinic will be held Saturday 9/26 at Ritter Springs Park.  The cost is $15 per person or $25 for two, and registration is required by 9/20.  To register, 833-8923.