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Downtown Glass Recycling Program diverts 5 million bottles from landfill

April 21, 2023

Since its inception in 2008, the Downtown Glass Recycling Program recycled more than five million glass bottles. Thanks to a grant from Ozark Headwaters Recycling and Materials Management District (OHRD), the Downtown Springfield Association has been faithfully collecting glass bottles from businesses across Downtown, C-Street and the Pickwick area, diverting them from the local landfill…. Read More

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The Discovery Center provides STEM based education to Springfield students

May 10, 2022

As COVID-19 struck the Springfield, Missouri community and changed our way of life, The Discovery Center stepped up to fill the educational gap with their Discovery School. Amidst lockdowns, working from home and the closure of in-person learning at Springfield Public Schools in March 2020, The Discovery Center offered free childcare to healthcare workers and… Read More

Standup comedian Justin Smith
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Justin Smith to tape special at Blue Room Comedy Club

January 12, 2022

Have you checked out a show at Blue Room Comedy Club’s new location (420 West College)? This weekend is the perfect opportunity! Road comedian Justin Smith is back in the Queen City Jan. 14-15. He’ll perform four sets — 7 and 9:30 p.m. each night — as he records a one-hour special. And he needs… Read More

Event poster for The Great Ozarks Care-a-Van
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The Mystery Hour Launches The Great Ozarks Care-a-Van to Support Afghan Refugees Settling in Springfield

January 06, 2022

In what has become an annual tradition, The Mystery Hour has launched a new holiday season fundraiser called The Great Ozarks Care-a-Van. Though the holiday season is over, our neighbors are still raising money for the purchase of a large van for the International Institute of Southwest Missouri. The vehicle will support the institute’s work… Read More

A woman celebrates New Year's Eve with red confetti
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5 ways to celebrate the end of 2021 in Downtown Springfield

December 30, 2021

We do not know what days of auld lang syne are, but we know a lot of people will be singing that song when the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, 2022. Looking for some fun things to do on New Year’s Eve? By our count there are more than 10 special events happening in… Read More

Christmas card from the Downtown Springfield Association
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A holiday message from the Downtown Springfield Association

December 25, 2021

The 2021 holiday season embodies the progress Downtown Springfield made over the past 21 months. Children lined up for free train rides and hot chocolate for the Mayor’s Tree Lighting. Sidewalks bustled with shoppers on Small Business Saturday. Restaurants and event venues are hosting holiday parties. Springfield Little Theatre and the Gillioz Theatre are buzzing… Read More

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Discovery Center wins transformative prize from Janine Yass, Center for Education Reform and Forbes

December 16, 2021

Downtown Springfield’s eyes were on New York City Dec. 14. While the big event of the evening was the Forbes 30 Under 30 list launch party, we were interested in something else. Specifically, the Center for Education Reform and media partner Forbes announced the winner of the $1 million STOP Award. The winner was our… Read More

Event poster for the 2021 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade
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Dec. 11 will be a big day of holiday fun in Downtown Springfield

December 09, 2021

Businesses dressed up with beautiful window displays. A Christmas market serenaded with carols from a choir. A parade, featuring floats, marching bands and Santa Claus. The magic of the holiday season is taking over Downtown Springfield Saturday, Dec. 11. There are three free, family-friendly events scheduled for that day, providing something for everyone. You can… Read More

Art hangs on a wall inside Fresh Gallery
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A stunning forecast in store for December’s First Friday Art Walk

December 02, 2021

The weather hasn’t been too frightful this December. That’s good news for art lovers. Dec. 3 is First Friday Art Walk and the forecast is phenomenal. Sunny skies are expected, with a high temperature of 74 and an unseasonably warm low of 48. Don’t let this great weather go to waste! Check out the 19… Read More

Event poster for Marvelous Discovery Halloween @ Discovery Center
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Enjoy trick-or-treating and other MARVELous fun activities at the Discovery Center Oct. 30

October 28, 2021

You might expect to find an invasion of monsters or a horde of zombies this Halloween. But a group of silver screen superheroes, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and the Ghostbusters are swooping in and taking over the Discovery Center. They’re ready to meet some of their biggest fans, help teach a little science and bring… Read More