HOME BUILDING AND REMODELING EXPO: Through Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Exhibits and demonstrations from local and national companies to help consumers through the process of home improvement. Hours are 2-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $4; age 17 and younger, free. http://www.homeshowcenter.com
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 tonight 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 tonight 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 tonight 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
RED SHOE RUN: 5K walk/run and 10K race, 7:30 a.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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
A.C. JACKSON 5K MEMORIAL WALK: 9 a.m. Saturday at the A.C. Jackson Wellness Center, 2608 Atlas Road. Bible Way Church of Atlas Road’s Year of Jubilee celebration event is free, open to all ages and has a goal of promoting wellness in the community. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Entry forms at http://www.bwcar.org.
QUILTING WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 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 TREK: 10 a.m. Saturday 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
HOME BUILDING AND REMODELING EXPO: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Exhibits and demonstrations from local and national companieds to help consumers through the process of home improvement. $4; age 17 and younger, free. http://www.homeshowcenter.com
SNOWMAN YOUTH FUN RUN: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Caughman Road Park, 2800 Trotter Road; fun run is for ages 12 and younger. $8 (includes T-shirt). (803) 754-6720, ext. 233
JANNA McMAHAN BOOK SIGNING: 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Books on Broad, 944 Broad St., Camden. Copies of her latest book, “Anonymity,” will be available for purchase and autographing. (803) 713-7323; http://www.booksonbroad.com
ETSY KNOW-HOW: 1-4 p.m. Saturday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
MULTI-CULTURAL FOOD AND ARTS FESTIVAL: 1-5 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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
“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”: Lexington County Arts Association production, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $13-$17, available by calling (803) 359-1436 or at http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com
BALLROOM DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday 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
“THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY”: 8 p.m. Saturday 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
STEEL MAGNOLIA: 8 p.m. Saturday 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
HOME BUILDING AND REMODELING EXPO: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Exhibits and demonstrations from local and national companies to help consumers through the process of home improvement. $4; age 17 and younger, free. http://www.homeshowcenter.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
FACULTY GUITAR RECITAL: 3 p.m. Sunday 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
“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”: Lexington County Arts Association production, 3 p.m. Sunday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $13-$17, available by calling (803) 359-1436 or at http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com
“LAKEVIEW, BOOKER AND JOHNSON: THE HALLOWED HALLS”: 3 p.m. Sunday 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. Monday 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. Monday at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St, Irmo; $79. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
PROVOST ACADEMY INFORMATION SESSION: 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at 400 Arbor Lake Drive, Suite B-800. Online public charter school observes National School Choice Week with an open house for parents and potential students. (803) 735-9110
“HUMANITY IN THE MIDST OF WAR”: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday at the American Red Cross, Columbia Region, 2751 Bull St., Classroom 2. Free International Humanitarian Law class will explore the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity in wartime through hands-on activities and thought-provoking discussions. Register by calling (803) 514-4084.
RENOVATION RODEO TOUR: 6 p.m. Wednesday 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
PERSONAL SAFETY CLASS FOR WOMEN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Led by crime prevention officer Sgt. Diane Paavel, the free class is open to females age 11 and older (girls age 16 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). Limit 40 participants, call (803) 785-2504 or email email@example.com to register.
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Richland Library Northeast Branch, 7490 Parklane Road. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the topic will be consumer law issues (credit cards, loans, purchases, etc.), featuring attorney David A. Maxfield. Registration is not required. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”: Lexington County Arts Association production, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through 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. Thursday 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
ANNUAL STATEWIDE ETHNIC HISTORY PARADE AND GOSPEL SOIREE FESTIVAL: Noon Feb. 2 in the historic Waverly and Five Points communities. Parade begins at Hampton and Harden streets, proceeding to MLK Park, 2300 Greene St., for the gospel soiree festival. Parade Grand Marshals will be members of the S.C. Conference of Black Mayors Association and Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, president of Voorhees College. Sponsored by Friends United as a Neighborhood Developmental Society Inc. (F.U.N.D.S. Inc.) and Columbia Parks and Recreation. Parade participants and vendors still being accepted, applications deadline is Monday. Call (803) 361-5470 or go to http://www.fundsinc1.org to register.
