AFTERSCHOOL ENGINEERING CLUB: 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 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
RCSD K-9 TEAM FUNDRAISER: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday at Zack’s Sandwich Shop, 3512 Bush River Road. Lowcountry boil and Beaufort stew will be on the menu; sponsored by Zack’s Sandwich Shop and Schroeder’s Towing. In addition to raising awareness of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit, proceeds will support the deputies and their K-9 partners. (803) 429-3889
UPTOWN GIRLS II: Thursday through Tuesday 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. Thursday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. weekends. (803) 360-6794
ART WITH A HEART: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at 701 Whaley St. Fine arts and crafts including paintings, pottery, jewelry, clothing, accessories and clothing. There will also be live entertainment, food and beverages. Each artist will donate 30 percent of sales from the evening to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Columbia. $15; couples, $25. (803) 254-0118; http://www.rmhofcolumbia.org
COLUMBIA CENTER FOR JEWISH LEARNING: Spring session will consist of two courses meeting Thursday and Feb. 21 and the first, second and third Thursdays through April 18 at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 Trenholm Road. “Archeology and the Bible,” led by Dr. Jonathan Leader, professor of archeology at USC, will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. “Kabbalah and Our Daily Lives,” led by Beth Shalom’s Rabbi Jonathan Case, will meet 7:45-8:45 p.m. Call (803) 782-2500 to register.
“DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: SURVIVOR STORIES”: 7 p.m. Thursday in room 103 of the Breed Leadership Center at Columbia College. Speakers will be Karen Petit and Dr. Kendra Albright. Free and open to the public, visitors should park in Lot A, at the corner of Columbia College Drive and Colonial Drive.
EDVENTURE AFTER DARK: Chocolatology, 7-9 p.m. Thursday 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
PALMETTO MASTERSINGERS “FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 1306 Hampton St. The concert will also feature the Brookland-Cayce High School Honors Choir and the Claflin University Concert Choir; $10. (803) 765-0777; http://www.palmettomastersingers.org
“TRAVELING FAIRY TALE ADVENTURES”: 4 p.m. Friday 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
SHE COLUMBIA — THE ULTIMATE GIRLS’ WEEKEND: Friday through Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Formerly the Columbia Women’s Show, the rebranded event is a celebration of everything woman, brimming with vendors, celebrities and local leaders in fashion, beauty, cooking, entertainment, crafts and healthy living. Hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $8; college students and military with IDs, $5; ages 6-12, $4. $1 discount on an adult ticket with three canned food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Two-day passes are $12; $5 for parking. Proceeds will benefit The Women’s Shelter and Harvest Hope Food Bank. http://www.shecola.com
EMPTY BOWLS 2013: 5:30 p.m. Friday 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.
“A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD”: Friday through Sunday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters, the show follows the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for ages 3 through adult. (803) 691-4548; http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
ULTIMATE PRAISE FEST: 7 p.m.-midnight Friday 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. 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
BIRDING BASICS WORKSHOP: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Optional training session for those would like to prepare for the Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 16. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center for a presentation on common winter birds found in the park before heading out to practice identification skills. Arrive 15 minutesd prior to the start of the program, wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Water and snacks are recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them, the park has a limited number available on a first-come, first served basis. Beginners, age 5 and older are encouraged; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance by calling (803) 776-4396
SHE COLUMBIA — THE ULTIMATE GIRLS’ WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Formerly the Columbia Women’s Show, the rebranded event is a celebration of everything woman, brimming with vendors, celebrities and local leaders in fashion, beauty, cooking, entertainment, crafts and healthy living. $8; college students and military with IDs, $5; ages 6-12, $4. $1 discount on an adult ticket with three canned food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Two-day passes are $12; $5 for parking. Proceeds will benefit The Women’s Shelter and Harvest Hope Food Bank. http://www.shecola.com
CUPID’S CHASE 5K: 10 a.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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.
“INSIDE COMBAT RESCUE”: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. Free screening of the first of National Geographic’s six-part documentary series provides a look at South Carolina’s contribution to the war in Afghanistan. More than 600 airmen from Shaw Air Force Base are currently deployed in Afghanistan, McEntire Air National Guard F-16s and C-17s from Charleston AFB also provide support to operations and can be seen in the series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parents are strongly cautioned as the material will contain scenes of real war which may not be suitable for younger audiences.
MARDI GRAS GALA: 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. $40 per couple plus $10 for each additional daughter ticket. Tickets available at the Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Highway (cash or check only). (803) 261-8697
“THIS IS CAROLINA BALLET”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Township, 1703 Taylor St. Repertory performance celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet. Dancers from the junior and senior companies will be featured. The free event is sponsored by the Township Foundation. Call (803) 545-2350 for tickets.
S.C. PHILHARMONIC: 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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
FINANCIAL PEACE SEMINAR PREVIEW: 11 a.m. Sunday at Christian Life Church-Brown Chapel, 2700 Bush River Road. Sessions will be held at 11 a.m. Sundays, Feb. 17-April 21 (except Easter Sunday, March 31). Suggested donation, $100 (seminar, workbook and CDs); payable in four payments of $25. Email email@example.com
SHE COLUMBIA — THE ULTIMATE GIRLS’ WEEKEND: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Formerly the Columbia Women’s Show, the rebranded event is a celebration of everything woman, brimming with vendors, celebrities and local leaders in fashion, beauty, cooking, entertainment, crafts and healthy living. $8; college students and military with IDs, $5; ages 6-12, $4. $1 discount on an adult ticket with three canned food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. $5 for parking. Proceeds will benefit The Women’s Shelter and Harvest Hope Food Bank. http://www.shecola.com
TREE TREK: 2 p.m. Sunday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join a park ranger to explore the old-growth forest along the boardwalk. Free, program begins at the Harry Hampton Visitors Center. (803) 776-4396
WAVERLY NEIGHBORHOOD WALKING TOUR: 2 p.m. Sunday beginning at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1401 Pine St. Established shortly after the Civil War on plantation land once owned by Robert Latta, Waverly is recognized as one of Columbia’s first documented suburbs. Tickets for the guided tour are $6; age 17 and younger, $3; Historic Columbia Foundation members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext 24 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-up registrations are also accepted.
