Community Calendar for the Midlands, Dec. 21

December 21, 2013 

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    SATURDAY

    CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Slow down and commune with nature at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitors Center for a Nature Discovery Hike from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Tree Trek, 2-4 p.m. Free. (803) 776-4396; www.nps.gov/cong

    SUNDAY

    NICKELODEON: The Nick’s final screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” will be 8 p.m. Sunday at 1607 Main St. Tickets are $10; age 65 and older, students and military, $9; members, $5.50. (803) 254-3433; www.nickelodeon.org

SATURDAY

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Slow down and commune with nature at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitors Center for a Nature Discovery Hike from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Tree Trek, 2-4 p.m. Free. (803) 776-4396; www.nps.gov/cong

WINTERFEST: Saturday through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Saturday events include holiday crafts and a scavenger hunt, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; visit with Santa, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and the Columbia Marionette Theatre’s “Santa’s Christmas Party” at 2 p.m.All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org

COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE: Performances of “Aladdin” will be 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdaywww.cmtpuppet.org

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

LIVING SPRINGS LIVE OUTDOOR NATIVITY: 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Living Springs Lutheran Church, 4224 Hard Scrabble Road. Free 30-minute living enactment of God’s gift of love — the birth of Jesus. Bring a lawn chair; hot drinks will be provided. (803) 736-0661

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday 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

SUNDAY

WINTERFEST: Through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Sunday events include holiday crafts and scavenger hunt, 1-5 p.m.; visit with Santa, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and a screening of “Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas,” 2 p.m. All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org

NICKELODEON: The Nick’s final screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” will be 8 p.m. Sunday at 1607 Main St. Tickets are $10; age 65 and older, students and military, $9; members, $5.50. (803) 254-3433; www.nickelodeon.org

MONDAY

WINTERFEST: Through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Monday events include 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 at 4 p.m. 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. All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership, except the Polar Express Party. Don’t forget the Cotton Mill Exchange’s Merry Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; there will be gourmet food tastings and holiday music from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Check out the shop’s selection of South Carolina crafts, books, gourmet food and clothing. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org

TUESDAY

CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY COMMUNION SERVICE: 5 p.m. Tuesday at Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road. Open communion, childcare available for age 2 and younger. www.christianlifecolumbia.com

NICKELODEON: “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1607 Main St.. Tickets are $10; age 65 and older, military and students, $9; members, $5.50. (803) 254-3433; www.nickelodeon.org

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE: Candle lighting and communion service, 6 p.m. Tuesday1 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1201 Mohawk Drive, West Columbia. (803) 794-7777

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

WINTERFEST: Through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. The schedule for Thursday will feature holiday crafts and a scavenger hunt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Live Science Theatre show with audience participation at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and the King Tut craft table, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org

FRIDAY

WINTERFEST: Through Jan. 4 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. The schedule for Friday will feature holiday crafts and a scavenger hunt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Live Science Theatre show with audience participation at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and the King Tut craft table, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All WinterFest activities are free with general admission or membership. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE: Performances of “Aladdin” will be 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 28. The theatre is at 401 Laurel St. Tickets are $5. (803) 252-7366; www.cmtpuppet.org

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Get out of the house for the park’s final Tree Trek of the year, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 28. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitors Center, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Free. (803) 776-4396; www.nps.gov/cong

SAFE SITTER COURSES: One-day babysitting courses for ages 11-14 will be 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2 and 3 at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., in the ground-floor classroom. Designed by a pediatrician and endorsed by the American Society of Pediatrics, the course provides teens with information on nurturing childcare techniques, basic lifesaving techniques, safety precautions and how and when to call for help. Each participant will receive a Safe Sitter manual, a completion card and a T-shirt. $75; advance registration is required. Participants should bring their lunch. (803) 296-2273; www.palmettohealth.org

S.C. TRUMPET AND TROMBONE DAY: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 4 at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. $10 at the door at 9 a.m.; parents may attend free. All-state audition preparation workshops, guest artist recitals, master classes and instrument vendors. James Ackley, ackley@mailbox.sc.edu or Bradley Edwards, edwards@mailbox.sc.edu

$1 SUNDAY AT THE STATE MUSEUM: 1-5 p.m. Jan. 5 at 301 Gervais St. Admission is $1 the first Sunday monthly. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org

