Community Calendar for the Midlands, Nov. 4

November 3, 2013 

BEST BETS

TUESDAY

DRIVER SAFETY CLASS: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northside Baptist Church, 4347 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Safety strategies review and refresher points for safe driving taught by a South Carolina state certified instructor; $14. Those who successfully complete the course may be eligible for a reduction of their insurance premiums. (803) 772-1181

WEDNESDAY

AILEY II DANCE TROUPE: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Presented by USC Dance. Tickets are $20-$40. (803) 777-5112; www.capitoltickets.com

MONDAY

JAZZ FLUTE RECITAL: Guest artist Kris Keith, 4:30 p.m. Monday at the USC School of Music recital hall. Free. www.sc.edu/music

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday at the Lexington County Public Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. W. Lisa Brink will discuss end of life issues including health car powers of attorney, living wills, DNR orders, funeral planning and cremation. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158; www.scbar.org/clinics

TUESDAY

DRIVER SAFETY CLASS: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northside Baptist Church, 4347 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Safety strategies review and refresher points for safe driving taught by a South Carolina state certified instructor; $14. Those who successfully complete the course may be eligible for a reduction of their insurance premiums. (803) 772-1181

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

AILEY II DANCE TROUPE: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Presented by USC Dance. Tickets are $20-$40. (803) 777-5112; www.capitoltickets.com

PIANO RECITAL: Guest artist Kimiko Ishizaka, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the USC School of Music recital hall. Free. www.sc.edu/music

THURSDAY

CHRISTIAN ASSISTANCE BRIDGE FUNDRAISER: 6 p.m. Thursday at The Farm in Ridgeway, 3248 U.S. 21 South. The new service agency provides emergency aid to individuals in need, especially those in the 29016 and 29130 ZIP codes. Dress for the gala dinner featuring live music and Carolina cuisine is business casual. Tickets are $50; sponsorships are available, starting at $500. Call (803) 786-1637

BLUES, BREWS & BBQ AT THE RIVER: 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Stone River, 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia. Door prize, silent auction, music by Bandkamp. Tickets are $35 (through Monday; $40 at the door, includes full barbecue dinner, beer and wine. Must be 21 to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Family Shelter of Columbia, supporting food, shelter and program services offered to homeless families in the Midlands. www.columbiafamilyshelter.org/events

PALMETTO PANS STEEL BAND: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the USC School of Music recital hall. Hear the music of Trinidad and Tobago, island classics and popular music; then keep the fun going at a tropical after-party. Free. www.sc.edu/music

“COPPELIA”: 7 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Richland 2 Auditorium, 7500 Brookfield Road. Palmetto Center for the Arts production of the comedic ballet. Tickets are $7; students, $5. (803) 699-2800, ext. 79833

FRIDAY

LEXINGTON WOMAN’S CLUB: “Party with a Purpose” wine event, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday at the Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center, 311 W. Main St., Lexington. $20; $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship fund. (803) 447-2511 or email mermwilliams@yahoo.com

“CONFESSIONS OF A GOOD MAN”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Harbison. Tickets are $20-$30; group rates available. (803) 348-1841

AUTUMN DANCE CONCERT: The Sensational Epics, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., open seating, casual dress. Age 21 and older, BYOB and snacks; sodas and ice will be available for sale. Reserved tables available with a single purchase of six or more tickets. (803) 779-1971; www.louriecentersc.com

OPERA AT USC: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday at Drayton Hall, College Street, between Sumter and Greene streets. “Candide,” a satirical comedy opera in two acts adapted from Voltaire’s novella and joined with high-spirited music by Leonard Bernstein. $25; seniors, USC faculty/staff and military, $20; students, $7. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com or at the Koger Center box office, Greene and Park streets.

“VENUS IN FUR”: Friday through Nov. 16 on the Trustus Main Stage, 520 Lady St. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $22; military and seniors, $20; students, $15. Half-price student rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-7932; www.trustus.org

SATURDAY

FALL FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Muller Road Middle School, 1031 Muller Road, Blythewood. Inaugural event will feature vendors including Origami Owl and Thirty One and local crafters selling their wares. Bring non-perishable food items to stock the school’s food pantry.

