CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
March 25-April 3, several venues in Macon. Special music events, fun and games in Central City Park, annual bed race, arts and crafts, food trucks and more. For a detailed schedule, visit www.cherryblossom.com.
April 9-10, downtown Perry. Arts and crafts, food vendors, a youth entertainment stage, dog dock diving competition and kids zone. Hot Air Balloon Rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. www.perrygeorgiachamber.com.
LOCALICIOUS: WARNER ROBINS FOOD FESTIVAL
4-8 p.m. April 16, Courtyard Marriott, 589 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins. This event aims to promote local music, art and food. Featuring educational and artistic exhibits, a market, cooking contest, music by Southern Persuasion, Louise Warren, Edward Dunbar (from the Drifters) and Darin Curtis. For all ages. Sponsored by Land to Hand Inc. Proceeds benefit the Houston County farmers markets and local food insecurity programs. 478-225-7626. www.landtohand.org.
TASTE OF THE SOUTH CRAFT BEER AND FOOD FESTIVAL
Noon-6 p.m. April 30, Rosa Parks Square, adjacent to First Street, downtown Macon. Sample a variety of craft beers while enjoying musical performances, food, and fun and games for the whole family. Admission is free for all ages. Tickets for beer tastings will be available for those 21 and older, while non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase in the Cellar at Just Tap'd. www.justtapdfestival.com
STATE FARMERS MARKET
8 a.m.-dark daily, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway. Farmers selling fresh produce, as well as dealers year-round.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13, Wesleyan College front campus. Locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art and jewelry by local artisans. Music and fun educational events also offered. 478-757-5233. Free admission.
BOLINGBROKE FARMERS MARKET
3-6 p.m. first, third and fifth Tuesdays, parking lot of the Country Oaks Farm and Pet Supply, Bolingbroke. A food-only market featuring grass-fed beef, pork and organic chicken, organic produce, farm fresh eggs, jellies and jams and bakery products. www.bolingbrokefarmersmarket.com.
3:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Tattnall Square Park. Locally grown and produced vegetables, dairy, meat, desserts and more. Free to attend. www.chwg.org.
INTERNATIONAL CITY FARMERS MARKET
1-6 p.m. Thursday, Watson Boulevard and Maple Street, in front of Perkins Field, Warner Robins. Featuring Georgia-grown/made foods. Local, seasonal produce, meat, milk and more. 478-225-7626.
FORT VALLEY FARMERS MARKET
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, next to the railroad tracks on Lowe Street, Fort Valley. Local produce and plants for sale. 478-825-5286.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL OPENING DEDICATION SERVICE
11 a.m. March 19, Glorious Hope Baptist Church, 3805 Napier Ave. A Cherry Blossom Festival event. www.cherryblossom.com.
5 p.m. March 19, Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church, 3268 Avondale Mill Road. Hosted by the Pearl Stephens School Reunion Committee. Performers include the Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church Music Ministry, Thomas Bailey and the Band of Angels, the Jordan Family, Collins Sisters and Ministers of Praise. Charles Richardson will be master of ceremony. Proceeds benefit the Pearl Jackson Stephens Memorial Scholarship. 478-471-6936. Donations accepted.
6:30 p.m. March 23, Rumford Center gym, the Methodist Home for Children and Youth, 304 Pierce Ave. Inspirational concert. Free. A Cherry Blossom Festival event. www.cherryblossom.com.
6 p.m. March 25, New Elim Baptist Church, 4368 Hartley Bridge Road. Feel the emotion of what it was like to be lining the path when Jesus carried his cross to Golgotha. Watch as re-enactors portraying Jesus Christ and Roman soldiers bring the scene to life. 478-955-8686. Free.
"HE TOUCHED ME"
6:30 p.m. March 25 and 27, April 3, United Community Church, 2411 Heath Road. Passion play. 478-475-5012. Donations accepted.
