The 37thJudicial Circuit Court Foster Children Benefit, featuring a chili supper and silent auction, is tonight (4/26) at 5 at the West Plains Civic Center. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Acoustic Jam on the Square is held Friday nights at 7 at the West Plains Music Store on the square in West Plains. Take chairs and instruments.
The Fair Grove Branch Library will show the film “Paranorman” this afternoon (4/26) at 4.
Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to make duct tape wallets tonight (4/26) at 6 at the Library Station. To learn more, 865-1340.
It’s National Park Week and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is waiving entrance fees to the park through today (4/26).
Ozarks Public Television presents the Color Me Rad 5K for OPT “K is for Kids” tomorrow morning (4/27) at 9 beginning at the MSU soccer field. Runners will start out wearing white and will be engulfed with color at each section of the run. A portion of the proceeds will benefit OPT’s “K is for Kids” initiative, which raises money for kids’ programming. For more information, 836-8894.
The annual Master Gardener Plant Sale in Greene County starts tomorrow morning (4/27) at 7:30 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic. The sale will continue until the plants are sold out. To learn more, 881-8909.
Friends of the Garden will hold a garage sale tomorrow (4/27) from 8 to 4 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.
The Gray/Campbell Farmstead will host the 1stannual Bluegrass Picnic tomorrow (4/27) from 11 to 5. Take a picnic lunch and listen to bluegrass at the farmstead located in Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park. Admission is free, and concessions will be available.
The Grant Beach Community Garden invites you to its Spring Garden Party tomorrow (4/27) from 1 to 5 at the garden, 800 W. Hovey. There will be pony rides, a children’s story time, a seed swap, a theatrical performance, live music and a free strawberry plant for each person who attends.
Rebuild Joplin and Spiva Center for the Arts invite you to meet former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones, founder of BowTie Cause! tomorrow afternoon (4/27) at 1 at the Spiva Center, 3rdand Wall in Joplin. BowTies are $57 each, and proceeds will benefit the center and Rebuild Joplin. For more information, www.spivaarts.org.
Dickerson Park Zoo will host “Celebrate Earth Day” tomorrow (4/27) from 10 to 2 with conservation learning stations, zookeeper chats and animal enrichment. To learn more, dickersonparkzoo.org.
Springfield’s 7thannual Chocolate Dream Festival, hosted by the School of Metaphysics, is tomorrow (4/27) from noon to 3 at Canvas Art Gallery, 315 South Ave. There will be chocolate sampling, a raffle, a silent art auction and dream interpretation. Admission is $5 at the door. For details, 831-0955.
The Lawrence County Historical Society presents “Bluegrass and Barbecue” featuring the Blackberry Winter Band, Timberline, Spur of the Moment and Virginia Snyder tomorrow (4/27) from 4 to 8 on the grounds of the 1850s Adamson Cabin. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and includes a meal. Take lawn chairs. The cabin is located at 11110 Lawrence 1137 in Mt. Vernon , next to the Mt. Vernon Golf Course.
The Candlelit Canyon Charity Ball to benefit the Junior League of the Ozarks will be held tomorrow night (4/27) at 7 at the White River Conference Center. For details, jlspringfield.org.
OTC Community Day is tomorrow (4/27) from 9 to 3 with a car show, health screenings, a plant sale and much more. For details, otc.edu.
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Conservation Teen Club will hike at the Walter Woods Conservation Area tomorrow (4/27). The program is for kids 12 to 17-years-old. To register, 888-4237.
The Bee Payne-Stewart Strut & 5K is tomorrow (4/27) starting at 8 am at Mediacom Ice Park. For details, bpsSTRUT.com or 864-1338.
The Missouri Black Powder Society Trap & Skeet Shoot is this weekend at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. To find out more, 742-4361.
The 12thannual Spring Golf Classic, sponsored by the West Plains Sunrise Rotary Club, will be held at the West Plains Municipal Golf Course tomorrow (4/27). For details, 256-5669.
Happy Birthday SGF, an event to benefit the children’s charities of Rotary, will be held tomorrow (4/27) from 11 to 5 at Park Central Square featuring birthday cake, live music, games and inflatables. To learn more, wp.me/pKE3G-aU1.
The Community Partnership of the Ozarks will host the 15thannual Community Wide Play Day/Healthy Kids Day tomorrow (4/27) from 10 to 2 at Fassnight Park. The YMCA will kick off the morning with a family walk for $5. Admission to the Play Day is free. For more information, commpartnership.org.
Kids and their parents and grandparents are invited to meet members of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow morning (4/27) at 8 to look for birds. If you’d like to learn more, 496-8699.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will take a trip to the feeders at the home of one of its members tomorrow (4/27) to look for spring birds. Meet in the church parking lot at S. National and Wisdom Lane at 1. For more information, 883-4015.
Look for birds at the Busiek State Forest Sunday morning (4/28) with the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society. Meet in the MODOT commuter lot at Highway 65 and Evans Rd. at 7:30. For details, 883-4015.
The 2ndBuffalo Art Walk will start at noon tomorrow (4/27) on the Buffalo town square. The event is free and runs through 5 pm. There will be art from 40 artists, a children’s activity area, crafts and live music. To learn more, 345-7214.
Community Partnership of the Ozarks will host a Tire Toss at Gate 5 of the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds tomorrow (4/27) from 8 to 1. City of Springfield residents can get rid of old tires at no charge. For more information, commpartnership.org.
Dispose of sensitive documents during Document Disposal Day tomorrow (4/27) from 10 to 1 in the south parking lot of the Library Center. There’s a limit of five bags or boxes. For more information, 882-0714.
See the movie “Coraline” tomorrow night (4/27) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.
Commercial Club of Springfield will host the Season Opening Celebration of the 2013 C-Street Market tomorrow (4/27) from 7:30 am to 2 pm. The event will feature live music, food vendors, a car show, kids’ activities and more. For details, itsalldowntown.com/cstreetmarket.
Hospice Compassus and Hamner Barber Theater in Branson will host a screening of Honor Flight, a documentary about World War II veterans on an honor flight, Sunday afternoon (4/28) at 3 at the theater. Tickets are free for veterans and $6 for the general public. Proceeds will benefit Honor Flight Network. To purchase tickets, honorflightathamnerbarbertheater.eventbrite.com or 334-4363.
The Moxie Cinema presents the movie “House of Usher” Sunday night (4/28) at 6:30. It’s part of the Springfield-Greene County Library’s Big Read 2013. Admission is free.
Dickerson Park Zoo will celebrate Autism Speaks Awareness Day Sunday (4/28) with free admission for those with autism and discounted admission for their family members. To learn more, dickersonparkzoo.org.
Bailey Alternative High School will host an open house to celebrate its 25th anniversary and to say goodbye to its current school building Sunday afternoon (4/28) from 2 to 4 at the school. The celebration will include time to visit classrooms, take pictures of handprints and other artwork, visit with classmates and staff and purchase Bailey yearbooks and other items.
Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. Michele enjoys hiking, camping, taking an active role in her two girls’ activities and caring for her family’s two guinea pigs, two cats, two dogs and five fish.