LAKE UPDATE

Lake level: 638.61 feet

Normal: 638 feet

Releasing: 0



Share the Spirit

Donations to the Share the Spirit food basket drive now stand at $7,020. Funds will be used to provide Christmas dinner to at least 850 needy families or households throughout Rogers County. To make a donations, stop by the Progress office at 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd. or drop your contribution in the mail to Share the Spirit, Daily Progress, P.O. Box 248, Claremore, OK 74018.





Win Hillcat basketball

season passes

Registration for winning season passes will be taken at the Daily Progress office, 315 W. Will Rogers Boulevard, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Two passes to one winner will be awarded each week until all passes have been claimed. One name will be drawn and published in the Progress every Wednesday through Jan. 2.



TRAFFIC UPDATE

LANES REDUCED: Highway 20, east Claremore at the Dog Creek Bridge. Two-way traffic rerouted to west bound lanes. Use caution.



FRIDAY

Bell ringing for the Salvation Army is ongoing at Wal-Mart entryways. Funds donated to the bellringers will go to Salvation Army. Salvation Army also receives funding from the Rogers County United Way.

Sequoyah Public Schools annual Winter Holiday Concert, Robson Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. Listen to a variety of new and traditional holiday music with the high school band and chorus, the eighth grade band and the fifith, sixth and seventh grade bands. Free admission. Patrons are asked to bring a canned food item or a coat as the Music Department teams up with the Student council to provide for the Good Samaritan Food bank and the Jim Giles Coats for Kids charity drives.

Progress columnist Carol Round will sign copies of her new book, “A Matter of Faith, Volume II,” noon until 1 p.m. at Adonai Bakery in the Ne-Mar Center.

Thirty-five family sale. Proceeds donated to Celebrate Recovery ministry, 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., 117 East Will Rogers.

Vote Friday and Monday at the Election Board on the 4 mill ad valorem tax to fund building at the Northeast Technology Center.

Shepherd’s Living Nativity and Pecan Festival, Dec. 6-8 and 13-15, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. at Shepherd’s Cross, 2.5 miles north of Claremore on Highway 66 and 2.5 miles east on Akin Road (EW 45 or EW 450 Rd.). Live character portrayals from 4:30-8:30. Free admission.Information: www.shepherdscross.com.

Thirty-five family sale to benefit “Celebrate Recovery” program, 8:30-3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 117 E. Will Rogers.



SATURDAY

Claremore Christmas Sounds of the Season Parade down Will Rogers Boulevard through downtown district, 6 p.m. Line up at the Expo Center. Information, call Chamber of Commerce 341-2818.

Second Annual Claremore Boy Scout Troop Canned Food Drive during the Claremore Christmas Parade. To donate, watch for Troop 238 Scouts with their backpacks and wagons collecting items along the parade route.

Watchmen of Zion Ministries is organizing a Holy Praise Processional and float in the Claremore Christmas Parade. To participate, call Linda and Charley Smith, 341-1068, or e-mail watchmentofzion@att.net.

Zoi’s Animal Rescue gets a portion of the proceeds from pet pictures with Santa Claus at Petsmart in Owasso, Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Zoi’s is the recipient of the 2007 “Making a Difference” award from the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals.

Rogers County Democrats annual Holiday Party, 6:30 p.m., Rogers County Building on Claremore Expo Center grounds. Bring a covered dish. New, unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots. Information: Angela, 918-272-4056.

Breakfast with Santa, Catoosa Public Library, 105 E. Oak sponsored by the library and Catoosa Masonic Lodge, 7:30 -10:30 a.m. Cookie Walk 10-1:30 p.m. Pancake Breakfast by Masonic Lodge. Enjoy music, crafts, and bookfair or write letters to soldiers overseas. Catoosa’s Annual Christmas Parade follows at 2 p.m.

Progress columnist Carol Round will sign copies of her new book, “A Matter of Faith, Volume II,” 10 a.m. until noon at the A Place of Grace in Ne-Mar Center.

Thirty-five family sale to benefit “Celebrate Recovery” program, 8:30-3:30 p.m., 117 E. Will Rogers.



SUNDAY

Claremore Christmas Benefit Concert for Project CEEP and Claremore Public Schools, 2 p.m., Robson Performing Arts Center. Featuring: Cherokee flutist Tommy Wildcat, Earl Clark and Spectrum, Earnestine Dillard and Lonnie Liggitt, Rogers State University Jazz Band, Heather’s Dance Studio tappers, and a Children’s Choir. Tickets, $10-$30, available by calling Robson PAC at 699-7390 or at myticketoffice.com.

Inola Volunteer Animal Rescue is having a fundraiser drawing for a night for two at Cherokee Casino Resort, dinner at Wild Potato Buffet and $50 cash. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at Diana’s Flowers, Sharon’s Beauty Shop or from any IVAR volunteer or by calling 607-2888. Drawing is Dec. 22.



MONDAY

Vote at the Election Board on the 4 mill permanent ad valorem tax to fund building at the Northeast Technology Center.

Alzheimer’s Support Group, 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.

Rogers County Historical Society 15th annual Christmas at the Belvidere continues through Dec. 22. The gift show fundraiser is each week, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rogers County Rural Water District No. 9 annual member meeting, 7:30 p.m., Justus-Tiawah School North Campus cafeteria.



