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Along with all the other events being held Saturday for the Willow Springs Downtown Holli-Day, the Willow Springs Arts Council announces it is sponsoring an Invitational Art Show. This is the second year for the event and participating area schools include Thayer, Ava, Mtn. View, Willow Springs, Mtn. Grove, Cabool and West Plains. more
The Fine Arts Academy, under the expert direction of Erin Kimbrough, is set to bring a festive masterpiece to life with its upcoming production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." This much-anticipated event is poised to light up the historic Avenue Theatre in downtown West Plains, promising a blend of humor, warmth, and holiday spirit. With opening night scheduled for 7 p.m. on December 7, and additional shows lined up through mid-December, this production is shaping up to be the highlight of the holiday season in the community. more
West Plains Council on the Arts is hosting an exhibition of works by 12 area artists through Dec. 16 in the gallery on the mezzanine at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St.. The gallery is open to the public during regular civic center hours. more
Whether you’re a native-born or naturalized Ozarker, Dr. Phil Howerton’s latest poetry collection, “Gods of Four Mile Creek,” is sure to touch your heart and sentiments. more
In the books of American automotive history, few cars have captured the imagination and adrenaline of enthusiasts quite like the Pontiac GTO. Often hailed as the first muscle car, the GTO's journey from a bold experiment to an iconic symbol of raw power and style reflects the evolution of American car culture in the 20th century. more
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The Fine Arts Academy, under the able direction of Erin Kimbrough, is thrilled to announce its upcoming production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," set to grace the stage of the historic Avenue Theatre in downtown West Plains. This highly anticipated performance is scheduled to open at 7 p.m. on December 7, with additional evening shows on December 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16. For those who prefer matinee performances, shows are also scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sundays, December 10 and 17. more
Attention, music enthusiasts and fans of live entertainment! The historic Avenue Theatre in downtown is gearing up for an extraordinary night of music, fun, and community gathering as Ha Ha Tonka prepares to grace the stage on November 3rd. Excitement is in the air, and the good news is, there are still tickets available for this must-attend event! more
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the Christmas season is just around the corner. more
NASA ambassador Dr. David J. Thomas will be in West Plains from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 to discuss safe viewing of the sun ahead of the April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse. Thomas will bring a solar-filtered telescope to set up on the lawn of the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St., to allow people to see the sun safely in its usual state. more
Joel Wyatt, head Zizzer football coach, recently updated the West Plains Sunrise Rotary Club on the current football season. more
Since its inception, the automobile industry has been characterized by its innovations, and few vehicles embody the essence of this evolutionary journey as deeply as the Ford F-150. Today, we delve into the rich history, development, and enduring impact of this iconic truck, which has become synonymous with reliability, power, and American craftsmanship. more
Tonight, as the sun sets and the golden hour graces the town, the historic Avenue Theatre's marquee will light up, signifying the commencement of the second weekend for its poignant production of "Steel Magnolias." Directed by the passionate Tray Whitsell, this rendition promises not just a walk down memory lane but an experience that delves deep into the heart and soul, while still evoking hearty laughter. more
Create a birch tree/cardinal door hanger at a workshop hosted by the West Plains Council on the Arts and led by local artist Tara Shahan in November. Participants can choose from two sessions: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. November 14 or 16. Both sessions will take place in the Dogwood rooms of the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St. more
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A Car and Car-Culture Art Show, hosted by Ozark Artery, will be on display at the Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 W. Trish Knight St., during the Downtown Fall Block Party, 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. more
The 10th annual Ozarktoberfest fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater West Plains, is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of East Towne Village Shopping Center on Bill Virdon Boulevard, West Plains. more
The Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce will coordinate this year’s Trunk or Treat event at Booster Field, announces Director Kim McCormick. more
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