CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON MANSION: 9:30, 11 a.m.; 1, 2:30 p.m. Thursday 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. Thursday 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
“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 8 p.m. Thursday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING AND E-WASTE RECYCLING: 9 a.m.-noon Friday at Shred360, 431 Western Lane, Irmo. Items allowed to be destroyed are office quality paper products, No hazardous materials, metals or plastics. Items accepted for e-waste recycling include computers, printers, laptops, speakers, radios, keyboards and flat panel monitors. No household appliances, batteries or tires. Consumers are limited to five bags or boxes to be shredded and/or five units of e-waste (a unit is an item that has a power cord). (803) 463-8090; www.shred360.com
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
5th ANNUAL BAREFOOT WALK: 11:45 a.m. Friday beginning at Brittons, 2818 Devine St. to Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia. The 9-mile walk is to raise awareness for the millions of children who do not have shoes. Glenforest students are involved in the Samaritan’s Feet Barefoot for Bare Feet movement and the Shoes for Hope Campaign and they will be accepting donations of new athletic-style shoes as well as monetary donations through Jan. 31. (803) 796-7622; www.glenforest.org
FLAMENCO DANCE CLASSES WITH LIVE GUITAR: 7-8 p.m. Fridays at Harbison Recreation Center, 106 Hillpine Road. $48 per month for four classes; $15 for a single class. (803) 781-2281
ORGAN RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Washington Street United Methodist Church, 1410 Washington St. Dr. Scott is organist at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte and is an expert on improvisation. His final piece in the program with be an improvisation on a submitted theme. Sponsored by the Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday 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. Friday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 807 Woodrow St. Admission is free, donations welcome. A reception will follow. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org
“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 8 p.m. Friday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
“CRIMES OF THE HEART”: 8 p.m. Friday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 19. $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 through 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 email@example.com
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 5K RUN/FITNESS WALK: 9 a.m. Saturday at Martin Luther King Park, 2300 Greene St. Sponsored by the Omicron Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Nonperishable food items will be collected for the Honor the Dream food drive. 5K run/walk, $25; with a T-shirt, $30; race day registration will be $30/$35. Register at www.strictlyrunning.com. Nonperishable food items will be collected for the Honor the Dream food drive. Proceeds will benefit March of Dimes, the MLK Foundation and the Alpha Academy.
CHRISTMAS AT KENSINGTON MANSION: 9:30, 11 a.m.; 1, 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. This is the last day to 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
WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT FORUM: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday and Jan. 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. 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 Saturday 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 Cambodia. Free with admission or membership. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org
S.C. PHILHARMONIC: Beethoven & Blue Jeans, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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; mention Ronald McDonald House Charities and 75 percent of your ticket purchase will benefit the families and children served by the charity. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com
“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
“CRIMES OF THE HEART”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 19. $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
SECOND SUNDAY STROLL: 2 p.m. Sunday; join Historic Columbia for a guided walking tour highlighting the architecture and history of the Robert Mills District West. The district contains more than 100 historic structures embodying more than three centuries of diverse residential and institutional architecture. Meet at the Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland St. $8; youth, $5; HC members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY AT LOWMAN CONCERT: Palmetto Brass Band performance, 3 p.m. Sunday 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. Sunday 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. Monday. Classes meet at Upstream: A Center for Mindfulness Practice and Holistic Mental Health, 2123 College St. $400. (803) 250-6764; www.upstream.com
LIGHT THE WAY CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Monday at the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Featured performers will be the Sandlapper Singers, and Duo de Vista (Marina Alexandra on guitar and Terri Forscher on flute). Tickets are $20, students, $10; refreshments will be served and a charity bar will be provided by The Whig. Proceeds will benefit the Downtown Church Bicycles for the Homeless project.
COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: 8-11 a.m. Tuesday 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 email@example.com. Thyroid profiles and Vitamin D level tests will also be offered, $32 and $40; cash or check only.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION: 9-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 21-March 11; orientation, 9-10 a.m. Tuesday. Classes meet at Upstream: A Center for Mindfulness Practice and Holistic Mental Health, 2123 College St. $400. (803) 250-6764; www.upstream.com
ADVENTURES IN LEARNING: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 11 at the Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews, Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. Registration will be held Tuesday and Jan. 21. New classes for the winter session include “The Herbert Hoover You Don’t Know,” “Biblical Women,” “Old Time Radio,” “Storytelling for Your Own Amazement,” “Meditation: Enhance Your Earthly Journey,” “Shakespeare and Power Politics,” “Great Adventures with our Own World Travelers,” “Poetry, Something Old and Something New,” “Myths, Rumors and Truths About the Civil War,” and “Bell Ensemble.” Ongoing classes include art, bridge, classic movies and great stars, creative writing, quilting, Spanish, line dancing and tai chi. Registration for three classes per day for the entire session is $25; catered lunch with entertainment will be available for $7. Brochures and registration forms available at (803) 731-9394; www.shepherdscenterofstandrews.org
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, this week’s topic will be “Reconstruction and Healing.” Upcoming: “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
AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Jan. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“CRIMES OF THE HEART”: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Jan. 18, Jan. 22-25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull St. $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
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. Registration deadline is Saturday. (803) 978-1108; www.riverbanks.org or email email@example.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. Registration deadline is Friday. (803) 545-3093; email firstname.lastname@example.org
“JAN BANNING: DOWN AND OUT IN THE SOUTH”: Photography exhibit will be up Jan. 16-March 2 at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., second floor. Artist reception 7-9 p.m. Jan. 16, $5 suggested donation; CCA members, free. (803) 319-9949; www.701cca.org
“LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE”: 8 p.m. Jan. 16-18 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org
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
“ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING”: Jan. 17-Feb. 1 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Jan. 19, 26. $20; age 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $17; age 15 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
HEALTH FAIR AND OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Southeastern Institute, 1420 Colonial Life Blvd. West. Complimentary chair massages, blood pressure checks, interactive demonstrations, raffle and campus tours. (803) 798-8800
“SHREK! THE MUSICAL” AUDITIONS: Jan. 18-20 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Youth (ages 8-14), 10 a.m. Jan. 18; adults (age 15 and older), 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20. The show will run May 2-24. (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE NATURE WALK: 11 a.m. Jan. 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. The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. (803) 776-4396; www.nps.gov/cong
GALLERY TALK AND PANEL DISCUSSION: 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., second floor. Photographer Jan Banning will discuss his “Down and Out in the South” exhibit and a 2 p.m. panel discussion on homeless people in Columbia, moderated by Anne Sinclair; free. (803) 319-9949; www.701cca.org
“ROCKETMAN”: A tribute to Sir Elton John by Greg Bickley and his band, Tokyo Joe, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. $26; military and students, $21. Proceeds will benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter. (803) 777-7500; www.capitoltickets.com
AN AFTERNOON WITH STEINWAY SERIES: 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Rice Music House, 470-16 Town Center, Village at Sandhill. Dr. Ryan Smith, assistant professor of music at Coker College, will perform. Free, but seating is limited; call (803) 254-2777 to reserve a spot.
PATRONS AND FRIENDS OF THE ARTS AT EBENEZER: 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St., free chamber music concert featuring artist-in-residence pianist Matthew Ganong, Micah Gangwer, violin; and Dunsan Vukajilovic, cello. (803) 765-9430, ext. 17.
MUSEUMOLOGY 101: Free eight-week docent training program at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Volunteers will learn the essentials to guide tours through the museum’s four disciplines — art, history, natural history and science/technology. Training will be 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, Jan. 20-March 10 (arrive 15 minutes early). To sign up, go to http://www.scmuseum.org/, click on the volunteer tab and submit to email@example.com
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.
COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART: “Out of the Vault: A Conversation Between Collector Alex Kastan and SC Philharmonic Conductor Morihiko Nakahara,” 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Main and Hampton streets. Alex Kastan, a collector of Japanese Satsuma porcelain discusses his collection on view in the exhibition “Meiji Magic” at CMA with Morihiko Nakahara, who is from the Japanese island of Satsuma. Free. (803) 799-1810
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
ORTON-GILLINGHAM WORKSHOP: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 24 at Eau Claire Presbyterian Church, 628 Muller Ave. Free session on multisensory cursive handwriting instruction for students with learning disabilities. Janet Jones will lead the hands-on workshop for teachers, tutors and parents. Space is limited so call (803) 530-3216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
“CLYBOURNE PARK”: Jan. 24-Feb. 8 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Show times 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
THE CONTEMPORARIES FIRE & ICE BALL: 8 p.m.-midnight Jan. 24 at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Silent auction, refreshments and music with proceeds going to the Contemporaries Art Acquisition Fund. “Cocktail chic” attire suggested. $65; Contemporaries members, $50; deadline is Jan. 23. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ROBERT BURNS SOCIETY DINNER: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Seawell’s, 1125 Rosewood Drive (across from the fairgrounds). The evening will include a raffle, toasts, parade of tartans, address to the haggis, bagpipers, Scottish dancing and music. Sit-down dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. $61; Robert Burns Society of the Midlands members, $51; children, $18. No tickets will be sold after Jan. 22. (803) 798-2206; www.rbsm.org
CLARINET RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Steven Cohen, a Phillip G. Grose Guest Artist will be accompanied by pianist Philip Bush. Free.
BRAD EDWARDS FACULTY TROMBONE RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.
PALMETTO OPERA: “An Evening With Pavarotti,” 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Teatro Liroco d’Europa will perform Pavarotti’s best-loved arias followed by a Meet the Cast party; $55. (803) 407-5011; http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1771483