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Weekend Outlook: Here's What's Happening May 21-23

Sam Howzit

Three to six-year-olds are invited to the Little Acorns program, Let’s Go Camping, Friday morning (5/21) at 10 and 11:15 in the outdoor classroom at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Registration is required.  

The Christian County Library will host a virtual Family Storytime at 10 Friday morning (5/21) on the library’s Facebook page and on YouTube. It’s recommended for families with toddlers through age five.  

Springfield Little Theatre’s production of “Nunsense” continues this weekend at the Lander’s Theatre, 311 E. Walnut St.  Tickets are available for both online and in person options.  

The History Museum on the Square will host the Great Cobra Breakout Game Friday night (5/21) from 6 to 8 online.  The online puzzle is based on an event that happened in Springfield in 1953 when cobras were accidentally released from a local pet shop truck.  Tickets and registration are required.  

The 417 Classic Basketball Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday (5/21-5/22) at Evangel University.  Tickets are $5 for anyone 16 and older.  

The exhibit, “Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company:  From Our Family to Yours” is on display at the History Museum on the Square in Springfield through Sunday (5/23).  General admission applies. 

The History Museum on the Square is hosting Downtown Walking Tours on Fridays and Sundays through May 30.  Discovery some of Springfield’s notable stories and where they took place as you walk through downtown.  Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance, and the cost is $15 per person. 

An Automotive Swap Meet will be held this weekend at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday (5/21-5/22).  Admission is free, but parking is $5.  

Nixa Sucker Days, a music, arts and crafts festival, will be held Friday (5/21) from 3 to 10 p.m. and Saturday (5/22) from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Nixa.  A parade starts at 6 tonight.  

Bark in the Parkis Saturday (5/22) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phelps Grove Park.  The dog-friendly free event will feature live music, dog demonstrations, a Paw Print art station, a Canine Vendor Village and concessions.  

Kids in grades K-6 are invited to Bears, Badges, and Kids Saturday, May 22, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Silver Springs Park, 1100 N. Hampton, in Springfield.  They’ll have the chance to interact with Missouri State basketball players and Springfield Police officers during basketball drills and a Q & A session. Those who sign up will receive a free lunch, t-shirt and replica badge. To register, click here or call Leighton Kentwell at (417) 836-4136 or email

Preschoolers and their families are invited to listen to a garden-themed story and create or take part in a garden-themed craft or activity at 10 a.m. Saturday (5/21) at Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.  Learn more here.  

The Parkinson’s Foundation will present the online program, “Living with Parkinson’s: Beyond the Diagnosis” Saturday morning (5/22) from 10 to noon.  Registration is required.  

A Garden Walk & Talkwill be held Saturday (5/22) at 1 p.m. in the Hosta Garden at Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.  The program is for age 18 and up.  Participants will tour the garden and get tips on growing and dividing hostas. 

A beginner’s class on learning to shoot a rifle will be held Saturday morning (5/22) at 8:30 at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center.  Registration is required.  

Springfield Rugby Club will face the Arkansas Gryphons at 2 p.m. Saturday (5/22) at Springfield Rugby Pitch, 7294 W. Farm Rd. 144 in Springfield.  

The C-Street City Marketis open Saturday (5/22) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It’s located on Commercial Street in Springfield near the footbridge.  

The Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks will be open Saturday (5/22) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2144 E. Republic Rd. in Springfield.  

The Greater Springfield Farmer’s Market is open Saturday (5/22) from 8 a.m. to noon in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall Parking lot.  

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Gigs in the Garden continues Sunday (5/23) with a performance by Molly Healy.  It will start at 2 p.m. at the Peace Through People Pavilion at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.  A donation of $10 per person is requested.  Take lawn chairs or blankets.

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.