Spotlight Event

Splash Bash at Cornerstone

Volunteers at Cornerstone Church, Grove, will host a Splash Bash: Family Fun in the Sun from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at the church, 501 South Main, Grove.

The event is free and open to the public. It will include water games, a dunk tank, hot dogs, ice cream and more.

Parents are encouraged to accompany their children and play together. Vouchers will be given for a family fun day prize package for each family who is able to return to worship the next morning at 10:15 a.m.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-6164 or visit www.csgrove.com.

ONGOING

Grove Tennis Club

Men and women of all ages are invited to take part in the Grove Tennis Club, at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Grove Tennis Courts, located in the city's sports complex, near Shundi and 13th Street.

For more information, persons interested may call Barbara Brown Scott at 918-253-4690.

MON. ONGOING

Bluegrass Jam at St. Andrew's

Musicians of all ages are invited to take part in the weekly Bluegrass Jam from 6 to 9 p.m., every Monday, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grove.

All ages and levels of ability are welcome. The event is open to the whole family.

People are encouraged to participate or sit back and listen. Free coffee and water are provided.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is located at 555 East Third Street, Grove. For more information, persons interested may contact Rev. Dr. David L. Bridges at 918-786-4113 or frdavid@standrewsgrove.org.

Caring Kitchen/Feed My Sheep

Volunteers with The Caring Kitchen and Feed My Sheep have combined efforts to provide their services on the same day.

The Caring Kitchen, now located at 11th and Washbourne, in Jay, will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, while Feed My Sheep will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, across the roadway in its facility.

Caring Kitchen 2.0 will provide a nutritious meal once a week in its new location in Jay. Feed My Sheep will provide a food pantry for those in need on the same day.

The combined operation is designed to allow the two organizations to join forces in order to serve members of the community.

TUE. ONGOING

Story time at Grove Library

The “Read with Friends” story time program for children ages infant to 5-years-old, now has one meeting time each 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, at the Grove Public Library. More info: Grove Public Library, 918-786-2945.

DayBreak of Grove

DayBreak of Grove, a program for seniors and respite care for caregivers, takes place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday, in the Cedar Oaks RV Park Community Room, 1550 North 83rd Street, Grove. It includes singing, crafts, chair exercises, lunch, games and other activities.

For more information, persons interested may call Christie Hunter at 405-517-3539 or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at 918-786-4113.

Grand Lake Woodcarvers

Members of the Grand Lake Woodcarvers meet each Tuesday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Grove Senior Center, 145 East O'Daniel Parkway, Grove. All levels of experience welcome. Free instruction is available. 

For more information, persons interested may contact Lynn Doughty at 918-314-6514.

WED. ONGOING

Mah Jongg Wednesdays

Uptown Girl Mah Jongg at the Grove Senior Center, 1 p.m. every Wednesday. More info, contact Joyce Irving at 918-407-5893.

Taste of Grace

Taste Of Grace, a free soup outreach ministry, organized by members of Grace Presbyterian Church, Grove, will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m., every Wednesday, at the church.

The event is designed to provide soup to anyone, no questions asked. No preaching, just "made from scratch soup."

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-6191. Grace Presbyterian Church is located at Fourth and Main, Grove.

WED. & SAT. ONGOING

GAMA Farmers' Market

Grove Area Merchants Farmers' Market takes place from 8 a.m. - noon every Wednesday and Saturday at the Grove Community Center, 104 W. Third, Grove. This is a producer-only market. Everything is handmade or home-grown.

THU. ONGOING

Grand Lake Senior Friends

The Grand Lake Senior Friends meets from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., every Thursday, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grove. It includes games, crafts, music and lunch.

For more information, persons may call Fran Rahn at 918-786-4113 or Fr. David Bridges at 918-801-2203.

SAT. ONGOING

The Wild Eats at Bernice Nature Center

Every Saturday, at 1 p.m., the staff at the Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Nature Center hosts a "Wild Eats" where park staff feed the park animals for the public.

The event is designed to let participants learn how and what food animals eat, along with why a proper diet is required for all living things.

