Community calendar for April 7

April 7, 2014 

MONDAY

USC 2014 PHOTOGRAPHY BFA JUNIOR EXHIBITION: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday at City Art Gallery, 1224 Lincoln St. “Montage” features the works of students enrolled in the Department of Art’s photography exhibition course. Closing reception 5-7 p.m.. (803) 252-3613

TUESDAY

FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Admission is $1 the second Tuesday of the month. (803) 779-3100; http://edventure.org

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 will look at Main Street, business and commerce. $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

“OUR LIVES OUR VOICES OUR MUSIC”: 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center, Benedict College. The production, directed and written by Benedict professor of theater, Charles David Brooks III, will feature the Benedict Fine Arts Department and the Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are $3 and will be available at the door.

WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY SHRED EVENT: 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at SAFE FCU, 5388 Augusta Road, Lexington. Protect your identity by destroying personal documents; limit four boxes. Also accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank and Food for the Soul.

“OUR LIVES OUR VOICES OUR MUSIC”: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center, Benedict College. The production, directed and written by Benedict professor of theater, Charles David Brooks III, will feature the Benedict Fine Arts Department and the Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are $3 and will be available at the door.

THURSDAY

MIDLANDS PLANT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the State Farmers Market, 3485 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. More than 130 booths offering plants, lawn furniture, yard art and whatever else you need to beautiful your lawn and garden. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a wagon. (803) 394-9831; http://agriculture.sc.gov

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, South Carolina 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

S.C. SPECIAL OLYMPICS AREA 7 SPRING GAMES: Thursday at White Knoll High School, 5643 Platt Springs Road, Lexington (athletic fields on the left of the school building). Multiple track and field events featuring more than 700 athletes from 39 schools in Lexington Districts 1-5. Opening ceremonies with torch run and cauldron lighting at 10 a.m.; games continue until 1:30 p.m. (803) 404-5519

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 souvlaki 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 pick-up, 4-6 p.m.; orders will be taken 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through noon Thursday. (803) 252-6758, ext. 4; fax 254-6197 or order from http://stkatherinesphiloptochos.org. Proceeds will benefit local, national and international charities.

LUNCH AND LEARN LECTURE: “A Reason to Smile,” 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Dr. Robert Holland, DMD, will discuss the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques. A prosthodontist, Dr. Holland specializes in the restoration and recplacement of teeth. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. (803) 779-1971, ext. 12; http:louriecentersc.com

JENKS FARMER BOOK PREMIERE: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Farmer will discuss “Deep-Rooted Wisdom,” which explores the evolution of gardening. Guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments, meet the author and purchase books. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Admission, $10. (803) 799-8717; http://riverbanks.org

CHAMPAGNE AND PEARLS — AN EVENING WITH MIKIMOTO: Thursday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Aaron C. Reed, SVP at Mikimoto (America) Ltd., shares the story of one man’s quest to uncover the secret of the cultured pearl. Doors open at 6 p.m., the lecture starts at 6:15; a champagne and scotch reception will follow, along with a Mikimoto trunk show. $40; CMA members, $30. http://columbiamuseum.org

“GODSPELL JR.”: 7 p.m. Thursday through April 12 at the Columbia Children’s Theatre, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, second floor. $10; seniors and active duty military, $8. Double feature matinee at 3 p.m. April 13 with “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown,” $15. http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com

“OUR LIVES OUR VOICES OUR MUSIC”: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center, Benedict College. The production, directed and written by Benedict professor of theater, Charles David Brooks III, will feature the Benedict Fine Arts Department and the Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are $3 and will be available at the door.

HISTORIC COLUMBIA’S CEMETERY TOURS: The second Thursday of each month, April through September at Elmwood Cemetery. The Secrets from the Grave tour starts before dark at 7:30 p.m. to allow attendees to study the iconography symbols found on so many of the markers and headstone in the cemetery. Moonlight Cemetery Tours, at 8 and 8:30 p.m., will examine the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. $12; age 17 and younger, $6; HC members $8 and $4. Tickets available at (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; http://historiccolumbia.org or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

“A MIXED BAG”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Red Bank United Methodist Church, 2909 Old Barnwell Road. Performances by soprano Tina Stallard, Greater Columbia Children’s and Chamber Choir, Chamber Choir of Kershaw County and the Dreher High School Choir. Part of the Light the Way Concert Series, proceeds will benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. Tickets are $20; students and seniors, $10. http://lightthewaysc.com

FRIDAY

MIDLANDS PLANT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, at the State Farmers Market, 3485 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. More than 130 booths offering plants, lawn furniture, yard art and whatever else you need to beautiful your lawn and garden. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a wagon. (803) 394-9831; http://agriculture.sc.gov

