SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Good exercise and fun. (803) 345-0158 or email email@example.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
PRETTY LIGHTS ANALOG FUTURE TOUR: 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Electronic music concert will feature Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights), Supervision and Paul Basic. General admission tickets are $42.30 and available at www.ticketmaster.com
SHEPHERD’S 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
ASK-A-LAWYER WEB CHAT: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday. In observance of Celebrate Pro Bono Week, the S.C. Pro Bono Program will feature attorneys online to answer your legal questions. www.scbar.org/aal
“LOVE IS BUT A JEST: SONGS FOR FOOLS & LOVERS”: Concert by The Good Pennyworths, a Renaissance vocal quartet with lute and Gothic harp, will be 6 p.m. Wednesday in New Life Chapel, The Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. www.goodpennyworths.com
HEALTH CARE FORUM: 10 a.m.-noon Thursday in the auditorium at Midlands Technical College Northeast campus, 151 Powell Road. Sponsored by State Rep. Joe McEachern and District 7 County Councilman Torrey Rush, the forum will feature a panel of experts, a Q&A session and the opportunity for people to sign up for health insurance (bring a photo ID and income verification). Seating is limited, refreshments will be served. To register, call (803) 929-6000
S.C. HEAD START AWARENESS DAY: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Showcase of South Carolina’s premier comprehensive school readiness programs will include special attractions and activities for children and program quality recognitions. Free and open to the public. (843) 307-3286
ART AND HEALING WORKSHOPS: Healing Icons® and Dr. Frank Berger and The Center for Colon Cancer Research at USC have teamed up for a workshop aimed at adult colon cancer survivors at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). The class will be 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Mandalas for Restoring Balance. Free, register at (803) 777-1231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ROOFTOP RHYTHMS: 5-9 p.m. Thursday on the on the rooftop of Richland Mall, Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive. Entertainment schedule features Bandkamp at 5 p.m. and Right to Party at 7 p.m. Balloon artists, face painting, sidewalk chalk, bounce house and slide for the kids. Forest Acres restaurants Tombo Grille, Village Idiot, Moe’s, Pasta Fresca, Lizard’s Thicket and Daley’s Dogs will have dishes available for purchase. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. No coolers or pets, please.
IT’S NOT THE BEER YOU GREW UP WITH: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Marshall White, assistant manager at Baan Swan Thai Bistro, Morganelli’s wine and beer consultant and general beer enthusiast will discuss how to navigate the evolving modern beer scene. Beer (of course) and refreshments will be available. Open to members and the public, $5 suggested donation. (803) 779-1971; www.louriecentersc.com
“DRACULA”: Columbia City Ballet production, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. $15-$38; student tickets, $10 Thursday; costume contest hosted by Miss South Carolina Saturday. (803) 799-7605; www.columbiacityballet.com
“LOST IN YONKERS”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; 3 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at Sumter Little Theatre 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Playwright Neil Simon’s 1991 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama is a family story about growing up, togetherness and trust. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150
“5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Trustus Side Door Theatre, 520 Lady St. 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
BLYTHEFEST: 5-9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church. 90 Boney Road, Blythewood. Live entertainment, food, silent auction, bake sale, book sale, local vendors, children’s games and rides, face painting, haunted house, kids’ costume contest. Proceeds will benefit the Blythewood community, schools and Midlands charitable organizations.
WKES HARVEST HOEDOWN: 6-8 p.m. Friday at White Knoll Elementary School, 132 White Knoll Way, West Columbia. Students and families are invited to take part in line dancing, bingo, a cakewalk, cornhole tournament, food and prizes.
