Community Calendar for the Midlands, Sept. 19

September 19, 2013 

  • BEST BETS FRIDAY

    JONATHAN BYRD & THE PICKUP COWBOYS: 8 p.m. Friday at the UU Coffeehouse, 2701 Heyward St. Tickets with reservation, $15; without a reservation, $17; high school and college students, $3; children through eighth grade, free with a paying adult. Doors open at 7 p.m. for pre-show and open mic performers. www.uucoffeehouse.org

    SATURDAY

    RIVER SWEEP: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, meet at the west end of the Riverbanks Zoo parking lot by 8:45 a.m. Volunteers will clean the banks of the Lower Saluda River. Participants will be provided with trash bags, bug spray, water and gloves. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather; bring work gloves if you have them. Sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful. (803) 733-1139; www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org

THURSDAY

PERSONAL SAFETY CLASS FOR FEMALES: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Sponsored by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, it’s open to women and girls age 11 and older (accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). Free, but class size is limited to 40 participants. Register by calling (803) 223-3778 or email damick@lcsd.sc.gov

COLUMBIA BRANCH OF THE NAACP FUNDRAISER: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. The Membership Appreciation Celebration shows appreciation for those who are committed to recruiting new members and sharing the organization’s message of equality. The theme for this this year’s celebration is “Continuing to Enhance the American Experience,” keynote speaker will be Dr. Bobby Donaldson, association professor of history at the University of South Carolina. Tickets are $50; (803) 873-4514; (803) 315-6821

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: S.C. Shakespeare Company production of “A Servant of Two Masters,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Finlay Park Amphitheatre, 930 Laurel St. Free, sponsored by the City of Columbia and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of S.C. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. (803) 787-2273; www.shakespearesc.org

“RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Thursdayat Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St., based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow. $27; military and seniors, $25; students, $20. Half-price Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

“UNNECESSARY FARCE”: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Paul Slade Smith-penned comedy is directed by Glenn Farr. Tickets are $16; age 13 and older, seniors and active military, $12; age 12 and younger, $10. (800) 838-3006; www.chapintheatre.org

“BEEHIVE, A ’60s MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Thursday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Tickets are $22; age 60 and older and active military, $20; students age 13 through college, $16; age 12 and younger, $12. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com

FRIDAY

PROBATE COURT WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-noon Friday, 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

LONG’S BAR STOOL CLASSIC: 5-9 p.m. Friday at the fountain in Five Points. Nine-hole putt-putt bar crawl, followed by a private after-party at Jake’s. Online registration, $15, (Friday’s registration, $20). First place winner will take home $500. Holes on the course include Breakers, CJ’s, Delaney’s, Harper’s, Moosehead Saloon, Sharky’s, Tavern on Greene, Village Idiot and Yesterday’s. Proceeds will go to The Babcock Center Foundation. www.fivepointscolumbia.com

HAPPY HOUR HISTORY TOURS OF MAIN STREET: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 11. Guided tours by the Historic Columbia Foundation meet at the State House (Main and Gervais streets). $25; HCF members, $20 (includes two beverages and appetizers along the way). (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

CMC STEEL RHYTHM ON THE RIVER CONCERT: 6-9 pm. Friday at the Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, West Columbia. Donald Merckle & the Blacksmiths serve up a combination of Americana, folk and rock.Sponsored by Marco’s Pizza. Sponsored by PCT Services; free. www.rorsc.com

MUSIC AT SANDHILL CONCERT: 7-9 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 18 at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch roads. Sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, the Men of Distinction will kick off the series. Balloon artist Nick Propst, free rides and games begin at 6 p.m. for the kids. https://www.villageatsandhill.com

FRIENDS OF IRISH FREEDOM: Symposium featuring Cathleen O’Brien, 7-9 p.m. Friday in Humanities 201 on the University of South Carolina campus. Topics include British Internment in Ireland 1917-2013, British Oppression in Ireland, History of Ireland and America, Current High-Profile Cases, the Failings of the Good Friday Agreement and Loyalist “Culture” in the Six Counties of Ireland.

“THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY”: 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 27-29 at Columbia Children’s Theatre, second level, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Based on Jeff Brown children’s book. Tickets are $12 for age three through adult; Saturday evening performances are $6. (803) 691-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: S.C. Shakespeare Company production of “A Servant of Two Masters,” 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Finlay Park Amphitheatre, 930 Laurel St. Free, sponsored by the City of Columbia and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of S.C. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. (803) 787-2273; www.shakespearesc.org

“AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS”: A murder mystery comedy, a farce and a thriller, 7:30 p.m. Friday at On Stage Performance Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. $16, students and seniors, $14; age 12 and younger, $12. (877) 238-5596; www.smarttix.com

“UNNECESSARY FARCE”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Paul Slade Smith-penned comedy is directed by Glenn Farr. Tickets are $16; age 13 and older, seniors and active military, $12; age 12 and younger, $10. (800) 838-3006; www.chapintheatre.org

JONATHAN BYRD & THE PICKUP COWBOYS: 8 p.m. Friday at the UU Coffeehouse, 2701 Heyward St. Tickets with reservation, $15; without a reservation, $17; high school and college students, $3; children through eighth grade, free with a paying adult. Doors open at 7 p.m. for pre-show and open mic performers. www.uucoffeehouse.org

“BEEHIVE, A ’60s MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Friday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Tickets are $22; age 60 and older and active military, $20; students age 13 through college, $16; age 12 and younger, $12. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com

“RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Friday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St., based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow. $27; military and seniors, $25; students, $20. Half-price Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

SATURDAY

RICHLAND COUNTY ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY: 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Keenan High School, 361 Pisgah Church Road. The following items will be accepted: computers and computer accessories (keyboards, monitors, printers, scanners); TVs 40 inches or smaller (no consoles); stereos (no consoles); household electronics (VCRs, DVD players, power tools, radios, fax machines and small appliances); microwave ovens, household electric items with power cords; telephones (land and cell), pagers, answering machines; scrap metal (stoves, washers, dryers, bicycles, metal door frames, metal chairs, metal shelves, lawn mowers (must be free of gas and oil); tires (car and light truck tires, small tires such as bikes and wheelbarrows) limit eight per family; refrigerators and air conditioners. (803) 675-2446; http://keenan.richlandone.org

CRAFT AND RUMMAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the Gilbert-Summit gym, 411 Broad St., Gilbert. Vendor table rentals, $10. Admission $1, free coffee and muffins available in the morning. Hosted by the Gilbert-Summit Senior Center, proceeds will benefit the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission’s Meals on Wheels program. (803) 892-5745

RIVER SWEEP: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, meet at the west end of the Riverbanks Zoo parking lot by 8:45 a.m. Volunteers will clean the banks of the Lower Saluda River. Participants will be provided with trash bags, bug spray, water and gloves. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather; bring work gloves if you have them. Sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful. (803) 733-1139; www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org

NFL PUNT, PASS AND KICK COMPETITION: 9 a.m. Saturday on the football field at Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave., Batesburg. Conducted by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission, the competition is open to ages 6-15. Parents and legal guardians may register their children online at www.nflppk.com. Registration for the event will be held 8-9 a.m. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, bring a valid birth certificate and wear athletic shoes (children who wear athletic cleats or who do not wear shoes cannot compete). (803) 518-3126

TREE-MENDOUS TREES: 10 a.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Ages 10 and older will stroll along Sesqui’s Jackson Creek Nature Trail, learning about tree diversity in the sandhills forest and identifying a variety of trees. Free with park admission which is $2; ages 15 and younger, free. Discounted fee of $1.25 to South Carolina residents 65 and older, disabled and members of the S.C. National Guard. Registration deadline is Thursday. Children age 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

BARK IN THE PARK: 10 a.m. Saturday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Free 2.4 mile dog-friendly hike will demonstrate how people and animals have interacted with the forest over time. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. The best behaved dog will take home an official “Bark Ranger” bandana. Hikes will be cancelled if the heat index is too high for a comfortable walk with dogs; participants will be notified. Limit 10, reservations required. (803) 647-3970

