Community Calendar for the Midlands, Jan. 31

January 31, 2014 

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    SATURDAY

    CHINESE CULTURE AND FOOD EVENT: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Meadow Glen Middle School, 440 Ginny Lane, Lexington. Sponsored by the Chinese Association of Columbia and the Confucius Institute, tickets are $10; age 12 and younger, $5; age 3 and younger, free. Email ddjy2000@yahoo.com for tickets.

    “HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Featuring Chicago’s Second City sketch comedy and improv theatre, tickets are $24; available at www.harbisontheatre.org; (803) 407-5011 or at the box office.

FRIDAY

FREE FRIDAYS AT THE ZOO: Free Fridays are back at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission through Feb. 28. Guests will be asked to provide a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

SECRET KEEPER GIRL CRAZY HAIR TOUR: 6:30 p.m. Friday 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

“THE WIZARD OF OZ”: Peanut Butter and Jelly Players performance of the L. Frank Baum classic fairy tale, 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive, (second floor, Richland Mall). PB&J production company is composed of actors in grades 1-6. Tickets are $10; active duty military and seniors with ID, $8. www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

CHAPIN THEATRE COMPANY MEMBERSHIP GALA: 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Chapin Ave. Free event will feature appetizers and liquid refreshment. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the upcoming season, how to become involved with the group, renew memberships or other ways to support live theatre in the greater Chapin-Irmo area. www.chapintheatre.org

COLUMBIA CITY BALLET: “Giselle,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Tickets are $16, $29 and $39. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com

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

SATURDAY

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COLUMBIA CLEAN SWEEP SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the Cantey Building at the State Fairgrounds. New and used items donated by League members, citizens and local businesses including handbags, jewelry, books, music, games, children’s toys and clothing, maternity clothing, furniture, home and garden, housewares, holiday items, appliances and electronics, linens and sporting goods. Gates open at 7 a.m., parking is $2 per car; doors open at 8 a.m., admission is $3 per person, children age 12 and younger are admitted free. The $5 bag sale begins at noon and ends at 12:30 p.m. Cash only; the sale is a fundraiser to support the Junior League of Columbia’s mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers on community projects. www.jlcolumbia.org

BEGINNING QUILTING CLASS: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday through Feb. 22 at Mayes Park, 4100 Trenholm Road. Four-week class will provide participants with the opportunity to learn the basic skills, rules and techniques of patchwork and quilt making, creating a create a lap-size quilt by the end of the class. Students ages 12-16 may come but must be accompanied by an adult. $40. (803) 545-3093 or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders will be admitted free. Valid only for cardholders; regular admission applies to additional guests — $11.50; age 62 and older, military with ID, $10.50. www.edventure.org

COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART: Free general admission for residents of Richland County and the city of Columbia, 10 a.m.-5 p.m Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $12; age 65 and older and military, $10; students, $5; age 5 and younger, free. www.columbiamuseum.org

CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT: 9 a.m. Saturday through 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington. Displays of uniforms, dresses, equipment, drill demonstrations, camp life and other events throughout the day about the lives of the soldiers and civilians. Free; museum tours are $5; children, $2. (803) 359-8369

“THE WIZARD OF OZ”: Peanut Butter and Jelly Players performance of the L. Frank Baum classic fairy tale, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive, (second floor, Richland Mall). PB&J production company is composed of actors in grades 1-6. Tickets are $10; active duty military and seniors with ID, $8. www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

“CLYBOURNE PARK”: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

CHINESE CULTURE AND FOOD EVENT: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday at Meadow Glen Middle School, 440 Ginny Lane, Lexington. Sponsored by the Chinese Association of Columbia and the Confucius Institute, tickets are $10; age 12 and younger, $5; age 3 and younger, free. Email ddjy2000@yahoo.com for tickets.

“HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Featuring Chicago’s Second City sketch comedy and improv theatre, tickets are $24; available at www.harbisontheatre.org; (803) 407-5011 or at the box office.

