Community Calendar for the Midlands, Jan. 3

January 3, 2014 

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    TUESDAY

    THROWING FOR BEGINNERS: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 11 at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Suitable for age 16 and older; class provides opportunities for those students who want to learn about throwing. Smaller class size (maximum of seven students) allows for individual attention to progress skills. $80; registration deadline is Monday. (803) 545-3093; email bloliver@columbiasc.net

    JAN. 12

    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

FRIDAY

CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON MANSION: 9:30, 11 a.m.; 1, 2:30 p.m. Friday at 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. Experience the smells and sounds of a 19th century Christmas via guided tours. $7; active duty military and age 60 and older, $6; ages 6-12, $5; children younger than 6 are free. (803) 353-0456; www.kensingtonmansion.org

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 8 p.m. Friday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

SATURDAY

CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON MANSION: 9:30, 11 a.m.; 1, 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. Experience the smells and sounds of a 19th century Christmas via guided tours. $7; active duty military and age 60 and older, $6; ages 6-12, $5; children younger than 6 are free. (803) 353-0456; www.kensingtonmansion.org

S.C. TRUMPET AND TROMBONE DAY: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 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

PALMETTO ARTIST SERIES: Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Group’s 35th anniversary tour features hymn classics with a contemporary flair; $12. (803) 732-2274, ext. 210; www.sapc.net/pas

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

SUNDAY

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

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

WNOK BRIDAL EXPO: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. The show will include more than 155 wedding professionals for just about everything you need for a wedding — bridal gowns, tuxedos, photography, music, wedding cakes, flowers, honeymoons, wedding planners, caterers and more. Admission is $10; tickets will be available at the door or online at www.wnokbridalexpo.com

CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: 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, piano. $10; students 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504

“FOREVER AND A DAY”: 6 p.m. Sunday 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

TUESDAY

LIFESTYLE UNIVERSITY WINTER SESSION 1: Noon-3 p.m. every other Tuesday through March 25 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). The program teaches simple, effective tools and techniques to help older adults, including those with chronic diseases, remain vital and self-sufficient. Attendance for the first meeting orientation and all six classes is required. Free and open to the public age 50 and older. Class size is limited and preregistration is required. (803) 779-1971 or email info@louriecentersc.com

EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES: “The Capital City Rebuilds,” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 18 at the Seibels House and Garden, 1601 Richland St. Led by Dr. Warner Montgomery, Tuesday’s topic is “The Civil War Refuge and Disaster. Up next: “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

THROWING FOR BEGINNERS: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 11 at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Suitable for age 16 and older; class provides opportunities for those students who want to learn about throwing. Smaller class size (maximum of seven students) allows for individual attention to progress skills. $80; registration deadline is Monday. (803) 545-3093; email bloliver@columbiasc.net

WEDNESDAY

COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART: Gladys’ Gang — 1, 2, 3, Create With Me! 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Monthly program includes story time and a theme-related creative studio activity. This month, children ages 2-5 learn about different dypes of textures and create a textured painting using a technique called impasto. Free. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org

THROWING FOR BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATES: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb.12 1 at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Suitable for age 16 and older; class provides opportunities for those students who want to learn about throwing pottery as well as those who want to brush up on their skills. Smaller class size (maximum of nine students) allows for attention to progress their skills. $80; registration deadline is Monday. (803) 545-3093; email bloliver@columbiasc.net

UPCOMING EVENTS

CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON MANSION: 9:30, 11 a.m.; 1, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 9-11 at 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. Experience the smells and sounds of a 19th century Christmas via guided tours. $7; active duty military and age 60 and older, $6; ages 6-12, $5; children younger than 6 are free. (803) 353-0456; www.kensingtonmansion.org

LUNCH AND LEARN: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Hands-on floral arranging workshop led by Katy Cowan, volunteer coordinator at Ark Hospice. Bring a vase or pretty container, some flowers/greenery will be provided or you may bring additional cuttings to share. Free and open to the public; bring a lunch, beverage and dessert will be provided. (803) 779-1971; www.louriecentersc.com

