RALLY FOR OUR VETERANS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday in front of the State House, Main and Gervais streets. The rally will focus on veterans’ access to physical and mental health care, spousal benefits and programs for homeless veterans. Keynote speaker will be S.C. National Guard Capt. Michael Haley, first gentleman of South Carolina. (803) 576-1906
FREE DO-IT-YOURSELF DIVORCE WORKSHOP: 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Cayce-West Columbia Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. South Carolina Legal Services can show you how to file your own divorce if you have been separated for at least one year; you have no minor children; have no property or debts to be divided and are not seeking alimony. Reservations only, call (803) 799-9668.
MEET THE CIDER MAKER: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday at Flying Saucer Columbia, 931 Senate St. Tasting and food pairings with brew master and cider maker John Matson of Woodchuck Hard Cider. $25, U.F.O. Club members, $20; includes flight of ciders (chocolate, mint, amber, pear and Magners) and access to barbecue style buffet with meat selections cooked in Woodchuck ciders. Tickets will be entered into an 8 p.m. raffle for Woodchuck camping packs. (803) 933-9997; http://beerknurd.com/stores/columbia
EARTH DAY PROGRAM: 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, 6500 N. Trenholm Road. “Peace and Harmony with Nature,” presented by Amanda McNulty of ETV’s “Making it Grow.” (803) 787-5672, (803) 738-0865
LEFT BANK BIG BAND: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Concert will feature big band music of saxophone great (and former Columbia resident) Chris Potter, the music of Horace Silver as arranged by graduate student Wesley Day and Percy Grainger’s South Carolina premiere of “Grainger Suite.” Free. http://sc.edu/music
WALK@LUNCH DAY: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the State House, Main and Gervais streets. National Walk@Lunch Day encourages community members to use their lunch break as a time to increase healthy behavior; there will be opportunities to walk designated paths and visit with various health and wellness vendors. Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
ROOFTOP RHYTHMS: 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday on the rooftop of Richland Mall, Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive. Free, family-friendly event will feature children’s activities, live music and far from local restaurants (beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for sale — cash only, please). This week’s performance will feature the Tams, 6-9 p.m.; bring your lawn chairs and blankets, no coolers or pets. Hosted and funded by the City of Forest Acres. http://farooftop.com
RENOVATION RODEO: Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society will host a tour of a home in Shandon, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. The series takes participants through old homes in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the house. Address and location details will be sent to registrants the day before the event. Members, free; nonmembers, $5; includes light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. RSVP at http://historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-7742, ext. 11.
FIVE AFTER FIVE CONCERT SERIES: Brave Baby performs Thursday from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Five Points fountain, Saluda Avenue and Harden Street. Free and open to all ages. Family friendly activities such as bubbles and sidewalk chalk will be available for kids. http://fivepointscolumbia.com
“THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE”: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at LRADAC, 2711 Colonial Drive. Free screening of a documentary about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Sponsored by FAVOR (Faces and Voices of Recovery) of the Midlands. 803) 739-5712
MADAME MAGAR’S FASHION FETE: 7-10 p.m. Thursday at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., second floor. Finale of Madame Magar’s Workshop installation with a fashion performance featuring Leigh Magar’s Mill Collection, party and live music. Reception admission, $5 donation; CCA members, free. http://701cca.org
SANDLAPPER SINGERS: “Portraits of Americans,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Spring program will focus on images of Americans and their musical and cultural roots. Highlights will include a display of photographic works and images of everyday Americans, and the voices of the Lexington High Chamber Singers. $15; (803) 381-5481; http://sandlappersingers.org
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Guest artist will be violinist Catherine Cho. The program will feature Felix Mendelssohn’s “Concerto for Violin, op. 64 in E minor”; Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town: Three Dance Episodes” and Alberto Ginastera’s “Estancia: Four Dances.” $30; senior citizens, USC faculty and staff, $25; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com
CREATIVE JOURNEY: Veterans art group, 10 a.m.-noon Fridays at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Resources in painting and pottery to those combat veterans who would like to channel their energies. Free, all supplies are provided. (803) 545-3093; email firstname.lastname@example.org
“TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER”: 10 a.m. Friday at The Township, 1703 Taylor St. Narrated children’s ballet will feature the Carolina Ballet junior and apprentice companies. Tickets are $10.50. (803) 576-2350; http://thetownship.org. Discount for reservations of groups of 10 or more, (803) 771-6303
SOUTHERN y — EMBRACING THE SLOW PACE OF DESIGN: 6-8 p.m. Friday at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St. Southern artists Sally Peek, Laura Ray and Leigh Magar, who embrace the new “slow design” ethos, talk about the growing influence of locally designed and made fashion. Free. (803) 779-4571; http://701cca.org
10th ANNUAL COLOR THE ARTS: 6-9 p.m. Friday at First Citizens Plaza, Main and Lady streets. Mini arts festival will feature a juried art show and sale, silent auction, jazz by international recording artist Mark Rapp, food from Blue Marlin, beer and wine from Vino Garage and some surprises. Presenting sponsor is SCE&G and First Citizens Bank is providing the venue. Advance tickets are $50; $60 at the door. A preview of the artists featured in the show and sale may be seen at http://colorthearts.info. Proceeds will support the Arts Fund of the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties. (803) 799-3115
MUSIC AT SANDHILL PRESENTED BY GROW FINANCIAL CREDIT UNION: 7-9 p.m. Friday on Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill, Two Notch and Clemson roads. The Root Doctors kick off the season; balloon artist Nick Propst and free rides and games will begin at 6 p.m.
