Community calendar

The Altus Masonic Lodge No. 62 is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser for $5 with biscuits, gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs, milk, coffee and juice from 7-11 a.m Aug. 20 to eat-in or carry-out at the lodge at 1120 N. Hudson St. in Altus. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more information contact Don Wolford at 580-477-3008 or John Church at 580-482-5301.

A first responders appreciation event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Jackson County Courthouse at 101 N. Main St. in Altus to honor law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics. There are plans to have hamburgers, hot dogs, face painting, a “bouncy house” and more. For more information contact Adela Reyes at 580-477-2220.

The Byron Berline Bluegrass Band is performing at the annual Giddy-Up Gala and Bar-B-Que dinner at the Jackson County Expo Center at 5:30 Aug. 26 before the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information call the Chamber at 580-482-0210.

Motorists on U.S. 62 will likely experience delays beginning Sept. 6 due to planned construction on the bridge over the Salt Fork of the Red River supporting the eastbound section in Jackson County. The span is about six-tenths of a mile east of the junction with SH-6. Officials plan to divert eastbound traffic to the westbound side, reducing all traffic to one lane in each direction. For safety, speed limits are expected to be 40 mph and loads will be restricted to 10-feet wide. The construction is expected to last about 270 days or roughly mid-June, according to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

The Southern Kiowa Chamber’s 7th Annual Fall Festival and Car Show is slated 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 in downtown Snyder. There will be five train rides, carnival rides, live main stage entertainment, a car show, a Ninja obstacle course, 5K Walk and Run, Cornhole competition and booth vendors. For more information call Ashley Ervin at 580-471-4965 or Brent Ervin at 580-301-0196, or visit Facebook: Southern Kiowa Chamber Oklahoma.

Turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, 600 S. Main St. in Altus. For more information visit

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