Michele Skalicky

If you walk through the hallways at Westport K-8 on Springfield’s west side, you’ll notice certificates or charts marking students’ progress in mathematics.

It’s part of a software program called DreamBox, which the school started using two years ago. 

Senior Vice-President of Learning at DreamBox Learning Dr. Tim Hudson said it's not a "set and get" program, it's a "think and do" learning experience.

(Poster design courtesy Queen City Voices)

Founded less than three years ago by Artistic Director Jonathan Raney, Queen City Voices promotes, through vocal and choral music, “equality and positive enrichment for the lives of (their) members, the Springfield queen city area and our community at large.”  The group’s annual Christmas concert, called “A Brassy, Classy Christmas,” will be performed in a FREE concert Sunday December 10 at 2:00pm in the auditorium of the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. Chorus Manager Amy Hoogstraet Safley visited KSMU to talk about the ensemble and the concert.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre will present an encore run of David Sedaris’s hilariously irreverent holiday show The Santaland Diaries December 8 thru 17 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, corner of Robberson and Pershing. Sedaris’ side-splitting send-up of Christmas focuses on his brief, misguided career as a Santa's elf at Macy’s in New York. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible.


The trails at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center will be closed Saturday through Monday, December 9-11, while a managed archery deer hunt takes place.

Missouri Department of Conservation biologists have said the hunt is necessary to manage the area’s deer population.

Hunters who have been selected through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s managed hunt drawing will be required to hunt from elevated tree stands while maintaining a distance of at least 35 yards from adjacent residential areas.  They’ll be allowed to take three deer each.

Friends of the Garden

An event Saturday, December 9, west of Springfield will honor soldiers who fought at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.

More than 2500 luminaries will line the Tour Road at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield—one for each person killed, injured or missing during the battle that took place on August 10, 1861.

More than 100 volunteers in the community have come together to get the park ready for the event.  The battlefield will close its Tour Road at 11 tomorrow morning to set up the luminaries.