HISTORIC COLUMBIA GARDENING SYMPOSIUM: “Growing Your Gardening Skills,” Friday and Saturday. Reception and presentation by Amanda McNulty, host of SCETV’s “Making It Grow,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Senate’s End, 316 Senate St. Gardening workshops will be held Saturday at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1618 Blanding St., beginning at 9 a.m.; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants will rotate through all three 45-minute workshops in small groups allowing for more personal interaction and attention. Offerings will be Discovering the Hidden Potential of Your Garden, Successful Container Gardening and Choosing Plants that Thrive in the Midlands. Vendors and garden pros will be onsite Saturday; following the workshops, Historic Columbia’s horticulture staffers will guide participants through the newest garden at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Registration is $45 for one day, $75 for both days; HC members, $40/$65. (803) 252-1770, ext. 27; http://historiccolumbia.org

“GODSPELL JR.”: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Columbia Children’s Theatre, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, second floor. $10; seniors and active duty military, $8. Double feature matinee at 3 p.m. April 13 with “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown,” $15. http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com

“OUR LIVES OUR VOICES OUR MUSIC”: 7 p.m. Friday at the Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center, Benedict College. The production, directed and written by Benedict professor of theater, Charles David Brooks III, will feature the Benedict Fine Arts Department and the Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are $3 and will be available at the door.

KEMOPALOOZA: 7-11 p.m. Friday 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. Friday 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

SATURDAY

MIDLANDS PLANT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the State Farmers Market, 3485 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. More than 130 booths offering plants, lawn furniture, yard art and whatever else you need to beautiful your lawn and garden. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a wagon. (803) 394-9831; http://agriculture.sc.gov

HISTORIC COLUMBIA GARDENING SYMPOSIUM: “Growing Your Gardening Skills,” gardening workshops 9 a.m. Saturday at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1618 Blanding St.; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants will rotate through all three 45-minute workshops in small groups allowing for more personal interaction and attention. Offerings will be Discovering the Hidden Potential of Your Garden, Successful Container Gardening and Choosing Plants that Thrive in the Midlands. Vendors and garden pros will be onsite following the workshops, Historic Columbia’s horticulture staffers will guide participants through the newest garden at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Registration is $45; Historic Columbia members, $40. (803) 252-1770, ext. 27; http://historiccolumbia.org

HISTORY DAY: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. The day will feature military and civilian re-enactors, archeology presentations and crafts, history movies, C.S.S. Hunley discussions, Gullah folk music presentation (and participation). Dr. Mary Ann Solesbee, author of the Sal and Amanda children’s book series will be reading from (and signing copies) of her latest, “Sal and Amanda Take Morgan’s Victory March to the Battle of Cowpens.” Free with museum admission or membership. http://scmuseum.org/events

FREE COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave. Blood pressure, blood sugar checks, spinal screenings, rapid HIV/STD screenings, sickle cell testing, dental exams, prostate cancer testing, disease management education and workshops, breast self-exam instruction, first aid classes, fire safety/prevention workshops and more. Children’s activities, health and life insurance vendors, home health care agencies, marketplace vendor, retail and food vendors. Sponsored by the Nurse DiVas and Nurse DONS Wellness Foundation. http://nursedivas.biz/

“IT’S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN”: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Children’s Theatre, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, second floor. $10; seniors and active duty military, $8. Double feature matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday with “Godspell Jr.,” $15. http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com

“OUR LIVES OUR VOICES OUR MUSIC”: 3 p.m. Saturday at the Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center, Benedict College. The production, directed and written by Benedict professor of theater, Charles David Brooks III, will feature the Benedict Fine Arts Department and the Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are $3 and will be available at the door.

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Free food, games, crafts, bounce house, music, prizes, Egg Drop contest and Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. Bring your own baskets and a friend. (803) 788-1858; http://windsorumc.org

BLUEGRASS ON THE LAWN: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Arts at Shandon event will feature barbecue and the Blue Iguanas bluegrass band. Bring your blanket or folding chair (if it rains, head to the Activity Center). Concert, $8; concert with barbecue dinner, $15; age 10 and younger, $10; immediate family, maximum of $65. (803) 771-4497

“GODSPELL JR.”: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Children’s Theatre, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, second floor. $10; seniors and active duty military, $8. Double feature matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday with “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown,” $15. http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com

SUNDAY

MIDLANDS PLANT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the State Farmers Market, 3485 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. More than 130 booths offering plants, lawn furniture, yard art and whatever else you need to beautify your lawn and garden. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a wagon. (803) 394-9831; http://agriculture.sc.gov

SECOND SUNDAY STROLL: Historic Columbia guided walking tour of the Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood, 2 p.m. Sunday. Meet at Hollywood Park, 300 S. Gregg St. $8; youth, $5; HC members, free. Reserve your spot by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or http://historiccolumbia.org

AN AFTERNOON WITH STEINWAY SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday at Rice Music House, Village at Sandhill. An afternoon of jazz will feature Bert Ligon, director of jazz studies at the University of South Carolina, accompanied by Craig Butterfield, bass and Marc Widenhofer, drums. Free, but seating is limited; RSVP at http://ricemusichouse.com

CCT YOUTHEATRE COMPANY: “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” and “Godspell Jr.” 3 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Children’s Theatre, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, second floor. Tickets are $15. http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com

SUNDAYS AT LOWMAN CONCERT SERIES: Pianist Andrew Sohn, 3 p.m. Sunday in New Life Chapel on the Heritage at Lowman campus, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Free and open to the public; a reception will follow the performance. (803) 451-7414

EASTER IN SPRINGDALE: 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Felton C. Benton Park, Platt Springs and Lee roads (next to Town Hall). Free and open to the public the event will feature an egg hunt, bounce house, refreshments, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more.

