Community calendar

June 9, 2014 

TUESDAY

ADVENTURES IN LEARNING: Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews begins its summer session, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays through July 15 at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. New classes include Book Talk, SC Politics from World War II Until Yesterday at 5:30 p.m., Mark’s Story of Jesus, In the News, Improvised Line Dancing and Fun with Calligraphy (limit 12 in this class). Ongoing classes are Quilting, Creative Writing, Art Studio: Self-directed and Bridge for Fun. Registration for two classes per day for the entire session is $15. (803) 731-9394; http://shepherdscenterofstandrews.org

SUMMER SETS JAZZ SERIES: Mike Frost Band featuring Lauren Meccia, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby at The Township, 1703 Taylor St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, available at The Township box office only. Presented by The Township Auditorium Foundation. (803) 576-2350

SCIENCE CAFE: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Speakeasy, 711 Saluda Ave. Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, AT&T Distinguished SmartState Chair in Cancer Equity and a national leader in health disparities research will speak. She is working on developing statewide partnerships to increase minority access to care, improving access to technology that enhances delivery of care and raising health literacy across all populations. Sponsored by EngenuitySC. http://engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe

WEDNESDAY

CHILDREN’S NATURE PROGRAMS: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Programs will focus on the many plants and animals found in the park. Each week children will explore a different topic as they uncover the secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through hands-on activities. $5 per participant per program; registration deadline is Monday. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors. Designed for children ages 5-12, adults must accompany children. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

FREE COMMUNITY SHRED EVENT: 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Clemson Road branch of SAFE Federal Credit Union, 100-4 Forum Drive, Village at Sandhill. Bring up to four boxes of items — financial statements, canceled checks, credit card statements and credit card pre-approval letters, payroll stubs, insurance forms, old tax returns, forms from doctor’s offices, etc. They will also be accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

AN EVENING WITH STEINWAY SERIES: Susan Zhang in concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rice Music House, Village at Sandhill. Free but seating is limited; RSVP at (803) 254-2777

CELEBRATE FREEDOM FOUNDATION FESTIVAL AND CONCERT : 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Morihiko Nakahara and the S.C. Philharmonic will salute the U.S. Army Special Forces with performances of “Ballad of the Green Berets” and other patriotic favorites — “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Hymn to the Fallen,” (from the movie “Saving Private Ryan”). Tickets are $12, groups of 10 or more, $10 each. (803) 254-7445; http://scphilharmonic.com

THURSDAY

MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE: “Monsters University,” 10 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter; $1. (803) 436-2616; http://sumteroperahouse.com

MEET THE CHIEF : 6 p.m. Thursday at Woodlands Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway. City Councilman Moe Baddourah will serve as host for a meet-and-greet with Columbia’s new police chief, Skip Holbrook. Light refreshments will be served.

701 CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: Opening receptions for American realist painter Bo Bartlett exhibition and Herb Parker’s outdoor architectural installation, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at 701 Whaley St., second floor. $5 suggested donation; 701 CCA members, free. (803) 319-9949

CEMETERY TOURS: Historic Columbia’s tours of Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave., are back; they will be conducted the second Thursday each month through September. There are two guided tour options — the Secrets From the Grave tour starts before dark at 7:30 p.m. to allow for study of the iconography symbols on many of the markers and headstones in the cemetery. The Moonlight Cemetery tours at 8 and 8:30 p.m., discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent Columbia citizens from the 19th and 20th centuries. Bring a flashlight. Tickets are $12, age 17 and younger, $5; HC member adults, $8; HC member youth, $4. Tickets are available by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; online at www.historiccolumbia.org or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org

FRIDAY

SANDHILLS STROLL: 10 a.m. Friday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the park’s half-mile Jackson Creek Nature Trail; participants will uncover some of the secrets of the forest and its interesting inhabitants. Suitable for age 5 and older. Registration deadline is Wednesday. $5; seniors and children age 15 and younger, $3 (includes park admission); free to Park Passport Plus holders. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors; insect repellent, sunscreen and water are recommended. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” 7 p.m. Friday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter; $1. (803) 436-2616; http://sumteroperahouse.com

“THE COMMEDIA SNOW WHITE”: 7 p.m. Friday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (Richland Mall, second level). Spaghetti and Meatball Players tell the tale of the maiden with skin as white as snow; the production runs through June 22. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (3 and 8 p.m. June 22, 8 p.m. show for adults only). Tickets are $10; available online at http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com. Tickets for the 7 p.m. Saturday performances, $5. Discounted morning performances for summer camp and day care groups available. (803) 691-4548

“LET’S GO TO THE PREVIEWS”: 8 p.m. Friday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Favorite local performers will present glimpses of the 2014-2015 season with bits from “Oklahoma!”, “White Christmas,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Always … Patsy Cline,” “Sugar,” (based on “Some Like It Hot”), “Spamalot” and maybe the summer offering “Peter Pan.” General admission is $10 (includes popcorn and a soft drink). Tickets available by calling (803) 799-2510, online at http://towntheatre.com or at the box office.

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: “Madagascar 3,” 8:30 p.m. Friday at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Come early at 7 p.m. for face painting, games, surprises and fun for the whole family. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net

SATURDAY

E-WASTE RECYCLE DAY: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 2515 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia (old Quincy’s location, enter from Chris Drive). Lexington County residents only. Electronics accepted include computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners); TVs, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones, household electronics (stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems). Limit eight items per visit (no refrigeration units of any kind.

