The Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park is offering hay rides, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze each weekend in October. Hours are Friday 5 to 10 pm and Saturday and Sunday noon to 10 pm. For more information, www.parkboard.org.
Phelps Center for Gifted Education will host a Trivia Night and Silent Auction tonight (10/8) at the school, 934 S. Kimbrough. The silent auction starts at 5:30 and trivia at 6. The cost is $10 per person. Proceeds will be used to help build a green performance pavilion in the school’s outdoor classroom. To learn more, call 523-3325.
The Ozarks New Energy Conference continues today (10/8) in Plaster Student Union on the Missouri State Campus. For conference details, visit www.ozarksnewenergy.org/site.
Park Central Sounds, featuring local music, is tonight (10/8) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library.
Mt. Vernon will host Apple Butter Makin’ Days today and tomorrow (10/8 & 10/9) from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday (10/10) from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be crafts, food, games, a parade, car show and apple butter made in kettle pots on the courthouse lawn. For details, www.mtvernonchamber.com.
Missouri State University will host the 38th annual OZARKO Invitational Marching Festival tomorrow (10/9) at Plaster Sports Complex starting at 8:30 am. The Missouri State Pride Band will perform at 5:50, and finals competition will begin at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and 5 and under get in free. To find out more, 836-5454.
St. Johns Sunshine Run is tomorrow (10/9). A 5K starts at 7:30 am, a one-mile at 8:15 and a 10K at 8:30. The race begins at Hammons Parkway and Trafficway, in front of Hammons Field. There will be no race-day registration. To find out more, visit www.stjohns.com/sunshinerun.
The 180 Film Festival and Auction to benefit Council of Churches of the Ozarks is tomorrow night (10/9) from 5 to 8 at 627 N. Glenstone. To find out more, visit www.ccozarks.com.
The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library will present the program “Folklore and Hauntings of the Ozarks” for adults tomorrow afternoon (10/9) at 1. To register, 862-0135.
The Botanical Society Chrysanthemum Festival is tomorrow (10/9) from 10 to 3 at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.
Art in the Park is tomorrow and Sunday (10/9-10/10) from 10 am to 4:30 pm at Sequiota Park. More information is at www.artcraftguild.org.
A Beginning Genealogy class starts tomorrow morning (10/9) at 10 at the Fair Grove Branch Library. For more information, 759-2637.
Hickory Hills School on E. Division will hold the Green Projects Garage Sale fundraiser tomorrow (10/9) from 7 am to 1 pm in the school’s gymnasium. To find out more, 523-7100.
The Library Center will host an Author’s Fair tomorrow (10/9) from 11 to 2. Authors from across the region will convene in one location to share their stories.
The Missouri State Pre-Veterinary Club will wash dogs from 10 am to 3 pm tomorrow (10/9) at Patriot Auto Wash at Kansas Expressway and James River Freeway. Donations of $5, $7 and $9 are requested for small, medium and large dogs.
The Missouri State softball team will play Central Arkansas tomorrow afternoon (10/9) at 1 and Tulsa tomorrow at 5 at Killian Sports Complex.
It’s NASA Public Observing Night at Baker Observatory tomorrow night (10/9) from 8 to 11. Telescopes from 8 to 16 inches in diameter will be available for the public to see the night sky. For more information, including a map, visit http://physics.missouristate.edu/NASAObservingNight.htm.
Sigma Alpha Chi Latina Sorority at MSU will present the 7th Biennial Fashion Show tomorrow night (10/9) at 7 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre. Traditional attire, as well as performances from across Latino America, will be showcased. Admission is free.
The Halfway Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Association of Southwest Missouri is tomorrow (10/9) at the Halfway Public School. Check-in is at 9, and the walk starts at 10. For more information, www.memorywalk2010.kintera.org/halfway.
The Friends of the Christian County Library will hold their semi-annual book sale tomorrow (10/9) thru Saturday October 16th at the Library. Hours are noon to 8 pm Monday thru Thursday, noon to 5 Fridays and 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Saturdays. If you’d like to find out more, 581-2432.
The staff of the Cox North Emergency Department will host “Frights, Spooks and Witches Brews” tomorrow (10/9) from 4 to 10 pm at Cox North. There will be prizes, a haunted house tour with trick-or-treating, games, crafts, dancing and snacks as well as a costume contest for both children and adults. Admission is $5, and children 1 and under get in free. Proceeds will go to Children’s Miracle Network. To learn more, 269-KIDS.
The fall meeting of the Greene County Historical Society is tomorrow afternoon (10/9) at 2 at the Library Center. Senator Norma Champion will discuss her career in broadcasting, education and politics.
Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will host the 1st annual Minority Entrepreneurship Conference tomorrow (10/9) from 9:30 am to 4 pm in the Trustee Science Center. If you’d like more information, visit www.drury.edu/ejc/mec.
The Chopper Walkers (Air Evac Lifeteam) Relay for Life Charity Golf Tournament will be tomorrow (10/9) at 9 am at the West Plains Municipal Golf Course. For details, 417-247-7122.
The 2nd annual Pet Costume Contest is tomorrow (10/9) from 10 am to 2 pm at Galloway Creek Nature Park in West Plains. To learn more, 293-5506.
It’s Second Saturday Science tomorrow (10/9) at the Discovery Center of Springfield. The topic is “What can MRI Tell us About Autism and other Brain Disorders?” There will be hands-on science activities in the Exploratory Lab from 10 am to 1 pm. General admission applies. For more information, 862-9910.
The Discovery Center will celebrate “Powers of 10 Day” Sunday (10/10) on 10-10-10. Measure, calculate, play number games and watch the Powers of 10 movie.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society is hosting an all-day trip to Southwest Missouri prairies Sunday (10/10) to look for waterfowl and raptors. If you’d like to go, meet on the northeast side of the Lowe’s parking lot at Highway 13 and Norton Rd. For details, call Bob Ball at 889-2565.
Chapter and Verse: Music on a Sunday Afternoon will feature “Techs and the Roadies,” heard recently on Studio Live on KSMU,” Sunday afternoon (10/10) at 2 at the Library Center. Admission is free.
The 16th annual Victory Ride will be held Sunday (10/10) beginning at 1 at Cook’s Kettle, 200 W. Commercial. Registration will be from 11 to 12:30. For details, 839-9439.