ELECTION DAY COMMUNITY OUTREACH: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church, 2604 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins. Free snacks and beverages for voters and supervision for youth while parents are voting. Transportation to the Pinewood and Pine Lakes precincts will be available, call (803) 318-8857.
WOODROW WILSON FAMILY HOME HARD HAT TOURS: 11 a.m. today at 1705 Hampton St.; $6. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email email@example.com
LOWER RICHLAND COMMUNITY CAREER AND JOB FAIR: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center, 140 Webber School Road, Eastover. (803) 353-2252
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SYMPOSIUM: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Heritage at Lowman Wellness Center, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin. Keynote speaker will be Jan Merling, education coordinator for the Office of the Study of Aging at the Arnold School of Public Health at USC. Free for family caregivers; $50 for professionals (5 CEUs for social workers and LTC administrators). Register at: (803) 451-7412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LUNCH AND LEARN: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). There will be a demonstration of the Ageless Grace seated fitness class. Bring your lunch, beverages and dessert will be provided. Free; register by calling (803) 779-1971.
YOUTH THEATER WORKSHOP: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Nov. 30 (no classes Thanksgiving week) at the Ballentine Community Center, 1009 Brickyard Road, Irmo. $35. (803) 781-2031
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: Veterans affairs and benefits, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly St. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono program. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
WINE TASTING AND SILENT AUCTION: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Clarion Hotel Downtown, 1615 Gervais St. Proceeds will benefit programs provided by Children’s Chance to children with cancer and their families. $40; couples, $70. (803) 254-5996; http://www.childrenschance.org
AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Still Hopes Retirement Community, 1 Still Hopes Drive, West Columbia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. $14; AARP members, $12; veterans, their spouses, domestic partners, dependents, children, widows and widowers, free. Bring your driver’s license and AARP membership card. Box lunches will be available for $7.95. Call (803) 739-5018 to reserve a spot.
A TASTE OF COLUMBIA: Food and fun shopping event, 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, the Hall at Senate Street, 320 Senate St. Sponsored by Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at USC, proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Advance tickets, $10 (available at the chapter house, 508 Gadsden St.); $12 at the door.
VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: 6 p.m. Friday at the Capital City Club, 1201 Main St., 25th floor. Meet and greet cash bar reception at 6 p.m., dinner will begin around 7:20 p.m. Evening will feature keynote address by Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts, commanding officer at Fort Jackson, bugler, bagpiper, color guard, Missing Man Table ceremony. Tickets are $40, includes tax and gratuity; call (803) 256-2000 for reservations.
FALL CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m. Friday, Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch Roads. Free concert series wraps up with beach, Top 40 and classic rock from Too Much Sylvia. http://www.villageatsandhill.com
“COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY”: USC Theatre Department production, Friday through Nov. 17 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 7 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. $18; USC faculty and staff, military and seniors, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551
CABARET NIGHT: Fundraiser for the Sumter Little Theatre, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $15; includes performance and refreshments. (803) 775-2150; http://www.sumterlittletheatre.org
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1001 12th St., Cayce. Baked goods, gift items, lunch (homemade soup, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs) will be available. (803) 796-5735
GIRLS WITH GRILLS: Barbecue and grilling class just for women, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Farmers Market demo kitchen, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. $125; includes lunch and a half rack of ribs to take home. Call (803) 513-6087 to register.
