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Weekend Outlook February 13-15, 2015

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A fundraising event set for Saturday February 28th will raise money for those with visual impairments in the Ozarks.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Wendy Jackson, executive director of the Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks about Dining in the Dark, which is being presented by Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists.

The Great Backyard Bird Count will take place today and tomorrow (2/13-2/14) from 9 to 11 am in the Wildlife Viewing Area at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Help count birds with members of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society.  To find out more, 888-4237.

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Songbird

See the documentary, “The Lost Bird Project” today (2/13) at 11 or 2 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  The hour-long film chronicles sculptor Todd McGrain’s efforts to place bronze statues at the location where five different North American birds went extinct in the last 100 years.  No registration is needed.

The Nature and the Arts program, “Missouri Wild Nature Photography by David Stonner,” is tonight (2/13) at 7 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  He’ll share some of his favorite photos and talk about being a nature photographer.  To register, 888-4237.

The Harrison, Arkansas Rotary Club will host a Spaghetti Dinner today (2/13) from 4:3o to 7:30 at Harrison High School.  The cost is $6 for anyone under five.  Find out more here.

The Gardens of American History series at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center continues tonight with “The Ladew Topiary Garden, Maryland, the Blue Ridge Skyline and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  The program starts at 6, and admission is free.

Knights of Columbus will hold a Fish Fry tonight (2/13) from 5 to 7 at the Knights Hall in Bolivar, 1556 Highway 32.  Donations will benefit students at the Exceptional Pupil Cooperative. For details, 417-326-6284.

The program, Raptors Rule, for anyone six and older, will start tomorrow afternoon (2/14) at 1 at the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin.  Pittsburgh State University Nature Reach will have several live birds at the program.  For more information, click here.

The Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin will present the program “Discover Backyard Birds and the Great Backyard Bird Count” tomorrow morning (2/14) from 10 to noon.  Learn basic bird i.d. techniques and more.  And find out how you and your family can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count.  To register, 782-6287.

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Banjo

The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Mid-Winter Hometown Jam tonight (2/13) at 7 at The City Auditorium, 36 S. Main.  The event will feature six of the area’s top local bands.  Tickets are $12 at the door, and children under 12 will get in free.  You can purchase advance tickets for $10 at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at Pine Mountain.  To learn more, 479-253-8737.

The MSU Lady Bears will host Bradley tonight (2/13) at 7:05 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, missouristatetix.com.

The Sparkles ‘n Spurs Dinner and Dance to benefit the West Plains area CASA is tonight (2/13) at the Barn Event Center.  Admission is $5 for the dance and $5 for a BBQ dinner.  For more information, 255-2100.

The exhibit, Blueprints for Democracy:  Public Architecture in Missouri, is at the Joplin Museum Complex, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. in Joplin, through February 20th.  To find out more, click here.

Kids in grades four through eight are invited to make foam dough during a ‘Tween Town program today (2/13) from 4 to 6 at the Library Station.  To learn more, 865-1340.

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Teen Night:  Fractal Tetrahedron is tonight (2/13) from 6 to 8 at the Library Station.  Build a giant pyramid out of drinking straws, string and fractals.  For more information, 865-1340.

The executive director of the History Museum on the Square, John Sellars, will present “The History of Springfield:  Then and Now” tonight (2/13) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.  For details, 831-1342.

The 3rd annual Heart of the Ozarks ½ Marathon and 10K Run starts tomorrow morning (2/14) at 7:30in West Plains.  For details: click here.

The 11th annual Chocolate Lover’s Festival will be held tomorrow (2/14) from 9 to 2 at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center in Eureka Springs.  Sample chocolate creations from the Eureka Springs area and take some home.  The cost is $12.  For more information, eurekachocfest.org.

The Women with Heart Luncheon will be held tomorrow (2/14) at 11 at the south campus of 1st Baptist Church featuring a showing of vintage couture and the presentation, “Sleep Apnea and Heart Failure” by an OMC pulmonologist.  Tickets are $40, and proceeds will go toward an additional sleep study machine.  For more information, 417-256-4725.

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Origami Heart

Make origami swans, hearts and flowers for Valentine’s Day tomorrow afternoon (2/14) at 2 at the Park Central Branch Library.  For details, 831-1342.

Kids in grades four through eight are invited to the Alice in Wonderland Un-Valentine’s Day Party tomorrow afternoon (2/14) at 4 at the Library Center.  To register, 882-0714.

The film, Against the Odds:  the Artists of the Harlem Rennaissance Movement, will be shown tomorrow and Sunday (2/14-2/15) at 1 at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.  For details, click here.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will host a Fee Free Weekend tomorrow through Monday (2/14-2/16).  Visitors will get in free all three days.  For more information, 732-2662 or click here

Listen to Queen City Sound Chorus, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines, tomorrow afternoon (2/14) at 4:30 at the Brentwood Branch Library. 

The film, “The Notebook,” rated PG-13, will be shown during Weekend Walk-In Theater tomorrow night (2/14) at 6:30 at the Park Central Branch Library for anyone 13 and older.

The Homestead Pickers will perform a benefit concert Sunday (2/15) at 2 at Community of Christ Chapel for Peace, 909 W. Battlefield in Springfield.  Proceeds will go to Harmony House.  For more information, 861-5088.

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MSU Basketball

The MSU men’s basketball team will host Northern Iowa Sunday afternoon (2/15) at 3, and the Lady Bears will face Loyola Sunday night at 7:05 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, missouristatetix.com

The Discovery Center of Springfield will be open Monday (2/16) from 9 to 5 for President’s Day, and it will also celebrate Chinese New Year with hands-on activities and demonstrations.  General admission applies.  For details, discoverycenter.org