BOOK SIGNING: 4-6 p.m. today in the Cornell Arms lobby, 1230 Pendleton St. Mable Haralsonwill be signing copies of “I Do — Stop, Look and Listen Up!” The book offers humorous examples of not-so-obvious marriage proposals.
MINI GOLF TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 16 at Frankie’s Fun Park, 140 Parkridge Drive. Registration for qualifying tournaments begins at 5 p.m.. Weekly winners will receive $500 and a spot in the championship foursome at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 (there’s a $5,000 grand prize). Entry fee, $7; proceeds benefit Epworth Children’s Home. (803) 781-2342
“WILLIE WONKA JUNIOR”: 7 tonight and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, second level, Richland Mall. CCT’s YouTheatre production will feature 130 Midlands students. Tickets are $8; age 3 and younger, free. http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
GUIDED HCF CEMETERY TOURS: Tonight at Elmwood Cemetery. Conducted by the Historic Columbia Foundation, tour options include “Secrets From the Grave” iconography tour at 7:30 p.m. and moonlight tours at 8 and 8:30 p.m. p.m. The iconography tour will allow participants to study symbols found on markers and headstones. Moonlight tours include narrative about the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. Admission is $10 for adults, children, $5; HCF members, $5/$3. Reservations recommended, limit 25 per tour. Registration at http://www.cemeterytours.eventbrite.com
“SOME ENCHANTED EVENING — THE MUSIC OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN”: 8 tonight through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $20; students, seniors and military, $17. (803) 775-2150; http://www.sumterlittletheatre.org
COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN: 5-8 p.m. Friday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Event for rising kindergartners and their families will feature free museum admission, costumed characters, games, karaoke, face painting, information booths, dental and vision screenings for children. (803) 779-3100; http://www.edventure.org
FIRST AID: 6-10 p.m. Friday at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. General principles of first aid covering medical, injury and environmental emergencies according to American Heart Association and National Safety Council guidelines; $45. (803) 732-0342; http://www.mtctraining.com
MUSIC AT SANDHILL PRESENTED BY MICHELOB ULTRA: Friday at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. Amusement rides begin at 6 p.m. Live music featuring The Entertainers beach party band and balloon art by Nick Propst at 7 p.m. (803) 419-0235; http://www.villageatsandhill.com
MOOD INDIGO: An evening of jazz and fine dining, 7 p.m. Friday at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 6911 Two Notch Road; $25. Cocktail attire; valet parking available. Call (803) 788-2220 for reservations.
AN EVENING OF ELEGANCE: 7 p.m. Friday at the Event Hall, 2901 Two Notch Road. Sponsored by Bishop’s Memorial AME Church, the semi-formal event for age 18 and older will feature food, live music, entertainment and fellowship. Call (803) 254-6686 between 5-7 p.m. for information.
“WILLIE WONKA JUNIOR”: 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, second level, Richland Mall. CCT’s YouTheatre production will feature 130 Midlands students. Tickets are $8; age 3 and younger, free. http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
MAGIC IN THE MIDLANDS REVUE: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull St. Free admission, donations will be requested to benefit Epworth Children’s Home. Come early for a 7 p.m. lobby show featuring magic and juggling. (803) 779-0030; http://www.scamcon.org/magicclub
“SOME ENCHANTED EVENING — THE MUSIC OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN”: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $20; students, seniors and military, $17. (803) 775-2150; http://www.sumterlittletheatre.org
CPR TRAINING: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. CPR/AED for adults, children and infants using the most current guidelines for healthcare providers and energency response personnel. Qualification is good for two years; $85. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
1st MARKET: First Nazareth Baptist Church farmers market, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays in the Millwood Avenue parking lot. Senior vouchers accepted. Local farmers and community gardeners are encouraged to participate; contact the church at (803) 254-6232.
COMMUNITY EXTRAVAGANZA: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Spirit of Truth Christian Church, 301 Sunset Drive. School suppy giveaway, free manicures and haircuts by Virginia College students, free massages by Southeastern Institute students, child car seat inspections, martial arts demonstrations and more. (803) 771-8933
AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Ave., West Columbia. $14; AARP members, $12; current or former education system employees (teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, etc.), $5; bring a sack lunch. (803) 939-9311
FARM OLYMPICS DAY: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kershaw County Farmers Market, behind First Community Bank on DeKalb Street, Camden. Watermelon-themed activities include “horseshoes,” seed flinging contest, ball and spoon race and a melon-tasting table. The market is open from 8 a.m.-noon.
CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP: 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main St. $35; includes all materials. (803) 988-0013 or email email@example.com
SOUTHEASTERN TOY SOLDIER SHOW: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Military collectible figures, tanks, planes, books and more available for sale. The S.C. Military Miniature Society’s diorama display will depict the arrival of the H.L. Hunley in Charleston, Aug. 12, 1863. Free with museum admission or membership. (803) 898-4952; http://www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org
ART CLASS: Ages 10 and older, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Friarsgate Park, 1712 Chadford Road, Irmo. $30, includes all supplies. (803) 732-3220; http://www.firstclassart.webs.com
“WILLIE WONKA JUNIOR”: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, second level, Richland Mall. CCT’s YouTheatre production will feature 130 Midlands students. Tickets are $8; age 3 and younger, free. http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH AND FAMILY FUN DAY: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Holiness Church, 6824 Cabin Creek Road, Hopkins. Free food, school supplies, games, music and more. (803) 776-1309
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: “The Lorax,” Saturday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Free admission after 6 p.m., family fun walk at 7:30 p.m., movie starts at dark, around 8:45 p.m. Saluda Splash will be open until 8 p.m., wristbands, $2 after 6 p.m. Concessions will be available for sale by Pawley’s Mobile Food Truck. No alcohol or pets. $5 per car; resident fee, $4. (803) 732-5208; http://www.icrc.net
MAGIC IN THE MIDLANDS REVUE: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull St. Free admission, donations will be requested to benefit Epworth Children’s Home. Come early for a 7 p.m. lobby show featuring magic and juggling. (803) 779-0030; http://www.scamcon.org/magicclub
“SOME ENCHANTED EVENING — THE MUSIC OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN”: 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $20; students, seniors and military, $17. (803) 775-2150; http://www.sumterlittletheatre.org
OLD SHANDON NEIGHBORHOOD WALKING TOUR: 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wheatley Branch of the Richland County Public Library, 931 Woodrow St. Sponsored by the Historic Columbia Foundation, the guided tour is $6; $3 for ages 17 and younger; and free for HCF members. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“SOME ENCHANTED EVENING — THE MUSIC OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $20; students, seniors and military, $17. (803) 775-2150; http://www.sumterlittletheatre.org
CLOSET OF BLESSINGS: Clothing and school supply giveaway, 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Crossmark Church, 1010 Two Notch Road, Elgin (Bookman and Old Two Notch roads). (803) 549-2697; http://www.crossmarkonline.com
MAYOR’S DRILLS AND SKILLS CLINICS: 6-8 p.m. Monday through Aug. 17 at Hyatt Park (basketball, boys ages 6-9), Greenview Park (basketball, boys ages 10-13 and tennis for boys and girls ages 6-17), M.L. King Park (basketball, boys ages 14-17) and the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center (basketball, girls ages 6-17). Registration required, forms available at City of Columbia Parks and Recreation community centers and at 1932 Calhoun St. (803) 545-3100
TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS: 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays at McGregor Presbyterian Church, 6505 St. Andrews Road. Requested donations vary depending on category — adult, senior, student, family. (803) 772-9557; http://www.taoist.org
TOUCAN TUESDAYS AT RIVERBANKS ZOO: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 28, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Two can visit for the price of one with a donation of two cans of non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Regular adult admission is $11.75; ages 3-12, $9.25, ages 2 and younger, free. (803) 779-8717; http://www.riverbanks.org
SANDHILL FARMERS MARKET ARTS AND CRAFTS DAY: 2-7 p.m. Tuesday at the entrance to Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road (across from Village at Sandhill). Local artists will be seling jewelry, paintings, dog items, clothing and accessories, homemade dip and dessert mixes, soaps, doll houses, bird houses and feeders.
FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Admission is $1. (803) 799-3100; http://www.edventure.org
BOOMERONICS — LEARNING THE LINGO OF THE FUTURE: Free educational series for baby boomers, seniors and caregivers, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays at Summer’s Landing Assisted Living Community, 651 Polo Road. (803) 351-7827; (803) 730-0429
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Free. (803) 345-0158 or email email@example.com
TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS: 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2701 Heyward St. Requested donations vary depending on category — adult, senior, student, family. (803) 772-9557; http://www.taoist.org
AT-LARGE OPEN HOUSE: Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan will meet with constituents 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Eau Claire Town Hall, 3905 Ensor Ave. Call (803) 545-3061 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
IRVIN DEPARTMENT OF RARE BOOKS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS EXHIBITION OPENING: “Writing America: From Columbus to Wendell Berry,” 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Hollings Library program room, USC. Naturalist Rudy Mancke will present opening remarks. The Hollings Library is accessible through the Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene St. If you are planning to attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 576-6016.
SMALL BUSINESS TAX WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Co-sponsored by the IRS, topics will include business taxes, tax benefits and obligations, employer tax responsibilities, tax advantages and disadvantages, record keeping and late penalty information; $35. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
THIRD THURSDAY LUNCH DISCUSSION: Noon Aug. 16 in the Red Room at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Columbia artists Laura Spong and Mike Williams will discuss their works which are included in the museum’s exhibit “Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012,” in the Lipscomb Gallery through Aug. 26. Free with museum admission or membership. (803) 898-4921; http://www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org
JUBILEE PANEL PRESENTATION: 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St. USC scholars and local preservation advocates will discuss protecting our historic assets and how the disciplines of archaeology, historic preservation and public history can be used to achieve a better understanding of important historic properties. Free; sponsored by the Historic Columbia Foundation. (803) 252-7742
ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16 at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia; $79. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
TITANIC STEERAGE PARTY: 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 16 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Music, food, dancing and a cash bar (period dress welcome). Guests will also have access to “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.” $30; members, $25. (803) 898-4952; http://www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org
“SOME ENCHANTED EVENING — THE MUSIC OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN”: 8 p.m. Aug. 16-18 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $20; students, seniors and military, $17. (803) 775-2150; http://www.sumterlittletheatre.org
COMMUNITY JOB FAIR: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the C.R. Neal Dream Center, 2441 Atlas Road.Sponsored by the Midlands Community Development Corporation and the Midlands Education and Business Alliance. (803) 732-5258
HOME IMPROVEMENT SHOW: 1-8 p.m. Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 18 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia Remodelors, the show will feature exhibitor seminars on remodeling kitchens and baths and home improvement products and services; door prizes and the Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity ReStore. (803) 256-6238; http://www.columbiabuilders.com
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 17 at Harvest Fellowship Church, 5360 Hard Scrabble Road, Blythewood. Pep rally, music, food and free school supplies. (803) 714-9166
CRASH COURSE IN SQUARE DANCING: 7-10 p.m. Aug. 17 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Aug. 17 session, $6; Aug. 18 session, $15. (803) 772-0546
RUN FOR THE FALLEN: 8 a.m. Aug. 18 at the Hilton Field softball complex, 10000 Lee Road, Fort Jackson. Free event will feature 5K run/walk honoring South Carolina’s fallen soldiers. (803) 751-4867, ext. 1103; or email email@example.com
WOMEN’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS CONFERENCE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Breakfast buffet, sessions on preventive health, financial planning, healthy cooking, vendor exhibits and more. $6; registration deadline is Aug. 15. (800) 327-3183, ext. 25289; http://www.bluechoicesc.com/members/healthwellness/womenshealth/2012womenshealthconference.aspx
SOUTH CONGAREE FESTIVAL AND CAR SHOW: 9 a.m. Aug. 18 at 395 Oak St., South Congaree. Free event will feature entertainment, music, door prizes, children’s activities, food, vendors, tactical and police vehicle displays and a movie at dusk.
