Community Calendar for the Midlands, May 31

May 31, 2013 

  • BEST BETS SATURDAY

    LUNATIXXX MC CHARITY RIDE TO END HUNGER: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Carolina Honda Powerhouse, 1901 Buckner Road. Open to riders 18 and older; registration begins at 7 a.m., line-up at 9 a.m.; kickstands up at 9:30. $5 or $3 with a canned food donation for Harvest Hope. The ride begins and ends at Carolina Honda.

    EAU CLAIRE FEST: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday in the Eau Claire Town Square, North Main Street and Monticello Road. Parade, music, health and fitness, history. (803) 454-0088; http://www.eauclairefest.com

FRIDAY

THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT BOOK SALE: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the Squad Room at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Books will be priced at $1 each; all of the proceeds will benefit United Way of the Midlands.

HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK YARD SALE: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday at 2220 Shop Road. Wooden desks, metal file cabinets, office chairs, cell phones and more. They’re clearing space in the warehouse to make room for food to help the summer family feeding mission. http://www.harvesthope.org

SATURDAY

LUNATIXXX MC CHARITY RIDE TO END HUNGER: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Carolina Honda Powerhouse, 1901 Buckner Road. Open to riders 18 and older; registration begins at 7 a.m., line-up at 9 a.m.; kickstands up at 9:30. $5 or $3 with a canned food donation for Harvest Hope. The ride begins and ends at Carolina Honda.

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. 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). 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. 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. (803) 779-3100; http://www.makerfairecolumbiasc.com

FIGHT FOR AIR CLIMB COLUMBIA: 9 a.m. Saturday; check-in, 8 a.m. Participants are challenged climb the 25 floors of the Capitol Center building, 1201 Main St. This is a professionally timed and ranked event with start times every 10-20 seconds giving participants an opportunity to compete against the clock and conquer the tallest building in the city. Whether your goal is to just reach the top or to be the first to cross the finish line, you will walk away with a new respect for your lungs. Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association. $25 registration; required minimum funds raised, $100. (803) 779-5864

DRIVE FOR CHARITY: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Galeana Jeep/Chrysler on Greystone Boulevard. Cookout, music by Second Nature, Mopar car show, silent auction, child safety seat checks, kids ID, health screenings, face painting, bounce house, live radio remotes and free ice cream. Go to http://www.galeanasc.com/driveforcharity.htm to register to win $1,000 and list Harvest Hope Food Bank as your charity of choice.

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

“ORIGAMI NINJA”: 10:30 a.m. Saturday 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

DUNK-A-COP: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the BI-LO store, 2349 Augusta Road, West Columbia. The West Columbia Police Department CAT team will be running a dunking booth in the parking lot; there will also be face painting and temporary tattoos for children, emergency vehicle displays and the police department will be collecting unwanted and out of date prescription medications. All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics. (803) 939-6280

KIDS DAY CELEBRATION AT ZOЁS KITCHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 4855 Forest Drive. Family-focused activities including an artwork station, face painting, balloon artist, Columbia police and fire departments will hand out stickers and coloring books throughout the day. Grand prize will be a year’s worth of free Zoës kids meals. Zoës Kitchen Instagram followers will be entered to win the grand prize when they post a photo from the event and use the hashtag #ZoesKidsDay.

EAU CLAIRE FEST: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday in the Eau Claire Town Square, North Main Street and Monticello Road. Parade, music, health and fitness, history. (803) 454-0088; http://www.eauclairefest.com

SPECIAL MAGIC FOR SPECIAL KIDS: A performance by magician John Tudor, will be 3-5 p.m. Saturday in the Humphries Building, Columbia College (opposite the library). All proceeds will benefit the Barclay School scholarship fund; Barclay School is a nonprofit school for special needs children. $5 per child; adults, free. (803) 629-6318

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: Brian Conner & His Amazing Friends, 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

STAGE 5 PRODUCTIONS ANNIVERSARY: 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Stadium Park, 947 S. Stadium Road. Event will feature the Capital City Killers in “Death by Drama: A Tragically Funny Mystery!”; music, silent auction, art sales, libations, appetizers and more. Advance tickets, $30; $40 at the door. (803) 834-1775 http://www.brownpapertickets.com

TUESDAY

SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Summer session, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through 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

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

FLORAL ARRANGING FOR BEGINNERS: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday and June 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

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

WEDNESDAY

DRESSED TO THE CANINES: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main St. Dog fashion show, $25 entry fee. Prizes will be awarded and dog portraits will be available by Careese Photography. Doors open at 6 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available for $10. Proceeds will benefit the Animal Mission’s spay and neuter voucher program and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department K9 division for purchasing bulletproof dog vests. Entry forms available at Tapp’s Art Center or email enter@latida.me

UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS, THE MASH IT UP TOUR: 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 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

