Saturday, April 13
The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold the Columbia Walk MS event Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk, 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia. You may choose the one- or three-mile walk. Registration is at 8 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 8:40 and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Register at www.walkmscarolinas.org
The second annual Herb Festival will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St. The free event will feature lots of herbs and plant related items, a silent auction, mini herbal demonstrations and three seminars(803) 359-9898 or (803) 359-6932
The 18th annual Columbia International Festival is slated for Saturday and Sunday in the Cantey Building at the State Fairgrounds. This year’s festival will give special emphasis on South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy music, culture, food and performing arts from many different countries. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. $5; seniors, $4; ages 6-12, $1; active duty military and children younger than 5 will be admitted free; tickets are good for both days. (803) 799-3452
10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. Event will feature big rigs such as fire trucks, 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.
2 p.m. today 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
The Historic Elmwood Park home and garden tour Saturday features a tour inside eight homes and businesses and three gardens. This is the 31st year of the tour. The event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting from Park and Bryan streets in Elmwood Park, also includes chef demonstrations, wine tastings, horse and carriage rides, organ recitals at Park Street Baptist Church, and tours of Logan Elementary School, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Elmwood Park has been nominated as a finalist for Neighborhood of the Year from Neighborhoods, USA. Tickets are $12 in advance; buy at www.HistoricElmwood Park.org under the home tour link. Tickets are $15 the day of the tour.
Chapin’s Community of Character Service Day
The Palmetto Artist Series presents Handel’s “Messiah” 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road; and 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230 Bush River Road. The concerts will feature the music ministries of both churches, a 100-voice choir, full orchestra and soloists Tina Milhorn Stallard, Jennifer Luiken, Grant Lewis and Jacob Will.Free; no tickets required(803) 732-2273, ext. 310; www.sapc.net
Sunday, April 14
The Historic Columbia Foundation will hold its Second Sunday Roll, a bus tour of the heart of Columbia, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding St. The tour will highlight sites in downtown Columbia, including the Robert Mills Historic District, the State House, the Governor’s Mansion, the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe (the original campus), historic churches, HCF house museums and the Vista. $10; members, $5. Tickets available by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historic columbia.org
Thursday, April 18
Is your green thumb getting itchy? Check out the Midlands Plant and Flower Festival Thursday through April 21 at the SC Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. More than 60 vendors from the Southeast will offer everything from potted plants to kudzu baskets. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through April 20 and noon-5 p.m. April 21. www.agriculture.sc.gov/ plantandflowerfestivals
The fourth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, hosted by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands begins at 6 p.m. Thursday outside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. The event encourages men to get involved in the fight against sexual violence as well as raising awareness about the free, local services STSM provides for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. The “kicker” is that men are encouraged to walk the walk in the most outrageous heels they can find in their size; women and children can go for comfort. Registration is $20 until noon Thursday, $30 at the event (walk is free for children 12 and younger). www.wam2013. eventbrite.com Check out last year’s fashionable footwear and walkers at www.stsm.org/galleries/ awareness-events/walk-a- mile-her-shoes-2012