Community Calendar for the Midlands, March 31

March 31, 2013 

  • BEST BETS FRIDAY

    TASTE BUDS: “Food is Fun!” for ages 3-5, 10-11 a.m. Friday, $10; members, $7. “Eating the Rainbow” for ages 6-12 will meet 3:30-5 p.m. $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.

MONDAY

STUDIO ART PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM AT USC: Photography exhibit, “The f8 of the World,” Monday through April 10 at City Art Gallery, 1224 Lincoln St. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. An opening reception hosted by the artists will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

SPRING NATURE WALK: 10-11:30 a.m. Monday 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 today. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

TUESDAY

NATURE CRAFT: 9-11 a.m. Tuesday 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 No. 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

WEDNESDAY

TRAIL HIKE: 2 p.m. Wednesday 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 Tuesday. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: Early Columbia lecture series, part 1, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 8 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., led by historian and author Warner Montgomery. Wednesday’s 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

THURSDAY

NATURE CRAFT: 9-11 a.m. Thursday 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 No. 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

MEET ME @ THE PLAZA ON MAIN: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday 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. 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 dpaavel@lcsd.sc.gov

TARTAN DAY SOUTH: Thursday through April 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. Thursday at the Amphitheater, free. Concert, 7 p.m. Friday at the Speedway, featuring Celtic Commotion, Seven Nations, Cutthroat Shamrock and Gypsies Ginger; $15. Highland Games and Celtic Festival, 9 a.m. Saturday at the Speedway will feature games, music, marketplace, traditional Celtic foods, children’s play area, Highland dancing, sheepherding, 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

FRIDAY

SPRING NATURE WALK: 10-11:30 a.m. Friday 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 Thursday. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

TASTE BUDS: “Food is Fun!” for ages 3-5, 10-11 a.m. Friday, $10; members, $7. “Eating the Rainbow” for ages 6-12 will meet 3:30-5 p.m. $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.

TARTAN DAY SOUTH: Concert, 7 p.m. Friday at the Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce. Bands include Celtic Commotion, Seven Nations, Cutthroat Shamrock and Gypsies Ginger; $15. Highland Games and Celtic Festival, 9 a.m. Saturday 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 Riverwalk Park Amphitheater, Meeting Street and Alexander Road, West Columbia; free. http://www.tartandaysouth.com

BIBLE WAY 50th JUBILEE FESTIVAL: 7-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Friday’s 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 Saturday 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

SATURDAY

TARTAN DAY SOUTH: Highland Games and Celtic Festival, 9 a.m. Saturday at the Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce, will feature games, music, marketplace, traditional Celtic foods, children’s play area, Highland dancing, sheepherding, falconry and hurling exhibitions, British Classics car show. Tickets are $10; ages 5-12, $5; age 4 and younger free. Kirkin’ of the Tartans, 11 a.m. April 7 at the Amphitheater; free. http://www.tartandaysouth.com

NATURE DISCOVERY: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays through May 18 (except April 27) at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Walk with a park volunteer to look and listen for animals in the forest. Free. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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 Monday. (803) 359-8815, ext. 127; http://bit.ly/xHQjeH

BACKYARD EARTH DAY EVENT: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 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 preorder 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.

BIBLE WAY 50th JUBILEE FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the A.C. Jackson Wellness Center, 2508 Atlas Road, with free food, games, vendors, men’s baking contest, music and health screenings. (803) 647-5176; http://www.bwcar.org

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

T HE S.C. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, Lexington Environmental Health Services and local veterinarians are sponsoring two rabies clinics Saturday. The first will be held at the Batesburg-Leesville Animal Hospital, 432 E. Columbia Ave, Leesville from 1-3 p.m.; the second will be 4-5 p.m. at the IGA, 4760 Augusta Highway, Gilbert. Dogs must be on a leash and cats in a box or carrier. Vaccination fee may vary by clinic location, not to exceed $10 per pet.

JOHN TUDOR’S MAGIC WORKSHOP FOR KIDS: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, second level, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Interactive, hands-on master class in the art of illusion for age 6 and older. Registration is $20; tickets available at http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

“THE ROCKIN’ TALE OF SNOW WHITE”: 3 p.m. Saturday and April 7 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $10; (803) 799-2510; http://www.towntheatre.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

TREE TREKS: 10 a.m. Sundays, April 7 through May 19 (except April 28) at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join a ranger to explore the old-growth forest along the boardwalk. Free. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

TARTAN DAY SOUTH: Kirkin’ of the Tartans, 11 a.m. April 7 at the Riverwalk Park Amphitheater, Meeting Street and Alexander Road, West Columbia; free. http://www.tartandaysouth.com

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: 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

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

“THE ROCKIN’ TALE OF SNOW WHITE”: 3 p.m. April 7 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $10; (803) 799-2510; http://www.towntheatre.com

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

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: Early Columbia lecture series, part 1, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 8 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., led by historian and author Warner Montgomery. The April 8 topic will be “The United States’ First Planned City.” “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

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

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.

