Community Calendar for the Midlands, Aug. 24

August 24, 2013 


    KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL GARAGE SALE: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at 1307 Augusta Road, West Columbia. If you have items you would like to donate, call (803) 733-1139 or go to

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    BACK-TO-SCHOOL CELEBRATION: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 31 at Life Center Ministries of Columbia, 7330 Monticello Road. Free food, games, workshop and school supplies giveaway. (803) 381-0505;


BOJANGLES RUN WILD 5K: Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m.; race time is 8 a.m. Event includes the Wild Child Fun Run and High School XC Invitational. Register at Information at (803) 556-6295

IRMO CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Owners of classic cars from 1989 and older are invited to enter. Cars must be parked by 10:30 a.m., trophies will be awarded at 12:15 p.m. in the following categories — best in show, pick-up, Mustang, Mopar, Ford, paint job, street rod, Corvette, General Motors, foreign car and oldest car. No entry fee and free admission. Attendees not entering a car in the show should park across the street at CrossRoads Middle School. The church will also host an art show with exhbits by local artists. Rain date will be Aug. 31. (803) 732-2273;

HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Sponsored by the Kemetic Institute, the expo is free and open to the public. Featured guest speakers will be Dr. Ann Brown (“Why Darkness Matters”), health and wellness coach Dr. Michelle Reid and Dr. Cheryl Armstead, associate professor of psychology at USC. (803) 790-7204;

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Congaree National Park will celebrate the 97th birthday of the NPS Saturday at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Join John Cely for a Nature Discovery Walk at 9:30 a.m., or explore the park with a ranger during the 8 p.m. Moonlight Creatures Walk (reservations required). There will be birthday cake throughout the day. Reservations and information at

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Park, 920 Beatty Road. Free event for students of all ages will include pizza, games, school supplies giveaway. (803) 772-6598

FRIENDS AND FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Virginia College, 7201 Two Notch Road. Refreshments, campus tours, door prizes, curriculum information and an opportunity to learn about the United Way of the Midlands and its mission. (803) 509-7100

SUMMER CELEBRATION OF WATER FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Free event will include tubing, canoeing, water slides, local exhibitors and other family-friendly activities while emphasizing the importance of clean water in our everyday lives. (803) 576-2491;

SOULFEST: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, 2229 Hampton St. The multicultural event will feature southern style cuisine — chicken, fish and chopped barbecue, health fair, kids fingerprinting by the Columbia Police Department, children’s storytellers, bounce house, dunking booth, production of Darion McCloud’s “The Story Squad Children,” live entertainment and a classic car show. Health fair will offer free prostate cancer and diabetes screenings (call (803) 296-2273 to preregister), sickle cell trait screening, vision screening, BMI and weight assessment, blood pressure checks, dental hygiene, CPR demonstration and more.

JUBILEE: FESTIVAL OF HERITAGE: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland St. Activities include artists and craftsmen demonstrations, live music, traditional and African-influenced merchandise, crafts and children’s activities, tours of the Mann-Simons site, bus tours of African-American heritage sites, the Modjeska Simkins property and more.

6th ANNUAL PALMETTO PEANUT BOIL: 2-7 p.m . Saturday at the Publick House, 2307 Devine St. Sample South Carolina’s official snack food and vote for your favorite. Live music from Dave Britt, Brent Lundy, Ten Toes Up, Jeff Kozelski and the Traye Home Band, food, children’s activities and door prizes. $5; all proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia.

“CABARET”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 11 Mood Ave., Sumter. Adult tickets are $20; students, seniors and military, $17. (803) 775-2150;


AN AFTERNOON WITH A STEINWAY: Piano Society of South Carolina concert, 3 p.m. Sunday at Rice Music House, 470-16 Town Center Place, Village at Sandhill. Members will perform some of their favorite composers including Rachmaninov, Bach, Saint-Saens and others. Free, call (803) 254-2777 for reservations,

“CABARET”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 11 Mood Ave., Sumter. Adult tickets are $20; students, seniors and military, $17. (803) 775-2150;


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;

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.