COLUMBIA CITY BALLET: “Giselle,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Tickets are $16, $29 and $39. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com

SUNDAY

COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART: Free general admission for residents of Richland County and the city of Columbia, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $12; age 65 and older and military, $10; students, $5; age 5 and younger, free. www.columbiamuseum.org

MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders will be admitted free. Valid only for cardholders; regular admission applies to additional guests — $11.50; age 62 and older, military with ID, $10.50. www.edventure.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

CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Enjoy jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin, trumpet; Doug Graham, clarinet; Bruce Clark, trombone; Reggie Sullivan, bass; Jim Hall, drums; and Aletha Jacobs, piano. Tickets are $10; students 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504

“CLYBOURNE PARK”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. There will be a talk-back following the show. The panel will consist of photographer Vennie Deas Moore, who is currently documenting growth in downtown Columbia from 1920-1950; Tige Watts, president of the National Council of Neighborhoods, Julie Prater, deputy director of the Columbia Housing Authority, the cast and the director, Jim O’Connor. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

“THE WIZARD OF OZ”: Peanut Butter and Jelly Players performance of the L. Frank Baum classic fairy tale, 3 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive, (second floor, Richland Mall). PB&J production company is composed of actors in grades 1-6. Tickets are $10; active duty military and seniors with ID, $8. www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

MONDAY

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS II: 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Monday at Richland 2’s Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Class is for those who have completed the Introduction to Computer class and would like to further their training. $60; seniors age 60 and older, $30. (803) 736-8787, ext. 25103

NEWBERRY COLLEGE JAZZ BAND: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 10000 Broad River Road, Irmo. Free.

WEDNESDAY

“ALZHEIMER’S: MYTH vs. FACT”: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Dr. Albert Humphrey will discuss how to tell normal memory problems from memory problems that should be cause for concern as well as explain the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s. Sponsored by UniHealth Columbia. Free and open to the public (803) 779-1971; www.louriecentersc.com

THURSDAY

“CLYBOURNE PARK”: 8 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 7; 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Tickets are $22; seniors and military, $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

PARTY LIKE A PRESIDENT: 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at 1705 Hampton St. Historic Columbia celebrates the reopening of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, inspired by the year the house was saved from the wrecking ball — 1928. Pull out your flapper fringe, top hats and tails for this event. Tickets are $125; Historic Columbia members, $100. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

ARTS & DRAUGHTS: 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Beer tastings from The Whig, live music, D.I.Y. projects, interactive art, scavenger hunts and museum tours. $8; members, $5 (join or renew your membership that night and get in for free). www.columbiamuseum.org

“SECOND SAMUEL”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 13-15; 2:30 p.m. Feb 9, 16 at On Stage Performance Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Atlanta playwright Pamela Parker’s play about life and friendships set in the rural Georgia town of Second Samuel in the summer of 1949. A talk-back session with Parker will follow the Feb. 7 performance. $16, military, seniors and students, $14. (877) 238-5596; www.smarttix.com (type in second).

“MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD”: 8 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15; 3 p.m. Feb. 9 and 16 at the Old Chapin Firehouse, 103 Lexington Ave., Chapin. Chapin Theatre Company production is a collection of short theatrical works by award-winning American playwrights, TV writers and novelists. Show is PG-13, not suitable for children. Tickets are $14; age 13 and older, 60 and oldler and active military, $12. (803) 240-8544; www.chapintheatre.org/motherhood.html

BIRDING BASICS WORKSHOP: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Optional training session for anyone who would like guidance in preparing for the Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 15. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center for a presentation on common winter birds found in the park before heading out to practice identification skills. Arrive 15 minutes before the program, dress for the weather, bring water, snacks and binoculars if you have them. The park has a limited number of binoculars that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is suggested, call (803) 776-4396.

SWEET ON CMA: Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Family fun day will feature art stations throughout the museum, tour, gallery hunt and music by Lunch Money at 1 p.m. Free; sponsored by the Junior League of Columbia. www.columbiamuseum.org

ORATORICAL CONTEST: Applications deadline for the Feb. 22 contest is Friday. 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 artsandlettersrca@gmail.com

“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 Friday.

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