To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (07/17-7/23)


Muses in the Museum featuring Slipstream: This month’s Third Thursday event at the Columbus Museum feature music by Slipstream. Throughout the evening, learn more about different art forms of local artists featured at the Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road. Also enjoy gallery walks of the exhibition “William Beckman: Drawings, 1967-2013.” Free. 6-8 p.m. 706-748-2562

Newcomers Club of Columbus: Free coffee 10 a.m. July 17, Columbus Botanical Gardens, 3603 Weems Road. Elizabeth Barker, executive director of Historic Columbus, will speak. Bottled water will be collected for Good Shepherd Free Clinic. 706-566-0349.

Nature Navigators: The 10-11 a.m. program will focus on water and ways to keep it clean. The 1:30-2:30 p.m. program will focus on learning about soil, water, pest control and lawn gardening. Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. $5. Call 706-507-8550 for reservations.

The Loft: Darren “DS” Sanders and David Beck take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

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

Conversation on race and reparations: The Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) is hosting a forum on reparations for African-Americans at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, at 6 p.m. The forum builds off Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay “The Case for Reparations,” published earlier this summer in The Atlantic magazine. Free and open to the public. or 762-821-1107.

Columbus Parkinson’s Support Group: Meeting at the Columbus Speech and Hearing, 2424 Double Churches Road, from 6-7:30 p.m. This is a new group and is open to people with Parkinson’s Disease of all ages and their families. 706-346-5678

Health screening: This is a health screening for diabetes and high blood pressure. Physicians are available during the clinic. At the Farrfield Manor, 419 Farr Road, from 10 a.m.-noon.


Social Club: The Socialites Band is now playing every Friday night at the Social Club Dance held in the Shrine Building, 3202 Edgewood Road. Line dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. with Anna Cooper and the Socialites Band plays at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $10 and it is a BYOB. Every one is welcome. 334-560-3707

The Loft: The Pepsi Southern Original Competition starts at 5 p.m. Free. Then the Solar Quintet takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by Carolina Story & Common Rival at 10 p.m. Tickets for Carolina Story & Common Rival are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: ATM performs. Cover is $5. Call 706-596-8141.


2014 Chattahoochee Challenge Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon: The downriver swims, flat-to-rolling hills on the bike and the flat and scenic run course appeal to both the beginner and advanced triathlete. Starts at 7 a.m. Race-day schedule is tentative. Woodruff Park, 1000 Bay Ave. $70-$90 to register.

Motorcycle Poker Run: Sponsored by the Columbus Police Department to benefit Georgia Special Olympics, July 19, Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson, 3230 Williams Road. Registration: 9:30 a.m. $20 per rider, $5 per hand, includes meal. Trophies, prizes, raffle and 50/50 raffle.

Whitewater Express Academy opening: Come celebrate this grand opening with a free roll clinic, free barbecue and more. Starts at 10 a.m. the Whitewater Express, Phenix City location.

Historic Linwood Foundation tour: From 9:30-11:30 a.m. Convene at Lummus Chapel at the east end of the cemetery. The July Tour will feature a replay of Historic Linwood Foundation’s 2012 Ramble tour, which was entitled “Culinary Columbus.” Come hear tales of stews, peanuts, honey bread, ice cream, tea rooms, and more. Attendees will receive a free cook booklet of old Columbus recipes. Free and open to the public. 706-321-8285.

2014 Columbus Artists’ Guild Member Show: This annual art show will include 85 pieces, including watercolors, oils, sculptures and more. It runs through Aug. 2, with an opening reception on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at the Illges Gallery in CSU’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts, 921 Front Ave.

The Loft: American Roommates and Garrett Lee perform at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

Iron Bank: Shady Branches performs at 8 p.m. No cover. 706-992-6609.

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.


Wedding extravaganza: From 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Columbus Trade & Convention Center, this expo includes a fashion show, demonstrations, prizes and many vendors covering everything from the wedding reception to the honeymoon. Tickets are $7. Go here for more info:


"Charlotte’s Web": Wilbur is no ordinary pig — however the destiny he faces, the same every farm pig faces, is very ordinary indeed. Rated G. At 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Springer Opera House’s McClure Theatre, 103 10th Street. $7-$13. 706-327-3688.


Monday Night Movie Series: This film series shows recent releases, independent and documentary films. This week’s movie is Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” about a strange boy and strange girl who fall in love on a strange island. Showings start at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library auditorium, 3000 Macon Road. 706-243-2669

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


Salute to the U.S.A.: Come see “America the beautiful recreated in art” at this open house at the Joseph House Art Gallery, beginning this week and running every Tuesday in July. With door prizes and light refreshments. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 706-321-8948.

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


Middle school volleyball camp: The University of Georgia volleyball coaches will be working a camp at Northside for all middle school-grade kids. Camps include basic volleyball skill training and individual position training. Open to the public. From 5:30-7 p.m. both days. Please pre-register:


The Loft: Stereo Reform takes the stage at 8 p.m. Free. Call 706-596-8141.

Mix Ultra Lounge: Vanity Wednesday with DJ Tammy and a drag show. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 706-221-2112.

SoHo: Opossum Holler performs. Free. Call 706-596-8141.


Survivor reception and Paint the Town Pink kick-off: The West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition hosts this kick-off event on July 24 at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. With complimentary refreshments and a T-shirt. To RSVP, breast cancer survivors and guests can call 706-660-0317 ext. 10.