To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (5/1-5/7)

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comApril 30, 2014 

Special to the Ledger-Enquirer/Darrell Roaden A participant in the Highland Mudder runs into the mud pit obstacle part of the course. When I was first editing the pictures of the Highland Mudder run, I passed by this picture not realizing there was a person inside the wall of muddy water.



Toastmasters: Club is dedicated to making public speaking fun. Noon, Government Center (East Wing, second floor), 100 10th St., new member fee $20, 706-225-3643,

Choral Union: The University Singers, Choral Union and the Michael O’Neal Singers from Atlanta join forces in the season-ending choral extravaganza. 7:30 p.m. RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. Free. 706-649-7225.

The Loft: Scotty K and Mia Jackson take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

Mix Ultra Lounge: Karaoke party with DJ D-Rock. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 706-221-2112.

SoHo: Brian Fleming performs at 10 p.m.. Tickets are $5. Call 706-568-3316.


"Margaret Carney Tea & Music Series": The popular music series returns to the Columbus Public Library, every Friday in May. The Columbus State University Baroque Ensemble performs first, featuring the music of Vivaldi, Tartini and Bach. In the library’s auditorium, 3000 Macon Road. 3 p.m. Free. or call (706) 243-2669.

2014 Golf Extravaganza: Join the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce for a day of food, fun, festivities, networking and golf at the Maple Ridge Golf Course, 4700 Maple Ridge Trail. 706-327-1566.

First Friday Art Walk: Explore downtown Columbus — and Columbus’ diverse art scene — while shopping, strolling and dining at participating merchants. Each location will exhibit different works. Starts at 4:30 p.m.

Fitness equipment sale: It’s cash-and-carry on post. Equipment includes hammer strength, linear leg press, isolated low row, isolateral ham/glute machine and more. Accepting cash, Mastercard, Visa and checks if accompanied by a bank note guaranteeing funds. This sale is open to the public. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot at Gowdy Field.

Outdoor concert: The Uptown Inc. spring concert series continues with Peggy Jenkins & the Bizness. Outside food and beverages are allowed, but glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. 7 p.m. 1000 block of Broadway. Free.

The Loft: Kevin Vannoy and the Basin Street Boyz perform at 7 p.m., followed by the AJ Ghent Band and Neal Lucas at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Ghent and Lucas. Call 706-596-8141.

Mix Ultra Lounge: Party Panda Productions presents DJ Roonie G. Must be 21 and over. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 706-221-2112.

SoHo: Hellbent performs at 10 p.m.. Tickets are $5. Call 706-568-3316.

Spicoli’s: The party kicks off at 3 p.m. with DJ Derrek. No cover. 706-221-5252.


Mud Run: The Highland Mud Run is a 5k run with more than 18 obstacles, including a mud pit, an 80-foot water slide and a barbed wire crawl. 8 a.m. 7300 Whittlesey Boulevard (right across from Kia). $55 before May 1, $65 on race day.

Margarita Run: The first Moonlight Margarita and Fiesta 5k will raise money to support The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. 7 p.m. Big Dog Running Company, 1104 Broadway. $25-$60.

Ricky Gunn: Columbus native and country musician Ricky Gunn will perform in concert at Callaway Gardens. Frankie Ballard, who performs the chart-topping single “Helluva Life,” will join him along with Bobby Bones, from the nationally-syndicated radio program “The Bobby Bones Show.” Gates open at 5 p.m. Concert starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 (advance), $15 (military) and $25 (day-of). 1-800-CALLAWAY (800-225-5292) or

3rd Annual Bugs on the Hooch: Presented by Scumbugs. This year the event will be raising money to fight cervical cancer in memory of Amanda Boone, who passed away in 2013. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Located on Bay Ave and 10th street across from Whitewater Express. A number of free whitewater passes that will be awarded to some of the show winners. Free and open to the public. 706-527-7365.

Super Bingo: The first Saturday of every month is bingo on post. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the games start at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a free buffet and win up to $10,000. Super Bingo packets are $17 each. Guests must be at least 13 years old. On Marne Road next to the commissary mall.

Market Days: Visit Market Days on Broadway for fresh produce, baked goods, arts and crafts and more. 9 a.m.-noon. Downtown on Broadway. Prices vary.

Annual comics sale: Get a free comic book and shop for your favorite during the Columbus Book Exchange’s annual sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Coca-Cola Space Science Center, 701 Front Ave. Prices vary. 706-649-1477.

Benning yard sale: Held just twice a year, the yard sales will be conducted across all of the post’s housing areas, including the main post, Custer Terrace, Bouton Heights, Davis Hill, Lavoie Manor, Patton Village and Upatoi Terrace. Expect lots of traffic. You can access the post via I-185 or Benning Boulevard. Must present identification. Contact Elsie Jackson at 706-545-6674 for more information.

The Loft: Sumilan performs at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

Mix Ultra Lounge: Cinco de Mayo pre-party with DJ Roonie G and DJ Karl Roberts. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 706-221-2112.

SoHo: 2nd Hand Ego performs at 10 p.m.. Tickets are $5. Call 706-568-3316.

Spicoli’s: Mindblender. $5 cover starts at 9 p.m. 706-221-5252.

VFW: The Last Rodeo performs starting at 9 p.m. at VFW Post 665, 1824 Victory Drive. Tickets are $7 at the door. Call 706-682-6656.


Trombone ensemble: The CSU Trombone Ensemble will perform under the direction of Bradley Palmer. 4 p.m. RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. Free. 706-649-7225.

Uniting and Embracing the Community for Change: Come support a violence-free community, with Blake Russell, Rev. Chris Reeves, Min. Sophia Taylor and more. At the Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church, 911 Dillingham Street in Phenix City, Ala. 4 p.m.


City pet permits and rabies shots: Do you have a dog or cat? Do they need a rabies vaccination or a city permit? If so, then this is your opportunity to comply with the city animal control laws and regulations. The rabies shots and permits are being provided at low cost as a public service as part of a community program in cooperation with Columbus Animal Control, Columbus Health Department, and local veterinarians.Shots and permits are $5/each. Supplies are limited. Pre-register by calling 706-321-6170. At the Civic Center parking lot, 600 4th Street from 5-7 p.m.

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