Operation Pioneer Spirit volunteers will be organizing at the YMCA on Tuesday, Dec. 6 beginning at 9:45 a.m. and packing Care Packages for our Oklahoma troops on Wednesday, Dec. 7 around noon. The chaplains and soldiers are asking for: Handi-Wipes, work gloves, hotel-size toiletries, shower flip flops, snack foods, small peanut butter/jelly (plastic jar), all-occasion greeting cards (No Christmas), tuna fish/chicken in pouch/can, hard candy, Sudoku/crossword puzzles. Very recent magazines in good condition. Please no hardback books. Funds are always needed and appreciated.
Tonkawa will host its annual Olde Tyme Christmas activities Thursday evening in downtown Tonkawa. Activities kickoff at 5 p.m. with kids arts and crafts, a bounce house, food and drinks for sale and more. At 6 p.m. the Christian Church Joyful Noise Ringers will perform at First National Bank. A community gathering and Christmas Tree lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m. with the Holly Peart Jazz Combo to perform. The Christmas parade begins at 7 p.m., followed by visits with Santa, community singing and horsedrawn carriage rides.
Ponca City will host its annual lighted Christmas parade on Grand Avenue beginning 6 p.m. Friday. Following the parade, the Poncan Theatre will screen The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks. Tickets are $7 and include a small popcorn and hot chocolate.
The Ponca City Garden Council’s annual fundraiser — the Christmas Open House will be held Sunday, not Saturday, as stated in a headline on page 10 of Tuesdays newspaper.
A cutline on page 1C of Sunday’s The Ponca City News incorrectly identified the name of former mayor Jim McNeese, who donated a smaller version of the Pioneer Woman Statue to Marland’s Grand Home. The News apologizes for the error.