B-C NO. 1 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PARTY: 6-8 p.m.Tuesday at Green Hill Baptist Church, 1734 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Sponsored by First Baptist and Green Hill Baptist churches, the event will feature food, fun, door prizes, games and bags of school supplies for students at B-C No. 1 Elementary School.

AUDIO ENGINEERING CERTIFICATE ORIENTATION: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Open house and free seminar about the Audio Engineering Certificate program. (803) 732-0432;

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Good exercise and fun. (803) 345-0158 or email

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;


iPHOTO: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Learn to organize, edit and share photos using Apple’s iPhoto; a comprehensive look that starts with importing photos from various sources through sharing them, using print and social media; $99. (803) 732-0432;


iMOVIE: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Learn to create high-quality video using iMovie; course covers importing existing movies, creating a new project, adding effects and sharing your finished product on social media sites; $99. (803) 732-0432;


KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL GARAGE SALE: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at 1307 Augusta Road, West Columbia. If you have items you would like to donate, call (803) 733-1139 or go to

ZOOVIE NIGHTS AT RIVERBANKS: “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” 7:30 p.m. Friday at Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; movies start at dusk. Bring lawn chairs; concessions will be available, no outside food or drink allowed. $5; members, $3. (803) 779-8717;


RUN OR WALK A CROOKED 5K: 8 a.m. Aug. 31 at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. 5K race, walk and kids fun run; registration begins at 7 a.m. 5K, $30 (includes T-shirt); walk, $20; kids fun run is free. Proceeds will benefit the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission Meals on Wheels program. (803) 772-3336 or email

A MUSICAL TASTE OF GREENVIEW: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 31 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Music festival will feature performances by the Blythewood Jazz Quintet, the Vibrations, Premium Blend, Precise Band and Show, Jessie Sumter (James Brown impersonator), Soul City Review Band and Dante Lewis. Sponsored by the Greenview Reunion Foundation, proceeds will benefit the Carolyn Wood-Ellison Scholarship Fund. (803) 865-8147

BACK-TO-SCHOOL CELEBRATION: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 31 at Life Center Ministries of Columbia, 7330 Monticello Road. Free food, games, workshop and school supplies giveaway. (803) 381-0505;

FAMILY FUN IN THE FIELD: 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at 441 Rimer Pond Road. Big screen broadcast of the Clemson-Georgia game. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Presented by Blythewood Presbyterian Church.

BLYTHEWOOD LABOR DAY RUN: 7:30 a.m. Sept. 2 at Blythewood Middle School, 2351 Longtown Road. 10K starts at 7:30 a.m.; 5K starts at 7:40 a.m. and kids fun run starts at 8:40 a.m. Registration for the 10K is $35 Tuesday through Sept. 1 and $40 on race day; 5K, $30/$35; fun run, $5. Proceeds benefit Blythewood Middle School PTO to complete funding for a digital sign and a field study scholarship for economically disadvantaged students. Register at

MEET ME @ THE PLAZA ON MAIN: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 5 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.

STEPHEN SILLER TUNNEL TO TOWERS 5K: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Colonial Center, 801 Lincoln St. The national program is named in honor of the New York City firefighter and father of five who was off duty on Sept. 11, 2001; when he heard what was happening at the World Trade Center, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center. He was last seen with his brothers of Squad 1, saving lives. Sponsored by Lexington Medical Center Foundation, this is the only Tunnel to Towers run in South Carolina. Proceeds from the event support first responders and military members who have been seriously hurt in the line of duty. $25; register at

THE BIG GRAB: Buyers and sellers welcome at the annual 43-mile yard sale from Blythewood to Ridgeway to Winnsboro, dawn to dusk Sept. 6 and 7. Check out The Big Grab Facebook page for more information.

