Community Calendar for the Midlands, Sept. 22

September 21, 2013 

  • BEST BETS SUNDAY 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 Friday. 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 TUESDAY

    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

SUNDAY

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 Friday. 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

“LES MISERABLES”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 12 (except Sept. 25); 3 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. Tickets are $25; age 65 and older, active duty military, full-time college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.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

PALMETTO HEALTH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: 30th birthday celebration, 3 p.m. Monday at 7 Medical Park Drive, first-floor atrium. Cupcakes, lemonade and a concert by the local band Lunch Money. South Carolina’s first pediatric hospital treats more than 80,000 sick and injured children yearly. www.palmettohealth.org/childrenshospital

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

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday at the main Richland Library, Assembly and Hampton streets. The League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area is partnering with the library and the Richland County Voter Registration staff to register new voters, update addresses and provide voter information. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., residents of Richland County will be photographed for the free S.C. Voter ID card for those who do not have a driver’s license or beginner’s permit, passport, military ID or DMV identification card required to vote in person under the state’s voter identification law. A photo ID is not required to register, but those planning to register should bring a document that shows their name and address in their county (utility or cell phone bill, pay stub, bank statement, letter from a government agency or a driver’s license). The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 5 election is Oct. 5. (803) 678-8514

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 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

THURSDAY

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. Sessions will meet 1-5 p.m. Thursdays at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). The first session is Thursday, 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. Thursday 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. Thursday 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 Friday at Woodcreek Country Club). Tickets are $75, $125 per couple. Proceeds will benefit The Ronald McDonald House which provides families a place they can call home while their child is being treated in Columbia area hospitals. www.rmhcofcolumbia.org

“LES MISERABLES”: 8 p.m. Thursday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $25; age 65 and older, active duty military, full-time college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

“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

“RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Thursday 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

FRIDAY

MIDLANDS PLANT & FLOWER FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday; and 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

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 p.m. Friday at the Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, West Columbia. Indie, folk and pop featuring Chris Compton & The Ruby Brunettes. Sponsored by ’Tis the Season; free. www.rorsc.com

WINE & WALTZES WITH A TOUCH OF NEW ORLEANS: Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra fundraiser gala, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday 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 Monday. Online sales end at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday; https://lmso.org. If not fully booked, tickets will be $50 at the door.

MUSIC AT SANDHILL CONCERT: 7-9 p.m. Friday at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch roads. Sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Hot Sauce will be the featured bands. Balloon artist Nick Propst, free rides and games for the kids begin at 6 p.m. https://www.villageatsandhill.com

“LES MISERABLES”: 8 p.m. Friday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $25; age 65 and older, active duty military, full-time college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.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

“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

MOVIE IN THE PARK AND CAMPOUT: 8 p.m. Friday 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

SATURDAY

ROSEWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 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

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. Limit 10, reservations required. (803) 647-3970

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AND BOCCE TOURNAMENT: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday 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

“LES MISERABLES”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $25; age 65 and older, active duty military, full-time college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.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

“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

UPCOMING EVENTS

ONE HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL: Noon-8 p.m. Sept. 29 at Martin Luther King Park, 2300 Greene St. Free, family-friendly event will feature house DJs, food, retail vendors and informational booths. The One House Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the genre of house music and providing quality entertainment to raise funds for students of the arts and other non-profits. (803) 269-4983; www.onehousefoundation.org

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

“LES MISERABLES”: 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 12; 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Tickets are $25; age 65 and older, active duty military, full-time college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

“RAGTIME, THE MUSICAL”: 3 p.m. Sept. 29at 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

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

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 Churches.” 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

STEINWAY ARTIST DAVID OSBORNE: Performance by the pianist at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $25 at the door; groups and students, $20. (803) 276-6264

“LES MISERABLES”: 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 12; 3 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 29, Oct. 6. Tickets are $25; age 65 and older, active duty military, full-time college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

CAROLINA DOWNHOME BLUES FESTIVAL: Oct. 3-5 at various venues in Camden. Oct. 3 performances, 5:30-11 p.m., $10; Oct. 4, noon-1 a.m., $15; Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-11:45 p.m., $15. Weekend pass, $35. (803) 425-7676; www.fineartscenter.org

LEGAL LESSONS: A SERIES FOR THE PUBLIC: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 3-Nov. 14 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the series is designed to give the public an overview of the South Carolina legal system and insight into common legal problems people face. $45, includes course materials. Registration deadline is Oct. 2. (803) 732-0432

WALK FOR LIFE KICK-OFF EVENT: 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Harbison Recreation Center, 106 Hillpine Road. Sponsored by the Midlands Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association, the event will feature breast cancer information, survivor testimonials, refreshments and door prizes. There will also be information on joining the Palmetto Health Walk for Life/Race for Life at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Finlay Park. www.walkforlifecolumbia.org

ART IN THE GARDEN: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Wingard’s Nursery and Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Stroll through the gardens as you listen to The Return, a Beatles tribute cover band, view (or buy) works by some of the Midlands most talented artists, place your bids for the silent auction and enjoy gourmet fare from Belly’s Southern Pride. Tickets are $40 and proceeds will benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. (803) 359-9091; www.wingardsnursery.com/events

S.C. PHILHARMONIC: Season opener, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. The orchestra kicks off its 50th season with visiting composer Joan Tower and bassoonist Peter Kolkay. Tickets are $16-$46; season subscriptions, $80-$260. (803) 771-7937

KEEPING MY PEARLS SAFE: Healthy relationships conference, 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8910 Farrow Road. Activities slated include workshops, musical entertainment, mime, vendors and a panel discussion. Host of the event will be Stephanie McKenny, author of “Clutch Your Pearls, Girl! — Sister Wisdom to Protect Your Heart.” Registration is $25; couples, $35. A portion of the proceeds will go to Sistercare. (803) 968-5196; www.stephaniemckenny.com

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

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