Community Calendar for the Midlands, March 18

March 18, 2013 

  • BEST BETS THURSDAY

    HONK!: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (CATE), 916 Mount Vernon Church Road, Chapin. Stiles and Drewe comedy based on the classic tale of “The Ugly Duckling,” featuring the Chapin High School choirs and instrumentalists, with sets by the carpentry classes, lights and visuals by the media classes at the CATE center. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students age 5 and older.

    “A CHORUS LINE”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. March 24 in the Richland 2 auditorium at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. The Palmetto Center for the Arts Theatre Company will present the multi award-winning musical. Tickets are $7; students, $5; available at the door or http://www.districtauditorium.org. The Richland Northeast Education Foundation is sponsoring a dinnner and tickets to the production Saturday. Proceeds will benefit educational activities at RNE. (803) 699-2800

TODAY

DIGITAL DARKROOM: 6-9 tonight, Wednesday and 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 : Pianist Alyona Aksyonova and cellist James Waldo in concert, 7 tonight at Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton St., Camden. Works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Listz and North Carolina native Chandler Carter will be performed. Refreshments will follow, child care available. Suggested minimum donations, $15 for adults; children, $10. All proceeds will benefit Food for the Soul. (803) 432-7621

TUESDAY

McKISSICK MUSEUM NATURE LECTURE: Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday on the front patio of the museum on USC’s horseshoe. Rudy Mancke kicks off the series with “The Nature of Spring” in conjunction with the vernal equinox. Free, bring a bag lunch, beverages will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring items (no live animals) for Mancke to discuss. http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum

GARDEN PRESENTATION — TOMATOES: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cayce-West Columbia Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Lexington County Master Gardener David Kneece will share Clemson Extension research information on the best plants to select, preparing the site, fertilizing, insects, common problems and watering. Free and open to the public. (803) 794-6791

THURSDAY

AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday 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. Thursday 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. Thursday 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.

HONK!: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (CATE), 916 Mount Vernon Church Road, Chapin. Stiles and Drewe comedy based on the classic tale of “The Ugly Duckling,” featuring the Chapin High School choirs and instrumentalists, with sets by the carpentry classes, lights and visuals by the media classes at the CATE center. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students age 5 and older.

“A CHORUS LINE”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. March 24 in the Richland 2 auditorium at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. The Palmetto Center for the Arts Theatre Company will present the multi award-winning musical. Tickets are $7; students, $5; available at the door or http://www.districtauditorium.org. The Richland Northeast Education Foundation is sponsoring a dinnner and tickets to the production March 23. Proceeds will benefit educational activities at RNE. (803) 699-2800

SUMTER LITTLE THEATRE: “The Trial of Goldilocks” and “Once Upon a Shoe,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. 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

“SIMPLY DIVIDED”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Chapin Theatre Company 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

FRIDAY

TASTE BUDS: Cooking and nutrition lab at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. The permanent addition to the museum offers hands-on classes on cooking up a healthy lifestyle under the guidance of a real chef. The first class “Rooting for Good Health,” will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Friday. Designed for ages 6-12, participants will prepare two delicious dishes and create a root veggie craft. $20; members, $15 (includes snack). (803) 779-3100; http://www.edventure.org

SMOKIN’ AT THE FARMERS MARKET: Commissioners Cup barbecue cookoff and festival, Friday and Saturday at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. “Anything Butt” contest and music by Doug McCormick, 5-9 p.m. Friday; $5. The quest for the State Barbecue Championship will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; 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.

FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT, CARNIVAL AND DANCE PARTY: 6-9 p.m. Friday 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

YOUNG DETECTIVES OF LOST CIVILIZATIONS CAMP-IN: 6:30 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday 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 campin@scmuseum.org

A CELEBRATION IN CONCERT: 7 p.m. Friday in Antisdel Chapel on the Benedict College campus. The Women’s History Month event will feature the college’s women music faculty including Angela Blalock, Dr. Kimberly Haynes, Joy Young, Dr. Nuria Rojas and Dr. Linda L. Kershaw. Guest pianist will be Dr. Richard Beckford. Free and open to the public. (803) 705-4738

KIDZ NIGHT IN: “American Girl” pajama party, 7-9 p.m. Friday 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. Friday 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. Friday 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

HONK!: 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (CATE), 916 Mount Vernon Church Road, Chapin. Stiles and Drewe comedy based on the classic tale of “The Ugly Duckling,” featuring the Chapin High School choirs and instrumentalists, with sets by the carpentry classes, lights and visuals by the media classes at the CATE center. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students age 5 and older.

“A CHORUS LINE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Richland 2 auditorium at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. The Palmetto Center for the Arts Theatre Company will present the multi award-winning musical. Tickets are $7; students, $5; available at the door or http://www.districtauditorium.org.

SUMTER LITTLE THEATRE: “The Trial of Goldilocks” and “Once Upon a Shoe,” 7:30 p.m. Friday at 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. 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

“SIMPLY DIVIDED”: 8 p.m. Friday24 at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Chapin Theatre Company 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

SATURDAY

FUSE GIVE FREELY 5K: 8 a.m. Saturday; 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 Friday.

