Out & About Calendar

December 6, 2013 


he Warner Robins Christmas Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Dec. 7.

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Ice Skating

Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29, Jan. 19 and 26, Feb. 23: 12:30-3 p.m., 4-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m.; Dec. 6 and 18-20, Jan. 17 and 24, Feb. 17 and 21: 5-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m.; Dec. 7, 21, 23 and 26-28, Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 18 and 22: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m.; Jan. 20 and Feb. 19: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. $10 per person; $8 per person for matinee sessions, which are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $6 for military during matinee sessions. Admission includes skates. Free to watch. www.maconcentreplex.com.

Drive thru Nativity

6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7, Riverside United Methodist Church, 735 Pierce Ave. www.rumcmacon.org. Free.

Christmas in Historic Stanislaus

6-9 p.m. Dec. 6-7, Stanislaus neighborhood, corner of Vineville and Pierce avenues. Select homes in the Stanislaus neighborhood, founded in 1926, will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public. $20. Tickets available at the neighborhood entrance during the event, at Creter’s and Jack & Darcy on Ingleside Avenue in Macon and at Fringe Salon on Russell Parkway in Warner Robins. 478-787-7043.

Holiday Marketplace

Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7; 1-5 p.m. Dec. 8, the Historic Neel House, 730 College St. Featuring handmade jewelry, baked goods and more. Sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon. Free admission. 478-972-5300.

Holiday Pop-Up Bazaar

4-9 p.m. Dec. 6 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7, downtown Milledgeville. Milledgeville Main Street, 478-414-4014.

Cottage Christmas

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. An open house showcasing the Sidney Lanier Cottage beautifully decorated for the holidays. Baked goods and appetizers will be for sale throughout the day as well as a Christmas sale. Free. www.historicmacon.org.

Magical Evening with Santa

6:30-8:45 p.m. Dec. 6, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Stories, sweets, Santa and entertainment for children ages 5-10 as their parents slip away for dinner or holiday shopping. Museum members: $25 for one child or $30 for two or more siblings. Non-members: $35 for one child or $40 for two or more siblings. Advance registration required by calling 478-477-3232.

Holiday Jam

7:30-11:30 p.m. Dec. 6, the Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. Presented by the Jazz Association of Macon. The Monty Cole Quintet will perform live jazz classics and holiday favorites. Admission includes complimentary beer, wine and appetizers. Only for ages 21 and older. $35. 478-750-0480.

“Keeping Christmas at Richland Church”

7 p.m. Dec. 6-7, Historic Richland Church, 2204 Old Richland Church Road, Jeffersonville. A re-enactment depicting what life and Christmas celebrations were like before, during and after the Civil War in the South. Period music and instruments, dancers, soldiers’ campfire and tents, Father Christmas and warm wassail with cookies. Tickets available at the door. Susan F. Burford, 478-951-6643. www.historicrichlandchurch.org. $10 adults; $5 students (ages 12-18).

Secret Santa

12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry St. Bring the children to the Secret Santa Shop, where they will be guided by an adult as they make their selection of Christmas gifts. Gift selections will be a maximum of $20 and will include wrapping and name card. Free for children. For $6, parents explore the Cannonball House in its finest Christmas décor and enjoy warm cider and cookies while the children shop. 478-745-5982.

Pink and Blue Winter Wonderland

3-6 p.m. Dec. 7, Macon City Club, 389 First St. Crafts, dessert bar, dancing with DJ T-Luv, movies, Secret Santa gift shop and pictures with Santa. Benefits the Jack and Jill Foundation and local charities. 478-254-0638. $10.

Happy Holidays from Clare J.

2-4 p.m. Dec. 7, Taste & See Coffee Shop & Gallery, 546 Poplar St. Sponsored by Clare J. Bath and Body Products. Guests are entered into a free drawing for a Clare J. Goodie Bag. More details on Eventbrite.com. 478-235-3574. Free.

