Community Calendar for the Midlands, April 9

April 8, 2013 

  • BEST BETS FRIDAY

    MUSIC AT SANDHILL SPONSORED BY GROW FINANCIAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 6-9 p.m. Fridays through May 10 at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. Free rides, games and balloon artist Nick Propst at 6 p.m. Friday’s 7 p.m. concert will feature The Men of Distinction. http://www.villageatsandhill.com

    BEEHIVE! THE ’60s MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Columbia College’s Cottingham Theatre, 1301 Columbia College Drive. $10; students and seniors, $5. Box office is open 2-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; call (803) 786-3850 to reserve tickets. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the performance at the box office beginning at 6:30 p.m.; call (803) 786-3746 for more information.

TODAY

USC ART AUCTION: 7-10 tonight in the Campus Room of Capstone House, College and Barnwell streets. Art will be on display beginning at 1 p.m., preview party at 6 p.m. Sculpture, photography, paintings and ceramics by USC faculty and students as well as works by Sigmund Abeles, Robert Courtright, and Brian Rutenberg. Open to the public. (803) 777-7480

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Good exercise and fun. (803) 345-0158 or email billmac85@yahoo.com

WEDNESDAY

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. This week’s topic will be “The United States’ First Planned City.” 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

2013 FAIR HOUSING FORUM: 9 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, 930 Richland St. Sponsored by the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council, the theme is “Fair Housing and Accessibility — Still a Civil Rights Challenge.” (803) 733-1130

TASTE BUDS: “Eating for Two for Moms-to Be,” 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, $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

PHOTOGRAPHY AT RIVERBANKS ZOO: Thursday through April 22 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo.Learn shooting skills that you can use in any environment; then shoot photo assignments on location at the zoo. Schedule is 6-8 p.m. Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and April 20; and 6-8 p.m. April 22. Class begins at Harbison Campus, then on to the zoo with follow-up time on campus to evaluate photos. $99 (does not include zoo admission). (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

FRIDAY

AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at Still Hopes, 1 Still Hopes Drive, West Columbia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. $14; AARP members, $12. Bring your driver’s license and AARP membership card. Box lunches available for $7.95. Call (803) 739-5018 to reserve a spot.

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: Friday and Saturday in Camden, Pinewood, Wedgefield and Stateburg. Silent auction and cocktail party, 6-8 p.m. Friday 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. Saturday 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 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

A TASTE OF SOUL ON THE AVENUE: Live music, 6-9 p.m. Friday at the South Sumter Farmer’s Market, 327 Manning Ave., Sumter. http://www.festivalontheavenue.com

FIRST AID: 6-10 p.m. Friday at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. General principles of first aid covering medical, injury and environmental emergencies according to American Heart Association and National Safety Council guidelines; $55. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

MUSIC AT SANDHILL SPONSORED BY GROW FINANCIAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 6-9 p.m. Fridays through May 10 at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. Free rides, games and balloon artist Nick Propst at 6 p.m. Friday’s 7 p.m. concert will feature The Men of Distinction. http://www.villageatsandhill.com

“KNOCK ’EM DEAD”: Comedy/murder mystery dinner show with six different endings, Fridays-Sundays through May 5 at Theatre Rowe, Fine Arts Center of Forest Acres, second level, Richland Mall (above Barnes & Noble). Doors open at 6:30; dinner at 7 p.m.; show times, 7:45; the May 5 performance will start at 5 p.m., doors open at 4; dinner, 4:15. $30; students, military and seniors, $27. Mature themes and dialogue, age 16 and older advised. (803) 200-2012; http://www.theatrerowe.com

DOWNTOWN FRIDAY NIGHTS CLASSIC MOVIES: “Superman III,” 7 p.m. Friday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. Admission, $2.50. (803) 436-2500

BEEHIVE! THE ’60s MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Columbia College’s Cottingham Theatre, 1301 Columbia College Drive. $10; students and seniors, $5. Box office is open 2-5 p.m. Thursdayand Friday; call (803) 786-3850 to reserve tickets. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the performance at the box office beginning at 6:30 p.m.; call (803) 786-3746 for more information.

“CINDERELLA”: Friday through Sunday at The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet production will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, general admission, $15.50; Saturday performance with reserved seating, 7:30 p.m., $10.50-$20.50; Sunday, 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 Saturday performance; tickets are $35. (803) 771-6303; http://www.carolinaballet.net

“MY FIRST TIME”: Trustus Side Door production, Friday through April 27 at 520 Lady St. Side Door Theatre entrance is through the glass doors on the Huger Street side of the building. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; matinees, 3 p.m. Sunday and April 21. Doors and box office open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets are $15. (803) 254-9732; http://www.trustus.org

PALMETTO HALF MARATHON: Friday and Saturday at Academy Sports + Outdoor, 730 Fashion Drive, Village at Sandhill. Packet pick-up and pasta dinner, 4-8 p.m. Friday; dine in or take out; proceeds will benefit Jubilee Academy and charity partners. Youth marathon, 6 p.m. Friday; kids who have kept track of their miles to a total of 12 miles before race day will then run 1.1 miles to complete the 13.1-mile distance of a half marathon. The half marathon will start at 7 a.m. Saturday; 5K run/walk, 7:15 a.m.; kids fun run, 9 a.m., start at the fountain in the center of Village at Sandhill. When you register, using the promo code RCSD, $3 will be donated back to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for the Ryan Rawl Scholarship Fund. http://www.palmettohalfmarathon.com; online registration ends Friday.