INTERMEDIATE HAND BUILDING: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Suitable for age 16 and older; class is for students who want to expand their knowledge of hand building with clay. Focus is on more advanced techniques such as working with different clays, advanced decorative techniques and multiple shape projects. Students are required to have a pottery tool kit for this class; all other materials are provided. $80; registration deadline is Monday (803) 545-3093; email bloliver@columbiasc.net

“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 8 p.m. Jan. 9-11 and 16-18 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.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

LIFESTYLE UNIVERSITY WINTER SESSION 2: 9 a.m.-noon every other Saturday, Jan. 11-March 29, at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). The program teaches simple, effective tools and techniques to help older adults, including those with chronic diseases, remain vital and self-sufficient. Attendance for the first meeting orientation and all six classes is required. Free and open to the public age 50 and older. Class size is limited and preregistration is required. (803) 779-1971 or email info@louriecentersc.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

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE NATURE WALKS: 11 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 11 and 18 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins (meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center). Join contemporary artist Mary Gilkerson as she sketches park landscapes for a mural to be placed in the visitor center. Bring a notebook and pencil for sketching as well as a camera to document the landscape. Free. Park visitors are also invited to meet Gilkerson and observe her at work on the mural beginning in early January. The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. (803) 776-4396; www.nps.gov/cong

“TREASURES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM: THE ORIENTAL COLLECTIONS”: Noon Jan. 11 at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Film features works from China, Japan and India as well as Buddhist art of Nepal, Ceylon, Burma and Cambodial. Free with admission or membership. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org

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); deadline is Saturday. (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

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: 8-11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave., Chapin. Free health screenings; blood testing for glucose and lipid profiles required a 12-hour fast, so call for an appointment at (803) 345-1100 or email director@chapinchamber.com. Thyroid profiles and Vitamin D level tests will also be offered, $32 and $40; cash or check only.

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 15-16 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). The newly revised two-day course is designed specifically for older adults and is different from the previous courses offered by AARP. Materials fees, $20; AARP members, $15. Preregistration is required as space is limited. (803) 779-1971, ext. 12 or email info@louriecentersc.com

DOCENT TRAINING CLASS: Training begins Jan. 16 for volunteers at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Opportunities for interacting with guests, presentations, handling program animals and participating in regularly scheduled programs as well as special events. www.riverbanks.org; email rreeves@riverbanks.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. Registration deadline is Jan. 10. (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

MIDLANDS MULTICULTURAL COLLEGE FAIR: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Ave. Students, parents and degree-seeking adults are invited to meet with college admissions staff and participate in workshops on admissions, financial aid and more. Free, sponsored by Uplifting Enterprises LLC. (803) 463-3101; email marc.himes@uplifting-enterprises.com

FINANCIAL SEMINAR: 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 18 at Earlewood Park, 1113 Parkside Drive. Presented by the Columbia Community Development Department, topics will include banking, savings, budgeting, building credit, types of loans, repairing derogatory credit, credit scams and Fair Housing laws. Refreshments will be served. (803) 545-3373

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.

USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Program will feature performances by winners of the USC Concerto-Aria Competition. $30; seniors, USC faculty and staff, $25; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com

ROSE WILKINS’ WORLD FAMOUS CHICKEN BOG: 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. $7; age 12 and younger, $3. Take-outs available. (803) 359-2444

“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

WINTER NATURE WALK: 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Ninety-minute program, designed for age 5 and older, is a casual stroll along the half-mile Jackson Creek Nature Trail. Participants will learn about the plants and animals found in the park. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for the outdoors. $5; seniors and age 15 and younger, $3. Free to all Park Passport Plus holders. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Preregistration is required; deadline is Jan. 23. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY MAKING: Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mayes Park, 4100 Trenholm Road. Instructor Melinda Cunningham will help participants make matching beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Class size is limited to 10. $55; includes supplies and materials; registration deadline is Jan. 13 (803) 545-3093; email bloliver@columbiasc.net

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