5 ways to have fun this weekend

1 Miami’s Veterans Day Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Friday and is hosted by the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce. The parade will travel from 5th Ave & N. Main St. to First Ave. and S. Main St. The event is in honor of all those who served and are still serving to protect our freedom. Everyone is encouraged to participate or come watch to show support of "Our Heroes.” The Quapaw Tribe Fire/EMS Honor Guard will be presenting the colors. There are a variety of other Veterans Day activities. A full schedule will be in the News-Record’s Veterans Day section that runs today.

2 An exhibition of the artwork of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M sophomore Meg Watkins continues through Nov. 18 in the Charles Banks Wilson Gallery of Kah-Ne Hall. Watkins will graduate in December. For more information on the exhibit, contact Jessica Stout at jessica.s.stout@neo.edu.

3 The “real” season starts Friday night for Oklahoma high school football teams. Four area teams qualified and three play at home: Salina at Wyandotte, Warner at Afton, Midway at Bluejacket. Commerce, the fourth team to make it, travels to Tulsa Victory Christian. Oklahoma hosts Baylor Saturday at 11 a.m. (ABC) and Oklahoma State entertains Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

4 The big movies opening this weekend are “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an R-rated historical drama directed by Ang Lee about an Iraq war veteran who returns home a hero but must come to terms with the disconnect between the realities of war at home and overseas; and “Arrival” a PG-13 sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker in which a linguist is recruited by the military to help translate alien communications.

5 Have you started decorating for Thanksgiving? Or preparing your big dinner party? This weekend is a good time to test out new recipes or make some decor, and you can get the kids involved by having them make turkey hands and other items, such as the dining room centerpiece.