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Weekend Outlook February 27-March 1, 2015


In this segment of Weekend Edition, Michele Skalicky talks with Jackie Barger, executive director of the Children's Smile Center of the Ozarks, about the annual Sertoma Chili Cook-Off.

The City of Springfield is hosting a rally in support of injured police officer, Aaron Pearson, tonight (2/27) at 6:30 at Park Central Square.  It will include a welcome by Springfield’s mayor, a prayer and short service, contemporary Christian music and a short speech by Officer Pearson’s father-in-law.  The event is a kick-off to the Playin’ and Prayin’ for 1641 benefit concert at the Gillioz Theatre at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 for the concert, and all proceeds will go to Officer Pearson and his family.  For ticket information, click here.

The Lawn and Garden Show is today and tomorrow (2/27-2/28) from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday (3/1) 11 to 5.  Admission is $5, and kids six and under get in free.  The event will feature lots of exhibits and seminars.  This year’s event will feature a butterfly house with more than 1000 native species.  To learn more,

Smithsonian Gardens

The Gardens of America Series continues tonight (2/27) at 6 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.  The topic is “Washington D.C.:  the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Smithsonian Garden.  Admission is free.

Owl Prowl is tonight (2/27) at 7 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Get a close-up look at owls from Dickerson Park Zoo and then go outside to try to call some.  To register, 888-4237.

A Weather Spotting class will start at 6 tonight (2/27) at the West Plains Civic Center.  For details, 256-2544.

MSU-West Plains presents the Inertia Dance Company tonight (2/27) at 7 at the West Plains Civic Center Theatre.  Admission is $5 and free for those 13 years and under and those with a BearPass ID.  For more information, 255-7966.

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The Sertoma Chili Cook-Off to benefit four local charities is this weekend at the Springfield Expo Center.  Tonight’s (2/27) events will include a Texas Hold’em Tournament.  Tomorrow (2/28) will feature the Chili Cook-Off and a casino area.  For ticket information, click here.

The MSU Lady Bears will host Northern Iowa tonight (2/27) at 7:05 and Drake Sunday (3/1) at 2:05 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information,

Fiddler’s Green, a play about the Buffalo Soldiers, a black regiment during the Civil War, will be presented tomorrow afternoon (2/28) at 4:30 at the Northview Center at Doling Park.  Join the soldiers for campfire talks where they’ll provide insight into their lives.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Kids five and under get in free. Proceeds will benefit the NAACP Youth Chapter and scholarship fund.  For more information, 873-6386.

Phil Dixon, co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, will be at the Library Center tomorrow morning (2/28) from 10 to noon to talk about the Monarchs team that won the first Negro League World Series championship in 1924.  He’ll also present the history of African American ball players in the Negro Leagues through stories, baseball poetry and photographs.

Ida B. Wells

The film, “Ida B. Wells,” will be shown tomorrow and Sunday (2/28-3/1) at 1 at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.  The film tells the story of a woman who fought against lynching in the South and worked as a teacher, journalist and civil rights activist.  For details, click here.

The third annual Brewfest will be held tomorrow night (2/28) from 5:30 to 8 at the West Plains Civic Center.  Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and proceeds will benefit the West Plains Council on the Arts.  To learn more, 505-0812.

See a winter bird banding demonstration tomorrow (2/28) from 10 to 2 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Stop by anytime.

The Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin will offer the free class “Trash to Treasures” tomorrow (2/28) at 1 for ages ten to adult.  It’s in preparation for the Joplin Recycling Center’s Trash-to-Art Contest.  To learn more or to register,

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Compass and Map

Adults are invited to learn the basics of using a compass and topographic maps during a program tomorrow (2/28) from 8 to 5 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  The event includes a hike at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area.  To register, 888-4237.

The Ozark Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers will present Discover Engineering Day tomorrow (2/28) from noon to 3 at the Plaster Center for Free Enterprise, 406 Boonville, in downtown Springfield.  Admission is free.  For details, 837-2320.

The third annual Chili Con CASA starts tomorrow night (2/28) at 5 at the Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center in Harrison, Arkansas.  Sample chili and vote for your favorite.  Admission is $5, and proceeds will go to Boone County CASA.  For more information, click here.

Dan Hermening will perform classic acoustic folk and rock music tomorrow afternoon (2/28) at 3 at the Strafford Library.

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Polar Bear

The fourth annual Polar Bear Challenge Plunge and 5K Color Fun Run is tomorrow (2/28) at Lake Harrison in Harrison, Arkansas.  For details, click here.

The Women Can Run walking and running clinic will be held tomorrow (2/28) in Harrison, Arkansas.  For more information, click here.

Anyone 13 and older is invited to the Park Central Library’s Weekend Walk-In Theatre, featuring “10 Things I Hate About You,” rated PG-13, tomorrow night (2/28) at 6:30.

The MSU softball team will face St. Louis tomorrow afternoon (2/28) at 2 and SEMO at 4, and they’ll face UMKC tomorrow morning (3/1) at 10 at Killian Sports Complex.  For ticket information,

The premiere jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force, Airmen of Note, will give a free concert tomorrow night (2/28) at 7 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Sunday (3/1) is opening day of trout season in Missouri, and special events are scheduled at Roaring River and Bennett Spring Hatcheries.  For information about Roarin River Hatchery, click here.  And for information about Bennett Springs Hatchery, click here