Almanac

February 18, 2010 

MEETINGS

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

SEVEN OAKS ART LEAGUE: 7 tonight at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Irmo. Guest speaker will be artist and author Angela Bradburn.

GARDENDALE/GRENADIER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION: General membership meeting, 6:30 tonight at Seven Oaks Elementary School, 2800 Ashland Road, Irmo. Guest speaker will be Wally Steinhauser, owner of Wingards Nursery. Open to all residents of Gardendale, Grenadier and Gardendale Estates subdivisions. Only residents who are current with their association dues are eligible to vote; annual dues are $15 and are payable at the meeting. (803) 798-1198

IRMO DEMOCRATIC CLUB: 6:30-9:30 tonight at Zorba's, 6169 St. Andrews Road. Guest speaker will be Rob Miller. RSVP to greaterirmodemocraticclub@earthlink.net.

LAKE MURRAY ASSOCIATION: Quarterly meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hollywood Ruritan Club, 1459 Hollywood Road, Saluda. Discussion topics include the free house check program on Lake Murray, the Saluda County water quality grant and relicensing. New members welcome; yearly memberships are $15, $25 for families. (803) 749-3888

WEST METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTER: Breakfast meeting, 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday at Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia. Guest speaker will be Chris Winkler, headmaster of Glenforest School. $10; members, free. (703) 794-6504

GO FIGURE: Artists group meets 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays to draw or paint live models. $20 membership fee plus $5 model fee per session. Group meets at The Village Artist Gallery, Village at Sandhill. (803) 699-8886; www.thevillageartists.com

HOBBIES/RECREATION

AGES 18 AND YOUNGER

PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Palmetto Step Team, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Open to ages 10-14; $35 per month. Grasshoppers soccer for ages 2-3, 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, ages 4-5 meet 4:30-5:15 p.m. $40 per month, equipment provided, bring a water bottle. Preregistration required. Classes meet at 105 Summit Centre Circle. (803) 865-6516

FOR ADULTS

LAKE MURRAY POWER SQUADRON: Boat Smart course, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 2-30, at Flotilla Island, Johnson Marina Road (off U.S. 76). $35; couples, $50 (includes materials). (803) 234-5985 or go to www. lmpsonline.org

ADULT FITNESS PROGRAM: 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Cardio, weights, flexibility, balance, interval training with a certified instructor. (803) 787-5156

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: R&B line dancing, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays; wear smooth-soled shoes, $5; members, $2.50. Salsa socials, lessons and dancing, 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays monthly, $5, members, $3. Golden Friendship Club, potluck dinner, socializing and dancing, 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays monthly; bring your favorite covered dish to share. Afternoon aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Shag dance lessons and more, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; $4, members, $3. Tai Chi, 9 a.m., 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays and 11:15 a.m. Fridays. Qi Gong, 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Trivia with Margo and Courtney, 11 a.m.-noon Wednesdays through March 10. Yoga for Peripheral Neuropathy, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fridays. Non-members, $25 per year. 1650 Park Circle, (803) 779-1971

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Friday night dances, 7:30-10:30 p.m. weekly at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Informal ballroom dancing to live music. $5; setups provided. (803) 786-2049

BUS TRIPS: Orlando and Winter Park, Fla., June 7-11, $475. Charleston, June 24-27, $382. Charleston, July 10; tour, lunch and shopping, $92. Nonrefundable deposit of $25. (803) 776-9127 or e-mail sheyrdav@hotmail.com

FOR ALL AGES

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY: About Boating Safety course, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 27 and March 6, at Flotilla Island, Johnson Marina Road. Boaters younger than 16 are required by law to pass an approved boater education course before operating, without supervision, a personal watercraft or boat powered by a 15-horsepower (or more) motor. Participants who pass the course will be issued a S.C. Boater Education card from the Department of Natural Re-sources. $35 (includes materials), additional family members, $25. (803) 781-7150 or e-mail ddavis5@sc.rr.com

NATURE SERIES: For ages 16 and older, 9 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 27-March 3 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. $5; seniors, $3 (includes park admission). Feb. 27: Sandhills lifeforms; March 6: birdwatching; March 13: plant identification. Preregistration required, deadline is one day prior to the program. (803) 788-2706 or e-mail sesqui@scprt.com

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Visitor center open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Owl Prowls, 7 p.m. Fridays. Big Tree Hike, six-mile off-trail hike, 10 a.m. Saturday. Guided canoe trips, 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, or go to www.nps.gov/cong.