COLON CANCER CHALLENGE: 8 a.m. Saturday 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

GREAT COLUMBIA QUEST SCAVENGER HUNT: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 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. Saturday 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

SMOKIN’ AT THE FARMERS MARKET: Commissioners Cup barbecue cookoff and festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. Tickets for the State Barbecue Championship 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.

RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING DAY: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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 cpdcarandbikeshow@gmail.com

LET’S MOVE — KIDS DAY COLUMBIA: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Amusement rides, interactive family fun zone, petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, karaoke, arts and crafts, food vendors, exhibitors, clowns, magic show and the Young and Gifted talent competition finals. Free.

701 CCA COLUMBIA OPEN STUDIOS: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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 bloliver@columbiasc.net

LEXINGTON JUNIOR WOMAN’S CLUB FASHION SHOW: 6 p.m. Saturday at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Spring fashions by Cho on Main, Craig Reagin Clothiers 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 Clothiers, White House Florist, Palmetto Wine and Spirits, Zebra Cleaners and Junior Woman’s Club members.

“A CHORUS LINE”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Richland 2 auditorium at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. The Palmetto Center for the Arts Theatre Company will present the multi award-winning musical. Tickets are $7; students, $5; available at the door or http://www.districtauditorium.org. The Richland Northeast Education Foundation is sponsoring a dinnner and tickets to the production March 23. Proceeds will benefit educational activities at RNE. (803) 699-2800

SUMTER LITTLE THEATRE: “The Trial of Goldilocks” and “Once Upon a Shoe,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. 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

“SIMPLY DIVIDED”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Chapin Theatre Company 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

SUNDAY

701 CCA COLUMBIA OPEN STUDIOS: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 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.

RICE MUSIC HOUSE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday 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.

“A CHORUS LINE”: 3 p.m. Sunday in the Richland 2 auditorium at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. The Palmetto Center for the Arts Theatre Company will present the multi award-winning musical. Tickets are $7; students, $5; available at the door or http://www.districtauditorium.org.

SUMTER LITTLE THEATRE: “The Trial of Goldilocks” and “Once Upon a Shoe,” 3 p.m. Sunday at 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. 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

“SIMPLY DIVIDED”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Cchapin Theatre Company 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

BACH’S “ST. JOHN PASSION”: 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St. Tickets are $12-$45. (803) 771-7300; http://www.trinitysc.org/music

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.” http://www.shepherdscenterofstandrews.org

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

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

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

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 Friday. 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 sdykes@lcsd.sc.gov

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. Registration is $25; 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

HISTORIC PRESERVATION WORKSHOPS: 10:30 a.m. March 30, April 13 (painting) and May 11 (landscape design) at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, 1705 Hampton St. The March 30 session will feature characteristics of historic plaster finishes and how to stabilize and restore them. $15 each or $35 for all three; $10/$25 for Historic Columbia Foundation Members. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

CAROLINA CUP: 1:30 p.m. March 30 at the Springdale Race Course, Camden. Gates open at 9 a.m. General admission tickets, $45. (803) 432-6513; http://www.carolina-cup.org

CINEMA CAMP: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 1-5 at the Columbia Bethlehem Community Center, 344 McRae St. Ages 10-14 will get an introduction to motion pictures, camera stabilization, script and storyboarding, photography and footage review. Free camp is sponsored by CBCC and R.J. Foley of Light Road Media Productions. Space is limited, registration deadline is Friday. (803) 807-9852

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 sesqui@scprt.com

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 sesqui@scprt.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, registration deadline is April 2. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

TASTE BUDS: “Food is Fun!” for ages 3-5, 10-11 a.m. April 5, $10; members, $7. “Eating the Rainbow” for ages 6-12 will meet 3:30-5 p.m. April 5. $20; members, $15 (includes snack).Cooking and nutrition lab at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. The permanent addition to the museum offers hands-on classes on cooking up a healthy lifestyle under the guidance of a real chef. (803) 779-3100; http://www.edventure.org

BIBLE WAY 50th JUBILEE FESTIVAL: 7-9 p.m. April 5 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6. April 5 event at 2430 Atlas Road (behind the C.R. Neal Dream Center) will feature local musicians Kabra Benford, Anthony Blackmon, Regina Skeeters, Kenny Smith, Kristen Williams, the Benedict Gospel Choir and the Bible Way Church of Atlas Road Youth Praise Team. The celebration continues April 6 at the A.C. Jackson Wellness Center, 2508 Atlas Road, with free food, games, vendors, men’s baking contest, more music and health screenings (803) 647-5176; http://www.bwcar.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 Friday. $52, includes all supplies. (803) 545-3093 or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

GREAT AMERICAN BACKYARD CAMPOUT: 10 a.m. April 20 until noon April 21 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Camp overnight with park rangers and volunteers who will teach basic camping skills including building a fire and camp cooking. Participants will also have the opportunity to go geocaching, paddling, fishing and hiking. Evening activities include stargazing, a night hike, campfire and s’mores. $25 per family (maximum six people). A four-person tent will be provided for each family. Applications available at http://www.southcarolinaparks.com or at the park office, deadline is Sunday. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

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