SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Good exercise and fun. (803) 345-0158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
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
TASTE BUDS — FOOD IS FUN: 10-11 a.m. Friday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Main St. Preschool series for ages 3-5 will focus on new flavors, fun assembly snacks and food-bvased sensory play. $10; members, $7. Registration deadline is Thursday4/18; email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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
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
WOMEN’S CAR CARE SEMINAR: 9:30 a.m. Saturday 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
COLUMBIA, SC DOLL CLUB SHOW AND SALE: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory, 1221 Bluff Road. Music, food, dealers and more. $4; age 12 and younger, free. Proceeds will benefit Richland 1’s Parents and Students Succeed (PASS) program to assist homeless students and parents. (803) 438-9578, 7-9 p.m. weekdays. http://www.columbiascdollclub.org
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
TREE TREK: 10 a.m. Sundayat 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
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
ROCKY CREEK CREEK ELEMENTARY SHRED DAY: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at 430 Calks Ferry Road, Lexington. Bring your paper, notebooks, phone books, bills and more to this free event sponsored by RCES and Shred360. Limit five boxes or bags per person.
BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF S.C. GOLF TOURNAMENT: 1 p.m. Monday 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. Monday and April 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
701 CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART GREAT GARAGE SALE: April 24-27 at 701 CCA, 701 Whaley St. Wine, Dine & Shop, 6-10 p.m. April 24, 6-7 p.m. preview; sales, 7-10 p.m.; silent auction, 7-9 p.m.; live music, food, cash bar and coffee station. Garage sale continues noon-4 p.m. April 25, 26, 8 a.m.-noon April 27. $5 all-you-can-carry bags, 11:45 a.m. April 27. (803) 319-9949; preview of selected items at http://www.701cca.org/event/701-ccas-great-garage-sale
HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: Early Columbia lecture series, part 1, 6 p.m. April 24 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTISTA VISTA: April 25-27 in the Congaree Vista. Art gallery tours, 5-9 p.m. April 25. Art Bar “Shark’s Parlor” party, 8 p.m. April 26 Poetry readings and short stories by creative writing students in the USC MFA program; followed by a free concert featuring The Sea Wolf Mutiny. April 27 events include the Mayor’s Famously Hot Bike Ride through the Vista Greenway, 10:30 a.m.; registration for the 3-mile, family-friendly ride begins at 9:30 a.m.at the Seibels House. City Art will sponsor gallery talks with artists at noon; Historic Columbia Foundation Mini Vista History Tours, noon-4 p.m., meet at the corner of Lincoln and Lady streets; Install It 3, 1:30 p.m. installation artworks in the Vista Greenwaty tunnel, Lincoln and Lady streets; The Gallery at DuPre, artist talks, 2:45 p.m.; Lewis + Clark Kaislerslautern installation, 4 p.m. at 1221 Lincoln St.; OneColumbia art finale, local theatres will present their fall season plans, 6-7 pm. at the Art Bar. http://www.artistavista.com
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 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. 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). (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 email@example.com
“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
HEATHWOOD HALL SPRING PLANT SALE: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26 and 9 a.m.-noon April 27 at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs, vegetables. More than 3,000 plants, all grown on campus by students; $2 and up. Online catalog available at http://www.heathwood.org/plantsale
TASTE BUDS: Sprout of Control, 4-5 p.m. April 26 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St.; root vegetables will be featured. Ages 6-12 will create vegetable watercolors, and cook up some vegetarian snacks. $17; members, $12 (includes snack and decorated chef’s hat). Registration deadline is April 25. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC AT SANDHILL SPONSORED BY GROW FINANCIAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 6-9 p.m. April 26 at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. Free rides, games and balloon artist Nick Propst at 6 p.m. Rock, R&B and soul band Fantasy will perform at 7 p.m. http://www.villageatsandhill.com
WINE & CHEESE FUNDRAISER: 6:30 p.m. April 26 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. The beer garden is back this year; advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. (803) 359-2444, Tuesdays-Thursdays.
ARTS AT SHANDON: Gospel fest, 7 p.m. April 26 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free, a reception will follow. (803) 771-4408; http://www.shandonpres.org
“A WORLD OF WEALTH”: 7:30 p.m. April 26; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 27; and 2:30 p.m. April 28 at On Stage Performance Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Tickets are $18; seniors and students, $16; children, $14. (877) 238-5596; http://www.onstagesc.com
PALMETTO MASTERSINGERS SPRING CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27 at Habrison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Guests will be the Dick Goodwin Big Band. Tickets are $20; available at http://www.palmettomastersingers.org or at the door.
FOLKFABULOUS: USC’s McKissick Museum celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards with a folk heritage festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 27 on the Horseshoe. Music, dance and storytelling performances; craft demonstrations; hands-on folk art-making activities; and samples of traditional South Carolina foodways. Free and open to the public; sponsored by the Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Arts and Lexington Medical Center.
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 email@example.com
COOKOUT FOR KIDS: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27 at Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Ave. Barbecue fundraiser sponsored by the Epworth Children’s Home Alumni Association. Live music by Main Street Connection, the Palmetto A’s vintage Model A Fords, Red Hat Honeys bake sale. Chicken or pork barbecue plates, $10; whole, cooked Boston butts, $30. Walk-up orders welcome while supplies last, pre-orders are preferred. For more information and to pre-order, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL: Noon-6 p.m. April 27 at Maxcy Gregg Park, 1806 Blossom St. Visual arts, arts and craft vendors and performing artists. Information at City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, (803) 545-3100
EDSTRAVAGANZA 2013: 7 p.m. April 27 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Adults can experience the power of play with music, tinkering stations, special performances, food, art and friends; $75. Proceeds will benefit EdVenture’s educational outreach and accessibilty programs. (803) 400-1162
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
LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Concertos and Cupcakes, concert and reception, 3:30 p.m. April 28 at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. (803) 808-0809; http://www.lmso.org
HOLES FOR HOPE GOLF TOURNAMENT: April 29 at Spring Valley Country Club, 300 Spring Valley Road. 9 a.m. shotgun start, four-player teams, Captain’s Choice. $85; teams, $340. Includes 18 holes of golf with cart, range balls, prizes and lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m., mulligans, $5 each. Sponsored by CMH Services and Columbia Industrial Products, proceeds will benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank’s mission to feed the hungry across 20 South Carolina counties. Register at http://www.harvesthope.org
AT-LARGE OPEN HOUSE: Meet with City Councilman Cameron Runyan, 5-8 p.m. April 29 at City Hall, 1737 Main St. Call (803) 545-3061 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
AHSEF HALL OF FAME AND DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI GALA: April 30 at Brookland Baptist Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Social hour and silent auction, 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40; couples, $75; table of four, $200; corporate table of eight, $350. Proceeds will help fund student scholarships and teacher grants at Airport High School. (803) 461-8714 or email email@example.com
CONGAREE NEW HORIZONS BAND SPRING CONCERT: 7 p.m. April 30 at the USC Band and Dance building, 324 Sumter St. (803) 783-6664