ONGOING

Grove Tennis Club

Men and women of all ages are invited to take part in the Grove Tennis Club, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.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.

FRI. 12.07

Quilt Guild Christmas

Members of the Grand Lake O' the Cherokees Quilt Guild will host the Christmas potluck gathering at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at the Grove Community Center, 104 West Third, Grove.

Participants are asked to bring their own "special dish" to share. Turkey from Shout N' Sack in Vinita will be provided.

The event will include the installation of new officers for 2019.

SAT. 12.08

Christmas Toy Drive

Members of the Bernice Police Department will host a Christmas toy drive at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Bernice Senior Building, 209 South Broadway in Bernice.

Toys will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under 12 will have the opportunity to choose a toy to take home.

ECC Holiday Movie Matinee

Volunteers from the Grove Early Childhood Center will host an “old fashioned” holiday movie matinee from 10:30 a.m. to approximately noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, at Grove Cinema 6. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m.

Admission is $4, cash only. No big bills are requested. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions will be available.

The movies (participants will pick one to see) last approximately one hour, include: The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas and Beauty and The Beast Enchanted Christmas.

After the movie, children will have a chance to have their picture taken with the Grinch and Cindy Loo Who, for a cost of $5 per photo.

Santa Claus will be available for a visit, and photo session at no additional charge.

All ticket purchases and photos with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will benefit a project - yet to be announced - at the ECC.

For more information, persons interested may contact the ECC at 918-786-3003 ext. 7.

Monthly Community Sing

Volunteers at Grove Assembly of God the monthly gospel sing, at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the church, 29080 South 637 Road (east Highway 10), Grove.

The event will include a mix of gospel and contemporary music. Singers/groups are encouraged to take part. This month's featured singers include The Goulds from southwest Missouri.

A love offering will be received. Nursery care is available.

For more information, persons interested may call Bud Keith at 417-775-4121 or Pastor Tony Wisdom at 918-344-0619.

Second Chance Breakfast & Dessert Auction


The Annual Christmas Breakfast and Holiday Dessert Auction to benefit the Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Grove Community Center, 104 West Third, Grove.

The Holiday Dessert Auction will begin at 9 am.

Tickets are $7 per person and may be purchased from the Second Chance Thrift Shop, 220 E. 3rd Street; Second Chance Pet Rescue shelter office, or via the website at www.doitforthepets.com. Tickets also available the morning of the breakfast at the Community Center.

Jingle Bell 5K Fun Run

The Jingle Bell 5K Fun Run, sponsored by the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Grove Community Center.

Participants are encouraged to wear “Christmas-themed jogging attire” or come dressed as their favorite holiday characters. Prizes will be given out for the best times in the various age groups and the best costumes in each age group.

This is a non-sanctioned, timed race.

Early registration is available until Nov. 27 for only $25 and includes a race t-shirt free with registration. Registrations after Nov. 27 will cost $30 and are available up until 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race. T-shirts, however, will not be available for those participants who register late.

For more information on the event, persons interested may contact Donnie Crain, president of the chamber, at 918-786-9079 or donniecrain.gacc@gmail.com.

Holiday Music on the Community Lawn

A time of holiday music, bluegrass-style, will take place on the Grove Community Center porch beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs, to enjoy a time of music performed by David Bridges with Coyote Hill Bluegrass. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event, persons interested may contact Donnie Crain, president of the chamber, at 918-786-9079 or donniecrain.gacc@gmail.com.

Ugly Sweater Contest

Dig out those "ugly" Christmas sweaters for a chance to win prizes in the second Ugly Sweater Christmas Contest set for 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, on the Grove Community Center porch.

Registration takes place between 5 and 5:15 p.m., with the contest at 5:30 p.m. There's no charge to enter the contest. The winner will receive $20 in chamber bucks, which are redeemable at participating Grove area merchants.

For more information on the event, persons interested may contact Donnie Crain, president of the chamber, at 918-786-9079 or donniecrain.gacc@gmail.com.

One Grand Christmas Drawing

The Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local businesses on a One Grand Christmas giveaway promotion, where one lucky Grove shopper will win $1,000. Shopper can enter at the the following participating businesses through noon, Saturday, Dec. 8:

1909, French Girl Farm, Goodfella’s Pizza, Grand Panache, The Muddy Pearl, INTEGRIS Grove Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop, Jana Jae’s Gallery Southwest, and Tulsa Diamond House.

The One Grand Christmas winner will be drawn at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, just before Grove’s Lighted Christmas Parade. One Grand Christmas is sponsored by BOLT Fiber Optics, Grand Country Pest Control, and Grand Savings Bank.

