Pet a snake, listen to SOL Junky's blend of rock and bluegrass, Party on the Lawn and form a human chain to raise awareness for Autism this weekend.
Here's a sample of Chattahoochee Valley activities set for Saturday and Sunday.
Midtown Classic: The seventh annual 5K race and 1 mile fun run are at Wynnton United Methodist Church, 2412 Wynnton Road, Saturday (April 27). The 1 mile is at 8 a.m. and costs $10. The 5K is at 9 a.m. and costs $25. Expect live music and an after party with food and door prizes. www.wynntonumc.org.
Reptile Fest: Columbus State University's Oxbow Meadows hosts the 12th annual event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (April 27). Admission is $5. Highlights include a reptile show hosted by Jason Clark, of SnakesRUs, kid-friendly crafts, an alligator feeding and the Hiss America Pageant. oxbow.columbusstate.edu
SOL Junky: The group's original music represents a blend of country, rock and bluegrass. The show is at 8 p.m. and gates open at 7 p.m. Saturday (April 27) at the Phenix City Amphitheater. Bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on. Concessions are available for food, sodas, beer and wine. It's free. No pets or coolers are allowed. 334-291-4711. www.phenixcityal.us
Bash on the Banks: Get samples of barbecue tonight (Friday, April 27) for $10 as barbecue experts gather for the KCBS Char-Broil Pig Bowl and Best Burger grilling competitions at Woodruff Park on Bay Street. It's free to watch. A car show, live music and vendors will be available for spectators beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday (April 27). bashonthebanks.com.
Columbus Lions: The indoor football team hosts the Louisiana Swashbucklers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 27) at the Columbus Civic Center. Tickets cost $10-$40. columbuslions.net
Veterans Stand Down: Veterans are invited to learn about resources including medical screenings, mental health care, benefit services, housing information, legal consolation, financial literacy and employment services 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (April 27) at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Center St. 706-332-7936
Plant sale and swap: The Troup County Master Gardeners hold their annual event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (April 27) at the Troup County Agricultural Center, 21 Vulcan Road, off Highway 27 south. Auctions are at 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Gardening demonstrations are at 2 p.m. 706-883-1675.
Confederate Memorial Day: United Daughters of the Confederacy, chapter 2114, honor the Unknown Confederate Soldier killed during the Last Battle at Girard, Ala., now Phenix City. Activities include music, readings, raising of the Confederate Flag and a gun salute. It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday (April 27) at Lakeview Memory Gardens in Phenix City.
Spring Bike Around and Party on the Lawn: A family bike ride begins at 1 p.m. Sunday (April 28) in front of the office of MidTown, Inc., 1236 Wildwood Avenue. It's free but space is limited. Visit midtowncolumbusga.org for details. The Party on the Lawn is 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Wynnton Arts Academy, 2303 Wynnton Road. Jan Hyatt and the Usual Suspects will entertain, children's activities are planned and area eateries will sell food samples. Free to attend. 706-494-1663.
Hand-in-Hand for Autism: Show your support for those with Autism at the Northern Little League baseball fields, 6550 Psalmond Road, 3-5 p.m. Sunday (April 28). Form a human chain to demonstrate the impact of autism on the community. Autism-friendly kids games, sensory activities, jumping castle, water games, snacks and light refreshments will follow. It's free. Participants are asked to wear blue and bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets. 706-221-0112.