The Discovery Center of Springfield invites you to a NASA Shuttle Endeavor Launch Watch this afternoon (4/29) from 1 to 3:30. The cost is $5 per person, and members get in free. For details, 862-9910.
The MSU Physics, Astronomy and Material Science Department will present a NASA Public Observing Night tonight (4/29) from 8 to 10:30 at Baker Observatory. If it’s cloudy, the event will be moved to tomorrow night (4/30). To find out if the event is still on, call 831-5131 after 5 today.
The MSU Percussion Ensemble and Island Breeze Steel Band Concert is tonight (4/29) at 7:30 in Wehr Band Hall. Admission is free.
Alpha Phi Omega at Missouri State will host a Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect, featuring a performance by A Cub Bella, tonight (4/29) at 8 on the North Mall on campus. For details, visit http://worktoendchildabusenow.org.
The 11th Annual Wine Auction and Gala benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association is tonight (4/29) from 6:30 to midnight at the OzAir Charter Hangar at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. For ticket information, 886-2199.
The Library Center will present “Voices Remembered—2011 Chautauqua: There Was No Civil War—There Was an Invasion: The Campbell Women in Wartime” tonight (4/29) at 7. “Voices Remembered—2011 Chautauqua: John Brown, Saint or Sinner?” starts at 8. For more information, 882k-0714.
The Friends of the Library’s Spring Book Sale continues thru Sunday (5/1) at Remington’s, 1655 W. Republic Rd. Hours today and tomorrow (4/29-4/30) are 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday 1 to 5.
A dance is held each Friday night at 7 at the West Plains Senior Center. Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
The annual Master Gardener Plant Sale in Greene County will start tomorrow morning (4/30) at 7:30 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. There will be a variety of plants for sale including vegetables, herbs, perennials, annuals, grasses and much more. For more information, 881-8909.
Session one of the program “Backyard Gardening” will be held tomorrow (4/30) from 9 am to 1 pm at the St. James United Methodist Church, 2501 E. 20th St., in Joplin. The class is for beginning gardeners or novice gardeners interested in growing a vegetable garden. The cost is $10. To register, call the Jasper County Extension at 417-358-2158 or email browning [at] missouri [dot] edu.
The Missouri State softball team will face Drake tomorrow and Sunday (4/30-5/1) at noon at Killian Softball Complex.
Two medication take-back events will be held tomorrow (4/30) from 10 to 2—one in the Cox North parking lot, 1471 N. Benton Ave., and the other at Fassnight Park in the northwest parking lot near Pizza Hut. Take expired, unwanted or unused medications so they can be safely disposed of.
A prescription and medication disposal event will be held tomorrow (4/30) from 10 am to 2 pm at St. John’s Clinic in Nixa. A drug take back event will also be held tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the Walmart in Monett and at the Police Department in Cassville.
Dickerson Park Zoo and St. John’s will host the Teddy Bear Rally tomorrow (4/30) from 9 am to 2 pm. Admission to the zoo tomorrow is $1 per person. Take a teddy bear for an examination at the Bear Care Clinic. For more information, visit www.dickersonparkzoo.org.
The 10th Annual West Plains Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament 2 Person Scramble is tomorrow (4/30) at the West Plains Municipal Golf Course. The cost is $50 per person. To sign up, call Susan at 256-5669.
A fisheries biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation invites kids 7 to 14-years-old to go fishing tomorrow (4/30) at the MDC office, 551 Joe Jones Blvd., in West Plains. Poles and bait will be provided. For more information or to sign up, call 256-4775.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host a “Spring into Summer” event tomorrow (4/30) from 1 to 4 at the Doling Park Museum’s courtyard, 301 E. Talmage. Learn about upcoming free or low cost events. There will be gospel music from 2 to 3 and yard games for kids. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, 837-5808.
The 13th Annual Community Wide Play Day, hosted by Community Partnership of the Ozarks, is tomorrow (4/30) from 10 am to 2 pm at Fassnight Park. There will be lots of hands-on activities, games, storytelling, face painting and more. Each child will receive a free book. To learn more, 888-2020.
The Missouri State University Philosophy Department is hosting the 5th annual meeting of the Missouri Ethics Society tomorrow (4/30) from 9 am to 5:50 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, www.missouristate.edu/phi/100440.htm.
Adults are invited to attend the program “The African-American Voice through Spirituals” tomorrow night (4/30) at 6 at the Library Station. Members of the Missouri State University Gospel Choir will perform spirituals and gospel hymns rooted in the history of the African-American people.
The Brentwood Branch Library presents the program “Civil War Medicine: Challenges and Miracles” tomorrow afternoon (4/30) at 1. Civil War Enthusiast Tim Field will present a realistic look at medicine during the Civil War era. For more information, 883-1974.
The Holmes Brigade will play music from the Civil War era tomorrow afternoon (4/30) at 2 at the Republic Branch Library. At 2:30 tomorrow at the library, a professional folklorist and Chautauqua scholar, will portray Mary Boykin Chesnut, author of “A Diary from Dixie,” a record of life in the South and eyewitness accounts of historic events during the Civil War.
Judy Domeny will perform music from the Civil War era tomorrow night (4/30) at 7 at the Library Center. Then at 7:30, stay for a Civil War short play, “Beloved Exile.” At 8, folklorist and Chautauqua scholar Dianne Moran will portray Zerelda James Samuel, mother of two of Missouri’s most infamous sons.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will host a birdwatching trip tomorrow (4/30) to Kinslow Farm and the Palmetto Area east of Springfield. Meet at 7 am in the parking lot of Sam’s Club on East Sunshine or at 7:15 in the Rogersville High School lot. The trip is free and open to everyone, regardless of bird watching experience. To learn more, call Myra Scroggs at 883-4015.
The Missouri State men’s soccer team will host Rockhurst Sunday (5/1) at noon at Plaster Sports Complex.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives will host a Geocaching for Beginners class for anyone nine and older Sunday (5/1) from 1:30 to 4 at the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The cost is $5 per person or $12 for a family of four. A Family Geocaching Event kicks off Sunday at 4:30 at the same park. To learn more visit www.parkboard.org.
The 2nd Annual Grand Illumination event will light up Eureka Springs, Arkansas during the 2011 May Festival of the Arts. Thousands of Japanese and Chinese paper lanterns will glow along the facades of historic buildings in downtown Eureka Springs and on many of the Victorian homes in the district. Special events will take place Sunday (5/1) including an Upstairs Downtown Tour and Taste and a special lighting in Basin Spring Park at twilight. For details, www.eurekaspringsgrandillumination.com.