The center is located at 54101 Highway 85A, Bernice. For more information, persons interested may contact Amanda Wiley, park naturalist, at 918-257-8330, email amanda.wiley@travelok.com or visit www.travelok.com.

Senior Citizen Dance

A senior citizen dance takes place at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday, at the Grove Senior Center, 145 East O'Daniel Parkway in Grove.

The event is free, snacks are provided by attendees. Donations will be accepted to defray the costs of coffee and tea.

For more information, persons interested may call Margaret Heffron at 817-247-8821.

Story time on Monkey Island

The story time at the J. Weber Lending Library on Monkey Island will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month, at the Port of Entry shopping center, just south of the intersection of Highway 125 and 85A, going towards Monkey Island.

The event will include a story time read by Joyce Weber, retired teacher and librarian, along with a craft related to the stories. For more information, persons interested may call 918-694-4518.

FRI. 06.23

Heroes Help for DCCSAN

Volunteers from area Fire, Emergency Medical and Police departments will compete to see which "hero" can raise the most funds for the Delaware County Children's Special Advocacy Network (DCCSAN) from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 23, at The Parrot in Grove. 

Diners have a chance to "tip" their favorite emergency personnel with a donation for DCCSAN. The winning entity will get the traveling trophy. The EMS are the defending champions. Can't go? Donations may be made in advance with the various agencies, earmarked for the event. 

Proceeds will benefit DCCSAN, the child advocacy center for Delaware County. For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-4539.

Shangri-La Grand Opening

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will highlight the list of speakers at the formal Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremonies for Shangri-La’s new Resort Hotel.

The event, slated for 4 p.m., Friday, June 23, will take place in the Roosevelt Ballroom of the newly opened hotel, on the tip of Monkey Island on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees. The event is open to the public.

Guests at the grand opening ceremonies will be treated to complimentary beverages and light hors d’ oeuvres, tours of the Shangri-La Resort facilities, and evening entertainment by Nashville recording artist Travis Marvin at Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina adjacent to the resort hotel.

The ceremony will feature an acapella rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by Shangri-La member and former Broadway performer Ron Young.

In addition to Lamb, featured speakers at the Grand Opening festivities will include Oklahoma Tourism Commissioner Chuck Perry, Shangri-La owner Eddy Gibbs, General Manager Jason Sheffield, and Vice-President of Operations Jon Davidson.

Shangri-La Director of Communications and Government Relations Mike Williams will serve as master of ceremonies. Tours of all Shangri-La Resort facilities will be available following the 4 p.m. formal dedication celebration.

For additional information about Shangri-La Resort, persons interested may visit www.shangrilaok.com.

FRI. 06.23 to 06.24

Miss Huckleberry Pageant

The 50th Huckleberry pageant, will be split into two days this year, with both taking place at Bulldog Arena.

On Friday, June 23, girls ages birth to 12, will compete for multiple titles including: Baby Miss (0 to 11 months), Toddler Miss (12 to 23 months), Teeny Miss (2 to 3 years), Tiny Miss (4 to 5 years), Little Miss (6 to 7 years), Junior Miss (8 to 9) and Huckleberry Princess (10 to 12).

Doors will open for that pageant at 6 p.m., with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.

The following day, on Saturday, June 24, participants will compete for the Miss Huckleberry and Miss Huckleberry's Outstanding Teen, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission will be charged.

For more information, persons interested may contact Brooke Hester at at 918-964-1618 or huckleberrypageant@yahoo.com.

SAT. 06.24

Monthly Community Sing

Volunteers at Grove Assembly of God the monthly gospel sing, at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at the church, 29080 South 637 Road (east Highway 10), Grove.

The event will include a mix of gospel and contemporary music. Singers/groups are encouraged to take part. This month's featured signers is New Harvest, a group based in Spavinaw.

For more information, persons interested may call Bud Keith at 417-775-4121 or Pastor Tony Wisdom at 918-344-0619.

DelCo Rabbit Round Up

The Delaware County Rabbit Round Up, hosted by the Delaware County 4-H Rabbit Club, will take place from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-4332.

Live Music Event

A live music concert, at Mt. Hermon Church, east of Jay, will take place beginning at 6 p.m., on Saturday, June 24.

