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
PTA MISTLETOE MARKET: 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Hill Elementary School, 664 Rawl Road. Get a start on your holiday shopping and avoid the hassles of Black Friday. With more than 40 local crafters, artisans, food vendors and businesses represented, you are sure to find the perfect and unique gift for everyone on your list. Children can visit the Kids’ Craft Corner while their parents shop. For a fee of $1-$5 per craft, children can create special, handmade gifts for relatives and friends. Santa Claus will be there, accepting wish lists from kids of all ages. Professional photos with Santa will be provided by N Squared Photography for a fee of $10 for a 5x7 print.
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
“MAMA WON’T FLY”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Old Chapin Firehouse, 102 Lexington Ave., Chapin. The Chapin Theatre Company brings back its most popular production of the 2013 season for a limited engagement. Tickets are $12; age 17 and younger, $10. (803) 240-8544; www.chapintheatre.org
“GREASE”: 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
“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.
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
LOCAL GOVERNMENT EDUCATIONAL FORUMS: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. and 6 p.m. at Sims Park, 3500 Duncan St. A special election will be held Dec. 3 on the question of a change in the form of Columbia municipal government — from council/manager to strong mayor. Scott Slatton, Legislative and Public Policy Advocate for the Municipal Association of South Carolina, will share valuable information and answer any questions regarding the forms of local government. (803) 545-3043; www.columbiasc.net/elections
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, call (917) 216-2098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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
HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through 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. Friday and Nov. 30; noon-4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Chapin Chamber of Commerce Building, 302 Columbia Ave., Chapin
CARILLON CAROLERS: 4-7 p.m. Friday and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 30. Free strolling performances at Columbiana Center, 100 Columbiana Circle. www.carilloncarolers.com
COLUMBIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Performances of “Ho! Ho! Ho!”, a holiday comedy for all ages, will be staged Friday through Dec. 8 at the theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level of Richland Mall). Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for age 3 through adults; seniors and active duty military, $10. Saturday evening performances are $6. The 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 show will feature Breakfast with Santa in partnership with the Richland County Department of Parks and Recreation. Breakfast, activities and photos with Santa, 9 a.m. in the food court; $12. (803) 591-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH SALE: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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, 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
HARVEST BALL: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
COLUMBIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Performances of “Ho! Ho! Ho!”, a holiday comedy for all ages, will be staged through Dec. 8 at the theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level of Richland Mall). Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for age 3 through adults; seniors and active duty military, $10. Saturday evening performances are $6. The 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 show will feature Breakfast with Santa in partnership with the Richland County Department of Parks and Recreation. Breakfast, activities and photos with Santa, 9 a.m. in the food court; $12. (803) 591-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
LIGHT UP NORTH COLUMBIA: HolidayFest craft and gift sale, 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave. Other activities will include Holiday Traditions from Around the World, music and holiday performances by local groups, exhibits and activities for children, pictures with Santa and holiday refreshments. HolidayFest vendor tables are $20 each with proceeds benefitting Eau Claire Cares, a program that provides food baskets to the needy in the community. Donations of non-perishable food items are welcome. Christmas tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. at the Eau Claire Town Hall, 3904 Monticello Road. (803) 454-0088
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
“THE LOVING STORY”: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at USC’s McKissick Museum, 816 Bull St. Documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, a married Virginia couple who were arrested in 1958 because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white. Dr. Scott Trafton will lead a discussion following the screening; free. (803) 777-7251
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
THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND: 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Tickets are $89-$95; groups, $90. (803) 276-6254; www.newberryoperahouse.com
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
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Richland Library Northeast Branch, 7490 Parklane Road. Kathleen D. Cauthen of the S.C. Bar Pro Bono program will discuss family law issues, including divorce, custody, visitation and support. The format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
“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
JAMMIN’ FOR THE TROOPS: 5-10 p.m. Dec. 6 and 1-8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce. Performers for the benefit concert include Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, John Popper (Blues Traveler), Michael Connors, Mike Corrado, Janie Metts, Barry Michael, Jordan Ragar and Dee Jay Rucker. Tickets are $37.50; students, seniors and military, $27.50 (good for both days). Proceeds will benefit members of the military with PTSD, TBI and their families. Santa will be there collecting toys for military families who are in need and children of deployed service members. Order tickets at www.eventbrite.com; information at www.jamminforthetroops.wix.com/home
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
AFFORDABLE CARE INFORMATION AND ENROLLMENT: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Friendship Baptist Church of Hopkins, 2604 Lower Richland Blvd. Certified Navigators will provide information regarding the legslation along with health insurance exchanges and plans available and sign up participants for the most suitable insurance plan and identify premium subsidies to reduce the cost of coverage. (803) 318-8857
STATE HOUSE WREATH PLACEMENT: Noon Dec. 9 at the S.C. Veterans Memorial on the State House grounds. S.C. Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston and Assistant Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Calvin Elam will place the wreath in memory of and to honor the South Carolina veterans who have served and are serving in all branches of our military service. (803) 739-2774
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 email@example.com
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OPEN HOUSE: 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Planned Parenthood Health Center, 2712 Middleburg Drive, Suite 107. Learn the basics of the new health care law and how it impacts you. Get your questions answered and enroll in the insurance marketplace with assistance from trained and certified Marketplace Navigators. Call (803) 256-4908, option 4, ext. 6741; or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
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