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Weekend Outlook May 6-8, 2016

Paul Stein

Monarchs hang from the ceiling and are clustered on tree branches at Artivities on Commercial Street.  And there's monarch-themed art work in a variety of media.  That exhibit, Orange is the New Green, opens tonight (5/6) during First Friday Art Walk.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky met up with co-curator Mimi Aumann at the exhibit to talk to her about it.

Friends of the West Plains Public Library will hold their semi-annual book sale today (5/6) from 9 am to 6 pm and tomorrow (5/7) 9 am to 3 pm. 

The MO State Baseball Bears will host Southern Illinois tonight (5/6) at 6:35, tomorrow (5/7) at 2:05 and Sunday (5/8) at 1:05 at Hammons Field.  For ticket information, or 836-7678.

First Friday Downtown Stroll is tonight (5/6) from 5 to 8 in downtown West Plains.

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Christian County 4-H Youth will host a pie and cake auction along with a soup and chili dinner from 6 to 8 tonight (5/6) at the First Baptist Church in Ozark.  Tickets are $4 in advance from any 4-H youth or the Christian County Extension Office or $5 at the door.  For details, 417-581-3558.

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge will be held today and tomorrow (5/6-5/7) at Branson Landing.  A fire truck parade starts tomorrow morning at 10. For more information, click here.

The Friday Night Acoustic Jam starts at 7 tonight (5/6) at the West Plains Music Store.

AVETS Post 98 in West Plains will host several events this weekend starting with a gathering at Outpost Motorsports today (5/6) followed by a $12 per plate steak dinner at the post.  Saturday is the 2nd annual BRL Memorial Ride with sign up at 9 am and a cost of $10 per bike.  For information about other weekend events, 417-257-3797.

The Ozarks Genealogical Society will host a workshop on photo digitization and restoration tonight (5/6) at 7 at the Library Center.  To learn more, 882-0714.

The Howell County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale tomorrow morning (5/7) at 9 in the parking lot behind the West Plains Public Library.

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Tennis Shoes

The Band on the Run 5K, Fun Run and Wacky Relay will be held tomorrow (5/7) at the Reeds Spring Primary School, 257 Elementary Road.  Registration starts at 7 am.  Proceeds will benefit the Reeds Spring High School Wolf Pride Band.  For details, 417-294-9201.

Bennett Spring State Park will be the site of Kid’s Free Fishing Day tomorrow (5/7).  Kids can fish for free, and volunteers will be on hand to help out.  Lunch will be provided for anyone 15 and under.  For details, click here.

The 22nd annual Lebanon Technology & Career Center Classic Car Show will be held tomorrow (5/7) from 8 am to 3 pm at Lebanon High School.

The annual David Harp Memorial Poker Run is set for tomorrow (5/7) from 9 am to noon at Homey Hearth in Harrison, Arkansas.  Find details here.

The 15th annual Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament will be held tomorrow (5/7) at the West Plains Municipal Golf Course.  Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Backpack program. 

Make a body scrub out of household ingredients during the program, Park Central Spa Day for adults tomorrow afternoon (5/7) at 1 at the Park Central Library.  To register, 831-1342.

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Artist Brushes

The program, Artsy Teens, for grades six through 12, will be held at 1 tomorrow (5/7) at the Library Station.  Hang out with fellow artists and use the library’s art supplies to work on projects and learn new techniques.  For more information, or 865-1340.

ProMusica will present Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play (jazz) tomorrow night (5/7) at 7:30 at the Ozark Christian College Chapel in Joplin.  For more information, 417-625-1822.

Grupo Latinoamericano and the Springfield Art Museum will host an event showcasing the diverse and lively culture of Mexico.  There will be live music by local Mexican artists, cultural exhibits, activities and more tomorrow night (5/7) from 5:30 to 8:30. 

ArtsFest will be held tomorrow (5/7) from 10 to 6 and Sunday (5/8) from 10 to 5 on Walnut Street.  The event will feature 140 artists, live performances, food and more.  To learn more,

The program, Basic Beekeeping for Beginners, will be held tomorrow morning (5/7) from 8 to noon at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon.  The cost is $58.  To register, 417-466-2148 or or

Crowder College Aggies present the LJ Jenkins Bull Riding Tour tomorrow night (5/7) at 7 at the Crowder College Roughrider Arena in Neosho.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children six to 12 and free for kids five and younger.  A Kid’s Zone will be held from 4 to 6 before the event, and a Chuckwagon Bean Feed starts at 5—the cost is $5.  For more information, 417-455-5720.

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Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation will host the Heroes for Hospice 5K/10K Run tomorrow (5/7).  Both courses will begin in front of the CMH Community Rooms.  To register, or

Crafty DIY for adults starts tomorrow (5/7) at 3 at the Library Station.  For details, 616-0683.

A Mother’s Day Tea Party will be held tomorrow afternoon (5/7) at 1:30 for all ages at the Republic Branch Library.  To learn more, 732-7284.

The Christian County Master Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale tomorrow morning (5/7) at 8 at the Nixa Meeting Event Center.  For more information, 343-6471.

Author and personal historian Wayne Groner will present the free class, “How to Write Your Memoir or Life Story” tomorrow morning (5/7) at 10 at the Library Center.  For more information, 987-6008.

The program, Carver and Chemurgy, will be held tomorrow and Sunday (5/6-5/7) at 1 at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.  In a study called Chemurgy, Carver created an array of by-products from peanuts, soybeans, cowpeas and cotton.  For details,

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The Arts in the Park Series at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield continues tomorrow night (5/7) at 7 outside the Visitor Center with the MSU Civil War Union Army Band.  Listen to period music of the 1860s.  Take blankets and lawn chairs. Admission is free.

The MO State softball team will host Indiana State tomorrow (5/7) at noon and 2 and Sunday (5/8) at noon at Killian Sports Complex.  For ticket information, or 836-7678.

Learn goecaching basics during programs tomorrow (5/7) at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  A program from 10 to noon is for anyone 18 and older.  Another geocaching program for families will be held tomorrow from 1 to 3.  To register, 888-4237.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will offer a volunteer naturalist-led hike for anyone 18 and older at the Henning Conservation Area in Branson tomorrow (5/7).  To register, 888-4237.

The Springfield Chamber Chorus will present their spring concert Sunday night (5/8) at 7:30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit.

John Two-Hawks will present a Mother’s Day Concert of Native American flute music Sunday afternoon (5/8) at 2 at The Auditorium, 32 S. Main in Eureka Springs.  Moms get in free.  For details,

Moms get in free to Dickerson Park Zoo Sunday (5/8 Mother’s Day).  The first 500 moms will receive a free bedding plant.  For more information,