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The “Not So Square” Arts Festival is Saturday, Sept.11 from 10:00am to 6:30pm on the Courthouse Square in Mount Vernon. The festival features over 40 artist and author booths until 5:00pm, with entertainment from tango dancers from Buenos Aires and New York; George Hoffman from the Skinny Improv; the “Not So Shakespeare in the Park” Players; Tall Bear and Two Leaf with Native American storytelling and flute; the Pommert Duo with classical and jazz guitar; and more. Food booths and a farmer’s market will also be available. And the festival will offer free writing seminars for adults and free art and theatre workshops for kids. The event is sponsored by Mount Vernon Regional Art and the Missouri Arts Council. Admission is free.

Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar, MO will host the National Oil and Acrylics Painters Society's annual "Best of America!" Art exhibit through October 10th. Admission is free; the gallery is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4pm. Location is 411 N. Pike in Bolivar. For more information call (417) 326-3438.

Classes resume for this year's Missouri State University String Project September 20. Students in grades 2 through 4 can learn the violin, viola or cello in a group taught by supervised Missouri State music students. Classes meet after school most Mondays and Wednesdays, following the school calendar. New students should attend an informational meeting at Rountree Elementary music room, 1333 E. Grand, Monday September 20 at 4:00 pm. Tuition is $80 per semester. For information call 836-5552.

Ozarks Festival Choir in West Plains begins rehearsals on Monday, September 13 for a Christmas concert to be held in early December. The choir is under the direction of David Hall of West Plains High School. Rehearsals will be held on Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. at the music room at the West Plains High School. There's a $15 charge for the sheet music. All singers ages 16 and older are welcome to join. For more information, contact John or Rebecca Pruett at (417) 257-8901.

Theresa Bledsoe talks with new Springfield police chief Paul Williams about his plans and priorities for the Springfield Police Department.

Anglers will cast their lines into waterways across the United States Friday night (9/10), and won’t stop fishing until 24 hours later. They’re taking part in a Fish-A-Thon to raise money for Recycled Fish. One team will participate on the North Fork of the White River. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

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As Springfield’s City Utilities employees continue their drilling to find whether they can safely bury carbon dioxide emitted from their power plants, local researchers are becoming more and more optimistic about the findings. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

GO LEAD: Professional Development for the Nonprofit Sector at Missouri State University recently received designation as an Approved Continuing Education Provider by Certified Fundraising Executives International (CFRE) in August 2010. GO LEAD is the only approved CFRE provider in the southwest Missouri area.

As a CFRE provider, all professional development workshops offered by GO LEAD provide preapproved CFRE continuing education points to nonprofit professionals for use when applying for an initial or renewed CFRE certification.

The Creamery Writers Guild welcomes historical novelist and award-winning short-story writer Barbara Huddleston to its Thursday, Sept.9th meeting at 7:00pm in the Creamery Arts Center, 411 Sherman Parkway across from Hammons Field. Her subject will be “The 11 Senses”--we all know about the five senses, but she says there are six others; participants will learn how they relate to the field of writing. It’s open to anyone interested in writing. For more information call the Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787).