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Weekend Outlook January 16-19, 2015


The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is hosting Eagle Days this weekend.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Nature Center naturalist Kim Banner to learn more.

The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery and Conservation Center will hold an Owl Prowl tonight (1/16) from 7 to 9.  Learn about owls and take a hike to listen for some.  To register, 417-334-4865.

University Extension will offer the program “Starting a Business:  the First Steps” this afternoon (1/16) from 1:30 to 4:30 on the MSSU campus in Joplin.  The cost is $29.  To learn more, click here.

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History Museum on the Square

John Sellars, executive director of the History Museum on the Square, will talk about the history of Park Central Square tonight (1/16) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.  To find out more, 831-1342 or

The Missouri State Hockey Bears will take to the ice at Mediacom Ice Park tonight and tomorrow night (1/16 & 1/17) at 7.  For ticket information, clickhere.

Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to the program “Crazy for Cats” tonight (1/16) at 6 at the Library Center.  There will be a prize for the best-dressed “cat lover” outfit.  For details, 882-0714 or

It’s Teen Friday Night tonight (1/16) from 6 to 8 at the Library Station.  Stop in for games, crafts and more.  For more information, 865-1340.

Today (1/16) is Science Sprouts from 9 am to 6 pm at the Discovery Center of Springfield.  Kids up to age six are invited to learn, explore and discover a different topic each month.  The Park Central Library will present storytime at 10 and 1, and there will be science demonstrations at 11 and 2.  General admission applies.  For more information, click here.

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Creamery Arts Center

The exhibit, Hearts for the Arts:  I See Red, opens tonight (1/16) and runs through February 6th at the Creamery Arts Center and online at  A silent auction of the artwork starts at 5 tonight and run through the end of the exhibit.  Proceeds will benefit SRAC’s arts education programs.  For details,

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will host Eagle Days tomorrow (1/17) from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday (1/18) from 12:30 to 4:30.  Programs featuring live eagles from Dickerson Park Zoo will be held at the Nature Center every hour on the hour tomorrow and at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 on Sunday.  You can also try to spot eagles in the wild through spotting scopes set up at the Lake Springfield Boathouse.  No registration is needed.  For more information, 888-4237.

The public is invited to attend the 91st Annual Webster County Diversified Agriculture Conference, which will start tomorrow morning (1/17) at 8:30 at Faith Southern Baptist Church, 1002 S. Marshall St. (Highway A), south of the Webster County Extension Center, in Marshfield.  To learn more or to register, click here.

The Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (1/17) from 9 am to 1 pm at 2144 E. Republic Rd.  For details,

El Monstero: the Definitive Pink Floyd Tribute

El Monstero:  the Definitive Pink Floyd Tribute will be at the Gillioz Theatre tomorrow night (1/17) at 9.  For more information,

417 Magazine will host Whiskey Fest 2015 tomorrow night (1/17) from 5 to 8 at the University Plaza Hotel.  Tickets start at $65.  To find out more, click here.

The Springfield Art Museum will hold an Artist Talk with Emily Wood tomorrow morning (1/17) at 11 at the museum.  Three other artists in the 4X4 exhibit will give talks in February and March.  For more information, click here.

The MSU swimming and diving team will compete against Truman State tomorrow afternoon (1/17) from 3 to 6 at Hammons Student Center.  For ticket information, missouristatetix.comor 836-7678.

The Andy Dalton Shooting Range will offer the class Metallic and Shotgun Shell Reloading Basics tomorrow morning (1/17) from 8:30 to 11:30 for anyone 18 and older.  To register, 742-4361.

The Friends of the Garnett Library will host a Chili Supper tomorrow night (1/17) at the 1st Presbyterian Church in West Plains before the MSU-West Plains Homecoming Game.  The cost is $7.50 and includes chili, a drink, dessert and a ticket to the game.  To find out more, 417-255-7945.

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Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library for games, crafts and activities during Simply Saturday tomorrow (1/17) from 1 to 3.  For details, 862-0135 or

The Strafford Branch Library will hold a Frozen Fiesta tomorrow (1/17) from 1 to 5 for kids in preschool through fourth grade.  Watch Frozen at 2 and create icy art and chilly crafts.  To learn more, 736-9233 or

Batman Parodies:  The Fiendish Fakes of False Face will be presented tomorrow night (1/17) at 7:30 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  Staged Parodies—I was Made to Love You” starts at 9 at the Downtown Artists Collective, 308 South Avenue in Springfield.  For ticket information, 766-3139.

Adults are invited to watch the classic musical, The Band Wagon, tomorrow afternoon (1/17) at 2 at the Library Center.  Take a snack if you’d like.  For more information, 882-0714 or

Spider Man

The Park Central Branch Library will host the Weekend Walk-In Theater tomorrow night (1/17) at 6:30 for anyone 13 and older.  See the film, Spider Man, rated PG-13.  For details, 831-1342 or

The West Plains Senior Center hosts and alcohol-free dance for all ages with the Country Express band Saturdays from 7 to 10 pm.  Admission is $5.

Ten local pianists will perform at a concert Sunday afternoon (1/18) at 3 at Kings Way United Methodist Church, 2401 S. Lone Pine.  The program will feature selections by Bach, Mozart, Handel, Bizet, Gershwin

The Springfield NAACP will hold their annual Martin Luther King Jr. March Monday 1/19.  This year’s theme is “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture.”  The march will begin at Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway, at 9:30 am and end at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central Square.   A  program at the Gillioz will feature performances by Big Mommas Back Porch Theatre Troupe and  “Untamed Tongues,” a Missouri State University student poetry group.

Unite of Southwest Missouri will present the 18th annual Springfield Multicultural Festival Monday (1/19) from noon to 4 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall on the MSU campus.  The event will feature performances representing cultures from around the world and information about employment and educational opportunities, banking services, healthcare and more.  For details, click here.

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The 10 branches of the Springfield-Greene County Library will be closed and the mobile library will not make its regular stops Monday (1/19) in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Discovery Center of Springfield will open up Monday (1/19) from 9 am to 5 pm.  General admission applies.  To learn more, or 862-9910.

Learn about volunteer opportunities at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center during a volunteer orientation Monday (1/19) at 12:30 at the center. Anyone 18 and older can volunteer.  To find out more or to register, 891-1515.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the West Plains Civic Center Monday night (1/19) at 7.  For ticket information, 417-256-8087.

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.