"MY FAITH STILL HOLDS"
11 a.m. March 27, Cornerstone Bible Fellowship, 10157 U.S. 341 North, Fort Valley. An Easter musical performed by the choir. 478-397-6568.
SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT
7 p.m. April 1, Friendship Baptist Church, 1322 Feagin Mill Road, Warner Robins. Featuring South Georgia Quartet and Dayspring Trio. Benefits the Appalachia Mountain Ministry (a ministry of the Rehoboth Baptist Association). 478-396-9065. Donations accepted.
6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Bill Hardin Music, 4661 Chambers Road. Open rehearsal and sing-along. Group singing, duets, solos, etc. Light refreshments served. Bring your favorite sound tracks and books. Instruments will be furnished. 478-737-1520. Free.
MUSIC AND VARIETY
EDGAR LOUDERMILK BLUEGRASS BAND
7:30 p.m. March 18, potluck dinner and concert at Joe's house. Featuring Jeff Autry. Limited seating. RSVP to www.acousticproductions.com for directions and more details. Suggested donation of $20 per person goes directly to the artist.
LEE FIELDS AND THE EXPRESSIONS
8 p.m. March 18, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. With Alanna Royale. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. Free.
8 p.m. March 23-24, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Featuring Allman Brothers Band members Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, celebrating the band's music and legacy. Tickets are available at www.CoxCapitolTheatre.com or at the Rookery. www.lesbrersband.com. $26-$31.
7 p.m. March 25, the Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. With The World Famous Walnut Street Dixie, Racing and Marching Society Jazz Band. Cash bar. www.libraryballroom.com. $10, or two for $15.
8 p.m. March 25, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Tickets are available at www.CoxCapitolTheatre.com or by calling 478-257-6391. $15 advance; $20 day of the show for general admission.
8 p.m. April 1, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. $22-$25.
MARY WILSON OF THE SUPREMES
7:30 p.m. April 2, Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. www.TheGrandMacon.com. 478-301-5470. $35-$49.
CALLIE GREATHOUSE AND JETTISON BLUE
7:30 p.m. April 2, Perry Arts Center, 1121 Macon Road, Perry. Concessions available. $5. www.perryartscenter.org.
1-11 p.m. April 9, Tattnall Square Park, downtown Macon. Music all afternoon from tons of bands. Headliners include MKTO, Jon Bellion, Elephante and DNK. Plus, food vendors on site. Free. www.quadworks.mercer.edu.
BARRY DARNELL AND THE MOBILE SLIM BAND
8 p.m. April 9, the Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. Cash bar. www.libraryballroom.com. $10.
ROSANNE CASH WITH JOHN LEVENTHAL
7:30 p.m. April 14, Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. www.TheGrandMacon.com. 478-301-5470. $45-$61.
April 14, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Hear the "American Idol" winner in concert. www.ticketfly.com.
OLD SCHOOL MUSIC FESTIVAL
April 16, Macon Coliseum, 240 Coliseum Drive. Featuring Keith Sweat, Juvenile, Morris Day and the Time and Cherrelle. Hosted by MC Lightfoot; music by DJ Daddy Dre. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com. $25 and up.
THE OH HELLOS
8 p.m. April 21, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Tickets are available at www.CoxCapitolTheatre.com or by calling 478-257-6391. $15-$20.
THE STRANGER: BILLY JOEL TRIBUTE
8 p.m. April 23, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Tickets are available at www.CoxCapitolTheatre.com or by calling 478-257-6391. $15 general admission.
8 p.m. May 1, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Tickets are available at www.CoxCapitolTheatre.com or by calling 478-257-6391. $25-$28.
8 p.m. May 7, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. $25-$30.
DARK SIDE OF THE DEAD
8 p.m. May 13, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Grateful Dead/Pink Floyd tribute. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. $12-15.
8 p.m. May 14, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. $25-$35.
MERLE HAGGARD AND JASON ISBELL
7 p.m. May 18, City Auditorium, 415 First St. With guest Tommy Emmanuel. Tickets are available at the box office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or www.Ticketmaster.com. $39.50-$79.50.
