To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (5/15-5/21)

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comMay 14, 2014 


Meet, Greet & Sweet Treats: A chocolate and coffee experience hosted by the Army Community Service, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at ACS headquarters, Building 7, on Baltzell Avenue. Free and open to the public. 706-545-6971.

Political forum: Meet the candidates for mayor and city council at this forum, hosted by the Columbus branch of the NAACP. At 6 p.m, doors open at 5:15 p.m. At the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. 706-442-8103.

The Loft: Dave Landau and Brent Terhune take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: Framing the Red performs at 10 p.m. Free. Call 706-568-3316.


Flash Night Run: Along the route music will pump and lights will dance creating a whimsical experience that will keep you energized and moving to the beat. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the run at 8:30 p.m. Woodruff Park, 1000 Bay Ave. $35-$55.

Book signing: Retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Sam Rhodes will be at the National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way, selling and signing copies of his books, including “Breaking the Chains of Stigma Associated with Post Traumatic Stress.” From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Rhodes is the President of the Fort Benning Sergeants Major Association and the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program Manager for the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Directorate of Training and Doctrine.

Isley Brothers: The Isley Brothers and Eddie Levert are coming to town for a night of feel-good music. 8 p.m. Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth Street. $48-$68. 1-800-745-3000 or

Outdoor concert: The Uptown, Inc. spring concert series continues this week with Satin Finish. Outside food and beverages are allowed. However, glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. 7 p.m. 1000 block of Broadway. Free.

The Loft: Dr. Kevin Whalen and Friends perform at 7 p.m., followed by the Maria Gabriella Band at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Maria Gabriella. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: Uncle Frank’s Gravy Train performs at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-568-3316.

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


Armed Forces Day: The Fort Benning Sergeants Major Association will hold its fourth annual Armed Forces Day Celebration with a military police dog demo, stereo competition, 50/50 raffle and the Fourth Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way. Armed Forces Celebration is free and open to the public. The car show is $15 for pre-registration and $20 registration on Saturday.

Reverse Sprint Triathlon: MWR hosts this annual 5K run, 20K bike and 550m swim starting at 8 a.m. at the Family Entertainment Center on Fort Benning’s Main Post. Register at or Smith Fitness Center. The fee is $45 for individuals or $75/team. Onsite registration increases by $10. The first 100 to register will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, email

Salute to the Troops concert: Hosted by the Miss Georgia contestants, from 7-9 p.m. on Wetherby Field. Free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, but leave your coolers and pets at home. Concessions will be available.

Candlelight vigil: The Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation presents the AIDS Candelight Memorial, honoring the 26 million people who have died from AIDS worldwide. The vigil will be attended by Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Wandra Hill, and will feature the CVBWF Inc Rise Above HIV Legacy Memorial Video Presentation. At the Government Center’s plaza level, 100 10th Street. From 3-5 p.m. 706-580-6239

Run Into Summer: Lakewood Elementary presents this 5k and ¾ mile fun run. 4 p.m. ¾ mile run. 4:30 p.m. for 5k. Lakewood Elementary, 3010 Silver Lake Drive. $25. Greg Ojendyk, 334-732-1173 or

City-wide yard sale: Bring your old items — children’s toys, clothes, appliances — and grab a table to participate in this yard sale at O’luree studio, 3908 Hamilton Road. The sale will be from 7 a.m.-noon. Reserving a table cost $20. 706-570-0468 or

‘X-cellence in Nursing Award Banquet: Betsy L. Harris will speak at this annual event, organized by the Columbus Georgia Metro Black Nurses Association, Inc. At 6 p.m. at Fort Benning’s Regiment Hall, 128 Morrison Ave. Tickets are $30. 706-593-4552 or 706-561-3120.

Front Porch of the South: The Muscogee Roller Girls Roller Derby with DJ Mikey Jay. 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 (advance)/$12.50 (day of). Includes after-party with the roller girls.

The Loft: Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes and Kyle Andrews perform at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

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

Spicoli’s: Shoeless Sunday takes the stage at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 starting at 9 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.


"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. 706-324-5714.

"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. 706-366-7196 or


Arts in the Park: The event will feature the works of area artists as well as performances by local musicians. The artists’ works will be available for sale from noon-6 p.m. The Justice Family Bluegrass Band, The Bob Barr Community Band, Jennifer Duncan and The Richards Middle School Orchestra will perform. Children’s activities include face painting, demonstrations by the Springer’s stilt walkers and more. Free. 706-327-256 or

Memorial Day concert: The Columbus Community Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. William E. Fry, will honor the sacrifices of America’s service men and women in a Pre-Memorial Day Concert at 3 p.m. in the St. Mark Methodist Activity Center, 6795 Whitesville Road. Free and open to the public. Veterans are particularly encouraged to attend this concert of pop and patriotic selections offered by the CCO in collaboration with select members of Columbus’ all-doctor DNR Rock Band. 706-322-3714.


"The Wizard of Oz": The Academy of Fine Arts presents the story of Dorothy and her delightful adventure down the yellow brick road. 7 p.m. RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre, 900 Broadway. $20. 706-561-8085 or visiting their website at


Senior River Walk and Golf Cart Tour: This 10th annual health fair will be held in honor of National Older Americans Month. More than 40 health care providers, physicians, hospitals and organizations will be available to provide information, health screenings, gifts from vendors, fun and door prizes. Denny Grimes of The Chattahoochee Valley Southern Gospel Music Association will perform. Free. From 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Phenix City Amphitheater, 508 Dillingham Street. 334-749-0198.

The Loft: Georgia Songwriters in the Round, with Sonia Leigh, Tony Arata and more. 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 706-596-8141.


Meet & Greet: Matt McDaniel, author of “Emigration to Liberia from the Chattahoochee Valley of Georgia and Alabama 1853-1903,” will come to the Franciscan Woods Senior Living, 2425 Williams Road. A book signing will follow. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by May 19. 706-507-6721.

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