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Events for the last summer weekend

I could never sleep during the last weekend before a new school year. I was always nervous about new classes, but also excited to talk to friends I hadn’t seen all summer. I tried to stretch out my last 48 hours of freedom lounging around the house and thinking about school, but every time I saw my backpack, I’d remember I’d have to get back on the school bus on Monday. Hearing the words “back to school” still makes me a little nervous, and I’m completely glad that I do not have to worry about the first-day jitters every August.

But having been through 17 years of schooling, I’ve learned that staying busy during your last weekend of summer helps keep nerves at bay.

If you’re heading back to school or sending kids back to school this year, here are some ways to spend your last 48 hours of freedom and keep your mind off the first-day jitters:

Vapor Thrift Store: Maybe you’re spending the last hours before you go back to the classroom doing back-to-school shopping. If so, check out the grand re-opening of Vapor Thrift Store on Veterans Parkway. The store has a variety of donated furniture and clothes for sale. Vapor Thrift Store is a non-profit entity that support humanitarian aid and discipleship in the Third World, particularly Africa and Haiti. You can shop at Vapor from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Touch A Tank: Kids like chicken. Kids like tanks. Put the two together and you’ve got Touch A Tank at the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Macon Road. There will be an M114 Armored Reconnaissance Tank parked in the restaurant’s parking lot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today for kids to explore. Sounds so much cooler than just climbing around the play place, right? All guests will also receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of a regular Chick-fil-A meal.

Cool History - Inventing a New Navy: If you’re worried your kids spent too much of their summer watching cartoons and not enough of it reading books, here’s an educational event they might enjoy. Port Columbus will present a look at the inventions and technology used by navies in the North and South during the Civil War. There will be a special focus on the CSS Jackson and the Civil War Naval Technology practiced in Columbus. Cool History will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and military and $6 for children. For more information, call 706-327-9798.

Columbus Comic Book Show: The best way to cap off summer? Getting your picture taken with a Storm Trooper. You might spot one at this collectors’ show on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. There will also be comics, toys, and action figures. Admission is $4, which also grants you access to the center. For more information, call 706-649-1470.

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