February Fun
Posted on 01/28/2024

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  • Making Maple Syrup (Feb. 1 - 9:00-11:00am)
    • Free Admission, Cape Girardeau Nature Center
      • Whether it’s used for smothering waffles or dipping French toast sticks, maple syrup has found its way onto many Missouri breakfast tables. This lovely, sugary syrup is harvested from sugar maple trees found in Missouri. Participate in the process of transforming maple sap into syrup in this program. Collect maple sap from trees, start the boiling process, and finish a batch of maple syrup. To complete this program, participants will sample some of the maple syrup harvested from trees on nature center grounds.
  • Trout Discovery Table (Feb. 1 – 9:30am-12:30pm)
    • Free Admission, Jackson Rotary Lake
      • Join us at Jacksons Rotary Lake as we start the catch and keep season for stocked trout. We will have a table set up with a measuring trough and leaderboard to see who caught the biggest fish for the day along with some giveaways. We will have example baits and publications on introductions to fishing, other areas to trout fish, publications about trout, fishing poles available to the public, and on how to tie knots.
  • Nature Center @ Night: Groundhogs (Feb. 2 – 6:30-7:30pm)
    • Free Admission, Cape Girardeau Nature Center
      • Sometimes winter days can feel the same…like repeating the same day over and over again. But the legend of one furry critter gives hope that warmer temperatures are on the way. Join us for a in-depth, all ages look at these amazing, if sometimes troublesome, mammals. Learn about their adaptations, amazing life cycle, and a few tips and tricks to keep problem animals from damaging your property. This program is part of our “Nature Center @ Night” series and the building and exhibits will remain open during this program.
  • Children’s Arts Festival (Feb. 2 – 4:00-8:00pm)
    • Free Admission, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
      • Join us as we honor nineteen art educators and over 230 student artists at this joyous event. Enjoy various entertainment throughout the night, including an appearance from Grumpy the Groundhog, live music by the students of Jake Tropf of Shivelbines Music Studio, and dance performances by Fingerprint Urban Dance Studios under the direction of Michael “Crank” Curry. The official welcome and awards ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM. Read II Succeed will have a booth in our Visual Arts Cooperative Gallery and music educator, Carol McDowell, will have a book signing in the Collab Lab. We will also introduce our new neighbor, Artistically Ever After, owned by Heather Brown. Light refreshments will be served and a ceremonial cake cutting will take place with all the awards recipients at approximately 6:45 PM.
  • 24th Annual Clark Terry Jazz Festival: Women in Jazz (Feb. 2 – Doors 7:00pm, Show 7:30pm)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Bedell Performance Hall
      • The culminating concert for the Clark Terry / Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival will be presented by the Southeast Jazz ensembles. All patrons are required to have a ticket, regardless of age. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Gimme Gimme Disco (Feb. 2 – 8:00-11:30pm)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Scout Hall
      • If you can’t get enough of ABBA, boy do we have THE dance party for you! We are a DJ based dance party playing all your favorite ABBA tracks, plus plenty of other disco hits from the 70s & 80’s like The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Cher, & so much more. So honey honey, take-a-chance and you’ll be dancing all night long. Grab tickets, put on your best disco attire, bring your friends, and have the best night of your life!
        • Doors 8:00pm, Show 9:00pm
        • 18+ General Admission standing room only (Limited seating is available first come, first served)
        • Early Bird: $15 / Week-of: $18 / Day-of: $20
  • 6th Annual ‘It’s Cold Outside… So Come On Inside’ (Feb. 3 – 9:00am-3:00pm)
    • Free Admission, Osage Centre
      • It’s Cold Outside …so come on inside! Come out to join us and all of our vendors & crafters! Proceeds help support Show Me Care Bags.
  • Jazz Night: Andre Hayward with the Felipe Brito Quintet (Feb. 3 – 7:00-10:00pm)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Scout Hall
      • Felipe Brito collaborates with jazz legend Andre Hayward, bringing a beautiful night of jazz standards and original tunes to Scout Hall.
        • Andre Hayward is an incredibly gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. His gospel-tinged approach is refreshing and will warm the hearts of anyone he contacts. He has performed with The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The San Francisco Jazz Collective, The Clayton - Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Roy Hargrove, Betty Carter, Joe Williams, Slide Hampton, John Lewis, Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Gerald Wilson, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Heath, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Illinois Jacquet's Big Band. Hayward has served as jazz trombone professor at the New School of Jazz & Contemporary Music, New York University, New England Conservatory, Michigan State University, University of Texas - Butler School of Music, and the University of North Texas.
