Don't Miss calendar: Jazz Depot hosts Salsa Ball on Saturday with live music
BY NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 20, 2012
12/20/12 at 8:49 AM
Christmas is less than a week away. Celebrate with any of these holiday-themed events this week.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St., has a couple of events going on this weekend.
On Friday, Dec. 21, join local singers Pam Van Dyke Crosby, Rebecca Ungerman and Cindy Cain for the holiday installment of their Dancing at the Depot series.
Be ready to swing, cha-cha or tango to the holiday favorites. Doors open at 7 p.m.; dancing begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10, available at tulsaworld.com/jazz or 918-281-8609.
Also at the depot is the third annual Salsa Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.
Bachata and salsa lessons will be offered, and a catered dinner will be served at 8:30 p.m. Live entertainment will begin at 10:15 p.m., with performances by Brujoroots Band, Salsabor Band and Calle Soul Band. Raffles and an auction will also be part of the event.
Tickets are $35 per person, or $60 per couple. A $5 discount is available for students and out-of-state attendees.
For tickets or more information, visit tulsaworld.com/jazz or call 918-955-6265.
Make use of the last days of Pop-up Shopping in the Deco District. The shops will be open until Dec. 28. Items for sale include jewelry, books, cupcakes and dog treats. The shops are located inside four buildings in the area of Fifth to Seventh streets and Boston Avenue to Main Street. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
After Christmas, consider heading to the Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford., for "A Kwanzaa Community Celebration."
The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26. Activities include performances by African Chief Egunwale, African drummers, poets and students from Light House Academy.
Audience members will also have an opportunity to showcase a talent during the event's "Mamanem" segment.
Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration, was created in the 1960s.
"Beginning the day after Christmas, the goal of Kwanzaa's seven principles is to reaffirm the dignity of the community, celebrate the culture and promote the well-being of the family," said Alicia Latimer, Tulsa City-County Library's African-American Resource Center coordinator. "There is a ceremony to honor our elders and ancestors, and children will receive a new book as a gift."
Also on the calendar this week is Winterfest, which will be outside the BOK Center through Jan. 6.
Skate on the 9,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink, enjoy a carriage ride and admire the 44-foot Christmas tree decked out in more than 35,000 lights. Admission is $5-$10. For a full Winterfest calendar with prices and daily hours of operation, visit tulsaworld.com/winterfest
Out of town
There are several out-of-town options, as well, for those who don't mind a short drive.
Christmas Kingdom is at the Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road, through New Year's Day. The castle is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. and features more than 2,000 displays, plus hayrides, carriage rides, a petting zoo and a holiday movie at the castle. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call 918-687-3625. And, while in Muskogee, make a stop to see the Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park, North 48th Street West and North 40th Street. More than 1 million lights are on at the park's 120 acres from 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Visitors will also see lit wildlife displays among the trees.
And in Bartlesville, it's the last weekend to catch this year's Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights, at 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road. The lights are on 5-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday. More than 600,000 lights illuminate this annual event, and visitors can take a ride in a wagon or stroll through the grounds. Cost is $4 for adults and $1 for children 11 and younger.
If you're looking for something to do on Christmas Day, consider taking your visitors to Will Rogers Memorial Museum, 1720 W. Will Rogers Boulevard in Claremore. Admission will be free that day. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "David Harum," "The Roping Fool" and other Rogers films will be showing in the museum that day.
Plenty of holiday light displays are still on. The free display at Rhema Bible Church, 1025 W. Kenosha St. in Broken Arrow, is open nightly from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. through New Year's Day. It features 2 million lights and a 50-figure nativity scene.
Or see the Holiday Lights on the Hill at Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st St. The public is invited to drive through three miles of bright lights and whimsical displays.
A window display includes festive decorations for a pop-up shop in the Philcade building last year in the Deco District. Tulsa World file
Chief Egunwale Amusan and his wife, Ifakemi Amusan, perform a short play during last year's Kwanzaa Community Celebration at Rudisill Library in Tulsa. JAMES GIBBARD/ Tulsa World file
Levi DeWitt skates down the rink at downtown Tulsa's Winterfest. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
People take in the sights at the Rhema Christmas Lights display at the church's Broken Arrow campus. The lights are on through New Year's Day. Tulsa World file