Category: Culture

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., Springfield, Missouri
    Guitars for Veterans Therapy Group
    Guitars for Veterans with PTSD or moral injury is an initiative of SAMI (Springfield Area Music Industry); Moral Injury Institute; Center for Music Therapy and Wellness; Wellness for Warriors; and the Springfield VA VetCenter to put guitars in the hands of Veterans with PTSD & Moral Injury, providing group support and beginning level guitar lessons. Military veterans do not need to own a guitar.
  • Jan. 12, 10 a.m., Springfield, Missouri
    Volunteer Orientation for Springfield Botanical Gardens
    Become a garden ambassador and learn more about garden projects, upcoming events and the park partners who grow and maintain the Springfield Botanical Gardens. RSVP is required. Contact or 417.891.1515, ext. 3. Masking is recommended by the event host.
  • Jan. 27, 8 a.m., Savoy Ballroom, Springfield, Missouri
    Prayer & Coffee with Victory Mission
    Victory Mission invites you for a time of coffee and prayer. Continental breakfast will be included. Victory Mission will recount 2021’s blessings and pray for God’s provision in 2022. Tickets may be purchased at
Courtesy of Discovery Center

A Very Grinchy Christmas at the Discovery Center in Springfield, Missouri

Discovery Center is hosting A Very Grinchy Christmas every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Special appearance by the Mean One himself. Activities include exploring Whoville and writing a letter to Santa, stuffing the tree right up the chimney with the family, exploring more than 60,000 square feet of hands-on STEM activities. For more information, visit A Very Grinchy Christmas.

Top Dog Names and Breeds in U.S. for 2021

If the names Bella, Luna or Max don’t perk up your dog’s ears, what do you even call your furry family member? Embrace Pet Insurance looked through its database of more than a million pet insurance claims completed this year in the U.S. and compiled a list of the most popular, or most accident prone, dog names and breeds for 2021. They are as follows.

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“If I could sit at anyone’s Thanksgiving table this year, it would belong to my aunt Kristal,” says Kendra Hinkle, co-owner of Lavish Grazing. “I love talking pie, coffee, “Gilmore Girls” and life happenings with her. Maybe even discuss some Harry Potter theories. Or the latest quirks of our furbabies: Harry, Chloe and Luna. Also, how great her mashed potatoes turned out this year. Thanksgiving is truly the best.”

The Gillioz Theatre, which celebrated its 95th anniversary in October, is hosting National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Nov. 26. Visit the Gillioz website for more information and to purchase tickets. The Gillioz is located at 325 Park Central East in Springfield, Missouri. Please note: If Clark would have lived in A Christmas Story, his mouth would have been washed out with a bar of soap.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Cinderella will be on the Springfield Little Theatre’s mainstage, Nov. 19-Dec. 5. Tickets cost $26-34. Buy them online at SLT’s website.

Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer will be performed at the Judith Enyeart Reynolds School of the Performing Arts for Springfield Little Theatre in Springfield, Missouri, Dec. 3-5. Tickets are $6-8 and may be purchased on the SLT’s website.

Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Springfield Ballet will present The Nutcracker, Dec. 17-20. Buy tickets (including streaming) online on the SLT’s website.

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, Missouri, presents BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical, Dec. 3-5. Tickets are on sale beginning Oct. 4, 10 a.m. Find information about presale tickets here. Music from the show includes “I Feel the Earth Move,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “One Fine Day,” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”