FREE FRIDAYS AT RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Feb. 26, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will be admitted free; proof of residence (valid ID or property tax statement copy) required. (803) 779-8717

ADVENTURE CAROLINA: Saluda River trip, 2 p.m. Saturday; Saluda River fishing trip, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Adventure Carolina is at 1107 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-4505

WINTER NATURE WALK: 10 a.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the Jackson Creek trail for ages 6 and older. $5; seniors and ages 15 and younger, $3. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Pre-registration required, deadline is Friday. (803) 788-2706; e-mail sesqui@scprt.com

DENNY TERRACE COMMUNITY CENTER: Offering the following adaptive activities at 6720 Bishop Ave. Family Games and Activities, 10 a.m.-noon the fourth Saturday monthly; free. Family and Friends Night Out for ages 18 and older, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays; free. Green Thumb Gardening for all ages, 10 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday monthly; free. (803) 754-6720, ext. 204, 209 and 214

POLAR PLUNGE: Noon Saturday at Edenwood Swim Club, 300 S. Eden Drive, Cayce. $5, registration starts at 11:30 a.m. Chili contest, hot chocolate and soft drinks. Participants must sign a release form. Those 18 and younger must have a form signed by a parent who will be on-site for the plunge. (803) 796-2491, (803) 791-1849

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS

AGES 18 AND YOUNGER

FRIARSGATE PARK: Group guitar lessons for ages 7 and older will meet 3:30-4:15 p.m. Tuesdays, individual lessons 4:30-5 p.m.; $40/$80. Basic tap and ballet classes for ages 3-12, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays; $45 per month. The park is at 1712 Chadford Road, Irmo. (803) 732-3220

SELF-DEFENSE CLASS FOR YOUNG FEMALES: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at North Springs Recreation Center, 1320 Clemson Road. Open to ages 15-18; 14-year-olds may attend accompanied by a female guardian. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Sponsored by the Northeast Columbia Women's Club, the class is free. Call (803) 446-8605 to register your teen.

CAROLINA CHILDREN'S GARDEN: Sessions meet at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. Recommended for ages 5-12, but all are welcome; registration required unless otherwise noted. Green in the Garden, St. Patrick's Day Celebration, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17; free, drop-ins welcome. Vernal Equinox Observance, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20; $2. Pollination Parade, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27; $2. Egg Hunt, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, April 2; free, drop-ins welcome. (803) 459-3212 or e-mail carolinachildrensgarden@gmail.com

PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Youth ballet classes, Tuesdays at 105 Summit Centre Circle. Ages 3-5 meet 5:30-6:15 p.m.; ages 6-9, 6:15-7 p.m.; ages 9-12, 7-7:45 p.m.; $40 per month. Beginning violin lessons for students in grades 1-5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring your own violin, preregistration required, $60 for six-week session. Short Chefs cooking and nutrition class for ages 4-7, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays. $50 for a four-week session, includes chef's hat, apron and recipe book. (803) 865-6515

FOR ADULTS

ZUMBA DANCE PARTY: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Bring water bottle and comfortable shoes. (803) 772-3336

TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS: 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays at McGregor Presbyterian Church, 6505 St. Andrews Road; 10-11:30 a.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays , at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 2701 Heyward St. Donation for the five-month beginner session is $165; discounts for seniors, students and families. (803) 647-9283; www.taoist.org

SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Adventures in Learning for ages 50 and older, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through March 9 at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. New classes include "What's the Difference? A Look at Four Faiths," "America's Future in the World," "Justice from Bar and Bench," "World Class Music in the Midlands," "Dog Daze, Doggone It," "Rome: From Augustus to the Barbarians," "Things Collected: Antique, Vintage and Treasures," "Beautiful Places: A Celebration of S.C. Parks" and a beading class. Ongoing favorites include beginning and intermediate Spanish, bridge, art, quilting, classic films, creative writing and day trips. Lunch is available for $6.50, followed by entertainment or a speaker. Tuition for the 10-week program is $25. (803) 731-9394

