Need weekend plans? Thunder in the Valley, Disney on Ice, RiverBlast among events

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 15, 2013 

Hello, spring!

While the first official day of spring is still a few days away, the temperature outside certainly feels like it already has arrived.

A beautiful sunny weekend is in the Chattahoochee Valley's forecast with highs today and Sunday in the upper 70s.

Annual favorites Disney on Ice and Thunder in the Valley are set for this weekend.

If you're going to be outside -- and trust us, you should be -- make sure to bring your sunscreen and be prepared because pollen season is here.

Below you'll find some events going on this weekend. For more, visit ledger-enquirer.com/todo.

Thunder In The Valley Air Show: Watch aircraft formations and flight teams from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Tickets cost $10 in advance,

$15 day-of. Military tickets cost $8 in advance. Scouts in uniform (adults and kids) get free admission. Children 6 and younger get in free. 706-243-8954.

Hazardous waste, electronics recycling: The city accepts hazardous waste and electronics for recycling today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the city's recycling warehouse at 25 22nd Ave., across from the old Dolly Madison Bakery and behind the Summit service station. Common household hazardous items that will be collected include: paint and solvents, lawn care products, cleaning products, automotive products and fluorescent light bulbs. Electronic products that will be accepted include: computers, printers, copiers, fax machines and consumer electronics. Televisions will not be accepted.

SMA 5K Eat 'n Run: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. today at Hardaway High School. The race is at 9 a.m. The cost is $20, $10 for ages 3-10. Money raised goes to Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a treatment and a cure for SMA, a progressive neuromuscular disease which destroys the nerves needed for activities like crawling, walking, swallowing and breathing. A 2K course will be available. After the race, expect food, entertainment and prizes.

Big Dog St. Paddy's Day 5K: Run a 5K in downtown Columbus and on the RiverWalk. Enjoy post-race entertainment and beer for those 21 and older. 6:30 p.m. today at Big Dog Running Co. $30 to register today.

Blue Devil Dash: This Columbus High Senior Project supports the Fort Benning Wounded Warriors. The 3.1 course begins on the trail behind the Manchester Expressway Park and Ride. It starts at 9 a.m. $12 (includes T-shirt) Email: angelaireal@yahoo.com

Contemporary Christian music concert: Audio Adrenaline, Group One Crew, Seventh Day Slumber, and Manic Drive perform at Calvary Baptist Church on Old Moon Road. Today at 5:30 p.m. This is a fundraiser for 88.5 The Truth, a nonprofit, noncommercial Christian music station in Columbus. Tickets cost $17 to $50. 706-322-1491. 885thetruth.com

Scruffy Murphy's St. Patrick's Day celebrations: "The Hot Asphalt" trio from Wexford, Ireland will perform today. Today, the hot spot opens at 10:30 a.m. with music and food: fish and chips, shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage and corned beef casserole. Cover will range from $7-$12. 706-322-3460.

"Yesterday and Today": It's the final night for the interactive Beatles experience at the Springer Opera House. The show is at 7:30 p.m. on the Mainstage, Tickets cost $38; $32 for seniors; $25 for military, police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and teachers; $15 for students through college with valid ID. 706-327-3688. springeroperahouse.com

"Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy": Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell, the fairies of Pixie Hollow, Lightning McQueen, "The Little Mermaid," and Woody and Buzz hit the ice at the Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12-$40. Call the box office at 706-653-4460 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

RiverBlast at Port Columbus: The Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus presents "Bitterly Divided: The Home Front" 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, at 1002 Victory Drive. Drills, encampment, cannon firings and performances will be held. Free with admission, $7.50-$6. 706-327-9798.portcolumbus.org

The Seizing Party: 11 a.m. today at the 1000 & 1100 blocks of Broadway. This living history interactive event will be a dramatization of the Columbus Women's Riot of April 11, 1863. Sparked by high prices and scarcity of goods, a group of women numbering about 65 marched down Broad Street to "raid the stores of speculators." Free.

Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus Pops Concert and Luncheon: The young musicians present "Luck of the Irish," a concert in celebration of St. Patrick's Day at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $15 for children. The event is open to the public and kicks off the 2013 Maestro for a Moment competition between former mayor Bob Poydasheff, state representative John Pezold and actress Dusty Wellborn. 706-256-3614. yogc.org

Kobrin-Schwartz-Warner Piano Trio: 4 p.m. Sunday at the Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Admission: free. Join faculty artists Alexander Kobrin, piano, Sergiu Schwartz, violin, and Wendy Warner, cello, for an afternoon of music featuring Brahm's passionate Piano Trio in C minor and Mendelssohn's brilliant Piano Trio in D minor. 706-649-7225 or Music.columbusstate.edu.

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