Community Calendar for the Midlands, May 18

May 18, 2013 

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    BLYTHEWOOD BEACH BASH: 5-10 p.m. Saturday 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

    “A TASTE OF CAMDEN”: 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Town Green, 1015 Market St. Participating restaurants nclude Choice, DeBruhl’s, Ginza, La Fiesta, New Horisons, Old Armory, Palmetto Tea Room & Coffee Shoppe, Salud! and Sweet Carolina Cakes. There will be performances by the 2012 Kershaw County’s Got Talent finalists along with Jim Hayes, Josh McCaa and Landslide. Tickets for food and drink vendors will be available for purchase at the event. Rain location is the Jim & Pat Watts Performing Arts Wing at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St. (803) 425-7676; http://www.fineartscenter.org

SATURDAY

SEE SPOT RUN: 5K run/walk to benefit the Humane Society, 7:30 a.m. Saturday 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.

12th ANNUAL JEFF CHAVIS BOOT DRIVE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lexington County intersections. Emergency Services personnel will be collecting funds to support the operations of the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House at the Joseph M. Still Burn Unit in Augusta. Firefighters from the Lexington County Fire Service, Columbia-Richland County Fire Department, Irmo Fire District, West Columbia Fire Department and the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department will be accepting donations at Lexington and Richland County Wal-Mart locations 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The Jeff Chavis House provides the families of burn victims with a place to stay while they support their critically injured family members. Funds also assist burn patients with burn garments and other care associated with the treatment of burns. (803) 785-8331

GOING THE EXTRA MILE 5 & 10K RACE: 8 a.m. Saturday begins and ends at Harbison West Elementary and winds through Quail Valley. Cash prizes for course winners, best times in age categories receive medals. Sponsored by Acts Metro, an organization that pairs mentors with Lexington/Richand District 5 families struggling to make ends meet. The year-long program will provide bill assistance, food allowance, budget coaching, counseling referrals and job training. 5K, $25; 10K, $35. http://www.actsmetro.org/5K

PET PAWTY: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 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- Dunga 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

VICTORIAN LADIES TEA PARTY FOR GIRL SCOUTS: 10 a.m.-noon or 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Seibels House & Garden. Girls will learn about Victorian customs, crafts, table manners and etiquette. $8; adults, $5. Reservations required. (803) 252-1770, ext 36 or email jquint@historiccolumbia.org

FAMILY HEALTH FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at North Hope Park, 904 N. Main St., Sumter. Free event for children and families, featuring health exhibitors, games, prizes, food and activities for all ages. Sponsored by Palmetto Healthy Start. (888) 788-4367

COLUMBIA GREEN 2013 FESTIVAL OF GARDENS: 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

S.C. BOOK FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday 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. The Literary Vine, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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.

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

COLUMBIA CLASSIC CHEVY CLUB CRUISE-IN: 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Woodberry Plaza, 3254 Augusta Road, West Columbia.

BLYTHEWOOD BEACH BASH: 5-10 p.m. Saturday 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

“A TASTE OF CAMDEN”: 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Town Green, 1015 Market St. Participating restaurants nclude Choice, DeBruhl’s, Ginza, La Fiesta, New Horisons, Old Armory, Palmetto Tea Room & Coffee Shoppe, Salud! and Sweet Carolina Cakes. There will be performances by the 2012 Kershaw County’s Got Talent finalists along with Jim Hayes, Josh McCaa and Landslide. Tickets for food and drink vendors will be available for purchase at the event. Rain location is the Jim & Pat Watts Performing Arts Wing at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St. . (803) 425-7676; http://www.fineartscenter.org

“PLANETS FOR THE PEOPLE”: Sidewalk telescope viewing season finale, 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Hunter Gatherer Brewery and Ale House on South Main Street. Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and the moon will be visible. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the State Museum and the Midlands Astronomy Club. (803) 898-4921; http://www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org

MUSICAL SALUTE TO VETERANS: 7 p.m. Saturday 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. (803) 781-3013; http://www.unionunitedmethodist.org

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. (Lincoln and Laurel streets). Live music featuring BonneTerre; caller will be Dean Snipes. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. No partner necessary; bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. $78; students with ID, $5. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance. (803) 760-5881; http://www.contracola.org

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. (803) 359-1436; http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com

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

SUNDAY

S.C. BOOK FESTIVAL: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday 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, performances and summer reading station for children; free admission. http://www.scbookfestival.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

WILD NEIGHBORS WALK: 2 p.m. Sunday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Ninety-minute program for age 5 and older is a casual stroll along Sesqui’s half-mile Jackson Creek Nature Trail. Participants will see 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 sesqui@scprt.com

“I’M BUILDING A BRIDGE”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St. Civil Rights Sunday movie for May is a documentary profiling 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 bythe Columbia SC 63 initiative.

