Community calendar for March 4

March 4, 2014 

TUESDAY

“CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES, A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR BASEMENT”: 3 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Audiences coast to coast have fallen in love with these pillars of the church basement. All of the gals are back, plus the pastor whose fledgling romance has always inspired mixed reactions. Tickets are $35 and $40. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com

THURSDAY

THE FINANCIAL STATUS OF WOMEN IN 2014: 6 p.m. Thursday in Breed Leadership Center at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. Event will highlight the most recent Shriver Report on the unequal status of women; WIS’ Judi Gatson will moderate a panel discussion on the conditions that impact the financial stability of women in Columbia and surrounding communities. Registration is not required but RSVP to subrown@columbiasc.net for planning purposes.

BEER 101: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays through March 27 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Explore the history and production of various styles of ales and lagers and enjoy a variety of beer tastings. $40 or $12 per class. Open to members and the public age 50 and older. Pre-registration is required. (803) 779-1971; http://louriecentersc.com/activities/regular-classes

SWEET & SAVORY FOOD COMPETITION: 6-9 p.m. Thursday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Local chefs compete for a People’s Choice and Celebrity Guest Judge award for the most savory hors d’oeuvre and sweet treat. Silent and live auctions, entertainment and more with proceeds to benefit Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter. $35; couples, $60. (803) 768-6819; http://palmettoplaceshelter.org/category/event/

STERLING CHAMBER PLAYERS: 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday at Senate’s End, 300 Senate St. The program will feature works by Mendelssohn and Schoefield. Advance tickets, $12; at the door, $15. (803) 252-2001; http://sterlingchamberplayers.org

FRIDAY

ADULT STUDENT DAY AT MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: 9 a.m.-noon Friday in the student center commons area of the MTC Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd. Meet faculty, staff and current students, learn about financial aid opportunities and high-demand jobs; apply to the college (application fee waived). Pre-register and view the day’s schedule at http://www.midlandstech.edu/visit. (803) 822-6714

AARP SMART DRIVER PROGRAM: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday at the Lexington Leisure Center, 108 Park Road, Lexington. Completion of the program enables any participant age 26 and older to receive a discount on their automobile insurance. $20; AARP members, $15. Bring a sack lunch. Call (803) 957-7979

ST. PAT’S IN FIVE POINTS KICKOFF: 5-7 p.m. Friday at the fountain (Harden and Greene streets). Children can help with the traditional dyeing the fountain green. Entertainment by the Rince N’ah Eireann Irish step dancers, DJ Scott Padgett and bagpipers in traditional Irish garb. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be March 15 this year.

“REVIEW REVUE 2: AROUND THE WORLD WITH CCT”: 6 p.m. Friday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, Richland Mall (second level), 3400 Forest Drive. Second annual benefit gala will feature veteran Columbia actors/singers and performances by members of the CCT YouTheatre. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com.

“ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JUNIOR”: Friday through March 23 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12; seniors, students, military and age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 359-1436; http://villagesquaretheatre.com

“MARVIN’S ROOM”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Tickets are $18; students age 13 and older, seniors 60 and older and active duty military, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html

SATURDAY

CARS 2 DREAMS CAR SHOW: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Camden Recreation Department, 1050 Dekalb St. Live entertainment, food, alcohol-free event. Prizes for Best in Show, Best Truck, Best GM, Ford, Mopar, non-Big 3, Top 40. Entry fee, $10; registration 8-11 am. Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville. http://cars2dreams.com

LEXINGTON ARTISANS MARKET: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 7, 211 American Legion Drive, Lexington. More than 20 Midlands artists will be offering pottery, paintings, handmade sterling silver and copper gemstone jewelry, photography, needlework, woodworking, art glass and hand dipped chocolates and gift baskets. Free admission. A silent auction featuring sports and entertainment memorabilia will be held, with a portion of the proceeds going to Post 7 and its programs. Fresh baked muffins and breakfast croissants will be available 9-11:30 a.m.; lunch salads, sandwiches and fresh bakery goods by Cribbs Sandwich and Sweet Shop, until 4 p.m. (803) 606-5250; http://scartisansmarkets.com

