Things to do and see, March 1-7

March 1, 2013 

Friday, March 1

The Five Points community will welcome the green and Gaelic season with a Kick-Off to St. Pat’s, 5-7 p.m. Friday at Harden and Greene streets. Children can help with the dyeing of the fountain, there will be entertainment from the Rince N’ah Eireann Irish step dancers, bagpipers in traditional garb and DJ Scott Padgett. All children will receive a goody bag with prizes and are invited to join the Great Leprechaun Hunt to find bronze “Logan” statues throughout the Five Points neighborhood. www.stpatscolumbia.com

“Seussical Jr.,” a Columbia Children’s Theatre YouTheatre production opens at 7 p.m. Friday at CCT, second level, Richland Mall, Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard. More than 80 Midlands children will appear in the Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior collection, which reformats full-length productions for young performers. The show runs through March 10 with 7 p.m. performances on Fridays; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $8; age 3 and younger, free. www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

“9 to 5 the Musical” opens Friday at Town Theatre. The musical is based on the 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as three working women who plot to get rid of a horrible boss. It runs through March 16. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. The theater is at 1012 Sumter St. $12-$20; www.towntheatre.com or (803) 799-2510

Saturday, March 2

Rise and shine for the March for Meals 5K run/walk, 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Runners will cross the Saluda River Bridge into the Botanical Garden while walkers will remain inside the zoo. Advance registration is $30 for adult runners, $25 for adult walkers, $15 for age 12 and younger; $35 for all participants on race day. Proceeds will benefit Senior Resources’ Meals on Wheels program. www.seniorresourcesinc.org

The Color Run, the largest 5K paint event in the world, makes its debut in Columbia at 9 a.m. Saturday beginning and ending at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St., going through the Robert Mills Historic District. Here’s the deal, show up in your whitest of whites and be prepared for a dousing of color powder at each kilometer; if that’s not enough, there’s more at the finish line color festival. The feel-good event is open to individual runners, $50; teams of four or more, $45 each. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Columbia Foundation and Girls on the Run of Columbia. www.thecolorrun.com/columbia

Art Day: Appreciate, Captivate, Inspire (pretty much says it all) is slated for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Visitors will enjoy behind-the-scenes guided tours of the museum’s art and history storage areas; a tour indentifying artwork found in the museum’s four floors, hands-on art projects in partnership with the USC art education department and demonstrations by South Carolina artists. The art of music will add to the fun, with two performances by Greenville’s Fine Art Ramblers. Free with regular museum admission. (803) 898-4921

Truly unique, it’s the South Carolina Cornbread Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Main and Newman streets in North Columbia (near Earlewood Park). There will be a cornbread cook-off, children’s cook-off, cornbread eating contest with a cash prize, live entertainment, car and bike show, Corn Muffin Play Land for ages 1-12, college mascots and the Live Sugar-Free 5K run/walk, which starts at 8:30 a.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.). Free admission; sponsored by the North Columbia Business Association, City of Columbia, Richland County and Pepsi-Cola. www.sccornbreadfestival.com

Palmetto Opera, in conjunction with Teatro Lirico D’Europa, will present “Tosca” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts. Puccini’s work includes the operatic necessities: scandal, love and death. Teatro is a company that performs around the world. The opera will be performed with supertitles. Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $32 and $42; (803) 251-2222 or www.palmettoopera.org

You can be a real pal at the PAALS Un-Gala, 7 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. An Un-Gala is on par with a typical formal gala, but with a more relaxed and casual atmosphere. In fact, this year’s event will have a Wild West theme along with food, open bar, games, dancing, entertainment, mechanical bull, panning for real gold, live and silent auctions. There will also be a special auction to help provide service dogs to our soldiers with PTSD. All of the proceeds will help Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services with the cost of purchasing dogs with service potential, training, food and veterinary visits. tickets are $50; available online at www.paals.org/party-with-paals

Tuesday, March 5

You might see some stars of tomorrow in “Talley’s Folly,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Theatre Rowe, Richland Mall, Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive. Production by the Palmetto Center for the Arts students at Richland Northeast High School. RNE’s production has been selected by the S.C. Association to represent the Palmetto State at the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s High School Theatre Festival March 7-8 in Louisville. Tickets are $5 at the door; proceeds will be used to assist students with the cost of the trip.

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