GAMA Farmers' Market

The Grove Area Merchants Farmers' Market is open for the 2017 season.

The market, organized by GAMA members, 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. Spots for vendors remain available. Local musicians interested in taking part in the market are encouraged to do so.

Applications may be obtained by messaging Cheryl Franklin, market manager, through the organization's Facebook page,, or by contacting the Grove Sun office at 918-786-2228, or by calling 417-629-8901. Payment is required when submitting the application.

Welfarewell at the Playmakers

“Welfarewell,” an award-winning play by Cat Delany, continues now, through select dates until July 22, 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 15 and 22, Tuesday, July 11, and Friday, July 14 and 21; and at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 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 or visit

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.

Jim Thorpe Rehab open house

Officials with the INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation will host an open house to celebrate the rehab’s new location from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 13, at 2203 South Main in Grove.

The open house is open to all. The therapy team will offer tours of the new facility and guests can enter a drawing for local gift cards and more. Refreshments will also be served.

INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation specializes in therapy and rehabilitation services including physical, speech and occupational therapy. Their experienced therapy team helps patients recover, rebuild and ultimately return to independence.

To learn more about a customized therapy program or find what services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, persons interested may call 918-786-3797.

Shoreline Clean Up

The annual “Clean Up Lady Grand” shoreline cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 15. The event, which was rescheduled from June due to rain, is sponsored by volunteers from the Grand River Dam Authority and Grand Lake Sail & Power Squadron.

Dumpsters will be provided, for lake/shoreline trash at several locations. Persons taking part in the cleanup are asked not to place household trash in the dumpsters.

Dumpsters will be located at Ketchum Church of Christ, Grand Lake State Park - Bernice, Grove Springs Park, and the old GRDA lake patrol parking lot near Pensacola Dam.

Afton Poultry Swap

The next Afton Poultry swap take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 to 16, at the swap location - 53991 East Highway 59, Afton, near Buffalo Ranch.

The event includes everything from goats, calves, pigs, rabbits, dogs, pigeons, chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, cats, parrots, cockatiels, lumber, tin, incubators, arts and crafts, fruits and vegetables, shirt painting, quilts, rugs, garage sale items, flea market items and more.

This is the 30th year for the swap. For more information, persons interested may visit or follow the group on Facebook by searching "Afton-Poultry-Swap."

Learning to talk to doctor

Lee Hilliard, outreach specialist, and Russell Peters, nurse practitioner, with Community Health Center of Northeast Oklahoma will present a program “talking with your doctor” at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, at the Grove Senior Citizen Center.

The event is designed to help people learn to communicate with their health care practitioners, in order to take an active role with their health care.

It will include tips on how to get ready for a doctor’s visit, have a successful conversation about health concerns, make decisions together with the doctor and more.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, persons interested may contact Hilliard at 918-257-8029 or

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.

South Grand Lake Chamber

Members of the South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will meet at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 20, at the South Grand Lake Christian Center.

Officials with Ketchum Public Schools will serve as the guest speakers. The meal, which costs $10 per person, will be catered by the Artichoke.

Participants are asked to RSVP by July 17, in order to provide caterers with an accurate head count. For more information, or to RSVP, persons interested may call 918-782-3214 or e-mail

Great Grand Bobber Drop

The eighth annual Great Grand Bobber Drop will take place on Saturday, July 22, on Grand Lake.

The event begins at 8 a.m., as Sam Williams from the Grand Lake Sports Center drops bobbers - from an airplane - down the middle of Grand Lake at Honey Creek, Sail Boat Bridge, Shangri-La, Bernice and Elk River, and everywhere in between.

Participants are encouraged to find bobbers and bring them to the Grand Lake Sports Center at Third and Main, Grove, to see if it is a winner.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-2300 or visit

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.