The MSU Baseball Bears will face Evansville tonight (5/11) at 6:30, tomorrow afternoon (5/12) at 2 and Sunday (5/13) at 1 at Hammons Field. For ticket information, 836-7678.
The MSU Beartones will present their spring concert tonight (5/11) at 7 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre. Admission is $5.
Today (5/11) is National Public Gardens day, and, to celebrate, The Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park will hold a special event starting at 9 and continuing throughout the day. The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will have free admission from 9 am to 7:30 pm, meet chat and ask questions of Master Gardeners in their demonstration gardens from 9 to 4, take a guided garden solar tram tour from 9 to 4 and visit the Bill Roston Native Butterfly House on its opening day from 10 to 6. For more information, 891-1511.
The Park Central Branch Library’s How To series continues tonight (5/11) at 7 with the program “Missouri Wines and Grapes” for adults. For details, 831-1342.
The 2ndAnnual Big Hair Ball to benefit the SAAFhouse Spay and Neuter Clinic will be held tonight (5/11) at 7 at Historic Firehouse #2, 101 E. Commercial. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, dancing, music by the Bel Airs, a silent auction and a big hair competition. To find out more, 831-7223.
The 4thannual Trivia Night to benefit the United Way is tonight (5/11) at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2431 N. Glenstone. Admission is $100 per table. For details, 887-4990.
The Friends of the West Plains Public Library will hold a book sale today (5/11) from 9 to 6 and tomorrow (5/12) from 9 to 1 at the Library.
The Arts in the Park Series at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will feature the gospel group Bob Hammons and the Wildwood tomorrow night (5/12) at 7. Admission is free. To find out more, 732-2662.
The Kitchen 5K Fun Run and Mutt Strutt starts tomorrow morning (5/12) at 8 at City Utilities main office, 301 E. Central. For more information, 831-8630 or www.cityutilities.net.
The Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center invites families to the program “Archery Basics” tomorrow morning (5/12) from 8:30 to 11:30. To register for the free program, 742-4361.
The South Central Missouri Kennel Show is tomorrow (5/12) from 8 to 4 in the West Plains Civic Center Arena.
The Active Water 5K run will be held tomorrow (5/12) at Carmichael Field in West Plains. Check-in is at 8 and the race starts at 9. Proceeds will be used to provide clean water and sanitation projects to needy communities around the globe.
The Springfield Little Theatre Education Program will host an Open House tomorrow morning (5/12) from 9:30 to noon at the Lander’s Theatre. Try on costumes, have your face painted and enjoy cupcakes and troupe performances. For more information, 869-3869, ext. 21.
The Webster County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale tomorrow (5/12) from 8 to noon at the Webster County Extension Center, 800 Marshall St. (next to City Hall) in Marshfield. To learn more, 859-2044.
The 13thAnnual Ozark Greenways Adventure Race will originate tomorrow morning (5/12) at 7 from the Frisco Trail Mini Storage and Bike Depot near Willard. For details, www.greenwayrace.org.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will hold a trip to St. Louis tomorrow and Sunday (5/12-5/13) to watch for birds in Tower Grove Park. For more information, Jerry or Marge at 417-207-5763.
The Avenue Theatre Palooza, featuring West Plains-area bands and musicians starts tomorrow night (5/12) at 5:30 at the Avenue Theatre. Tickets are available for $7 at the door.
The Library Center’s Saturday Afternoon at the Movies: The Thin Man Detective Series continues tomorrow afternoon (5/12) at 2 with “Another Thin Man.” For more information, 882-0714.
The C-Street Market is open tomorrow morning (5/12) from 8 to noon near the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on Commercial Street.
The Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is open from 7:30 am to 1 pm tomorrow (5/12). For more information, www.loveyourfarmer.com.
Celebrate agriculture during Dairy Days tomorrow (5/12) from 10 to 4 at the Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park in Springfield. Some activities will have a small fee, but admission to the park is free. For more information, 837-5949.
Dickerson Park Zoo will celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday (5/13). Moms get in free all day, and kids can make pasta jewelry for their mothers from 10 to 2.
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.