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Join First Friday Art Walk, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 3rd as five college-based galleries reopen for the fall, and all 26 participating galleries unveil new shows, along with live music, art demonstrations, artists' talks, food, fellowship and fun. Art Walk welcomes back Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, MSU Brick City Gallery, MSU International Center, MSU Student Exhibition Center and OTC Fine Art Gallery. Among other highlights for September: --APO After Dark features a photography show by Todd Reynolds, "Floating Hinges"--muralist Tarah Wilson and photographer Mike Williams are featured at Canvas--artist and downtown gallery pioneer Neanie Squires has works on display at The Creamery Arts Center --Meet the artists of Uncommon Threads and view their unique fiber art at Drury’s Pool Art Center Gallery--"Aerial Views", new work by Dale Augustson at Hawthorn Galleries--MSU Brick City Gallery presents "Origin and Form: New Work by Howard Koerth." MSU International Center presents paintings by Batjin Boldbaatar; and MSU Student Exhibition Center presents the Art and Design Department’s Foundations Exhibit.--Get in touch with your feelings and experience "Art as Therapy: Therapy as Art" at OTC Fine Art Gallery.--Park Central Branch Library will host multimedia works of Santiago Jim Delgadillo.--The Second Annual "Fall Into La Mode" fashion show at Randy Bacon Studio & Gallery--Welcome fall with the annual Pumpkin Party at Springfield Hot Glass Studio For more information call 849-8255 or visit www.ffaw.org.

The Springfield Art Museum announces a new exhibit, "Between the Lines: The Katagami Sculpture of Jennifer Falck Linssen", to run through Nov.14. Using katagami, an ancient Japanese paper-carving technique, Jennifer Linssen creates 3-dimensional sculptures that explore the beauty of line and the delicacy of nature, combined with traditional basketry and metalsmithing techniques. The Art Museum is located at 1111 E. Brookshide Drive, near Phelps Grove park. For more information call the Art Museum at 837-3700 or visit their webpage at www.springfieldmo.gov/art.

On Monday, State Auditor Susan Montee and her office announced their plans to perform an audit of the state’s Public Defender Commission. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

As the academic year looms before students, parents often have a great challenge ahead of them - getting their children interested and motivated to do well in school. The National Endowment of the Arts published a report four years ago that addressed the relationship between reading for pleasure and academic achievement and even career success. Cherri Jones, associate professor of library science at Missouri State University, discusses maintaining motivation in reading.

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This year, schools across the Ozarks are cracking down on a problem that, for many years, has flown under the radar. In this first segment in our two-part series on back-to-school safety, KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports on a new trend in drug abuse in our middle and high schools.

The Front Porch, 310 S. Avenue downtown, presents a free concert by "Sufficient Cause" TONIGHT (Fri. 8/20), and next Friday the 27th it's a free concert featuring Roger Jeager. For more information call 865-CORE (2673) or visit



The 39th Northwest Arkansas Bluegrass Festival continues through Saturday Aug.21st at Beacon Park, the Northwest Arkansas Fairgrouds five miles north of the Harrison city limits on Highway 65. Music starts at 6:30 each evening, with another session Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 5:15pm. Bring your acoustic instruments and jam with other players starting at 7am. Everything from traditional bluegrass to modern "newgrass," gospel music and jam sessions is featured this weekend. For more details visit www.sabinebluegrass.com.

The guest speaker at the next Creamery Writers Workshop on Thursday Aug.26 will be Kathy Mullens, president of Ozark Romance Authors. her writing career didn’t begin until after she was married and she started writing stories for her three children. Now a grandmother, she has published numerous short stories and newspaper articles, and is currently editing her first non-fiction Christian book. At the Creamery Writers Workshop next Thursday, Kathy Mullens will present 6-step guide to “Creating Believable Relationships in Fiction.” The group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:00pm at the Creamery Arts Center, 411 Sherman Parkway across from Hammons Field. It’s free and open to anyone interested in writing. For more information call the Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) or visit www.springfieldarts.org.

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The first day of classes for Springfield Public Schools is Tuesday, and most older kids will be taking with them one item they consider more important than all the others combined: a cell phone. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports that many kids are finding out the hard way that sending certain types of text messages can quickly put them at risk.