Children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney gives a free talk tonight at the Columbus Public Library. Spectators are invited to Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City to cheer on the Russell County Relay for Life walkers to help fight cancer. Relay for Life will continue rain or shine, but if there are storms, check the Russell County Relay for Life facebook page for updates. Tonight's outdoor Uptown Concert Series has been canceled due to the threat of poor weather. Keep reading for details on these activities and more events happening this week in the Chattahoochee Valley. Visit ledger-enquirer.com/todo for details about future events.
FRIDAY MAY 3
Russell County Relay for Life: Opening ceremony is at 7 p.m. May 3 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City. Spectators are welcome to attend for free to visit vendor and fundraising booths, watch the opening ceremony, listen to entertainment and participate in the Luminaria/Remembrance Ceremony after dark. Children's activities will also be available. 706-593-9101 or 706-888-9098. www.relayforlife/russellal
Columbus Children's Book Festival 2013: The keynote speaker is illustrator Jerry Pinkney. He talks at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Columbus Public Library. It's free. Activities will continue on May 4. If it's raining, activities will be moved inside the library. cvlga.org/festival2013
The Big Friendly Giant: Based on a book by Roald Dahl, the child-friendly play is about the adventures of a young giant and a little girl named Sophie. Shows are at 7 p.m. May 3, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 4, at the Springer Opera House's Foley Hall. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for children (babies through age 5) and students through college with valid ID; $5 for Springer Theater Academy students. 706-327-3688. springeroperahouse.org
Tickets on sale for Merle Haggard's Oct. 25 show: Buy tickets starting at 10 a.m. May 3. The first 400 ticket buyers to purchase tickets at the Columbus Civic Center Box Office will receive a commemorative George Jones t-shirt. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets cost $48.50-$38.50. columbusciviccenter.org
Spring Book/Bake Sale: Sponsored by the Friends of the Phenix-City Russell County Library, 1501 17th Ave., Phenix City, 2-6 p.m. May 3; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4. Baked goods, gently used books of fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, crafts, westerns, children’s books, etc., can be purchased. All proceeds to benefit the library. 706-442-3788.
RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 11 A Feathered Affair: Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity's fundraiser is a silent auction of about 50 birdhouses. Birdhouses have been decorated by artists, local celebrities and community leaders. Bid on your favorites 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. May 11 during Market Days Uptown Columbus, along the 1000 block of Broadway. Free to attend. columbusareahabitat.com
RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 11 Junkin’ on Broadway and Uptown Drum Circle: Select treasures from area vendors 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 along the 1200 block of Broadway. Then from 6-9 p.m. join the Uptown Drum Circle and watch demonstrations at the 1100 block of Broadway on the concrete stage. Both are free.
SATURDAY MAY 4
Claws and Paws adoption days: The no-kill animal rescue holds a special pre-Mother's Day adoption event outside the Steak and Shake restaurant on Bradley Park Drive, at the entrance to the Target parking lot. Pick out your new family member from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4-5. Adoption fees vary, but expect a lot of Spring Re-Homing Specials.
Columbus Symphony Orchestra: The concert "Mozart & Mahler" with guest artist pianist John O'Conor includes Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 23 in A-Major, K. 488" and Mahler's "Symphony No. 1 in D-Major" ("Titan"). It's at 7:30 p.m. at Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. Tickets cost $22-$36, $10 Student Rush tickets on sale one hour before each concert and $5 for children 11 and younger. 706-323-5059, 706-256-3632 or 888-332-5200. csoga.org.
Columbus Children's Book Festival 2013: On May 4, visit with authors R.L. Stine, Jane O'Connor, Shana Corey, Jonah Winter and Linda Davick as well as illustrator David Catrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Columbus Public Library. Also expect a Fancy Nancy fashion show, arts, crafts, games, magician Arthur Atsma, Doc-Atoms Mad Scientist, mimes and Lew-E's circus. Get a schedule of activities at cvlga.org/festival2013. This event will continue rain or shine. If it's raining all activities will be moved inside the library.
Muscogee Roller Girls: The roller derby team takes on the Beach Brawl Sk8r Dolls at 5 p.m. May 4. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. for advance tickets, general admission at 4:30 p.m. Tickets, $7 in advance, $10 at the door. GR8 SK8, 1031 280 Bypass, Phenix City, Ala. Buy tickets here.
Run for Valley Haven School: Saturday, May 4. Valley, AL at the school, 6345 Fairfax By-Pass. 5K is at 8:25 a.m. EST, 1 mile at 8:30 a.m., 10K at 9:15 a.m. Runners will receive a T-shirt with their registration. Race day registration is $20 or $30 for two events. Valley Haven School. 334-756-2868. www.valleyhavenschool.org
Pine Mountain Trail Hike: 10 a.m. May 4. Meet at Mollyhugger Hill parking lot, next to Fox Den Cove parking lot, 5 moderate miles. Free, no RSVP needed. Bring water and a snack. 706-569-0497. pinemountaintrail.org.
Free Comic Book Day: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4. CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, 701 Front Ave. Get a free comic book and participate in family-friendly activities. Free. 706-649-1477. ccssc.org.
Spring Open House & Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4, Britt David Cultural Arts Studio, 2700 W. Britt David Road, featuring handmade artwork in pottery, glass and more. Refreshments. 706-653-4196. www.columbusga.org/parks
Car Show/Barbecue: Sponsored by the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department, 5430 Hwy. 219, Fortson, Ga., and HotRodz, May 4. The car show and barbecue begins 10 a.m. at the fire station, and at 6 p.m. the party will move to The Backwater Plaza for music by The Relics. Free, open to the pubic. $50 raffle tickets for purchase for a chance to win $5,000. Lynn Chambers, 706-366-8809 or Tom McKenzie, 706-326-8389.
An Evening With CSU Poetry and Guitar Students: 7:30 p.m. May 4, Carson McCullers Center, 1519 Stark Ave. Students of Nick Norwood and Andrew Zohn combine music and poetry in their performances. Free. 706-327-1911.
Fort Benning’s Postwide Yard Sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4. The sale will be conducted across all of the post’s housing areas, to include Main Post, Custer Terrace, Bouton Heights, Davis Hill, Lavoie Manor, Patton Village and Upatoi Terrace. Selling is restricted to post residents, but buying is open to all. Access the post via I-185 and Benning Blvd. 706-545-6674.
The Cotton Pickin’ Fair: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4-5. Vendors sell arts, crafts, jewelry, clothes, food and other products at the outdoor fair at 18830 Hwy 85 in Gay, Ga. Children’s activities and musical and dance group performances are also featured. Adults, $7. Ages 7-12, $3. Age 6 and younger, free. No pets. 706-538-6814. cpfair.org
Visit Pasaquan: Located in the pine-covered sand hills of Southwest Georgia, the world famous art site known as Pasaquan will be open to the public on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Pasaquan is open to the public on the first Saturday of each month through November. Get directions here.
Uptown’s Market Days: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broadway. Purchase produce, crafts, baked goods and artwork by local vendors. 706-596-0111. This will continue even if it's raining, though vendors are encouraged to use their own discretion on whether or not they want to attend.
SUNDAY MAY 5
Kids Run Columbus Race: 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Lakebottom Park, near band shelter. 1 mile is at 4 p.m. and is for kids in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. 2 mile starts at 4:30 p.m. and is for fifth to eighth graders. $10 per race race. Race-day registration is at 2:30 p.m.
View the exhibit "Winslow Homer in America:" The Columbus Museum showcases the American landscape painter and printmaker's work before, during and after the Civil War. Sunday hours are 1-5 p.m. at the museum. Admission is free. columbusmuseum.com