RACE FOR THE BUILD: 5K and 5-mile road race, 5K walk and kiddie run, 8 a.m. Saturday at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane. USATF Certified Tour de Columbia events, proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Central South Carolina. 5K and 5-mile, $25; 5K walk, $15; active military run free with PT or unit attire; kiddie run for grade 6 and younger, free with pre-registration. http://www.strictlyrunning.com; http://www.svpc.org
FIGHTING FOR A HEALTHY AMERICA: 5K run/walk, 9 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, 1000 Holly St.. Sponsored by the Frye Foundation, proceeds will support local diabetes and mental health organizations, purchase medical equipment and fund two scholarships. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Advance registration, $15; race day, $20. http://www.strictlyrunning.com; http://www.thefryefoundation.org
STEAM TRAIN TRIPS: 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the South Carolina Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. Coach tickets, $15; open air car, $20. (803) 712-4135; http://www.scrm.org/ridethetrainpage.html
FALL NATURE WALK: 10 a.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the park’s Jackson Creek Nature Trail for age 5 and older. $5; seniors and age 15 and younger; free to Park Passport Plus holders. Children age 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required, deadline is Friday; call (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
GARDEN WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ballentine Community Center, 1009 Brickyard Road, Irmo. Led by Ted Williams of the Clemson Extension Service, the free workshop will include giveaways and door prizes. Call (803) 781-2031 to register by Thursday.
VETERANS APPRECIATION RIDE: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at High Rollers Motorcycle Club, 3209 Broad St. Extension, Sumter. Kickstands up at noon; ride will finish at Extreme Sports Yamaha, 405 W. Wesmark Blvd.; a cookout will follow. Donations will help support local veterans organizations. (803) 565-7458
BARBECUE COOK-OFF: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Congaree Grill, 2191 Congaree Road, Eastover. Free admission; live entertainment, music, children’s activities, raffle and more. Entry fee, $100; deadline is Friday. Cash prizes and trophies for Best Ribs, Barbecue Hash and Rice Plate and Grand Prize Best All-Around. (803) 783-0052
COLUMBIA CLASSIC CHEVY CLUB CRUISE-IN: 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Woodberry Plaza, 3254 Augusta Road. (803) 333-0396
PASSING THE TORCH AWARDS GALA: 6 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Renaissance Foundation event will recognize servant leaders under the age of 50 who have made significant contributions by improving the quality of life within the state. Keynote speaker will be film director Anthony Hemingway (“Red Tails”). Tickets are $65; military, $50; students, $25. (803) 733-5634
“COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY”: USC Theatre Department production, 7 p.m. Saturday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. $18; USC faculty and staff, military and seniors, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551
CABARET NIGHT: Fundraiser for the Sumter Little Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday at 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $15; includes performance and refreshments. (803) 775-2150; http://www.sumterlittletheatre.org
ROCKBRIDGE BAZAAR: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the Rockbridge Club, 4135 Rockbridge Road. (803) 622-8435
STEAM TRAIN TRIPS: 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the South Carolina Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. Coach tickets, $15; open air car, $20. (803) 712-4135; http://www.scrm.org/ridethetrainpage.html
SECOND SUNDAY STROLL: 2 p.m. Sunday at Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road. Historic Columbia Foundation guided walking tour of the Heathwood neighborhood. $6, age 17 and younger, $3; HCF members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-up registrations accepted.
MIDLANDS CROP WALK: 2 p.m. Sunday at the State House, Main and Gervais streets. Registration begins at 1 p.m.; 75 percent of the funds raised will go to Church World Services’ international hunger relief efforts and 25 percent will go to Harvest Hope Food Bank. http://www.churchworldservice.org/site/TR/2012FallCROPHungerWalk/TR-Fall2012?pg=entry&fr_id=1581
HISTORIC CAMDEN LYCEUM SERIES TALK: “Civil War Naval Operations and Shipwrecks in South Carolina,” 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, 222 S. Broad St., Camden. Free copies of this year’s Archaeology Month poster will be available and light refreshments will be served. http://www.historic-camden.net
“COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY”: USC Theatre Department production, 3 p.m. Sunday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. $18; USC faculty and staff, military and seniors, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551
LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: All-American concert featuring the Dick Goodwin Quintet, 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Free. (803) 400-3540; http://www.lmso.org
CATHEDRAL CONCERT: 5 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. 1100 Sumter St. Free Veterans Day concert will feature the 246th U.S. Army Band. (803) 771-7300; http://www.trinitysc.org
CHAPIN VETERANS DAY PARADE: 9 a.m. Monday at Boland’s Hardware, 745 Chapin Road. Parade will include a presentation at the Veterans Memorial and a 10 a.m. celebration at Chapin Elementary School. Sponsored by the Chapin American Legion Post 193.
