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Weekend Outlook December 2-4, 2011

Find out what there is to do over the weekend in the Ozarks
  • Walk the Springfield Conservation Nature Center trails tonight (12/2) from 6 to 9.  And go inside the Nature Center to enjoy a crackling fire, drink hot chocolate and browse through the gift shop.  Trails will be patrolled—take a flashlight.  To learn more, 888-4237.
  • The Midtown 20thAnnual Victorian Christmas Homes Tour is tonight (12/2) from 5 to 9 and tomorrow (12/3) from noon to 5.  Tour historic homes, plus Drury’s Stone Chapel and encounter Midtown residents dressed in period Victorian clothing.  Live music will be provided by the Central High School choir, the Uptown Girls and Classic Celtic Harp.  Tickets are $10 in advance at Maschino’s, Enterprise Park Lanes, Sunshine Lanes, Holiday Lanes and The Medicine Shoppe, 811 E. Division and $12 at the door.  For more information, 873-7149.
  • Evangel University’s Music Department presents the 28thannual Christmas Concert tonight (12/2) at 7:45 in the Chapel Auditorium.  The program will include performances by Evangel’s orchestra, chorale, chorus, jazz band and Madrigal Singers.  Admission is a donation of non-perishable food or cash to benefit the Salvation Army.
  • Night Sky Essays:  A New Winter Solstice Concert is tonight (12/2) at 7 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Clayworks Pottery Sale continues today (12/2) from 10 am to 6:30 pm on the second floor of the Plaster Student Union on the MSU campus.
  • The annual Eureka Springs Lighted Christmas Parade is tonight (12/2) at 6 in downtown Eureka Springs. 
  • Rudolph’s Five & Dime Holiday Bazaar continues today (12/2) from 9 to 2 in the Blair-Shannon Grand Lounge at MSU.  An auction will be held at noon.  All proceeds go to the Wilda F. Looney Residence Life Leadership Scholarship fund.  For details, www.missouristate.edu.
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides are being offered tonight and tomorrow night (12/2-12/3) in Downtown Springfield as part of the Festival of Lights.  The rides will be free tomorrow night.  To find out more, www.itsalldowntown.com.
  • Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park is hosting “Christmas at the Farm” tomorrow (12/3) from 10 to 8 and Sunday (12/4) from noon to 8.  Make crafts, buy a tree, visit with Santa and drink hot cocoa.  Some activities require a fee.  For more information, 837-5949.
  • Home Grown Christmas is tomorrow afternoon (12/3) from 3 to 5 at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  Help hang hand-made vintage ornaments on a tree and then visit the kitchen for cookies and hot chocolate.  Take your own ornaments or use the ones at the farm.  For details, 725-4921.
  • Candyland at the Footbridge will be held tomorrow (12/3) from noon to 2 at the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on Commercial Street.  Children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and will each receive a small toy, a book and candy while supplies last.
  • The 1stAnnual iBody Community Wellness Fair will be held tomorrow night (12/3) from 5 to 9 at the Canvas Art Gallery, 315 South Ave.  There will be exhibits, live music, local food and wine tastings.  Admission is $10—kids under 12 get in free.  Proceeds will benefit the iBody Charitable Fund, set up thru the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to support holistic projects and organizations.  For more information, 766-5525.
  • The Library Station will offer a Holiday Store tomorrow (12/3) from 9 am to 7:30 pm.  A Holiday Open House will be held there tomorrow morning from 8:30 to 10:30.  For details, 865-1340.
  • The Ash Grove Branch Library will host a Holiday Open House tomorrow morning (12/3) from 8:30 to noon.  Enjoy refreshments and make a craft. 
  • The Ash Grove Christmas Parade is tomorrow morning at 10.  For details, www.ashgrovemo.org.
  • Kids of all ages are invited to watch the animated movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” tomorrow morning (12/3) at 10 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  They’ll also make green crafts, eat green snacks and play games.  To find out more, 862-0135.
  • Kids in grades K-5 can go to the Library Center tomorrow afternoon (12/3) at 1 to make cards and wrapping paper.
  • The  program “Dutch Oven Cooking 101” will be offered to anyone 18 and older tomorrow morning (12/3) from 9 to noon at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  The same program will be offered to women only tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30.  To register, 888-4237.
  • National Avenue Christian Church will host the Alternative Gift Market tomorrow (12/3) from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday (12/4) from 9 am to noon.  The market will feature gift opportunities from 16 nonprofit organizations.  For more information, 869-9176.
  • Walnut Grove will host its annual Christmas Parade and Live Nativity this weekend.  The parade will start at 2 tomorrow (12/3) and the Live Nativity will be held at the Walnut Grove City Park Sunday night (12/4) at 6.  Refreshments will be served in the school’s multi-purpose room.  For details, www.walnutgrovemo.com.
  • Nixa will host the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow night (12/3) at 6 at the Nixa Community Center.  The Nixa Christmas Parade will start at 2 on Sunday (12/4).  The parade starts at the Community Center, goes west on North St., south on Missouri, west on Highway 14, north on Main, east on Short, south on Frank and east on Kyle.
  • The Cans Film Festival to benefit the Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights Campaign is tomorrow (12/3) from 10 am to 5 pm.  Anyone who takes five canned food items to Campbell 16 Cine will receive free admission to any movie.  Volunteers are also needed tomorrow (12/3) at the Salvation Army from noon to 8 to help sort and box the items once they arrive.  For more information, 862-5509, ext. 116.
  • Drury University will host the annual Christmas Vespers program Sunday afternoon (12/4) at 4 in Stone Chapel.
  • The Sounds of Christmas Concert, featuring the Missouri State marching band and choirs is Sunday afternoon (12/4) at 2 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Admission is free.
  • The Carroll County Community Orchestra will perform the Christmas concert “’Tis the Season” Sunday afternoon (12/4) at 2:30 at the Eureka Springs’ City Auditorium.  Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.
  • The Missouri State University Community Band from Springfield will perform “A Celebration of the Season” concert Sunday afternoon (12/4) at 3 at the West Plains Civic Center. 
  • Branson’s 63rdAnnual Adoration Celebration and Parade is Sunday night (12/4) at dusk.  For more information, www.bransonchamber.com