Early entertainment calendar

February 26, 2014 

Enjoy Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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THURSDAY

Syrian refugee relief benefit

The event will feature authentic Syrian food and a presentation by photojournalist Thomas Hammond, who traveled to Syria, Lebanon and Turkey last fall. Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center. Free, but a suggested donation would be $10-$20. All proceeds benefit charities working with Syrian refugees. 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St. RSVP: (803) 216-1448; http://carolinapeace.org

FRIDAY

Free Friday at the zoo

Free Fridays wrap up at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission with a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residency. Zoo hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

SATURDAY

Party Animals Mardi Gras Festival

Festival will feature music, food and beverages for sale and a kids zone. $10; children age 12 and younger and dogs will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit The Animal Mission in its efforts to provide free and discounted spay/neuter programs across the Midlands. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday at City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd. Gates open at 11 a.m., the parade starts at noon (staging begins at 9:30 a.m.); (803) 929-6650; http://partyanimalsmardigras.com

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