While the cold still has it's grip on the region, temps will rise over the weekend and there will be plenty to get out and enjoy locally.

1. Flex your mental muscles and have a good time for a great cause this Friday, Jan. 5 at the Partners for Ottawa County, Inc. (POCI) Trivia Night and Silent Auction. Join POCI at the Ottawa County Boys & Girls Club, 830 D St. SE in Riverview Park in Miami. The event is 18+ and doors open at 6 p.m. with trivia kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for one, $40 for two, and $125 for a table of six and include one free drink of wine or beer and appetizers. Your support helps youth development in all of Ottawa County! For tickets contact: okipoci@gmail.com or facebook.com/okPOCI.

2. The 5th annual Grand Lake Polar Bear Plunge takes place Saturday, Jan. 6 on Wolf Creek. Cost is $25 per person and chili will be provided for participants. All proceeds will be used to purchase coats for area kids in need. The fun starts a 1 p.m. with registration and food and the plunge is at 2 p.m. Pre-register at the Grand Lake Family YMCA or contact Daniel Allsup of Allsup Chiropractic for more information at 918-787-6116.

3. There is no shortage of live entertainment this weekend at area casinos. Beat the cold and keep things warm with music and dancing this Friday and Saturday. Check out our weekend live entertainment calendar below to find out who will be rocking and where.

4. It’s not a big weekend for new movies, but if you’re into horror films there is one that might be worth checking out: “Insidious: The Last Key” in which a parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet — in her own family home.

5. Monday, Jan. 8 is the start of Universal Letter-Writing Week, so if you’re looking for something to keep you occupied this weekend, consider getting out some stationary and pens and sending a message the old-fashioned way. There’s something special about getting a letter in the mail as opposed to an email or text, especially after the holiday season.

WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

Bordertown Casino & Arena

Jan. 5

Dewayne Bowman

Jan. 6

Duke Mason

Buffalo Run

No Current Listings

Cherokee Casino Grove

No Current Listings

Downstream Casino

Jan. 5

Blank Earth

Jan. 6

Larry B & TCR

Grand Lake Casino

Jan. 5

Aaron Woods Band

Indigo Sky Casino

Jan. 5

Rosy Hips

Jan. 6

Another Alibi

River Bend Casino (formerly Wyandotte Casino)

Jan. 5

Stonehorse

Stables Casino

Jan. 5-6

Comedian Bill Boronkay w/ special guest CeCe