Friday, May 10
“On the Battlefield: Rev. C.J. Whitaker and the North Columbia Civic Club” will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in 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. www.columbiasc63.com
Saturday, May 11
The Restoration Ranch 5K and kids fun run is slated for Saturday at 812 Fair St., Camden; next to Bethel Worship Center. Race day registration and packet pickup at 7 a.m.; kids fun run starts at 7:40; the 5K run/walk begins at 8. The course will go by some of Camden’s beautiful scenic and historic homes on Fair and Lyttleton streets, with the finish line back at 812 Fair St. 5K, $35; kids fun run, $10. Register at www.strictlyrunning.com. Proceeds benefit the Restoration Ranch, an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
The NiA Company’s production of “HOLLA!!!” will be staged at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive, second level, Richland Mall. An interactive mash-up of theatre, song, call and response, storytelling, audience participation, incorporating everything from African Djembe drums to Native American folk songs with improvisational sketch comedy and blues-ified nursery rhymes. Tickets are $5. (803) 691-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
And now for something completely different — roller derby! The Richland County Regulators and Carolina Wreckingballs are hosting a doubleheader Saturday at the National Guard Armory, 1225 Bluff Road. At 5:30 p.m. the men lead off with the Wreckingballs taking on the Tampa Men’s Roller Derby Team, followed by the women of the Regulators playing the Palmetto State Roller Girls. Advance tickets are $10; $12 at the door; age 12 and younger, free. (803) 468-0088; www.richlandcountyregulators.com
Sunday, May 12
Make Mom’s day special with the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Mother’s Day Brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Seibels House & Garden, 1601 Richland St. The brunch buffet includes classic breakfast foods and pastries, as well as salads and lighter fare. You may stroll through the gardens and either tour any of HCF’s historic house museums or join 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 are $30; HCF members, $25; children, $5. Reservations are required for the brunch; call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email email@example.com
Monday, May 13
The Carolina Wind Symphony will be in concert 7:30 p.m. Monday at Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo. 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. carolinawindsymphony.org
Wednesday, May 15
How about a “Star Trek” double feature? At 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Regal Columbiana 14, 1250 Bower Parkway, will be screening “Star Trek” followed by the latest in the series, “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” (803) 407-8683. Folks across the river can catch the double bill at 9 p.m. at the Regal Pastime 8, 929 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. (803) 951-3603
Thursday, May 16
The Columbia Green 2013 Festival of Gardens will be held 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kings Grant neighborhood. New gardens, old gardens and evolving spaces will highlight the tour. Advance tickets are $40; $30 for members; day of the tour, $45/$35. A 3:30-5 p.m. garden party with artists and refreshments included in the ticket price. 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.
“The Art of Giving: Wills of Famous Women,” will be discussed at 2 p.m. Thursday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.