AARP to hold Driver Safety class

“Healthy, Happy, Hungry You!” health workshops will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in October. Sessions will be Oct. 20, and 27. All sessions will be at the Tamarack Assisted Living Center’s Activity Room, 1224 E. Tamarack Road, Altus. Register by calling 580-477-2890 at the Altus Public Library.

The Jackson County Retired Educators will have a meeting and meal on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Friendship Inn, 1800 N. Main, Altus. President Jan Shera will call the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Kelly Baker, Director of the Retired Senior & Volunteer Program (RSVP). She will speak about “Volunteerism in the Community” and talk about the opportunities and needs in the area of service.

An AARP Driver Safety Program (DSP) class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at The Towers, 101 E. Commerce in Altus. The classroom driver safety refresher course is geared to promote everyone’s safety and address today’s driving challenges. The $20 tuition ($15 for AARP members) includes your DSP workbook. To pre-enroll (recommended) call 580-477-1149. Completing the class will qualify you for an insurance savings. Although the class is aimed at drivers over the age of 55, any licensed driver is welcome to take the class.

Western Nursing Club is hosting the 6th annual Campus Cruise and 5K Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the north parking lot of Western Oklahoma State College. There will also be a Halloween Costume Contest with prizes for the best. There will be cash prizes for the top male and female 5K finishers. Visit for more information or to download registration forms. You can also register in Western’s main hallway from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20-22.

Bowl for the Cure will be held Friday, Oct. 23 at 1616 E. Broadway in Altus. The 9-pin no-tap tournament three-game match of four person teams will be begin with the first shift at 6 p.m., followed by the second shift at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. There is no age limit. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded, there will be door prizes and silent auctions. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information, call 580-482-6614.

Cameron Nashville Connection event will be held Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Submit auditions to be on stage visit by going to Three bands/artists will be selected. All genres and ages are welcome. Free admission for the live show with Nashville producer Bubba Smith.

Sportsfans, Alumni, Family and Friends come to Western Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the WOSC gym to “Meet the Pioneers!” Patrons will meet the 2015-16 men’s and women’s basketball teams, cheerleaders and the rodeo team. Fans will meet the baseball and softball teams in the spring. Join us and enjoy free food, a slam dunk contest and the excitement of Pioneer sports. This is a family event for all.

The ALTUS 12TH MAN CLUB is selling tickets for a chance to participate in a Football Skills Challenge to win a brand new, 2015 Ford F150 4×4 Lariat Pick-Up at the AHS vs. Duncan football game on Friday, Oct. 30. Please contact Jennifer Wilson at 580-481-8530, Brian Bush at 405-471-3869, Diane Beach at 580-471-8061, or any of our volunteers to determine eligibility and purchase your ticket. Maximum of 5 tickets may be sold to each eligible participant. You must be present at the start of the 1st quarter of the game on Friday, 10-30-15, for your chance to win. Game time is 7:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit Altus Football.

Mission on Wheels will host a Hallelujah Fest on Oct. 31 at the 100 block of E. Walnut. Candy, stickers, small toys, shaped erasers, etc. may be dropped off Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the event between 1:30 and 4 p.m. at the MOW store at 118-1/2 S. Main.

Church Women United will have their annual World Community luncheon on Friday, Nov. 6 at Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church at 1515 San Ann Drive. The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free meal is provided by Strong Tower Church and women of all faiths are welcome to attend. For more information please call Carol at 482-4627 or Mary at 482-1559.

Warriors Youth Baseball will hold a Craft Show and Breakfast on Nov. 7 at the Altus Community Center. The craft show will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the breakfast will be from 7 to 9 a.m. For more information, call 915-252-5798.

Garage Giveaway (Free clothes, shoes and household items) to be held Saturday, Nov. 14 starting at 8 a.m. at the Elm & Hudson Church of Christ, 400 N. Hudson.

Mission On Wheels will host a Thanksgiving Community Love Feast at The Towers, 101 E. Commerce, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 21. The free dinner is being offered as a blessing to everyone who would like to attend. If you would like to donate for this event, contact Edna Douglas at 649-8620.

The Altus High School Senior Class is selling the newely designed Altus Bulldog flag. To order one of these 3’x5’ flags, call Jana at 471-2694.

Mission on Wheels, 118 1/2 S. Main, is currently in need of winter items such as clothing, coats, gloves, hats, blankets and heaters. Volunteers are also needed. For more contact Edna Douglas at 580-649-8620.

AWANA (Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed) has begun its fall semester at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 800 N. Forrest. They meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. AWANA is for boys and girls Pre-K through 6th grade. Boys and girls will have fun playing games and memorizing scriptures from the Bible. Transportation is available for all kids by calling the church office at 482-1775. Enrollment forms are also available from the church office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BLAST (Bringing Love and Sharing Truth) is for all 5th and 6th grade boys and girls. They meet Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 800 N. Forrest. Children receive help with homework and enjoy snacks, games, and being taught stories from the Bible. BLAST is free to all 5th and 6th graders. For more information, call the church office at 482-1775 or visit their website at

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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