School Board Candidates Forum: On Monday, April 23, 6 pm, Southern Anti-Racism Network will host a school board candidates forum at Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, Auditorium. All eleven candidates running for 5 seats on the Muscogee County School Board have been invited to share their platforms. Four incumbents and mostly first-time candidates will respond to questions about the many students who are arrested at schools every month placing them in the juvenile court system and the school-to-prison pipeline. Academic achievement, school safety, staff shortages will also be topics addressed. Audience participants will be asked to submit questions to candidates. Reverend J. H. Flakes III, Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church, will present opening remarks on the theme "Building a Village: Schools Cannot Do It Alone". Voter registration will be provided by the Columbus Public Library. Come early to register. Event is free and open to the public. Contact: Theresa El-Amin, 762-821-1107 or 919-824-0659.

FREE Summer Tutorial Program: The CCSC, Inc. FREE Summer Tutorial Program will be held June 4 through June 28 2018 (Monday through Thursday). Students in grades 1-8 will receive tutoring in Reading Comprehension and Math, one hour of each. Registration will be held on Saturday, April 21 and April 28, and  then May 19 and May 26 in the Rothschild Leadership Academy cafeteria. Registration can also be done throughout the four week program at the host school. We have not been approved for a location yet, but there will be free breakfast (8:15-8:45 a.m.) and free lunch (11:00-12:00) provided by the school district at our host school.  The tutorial sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. after a brief assembly. Parents are to bring most recent report cards, progress reports, IEPs and standardized test results.   Volunteer tutors are always welcome!!!! 

39th Annual Purple and Gold Golf Tournament: The Lambda Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, announces it’s 39th Annual Purple and Gold Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at Fort Benning Golf Course, Fort Benning, Georgia. June 23 – 24, 2018. This medal play tournament will have double shotgun starts at 0800 hours 1330 hours on both days with flighting after the first day’s play. The cost per participant is $125.00 (includes cart, refreshments, and Friday night reception). The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity conducts this event annually to honor the Scholarship Goals of our Local and National Organization. This year Graduating Serniors will share $12,500.00 adding to over 295 reciepients and $435,000.00 given over the past years. Interested persons may register by contacting Robert L. Anderson at (706) 326 – 5668, Larry Parker, Jr. (706) 573 – 3953, or with any member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incooperated.

ServSafe Food Safety Certification Course: Is your ServSafe certificate expired and are you at risk of losing your food service permit from the local Health Department?  If so, the Food Safety Certification Course, “ServSafe”, will be taught by Regional Extension Agent, Janet Johnson, at the Russell County Extension Office located at 508 14th Street in Phenix City on April 30th and May 1st beginning at 9:00 am EST both days.  A registration fee of $125.00 check or money order covers the cost of the book, study materials, and exam.  For registration information, contact the Russell County Extension office at 334-298-6845 or Janet Johnson at 334-703-2237.  Clients may also register online at and follow the food service link.  Pre-registration is required to attend the class.

​​Columbus Botanical Garden Hosts Backyard Birdhouse Family Workshop

For local bird enthusiasts and novices alike, Columbus Botanical Garden (CBG) will host a family-oriented workshop, Backyard Birdhouses, at its 3603 Weems Road location on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Participants will create a whimsical one-of-a-kind birdhouse from gourds grown locally. This hands-on workshop will enable children working alongside their parent to make a beautiful, functional birdhouse.

Columbus Audubon Society Program Chair and Master Birder Glenda Merrill will be on hand to discuss which birds live in gourd birdhouses. She will also shed insight into how to make a bird family happy by placing your birdhouse at the correct height and location. 

Costs for the workshop:
CBG Member:                $20 per adult + 1 child (one gourd included)
Non-member:                $25 per adult + 1 child (one gourd included)
Additional Gourds:           $5 per gourd

About Columbus Botanical Garden
Nestled in North Columbus amid shopping and eateries, Columbus Botanical Garden operates as a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to develop gardens, protect woodland, and provide educational programs that stimulate the imagination and deepen our understanding and appreciation of nature. This preserved jewel of pine and hardwood forest is a remnant reminder of the native Central Georgia landscape that is becoming more scarce as the region continues to develop. Since its founding in 1999 with a gift of acreage and buildings from the children and families of Lillie Belle Kimbrough Adams and later approved by the Columbus City Council, Columbus Botanical Garden (CBG) has been the steward of a 23-acre rolling property located about 6 miles northeast of downtown Columbus. With its recent expansion to 36 acres, CBG now encompasses four developed acres, and there are additional plans for further development with its $10 million “Growing Towards Greatness” Capital Campaign. For more information on how you can participate in programming, volunteer or donate, please visit, follow us on Instagram @Columbus_Botanical_Garden, like us on FaceBook at, contact our offices at 706.327.8400, email us at or visit our offices at 3603 Weems Road, Columbus, Ga. 31909.

Fifth Annual Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival to Be Held at Columbus Botanical Garden: COLUMBUS, Ga.-The fifth annual Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbus Botanical Garden, located at 3603 Weems Road in Columbus, Ga. The Daylily Festival will feature an accredited daylily show, a marketplace with daylilies and arts and crafts for sale, and the opportunity to learn growing tips and see demonstrations. Food will be available for purchase.  Admission is free. The daylily show is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. “We hope you’ll join us for this fun event,” said Larry Miller, Chairman of the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival. “Plan to come early for the best selection and stay for the day.” The festival is being presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Society, Columbus Botanical Garden, and the UGA Extension. For additional information about the event, visit us  at the following sites:
Columbus Botanical Garden:
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Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Society:
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For questions on the event, please contact Larry Miller, Chairman of the Chattahoochee Valley Daylily Festival at 706-327-2067.