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Runners jump from the start to try and claim victory at last year's Pumpkin Hustle. Provided via Sherri Brown.

Give dads a taste of Athens this weekend with movie screenings and local concerts

Dads love college. It’s an environment that puts them back in the good old days of Def Leppard and Van Halen.

Aside from the designated dad events, several entertainment venues Uptown are also catering to the influx of dads. The Venue of Drxvms is hosting The Werks, a band from Dayton, with Peridoni, a band from Cincinnati, on Friday.

The Athena Cinema is screening the dad-classic film The Blues Brothers on Friday and Saturday. People can pair their fatherly reunions with Jake and Elwood’s attempt to reunite their band.

For all the ex-jock dads, the hockey team will play on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Michigan-Dearborn. The men and women’s basketball teams also have games on Saturday, as does the volleyball team.

To send their dads off, students can check out Jackie O’s Sunday Funday: Pre-Apocalypse Party. The name is a reference to the election taking place two days after.

Regardless of how students choose to spend the weekend with their dads, the dads will most likely find fulfillment spending it with their kids. Isn’t that what family means, anyway?


Friday, Nov. 4

What: The Blues Brothers

Where: The Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St.

When: 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Admission: $6.50

What: DJ Barticus Y2K Millennium Dance Party

Where: The Union Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St.

When: 9 p.m., Friday

Admission: Small cover if under 21

What: The Werks with Peridoni

Where: The Venue of Drxvms, 13 W. Stimson Ave.

When: 9 p.m., Friday

Admission: $12 tier one, $15 tier two, $20 at the door

What: The Ramshacklers

Where: Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St.

When: 10 p.m., Friday

Admission: $5

What: Ohio Hockey vs. Michigan-Dearborn

Where: Bird Arena

When: 7:30, Friday and Saturday

Admission: $6 for students

What: Ohio Volleyball vs. Miami (Ohio)

Where: Convocation Center

When: 7 p.m., Friday

Admission: Free for students

What: Open Mic

Where: Front Room

When: 8 p.m., Friday

Admission: Free

What: Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange

Where: ARTS/West, 132 W. State St.

When: 5 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m., Saturday

Admission: Clothes or money to buy clothes

Saturday, Nov. 5

What: Pumpkin Hustle 5K/3K

Where: Bike Path, Meet at Athens Community Center Pool Pavilion

When: 11:30 registration and the first race starts at 12:45 p.m., Saturday

Admission: $15, kids under 12 years old are free

Runners will take to the bike path on Saturday to partake in the fifth annual Pumpkin Hustle 5K/3K.

Before the race and walk took its current name, it was dubbed the Pumpkin Roll and Stroll, involving bicycles. The focus shifted to running and walking,Sherri Oliver, the executive director of Live Healthy Appalachia, said.

The first place male and female of the 5K will receive three massages at Bodhi Tree Guesthouse & Studio, which also houses a float tank.

“It’s a neat way for runners to recover from races,” Oliver said.

Live Healthy Appalachia is a non-profit organization based in Athens that strives to create a healthy local environment. It serves Athens County and holds programs for children and adults in healthy eating, staying active, cooking and lifestyle seminars, Oliver said.

Registration the day of the event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 5K Run/Walk starts at 12:45 p.m. and the 3K walk starts at 1 p.m.

All those who cross the finish line will receive a pumpkin pie smoothie.

“It’s the last nice weekend for a while,” Oliver said. “We’re all excited by the weather.”

What: Ohio Men’s Basketball vs. University of Rio Grande

Where: Convocation Center

When: 2 p.m., Saturday

Admission: Free for students

Ohio Men’s Basketball opens its season against the University of Rio Grande this Saturday. It's the first game in a three-game homestand that will last until Monday Nov. 14. The Bobcats are projected to finish second in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference pre-season poll, behind only Akron. The game tips off at 2 p.m.

For more coverage, check out The Post Sports.

What: Ohio Women’s Basketball vs. Thomas More College

Where: Convocation Center

When: 11:30 a.m., Saturday

Admission: Free for students

What: Ohio Volleyball vs. Bowling Green State University

Where: Convocation Center

When: 7 p.m., Saturday

Admission: Free for students

What: Title 1X A Cappella Dad's Concert

Where: Donkey Coffee, 17 W. Washington St. 

When: 8 p.m., Saturday

Admission: $3 

Sunday, Nov. 6

What: Mandolin Orange

Where: Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville

When: 7 p.m., Sunday

Admission: $17

Mandolin Orange will bring its blend of country, folk and bluegrass to Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville on Sunday. Formed in 2009, the duo played at the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival. My Bubba, a Scandinavian folk duo, will open the show. The opener’s name is combination of the first names of its two musicians, My Larsdotter and Bubba Tomasdottir. They hail from Sweden and Iceland.

What: Sunday Funday: Pre-Apocalypse Party

Where: Jackie O’s Taproom and Brewery, 25 Campbell St.

When: 3 p.m., Sunday

Admission: Free, but band donations encouraged

Jackie O’s “Sunday Funday” occurs once per month and marks the opening of a new artist’s exhibition. This Sunday’s event, named the “Pre-Apocalypse Party” in reference Tuesday’s election, will feature the artwork of John Ryan. The Taproom will be open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. for special Sunday Funday hours, Sophia Karageorge, events manager of Jackie O’s, said in an email.

There will also be live music starting around 5 p.m. by Qiet, Blood Thirsty Virgins and John Healy.


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