Community Calendar for the Midlands, Nov. 20

November 19, 2013 

  • BEST BETS THURSDAY

    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

WEDNESDAY

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 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551

“THE FOREIGNER”: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $15-$20. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

“SLEUTH”: 8 p.m. Wednesday 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

THURSDAY

SHRED BOWL: Free document shredding, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Thursday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia 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

VOTERS’ FORUM: 6 p.m. Thursday at Deli Say No More, 1616 Taylor St. The City of Columbia will hold a special election on Dec. 3 for a change in government from council/manager to strong mayor. Come out and hear the pros and cons from top city officials and let them know how you feel. (803) 552-9301; www.columbiasc.net/elections

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

“GREASE”: 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. As part of the school’s 75th anniversary, the production will feature alumni from the last 58 years. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for adults; $5 for students (cash only). (803) 253-7000, ext. 2135

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. Friday, Diego Mattos Vazualdo will present his one-man performance in English. Vista Ballroom’s Tango Party, 8 p.m. Saturday. Latin, salsa, bachata, merengue and tango demonstrations and performances with two DJs. Adult tickets are $15 for each event; students, $10. (803) 254-9732

“THE FOREIGNER”: 8 p.m. Thursday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $15-$20. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

“SLEUTH”: 8 p.m. Thursday 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

USC THEATRE: Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” 8 p.m. Thursday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551

FRIDAY

GEM, MINERAL & JEWELRY SHOW: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday 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. Friday; tickets are $75, couples, $125. Trees will be on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday; free activities and entertainment. www.festivaloftreescolumbia.org

“GREASE”: 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. As part of the school’s 75th anniversary, the production will feature alumni from the last 58 years. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for adults; $5 for students (cash only). (803) 253-7000, ext. 2135

OXYGEN BALL: MIDLANDS DANCING WITH THE STARS: 7-11:30 p.m. Friday 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 Friday 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. Friday 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. Friday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; (803) 777-2551

“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

“THE FOREIGNER”: 8 p.m. Friday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $15-$20. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

LATINO MONTH AT TRUSTUS: “Asterion,” 8 p.m. Friday, 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

SATURDAY

44th ANNUAL COLONIAL CUP: Saturday 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

FESTIVAL OF TREES: Kick off the holiday season with Palmetto Health Foundation’s annual event at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Trees will be on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday; free activities and entertainment. www.festivaloftreescolumbia.org

GEM, MINERAL & JEWELRY SHOW: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 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. (803) 736-9317; www.cgams.org

RUNWAY RUN 5K AND KIDS FUN RUN: 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday, race the Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s main runway. Registration includes post-race refreshments and an official race T-shirt. Registration through Friday 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

COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE: Performances of “Aladdin,” are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 28 and 10 a.m. Dec. 16. The theatre is at 401 Laurel St. Tickets are $5. (803) 252-7366; www.cmtpuppet.org

JOHN TUDOR’S MAGIC WORKSHOP: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Interactive hands-on class for age 6 and older. Children will learn simple illusions following a magic performance; $25 (includes all materials). Register at (803) 691-4548 or www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

CARILLON CAROLERS: 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Free strolling performances at Columbiana Center, 100 Columbiana Circle. www.carilloncarolers.com

USC THEATRE: Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” 7 and 11 p.m. Saturday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $12-$18; 11 p.m. performance is half price. (803) 777-2551

“GREASE”: 7 p.m. Saturday at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. As part of the school’s 75th anniversary, the production will feature alumni from the last 58 years. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for adults; $5 for students (cash only). (803) 253-7000, ext. 2135

LATINO MONTH AT TRUSTUS: Vista Ballroom’s Tango Party, 8 p.m. Saturday 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

“SLEUTH”: 8 p.m. Saturday 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

“THE FOREIGNER”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $15-$20. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

SUNDAY

FESTIVAL OF TREES: Kick off the holiday season with Palmetto Health Foundation’s annual event at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Trees will be on display noon-4 p.m. Sunday; free activities and entertainment. www.festivaloftreescolumbia.org

GEM, MINERAL & JEWELRY SHOW: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday 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. (803) 736-9317; www.cgams.org

AN AFTERNOON WITH A STEINWAY: 3 p.m. Sunday 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

“GREASE”: 7 p.m. Saturday at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. As part of the school’s 75th anniversary, the production will feature alumni from the last 58 years. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for adults; $5 for students (cash only). (803) 253-7000, ext. 2135

“THE FOREIGNER”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $15-$20. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

PALMETTO CONCERT BAND: 4 p.m. Sunday 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.

