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HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Haunted Monstrose

7 p.m.-midnight today-Saturday and Oct. 23-24 and 30-31; and 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Thursday, Oct. 25 and 29, and Nov. 1, Old Slaughter House, Second Street, Monrose. Gina, (478) 376-4559. HauntedMontrose.com. $12 general admission at gate, $10 advance with tickets available from East Laurens Drama Club and West Laurens Cheerleaders. $8 groups of 15.

F.E.A.R. Institute Haunted House: Underworld 2009

8 p.m.-midnight today-Saturday, Oct. 23-24 and 26-31, 450 Third St. Free parking in the Poplar Street Garage. Suggested minimum age: 11 years old. 257-6391. www.underworldmacon.com. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. $13 admission, $11 students and military with ID.

Spirits in October

6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Oct. 22-23, 29-30: walking tours of Historic Riverside Cemetery featuring costumed actors portraying some of the historic figures interred there and a reception in the mausoleum. $20 adults, $10 students. Halloween walking tour: 6 p.m. Oct. 31, $25 adults, $15 students. Costumes are not allowed for this event. For reservations or more information, contact Riverside Cemetery at 742-5328. 1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31: trolley tours of downtown Macon and Riverside Cemetery focusing on spirited adventures and adventurous spirits who inhabited the area. Reservations are required by calling Cox Capitol Theatre, 257-6391, extension 5. $15 adults, $10 students. Group tours available.

Forest of Terror

Dark-until, Thursday-Oct. 24 and 29-31, Southern Pines Regional Park Ag & Expo Building woods, 575 Southern Pines Road, Dublin. Sponsored by the Dublin-Laurens County Recreation Authority to benefit nonprofit organizations. (478) 277-5062. $5 per person.

Halloween Events

Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 30-31, Bass Pro Shops Macon, 5000 Bass Pro Blvd. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 24-25, craft pumpkin decorating and marshmallow roasting. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 30, trick or treating and costume parade. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 31, mask decorating and marshmallow roasting. 757-7600. www.basspro.com.

“Night of the Living SoChilites”

9:30 p.m. Oct. 30, SoChi Gallery, 534 Second St. Halloween costume party. Cash bar. 238-6630. www.thesochicompanies.com. $10.

Trick or Treat on the Square

5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Downtown Forsyth Square. Dress up the kids in Halloween costumes and celebrate fall in downtown Forsyth. Businesses throughout downtown will be distributing candy to children in costume. Part of Forsyth Alive! (478) 994-7747.

Spooky Science After Dark

6-9 p.m. Oct. 30, Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base. Grades 3-6. Pre-registration required. www.museumofaviation.org or (478) 926-5558. $30.

Macon Film Guild: “Let the Right One In”

7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Special Halloween screening. 742-2000 or info@maconfilmguild.org. $5.

Haunted Woods: Alien Invasion!

7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 30-31 (weather permitting), Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Tour the Flying Saucer’s landing site and try to catch a glimpse of these strange visitors who’ve invaded Middle Georgia during the International Year of Astronomy. Wear warm clothes and good walking shoes. Not recommended for children under 8; a “safehouse” will be provided for anyone not walking the trail. 477-3232. $5 members, $8 nonmembers.

“Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Midnight Oct. 30, Georgia College & State University’s Russell Auditorium, Milledgeville. A cult favorite Halloween interactive musical with goodie bags provided. Proceeds are donated to a designated charity. Karen Berman, theatre department chair, (478) 445-1980. $6.

Spooky Science

9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 31, Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base. Grades PreK-2. Pre-registration required. www.museumofaviation.org or (478) 926-5558. $30.

Trick-Or-Treat with Petals the Pink Poodle

6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Ridge Avenue. Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased at 794 Cherry St. or any Chi-Ches-Ter’s location. Children 12 and under are eligible to win. Parent must be present for trick-or-treating. Winner will be notified Oct. 26. 751-7429.

Halloween Dance Party

Oct. 31, Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. Costume prizes, DJs, scavenger hunt at 8:30 p.m. and “Thriller” dance routine at 9:30 p.m. Reserved seating available. 960-7030. $5 at door.

Hillside Haunted Trail and Haunted House

7 p.m.-until Thursdays-Fridays in October, Hillside Bluegrass RV Park, 592 Ga. 87 South, Cochran. Food and games, and costume contests. (478) 934-6694. www.hillsidebluegrassrvpark.com. $5.

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

10 a.m. daily, Elliott Farms, 4761 Holley Road, Lizella. Farm animals, boiled peanuts, hay rides. Haunted corn maze: 4-11 p.m. Oct. 31. Last tickets sold one hour before dark. (478) 935-8180. www.elliottfarmsga.com.

Corn Maze

Noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays and Sundays, and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Lane Southern Orchards, 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley. (800) 27-PEACH. $3-$13.

FAIRS/FESTIVALS

Georgia National Fair

Today-Sunday, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry. Gates open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. www.georgianationalfair.com. Gate Admission: $8 adults, $7 senior citizens (60 and older), free for children 10 and under with paying adult. Group rates: $7 each, minimum 20 people; senior citizens $6 each, minimum 10 seniors.