POETIC PEACE OPEN MIC NIGHTS
8 p.m.-midnight every first and third Wednesday, Midtown Key Club, 435 Third St. Open mic for poets, musicians, singers, comedians, lyrical emcees and more. Hosted by Y-O with DJ Ron and Soulistic. 478-719-2054. $5.
LET'S PARTY! LET'S DANCE!
8-10 p.m. March 18, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry St. Dance to Latin, smooth swing, R&B and more. With Paula East. There will be dance lessons and exhibitions throughout the evening. www.paulaeast.com. www.gshf.org. 478-752-1585. $5.
OAK GROVE JAMBOREE & OPRY HOUSE
6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Oak Grove Community Center, 1134 Ga. 126 South, Cochran. Dancing and country music with the Foskey Family Band and the Faulk Family Band. 478-308-4559. Free.
OLE CLINTON OPRY
5:30-10 p.m. Friday, 215 Old Ga. 18, Gray. This week: 5 p.m. House Band, 7 p.m. Klassic Kountry. 478-825-4118 or www.clintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.
HOLLONVILLE OPRY HOUSE
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Ga. 362, Hollonville. This week: Second Coming, Bonnie Ridge Bluegrass, Sassy Grass and Busted Flats. 770-228-4832 or www.hollonvilleopry.com. Free; operated on donations.
4-9 p.m. Saturday, south onto Powersville Road off Ga. 247 Connector between Warner Robins and Ga. 49. This week: 4:20 p.m. Powersville Opry House Band, 6 p.m. Filmores House Band, 7:30 p.m. Blue Tick Deville. Also open 7 p.m. Monday night, jam and open mic. 478-328-0678 or www.powersvilleopry.com. Free.
WAGON HOUSE OPRY
6:30-10 p.m. second, third and fifth Saturday of each month, 699 Altman Road, Haddock. This week: 6 p.m. George Sheffield Show, 7:30 p.m. Magnum Country. Contact Randy, 478-363-1274. Free; donations accepted.
MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS
6 p.m. March 23, Douglass Theater, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Featuring the movie "The 33." 478-227-3610. Free.
TEX JAMES SERIES
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. March 24: "Chi-Raq" March 31: "Straight Outta Compton." $6, includes popcorn and a drink. 478-742-2000.
DISNEY'S "WRECK-IT RALPH"
10 a.m. doors open, noon and 3 p.m. show times, April 2, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry St. Shown in partnership with the Children's Hospital at Navicent Health. Seating is first come first served. Drinks and popcorn will be for sale. 478-752-1585. www.gshf.org. Admission will be free all day.
MACON FILM GUILD
Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 10: "45 Years." May 8: "Carol." Special documentary presentation: "Finders Keepers" at 7:30 p.m. April 19. 478-742-2000. www.maconfilmguild.org. $5.
BALD SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
7:30 p.m. April 29, Georgia College's Arts and Sciences Auditorium. A juried short film festival. An awards presentation program and reception follow the screening. www.baldshorts.com. 478-452-3950.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL ROAD RACE
8:15 a.m. March 19, Howard Middle School. Includes a 5K, 10K or one-mile fun run in Macon. Benefits Wesley Glen Ministries. Free kids carnival. Register at www.cherryblossomroadrace.com. wesleyglenministries.com. 478-471-3711. $12-$25.
TRENDY TREASURES MARKETPLACE
10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19, Porter Ellis Center, 5987 Houston Road. Shop with more than 30 vendors featuring jewelry, soaps, wreaths, home décor, kitchenware, homemade baked goods, skin care and more. Take A Chance Animal Rescue will have pets for adoption. Door prizes. Booth rental proceeds support local animal rescues. 478-396-9991. Free admission and parking.
