Community Calendar for the Midlands, Nov. 8

November 8, 2013 

  • BEST BETS 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.

    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

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

HOLIDAY ARTISANS FAIR AND SALE: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the Columbia Museum of Art’s gift shop, 1515 Main St. Offering handmade jewelry, ceramics, textiles, pine needle baskets, scarves, gourd birdhouses, ornaments and more in a wide range of styles, designs and pricing. Museum members receive an additional 5 percent off their regular Museum Shop discounts during the event and all purchases support education programs at the Columbia Museum of Art. (803) 799-2712l www.columbiamuseum.org

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 American 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. Saturday’s 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 Sunday. 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 taste more than 50 unique chili varieties with lots of fixings for a donation and enjoy free, live entertainment for the whole family. Entries 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

PLANETS FOR THE PEOPLE: 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Wild Wings on Bower Parkway (off Harbison Boulevard). Explore the evening sky with the State Museum and members of the Midlands Astronomy Club. Attendees will be able to peek through a telescope to observe the moon and more. Gatherings depend on weather conditions, so if it looks like rain or Saturday afternoon is cloudy, double check the museum’s Facebook page to make sure the program is still on.

“COPPELIA”: 7 p.m. Saturday 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

S.C. PHILHARMONIC: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Youth Movement program featuring Dong Yeon Kim, winner of the 2012 Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. The orchestra will also present a musical tribute to the lives of Steve Morrison and Bob Pruzin. Tickets are $17-$47. (803) 251-2222

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

OPERA AT USC: 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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”: 8 p.m. Saturday on the Trustus Main Stage, 520 Lady St. 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

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.

SUNDAY

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. (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

“VENUS IN FUR”: 3 p.m. Sunday on the Trustus Main Stage, 520 Lady St. 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

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

OPERA AT USC: 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.

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. https://lmso.org

MONDAY

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER CLASS: 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through 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. Monday 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

TUESDAY

COMMUNITY SHRED DAY: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday 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 through 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. Tuesday 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

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

LATINO MONTH AT TRUSTUS: “El Diaro de un Psiquiatra,” 8 p.m. Tuesday 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

WEDNESDAY

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

LATINO MONTH AT TRUSTUS: “El Diaro de un Psiquiatra,” 8 p.m. Wednesday 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

THURSDAY

LUNCH AND LEARN — UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Brenda Ginyard, activities coordinator for UniHealth Columbia, will present information regarding dementia-environment, safety, helpful hints, addressing challenging behaviors and problem solving, with additional time for a Q&A session. Lunch will be provided by UniHealth; RSVP by calling (803) 779-1971, ext. 12.

PALLADIUM SOCIETY’S RENOVATION RODEO TOUR: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Renovation Rodeo is a roundup of old homes in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the house. The Palladium Society is a group of young professionals who support the mission of Historic Columbia through education, social and fundraising initiatives. $5; free for Palladium Society members, includes light refreshments. Advance registration is required — address and location details will be sent to registrants on Wednesday. Call (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

USC DANCE COMPANY: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 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

“VENUS IN FUR”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 16. 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

PAALS GRADUATION CEREMONY: 6-7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services will recognize two teams at the ceremony, which will be followed by a holiday party for PAALS volunteers. Teams to be recognized are Assistance Dog Team Graduates Jory Fleming and his autism/medication service dog, Daisy; and Mary Seamon and her mobility service dog, Dapper. VIP Placement recipients are Vince Byrne and Earle, Dallas Edwards and Ginger, Fred Grooms and Wylie and G.L. Murphy and Ceva. VIP dogs are placed via the Veterans Important PAALS program which places trained companion dogs to soldiers and veterans with combat-related injuries, whether they aid with the mental, physical, or combination of disabilities. (803) 788-7063

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.

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. Nov. 17. Additional half-price show at 11 p.m. Nov. 23. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551

“THE FOREIGNER”: Nov. 15-Dec. 1 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (no shows Nov. 27, 28, 30). Tickets are $15-$20. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

A WALK TO BETHLEHEM: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Columbia Bethlehem Community Center, 344 McCrea St. Families in the neighborhood are invited to walk, run or bike to a healthier future. Fruit, juices and healthy breakfast snacks will be provided. (803) 807-9582; www.bethlehemcenter.umscs.org

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1908 Wilkinson St., Cayce. Sponsored by the church and the Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation, attendees will learn about first-time homebuying opportunities, tax credits, credit scoring requirements, foreclosure prevention, fair housing, landlord/tenant rights and more. Seating is limited, so call (803) 705-4631 to register.

COLUMBIA CLASSIC CHEVY CLUB CRUISE-IN: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16 at Woodberry Plaza, 3254 Augusta Road, West Columbia.

