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Feb
22
Thu
Tickets are now on sale for Wayward Son Productions Bull Ride & World Championship Miniature Bull Riding, March 22-23 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 22 all-day

Details here on the Wayward Son Productions Facebook page.

Tickets for Friday: ticketmaster.com and for Saturday: ticketmaster.

From organizer:
West Plains… get ready for something special when the Wayward Son Extreme Bull Riding Tour – March 22 & 23rd, 2024 returns to the West Plains Civic Center.
HB Boot Corral will be presenting the World Championship Miniature Bull Bash! Young bull riders from across the nation will compete all day Friday (3/22 – 10am start time) and Saturday (3/23 – 10am start) for a chance to ride with the professionals each night AND qualify for the WCMB world finals in 2024.

Bull riders from 4 to 17 years of age will be displaying their talents in one of the world’s biggest events for miniature bull riding and YOU get to witness the next generation of Bull Riding Super Stars!

Tag your friends/family and invite them out to an exciting event – Wayward Son Extreme Bull Riding Tour – March 22 & 23rd, 2024

Thank you to the following sponsors:
Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply West Plains
HB Boot Corral
Bobcat of West Plains
Colton’s Steak House & Grill
Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Plains
ComSec Consulting
Adams Construction Company

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the City of West Pains Development Grant Program. Explore West Plains

Tickets are now on sale for West Plains Council on the Arts Brewfest, February 24 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 22 all-day

Tickets at ticketmaster.com or at Civic Center Box Office, 417-256-8087,

Event information on Facebook, Brewfest 2024.

Tickets now on sale for 38 Special/Ozark Mountain Daredevil Concert on April 5 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 22 all-day

Call the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, 417-256-8087, or order online at ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices start at $29 plus fees.

38 Special concert event to kick off Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path!

Legendary southern rock, powerhouse band 38 Special will be in concert at the West Plains Civic Center Friday, April 5. Joining the group will be acclaimed regional favorites, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m.

After more than four decades, multiple Gold and Platinum albums and a touring schedule that still includes over 100 cities every year, 38 Special continues to entertain and amaze audiences with their powerful performances. Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums and toured extensively, bringing their signature brand of ‘muscle and melody’ to fans worldwide. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance” and more. Their timeless hits remain a staple on Classic Rock outlets.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, based in Springfield, Mo., have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Their songs include the chart-topping single “Jackie Blue,” along with “If You Wanna Get To Heaven,” “Standing On The Rock,” “Country Girl,” “You Made It Right” and many others. Their sound is a genre-defying blend of rock and country-rock along with other influences. They infuse their music with harmonies, a variety of instruments and a playful approach to performing such songs as “Chicken Train” and “Time Warp.”

The concert will be the kick-off event for the four-day “Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path” to celebrate the good fortune of West Plains having approximately three minutes of ‘totality,’ when the sun will be totally eclipsed from view by the moon, on April 8. There will be a variety of other events throughout the weekend with fun for all ages.

For more information about the concert, please contact the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, 110 St. Louis Street, West Plains, call 417-256-8087 or visit 38special.com and theozarkmountaindaredevils.com. For details about the Total Solar Eclipse and associated festivities, visit explorewestplains.com/tse/ or “Eclipse West Plains” on Facebook.

Tickets now on sale for Child Advocacy Center Balloon Glow Event ~ Fireworks, Kids Zone & more, including concert by Ha Ha Tonka and Fender Bender on April 7 @ Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds
Feb 22 all-day

Tickets here.

Save the Date: April 7th, 2024! Join us for the ultimate celebration. Prepare for epic moments at our Balloon Glow in collaboration with the Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path 4-day festival! Live performances from Bands Fender Bender & Ha Ha Tonka, kids zone, food trucks, vendors, fireworks and so much more!
Join us in making a difference! 🌟 Reserve your tickets now for the Balloon Glow and be part of a cause that truly matters. Your support can change lives. Act with purpose, purchase your ticket today!

Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path 4-day festival Information: explorewestplains.com/tse/

Event Schedule:
Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
Fender Bender 5:30 p.m.
Ha Ha Tonka 7:00 p.m.
Balloon Glow 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks 8:30 p.m.

