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Weekend Outlook August 7-9, 2015

Michele Skalicky

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will observe the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek tomorrow through Monday (8/8-8/10).  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with the battlefield's superintendent Ted Hillmer to find out what's planned.

The MSU Auction benefiting athletics is tonight (8/7) at the Springfield Expo Center with live and silent auctions.  Doors open at 5.  For ticket information, 836-4143.

The First Friday Art Walk is tonight (8/7) from 6 to 10 at 18 downtown Springfield venues.  For more information,

The 1st Friday Downtown Stroll is tonight (8/7) from 5:30 to 8 on the square in West Plains.

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Dailey and Vincent

The 47th annual Brumley Gospel Sing continues this weekend at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon.  For details, click here.

The 37th Judicial Court Appointed Special Advocates will host an art walk and sale tonight (8/7) from 5 to 8 at The Frame Shop & Gallery, #3 Evans Arcade in West Plains. 

The Movies at Founders Park Series continues this weekend.  “Frozen” will be shown tonight (8/7) and “Divergent” tomorrow night (8/8) at dusk.  Take blankets and lawn chairs.  Free tickets are available ahead of time at the Doling, Chesterfield and Dan Kinney Family Centers, at the Busch Municipal Building, at Mediacom Ice Park and at the Mediacom offices.

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.

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The Marshfield Farmers Market will be open today (7/24) 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.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will observe the 154th anniversary of the battle tomorrow through Monday (8/8-8/10).   There will be firing demonstrations tomorrow at tour road stop 5 on the hour from 11 to 4.  On Sunday, Civil War drills and historic weapons firing demonstrations will be held on the hour from noon to 3.  An anniversary program will begin at 10 am Monday, the actual anniversary of the battle, in front of the visitor center.  The Ray House will be open from tours from 10 am to 4 pm each day.  Entrance fees will be waived on Monday.

Kids will learn about resources available from the Springfield-Greene County Libraries to help them with school work during the program, “Back to School Library Resources,” today (8/7) at 3 at the Strafford Branch.  For more information, 736-9233.

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

Fassnight Pool

Springfield Public Pools are open through tomorrow (8/8). 
Find more information here.

The Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit is at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon through tomorrow (8/8).  It’s a war memorial consisting of individual state exhibits created to remember those who have died in “The War on Terror” since the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001.  For details,

Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park invites families to fish at the park’s pond tonight (8/7) from 6 to 9.  The cost is $5 per person.  There will also be a bounce house and campfire, and the cow train will be running.  To register, 837-5949.

Adults can learn the basics of digital photography during the program, “Introduction to Digital Photos,” today (8/7) from 1 to 3 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  To register, 837-5011.

The Team Jackie Vendor Fair will be held at the West Plains Armory tomorrow (8/8) from 10 am to 3 pm to raise money for a West Plains resident with cancer.  To find out more, 274-8889.

Basin Spring Park in Eureka Springs

The 2015 Eureka Springs Diversity Weekend will be held tomorrow and Sunday (8/8-8/9).  Diversity in the Park, to celebrate equality, will feature booths by various organizations in Basin Spring Park tomorrow from 11 to 2:30.  A screening of Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls, a film by Arkansas filmmaker Mark Thiedeman, will be held at Main Stage Creative Community Center, 64 N. Main, from 4 to 6 pm.  The film focuses on all human rights issues.  To learn more, (479) 790-1122 or

Buy one yard of unscreened mulch at the Yardwaste Recycling Center in Springfield and get one free while supplies last through August 31st.  To learn more, 864-1904 or

Help weave sleeping mats from plastic bags to donate to The Kitchen, Inc., during the program, “Upcycle to Make a Difference,” tomorrow (8/8) from 2 to 4 at the Park Central Branch Library. 

Saturday Sounds at the Brentwood Library will feature Wild Bob’s Musical Book Club tomorrow afternoon (8/8) at 4:30.  Brooke Austen, Kevin Cott, Emily Higgins and Sarah Pearl will perform songs they’ve written based on books they’ve read.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Anyone 13 and older is invited to see the movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” rated PG, tomorrow night (8/8) at 6:30 at the Park Central Library.

A free “Discover Nature Fishing” class for kids seven to 15-years-old will be held tomorrow morning (8/8) from 9 to 11 at the Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park.  For details, 837-5949.

The Four State Farmers Market will be open tomorrow (8/8) from 8:30 am to 1 pm at 925 S. Range Line Rd. in Joplin.

The program, “Expressions of the Soul,” will be held tomorrow afternoon (8/8) at 1 at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond.  It will look at Carver the artist and how art brought joy to his life.  For more information,

Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin will host the Shoal Creek Water Festival Sunday (8/9) from 10 am to 3 pm.  To learn more,

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The first annual Zumbathon Fitness Fundraiser will be held tomorrow (8/8) from 10 am to 6 pm at the Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center in Harrison, Arkansas.  For details, click here.

The Alternative Forestry Crops and Products Expo will be held tomorrow (8/8) from 9 am to 7 pm at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Harrison, Arkansas.  For more information, click here.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks will be open tomorrow (8/8) from 8 am to 1 pm at Farmers Park.  For details,

The Greater Springfield Farmers Market will be open tomorrow (8/8) 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 (8/8) from 9 am to 2 pm on Commercial Street near the Footbridge.  For more information, click here.

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The Greater Polk County Farmers Market will be open tomorrow (8/8) from 7:30 to 11:30 am at 950 S. Killingsworth Ave. in Bolivar.

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

The Happy Plunkers, a local ukulele group, will provide the music for the Sunday Concert Series Sunday afternoon (8/9) at 2 at the Library Center.

Families are invited to “A Sunday Afternoon at the Springfield Art Museum” Sunday (8/9) from 1 to 4.  The event will include performances by Springfield Little Theatre’s YES Troupe and Conservatory of the Ozarks, arts and crafts for kids, balloon art and the appearance of the ChewBaru, an art piece by Rex Rosenberg that’s a Subaru covered with more than 100 pounds of dentures.  The event is free and open to the public.