Community Calendar for the Midlands, April 15

April 15, 2013 

  • BEST BETS WEDNESDAY

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

    THURSDAY

    RICHLAND COUNTY COUNCIL MEET AND GREET: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday 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

TODAY

GREEN BURIAL SEMINAR: 3-4 p.m. today in Room 103 of the Green Quad Learning Center at USC. Presented by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina, the SmartHOME division of SeniorSMART and the Environment and Sustainability Program. For more information, email gereburke@aol.com. At 7 p.m. Ellen Tripler will introduce her Academy Award and Emmy-winning film “Dying Green” in Bostick Auditorium at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. The documentary, shot at Ramsey Creek Preserve, near Westminster, will be followed by a panel discussion on green burial options. Free. (803) 787-9585; or email scfunerals@gmail.com

THE PARKER QUARTET CONCERT: 6-7:15 tonight 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 tonight 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

TUESDAY

CUSTOMER SERVICE EMAIL WRITING: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday 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

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

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

WEDNESDAY

IKEBANA INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION AND TEA: More than 40 floral arrangements using the precise principles of Japanese flower arranging, noon-4 p.m. Wednesday 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. This week’s topic will be “Columbia’s First Families.” $10 per session when space is available. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

THURSDAY

MIDLANDS PLANT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia.

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER RENAMING CELEBRATION: 5-8 p.m. Thursday 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

MFA OIL PAINTING EXHIBITION: Large-scale paintings by Bernard Kruseman Aretz will be on display Thursday through May 4 at City Art Gallery, 1224 Lincoln St. Artist’s reception, 5-8 pm. Thursday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 252-3613; http://www.cityartonline.com

RICHLAND COUNTY COUNCIL MEET AND GREET: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday 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. Thursday 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 Thursday; $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. Thursday at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. USC dancers take center stage 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 p.m. Sunday 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

FRIDAY

ANGEL’S TEA AND SILENT AUCTION: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday 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

TASTE BUDS — EATING A RAINBOW: 4-5 p.m. Friday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Ages 6-12 will learn how to incorporate colorful foods in their diet. $17; members, $12; includes a snack and decorated chef’s hat. The permanent addition to the museum offers hands-on classes on cooking up a healthy lifestyle under the guidance of a real chef. Registration deadline is Thursday. (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.

MUSIC AT SANDHILL SPONSORED BY GROW FINANCIAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 6-9 p.m. Friday at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. Free rides, games and balloon artist Nick Propst at 6 p.m. Concert will begin at 7 p.m. with beach/party band Right to Party. http://www.villageatsandhill.com

“FLASH GORDON: AN OLD FASHIONED RADIO SHOW”: 6:30 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday at The Ritz Theater, 1511 Main St., Newberry. The Newberry Community Players will reenact the recording of original “Flash Gordon” radio show scripts. Advance tickets are $6 and can be purchased through the Newberry Opera House at (803) 276-6264 or at http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, ROUND 6: Breast cancer benefit and survivor celebration, 7 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Ave. Formal attire, black tie optional. $75 at the door; includes live entertainment, casino “fun bucks,” buffet dinner, bar. Sponsored by the Ta-tinis, five young, local breast cancer survivors, proceeds will benefit the SCOA Cares Foundation, providers of direct patient services for those going through cancer treatments. (803) 603-0742; http://www.theta-tinis.com

BALLET STARS OF NEW YORK GALA PERFORMANCE: 7 p.m. Friday 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. Friday at Unity Church of Columbia, 1801 LeGrand Road. Doors open at 7 p.m.; suggested offering, $20. Sponsored by Heart 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. Friday 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, Friday through April 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. Sunday; additional half-price show, 11 p.m. April 27. (803) 777-2551

SATURDAY

CONES FOR A CURE 5K: 7 a.m. Saturday on Forest Drive, walk/run race starts at Trenholm Road and Country Club Drive, finish is at Forest Lake Place; race is memory of Nicole Gerbode of Sumter, who was diagnosed with AML. Registration is $25 through Friday; $30 race day. A family festival from noon-5 p.m. at Baskin-Robbins, 4711 Forest Drive, will feature games, live music, dog parade and 31-cent scoops of ice cream. Proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fund research and patient programs. Information at http://www.conesforacure.eventbrite.com

SUSTAINABLE SUMTER: Earth Day celebration, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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

IRMO FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays monthly at Irmo Town Park on Carlisle Street. Opening day events are at Town Hall and will include representatives from Carolina Wildlife and some of the birds and injured/abandoned wildlife they’ll rehabilitate and release; blankets, bird seed and other items will be collected. Demonstration by Tiger Rock Martial Arts; yoga for children and an outdoor exercise class for families. (803) 315-4648; email karen@irmofarmersmarket.com or email@brownboxveggies.com

AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. $14; AARP members, $12. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate for a reduction in insurance rates; if applicable, the certificate is good for three years. Register at (803) 785-8230

NAPAFEST 2013 CAR SHOW: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the NAPA store, 2255 Airport Blvd., Cayce. Entry fee, $20 per car or truck. Door prizes, trophies, music, food. Free admission. Sponsored by the Columbia Classic Chevy Club, proceeds will benefit several local charities.

BURRITO DASH 5K: 9 a.m. Saturday 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. Friday; you can also register in person on race day.

