To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (2/27-3/6)

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 27, 2014 

FEB. 27

Wind Ensemble Peach State Panoply Concert: Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music hosts a performance by its Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts’ Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. The concert will feature a panoply of faculty, student and special guest performers. Admission is free. Call 706-649-7225 or go to for more info.

African-American Read-In: Columbus State University Libraries will host the read-in from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Forum Area of the Simon Schwob Memorial Library on CSU’s main campus. Faculty, staff and students will read excerpts from works by African-American authors. This year’s professional guest storyteller is Josie Bailey. A light lunch will be provided. Admission is free. Call 706-507-8671 for more info.

FEB. 28

Lincoln-Douglass Dinner: Hosted by the Muscogee County Republican Party at Green Island Hills Country Club. The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Allen West with Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner tickets are $50 each; VIP reception meet & greet only (non-dinner) tickets with Lt. Col. West are $75; table for eight with two meet-and-greet tickets are $50 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chattahoochee Valley Chapter of House of Heroes. Call 706-593-5845 or 706-568-1881 for more info.

Ron White: The “Blue Collar” comedian, famous as much for his act as for the glass of scotch and cigars he performs with, will take the stage at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts’ Bill Heard Theatre, 900 Broadway, at 7:30 p.m. The show is for mature audiences only. Tickets are $46.75. Go to

"Art of the Valley": The Joseph House Gallery, 828 Broadway, will open this exhibit as part of its participation in the local arts festival Artbeat. The exhibit depicts life across the Valley through a variety of mediums; it’s an all-member show that will be on display through March 19. Call 706-321-8948 for more info.


Mardi Gras Madness: The Junior League of Columbus hosts these races, which include a 1-mile, 5K and Tot Trot options. Proceeds will benefit the league and its signature issue, The Healthy Child. The races begin at Woodruff Park on Front Avenue — the 1-mile starts at 9 a.m., the 5K at 9:30 a.m. and the Tot Trot at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $15 for the 1-mile; $25 for the 5K; and $10 for the Tot Trot. Call 706-580-0332 or go to for more info.

SMA Eat ‘n Run 5K: This annual race, which races money for Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, begins 9 a.m., followed by food, fun and prizes at 10 a.m. Check-in and day-of registration is from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Walk or run either the 5K or mini-K; wheelchairs and strollers welcome. Prizes will be awarded in the 5K. Online registration is $20 and $10 for children ages 3-10. Registration includes a t-shirt and meal. Day-of registration is $10 more for each. Call 706-718-5580 or email for more info.


Columbus Cottonmouths: The Snakes face off against the Mississippi Surge on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. They’ll then face the Mississippi RiverKings on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9-$30. Go to to buy.


Memorial Vietnam Wall Escort: The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is arriving by truck at the National Infantry Museum, and the NIM needs bikers to provide an escort. Riders will meet up with the truck at noon at the Georgia Visitor Information Center at the Williams Road Exit of Interstate 185; the ride to the museum will begin at approximately 1 p.m. Enjoy food, camaraderie and a stroll through the museum at the end of the ride. All motorcyclists welcome! Call 706-653-9234 for more info.

Kids Run Columbus: This weekly weekend training series — which promotes general fitness and nutrition for kids pre-K to eighth grade — kicks off at the Hardaway High School track at 4 p.m., on 2901 College Drive. The series continues through May, just in time for Kids Run Columbus Race at Lakebottom Park on May 4. Go to for more info.

Empty Bowl Lunch: The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department’s main charity fundraiser, which benefits the Feeding the Valley-Kids Cafe Program, the lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northside Recreation Center, 2010 American Way. Admission is $10 adults and $5 children under 12. Includes a bowl decorated by local artists, soup, bread dessert and drink. Contact Vickey Williams, 706-576-5475, or Lisa Castile, 706-653-4196, for more info.


The Home and Garden Show: Visit with local and regional vendors featuring products for the home, lawn and garden, under one roof. Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with leading area professionals about buying, selling, remodeling or decorating your home. Bring the family and enjoy free activities for the children, door prizes, demonstrations and the first 1,500 adults receive a free tote bag. At the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $2 and available at the door. Children 16 and under are free. Presented by the ABC Seamless, McGuire’s Buildings, RLucus Construction and Design, Energy Savers, Hinson Galleries, Ace Hardscapes and the Ledger-Enquirer.

Poster-making event: The Mattress Firm, 6740 Veterans Pkwy, will community members and encourage them to make posters to support those walking the last four miles of “The Warrior’s Walk.” From 11 a.m.-2p.m. Mattress Firm employees, friends and families will join the last four miles of the walk on March 4.


Warrior’s Walk: Sgt. Josh Hargis, the injured Ranger whose salute while receiving a Purple Heart became famous, will use a hand-crank cycle to join friends and family for the last four miles of a 222-mile walk across Georgia in support of wounded warriors. Hargis, 24, was serving with 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment on Oct. 6, 2013, when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb, killing four soldiers and injuring several others. Hargis lost both his legs below the knees. The Walk, which started February 17 in Fort Stewart, ends March 4 at the National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way. The public is invited to line the entrance to the museum at around 11:15 a.m. and offer a salute in return. Call 706-653-9234 for more info. Anyone who wants to make a donation to the Hargises or to help sponsor the Warrior Walk may email Griffith at or visit and


The Art and Artist Book Club: This book club, hosted by the Columbus Musem, features works that explore various topics related to the lives of artists and historical figures, as well as themes found in the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Museum curators and educators provide a contextual analysis of the art and artists featured in the book of the quarter. Come this week to discuss “St. Elmo” by Augusta Evans. Prior reading of the book is not required. 1251 Wynnton Road from noon to 1 p.m. Admission is free.

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