|Events in the Springfield area for March 2014 appear below focusing on the cities of Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, Branson and Republic in Missouri, and Eureka Springs in Arkansas. Events are posted as we get them. Come back often for updates. To include your event of interest send an e-mail here.
Please check with venue for any cancellations or postponements due to weather.
continuing 1-16: The Bass Pro Spring Fishing Classic features free fishing seminars conducted by pros and special activities for kids. Special events continuing March 1-2 include seminars from top professional anglers; March 1-5, a reel trade in; March 7-9, seminars by local pros or conservation groups; March 7-11, a rod trade-in, March 8, fried fish sampling, March 15-16, fishing introduction to kids and March 15, a women's fishing workshop. Register to win a new Nitro Z-7 performance bass fishing boat featuring a 150-horsepower Mercury motor and trailer and a guided fishing trip on Table Rock Lake with lodging at Big Cedar Lodge, a total sweepstakes package of more than $32,000. For more information go here.
continuing 1-21: Baseball and softball registration takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The OC, 1530 W. Jackson, Ozark.
1, 25: These are the dates (Sat. at 10 a.m., Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.) that the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, hosts its volunteer orientation. Needed are meet and greeters, tour leaders, program organizers and gardeners. RSVP by phoning (417) 891-1511 or sending an email here.
continuing 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr. 7: The annual MOGardens seminar series will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Mercy (O'Reilly) Cancer Center, 2055 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield. Two topics will be presented each evening with a 20-minute refreshment break by experienced members of Master Gardeners, some professionals working in the field of horticulture or related areas and people who are growers or in plant-related businesses. The topics in order of presentation are: native plants and kitchen gardens, herbs and growing nutrient dense food, shade gardening and succulents, benefits of trees and healthy lush lawns, sex and the single flower and creative urban farming, bird gardens and productive small gardens and greenhouse biochar stoves and home fruit production. A person may also register for individual classes at $20 each or $35 for a couple at the Botanical Center. Individuals paying individually will need to reserve a place at least one day before the class by calling (417) 881-8909.
continuing 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28: These are the dates for Potting Shed University, hour-long classes presented by Master Gardeners of Greene County at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for each class at the door. The classes in order of presentation are: "Roses love garlic, carrots love tomatoes" by Joe and Cathy Wolven; native plants; organic gardening; easy care lawns and ground covers; shrubs' herbs; worm composting bins; butterfly gardens and annuals and perennials. For information contact Mary Ann Bolli at (417) 413-4834 or send an e-mail here. Event will be canceled when Springfield Public Schools are closed.
6-Apr. 5: A Place Called Eden by Ron Boutwell will be performed at the Stained Glass Theatre, Route 65, Jackson St. exit in Ozark. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. nightly, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $11 per person for adults, $9 for children 2-12. Deduct $1 if purchased day before performance. Phone (417) 581-9192.
7-30: "Metamorphosis: Transfer, Evolve, Grow" is the latest exhibit at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield. Sponsored by the Springfield Regional Arts Center, the show features 30 local artists offering diverse works of art on the theme. A talk on the subject of crowdfunding for artists offered by Matt Lemmon will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on March 12. The Creamery gallery is open Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
10: A meeting of the Ozarks Bonsai Club will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd. (east of Glenstone), Springfield. Bring a bonsai to work on. Please RSVP by sending an e-mail here.
10-14: A Spring Break Camp for kids ages 7-12 will be offered by the Springfield Regional Arts Council from 9 a.m. to noon at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Pkwy. Hadley O' Brien will teach students how to turn paper into art. Students will explore the many ways paper can be manipulated and used for artistic expression. With a variety of textured, printed, and painted paper, students will create masks, mosaics, paper maché sculpture, collage, and more! Spots are limited. Reserve your spot by phoning (417) 862-2787 or sending an e-mail here. The cost of the workshop is $150 (supplies included). SRAC members will receive a 10% discount.
10-17: It's Geek Week at the Springfield Discovery Center, 438 E. St. Louis. Featured daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is building your own city, playing a life-size game of chess and other challenges. From the 11-13th Nova's "Making Stuff" activities will be featured. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and $8 for children (3-15).
12: "An Irish Garden Grows" is the topic of a talk by Peter Longley, horticultural interpreter at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield. It begins at 6 p.m. A former estate manager for the Tullamaine Castle in Ireland, Longley cared for 25 acres of gardens and grounds. Free.
12, 19, 26 (every Wednesday monthly): Happy Hour Live is offered from 5-7:30 p.m. at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy., Springfield. It features local live bands, beer and food demonstrations as well as infused cocktails and appetizer specials. Admission is free.
14: The Southwest Missouri band Keltic Knot will perform beginning at 7 p.m. at The MARC, 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd., Mt. Vernon. Vagrant, a six-member band from Monett playing a unique blend of folk, rock and bluegrass music, will open for them. Irish food will be available to purchase. Admission is $5 per person at the door.
15: The 19th Annual Nixpo will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Nixa High School, 514 S. Nicholas Rd. (south side of 14), Nixa. Free admission.
