Photo Credit: Rebecca Maples; Photo Courtesy of MO Conservation Dept.
MSU-West Plains’ 19thannual Auction starts tonight (4/5) at 6 at Café 37. The theme is 1960s rock ‘n roll. Tickets are $35. For details, 255-7249.
The Park Central Branch Library will host the Big Read Iron Chef Cook-Off tonight (4/5) at 6. Watch students from Victory Trade School as they compete. The Edible Books Festival will start at 7. Vote on cakes fashioned after the themes from “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” and then eat cake.
The Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts presents The Addams Family tonight (4/5) at 8 and tomorrow (4/6) at 2 and 8. For ticket information, 836-7678 or hammonshall.com.
The Spring Ag and Urban Festival is at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds today through Sunday (4/5-4/7) from 9 to 5. For details, ozarkempirefair.com.
The Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Circus will be at the JQH Arena today through Sunday (4/5-4/7). To find out more, 2013circus.com.
Peter Longley will present “Alpha Meadows: Growing a Garden in the Ozarks” tonight (4/5) at 6 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. Admission is free. To learn more, parkboard.org.
Learn more about using native plants during a Native Plant Sale tomorrow (4/6) from 9 to 3 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The event will feature guest speakers talking about the benefits of incorporating native plants into your landscaping strategies. No registration is required. For more information, 888-4237.
Kids age seven and older are invited to a poetry reading tomorrow afternoon (4/6) at 2 at the West Plains Library. They should take a poem they’ve written or a favorite poem to share. Pizza will be served.
The Southern Missouri Sheep and Goat Conference is tomorrow (4/6) at the West Plains Civic Center. Admission is $10, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, 256-2391.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society invites you to go along on a trip to the prairie lands of Barton and Dade Counties to look for raptors and shorebirds. Meet tomorrow morning (4/6) at 7:30 in the northwest corner of the parking lot of the Walmart at West Bypass and Sunshine. To learn more, 839-5627.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will hold a Volunteer Spruce-Up Day tomorrow (4/6) from 9 to 1 at Lake Springfield Park. Volunteers are needed to re-chip trails, plant native wildflowers and more. Drinks and snacks will be provided. For more information, 889-9940.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will host a Park Day Clean-Up tomorrow (4/6) from 8 until about 3. Work will consist of cleaning and landscaping the picnic area, the visitor center, the park’s cemeteries and the Ray House. If enough volunteers take part, there will also be a highway clean up along ZZ. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 and wear outdoor work clothing, sturdy shoes and take work gloves, a hat and sunscreen. To pre-register, 732-2662, extension 385.
Walk MS Springfield 2013 will take place tomorrow morning (4/6) at 9. For details, msmidamerica.org.
The First annual Ozarks Paranormal Convention is tomorrow (4/6) from 9 am to 9 pm at the Shrine Mosque. Admission is $35. Those who attend are asked to take nonperishable food for area food banks. To learn more, ozarksparacon.com.
Drury will host the sixth annual Self-Employment in the Arts Oz-Arts Conference tomorrow (4/6) from 8:30 to 1:30. The $30 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, drury.edu/ejc/sea.
A fundraiser for the Doula Foundation is tomorrow night (4/6) at 6:30 at the White Rive r Conference Center. Travel back to the Roaring Twenties for an evening of music, dancing and more. There will be Hors d’ouvres and a cash bar and a silent and live auction. Admission is $40 per person. For more information, 832-9222 or doulafoundation.org.
The Springfield Sister Cities Association will host the 9thAnnual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival tomorrow (4/6) from 11 to 3 at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic. There will be kite decorating, origami and other Japanese crafts. Japanese snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Children’s kite construction kits will be available for $5.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board invites you to an Outdoor Initiatives and Summer Camps Open House at Valley Water Mill Park, 2450 E. Valley Water Mill Rd, tomorrow (4/6) from 11 to 3:30. See what upcoming programs Outdoor Initiatives has to offer.
An Archery Clinic for ages eight and up starts at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon (4/6) at Valley Water Mill Park. And an Archery Tournament begins at 2:30 at the same location. For more information, parkboard.org.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives invites you to go on a day hike at Prairie State Park Sunday (4/7). Look for bison and elk on the prairie, explore the nature center and prairie life, look for spring prairie wildflowers and explore the sky on a night walk. The fee is $15 per person or $25 for two people. To learn more, parkboard.org.
Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks will hold a One-Year Anniversary Party and Spring Gardening Kick-Off tomorrow (4/6) from 8 to 1 at its location near James River Freeway and Republic Rd. There will be live music, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and more. For more information, loveyourfarmer.com.
The Library Center presents “Poe-Palooza” tomorrow morning (4/6) at 11 for kids in grades four through six. Make masks, go on a Gold Bug treasure hunt and more. For details, 882-0714.
Ghost Stories for Grown-ups will be held tomorrow (4/6) at various Springfield-Greene County Library branches. Storyteller Richard Young will tell stories of horror from around the Ozarks at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, at 4 in Strafford and at 7 at the Library Center.
Teen Night After Hours: Macabre Madness is tomorrow night (4/6) at 9 at the Library Center. Plunge into Edgar Allan Poe’s world of horror and madness with horror-ific activities and chilling tales. For more information, 882-0714.
Will Soll’s Klezmer Conspiracy will present a concert tomorrow night (4/6) at 7 at Temple Israel, 5910 S. Farm Rd. 193. For details, 888-5151.
The MSU Department of Military Science presents the Springfield Urban-Warrior Challenge starting Sunday morning (4/7) at 7 at Plaster Sports Complex. To find out more, 836-4359.
Join volunteer specialist Don Brink for a Useful Plant Hike, part of the Primitive Skills Series, Sunday afternoon (4/7) at 1 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The program is for anyone 15 and older. To register, 888-4237.
Master Gardeners of Greene County will present a program on growing roses Sunday afternoon (4/7) from 2 to 5 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Rose Garden. For more information, 882-1587.
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, First Unitarian Universalist Church invites you to the Springfield premiere of “Two Who Dared” Sunday afternoon (4/7) at 2 at 2434 E. Battlefield. The documentary tells the story of two Americans who left their young family to go to Czechoslovakia to aid refugees fleeing from Hitler’s growing menace. There will be refreshments and a short discussion following the premiere. There’s no charge, but donations will be accepted.
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.