A Century of Christmas at Hay House

Christmas Express: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7; trackless train, Father Christmas, self-guided tours, musical performances, crafts, hot chocolate and cookie stand; reservations preferred; $20 person or $50 family of four. Christmas luncheons: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9-11 for groups of 15 or more and Dec. 12-13 for individuals; three-course lunch, self-guided tours, musical performances; reservations required; $25 per person. Christmas Gala: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 19; Performance by Theatre Macon, drinks and appetizers; reservations preferred; $20 per person or $30 per couple. 478-742-8155. www.hayhousemacon.org.

Warner Robins Christmas Parade

10 a.m. Dec. 7, Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins. Theme: “Christmas Around the World.” Grand marshal is Al Roker, of NBC’s “Today Show,” who will share the honor with his wife, Perry native Deborah Roberts, a correspondent for ABC News. Free.

Centerville Christmas Parade

7 p.m. Dec. 7. Lighted parade begins at Thomson Middle School and travels down Houston Lake Road to the Galleria Mall. Free. 478-953-4734.

“A Tennessee Christmas”

7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Hawkinsville Opera House, Hawkinsville. Jason Coleman and Meagan Taylor present a concert featuring the music of Christmas as well as the classic songs made famous by Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins. www.hawkinsvilleoperahouse.com. 478-783-1884. $25.

Hephzibah Children’s Home Christmas Ride

10 a.m. Dec. 7, Harley-Davidson of Macon, 5000 Mercer University Drive. Escorted ride leaves at noon. All types of motorcycles and cars welcome. Spend the day with children, giving them a ride and sharing lunch. Raffles. $20 per vehicle. 478-474-3344.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Roberta

Dec. 7, downtown Roberta. Featuring vendors in the park, shopping, 4 p.m. Christmas parade followed by a program, Christmas carols and tree lighting with an appearance by Santa. Sponsored by the Roberta Crawford County Chamber of Commerce. Free.

Jarrell Plantation Christmas

10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Jarrell Plantation, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette. Celebrate a country Christmas from 1900. Greenery and grapevine wreathes make the houses festive, a tree with homemade decorations, real, wearable stockings and simple gifts. And of course spiced apple cider, cookies and fireside stories. $4-$6.50. 478-986-5172.

Historic Vineville Christmas Tour of Homes

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1-7 p.m. Dec. 8. Parking, registration, programs with the tour map and day of ticket sales will be located at Vineville Baptist Church, 2951 Vineville Ave. Tickets can be purchased at Chichester’s, Creter’s, William’s Store and online at www.vineville.org. $15 in advance; $20 day of.

Big House Museum Holiday Reception

5-6 p.m. Dec. 7-8, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, 2321 Vineville Ave. Live entertainment, wine and light hors d’oeuvres. $10 in advance; $15 day of. Tickets can be purchased at Chichester’s, Creter’s, William’s Store and online at www.vineville.org.

Christmas Events at the Rock Ranch

5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock. Breakfast/lunch with Santa Claus: Dec. 7 and 14; bring your own cameras for free photos, make reservations online, $13.95 per person. Country Christmas in Lights: 6-10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31, over a mile of Christmas lights will be open for families to drive through; free, donations accepted. Snacks, shopping and children’s activities: Dec. 13-14, 19-21 and 23, Truett’s Barn; Christmas music, shopping among jams, jellies and gift items from the farm market, fresh-baked goods and hot meals for purchase, free admission; kids can go through the Christmas Crafts Experience complete with Santa’s elves, a photo spot, cookie decorating, ornament making, letters to Santa, Christmas movies in the theater room and more, $10. www.therockranch.com.

Middle Georgia Christmas Parade

3-5 p.m. Dec. 8, Cherry Street, downtown Macon. Floats, marching bands and Santa. Free. 478-803-2436.

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, St. Peter Claver Catholic School, Mother Katherine Drexel Center, 133 Ward St. Holiday program featuring Sweet Georgia Sound Show Chorus and refreshments. Donations accepted; donations will be given to Saint Peter Claver School. 478-335-3010.

Celtic Christmas with Robin Bullock and Steve Baughman

7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. With special guest artists joining in the second set. 478-742-2000. $20.