BEGINNERS BALLROOM DANCING: Ballroom, Latin and social dancing, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. $6; couples, $10 (10 weeks payable in advance). Preregistration required, call (803) 791-9881 or e-mail johnkay@bellsouth.net

S.C. ARCHIVES & HISTORY FOUNDATION: History of railroads lecture, 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road. $30; members, $25. (803) 251-0115; www.palmettohistory.org

C-SPAN WORKSHOP: 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 26, at the South Carolina State Library, 1430 Senate St., Room 309. Free. Seating is limited to 55 participants, registration deadline is 5 p.m. Friday. www.statelibrary.sc.gov

SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Wednesdays through March 3 for ages 55 and older in the Leisure Ministries Building at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. Offering yoga, bridge, acrylic and watercolor painting, music (handbells, dulcimers, singing for fun, stories of famous operas, history of jazz and swing), history (Germany in the '20s and '30s, the Middle Ages, holidays of the Hebrew Bible, great biographies), American fiction, creative writing, travel, "Creative Stew," "Volunteerism" and "Controversies in Constitutional Law." Classes meet at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch and speaker at noon, $7 (reservations required). Tuition for unlimited classes, $25. (803) 779-4449

COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF TAI CHI: Introductory session, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays through March 30 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road; $65. (803) 252-2204

SPEAKER @ THE CENTER: Carl Naylor ("The Day the Johnboat Went Up the Mountain: Stories From My Twenty Years in South Carolina Maritime Archaelogy"), noon today at the South Carolina State Library's Center for the Book, 1430 Senate St., Room 309. Free. (803) 734-8666, www.statelibrary.sc.gov

ART WORKSHOPS: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, at S&S Art Supply, 1928-B Rosewood Drive. Introduction to Theory with painting and collage, Saturday and Sunday; Color and Symbolism through mixed media drawing and painting, Feb. 27-28; Advanced Color Theory and Forms, March 6-7. $50 plus materials for each session, class size is limited to five people; registration and payment due at least two days prior to each session. (803) 661-9700

GROUP FITNESS PROGRAMS: Sessions for new exercisers at Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. SIT (Seat Inspired Training), 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; MYYOGA, 9 a.m. Mondays; M.E.L.T. (More Exercise, Less Time), 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Body Balance, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (803) 545-3200 or go to www.drewwellnesscenter.com for membership information.

LINE DANCE CLASS: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Ripley's Retreat, 1230 Louis LeConte Road (off Sumter Highway, near Mr. Bunky's); $5. (803) 776-5436

HISTORIC CAMDEN LYCEUM SERIES: "Planters and Patriots: The Boykin Family," 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, 22 Broad St., Camden. Autographed copies of "A Record of the Boykins" will be available, $6. Proceeds will benefit the Boykin Tombfield Foundation. (803) 432-9841

RICHLAND 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Offering high school diploma, GED test preparation, HSAP remediation, WorkKeys, skills lab, English as a Second Language and adult basic education. All classes meet at the W.R. Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Call (803) 736-8787, ext. 301, or go to www2.richland2.org/tech/rogerscenter.

FINE ART DRAWING AND PAINTING CLASSES: Mondays and Tuesdays at Quail Lane Racquet & Swim Club, 4927 Quail Lane. Drawing and watercolor, mixed media painting, 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays. Drawing and oil, acrylic and mixed media painting, 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. www.francesmnelson.com

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SYMPOSIUM: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Breed Leadership Center, Room 103, Columbia College. Free and open to the public. Speakers will be Tammy Thomas (S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault), Katie Reid (Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands) and Labrena Aiken Furtick (CASA/Family Systems, Edisto Children's Center). Sharon Jones, (803) 786-3628 or e-mail sjones@columbiasc.edu

"A HISTORY OF THE SENSES: GLOBAL AND LOCAL, ANTIQUITY TO PRESENT:" USC lecture series, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays at the S.C. Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road. Led by history professor Mark Smith, this week's topic will be "Touching Moments." Upcoming: "When the Past Doesn't Make Good Sense," March 2. Individual lectures, $9. (803) 777-5195; www.cas.sc.edu/hist/

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Winter sessions include Introduction to Art Techniques, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through March 9, $50; members, $25. Breakfast for your Brain, for ages 50 and older, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday; $5 for CSC members; $15 for nonmembers. The Life and Stories of Flannery O'Connor, 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 25. All other activities are free for CSC members; $25 per year for non-members. (803) 779-1971

