|Events for September 2014 appear below focusing on the cities of Springfield in Missouri and surrounding areas. Events are posted as we get them. Come back often for updates. To include your event of interest send an e-mail here.
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1: This is the deadline to register for classes for all ages in acting, musical theatre dance, and voice at the Springfield Little Theatre, 311 E. Walnut, Springfield Session 1 is from Sept. 8 to Oct. 10, 2014. For more details go here.
continuing 1-Oct. 11: An exhibit "The Show Must Go On: Theaters and Entertainment Venues in Springfield" sponsored by the Springfield History Museum will be presented at the historic Fox Theatre, 157 Park Central Square. Viewing is from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. For more information phone (417) 831-1976.
continuing 1-Nov. 9: "Maquette: The Sculptor's Tool" is an ongoing show at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield. This show is based on the museum's extensive collection of Ernest Trova maquettes or working models and is supplemented with work by contemporary arist Lary Young, Richard Hunt and John Hentry. It explores the model, showing the artist's finished work. According to curator Sarah Buhr, "The maquette is an integral part of this process, allowing the sculptor to work out the formal details of a piece before embarking upon the full expense of creating the final work.The museum’s incredible collection of Trova maquettes are a fascinating ‘behind-the-scenes’ look into an artist’s physical manifestation of process.” "Glazed over" will continue until May 17, 2015. For other ongoing exhibits go here. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Free.
2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25: Bass Pro Shops is offering classes for Boy Scout merit badges in fishing and rifle shooting on Tuesdays and Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. Class size is limited. Register at customer service at the store or phone (417) 887-7334 in Springfield or (417 243-5200 in Branson.
3: The Succulent Society of the Ozarks will feature reference librarian Trint Williams speaking about sedum plants. It will take place at 7 p.m. at the Library Center, S. Campbell, Springfield. Williams will bring cuttings for door prizes. Swaps are also encouraged.
continuing 3, 10, 17, 24 every Wednesday): The Ozark Downtown Farmers Market will offer goods from over 20 vendors. The event takes place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on the square. Featured are local foods and live music.
4-6: The Trading Hands Kids' Consignment Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (half price sale) on Saturday. It will be held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex, 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield. Free admission and parking. For consignment drop-off details go here.
5: Bass Pro Shops is sponsoring an Outdoor Days Media Challenge starting at 9:30 a.m. at Lake Springfield, 5324 S. Kissick, Springfield. See your favorite media moguls compete for truest tomahawk tosser, fastest canoeist and quickest climber. Defending their title of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival Media Challenge Winner is the KY3 team.
5: Belleville The Movie will be shown at 12:10 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Wehrenberg Theatre's Campbell 16 Cine, 4005 South Ave., Springfield. For further information go here.
5: The Studio 55 Charity Art Exhibit and Silent Auction benefiting Crosslines and Harmony House will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. at the National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 National Ave., Springfield. Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild meets at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield the second Wednesday of the month from 1-3 p.m. For more information e-mail Judy Ferguson here.
5: First Friday in downtown Springfield and surrounding area will take place. For more information go here.
5-6: The Greater Ozarks Blues Festival will be held at the Legion Post 639, 2660 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield. Admission at the gate is $5 per person each day; children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. For Friday gates open at 4 p.m.; music begins at 5:30 p.m.. For Saturday gates open at 11 a.m.; music begins at 1 p.m. The line-up includes (Fri.) Kentucky Gentleman, JD & the Mudhounds with special guest guitarist Tom Whittrock, The ABS Band, Nathan Bryce & Loaded Dice; (Sat.) The Norman Jackson Band, Kaps & Stems, Power Glide, Sista Lucille, the Brenda Meyer Band, and John Nemeth.
5-7: A Greek festival will be held on the parking lot of St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 S. Holiday Ave., Springfield from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Free. Food and crafts for purchase. For more details go here.
5-7: The 7th Annual Outdoor Days sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board partnered with the Bass Pro Shops' Outdoor Fitness Festival will take place with camping beginning on Friday at Lake Springfield Park, 5324 S. Kissick Ave. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Beginners, seasoned outdoors enthusiasts and scouts are invited to take part in camping, hiking, fishing, boating, archery, bird watching, primitive skills and more outdoor activities as well as interact with demonstrations, crafts and vendors. Registration for camping must be made by Tuesday, Sept. 2 for free overnight camping by phoning (417) 833-8647. For more information about outdoor events go here.
