Community calendar for March 27

March 27, 2014 

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. (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

“THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIR(L)Y (STOOPID) TALES”: Friday through April 6 at Columbia Children’s Theatre, Suite 57, 3400 Forest Drive (Richland Mall). Kent Stephens’ musical takes the audience on a riotous trip through fairy tale land where familiar characters and events collide in unexpected and humorous ways. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. A special “Late Night Date Night” performance for adults with cash bar will be 8 p.m. April 4. Tickets are $10 for age 3 through adult; seniors and active duty military, $8; 7 p.m. Saturday performances are $5. Advance tickets available at (803) 691-4548; http://columbiachildrenstheatre.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. (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

“THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIR(L)Y (STOOPID) TALES”: 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, Suite 57, 3400 Forest Drive (Richland Mall). Kent Stephens’ musical takes the audience on a riotous trip through fairy tale land where familiar characters and events collide in unexpected and humorous ways. Tickets are $10 for age 3 through adult; seniors and active duty military, $8; 7 p.m. performance will be $5. Advance tickets available at (803) 691-4548; http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com

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

USC CHAMBER MUSIC DAY: High school quartets will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Competition will be judged by the Parker Quartet, USC’s Quartet-in-Residence. An “audience favorite” prize will also be awarded. http://sc.edu/music

“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

“THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIR(L)Y (STOOPID) TALES”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, Suite 57, 3400 Forest Drive (Richland Mall). Kent Stephens’ musical takes the audience on a riotous trip through fairy tale land where familiar characters and events collide in unexpected and humorous ways. Tickets are $10 for age 3 through adult; seniors and active duty military, $8. Advance tickets available at (803) 691-4548; http://columbiachildrenstheatre.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. (803) 775-2150

PARKER QUARTET RECITAL: 5 p.m. Sunday at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 413 Assembly St. The university’s Quartet-in-Residence will perform Jeremy Gill’s “Capriccio” and Quartet No. 9 by Dmitri Shostakovich. http://sc.edu/music

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 music 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

TUESDAY

CHILDREN’S CONCERT: 10 a.m. Tuesday 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 through May 6 at the Seibels House & Garden, 1601 Richland St. Tuesday’s 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. Tuesday 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

WEDNESDAY

“HELLO, DOLLY!”: Wednesday through April 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART: Touring and Tasting, 6 p.m. April 3 at 1515 Main St. Doug Aylard from Vino Garage will introduce Asian-inspired wines and Japanese sakes, followed by a guided tour of the museum’s “Japan and the Jazz Age” art deco exhibit. $65; CMA members, $55. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org

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

“HELLO, DOLLY!”: 7:30 p.m. April 3-5 and 3 p.m. April 6 in the Westwood High School auditorium, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood. Inaugural Blythewood Community Theater production. 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.

“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

PALMETTO OPERA: 8 p.m. April 4 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Three internationally acclaimed American singers (Walter Cuttino, Diana Amos and Jacob Will) headline the performance of Puccini, Gilbert and Sullivan and popular Broadway classics. Part of the Baker and Baker: Art of Music series. Happy Hour begins at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m.; cash bar. Tickets are $10; CMA members, $8; students, $5. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org

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

FLAMENCO DANCE CLASSES WITH LIVE GUITAR: 7-8 p.m. Fridays, April 4-25 at Harbison Recreation Center, 106 Hillpine Road. $48 for four classes or you can drop in any Friday at $15 per class. Email onagler@sc.rr.com for more information.

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

STATE MUSEUM STAR PARTY: Two-day stargazing celebration, 7:30-10 p.m. April 4 and 5. Congaree National Park’s Cedar Creek Boat Landing will be the site of the April 4 event. The park is at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Stop by the Hunter Gatherer, 900 Main St. for the April 5 party. Both are free and open to the public. http://scmuseum.org

“THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIR(L)Y (STOOPID) TALES”: April 4-6 at Columbia Children’s Theatre, Suite 57, 3400 Forest Drive (Richland Mall). Kent Stephens’ musical takes the audience on a riotous trip through fairy tale land where familiar characters and events collide in unexpected and humorous ways. A special “Late Night Date Night” performance for adults with cash bar will be 8 p.m. April 4; April 5 performances at 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m.; 3 p.m. April 6. Tickets are $10 for age 3 through adult; seniors and active duty military, $8. The 7 p.m. April 5 performance will be $5. Advance tickets available at (803) 691-4548; http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com

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

SPRING COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5 at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. Entertainment, children’s activities, sports competitions, foreclosure prevention and fair housing clinic, health information and voter registration. Sponsored by the Richland Northeast High School Improvement Council.

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING: 10 a.m.-noon April 5 at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1500 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Shred360 will be on site, accepting office quality paper products. No hazardous materials, metals or plastics. Staples, paper clips, binders and notebooks are acceptable materials and don’t have to be separated. (803) 794-8180

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 Bluegrass, 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

WILD GAME DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION: 6-10 p.m. April 5 at Old McCaskill Farm, 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert. Dinner, live bluegrass by FairJam and cash bar. Tickets are $35; couples, $65 — available at First Community Bank, Mid Carolina Credit Union or First Citizens Bank in Kershaw County. Proceeds will benefit the West Wateree Rotary Club scholarship fund for graduating Lugoff-Elgin High School seniors. (803) 427-6320 or email amys@kershawcountylibrary.org

“RUNAWAY RUNWAY”: 8 p.m. April 5 at Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Competitive fashion show in which designers re-imagine post-consumer trash into creative, sustainable fashion treasures. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the live fashion show co-hosted by Katrina Blanding and Cyrus Frakes; in-show entertainment will be provided by designers, models, electronica duo We Roll Like Mad Men and DJ Goldfngr. The fundraiser allows the Columbia Design League (a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate) to bring speakers from around the nation and around the corner to engage, challenge and inspire appreciation of the impact of design on our lives. General admission tickets are $25; Show Level tickets are available for $75 and include floor access, refreshments, wine and beer and after-party admission. http://columbiadesignleague.org

$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

SONYA WHITE’S ALL ABOUT ENGLISH GARDENS: 3-4:30 p.m. April 6 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 301 W. Liberty St., Winnsboro. Music by Susan Douglass Taylor, refreshments by the Cornwallis House Tea Company, Summer Day Gift Shop, Hay Hill Garden Market (plants) and Fairfield County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer plant and gardening questions. $25 donation to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation. (803) 608-5510 or email foundation@fairfieldmemorial.com

MASSING OF THE COLORS: 3 p.m. April 6 at the Scottish Rite Center, 7230 Garners Ferry Road. Patriotic ceremony will feature military units, ROTC and JROTC units, veterans groups, Boy and Girl Scouts and other youth groups presenting their colors. Guest speaker will be Medal of Honor recipient retired Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston.

KEMOPALOOZA: 7-11 p.m. April 11 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Sponsored by the Palmetto Health Foundation, the event raises funds and awareness for Camp Kemo programs of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital with music, food and a silent auction. This year’s event will feature entertainment by Prettier Than Matt and the A-Town A-List band. Tickets are $40; couples, $70; or you can purchase a Pay It Forward ticket for $40; the ticket will be donated to a family with a child undergoing cancer treatment. http://kemopalooza.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., 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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