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Several Bluegrass groups, including Ripplin' Creek, Timberline, ABT Band, and others will present a free concert on Friday, August 20th, at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church near the downtown square at Pleasant & Washington in Aurora, Missouri. It’s free and open to the public, but donations will be appreciated; proceeds will benefit the Aurora chapter of Habitat for Humanity. For more information call (417) 678-2629.

University Heights Baptist Church will kick off its First Wednesday Noon Concert Series with a concert featuring contralto Dr. Janice Fulbright in the Chapel at noon on Wednesday, September 1. Dr. Fulbright has sung extensively throughout Europe. Best known for her 50 operatic character roles, she also has a repertory of more than 100 roles in musical theatre and oratorio. She has sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony and other major orchestras. She also has an abiding love for choral music, having served as Assistant Conductor and Accompanist for Robert Shaw with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus for four years. Her concert Sept.1st will feature a selection of religious and liturgical music. The concert is free and open to the public Wednesday Sept.1st at noon at University Heights Baptist Church, corner of National and Grand in Springrield. For more information visit www.uhbc.org.

These days there are so many different child car safety seats out the market that it’s difficult for parents to know what is best. However, simply having a reliable car seat is not enough to keep kids safe; parents also need to understand how to use them properly. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with an expert to navigate us through some of the common mistakes.

 

 

In this modern, fast-paced, society many of us tend to overlook the little joys in life. Reading to a child not only promotes a child’s literacy skills, but it also promotes cherished experiences and memories. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann with David Harrison, renowned child author, about a local project geared toward reigniting a love of reading.

The Front Porch at 310 South Avenue presents a free concert Saturday Aug.14 at 8:00pm featuring The Euphio Question, Call Me Beta, and AJ Moore. For more information call 865-2673 or visit www.thecoredowntown.com.

The Springfield Regional Arts Council will help get the kids in gear for the upcoming school year at the community-wide Free Art Day at The Creamery Arts Center, Saturday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be projects including "Design Your Own Book Bag;" "Bad Hair Day Pencils;" custom name tags and Japanese Dolls in celebration of the upcoming Japanese Fal lFestival. Springfield-Greene County Library personnel will also be hand with storytelling. All ages and artistic abilities are welcome for the hands-on activities, and no registration is required. The Creamery is located at 411 Sherman Parkway just west of Hammons Field. Free Art Day is underwritten by the Junior League of Springfield. For more information call the Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) or www.springfieldarts.org.

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt is courting the female portion of the electorate in his bid for the U.S. Senate. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

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School crosswalks are freshly painted and bright signs are ready to alert drivers to the little people who will soon be trekking through neighborhoods and crossing streets on their way to school. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports on how the City of Springfield prepares for back-to-school safety.

To kick off Carthage, Missouri's commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Powers Museum, 1617 W. Oak St. in Carthage will host the national traveling exhibit "Lee and Grant" Sept.1 through Oct.20. The exhibit provides a major reassessment of the lives and historical impact of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, and encourages audiences to move beyond the traditional mythology of both men and rediscover them within thecontext of their own time. "Lee and Grant" presents photos, prints, biographical and historical records, along with a wide range of speical activities, including Lee and Grant re-enactors. For more information call (417) 237-0456 or visit www.powersmuseum.com.