Community Calendar for the Midlands, March 22

March 22, 2013 

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    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

TODAY

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. today. 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 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.

FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT, CARNIVAL AND DANCE PARTY: 6-9 tonight 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 tonight 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 tonight 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 tonight 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 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

ARTS AT SHANDON: “The American Trail,” 7:30 tonight 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 tonight 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 tonight 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

SUMTER LITTLE THEATRE: “The Trial of Goldilocks” and “Once Upon a Shoe,” 7:30 tonight 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 tonight 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 today.

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 pose tougher questions for 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

COUNCILMAN NORMAN JACKSON MEET AND GREET: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 1151 Old Garners Ferry Road. Richland County residents are invited to visit Caughman Pond/Pinewood Lake and discuss what amenities they would like to see at Caughman Pond. (803) 576-2060

44th ANNUAL COTTONTAIL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road; bounce houses, face painting, games, live bunnies, toddler trail, arts and crafts and photos with Peter Cottontail. Carnival, 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; egg hunts by age groups start at 1 p.m. sharp. $2 park admission for age 15 and older. Sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Commission. (803) 754-7275

FRIENDS AND FAMILY EASTER OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Virginia College, 7201 Two Notch Road. Learn about the educational opportunities available as well as refreshments, giveaways, door prizes, bounce house, movies, free manicures, balloon art, face painting, food, Columbia Fire and Richland County Sheriff’s departments, food drive for the Breath of Life Lutheran Church, Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny. (803) 509-7100

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.

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. 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.

GREENLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH: Easter egg hunt, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at 6612 Garners Ferry Road. (803) 776-4074

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 Saturday. 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

BEN E. KING: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Live soul, R&B show by the lead singer for The Drifters and member of the Rock t’n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets are $45; groups, $35. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

“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

MONDAY

LEXINGTON WOMAN’S CLUB CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: 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

SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Spring session of Adventures in Learning, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 pm. Tuesdays 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

USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Works by Howard Hanson, 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

S.C. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EXPO: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday 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

MANN-SIMONS OUTDOOR MUSEUM OPENING: Wednesday at the Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland St. Join the Historic Columbia Foundation as they celebrate the completion of the museum, a free exhibit that includes five ghost structures, interactive wayside signage and a new website, http://www.mannsimons.com. Although only one house stands today, the Mann-Simons Site historically was a collection of commercial and domestic spaces owned and operated by the same African-American family from at least 1843 until 1970. Free tours of the site will be offered from noon-5 p.m., followed at 5:15 by a presentation featuring Mayor Steve Benjamin, Robin Waites and Dr. Jakob Crockett, both of the HCF.

CMA CONTEMPORARIES OYSTER ROAST: 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

GUITARIST, COMPOSER JONATHAN KREISBERG: Jazz guitar and improvisation clinic, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the String Project building (first floor of the Discovery Garage), free. The Jonathan Kreisberg Trio will perform a jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St.; free.

THURSDAY

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 today. 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

“STEP RIGHT UP! THE SYMPOSIUM”: 5:30 p.m. March 28 at McKissick Museum, on the USC Horseshoe. Presentations about the cultural and social history of the sideshow by Dr. Robert Bogdan of Syracuse University, Kathy Maher from the Barnum Museum, James Taylor, publisher of the journal “Shocked and Amazed”; and artist Rebecca Davenport, Symposium is a tie-in with McKissick’s “Step Right Up! Sideshows in American Culture” exhibit, running through May 11. Free, but register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5649688370

UPCOMING EVENTS

GOOD DEED FRIDAY: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 29 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1500 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Support area non-profits by bringing your “unneeded treasures” to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank, Babcock Center, Dickerson Center for Children, Lexington Interfaith Community Services, Chris Myers’ Children’s Place and the Cayce Public Safety Foundation Animal Shelter. Created by The Ambassadors of the West Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2008, the annual event is an opportunity for the community to start spring cleaning a little early and help local charities. Accepting clothes, furniture, toys, sporting and exercise equipment, electronics, pet items and non-perishable food items. (803) 794-6504; http://www.gooddeedfriday.org

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

WORLD NIGHT 2013: 6 p.m. March 30 in the Russell House Ballroom at USC. The multicultural event will feature an array of international cuisine, fashion and live performances by the international and local student community. Co-sponsored by the International Student Association and the International Student Services office. Advance tickets are $7; at the door, $10 (includes dinner). Advance tickets available at the ISS office in the Byrnes Building, Suite 103 or the Russell House information desk.

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 today. (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

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: Early Columbia lecture series, part 1, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, April 3-May 8 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., led by historian and author Warner Montgomery. The April 3 topic will be “Buffalo, Indians, Explorers and Settlers.” “Columbia Revisited” will be used as the textbook for the series and may be purchased for $26.95 through HCF when registering. An optional bus tour will be held 2-5 p.m. April 21. Registration is $60 ($70 with bus tour), $50/$55 for HCF members and $35/$45 for students. $10 per session when space is available. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

MEET ME @ THE PLAZA ON MAIN: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 4 at Main and Hampton streets. Outdoor dining and jazz (weather permitting) at the Columbia Museum of Art’s Boyd Plaza. Presented by City Center Partnership.