The event, which is free, includes performances by Clancy Davis at 6:30 p.m., and Sojourner at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken for the artists.

The church is located at 18035 East 420 Road, Jay. For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-4111.

Splash Bash at Cornerstone

Volunteers at Cornerstone Church, Grove, will host a Splash Bash: Family Fun in the Sun from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at the church, 501 South Main, Grove.

The event is free and open to the public. It will include water games, a dunk tank, hot dogs, ice cream and more.

Parents are encouraged to accompany their children and play together. Vouchers will be given for a family fun day prize package for each family who is able to return to worship the next morning at 10:15 a.m.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-6164 or visit www.csgrove.com.

Leach/Oaks Fire Department Benefit

Volunteers with the Leach/Oaks Volunteer Fire Departments will host a benefit dinner and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at the Cherokee Casino Hotel West Siloam Springs.

The event costs $50 per person, and will include dinner, music and dancing. 

Proceeds from the event will help the two departments recover from the December 2016 burglaries and equipment theft, and the February 2016 incident which claimed the life of firefighter Mike Russell. 

Tickets or for more information, persons interested may call Tom Pearce at 918-261-3922 or Chad Strong at 918-868-7544.

TUE. 06.27

DelCo Democrats to meet

Members of the Delaware County Democrats will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at the Buffalo Shores South Recreation Club, on Pine Drive in Grove.

The evening will include a brief meeting, as well as a time of socializing.

Participants are encouraged to bring a beverage or snacks to share.

For more information, persons interested may call Vickie Adams at 918-801-7196.

FRI. 06.30

Independence Day Boat Parade

Members of The Grand Lake Sail and Power Squadron will host the annual Independence Day Boat Parade beginning at 9:45 a.m., Friday June 30.

The Parade will start from the west side of the Honey Creek Marina, travel west along the north shore of Honey Creek, and back to the Honey Creek Marina. Non – squadron boats are welcome to join the parade. For more information, persons interested may call Frank Janiga at 847-630-4217.

Vinita Fireworks

The Bob McSpadden Memorial Fireworks Show will take place on Friday, June 30, at the High School football field, 801 North Adair Street, in Vinita. The show runs from 8 to 10 p.m., with fireworks taking place at dusk.

It's sponsored by the Vinita Chamber of Commerce. The event is free, however a variety of concessions provided by various organizations will be available. For more information, persons interested may call 918-256-7133.

FRI. 06.30 to 07.01

RFC Music Fest

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Huckleberry Festival, a two day music festival will take place at the RFC Center outside of Jay.

On Friday, the event go from 6 p.m. to midnight and include Rick Lamb and the Phinaddicts, Read Southall Band and Travis Kidd, with special guest Johnny Dale Roberts.

On Saturday, the music begins at 2 p.m. with The Struggle, Night Train, Bryce Dicus and the Mercenaries, Confederate Railroad and Dead Metal Society, along with special guest Zachary Ryan Hall.

Saturday's event will include fireworks, at 9:30 p.m. Food vendors will be available on both days. Alcohol will be served, and strictly monitored. No outside beverages will be allowed.

Tickets are available at www.frcmusicfest.com/tickets. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event. Tickets are also available locally at the Jay Chamber of Commerce office, and the Arvest and Grand Savings Bank branches in Jay.

FRI. 06.30 to 07.04

Huckleberry Festival Carnival

Advanced tickets for the Huckleberry Festival Carnival, set for Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4, dat the RVC Pavilion, Jay are now being sold at the Arvest Bank and Grand Savings Bank branches in Jay.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the box office. Pre-sale of wrist bands end at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30. Wristband nights take place from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, June 30, Saturday, July 1, or Sunday, July 2, and are only good for one evening.

FRI. 06.30 to 07.04

50th Annual Huckleberry Festival

The 50th Annual Huckleberry Festival will take place from Friday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4, in Jay.

The event begins with the carnival, at the RFC Pavilion Parking Lot on Friday, June 30 and Saturday to Tuesday, July 4. Wristband nights will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wristbands are $20 in advance and $25 at the box office. Pre-sale wristbands are good for one evening, and are available at Grand Savings Bank and Arvest Bank through 5 p.m. Friday, June 30.

