December Valley Parent
1, 2 Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells ~ Junie B. Jones is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange. This fun story shows just how hard it is to be in the first grade. For times and ticket information visit Theatre.ColumbusState.edu/Productions.
1- Jan 4 RiverCenter Gingerbread Vilage ~ Visit the River Center to look through all the unique Ginger Bread houses made by local businesses and organizations in support of the local food banks. Visitors to the village are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate. Cost: Free. Info: RiverCenter.org
3 Hanukkah Celebration ~ Family and friends are invited to learn about this winter holiday, and make a craft to take home. 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Mildred L. Terry Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: CVLGa.org.
4 Music Under the Dome- Walking in Wonderland ~ This Winter time concert features a number of incredible artists and performers, starting with the guitarists from the studio of Andrew Zohn, award winning pianist Elisabeth Tsai and the world renowned Schwob Trombone Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Bradley Palmer. This will be a fun and beautiful evening full of amazing designs created by artist and Omisphere Theater director Lance Tankersley. 5- 6:30 p.m. at Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Cost: $5 Info: alumni.columbusstate.edu/musicunderthedome
6 Make Your Own Christmas Tree Ornament ~ Visit the sattelite North Pole workshop to make your very own Christmas tree ornament. 4- 6 p.m. at North Columbus Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: CVLGa.org.
7-23 Elf ~ ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. For times and ticket information visit springeroperahouse.org/shows/elf.
8, 9 The Nutcracker ~ The Columbus Ballet returns with an entirely new production of this classic ballet. For times and ticket information visit RiverCenter.org.
8, 22 Puppy Tales ~ Get comfortable as you read aloud one of your favorite books to one or more sweet, lovable certified therapy dogs in the Aflac Storytime Room. Bring your own book or choose one from the children’s department to read. 2- 3 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: CVLGa.org.
9 Pop-Up Art! ~ Make some holiday art that will really pop at this family-friendly event. 1- 3 p.m. at the Columbus Museum. Cost: Free. Info: ColumbusMuseum.com.
13 Bilingual Storytime ~ This special edition storytime is led in Spanish and in English, so whether you want your child to get a head start on learning, or just want to hear cuentos de español, join for a tiempo divertido. 11:15 a.m.- noon at North Columbus Library. Cost: Free. Info: CVLGa.org.
14 Kid’s Yoga Storytime ~ This combination of yoga and storytime uses books, puppets, songs, rhymes and games to teach your child basic yoga poses and mindfulness techniques. Caregivers are encouraged to participate with their child. Yoga mats are provided but participants may also bring their own. 11:30 a.m.- noon at Columbus Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: CVLGa.org.
15 ‘Tis The Season- MCOE Band Holiday Concert ~ For over 50 years, the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band has taken great pride in entertaining the soldiers, military families, and civilians of the Fort Benning, Columbus, and Phenix City communities. The Band’s performances create esprit de corps among soldiers and veterans, as well as provide patriotic spirit within the civilian community. Currently the MCoE Band, with its eight performing groups, accomplishes over 500 military missions a year in support of the military and civilian communities in and around Fort Benning. 7:30 p.m. at the Rivercenter for the Performing Arts. Cost: Free Info: RiverCenter.org
19 A Visit From Santa ~ The world’s jolliest man visits the Columbus Public Library once again. He’ll be reading The Polar Express and all children will have the opportunity to share their Christmas wish list. Parents are invited to bring their cameras to take pictures. 4 – 5 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: CVLGa.org.
22 Open Studio- How to Make Homemade Snow ~ Participants will discover a process to create their own “snow” and will be sent on a gallery scavenger hunt that will celebrate the season. Each participant will go home with a bag of the snow they created and a recipe to create your own snow at home. 10 a.m. – noon at the Columbus Museum. Cost: Free. Info: ColumbusMuseum.com.
22 Santa Lake Paddle ~ Join Santa’s fleet for a paddle on Lake Delanor before he heads back to the North Pole. After Paddling, roast a marshmallow, drink hot chocolate and participate in ranger-led activities around the campfire. Paddling from 2-5 p.m. at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain. For ticket information visit Facebook.com/FDRStateParkGa.
27 Kwanza Celebration ~ “Habari gani?” Share the greeting, learn the principles of Kwanzaa through a speaker, stories and a seasonal craft. Get a taste of the food and values embodied in this cultural celebration. 2 – 3 p.m. at Mildred L. Terry Public Library. Cost: Free. Info: CVLGa.org.