STEAM TRAIN EXCURSIONS: 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the S.C. Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. Travel through the Fairfield County countryside to Greenbrier and back. The Flagg Coal #75 locomotive will be operating on the Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad. Tickets are $20 for the open car; $15 for coaches A, B and C (age 3 and older); age 2 and younger, free, if sitting on an adult passenger’s lap. (803) 712-4135; www.scrm.org

E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Gilbert Elementary School, 314 N. Main St., Gilbert. The following electronics will be accepted for recycling from Lexington County residents only: computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners), TVs, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones and household electronics (stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems). Sponsored by Lexington County Solid Waste Management. (803) 785-3340; www.lex-co.sc.gov/recycling

NATIVE AMERICAN CHEROKEE TRAIL RIVER FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Cayce Historical Museum and grounds, 1800 12th St. Ext., Cayce. Free event will feature Native Ameican dancers in regalia, history of the Cherokee Trail, storytelling, children’s activities, food and craft vendors, demonstrations, history showcase and the Edisto River Singers. (803) 661-5612 or email circleofnativeamericans@aol.com

TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREET: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Henry Moore Park, 1500 Old Dunbar Road, Cayce. Community event will feature horseback riding, gospel singers, Trinity Soul Line Dancers and more. Presented by Cynthia Robinson Outreach Ministry and partners. (803) 269-8538

VETERANS DAY WEEKEND: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Nov. 9 events will feature military reenactors and a screening of the movie “Glory,” followed by a history curator-led tour on African American soldiers in the Civil War. Military reenactors will also be on hand Nov. 10. Special military discount to all veterans and active military members with a valid ID both days. (803) 898-4921; www.scmuseum.org

PUMPKIN SMASH: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Watch mammals, reptiles, birds and fish enjoy (and interact) with this fall favorite. Pumpkins in all sizes will be distributed to zoo residents throughout the day to encourage natural behaviors. (803) 779-8717

CHILI COOK-OFF: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on the Town Green, downtown Camden. Family-friendly event will include refreshments, face painting, music, local vendors and more. Music will be provided by Fair Jam from 10 a.m.-noon and Reflections will play noon-3 p.m. Chili will be served noon-2 p.m. Tickets are $10; age 12 and younger, $5. Sponsored by Safe Federal Credit Union and Lugoff Automotive Group, proceeds will benefit the United Way of Kershaw County and the agencies and partnerships it supports. (803) 432-0951

CHILI COOK-OFF IN FIVE POINTS: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday in the 2100 block of Greene St. Guests can tast more than 50 unique chili varieties with lots of fixings for a donation and enjoy free, live entertainment for the whole family. Chilis will be judged in the following categories, overall best chili, best vegetarian, best edible hot, overall best set-up, best bar and best fundraising. Proceeds will benefit Camp Kemo and The Hope Center. Registration, $75 for a 10x10 tent, weights, tables, chairs, fire extinguisher and hand-washing station, all set up and ready to go. DIY, $5; chef team is provided with a space for their own set-up. Sponsored by the Five Points Association. (803) 748-7373 or email amybeth@fivepointscolumbia.com

LUTHERFEST: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull St. Free carnival activities, D.A.R.E. and kids ID (fingerprinting), visits from Martin Luther and a magician. Church tours available. www.stpaulslutherancolumbia.com

ETSY KNOW-HOW: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Arts Center, 1928 Calhoun St. A workshop for those who want to set up their own shop on Etsy, a crafters and artisan website. Handouts will provide detailed information and step-by-step instructions on multiple activities of creating and maintaining an Etsy shop. $55; a minimum of eight participants and a maximum of 15 will be accepted. Email bloliver@columbiasc.net for information and registration.

COLUMBIA’S 19th ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday at Martin Luther King Park, 2300 Greene St. Free concert will include a tribute to Frank Smoak, along with performances by Mill Billy Blues, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Tommy Malone and Sonny Landreth. Food and beverage concessions (no coolers, please), arts and crafts, children’s activities. (803) 733-8452; www.columbiabluesfest.com

FALL FASHION SHOW AND EXTRAVAGANZA: 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Memorial Baptist Church, 1004 Short St. (803) 254-4685

“COPPELIA”: 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Richland 2 Auditorium, 7500 Brookfield Road. Palmetto Center for the Arts production of the comedic ballet. Tickets are $7; students, $5. (803) 699-2800, ext. 79833

FALL FESTIBRAWL: 8 p.m. Saturday at Rhame Arena, 517 Bull St., Camden. The event will feature a series of wrestling matches by famous wrestlers and entertainers like “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, TNA superstar Gunner and SIXX. Doors open at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Camden Police Officers Association, which raises money for local charities. Call (803) 425-6035 for tickets.

