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Area artist and gallery owner Michael McClure will present a class on painting techniques in oil or acrylic in two four-hour sessions on Sunday January 23rd and Saturday Jan.29 from 1 to 5pm each day. Participants can come for one or both classes--cost is $35; a materials list will be provided on request when you register. Location is Michael McClure's studio at 3223 County Rd. 1670 in Willow Springs, MO. For information call (417) 252-4797 or email Michael at mcclure172 [at] gmail [dot] com.

The next Contra Dance sponsored by the Traditional Dance & Music Society of the Ozarks is Saturday, January 15 from 7:30 to 10:30pm at the Franciscan Villa, 620 W. Scott in Springfield. Basic Steps are taught at 7 p.m. Live music will be provided by fiddler Jim Lansford and pianist Kim Lansford, with dance caller Gloria Johnson. No partner needed; ages 10 and up are welcome. Admission is $6 adults, $4 students and Dance and Music Society members. For more information call Vickie Strohm at 862-8681 or visit www.springfieldcontra.org.

A lot of people woke up Monday morning to see snow flying outside their windows. And experts say that the snow will continue before temperatures turn even colder. KSMU’s Xiaowen Tan reports.

Sub-freezing temperatures are predicted to hit the Ozarks this week and the Branson Fire Department is reminding business and vacation home owners to turn up the heat before it’s too late. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has more.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 tomorrow morning in much of Missouri and parts of Arkansas. Michele Skalicky reports on what we can expect...

Springfield Little Theatre begins 2011 with "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" January 28-February 13 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. The "King of the Road," the late Roger Miller, composed a jubilant score with Cajun, gospel, folk, country and blues elements, to shepherd the audience down the Mighty Mississippi with Huck Finn, searching for a new life, and Jim the runaway slave, searching for freedom. Beth Domann directs the production, with choreography by Lorianne Dunn and musical direction by Brooke Stephens. The production is scheduled Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30, and 2:30pm matinees Saturdays and Sundays through February 13. For tickets call the Landers box office at 869-1334 for visit www.springfieldlittletheatre.org.

Coming to the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts: the next Don Wessel Emerging Concert Artist recital is Thursday Jan.27 at 7:30pm, featuring 26-year-old flutist from Belarus, Aleksandr Haskin. A meet-the-artist reception follows the recital, which will feature seating right on the Hammons Hall stage to get you up-close and personal with the performer. The national touring production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returns to Hammons Hall in the "Give Your Regards To Broadway" series, February 11-13. Based on the Oscar-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping stage spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. It’s a classic musical love story, filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Performances at Hammons Hall are Friday Feb.11 at 8:00 pm; Saturday the 12th at 2:00 and 8:00pm; and Sunday Feb.13 at 2:00. For more information visit www.hammonshall.com, or for tickets call 836-7678 or 1(888) 476-7849.

The Springfield Council of PTAs presents the annual city-wide "Reflections Showcase," "Together We Can," Sunday Jan. 9 from noon to 4pm at Battlefield Mall at the J.C. Penneys east entrance. Kids from Springfield schools will display their entries in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts. At 3:00 an awards ceremony will take place. It's free and open to the public. For more information visit http://scptamo.com.

  • See owls close up
  • Walk the Nature Center trails after dark
  • Learn about eagles
  • Attend a college basketball game
  • Watch a silent movie
  • Try virtual hunting and fishing
  • Hike
  • Learn CPR
  • Listen to live music
  • View art by students