Community Calendar for the Midlands, April 20

April 20, 2013 

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    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

    STEP INTO SPRING: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Lexington Middle School cafeteria, 702 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Craft show and silent auction to benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. (803) 553-4912

TODAY

CONES FOR A CURE 5K: 7 a.m. today 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 $30. 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 today 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

MIDLANDS PLANT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. today at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia.

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

STEP INTO SPRING: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Lexington Middle School cafeteria, 702 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Craft show and silent auction to benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. (803) 553-4912

NAPAFEST 2013 CAR SHOW: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today 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. today 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 packetshttp://www.strictlyrunning.com.

NAMI MID-CAROLINA 5K WALK: 9 a.m. today 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. today 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

STUFF-A-TRUCK FOOD DRIVE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Starbucks parking lot and near the fountain at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. Come fill two trucks with non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

VOTER REGISTRATION WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Brookland Baptist Northeast, 1203 Summit Parkway. Richland County Councilwoman Julie Ann Dixon and Brookland Baptist Northeast invite citizens to have a photo ID taken and receive educational materials regarding voter rights. (803) 576-2062; email pio@rcgov.us

COLUMBIA, SC DOLL CLUB SHOW AND SALE: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today 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. today 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. today 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. today 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. today 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. today at the Garden Club Council building, 1605 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Locally grown irises will be displayed, floral arrangements featuring irises, educational information and irises and other plants for sale. Free.

THE S.C. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, Lexington Environmental Health Services and local veterinarians are sponsoring two rabies clinics today. 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. today 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.

“FLASH GORDON: AN OLD FASHIONED RADIO SHOW”: 3 p.m. today 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

PLANETS FOR THE PEOPLE: 6-10 tonight 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

SHAKESPEARE’S “KING LEAR”: USC Theatre Department production, 7 tonight at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Tickets are $12-$18. (803) 777-2551

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 tonight 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 tonight 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

“MY FIRST TIME”: Trustus Side Door production, 8 tonight 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

SUNDAY

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

MIDLANDS PLANT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia.

HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION TOUR OF HOMES: 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

SHAKESPEARE’S “KING LEAR”: USC Theatre Department production, 3 p.m. Sunday at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Tickets are $12-$18. (803) 777-2551

“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. Doors and box office open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets are $15. (803) 254-9732; http://www.trustus.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

USC SYMPHONIC WINDS: Annual concert on the Horseshoe, 6 p.m. Sunday. Light concert music, marches and patriotic selections. Bring your lawn chair and a picnic.

MONDAY

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 Wednesday 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

TUESDAY

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

“MURDERED BY THE MOB”: Interactive dinner theatre production by the Southeastern Theatrical Arts Bandits (S.T.A.B.), 6 p.m. Tuesday at Travinia Italian Kitchen, 101 Sparkleberry Crossing. $40; $37 for BCBS employees and families — includes three-course meal. Call (803) 419-9313 for reservations.

WEDNESDAY

RALLY FOR VETERANS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday on the north steps of the State House, Main and Gervais streets. Keynote speaker will be 5th District Solicitor Dan Johnson. Sponsored by the South Carolina Veterans Advocacy Council. (803) 576-1906

701 CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART GREAT GARAGE SALE: Wednesday through April 27 at 701 CCA, 701 Whaley St. Wine, Dine & Shop, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, 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. Thursday and Friday, 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. 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

SHAKESPEARE’S “KING LEAR”: USC Theatre Department production, 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Tickets are $12-$18. (803) 777-2551

THURSDAY

ARTISTA VISTA: Thursday through April 27 in the Congaree Vista. Art gallery tours, 5-9 p.m. Thursday. Art Bar “Shark’s Parlor” party, 8 p.m. Friday, 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 Greenway tunnel, Lincoln and Lady streets; The Gallery at DuPre, artist talks, 2:45 p.m.; Lewis + Clark Kaiserslautern 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. Thursday 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. Thursday 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. Thursday 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. Thursday 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