SANDLAPPER SINGERS: “Portraits of Americans,” 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Spring program will focus on images of Americans and their musical and cultural roots. Highlights will include a display of photographic works and images of everyday Americans, and the voices of the Lexington High Chamber Singers. $15; (803) 381-5481; http://sandlappersingers.org
PASS-ALONG PLANT SWAP: 9-11 a.m. Saturday in the Rosewood Market parking lot, 2803 Rosewood Drive. Bring annuals, perennials, herbs, trees, ground cover, vines, bulbs, veggies, etc., to swap for something new. Please identify/label the plants you bring. A representative from the S.C. Native Plant Society is scheduled to attend. Email email@example.com for more information.
WOMEN’S CAR CARE SEMINAR: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Suddeth Automotive, 1410 N. Millwood Ave. Held in conjunction with the National Car Care Council’s “Be Car Care Aware” education campaign, the class is designed to give women the knowledge they need to take charge of their vehicle’s maintenance needs. Seminar will include demonstrations, hands-on section and Q&A period. Each participant will receive a goodie bag and a chance to win free door prizes including gas cards, car washes and more. Free, but advance registration is required. (803) 256-2110; http://suddethauto.com
KIDS DAY OF LEXINGTON: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Virginia Hylton Park, 111 Maiden Lane (behind Lexington Town Hall). Free event will focus on educating families on health, safety and environmental issues. Hosted by Palmetto Chiropractic Center, there will be spinal, speech, dental and hearing screenings, child ID kits, Internet safety tips, bike safety clinics, children’s activities, live entertainment, food and more. All proceeds raised will benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and Dickerson Center for Children. (803) 356-8554
EAU CLAIRE FEST: 11 a.m. Saturday at North Main Street and Monticello Road. Free community festival will feature 5K fun run, Fonky Fest Parade, Senior Village, KidZone, Main Street Marketplace and five entertainment stages. Sponsored by the Eau Claire Community Council and the City of Columbia. http://eauclairefest.com
S.C. TURKISH CULTURAL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the South Carolina Dialogue Foundation, 909 Shull St., West Columbia. Folk dance and folk music by Alaatin Canbay, Ebru art, gift lottery, food and other Turkish delights. (803) 386-4377; http://scdialogue.org
WUSC-FM JAMBOREE: 12:30-10 p.m. Saturday at El Burrito, 934 Harden St. The student-run radio station at the University of South Carolina welcomes acts from all over the east coast with Vacationer headlining the event; local acts will include fk mt., MyBrother MySister, One Two Skidoo and Charleston’s Heyrocco; $8. http://wusc.sc.edu
SCOUT SATURDAY — EARTH DAY EDITION: 1 p.m. Saturday at Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Daisy, Brownie, Junior Scouts and Cub Scouts can earn credits towards badge requirements, achievements and electives. Programs begin with a brief interactive educational program including up-close animal encounters, games and other activities. Materials are provided for a self-guided adventure in the zoo. $10 per Scout (zoo admission not included). Register at http://riverbanks.org
FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. The 1940s big band Blue Serenade Orchestra and the Southern Bronze hand bell ensemble will perform music of American composers Irvin Berlin, Henry Mancini and Leroy Anderson. (803) 788-5795
ROB CROSBY & WRITERS IN THE ROUND: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. Singer-songwriters trade songs and the stories behind them. $25-$50. (803) 436-2500; http://sumtersc.gov/sumter-opera-house.aspx
TCHAIKOVSKY FESTIVAL: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Township, 1703 Taylor St. Carolina Ballet repertory program of classical dance will feature “The Seasons” and “Swan Lake (Act II).” Reserved seating, orchestra/first balcony, adults, $20.50; students (through college), $10.50. (803) 576-2350; http://thetownship.org
EARTH SUNDAY CELEBRATION: 9:45-11 a.m. Sunday at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, 6500 N. Trenholm Road. Interactive exhibits for all ages with educators from local environmental groups (entering the walkway facing Rockbridge Road). Gardens tour will feature the Kids’ Garden, which donates all produce grown to Harvest Hope Food Bank; the SCWF Habitat Garden and the Rain Garden. (803) 738-0865
7th ANNUAL GREATER COLUMBIA RECORD FAIR: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. East Coast record enthusiasts will be selling records of all types — common to ultra rare. DJ’s will be members of the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul. Free, but beer and food vendors will be on hand. http://columbiamuseum.org
NEFERTITI’S GOLDEN SPA: 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Unlocking the beauty secrets of ancient Egypt, event will include recipes for beauty treatments, goodie bag, spa-style refreshments and beverages. Golden Spa tickets are $12; museum members, $10. Tickets include museum general admission and the “Tutankhamun, Return of the King,” exhibit, which is being held over until June 1. Advance purchase is recommended. http://scmuseum.org/events
WINTHROP UNIVERSITY CHAMBER SINGERS: 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bull and Blanding streets. Free concert will feature selections from the Renaissance to the present day.
