Weekend Outlook August 18-21, 2017

Aug 18, 2017

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The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will host Insect-O-Rama tonight (8/18) from 6:30 to 9:30.  It’s an annual celebration of insects and the important role they play in nature.  No registration required.  For details, 888-4237.

The Movies at Founders Park series continues this weekend with “The Jungle Book,” 2016, tonight (8/18) and “North by Northwest” and the SATO48 film, “Schrodinger’s Cat,” tomorrow night (8/19) at dusk.  Take blankets and lawn chairs.

The All American Fall Carnival is tonight (8/18) from 6 to 8 at the Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Rd. in Springfield, with games, prizes, crafts and snacks. 

The 46th Northwest Arkansas Bluegrass Festival continues today and tomorrow (8/18-8/19) at Beacon Park north of Harrison, Arkansas. 

The MSU women’s soccer team will host Arkansas State tonight (8/18) at 7 on the Springfield campus.  For ticket information, missouristatetix.com or 836-7678.

The Maroon and White MSU Volleyball Scrimmage will start at 7 tonight (8/18) at Hammons Student Center.  For ticket information, missouristatetix.com or 836-7678.

The Holiday Island Art Guild’s 29th annual Art Show is today and tomorrow (8/18-8/19) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday (8/20) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Island Country Club Ballroom in Arkansas. 

The 50th annual Ozarks Antique Auto Club Swap Meet is today through Sunday (8/18-8/20) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. 

The Dig and Divide Hosta Seminar and Sale will be held tomorrow (8/19) from 10 to noon at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.  Learn how to divide hostas, and bring some pots to take some home.  Admission is $10. 

The Springfield-Greene County Library’s 3rd Annual LibraryCon will be held tomorrow (8/19) from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell.  The day will include a Geeky Storytime, Draw-alongs with illustrators, fandom meet-ups, a Comic Illustrators and Authors Panel, a Self-publishing Panel, a Tabletop Gaming Demo room, the program, Getting Started in Cosplay and more.

Roaring River State Park will host Kids Fishing Day tomorrow (8/19) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers will be available to help kids fish, and there will be lots of educational opportunities and tours of the hatchery. 

The Arc of the Ozarks Sporting Clays Shoot is tomorrow (8/19) at the Ozarks Shooters Sports Complex in Branson.  Registration starts at 8 a.m. Proceeds will help those with disabilities move into their own homes.

Most Springfield-Greene County Park Board pools are closed for the season, but Fassnight and Grant Beach pools remain open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6:30 p.m. through Labor Day weekend.

The sixth annual Elks Lodge Benefit Truck and Tractor Pull is tomorrow night (8/19) at 7 at the Laclede County Fairgrounds.  Doors open at 4. 

University Extension will hold a gardening field day tomorrow (8/19) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.  Field Day presentations will include tips on growing, digging and dividing hostas, a tour of the Springfield Botanical Gardens and butterfly house, tips and research on growing blackberries and information on native moths and butterflies.  the cost is $35, which includes lunch.  Pre-registration is required to attend the event. 

The Ozark Berry Festival is tomorrow (8/19) starting at 8 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, 3110 W. Sunshine in Springfield.  It will include children’s activities, homemade cobblers and ice cream as well as other food and beverages and a gospel concert.  Proceeds will benefit the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.

The 2017 Joy Ride will be held tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Frisco Highline Trail to benefit the Rainbow Network. 

The MSU Women’s Volleyball vs. Alumni Match will start tomorrow night (8/19) at 7 at Hammons Student Center.  For more information, missouristatetix.com or 836-7678.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will lead a hike at the Lewis Family Memorial Conservation Area tomorrow (8/19) for anyone 18 and older.  To register, 888-4237.

The program, Monarchs Rule, starts tomorrow (8/19) at 1 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Learn how you can take part in the Monarch Watch program and how to garden to help provide for the butterflies’ very special needs. The program is for ages 10 to adult. To register, 888-4237.

Missouri State University will host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Monday (8/21) at Plaster Stadium.  Doors open at 10 for the free event.  Attendees will receive free eclipse viewing glasses.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.  Shuttle service will be available from Hammons Field to Plaster Stadium. 

An eclipse viewing party will be held Monday (8/21) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park.  Nature observation stations will be set at the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House and the Purple Martin House near the Hosta Garden to observe birds and insects reacting to evening-like conditions. A guided naturalist walk starts at 11:45, with observation of moonflowers, cicadas, spinning primrose, leaf shadows and more. Pinhole projectors will be set on the Roof Plaza at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. Inside the building, the eclipse will be live-streamed from NASA in the meeting room.  Take your own eclipse glasses or viewing device. 

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will host an eclipse viewing starting at 11 a.m. Monday on the hillside next to the Visitors Center.  The park will have a live NASA feed set up for viewing in the multipurpose room of the Visitors Center.  A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be available.  For more information, 732-2662.

The MSU Pride Band’s Concert-on-the-Green performance is at 7:30 Sunday night (8/20) at Plaster Stadium. 

The Doling Park History Museum will host Family Day in the Park Sunday (8/20) from 1 to 4 at the park, 301 E. Talmage in Springfield.  Tour the museum, play old-fashioned games and more.