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Activities set for March 23-April 1

Free ice skating: As part of the "Will Robinson Hockey on the Hooch" Tournament on Saturday (March 24) Columbus Ice Rink will host a Free Public Skate session from 7-9 p.m. Saturday (March 24) There will be a brief tribute to William Robinson at 7 p.m., followed by open skating, and live music by rapper Jachin Myers and the band Lost on Lemans. There will be a $3 charge for skate rental.

Free jazz music: Graduate student Edward Sue (trumpet) and his band will bring some interesting and original charts to the Loft 7-9 p.m. Friday (March 30). Free admission. Dinner menu available. Smoke-free environment. All ages welcome.

Spring Fling: The festival will feature a midway and rides for children and adults, and the Kachunga & the Alligator Show. Times are 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday (March 30), 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday (March 31), 1-10 p.m. Sunday (April 1). Fair is at the Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. Free admission. Ride Special: Unlimited ride wristbands are $20 for Tuesday through March 29, $25 on Friday and Sunday. On Saturday, it’s two rides for the price of one from noon-2 p.m. and $25 unlimited ride wristband from 2 p.m.-1 a.m.Information: 706-653-4460.

Final performances of ‘Spy Games!’ dinner show: Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre performs the spy thriller while guests eat dinner at 6:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday and March 30-31 at Columbus Marriott Hotel. $48.50, includes dinner and show; must be reserved 24 hours in advance. 706-604-5634.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra and others: CSU Chorale, Auburn University Chamber Choir, Voices of the Valley Youth Choir and guest soloists present “Carmina & Copland” at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. $22-$36; $5 for kids. 706-256-3612 or 888-332-5200.

Caroline, or Change: As the world changes around her in 1963, a black maid in Louisiana finds her world changing, too. Shows are 7:30 p.m. March 29-31 and 2 p.m. April 1 at Columbus State University, Riverside Theater Complex, 6 W. 10th St. $20-$22. 706-507-8444.

Free in the Spirit: With Donald Lawrence & Co., William Murphy, William McDowell. 7 p.m. March 30. Columbus Civic Center. $15; $18.50 until March 29; $22.50 at the door. 800-745-3000.


Ice skate during spring break: Public skating times are 1-7 p.m. Monday, 1:30-7 p.m. Tuesday and April 5, 4-9 p.m. April 6-8. Cost is $7, $5 for children 10 and younger; $3 skate rentals. 706-225-4500.

Spring Fling film series: “How To Train Your Dragon” screens at 9:15 a.m. and “Howl’s Moving Castle” is at 11:15 a.m. April 3. On April 4, “Despicable Me” screens at 9:15 a.m. and “Howl’s Moving Castle is at 11:15 a.m. On April 5, “James and the Giant Peach is at 9:15 a.m. and “The Never Ending Story” is 11:15 a.m. Screenings are free at IMAX at Patriot Park, National Infantry Museum. 706-653-9234.

Brahms Remembered: Features pianist Alexander Kobrin, the L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano, playing a selection of Brahms compositions at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Free. 706-649-7225.

CSU Jazz Band: Jazz classics and new contemporary tunes will be performed under the direction of Alexander Pershounin at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Free. 706-649-7225.

Percussion Ensemble: Features percussion students, under the direction of Paul Vaillancourt. Includes works by Fred Cohen, a concerto for bagpipes and percussion by Yale composer Matthew Welch and a piece by Pulitzer Prize-winner Wayne Peterson. 7:30 p.m. April 6. Legacy Hall, RiverCenter. Free. 706-649-7225.

Pasaquan re-opens: Visit the eight acre compound near Buena Vista, Ga. that was created by the late artist Eddie Owens Martin aka St. EOM, on the first Saturday of each month. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5, free for kids 6 and

5th Annual Car Show: Hosted by Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 7, 2616 Lee Road 243, Smiths Station, Ala. $20/$10 each addition vehicle for same owner. Trophies warded for: Top 30 vehicles; best paint, best interior, best engine, best of show and Pastor’s Choice Award. Mail entries to the church at P.O. Box 205, Smiths Station, Ala. 35677. Proceeds to benefit youth mission programs. 706-575-3512.

Native plant sale: CSU’s Oxbow Meadows hosts Second Sunday with Botanical Outreach Coordinator Alicia Garcia. Learn why native plants are so important to our local ecology. The free program begins at 2 p.m. at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. 706-507-8550


Columbus Ice Rink: Public Ice Skating is 1:30-9 p.m. Friday and 4-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Columbus Ice Rink, next to the Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. Skaters skate at their own risk; protective gear is recommended. $7, $5 for children 10 and younger; $3 skate rentals. 706-225-4500.

No Shame Theater: Sign up at 10 p.m. and take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Fridays to present your original work. Can’t be longer than five minutes; can’t break anything. Must be 18 years old to perform or to watch. Springer Opera House’s Studio Theatre, 1022 First Ave. $5. 706-324-1100.

Wild Animal Safari: Take the kids to see and touch animals in Pine Mountain from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily. Drive your own car or take the tour bus for no extra fee. Tickets cost $17.95; $14.95 for seniors and children 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 800-367-2751.

Columbus Museum: The museum is free. It’s open 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. 706-748-2562.


Gallery Tales: 9:30-11 a.m. April 10, April 17, April 19, at the Columbus Museum. Free. Registration required. 706-748-2562. ext. 210.