Community Calendar for the Midlands, May 3

May 3, 2013 

  • BEST BETS SATURDAY

    BICYCLE SKILLS CLINIC AND FAMILY GROUP RIDE: 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Finlay Park (enter on Taylor Street). Riding safety and obstacle course followed by a family ride through the Vista Greenway. Bring your own bike and helmet to participate.

    NATIONAL FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Scratch n’ Spin, 513 12th St., West Columbia. Sponsored by Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse and Image Comics, the event will also include a 25 percent off sale on back issues, used music, movies and video games. Bagged and boarded back issues, 10 percent off. (803) 794-8888; http://www.freecomicbookday.com

FRIDAY

MUSIC AT SANDHILL SPONSORED BY GROW FINANCIAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION: 6-9 p.m. Fridays through May 17 at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. Free rides, games and balloon artist Nick Propst at 6 p.m. Concert featuring The Boomers (soft rock and pop) will begin at 7 p.m. http://www.villageatsandhill.com

ARTS & DRAUGHTS: 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Beer tastings from The Whig, musical performances by Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, Dead Surf and others. D.I.Y. art projects, scavenger hunts and unique perspective tours. $8; members, $5 (join or renew at the door and get in for free). http://www.columbiamuseum.org

“A WORLD OF WEALTH”: 7:30 p.m. Friday 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

PIANIST MARINA LOMAZOV IN CONCERT: 8:15 p.m. Friday in Meeting Room A, second floor, Courtyard by Marriott, 630 Assembly St. Sponsored by Steinway & Sons and Rice Music House in conjunction with the S.C. Federation of Music Clubs convention. Advance tickets are $12; students, $8; $15/$10 at the door.

SATURDAY

BICYCLE SKILLS CLINIC AND FAMILY GROUP RIDE: 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Finlay Park (enter on Taylor Street). Riding safety and obstacle course followed by a family ride through the Vista Greenway. Bring your own bike and helmet to participate.

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

COINS, CURRENCY AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. Sponsored by the Midlands Coin Club; admission is free. (803) 781-0065 or email jamesboland@scdps.net

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday 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

NATURE DISCOVERY: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays through May 18 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

NATIONAL FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Scratch n’ Spin, 513 12th St., West Columbia. Sponsored by Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse and Image Comics, the event will also include a 25 percent off sale on back issues, used music, movies and video games. Bagged and boarded back issues, 10 percent off. (803) 794-8888; http://www.freecomicbookday.com

THE BLACK COWBOY “MAN OR MYTH” AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenfield Farm, 4585 Spencer Road, Rembert. Horsemanship competitions including walking horse, trail pleasure, saddlebred walk/trot, barrel racing, pole bending and ranch sorting. Musical entertainment will feature gospel groups, jazz, blues, African drum and dance. Food and artifact vendors, petting zoo, hayrides, games and DJ CDM at 8:30 p.m. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Lawn chairs welcome, no tailgating in the general public area. $15; age 12 and younger, $5; age 4 and younger, free. Group rates available. The event will close out with a gospel inspiration and brunch at 10:30 a.m. Sunday; $5 donation. (803) 499-9658; http://www.blackcowboyfestival.net

NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY: 1-3 pm. Saturday in the Avalon subdivision, in the 200 block of Sandstone Court, near Irmo. Members of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post will prepare fingerprint ID cards for children who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Sheriff’s Department also will set up static displays with a Crime Scene Investigation Unit vehicle as well as a truck that is used by hazardous device technicians with the agency’s Bomb Squad.

BARK IN THE PARK: 2 p.m. Saturdays through May 18 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

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

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: Donald Merckle & the Blacksmiths with Jackaroe, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 120 Alexander Circle. Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase; no coolers, please. http://www.rhythmontheriversc.com

DIVAS, DIVOS & DRINKS: 7 p.m. Saturday in the Palmetto Ballroom at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, 930 Richland St. Columbia Choral Society gala will feature silent auction and performance by opera quartet Artisti Affamati. $30; couples, $50. Proceeds will help support the CCS, the Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship Program and efforts to encourage young vocalists in the community. (803) 212-5170; http://www.columbiachoralsociety.org

MOONLIGHT CREATURES: 8 p.m. Saturday 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

