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Weekend Outlook February 17-19, 2012

Check out what's happening over the weekend in the Ozarks...
  • The MSU Lady Bears basketball team will host Evansville tonight (2/17) at 7:05 and Southern Illinois Sunday afternoon (2/19) at 2:05 at JQH Arena.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Lawn and Garden Show is today and tomorrow (2/17-2/18) from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday (2/19) from 11 to 5 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  Admission is $4 for adults.  Kids 12 and under get in free.  For more information, www.ozarkempirefair.com.
  • Today (2/17) is Science Sprout Museum Day at the Discovery Center of Springfield.  Kids six and younger are invited to learn about the solar system.  To learn more, 862-9901 or www.discoverycenter.org.
  • The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host a Daddy Daughter Dance tonight (2/17) at 6 at Doling Family Center.  The cost is $30 per couple and $15 for each additional child.  There will be live music, a catered dinner and more.  To register, 837-5900.
  • Storytimes are scheduled today and tomorrow (2/17 & 2/18) at several Springfield-Greene County Library branches.  For details, www.thelibrary.org.
  • The Library Center invites adults and kids in 6th-12thgrades to take part in the Blast from the Past Trivia Night tonight (2/17) at 6.  Questions will pertain to 80s and 90s pop culture.  To sign up, 882-0714.
  • It’s 80s Night tonight (2/17) at 6 for kids in grades 6 through 12 at the Library Station.  For more information, 865-1340.
  • Adults are invited to learn how to decorate cupcakes tonight (2/17) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.  To register, 831-1342.
  • The Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks will host Genes & Jazz tonight (2/17) at 425 W. Walnut in Springfield.  There will be music, casino games, a silent auction, food and prizes.  The cost is $35 per person or $50 per couple.  For ticket information, 885-9905.
  • Learn more about the Natural Resources Conservation Service and careers in the natural resources field during a free presentation this afternoon (2/17) at 2:30 in Melton Hall room 112 on the Missouri State-West Plains campus. 
  • Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains will hold a free Peripheral Artery Disease screening today (2/17) from 10:15 am to 3 pm at the OMC Parkway Classroom.  To make an appointment, 417-257-7272.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites you to an Owl Prowl tonight (2/17) from 7 to 8:30.  Go on a guided hike to try to call owls and see owls up close during a program hosted by Dickerson Park Zoo.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Tomorrow (1/18) is the Great Backyard Bird Count.  The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will be counting birds at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center in the morning from 9 to 11, and you can help.  For details, 888-4237.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will present the classes “GPS for Beginners” tomorrow morning (2/18) from 9 to noon and “Geocaching for Beginners” tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 4 for anyone 12 and older.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Kids three to six-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program “Skunk Scurry” tomorrow morning (2/18) at 11.  To register, 888-4237. 
  • The Missouri State men’s basketball team will host Old Dominion tomorrow afternoon (2/18) at 4 at JQH Arena.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The 31stAnnual Sertoma Chili Cook-off is tomorrow (2/18) from 11 to 5 at the Springfield Expo Center.  There will be live music and free chili samples from around 80 teams.  Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.  For details, www.sertomachilicookoff.com.
  • COPE, a comprehensive victim service program, will hold its 9thAnnual Chili Cook-off tomorrow (2/18) from noon to 3 at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon.  Tickets are $5 for adults and kids under 12 get in free.   The Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the center’s lobby from 11 to 4, and donors will receive $1 off their admission ticket to the chili cook-off.
  • The 6thannual West Plains Public Library Chili Cook-off will be held tomorrow (2/18) from noon to 4 at the West Plains Civic Center.  For more information, 417-505-0375.
  • The Ava Organic Garden Club will host its annual seed swap tomorrow (2/18) from 11 to 2 at the Lions Club in Ava.  For more information, e-mail ozarkotter [at] yahoo [dot] com.
  • The Springfield Regional Arts Council will hold a Free Art Day tomorrow morning (2/18) from 10 to noon at the Creamery Arts Center.  Activity stations will include hand printing on scarves, printmaking rubbing techniques, paper printmaking and necklace and medallion making.  The Springfield-Greene County Library will also offer storytelling.
  • The Missouri Society of Professional Engineers will host its annual Discover Engineering event for elementary children tomorrow (2/18) from noon to 4 in Drury’s Findlay Student Center.  For more information, 831-9700.
  • Missouri State University is offering free tax help today (2/17) from 10 am to 2 pm in Glass Hall and tomorrow (2/18) from 10 to 2 at Glass Hall and at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  For details, 1-800-427-4626.