Community Calendar for the Midlands, March 24

March 24, 2013 


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


    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


DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA TRIATHLON: Event starts at 9 a.m. today with a 500-meter swim at the Blatt PE Center pool, 1300 Wheat St.; followed by a 10-mile bike, criterium style, three loop course; the 5K run features a tour of downtown Columbia. Registration is $69-$129. The 2013 AAA Car Care South Carolina Triathlon series is presented by Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and proceeds will benefit the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes) Foundation.

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

RICE MUSIC HOUSE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. today at 470-16 Town Center Place, the Village at Sandhill. Piano recital featuring Dr. Joseph Rackers of USC. Free, but seating is limited. Call (803) 254-2777 or go to to reserve a spot.

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

SUMTER LITTLE THEATRE: “The Trial of Goldilocks” and “Once Upon a Shoe,” 3 p.m. today 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. today 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;

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


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


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.”

FATHERHOOD SYMPOSIUM: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., first floor auditorium. “Second Chance: Getting Back on Track” gives participants the opportunity to share with other fathers and experts about they role they have in their family, along with specific discussions about record expunging and reproductive health. Dinner will be provided and transportation is available for Palmetto Healthy Start participants. (803) 296-3780

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;


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.

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, 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;

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.


“STEP RIGHT UP! THE SYMPOSIUM”: 5:30 p.m. Thursday 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

JONATHAN KREISBERG TRIO: Jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St.; free.


GOOD DEED FRIDAY: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1500 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Support area nonprofits 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;

STATUE UNVEILING: 2:30 p.m. Friday on the front lawn of the Camden Archives and Museum, 1314 Broad St. Two native sons will be commemorated — Larry Doby, the first African-American baseball player to integrate into the American League and Jewish financier and philanthropist, Bernard Baruch. Doby was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 and the official Larry Doby postage stamp was unveiled at the museum in July 2012. Baruch served as an adviser for Presidents Wilson, Hoover, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Truman and Kennedy and helped form the NRA under Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.


12th ANNUAL RESURRECTION RUN 5K AND POWER WALK: 8:30 a.m. Saturday. 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;

HISTORIC PRESERVATION WORKSHOPS: 10:30 a.m. Saturday; April 13 (painting) and May 11 (landscape design) at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, 1705 Hampton St. Saturday’s 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

CAROLINA CUP: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Springdale Race Course, Camden. Gates open at 9 a.m. General admission tickets, $45. (803) 432-6513;

WORLD NIGHT 2013: 6 p.m. Saturday 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.


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 children 15 and younger. Meet at the park office, registration deadline is one day prior to the program. (803) 788-2706 or email

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

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

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

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

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.

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;

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

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;

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;

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

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

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 and they’ll be available for pickup at the event. More information,

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.

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;

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:///

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;

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 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 or at the park office, deadline is today. (803) 788-2706 or email

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

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