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Weekend Outlook July 15-17, 2011

  • The film “Nanny McPhee Returns” is the featured movie during “Movies at Founders Park” tonight (7/15).  “Burlesque” will be shown tomorrow night.  Movies start at dusk.  You can pick up free tickets in advance at the Doling and Chesterfield Family Centers, at Mediacom Ice Park and at Mediacom offices.
  • The Christian County Fair continues through tomorrow (7/16) at the Finley River Park in Ozark.  For details,
  • The Springfield-Greene County Libraries invite kids in preschool through 5thgrade to the program “One World, Lots of Ice!” at Mediacom Ice Park this morning (7/15) at 10.  There will be Arctic stories, songs and activities and kids will get to rent skates and skate for an hour for free.  For more information, 862-0135.
  • Kids in grades six thru 12 can watch movies at 2:30 this afternoon (7/15) at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  For details, 862-0135.
  • Spend an evening learning about and interacting with small or unusual pets during the program “How To...Special Animal Edition!” tonight (7/15) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.  To register, 831-1342.
  • Kids three to six-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program “Butterfly Magic” today (7/15) at 11 or 1:30 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.
  • It’s going to be to be a hot weekend—a good time to go for a swim.  For a schedule of when Springfield-Greene County Park Board pools are open, visit or call the pool hotline at 864-2099.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmer’s Market opens at 8:30 tomorrow morning (6/11) in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall parking lot.  To learn about other farmer’s markets in the area, visit
  • You can try out the Missouri Conservation Department’s LaserShot System, a video hunting simulator used in hunter education classes, tomorrow (7/16) from 1 to 3 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.
  • Dickerson Park Zoo presents Zoobilee! tomorrow (7/16) from 10 am to 2 pm.  There will be music, entertainment and activities for kids throughout the zoo.  To learn more, 833-1570 or
  • The Friends of the Garden will host the Butterfly and Bluegrass Festival tomorrow (7/16) from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday (7/17) from 11 to 4 at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.  For details,
  • Learn what people wore during the Civil War during a program on Civil War Period Clothing, presented by Daughters of Union Veterans, tomorrow morning (7/16) at 10 at the Brentwood Branch Library. 
  • The Fair Grove Historical and Preservation Society will host the 35thAnnual Ice Cream Social tomorrow night (7/16) at 5:30 at the Historic 1883 Wommack Mill in Fair Grove, featuring gospel, bluegrass and country music.  There will also be inflatables for kids, free tours of the mill and the Farm Machinery Museum and a fireworks display.
  • The Girls Just Wanna Run 5K RunWalk to help raise money for the CoxHealth Fitness Centers Scholarship Program, is tomorrow (7/16) at Phelps Grove Park.  For information, 269-3282.
  • If you have some free time this weekend, go to Dickerson Park Zoo’s Facebook page and help name the new baby giraffe.
  • It’s Summer Saturday from 1 to 5 tomorrow (7/16) at the Park Central Branch Library.  Watch movies, make crafts, work on puzzles and play games.  For more information, 831-1342.
  • The Library Center’s series “The Stories We Tell” continues tomorrow (7/16) at 2 for kids in preschool thru 5thgrade.  Hear stories and learn about the language and culture of Germany.  To register, 882-0714.
  • The Willard Branch Library will show the movie “The Tale of Despereaux” tomorrow afternoon (7/16) at 2.