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Weekend Outlook Oct. 23, 2009

  • Attend a fall festival
  • Visit Spooktacular
  • Listen to stories
  • Explore Springfield's haunted history
  • Star gaze
  • Listen to music
  • Bird watch
  • Hike
  • Attend a college sporting event
  • The annual Boo Bash is tonight (10/23) from 6 to 8 at the Pat Jones Family YMCA. There will be inflatables, square dancing, costume contests, hayrides, storytelling, cow roping, crafts, a campfire sing-a-long and more. There will be a campout from 8 tonight until 8 tomorrow morning, so take a tent. For more information, call 862-8962, ext. 124.
  • Halloween Spooktacular is underway and runs thru October 31st from 6:30 to 9 each evening. See hundreds of jack-o-lanterns, the Festival of Scarecrows and go trick-or-treating if you’re 12 and younger. Tickets are $5 at the gate. For details, visit www.dickersonparkzoo.org.
  • Storytellers of the Ozarks will tell stories of Halloween tonight (10/23) starting at 6:30 at the Library Center. Stories at 6:30 will be for younger children, and stories at 7 will be for older kids and their parents. For more information, 848-5859.
  • The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County is hosting one-hour haunted shuttle tours thru Downtown Springfield tonight and tomorrow night (10/23-10/24). Times for the tours are 5:30, 7 and 8:30, and shuttles leave from Founders Park on Water St. To find out more, call 864-1976.
  • A Star Party is tonight (10/23) from 5 to 8 at the Discovery Center of Springfield. For details, call 862-9910.
  • Brewer and Shipley will perform at 7 tonight (10/23) at the West Plains Civic Center. Admission is free.
  • Find your way through a corn maze at the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park in Springfield. The maze is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. For more information, visit www.parkboard.org and click on “special events.”
  • A new low-cost spay/neuter program will open early next year, and an event tomorrow will benefit the clinic. Half of the proceeds from Pets and Pumpkins tomorrow (10/24) from 2 to 6 on Commercial Street will go to the SAAF House. Activities include costume contests for kids and pets, vendor booths and games. For more information visit www.petsandpumpkins.com.
  • Look for rare birds tomorrow (10/24) at the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area with members of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society. Meet at 8 am in the northwest corner of the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot at Sunshine and West Bypass. For more information, call Lisa Berger at 882-1017.
  • The original portraits from L.L. Broadfoot’s book Pioneers of the Ozarks are on display at the Harlin Museum in West Plains today and tomorrow (10/23-10/24) from noon to 4. For more information, 256-7801.
  • Berch will be in concert with Catch the Bear and J.T. Smith at the Avenue Theatre in West Plains tomorrow night (10/24) at 7:30. Admission is $7.
  • Learn how to make homemade cleaning products at a program tomorrow morning (10/24) at 10 at the Library Station. For more information, call 865-1340.
  • Kickapoo High School student organizations will host the 8th annual Kickapoo Ozarks Food Harvest Fall Carnival tomorrow night (10/24) from 6 to 8:30 in the school student center and cafeteria. Admission is a minimum of two canned food items. There will be games, trunk or treating, a haunted house, face painting, cookie decorating, pumpkin painting and more.
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s hiking club will go on a four-mile hike at Little Sac Woods tomorrow (10/24). And a class in close-up nature photography will be held tomorrow morning (10/24) at the Nature Center. To register or for more information, 888-4237.
  • The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross will host an Introduction to Humanitarian Law class tomorrow (10/24) from 9:30 to 2:30 at the Library Center. To register for the free class, call 882-0714.
  • The 7th Annual Skeleton Scurry is tomorrow morning (10/24) from 10 to noon at CoxHealth’s Meyer Center. The Halloween costume party and outdoor fun run is for anyone 2 to 11. Tickets are $10 today or $12 tomorrow. For more information, call 269-3282.
  • The Friends of the Library’s Fall Book Sale continues thru Sunday (10/25) at Remington’s, 1655 W. Republic Rd. Hours today and tomorrow are 10 to 8 and Sunday 1 to 5.
  • There’s going to be a fashion show tomorrow afternoon (10/24) at 1:30 in the US Bank Foyer and Royal Oak Auditorium at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks. For more information about “Fall Into Fashion,” call 573-578-6608.
  • It’s the 24th Annual Fall Fun Fest tomorrow (10/24) at Doling Park. There’s going to be a hayride, games and other activities. The event is from 5 to 7 and is for families with kids 12 and younger. Admission is $1 or a bag of candy. For more information, visit www.parkboard.org.
  • There’s going to be a Free Art Day tomorrow (10/24) from 10 to noon at the Creamery Arts Center. Kids can make pumpkin collages, hairy bat clips, masks and listen to stories. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Flat Creek Bluegrass presents a Bluegrass Music Show tomorrow (10/24) from 1 to 4 at the Salvation Army Headquarters at Kansas and Chestnut Expressways. Admission is free—take chairs.
  • The Ozark Coin Club’s Annual Fall Coin & Stamp Show is tomorrow (10/24) from 9 to 5 and Sunday (10/25) from 9 to 2 at the E-Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. For more information, call 862-3867.
  • The MO State field hockey team will take on Ball State tomorrow morning (10/24) at 11 at Plaster Sports Complex and Miami from Ohio Sunday at noon.
  • The MO State men’s soccer team will face Bradley tomorrow afternoon (10/24) at 3 at Plaster Sports Complex.
  • MO State Women’s Basketball will host a MO State Basketball Sneak Preview tomorrow night (10/24) at 7 at JQH Arena. For more information or tickets, call 836-7678 or visit www.missouristatetix.com.