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The red team from Northside High School came to a grinding halt Saturday morning when the wheels of their bed, constructed of cardboard and duct tape, came flying off while competing in the 2013 VIP Bed Race in Uptown Columbus. They were racing against another team from Northside at the time.The event, in its fifth year, is a fundraiser for Valley Interfaith Promise Inc. There was also a brief period of snow flurries during the race. Go to www.ledger-enquirer.com to see a photo gallery from the event. 03/02/13
“Vocal Concert: A Labor of Love”: Columbus State’s University Singers and Choral Union will perform a concert celebrating love starting. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. The performance will feature songs from various composers and eras. Admission is free. Call 706-649-7225 or go to http://www.columbusstate.edu/music for more info.
Fort Benning Adventure Race: This annual event begins at 9 a.m. at Uchee Creek. The five-hour event includes mountain biking, trekking and “mystery events.” Entry fee is $40 for one, $60 for pairs and $75 for teams of three. Prizes include a two-night stay at a Florida resort. Go to http://www.active.com to register. Call 706-505-7759 for more info.
The Tams and The Drifters: Head over to Front Porch of the South on Saturday for performances by Robert Lee Smith’s The Tams and The Drifters. Folks will get a free hot dog from Dinglewood between 7-8 p.m. Tickets for the show are $30. Smith, who is the only original member of The Tams remaining, said this week that folks can expect “one of the best shows, a Tams trademark. Bring your dancing shoes!” Smith, who has been performing professionally since 1962, said the group will sing its new record “Talking About My Girl.” Both groups will perform for about 75 minutes. For more on The Tams, visit beyoungbefoolish.com.
Father-daughter dance: The Russell County Child Advocacy Center hosts this annual event. This year’s theme is “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Space is limited so you are encouraged to get tickets early; all ages welcome. Starts at 5 p.m., for pictures; the dance is from 6-9 p.m. at Central High, 2400 Dobbs Drive, in Phenix City, Ala. Tickets are $35 for the pair, with $10 for each additional daughter. This includes dinner, a photo CD, dancing, a goody bag and more. Go to http://www.rccac.org to buy tickets.
Partner workout: Organized by Uncommon athlete, participants are invited to come work out on the 1200 block of Broadway downtown. Cost is $8/person. No partner? No problem! UA will find you a friend. Go to http://www.uncommonathleteinc.com for more info.
“A Little Princess”: Tickets are now on sale for New Horizon Theatre’s production of this classic. Audiences will identify with Sara, our heroine, as she begins her adventures in “Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies”; laugh with her as she brings happiness to others; weep with her as her fortune changes from rich girl to poor orphan; and rejoice with her when strange events bring still another reversal of her destiny. Show dates are Feb. 13-15 at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. on the 15th. The theatre is located at 411 W. Eighth St., West Point, Ga. For more info call 706-643-7529 or go to www.nhct.org.
“The Miracle Worker”: The Family Theatre, on 2100 Hamilton Road, presents a production of the classic play, about the relationship between Annie Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior/military and $8 for students. Call 706-366-7196 to buy.
Ultimate Bridal Expo: Make plans to attend this year’s Ultimate Bridal Expo at the RiverMill Event Centre, 3715 First Ave. The event will be 1-5 p.m. and will feature vendors from around the region, along with the Daphne’s Bridal Boutique fashion show at 4 p.m. The first 500 people to attend will receive a free gift bag. Enjoy free samples, food, doors prizes and more. Tickets are $3 for brides and $5 for each guest and can be purchased at the Rivermill Event Centre or at the door. Call 706-576-6252 for more info.
Fourth Annual Camellia Show: Sanctioned by the American Camellia Society, this annual event will have 20-plus judges plus categories for growers of all levels. You do not need to be a Camellia Society member to enter blooms. The public is encouraged to attend, free of charge. From 1-5 p.m. at the Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road.
