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Weekend Outlook December 10-12, 2010

  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Attend a Christmas Ball and Auction
  • Show off your talents
  • Honor soldiers at Wilson's Creek's Illumination Driving Tour
  • Experience Christmas at the Farm
  • Take a hike
  • Tour a cave
  • Try your hand at archery
  • Get crafty by making a holiday wreath
  • Take a ride on the Polar Bear Express
  • Shop
  • Watch an antique tractor pull
  • Run
  • See a parade
  • Buy cookies for RIF
  • Visit George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Make crafts our of recycled materials
  • Learn digital photography
  • Have breakfast with Santa
  • See a silent movie
  • Learn about snow science
  • Tour B&B's
  • You’re invited to listen to holiday music in the rotunda of the Greene County Historic Courthouse this month. The Willard High School Choir will perform this afternoon (12/10) at 1, and the Second Baptist Handbell Choir will perform at 3:30.
  • The Eureka Springs Middle School and High School bands will present a concert tonight (12/10) at 7, and the Ozarks Chorale will perform tomorrow night (12/11) at 7 at The Auditorium.
  • The Eureka Spring Historical Museum’s annual Christmas Ball and Auction starts tonight (12/10) at 7 at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 479-253-9417 or go to www.eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org.
  • It’s Open Mic night tonight (12/10) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library. This is your chance to show off your talents. For more information, 831-1342.
  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield invites you to the 7th annual Memorial Illumination Driving Tour tomorrow (12/11). A short program will start at 4:30 and the tour road will open at 5:15 for you to view the more than 2500 luminaries placed on both sides of the five-mile loop tour road. The Ray House will be decorated in Christmas décor with volunteers dressed in period clothing, and the book store at the visitors center will be open with Christmas carolers and refreshments. The event ends at 9:30. Admission is free.
  • Christmas at the Farm continues tomorrow (12/11) from 10 to 8 and Sunday (12/12) from noon to 8 at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park. Make crafts, go on a horse-drawn wagon ride and have your picture taken with Santa. For details, 837-5949 or go to www.parkboard.org.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board is offering free nature hikes this weekend. A hike at Lost Hills Natural Area starts at 9 (meet at the picnic tables), and a hike at Ritter Springs Park starts at 2 (meet at the playground gate).
  • The Park Board will also offer tours of Giboney Cave at Doling Park tomorrow (12/11) from 1 to 4, weather permitting. Walking tours are $3 and Get Wet ‘N Muddy tours are $5 per person.
  • A free archery clinic for anyone 9 and older will be held Sunday (12/12) from 12:30 to 2 in the underground classroom at Doling Park’s Giboney Cave, and a youth archery turkey shoot for kids 9 to 16 will be held in the same place from 2 to 3:30. For more information, www.parkboard.org or call 833-8647.
  • Design and create your own holiday wreath tomorrow morning (12/11) from 10 to noon at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. The cost is $40, and the workshop is open to anyone 11 and older. To register, 891-1515.
  • The Polar Bear Express will make its annual runs tomorrow (12/11) from 3 to 6 in Webb City. The Express, otherwise known as Webb City’s Streetcar No. 60, will be decked out in Christmas lights and decorations. Children will listen to the book “The Polar Express” during each 15-minute ride. For more information, 673-3700.
  • The American Red Cross Holiday Shop is open Saturdays from 10 to 2 in December. For more information, 832-9500 or redcross-ozarks.org.
  • The 2nd annual Ozark Empire Antique Tractor Pull and Farm Toy Show is tomorrow (12/11) beginning at 9 am at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Admission is $5. Kids 10 and under get in free. For more information, www.ozarkempirefair.com.
  • The Jingle Bell Run is tomorrow (12/11) at 9 am beginning at Mediacom Ice Park. For details, www.parkboard.org.
  • The Springfield Christmas Parade starts tomorrow afternoon (12/11) at 1 in Downtown Springfield. For more information, www.itsalldowntown.com.
  • Reading is Fundamental of Springfield will hold its 8th annual Cookie Sale beginning at noon and ending when the parade is over. The sale will be in two locations—at the Gillioz on Park Central East and at the Penmac building on South Street. Proceeds benefit RIF, which provides free books three times a year for Springfield students in 1st and 2nd grade.
  • The West Plains Christmas Parade “Honoring our Heroes—a Patriotic Christmas” will start tomorrow afternoon (12/11) at 1 and travel down Porter Wagoner from Missouri Avenue to West Main.
  • George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO invites you to its Holiday Open House tomorrow (12/11) from 1 to 3. There will be music, historic crafts and refreshments.
  • Kids are invited to make holiday crafts out of recycled materials tomorrow (12/11) from 10 to 3 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. No registration is required.
  • Anyone 12 and older is invited to sign up for the program “Digital Photography for Beginners” tomorrow afternoon (12/11) from 1 to 2:30 at the Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
  • Kids are invited to have breakfast with Santa tomorrow morning (12/11) from 8 to 11 in the Exhibit Hall at the West Plains Civic Center. Tickets are $3.50 in advance at the West Plains Chamber office or $4 at the door. Children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult.
  • The Discovery Center will host Second Saturday Science for adults tomorrow (12/11) from 10:30 to 11:30. To learn more, 862-9910.
  • The Library Center invites you to “Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: The Great Silents on the Big Screen” tomorrow afternoon (12/11) at 1:30. See the 1926 film “The Black Pirate” and listen to a demonstration of organ music written for silent films.
  • Kids in grades K thru 4 are invited to the Brentwood Library tomorrow afternoon (12/11) at 2 for the program “It’s Snow Science.” They’ll learn how a snowflake forms, how fast ice melts and more. For more information, 883-1974.
  • The Alliance of Better Bed and Breakfasts in Eureka Springs is hosting the 4th annual Sweet Treats Cookie tour, a self-guided tour of 12 B&B’s, tomorrow (12/11). For more information, www.eurekasprings.org.
  • The City of Battlefield will host its 6th annual Santa in the City event tomorrow morning (12/11) from 9 to 11 at City Hall. Take a non-perishable food item and have your picture taken with Santa, ride on the Santa Express and enjoy a free pancake breakfast. For details, 833-5840.
  • Chapter and Verse: Music on a Sunday Afternoon will feature the Springfield Brass Choir performing holiday music Sunday afternoon (12/12) at 2 at the Library Center. Admission is free.
  • The Missouri State University Community Band will present Sounds of the Season Sunday afternoon (12/12) at 2 at Glendale Christian Church, 2110 S. Blackman Rd.