For more information, persons interested may call the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at 918-786-9079 or look for contest details on the “Shop Grove” Facebook page.

Fairland Christmas Bazaar

The Fairland Christmas Bazaar will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Fairland Fire Department.

The event will include a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring homemade chicken noodles, mashed potatoes, a roll and drink for $5 per person.

Santa will be available for pictures from 1 to 2 p.m. Booths expected to be represented include crafts, a hot chocolate bar, wood decor, boutique items, Fairland apparel and more.

For every $5 a person spends at any booth - including the luncheon - they will receive an entry into the drawing for their choice of a 32 inch TV with DVD player, Pioneer Women Bowls and Accessories or a 7-inch tablet with headset and sleeve.

Booth space remains available. For more information persons interested may contact Tonya Reynolds at 918-848-0636.

Grove Christmas Parade

The Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in downtown Grove.

Entries will be judged on the best use of lights and the best theme, which is Christmas at the Lake. 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. 8, in Jay.

This year's theme is "Christmas around the World." 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.

Fairland Christmas Parade

The Fairland Christmas Parade starts at noon on Saturday, Dec. 8 with the theme of “Downtown Charlie Brown Christmas,” and travels down Fairland's downtown.

A Fairland Christmas Bazaar is also scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec 8. at the Fairland Fire Department the same day as Christmas Parade with crafts, wood work, items for Christmas gifts, etc.

Pictures with Santa will be offered after the parade, and a homemade chicken noodle luncheon, along with drawing for many prizes.

SAT. 12.08 to 12.09

Freezin’ For A Reezin’

Volunteers will stand at the corner of Third and Main, from 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, to 4 p.m.,, Sunday, Dec. 9, to collect items for the Be The Change - Grove Ok non-profit group.

Be The Change helps provide items for people in need and also helps keep the Blessing Boxes in the area filled with items.

Suggested items for donations included toilet paper and paper towels, hygiene items such as shampoo, soaps and deodorants, combs and brushes, shaving cream and razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes, laundry detergent, dish soap, gloves, hats, scarves, travel can openers, socks, lap sized blankets, travel sized kleenex, bibles, draw string backpacks, Ipsy bags for feminine products, and non-perishable (in date) food items.

The event is sponsored by Shoe Sensation in Grove.

SAT. 12.08 to 12.22

Vintage By The Creek

The Vintage By The Creek Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every Saturday in December from now until Dec. 22.

The store features clothing, Christmas decor, home decor and more. Everything in the store is 50 percent off the marked price.

The store is located at 1621 South Broadway, Grove, next door to the Grove Civic Center. For more information, persons interested may call Kim Hacker at 918-791-1849.

TUE. 12.11

Holiday Ukulele Class

Trey from Ernie Williamson Music will host a Holiday Ukulele Class at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Grove Public Library.

Participants can either bring their own ukulele or come early and check one out from the library.

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

WED. 12.12

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. 12, at the Jay Community Center, on Ninth Street, in Jay.

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

WED. 12.12 to 12.19

Advent at Immanuel Lutheran

Advent services at Immanuel Lutheran Church will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12 and 19. The fellowship meal will take place at 6 p.m., with the service at 7 p.m.

The Christmas eve service will take place at 7 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 24.

For more information, persons interested may leave a message (with names and phone number) by calling 918-786-4585.

FRI. 12.14

Reception for Alice T. Weger

Volunteers with the Brush & Palette Gallery will host an artist reception in honor of the group's Honorary Lifetime Member Alice T. Weger, from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at the gallery located at 18 West Fourth Street, Grove.

Light refreshments and entertainment provided.  For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-9698.

SAT. 12.15

Santa Claws at the Library

Santa Claws will be at the Delaware County Library in Jay from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 15.

Participants are encouraged to bring a camera and their a pet to have a picture taken. However no pets are needed to participate.

All pets are welcome, but library officials ask that dogs be on a leash and cats be in a carrier. All pets should be visitor friendly.

The library is located at 429 South Ninth Street, in Jay. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Tuesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday. For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-8521.

Afton Christmas Parade

The Town of Afton's Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Christmas parade at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15. The Christmas parade will start the line up at the Afton Schools.

The parade will travel down Afton's Main Street. Santa will stop at the Afton Fire Barn and at this time children can visit there with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

SUN. 12.16

First UMC Christmas Concert

The Prepare Him Room Christmas concert at First United Methodist Church, Grove, will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, in the church's sanctuary.

The concert features the church's choir, handbell choir and an instrumental ensemble.

The event combines music with scripture readings which celebrate the birth of Jesus in song.

