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Weekend Outlook January 30-February 1, 2015


Director and screenwriter, Alex Johnson, will present a master class in filmmaking this morning (1/30) at 10:30 in MSU’s Plaster Student Union Theatre.  Alex will discuss the state of independent filmmaking in the U.S. today, describe his work as a director, producer and screenwriter and analyze several scenes from his award-winning dark thriller, Two Step.  The event is free and open to the public. To learn more,

Moxie Cinema and Mother’s Brewery present “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” tonight (1/30) at 8 at the Gillioz Theatre.  Donations will benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.  For more information, 862-0423.

The MSU hockey teams will be in action today through Sunday (1/30-2/1) at Mediacom Ice Park.  For details, 

The HBO’s Home Show is today (1/30) from 11 am to 7 pm, tomorrow (1/31) from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday (2/1) from 11 am to 4 pm at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis.  For more information,

Chanticleer Garden

The series, “Gardens of American History,” continues tonight (1/30) at 6 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.  Learn about Philadelphia and Independence Park and the Chanticleer Garden along Philadelphia’s Main Line.  The series is free and open to the public.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Teen Club, for kids 12 to 17-years-old, meets tonight (1/30) at 6 to learn how to tie flies.  To register, 888-4237.

The OMC Foundation will host the OMC Winter Gala, featuring music by the Rene Wood Trio, tonight (1/30) at 6:30 at the West Plains Armory.  For ticket information, 417-853-5200.

It’s Teen Friday Night tonight (1/30) at 6 at the Library Station for kids in grades six through 12.  Stop in for games, crafts and special events.  For details, 865-1340.

Disney Princesses

Dress up as your favorite Disney character for the “Disney Masquerade” dance tonight (1/30) at 7 at the Library Center.  It’s for kids in grades four through eight.  To register, 882-0714.

Director and screenwriter Alex Johnson will screen his film, Two Step, tomorrow night (1/31) at 7 in MSU’s Plaster Student Union Theatre.  The lives of James, a directionless college dropout and Webb, a career petty criminal with his back against the wall, violently collide in this Texas thriller.  Johnson will hold a talkback following the screening to discuss the film and answer questions from the audience.  Doors open at 6:30, and admission is free.

The MSU men’s basketball team will host Southern Illinois tomorrow night (1/31) at 7:05 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

Families are invited to the program, The Story of Snow, tomorrow morning (1/31) at 10 at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson.  To register, 417-334-4865.

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Pot of Chili

The 10th annual West Plains Public Library Foundation Chili Cook-Off is tomorrow (1/31) from 4 to 7 at the West Plains Civic Center.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.  For more information, 417-256-4775 or 417-256-4850.

The program, “Soup-er Bowl Saturday” starts at 10 tomorrow morning (1/31) at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library for kids in preschool through second grade.  Take a can of soup to donate to a local food pantry.  To learn more, 862-0135.

Springfield artist and cartoonist Jared George will explore the history of comics, explain what goes into publishing them and demonstrate how to make your own during “Comic-palooza” tomorrow morning (1/31) at 11 for kids in grades six through 12.  To find out more, 883-1974.

Zooper Bowl continues through Sunday (2/1) at Dickerson Park Zoo.  Two nonperishable food items for Ozarks Food Harvest will get you half off admission for one person.  The zoo is open from 10 am to 4 pm.  For details,

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Garden Sign

Adults are invited to the “Super Easy Seed Saving Class” tomorrow afternoon (1/31) at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library and at 4 at the Library Station.  Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more.  To register, 862-0135.

The workshop, Science Behind Couponing, is tomorrow morning (1/31) from 9 to noon at the Discovery Center of Springfield.  The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. To pre-register or for more information, 862-9910 or

Adults will learn outdoor photography tips during the program “Outdoor Photography with Bob Ball” tomorrow afternoon (1/31) at 3 at the Strafford Branch Library.  To find out more, 736-9233.

Anyone 13 and older can see the movie, “The Avengers,” rated PG-13, tomorrow night (1/31) at 6 at the Park Central Branch Library.  Popcorn will be provided.

Hours for the Springfield Conservation Nature Center this weekend are:  today and tomorrow (1/30-1/31) 8 am to 5 pm (trails stay open until 6).  The visitor center is closed on Sunday, but trails are open from 8 am to 6 pm.

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A free concert to benefit the Salvation Army of Oregon County will be held tomorrow night (1/31) at 6 at the Fun and Friends Senior Center in Thayer.  The concert will feature country, bluegrass and gospel music.  The event will include a silent auction of bake goods.  For more information, 417-270-1602.

The Ozark Self Reliant Living University’s 4th annual Disaster Preparedness Seminar will be held tomorrow (1/31) from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the Fun and Friends Senior Center in Thayer and Sunday (2/1) from 9 to 4:30 at the 7th Day Adventist Church in West Plains.  To RSVP or for more information, 417-264-2435.

The exhibit, “Here Comes the Bride,” is at the Rogers, Arkansas Historical Museum through May 31st.   It explores changes in courtship, marriage, wedding ritual, and wedding dress from the 1870s through today using objects from the museum’s collection. To learn more,