Old Time Christmas Celebration

6 p.m. Dec. 14, the Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry St. Enjoy an evening of family fun, make crafts, sing carols, hear the Christmas story, expect a visit from Father Christmas and take part in period dancing. With warm cider and cookies. $6; free for children under 12. 478-745-5982.

Very Merry Christmas Tour

6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Homer J. Walker Civic Center, 702 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins. Featuring NewSong, Audio Adrenaline, Sidewalk Prophets and Jason Castro. Tickets available at www.itickets.com or at the Lamb’s Well, 115 Margie Drive, Warner Robins. $40 VIP general admission, $20 general admission in advance, $25 day of show.

Mike Fuller’s Annual Holiday Magic & Variety Show

7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Macon Little Theatre, 4220 Forsyth Road. Featuring Kim Meeks with songs of the season, Middle Georgia Youth Ballet, handbell choir from Highland Hills Baptist Church, magic, music and merriment. Tickets available at the door. www.MaconLittleTheatre.org or 478-471-7529. $10 adults, $5 children under 17.

John Berry

7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. The Grammy Award nominee returns with his Christmas concert. $35. 478-301-5470. www.thegrandmacon.com.

The Macedonia Church Christmas Affair

7 p.m. Dec. 20, Macon Marriott City Center, 240 Coliseum Drive. Food, music, dancing, comedy. Tickets available at the Macedonia Church office, 478-750-0040. $30.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Mart

Through Dec. 21, Suite 70, Peach Shops, Byron. Featuring 25 local artisans and crafters. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 478-397-1476.

Fort Hawkins Frontier Christmas

Noon-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in December, Fort Hawkins Historic Site, Emery Highway. Tour the three-story Blockhouse Replica of the early American frontier fort and factory with unique daytime candlelight tours of the second floor. Warm mulled cider and ginger snaps will be served. 478-742-3003. www.forthawkins.com. Free.

New Year’s Eve Big Bash

Dec. 31, Terminal Station, 200 Cherry St. Dance featuring the Grapevine Band and silent auction. Benefits the Arc Macon. www.arcmacon.org. 478-477-7764. $40 per person.

Perry Buzzard Drop

9 p.m. Dec. 31, Courthouse Square, Perry. Live music from the Celebration Band; spirits sold on-site, confetti and a balloon release. As part of the evening’s festivities, Perry’s downtown restaurants and businesses will stay open late, offering food and drink specials. 478-988-2757. www.perrybuzzarddrop.com. Free.


Wesleyan Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Saturday of every month, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. The event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art and crafts. 478-757-5233. Free.

The Fall Line Farmers Market on First Fridays

4-8 p.m. the first Friday of every month, First Presbyterian Church, 210 S. Wayne St., Milledgeville. Locally grown seasonal produce, fresh seafood, arts and crafts and more. Held in conjunction with First Friday events sponsored by Milledgeville Mainstreet. 478-452-9394 or fall.line.farmers.market@gmail.com.

State Farmers Market

8 a.m.-dark daily, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway. Farmers selling fresh produce, as well as dealers year-round.

Mulberry Street Market

3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mulberry Street. Locally grown produce, dairy, meat, desserts and more.

International City Farmers Market

1-6 p.m. Thursday, Watson Boulevard and Maple Street, in front of Perkins Field across from Robins Federal Credit Union, Warner Robins. Featuring Georgia-grown/made foods. Local, seasonal produce, meat, milk and more. 478-225-7626.


Toni Henson Slade

6 p.m. Dec. 8, City Auditorium, 415 First St. CD release concert. A night of music, worship and inspiration also featuring Steve Moretti, the Macon Pops and Beulahland Bible Church Mass Choir. $10 in advance; $15 at the door; $5 for children 10 and younger. Benefits Project Giving, which donates money to families with chronic medical illnesses. 800-965-9324.

