The weather might play a role in whether or not these events are held, so please make sure the event has not been cancelled before heading out.
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center presents the Nocturnal Animals Puppet Show today (3/22) at 5 and 6:30. To register, 888-4237.
The Queen City Sertoma will host a Cajun Cookoff tonight (3/22) from 6 to 9 at the Shrine Mosque. There will be live music by local bands, food from local vendors, a cash bar, a silent auction and more. A tasting will be held tomorrow (3/23) from 2 to 6. Tickets are $10. To learn more, queencitysertoma.org.
Horsefest is today, tomorrow and Sunday (3/22-24) from 8:30 to 5 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. View hundreds of equine-related exhibits and see horses from area breeders. For details, ozarkempirefair.com.
The Ozark Empire PRCA Rodeo starts at 8 tonight and tomorrow night (3/22-3/23) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Arena. General admission is $18 for adults and $14 for children. For more information, ozarkempirefair.com.
The Association of International Students at MSU will present the International Dance tonight (3/22) at 6 in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. See many different forms of dancing from all over the globe. Admission is free. For details, www.facebook.com/AISatMSU.
A dance is held every Friday night at 7 at the Senior Center in West Plains. Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
Acoustic Jam on the Square is held each Friday night at 7 at the West Plains Music Store on the square in West Plains. Take instruments if you want to join in and chairs.
The Third Annual Fair Grove Community Talent Show starts tonight (3/22) at 7:30 at Fair Grove Upper Elementary. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults and $6 for students.
The Library Center will offer the program “Beginning Genealogy” tomorrow (3/23) at 9:30 and 1. To register, 616-0534.
Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to “Teen Spring” tomorrow afternoon (3/23) at 2 at the Brentwood Branch Library. Do some spring planting, created dyed egg shell mosaics and take part in a colored powder/glitter toss. To register, 883-1974.
Learn all about raising chickens in your backyard during a program tomorrow afternoon (3/23) at 2 at the Library Station. To find out more, 865-1340.
See the movie “Harvey,” by Irish-American playwright Mary Chase tomorrow afternoon (3/23) at 3 at the Strafford Branch Library. For details, 736-9233.
Learn handgun shooting basics during a program of the same name tomorrow (3/23) from 8:30 to noon at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. To register, 742-4361.
Hike off-trail in the Mark Twain National Forest near Chadwick with a volunteer naturalist at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow (3/23). The Hiking Club will meet at the Nature Center at 8. To register, 888-4237.
A 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Walk is tomorrow (3/23) in West Plains to benefit Faith Christian Academy. Check in is from 7 to 8 and the run starts at 9. The cost is $20. For more information, 417-274-4045.
Habitat for Humanity’s Light the Night 5K will start tomorrow night (3/23) at 9 at the Bear Paw on the MSU campus. The event is free. T-shirts may be purchased for $15. To register, lightthenight.eventzilla.net.
The 2013 Republic Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt starts tomorrow morning (3/23) at 10 at J.R. Martin Park. Take Easter baskets. For more information, 732-3500.
The South Central Kennel Club will host the Spring AKC Style Obedience, Rally & Conformation Fun Match is tomorrow (3/23) from 8:30 to 3 at the West Plains Civic Center. For details, scmkc.org.
Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (3/23) from 9 to 1 at 4139 S. Nature Center Way. For details, loveyourfarmer.com.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will hold a South Creek Volunteer Work Day tomorrow morning (3/23) from 9 to noon. Volunteers will clean up the stretch of South Creek that parallels Sunset between National and Jefferson Streets. Meet at McDaniel Park at Sunset and National, and take boots, work gloves, water and a snack. To learn more, Myra at 883-4015.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society invites you to join them to look for waterfowl at Fellows Lake and to look for birds at Valley Water Mill Sunday morning (3/24). Meet at the fishing dock at the east end of the lake at 8 am. For more information, 581-2757.
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.