Community Calendar for the Midlands, May 5

May 5, 2013 

  • BEST BETS SUNDAY

    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

    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

SENIOR EXPO & FUN DAY: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave. Designed to help you navigate life after 50, free event will include health screenings, nutrition, travel, Medicare/Medicaid, law, financial planning, real estate, recreation, safety, outreach resources, health advocacy, exercise classes, in-home and adult day care. Health walks, cooking classes, putt-putt, disc golf and horseshoes. (803) 545-3091

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 Saturday, 7501 Garners Ferry Road (beside McDonalds). Plants, flowers, shrubs, craft vendors. Local entertainment from community organizations on Friday. (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 Saturday and May 16-18; 3 p.m. Sunday and May 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

THE 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

FRIDAY

COLUMBIA PLANT AND FLOWER SALE: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 7501 Garners Ferry Road (beside McDonalds). Plants, flowers, shrubs, craft vendors and local entertainment from community organizations. (803) 261-1666

ON THE BATTLEFIELD: REVEREND C.J. WHITAKER AND THE NORTH COLUMBIA CIVIC CLUB: 6 p.m. Friday at the Greenview Park Community Center, 6700 David St. Event includes a panel discussion on the life and legacy of Rev. Whitaker and the formation of the North Columbia Civic Club. An influential political organizer and the first African-American to lead the Richland County Democratic Party, Rev. Whitaker helped established the NCCC in 1963. Speakers include Donna Whitaker Rogers, Joe Brown, James Felder, I.S. Leevy Johnson and Kay Patterson. A reception will follow. Sponsored by Columbia SC 63 and the Greenview Community. http://www.columbiasc63.com

GLOW BALL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Friday, 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. Friday 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. Friday 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. Friday 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

SATURDAY

GET IN THE PINK 5 AND 10K RACE: Saturday at Kicks Exceptional Shoes, 2921 Devine St. 10K starts at 7:20 a.m.; 5K starts at 7:30; kids fun run and Stiletto Sprint starts at 8:30 a.m. Cash prizes, all proceeds benefit the Share Our Suzy organization, a foundation that raises money to assist and support breast cancer patients from diagnosis to remission. Register at http://www.strictlyrunning.com or http://www.getinthepink.org

OUTDOOR SPRING MARKET DAY: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday 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. Wednesday are payable by cash, check or MasterCard/Visa. Antique dealers/crafters, general vendors, $25; nonprofits, $15, walk-on 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 Saturday at the Wal-Mart 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.

NATURE DISCOVERY: 9:30 a.m. Saturday 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

HORRELL HILL COMMUNITY DAY: Saturday celebration 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. Saturday 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. Saturday at Harbison Theatre, Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Tickets are $9-$10. http://harbisontheatre.org

BARK IN THE PARK: 2 p.m. Saturday 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. 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

“BAMBINO”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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 Foundation’s 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

“BAMBINO”: 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

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 neighborhood. 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, horticulture, 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, nonalcoholic 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 examples. 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

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

NATURE DISCOVERY: 9:30 a.m. Saturday 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

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 a bake sale. Sponsored by the Guignard Neighborhood Association.

COLUMBIA GREEN 2013 FESTIVAL OF GARDENS: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 18, Kings Grant, 200 N. Kings Grant Drive. Event will feature nine diverse gardens and landscapes throughout the Kings Grant neighborhood. 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, horticulture, education and conservation. http://www.columbiagreen.org

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

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 3 p.m. May 18 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

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

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.

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