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Weekend Outlook March 30-April 1, 2012

Find out what there is to do in the Ozarks over the weekend
  • The 2ndAnnual Queen City Egg and Keg Hunt to benefit NAMI will be held tonight (3/30) at 7 starting at the University Plaza Hotel.  The event will include an egg hunt, food, drinks and music.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the event.  For more information, www.namiswmo.comor 864-7119.
  • Storytimes will be offered today at various Springfield-Greene County Library branches—including one tonight (3/30) at 7 for adults at the Library Center.  For more information, www.thelibrary.org.
  • A dance is held each Friday night at 7 at the West Plains Senior Center.  Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
  • The Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association hosts Acoustic Jam on the Square Friday nights at 7.  The Acoustic Country, Folk & Rock Jam is held at the West Plains Music Store, and a Bluegrass Jam is at #1 Evans Arcade.  Take chairs if you just want to listen or chairs and instruments if you want to join in.
  • The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds will be the site of Horsefest today thru Sunday (3/30-4/1).  There will be hundreds of equine-related exhibits.  For details, www.ozarkempirefair.com.
  • The Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park will host Easter at the Farm tomorrow (3/31) from 10 to 4.  The highlight of the event is an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 for kids 3 to 9-years-old. There will also be inflatables, pony rides, games, arts and crafts and more.  Kids can have their pictures taken with the Easter bunny.  The event is free, but some activities have a small fee.  For more information, www.parkboard.org.
  • Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is hosting a 5K Run/Walk and Expo tomorrow (3/31) to celebrate Girl Scouting’s 100thanniversary.  The run starts tomorrow morning at 8 at University Plaza, and the expo, featuring hands-on activities, booths and entertainment, is from 11 to 5 at the Springfield Expo Center.  There is a $10 admission charge for the Expo.  To learn more, www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/2012expo.
  • The Missouri State men’s soccer team will host Midamerica Nazarene tomorrow afternoon (3/31) at 1 at Plaster Sports Complex and Benedictine tomorrow night at 6.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is tomorrow (3/31) from 11 to 3 at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  For details, www.parkboard.org.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will take a trip tomorrow (3/31) to prairie lands in Barton and Dade Counties to look for migrating birds.  The trip is open to anyone, regardless of birdwatching experience.  Meet at 7 tomorrow morning in the northwest corner of the parking lot of the Walmart at West Bypass and Sunshine.  If you’d like to find out more, 581-2757.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites women to the Discover Nature Women program “Hiking at Henning Conservation Area” tomorrow (3/31).  For more information or to register, 888-4237.
  • The Ozark Coin Club will hold an Identification/Evaluation Day tomorrow (3/31) from 10 to 2 at the Discovery Center, 438 E. St. Louis.  Anyone can have up to six coins or paper currency evaluated by local collectors at no charge.  For details, Bob at 995-2028 or Nancy at 862-3867.
  • The Willard Police Department will host the 10thAnnual Charity Boxing Event tomorrow night (3/31) at 6 at Willard Middle School to benefit Willard PAL Youth Boxing and Project Graduation.  For more information, 742-3077.
  • The Aquafina Pitch Hit and Run is tomorrow morning (3/31) from 9 to 11 at Cooper Sports Complex.  Kids will have the chance to test the basic baseball skills of pitching for accuracy, hitting for distance and running for time.  For more information, 837-5817.
  • A class in Beginning Genealogy will be held tomorrow (3/31) from 9:30 to noon at the Library Center.  To register, 882-0714.
  • Low-to-moderate income families and individuals can get free tax return preparation assistance tomorrow (3/31) from 10 to 2 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  To learn more, 864-0030.
  • The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library invites adults to the program “E-Book Training” tomorrow afternoon (3/31) at 2.  Learn how to check out and download e-books from the library and read them on your computer or compatible e-reader.  For more information, 862-0135.
  • The Library Center presents “Colossal Dinosaur Extravaganza” tomorrow (3/31).  A program for 3 to 7-year-olds will start at 10, and a program for kids in grades 3-6 starts at 11:15.  To register, 882-0714.
  • Ozark Greenways will hold a Membership Party Sunday (4/1) from 1-3 at Galloway Station, 4211 S. Lone Pine.  A discounted $20 membership will be available for anyone who wants to join Ozark Greenways that day, and a brief program will start at 2.
  • The Sunday Concert Series continues Sunday afternoon (4/1) at 2 at the Library Center with Little Hoover’s Big Band Celebrates National Jazz Month.  For details, 882-0714.