NAMI MID-CAROLINA 5K WALK: 9 a.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk. The event, which aims to raise funds and awareness 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. Saturday at Suddeth Automotive, 1410 N. Millwood Ave. Thé 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. Saturday in the green space 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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

HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION TOUR OF HOMES: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m.Sunday. Tour begins at The Oxford at Hunters Run (Blythewood); featured communities include Cobblestone Park, Lake Carolina, Lexington Villas, Saluda River Club and Springhill Lake. Free plan books at http://www.columbiabuilders.com

IRIS FLOWER SHOW: 1-4 p.m. Saturday 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 Saturday. 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.

LEARNING OUR HISTORY, SHAPING OUR FUTURE: C.A. Johnson Community History Day, 2-4 pm. Saturday at C.A. Johnson High School, 2219 Barhamville Road. Free event will feature panel discussions, student documentaries and vocal performances. A reception from 4-5 p.m. will give attendees the opportunities to tell their story to help document the history of the neighborhood. Sponsored by the Historic Columbia Foundation, the University of South Carolina, Richland 1 and community leaders. RSVPs for the reception are appreciated; call (803) 252-7742, ext. 15.

PLANETS FOR THE PEOPLE: 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Hunter Gatherer on South Main Street. The State Museum science staff teams and the Midlands Astronomy Club will set up several telescopes for viewing the moon, Jupiter, double stars and the Orion or other nebula — all depending on the weather. Free. (803) 898-4944; http://southcarolinastatemuseum.org

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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

SUNDAY

THE BIG NOSH: Jewish cultural and food festival, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Tree of Life Congregation synagogue, 6719 N. Trenholm Road. Family-friendly event celebrates “everything Jewish” and honors the rich cultural diversity of Columbia and the local community. Live entertainment, art, fundraising, education and games. Park in the lot at the Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd.; shuttle service from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Proceeds will help with Tree of Life’s mission to meet the needs of the Reform Jewish Community and support local charities. (803) 787-2182; http://www.bignosh.org

S.C. BACH CHOIR: Annual concert featuring Bach’s Easter Cantata, “Christ Lay in Death’s Strong Bonds,” and his Ascension Oratorio, “Praise God in Heaven and Earth,” 4 p.m. Sunday in Christ Chapel on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 4201 N. Main St. Free and open to the public, but contributions in its support are invited. Parking will be available in lots off Wildwood Avenue, on either side of the chapel. (803) 791-4306

CELEBRATE SHANDON NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVAL: 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. Music by the Lifeline Band, cotton candy, snow cones, bake sale, bouncy castles and slides, games and face painting. A free hamburger and hot dog cookout will be held 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free admission. http://www.shandon-umc.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF S.C. GOLF TOURNAMENT: 1 p.m. April 22 at Timberlake Country Club, 222 Timberlake Drive, Chapin. $80 per player, $320 per team; includes Zaxby’s lunch, dinner, golf and an opportunity to shoot for a $1 million hole-in-one prize (tickets are $10). Proceeds will allow the association to provide support and resources for survivors and family members as well as educate the public about prevention and the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury. (803) 731-9823

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. Wednesday at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., led by historian and author Warner Montgomery. The topic will be “Columbia’s First Churches.” $10 per session when space is available. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

WINE AND UNWIND: Healing Icons with Heidi Darr-Hope, 5:30-7 p.m. April 25 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Healing Icons developed out of Darr-Hope’s personal journey through her life and her art. The organization’s educational outreach demonstrates the importance and value the visual arts have in the process of individual as well as community healing. Those who are journeying through the path of cancer need more than medicine to heal. (803) 779-1971; http://www.louriecentersc.com

TASTE BUDS: “Breakfast Basics,” 5:30-7 p.m. April 25. Why is the first meal so important and what are the best ways for busy families with picky eaters to fuel their brains and bodies before a challenging day? This class for parents will focus on the benefits or a health breakfast. $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

WINE FOR WATER: 6-8:30 pm. April 25 at Senate’s End, 316 Senate St. Wine tasting and fundraiser for the Gills Creek Watershed Association will showcase a diverse selection of domestic and imported wines from five major wine regions for tasting and paired with appropriate regional foods. There will be a silent auction for water-related items and select wines. $30; Gills Creek Association members, $25. (803) 727-8326; http://www.gillscreekwatershed.org

PERSONAL SAFETY CLASS FOR FEMALES: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 25 at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Sgt. Diane Paavel, who serves as a crime prevention officer, will how participants how the can enhance their personal safety at home and work and how they can protect themselves when approached by strangers. A total of 40 women and teenage girls may participate. Register by calling (803) 785-2504 or email dpaavel@lcsd.sc.gov

“CONCERTO FOR TWO GUITARS”: The USC Symphony Orchestra wraps up its season with the Brasil Guitar duo 7:30 p.m. April 25 at the Koger Center, 1015 Greene St. Highlight of the evening will be the United States’ premiere of “Concerto for Two Guitars,” written expressly by Paulo Bellinati for the duo — Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora.The composer is expected to attend. Tickets are $25; seniors and USC employees, $20; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; http://www.capitoltickets.com

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

HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION TOUR OF HOMES: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 27, 1-6 p.m. April 28. Tour begins at The Oxford at Hunters Run (Blythewood); featured communities include Cobblestone Park, Lake Carolina, Lexington Villas, Saluda River Club and Springhill Lake. Free plan books at http://www.columbiabuilders.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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