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: 9 a.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church, 1800 Germany St. Sponsored by Union Baptist's Brotherhood Ministry. (803) 256-6903

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION GARDEN SYMPOSIUM: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6. Registration begins at 8 a.m. each day. Friday's sessions will be held at the Clarion Townhouse Hotel, 1615 Gervais St.; the site of Saturday's workshops and tours is the Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding St. Advance registration (through Feb. 26), $75; members, $55; students, $40. Registration through March 4, $90/$70/$50; onsite, $100/$80/$60. Single-day tickets available. (803) 252-1770, ext. 33. www.historiccolumbia.org

RICHLAND 1 ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES: Adult literacy, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; free. English as a Second Language, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; fees vary. GED preparation, 9 a.m.-noon Mondays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at various sites in the community. Students cannot be currently enrolled in high school, $50. High school diploma, 8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; half credit, $25, full credit, $50. For ages 17 and older with 16 credits. HSAP math prep, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; $25. All classes meet at the Adult Education Office, 2612 Covenant Road, unless otherwise noted. Call (803) 343-2935 to register.

ZUMBA FITNESS CLASSES: Noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays at Flying High Academy, 75 Old Barnwell Road, West Columbia. $35 per month or $5 per class. (803) 446-7413

CITIZENS' POLICE ACADEMY: Lexington Police Department is seeking applicants for the spring session, which will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 9-May 4 at the department's training facility. Curriculum includes an overview of police operations and organization, introduction to community oriented policing, patrol functions, criminal investigations and narcotics. Applicants must be age 21 or older, a resident or business owner in the town of Lexington and pass a background check. Cpl. Doug Lee, (803) 359-6260

LINE DANCE CLASS: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Ozzie's Country Island, 1420 Charleston Highway, West Columbia; $5. (803) 776-5436

BASIC SHAG LESSONS: 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the Batesburg Music and Dance Academy, 112-C W. Church St., Batesburg-Leesville. Six-week session, $90 couples; singles, $60. (803) 924-1231

ADULT EDUCATION AND ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays (GED) and Wednesdays (ESL) at Gilbert Primary School, 520 Main St., Gilbert. Free; child care will be provided by the GPS Parenting Center. (803) 821-1400

LEXINGTON 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Certified Nursing Assistant classes, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, March 1-31, April 19-May 18, May 31-June 30; $575. Offering GED preparation at Gaston and Swansea, WorkKeys, high school diploma, English as a Second Language and GED online. Classes meet at Granby Education Center, 1407 Dunbar Road, Cayce. (803) 739-4048

MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Accepting registration for the following continuing education classes: Beginner's Motorcycle, First Aid for Your Pet, Defensive Driving, Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement, French I, German I, Italian II, Basic Photography, Intermediate Motorcycle, Health & Safety, Ballroom Dancing and Experienced Motorcycle. (803) 732-0432; www.mtctraining.com

FOR ALL AGES

NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY: 12-week course for families of adults with severe mental illnesses, 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 11 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1430 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Free; preregistration is required. (803) 776-4000, ext. 4116; e-mail namivasc@sc.rr.com

THE HUB: Community learning center for at-risk and low-income students and adults, provides free tutoring, life courses, college and career planning and a computer lab with free Internet access. Hours of operation are 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at 1234 St. Andrews Road. Sponsored by Right Direction Christian Center. (803) 798-1230; www.rightdirection.info

MANGO LANGUAGES: Online language courses now available at the Lexington County Public Library System. Patrons may choose from Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and ESL for Polish, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese speakers (with more to come). (803) 785-2680; www.lexlib.sc.us

YOGA WITHOUT WALLS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Kershaw Recreation Department, 1042 W. Dekalb St., Camden. Monthly fee, $36; (803) 425-6009. 6:55-7:55 p.m. Thursdays at the Camden Library, 1304 Broad St.; donations accepted; (803) 425-1508. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton St., Camden. www.yogawithoutwalls.net

VISUAL ARTS CLASSES: 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays, Crescent Lake, Blythewood. LaDonna Dixon, (803) 735-9982

