Around Town: Beekeeping, Soldier Marathon, Operation Christmas Child

Coffee Klatsch at the National Infantry Museum

Moms and dads, it’s your turn for holiday ornament making 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Nov. 19. Enjoy a light breakfast with coffee, conversation and creative vintage crafting at the National Infantry Museum’s Holiday Ornament and Coffee Klatsch. The event will be held at WWII Company Street. Cost is $10 per person and reservations are required. Call 706-685-5814 to reserve your spot or register online at nationalinfantrymuseum.org/upcoming-events.

Carmike Cinema to Honor Veterans

To thank veterans for their service, Carmike Cinema will be giving a free small popcorn with purchase of a ticket at the box office to anyone with a military ID on Friday. Also, the first 100 customers who buy a ticket at the box office to see “Hacksaw Ridge” will receive an American Flag lapel pin.

Uptown’s Fall Food Truck Festival

Uptown’s third annual Food Truck Festival will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Woodruff Park and Dillingham Bridge. Gourmet food trucks will be set up and DJ Dave Arwood will be playing jams all afternoon. The admission fee is $5 per person (cash only) and children under 12 free. The food truck vendors will accept credit cards and cash. For additional info visit www.uptowncolumbusga.com or call 706-596-0111.

CORTA Open House

CORTA (Columbus Regional Tennis Association) will host an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Tour the new facility with the newly expanded Cooper Creek Tennis Center and enjoy light refreshments. Email corta@corta.org.

2016 Soldier Marathon

Hosted by Fort Benning 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the National Infantry Museum. The course runs on Fort Benning and the Chattahoochee Riverwalk. Prices vary. Proceeds to benefit the House of Heroes and the National Infantry Museum. Go to http://soldiermarathon.com for additional information.

Operation Christmas Child

Several local locations will serve as collection sites this year for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child-the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. During National Collection Week, Monday through Nov. 21, residents can donate shoe boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and fun toys (like a doll or soccer ball) to deliver to children in need around the world. Drop-off locations are Buena Vista First Baptist Church, Buena Vista, Ga.; Gentian Baptist Church; Bethesda Baptist Church, Ellerslie, Ga.; Parkview Baptist Church, Eufaula, Ala.; Lafayette Christian School, LaGrange, Ga.; Lakewood Baptist Church, Phenix City; Midway Baptist Church, Pine Mountain, Ala., Roanoke First United Methodist Church, Roanoke, Ala. and West End Baptist Church, Valley, Ala. To learn of drop-off times or for further details, go to www.samaritanspurse.org.

Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association

Vorroa mites, the deadly killer of honey bees, will be the topic of discussion at Monday’s meeting of the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association. Brett Nolan, a Ph.D. student in the honey bee program at the University of Georgia is studying the transmission and virulence of the varroa in relation to colony distance and apiary density. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. at Oxbow Meadows Learning and Environmental Center. For more details, call 706-577-7424.