Tickets now on sale for Sara Evans Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert on March 16 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 22 all-day

Get tickets at the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, 417-256-8087, or on ticketmaster.com.

See Cystic Fibrosis of West Plains on Facebook for details.

Live Theatre ~ Alice in Wonderland @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm

See West Plains Playhouse on Facebook for information.

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Feb
23
Fri
Tickets are now on sale for Wayward Son Productions Bull Ride & World Championship Miniature Bull Riding, March 22-23 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 23 all-day

Details here on the Wayward Son Productions Facebook page.

Tickets for Friday: ticketmaster.com and for Saturday: ticketmaster.

From organizer:
West Plains… get ready for something special when the Wayward Son Extreme Bull Riding Tour – March 22 & 23rd, 2024 returns to the West Plains Civic Center.
HB Boot Corral will be presenting the World Championship Miniature Bull Bash! Young bull riders from across the nation will compete all day Friday (3/22 – 10am start time) and Saturday (3/23 – 10am start) for a chance to ride with the professionals each night AND qualify for the WCMB world finals in 2024.

Bull riders from 4 to 17 years of age will be displaying their talents in one of the world’s biggest events for miniature bull riding and YOU get to witness the next generation of Bull Riding Super Stars!

Tag your friends/family and invite them out to an exciting event – Wayward Son Extreme Bull Riding Tour – March 22 & 23rd, 2024

Thank you to the following sponsors:
Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply West Plains
HB Boot Corral
Bobcat of West Plains
Colton’s Steak House & Grill
Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Plains
ComSec Consulting
Adams Construction Company

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the City of West Pains Development Grant Program. Explore West Plains

Tickets are now on sale for West Plains Council on the Arts Brewfest, February 24 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 23 all-day

Tickets at ticketmaster.com or at Civic Center Box Office, 417-256-8087,

Event information on Facebook, Brewfest 2024.

Tickets now on sale for 38 Special/Ozark Mountain Daredevil Concert on April 5 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 23 all-day

Call the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, 417-256-8087, or order online at ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices start at $29 plus fees.

38 Special concert event to kick off Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path!

Legendary southern rock, powerhouse band 38 Special will be in concert at the West Plains Civic Center Friday, April 5. Joining the group will be acclaimed regional favorites, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m.

After more than four decades, multiple Gold and Platinum albums and a touring schedule that still includes over 100 cities every year, 38 Special continues to entertain and amaze audiences with their powerful performances. Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums and toured extensively, bringing their signature brand of ‘muscle and melody’ to fans worldwide. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance” and more. Their timeless hits remain a staple on Classic Rock outlets.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, based in Springfield, Mo., have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Their songs include the chart-topping single “Jackie Blue,” along with “If You Wanna Get To Heaven,” “Standing On The Rock,” “Country Girl,” “You Made It Right” and many others. Their sound is a genre-defying blend of rock and country-rock along with other influences. They infuse their music with harmonies, a variety of instruments and a playful approach to performing such songs as “Chicken Train” and “Time Warp.”

The concert will be the kick-off event for the four-day “Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path” to celebrate the good fortune of West Plains having approximately three minutes of ‘totality,’ when the sun will be totally eclipsed from view by the moon, on April 8. There will be a variety of other events throughout the weekend with fun for all ages.

For more information about the concert, please contact the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, 110 St. Louis Street, West Plains, call 417-256-8087 or visit 38special.com and theozarkmountaindaredevils.com. For details about the Total Solar Eclipse and associated festivities, visit explorewestplains.com/tse/ or “Eclipse West Plains” on Facebook.

Tickets now on sale for Child Advocacy Center Balloon Glow Event ~ Fireworks, Kids Zone & more, including concert by Ha Ha Tonka and Fender Bender on April 7 @ Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds
Feb 23 all-day

Tickets here.

Save the Date: April 7th, 2024! Join us for the ultimate celebration. Prepare for epic moments at our Balloon Glow in collaboration with the Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path 4-day festival! Live performances from Bands Fender Bender & Ha Ha Tonka, kids zone, food trucks, vendors, fireworks and so much more!
Join us in making a difference! 🌟 Reserve your tickets now for the Balloon Glow and be part of a cause that truly matters. Your support can change lives. Act with purpose, purchase your ticket today!

Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path 4-day festival Information: explorewestplains.com/tse/

Event Schedule:
Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
Fender Bender 5:30 p.m.
Ha Ha Tonka 7:00 p.m.
Balloon Glow 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks 8:30 p.m.

Tickets now on sale for Sara Evans Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert on March 16 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 23 all-day

Get tickets at the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, 417-256-8087, or on ticketmaster.com.

See Cystic Fibrosis of West Plains on Facebook for details.

Axe Throwing @ Johnny Hatchets Axe Throwing & Coffee House
Feb 23 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Johnny Hatchets Axe Throwing & Coffee House on Facebook.

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday – 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday – 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday – 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday – 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday – CLOSED

“African American Heritage in the Ozarks” Exhibit hosted by Ozark Heritage Research Center @ MSU-WP Garnett Library
Feb 23 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

From organizers:

Officials with the Ozarks Heritage Research Center (OHRC) at Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) will host an exhibit about the African American experience in the Ozarks during Black History Month in February.

Titled “African American Heritage in the Ozarks,” the traveling exhibit curated by the State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) will be on display Feb. 1 through March 31 at the center inside the Garnett Library, 304 West Trish Knight St., on the MSU-WP campus.

The exhibit will highlight the voices, memories and history of African American people who call, or have called, the Ozarks home, according to organizers.

In 2021, the SHSMO received an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities and Missouri Humanities for an interactive exhibit which was on display at the SHSMO Art Gallery last year. SHSMO officials also created a smaller traveling exhibit for use by other Missouri communities, organizers said.

For more information about the presentation, contact Rebekah McKinney at 417-255-7949 or .

Gallery Exhibit – Joyce McMurtrey “Ozark Women” @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

“OZARK WOMEN” EXHIBIT TO FEATURE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF JOYCE MC MURTREY

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host an exhibition entitled “Ozark Women” by Mountain Grove photographer Joyce McMurtrey in the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from February 10 through March 14, 2024. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

“Joyce McMurtry’s work captures real people sharing their own stories and images with their own voices. It is also rooted in a sense of place. We learned this through her “King of the Ozarks” exhibit which delved into the lives of a special family from her hometown. Her treatment of “Ozark Women” promises to be equally engaging with thought-provoking nuance and depth. I can think of no better way to honor and celebrate women and Women’s History Month,” says Kathleen Morrissey, President of WPCA.

Artist statement: “I finally feel like an Ozark woman.”
“I knew this place was different when I was in the 5th grade and came to visit from Columbia with my dad, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Missouri. My interest in grape growing stems from him, but my love of the Ozarks is due in large part to the women I’ve met since I moved here in 1976. Tough. Resilient. Rugged. Beautiful. These are words that describe both the Ozarks and the women who make their home here. For this project, I have chosen to photograph women who have lived in the Ozarks for at least thirty years. I believe it takes that long for life and this landscape to create an Ozark woman.

“Ever since I saw the photography of Dorothea Lange, I’ve wanted to take pictures like that. I hope I’ve come close to that with these images of Ozark women.”

WPCA will host a Meet the Artist reception Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 2-4 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. McMurtrey says, “I’ve asked five women to join me. Each of these women participated in this project. Three will share their stories, one will share her mother’s story, and the fifth will talk about what it’s like to be a young woman working and raising a family currently in the Ozarks.”

All are invited to attend, meet the artist and speakers, and discuss her work. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Photo courtesy of Joyce McMurtrey

Art at OzSBI ~ Artist Janey Hale (sponsored by Council on the Arts) @ Ozarks Small Business Incubator
Feb 23 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

ART DISPLAY AT OZSBI FEATURING THE ARTWORK OF JANEY HALE

JANUARY THROUGH MARCH 2024

Local artist Janey Hale’s artwork will be featured on OzSBI’s first floor from the beginning of January through the end of March 2024. The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and Ozarks Small Business Incubator (OzSBI) have partnered to bring quarterly art displays to the incubator.  Visitors may view the display at the incubator during OzSBI’s business hours, anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Artist Statement:

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in creating. My earliest memories are of making things out of everyday objects, matchboxes became covered wagons, doll beds and treasure chest.  Going to school in the 50’s and 60’s I didn’t have formal art lessons.  A touring show of Old Master Painting was my first experience with “real” art. That show and an older high school student were the encouragement I needed to want to learn more.

