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Things to Do

January 17, 2013

THINGS TO DO — Events 01.16.13

THOMAS-FOREMAN HISTORIC HOME TOURS, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for students. Information: (918) 686-6624 or

MOTORCYCLE DINNER RUN, 6:30 p.m. Fridays, weather permitting. Everyone is welcome to meet for a ride and have dinner. For the meeting location, call (918) 441-1352 or (918) 913-1690.

ORIENTAL LODGE #430 meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

VETERANS JOB CLUB, fourth Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m., Muskogee Workforce Office.

SAVE OUR WATER LAKE EUFAULA meets at 8 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Eufaula First United Methodist Church, 220 South Main St. Information:

CHRISTIAN COFFEEHOUSE, 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Ark of Faith, 401 E. Broadway. Refreshments and fellowship with a set time for audience participation. Audience participation includes sharing a song, poem, dance or skit. Information: Sally Weiesnbach, (918) 682-8411.

BINGO NIGHT, American Legion Post 15, 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 7 p.m. main session on Thursdays.

FREE SOUP KITCHEN, open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seventh-day Adventist, 170 N. Country Club Road. Donations welcome. Information: (918) 682-5602.

FREE HEALTH CONSULTATION with certified nutrition coaches Cathy Moseley and Freda Armstrong, noon Jan. 19 and 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Muskogee Swim and Fitness Center. Reprogram your metabolism using foods you love and learn to make your body work for you.

NINTH ANNUAL SOUL FOOD COOK OFF COMPETITION, Jan. 19, Muskogee Civic Center. More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top three cooks in five different categories. Categories are: Meats, breads, dessert, vegetables, and misc. Pick up your applications and rules at the Muskogee Civic Center. Two surprise guests will be participating this year. Entry fees range from $100 to $50. Information: (918) 684-6363.

A WE FUNK DUAL CELEBRATION, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Jan. 19, VFW, 3811 W. Okmulgee Ave. An ML King/Obama inauguration dance. Cost: $8. DJ will be Stanley Perkins. Age 30 and over. No smoking. Information: (918) 360-5990 or (918) 441-8544.

WILMA MANKILLER DAY, 10 a.m. Jan. 24, basement of the University Center at 612 N. Grand Ave. The event, which includes a hog fry, is free and open to the public. Information: (918) 444-3042.

GALAXY OF THE STARS, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2013, NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 North Grand Ave., Tahlequah. An Evening with Frank Vignola. An extraordinary guitarist who has worked with Ringo Star and Madonna takes the spotlight with fellow guitarist Vinny Raniolo. Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees and seniors 60 and over, $10 for students and $6 for NSU students. Information: (918) 458-2075 or

CREATIVE ARTS COMPETITION, Jan. 28-29, Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center. Enrolled veterans are invited to participate. Competition includes more than 53 art categories. In addition, there are 120 categories pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. A national selection committee chooses first, second and third place winners among all of the entries. Select winners will be invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, which will be held Oct. 21-27 in Reno, Nev. Information and registration: Deborah Moreno at (918) 577-4014.

AMELIA BEDELIA BIRTHDAY PARTY, 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 30, Muskogee Public Library. The beloved quirky children’s character of author Peggy Parish has entertained us all for 50 years. Games, color sheets, and more will be featured. Information: Liz Hanley, (918) 682-6657, Ext. 231.

A BLACK COMEDIAN ON BLACK COMEDY, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2, The Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave. Comedian Darryl Littleton will present a live, clean comedy routine that celebrates African-American humor. Admission is free. Following the show, there will be an exclusive screening of Robert Townsend’s “Why We Laugh.”

INDIAN TACO DINNER, 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2, Okay Area Senior Center, 3701 E. 75th St. N. Okay. Live music by Straight and Narrow and Anew Direction from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $5 for taco, dessert, and drink. Takeout available. Information: (918) 682-0255, (918) 360-1235 ask for Ray.

