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Weekend Outlook Feb. 5, 2010

  • Listen to stories
  • Shop to help kids
  • Celebrate the Chinese New Year
  • Watch college basketball
  • See Joan Rivers
  • Polish your job search skills
  • Enjoy chocolate
  • Learn about bats, tattoos and winter preparedness
  • Take a hike
  • Find out how to count backyard birds
  • Native American storyteller John Hernandez will tell stories tonight (2/5) at 7 in the Nature Center lobby. There will be Native American Drumming from 8 to 8:30. The Nature Center trails will be open and patrolled from 6 to 9—take a flashlight. For more information, 888-4237.
  • The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at MSU will host a Chinese New Year Banquet tonight (2/5) from 6 to 10 in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. Admission is $10. For more information, http://missouristate.edu and click on “Calendar.”
  • The Missouri State Lady Bears will host Creighton tonight (2/5) at 7:05 at the JQH Arena. They’ll host Drake Sunday afternoon (2/7) at 2:05. The men’s team will take on Creighton tomorrow night (2/6) at 7:05 at JQH Arena. For tickets, 836-7678.
  • Joan Rivers presents “Can We Talk…” tonight (2/5) at 8 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. It’s for mature audiences. For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • Cox Health Auxiliary is holding a fine jewelry sale today (2/5) until 4 in the Cox South lobby.
  • Learn how to create a job-winning resume this morning (2/5) at 10 at the Willard Branch Library. From noon to 5 at the library, learn or update your software skills, write a resume, find job opportunitiesonline, complete online applications and more. To register, 742-4258.
  • A dance is held at the West Plains Senior Center Friday nights beginning at 7. All ages are welcome. Admission is $4.
  • The 7th Annual Chocolate Festival is tomorrow (2/6) from 1 to 3 at the West Plains Civic Center. Admission is $3. Proceeds will benefit Christos House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Fordetails, 256-3408.
  • The Avenue Theatre in West Plains will host a Festival of Bands tomorrow night (2/6) from 6 to 11. Admission is $5 at the door.
  • Drury University students will provide free tax preparation to low-income and seniors tomorrow (2/6) from 10 to 3 at the Breech School of Business at the corner of Central and Drury Lane. For more information, 873-7522.
  • Ozark Parks and Recreation will host the 1st annual family fun and football at the Ozark Community Center Sunday (2/7). There will be flag football, family Zumba, aqua football and more. Then, watch the Super Bowl on 11 TV sets throughout the building. For details or to make a reservation, 581-7002.
  • The Awakening Youth Rally Concert, part of MO State’s observance of African American Heritage Month, is tomorrow night (2/6) at 6 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre. For details, 836-4108.
  • Those with disabilities, older adults and non-English speakers can get free tax help tomorrow (2/6) from 10 to 2 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. To learn more, 862-0135.
  • Learn about Tattoo Art, its History and Safety during a program tomorrow afternoon (2/6) at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. To register, 862-0135.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board Outdoor Initiatives will offer a Bat & Cave Awareness program as well as an Artifacts & Fossils presentation tomorrow afternoon (2/6) at 1 at Tom Watkins Center, 2100 W. High, for ages 7 and up. Admission is free. A class on winter outdoor preparedness will be held tomorrow morning (2/6) at 10:30 at the same location. For more information, http://www.parkboard.org.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks will hold a grand opening for its new Thrift Store at 215 Veterans Boulevard in Branson tomorrow (2/6) from noon to 2. There will be free barbecue and door prizes. For more information, 496-9404.
  • Adults are invited to the program “Beginner Orienteering” tomorrow (2/6) from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
  • There will be a Hiked it…Liked it! Weekend Hike tomorrow morning (2/6) at 9 at the Nature Center.
  • Members of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will be in the Nature Center’s bird viewing area Sunday (2/7) from 1 to 4 to answer questions about backyard birds and the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count.
  • The Nature Center will show the video “Birds” from the TV Story Collection Sunday afternoon (2/7) at 2.
  • A Gospel Concert featuring “The Least Ones,” the MSU Gospel Choir and the Philharmonics will be held Sunday afternoon (2/7) at 3 at Deliverance Temple, 2101 W. Chestnut Expressway. It’s part of MSU’s observance of African-American Heritage Month. For more information, 836-4108.