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The new power plant in Springfield is up and running. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports on a dedication held for SW2...

Events are planned today in the Ozarks in observance of Veteran's Day. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks hosted its annual Youth Philanthopy Conference October 14th at Drury University. The conference drew together nearly 200 students and advisors involved in CFO's 31 Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) chapters. KSMU's Mike Smith was there and files this report for Making A Difference Where You Live.

The Evangel University Orchestra, directed by Dr. Larry Dissmore, will perform at 3:00 pm Sunday Nov. 14, in the Keeter Center Auditorium at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout. They'll perform the same program they offered here in Springfield recently, including Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony and vocal selections by Charpentier and Stanford, with featured soloists, soprano Erin Jacobs and baritone Dusty Harmon. It's free and open to the public.

Drury University music faculty will present a chamber music recital Monday Nov.22 at 7:30pm in Clara Thompson Hall on the Drury campus. Performers include Darrel Barnes, horn; Stephen Bombardner, tenor; Kirsten Weiss, violin; and Melinda Jones, piano. Selections include "Canticle III" for tenor, horn and piano by Benjamin Britten; and trios for horn, violin and piano by Carl Heinrich Graun and Johannes Brahms. Admission is free and open to the public.

Continuing through November at the Front Porch, 310 South Avenue downtown: an eclectic showcase of artwork in charcoal, paint and ceramics by Nikki Nisley, portraying community, life, love, and family. Hours at the Front Porch are Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6 to 10pm, and Fridays and Saturdays 7 to 11pm. For information visit www.thecoredowntown.com or call 865-CORE (2673).

The Missouri Career Center and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce will present a Career Morning recruitment event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. KSMU’s Ryan Welch reports.

Next year, 2011, is officially the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, but most people who have served in the Peace Corps recognize this year as the golden anniversary. It was 1960 when Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country by way of serving others. KSMU’s Ryan Welch spoke with a Springfield resident who spent time in the ‘90s as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Old friends and new are welcomed to the 45th Annual Elizabethan Christmas Dinners, held on the campus of Missouri State University, Wednesday through Saturday, December 1-4 from 7:00 to 10:30pm in Plaster Student Union Ballroom, with ample parking nearby. The Dinners are a unique celebration of the holiday season, blending performances by three MSU choral ensembles and an Olde English style menu of tasty dishes! The MSU Chamber Singers serve as the Royal Court; the Collegiate Singers sing and serve the meal, and the Concert Chorale will be added to the formal concert at the end of the dinners. Cost is $30 adults, $25 for students. Visit www.missouristate.edu/music/ or call 836-5182.