CARING FOR CREATION 2013: Midlands Green Congregation Initiative kickoff, 6:30-8 tonight 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 Childrens Museum and Coplons 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 Turks 2013 collection. VIP runway seating includes 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception with Trina Turk, $125; reserved seats, $75; general admission, $50. Proceeds benefit EdVentures 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
MIDWAY ELEMENTARY MUSTANG FEST: 5-8 p.m. Friday at the school, 180 Midway Road, Lexington. Annual event will feature food, games and rides. (803) 821-0300
YOURE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN: Premiere performance of the Westwood High School Actors Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday 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. Friday and Saturday, March 21-23; 3 p.m. Sunday and March 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. Saturday 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 Friday. Call (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
PROJECT ALPHA YOUTH CONFERENCE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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 years special exhibit will showcase quilts based on childrens 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday in the Keenan High School Auditorium, 361 Pisgah Church Road. Call (803) 788-7517 for tickets.
YOUTH TALENT AND EDUCATION EXPO: 5 p.m. Saturday in 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.
SIMPLY DIVIDED: 8 p.m. Saturday and 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
SIMPLY DIVIDED: 3 p.m. Sunday 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
AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 18 at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 4646 Hard Scrabble Road. Participants who successfully complete the six-hour refresher course may be eligible for a discount from their auto insurance carrier. Registration deadline is Friday; (803) 788-3397
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. Childrens 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
SPRINGTIME IN THE GARDEN FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 23 in the Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, West Columbia. Guests will have the opportunity to consult experts on how to keep their backyards in bloom, manage fire ants and even tougher questions from the Clemson Extension Master Gardeners. Arts and crafts stations for kids and live music. Free with paid zoo admission (803) 779-8717; http://www.riverbanks.org
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 Chapins 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. the day of the dash. 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 WOMANS 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 womens and childrens charities. Tickets available at Cho on Main, Craig Reagin Clothers, White House Florist, Palmetto Wine and Spirits, Zebra Cleaners and Junior Womans 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 Monday, $40; day of the event, $45. Advance registration for runners is $25; after Monday, $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.
BACHS ST. JOHN PASSION: 4 p.m. March 24 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St. Tickets are $12-$45. (803) 771-7300; http://www.trinitysc.org/music
LEXINGTON WOMANS CLUB CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: 12:30 p.m. March 25 at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Two-player teams, $160. Door prizes, lunch, cocktail party and awards. Proceds will benefit the Chris Myers Childrens Place, a Christ Central Ministry. (803) 957-5118 or (803) 429-6008
COOK-A-PIG: Fundraiser for the South Carolina Special Olympics conducted by Lexington County Sheriffs 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