Cherry Blossom Festival
March 28-30, downtown Macon. For a list of all events and activities, visit www.cherryblossom.com or turn to page 17 for daily events.
Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival
10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29-30, Mulberry Street, downtown Macon. Hundreds of arts and crafts vendors. Free. www.middlegeorgiaart.org.
Tunes & Balloons Cherry Blossom Festival Finale
4-9 p.m. April 5, Middle Georgia State College, 100 College Station Drive. Live entertainment by the sunDollars, hot air balloon glow and rides, botanical garden tours, food and beverage vendors and fireworks at dusk. No pets allowed. $5 entry; balloon rides $5-$10; free parking. www.cherryblossom.com.
Perry Dogwood Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 12; noon-5 p.m. April 13, Perry. Arts and crafts show, an official DockDog competition, hot air balloon rally, entertainment, 5k and one-mile fun run, flapjack fundraiser, Rotary Club fishing tournament, artisan demonstrations and ventriloquist Cliff Patton. www.perrydogwoodfestival.com.
Around the World at Woodfield International Festival
11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 12, Woodfield Academy, 4375 Rivoli Drive. Music by Tim Cadiere and the Washboard Road Band, food and culture from each of the worlds inhabited continents, fun and games, raffle and more. 478-477-9844. Free admission.
Bluebirds and Bluegrass Festival
9 a.m. April 12, Dauset Trails, 360 Mount Vernon Church Road, Jackson. Music begins at 11 a.m. and includes the Packway Handle Band, Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Bluegrass and Colly Station. Food and drink for sale. Plant vendors, outdoor groups and more. Free. www.dausettrails.com.
Preview event; 6-8 p.m. April 25, the Painted Door Art Gallery, 1752 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins; featuring live jazz music from Otis Hicks, refreshments and a sneak peak of theart exhibition, 99 Bottles of Art on the Wall. Proceeds to benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia. 1-6 p.m. April 26, behind the new Warner Robins Law Enforcement Center, Warner Robins. Educational and artistic exhibits, live music by the Vineyard Band, an interactive childrens area, local food vendors and a cooking contest. The Warner Robins Heritage Society will simultaneously host a walk through time with the re-opening of Mildreds Country Store at the train depot. To participate as a vendor, artist, volunteer or sponsor, contact Jodi Daley, 478-225-7626.
Autism Awareness Festival
8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26, Dayspring Presbyterian Church, 1045 U.S. 41, Forsyth. Includes a 5K trail race, fun run, motorcycle ride, live music, food vendors, resource fair, crafts, inflatables and kids games. www.anchorofhopefoundation.com or email@example.com. Free.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and produced vegetables, dairy, meat, desserts and more. Free to attend.
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.
Calling All Marketplace Vendors
The sixth season of the Milledgeville Marketplace Farmers Market will open 4 p.m. April 21. Milledgeville Main Street has revised the application and guidelines, now available via Facebook and in the Main Street Office. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor can call Deana, 478-414-4014, or email email@example.com.
Market on Madison
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday from April-October, 314 W. Madison St., Dublin. Tara Bradshaw, Main Street Dublin, 478-272-2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 a.m. May 4, Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church, 10157 U.S. 341 North, Fort Valley. Featuring the Jordans. Lunch will be served following the service. Karen Rogers, 478-397-6568.
The Rain Rec Night
7-9 p.m. every Friday, 111 Market St., Warner Robins. Billiards, board games, ping pong. Bring board games or electronic games and an appetizer to share. Under 16 must be accompanied by parent. An expanded ministry of the Rain Church, 478-953-7246. www.therainchurch.com.
MUSIC AND VARIETY
Putting on the Glitz
4-6 p.m. March 29, Central High School, 2155 Napier Ave. A dance showcase presented by Phillips Performing Arts Studio. Family-friendly. Free. 478-394-5018.
Let the Good Times Roll!
7 p.m. April 2, the Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Celebrate Middle Georgia with music by the Middle Georgia Concert Band. Admission: one food canned good. www.cherryblossom.com.
First Friday Celebration
6:45 p.m. April 4, Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. With Joe and Daniel. Guests are allowed to bring their own beer, wine and food, cash bar open throughout the night. 478-957-7728 or TheLibraryBallroom@gmail.com. $5.
