WED. 11.29

Christmas Lighting Ceremony

The Jay Christmas Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Jay Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, on the Courthouse Square in Jay.

The event will include singing, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Santa, hot food, cookies and hot chocolate.

The lighting of the Courthouse lights will take place between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m.

For more information, persons interested may contact 918-253-8698.

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 Wednesday, 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.

WED. 11.29 to 12.15

Colcord Light Up The Town

Residents and business owners in Colcord are encouraged to take part in this year's "Light Up The Town" event.

Judging for the best decorated home or business will take place on Friday, Dec. 15. Winners will be announced during the annual Colcord Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 16.

All homes and businesses within the Colcord city limits are encouraged to participate. The event is hosted by the Colcord Chamber of Commerce.

There's no fee to participate. For more information, persons interested may call Connie Amos at 479-238-5079 or Darbi Clark at 479-238-5155.

THU. 11.30

Beef Nutrition Meeting

Earl Ward, area livestock specialist with OSU, will present information on beef nutrition, at a two hour meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 30, at Jim Hollenback's ranch, 18753 County Road 433, Jay.

The event, sponsored by the Delaware County OSU Extension Office. For more information, persons interested may call Gus Holland at 918-253-4332 or email gus.holland@okstate.edu.

FRI. 12.01

Cloverton Hallelujah Christmas

Members of Cloverton will present the Hallelujah Christmas tour at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at COS (Church of the Shepherd), 1600 West Har-Ber Road, Grove.

General admission is $8. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Jeff Lungren Chevrolet, First National Bank, Rustic Rehab, Grove Dental Associates and at COS.

The concert is designed to serve as a benefit Project 7. For more information, persons interested may call 620-506-7312.

Indian Tacos for Carter Rollman

An Indian Taco Benefit, to raise funds for Carter Rollman and his family, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, at the Jay Community Center, 429 South Ninth Street, Jay.

Rollin, 7, is the son of Ryan and Heather Rollman. A kindergartener at Jay Public Schools, he was diagnosed in October with a rare form of cancer, Hemophagocytic Lymphohistocytosis and is undergoing extensive medical treatment.

Dinner, which includes an indian taco, dessert and drink, is $7 per person. Dine in, carry out and delivery are available.

For more information, or to place an order on the day of the event, persons interested may call or text Bonnie Freeman-Flaming at 918-253-7313, or Stacey West-Feather at 918-353-8097. For pre-orders before the event, persons interested may call or text Desiree at 918-837-2429.

FRI. 12.01 to 12.04

22nd Community Give Away

The 22nd Annual "Community Give Away" will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 4, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove.

Donations may be dropped off at the civic center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 and from 9 a.m. till the event start, on Monday, Dec. 4.

For more information, persons interested may call Kathie Benson at 918-801-3132 or OSU Delaware County Extension at 918-253-4332.

SAT. 12.02

Jay Holiday Homes Tour

Members of the Jay Education Foundation will host the annual Holiday Homes tour from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, in Jay.

Tickets are $10 and available at Grand Savings Bank and Arvest Bank in Jay.

Homes on the tour include: Jeanie and Larry Bingham, Brian and Cassie Lane, Spring Valley Ranch, Judy Sturgis, and Chris and Jodi Waeckerle.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Jay Education Foundation scholarship fund for graduating seniors. Buses will be available at Bulldog Arena for those not wanting to drive between the houses. Cookies and cider will also be available at the arena.

For more information, persons interested may contact Lynn Hendren, school counselor, at 918-253-4466 ext. 324.

Christmas open house for kids

Volunteers from Grove's First Baptist Church will host a Christmas Open House for Kids featuring the town of Bethlehem from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, at the church, 501 East 13th Street, Grove.

The event will give families a chance to visit the town of Bethlehem including the bakery, yarn shop, the manger and more.

Then children can go "shop" for their family at the gift shop and have a wrapped gift for their family on Christmas.

The event is free and open to the public. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the memories of the day.

For more information, persons interested may contact the church office at 918-786-4419.

Old Fashioned Christmas

Volunteers at Cayuga-Splitlog Mission will host an event, “An Old Fashioned Christmas” to raise funds for their church renovation project at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at the church.

Some of the activities - like a cake walk - will have a nominal fee. Others, including tours of the church, are free. Donations will be accepted to help with the project.

For more information, persons interested may email Nyta Ward at cayugamissionspeakers@yahoo.com.

SAT. 12.02 to 12.03

Living Nativity

The Ninth Annual Living Nativity at Foundation Free Will Baptist Church will take from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3, at Foundation Free Will Baptist Church.

