Weekend picks include diamonds, football and Teen Mom marathon

Hot, hot, not

For those of you just joining us, the past month has been more akin to a vacation to the seventh layer of Hell. Luckily, just in the time for the weekend, there's a chance that the highs won't go into the 90s.

To celebrate, here's some ideas of stuff to do with your winter-like weekend:

FDR State Park: Cruise up the Martha Berry Highway, known to you locals as Veterans Parkway, just a few miles past Hamilton. When you get the chance, turn to the right to enter the massive park that's in Columbus' backyard. Enjoy a hike in the shade of trees and escape the madness of the medium-sized city for a while.

Indoor football: Are you ready for some pseudo football? Then check out your Columbus Lions in Sunday's SIFL championship game at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center. Tickets go for as low as $10.

Visit the library: It may not be in the 90s, but it's still going to be hot. Be sure to spend some time at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, over the weekend. If you pay taxes, you're paying for the library's A/C, so you might as well take advantage of it.

Alan Riquelmy

Word to your mother

"Teen Mom" returns to MTV Tuesday, and if you really knew me you'd know I can't wait.

(Like how I included a subtle reference to another MTV show? No? OK.)

Anyway, adrenaline alone isn't enough to propel "Teen Mom" fans through the weekend. Try these events:

Denim & Diamonds: Headliner Blake Shelton comes to the Columbus Civic Center Saturday night. He's joined by Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt and Richie McDonald. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $27.50-$37.50, $12.50 for military with valid ID at the door. It's a benefit for Columbus Hospice and Columbus Hospice of Alabama.

Tyler Reeve: The singer, born in Mobile, Ala., comes to The Loft Saturday night. Expect a blend of raw country and Americana. Cover is $5 and show starts at 9 p.m. The bar is at 1032 Broadway.

"Teen Mom" marathon: Just how many times did Amber and Gary break up before the end of the season? Refresh your memory when MTV airs a "Teen Mom" marathon 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. At 9 p.m., catch the "Baby High" special about teen moms trying to finish high school.

Sonya Sorich

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