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. April 13 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. Proceeds will benefit the educational and cultural efforts of the Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc. Tickets available at http://www.gardenclubofsc.org/projects/followblooms

“CINDERELLA”: April 12-14 at The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet production will be staged at 7:30 p.m. April 12, general admission, $15.50; April 13 performance with reserved seating, 7:30 p.m., $10.50-$20.50; April 14, 3 p.m., $10.50-$20.50. Student tickets available at the box office only. The Glass Slipper Ball anniversary gala will be held in the auditorium immediately following the April 13 performance; tickets are $35. (803) 771-6303; http://www.carolinaballet.net

HERB FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13 on the grounds of the Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington. Free admission, herbs and plant-related items will be available; mini herbal demonstrations and silent auction. Seminars include Herb Container Gardening, 10 a.m.; Culinary Fun with Herbs, 11:30 a.m.; Let’s Talk About Tea, 1 p.m.; seminars are $5 each. Afternoon tea time, an informal celebration of tea, 2:30 p.m., tickets are $10. Proceeds will help fund a scholarship to a qualified student from Lexington County to further his or her education in the field of horticulture. (803) 359-9898; (803) 359-6932

TOUCH A TRUCK (OR MORE): 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13 at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. Event will feature big rigs such as firetrucks, cement trucks, bulldozers, antique military vehicles; family-friendly entertainment, public safety information, healthy eating activities, mascots and face painting. $6 (children younger than 2 are free with a paying adult); family four-pack of tickets, $20. Proceeds will benefit Junior League of Columbia projects.

FOLLOW THE BLOOMS TOUR: Fundraiser Tour Day,10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13 in Pinewood, Wedgefield and Stateburg. Visit the Millford Plantation house, 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. Proceeds will benefit the educational and cultural efforts of the Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc. Tickets available at http://www.gardenclubofsc.org/projects/followblooms

COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 13 and noon-6 p.m. April 14 in the Cantey Building at the State Fairgrounds. The one-of-a-kind cultural event will feature 60 national exhibitors, food court and bazaar, international fashion show, parade of nations and international dance and music performances. Advance tickets are $4; $5 at the door; children age 5 and younger, free. (803)799-3452; http://www.cifonline.org

HISTORIC PRESERVATION WORKSHOP: 10:30 a.m. April 13 at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, 1705 Hampton St. Master painters from Palmetto Decorators will discuss the application of faux finishes and paint schemes within the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, constructed in 1872. $15; Historic Columbia Foundation members, $10. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

ETERNAL CYPRESS: 11 a.m. April 13 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Meet at Stop No. 3 on the boardwalk to learn about the survival of the majestic bald cypress. Free. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

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

BARK IN THE PARK: 2 p.m. April 13 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join a park ranger for a 2.4 mile, dog-friendly hike to learn how people and animals have interacted with the forest over time. The best behaved dog will take home an official “Bark Ranger” bandanna. Free; limited to 10 participants; reservations required. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

RICE MUSIC HOUSE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. April 14 at 470-16 Town Center Place, the Village at Sandhill. Piano recital featuring Jane Luther Smith of USC Sumter. Free, but seating is limited, call (803) 254-2777 or go to http://www.ricemusichouse.com to reserve a spot.

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

THE PARKER QUARTET CONCERT: 6-7:15 p.m. April 15 at the School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. The award-winning group is the University of South Carolina’s Quartet-in-Residence for 2013. Free. (803) 777-1983; http://www.music.sc.edu/events

USC WIND ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. The ensemble joins forces with the USC Concert Choir and University Chorus. Free. (803) 777-1983; http://www.music.sc.edu/events

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP: 4-7 p.m. April 16 at the Richland County Extension Office at Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. The class will include on stormwater runoff and water pollution, rainwater harvesting with barrels and cisterns and easy rain barrel construction and setup. $30; includes all materials to make one barrel per person. Class is limited to 20 participants; registration deadline is April 8. Registration forms at http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/4770 or call (803) 865-1215, ext. 122

IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION AND TEA: More than 40 floral arrangements using the precise principles of Japanese flower arranging, noon-4 p.m. April 17 at the Columbia Garden Club Council building, 1605 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). (803) 787-7217

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: Early Columbia lecture series, part 1, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 8 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., led by historian and author Warner Montgomery. The April 17 topic will be “Columbia’s First Families.” 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

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER RENAMING CELEBRATION: 5-8 p.m. April 18 at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Join community members in celebrating the legacy of the late Sen. Isadore Lourie as the CSC is renamed “The Lourie Center.” Event will include live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; $100. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities available. (803) 779-1971

NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY: 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. April 20 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins.Youngsters meet at the visitor center to learn about birding with a park ranger. The park’s new Junior Ranger program booklets will be available. Participants will earn an official Junior Range patch and badge. Free. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

T HE S.C. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, Lexington Environmental Health Services and local veterinarians are sponsoring two rabies clinics April 20. The first will be held at the First Citizens Bank on Pine Street in Batesburg from 1-2:30 p.m.; the second will be 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Celebrations, 6704 Augusta Highway, Leesville. Dogs must be on a leash and cats in a box or carrier. Vaccination fee may vary by clinic location, not to exceed $10 per pet.

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: Early Columbia lecture series, part 1, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through May 8 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., led by historian and author Warner Montgomery. The April 24 topic will be “Columbia’s First Churches.” “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

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 chairwoman 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

MOONLIGHT CREATURES: 8 p.m. April 27 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a walk on the wild side during this special evening program. Free, reservations required. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

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