Community Calendar for the Midlands, Jan. 19

January 19, 2013 

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THURSDAY

SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $30; groups, $25. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

FRIDAY

“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”: Lexington County Arts Association production, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Jan. 26, 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $13-$17, available by calling (803) 359-1436 or at http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com

TODAY

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

MAKING PROUD CHOICES PARENTS WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-noon today at the Jannie R. Jackson Women’s Center, 2527 Atlas Road. Parents/guardians of girls ages 11-14 are invited to register their daughters for upcoming sessions on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and unplanned pregnancy. (803) 776-6353; http://www.bwcar.org

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 483 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Accepting old computers, laptops, printers, TVs, microwaves, gaming systems and other electronics. Sponsored by the ReStore and Lexington County Solid Waste Management. Lexington County residents may also recycle electronics year- round at the Edmund Landfill, 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington. Hours are 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and there’s a limit of five items per day. (803) 785-3340

“STEP RIGHT UP — THE SIDESHOW IN AMERICA”: Exhibition of works by artist Rebecca Davenport today through May 11 at USC’s McKissick Museum, 813 Bull St. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays (closed Sundays and state holidays). (803) 777-7251

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

SNOWMAN 8K ROAD RACE: 1:30 p.m. today at Caughman Road Park, 2800 Trotter Road. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. $40 (with T-shirt); $30 (without T-shirt), students; $30 (with T-shirt). Registration also includes box lunch. (803) 699-7425

SCOUT SATURDAY: 1 p.m. today 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. today 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

PLANETS FOR THE PEOPLE: 6-10 tonight at Parkland Plaza in Cayce. The free sidewalk stargazing series kicks off the new year in a new location, outside D’s Wings. If the weather cooperates, the moon and Jupiter should be visible. Sponsored by the South Carolina State Museum and the Midlands Astronomy Club. (803) 898-4944

CONTRA DANCE: 6:15-10:30 tonight 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 tonight 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

DOC WATSON TRIBUTE: Sutton, Holt and Coleman (formerly Deep River Rising), 8 tonight at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $30; groups, $20; dinner option, $40 extra. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 8 tonight 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

SUNDAY

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

GALLERY TALK: 2 p.m. Sunday at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St. (second floor). Stephen Hayes will discuss his traveling exhibit featuring life-size sculptures of shackled people in boat-like structures that represent the 15 million human beings transported by sea during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 3 p.m. Sunday 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

MONDAY

ART SMART ACADEMY: LIPS (Love Inspires Passionate Service) event, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at 7320 Broad River Road. Facials, massages, free Mary Kay goodie bags, refreshments and a “Hot Lips” magnet painting session. Free, but a $5 donation will provide Mary Kay lip balm to clients at The Women’s Shelter. (803) 667-9912; http://www.artsmartacademy.com

MAIN STREET ICE: Last day for ice skating at Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday. $10; age 12 and younger, $8. Special senior and military discounts will be offered; includes skate rentals. (803) 545-3100

TUESDAY

CALLIGRAPHY: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 26 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Basics for beginners interested in italic calligraphy and the use of the broad pen, $99. Bring a Sheaffer calligraphy pen set with small, medium and large nibs, a soft pencil, soft eraser and a pad of good, heavy 81/2x11 paper to the first class. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

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

WEDNESDAY

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

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Jan. 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

THURSDAY

“LIFE AT THE OLD ASYLUM”: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Dr. Woodrow Harris, former director of education and training for the state hospital at the S.C. Department of Mental Health, will provide a broad overview of the property’s fabled history, architectural and historic features and comment on its future. Part of the Wine and Unwind lecture series, wine and refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.; suggested donation, $5. (803) 779-1971

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

SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $30; groups, $25. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Jan. 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

FRIDAY

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

“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”: Lexington County Arts Association production, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Jan. 26, 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $13-$17, available by calling (803) 359-1436 or at http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com

CHAPIN THEATRE COMPANY GALA: 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave., Chapin. Meet actors, directors, board members and volunteers; free refreshments; and overview of the 2013 season. (803) 240-8544; http://www.chapintheatre.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

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, $25; race day, $30; 10K, $30; race day, $35. Preregistration at http://www.strictlyrunning.com; race day registration 6-7 a.m.

GUIDANCE: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Understand how to guide behavior of young children, $20. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

QUILTING WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Includes a tour of the newly installed “Patchworks of History: The Quilts of the Historic Foundation” on display through March 17. $20, HCF members, $15. Bring your lunch or purchase a box lunch for $9; guests may bring their own materials or purchase a quilting kit for $15. More information at (803) 252-7742, http://www.historiccolumbia.org

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

SNOWMAN YOUTH FUN RUN: 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Caughman Road Park, 2800 Trotter Road; fun run is for ages 12 and younger. $8 (includes T-shirt). (803) 754-6720, ext. 233

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 more. $30. Minimum eight participants; maximum 15. (803) 545-3093 or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

