INSTRUCTION TO COMPUTER: Basic skills, navigating the desktop, keyboarding. Class meets 1-3 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 24 at Richland 2s 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
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Good exercise and fun. (803) 345-0158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BEGINNERS 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
SHEPHERDS CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Classes for seniors 55 and older, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 6 at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. Classes include Life on a Submarine, Strange Bedfellows and Royal Alliances, History of Great Britain, Pursuit of Happiness, Restoring Antique Trunks, creative writing, short stories, classic movies, jazz, swing and big bands, opera, painting, bridge, dulcimers, handbells, travel, French and field trips. Tuition is $25 per person for unlimited classes or sit in for free. (803) 779-4449; www.shepherdcentercolumbia.org
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS II: 1-3 pm. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Wednesday at Richland 2s 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 weeks topic will be Columbias 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 Bellagio Hotel pianist begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday 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. Wednesday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 12; and 3 p.m. Sunday. 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
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 Arts Boyd Plaza. Presented by City Center Partnership.
CAROLINA DOWNHOME BLUES FESTIVAL: Thursday through Saturday at various venues in Camden. Thursday performances, 5:30-11 p.m., $10; Friday, noon-1 a.m., $15; Saturday, 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 through 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 Wednesday. (803) 732-0432
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: Attorney Daniel K. Felker will discuss wills, estates and probate issues 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Richland Library Northeast Branch, 2490 Parklane Road. Free and open to the public, format typically consists of an overview followed by a question and asnwers session. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, (803) 799-6653, ext. 158.
FALL FOR MUSIC CHORAL CONCERT: Performance by the Choirs of Chapin High School, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chapin Presbyterian Church, 600 Old Lexington Hwy., Chapin. Seating will begin at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10; $50 for students; $30 per family. A dessert reception will follow.
SONG BIRD CAFE: 8 p.m. Thursday at Leaside, 100 E. Exchange Place. Benefit for Sistercare will support victims of domestic violence. Musical event, modeled after Nashvilles famous Bluebird Cafe, will feature Radney Foster, Don Dixon, Marti Jones and Sarah Ross. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 ($87 is tax-deductible) and include heavy hors doeuvres, beer and wine. (803) 926-0505; www.sistercare.com
LES MISERABLES: 8 p.m. Thursday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 12; and 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: 8 p.m. Thursday through 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
MAYORS CAMPAIGN AGAINST BREAST CANCER ISABEL LAW BREAKFAST: 6-9 a.m. Friday in the City Hall parking lot, 1737 Main St. Proceeds will go to Palmetto Health Foundation for the Bosom Buddies Fund to assist women with post-mastectomy bras and other support materials. Tickets are $7 and are available at the following locations: Fire Department Headquarters, 1800 Laurel St.; Police Department, #1 Justice Square; City Hall 1737 Main St. Eau Claire Payment Center, 3905 Ensor Ave; Washington Square, 1136 Washington St.; Public Works, 2910 Colonial Drive; Palmetto Health Foundation, 1600 Marion St.; and Alala, 3400 Harden St. Extension. (803) 545-3020
BOOK SALE: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. All books will be $1 each; proceeds from the sale will benefit United Way of the Midlands. (803) 785-2533 or email email@example.com
FIRST FRIYAY!: EdVenture Childrens Museum, 211 Gervais St., will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Spend the evening exploring the museum or lounging on the terrace enjoying the family friendly band Jukebox Island. Music begins at 6 p.m.; concert included in general admission. Free for members, (803) 779-3100; http://www.edventure.org
FALL FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Senior service vendors, flu shots, diabetes and prostate health screenings (pre-register by calling (803) 296-2273), blood pressure screenings $6 chili luncheon buffet, door prizes, performances by the Congaree New Horizons jazz combo, Elvis impersonator Phil Urban, demonstrations by the centers dance and exercise classes, jewelry class jewelry sale. Free admission, the Wheels shuttle bus will provide free transportation from Christopher Towers and Finlay House, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (803) 779-1971; www.louriecentersc.com
HAPPY HOUR HISTORY TOURS OF MAIN STREET: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Guided tours by the Historic Columbia Foundation begin 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CMC STEEL RHYTHM ON THE RIVER CONCERT: 6-9 pm. Friday at the Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, West Columbia. The Blue Iguanas close out the season with bluegrass and Americana. Sponsored by Giles Brothers Insurance; free. www.rorsc.com
FIRST AID: 6-10 p.m. Friday at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. General principles of first aid covering medical, injury and environmental emergencies according to American Heart Association and National Safety Council guidlines; $55. (803) 734-0432; www.midlandstech.edu/cce
