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
CAROLINA CLASSIC HOME & GARDEN SHOW: Today through Sunday at the State Fairgrounds. The show will feature more than 270 construction, home improvement and outdoor products exhibits. Admission is $6; age 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; http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5498399862#. 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. http://www.columbiabuilders.com
CAROLINA CLASSIC HOME & GARDEN SHOW: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the State Fairgrounds. The show will feature more than 270 construction, home improvement and outdoor products exhibits. Admission is $6; age 14 and younger, free; parking is $2. Saturday is Military Appreciation Day, present your military ID for one free admission. http://www.columbiabuilders.com
OWENS FIELD PARK BIO-BLITZ: 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of South Holly Street and Airport Boulevard, adjacent to Memorial Stadium. Sponsored by the A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina and the Rosewood Community Council, the event is a documentation of the plant species along the park’s trail system. A team of botanists affiliated with the herbarium will lead the study. Documenting the park’s botanical diversity will allow for a better understanding of the natural plant communities that once occurred through the Rosewood area and a greater appreciation for the community’s remaining natural areas. Participants may bring garden gloves, digital cameras and/or handheld GPS devices. Dress for the weather and outside work, bring a water bottle; data sheets and instructions will be provided. (803) 777-8175
BATTLE OF THE BADGES: Charity basketball game and dinner, 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Gilbert High School, 840 Main St., Gilbert. Teams taking it to the hoop are a group of Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies versus personnel from Lexington County public safety agencies. $8; includes dinner, a performance by magician John Tudor and the game. Proceeds will benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. Tickets are available at Lexington County Fire Station No. 8, 103 Main St., Gilbert; Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington; Price’s Country Store, 540 Peach Festival Road, Gilbert; Gilbert Middle School, 120 Rikard St. and Gilbert High School, 840 Main St. (803) 518-3073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CAROLINA CLASSIC HOME & GARDEN SHOW: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the State Fairgrounds. The show will feature more than 270 construction, home improvement and outdoor products exhibits. Admission is $6; age 14 and younger, free; parking is $2. http://www.columbiabuilders.com
HFC SECOND SUNDAY STROLL: 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 email@example.com
SUNDAYS AT LOWMAN CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday in the New Life Chapel, the Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin. Guest will be pianist Avguste Antonov; a reception will follow. Free, call (803) 451-7414 for reservations.
AKSYONOVA/WALDO DUO: Pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo in concert, 5 p.m. Sunday at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 170 St. Andrews Road. Works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Listz and North Carolina native Chandler Carter will be performed. Free. (803) 798-2776
HARLEM AMBASSADORS VS. RECREATION REBOUNDERS: Benefit basketball game, 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 provided by the Richland County Recreation Commission. Advance tickets are $9; $11 at the door, age 5 and younger, free; available at http://www.richlandcountyrecreation.com
CARING FOR CREATION 2013: Midlands Green Congregation Initiative kickoff, 6:30-8 p.m. Monday at 701 Whaley St. Event brings together congregational green team members interested in reducing operating costs, reducing solid waste costs, being stewards of the earth, attracting new and younger members and developing new leaders. Free; register at http://www.caringforcreation2013.eventbrite.com
“FINDING HISTORY IN YOUR BACKYARD”: Spend an evening with South Carolina historian and author Dr. 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 Dr. 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
AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday and Thursday at the Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane Road. Six-hour driver safety refresher course, call (803) 462-9995 to register.