DOLL SHOW: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Rosewoods on the State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. $6; ages 12 and younger and uniformed Boy and Girl Scouts, free. (803) 783-8049; http://www.knightshows.com
BATTLE OF CAMDEN REMEMBRANCE DAY: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. Mini British encampment; blacksmithing skills demonstrations, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; colonial games and scavenger hunt for ages 6-12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; and “Crimes and Punishment” sketch performances at 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 2:20 p.m. (803) 432-9841; http://www.historic-camden.net
SANDHILLS STROLL: 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the Jackson Creek Nature Trail is suitable for ages 5 and older; meet at the park office, dress appropriately and bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. $5; seniors and ages 15 and younger, $3 (includes park admission); free for all Park Passort Plus holders. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline is Aug. 17. (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SKILLS COMPETITION AND HEALTH FAIR: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 18 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Showcase of the Mayor’s Drills and Skills Clinics. (803) 545-3100
J UBILEE: FESTIVAL OF HERITAGE: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 18 on the grounds of the historic Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland St. Free event will feature live music, children’s drumming workshop, hands-on crafts demonstrations, storytelling, tours and a street fair. Sponsored by the Historic Columbia Foundation. (803) 252-1770, ext. 26; http://www.historiccolumbia.org
VOTER REGISTRATION AND ASSISTANCE: 1-4 p.m. Aug. 18 in the fellowship hall at Friendship Baptist Church, 2604 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins. (803) 318-8857
MAIN STREET HARMONIZERS GUEST NIGHT: 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Lexington Baptist Church, 224 E. Main St., Lexington. Male chorus is seeking singers of all ages. http://www.mainstreetharmonizers.com
INFANT CPR CLASS: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Palmetto Health Richland, 9 Medical Park Drive, Suite 130; $20. (803) 296-2273; http://www.palmettohealth.org
CAR SEAT SAFETY CLASS: 6-7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, 7 Medical Park Drive, first floor conference room. Free. (803) 296-2273; http://www.palmettohealth.org
JOSEPH McGILL AT THE SUMTER COUNTY MUSEUM: 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at 122 N. Washington St., Sumter. The historical preservation expert and Civil War re-enactor will discuss the history of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in South Carolina and the Sumter area. Free; refreshments will be served following the presentation. Sponsored by the Humanities Council SC. (803) 775-0980
FRIENDS OF THE SWANSEA BRANCH LIBRARY: Centennial celebration of the Lexington County Library system, 4-6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Swansea Library, 199 N. Lawrence Ave. Door prizes, refreshments, children’s face painting and more. (803) 785-3519
B-C HS MULTI-CLASS REUNION WEEKEND: 6 p.m. Aug. 24, join alumni from 1986, 1987 and 1988 for the Brookland-Cayce vs. Airport football game; meet in the cafeteria. Family fun day at Lake Murray (Lexington side of the dam), 1 p.m. Aug. 26. Information at (803) 920-2682.
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Annual luau with live music featuring the Dancetimers, dress: Island casual; $5. BYOB, bring snacks to share. (803) 779-1971; http://www.capitalseniorcenter.com
RUN WILD CROSS COUNTRY FESTIVAL: 8 a.m. Aug. 25 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Open 5K trail run (registration at 7 a.m.), Wild Child fun run and a full slate of high school races. $25 until Aug. 16, $30 on race day. (803) 556-6295; http://www.strictlyrunning.com
CPR TRAINING: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 25 at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. CPR/AED for adults, children and infants using the most current guidelines for healthcare providers and energency response personnel. Qualification is good for two years; $85. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
SPLASH AND DASH ADVENTURE RACE: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 25 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Team challenge combines mountain biking and trail running with paddling on the Saluda River. Canoes, paddles, life jackets and race bibs will be provided. $75 per team before Friday; $100 after. (803) 213-2055; http://www.icrc.net/events/splash-dash.aspx
DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Lectures, films and classroom demonstrations; successful completion will remove four points from your S.C. driver’s license (except for DUI) and may reduce insurance costs. $69. (803 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
BACK IN THE SWING FLING: 5-7 p.m. Aug. 26 at VillageChurch, 574 Rimer Pond Road, Blythewood. Little Pigs barbecue, beach music, inflatables and more. (803) 419-0989; http://www.blythewoodvillage.com
JOHN BOLT CULBERTSON PROGRAM: 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, USC. The event, honoring the late attorney and civil rights and labor activist, is in conjunction with the opening of Culbertson’s papers, held by S.C. Political Collections. A reception will follow. The Hollings Library is accessible through the Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene St. (803) 777-5825
HOME SCHOOL ART CLASSES: 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 17 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1932 Calhoun St. $50; includes materials and supplies. Class size limited to 10 students, ages 5-9; registration deadline is Aug. 25. (803) 545-3093
SENIORS BUS TRIP: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 13. Trip to the Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., departs from and returns to the Drew Wellness Center, 2191 Walker Solomon Way. $38 per person for age 50 and older, registration deadline is Aug. 24. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. (803) 545-3100 or email email@example.com