Jones County Lions Club Fair

6 p.m. today-Saturday, Jones County Lions Club Fairgrounds, Ga. 18 East, Gray. (478) 986-3886. $15 armband.

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 315M Lake Joy Road, Perry. Celebrate 30-year anniversary with artists, music, old-time skills, storytelling, magic, hayrides food and more. (478) 922-8265 or www.mossycreekfestival.com. $5, $1 kids.

Arts on Riverdale Jazz and Art Festival

Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Riverdale Drive. More than 30 artists will display and sell watercolors, oil paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, sculpture and more. All proceeds raised support JAM Goes Back To School and other educational, musical events in the community. (478) 633-7372. www.maconjazz.org. Admission is free.

Central Georgia Greek Festival

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 23-24 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 859 First St. Featuring Greek food, live music, dancing, jewelry, religious artifacts, art and church tours. 621-0744. www.holycross.ga.goarch.org.

Battle of Byron Fall Festival

Oct. 24, Byron. Events include a Battle of Chili, hay rides, ghost tour, free concert, pumpkin carving and pumpkin pie contests. (478) 956-2409. www.battleofbyron.com.

Fall Festival

8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 24, Downtown Market area, corner of U.S. 341 and Broad Street, and North Lumpkin Street for market vendors, Hawkinsville. Music, food, art, crafts, handmade items, antiques, collectibles, flea market items, fall produce and more. Activities for families include games, scarecrow decorating contest, pumpkin decorating contest, pie baking contest, hot dog eating contest, bike show, car show, hay rides and more. Kids can come in costumes. (478) 783-9294.

Fall Farm Festival

9 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 24, Lane Southern Orchards, 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley. Hayrides, bonfire, pumpkin carving, costume contest and more. (800) 27-PEACH.

Fall Festival

9 a.m. Oct. 24, Sacred Heart Catholic School, 250 S. Davis Drive, Warner Robins. Includes entertainment, shopping, silent auction, Bingo, carnival rides and food. Bridgette Cooper, (478) 953-4190. www.shswr.org. Wristbands for rides and games $15 for ages 6 and up, $5 ages 3-5, and free for children 2 and under. Game cards may be purchased for $5 (includes 12 games).

Deep Roots Festival 2009

10 a.m. Oct. 24, downtown Milledgeville. Barbecue cook-off, music, arts and crafts, kids zone, car show and community stage. Gates open at 10 a.m. (478) 414-4014. www.deeprootsfestival.com. $5 before 5 p.m., $15 after.

Fall Carnival

1-4 p.m. Oct. 24, New Life International Church, 870 Pio Nono Ave. (Cherokee Shopping Center). Free food, games, moonwalk and clothing giveaway. Stephanie, (478) 319-0304.

Mabel White Fall Festival

5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28, Mabel White Memorial Baptist Church, 1415 Bass Road. There will be inflatables for all ages, games for the children to play, a rock-climbing wall, pony rides and more. Food court will have free popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy, hot chocolate and boiled peanuts. Friendly costumes welcome. 474-7577.

Fall Festival

4-7 p.m. Oct. 31, Centerville United Methodist Church, 600 N. Houston Lake Road, Centerville. Inflatable slide, face painting, hay ride, dance floor, silent auction, drama skits, cake walk and free hot dogs, chips and lemonade. Barbecue chicken dinners available for $6.50 per plate. (478) 953-3090.

Community Fall Festival

2-6 p.m. Oct. 31, Cochran-Bleckley Recreation Center, 800 Dykes St., Cochran. (478) 934-2223. Free admission.

Big Pig Jig

Nov. 6-7, Vienna. www.bigpigjig.com.

Deer Festival

Nov. 7, on the square in downtown Monticello. Sponsored by The Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce. 7:30 a.m.: Deer Dash, a one-mile fun run. 8 a.m.: 5K run/walk. 9 a.m.: festival kick off. There are still vendor spots available for arts, crafts and informational booths. Venison Cook-off, children’s rides and activities, live entertainment, crowning of the Deer Festival Queen at 2 p.m., a host of contests including the longest beard, biggest buck shot in 2008 and the Deer Stand Derby. 3 p.m.: parade. Nancy Arnold Wood at the Chamber of Commerce office, (706) 468-8994 or e-mail jasperchamber@bellsouth.net. Sage Edwards with the Better Hometown Program, (706) 468-1995 or e-mail betterhometown@bellsouth.net. www.historicmonticello.com.

Merritt Pottery Festival

8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21, Crawford County High School Gym, 400 E. Agency St., Roberta. (478) 474-7833 or merrittpottery@hotmail.com.

Native American Indian Pow Wow

Dec. 3-5, Mile Branch Park, Pulaski County Boat Landing, Hawkinsville. Authentic hand made Indian art, crafts and food vendors. Activities will include drumming, dancers, story telling, flint knapping, Native American history and educational programs for children and more. Hawkinsville Better Hometown, (478) 783-9294. No admission charge.

MARKETS

City Market on the Green

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Poplar Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Vendors offer locally grown produce, organic produce, local hand crafted items and home-baked goods. Naomi Davis, 836-4564 or Davisfarmscsa@aol.com. Visit www.maconmarket.com for market updates.