15: The 34th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration will take place in Springfield beginning with food available at noon from vendors at the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, an Irish Pet Contest in the same place at 12:30 (register here and a parade from 2-4 p.m. starting on Commercial Street and ending south of the downtown square (see parade route here). Participants in the parade must sign a waiver of liability found here. Donna "Pokey" Alrutz has been chosen as the parade's Grand Marshal. She will be accompanied by the costumed lip-synch group, Mazzollas.
15: A Classical Concert featuring Seville, Sibelius and Sean Chen, 2013 Van Cliburn Crystal Award winner, will be performed by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall, 525 John Q. Hammons, Pkwy., Springfield. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Pieces include Rossini's Overture to the Barber of Seville, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. I and Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 in E Minor. To order tickets phone (417) 836-7678.
15: The Dublin's Pass, ShamRox 15K/5K race will take place beginning at 8 a.m and 8:05 a.m. with a new course in Springfield. Starting line is at Dublin's Pass, 317 Park Central East. For fees and online registration go here. All adult finishers will receive two beers, free food and live music.
15-16: The Springfield Orchid Society will hold its show and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the full meeting room of the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic. Featured will be a juried show and plants available for purchase. Free admission.
18: Senator Claire McCaskill will be the special guest at two Southwest Missouri Democratic fund raisers. For those with deep pockets ($100 per person suggested donation) a March Mixer will take place from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. The chance to meet the senator includes two drink tickets and an appetizer buffet. Then for a suggested donation of $20 per person the senator will appear at 7 p.m. (registration begins at 5:45 p.m.) in the Billingsly Center ballroom. Featured will be an auction conducted by comic Pat Kelly and a get-together with cookies and punch.
21: The second annual Missouri Botanical Symposium will be held on the campus of the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. This is an opportunity for botany professionals and enthusiasts to share research and ideas about a variety of regional botanical topics. For more details phone (317) 430-6566 or send an e-mail here.
22: Springfield Catholic Schools' 20th Annual Emerald Evening fundraiser will take place beginning at 6 p.m. in the University Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom (333 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy.) with dinner, auction, music and dancing. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $100 per person. Phone (417) 865-5567.
22: The 4th annual Cajun Cook off sponsored by Queen City Sertoma (SERviceTO MAnkind) will take place from 2-7 p.m. at the Shrine Mosque, 601 E. St. Louis St., Springfield. $15 per person at the door. Dishes from competitors range from gumbo and Jambalaya to red beans and rice and, of course, desserts.
22: Author Pat Lamb will discuss her book, When the Stars Fall Down about living with her husband on a Navajo reservation. The event will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in the Netzer Room of the Christian County Library, 1005 N. 4th Ave., Ozark.
22: The Ozark Regional Lily Society will hold its bulb sale from 8 a.m. to noon in the full meeting room of the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic.
23: The Colorado-based musical group, the Yonder Mountain String Band, will perform at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, Springfield. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 per person. Phone (417) 863-9491.
24: Health Insurance Education and What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act will be discussed at a free session from 3-5 p.m. at the Taney County OACAC, 610 S. 6th St., Ste. 202, Branson. Topics covered include: Tax credits to help pay for health insurance;
New health insurance company rules to protect you; Medicare changes; Access to enrollment assistance; Other information and assistance sources and Tips for using health insurance. Please register by phoning 417) 239-1882.
27: The Christian County Children's Charities--Sertoma Club invites everyone to play Bunco as a fundraiser for the Christian County Food Pantry, Least of These Inc. Registration is at 5:30 p.m.; bunco begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Nixa Event Center, 421 W. South St., Nixa. Highlights include prizes for winners and losers, a wine pull auction, heads and tails toss, food and a cash bar. Admission is $15 per person or $50 for a table of four in advance. $20 per person at the door. For more information phone Christy at 417) 861-8845 or send an e-mail here.
27-30: The Pirates of Penzance, a comedy operetta, will be performed at Craig Hall Coger Theatre, 1147 E. Grand, on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. Curtain on March 27-29 is at 7:30 p.m., on March 30 is at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for students and senior citizens. Phone (417) 836-7678 for tickets.
29: New and expectant mothers are encouraged to attend CoxHealth's "Baby Affair!" that will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cox South in Springfield. Featured will be demonstrations, a maternity fashion show and door prizes. For more information phone (417) 269-5239.
29: Showcase Ozark, the business expo, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The OC, 1530 W. Jackson St., Ozark. Free admission.
31: Step by step replacement of long-established Kentucky 31, the dominant pasture grass in Missouri that belatedly was discovered to carry a toxic fungus, will be an important topic at a program planned at the Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details go here.
- For programs at the Park Central Library, and links to other Springfield/Greene County libraries go here.
- For a calendar of events at the Christian County Library go here.
- For events at the Nixa Community Center, the X Center, 71 N. Taylor Way, Nixa, go here.
- For activities for children ages 2-6 at the Moxie that include short films and hands-on art making go here. For the movie schedule at the Moxie go here.
- For upcoming events at the Skinny Improv, 308 South Ave., Springfield go here.
- For what's happening at the Discovery Center, 438 E. St. Louis, Springfield, go here.
- For upcoming events promoted by the Springfield Regional Arts Council go here.