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Weekend Outlook June 25-27, 2021: A Look At What's Happening Friday, Saturday And Sunday

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The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives will present the program, “Birdwatching for Beginners,” Friday night (6/25) at 5:30 at Lake Springfield Park and Boathouse.  The cost is $5 per person, and registration is required.  

The Discovery Center of Springfield will host BubbleFest Friday through Sunday (6/25-6/27) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Stand in a giant bubble, create monster bubbles and learn about rainbows.  General admission applies.  

The City of Republic will host the Have-A-Blast Celebration Friday night (6/25) at 6 at J.R. Martin Park.  The event will feature kids’ activities, live music, food, fireworks and more. 

The Little Acorns program, “Turtlemania,” will be held Friday and Saturday morning (6/25-6/26) at 10 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  The outdoor program is for kids three to six-years-old with an adult.  Registration is required.  

The Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield will show the film, “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” Friday night (6/25) at 7:30.  Tickets are $10.  

Roaring River State Park is hosting bluegrass concerts on weekends this summer at the River Shelter.  Friday night, June 25, at 7, the park will host the Possum Trot Band.  

The Missouri Department of Conservation will present the online program, “Firefly Night Lights,” Friday night (6/25) at 6.  Learn all about fireflies.  Registration is required.  mdc-event-

The Movies at Founders Park Series will feature the movie, “Spider-Man:  Into the Spider-Verse,” Friday night (6/25) and The Addams Family Saturday night (6/26) at dusk at Founders Park in downtown Springfield.  Take blankets and lawn chairs.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  

Springfield Little Theatre presents Matlida the Musical through Sunday (6/27) at the Landers Theatre.  

NAMI Southwest Missouri will host Fourth of July Fun! Friday afternoon (6/25) at 1 p.m. at 1443 N. Robberson.  RSVP is requested.  

Cirque Italia will present their Water Circus Silver Unit ’21 Tour in the Battlefield Mall parking lot in Springfield through Sunday (6/27).  

Kids in grades K-6 are invited to Bears, Badges and Kids, presented by the Springfield Police Department, Saturday (6/26) from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Silver Springs Park.  They’ll have the chance to interact with Missouri State University basketball players and SPD officers during basketball drills and a Q & A session.  Kids who attend will receive a free lunch, t-shirt and replica badge.  Reservations are required.  

Ozark Municipal Pool will host a Night Swim Friday night (6/25) from 6:30 to 9:30.  Admission is $3.  

Buffalo National River is hosting the Friday 5k Friday nights at 6 through September 3.  Walk and talk with a ranger to log three miles for the Iron Ranger Challenge.  Meet at the Steel Creek Boat Launch.  

The Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site in Ash Grove will host 1.5-mile walking tours Saturday (6/26).  Tours will leave from the porch of the Boone home at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.  Take a water bottle, bug spray and sturdy footwear.  

Celebrate Neosho is Saturday (6/26).  It will feature a bike race, trout fishing derby, vendors, activities, a cornhole tournament, a fireworks display and more.  

The city of Willard will host Freedom Fest Saturday (6/26) at Jackson Street Park.  The event will feature vendors, a community breakfast, a parade, a car show, a pool party, a kids’ watermelon eating contest, live music, fireworks and more.  

Nixa Chamber of Commerce will host the Sky High Fireworks Celebration Saturday (6/26) from 6 to 10 p.m. at Nixa High School.  Parking is $5, and proceeds will benefit the Nixa Band Boosters.  

Ash Grove will celebrate its sesquicentennial Saturday and Sunday (6/26-6/27).  The celebration includes a 5k run/walk and Dancing under the Stars Saturday.  Sunday’s events include breakfast, a community church service and a fireworks event.  Vendors open at 3, a skateboard competition starts at 4 and live performances begin at 4:30.  The event concludes with a fireworks display at 9:45.   

Clever will host the Clever Freedom Celebration Saturday night (6/26) at 6 with food, entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, fireworks and more. 

The 4th Annual Emancipation Charity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday (6/26) at Schifferdecker Golf Course in Joplin.  

The George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO will present the program, “Epitaphs and Engravings,” Saturday and Sunday (6/26-6/27) at 1 p.m.  Investigate the symbols and engravings found on headstones in the Carver Family Cemetery.  

The JOMO Pride Pageant will be held Saturday (6/26) at 4 p.m.at the Wilders Event Center in Joplin.  

The FilmSpiva 48-Hour Film Competition Screening is Saturday night (6/26) from 5 to 8:30 at Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway in Joplin.  

This weekend is OTC Weekend at Dickerson Park Zoo.  OTC students and employees will get free admission to the zoo and may bring up to four guests at half price admission both Saturday and Sunday (6/26-6/27).  

Kids in sixth through ninth grade are invited to the virtual program, “Teen Vibe,” Saturday afternoon (6/26) at 4, presented by the Springfield-Greene County Library.  They can talk about their favorite books, movies, music and fandoms.  Registration is required.  

The Buffalo National River is hosting Tailgate Talks every Saturday and Sunday through July 10 at Upper River boat launches from 9 a.m. to noon.  

Springfield-Greene County Park Board outdoor pools are open for the season.  Learn more here.  

Timmons Hall Day is Sunday (6/27) from 12:30 to 3:30 at Timmons Hall in Silver Springs Park, 1100 N. Hampton in Springfield with a presentation by the head of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum at 2.  Registration is required at (417) 864-1046.

The nonprofit, Southwest Black Tie, will host a fundraiser Sunday morning (6/27) at 11 at Gilardi’s Ristorante.