April 12, 2021

We still need about 15-20 more upward ticks on the ol’ thermometer to suit me, but we’re getting there! Spring has arrived for sure. There are more boats on the water every day – even some brave souls (or nuts) are out on personal watercraft. If you haven’t dewinterized your boat, you’re due! Trees are sporting leaves and flowers are poking their heads up as the grass turns a little greener every day. High school proms are underway (including this weekend’s All-Decades Prom Costume Party at The Pub) and the golf course tee times are getting snapped up. I think the winter is finally behind us! We’ll be eating and drinking outside before you know it.

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There’s more live entertainment around the lake every weekend this time of year, but last weekend gave us a chance to look at some Grand Lake talent of the future. The Ketchum Show Choir and Drama Department dazzled the crowd at Cherokee Yacht Club with their performance of the musical “Oklahoma!” If you think the younger generation is on a downhill slide, you need to look at what good kids can accomplish with good leadership. Good things are happening in our public schools!

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If you’re out and about in your boat after dark, slide by Shangri-La Marina. Wow! Crews from LakeLights365 have installed new Oelo accent lighting at the ship store and it adds an entirely new nighttime look. I had never seen that year-round invisible lighting system before, but I’m betting we’ll start seeing them pop up on private docks and homes around the lake once the word gets out. It marks the end of the era of strings of lights and electrical cords. Check it out. I’m impressed! I might check out a system like that for my boat slip.

The Shebang Monkey Island OK

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Congratulations are certainly in order for Brent Howard and his band of committed supporters of the South Grand Lake Regional Airport. They celebrated their new runway last week with some great festivities. It’s a fantastic Grand Lake asset, for sure!

Cari Williams Monkey Island

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Speaking of Grand Lake assets, if you haven’t been to Shangri-La Resort since fall, you won’t recognize the place. The Anchor, the resort’s new indoor-outdoor activity park is taking shape. That place is going to boost the entire Grand Lake economy. We’re just a few weeks away from having that year-round entertainment option. It’s gonna be a popular spot for visitors and locals, alike! Another multi-million dollar drawing card for the lake. Thanks, Eddy Gibbs!

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I’m confused by all the people who say they’re “done with Major League Baseball” because MLB moved this year’s All-Star Game from Atlanta to another major league park. Like they were planning to go, anyway???

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If you have donated money to Donald Trump, you might double-check your credit card account and make sure you’re not repeating the same donation every week. Reporting bureaus say Trump’s website activity has resulted in 3% of the total reported credit card fraud complaints. Apparently, there was a box automatically checked on his website saying whatever amount you donated would be billed to your account every week. So far, he’s had to refund some $122 million. But, I imagine most of his donors may not have noticed. When making contributions of any kind #checksarebest.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Shangri-La begins weekly Saturday breakfast & lunch cook-out service this week on the south patio of the club house. Sunday Brunch is served to the public at Doc’s Bar & Grill (9:00-2:00) and Mulligans at Patricia Island (10:00-2:00). The Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La is now open to the public Sunday evenings for dinner service. The first weekly “Shrimp Boil & Karaoke” night of the year at Doc’s Patio at Shangri-La is set for Thursday, April 22. The Waterway Café at Safe Harbor Harbors View Marina is now closed. Remodeling is underway for the second location of Blind Swine, which will open at Harbors View May 1. Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina also opens May 1, although VIP Pizza at Hammerhead is open on weekends.  Eddy’s Lakeside Bar has set 2021 opening day as May 14.

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK:  The legendary Wynonna Judd will be performing as part of festivities Thursday evening at The Coleman Theatre in Miami. Food trucks & shopping, too. The Northeast Oklahoma Regional Job Fair is Friday from noon-6:00 at the First Christian Church in Langley.  The Har-Ber Village Museum is now open for the season. Saturday night, see if you can still fit in that size and style you wore to your high school prom. It’s another Flash Back Saturday with the All Decades High School Prom Costume Party at Monkey Island Pub.

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Thursday Night Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La this week. Friday night, Jacob Dement provides the live entertainment at Doc’s. KJ Flip will lead the karaoke fun Thursday night at Blind Swine. Erin Fitzgibbon entertainsearly Friday night (6:00) followed by Jump Suit Love late. Saturday night, The Faulconers will be at the Swine, and KJ Flip will be back with Cocktails & Karaoke Sunday night. Terry Jordan entertains Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit at Shangri-La; and Saturday night is Karaoke with Tim at Monkey Island Pub.

In Grove, The Off Broadway Cabaret April fun continues at Playmakers Friday night at 7:30. Jonathan Elmore, author of “The No Bull$#!t Wine Book,” returns with “Beer and the Bard – an English Pub” featuring European beers to accompany a rap version of Hamlet!

