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Weekend Outlook February 7-9, 2014

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some ideas.
Valentine's Day Cupcakes
Valentine's Day Cupcakes (Credit: Stuart Webster; Flickr)
  • Missouri State is celebrating the Chinese New Year with demonstrations and performances this week.  At 10 this morning MSU professor Hing Wah Hatch will demonstrate and discuss the art of Chinese painting in Siceluff Hall, room 124.  Then attend a performance and discussion of Chinese traditional music at noon at the same location.  Click here for more information.
  • Missouri State Media, Journalism and Film Department alumnus Byron Smith will screen and discuss his work as a Hollywood editor tonight (2/7) at 7 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre at MSU.  For details, calendar.missouristate.edu/viewevent.aspx?eventid=80367&occurrenceid=139675
  • Love on the Square 2, a traditional exhibit and digital presentation of photo images of Springfield from the Betty Love Collection at the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County, kicks off tonight (2/7) from 6 to 10 at the historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square.  The exhibit can be seen through March 15th.  To learn more, historymuseumonthesquare.org.
  • The MSU Lady Bears will host Loyola tonight (2/7) at 7 and Bradley tomorrow afternoon (2/8) at 2:05 at JQH Arena.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • Three to six-year-olds can attend the Little Acorns program “Regal Eagles” today (2/7) at 11 and 1:30 and tomorrow (2/8) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Kids in grades three through six will learn about engineering during the program Junior Engineers this morning (2/7) at 11 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  To register, 883-1974.
  • Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to attend the program “Sweets for the Sweet” this afternoon (2/7) at 3 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  They’ll make personalized conversation hearts and other Valentine’s Day crafts and treats.  To register, 883-1974.
  • Tonight (2/7) is Teen Friday Nights from 6 to 8 at the Library Station for kids in grades six through 12.  Stop in for games, crafts and special events.  To learn more, 865-1340.
  • A dance is held every Friday night at 6:30 at the West Plains Senior Center.  Admission is $5, and all ages are welcome.
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is each Friday at 7 pm at the West Plains Music Store.  Take instruments and lawn chairs.
  • The Springfield Ballet will host the 4thannual Daddy-Daughter Dance tomorrow night (2/8) at 6 at the Creamery Arts Center.  For more information, 862-1343.
  • The Keeling Foundation for Kids presents Cook-Off/Tip-Off at Bolivar High School tomorrow afternoon (2/8) at 3.  The chili cook-off, auction and alumni ballgames will benefit Polk County students.  For details, 770-5070.
  • A fundraiser for CASA, Sparkles and Spurs, a Valentine’s Dance and Dinner, will be held tomorrow night (2/8) from 6 to 8 at the Barn south of Highway 63 near West Plains.  BBQ dinners will be sold for $5, and stay to hear the Country Express Band from 7 to 10 for $5 more.  For details, 417-293-4184.
  • The Springfield Regional Opera will present “The Three Little Pigs” for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade tomorrow afternoon (2/8) at 1:30 at the Park Central Branch Library.  The opera will be presented in English by students from Drury and Evangel.
  • The Antique Festival of the Ozarks will be at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds tomorrow (2/8) from 9 to 5 and Sunday (2/9) from 10 to 5.  Admission for the weekend is $5 for adults.  Kids 12 and under get in free.
  • See the film “Tangled,” rated PG, tomorrow afternoon (2/8) at 4 at the Strafford Branch Library.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Teen Club, for kids 12 to 17, will meet tomorrow (2/8) from 9 to 3 to learn how to use topographical maps and compasses.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will team up with the Moxie Cinema to show the film “Low and Clear” tomorrow afternoon (2/8) at 2.  The film follows two old friends reuniting for what may be their last fishing trip together.  The showing will be at the Moxie’s new location, 305 S. Campbell, and admission is free.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The 2ndannual Midwest Regional Beer, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival is tomorrow (2/8) from noon to 4 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and you must be 21 or older to attend.  A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society.  For more information, ozarkempirefairgrounds.com.
  • Singing and Dancing performances by Chinese language groups will be held tomorrow morning (2/8) at 10 in Siceluff Hall, room 124, on the MSU campus.  And MSU professor Hing Wah Hatch will demonstrate and discuss Chinese animal painting and calligraphy at 11 at the same location.  At noon, see a demonstration of Taiji, Chinese shadow boxing.  To learn more, international.missouristate.edu/assets/china/Chinese_New_Year_2014.pdf
  • The Sunday Concert Series continues Sunday afternoon (2/9) at 2 at the Library Center.  Sac River Bluegrass will perform traditional bluegrass and old-time mountain music.