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Weekend Outlook December 9-11, 2016


Springfield Little Theatre presents Jean Shepard’s “A Christmas Story” at the Landers Theatre through Sunday (12/11).  To learn more, 869-1334 or

#thepresentrun, A 5K run and one mile walk, will be held tonight (12/9) at 7 in Aurora.  The cost to participate is $10 and an unwrapped toy to benefit Hope for the Holidays.  And the Aurora Christmas Parade starts at 2 tomorrow (12/10).  Click here for details.

The Arc of the Ozarks Christmas Extravaganza will be held tonight (12/9) at 5:30 at the White River Conference Center.  The event will benefit the Rivendale Institute of Learning and Center for Autism.  For more information,

Rudolph’s Five & Dime, a holiday bazaar, continues through today (12/9) in the Grand Lounge of Blair-Shannon Residence Hall at Missouri State University.  A live auction will start at noon.  Proceeds will go to the Wilda F. Looney Residence Life Leadership Scholarship Fund. 

The Springfield Greene County Library’s Holiday Stores for kids up to age 18 are open this weekend.  For hours,

Star Wars

The Library Center will host a Star Wars Christmas Party for kids in fourth through eighth grade tonight (12/9) at 7.  For more information, 882-0714 or

The Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts will host their 22nd annual Winterfest Weekend, a visual and performing arts festival, today and tomorrow (12/9-12/10). 

Candy Cane Lane, a drive-through light display at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, is open each night from 5 to 8 through December 18th.  There is a fee. 

Skaters from Jordan Valley Figure Skating Club and the Skating School of Springfield will present a show tomorrow afternoon (12/10) at 1 at Mediacom Ice Park.  Tickets are $5.  For more information, (417) 866-7444.

Historic C-Street Candyland will be held tomorrow (12/10) from 10 to noon at Hope & Anchor Church, 1700 N. Benton.  Kids can meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus and will receive a toy and a book. 

Clever Bands will host their sixth annual Holiday Crafts Bazaar Saturday (12/10) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Clever High School.  To find out more, (417) 425-9497. 

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George Washington Carver Statue in Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO will host a Holiday Open House Saturday afternoon (12/10) from 1 to 3.  The event will include holiday music, refreshments and 19th century crafts.

Adults are invited to stop by the Park Central Library tomorrow morning (12/10) at 10 to make tiny tinsel trees.  To learn more, 831-1342.

The Holiday Harmony Concert, featuring Ozark Showcase, Show-Me Statesmen and Springfield Metro Choruses, will be held tomorrow afternoon (12/10) at 4 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 2245 S. Holland.  To find out more,

The Monett Christmas Parade starts tomorrow morning (12/10) at 11.  To learn more, (417) 235-7919.

The Festival of Lights, a light display at Monett’s South Park, is open until 9:30 on week nights and 10:30 on weekends.  Admission is free. 

The 31st annual Imagine Concert to benefit Women in Need of the Ozarks will be held tomorrow night (12/10) from 6 to 10 at the Gillioz Theatre. It’s a tribute to the music of John Lennon and the Beatles. 

The Moxie:  On Stage series will feature “War Horse” tomorrow (12/10) at noon and Sunday (12/11) at 6 p.m. at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell.

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Kids are invited to stop by the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow (12/10) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to make holiday crafts from natural and recycled material.  No registration is required.  For more information, 888-4237.

The School of Performing Arts presents “The Nutcracker,” tomorrow (12/10) at 2 and 6 at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon.  To learn more, (573) 528-6358.

Wilson Creek National Battlefield will host its annual Memorial Luminary Driving Tour tomorrow (12/10) from 4:30 to 9:30.  There will be 2,539 luminaries along the Tour Road, representing those killed, wounded or missing during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.

The Moxie Cinema will present a special showing of “Elf” along with breakfast to benefit Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery.  The event starts tomorrow morning (12/10) at 9 at 305 S. Campbell.

The 10th annual Candy Cane Hunt is set for tomorrow morning (12/10) at 11 at the Joplin Athletic Complex for ages three to nine.  After the hunt, there will be hot chocolate and crafts. 

Medicom Ice Park will offer free ice skating (skate rental is $2.50) tomorrow night (12/10) at 7.  For more information, click here.

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Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered in downtown Springfield tomorrow night (12/10) from 6 to 9. 

Anyone in grades four through 12 is invited to a PokeStop By from 1 to 5 tomorrow (12/10) at the Library Station.  Create Pokemon crafts and catch monsters while watching Pokemon2000 and Pokemon 4Ever.  For more information, 865-1340.

A Free (holiday-themed) Art Day will be held tomorrow (12/10) from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Creamery Arts Center.

The Springfield Christmas Parade will start at 2 tomorrow (12/10) downtown.  It starts on South Ave. and goes north to Park Central Square.  View a parade route at 

Queen City Voices will present a free Christmas concert Sunday (12/11) at 2 at the Springfield Art Museum.

The Republic Community Band will present a holiday concert Sunday afternoon (12/11) at 2 at Hood United Methodist Church, 139 N. Walnut, in Republic. 

The Gillioz Theatre will show the film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Sunday afternoon (12/11) at 3.  Tickets are $5.  For more information, click here.

The Springfield Chamber Chorus will give a concert Sunday night (12/11) at 7 at University Heights Baptist Church, 1010 S. National.  Admission is $10.  Kids 12 and under get in free.

Kids in preschool through fifth grade are invited to see the movie, “Homeward Bound,” Sunday afternoon (12/11) at 2 at the Library Station.

The Sunday Concert Series continues Sunday afternoon (12/11) at 2 at the Library Center with Fiddle and Banjo.  To learn more, 882-0714.

A Musical Christmas at the Lyric is Sunday night (12/11) at 6 at the Lyric Theater in Harrison, Arkansas, featuring the Harrison High School Wind Ensemble, radio host Ron Hutchcraft, Christmas singing and more.  For details,