Recreation, sports, outdoor events during April

April 4, 2013 

FOOTBALL

Columbus Lions: The indoor football team host the Richmond Raiders, 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Columbus Civic Center. $10-$40.

RUNNING/WALKING

PAWS Humane Furry 5K: April 6 at Cooper Creek Park in Columbus. The walk/run begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by music, awards and the chance for participants to visit vendor booths. Register at PAWS Humane, Big Dog Running Company or online at estartline.com. Early registration is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt. Day-of-Race registration is $30 and must be completed by 8:30 a.m. pawshumane.org or call 706-565-0035.

Couch to 5K training program: Columbus Road Runners and Big Dog Running Company kick off the 9-week program April 23. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Cooper Creek. The target race is the Summer Solstice on June 22.The program is designed for those who want to run but don’t know how to get started. Participants begin walking and running intervals and at the end of the program are able to run a 5K, which is 3.1 miles. The program is free to attend, with the only cost being the final target race registration fee. For information, email caroleeluther@gmail.com. or visit columbusroadrunners.com. Kids Run Columbus: A free program sponsored by Columbus Road Runners and Big Dog Running Company, through May 5, Band Shelter on

Cherokee Ave. Pre-K-5th grade: 4-4:30 p.m. Sundays and 7:15-7:45 p.m. Thursdays; 5th grade-8th grade: 4:30-5 p.m. Sundays, 7:45-8:15 p.m. Thursdays. Goals: promote fitness, healthy lifestyle, basic nutrition, and lifetime of activity. 706-596-9308.

Victory Run for Veterans: Sponsored by the American Legion Post 135, May 18, around Moon Lake at Idle Hour Park, Garrett-Harrison Stadium and Nature Trail. Registration: 7 a.m. 1K walk/run, 8:30 a.m.; 5K, 9 a.m. 5K, $15; $20 race day; 1K run/walk, $10; $15 race day. Sponsorships $150, includes company logo on all advertisements. Proceeds to benefit children and youth programs. www.post135.org; 706-718-5164; or earl@post135.org.

HIKING

Work day: 10 a.m. April 13. Meet at FDR Park Office. Workdays are free and volunteers of all ages are welcome. Tools are provided, bring gloves, lunch and water. You do not have be a PMTA member to participate and you do not sign up in advance or call ahead. Just show up a few minutes before the stated start time. Carl Carlson, 706-628-5336.

Pine Mountain Trail Hike: 10 a.m. April 20. WJSP-TV Tower Parking Lot Pine Mountain Trail to Rocky Point parking lot, 5.0 moderate miles. Free, hikers of all ages are welcome. No registration, just show up a few minutes before the stated start time and bring water and a snack. Visit pinemountaintrail.org or call Jim Hall 706-569-0497 for more information.

ICE SKATING

Columbus Ice Rink: Public skating sessions are 5-7 p.m. today; 4-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4-9 p.m. Sunday; 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, at the rink, 400 Fourth St. $7, $5 for children 10 and younger; $3 for skate rentals. 706-225-4500.

DESTINATIONS

Callaway Gardens: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Pine Mountain. Exhibits include the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, John A. Sibley Horticulture Center and Birds of Prey shows. Admission for April is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and older) and $12.50 for kids ages 6-12. It's free for kids younger than 6. In May, regular admission costs are $18 for anyone 13 and older and $9 for children ages 6-12. callawaygardens.com. 706-663-2281.

CSU's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center: Learn about plant and animal life. Enclosures for alligators, tortoises, snakes, fish and other animals. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Free to visit, some programs have a fee. 706-507-8550.

Butts Mill Farm: Opens at 10 a.m. daily. Features paintball fields, go-karts, fishing, horseback riding, miniature golf, on-site catering, plenty of children's activities. Two miles west of Pine Mountain on Butts Mill Road. $15.95 for everyone 10 and older, $13.95 for children ages 3-9, free for children 2 and younger; free for military with valid ID. 706-663-7400.

English and Western Riding Lessons: All ages, daily by appointment. Bally Cor Farm. $30-$45. 706-582-3900.

Muscogee Long Rifles: Holland Road, Cataula. Muzzleloading club and range. Open to members 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Family camping on the weekends. Monthly match on the second Sunday at 1 p.m.; memberships are $50 a year. 706-323-2100 or hyshka@aol.com.

Wild Animal Safari at Pine Mountain: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily. $19.95 for anyone 13 and older; $16.95 for seniors and children 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 800-367-2751.

Parks at Chehaw: Albany. Native and exotic wildlife, petting zoo, aviary, gift shop, elephant performances, picnic areas, boat dock. 229-430-5275.

Fort Benning Golf Course: Play nine holes with a cart for $12 or 18 holes with a cart for $20 Mondays-Thursdays. 706-687-1940.

Fishing tournaments: Hosted by Uchee Creek, third Saturday of each month. Pot payouts for overall winners and Big Fish winners. Boats available for rent. Must have Georgia or Alabama fishing license. Entry fees are $40 per boat; $15 for Big Fish contest. 706-685-3060, ext. 200, 201 or 202.

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