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Weekend Outlook June 24-26, 2016


The Springfield-Greene County Library District invites kids in kindergarten through fifth grade to “Fantastic Friday at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield” this morning (6/24) from 10 to noon.  Hear the story of the “common soldier” and listen to campground music from the Civil War.  Kids can also complete activities to earn the NPS Junior Ranger Badge.  For more information, 732-7284.

The 2016 Parade of Homes continues today through Sunday (6/24-6/26).  Tickets are $5 and allow access to all Parade homes.  To learn more,

ProMusica presents the 36th Joplin Pops tonight (6/24) at 6 on the oval at Missouri Southern State University.  It’s an open-air concert with the Warrensburg, MO Community Band.  Concessions will be available or take a picnic, and there will be fireworks after the concert.  For ticket information,

Walnut Grove will host Possum Trot Days, The Saga Returns today through Sunday (6/24-6/26) with live music, a bike tour, an auto show, arts and craft booths, a rodeo, fireworks and more.  For details, 788-2263 or

The Edge Community Technology Center will present the program, “Staying Safe & Secure in the Digital World,” today (6/24) at 1.  To register, 837-5011.

The Thunder on the Mountain Bull Ride to benefit Dickerson Park Zoo will be held tomorrow night (6/25) near Branson.  Gates open at 5, and the show starts at 7.  Tickets are $15 and are available at PFI, Rapid Roberts, Bass Pro Branson Landing, Texas Roadhouse and at the Dickerson Park Zoo Gift Shop.  The who will be held at Thunder Ridge Arena, two miles west of Big Cedar Lodge on Missouri 86.  For more information, 833-1570.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks will host the first annual Burger, Brats & Beers Festival tomorrow night (6/25) from 6 to 9 at Farmers Park with live music by Smokey Folk.  For more information,

Willard Freedom Fest is set for tomorrow (6/25) from noon to 10 pm at Jackson Street Park, 220 W. Jackson, in Willard.  The event will feature fireworks, vendors, trick horse riders, a car show, a parade, BBQ cook-off and more.  For more information, 742-2262.

A fundraiser, pet adoption and street fair for Route 66 Rescue, Inc. will be held tomorrow (6/25) from 10 am to 5 pm at Springfield Flea Market & Gifts, 1325 E. Trafficway.  To learn more, click here.

Isabel’s House will host its ninth birthday celebration and open house tomorrow (6/25) from 9 am to noon with birthday cake, tours and a visit by the Greene County Sheriff’s posse.  For details, click here.

The Lebanon Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm on Jefferson Ave. at the railroad tracks.

Xtreme Roller Sports Roller Derby returns to the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon today and tomorrow (6/24-6/25).  For more information, click here.

The 18th annual Buffalo River Elk Festival will be held today and tomorrow (6/24-6/25) in Jasper, Arkansas.  The craft fair and outdoor sporting event celebrates the reintroduction of elk to Newton County.  For more information, 870-446-6471 or click here.

Bees Alive Club will present the first annual Bee Days tomorrow (6/25) from 8 am to 5 pm at the Christian County Elks Lodge in Ozark.  Seminars will focus on topics such as natural beekeeping, cooking with honey, pest management, introduction to beekeeping and more.  For more information or to register, 417-343-0840 or email

The Park Central Library will host the “Summer Reading Celebration:  American Kid Ninja Obstacle Course” for ages three to seven tomorrow morning (6/25) at 10:30 on Park Central Square.  To learn more, 831-1342.

The 15th annual Summer SnowFest will be held tomorrow (6/25) from noon to 4 at Jordan Valley Park.  Kids can play in a mountain of “snow”—shavings from the nearby ice park.  There will be interactive games, entertainment, snowman building, a bounce house and more.  Admission is free.  For details, or 866-7444.

The Springfield Regional Arts Council will host a Free Art Day tomorrow (6/25) from noon to 4 during Snowfest at Jordan Valley Park.  Kids can make several projects including designing their own puzzles and making paper bag snowmen. 

Friends of the Garden and Master Gardeners of Greene County will host Young Sprouts in the Garden and the Butterfly Festival tomorrow (6/25) from 9 am to 3 pm at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  The events will include face painting, balloon art, crafts, a costume contest, a caterpillar petting zoo and more.  For details, click here.

Kids three to six-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program, “Let’s Go Camping,” tomorrow morning (6/25) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.

The Moxie in Translation Film Series continues Sunday (6/26) at 2 at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell.  The featured film is “The Clan” from Argentina.  To find out more,

The CBCO’s Salute a Veteran Blood Drive continues through the July 4th holiday weekend.  For details,

The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform Sunday (6/26) at 2 pm at the Lyric Theater in Harrison, Arkansas.  For ticket information, click here.

The program, Interracial Relations, will be held Sunday (6/26) at 1 at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.  A ranger will discuss Carver’s rise to fame and his efforts toward interracial understanding after his 1921 appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee.  To learn more,