Community Calendar for the Midlands, Dec. 6

December 6, 2013 

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SATURDAY

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 legislation 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

MONDAY

STATE HOUSE WREATH PLACEMENT: Noon Monday 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

FRIDAY

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

OLD MILL HOLIDAY SHOPPING MARKET: 5-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Old Mill, 711 E. Main St., Lexington.a fundraiser to benefit a local family in need. Friday’s market will feature easy shopping, raffle items, gift wrapping, bake sale and dinner at the Old Mill Brew Pub. If you come out on Saturday, there will be more easy shopping, a raffle, gift wrapping, bake sale, Santa pictures by Rob & Jon Photography, open house at Lake Murray Treasures, children’s activities and lunch at the Old Mill Brew Pub or Creekside. Vendors include thirty one, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Bella Riley Spa, Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, It Works, Stella & Dot, Avon, Soul Purpose handcrafted gifts, personalized items and ornaments. Proceeds will help a local family with medical expenses.

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. 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. 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

“THE LITTLE PRINCE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 12-14; 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 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. 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 latorie.lloyd@gmail.com

SATURDAY

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 legislation 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. 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

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

“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 through Dec. 21; 2 p.m. Dec. 14, 21; 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 15. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

SUNDAY

ADVENT FESTIVAL: 9-10:30 a.m. Sunday 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. Sunday 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. Sunday 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

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

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

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Additional performances of the new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story will be 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Dec. 21; 2 p.m. Dec. 14, 21 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

MONDAY

STATE HOUSE WREATH PLACEMENT: Noon Monday 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

TUESDAY

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

THURSDAY

TOYS FOR TOTS COMMUNITY SHRED DAY: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at 431 Western Lane, Irmo. Shred360 and the Marine Corps Reserve are teaming up to provide a new toy and a message of hope for less fortunate youngsters. Shred360 will hold free document shredding from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and they’ll be accepting new, unwrapped toys and cash donations to benefit Toys for Tots. Items allowed to be destroyed are office quality paper (no e-waste); limit five boxes or bags. If you’re handicapped or medically restricted, arrangements may be made to have materials picked up. (803) 309-3909

LUNCH AND LEARN EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday 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

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OPEN HOUSE: 6 p.m. Thursday 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 will.bigger@pphs.org to reserve a spot.

ARPAD DARAZS SINGERS: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Apostles, 1520 Bull St.

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

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Thursday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Additional performances of the new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story will be 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Dec. 21; 2 p.m. Dec. 14, 21 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Performances of the new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

“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

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Performance of the new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

LIGHT THE WAY CONCERT: Happy birthday, Beethoven!, featuring pianist Matthew Carden Ganong, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the recital hall of the USC School of Music, 813 Assembly St. Tickets are $20; students, $10. Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. Proceeds will benefit Work in Progress, a local non-profit that serves the homeless population. www.lightthewaysc.com

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