You know spring is right around the corner when it’s time for the Lawn and Garden Show. It’s set for today and tomorrow (2/15 & 2/16) from 9 to 6 and Sunday (2/17) from 11 to 5 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Admission is $4, and kids 12 and under get in free. The Show will feature a variety of exhibits and seminars. For details, ozarkempirefair.com/events/lawn-and-garden.
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will host an Owl Prowl and Evening Stroll tonight (2/15) from 7 to 8:30. See owls from Dickerson Park Zoo inside the Nature Center and then head out on the trails to try to call some wild ones. To register, 888-4237.
It’s Open Mic night tonight (2/15) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library. To learn more, thelibrary.org.
The Can You Tackle Trivia? Trivia event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Southwest Missouri chapter, is tonight (2/15) at 7 at Knights of Columbus, 2340 W. Grand. The cost is $20 per person. For details, 886-2199.
Missouri State University is celebrating the Chinese New Year through today (2/15) with a variety of events. A Chinese music performance starts this morning at 11:50 and a Twelve Year Animals Painting Demonstration starts at 1:30 today in Siceluff Hall, room 124. For more information, 836-5798 or missouristate.edu.
Missouri State University-West Plains will celebrate its 50thanniversary with a year-long celebration starting tonight (2/15) with a concert at the West Plains Civic Center featuring the band Ha Ha Tonka. A social hour with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar is planned from 7 to 8, just before the concert. For ticket information, 417-256-8123.
The I Love My Pet pet show to benefit the Grant Beach Neighborhood Association, will be held tonight (2/15) from 6 to 8 at the St. Joseph Parish Hall, 1113 N. Campbell. Pets will be judged in several categories, and the cost per pet to enter is $5. To learn more, 942-2456.
A dance is held each Friday night at 7 at the West Plains Senior Center. Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
Acoustic Jam on the Square is held Friday nights at West Plains Music Store on the West Plains Square. Take instruments and lawn chairs.
The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County, 155 Park Central Square, is hosting the exhibit “Sun, Sports and Summer Fun: A Celebration of the 100thAnniversary of Springfield-Greene County Park Board” through March 15th. Hours today and tomorrow (2/15 & 2/16) are 10:30 to 4:30. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
It’s Saturday Afternoon at the Movies tomorrow afternoon (2/16) at 2 at the Library Center. See the movie “Roman Holiday.” For details, thelibrary.org.
Learn how to attract birds to your yard during a program tomorrow morning (2/16) at 10:30 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The program is for kids six and up with an adult mentor. Learn how to attract birds, how to identify them and then build a birdhouse to take home. To register, 888-4237.
The Conservation Teen Club at the Nature Center will also make birdhouses tomorrow (2/16). Kids 12 to 17 are invited from 2 to 4. To register, 888-4237.
The Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson will host Vulture Venture tomorrow (2/16) from noon to 5. There will be indoor activities, including the chance to see a captive vulture close up, and outdoor viewing opportunities. For details, 417-334-4865.
The Zac Brown Band, with special guest Blackberry Smoke, takes the stage tomorrow night (2/16) at 7 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. For ticket information, 836-7678 or hammonshall.com.
Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (2/16) from 9 to 1 at 4139 S. Nature Center Way. For details, loveyourfarmer.com.
The Friends of the Garnett Library at MSU-West Plains will hold their annual chili supper tomorrow (2/16) from 4:30 to 7 at First Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $7.50 each, and kids six and younger can eat for $3. For details, 417-255-7945.
Anyone with low-to-moderate income, those with disabilities, non-English speakers and the elderly can get free tax help tomorrow (2/16) from 10 to 2 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. To make an appointment, 864-0030.
Low-income and senior taxpayers can get free tax help tomorrow (2/16) from 10 to 3 at Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration. To find out more, 873-7522.
Learn how to create a family legacy with your children through family time and storytelling during the Parents Brunch and Learn tomorrow morning (2/16) at 11 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. To register, 862-0135.
The Brentwood Branch Library presents “Seuss Fest” tomorrow afternoon (2/16) at 1. To learn more, 883-1974.
John Hoover, curator of the Art of the Printed Book exhibit will present “The Continuing Appeal of Fine Books in a Googled World: A Selection of Great illustrated Books of the Past Twenty-Five Years” tomorrow afternoon (2/16) at 2 at the Library Center. For more information, thelibrary.org.
The Red Cross will offer Babysitter’s Training tomorrow (2/16) from 8:30 to 4:30 at 1545 N. West Bypass. The cost is $85. For details or to register, redcross.org/take-a-class.
Explore the Civil War history of the area around Osage Springs tomorrow (2/16) at the Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers, Arkansas. The cost is $5. To register for the program “Civil War Secrets of Osage Springs,” rhmprograms.eventbrite.com.
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.