WED. 08.23

Back to School Bash

The annual Back to School bash will take place beginning at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Cornerstone Church in Grove.

The event will begin with games and activities at 5 p.m., on the church parking lot, with burgers hitting the grill starting at 5:30 p.m.

The church is located at 501 South Main, Grove.

FRI. 08.25

Preacher & Travelers in Concert

Nashville Recording Artists Preacher & Travelers will perform a country gospel concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 25, at the Jay Community Center, 429 South Ninth Street in Jay.

For more information, persons interested may call Patrick Quick at 918-864-7126 or email cqtravelers@yahoo.com.

SAT. 08.26

Guns & Hoses Blood Drive

The Sixth Annual Guns & Hoses Blood Drive, sponsored by The Grove Sun, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Grove Community Center, 104 West Third, Grove.

The event pits the "Guns" (law enforcement) against the "Hoses" (fire fighters). Fire fighters have won the competition the last two years.

The drive is organized by the Oklahoma Blood Institute, which is the primary blood product supplier for INTEGRIS Grove Hospital. All donors will receive a t-shirt and two tickets to the Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park.

For more information or to make an appointment, persons interested may contact Samantha Edwards at 918-786-2228 or call 877-340-8777.

SUN. 08.27

Gospel & Giggles in Grove

A joint concert, billed as "Gospel & Giggles" will take place at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 27, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grove.

The event pairs the piano stylings of Terry Jordan with the comedic tenor of Patti Beth Anderson.

The event, which includes a finger-food reception, as well as a meet-and-greet photo opportunity, costs $35 per person. Reservations are advised.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-4113.

TUE. 08.29

Movie night in Jay

Volunteers at the Delaware County Library in Jay will host a free movie screening at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the library.

The movie, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be shown. Free popcorn will be provided.

The library is located at 429 South Ninth, Jay. For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-8521.

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.

FRI. 09.01 to 09.03

Jana Jae Fiddle Camp

Volunteers from Grand Lake Festivals in Grove will host the annual Jana Jae Fiddle Camp Friday, Sept. 1, to Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Grove Civic Center and Snider's Camp.

The event kicks off with a BBQ dinner and jam session at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1, at Snider's Camp. Cost is $8 per plate, with participants encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Saturday and Sunday’s events include registration at 9 a.m., group sessions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all at the civic center.

Saturday's evening events include a fish fry at 6:30 p.m., at Snider's Camp. The fish fry, at $8 per plate, will also feature amateur fiddle contest and special entertainment.

On Sunday, evening, following the day’s workshops, an informal “picking’ party” and jam session will continue at Snider’s camp.

The event is not just for fiddlers, those playing violin, viola, cello, mandolin, guitar, bass and other string and rhythm instruments are included, and the workshop is open to participants regardless of age or prior experience.

Anyone who plays the guitar or wants to learn to play the guitar may sign up to participate in this weekend with Jim Garling who will be instructing guitar workshop the entire weekend!!

Admission is free to all events. Fees are charged for the workshops and classes. To register for the workshops, persons interested may call 918-786-8896 or visit www.grandlakefestivals.com.

SUN. 09.03

GHS Alumni Reunion

The Grove High School Alumni Reunion will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Grove Middle School Auditorium.

All former graduates of Grove High School are invited to attend. It will include refreshments and entertainment. This year's event is hosted by the class of 1967. All former students, teachers, and school employees are invited to attend.

For more information, persons interested may call LouAnn Crowder at 918-541-7901.

Monkey Island Fireworks

The annual fireworks display at Monkey Island will take place on Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Grand Lake Regional Airport on Monkey Island. The event was rescheduled from the Fourth of July weekend because of rain.

The show will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. 3-D glasses will be available for sale for the fireworks show.

Dennis Jernigan in concert

Worship artist, songwriter and author, Dennis Jernigan, will be in concert at 10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 3, at Lake Center Baptist Church.

The event is designed as a community-wide praise and worship celebration. It’s free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken to defy expenses.