COLLEGE/CAREER/JOB FAIR, 8:15 a.m. Feb. 6, Muskogee High School’s Ron Milam Gymnasium, 3200 E. Shawnee Bypass. The event is for 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students. Colleges/universities, businesses and organizations wishing to participate should contact Susan Roberts at (918) 684-3750, Ext. 1725 or

WINES OF WINTER, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7, downtown Tahlequah. Participating Tahlequah Main Street Association Business Partners will offer specials on selected merchandise, sales, hors d’oeuvre and wine tastings. There will also be a grand prize giveaway. Tickets: $15 at the TMSA office,123 E. Delaware St. Wines of Winter glass available with advance purchase. Tickets also available the night of the event. Information: or (918) 431-1655.

KICK UP YOUR HEELS, 9 a.m. Feb. 14, Arrowhead Mall. Men across the community will be asked to put on their high heels and walk in a fight to end domestic violence. There will be prizes awarded. There will be a $10 minimum sponsorship to walk. Event will raise money for WISH as it continues to help women, children and families break the cycle of domestic violence. WISH is a non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible with receipts available. Information: (918) 682-7879.

GALAXY OF THE STARS, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, 2013, NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 North Grand Ave., Tahlequah. Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues. The Montana Repertory Theatre presents the popular comedy about Army inductees struggling through basic training in Biloxi, Miss. Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees and seniors 60 and over, $10 for students and $6 for NSU students. Information: (918) 458-2075 or

10TH ANNUAL BEDOUIN SHRINE FLYING FEZ WINE FESTIVAL, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9, Bedouin Shrine Temple. Gourmet Italian cuisine served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: (918) 360-3227 (918) 682-2761.

DODGING FOR DISASTERS, fourth annual American Red Cross dodgeball tournament, March 9, Muskogee High School gym. Team sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. with matches starting at 10 a.m. Cost: $60 per team early registration through March 1; $70 per team up to day of event. T-shirts are $10 or $12 for XXL. For safety purposes, anyone under the age of 18 needs a guardian’s permission to play as it is an adult dodge ball tournament. There will be supervised, inflatable bounce houses available for children to play on during the event allowing parents to participate in the event. Extras: $5 Free Catch (Each team is allowed to buy and use two “Free Catches” per match which if unused will carry over until their next match or until tournament ends. These “Free Catches” will allow a teammate to come back into the match without having a teammate catch an actual ball). Information and registration: (918) 682-1366.

GALAXY OF THE STARS, 7:30 p.m. March 28, 2013, NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 North Grand Ave., Tahlequah. Step Afrika. The world-renowned dance company devoted to “stepping” demonstrates the percussive dance of kicks, stomps, claps and chants. Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for NSU alumni, $16 for NSU employees and seniors 60 and over, $10 for students and $6 for NSU students. Information: (918) 458-2075 or

SESAME STREET LIVE PRESENTS CAN’T STOP SINGING, 7 p.m. April 4; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 5; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. April 6; 1 and 4:30 p.m. April 7. Tickets: $57, $37, $27, $22 and $17. Tickets available online at, Arby’s Box Office, all outlets, or by calling (866) 726-5287.

WRITERS GROUP, 6 p.m. Jan. 21, Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library, 626 W. Gentry St. in Checotah. Information: (918) 473-6715.

SANDWICHED IN LUNCH, 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9 for $3. At noon, Mark Cullison from Connors State College will review the book, “Where’s the Ivy?” at the Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library, 626 W. Gentry St. in Checotah. Information: (918) 473-6715.

KIDS BOOK CLUB, 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28, for students in first through third grade. January book is “Trapped by Ice” by Michael McCurdy at the Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library, 626 W. Gentry St. in Checotah. Information: (918) 473-6715.

HOME SWEET HOME CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL, 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 9, Muskogee Civic Center. Admission: $15 in advance before noon Feb. 8 at American Bank of Oklahoma, Armstrong Bank, BancFirst, Bank of America, Bank of Oklahoma, and Firstar Bank. $20 at the door. Must be 21 to attend. Information: Tara Standridge, (918) 681-7949 or

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