To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (7/31-8/6)


Columbus State’s Continuing Ed Open House: Attend free informational and interactive sessions to learn about the personal enrichment, professional development and certificate program fall course offerings for CSU’ Continuing Education. Meet instructors and participate in multiple half-hour class samplers and demo sessions, including Fiction Writing, Pilates, Sign Language, Stained Glass, Yoga and more. Enroll during the Open House and receive 10% off of fall class registration. At the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center from 6-8 p.m.

The Loft: Comedians Ron Feingold and John Charles take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.

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


Auburn’s Annual Farewell Summer Block Party: As summer comes to a close, say goodbye to long days and warm nights. Plus: bring a blanket or lawn chair and your family, friends and neighbors for an outdoor movie. Free. At Town Creek Park in Auburn, Ala. 334-501-2930.

Erbert & Gerbert’s Back to School Blast: Kids eat free from 5-9 p.m. (one free meal per adult’s meal), and the Cottonmouths’ mascot Boomer will be visiting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At the Bradley Park location, 1660 Whittlesey Road. 706-571-6300.

The Gallery at The Loft: The indie rockers — who self-confessedly blend elements of folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll — will perform at The Loft, 1032 Broadway, as part of their ongoing summer tour. Corvus & Canis will also perform. Starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. 706-596-8141.

Speaker Jim Stockdale: Stockdale has more than 30 years experience as a minister and musician. He will speak and perform at Second Baptist Church, 2800 Second Ave., at 7 p.m. 706-324-1001.

Art walk: The Art Walk is held the first Friday of every month. 4:30-9 p.m. Broadway in Columbus. Free.

Beach-side movie: Bring your lawnchair or blankets and enjoy a family friendly movie — “Zookeeper.” 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: Bill Perry and friends perform at 7 p.m., followed by The Gallery and Corvus & Canis at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the 9 p.m. show. Call 706-596-8141.

Social Club: The Socialites Band 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.

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


Flying High Circus: This is the last weekend to catch the Florida State University Flying High Circus. 3:30 p.m. Callaway Gardens: Robin Lake Beach Dome, 17800 U.S. Highway 27. $12.50-$25 for day pass.


Crazy Crawfish Festival: Sports on the big screens, games including cornhole and can jam, a reverse beauty pageant, a bikini contest, vendors and — of course — fresh Louisiana Crawfishboil. Plus: live music from Shoeless Sundays, Big Saxy and the Chemistry Project, Jesse Warren and Damn Skippy. From 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Front Porch of the South, 7607 Veterans Parkway. Admission is $5; kids 12 and under get in free.

Audie Murphy 5K: The local chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is hosting their Third Annual Audie Murphy 5k/1 mile race with proceeds donated to Damascus Way. 1 mile run starts at 7:30 a.m. 5k starts at 8 a.m. Race starts near Big Dog Running Company, 1104 Broadway. $10-$30.

Confederate Hospitals of Cuthbert, Ga.: Presented by the Muscogee Genealogical Society 3 p.m. at the North Branch Library, 5689 Armour Road. Andrew College faculty members Karan Pittman and Dr. Leah Phillips will discuss their book, “Confederate Hospitals: Cuthbert.” Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. 706-322-3175.

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.

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.

The Loft: The Ben Sutton Band performs at 9 p.m. Tickets are $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.


“Korengal” screening and Q&A: The follow-up to award-winning war documentary “Restrepo” will open at Fort Benning’s Carmike Cinemas Wynnsong at the Hollywood Ritz 13, 1683 Whittlesey, on Saturday. A special screening and Q&A with guests from Battle Company, who are featured in the documentary, will be held at Benning on Friday and at the Ritz on Saturday.


Tax-free holiday: Alabama and Georgia host tax-free holidays for back-to-school shopping. Alabama’s dates are Aug. 1-3 and include clothing under $100, school supplies under $50, books under $30 and computers/equipment under $750. Georgia’s dates are Aug. 1-2 and include clothing and footwear under $100, school supplies under $20 and computer/equipment under $1,000.


Chick-fil-A Back to School Bash: Free school supplies, free hair cuts courtesy of Kimberly Gore Salon, a bouncy house, face painting and more at the Macon Road Chick-fil-A, 2421 Wynnton Road. Plus: a free four-count nugget kid’s meal with purchase of any combo. From 5-8 p.m. 706-321-5880.

Studio Elevare open house: From 6- p.m., this classical ballet studio will host an open house of its dance classes. The studio, 1329 Wynnton Road, is for girls 3-12+.

Astronomy Nights: Bring your lawnchair or blankets and learn about stars, planets, satellites and more. 9 p.m. Overlook Pavillion at Callaway Gardens, 17800 U.S. Highway 27. Free. Contact Dutch Cummings at 706-649-1477 or

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


Ride on Bikes: Every Tuesday night until the time changes in the fall, Ride On Bikes hosts a family friendly social group ride. Roll out from the shop at 6:30 p.m. for 5, 10, 16 and 20 mile options. Ride on Bikes, 1036 Broadway. Open to public. Email Joanne Cogle at for more information.

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


The Loft: Kyle Wilson and Sara Nelms perform 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.


Donations needed: The Friends of the Phenix City Russell Country Library need children’s books, teacher and home schooling materials as well as westerns. Books can be donated in person at 1501 17th Ave.