Weekend activities: Have fun with the whole family March 2-3

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 1, 2013 

See monster trucks in action, learn how to improve your home and garden, see a family-friendly play, hear your favorite Beatles tunes performed and find a dream prom dress for free at Chattachoochee Valley events this weekend.

Monster Nation's Jurassic Bash: See monster trucks including Smashosaurus, Bigfoot, Tailgator, Toxic, Equalizer, Red Solo Truck, Transaurus and Wheelie Wizard at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Columbus Civic Center. Tickets cost $14.50-$29.50. 706-653-4460 or 800-745-3000.

ABC Seamless Home and Garden Show: The Ledger-Enquirer presents this show 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Visit with local and regional vendors featuring products for the home, lawn and garden. The first 500 adults receive a free gift bag. Tickets are $2 and available at the door. The Columbus Botanical Garden features a series of workshops on both days.

"Mousetrap:" The Family Theatre presents Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" at 7:30 p.m. March 1-2 and a 2:30 p.m. performance on March 3. The play is about a group of strangers who are trapped together at a manor house during a snowstorm. They soon discover one of them is a murderer. Reservations 706-366-7196 or lhcardwell@gmail.com. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for students. Family tickets are $35. It's general seating. It's at 2100 Hamilton Road. www.familytheatre.org

Project Prom: High school girls can select donated new and gently used prom dresses from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 2, at 1313 13th Street, Columbus (in the old AJ's Music store). No reservations are needed. The first to arrive are the first to choose. The event is sponsored by the Junior League of Columbus. For more information, visit www.jlcolumbus.com and to see some of the available dresses log on to www.facebook.com/ProjectProm.

V.I.P. Bed Race: Due to last week's rain, the race of homemade beds on wheels was rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at 14th St. and Broadway. Fan voting, live music is set for 11 a.m. Parade and race to begin at 11:30 a.m. Crowd votes cost $1 per vote, 6 votes for $5, 15 votes for $10 and 80 votes for $50. For more information, visit valleyinterfaithpromise.com

Yesterday and Today: Audience members request their favorite Beatles tunes at this interactive show at 7:30 p.m. March 1-2. It's performed at the Springer Opera House. Tickets cost $38; $32 for seniors; $25 for military, police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and teachers; $15 for students through college with valid ID. Future shows are March 7-10 and March 14-16. 706-327-3688.

"The Mikado:" This Gilbert & Sullivan opera, performed by the Gilbert & Sullivan Players and set in Japan, satirizes British politics and institutions. It features a 24-person cast and 17-member orchestra. It's performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. Tickets cost $39.50-$49.50. Box Office: 706-256-3612.

"Growing Up in the Valley: Stories of Childhood:" This exhibit from the Columbus Museum's permanent collection closes Sunday, March 3. The exhibit examines the experiences of the Chattahoochee Valley's youngest residents. Historic toys, children's clothing, photographs, school memorabilia and other artifacts are on view. Opening Saturday is the "Homer in America" exhibition. Works of the American landscape painter and printmaker, who was dominant figure in 19th-century American realism, will be on view. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The museum also offers free docent-led drop-in tours to visitors at 2 p.m. each Saturday. 706-748-2562.

Benning Bazaar: The Fort Benning Community Spouses' Club invites the public to browse hundreds of handmade and local gifts from more than 80 vendors. Arts and crafts, jewelry, pottery, antiques and handmade goods will be available to purchase 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 2 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 3. While there is no cost for admission, donations for the Community Spouses' Club Community Grants and Scholarships Fund will be accepted at the door. The bazaar is at McGinnis-Wickham Hall, Building 4, Eckel St.

Jordan High School Champion Auto Show: The 18th annual event will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Food vendors will be available. It's at Jordan High School, 3200 Howard Ave. To enter your car, arrive before noon and it's $20. It's $1 to view the cars. 706-748-2819.

March Family Fun: The Columbus Public Library hosts a "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!" party at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2. It's free. 706-243-2679.

The Empty Bowl: Eat lunch during this event, which is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Northside Recreation Center, 2010 American Way, in Columbus. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 for guests younger than 12. You'll get an original bowl, which you can take home. Soups, breads and desserts will be available, as well as auction items. Proceeds benefit Feeding the Valley's kids' programs. 706-653-4196.

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