Wesleyan Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 7, Wesleyan College, Front Campus, 4760 Forsyth Road. Held monthly, this fun community event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods. Music, fun and educational events also offered. 757-5233. Free.

Forsyth-Monroe County Farmers Market

2-6:30 p.m. Fridays in October. In the vacant lot behind Farmers Bank at the corner of Jackson and Morse streets, downtown Forsyth. The market will feature locally grown produce, plants, baked goods and other homemade items. Rain location: Aldermen Hall at The Welcome Center, 68 N. Lee St. (478) 994-7747.

Downtown Byron Saturday Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Jail House Park, Main Street, across from the Train Depot and Welcome Center, Byron. Booths feature fresh local produce, plants, potters, painters and crafters. Food vendors. (478) 956-2409.

Milledgeville Marketplace

4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Downtown Farmers Market, 222 East Hancock St., Milledgeville. Locally grown produce, locally made products, plants, arts and crafts. www.milledgevillemarketplace.com.

Community Market

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, corner of Broad and Lumpkin streets on U.S. 341, Hawkinsville. Hawkinsville Better Hometown, (478) 783-9294.

Crawford County Community Market

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 14, Ga. 42 and U.S. 80, Knoxville. (478) 957-1209, (478) 836-3825 or e-mail crawfordmarket@gmail.com for more information.

GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN

Fall Explosion and Concert

4 p.m. Saturday, The Rain Church, 257 Gunn Road, Warner Robins. 4-7 p.m. games food and fun; 7-9 p.m. concert with gospel rapper Stephen the Burnin’ Bush and Ware Fare Praise Band. (478) 953-7246. www.therainchurch.com.

Heaven’s Treasures

7 p.m. Saturday, Bee Hive Chapel, Metter. 11 a.m. Sunday, Beulah Springs Cong Holiness Church, Montrose. 11 a.m. Sunday, Beulah Springs Holiness Church Homecoming, Montrose. Ann Mullis, (478) 935-2957 or (478) 390-2041.

Old Friends Concert

7 p.m. Saturday, Hawkinsville Opera House, 100 Lumpkin St., Hawkinsville. Featuring Dayspring Trio, Sandra Price and Friends, The Georgians Quartet, Drew Parker and Logan Smith. Jonathan Fisher, (478) 918-7800. $5 at the door and a love offering.

Tammie Klima

12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival, 315M Lake Joy Road, Perry. (478) 922-8265.

Calvary's Way

2 p.m. Sunday, Grace Fellowship Church, 1450 Macon Road, Griffin. (770) 229-4050. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Daystar Church of God, 5874 N. Wesleyan Drive. 361-8619. 10 a.m. Oct. 25, Good Sheperd Church of the Nazarene, 316 E. South Central Ave., Tennille. (478) 552-5721. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Christ Community Church, 565 Lite-N-Tie Road, Gray. (478) 319-3016.

Sharron Kay King

6 p.m. Sunday, Evangelistic House of Prayer, 40 Huckleberry Lane, Fort Valley. Tammie, (478) 335-4219. www.ehopchurch.com or www.sharronkayking.com. Love offering.

“New Adventure”

11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Tabernacle Church, 6611 Zebulon Road. Featuring P.J. Heath. David Hunter, 476-3507.

Alvin Darling and Celebration

7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College. Gospel choir. Also featuring Blessed, Sharon Clarke, and the Covenant Church Sanctuary Choir. Singers also will visit the Covenant Church of Jesus Christ for a reception, autograph signing and picture taking from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 31, 509 May Ave. Lucille Moody, 320-9594 or (404) 423-8006. www.rossreportnews2.net. $20 advance, $25 door.

The Refuge

6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. A Christian youth/young adult center. 4917-A Mercer University Drive. 390-4013. $3 admission, concession and games extra.

The Net Teen Center

8-11 p.m. Fridays, 102 Gunn Road, Centerville. Ages 13-18, supervised, safe community activities and games. Snacks available to purchase. Supervised by pastors of the Rain Church. (478) 953-7246. www.therainchurch.com.

Gospel and Jam Session

8-10:30 p.m. every first and third Friday, Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 809 S. Davis Drive, Warner Robins. (478) 997-1734. Free.

JAZZ

An Intimate Evening with Ronnie Laws

8 p.m. Nov. 6, Douglass Theatre. Internationally renowned saxophonist. Part of the First Friday Smooth Jazz Series. 742-2000. $35.

Tom Ridgeway

6:30-9 p.m. each Friday, China Gourmet, 2975 Arkwright Road. Elegant dinner music.

Live Jazz with the Musical Stylings of K-Mo

Thursday and Friday nights, Chef Audrey’s Bistro and Bakery, 2728 Watson Blvd., Suite E, Warner Robins. Live jazz; spoken word added on the second and fourth Friday. (478) 953-7480.

Jazz Appreciation Class

6:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 390 Pierce Ave. Taught by George Saunders. Everyone welcome. 742-4281. Free.