WALK FOR LIFE KICK-OFF EVENT: 6 p.m. Friday at the Harbison Recreation Center, 106 Hillpine Road. Sponsored by the Midlands Chapter of the American Business Womens 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. Saturday at Finlay Park. www.walkforlifecolumbia.org
ART IN THE GARDEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Wingards 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 Bellys Southern Pride. Tickets are $40 and proceeds will benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. (803) 359-9091; www.wingardsnursery.com/events
MUSIC AT SANDHILL CONCERT: 7-9 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 18 at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch roads. Free event is sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union; the Root Doctors take the stage this week. Balloon artist Nick Propst, free rides and games begin at 6 p.m. for the kids. https://www.villageatsandhill.com
HALL OF HORRORS: 1153 Walter Price Road, Cayce. The Hall of Horrors (and the Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Haunted House) is the longest-running non-profit haunted attraction in South Carolina. Box office hours are 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and Nov. 1; 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13, 20, 27; 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 31 (show starts 30 minutes after box office opens). General admission tickets, $12; RIP (skip-the-line), $20. Proceeds benefit local and statewide charities. (803) 409-9139; www.hallofhorrors.com
S.C. PHILHARMONIC: Season opener, 7:30 p.m. Friday 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
BOOK SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. All books will be $1 each; proceeds from the sale will benefit United Way of the Midlands. (803) 785-2533 or email email@example.com
CPR: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. BLS Healthcare Providfer CPA/AED for adults, children and infants is taught using the most current guidelines for healthcare providers and emergency response personnel; $85. Qualification is good for two years. (803) 732-0432; www.midlandstech.edu/cce
KEEPING MY PEARLS SAFE: Healthy relationships conference, 10 a.m. Saturday 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
SO YOU WANT TO BE A ZOOKEEPER: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Interactive class explores all aspects of zookeeping and teaches middle and high school students what zookeepers do and how to get into the career field. $15 plus zoo admission. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org
CONGAREE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Saturday at Granby Gardens Park, 1800 12th St., Cayce (City Hall complex). Performances by Grasstowne, Southern Gospel Express, Barefoot-n-Reckless, Split Rail and Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass; tours of the Cayce Historical Museum, play area for children, food vendors. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets or coolers. Free, bring a canned or non-perishable food item for Gods Helping Hands and Harvest Hope Food Bank.
THE FOREIGNER: Dinner theater farceat Steven Ws Downtown Bistro, 1100 Main St., Newberry. Seating for the Newberry Community Players production will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $42 plus $3 handling fee, includes tea, salad, entree, dessert, tax and gratuity; a cash bar will be available. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com
$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
UNEARTH, A CELEBRATION OF NATURALLY INSPIRED ART: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. More than 40 artists including painters, sculptors and musicians will be creating and performing along the parks 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
THE FOREIGNER: Dinner theater farceat Steven Ws Downtown Bistro, 1100 Main St., Newberry. Seating for the Newberry Community Players production will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $42 plus $3 handling fee, includes tea, salad, entree, dessert, tax and gratuity; a cash bar will be available. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com
CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin, trumpet; Doug Graham, clarinet; Bruce Clark, trombone; Reggie Sullivan, bass, Jim Hall, drums; and AlethaJacobs, piano. $10; students 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504
SUNDAYS AT LOWMAN: 3 p.m. Sunday in New Life Chapel at the Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Eunjun Choi, assistant professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at Claflin University will perform; a reception will follow. Concerts are free and open to the public. (803) 451-7414; www.theheritageatlowman.org
FIRE PREVENTION PARADE: 11 a.m. Monday from Main and Laurel to Main and Gervais streets. This years campaign is Prevent Kitchen Fires.
DOCUMENT SHREDDING AND E-WASTE RECYCLING: 9 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Shred360, 431 Western Lane, Irmo. Free shredding of office quality paper products and electronics recycling computers, printers, laptops, speakers, radios, keyboards and flat panel monitors. Limit five bags of documents; e-waste limit is five units (a unit is anything with a power cord). Cash donations will be accepted for Operating Enduring Warrior, a veteran-run non-profit organization helping wounded service members overcome hardship through motivation, teamwork and perseverance. (803) 463-7090; www.shred360.com
ROCK AND RESCUE: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 8 at Kellys Deli and Pub, 1001 Washington St. Three bands; proceeds will benefit Sunset Felines, a TNR group.
AT-LARGE OPEN HOUSE: Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine will meet with constituents, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 9 at City Hall, 1737 Main St. For information or to make an appointment, call (803) 545-3061.
