Things to do and see, March 8-14

Columbia - The StateMarch 8, 2013 

Friday, March 8

It’s the 47th annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show, through Sunday at the State Fairgrounds. The show will feature more than 270 construction, home improvement and outdoor products exhibits. Admission is $6; ages 14 and younger, free; parking is $2. Today is Seniors Day, free admission for age 62 and older. The Wine Walk at the Home & Garden Show is slated for 5-8 tonight; sample a variety of wines from eight tasting stations. Limited tickets available online for $25; $30 at the gate; includes admission to the show and a 2013 Wine Walk tasting glass; Saturday is Military Appreciation Day, present your military ID for one free admission. Show hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.




More than a dozen Midlands men are hitting the runway in the annual Bid for Bachelors auction. The single men are offering themselves for a date to the highest bidder. The auction benefits the South Carolina Victims Assistance Network. The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tickets are $20, with discounts available. For details and tickets, visit /




The Health and Fitness Expo leading to the second annual Columbia Marathon is 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. Admission is free. The marathon, which includes a new relay, a half-marathon, a 5K and a kid’s marathon, kicks off at 7:30 a.m. Saturday on Sumter Street. Details: columbiasc

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey DRAGONS show continues through Sunday at the Colonial Life Arena, Tickets: $17-$74. Information: (855) 456-2849 or

Sunday, March 10




Join the Historic Columbia Foundation for a guided walking tour of the Melrose Heights neighborhood at 2 p.m. Sunday. Melrose Heights is one of Columbia’s earliest suburbs, established 1900-1950 on land owned by members of the Powell family and is named after their former home. Since 2003 the neighborhood and Oak Lawn, which lies to the east, have been protected by the City of Columbia as an architectural conservation district. $6; $3 for age 17 and younger, HCF members, free. Meet at Melrose Park, 1500 Fairview Ave. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email

The Harlem Ambassadors and the Recreation Rebounders take to the court at 5 p.m. Sunday at Westwood High School, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood. The Ambassadors all-star team will take on a team of Columbia’s local celebrities including retired NBA and NFL players, coaches, radio hosts, media personalities, law enforcement and local government officials, coached by former NBA great Xavier McDaniel and legendary coach George Glymph. Proceeds will benefit the Richland County Recreation Foundation to support and improve programming, services and facilities. Advance tickets are $9; $11 at the door, age 5 and younger, free; available at

Tuesday, March 12




You could be “Finding History in Your Backyard” after spending an evening with South Carolina historian and author Walter Edgar, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Doko Manor in Blythewood (adjacent to town hall) at 171 Langford Road. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation and Edgar will be available to sign copies of his books (books will not be available for sale at the event). Tickets are $10; Blythewood Historical Society members, free; reservations requested. (803) 333-8133

Wednesday, March 13

The stars of the hit comedy series “The Big Bang Theory” will showcase never-before-seen footage and give fans the ability to interact with the cast, who will be taking questions live from the Saban Theatre audience in Beverly Hills. The fan festival will be screened at 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Sandhill Stadium 16, 450 Town Center Place. The original cast members will be featured, as well as Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski). Tickets are $15, available at

Thursday, March 14

It’s time to get gussied up for the 11th annual Girls Night Out, and that would be 7 p.m. Thursday at 701 Whaley St. EdVenture Children’s Museum and Coplon’s presents an evening of fashion, music, food and fun. There will be music from DJ Chris Wenner, a performance by Unbound Dance Company and a high-energy fashion show from Trina Turk’s 2013 collection. The designer’s ready-to-wear, accessory and home collections are influenced by her love of 1960s and ’70s vintage apparel and jewelry as well as modernist and graphic art, and mid-century modern architecture. VIP runway seating includes a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception with Turk, $125; reserved seats, $75; general admission, $50. Proceeds benefit educational outreach and accessibility programs at EdVenture.


Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road, is offering a Birding Basics program at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Enjoy a relaxing morning walking through the sandhills in search of resident and migrating birds. Participants will learn the basics of birding from choosing binoculars and field guides to helpful identification tips. Designed for age 8 and older, adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for the outdoors and bring water. A limited supply of binoculars and field guides will be available (or bring your own). Program fee is $5; seniors and age 15 and younger, $3 (includes park admission); free to all Park Passport Plus holders. Pre-registration is required, deadline is Friday, March 15. Call (803) 788-2706 or email


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