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Husband and wife team Lloyd and Ann Grotjan (Grow-John) make a return appearance at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center on Saturday, January 29, as part of this season’s Nature And The Arts series. Stop by anytime between 1-4pm to watch potter and sculptor Ann Grotjan create her unique form of artwork featuring intricate carving and nature-related details. Pieces will be available for purchase. No registration is required for this Artists in Residence exhibit. Then from 7 to 8pm, take a mini-vacation for the spirit with professional photographer and musician Lloyd Grotjan. Wildlife to wildflowers, savanna to forest, intricate details to sweeping vistas—sit back and watch as Lloyd combines the best of his thirty years of nature photography with his original music from the CD releases "Songs from the Ozark Plateau" and "Twelve Moons". Take an audiovisual expedition through prairies of bison, over mountains, and into North America's wild places. CDs and prints will be available for purchase following the performance. This program is for ages 12-adult. While the program is free, registration is required. Call 888-4237 to register. The Nature Center is located at 4601 S. Nature Center Way near the Glenstone/Republic Road/James River Freeway interchange.

Justin Rothshank, ceramic artist from Goshen, Indiana will demonstrate wheel throwing and ceramic decal layering techniques Friday February 11th in Ellis Hall room 200 on the MSU campus (postponed from this week due to the weather). He'll conduct two sessions, from 9am to noon and an afternoon session from 1:30 to 3pm, followed by a slide lecture and artist talk by Justin explaining his work around 3:00pm in Ellis 226. Justin's ceramic work, along with his wife Brooke Rothshank's miniature paintings, will be on display at Springfield Pottery (416 South Campbell) where Justin will do a gallery talk for First Friday Art Walk at around 7pm. All the events are free and open to the public. For information email hartenberger14 [at] live [dot] missouristate [dot] edu.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Missouri Department of Conservation are co-hosting an Arbor Day poster exhibit until Wednesday, Feb. 9 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic. Regional elementary school students were invited to create posters on the theme "Trees are Terrific... and Energy Wise." One winner from each of 10 participating elementary schools will be selected on February 1st; each child will have a tree planted in their name at their school as well as being entered in the statewide poster competition. One of the ten local winners will be selected as the city-wide winner for Springfield. For more information call the Park Board at 874-2176.

The Creamery Writers’ Workshop will feature guest speaker Larry Cunningham at their next meeting on Thursday, January 27 from 7-8:30 p.m at The Creamery Arts Center. The topic of discussion will be creative editing for every writer. Retired Marine Lt.Colonel Larry Cunningham has been a cattle rancher, high school music teacher, runner, writer, and voracious reader. He's given many poetry readings and writing presentations at various conferences. Cunningham writes fictions, essays, articles and poetry; he's currently president of the Springfield Writers Guild. The Creamery Writers' Workshop is an outreach program of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and is free and open to all writers, regardless of age or genre. No registration is required. The group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm in The Creamery Arts Center at 411 N. Sherman Parkway, across from Hammons Field. For more information, call the Arts Council at 862-ARTS(2787) or visit www.springfieldarts.org.

Messiah Project's annual "Appreciation Celebration" concert is Monday January 31st at 7:00pm at Cornerstone Church, corner of Fort and Sunshine in Springfield. It features soprano Denise Renner, one of the featured soloists from the Messiah Project's first-ever performance of Handel's "Messiah" inside the Kremlin in Moscow. She and her husband Rick are television evangelists in Russia. The concert is designed to honor those who support Messiah Project's numerous activities. Credo Dance Academy members will also perform. It's free and open to the public, with light refreshments following the concert in the Mansion at Elfindale. For more information call Messiah Project at 883-5274 or email messiahpro [at] sbcglobal [dot] net.

A celebration of the locally-produced, Oscar-nominated film "Winter's Bone" will be held Saturday Jan. 29 at the Moxie Cinema, 431 S. Jefferson Suite 108. There will be two screenings of the film that night, at 6:30 and 9:00pm. A $25 ticket gets you into the both the movie and trhe party next door at Farmer's Gastropub, where local actors who worked on the movie will be on hand to talk about their experiences, and Marideth Sisco will provide live music. Seating is LIMITED in the Moxie, and tickets are going fast. For more information visit www.moxiecinema.com. or call 429-0800. "Winter's Bone" received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, along with nominations for Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress) and John Hawkes (Best Supporting Actor).

Missouri State University will screen Ang Lee's film, "Ride with the Devil" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre at MSU. This civil war film, shot in Missouri, stars Tobey Maguire. Two of the crew who worked on the film, Kenny Chaplin and Gary Fiorelli, will be here for a discussion session at 9:00pm following the showing of the film. It's free and open to the public as part of the university's ongoing film series. The next day, Saturday Jan.29, Production Assistant Training Seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Craig Hall 203. The seminar is designed to prepare people for work as a production assistant on a feature film or commercial production. MSU students can sign up for the seminar for $75. Costs for early bird enrollment is $115, and for anyone who is a member of a professional film association cost is $125. Cost for the general public is $150. Area students who are interested in filmmaking are welcome to attend. To register or for more information on the seminar: patrainingseminar.com or call toll-free 1-800-579-1570.

St. John’s and its parent organization Sisters of Mercy Health System have been working to implement an electronic health record system for several years. It’s been about four years since the EHR has been up and running, and now the health care system might soon be rewarded for its efforts. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…

The film Winter’s Bone, which was shot in Southwest Missouri and features local talent, has received four Oscar nominations. The nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles. KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports.