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Weekend Outlook November 18-20, 2016

Springfield Public Schools

Phelps Center for Gifted Education will host a Trivia Night tonight (11/18) at 5:30 featuring a silent auction.  For information on how to sign up, 523-3300.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center presents a Nature and the Arts program, “The Photography of Noppadol Paothong tonight (11/18) at 7.  To register, 888-4237.

Today (11/18) is the last day for early bird registration for Springfield’s 22nd annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on Thanksgiving morning.  For details,

The Antique Festival of the Ozarks is today through Sunday (11/18-11/20) at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

The Joplin History and Mineral Museum presents “Unseen 1930s Video of the Joplin Stockyards” tonight (11/18) at 7 at Missouri Southern State University.  View details here.

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The Little Acorns program, “Foxes in the Fields and Forests,” will be held this morning (11/18) at 10 and 11 and tomorrow morning (11/19) at 11 for kids three to six-years-old.  To register, 888-4237.

The 21st annual Cup ‘O Cheer Homes Tour is today (11/18) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to benefit Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks.  For ticket information, 875-3505.

The ninth annual Ozark Craft Festival is today (11/18) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and tomorrow (11/19) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ozark Community Center, 1530 W. Jackson, in Ozark.  For more information, (417) 425-5561 or

Operation Christmas Child continues through November 21.  You can fill shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items and school supplies and drop them off at area locations.  To find a drop-off location near you, click here.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is offering a hike to the Henning Conservation Area tomorrow (11/19) for ages 18 and up.  To register, 888-4237.

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George Washington Carver

The program, “Who was George Washington Carver?” will be held tomorrow afternoon (11/19) at 1 at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO.  For details,

The Joplin Christmas Pickers Market, featuring vintage, antique and homemade crafts, will be held tomorrow (11/19) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joplin Convention and Trade Center.

Adults are invited to the program, “Making Wreaths for Winter,” tomorrow morning (11/19) at 10 at Wildcat Glades Audubon Center in Joplin.  Participants will gather natural items in the woods to make the wreaths.  The cost is $30 for nonmembers and $15 for members.  To register, or (417) 782-6287.

Kids are invited to see the 1979 film, The Muppet Movie, at the Moxie Cinema today (11/18) at 4:30 p.m. and tomorrow morning (11/19) at 10. 

It’s Flashback Friday today (11/19) at 3:30 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library for kids in grades six through 12.  Make Shrinky Dinks, play classic board games, make crafts and listen to old-time rock ‘n roll.  To learn more, 862-0135.

The Library Center will host Cosplay and Fandom Night tonight (11/18) at 6 at the Library Center for kids age 13 to grade 12.  To find out more, 882-0714.

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The eighth annual Ozarks Beerfest is tomorrow (11/19) from noon to 5 p.m. at the Springfield Expo Center to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ozarks.  For ticket information, 889-9136 or

The Park Central Square Tree Lighting will be held tomorrow night (11/19) at 7 with free horse-drawn carriage rides from 6 to 9. 

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will start at 5 p.m. tomorrow (11/19) at Jordan Valley Park with free ice skating from 5:45 to 6:45 (skate rental is $2.50).  There will also be a mailbox for kids to send letters to Santa. 

The 52nd annual Ozark Christmas Parade is tomorrow night (11/19) at 5 in downtown Ozark with the Jingle Bell Jog at 4:30.  For details, including a parade route, click here.

Lebanon’s annual Christmas Parade starts tomorrow morning (11/19) at 11.  It will begin at Boswell Park, go east on Elm and left on Jefferson.

Plaster Sports Complex
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Plaster Sports Complex at MSU

The MSU Football Bears will host Youngstown State tomorrow afternoon (11/19) at 2 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

The Discovery Center will present “Going Viral,” parent child duo workshops, tomorrow (11/19) at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  To register or for more information, 862-9910 or

Professor Powers Science Symposium’s Projectiles Class will be held tomorrow (11/19) at 1 for ages five to 11 and at 2:15 for ages 10-15 at the Summit Preparatory School.  For details, 848-2062.

The fourth annual Mini WhoCon is set for tomorrow afternoon (11/19) at 1 at the Strafford Branch Library.  Costumes are encouraged.  A trivia contest for kids starts at 1:30 and for adults at 2.  For more information, 736-9233.

See the 1937 film, “Lost Horizon,” tomorrow afternoon (11/19) at 2 at the Library Center. 

Kids in grade six through 12 are invited to hang out with fellow artists and use the Springfield-Greene County Library District’s art supplies to work on art projects and learn new techniques tomorrow afternoon (11/19) at 3 at the Library Station.  To learn more, or 865-1340.

Comedian Brian Regan comes to the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts Sunday night (11/20) at 7.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or