OCMULGEE DUCK DASH
10:30 a.m. last chance duck sales, 11:30 a.m. race, March 19, Amerson River Park, 2551 North Pierce Drive. Purchase ducks from Big Brothers Big Sisters, Crisis Line and Safe House, and the Duck Dash website. All of the ducks will be placed in the Ocmulgee River at the same time. Prizes will be awarded for first-third place. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Crisis Line and Safe House. 478-719-2903. $5 per duck.
"I AM RUTH HARTLEY MOSLEY"
6-8 p.m. March 19, 3-5 p.m. March 20, Ruth Hartley Mosley Women's Center, 626 Spring St. Featuring actors in character re-tracing the life of Ruth Hartley Mosley. Includes an educational tour of the historic site and light refreshments. Proceeds benefit the center. Space is limited. 478-742-6409. $20.
FUND RAISING BAKE SALE
9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 25, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 5455 Mount Pleasant Church Road. Home-baked cakes. 478-781-4970.
KAPPA SIGMA RUN FOR THE WARRIORS
9 a.m. March 26, Middle Georgia State University's Recreation and Wellness Center. Includes 5K and one-mile fun run. Hosted by Middle Georgia State University's Kappa Sigma fraternity and benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project. 478-342-8280. $30 adults, $12 youth.
ROSE HILL RAMBLE
April 3, Rose Hill Cemetery's main gate, 1071 Riverside Drive. Led by Jim Barfield. The Ramble will go by Willingham Row, visit the grave of Jordan Massee, pause at the grave of the young victim of a theater tragedy, stop to remember the inspiration of an Allman Brothers Band song, and end at the feet of the founder of Rose Hill Cemetery. Rambles are guided tours of the cemetery require participants to be able to walk on uneven and unpaved pathways in the cemetery. $5; Friends of Rose Hill attend free.
DESIGN, WINE AND DINE HARD HAT PARTY
7-9 p.m. April 8, at the Design House, 1388 Calhoun St. Featuring 12 spaces for designers to decorate. Joe D's of Ingleside will provide barbecue and guests are invited to join a barbecue sauce and fixins' contest. Hosted by Historic Macon. www.historicmacon.org.
PRINCESS TEA PARTY
2-4 p.m. April 17, Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave. Benefits the Miss Macon scholarship fund. For girls ages 5-12, with 2015 Miss Georgia Adeline Kenerly, Miss Macon 2016 Destiny Levant, Miss Macon's Outstanding Teen 2016 Annie Swan and other dignitaries. 478-361-4631. www.missmacon.org. $45 per child, $15 per parent.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 19, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Presented by Jack and Jill of America Inc. Macon Chapter and 100 Black Men of Macon-Middle Georgia. 478-742-2000. www.douglasstheatre.org. Free.
6-7:30 p.m. March 22, Rosa Jackson Park, 1121 Maynard St.; and March 30, Bloomfield Park, 4115 Lions Place. Come meet, greet and read with local college athletes, radio personalities, doctors, lawyers and more. Hosted by Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation and the Middle Georgia Regional Library in honor of Celebrate Reading Awareness Month. 478-447-2790. Free.
POET FRANK X. GASPAR
Medical School Auditorium, Mercer University, 1220 College St. "A Double Life: The Poet/Novelist": 7 p.m. March 22; a discussion on the challenges and reward of working in radically different genres. Gordon Johnston, director of creative writing, 478-301-2588 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
"THE HEALING POWER OF UNSELFISHNESS"
3 p.m. March 27, 1295 Georgia Ave. With Lois Rae Carlson. Sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Refreshments to follow lecture. 478-742-4828. Free.
AUTISM SPRING SYMPOSIUM
April 2. 8 a.m. Mercer University's Medical School Auditorium, 1550 College St. Speakers will discuss education initiatives, clinical research and early diagnoses. 3-4:30 p.m.: participants will be invited to tour Autism Center, Navicent Health (ACNH), 1014 Forsyth St. Hosted by ACNH and Mercer University's Tift College of Education. To register, call 478-301-2249 or visit www.tinyurl.com/mercerautism.
