Events

Jul
22
Sat
Veterans’ Views Exhibit @ Springfield Art Museum
Jul 22 – Nov 26 all-day

Veterans’ Views is a juried exhibition highlighting photographs taken by members of our nation’s armed services and relating to their military experience. The primary goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness of our veterans’ experiences during service to our country. The exhibit is organized by the Springfield Art Museum in collaboration with Drury University.

The museum’s hours are:

  • Sunday 1-5 p.m.
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday – Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • City and national holidays closed
Sep
16
Sat
Wonder Rooms: Ozark Collections Exhibit @ Springfield Art Museum
Sep 16 2017 – Feb 25 2018 all-day

Modern day museums developed out of two apparently basic aspects of human nature – our curiosity and our desire to collect. Early collections were  arranged and contained within private homes in rooms referred to as cabinets. These collections usually included a wide range of objects from taxidermy to paintings and sculpture. As their popularity grew, these rooms were called wonder or curiosity cabinets, from the German wunderkammer.

Wonder Rooms examines the human desire to collect, with a specific focus on private collections in Southwest Missouri, in order to discover the underlying stories and driving impulses behind collecting.  The exhibit will present representative works from ten local collections, and will feature a wide range of media arranged in cabinets or ‘rooms,’ including ceramics, photography, outsider art, local art, furniture, prints and drawings.

The museum’s hours are:

  • Sunday 1-5 p.m.
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday – Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • City and national holidays closed
Nov
21
Tue
Learn It! Self-Paced Computer Tutorials @ Midtown Carnegie Library Edge Community Technology Center
Nov 21 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Prerequisites: Some experience using keyboard and mouse. For adults.

U.S. Capitol Tree Stop in Springfield @ Bass Pro Shops
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
U.S. Capitol Tree Stop in Springfield @ Bass Pro Shops | Springfield | Missouri | United States

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium have been selected to be a “whistle stop” for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana to Washington, D.C. Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season.

The tree, cut earlier this month and prepared for the more than 2,000-mile expedition, includes a series of community celebrations such as the one scheduled at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. The public is invited to participate in the celebration which includes a series of festive family-friendly activities.

The Republic High School marching band and Christmas carols presented by the “City/County Singers” will entertain the crowd. Other special features include live reindeer, S’mores, hot cocoa and outdoor cooking demonstrations. In addition, elves from Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland will be helping kids make Christmas crafts. A large banner on the side of the truck carrying the tree on its journey will allow event attendees the chance to sign and wish the tree a safe journey.

Other festivities during the tree’s visit to Springfield and Bass Pro Shops include a short ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. with special remarks from Springfield City Mayor Ken McClure, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World General Manager Lee Beasley and a representative from the U.S. Forest Service. The tree and event will be in the main parking lot in front of the grand entrance at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 1935 S. Campbell.

Special guests include Missouri-artist Jennifer Dodson whose hand-painted ornaments were chosen to represent Missouri at the lighting of the “People’s Tree,” Springfield Mayor Pro Tem Jan Fisk, numerous City officials, Smokey Bear and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Scouts from the Ozarks Trail Council Boy Scouts Wa-Sha-She Lodge Order of the Arrow will be on-hand to talk with area residents about the Christmas tree recycling program. The troop will be collecting discarded trees after the holiday. Bass Pro Shops has partnered with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 31 years to recycle Christmas trees to provide wildlife habitat for Missouri wildlife.

After the tree event, families are invited to come inside Bass Pro Shops and experience the return of Santa’s Wonderland– a massive Christmas village transformation inside Bass Pro Shops locations nationwide through Dec. 24 featuring free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including crafts, games and holiday magic for the whole family. All activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.

“We are honored to be a whistle stop on the tour of the U.S. Capitol tree and encourage people to come out to see it and to enjoy the fun festivities planned. Holidays in Springfield are always such an exciting time and we are thrilled that Bass Pro and others are doing so many things to help celebrate the season,” said Springfield Mayor Ken McClure. Mayor McClure will also make a proclamation declaring Nov. 21, 2017 as “U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Day” in Springfield, Missouri.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible thanks to companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources.

Robberson Community Dinner and Circles program @ Robberson Community School
Nov 21 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Dinner 5:15-6:00 (gymnasium) Programming 6:00-7:30 (Community – gymnasium; NWP Circles – library). Childcare provided.

Circles is a nationwide movement of communities in the United States and Canada focused on ending poverty by breaking down systematic barriers and creating community. Circles accomplishes this through community members who step forward and become chapter members. Currently, there are over 70 operating chapters. Circles has 10 years of evidenced based research demonstrating the success of this comprehensive model. Through unique programming, families, called Circle Leaders, identify why they are in poverty and begin to develop a plan to get out of poverty. Meanwhile, their children work with trained volunteers to learn age appropriate skills that create conversation starters and move towards breaking the generational cycle of poverty. After graduating, they are matched with an Ally. An Ally is someone from a middle to high income willing to invest time and connections (social capital) into helping the family meet their goals. Because MU Extension’s efforts revolve around economic development and impact, they have chosen to bring this program to Springfield.

The Circles program is available at The Fairbanks in the Grant Beach neighborhood, Robberson Community School in the Robberson neighborhood and at the Dream Center in Woodland Heights.

Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy @ Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

taichi

Learn Yang Style Tai Chi from Shifu, M. Dee Ogilvy, who began practicing Tai Chi 25 years ago at Duke University. Dee currently teaches in Missouri State University’s Wellness program and runs her own Tai Chi program called, White Metal Rabbit Taijiquan. Find out more at springfieldtaichi.wordpress.com

  • Great for adults of any age and physical fitness level.
  • Requires no special equipment.
  • Relaxed, composed flowing movements that combine strength with gentleness.
  • Beginners are welcome!
Heart of the Westside Neighborhood Association Meeting @ The Salvation Army
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Rountree Neighborhood Association Meeting @ University Heights Baptist Church
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
22
Wed
Learn It! Self-Paced Computer Tutorials @ Midtown Carnegie Library Edge Community Technology Center
Nov 22 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

You can choose what you want to learn and go at your own speed with our self-paced tutorials. We provide the computer and you select from a wide variety of lessons designed specifically for individual learning. Topics include basic skills, Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Gmail, Photoshop and more. Both interactive and video tutorials are available to fit your learning style. We also offer computer-instructed keyboarding lessons to help you learn to type or improve your typing skills. Prerequisites: Some experience using keyboard and mouse. For adults.

Dan Kinney Park Walking Group @ Dan Kinney Park/Family Center
Nov 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Walking is a great and easy way to better your health! Join a walking group near you! FREE pedometers to all participants. Group will meet at the park pavilion. In inclement weather, the group will meet inside the family center and will walk on the indoor track.