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As of 5 am on September 29th, the new Emergency and Trauma Department at Cox South will open for business. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more on the new addition...

The Springfield Symphony presents their first pops concert of the season in a brand-new venue Saturday Oct.9th at 7:30pm in the O'Reilly Family Center at Drury University. "And the Award Goes To..." pays musical tribute to some of the great film scores in Hollywood history. Still images and movie posters from these films and other films from their eras, will be projected above the orchestra so the audience will be able to relive their favorite movie moments on-screen! Selections from Titanic, Lord of the Rings, The Sting, Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, The Godfather, Singin’ in the Rain and many more will be featured. Also, Billyo, one of America's leading landscape painters, will be on hand painting the orchestra LIVE during the concert, with live video of his work projected throughout the performance so the audience can follow his progress. For tickets to this concert call the Springfield Symphony office at 864-6683. For information see www.springfieldmosymphony.org.

Founded in February 2008, the Springfield Chamber Chorus presents professional-caliber performances of a cappella works (both sacred and secular). All Choristers are carefully auditioned volunteers who rehearse for 90 minutes once a week. Their opening concert of the season is Sunday Oct.3rd at 7:00pm at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National. Tickets will be available at the door.

Coming up at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts: the first Don Wessel Emerging Concert Artists recital is Tuesday Oct.12 at 7:30pm and features 25-year-old Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova. Currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at Indiana University, Hristova has appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion" and performs as a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She plays a 1655 Nicolo Amati violin once owned by violinst Louis Krasner. Seating is right on the Hammons Hall stage, and there's a meet-the-artist reception following the concert. Then the "Give Your Regards to Broadway" season at The Hall opens Friday and Saturday Oct.15 and 16 with the North American touring company of the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof." Showtimes are 8:00pm Friday Oct.15 and 2 and 8pm Saturday the 16th. And: called by the New York Times "the most celebrated new bluegrass act of the last few years," award-winning duo Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent perform at Hammons Hall Thursday Oct.21st at 7:30pm. Dailey and Vincent are veterans of bands like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder. For tickets call 836-7678, toll-free 1(888) 476-7849, or online at www.hammonshall.com.

Springfield Little Theatre presents a Family Series production of "Treasure Island," Stephen Kingsbury's musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story, Oct. 7-17 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. A young innkeeper's son dreams of adventure on the high seas, and after receiving a treasure map from a dying man, he gets his chance to be a cabin boy on a sea-going vessel in search of adventure and treasure. Arguably the best pirate story ever written, "Treasure Island' is comical, daring and inspiring, complete with some awesome pirate battles. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30, and Sundays at 2:30 Oct. 7 through 17 at the Landers. For ticket information call the Landers box office at 869-1334 or visit www.springfieldlittletheatre.org.

Boger Gallery at College of the Ozarks presents “Mythinburbia,” works on tar paper by Duncan Simcoe, Oct.5-Nov.3. Simcoe will host a workshop all day Tuesday Oct.5 from 9:30 to 4:30pm in Jones Hall room 101, and he’ll give a lecture that evening at 7:15 in the Gittinger Music Building Recital Hall, with a reception following. For more information call (417) 690-2255 or email bogergallery [at] cofo [dot] edu.

  • Learn about the Ozarks
  • Eat hot dogs for Alzheimer's
  • Laugh
  • Hear live music
  • See a movie
  • Watch a volleyball or softball game
  • Buy fresh produce
  • Visit a fall festival
  • Enjoy outdoor activities
  • Get rid of prescription drugs
  • See butterflies being tagged
  • Take part in a silent auction
  • Have fun with your dog
  • Watch for birds
  • Tour a loft

Hidden airline fees have been the topic of discussion among many frequent travelers, but recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation has entered into the conversation. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has the story.

The Rock House, 41 High Street in Reeds Spring, presents a house concert Saturday the 25th at 8:00pm featuring Dana and Susan Robinson from Ashville, NC, featuring their blend of original songs, oldtime music and stories of our American landscape. Dana’s instrumental “Crossing the Platte” was featured in Ken Burns’ recent PBS documentary Our National Parks. Doors open Saturday night at 7:00 for a pot-luck Happy Hour, with the music starting at 8. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, all of which goes to the musicians. The Rock House is the big giraffe rock house on the corner of High and Main in downtown Reeds Spring, MO. For information call (417) 272-8386.