Go Columbia: On the horizon, April 7

April 6, 2014 

>>> FUNDRAISERS

Queen for an evening

VISTA QUEEN 16: The 16th annual Vista Queen pageant Monday, April 7, benefiting Trustus Theatre brings out the ladies in the men who dress in drag for charity. The men willing to strut their stuff on the Thigpen Main Stage are David Laird, Jared Glover, Kristin Niemi, Kendrick Marion, John Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, and Steven Thompson. The popular event is sold out, but you can visit www.trustus.org to donate for your favorite contestant. Egg them on during the pageant on Twitter by using the hashtag ‪#ývistaqueen16‬. For those with a ticket, the bar opens at 6 p.m. and the pageant begins at 7 p.m.

>>> TOPIC

Dr. Seuss goes international

SOUTH CAROLINA READ-IN: Thursday at the State House, Main and Gervais streets. More than 1,500 students will gather between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. at the State Library parking lot, 1500 Senate St. At 10 a.m., students and international representatives in native dress will parade to the State House, led by the Benedict College drum line, with State Librarian Hulen E. Bivins, USC’s Cocky, Miss South Carolina USA, S.C. Teacher of the Year Darleen Sutton, author Karen Petit with her dog, Louise, and more. This year’s event will feature individuals representing various countries who will read the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss in their native language. http://read-in-sc.org

>>> GREEK BAKE SALE

These ladies have been cookin’

GREEK LADIES BAKE SALE AND LUNCHEON: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1931 Sumter St. The St. Katherine’s Philoptochos Society’s 67th annual event will feature chicken souvlakia plates for $8; new this year: pastitsio (seasoned ground beef layered with noodles and topped with a Bechamel sauce) plates, $8; Greek salad with bread and tea, $6. The bake sale offers too many homemade Greek pastries, cookies and cakes to list and they’ll also be selling custom Easter baskets and small pans of frozen spanakopita. Call ahead for dinner pickup, 4-6 p.m.; orders will be taken 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through noon Thursday. 803-252-6758, ext. 4; fax 803-254-6197 or order from http://stkatherinesphiloptochos.org

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