Friday, Aug. 9
Grab your lawn chair and head to ZOOvie Nights beginning tonight and running every Friday through Aug. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Pkwy. Enjoy a family-friendly movie outdoors in the zoo’s Palmetto Plaza. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. Tickets are $5 each (or $3 each for zoo members) and can be purchased at the gate on the night of the show. Parking will be on the main zoo side only. Tonight’s movie is “Despicable Me.” To see a list of all movie night showings, visit www.facebook.com/riverbankszoo. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org
Tonight is your last chance to catch Summer Camp: A Late Night Film Series at 11 p.m. at the Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St. Come watch “Friday the 13th” and enjoy discounted Pabst Blue Ribbon beers during “Pappy Hour.” There will also be other fun contests. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5.50 for members, and $9 for seniors (65 and older), students and military. (803) 254-8234; www.nickelodeon.org
Today is the registration deadline for the Mayor’s Annual Back-to-School Drills and Skills Clinics and Health Fair, which will be held Monday through Aug. 16 across Columbia parks. All clinics will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the following locations: Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave. (boys basketball, ages 6-9); Greenview Park, 6700 David St. (boys basketball, ages 10-13); M.L. King Park, 2300 Greene St. (boys basketball, ages 14-17); R.C.S. Family Life Center at Reid Chapel AME, 712 Gabriel St. (girls basketball, ages 6-17); Columbia Tennis Center, 1635 Whaley St. (boys and girls tennis, ages 6-17); James E. Clyburn Golf Center, 2911 Slighs Ave. (boys and girls golf, ages 6-17). The clinics are free and open to the public. The week will conclude on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Greenview Park with a health fair and free physicals for all Drills and Skills participants. Registration forms are available at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation main office, 1111 Parkside Drive, and at all Parks and Recreation community centers. For more information, call (803) 545-3100.
Don’t miss the 32nd Annual S.C. Peanut Party from 5-11 tonight and 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at the Pelion Community Center, 951 Pine St. in Pelion. Activities include a bike show, book sale, parade, and peanut butter and jelly sandwich eating contest. There is no fee at the gate, but arm bands for amusement rides will be available for $15 and concessions will be sold. Festival proceeds benefit various community needs, such as high school scholarships and the annual Christmas Tree for Children fund. For more information and a detailed event schedule, visit www.scpelionpeanutparty.com.
Saturday, Aug. 10
The State Museum presents its 22nd annual Southeastern Toy Soldier Show on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out toy soldiers and other military miniatures from all periods of history. See the new diorama created by the S.C. Military Miniature Society. Miniature tanks, planes, cannons and vehicles, as well as books, can also be purchased from exhibitors. The event is free with general admission or museum membership. (803) 898-4942; www.scmuseum.org
Sunday, Aug. 11
Learn about the ceramics industry in 19th century Columbia during the next Second Sunday Rolls and Strolls tour, offered by the Historic Columbia Foundation at 2 p.m. on Sunday. This guided bus tour will begin at the “From Landrum to Leeds” exhibit in the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Other stops will include the former location of Landrum-Stork pottery, as well as Main Street, where pottery was sold during the 1800s. Tickets are $10 ($5 for foundation members) and can be purchased by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone’s an artist at Passport to Art: The Design of Colorful Shapes from noon-3 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Make a collage inspired by the exhibition “Picasso: Master Prints” during this free monthly drop-in studio program for families. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org
Tuesday, Aug. 13
Stand up comedian Myq Kaplan will perform Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. Doors open at 8 p.m. Kaplan is a finalist from the 2010 season of “Last Comic Standing” and has appeared on other shows including “The Tonight Show” and the “Late Show with David Letterman.” Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the door, or bought in advance for $8 at http://myqconundrum.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call (310) 562-0518 or visit www.standupstatecomedy.com.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Put on your dancing shoes for the Kiwanis International ZumbaRama from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lexington United Methodist Church, 309 E. Main St., Lexington. The cost is $15; ($10 entry fee, $5 for three prize drawing tickets) and proceeds will benefit children’s charities and help fund Key Club scholarships. The fundraiser will feature new high school football coaches. Open to all ages! (803) 359-7644
Sumter Little Theatre presents “Cabaret” Thursday through Aug. 18 and Aug. 22-25. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students, seniors and military. The theatre is located at 11 Mood Ave., Sumter. (803) 775-2150; www.sumterlittletheatre.org
Charleston’s Quentin Baxter Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. This is the last performance of the theater’s Summer Sets Jazz Series. Tickets are $5 and can only be purchased at the Township Auditorium Box Office. (803) 576-2350; www.thetownship.org