Community Calendar for the Midlands, May 24

May 24, 2013 

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    SKILLS ON WHEELS BASKETBALL GAME: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Crane Creek Gymnasium, 4505-B Fairfield Road. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies and Columbia firefighters take to the hardwood in wheelchairs for a benefit game to support the Richland County Recreation Commission’s Youth Wheelchair Basketball League. Admission is $3 for ages 3 and older. (803) 600-5819

    JUNE 1

    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

FRIDAY

SUMTER IRIS FESTIVAL: 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; 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. 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 Monday 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

SKILLS ON WHEELS BASKETBALL GAME: 11 a.m. Saturday at the Crane Creek Gymnasium, 4505-B Fairfield Road. Richland County Sheriff’s deputies and Columbia firefighters take to the hardwood in wheelchairs for a benefit game to support the Richland County Recreation Commission’s Youth Wheelchair Basketball League. Admission is $3 for ages 3 and older. (803) 600-5819

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. Saturday 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

SUNDAY

TREE TREK : 10 a.m. Sunday 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. Sunday 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. Sunday 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. Sunday 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. Sunday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Selections will include “Summon the Heroes,” “Victory at Sea,” “American Salute,” “Armed Forces Salute” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Free. http://www.palmettoconcertband.org

MONDAY

TREE TREK : 10 a.m. Monday 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

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

OVERCOMING HOARDING AND CLUTTER: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 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

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

HEART HEALTH LUNCH AND LEARN: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Bernadette Lee of Advanced Diagnostics and Corrina Hooker, community educator at Heartstrings Hospice will discuss atherosclerosis, heart disease and how to modify and identify risk factors that can affect your heart. Free; lunch is provided to those who RSVP. (803) 779-1971, ext 2 or email stephanie@louriecentersc.com

RHYTHM AND BLOOMS, MUSIC AND ART IN THE GARDEN: Jackaroe (Americana), 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

PADDLE BENDER RACE: 10 a.m. June 1 at Dreher Island State Park, 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity. Paddlers from at least six states will race kayaks, canoes and paddle boards on a 4- or 8-mile course circumnavigating Dreher Island. Awards for overall winners and category winners. Proceeds will benefit Carolina Wildlife Care wildlife rehabilitation center. The race is a part of the Southeastern Paddle Sport Championship Series which raises funds for nonprofit organizations (803) 932-2769

“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

FLORAL ARRANGING FOR BEGINNERS: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4 and 11 at Midlands Technical College Fairfield Campus, 1674 U.S. 321 N. Business, Winnsboro. Learn about bow-tying, bud vases, one-sided and all-around arrangements as well as cut flower care; $69. (803) 732-0432; http://www.midlandstech.edu/cce

SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Summer session, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, June 4-July 9 at Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road. New classes include Opera: Centuries Old Yet Ever New, The French Palace at Versailles: Art, Architecture and Louis XIV’s Court, Storytelling for Your Own Amazement, Book Talk and Art: Self Directed + Clay Roses (supplies are $10; advance sign-up for this limited enrollment class). Ongoing classes in art, bridge, Classic Movies and Great Stars, line dancing, quilting, advanced Spanish, creative writing, tai chi and day trips. $15 for two classes per day for the entire session. (803) 731-9394; http://www.shepherdscenterofstandrews.org

UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS, THE MASH IT UP TOUR: June 5-9 under the big top in the Benedict College football stadium parking lot (Read Street and Two Notch Road). Global mix of circus artistry, music, dance and style, contortionists, ice skaters, and a pole act. Show times are 7:30 p.m. June 5-8 with matinees at 10:30 a.m. June 7, noon and 4 p.m. June 8 and 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. June 9. Tickets are $27.85-$35.35 (12 months and younger, free). (800) 745-3000; http://www.ticketmaster.com

MEET ME @ THE PLAZA ON MAIN: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 6 at Main and Hampton streets. Outdoor dining and jazz (weather permitting) at the Columbia Museum of Art’s Boyd Plaza. Presented by City Center Partnership.

THE TUOMEY FOUNDATION 5 MILER: 8 a.m. June 8, beginning and ending at the Tuomey Regional Medical Center, 129 N. Washington St., Sumter. $25 in advance; register at http://www.strictlyrunning.com. Proceeds will benefit diabetes education and treatment. (803) 774-9014; http://www.tuomey.com/5miler

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Butterfly Identification Training, 9-11:30 a.m. June 8 at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitors Center for a short introduction to butterflies in Congaree and basic butterfly identification skills before a a short hike to practice new skills. Open to all ages and experience levels; wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, sun protection, bug spray, water, snacks and binoculars are recommended (a limited supply will be available for use during the program). Free, but advance reservations are required by calling (803) 776-4396.

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: Mandy Addy & the Diving Horses 6-9 p.m. June 8 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 120 Alexander Circle. The Scottie Frier Band will open. Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase; no coolers, please. http://www.rhythmontheriversc.com

CHILDREN’S NATURE SERIES: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 12-July 3 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Each week children ages 5-12 will explore a different topic as they uncover the fascinating secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through hands-on activities. Children who attend all four sessions will be awarded a certificate. $5 per participant per program; registration deadline is two days prior to each program. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

“VISITING MR. GREEN”: June 13-16, 20-23 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $15; students, seniors and military, $12. Box office is open 3-6 p.m. weekdays. (803) 775-2150; http://www.sumterlittletheatre.org

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