In Miami, Wynonna Judd will be in concert at The Coleman Theatre Thursday night at 8:00.

On South Grand Lake, Laron Simpson provides the Friday night music at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney; and the great Don White will entertain Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Jack Stockton & the Outlaws in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Torn Friday and Stonehorse Saturday. Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar features music of Eastern Heights Friday night and 90LB Wrench Saturday. At Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar, Brett N’ Terri will be performing Friday night, and Three Chord Justice will be featured Saturday.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Mickey Mantle bunted for a hit with the bases empty 80 times during his career, including 11 times in 1956 when he won the American League Triple Crown and hit 52 home runs.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: With another Masters Tournament in the books, it’s worth nothing that it has now been 20 years since Tiger Woods’ “Slam of 2001,” winning all four major championships.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Your pants will never be too tight if you don’t wear any.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: I would rather be excluded for who I include than be included for who I exclude.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: I’m pretty sure my dream job would be Karma delivery person. (Thanks to Linda Wall for sharing this one.)

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: I just saw some red-breasted birds sitting in the sun and selling ice cream. I think they were Baskin Robins.

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: If you die and get cremated, you can be put into an hourglass and still be included in family game night.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: I imagineyouhave already heard, but Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, died last week. He had a good run, though. He would have turned 100 in a couple of months. As for the Queen herself, she turns 95 next week. That may not be as much of a shocker as the fact that, the day after Queen Elizabeth turns 95, Star Trek/Boston Legal star William Shatner will turn 90.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Melanie Athey, TJ Phipps, Terrei Phipps, Ashley Davidson, Ron Lay, Mark Poole, Vicki Howard, Tim Howson, Natasha Wilcox, Liz Paden, Jeff Spielmann, Jason Faulconer, Don Bullard, Steve Long, Bobby Brewer, Bruce May, Sarah Scott, Larry Sanford, Jackie Moore, Creed Littlefield, Jessica Stoelzing, and Greg Bolton.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny?

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: A new series Big Shot debuts Friday on Disney+. Why Are You Like This comes to NETFLIX Friday. Sunday is a big night. The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will be televised live at 7:00 Sunday night on CBS following 60 Minutes. Kate Winslet also returns to television Sunday night at 9:00 in a new mini-series called Mare of Easttown premiering on HBO.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Night of the Sicario is a limited theater release this week. Monday, Vanquish, and Killer Among Us are all available for rent this week.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Maybe you have to be a Baby Boomer from Oklahoma or Texas to get the joke, but a Southern Baptist college just won the Big Dance.” – Argus Hamilton

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SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 22 – Grove Spring Job Fair (10:00-4:00) at the Grove Civic Center. Thursday, April 22 – First weekly “Shrimp Boil & Karaoke” of the year at Doc’s Patio at Shangri-La (5:00-9:00). Friday-Sunday, April 23-25 – Civil War Historical Weekend at Har-Bar Village. Saturday, April 24 – Wild for Spring opening of The Oasis (11:00-6:00). Saturday, April 24 – It’s Tee Time Golf Tournament at The Coves Golf Club (9:00 a.m.). Friday, April 30 – CASA’s Cherish the Children Cruise Night at the Ottawa County Courthouse parking lot in Miami (6:00-9:00). Saturday, May 1 – Kentucky Derby Watch Party at Doc’s Bar & Grill (4:00-6:30). Saturday, May 1 – Opening of Blind Swine at Safe Harbor Harbors View Marina. Thursday, May 13 – Grove Chamber Members Luncheon at Grove Civic Center. Friday, May 14 – Eddy’s Lakeside Bar opens for the season at Shangri-La Marina. Saturday, May 15 – Napa Nights at South Grand Lake Regional Airport. Friday, May 21 – South Grand Lake Chamber Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Saturday, May 22 – Mad Dog 2021 Critter Run bar crawl scavenger hunt on Monkey Island. Saturday, May 22 – Grand Opening Celebration at Marina Del Ray Resort (6:30). Saturday, May 29 – First Farmers Market of the Year at Grove Community Center. Saturday, June 5 – Camp Bandage at Grand Lake RV Resort (noon-4:00). Wednesday-Thursday, June 9-10 – SLWGA Shangri-La Tee Da Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Thursday-Sunday, June 10-13 – Toes in the Grand Festival at Sniders Campground and Wolf Creek Park. Saturday, June 19 – Rock the Dock Concert at Check-In Bay (noon-5:00). Friday-Saturday, June 25-26 – Grand Jam Music Festival at Grand Meridian RV Park.

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SPORTS WATCH: The PGA Tour heads to Hilton Head, South Carolina this week for the RBC Heritage. Coverage begins on the Golf Channel at 2:00 Thursday & Friday and noon Saturday & Sunday. CBS picks up coverage of the final two rounds Saturday & Sunday at 2:00.

