ONGOING

Grove Tennis Club

Men and women of all ages are invited to take part in the Grove Tennis Club, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Grove Tennis Courts, located in the city's sports complex, near Shundi and 13th Street.

For more information, persons interested may call Barbara Brown Scott at 918-253-4690.

MON. ONGOING

Bluegrass Jam at St. Andrew's

Musicians of all ages are invited to take part in the weekly Bluegrass Jam from 6 to 9 p.m., every Monday, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grove.

All ages and levels of ability are welcome. The event is open to the whole family.

People are encouraged to participate or sit back and listen. Free coffee and water are provided.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is located at 555 East Third Street, Grove. For more information, persons interested may contact Rev. Dr. David L. Bridges at 918-786-4113 or frdavid@standrewsgrove.org.

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.

TUE. ONGOING

Story time at Grove Library

The “Read with Friends” story time program for children ages infant to 5-years-old, now has one meeting time each 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, at the Grove Public Library. More info: Grove Public Library, 918-786-2945.

DayBreak of Grove

DayBreak of Grove, a program for seniors and respite care for caregivers, takes place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday, in the Cedar Oaks RV Park Community Room, 1550 North 83rd Street, Grove. It includes singing, crafts, chair exercises, lunch, games and other activities.

For more information, persons interested may call Christie Hunter at 405-517-3539 or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at 918-786-4113.

Grand Lake Woodcarvers

Members of the Grand Lake Woodcarvers meet each Tuesday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Grove Senior Center, 145 East O'Daniel Parkway, Grove. All levels of experience welcome. Free instruction is available. 

For more information, persons interested may contact Lynn Doughty at 918-314-6514.

WED. ONGOING

Taste of Grace

Taste Of Grace, a free soup outreach ministry, organized by members of Trinity Baptist Church, Grove, will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., every Wednesday, at the church.

The event is designed to provide soup to anyone, no questions asked. No preaching, just "made from scratch soup."

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-4063. Trinity Baptist Church is located at Fourth and Main, Grove.

Mah Jongg Wednesdays

Uptown Girl Mah Jongg at the Grove Senior Center, 1 p.m. every Wednesday. More info, contact Joyce Irving at 918-407-5893.

WED. & SAT. ONGOING

GAMA Farmers' Market

Grove Area Merchants Farmers' Market 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. For more information, contact Cheryl Franklin, market manager, at cfranklin@gatehousemedia.com.

THU. ONGOING

62-plus Club in Langley

Organizers with the Langley Public Library in Langley have begun a “62+ Club” for seniors looking for an afternoon of fun and social engagement.

The club, which meets beginning 1:30 p.m., each Thursday, at the library. It will include games, adult coloring and social engagement, as well as snacks.

For more information, persons interested may call Jeanie Norman at 918-782-4461 or visit www.langleypl.okpls.org.

SAT. ONGOING

Bingo at the American Legion

Members of Grove’s American Legion Qualate-Pritchard Post 178 will begin hosting bingo at 6 p.m., on Saturdays, at the American Legion building located at 114 Broadway at the corner of O'Daniel Parkway and Broadway.

The family-friendly event is open to people of all ages. It will be smoke, alcohol and drug free. A concession will be available with soda, water, tea, coffee, popcorn, nachos, chips, candy bars and other snacks.

Payouts will be in cash, with the prize amounts depending upon the number of packets being played. Participants are asked to arrive early to purchase packets as bingo will start promptly at 6 p.m.

For more information, persons interested may contact Le Cathey at 918-786-9860.

The Wild Eats at Bernice Nature Center

Every Saturday, at 1 p.m., (from April to October) the staff at the Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Nature Center hosts a "Wild Eats" where park staff feed the park animals for the public.

The event is designed to let participants learn how and what food animals eat, along with why a proper diet is required for all living things.

The center is located at 54101 Highway 85A, Bernice. For more information, persons interested may contact Amanda Wiley, park naturalist, at 918-257-8330, email amanda.wiley@travelok.com or visit www.travelok.com.

