WED. 12.06

Angel of Hope Ceremony

The annual Angel of Hope Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Lendonwood Gardens in Grove.

It will include music, reading of the statue's history, and an offering of prayers. Participants will be invited to place white flowers, donated by Annie's Garden Gate of Grove, at the base of the statue. Light refreshments will be provided by Lendonwood and Grandwood Assisted Living.

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.

School Board Election

Persons interested in filing as a candidate for Seat #3 for the Jay, Kansas, Colcord, Leach, Mosley and Oaks Public School Board of Education may do so from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Delaware County Election Board office in Jay. Wednesday is the final day for filing for the Feb. 2018 election.

WED. 12.06 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. 12.07

Holiday Spectacular at the Library

Jingles the Elf will bring some Christmas magic and fun to the Grove Public Library during a “holiday spectacular” event starting at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 7.

The event will include a variety of stories featuring toys. The event is free and open to the public. This is designed to be a family event.

The library is located at 1140 NEO Loop, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-2945.

Active shooter safety session

Members of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and Grove Police Department will host a church and business safety session at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, at Trinity Baptist Church.

The event is designed to help officials with churches and businesses be prepared if an active shooter should enter their facility.

For more information, persons interested may contact Grove Police Chief Mark Morris at 918-786-6121 or Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore at 918-253-2700.

FRI. 12.08 to 12.09

Grand Lake Throwdown Tournament

The first Grand Lake Novice Throwdown will take place place on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Grove High School gymnasium.

The event, organized by volunteers with the Grove Takedown Wrestling Club, is open to all novice wrestlers. Deadline to enter is 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, at www.okwa.us. Entry fee is $15 per entry, per division, with checks made out to the GTC. All wrestlers - including no shows - must be paid.

Weigh-in takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, and from 6 to 7:30 a.m., Saturday. Wrestlers must weigh in in a competition singlet.

Divisions 1, 3 and 5 start wrestling at 9 a.m., Saturday, and Divisions 2 and 4 begin at 1 p.m. Floor passes are $20 per pass.

For more information, persons interested may call Alicia Davis at 918-424-3143 or email gtc@grovetakedownclub.com.

FRI. 12.08 to 12.16

Gift wrap fundraiser for CASA

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma/CASA volunteers will host a gift-wrapping session at Shoe Sensation in Grove from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, and from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 and from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at the store.

Donations for the gift wrapping will range in price from $3 for small boxes to $7 for large boxes. Gift bags with tissue filler also will be available for a donation of $4 per bag.

Items do not have to be purchased at Shoe Sensation to participate in the fundraiser. As an added incentive, each gift wrapped will entitle participants to enter a drawing to win a great gift basket. The drawing for the gift basket will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 and participants need not be present to win.

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma, a CASA agency, recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to serve abused and neglected children in Delaware County. CASA volunteers are assigned by a judge to serve as an advocate for children who are involved in dependency court cases. The CASA volunteer gathers information from those who know the child best and acts as the “eyes and ears” for the judge during the child’s time in foster care.

For additional information about the event or CASA, persons interested may call Angela Henderson at 918-637-4129.

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.

Santa in Grove

Santa will visit the Party Station, 2114 South Main, Grove, from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 9.

The event is free. Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive. All toys and monetary donations will used for the Grove Police Department's annual giveaway later this month.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-964-7004.

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 include 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.

TUE. 12.12

Santa to visit FNB Grove

Santa will visit First National Bank from 2 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the bank at 600 South Main, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-7775.

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.

MON. 12.18

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. 18.

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

TUE. 12.19

Christmas Open House

The Christmas Open House, featuring Ginger the Baker Elf, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Grove Public Library.

The event will feature performances by the Grove High School Jazz Band and Show Choir, and cookie decorating. Free books will be given to children and door prizes will be available for adults. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Grove Public Library.

The library is located at 1140 NEO Loop, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-2945.

WED. 12.20

Christmas candlelight at Delaware Baptist

The annual Christmas candlelight service at Delaware Baptist Church will take place at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the church.

The church is located at 35551 South 620 Road, (Highway 10, just north of the Zena/Highway 127 turn), Grove. for more information, persons interested may call 918-786-3504.

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.

Spotlight Event

Gift wrap fundraiser for CASA

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma/CASA volunteers will host a gift-wrapping session at Shoe Sensation in Grove from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, and from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 and from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at the store.

Donations for the gift wrapping will range in price from $3 for small boxes to $7 for large boxes. Gift bags with tissue filler also will be available for a donation of $4 per bag.

Items do not have to be purchased at Shoe Sensation to participate in the fundraiser. As an added incentive, each gift wrapped will entitle participants to enter a drawing to win a great gift basket. The drawing for the gift basket will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16 and participants need not be present to win.

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma, a CASA agency, recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to serve abused and neglected children in Delaware County. CASA volunteers are assigned by a judge to serve as an advocate for children who are involved in dependency court cases. The CASA volunteer gathers information from those who know the child best and acts as the “eyes and ears” for the judge during the child’s time in foster care.

For additional information about the event or CASA, persons interested may call Angela Henderson at 918-637-4129.