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Weekend Outlook May 22, 2009

  • Visit small town festivals
  • Give the gift of life
  • Help homeless youth
  • Observe Memorial Day
  • Listen to live music
  • Celebrate a county's 150th birthday
  • Swim
  • Buy Japanese Maples
  • Buy local produce
  • The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is holding a blood drive this weekend. “Laps for Life” is today (5/22) until 3 and tomorrow (5/23) from 7 am to 2 pm at the Campbell and Glenstone Donor Centers. For more information, 227-5000 or cbco.org.
  • The Harold Bell Wright Festival will be held today and tomorrow (5/22-5/23) from 9 to 6 on Downing Street and at Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park in Hollister. A parade starts tomorrow morning (5/23) at 11.
  • Greenfield’s Buffalo Days Festival starts today and continues through tomorrow on the square in downtown Greenfield. For more information, 637-2040.
  • The West Plains Birding Club will meet at 6 tonight (5/22) at the Lybyer Technology Center, room 205 on the MSU-West Plains Campus.
  • The Library Center is the place to be tomorrow for How-To Computer Seminars. “E-Mail and Internet Security” is at 10, “Using Family Tree Maker” is at 12:30 and “”setting Up User Accounts in Windows Vista” will start at 2:15. For details, 882-0714.
  • Find bargains and help out the Rare Breed, an outreach center for homeless youth, at a garage sale tomorrow (5/23) at Brentwood Christian Church. If you’d like to donate items for the sale, take them to the church today (5/22). For more information, 882-3738.
  • The Brentwood Branch Library will hold a bilingual storytime—in English and Spanish—tomorrow morning (5/23) at 10 for children of all ages.
  • AMVETS riders Chapter 28 will hold their 2nd Annual Memorial Day Ride tomorrow (5/23). Proceeds will benefit construction of a Memorial Park. For more information, 372-0018.
  • Free music continues today (5/22) from noon to 6, tomorrow (5/23) from noon to 4 and Sunday (5/24) from noon to 6 in Eureka Springs’ Basin Park. It’s part of the Eureka Springs Festival of the Arts. For details, www.eurekasprings.org.
  • Christian County will celebrate its 150th anniversary this weekend with lots of activities on the Ozark Square. Hours for the Sesquicentennial celebration tomorrow and Sunday (5/23-24) are 10 to 10 and Monday 10 to 5. A parade will start tomorrow morning at 10. For more information, 988-7191.
  • The 26th Annual National Street Rod Association Mid-America Street Rod Nationals is in Springfield at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds today thru Sunday (5/22-5/24) from 8:30 to 5. For more information, www.nsra-usa.com.
  • Springfield Public Pools open tomorrow (5/23). There’s going to be an open house for the improvements that have been made to Fassnight Pool and the Fassnight Pavilion tomorrow at 12:30. Entry is free at Fassnight Pool tomorrow from 1 to 6:30. To find out about pool hours and fees, visit www.parkboard.org or call the pool information hotline at 864-2099.
  • The new Willard Aquatic Center will open tomorrow (5/23) in Willard. For more information, 742-2262.
  • The Botanical Society of Southwest Missouri will hold a Japanese Maple Festival tomorrow (5/23) from 9 am to 3 pm at Nathanael Greene Park. 30 varieties of Japanese maples will be available for purchase and there will be experts to offer advice. For details, call 864-1049.
  • A community auction to benefit Relay for Life will be held tomorrow morning (5/23) at 11 on Banning St., next to Rib Crib in Marshfield. Consignments will be accepted from 8 to 10. For more information, 859-2700.
  • The Wilson’s Creek Farmer’s Market is open tonight (5/22) at 5:30 in Battlefield at the city park. For details, 224-0325.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmer’s Market opens tomorrow morning (5/23) at 8:30 in the Northeast corner of the Battlefield Mall Parking Lot.
  • The C-Street Market is open tomorrow (5/23) from 8 to noon on Commercial Street.
  • To find out more about farmers’ markets in the area, visit www.agebb.missouri.edu.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Hiking Club will explore Fort Crowder and Bicentennial Conservation Areas tomorrow (5/23). To register, 888-4237.
  • The Nature Center will show the conservation videos “Plants and Places” from the Missouri Outdoors TV Collection Sunday afternoon (5/24) at 2.
  • The documentary “Free Energy: the Race to Zero Point” will be shown Sunday afternoon (5/24) at 1:30 at the Library Center.
  • There’s going to be a Memorial Day Service Monday morning (5/25) at 10 at Springfield National Cemetery, 1702 E. Seminole.
  • A ceremony will be held Monday afternoon (5/25) at 1 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood featuring a speech by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Take a lawn chair.