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Be active and have fun in Montgomery this week


We’re packed with family fun this week, along with a big dose of art appreciation.

Cinema Mondays screening “Luca” at the amphitheater

There’s something fishy about Monday’s movie at the Riverfront Amphitheater. Movie Mondays, presented by Guardian Credit Union, features the Disney Pixar film “Luca.” This is the story of two mercreature boys who just want to have fun on earth. The film begins at dusk. Vendors will be on site, but picnics are welcome. Bring chairs and blankets. Enter the park through the Downtown Montgomery Tunnel on Commerce Street.

Enter the Montgomery Zoo for half price

Tuesday is half-price admission to the Montgomery Zoo.

Want to hit the Montgomery Zoo, 2301 Coliseum Parkway, and save some greenery? Thrifty Tuesdays continue to offer half-price admission. You must buy them in person on Tuesdays between noon and 4 p.m. You also cannot combine this with other discounts or coupons. So save some money and go to the zoo.

Art Class Paint Your Pets at Pike Road

Pet owners who want to create portraits of their current furry friends can attend a painting workshop July 20-21 led by artist Steven Davis.

Sit down, roll over…now stand perfectly still as we comb your hair. Steven Davis will be leading an animal portrait painting workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, courtesy of the Pike Road Arts Council. It’s just in time for all the people who just attended their pet adoption event. It’s happening at the Arts Center, 944 Wallahatchie Road. Email coordinator Patty Payne at [email protected] to register. There’s also more festive fun for pets on Saturday. Get animal photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bye Bye Birdie: The Musical opens Thursday

Bye Bye Birdie opens July 21 at Millbrook Community Players.

Performances open Thursday for Bye Bye Birdie: The Musical and will continue until July 31 at Millbrook Community Players, 5720 Main St., Millbrook. It features music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams, and is based on the book by Michael Stewart. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12. millebrooktheatre.com.

Gifts and Fireworks Montgomery Cookies for the Gump Weekend

The Montgomery Biscuits are giving out Greenbow Biscuits jerseys on Friday during Gump Weekend.

We’re taking a step into the “Forrest Gump” universe this weekend in Montgomery:

  • On Friday, the Montgomery Biscuits are giving away 1,000 adult-size Greenbow Biscuits jerseys to the first 1,000 fans ages 15 and older at Riverwalk Stadium. Start of the game at 6:35 p.m.
  • Fitness Night & MAX Fireworks: The Biscuits will host a night full of games at Riverwalk Stadium on Saturday, with the game starting at 6:05 p.m. MAX Fireworks after the game.
  • Replica Kids’ Jerseys: The Biscuits are giving away replica kids’ jerseys to the first 500 fans ages 14 and under at Riverwalk Stadium on Sunday. The game starts at 3:33 p.m.

Buy your tickets online at biscuitsbaseball.com.

More Garden Glow jazz, gospel

Coleman Woodson III performs Friday at ASF's Garden Glow.

The third and final Garden Glow of the month is a jazz and gospel night with Coleman Woodson III. It all happens at Shakespeare Garden, to the right of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery’s Blount Cultural Park. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at asf.net/garden-glow. Packages with entree and a box of cold cuts or a box of cheese are available for $30, but must be pre-ordered by 2 p.m. Thursday. Doors open Friday at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Color Run/Walk on Saturday

The Move MGM Color Run/Walk will take place on Saturday at the YMCA soccer complex.

A whole lot of colorful family fun awaits Saturday at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex, 300 Brown Springs Road, Montgomery. Move MGM presents the Color Run/Walk, a massive movement and groove workout. Guests will be able to run through colored showers. In addition to the color run, there will be Zumba, Hip-Hop Xtreme and yoga. Register online for free at movemgm.com/mgmevents.

The River and Blues Music & Arts Festival returns to Wetumpka

Nathan Williams & The Zydeco Cha Chas will perform at Wetumpka's River and Blues Music & Arts Festival on Saturday.

We’re all up for a big day of music on Saturday in downtown Wetumpka, and it’s free! The music starts at 5 p.m. with The Lo-Fi Loungers. The Jukebox Brass Band is from 6-7pm, followed by BonBon Vivant from 7:15-9pm. The evening ends with Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, on stage from 9:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be an art show, a children’s area and food vendors will be there. Free entry. Coolers and chairs are welcome. wetumpkaal.gov/events/river-and-blues-music-arts-festival

MAMA President Alesia Gilliland Needs Your Help

Alicia Gilliland, president of the Montgomery Area Musicians Association.

Alicia Gilliland, president of the Montgomery Area Musicians Association, is facing serious health issues. He is a person who has volunteered to raise awareness and funds for musicians in the Montgomery area. She helped young people discover the joy of learning music. Now she needs help. On Sundays from 4-7pm at Sinclair’s East, 7847 Vaughn Road in Montgomery, they will have an evening of music from OTI and Bama Sound. Donations will be accepted for Gilliland’s care. Donations can also be made online at montgomerymusicians.org. MAMA is a charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Stars on the Riverfront opens Sunday

Alabama Dance Theater's Stars on the Riverfront returns to Montgomery's Riverwalk Amphitheater.

Incredible dance performances begin Sunday along the Alabama River from the Alabama Dance Theater. Stars on the Riverfront takes place at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. These are free performances for audiences of all ages, performed by ADT’s summer intensive students. It presents new original pieces by guest and resident choreographers. Members of the public can bring a picnic or enjoy one of the on-site food trucks – Kona Ice, That’s My Dog and Streetside Eats. Doors open at 6 p.m., with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. Enter the park through the downtown Montgomery tunnel on Commerce Street. Visit alabamadancetheatre.com or call 334-625-2590.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at [email protected].