MONDAY

SLEIGH BELL STROLL: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday 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

USC SYMPHONIC WINDS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Program will feature Nelhybel’s “Trittico for Band,” Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music,” Chesnokov’s “Salvation is Created,” Gregson’s “Tuba Concerto” and Prokofiev’s “March, Op. 99.” Free. www.sc.edu/music

TUESDAY

INTRODUCTORY SCREENWRITING CLASSES: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 28 at the Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main St. Course will be led by international film professional, Ron Hagell. There will be three class meetings before the holiday and three after with a “writing break” in the middle. $25 per session (discounts for teachers and students age 18 and older). You may register on the first night or by calling (917) 216-2098 or email r.hagell@gmail.com. No students will be accepted after the Dec. 3 class.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 31 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Traditional favorites of the holiday drive-through include the Dazzling Dancing Forest, the Good Sports area, Stars and Stripes, a tribute to the armed forces and the Twelve Days of Christmas in lights. Check out the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail along the boardwalk with the addition of a laser light show. Nights of Wonder, Dec. 13-23, will feature the Red-Nose Express Hayride, the Saluda Shoals Choo-Choo, Winter Wonder Ride (downhill tubing), craft activity and a visit with Santa. Admission is $15 per car; $25 per 15-passenger van and $40 per bus. (803) 772-3903; www.icrc.net

POTTERY SALE: The Potters of Chapin will be helding their 14th annual event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29, 30 and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Chapin Chamber of Commerce Building, 302 Columbia Ave., Chapin

CARILLON CAROLERS: 4-7 p.m. Nov. 29 and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 30. Free strolling performances at Columbiana Center, 100 Columbiana Circle. www.carilloncarolers.com

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH SALE: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 30 inside the gym at 3600 Devine St. Antiques, framed art, tools, sports, fishing, lamps, toys, Christmas decor, exercise equipment, small appliances, furniture and bikes. (803) 254-7646; www.stjosephcolumbia.org

JAMIL CRAFT SHOW AND SALE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 30 and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Jamil Shrine Center auditorium, 206 Jamil road. More than 100 crafters; free parking, admission is $1; age 12 and younger, free. Every admission ticket will be entered into a door prize drawing.

COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE: Performances of “Aladdin,” are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 28 and 10 a.m. Dec. 16. The theatre is at 401 Laurel St. Tickets are $5. (803) 252-7366; www.cmtpuppet.org

HARVEST BALL: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Nov. 30 at American Legion Post 15 Memorial Building, 30 S. Artillery Drive, Sumter. Sponsored by the St. Jude Alumni Association & Friends Inc., attire is semi-formal. Admission is $30. (803) 787-3990 or email bnorris46@aol.com

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane. Free concert will feature Southern Bronze handbell ensemble and the Capital Brass ensemble performing well-known holiday favorites. A reception will follow.

CHRISTMAS ON THE CONGAREE: Lighted trees display, 5-10 p.m. Dec. 2-31 at Coble Plaza at Riverfront Park, 211 Gervais St., behind EdVenture Children’s Museum. Free. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Foundation and the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation. (803) 546-1482

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6-7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Gaston Branch Library, 214 Main St., Gaston. Holly-Marie S. Patterson of the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will discuss end-of-life issues, including healthcare powers of attorney, living wills, DNR orders, funeral planning and cremation the format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158

USC WIND ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Program will feature Copland’s “Ceremonial Fanfare,” Schwantner’s “In Evening’s Stillness,” Brant’s “Angels and Devils” and the world premiere of Ticheli’s “Saxophone Concerto. Free. www.sc.edu/music

FLOOD INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Meeting 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

“THE LITTLE PRINCE”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7, 12-14 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 at Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. $10; students, seniors and military, $8; age 6 and younger, $6. (803) 775-2150

LEXINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY: “Holiday Lights,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Concert will feature sounds of the season accompanied by a string quartet. Special guests will be the Lexington 1 Honors Children’s Choir. $20; age 65 and older, $15; students, $5. www.lexcochoralsoc.org

COMMUNITY-WIDE CHRISTMAS CAROL SING: 12:05-1 p.m. Dec. 6 at Kathwood Baptist Church, 4900 Trenholm Road. Following the program, a free lunch of vegetable beef soup, salad, cornbread and dessert will be served. Monetary donations will be accepted for The Women’s Shelter. (803) 787-3434; www.kathwood.org

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Dec. 6-21 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Performances of the new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story will be 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

LUNCH AND LEARN EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). John D. Griggs, VA benefits advocate at Agape Senior will discuss the VA’s Aid and Attendance benefit. The special pension allows for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to receive additional financial assistance to help pay for the costs associated with assisted living. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. Call (803) 779-1971 or email info@louriecentersc.com

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK: Dec. 14 at Moore Orthopedic Clinic, 104 Saluda Point Drive, Lexington. Packet pick-up, late registration and turning in of money, 8-9 a.m. 5K race starts at 9 a.m.; 3- and 1-mile fun run/walk, 9:05 a.m.; Reindeer Run for age 8 and younger, begins at 10:15 a.m.; awards and closing ceremonies, 10:20 a.m. Fees for the 5K race, $25; online registration deadline is 11 a.m. Dec. 12; late registration is $30. Colonial Life 5K race (must be an employee or family member), $25. 3- and 1 mile fun run/walk, $15; online registration deadline is 9 p.m. Dec. 13; late registration is $20. 1-mile fun run/walk, $15. Colonial Life fun run/walk, $15. Reindeer Run, $10; online registration deadline is 9 p.m. Dec. 13; late registration is $15. Colonial Life Reindeer Run, $10. Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation. http://jinglebellrunlexington.kintera.org

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