FALL FESTIVAL & PICKIN’ PARTY: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday outside the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Barbecue (four kinds) , music, folk art demonstrations, children’s activities. Free; food, drinks and crafts will be available for purchase. (803) 898-4921; www.museum.state.sc.us

“THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY”:; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. 7 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, second level, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Based on Jeff Brown children’s book. Tickets are $12 for age three through adult; Saturday evening performances are $6. (803) 691-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

CHILDREN’S PUBLIC SAFETY DAY: 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Meet police officers and firefighters, members of the K-9 unit, McGruff the Crime Dog, police cars and fire trucks display, fire safety house, police safety tips, sno-cones and popcorn for the kids. Presented by the Columbia Police Department Family Association, Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Fire Department.

THE KNOCK CLIMB: 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the Magnolia Room of the Clarion Hotel, 1615 Gervais St. The Irish band is made up of Tom Gregory, John Wetzel, Erik Booker and Cameron Kloot. $15 at the door; there will also be a raffle and unique merchandise for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Friends of Irish Freedom. Space is limited, call (803) 622-0235 for reservations.

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. Music by Corner House, Marolyn Floyd will be the caller. New dancer workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. $8; students with ID, $5. Bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. (803) 760-5881; www.contracola.org

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: S.C. Shakespeare Company production of “A Servant of Two Masters,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Finlay Park Amphitheatre, 930 Laurel St. Free, sponsored by the City of Columbia and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of S.C. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. (803) 787-2273; www.shakespearesc.org

“AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS”: A murder mystery comedy, a farce and a thriller, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at On Stage Performance Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. $16, students and seniors, $14; age 12 and younger, $12. (877) 238-5596; www.smarttix.com

“UNNECESSARY FARCE”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Paul Slade Smith-penned comedy is directed by Glenn Farr. Tickets are $16; age 13 and older, seniors and active military, $12; age 12 and younger, $10. (800) 838-3006; www.chapintheatre.org

“BEEHIVE, A ’60s MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Tickets are $22; age 60 and older and active military, $20; students age 13 through college, $16; age 12 and younger, $12. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com

“RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St., based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow. $27; military and seniors, $25; students, $20. Half-price Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

SUNDAY

FALL NATURE WALK: Age 5 and older will learn about plants and wildlife living in the sandhills region while celebrating the first day of fall. Fees are $5; age 15 and younger and seniors, $3 (includes park admission). Free all Park Passport Pass holders. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Registration deadline is Friday. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

TREE TREK: 2 p.m. Sunday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Explore the old-growth forest along the boardwalk with a park ranger. Free, meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. www.nps.gov/cong; (803) 647-3970

SCULPTING SCARECROWS WEEKEND WORKSHOP: 2 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Columbia Foundation, 1616 Blanding St. Take a lesson in scarecrow creation and take your scarecrow home or enter it in the contest (scarecrows will be on display on the grounds of the Robert Mills House Sept. 29-Oct. 31). Instructions, assistance and a scarecrow kit, $15. Contest deadline is Sept. 27. Contest entry fee is $10 for families, individuals and classrooms; $20 for businesses and organizations. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

“AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS”: A murder mystery comedy, a farce and a thriller, 2:30 p.m. Sunday at On Stage Performance Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. $16, students and seniors, $14; age 12 and younger, $12. (877) 238-5596; www.smarttix.com

“UNNECESSARY FARCE”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Paul Slade Smith-penned comedy is directed by Glenn Farr. Tickets are $16; age 13 and older, seniors and active military, $12; age 12 and younger, $10. (800) 838-3006; www.chapintheatre.org

GALLERY TALK: Civil rights photographer Cecil Williams will give a gallery talk, 3 p.m. Sunday in Bostick Auditorium, Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. The talk is in conjunction with the library’s exhibit of his work, “Cecil Williams Captures the Columbia Civil Rights Struggle.” The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 29. Sponsored by Columbia SC 63.

