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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.

The new $13.5 million O'Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University opens this fall, and the legendary "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, will perform the grand finale concert for the opening weekend of the Center on Saturday Oct.30 at 8:00pm. And Thursday Nov.18 one of today's top stand-up comics, Bill Engvall will perform at the O'Reilly Center at Drury. Tickets are available by calling 693-0172 or visit www.drurytickets.com.

Coming to the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East: they've been rocking out for nearly 40 years and never seem to get old. The classic country-rock band The Ozark Mountain Daredevils return to the Gillioz for two shows, Sept.10 and 11 both at 8:15pm. Then in October, one of the biggest acts to hit Springfield in years, Blues Traveler plays the Gillioz October 14 at 8:00pm. The band's best-known single, "Runaround," was the longest-charting radio single in Billboard Magazine hsitory. Tickets are available now--call 863-9491 or visit www.gillioz.org.

The Eureka Springs School of the Arts at 15751 Highway 62 West presents a special 2-day face-painting workshop Sept.30 and Oct.1st will be taught by Valerie Damon. Workshops Oct.8-10 wil feature "Life Drawing" and "Knife Making and Whittling." And coming up November 10, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts will hold a one-day workshop on "Building a Successful Career as an Artist with Susan Morrison, Larry Mansker and Al Hooks. You can register for any of these classes by calling (479) 253-5384 or online at www.esartschool.org.