MULTI-CULTURAL FOOD AND ARTS FESTIVAL: 1-5 p.m. Jan. 26 at Spring Valley High School, 120 Sparkleberry Lane. Performances by the Viking Orchestra, Chorus and Gospel Choir, visual arts display, food, international fashion show, student performances. $3; age 6 and older, $1; families (any size), $6. Sponsored by the Spring Valley High School Education Foundation, proceeds will support academic needs, the Free After School Tutoring & Testing Program and special causes chosen by students. (803) 699-3500, ext. 69061

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

COLUMBIA CITY BALLET SPEAKEASY: 7-11 p.m. Jan. 26 at 701 Whaley St. Fundraiser for CCB’s educational outreach program will feature live music, food and beverages, prizes, live auction and dance performances. Theme is Soiree Chicago, wear your best flapper and gangster attire. Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the door. (803) 799-7605

BALLROOM DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at The Barn, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Viennese waltz lesson included with admission. $10; members, $7; students younger than 21 with ID, $5. Sponsored by the Greater Columbia Chapter of USADance. (803) 466-9503

STEEL MAGNOLIA: 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Vocal duo Joshua Scott and Meghan Linsey. $40; groups, $30. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

FACULTY GUITAR RECITAL: 3 p.m. Jan. 27 at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Christopher Berg will perform selections 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

INSTANT PIANO FOR HOPELESSLY BUSY PEOPLE: 6-9:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St, Irmo; $79. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

RENOVATION RODEO TOUR: 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in Old Shandon. Historic Columbia Foundation’s Palladium Society kicks off a new tour series featuring old homes in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the house. $5; members, free (includes beer, wine and refreshments). Advance registration required, call (803) 252-7742, ext. 11; http://www.historiccolumbia.org

“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”: Lexington County Arts Association production, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $13-$17, available by calling (803) 359-1436 or at http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com

“THE BARBER OF SEVILLE”: 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Teatro Lirico D’Europa production will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. $45; groups, $35. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

ROSE WILKINS’ WORLD FAMOUS CHICKEN BOG: 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. $7 per plate; age 12 and younger, $3. Carry out available. Proceeds benefit the Altar Guild and Outreach ministries. (803) 359-2444 Tuesdays-Thursdays.

“SNOW WHITE”: Columbia City Ballet performances at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. Evening performances for mature audiences. $15-$38; students, seniors and military, $15-$35. (803) 777-5112; http://capitoltickets.com

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COLUMBIA CLEAN SWEEP SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the State Fairgrounds. 18th annual fundraiser to support the Junior League of Columbia’s mission and community projects. Gates open at 6 a.m., parking is $2 per car. Doors open at 8 a.m, admission is $3; age 12 and younger, free. $5 Bag Sale, 1-2 p.m. Cash sales only. http://www.jlcolumbia.org

SO YOU WANT TO BE A ZOOKEEPER?: 10:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 2 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Interactive program for middle and high school students will feature an opportunity to explore behind the scenes and a panel discussion with members of the zoo’s animal care staff. $15 plus admission. Register at http://www.riverbanks.org

“SNOW WHITE” TEA: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Koger Center Ballroom, 1051 Greene St. Family-oriented matinee performance by the Columbia City Ballet. $20; (803) 799-7605

FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM: Fundraiser celebrating the centennial of Lexington High School, 7-11 p.m. Feb. 2 at Town Hall, 111 Maiden Lane, Lexington. $40 in advance or at the door; includes all you can eat and drink; live music. Sponsorships available. Proceeds will go toward restoration of outbuildings at the museum and the enhancement of exhibits. (803) 359-8369; http://www.lex-co.sc.gov/museum

ARTS AT SHANDON: “An Evening of Chamber Music with Voice,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. The first in the February Festival Chamber Series will feature Cynthia Hanna, mezzo-soprano; Rebecca Hunter, violin; Dusan Vukajlovic, cello; and Lynn Kompass, piano. $10; a reception will follow. (803) 771-4407, ext. 27; http://www.shandonpres.org

EDVENTURE AFTER DARK: Chocolatology, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 7 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Adults-only event will feature the Cocoa Cabana, Dip & Dab Workshop, artisan chocolates paired with local brews and music by DJ Jay Magic. Complimentary beer, wine and desserts will be served. $25; members, $20. Proceeds will benefit EdVenture’s educational outreach and accessibility programs. (803) 400-1162; http://www.edventure.org

FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: 5-8 p.m. Feb. 12 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Admission, $1. (803) 400-1162; http://www.edventure.org

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION AND LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Sponsored by the Columbia Division of the FBI, guest speaker will be Dr. Millicent Brown of Claflin University. $15; reservations deadline is Feb. 1; payments should be submitted to FBIRA, 251 Westpark Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210 (803) 551-4468

LITTLE BLACK DRESS WINE & CHEESE AFFAIR: 7-10:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave., Batesburg. $25; includes wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and silent auction. Sponsored by the Woman’s Society of Batesburg-Leesville, proceeds will be donated to scholarships for local students. A limited number of tickets are available, call (803) 413-2437 or email loisblack@sc.rr.com

COME SEE YOUR ARMY TOUR: 8:45 a.m. Feb. 21. During the six-hour tour guests will attend a Basic Combat Training graduation, observe soldiers training, learn to shoot the M16A2 simulator and eat in an Army dining facility. Lunch is $4.60. Advance reservations required by Feb. 14; call (803) 751-1474

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