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Governor Jay Nixon has announced $5 million for early childhood education in Joplin.  During a visit to the city today, Nixon said the Community Development Block Grant will come through Missouri Start Smart, a program of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

A new 32,000 to 40,000 square foot early childhood education center is planned for Joplin and will more than double the school district’s available preschool slots, according to Nixon.

(Photo courtesy Patrick Mureithi)

Patrick Mureithi, Artist-in-Residence at Drury University, is perhaps best known as creator of two documentary films about Africa: Icyizere: Hope, focusing on ten survivors and ten perpetrators on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda; and Kenya: Until Hope is Found, a film about healing from the trauma of that country's 2007/8 post election violence.  A special fan of the latter film was the late film critic Roger Ebert, who not only called it "an urgent documentary by a filmmaker I admire," but even contributed funds toward the completion of the film.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents the area premiere of the musical Hands on a Hardbody, directed by Rick Dines, Feb. 12-28 at SCT Center Stage, corner of Pershing Street and Robberson Avenue in the west end of the Wilhoit Plaza building.

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An architecture workshop on Saturday in Springfield will address the future of 3.5 acres of land along Commercial Street, including the Missouri Hotel. Owned by the Kitchen, Inc., the eight total buildings and several lots are up for sale as the non-profit relocates.

Faculty and students from the Hammons School of Architecture’s Center for Community Studies (CCS) will lead the session to identify how best to develop the area.  They will present their ideas to partners and stakeholders including the Landmarks Board and Springfield’s Planning and Development department.

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You can learn more about 3-D printing and watch a demonstration tomorrow (2/13) at 2 at the Library Center.  Register by calling 883-5341. Michele Skalicky talked with Krissy Sinor, director of The Edge Community Technology Center at the Springfield-Greene County Library's Midtown Carnegie Branch, about the library's 3-D printers.

The MSU Lady Bears basketball team will host Loyola tonight (2/12) at 7:05 and Bradley Sunday afternoon (2/14) at 2:05 JQH Arena.  For ticket information, 836-7678 or missouristatetix.com

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