Things to do and see, May 31-June 6

May 30, 2013 

Friday, May 31

The Historic Columbia Foundation will offer active duty military personnel free tours of its house museums Tuesdays-Sundays through Sept. 1 as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Tours of the Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site. Tours start on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (last tour starts at 3 p.m.) and 1-4 p.m. Sundays (last tour starts at 4 p.m.) The free admission program is available to active duty U.S. military.

Saturday, June 1

The first Columbia Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 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. Some of the participating makers include Laser Light Graffiti, Outside the Box Guitars, Reassembled Strays, DoodleSculpt and Marble Roller Coasters. (803) 779-3100;

This is the perfect time of year for a car and motorcycle show and there’s one 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 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). It’s all for a good cause — the event is a fundraiser to buy equipment for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics Team. (803) 201-3977; (803) 727-0142

Check out the Paddle Bender Race 10 a.m. Saturday 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

Wednesday, June 5

UniverSoul Circus, the Mash It Up tour hits Columbia Wednesday through June 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 Wednesday through June 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;

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