SATURDAY

“A WALK IN OUR SHOES”: Homeless awareness tour, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 2025 Main St.. Walking tour of downtown Columbia and Transitions facility; learn about life on the street, those who are working to create change in the community and the role you can play in the solution. Tours star in the quarter-hour. There will also be an information fair in the Transitions courtyard. Tickets are $25; youth, $25; college students, $10. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.awalkinourshoes.eventbrite.com

CHAPIN’S COMMUNITY OF CHARACTER SERVICE DAY: Saturday activities include spruce-up activities (planting flowers, putting out mulch, helping with spring cleaning and beautification efforts) and chopping wood for a wood ministry through the Justin Pepper Foundation. Kids Safety Awareness Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the BI-LO parking lot, 1419 Chapin Road, will include a vehicle rollover simulator, car seat inspections, fingerprinting, gun safety session, inflatable rock climbing wall, dirt bike giveaway (for students in grades 1-7 with a B+ average) and a used sporting goods and supplies drive for Justin’s Locker. The Chapin Optimist Club wil sponsor an appreciation lunch for volunteers, noon-1:30 p.m. at Crooked Creek Park. (803) 932-2222 or email kari@justinpepper.com

GOOD CLEAN FUN SATURDAY: 9 a.m. Saturday in the Irmo Town Hall parking lot, 7300 Woodrow St. Clean-up day sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful and the Town of Irmo. A signed waiver is required for all volunteers (a parent or guardian must sign a waiver for all volunteers younger than 18). Unaccompanied youth must be 14 or older. A adult must stay on site to supervise any youth group of three or more. Keep the Midlands Beautiful will provide trash bags and gloves. Wear study, closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. (803) 733-1139

HERB FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 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

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

NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 pm. Saturday at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. Topics include career exploration; partnerships — from problem solving to creating a community roadmap; engaging social media and networking effectively; building your career, piece by piece; fair housing and the next generation, youth for positive change. The event is free and open to age 16 and older, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Neighborhoods with the most participants will receive at $250 grant. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Community Development Department. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. today. (803) 545-3403; http://columbia.sc.gov/cdleadershipconference

EARTH DAY AT FORT JACKSON: Saturday at Semmes Park. Fun run and breakfast, 8-9 a.m. (bring old running shoes for recycling and reuse at the end of the run); fishing derby, 9-11 a.m. on Semmes Lake, kayaks and canoes available for check out; free hot dog lunch, 11 a.m.-noon; recycle regatta, noon-1 p.m., teams will create a boat or raft out of recycled material and race on Semmes Lake. The day will also include educational seminars, lake clean-up, recycling collections; light bulb exchange, safety demonstrations, Master Gardener and more. Rain date, 2 p.m. Sunday. (803) 751-8707; (803) 751-5971

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

TOUCH A TRUCK (OR MORE): 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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 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

FESTIVAL ON THE AVENUE: Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at South Main and Bartlette streets, Sumter. Food, music and fun for the whole family, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Manning Avenue. http://www.festivalontheavenue.com

COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday 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. Saturday 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

LEXINGTON COUNTY FIRE SERVICE CAREER SHOWCASE: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 432 Ball Park Road. Individuals seeking careers and volunteer opportunities in Public Safety-Fire Service are urged to attend. (803) 785-8158 or email mrobbins@lex-co.com

ETERNAL CYPRESS: 11 a.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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” bandana. Free; limited to 10 participants; reservations required. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

FAIR HOUSING CLINIC: “Foreclosure Prevention: Know the Risks,” 2-3 p.m. Saturday at RIchland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. Free, sponsored by the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council. (803) 733-1130

BEEHIVE! THE ’60s MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Columbia College’s Cottingham Theatre, 1301 Columbia College Drive. $10; students and seniors, $5. Box office is open 2-5 p.m. Thursdayand Friday; call (803) 786-3850 to reserve tickets. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the performance at the box office beginning at 6:30 p.m.; call (803) 786-3746 for more information.

