Community Calendar for the Midlands, Dec. 18

December 18, 2012 

  • BEST BETS SUNDAY BREAKFAST WITH VICTORIAN SANTA: 8-11 a.m. Sunday. Start off the day with a continental breakfast at the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. Then tour the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, make a holiday craft and pose for a picture with Santa Claus. Reservations required. $10; ages 4-12, $5; HCF members, $8/$3; free for all children age 3 and younger. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org CARILLON CAROLERS: 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Columbiana Centre, 100 Columbiana Circle.

A printed list of holiday events will run in The State on Thursdays.

TODAY

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION HOUSE TOURS: The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site will be decorated for the holidays and tours will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 25). $6; children, $3. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

IDENTITY THEFT WEBINAR: 10:30-11:30 a.m. today sponsored by the State Library. Staffers from the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs will discuss how to prevent ID theft and what to do if it happens to you. Free, register at http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov

MAIN STREET ICE: Ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1-9 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas Day). $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

THE NATURE OF THINGS: Lecture series season finale with Rudy Mancke, noon today at USC’s McKissick Museum, 816 Bull St. 777-7251

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 3 and 8 p.m. today at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $40 (groups, $35); with dinner, $40 extra. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

ELGIN LIGHTS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 24 at 2433 Charlie Horse Circle, Elgin. Lights display, toy trains, tractors, antiques and hayrides. Free, but donations will be accepted for Camp Kemo in memory of Cole Sawyer and Jeannie Schmidt. (803) 408-0131; http://www.elginlights.com

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (closed 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

NIGHTS OF WONDER: 6-10 nightly through Sunday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Red-Nose Express Hayride, Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, Winter Wonder Ride (downhill tubing without the snow), holiday crafts, marshmallow roast and visit with Santa. Part of the park’s Holiday Lights on the River, which runs through Dec. 31, admission is $10 per car; 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. (803) 772-3903; http://www.icrc.net

WEDNESDAY

CRANE CREEK COMMUNITY CENTER: Grand opening of the new gymnasium, 10 a.m. Wednesday at 7405-B Fairfield Road. The center is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and the gym will be open 2-9 pm. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays. (803) 691-1899

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION HOUSE TOURS: The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site will be decorated for the holidays and tours will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 25). $6; children, $3. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

MAIN STREET ICE: Ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1-9 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas Day). $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

IDENTITY THEFT WORKSHOP: 11:30 am.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Juliana Harris of the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs will discuss protecting your identity and the free tools consumers can utilize under state and federal law to prevent or aid in resolution of ID theft. A Q&A session will follow her presentation. Free. (803) 779-1971

ELGIN LIGHTS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 24 at 2433 Charlie Horse Circle, Elgin. Lights display, toy trains, tractors, antiques and hayrides. Free, but donations will be accepted for Camp Kemo in memory of Cole Sawyer and Jeannie Schmidt. (803) 408-0131; http://www.elginlights.com

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (closed 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

NIGHTS OF WONDER: 6-10 nightly through Sunday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Red-Nose Express Hayride, Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, Winter Wonder Ride (downhill tubing without the snow), holiday crafts, marshmallow roast and visit with Santa. Part of the park’s Holiday Lights on the River, which runs through Dec. 31, admission is $10 per car; 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. (803) 772-3903; http://www.icrc.net

THURSDAY

LEGO® RESCUE ROBOTS: Winter break camps Thursdays and Fridays through Dec. 28 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Campers ages 7-11 will design and program robots to respond to simulated disaster situations. Full-day camps meet 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $45; half-day camps are offered from 9 a.m.-noon and 12:30-3 p.m., $30. Register at http://www.engineeringforkids.net.

KENSINGTON MANSION TOURS: Guided, holiday-themed tours will be held Thursdays-Saturdays through Jan. 12 at 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. Times are 9:30 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $5.50; seniors, $4.50; children, $2.50. Groups of 10 or more are asked to make a reservation. (803) 968-4129

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION HOUSE TOURS: The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site will be decorated for the holidays and tours will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 25). $6; children, $3. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

MAIN STREET ICE: Ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1-9 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas Day). $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

EPA UPDATE AND PUBLIC MEETING: 3 p.m. Thursday at the Edisto Discovery Park & Neighborhood Center, 1914 Wiley St. Hosted by Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah and the Edisto Court Neighborhood Association, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency will have updates on the contamination clean-up work in the Edisto Court neighborhood.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS AND CARRIAGE RIDES: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Guided tours of the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion, $6; children, $3. Carriage rides through the Robert Mills Historic District, $5. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

ELGIN LIGHTS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 24 at 2433 Charlie Horse Circle, Elgin. Lights display, toy trains, tractors, antiques and hayrides. Free, but donations will be accepted for Camp Kemo in memory of Cole Sawyer and Jeannie Schmidt. (803) 408-0131; http://www.elginlights.com

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (closed 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

NIGHTS OF WONDER: 6-10 nightly through Sunday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Red-Nose Express Hayride, Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, Winter Wonder Ride (downhill tubing without the snow), holiday crafts, marshmallow roast and visit with Santa. Part of the park’s Holiday Lights on the River, which runs through Dec. 31, admission is $10 per car; 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. (803) 772-3903; http://www.icrc.net

SANDLAPPER SINGERS: “Silver Bells, Golden Harps, Brass Magic,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Guests will be Palmetto Brass, Southern Bronze Handbell ensemble and the Young Sandlapper Singers. $20; military, $18; students, $10. (803) 381-5481; http://www.sandlappersingers.org

FRIDAY

LEGO® RESCUE ROBOTS: Winter break camps Friday and Dec. 28 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Campers ages 7-11 will design and program robots to respond to simulated disaster situations. Full-day camps meet 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $45; half-day camps are offered from 9 a.m.-noon and 12:30-3 p.m., $30. Register at http://www.engineeringforkids.net.

