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10-29-2010 Around Post

ACES college fair

Army Continuing Education System will host a college fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Main PX. The fair is open to all service members, retirees, DoD civilians and their family members. For more information, call 706-545-7397.

Halloween naming contest

AAFES will give six contestants a chance to win a gift card during Hershey’s “Tag Me!” Halloween character naming contest. Through Sunday, shoppers ages 5 to 17 can submit names for one or all six Halloween characters by logging on to top five entries for each character will be selected by Exchange leadership, and finalists will have their submissions reposted to the Facebook page for a final vote by fans. Winners will receive a $250 Exchange gift card.

What’s that noise?

Heavy weapons training will be going on in the northeast part of Fort Benning Monday, Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 8-10 and 19.

FRG Forum

There will be an FRG Forum for all Family Readiness Group members from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Building 7, 7117 Baltzell Ave.

For more information, call 706-545-4043.

Retiree Appreciation Day

The 2010 Retiree Appreciation Day will be Friday at the Benning Conference Center. The event is free, but breakfast is $2.30 and lunch is $11. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The day includes breakfast at a Sand Hill dining facility, a tour of the National Infantry Museum, a graduation, a guest speaker, door prizes and a health fair. It ends at 4 p.m. For more details, call Ms. Verna Clemons at 706-545-1805.

Reclamation sale

A reclamation sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at Building 224A, Upton Avenue. The sale is cash only with a $300 per customer limit. ACUs will be sold to U.S. military personnel on active duty only. Limit one pair of boots and two sets of uniforms per authorized patron. National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers on active status must have duty orders. Retirees authorized to purchase IPFU and PT Ensembles. The first hour is for E-6 and below only.For more information, call 706-545-1972.

Audie Murphy Athletic Center closed

The athletic center is currently closed for upgrades and will open again in five or six months.

Town hall meetings

Town hall meetings will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 for Indianhead at Wilson Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 for East Main Post at White Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 for Custer/Upatoi at McBride Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 for Davis/Bouton at Stowers Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11 for Patton at McBride Elementary School and 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13 for McGraw Village at McBride Elementary School.

In The Community


Dress your pooch up and join the Howl-o-Ween, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Fort Benning dog park. The event, including all activities, is free. For more information, call 706-545-9636.

Trick or treating

Fort Benning will observe Halloween with “trick or treating” from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Preschool children must be accompanied by someone 14 years or older. Trick or treating should be limited only to the housing area where the participant resides and children should only approach residences with lighted entryways.

Alzheimer’s walk

The Alzheimer’s Association will host the 2010 Columbus Memory Walk on Saturday in the 1100 block of Broadway. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Proceeds raised from the Memory Walk benefit programs and services in the Chattahoochee Valley region.

Volunteers are needed to form teams, donate and work the day of the event. For more information, call 706-327-6838, go to and select Columbus, or check out the Columbus Memory Walk on Facebook.

Free meal for military

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar will thank U.S. military veterans and active-duty sevice members with a free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Columbus walking tours

Take a 1.5-mile “Walk with the Shadows” ghost tour in Columbus. Lantern lit tours are available through November and are $13 per person. Times are 8:30-10 p.m. starting at the Marriott Hotel lobby at the intersection of 9th Street and Front Avenue.With the River City Twilight Tour, guests can take an hourlong, one-mile stroll on the Riverwalk through a historic neighborhood Nov. 12. Meet at the Marriott Hotel lobby at 6 p.m. The cost is $10.The I Spy Kids Flashlight Tour will be held at sunset Dec. 4. The tour includes activities and a game of hide-n-seek with flashlights. The event is geared toward ages 4 to 10 and is $8 per participant. Meet at the Heritage Park on Seventh Avenue and Front Street in Columbus. For more information, call 706-225-8888.

Poetry reading

Soldier-poet Brian Turner will be coming to Columbus State University Nov. 12 to give a public reading. The event, sponsored by CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians and The Georgia Poetry Circuit, will be held in the Theatre on the Park Studio on Columbus State’s RiverPark campus and will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 706-569-2507.

Jazz concert

The Snakebite Six Dixieland Jazz Band will be in concert Nov. 14 at the Liberty Theatre, 813 Eighth Ave. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and a jam session follows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, and there is no charge for musicians who sit in. The Columbus Jazz Society holds a concert and jam session the second Sunday of every month. at the Liberty Theatre. The next event will be Dec. 12. For more information, call 706-660-9295 or visit

Holiday Market

The Women’s Ministry of Midland United Methodist Church will host a holiday market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the church, 9100 Warm Springs Road, Midland, Ga. There will be monogrammed items, hand-painted glass ornaments, purses, hats, scarves and more.

