Each week, the Lake Sun looks at things to do, try, hear and see at the Lake of the Ozarks. Have a suggestion? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Go to Eagle Days
Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days is this weekend (Jan. 7-8). The event features live eagle shows at several area venues. Wild eagle viewing will take place at Willmore Lodge and at Bagnell Dam Access. Eagles nest building will be at the Bagnell Dam Access and the World Bird Sanctuary will be putting on a live eagle program hourly from 9-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m Sunday at Osage National Golf Resort. At School of the Osage Heritage Elementary Dickerson Park Zoo will provide three programs. The first program is the Day Shift (Hawk), Night Shift (Owl) and Garbage Gal (Turkey Vulture). The second program is on owls. The third will be on the American Bald Eagle. The shows begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday rotating every hour. School of the Osage Heritage Elementary will also have activities for kids, coloring contests and vendors. Event is free and open to the public.
2. Jam Out
The Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society will have its monthly blues jam at Wicked Willies, 5384 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, on Jan. 10. The Blue Collar Kings will take the stage at 7 p.m. Then on Jan. 22, the Ozark Jazz Society will host jazz bands from School of the Osage and Eldon in addition to the Ft. Leonard Wood Army Jazz Band from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Inn at the Grand Glaize in Osage Beach. The concert is free. An optional buffet will be served from 5-6:15 p.m. for $15 per person. For more information, call 573-365-3411 or go to www.lakeozarkjazz.org.
3. Eat Chili
The fifth annual Pregnancy Help Center Chili Cook-Off will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the First Baptist Church of Camdenton. Proceeds go to PHC and those they service. Categories are Spicy, Flavorful, White Chili and People's Choice. Participants are asked to bring a large crockpot of chili, a box of crackers and sampling cups. There is a $20 contest entry fee and a $5 eating fee. For more information, call 573-346-3337.
4. Go Dancing
The Lake of the Ozarks Swing Dance Club will host its monthly dance from 7-10:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the La Roca Club dance center in Osage Beach. Dance theme will be “White Out”. Whether it is snowing or not, wear white so you will blend in. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members and guests. Music includes swing, cha cha, country and nightclub two step. Couples and singles welcome. Local senior centers also regularly host dances. Head to Camdenton’s on Jan. 7 and 31. See our calendar listings for more information.
5. Go Fishing!
This is Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri so while it may get really cold for a few days, it won’t last. On those milder days, check with local fishing guides - who are knowledgable about how and what to fish for this time of year - or head out on your own.