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Creating the Hero: The Graphic Art of Michael Schwab

November 6th, 2019 10:00 AM - December 27th, 2019 - 5:00 PM
Born in Oklahoma, Michael Schwab now lives and works in Northern California. Mr. Schwab has established a national reputation as one of American’s leading graphic artists. He has created national award-winning logos and posters for a remarkable list of prestigious clients, including Apple, Amtrak, The Golden Gate National Parks, Major League Baseball, Muhammad Ali, Nike, Pebble Beach, Polo Ralph Lauren, San Francisco Opera, Sundance Film Festival and Wells Fargo, among others.

Vets Alive 2019 Veterans Day Parade, Poker Run, and Giant Family Fun

November 11th, 2019 9:00 AM - December 11th, 2019 - 5:00 PM
Join us for the 2nd Annual Regional Vets Alive 2019 day of Family Fun. Veterans Day parade through Davis at 10am, Poker Run (registration at 9am), and Giant Family Fun event at Chickasaw Retreat Center in Sulphur (1-5pm). Live 95.7 KKAJ broadcast; Live Music with: CJ Cody Band and BJ Howard; Food, Vendor Booths, Paddle Boats, Canoes, and more! Presented by Changing Course Foundation and Beyond Brotherhood. For more information email: [email protected]

Santa's Mailbox

November 15th, 2019 6:00 PM - December 19th, 2019 - 11:45 PM
On Friday, November 15th a special mailbox will appear at Central Park! Children can mail their letters straight to the North Pole to Santa’s Workshop! Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your letter to Santa and he will personally answer each letter. The last day for Santa’s Mailbox is December 19th!

Festival of Lights

November 23rd, 2019 7:00 PM - December 30th, 2019 - 10:00 PM
Ardmore’s joyful 1.5 mile drive-thru Festival of Lights display located in Regional Park opens Saturday, November 23rd following the Chigger Chase and closes Monday, December 30th. With over 150 displays, the Festival of Lights is one of the largest holiday light displays in Southern Oklahoma. Crank up the Christmas tunes and visit our sparkling winter wonderland! Donations accepted at the end of the Festival of Lights.

Christmas Tree LIghting

December 3rd, 2019 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Bring the family and join us at the Ardmore Parks and Recreation’s Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration! Our Christmas Market begins at 11:00a for all your holiday shopping needs. Food trucks, entertainment, and much more all centered around the beautiful Christmas Tree Lighting in Central Park. This will be an amazing celebration to start the Christmas season!

Parade of Lights

December 3rd, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Great family fun as the holidays begin in the Depot District!

Michael Schwab Artist Reception @ The Goddard Center

December 5th, 2019 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Join us in welcoming back one of Oklahoma's own with food, wine, & good conversation. Michael Schwab, who now lives and works in Northern California, has established a national reputation as one of America’s leading graphic artists. He has created national award-winning logos and posters for a remarkable list of prestigious clients, including Apple, Amtrak, The Golden Gate National Parks, Major League Baseball, Muhammad Ali, Nike, Pebble Beach, Polo Ralph Lauren, San Francisco Opera, Sundance Film Festival and Wells Fargo, among others.

Book Club at the Champion Public Library

December 5th, 2019 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Looking to join a local book club? Join us for Book Club at the Champion Public Library Thursday, December 5th at 5:30 PM! We will be discussing this month's pick, " The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. Refreshments will be served. Pick up your copy and plan to attend!

Festival of the Trees Dinner

December 5th, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Festival of Trees is 1 of our biggest events and fundraisers that we have during our season. It is a sit-down dinner with cocktails & a silent auction that is usually accompanied by live music & dancing. Our 2 Star Trees, another important annual fundraiser, will be up at this time and will be on display from November 15th to January 15th. Also, this year's Festival is unique in that it will also be the Artist's Reception for renowned graphic artist and Ardmore native Michael Schwab. Most importantly, it is a time for all of our patrons & the public, who value the contributions that The Goddard Center makes to our community, to interact and enjoy the holiday spirit.

Santa's Workshop

December 6th, 2019 6:00 PM - December 7th, 2019 - 10:00 PM
Santa will be in town Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th at his Workshop in Ardmore Regional Park. After the Festival of Lights, stop by to get a picture with Santa, make a couple of crafts, and enjoy some homemade goodies. We give away a family fun pack each night so make sure you visit the registration table for a chance to win! As we know Santa is very busy this time of year! He will only be in town from 6:00p –10:00p for one weekend only! Goodies and pictures will be available for purchase for a small fee. Santa’s Workshop is also the perfect place to drop off a gift for Toys for Tots!

Jolly Trolley

December 9th, 2019 6:00 PM - December 12th, 2019 - 9:00 PM
Climb aboard our private Jolly Trolley and step into the world of your favorite Christmas stories! The night begins with hot chocolate and cookies around Central Park’s Christmas Tree as we patiently await the magical ride. Once aboard the Jolly Trolley, we will whisk away to the Festival of Lights and enter the Winter Wonderland of over 150 displays of twinkling lights with story-telling along the way. The Jolly Trolley will return to Central Park. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance, they won’t last long! You may purchase tickets online www.ardmorecity.org or in person at Ardmore Parks and Recreation.

