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Harris Center

425 Perry St

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Sarah Cook

Community Programs Coordinator

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2948
  2. Email: scook@auburnalabama.org

Get Out And Go! Local Adventure Club

Join us each month as we venture out to take advantage of the local sights and activities! Participants must provide their own transportation to each location. Look for directions and more details in the Senior Connection newsletter each month. Cost varies by activity. Please register in advance. Payable to the AAB. *COVID-19 Note: These events will be limited to 10 participants or less, participants are required to wear a mask indoors & maintain a 6ft distance from each other.

July • Auburn Candle Company - $30 – 166 N Gay St. Auburn, AL

August • Well Red Wine Tasting - $10 – 233 Opelika Rd. Auburn, AL

Wednesday, 7/28 • 5-7 p.m. • Auburn Candle Company

Friday, 8/20 • 5-7 p.m. • Well Red

Contact: Sarah Cook • (334)501-2948 • scook@auburnalabama.org

SEPTEMBER 16TH: COCA-COLA SPACE AND SCIENCE CENTER, COLUMBUS, GA

Part of Columbus State University’s Riverpark Campus, the Coca-Cola Space and Science Center is an outreach center on the south end of Uptown Columbus, Georgia. CCSSC hosts the largest collection of NASA Space Shuttle Artifacts in Georgia; the Omnisphere Theater, a state-of-theart planetarium; and interactive exhibits throughout the gallery. Complete the Mission Accomplished Checklist by exploring artifacts, taking in an Omnisphere show, enjoying the interactive exhibits, and even popping into the gift shop for a souvenir. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for lunch. $15. Payable to the AAB.

Thursday • September 16th • 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • Harris Center

Contact: Sarah Cook • (334)501-2948 • scook@auburnalabama.org

SEPTEMBER 30TH: THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM WITH BEHIND THE SEAS TOUR, ATLANTA, GA Georgia

Georgia Aquarium is home to hundreds of species and thousands of animals across its major galleries, all of which reside in more than 10 million gallons of fresh and salt water. The Aquarium’s notable specimens include whale sharks, beluga whales, California sea lions, bottlenose dolphins and manta rays. The aquarium’s animals are displayed in seven galleries and exhibits including Tropical Diver, Ocean Voyager, Cold Water Quest, River Scout, Dolphin Coast, Pier 225 and Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone. Each corresponds to a specific environment. Our trip will include a Behind the Seas tour to get a backstage look at the most popular exhibits. You’ll come closer than ever before to animal inhabitants with visits to the topside of the galleries, plus you’ll get to visit the Correll Center, commissary and Ocean Voyager filtration room, where we house the equipment that filters our 6.3-million-gallon habitat. You will also have time to explore the rest of the aquarium and see the dolphin presentation on your own. The cost of the trip includes transportation, admission and the Behind the Seas tour. Please bring extra money for lunch. $50. Payable to the AAB.

Thursday • September 30th • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • Harris Center

Contact: Sarah Cook • (334)501-2948 • scook@auburnalabama.org

OCTOBER 8TH: PASAQUAN ART EXPERIENCE, BUENA VISTA, GA

Eddie Owens Martin, a self-taught Southern artist, drew inspiration from many colorful cultures to develop the 7-acre, internationally recognized visionary art environment known as Pasaquan. Martin’s artistic journey started at age 14 when he left his hometown of Buena Vista, Georgia, to embark on a hitchhiking adventure to Atlanta and Washington, D.C., before settling in New York where he worked as a fortune teller. In 1957, after the death of his mother, Martin came home to Georgia and continued his fortunetelling flair for pay. Donning ravishing robes and feathered headdresses, Eddie moved into his mother’s old farmhouse and used his oracle occupation to help fund his vision of Pasaquan. Martin also changed his name to St. EOM (pronounced Ohm) and became the first Pasaquoyan. He continued to work on the art environment for 30 years, creating six major structures, mandala murals and more than 900 feet of elaborately painted masonry walls. Pasaquan lavishly fuses African, pre-Columbian Mexico and Native American cultural and religious symbols and designs, along with motifs inspired by Edward Churchward’s books about “The Lost Continent of MU.” After a few years of declining health, St. EOM died in 1986. Pasaquan began to fade — literally and figuratively. For 30 years, the Pasaquan Preservation Society (PPS) worked tirelessly to preserve the site. During 2014, philanthropic organization Kohler Foundation Inc., PPS and Columbus State University partnered to bring the visionary art site back to life. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for lunch. $20. Payable to the AAB.

Friday • October 8th • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Harris Center

Contact: Sarah Cook • (334)501-2948 • scook@auburnalabama.org

OCTOBER 21ST: BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS, BIRMINGHAM, AL

Prior to 1960, a Birmingham Botanical Garden was only an idea. That year Birmingham Mayor James W. Morgan spearheaded the movement to establish The Gardens on 69 acres east of the city’s zoo in Lane Park, on the south side of Red Mountain. Despite objections from the Park & Recreation Board, Mayor Morgan went to Montreal to inspect the greenhouses at the Montreal Botanical Gardens and ask their curator, Dr. Henry E. Teuscher, to design a master plan for Birmingham. Morganenvisioned Birmingham’s Gardens as “the biggest attraction of this type in the Southeast.” In 1964, The Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, was founded as a “membership organization to support and improve The Gardens.” From that day forward the society’s volunteers, fundraising efforts, and support staff helped maintain and develop The Gardens. Today both the City of Birmingham and Birmingham Botanical Society are committed to the continuing growth of The Gardens. Birmingham Botanical Gardens stands as one of America’s premier gardens, a true credit to the thousands of people who in 1960 had a vision of greatness for our city and state. We will enjoy a guided specialty tour of The Japanese Gardens as well as time on our own to explore some of the other 30 thematic gardens, each one classified into one of three types: Gardens of Collections, Gardens of Nature, and Gardens of Culture. The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for lunch. $20. Payable to the AAB.

Thursday • October 21st  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Harris Center

Contact: Sarah Cook • (334)501-2948 • scook@auburnalabama.org

NOVEMBER 7TH: THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE, COLUMBUS, GA

Everyone’s favorite game show is coming to Columbus, along with the chance to win a share of more than $12 million in cash and fabulous prizes! Alongside a Celebrity Host, randomly selected contestants play everyone’s favorite games like Plinko™, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel, and even the fabulous Showcase. Lucky audience members can even win prizes right from their seats! Generations of fans all across America have made The Price is Right Live™ the perfect family entertainment experience. And the next contestant might be YOU! If you’re a fan of The Price Is Right™ on TV, you’ll no doubt love this exciting, live (non-televised), on-stage version of the show! The cost of the trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for dinner. $60. Payable to the AAB.

Sunday • November 7th • 3:30 - 10:00 p.m. • Harris Center

Contact: Sarah Cook • (334)501-2948 • scook@auburnalabama.org

NOVEMBER 18TH: SLOSS FURNACES, BIRMINGHAM, AL

We’re headed to the Iron City! Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham, AL. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and our nation. The cost of this trip includes transportation and admission. Please bring extra money for lunch. $10. Payable to AAB

Thursday • November 16th • 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Harris Center

Contact: Sarah Cook • (334)501-2948 • scook@auburnalabama.org