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

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Arsenal Hall Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. (Lincoln and Laurel streets, across from Finlay Park). Music by the Blue Ridge Rounders, Dean Snipes will be the caller. New dancers workshop 7-7:30 p.m. $8; students with ID, $5. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance. Bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. (803) 760-5881; www.contracola.org

BUBBIE’S BRISKET AND BAKERY: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. Traditional Jewish foods and baked goods from baba ganoush to tzimmes. (803) 782-2500

USC FOR BABIES: 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Russell House on Greene Street. Student-led fundraising walk to benefit the March of Dimes. To register, go to www.uscforbabies.com or call (803) 403-8525

AN AFTERNOON WITH A STEINWAY: 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Rice Music House, Village at Sandhill. Dr. Alan Weinberg of Columbia College will lecture on and perform Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3.” Free, but seating is limited so call (803) 254-2777

JIM BRICKMAN: 3 and 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Newberry Opera House. Instrumental pop pianist brings his “The Love Tour” to town with performances of “Valentine,” “If You Believe, “Love of My Life,” “The Gift” and more. Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $40 (groups, $35); the 8 p.m. performance is $35 and $30. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA GOSPEL CHOIR: 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at Francis Burns United Methodist Church, 5616 Farrow Road. Free.

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia. Andrew A. Aun, 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

CHAMBER INNOVISTA CONCERT SERIES: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the USC School of Music Recital Hall. The Parker Quartet, USC’s 2013 Quartet-in-Residence will perform works by Schubert, Ades and Beethoven. Tickets are $15; senior citizens and students, $5. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com or at the Koger Center box office, Greene and Park streets.

ART FOR THE ARC: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main St. Food, music, silent auction, dancers and other entertainment and more. Tickets are $15; seniors, students and military, $10 with ID, age 5 and younger, free. Family packs (two adults and two children), $35. Sponsored by USC’s Festival Planning and Management class, proceeds will benefit The ARC, a nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center with the S.C. Department of Mental Health. http://artsforthearc.weebly.com

VISTA LIGHTS: 5 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Congaree Vista. Dance, music, lights, shopping, dining, scavenger hunt, tree lighting and community carol singalong. More than 60 galleries, shops and restaurants will showcase their holiday treasures and specials. Gervais Street will be closed 6-10 p.m. for strolling and enjoying the sights. Free parking is available in Vista parking garages. (803) 269-5946; www.vistalights.com

FLOOD INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave. Meetings for property owners who have or are considering flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program overseen by FEMA. (803) 545-3227; www.columbiasc.gov/floodplain

GEM, MINERAL & JEWELRY SHOW: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 23 and noon-5 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver and tools for sale; geodes sold and cut. Rock collections exhibit and lapidary demonstrations. Sponsored by the Columbia Gem & Mineral Society, tickets are $5; age 16 and younger with paid adult admission, free. All military and dependents, free. Three-day pass, $10. (803) 736-9317; www.cgams.org

FESTIVAL OF TREES: Kick off the holiday season with Palmetto Health Foundation’s annual event at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Decorated trees, wreaths and other items are part of a weekend silent auction to benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Silent auction preview will be 6 p.m. Nov. 22; tickets are $75, couples, $125. Trees will be on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23 and noon-4 p.m. Nov. 24; free activities and entertainment. www.festivaloftreescolumbia.org

OXYGEN BALL: MIDLANDS DANCING WITH THE STARS: 7-11:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Food, open bar, live and silent auctions and entertainment by professionals from Vista Ballroom and the Unbound Dance company. The competition will feature six local celebrities teamed up with professional dancers. Proceeds will benefit the American Lung Association in South Carolina. Tickets are $125; votes are $10 each (also available at the event). www.midlandsoxygenball.org

COLLA VOCE ENSEMBLE: “Let Beauty Be Our Memorial,” 7:30 p.m Nov. 22 at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany, 2512 N. Beltline Blvd. Concert will feature works by Handel, Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells and J.A.C. Redford. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door; students, $5. (803) 777-2454

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Multi-generational music music by the Dancetimers. $5 admission; open to the public, age 21 and older. BYOB and snacks, sodas and hot coffee will be provided. (803) 779-1971, ext. 12

44th ANNUAL COLONIAL CUP: Nov. 23 at Springdale Race Course, 200 Knights Hill Road, Camden. Gates open at 9 a.m. Pre-race activities include terrier trials, live music, Carolina skydiving team jump, salute to the military including recognition of Tuskegee Airman Dr. Leroy Bowman of Sumter. Post time for the first race is 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, age 12 and younger free when accompanied by an adult. Service personnel, active and retired, as well as their family members, will be issued complimentary tickets. www.carolina-cup.org

RUNWAY RUN 5K AND KIDS FUN RUN: 10-10:45 a.m. Nov. 23, race the Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s main runway. Registration includes post-race refreshments and an official race T-shirt. Registration through Nov. 22 is $30 for the 5K, military 5K, $20; Junior ROTC, $15; Kids Fun Run (students 5K through fifth-grade), $10. Race day registration for the 5K is $35, all other prices remain the same. Proceeds will benefit the USO South Carolina. www.runwayrun.com

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