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The Scottish St. Andrew’s Society of Springfield was organized in 2004 by former members of the Celtic Society of the Ozarks, to keep alive the memory of the Scots and Scots-Irish in the Ozarks, Missouri and the United States. Tickets are now available for the Society's annual "Robert Burns Night Supper" on Saturday, January 22 at The Doubletree Hotel, 2431 North Glenstone. Cocktails/social hour begins at 6.00 pm, and the two-hour program will begin at 6.45 pm. Burns Night is an annual celebration held the world over in honor of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, and includes traditional Scottish food, music, dancing, bagpipes, kilts, and other forms of Scottish culture. Internationally-known Scottish folk singer Colin Grant-Adams will be the featured entertainment for the evening. A cash bar will be available for those wishing wine, beer or spirits with their meals. Haggis will be served. Formal/business or Scottish dress is requested, but not required. To order tickets visit http://springfieldmissouriscots.org or call 496-8610.

Organized in 2002, Seniors as Stars is an intergenerational group that presents theatrical productions with senior citizens, will hold auditions for all "young-at-heart" actors and actresses for their next production. The auditions will be held at the Southside Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont, next Wednesday January 19th at 2:00pm. No prior preparation is necessary. Stage crew members of all ages are also needed. Their next play, Jerry Chase's "Cinderella Wore Combat Boots", will be performed in late April or early May. For more information contact Phyllis Frick at 869-5281 or email her at pfrickstar [at] att [dot] net.

"Random Acts of Music" is a new program from the Springfield Symphony that will select people within the community and give them the opportunity to experience the gift of music in a concert setting. Once a month during the concert season, the Symphony will have Music Director Ron Spigelman or one of the orchestra's musician deliver concert tickets to random people on the streets of Springfield. The Symphony is asking you to help select “random” people to be presented with tickets. Nominators will be required to submit a short essay as to why their candidate should be chosen and recipients will be selected by the "Random Acts of Music" committee comprised of Springfield Symphony Board members, musicians and staff. In fact, YOU may be the next person chosen to receive a Random Act of Music! To learn more about this program call the Springfield Symphony at 417-864-6683.

Leslie Carrier talks with Julie Leeth, executive vice-president of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, about the Rural Schools Partnership.

Theresa Bledsoe talks with Ted O'Neal, the City of Springfield's superintendent of solid waste management, about a greenhouse project that's in the works.

Billy Long



The federal government is looking at new ways to protect elected officials after Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was critically injured when a gunman opened fire at a public event Giffords was hosting. Six people died and many others were injured. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with newly-elected Congressman Billy Long about the tragedy. Long began by saying he expects some changes are in store for him and other members of Congress regarding security.

You are cordially invited to Eat, Drink and Be Married! Springfield Little Theatre is hosting a wedding for their annual Little Theatre, Big Party. The wedding cast will be your favorite SLT players, and you will play the role of the happy couple’s family, friends, or maybe even be a member of the wedding party. It's Saturday January 22nd at the Veridian, 309 South Avenue. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, call Little Theatre at 869-3869 or visit



Veteran journalist Dante Chinni (PBS NewsHour) will speak on "Our Patchwork Nation: The Ozarks and the Road Ahead" at 7:30 PM, January 24 in Meyer Library Room 101.

Chinni is project director of Patchwork Nation, an effort to get beyond the red/blue map of American politics by dividing the nation's 3,141 counties into 12 community types. Nixa, Missouri is the community the project chose to represent the country’s 468 or so Evangelical Epicenter counties. In the past, Chinni has worked for the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. Together with James Gimpel, he is the author of the newly released Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, The 12 Community Types That Make Up Our Nation (Gotham Books, 2010). The book includes an entire chapter on Nixa, Missouri.

Veteran journalist Dante Chinni has worked for the Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. He is native of a Detroit, Michigan area. He is project director of Patchwork Nation.

For more information on Chinni, see www.dantechinni.com

For more information on the project, see www.patchworknation.org

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Daniel Zender announce a unique new collaboration, The SSLYBY (European) Tour Book. 60 pages of new illustrations by Daniel Zender and writings by band members, created during the band's 2010 tour of Europe. The official release of this book will be February 4th at Smart Gallery, 405 W Walnut during the February First Friday Art Walk. All of the illustrations will be on display, as well as other art from the band. The book will be available for sale to the public that night. For more information visit www.danielzender.com.