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The Table Rock Art Guild presents an exhibition of artwork at Maschino's, 1715 S. Campbell in Springfield, just north of Bass Pro Shops. A wine and cheese reception honoring the artists will be held Thursday, November 11 from 4:30-6:00 and is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on display through January 3 and can be viewed Monday through Saturday from 9:30-6:00. Table Rock Art Guild artists represented include Helen Long, Marjorie Peterson, Karen Deeds, Ginny Campbell, Janice Rosenburg, Jeanette Lowe, Kay Melton, Marcia Nicholls, Kate Rickard, Linda Furse, Jackie Stoner, and Eunice Blazek. For more information about the Table Rock Art Guild, visit www.tablerockartguild.com.

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra opens its 2010-2011 season with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4:00 pm in Central High School Auditorium. Under Music Director Christopher Koch, the orchestra will present Igor Stravinsky's landmark ballet "Petrushka" in its original 1911 scoring. Also, selections from Manuel de Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain." All SDCO concerts are FREE and open to the public. For more information see sdco.drury.edu or call the Drury University Music Department at (417) 873-7296.

Thursday November 11 is Veterans Day, and the Missouri State University community will witness a first for our campus. The MSU Alliance for Veterans and Veterans Day will commemorate the World War I moment of cease-fire right before 11 am with the playing of ‘Taps’ all across campus. At 10:53 am, the Cascade ‘Taps’ performance will begin with Dr. John Prescott playing at the McDonald Arena flag pole. Seven minutes later, after the cascade has made its way clear around campus, Dr. Michael Casey will complete the sequence on the steps of Carrington Hall right at 11:00 am. A series of patriotic songs, including "Eternal Father," "America the Beautiful," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", and a medley arrangement of the five service branch songs will be played on the Jane A. Meyer Carillon. For more information concerning Veterans Day events at MSU visit the Veterans Alliance webpage at alliance.missouristate.edu.

The Traditional Dance and Music Society of the Ozarks sponsors its regular contra dance Saturday Nov.20 from 7:30 to 10:30 at the regular location, the gym at the Franciscan Villa, 620 W. Scott in Springfield. Live music will be provided by the Mound City Slickers, with dance caller Debra Harpe. Basic steps are taught at 7:00pm, and there is an admission charge: $6 adults, $4 students and Dance Society members. Directions: take West Chestnut Expressway to Main, go north 3 blocks on Main and turn left on West Scott. Use the side entrance, and the gym is on the right. For information call Vickie Strohm at 862-8681 or visit www.springfieldcontra.org.

The “Epic 18th” Season of Children’s Choirs of Southwest Missouri will open with their annual Holiday Prelude Concert, "Heaven and Earth Sing Gloria," on Saturday, November 13 at the Gillioz Theatre downtown. The 135 members of the seven graded choirs, ranging in age from five to eighteen years old, will perform a variety of seasonal classics, including traditional carols and a grand finale. The new Men’s Trio will be featured in its inaugural performance. Susan and David Smith, performers and professors at Evangel University, will narrate this holiday celebration. Tickets will be available at Grace United Methodist Church, 600 S. Jefferson at the following times: TODAY (Thursday, November 4) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm; Tuesday November 9 from 6:00 to 8:00pm; and Thursday Nov.11 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Tickets will also be available at the Gillioz Theatre from 6:00 to 9:00pm during the final rehearsal on Friday, November 12, and from 6:00 to 7:30pm on the day of the concert, Saturday, November 13. For information call 890-7880.

This Veteran’s Day, Missouri State University will hold a taps ceremony on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. KSMU’s Adam Hammons asked what else MSU will be doing to honor our veterans.

The Rock House, #41 High Street in downtown Reeds Spring, MO, presents Walkenhorst and Porter in concert Saturday November 13th. Songwriter and former lead singer of The Rainmakers, Bob Walkenhorst has been a presence on the music scene for over 25 years. His acoustic performances include many Rainmakers songs as well as new songs. Joining Bob on guitar and piano is longtime Kansas City musician Jeff Porter, an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right. Doors open at 7:00pm on the 13th, for a pot-luck Happy Hour; music starts at 7pm. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, and all proceeds go to the musicians. For information call (417) 272-8386.

Three-time National Flatpick Guitar champion Steve Kaufman will perform at Clara Thompson Hall on the Drury University campus Saturday Nov.6 at 8:00pm; Red Bridge Bluegrass opens the concert. Tickets will be $15 at the door; Harry Moore of KSMU's "Seldom Heard Music" is promoting the concert. For information call 766-7171 or visit www.guitarpix.home.mchsi.com.

Roy Blunt has clinched the US Senate seat held by outgoing Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond. Blunt soundly defeated Missouri’s Democratic Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan, by managing to tie her to Washington politics through party affiliation. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore was at the Blunt watch party in Springfield and has this report.