Community Calendar for the Midlands, July 2

July 2, 2013 

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    COLUMBIA BLOWFISH BASEBALL: USC Alumni Night will feature the 7th annual USC Gamecock alumni baseball team vs. the Blowfish, 6-11 p.m. Wednesday at Capital City Stadium, 301 Assembly St. Field level reserved seats are $7; tickets at the gate are $6; seniors, ages 12 and younger, students and military with ID, $5. Fireworks will follow the game. (803) 254-3474; http://www.blowfishbaseball.com

    STEFAN ENGELS, ORGANIST, IN CONCERT: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 1401 Washington St. To celebrate the Region IV Convention of the American Guild of Organists, This week has been declared “Organists’ Week” in South Carolina. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. (803) 606-1596

TUESDAY

TOUCAN TUESDAYS AT RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: Bring two cans of food for Harvest Hope Food Bank and get two tickets for the price of one. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, the zoo is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway. Regular ticket prices are $11.75; age 62 and older and military with ID, $10.75; ages 3-12, $9.25; age 2 and younger, free. (803) 779-8717; http://www.riverbanks.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

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

COLUMBIA BLOWFISH BASEBALL: USC Alumni Night will feature the 7th annual USC Gamecock alumni baseball team vs. the Blowfish 6-11 p.m. Wednesday at Capital City Stadium, 301 Assembly St. Field level reserved seats are $7; tickets at the gate are $6; seniors, ages 12 and younger, students and military with ID, $5. Fireworks will follow the game. (803) 254-3474; http://www.blowfishbaseball.com

REGION IV CONVENTION OF THE AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS: Opening convocation, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St.; free. Australian organist Nicole Marane joins Capella Pueri, the Gallery Choir, brass and percussion in the East Coast premiere of James MacMillan’s “Tu es Petrus,” commissioned for the 2010 Papal Mass at London’s Westminster Cathedral; works of Dupre, Vierne, Warren Martin and hymns of praise. (803) 779-0036; http://www.visitstpeters.org

STEFAN ENGELS, ORGANIST, IN CONCERT: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 1401 Washington St. To celebrate the Region IV Convention of the American Guild of Organists, This week has been declared “Organists’ Week” in South Carolina. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. (803) 606-1596

FRIDAY

MOVIES IN THE PARK: “The Croods,” 8:30 p.m. Friday at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. (803) 545-3100

SATURDAY

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

LET FREEDOM ROAR EVENT: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson, 190 Pontiac Busienss Drive. Live music by the Carroll Brown Band from noon-4 p.m.; the Sabin Sharpe Band will play from 5-8:30 p.m.; swap meet, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., fireworks display at 9. (803) 461-1121; http://www.thundertowerharley.com

ORGAN RECITAL: 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St. Janette Fishell, chair of the organ department at Indiana University performs the world premiere of her “Triptych for Organ,” Louis Vierne’s “Symphonie III” and works of Petr Eben, Jehan Alain and Rheinhold Gliere; $10. (803) 779-0036; http://www.visitstpeters.org

CAPITAL CITY BEACH PARTY: 3-10 p.m. Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Games, music, food, waterslides, beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee. Karaoke Idol, 6 p.m., concert with the O’Kaysions, 8 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. Free. (803) 545-3100

J.S. BACH’S “MASS IN B MINOR”: 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St. Mark Husey conducts the Gallery Choir and the Assembly Street Consort in a performance featuring soloists Jacquelyn Stucker, Susanna Gibbons, Mary Alice Thomy Bogue, Kelsey Kish, Jenn Pilat, Joshua Day, Brian Ming Chu and James Stuart Brown. $20; seniors, students, American Guild of Organists members and groups of four or more, $10. (803) 779-0036; http://www.visitstpeters.org

FIREWORKS AND ALL THAT JAZZ: Saturday at the Amphitheatre at Doko Meadows, Blythewood. Concert featuring the Blythewood Jazz Orchestra, 8-10 p.m.; fireworks at 10 p.m.; free. Sponsored by the Town of Blythewood.

SUNDAY

ONEX100: CREATING WITHIN CONSTRAINTS: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Community gallery exhibit that is a little out of the ordinary. The pieces in ONEx100 all fit within a 1x1x1-foot space and demonstrate enthusiasm for contemporary art practices. Artists were encouraged to find freedom within limiations and create within constraints. Exhibit will be up through Sept. 8. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $10; military, seniors, $8; students, $5; Museum members and children 5 and younger, free; free admission on Sundays. (803) 799-2810; http://www.columbiamuseum.org

XTERRA HARBISON HALF MARATHON AND 5K: Sunday at Harbison State Forest, 5600 Broad River Road. Packet pickup and race day registration, 6-7 a.m.; half marathon starts at 7 a.m.; 5K starts at 7:10. Half marathon, $45 with T-shirt; 5K, $25 with T-shirt. Online registration deadline is 1 p.m. Saturday7/6 at http://www.strictlyrunning.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

PRIME TIME IN THE PARKS: 7-11 p.m. July 10 and 12 at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road and Hyatt Park, 941 Jackson Ave. Recreational activities such as basketball, roller skating and board games in a safe and entertaining environment for ages 13-18. (803) 545-3100

THE HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION’S annual Cemetery Tours are 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