HIV/AIDS AWARENESS STEP SHOW: Noon Feb. 2 at the Refuge Temple Church of God Family Life Center, 4450 Argent Court. Sponsored by the Iota Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s RHOER Club, the event is in support of National Black HIV/AIDS. Participation is open to middle- and high-school youth. Cash prizes will be awarded; community dance teams are encouraged to perform for exhibition purposes only. Free HIV/AIDS testing with rapid results provided by DHEC. (803) 960-0552
“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
AFTERNOON ENGINEERING CLUB: 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 6-27 at the State. Museum, 301 Gervais St. “Junior Chemical Engineering: Crazy Concoctions,” a session for students in kindergarten through second grade, is an introduction to fundamental concepts of solids, liquids and solutions. In “Chemical Engineering,” students in grades 3-5 will use the engineering design process to design create, test and refine various mixtures and solutions with different chemical properties; coming up with ways to clean up an oil spill, synthesize their own rocket fuel and investigate the secrets behind color pigmentations. $65; members, $60. (803) 574-9198; register at http://www.engineeringforkids.net
UPTOWN GIRLS II: Feb. 7-12 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady St. Show will feature works by Debra Paysinger, Page Morris, Walton Selig, Beth West, Suzy Shealy and Jan Swanson. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Feb. 7. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. weekends. (803) 360-6794
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
EMPTY BOWLS 2013: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at The Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. Fundraiser for Harvest Hope Food Bank kicks off with early registration and a wine reception, followed by the silent auction at 6 p.m., dinner and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. Auction items include Disney World tickets, vacations and works by local artists. Tickets are $60; couples, $90; call (803) 254-4432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 8 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
CUPID’S CHASE 5K: 10 a.m. Feb. 9 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Community Options Inc., a nonprofit group that provides residential and employment support for individuals with disabilities. Register at http://www.active.com; info at http://www.comop.org.
S.C. HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION EXPO: 10 a.m. Feb. 9 at the South Carolina Equine Park, 443 Cleveland School Road, Camden. Day-long expo of horse-related activiities for the hobbyist to the professional rider. Horse health pavilion, children’s activities, silent auction. Demonstrations include a jousting team, Lellie Ward, whose teaching methods advocate equine/human proprioception or “body awareness,” endurance riding team, dressage, eventing, natural horsemanship and therapeutic riding. $10; S.C. Horse Council members, $5. (803) 428-5656; http://www.schorsemenscouncil.org
CAPS SOCCER CLINIC: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the USC Indoor Fieldhouse, 1401 Whaley St. USC men’s varsity soccer team and coaches and the YMCA Columbia United are hosts of the event, which will feature three hours of instruction, a snack, appearance by Children’s Chance mascot Zig the Pig, team photos and autographs. Open to ages 4-14 and their parents; registration is $30 per child ($25 for each additional sibling). Proceeds will benefit Children’s Chance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the financial, psychological and emotional needs of S.C. children and families affected by pediatric cancer. Register in advance by calling (803) 254-5996 or email email@example.com (children registered by Thursday will receive an event T-shirt).
FATHER/DAUGHTER VALENTINE’S DANCE: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Lexington High School cafeteria, 2463 Augusta Highway, Lexington. Fundraiser for the Children’s Section of the Lexington Main Library is for fathers and daughters (and grandfathers, granddaughters) of all ages. The evening will feature music, flowers, sweet treats and a formal 5x7 photo for each couple. Corsages are available in advance from White House Florist; Sunday dress is recommended. $30 per couple ($40 after Feb. 5) plus $10 for each additional daughter ticket. Tickets available at the Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Highway (cash or check only). (803) 261-8697
S.C. PHILHARMONIC: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. “Eternal Love,” Masterworks Series 5, will feature works by Mahler, Strauss and Wagner. Music for a Cause partner is the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Tickets are $23-$53; parking, $10. (803) 251-2222; http://www.capitoltickets.com
RICE MUSIC HOUSE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at 470-16 Town Center Place, the Village at Sandhill. Duo piano recital featuring Dr. Jacob Clark of S.C. State University and Dr. Su Jung Cho of Claflin University. Free, but seating is limited, call (803) 254-2777 or go to http://www.ricemusichouse.com to reserve a spot.
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
PHOTO ID WORKSHOP: 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in Richland County Council Chambers, 2020 Hampton St. The Richland County Elections and Voter Registration office will conduct an educational workshop on types of identification required to vote at the polls. Information will include the five IDs allowed for voting; how to obtain a voter registration card with a photo; and provisional voting without a photo ID. (803) 576-2240
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
VALENTINE’S DANCE: 7:30-11 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Capitol Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Heart ’n Soul will perform hits from the 1950s and ’60s. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., BYOB and snacks, soft drinks will be available for purchase. $15; $20 at the door. Proceeds will benefit programming at the CSC. (803) 779-1971
“I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE”: Feb. 14-17 and 21-24 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. $20; students, seniors and military, $17. (803) 775-2150
WINTER NATURE WALK: 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the Jackson Creek Nature Trail for age 5 and older. $5; seniors and age 15 and younger, $3. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Preregistration is required, deadline is Feb. 15. (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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