Rudolph’s Five and Dime Holiday Bazaar is open today (12/3) from 9 to 2 in the Blair-Shannon House Grand Lounge on the MSU campus. There will be an auction at noon today, and vendors will sell a variety of items from jewelry to scrapbooking materials.
The Midtown Neighborhood Association presents the 19th annual Midtown Victorian Christmas Homes Tour tonight (12/3) from 5 to 9 and tomorrow (12/4) from noon to 5. The tour will feature six homes and one institution. Tickets are $12 and include a free shuttle to take you from place to place. You can purchase tickets at Maschino’s, Enterprise Lanes, Sunshine Lanes, Holiday Lanes, the Medicine Shoppe on E. Division and the Urban Neighborhoods Alliance. For more information, unaonline.org or 865-4774.
Evangel University will present the 29th annual Christmas Concert tonight (12/3) at 7:30 in the Chapel Auditorium. Admission is a donation of a non-perishable food item or cash.
The Missouri State University Lady Bears will host Eastern Michigan tonight (12/3) at 7:05, and the MSU men’s basketball team will face Central Arkansas tomorrow night (12/4) at 7:05 at JQH Arena. The Lady Bears will also take on Arkansas State Sunday afternoon (12/5) at 2:05. For tickets, 836-7678.
Kids in grades 6 thru 12 are invited to make winter crafts and play games at the Library Center tonight (12/3) at 7. For more information, 882-0714.
Photographer Tim Ernst will share photographic images from his latest publication “Arkansas Autumn” set to music during a Nature and the Arts program tonight (12/3) at 5 or 7 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. For more information or to register, 888-4237.
The Nature Center invites you to take an evening stroll tonight (12/3) from 6 to 9. The trails will be open and patrolled. Inside, enjoy a crackling fire, sip hot chocolate and visit the gift shop. Take a flashlight. For details, 888-4237.
The Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights is tonight (12/3) at 6 thru historic downtown. For more information, www.eurekasprings.org.
The Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park will present “Christmas at the Farm” Saturdays from 10 to 8 and Sundays from noon to 8 tomorrow thru December 19th. Make holiday crafts, have your picture taken with Santa or take a horse-drawn wagon ride with a cup of hot cocoa. Christmas trees will also be for sale. For more information, 837-5949.
Candyland at the Footbridge is tomorrow afternoon (12/4) from noon to 2 on Historic Commercial Street. There will be toys and candy, fun activities and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free.
The Polar Bear Express will make its annual runs tomorrow (12/4) and December 11th from 3 to 6 each day 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.
Sequiota Elementary will host a Holiday Open House tomorrow (12/4) from 8 to 2 at the school, 3414 S. Mentor. Several vendors will be available for your holiday shopping.
The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center will offer workshops in wreath-making and in creating nature ornaments tomorrow (12/4) and December 11th. For details, www.parkboard.org or call 864-1049.
The Brentwood Branch Library will present “Holiday Sounds with Queen City Sounds” tomorrow afternoon (12/4) at 2. Enjoy a concert by the group recently awarded the Sweet Adelines 2011 Best Small Chorus in the World.
The American Red Cross Holiday Shop will be open Saturdays in December from 10 to 2. The shop offers items like weather radios, first aid kits, dog and cat emergency preparedness kits and more. To learn more, 832-9500 or visit www.redcross-ozarks.org.
Kids 4 to 10-years-old are invited to build and decorate miniature gingerbread houses tomorrow afternoon (12/4) at 2 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. To register, 862-0135.
The 1st annual Alternative Gift Market will be open tomorrow (12/4) from 9 to 3 and Sunday (12/5) from 9 to 1 at National Avenue Christian Church. There will be gift opportunities from 13 non-profit organizations and will include things like providing formula for an infant at Isabel’s House and helping someone at the Missouri Hotel. Shoppers will receive a small ornament and a certificate of acknowledgement to wrap for the gift recipient. For more information, 869-9176.
The Eureka Springs Preservation Society will host their 28th annual Eureka Springs Christmas Tour of Homes tomorrow (12/4) from 3 to 8 pm. For tickets, 800-638-7352. Children 12 and under get in free.
The Ash Grove Christmas Parade will start tomorrow morning (12/4) at 10.
The Ash Grove Branch Library will host a holiday open house tomorrow morning (12/4) at 10:30. After the Ash Grove Christmas Parade, visit the library for holiday music, crafts and refreshments.
The West Plains Optimist Club will host its 29th annual Holiday Season Arts and Crafts Show at the West Plains Civic Center tomorrow (12/4) from 8:30 to 5 and Sunday (12/5) from 10 to 3.
A documentary about immigration issues, “9500 Liberty,” will be shown at the Yellow House in West Plains Sunday (12/5) at 1 followed by a discussion and a potluck. For more information, e-mail susan [at] wiseheart [dot] com.
The Missouri State University Community Band will perform its annual Celebrate the Seasons concert Sunday afternoon (12/5) from 3 to 5 at the West Plains Civic Center Theatre. Admission is free.
The 62nd annual Adoration Parade is Sunday (12/5) in Downtown Branson. Pre-parade festivities start at 3:30, the lighting of the Nativity will take place at 5, and the parade starts at 5:30. For details, visit www.explorebranson.com.
The City of Springfield’s Yardwaste Recycling Center and Lone Pine Recycling Center will be open this Sunday (12/5) from 1 to 5. This is the last Sunday for the special hours. For more information, 864-1904 or www.springfieldmo.gov/recycling.
Drury University’s Christmas Vespers Service will be held Sunday afternoon (12/5) at 4 in Stone Chapel.