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Weekend Outlook March 16-18, 2012

Find out what's happening over the weekend in the Ozarks
  • A dance is held each Friday night at 7 at the West Plains Senior Center.  Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
  • The 2ndAnnual Celtic Variety Show will be held tonight (3/16) at 7 at the Avenue Theatre in West Plains.  To find out more, www.theavenuetheatre.com.
  •   A concert to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Missouri will start tomorrow night (3/17) at 7 at the West Plains Civic Center Arena.  For details, www.civiccenter.net.
  • Today (3/16) is Family Board Game Day from 8:30 am to 6 pm at the Republic Branch Library.  Classic board games will be available or you can take your own.
  • The Library Station invites anyone in 6ththru 12thgrades to “Hunger Games Board Game Night” tonight (3/16) at 6.  For details, 865-1340.
  • Tonight (3/16) is 7 is Open Mic Night at the Park Central Branch Library.
  • Nighthawk Express Bluegrass will present a program of bluegrass, gospel and classic country music tonight (3/16) at 7 at the Ozark Senior Center, 727 North NN Highway.  Admission is $3.  For details, 581-2538.
  • The Missouri State softball team will host Illinois State today (3/16) at 5 and tomorrow (3/17) at noon and 2 at Killian Sports Complex.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts presents “An Evening with KANSAS and the Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra” tonight (3/16) at 8.  The rock band will help raise funds and awareness for Missouri State’s music programs.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites kids 2 and under and their favorite big people to “Babes in the Woods Celebrates Spring” this morning and tomorrow morning (3/16) at 10.  To register, 888-4237.
  • The Nature Center will hold the Little Acorns program “Spring Has Sprung” today (3/16) at 11 and 1:30 and tomorrow morning (3/17) at 11.  To register, 888-4237.
  • Tomorrow (3/17) is St. Patrick’s Day, and, to celebrate, Springfield’s Irish Festival Association presents the 32ndAnnual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration.  Food booths and vendors open at noon at the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, and the parade begins forming.  An Irish Pet Contest will start at 12:30, and the parade begins at 2 at Commercial and Locust.  It will travel west to Boonville, south on Boonville to Park Central Square and south on South Ave. to Elm.  This year’s Grand Marshal is Greene County Commissioner Roseann Bentley.  For more information, www.springfieldstpatsparade.org.
  • The Krewe of Blarney, will host the St. Paddy Day Parade tomorrow (3/17) in Eureka Springs.  The parade starts at 2 at the Carnegie Library on Spring St. and will end at the Courthouse on Main. 
  • A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will start at 5 pm tomorrow (3/17) at the O’Bannon Center in Buffalo.  Dinner will include corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, Irish stew and fish and chips.  A Branson tickets auction begins at 6:30 and entertainment at 7.  Proceeds benefit the Celtic Heritage Festival in Buffalo.  To learn more, 417-345-2852.
  • The MSU Baseball Bears will host Oral Roberts tomorrow afternoon (3/17) at 2 and Sunday afternoon (3/18) at 1 at Hammons Field.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Missouri Department of Conservation along with other organizations is hosting the “PEEP Passport to Discovery” program tomorrow (3/17) thru March 25th.  Families that visit at least six participating sites will get a patch.  Places to visit are George Washington Carver National Monument, Missouri Department of Conservation in Joplin, Nathan Boone State Historic Site, Neosho National Fish Hatchery, Prairie State Park, Roaring River State Park, Southeast Kansas Nature Center and Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center.
  • The Discovery Center will hold a training session tomorrow night (3/17) from 6 to 8 for its Citizen Science Globe at Night Project.  Learn how to collect data for the project which helps measure light pollution around the world.  Then, the Discovery Center will host a Guided Instruction Workshop tomorrow night (3/17) from 8 to 10 for the same project.  You must have attended a training session to attend the workshop.  Pre-register by today (3/16) at 862-9910.
  • The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is holding a Special Winter each Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm through the end of March at the corner of Republic Rd. and National.