“FOREVER AND A DAY”: 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Opening reception for the Shakespeare film series will be followed by an 8 p.m. screening of “Romeo + Juliet,” at the Nickelodeon. USC English professor David Miller will share some of the ideas he brings to his Shakespeare courses. $35; CMA and Nickelodeon members, $25. (803) 254-8234; www.nickelodeon.org

EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES: “The Capital City Rebuilds,” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 18 at the Seibels House and Garden, 1601 Richland St. Led by Dr. Warner Montgomery, topics include “The Civil War Refuge and Disaster,” Jan. 7; “Reconstruction and Healing,” Jan. 14; “Transportation: Rivers, Roads, Railroads,” Jan. 21; “Economic Development: Textiles and Agriculture,” Feb. 4; “Public Education,” Feb. 11; and “Higher Education: Colleges and Universities,” Feb. 18. There will be an optional bus tour Jan. 26. “Columbia Revisited” will be used as the textbook for the series, $29.95; Historic Columbia Foundation members, $26.95. Registration is $60; Historic Columbia members, $50; students, $35 or $10 per class. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Live music by the Dancetimers. Admission is $10; $7 for Lourie Center members with membership cards. Open to the public age 21 and older; BYOB and snacks; hot coffee will be provided. (803) 779-1971; www.louriecentersc.com

ARTS AT SHANDON: Davidson College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 807 Woodrow St. Admission is free, donations welcome. A reception will follow. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT FORUM: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Reid Chapel AME Church, 704 Gabriel St. Topics will include violence against women, electing women to public office, the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on women. Sponsored by the Columbia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in partnership with the 7th Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church Women’s Missionary Society. (803) 735-1444

LOW CALORIE CRACKED CANDY MOSAIC ART WORKSHOP: 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 11 and 18 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Instructor will be Sharon Funderburk. Registration is $90 (includes all supplies and materials). (803) 545-3093; email bloliver@columbiasc.net

SUNDAY AT LOWMAN CONCERT: Palmetto Brass Band performance, 3 p.m. Jan. 12 in the New Life Chapel, The Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Concerts are free and open to the public, a reception will follow in Hoefler Gallery. (803) 451-7414

COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS: Gala and silent auction, 4-6 p.m. Jan. 12 at Spring Valley Country Club, 300 Spring Valley Road. An afternoon of baroque music, hors d’oeuvres prepared by club chefs, silent auction of pleasures and treasures, cash wine bar and door prizes. Tickets are $35; proceeds support concerts and educational activities of Columbia Baroque Soloists. www.columbiabaroque.com

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION: 6:15-7:15 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 20-March 10; orientation, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Jan. 13. 9-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 21-March 11; orientation, 9-10 a.m. Jan. 14. Classes meet at Upstream: A Center for Mindfulness Practice and Holistic Mental Health, 2123 College St. $400. (803) 250-6764; www.upstream.com

WINTER MUSEUM ROAD SHOW: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 18. Local experts will offer informal appraisals of fine art, textiles, military memorabilia, furniture, jewelry and more. Limit four items per person. Tickets are $20 for the first item ($15 for museum members), $30 for two items (members, $25), $35 for three items (members, $30) and $40 for four items (members, $35). Tickets available in advance at (803) 898-4999. http://www.scmuseum.org/ or email publicprograms@scmuseum.org

CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 16 at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Class will be led by Natasha Lawrence, instructor at the Charleston Museum and calligrapher to the HIstoric Charleston Foundation; $45, includes supplies and materials. (803) 545-3093; email bloliver@columbiasc.net

CMA JAZZ ON MAIN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., featuring Noel Freidline as artistic director. The inaugural concert is a tribute to the great voices of jazz — Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Nat “King” Cole, Etta James and Julie London. Doors open at 7 p.m., cash bar available. Sponsorship tables are available for $200 (includes premier seating for four guests and a bottle of wine). Individual seats, $40; $30 for museum members, students, $5. www.columbiamuseum.org

CHARLES FUGO FACULTY PIANO RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Music by Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Chopin. Free.

INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY MAKING: Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mayes Park, 4100 Trenholm Road. Instructor will be Melinda Cunningham. Registration is $55; includes supplies and materials. (803) 545-3093; email bloliver@columbiasc.net

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