JAILBREAK ESCAPE URBAN CHALLENGE RUN: 8 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington; packet pick-up and late registration begin at 6:15 a.m. Course is a 3.1 mile run with obstacles and crossfit-syle exercises to challenge runners of all ages and fitness levels. Participants will race in two-member teams. Single entry fee is $30 before Sept. 5; $35 after; teams, $50/$65. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation, which raises funds to purchase equipment, materials, training and supplies for the department not provided for in the annual budget. Register at

RYAN RAWL FREEDOM RUN: 5K and kids fun run, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Crayton Middle School, 5000 Clemson Ave. Ryan Rawl, a Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputy, SRO at Crayton Middle School and a South Carolina National Guardsman was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. The event is hosted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Eggplant Events. Funds will support scholarships at The Citadel and for at-risk youth at Crayton Middle to attend RCSD Kids’ Camps. Registration includes post-race refreshments and an official race T-shirt.

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK BUTTERFLY PROGRAM: 9-11 a.m. Sept. 7, at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Sponsored by the park’s Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center, the program is coordinated in partnership with the Carolina Butterfly Society and the National American Butterfly Association. Butterfly identification training will feature an introduction to butterflies of Congaree and basic butterfly identification skills, followed by a short hike to practice new skills. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Advance registration, (803) 776-4396

CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: 2:30-5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Dixieland jazz concert featuring Dick Goodwin, Doug Graham, Bruce Clark, Reggie Sullivan, Jim Hall, Aletha Jacobs and Dwight Spencer. $10; age 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504

MOMMY AND ME ART CLASS: 10-11 a.m. Sept. 9-30 at the Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Creation of art pieces in clay and drawing for children ages 2-5 and a parent. Registration is $50; due Sept. 2. Minimum class, five children and parents; 10 children and parents, maximum. Registration and information,

INTRODUCTION TO THROWING FOR YOUTH: 4-5:30 pm. Tuesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15 at the Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Goal will be to have students ages 11-17 familiar with throwing and to be able to throw at the conclusion of the six-week class. $80 fee covers all materials and supplies; minimum four and maximum of six students per class. Registration and information,

HOME SCHOOL ART: 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 16, at the Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Students ages 5-9 will develop cognitive and motor schools through the art techniques in working with painting, drawing and clay. Theme-oriented projects will tie both painting and clay projects together. A minimum of four projects will be completed. $50 fee covers all materials and supplies. Registration and information,

HOME SCHOOL POTTERY: 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 16 at the Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Students age 10 and older will focus on hand building consisting of pinch pots, coils and slab construction. A minumum of four projects will be completed. $80 fee covers all materials and supplies. Registration and information,

AFTER-SCHOOL ART CLASS: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 17, at the Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Students ages 5-11 will explore visual arts in two- and three-dimensional mediums. A combination of painting and drawing and working with clay will be utilized; $80 fee covers all materials and supplies. A minimum of five and a maximum of 10 students per class. Registration and information,

THE HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: Final regular season Cemetery Tours will be Sept. 12 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.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park)for age 21 and older. Live music by the Dancetimers; BYOB and snacks (sodas and hot coffee will be provided). (803) 779-1971;

JEWELRY AND MIXED MEDIA: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 21 at the Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Two-day workshop on working with clay to make intricate jewelry; $30. Enrollment limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration due no later than Sept. 1. Information and registration,

SEASONAL NABA BUTTERFLY COUNT: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Participants will conduct a day of field observation counting butterflies in the park. All ages and experience levels welcome. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes that attach to the feet. Sun protection, bug spray, water, snacks and a sack lunch are recommended. (803) 647-3970;

PAINT THE PARK: 1-5 p.m. Sept. 15 at Veterans Memorial Park, 700 Hampton St. Try landscape painting with local artist Katherine Spence. Sponsored by Art Smart Academy, it’s free but donations will be accepted for Oliver Gospel Mission. (803) 667-9912

PROBATE COURT WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 20, 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

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