LUNCH AND LECTURE SERIES: Working Out with Brain Games!, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Marsha Clayman of The Haven in the Summit will give a presentation of brain challenges to improve memory, concentration and other key cognitive skills. Bring a lunch, beverage and dessert will be provided to those who RSVP. (803) 779-1971; www.louriecentersc.com
New SPIRITS ALIVE! CEMETERY TOURS: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave. Historic Columbia Foundation guided tours run every 30 minutes; event will feature multiple costumed guides for tours, childrens crafts, light snacks and other Halloween-related activities. Bring a flashlight for tours later in the evening. Adult tickets are $10; age 17 and younger, $5; HCF member adults, $5; HCF member youth, $3. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; spiritsalive.eventbrite.com
SANDLAPPER SINGERS: Americas Musical Roots, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at St. Martins-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Ave., and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry lane. Season-opening concerts will feature the Blue Iguanas bluegrass band and the Sandlapper scholarship winner, Sarah Floyd. Tickets are $15; students, $5. (803) 381-5481; www.sandlappersingers.org/tickets
OYSTERFEST FUNDRAISER: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the home of Lura and Read Folline, 1429 Adger Road. $60; all proceeds will benefit St. Lawrence Place, a community of 30 transitional housing apartments in Columbia, providing support services, life skills and transitional housing to enable homeless families with children to achieve independent living as productive members of the community. www.stlawrenceplace.org
HAPPY HOUR HISTORY TOURS OF MAIN STREET: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Guided tours by the Historic Columbia Foundation begin 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FLAMENCO DANCE: Free demonstration with live guitar, 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Harbison Recreation Center, 106 Hillpine Road. (803) 781-2281
MUSIC AT SANDHILL CONCERT: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 11 at Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch roads. Free event is sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union; Right to Party is the featured band. Balloon artist Nick Propst, free rides and games begin at 6 p.m. for the kids. https://www.villageatsandhill.com
5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE: 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Trustus Side Door Theatre, 520 Lady St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Doors and box office open 30 minutes prior to curtain, Adult tickets are $20; students, $15. Call (803) 254-9732 1-6 pm. Tuesdays-Saturdays for reservations; www.trustus.org
MAYORS WALK AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: 9 a.m. Oct. 12 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Free walk provides a forum for increasing awareness of agencies and resources available to help victims of domestic violence. Registration deadline is Oct. 9; http://columbia.sc.gov.
DRAWING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the City of Columbia Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Ages 5-12 will be able to experience drawing and the basics concepts of the art. $50, includes all materials. Minimum participants, five; maximum, 10. (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com
COLUMBIA CLASSIC CHEVY CLUB: Cruise-in and food drive, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 12 at Woodberry Plaza, U.S. 1 in West Columbia. Accepting all non-perishable food items to be donated to the Lexington County Sheriffs Department. Rain date will be Nov. 9. (803) 606-0509
BBQ, BLUEGRASS AND BLUE JEANS BENEFIT: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 12 at The Farm at Ridgeway, U.S. Highway 21 South. Live and silent auctions, music featuring Total Denial, food by the Cant Quit Smokin BBQ team. Guest celebrity will be Dawndy Mercer Plank. Tickets are $30; couples, $50; age 10 and younger, $10; age 6 and younger, free. Proceeds will benefit the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation to find critical needs of the emergency department. (803) 608-5510; www.fairfieldmemorial.com
PLANETS FOR THE PEOPLE: Free sidewalk astronomy, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 12 (weather permitting) outside the Hunter Gatherer Brewery and Ale House, 900 Main St. Explore the evening sky with the State Museum and members of the Midlands Astronomy Club. (803) 898-4918
5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE: 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Trustus Side Door Theatre, 520 Lady St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Doors and box office open 30 minutes prior to curtain, Adult tickets are $20; students, $15. Call (803) 254-9732 1-6 pm. Tuesdays-Saturdays for reservations; www.trustus.org
MIDLANDS RIDE FOR KIDS: Noon Oct. 13 at Lexington High School, 2463 Augusta Hwy. Event is part of the national Ride for Kids movement, which promotes motorcycle rides through the country, raising money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Family events, music, awards and more (you dont have to ride to participate). Sponsored by Carolina Honda, information and donations may be made through www.facebook.com/midlandsrideforkids.com
CAR AND BIKE SHOW: Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson, 190 Pontiac Business Center Drive, Elgin. $10 per entry, registration begins at 11 a.m. Annual Biketoberfest event will feature classic, modern and import cars and trucks, all brands of motorcycles, food and drinks, live music and award trophies. (803) 461-1121; www.thundertowerharley.com
CAROLINA BARBECUE AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: 2-8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Adams Pond, 5301 Bluff Road. Live music from Jordan Trotter, Barefoot-n-Reckless, Mountain Trout, the Randy Lucas Trio and the Mustache Brothers, $35; age 12 and younger, $12. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics South Carolina. Ticket includes barbecue dinner; beer and wine sold separately. Tickets available at any Longs Drugs or Invitation Station locations or www.so-sc.org.
HEARTS AND HANDS FOREVER WALK: 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Riverfront Park. Palmetto Healths memorial walk for anyone whose life has been touched by the loss of a baby, either through miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, neonatal or newborn death. A memorial service and light refreshments will follow. (803) 296-5636; www.palmettohealth.org