Celebrate the end of the work, school week with family friendly fun

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 19, 2012 

Grab a sweater and take a chair or a blanket to one of the family-friendly outdoor activities going on tonight, Friday, Oct. 19, in the Columbus, GA, area. Tonight is the final show in the outdoor Fall Uptown Concert Series, Fort Benning's Oktoberfest, The Greater Columbus Fair and The Landings' Hoppy Halloween Festival. If indoor activities are more your thing, check out the new plays at the Springer Opera House, Columbus State University's theater and the Liberty Theatre.

Satin Finish performs an all-ages show 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, as the final show in the Fall Uptown Concert Series. It's free and at the 1000 block of Broadway.

Ladies, lace up your running shoes, wear pink and head to Big Dog Running Company for the Girls Night Out 5K at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Proceeds will benefit the Schryl Carden Breast Cancer Fund. Each runner will receive a race T-shirt and drawstring bag. Pink is the color of the evening. Race-day registration is $33.

The Greater Columbus Fair continues 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m.-midnight Sunday at the Columbus Civic Center. Cost is $7 for adults, $2 seniors and children ages 3-9 on Friday and Saturday. Sunday cost is $7 adults, $2 seniors and children ages 3-9 and $3 military with ID (up to four adult tickets). Children 2 and younger are free every day. Information: 706-653-4482, 706-653-4460 and www.ColumbusCivicCenter.org

The Landings Shopping Center hosts its Hoppy Halloween Festival 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and a scarecrow contest and pumpkin drop 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Oct. 20. On Friday, a free screening of "Monsters, Inc." is set for 9 p.m. in the parking lot. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy food specials, Monkey Joe's inflatables and photo opportunities with the Sweet Frog mascot and Monkey Joe. Costume contests are 7-9 p.m. with prizes awarded to winners in three age levels: 4 and younger, 5-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. On Saturday, vote for your favorite scarecrow from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to win the People's Choice Award. Votes cost $1 each, with a $5 minimum, and all proceeds will go to the Children's Miracle Network. The Pumpkin Drop for MS will begin at 10 a.m. Guests will be lifted in a bucket truck to smash their pumpkins by dropping them into the parking lot.

Fort Benning’s Annual Oktoberfest (Oct. 19-21) includes a keg tossing, Duchshund Derby, food and music. The German style fun is 4-10 p.m. Friday, Oct 19, at the Uchee Creek Activity Center. A keg-tapping ceremony under the big-top fest tent is at 6 p.m. The German Sonnenschein Express will headline in the fest tent throughout the evening, and the MCoE Rock Band will perform from 7:30-8:15 p.m. Aside from the traditional German music and food, guests will enjoy games and competitions for all ages, a pumpkin patch for the little ones, inflatable bounce houses, pony rides, pontoon boat rides, a petting zoo and hayrides. Saturday’s canine competitions include the Dachshund Derby, Doggie Doppelganger (owner/dog look-alike), Tricky Dog and more. A stroller-friendly 5K Volksmarch and Oktoberfest 10K Cross Country Challenge start at 9 a.m. Saturday. 10K fee is $35. The Volksmarch is free. Saturday's main action is 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m.

The musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors" focuses on two employees — Seymour and Audrey — at a flower shop that’s lacking in business. The show is performed at the Springer Opera House Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 25-27. Life at the store takes an unexpected turn when a bizarre plant enters the equation. The blood-hungry plant offers Seymour a life of fame and fortune in exchange for satisfying its appetite. Shows are 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 18-27. There will be one 2:30 p.m. matinee on Oct. 21 at the Springer Opera House, 103 10th St., Columbus. Cost is $15 children/students and $25-$38 adults. Details: 706-327-3688.

Columbus State University students perform "Circle Mirror Transformation" is set at a local community acting class in Shirley, Vermont. The class is taught by local artist Marty and attended by James, her husband, Schultz, a recently divorced carpenter, Theresa, a flirty, former New York actress and Lauren, a pouty 16-year-old. Most of the action of the play takes place in common acting exercises (the title referring to one), and over the course of the six week class the character's personal lives seep into the class, creating poignant drama that animates their ordinary lives. By the end of the play, each character undergoes an evolution of self, as the relationships they've formed with other characters develop or shatter. Circle Mirror Transformation is both sharply funny and touching, while celebrating the subtle power of creativity. Show are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at CSU's Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. Cost is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and active duty military. Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 1 hour prior to performance time. Call (706) 507-8444 to reserve tickets, or visit www.columbusstate.edu/theatre for more information.

"Stimulus," an original stage play by Jonathan S.E. Perkins is performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October at the Liberty Theatre, 831 Eighth Ave. In the play, a sudden change of events finds a mechanic out of work and looking for a stimulus package sooner than later. Tickets cost $15, $13 for students, seniors and military. For tickets and more information, visit libertytheatreculturalcenter.com or call 706-653-7566.

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