To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (5/8-5/14)

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comMay 7, 2014 


Lewis Colbert: All-American punter Lewis Colbert will speak to the Columbus-Phenix City Auburn Club’s spring meeting. Social hour at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Wyndham Garden Hotel, 4027 Veterans Court. $10-$16. For ticket information, call Jane Bayer at 706-685-2604.

Junior League: Are you interested in becoming a member of the Junior League? At this meet and greet, you’ll gain an understanding of the purpose and structure of the organization as well what you need to do to become a member. 6:30 p.m. The Wynn House, 1240 Wynnton Road. Open to public.

22nd Annual Keep Columbus Beautiful Awards Luncheon: From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Columbus Convention and trade Center. Theme: “KCBC Goes Hollywood Over Environmental Stewardship.” Admission is $25/$15 (students). To RSVP, call 706-653-4008.

The Loft: Donna Carter and Monty Mitchell take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: Cadaver Dogs performs at 10 p.m. Free. Call 706-568-3316.


Concert: The Uptown, Inc. spring concert series continues this week as part of RiverFest Weekend with On the Border — The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band. Outside food and beverages are allowed, but glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. 7 p.m.

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

Spicoli’s: The party kicks off at 8 p.m. with DJ Derrek. No cover. 706-507-1406.


Bob Barr Band: The Bob Barr Community Band presents its Silver Anniversary Concert, starting at 3 p.m. in the Jordan High auditorium, 3200 Howard Ave. This location is particularly fitting, as the BBCB is named for the renowned band director who led the Jordan High Band to state-wide and national acclaim from 1946 to 1964, including the 1952 American Legion Award as the country’s outstanding high school band. Free.

Debate: Republican candidates for U.S. Senate will participate in a local debate conducted by the Ledger-Enquirer, WRBL, CSU and PMB Broadcasting. 6:30 p.m. opening statements, 7 p.m. debate. RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. Open to public.

Beethoven & Sibelius: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents violinist Michi Wiancko, who returns to Columbus as the soloist in Beethoven’s timeless concerto. Know the score begins at 6:30 p.m. Concert at 7:30 p.m. RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre, 900 Broadway. $28-32. or 706.323.5059.

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.

RiverFest: Events start at 9 a.m. with the Second Annual Dragon Boat Races starting behind the Trade Center. Meanwhile, the Scout Expo, Sidewalk Arts Festival, live music and more. Woodruff Park, 1000 Bay Ave., RiverWalk Island and other locations. Go to for more details.

Drum circle: This community drum circle brings together all levels of musical expertise with whatever drums and percussion they bring. 6-9 p.m. 11th Street and Broadway. Free. Just bring your own drum or come and listen.

Cultural Arts Sale and Open House: Offered will be handcrafted pottery by members of the Studio. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Britt David Studio, 2700 West Britt David Road. 706-653-4196

The Loft: Radio Birds and Charlie & The Foxtrots perform at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

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

Spicoli’s: Pistol Town takes the stage at 10 p.m. 706-507-1406.

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.


"No Strings Attached": Curiosity and temptation keep getting Pinocchio into trouble when he meets up with the Puppet Master, Sly Foxx, Klever Katt and other characters. 7:30 p.m. Family Theatre, 2100 Hamilton road. $8-12. Also May 15-24. 706-366-7196 or

"The Odd Couple": Two divorced men — one a slob, the other a neat-nik — decide to share an apartment. Rated PG. 7:30 p.m. Springer Opera House, 103 10th Street. $17-37. Also May 15-17. 706-324-5714.


Mother’s Day brunch at Callaway Gardens: At the Plant Room restaurant inside Mountain Creek Inn, featuring appetizers, a variety of salads, prime rib of beef, rosemary-grilled French-cut chicken, seared red snapper, country ham, roasted leg of spring lamb, spicy honey-glazed Atlantic salmon, a variety of vegetable side dishes and an incredible dessert selection. As a bonus, mothers enjoying this Callaway Gardens brunch in The Plant Room will receive a complimentary pass to enjoy Callaway Gardens, valid for Mother’s Day. From 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., the cost is $39.95 per adult, $19.95 per child ages 6 to 12 and free for children age 5 and younger. Call 706-663-6832 to reserve a spot.

Mother’s Day brunch at the Benning Club: This popular brunch includes traditional breakfast, lunch and dessert options, including omelets as you like, choice meats carved to order, a waffle bar and more. The cost is $18.95 for ages 13-64, $16.95 for seniors, $9.95 for ages 6-12 and free for the younger ones. Seatings are available at 10 a.m. and noon, but space is limited, so reserve at

Mother’s Day brunch at Carriage & Horses: With an “exquisite buffet,” from 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. at Carriage & Horses in Pine Mountain, Ga. Cost is $25/person. Reservations only; call 706-663-4777

Mother’s Day brunch at Ariccia Trattoria & Bar: The menu at this Auburn, Ala., restaurant has more than a dozen options, including omelet, taco and grill stations. During brunch, kids are invited to visit the Kid’s Corner where they can get creative with arts and crafts and make a special gift for Mom. Seatings will be at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at a price of $45 for adults and $19 for children. Children five and under are free. Reservations are required: 334-844-5140 or visiting


Maestro for a Moment concert: The Youth Orchestra of Great Columbus’ annual fundraiser comes to a close with this concert, conducted by either Dr. Kamlesh Ansingkar, Joseph Brannan or Dr. Karen Stuart, depending on whoever raises the most money. (Voting continues until the start of the concert.) At 7 p.m. in the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre, 900 Broadway. Free. Vote by calling 706-256-3614 or go to

Spring Commencement: CSU will hold its spring commencement at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center, 400 4th St. Gov. Deal will deliver the commencement address. TSYS CEO Phil Tomlinson, a CSU Foundation trustee, will be awarded an honorary doctorate.

Festival of Hymns: Performances of traditional and contemporary hymns by the Jubilate Choir and Ensembles Hands of Grace Jubilate Ringers Handbell Choir Solo and Ensemble performances. Presented by The Church Music Academy. 7-8:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Baptist, 2100 Hamilton Road.


The Loft: Southern Fried Funk performs at 8 p.m. Free. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: Falseta performs at 10 p.m. Free. Call 706-568-3316.


Memorial Day Mini-Camp: Sign up now for the Memorial Day Mini-Camp at the National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way. Kids aged 5 to 11 will enjoy games, hands-on activities, guided tours, refreshments and history made fun. The camp is May 26, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $10 per camper. Space is limited, to register today at 706-653-9234, ext. 5849 or

Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the Bob Barr Band's performance under Friday.

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