1 A cold front is in the forecast for Southern Oklahoma this week and what better way to avoid a chill than a nice, hot bowl of chili.  The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma will be holding its first-ever chili fundraiser. Dine in or dash out and all for a good cause. You can pick up your chili bowl from their convenient drive-thru located at 402 Pawnee St. or sit inside while enjoying the camaraderie of community. Chili bowls are $5 each. Call (580) 226-3750 to place your orders.

2 The Goddard Center’s exhibit titled “Calamitous Cowgirls” featuring the art of Texas-based artist Donna Howell-Sickles continues this week through Jan. 5. While the energy of Howell-Sickles’ cowgirls seems to jump off the canvas, the symbolism in her paintings is not always obvious. Donna uses folklore and classical mythology to bestow deeper meaning to the scenes she paints. By alluding to ancient myths and how women have been portrayed through legend, Howell-Sickles creates an archaic heroine, one that is relatable for modern women as well.
The Goddard Center’s exhibits are always free and open to the public.

3 The 25th annual Festival of the Trees begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
This year’s fundraiser is western themed. Attendees can enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction featuring locally-made works of art, as well as private parties and group excursions out of town. After dinner, guests can dance the night away with the Ole Troubadours, all the way from Purcell. This country and western dance band  specializes in some of the most unique and memorable songs to have stood the test of time.
4 The Rusty Nail Winery will be hosting a cork and canvas painting party at 6 p.m. Thursday. The event  offers a chance to paint a monthly-themed project while sampling a variety of wines. Each participant will paint two 12x12” canvases with Mr. & Mrs. Deer.
Seating will begin at 5:45. Arrive early for preferential seating. No experience necessary.

5 The Butterfield Youth Theater production of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” opens on December 8 with a casting twist.
Director Shannon Rivoire was faced with an interesting, yet exciting, problem when over 80 young actors auditioned for the 25 parts for this thrilling and popular production.
The masterful creation of imaginative enchantment by C.S. Lewis creates a unique world and invites children to walk into it and enjoy both surprise and adventure.
Butterfield Stage is  located at 201 S. Denton Street, Gainesville, Texas.