Community Calendar for the Midlands, Dec. 23

December 22, 2013 

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    JAN. 2, 3

    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

    JAN. 3

    “LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: Jan. 3-18 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Jan. 5. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.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

ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH: 16th annual Christmas Eve dinner and worship service, 9 a.m. Tuesday, 3404 W. Beltline Blvd. Free. Contact the church to arrange for transportation. (803) 254-4170

MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Christmas Eve service, 4 p.m. Tuesday, 1830 Main St. (803) 779-0610; www.mainstumc.com

NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Christmas Eve candlelight services, 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, 601 Polo Road. (803) 788-5298; www.nepresbyterian.org

SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Annual Christmas pageant at 4 p.m. Tuesday; “Has He Been Yet?” sermon by Rev. Dr. Victor Wilson at 8 p.m., and “Made Known” sermon by Rev. Dr. Jill Duffield at 11 p.m. Tuesday, 607 Woodrow St. Services will include candlelight communion. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org

ST. MARTIN’S-IN-THE-FIELDS EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Christmas Eve Holy Communion service, 5 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday; Christmas Day Holy Communion service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, 5220 Clemson Ave. (803) 787-0392; www.stmartinsinthefields.com

McGREGOR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Family Christmas Eve worship service, 5 p.m. Tuesday, 6505 St. Andrews Road. (803) 727-4620; (803) 781-6390

GREENLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas Eve service, 5 p.m. Tuesday, 6612 Garners Ferry Road. (803) 776-4074

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. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1201 Mohawk Drive, West Columbia. (803) 794-7777

CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Join in Anglo-Catholic worship with First Mass of Christmas, 5 p.m., Music for the Nativity, 10:30 p.m., Solemn Mass of Christmas, 11 p.m. Tuesday; Low Mass, 9 a.m. Wednesday, 1512 Blanding St. (803) 779-2960; www.goodshepherdcolumbia.org

BIBLE WAY CHURCH OF ATLAS ROAD: Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m. Tuesday, 2440 Atlas Road. (803) 776-1238; www.bwcar.org

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

SATURDAY

COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE: Performances of “Aladdin” will be 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. 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. Saturday. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitors Center, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Free. (803) 776-4396; www.nps.gov/cong

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: Jan. 3-18 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Jan. 5. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.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

“CRIMES OF THE HEART”: Jan. 10-25 at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. $20; age 60 and older, and active military, $17; age 13 through college, $14; age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 799-6551; www.workshoptheatre.com

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

S.C. PHILHARMONIC: Beethoven & Blue Jeans, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Pianist Alessio Bass will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and John Fitz Rogers will present the world premiere of the SCP’s 50th season commission; the concert closes out with Brahms’ Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $22-$52. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com

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

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

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

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.

“CLYBOURNE PARK”: Jan. 24-Feb. 8 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

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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