The weekend will also include the RFC Music Fest, from 6 p.m. to Midnight on Friday, and 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. Advance tickets are $30, with day of show tickets at $35.

Saturday, July 1 is filled with a variety of activities including:

• all day - Shopping cart bingo, Homeland Grocery Store;

• 6 a.m. - Huckleberry Run registration, J.B. Earp Stadium;

• 7 to 11 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast, Senior Citizens building;

• 7:30 a.m. - Huckleberry Run, J.B. Earp Stadium;

• 8 a.m. to noon - Huckleberry Car Show registration, Courthouse square;

• 8:30 to 9 a.m. - Huckleberry Pie Contest registration, Mariee Wallace Museum; Frog Jump registration, DC Friendship Home.

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Huckleberry Arts & Crafts, Community Center;

• 9 a.m. - Huckleberry Pie Contest, Mariee Wallace Museum; Frog Jump, DC Friendship Homes;

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Gunny Sack Races, McDonalds.

• 10 a.m. - Huckleberry Parade, Main Street, Downtown Jay: Turtle Derby Registration, Pizza Hut;

• 10:30 a.m. - Ice Cream & Huckleberry, Grand River Abstract; Pie Auction, Courthouse Square;

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, Senior Citizens Building;

• 11 a.m. - Huckleberry Milkshakes, Mariee Wallace Museum;

• 11 a.m. - Huckleberry Jam, Community Center Lawn:

• 11:15 a.m. - 34th Annual Turtle Derby, Pizza Hut:

• Noon - Hog Fry, Jay Masonic Lodge;

• 12:30 p.m. - GSB’s Digging for Worms, Grand Savings Bank.

• 1 p.m. - Hot Dog Eating Contest, Joe’s Y Store

• 2 p.m. - Arvest Carry an Okie, RFC Pavilion Parking Lot

• 2:30 p.m. - Horse Shoe Tournament, RFC Main Outdoor Stage (Music Festival Participants Only)

• 3 p.m. - Root Beer Chug-A-Lug Contest, Sonic:

• 4 p.m. - Firefighter Kids Spray, Jay City Park:

• 9 p.m. - Fireworks, RFC Main Outdoor Stage.

On Sunday, July 2, an arts and crafts show will take place from noon to 5 p.m., at the Jay Community Center.

At 9:30 p.m., Monday, July 3, the Green Country Giggers will host a parade and fireworks show at the Lake Eucha Bridge.

Events on Tuesday, July 4, include the free country and gospel music show at the RFC Center from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with fireworks concluding at 9:30 p.m.

For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce office at 918-253-8698.

FRI. 06.30 to 08.25

Movies in the Park - Langley

Volunteers with the town of Langley will host a "Movies in the Park," a free family-friendly event, in the Village Park in Langley throughout the next three months.

The season will feature eight movies outside in the Village Park, in the south baseball field, at dark. The next show is set for Friday, June 30.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets an hour or so before the movie begins.

Remaining movies include:

• June 30 - Rogue One, a Star Wars Story

• July 14 - The BFG

• July 28 - The Blind Side

• Aug. 11 - A Dog's Purpose

• Aug. 25 - Pete's Dragon

If there is a chance of inclement weather, the movie will be shown the following week.

Information about the movies, or changes, may be found by calling Carole Free at 918-284-8884, or by visiting www.langleyok.org. Additional information is available on the group's Facebook page by searching "Movies-in-the-Park-Langley-OK."

SAT. 07.01

Huckleberry Run

The annual Stan Jones-Caleb Barnwell Memorial Huckleberry Run will take place beginning at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, July 1, at the J.B. Earp Football Stadium in Jay.

Registration begins at 6:15 a.m., the with 5K starting at 7:30 a.m. and the fun run beginning at 7:35 a.m.

Entries are $20 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run, in advance, or $25 and $15 on the day of the race.

For more information, persons interested may call Tricia Nichols at 918-530-9175 or 918-253-1764.

Huckleberry Car Show

The 50th Anniversary Huckleberry Festival Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 1, on the courthouse square in Jay.

Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to noon, with the awards presentation set for 1 p.m.

Cost is $12 in advance (by June 30) or $15 on the day of the show. Classes (include Original and Custom in each) include Classic 1940 or older, Chrome and Fins 1941 to 1960, Muscle 1961 to 1980, Early Modern 1981 to 2000 and Modern 2001 and newer.

Awards will be presented in each class, with a best of show, best of show motorcycle, firefighters choice, chamber's choice, mayor's choice and people's choice as well.

For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce at 918-253-8698 or Brandon Alexander at 918-801-2597. The event is hosted by the Jay Fire Department.

Faith & Freedom Concert

Volunteers from LifePoint Fellowship in Kansas, will host the Faith and Freedom Concert, beginning at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at the church.

The event includes Stars Go Dim, We are Messengers, Sarah Reeves, DaMar, Delco Boys and Beautiful Feet.

The event will also include a variety of activities, food vendors and more.

The church is located on Mason Street in Kansas. For more information, persons interested may call 918-868-4160.

South Grand Lake Fireworks

The sixth annual Cliff Elliott Memorial "Spectacular Fireworks Show" sponsored by the Grand Lake Fireworks, Inc., will take place at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, on south Grand Lake.

The show will be simulcast on 99.3 FM beginning at 5 p.m. The show can be viewed at the GRDA Visitors Center in Langley, the Pensacola Dam, 3 Cherokee State Parks near the Spillways, on the water in the main channel of Grand Lake, and all along the shores of South Grand Lake.

The fireworks will be launched between the two Disney spillways on the water.

For more information, or to make a donation toward the show, persons interested may call 918-937-3060 OR 913-424-6342 or visit www.grandlakefireworks.com.

Cajun Festival

Volunteers with Grand Lake Festivals, Inc., will host the Cajun Festival - which includes arts, crafts and music, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove.

The event will feature Chris Miller and “Bayou Roots” along with Clint Walker, Jana Jae and other entertainers.

For more information, persons interested may visit www.grandlakefestivals.com or call 918-786-8896.

Horse Creek Fireworks

The Horse Creek Fireworks will take place at dusk, approximately 9 p.m., on Saturday, July 1, at the unfinished bridge in Grand Lake, on the east side of Bernice bridge.

The fireworks can be viewed from the Horse Creek Campground, located near the intersection of Horse Creek and 260 Road. From Littlefield's Corner, take Highway 85A to 550 Road, turn north (right) at Pride Storage. Go north to 260 Road, turn left. The campground will be down the hill from the intersection.

For more information, persons interested may call Jim Pryor at 918-707-0142.

SUN. 07.02

Patriotic Cantata at Cleora UMC

Members of the Cleora United Methodist Church choir will present a patriotic cantata: America, Voice of Freedom, A Vision for the Future, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 2, at Cleora UMC.

The event will provide a salute to the Armed Forces, give thanks for God’s blessings and sing of the hopes and dreams for the country - and others - as well as include music of peace.

The church is located at 451154 East 295 Road, Afton, next door to the Cleora Public Schools.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-256-3665.

Monkey Island Fireworks

The annual fireworks display at Monkey Island will take place on Sunday, July 2, at the Grand Lake Regional Airport on Monkey Island.

Events kick off at 11 a.m., with the George Brothers Band taking the stage from 6 to 9 p.m., cars are invited for a car show, the bounce houses will be available for children, and a fly over will take place before the fireworks. The show will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. 3-D glasses will be available for sale for the fireworks show.

MON. 07.03

Independence Day at Har-Ber Village

Volunteers at Har-Ber Village in Grove will host the annual two-hour Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 3, at the village.

The event will include lawn games, ice cream, a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance and a performance of the Star Spangled Banner by Grove’s own Broadway star, Ron Young.

Children are encouraged to bring their bikes, trikes, wagons and scooters to decorate for the Kids’ Parade. All activities are free with regular admission. To participate in all of the scheduled activities, plan to arrive by 10 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors 62 and above, $5 for children 6 to 13, and free for children under 6 and for village members.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-6446 or visit har-bervillage.com.

