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Weekend Outlook October 4-6, 2013

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are some ideas.
Giant Pumpkin
Giant pumpkin at Pumpkin Daze (Credit: republicpumpkindaze.com)
  • The Springfield Conservation Nature Center celebrates its 25thanniversary this weekend.  A dessert social will be held this afternoon (10/4) from 2 to 4.  Events tomorrow (10/5) include the Fishin’ Magicians at 10 and 11, and Dickerson Park Zoo will present Birds of Prey programs at 1 and 3 featuring live raptors.  Learn about venomous snakes of Missouri at 2 and 4, and view live specimens from 2 to 4.  Sunday’s events include primitive skills demonstrations from 1 to 5, a Dutch oven cooking demonstration at 1, Native American storytelling programs at 1 and 3 and more.  For details, 888-4237.
  • Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park’s annual Fall Fest is open weekends through October 27th.  Hours tomorrow (10/5) are 11 to 6 and Sunday (10/6) noon to 6.  There will be a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a hay maze, a cow train, hayrides, a corn cannon, pony rides and more. A haunted trail will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 beginning tonight (10/4).  Admission to Fall Fest is free, but some activities require a fee.  For more information, 837-5949 or parkboard.org.
  • The program “Springfield During World War II” starts at 7 tonight (10/4) at the Library Center.  Learn about hardships and patriotism on the home front during the war.  For details, 882-0714.
  • Ozarks Fall Farmfest is at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds today through Sunday (10/4-10/6) from 9 to 5.  Admission and parking are free.
  • The History Museum on the Square is hosting the exhibit “Woodruff’s Dream:  The Mother Road through Springfield—the Route 66 Exhibit” through February 2nd.  For more information, historymuseumonthesquare.org.
  • The Springfield Jazz Festival is tonight (10/4) starting at 6 on Park Central Square.  To learn more, springfieldjazzfestival.com.
  • The MSU volleyball team will host Evansville tonight (10/4) and Southern Illinois tomorrow night (10/5) at 7 at Hammons Student Center.
  • Learn about different healthcare jobs during a Healthcare Professions Symposium tonight (10/4) at 6 at MSU’s Plaster Student Union.  For details, 773-8750.
  • The Ozark Arts and Crafts Show is today and tomorrow (10/4-10/5) from 9 to 6 and Sunday (10/6) from 9 to 4 in Finley River Park.  For more information, ozarkcraftfair.com.
  • Reeds Spring will host Bonnie and Clyde Days today (10/4) from 9 to 7 and tomorrow (10/5) from 9 to 5.  The event will feature historical re-enactors and speakers, crafts and entertainment.  For details, bonnieandclydedays.com.
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is held Friday nights at 7 on the West Plains Square.  Take instruments and lawn chairs.
  • Learn why fire is used at conservation areas during a program this afternoon (10/4) at 4 in Temple Hall Room 3 at Missouri State University. 
  • The Zizzer Homecoming Parade will make its way through downtown West Plains this afternoon (10/4) at 1:45.
  • A Zizzer Homecoming Celebration starts tomorrow night (10/5) at 5 at the West Plains Civic Center featuring dinner, beverages and entertainment.  Tickets are $50 per couple or $30 for individuals.  For more information, 256-6150 or lana [dot] snodgras [at] zizzers [dot] org.
  • Taste of Springfield, presented by Springfield Grocer Company, is tomorrow (10/5) from noon to 4 on Park Central Square.  The event will feature food from 30 area restaurants, a beer tasting and live entertainment.  Taste tickets are 10 for $10 and will be available at the event.  To learn more, itsalldowntown.com.
  • The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will present the program “Pass Along Plants” tomorrow morning (10/5) at 10 in the native plant and herb demonstration garden at the Taney County Extension office, 122 Felks Ave. in Forsyth.  Learn about dividing plants, propagation and saving seeds.  For details, 546-4431.
  • The Cops vs. Guards basketball showdown between the Springfield Police Department and Federal Medical Center guards is tomorrow night (10/5) at 6 at Kickapoo High School.  Tickets will be available at the door and are $5 for ages 12 and up and $2 for kids six to 11-years-old.  Proceeds will benefit Project Graduation.
  • Learn about Japanese Kimonos at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center tomorrow morning (10/5) at 10.  The fee is $35, and proceeds will benefit the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.  To register, 891-1515.
  • The Funtastical Festival will be held tomorrow (10/5) from 11 to 5 at The Complex, 1430 E. 455thRd. in Bolivar.  Wear your costume and take part in a costume contest and more.  Donations of non-perishable food will be collected.  For details, 869-8094 or facebook.com/pages/Funtastical-Festival/1406025619615296.
  • Republic will host Pumpkin Daze tomorrow (10/5) beginning at 8 am.  The event will feature craft booths, a giant produce contest, wheelbarrow races, a pet parade and more.  For more information, republicpumpkindaze.com.
  • Author and personal historian Wayne Groner will present a free class “Your Memories, Your Book:  Writing Your Life Story” tomorrow morning (10/5) at 10 at the Library Center.  No registration is needed.
  • Discover the history of how fiber artists prepare a fleece, dye fibers, spin yarn and create textile masterpieces during the program “From Sheep to Shawl” tomorrow morning (10/5) at 9 at the MSU Morris Center in Springfield.  The cost is $79.  For more information, 836-8974.
  • The MSU men’s soccer team will host Loyola Chicago tonight (10/5) at 6 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • Drury will host the Panther Run 15K, 10K and 5K tomorrow morning (10/5).  For details, 890-7200.
  • The Darr School of Agriculture will present the MSU Agriculture Celebration with Alumni Friends tomorrow night (10/5) at 6 at the Bond Learning Center in West Plains.  The events will start with a reception featuring appetizers and an optional wine tasting.  The main event will feature a guest speaker, dinner, live music and a live and silent auction.  The cost is $25.  To learn more, 837-2500.
  • The Ozarks Small Business Incubator presents “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” starting tomorrow (10/5) from 9 to 4 at OzSBI in West Plains and continuing Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 through November 14th.  To register or for more information, 256-9724. 
  • The City of West Plains will hold a Galloway Park Work Day tomorrow (10/5, and volunteers are needed.  To find out more, Brenda [dot] smith [at] westplains [dot] net.
  • Kids can build amazing cardboard creations during the program “Cardboard Box Party” tomorrow morning (10/5) at 11 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  For more information, 883-1974.
  • Anyone 18 and over is invited to the program “Jewelry Making 101” tomorrow afternoon (10/5) at 2 at the Brentwood Branch Library.  To register, 883-1974.
  • Prevention Springfield will present the program “Keeping aBreast of your Health” tomorrow morning (10/5) at 9:30 at Fire Station #12 on Blackmon Rd.  The seminar will focus on awareness and prevention of breast cancer.  To learn more, bebauer17 [at] yahoo [dot] com.
  • The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is open tomorrow (10/5) from 8 to 1 at 4139 Nature Center Way. For more information, loveyourfarmer.com.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmers Market is open tomorrow (10/5) from 8 to 1 in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall Parking Lot.
  • C-Street Market is open tomorrow (10/5) from 8 to 1 near the Footbridge on Commercial Street.
  • The Railroad Historical Museum, located in an old train in Grant Beach Park, is staffed by volunteers and is open Saturdays from 2 to 4.  To learn more, rrhistoricalmuseum.zoomshare.com.
  • The MSU softball team will face Johnson County Community College Sunday (10/6) at 1 and 3 at Killian Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678.