LUNCH AND LEARN: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today 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 email@example.com
GIRLS NIGHT OUT: 7 tonight at 701 Whaley St. EdVenture Children’s Museum and Coplon’s present 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 Sunday and March 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
“ YOU’RE 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
M.O.M. (Mothers of Multiples) SALE: 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at Brookland Baptist Church Health and Wellness Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. One-day, cash-only consignment sale offers gently used infant and children’s clothing, maternity clothing, toys, baby furniture and equipment. http://www.themomsale.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Sunday 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 email@example.com
“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.
“BILOXI BLUES”: 8 p.m. Saturday3/16 at the Newberry Opera House. Montana Repertory Theatre production of Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning comedy. $30; groups, $25; dinner, $40 extra. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com
“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. Monday 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 through March 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. Monday 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
POETRY READING: Emily Rosko, Columbia College’s 2012 Maxwell Guest Writer, will read from her work at 7:15 p.m. March 21 in the Breed Leadership Center, 201-202, Columbia College Drive. Rosko, an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the College of Charleston, is the author of two poetry collections, “Prop Rockery” and “Raw Goods Inventory.” Free and open to the public.
FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT, CARNIVAL AND DANCE PARTY: 6-9 p.m. March 22 at the Gibson Road Soccer Complex, 301 Duffie Drive, Lexington. Children ages 12 and younger can bring their baskets and flashlights in anticipation of finding 50,000 eggs. A Special Needs egg hunt begins at 7:30 p.m. with other hunts starting at 8:15 p.m. The event will also include carnival games, bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones and snacks from Jimmy John’s and Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina. Sponsored by the Town of Lexington and the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission, donations of canned goods will be accepted for the March for Meals — Meals on Wheels program. (803) 359-9961, ext. 227
SMOKIN’ AT THE FARMERS MARKET: Commissioners Cup barbecue cookoff and festival, March 22-23 at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. “Anything Butt” contest and music by Doug McCormick, 5-9 p.m. March 22; $5. The quest for the State Barbecue Championship will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23; tickets are $10. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free with three canned food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 734-2200; http://www.agriculture.sc.gov and click on Hot Topics.
YOUNG DETECTIVES OF LOST CIVILIZATIONS CAMP-IN: 6:30 p.m. March 22 through 8 a.m. March 23 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Overnighter for young campers and their chaperones will feature activities related to the museum’s “Secrets of the Maya” exhibit — an archaelogical dig, craft sessions including spirit masks and unique clay and bead amulets. Campers will have unlimited access to the Maya exhibit and other permanent exhibit galleries; an evening pizza snack and continental breakfast will be provided. Groups must have a minimum of 50 people, but smaller groups may combine with others to total 50 or more. $25 per person (children and adults). (803) 898-4999 or email firstname.lastname@example.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. Registration is $50 per team, HCF members, $40. 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 Chapin’s We Care Center.
CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ CHALLENGE, CAR AND BIKE SHOW: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 23 at Carolina Ale House, 277 Columbiana Drive. $20 registration for all — BBQ, car, bike. $5 wristbands for BBQ samplings and voting for the chief ’cue cook and the top-ranked rides. Vendor tables, $250. Proceeds will benefit the Columbia Police Department Foundation for the purchase of ballistic vest carriers. (803) 429-3889 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. There will be a 9 a.m. 8K run to raise awareness and funds for colon cancer screening; participants are encouraged to wear a pair of creatively designed boxer shorts over their running clothes; shorts modeling begins at 8:40 a.m.; prizes for the best boxers. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Riders, $40; day of the event, $45; runners, $30; day of the event, $35. http://www.lmccoloncancerchallenge.com
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.
BACH’S “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 WOMAN’S 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’ Children’s Place, a Christ Central Ministry. (803) 957-5118 or (803) 429-6008
SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Spring session of Adventures in Learning, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 pm. Tuesdays, March 26-May 21 at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. Interfaith learning program for age 50 and older. $15 (includes all classes), lunch, $6.50. New classes include “Worldly (and Otherworldly!) Insights,” “The Shepherd’s Center Comedy Hour,” “In the News,” “Lagniappe for the Garden,” “CSI Columbia,” “Letters to the Seven Churches,” “Reader’s Circle,” “Making a Difference,” “Music as You Like It!,” “Mass-teria: The Salem Witchcraft Trials,” “A Writer’s View,” and “Math Demystified.”
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Works by Howard Hanson, Tchaikovsky with guest artist violinist Zeyu Victor Li, 7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. $25; senior citizens, USC faculty and staff, $20; students, $8 (803) 251-2222; http://www.capitoltickets.com
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 email@example.com
S.C. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EXPO: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27 at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Free and open to the public. http://www.sc.edu/scatp/expo13.html
12th ANNUAL RESURRECTION RUN 5K AND POWER WALK: 8:30 a.m. March 30. The course is the same as the Cold Winter’s Day 5K — start at Trenholm Road and Country Club Drive, finish at Forest Lake Place. $20 by Saturday; $25 after; race day, $30. Event commemorates the run/walk that Mary, Peter, John and others made to and from the empty tomb of Jesus on Resurrection Day. Late registration, opening festivities and warm-up begin at 7 a.m. Food and drinks will be provided after the run/walk. Sponsored by ATC Life Changing Ministries, proceeds will benefit ministry service and outreach programs for widows.(803) 781-0801; http://www.active.com
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
CAROLINA CUP: 1:30 p.m. March 30 at the Springdale Race Course, Camden. Gates open at 9 a.m. Discount general admission tickets are on sale for $30 each until Saturday; $45 after. (803) 432-6513; http://www.carolina-cup.org
SPRING NATURE WALKS: 10-11:30 a.m. April 1, 5 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the park’s half-mile Jackson Creek Nature Trail for age 5 and older, exploring the Carolina ecosystem, plants and animals. $5; seniors and age 15 and younger, $3. Adults must accompany childern 15 and younger. Meet at the park office, registration deadline is one day prior to the program. (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NATURE CRAFTS: 9-11 a.m. April 2, 4 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Participants will make bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed. Meet at picnic shelter #5. Designed for all ages and free with park admission of $2; seniors and age 15 and younger, $1.25. No registration required. (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
TRAIL HIKE: 2 p.m April 3 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Guided hike on the newly resurfaced 2-mile Sandhills Trail. Designed for all ages and the trail is stroller-friendly. $5; seniors and age 15 and younger, $3. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Meet at the park office, egistration deadline is April 2. (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GROW YOUR OWN SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 6 at the Lexington County Extension Office, 605 W. Main St., Suite 109, Lexington. Workshop fee is $30; each paid registrant will receive one log to grow their gourmet mushrooms at home. Limited to 25 participants; deadline is April 1. (803) 359-8815, ext. 127; http://bit.ly/xHQjeH
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