8 p.m. April 5, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Jazz vocalist and pianist. www.dianeschuur.com. $30. 478-742-2000.
Lee Roy Parnell
8 p.m. April 5, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. With Adam Hood. $25 general admission; $38 table seating. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.
The Claire Lynch Band
7:30 p.m. April 11, Juliette Opry, 443 McCrackin St., Juliette. Contact Joe Cullison, 478-335-3895 or email@example.com, for reservations. www.acousticproductions.com. $22 advance, $25 at door.
7:30 p.m. April 17, Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Special guests Thomas Rhett and Eric Paslay. $25-$37. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.
9 p.m. April 18, Big Daddys House of Pool, 1705 Shurling Drive. Featuring Trey Teem Band, Ronnie Pittman, Matt Pippin, Kelly Ballard and hosted by comedian Jennifer Rutherford. Admission is $10 plus two canned goods. All food items donated to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. 478-319-3115.
Jimmy Halls Birthday Bash
8 p.m. April 26, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Featuring Jimmy Hall and Friends and Lil Als Soul Funk Revival. $20 general admission in advance; $25 general admission day of; $35 VIP admission. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.
8:15 p.m. April 5, Howard Community Center, 5645 Forsyth Road. Dance lesson, 7:30 p.m., in the Bachatta taught by Debra McCullough. Hosted by the Greater Macon Chapter No. 6059 of USA Dance. Light refreshments offered and donation for soft drinks. 478-743-7970. $7 members, $10 nonmembers, $5 students with ID.
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. This week: the Coleman Family, the Clark Kids, Bluetick DeVille and Kirkland and Friends. 770-228-4832 or www.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 the Ole Clinton House Band, 6:45 p.m. the Good Time Band. 478-825-4118 or www.clintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.
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 p.m. the Harold Perry Show, 7:30 p.m. Just One More. Also open 6 p.m. Monday, House Band practice, 7 p.m. open stage, and 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. Wagon House Band. Contact Randy, 478-363-1274. Free; donations accepted.
Macon Film Guild
Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. April 13: Inside Llewyn Davis. May 11: Gloria. Special documentary presentation: 7:30 p.m. April 22: Medora. 478-742-2000. www.maconfilmguild.org. $5.
Tiger Spring Fest
2-6 p.m. March 29, Turner Woods Elementary School, 144 Willie Fluellen Drive, Gray. Activities for all ages, silent and live auctions, fun run at 3 p.m. Concessions available. Amy Haddock, 478-986-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraiser
6-9:30 p.m. March 29, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Benefits families of children with sickle cell disease. Hosted by the Cedric Sickle Cell Support Group 4 Kids. 478-318-7145. www.cscsupportgroup4kids.org. Free.
Peach Blossom Bike Ride
7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. start, March 29, Byron United Methodist Church, 103 W. Heritage St., Byron. Includes six-, 15-, 31- and 62-mile options. www.byronunitedmethodist.com or email@example.com.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 3, Dillard Hall, Middle Georgia State College, Cochran campus. Wide variety of plants on sale to help fund a greenhouse on the campus. $1-5 (cash only) per plant.
Gently Used Purse Sale
9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 336 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins. Hosted by the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Ladies Guild. 478-922-1418. Prices start at $5.
Strut Your Mutt Benefit Dog Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m. (show starts at noon), April 5, Monroe County Recreation Department, Forsyth. The main event: Strut Your Mutt Dog Show with fun classes for you and your dog to win awards, live music, inflatables, crafts, face painting, doggy photo booth, pet adoptions, discounted vaccinations, micro chipping and more. The Dog House will be serving $5 lunch plates. Benefits the Monroe County Animal Shelter. 478-960-7708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Ladies Night Out
7 p.m. April 10, Shirley Hills Baptist Church, 615 Corder Road, Warner Robins. Benefits Covenant Care Services. Featuring Toni Henson Slade in concert; desserts will follow. Tickets must be purchased by April 7 at LifeWay Christian Store and My Fathers Place Pizza, Warner Robins; Gottwals Books, Warner Robins, Macon, Byron and Perry; Covenant Care Services, Macon; or at www.covenantcareadoptions.com. 478-747-4445. $20.
Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble
April 11, Healy Point Country Club, 293 River North Blvd. Benefits the Museum of Aviation. Four-person scramble includes a noon lunch at the clubhouse, greens fee, riding cart, range balls, golf shirt and an evening birthday celebration buffet. Golfers have a choice of an 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. tee times. To register, call the Museum of Aviation Foundation, 478-923-6600, or email email@example.com.
March for Babies
April 12. 8 a.m. registration, Round Building, Central City Park; 9:30 a.m. walk, Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. Benefits the March of Dimes. Includes a picnic lunch and activities for children. www.marchforbabies.org. 478-775-0578.
Paint the Knights 5K Fun Run
7:30 a.m. April 12, Middle Georgia State Colleges Cochran campus. Open to everyone. A project of the Student Government Association and Student Life. Runners will be blasted with a safe and eco-friendly combo of dyes during the race. Benefits Cochran/Bleckley Communities in Schools. firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-934-3152. $10 students who live on campus, $15 for all other students and kids, $20 for everyone else.
Stuffed Animal Drive
Through April 16. Drop stuffed animals off at Habersham Records, 1375 Pio Nono Ave. Sponsored by Helping Hands Community Outreach and Spirit of Ruth Womens Outreach Ministry. Benefits children being treated at local hospitals. 478-743-2587 or 478-283-0954.
7 p.m. April 25, Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. To Benefit Caring Solutions Pregnancy Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Coliseum Box Office. www.friendsofcaringsolutions.com. $25 in the stands, $45 on the floor; $10 student discount for tickets purchased at the box office. There will be a Meet and Greet at 6 p.m.; passes available by contacting Melanie@caringsolutionspc.com, 478-755-1343. $500 Partner Pass for two guests; $1,000 Group Pass for up to six guests; event tickets must be purchased separately.
Ed Grisamore Book Signing
11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. March 28, Jeneanes at Pinebrook, 4436 Forsyth Road. Telegraph columnist and author Ed Grisamore will sign copies of his new book, The Pinkest Party on Earth, about the Cherry Blossom Festival. 478-476-4642.
April 3, Math Building auditorium, Middle Georgia State College Macon Campus. 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Screening and discussion of the 2011 documentary Bully. 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Panel discussion with Susan Durr of the MGSC Department of Psychology and Sociology; Cindy Harris, MGSC School of Education; and Michael Stewart, MGSC assistant vice president of Student Affairs. 3:30-4 p.m.: Stomp Out Bullying, a performance by Expressions Dance Company, Academy of Dance. Kylie Mims, email@example.com. Free.
Sowing Language: Two Poets Welcome Spring
7 p.m. April 8, Benson Room, Candler Alumnae Center, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. Poetry reading by Kathryn Stripling Byer and Anya Silver. Free.
Kim Sandefur Book Signing
Noon-2 p.m. April 19, Hire Grounds Cafe, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway. The first-time author will sign her new book, Lets Get Healthy.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 29, Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry St. Clark Powell and friend will demonstrate the art of blacksmithing and answer questions in the backyard garden. A tour of the Cannonball House, brick kitchen and gardens is included in the admission cost. $3-$6. 478-745-5982.
Spring Events at the Rock Ranch
5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock. Spring-a-ding-ding: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, April 1-25; train, pony rides, paddle boats pedal carts and more; $10 per person. Easter Eggstravaganza: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 12, 40,000 prize and candy filled Easter eggs and photos with the Easter Bunny, free; concessions and rides available to purchase. www.therockranch.com. 706-647-6374.
High Falls State Park
76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. High Falls Historic Walk: 10 a.m. March 29; take a one-mile hike and learn the history of High Falls; $5. All events meet at the park office. A $5 per car parking fee also is required. 478-993-3053.
Village Green Community Garden Dedication and Neighborhood Cleanup
9 a.m.-noon April 5, 6020 Bloomfield Road. Part of the 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival Community Outreach Week. Free. www.cherryblossom.com.
Neel Reid Ramble
5:30 p.m. April 24, Neel House, 730 College St. Hosted by the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon. Board buses for a narrated tour and learn about the architectural significance of Neel Reid in Macon. Tour a private 1913 Neel Reid home and rose garden. After the ramble, return to the Neel House for a cocktail party. Reservations only, call 478-742-0921. $50.
58th annual Pet Show
2-4 p.m. April 27, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Children are invited to show off their family pets. Games, food and animal-related activities. $1 per person plus $1 per pet. 478-477-3232. www.masmacon.org.