National Friendship Day
National Friendship Day is August 6 and the Columbus Public Library is celebrating Saturday, August 5 at 1:30 p.m. for a showing of the film, "St. Vincent" and again on Sunday, August 6 at 2 p.m. for “Speed Friending”-meet a handful of new people in short five-minute intervals. Have the chance to ask your favorite icebreaker and see if you have anything in common before moving on to meet another. in the Synovus/CB&T Meeting Room. Both of the programs are free to attend and are geared towards adults ages 18 and older and will be held in the Synovus/CB&T Meeting Room. For more information, please call the Adult Services Department at 706-243-2687.
Summer Sunset Music Series
Enjoy the sweet sounds of Summer with live music from Brandon Holden Saturday at Callaway Garden’s Robin Lake Beach. There will be great food and drinks all night. Admission after 5 p.m. is $10 per person. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the show. Learn more at www.callawaygardens.com/events/entertainment.
Georgia’s State Parks Prepare for Eclipse
Georgia’s State Parks are gearing up for the biggest stellar show August 21. For the first time in nearly 100 years, a total solar eclipse will make its way across nearly the entire U.S. The “path of totality”-where day will briefly turn to night-includes northeast Georgia State Parks. Park officials are making plans for what may be the biggest crowds since 30,000 people watched tightrope aerialist Karl Wallenda cross the Tallulah Gorge in 1970. To help astronomers find places to stay, Georgia’s State Parks are posting the best locations and availability at www.GaStateParks.org/Eclipse2017. The park system’s site also includes a calendar of viewing celebrations and eclipse facts. State park gift shops are stocking up on viewing glasses and souvenir t-shirts. Many of the sites have some type of activity or celebration scheduled. Parks open at 7 a.m. and there is a $5 ParkPass for each vehicles. Once a park reaches capacity, entrance gates may need to close. Visit their website for more details.
Columbus Ice Rink Public Skating
The Columbus Ice Rink has announced the late summer/early fall schedule. Public skating resumes Thursday 5-7 p.m. Thursdays are “Cheap Skate”-admission and skate rental is $3. Public ice skating is also every Friday 6-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 4-9 p.m. Adult admission is $7; kids 10 and under $5 and skate rental is $3. Go to columbusicerink.org for additional info.
Astronomy Night at Callaway Gardens
An entire new realm of the universe unfolds as you learn about stars, planets, satellites and more at Callaway Gardens. The astronomers from Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will help you navigate the summer sky Monday 9-10:30 p.m. Telescopes will be available. At dark, the group will gather at the Overlook Pavilion within the Gardens. Learn more at www.callawaygardens.com
Countdown to the Total Eclipse
Join Dr. Shawn Cruzen, Executive Director of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center 2 p.m. Thursday for a “Countdown to the Great American Total Solar Eclipse”. Cruzen will discuss what to expect during the August 21 total solar eclipse. A professor of Physics and Astronomy, Cruzen will also talk about the efforts being made to record the event from locations across the country. Held at the Columbus Public Library auditorium, free eclipse viewing glasses will be given to attendees, while supplies last. For more details visit http://www.cvlga.org/blog/eclipse/.