MARGARET PORTER BOOK SIGNING
2-4 p.m. April 2, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 5080 Riverside Drive. The novelist and historian will discuss and sign her latest novel, "A Pledge of Better Times," and an earlier release, "The Proposal." 478-474-0161.
AUTHOR CARMEN DEEDY
6:30 p.m. April 18, Pierce Chapel, Wesleyan College. Wesleyan's 15th annual Storytelling Festival features children's author Carmen Deedy and Wesleyan Education Department storytellers. Part of the Lamar Lecture Series. 478-757-5262. Free.
MACON MAYHEM HOCKEY HOME GAMES
Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. 7:30 p.m. March 18 vs. Louisiana; 4:30 p.m. March 20 vs. Huntsville; 7:30 p.m. March 24 vs. Pensacola; 7:30 p.m. March 26 vs. Fayetteville; 7:30 p.m. March 27 vs. Fayetteville. $10-$18. www.maconmayhem.pointstreaksites.com.
Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. 10 p.m. (after game) March 18, 24 and 26; 7 p.m. (after game) March 20 and 27. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each session. Non-skating guests admitted free. Concessions available. Schedule subject to change. www.maconcentreplex.com. 478-752-9232. After-game admission is $10 per person without game stub or $8 per person with game stub; $8 per person with military ID; group rates available.
MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE
8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 19, State Farmers Market, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway. Master Gardener-grown plants, shrubs and trees are available at bargain prices along with gardening advice and research-based information. A Cherry Blossom Festival event. www.cherryblossom.com. 478-988-8344. Free admission.
JARRELL PLANTATION HISTORIC SITE
711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette. Through the Ages Textile Exhibit: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18-19, 24-26, March 31-April 2; exhibit of vintage Jarrell family textiles, including authentic clothing items worn through the ages at Jarrell Plantation; $6.50 adults, $6 seniors (62+), $4 youth (ages 6-17), free for children younger than 6. Gorgeous Gourds: 11 a.m.-noon March 26; learn how to turn gourds into birdhouses; all ages are welcome and all supplies will be provided; please call the office if you plan to attend; $3 per person. Car Show: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 9; antique car owners are invited to join; it is requested that car models entered into the show be 1979 models or earlier in order to coincide with the time period of the historic site; $20 pre-registration, $25 day of show; for spectators, $6.50 adults, $6 seniors (62+), $4 youth (6-17), free for children under 6. 478-986-5172. www.gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation.
"THE ART AND LEGACY OF QUILTS"
9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18-19, Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave. Presented by the Heart of Georgia Quilt Guild. The show will include more than 100 quilts, vendors, demonstrations, raffle quilt and raffle baskets. email@example.com. $7.
HIGH FALLS STATE PARK
76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. Twilight Fishing: 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 19, get a few pointers and try your hand at catching a fish; $5. First Day of Spring Hike: 2-3:30 p.m. March 20, look for signs of spring and the forest beginning to wake up; $5. Glow-N-Dark Easter Egg Hunt: 7-8:30 p.m. March 26, hunt for more than 4,000 glowing eggs, plus carnival-style games and s'mores. Registration is required and space is limited; $5. A $5 per car parking fee is required for all events. 478-993-3053.
SPRING AT THE ROCK RANCH
The Rock Ranch, 5020 Ga. 36, The Rock. Easter Eggstravaganza: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19; free. Strawberry Festival: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23; $15 per person older than 2; Farm Market open until 5:30 p.m. Saturdays on the Farm: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30 and May 7; $12 per person older than 2. Spring Break Fridays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 1, 15 and 22; $12 per person older than 2. 706-647-6374. www.therockranch.com.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL LANTERN LIGHTING
1:30 p.m. March 19, Third Street Park, downtown Macon. A Cherry Blossom Festival event. www.cherryblossom.com.
CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PARADE
3 p.m. March 19, downtown Macon. Theme: "Rhapsody in Pink, a Southern Melody." Floats, marching bands, military units, costumed performers, international dignitaries and more. A Cherry Blossom Festival event. www.cherryblossom.com.