Fast forward to college I majored in business because I didn’t know one could teach art much less make a living painting.  I married, had three boys, and worked various jobs that utilized my business background. When my sons were in school, I returned to college to major in art education.  College was a wonderful opportunity to experience and be exposed to artists both past and present.

I spent the next 28 years teaching high school students that art is what makes our life richer.  I was fortunate to have several gifted students along the way that I believe encouraged me as much as I did them.  I retired from teaching in 2016 and have since devoted my time to painting both in the studio and en plein air.  I still can’t imagine a time when I won’t be creating.  Art has truly made my life richer, through the friends I’ve made, the places I’ve been, and of course the process of creating.

I don’t have just one thing I like to paint. Could be the sun shining through a tree behind a chicken coop or an abandoned piece of farm machinery.  I hope my works tell a story or evoke a memory.  I feel so blessed to have this gift that I hope it blesses others when they view my work.

A Meet-the-Artist event will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024, 2-4 p.m. in OzSBI’s lobby at 408 Washington Ave. in West Plains. The public is invited to attend to meet Hale and view and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Madison Sutterfield

at OzSBI or WPCA Coordinator Audrey Scott <>

Dennis Crider Photography Exhibit ~ “39” (Retro Photos) @ Ozarks Small Business Incubator
Feb 23 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dennis Crider’s photography exhibit “39” will be on display on the second floor of OzSBI through the end of April. The display is available for viewing during OzSBI’s normal business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
An artist reception for Dennis Crider’s exhibit “39” will be held on Friday, January 26th, 5-7 p.m. in the OzSBI Upstairs Lobby. The public is invited to attend to meet Dennis and view the exhibit.
Artist Statement:
Dennis Crider has always had a camera in his hand and, as a child in Wichita, Kansas, he just had to capture the moment on film.
During his 39 years as a reporter, photographer and sports editor at the West Plains Daily Quill Newspaper, he captured thousands of moments on film, and 39 of those will appear in this unique display.
The highlight of his career occurred 15 years after his retirement. When, on October 19, 2023, he became the 77th person to be inducted into the Missouri Press Association Photojournalism Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the State Historical Society’s Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia. Crider was nominated for this award by former Quill Publisher and Editor Frank L. Martin III, who is a member of the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame.
In light of this honor, Crider decided to show a few of his favorite photographs from his tenure at The Quill. He thumbed through hundreds of pages of bound copies of the newspaper to find dates, then searched through boxes of stored negatives to build the collection. Once he identified the images he wanted, he scanned the negatives, and then downloaded the images to a third-party firm that printed the images on canvas.
Each of the 39 prints are available to purchase for only $39. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to OzSBI
Art at the Library ~ student art exhibit @ West Plains Public Library
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

The West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and West Plains Public Library (WPPL) will partner to bring quarterly art displays to the library. Students from West Plains schools, along with Southfork students, will contribute to the display to be featured January 12 through mid-March 2024. Visitors may view the display at the library during open hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Displayed works will include pieces from the classes of Tiffany Bryce, Kathy Grigsby, Mary-Louise Grisham-Nash, Karen Pitts, Audrey Scott, and Terri Tomlinson.

WPCA Coordinator Audrey Scott says, “We are incredibly excited to be able to display these young artists’ work! It is inspiring to see their technical skill level and commitment to their work, as well as their fresh perspective on artmaking and their unrestrained imaginations at play.”

A Meet-the-Artists event will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024, 10a.m. till noon at the library, 750 W. Broadway, in West Plains. The public is invited to attend, meet the young artists, view, and discuss the pieces on display.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Greg Carter  at the library or WPCA Coordinator Audrey Scott 

Artwork by Emily Ritter, WPHS

Scholastic Book Fair to benefit Library’s Children’s Department @ West Plains Public Library
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

For information: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/westplainspubliclibrary

Annual High School Art Show Competition/Young Artist Showcase @ Harlin Museum
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Bounce House
Feb 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Bounce House has inflatable bounce houses, slides, video games, etc.
Call 417-256-5405 or visit The Bounce House on Facebook for information or to schedule a private party.

