To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (3/20-3/26)

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 20, 2014 

MARCH 20

The Morning Rises Tour: This concert includes Aaron Shust, MIKESCHAIR, Jonny Diaz and special guest Lauren Daigle at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at Morningside Baptist Church, 6065 Morningside Drive. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the church office and at North Columbus Pharmacy. Go to http://morningsidebaptist.com.

Diversity Conference: Discuss and consider solutions to key issues at this conference, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CSU’s Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd. Admission is $20, registration required. Email wakoko_florence@columbusstate.edu.

Women’s History Month observance: Fort Benning will observe Women’s History Month with a keynote address from Col. Paula C. Lodi, commander of the 14th Combat Support Hospital. The theme of this year’s month is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.” The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Benning Club.

MARCH 21

Vietnam Wall: Dedication ceremony of the new Vietnam Memorial Plaza, featuring the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall. Vietnam veterans encouraged to attend. The dedication follows the 10 a.m. Infantry School graduation, National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way. Open to the public. 706-653-9234. www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org.

Wine Tasting Mingle: A benefit for the Homeless Resource Network, featuring live jazz, a silent auction, food and a wine tasting. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Loft, 1032 Broadway. Organized by the Columbus Jazz Society. Call 706-505-9539 for tickets.

Outdoor Painting Workshop: Presented in partnership with Artbeat, this downtown painting workshop will help you capture the effects of evening light painting sky and river subjects in oils. Registration is $90 for members and $120 for non-members. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the RiverWalk.

"See: An Art Road Trip": Screening of the film by Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby, which follows their journey across the country with their dog, followed by a Q&A session. At the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts’ Studio Theater, 900 Broadway. Admission is free, but space is limited. www.bobartlett.com

Columbus Regional Tennis Association: It’s the last day to register for spring 2014 corporate team tennis. Registration is $300 per team. Email charlie@corta.org or cissy@corta.org.

MARCH 22

Mud Mania 2014: This boot camp-style 5K is a mud drenched outdoor obstacle adventure race fueled by excessive and unreasonable enthusiasm and includes more than 20 obstacles. Participants run in 30-minute heats of 300 people. From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Set on the outskirts of Auburn, Ala. Go to www.mud-mania.com.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley’s biggest annual fundraiser returns to the AMF Peach Lanes with two community bowling sessions, noon-2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. “Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun way to bring the whole community together in support of a positive future for our kids,” said BBBSCV Director Marquitta Williams in a release. Every dollar raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake directly funds their mentoring programs in the Chattahoochee Valley. A donation of $40 per person lets you bowl. Go to www.bowlforcolumbuskids.com to sign-up or make a donation. Walk-ups also welcome.

RiverBlast: Port Columbus’ largest living history event draws reenactors from around the country. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Port Columbus, 1002 Victory Drive. Admission is $6-$7.50. 706-327-9798. portcolumbus.org.

"Brothers in War": Exclusive screening of new documentary about Vietnam War at 4 p.m. at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, 1775 Legacy Way. Free, but admission is first-come, first-served. 706-653-9234. nationalinfantrymuseum.org.

CSO violin: Nadir Khashimov performs with Columbus Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts’ Bill Heard Theatre, 900 Broadway. Tickets are $28-$32. 706-256-3612, rivercenter.org.

Sculpture Walk Tour: Check out public art from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The free walk starts at Corn Center for the Visual Arts, 921 Front St. www.artbeatcolumbus.com.

Muscogee Roller Girls: The girls are back for a second season with this opening bout against the Capital City Rollin’ Rebels. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the action starts at 7 p.m. at the Front Porch of the South, 7607 Veterans Parkway. Tickets are $10-$12.50. muscogeerollergirls.com.

Marathon reading of "Member of the Wedding": Folks take turns reading the classic Carson McCullers novel. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the stage on Broadway and 11th Street. Free. www.mccullerscenter.org.

MARCH 21-23

"James and the Giant Peach": The Springer Theatre for Young People presents Roald Dahl’s story of a young man who escapes his evil aunts on traveling peach. “James” will be staged in the McClure Theatre at the Springer. Tickets are $13 and $9 for students. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also March 28-30. Go to www.springeroperahouse.org or call 706-327-3688.

Disney on Ice: Come see Tinkerbell, Princess Jasmine, Rapunzel and more in Disney’s “Princesses & Heroes” at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. Tickets are $17.50-$47.50, $5 parking. 1-800-745-3000. columbusciviccenter.org.

MARCH 20-23

"The Secret Garden": A tale of forgiveness and renewal, following the 11-year-old Mary Lennox after she is orphaned in India. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. at CSU’s Riverside Theatre Complex. Tickets are $17, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 for children 12 and under. Call 706-507-8444.

MARCH 25

"Puttin’ on the Dog": This luncheon and fashion show will be held at the Callaway Gardens Lodge and Spa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fashion show will include Pine Mountain, Ga., boutiques Town and Country Fashions and UniquExpressions. Two portrait commissions by Len Jagoda will be auctioned. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Harris County. Reservations are $50 per person. Call Martha Dimon, 706-582-3158.

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