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Missouri State University will hold the 13th annual Ozarks Celebration Festival the week of September 10-16. It's an entertaining and educational look at the region's culture and heritage, and is expected to feature more than 75 traditional artists and craftspeople with three entertainment stages featuring music (traditional, bluegrass & gospel), storytelling, traditional dance (including square, jig, contra and clogging), films, historical characters, exhibits and much more. Some of the region's finest artists and craftspeople will be on hand to demonstrate and display their creations, offering a number of items for sale. The annual "Concert Under the Stars and Ice-Cream Social" will kick off the festival Friday Sept.10 from 6 to 10:30pm in the Strong Hall outdoor amphitheatre, featuring The HillBenders, The Chapmans, and Dan Tyminski with Ronnie Bowman. For more information visit http://ocf.missouristate.edu.

The annual "Concert on the Green' by the 300-member Missouri State University Pride Band is scheduled for Sunday Aug.22nd at 7:00pm in Plaster Sports Complex on the MSU campus. The concert provides a musical sneak preview of selections the band is preparing for the fall football halftime shows. For more information email bands [at] missouristate [dot] edu or call the Band Office at 836-5454.

The Jane A. Meyer Carillon Summer Concert Series at Missouri State University continues Sunday Aug.15 at 7:00pm with a performance by guest carillon soloist Malgosia Fiebig from the Netherlands. She'll play arrangements of music from Rossini's "William Tell," as well as works by Chopin, Scott Joplin and Johann Strauss Jr. on the big bells attached to Meyer Library on the MSU campus. The concert is free and open to the public--bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Refreshments will be served, and tours of the carillon tower will be available after the concert.

  • Listen to live music
  • Find bargains for a cause
  • See a movie outdoors
  • Learn about robots
  • Try virtual hunting and fishing
  • Attend a health fair
  • Visit Wilson's Creek National Battlefield for free
  • Learn about hummingbirds
  • Attend a fiber arts fair

The U.S. House has passed a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from layoffs nationwide. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports on what this means for Missouri.

Messiah Project will hold auditions for its two act "Miracle of Christmas" show to be performed in mid-December. Auditions will be held on Saturday August 28 at the Credo Art Center, 931 S. Kickapoo just north of Grand. In addition to Gian-Carlo Menotti's Christmas opea Amahl and the Night Visitors, the "Miracle of Christmas" concert will include an international Christmas concert featuring the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra from Krakow, Poland conducted by Stephen Byess. They're looking for experienced choral singers, both adults and children, and casting various roles in Amahl--there are roles for a child, as well as adult mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass. Chorus auditions will be from 1 to 2pm on Aug.28; if you're interested in auditioning for a principal role let them know in advance of the audition date by calling 883-5274 or email messiahpro [at] sbcglobal [dot] net. Roles for Amahl will audition from 2 to 3pm on Aug.28. Rehearsals will begin October 22nd.

The Blues Society of the Ozarks presents the Greater Ozarks Blues Festival will be held Friday and Saturday September 10 & 11 at Chesterfield Village, just north of the James River Expressway at Kansas Expressway. It's the area's original Blues festival and has provided a weekend of top-notch Blues entertainment to the Springfield Missouri community once a year since 1998. This all-volunteer annual event raises money for the Blues Society Of The Ozarks, a not-for-profit organization, and especially for the BSO's Blues in the Schools program which helps kids learn about, and even how to play, this important original American art form. This year's lineup features Blues Music Award nominees and winners; the International Blues Challenge winner, our local Blues Challenge winner, and some of the region's favorite blues acts. Scheduled to appear are Super Chikan; Bernard Allison, the son of the late Luther Allison; singer & harmonica player Grady Champion; Barbara Blues from Beale Street in Memphis; Marquise Knox; the family blues band Homemade Jamz; and regional favorites Tripwire, Underground Blues Division; the Bel Airs; and Black Suede; Nigel and the Ghost; and Full Moon Blues Band. Gates open at 4:30pm Friday Sept.10, and 11am on Saturday the 11th. Advance tickets are available online at


or at Rapid Robert's; Springfield Brewing Co.; Kaleidoscope; Denney's Harley-Davidson; and Stick It In Your Ear.

The Visual Artist Alliance of Springfield Summer 2010 Juried Art Show continues on the fifth floor of the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts through September 10. For more information visit www.visartalliance.com or call the Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-ARTS (2787) and leave a voicemail for the Visual Artist Alliance.

The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education has approved another new program for Missouri State University to offer - one that will prepare graduates for a great job in a highly demanded field: facility management. Dr. Shawn Strong, department head of technology and construction management at Missouri State, explains the need for the new program.