TUESDAY (Dec. 11)

Rogers County United Way Victory Celebration Party, drop in and enjoy refreshments from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Campaign results will be announced. RSVP, 343-1165.

Progress columnist Carol Round will sign copies of her new book, “A Matter of Faith, Volume II,” 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Cappuccino Corner, State 20 east in Claremore.

Claremore Band Boosters general meeting, 7 p.m., band room in Robson Performing Arts Center. All band parents encouraged to attend. Information: cbba.tv.

First United Methodist Church of Claremore’s annual Living Nativity, Tuesday through Thursday, 6-8:30 p.m. The Christmas story comes to life with 15 different characters and animals such as camels, donkeys, sheep and cows. Cars may enter the north drive and exit through the south. Pictures are welcome.



WEDNESDAY

RCB Bank’s Christmas Open House. See Santa from 11 a.m. until noon.

Grand Adventures Luncheon, 11:30 am, St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

The program will be by Miranda McCool, who will present Christmas selections to celebrate this wonderful Holiday Season. Call Don at 477-3337 for reservations.

Progress columnist Carol Round will sign copies of her new book, “A Matter of Faith, Volume II,” noon until 1 p.m. at The Pink House in Claremore.



THURSDAY

Grand Bank, Open House, 2 – 4 p.m. Light refreshments, a visit from Santa and register for door prizes.

AARP Chapter 3521’s annual Christmas party, 11:15 a.m., American Legion Post 141, N. Highway 88. A meal of ham with vegetables and potatoes au gratin will be available for $6. For information or reservations, call Loretta Genn, 341-7099. Open to anyone 50 and older.

Progress columnist Carol Round will sign copies of her new book, “A Matter of Faith, Volume II,” noon until 1 p.m. at Adonai Bakery in the Ne-Mar Center.

Annual Christmas lunch, Rogers County Real Estate Association, Pizza Time Buffet, Highway 66 north of Blue Starr. Free to members; non members $8.

Shepherd’s Living Nativity and Pecan Festival, Dec. 13-15, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. at Shepherd’s Cross, 2.5 miles north of Claremore on Highway 66 and 2.5 miles east on Akin Road (EW 45 or EW 450 Rd.). Live character portrayals from 4:30-8:30. Free admission.Information: www.shepherdscross.com.

Sequoyah Public Schools’s Johnson O’Malley Committee meeting, 2 p.m., Betsy Wright’s office in the Superintendent’s office area.

Rogers County Cherokee Association Christmas potluck dinner, honoring volunteers and voting in of 2008 officers, 7 p.m.

Claremore High School choirs Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Robson Performing Arts Center. Free admission. A Carol Festival will feature selections by the choirs as well as solos and ensembles. 2007-2008 Choir Royalty will be presented.



FRIDAY (Dec. 14)

St. Cecilia Church Women’s Club Christmas Cookie and Candy Sale, 12-3 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday in the church’s Great Hall, 1304 N. Dorothy.

Zebra Band Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., Robson Performing Arts Center. Fundraiser band hoodies and Amish jams and jellies will be for sale. Information: cbba.tv.



SATURDAY (Dec. 15)

Christmas concert by the Tulsa Community Band, 7:30 p.m., Robson Performing Arts Center. Pictures with Santa will precede the performance. For tickets call 699-7390. Proceeds benefit the Claremore Public Schools Foundation.

City of Claremore Youth Night for sixth, seventh and eighth graders, 6-9 p.m., Claremore Community Center. Pizza, soft drinks, candy, music and games. Admission: $1. Adult volunteers needed. Information: Ron Paris, 341-7289 or rparis@claremorecity.com.



SUNDAY (Dec. 16)

Inola Volunteer Animal Rescue is having a fundraiser drawing for a night for two at Cherokee Casino Resort, dinner at Wild Potato Buffet and $50 cash. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at Diana’s Flowers, Sharon’s Beauty Shop or from any IVAR volunteer or by calling 607-2888. Drawing is Dec. 22.



MONDAY (Dec. 17)

First United Methodist Church’s Widow/Widower Fellowship Christmas Party and short business meeting, 6:30 p.m., Church Parlor. Potluck dinner and Bunco.

Rogers County Historical Society 15th annual “Christmas at the Belvidere” continues through Dec. 22. The gift show fundraiser is each week, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Spring 2008 soccer registration, 5-7 p.m., at the soccer fields. Additional dates: Dec. 20, 5-7 p.m.; Dec. 29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Online at www.claremoresoccer.com. Information: 851-6799.



TUESDAY (Dec. 18)

DivorceCare Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 18 at First United Methodist Church



THURSDAY (Dec. 20)

Children With Chronic Conditions Support Group, third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m., for children, their parents and their siblings, First United Methodist Church. Guests welcome.

Toys for Tots—Christmas 2007, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., American Legion, 1411 Hwy. 88. The Salvation Army, American Legion, numerous volunteers and community partners help provide toys or funding for toys for the less fortunate children of Rogers County by maintaining this toy room each year.

Spring 2008 soccer registration, 5-7 p.m., at the soccer fields. Additional date: Dec. 29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Online at www.claremoresoccer.com. Information: 851-6799.



FRIDAY (Dec. 21)

Toys for Tots—Christmas 2007, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., American Legion, 1411 Hwy. 88. The Salvation Army, American Legion, numerous volunteers and community partners help provide toys or funding for toys for the less fortunate children of Rogers County by maintaining this toy room each year.



JAN. 11

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