Ballroom dance lessons: Offered Thursdays, beginning Feb. 6 for eight weeks, Recreation Department Active Life Center, LaGrange. Beginner, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Open to high schoolers and older. $80 per couple. Pre-register: Tony Peregoy, 334-476-0086.
Monte Carlo Night: The Benning Club hosts the evening, which includes a buffet, $10,000 in player chips for $29.95, and games such as Roulette, Black Jack, Texas Hold ‘Em and more.. Additional chips are also available for purchase. The night will end with an auction. Open to all MWR patrons, 18+. Register at www.benningmwr.com. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
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Georgia vs. Alabama Indoor Football Classic: The classic gathers “outstanding seniors” from across the Valley in an indoor all-star game. Starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $12.50. Go to www.ticketmaster.com or call 706-653-4460 to buy tickets.
"Jerome Myers: Raising Hope in The New World": The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, 901 S. College St in Auburn, Ala., will open this new exhibit, which runs through May 4. Admission is free. Call 334-844-1484 for more info.
Cake-baking contest: Starts at 10 a.m. CST in Pioneer Park, Loachapoka, Ala., following by tasting party with samples available for $1 each. Proceeds will benefit the park. Also, Second Saturday activities will include dulcimer playing, open hearth cooking, spinning and weaving and blacksmithing. The Whistle Stop Pickers will play at 1 p.m. Beginners welcome. Call 334-887-3007 for more info.
Astronomy night: Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center hosts the event starting at 7 p.m., 701 Front Ave. According to CSU, “Observation time for the moon phase waxing gibbous is at 8 p.m.” Call 706-649-1470 for more info.
Valentine’s Day at Mario’s: The night will include appetizer, dinner and dessert and will also feature a belly dance performance. At Mario’s, 1010 Broadway. Starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. Reserve in advance by calling 706-571-9830.
Valentines brunch: Take your best girl (or guy) to brunch at the Benning Club, including made-to-order omelettes, pastries and more. Cost is $18.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors and $9.95 for children ages 6-12. Ages 5 and under eat free. Call 706-682-0640 or go to www.benningmwr.com to reserve.
"The Miracle Worker": The Family Theatre, on 2100 Hamilton Road, presents a production of the classic play, about the relationship between Annie Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior/military and $8 for students. Call 706-366-7196 to buy.
Kobrin, Schwartz and Warner Concert: CSU’s Schwob School of Music hosts a faculty concert by pianist Alexander Kobrin, violinist Sergiu Schwartz and cellist Wendy Warner. The concert starts at 4 p.m. in the RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. The progrma includes Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Trio in A Minor” and Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor.” Admission is free. Call 706-649-7225 for more info or visit www.columbusstate.edu/music.
Temple Israel: Dr. Gilya Schmidt, this year’s scholar-in-residence, will host events through the weekend at the temple. Friday night is a covered dish supper with Martin Buber’s poetry and discussion of the “Jewish Renaissance”; Saturday and Sunday focus on social, cultural and artistic Zionism. Reservations are required. Call 706-323-1617 for more info.
“Fahrenheit 451”: The Aquila Theatre will produce Ray Bradbury’s parable of a near future where reading is illegal and books are burned. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. at the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre, 900 Broadway. Tickets are $27-$43. Go to www.tickets.com or call 706-256-3612 to buy.
Sweethearts Trap Shoot Challenge: According to a release, “(A)ll the best dates involve firearms.” Hosted by the Recreational Shooting Complex on Fort Benning, the challenge is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The couple with the highest score wins. No experience necessary. Cost is $5 per round. Call 706-545-6158 for more info.
Fort Benning’s vehicle auction: MWR will auction more than 50 abandoned vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs starting at 9 a.m. at the NAF property Warehouse, Building 2384 Prussman St., on Fort Benning’s Main Post. You can preview the vehicles 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 7 and 10. Cash, Master/Visa cards and a check with a bank letter guaranteeing the funds for a specific amount and the date, will be accepted. This event is open to the public. For more information, call 706-626-2936 or 706-545-2348.
Granger Smith: Smith, a chart-topping country artist who just released his ninth studio album will take the stage at Auburn’s Bourbon Street Bar, 103 N. College St., with Earl Dibbles Jr at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call 334-887-1166 or go to www.ticketweb.com to buy.
"Sock Hop Homicide": Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre returns starting Feb. 14 — tickets are already on sale. The official description reads, “Rydell High School’s annual dance competition has been selected by TV’s ‘National Bandstand’ to be broadcast all over the country and Mr. Johnny Fontaine himself is coming to host the show! But Johnny has a dark secret.” Shows run through March 22; show times are at 7 p.m. each night at the Downtown Historic Marriott Hotel. Tickets are $48.50. Go to www.SherlocksColumbus.com for more info.
"A Little Princess": Tickets are now on sale for New Horizon Theatre’s production of this classic. Audiences will identify with Sara, our heroine, as she begins her adventures in “Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies”; laugh with her as she brings happiness to others; weep with her as her fortune changes from rich girl to poor orphan; and rejoice with her when strange events bring still another reversal of her destiny. Show dates are Feb. 13-15 at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. on the 15th. The theatre is located at 411 W. Eighth St., West Point, Ga. For more info call 706-643-7529 or go to www.nhct.org.