BLUEGRASS

Bluegrass at Andalusia

6-9 p.m. Saturday, Andalusia Farm, U.S. 441 North. Featuring music by Redline Express on the front lawn. Guests invited to bring picnic or purchase hotdogs and hamburgers at; also bring chairs, blankets, beverages and flashlights. The farm is also open to self-guided tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, and Louis Kaduk will offer a guided nature walk on Lower Tobler Creek Trail at 5 p.m. before the music begins. Kaduk supervised the restoration of the pond and the construction of the nature trail. The one-mile hike will begin and end at the Lower Tobler Creek Trail sign next to the driveway. $5 per person for concert.

HIP-HOP

Poetic Peace

7-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Cafe 567, 567 Cherry St. Open mic for poets, singers, painters, rappers and more. Hosted by Y-O. 744-9888, myspace.com/poeticpeace. Free.

ROCK

Great American Rock ’n’ Roll Revival

7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Hawkinsville Opera House. (478) 783-1884. artscouncil@cstel.net or www.hawkinsvilleoperahouse.com. $23.

VARIETY

Free Music Fridays

7 p.m. Fridays, Anderson Conference Center at Goodwill, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway. Today: Joey Stuckey Band. 471-4864.

James Gregory “The Funniest Man in America”

7:30 today, Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. 301-5470. $28.

The Finesse Band & The Backlot Band

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Downtown Forsyth Square, Jackson Street, Forsyth. 6:30 p.m. Backlot Band, 8 p.m. Finesse Band. (478) 994-7747. Free.

Hamp’s Hop Old School Reunion

7-10 p.m. Oct. 23, Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Legendary Macon DJ Hamp Swain and his fellow pioneering DJ’s return to play music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided; cash bar available. All proceeds benefit the Georgia Music Hall of Fame’s Music in Kids Education program. $5.

Drag Queen Bingo

6:30-9 p.m. first and third Wednesdays of the month, Hummingbird Stage and Taproom, 430 Cherry St. Free drinks and admission for the ladies.

Southern Gents

8:30 p.m. Fridays, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, 4493 Houston Ave. 784-1454. 8 p.m. Saturdays, Warner Robins Moose Chapter 1688, 400 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins. 922-4367. Taylor Hanson, (478) 718-6666 or Calvin Poole (478) 978-6568.

DANCE

Dance

8 p.m. today, Howard Community Club, 5645 Forsyth Road. Ballroom, beach and country music. 923-5007 or 742-9367. $5.

Let’s Party, Let’s Dance

6-7 p.m. Oct. 30-31, East Corridor, Macon Mall, 3361 Eisenhower Parkway. Art space grand opening performance with ballroom dancing demonstrations. Paulaeastdance@yahoo.com or paulaeast.com. Free.

Dance

8:30 p.m. Fridays, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, 4493 Houston Ave. Van Edwards, 784-1454.

Dance

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturdays, Ga. 16 Club, 799 Monticello Road, Eatonton. (706) 473-3119. $7.

SOCIALS

Single Adult Recreation Night

7:30-11 p.m. today, Family Life Center, First Baptist Church of Centerville, 108 Church St. Casual. Please no children or teens. For all single adults (never married, widowed, divorced) ages 18-78. Games, light refreshments, fellowship. For more information, contact the church office, Monday-Thursday, (478) 953-3387. www.FBCcenterville.org. Free.

MUSIC HALLS

Hollonville Opry House

6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ga. 362, Hollonville. This week: Slim Pickins, Kirkland and Friends, David Ables. (770) 228-4832 or www.hollonvilleopry.com. Free, operated on donations.

Juliette Opry House

7-9 p.m. first Saturday. (478) 256-1560 or www.myspace.com/julietteopry.

Ladebco Music

6:30 p.m. every Friday, located on the square at 21 N. Lee St., Forsyth. Open mic for singer/songwriters and musicians. (478) 994-4433 or www.myspace.com/ladebcoguitars. Free.

MC’s Music Hall

6-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1007 Seventh Ave., Eastman. Live music. Today: Country Rose Band. Saturday: Double J Sounds. For bookings, call David Rawlins at (478) 374-4617. Free.

Ole Clinton Opry

6:30-10 p.m. Fridays, 215 Old Ga. 18, Gray. To celebrate the Opry’s sixth anniversary, there will be a covered dish supper with chicken at 5 p.m. If unable to bring a covered dish, plates can be bought for $5. Music this week begins at 6:30 p.m. featuring George Sheffield, Larry Pittman, Reggie Pinnell, the Opry House Band, Walnut Creek Band, and others with Jimmy Tucker as the guest MC. 986-6587 or www.oleclintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.

Powersville Opry

5-9:30 p.m. Saturdays; south onto Powersville Road off Ga. 247 Connector between Warner Robins and Ga. 49. This week: 5 p.m. local talent, 6 p.m. Winchester, 7 p.m. Riverdale Travelers. Also open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. (478) 328-0678 or www.powersvilleopry.com. Free.

Wagon House Opry

6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 699 Altman Road, Haddock. This week: 6:30 p.m. Hollywood and The Corrola Cowboy, 7:30 p.m. Dirt Road Gig, 9 p.m. Chris Taylor. Contact Randy, (478) 363-1274. Admission free, donations accepted.