COLUMBIA VETERANS DAY PARADE: 11 a.m. Monday at Sumter and Laurel streets, ending at Pendleton Street, near the State House. The parade will be led by Vietnam veterans and vets from the Wounded Warrior Project will be in attendance. A special recognition ceremony, hosted by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Washington and Sumter streets. Free parking in the Sumter Street parking garage until 3 p.m. (803) 545-3100
SUMTER VETERANS DAY PROGRAM: 11 a.m. Monday at the Sumter County Courthouse, Main Street, Sumter. Keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, commander of the 9th Air Force at Shaw AFB. (803) 494-2894
DRAWING IN THE AFTERNOON: 4-6 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 3 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Basic techniques of perspective, composition and lighting; bring a pencil, paper and erasers to the first class; $99. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
SANDHILL FARMERS HOLIDAY MARKET: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. In addition to regular market fare, there will be locally handmade gifts, decorations, arts and crafts, live music. Rain date will be Nov. 20. (803) 699-3190; http://www.clemson.edu/sandhill
DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 13-14 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Eight-hour course consists of lectures, films and classroom demonstrations; successful completion will remove four points on your South Carolina drivers license (except for DUI) and may reduce insurance costs. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
ANTI-HAZING FORUM: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Room 112 at Sloan College, USC. Guest speaker will be Jimmy Hammock, International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Sponsored by the Kappa Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma and the Zeta Theta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. (803) 406-8792
FALL FAIR FOR SISTERCARE: 5:30-10 p.m. Nov. 14, The Hall at Senate’s End, 320 Senate St. Sponsored by students from USC’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, the event will feature food, live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Sistercare of South Carolina. Tickets are $15; $8 for children; special packages available for military, students, seniors and families. (803) 777-7014; http://www.sistercarefair.com
“THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL ABOUT LOVE”: Nov. 14-18 in the Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center at Benedict College; $5. Performances at 7 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17-18. http://www.benedict.edu
“COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY”: USC Theatre Department production, 8 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. $18; USC faculty and staff, military and seniors, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551
RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Cayce-West Columbia Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Participants will learn the basics of rain garden design and installation and get hands-on experience by planting the final rain garden at the library. Limit 25 attendees; $25 (includes lunch and supplies). (803) 785-8634; http://www.lex-co.sc.gov
VISTA LIGHTS: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 15 at more than 60 galleries, shops and restaurants in the Congaree Vista. Tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., Gervais and Lincoln streets. Free parking in all three Vista garages, free parking at the State Museum with shuttles to the Vista. Pedestrian-only traffic on Gervais Street from Assembly to Gadsden and Lincoln and Park streets, between Senate and Lady. (803) 269-5946; http://www.vistalightssc.com
AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Living Word Assembly of God, 2034 Augusta Highway, Lexington. $14; AARP members, $12; active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families, free. Register by calling (803) 772-1181.
THANKSGIVING “SOUPER”: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road and New Kirk Presbyterian Church, 491 Langford Road, Blythewood. Simple meal of soup and crackers is offered as an opportunity to reflect on hunger and homelessness. $2; tickets include a Chick-fil-A food coupon. Proceeds will benefit programs at the Women’s Shelter.
PERSONAL SAFETY CLASS FOR WOMEN: 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Free class for females ages 12 and older will be led by Sgt. Diane Paavel of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Limit 40 participants, teens should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Registration required, call (803) 785-2504 or email email@example.com.
“LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL”: 7 p.m. Nov. 15-17; 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. Three-D Players production; $8, students, $6. Tickets sold at the door; cash only.
