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Weekend Outlook March 23-25, 2018

Eli Christman

The Ozarks Model Railroad Association will host the 40th annual Train Show and Mini-Frisco Convention tomorrow (3/24) at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis.  Activities include a train simulator, rides on the Kiddy Train, a switching challenge and model railroads.  Six Frisco Railroad retirees will share stories from their time on the job. And there will be more than 150 vendor tables.   Show organizer, Ron Williams, talks about the show in the interview below:

Guided tours of the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, 483 Hatchery Rd. in Branson, will be offered today and tomorrow (3/23-3/24) from 10 to 11 a.m.  Learn how fish are spawned, raised and released. 

The Missouri State Baseball Bears will host Cal State Northridge today (3/23) at 3 and tomorrow (3/24) at noon at Hammons Field.  For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or

The City of Joplin will host its 145th birthday celebration this morning (3/23) at 11 in the main lobby of Joplin City Hall. 

Drury Jazz Combos I and II will perform tonight (3/23) at 6 at C-Street Gallery, 233 E. Commercial in Springfield.  

The 20th annual Agriculture Forum will be held tonight (3/23) at the Darr Agricultural Center, 2401 S. Kansas Expressway in Springfield.  Three national and state-recognized leaders in agriculture will serve as panelists at 6:30, and hors d’oeurves will be served at 6.  To RSVP, (417) 836-5638 or email

Include Partnership and Community Partnership of the Ozarks will present Parent Café:  Special Needs Edition tonight (3/23) from 6 to 8 at the Library Center Auditorium, 4653 S. Campbell.  Meet other special needs parents and learn about community resources.  Dinner and childcare will be provided.  To register, (417) 616-0554. 

The Ozark Spring Roundup will be held today through Sunday (3/23-3/25) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant in Springfield.  Exhibitors will offer equestrian, agricultural and livestock products and there will be a wide variety of demonstrations and seminars. 

Springfield Little Theatre presents Madagascar, A Musical Adventure Jr. through April 8 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. 

Kids are invited to make pet rocks today and tomorrow (3/23-3/24) at the Christian County Library, 1005 N. 4th Ave. in Ozark. 

The Shrine Mosque, 601 E. St. Louis in Springfield, presents country singer, Ben Foster, tonight (3/23) at 8.  For more information, click here.

The All School Exhibition continues through April 29 at the Springfield Art Museum featuring art from kids in all grades at Springfield public, private and parochial schools. 

Easter at the Farm is tomorrow (3/24) at from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 in Springfield.  The event includes egg hunts, arts and crafts, inflatables, yard games and visits with the Easter bunny. 

Fishing pole rentals are available March through October at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 in Springfield for catch-and-release fishing.  A fishing license is not required.  For more information, (417) 837-5949.

The Andy Dalton Shooting Range, 4897 N. Farm Rd. 61 in Ash Grove, will present the program, Spring Turkey Hunting Basics, tomorrow morning (3/24) at 8:30.  To register, (417) 742-4361. 

The South Asian Students Association at Missouri State will host the second annual Holi event tomorrow (3/24) from 11 to 4 on the North Mall on campus.  There will be food, music and color throwing.  Holi is an ancient Indian festival that signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. 

A How-To Festival will be held tomorrow (3/24) from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell in Springfield.  There will be 35 presentations, including hands-on activities, on topics including self-defense, art journaling, nature photography, line dancing and more. 

The program, Think Spring:  Maintaining the Outside of Your Home, will start tomorrow morning (3/24) at 10 at the Christian County Library, 1005 N. 4th Ave. in Ozark.  Pre-registration is requested. 

REO Speedwagon and Styx with special guest, Head East, will be at JQH Arena in Springfield tomorrow night (3/24) at 7.  For more information, click here.

Music at Midtown:  The Cocoa Sessions continues tomorrow (3/24) at 3 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central in Springfield.  Singer-songwriter, Paul Phariss, will perform songs he wrote for Wild Bob’s Musical Book Club. 

The Missouri State softball team will host Valparaiso tomorrow (3/24) at 2 and Sunday morning (3/25) at 11 at Killian Sports Complex.    For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or

The Springfield Symphony will present “After the Revolution,” tomorrow night (3/24) at 7:30 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. 

The Missouri State men’s soccer team will host Rockhurst University tomorrow (3/24) at 4 p.m. at the Allison South Stadium.  For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or

First & Calvary Presbyterian Church, 820 E. Cherry in Springfield, will host an Easter Egg Hunt with crafts, games, a petting zoo and more, tomorrow (3/23) from 3 to 5 p.m.

Guest artist, clarinetist, Katsuya Yuasa, will present a concert Sunday night (3/25) at 7:30 in Ellis Recital Hall at Missouri State University.  A master class will start at 3:30. 

Drury Singers will present a concert Sunday afternoon (3/25) at 2:30 at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, 820 E. Cherry in Springfield. 

The program, Archeological Investigations, will be held Sunday (3/25) at 1 at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond.  View items found during archeological investigations at the park.  A park ranger will discuss information that can be collected from artifacts and the importance of maintaining a collection. 

The program, Basic Mushroom Identification, will be held Sunday (3/25) at 2 at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd. in Springfield.  Dan Liles with the Springfield chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society will present the program. 

The program, The Basics of Organic Gardening, will start Sunday (3/25) at 2 at the Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway in Springfield.  Paul Robertson, an organic gardener for over 40 years, will talk about dealing with weeds, watering, organic fertilizer, compost, mulch and organic solutions to pests and disease. 

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board Archery Range offers open public shooting Monday through Friday noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost is $5 per hour and $3 for equipment rental—or take your own. 

The Route 66 Record Show will be held Sunday (3/25) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Relics Event Center, 2015 W. Battlefield. Early bird admission is $5 at 9 a.m. and regular admission starts at 10.

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.