Things to do in Columbia, March 29-April 4

March 29, 2013 

Friday, March 29

Today is Good Deed Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 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;

There will be a statue unveiling at 2:30 p.m. today 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 advisor for Presidents Wilson, Hoover, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Truman and Kennedy and helped form the NRA under Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.

Saturday, March 30

Horses and high fashion... It’s time for the 81st Carolina Cup race meeting Saturday at the Springdale Race Course, 200 Knights Hill Road, Camden. The time-honored tradition draws fans from throughout the southeast for an afternoon of steeplechase and tailgate parties. Proceeds benefit local charities. Gates open at 9 a.m., first of six races starts at 1:30 p.m. and races run 35-40 minutes apart. General admission tickets, $45. (803) 432-6513;

Follow the Historic Columbia Foundation’s restoration at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home with a historic preservation workshop, 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 1705 Hampton St. The session will feature characteristics of historic plaster finishes and how to stabilize and restore them. $15; $10 for HCF members. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email

Is your canine “child” missing out on all of the egg hunts? Well, check out the Easter B’egg Hunt, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Martin Luther King Park, 2300 Greene St. Treat-filled eggs for your pooch to sniff out — there will be a dozen prize eggs. After the egg hunt, there will be an Easter parade back to Pupcakes Pet Boutique and Bakery, 625 Harden St., for hunt prizes and treats for people and pups. $5 per dog; register at (803) 461-0236 or

World Night 2013 is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday in the Russell House Ballroom at the University of South Carolina. The multicultural event will feature and array of international cuisine, fashion and performances by the international and local student community. Co-sponsored by the International Student Association and the International Services office. Advance tickets are $7 (available at the ISS office in the Byrnes Building, Suite 103 or the Russell House information desk; $10 at the door, includes dinner.

Monday, April 1

The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform “Swan Lake,” at 8 p.m. Monday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $40; students $20; groups, $30. Dinner option, $40 extra. (803) 276-6264;

Wednesday, April 3

Well, it’s hump day and USC is serving up a couple of sports activities at home. The Gamecock Outdoor Invitational, an all-day event for track and field fans, is at the Weems Baskin Track, 200 S. Marion St. The USC softball team plays host to Appalachian State, 7 p.m. at the Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field, 1318 Heyward St. Tickets are $7; youth, $4. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks are on the road to play the Furman Paladins at Fluor Field in Greenville at 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 4

What are you doing for lunch? Meet Me @ The Plaza on Main kicks off the season 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the first Thursday monthly through Nov. 7. Outdoor dining and jazz (weather permitting at the Columkbia Museum of Art’s Boyd Plaza (Main and Hampton streets). Presented by City Center Partnership.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is offering a Personal Safety Class for Females, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday 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

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