Father Daughter Dance @ Rubydoo’s Vintage Events/Collins Farm
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From organizers: Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, bring your favorite princess (ages 0 to 21) and enjoy a night of pictures, food and dancing. $25 a couple $5.00 a piece for each additional princess. All proceeds will be donated to the local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets can be bought thru Venmo @Ruby-Collins-2
when paying please give us a phone number and which night you will be attending.

I you have questions, contact Ruby Collins 417 293-1331.

Rubydoo’s Father Daughter Dance on Facebook.

Trivia Night @ Wages Brewing Co.
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm

From Wages:NEW in 2024! By request, we’re now hosting Trivia Night TWICE a month!

NEXT TRIVIA DATE: Thursday February 8th at 6:30pm, for the first time in Pub Trivia format!
Trivia is usually on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Friday of every month at 6:30ish PM. All questions are written by Trivia Master Nicholas Haring!

HOW IT WORKS
*Play solo or as a team
*Play inside or outside

2ND THURSDAY TRIVIA
*4 rounds of 5 trivia questions each
*Pub Trivia format
*FREE TO PLAY
*First place receive prizes of brewery swag and sometimes more

4TH FRIDAY TRIVIA
*4 rounds of 10 trivia questions each
*Answer Sheet format
*$5 optional buy-in for cash prizes
*Top 3 players/teams receive prizes of cash, brewery swag, and sometimes more

Live Theatre ~ Alice in Wonderland @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

See West Plains Playhouse on Facebook for information.

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Roller Skating @ S&S Skateland
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

S&S Skateland on Facebook for additional info.

Glow Bowl @ Lightning Bowl
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Lightning Bowl on Facebook for information.

Feb
24
Sat
Tickets are now on sale for Wayward Son Productions Bull Ride & World Championship Miniature Bull Riding, March 22-23 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 24 all-day

Details here on the Wayward Son Productions Facebook page.

Tickets for Friday: ticketmaster.com and for Saturday: ticketmaster.

From organizer:
West Plains… get ready for something special when the Wayward Son Extreme Bull Riding Tour – March 22 & 23rd, 2024 returns to the West Plains Civic Center.
HB Boot Corral will be presenting the World Championship Miniature Bull Bash! Young bull riders from across the nation will compete all day Friday (3/22 – 10am start time) and Saturday (3/23 – 10am start) for a chance to ride with the professionals each night AND qualify for the WCMB world finals in 2024.

Bull riders from 4 to 17 years of age will be displaying their talents in one of the world’s biggest events for miniature bull riding and YOU get to witness the next generation of Bull Riding Super Stars!

Tag your friends/family and invite them out to an exciting event – Wayward Son Extreme Bull Riding Tour – March 22 & 23rd, 2024

Thank you to the following sponsors:
Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply West Plains
HB Boot Corral
Bobcat of West Plains
Colton’s Steak House & Grill
Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Plains
ComSec Consulting
Adams Construction Company

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the City of West Pains Development Grant Program. Explore West Plains

Tickets now on sale for 38 Special/Ozark Mountain Daredevil Concert on April 5 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 24 all-day

Call the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, 417-256-8087, or order online at ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices start at $29 plus fees.

38 Special concert event to kick off Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path!

Legendary southern rock, powerhouse band 38 Special will be in concert at the West Plains Civic Center Friday, April 5. Joining the group will be acclaimed regional favorites, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m.

After more than four decades, multiple Gold and Platinum albums and a touring schedule that still includes over 100 cities every year, 38 Special continues to entertain and amaze audiences with their powerful performances. Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums and toured extensively, bringing their signature brand of ‘muscle and melody’ to fans worldwide. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance” and more. Their timeless hits remain a staple on Classic Rock outlets.

