, Muskogee, OK

Things to Do

February 17, 2012

THINGS TO DO – Events 02.17.12

SPORTS COLLECTIBLES SHOW, through Feb. 19, Arrowhead Mall. At least 25 tables of sports-related items for sale or trade. Free admission. Information: Larry Yeager (918) 845-4257 or

BOOK SALE, through February at the Muskogee Public Library lobby. Books vary from children’s books to adult paperback and hardbacks and are priced from 10 cents up to $2. Information: (918) 682-6657.

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.

CHRISTIAN COFFEEHOUSE, 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Ark of Faith, 401 E. Broadway. The lineup: Feb. 17, Randy and Pamela Baumann will lead worship with Leslie Parks the featured soloist; Feb. 24, Wendall and Vickie Davis will lead worship. Wendall Davis is a blind pianist who also writes music. The Davises will bring Beverly Adair as a guest soloist. Audience participation includes sharing a song, poem, dance or skit. Information: Sally Weiesnbach, (918) 682-8411.

FREE CLOTHING GIVEAWAY, 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Calvary Baptist Church, 220 S. R St.

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.

EAGLE WATCH TOURS, 9 a.m. Feb. 18, 25; and March 3, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. The eagle tours will begin at the refuge headquarters and will last until approximately noon. The refuge has binoculars and spotting scopes for your use. The naturalist from Tenkiller State Park, Leann Bunn, will serve as a guest speaker during the tours.

TRACING OUR ROOTS: OKLAHOMA’S HISTORICALLY BLACK TOWNS TOUR, 6 p.m. Feb. 17, Taft and Boley; and Feb. 18, Clearview and Tatums. The Langston University marching band will be taking a tour of a group of historically black towns in Oklahoma during Black History Month. The Langston University Jazz and Marching Band will appear publicly each day, including performances on Feb. 17 at the Boley High School Auditorium in Boley, and on Feb. 18 at the Ardmore Convention Center in Ardmore.

POLAR PLUNGE, Feb. 18, Arrowhead Resorts, Tahlequah. To plunge, participants must collect a minimum of $75 in pledges. Visit and click on the Polar Bear or call (800) 722-9004 for registration forms or to donate.

FAMILY NIGHT DINNER, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, VFW Post 474, 3811 W. Okmulgee Ave., Muskogee. The Ladies Auxiliary will furnish main course and desserts. Post members bring a salad or side dish. Non-member veterans and their families are welcome to attend.

BOOK SANDWICHED-IN, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m., Muskogee Public Library. Information: (918) 682-6657.

PANCAKE DAY, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 24, Muskogee Fairgrounds 4-H building, hosted by the Muskogee Noon Lions Club. Eat all you want for $5.

JEFF DUNHAM “CONTROLLED CHAOS” TOUR, Feb. 26, BOK Center, Tulsa. Dunham is a ventriloquist and stand-up comedian. Tickets: $45.50 and available online at, Arby’s Box Office, all outlets, or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR.

CHENILLE CRITTER TALES, 4 p.m. Feb. 27, Muskogee Public Library. For ages 4-8. Information: (918) 682-6657.

MARCH FOR BABIES KICK-OFF, noon Feb. 28, Muskogee Public Library. This is the kick-off event for the March of Dimes Muskogee fundraiser.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER, March 3, The Pink House, 804 E. Cherokee, Wagoner. “The Curse of the Phantom Cowboy,” will have two showings — a 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. Tickets: $65, which includes dinner, show, tax and tip. Information: (918) 869-7318.

EXOCTIC BIRD FAIR, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3, Green Country Event Center, 12000 East 31st St., Tulsa. There will be all kinds of birds, from finches and canaries to large macaws. Tickets are $5 per person, which includes an entry for the $50 cash drawing. Children under 10 get in free.

DIFFERENT SHADES OF RED, March 10, the University of Tulsa conference. Conference will explore Woody Guthrie's Oklahoma roots. It will feature three panels, each with three speakers. The panels include “A Culture of Protest,” which examines the political and cultural environment that shaped Guthrie's views; “Red Dirt Roots,” which considers Guthrie's musical influences; and “Echoes of Woody,” which addresses Guthrie's legacy as it pertains to the Dust Bowl and Depression-era Oklahoma. National radio commentator and bestselling author Jim Hightower will deliver the keynote address. Cost: $40, which includes lunch. Students may register for $15 and must show a valid ID at check-in. Information and to register:

WILD ONION DINNER, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17, Big Cussetah Indian Methodist Church, Morris Cost: $8 adults and children 10 and older $5.

28th ANNUAL MISS/MR. AZALEA PAGEANT, March 31, Roxy Theater. The pageant is held each year in conjunction with the Azalea Festival in Muskogee. The pageant is open to girls from birth to 18 years and boys birth to 3 years. Everyone who enters receives a trophy. Winners receive crowns, banners, and trophies and will be eligible to ride in the Azalea Parade. Deadline to have your picture included in the program book is March 1. For entry forms and more information, call Debbie Morgan at (918) 463-2693.

CULPEPPER & MERRIWEATHER CIRCUS, 5 and 7:30 p.m. March 20, Longtown, across from Pixie Woods Resorts. Tickets in advance: $9 adults, $6 children at Arvest Bank and Market Square Grocery in Eufaula and Sinclair Station and Gerhart Tax Service in Longtown. Tickets on the day of the event: $12 adults, $7 children. Information: (866) 254-8676.

BATFISH BOOT CAMP, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 14, Muskogee War Memorial Park. Five presenters, including author of “Leader of the Pack” Mark Allen, will attend. Allen will present an overview of the USS Batfish’s wartime exploits. After completing the seminar you will be qualified to conduct historical tours of the museum and submarine. Space is limited to 20 people. Cost: $20 per person, which includes lunch, a copy of “Leader of the Pack” and a submarine patch. Information: (918) 682-6295.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT’S BOWL-ARRGH-THON, 6 to 8 p.m. April 26, Green Country Lanes. Presented by OG&E, the event will help provide Junior Achievement programs (financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness) to more than 2,000 Muskogee students. Sponsor, individual and team bowling available. Raise $100 per bowler. Information: Brian Jackson (918) 663-2156

AZALEA LINE DANCE JAMBOREE, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28, Hatbox Dance Building. Sign-in starts at 9 a.m. Open to the public.

WOODY AT ONE HUNDRED: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, through April 29, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa. Sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and curated by The GRAMMY Museum and the Woody Guthrie Archives, the exhibition consists of a broad array of Guthrie's lyrics, journals, original artwork and ephemera from Guthrie's life. As part of this special exhibit, Guthrie's original draft of the alternative American anthem “This Land is Your Land” will be on display for the first time in Oklahoma.


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