ADVENTURES IN LEARNING: Registration will be held Tuesday for classes meeting 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. 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
BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 14 at Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Designed by Stanford University for people with ongoing health conditions, such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or lung disease. Space is limited, call (803) 898-0760 to sign up.
BENEDICT COLLEGE MLK COMMEMORATION: 11 a.m. Tuesday in Antisdel Chapel on the main campus. The Rev. Dr. Jamey O. Graham, regional vice president for the Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, will be the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the Religious Services Department and Student Affairs, the program is free and open to the public.
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 “Transportation: Rivers, Roads, Railroads.” Upcoming: Optional bus tour Sunday; “Economic Development: Textiles and Agriculture,” Feb. 4; “Public Education,” Feb. 11; and “Higher Education: Colleges and Universities,” Feb. 18. “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
CHARLES FUGO FACULTY PIANO RECITAL: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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. Wednesday 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
“PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE RURAL SOUTH”: Exhibit reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at McKissick Museum, on the USC Horseshoe. A product of the course of the same title offered by the Institute for Southern Studies and the Department of Art, students with no prior experience in photography learn about the theory and practice of photography. Working individually and in groups, students created photographic studies of rural communities in North and South Carolina. The exhibit will be up through May 10 in the museum’s third floor lobby; free. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 777-2876
J. GORDON COOGLER POETRY FESTIVAL: Thursday through Saturday in Blythewood. Known as the Bard of Doko (the original name of Blythewood), Coogler would write “poems while you wait” for customers at his Columbia print shop. Thursday’s events will feature poetry stations around Blythewood where volunteers will create original poetry for people on the spot and A Celebration of All Things Coogler — poetry readings, student poems and a brief history by family historian Art Coogler, 6-9 p.m. The Manor at Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road; sponsored by Bravo Blythewood. Book Event, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Art Coogler and Bill McDonald will read and discuss selections from “Purely Original Verse,” at the Langford- Nord House, 100 McNulty St., sponsored by the Blythewood Historical Society. Bravo Blythewood’s regional Poetry Out Loud competition, 2 p.m. Saturday at The Manor at Doko Meadows. (803) 754-0501
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. Thursday 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. Friday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. $7; age 12 and younger, $3. Take-outs available. (803) 359-2444
J. GORDON COOGLER POETRY FESTIVAL: Through Saturday in Blythewood. Known as the Bard of Doko (the original name of Blythewood), Coogler would write “poems while you wait” for customers at his Columbia print shop.Book Event, 6-8 p.m. Friday Art Coogler and Bill McDonald will read and discuss selections from “Purely Original Verse,” at the Langford- Nord House, 100 McNulty St., sponsored by the Blythewood Historical Society. Bravo Blythewood’s regional Poetry Out Loud competition, 2 p.m. Saturday at The Manor at Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road. (803) 754-0501
ORTON-GILLINGHAM WORKSHOP: 7-9 p.m. Friday 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”: Friday through 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 Friday 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 Thursday. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org
WINTER NATURE WALK: 10 a.m. Saturday 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 Thursday. (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
J. GORDON COOGLER POETRY FESTIVAL: Known as the Bard of Doko (the original name of Blythewood), Coogler would write “poems while you wait” for customers at his Columbia print shop. Bravo Blythewood will sponsor the regional Poetry Out Loud competition, 2 p.m. Saturday at The Manor at Doko Meadows, 171 Langford Road. (803) 754-0501
ROBERT BURNS SOCIETY DINNER: 5:30 p.m. Saturday 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 Wednesday. (803) 798-2206; www.rbsm.org
ARTS AT SHANDON: Singer Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music,” will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free admission; donations will be gratefully accepted. (803) 771-4408, ext. 127; www.shandonpres.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
SECRET KEEPER GIRL CRAZY HAIR TOUR: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. A relationship-building experience for tween (ages 8-12) girls and their mothers will feature a fun fashion show that demonstrates modesty, balloon sculptures, beach ball competitions, mother/daughter conversation time and confetti cannons. Special guests will be 1 Girl Nation. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (803) 359-7770, ext. 28; www.saxegotha.org
ORATORICAL CONTEST: Applications deadline for the Feb. 22 contest is Jan. 31. Sponsored by the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., it’s open to middle school students in Richland 1, 2; Lexington 1, 2; and Lexington-Richland 5. A mandatory essay workshop on speech development and presentation skills is slated for Feb. 8 at Keenan High School, 361 Pisgah Church Road. The contest will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 22 at Keenan High School and cash prizes will be awarded. www.richlandcountydeltas.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“A NIGHT AT THE SILVER SCREEN” VALENTINE’S GALA: 8 p.m.-midnight Feb. 14 at Leaside, 100 E. Exchange St. The Friends of Epworth will host the fundraiser to benefit Epworth Children’s Home. Evening will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar; music and dancing to the sounds of Tokyo Joe. Tickets are $100, $150 per couple (sponsorships are available); order at www.friendsofepworth.org by Jan. 31.