Contemporary Christmas Drama

7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Parkway Assembly of God’s Family Life Center, 5191 Eisenhower Parkway. The church drama team and choir will present “The Night before Christmas,” a contemporary drama about three families in crisis on Christmas Eve. Nursery provided for ages 3 and younger. Free. 478-477-5678.


The Black Lips

7 p.m. Dec. 13, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. With special guests Curtis Harding and Shehehe. $15. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.

Chuck Leavell and Friends

8 p.m. Dec. 21, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Limited seating. Benefits the Big House Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the theater. $35-$62.50; sponsorships available. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.

Birthday Tribute to Elvis

7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, Ritz Theatre, 114 S. Church St., Thomaston. Todd Allen Herendeen and this Follow That Dream band bring Elvis to life on stage in this annual performance. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. 706-646-2749.

Monroe Crossing

7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Bluegrass show full of jaw-dropping, red-hot picking. 478-742-2000. $20.

Don Williams

8 p.m. Jan. 15, Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Appropriate for all ages. Tickets are available at www.tickets.mercer.edu or 478-301-5470. $45 and $55.


7 p.m. Jan. 25, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. $15. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.

Willie Nelson

7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, City Auditorium, 415 First St. Tickets on sale 10 a.m Dec. 6 at Coliseum Box Office, 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Poetic Peace Open Mic Nights

7-11 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Bar 41, 414 Cherry St. Featuring spoken word, musicians, dancers, visual artists and more. 478-719-2054. $5 cover. First five open mic artists are free.


Holiday Scholarship Dance

8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 6, Le Piada Ballroom, 4295 Interstate Drive. Music, cash bar. Hosted by the Macon-Metro Chapter of Savannah State University National Alumni Association. Proceeds go toward assisting SSU students. 478-731-2181 or 478-746-0047. $25 per person.

“Dances for Fun”

7:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 14, St. Joseph Catholic Church Social Hall, 860 New St. Co-sponsored by the church’s new dance ministry and the Greater Macon Chapter of USA Dance No. 6059. For ages 21 and older. There will be a DJ and a variety of dance music; dress is semi-formal or Sunday best; light refreshments. Lighted parking across the street. 478-743-7970. $10 per person, $5 students with ID.

Argentine Tango

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Holiday Inn, 3953 River Place Drive. Guided practica for beginners. 478-742-9367. Free.

Macon Shag Club

6:45 p.m. shag lessons, 7:30 p.m. dancing, Thursday, Holiday Inn Macon North, 3953 River Place Drive. 478-960-3450. Free.


8 p.m. Friday, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, 4493 Houston Ave. Featuring the Dixie Pride Band. 478-784-1454. Public welcome. $7.


8:30 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 658, 4864 Harrison Road. Band: Winchester. Singles welcome. 478-474-3663. $7.

Pairs and Spares Square Dance

6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, except holidays, North Macon Park Recreation Center, Wimbish Road. Caller: Lee Dixon. 478-757-2912. Free.

Western Square Dancers of Macon Square Dance Club

6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, except fourth Thursdays, Howard Community Club, 5645 Forsyth Road. Caller: Bob Shiver. Cuer: Jack Raye. 478-935-8364. Free.

North Macon Square Dancers Dance

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 815 N. Macon Park Drive. 478-471-1560.


Bleckley County Jamboree

7 p.m. Friday, Oak Grove Community Center, Ga. 126, Cochran. Classic country and gospel music, featuring Josh Lucas and Friends. 478-230-3380. Free.

Hollonville Opry House

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Ga. 362, Hollonville. 770-228-4832 or hollonvilleopry.com. Free; operated on donations.

Juliette Opry House

5:30 p.m. every first Saturday; front porch local bluegrass jam; 7 p.m. open mic stage show; 8 p.m. headliner stage show; Ga. 87, Juliette. Call 478-335-3895 for tickets or buy online at www.acousticproductions.com. $17.

Ole Clinton Opry

5:30-10 p.m. Friday, 215 Old Ga. 18, Gray. This week: 5:15 p.m. Tommy and Friends, 7 p.m. Heaven Bound, 8:45 p.m. Peach Blossom Special. 478-825-4118 or www.clintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.

