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Weekend Outlook December 11, 2009

  • Attend a parade
  • Watch college sports
  • Listen to live music
  • View the stars
  • Make holiday decorations
  • Experience an 1850s Christmas
  • Visit a farm for the holidays
  • Run for a cause
  • The Grizzly Basketball Holiday Classic is today and tomorrow (12/11-12/12) at the West Plains Civic Center Arena.
  • The Willard High School choir will perform at 10:30 this morning (12/11) in the rotunda of the Greene County Historic Courthouse. The performance is 20 to 30 minutes long and is free and open to the public.
  • Bringers of Dawn will perform Nu Jazz tonight (12/11) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library. For more information, 831-1342.
  • The Discovery Center will host its last Star Party tonight (12/11) from 5 to 8 on the Center’s patio. For details, 862-9910.
  • The MO State Hockey Bears will be in action tonight (12/11) at 7 and tomorrow afternoon (12/12) at 3 at Mediacom Ice Park. For tickets, 836-7678.
  • Kids can have breakfast with Santa tomorrow morning (12/12) at 7 in the exhibit hall at the West Plains Civic Center. For more information, 417-256-4433.
  • The Annual Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade starts tomorrow afternoon (12/12) at 2. It will travel north on Campbell from Mt. Vernon, east on Park Central West, around the south side of the square and down Park Central East and north on Kimbrough to Trafficway.
  • The West Plains Christmas Parade also begins tomorrow afternoon (12/12) at 1.
  • The Ava Christmas Parade starts tomorrow afternoon (12/12) at 2.
  • George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO will host an open house tomorrow (12/12) from 1 to 4. There will be 19th century crafts and musical performances. For details, 417-325-4151.
  • The 6th Annual Memorial Illumination Driving Tour is tomorrow (12/12) from 4:30 to 9:30 pm at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Admission is free. To find out more, 732-2662.
  • Learn to make cheap and easy holiday home décor during a program tomorrow afternoon (12/12) at 2 at the Library Station. To register, 865-1340.
  • See what an 1850s Christmas might have been like tomorrow (12/12) from 2 to 4 at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead at Nathanael Greene Park. See costumed volunteers working on Christmas gifts, decorating a tree and baking Christmas treats on the hearth.
  • The Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park’s Christmas at the Farm event continues tomorrow (12/12) from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday (12/13) from noon to 8. To learn more, 837-5949.
  • The Springfield Symphony will perform its Holiday Pops Concert tomorrow night (12/12) at 7 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Ozarks Chorale will present their annual Christmas concert tomorrow night (12/12) at THE Auditorium in Eureka Springs. For details, 479-253-7788.
  • The Ozark Festival Orchestra and the Crowder College Community Choir will present a concert Sunday afternoon (12/13) at 3 at First United Methodist Church in Monett. For more information, 417-626-8194.
  • The Ozarks Festival Chorus will present a Christmas concert at 2 pm Sunday (12/13) at the First United Methodist Church in West Plains. Admission is free.
  • The Jingle Bell Run to benefit the Arthritis Foundation will start tomorrow morning (12/12) at 9 at Mediacom Ice Park. For more information, 888-719-5670.
  • A carnival to benefit a child in Fair Grove will be held tomorrow (12/12) from 11 to 6 at Fair Grove Elementary. There will be a bake sale, live music, a bounce house, door prizes, a raffle and silent auction and more. A Chili dinner will be held from 4 to 6.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will show the conservation video “Wildlife” from the MO Outdoors TV Collection Sunday afternoon (12/13) at 2.
  • The Springfield Regional Opera will present “Voices of Christmas” Sunday afternoon (12/13) at 2 at the Credo Academy, 931 S. Kickapoo. Tickets are $20. For more information, 863-1960.