In the NBA, the OKC Thunder are on a grueling road trip this week to face Utah Tuesday (8:00) and Golden State Wednesday (8:00), then on to Detroit Friday (6:00), Toronto Sunday (6:00), Washington Monday (7:00), and Indiana next Wednesday (6:00). All games are on Bally Sports Oklahoma.

NASCAR drivers are back on the track this week. They’ll be at Martinsville for some Saturday night prime time racing. Coverage of the Blue-Emu 500 begins at 6:30 Saturday night on Fox Sports 1.

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The weekend weather forecast for Grand Lake looks pretty nice, although it’ll still be a little bit cool. We may have a little shower Friday morning, but it should be mostly sunny after that, with high temperatures in the low 60s and lows around 40. There’s a lot happening all around Grand Lake. Enjoy all we have for wonderful weekend fun. Remember, though, wherever you party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!

April 5, 2021

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather on Easter Sunday. I hope you found all your eggs, but I hope you remembered not to put them all in one basket!

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Sunday’s beautiful weather brought on a new challenge for a lot of my pals. I know for sure that the peak season has arrived on Grand Lake. I’m also pretty sure that boat keys and golf cart keys were harder to find than Easter eggs! That’s the crowd I travel with, anyway.

Cari Williams Monkey Island

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I had a fabulous time Easter “Eve.” I always love a party, as you know – and the South Grand Lake Chamber threw one heck of a party Saturday night. The Annual Bootleggers Ball at Shangri-La was a blast! The Chamber raised a lot of money for their great work…and, like I’ve always said, nobody knows how to support good causes like Grand Lakers. Eating, drinking, gambling, and spending money for fun things to raise money for important stuff. That’s how we roll! Congrats to the team at the South Grand Chamber and Shangri-La for putting together a really fun – and productive party!

The Shebang Monkey Island

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Oklahoma has hit the “re-boot” button. We have a new president at Oklahoma State University (Dr. Kayse Shrum) and a new men’s Basketball Head Coach at OU (Porter Moser – he’s coming from Loyola-Chicago, but it’s not clear if Sister Jean is part of the deal or not). Thankfully, OSU doesn’t need a new basketball coach – but OSU has to replace Cade Cunningham who is going pro and OU will have to replace Brady Manek who entered the transfer portal – and OU is still trying to replace Sherri Coale as women’s coach. Nothing’s easy, right?

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I’m glad April Fools Day is behind us for another year. Now, everything on the internet is true again.

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I think I have a chance at making it into the record books. The 20th and final season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians is underway – and I’ve never seen an episode, yet. I think I can make the entire run!

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Grand Lake is getting a new Bar & Grill. Drunken Rooster Bar & Grill announced plans last week to build a new facility at Grand Meridian RV, Cabin & Tiny Home Resort on South Grand Lake. The first weekly “Shrimp Boil & Karaoke” night of the year at Doc’s Patio at Shangri-La is set for Thursday, April 22. The Waterway Café at Safe Harbor Harbors View Marina is now closed. Remodeling is underway for the second location of Blind Swine, which will open at Harbors View May 1. Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina also opens May 1, although VIP Pizza at Hammerhead is open on weekends.  Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda is also open for the season on weekends. No weekend breakfast service yet at The Quarterdeck. Eddy’s Lakeside Bar has set 2021 opening day as May 14. Sunday Brunch is served to the public at Doc’s Bar & Grill (9:00-2:00) and Mulligans at Patricia Island (10:00-2:00). Summit Restaurant begins Sunday night open-to-the-public dinner service this week.

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK:  Friday morning at 10:30 is the South Grand Lake Regional Airport Runway Celebration. Monday, there is a Grove Chamber Business After Hours at The Parrot in Grove (5:00-6:30).

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Thursday Night Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La this week. Friday night, Caleb Fellenstein provides the live entertainment at Doc’s. KJ Flip will lead the karaoke fun Thursday night at Blind Swine. Erin Fitzgibbon entertainsearly Friday night (6:00) followed by The Down Beat late. Saturday night, Open Road will be at the Swine, and KJ Flip will be back with Cocktails & Karaoke Sunday night. Terry Jordan entertains Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit at Shangri-La; and Saturday night is Karaoke with Tim at Monkey Island Pub.

In Grove, The Off Broadway Cabaret April fun kicks off at Playmakers Friday night at 7:30. Tom Teel will lead the sing-along of wine songs as you learn about wines from Jonathan Elmore, author of “The No $#!t Wine Book.”

On South Grand Lake, Scott Musick provides the Saturday night music at Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Eastbound in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Encore Friday and Thomas Martinez Saturday. Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar features music of 24 Karat Friday night and Time Machine Saturday. At Cherokee Casino Grove’s 1897 Bar, The Shotgunbillys will be performing Friday night, and The Uncrowned Kings will be featured Saturday.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: In Japan, reaching first base on a swinging third strike that is not caught is called furinige, or “swing and escape.”