“BEEHIVE, A ’60s MUSICAL”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Tickets are $22; age 60 and older and active military, $20; students age 13 through college, $16; age 12 and younger, $12. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com

“RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St., based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow. $27; military and seniors, $25; students, $20. Half-price Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

MONDAY

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

TUESDAY

SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Fall session of Adventures in Learning, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 12 at Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road. Interfaith learning program for age 50 and older features a variety of classes and activities plus lunch. New classes include Case Studies in Constitutional Law; Basics of Digital Photography, Mission Trips: Shared Stories About People, Places and Risks; Historical Rambling Through the Palmetto State; The Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis; What You “Auto” Know; What is Modern Architecture; For your Good Health and the Health of Others and Imagine That: Crafts. Registration is Tuesday; $25 (three classes per day for the entire session; catered lunch with entertainment, $7. (803) 731-9394; www.shepherdscenterofstandrews.org

EXPRESSIVE ARTS CLASS: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays through Nov. 12 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). No experience required, class will offer a range of projects from mandala drawings to self-portraits, to book-making and more. Limit 10 students. $75 plus $40 materials fee; free to Lourie Center full members plus $40 materials fee. Register 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the center. (803) 779-1971

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE: 12:30-4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Clarion Hotel, 1615 Gervais St. Conference will feature two panel discussions by South Carolina journalists — one on state government and politics, the other on local government and politics. Sponsors include Common Cause of S.C., the League of Women Voters of S.C.,S.C. Policy Council, S.C. Progressive Network, S.C. Press Association and the University of South Carolina College of Mass Communications and Information Studies. The restaurant will open at 11:30 a.m. to accommodate those wish to purchase their own meals before the conference. (803) 776-2592

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

EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES, PART I: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 16 at the Seibels House and Garden, 1601 Richland St. Part I will cover the origins and early history of Columbia, 1600-1850. This week’s topic is “Columbia’s First Families.” 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. Fee is $60; HCF members, $50; students, $35 or $10 per class. Register at (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR S.C. MURDER VICTIMS: 5 p.m. Wednesday at the State House, followed by a silent march at 6 p.m. to Washington Street UMC, 1401 Washington St.; memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the South Carolina Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children Inc. (803) 414-4491

ANTI-BULLYING WORKSHOP: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Samurai Karate Studio, 2000 Clemson Road, Suite 9. Free workshop will focus on the types of bullying that occur, how to recognize and refuse it. Parents and children age 7 and older will learn non-violent strategies to help defeat the bully. To register, text your name, cell phone number and email address to (803) 200-1140.

“BEEHIVE, A ’60s MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sept. 28 at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Tickets are $22; age 60 and older and active military, $20; students age 13 through college, $16; age 12 and younger, $12. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

ART AND HEALING WORKSHOPS: Healing Icons® and Dr. Frank Berger and The Center for Colon Cancer Research at USC have teamed up for workshops aimed at adult colon cancer survivors at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Sessions will meet 1-5 p.m. Thursdays, the first is Sept. 26, Mandalas for Centering Strength; Oct. 10, Mandalas for Harvesting Gratitude; and Oct. 24, Mandalas for Restoring Balance. Free, register for one or all three, (803) 777-1231 or email info@healingicons.org

PERSONAL SAFETY CLASS FOR FEMALES: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Sponsored by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, it’s open to women and girls age 11 and older (accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). Free, but class size is limited to 40 participants. Register by calling (803) 785-2504 or email dpaavel@lcsd.sc.gov

A FINE AFFAIR, COLORED WITH CARE: 7-10 p.m. Sept. 26 at DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road. Gala kickoff for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia’s two-day fundraiser (the golf tournament and golf ball drop are Sept. 27 at Woodcreek Country Club). Tickets are $75, $125 per couple. Proceeds will benefit The Ronald McDonald House which provides familes a place they can call home while their child is being treated in Columbia area hospitals. www.rmhcofcolumbia.org

“UNNECESSARY FARCE”: 8 p.m. Sept. 26-28 at the Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The Paul Slade Smith-penned comedy is directed by Glenn Farr. Tickets are $16; age 13 and older, seniors and active military, $12; age 12 and younger, $10. (800) 838-3006; www.chapintheatre.org

“RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Sept. 26-28, Oct. 3-5 and 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St., based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow. $27; military and seniors, $25; students, $20. Half-price Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

MIDLANDS PLANT & FLOWER FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27, 28; noon-5 pm., Sept. 29 at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. Free admssion and parking. Vendors will have a wide variety of plants, flowers and yard decor; the Clemson Extension Service Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and the Lexington County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale; proceeds help support the Sam Cheatham Scholarship for students majoring in horticulture/agricultural studies. Bring a wagon and wear comfortable shoes, event will be held rain or shine. (803) 734-2196

WINE & WALTZES WITH A TOUCH OF NEW ORLEANS: Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra fundraiser gala, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the River Center at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Dining, dancing and a silent auction; $45 per person; late reservations, $50 beginning Sept. 23. Online sales end at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday; https://lmso.org. If not fully booked, tickets will be $50 at the door.

MOVIE IN THE PARK AND CAMPOUT: 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Gibson Road Soccer Complex, 104-298 Duffie Drive. Movie will be “The Croods.” Sponsored by the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission, the event is free, registration is required to camp out, call (803) 359-9961, ext. 227; www.lcrac.com

ROSEWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 28 at Rockaways Athletic Club, 2719 Rosewood Drive; free and family-friendly. Artists will offer traditional canvas paintings, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, painted vegetables and windows. Two stages of live entertainment. Trenholm Artists Guild and Rockaways are hosts for the third annual event. At 9 p.m. local writer-director Jeff Driggers will premiere his new film, “Blue Moon” inside Rockaways. Rain date will be Sept. 29. (803) 765-9851

CHILDREN’S POTTERY WORKSHOP: Sept. 28 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Ages 6-10 will meet 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; session for ages 11-14 will be 2-5 p.m. Participants will be able to make up to two projects which can be taken home at a later date. $35, includes all supplies and materials. Registration deadline is Saturday. bloliver@columbiasc.net

BARK IN THE PARK: 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Free 2.4 mile dog-friendly hike will demonstrate how people and animals have interacted with the forest over time. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. The best behaved dog will take home an official “Bark Ranger” bandana. Hikes will be cancelled if the heat index is too high for a comfortable walk with dogs; participants will be notified. Limit 10, reservations required. (803) 647-3970

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AND BOCCE TOURNAMENT: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion, 1615-1616 Blanding St. Free admission, entertainment and attractions; tickets will be sold for food and beverages. Sponsored by Bella Italia Lodge 2808, local chapter of the national Order of Sons of Italy in America. (803) 600-3720

UNEARTH, A CELEBRATION OF NATURALLY INSPIRED ART: 1-5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. More than 40 artists including painters, sculptors and musicians will be creating and performing along the park’s trails. Hands-on art activities, live music, storyteller, Columbia Marionette Theater performance and original artwork for sale. The Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra will close out the day with a concert. $5 parking fee. (803) 213-2015; www.icrc.net

SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN OPENING RECEPTION AND AWARDS: 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Historic Columbia Foundation, 1616 Blanding St. Admission is $7; ages 6-12, $4; age 5 and younger, free; HCF members, $5. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

INSTRUCTION TO COMPUTER: Basic skills, navigating the desktop, keyboarding. Class meets 1-3 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 1-24 at Richland 2’s Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. $60; seniors age 60 and older, $30. Pre-registration is suggested, classes fill early. (803) 736-8787, ext. 25103

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS II: 1-3 pm. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Oct. 2 at Richland 2’s Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Course is for persons who have completed the Introduction to Computer Class and would like to further their training. $60; seniors age 60 and older, $30. Pre-registration is suggested, classes fill early. (803) 736-8787, ext. 25103

BASKET WEAVING CLASS: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. At the end of the workshop, students will have the basic skills neededd to continue in basket weaving. $55, includes all supplies. Registration deadline is Saturday. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation. (803) 545-3093; email bloliver@columbiasc.net

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