Here are my top picks for things to do this weekend. Not into these events? A longer list of things to do is available on the Daily Citizen’s Event Calendar.

Saturday, April 30

Master Plants from Master Gardeners

Get your garden started right by digging into the Master Gardeners Annual plant sale

Master Gardeners of Greene County and other garden societies say they are busy year-round potting up plants for this annual sale.  These proven plant people will have annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs, grasses, vines, ground covers, shrubs and trees on hand. The Master Gardeners have the knowledge to keep your garden green through the season. These experts are ready to take questions, cash, and credit cards.

This sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Japanese Garden Pavilion, outside Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, this Saturday.

A Boiling Good Time

Enjoy the “lobster of the Ozarks” at the 9th annual Tour de Crawdad

This festival is dedicated to the dining delicacy found in ponds, streams, rivers, and lakes. This crawdad boil is held in conjunction with a 23-, 40- and 63-mile bike ride taking participants from Springfield to Willard and back. Folks are welcome to join the bike ride or hang out to enjoy the food, beer, and live music. Organizers say that all proceeds from this ride and dine benefit Champions Committed to Kids. This group connects children with medical conditions and disabilities with local athletic teams. 

Riders can start their day at 7 a.m. to register, or guests can enjoy the food, beverages, and music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mother’s Brewing Company this Saturday.

Sunday, May 1

Chutzpah and History

Jews and Gentiles alike are welcome to join Dr. Mara Cohen Ioannides for a walking tour of Jewish History in Springfield.  

This one-hour walk will be centered around the Square’s Jewish-owned businesses and family stories. According to Dr. Ioannides Book, “Jews of Springfield in the Ozarks,” Jews arrived in the bustling town of Springfield shortly after its founding in 1838, only five years after the birth of the state of Missouri. She says those memories still live on today. History Museum members can go on this expedition for free, while general tickets are $10. 

This walking tour through time, religion, and family will begin a the History Museum on the Square at 2 p.m. this Sunday.