FIVE AFTER FIVE CONCERT: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday at the fountain in Five Points; the Dave Matthews Tribute Band will kick off the series. Free and family activities such as bubbles and decorating Saluda Avenue with sidewalk chalk for children. http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com

“CONCERTO FOR TWO GUITARS”: The USC Symphony Orchestra wraps up its season with the Brasil Guitar duo 7:30 p.m. Thursday 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

“MY FIRST TIME”: Trustus Side Door production, 8 p.m. Thursday through April 27 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

HEATHWOOD HALL SPRING PLANT SALE: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday 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. Friday 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 Thursday. Email hedelhoch@edventure.org

SPARKLEBERRY COUNTRY FAIR: Friday and April 27 at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, Clemson Road. Midway amusement rides will be set up for fun 4-10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. April 27. Fair festivities will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27 with two stages of live entertainment and a tribute honoring Wounded Warriors of all wars. Proceeds benefit Richland 2 students through teacher classroom grants and student scholarships. (803) 788-2010; http://www.sparkleberrycountryfair.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. Rock, R&B and soul band Fantasy will perform at 7 p.m. http://www.villageatsandhill.com

WINE & CHEESE FUNDRAISER: 6:30 p.m. Friday 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. Friday 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. Friday; 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

“MY FIRST TIME”: Trustus Side Door production, 8 p.m. Friday and April 27 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

SHAKESPEARE’S “KING LEAR”: USC Theatre Department production, 8 p.m. Fridayat Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Tickets are $12-$18. (803) 777-2551

PALMETTO MASTERSINGERS SPRING CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Friday and April 27 at Harbison 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ZUMBATHON: 9 a.m. April 27 at Gold’s Gym, 450 Killian Road. Fundraiser to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will feature Aqua Zumba at 10:15 a.m.; Land Zumba starts at 11:15 a.m. Registration 9-10 a.m. Free food and goodies will follow. Registration deadline is Thursday. http://www.mdaevent.org/columbiazumbathon2013

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 cpdcarandbikeshow@gmail.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 epworthalumniassociation@gmail.com

LOWER RICHLAND SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 27 at the Hopkins Adult Activity Center, 150 Hopkins Park Road. Event kicks off with an 11 a.m. parade; followed by an arts and craft show, sweet potato pie contest, praise dancers, rolling video games, step teams, health fair and carnival rides. Live entertainment will feature Doc McKenzie & the Hi-Lites, Crystal River, TDK Mime Ministry, Adam Crabb, The Redeemers and James Brown impersonators Swampman and Woodrow Portee. Free admission; funded by a Richland County Hospitality Tax Grant. (803) 776-2778

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

“A WORLD OF WEALTH”: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. April 27 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

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

SHAKESPEARE’S “KING LEAR”: USC Theatre Department production, 7 and 11 p.m. April 27 at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Tickets are $12-$18; late show is half-price. (803) 777-2551

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

“A WORLD OF WEALTH”: 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

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 dburkett@burkettcpas.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

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: Early Columbia lecture series, part 1, 6 p.m. May 1 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., led by historian and author Warner Montgomery. The topic will be “Columbia’s First Schools.” $10 per session when space is available. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

MEET ME @ THE PLAZA ON MAIN: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 2 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.

RHYTHM AND BLOOMS, MUSIC AND ART IN THE GARDEN: John Wesley Satterfield, 6-9 p.m. May 2 at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. New this year, guests will have an opportunity to visit with and watch local artists dig into their work. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase. $5; members, free with valid membership card and picture ID. http://www.riverbanks.org

“A WORLD OF WEALTH”: 7:30 p.m. May 2, 3; 2:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m. May 4; 2 p.m. May 5 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

“WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME! — LIVE”: Simulcast of the NPR news quiz show, 8 p.m. May 2 at the Sandhill Stadium 16, 450 Town Center Place; $22. Tickets available at the theater and online at http://www.fathomevents.com.

IRMO FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-noon the first and third Saturdays monthly at Irmo Town Park on Carlisle Street. Yoga for children and an outdoor exercise class for families. (803) 315-4648; email karen@irmofarmersmarket.com or email@brownboxveggies.com

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4 and noon-5 p.m. May 5 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

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