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Americans spend $36 million every hour of every day at Wal-Mart.

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PHILOSOPHY OF THE WEEK: Just because it’s a bad idea doesn’t mean it won’t be a good time.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: It will be a great day when schools have all the money they need, and politicians have to sell chocolates to support their campaigns.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK (seen at Popeye’s Fried Chicken): Now hiring smiling feces. (yes, spelling can be important)

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: Idolizing a politician is like believing the stripper really likes you.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: My wife has totally changed since she became a vegan. It’s like I never knew herbivore.

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Don’t expect me to stop if you’re broken down by the side of the road. You were offered an extended warranty, right?

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: John Astin, the talented actor who is perhaps best known for his role in The Addams Family TV series, celebrated his birthday over the weekend. He’s 91. Actress Shirley Jones, best known for her role in The Partridge Family, turned 87 over the weekend. The late Oklahoma music legend Leon Russell would have turned 79 last week. Famed American poet Maya Angelou died seven years ago. She would have turned 93 this week.  

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Steve Oden, Donnie Smith, Tiera Henry, Devon Miller, Pat Sheeler, Peggy Howard-Burgess, Bill Durick, Bill Schenke, Jerry Cookson, Bill Dalton, Jack Moore, Doug Frans, and Donny Boyle.

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why is there always enough asphalt for speed bumps, but never enough to fill potholes?  

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: Rebel debuts Thursday night at 9:00 on ABC. The Voice airs Monday night at 7:00 on NBC.  The Resident premieres Tuesday night at 7:00 followed by The Prodigal Son at 8:00, both on Fox

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: With Regal Theaters opening nationwide, more movies are turning up quickly. Godzilla vs. Kong and Voyagers are both in theaters this week. Us Kids is available for rent and The Man Who Sold His Skin is in virtual theaters. An excellent documentary, Our Towns, airs next Tuesday at 8:00 on HBO.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I recommend a law prohibiting all corporations from contributing to the campaign expenses of any party.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, April 16 – Job Fair at First Christian Church in Langley (Noon-6:00). Thursday, April 22 – Grove Spring Job Fair (10:00-4:00) at the Grove Civic Center. Thursday, April 22 – First weekly “Shrimp Boil & Karaoke” of the year at Doc’s Patio at Shangri-La (5:00-9:00). Saturday, April 24 – Wild for Spring opening of The Oasis (11:00-6:00). Saturday, May 1 – Opening of Blind Swine at Safe Harbor Harbors View Marina. Thursday, May 13 – Grove Chamber Members Luncheon at Grove Civic Center. Friday, May 14 – Eddy’s Lakeside Bar opens for the season at Shangri-La Marina. Wednesday, May 19 – Napa Nights at South Grand Lake Regional Airport. Friday, May 21 – South Grand Lake Chamber Golf Tournament at Shangri-La. Saturday, May 22 – Mad Dog 2021 Critter Run bar crawl scavenger hunt on Monkey Island. Saturday, June 5 – Camp Bandage at Grand Lake RV Resort (noon-4:00). Wednesday-Thursday, June 9-10 – SLWGA Shangri-La Tee Da Golf Tournament at Shangri-La Golf Club. Thursday-Sunday, June 10-13 – Toes in the Grand Festival at Sniders Campground and Wolf Creek Park. Saturday, June 19 – Rock the Dock Concert at Check-In Bay (noon-5:00). Friday-Saturday, June 25-26 – Grand Jam Music Festival at Grand Meridian RV Park.

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SPORTS WATCH: Professional golf takes the spotlight this week for the biggest tournament of the year. It’s time for The Masters. ESPN has the coverage live from Augusta, Georgia beginning at 2:00 Thursday & Friday. CBS picks up the final two rounds with coverage at 2:00 Saturday and 1:00 Sunday.

In the NBA, the OKC Thunder are at home through the weekend. They host Detroit Monday (6:00), Charlotte Wednesday (7:00), and Philadelphia Saturday (8:00) before heading west next week to face Utah Tuesday (8:00) and Golden State Wednesday (8:00). All games are on Bally Sports Oklahoma.

NASCAR drivers are back on the track this week. They’ll be at Martinsville for some Saturday night prime time racing. Coverage of the Blue-Emu 500 begins at 6:30 Saturday night on Fox Sports 1.

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The weekend weather forecast for Grand Lake looks great. We’ll have a little breeze, but sunshine and high temperatures around 70 with lows in the mid-40s. Even a little warmer Sunday and into next week. Enjoy all that Grand Lake has to offer for the wonderful weekend. Remember, though, wherever you party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!

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