Poetry round-robin: Four Georgia Poetry Society members will humorously duke it out (in a linguistic and occasionally poetic fashion) with poems on different themes and topics. Featuring Keith Badowski, Melissa Dickson,Jonathan S. E. Perkins and Ron Self in celebration of National Poetry Month. 7 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library auditorium, 3000 Macon Road. Free. www.cvlga.org.
Wind Ensemble: The CSU ensemble honors CSU Director of Bands emeritus Ret. Col. Hal Gibson as he celebrates his 90th birthday on stage. The University Singers will join in the second half. 7:30 p.m. RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. Free. 706-649-7225. columbusstate.edu/music.
Bark to the Park: Bark returns to the dog park on Main Post by Blue and French CYSS Sports Fields from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Train your family’s four-legged friends to compete in the agility competition. Free. Please be sure you’ve registered your dogs at the Fort Benning Vet Clinic. 706-545-7978.
Judith A. Curry: professor and chair in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences — with a reputation for engaging climate change skeptics — will be the second speaker in an Oxbow Meadows-organized series of lectures focusing on sustainability. Free. At 7 p.m. in the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center auditorium, 3535 S. Lumpkin Road. wwww.oxbow.columbusstate.edu
‘Valley Painters’ opens: For over 60 years, the Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, has been assembling a collection of notable art by both national and regional artists. This exhibition highlights works from the collection by some of the best-known artists, both past and present, who have lived and worked in the Chattahoochee Valley. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 706-748-2562.
Concert: The Uptown Inc. spring concert series continues with Big Woody & the Splinters. Outside food and beverages are allowed, but glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. 7 p.m. 1000 block of Broadway. Free. uptowncolumbusga.org.
Revival on the River: Come celebrate the unity from the Tri-city and enjoy a night a music, fellowship, food and encouraging messages. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe are expected to attend. 5:30 p.m. Phenix City Amphitheater, 508 Dillingham St. Free. unitynight.org.
Drive-in movie: Sponsored by Davis Broadcasting Inc., Amerigroup Real Solutions and the Columbus Civic Center present a drive-in movie in the Civic Center parking lot. The movie “42” will begin at 8 p.m. but bring the family for pre-show games, vendors, concessions and more. Gates open at 7 p.m. Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. Free. 706-653-4472. columbusciviccenter.org.
Book sale: The Columbus State University Friends of Libraries is holding a book sale focus on music ranging from sheet music and scores to LP’s, CD’s and 78’s. ll items have been generously donated by members of the local community. Prices will range from 50 cnets to $5. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the RiverPark Campus Music Library. 706-507-8675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marionettes: The Cashore Marionettes explore a range of emotions in this series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music. RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre, 900 Broadway. Thursday at 9:30 a.m.; and 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Tickets are $7. 706-256-3612. rivercenter.org.
Midtown Classic: The eighth annual classic 5K race and one-mile fun run goes through Midtown Columbus with live music and an after party with free food and door prizes. Fun run starts at 8 a.m. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. Wynnton United Methodist Church, 2412 Wynnton Road. $10 for the fun run and $25 for the 5K. More info at www.wynntonumc.org.
Scott's Miracle Riders: The Riders will appear at the Covenant Woods Retirement Community, 5424 Woodruff Farm Road, for residents to see them before they take off on their 9,000 mile motorcycle trek raising awareness and money to benefit Children's Miracle Newtork at The Medical Center. 10 a.m. Donations will be accepted.
Chris Knight: The singer-songwriter -- noted as “Cormac McCarthy meets Copperhead Road” -- will perform at the Bourbon Street Bar, in Auburn, Ala., touring with his newest album, 2012's "Little Victories." “I don’t ever get in a big rush about things,” Knight said in a release. “I can tour pretty good on what I got. I took my time, like I always do. Write a song every now and then. I don’t like to talk about politics, but I do write what I’m thinking about.” 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10/$15.
Garrett Smithley: The NASCAR ARCA series driver will be appearing with his #11 car for a donation drive at the Flatrock Court Goodwill location, 6707 Flatrock Court. Accepting gently used household items and clothes. From 2-4 p.m.
Reptile Fest: This year’s Reptile Fest will feature a live reptile show, the Hiss America Costume Contest and a behind-the-scenes look at all of Oxbow’s resident reptiles. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oxbow Meadows, 3535 S. Lumpkin Road. $5 (Children 3 and under get in free.) 706-507-8550. oxbow.columbusstate.edu/ReptileFest.php.
Memorial service: The United Daughters of the Confederacy are hosting this memorial for the unknown Confederate soldier that is buried at Lakeview Memory Gardens, 3800 Hwy 280-431 North. 10 a.m. Company K 17th Georgia Civil War re-enactor company and the General Henry Lewis Benning Camp 517 will be participating; the Wildwood Blue Grass Band will perform.
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. uptowncolumbusga.com.
Piano recital: Join Alexander Kobrin and the Piano Studio in a showcase of music for the piano. 4 p.m. RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. Free. 706-649-7225. columbusstate.edu/music.
Arena football: The Columbus Lions host the Albany Panthers. 7:30 p.m. Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. $10-$45. (706) 653-4460. columbuscivicenter.org
Tea time with mom: Featuring a mother/daughter look-a-like contest, games and prizes, all the proceeds from this event benefit the House of Mercy. At 11 a.m. at The Gallery at Fountain Park, 4261 Macon Road. All guests are welcome to bring teapots and teacups. $20/couple.
Guitar recital: Students from the Schwob School of Music guitar studio will perform works for two, three and four guitars, as well as violin and guitar. 4 p.m. RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. Free. 706-649-7225. columbusstate.edu/music.
CSU Philharmonic: The philharmonic will perform with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra at 6:45 p.m. in the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard THreatre, 900 Broadway. The program will include a “trio of engaging selections”: “Fanfare fur die Wiener Philharmoniker” by Richard Strauss, “Jupiter” by Gustav Holst and they will debut composer Louis Spratlan’s “A Summer’s Day.” Free. 706-256-3612. columbusstate.edu/music.
Kings Pond Family Campout: Enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing and more. Representatives from Home Depot will lead wood crafts. Bring your own camping equipment or reserve it at Outdoor Recreation. Free. This event starts at noon. To reserve your spot, call Outdoor Rec at 706-545-7978.
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. 706-256-3614.
St. Luke Orchestra Spring Concert: The orchestra will play a free concert including selections from “The Phantom of the Opera,” Gustav Holst’s “Fantasia on the Dargason,” the “Army of the Nile” march and more. The concert starts at 6:15 p.m. and is preceded by a dinner. At St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1104 Second Ave. 706-315-9117.
Panel discussion: The Columbus Museum and the Columbus State University Archives present a panel discussion of the city’s Jewish history with local residents. This panel is in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition “Shalom Y’All: The Valley’s Jewish Heritage,” which is on view through July 13. At CSU’s Schwob Memorial Library, on the main campus. From 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free, but seating is limited.
Theatre Revival Tour: The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) of Atlanta is hosting a community festival as part of a three day Theatre Revival Tour in Manchester, Ga. The event will be held at 6 p.m., May 1 on the Broad St. block in front of The President Theatre. FTI will present a $27,000 grant to the President Theatre for restoring its marquee and tower and spire. There will be tours of the theatre and Francine Reed, Atlanta’s “Queen of the Blues," will be performing with her back-up band. The event is free and open to the public.