March 25 though May: Chattahoochee Valley activities calendar

March 20, 2013 

THIS WEEK

Master Gardener Demonstration Luncheon: with Master Gardener Larry Miller, 11:30 a.m. March 26, St. Luke Ministry Center, 301 11th St. Topic: Day lilies. Reservations due by March 22. $8. 706-327-4343 orkym@stlukeum.com.

Open House/Spring Festival: For seniors 60 and over, 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 27, Central Senior Center, 1500 14th St., Phenix City. 334-298-8582.

Health & Wellness Fair: 11 a.m.-noon March 27, Summer's Landing at Green Island, 6830 River Road. Health and wellness information, screenings and refreshments. Free. 706-315-6202.

Astronaut Bernard Harris: 7 p.m. March 28. The first African American to walk in space is the Hunter Lecture series guest speaker. It's free but space is limited. 706-649-1486. ColumbusState.edu/nextgenstem

Historic Columbus' 5th Annual Preservation for Profit Workshop: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 28, Columbus Convention and Trade Center; keynote luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with speaker Andres Duany. Other speakers will be Walter Brown, Mark McDonald, Philip Morris and Otis White. $100 day workshop; $40 luncheon only. 706-322-0756.

Orchids 101 - Basics for Beginners: 6-7:30 p.m. March 28, Columbus Botanical Garden, 3603 Weems Road. Ginny Potter, Master Gardener, will provide basic care tips for keeping orchids healthy. Martha Davis, floral designer, demonstrates ways to use orchids in floral creations. $15 members/$20 non-members. Register at 706-327-8400.

THIS WEEKEND

Russell County Be Ready Day: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30, The Pavilion, 280 Bypass. Hosted by Russell County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Free preparedness information, drawings for prizes, food, family fun, equipment demonstrations, supplies and tools. 334-291-5079.

Colorful Creations - Butterflies: 10 a.m.-noon March 30, Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The 30-minute animal program about butterflies will be followed by an hour-long art class taught by Rita Mead of Brush Busters. Open to children ages 6 and older. $15, includes animal show, art class and art materials. Pre-registration required. 706-687-4090.

Eggstravaganza at Fort Benning's Riverside: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30, located at the corner of Vibbert and Lumpkin. The free family event includes games, refreshments, entertainment and Easter egg hunt for children 18 months through 11 years old. 706-545-3328. Note: This is the rescheduled date.

Easter Egg Hunt at Wynnbrook Baptist Church: 10 a.m.-noon March 30. 500 River Knoll Way. Free, open to the public. Prizes for all ages. 10,000 eggs. Bring a basket. 706-323-4374.

Easter Egg Hunt at Florence Marina: 1-3 p.m. March 30 for age groups 3-5, 6-8 and 9-10. The park is located In Omaha, Ga., on Highway 39. $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

Easter Egg Hunt: 2-4:30 p.m. March 30, Callaway Gardens. The Easter Bunny will visit from noon to 5 p.m. Open to all ages. Free with admission to the Gardens. 706-663-5187.

Wine tasting: 6 p.m. and later March 30. Carriage & Horses restaurant in Pine Mountain. Mediterranean flair. Buffet dinner. Music. $25. RSVP, 706-663-4777.

Easter Sunrise Service at Linwood Cemetery: 7 a.m. Lummus Chapel. A non-denominational service. Coffee and donuts. Enter the cemetery at the chapel gate. 706-321-8285.

Easter Sunrise Service: 7:30 a.m. March 31, Callaway Gardens, between the Gardens Restaurant and the boat dock. Dr. Leighton Ford will speak. Entry free prior to 8 a.m. Guests should enter through the original Gardens gate on U.S. Highway 27. 706-663-5187.

COMING SOON

Roly Polys and Other Creepy Crawly Critters: 9:45-11 a.m. April 2, Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. We will search for roly polys and other insects and will make roly poly-inspired crafts. 706-687-4090

Alligators & Agriculture: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5, Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Enjoy visiting the resident alligators while exploring the world of gardening and farming. Explore exhibitors through a series of stations that will feature lessons on seeds plants, gardens, earthworms, bee pollination, farming and essential water resources. $5. 706-687-4090.

Rummage/Hot Dog Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6, Summer's Landing at Green Island, 6830 River Road. Reserve a space for $5; donations may be dropped off anytime. 706-315-6202.

Women Helping Women Luncheon: Hosted by the Pastoral Institute Auxiliary, 11:30 a.m. April 9, Columbus Iron Works and Trade Center. Elizabeth Smart, a child advocate and abduction survivor, will speak. Tickets: $50/$425 table of eight. Proceeds to benefit the Hope Fund. Register online, by March 26, at www.pilink.org or 706-649-6362, ext. 1247.

Women of Distinction: Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will honor the 2013 recipients 7 p.m. April 18, at Green Island Hills County Club. They are: R. Marie Bruner, Diane Parkman Hett, Kim Giles Jinks, Maria Sandri Kent, Adelaide Bush Kirk, LaRae Dixon Moore, Lora Davis Warren and Betty Willis Whisnant. Tickets: $50; proceeds to benefit Girl Scouts. 770-536-8656.

Reptile Fest: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27, Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Enjoy a reptile show hosted by Jason Clark of SnakesRUs, kid-friendly crafts, an alligator feeding, the Hiss American Pageant, and more. $5. 706-687-4090.

Columbus Audubon Bird Park Grand Opening: All day May 11, Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Enjoy a day fill of bird-brained activies. 706-687-4090.

Let There Be Art: The annual week-long sale and celebration of art and botanicals. April 18-25. Columbus Museum. 706-748-2562.

17th Annual Arts in the Park: Noon-6 p.m. May 19, Lakebottom Park, in and around the bandshell. Art, music, food and children's activities. Free. www.columbusartsinthepark.com

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