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION: 10:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Family fiesta will feature folk songs and tunes by the USC Suzuki Strings children’s performing group, games, crafts, food. Free with museum admission or membership. http://www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org

SUNDAY

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday 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

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION: 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Family fiesta will feature folk songs and tunes by the USC Suzuki Strings children’s performing group, games, crafts, food. Free with museum admission or membership. http://www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org

WESTON LAKE WILDERNESS HIKE: 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a 4.5 mile trek into Congaree’s Wilderness with a park ranger. Free. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

“A WORLD OF WEALTH”: 2 p.m. Sunday 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

LEXINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM SPRING OPEN HOUSE: 2-5 p.m. Sunday at 231 Fox St., Lexington. Tour the John Fox House, the Laurence Corley Log House, the Oak Grove Schoolhouse, new additions and restorations. Scavenger hunt, quill pen writing session and 19th century games for the children. Free, refreshments will be served. (803) 359-8369; http://www.lex-co.com/museum

DOUG AND BUNNY WILLIAMS: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Guests include Richard Smith, Peter Barton and Katie Leitner, Cory Hunt, Jim Graddick, Bob Strickland, Rick Calhoun and Tony Graham. Tickets are $15; group rate, $10; dinner option, $40 extra. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

CIVIL RIGHTS REMEMBRANCE DAY: 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Robert E. Howard Middle School, 1255 Belleville Road, Orangeburg. Free and open to the public. Email rosabogar@yahoo.com for more information.

PATRONS/FRIENDS OF THE ARTS AT EBENEZER: “Simple Gifts: An Evening of American Music,” 6 p.m. Sunday in the Ebenezer Lutheran Church parish hall, corner of Sumter and Calhoun streets. Performances by Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet (Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring”), soprano Serena Hill LaRoche (Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”) and the Ebenezer Festival Choir, directed by Thomas J. White. A reception will follow. (843) 303-1005; email twhite@ebenezerlutheran.org

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

WEDNESDAY

AT-LARGE OPEN HOUSE: Meet with City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 1737 Main St. Call (803) 545-3061 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

THURSDAY

COLUMBIA PLANT AND FLOWER SALE: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through May 11, 7501 Garners Ferry Road (beside McDonalds). Plants, flowers, shrubs, craft vendors. Local entertainment from community organizations on May 10. (803) 261-1666

FIVE AFTER FIVE CONCERT: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and Weaving the Fate, 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday at the fountain in Five Points. Free and family activities such as bubbles and decorating Saluda Avenue with sidewalk chalk for children. http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com

“ROMEO & JULIET”: 8 p.m. Thursday through May 11; May 16-18; 3 p.m. May 12, 19 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $15; students, seniors and military, $12. Box office hours are 3-6 pm. weekdays. (803) 775-2150

T HE HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION’S annual Cemetery Tours will be offered the second Thursday monthly through September at Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave. Guests may choose the 7:30 p.m. Secrets from the Grave Iconography Tour or the Moonlight Cemetery Tour at 8 or 8:30 p.m. The Secrets of the Grave tour starts before dark to allow study of the iconography symbols found on many of the markers and headstones. The Moonlight tours are led by a costumed guide and include narrative about the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets are $10; age 17 and younger, $5; HCF members, $5; HCF member youth, $3. http://www.hcfcemeterytour.eventbrite.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

GLOW BALL GOLF TOURNAMENT: May 10, nine holes of golf played in the dark at the Golf Club of South Carolina at Crickentree, 1084 Langford Road, Blythewood. Shotgun start at 7:30 p.m., $60 per player, $100 for a two-member team. Sponsored by the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce, the event is a fundraiser for Blythewood student scholarships. http://www.blythewoodcoc.com

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. May 10 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Live music by the Dancetimers, BYOB and snacks, coffee and soda will be available. $5 per person. (803) 779-1971

“BAMBINO”: 7:30 p.m. May 10, 11 and 3 p.m. May 12 at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Richard Maltz baseball opera in one act, revisits the relentless calamities inflicted on the Boston Red Sox, directed by Ellen Douglass Schlaefer. $15; USC faculty and staff, seniors, military, $10; students, $5. (803) 777-5369