Duck Creek Fireworks

Billed as one of the largest fireworks displays in the area, activities in and around south Grand Lake and Duck Creek will take place on Monday, July 3.

At 7 p.m. KGVE 99.3 FM will begin to broadcast the show, which highlights the evening's events at Duck Creek.

At 7:30 p.m., the pilots will begin to prepare for the flyover of Duck Creek. The F-16 flyover by the U.S. Air Force Flags Up! will begin at 8:45 p.m.

The 2017 Duck Creek Fireworks Show over Duck Creek will launch at approximately 9:30 p.m.

First UMC's Freedom Fest

On Monday, July 3, members of First United Methodist Church, Grove, will host the third annual "Freedom Fest" an All-Church Independence Day Celebration, beginning at 7 p.m., at the church located at 1005 Leisure Road, Grove.

The event will include games for small children, and outdoor viewing of the City of Grove's Wolf Creek Park fireworks display.

Participants are encouraged to enter the property using the paved drives from Leisure Lane, and bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event will include music by the church's praise band and bounce houses for kids. The venue is designed to be a family-friendly setting to view the fireworks. Participants are asked to refrain from smoking. In keeping with city ordinances, no alcohol or fireworks will be permitted at the site.

Grove Fireworks

The City of Grove's Third of July Celebration will take place on Monday, July 3, on the grounds of the Wolf Creek Park. It will include a variety of entertainment and activities. Events will begin at approximately 5 p.m. with an assortment of children's games with fireworks at dusk. Shuttles will be available for drivers who choose to park at the Grove Civic Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Members of the Grove Police Department will begin directing traffic at 4 p.m., which will include limited entrance and exits from the park.

The schedule of events includes 6 p.m. - Welcome by Darrell Mastin, master of ceremonies and event organizer.

The group, Borderline Bluegrass with special guest Homer Lee, will provide the entertainment. The intermission will also include a fly-over by local physician and pilot John Swartz.

At 9 p.m. local entertainer and former Broadway star Ron Young will sing the Star Spangled Banner. The fireworks, shot over Wolf Creek Park, will begin shortly after his performance.

While participants can bring in coolers, no alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Participants are asked to leave fireworks at home, keep all pets on a leash and bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during the event.

TUE. 07.04

Fireworks in Jay

The 50th Annual Huckleberry Festival fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, at the RFC Center, in Jay.

The event will include country and gospel music from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with the fireworks set to launch at 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, persons interested may call the Jay Chamber of Commerce office at 918-253-8698.

FRI. 07.07

Food Truck Friday

Officials with the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau will host the first Food Truck Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 7, on the lawn of the Grove Community Center, 104 West Third, Grove. 

The event will feature food trucks, as well as boats from the weekend's Southern Drag Boat Association races. The bluegrass band, The Mission, will also perform. 

SAT. 07.08 to 07.09

SDBA at Wolf Creek

Member of the Southern Drag Boat Association will host the Wolf Creek Nationals beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, at Wolf Creek Park in Grove.

The event features drag boats from across the country. Gates open at 8 a.m., each day, with qualifying races beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday and racing beginning at noon on Sunday.

Tickets are $15 for the day or $25 for a weekend pass. Military and first responders buy one, get one free. Kids under 12 are free. Cooler passes are available.

Additionally, a show and shine will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, July 7, at the Grove Community Center, 104 West Third, Grove. That event, which coincides with the city's First Friday Food Truck rally, is free to the public.

For more information, persons interested may visit https://sdbaracing.com/.

SAT. 07.08 to 07.22

Welfarewell at the Playmakers

“Welfarewell,” an award-winning play by Cat Delany, opens Saturday, July 8 at The Playmakers’ theatre, 121 West Third, Grove.

The production, a comedy, is a lampooning of those living on not so livable fixed incomes - from out of work actors to hookers, a shoplifter and murderous wife.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, July 8, 15 and 22, Tuesday, July 11, and Friday, July 14 and 21; and at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 9 and 16.

For more information, or to make a reservation, persons interested may call 918-786-8950 and leave a message for the box office volunteer, email groveplaymakers@yahoo.com or visit www.groveplaymakers.com.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students (middle school to college). Group prices are available as are discounted ‘pay what you can’ tickets.

