Community calendar for March 25

March 25, 2014 

TUESDAY

SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Spring session of “Adventures in Learning” begins Tuesday at Ashland Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road. Classes meet 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 20. New offerings include Constitutional Law: Supreme Court Cases, A Study of Short Stories, Computers for Beginners, Poetry: Something Old and Something New, The American Revolution in the Southern Colonies: Decisive Theater of the War, Uganda as a Case Study for Post-Colonial Africa, Happiness: Discovering Key Strategies, Fun with Calligraphy, The Crusades, All That Jazz and Readers’ Circle. Ongoing classes include Art, Bell Ensemble, Bridge, Creative Writing, Great Movies and Great Stars, Quilting, Line Dancing and Tai Chi. Registration for three classes per day for the entire session, $25. Catered lunch with entertainment will be available for $7. (803) 731-9394; http://shepherdscenterofstandrews.org

RALLY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Entertainment, speakers, spirit contest and more. Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round athletic training and competition for over 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

LIGHTS OF HOPE: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the State House steps (Gervais Street side). Luminarias will spell out the word HOPE and Willie Lee Garvin, a cancer survivor from Eastover, will share her cancer journey. The lights honor those who have survived or are fighting cancer; you may be part of this event by making a $10 contribution for each luminaria to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. http://acscan.org/stateloh

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Richland Library, Main Branch, 1431 Assembly St. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the clinic will cover family law issues, including divorce, custody visitation and support. Free; format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158

THURSDAY

JASPER ART-IN-THE-GARDEN SALON: 6 p.m. Thursday at 1521 Maple St. Jenks Farmer will discuss gardening methods and read from (and sign) his new book, “Deep-Rooted Wisdom.” Presented by Jasper Magazine — The Word on Columbia Arts. http://jaspercolumbia.net

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Richland Library, Northeast Branch, 7490 Parklane Road. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the clinic will cover criminal law issues and expungements. Free; format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158

“SONGS FROM THE HARP”: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. Kipper Edens Ackerman, along with other local musicians, will perform a benefit concert for The Sounds of Grace, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring peace and healing through music by placing musicians in health care and hospice facilities and classrooms for children with special needs. Box and orchestra tickets are $20; balcony, $15. (803) 436-2500; http://sumtersc.gov/sumter-opera-house

“THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE”: Thursday through Sunday and April 3-6 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 15 Mood Ave., Sumter. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. $10; students, seniors and military, $8; age 6 and younger, $6. General audience tickets go on sale Monday. (803) 775-2150

FRIDAY

“PRIDEFUL POSSESSIONS: A SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER SAMPLER”: A new permanent exhibit opening Friday at the Robert Mills House showcases rarely displayed pieces from Historic Columbia’s museum collection and will investigate makers, sellers and consumers of silver in Columbia and Richland County during the late 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibit is shown as part of the guided tours of the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Tours run at the top of the hour Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. $8; youth, $4; free for HC members. http://historiccolumbia.org

“LEO TWIGGS’ SHIFTING SYMBOLS”: Friday through April 29 at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St. Exhibition will feature work from the last three years not shown before in Columbia. An artist’s reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday with a gallery talk at 1 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. (803) 238-2351 or email wroefs@sc.rr.com

“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ritz Theater, 1511 Main St., Newberry. Production features performers from the Newberry Community Players and Imagination Alley’s Children’s Theater. $10; students, $6; groups of 10 or more, $5 each. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com

“THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 15 Mood Ave., Sumter. $10; students, seniors and military, $8; age 6 and younger, $6. General audience tickets go on sale Monday. (803) 775-2150

SATURDAY

THE M.O.M. SALE: 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at Brookland Baptist Church, 1006 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Sponsored by the Multiples of the Midlands, the sale will have gently used infant and children’s clothing (preemie-14), maternity clothing, toys and equipment, books, furniture and more. (803) 318-0410; http://multiplesofthemidlands.com

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE EDUCATION AND ENROLLMENT: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday 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; http://richlandlibrary.com/cca

45th ANNUAL COTTONTAIL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. $1 per child, includes games, rides, activities and 1 p.m. egg hunt. Concessions will be available. Sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Commission, admission is $2; age 15 and younger, free. (803) 741-7272

REAL WOMEN WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, the workshop will offer empowering tools in the areas of spirituality, health and finances. Host will be Tressia from the Cocoa Classy Digital Magazine. Free and child care is provided for ages 5-12; registration deadline is Wednesday. (803) 754-5223