“CINDERELLA”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet performance with reserved seating, $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 performance; tickets are $35. (803) 771-6303; http://www.carolinaballet.net

“KNOCK ’EM DEAD”: Comedy/murder mystery dinner show with six different endings, Fridays-Sundays through May 5 at Theatre Rowe, Fine Arts Center of Forest Acres, second level, Richland Mall (above Barnes & Noble). Doors open at 6:30; dinner at 7 p.m.; show times, 7:45; the May 5 performance will start at 5 p.m., doors open at 4; dinner, 4:15. $30; students, military and seniors, $27. Mature themes and dialogue, age 16 and older advised. (803) 200-2012; http://www.theatrerowe.com

“MY FIRST TIME”: Trustus Side Door production, 8 p.m. Saturday at 520 Lady St. Side Door Theatre entrance is through the glass doors on the Huger Street side of the building. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; matinees, 3 p.m. Sunday and April 21. Doors and box office open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets are $15. (803) 254-9732; http://www.trustus.org

SUNDAY

TREE TREKS: 10 a.m. Sundays 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

“MY FIRST TIME”: Trustus Side Door production, 3 p.m. Sunday at 520 Lady St. Side Door Theatre entrance is through the glass doors on the Huger Street side of the building. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through April 27 and 3 pm. April 21 Doors and box office open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets are $15. (803) 254-9732; http://www.trustus.org

“CINDERELLA”: 3 p.m. Sunday at The Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet performance, $10.50-$20.50. Student tickets available at the box office only. (803) 771-6303; http://www.carolinaballet.net

RICE MUSIC HOUSE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday at 470-16 Town Center Place, the Village at Sandhill. Piano recital featuring Dr. 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.

MONDAY

BROOKLAND-CAYCE HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC: Monday 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, Friday. (803) 708-1181; http://www.brooklandcaycefoundation.org

THE PARKER QUARTET CONCERT: 6-7:15 p.m. Monday 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. Monday 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

CUSTOMER SERVICE EMAIL WRITING: 9 a.m.-noon April 16 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road, Columbia. Learn the top email mistakes that can sabotage customer relationships and how to apply concrete, practical guidelines for consistently clear and professional email messages; $79. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

BEGINNER’S SQUARE AND ROUND DANCE LESSONS: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning April 16. Weekly classes meet at Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. $20 per month. (803) 740-1344; http://www.yellowrockhall.com

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.” $10 per session when space is available. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

MIDLANDS PLANT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 18-20; noon-5 p.m. April 21 at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia.

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

RICHLAND COUNTY COUNCIL MEET AND GREET: 5:30-7 p.m. April 18 at The Township, 1703 Taylor St. National County Government Month event will also include a tour of the historic auditorium and refreshments. (803) 576-2067

WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES: Men from across the Midlands will be standing up against sexual assault and abuse, one pair of heels at a time. The event, sponsored by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, begins at 6 p.m. April 18 outside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Men, women and children of all ages are encouraged to participate, individually or in teams. Registration is $20 until noon April 18; $30 at the event; children 12 and younger, free. All proceeds will go to supporting survivors and prevention education programs across the Midlands. http://wam2013.eventbrite.com

VELOCITY: STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE: 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. USC dancers take centerstage for a showcase of their original works; $12-$18; (803) 777-5112

“MY FIRST TIME”: Trustus Side Door production, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through April 27 and 3 pm. April 21 at 520 Lady St. Side Door Theatre entrance is through the glass doors on the Huger Street side of the building. Doors and box office open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets are $15. (803) 254-9732; http://www.trustus.org

ANGEL’S TEA AND SILENT AUCTION: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 19 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St. Fundraiser for St. Lawrence Place; silent auction 10:30-11:45 a.m.; followed at noon by lunch and entertainment by children living at SLP. Tickets are $25-$50. (803) 256-3999

MUSIC AT SANDHILL SPONSORED BY GROW FINANCIAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 6-9 p.m. Fridays through May 10 at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. Free rides, games and balloon artist Nick Propst at 6 p.m. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Beach/party band Right to Party will perform April 19. http://www.villageatsandhill.com

BALLET STARS OF NEW YORK GALA PERFORMANCE: 7 p.m. April 19 at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. Principal dancers from the New York City Ballet perform alongside the USC Dance Company with accompaniment by the USC Symphony. $15-$30. (803) 777-5112

“HEARTS JOINED AS ONE”: An acoustical evening with Charley Thweatt, 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Unity Church of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Road. Doors open at 7 p.m.; suggested offering, $20. Sponsored by Heat Springs, a counseling ministry established in 1987. (803) 361-6425

“ULTRASOUND: PINK OR BLUE, WHICH ARE YOU?”: Sandlapper Singers season finale, 7:30-9:30 p.m. April 19 at the Dreher Performing Arts Center, 3319 Millwood Ave. Music about famous and infamous men and women and a fun contest to see if you can guess the gender of the composer. Guests include the Claflin University Concert Choir, the Side-By-Side High School Choir and the 2012 Katie Quackenbush Vocal Scholarship winner David Latorre. Tickets are $10-$20. (803) 381-5481; http://www.sandlappersingers.org