Story time on Monkey Island

The story time at the J. Weber Lending Library on Monkey Island will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month, at the Port of Entry shopping center, just south of the intersection of Highway 125 and 85A, going towards Monkey Island.

The event will include a story time read by Joyce Weber, retired teacher and librarian, along with a craft related to the stories. For more information, persons interested may call 918-694-4518.

TUE. 10.16

Grove JOM Elections

Members of the Grove Public Schools Johnson O'Malley parent committee will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Grove Public Schools Administration Office, 310 South Broadway, Grove.

The purpose of the meeting is to appoint persons for two vacancies on the committee, elect JOM Parent Committee officers, discuss and possible vote to revise meeting dates for 2018-19 school year, and to discuss with possible vote to approve a budget revision. Parents of Native American students attending Grove Public Schools may attend.

For more information, persons interested may call Cindy Weaver at 918-786-3003 ext. 1107 or email cweaver@ridgerunners.net.

Caring Hands Luncheon

The Caring Hands Luncheon, to benefit the Grove Safe House and the Community Crisis Center, will take place at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at First United Methodist Church in Grove, 1005 Leisure Road, Grove. The safe house is part of the Community Crisis Center's outreach.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by Friday, Oct. 12. Grove Police Chief Mark Morris will serve as the keynote speaker. It will also include the meal and art on display. A selection of “Incredible Edibles” will also be available for purchase.

For more information, persons interested may contact 918-253-3939 or visit www.getmeout.org. Tickets are also available at the Community Crisis Center office in Jay, or at East Chiropractic Health and Rehab in Grove.

WED. 10.17

Kansas Stakeholders Meeting

Members of the Kansas Public Schools District will host a Stakeholders Consultation meeting at at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Kansas Superintendent’s Board Room located at the Kansas High School, 700 N. Woods Ave. Kansas.

The meeting is to comply with the Title IV requirements under the Open Meetings Act.

For more information, persons interested may contact Tammie Bowman, Safe Schools Coordinator at 918-868-3254 or bowmant@kansasps.com.

JOM Meeting in Kansas

Members of the Kansas Public Schools' JOM Program will host the annual parent committee election process for the fiscal year 2019, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Kansas Elementary Cafeteria.

The meeting will allow parents of JOM eligible children the opportunity to get involved in the development of the JOM programs offered at Kansas Public Schools.

To serve on the JOM IEC, a person must be the parent or guardian of a JOM verified child. School board members or spouses of a school employees or spouses can not serve on the committee.

For more information, persons interested may contact Tammie Bowman at 918-868-3254 or bowmant@kansasps.com.

Colcord JOM Elections

Parents of eligible JOM (Johnson O'Malley) students will host an election for the JOM Indian Education Committee at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Colcord Middle School in Misty Ziebarth's Classroom.

To serve on the JOM IEC, a person must be a parent or guardian of a JOM verified student. School board members, school employees or their spouses may not serve on the committee.

For more information, persons interested may call Rem Rogers at 918-326-4107 ext. 322 or rrogers@colcordschools.com.

SAT. 10.20

Walking with Angels

The Walking With Angels walkathon, for the Heavenly Angels House, Inc., will take place at 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the walking trails of Har-Ber Village in Grove.

The event is designed to benefit the organization’s building fund.

The Heavenly Angels House, Inc. is a non-profit organization which strives to provide compassionate care and a loving home to dying/terminally ill individuals in need. The services provided by the staff allows those with life-limiting illnesses in their final months of life to pass with dignity when the option to die at home is not possible.

For more information, or to sign up for the walkathon, persons interested may call 620-717-1161, email hangelshouse@yahoo.com or visit www.heavenlyangelshouse.org.

Annual Owl Watch

Members of the Grand Lake Audubon Society will host the annual Owl Watch on Monday, Oct. 20, at Har-Ber Village in Grove.

Participants are asked to bring a covered dish to share. A carpool will leave from the parking lot behind Rib Crib at 5:15 p.m.

For more information, persons interested may contact Frank Houck at 918-787-6532 or visit www.grandlakeaudubonsociety.com.

