A Toys for Tots Concert, “A Good Old Country Christmas,” sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps League, will be held tonight (12/7) and tomorrow night (12/8) at 7 at the West Plains Civic Center Theatre. Admission is one unwrapped toy.
The 3rdAnnual DickensFest will be held today through Sunday (12/7-12/9) on Moffet Avenue in Joplin. The event will feature winter lights, an outdoor Olde English village, costumed Dickens characters, food, crafts, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, a live Nativity and more. For more information, JoplinDickensFest.com or 483-3116.
The Community Christmas Tree in West Plains will be lit tonight (12/7) at 6 at Court Square.
A Holiday Train/Garden Display is at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center through December 31st. Hours today and tomorrow (12/7-12/8) are 8 to 8 and Sunday (12/9) from 11 to 6. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Today (12/7) is the last day to send holiday greetings to members of the U.S. Armed Forces through the Red Cross’ Holiday Cards for Heroes program. For more information, 832-9500 or redcross.org.
The Yellow House Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale is tonight (12/7) from 5 to 9 and tomorrow (12/8) from 10 to 5 in West Plains.
The program “Healthy Holiday Foods and Special Diets” is this morning (12/7) at 10 at the Fair Grove Branch Library. There will be a special emphasis on gluten-free and diabetic issues. Take a favorite recipe for a recipe exchange. For details, 759-2637.
The Friends of the West Plains Library will host a Book & Bake Sale tomorrow (12/8) from 9 to 4 in the library’s Community Room. All proceeds benefit the library.
The West Plains Christmas Parade starts tomorrow night (12/8) at 5 from the corner of Missouri Ave. and Porter Waggoner and will proceed past People’s Park and onto West Main.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield presents the 9thAnnual Memorial Illumination Ceremony tomorrow (12/8) featuring more than 2500 luminaries. Each one represents someone killed, wounded or missing during the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. An opening ceremony will start at 4:30 at the Visitor’s Center, and the tour opens to the public at 5:15 and goes until 9. For more information, 732-2662.
George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO will host a Holiday Open House tomorrow (12/8) from 1 to 3. There will be music, refreshments and 19thcentury crafts. Park Rangers will present a special program at 1:45 called “Carver’s Christmas Letters.” A special showing of the PBS feature “Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone” will run at noon and 3. To learn more, 325-4151.
Springfield Regional Arts Council invites you to a Free Art Day tomorrow morning (12/8) from 10 to noon at the Creamery Arts Center. Kids can make wrapping paper, snowflakes and glass ball ornaments. Storytelling will be provided by the Springfield Greene County Library.
The 5thAnnual Charity Troop Hunt is tomorrow (12/8) from 1 to 8. This holiday scavenger hunt benefits troops and their families. More information is on Facebook at facebook.com/charitytroophunt.
The Springfield Christmas Parade starts tomorrow afternoon (12/8) at 2. To view a parade map, itsalldowntown.com.
A free drive-through light display is at Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park Saturdays through Dec. 22 from dusk to 7 pm.
Free ice skating will be offered at Mediacom Ice Park tomorrow (12/8) from 3 to 4. Skate rental is $2.50.
Watch the Lord of the Rings film, “The Two Towers,” tomorrow afternoon (12/8) at 1 at the Library Center and Library Station.
The 2012 Viking Endowment Fund Craft Show will be held in the Parkview High School Gym tomorrow (12/8) from 8 to 4. If you’d like more information, Gabriel at 523-9200.
The Sunday Concert Series at the Library Center will feature Red Bridge Bluegrass performing “Holiday Music Bluegrass Style” Sunday afternoon (12/9) at 2. Admission is free.
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.