SHAKESPEARE’S “KING LEAR”: USC Theatre Department production, April 19-27 at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Tickets are $12-$18. Performances 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 7 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. April 21; additional half-price show, 11 p.m. April 27. (803) 777-2551

SUSTAINABLE SUMTER: Earth Day celebration, 8 a.m.-noon April 20 at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St. (gazebo side). Live entertainment, green vendors and educators, green activities and more. Free, bring blankets or chairs; no coolers, please. (803) 435-2640

DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 20 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Eight-hour course consists of lectures, films and classroom demonstrations; $79. Successful completion of the course will remove four points from your S.C. driver’s license (except for DUI) and may reduce insurance costs. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com

CLINIC CLASSIC: 8:30 a.m. April 20 at the Community Medical Clinic, 110-C. E. DeKalb St., Camden. USATF certified course, awards to top male and female runners and age groups. 5K walk/run, $30; 10K run, $35; register at http://www.strictlyrunning.com. Packet pickup and late registration, 7:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County. (803) 713-0806; http://www.cmcofkc.org

BURRITO DASH 5K: 9 a.m. April 20 at Moe’s Southwest Grill, 625 S. Main St. Runners are challenged to eat a burrito near the halfway point of the course. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Epworth Children’s Home; Midlands’ Moe’s franchisees will also donate an additional $3,000 in honor of the six top finishers. $30; includes T-shirt, MoeBucks gift certificates and other Moe’s gear in the race packets. Online registration, at http://www.strictlyrunning.com, closes at 2 p.m. April 19; you can also register in person on race day.

NAMI MID-CAROLINA 5K WALK: 9 a.m. April 20 at the West Columbia Riverwalk. The event, which aims to raise funds and awarenss for mental health support, will feature a Zumba warm-up, face painting and balloon animals for the kids, team T-shirt contest and an appearance by USC mascot Cocky. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., no registration fee but participants are encouraged to collect donations. http://www.namiwalks.org/midcarolina

WOMEN’S CAR CARE SEMINAR: 9:30 a.m. April 20 at Suddeth Automotive, 1410 N. Millwood Ave.The free class is designed to give women the knowledge they need to take charge of their vehicle’s maintenance needs with demonstrations, Q&A period and hands-on section. Participants will receive a goody bag and a chance to win door prizes including $50 gas cards, car washes and more. Advance registration is required. (803) 256-2110; http://www.suddethauto.com

OLYMPIA FEST: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 20 in the greenspace in front of the Olympia and Granby Mills apartments. Free family festival will include tours of the Historic Olympia area including the former Olympia and Granby Mills, live music (bring your lawn chairs), bus tours of the Vulcan Materials’ quarry, which is also the site for the 3.72-mile Quarry Crusher run to the bottom of the quarry AND the climb back out, a gruelling1.5 mile climb at a 10 percent grade. http://www.olympiafest.com; http://www.quarrycrusherrun.com

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 Ranger patch and badge. Free. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

PORK IN THE PARK: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 20 in Memorial Park, downtown Newberry. Food, children’s activities, live music and barbecue competition. (803) 321-1015. The Newberry Opera House Guild will host an attic sale fundraiser, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free tours of the Opera House will be held 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (special tours for children, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). (803) 276-5179

IRIS FLOWER SHOW: 1-4 p.m. April 20 at the Garden Club Council building, 1605 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Locally grown irises will be displayed, floral arrangements made with irises, educational information and irises and other plants for sale. Free.

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.

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. April 20 at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. Live music by Corner House, caller will be Marolyn Floyd. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. No partner necessary; bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. $8; students with ID, $5. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance. (803) 760-5881; http://www.contracola.org

LEXINGTON COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY: Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Guests will be the Presbyterian College Choir. $20; seniors age 65 and older, $15; students, $6. http://www.lexcochoralsoc.org

DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 6:30-10:30 p.m. April 22 and 24 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Eight-hour course consists of lectures, films and classroom demonstrations; $79. Successful completion of the course will remove four points from your S.C. driver’s license (except for DUI) and may reduce insurance costs. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.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 24 topic will be “Columbia’s First Churches.” $10 per session when space is available. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ CHALLENGE, CAR AND BIKE SHOW: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27 at Carolina Ale House, 277 Columbiana Drive. $20 registration for all — BBQ, car, bike. $5 wristbands for BBQ samplings and voting for the chief ’cue cook and the top-ranked rides. Vendor tables, $250. Proceeds will benefit the Columbia Police Department Foundation for the purchase of ballistic vest carriers. (803) 429-3889 or email cpdcarandbikeshow@gmail.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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