6: Kids 12 and under can meet players from Missouri State University's athletic teams and members of the Sugar Bears while exploring the Discovery Center, 438 E. St. Louis, Springfield for a day. Membership to Boomer's Kids Club required. $10. Membership includes tickets to regular season Bears sports, an official t-shirt, drawstring backpack, personalized membership card, birthday card, invitations to club parties and events and discount deals from sponsors. Food and drinks will be provided. For more information contact Charlotte at (17) 862-9910, Ext. 713.
6: A seminar on the topic of "Healthy Trees and Safe Pest Control" will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa. Sponsored by the Christian County Master Gardeners, the event features Dean Alberty of Midwest Tree Healthcare Company who will discuss how to protect ash trees from the deadly emerald ash borer and equally deadly pests arriving in wooden packing crates from abroad. Also speaking will be Becky Nicholas from Wickman's Garden Village. Free. Register by phoning (417) 581-3558.
6: The 5th Annual Flights of Fancy featuring the 2014 Ozzie Awards sponsored by the Springfield Regional Arts Coalition will take place at the Springfield-Branson National Airport, 2300 N. Airport Blvd., Springfield (directions here). The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception presented by Gilardi's Ristorante on the airport's east terrace. Entertainment will be provided by the Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance. A dinner featuring a menu of signature salad, lobster ravioli, bacon-wrapped medallions and stuffed chicken bijan will be served by Tourch Restaurant at 7 p.m. in the terminal lobby. At 7:30 p.m. the master of ceremonies, Paul Adler of KY3, will introduce the performances by the Springfield Little Theatre, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Men's Chorus of the Ozarks, Casey Lynne Barr with Les Gallier, Jin J X-Shabazz and others. Individual Ozzie Awards will be presented to Juanita K. Hammons, John and Beth Raidel, Lou Whitney, Tom Parker, Phil Broyles and an organization award to Obelisk Home. Tickets are $70 each (part tax deductible). To purchase tickets go here.
6: A Caveman 5K race will take place through the Springfield Underground, 2239 N. LeCompte Rd., Springfield, beginning at 7 p.m. Limited to first 500. The entry fee is a non-refundable $30. Make checks payable to the Ozark Trails Council, BSA. To sign up go here.
6: The Not So Square Arts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The MARC (Mt. Vernon Arts and Recreation Center), 822 W. Mt. Vernon Blvd., Mt. Vernon. Entertainment includes folk music, dueling pianos of Millsap and Millsap, harp, Irish music and more throughout the day. Indoor and outdoor booths will feature painters, potters, authors, fabric artists, photographers and jewelry designers. Throughout the day the 417 Show Me Talent Show will take place. Admission is free.
6-7: A fall cycling event benefiting the MidAmerica Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society will take place with a start and finish at Clever High School, 6800 State Hwy. 14W. For more details go here.
continuing 7, 14, Oct. 4: A program on bat and cave awareness will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sequiota Park cave, 3500 S. Lone Pine, Springfield. Basic information on endangered bats will follow 45-minutes prior to darkness on all dates. Free.
9: "Raised Bed/Winter Gardening" is the subject of a program offered at noon by the volunteers of the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks at the Taney County Extension Center, 122 Felkins Ave., Forsyth (near the Taney County jail). Admission is free. For more details go here.
9, 16; 23, 30: An abstract painting class for active painters will be taught in two sessions by local artist Meike Aton at the Finley River Fine Artists Gallery, 205 South St., Ozark (Hwy. 14 towards Sparta). Tentative hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $80 due at sign-up. Bring images for inspiration and two or three canvases sized 24x36, 30x40 or 24x24 and 36x36 (not smaller than 18x24). Bring your acrylic paints, brushes, palette knives and whatever else you might need. For more information send an e-mail here or phone (417) 343-3481.
11: An Open House and "Diaper Need" Conference will be held at the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, 615 N. Glenstone, Springfield (in the Crosslines Building next to the Council of Churches Building). from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The purpose of the event is to call attention to the need across the Ozarks and discover ways in which to keep their shelves filled with diapers. Featured will be information about "loan" programs, demonstrations and panel discussions, and baby items will be auctioned off.
