April 1: Easter sunrise services, Hammons Field. Gates open at 6 a.m. Service begins at 6:30. Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. In case of rain, the service will be indoors at the Springfield Cardinals training facility. Free parking.
April 7: Health & Wellness Expo. A day of nutrition, fitness education, and health awareness. Health and wellness activities, seminars, demonstrations. 9 a.m.- noon, X-Center, 701 N. Taylor Way. Free.
April 17: It’s 417 Day! A community event to build bridges and be positive. Live DJ, food and refreshments. 4-8 p.m., Fassnight Park, Springfield. More info: (417) 709-1762.
April 20-21: 19th Annual Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Dozens of teams compete for the best barbecue in a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned event. Friday: 5-11 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $10 adults, kids 12 & under free.