LUNCH AND LEARN: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Josh Whitney, physical therapist and personal trainer at the Human Performance and Rehabilitation Center of Columbia will speak on maintaining your lower back health. He will also address back pain prevention and address back exercises for seniors. Bring a lunch, beverage and dessert will be provided. Free and open to the public; RSVP at (803) 779-1931, ext. 12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GIRLS NIGHT OUT: 7 p.m. Thursday at 701 Whaley St. EdVenture Children’s Museum and Coplon’s presents a night 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. VIP runway seating includes 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception with Trina Turk, $125; reserved seats, $75; general admission, $50. Proceeds benefit EdVenture’s educational outreach and accessibility programs. (803) 400-1162; http://www.edventure.org
SUMTER LITTLE THEATRE: “The Trial of Goldilocks” and “Once Upon a Shoe,” Thursday through March 17 and 21-24 at 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10; students, seniors and military, $8; age 5 and younger, $6. Box office hours are 3-6 p.m. weekdays. (803) 775-2150
“ YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN”: Premiere performance of the Westwood High School Actors’ Theatre, 7 p.m. March 15; 2 and 7 p.m. March 16 in the Westwood High School Auditorium, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood. Advance tickets are $5; students, $3; military and senior citizens with ID, groups of 10 or more, $2. Prices at the door will be $6/$4; available at the box office 30 minutes before the performance. (803) 691-4040, ext. 36703
“SIMPLY DIVIDED”: 8 p.m. March 15-17, 21-23 and 3 p.m. March 17, 24 at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Chapin Theatre production of the comedy by Georgia playwright Jeff Lovett is directed by Julie Parker. Tickets are $16; students 13 and older, seniors and active military $13; age 12 and younger, $10. (800) 838-3006; http://www.chapintheatre.org
BIRDING BASICS: 9 a.m. March 16 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road,. 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 March 15. Call (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
PROJECT ALPHA YOUTH CONFERENCE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 16 at the USC Law School, 701 Main St. Sponsored by the Omicron Iota Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the conference is open to young males ages 11-18 (check-in and registration begin at 8:30 a.m.) Project Alpha seeks to create a safe environment where young men can learn about and explore their sexuality, manhood and relationship issues; conference will feature workshops on abstinence and the consequences of early sexual activity, peer pressure, gangs and violence, HIV/AIDS, building healthy relationships and the roles and responsibilities of fatherhood. Free but pre-registration is required. (803) 200-2606; http://www.alphaoil.org
QUILT EXTRAVAGANZA: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16 and 1-4 p.m. March 17 at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St., Sumter. Vendors, door prizes and quilts on display. Sponsored by the Swan Lake Quilt Guild, this year’s special exhibit will showcase quilts based on children’s picture books by Barbara Fitzsimmons. Admission is $5. (803) 905-1221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“CREATING A SAFE HAVEN IN A DANGEROUS WORLD — STOP CHILD ABUSE” WORKSHOP: Noon-2 p.m. March 16 at North Springs Park, 1320 Clemson Road. Sponsored by Chosen 2 Conquer International Ministries. (803) 691-0962
HARLEM ROCKETS COMEDY BASKETBALL EXHIBITION: 2 p.m. March 16 in the Benjamin E. Mays Human Resources Center arena, Benedict College. Sponsored by the S.C. Baptist Brotherhood, a nonprofit organization supporting educational opportunities for Benedict and Morris college students. Tickets are $10; seniors and students with school ID, $6; special rates for groups of 20 or more. (803) 917-3241
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”: Dance Theatre of Columbia performances at 2 and 7 p.m. March 16 in the Keenan High School Auditorium, 361 Pisgah Church Road. Call (803) 788-7517 for tickets.
YOUTH TALENT AND EDUCATION EXPO: 5 p.m. March 16 at the Allen University Gymnatorium, 1530 Harden St. Free and and open to ages 11-17; educational speakers will be on hand to discuss teen topics related to health and wellness, finance, self-esteem and alcohol and drugs; there will also be food and door prizes. Sponsored by the Iota Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Youth interested in participating in the talent expo (for cash prizes) should call (803) 530-6164 to schedule an audition.
DIGITAL DARKROOM: 6-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, March 18-25 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Learn to use generic tools to improve your photos. Working knowledge of computers is required. Students may bring their own laptops with any photo editing software installed; $89. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
AN EVENING OF CLASSICAL MUSIC TO BENEFIT FOOD FOR THE SOUL: Pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo in concert, 7 p.m. March 18 at Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton St., Camden. Works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Listz and North Carolina native Chandler Carter will be performed. (803) 432-7621
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES: 12:30-3:30 p.m. March 21 and 22 at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Two-day program helps you brush up on your driving skills. Participants who successfully complete the course may be eligible for an insurance discount. $14; AARP members, $12. Class is limited to 25 students, registration is required. (803) 779-1971; http://www.capitalseniorcenter.com
CHAMBER MUSIC ON MAIN: 7 p.m. March 21 at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Special concert will feature works by Mozart, Chen Yi and Tchaikovsky. $40; members, $30; students, $5. (803) 799-2810; http://www.columbiamuseum.org
KIDZ NIGHT IN: “American Girl” pajama party, 7-9 p.m. March 22 at Art Smart Academy, 7320 Broad River Road. The night will include pizza, painting a mini pottery popcorn bowl for your doll and two tickets for the Saige (the 2013 “American Girl” Doll of the Year) drawing. $25; space is limited; pre-registration is required, call (803) 667-9912
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. March 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
ARTS AT SHANDON: “The American Trail,” 7:30 p.m. March 22 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Soprano Serena Hill LaRoche will perform works by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries; also featured will be pianist Catherine Garner and baritone Michael LaRoche. Free, donations accepted; a reception will follow. (803) 771-4408, ext. 27; http://www.shandonpres.org
FUSE GIVE FREELY 5K: 8 a.m. March 23; race through Shandon begins at King and Monroe streets and finishes at Hand Middle School (the certified Hot Summer Night 5K course). Inaugural run sponsored by fuse Massage Therapy with proceeds going to the S.C. Children’s Trust and Safe Kids of the Midlands. $30; online registration at http://www.simplyrunning.com ends at noon March 22.