Bluegrass in Bernice

Volunteers at Bernice Baptist Church in Bernice will host the River Ridge Bluegrass Association on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the church on Highway 85A in Bernice.

The concerts include Joey Lair and Company at 6 p.m., and Workman Bluegrass at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Food will be ready at 5 p.m., with the music starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $5/donation per person. A concession stand will be available.

Jay Fall Fest

Volunteers from the City of Jay will host a Fall Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, on the Delaware County Courthouse lawn.

The event will include music, food trucks, lawn games, bounce houses, face painting, vendors, and more. The event will be free and open to the public.

Vendors ranging from arts and crafts, home goods, bath and body products, clothing and jewelry are encouraged to attend.

For more information, or to reserve a vendor space, persons interested may contact Camrine Thompson at 918-253-4148 or 918-705-1898, or email cityofjay4@gmail.com. Applications may also be found at the Jay City Hall during normal business hours, or via the Google Form on the City of Jay/Jay Utilities Authority Facebook page.

Zena Fall Fest

Volunteers with Zena Baptist Church and the Zena Community Center will host the Zena Fall Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the community center in Zena.

The event will include an assortment of activities including a car show, bounce houses and games for children, a hot pepper and pie eating contest, a root beer and Mt. Dew chugging contest, a pumpkin carving contest and more.

A bicycle ride fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity will start at 8 a.m.

The car show will take place with registration from 10 a.m. to noon, judging from noon to 1:30 p.m., and awards at 2 p.m.

Entries submitted before Oct. 18, are $10, day of show registration is $15. Multiple classes are available. Dash plaques are available for the first 30 entries.

Contests,including pumpkin carving, pie eating, root beer chugg off, Mt. Dew chugg off, and the hot pepper eating contest will take place between 11 a.m. and noon.

Bounce houses and games will be available for the children in attendance.

Concessions will be available throughout the day. The evening events will include a community hot dog roast at 5:30 p.m., followed by a hay ride.

The community center is located at 36187 South 575 Road, Jay. For more information, persons interested may contact Rick Thomas, pastor of Zena Baptist Church, at 918-314-1218 or rileth63@gmail.com, or visit zenafallfest.weebly.com.

Grove Springs Cultural District Art Festival

The second Grove Springs Cultural District Art Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Grove Community Center, in Grove.

Visual artists from the Grand Lake region are encouraged to set up booths inside the Community Center, Rooms 6 and 7, or in downtown participating businesses.

Booths in the Community Center are available for only $25 per 8 by 10-foot booth.

Applications may be obtained from the organization's Facebook page and locally at the Brush & Palette Club, Wed. through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Heart & Soul Gallery, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with applications in the mail slot after hours; Redemption Implements, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday; Gallery Southwest, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday; and the Grove Public Library during business hours.

Businesses in the cultural district, essentially Grove’s downtown area, who wish to sponsor an artist in or in front of their business during the festival should contact Suzanne Boles at 918-786-5871 for inclusion in future promotions.

Businesses outside the designated district are encouraged to find ways to support the arts that day as well.

A program on the ever growing popularity of Barn Quilts will be presented at 1 p.m., in room 4 of the community center, by Recia Garcia and Lynda Latta, OSU Extension Educators.

A special contest for students with art entries made from recyclable plastic is in the planning stage. Information on this contest will be available after October 1 at the Grove Public Library. Students are encouraged to explore websites with such searches as ‘kids art made from recyclable plastic” and “earth day art projects with recycled materials.”

For more information, or to submit a visual artist application, persons interested may leave a message at 918-786-5871.

Church of Christ Fall Carnival

Volunteers with Grove Church of Christ will host a fall carnival, complete with games and bounce houses, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the church, 1001 South Grand, Grove.

It will include hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate and more.

For more information, contact the church office at 918-786-2495.

SUN. 10.21

Walk for Life

The annual Abundant Blessing Center Walk for Life will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, 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 $23 (plus a $2.50 signup fee for online registration) per person for the timed 5K, $15 for a one-mile fun run. Persons interested may register by Oct. 4, in order to receive a t-shirt on the day of the race. Online registration ends at midnight on Oct. 20.

