RICHLAND COUNTY RESIDENTS can “Make the Switch” to energy-efficient light bulbs 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 29. Exchange up to eight regular household bulbs for eight energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. Do your part in observing Energy Month at Richland Library Northeast, 7490 Parklane Road, Tuesday; and Richland Library St. Andrews, 2916 Broad River Road, Oct. 29. (803) 929-6000; www.rcgov.us
SUDDETH AUTOMOTIVE is offering free car care inspections 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 31 at 1410 Millwood Ave. Each multipoint inspection takes about 30 minutes and participants will receive a completed copy of the inspection form and an opportunity to review the results with a service advisor. Call (803) 256-2110 to set up an appointment; drop-ins are also welcome.
INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS for the public on the Affordable Care Act and the new Health Insurance Marketplace will be held at Lexington library branches. Presentations by TeamHOPE, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center, the Cooperative Ministry and AARP; each will be session will be followed by a Q&A period. Schedule includes: Lexington County Main Library, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; 3 p.m. Monday and 2 p.m. Oct. 30. Enrollment in the marketplace will be held through March 31 at the Main Library, noon-4 p.m. Mondays; 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays; and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays. Individuals must register in advance for a one-hour appointment with a counselor. (803) 785-2680
COLUMBIA ANIMAL SERVICES is holding a Halloween Super Adoption event with special adoption prices of $31 on all black and/or white cats and dogs. The event will be Friday through Oct. 31 at the Columbia Animal Shelter, 127 Humane Lane (off Shop Road). All animals have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed. Canines are tested for heartworms and felines are tested for feline leukemia and FIV. The shelter is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 776-7387 or visit www.petfinder.com
THE LEXINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT’S Fall Festival will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lexington Municipal Complex, 111 Maiden Lane. Air fun rides, Halloween costume contest, games, prizes, food vendors and more. $5; families, $15. Admission includes all food and ride activities. Proceeds will benefit the Chris Myers’ Children Place Foundation and the Adopt-a-Cop program. (803) 359-6260; www.lexsc.com/police
A ZUMBATHON to benefit Make a Wish of South Carolina will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Polo Road Recreation Center, 730 Polo Road. $10, payable at the door. Make the event even more fun by wearing a crazy Zumba Halloween outfit. Bottled water will be provided as well as door prizes. (803) 446-8605
CHILI COOK-OFF AND FALL FESTIVAL is slated for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia. Chili judging begins at 2 p.m.; prizes awarded in five categories. Food concessions, bake sale, vendor fair, arts and crafts, Kidzone area, bounce house, games, silent auction, City of West Columbia Fire Department ladder truck, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department bomb truck and folks from the S.C. Navy Reserves and Pets Inc. Free parking. All contributions and event proceeds benefit Glenforest School student scholarships. (803) 796-7622; www.glenforest.org/fall-fest
A CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW and holiday bazaar will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2in the Lexington Middle School cafeteria, 702 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. More than 50 crafters and vendors from around the Midlands. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 553-4912
THE CITY OF COLUMBIA will be collecting old or unused wireless phones through the Verizon HopeLine® program. Phones that are collected will be refurbished or recycled; refurbished phones complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless service are provided to domestic violence organizations for use by survivors. Bring old wireless phones, batteries and accessories in any condition from any wireless carrier and drop them off in the collection bins at City Hall, 1737 Main St., weekdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 31. HopeLine® locally supports Sistercare. www.verizonwireless.com
LEXINGTON INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES (LICS) will be holding food drives through the end of the year. Officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team will be on hand at the following sites to promote the project: Lexington County Public Library, 5440 Augusta Road, West Columbia, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday; and Walmart, 5556 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 30.
HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK is preparing for the holiday season. A monetary gift will help gather loads of food from across the country. The food is often donated and free, but the transportation is not. In addition, backpack sponsors are needed for children. A $30 gift will provide 29 meals on the weekends. Harvest Hope dedicates 98 cents out of every dollar donated to its mission of feeding struggling families, children, seniors and neighbors. www.harvesthope.com
HARVEST HOPE FOOD BANK needs volunteers for groups and for counselors in its Emergency Food Pantries. Go to www.harvesthope.org
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT is looking for folks to supplement the standard school curriculum with real world relevance and experience. JA’s school programs are made available at no charge to all teachers and schools. JA VolunTeachers may determine their own schedules (training and all materials will be provided). Volunteers may choose to work with elementary school students, kindergarten through fifth grade, 30 minutes a week for five weeks. Middle-schoolers in grades 6-8 will meet 45 minutes a week for six to eight weeks; programs for students in grades nine-12 require a commitment of an hour a week for seven to 12 weeks. Choose your school and class by calling (803) 252-1974, ext. 204 or email email@example.com
THE LOURIE CENTER needs volunteer drivers for its 5 Points Wheels program, a transportation service for seniors and handicapped in the downtown area. The program operates from a 15-passenger shuttle bus, taking seniors to doctors appointments, personal errands such as banking and salons and food shopping. There is an immediate need for a driver for a weekly 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday shift. Substitute drivers for Mondays-Thursdays are also needed. Requirements: standard driver’s license, ability to drive a large vehicle, knowledge of downtown Columbia, ability to work with the public and seniors, some physical aptitude and mobility. Call Stephanie Benjamin, (803) 779-1971, ext. 12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARIS HEALTHCARE is seeking hospice volunteers. For more information, call Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator, at (803) 794-4141 or email email@example.com.
GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA – MOUNTAINS TO MIDLANDS is looking for adult volunteers to provide leadership opportunities to local Girl Scouts in Richland and Lexington counties. No experience is necessary, training is free. (803) 461-3737, (803) 461-3736; http://www.gssc-mm.org
SUNSET FELINES is in urgent need of reliable folks to spare an hour a week (mornings or late afternoons, weekdays and weekends) to assist with the feeding of several cat colonies in Lexington County. Ideal for retirees or those with flexible schedules. Also need foster homes, both short- and long-term; plus they have plenty of adoptable cats. (803) 794-5686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FIDO DOG RESCUE is looking for volunteer foster families to care for rescued dogs until they find permanent homes. (803) 796-2390
THE IRMO CHAPIN RECREATION COMMISSION is seeking volunteers age 18 and older to become nature interpreters at Saluda Shoals Park. Nature interpreters interact with and educate park guests in the Wetlands Preserve. Volunteers meet at 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays for training. No experience necessary; retirees welcome. Jeanette Wells, (803) 213-2051