PERSONAL SAFETY CLASS FOR FEMALES: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 4 at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road. Open to women and girls age 11 and older; teens must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. LCSD Crime Prevention Officer Sgt. Diane Paavel will show participants how to enhance their personal safety at home and at work and how they can protect themselves when approaching strangers. Casual clothing is advised. A total of 40 women and girls may participate in the free class. Call (803) 785-2504 to register or email dpaavel@lcsd.sc.gov

TARTAN DAY SOUTH: April 4-7 at the Riverwalk Park Amphitheater, Meeting Street and Alexander Road, West Columbia and the Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce. Celtic Movie Night, 7 p.m. April 4 at the Amphitheater, free. Concert, 7 p.m. April 5 at the Speedway, featuring Celtic Commotion, Seven Nations, Cutthroat Shamrock and Gypsies Ginger; $15. Highland Games and Celtic Festival, 9 a.m. April 6 at the Speedway will feature games, music, marketplace, traditional Celtic foods, children’s play area, Highland dancing, sheep herding, falconry and hurling exhibitions, British Classics car show. Tickets are $10; ages 5-12, $5; age 4 and younger free; Two-day adult pass, $20. Kirkin’ of the Tartans, 11 a.m. April 7 at the Amphitheater; free. http://www.tartandaysouth.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

HAPPY HOUR HISTORY TOURS OF FIVE POINTS: 5:30 p.m. Fridays in April. The Historic Columbia Foundation will offer guided tours highlighting the history and architecture of area that includes cocktail and appetizer stops along the route. What began as a trolley hub for Columbia’s first planned suburban neighborhood has evolved into one of the city’s entertainment hot spots. Tickets are $25; HCF members, $20 (includes two adult beverages and appetizers). Reservations are encouraged; (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.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

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6 and noon-5 p.m. April 7 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Free admission to Bank of America cardholders; regular admission for additional guests. (803) 400-1166; http://www.edventure.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

RAKU FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 6 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. and the Backman Gallery, 1932 Calhoun St. Onsite demonstrations of raku, throwing and hand building. Free admission, small fee for a pot which can be glazed by the participant and fired in one of the raku kilns. (803) 545-3093 or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

BACKYARD EARTH DAY EVENT: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 at Lexington Square Park, Main Street and South Lake Drive, Lexington. Learn about backyard conservation from local experts on how to start composting and gardening with water conservation techniques, raising backyard chickens and more. Place your pre-order for an Ivy 50-gallon rain barrel or an 88-gallon compost bin at http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/lexington and they’ll be available for pickup at the event. More information, http://www.lex-co.sc.gov.

CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5 p.m. April 7 at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin (trumpet), Doug Graham (clarinet), Bruce Clark (trombone), Reggie Sullivan (bass), Jim Hall (drums) and Aletha Jacobs (piano). Special guest will be Larry Conger on cornet. $10; students age 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504

COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS: “Pleasures” is the theme of the final concert of the season, 4:30 p.m. April 7 in the recital hall of Spears Fine Arts Center, Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. Come early for the 4 p.m. Concert Conversations session hosted by Jerry Curry. Advance tickets, $13; $15 at the door; students with ID, free. http://www.columbiabaroque.com

TASTE BUDS: “Eating for Two for Moms-to Be,” 5:30-7 p.m. April 11, $25; members, $20 (includes meal). 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

FOLLOW THE BLOOMS TOUR: April 12 and 13 in Camden, Pinewood, Wedgefield and Stateburg. Silent auction and cocktail party, 6-8 p.m. April 12 at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse, 607 Broad St., Camden. Hors d’oeuvres, open bar and music. Tickets are $50; couples, $75. Fundraiser Tour Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. includes Millford Plantation house tour, Pinewood; Wedgefield Presbyterian Church and Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg. Authors Melissa Bigner and floral designer Heather Barrie (“Southern Bouquets”) will lead the seminar, “Make Your Own Southern Bouquets” at the Church of the Holy Cross at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tour day tickets are $40; optional lunch at the Church of the Holy Cross, $15. Sponsored by the Garden Club of South Carolina. Tickets available at http:///www.gardenclubofsc.org/projects/followblooms

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 today. $52, includes all supplies. (803) 545-3093 or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

BLUEGRASS AND GOSPEL MUSIC CONCERT: Noon-9 p.m. April 13 at the Sumter Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St., Sumter. Performances by The Cockman Family, The Hinson Girls, Kenny Scoggins and Mill Creek, The Kentucky Coleminers, Red and White Bluegrass and Slope Valley. Admission is $12, age 12 and younger, free; barbecue plates will be sold all day for $6. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. (803) 464-4492; (803) 436-2270

BROOKLAND-CAYCE HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC: April 15 at the Charwood Country Club, 222 Clubhouse Drive, West Columbia. Registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.; cookout and prizes awarded immediately following play. $75 per player, $300 per team. Proceeds will fund BCHS student scholarships and teacher grants. Entry deadline, April 12. (803) 708-1181; http://www.brooklandcaycefoundation.org

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

FREE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27 in the fellowship hall at Eau Claire Presbyterian Church, 628 Muller Ave. Offered by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, USC Chapter. DAR Lineage Research Chair Susan Sanders will conduct the hands-on workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their DAR applications, any supporting documentation and personal computers. Registration deadline is April 7. (803) 781-6549 or email uscchapter@yahoo.com

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