“MISS SAIGON”: 8 p.m. May 10 and 11 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. $25; seniors, 65 and older, active duty military and full time college students, $20; youth, age 17 and younger, $12. (803) 799-2510

OUTDOOR SPRING MARKET DAY: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 11 at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. Collectibles, crafts, flea market treasures and plants. Sellers may rent 15x15 spaces and keep 100 percent of their profits. Vendor fees, due at Historic Camden’s office by 4:30 p.m. May 8 are payble by cash, check or MasterCard/Visa. Antique dealers/crafters, general vendors, $25; nonprofits, $15, walkon vendors, $35. Free admission and parking. Food concession and bake sale. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Camden Revolutionary War site, whose mission is to discover, protect and interpret things pertaining to early Camden. (803) 432-9841

CAROLINA’S LARGEST BABY SHOWER: 9 a.m.-noon May 11 at the Walmart SuperCenters, 360 Harbison Blvd., Columbia and 1283 Broad St., Sumter. Purchase items that you would take to a baby shower and drop them off at the above locations; they will be donated directly to the Pregnancy Resource Centers in your community. Pregnancy Resource centers are committed to serving any woman who is pregnant or who may be pregnant, and is struggling emotionally, psychologically or financially with her pregnancy.

HORRELL HILL COMMUNITY DAY: May 11 event kicks off with a 10 a.m. parade from the historic Siloam School, 1331 Congaree Road, Hopkins, to the festival site at Southeast Middle School, 731 Horrell Hill Road, Hopkins. Festival, food and fun.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA & POTTERY: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 11 at Art Smart Academy, 7320 Broad River Road, Irmo. $50 per table of four; includes luncheon and one shared mini tea set to decorate (add $10 for a larger tea set). Reservations are required for the 90-minute sessions. (803) 667-9912; http://www.artsmartacademy.com

SOUTHEAST FAMILY PUPPET SLAM: 2-4 pm. May 11 at Harbison Theatre, Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Tickets are $9-$10. http://harbisontheatre.org

BARK IN THE PARK: 2 p.m. May 11 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

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: Jahson and the Natty Vibez Band, 6-9 p.m. May 11 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 120 Alexander Circle. Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase; no coolers, please. http://www.rhythmontheriversc.com

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH IN THE GARDEN: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 12 at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia. Breakfast favorites, carving station, desserts and more. $30.95; ages 3-12, $10.95. Registration deadline is Friday. http://www.riverbanks.org

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH: 11 am.-2 p.m. May 12 at the Seibels House and Garden, 1601 Richland St. Brunch buffet includes classic breakfast foods and pastries, salads and light fare. After brunch take a stroll through the gardens and either a tour of any of Historic Columbia Foundations historic house museums or a spot on the Second Sunday Stroll guided walking tour of Cottontown at 2 p.m. (meet at the North Columbia Fire Station No. 7, 2622 N. Main St. Tickets for brunch are $30; HCF members, $25; children, $5. Brunch reservations required; call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

CAROLINA WIND SYMPHONY: 7:30 p.m. May 13 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo. Concert program will feature the first South Carolina performance of John Mackey’s “Sheltering Sky”; the premiere performance of “Castlerigg Stone Circle” by Larry Shackley, who dedicated the composition to the bands of Irmo and the late Bruce Dinkins, longtime Irmo High School band director; other pieces will be “O Waly Waly,” “Down a Country Lane,” “In the Shining of the Stars” and “Courtly Airs and Dances.” Free. http://www.carolinawindsymphony.org

COLUMBIA CHORAL SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT: 7 p.m. May 14 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St. The Ridge View High School Advanced Chorus will team up with the CCS in celebrating the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten. Tickets are $12; seniors age 55 and older, $10; students, $5. (803) 933-9060; http://www.columbiachoralsociety.org

COME SEE YOUR ARMY TOUR: 7:45 a.m. May 16 at Fort Jackson. See how soldiers train and gain some insight into the day to day operations. During the tour, visitors will attend a Basic Combat Training graduation, observe training, learn to shoot the M16A2 simulator, eat lunch in an Army dining facility and get to ask questions about Basic Combat Training, Fort Jackson and the Army. Lunch cost is $4.60. Advance reservations are required by Thursday. Call (803) 751-1474 to register.

