Community Calendar for the Midlands, May 19

May 19, 2013 

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SUNDAY

“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 by the Columbia SC 63 initiative.

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

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

“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 by the Columbia SC 63 initiative.

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

“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 3 p.m. Sunday and May 26; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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

SATURDAY

JAILBREAK 5K RUN/WALK: 8 a.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday through 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

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

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Ball Park Road Collection & Recycling Center, 301 Ball Park Road, Lexington. Open to Lexington County residents only; proof of residency will be required. Accepting computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers and scanners), TVs, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones, stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems. (803) 755-3325; http://www.lex-co.sc.gov/solidwaste.html

SUMTER IRIS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. 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

“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

UPCOMING EVENTS

TREE TREK : 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 TREK : 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

CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1 at 1765-A Augusta Highway, Lexington. Registration is $15 for each car; $10 per motorcycle. Judging begins at noon; winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Admission is free. Play equipment will be set up for children, music, barbecue plates, $7.50 (barbecue, baked beans, cole slaw and a beverage). Event is a fundraiser to buy equipment for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team that the sheriff’s department has difficulty acquiring through the governmental budget process. (803) 201-3977; (803) 727-0142

COLUMBIA MINI MAKER FAIRE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY, science and technology, alternative energy, unique handmade crafts, music, local food and educational workshops. (803) 779-3100; http://www.makerfairecolumbiasc.com

“ORIGAMI NINJA”: 10:30 a.m. June 1 at Books on Broad, 944 Broad St., Camden. An original adventure written and directed by Jenny Maxwell. Archvillain the Catnapper has kidnapped the Kershaw County Farmers Market cat and the origami ninjas come to the rescue by making three origami items — a pigeon to distract the villain, a paper dish to hold cat treats which will be used to lure the cat to safety and a water bomb to teach the Catnapper a lesson. Locate the photo of the market cat at the Kershaw County Farmers Market on your way to Origami Ninja. The market opens at 8 a.m.; find the market cat photo, bring it to Books on Broad and enter it for a prize drawing at the end of the session. Free. (803) 713-7323

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: Brian Conner & His Amazing Friends, 6-9 p.m. June 1 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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