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.
CHRISTMAS CATANTA presented by the adult choir of Calvary Baptist Church, 220 S. R St., at 11 a.m. Dec. 23. Information: Barbara Shepler, (918) 683-0858.
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. 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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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.
25TH ANNUAL SANTA CLAUS BREAKFAST, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Muskogee High School cafeteria, 3200 E. Shawnee Bypass. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Children from preschool through high school can eat for free. Family members and may eat for $1.
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.
HAPPY NOON YEAR PARTY, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Muskogee Public Library. Crafts, games, and party favors for children up to 12. Snacks will be provided. Information: Liz Hanley, 682-6657, Ext. 231.
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.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31 at VFW, 3811 W. Okmulgee St. Admission is $12 before 11 p.m. and $15 after 11 p.m. Dress to impress and must be 25 years old or older and have an i.d. to enter. Security is provided. Dress to impress, no ball caps or baggy clothing. Reserve table available until Dec. 30. Information: (415) 601-9179.
STORYTIME, Three-year old storytime is at 10 a.m. followed by four-year olds at 11 a.m. on Jan. 8, Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library, 626 W. Gentry St. in Checotah. Information: (918) 473-6715.
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.