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

SUN. 10.21 to 11.18

VFW Turkey Shoot

The annual turkey shoot at the Grove VFW Post 8380 will take place beginning at 11 a.m., on Sundays, now until Sunday, Nov. 18.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. The shoot is $2 per shot and $1 for splatter shots. Auxiliary shack will be open for refreshments.

Proceeds will benefit the Veterans Relief Fund. More information: 918-786-2375.

MON. 10.22 to 11.05

Seamanship Course set for Grand Lake

A seamanship course, presented by members of the Grand Lake Power Squadron, will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, Thursday, Oct. 25, Monday, Oct. 29, Thursday, Nov. 1, and Monday, Nov. 5, at the Grand Lake Visitors Center on Highway 59.

The course presents material applicable to both power and sail, covering such topics as the construction and functioning of a boat, the skipper’s responsibilities, preparing the boat for use, handling and maneuvering a vessel under various conditions in close quarters and on the open water, rules of the road, anchoring, emergencies, and marlinespike/basic knots. This course in addition to classroom instruction also includes actual hands-on on-the-water training where the students are shown how to handle a boat in tight situations, emergency maneuvers, as well as docking/undocking practice and other hands-on maneuvering techniques.

Cost is $64 per student, payable at the first class. For more information, persons interested may call Roger Zinn at 918-676-3254 or email rogerzinn601@yahoo.com.

THU. 10.25

Lighthouse Pregnancy Annual Dinner

Let's Gather Together is the theme for the benefit dinner to support the ministry of Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Jay.

The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m., at the RFC Event Center. 

Cost is $35 for individuals and $250 for a table of 8. Lakita Garth is the guest speaker. The event will also include a silent auction and a chocolate bar for $5.

For more information, or to purchase a ticket, persons interested may call 918-837-1686.

FRI. 10.26 to 10.27

Thrill Camp Spook Trail

Volunteers at the Grand Lake State Park - Bernice will host the Thrill Camp Spook Trail 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, at the nature trail.

Participants are encouraged to wear good walking shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. Watch the park’s Facebook page in the event of inclement weather for possible closures.

Entry fee is $5, and proceeds will benefit the park’s trail improvement project. Concessions will also be available.

For more information, persons interested may visit the park’s Facebook page by searching “Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area.”

SAT. 10.27

Trick or Treat in Grove

Volunteers at area businesses will host a trick or treat in downtown Grove from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.

Children of all ages can trick or treat at participating merchants throughout the time period. No purchase necessary.

Punkin Chunkin in Vinita

Members of the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Fourth Annual Route 66 Punkin Chunkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 27, at John's Tractor Works, 444934 U.S. Highway 60/66, in Vinita.

Air cannons, catapults, and trebuchets (among other machines) will all be found on the firing line at this year’s festival.

Categories will include youth, amateur, professional, and air cannon, meaning multiple teams will proudly get to call themselves chunker champions. The event is a great opportunity for kids of all ages to build something with their hands and engage in some friendly competition.

The Punkin Chunkin is more than a high-flying competition. It’s a festival including food trucks, arts and crafts, and live music. A new feature this year is a Dutch oven cooking competition.

Free activities for the kids include pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and more. Gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $5. Children four and under are free. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

For more information, persons interested may visit www.vinita.com/events or call 918-256-7133.

Costume Skate in Grove

The staff at Rocket Skating will host the Third Annual Costume Skate from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the rink, 61805 East 315 Road, Grove. Cost is $5 for the first two hours, $1.50 for each consecutive hour.

The costume contest will take place at 9 p.m. Normal dress code rules apply. For safety reasons no masks may be worn or accessories carried onto the skate floor. Kid friendly costumes are requested.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-787-8746.

Camp'r Treat at Natural Falls

The annual Camp'r Treat at Natural Falls State Park will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at the campground, located off Highway 412 west of West Siloam Springs.

It will include games, fun and trick or treating in the camp. For more information, persons interested may call 918-422-5802.

