Plan your week: Chattahoochee Valley events for March 11-17

Annual favorites Deli Day, Toast of the Town, Disney on Ice and Thunder in the Valley are set for this week, March 11-17, in the Chattahoochee Valley. ArtBeat, a celebration of the arts, kicks off this week as Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre's “The Godfather Murders” and the Springer Opera House's Beatles interactive show "Yesterday and Today" finish their runs.

MONDAY, March 11

Kids’ Consignment Boutique Sale: Find bargains on gently used children’s clothes, bikes, books and home accessories at Front Porch of the South, 7607 Veterans Parkway. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, noon-4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. www.just4kidzconsign.com.

Teen Tech Week kicks off: Learn to make speakers using Pringles cans at 3 p.m. at the South Columbus Public Library. Free. 706-683-8805. See other activities at cvlga.org.

TUESDAY, March 12

“We Were Soldiers” screening: The film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library’s auditorium as part of the Columbus Big Read program. It’s free. This year’s book is “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, a semi-autobiographical account of the Vietnam War. www.cvlga.org/bigread2013


RSVP for Friday’s Toast of the Town: The fourth annual wine, beer, spirits and food event raises money to benefit the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. It’s at 7 p.m. Friday at the RiverMill Event Centre, 3715 First Ave. Tickets cost $85 for the Grand Tasting. The deadline to buy tickets is 5 p.m. Wednesday. www.toastcolumbus.com

THURSDAY, March 14

Deli Day: The annual event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Temple Israel, 1617 Wildwood Ave. For $10, purchase a lunch sack with a kosher corned-beef sandwich, a bag of potato chips, a pickle and a cup of coleslaw. Beverages are also included. Desserts cost $4 each. For $12, guests can get tickets for four desserts. 706-323-1617.

Artbeat kicks off: The two-week celebration of the arts begins at 11 a.m. at the Bradley Theatre on Broadway. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will sign the Before I Die Wall, a project that originated in New Orleans and aims to help people remember what’s important to them while creating public spaces that reflect what matters to the community. From 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. performances and children’s activities will take place on a stage in front of the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, 1017 Front Ave. From 6-8 p.m. the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum hosts a reception. Get a schedule at artbeatcolumbus.org.

“Yesterday and Today:” It’s the final weekend for the interactive Beatles experience at the Springer Opera House. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday on the Mainstage, Tickets cost $38; $32 for seniors; $25 for military, police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and teachers; $15 for students through college with valid ID. 706-327-3688. springeroperahouse.com

“Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy:” Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell, the fairies of Pixie Hollow, Lightning McQueen, “The Little Mermaid,” and Woody and Buzz hit the ice at the Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth St. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $12-$40. Call the box office at 706-653-4460 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

FRIDAY, March 15

Women’s Empowerment Luncheon: Davis Broadcasting Inc. hosts the annual event at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center with keynote speaker Sheryl Lee Ralph. The actress won a Tony Award for Best Actress in 1982 for her role as Deena Jones in “Dreamgirls.” Tickets can be purchased for at $25 each at Davis Broadcasting, 2203 Wynnton Road, 8:30am to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bid on rain barrels at watersmART: The Chattahoochee RiverWarden sponsors the event at Outside World, 1025 Broadway. Barrels painted by regional artists including Ralph Frank and Florence Neal. Reception and preview begin at 6 p.m., with the auction is at 6:30. Admission is free. 706-649-2326, e-mail criverwarden2@gmail.com.

Final weekend for “The Godfather Murders” dinner theater mystery: Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the murder mystery Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Marriott Hotel, 800 Front Ave. Tickets cost $48.50, which includes dinner. A cash bar is available. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance. RSVP and view each night’s menu online at sherlockscolumbus.com. 706-604-5634.

Daddy Daughter Dance: Open to daughters of all ages and their fathers or father figures. 6:30-10 p.m. at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. 706-324-3500 or daddydaughterdancecolumbus.eventbrite.com. $15. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. 706-587-0556.

SATURDAY, March 16

Thunder In The Valley Air Show: Watch aircraft formations and flight teams 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16-17. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 day-of. Military tickets cost $8 in advance. Scouts in uniform (adults and kids) get free admission. Children 6 and younger are free. 706-243-8954. thunderinthevalleyairshow.com.

SMA 5K Eat ’n Run: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Hardaway High School. Race is at 9 a.m. Cost is $20, $10 for ages 3-10. Money raised goes to Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a treatment and a cure for SMA, a progressive neuromuscular disease which destroys the nerves needed for activities like crawling, walking, swallowing and breathing. A 2K course will be available. After the race, expect food, entertainment and prizes. www.fsma.org/.

Big Dog St. Paddy’s Day 5K: Run a 5K in Uptown Columbus and on the Riverwalk. Enjoy post-race entertainment and beer for those 21 and older. 6:30 p.m. at Big Dog Running Co. $25 through March 15; $30 on race day. bigdogrunning.com

Blue Devil Dash: This Columbus High Senior Project supports the Fort Benning Wounded Warriors. The 3.1 course begins on the trail behind the Manchester Expressway Park and Ride. It starts at 9 a.m. $12 (includes T-shirt) Email: angelaireal@yahoo.com. bigdogrunning.com

Contemporary Christian music concert: Audio Adrenaline, Group One Crew, Seventh Day Slumber, and Manic Drive perform at Calvary Baptist Church on Old Moon Road. Saturday, March 16; doors open at 5:30 p.m. This is fundraiser for 88.5 The Truth, a non-profit, non-commercial Christian music station in Columbus. Tickets cost $17 to $50. 706-322-1491. 885thetruth.com

SUNDAY, March 17

Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus Pops Concert and Luncheon: The young musicians present “Luck of the Irish,” a concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at 12:30 p.m. at the Convention and Trade Center. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $15 for children. The event is open to the public and kicks off the 2013 Maestro for a Moment competition between former mayor Bob Poydasheff, state representative John Pezold and actress Dusty Wellborn. They’ll take the stage to tell jokes, sing, dance and possibly beg, to win the audience’s votes to raise money for the youth orchestra. The competition continues through April 30. 706-256-3614. yogc.org