11: A blood drive will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ozarks Technical Community College Richwood Valley campus, 3369 W. Jackson St., Nixa. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements
11-14: The Ozarks Steam Engine Show will take place at the Republic Fairgrounds, 7175 W. Farm Rd. Admission is $5; children 12 and under are free. Featured is a classic tractor pull at 5 p.m. on Friday for tractors from 1957 and older and an antique tractor pull at 6 p.m. on Saturday for stock tractors from 1938 or older. In addition, large steam--traction engines will be in operation, gas engines will be on display and operations like threshing, shingle sawing, rock crushing, sorghum making and saw milling will be performed. There will be flea markets, concessions and Sunday church service. Campgrounds and showers are available.
12: A blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ozarks Technical Community College - Lincoln Hall, 815 Sherman Ave., Springfield. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
12-14: The 19th Annual Japanese Fall Festival will take place at the Mizumoto Stroll Garden in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and ll a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Featured will be Japanese drumming and dance, educational booths, Japanese souvenirs, a tea ceremony ($10 xtra with limit of 6 per session), evening tiki lights and food concessions (both Japanese and western). Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children (ages 3-12). Weekend passes may be purchased at the gate for $12/adult; $5/kids. For a complete schedule of events go here.
12-Oct. 5: The Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut St., Springfield, will present the Broadway musical Mary Poppins. It will be directed by Chuck Rogers, choreographed by Josh Inman and directed musically by Susan Gravatt. Kim Crosby plays Mary Poppins with a cast of almost two dozen. Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors 62+ and students/military and $15 for children (ages 14 and under). $5 fee for Internet ticketing. Go here.
13: The fall plant sale of the Christian County Master Gardeners and the Azalea Festival Association will take place from 8-11 a.m. at The Gardens at Woodfield, 441 S. Truman Blvd., Nixa. Featured will be a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, mums, irises and ground covers. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about fall planting, provide University of Missouri Extension gardening guide sheets and share September and October dates for its gardening classes. Proceeds from the plant sale will benefit a future Sensory Garden addition to The Gardens at Woodfield. The Azalea Festival Association will sponsor half marathon, 10K and 5K runs. Proceeds will support the building and maintenance of the botanical gardens at The Gardens at Woodfield. Sponsorships are available (deadline Sept. 5). For more information on becoming a sponsor or to register to run, contact CJ Jerman by e-mail here or Dow Whiting by e-mail here.
13: A home game of the Springfield Rugby Club will take place beginning at 2 p.m. at 7294 W. Farm Road 144, Springfield. Free. For more information go here.
16: A city-wide garage sale will take place in Ozark. For more information phone (417) 581-6139.
17: (3rd Wed. of each month): MU Extension Business Development Specialist Chrystal Irons is offering free business counseling services from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center, 1471 W. South St., Ozark. The one-on-one session is being offered to local businesses in an effort to support growth and development. To contact Irons phone (417) 546-4431 or send an e-mail here.
17: Hellbilly pioneer Hank3 will perform at the Outland Ballroom, 324 South Ave., Springfield. Doors open at 7 p.m., showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-20.
18-20: The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild’s 2014 Show, “Celebrate Quilting,” will take place at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 East St. Louis, Springfield. Show hours are from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. General admission is $6. A three-day pass is available for $10. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free. Individual admission for groups of 10 or more is $5. Pre-admission tickets are $5 and will be available at area quilt shops. Lectures are free for show attendees with limited seating is available. For more information go here.
19-20: The first annual HOTO Sertoma Oktoberfest will take place for 21+ at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant, Springfield. Featured are a 5K run, alpine goodwill games, alpine man cave, live bands, and beer and food. $5 entry fee, $5 parking fee. For links for more information go here.
19-20: A conference for farm women is scheduled at the Lake of the Ozarks' Windermere Conference Center, 1650 Koehler Dr., Roach, MO. Registration covering the cost of food and conference materials is $35 per person. For more details go here.
20: At the Grow Native! Workshop: Advanced Native Plant Landscape Design, topics will include landscaping with native trees, rain garden design, and landscaping for pollinators. Conducted by Alan Branhagen, Ronda Headland and Mike Arduser, it will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield. $40 for non-Missouri Prairie Foundation members, $30 for members. To register go here or phone (888) 843-6739. The event is in partnership with Show Me Yards & Neighborhoods. To select membership in the MPF go here.
20: Members of the Springfield Watergarden Society and Master Gardeners of Greene County will host a Fall Garden Tour, including eight gardens. The event will take place from 1-6 p.m. followed by a Tiki Tour Sampler from 6-8 p.m. at the home of Ken & Mimi Grozinger, 3023 E. Avalon Dr., Springfield. Advanced tickets beginning Sept. 1 are $5 per person or $7 on day of the tour. Buy them at several garden centers or at the boutique at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield.