REPTICON: Reptile and exotic animal show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Vendors, breeders and educators will offer animals, merchandise, cages, supplies, live and frozen feeders and expert advice. Tickets are $10; ages 5-12, $5; age 4 and younger, free. http://repticon.com/columbia.html

HIGH SCHOOL ORGANISTS COMPETITION: 10 a.m. Saturday at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. Prizes of $1,000, $500, $300 and $250 will be awarded. Sponsored by the Greater Columbia Chapter of AGO (American Guild of Organists) to promote the art of pipe organ performance. Free and open to the public.

WATEREE OUTDOOR LIFE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the FiIne Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. Outdoor exhibitions will feature demonstrations in fly fishing, falconry, Labrador retrievers and Boykin spaniels. Live music, local artisans and craft makers, food and drink vendors. $5; ages 6-16, $3; age 5 and younger, free. http://cityofcamden.org

JOHN TUDOR’S MAGIC WORKSHOP: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, second level. Interactive hands-on class for children age 6 and older. Adults are welcome to stay and watch but not required to; seating is limited so each child may have individual attention. $20 (includes all special materials). (803) 691-4548

“ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JUNIOR”: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences. Tickets are $12; seniors, students, military and age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 359-1436; http://villagesquaretheatre.com

MARDI GRAS GALA: 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road. Music, live auction, complimentary beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the Dickerson Center for Children. $100 per person. (803) 791-1511; http://dickersoncenter.org

“I DO! I DO!”: Newberry Community Players dinner theater musical, 6:30 p.m. Saturday 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; http://newberryoperahouse.com

“MARVIN’S ROOM”: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.Tickets are $18; students age 13 and older, seniors 60 and older and active duty military, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html

SUNDAY

REPTICON: Reptile and exotic animal show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Vendors, breeders and educators will offer animals, merchandise, cages, supplies, live and frozen feeders and expert advice. Tickets are $10; ages 5-12, $5; age 4 and younger, free. http://repticon.com/columbia.html

PASSPORT TO ART: “Krazy Kimonos,” noon-3 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Free open studio program for families. This month’s session, inspired by the exhibition “Japan and the Jazz Age,” will feature the creation of a patterned printed kimono. A themed family tour will be held at 1 p.m.; or take a self-guided tour of CMA. http://columbiamuseum.org

“I DO! I DO!”: Newberry Community Players dinner theater musical, 1 p.m. Sunday 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; http://newberryoperahouse.com

SUNDAYS AT LOWMAN CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday in the Wellness Center’s New Life Chapel on the Heritage at Lowman campus, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin. Concert will feature Tom White, cantor of Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Free and open to the public, a reception will follow in Hoefler Gallery. (803) 451-7414

“ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JUNIOR”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences. Tickets are $12; seniors, students, military and age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 359-1436; http://villagesquaretheatre.com

“MARVIN’S ROOM”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.Tickets are $18; students age 13 and older, seniors 60 and older and active duty military, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html

MONDAY

MOMMY AND ME ART CLASS: 10-11 a.m. Mondays, March 10-31, at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Creation of art pieces in clay and drawing for children ages 2-5 and a parent. Registration is $50; deadline is Friday. Minimum class, five children and parents; 10 children and parents, maximum. Registration and information, bloliver@columbiasc.net

UPCOMING EVENTS

ENGENUITYSC SCIENCE CAFE: 6-7:30 p.m. March 11 at Speakeasy, 711 Saluda Ave. Science Cafe is a free, informal talk in a casual pub environment; they meet the second Tuesday monthly. Dr. Jamie Lead, one of the world’s top nanoscience researchers, focuses on the scientific, technological, health, economic, legal and societal behaviors and effects of nanoscience. http://engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe

S.C. CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Book talk and signing, noon-1 p.m. March 12 at the State Library, 1500 Senate St. Speaker will be Dr. Tom Mack, co-editor of “The South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers.” Bring your lunch and enjoy learning more about South Carolina; free. http://readsc.org

