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Springfield Regional Opera's local-premiere production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide at the Gillioz Theatre (Friday, April 5th at 7:30pm) is also a fundraiser for another local non-profit.  Ten percent of ticket sales to this single performance of Candide will be donated to Lost & Found Grief Center, which provides grief support services in a safe and supportive environment for children, their families, and adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

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The Rated SGF Film Festival will be held Friday and Saturday (3/22-3/23) at the Historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square in downtown Springfield. 

The Missouri State University Beach Volleyball Invitational will be held Friday and Saturday (3/22-3/23) at Hammons Student Center. 

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Roughly one in five people have trouble reading, according to the International Dyslexia Association. A Missouri organization is supporting several bills in Jefferson City that would change the way students with reading disorders get help. 

Many public schools do not provide structured literacy or outside tutoring options to their students with reading disorders. The cost for a tutor – which becomes necessary once a student is falling behind – often comes out of parents’ pockets, and some just can’t afford that.

Smallin Cave
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Even though Missouri is not typically thought of as a place for fossils, we are not without our share.  In fact, the rocks are littered with the remnants of animals that once called this place (albeit a very different version) home.  Of course, Missouri is known as a place of caves, and the discovery of the Riverbluff cave system, which held remnants of animal life from the ice age, brought together a group with an interest in natural history, fossils and the Ozarks.  They created the Missouri Institute of Natural History in 2003 and have been welcoming visitors and  promoting education in

Governor Mike Parson has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at government buildings statewide be lowered to half-staff March 21 to honor Army Reserve Specialist Jackson D. Johnson, of Hillsboro. He’ll be buried at Jefferson Barracks Thursday.

Specialist Johnson was a Transportation Management Coordinator who was killed in the line of duty when the vehicle he was in collided with another vehicle in northern Kuwait on March 5.