Here are some local events for this weekend

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 6, 2013 

Mike Haskey Runners leave the starting line Saturday morning to begin the Master Sgt. Jared Van Aalst Memorial Run in Uptown Columbus. The event started and finished at the Big Dog Running Company and benefitted the Jared Van Aalst Foundation, established in the memory of Van Aalst, who was killed during his sixth deployment to Afghanistan in August 2010. The foundation was established by Van Aalst's wife Katie and helps provide scholarships for military dependents. Go to for a photo gallery from the event and to for more information on the foundation. 12/03/11


The weather looks like it will cooperate with this weekend's runs, football games and several other outdoor events in the Chattahoochee Valley.

With highs expected in the low 90s and lows in the low 70s, there is little chance of rain.

Here are a few local events that should give you a chance to get out of the house this weekend:

Jared Van Aalst Memorial 10K/5K and Kids Mile Run: Races start and finish at Broadway & 11th Street in downtown Columbus. Cost is $30 to register Saturday morning, $5 discount for students. The Kids Fun Run is free. Registration is 7 a.m., Kids Fun Run is 8 a.m. and 5K/10K races are at 8:30 a.m. Visit for more information.

Yard sale at Fort Benning: Postwide Yard Sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It will be held across the post's housing areas including Main Post, Custer Terrace, Bouton Heights, Davis Hill, Lavoie Manor, Patton Village and Upatoi Terrace. Shoppers are encouraged to park and walk from sale to sale. The sale is held twice a year. Selling is restricted to on-post families, but buying is open to all. In addition to the residential sales, a flea market will be set up on Main Post's Stilwell Field. For information, call 706-545-3328.

Consignment sale: Hope for the Fatherless Consignment Sale is 8-4 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian, 2303 Double Churches Road in Columbus. Expect children's clothes, maternity/nursing garments, home items and more. The sale helps families raise funds for adoption. The Just 4 Kidz Consignment Boutique Sale starts Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Grandparents Day Matinee & Pizza Party: 2 p.m. Saturday, Central Activities Center, 1500 14th St., Phenix City. Grandparents and their grandchildren are invited to enjoy a puppet show, "Circus Fanta-Sea," by Lee Bryan. $5 adults/$2 children, includes pizza and drink. Purchase tickets at the Activity Center or Parks and Recreation, 1500 Airport Road.

Beekeepers course: If you're thinking about having honeybees as a hobby or a business, this class is for you. The Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association will provide important information 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road in Columbus. Cost is $40 for adults. To register, call 706-507-8550.

Wildlife Walks: This program is offered the first and third Saturday of each month at Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road in Columbus. You'll hike along the Oxbow nature trails and learn about wildlife. It's 10-11 a.m. and costs $2 per person. Guests 3 and younger are free. 706-507-8550.

Turtle Talk: Discover fascinating facts about turtles during this interactive program at F.D. Roosevelt State Park. It's 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Since there's rock seating, you may want to bring a towel or chair. Meet at amphitheater next to the Park Office on Hwy. 190. Cost is $2, plus $5 parking fee. Pay at the office. This event will also be held Sept. 14 and 21. Call 706-663-4858.

Spectacular Spider Shine: You'll learn about spiders and look for the eight-legged creatures during this event at F.D. Roosevelt State Park. It's 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Meet below the campground dam at Picnic Shelter No. 2. Bring a flashlight. There's a $5 parking fee. This event will also be held Sept. 14 and 21. Call 706-663-4858.

Picnic with the Tortoises: The event is 1-2 p.m. Sunday at Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road in Columbus. Admission is free. Lettuce is available for $1 if you'd like to feed the tortoises. You don't need to pre-register. 706-507-8550.

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