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Weekend Outlook February 26-28, 2016

Ozarks MSPE

Discover Engineering Day will be held tomorrow (2/27) from noon to 3 at the Plaster Center for Free Enterprise with booths and activities.  Find out more at  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talked with the event's coordinator, Dr. Matthew Pierson, to learn more.

Dr. Tarif Bakdash, a Syrian-American physician, and Dr. W.D. Blackmon, head of the MSU English Department, will read from their new book, Inside Syria:  A Physician’s Memoir,” tonight (2/26) at 7 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre.

“Heroes of the Struggle:  Big Momma’s Back Porch Theatre” is tonight (2/26) at 7:30 at Big Momma’s, 217 E. Commercial.  It’s a chance for audience members to learn and ask questions related to identity, diversity and discrimination based on panelists’ personal biographies.  To find out more, 836-3018.

The 26th annual Lawn and Garden Show is today and tomorrow (2/26-2/27) from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday (2/28) from 11 am to 5 pm at the Ozark Empire Fairground featuring exhibits and seminars.  For details,

Lisa Lamponelli

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli will be at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield tonight (2/26) at 7.  According to the Gillioz’ website, “Lampanelli is known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows.”  For ticket information,

The Harrison Noon Lions Club will host its annual Chili Supper tonight (2/26) from 5 to 7 at Harrison High School in Harrison, Arkansas.  Tickets are $5.  To learn more, click here.

The Boone County Library in Harrison, Arkansas presents the Still on the Hill Concert and Book Signing tonight (2/26) at 7 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 707 W. Central, in Harrison.  For details, 870-741-5913.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer an Introduction to Trout Fishing tonight (2/26) at 6 at the Walter Woods Conservation Area in Joplin.  To register, 417-629-3423.

The program, “Special Delivery—the Beauty of Plant-Pollinator Partnerships,” will be held tonight (2/26) at 7 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.

Pro Musica will present the all-male vocal group, Chanticleer, tonight (2/26) at 7 at Central Christian Center in Joplin.  Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.  For more information, or 417-625-1822.

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Springfield Ballet will present the “Little Princess Children’s Workshop” Sunday (2/28) from 3 to 5 for kids three to eight-years-old.  Registration is needed by today (2/26) at 862-1343 or click here.

The exhibit, “On the Square:  Two Hundred Years at the Center of Everything,” is at the historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square through the end of April.  To learn more,

The Sertoma Chili Cook-Off will be held tomorrow (2/27) from 11 to 5 at the Springfield Expo Center.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 tomorrow.  For more information, click here.

The Library Station will present “Tell Me Your Story” tomorrow (2/27) at 1.  Kids in kindergarten through grade five will be matched with a senior citizen who will tell them a story.  They’ll then work together to turn the story into a keepsake book that they’ll write and illustrate.  To register, 616-0673.

See the movie, “Strange Magic,” rated PG, tomorrow afternoon (2/27) at 2 at the Fair Grove Branch Library.

A Severe Weather Awareness Expo will be held tomorrow (2/27) from 10 to 3 at the Battlefield Mall.  The event will feature a storm chaser vehicle, interactive exhibits, a tornado simulator and more.  For details, click here.

The 4th annual Chili Con Casa will host a Chili Cook-Off tomorrow (2/27) at 5 at Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center in Harrison, Arkansas.  Learn more at or 870-743-2212.

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The MSU Lady Bears will host Wichita State tomorrow afternoon (2/27) at 2:05 at JQH Arena.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

The Women Run Arkansas Run/Walk Club will host a walking and running clinic beginning tomorrow (2/27) in Harrison, Arkansas.  Find details here.

Discover how Carver used some often overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture during “Carver Science Experiments” tomorrow and Sunday morning (2/27-2/28) at 11 at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO. 

Missouri State University Jazz Bands will present “Jazz Blast!” tomorrow night (2/27) at 7 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts featuring a finale by an Alumni Jazz Band.  Admission is free. Find more information here.

The MSU men’s soccer team will host Central Arkansas tomorrow night (2/27) at 7 at the Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium on the MSU campus.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

Springfield community members will share their personal biographies and experiences dealing with multiple forms of discrimination at the Q Enoteca, 308 W Commercial St, tomorrow night (2/27) at 8.  To learn more, click here.

Anyone 13 and older is invited to see the movie, “Across the Universe,” rated PG-13, tomorrow night (2/27) at 6:30 at the Park Central Branch Library.

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Pen and Paper

The Springfield Writers Guild will present OTC English instructor and newspaper columnist Michael Pulley spaking about “How to Write a Great Short Human Interest Story” tomorrow (2/27) at 1 at the Heritage Cafeteria.  For details, 569-8886.

The Zizzer Basketball Trivia Night will be held tomorrow night (2/27) at 6 at the West Plains Civic Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and include a chili supper and the contest.  To register a team, 274-8612.

The fourth annual Brewfest is planned for tomorrow night (2/27) from 5:30 to 8 at the West Plains Civic Center.  Admission is $20 in advance or $30 at the door.  Proceeds benefit the West Plains Council on the Arts and the Gatewood Family Fine Arts Scholarship.  For more information, clickhere.

The Elks Lodge, 2223 E. Bennett, will host a Movie Trivia contest to raise money for the Mt. Vernon Missouri Veterans Home Assistance League tomorrow night (2/27) at 5.  The cost is $10 per person.  To register, 417-466-7103, ext. 1185 or

MSU will present a Chorale concert Sunday night (2/28) at 7 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Admission is free.

The Library Center will present the program, “With the Ironclads:  Following the 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry through the Civil War” Sunday afternoon (2/28) at 2.  For details, 882-0714.

A Wine Tasting to benefit scholarships at MSU starts Sunday (2/28) at 2 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 2431 N. Glestone.  For details, click here.

A concert featuring finalists of the 7th annual 72-Hour Composition Challenge will be held Sunday afternoon (2/28) at 3:30 in Ellis Recital Hall on the Missouri State campus.  For more information, 836-4250.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.