FILMS

Macon Film Guild

Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Nov. 8: “Seraphine.” Movies are shown at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A discussion follows the 4:30 p.m. screening. 742-2000 or info@maconfilmguild.org. $5.

The Big Read: “Fahrenheit 451” Under the Stars

7-9 p.m. Nov. 11, Mary Vinson Library parking lot, Milledgeville. www.NEABigRead.org.

Saturday Morning Movies

11 a.m. Saturdays, AmStar Cinemas Macon 16. Saturday: “Shrek” Oct. 24: “Sinbad – Legend of the Seven Seas.” Oct. 31: “Prince of Egypt.” Nov. 7: “Madagascar 2.” Nov. 14: “Bee Movie.” Nov. 21: “Shrek 2.” Dec. 5: “Chicken Run.” Dec. 12: “Over the Hedge.” Dec. 19: “Kung Fu Panda.” Tickets can be purchased on the morning of the film showing at the box office at 10:30 a.m. $3 includes a small box of popcorn and a kid’s drink.

FUNDRAISERS

Rally in the Alley

Saturday and Nov. 28, two hours before UGA game kickoff, Mulberry Lane Alley and Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Watch the game and enjoy live bands, games and giveaways, and purchase food and beverages (alcoholic and non). Bring chairs to tailgate, but no picnics or coolers allowed. Proceeds go toward Save the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. 722-9909. www.rallyinthealleymacon.com. Free admission.

Yard sale

8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Greater Turner Tabernacle AME Church, 1104 Third St. New and used items. 743-4932.

Celebrity Grand Slam

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sikes Softball Field at Mercer University. Local media personalities, government officials, athletes, coaches, and city and business leaders will take on the Warner Robins American Little League Softball World Series champions. Benefits Central Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross. www.macongrandslam.com. $5, free for kids 12 and under.

Spirits in the Courtyard

6-9 p.m. Thursday, Blacksmith Shop, 665 Poplar St. Wine and beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres compliments of the Cherry Blossom Board, silent auction, live music. Dress in pink and black. Cherry Blossom Festival fall fundraiser. Tickets available at 794 Cherry St. or by calling 751-7411. $25 per person.

Rebuilding Macon’s “Up on the Roof” Charity Auction

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Butler Toyota Showroom. Co-chaired by Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Bibb County Commission Chair Sam Hart. Featuring an auction, food, wine and beer, live entertainment featuring the Back Porch Symphony, and a special appearance by Macon’s own celebrity “Drifters” (John Hiscox, David Danzie and Keith Moffett) performing “Up on the Roof.” Proceeds used to rehabilitate the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled. Call (478) 744-9808, or go to www.rebuildingmacon.org for ticket and/or sponsorship information. $25.

Fundraiser

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 24, Cathedral of Christ Baptist Church, 3216 Hartley Bridge Road. Barbecue plates $5. Music from Christian Travelers, Jerry Jackson, Four Stars, Tami Klima, Aubrey Ray and Nazareth Baptist Church Choir. Fundraiser for Building Fellowship Hall. 788-4149.

Old Friends Promotions Benefit Concert for The Children’s Hospital

6-9 p.m. Oct. 24, Christ Chapel Warner Robins, 2288 Moody Road, Warner Robins. Featuring The English Family, Drew Parker, Logan Smith, Mary Cone and The Feltons. Bring lawn chairs. Benefits The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Jonathan Fisher, (478) 918-7800. $5 at the gate and a love offering.

Daughters of the British Empire English Tea and Fashion Show

2:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Woodruff House, atop Coleman Hill, 988 Bond St. Guests will enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea plus a variety of teas to drink and a fashion show provided by Dillard’s of Macon. Raffle and door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Mountbatten House retirement home and local charities. Tickets are strictly limited; reserved seating for tables of 8 or 4 may be purchased (subject to availability.) Anne Sanders, 335-1487. www.dbesociety.org. $30 per person.

Historic Macon Fundraiser

6-8 p.m. Oct. 30, Charlane, plantation of Chuck and Rose Lane Leavell. The Leavells have invited Historic Macon and its members to a cocktail party, with proceeds going toward Historic Macon’s Preservation IS Conservation Green Revolution Field Day. 742-5084. www.historicmacon.org. $250 per person.

Bazaar and Flea Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 7, First United Methodist Church, 205 North Davis Drive, Warner Robins. Breakfast, market place, baked goods, children’s activities, book sale, clothes closet, auction and more. (478) 923-3737.

Covenant Care Services Fundraising Banquet

5:45 p.m. Nov. 9, City Auditorium, 415 First St. Featuring keynote speaker, Josh McDowell, who has written or co-written 77 books on topics ranging from Christian apologetics to common problems facing youth. Call 475-4990 for reservations. Attendance is free, but seating is limited.

LECTURES

Great Debate Series

6:30 p.m. Sundays, First Baptist Church, Forsyth. Probing contemporary issues through the lenses of the Christian faith. Childcare will be provided. Sunday: Stan Saunders, associate professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary on climate change. Oct. 25: Kirby Godsey, former president, current chancellor and professor of Mercer University on God’s Irresistible Grace. Nov. 1: Darrell Pursiful, editor of the Formations series at Smyth and Helwys Publishing and adjunct professor at Mercer University on Biblical Inerrancy vs. Authority. Nov. 15: David Hudson, senior partner in the law firm Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett and Salley in Augusta on Separation of Church and State. Darrell Watson, pastor, (478) 256-0277.

