Community Calendar for the Midlands, Aug. 31

August 31, 2013 

  • BEST BETS FRIDAY

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

    SEPT. 7

    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 Thursday $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 www.strictlyrunning.com

SATURDAY

RUN OR WALK A CROOKED 5K: 8 a.m. Saturday 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 kbowers@icrc.net

A MUSICAL TASTE OF GREENVIEW: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday 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

MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS TOURS: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Docents will lead 60-minute tours; free with museum general admission or membership. (803) 898-4921

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

OLD CAR DROP-IN: 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Fuddruckers, 1801 Bush River Road. $10 entry fee per car or truck. Dash plaques, 50/25/25 cash drawing, trophies, door prizes, Oldies music and plenty of room to dance. Sponsored by the Columbia Classic Chevy Club.

FAMILY FUN IN THE FIELD: 8 p.m. Saturday 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.

SUNDAY

$1 SUNDAY AT THE STATE MUSEUM: General admission is $1 from 1-5 p.m. the first Sunday monthly. The museum is at 301 Gervais St. (803) 898-4921

MONDAY

BLYTHEWOOD LABOR DAY RUN: 7:30 a.m. Monday 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 through Sunday 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 www.blythewoodlabordayrun.com

TUESDAY

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

CALLIGRAPHY: 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 9 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Designed for the beginner, class will cover the basics of italic calligraphy. Bring a Sheaffer calligraphy pen set with small, medium and large nibs, a soft pencil, a soft eraser and a pad of good, heavy, 8½x11 paper to the first class; $99. (803) 732-0432; www.midlandstech.edu/cce

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

STEPHEN SILLER TUNNEL TO TOWERS 5K: 7:30 p.m. Friday 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 www.t2trun.org

COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS: “Brass, Wind & Wire” concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the recital hall of the USC School of Music, 813 Assembly St. Come early for Concert Conversations with baroque trumpet guest artist Barry Baugess at 7:15 p.m. Advance tickets, $15; $18 at the door; students free with ID. (803) 727-8555; www.columbiabaroque.com

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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 Thursday; $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 www.strictlyrunning.com

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. www.rawlfreedomrun.com

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

MARTHA’S MARKET: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 7 at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. Forty vendors will be selling crafts, jewelry, art, homemade goods, smocked children’s clothing, scarves, honey and more. Lunch may be purchased to benefit church missions. (803) 781-3013; www.unionunitedmethodist.org

VIVA LA VISTA: Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Congaree Vista, in and around the Gervais Street corridor at Lincoln Street. Music headliners will be The Wailers, along with Danielle Howle and Lunch Money. More than 20 restaurants will offer wallet-friendly samplings of their best menu items; craft and domestic beers, wine garden. $10; age 12 and younger, free. Cash will be accepted for food and beverage sales. VIP package includes a pass to the Blue Marlin’s Vista Room, meet-and-greet with The Wailers, cocktails and tailgating food, televised football games; $65. Free parking. (803) 269-5946

SECOND SUNDAY STROLL: 2 p.m. Sept. 8; guided walking tour of the Heathwood neighborhood. $6; age 17 and younger, $3; Historic Columbia Foundation members, free. Meet at Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

JOHN, JANET AND JAZZ: 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Free concert will feature Dr. John W. Wagner, professor of music emeritus at Newberry College and his sister, Dr. Janet Wagner Elshazly, visiting professor of music at Charleston Southern University; also appearing will be Dr. Myungsook Stoudenmire, adjunct professor of music at CSU. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

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, Althea 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 Monday. Minimum class, five children and parents; 10 children and parents, maximum. Registration and information, bloliver@columbiasc.net

SHERIFF JAMES R. METTS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Sept. 9 at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road, Lexington. Limited to 30 four-member teams; 11:30 a.m. shotgun start. $350 per team or $87.50 per player; includes green fees, golf cart fees, range balls and buffet dinner; “Hacker Packets” available for $20, includes two mulligans, one throw and one red-tee buster. Proceeds will benefit the James R. Metts Endowed Scholarship at Charleston Southern University. (803) 785-2481, (803) 785-2505

BEGINNERS SQUARE DANCE LESSONS: 7-8:45 p.m. Mondays at Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. No prior dance experience required; no new students accepted after Sept. 30. (803) 979-9532; www.yellowrockhall.com

DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 6-10 p.m. Sept. 10, 11 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Licensed drivers may take this eight-hour National Safety Council course every three years. Successful completion will remove up to four points on a South Carolina driver’s license (except DUI); $79. (803) 732-0432; www.midlandstech.edu/cce

INTRODUCTION TO THROWING FOR YOUTH: 4-5:30 p.m. 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, bloliver@columbiasc.net

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, bloliver@columbiasc.net

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, bloliver@columbiasc.net

EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES, PART I: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 16 at the Seibels House and Garden, 1601 Richland St.; there will be an optional bus tour on Sunday, Sept. 22. Part I will cover the origins and early history of Columbia, 1600-1850. Local writer and historian Warner M. Montgomery will lead the series and “Columbia Revisited” will be used as a textbook; cost is $29.95, Historic Columbia Foundation members, $26.25. $60; HCF members, $50; students, $35; or $10 per class or tour. Register at (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

RUN FOR OUR TROOPS 5K: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the West Columbia Riverwalk, 121 Alexander St. Online registration through Sept. 10, $20; $30 (with T-shirt); race day registration will be $25/$30. All proceeds will benefit Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees, Support Our Troops and the Wounded Warrior Project. www.runforourtroops.com; cwcjaycees.org

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, bloliver@columbiasc.net

PROTECTING YOUR HARD-EARNED ASSETS IN VOLATILE TIMES: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 12, 19 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road, Columbia. Develop a master plan for a worry-free retirement; $59. (803) 732-0432; www.midlandstech.edu/cce

FREE-MOTION MACHINE QUILTING: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 3 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Bring all supplies to first class; $69. (803) 732-0432; www.midlandstech.edu/cce

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. http://www.hcfcemeterytour.eventbrite.com

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; www.louriecentersc.com

DAM SWIM FOR DREW: 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at SCE&G Park, 1888 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Events include 2-mile open water swim; 4.14-mile fun run plus a 5-mile swim and 4.14-mile run. Hosted by the Lexington High School Swim Team; check-in time is 8 a.m. Online registration deadline is 12:01 a.m. Sept. 13 at www.strictlyrunning.com; fees are $35/$45. The event honors the life and death of Drew Smith and celebrates the difference he has made to boating safety in South Carolina; proceeds will help fund an indoor swimming facility in memory of Drew Smith.

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 Sunday. Information and registration, bloliver@columbiasc.net

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; www.nps.gov/cong

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 byersd@rcgov.us

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