Powersville Opry

4-9 p.m. Saturday; south onto Powersville Road off Ga. 247 Connector between Warner Robins and Ga. 49. This week: 4:30 p.m. House Band, 6:30 p.m. Matt Butterworth, 7:30 p.m. Still Cruisin; also open 6 p.m. Monday, House Band practice, 7 p.m. open stage. Also open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. 478-328-0678 or powersvilleopry.com. Free.

Wagon House Opry

6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 699 Altman Road, Haddock. This week: 6:30 p.m. Magnum Country, 7:30 p.m. Southern Nites, 9 p.m. Ramblin Fever. Contact Randy, 478-363-1274. Free; donations accepted.


“The Polar Express”

6 p.m. Dec. 6, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry St. Annual screening of the movie. Hot chocolate, soda and popcorn for sale. Free. www.ovations365.com.

Fall Digital Video Festival

6-10 p.m. Dec. 10, Math Building auditorium, Middle Georgia State College’s Macon campus. The festival will feature final student video projects from the fall 2013 Digital Storytelling and Principles of Production classes, taught by Jesse Klein. jesse.klein@maconstate.edu. Free.

Macon Film Guild

Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8: “You Will Be My Son.” Jan. 12: “Wadjda.” Feb: 9: “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” Special documentary series presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 21: “20 Feet From Stardom.” 478-742-2000. www.maconfilmguild.org. $5.

“A Grand Mercer Christmas”

8 p.m. Dec. 17 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 24. Georgia Public Broadcasting will air the “Grand Mercer Christmas” concert filmed last year at the Grand Opera House. Tune in to watch. www.mercerchristmas.com.


Charity Banquet

6 p.m. Dec. 7, Oval Hall, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. Attire is semi-formal; black and white attire preferred. Featuring food, entertainment, giveaways, live auction and keynote speaker Catherine Meeks. Benefiting the Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia. 478-757-3800. $25 per person or $160 per table. Reception will follow at 10 p.m. Spoken word artists, dancers, singers, rappers and entertainers are invited to participate; $8 entrance fee for the public, $5 students. 478-757-3799.

CBF Coat Drive and 5K Run/Walk

Sponsored by the Middle Georgia Charity Benevolent Fund. Coats, blankets, gloves and scarves can be dropped off until Dec. 27 at American Finance, 689 North Macon Ave. 478-746-6752. 5K Run/Walk: 8 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. start, Dec. 28, intersection of Rivoli Drive and Old Forsyth Road. Pets on leashes, strollers and walkers welcome. cbf@mycbfund.org, 478-986-4908 or www.mycbfund.org. $20 early, $25 day of, $15 students and children ages 7-18, children 6 and under are free, $70 family of four.

Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

Jan. 18, Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Aviation. The start time for the marathon is 8 a.m. (six-hour cutoff). The half-marathon will start at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. Patriotic opening ceremonies will be held in the Century of Flight Hangar. Registration until Dec. 31: $80 marathon, $55 half-marathon, $25 5K. Registration after Jan. 1: $85 marathon, $60 half-marathon, $30 5K. Relay teams may register anytime for an entry fee of $150. 478-923-6600. www.museumofaviation.org. www.robinspacers.org.


“Angie” book signings

9:30 a.m. Dec. 6, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St.; 1-4 p.m. Dec. 7, Creters, 2374 Ingleside Ave. “Angie,” a book by Macon television personality Del Ward, is in its second printing. Sales of the book will benefit Macon Little Theatre, and the Sidney Lanier Cottage.

Junior League of Macon Holiday Book Fair

Dec. 11-15, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, The Shoppes at River Crossing. Story time with Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Benefits students in Middle Georgia. www.jlmacon.org.

Macon Writers Group

2-4 p.m. the last Saturday of each month, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. Membership in the group is open and free, and writing of every sort is accepted. The only absolute criteria for membership are a love for the written word and a willingness to share your writing and to give constructive criticism and encouragement to other members of the group. For more information, email trayers.shane@gmail.com.


