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Weekend Outlook April 12-14, 2013

Find out what's happening this weekend in the Ozarks
painted bunting
Photo Credit: Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation
  • The MSU Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science Department will host a NASA Observing Night tonight (4/12) from 8 to 10 at Baker Observatory in Webster County.  For more information and directions, 836-4857. 
  • MSU’s Public Affairs Conference continues today (4/12).  This morning at 9 there will be two discussions:  “Science and Religion:  Enemies or Allies, Inclusive or Exclusive” in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom West and “Why Does Queer = Fear?” in the PSU Theatre.  At 10:30, listen to the discussions “Strangers in a Strange Land:  Inclusion of International Students” in PSU 313 and “Looking inside Poverty from the Outside” in the PSU East Ballroom.  The plenary speaker at noon today is Dennis Reigle, special projects business advisor with the American Institute of CPAs.  He’ll present “Remember they are always watching,” focusing on how our cultural and social norms are, to a large extent, driven by the behaviors we see modeled by those around us and by those in this media saturated age.  He’ll discuss who is watching, what behaviors are celebrated and whether or not those lead to excellence and inclusiveness.
  • Ecopalooza is today (4/12) from 10 am to 10 pm on the MSU campus near the bear statue north of Plaster Student Union.  There will be live music, speakers, outdoor activities and booths.  For more information, missouristate.edu.
  • The Library Station invites kids in grades six through 12 to “Macabre Madness” tonight (4/12) at 6.  Plunge into Edgar Allan Poe’s world of horror and madness with horror-ific activities and chilling tales.  For details, 865-1340.
  • The Friends of Garnett Library’s annual spring luncheon and fashion show is today (4/12) at 11:30 at the West Plains Country Club.  Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Kloz Klozet, Cottage Flowers or Garnett Library.  For more information, 255-7945.
  • Kids in grades four through eight are invited to make Sharpie tie-dye t-shirts this afternoon (4/12) at 4 at the Library Station.  To learn more, 865-1340.
  • It’s Teen Friday Nights tonight (4/12) at 6 at the Library Station.  Stop in for games, crafts and special events.
  • The Library Center presents “The Tell-Tale Chautauqua:  Poe Expressed” tonight (4/12) at 7.  Prepare to be introduced to Edgar Allan Poe as you’ve never seen him before.  Faculty and students from MSU will explore the many facets of Poe’s life and work in song, dance, readings and images.  For details, 882-0714.
  • The Burrell Autism Center will host the 2013 Community Autism Awareness Fair tomorrow (4/13) from 10 to 1 at 1300 Bradford Parkway.  There will be inflatables, games and activities for the kids and information about autism and local resources for parents and caregivers.  For more information, 761-5333.
  • Get free tax help from MO State students at the Library Center tomorrow (4/13) from 10 to 2.  The service is offered to low-to-moderate income families, non-English speakers, those with disabilities and the elderly.  To learn more, 864-0030.
  • The Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts presents The 5 Browns in concert tomorrow night (4/13) at 8.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will travel to the Aldrich area of Stockton Lake to look for shorebirds.  Meet at 8 am at the north Lowe’s, on the northeast side of the parking lot, at Highway 13 and Norton Rd.  The trip is free and open to anyone, regardless of bird-watching experience.  To find out more, 581-2757.
  • The Discovery Center of Springfield presents “The Science Behind Coffee Roasting” tomorrow morning (4/13) at 10 for adults.  The cost is $20 per person.  For more information or to register, 862-9910, ext. 706.
  • The Brentwood Branch Library will host a Horror Movie Marathon tomorrow (4/13) at noon for grades seven through 12.  See “Nosferatu,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “Clue.”
  • The Library Station presents “Poe-Palooza” tomorrow (4/13) from 1 to 4 for grades four through six.  Explore all things Edgar Allan Poe.  For details, 865-1340.
  • Judy Domeny Bowen presents “Terrible Tales—Missouri Tragedy Ballads” tomorrow night (4/13) at 7 at the Library Center as part of The Tell-Tale Chautauqua.  She’ll share songs of true Missouri tragedies and the events leading up to them.
