Community Calendar for the Midlands, Feb. 5

February 5, 2014 

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    SATURDAY

    BIRDING BASICS WORKSHOP: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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

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

JULIAN BLISS: Considered one of the top clarinet soloists in the world, Bliss will present a lecture and demonstration at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Star Music, 1233 Assembly St. Sponsored by Conn-Selmer Inc and Star Music Company; free. (803) 252-8133

THURSDAY

COLUMBIA CENTER FOR JEWISH LEARNING: 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20; March 6, 13, 20 and April 10 at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. Course 1, Visions of the Prophets Then & Now, led by Hazzan Anna Fedrick, meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. Course 2, Torah Empowerment: How to Use the Torah as a Blueprint for Life, meets 7:45-8:45 p.m. One course (seven classes), $70; two courses, $100. (803) 782-2500; www.bethshalomcolumbia.org

“BULL STREET: A FORGOTTEN PAST AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE”: Exhibit will be on display through May 31 in McKissick Museum, 945 Bull St. A reception and gallery talk by architectural historian Dr. Lydia Brandt will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday. In a fall 2012 class taught by Brandt, undergraduate and graduate students were granted special access to the grounds of the State Hospital. Student research explored the significance of individual buildings by concentrating on the architectural elements and buildings’ functions. The show is organized into four sections to give visitors some sense of how the patients, medical staff, maintenance workers and the outside community experienced the campus. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 777-2876

“THE OLD SETTLER”: Thursday through Sunday and Feb. 13-16 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Set in Harlem in 1943, it’s the story of sisters whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new man. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150

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

FRIDAY

GO RED FOR WOMEN: 11 a.m. Friday at City Hall, Council Chambers, 1737 Main St. Celebrate National Wear Red Day to help honor and support the women affected by heart disease. A press conference and community photo session will be held; red attire suggested (men and women are welcome). RSVP to mocretella@columbiasc.net

PARTY LIKE A PRESIDENT: 7 p.m. Friday 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. Friday 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

“PUSS IN BOOTS”: Columbia Children’s Theatre production, Friday through Feb. 16 at 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10; seniors and active duty military, $8; age 3 and younger, free. All tickets for 7 p.m. Saturday performances, $5. (803) 691-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

“SECOND SAMUEL”: 7:30 p.m. Friday 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 performance. $16, military, seniors and students, $14. (877) 238-5596; www.smarttix.com (type in second).

MONSTER JAM: Monster truck race, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Tickets are $22-$42, ages 2-12, $7. www.coloniallifearena.com

“MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD”: 8 p.m. Friday 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 older and active military, $12. (803) 240-8544; www.chapintheatre.org/motherhood.html

“THE OLD SETTLER”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Set in Harlem in 1943, it’s the story of sisters whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new man. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150

“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

BIRDING BASICS WORKSHOP: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday 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.

“PUSS IN BOOTS”: Columbia Children’s Theatre production, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Tickets are $10; seniors and active duty military, $8; age 3 and younger, free. All tickets for the 7 p.m. performance will be $5. (803) 691-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

SWEET ON CMA: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday 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

MONSTER JAM: Monster truck race, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Tickets are $22-$42, ages 2-12, $7. Come early for the Party in the Pits, passes are $10, ages 2-12, $5 (race tickets required for pit passes) www.coloniallifearena.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

“I DO! I DO!”: Newberry Community Players dinner theater musical, 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 15; 1 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 16 in the Newberry Community Hall, 1209 Caldwell St., Newberry. The event is designed as if attendees are at an anniversary reception and will include gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts (cash bar). Tickets are $42; groups of 10 or more, $35 (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

“SECOND SAMUEL”: 7:30 p.m. Saturdayat 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. $16, military, seniors and students, $14. (877) 238-5596; www.smarttix.com (type in second).