Lamar Memorial Lectures

10 a.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Mercer University’s Medical School Auditorium. Noted historian and author Mark Smith will present Mercer University’s 2009 Lamar Memorial Lectures around the theme “Histories of a Hurricane: Camille, 1969.” Free and open to public.

“Caring for Creation: A Scientific and Theological Response”

Oct. 29-31, Mercer University. Aims to bridge the current gap between the faith and science communities on issues of climate change. Two days of lectures and discussions, and concludes with a green day of service in the community. 301-2357. www2.mercer.edu/caring. $35.

Erica Glasener

6:30 p.m. reception, 7:15 p.m. presentation, Oct. 30, Professional Sciences and Conference Center, Macon State College. The host of HGTV’s "A Gardener's Diary" will be the featured speaker at the Fall Garden Lecture and will discuss "Designing Gardens for Four Seasons." Sponsored by the Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens at Macon State. The Fall Garden Lecture also will include the presentation of the 2009 Stephen Elliott Jr. Award, which recognizes a person who has rendered extraordinary horticultural service to the midstate community. Register online at www.maconstate.edu/continuinged, or call (478) 471-2770. $25.

PAGEANTS

Southern Jungle Safari Queen Pageant

4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Middle Georgia College, Cochran. Forestry fundraiser pageant. Baby (birth) to Miss (24 years old). Early bird special offered. (478) 284-2350. midsouthforestrypageants@yahoo.com. www.midsouthforestrypageants.com/safari.

Miss Music City and Miss Music City’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant

Feb. 8 deadline. Applications now being accepted for these preliminaries to Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competitions. www.missmusiccity.org.

ET CETERA

Blues, Brew & Q

7 p.m. today, Macon Marriott City Center. The Junior League of Macon presents a silent auction, live music with Shane Bridges and unlimited beer tasting. 743-0847. www.jlmacon.org.

Fall Family Fun Days

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, Saturday-Nov. 14, Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Highway, The Rock. Saturday: The Rock Ranch Hot Air Balloon Rally. Oct. 24: Growing Up Green with Bob and Larry of Veggie Tales. Oct. 31: The Rock Ranch “Not so Spooky” Halloween Fest. Nov. 7: Pumpkin Destruction Day. Nov. 14: The Great Outdoor Adventure. www.therockranch.com. $14 per person, children 3 and under are free. $2-off coupons at Chick-fil-A.

Little Black Dress Pamper and Preview

5:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, City Auditorium. The Junior League of Macon presents a Market Place 2009 special event showcasing local salons and preview shopping. An all-inclusive evening of dinner, cocktails and pampering from Macon’s favorite salons, plus great shopping with the Market Place vendors. 743-0847. www.jlmacon.org. $25 per person includes dinner of "Spa Salads," pampering by local salons and cocktails.

Junior League of Macon's Market Place

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Oct. 24 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25, City Auditorium. Lots of vendors, plus JLM casserole and wreath sales, gift-wrapping, vacation getaways and more. Many special events including popular Character Luncheon, book signings, magic shows and the Artist Walk, an opportunity for local artists to showcase and sell their work. 743-0847. www.jlmacon.org.

Day Out with Thomas 2009: The Hero of the Rails Tour

Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Georgia Veterans State Park, 2459 U.S. 280 West, Cochran. Features a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine; an opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, controller of The Railway; arts and crafts; storytelling; inflatables; hay bale maze and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. (229) 276-0755. (877) 427-2457. www.thomasandfriends.com. $18 plus tax for ages 2 and up; $5 donation for parking and shuttle ride.

“Fashion that Pops!”

7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Olympia Family Fun Center, 5020 Mercer University Drive. Fashion and art showcase. www.mnicole.com. $8 per person.

Blessing of the Pets

10:30 a.m.-noon, Oct. 24, Centerville United Methodist Church, 600 N. Houston Lake Road, Centerville. Every kind of pet is welcome. There will be activities for children, and lunch will be served. (478) 953-3090.

Pulaski Rivers Alive

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct 24. Volunteers meet at Mile Branch Park, Pulaski County Boat Landing. Annual volunteer river cleanup event starts at sun-up, 8 a.m. breakfast, noon lunch. Chuck Southerland, (478) 783-1291.

Scale Model Contest

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 24, Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Museum of Aviation hosts this contest by The General Robert L. Scott Chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society/USA branch. Open to all scale modelers, the contest features multiple categories, which include aircraft, armor, automotive, motorcycles, ships, space, science fiction, fantasy, dioramas and much more. To register and enter a model there is a fee of $10 for adults plus $1 for each additional model over 5, and $5 for junior modelers (under 18 years of age) with no limit on models entered. www.ipmsrlscottcontest.webs.com. Contest director, Jerry Hall, wrgahall@cox.net; Museum, Bill Paul, Bill.Paul@robins.af.mil or (478) 926-5196. Open and free to public.

