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Weekend Outlook August 26-28, 2016


George Washington National Monument will host a Storytelling Festival tonight (8/26) from 6 to 8 and tomorrow (8/27) from 11 to 3.  Emmy Award-winning storyteller, Bobby Norfolk, will share stories about York from the Lewis and Clark expedition, Loretta Washington will share Missouri African American folktales and traditional stories, Al Bostick will tell stories about the Buffalo Soldiers and Marideth Sisco will share Ozark folktales and stories.  To learn more,  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Randall Becker, supervisory park ranger at George Washington Carver National Monument, about teh storytelling festival.

The Movies at Founders Park series continues this weekend in Founders Park in downtown Springfield.  “Star Wars:  The Force Awakens,” rated PG-13, will be shown tonight (8/26) and “Meet the Parents,” rated PG-13, will be shown tomorrow night (8/27) at dusk.  Free tickets are available in advance at Mediacom Ice Park, Mediacom offices, the Busch Municipal Building and at Springfield-Greene County Park Board family centers.

The City of Branson will host a celebration of the Downtown Branson Streetscape Phase 1 completion starting today (8/26) at 4 at the Branson Centennial Museum at Pacific and Commercial.  To learn more, www.BransonMO.Gov

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Soccer Ball and Net

The MO State University women’s soccer team will host Little Rock tonight (8/26) at 6, and the men’s soccer team will host Green Bay at 8:30 at the Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

Tomato Fest is tomorrow (8/27) from 2 to 4 at the Library Station.  The event will include seed swapping, live music, refreshments, crafts, displays and more.  For details, or 865-1340.

The program, “Cooking from the Garden:  Mediterranean Summer Cooking,” will be held tomorrow (8/27) from 1 to 3 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  To register, 862-0135.

Tomorrow (8/27) from 10 to 12:30 is SNAP Day at Farmers Market of the Ozarks.  Families can learn more about the Double Up Food Bucks Program and how their SNAP dollars can be used at market and see a cooking demonstration. To find out more,

Kids three to six-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program, “Butterfly Magic,” tomorrow morning (8/27) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.

Cannon at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

The program, “Mark Well the Spot Where They Meet:  A History of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield,” will be offered tomorrow (8/27) at 2 at the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center.  For more information, 732-2662.

Joplin Hamfest will be held tomorrow (8/27) from 8 am to 2 pm at the Joplin Convention & Trade Center.  For details,

The American Cancer Society’s 2016 Southwest Missouri Cattle Baron’s Ball will be held tomorrow night (8/27) at 6 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.  For ticket information, 447-1483 or click here.

The Diva Dash 5K to support the Child Advocacy Center will be held tomorrow (8/27) starting at 8 am at McCauley Park in Nixa.   Girls eight and under can run the Lil’ Princess Run right after the 5K.  To find out more, or 831-2327, ext. 220.

The City of Republic Parks & Recreation Department will host the second annual got Mud? Run for kids four to 15 tomorrow (8/27) at Brookline Park.  For more information, or 732-3500.

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Carved Wooden Bird

Learn woodcarving from members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarvers Artists tomorrow morning (8/27) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  And you can stop by anytime from 1 to 4 to watch woodcarving demonstrations.  To register for the class, 888-4237.

“Movie in the Park” tomorrow night (8/27) at the Branson RecPlex baseball fields will feature the Disney Pixar movie, “The Good Dinosaur.”  Take blankets and chairs.  Bottled water and popcorn will be provided.  For details, 335-2368.

The third annual Repurposed Faire will be held tomorrow (8/27) and Sunday (8/28) in Monett between 3rd and 5th Streets.  The event highlights repurposed, vintage and upcycled items, original art, clothes, furniture, foods, music, demonstrations and more.  For more information, click here.

The Moxie Cinema’s Essentials film series continues this weekend with the 1960 film, “The Apartment.”  Showtimes are Sunday (8/28) at 3 and Monday (8/29) at 7.  For more information,

Learn about hummingbirds and watch bird bander Sarah Driver attempt to capture and band some during the program “Summer Hummers” Sunday (8/28) at 5 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.

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.