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• City Council and Springfield-based Convoy of Hope will co-host a “vision casting” meeting at tomorrow’s Council’s lunch at noon at the City’s Mill Building (corner of Central Street and Boonville Avenue) to plan for the May 7, 2016 Convoy of Hope Springfield event at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds’ E-Plex.
Contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), [email protected]
• Zone 4 City Councilman Craig Fishel cordially invites Springfield residents to a community meeting 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Holland Elementary School, 2403 S. Holland. Join Fishel and Zone 4 neighbors to discuss what's happening now and what's coming up in Zone 4. Zone 4's boundaries are Sunshine Street (north), the Springfield city limits (south), Campbell Avenue (west) and the city limits (east).
Contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), [email protected]Health
At its next meeting Dec. 14, City Council is expected to vote on a resolution tonight to limit tethering dogs within the city limits of Springfield. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has created a video about why tethering is bad for man’s best friend. It will be available on SGCHD’s Facebook page at facebook.com/sgchd.
Contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Information Administrator, 874-1205 or [email protected]
• A string of preventable fires in the last week serves as reminder to take fire hazards seriously. There were a total of five accidental fires in homes over the last several days, causing more than $105,000 in damage and one injury. In three of the fires, combustibles were stored too close to heat sources. In the fourth fire, a man was trying to light his gas stove when it flashed and burnt his face and hand. In a fire last Thursday, the owner was using three space heaters to heat a detached metal building. One of the heaters caught nearby trash on fire and it spread into the attic. Space heaters are meant to be used one at a time and are only meant to heat a small space. They should be turned off when you leave the room. For fire prevention tips, visit springfieldmo.gov/fire.
Contact: Cara Erwin, Fire and Life Safety Educator, Springfield Fire Department, 864-1699 or [email protected]
• The Springfield Police Department will host the annual Polar Plunge Jan. 30, 2016. This year, the location has moved to Ski Shack Cable Park in Springfield. The Polar Plunge offers a chance for you to come out of hibernation, grab some friends and take a dip in frigid winter waters to raise money for a great cause – the Special Olympics.
Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer, 864-1786 or [email protected]
• The Park Board’s holiday activities continue through December, including:
- Candy Cane Lane, drive-through light display at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, open Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 11-2, and Dec. 18-19. 417-837-5949.
- Free Ice Skating at Mediacom Ice Park Saturday, Dec. 12, 6-7 p.m., 5-6 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; and Christmas Day, 5-6 p.m. 417-866-7444.
-Festival of Lights Holiday Ice Skating Show, at Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway, Sat., Dec. 12, 1 p.m.
- Breakfast with Santa and Friends, Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. 417-891-1515.
- SPARC Winter Break Program, activity-filled weekday fun during Winter Break for kids ages 5-12 at Oak Grove Community Center. Registration opens today at 417-837-5737.
- Holiday Train Garden Display Presented by the Ozarks Garden Railway Society at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Dec. 1-31.
Contact: Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Springfield-Greene County Park Board Public Information Administrator, 874-2943 or [email protected]