Today (9/17) is the kickoff of Science Sprout Museum Day at the Discovery Center. The 3rd Friday of each month thru February, the Discovery Center invites kids up to age 6 to learn, explore and discover a different topic each month. The theme today is “Are you my Mummy?” There will be story time at 10 and 1 and science demonstrations at 11 and 2. To learn more, call 862-9910.
Missouri State University presents a Moon City Invitational Reading tonight (9/17) at 7 in Ellis Recital Hall. The reading will feature MSU English Department faculty.
It’s Retro Gaming Night tonight (9/17) at 6:30 at the Brentwood Branch Library for grade 6 to adult. For information, 883-1974.
Learn to knit tonight (9/17) at 7 at the Park Central Branch Library. Registration is required—call 831-1342.
Marionville will host its 20th AppleFest today and tomorrow (9/17 & 9/18). The festival opens at noon today and goes until about 8. It will open at 10 tomorrow morning with a parade.
The Humansville Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Fall Festival thru tomorrow in Dimmitt Park in Humansville. The festival features crafters, vendors, music, a parade and much more. For more information, call 253-3139.
The Missouri State-West Plains Grizzly volleyball team will host the Grizzly Invitational today and tomorrow (9/17-9/18) at the West Plains Civic Center. To find out more, www.wp.missouristate.edu
A Goat Show is being held today thru Sunday (9/17-9/19) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. For details, www.ozarkempirefair.com
It’s Tween Night tonight (9/17) at 7 at the Library Center for kids in grades 3 thru 5. To register, 882-0714.
The Wilson’s Creek Farmers’ Market opens at 4:30 this afternoon (5/28) and is open every Friday at First Baptist Church of Battlefield at FF and Weaver Rd.
The Greater Springfield Farmers’ Market opens tomorrow morning (5/29) at 8:30 in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall parking lot.
The C-Street Farmer’s Market is open tomorrow (6/19) from 9 am to 2 pm near the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge on Historic Commercial Street. For details, www.itsalldowntown.com.
A Harvest Soup Cook-off to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest will be held tomorrow (9/18) from 10 am to noon at the Greater Springfield Farmers Market in the Battlefield Mall Parking Lot. Several Springfield restaurants will provide the soup. The public is asked to donate cash, canned goods, paper products or fresh produce at the Harvest on Wheels Donation Station booth for Ozarks Food Harvest.
Wilder Day is tomorrow (9/18) from 9 to 5 at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield. There will be entertainment throughout the day including a performance on Pa’s fiddle. For more information, www.lauraingallswilderhome.com
The 13th annual Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street is this weekend in Springfield from 10 to 5 both days. There will be regional artists and crafters, 3 performance stages, a free children’s area and apple cider. For more information, www.itsalldowntown.com
Branson will host its Memory Walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Southwest Missouri tomorrow (9/18) at the Andy Williams Theatre. For details, www.memorywalk2010.kintera.org/branson
The Taneycomo Cleanup 2010 will be held tomorrow morning (9/18) from 9 to noon. Volunteers are needed to pick up litter by boat and on the shoreline. To register to help, e-mail gopala [at] trlwq [dot] org or call 739-4100.
The Ozarks Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers will host a Picnic in the Park tomorrow night (9/18) from 6 to 9 at Dickerson Park Zoo. A hamburger/hot dog picnic will be served for $5 per person—children 5 and under eat free. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, keeper chats and up-close encounters in the tortoise yard. Proceeds benefit the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, an African Conservation effort to protect large numbers of various species. To rsvp, e-mail ozarksaazk [at] dickersonparkzoo [dot] org.
The Verona Corn Maize will donate all of its proceeds tomorrow (9/18) to the Children’s Miracle Network. For more information, call CMN at 269-1832.
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center invites families with kids 12 and older to the program “Wade Fishing” tomorrow (9/18). Participants will carpool to an Ozarks stream. Fishing equipment will be provided. To register, 888-4237.
Springfield Victory Mission’s 4th annual Car and Motorcycle Show is tomorrow (9/18) from 10 to 3 at Second Baptist Church, 3111 E. Battlefield. For details, 831-6387 or www.vmcarshow.com
Friends of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead will host the 19th annual 1860s Lifestyle Exposition tomorrow and Sunday (9/18 & 9/19) at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Hours tomorrow are 11 to 4:30 and Sunday noon to 4:30. There will ironwork demonstrations, papermaking, hearth cooking, fiber arts, storytelling, music, dancing and woodcarving. The public is invited to take part in horseshow and spitting contests tomorrow and an apple pie baking contest Sunday at 3. Anyone is invited to take a pie for the contest. For more information, www.graycampbellfarmstead.org
The annual Mountain View Garden Club fall plant sale is tomorrow (9/18) at 9 am at What Park in Mountain View.
It’s Center City Saturday tomorrow (9/18) from 1 to 5 at the Park Central Branch Library. Enjoy a movie marathon that’s family friendly. To learn more, 831-1342.
The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society invites you to go on a birdwatching trip to Stockton Lake Sunday (9/19). Meet at 8 am in the Lowe’s parking lot at Highway 13 and Norton Road. The trip is free, and everyone is welcome to go along, regardless of birdwatching experience. For more information, call Greg Swick at 581-2757.
“A Day of Music: Remembering John Wynn” will be held Sunday (9/19) from 1:30 to 6:30 at Ozark United Methodist Church, 2850 MO 14 in Ozark. Featured bands are Fly By Night, The Millers, Southwynns, Missouri Boat Ride, Lonesome Hollow and High Strung. For more information, 880-0343.
The Jane A. Meyer Summer Carillon Concert Series continues Sunday night (9/19) at 7 outside Meyer Library. Take lawn chairs and blankets. Tours of the carillon will be given after the concert.
Adults are invited to the program “What is a Quilt?” Sunday afternoon (9/19) at 2 at the Library Center. For more information, 882-0714.
Sunday Sounds at the Library Station Sunday afternoon (9/19) at 2 will feature a variety of bands playing rock and pop music.
The Missouri State Pride Marching Band presents a concert Sunday afternoon (9/19) at 2 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts to welcome Missouri State University’s 10th president Dr. James Cofer. Admission is free.