Old Mill Motorcycle Daze III

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24, Juliette. Swap meet, live music, games, antique bike show. Vendor space available. Call (478) 992-9931 for registration and details. $10 adults, includes museum admission. Also an antique bike ride 10 a.m. Oct. 25.

Col. Benjamin Hawkins Tribute Trip

1:30 p.m. Oct. 25, downtown Roberta. Join the members of the Fort Hawkins Commission at the National Monument in honoring the fort's namesake, Col. Benjamin Hawkins, then travel to his Creek Agency on the Flint River concluding with a brief memorial service at his gravesite, a Crawford County Park today. www.forthawkins.com. Marty Willett, 742-3003. Free.

Rose Hill Fall Ramble

2 p.m. Oct. 25, Rose Hill Cemetery, Riverside Drive. Macon historian Phil Comer will lead the ramble, which is sponsored by the Historic Rose Hill Cemetery Foundation. 742-5001. $5, free for foundation members.

A Day at Dauset Day Camp for Adults

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29, Dauset Trails, 360 Mount Vernon Road, Jackson. Day of fun will include a hayride tour of Dauset Trails, a nature journaling mini-course, catered box lunch, behind the scenes with the animals including an animal adaptation program and time permitting, cane pole fishing. Deadline to register is Oct. 22. (770) 775-6798. www.dausettrails.com. $20 donation per camper.

API Friends and Family Day

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 31, American Professional Institute, 1667 Eisenhower Parkway. Children’s games and activities, refreshments, free chair massages by API students and faculty, a fashion show from API's cosmetology students, and the finals of the API Idol competition. 314-4444, extension 1122, www.api.edu.

Tribute to Veterans

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7, Georgia Veterans State Park, 2459 U.S. 280 West, Cordele. This Veterans Day celebration includes World War II living history, radio-controlled model airplane fly-in, and 1 p.m. ceremony with guest speaker, bagpipes and drums, and color guard. Located 9 miles west of Interstate 75 exit 101. (229) 276-2371. www.gastateparks.org/GeorgiaVeterans/. $5 parking.

Syrup Makin' and Storytellin'

10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation, Juliette. Our traditional fall syrup cook-off includes demonstrations of the sugar cane mill, syrup kettle, steam engine, woodstove cooking and storytelling. (478) 986-5172. www.gastateparks.org/info/jarrell. $3.50-$5.

Ride to Andersonville

12:45 safety briefing, 1 p.m. ride, Nov. 7. Hosted by Military Vets M/C and Jugheads Cycles. (478) 956-4777.

Antique Fair and Marketplace

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 10 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11, Heart of Georgia Technical College, Dubose Porter Regional Business and Industry Training Center. Presented by the Dublin Service League. Tickets on sale from any league member or at Plum Alley in Ivy Place Shopping Center. $6 advance, $7 at the door.

Arts and Crafts Show

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 14, Houston Springs Adult Community, Perry. Featuring quilting, jewelry, Christmas decorations, ornaments, wreaths, artwork and much more. Joyce Hamilton, (478) 224-1132.

Talent and Fashion Show

6-8 p.m. Nov. 14, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Presented by Ladies of Color Inc. Rosetta Frazier, 745-7944. $10 adults, $5 children.

Sidney’s Salons

3 p.m. Nov. 15, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Featuring Kathyrn Stockett, author of “The Help.” Reception to follow. 743-3851. $10 Historic Macon members, $15 nonmembers; free parking in deck adjacent to theater.

Georgia Wilderness Society

Saturday- Sunday, Augusta Canal Paddle and car camp. Oct. 24, Hike Thunder Scout reservation west of Thomaston on Flint River. Picnic at waterfall. Moderate 6-8 miles. Nov 6-8, Pine Mountain Dayhike and Group Camp at FDR. Car camp and day hikes. Nov 7-8, Oconee River paddle and boat camp. www.georgiawildernesssociety.org. Free, nonmembers welcome.

First Saturdays with Pam Blanchard

Noon-2 p.m. every first Saturday, Georgia Music Hall of Fame, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Athens musician Pam Blanchard performs original songs like “Ants in My Pants” and “Marching Months” to get children singing, dancing and having fun. 751-3334. $3.50 ages 4-17, includes museum admission.

Go-Kart Racing

10 a.m. Saturdays, 230 W.E. Green Parkway, Interstate 75 exit 149, west on Ga. 49, left beside Peach County Ford, Byron.

Southcreek Mud Boggin’

Third Saturday of each month through November, 2949 U.S. 441 South, Milledgeville. Boggin’ events. Camping and coolers welcome. $10 trail fee for dirt bikes, ATVs and UTVs, (478) 453-7057, southcreek.us@gmail.com or www.southcreek.us. $10 admission, $2 ages 8 and under.

Weekend Ranger-led Programs

1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Highway. The 30-minute program will be a guided tour to the earth lodge or ranger-choice program. 752-8257. Free.

Wrestling

8:15 p.m. bell time, Saturdays, 1361 Peach Parkway, Fort Valley. All-Star Wrestling Network. (478) 397-5734. $8 ringside, $6 general admission, $5 military/seniors, $4 ages 7-14, free children 6 and under.

