The Queen City Sertoma Club presents Downtown Party Gras tonight and tomorrow (3/4-3/5) at 319 Walnut. The Cajun festival and cook-off will feature live bands, a best booth contest, public tasting, vendors and more. Doors open at 5 tonight with free admission. Tomorrow, tickets are $10 for the 11 am-6 pm cook-off and party. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield.
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s summer hours are in effect. The building hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5. The trail hours are Sunday thru Saturday 8 am to 8 pm.
The Missouri State Baseball Bears will face North Dakota this afternoon (3/4) at 3, tomorrow afternoon (3/5) at 2 and Sunday afternoon (3/6) at 1 at Hammons Field. For tickets, 836-7678.
The 6th annual Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Extravaganza continues thru March 12th in Eureka Springs, AR. For more information, www.Krazo.Ureeka.Org or call Dan at 479-981-9551.
The Springfield SEPTA will host the 1st annual Literacy Night for Parents of IEP/504 students in Springfield R-12 tonight (3/4) at 6 at Holland Elementary. To learn more, 773-4952.
A dance is held at the West Plains Senior Center each Friday night at 7. Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
The After Hours Big Band will play from 7 to 10 tonight (3/4) at the West Plains Opera House. Free dance lessons in the Two Step will be offered during breaks. Tickets are $10. For details, call 469-2541 or go to www.afterhoursbigband.net.
A benefit concert will start at 7 tonight (3/4) at the Avenue Theatre in West Plains for Relay for Life—Prayers for Nicholas. Admission is $8.
The Library Center invites kids in grades two thru five to the program “Mysterious March” tonight (3/4) at 7. There will be scavenger hunts, code-breaking and games based on the mystery series “A to Z Mysteries” by Ron Roy. To register, 882-0714.
Kids in grades 7 thru 12 can attend the program “Books to Movies” tonight (3/4) at 7 at the Library Center. Celebrate recent books to movies including “I Am Number Four” and “Beastly,” make duct tape roses, answer trivia and cast the next big book to movie. For details, 882-0714.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will host its annual Health, Information and Resource Fair for Seniors and Caregivers today (3/4) from now until 1 pm at the Northview Center. To find out more, 837-5808.
The Homebuilder’s Association Annual Home and Garden Show is tomorrow (3/5) at the West Plains Civic Center.
Mardi Gras on C-Street is tomorrow night (3/5) at 6 until 1 Sunday morning (3/6) on Historic Commercial Street. Eight venues will feature a variety of entertainment options for $5 in advance or $7 the day of the event. A Push, Pull, Pedal parade, benefiting Ozark Greenways, will start at 6:30. For more information, 864-4490.
Try your hand at woodcarving with members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists during the program “The Art of Woodcarving” tomorrow morning (3/5) at 10 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
Stop by the Nature Center anytime tomorrow (3/5) between 10 am and 4 pm to watch members of the Southern Missouri Woodcarving Artists as they demonstrate carving techniques, share information and sell some of their art pieces.
Kids 3 to 6-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program “Salamander Slide” tomorrow morning (3/5) at 11 at the Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
The South Side Senior Center in Springfield will hold a garage sale tomorrow (3/5) from 8 am to 2 pm. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10. Items are still being accepted for the sale. For details, 890-1313.
The Discovery Center of Springfield will host a Storm Academy tomorrow (3/5) from 9 am to 1 pm featuring meteorologists, storm chasers and the Quirkles. For more information, 862-9910.
The Library Center invites you to “Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: the Great Silents on the Big Screen” tomorrow afternoon (3/5) at 2:30. The featured silent film will be “Broken Blossoms.”
The Fair Grove Branch Library will host the program “Cooking with Honey” tomorrow afternoon (3/5) at 1. Learn about the benefits of cooking with honey and sample some honey-infused recipes. To learn more, 759-2637.
The 16th annual Rockaway Live Talent Show and Pasta Dinner is tomorrow night (3/5) at the Leonard Stevens Community Center in Rockaway Beach. For more information, 561-4280 or www.rockawaybeachchamber.com.
The Skyline Volunteer Fire Department will host a Chili Supper tomorrow night (3/5) from 5 to 7 at Skyline School with live music by Big Creek, Back Yard Blue Grass, Green Mountain Messengers and a jam session. There will also be a silent auction and a quilt raffle.
The Missouri Department of Conservation and City Utilitieswill hold a cleanup day at Fellows LakeSunday (3/5) from noon to 5. The lake level is low right now, which provides a great opportunity to pick up litter along the shoreline in an area that’s normally underwater. Those who plan to help should meet at the Gate 3 parking lot near the marina. Department of Conservation staff will hand out trash bags. Take gloves andwater bottles . To find out more, 895-6880.