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, based in Springfield, Mo., have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Their songs include the chart-topping single “Jackie Blue,” along with “If You Wanna Get To Heaven,” “Standing On The Rock,” “Country Girl,” “You Made It Right” and many others. Their sound is a genre-defying blend of rock and country-rock along with other influences. They infuse their music with harmonies, a variety of instruments and a playful approach to performing such songs as “Chicken Train” and “Time Warp.”

The concert will be the kick-off event for the four-day “Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path” to celebrate the good fortune of West Plains having approximately three minutes of ‘totality,’ when the sun will be totally eclipsed from view by the moon, on April 8. There will be a variety of other events throughout the weekend with fun for all ages.

For more information about the concert, please contact the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, 110 St. Louis Street, West Plains, call 417-256-8087 or visit 38special.com and theozarkmountaindaredevils.com. For details about the Total Solar Eclipse and associated festivities, visit explorewestplains.com/tse/ or “Eclipse West Plains” on Facebook.

Tickets now on sale for Child Advocacy Center Balloon Glow Event ~ Fireworks, Kids Zone & more, including concert by Ha Ha Tonka and Fender Bender on April 7 @ Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds
Feb 24 all-day

Tickets here.

Save the Date: April 7th, 2024! Join us for the ultimate celebration. Prepare for epic moments at our Balloon Glow in collaboration with the Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path 4-day festival! Live performances from Bands Fender Bender & Ha Ha Tonka, kids zone, food trucks, vendors, fireworks and so much more!
Join us in making a difference! 🌟 Reserve your tickets now for the Balloon Glow and be part of a cause that truly matters. Your support can change lives. Act with purpose, purchase your ticket today!

Eclipse West Plains: Party in the Path 4-day festival Information: explorewestplains.com/tse/

Event Schedule:
Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
Fender Bender 5:30 p.m.
Ha Ha Tonka 7:00 p.m.
Balloon Glow 7:30 p.m.
Fireworks 8:30 p.m.

Tickets now on sale for Sara Evans Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert on March 16 @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 24 all-day

Get tickets at the West Plains Civic Center Box Office, 417-256-8087, or on ticketmaster.com.

See Cystic Fibrosis of West Plains on Facebook for details.

Axe Throwing @ Johnny Hatchets Axe Throwing & Coffee House
Feb 24 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Johnny Hatchets Axe Throwing & Coffee House on Facebook.

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday – 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday – 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday – 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday – 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday – CLOSED

Gallery Exhibit – Joyce McMurtrey “Ozark Women” @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 24 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

“OZARK WOMEN” EXHIBIT TO FEATURE
PHOTOGRAPHY OF JOYCE MC MURTREY

West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host an exhibition entitled “Ozark Women” by Mountain Grove photographer Joyce McMurtrey in the Gallery at the Center, West Plains Civic Center from February 10 through March 14, 2024. The Gallery, on the mezzanine, is open to the public during regular Civic Center hours.

“Joyce McMurtry’s work captures real people sharing their own stories and images with their own voices. It is also rooted in a sense of place. We learned this through her “King of the Ozarks” exhibit which delved into the lives of a special family from her hometown. Her treatment of “Ozark Women” promises to be equally engaging with thought-provoking nuance and depth. I can think of no better way to honor and celebrate women and Women’s History Month,” says Kathleen Morrissey, President of WPCA.

Artist statement: “I finally feel like an Ozark woman.”
“I knew this place was different when I was in the 5th grade and came to visit from Columbia with my dad, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Missouri. My interest in grape growing stems from him, but my love of the Ozarks is due in large part to the women I’ve met since I moved here in 1976. Tough. Resilient. Rugged. Beautiful. These are words that describe both the Ozarks and the women who make their home here. For this project, I have chosen to photograph women who have lived in the Ozarks for at least thirty years. I believe it takes that long for life and this landscape to create an Ozark woman.

“Ever since I saw the photography of Dorothea Lange, I’ve wanted to take pictures like that. I hope I’ve come close to that with these images of Ozark women.”

WPCA will host a Meet the Artist reception Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 2-4 p.m., in the Gallery at the Center. McMurtrey says, “I’ve asked five women to join me. Each of these women participated in this project. Three will share their stories, one will share her mother’s story, and the fifth will talk about what it’s like to be a young woman working and raising a family currently in the Ozarks.”

