PAALS GRADUATION CEREMONY: 6-7 p.m. Friday 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 matches 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. Friday 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 DANCE COMPANY: 7:30 p.m. Friday 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
“SLEUTH”: 8 p.m. Friday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. $20; seniors and military, $17; students, $14; children, $10. Box office hours are noon-5:30 p.m. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com
“VENUS IN FUR”: 8 p.m. Friday at Trustus Theatre, 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
USC THEATRE: Anton’s Chekov’s “Three Sisters,” 8 p.m. Friday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551
“THE FOREIGNER”: Friday through 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
E-WASTE RECYCLING AND SHRED EVENT: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at CrossRoads Middle School, 6949 St. Andrews Road. Lexington and Richland County residents may recycle the following electronics: computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners); TVs, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones, household electronics (stereos, radios, PDAs, electronic game systems). Shred With Us will help you protect your identity by shredding sensitive documents and files on site. Sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful and the Town of Irmo. (803) 733-1139; www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
A WALK TO BETHLEHEM: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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.
CARILLON CAROLERS: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free strolling performances at Columbiana Center, 100 Columbiana Circle. www.carilloncarolers.com
COLUMBIA CLASSIC CHEVY CLUB CRUISE-IN: 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Woodberry Plaza, 3254 Augusta Road, West Columbia.
USC THEATRE: Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” 7 p.m. Saturday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551
LGBT CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL: 7 p.m. Saturday on the State House steps, Gervais Street side. Vigil to observe the International Transgender Day of Rembrance. A reception will follow at the Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, 1108 Woodrow St. Hosted by SC Equality TransAction, Palmetto Transgender Association, Harriet Hancock LGBT Center and the SC Gay & Lesbian Business Guild.
CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday 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
“VENUS IN FUR”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre, 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
BUBBIE’S BRISKET AND BAKERY: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday 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. Sunday 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. Sunday 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
USC THEATRE: Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” 3 p.m. Sunday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551
JIM BRICKMAN: 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday 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. Sunday at Francis Burns United Methodist Church, 5616 Farrow Road. Free.
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday 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
THE ART OF MUSIC: 8 p.m. Monday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. An evening of musical exploration with Los Angeles composer Michael Pisaro and USC music professor Greg Stuart. The event will feature the world premiere of Pisaro’s new work, “asleep, forest, melody, path” for chamber ansemble and field recordings. Sponsored by the CMA and the Baker and Baker Foundation. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10; CMA members, $8; students, $5. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INFORMATION SESSION: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in County Council Chambers, 515 Walnut St., Camden. Andy Folland will provide education and enrollment assistance with regards to the ACA and the ACA Marketplace.
A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE: 7 p.m. Tuesday on the State House steps. A community candlelight vigil to remember those we love, music by students from the USC School of Music in honor of National Hospice Month. Sponsored by Tidewater Hospice. (803) 454-9035
COLUMBIA DESIGN LEAGUE: “Kate Schwennsen: 100 Years of Clemson Architecture,” 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Schwennsen, Fellow and past president of the American Institute of Architects and Chair of the Clemson University School of Architecture will share her perspective on the university’s role as the state’s only school of architecture in shaping South Carolina cities and towns of the past, present and future. Cocktail hour, 6 p.m. with cash bar and food by EarthFare. $10; CDL members, free. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org
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
CHAMBER INNOVISTA CONCERT SERIES: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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.
ASSISTANCE WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Kershaw County Library, 1304 Broad St., Camden. Navigators will be on hand to provide individual assistance for those in need of health insurance.
USC THEATRE: Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” 8 p.m. Wednesday through Nov. 22; 7 and 11 p.m. Nov. 23 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Nov. 23 performance at 11 p.m. is half price. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551
SHRED BOWL: Free document shredding, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Thursday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. and Crosspoint Church, 1019 Tiger Blvd., Clemson. Register online at shred360.com for two tickets to the USC-Clemson game Nov. 30. Indicate whether you are a Gamecock fan or a Tiger fan and the fan group with the highest attendance at the Shred Day events will determine the winning pool of online entrants from which the winner will be drawn. Sponsored by Shred360, Carolina Recycling and Garnet & Black Traditions.
ART FOR THE ARC: 5-9 p.m. Thursday 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. Thursday 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 will be available in Vista parking garages. (803) 269-5946; www.vistalights.com
FLOOD INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION: 6-8 p.m. Thursday 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
LATINO MONTH AT TRUSTUS: “Noche de Camara y Accion,” 8 p.m. Thursday, film screening and talkback with filmmaker Gustavo Montana (in English and Spanish) at Trustus Side Door Theatre, 520 Lady St. “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
USC THEATRE: Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551
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. Nov. 22 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
USC THEATRE: Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551
LATINO MONTH AT TRUSTUS: “Asterion,” 8 p.m. Nov. 22, at Trustus Side Door Theatre, 520 Lady St. 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; students, $10. (803) 254-9732
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
CARILLON CAROLERS: 1-4 p.m. Nov. 23. Free strolling performances at Columbiana Center, 100 Columbiana Circle. www.carilloncarolers.com
USC THEATRE: Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” 7 and 11 p.m. Nov. 23 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; 11 p.m. performance is half price. (803) 777-2551
LATINO MONTH AT TRUSTUS: Vista Ballroom’s Tango Party, 8 p.m. Nov. 23 at Trustus Side Door Theatre, 520 Lady St. Latin, salsa, bachata, merengue and tango demonstrations and performances with two DJs. Adult tickets are $15; students, $10. (803) 254-9732
AN AFTERNOON WITH A STEINWAY: 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Rice Music House, Village at Sandhill. Benedict College’s Dr. Nuria Rojas will perform. Free, but seating is limited so call (803) 254-2777; www.ricemusichouse.com
PALMETTO CONCERT BAND: 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Fall concert selections will include J.S. Bach’s “Fantasia,” Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” LoPresti’s “Elegy for a Young American” and Gade’s “Jealousy.” Free.
SLEIGH BELL STROLL: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Family fun walk amid the displays of Holiday Lights on the River; $5, age 6 and younger, free. Proceeds benefit the Saluda Shoals Foundation. Park entrance will close at 5 p.m.; all parking will be at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. www.icrc.net