NO EXCUSE FOR CHILD ABUSE: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Second Calvary Baptist Church, 1110 Mason Road. Seminar is open to ages 6-12 and adults; participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the needy. Children must be accompanied by a parent. (803) 736-9381

HOPKINS PARK: Basic drawing for ages 12 and older, 6-7 p.m. Mondays through April 26; $10. Ceramics classes for ages 12 and older, 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 28; $20. Spades tournament for ages 12 and older, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays through April 29; $2 entry fee. All activities at 100 Hopkins Park Road, Hopkins. Lee Davis, (803) 783-9374

ARTS PROGRAMS: Columbia Parks and Recreation department is offering Open Studio/Clay at the Arts Center, 1932 Calhoun St. $70, includes one bag of clay ($60, without clay; additional clay $12.50 for 25 pounds). Group mini-course, $3 per person plus $15 for clay. (803) 545-3091

ART CLASSES: Enrolling all ages, Art Shack Gallery and Cafe, 2701-A Rosewood Drive. (803) 799-9409 or go to www.artshackgallery.com to register.

TRADITIONAL KARATE CLASSES: Classes forming for ages 6 through adult at Shotokan Karate Center, 528 Columbia Ave., Lexington. $90 month. (803) 359-3632

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Advance registration required for most programs

RICHLAND COUNTY

ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Teen video game challenge, 3-5 p.m. today. Chinese Dragon Parade for ages 6-12, 3:30 p.m. today. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Pine Needle Basketry for adults, 3 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 27; at the end of the course, you'll have your own masterpiece. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesday. Mind Games for adults, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday; keep your mind sharp with Sudoko, chess or crosswords. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Read with Curious George for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675

THE LINK, BALLENTINE: Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 6:30 tonight. Hey! Listen to This!, 11 a.m. Fridays; stories and songs for all ages. 1321 Dutch Fork Road, (803) 781-5026

SANDHILLS BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Book Group for adults, 1 p.m. today. Writing Assistance for all ages, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; half-hour consultations available on a drop-in basis. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Around the World in 80 Minutes for ages 6-8, 3 p.m. Saturday. Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child age 12-23 months, 11 a.m. Monday. Let's Speak English for adults, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mind Your P's and Q's, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; etiquette program for ages 9-12. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230

NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Now I Am One! stories and songs for you and your child age 12-23 months, 10:30 a.m. today. Celebrating the Past - Looking Toward the Future, 7 tonight; Terrance Acox and Xavier McDaniel discuss their careers and offer inspiration to dream big. Drop-in Craft Day for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Financial Planning for Teens, 3 p.m. Saturday. Teen Advisory Board, 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Monday. Infant and Toddler Sign Language for adults, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; learn the developmental benefits of sign language and basics that you can practice with your child. Computer basics, E-Mail Basics for adults, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575

BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Fridays. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806

COOPER BRANCH: Garden Like a Master: Orchids for adults, 10 a.m. Friday; learn the basics from Midlands Master Gardeners. Get Teen Tech Savvy, 6 p.m. Monday; learn about library databases, create a wiki and share ideas. Groove Line for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. 5317 N. Trenholm Road, (803) 787-3462

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Third Thursday Book Group for adults, 7 tonight. Computer Basics: E-Mail Basics for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Tuesday. Musica, Cuentos, y Mucho Mas, Latino music and stories for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday,. Voices of Our People, 7 p.m. Monday; a celebration of African-American history and culture through poetry, music and dance for teens and adults.Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Computer Basics: Microsoft Word 2007 Overview for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Germs, Germs, Germs!, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; science-based program from EdVenture Children's Museum teaches ages 3-12 how to stay healthy. Family History Workshop: African-American Genealogy for adults, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855

NORTH MAIN BRANCH: Computer Basics: Basic Internet for adults, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. Monday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesday. Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; selection is "Faith Under Fire" by Lajoyce Brookshire. Representing Our Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734

EASTOVER BRANCH: Game On! Video Game challenge for teens, 2-5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Tween Screen for ages 9-12, 3:30 p.m. Monday; kick back at the library with the movie "Race to Witch Mountain" and refreshments. 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584

WHEATLEY BRANCH: February Celebration for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26; stories in the African-American tradition with storyteller Darion McCloud. 4931 Woodrow St., (803) 799-5873

