Things to do and see, July 26-Aug. 1

July 26, 2013 

Friday, July 26

Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile, State Park Road, Santee, will celebrate its 12th anniversary and homecoming tonight through Sunday. Stella and the Groove Crew will provide gospel, bluegrass, country and classic rock from 6:30-8:30 tonight. On Saturday, a performance by the Joy Club Singers, a group of senior adults representing First Baptist Church of Charleston, will begin at 5:15 p.m.; Tristien and Kyle, a duo from the Summerville area, will entertain from 6:30-9 p.m. The old-timers dinner, featuring folks affiliated with the four old country stores that comprise the restaurant, will be guests at a noon dinner Sunday; Stella and the Groove Crew will perform before and after the dinner. All activities during the weekend will be free. (803) 854-2000;

Singer Fantasia, one of the first “American Idol” winners, comes to Township Auditorium on Friday. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets, $45-$65. (For more, see story at right.)

More than 500 players from throughout the Southeast will descend on Lexington County this weekend. They’re here for the USTA Southern Adult Sectional Championships at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center, just off 12th Street Extension at I-77 in Cayce, and the Lexington County Tennis Complex at 425 Oak Drive in Lexington. Matches will run from 8 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m. each day (ending before noon at the Oak Drive location on Sunday). This should mean a boost for hotels and restaurants, and a bit more of a traffic jam than normal around the Barnyard Flea Market Saturday morning.

Saturday, July 27

Let’s get physical! The Community Fitness Festival will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Park, 920 Beatty Road. There will be 21 fitness classes. aquatic aerobics, tennis, kids obstacle course, health vendors and more for age 6 and older. All-day pass with salad bar, $15; individual class pass, $5; kids obstacle course, $2; general admission, $3. Sign up at Friarsgate Park, St. Andrews Park, Denny Terrace Gymnasium and Crane Creek Gymnasium. Sponsored by Zaxbys, all proceeds will benefit the Richland County Recreation Foundation. (803) 772-6598

It’s worth HOW much? Find out at the Museum Road Show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Inspired by PBS’ “Antiques Road Show,” the event will offer informal verbal appraisals of antiques, collectibles and other items. Experts will be available in the fields of fine art, silver, pottery, furniture, books, jewelry, textiles and dolls, military artifacts and Native American art and artifacts. Limit four items per person; Tickets are $20 for the first item, $30 for two items, $35 for three items and $40 for four items; $15, $25, $30 and $35 for members. Tickets available in advance at (803) 898-4999 or 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. the day of the event. www.southcarolina

The Kirker African Medical Relief Association will present a free African dance workshop featuring NIMBAYA!, a group of women from West Africa playing the djembe (an instrument historically reserved for male players). The event is organized to raise awareness on medical and educational needs in Africa as well as educate the public on the unique relationship between West Africa and South Carolina. The free workshop will be 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at MLK Park, 2300 Greene St. Donations will be accepted for the sponsorship and shipping of medicines, medical supplies and equipment as well as school supplies to hospitals and schools in Africa. (803) 331-3699; http://www.kirker

Let’s go Bowling for Rhinos, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Anchor Lanes, 1000 Columbia Ave., Irmo. The Riverbanks chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers is hosting an event to support rhinoceros conservation (as well as everything from acacia trees to zebras). Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door; includes shoe rental and two games. Participants will also have an opportunity to score in the evening’s silent auction and raffle. www.rbzkeepers.blogspot .com

Beat the heat at the Guardians of the Night K-9 5K Run/Walk, 10:30 p.m. Saturday 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 awards ceremony. Entry fee is $50; register at 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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Monday, July 29

Bow Ties & Bourbon (two Southern traditions) launch party will be 6-9 p.m. Monday at Rue 77, 1301 Assembly St. Tightlines Y'all and Six & Twenty Distillery will showcase their unique products made in South Carolina. Sample locally distilled Six & Twenty bourbon whiskey and check out the “3N1” bow tie designed by Tightlines Y’all. (803) 230-7676

Tuesday, July 30

Big 10 Bike-a-Thon Tour is slated for 8 a.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Sponsored by the Youth Emporium Inc., the tour will visit 10 states identified by the CDC as among the top 20 most obese in the country. Tuesday events begin with an 8:30 a.m. youth and teen bike ride from Finlay Park to the Drew Wellness Center, followed by cooking demonstrations, fun games and the Tricked Out Bike Contest. Wednesday schedule will include a fitness session, Healthy Living Summit and Tricked Out Bike winners. Free and open to the public. (803) 545-3100;


July 31

The fourth annual South Carolina Coaches for Charity will be held 6-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marriott Columbia Downtown. The event kicks off with a cocktail reception, entertainment and a silent auction, 6-7 p.m. Dinner, program emceed by Rick Henry and former coach Art Baker and a live auction, 7-9:30 p.m. Coaches and their charities: Former U.S. Air Force Academy coach Fisher DeBerry, the Fisher DeBerry Foundation; Wofford’s Mike Ayers, FCA of Spartanburg; Furman’s Bruce Fowler, Chris and Kelly’s HOPE Foundation; The Citadel’s Kevin Higgins, Lowcountry FCA; S.C. State’s Buddy Pough, Midlands Area FCA; USC’s Steve Spurrier, HBC Foundation; and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Dabo’s All-In Team Foundation. Dress is South Carolina casual. Individual tickets, $200; complimentary beer and wine throughout the evening. www.southcarolina

Thursday, Aug. 1

“Mother Goose is on the Loose,” performed by the Hammond Hawk Ridge Campers, 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bank of America Theatre on Hammond’s campus, 854 Galway Lane. Doors open at 5 p.m. and admission is free. (803) 776-0295

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