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Weekend Outlook September 7-9, 2012

Find out what there is to do over the weekend in the Ozarks
  • The Ozarks Celebration Festival is today through Sunday on the MSU campus.  The event kicks off tonight (9/7) at 5 with the annual Ice Cream Social and Concert Under the Stars at the John H. Kieser Plaza and Amphitheatre next to Strong Hall.  Featured performers are The Blackberry Winter Band, The HillBenders and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.  Hours tomorrow (9/8) are 10 to 6 and Sunday (9/9) 11 to 5.  The festival will include more than 75 artists, crafters and vendors and performance stages.  For details, www.ocf.missouristate.edu.
  • The Springfield Sister Cities Association will host the annual Japanese Fall Festival today through Sunday (9/7-9/9) at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.  The festival starts at 5:30 tonight and continues tomorrow 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday 11 to 6.   There will be lots of performers including Japanese drummers, a Japanese storyteller, a traditional Japanese top spinner, hands-on activities for kids and much more.  There will also be candlelight walks and daily tea ceremonies.  Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 3 to 12.  For more information, www.peacethroughpeople.org.
  • The Greater Ozarks Blues Festival is today and tomorrow (9/7 & 9/8) at Chesterfield Village.  Gates open at 4 this afternoon and at 11:30 tomorrow morning.  For a schedule of performers, www.greaterozarksbluesfest.com.
  • The SW MO Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games will be held today and tomorrow (9/7-9/8) at the Old City Park and Fairgrounds in Buffalo.  Gates open today at 5 with the Calling of the Clans at 7 and entertainment featuring bagpipes, Celtic dancing and Celtic music.  Hours tomorrow are 9 to 5 with a parade at noon and live music, dancing, storytelling, sword fighting and much more.  For details, www.swmocelticfestival.com.
  • The 5thAnnual Greek Festival is tonight (9/7) from 5 to 10, tomorrow (9/8) from noon to 10 and Sunday (9/9) from noon to 3 at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 S. Holiday.  Try authentic Greek cuisine and enjoy Greek music and dancing.  There will also be souvenirs from Greece, church tours and inflatables for kids.  To learn more, www.opagreekfest.com.
  • The MSU women’s volleyball team will host Connecticut tonight (9/7) at 7:30, New Orleans tomorrow (9/8) at noon and Northern Illinois tomorrow night at 7:30 at Hammons Student Center.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • A dance is held each Friday night at 7 at the West Plains Senior Center.  Admission is $4, and all ages are welcome.
  • Acoustic Jam on the Square is held Friday nights on the square in West Plains.  Take lawn chairs and instruments.
  • The Midtown Carnegie Branch Library invites kids in 7ththrough 12thgrade to “Friday Flicks” today (9/7) at 3.  Vote on and watch your favorite movies.  To learn more, 862-0135.
  • Kids in grades six through 12 are invited to the program “Tie Dye!” tonight (9/7) at 6 at the Library Station.  Make a tie dye t-shirt.  Materials will be provided.  For details, 865-1340.
  • Center City Counseling Clinic will host an open house at its new location, 240 South Ave., today (9/7) from 7 am to 5 pm.  Refreshments will be served.
  • Educators are invited to the Discovery Center of Springfield tonight (9/7) from 5 to 7 to discover the resources the center has to assist them in teaching science and culture.  Take a school ID, and you and one guest will get in free.  For more information, Laurie at 862-9910, ext. 701.
  • The Moonlight Tour is tomorrow night (9/8) at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.  Tickets are $6 per person.  The tour this year will incorporate several scenes throughout the battlefield and will represent local events associated with the Civil War in 1862.  For more information, 732-2662.
  • A Barn Warming fundraiser to benefit Ozarks New Energy will be held tomorrow (9/8) from 3 to 7 at 11750 W. Farm Rd. 124 in Bois D’Arc.  Tour the highly energy-efficient home and barn of Dan and Margy Chiles, sample food from local restaurants and providers, sample local beer and wine and view exhibits.  The cost is $25 for anyone 18 and older.  Children under 18 get in free, and admission is $5 for college students.  Register online at www.ozarksnewenergy.org.