Mardi Gras scavenger hunt: There will be crash prizes, pizza and Mardi Gras cake at the hunt, which begins and ends at the David H. Aldrich Community Life Center in Pine Mountain, Ga. Admission is $25/car; there is a $5 discount if you bring your dog or pre-register. Proceeds benefit the David H. Aldrich Community Life Center and the The Humane Society of Harris County. Call 706-663-4447 or 404-863-1068 for more info and to pre-register.
Presidents Day Mini Camp: The National Infantry Museum’s morning camp is open to kids 5-11, where they can enjoy games, activities, guided tours and more. Cost is $10/camper; space is limited, so register by calling 706-653-9234 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sock Hop Homicide”: Sherlock’s Mystery Dinner Theatre returns starting Feb. 14. The official description reads, “Rydell High School’s annual dance competition has been selected by TV’s ‘National Bandstand’ to be broadcast all over the country and Mr. Johnny Fontaine himself is coming to host the show! But Johnny has a dark secret.” Shows run through March 22; show times are at 7 p.m. each night at the Downtown Historic Marriott Hotel. Tickets are $48.50. Go to http://www.sherlockscolumbus.com for more info.
Valley Interfaith Promise Bed Race: The race starts at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 at the corner of 14th Street and Broadway downtown. As the description says, “Grab a bed, add some wheels to it, gather a team of five people and push your way toward victory.” Participants are also encouraged to decorate their beds. Admission is $100/team; free to watch. Call 706-494-6348 or go to http://www.vipbedrace.com for more info.
VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS
Valentine’s Day dinner and a movie: Bring your sweetheart on Feb. 14 to the National Infantry Museum and enjoy a meal — two entrees, two glasses of wine and a dessert to share — at the Fife and Drum. Afterward, settle in for a private movie screening on the museum’s IMAX screen. The movie starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $60/couple. Call 706-685-5801 to reserve your table.
Big Dog Valentine’s Relay 5K: Beginning at Iron Bank Coffee, 6 W. 11 St., at 5p.m., each runner will run four legs (each leg is four-tenths of a mile). Cost is $55/couple or team and includes a “post-race spread” at Iron Bank; cost is $65 on race day. Register in person at Big Dog or go to http://www.estartline.com.
Valentine’s Day Dinner: Feb. 14 at The Wynn House, 1240 Wynnton Road. The reception is 7 p.m.; the dinner follows at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $62.50 per person, which includes dinner and beverages. Call 706-323-1895 to make reservations.
Knights of Columbus Valentine’s Dinner/Dance: Starts at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2000 Kay Circle. Dress is semi-formal/black tie optional. Open to the public. Admission is $50/person. Call Vance Braman, 706-568-7698; Jaime Herras, 706-325-6298; or David Rodriguez, 706-577-3339 for more info.
Valentine Dance: Sponsored by the Moonlight Ballroom Dance Club, this dance is from 8-10:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the LaFayette Christian School Gym, 1904 Hamilton Road, in LaGrange, Ga. Music will be provided by the Lou Vallee Band. Cost is $20/couple. Call 706-884-5857 for more info.
Divine Dinners of Georgia: The divas will prepare a five-course meal for $85 for you and your special someone, Feb. 14, at 1332 13th St. Choose between two options: the first, a paleo option, includes ceviche, tomato basil soup, cucumber and carrot salad, beef tenderloin with cauliflower puree and oven-roasted beets and coconut lime macaroon; the second option includes potstickers, butternut squash soup, caesar salad, sesame-crusted ahi with edamame and lime jasmine rice and a triple berry tart. Please make a reservation in advance by Calling 706-992-6500 or emailing email@example.com.
Valentine-making party: A children’s event at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. Inlcudes craft time and heart-shaped sweets. From 4-5 p.m. Feb. 14 Call 706-243-2669 for more info.
“A Viennese Valentine”: The concert is described as emulating “the experience of sitting in a café in the city park and listening to the music of the Strauss family, Schumann, Brahms and other composers who called Vienna home.” Starts at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre, 900 Broadway. Tickets are $35. Go to http://www.tickets.com to buy.