The first State of Oklahoma Championship Chili Cook-off will be held in Eufaula Saturday. Chili lovers, along with anyone else who is looking for fun, should plan to be on hand at Funshine Oasis located in the arcade building on Lakeshore Drive from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The all-day activity will include food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and entertainment amid lots of good chili-cooking. There is even a Chili “Idol” Contest planned for anyone who aspires to be a Carrie Underwood sound-alike, or anybody who just likes to sing. Those interested in performing may contact Janiece Vest, (918) 484-2580 for details. An entry fee of $20 will be charged.

In addition, there will also be the Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce contest and a Shoot ‘N Holler competition. Live music will fill the air and a prize will be given for the best decorated vendor booth.

The Chili Cook-off is sponsored by Eufaula Area Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Arts Academy of Dance, Eufaula Round-up Club and Burdine Farm Supply.

The Eufaula Indian Community Pow Wow Committee will be on hand at the Chili Cook-off to sell Indian tacos throughout the day. Proceeds will go toward the Pow Wow scheduled for next year in Eufaula.

The Eufaula Indian Community will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the EIC office.

Eufaula Area Arts will host Nightmare on Sixth Street from 6 until 9 p.m. Oct. 27, and from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Oct. 30. The Monday night event is a softer version for younger kids. The nightmarish event will take place upstairs at the WPA Swimming Pool Building on North Sixth Street.

Participants in the Eufaula Summer Arts Program, through the JAZ after school program, have been working to put the scary skits and backdrops together. Under the guidance of artists Karen Steele and Joy Rogers, there will be a pirates’ place, a mad scientist scene, a spooky spider space and even Dracula will be hanging around. Also, something is captured downstairs behind the door bars.

Domenica Lovera, Glenna McBride and Joann McMillan are assisting with student creations. Colton Magnum, one of the JAZ students, will portray a mad scientist who is preparing a recent car accident corpse for experiments. The Estep sisters will be seen as evil pirates with loot to guard. Local students including Hiyuce Wilson, Michael Hallmark, Jordan Newlin, Mercedes Rogers and the Oxford sisters, as well as Tosha Stamper from Canadian, are all helping to make Nightmare on Sixth Street possible.

The “JAZ” after school program stands for “Journey through the ArtZ.” This is a fun learning experience emphasizing student character building while learning with regional and local artists. The classes are made possible by Eufaula Arts and the City of Eufaula with assistance from the Oklahoma Arts council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls will host a baked potato with chili luncheon Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is scheduled to be held at the Eufaula Masonic Lodge No. 1 at the corner of Hospital Drive and Bunny Creek Road.

In addition to a baked potato with chili, the menu also includes dessert and a beverage. Five-dollar donations will be accepted. Delivery of the food is available by calling (918) 689-2335 or (918) 689-8482.

Teen Read Week is coming to the library Monday through Friday. Young adults, ages 12 and older, are invited to attend the fun after-school programs, to read one of the designated books, to win prizes, and to ”Get Real.”

Monday, there are two programs at 3:15 p.m.: “4 Girls Only” by the Creek Nation Public Health features Mary Kay Cosmetics hosting an hour-long workshop on “Girly Stuff.”

“Reel It In” is calling all fishermen. Pick up your free fish tags and enter the contest for the biggest fish and the largest stringer.

Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. features print making with Glenna McBride

Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. will be “Karaoke with Lester.”

Thursday at 3:30 p.m., there will be a free-style dance contest. Bring your own music.

Friday at 2 p.m., will be “Get Reel,” featuring a “reel” scary movie, movie trivia, prizes and refreshments.

For additional information, call Mary at (918) 689-2291 or (888) 291-8148. Copies of the week’s schedule are available at the library and at the high school and middle school libraries.

The Drama and Art Club for Kids will meet at Eufaula Memorial Library after school Tuesday. This month’s program will feature local artist Glenna McBride, who will guide the group in a printmaking activity.

A cooperative effort between the library and Eufaula Area Arts Council, the Drama and Art Club meets the third Tuesday of the month to provide drama and arts activities for interested students. Call Mary at (918) 689-2291 or (888) 291-8148 for details.

Pumpkin painting is scheduled at the library Friday. A couple of hundred pumpkins will be at the library, accompanied by local artist Joy Rogers and children’s library clerk, Mary Turnbull, who will assist children and young adults up to age 16 in decorating their very own pumpkins.

Sessions are scheduled at 30-minute intervals from 9 until 11 a.m. Interested parties are asked to call the library and sign up for a particular time, to keep the process running smoothly. Call (918) 689-2291 or (888) 291-8148 and plan to be there for a creative good time.

The American Red Cross class in First Aid, Safety and CPR will be offered at Eufaula Memorial Library Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The public is invited to participate. Red Cross certification can be earned at a cost of $10 per certifiable component. Janice Cook of Eufaula is the instructor. Call the library at (918) 689-2291 to sign up for the class.

National American Indian Heritage Month will be celebrated at the Eufaula Memorial Library during the month of November. The work of several local artists will be shown. Local artist Jon Tiger is the coordinator of the exhibit.

James Holder, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Eufaula Lake manager, was honored recently at a fish-fry luncheon. Holder retired after 35 years of service with the Corps of Engineers.

GED and Adult Basic Education class enrollment will be held Monday and Tuesday. The classes will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays in the building behind Eufaula High School.

As more jobs are requiring a high school diploma or a GED, this is an excellent opportunity to prepare yourself for the world of work. It is also a chance to achieve self-fulfillment by gaining the knowledge that you have satisfied the basic educational requirements.

For more information, call Cheryl Henderson, (918) 490-0153, or Martha Blesener, (918) 617-1313.