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Weekend Outlook September 25-27, 2015

Ozarks Food Harvest

Empty Bowls 2015, to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest, is tonight (9/25)  at 5 Panera Bread on 2925 E. Sunshine.  For more information about the event, 865-3411.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Christine Temple, the event's coordinator, to learn more.

The Nature and the Arts program, “Voices of Missouri’s Rivers,” will start tonight (9/25) at 7 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Bill Turner, author of a book on Missouri’s Rivers, will share his thoughts and research on our rivers and why he felt compelled to write the book, “Voices of Missouri’s Rivers.”  You’ll also hear local musician Bill Ranney.  To register, 888-4237.

Friends of the Garden will present “Romance in the Garden” tonight (9/25) from 7 to 9 at the Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  Members of the Springfield Astronomical Society will have telescopes set up for viewing the stars.  Wishing lanterns will be for sale to float on the pond.  Admission is $5.

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Black Walnuts

Stockton’s Black Walnut Festival continues through tomorrow (9/26) with a parade, carnival, music and more.  For details, click here.

The Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association will hold its Fall Bluegrass Festival through tomorrow (9/26) at the HOBA Park in West Plains.  To learn more, click here.

The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County is hosting the exhibit, “Victorian Springfield—an Era of Elegance and Growth,” through November 20th.  Learn more here.

The 4th annual Artisans Market will be held at Branson Landing today and tomorrow (9/25-9/26).  For more information, click here.

Balloon Days in Joplin continues through Sunday (9/27) featuring hot air balloons, paraplane, helicopter and tethered balloon rides, vendors, live music and more.  For details, click here.

The American Cornhole Association will host a tournament today and tomorrow (9/25-9/26) at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon.  To find out more, click here.

Hotel Transylvania

The film, “Hotel Transylvania,” will be shown tonight (9/25) at dusk at Atchley Park in Lebanon.  Admission is $3 per person or $7 for a carload.

The West Plains Public Library will show the film, “Life of Pi,” tonight (9/25) at 6 with popcorn and drinks.

The Yellow House in West Plains presents Marideth Sisco’s “Come Sit a Spell” tonight (9/25) at 7.  Admission is $5.

The MSU Department of Media, Journalism and Film will host the Show-Me Chefs’ Cooking with Care Gala tonight (9/25) at 6 at 319 Event Center, 319 W. Walnut.  Tickets are $100, and include a multi-course meal, live entertainment, silent auctions and a chef-showdown competition.  For ticket information, 816-210-8875 or

The 18th annual Bois D’Arc Primitive Skills Gathering and Knap-in will be held today through Sunday (9/25-9/27) at Hulston Mill Historical Park near Greenfield.  To find out more, click here.

Miroslaw Urbaniak will present “Art of the Graphic Novel” this afternoon (9/25) at 3 in MSU’s Meyer Library, room 101.  A reception, including a display of Urbaniak’s work, will follow.  To find out more, 836-5382.

The Hobbitt

Teens age 13 through grade 12 can go to the Library Station tonight (9/25) from 6 to 8 for “Hobbit Day.”  Enjoy food, fun and half of the movie, “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey.”  To learn more, 865-1340.

Dr. Marilyn Nelson, winner of the Frost Medal for Poetry and the Poet Laureate of Connecticut for five years, will give a poetry reading at the Library Center tonight (9/25) at 7.  To register, email or 818-5056.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ continues through Sunday (9/27) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Click here for details.

The 2015 DogFest to benefit Cruse Dog Park will be held tomorrow (9/26) from 10 am to 2:30 pm at Chesterfield Family Center Park, 2511 W. Republic Rd.  The event will include a Dachshund Dash, dog demonstrations and vendor booths.  To learn more, click here.

The Fall Street Machine Nationals will be held tomorrow and Sunday (9/26-9/27) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  For more information, click here.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will celebrate National Public Lands Day with free admission to the park tomorrow (9/26).  For more information, 732-2662.

You can get into the Discovery Center of Springfield for free tomorrow (9/26) as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!  But you’ll need to download a Museum Day Live! ticket, which is available here.  One ticket per household and per email address is allowed, and each ticket will admit two people.

The Child Advocacy Center-South Central will host the 2nd annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner at Sole Café tomorrow (9/26).  For details, email

The Springfield Conservation Nature’s Hiking Club will take a trip to Mule Shoe Conservation Area along the Niangua River tomorrow (9/26).  The club is for anyone 18 and older.  To register, 888-4237.

Kids three to six-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program “Mudbug Mystery” tomorrow morning (9/26) at 11 at the Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.

The Moxie

Missouri State Libraries will present a Magna Carta at the Moxie event featuring the movie, The Princess Bride,” tomorrow night (9/26) at 10 at the Moxie, 305 S. Campbell.  Admission is free.

The annual Stagecoach Days Festival will be held tomorrow (9/26) from 11 to 4 at Kirbyville Middle School.  It will feature a display of antique stagecoaches and wagons.  Admission is free.  For details, 417-699-0043.

