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 firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLIDAY RECEPTION: Join Columbia City Council members Leona Plaugh and Moe Baddourah from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at 700 Woodrow, 700 Woodrow St. (803) 545-3061
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 email@example.com 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. 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”: 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. Sunday. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
“THE LITTLE PRINCE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 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”: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. New adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story. $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
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. Saturday will feature photos with Santa, hot chcolate 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, 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
COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE: Performances of “Aladdin,” are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. The theatre is at 401 Laurel St. Tickets are $5. (803) 252-7366; www.cmtpuppet.org
INFLUENZA VACCINATIONS: Noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Trenholm Park, 3900 Covenant Road. Free flu vaccine for those 18 and older without insurance or comprehensive coverage. There will be a limited amount of the vaccine so call (803) 787-0216 to get the paperwork to receive a voucher.
“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
“THE MANY MOODS OF CHRISTMAS”: 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Classic Christmas carols presented by a festival sized choir and orchestra. Free; no tickets are required. A nursery for age 5 and younger will be provided. Part of the Palmetto Artist Series. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210
ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wild Wing Cafe, 1150 Bower Parkway, Harbison. Featuring Ray Piazzolla, Kelvin Armstrong, the Erin Hill Band, Dead End Grace Street, No Prior Notice, the Killer Beez Band and Jet Lag Jones. Admission is $5 or a food or clothing donation. The concert will benefit God’s Helping Hands. (803) 749-9464
REINDOGS AND ELVES: 2-4 p.m. Sunday 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. Sunday 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
“THE MANY MOODS OF CHRISTMAS”: 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Classic Christmas carols presented by a festival sized choir and orchestra. Free; no tickets are required. A nursery for age 5 and younger will be provided. Part of the Palmetto Artist Series. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210
COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE: Performances of “Aladdin” will be 10 a.m. Monday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 28. The theatre is at 401 Laurel St. Tickets are $5. (803) 252-7366; www.cmtpuppet.org
AT-LARGE HOLIDAY RECEPTION: Join Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road. (803) 545-3061
LIGHT THE WAY CONCERT: Happy birthday, Beethoven!, featuring pianist Matthew Carden Ganong, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday 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
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Good exercise and fun. (803) 345-0158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Dec. 19, 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21 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
SPLASH OF RED HOLIDAY BASH: 8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 20 at 701 Whaley St. Hip Hop and R&B provided by DJ Loui Vee. For age 21 and older, casual dress (no sneakers); a splash of red preferred but not required. Sponsored by the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, advance tickets are $20; $25 at the door. Advance tickets available by emailing email@example.com or (803) 786-7796. All proceeds will benefit the RCA scholarship fund.
WINTERFEST: Dec. 21-Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Dec. 21 events include holiday crafts and scavenger hunt, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; visit with Santa, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Columbia Marionette Theatre’s “Santa’s Christmas Party,” 2 p.m. Dec. 22 events: holiday crafts and scavenger hunt, 1-5 p.m.; visit with Santa, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; screening of “Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas,” 2 p.m. Dec. 23 events: holiday crafts, including pine cone decorating and a scavenger hunt, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; visit with Santa, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Starlab portable planetarium show, “Winter Skies,” 1 p.m.; Polar Express Party will include a screening of “The Polar Express,” followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Arrive in your most comfy PJs and settle down to watch the movie with free popcorn. Bring a camera for pictures with a special visitor from the North Pole. Tickets are $7; museum members, $5. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org
COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE: Performances of “Aladdin” will be 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 21 and 28. The theatre is at 401 Laurel St. Tickets are $5. (803) 252-7366; www.cmtpuppet.org
CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. Live music by Cabin Fever, caller will be Lindsay Morris. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance, tickets are $8; students with ID, $5. (803) 760-5881; www.contracola.org