ACES FOR ARMOR GOLF TOURNAMENT: 7:45 a.m. March 13 at Fort Jackson Golf Course. $280 for a four-member team (includes 18 holes of golf, cart fee, raffles and prizes); hole sponsorships are $500. Sponsored by In-Vest USA, proceeds will be used to pay for bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers. (803) 200-6333 or (803) 447-3241

CMA CHAMBER MUSIC ON MAIN: 7 p.m. March 13 in the DuBose Poston Reception Hall at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Happy Hour at 6 p.m. $40; students, $5. http://columbiamuseum.org

“MARVIN’S ROOM”: 8 p.m. March 13-15 and 3 p.m. March 16 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.Tickets are $18; students age 13 and older, seniors 60 and older and active duty military, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html

CMA ARTIST SALON SERIES: Noon March 14 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Gallery talk will feature Columbia City Ballet artistic and executive director William Starrett, who will discuss his creative process in staging the upcoming performance of “Alice in Wonderland.” Free with membership or admission. http://columbiamuseum.org

WINTER JAM TOUR SPECTACULAR: 7 p.m. March 14 at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Christian music concert will feature Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, NewSong and Colton Dixon. Come early for the pre-jam party with Love & the Outcome, Everfound and Derek Minor. Admission, $10. (803) 576-9200; or http://jamtour.com

“ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JUNIOR”: March 14-16 and 21-23 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Wonka’s rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12; seniors, students, military and age 12 and younger, $10. (803) 359-1436; http://villagesquaretheatre.com

“SEE ROCK CITY AND OTHER DESTINATIONS”: March 14-April 5 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Contemporary musical about connections missed and made at tourist destinations across America. Dewey Scott-Wiley will direct the Drama Desk Award winner for outstanding musical, book and lyrics. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. March 23, 30. Tickets are $27; military and seniors, $25; students, $20 (half-price Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org

CHILDREN’S POTTERY WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (ages 5-9) and 2-5 p.m. (age 10 and older) March 15 at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Participants in the one-time pottery workshop will make up to two projects which will be completed. Minimum of five and maximum of 15 students in each session. $35, includes materials and supplies. Registration deadline is Monday. bloliver@columbiasc.net

OLD CAR DROP IN: 3-7 p.m. March 15 at Fuddruckers, 1801 Bush River Road. Trophies for best of Ford, GM, Mopar, truck, street rod, manager’s choice and ladies’ choice. Dash plaques to the first 75 registered vehicles, registration fee, $10. No-alcohol event will also feature door prizes, 50/25-25 cash drawing and music from the 1950s-1970s. Rain date will be March 29. Sponsored by the Columbia Classic Chevy Club. (803) 957-9737 or (803) 333-0396

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. March 15 at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. Live music by Cabin Fever, caller will be Marolyn Ford. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. Bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music & Dance, admission is $8; students with ID, $5. (803) 760-5881; http://contracola.org

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 18-April 22 at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. 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 an action plan to improve your health, exercising safely, healthy eating, talking to your doctor and dealing with dangerous emotions. Space is limited, call (803) 898-0760 to sign up.

KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL: The Richland County Sustainability Office is teaming up with KTMB in offering 55-gallon rain barrels for $60 and compost bins for $50. Regular prices are $150 and $100. To order, call (803) 733-1139 or order online at http://www.enviroworld.ca/midlands ; orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Saturday. You can pick up your barrels, bins and accessories from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 22 at the Gamecock BI-LO shopping center, 4464 Devine St.

BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22 at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. Participants will make a woven tote bag during the workshop; class size is limited to a minimum of five and maxiumum of 10. Registration fee is $60 (includes all materials) and the deadline is Saturday. bloliver@columbiasc.net

PAALS UN-GALA: 7 p.m. March 22 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services charity event has food, beverages and entertainment on par with a formal gala, but with a more relaxed and casual atmosphere. This year’s theme is a Parrot Head party — “Dog-Aritaville.” Games, music by the Tsunami Wave Riders, live and silent auctions and more. Tickets are $40 if purchased by Saturday; $60 after and at the door. http://paals.org

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