The U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Foundation will be collecting unwrapped toys and monetary donations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at First American/First Southern Cash Advance at 118 N. Main. Toy and monetary donations will be accepted until Dec. 15 and Dec. 27, respectively. A holiday party fund raiser will also be held at the branch on Friday.
The Altus AARP and American Red Cross is sponsoring a 55 Alive Safe Driving Class Saturday at The Towers, 101 E. Commerce. The minimum class size is 20 and cost is $10. There is no minimum age and any licensed driver may participate. In compliance with state law, completion of the course entitles the driver to a significant reduction in their insurance premium. For reservations, call the Altus Chamber of Commerce at 482-0210.
The Duke Annual Christmas Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, downtown Duke. There will be food and craft booths at no charge. There will be prizes for the best floats in the parade, if interested in entering a float or old car, call Farmers & Merchants Bank at 679-3334. There will be a pet parade with pets dressed for Christmas. Prizes will be given for the best looking pet.
The American Red Cross will sponsor a fund raiser dinner theater at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The whodunit dining room comedy mystery theatre for fall '03 will be "Gone With The Wine". The gala event will be held at Western Oklahoma State College, 2801 N. Main. The menu is Prime Rib. Tickets are $25 for individual and $45 per couple. They are also tax deductible and can be purchased at the Red Cross Office, the First National Bank, the First State Bank, MidFirst Bank and WOSC.
Junior Service Week of Vernon Parade of Homes will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 to view three homes. For more information, call 940-552-7276.
The American Red Cross is holding an Adult CPR/AED Review class Monday evening, Dec. 8. This class is for those needing to renew their Adult CPR/AED certifications. Please call the chapter at 580-482-5303 for further information.
Volunteers for Women will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 9 at the DOC office across from McDonald's. All members are urged to attend and help finalize the Christmas party plans for inmates. Anyone interested can attend. For more information, call Carol Downs at 482-4647.
Holiday Open House featuring local artist Larry Greer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Red River Credit Union, 2721 N. Main. Displaying classical figures of Santas, angels and Southwest landscape prints. A walk down memory lane featuring new work in the old style. Register for a Larry Greer art piece to be given away.
The Altus Rotary Club will meet at noon Dec. 9 at the WOSC student center. The Rotarian of the day will be John Horschler. Wade Brinkman, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife district 7 commissioner, will present the program. Brinkman is one of eight commissioners. He represents Ellis, Dewey, Roger Mills, Custer, Beckham, Washita, Kiowa, Greer, Jackson, Harmon and Tillman Counties.
Altus Literary Club luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 in the home of Mary Jane Thaggard.
Chapter CM of P.E.O. will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 in the home of Diana Williamson with Virginia Snell and Allene Martin as co-hostesses. Nan Windle will bring a special program.
The Altus AFB Officers' Spouses' Club will host their holiday luncheon and Bunko at 11a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Club Altus. The price is $8 for club members and $8.50 for nonmembers. For those wanting to participate in the Bunko game please bring gift valued $5-$8. The charity of the month is the Pathways Pregnancy Resource Center. Please bring baby shower items such as onesies, diapers and receiving blankets. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kassy Carpenter at 477-3767 by noon, Monday, Dec. 8.
The American Red Cross will be having an Adult CPR/AED with First Aid class on Friday, Dec. 12. Please contact the chapter at 580-482-5303 for further information and to sign up.
The Daystar Comfort Group, sponsored by the JCMH Hospice, will meet at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at Tamarack Retirement Center This is an ongoing comfort group for those who cannot make night meetings. For more information, please contact Erin Martinez at 481-2320.
Legal Aid's Altus Satellite office will welcome the community into its offices in a community Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at 3000 N. Main, Suite 500. For additional information call 482-7431.
Prince of Peace Catholic Church will have a special celebration with songs for Our Lady of Guadalupe at 5:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12. After the celebration of the Mass, a gathering will be held in the hall for breakfast. The community is invited to join in the celebration. For more information or to help out, call Elsa at 482-8675, or Connie at 482-0414.
Lions Club will have their annual "Pancakes with Santa" in honor of the United Way,from 7 a.m. until Noon, Saturday, Dec. 13, in the west side of the Community Center. All you can eat $4 adults and $2 children. Thanks to the generosity of Dobbs and Brinkman, a Candy-Cane Sponsor, if you pre-purchase your Pancake Ticket from any Lions Club member, you will be given five Candy-Cane Tickets at the door. If you wait to purchase your Pancake Ticket at the door, you will receive one Candy-Cane Ticket. If you need tickets, call Rick at 477-3036.
Prince of Peace Catholic Church will host a Mass and a celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 14. There will be a procession on the church grounds starting at 10:15 a.m. with Mass immediately following at 11 a.m. Mariachi music will accompany the Mass. After the Mass, a gathering will be held at the Altus Community Center on Falcon Road to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day. Food will be served free of charge. There will be more Mariachi music, folkloric dancers and more dancers performing, known as the "Matachines". Everyone is invited to attend the Mass and eat at the community center. For this particular day, children are invited to dress in their native Mexican attire.
Toys For Tots vouchers are now available at the American Red Cross office at 905 N. Willard St. in Altus.