SUNDAYS AT LOWMAN CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday in the New LIfe Chapel, the Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Featured performer will be harpsichordist Tim White; a reception will follow. Free and open to the public with a reservation; call (803) 451-7414.
RICE MUSIC HOUSE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday 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.
DISCOUNTING AND COUPONING STRATEGIES: 9-11 a.m. Monday and Feb. 13 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Learn how to make the most of your financial resources without spending money, plus more ways to save money, make your dollars go further; $59. (803) 0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT FORUM: Noon-2 p.m. Monday at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. Dr. Natalie Jackson, Nor Nassri and Osama Nashat, experts in the field of Middle Eastern conflict will speak. Sponsored by the Columbia World Affairs Council and the USC Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, tickets are $30; $20 for members; $15 for students (includes lunch). http://www.columbiawac.org
FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Admission, $1. (803) 400-1162; http://www.edventure.org
IPAD BASICS: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Get the most out of your mobile device, class will cover tricks and traps as well as favorite applications; $89. It’s a hands-on class, so bring your own iPad.
PHOTO ID WORKSHOP: 6 p.m. Tuesday 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
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. The songs of musical theater giants Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein take center stage for the concert which will feature 22 tunes performed by the orchestra, soloists and a 30-member chorus. Tickets are $25; USC faculty and staff, seniors and military, $20; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; http://www.capitoltickets.com
“RAZZLE DAZZLE: MY LIFE BEHIND THE SEQUINS”: 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Mitzi Gaynor, film and TV star, will give a 90-minute performance with music, songs, stories, stage skits and video footage pulled from her six-decade television, concert and film career. Tickets are $45; $35 for groups. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com
“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
“NIGHT OUT WITH THE KING”: Valentine’s Day dinner, 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Mount Seir Baptist Church, 136 Rimer Pond Road, Blythewood. Meet and greet from 7-7:30, dinner at 7:30 p.m., followed by jazz music and fun at 8 p.m. Dinner menu consists of steak and shrimp or grilled salmon and shrimp, salad, baked potato, rolls, desserts, iced tea. Dine in or take-out available. Sponsored by Mount Seir Baptist Church and Shekinah Glory Family Care Ministries. Tickets sold in advance only, $25; couples, $50. (803) 604-7094; (803) 331-5272
“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
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
“A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD”: Feb. 15-17 at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters, the show follows the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for ages 3 through adult. (803) 691-4548; http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
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
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
COMMUNITY GARDENING WORKSHOP: 10:15 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Hyatt Park Community Garden, 950 Jackson Ave. Gardening guru Ed Brogdon of Back-to Eden, will give a hands-on presentation of flower, fruit and vegetable gardening. The free workshop is part of the City Parks and Recreation department’s Community Gardens Initiative. Reservations are required, call (803) 545-3100 by Friday.
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center for a presentation on common winter birds found in the park before heading out to identify and count birds. Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the program, wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Water and snacks are recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them; the park has a limited number available on a first-come, first served basis. Beginners, age 5 and older are encouraged; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance by calling (803) 776-4396.
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
TREE TREK: 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join a park ranger to explore the old-growth forest along the boardwalk. If you’re up for it, stick around for the guided Weston Lake wilderness hike at 1:30 p.m. Dress for the weather, bring snacks and water. Both programs are free and begin at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. (803) 776-4396
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
MOONLIGHT CREATURES: 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a walk on the wild side during this special evening program. Free, meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Reservations are required, call (803) 776-4396.
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
“SISTER AMNESIA’S COUNTRY WESTERN NUNSENSE JAMBOREE”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23, March 1-2 and 3:30 p.m. March 3 at the On Stage Performance Center, 680 Cherokee Lane (The Barn). $18; seniors and students, $16; children, $14. Tickets available at (877) 238-5596 or go to http://www.smarttix.com and type in “nunsense.”
“BOEING-BOEING”: A 1960s bachelor juggles relationships with three airline stewardesses and sees his ruse go off-course when faster jets are introduced. Production by the USC Department of Theatre and Dance, 8 p.m. Feb. 22-March 2 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18. (803) 777-2551
FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS FOR BOYS: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Polo Road Recreation Center, 730 Polo Road. Taught by experienced Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies, the class is designed to instruct males ages 8-14 on how to avoid conflict and defend themselves. Wear loose fitting slacks or shorts, shirt and sneakers, bring a bottle of water. Limited to the first 40 participants; call (803) 446-8605 to register.
HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM REMEDIATION CLASSES: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 25-April 11 at W.R. Rogers Adult, Continuing and Technology Education Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. HSAP English Language Arts remediation will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 25-April 10; HSAP Math remediation classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 26-April 11. Students must attend a minimum of 12 hours of class in order to be eligible for testing, which will be April 16-18. $75 enrollment fee. (803) 736-8787