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West Plains Community Calendar

Email submissions by noon Fridays to with “CALENDAR” in the subject line. Three sentence maximum must include event description, date, time, location, cost and contact information or source for more information. Call Abby at the Quill 256-9191 with questions.


All events listed in calendar are located in West Plains unless otherwise noted. All area codes are 417 unless otherwise noted.


Through Aug. 24: During business hours the Harlin Museum will exhibit the History of Hunting, Fishing and Trapping in Missouri as a Way of Life for the Pioneers at 405 Worcester St. Call 256-8902 or visit

Aug. 21 (10-11 a.m.): Coloring Club for adults is held at the public library.

Aug. 22 and 29 (noon to 4 p.m.): Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St., invites artists and friends to Open Pallette held weekly on Thursdays. Call 256-8902 or visit

Aug. 22 (5-7 p.m.): Mighty-Mite football and cheerleading signups will be held in the civic center exhibit hall for youth in first through sixth grades. Forms are available at

Aug. 23 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.): “For Women: Becoming a Powerful Force in Your Workplace” is a women’s seminar that addresses the importance of workplace assertiveness, communication, professional appearance and finding mentors. Register online by Friday at or call 256-9724.

Aug. 23 (2-4:30 p.m.): The Missouri Department of Higher Education will launch its new Fast Track adult financial aid program with a presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. at Hass-Darr Hall on the MSU-WP campus, followed by a tour of the GOCAT building, 395 Jackie Garrett Drive. RSVP by calling 573-533-8096 or emailing

Aug. 23-25 and Aug. 30-Sept. 1: A play, “Murder on the Orient Express,” will be performed at the Willow Springs Star Theater. Details to be announced. Call 417-469-1400.

Aug. 24 (7 a.m. to noon): The West Plains Optimist Club’s fifth annual Youth Fishing Tournament will be held in a new location this year, Stokes Farms, 10300 JJ Highway. Children ages 5 to 15 are invited to participate; the cost is $5 and includes a child’s meal. Entry forms and details are available at

Aug. 24 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.): Family Fishing Day at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. Hot dogs and lemonade available. No fishing license or registration required. Call 573-325-1381.

Aug. 26 (10:30-11:30 a.m.): Adults 55 and older are invited to join the public library’s Coffee Club in the Community Room to reminisce about school days and make apple-cinnamon or fall harvest scented bath salts. The program is free and supplies are furnished. Refreshments will be served. No registration required. Call 256-4774.

Aug. 27 (noon): The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 695 of West Plains will meet at Chen’s Garden, 1705 Gibson Ave. Mac Gum is this month’s speaker. All active and retired federal employees and spouses are invited.

Aug. 27 (noon to 1 p.m.): West Plains Council on the Arts’ first “Lunch with Art” event for current and prospective council members will be held in the Hampton Inn meeting room, 1604 London Lane. Regina Willard will demonstrate her quick painting techniques and lunch will be catered by Dawn Dionne. Cost is $10 for council members, $15 for nonmembers. Reservations due by Aug. 20 by calling 293-2325 or emailing

Aug. 27 (7-8 p.m): Mission IMPROVable, a Chicago-based improv troupe, is an interactive comedy experience in which actors pretend to be agents and audience members are co-agents. Admission to the civic center theater performance is $10 or free with a BearPass ID. 


Aug. 29 (10 a.m. to noon): Families for Home Education will hold a Homeschool 101 workshop in the Children’s Story Hour Room at the public library. RSVP at or email Call 417-859-7908 for more information.

Aug. 29-Sept. 14: A solo art show exhibiting the works of Lee Copen will be on display at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-8902 or visit

Aug. 31 (7 a.m.): Running Out of Summer 5K/10K run/walk will start at Wayhaven Park. Visit for details.

Aug. 31 (9 a.m.): The 36th annual Antique & Classic Car Show in Mammoth Spring, Ark., opens gates at 9 a.m. Free admission for the public. A motorcycle show will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Main Street and a cruise in will be held at 5:30 p.m., traveling from Mammoth Spring north across the state line to Thayer, Mo., and then to Spring Dipper Ice Cream for a treat. Call 870-710-0918 for details.

