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Today's Cherry Blossom Festival highlights

Sunday, March 21

Cherry Blossom Opening Worship Service

11 a.m. Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave. Sunday church service honoring the Cherry Blossom Festival. (478) 745-3331.

Amazing Animal Athlete Dog Show

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Miller Lite Central City Park. Championship Disc Dogs perform freestyle demonstrations. Free.

Sea Lion Splash

Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. shows, 8 p.m. playtime, Miller Lite Central City Park. Free. Presented by Georgia Farm Bureau and State Bank.

Cherry Blossom Lantern Lighting Ceremony

2 p.m. Third Street Park, Third and Mulberry streets. Festival dignitaries light the ceremonial lantern. Free. Presented by Wesleyan College.

The Organ at St. Joseph

2 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 Poplar St. (478) 745-1631. Organ concert by Gail Archer. Free.

Snakes of Georgia Encounter

2:30-3:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Miller Lite Central City Park. Live demonstrations. Free.

Middle Georgia Youth Ballet

2:30 p.m. Grand Opera House. A Grand Afternoon of Song and Dance featuring “Les Patineurs” from The Skaters and “Where the Wild Things Are” as well as performances by the Mercer University Children’s Choir. $10 adults, $8 students, $10 day of show, general admission.

Cherry Blossom Parade

3 p.m. Cherry and Mulberry streets. Floats, military units, marching bands, costumed performers, international dignitaries and more. Parade will air at 7 p.m. March 23 on NBC. Parade DVDs for sale at www.41NBC.com or call (478) 745-4141. Free. Presented by Geico.

Hark the Harp

3 p.m. Riverside United Methodist Church, 735 Pierce Ave. (478) 746-9688, extension 113. Betsy Fitzgerald demonstrates how the harp works and showcases music. Free. Presented by Riverside United Methodist Church.

Nightly Concert

6-9 p.m. Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage, Miller Lite Central City Park. Featuring Hollywood Band. Free. Presented by Pizza Hut.

Cherry Blossom Kaleidoscope of Cultures

7 p.m. Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College. Cultural performances by the festival’s featured nations Japan, Taiwan, Russia and the United Kingdom. Free with a 2010 festival pin. Presented by Wal-Mart.

Ocmulgee National Monument Lantern Light Tours

7:30-10 p.m. 1207 Emery Highway. (478) 752-8257. One-mile walk along the lantern light trail. Ranger-led tours at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Self-guided tours 7:30-10 p.m. $5 adult; free for children 12 and under.

TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS

Cherry Blossom Riding Tours

1 p.m. departure March 19-20 and March 22-27 (no Sunday tours). Guided tours showcasing Yoshino cherry trees and historic landmarks. Departs from Miller Lite Central City Park. Arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. (478) 751-7415. $12 per person.

Around Town Tours: Museum District Tour

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Pre-packaged admission into downtown museums. Includes the Tubman African American Museum, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Music Hall of Fame. The ticket is valid for one year from the date of purchase or until all attractions have been visited. Relax and ride the trolley for an additional fee. Tickets sold at the Macon-Bibb County Visitors & Convention Bureau, 450 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. (478) 743-3401. $18 adult, $8.50 youth.

Around Town Tours: Historic Homes Tour

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Pre-packaged admission into historic downtown house museums. Includes National Historic Landmark Hay House, Sidney Lanier Cottage and Cannonball House. The ticket is valid for one year from the date of purchase or until all attractions have been visited. Relax and ride the trolley for an additional fee. Tickets sold at the Macon-Bibb County Visitors & Convention Bureau, 450 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. (478) 743-3401. $17 adult, $9 youth.

Around Town Tours: Combination Tour

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Includes all the attractions listed above in Museum District and Historic Homes Tour. The ticket is valid for one year from the date of purchase or until all attractions have been visited. Relax and ride the trolley for an additional fee. Tickets sold at the Macon-Bibb County Visitors & Convention Bureau, 450 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. (478) 743-3401. $32 adult, $16.50 youth

Hay House

10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19-28 (last tour at 3:30 p.m.), 934 Georgia Ave. Visitors will enjoy 30-minute tours of the circa 1855-59 Italian Renaissance Revival mansion owned and operated by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Special behind-the-scenes tours offered 9:30 a.m. March 20 and March 27, 5:30 p.m. March 22, and 12:30 p.m. March 28. This hour-and-half tour includes all seven levels of the house and the cupola, focusing on technology and the workings of the house. Reservations required for special tour. (478) 742-8155. Daily tours from $5, children under 6 free. Behind-the-scenes tours for ages 8 and up only, $20 per person.

Cannonball House

10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19-20 and March 22-27, by appointment only on March 21 and March 28, 856 Mulberry St. Tour of the Cannonball House struck by a Union Army shell during the Civil War. Also see the unique two-story kitchen and servant’s quarters. (478) 745-2862. $6 adults, $5 seniors and military, $2 students, $4 for groups of 15 or more, free for children under 6. Special event March 27; call for information.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 301 Cherry St. (478) 752-1585. $8 adults; $6 seniors, military and students; $3.50 for 17 and under; and free for children under 4. Group rates for 10 or more.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. “Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words” on display. Jack Owens, “The Oldest Voice in Georgia,” performs songs by Johnny Mercer at 2 p.m. March 22, 24 and 26 inside the main exhibit hall. (478) 751-3334. www.georgiamusic.org. $8 adults; $6 seniors; $3.50 kids 4-17.

Museum of Arts and Sciences

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 4182 Forsyth Road. Specialty exhibits and daily planetarium shows at 4 p.m., and 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (478) 477-3232. $8 adults; $6 seniors 62 and older; $5 ages 12-17 and students; $4 ages 2-11; and free for children under 2.

Tubman African American Museum

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, 340 Walnut St. (478) 743-8544. $6 adults; $5 seniors; $4 children.

Historic Douglass Theatre

355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (478) 742-2000.

Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. (478) 926-6870. Free admission.

Georgia Children’s Museum

10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (478) 755-9539. www.georgiachildrensmuseum.com.

Woodruff House Tour

10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19-20 and March 22-27, 988 Bond St. Antebellum mansion and Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging Exhibit courtesy of the Middle Georgia Chapter of Ikebana International. $5 per person at the door.

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