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Sara Pauff: Beachy activities for summer’s end

I wish I was at the beach.

I wish this at least once every summer, usually during the dog days of August. Sometimes, if I plan my vacations right, I get my wish and spend a few days by the ocean, trying to perfect my tan but ultimately getting sunburned.

Even though it’s still summer for another month, I don’t think I’ll have time for a beach vacation this year. On the plus side, this also means I won’t get a sunburn.

Wish you’d just spent a week at the beach, instead of work or school? Here are some beach-related events going on this weekend to check out. Just remember to bring sunscreen.

The Last Blast Beach Party: Maybe your idea of a beach vacation includes a trip to Margaritaville. If so, check out The Landsharks, a Jimmy Buffett and Beach Boys tribute band playing the Phenix City Amphitheater tonight at 8 p.m. It’s the last concert in the city’s summer concert series and there will be plenty of beach-related prizes to win. You could even snag a trip to Panama City and be able to take a real beach vacation after all. Tickets are $10 for adults, but it’s free for kids 12 and younger. No coolers are allowed inside the Amphitheater, but there will be concessions for sale. For more information, call 334-291-4719.

Picnic Potluck: One of the cool things about going to the beach is picnicking. There’s something about eating outside that makes regular PB&J and cheese crackers taste better. There’s no ocean at F.D.R. State Park in Pine Mountain, but you can share picnic food there today and maybe make some new friends. Bring a dish to pass to the F.D.R. Park office picnic tables at 6 p.m. For more information, call 706-663-4858.

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents The Little Mermaid: I think my enthusiasm for beaches stems from repeated viewings of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” when I was a kid. The kid actors in the Missoula Children’s Theatre must like the story too -- they are putting on two performances of it today at the Kelley Hill Recreation Center. The play is the result of their hard work during a weeklong performing arts camp at Fort Benning and includes local actors ages 6 to 18. Performances will be at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the recreation center, in building 9079 on Marne Road on Fort Benning. The play is open to the public. For more information, call 706-545-0522 or visit

Public pools at Double Churches and Rigdon Park: If you’re one of those people who goes to the beach to actually swim, check out the public pools in town. They’re only open for a few more weeks. The Double Churches pool is open Saturdays and Sundays through September 4, from noon to 6 p.m. The Rigdon Park pool is open this weekend, from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Aquatic Office at 706-225-4646.

--Contact Sara Pauff at 706-320-4469 or For more commentary, check out her 20-something blog at