        • Dr. Felipe Brito is the Director of Jazz and Assistant Professor of Trombone at Southeast Missouri State University. Felipe has performed with Branford Marsalis, Robin Eubanks, Raul de Souza, Joe Lovano, Jorge Santana, Bobby Sanabria, Andre Hayward, and many other musicians, orchestras, and ensembles.
  • 46th Annual Juried High School Exhibition (Feb. 4 – 2:00-4:00pm)
    • Free Admission, Crisp Museum
      • Regional high school juniors and seniors from Southeast Missouri demonstrate their artistic skills. Categories include ceramics, digital art, drawing, fibers, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, graphic, and interior design.
        • Exhibition: runs February 4 – February 25, 2024
        • Reception: February 4, 2-4 p.m.
        • Award Ceremony: February 4, 3 p.m.
  • Dreams: A Musical Showcase (Feb. 4 – 3:00-5:00pm)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Shuck Music Recital Hall
      • Faculty member, Madison Jarrett, chose the music for Dreams that is a symbolic representaion of dream-like states. The pieces convey a sense of nostalgia, wonder, impermanence and discovery. All patrons are required to have a ticket, regardless of age. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Homeschool: Wild Valentines 1st Session / 2nd Session (Feb. 7 – 10:00-11:30am, 2:00-3:30pm)
    • Free Upon Registration, Cape Girardeau Nature Center
      • Why do frogs sing? Why do prairie chickens dance? Explore the antics of our wild animal sweethearts as we discover how hard it can be to find a mate and raise a family in the wild. We will take a short hike in search of some wild valentines and then come back inside to make our own animal themed valentines to take home.
  • Feeding Frenzy (Feb. 8 – 3:00-3:30pm)
    • Free, Cape Girardeau Nature Center
      • Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians.
  • STAR Sweetheart Dance (Feb. 8 – 6:00-8:00pm)
    • Free Upon Registration, Osage Centre
      • S.T.A.R. is a community therapeutic recreation program serving individuals who are unable to successfully participate in regular recreation programs. Most individuals with special needs may participate in S.T.A.R. programs. The S.T.A.R. programs meets monthly and events are free. Please register in advance with the number of participants and number of staff members that will be attending. For more information, contact Moriah at [email protected] or at 573-339-6732.
  • Ryan Fogg: Guest Pianist (Feb. 8 – 7:30-10:00pm)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Shuck Music Recital Hall
      • An afternoon of beautiful piano music presented by the talented Ryan Fogg. All patrons are required to have a ticket, regardless of age. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Parent’s Nature Break: Bear Paint Pouring (Feb. 9 – 6:00-7:30pm)
    • Free Upon Registration, Cape Girardeau Nature Center
      • Have you always wanted to attend one of our programs but had trouble finding childcare? Here’s your chance to attend your very own program while we provide a program for your children at the same time. You will learn more about black bears in Missouri and make a wooden paint pour bear. Your kids will enjoy fun naturalist-led activities and crafts in the adjoining classroom. Please enroll all adults that will be attending. Childcare will only be provided for ages 6 and up.
  • Artist Spotlight: Darlene Spell (Feb. 10 – 1:00-3:00pm)
    • Free Upon Registration, Cape Girardeau Nature Center
      • For the month of February, we feature one of our very own – Darlene Spell. Stop in all month to check out the wonderful photography that includes landscapes and critters from the Southeast region and more. You may visit with Darlene on Saturday, February 10 beginning at 1 pm.
  • Kid’s Valentine Cookie Class (Feb. 10 – 10:00-11:30am)
    • $30 Registration, Osage Centre
      • Learn how to decorate sugar cookies with Rosie’s Bake Shoppe!
  • Galentine’s Day Cake Class (Feb. 11 – 1:00-3:00pm)
    • $70 Registration, Osage Centre
      • Learn how to decorate a heart-shaped cake with Rosie’s Bake Shoppe!
  • Super Kids Race Day (Feb. 11 – 1:00pm)
    • $12/child before Feb. 3; $17/child after Feb. 3, SEMO Student Recreation Center
      • This fun racing event is for crawlers up to 10 year old's! Awards will be given out in each age group and t-shirts and participation ribbons will be awarded to all participants. The cost to enter the event is $12/child if they are registered by February 3rd, and is $17/child from February 4th up until the day of the event! Day-of registration is from 11:45a.m.-12:30p.m. with the race starting promptly at 1:00pm. You must check in at registration even if you are pre-registered. For questions or more information contact Robert Shanahan at [email protected] or by phone at 573-339-6612.
  • Community Dance & Social (Feb. 15 – 6:00-9:00pm)
    • $5/person, A.C. Brase Arena
      • Come relax, socialize and dance to some great classic music! Big dance floor, plenty of seating and concessions available. Dances are located at the A. C. Brase Arena.