Aug. 31 (5-7 p.m.): The Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association (HOBA) will hold a Pulled Pork Supper And Bluegrass Pickin’ Party at HOBA Park, 1138 Bluegrass Lane. All are welcome. Music jam will start at about 6:30 p.m. Food will be served until it’s gone. Menu includes pulled pork sandwich, chips, baked beans, desert and drinks. Donations are requested for the food.

Sept. 2: Labor Day. No school, Quill, MSU-WP and all public offices will be closed.

Sept. 3 and 5 (10:30-11 a.m.): Preschool Story Time resumes for children ages 2 through 6 at the public library.


Sept. 5 (10 a.m.): The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club’s monthly program will be “How Oil/Gas Generated is Generated in the Ground,” presented by Dr. Mac McGilvery from the University of Arkansas. Call 260-445-3581.

Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 (noon to 4 p.m.): Open Palette with Friends is a a gathering for all artists and artisans at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-8902 or visit

Sept. 6 (7 p.m.) and 7 (9 a.m.): The Ozarks Geneological Society annual fall conference, “The Uncivil Civil War,” will be held at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 1500 S. Campbell Ave. in Springfield. For details and to register visit

Sept. 7 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.): The Fall Bridal Extravaganza will be held at the West Plains Opera House, 37 Court Square. Vendor booths are available and admission is free.

Sept. 7 (10:30-11:30 a.m.): Family Story Time resumes at the public library.

Sept. 7 (6-8 p.m.): Harlin Gala Nights will showcase the artistic works of Lee Copen at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-8902 or visit

Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 (4:15-5:15 p.m.): Monday After School Art resumes at Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call Ginny Thomason at 257-3987 or email

Sept. 10-14: The Baxter County Fair in Mtn. Home, Ark., features a carnival, exhibits, a pageant, truck pull, lawnmower races and outdoor live music. Learn more at or call 870-425-6828.

Sept. 10 (5 p.m.): Grizzly Booster Club annual fall picnic, civic center exhibit hall. Complimentary meal served to the first 500 attendees. Call 255-7255.

Sept. 10 (6:30 p.m.): Grizzly Volleyball vs. Indian Hills Community College, civic center arena.

Sept. 12 (10:30 to noon and 5-6:30 p.m.): Pine Needlers quilting group at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. Twelfth block features the coneflower. Ages 16 and older. Required reservations may be made by calling 888-283-0364 or going online to

Sept. 13: Annual Herb Lunday Grizzly Golf Classic at the West Plains Country Club. For more information or to enter, call 255-7255.

Sept. 13 and 14 (noon to close): The Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St., is accepting entries for its Fall Show. Call 256-8902 or visit

Sept. 13 (1-2 p.m.): Homeschool Activities for ages 7 and older will resume on second Fridays of each month at the public library.

Sept. 19-21: The 59th annual Hootin an Hollarin festival in downtown Gainesville, Mo., is Ozark County’s claim to fame. With entertainment including bed ad outhouse races, a husband calling competition, pageants, a pet show, live music and square dancing, the festival has been featured in a full-length documentary, “Hootin an Hollarin: A Story of the Ozarks,” aired on PBS. Visit for more information.

Sept. 19-21: Admission is free to the Ozarks Studies Symposium. The theme for its 13th year is “The Ozarks in Reality and Imagination.” Learn more at

Sept. 19-Oct. 13: The Fall Art Show is underway at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-8902 or visit

Sept. 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.): Freedom of the Road Riders will host a motorcycle ride through the Ozarks, starting at the senior center, 416 E. Main St. A meal will be provided at the end of the ride. The cost is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger. Call 293-6630 or email

Sept. 21 (10 a.m. to noon): A barn quilt wall hanging workshop will be held at  the senior center on East Main Street. The cost is $30 per person and includes all supplies. RSVP by calling 293-2325 or purchase a ticket through the West Plains Council on the Arts Facebook page.