Republic Paw Pantry will host their third annual Dinner & Auction at Rock Springs Farm tomorrow night (9/26) at 6.  Tickets are $35 and include dinner, a silent auction and $5,000 in casino play.  For ticket information, 893-0086 or click here.

Watch Monarch Butterflies being tagged and released tomorrow (9/26) from 2 to 3:30 at the Butterfly House at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.

The Fair Grove Historical and Preservation Society will host the 38th annual Fair Grove Heritage Reunion tomorrow (9/26) from 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday (9/27) from 8 am to 4 pm.  The event will feature arts and crafts, demonstrations, a parade tomorrow morning at 10, hourse and mule obstacle3 course demonstrations, threshing, an antique tractor show, live music and more.  For more information, or 833-3467.

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George Washington Carver National Monument

See the film, “George Washington Carver, the Uncommon Way,” tomorrow (9/26) at 1 at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.  To learn more,

The Ozarks Model Railroad Association will hold its Fall Train Show tomorrow (9/26) from 9 am to 3 pm at Remington’s, 1625 W. Republic Rd.  Along with the show, the Ozarks Garden Railway Society will conduct tours of four gardens—informationwill be available at the train show.  Admission to the show is $6 for adults.  Children 12 and under get in free with a paying adult.  To learn  more,

Jeff Rollins with the Springfield News-Leader will speak to the Springfield Writers Guild tomorrow (9/26) on how to maintain interest in stories and will talk about freelance submission guidelines for the paper.  Mentor hour starts at 11 am with the speaker and business meeting at 1 at the Heritage Cafeteria at Fremont and Battlefield. 

The Strafford Branch Library will host its fifth annual Fall Festival tomorrow (9/26) from 10 to 5.  Stop by for hot cider and fall crafts.

Reeds Spring

The Reeds Spring Heritage Festival will be held tomorrow (9/26) at Flavie Field next to City Hall featuring old-time country music, barn and square dances, a pie auction, vendors, games, kids’ activities, storytellers and more.  For details,

The Library Center will host “Maker Meetup and Discussion” tomorrow night (9/26) at 6 at the Library Center.  Stacy and Heath Rust from DreamIT MakeIT will lead a discussion on maker topics and issues and demonstrate some maker projects.

A Fall Prescription Medication Take-Back will be held tomorrow (9/26) from 10 am to 2 pm at several locations in southwest Missouri, including Springfield and Nixa.  To view locations, click here.

Anyone 13 and older is invited to see the film, “Million Dollar Arm,” rated PG, tomorrow night (9/26) at 6:30 at the Park Central Library.

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The Christian County Master Gardeners will offer the program, “Walk on the Wild Side,” tomorrow afternoon (9/26) at 1 at the Ozark Community Center.  It will feature gardening and cooking how-to’s for some uncommon vegetables, fruits and grains.  To register, 581-3558.  For more information, click here.

The 18th annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival is tomorrow (9/26) from 8 am to 6 pm at Center Creek Park.  The event will feature bluegrass music, children’s activities, food, a car and bike show, a chili cook-off, a guitar and banjo raffle and more.  For details, click here.

Three Rivers Biker Church in Harrison, Arkansas will host a Benefit Ride & Fundraiser tomorrow (9/26) for Arkansas Children’s Homes with food, games, a live auction, free camping and more.  Find details here.

The Boone County Historical and Railroad Society will host the fourth annual Repast with the Past and Silent Auction tomorrow night (9/26) at 6 at the Quality Inn Convention Center in Harrison, Arkansas.  Guests will dine with three characters from Boone County’s past.  For more information, click here.

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1967 Mercury M-100

The Guilt by Association Truck Show is tomorrow (9/26) from 8 am to 11 pm at 4579 Highway 43 in Joplin.  The event will include games, activities, concerts, a Kid’s Zone, motorcycle stunt riders, fireworks and what’s being called the largest truck convoy in America.  The charge for those who want to participate in the convoy is $100.  Proceeds will benefit Missouri Special Olympics.  For details, click here.

Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park continues through October 25th with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides and more.  For details,

The Springfield Metro Chorus will hold its annual Variety Show tomorrow (9/26) from 4 to 6 at Hillcrest High School, 3319 N. Grant.  Admission is $15 for adults of $10 for groups with at least ten adults.    To learn more,

The Junior League of Springfield’s annual Tour of Kitchens will be held tomorrow (9/26) from 10 am to 3 pm.  Tour six of Springfield’s finest residential kitchens.  For more information, click here.

The St. Jude Walk/Run to end childhood cancer will be held across the nation tomorrow (9/26) including in Springfield.  Registration for the local event will begin at 7 at the Field House Sportscenter, 2235 W. Kingsley, and is $10 for anyone six and older.  For details or to pre-register, click here.

You can observe the twilight flight of bats out of Sequiota Cave Sunday night (9/27) with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives.  Arrive at Sequiota Park 45 minutes before dark.