Wine Tasting

6-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, WineStyles, 6255 Zebulon Road, Suite 210. Tuesdays: Six wines with light appetizers. $6 per person, $4 wine club members. Thursdays: Taste eight wines with appetizers. $10 per person, $6 wine club members. 474-9595. No reservations required.

MUSEUM EVENTS

“Moonwitch”

Noon Saturdays through Nov. 28, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Ever wonder why the moon seems to follow you home? Why does it seem to change its shape from night to night? This show answers these questions and others as it tells about the moon. 477-3232. Free with museum admission.

“Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope”

4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday with additional shows at 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through Jan. 3, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. The 2009 International Year of Astronomy concludes with this show produced especially for the occasion. While looking through a telescope, two teenage students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings and the spiral structure of the galaxies. During the students' conversation with an astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others. 477-3232. Free with museum admission.

Polar Bear Den

11 a.m. Wednesdays, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. For kids ages 2-5 and their guardians. 477-3232. $3 for children, free for guardians and museum members.

Museum Observatory

Dusk to 10 p.m. Fridays, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. 477-3232. Admission by donation.

Sky Over Macon

8 p.m. Fridays, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. A weekly live planetarium talk. Enter through planetarium doors, unlocked at 7:45 p.m., instead of main museum entrance. 477-3232. Free, donations welcome.

Mini-Zoo Tours

3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, plus extra tour at 1 p.m. Saturdays, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Free with museum admission, $4-$8.

AREA ATTRACTIONS

Bittersweet Retreat Nature Tour

2716 Lower River Road (Ga. 230 S.E.), Eastman. Guided, individualized, private tours to view, photograph and record birds, wildlife and vegetation in the pine forests, hammocks and river swamp on the Ocmulgee River. Reservation required; call (478) 955-4435.

Cannonball House

January and February: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; March through December: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 856 Mulberry St. The 1853 home was struck by a cannonball during the Civil War. Period furnishings and Civil War relics are featured. 745-5982. www.cannonballhouse.org. $6 adults, $5 senior adults and military personnel, $2 students, free for children younger than 6.

Dauset Trails Nature Center

Seasonal extended hours through Daylight Saving Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, noon-7 p.m. Sundays, 360 Mount Vernon Road, Jackson (off Ga. 42 near Indian Springs State Park). Live animals on exhibit are black bears, otters, cougars, hawks, owls, venomous snakes, bobcats, buffalo, a beaver and a bald eagle. Picnic area and trails. (770) 775-6798. www.dausettrails.com. Free.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 751-3334 or (888) GA-ROCKS. www.georgiamusic.org. $8 adults, $6 senior citizens 55 and older, active military and students with ID, $3.50 youth ages 4-16, free for 4 and younger.

Georgia’s Old Capital Museum

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, Old Capital Square at Jefferson and Greene streets, Milledgeville. (478) 453-1803. www.oldcapitalmuseum.org. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students and children 6 and under are free.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and Mondays for scheduled group tours only, 301 Cherry St. 752-1585. $8 adults, $6 seniors, students and military, $3.50 kids age 6-16, free for kids 5 and younger.

Hay House

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Sundays in January, February, July and August. Open daily in December. 934 Georgia Ave. Tours on the hour with last tour at 3 p.m. 742-8155. www.hayhouse.org. $8 adults, $7 seniors and military personnel, $4 students, free for children younger than 6.

Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, off Ga. 18, 20 miles north of Macon near Juliette. 986-5172. $3.50-$5.

Ocmulgee National Monument

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Christmas Day and New Year's Day, 1207 Emery Highway. Self-guided museum, walking trails and bookstore. www.nps.gov/ocmu. 752-8257. Free admission.

Old Mill Motorcycle Museum

Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Visit the Old Juliette Mill and see the collection of antique motorcycles and collectibles. Call (478) 992-9931 for more information. Adults $7, free for seniors 95 and up and 15 and under.

Sidney Lanier Cottage

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 935 High St. Birthplace of the poet Sidney Lanier (1842-1881). $5 adults, $4 seniors 65 and older and AAA members, $3 youth (ages 6-18). 743-3851. Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, Russell Parkway and Ga. 247, Warner Robins. 926-6870. www.museumofaviation.org. Free. More than 120 aircraft, missiles, simulators and open cockpits in four buildings and outdoors. Transporter motion simulator rides Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5. For tours, call 926-5558.

Tubman African American Museum

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, 340 Walnut St. 743-8544. www.tubmanmuseum.com. $6 adults; $5 senior citizens and military with ID; $4 children 4-17 and students with ID; free for members and children under 4.

The Neel House

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday, 730 College St. This 16th-century English-inspired house was designed and furnished in 1910 by architect Neel Reid. www.fgcmacon.org. 742-0921. Mondays are free, Tuesday through Friday $3.

TOURS

Ocmulgee Expeditions

Enjoy a trip relaxing down the Ocmulgee River with quick floats, canoe/kayak rental, tube rental, half-day tours. Bring along drinks, lunch (or other snacks), and tanning lotion/sun block. Student discounts and custom expeditions available. www.OcmulgeeExpeditions.com or 757-8226.

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