ROOFTOP SUNSET YOGA
7 p.m. March 20, Lofts at College Hill, 1345 Hardeman Ave. Hometown Yoga and Homegrown Yoga will host an all-levels flow class on the rooftop. Space is limited. A limited number of mats will be available to use. 478-202-4994. Free.
CBF BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND OPEN HOUSE
2-4 p.m. March 23, Cherry Blossom Festival souvenir shop, 794 Cherry St. Tour the souvenir shop and enjoy light refreshments to celebrate the birthday of William Fickling Sr. A Cherry Blossom Festival event. www.cherryblossom.com.
"RHAPSODY IN PINK" STYLE SHOW AND LUNCHEON
11 a.m. March 24, Goodwill Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway. The runway will be filled with celebrity guest models, Cherry Blossom Festival royalty and more. A Cherry Blossom Festival event. Stacey Ingram, 478-256-5689. www.cherryblossom.com. $40.
INDIAN SPRINGS STATE PARK
678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla. Campers' Easter Egg Hunt: 9:30 a.m. March 26, cottage and campground guests younger than 10 can participate in the Easter Egg Hunt; free. Museum Tours: 2-4 p.m. April 2. Tour the museum, learn about the park, its history and upcoming events; free. A $5 per car parking fee is required for all events. 770-504-2277.
LAST SATURDAY EVENT
1-3 p.m. March 26, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry St. Stop by and grab some health and nutrition information from the Navicent Health Wellness Center booth. 478-752-1585. www.gshf.org. Free admission.
9 a.m. March 27, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Presented by Universal Light Christian Center. 478-742-2000. www.douglasstheatre.org. Free.
"SWIPE RIGHT NIGHT: A SPEED DATING EVENT"
7 p.m. March 29, the Hummingbird, 430 Cherry St. Each round will be four minutes long; limited to 20 people. To sign up, email Brandon@TheBirdStage.com. $10, includes snacks and one complimentary beverage.
"MACON ENTERTAINS YOU"
10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 30-April 1, 730 College St. Presented by the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon. A show featuring table settings and entertaining tips. Special guest from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30 is Bobby Hendley. 478-742-0921. Free.
JAVORS LUCAS LAKE FISHING
Javors Lucas Lake, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday through May 1. Only boats with electric/trolling motors are allowed on the lake. www.maconwater.org. A seasonal pass to fish by boat is $100 and a seasonal pass to fish from the shore is $50. The daily fee for fishing by boat is $10 and is $5 for fishing from the shore.
WATERMELON EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE
9:30 a.m.-3:05 p.m. April 2, SAM Shortline Train, Cordele. Enjoy a ride from our downtown Cordele depot to historic Plains. Ticket required. 229-276-0755. www.GaStateParks.org/events.
Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Presented by the Navicent Health Foundation in collaboration with the museum. A day of scavenger hunts, nature walks and hands-on activities. April 2: Pediatric Autism Awareness. Admission to the museum will be free. www.masmacon.org.
MAGNOLIA SOAP BOX DERBY
10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9, Washington Park, Magnolia Street, downtown Macon. Up to 30 teams compete for bragging rights, glory and swag as they race down Magnolia Street in all kinds of crazy custom race cars. Fans line the streets to cheer on their favorites. For more information or to register your team, visit www.maconderby.com, or call 917-412-4661.
ETHNIC AWARDS GALA
6 p.m. April 9, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Presented by Willis Slater Productions. 478-742-2000. www.douglasstheatre.org. Free.
THE BLACK OUT DANCE COMPETITION
3 p.m. April 24, Tattnall Square Academy, 111 Trojan Trail. Support local and surrounding area teams as they battle it out on the dance floor. Coach D of the Dancing Dolls will be the guest judge. Presented by Kali Dance Studio for the Arts. Terra Gallemore, firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-461-7602. $15.