“THE OLD SETTLER”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Set in Harlem in 1943, it’s the story of sisters whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new man. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150

“MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD”: 8 p.m. Saturday 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 older and active military, $12. (803) 240-8544; www.chapintheatre.org/motherhood.html

SUNDAY

BIRTHRIGHT OF COLUMBIA OPEN HOUSE: 1-4 p.m. Sunday at 1405 Gregg St. Birthright of Columbia, a pro-life emergency pregnancy service is celebrating its 34th anniversary. (803) 206-6974 or email birthrightofcolumbia@gmail.com

“PUSS IN BOOTS”: Columbia Children’s Theatre production, 3 p.m. Sunday at 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Tickets are $10; seniors and active duty military, $8; age 3 and younger, free. (803) 691-4548;

“THE OLD SETTLER”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Set in Harlem in 1943, it’s the story of sisters whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new man. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150

“MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD”: 3 p.m. Sunday 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 older and active military, $12. (803) 240-8544; www.chapintheatre.org/motherhood.html

TUESDAY

“HEART OF STYLE TOUR” BUS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday at Burlington, 302 Bush River Road (Dutch Square). The event is an opportunity for women to learn more about the seriousness of heart disease. Experienced health professionals will be on board to provide complimentary health screenings including blood pressure and BMI tests; risk factor questionnaires on heart disease and bilingual educational materials will be provided by WomenHeart Champions, heart disease survivors and community educators.

FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at 211 Gervais St. Admission to the Children’s Museum is $1 the second Tuesday of every month. (803) 400-1166; www.edventure.org

EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES: “The Capital City Rebuilds,” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Seibels House and Garden, 1601 Richland St. The topic will be “Public Education”; $10. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. The group continues its salute to American musical theater composers in a program featuring Alan Jay Learner and Frederick Lowe (“Camelot,” “Paint Your Wagon,” “Gigi,” “Brigadoon” and “My Fair Lady”). Joining the orchestra will be the Sandlapper Singers and soloists from the USC School of Music. Tickets are $30; USC faculty, staff and seniors, $25; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave. February is national Heart Health Month and Linda Shanabrook, RN, of Brook Health Care, will talk about how the symptoms women experience can be very different from their male counterparts and why so many women miss the warning signs of a heart attack. Free, open to men and women. Box lunches will be available for $8. Call (803) 345-1100 to reserve a spot.

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 12-March 19 at Richland Library North Main, 5306 N. Main St. The workshops are designed by Stanford University for people living with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or lung disease. Topics include developing and action plan to improve your health, exercising safely, healthy eating, talking to your doctor and dealing with difficult emotions. Space is limited, sign up by calling (803) 898-0760.

“BREAKING THE BARRIER”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-15 in Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. USC Dance Company presentation of choreography from assistant professor Tonya Wideman-Davis, an original work by faculty member Stephanie Wilkins and guest choreographer Helen Simoneau. Tickets are $12-$18. (803) 777-2551

EDWARD RICE — FORTRESS SERIES: On exhibit Feb. 13-March 8 at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St. An artist’s reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 13; a gallery talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. (803) 238-2351

“SECOND SAMUEL”: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-15; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16at 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. $16, military, seniors and students, $14. (877) 238-5596; www.smarttix.com (type in second).

“HENDERSON BROS. BURLESQUE”: 8 p.m. Feb. 13-15 at Trustus Theatre. Billed as a variety show that’s a professionally thrown party, there will be a special 10 p.m. performance Feb. 14. Standing tickets, $20; seated tickets, $30. (803) 254-9732; www.trustus.org

“THE OLD SETTLER”: 8 p.m. Feb. 13-15 and 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Set in Harlem in 1943, it’s the story of sisters whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new man. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150

VALENTINE’S DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). R&B band Heart ’n Soul will be playing shag, swing, rock and the classic hits of the’50s and ’60s. Age 18 and older, doors open at 6:30 p.m. BYOB and snacks, soft drinks will be available for purchase. Advance tickets, $15; $20 at the door. Reserved tables available with a single purchase of six tickets or more. Proceeds will support programming at the Lourie Center. (803) 779-1971

“PUSS IN BOOTS”: Columbia Children’s Theatre production, 7 p.m. Feb. 14; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 15; 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Tickets are $10; seniors and active duty military, $8; age 3 and younger, free. All tickets for the 7 p.m. Feb. 15 performance will be $5. (803) 691-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

PALMETTO ARTIST SERIES: The Three Baritones and The Hudson Sisters, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Valentine’s Day concert will feature popular classics, Broadway hits, American standards and ballads. Tickets are $12. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210; www.sapc.net/pas

KEVIN BURKE AND JOHN CARTY: Irish music legends in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. Advance tickets, $15; $18 at the door. http://cornerhousemusic.com/RedbirdConcert2.html

“MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD”: 8 p.m. Feb. 14, 15; 3 p.m. Feb. 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 older and active military, $12. (803) 240-8544; www.chapintheatre.org/motherhood.html

