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Weekend Outlook September 9-11, 2011

Find out what's happening over the weekend in the Ozarks
  • The Ozarks Celebration Festival is today thru Sunday (9/9-9/11) on the Missouri State University Campus.  The event kicks off tonight at 5:30 with an Ice Cream Social and Concert Under the Stars with performances by Big Smith, Blackberry Winter Band and Beyond Reach at the John H. Keiser Plaza and Amphitheatre behind Strong Hall.  Festival hours tomorrow are 10 to 6 and Sunday 11 to 5.  Taps will be played at 1 pm Sunday on the steps of Carrington Hall to remember 9/11.
  • The 16thannual Japanese Fall Festival is today through Sunday (9/9-9/11) at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  Hours are 5:30 to 10 pm tonight, 11 am to 10 pm tomorrow and 11 am to 6 pm Sunday.  There will be special performances by a world champion sumo wrestler, a traditional Japanese candy artist, taiko drumming, a traditional top spinner and much more.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 3 to 12 and free for kids 2 and under.  For more information, www.peacethroughpeople.org.
  • The 9thAnnual Southwest Missouri Celtic Heritage Festival and Highland Games is today and tomorrow (9/9-9/10) at the Old City Park and Fairgrounds in Buffalo.  The Calling of the Clans Parade and Ceilidh is tonight at 7.  Tomorrow’s festivities start at 9 am.  For details, www.swmocelticfestival.com.
  • The 4thAnnual Greek Festival is today through Sunday (9/9-9/11) at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 S. Holiday in Springfield.  Hours are 5 to 10 tonight, noon to 10 tomorrow and noon to 3 on Sunday.  Enjoy Greek food, native Greek dances and traditional Greek costumes.  There will be inflatables for kids and a charity raffle, and Greek souvenirs and memorabilia will be for sale.  To learn more, 830-0328.
  • Tonight (9/9) is Open Mic Night at the Park Central Branch Library.  You can share your talents starting at 7.
  • The annual Woodcarvers Jamboree will be held today and tomorrow (9/9-9/10) at Pine Mountain Village in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  For more information, 918-251-8734.
  • The Missouri State Volleyball Bears will face Arkansas State tonight (9/9) at 7, Hofstra tomorrow (9/10) at noon and South Dakota State tomorrow night at 7:30 at Hammons Student Center.  For ticket information, 836-7678.
  • The Missouri State women’s soccer team will take on Tulsa tonight (9/9) at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2 (9/11) at Plaster Sports Complex.  For tickets, 836-7678.
  • The Greater Ozarks Blues Festival is today and tomorrow (9/9-9/10) at Chesterfield Village.  To find out more, www.greaterozarksbluesfest.com.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 2200 W. Republic Rd., will host its harvest Home Festival tonight and tomorrow (9/8-9/11) featuring rides and games, a beer garden, a silent auction and more.  For more information, 887-6056.
  • The 2011 Polk County Picnic is tomorrow (9/10) in downtown Bolivar featuring entertainment, music, rides, food, craft booths, a car show, a reunion breakfast and more.  To find out more, 326-5791.
  • Strafford will host its Route 66 Days Celebration tomorrow (9/10) from 11 am until dark in the city’s downtown.  For details, www.straffordmochamber.com.
  • The ipourlife Foundation will host its first annual 8K run/walk “One Run, Two Causes,” benefiting Joplin and Ethiopia, tomorrow.  The run will start at 8 am at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, 820 E. Cherry.  There will also be a silent auction—you can view and bid on the items at www.ipourlifefoundation.org.  For more information, 848-4097.
  • The Greater Springfield Farmer’s Market opens at 8:30 tomorrow morning (9/3) in the southeast corner of the Battlefield Mall parking lot.
  • The C-Street Market is open tomorrow (9/3) from 8 am to 2 pm near the Footbridge on Commercial Street.
  • Walnut Grove will host Possum Trot Days tonight and tomorrow (9/9-9/10) featuring a parade at 10 am tomorrow, live music, games, a pet show, a turtle race and more.  For more information, www.walnutgrovemo.com.
  • The 2ndAnnual Lake Taneycomo Shoreline Cleanup will take place tomorrow (9/10) from 9 am to 1 pm.  Volunteers are needed.  To find out how you can help or to register, 739-4100.
  • Great Outdoors Day is tomorrow (9/9) from 9:30 am to 4 pm and Sunday (9/10) from 11 am to 3:30 pm at Lake Springfield Park and Boathouse.  There will be various activities and demonstrations including canoeing, crafts, kayaking, a pre-1840s Mountain Men Rendezvous, primitive skills and more.  Admission is free.  For details, www.parkboard.org.
  • In celebration of International Yoga Day, Ozark Greenways will hold a Yoga Fundraiser on the historic James River Bridge on the Galloway Creek Trail.  Take a yoga class on the bridge at 9 tomorrow morning (9/10).  To learn more, 864-2015 or www.ozarkgreenways.org.
  • The Ozark Mountain Geogachers will host “OMG It’s a Big Event” tomorrow (9/10).  Four-person teams will complete challenges, bonus challenges and road blocks.  Teams should have their own GPS device and know something about geocaching.  For more information, 631-6362.
  • CoxHealth will offer the program “So you Think You Can Run” tomorrow (9/10) starting at 9 am at the Meyer Center.  To register, 269-INFO or www.coxhealth.com.
  • The Farnum Family will perform during “Rockin’ Saturdays” tomorrow (9/10) at 2 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. 
  • Geezerfest, a back to school celebration for adults is tomorrow night (9/10) at 7 on the patio of the Library Center.  Enjoy music from the 60s and 70s.  Take lawn chairs.
  • The new Evangel University Marching Band will take the field for its debut performance tomorrow night at Springfield’s JFK Stadium.  Game time is 6 pm.
  • A Day of Remembrance, to commemorate the 10thanniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will be held tomorrow (9/10)  at 9 am in People’s Park in West Plains.  To learn more, 417-256-9087.
  • College of the Ozarks will host a flag display and ceremony Sunday (9/11) at 9 am to honor those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  The flag display, on the Alumni Center Lawn, will consist of nearly 3000 flags—one for each person lost in the attacks.  The ceremony will take place on the Alumni Center parking lot.  For more information, 690-2212.
  • A special carillon concert “Remembering 9/11” will start at 7 Sunday night outside Meyer Library on the Missouri State campus. 
  • The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2434 E. Battlefield in Springfield, and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will host a National Day of Service Blood Drive Sunday (9/11) from 10 am to 1:30 pm in the church’s parking lot.
  •  Silver Dollar City guests are invited to join in a special ceremony in observance of 9/11 Sunday (9/11) at noon on the Silver Dollar City Square.  Branson entertainers will perform and there will be a moment of silence to pay tribute to the American spirit. 
  • The Mid-America Singers will perform during the Sunday Concert Series Sunday afternoon (9/11) at 2 at the Library Center.
  • Learn about bats and about white nose syndrome during a program Sunday (9/11) at 11 am at Sequiota Park.  For details, www.parkboard.org