Community Health Fair

8 a.m.-noon Dec. 10, Central Georgia Technical College, Health Services Building, 54 Ga. 22 West, Milledgeville. Free screenings, reduced price labs, workshops, giveaways and door prizes. Hosted by the Baldwin County Healthcare Coalition.

High Falls State Park

76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. Habitats of High Falls: 1 p.m. Dec. 6; learn about the various habitats and the animals that live there during this short hike; $3. Historic Trail Tour: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 7, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 11; learn the history of the town of High Falls and tour the old powerhouse; wear sturdy shoes; $5. Birding Basics Workshop: 1 p.m. Dec. 13 and Jan. 4; learn the foundations of birding; bring your own binoculars; $5. Woodland Foraging for Beginners: 1 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Jan. 5; learn about common edible plants; $5. Christmas Crafts: 3 p.m. Dec. 14; make a Christmas tree pinecone, wreath and more; $5. First Day Hike: 10 a.m. Jan. 1; ranger-led hike; $5. Hug a Tree Hike: 2 p.m. Jan. 14; learn why trees are an important part of the ecosystem; $3. Full Moon Hike: 6 p.m. Jan. 17; view the falls by moonlight; $5. Barks and Bud Hike: 10 a.m. Jan. 18; learn how to recognize trees by the bark or the bud; $5. Georgia Explorers: 2 p.m. Jan. 18; complete activities in the free Junior Ranger workbook; $5. Winter Nature Crafts: 1 p.m. Jan. 19; use natural materials to make winter decorations; $3. All events meet at the park office. An additional $5 per car parking fee also is required for all events. 478-993-3053.

Ocmulgee National Monument

Guided Earth Lodge tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Highway. Museum store Christmas open house: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7. Shop unique American Indian items, Civil War items and Ocmulgee National Monument items, complimentary cookies and hot cider for customers, children can paint clay Christmas tree ornaments to take, free admission. Guided night walk: Hot chocolate and cookies at 6:30 p.m., walk 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 14. One-mile night walk from the park’s Visitor Center to the Great Temple Mound, Christmas themed walk with lanterns to the first 50 guests. Free. 478-752-8257.

Fort Hawkins Historic Site

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Maynard Street at Emery Highway. Explore the early American frontier fort, Blockhouse Replica and archeological dig site. Free. 478-742-3003. www.forthawkins.com.

Rock Candy Tours

Free Birds and Night Owls Tour: 9-10:30 p.m. Friday; the Rookery, 543 Cherry St. $10. Reservations required. Call 478-955-5997 or email rockcandytours@gmail.com. for reservations or private tours.

Cannonball House

856 Mulberry St. Tours offered 10 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 478-745-5982. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and military; $3 for students with college I.D.

Hay House

934 Georgia Ave. Tours offered 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Last tour at 3 p.m. each day. $11 adults; $10 seniors and military; $7 students; free for children under age 6 and members of the Georgia Trust. 478-742-8155.

Neel Reid Tours

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and by special appointment, Federated Garden Clubs of Macon Inc., 730 College St. Guided tours of historic 1910 Joseph Neel House designed by Georgia architect Neel Reid. 478-742-0921. www.fgcmacon.org. $5.

Amerson River Park

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday vehicle gate is open. Pedestrian gate open Mondays-Tuesdays, North Pierce Avenue, Macon. A place to walk, bike, hike, fish, study nature or enjoy the handicapped-accessible playground and pavilion. www.ocmulgeeheritagetrail.com. Free.

Craft Beer Tasting

6-8 p.m., the first and third Saturday of the month, Winestyles, 6255 Zebulon Road, Suite 210. Six craft beers with snacks. $7. 478-474-9595. www.winestyles.net/macon.


Second Saturday Activities

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, Georgia Children’s Museum, 382 Cherry St. Family-friendly activities. 478-755-9539. $4, free for Macon residents wit ID.

Mini-Zoo Tours

3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, plus extra tour at 1 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Free with museum admission, $5-$10. 478-477-3232.

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