Escape from Christmas
You actually can't escape from Christmas. It's everywhere, and you're just going to have to deal with it. To help curb your seasonal rage, I suggest you follow these three suggestions:
See Santa parachute: The jolly old elf is airborne on Friday at Eubanks Field, behind Infantry Hall, on Fort Benning. Check out the annual tower lighting at the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The event kicks off at 3 p.m.
Christmas parade: The weather likely will cooperate with this year's Bi-City parade on Broad Street in Phenix City and Broadway in Columbus. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, but you'll want to get there early to get a good spot.
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Play some poker: The Shanty Shack is starting poker every Saturday at 4 p.m. It's free to play. Check it out at 4475 Warm Springs Road.
Pour some sugar on me
I won't even pretend to escape from Christmas this weekend -- well, aside from when I'm eating 880 calories before noon on Saturday. Read on:
Cinnabon: Those 880 calories will come courtesy of a Cinnabon Classic Roll. That's right, Cinnabon hosts its grand opening at 9 a.m. Saturday in Peachtree Mall.
Pet activities: The battle of cuteness has arrived. You have two opportunities to showcase your pet's Santa costume this weekend.
Paws Humane is hosting its Happy Howlidays party Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Read more here. Classique Petique, 5300 Sydney Simons Blvd., is also hosting a party Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details here. Both events are free but photo packages and gifts will be available for purchase.
Road races: Put on your running shoes for Saturday races in downtown Columbus. Adults can participate in the Big Dog Jingle 5K, which begins at 8 a.m. at 11th Street and Broadway. Cost is $25. Click here for details.
Also Saturday, kids can participate in the Reindeer Run, which benefits the Children's Miracle Network at The Medical Center. Race begins at 9 a.m. and cost is $25. Meet at Country's on Broadway in downtown Columbus. It's open to runners in pre-K through eighth grade. Learn more here.