WED. 07.19

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

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.

Blood Drive in Grove

Volunteers with the VFW Auxiliary Grove/Bernice will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 20, at the Grove Community Center, 104 West Third, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 1-800-733-2767.

FRI. 07.21 to 07.22

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.

Remaining performances are set for 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22.

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.

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 or 517-990-2051.

SAT. 07.22

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

TUE. 07.25

Christmas in July Sale

Volunteers with the INTEGRIS Grove Hospital Auxiliary will host the annual Christmas in July Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, at the hospital atrium.

At least 10 vendors, from the Grove region, will exhibit a variety of crafts including stained glass, woodworking, handmade jewelry, floral wreaths, yarn art, stationary, soaps and more.

Proceeds from the event benefit programs sponsored by the auxiliary.

SAT. 08.05

Veterans Bowling Event

Officials with Thunderbowl Lanes of Grove will host a free, open bowling for all veterans and their families, from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at Thunderbowl Lanes, 28300 South 620 Road (Cherokee Street), Grove.

The event is sponsored by the American Legion, VFW, DAV and the Spavinaw Youth & Neighborhood Center. Concessions will be available.

For more information, persons interested may call Rusty Henson at 918-213-5282 or Debra Bowers at 479-721-9121.

SAT. 08.12

Jay Cruise Night

The annual Jay Cruise Night will take place from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12, in Jay. The event will include entertainment, drawings, a poker run, a 50/50 pot and more.

For more information, persons interested may call the chamber office at 918-253-8698 or visit

THU. 08.17

Kansas Schools returns on Aug. 17

A full day of classes will take place on Thursday, Aug. 17, for students pre-k to 12th grade within the Kansas School District. Buses will run the regular routes, arriving at school by 8 a.m.

Students who did not attend Kansas schools during the 2016-17 school year, must pre-enroll from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday to Friday, Aug. 1 to 4. To enroll in pre-k, a student must be at least 4-years-old by Sept. 1. In order to enroll in kindergarten, a student must be 5-years-old by Sept. 1.

All students enrolling must have an official birth certificate, immunization records, social security card and CDIB card (if applicable) at the time of enrollment.

Pre-k and kindergarteners must have the following vaccinations: (Pre-K) four DTP, three Polio, one MMR, three Hepatitis B, two Hepatitis A, and one Varicella; (kindergarten) five DTP, four polio, two MMR, three Hepatitis B, two Hepatitis A, and one Varicella.

All students entering seventh and eighth grade must provide documentation of the following vaccinations: three doses of Hepatitis B, two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine and one T-dap booster.

Students interested in the Proficiency Based Test may take it at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1, with pre-registration completed by Thursday, July 27.

Students are reminded, no roller backpacks are allowed within the Kansas Public School System.

SAT. 10.01

Jay Sprint Duathlon & 5K

The 2017 Jay Sprint Duathlon and 5K will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, at the J.B. Earp Stadium in Jay.


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.

A Gathering of Vets

A Gathering of Vets takes place at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the CLC Building at First Baptist Church, 503 North Fourth Street, Jay. Food will be available until it runs out.

The event is open to the public. For more information, persons interested may contact Mary McQuoid at 918-801-6099. 

Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Jay Community Chapel, Seventh and Krause, Jay is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the third Tuesday and Wednesday. It covers the entire Jay School District. For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-4334 or 918-253-7447 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

City of Jay

Officials with the City of Jay will test tornado sirens at noon on the first Wednesday of every month.

Jay Fire Department

Officials with the City of Jay offers Jay Fire Department memberships for anyone living outside Jay city limits and needing one for home insurance purposes.

The cost is $50 a year and is based upon a schedule. For more information, or to purchase a membership, persons interested may contact the Jay city clerk at 918-253-4148 or Jay City Hall at 918-253-4307.

AA and NA Meetings in Colcord

Struggling with addiction? Nothing works? Try a God centered solution Colcord Sunday evening Recovery meets 5 p.m. at the East (back) entrance, Colcord First Baptist Church. Colcord Tuesday night Alcoholics Anonymous, First Baptist Church basement at 7 p.m.

Open meeting. All beliefs and denominations welcome. Colcord Friday night Narcotics Anonymous meeting at 7 p.m., 538 East Main, Colcord, basement entrance.

NA Meetings in Jay

The Last Chance Group, which helps those dealing with narcotics addiction, meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays every week.

Meetings take place in the Jay Senior Citizens Center at 816 South Main Street in Jay. For more information, persons interested may contact Jesse Stroud at 918-964-0609.

Talbot Library & Museum House

Talbot Library & Museum House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday located at 500 South Colcord Avenue. Closed holidays. For more information or group tours, persons interested may call 918-326-4532.

Free Eye Exam of Glasses

The Jay Lions Club is offering free eye exam or glasses. To qualify, a person must be income eligible and carry no insurance. For more information, persons interested may call Marsha Moore at 918-253-4511 for an application.

Addiction Support Group

Red Willow Counseling Services and Calvary Baptist Church are sponsoring an “Addictions Support Group” at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday. The group meets at Calvary Baptist Church, 7727 Cedar Drive in West Siloam Springs.

The group is open to recovering addicts and their families. Calvary Baptist Church is located on Old Highway 33 (Cedar Drive), between White Oak Road and Moseley School Road, in West Siloam Springs. For more information, persons interested may contact Calvary Baptist Church at 918-422-5922 or

Faith Mission Church Mission

The Faith Mission Church mission is open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. It offers free clothes, shoes, coats and toys. Donations are welcome.

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

Narcotic Anonymous Meetings take place at noon on Monday, 7 p.m., on Tuesday, noon on Thursday, and 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Jay Senior Center, 816 South Main, Jay. For more information, persons interested may call 918-521-8914.