Events

Nov
21
Tue
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.

Nov
23
Thu
23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk @ Downtown Springfield
Nov 23 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Turkey Trot is Springfield’s largest timed 5K run/walk of the year and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, attracting more than 7,000 participants a year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Turkey Trot also serves as one of the largest one-day food drives of the year for Ozarks Food Harvest, with more than 6,500 meals donated at the event last year.

Early-bird registration by Fri., Nov. 17 (postmarked by Mon., Nov.13): $20/Adult, $15/Child
Registration Nov. 22-23, in person only at Springfield Expo Center: $30/Adult, $25/Child

Nov
28
Tue
Green for Greene Program Info Sessions @ The Fairbanks
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Green for Greene training program is funded by a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. Certifications available are:  OSHA Hazwoper; OSHA 10; Environmental Sampling and Monitoring; Trenching and Excavation; Confined Space; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP); Lead Abatement Worker; Asbestos Worker/Handler; Stormwater Management; Forklift Driver; First Aid/CPR, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Training will begin in February 2018.

Nov
29
Wed
Green for Greene Program Info Sessions @ Missouri Job Center
Nov 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Green for Greene training program is funded by a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. Certifications available are:  OSHA Hazwoper; OSHA 10; Environmental Sampling and Monitoring; Trenching and Excavation; Confined Space; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP); Lead Abatement Worker; Asbestos Worker/Handler; Stormwater Management; Forklift Driver; First Aid/CPR, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Training will begin in February 2018.

Dec
2
Sat
Fix-it Fair @ Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Throw it away? No way! Give your household appliances, computers, bicycles or even clothes a new lease on life at the Fix-it Fair. Volunteer experts will be on hand, eager to assist you with your repairs. No registration required, but feel free to find out if a specific fixer will be on hand to assist with your item. A Fix-it Fair is a great way to reduce waste while learning a valuable repair skill. Presented in partnership with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks Tool Library.

Midtown’s 26th Annual Victorian Christmas Homes Tour @ Drury Diversity Center at historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Step back in time and stroll through some of Springfield’s finest historic homes all dressed for the holidays!  Encounter Midtown residents dressed in period Victorian clothing and get decorating ideas. We have a very exciting variety with five homes, the historic Eurasia Coffee & Tea building on Commercial and Sacred Heart Church all built during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. 

What: Midtown’s 26th Annual Victorian Christmas Homes Tour with five homes, historic Central High School and historic Sacred Heart Church with a crafts fair. 

Where: Drury Diversity Center in the historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church (corner of Drury Lane & Bob Barker Blvd., built in 1885). Shuttles will be available from the Diversity Center to all stops. 

When: Friday, December 1, 5pm to 9pm & Saturday, December 2, 12 noon to 5pm. 

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets on sale Nov 27-Dec 1 (4pm), at the following locations: Maschino’s, Enterprise Lanes, Sunshine Lanes and Midtown Pharmacy (811 E. Division St). Tickets will be available during the tour at Drury Diversity Center and Sacred Heart Church.

Craft Fair: Visit the 12th annual Sacred Heart Church Craft Sale (1609 N. Summit, 417- 869-3646, built in 1882), Friday evening December 1 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm & Saturday December 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. See many local crafters with great Christmas gift ideas!

Parking: Please park in the lot adjacent to the Drury Diversity Center or in the lot directly across the street. We do not recommend street parking, traffic may become a little congested.

This event occurs within the Midtown Historic District which is Springfield’s largest nationally recognized historic district and is sponsored by the Midtown Neighborhood Association.

Contact Midtown at midtown.sgf@gmail.com  or 417-496-8539

Dec
5
Tue
Green for Greene Program Info Sessions @ The Fairbanks
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Green for Greene training program is funded by a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. Certifications available are:  OSHA Hazwoper; OSHA 10; Environmental Sampling and Monitoring; Trenching and Excavation; Confined Space; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP); Lead Abatement Worker; Asbestos Worker/Handler; Stormwater Management; Forklift Driver; First Aid/CPR, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Training will begin in February 2018.

Dec
7
Thu
Green for Greene Program Info Sessions @ Missouri Job Center
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Green for Greene training program is funded by a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. Certifications available are:  OSHA Hazwoper; OSHA 10; Environmental Sampling and Monitoring; Trenching and Excavation; Confined Space; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP); Lead Abatement Worker; Asbestos Worker/Handler; Stormwater Management; Forklift Driver; First Aid/CPR, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Training will begin in February 2018.

Dec
10
Sun
Moon City Gallery Tour @ Moon City Creative District
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Shop for unique gifts. Meet artists who live and work in Moon City Creative District. Visit Moon City on Facebook to find out which galleries will be on the tour.

Dec
14
Thu
Green for Greene Program Info Sessions @ Missouri Job Center
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Green for Greene training program is funded by a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program. Certifications available are:  OSHA Hazwoper; OSHA 10; Environmental Sampling and Monitoring; Trenching and Excavation; Confined Space; Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP); Lead Abatement Worker; Asbestos Worker/Handler; Stormwater Management; Forklift Driver; First Aid/CPR, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Training will begin in February 2018.