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Weekend Outlook September 15-17, 2017

John P. Knox

The Starvy Creek Fall Bluegrass Festival continues today and tomorrow (9/15-9/16) in Conway, featuring Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Dalton Gang, Big Mill and more.

The Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts and Music Festival continues today (9/15) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow (9/16) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Branson with live music, crafters, food and more.  l

The Wine & Whiskey Walk will be held tonight (9/15) at 7 at Farmer’s Park in Springfield to benefit the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the local adults, infants and children with disabilities it serves. 

The MSU women’s volleyball team will host Washington State tonight (9/15) at 6, Illinois tomorrow afternoon (9/16) at 1:30 and Tennessee State tomorrow night at 7:30 at Hammons Student Center.  For ticket information, or 836-7678.

The MSU women’s soccer team will host UMKC tonight (9/15) at 7 and Tulsa Sunday (9/17) at 1 at the Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

The Missouri Fiber Arts Festival, Fiber Daze, is today and tomorrow (9/15-9/16) at the MARC Center, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd. in Mt. Vernon.  The event will include classes, vendors and more.  

Shell Knob’s Shakin’ in the Shell Festival is today and tomorrow (9/15-9/16) featuring fine art, crafts, live performances, food, games and rides, an ugly dog contest and more. 

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Dinner and Auction, featuring Dean Butler and Pamela Smith Hill, will be held tonight (9/15) at 6:30 at Mansfield High School.  Tickets are $75.  For reservation information, (417) 924-3626.

Dinner for Life starts tonight (9/15) at 6 at the White River Conference Center in Springfield to benefit LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home with cocktail music, a Dessert Dash and a live and silent auction. 

The Jazz Eureka Festival continues through Sunday (9/17) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas with free music in Basin Spring Park as well as other events.  To view a schedule, click here.

The Library Station will host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover tonight (9/15).  Kids can drop their stuffed animals off today between 3 and 7 p.m. and then pick them up tomorrow morning at 10 and see pictures of what their furry friend has been up to all night.  To learn more, (417) 865-1350.

Wilder Days is today through Sunday (9/15-9/17) at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield and downtown.  The home will be open for tours, and the event also will include a fiddle contest, car show, crafts, a 5K and more. 

The Library Center will host Meet the Library Night tonight (9/15) at 7.  Families with children who have special needs will be given a tour of the Children’s Department.  To register, (417) 882-0714.

Harvest Days is today and tomorrow (9/15-9/16) on the square in Marshfield with arts and crafts, food, live music and more. 

Babes in the Woods, for kids two and younger, will be held today and tomorrow (9/15-9/16) at 10 a.m. at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.

The Titanic Museum in Branson will host a program at the Joplin Public Library this afternoon (9/15) at 4 with crafts, storytelling and science experiments. 

Marionville’s Apple Fest & Craft Show is today and tomorrow (9/15-9/16) downtown.  The event will include crafts, food, live music, a parade, an apple pie baking contest, pony rides, fireworks and more. 

The AirPower History Tour continues through Sunday (9/17) at the Branson Airport.  See one of only two flying B-29s in the world. 

The Missouri State University football team will host Murray State tomorrow afternoon (9/16) at 2 at Plaster Stadium.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

The 11th annual Day for Kids Fun Walk and Festival will be held tomorrow (9/16) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 1410 N. Fremont in Springfield.  The event will offer a walk, costumed superheroes, free hot dogs and drinks, inflatable games and a Punt, Pass and Kick event.  Admission is $15 for adults and free for anyone 16 and younger. 

The NAMI Southwest Missouri Illuminating the Darkness Run/Walk will be held tomorrow night (9/16) at 7:30 at McBride Elementary, 5005 S. Farm Rd. 35 in Springfield.

The Central Kilties will host their fundraiser, Kiltie Boosters Blues & BBQ, tomorrow (9/16) at American Legion Post 639, 2660 S. Scenic in Springfield, with live music by Mind of Crows. Doors open at 2:30. 

The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library is hosting the Midtown Workshop Series, and tomorrow (9/16) at 2 anyone in tenth grade and older will be able to learn basic auto maintenance and roadside skills.  To register, (417) 862-0135.

The Rainbow Network of Springfield will host a Trivia Night tomorrow night (9/16) at Campbell United Methodist Church, 1747 E. Republic Rd. 

The MO Food Truck Fest will be held tomorrow (9/16) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 735 E. St. Louis in Springfield with live music and a variety of food trucks selling food and drink. 

The 1860s Lifestyle Expo will be held tomorrow (9/16) from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (9/17) from noon to 4:30 at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.  Experience the Ozarks pioneer lifestyle through tours, demonstrations, music, crafts and more. 

The third annual Red Shoe Gala will be held tomorrow night (9/16) at 6 at the White River Conference Center in Springfield featuring recording artist Jake Simpson.  Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks.   

The 2017 Show-Me Regional Car Show & Cruise is tomorrow and Sunday (9/16-9/17) at the Oasis Inn and Convention Center, 2546 N. Glenstone. 

The Citizens Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Burgundy Ball will be held tomorrow night (9/16) at 6 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield. 

Tomorrow morning (9/16) at 9 at the Library Center, Dr. James Peterson will provide parents with direction and an understanding of how to get their child's nervous system balanced and healthy and how to enhance and improve their child's function and development, no matter the disorder. The program is presented in partnership with Include Ozarks.  To register, (417) 882-0714.

Cider Days will be held tomorrow and Sunday (9/15-16) on historic Walnut Street in Springfield featuring artists and crafters, pumpkin carving, fall-themed activities for kids, apple cider, food and live performances. 

Joplin Arts Fest is tomorrow (9/16) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Joplin featuring more than 50 booths. 

Club Van Gogh is tomorrow afternoon (9/16) at 2 at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library.  Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade will explore various artistic techniques.  A reception featuring the children’s artwork will be held October 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.  For more information click here or call (417) 883-1974.

See the 1944 film, To Have or Have Not, tomorrow afternoon (9/16) at 2 at the Library Center.  It’s part of the series, Classic Couples.  For details, or (417) 882-0714.

Arrive 30 minutes before dark at Sequiota Park, 3500 S. Lone Pine in Springfield, tomorrow (9/16) to watch bat flights from Sequiota Cave.  Springfield-Greene County Park Board Outdoor Initiatives staff will be on hand to tell you about bats. 

Laboratory Demonstrations will be held tomorrow and Sunday (9/15-9/16) from 1 to 3 at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond. 

The MSU women’s softball team will host Labette College tomorrow morning (9/16) at 10 and St. Mary College at 2 at Killian Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

The MSU men’s soccer team will host ORU tomorrow night (9/16) at 7 at the Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium on the MSU campus.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or

Learn about outdoor safety during a Primitive Skills program Sunday afternoon (9/17) from 1 to 3 (drop by anytime) at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  For more information, 888-4237 or click  here.