KENSINGTON MANSION TOURS: Guided, holiday-themed tours will be held Thursdays-Saturdays through Jan. 12 at 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. Times are 9:30 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $5.50; seniors, $4.50; children, $2.50. Groups of 10 or more are asked to make a reservation. (803) 968-4129

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION HOUSE TOURS: The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site will be decorated for the holidays and tours will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 25). $6; children, $3. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

CARILLON CAROLERS: 1-4 p.m. Friday at Columbiana Centre, 100 Columbiana Circle.

CANDLELIGHT TOURS AND CARRIAGE RIDES: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Guided tours of the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion, $6; children, $3. Carriage rides through the Robert Mills Historic District, $5. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

ELGIN LIGHTS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 24 at 2433 Charlie Horse Circle, Elgin. Lights display, toy trains, tractors, antiques and hayrides. Free, but donations will be accepted for Camp Kemo in memory of Cole Sawyer and Jeannie Schmidt. (803) 408-0131; http://www.elginlights.com

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (closed 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

NIGHTS OF WONDER: 6-10 nightly through Sunday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Red-Nose Express Hayride, Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, Winter Wonder Ride (downhill tubing without the snow), holiday crafts, marshmallow roast and visit with Santa. Part of the park’s Holiday Lights on the River, which runs through Dec. 31, admission is $10 per car; 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. (803) 772-3903; http://www.icrc.net

“JOKES WITH JUNIOR”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road. Junior of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” will be the guest. Opening acts include Tabu Hazel and Bugsy Calhoun; after party with DJ Smooth. Sponsored by Islam Shrine Temple No. 1 and Islam Court No. 1, proceeds will benefit the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation and the SC HIV/AIDS Council. Advance tickets $30; $40 at the door. http://www.islamshrinetemple1.com

SATURDAY

KENSINGTON MANSION TOURS: Guided, holiday-themed tours will be held Thursdays-Saturdays through Jan. 12 at 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. Times are 9:30 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $5.50; seniors, $4.50; children, $2.50. Groups of 10 or more are asked to make a reservation. (803) 968-4129

CARILLON CAROLERS: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Columbiana Centre, 100 Columbiana Circle.

ELGIN LIGHTS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 24 at 2433 Charlie Horse Circle, Elgin. Lights display, toy trains, tractors, antiques and hayrides. Free, but donations will be accepted for Camp Kemo in memory of Cole Sawyer and Jeannie Schmidt. (803) 408-0131; http://www.elginlights.com

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (closed 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

NIGHTS OF WONDER: 6-10 nightly through Sunday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Red-Nose Express Hayride, Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, Winter Wonder Ride (downhill tubing without the snow), holiday crafts, marshmallow roast and visit with Santa. Part of the park’s Holiday Lights on the River, which runs through Dec. 31, admission is $10 per car; 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. (803) 772-3903; http://www.icrc.net

“A NIGHT TO REMEMBER”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road. Buffet, dancing, Grand March, DJ Smooth and Junior of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show.” Sponsored by Islam Shrine Temple No. 1 and Islam Court No. 1, proceeds will benefit the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation and the SC HIV/AIDS Council. Advance tickets $30; $40 at the door. http://www.islamshrinetemple1.com

SUNDAY

BREAKFAST WITH VICTORIAN SANTA: 8-11 a.m. Sunday. Start off the day with a continental breakfast at the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. Then tour the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, make a holiday craft and pose for a picture with Santa Claus. Reservations required. $10; ages 4-12, $5; HCF members, $8/$3; free for all children age 3 and younger. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

HOME WORKS CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Home Works warehouse, 2812 William H. Tuller Drive. Pictures with Santa, Starbucks coffee and candy canes. (803) 206-6974

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION HOUSE TOURS: The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site will be decorated for the holidays and tours will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 25). $6; children, $3. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

MAIN STREET ICE: Ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1-9 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas Day). $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

CARILLON CAROLERS: 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Columbiana Centre, 100 Columbiana Circle.

ELGIN LIGHTS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 24 at 2433 Charlie Horse Circle, Elgin. Lights display, toy trains, tractors, antiques and hayrides. Free, but donations will be accepted for Camp Kemo in memory of Cole Sawyer and Jeannie Schmidt. (803) 408-0131; http://www.elginlights.com

LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 nightly through Dec. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (closed 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

NIGHTS OF WONDER: 6-10 tonight at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Red-Nose Express Hayride, Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, Winter Wonder Ride (downhill tubing without the snow), holiday crafts, marshmallow roast and visit with Santa. Part of the park’s Holiday Lights on the River, which runs through Dec. 31, admission is $10 per car; 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. (803) 772-3903; http://www.icrc.net

UPCOMING EVENTS

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 nightly through Dec. 31 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Drive-through lights display features Dazzling Dancing Forest, Victorian Village with carolers, hayrides and boardwalk stroll. $10 per car, 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. (803) 772-3903; http://www.icrc.net

LEGO® RESCUE ROBOTS: Winter break camps, Dec. 27 and 28 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Campers ages 7-11 will design and program robots to respond to simulated disaster situations. Full-day camps meet 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $45; half-day camps are offered from 9 a.m.-noon and 12:30-3 p.m., $30. Register at http://www.engineeringforkids.net.

COLORED PENCIL DRAWING CLASS: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 12 at the city of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1932 Calhoun St. $95; includes set of colored pencils, two graphite pencils and a colorless blender. Registration deadline is Dec. 28. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

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