THU. 04.25 to 04.26

Church Yard Sale

Volunteers with First Assembly of God, Grove, will host the annual spring indoor church yard sale, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, at the church 2980 South 637 Road (east of downtown on Highway 10). For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-8778.

FRI. 04.26 to 04.28

Grand Lake Youth Art Show

The annual Grand Lake Youth Art Show will take place Friday to Sunday, April 26 to 28, at the Grove Community Center.

The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Refreshments will be served from 2 to 6 p.m., on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by members of the Grove Springs Cultural District, the Brush and Palette Art Gallery, in partnership with Grand Lake area schools and businesses.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-786-9698.

SAT. 04.27

Ministry to Step-Families

Blended & Blessed, a ministry for those with step-children and / or step-parents will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Foundation Free Will Baptist Church.

The event costs $5 per couple, lunch is included. It includes a simulcast featuring exports discussing what people can do to have a healthy stepfamily marriage. It's designed to provide encouragement and inspiration for parents and grandparents, alike.

The church is located two miles north of Sail Boat Bridge, on Highway 59, just past the Ottawa/Delaware county line.

For more information, or to register, persons interested may call Karen Arthur at 402-212-0295 or email jonkarenarthur@yahoo.com. Childcare will be provided upon request.

FRI. 05.03

Trunk show at Quilt Guild

Teresa Marler, a quilter who has had several quilts accepted into the Houston Quilt show, will present a trunk show at 10 a.m., Friday, May 3, at the Grand Lake o' The Cherokees Quilt Guild meeting.

The meeting is open to the public. Yearly guild membership is $20.

The quilt guild meets at 10 a.m., the first Friday of each month at the Grove Community Center.

For more information, persons interested may visit the guild's website at www.glocquiltguild.org.

SAT. 05.04

Southwest City Old Timers Day

The Southwest City Old Timer's Day will take place beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, in downtown Southwest City.

The event will include:

• 7 a.m. - Fireman's Pancake breakfast at Full Gospel Church

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Vendors - Main Street/Library

• 10 a.m. - Civil War Reenactment - Blankenship Park

• 10:30 a.m. to noon - Bingo

• 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Zeke Daniels - Free Concert - Main Street/Library

• Noon - $100 cash drawing - Main Street/Library

• 12:30 p.m. - Old Timer's Parade - Main Street

• 1:30 to 3 p.m. - Jason Young Band - Free Concert - Main Street/Library

• 1:30 p.m. - Pie Eating Contest - Main Street/Library

• 2 p.m. - Free $200 Cash Drawing - Main Street/Library

• 2:30 p.m. - Ugly Feet Contest - Main Street/Library

• 3 p.m. - $500 cash drawing - Main Street/Library

The annual Old Timer's Rodeo will take place at 8 p.m., Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, at the SWC Rodeo Arena.

For more information or to register for the Outhouse Races, persons interested may contact Tammi Martin at 417-762-3527. To reserve a space for crafters/vendors (free with registration) contact Jodi Huston at 417-456-2961. For more information about the festival, contact Cheryl Wetzel at 417-762-3772.

Spring Fling at Produce & Posies

Officials with Produce & Posies will host a spring fling from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the garden 13941 East 380 Road, Jay.

The event will include vendors. It takes place rain or shine. For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-6401.

WED. 05.08

AARP Driver Safety Program

Local classes for the AARP Driver Safety Program will take place once a month, now until 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, May 8, Aug. 28, Sept. 11, Oct. 23, and Nov. 19; and Saturday, June 15 and Dec. 14.

For more information, or to learn the time and location of an individual class, persons interested may call Frank Houck at 918-787-6532 or 918-801-5766.

THU. 05.16

Hymn Sing in Grove

Gerald Wolfe's Gospel Music Hymn Sing will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Grove's First Baptist Church, Grove.

Tickets are $20 in advance for reserved seating, or $15 for advance general seating. Students 16 and under are free. Tickets on the day of the event are $25 and $20, respectively.

An offering will be taken for the Gospel Music Hymn Sing Foundation. For more information persons interested may call 417-236-9090 or 918-786-4419. The church is located at 501 East 13th Street Grove.

FRI. 05.31 to 06.01

Toes in Grand Summer Kickoff Festival

Officials with the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau will host the second "Toes in Grand" Summer Kickoff Festival, on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, at Wolf Creek Park in Grove.

The event will feature performances by Greg Dragoo and the Blond Stranger Band on Friday, and The COPA Reefer Band and Parrotville on Saturday.

Saturday evening will include a fireworks show. Other items will be announced closer to the festival dates.

For more information, persons interested may contact Donnie Crain, president, Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at www.groveok.org or 918-786-9079.

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.

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.