Community Calendar for the Midlands, Dec. 31

December 31, 2012 

  • BEST BETS UPCOMING ADULTS ONLY CLAY BASICS: 1-3 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 11-Feb. 1, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Multiple pottery projects for age 50 and older. $50, includes all tools and materials. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net “ WILLY WONKA JR.”: 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at the Lexington 1 Performing Arts Center, 2543 Augusta Highway, Lexington. Tickets for the Pleasant Hill Middle School musical theater students production are $5; age 5 and younger, free. (803) 821-3400

TODAY

EDVENTURE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at 211 Gervais St. Exhibits include Snowville, Aha Factory, Home Safe Home, World of Work, Mission Imagination, the Great Outdoors, Critter Garden, My Backyard, Body Detective and Wags and Whiskers. Admission is $11.50; age 62 and military with ID, $10.50; members and children age 1 and younger, free. (803) 400-1166; http://www.edventure.org

MAIN STREET ICE: Ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. 11 a.m.-1 a.m. New Year’s Eve. $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 tonight 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

FRIDAY

FREE FRIDAYS AT THE ZOO: Free Fridays are back for Richland and Lexington county residents through Feb. 22. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. (803) 779-8717; http://www.riverbanks.org

MAIN STREET ICE: Ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday. $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

DESTINED FOR GREATNESS WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the Marriott Hotel, 1200 Hampton St. Registration is $40; sponsored by Frances Williams Ministries. (803) 728-5005

SATURDAY

BOJANGLES RESOLUTION RUN: 9 a.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Off-road 10K run, 2K run for age 12 and younger and 3.5 mile fitness walk. Hosted by the Richland Northeast Cross Country and Track and Field teams, the race has been selected as the 2013 Southern Region Cross Country Championship. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Online registration at http://www.strictlyrunning.com

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Nature Discovery program, 9:30 a.m. Saturday at 100 National Park Road. Explore the boardwalk with a park volunteer and listen for animals in the forest. Free. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Lake Carolina’s Sunset Park. Registration forms and sign-in must be in no later than 10:15 a.m. Age 18 and older are asked to make a $10 donation to Children’s Charities of the Midlands; age 17 and younger, $5. Music, prizes and refreshments. Registration forms available at http://www.lakecarolina.com.

MAIN STREET ICE: Ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

BIG TREE WALK: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join John Cely for an off-trail exploration to see why Congaree is called a forest of champions. Dress for the weather, bring snacks and water. Free, but registration is required. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundayat EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Free admission to Bank of America cardholders. (803) 400-1166; http://www.edventure.org

SUNDAY

MAIN STREET ICE: It’s the last day for ice skating at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Hours are 1-9 p.m. Sunday. $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Free admission to Bank of America cardholders. (803) 400-1166; http://www.edventure.org

CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin, Doug Graham, Bruce Clark, Reggie Sullivan, Jim Hall and Aletha Jacobs. $10; age 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504

UPCOMING EVENTS

INTRODUCTION TO LINE DANCE: 5:45-6:45 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 7-28, at A Love of Dance Studio, 1061 Sparkleberry Lane; $40. (803) 414-9523; http://www.dancejunkieusa.com

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 Tuesday. (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

FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: 5-8 p.m. Jan. 8 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St.; admission is $1. (803) 400-1166; http://www.edventure.org

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 Tuesday. (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 Tuesday. (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 age 10 and older. $80; registration deadline is Tuesday. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

SCULPTURE — ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 14, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For late teens and adults who have completed a basic course in clay; $80. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

AFTER-SCHOOL ART CLASSES: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 14 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. For ages 7-14. $80; registration deadline is Tuesday. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

“DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS”: 6 p.m. Jan. 10 and 11 at White Knoll High School, 5643 Platt Springs Road, Lexington. Tickets for the WKHS drama students production are $5; students and senior citizens, $3; age 5 and younger, free. (803) 821-5200

“MURDER RIDES AGAIN”: Wild West murder mystery dinner theater, 7 p.m. Jan. 10-12 in the Fine Arts Center of Forest Acres, 2400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $29; children 12 and younger, $26. Call (803) 200-2012 for menu. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/309216

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

ADULTS ONLY CLAY BASICS: 1-3 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 11-Feb. 1, at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Multiple pottery projects for age 50 and older. $50, includes all tools and materials. (803) 545-3093; or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

ARTS AT SHANDON: Western dance night, 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, Woodrow and Devine streets. Line dance, square dance and Texas two-step with caller Nelson Jarvis. Lessons, contests, fun for all ages. Refreshments will be available. $5; families, $15 (maximum). (803) 771-4408, ext. 27

WILLY WONKA JR.”: 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at the Lexington 1 Performing Arts Center, 2543 Augusta Highway, Lexington. Tickets for the Pleasant Hill Middle School musical theater students production are $5; age 5 and younger, free. (803) 821-3400

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Cost is $5. Open to ages 21 and older. Bring your own beverages and snacks; soda and coffee provided. (803) 779-1971

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Nature Discovery program, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at 100 National Park Road. Explore the boardwalk with a park volunteer and listen for animals in the forest. Free. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

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 Tuesday. (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

COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS GALA: 4-6 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Spring Valley Country Club, 300 Spring Valley Road. Fundraiser for the group will feature music, refreshments, silent auction, cash wine bar and door prizes. Tickets are $30; call (803) 727-8555; http://www.columbiabaroque.com

“MURDER RIDES AGAIN:” Wild West murder mystery dinner theater (family night), 5 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Fine Arts Center of Forest Acres, 2400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Doors open at 4 p.m. $25; children 12 and younger, $20. Call (803) 200-2012 for menu; pizza for the kids. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/302120

STRIKE PERCUSSION DUO: Paul Vaillancourt, percussion; Jeffrey Meyer, piano, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Free. (803) 777-4280

FACULTY PIANO RECITAL: Scott Price, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Free. (803) 777-4280

FACULTY RECITAL: Clifford Leaman, saxophone; Joseph Rackers, piano, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Free. (803) 777-4270

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Nature Discovery program, 9:30 a.m. January 19 at 100 National Park Road. Explore the boardwalk with a park volunteer and listen for animals in the forest. Free. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

WINTER NATURE WALK: 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the Jackson Creek Nature Trail for age 6 and older. $5; seniors and age 15 and younger, $3. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Preregistration is required, deadline is Jan. 18. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

CONTRA DANCE: 6:15-10:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. Live music by Cabin Fever, caller will be Kenny Greer. Beyond beginners workshop 6:15-7 p.m.; new dancers workshop, 6-7:30 p.m. No partner necessary, bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. $8; students with ID, $5. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance. (803) 760-5881; http://www.contracola.org

“ROCKETMAN”: Greg Bickley and Tokyo Joe perform a tribute to Sir Elton John, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. Sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Cayce and Tokyo Joe Productions, proceeds will benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. $26; students and military, $21; available at the Koger Center ticket office (Park Street entrance) or http://www.capitoltickets.com

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