Get Ready for the VisionCon Convention in Branson

Gamers, anime watchers and sci-fi fanatics get ready because the VisionCon Convention is scheduled for February 20-22 at the Radisson Hotel in Branson.

Special guest Alaina Huffman, Stargate Universe’s Lt. Tamara Johansen and Smallville’s The Black Canary will be featured alongside other guests:

  • Gerry Kissell: artist, illustrator, creator and a former U.S. Army combat medic
  • Justin Achilli: award-winning game designer
  • Samantha Inuoe-Harte: anime voice actress, producer, animator and makeup FX artist
  • Wrath James White: author, professional kickboxing and martial arts trainer and former world class heavyweight kickboxer

A full schedule of the event can be found at www.visioncon.net and includes a variety of activities, games, a Masquerade and a closing charity raffle.

According to the press release, rooms will go fast so if you’re interesting in attending this convention make sure to book your stay at the Radisson soon!

For more information, please visit www.visioncon.net.

 

Take the Polar Bear Plunge for Local Special Olympics Athletes

polar bear plunge bransonSupport the local Special Olympics athletes by crawling, walking or running through the frigid Missouri winter waters at this year’s Polar Bear Plunge in Branson, Saturday, February 14 at Table Rock Lake.

Although this event is still several weeks off, you’ll need lots of time to gather your courage to make the icy plunge (and to raise funds, of course).

The Branson Polar Bear Plunge 2015 is hosted by the Springfield Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D and invites locals to come out and support athletes with special needs.

According to the Special Olympics Missouri website, St. Charles police officer and father of special needs athlete, Michael Myers said that unfortunately, many people with intellectual disabilities go all day without being spoken to at all, but involvement in the Special Olympics provides them with an outlet in which they can build meaningful relationships.

polar bear plunge bransonObviously, the Polar Bear Plunge is a lot more than just grabbing a group of friends or family and romping through some cold water at Table Rock Lake. So if you’re considering participating in the Branson event, check out www.somokintera.org for more details, registration and volunteer information.

As is with any aquatic event, safety is vitally important, especially for any non swimmers. According to non profit organization Note & Float, dedicated to preventing drowning at aquatic facilities throughout the country, “drowning continues to be a leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-14.” While several safety precautions will be taken at the Polar Bear Plunge including lifeguards, warming mechanisms and planned emergency procedures, consider bringing a life jacket for younger participants or non swimmers.

Aquatic safety in any situation is never a bad idea! For more information about aquatic safety and the importance of life jackets for non-swimmers, please visit www.noteandfloatlifejackets.org.

 

 

Etiquette for Kids at the Keeter Center

The keeter center at College of the Ozarks always has a variety of events open to the public and one particularly useful event scheduled for January 24 features an etiquette class for children.

The class, hosted by the College of the Ozarks will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 1:30 p.m. Children ages 8-14 will have the chance to learn proper etiquette including table setting, formal table manners, introduction and proper handshake, proper dress and posture and much more.

The event includes a delicious, filling lunch and a completion certificate and is just one of six etiquette classes for children that will be held on campus throughout 2015.

Reservations can be made online at www.cofo.edu.

The Keeter Center is located on the College of the Ozarks campus at 1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, Branson.

Have a Sleepover at the Branson Titanic

The only thing cooler than the Branson Titanic Museum is the Night At the Titanic Sleepover!

Girls ages 5-15 can experience the ship under the cover of night on January 23 from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. with a fun-filled evening of movie-watching, snacks and educational activities.

Those attending should bring their own snacks and sleeping bags. Branson Titanic staff will provide a PG rated movie, a commemorative patch and all the fun activities.

Reservations are required for this event because it sells out quickly so don’t wait to make yours!

Call the Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland Council at 877-312-4764 ext. 1137 for reservations or more information. Girls registering without their troops are required to bring a chaperone.

For more information about the Branson Titanic Museum, please visit www.bransonshows.com.

The Titanic Museum is located at 3235 W. 76 Country Blvd. in Branson, across the road from the Clay Cooper Theatre.

Join the Friendly Competition at Lilleys’ Landing in Branson

Grab your fishing buddies and head down to Branson for the Master Trout Tournament hosted by Lilleys’ Landing on January 24 at 8 a.m.

This winter trout fishing tournament on Lake Taneycomo is restricted to artificial lures and flies only, so no live bait, PowerBait or Gulp Bait. All fishing will be done from boats, no wading.

Two-man teams cost $50 to enter and tournament rules or entry forms can be found at www.lilleyslanding.com.

Lilleys’ Landing is located on Lake Taneycomo at 367 River Lane in Branson, about 4.5 miles southwest of the Branson Landing.

 

Attend a Bald Eagle Watch Tour this January

Head to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center for an exciting day of eagle viewing and nature programs on Saturday, January 17 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Celebrate the return of the bald eagles to Lake Springfield with this fun family event. See a live bald eagle from the Dickerson Park Zoo up close, attend special programs in the nature center auditorium every hour until 3 p.m. or peer through a spotting scope at the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina to spot a live bald eagle in the wild.

All you nature lovers are sure to love this event at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, so don’t forget to mark your calendars now!

No registration is required. Just visit mdc.mo.gov for more information.

 

Chateau on the Lake Hosts Ozark Shooters Gun & Knife Show

Ozarks ShootersThe Chateau on the Lake will be hosting the Ozark Shooters Gun & Knife Show January 9-11.

Guests will enjoy a weekend filled with vendors and showcases featuring more than 200 tables of guns and knives. Lunch and snacks will be provided all weekend.

Admission is $10 for a weekend pass or $6 per day but children ages 10 and under are free with an adult. Hours are 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, please contact Ozark Shooters at 417-443-3093 or visit www.ozarkshooters.com to download a registration form.