Weekend Outlook

Fridays at 8:30 am

Find out what's taking place each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Ozarks as you plan your weekend.


George Washington National Monument will host a Storytelling Festival tonight (8/26) from 6 to 8 and tomorrow (8/27) from 11 to 3.  Emmy Award-winning storyteller, Bobby Norfolk, will share stories about York from the Lewis and Clark expedition, Loretta Washington will share Missouri African American folktales and traditional stories, Al Bostick will tell stories about the Buffalo Soldiers and Marideth Sisco will share Ozark folktales and stories.  To learn more, nps.gov/gwca.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with Randall Becker, supervisory p

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Insect-O-Rama is tonight (8/19) from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  Join insect specialists, biologists, artists and others for an evening devoted to discovering insects. No registration is required.  To learn more, 888-4237.

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If you just want to get to where you’re going, you probably want to avoid the downtown area this weekend.  But if you’re looking for something to do, that will be your destination.  The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival kicks off this afternoon and goes through Sunday.

City of Springfield public relations director, Cora Scott, said the festival started as a neighborhood event.

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Learn about Asian carp—how they got into Missouri’s waters and what they do that makes them an unwelcome part of our aquatic ecosystem—during a program tomorrow (8/6) from 10 to 2 at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson.  You’ll even get to see what they taste like.  No registration is required.  For details, 417-334-4865.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky talked with the hatchery visitor center's manager, John Miller, about the program.

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You can learn all about karst geology during a program this weekend in Ponca, Arkansas.  Marti Oleson, a board member of the Buffalo River Watershed, talks with KSMU's Michele Skalicky about the event.

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to “Fantastic Fridays at the Ice Park” this morning (7/15) at 10.  The Springfield-Greene County Library will read stories and have activities at Mediacom Ice Park and then kids will be able to skate afterwards.  For more information, 862-0135 or thelibrary.org.