The two-night event includes free refreshments, live characters, sheep, donkeys and even camels. The entire event is free and open to the public.

The church is located approximately two miles north of Sail Boat Bridge on Highway 59. For more information, persons interested may call the church office at 918-787-8950.

Celebrating a new church home

Members of Trinity Baptist Church will celebrate the congregation’s move to its new location at Fourth and Main on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, with a series of events.

The open house, which includes refreshments, is set for 4 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, followed by a Christmas concert by the Blackwood Brothers at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, the Blackwood Brothers will lead the worship at 10 a.m., in the new sanctuary. A luncheon will follow.

This is the eighth appearance by the Blackwoods in Grove. The events are free and open to the public. The church is located 400 South Main, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-4063.

SUN. 12.03

Christmas Concert at FUMC

Musicians at First United Methodist Church, Grove, will host “The Glory of Christmas: Songs for our Savior,” a Christmas Concert, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, at the church, 1005 Leisure Road, Grove.

It will feature members of the chancel choir, the celebration ringers and an instrumental ensemble. The event is designed to celebrate the wonder of God’s love and the greatest gift of all - Jesus.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-5148.

MON. 12.04

DelCo Quilt group

A new quilting group is now meeting at the Delaware County Library in Jay.

The group, open to anyone regardless of skill levels - including those who are just starting out, to those who want to hone their techniques or learn new ones.

Meetings take place at 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on specified Mondays, at the Delaware County Library on Ninth Street. Scheduled meetings for the remainder of the year include Monday Dec. 4, and Monday Dec. 18.

For more information, persons interested may contact Sherbie Tollefson at 480-229-9509 or sherbiesgt@gmail.com.

TUE. 12.05

Jay Wrestling Kick-Off

The Jay Wrestling program will host several events on Tuesday, Dec. 5, to kick off the 2017-18 wrestling season.

The first includes a pulled pork sandwich sale from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 4:30 to 8 p.m., at Bulldog Arena (dine in, carry out or deliveries are available).

The meal, for $6 includes a sandwich, chips, dessert and a drink.

Elementary through High School wrestling matches will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., at Bulldog Arena. A dessert auction will take place every 20 minutes from 5:20 to 8 p.m.,

For those just wanting to watch wrestling, admission is one box of granola bars or cereal bars.

For more information, or to schedule sandwich deliveries, persons interested may call or text Jeff Stapleton at 918-791-8680 or Izack Wilson at 918-837-0094.

Red Cross Blood Drive in Jay

Volunteer with the American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Jay Community Center, on Ninth Street, in Jay.

For appointments, persons interested may call 918-801-6788 or 1-800-Red-Cross.

SAT. 12.09

Gingerbread Christmas

The Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, in downtown Grove.

Entries will be judged on the best use of lights and the best theme, which is Gingerbread Christmas. All entries will be required to utilize lights. Fees are $10 per entry.

The chamber's float is the only Santa allowed in the parade. No candy may be thrown from the float.

For more information, or to receive a parade entry form, persons interested may call the chamber office at 918-786-9079.

Jay Christmas Parade

The Jay Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Jay Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, in Jay.

The theme is “Home for the Holidays.” As in the past, the Chamber’s float is the only entry, which may include Santa.

Lineup will take place at 1:30 p.m., on First Street near NAPA. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. No entry form or fee is required, however if the entry includes animals, please contact the chamber for additional information.

For more information, persons interested may contact 918-253-8698.

SAT. 12.16

Colcord Christmas Parade

The annual Colcord Christmas Parade will take place at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, in Colcord.

Participants are asked to line up by 5 p.m., at the Community Center - located next to the High School Football Stadium. The parade has a general Christmas theme. Participants are asked to incorporate lights.

There's no fee to participate. Simply show up at the line up. For more information, persons interested may call Connie Amos at 479-238-5079 or Darbi Clark at 479-238-5155.

SUN. 12.31

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Members of the Playmakers will host a New Year’s Eve Celebration, which includes a dance and show, from 8:30 p.m. until after midnight, Sunday, Dec. 31, at the former Moose Lodge, 61951 East 315 Road, Grove.

The event will include a champaign toast, hats, horns, and an hors d’oeuvres buffet. Reservations are $75 per person if ordered by Dec. 30. Tickets at the door will be $85. Tickets for a VIP table for friends or businesses - a minimum of six, up to 12) are $75 per person. Attendees must be 21 years and over.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-8950 or email groveplaymakers@yahoo.com or visit www.groveplaymakers.com.

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 Kay Pickup or Sarah Foreman at 918-253-8542 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.