  • Winter Dance Collection (Feb. 15-17 – 7:30-10:00pm)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
      • Featuring an original work by choreographer Kia Smith. Performances will showcase a variety of original works by student and faculty choreographers. All patrons are required to have a ticket, regardless of age. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live: Glow Party (Feb. 16-18 – Showtimes Vary)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Show Me Center
      • Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live™ Glow Party brings fans’ favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks to life including Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Demo Derby™, Bone Shaker™, Bigfoot™, Gunkster™ and introducing the brand new HW 5-Alarm™, the firetruck hero of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks! The Glow Party production features a laser light show, spectacular theatrical effects, dance parties, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. Fans can also witness a special appearance from a transforming robot, plus the high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Freestyle Motocross Team.
        • SHOW TIMES
          • Friday, February 16th | 7:30p
          • Saturday, February 17th | 12:30p
          • Saturday, February 17th | 7:30p
          • Sunday, February 18th | 2:30p
  • Prescribed Burn Field Day (Feb. 17 – 9:00am-3:00pm)
    • Free Upon Registration, 2302 County Park Drive Cape Girardeau, MO
      • Prescribed burning can be a valuable tool for managing native plant diversity and controlling undesirable vegetation, but it can be dangerous and ineffective when not used properly. This workshop will provide basic information about how to plan and execute a prescribed burn for grassland management. The online “Official Missouri Prescribed Burn Course” must be completed before attending this event. You can register for the online portion here: https://www.hunter-ed.com/prescribedburn/. The online course has a $25 charge to a third-party host (not MDC) and can be completed in approximately 2 – 4 hours. Please bring your certificate of completion to the Demonstration Field Day. At this event, the participants will learn about burn equipment, burn line installation, safe weather parameters, ignition operations, and other techniques to safely conduct a prescribed burn. A demonstration burn will be conducted if weather allows, so please dress accordingly with safety glasses, leather boots (no steel toe), leather gloves, and a long sleeve shirt and pants made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool. Water and snacks will be provided. Please bring a sack lunch with you. Demo burn will take place at Missouri Department of Conservation Southeast Regional Office Cape Girardeau, directions to location will be provided at a later date.
  • 16th Annual Father Daughter Dance (Feb. 17 – 6:00-9:00pm)
    • $15/person Early Registration, $25/person Late Registration
      • Join us for the 16th Annual Father Daughter Dance, Tale as Old as Time, for a night filled with dancing, treats and fun! We can’t wait to see you there!
        • Cost: $15/Person if registered by 2/10/2024 | $25/Person if registered 2/11/2024-2/16/2024
        • Tickets are available in-person only at the A.C. Brase Arena and Osage Centre. Tickets will not be sold day of event.
  • Conservation Kids: Bluebird Buddies (Feb. 17 – 3:00-4:30pm)
    • Free Upon Registration, Cape Girardeau Nature Center
      • It’s that time of year when eastern bluebirds are gearing up to raise a family. You can be a bluebird buddy by building them a nest box! We will learn more about the interesting lives of these birds as we play games and build a nest box to take home. You’ll also leave with several tips and tricks on how to monitor your nest box so that you can be the best bluebird buddy ever!
  • Modern Masters II (Feb. 18 – 3:00-5:00pm)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Shuck Music Recital Hall
      • Faculty and students from the Dept. of Music present two minimalist masterpieces. John Adams’ Christian Zeal & Activity and Gavin Bryars’ Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. All patrons are required to have a ticket, regardless of age. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • Carpe Diem 2024 (Feb. 24 – 6:00-9:00pm)
    • Free Admission, SEMO Student Recreation Center, East Gym
      • A huge celebration of international life on campus, Carpe Diem is a festival which embraces the many countries that are represented by our SEMO students. Booths with fun activities and snacks will be included, and many talented students will be performing dances, songs, and more on stage! There will also be a buffet filled with delicious food, a henna station where guests can get intricate designs done by artists, and a photo competition with prizes. Come explore new places and make memories with the diverse communities here at SEMO!
  • Reptile Discovery Table (Feb. 24 – 1:00-2:30pm)
    • Free Upon Registration, Cape Girardeau Nature Center
      • Explore our discovery table to learn about snakes & other retiles in Missouri. We will have two live snakes out and staff on hand to answer questions.
  • That’s What She Said! (Feb. 25 – 3:00-5:00pm)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Shuck Music Recital Hall
      • A concert featuring works for violin and piano performed by Dr. Sophia Han and Jessica Anderson. All patrons are required to have a ticket, regardless of age. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • The Elements (Feb. 27 – 7:30-10:00pm)
    • Ticket Prices Vary, Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall
      • Join the Southeast Wind Symphony and University Concert Band as they present a program of diverse music featuring the elements of our universe. All patrons are required to have a ticket, regardless of age. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.