FRIDAY, MARCH 22
They’ll be Smokin’ at the Farmers Market for the Commissioners Cup barbecue cook-off and festival, today and Saturday at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. “Anything Butt” contest and music by Doug McCormick, 5-9 tonight; $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.
Things will be hopping in Lexington at the Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, Carnival and Dance Party 6-9 tonight at the Gibson Road Soccer Complex, 301 Duffie Drive. 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
The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic opens today and runs through Sunday at the SC State Fairgrounds. See R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from “Swamp People,” the reality show that airs on the History Channel, on Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources, the three-day show also features seminars on outdoor endeavors, including hunting, fishing, alligator hunting and trapping. See a 5,500-gallon aquarium stocked with largemouth and striped bass, watch bird dog demonstrations and see what outdoor stuff is for sale. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Friday; Sat, March 23, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.Details: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/psc/
The Palmetto Center for the Arts Theatre Company will present the multiple Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prize winning musical, “A Chorus Line,” 7:30 tonight,3/22 and Saturday3/23 and 3 p.m. Sunday3/24 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 dinner and tickets to the production SaturdayMarch 23. Proceeds will benefit educational activities at RNE. (803) 699-2800
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
How much do you know about our fair city? The Historic Columbia Foundation is sponsoring its second annual Great Columbia Quest, city-wide scavenger hunt slated for 9 a.m.-noon Saturdayat the Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding St. Inspired by “The Amazing Race,” teams of two (age 10 and older) will have three hours to solve puzzles, overcome obstacles, scavenge for clues and complete challenges to win points for prizes and a $100 cash prize. Since it’s all on foot, clues will be located in the area bordered by Bull, Harden, Blanding and Blossom streets. Return to the Robert Mills House and Gardens for a finish line festival with drinks, snacks and prizes. Registration is $50 per team, HCF members, $40; includes T-shirt. Register at http://hcfgreatquest.eventbrite.com
Rise and shine for the Springtime in the Garden Festival
Doing some spring cleaning? RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants in Chapin is sponsoring its second annual Residential Recycling Day 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 1302 Chapin Road. The event is free to residents in the Chapin community. Items accepted include documents for shredding and recycling; used electronics (TVs, computers, printers, fax machines and copiers — but no appliances); cellphones that still work will be given to U.S. soldiers serving overseas; old clothing household items and furniture and canned food items for Chapin’s We Care Center. Community partners include Shred 360, His House Ministries, the We Care Center and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.
The Lexington Junior Woman’s Club Fashion Show will be held at 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.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
The Rice Music House Community Concert Series, 3 p.m. Sunday, will feature a piano recital by Dr. Joseph Rackers of the University of South Carolina. The event will be held at 470-16 Town Center Place, the Village at Sandhill. Free, but seating is limited, call (803) 254-2777 or go to http://www.ricemusichouse.com to reserve a spot.
MONDAY, MARCH 25
The Lexington Woman’s Club Charity Golf Tournament begins at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Two-player teams, $160. Door prizes, lunch, cocktail party and awards. Proceeds will benefit the Chris Myers’ Children’s Place, a Christ Central Ministry. (803) 957-5118 or (803) 429-6008
TUESDAY, MARCH 26
It’s time for the spring session of Adventures in Learning at the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 pm. Tuesdays, March 26 through 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
The USC Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Howard Hanson and Tchaikovsky with guest artist violinist Zeyu Victor Li, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. $25; senior citizens, USC faculty and staff, $20; students, $8 (803) 251-2222; http://www.capitoltickets.com
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
The CMA Contemporaries Oyster Roast will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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