Community Calendar for the Midlands, Jan. 5

January 5, 2013 

  • BEST BETS TUESDAY FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St.; admission is $1. (803) 400-1166; http://www.edventure.org UPCOMING TREE TREKS: 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a trek along the boardwalk with a ranger to see the park’s towering trees. Free, meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

TODAY

BOJANGLES RESOLUTION RUN: 9 a.m. today 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

CAR SEAT SAFETY INSPECTION: 9 a.m.-noon today at Capitol Chevrolet, 111 Newland Road. Buckle Buddies, a program led by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and funded by Kohl’s Cares, has partnered with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to conduct free inspections of child safety seats. (803) 434-4564; http://www.palmettohealth.org/childrenshospital

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 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

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Nature Discovery program, 9:30 a.m. today at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. 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

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

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: 10 a.m.-noon today 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.

BIG TREE WALK: 1-4 p.m.today 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

SUNDAY

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

WNOK BRIDAL EXPO: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.; $8. http://www.bridecitybridalshows.com

TREE TREK: 2 p.m. Sunday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a trek along the boardwalk with a ranger to see the park’s towering trees. Free, meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

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

MONDAY

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

INTRODUCTION TO CLAY: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays through 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. Monday and Wednesday 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

TUESDAY

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

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

WEDNESDAY

“THE MUSIC OF LIVING”: Performance by the Westminster College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Part of the Wednesdays at Shandon series. (803) 771-4408; http://www.shandonpres.org

THURSDAY

KENSINGTON MANSION TOURS: Guided, holiday-themed tours will be held Thursday through Saturday 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

LUNCH AND LEARN: “Community Resources and Hospice Appropriateness,” 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Kassie Wells, program director for Lutheran Hospice will be guest speaker. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. (803) 779-1971, ext. 12, or email info@capitalseniorcenter.com

SCULPTURE — ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays through 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

“DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS”: 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 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. Thursday through Jan. 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

FRIDAY

iPAD BASICS: 9 a.m.-noon Friday 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

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

KENSINGTON MANSION TOURS: Guided, holiday-themed tours will be held Friday and 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

ADULTS ONLY CLAY BASICS: 1-3 p.m. Fridays through 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

GALLERY 80808 WINTER EXHIBITION: Friday through Jan. 15 at 808 Lady St. Original artwork by Stephen Chesley, Mike Williams, Edward Wimberly and David Yaghjian. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. weekends. (803) 252-6134

“DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS”: 6 p.m. Friday 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. Friday and Jan. 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

ARTS AT SHANDON: Western dance night, 7 p.m. Friday 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. Friday and Jan. 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. Friday 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

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 8 p.m. Friday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $20; age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $17; age 17 and younger, $12. (803) 799-2510; http://www.towntheatre.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Nature Discovery program, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. 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

KENSINGTON MANSION TOURS: Guided, holiday-themed tours will be held 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

TREE TREKS: 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a trek along the boardwalk with a ranger to see the park’s towering trees. Free, meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

“MURDER RIDES AGAIN”: Wild West murder mystery dinner theater, 7 p.m. Jan. 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

WILLY WONKA JR.”: 7 p.m. Jan. 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

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 13 and 20 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $20; age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $17; age 17 and younger, $12. (803) 799-2510; http://www.towntheatre.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

CONGAREE NEW HORIZONS BAND: Spring recruitment night, 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the USC Strings Project building, 851 Park St. No experience necessary. The New Horizons Band is a national organization to introduce or reintroduce seniors (age 50 and older) to playing a band instrument with a supportive group. http://www.congareeband.com

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

PALMETTO SENIOR SHOW: 9 a.m.-3 pm. Jan. 17 in the Cantey Building at the State Fairgrounds. Vendors of products and services for age 55 and older, the Dick Goodwin Orchestra, vocal entertainment, former USC pitcher Mike Roth, Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, race car driver Jordan Anderson, Amanda McNulty of ETV’s “Making it Grow,” golf cart giveaway. Free admission, $2 parking.

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

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 8 p.m. Jan. 17-19 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $20; age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $17; age 17 and younger, $12. (803) 799-2510; http://www.towntheatre.com

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Nature Discovery program, 9:30 a.m. January 19 at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. 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

SCOUT SATURDAY: 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Daisies, Brownies, Junior Scouts and Cub Scouts can earn credits toward badge requirements, achievements and electives. Live animal encounters, games, activities and age-specific materials for a self-guided adventure into the zoo. $10 plus admission. Register at http://www.riverbanks.org

TREE TREK: 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a trek along the boardwalk with a ranger to see the park’s towering trees. Free, meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

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

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $20; age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $17; age 17 and younger, $12. (803) 799-2510; http://www.towntheatre.com

FACULTY PIANO RECITAL: Charles Fugo, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Free. (803) 777-4280

GUEST ARTIST MASTER CLASS: Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Free. (803) 777-4280

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 8 p.m. Jan. 23-26 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $20; age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $17; age 17 and younger, $12. (803) 799-2510; http://www.towntheatre.com

GUEST ARTIST CLARINET RECITAL: Julia Heinen, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Free. (803) 777-4280

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 25 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

TREE TREKS: 10 a.m. Jan. 26 and 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a trek along the boardwalk with a ranger to see the park’s towering trees. Free, meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

RED SHOE RUN: 5K walk/run and 10K race, 7:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia. 5K, $20 today; after, $25; race day, $30; 10K, $25 today; after, $30; race day, $35. Preregistration at http://www.strictlyrunning.com; race day registration 6-7 a.m.

ETSY KNOW-HOW: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Learn about the on-line website for artisans and crafters; information on setting up and maintaining an Etsy shop, record keeping, Paypal payments and shipping, pricing and mdore. $30. Minimum eight participants; maximum 15. (803) 545-3093 or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

WESTON LAKE WILDERNESS HIKE: 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join a park ranger for a 4.5 mile hike into Congaree’s wilderness. Dress for the weather, bring snacks and water. Free, meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

FACULTY GUITAR RECITAL: 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Albeniz and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Free. (803) 777-4280

“LAKEVIEW, BOOKER AND JOHNSON: THE HALLOWED HALLS”: 3 p.m. Jan. 27 in Bostick Auditorium at the main branch of the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. The documentary highlights Midlands segregation-era institutions — Lakeview, Booker T. Washington and C.A. Johnson high schools and how they produced model citizens. Free. (803) 786-1051

MASTER CLASS WITH INTERNATIONAL OPERA STAR: Soprano Mary Dunleavy, 1:25 p.m. Jan. 28 at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Free. (803) 777-4280

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