Friday, May 17
Columbia Children’s Theatre will host Review Revue: Celebrating Our Past to Benefit Our Future at 6 p.m. Friday, second level, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Event will feature many of the high points of the past 47 Mainstage and Youtheatre productions along with heavy hors d’oeurves, cash bar and a silent auction. The revue is being produced by CCT’s S.T.A.R. (Student Thespians Achieving Results) program, a philanthropic group that allows Columbia area youth to participate in performance opportunities benefiting nonprofits. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
Saturday, May 18
The S.C. Book Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. On Saturday, a panel headlined by author Pat Conroy, the newly appointed editor-at-large of The USC Press new Story River Books series, will be at 11:20 a.m. Best-selling author Ron Rash will headline panels Saturday and Sunday. The festival also pays tribute to the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice.” Admission is free. Print out the two-day schedule of events posted at www.scbookfestival.org,
It’s a Pet Pawty, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bank Horse Arena, 1159 Nazareth Road, Lexington. The festival kicks off at 9 a.m. with a pet walk sponsored by Southern Paws and Tails magazine. The day will also feature Agility Dog and Fly Ball exhibitions, pet portraits and caricatures by artist Vincent Carrabotta, children’s activities, entertainment, food, cow bingo, vendors, crafters, Miss Teen River City 2013 and more. People admission is a cash donation or pet food items (no bags larger than five pounds, please), pet admission is $5 per pet. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission’s Meals on Wheels program, which serves seniors and their pets. (803) 356-5111; http://www.lcrac.com
Lake Murray Association’s Pontoon Tour of Homes gets under way at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday from Lighthouse Marina, 1925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin. The tour will feature three homes on the Irmo side of the lake. Advance tickets required, $35. (803) 509-4368; http://www.lakemurrayassociation.com
Columbia Green’s 2013 Festival of Gardens will be 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Event will feature nine diverse gardens and landscapes throughout 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. http://www.columbiagreen.org
Celebrate Armed Forces Day at 7 p.m. Saturday with a Musical Salute to Veterans at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. The 1940s big band style concert will feature the Blue Serenade Orchestra and Southern Bronze Handbell Ensemble. It’s free and will include music of World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and patriotic selections.
The Literary Vine, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, will feature a great evening of wine, beer, food, authors and entertainment hosted by the Richland Library Friends at the Richland Library Main branch, 1401 Assembly St. Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Colonial Life and other supporters, the ticketed wine and beer tasting event will showcase the architecturally stunning Main location and will feature several SCBook Festival authors. Tickets are $40; Richland Library Friends, $30. http://www.scbookfestival.org
Sunday, May 19
Take a Sunday stroll at Sesquicentennial State Park’s 2 p.m. Wild Neighbors Walk. The 90-minute program for ages 5 and older is along the park’s half-mile Jackson Creek Nature Trail. The park, at 9564 Two Notch Road, gives participants a chance to spot furs, skulls, scat and more while learning about wildlife native to South Carolina. $5; age 15 and younger and seniors, $3. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Free for Park Passport Plus holders. Pre-registration required; deadline is Saturday. (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’m Building a Bridge,” the Civil Rights Sunday movie for May, will be screened at 3 p.m. Sunday at Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St. The documentary is a profile of the plaintiffs in the Briggs v. Elliott case, challenging school segregation in South Carolina. Following the film, there will be a Q&A session with producer Lee Ann Kornegay and members of the Delaine and Briggs families. Sponsored by the Columbia SC 63 initiative.
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Tuesday, May 21
There are Blooming Butterflies at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Entry times are 9:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (closed Memorial Day) and 12:30 through 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. The 2,500-square-foot exhibit is filled with dozens of species of trees and plants to showcase the lifespan of more than 20 species of butterflies native to the Southeast. Be sure to check out the Bloom Room and observe chrysalises and emerging butterflies. Free with general museum admission; $11.50; age 62 and older and military with ID, $10.50; groups of 15 or more, $8.50; members and children age 1 and younger, free. (803) 779-3100; http://www.edventure.org