  • “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe—Fact and Fantasy,” part of The Tell-Tale Chautauqua, is tomorrow night (4/13) at 7:30 at the Library Center.  Poe will be brought to life by Campbell “Lou” Harmon with dramatic readings, historical biography and direct audience interaction.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Hiking Club will hike the White River Valley Trail System at Table Rock State Park tomorrow (4/13).  Meet at the Nature Center at 8 and carpool.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Buffalo National River Partners invite you to go on an Ozark Historic Cemetery Stroll tomorrow morning (4/13) at 11 with local researcher and author Abby Burnett.  Tour the Carver, Hasty and Sand Hill Cemeteries.  For more information, 870-704-9114 or bnrpartners.org.
  • The Ozarks Coin Club will hold an ID/Evaluation Day tomorrow (4/13) from 10 to 2 at the Discovery Center, 438 E. St. Louis.  Have up to six coins or paper currency evaluated at no charge.  For details, ozarkscoinclub.com.
  • Pregnancy Care Center invites you to its annual Fundraising Banquet tomorrow night (4/13) at 6 at the University Plaza Convention Center.  Admission is $10.  To register, pccchoices.org/events.php.
  • The Superhero 5K & Family Fun Walk will be held tomorrow (4/13).  The run starts at 8 and the walk at 9 at CASA, 1111 S. Glenstone.  The event includes a costume contest and a Kid’s Zone.  For details, casaswmo.org.
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3404 will host an event tomorrow morning (4/13) from 9 to noon to inform and discuss the filing of disability, pension, compensation and spousal benefits available to veterans from the VA.  For more information, 865-6929.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will hold their postponed South Creek Volunteer Work Day tomorrow (4/13) from 9 to noon.  Volunteers will clean up the stretch of South Creek that parallels Sunset between National and Jefferson Streets.  Meet at McDaniel Park at Sunset and National, and take boots, work gloves, water and a snack.  To learn more, Myra at 883-4015.
  • The MSU men’s soccer team will host Rockhurst tomorrow (4/13) at 12:30 and MidAmerica Nazarene at 4:45 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging Foundation presents the Health and Wellness Safety Expo tomorrow (4/13) from 9 to 2 at the E-Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds with live entertainment from 2 to 3:30.  Donations will be accepted at the door to fund the Foundation’s home-delivered meal program.  The event will feature 130 vendors, shingles vaccinations, games, concessions, health screenings and more.  For details, swmoa.com.
  • Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (4/13) from 8 to 1 at 4139 S. Nature Center Way.  For more information, loveyourfarmer.com.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmers Market is open tomorrow (4/13) from 8 to 1 in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall parking lot.  For details, springfieldfarmersmarket.com.
  • West Plains area residents 13 and older are invited to play Dungeons and Dragons tomorrow (4/13) at the West Plains Civic Center.  The event, by the MSU-West Plains Computer Graphics and Programming Department, will benefit Child’s Play.  Admission is $8 for those without a Dungeons and Dragons dice set and $5 for those with.  To register, 255-7738.
  • Springfield Area Sertoma Clubs will host Don’t Walk in Silence, a fundraising and awareness walk to help promote hearing health, tomorrow (4/13) at MSU’s Plaster Sports Complex.  Registration starts at 9 and the walk at 10.  For more information, mycelebratesound.org/springfield.
  • All Saints Episcopal Church in West Plains will hold a memorial service Sunday morning (4/14) at 10:30 to mark the 85thanniversary of the West Plains explosion.  Author Lin Waterhouse will speak about this historically significant event and the repercussions felt by the community. 
  • The Little Hoover Big Band will celebrate National Jazz Month Sunday (4/14) at 2 at the Library Center as part of the Sunday Concert Series.
  • Watch for birds Sunday morning (4/14) at Lake Springfield Park with the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society.  Meet at the Boathouse at 8 am.  For more information, 725-9481.
  • The MSU women’s soccer team will host Central Missouri Sunday afternoon (4/14) at 1 and Missouri Southern Sunday at 4 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678.