Temperatures cool down for holiday events

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 6, 2013 

Temperatures across the Chattahoochee Valley are on their way down after a recent warm spell.

This weekend will see rain chances continuing with that percentage getting better Sunday.

Highs for today are around 55 degrees with a 30 percent chance of rain. It'll get a little warmer Sunday with a high of 65 but the chance of rain will be even greater, at 50 percent.

With those conditions, this weekend's events continue to be holiday driven, and they'll likely stay that way headed into the next few weeks.

Here are some events to enjoy:

Fort Benning Holiday Tour of Homes: Sponsored by the Fort Benning Community Spouses' Club, the tour is from 2 to 6 p.m. today and features 12 historic homes on Fort Benning, including Riverside, the home of the Commanding General. $12 in advance; $15 on the day of the event; for ages 14 and older. Meet at Riverside to pick up maps. Also, visit a Bit of Benning shop at 229 Ingersoll. FB.tour.of.homes@gmail.com.

Jingle Bell 5K & Fun Run: Organized by The Humane Society of Harris County. One-mile fun run begins at 10 a.m. today; the 5K starts at 10:30 a.m. Begins at Dog Gone Good Bargaining, 102 Commerce St., and continues through the streets of downtown Pine Mountain. Registration is $25, payable to The Humane Society of Harris County, c/o Liz Blume, PO Box 1723, Pine Mountain, GA 31822. Go to www.humanesocietyofharriscounty.org for more info, or call 706-987-9363.

Tacky Sweater Walk: Begins at 9 a.m. today at Woodruff Park. The walk promotes the Non-Profit and Civic Engagement Center and benefits its partner nonprofits. This year's guests will include Miss Columbus 2014, Hayley Henderson, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. $15 to register; $20 day of. Go to www.tackysweaterfundraiser.webs.com to register and for more info.

Polar Bear Paddle: Organized by the Georgia Conservancy, come take a ride today down the Chattahoochee with Whitewater Express. $30 per person, $50 for a couple and $75 for a family of four. All paddlers will receive a commemorative koozie. Go to www.georgiaconservancy.org/polarbear to register.

Historical Re-enactment: Warm Springs re-enactor Robert Prater will make his last public appearance as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, reciting the famous "Day of Infamy" speech to commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. At the National Infantry Museum's World War II Chapel at 2 p.m. today. Free. Call 706-653-9234.

"A Christmas Carol": The Springer Opera House, 103 10th St., is offering a new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel. At 7:30 p.m. today. Other shows are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets are $40; $34 for seniors and public service personnel; $17 for children and students. Go to www.springeroperahouse.com or call 706-327-3688 to buy tickets.

2nd Annual "Lil' Be's Christmas": At 4:35 p.m. Sunday at the Kendrick High School auditorium, 6015 Georgetown Drive. Featuring both Kendrick High students as well as kids from the tri-city community performing Christmas classics. Hip-hop Santa will also make an appearance. Pre-show reception and silent auction starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Go to MzB Studio, at 3908 Hamilton Road., or www.studioinc.net.

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