Jazz, kayaking part of busy Saturday

Published 9:00 pm Friday, May 4, 2018

This weekend, mark your calendar for jazz, kayaking, fundraising and good times in Troup County.

March for Babies will get the weekend started on a meaningful note on Saturday. Registration begins at Hollis Hand Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. and the three-mile walk starts at 10 a.m.

The event is a March of Dimes effort to raise money to fight for the health of mothers and babies through research, programs and education. This year, Stella Truitt will be the event ambassador. Truitt was born premature at 25 weeks and 5 days. She is alive today thanks in part to research and support funded by the March of Dimes.

As of Friday, the Troup March for Babies had raised $50,875 of its $100,000 goal. To learn more about the event, visit Marchforbabies.org/EventInfo/?EventID=19240.

If you want to see history come alive, the Biblical History Center will host Roman Army Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature a group of Roman soldier re-enactors called Legio XI, who will perform dramatic presentations. The event costs $20 per adult ages 13 and older and $15 for children ages 6 to 12-years-old.

For anyone hoping to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Wild Leap Brew Co. will host a Cinco de Mayo party starting at 2 p.m. The event is free to all ages and will feature live music and piñatas. Tacos, wings and other food will be available for purchase. Wild Leap will also have exclusive one day only beers at the event, which lasts until 11 p.m.

If you would rather take to the river this weekend, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Valley River Rally will take place in West Point on Saturday as well. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. with the launch of kayaks, canoes and paddle boards at Hardley Creek Park.  After a three-mile paddle trip, paddlers will reach Downtown River Park in West Point, where the community can enjoy live music by Jontavious Willis, Jake Xerxes Fussell and Front Porch Collective. The paddle registration fee is $25 for adults and $20 for anyone under 21 years of age. Registration includes shuttle service, on-the-water paddle guides and two Sweetwater beers for adults once they’ve finished the paddle.

The Lafayette Society for Performing Arts’ Lafayette Theatre Company will perform “Jake’s Women” at the LTC Blackbox Theatre at 214 Bull Street on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $12 for students. This is a picnic event, and reserved seating is available by calling (706) 882-9909 or visiting Lsparts.org.

To close out a busy Saturday, the LaGrange Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will host “Bow Ties and Pearls: An Evening of Jazz & R&B” at Sweetland Amphitheatre. The event will feature music by Nate Myers and Friends and The PR Experience. Gourmet Food Truck vendors will be on site. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the event will start at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will support the service work of the chapter in Troup and Coweta County. Patrons are asked to bring a donation of new or gently used shoes for The Soul of My Footprint foundation, which provides shoes to needy children in Uganda. Tickets cost $25.