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Open to age 5 and older, children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center at 8:15 a.m., wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Water and snacks recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them. Register in advance by calling (803) 776-4396

E-WASTE RECYCLING: 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 15 at CrossRoads Middle School, 6949 St. Andrews Road, Columbia. Items accepted include computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners), TVs, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones, stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems. Open to Lexington and Richland County residents only. Sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful and the town of Irmo. (803) 733-1139; www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org

WOODROW WILSON FAMILY HOME REOPENING: Feb. 15-17 at 1705 Hampton St. Opening day festival, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15. Tours, food trucks, live music, crafts and shopping. Festival tickets are free; tour tickets are $8; youth, $5; Historic Columbia members, free. Home and garden tours, 1-5 p.m. Feb. 15. Free admission to the grounds (crafts for the kids and shopping); tour tickets are $8; youth, $5, HC members, free. President’s Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 17. Free admission to the grounds, crafts for the kids and shopping. Home and garden tours, $8; youth, $5; HC members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

E-WASTE RECYCLING: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 15 at Forts Pond Elementary School, 7350 Fish Hatchery Road, Pelion. Lexington County Solid Waste Management will be accepting computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners), TVs, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones, stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems. Open to Lexington County residents only; no commercial waste will be accepted. (803) 785-3340; www.lex-co.sc.gov/recycling

FIRING ON COLUMBIA COMMEMORATION: Noon Feb. 15 on the West Columbia side of the Gervais Street bridge. The annual event depicts the Gen. W.T. Sherman’s 1865 fusillade on the capitol city. Confederate sharpshooters will be on the Columbia side of the bridge. World War II veterans will participate in the first firing. Sponsored by the General Wade Hampton Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. (803) 237-4409

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE EDUCATION AND ENROLLMENT: 1-6 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. No appointment necessary; to enroll, bring your Social Security number, as well as your family members’ SSN (or document numbers if you are legal immigrants); family members’ birthdates; your last four pay stubs, W-2 forms or “Wage and Tax Statements; policy numbers for any existing health insurance plans; and information about any employer-provided health insurance for which you and your family would qualify. (803) 231-6383; www.richlandlibrary.com/cca

POLYMER CLAY JEWELRY MAKING WORKSHOP: 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15 at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. For adults and children age 8 and older; children 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult, $45, includes all materials and equipment needed to create a necklace/pendant, matching earrings or bracelet. Preregistration is required; deadline is Friday. (803) 545-3093 or email bloliver@columbiasc.net

NEFERTITI’S GOLDEN SPA: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. In celebration of the exhibition, “Tutankhamen: Return of the King,” it’s an afternoon of pampering for women of all ages. Guests will learn ancient Egyptian beauty secrets as well as a few modern day ones. A series of stations with attendants will show participants how to use and make some of the concoctions; upon entering, women will receive a goodie bag to collect their handmade beauty treatments as they proceed through the stations. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $12; $10 for museum members (includes general admission and admission to the King Tut exhibit). Space is limited, call (803) 898-4999 or go to scmuseum.org for reservations.

BIG WESTERN DANCE: 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Intergenerational event will feature fun and instruction in line dancing and square dancing. Sponsored by Arts at Shandon; tickets are $5 (age 5 and older); maximum of $20 per family. (803) 771-4408, ext. 127; www.shandonpres.org

LITTLE BLACK DRESS WINE & CHEESE AFFAIR: 7-10 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave., Batesburg. Sponsored by the Woman’s Society of Batesburg Leesville, the event will feature wine, beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds will help fund scholarships for local students. Tickets are $25 and a limited number are available. (803) 413-2437 or email loisblack@sc.rr.com

CONTRA DANCE: 7:30-10:30 pm. Feb. 15 at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. (Lincoln and Laurel streets). Live music by Contraforce; caller will be Gretchen Caldwell. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. $8; students with ID, $5. Bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music & Dance. (803) 760-5881; www.contracola.org

LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Valentines from France, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Selections by Berlios, Bizet and Faure. Free. https://lmso.org/season/.sunday-concert-series-2

FORT JACKSON COMMUNITY TOUR: 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20. The seven-hour “Come See Your Army” tour will give citizens an opportunity to see how soldiers train and provide insight in the day-to-day operations. Visitors will attend a Basic Combat Training graduation, laeren to shoot the M16A2 simulator, eat lunch in an Army dining facility and get answers about BCT, Fort Jackson and the Army. Lunch is $4.60. Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, call (803) 751-1471.

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