THE DOCTORS LOUNGE: 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Fundraiser for The Free Medical Clinic will feature musical entertainment ranging from bluegrass to jazz performed by local physicians; silent auction, refreshments and open bar. $40 in advance; $50 at the door. (803) 727-7150; http://www.doctorslounge.eventbrite.com
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: Real estate issues and foreclosures, 7-8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Southeast Branch of the Richland County Public Library, 7420 Garners Ferry Road. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono program. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
“THE ROSE TATTOO”: 8 p.m. Nov. 15-18 at the USC Lab Theatre, 1400 Wheat St. Department of Theatre and Dance production. Tickets are $5; available at the door only. (803) 777-9353
GEM, MINERAL AND JEWELRY SHOW: Nov. 16-18 at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road (I-20, exit 106). Sponsored by the Columbia Gem & Mineral Society, the show will feature jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver and tools for sale; rock collection displays and lapidary demonstrations. Hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17 and noon-5 p.m. Nov. 18. Admission, $4; ages 12 and younger and all military and dependents, free. (803) 736-9317; http://www.cgams.org
“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17; 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Arts at Shandon presentation; $5 suggested donation. (803) 771-4408
THE SENSATIONAL EPICS: Dance to beach music and more, 7:30-11 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). $15; $20 at the door. Age 21 and older, BYOB and snacks (snacks and sodas will be available for sale). (803) 779-1971
COMEDIAN JAMES GREGORY: 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. $28-$35. http://www.harbisontheatre.org
CPR: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia; $85. BLS Healthcare Provider CPR/AED for adults, children and infants, qualification is good for two years. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Dent Middle School gym, 2721 Decker Blvd. Vendor spaces available, $20 (includes table). (803) 699-2750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 17 at CrossRoads Middle School, 6949 St. Andrews Road. Accepting computers (and accessories), TVs, DVD players, VCRs, fax machines, printers, copiers, gaming systems and more. (803) 733-1139; http://www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
CHEF MARION FOLK HOLIDAY APPETIZER CLASS: 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Ballentine Community Center, 1009 Bickley Road, Irmo. $20, includes all supplies. Space is limited, call (803) 781-2031 to register.
COINS, CURRENCY AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. (Pickens and Whaley streets). Admission to the Midlands Coin Club show is free. (803) 781-0065
RUNWAY RUN: 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, 3250 Airport Blvd., West Columbia. 5K race and kids fun run to benefit USO South Carolina. Advance registration through Nov. 15, $30; military, $20; JROTC, $15; kids fun run (K5 through fifth grade), $10. http://www.runwayrun.com/registration
COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at Jehovah Baptist Church, 1540 Frye Road. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., diabetes and blood pressure checks, information on breast cancer awareness, PSA testing, food and nutrition. (803) 786-2112 or email email@example.com
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (closed Nov. 22, Dec. 24-25). Santa’s Village, giant snow globe, Music in Motion, Jingle Bell Bonfire and snow. $10; ages 3-12, $8 (advance tickets, $8 and $6); one free visit with Riverbanks membership card and picture ID; guest passes not accepted. Parking on the zoo side only. (803) 779-8717; http://www.riverbanks.org
CONTRA DANCE: 6:15-10:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. Beginners workshop, 6:15-7 p.m.; new dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. No partner necessary; bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. $8; students with ID, $5. (803) 760-5881; http://www.contracola.org
S.C. OYSTER FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6 pm. Nov. 18 at the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion, 1615 Blanding St. Fresh oysters, steamed and fried (other foods and beverages will be available for sale). Live music all day, featuring Tokyo Joe, Black Iron Gathering, Reggie Sullivan Band, Rival Brothers, Tom Hall & the Plowboys; 1 p.m. celebrity shucking contest; children’s rides, arts and crafts vendors; historic house museum tours, noon-2 p.m., $2. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pawmetto Lifeline. Advance tickets $5; $10 at the gate; ages 12 and younger, free. http://www.scoyster.com