GREAT COLUMBIA QUEST SCAVENGER HUNT: 9 a.m.-noon March 23, sponsored by the Historic Columbia Foundation. Teams of two (age 10 and older) will solve puzzles, scavenge for clues and complete challenges to win points for prizes and a $100 cash prize. Meet at the Robert Mills House and Gardens for a finish line festival with drinks, snacks and prizes. $40 per team; HCF members, $30, through today3/8. $50/$40 the day of the event. Register at http://hcfgreatquest.eventbrite.com
RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING DAY: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23 at RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants, 1303 Chapin Road. Chapin residents may drop off documents for shredding and recycling, used electronics (TVs, computers, fax machines and copiers — no appliances); working cell phones to be given to U.S. soldiers serving overseas; old clothing, household items and furniture; canned food items for Chapin’s We Care Center.
701 CCA COLUMBIA OPEN STUDIOS: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 23 and noon-6 p.m. March 24. Free self-led driving tour of 58 artists’ working studios in the city of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties, showcasing the Midlands’ visual arts community. Information at http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org.
DUCK DASH: 3 p.m. March 23 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Ducks are $5 and may be purchased in advance or before 2 p.m. March 23. Prizes for first, second and third place. Proceeds will benefit Creative Journey, an art resource program for the Wounded Warrior Transitions Unit at Fort Jackson. For information or to buy a duck, call (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com
LEXINGTON JUNIOR WOMAN’S CLUB FASHION SHOW: 6 p.m. March 23 at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Spring fashions by Cho on Main, Craig Reagin Clothers and Ruto Bhonsle; silent auction. Advance tickets, $25; $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Lexington County women’s and children’s charities. Tickets available at Cho on Main, Craig Reagin Clothers, White House Florist, Palmetto Wine and Spirits, Zebra Cleaners and Junior Woman’s Club members.
COLON CANCER CHALLENGE: 8 a.m. March 23 at Dutch Fork High School, 1400 Old Tamah Road, Irmo. 65-, 50- and 26-mile bike rides; proceeds will pay for colonoscopies for patients who are uninsured or underinsured. 65- and 50-mile rides start at 8 a.m., the 26-miler starts at 8:30. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; there will be a 9 a.m. 8K run to raise awareness and funds for colon cancer screening. Advance registration for riders is $35; after March 11, $40; day of the event, $45. Advance registration for runners is $25; after March 11, $30; day of the event, $35
RICE MUSIC HOUSE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. March 24 at 470-16 Town Center Place, the Village at Sandhill. Piano recital featuring Dr. Joseph Rackers of the University of South Carolina. Free, but seating is limited, call (803) 254-2777 or go to http://www.ricemusichouse.com to reserve a spot.
COOK-A-PIG: Fundraiser for the South Carolina Special Olympics conducted by Lexington County Sheriff’s Department code enforcement officers, resident deputies and school resource officers. The deputies will barbecue Boston butts for $40 each; deadline to purchase is March 22. The meat will be ready for pickup between 3-5:30 p.m. March 28 at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road. For more information or to order, call Dixiana Resident Deputy Shannon Dykes at (803) 518-3123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CMA CONTEMPORARIES OYSTER ROAST: 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 27 on Boyd Plaza at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Live music, beverages and of course, oysters. $15; Contemporaries members, free. (803) 799-2810; http://www.columbiamuseum.org
BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13 at Edisto Discovery Park, 1419 Wiley St. Minimum participants, four; maximum, 10; registration deadline is March 22. $52, includes all supplies. (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com