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Evangel University’s Community School of Arts is now accepting students for the fall. Classes begin in September and are taught by Evangel fine arts faculty. They include drawing, photography, piano, guitar, strings, voice, brass/woodwind ensemble, improv, and communication. Private lessons for a variety of musical instruments are also offered this fall. All classes include eight hours of instruction for $125. Anyone from Evangel, Springfield and the surrounding areas is welcome to enroll in a class. For more information email communityschoolofarts [at] evangel [dot] edu or call Susan Sheets at 865-2815 ext.7254.

Springfield Regional Opera has changed their name to SRO Lyric Theatre. Under the new leadership of Managing Director Derek Munson and Artistic Director & Conductor Dr. Amy Muchnick, SRO has a new vision for its changing audiences. Programming will include musical theatre, light opera, free concerts, original works as well as fully produced opera. Their new performance home is the Gillioz Theatre with other locations for special events. Some Enchanted Evening, The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, a celebration of classic American musical theatre, will open SRO Lyric Theatre’s 2010 – 2011 season on Friday and Saturday Oct.1st and 2nd at 7:30pm at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. The concert will feature favorites from South Pacific, Oklahoma, Sound of Music, State Fair and Carousel, among others. Director Derek Munson has cast five performers, including SRO favorite Kim Crosby, Broadway star and Tony nominee. Kim was last seen in SRO’s production of A Little Night Music. Also in the cast are local favorites Sean Spyres and Seth Hunt, newcomer Laureen Niamesny and last year’s SRO Young Artist Scholarship recipient, Kelly Osborne. For ticket information call the Gillioz box office at 863-9491 or order at www.gillioz.ticketforce.com. The SRO season also includes a full production of Puccini's "La Boheme" at the Gillioz next March. For season tickets call SRO at 863-1960 or visit SRO Lyric Theatre's new website, www.srolyrictheatre.org.

Each year, the United Way of the Ozarks organizes hundreds of people to volunteer at various non-profits around Southwest Missouri for the “Day of Caring.” KSMU’s Emma Wilson reports.

The Vagabond Playhouse, Branson’s first professional regional-style theatre company, producing a season of plays, original works, and other professional theatre, presents its inaugural show through the end of October: the irreverent romp through the Bard's works, performed by only 3 actors, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare--ABRIDGED" performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00 and 8:00pm, from August 20th through the end of October. The Vagabond Playhouse is located in The Majestic Building at 2849 Gretna Road in Branson. For information call (417) 297-0392 or visit www.vagabondstagecompany.com.

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That is certainly the case for the Springfield Fire Department, which just received a donation of three school buses from the Springfield Public Schools. KSMU’s Justin Lux reports.

State auditor Susan Montee has released an audit on Missouri’s sex offender registry. While the registry program has greatly improved over the past several years, the state admits that there is still work to be done. KSMU’s Justin Lux sat in on a conference call with the auditor and has the story.

The day after the primary elections for Missouri’s 7th Congressional District, Republican winner Billy Long agreed to participate in a series of 10 courthouse debates with his Democratic opponent, Scott Eckersley. Eckersley now claims that Long is stalling on setting up those debates. Long’s campaign, however, says Eckersley claims are just a cry for attention. KSMU’s Adam Murphy reports.

The galleries of First Friday Art Walk invite you to the Downtown Arts District Saturday Aug. 21 to enjoy Center City Saturday, a day of fun, free, family-friendly activities for all. The day includes a FREE showing of the family-friendly hit "Ice Age 3 in 3D" at 10am only Saturday the 21st at Hollywood Theaters, 415 W. College; or drop by Park Central Branch Library for a marathon of family-friendly films all day on the main stage. The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, has moved their "Free Art Day" to Center City Saturday. Visit The Creamery for various back-to-school art projects. Otherwise, you can enjoy your own mini-Art Walk on Saturday the 21st. The art exhibits that debut on First Friday stay up all month for your enjoyment. Pick up a copy of the free Gallery Guide brochure to enjoy your own self-guided Mini Art Walk. Experience original painting, blown glass, pottery, stained glass, sculpture, photography and much more. Exhibits include "Offshoots," new works by Tricia Courtney at Hawthorn Galleries, 214 E. Walnut, utilizing recycled metal assemblage, drip painting, and a whimsical world of children's characters, "the Buzzlewics." For more information visit www.ffaw.org or check us First Friday Artwalk on Facebook. For information by phone call 849-8255.

SRO Lyric Theatre--formerly Springfield Regional Opera--will hold auditions for the 2010-2011 season Saturday Aug.28 at 11:00am at the company's new performance venue, the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. If auditioning for the season, please prepare a short aria and a contrasting piece totalling 5 minutes or less. If auditioning for the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue "Some Enchanted Evening" only, prepare a short musical-theatre selection. An accompanist will be provided. To schedule an audition time call the SRO office at 863-1960. The new SRO season includes "Some Enchanted Evening" Oct. 1st and 2nd; a FREE holiday concert, "Voices of Christmas" on Dec.19; the annual "JazzAria" concert February 5th, 2011; and Puccini's "La Boheme" March 18 and 20. SRO Lyric Theatre's new website, srolyrictheatre.org will be up and running by next week.