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Continuing through November at the Front Porch, 310 South Avenue downtown: an eclectic showcase of artwork in charcoal, paint and ceramics by Nikki Nisley, portraying community, life, love, and family. Hours at the Front Porch are Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6 to 10pm, and Fridays and Saturdays 7 to 11pm. For information visit www.thecoredowntown.com or call 865-CORE (2673).

The Missouri Career Center and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce will present a Career Morning recruitment event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. KSMU’s Ryan Welch reports.

Next year, 2011, is officially the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, but most people who have served in the Peace Corps recognize this year as the golden anniversary. It was 1960 when Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country by way of serving others. KSMU’s Ryan Welch spoke with a Springfield resident who spent time in the ‘90s as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Old friends and new are welcomed to the 45th Annual Elizabethan Christmas Dinners, held on the campus of Missouri State University, Wednesday through Saturday, December 1-4 from 7:00 to 10:30pm in Plaster Student Union Ballroom, with ample parking nearby. The Dinners are a unique celebration of the holiday season, blending performances by three MSU choral ensembles and an Olde English style menu of tasty dishes! The MSU Chamber Singers serve as the Royal Court; the Collegiate Singers sing and serve the meal, and the Concert Chorale will be added to the formal concert at the end of the dinners. Cost is $30 adults, $25 for students. Visit www.missouristate.edu/music/ or call 836-5182.

Fall Leaves

With the fall season in full-swing, the build-up of leaves is becoming evident. To combat the issue, the city is adjusting the hours of recycling centers. KSMU’s Justin Lux reports.

The Missouri State University Music Department presents a "Holiday Celebration Concert" Sunday Nov.21st from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Art, featuring the MSU choirs and the MSU Symphony Orchestra. It's free and open to the public. For more information call 836-5182.

Missouri State University Concert Chorale performs Sunday Nov.14 at 7:00pm at King's Way United Methodist Church, 2401 S. Lone Pine in Springfield. It's free and open to the public. For more information call 836-5182.

Illuminate your mind and spirit at the next Springfield Symphony concert, Saturday Nov.20 at 7:30pm in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, featuring Brahms' Symphony No. 3 and Daniel Godfrey's Lightscape, an impressionistic account of a sunrise on the northeastern coast. The orchestra will also showcase the talents of pianist Di Wu, finalist at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; she’ll play the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3. For tickets call 836-7678 or visit www.missouristatetix.com.

With the bitter Missouri winter quickly approaching, the National Weather Service and several other groups are teaming up to promote Winter Weather Awareness Day on November 17. KSMU’s Justin Lux reports.