, Muskogee, OK

January 24, 2013

THINGS TO DO — Events 01.25.13

BULL RIDERS INC. NATIONAL FINALS, 6 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26, Muskogee Civic Center. 30 of the nation’s top bull riders take on 30 of the top bucking bulls each night. Ten finalists will ride ten elite bulls in the finals. Meet and Greet scheculed for 7 p.m. Jan. 24, at the Muscogee Creek Nation Casino. BRI is also sponsoring a Black History Rodeo at 10 a.m. Jan. 25, at the Muskogee Civic Center. Exceptional Rodeo for children with special needs at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 inside the Muskogee Civic Center. Tickets available at Civic C enter box office.

CHILI COOK OFF, 6 p.m. Jan. 26, Muskogee High School Show Barn, 3200 E. Shawnee. $25 entry fee to compete for best booth, best chili, spiciest chili, and people’s choice award. Tasting kits are $5. Information: Kathy Howard, (918) 869-6497, or Gayle Garrett, (918) 686-3691

The Claremore Expo Center is hosting Motorhead Sports Arena Cross February 1 and 2. There will be everything from little kids to pros competing both nights! Tickets can be purchased in advance r the day of.

MOTORHEAD SPORTS ARENA CROSS, Feb. 1 and 2, Claremore Expo Center. Children and professionals competing both nights. There will be entertainment by Ned Dirt the racing clown and an amazing FMX freestyle jump! Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or at the Claremore Expo Center the day of the event.

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. The lineup: Jan. 25, Ryan Crawford; Feb. 1, Ben Wisan; Feb. 8, Beverly Adair; Feb. 15, Juanita Josephwith family and friends; Feb. 22, Shaun McGee and “Rebirth.” 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.

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.

SACRA PAGINA EXHIBIT, 10 8 p.m. Jan 30 - Feb. 2, Oral Roberts University, 8023 S. Lewis Ave. Tulsa. Exhibit of rare biblical texts from The Green Collection, with opening day lecture by Dr. Jerry Pattengale at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 30. The event is free, but does require tickets. Tickets may be obtained from

GOP ANNUAL FLEA MARKET, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2, Tahlequah Community Building, 908 S. College Ave. The event includes food, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts and specialty items.Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. For booth information, call (918) 931-1249. Other information: Pamela Coonce, (918) 453-2595 or

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.

29TH ANNUAL AZALEA PAGEANT, March 9, Roxy Theate, 220 W. Okmulgee. Pageant is open to girls from newborns to 18, and boys from newborn to 36 months. Winners are eligible to ride in the Azalea Parade on April 13. Everyone who enters will receive a tropy. Entry forms are available at Teens and More, Nearly New and Fancy Too, Crowning Moments and Kids and More, all in Muskogee. Information: (918) 463-2693

DAFFODIL DAY, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23, Three Rivers Museum and Thomas Foreman Home, 220 Elgin. Guests arrive at Three Rivers Museum for a tour, then will take a trolley ride to the Thomas Foreman Home where there will be a Daffodil Day, home tour, and tea. Hosted by Muskogee Garden Club. Cost: $10 donation. Information: Museum, (918) 686-6624 and Muskogee Garden Club, (918) 683-5380.

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