HANGING OF THE GREENS: 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. Services filled with Christian symbolism, glorious decorations, scripture readings and music of the season by the Celebration Choir and Wesley Ringers. (803) 256-8383, www.shandon-umc.org
JAMIL CRAFT SHOW AND SALE: 1-5 p.m. Sunday 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.
LIGHT UP NORTH COLUMBIA: HolidayFest craft and gift sale, 2-7:30 p.m. Sunday 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; volunteers, performers and vendors are still needed. Christmas tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. at the Eau Claire Town Hall, 3904 Monticello Road. (803) 454-0088
COLUMBIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE: “Ho! Ho! Ho!”, a holiday comedy for all ages will be staged at 3 p.m. Sunday at the theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level of Richland Mall). Tickets are $12 for age 3 through adults; seniors and active duty military, $10. (803) 591-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday at Rice Music House, Village at Sandhill. Performance by pianist/composer/conductor David Adam Maltz, a former Lexington resident now living in Adelaide, Australia. Free, but seating is limited; call (803) 254-2777 to reserve a spot.
“THE FOREIGNER”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $15-$20. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com
ARPAD DARAZS SINGERS: 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 4056 St. Luke’s Church Road, Prosperity.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 6 p.m. Sunday 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. Monday through Dec. 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. Monday 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
GOVERNOR’S CAROLIGHTING: 6 p.m. Monday on the north side of the State House. The 47th annual event is sponsored by the City of Columbia, Columbia Breakfast Optimist Club, Columbia Garden Club and the Garden Club of South Carolina.
“THE LOVING STORY”: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday 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
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
ARPAD DARAZS SINGERS: 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church, 6408 Bridgewood Road.
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
USC WIND ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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. Tuesday 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. Wednesday 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. Thursday 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
HANSOM WHEELS SOCIETY: Sherlock Holmes Christmas extravaganza, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter St. The proceedings will include an elegant dinner, Sherlock Holmes-related door prizes, live holiday music and the performance of an original play, “The True Ending of the Hound of the Baskervilles.” Non-members are encouraged to attend. The Hansom Wheels is an official scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars Sherlock Holmes society in New York City. $32 per person; valet parking will be available. Reservations deadline is Tuesday; call (803)-776-9499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Email reservations will be confirmed by return mail.
“THE LITTLE PRINCE”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Dec. 12-14; 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
COMMUNITY-WIDE CHRISTMAS CAROL SING: 12:05-1 p.m. Friday 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
JAMMIN’ FOR THE TROOPS: 5-10 p.m. Friday and 1-8 p.m. Saturday 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
COLUMBIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE: “Ho! Ho! Ho!”, a holiday comedy for all ages will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level of Richland Mall). Tickets are $12 for age 3 through adults; seniors and active duty military, $10. The 10:30 a.m. Saturday performance 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. The 7 p.m. Saturday performance will be $6. (803) 591-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
GAITHER CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING TOUR: 7 p.m. Friday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Joining Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band will be the Martins, the Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams. Tickets are $24.50-$74.50. (855) 456-2849; www.lmctix.com
LEXINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY: “Holiday Lights,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Friday 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 through Dec. 21. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
ABWA CHRISTMAS GALA: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday at the American Legion Richland Post 6, 200 Pickens St. The Midlands Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association’s annual fundraiser will include dancing, door prizes, food and more. Open to the public, tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund. (803) 834-4527 or email email@example.com
COLUMBIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE: “Ho! Ho! Ho!”, a holiday comedy for all ages will be staged at 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level of Richland Mall). Tickets are $12 for age 3 through adults; seniors and active duty military, $10. The 10:30 a.m. performance 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. The 7 p.m. performance will be $6. (803) 591-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.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
AFFORDABLE CARE INFORMATION AND ENROLLMENT: 12:30 p.m. Saturday 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
JAMMIN’ FOR THE TROOPS: 1-8 p.m. Saturday 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
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Saturday 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 through Dec. 21. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
ADVENT FESTIVAL: 9-10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 and following the 10:30 a.m. service until 1 p.m. at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Ave. Sale of baked goods and handmade artisan items will benefit outreach at the church. A variety of nonprofits will be on-site selling cards and other items in order to offer another way of giving gifts that support special causes. www.stmartinsinthefields.com
DIXIELAND JAZZ CONCERT: 2:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin, trumpet; Doug Graham, clarinet; Bruce Clark, trombone; Reggie Sullivan, bass; Jim Hall, drums; and Aletha Jacobs on piano. $10; students age 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504
SUNDAY AT LOWMAN: 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in New Life Chapel on the Heritage at Lowman campus, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin. Classical guitarist Christopher Berg will perform and a reception will follow. Concerts are free and open to the public with a reservation. (803) 451-7414
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 3 p.m. Dec. 8 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 through Dec. 21. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com to reserve a spot.
ARPAD DARAZS SINGERS: 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Church of the Apostles, 1520 Bull St.
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
LEXINGTON COUNTY E-WASTE RECYCLING: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 14 at Chapin UMC, 415 Lexington Ave., Chapin. 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, houseold electronics including stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems. Dismantled items, bare CRTs or items with Freon will not be accepted. (803) 785-3340; www.lex-co.sc/gov/recycling
“PRAISE IS WHAT I DO”: Praise dance showcase, 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, the showcase will include praise, mime, lyrical and modern dance, featuring churches and organizations from around the city. Free; canned and non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Honor the Dream Food Drive for Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 754-5223
REINDOGS AND ELVES: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Carolina Children’s Garden (Clemson University Research and Education Center), 900 Clemson Road. Costume-clad canines and their owners will parade and compete for prizes. Refreshments, pet pictures with Santa Paws, agility and obedience demonstrations, vendor booths, K-9 corps dogs, children’s activities and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will support the nature education program at the garden and participating pet shelters. Costumed pet parade entry is $10 per dog. Register online at www.carolinachildrensgarden.org