MAIN LIBRARY: Growing Your Business for adults, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Lunch and Listen for all ages, 12:30 p.m. today; bring your lunch and enjoy the sounds of jazz vocalist Eboni Ramm. Finding a Job Online for adults, 2:30 p.m. today. "The Gospel Root Chaser" for adults, 7 tonight. Wii Are the Champions, video game challenge for ages 6-12, 3 p.m. Saturday. Choosing Quality Child Care for adults, 3 p.m. Sunday. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Writing Your Family History for adults, 6 p.m. Monday. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Monday. Pajamarama Puppets for all ages, 7 p.m. Monday. Literary Discussion Group for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesday; selection is "Murder on Marble Row" by Victoria Thompson. Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ward One for all ages, 7 p.m. Tuesday; USC's Bobby Donaldson discusses his research on Columbia's historic Ward One community. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Now I Am One!, songs and stories for you and your child age 12-23 months, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Southern Writers Series with Percival Everett ("I Am Not Sidney Poitier"), 6 p.m. Wednesday. Computer Basics: E-Mail Basics for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Get Your Resume Ready for adults, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Afternoon of Puppets for all ages, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Art and Artifacts from South Carolina's Fall Line, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Financial Aid 101 for teens, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; folks from USC's TRIO program make sense of college financial aid forms. Remembering Why We Sing for all ages, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28; Frankie L. Goodman of the Center for Southern African-American music traces the history of sacred music, from spirituals to modern gospel. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084

KERSHAW COUNTY

All branches of the Kershaw County Library will be closed today and Friday for technology updates.

CAMDEN BRANCH: Enjoying PowerPoint 2003 computer class for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. XL3 for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Monday. After School @ the Library: Acting Cinderella for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Reader's Story Time for homeschoolers ages 5-9, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. Lunch Bunch Stories, 1 p.m. Wednesday; ideal for ages 4-5 who enjoy the library after preschool. Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Enjoying the Internet computer class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508

ELGIN BRANCH: Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Baby Story Time for you and your child ages 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m.Monday. After School @ the Library: Acting Cinderella for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881

LEXINGTON COUNTY

IRMO BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and Wednesday; sessions for ages 24-35 months meet at 10:30 a.m. same days. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday. Bagels and Books for students in grades 6-12, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880

CHAPIN BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 11 a.m. Fridays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. 129 N.W. Columbia Ave., (803) 345-5479

CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: All-ages homeschoolers series on the nighttime sky, 1 p.m. today. Toddlertime for you and your child 23 months and younger, 10 a.m. Monday; sessions for ages 24-35 months meet at 10:45 a.m. Creative Dramatics, theater games and improvisation for ages 10-13, 4 p.m. Monday; session for ages 6-9 meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5 years, 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia, (803) 794-6791

GASTON BRANCH: Books and Beyond, stories and activities for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. today. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208

SWANSEA BRANCH: Chocolate Fest, program for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. today. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, noon Tuesday. 49 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519

SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Books and Beyond craft and story session for students in 5K through grade 5, 3:30 p.m. Friday. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Monday. Love Stinks! chocolate party for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia. (803) 785-3050

LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY: Toddlertime for you and your child ages 24-35 months, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and 9:30, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Between the Lines, book discussion for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. today; selection is "Extra Credit" by Andrew Clements. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Retirement planning workshop for ages 18 and older, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lapsit for you and your child 11 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. 5440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600

GILBERT-SUMMIT BRANCH: Books and Beyond story and craft session for ages 6 and older, 2:45 p.m. today. 110 Broad St., (803) 785-5387

PELION BRANCH: Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 tonight. Family Movie Morning for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesday. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272

FAITH

ST. ANDREWS LUTHERAN: "Dad's Disciples," a series of original plays by the Rev. John Trump, will be presented 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 24 at 1416 Broad River Road. Each gathering will include the Holden Evening Prayer Service. (803) 772-6034

CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: Cleansing Stream ministries seminar, 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 28-May 30, at 2700 Bush River Road. Twelve-week session will include a 24-hour retreat. $89; couples, $124 (scholarships available). Child care for ages 11 and younger with preregistration. (803) 261-5639

