Mini art workshop planned

The NARFE (National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees) chapter will meet Wednesday, Sept 2, at the Altus Public Library, at 10 a.m. for the Coffee Cup Bunch program with Joe Buchanan reviewing Smokey, The Cowhorse, a classic western written and illustrated by Will James. The NARFE business meeting will convene immediately following the presentation at approximately 11 a.m. The local chapter will be presented an award from a guest Jerry Walker, District III Representative.

The Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council will have a mini-workshop entitled: “The Art of Zentangle” with Lyn Taylor on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Cost of the workshop is $30. Partial funding is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Contact the Altus Public Library at 477-2890 for more information or to sign up.

Headrick Old Settlers Reunion will be held at the Headrick Community Center on Sept. 12. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and visitation will continue throughout the day. A potluck lunch will be served at noon.

A Pancake Breakfast is being held Sept. 19 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Altus Masonic Lodge, 1120 N. Hudson. The $5 event includes pancakes, bisucits and gravy, bacon, sausage, milk, coffee and juice. All net proceeds go to the OES #49 Charity Programs.

The Altus Public Library will offer “Maker Mondays” technology programs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday afternoons Sept. 14, 21, and 28. Materials and activities will be provided, free of charge, for arts and crafts design projects, simple coding and electronics, basic robotics, 3 D printing and LEGO creative building projects. Call the library at 580-477-2890 for age specific information on each program and what projects will be offered each Monday.

The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #49 will hold a Community Yard Sale on Oct. 10 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Altus Community Center. Table rentals are available, and vendors are welcome. Rental sales benefit the OES #49 Charity Programs. For more information, contact Sharon at 580-481-0116 or Trish at 580-481-0388.

Announcing a new fitness and fun activity in Altus! A Masters Swim Club is forming in Altus. Coaches, workout time, stroke clinics will be available at the Altus City pool. Competitions are not mandatory and all levels of swimmers are welcome. Please contact:

Local residents are being asked to help with a special project for Veterans. Volunteers are trying to gather at least 150 donated afghans (lap robes) for the veterans at the VA Home in Clinton. They need these by the end of October. Call Arvella Mote at 477-3503 for more information or to donate.

The 2015-2016 Altus Bulldog Football Reserved Season Tickets are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at Altus High School from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Mrs. Duffy. The Altus Bulldogs first home game will be on Friday, Sept. 11 against Anadarko. For more information call Christy Duffy at 481-2644.

Boy Scout meetings for boys in grades 1-5 are held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A Kick off party and sign up is being held for Pack 265 on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 620 S. Park Lane. There will be hot dogs, games, and a Nurf gun challenge. For more information, contact Adrian King at 832-423-0377.

The Tipton Music Night has been cancelled for Labor Day Weekend.

Angels Care Home Health is once again holding a kickball tournament with Plantation Assisted Living. The event is their 3rd annual Alzheimer’s Stops With Me Kickball Tournament to be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the City of Altus Baseball Fields, 600 Katy Drive. For more information about the tournament, “Alzheimer’s Stops With Me” or Angles Care Home Health, call 580-477-2220.

AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) program has resumed at Southside Baptist Church, 1100 Asa Lee. The program, for kids ages 3 through 6th grade, is held from 6 to 8 p.m. The program encompasses Bible study, scripture memory, recreation activities plus snacks. for more information, visit their website or call the church at 482-4762. AWANA is a non-denominational organization that partners in ministry with churches.

Signups are being taken for Youth Football, Cheerleading and Girls Basketball through the City of Altus Recreation Department. Signups are on the 2nd floor of the City of Altus Complex, 509 S. Main. For more information contact the Recreation Department at 580-481-2266, 580-481-2244, or 481-2218.

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and our 94th annual reunion in San Antonio, Texas from Sept. 22 – 26, contact secretary-treasurer, Bob Haynes, at or 224-225-1202.

