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Weekend Outlook October 12-14, 2012

Need some ideas for what to do over the weekend? Look no further...
  • Phelps Center for Gifted Education will host its 6thAnnual Trivia Night tonight (10/12) at the center, 934 S. Kimbrough.  The cost is $80 per 8-person table or $10 per participant.  To find out more or to register, 523-3300.
  • Mt. Vernon’s Apple Butter Makin’ Days is today through Sunday (10/11-10/13) in downtown Mt. Vernon.  Booths open at 9 am today and tomorrow and 10 am Sunday.  For more information, www.mtvernonchamber.com.
  • The Springfield HBA’s Home Remodeling Expo is today (10/11) from 1 to 7, tomorrow (10/12) from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday (10/13) from 11 to 5 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.  The event will include live presentations and lots of booths.  For details, www.springfieldhba.com.
  • The West Plains Public Library Foundation will hold a dedication and reception for the Susan L. Pease Young Adult Area tonight (10/11) from 5 to 7.  Finger foods will be served after the ribbon cutting at 4:45.
  • A dance is held each Friday night at 7 on the square in West Plains.  Take instruments if you want to join in and lawn chairs.
  • Farmers Market of the Ozarks will host the Love Your Farmer Dinner tonight (10/12) from 6 to 8 at the market.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids six to 12.  For more information, www.loveyourfarmer.com.
  • Missouri State’s season opening basketball Twilight Tip-Off event is tomorrow (10/12) starting at 5 at JQH Arena.  There will be activities, prizes and entertainment for fans of all ages.  The event features scrimmages from both the men’s and women’s teams, performances by the cheerleaders and Sugar Bears and free autographs with players and coaches.  Gates open at 4, and admission is free.
  • The American Legion & Auxiliary “Fear Factory XI” haunted house at 1401 Bill Virdon Drive, will be open tonight and tomorrow night (10/12-10/13).  The cost is $6 or $5 with the donation of a nonperishable food item.
  • The Wooley Creek Bluegrass Festival is today through Sunday (10/12-10/14).  Proceeds go toward the restoration of the historic Wooley Creek School.  Admission is $10 for the weekend, and Sunday is free.  For a schedule and more information, www.wooleycreekbluegrassfestival.org.
  • The MSU Association of Fashion and Design presents the 4thannual “Catwalk for the Cure” tonight (10/12) at 7:30 at Randy Bacon Photography Studio + Gallery, 600 W. College.  The show will feature student designs from the MSU Fashion Department and area high school designers as well as apparel from local boutiques.  Tickets are $8 at the door and proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.  For details, http://missouristate.eduand click on “calendar.”
  • The MSU Volleyball Bears will host Wichita State tonight (10/12) at 7 at Hammons Student Center.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild will host “Art in the Park,” a fine art contemporary craft show and sale, tomorrow and Sunday (10/13 & 10/14) at Sequiota Park, 3500 S. Lone Pine.  Admission is free.  To learn more, www.artcraftguild.org.
  • A dedication of Cherokee  Trail of Tears Park will be held tomorrow morning (10/12) at 10 during the Native American Cultural Day celebration at 5434 South Tower Drive next to Battlefield City Hall in Battlefield.  The celebration, from 9 to 5, will feature Native American vendors, dancers, artists and speakers and more.  For more information, www.battlefieldmo.org.
  • The 2012 Polk County Business Expo and Community Appreciation Party is tomorrow (10/13) from 10 to 2 at Bolivar High School.  For more information, 326-4118.
  • NASA Night at MSU’s Baker Observatory is tomorrow night (10/13) from 7:30 to 10:30.  In case of cloudy weather, the event will be held Sunday night (10/14).  A weather message will be available after 5 pm tomorrow at 836-5131.  For details, http://physics.missouristate.edu/nasaobservingnight.htm.
  • Bearfest Village will be open tomorrow (10/13) from 10 to 1 in MSU’s Lot 22, just south of Plaster Sports Complex.  There will be food, fun and entertainment before the MSU Football Bears take on South Dakota at 1.  For tickets to the game, 836-7678.
  • Isabel’s House will offer public tours tomorrow (10/13) from 11 to 2.  There will be free hotdogs, drawings for gift baskets, children’s games and cake.  To learn more, 865-2273.
  • A Writers Workshop will be held tomorrow (10/13) from 8:30 to 4:30 at Drury’s Lay Auditorium.  Teens and adults are welcome to the event, sponsored by the Writers Hall of Fame.  The cost is $50 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.  To register, gailg [at] thelibrary [dot] org.
  • The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society invites the public to join members at Fellows Lake tomorrow morning (10/13) to look for waterfowl and other birds.  Meet in the parking lot at the east end of the lake at 8 am.  For more information, Bob or Ruby at 889-2565.
  • Members of Ghost Trackers will share their adventures of ghost hunting in the Ozarks during the program “James River Ghost Trackers” tomorrow afternoon (10/13) at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.  To register, 862-0135.
  • The Doomsday Film Series for adults continues tomorrow (10/13) at 2 at the Library Center with the showing of the film “War Games.”  To learn more, 882-0714.
  • Kids in grades 2 through 4 are invited to the Library Center tomorrow afternoon (10/13) at 2 to learn how to make spooky snacks.  To register, 882-0714.
  • The Library Center presents “They Gathered As Unto Strife:  A Dramatization of the Civil War Battle of Wilson’s Creek” tomorrow night (10/13) at 7.  Members of the Queen City Collective will bring the book, “They Gathered As Unto Strife” by Clever resident Jeffrey Tenney, to life through dramatic readings.  Tenney will be on hand to discuss his work.  For more information, 882-0714.
  • Stand Against Trafficking will talk about the problem of human sex trafficking in the U.S. and in our community during a conference at Heartland Covenant Church, 1700 S. Campbell in Springfield, tomorrow morning (10/13) at 9.  On-site registration begins at 8 and costs $25.  To learn more, www.standagainsttrafficking.org.
  • The Springfield Symphony Guild will host its annual Antique Show and Sale today and tomorrow (10/12 & 10/13) from 10 am to 5 pm at Remington’s, 1655 W. Republic Rd.  Admission is $5.  Those who wish to have an item appraised may do so for $5 plus the cost of admission.  To find out more, www.springfieldmosymphony.org.
  • Locust Prairie School Days and Student Reunion will be held tomorrow (10/13) from 10 am to 3 pm at the school, located at the intersection of Farm Rd. 239 and Farm Road 56, between Strafford and Fair Grove.  The event includes an old car cruise-in, a tractor show and music.  There will be chili, vegetable soup, homemade pies and cakes and a homemade quilt raffle.  All proceeds go the preservation of the school.  For details, 759-2119.
  • The Sunday Concert Series will feature the bluegrass band Lonesome Hollow Sunday afternoon (10/14) at 2 at the Library Center.
  • The Connor and Una Schaible Memorial 5K will start Sunday morning (10/14) at 9 outside Plaster Student Union (near the bear statue).  Registration is $15 the morning of the race.  For more information, http://missouristate.edu, click on “calendar.”
  • The MSU women’s soccer team will host Creighton Sunday afternoon (10/14) at 1 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For tickets, 836-7678.