CSU Happenings for June 1-14

JUNE 1 – Activ8 Kids’ Summer Camps Open
Columbus State University Continuing Education’s award-winning Activ8 kids’ summer camps will open Monday, June 1. Activ 8, winner of this year’s Georgia Adult Education Association Outstanding Innovative Programming Award, consists of enrichment and sports programs for ages 8-14. Participants can build their own weekly schedules from 10 or more morning and afternoon classes under the categories 3 R’s, Create-A-Lot, Global, iTech, Scienceologies, Showbiz, Sports/dance, Trendy and UR Life. A separate section of classes are designated for ages 4-7. Activ8 campers can eat lunches brought from home or purchase a meal during a supervised lunch hour in the university’s main campus cafeteria.

For more information, including all weekly kids’ summer camps that include sports camps directed by CSU coaches and athletes, ballet programs at the Rankin Arts Center and space science camps at CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center, go to http://conted.colstate.edu or call 706-507-8070.

JUNE 1 – Monday Astronomy Night Series at Callaway Gardens Opens
Columbus State’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will present its annual Astronomy Night series on Monday evenings at Callaway Gardens, starting June 1. The sessions of stargazing and planet viewing at Overlook Pavilion are free and begin at 9 p.m. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

JUNE 5-6 – Columbus State Theatre to Stage Prize-Winning Play
Columbus State University’s Department of Theatre will stage the prize-winning play Fly Over Land Friday and Saturday, June 5-6 in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio. Curtain times both evenings is 7:30 p.m. Adjunct professor Haley Rice directs a CSU-student cast in the premiere of Rhonda Carlson’s dark comedy, winner of the 2008 Larry Corse Prize for Playwriting. The CSU-hosted competition drew 300-plus entries worldwide. Tickets are $6 and on sale as of Monday. For more information, call the CSU Theatre on the Park box office at 706-507-8444.

JUNE 5-6 – Bibb City Oral History Dramatization and Exhibit to Open
Columbus State University and the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company will present the opening of Bibb City: Collected Lives from a Mill Town, an exhibition and oral history dramatization at 7 p.m. Friday the RiverMill Event Centre, 3715 1st Ave. and 7 p.m. Saturday in the historic Comer Auditorium, 107 41st St. Subsequent weekend shows are set for 7 p.m. June 12-13 and 19-20 in the CSU Theatre on the Park Studio.

Complementing the opening shows, CSU student participants have created 30-minute, Bibb City walking tours to take place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday from RiverMill. The following evening, a 6 p.m. tour will start from the Comer Auditorium. For the performances, there is no admission price, but donations supporting the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Company will be collected at the door. For more information, call 706-507-8403 or e-mail becker_becky@ColumbusState.edu.

JUNE 5 & 7 – CSU to Stage Musical ‘Into the Woods’
Columbus State’s Schwob School of Music will present the Steven Sondheim musical Into the Woods at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 5 and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7 in RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre. The production, led by guest stage director Shawn Churchman and CSU professors Joseph Golden (creative director) and Constantina Tsolainou (conductor), will feature the CSU Philharmonic, singers representing the Schwob School of Music vocal division, and professional sets and costumes. Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $5 per student. Contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-7287 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

JUNE 6 – Southern Watercolor Exhibition Opening Reception
An opening reception for the the 32nd Annual Southern Watercolor Exhibition is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts on Columbus State University’s downtown RiverPark campus. Columbus State, plus CSU Friends of Art and the Southern Watercolor Society are co-hosting the June 6-26 exhibition in the Illges Gallery. The reception is free and will feature Charles Reid, an internationally known watercolor artist, educator and author. Reid is the juror and awards judge for the exhibition that has drawn 509 submitted pieces, of which 85 have been selected. A portion of the exhibition sales proceeds will benefit CSU’s art scholarship fund. Gallery hours for the exhibition will be 11a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-507-8300.

JUNE 10 – Summer Session Orientation for New Students
Columbus State will hold an orientation Wednesday, June 10 for new students enrolled for the June 15-July 29 summer session Check-in for the daylong program is 8-8:30 a.m. in the Davidson Student Center. Costs are $42 per student and $17 per adult and $11 per child family members. The fees cover materials and meals. Participants have an opportunity to meet other new students, explore campus resources and organizations, learn academic policies and procedures, and distinguish between academic myths and facts. Following the orientation, students can receive advising and register for classes. Advance registration for orientation — at http://orientation.colstate.edu/ — is required. For more information, call 706-568-2330.

JUNE 13 – ‘Build a Bird Nest Box’ Workshop
Kids ages 10 and older and accompanied by an adult are targeted to participate in a workshop to build a bird’s nest box at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Columbus State’s Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus.

Columbus woodworker Scott Samples will direct the workshop. All materials to construct a pre-cut, slab wood pine nest box for a Carolina Wren will be supplied. Participants must bring a Phillips-head screwdriver. In addition, CSU staff will present a program on the life history of the Carolina Wren, advice on where and how to install nest boxes and instructions for participating in the nationwide online “Nest Watch Program.” The workshop will last about an hour and each team will take home an attractive, ready-to-install nest box. The cost per team is $20. Register in advance by calling 706-687-4090. For more information, go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

JUNE 14 – Attracting Hummingbirds, Orioles and Nectar Feeders to your Yard
Columbus State’s Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows will present “Attracting Hummingbirds, Orioles and Nectar Feeders to your Yard” on Sunday, June 14 at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. A 1:30 p.m. program for adults will be followed by a 3:30 p.m. session for families with children ages 10 and older. The program will identify how and why more than three-dozen types of birds, including hummingbirds and orioles, are attracted to nectar feeders. In addition to adding color, drama and music to a yard, attracting nectar feeders also consume large quantities of insects. The program also will feature garden design and water features that attract the birds and guidelines for selecting and maintaining feeders.

The cost is $10 per person and includes a Perky Pet hummingbird feeder, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources packet of seeds for native plants that attract hummingbirds and a copy of Birdwatching Basics from Leupold & Stevens. Register in advance by calling 706-687-4090. For more information, go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.

ONGOING
Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows
Columbus State’s Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows is hosting “Bird Walks” from 8-9 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program is free and designed for adults and children ages 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides are provided. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.ONGOING Bird Walks at Oxbow Meadows Columbus State’s Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows is hosting “Bird Walks” from 8-9 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday at the center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus. The program is free and designed for adults and children ages 10 and older. Binoculars and bird field guides are provided. For more information, call 706-687-4090 or go to http://oxbow.colstate.edu.