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December 6, 2012

THINGS TO DO — Events 12.07.12

GARDEN OF LIGHTS, dusk, nightly through Jan. 1, Honor Heights Park. The holiday display features more than 1.2 million twinkling Christmas lights and displays. Information: (918) 683-3402.

CASTLE CHRISTMAS, The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 Fern Mountain Road. The Inflatable Christmas Kingdom is from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Other events are scheduled for Dec. 8-11 and Dec. 15-31, including horse carriage rides, petting zoo, Royal Garden Cafe, artisans with hand-made gifts, hay rides, and visits with Father Christmas. Most events are free, including the Inflatable Christmas Kingdom and entrance to the Christmas Village, but some have fees. For a complete schedule, visit www.okcastle.com.

HAY RIDES, 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 22, First Church of the Nazarene, 2700 E. Peak Blvd. Witness the story of Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men and a beyond-the-manger look at Jesus of Nazareth.

SPORTS COLLECTIBLES SHOW, through Dec. 24, Arrowhead Mall. 25 tables of sports-related items for sale or trade. Free admission. Information: Vintage Sports (918) 845-4257 or vinsprtcrds@hotmail.com.

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 www.3riversmuseum.com.

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: donledgar@aol.com.

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: Dec. 7, Macedonia Baptist Church will bring two choirs led by Kenyon Richardson. Youth choir and adult, with homemade cookies; Dec. 14, Cherokee Youth Choir with Brad and Mary Kay Henderson. Come celebrate Jesus with native American youth; Dec. 21, Poetry night with Jerry and Barbara Clouse. 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. Dec. 7, NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 North Grand Ave., Tahlequah. Asleep at the Wheel. Nine-time Grammy winning group performs western swing versions of seasonal favorites with the “Santa Loves to Boogie” celebration. 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 www.nsuok.edu/si.

TIRED OF TURKEY SPAGHETTI DINNER, 5 p.m. Dec. 8, Okay Senior Center, 3701 E. 75th St. North. Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, a drink, and choice of many handmade desserts for $6. Door prizes, including a 16-quart roasting oven. Information: (918) 360-1235.

JOURNEY TO JAMAA, a Christian film by World Vision and Michael Landon, Jr., will be shown at 5 p.m. Dec. 9. at Neighborhood House of Prayer Church in Boynton. Youth welcome.

NIGHT WITH THE STARS WITH THE SCIENCE DUDE, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Muskogee Public Library. Come dressed for outside weather for an evening of star gazing. Information: Liz Hanley, (918) 682-6657, Ext. 231.

EDDIE YADON’S CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3008 E. Hancock Road.

SHOW IT OFF GRAND OPENING, Dec. 22, Show it Off Family Entertainment Center, 630 S. 40th St. in the Hatbox Hangar. Free admission. Information: (918) 232-1196 or MuskogeeBounce.com.

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.

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 www.nsuok.edu/si.

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 www.nsuok.edu/si.

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 www.nsuok.edu/si.

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 www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office, all Tickets.com outlets, or by calling (866) 726-5287.

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