Community Calendar for the Midlands, Dec. 20

December 20, 2012 

  • BEST BETS TODAY 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. EPA UPDATE AND PUBLIC MEETING: 3 p.m. today 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.

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

TODAY

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 (closed Christmas Day). $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. today 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 tonight 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 Monday 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 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). 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 tonight, 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 (closed Christmas Day). $6; children, $3. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

TOY DRIVE AND MILITARY CELEBRATION: 11 a.m. Friday at Keenan High School, 361 Pisgah Church Road. Sponsored by Richland County councilman-elect Torrey Rush and the Community Partners of Council District 7.

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 Monday 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 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). 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.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: 5-7 p.m. Saturday at McDonald’s, 1770 S. Lake Drive, Lexington. Meet Ronald McDonald, electronic raffle, giveaways, face painting and fun for the entire family.

ELGIN LIGHTS: 6-9 nightly through Monday 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 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). 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 (closed Christmas Day). $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 Monday 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 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). 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 p.m. 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

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 (closed Christmas Day). $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

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

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

HOME SCHOOL DRAWING AND PAINTING: 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 18 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For age 10 and older. $80; registration deadline is Jan. 1. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

INTRODUCTION TO CLAY: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 18 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Basic hand-building and wheel throwing techniques. $80, does not include pottery tool kit. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road; $79. Eight-hour course consists of lectures, films and classroom demonstrations. Successful completion of the course will remove four points on your S.C. driver’s license (except DUI) and may reduce insurance costs. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

ADVANCED POTTERY THROWING: 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For ages 11-17. $80; registration deadline is Jan. 1. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.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

CAKE DECORATING: 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8-29 at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia; $89. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

HOME SCHOOL ART: 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 12, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For ages 5-9. $50; registration deadline is Jan. 1. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

HOME SCHOOL POTTERY: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 12, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For 10 and older. $80; registration deadline is Jan. 1. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

iPAD BASICS: 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 11 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road; $89. Tricks, traps and favorite apps to get the most out of your mobile device. Hands-on class, bring your own iPad. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

BATIK WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 12, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. $90; registration deadline is Jan. 1. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo; $79. Eight-hour course consists of lectures, films and classroom demonstrations. Successful completion of the course will remove four points on your S.C. driver’s license (except DUI) and may reduce insurance costs. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

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