20-21: The Gray-Campbell Farmstead Lifestyles Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield. Featured will be a blacksmith, apple butter making, fiber arts and other demos, crafts, clogging and storytelling. The farmstead includes the oldest house in Springfield and a one-room school house.
20-21: The 17th Annual Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street in Springfield, presented by Great Southern Bank, will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. It will feature three performance stages, pumpkin painting with Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition, and of course – real apple cider! Admission is $4 per person; children 10 and under are free. It also features over 75 artists and crafters from the region, and includes jewelry, clay, wood, glass, fiber arts and photography. All arts and crafts are hand-made, and the festival draws over 15,000 people annually. Hands-on activities for kids include face painting and pumpkin painting for children. The event also hosts three different performance stages each packed with varied performances from some of Springfield’s most lively and entertaining groups. Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street is sponsored by Midwest Family Broadcasting, Ozark Empire Fair Foundation, School of Rock, Petsway, University Plaza, Springfield Re-Bath, Welk Resorts, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, the Springfield News-Leader, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and the Historic Walnut Street Association. The event is managed by the Urban Districts Alliance.
continuing 21, Oct. 19: The Blues Society of the Ozarks will be providing opportunities from 1-5 p.m. to jam out at monthly picnics at Tom Watkins Park, 2100 W. High St., Springfield. Free admission. Bring seating.
18-19, 21-26 & 28: Columbinus, the story of the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999 which takes a look at the events leading up to the day of and the aftermath of the tragedy, will be performed by TAD, Missouri State University Theatre & Dance, 901 S. National, Springfield in the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19, 21-26 & 28 and 2:30 p.m. on the 21 & 28th. The cost is $14 for adults, $12 for students/seniors. For tickets go here.
22-Dec. 1: A free 8-week online course (not for credit) will be offered by Missouri State University on "Laura Ingalls Wilder: Exploring Her Work and Writing Life--the Early Years." For required and recommended books go here. Instructor is Pamela Smith Hill who grew up in the Missouri Ozarks about 40 miles from Rocky Ridge Farm where Wilder wrote her series of books for young readers. to register go here.
25-26 (callbacks on 27): Auditions for the Springfield Little Theatre's upcoming production of The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. to be directed and choreographed by Andy Willadsen will take place at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut, Springfield, at 7 p.m. both days. A large cast of teenagers (must be 18 or under) and children are needed. Prepare a one-minute vocal selection and bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. You also may be led through a dance and/or movement combination. Rehearsals typically will be held Sunday-Thursday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. with the first on August 28 at 7 p.m. Performance dates are Thursday, Oct. 16-Sunday, Oct. 26 with daytime shows on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 22. Cast members are expected to be available for every single performance; no exceptions! A list of characters may be found here.
27: A 5K Family Fun Glow Run will take place beginning at 8 p.m. at the OC, 1530 W. Jackson St., Ozark Family activities and door prizes will be offered after the race at no additional charge. The cost is $25/person by 9/12/14 ($20 for annual OC member); $30/person by 9/26/14 and $35/person, day of race. Sign up at OC. Price includes t-shirt if paid by 9/12/14; after that date t-shirt may be picked up at the OC beginning 10/13/14.
27: The 4th annual scavenger hunt benefiting the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) will take place rain or shine with registration beginning at 10 a.m. at the Hammons Tower lot, 2014 E. St. Louis, Springfield. For more information go here.
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Christian County Library news and events, go here.
- For things to do at The Creamery Arts Center go here.
- For upcoming events at the Gillioz Theatre, go here.
- Schedule of events at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts go here.
- For events at The Marc go here.
- For showtimes at The Moxie, go here.
- For what's going on at The OC in Ozark, go here.
- Featured events for The Skinny Improv, go here.
- For information about the Springfield Ballet go here.
- For the Springfield Botanical Center information go here.
- For the homepage of the Springfield Cardinals baseball team go here.
- For events at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center and the Andy Dalton Shooting Range go here.
- For what's happening in Springfield/Greene County parks go here.
- For links to the Springfield/Greene County library locations go here.
- Springfield Little Theatre events go here.
- SRO Lyric Theatre, Springfield Opera has a homepage here.
- For events at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield go here.
- Nixa Parks and Recreation--X Center events go here.