COLUMBIA GREEN 2013 FESTIVAL OF GARDENS: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 16 and 18, Kings Grant, 200 N. Kings Grant Drive. Event will feature nine diverse gardens and landscapes throughout the Kings Grant neighborhod. New gardens, old gardens and evolving spaces will highlight the tour. A garden party and craft sale will be held 3:30-5 p.m. at the clubhouse. Advance tickets are $40; $30 for members; day of the tour, $45/$35. Proceeds will provide major funding for Columbia Green’s mission of promoting the beautification of the Columbia area through gardening, landscaping, horiculture, education and conservation. http://www.columbiagreen.org

INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT GOLF TOURNAMENT: 11 a.m. May 16 at Golden Hills Golf & Country Club, 100 Scotland Drive, Lexington. Captain’s choice format, $75 per person; four-member team, $300; includes beer, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and box lunch on course. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, SC IREM Chapter 72 and the SC IREM Foundation Educational Scholarship Fund. (803) 744-7513; email admin@iremsc72.org

“THE ART OF GIVING: WILLS OF FAMOUS WOMEN”: 2 p.m. May 16 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Doris Duke were extremely private women in life. Yet after their deaths, their wills became public documents. Join Michael E.S. McCarthy of U.S. Trust for coffee and pastries as he reviews the anatomy of a will using those famous exampbles. Free; call (803) 799-2810 or email frontdesk@columbiamuseum.org to reserve a spot.

FIVE AFTER FIVE CONCERT: Bryson Jennings, 6:30-10 p.m. May 16 at the fountain in Five Points. Free and family activities such as bubbles and decorating Saluda Avenue with sidewalk chalk for children. http://www.fivepointscolumbia.com

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: Fridays-Sundays, May 17-26 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. (803) 359-1436; http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com

SEE SPOT RUN: 5K run/walk to benefit the Humane Society, 7:30 a.m. May 18 starting at Earlewood Park (Parkside and Earlewood drives). 1K-9 fun walk begins at 9 a.m.; $10. Separate starting corrals for runners, runners with dogs, walkers and walkers with dogs; pets should be on leashes. Register at http://www.strictlyrunning.com, $30; race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and will cost $35.

PET PAWTY: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18 at the Red Bank Horse Arena, 1159 Nazareth Road, Lexington. Pet-friendly fundraiser and pet food drive to benefit seniors and their pets, sponsored by the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. Registration for the Pet Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Other activities include pet contests, entertainment, agility dog demonstrations, food, vendors, Cow-A Bunga Bingo, pet portraits and caricatures, children’s activities and a Blessing of the Animals. People admission is a cash donation or pet food items (no bags larger than five pounds, please). Pet admission is $5 per pet. (803) 356-5111; http://www.lcrac.com

S.C. BOOK FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18; noon-4 p.m. May 19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Presentations by national and local authors, book signings, antiquarian book fair, book sales and appraisals, self-publishing information, storytelling and performances for children, summer reading station for children; free admission. Special ticketed events include writing classes, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 17, $30 each; an opening night reception 7-10 p.m. May 17 at the Hollings Special Collections library, 1322 Greene St. (enter through the Thomas Cooper Library), $65; The Literary Vine, 7:30-9:30 p.m. May 18 at the Richland Library main branch, 1401 Assembly St., $40; Richland Library Friends, $30. http://www.scbookfestival.org

ART IN THE PARK: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18 at the West Columbia Community Center, 754 B Ave., West Columbia. Free event will feature local artists displaying their works and bake sale. Sponsored by the Guignard Neighborhood Association.

BARK IN THE PARK: 2 p.m. May 18 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

MUSICAL SALUTE TO VETERANS: 7 p.m. May 18 at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. 1940’s big band style concert will feature the Blue Serenade Orchestra and Southern Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Free Armed Forces Day event will also feature music of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as patriotic selections.

BLYTHEWOOD BEACH BASH: 5-10 p.m. May 18 at Cobblestone Park, 5 Links Crossing Drive, Blythewood. A night of beach music featuring The Sensational Epics and DJ Gene Lee; lawn chairs welcome. $15; couples, $25. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Questions? Email info@bravoblythewood.com

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: The Blue Iguanas, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 120 Alexander Circle. Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase; no coolers, please. http://www.rhythmontheriversc.com

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