Community Calendar for the Midlands, Dec. 8

December 8, 2013 

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    THURSDAY

    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.

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. Saturday and Dec. 21; 3 p.m. Dec. 15. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

USC CONCERT CHOIR: Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Sunday at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3704 Devine St. Free and open to the public.

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 Saturday 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. Saturday and Dec. 21; 3 p.m. Dec. 15. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

FRIDAY

“THE LITTLE PRINCE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday 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. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. New adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

SATURDAY

TRAIN RIDES WITH SANTA: 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the S.C. Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Drive, Winnsboro. Scenic 1-hour ride on the Rockton Rion & Western. Have your picture taken with Santa Claus; first class seats, $20 for age 3 and older, seating at tables for four and a light snack; coach, $12 for age 12 and older; age 2 and younger, free if seated on an adult ticketholder’s lap. Twilight Santa Express at 5:30 p.m. will feature photos with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies in the dining car, Christmas story in the passenger coach; all tickets $20. (803) 712-4135; www.scrm.org

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK: Saturday 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. Thursday; 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. Friday; 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. Friday; 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. Saturday 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, household 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

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

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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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