THE BELLAMY BROTHERS: Military veterans’ benefit concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch roads. Sponsored by the Village at Sandhill and Shoulders for Soldiers, a South Carolina-based agency that produces events to raise awareness and funds for military veterans’ charities. Proceeds will benefit the Independence Fund and Hidden Wounds. Tickets are $25 at www.villageatsandhill.com; $5 discount for military personnel past and present. (803) 419-0236
MOVIE NIGHT AT SESQUI: 7 p.m. Friday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. The movie will be the PG-13 rated “I Am Legend,” starring Will Smith. Concessions will be available and all proceeds will benefit the Friends of Sesqui. Free with park admission — $2; age 15 and younger, free; discount to S.C. residents 65 and older, the disabled and members of the S.C. National Guard. Blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights recommended. Alcohol is prohibited. (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
JUKEBOX MEMORIES FOR ALZHEIMER’S: 7-10 p.m. Friday at Seawell’s, 1125 Rosewood Drive. Area senior healthcare professionals will be performing popular tunes from the ’60s and ’70s; voting will take place in $1 bills, the performer to receive the most $1 bills will win the “ZAMMY” award. Tickets are $20; couples, $35. All tickets and voting monies will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association, Columbia chapter.
“TWELVE ANGRY JURORS”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free admission but donations are greatly appreciated. (803) 771-0408, ext. 127
SAWYER BROWN: 8 p.m. Friday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $55; groups, $49 per person. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com
BLYTHEFEST 5K: 8 a.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Boney Road, Blythewood. Kids fun run starts at 9 a.m. Costumes welcome. Registration is $30 through Oct. 25 and $35 on race day. Kids fun run entry is $10. Proceeds will benefit the Blythewood community, schools and Midlands’ charitable organizations. http://blythefest.com/registration
RAKU WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the City of Columbia Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Pre-workshop instructions and on-site instruction, sponsored by the City of Columbia Art Center and Southern Pottery. Age 16 through adults, $80 (covers all materials needed for class). Minimum five students, maximum 12. Registration deadline is Monday. (803) 545-3093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main St. No artistic ability necessary; Natasha Lawrence, professional calligrapher and instructor at the Charleston Museum, will teach italics, flourishes, accents and creative lettering. $35, includes all materials. Advance registration required. (843) 291-1989 or email email@example.com
FALL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 2501 Heyward St. Games, live music, bounce houses, barbecue pork or chicken plates, $10. (803) 771-4540
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS OF EQUALITY: 6 p.m. Saturday at Embassy Suites, 200 Stoneridge Drive. Inaugural fundraising gala for South Carolina Equality, the Palmetto State’s only statewide organization working to change laws and policies that impact the civil and human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Keynote speaker will be U.S. attorney for the district of South Carolina, William N. Nettles; entertainment by Frenchie Davis (“RENT,” “The Voice”). Tickets are $75 and include silent auction reception, open bar, gala dinner and dance. Ticket deadline is Monday; http://scequality.org/events/2013
OKTOBERFEST: 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. Dine in or take out — brats, sauerkraut, red cabbage, German potato salad, desserts. Free child care available. (803) 240-9311 or (803) 359-2444, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Proceeds will benefit LICS and the church mission in Equador.
COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS: “Composing Women” concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Concert Hall of Spears Fine Arts Center, Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. The women of the Baroque Soloists will perform music of five women composers of 17th and 18th century Italy and France. Advance tickets, $15; $18 at the door; students free with ID. www.columbiabaroque.com
CHANTICLEER: 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Grammy-winning a capella choral group sings without a conductor. Tickets are $49; students, $24.50; groups, $40. Dinner and performance, $80. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com
SWINGIN’ AT THE BIG APPLE: 8 p.m.-midnight Nov. 1 at the Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St. A night of dancing, history and fun, presented by the Historic Columbia Foundation and the Palmetto Swing Dance Association. Come early for the 7 p.m. swing dance lesson. $8; HCF and PSDA members, $5. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MOMMY AND ME ART CLASS: 10-11 a.m. Nov. 4-25 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; deadline is Oct. 27. Minimum class, five children and parents; maximum, 10 children and parents. Registration and information, email@example.com