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Weekend picks include police auction, Boots on Broadway

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As soon as the humidity disappears from these Columbus streets, activities coalesce and take the shape of fat men watching football on barcaloungers.

You don’t have to follow in their heavy footsteps. Just take these suggestions, sans football, and run:

Columbus Cottonmouths hockey: When was the last time you saw a hockey game? That’s right, never. Check out the Cottonmouths take on the hated Pensacola Iceflyers at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbus Civic Center. Bring $5 and more cash for food and beer.

Police auction: The drug dealer’s loss is your gain at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Civic Center. Check out the police auction featuring items seized in various drug busts. They include TVs, electronics, a composite bow (Really? Was some dealer going to protect his stash with that?), even cars, including a Mercedes. Cash and checks accepted; no credit cards.

Arts on the River: You have no choice but to check out the 15th annual Arts of the River on Broadway, from 11 – 5 p.m. Saturday. Just think, you can put all the keen art you buy here in your new F-150 you bought at the police auction. Be sure to keep a look out for a picture featuring various wigs sitting in a display window. That thing makes an appearance at every art show.

Alan Riquelmy

At ease?

Take a break from indulging in pumpkin spice lattes and try out these picks:

Boots on Broadway: The free military heritage celebration comes to downtown Columbus 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Expect giveaways, children's activities, music and more. If you're in the military, you might even get a free lunch.

Ossahatchee Pow Wow & Indian Festival: This event is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. It's held on the Harris County Soccer Field, about 2 miles east of Hamilton on Highway 116 East. Cost is $5-$8, plus a $1 parking donation to Boy Scouts of America. Guests 5 and younger are free. Get more details here.

Shanty Shack Bikefest: You don't have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to enjoy this event, which is noon-6 p.m. Saturday. It will benefit Capt. Mike Russell of Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services, who has lung cancer. The Shanty Shack is at 4475 Warm Springs Road. It's free, but donations are encouraged. Open to all ages, though only guests 21 and older are allowed inside. 706-507-3418.

Sonya Sorich

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