  • The exhibit “Race:  Are We So Different?” continues through Sunday (9/9) at the Discovery Center of Springfield.  For details, 862-9910.
  • The Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon will sponsor a parade to honor Vietnam veterans tomorrow (9/8).  It will start at 10 am at the Home, 1600 S. Hickory St.  To learn more, 417-466-7103.
  • The Not So Square Arts  & Literary Festival will be held tomorrow (9/8) from 10 to 5 in Mt. Vernon with booths and entertainment on the square and at the Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd.
  • Outdoor Days at Lake Springfield, part of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival, is tomorrow (9/8) from 9:30 to 4 and Sunday (9/9) from 11 to 3:30.  The Mountain Men Rendezvous will demonstrate life like it was in the 1800s, and kids can try casting, archery, paintball and geocaching.  See outdoor cooking demonstrations, tent villages, canoe and kayak races and take boat rides on Lake Springfield.  For more information, www.basspro.com/fitness.
  • The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild presents “Quilts of a Different Color” tomorrow (9/8) at 11 and 1 at the Library Center.  See how changing color and pattern can make any quilt pattern uniquely your own.  To find out more, 882-0714.
  • Tomorrow night (9/8) it’s Geezerfest on the Library Center’s patio.  Listen to the band play music from the 60s and 70s.  Take lawn chairs.  For more information, 882-0714.
  • King’s Way United Methodist Church will host a food drive for Ozarks Food Harvest tomorrow (9/8) at all four Springfield Dillon’s locations from 9 am to 3 pm.
  • Ozarks Food Harvest will be at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks tomorrow (9/8) raising awareness of the issue of hunger.  They’ll collect food and funds and sell “Orange is the Color of Action” t-shirts for $5.  The market will also host the Iron Chef Competition tomorrow morning at 8.  The market is open tomorrow from 7:30 to 1.  For more information, www.loveyourfarmer.com.
  • C-Street Market is open tomorrow (9/8) from 8 to 1 near the Footbridge on Commercial Street.
  • The Greater Ozarks Farmers Market is open tomorrow (9/8) from 8 to 1 in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall parking lot. 
  • To find out about other farmers markets in the Ozarks, www.agebb.missouri.edu.
  • The Pleasant Hope Community Show and Festival is tomorrow (9/8) from 7:30 am to 9 pm at the Pleasant Hope High School baseball field.  The event includes a 5K Run and Walk, craft booths, food, face painting, a cake walk and more.
  • The Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks will host a one-day conference focused on helping those with Down syndrome succeed tomorrow (9/8) from 8:30 to 3:30 at High Street Baptist Church.  The cost is $35 for family members and $50 for area professionals with a special college student rate.  For details, www.ozarksdsg.org.
  • The Healing Quilt Project of the Ozarks will celebrate ten years of service to the community with an anniversary bash at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library tomorrow afternoon (9/8) from 1 to 4.  Founder Rick McCormack—now Father Joseph McCormack—will share a short history of the Quilt’s journey over the past decade, and a variety of memorial quilt panels will be displayed.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, 619-9119.
  • The 4thannual Yoga on the Trail fundraiser for Ozark Greenways is tomorrow morning (9/8) from 9 to 10:30 on the historic James River Bridge on the Galloway Creek Greenway.  For details, www.ozarkgreenways.org.
  • The MSU women’s soccer team will face SIUE Sunday afternoon (9/9) at 1 at Plaster Sports Complex.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Jane A. Meyer Summer Carrillon Concert Series continues Sunday night (9/9) at 7 outside Meyer Library on the MSU campus.  Light refreshments will be served.  Take lawn chairs or blankets.
  • The Sunday Concert Series continues Sunday afternoon (9/9) at 2 at the Library Center.  Listen to music by Dan O’Callaghan, The Philosophical Flatpicker. 
  • The Christian County Historical Society will meet Sunday afternoon (9/9) at 1:30 at the library in Ozark.  Member Wayne Glenn will present the program “The Authentic Researched Alf Bolin—the man who didn’t rob trains at Silver Dollar City!” 
  • The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2434 E. Battlefield, will hold a blood drive with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks tomorrow (9/9) from 9 am to 1 pm.