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Activities for April 6-15

Get fresh produce at Uptown Columbus Market Days that begin a new season on Saturday (April 7). Visit the creative former artists' colony Pasaquan which opens April 7 and will be open the first Saturday of each month. Pick up some native plants at CSU' Oxbow Meadows on Sunday or attend Saturday's car show at Mount Zion United Methodist Church.

THIS WEEKEND

Uptown Columbus Market Days kick off: 9 a.m. to noon April 7. This year the Uptown Market will feature more than 50 local vendors selling produce, crafts, baked goods and artwork in the 1000 block of Broadway. Uptown will host Market Days every Saturday through November 17. To kick off the event The Justice Family Band will perform, a creature from CSU's Oxbow Meadows will be present and an Easter Egg Hunt will be held. All activities are free. The Uptown Columbus Easter Egg Hunt takes place at 10:30 am in the green space next to the RiverCenter. Bring and Easter basket and a camera.

Free jazz music: The Loft 7-9 p.m. Friday (March 30). Free admission. Dinner menu available. Smoke-free environment. All ages welcome.

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

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 younger.www.pasaquan.com

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.

NEXT WEEK

Zoran Jakovcic: The CSU violist will be accompanied by pianist Alexander Kobrin, cellist Wendy Warner, percussionist Paul Vaillancourt. Selections by Bach, Brahms, Hindemith, Bouchard will be performed. The free concert is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, at RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. 706-649-7225.

Say Goodnight Gracie: This show about the life, laughter and love of George Burns and Gracie Allen will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. Tickets cost $10-$39. 706-256-3612.

Favorite Children’s Book Read-Out: 12:30-1:30 p.m. April 12, Forum Area of the Schwob Memorial Library at Columbus State University (on main campus). 706-568-2081.

Mike Epps: The comedian visits the Civic Center at 8 p.m. April 13. Tickets cost $41-$47 in advance; $44-$50 at the door. 800-745-3000.

I Tweeted on my iPad (and I Liked It): The locally written comedy about social networking, the generation gap and relationships. For once, bring your cell phones and iPads and use them during the show. 7:30 p.m. April 12-14 and April 19-21 and 2:30 p.m. April 15. Foley Hall. $15-$35. 706-327-3688.

Reptile Fest: CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, will introduce snakes and other reptiles to families 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 14. Cost is $5. 706-507-8553.

TSYS Gigantic Yard Sale: 7 a.m.-11 a.m. April 14, 7101 Stone Mill Drive. Proceeds benefit the TSYS Future Scholars Fund. 706-644-3374.

Remembrance Ceremony of the Battle of Columbus: Speakers include historian Jack Howard and author and historian Jim Gibson. Autumn Massey will lead the singing of “Dixie” at Columbus Riverwalk amphitheater, near Front Street and Sixth Street at 2 p.m. April 15. Free. Period attire is encouraged. 706-615-2433.

ONGOING

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.

COMING UP

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