Managing Taxes for Agricultural Producers

December 10th, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Internal Revenue Service continues to interpret and publish guidance and regulations pertaining to the tax legislation passed by Congress in December 2017. Many of the tax law changes took effect in 2018, while a number of other changes become effective over time. Some changes will become effective for the 2019 tax year. It will be helpful for taxpayers to stay informed of these changes in order to do the best job of managing their taxable income. Many of the details will be discussed at this seminar. Tax professionals will be available to answer questions.

How to Get Your Wild Game from Field to Table

December 12th, 2019 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Hunting and an appreciation of the abundant game our lands provide are embedded in our lives. Bringing the gifts of our hunt from the field to the table can be one of the most rewarding experiences in outdoor recreation. This workshop will demonstrate the skills necessary to bring native game from the field to culinary masterpiece. Your fellow outdoorsmen, Noble Research Institute consultants, will demonstrate proper post-harvest animal and meat handling for popular species of large and small game. The workshop will conclude with a presentation of favorite recipes in a wild-beast feast. Come prepared to taste what nature provides and share your own stories and recipes with fellow hunters.

Texas Boys' Choir

December 13th, 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
For more than 70 years, Texas Boys Choir has been instrumental in instilling a love of artistic expression and a desire to succeed in its young members. Today, Texas Center for Arts Academics is a strong voice in the North Texas arts community, and an active advocate for providing young people the means and opportunity to explore and excel in their lives. Since 1946, the mission of Texas Boys Choir has been to develop personal excellence & inspire a lifelong passion for choral artistry. Boys in grades 3-12 sing in treble, mixed, & men’s choirs under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. D. Jason Bishop. This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Breakfast with Santa & Candy Cane Scramble

December 14th, 2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This special event includes an early visit from Santa, a plated breakfast, holiday crafts, festive music, and holiday fun! Christmas is the season for love and giving to others. Children will also have the opportunity to make a special gift for a loved one. Don’t forget our candy cane scramble! Hundreds of candy canes will be scattered all over our yard! Children will have the opportunity to grab as many candy canes as possible during our Candy Cane Scramble!

Night on Polar Express

December 14th, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Choo Choo! All aboard the Polar Express! Purchase your golden tickets for a night of hot chocolate, cookies, a small train ride, and of course the Polar Express movie on the big screen. And who knows… it might even snow! Be sure to wear your pajamas! Adults must accompany children. Tickets available online at www.ardmorecity.org or in person at the event.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker

December 15th, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince. Soon joined by her other toys that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure. A holiday tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker enchants the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic. Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and and some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists, The Nutcracker remains a treasure not to be missed.

Arkansas Territory Juried Show

January 7th, 2020 10:00 AM - February 28th, 2020 - 5:00 PM
Beginning in March of 2019, Heart of America Artists Association will be joining with the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma, to commemorate the 200th year of the Arkansas Territory. Approximately 80 two-dimensional artworks in a variety of mediums, by artists from nine states, have been juried into a collection and are based on people, places, objects, stories and cultures from two centuries of the geographical Arkansas Territory. The Exhibition will travel to several locations including museums and galleries in Arkansas and Oklahoma between 2019 and 2021.

MetLive: Wozzeck

January 11th, 2020 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, which comes to cinemas for the first time on January 11. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and tenor Gerhard Siegel. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire

January 14th, 2020 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Medora, a young Greek girl, is sold to Pasha by a slave dealer. The pirate Conrad seizes Medora and declares his love for her. Conrad's right-hand-man, who is jealous of Conrad, sends Medora back to the slave dealer who again sells her to Pasha. Conrad and his men show up to take Medora away again but he is recognized through his disguise, captured, and sentenced to death. To save his life, Medora, who is in love with Conrad, plots with a slave girl, Gulnare, to escape. Medora agrees to marry Pasha but during the ceremony Gulnare takes Medora's place, having the ring placed on her finger. That evening Medora dances for Pasha, having convinced him to lay down his weapons, and Conrad enters to take her away. Gulnare produces the ring and declares herself Pasha's lawful wife. The ship on which Medora and Conrad escape sinks in a terrible storm but the two lovers are saved when they wash up on a rocky island.

Arkansas Territory Exhibit Reception @ The Goddard Center

January 18th, 2020 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
This reception will give viewers an opportunity to discuss the collection of work that embodies the 200 year history of the Arkansas Territory with fellow art lovers.

Todd Mosby's New Horizons Ensemble

January 18th, 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Todd Mosby’s New Horizons Ensemble is a perfect blend of original acoustic instrumentals with timeless classics by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and James Taylor. An innovative guitarist, composer & improvisor who creates an intriguing combination of new age, jazz, folk and world music, Mosby’s music is genre-defying. The ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve. This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

MLK Day Parade and Celebration

January 20th, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Please come and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream with us on Monday, January 20, 2020. The celebration will begin at 10:00a with a parade starting at P Street and ending at the HFV Wilson Community Center. Registration for the parade is necessary for planning. You can register at the HFV Wilson Community Center. The parade fee is $10 per entry. Parade line up starts at 9:00a. After the parade, please join us for our traditional celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the HFV Wilson Community Center.

ALT Children's Theatre presents: Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

January 31st, 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
A terrible thing happened to Junie B.! And it's called--someone took her new black furry mittens! And they kept them! They didn't even put them in the Lost and Found at school. So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen on the floor, she should be allowed to keep it, too. Ardmore Little Theatre ensemble will take audiences in to the wacky life and times of Junie B. Jones.