FRESH FIRE REVIVAL: Featuring Ray and Cheryl Coughran of Fort Worth, Texas, 7 tonight through Saturday at the Ramada Inn, 7510 Two Notch Road. Hosts are the Rev. Yvonne Sanders, Living Water Christian Outreach Center, and Apostle Margie Gallman, Triumphant Praises International. (803) 699-9346

NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN: Sportsman's banquet, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at 601 Polo Road. Sponsored by the Sandhills Chapter of Ironman Outdoor Ministries, the event will feature Troy Ruiz. Tickets are $20 and include a catered dinner by Hudson's Smokehouse and raffle prizes. Proceeds will fund trips and retreat scholarships. (803) 451-4601 or go to www.ironmanoutdoors.org. "A Musical Revue," 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 4, 5. Advance tickets, $8; $10 at the door. Group discount available. Proceeds will benefit missions outreach programs. (803) 788-5298

TRANSFIGURATION CATHOLIC CHURCH: Lenten fish fry dinners, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 26 at 9720 Wilson Blvd, Blythewood. Plates, $7.50 (includes fish, fries, slaw, hushpuppies and a drink); ages 2-11, $3.50; maximum for families, $30. Desserts available for 50 cents. (803) 735-0512

BETH SHALOM SYNAGOGUE: Yeshiva night, "Meaningful Jewish Community in the 21st Century," 4-6 p.m. Sunday at 5827 N. Trenholm Road. RSVP to (803) 782-2500

ANTIOCH BAPTIST: Men's Day/Boy Scout Sunday, 11 a.m. Sunday at 5715 Koon Road. Guest speaker will be attorney Steve Benjamin.

GILL CREEK BAPTIST: Voices of Praise Choir in concert, 4 p.m. Sunday. Revival services, 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at 2116 Cushman Drive. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Timothy Glynn of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas. (803) 754-6616

ST. PETER'S CHURCH: Lenten program, "A Woman's Journey of Faith: Steppingstones and Stumbling Blocks," with Providence Hospitals' Sister Nancy Hendershot, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 1529 Assembly St. Registration deadline is today; call Emily Hero, (803) 779-0036 or e-mail emilyw5@yahoo.com. Lunch, $5 (payable at the door).

TRENHOLM ROAD UNITED METHODIST: "The Gospel of John," featuring Brad Sherrill, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday at 3401 Trenholm Road. Seating begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5. Nursery provided for ages 5 and younger (bring a snack). (803) 254-6695

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL: Compline service featuring the Cathedral Choir, 8 p.m. Thursdays through April 1, at 1100 Sumter St. Choral Evensong featuring the Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys, 4 p.m. Sunday.(803) 771-7300

ST. DAVID LUTHERAN: Lenten Vespers services, 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 24 at 135 St. Davids Church Road, West Columbia. Soup and sandwich supper will be served at 6 p.m. (803) 356-3035

CROSSROADS WORLD OUTREACH CENTER: "Focus on Marriage," simulcast, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2606 Emanuel Church Road, West Columbia. $25 per person, includes lunch. Register at www.cwoconline.org

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER

COLUMBIA COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at McGregor Presbyterian Church, 6505 St. Andrews Road, Irmo. Free; canned foods and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Sharing God's Love food pantry. (803) 781-9781

WINTER PERFORMING ARTS SERIES: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through March 23 at Columbia Children's Theater, Midtown at Forest Acres (Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard). This week's family performance will feature the USC Saxophone Quartet. Presented by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and the city of Forest Acres. (803) 799-3115

"CINDERELLA": 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Children's Theatre, Midtown at Forest Acres. Tickets are $6, available at www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

BARRAGE VIOLIN ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Richland 2 Auditorium, 7500 Brookfield Road. $15; students, $10, available at www.districtauditorium.org

SANDLAPPER SINGERS: "American Places," 7:30 tonight at Dreher auditorium, 3319 Millwood Ave. $15; military and ages 60 and older, $12; students, $5. (803) 381-5481; www.sandlappersingers.org

"LOST DREAMS - HAS THE DREAM BECOME A VIRTUAL NIGHTMARE?": Play written by Leasharn M. Hopkins, 5 p.m. Saturday at Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant St. Free. (803) 255-8161, (803) 238-5497

ARTS AT SHANDON: Franz Schubert celebration, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Shandon Presbyterian Church, Woodrow and Devine streets. Free, but donations appreciated. (803) 771-4408

