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 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.
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.