Jernigan has written numerous songs and released more than 20 full-length cd’s. His most recent work is entitled Days of Awe.

Jernigan and his wife, Melinda, have been married for 30 years. They have nine children and make their home in Muskogee.

The church is located at 29020 South Highway 125, on the edge of Monkey Island. For more information, persons interested may contact 918-257-5202, office@lakecenterbaptist.com or http://lakecenter.church.

SAT. 09.16

REC Day

REC Day, known as Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting, takes place this year on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove.

Events begin at 8 a.m., with free donuts and coffee, and arts and crafts booths, on the civic center parking lot.

Inside the civic center, participants will register for the meeting, vote for representatives and visit a variety of vendors.

The event will also include both indoor and outdoor entertainment, an outdoor kidzone, complete with games, prizes, and student registration for computer drawings.

Registration is open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Grove Civic Center. Participants do not have to be present to win most of the door prizes.

Beth Moore Simulcast

Volunteers at First United Methodist Church, Grove, will host a Beth Moore Simulcast, Captivated, the Wonder of Christ on the Winding Road, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at the church.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $20, which includes lunch, snack, childcare and door prizes. Free childcare is available, with pre-registration for students 6 months to 10 years.

Tickets may be purchased online at groveumc.org, the church office, or Trench Brothers Graphics and Sissy's Place, both in Grove.

The church is located at 1005 Leisure Road, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-5148 or Karen Swenson at ksdiamond310@sbcglobal.net or 918-964-0900.

Paper the town with Art

Paper the town with art, an arts festival sponsored by members of the Grove Springs Cultural District, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, throughout the downtown area and at satellite locations within Grove.

The event is designed to serve as a chance for artist - visual and performing alike - to showcase their work.

For more information, persons interested may contact 918-786-5871.

Blackwood Brothers in Concert

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, an award-winning gospel music group, will perform at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, at Trinity Baptist Church, Grove.

This is the seventh appearance by the Blackwoods in Grove.

The event is free and open to the public. The church is located at 206 Elk St, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-4063.

SAT. 09.16 to 10.29

Right Choices Corn Maze

The staff of the Right Choices Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch will hold its half price opening weekends on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, at the maze near Southwest City, Mo.

The corn maze and pumpkin patch is open from Saturday, Sept. 16, to Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1161 Manning Road, Southwest City, Mo.

For more information, persons interested may visit http://www.rightchoicescornmaze.com or call 417-762-3695.

SUN. 09.24

Walk for Life

The annual Abundant Blessing Center Walk for Life will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, starting at the Grove Sports Complex.

A timed 5K, it is open to both runners and walkers. It also includes a one-mile fun run/walk.

Cost is $25 per person for the timed 5K, $20 for a one-mile fun run. Persons interested may register by Sept. 10, in order to receive a t-shirt on the day of the race. After Sept. 10, registration for the 5K increases to $30.

For more information, to see a route map, or to signup online, persons interested may visit https://runsignup.com/race/ok/grove/abcwalkforlife.

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.

THU. 10.05

Building 429 in concert

Building 429, with Josh Wilson and Chris August will be in concert on Thursday, Oct. 5, at Grove's First Baptist Church in Grove.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for artist circle. Tickets are available at the church office or online at itickets.com.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-4419. The church is located at 501 East 13th Street, Grove.

SAT. 11.11

DCCSAN Winterset

Winterst, the annual fundraiser for the Delaware County Children's Special Advocacy Network, will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Robinett Event Center in Jay.

Tickets will be available for purchase at area banks or by calling the center. This year's theme is "The Roaring 20s." Period clothing or semi-formal dress is encouraged.

Proceeds from the event, which also includes a live and silent auction, helps fund DCCSAN programing, which includes assisting in child abuse investigations and providing counseling, advocacy and court preparation for the children in our county that have been victims of abuse.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-4539.

ONGOING

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.

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 offers 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 calvary000@centurytel.net.

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.