All are invited to attend, meet the artist and speakers, and discuss her work. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the West Plains Civic Center and West Plains Council on the Arts, with partial funding provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Photo courtesy of Joyce McMurtrey

Art at the Library ~ student art exhibit @ West Plains Public Library
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Go Farm Farmers Market @ Endurance Church Parking Lot
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

417-293-0590

The Bounce House (session for ages 5 and under only)
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Bounce House has inflatable bounce houses, slides, video games, etc.
Call 417-256-5405 or visit The Bounce House on Facebook for information or to schedule a private party.

Annual High School Art Show Competition/Young Artist Showcase @ Harlin Museum
Feb 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

Family Skate Night sponsored by Ozarks Summit Ministries @ S&S Skateland
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

First 50 youth under the age of 17 get in free.

Roller Skating @ S&S Skateland
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

S&S Skateland on Facebook for information.

The Bounce House
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Bounce House has inflatable bounce houses, slides, video games, etc.
Call 417-256-5405 or visit The Bounce House on Facebook for information or to schedule a private party.

Brewfest – West Plains Council on the Arts event @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From organizers: Craft brewers, distributors, and area restaurants will highlight the annual West Plains BrewFest, set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024, in the Arena and Exhibit Hall at the West Plains Civic Center. Doors will open promptly at 5:30.

Tasting glasses, sponsored by Southern Bank, will be available to the first 700 patrons. All attendees will be eligible for door prize giveaway items supplied by the vendors, which will include t-shirts, glasses, growlers, gift certificates, and more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample craft beers, kombucha, specialty drinks, coffees, and special food offerings.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the West Plains Council on the Arts’ efforts to promote arts organizations in the West Plains area, as well as fund the Gatewood Family Fine Arts Scholarship. The event is being sponsored by the West Plains Council on the Arts, Brewer’s Ice Co., Great Rivers Distributing, Grellner Sales & Service, Southern Bank, and the West Plains Daily Quill.

Admission is $30 per person in advance and $40 at the door. All attendees must be over 21 and have a valid photo ID.  Advanced tickets will be available January 8, and may be purchased through Ticketmaster online.  Additionally, credit card phone-in orders (no added fee) can be made through the Civic Center box office at 417-256-8087. In-person ticket purchases can be made at Dev’s Steakhouse Piano Bar Lounge on Court Square, Wages Brewing on Bill Virdon Blvd., or from the West Plains Civic Center box office.

More information about the West Plains BrewFest can be found at http://www.westplainsarts.org, or at the event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WestPlainsBrewfest   Email inquiries may be sent to

 

Father Daughter Dance @ Rubydoo’s Vintage Events/Collins Farm
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From organizers: Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, bring your favorite princess (ages 0 to 21) and enjoy a night of pictures, food and dancing. $25 a couple $5.00 a piece for each additional princess. All proceeds will be donated to the local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets can be bought thru Venmo @Ruby-Collins-2
when paying please give us a phone number and which night you will be attending.

I you have questions, contact Ruby Collins 417 293-1331.

Rubydoo’s Father Daughter Dance on Facebook.

Zizzer Baseball Tacos & Trivia Fundraiser @ West Plains Elementary School
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm
Live Music ~ Broken Knuckle CD Release @ Wages Brewing Company
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

From organizers: Psychedelic rockers Broken Knuckle will be celebrating the release of their debut album on @Flotsam Farm Records. They will perform bangers from their new record and more. Expect heavy grooves, cool lyrics, and fretboard firepower.

Seashells will be opening the show. This rock trio features songwriter Chelsea Tolton on guitar and vocals, Brian Haenke on bass, and Eric Bogwalker on drums.

Live Music & Dancing ~ Country Express @ West Plains Senior Center
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live Theatre ~ Alice in Wonderland @ West Plains Civic Center
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

See West Plains Playhouse on Facebook for information.

Movies @ Glass Sword Theater
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm

For movies currently playing and all show times, see https://www.glassswordcinema.com/

 

Roller Skating @ S&S Skateland
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Glow Bowl at Lightning Bowl @ Lightning Bowl
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm