To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (7/24-7/30)


Team Jason Strong: The family and friends of 21-month-old Jason Kenyon will be at the Chick-fil-A Midland, 6517 Kitten Lake Drive, from 5-8 p.m. Kenyon was diagnosed with leukemia last year. Supporters can enjoy food, fun and festivities; and enter a $10 raffle for a chance to win a bike. All food and raffle proceeds go the Kenyon’s family.

Pasaquan restoration: Kohler Foundation Director Terri Yoho will Speak on the restoration of Pasaquan at 6:30 p.m. at the old Marion County Elementary School cafeteria in Buena Vista, Ga. Yoho will answer questions from citizens about the project and the future of Pasaquan, including its future use by Columbus State University.

The Loft: Julie Scoggins and Gid Pool take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: The Last Remark performs. Free. Call 706-596-8141.


Beach-side movie: Bring your lawnchair or blankets and enjoy a family friendly movie — “The Nut Job.” Lower admission prices start at 5 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. Robin Beach at Callaway Gardens, 17800 U.S. Highway 27. $2.50-$5.

The Loft: Voyage performs, with “very special guest” Michael Hoskin, at 7 p.m. The Regulars Band follows that, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for The Regulars Band. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: The Little Ship performs. Cover is $5. Call 706-596-8141.


Messy Games for Maddie: Messy Games is a locally-created fundraiser to support children and their families battling cancer. This year the fundraiser is sponsoring 2-year-old Madison Richmond, who has an inoperable brain tumor. Local businesses sponsor a variety of booths, offering a variety of “messy” activities such as Spaghetti Spa and Messy Photo Booth. Enjoy music, snacks, games and more. Admission is a $5 donation for kids; adults get in free. From 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lakebottom Park. 706-325-4467

Run for Their Lives: The proceeds from Dr. Cooper’s 5k/1 mile go to the Russell County Child Advocacy Center. At 8 a.m. at the Phenix City Spine & Joint Center, 3700 S. Railroad Street. $20-$30.

Marathon training: Jeff Galloway half marathon training group starts at 7:30 a.m. at Big Dog Running, 1104 Broadway. Target race is the Soldier Half Marathon on Nov. 8. Register at Membership fees apply. or

Harvard’s K9 Center: Open dock and swimming with instruction from noon-4 p.m EST. Dock diving and swimming instruction for dogs from beginner to advance. All breeds welcome. Price is $25/dog and $15 for each additional dog. Toys and life jackets are also available for use at the dock. You can come at any time during the instruction. Harvard’s K9 is located in Crawford, Ala. or 334-298-0414 for directions and more information.

Book Launch: National Infantry Museum will launch “Dr. Graff Remembers: World War II Reflections,” a memoir by the late Columbus obstetrician Peter Carl Graffagnino. Work was completed for the book by Barbara Walden Dent and the author’s son, Robert. His family will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served. From 3-5 p.m. in the museum’s Heritage Hall, 1775 Legacy Way. Free and open to the public.

Springer summer movies: Enjoy classic Hitchcock thriller “Vertigo” as part of the Springer’s ongoing summer movie series. Players Saloon opens at 6:30 p.m. with movie starting at 7:30 p.m. Springer Opera House, 103 10th Street. $10 in advance, $12 at door. 706-327-3688.

International Fun Festival Community Event: Hosted by For All Nations Church in Fortson, Ga., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. With food, games, music, inflatables and more for the whole family. 706-992-2333 or 706-507-9304.

Kits4Kids: Free backpacks and school supplies while supplies last. 9 a.m.-noon. Britt David Baptist Church, 2801 W. Britt David Road. Open to public. 706-322-0357.

Kids workshop: Build a TurboTraco Truck. 10 a.m. Lowe’s, 6750 Veterans Parkway. Free. Need to register online at

Free workout: Uncommon Athlete will host a free workout at the Uptown Tap, 1024 Broadway, starting at 8 a.m.

Academy Dance Center open house: The dance center kicks off its 2014-15 season with an annual open house and registration, with the new director and faculty on hand to present tours and answer questions. Plus: face painting, giveaways and more. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 4300 Warm Springs Road. Free demo classes start at 1:30 p.m. 706-561-8085

FDR State Park Farmers Market: Local vendors from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Hwy 354 across from the Liberty Bell Pool. Fresh Vegetables, fruits, honey, goat cheese, baked goods and more. Weekly until Labor Day.

Midland Community Farmers Market: Hosted by the Men’s Club of Midland United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Plants, produce, crafts, baked goods and more. From Columbus, take Manchester Expressway (north Ga. 85), take left at County Line Road exit, and turn right on Garrett Road. Vendors call 706-507-0357.

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 Loft: Radar vs. Wolf and Them Vibes perform at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

SoHo: The Tim O’Brien Project performs. Cover is $5. Call 706-596-8141.

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.


Bag of Books Sale: Sponsored by the Friends of the Phenix City Russell Country Library, 1501 17th Ave., 2-6 p.m. July 25 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 26. Purchase a large paper grocery bag of gently used books of every genre for $5. Also available are collectables, first editions and author-signed books sold separately for marked prices. 706-442-3788.


Jazz on the River: Bring your own lawn chairs and the family. 6 p.m. Columbus Civic Center Courtyard, 400 Fourth Street. Free.


"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.


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


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


The Loft: Stevens Layne performs 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: Col Flesh performs. Free. Call 706-596-8141.