The church is located at 1005 Leisure Road, across the street from Grove Early Elementary School. For more information persons interested may contact the church office at 918-786-5148 or visit www.groveumc.org.

Christmas Carol Sing Along

Sing Christmas carols along with Ron Young and Zeke Daniels at 7 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1909 in Grove.

The event is free, with desert provided by 1909 staff. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for the Christian HELP Center.

For more information, or for dinner reservations prior to the event, persons interested may call 918-801-7518 or email ksampson1909@gmail.com.

MON. 12.17

GLA annual banquet

Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Secretary of State, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Grand Lake Association’s annual banquet.

This year’s event takes place on Monday, Dec. 17, at River Bend Casino and Hotel, 100 Jackpot Drive, Wyandotte. Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.

The event will also include a review of the GLA’s accomplishments for 2018 and a review of the goals for 2019.

For more information, or to RSVP by Saturday, Dec. 1, persons interested may call 918-786-2289, or email jessica@glok.com. Tickets are $35 per person and a table of eight is available for $250.

SUN. 12.23

Candlelight and Communion

The annual Candlelight and Communion service will take place at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, at Foundation Free Will Baptist Church, Grove.

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.

MON. 12.24

Christmas Eve at Immanual Lutheran

The Christmas Eve service at Immanuel Lutheran Church will at 7 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 24. The church is located at 706 Rockwood Drive, Grove.

For more information, persons interested may leave a message (with names and phone number) by calling 918-786-4585.

SUN. 12.30

Movie Night at Foundation

The Star, a story about a small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas, will be shown during the Fifth Sunday Movie Night set for 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, at Foundation Free Will Baptist Church, at the church. The movie is based on a true story.

The event is free and includes popcorn and other refreshments. Refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m., prior to the movie and continue throughout the evening.

Foundation Free Will Baptist Church is located two miles north of Sail Boat Bridge on Highway 59.

For additional information, persons interested may call Pastor Sam Smith at the church office at 918-787-8950.

MON. 12.31 to 01.01

New Year's Eve Skate

A New Year's Eve Skate party will take place from 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31, to 1 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Rocket Skate Plus in Grove.

Cost is $6 for the first two hours of skating, $7.50 for three hours, $9 for four hours, $10.50 for five hours and $12 for all six hours.

Everyone must pay to skate for the amount of time they are at the rink. Parents watching do not have to pay.

The event will hourly prize drawings and free noise makers at midnight. Hats will also be provided.

Rocket Skate Plus is located at 61805 East 315 Road, Grove. For more information, persons interested may call 918-787-8746.

MON. 01.14

Grand Lake Audubon to meet

Mile Davis, wildlife biologist, will present a program "Introduction to the Condor" during the monthly meeting of the Grand Lake Audubon Society at Trinity Baptist Church, Grove.

The meeting is free and open to the public. It takes place at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at the church, located at Fourth and Main, Grove.

For more information, persons interested may visit www.grandlakeaudubonsociety.com.

SAT. 01.19

Grand Lake Audubon Eagle Watch

Members of the Grand Lake Audubon Society will host their annual Eagle Watch on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The carpool will leave at 6 a.m., from the Walmart parking lot behind Rib Crib. Breakfast will purchased by the participant during a stop in Arkansas.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, persons interested may visit www.grandlakeaudubonsociety.com.

MON. 02.11

Grand Lake Audubon to meet

Brandon Brown, biologist and Paddlefish/caviar coordinator, will share information about an international film crew who worked in Oklahoma on a film about the pioneers in ecology, during the monthly meeting of the Grand Lake Audubon Society at Trinity Baptist Church, Grove.

The meeting is free and open to the public. It takes place at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at the church, located at Fourth and Main, Grove.

For more information, persons interested may visit www.grandlakeaudubonsociety.com.

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

ECC Holiday Movie Matinee

Volunteers from the Grove Early Childhood Center will host an “old fashioned” holiday movie matinee from 10:30 a.m. to approximately noon, Saturday, Dec. 8, at Grove Cinema 6. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m.

Admission is $4, cash only. No big bills are requested. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions will be available.

The movies (participants will pick one to see) last approximately one hour, include: The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas and Beauty and The Beast Enchanted Christmas.

After the movie, children will have a chance to have their picture taken with the Grinch and Cindy Loo Who, for a cost of $5 per photo.

Santa Claus will be available for a visit, and photo session at no additional charge.

All ticket purchases and photos with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will benefit a project - yet to be announced - at the ECC.

For more information, persons interested may contact the ECC at 918-786-3003 ext. 7.

Spotlight Event

Jay Christmas Parade

The Jay Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Jay Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, in Jay.

This year's theme is "Christmas around the World." 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.