Things to do and see in the Midlands, May 24-30

May 24, 2013 

Friday, May 24

It’s that time again, the Sumter Iris Festival will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday through Sunday 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 or

Saturday, May 25

Rise and shine. Start your weekend with the Jailbreak 5K run/walk at 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.strictly

Lexington County Solid Waste Management is sponsoring an Electronics Recycling event 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 or /solidwaste.html

Let’s Move — Kids Day Columbia, sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation and First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina, is urging families to get out and get moving 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Interactive fun zone and interactive inflatables, family fun run, fitness challenge, petting zoo, pony rides, live stage entertainment, vendors and more. Free; (803) 545-2100

The S.C. Railroad Museum will offer free train rides for veterans and their dependents at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The museum is at 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. Parking is free, too; (803) 712-4135 or

Monday, May 27

Why not go sailing on Memorial Day? Enjoy a two-hour sample of sailing with Lanier Sailing Academy-Lake Murray. The boat will leave the Southshore Marina dock, 3072 U.S. 378, Leesville, at 9:30 a.m., noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Monday. A sailing instructor will let you try your hand at sailing (with close supervision, of course) or just sit back and enjoy the trip with your own personal captain. $30 per person; (803) 317-9070 for reservations.

Tuesday, May 28

Join the Historic Columbia Foundation 9 a.m. daily through June 30 (except Mondays) for its Early Adventures program. In May, participants will be learning about archaeology at the Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland St. The program is designed for private groups of 10 or more children (ages 3-8). All programs include story time, games, crafts and snacks. Offered by reservation only. $6; (803) 252-1770, ext 24 or email reservations@

Thursday, May 30

Julia McKinney will lead a storytelling/oral history workshop from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1 (except July 4) at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (near Maxcy Gregg Park). Free and open to the public; (803) 779-1971 or http://www.louriecenter

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