Celebrate Recovery is now starting their 12 Step Meetings at 4:30 p.m. every Sunday at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 1505 Tamarack. Meetings are free and anonymity is the key. Their large meeting is followed by a fellowship afterwards at 6 p.m. If you are hurting, have habits you’d like to leave behind, or hang-ups that are getting in the way of your life, come join this group that takes the journey together. Call 580-482-6640 for more information.

SOCAG Head Start is accepting applications at locations including Jackson, Harmon, Greer and Becham Counties for families with children age birth to age four. Applications are being accepted at Bailey, Lincoln, and Wilson centers in Altus, as well as in Hollis, Mangum and Elk City. Enrollment is based on family income and provides a nurturing, learning environment focusing on social skills and individual development. Call 580-482-7739 for more information.

Altus Ballroom Dancers meet from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday in the east end of the Altus Community Center on Falcon Road. Ballroom dancing lessons are offered the first hour, followed by open dancing the second hour. Beginners are welcome to join the dancers to learn foxtrot, waltz, swing, cha-cha, rumba, tango, samba and quickstep. For more information, call 580-477-1822 or 580-726-5160.

Habits, hang-ups and hurts – if you struggle with any or all of these, come join the Celebrate Recovery meetings on Sundays at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 1505 E. Tamarack. This is a 12-step program that will help you on the road to healing and a new life. Meetings start at 6 p.m. and are free and open to all who have a need. Refreshments will be served. Call 580-482-4445 or 580-482-6640 for more information.

Joseph’s Closet will only be open one day a week, on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Remember to go to Operation CARE, 219 W.Commerce, for a voucher. Joseph’s Closet is located upstairs at the First Presbyterian Church, 208 E. Cypress. For more information, call Sandy at 481-8648.

WAG (Weight Accountability Group) meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at the Highland heights United Methodist Church. Anyone intersted in controlling their weight is invited at attend.

Depression Bipolar Alliance Support Group will meet at the First Christian Church, 2501 N Park Lane every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Free meals in Altus– 1st Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 300 N. Main; 2nd Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, at First United Methodist, 317 N. Main; 3rd Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Primera Iglesia Bautista, 401 E. Liveoak; 4th Saturday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Church of Christ Carpenter’s Kitchen, Elm and Hudson Streets; 5th Saturday of some months from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 1505 E. Tamarack; Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 1100 N. Park Lane.

The Altus original group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 315 N. Crain, meets nightly at 8 p.m. and Sunday-Friday at 12 p.m. Call 480-2825, 318-2040 or 318-2905 for more information.

H.O.W. Alanon group meets at 315 N. Crain at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Call 580-318-2524 for more information.

Operation CARE will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma on the Jackson County Memorial Hospital campus is recruiting volunteer drivers for the 12-passenger van that provides transportation for cancer patients. Volunteer drivers must have a current driver’s license. The volunteer application can be picked up at the cancer center at 1200 East Broadway. For information call Ginger Hill or Vivian Martinez at the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma, 480-4400.

A Senior Citizens Dance is held at the Altus Community Center on Falcon Road on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. following a potluck supper. The public is always invited. Call Calvin at 482-6629 for more information.

The Lions Club meets every Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Western Oklahoma State College multipurpose room.

The Altus Meal Site is needing volunteers to help deliver meals to those who are homebound. Meals are delivered Monday thru Friday. Any time you can give is appreciated. If you would like to volunteer call the Altus Meal Site at 580-482-1290. The Altus Meal Site is a part of Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group.

The Operation CARE Food Pantry offers free food to qualified applicants every third Saturday of the month. 10:30 Devotion and food pantry open 11 to 12 noon.

The Southwest Oklahoma Quilt Guild meets on the first Thursday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (south end of building) on South Park Lane at 10 a.m., potluck luncheon at noon, and business meeting at 1 p.m., followed by the monthly program. On the third Thursday of each month is a quilt workday, so bring a project and join in.

Christian Motorcyclists Association meets every first Thursday of the month at Fred’s on N. Main in Altus, at 7 p.m. Riders of all types of bikes welcome and even if you don’t have a motorcycle, you’re still welcome. More info at

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