What's going on this weekend?

Welcome to winter

Or at least welcome to what passes for winter in the Chattahoochee Valley. That’s right, temperatures are expected to plummet to the 40s over the weekend, and you need a way to stay warm.

Since you’re not up to the obvious, I suggest you follow these suggestions:

You may think sitting in a large convention center filled with an ice floor would be cold, and you’d be right. Get over yourself and check out the Columbus Cottonmouths at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbus Civic Center. Tickets are only $5. Bring more cash for beer that, when consumed, makes you feel slightly warmer.

Friday, Saturday or Sunday, check out what will be a massive yard sale the likes of which God has not seen. It’s 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It’s at 120 Angelia Drive, Cusseta. Come for the insane amount of stuff for sale.

Sunday, actually do something that may get you warm in cooler climes and help with your doughy frame. See if you can run around the north part of Lakebottom Park twice in 15 minutes. Afterward, relax with a hot toddy in your sunroom and keep the good feelings rolling.

-Alan Riquelmy

Promiscuous patriot

No, the title of the Springer Opera House's newest production -- "The Star-Spangled Girl" -- is not a reference to Twitter photos of Meghan McCain in a tank top.

Instead, the play tells the story of what happens when you fall for somebody whose political views are dramatically different from your own. It runs 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Springer, 103 10th Street. Tickets are $15-$35. Call 706-327-3688.

Also, don't forget country legend Loretta Lynn comes to the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Saturday night. The famous "Coal Miner's Daughter" performs 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $34-$49. Call 706-256-3612.

Finally, peruse some Halloween getups at one of the many local costume retailers. I recommend a Saturday trip to Night Moves, 2723 Manchester Expressway. You're sure to find something that strikes a delicate balance between slutty and scary.

With luck, it will involve a revealing tank top.

-Sonya Sorich

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