SAT. 10.27 to 10.31

Peacock 'Spook' Zone

Members of the Jay Fighting Peacocks Special Olympics Team will host a "spook" zone Saturday, Oct. 27 to Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the old Court Yard Printing location, southside of the Delaware County Courthouse square, 305 South Sixth Street, Jay.

The zone is open beginning at dark and continue throughout the evening on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (closed on Sunday). Cost is $5 per person. No refunds.

For more information, persons interested may call Alicia Jory at 918-801-8139 or Shawna Foreman at 918-801-3664.

SUN. 10.28

Trails & Treats at Foundation

Members of Foundation Free Will Baptist Church will host a "Trails and Treats" event at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, at the church located two miles north of Sail Boat Bridge on Highway 59.

The event will follow the evening church service at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Costumes are encouraged. 

WED. 10.31

Trunk-O-Ween in Colcord

Members of the Colcord FFA Chapter and Orchard View Church are teaming up to host "Trunk-O-Ween" at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Colcord.

The event will include candy, games and more. 

Fall Carnival at Life Point

Members of Life Point Church in Kansas will host a fall carnival beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the church in Kansas. 

The event will include games, indoor bounce houses, dark maze,prizes and candy. The event is free and open to the public.

First Baptist Tractors and Treat

Volunteers at Grove's First Baptist Church will host a Tractors and Treets event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (or when candy runs out), on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the church.

The event will include candy, games, hayrides and more.

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

Immanuel Lutheran Trunk or Treat

Members of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Grove will host a trunk or treat event from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the church, 706 Rockwood Drive, Grove.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-4585.

Trunk-or-Treat in Spavinaw

Volunteers with the police and fire department will host the annual Trunk-or-Treat on Main Street in Spavinaw beginning at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.

For more information, persons interested may call Amanda Miller at 918-864-7382.

Spook Show at Aarons

The staff of Aaron's will host a "Spook Showl" from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the store at 596 West 39th Street, Grove.

The event will include food, refreshments, games and prizes. A costume contest will take place.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-7626.

Trunk or Treat in Jay

The annual Trunk or Treat for the City of Jay will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, around the Delaware County Courthouse Square in Jay.

Note: the date has been changed from Saturday, Oct. 27, so the event will fall on Halloween.

It will include a costume contest, games, candy, prizes, family and fun. Volunteers are needed to set up "trunks" or to donate candy.

A google form (follow the link on the Trunk or Treat event) is available online at the City of Jay/Jay Utilities Authority Facebook page or contact Camrine Thompson at 918-705-1898 or cityofjay4@gmail.com.

Hallelujah Party

Volunteers with Cornerstone Church will host the 29th Annual Hallelujah Party from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove.

The event, which is free and open to the public, draws in more than 2,000 people each year. It will include more than 50 games, with candy provided at each game for children 12 and under, prize drawings, a food court and periodic live entertainment.

Participants are encouraged to attend in costume, but are asked to refrain from ghoulish or evil costumes.

Volunteers from several other community churches will also participate in the event.

For more information, persons interested may call Tracy Anderson at 918-786-6164.

SAT. 11.03

DCCSAN Winterset

Winterst, the annual fundraiser for the Delaware County Children's Special Advocacy Network, will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3.

Tickets will be available for purchase at area banks or by calling the center later this fall.

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.

Spotlight Event

Have an event taking place around Grove and Grand Lake and want to share it with our readers? Email your events (the who, what, when, where, why and how), along with a good contact name and phone number, to news@grovesun.com. Put "Sunspots" in the subject line. Have a question? Call 918-786-2228. There is no charge for the Sunspots.

Spotlight Event

VFW Turkey Shoot

The annual turkey shoot at the Grove VFW Post 8380 will take place beginning at 11 a.m., on Sundays, now until Sunday, Nov. 18.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. The shoot is $2 per shot and $1 for splatter shots. Auxiliary shack will be open for refreshments.

Proceeds will benefit the Veterans Relief Fund. More information: 918-786-2375.