1 Farmers Market at the Market Place on Broadway will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The evening shopping hours are a new feature of the local farmer’s market that currently highlights early produce ripe and ready for sale. Jeff DiMiceli, Ardmore Main Street Authority general manager, calls the evening hours,  “Another step in the evolution of bringing what customers want to the public. Don’t like to get up early to shop for fresh produce? Now you don’t have to.  Just go directly from work to the Market Place on Broadway and pick up beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables for your family’s table. Since you’re already in the area, have a family supper at one of the downtown restaurants.  It’ll be a pleasant, relaxing evening.”

2 Ardmore High School’s The ACT will welcome guests and community members for a performance showcase at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Goddard Center.
The night will start with dessert being served. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Brian Gunter, the ACT coach, said the annual event gives the group a chance to showcase the success of the year. Selections will range from the dramatic to slapstick comedy and silly performances. The mix also allows attendees to see all of the different ranges of performances the group tackles each year. The evening doubles as a senior night recognition and a chance to hand out yearly awards to the students.
Tickets for the showcase can be purchased by emailing bgunter@ardmorecityschools.org or by calling (580) 465-0589. The proceeds will go toward helping some of the team travel to national competition and offset a drama summer camp the group hopes to offer.

3 Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (retired), will be the keynote speaker as East Central University’s Veterans Upward Bound Program Thursday during the  Veterans and Military Appreciation Day in the ECU Foundation Hall of the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center.  Pulido is a vision of resiliency after a traumatic life-changing event while serving his country in Iraq on Aug. 17, 2004 as he hit an Improvised Explosive Device or roadside bomb. Pulido’s firsthand account of coming out of the darkness of depression, makes him an ideal candidate to educate the public on resilience.
The program is set to start at 10 a.m. Lunch is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and door prizes will be drawn during lunch. The program will feature the presentation of the Bret D. Isenhower Scholarship and, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., service providers will be doing speed sharing presentations.

4 The Elk’s Red River 5th Annual BBQ Championship opens at noon Friday. The IBCA sanctioned event is a scholarship fundraiser. Friday night features a steak challenge and the Calcutta.
The event will continue Saturday. Categories include brisket, children and spare ribs. To qualify for the grand championship contestants must enter all meat categories. In addition there is  Jack Pot Beans category.
The lodge is located at 2526 S. Commerce Street. To ask questions call (580) 465-7234.

5 The May Daze Festival — the event that marks the unofficial start to summer in Blanchard, opens at 10 a.m. Friday. The Main Street festival includes what’s billed as “great live entertainment ranging from  country and gospel to rock-’n-roll and blues.” In addition there will be a  carnival, delicious food, booths featuring arts, craft and antiques, games and competitions like the turtle race and annual Diaper Derby.
The festival will wind down at 10 p.m. Friday, but will reopen again at 10 a.m. Saturday and run though 8 p.m.