Sept. 21 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.): The sixth annual Ozarktoberfest homebrewed beer festival will be held at East Towne Village, 1368 Bill Virdon Blvd. in West Plains, Mo. Proceeds go to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area. Live music, food, activities for children and families, a hay ride and vendors will be among the event’s highlights. Admission is free and tasting glasses are available for $20. New this year is a German beer challenge in the homebrew competition, officially sanctioned by the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program). For details visit

Sept. 21 (noon to 4 p.m.): A watercolor workshop will be held at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-8902 or visit

Sept. 26-28: The Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association (HOBA) 35th annual Fall Bluegrass Festival at HOBA Park, 1138 Bluegrass Lane features Lonesome Road, 2 Girls Bluegrass, Stringed Union, New Grass Attack and Darby Hollow. Learn more by calling 256-8835, emailing or visiting

Sept. 28: Pioneer Day in downtown Mtn. View, Mo., starts with a flapjack breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and features pioneer demonstrators, an Antique Wagon, Tractor and Car Show, more than 100 vendors of foods and crafts, a train and kids’ activities, live music and competitive events. At 4 p.m. a parade will begin. For more information call 417-934-2794.

Sept. 28 (8 a.m.) Summer’s Over 5K/10K run/walk will start at Wayhaven Park. Visit’s-over for details.

Sept. 28 (6-11 p.m.): Ozarks Medical Center Foundation’s signature event, Wild Wild West will be held at the Opera House, 37 Court Square. Early bird tickets are $50 until Sept. 13. For details call 417-853-5200 or visit

Oct. 4-5: The 34th annual Black Gold Walnut Festival in downtown Alton, Mo., celebrates the fall harvest of the quintessential Ozark tree nut, the black walnut, with games, music, crafts, food vendors and competitions. Follow “Alton Ozark Black Gold Walnut Festival” on Facebook or call the Alton Chamber of Commerce, 417-778-6321.

Oct. 5 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.): The annual Bear City Fall Festival will in Willow Springs, Mo., will kick off a fundraiser in partnership between the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce, city government, the Main Street Association and other organizations to raise money for a Fourth of July Fireworks show. Events include live music, a parade a pie competition, a quilt show, a chili cook-off, a logging competition, and a pageant. For more information call the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce, 417-469-5519.

Oct. 5-6 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.): The third annual Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks will be held at New Haven Event Park, 28310 Highway 14 in Ava, Mo. Exhibitors will demonstrate skills of the past, musicians and dancers will perform on the main stage both days and attendees can participate in a variety of hands-on and competitive family-friendly activities. The event is free, but a donation of $5 per adult is requested to help cover expenses. Learn more at

Oct. 5 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.): JAKES (Junior Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona features outdoor activities for children ages 6 to 12. Lunch will be served and prizes given. Preregistration, strongly advised, may be completed by calling 888-283-0364 or registering online at

Oct. 12: The Holiday Extravaganza gift and decorating bazaar will be underway at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem, Ark., featuring a number of direct marketing and craft vendors. Call 870-421-0580 for details.

Oct. 13 (1-4 p.m.): A meet and greet reception for artists in the Harlin Museum Fall Art Show will be held with awards presented at 3 p.m at the Harlin Museum, 405 Worcester St. Call 256-8902 or visit

Oct. 19 (10:30 a.m-3 p.m.): The 59th annual Glade Top Trail Flaming Fall Revue sponsored by the Ava, Mo., Chamber of Commerce offers a free day of family fun and enjoyment of vibrant fall scenery in the Ozarks. The event is south of Ava via Highway 5; turn right on A Highway and follow Glade Top Trail signs to the Caney Picnic Area. Learn more by calling 417-683-4594 or follow “Glade Top Trail Flaming Fall Revue” on Facebook.

Oct. 19 (5 to 10 p.m.): Gigs and Ghosts at Round Springs, presented by MDC and the National Park Service will be held at the lower landing to teach youths ages 8 to 15 fish identification and gigging techniques. Reservations required; call 888-283-0364 or register online at

Oct. 25 (10:30 a.m.; 12:30 and 6 p.m.) — Owl-o-Ween at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. See barred, great horned and screech owls from Dickerson Park Zoo and learn about myths and superstitions about owls The two earlier programs are for schools only; the 6 p.m. program is for the public. Reservations required. Call 888-283-0364 or register online at

Oct. 26 (9 a.m. to noon): Wildthings at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona will explore the world of Missouri owls and use gourds as a canvas for painting the seasonal icons for Owl-o-ween. Ages 16 and older.  Reservations required. Call 888-283-0364 or register online at

Nov. 30 (10 a.m. to noon): Nature’s Ornaments participants can make holiday treasures and handmade gifts from the abundance of natural objects the season offers at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona. For ages 12 and older, class size is limited. Reservations required. Call 888-283-0364 or register online at



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