USC WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT: 6 p.m. Sunday on the USC Horseshoe, 900 Sumter St. The free event will feature light concert music, marches and patriotic selections. Lawn chairs and picnics welcome. http://sc.edu/music
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER CLASS: 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 28-May 21 at Richland 2’s Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Hands-on class for the complete beginner. Class limited to 10 participants. $60; age 60 and older, $30. Register by calling (803) 736-8787, ext. 25103
CMA CHAMBER MUSIC ON MAIN: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Season finale will feature artistic director Edward Arron, cello; Jeewon Park, piano; Yosuke Kawaski, violin; perfomring compositions by Bach, shostakovich and Mendelssohn. Presented by U.S. Trust. $40; CMA members, $30; students, $5. Happy hour, 6 p.m., cash bar. http://columbiamuseum.org
HAPPY HOUR HISTORY TOURS: 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays in May. Historic Columbia guided tours meet in the Publix parking lot on Gervais Street, exploring the history of the Congaree Vista, a residential, light industrial, mercantile and transportation district. $25; Historic Columbia members, $20 (includes cocktails at Saki Tumi and appetizers along the way). Reserve a spot by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at http://historiccolumbia.org
COLUMBIA GREEN GARDEN TOURS: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 2 and 3. Eight private gardens in the “Upper Heathwood” area bordered by Tanglewood Road, Devereaux Road and Belmont Drive will be open to visitors. Meet at Heahtwood Park, 800 Abelia Road. Tickets are $35; Columbia Green members, $20 (includes tea, exhibition and sale of garden related crafts at Heathwood Park, 11:30-2;30 p.m. both days. http://columbiagreen.org
COLUMBIA CITY BALLET SOIREE: “Louisville Derby Days,” 7:30 p.m. May 2 at City Art Gallery, 1224 Lincoln St. Fundraiser for CCB’s Educational Outreach Program will feature live bluegrass, sponsor horse race, specialty cocktails and other horsing around. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. (803) 799-7605; http://columbiacityballet.com
PROSPERITY’S HOPPIN’: 8 a.m. May 3, downtown Prosperity, 250 School Drive. Non-competitive 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run sponsored by the Town of Prosperity and Lovelace Family Medicine. Run/walk pre-registration, $20; fun run, $10; includes T-shirt if received by Friday. Race day registration will be $25 for the run, $20 for the walk and $10 for the fun run. Register at http://strictlyrunning.com
NAPA FEST 2014: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3 at NAPA Auto Parts, 2255 Airport Blvd., Cayce. Trophies, door prizes, 50/25/25 cash drawing, oldies music, dash plaques. Pre-registration, $15, ends Monday; day of the show, $20 (registration ends at noon). Sponsored by the Columbia Classic Chevy Club; (803) 957-9737. Entry forms at http://clubs.hemmings.com/columbiaclassicchevyclub. Rain date, May 17.
THIRSTY FELLOW BOCCE TOURNAMENT: 10 a.m. May 3 at Thirsty Fellow, 621 Gadsden St. (USC field at Greene and Gadsden streets). Four-member teams, $350. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Each participating team will receive free breakfast, lunch and the guarantee of playing a minimum of three games in a round-robin format. All proceeds will benefit the more than 22,000 S.C. Special Olympics athletes in the form of training, equipment and uniforms. (803) 404-5511; http://so-sc.org
BUTTERFLY WALK: 10 a.m.-noon May 3 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Explore the park in search of resident butterflies while learning about these graceful insects. Meet at the park office and dress for the outdoors. Binoculars and field guides are optional. $5; seniors and age 15 and younger, $3 (includes park admission); Park Passport Plus holders, free. Adults must accompany children age 15 and younger. Pre-registration required, deadline is April 30. (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
“COME SEE YOUR ARMY” TOUR: 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 8 at Fort Jackson. Open to age 13 and older. Participants will attend a basic training graduation, watch soldiers train, learn to shoot the M16A3 simulator and eat in an Army dining facility. Lunch is $4.65; reservations are required by Tuesday. (803) 751-1474