Columbus Area Precept Christmas Luncheon

RSVP by Nov. 18 for the Columbus Area Precept Christmas Luncheon with Kay Arthur, to be held at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Columbus Iron Works & Convention Trade Center. The cost is $25 and checks should be made payable to Columbus Precept, 7138 Stillwater Dr., Columbus, GA 31904. For more information, call 706-596-8557.

Columbus Museum outings

The Columbus Museum and Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will visit Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 19-20. The trip includes the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Gardens, five meals, travel and one night of deluxe accommodations. The cost is $800 for individuals or $1,280 for couples.

The Columbus Museum will also host a trip the High Museum of Art in Atlanta Nov. 16. The outing includes a tour of the High and lunch in midtown. The cost is $70.

For more information, call Mary Luby at 706-748-2562, ext. 542.

Get Active

Columbus Juniors Volleyball Club tryouts

The club is looking for female volleyball players ages 10-18 for traveling teams. Tryouts run from through Nov. 9 and will be at Columbus State University and the Salvation Army Gym. Commitment night is Nov. 10. The cost is $600-$900, which includes gym rental, equipment, coaches (salary, registration and training), USA Volleyball registration, uniforms and administrative costs. The cost doesn’t include tournament or travel costs. Coaches are also needed. For more information, go to or call Chris Akers at 706-888-1131.

Columbus Roadrunners seek members

Like running? The Columbus Roadrunners Club is open to all runners. The club meets for group runs at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays at Fountain City Coffee in downtown Columbus. The club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Hardaway High School to do speed work, which is targeted to improve finish times for half and full marathons. The annual cost is $20 for individuals, $25 for families and $10 for students. The cost includes newsletters, monthly socials and an annual party. To register or for more information, visit

‘Our Wounded Heroes Benefit’

Bowling for Josh — “Our Wounded Heroes Benefit” will be held Nov. 6 at AMF Peach Bowl Lanes on Bradley Park Drive. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m. The cost is $20 and includes shoes and two hours of bowling.All proceeds go to the Josh Craven Family Assistance Fund. Craven, a Fort Benning Soldier, lost his left leg from an IED explosion while serving in Iraq.For more information, call 706-580-6239.

Veterans Day Parade

The Tri-City Veterans Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 13. The deadline to submit an application for the parade is 5 p.m. Nov. 5. For more information, visit or call 706-576-5475 or 334-291-4719.

Soldier marathon

The Columbus Roadrunners and Fort Benning will host the Soldier Half and Full Marathon Nov. 13 to benefit the National Infantry Museum, House of Heroes and Honor Flight.

The marathon is 26.2 miles and the half marathon is 13.1 miles.

The course will begin at the National Infantry Museum and wind through Fort Benning by historic monuments, including the old Infantry museum. Runners ages 12 and older can run in the half marathon. The minimum age for the full marathon is 18. Register before Nov. 1 and the cost is $55 for civilians for the half marathon and $65 for the full marathon. Military ID cardholders get a discount — $35 for the half and $50 for the full marathon. All prices increase by $10 after Nov. 1.

The day of, the cost is $85 for either event. Teams of two to five can register for $150. The race starts at 8 a.m. To register, visit or or call 706-243-5610.

Junior Pistol Club

The Fort Benning Junior Pistol Club is looking for new members, ages 10-18.

The club is growing and one shooter qualified last year to compete in the National Junior Olympic Open Championships held in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the Olympic Training Center. The club meets Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Pool Indoor Range Complex.

No experience is necessary and equipment will be provided. The season is through May 11. Dues are $100 for the season with no cost for the first 30 days.

For more information, contact SFC Daryl Szarenski at 706-545-1027 or

Classes, Seminars & Groups

Army Family Team Building

Army Family Team Building Level I class — an introduction to military life — will be from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Nov. 16. Child care is provided.

For more information, call Army Community Service at 706-545-4043 or 706-545-6958.

Degree program

The Strategic Education and Development Program is a one-year, degree-producing program open to U.S. Army Reserve and active-duty Guard Reserve captains and junior field grade majors.

Selected officers attend Harvard, earning a master’s degree in public administration, then complete a four-year follow-on assignment.

The Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Ky., will forward the names of qualified officers to the Army G-3/5 for selection of one scholar.

Scholars will be assigned to the U.S. Army Student Detachment at Fort Jackson, S.C., with duty at Harvard University for one year.For more information, e-mail

Learn to dance

There are free ballroom and line dancing classes from 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Columbus. Partners are not required.

The church hosts live music dances once a month, $10 general admission, $5 for military.

The church is at 1100 First Ave. For more information, call 706-327-6268 or 706-587-7044 or visit


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