SONRISE: In concert, 7 p.m. Saturday at Good News Holiness Church, 5025 Edmund Highway, West Columbia. A love offering will be taken. (803) 553-3567; (803) 553-3568

CLASS REUNIONS

B-C HIGH SCHOOL BAND REUNION: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Wingate Hotel, 108 Saluda Pointe, Lexington; $60. Carl Brown (band director 1968-82) and his wife will be present. Debbie Moore Kidney, (757) 879-0588

RIDGE VIEW HIGH CLASS OF 2000: Seeking classmates for June 11-12 reunion. (803) 409-9646 or e-mail rvhs2000@gmail.com

GILBERT HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES OF 1955-75: Seeking classmates for Aug. 14 reunion. Mildred Hicks, (803) 957-5949; Wilma Warren, (803) 532-5635; ghsreunion1955_75@yahoo.com

FUNDRAISERS

PALLADIUM SOCIETY CHILI COOK-OFF: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds. Live music by Gaslight Street and prizes for the winning cooks. Advance tickets are $20; members, $15; at the door, $25/$20 (includes beer, wine, samplings of entries and serving of house chili) (803) 252-7742, ext. 29. Entry fee is $15; deadline is Monday. Call (803) 252-7742, ext. 22 or go to www.historiccolumbia.org. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Columbia Foundation.

LCLEOA CHILI COOK-OFF: 3 p.m. Sunday at PURE Ultra Lounge and Bistro, 14 Berryhill Road. Tickets are $5; ages 12 and younger eat free. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers' Association's scholarship, Christmas and relief funds. (803) 429-3889; www.lcleoa.org

PROJECT PET HAPPY HOUR: 5-8 tonight at Gervais and Vine, 620 Gervais St. $1 for every drink sold will be donated to Project Pet.

CHILDREN'S CONSIGNMENT SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, at Bethel Preschool, 4600 Daniel Drive. Registration required for sellers, e-mail mrymrgtmc@bellsouth.net for information and consignor number. Drop-off dates are Tuesday and Wednesday. Sneak preview for consignors, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

LEXINGTON RACE AGAINST HUNGER: 7:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. 10K run, 5K fitness walk/run and mile fun run. All of the profits will go to charities to feed the hungry locally and worldwide. Register at www.lexrah.org or call (803) 359-7770, ext. 20.

SPECIAL EVENTS

MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM: 6-8 tonight at Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Candidates for Columbia mayor will discuss issues affecting seniors. (803) 779-1971

TREE SEEDLINGS GIVEAWAY: 2-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the SCE&G Environmental Building (north side of the dam). As part of the shoreline enhancement project, seedlings (cypress, river birch, button bushes, silky dogwood and Southern wax myrtle) will be distributed in bundles of 10-15 trees to lake residents. Planting instructions will be provided. (803) 217-9221

INDIAN WATERS COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA FOOD DRIVE: Scouts will be picking up bags of nonperishable food items Saturday to be donated to local food pantries. Pickup was canceled last week due to bad weather. (803) 750-9868

COMIC, ANTIQUE TOY & COLLECTIBLE SHOW: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Jamil Temple, St. Andrews Road and I-26. $3. www.colacollectorscom.webs.com or (803) 358-0444, evenings.

BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION: Gospel Fest, 7 p.m. Friday in Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St. Doors open at 6 p.m.; tickets are $5. Heritage Tea and talent performances, 3 p.m. Sunday, Wood Auditorium and the Douglas-Reed House. (803) 425-7676, ext. 300; www.fineartscenter.org

GREATER COLUMBIA BDPA TECHNOLOGY DAY: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Northeast Campus of Midlands Technical College, 151 Powell Road (near Farrow Road and I-20). Sponsored by the Columbia Chapter of Black Data Processing Associates, the event is free.

FASHION SHOW: Featuring pastors, pastor spouses and representatives of the Columbia District AME Church, 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Allen University's gymnatorium, 1530 Harden St. (803) 315- 9796

S.C. POULTRY FESTIVAL BEAUTY PAGEANT: Saturday, March 13, in the Batesburg-Leesville High School Fine Arts Center. Newborn to age 21. Entry fee is $50; applications available at www.scpoultryfestival.com; www.batesburg-leesville.org. Deadline is Saturday, March 6.

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