Chattahoochee Valley activities: Opportunities for singers abound

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 26, 2013 

Inspiring singers are invited to compete for the title of Columbus 'Idol' Saturday (July 27) as future hip hop artists are encouraged to attend Project Rebound Inc.'s family-friendly Hip Hop Summit on Saturday (July 27).

Here's a sampling of activities going on this weekend in the Chattahoochee Valley:

2013 Dr. Cooper's Run for Their Lives 5K/1-mile: The race is at 8 a.m. Saturday (July 27) at 3700 S Railroad St. in Phenix City, park at Golden Acres Baptist Church. 5K registration costs $30. Mile registration is $20. Proceeds will be donated to the Russell County Child Advocacy Center, which provides a neutral, child-friendly facility for abused children to get help. 334-298-7700.

Hip Hop Summit: Project Rebound Inc. hosts the seventh annual Hip Hop Summit Saturday (July 27) at the Historic Liberty Theatre, 813 8th Ave. in Columbus. It begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration for all artists and vendors at 10 a.m. The event is designed to be educational and entertaining, promoting non-violence, clean lyrics and entrepreneurship. Panels discussions and a block party are free. The festivities conclude with a talent showcase that begins at 7 p.m. and costs $10.

Columbus 'Idol' competition: Sign up at 1 p.m. Saturday (July 27) near Broadway and 11th Street for the all-day contest hosted by Fox54. The grand prize winner gets a trip to "American Idol" auditions in Omaha, Neb., where he/she will have a guaranteed audition in front of an "Idol" producer. The Omaha auditions are Aug. 11. At 5 p.m. tonight, 30 finalists chosen from daytime auditions will perform for an audience and judges. The contest is open to those who live in Harris, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Stewart, Quitman, Clay, Randolph, Webster, Sumter, Marion, Schley, Taylor, Talbot, Chambers, Lee, Russell and Barbour counties. To audition, you must be born on or between May 17, 1984 and May 16, 1998.

Pine Mountain Trail Work day: Volunteers are needed at 10 a.m. Saturday (July 27) at the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park Office. It's free. Tools are provided. Bring gloves, lunch and water. No RSVP needed.

Uptown's Market Days: Purchase produce, crafts, baked goods and artwork by local vendors 9 a.m.-noon Saturday (July 27) along the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broadway in downtown Columbus.

Saturday Drop-In Tours: Take a one-hour tour of the Columbus Museum's exhibits with a weekend gallery guide at 2 p.m. Saturday (July 27). It's free. 706-748-2562, ext. 651.

Aflac Vacation Reading Program Fandom Film Festival: "I Am Number Four" (PG-13) screens for free 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday (July 28) at the Columbus Public Library. Visit for details.

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