PROVOST ACADEMY INFORMATION SESSION: 4:30-6 p.m. today 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Saturday and 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
“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. Friday 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.
“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”: Lexington County Arts Association production, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $13-$17, available by calling (803) 359-1436 or at http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com
“SNOW WHITE”: Columbia City Ballet performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. Evening performances for mature audiences. $15-$38; students, seniors and military, $15-$35. (803) 777-5112; http://www.capitoltickets.com
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COLUMBIA CLEAN SWEEP SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 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 Saturday 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 Saturday 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. Call (803) 361-5470 or go to http://www.fundsinc1.org to register.
HIV/AIDS AWARENESS STEP SHOW: Noon Saturday 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. Saturday in the Koger Center Ballroom, 1051 Greene St. Family-oriented matinee performance by the Columbia City Ballet. $20; (803) 799-7605
“SNOW WHITE”: Columbia City Ballet performance at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. Evening performance for mature audiences. $15-$38; students, seniors and military, $15-$35. (803) 777-5112; http://www.capitoltickets.com
FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM: Fundraiser celebrating the centennial of Lexington High School, 7-11 p.m. Saturday 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
“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
“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
GARDEN MUSHROOM WORKSHOP: 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Green Quad Community Garden, 438 S. Main St. (behind Building C). Sponsored by Sustainable Carolina, Matt Kipp will have the lowdown on the art of culinary mushroom spawn, demonstrating the process of innoculating logs and garden mulch with mushrooms. (803) 777-4353
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
AFTERSCHOOL 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
“TRAVELING FAIRY TALE ADVENTURES”: 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Dorothy Chapel at Hammond School, 854 Galway Lane. Performance will feature children from the Extended Day program’s Theatre Enrichment Class. Free and open to the public. (803) 695-8624
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 email@example.com.
ULTIMATE PRAISE FEST: 7 p.m.-midnight Feb. 8 at The Plex Indoor Sports, Village at Sandhill. Sponsored by the Christian Fellowship Alliance to open the hearts and minds of Christians to reach a common goal of true fellowship while having a good time. Activities include bounce houses, unlimited roller skating, arcade games, live concerts, flag football tournament (age 14 and older), food and drink concessions, contests, door prizes, vendors and a family fun center. Advance tickets are $12; groups, $10; individual tickets at the door will be $15. (803) 463-4615; http://www.facebook.com/christianfellowshipalliance
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (children registered by Thursday will receive an event T-shirt).
MARDI GRAS GALA: 6:30-11 p.m. Feb. 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road. Complimentary beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres, live auction and music by the Coastal Breeze Band. Proceeds will benefit the Dickerson Center for Children. $100; sponsorships available. (803) 791-1511; http://www.dickersoncenter.org
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 $35 if you use code word “humane”; 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 Friday; payments should be submitted to FBIRA, 251 Westpark Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210 (803) 551-4468
“ON THE EDGE”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-16 at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. USC Dance Company will perform original contemporary dance works by leading choreographers. Tickets are $12-$18. (803) 777-5112
S.C. BOTTLE CLUB SHOW AND SALE: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 15 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 16 at Meadowlake Park, 600 Beckman Road. Proceeds from the 40th annual event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. http://www.southcarolinabottleclub.com; (803) 755-9410
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
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: 8:30-10 a.m. Feb. 16 at Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. Join experienced birders; dress for the weather and bring binoculars, field guide and camera. There will be a bluebird nesting box workshop for children following the count; $5 materials fee. RSVP for the count and workshop at email@example.com; (803) 777-9645
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
ARTS AT SHANDON: “Chamber Players from the Charlotte Symphony,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Second installment of the February Festival Chamber Series will feature Rosemary Furniss and Elina Lev, violins; Rebekah Newman, viola; Alan Black, cello; and Phillip Bush, piano. $10; a reception will follow. (803) 771-4408, ext. 27; http://www.shandonpres.org
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
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 22 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