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Weekend Outlook January 3-5, 2014

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Tea Set (Credit: Anne Heathen; Flickr)
  • 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.
  • The MSU-West Plains Grizzly Basketball New Year’s Classic Tournament will be held today and tomorrow (1/3-1/4) at the West Plains Civic Center Arena.  For more information, wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb/Schedule201314.htm
  • 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.
  • Trails at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center are open daily from 8 am to 6 pm.  The Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm.  Details are at mdc.mo.gov/regions/southwest/springfield-conservation-nature-center.
  • 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.