The Christmas Lights of Ozark at Finley River Park are open through Sunday (1/5). Hours are 5 to 11 pm today and tomorrow and 5 to 10 Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, ozarkmissouri.com/index.aspx?NID=290.
First Friday Art Walk is tonight (1/3) from 6 to 10 at various center city galleries in Springfield. One event tonight is a chance to visit with Route 66 artist Jerry Rice at the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County. He’ll have a limited number of signed prints available, and you can view the Route 66 exhibit. For details, ffaw.org.
The Christmas Spectacular light display, hosted by Light of Hope continues through tomorrow night (1/4) from 5:30 to 10 at 705 Morning Glory Drive in Nixa. To learn more, facebook.com/LightofHopeIntl
The Drury women’s basketball team will host Saint Joseph’s College tonight (1/3) at 5:45, and the men’s team will face Saint Joseph’s at 8 at O’Reilly Family Event Center. They’ll both host the University of Indianapolis Sunday (1/5)—the women at 1 and the men at 3:15. For ticket information, drurytickets.com.
Kids in grades K-5 can celebrate the last day of their winter break with a morning of crafts at the Willard Branch Library today (1/3) from 10 to noon. To find out more, 742-4258.
Kids in grades 6-12 are invited to Downton Tea Time today (1/3) at 4 at the Brentwood Branch Library. Take part in tea and trivia about the popular PBS show. For details, 883-1974.
It’s Teen Friday Nights tonight (1/3) from 6 to 8 at the Library Station. To learn more, 865-1340.
Learn to make birthday cards from scratch during a program tomorrow afternoon (1/4) at 2 at the Brentwood Branch Library. The program is open to anyone 18 and older. To register, 883-1974.
A Bibliobop Dance Party for kids 2 to 6-years-old will start at 10 tomorrow morning (1/4) at the Library Center. For details, 882-0714.
The History Museum on the Square is hosting the exhibit “Woodruff’s Dream: The Mother Road through Springfield—the Route 66 Exhibit” through February 2nd. For more information, historymuseumonthesquare.org.
The Missouri State Lady Bears will host Wichita State Sunday afternoon (1/5) at 2:05 at JQH Arena. For ticket information, 836-7678 or missouristatetix.com.
Dickerson Park Zoo is closed today (1/3) due to ice and snow on the trails. The zoo is usually open from 10 am to 4 pm daily, and guests may stay in the park an hour after closing. For details, dickersonparkzoo.org.
The Discovery Center of Springfield is open today and tomorrow (1/3-1/4) from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday (1/5) from 1 to 5. To learn more, discoverycenter.org.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield’s Visitor Center and Tour Road are open 8 to 5 seven days a week. For more information, nps.gov/wicr/index.htm.
Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm at 4139 S. Nature Center Way. To learn more, loveyourfarmer.com.
Artists are invited to submit a design proposal and sketch of a mural or graphic design to wrap a 55-gallon plastic drum for the 2014 Artistic Trash Barrel Contest. The contest is sponsored by Friends of the Garden and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. The deadline for entries is January 15th. To find out more, ksteinhoff [at] springfieldmo [dot] gov.
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.