Things to do and see in the Midlands, May 30-June 5

May 30, 2014 

Friday, May 30

Don’t miss the East Coast Entertainment Band Bash, 6-11 p.m. Friday at Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. The free outdoor concert, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the entertainment agency’s Columbia office, will feature the Finesse Band, Men of Distinction and Right to Party. (803) 957-7744, ext. 2

Calling all history buffs! Check out new updates to the State Museum’s permanent “Civil War in South Carolina” exhibit, on display Friday at 301 Gervais St. Items added to the exhibit will focus on South Carolina’s coast, specifically Port Royal, Charleston and the Union blockade of Charleston Harbor. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for age 2 and younger. (803) 898-4921; www.scmuseum.org

The Columbia Blowfish take on the Fayetteville Swampdogs, 7:05 p.m. Friday at Capital City Stadium, 301 S. Assembly St. Dress like characters from Disney’s Frozen for a chance to win Blowfish prizes. The evening also will feature fireworks. Tickets are $5-$7. www.blowfishbaseball.com

Experience a tale as old as time at the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children and free for ages 3 and younger. (803) 345-6181; www.icrc.net

Saturday, May 31

Lace up your running shoes for Run Red Bank, Saturday at the Lexington Family YMCA, 401 YMCA Road, Lexington. The Fun Run (for ages 12 and younger) begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K and 10K at 8:30 a.m. Families and runners of all skill levels are welcome. A $75 prize will be award to the men’s and women’s winners. Entry fees are $10 for Fun Run, $35 for the 5K and $40 for the 10K (on race day). www.columbiaymca.org

Get moving at the Let’s Move! End of School Bash, 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Drew Wellness Center Greenway, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Enjoy a community cookout, scavenger hunt, line dancing, face painting, exhibitors, prizes, games, music, and a “Meet, Greet and Play” with former Gamecock football and NFL players. The event is free. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net

Kick back at Rhythm on the River, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road. Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor will perform a jam session featuring Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. The concert is free. In case of rain, the event will move to Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. http://rhythmontheriversc.com

Plan a day trip to the Newberry Spring Garden and Art Tour, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Participants will explore five private gardens and the Wells Japanese Garden. Each area will feature an exhibit by a local artist. Tickets are $15. Sponsored by the Newberry Chamber of Commerce. Tickets can be purchased at www.newberryoperahouse.com. (803) 276-4274

The Newberry Opera House Guild will host a Shag and Line Dance, 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Friend Building in downtown Newberry. Dance the night away with music from The Headliners, games, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $40; all proceeds benefit the Newberry Opera House. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

Sunday, June 1

If you’re looking for something to do with the family, take advantage of $1 Sunday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Hours are 1-5 p.m. See two temporary exhibits, “Mama, Let’s Make a Moon” and “The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina,” as well as the “Ultimate Tut” movie at 1:30 p.m. (803) 898-4921; www.scmuseum.org

Tuesday, June 3

Kershaw County Library kicks off the opening of its community garden, “The Growing Plot,” 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Camden Library, 1304 Broad St. Children five and younger will make seed necklaces that sprout while being worn. The garden is part of the library’s Book to Action project, featuring “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. www.kershawcountylibrary.org

Thursday, June 5

First Thursdays on Main returns, 6-10 p.m. Thursday from City Hall to the State House (the 1200 to 1700 blocks of Main Street). This month, the Tapp’s Arts Center presents the Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Music Spotlight, beginning at 7:15 p.m. and alternating between the Skyline Room and the Fountain Room bar. Attendees can also catch a sneak preview of Trustus’ “Evil Dead The Musical” at 6:45 p.m. and see the new “Cola: Inked” tattoo art show. www.firstthursdaysonmain.com

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