LUNCH AND LEARN: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 11 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). The S.C. Ovarian Cancer Foundation will present “Ovarian Cancer: Know the Facts.” Oncology nurse Julie Dawson and survivor Cherie Nettles will discuss the signs, symptoms and risk factors for ovarian cancer. Free, bring a lunch; dessert and beverage will be provided. (803) 799-1971, ext. 12; http://www.thelouriecentersc.com

“AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’”: 8 p.m. July 11-13, 18-20 and 3 p.m. July 14 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Toe-tapping performances of Fats Waller tunes, directed by Terrance Henderson. $27; military and seniors, $25; students, $20. The box office is open 1-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. (803) 254-9732; http://www.trustus.org

FITNESS, FOOD AND LOSING WEIGHT: 9 a.m.-noon July 12 and 19 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Learn unique principles and secrets to losing weight permanently, naturally and without gimmicks. Seminar will cover the stages of permanent weight loss — mind, muscle and mouth plus a few “The Biggest Loser” secrets; $79. (803) 732-0432; http://www.midlandstech.edu/cce

FIRST AID: 6-10 p.m. July 12 at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. General principles of first aid covering medical, injury and environmental emergencies according to the American Heart Association and the National Safety Council guidelines; $55. (803) 732-0432; http://www.midlandstech.edu/cce

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT: 8:30 p.m. July 12 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road, in the main picnic area. “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” will be screened. Free with park admission of $2 for adults, ages 15 and younger, free; S.C. residents 65 and older, disabled and members of the S.C. National Guard, $1.25. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, flashlights recommended. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

“OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD:” 11:15 p.m. July 12 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Last Call Series season finale will feature Kevin Bush’s cabaret evening featuring Terrance Henderson, Vicky Saye Henderson, Jason Stokes and Eddie Bush. Doors open at 10:45 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at the door. (803) 254-9732; http://www.trustus.org

“DIG INTO MUSIC”: 2-3 p.m. July 13 in the Mungo Meeting Room of the Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road. Family event will feature musicians playing and discussing their instruments — guitars, bongos, banjos, cajon and more. (803) 787-7880

COLUMBIA CLASSIC CHEVY CLUB CRUISE-IN: 5-9 p.m. July 13 at Woodberry Plaza, 3254 Augusta Road, West Columbia.

CIVIL RIGHTS SUNDAY MOVIE: “Nothing But a Man,” 3 p.m. July 14 at Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St. Film follows the everyday life experiences of life during Jim Crow. Sponsored by Nickelodeon and Columbia SC 63. http://www.columbiasc63.com

CAROLINA WILDLIFE CARE PURPLE MARTIN CRUISE: 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 17 aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray. Evening of food, drinks and purple martins departs from Shealy’s Landing, 317 Shadowood Drive, to Bomb Island, the largest purple martin sanctuary in North America. Tickets are $75; proceeds benefit Carolina Wildlife Care. (803) 772-3994; http://www.carolinawildlifecare.org

HUMPHREY BOGART FILM FESTIVAL: 8:15 p.m. July 19-20 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. July 19 feature will be “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon” will be screened July 20. Tickets are $5. (803) 276-6264; http://www.newberryoperahouse.com

RIDE FOR LIFE POKER RUN: 8:30 a.m. July 20 at Camden Middle School, 902 McRae Road, Camden. $20 per bike; passengers, $10 (includes meal and T-shirt). First bike out, 9:30 a.m.; last out, 10:30 a.m.; last bike in by 1:30 p.m. Car and bike show, silent auction and battle of the bands begin at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Kershaw County Relay for Life. (803) 272-9149; http://www.facebook.com/rideforlifepokerrun

PALMETTO TASTY TOMATO FESTIVAL: Celebration of locally grown food will be 4-9 p.m. July 20 at City Roots Urban Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia. Free heirloom tomato tasting, local food and drink vendors, tomato bobbing, Tasty Tomato Contest winners and live music featuring the Hackensaw Boys, the Packway Handle Band, Playing on the Planet, Stillhouse and Jackaroe. Tickets are $10; age 12 and younger, free. Proceeds will support Sustainable Midlands community programs and promote local businesses. (803) 381-8747; http://www.tastytomatofestival.org

COMMUNITY FITNESS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 27 at St. Andrews Park, 920 Beatty Road. Event will include 21 fitness classes, aquatic aerobics, tennis, kids obstacle course, health vendors and more. All-day pass with salad bar, $15; individual class pass, $5, kids obstacle course, $2; general admission, $3; health and fitness vendor fee, $20. Proceeds will benefit the Richland County Recreation Foundation. Sign up at Friarsgate Park, St. Andrews Park, Denny Terrace Gymnasium and Crane Creek Gymnasium. (803) 772-6598

GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT K-9 5K RUN/WALK: 10:30 p.m. July 27 at the Village at Sandhill; race will begin at the Plex, 714 Fashion Drive and end at the fountain in Town Center Commons. Members of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 officers and their four-footed partners will participate and the K-9 unit will be on hand for interaction during the award ceremony. Entry fee is $50; register at http://www.strictlyrunning.com. Race day registration 8-10 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the RCSD K-9 Unit. $2 of each registration will be donated to the K-9 Fargo Fund, which helps departments that experience death or injury to a police service K-9 who may not be able to replace or afford the medical bills. All racers will receive a K-9 Fargo Fund bracelet (bracelets will also be available for $2 at the registration table). (803) 309-9413

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