Dickerson Park Zoo will host Art Gone Wild tomorrow (8/12), an annual event with the Springfield Regional Arts Council. It’s also Global Elephant day, a time set aside to learn more about the dangers elephants face and what’s being done to help them. There will be special elephant-themed art activities for kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 11 a.m., guests are invited to a Trunk Talk, where a zookeeper will share more about elephants. An elephant watermelon stomp starts at 2. Art Gone Wild is free with paid zoo admission.
First responders from area counties are invited to a free barbecue lunch this morning (8/11) at 11 at Cox North’s Fountain Plaza Room. No RSVP is required and carry-outs will be available.
The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival takes place this weekend in Springfield (8/11-8/12), featuring a parade, live music, a car show, a run/walk, a poker run, tours of the Gillioz with showings of the Ozark Jubilee and more.
The Movies at Founders Park series continues this weekend at Founders Park in downtown Springfield. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” will be shown tonight (8/11) and “Anchorman” along with the SATO48 film, “The Henchmen,” tomorrow night (8/12) at dusk.
The Buffalo National River will host Ranger Programs this weekend at Buffalo Point. The Junior Ranger program, “Environmental Heroes and Heroines” will start today (8/11) at 2:30 at the Lower Contact Station. “The River’s Edge: A River Trip through Story and Song,” is tonight at 7 at Buffalo Point D. “The Art of Field Guides: Plant Sketching” will start tomorrow morning at 8:30 at the Overlook Trailhead. “Ozark Old Time Children’s Games” will begin tomorrow at 2:30 at the Lower Contact Station. “The CCC for You and Me: Civilian Conservation Corps History at Buffalo Point is at 7 tomorrow night at the Indian Rockhouse Trailhead. Sunday, programs will include “Colors of Water: Water Color Painting” at 9 at Buffalo Point Launch parking lot and the Junior Ranger program, “Fish out of Water,” at 3 at the Lower Contact Station.
The Eureka Springs Multisport Festival is today through Sunday (8/11-8/13) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It features a spring distance triathlon this afternoon, bike rides tomorrow and running races Sunday.
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 in Springfield, will host a Fun Family Fishing Night tonight (8/11) from 6 to 9. The cost is $5 per pole. The cow train will be running, a bounce house will be set up, and you can cook over a fire.
The seventh annual Pink for Peitz Benefit Rodeo will be held today and tomorrow (8/11-8/12) at the Saddle Club Arena in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Yoga on the Square continues today (8/11) at noon on Park Central Square. Take a yoga mat and water. For more information, (417) 862-7456.
The 2017 National Breeders Championship Show, featuring the Missouri Foxtrotting horse, continues through tomorrow (8/12) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield.
The traveling exhibit, America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66, is at the Discovery Center of Springfield through September 30.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will present Living History Programs depicting the troops comprising General Benjamin McCulloch’s Western Army that fought at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. Infantry musket drill and firing demonstrations will take place at Tour Stop 5 tomorrow (8/12) at noon and 2 and Sunday (8/13) at 1. Cannon drill and firing demonstrations will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday at noon and 2.
The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson will present a program on hellbender salamanders tomorrow (8/12). You’ll be able to see live hellbenders during the program, which starts at 10 a.m. To register, (417) 334-4865, ext. 0.
Andy and Judy Daigle will present a concert of original songs and covers of folk tunes tomorrow morning (8/12) at 10 at the Republic Branch Library.
The Shoal Creek Water Festival is tomorrow (8/12) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin. The event will include a duck race, a dunk tank, live music and more. Some activities require pre-registration.
Branson Parks and Recreation will host Movie in the Park tomorrow night 8/12) at the Rec-Plex Soccer Fields featuring “Sing.” Gates open at 7, and the movie will start at dusk. Take a blanket or lawn chair.
Reptile Day at the Fairbanks is tomorrow (8/12) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1126 N. Broadway in Springfield. Get an up close look at live reptiles and amphibians. Admission is free.
The Missouri State University men’s soccer team will host Missouri Valley College tomorrow night (8/12) at 7:30 at the Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium. For ticket information, 836-7678 or missouristatetix.com
Kids 3 to 8-years-old are invited to “Mega Art Storytime” tomorrow morning (8/12) at 11 at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library in Springfield. Kids will hear stories from picture books and create art projects inspired by them.
Kids in grades four to eight will watch the movie, “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life,” and make locker décor during the Back to School in Style Bash tomorrow afternoon (8/12) from 1 to 4 at the Library Station.
The program, Expressions of the Soul, starts at 1 p.m. tomorrow (8/12) at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO. See images of Carver’s art work that he used to convey a sense of serenity and personal rejuvenation.
The Second Saturday Gallery Stroll is tomorrow night (8/12) from 6 to 8 in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Adults are invited to learn how to make origami cranes tomorrow (8/12) at 2 p.m. at the Park Central Branch Library. Keep one and send the rest to be part of a 1000 paper crane display for International Day of Peace this fall at the Library Center.
The Jane A. Meyer Carillon Summer Concert Series continues Sunday night (8/13) at 7 p.m. outside Meyer Library on the Missouri State University campus. It will feature Austin Ferguson of the Mayo Clinic. Take lawn chairs. Tours of the carillon will be available after the concert.
The Sunday Concert Series continues Sunday (8/13) at 2 at the Library Center with Patrick Mureithi. The Kenyan documentary filmmaker and singer-songwriter, who lives in Springfield, will show excerpts from his two films, "ICYIZERE: hope" and "Kenya: Until Hope is Found," play songs from his album, "This I Believe" and share the stories behind his songs.