“MISS SAIGON”: 3 p.m. Sunday and May 26; 8 p.m. Wednesday through May 25 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

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 3 p.m. Sunday and May 26; 7:30 p.m. Friday and May 25 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. (803) 359-1436; http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com

MONDAY

VISTA QUEEN PAGEANT: 7 p.m. Monday at Trustus Mainstage, 520 Lady St. Tickets for the Trustus Theatre fundraiser are $40 (cash bar and hors d’oeuvres). Doors open at 6 p.m. (803) 254-9732; http://www.trustus.org

TUESDAY

CLEMSON SANDHILL REC FARMERS MARKET: 2-7 pm. Tuesdays until Thanksgiving at 900 Clemson Road (across from the Village at Sandhill). A variety of fresh fruits, produce, baked goods, seafood, meats, crafts,plants and various natural products are available from local farmers and entrepreneurs. This year the market is also a collection point for Harvest Hope Food Bank. http://www.clemson.edu/sandhill/programs/market

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

THURSDAY

THE LOURIE CENTER: Storytelling/oral history workshop led by Julia McKinney, 10-11 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1 (except July 4) at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Lunch and learn, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, “Eat This, Not That,” Mary Katherine Benya, a gerontologist at USC will speak on restaurant and nutritional pitfalls, what to eat and what to avoid when dining out. West African drumming workshop, 1 p.m. Thursday. Dick Moons of the Next Door Drummers will lead a rousing yet easy group drum lesson, followed by a drumming session. All skill levels are welcome. These programs are free and open to the public. (803) 779-1971; http://www.louriecentersc.com

JAYNE BOWERS BOOK SIGNING: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Books on Broad, 944 Broad St., Camden. The Camden native will discuss and sign “Eve’s Sisters” and “Crossing the Bridge: Succeeding in a Community College and Beyond.” (803) 713-7323; http://www.booksonbroad.com

RHYTHM AND BLOOMS, MUSIC AND ART IN THE GARDEN: Reggie Sullivan Trio (jazz), 6-9 p.m. Thursday 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

FRIDAY

SUMTER IRIS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday through May 26 at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St., Sumter. Concerts, parade, arts and craft show, flower show and contests. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will open with a special ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday; the wall will be open the same hours as the festival. (803) 468-0251; http://www.irisfestival.org

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: Celebrate Memorial Day 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

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $17; seniors age 60 and older, students and military, $15; age 12 and younger, $13. (803) 359-1436; http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

JAILBREAK 5K RUN/WALK: 8 a.m. May 25 at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, 421 Gibson Road, Lexington. Packet pick-up and late registration begin at 6:15 a.m. Entry fee is $25; $30 race day. Sponsored by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation, proceeds will purchase equipment, materials, training and supplies for the department not otherwise provided for in the annual budget. Register at http://www.strictlyrunning.com

CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 25 at Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main St. Natasha Lawrence, professional calligrapher and instructor at the Charleston Museum will teach Italian italics, flourishes, accents and creative lettering to address wedding invitations and other calligraphy art. $45, includes all materials. Advance registration required, email lawrence.natasha@gmail.com or call (843) 291-1989.

TREE TREKS: 10 a.m. May 25-27 at 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

S.C. RAILROAD MUSEUM: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 25 at 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. Veterans family event, free train rides to veterans and their dependents. Free parking. Sponsored by Nexsen Pruet. (803) 712-4135; http://www.scrm.org

SUMTER IRIS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. May 25, 26 at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St., Sumter. Concerts, parade, arts and craft show, flower show and contests. (803) 468-0251; http://www.irisfestival.org

ETERNAL CYPRESS: 2 p.m. May 25 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Meet at Stop No. 3 on the boardwalk to learn about the survival of the majestic bald cypress. Free. (803) 776-4396; http://www.nps.gov/cong

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: Randall Bramblett and Danielle Howle, 6-9 p.m. May 25 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 120 Alexander Circle. Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase; no coolers, please. http://www.rhythmontheriversc.com

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 7:30 p.m. May 25 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $17; seniors age 60 and older, students and military, $15; age 12 and younger, $13. (803) 359-1436; http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com

TREE TREKS: 10 a.m. May 26 at 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

SUMTER IRIS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. May 26 at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St., Sumter. Concerts, parade, arts and craft show, flower show and contests. (803) 468-0251; http://www.irisfestival.org

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 3 p.m. May 26 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $17; seniors age 60 and older, students and military, $15; age 12 and younger, $13. (803) 359-1436; http://www.villagesquaretheatre.com

FAMILYFEST: 4 p.m. May 26 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Gospel recording artists, church and community choirs, food court, vendors, rides and children’s activities. A Memorial Day tribute to fallen veterans recognizes the contributions of veterans and their families to our country. The S.C. Veterans Group will conduct a Posting of the Wreath ceremony at 6 p.m. Proceeds will help fund the Future Leader Scholarships.

PALMETTO CONCERT BAND: Memorial Day concert, 4 p.m. May 26 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Free.

TREE TREKS: 10 a.m. May 27 at 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

OVERCOMING HOARDING AND CLUTTER: 6-9 p.m. May 28 and 30 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Whether it is antiques, collectibles or junk, avoid hoarding tendencies by becoming organized. Learn the skills and resources to handle this necessary task. $69. (803) 732-0432; http://www.midlandstech.edu/cce

RHYTHM AND BLOOMS, MUSIC AND ART IN THE GARDEN: Jackaroe (Americana), 6-9 p.m. May 30 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

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