SLOW FOOD AT INDIE GRITS: Sustainable Chefs Showcase potlock and party, 3-6 p.m. Sunday at 771 Whaley St. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres featuring at least one locally, sustainably produced major ingredient; music; cash bar. Tickets are $20; Slow Food and Nickelodeon members, $15; admission for foodies who bring a dish (about 20 small portions) made with at least one sustainable, local ingredient, $10. http://indiegrits.com

COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS: “Le Jardin de Monsieur Lully (The Garden of Mr. Lully),” 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Spears Fine Arts Center concert hall, Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. Guest artists John Lenti, Daniel Gainey, Mary Hostetler Hoyt and Erika Cutler join the ensemble to perform excerpts from Jean-Baptiste Lully’s opera “Armide” plus compositions by two of his proteges, Marais and Rebel. Advance tickets are $15; $18 at the door, student with ID, free. (803) 727-8555; http://columbiabaroque.com

BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO: Contemporary jazz performance, 7 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. $35 (orchestra and box seats); balcony tickets, $30. (803) 436-2500; http://sumtersc.gov/sumter-opera-house

UPCOMING EVENTS

NATURE CRAFTS: 9-11 a.m. April 15 and 17 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road, picnic shelter #5. Participants will make bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed. Designed for all ages, no registration required. Free with park admission, $2 for adults; S.C. residents age 65 and older, disabled or S.C. National Guard, $1.25; age 15 and younger, free (adults must accompany children 15 and younger). (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.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.

PERSONAL SAFETY CLASS: 6-8:30 p.m. April 15 at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department training center, 541 Gibson Road, Lexington. Free class is designed specifically for females age 16 and older. Crime prevention officer Sgt. Diane Paavel will show participants how to enhance their personal safety at home and at work and how to protect themselves when approached by strangers. Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes; teens must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Class is limited to 20 participants, so register by calling (803) 785-2504 or email dpaavel@lcsd.sc.gov

THE LIVING LAST SUPPER: 7 p.m. April 15-17 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bull and Blanding streets. The St. Paul’s Players will bring Leonardo da Vinci’s painting to life, depicting what Jesus and his disciples might have said as their shared their last meal together. Holy Communion will follow. Free; large groups may make reservations by calling (803) 779-0030

HIKE WITH A RANGER: 10 a.m. April 16 on the newly resurfaced 2-mile Sandhills Trail at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Designed for all ages, the trail is stroller-friendly. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for the weather. Free with park admission, $2; S.C. residents age 65 and older, disabled or S.C. National Guard, $1.25; age 15 and younger, free (adults must accompany children 15 and younger). Registration deadline is Saturday. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

KIDS DAY IX: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 16 at Wingard’s Nursery & Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Fun day for kindergarten and elementary school children, or for anyone who enjoys our abundant wildlife. Folks from Carolina Wildlife Center will introduce the animals being rehabilitated, check out the Bee Trail Farm bee colonies, children will have the opportunity to plant (and take home) a tomato plant and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will have a static equipment display. A $5 donation per person to benefit Carolina Wildlife Center will be collected upon arrival. Stick around after Kids Day for a concrete stepping stone workshop; $25 includes materials. (803) 359-9091; http://wingardsnursery.com

WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES: 6:30 p.m. April 17 at the State House, Main and Assembly streets. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and an after-party at the Tin Roof gets under way at 8 p.m. Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands organizes the annual fundraiser to support survivors of sexual violence. Men and boys don heels and platform shoes for the walk to get a sense of what survivors experience navigating legal and medical systems after an assault as well as dealing with the personal trauma resulting from an assault. Women and children may participate as well, registration is free for age 12 and younger. Guys, if you can’t find anything flattering in a size 13 or aren’t sure how to women walk in those things, check out http://stsm.org/tips-walking-her-shoes

NATURE CRAFTS: 9-11 a.m. April 17 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road, picnic shelter #5. Participants will make bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed. Designed for all ages, no registration required. Free with park admission, $2 for adults; S.C. residents age 65 and older, disabled or S.C. National Guard, $1.25; age 15 and younger, free (adults must accompany children 15 and younger). (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

S’MORES NIGHT AT SESQUI: 7-8 p.m. April 19 in the campground at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9405 Two Notch Road. Open to all registered campers; ingredients will be provided while supplies last. Free with park admission. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

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