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Weekend Outlook July 31-August 2


The Ozark Empire Fair is underway and continues through August 8th.  For details,

The Park Day Reunion Weekend is today through Sunday (7/31-8/2) in Springfield.  The theme is “Honoring Our Roots—It’s All About Family.”  A Park Day Parade will be held from noon to 2 tomorrow (8/1).  For more information, click here.

The West Plains Public Library will host a finale for the Summer Reading Program 2015 tonight (7/31) at 6 at Galloway Park.  Those who participated in the program are invited for a free picnic, prizes and music.

Gospel Spectacular 2015 will be held at the Cowan Civic Center today and tomorrow (7/31-8/1).  For more information, click here.

The Monett Jaycees are hosting a carnival through tomorrow (8/1) from 6 to 9 pm at the Monett South Park Soccer Fields with rides, games, face painting and more.  For details, click here.

Yoga on the Square continues today (7/31) at noon on Park Central Square.  Take a yoga mat.  For details,

The Marshfield Farmers Market will be open today (7/31) from 3 to 7 pm at 1331 Spur Drive in Marshfield. 

Acoustic Jam on the Square is held Friday nights on the square in West Plains.  Take blankets and lawn chairs and instruments if you want to join in.

The Movies at Founders Park Series continues this weekend at Founders Park in downtown Springfield.  See “The LEGO Movie” tonight (7/31) and “National Treasure” tomorrow night (8/1) at dusk.  Free tickets are available in advance at the Dan Kinney, Chesterfield and Doling Family Centers, the Busch Municipal Building, Mediacom Ice Park and Mediacom offices.

The MSU Summer Commencement is this morning (7/31) at 10, and the Bear Battalion Army ROTC will hold a Gold Bar Commissioning this afternoon (7/31) at 3 at the Plaster Student Union Theatre.  The public is invited.

The exhibit, “Start Your Engines—the History of Motor Racing in the Ozarks” is at the Springfield-Greene County History Museum in the Fox Theatre on Park Central Square through August 29th.  Hours are 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The Library Station will host a birthday party of Harry Potter tonight (7/31) at 6, and anyone in grades six through 12 is invited.  Make magic wands and chocolate frogs and enjoy butter beer.  For more information, 865-1340.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer free fishing lessons tomorrow morning (8/1) from 9 to 11 at its Ozark Regional facility, 551 Joe Jones Blvd. in West Plains.  Learn about equipment, casting, and knot tying and then spend an hour fishing.  To register, 256-7161.

Adults are invited to the program, “Your Inner Warrior:  Discover, Accept, Deploy,” tomorrow afternoon (8/1) at 2 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  Army veteran, Miyoko Hikiji, will talk about how to find your inner warrior and how to be an active participant-observer of your life.  She’ll sign copies of her book, “All I Could Be:  My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq.”  For details, 883-1974.

The Railroad Historical Museum at Grant Beach Park is open Saturdays from 2 to 4. Admission is free.  For more information, click here.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks will be open tomorrow (731) from 8 am to 1 pm at Farmers Park.  To learn more,

The Greater Springfield Farmers Market will be open tomorrow (7/31) from 8 am to 1 pm in the Battlefield Mall parking lot.  For details, click here.

The C-Street City Market will be open tomorrow (7/31) from 9 am to 2 pm on Commercial Street near the Footbridge.  For more information, click here.

The Greater Polk County Farmers Market will be open tomorrow (731) from 7:30 to 11:30 am at 950 S. Killingsworth Ave. in Bolivar.

The Lebanon Farmers Market is open tomorrow (7/31) from 8 to 1 on Jefferson Avenue at the railroad tracks in Lebanon.

Help The Kitchen, Inc. by weaving sleeping mats from plastic bags during the program, “Upcycle to Make a Difference,” tomorrow (8/1) from 2 to 4 for anyone 12 and older at the Park Central Library.  Take plastic grocery bags if you have them. 

See the film, “The Fifth Element,” rated PG-13, tomorrow night (8/1) at 6:30 at the Park Central Library.

Author and personal historian, Wayne Groner, will present the free class, “How to Write Your Memoir or Life Story” tomorrow (8/1) at 10 am at the Library Center.  For more information, 883-4532.

The Conservatory of the Ozarks will present Jason Sain and the Foolhearted in concert tomorrow night (8/1) from 6 to 8 at the Creamery Art Center.  A preshow will feature Conservatory students.  Tickets to the “Cakewalk Concert” are $10.  To find out more, click here.