TUE. 07.11

Veterans Forum

Volunteers with the Grove VFW 8380, along with Oklahoma Rep. Josh West, will host a Veterans Forum from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, at the Grove VFW post.

The event will include a discussion of the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program and the president's proposed cuts to Veterans programs. A free dinner will be provided for veterans and immediate family members.

For more information, persons interested may contact Rusty Henson, Commander, at 918-213-5282.

THU. 07.13 to 07.16

GLOC Shootout

The 2017 Grand Lake O' The Cherokees PErformance Boat Challenge, known as the GLOC Shootout, will take place from Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16, on Grand Lake, near Grove.

The event will include:

• a street party from 5 to 10 p.m., on Thursday, July 13, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove.

• a crusing the dock party from 5 to 10 p.m., at Lakeside Marina next to Sail Boat Bridge.

• opening ceremonies at 10 a.m., on Saturday, July 15, followed by racing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With lakeside viewing available at Lakeside Marina next to Sail Boat Bridge. 

• racing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 16, followed by an awards ceremony at 5 p.m., at Lakeside Marina, next to Sail Boat Bridge.

For more information, persons interested may visit www.glocshootout.com

FRI. 07.14

GLOC Shootout Veterans Charity Troop Tour

The 2017 GLOC Veterans Charity Troop Tour will begin with a driver's meeting at 10:15 a.m., Friday, July 14, at Lakeside Marina, next to Sail Boat Bridge.

The tour will leave at 11 a.m., and all boats must be registered. The tour is an event where all participants will run as a group to tour Grand Lake, leaving from Lakeside Marina to Pensacola Dam and back. Registration fee is $195 per boat for non race participants or $100 per boat for race participants. 

Proceeds will benefit the Combat Vets Association, Oklahoma Chapter 10-5. This chapter is a locally based nonprofit that works with all veterans in need within a 75 mile radius of Grove.

Tour stops include The Parrot, Grove, Eddy's Lakeside Bar, Monkey Island, Quarterdeck Waterfront Cafe, Monkey Island, Morrow's Bar and Grill, Eucha, and Ugly's Grill and Bar on Duck Creek.

For more information, persons interested may visit www.glocshootout.com.

THU. 07.20

Grove Chamber annual banquet

Officials with the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual banquet at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 20, at the River Bend Casino Event Center, 100 Jackpot Place, Wyandotte. 

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., will serve as the guest speaker. Tickets are $40 per person before July 7, and $50 after July 7. RSVP required by July 7 by calling 918-786-9079.

FRI. 07.21 to 07.22

GLOC Quilt Show

Lake Life is Grand is the theme for the bi-annual Grand Lake o' The Cherokee's Quilt Guild quilt show, set for Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove.

Area quilters are encouraged to enter the show, display their work and compete for ribbons. Cash prizes will be awarded for best of show and viewer's choice. Vendors will also be present during the event. 

For more information, or to enter a quilt in the event, persons interested may contact Carol Torline at ctors1@yahoo.com or 517-990-2051.

SAT. 08.04

Outdoor Summer Movie Series

Volunteers with the City of Miami will host an Outdoor Summer Movie Series at Miami Municipal Swimming Pool, on two remaining dates this summer.

The movies, set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, features Moana. Both of those screenings will take place at the Miami Municipal Swimming Pool. For those shows admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids and those 5 and under are free.

Food trucks will be available for each evening. Participants are encouraged to "pack up the kids, grab your baskets" and join the fun.

For more information, persons interested may contact Charly Petrek at 918-542-4435 or visit cpetrek@miamiokla.net.

WED. 08.30

AARP Driver Safety Program

Local classes for the AARP Driver Safety Program will take place in March to December. The one-day course is six hours in length. Drivers will be able to obtain a discount from their insurance carriers for taking the course.

The classes are open to all interested drivers, including those who have taken it in the past. Upcoming class dates are Wednesdays, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Nov. 29, and Saturday Dec. 9.

For more information, or to learn the time and location of an individual class, persons interested may call Frank Houck at 918-787-6532.