S.C. CORNBREAD FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at 2800 N. Main St. and Newman Street. Live music starts at noon with the MoBros, Orquesta McCuba, the Finesse Band, the Fantastic Shakers, the Root Doctors and the Swingin’ Medallions. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m.; other attractions include a cornbread cook-off, a cornbread eating contest, car show, cornbread toss, line dancing, door prizes and plenty of children’s activities. Accepting canned food donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Admission is $5; age 12 and younger, 70 and older, free. Sponsored by the North Columbia Business Association. (803) 786-7232; http://sccornbreadfestival.com

“OLIVER TWIST”: 3 p.m. Saturday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Town Theatre Youth company production of a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic. Tickets (general admission) are $10. Sponsored by Colonial Life. (803) 799-2510; http://towntheatre.com

“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Theater, 1511 Main St., Newberry. Production features performers from the Newberry Community Players and Imagination Alley’s Children’s Theater. $10; students, $6; groups of 10 or more, $5 each. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com

“THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 15 Mood Ave., Sumter. $10; students, seniors and military, $8; age 6 and younger, $6. (803) 775-2150

SUNDAY

SHEARING TIME AT OLD McCASKILL’S FARM: 1-6 p.m. Sunday at 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert. Annual sheep shearing, border collie demo, spinner, weaver and quilters, blacksmith, working saw and grist mills, farm fresh concessions. $4; age 2 and younger, free. http://oldmccaskillfarm.com

“OLIVER TWIST”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Town Theatre Youth company production of a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic. Tickets (general admission) are $10. Sponsored by Colonial Life. (803) 799-2510; http://towntheatre.com

“DOGS (AND CATS) ROCK!”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. Students and teachers from the Columbia Arts Academy pay tribute to the music of KISS in full makeup and local dance rock band Chick Flix will close out the show; face painting for the kids. Free admission, silent auction and raffle with all proceeds to benefit Pets Inc. (803) 787-0931; http://columbiartsacademy.com

“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ritz Theater, 1511 Main St., Newberry. Production features performers from the Newberry Community Players and Imagination Alley’s Children’s Theater. $10; students, $6; groups of 10 or more, $5 each. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com

“THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 15 Mood Ave., Sumter. $10; students, seniors and military, $8; age 6 and younger, $6. General audience tickets go on sale Monday. (803) 775-2150

A.W. DUO CONCERT: 6 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), 1512 Blanding St. Russian pianist Alyona Aksyonova and American cellist James Waldo perform classical muisic and contemporary works. Suggested donations of $15 for adults and $10 for students, will benefit Transitions, the project designed to end Midlands homelessness.

MONDAY

CAMERON RUNYAN OPEN HOUSE: 5-7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 1737 Main St. Come meet your city councilman; for more information or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 545-3061

UPCOMING EVENTS

CHILDREN’S CONCERT: 10 a.m. April 1 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. The USC Symphony Orchestra and Cirque de la Symphonie — performance by mesmerizing circus artists choreographed to classical masterpieces. $5 per child; $5 per chaperone or adult. For tickets, call (803) 251-2222 or purchase in the lobby the morning of the concert.

EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES: “The 20th Century: Columbia Celebrates 200 Years,” takes Columbia from 1914 to the present. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of “Columbia Revisited,” will lead the series. Lectures will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 1-May 6, at the Seibels House & Garden, 1601 Richland St. The April 1 session, “Boom, Bam, Boom,” will cover the capital city’s growth from the 1920s-1940s. $60; $35 for students; Historic Columbia members, $50; or $10 per class. Registration is not required but space may be limited. Reserve your spot by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or visit http://historiccolumbia.org

USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE: 7:30 p.m. April 1 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. The USC Symphony Orchestra and Cirque de la Symphonie — performance by mesmerizing circus artists choreographed to classical masterpieces. $30; seniors, USC faculty and staff, $25; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com

“HELLO, DOLLY!”: April 2-6 in the Westwood High School auditorium, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood. Inaugural Blythewood Community Theater production, show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; military with ID, $13.50; seniors and children age 12 and younger, $10; available at http://brownpapertickets.com, at the door or at the Blythewood Arts Center, 152-B Blythewood Road.

SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Spring classes, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2-May 28 at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. New classes include Ukulele, World Amazing Bridges, Personal Memories, What You “Auto” Know, British History: 1815-1914, Palmetto State Historical Sites, S.C.’s Archeological Sites and Constructive Disagreement Skills. Returning classes are Classic Movies, Yoga, Dulcimers, Handbells, Acrylic and Watercolor, Bridge, Travel, French, Creative Writing, Luncheon Speakers and Field Trips. A bonus Thursday class, Beginning Watercolor and Acrylic will meet 9 a.m.-noon. $25 for unlimited classes or visit a class for free. Register at (803) 779-4449; http://shepherdcentercolumbia.org

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2-May 7, at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Designed by Stanford University for people living with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease and mental health issues. Topics include developing an action plan to improve your health, exercising safely, healthy eating, talking to your doctor and dealing with difficult emotions. Space is limited, call (803) 898-0760 to sign up.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND: 6 p.m. April 3, room 006, USC School of Music, 813 Assembly St. Free concert will feature a performance of “The Borg Suite,” composed by New York jazz composer James Perry — a multi-movement work featuring the ensemble’s director Bryson Borgsted on saxophones, flute, clarinet and piccolo. http://sc.edu/music

BULL STREET CANDLE-LIGHT REMEMBRANCE: 6:30 p.m. April 3 at the Department of Mental Health Bull Street campus, 2100 Bull St. Columbia mental health advocacy groups will gather in front of the Babcock Building for a candle-light vigil honoring those who worked, lived, received and provided treatment at the historic site since its opening in 1828. Free, rain or shine, open to the public. (803) 779-5363

COLUMBIA OPEN STUDIOS PREVIEW PARTY: 7-10 p.m. April 3 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., 2nd floor. Meet the artists and sponsors of the tour at a reception with cash bar and refreshments. $10; members, $5. http://columbiaopenstudios.org

“THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE”: April 3-6 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 15 Mood Ave., Sumter. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. $10; students, seniors and military, $8; age 6 and younger, $6. (803) 775-2150

4th ANNUAL FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT: April 4 (rain date, April 11) at the Gibson Road Soccer Complex, 400 Duffie Drive, Lexington. Carnival with games, prizes, food and fun, 6-8 p.m. Special Needs Twilight Egg Hunt, 7 p.m.; Early Bird Egg Hunt for age 3 and younger, 7 p.m.; Flashlight Egg Hunt for age 12 and younger, 8:25 p.m. shotgun start. Free event will feature more than 100,000 plastic eggs filled with candy/prizes. Parking available at First Baptist Church, 415 Barr Road, free shuttle to site. http://lcrac.com

SUMTER JAZZ ENSEMBLE: 7 p.m. April 4 at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. All seats, $10. (803) 436-2500; http://sumtersc.gov/sumter-opera-house

SWINGIN’ AT THE BIG APPLE: 8 p.m.-midnight April 4 at the Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St. A night of dancing, history and fun, presented by the Historic Columbia Foundation and the Palmetto Swing Dance Association. Come early for the 7 p.m. swing dance lesson. $8; HCF and PSDA members, $5. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

NAMI MID-CAROLINA AWARENESS WALK: 8:30 a.m. April 5 at the Department of Mental Health Bull Street campus, 2100 Bull St. 5K walk to support education, advocacy, encourage research and fight the stigma of mental illness in South Carolina. (803) 206-2916

COLUMBIA OPEN STUDIOS: Free, self-led driving tour of Midlands artists’ working studios, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 5 and noon-6 p.m. April 6. Presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art. http://columbiaopenstudios.org

BLUEGRASS AND GOSPEL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 5 at the Sumter Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St., Sumter. Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will feature food, drinks, music and fun. Performers will include Palmetto Blue, Subject to Change Bluegras, The Hinson Girls, High Ridge Bluegrass Gospel, Southern Express Gospel and Ash Breeze. Tickets are $12, age 12 and younger admitted free with paying adult. No coolers or alcohol, please. (803) 464-4492 or email rodeo_94@hotmail.com

$1 SUNDAY AT THE STATE MUSEUM: 1-5 p.m. April 6 at 301 Gervais St. Admission is $1 the first Sunday monthly. (803) 898-4999; http://scmuseum.org

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. April 11 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Live music by the Dancetimers. Admission is $10; $7 for Lourie Center members with membership cards. Open to the public age 21 and older; BYOB and snacks; hot coffee will be provided. (803) 779-1971; http://louriecentersc.com

BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 15-May 20, at St. Martin De Porres School, 2229 Hampton St., April 2-May 7 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Designed by Stanford University for people living with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease and mental health issues. Topics include developing an action plan to improve your health, exercising safely, healthy eating, talking to your doctor and dealing with difficult emotions. Space is limited, call (803) 898-0760 to sign up.

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