To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (6/26-7/2)


Carmike summer: Carmike will feature a family-friendly movie. This week’s is “Despicable Me.” 10 a.m. Hollywood Ritz 13, 1683 Whittlesey Boulevard. $4 admission includes movie ticket, drink, popcorn and snack.

"Suds!": CSU Theater presents “Suds! The Rockin’ ‘60s Musical Soap Opera” — a story of a young woman and her guardian angels who teach her about finding true love. 7:30 p.m. Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 West 10th Street. $12-$20. 706-507-8444.

LEGO building: Each Blockheads! session features a different LEGO building challenge. 4-5 p.m. South Columbus Public Library, 2034 South Lumpkin Road. Free.

Legends: Trivia starts at 8 p.m. Call 706-507-1406.

The Loft: Jerry Farber and Josh Harris take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: Marbin performs at 10 p.m. Free. Call 706-568-3316.


WIC Farmers Market: Bring your WIC folder and picture ID to the Columbus Health Department, 2100 Comer Ave. Come early to get fresh produce from local farmers. This program is for active WIC participants who are pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding, infants 6 months old and children ages 1-5. From 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 800-789-5502 or

Fantastic Fridays: Come enjoy a family-friendly performance of Rob Cleveland’s “Anansi the Spider to Wile E. Coyote: Trickster Tales from Around the World” in the Columbus Museum’s Patrick Theater. Plus: arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt. 10:30 a.m. 1251 Wynnton Road. Free. 706-748-2562.

National HIV Testing Day: The Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation will offer free HIV testing at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 706-580-6239

The Hangout: DJ Epic performs for Ladies Night. No cover. Call 706-221-0423.

Legends: It’s hip-hop night with DJ D-Rock. Cover is $5. Ladies get in free until 11 p.m. Call 706-507-1406.

The Loft: The Michael Allman Band performs at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 706-596-8141.


"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee": Columbus State’s summer repertory company mounts a production of this Tony award-winning musical, about a band of a misfit students, the titular spelling bee and the adults who supervise them. At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 W 10th Street. Also June 26-27. Tickets are $20, $15 (senior and active-duty military) and $12 (kids 12 and under). 706-507-8444.


Denim & Diamonds: This annual concert with proceeds benefitting the Columbus Hospice and Columbus Hospice of Alabama will feature Justin Moore with special guest Josh Thompson. 8 p.m. Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth Street. $38.50. Contact Diane Taylor at for inquiries regarding private dinner tables.

Independence Day celebration: Fort Benning’s annual celebration includes a performance by Natalie Stovall and the MCoE Band, more than 25 inflatables, kids activities, food and beverage vendors, fireworks and much more. Starting at 3 p.m. at York Field, Fort Benning. (Fireworks start at 10 p.m.) Open to the public. Guests will not have to exit their vehicles for access to post; just make sure everyone in the car is 16 and older has a photo ID.

Y Kids Tri: This fourth annual kids triathlon includes a pool swim, a closed bike course and a closed, spectator-friendly bike course. Each participant receives a swag bag, post race snacks, swim cap, water bottle and finisher medal. 9 a.m. at the John P. Thayer YMCA, 24 14th St.

Crowley Classic Film Series: The summer-long film series continues with “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” 7:30 p.m. at the Springer Opera House, 103 10th Street. $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Refreshments are sold beforehand in the Players Saloon. 706-327-3688

Market Days: Visit Market Days on Broadway for fresh produce, baked goods, arts and crafts and more. 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday of the year. Downtown on Broadway. Prices vary.

The Hangout: DSOS performs. Cover is $5. Call 706-221-0423.

Legends: DJ Mystic performs for the pajama party — the cover is $5 for those not wearing pajamas. Call 706-507-1406.

The Loft: EP release party for Ryan Rulon, starting at 9 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: Wampus Creek performs at 10 p.m. Cover is $5. Call 706-568-3316.

VFW: The Last Rodeo performs starting at 9 p.m. at VFW Post 665, 1824 Victory Drive. Tickets are $7 at the door. All welcome. Call 706-682-6656.


"I Need a Hero": In this play by Jessica Stephens and Leslie Cardwell, Nova City is being terrorized by the evil villains Colonel Mustard and Hemlock. The affable mayor and the condescending police commissioner butt heads as they try to decide what should be done. They decide to hold a competition for a patron superhero. Will they save the day? Who will win the title of Patron Superhero? 7:30 p.m. each night at the Family Theatre, 2100 Hamilton Road. Tickets are $8. Email for reservations. 706-366-7196


Bluegrass at the Barn: Grass Backards take the stage at 3:05 p.m. followed by an open jam session starts at 4:15 p.m. at the Lake Pines Event Center in Midland. The public is encouraged to bring their own instruments. No pets or alcohol.


"Dora the Explorer Live": CSU’s Department of Theater presents this live musical adventure of everyone’s favorite explorer as she and her best buddy Boots set sail. 10 a.m. at the Riverside Theatre Complex, 6 W 10th Street. With a meet-and-greet with the cast to follow. Tickets are $5-10. 706-507-8444.


Columbus Amateur Radio Club Field Day: The Columbus Amateur Radio Club will be holding its annual Field Day exercise at Flat Rock Park, 6106 Warm Springs Road. This event allows members to practice skills in communicating with other amateur radio operators throughout North America. The club will be on the air continuously for 24 hours, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday and ending at 2 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to attend and observe.


Exhibit closing: “Beauty and the Beasts of Oxbow Meadows” runs through June 30 at the Joseph House Art Gallery, 828 Broadway. Artwork by gallery artists shows the beauty of Oxbow and its beastly reptiles. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 706-321-8948

SoHo: Karaoke with Rob Hall. Free. Call 706-568-3316.


SoHo: Open mic night with Zac Young. Free. Call 706-568-3316.


Legends: Live acoustic acts. Free. Call 706-507-1406.