UPCOMING EVENTS

RAYS OF HOPE — ALL ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY: 12:15-1:30 p.m. Sunday in Player Hall at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. Lunch presentation by Fran Rametta, retired ranger-naturalist at Congaree National Park. $5; registration deadline is Wednesday. (803) 256-8383, ext. 115 or email acox@shandon-umc.org

VETERANS DAY WEEKEND: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Military reenactors and more. Special military discount to all veterans and active military members with a valid ID both days. (803) 898-4921; www.scmuseum.org

STEAM TRAIN EXCURSIONS: 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the S.C. Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. Travel through the Fairfield County countryside to Greenbrier and back. The Flagg Coal #75 locomotive will be operating on the Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad. Tickets are $20 for the open car; $15 for coaches A, B and C (age 3 and older); age 2 and younger, free, if sitting on an adult passenger’s lap. (803) 712-4135; www.scrm.org

CIVIL RIGHTS SUNDAY: 3 p.m. Sunday at Nickelodeon Theatre, 1607 Main St. The film “Come Walk in My Shoes” features U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) visiting the places where young people played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights era. Free. www.columbiasc63.com

“COPPELIA”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Richland 2 Auditorium, 7500 Brookfield Road. Palmetto Center for the Arts production of the comedic ballet. Tickets are $7; students, $5. (803) 699-2800, ext. 79833

LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: “A World of Dances,” 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Performance will bring classical dance music from around the world into the concert hall; free. (803) 400-3540

UPCOMING EVENTS

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER CLASS: 1-3 p.m.Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 11-Dec. 9 (no class Nov. 27) at the W.R. Rogers Adult Education Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Basic skills and hands-on experience. Class size limited to 10 students. $60; age 60 and older, $30. (803) 736-8787, ext. 25103

LATINO MONTH AT TRUSTUS: “El Diaro de un Psiquiatra,” 8 p.m. Nov. 11-13 at Trustus Side Door Theatre, 520 Lady St. Premiere of Julia Vargas’ play, “Diary of a Psychiatrist,” will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles. “Noche de Camara y Accion,” 8 p.m. Nov. 21, film screening and talkback with filmmaker Gustavo Montana (in English and Spanish). “Asterion,” 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Diego Mattos Vazualdo will present his one-man performance in English. Vista Ballroom’s Tango Party, 8 p.m. Nov. 23, Latin, salsa, bachata, merengue and tango demonstrations and performances with two DJs. Adult tickets are $15 for each event; students, $10. (803) 254-9732

COMMUNITY SHRED DAY: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 12 in the parking lot next to Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St. The City of Camden and Shred360 have teamed up to recycle confidential documents free of charge. Residents are encouraged to bring canned food items to be donated to Food for the Soul. (803) 432-2421

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS II: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 12-Dec. 12 (no class Nov. 28) at the W.R. Rogers Adult Education Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Open to those who have completed the Introduction to Computer class and would like to further their training. $60; age 60 and older, $30. (803) 736-8787, ext. 25103

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Robert D. Hazel, an attorney with the S.C. Bar Pro Bono program, will discuss end of life issues, including health care powers of attorney, living with DNR orders, funeral planning and cremation. The format will consist of an overview followed by a question and answer session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158

STAND UP FOR HEAD START DEMONSTRATION: 10 a.m. Nov. 13 on the north grounds of the State House. Sponsored by the South Carolina Head Start Association Parents/Friends Affiliates.

USC DANCE COMPANY: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 15 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. “Classics Over Time” is a celebration of masters of both classic and contemporary dance, including works by George Balanchine, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Thaddeus Davis. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-5112

USC THEATRE: Nov. 15-23 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Performances of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” will be 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays,7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sunday. Additional half-price show at 11 p.m. Nov. 23. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551

IMAGINE CAYCE GALA: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Phillips Market Center, State Farmers Market (3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia). Proceeds from the Cayce Beautification Foundation fundraiser will support new signage on Knox Abbott Drive as you enter the city from the Blossom Street Bridge. Event will feature a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a reverse raffle. Tickets are $100 for two people; available by calling (803) 796-9020 or stop by City Hall, 1800 12th St., Cayce.

INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY: 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Evening will include zoo tours, light hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets (cash beer and wine bar). Each guest (age 21 or older) will receive a quirky character bio to portray during the event. $35; registration closes Sunday. www.rbzkeepers.blogspot.com

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