City Strolls, Robert Mills House and Gardens: Historic Columbia Foundation will host a guided tour of the Robert Mills Historic District second Friday of each month. See some of Columbia’s oldest homes. Tickets: $6 at the Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding St. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24
Palmetto Painters: The S.C. Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road. The program will be an acrylic candle wrap project; there will be a small project fee. (803) 781-2340; www.palmetto painters.com
S.C. Iris Society Plant Sale: Iris and plant sale, 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Garden Club Council Building, 1605 Park Circle.
Historic Columbia Ceramics Industry Bus Tour: Explore the ceramics interests of 19th century of Columbia with a guided bus tour at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($5 for Historic Columbia Foundation members). To purchase, call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or e-mail reservations@ historiccolumbia.org. The tour will meet at 1616 Blanding St.
23rd Annual SC Midlands Master Gardener Symposium: “Gateway to Gardening... Today for Tomorrow,” 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. October 17 at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Ave. Early bird registration is due by Aug. 15 ($60 for SCMMGA members, $70 all others; $5 more after Aug. 15). (803) 520-7437; www.scmmga.org
Edgefield’s Farmers, Artists and Craft Market: Local produce, crafts, plants and food items will be available at the market every Saturday through September from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (803) 507-0278
Town of Lexington’s Farmers Market: The market is open Saturdays through Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 206 N. Church St., Lexington. (803) 359-4164; http://www.lexsc.com
First Nazareth Baptist Church Farmers Market: The market is open Saturdays through Nov. 23 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Millwood parking lot across from the church, 2351 Gervais St. (803) 254-6232
“Art in the Garden”: Wingard’s Nursery and Garden Center, 1367 North Lake Drive, Lexington, hosts its eighth annual event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. (803) 359-9091; wingards nursery.com/ events
Year-Round Telephone Book Recycling: As the new 2013 phone books are being delivered, Keep the Midlands Beautiful encourages residents to recycle last year’s books. In Lexington and Richland counties and Columbia, take phone books to a drop-off facility and put them in the recycling bin for newspaper. Residents of Columbia, Forest Acres and Lexington County can also recycle phone books in their recycling bins curbside. Richland County will accept them in their recycling roll carts curbside. (803) 733-1139; www.keepthemidlands beautiful.org
Free plant identifications: The A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina provides free plant identifications. Bring your unknown plant by Coker Life Sciences. (803) 777-8196