THURSDAY

MEET ME @ THE PLAZA ON MAIN: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MOVIE NIGHT: “Madagascar 3,” 7:45 p.m. June 7 at the Irmo Park, 7330 Carlisle St. Free popcorn and drinks. Bring a canned food donation for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Sponsored by The ART Team, Prudential Real Estate (803) 348-6289

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

SECOND SUNDAY STROLL: Guided walking tour, 2 p.m. June 9 through the Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood; meet at Hollywood Park, 300 S. Gregg St.. One of Columbia’s oldest suburbs, the neighborhood is bordered by Heyward and Harden streets, Rosewood Drive and the USC athletic fields. $6; age 17 and younger, $3; Historic Columbia Foundation members, free. Tickets available by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

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

“HOMEGOINGS”: 5 p.m. June 13 in the auditorium of the S.C. Department of Archchives and History, 8301 Parklane Road. Advance screening of the upcoming broadcast of PBS’ documentary featuring South Carolina native and New York funeral home director Isaiah Owens. Hosted by the S.C. African American Heritage Commission, the documentary is directed and produced by Christine Turner. The evening will include a panel discussion about African American homegoing traditions; panel members will be Chris Leevy Johnson of Leevy’s Funeral Home, Columbia; James Flemming of Flemming Funeral Homes, Chesterfield; S.C. Rep. Anne Parks of Parks Funeral Home, Greenwood; and Herbert Fielding of Fielding Home for Funerals, Charleston. Beryl Dakers will moderate. Seating is limited, call (843) 917-3350 by June 11 to reserve a spot.

THE HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION’S annual Cemetery Tours will be offered the second Thursday monthly through September at Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave. Guests may choose the 7:30 p.m. Secrets from the Grave Iconography Tour or the Moonlight Cemetery Tour at 8 or 8:30 p.m. The Secrets of the Grave tour starts before dark to allow study of the iconography symbols found on many of the markers and headstones. The Moonlight tours are led by a costumed guide and include narrative about the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets are $10; age 17 and younger, $5; HCF members, $5; HCF member youth, $3. http://www.hcfcemeterytour.eventbrite.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

COMPUTER BASICS FOR SENIORS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, June 14 and 21 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Perfect for beginners, especially those 60 and older, who want to become computer literate; course topics include hardware, software, Internet and email; $99. (803) 732-0432; http://www.midlandstech.edu/cce

TASTE OF NEWBERRY: 5-7:30 p.m. June 14 in Memorial Square, Nance and Main streets, Newberry. Appetizers, entrees and desserts from Steven W’s Bistro, The Palms, the Grill on Main, the Flying Pie, Ronnie’s Bar and Grill, Goodies by Design, Half Full Coffee and Wine Bar, FuSion Japanese & Thai and Main Street Bakery. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available. Bring your lawn chairs and relax to the sounds of Doug and Bunny Williams. Free; dollar tickets will be sold for samplings. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. June 14 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

“MAMA WON’T FLY”: June 14-16 and 20-23 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. Show times for the Chapin Theatre Company production will be 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $16; students age 12 and older, seniors 60 and older and active duty military, $12; age 12 and younger, $10. http://www.chapintheatre.org

ANNUAL NABA BUTTERFLY COUNT: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 15 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitors Center for a day of field observations counting butterflies along the park’s trail system and within various habitats of Congaree. Open to all ages and experience levels; wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, sun protection, bug spray, water, snacks, sack lunch 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.

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

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: 6-9 p.m. June 15 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 120 Alexander Circle. Season finale will feature a Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor jam session with Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. Free admission, food and beverages available for purchase; no coolers, please. http://www.rhythmontheriversc.com

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. June 15 at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. Music by Cabin Fever; Gretchen Caldwell will be the caller. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m.; $8; students with ID, $5. No partner necessary, bring clean, soft-sold non-marking shoes. (803) 760-5881; http://www.contracola.org

“LIVE! FROM THE ULTRA LOUNGE”: 8 p.m. June 15 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. The group, Five By Design, will join the S.C. Philharmonic with swing hits from the late 1940s and 1950s. Tickets are $31, $23 and $15. Sponsored by the Celebrate Freedom Foundation. (803) 251-2222; http://www.capitoltickets.com

FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16 at 300 Senate. Jazz, food and drinks; $100 per couple. By reservation only, (803) 553-3246

PROBATE COURT WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-noon June 21, at the Richland County Judicial Center, 1701 Main St., second floor, Courtroom 2-F. Richland County Probate Court is offering workshops to employees and the general public on estates, marriage licenses, guardianships, conservatorships and other processes of the court. Free; for information and to register, email byersd@rcgov.us

JA TWILIGHT 5K: 7:30 p.m. June 21, run/walk through Columbia’s historic Shandon neighborhood, beginning and ending on Wheat Street, near Hand Middle School. $25; proceeds will benefit Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina. Register at http://www.strictlyrunning.com. Post-race party at Henry’s Grill and Bar, 2865 Devine St.; complimentary food, non-alcoholic drinks and cash bar.

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