Hear about the universal health care system in Cuba
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Have your health checked
Take a hike
Trace your Civil War ancestors
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Get free tax help
Join a vegetarian club
The Lawn and Garden Show is today and tomorrow (2/18-2/19) from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday (2/20) from 11 to 5 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Admission is $4 for adults, and kids 12 and under get in free. For more information, 833-2660 or ozarkempirefair.com.
The Missouri State University Association of Black Collegians and the Student Activities Council present “A Night at the Savoy” tonight (2/18) at 7 in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. For more information, 836-3043.
Kids in grades 6 thru 12 are invited to the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library this afternoon (2/18) at 3 to play board and card games and the Wii. For details, 862-0135. The same age group can attend the program “This Friday” at the Library Center tonight at 6. Enjoy tabletop games and crafts. To learn more, 865-1340.
Families are invited to the Discover Nature Families program “Nocturnal Animals” tonight (2/18) at 6:30 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Learn about nocturnal animals, listen to after-dark stories and take a guided hike on the trails. To register, 888-4237.
Visiting scholar Dr. Carol Gosselink will give a talk on the free universal health care system in Cuba today (2/18) at noon in the MSU Professional Building, room 105.
Learn all about Social Networking this afternoon (2/18) at 1 at the Edge at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. To register, 837-5011.
A dance is held each Friday night at 7 at the West Plains Senior Center. All ages are welcome. Admission is $4.
Get free cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings today (2/18) until 10 am at the Ozarks Medical Center’s Parkway Classroom in West Plains. For more information, 257-5984.
It’s Science Sprout Day at the Discovery Center. Kids six and under are invited to Science Storytime at 10 and 1 today (2/18) and see a special science demonstration at 11 and 2. They’ll also be able to make a craft at the Exploratory Lab. General admission applies. The Discovery Science Club for kids ages 6 to 12 meets tomorrow (2/19) at the Discovery Center. There is a fee, and pre-registration is required. For more information, 862-9910.
The Gillioz Theatre presents comedian Ralphie May tomorrow night (2/19) at 7:30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. For tickets, 863-9491 or gillioz.org.
The 30th annual Sertoma Chili Cookoff is tomorrow (2/19) from 11 to 5 at the Springfield Expo Center. There will be live music and, of course, lots of chili. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, sertomachilicookoff.com.
A Sock Hop to benefit the American Cancer Society is tomorrow night (2/19) from 6 to 10 at the National Guard Armory. Besides the dance there will be games, pie throwing, a hula hoop contest, inflatables and more. Admission is $5. For more information, 209-4750.
Take a guided hike tomorrow morning (2/19) at 9 at Ritter Springs Park. The free hike is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation Outdoor Initiatives. For more information, 833-8647.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will be counting birds at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s feeders as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count, and you’re invited to help tomorrow morning (2/19) from 9 to 11. To find out more, 888-4237.
Learn about common backyard birds and how to attract them to your yard by playing “Backyard Bird BINGO” tomorrow morning (2/19) from 11 to noon at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. No registration is required.
It’s Center City Saturday tomorrow (2/19) at the Park Central Branch Library. Families with children of all ages are invited to watch movies rated PG and under from 1 to 5. To learn more, 831-1342.
Adults are invited to the program “Community and Conflict: Find Your Civil War Ancestors” tomorrow afternoon (2/19) at 2 at the Library Center. Learn how to use military records to trace your ancestors’ Civil War service. For details, 882-0714.
It’s feeling like spring in the Ozarks, so it’s appropriate that the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library will present the program “Ready to Garden: Organic Gardening for Beginners” tomorrow afternoon (2/19) at 1. To register, 862-0135.
The Springfield Regional Arts Council and Junior League will host a Free Art Day tomorrow morning (2/19) from 10 to noon at the Creamery Arts Center. There will be Mardi Gras mask-making, St. Patrick’s Day clover weaving and printmaking. If you’d like more information, 862-ARTS.
All ages are invited to Storytime tomorrow morning (2/19) at 10 at the Park Central Branch Library.
Low-to-moderate income families and individuals including those with disabilities, non-English speakers and the elderly can get free tax help tomorrow (2/19) from 9 am to 2 pm at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. For details, 862-0135.
The 5th annual West Plains Public Library Foundation Chili Cook-Off is tomorrow (2/19) from noon to 4 at the West Plains Civic Center. To find out more, 505-0375.
A Civil War Roundtable will be held tomorrow (2/19) from 2 to 4 at the West Plains Public Library. There will be a 3 pm living history demonstration of the firing of a mountain howitzer, commemorating the attack on the Howell County Courthouse.
Spokane’s Project Graduation will present Todd Oliver and Friends along with a special guest tomorrow night (2/19) at 7 at Spokane High School. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children 8 and under. If you purchase four or more tickets, you’ll receive a $2 discount per ticket. For more information, 830-8128.
COPE, Inc., a non-profit comprehensive victim service program will host their 8th annual Chili Cook-Off tomorrow (2/19) from noon to 3 in the exhibition hall at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon. There will be lots of chili, a silent auction, inflatable games and live music. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under get in free. To learn more, 533-5201.
The Ozarks Writers League will hold its quarterly workshop tomorrow (2/19) from 9 to 3 at Plaster Auditorium on the College of the Ozarks campus. For more information, ozarkswritersleague.org.
A new “Plant Eaters Organization” is being formed in Springfield to replace the Vegetarian Club of the Ozarks. An organizational meeting will be held Sunday afternoon (2/20) at 1:30 at Farmers Gastropub, 431 S. Jefferson. If you plan to attend, call Lincoln Justice at 935-5552.
Sunday Sounds will feature Mountain Dulcimer Players Sunday afternoon (2/20) at 2 at the Library Station. Admission is free.