COLUMBIA MINI MAKER FAIRE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. The family friendly celebration will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, alternative energy, unique handmade crafts, music, local food and educational workshops. Admission is $11.50 per person and includes museum exploration; free for EdVenture members. Tickets available at http://makerfairecolumbiasc.com or at the door.

BUTTERFLY IDENTIFICATION TRAINING: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Congaree Swamp National Park, 100 National Park Road. Get ready to identify and count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Association’s annual butterfly count 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 21. The identification session will involve a short introduction to butterflies in Congaree and basic identification skills followed by a short hike to practice new skills. The NABA count is a day of field observations along the park’s trail system and within various habitats. Come for all day or part of the day. Free; advance registration required for both programs, all ages and experience levels welcome. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sun protection, bug spray, water, snacks and a sack lunch (June 21) are recommended. Binoculars are recommended but not required; a limited supply will be available for use during the programs. Register by calling (803) 776-4396.

FAMILY HEALTH FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Granby Gardens Park, 1800 12th St. Ext., Cayce. Sponsored by Palmetto Healthy Start, the event will celebrate children and families through games, music, food and activities for all ages. Free health screenings will be provided and health and safety information booths will be onsite. Bring blankets, chairs and tents. Free transportation will be provided to Healthy Start participants. To arrange transportation, call (803) 296-3780. More information at http://palmettohealth.org/healthystart

ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. A river celebration with boating and tubing for all ages, live music, vendor displays of the latest paddle sports gear and a hot dog lunch. $5 per person in advance, $10 day of the event. (803) 213-2056 or email sharden@icrc.net

“THE COMMEDIA SNOW WHITE”: 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (Richland Mall, second level). Spaghetti and Meatball Players tell the tale of the maiden with skin as white as snow; the production runs through June 22. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays (3 and 8 p.m. June 22, 8 p.m. show for adults only). Tickets are $10; available online at http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com. Tickets for the 7 p.m. Saturday performances, $5. Discounted morning performances for summer camp and day care groups available. (803) 691-4548

MOTORCYCLE BENEFIT RIDE: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday at S&S Road Consultants, 930 Chapin Road, Chapin. Route will cover areas around Lake Murray with stops at four businesses. Sixth annual event will feature live music by Shodown, silent and live auctions and free barbecue dinner. $25 per rider: $15 per passenger. Sponsored by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, proceeds will benefit Honor Flight South Carolina, which provides airline and ground transportation for WWII and Korean War veterans to visit military memorials in Washington, D.C. Sgt. David Amick, who supervises the Chapin Patrol District, will coordinate the ride, reach him at (803) 223-3778 or email damick@lcsd.sc.gov

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM: 1 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Discussion series in conjunction with the museum’s temporary exhibit, “The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina.” Dr. Anthony J. Scotti Jr., a history instructor at Midlands Technical College, will discuss the importance of the Revolution in South Carolina and highlight some key battles. Free with museum general admission or membership. http://scmuseum.org/exhibits

SONI, LIVE AT THE LIBRARY!: 3-4 p.m. Saturday in Bostick Auditorium at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. Jim “Soni” Sonefeld of Hootie & The Blowfish and Mike Miller, author of the 1997 biography, “Hootie!” will discuss the making of Hootie’s debut album, “Cracked Rear View,” and its 20th anniversary celebration. Free and open to the public. (803) 799-9084; http://richlandlibrary.com

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road. Danielle Howle + Firework Show will take the stage. Free; rain location is Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. http://rhythmontheriversc.com

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Orquesta Mayor, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Karaoke Idol will start at 6 p.m., with weekly winners for a cash prize and the finals will be held Aug. 16. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Free, sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net

“SIMPLE CINDY, A FULL FLEDGED MUSICAL?”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at On Stage Productions, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Join Cindy as she wants to go to the ball but all of the fairy tale characters get lost along the way, which could ruin her evening. Tickets are $8; children, $5. The children’s production is written by Robert Harrelson, directed by Ryan Rodgers, with music composed by 13-year-old Sydney Porth. Show times are 2:30 p.m. June 15, 22; 7:30 p.m. June 19 and 20; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 21. (803) 351-6751

SUNDAY

“SIMPLE CINDY, A FULL FLEDGED MUSICAL?”: 2:30 p.m. SundayJune 15 at On Stage Productions, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Join Cindy as she wants to go to the ball but all of the fairy tale characters get lost along the way, which could ruin her evening. Tickets are $8; children, $5. The children’s production is written by Robert Harrelson, directed by Ryan Rodgers, with music composed by 13-year-old Sydney Porth. Show times are 7:30 p.m. June 19 and 20; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 21; 2:30 p.m. June 22. (803) 351-6751

PASSPORT TO IMAGINATION 2014: 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 16-Aug. 2 at Michaels arts and craft stores, 244 Harbison Blvd. and 10204 Two Notch Road, Suite 2. Ages 5-12 will explore culture through crafting. Museum Road Trip will feature a different museum each week with projects inspired by that museum and its exhibits. Projects teach lessons on natural history, technology, marine life, textiles and art. $2 per session. (803) 407-7813 (Harbison); (803) 462-0624 (Two Notch)

LADIES DAY ON THE LAKE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17 at Lighthouse Marina, 1925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin. Sponsored by the Lake Murray Association, the annual training event is a fun day of learning boating, trailering and safety skills on the shore and waters of Lake Murray. Limited to 32 participants, age 17 and older. $35, includes refreshments, lunch and drinks. Register at http://lakemurrayassociation.com or call (803) 331-8355.

CHILDREN’S NATURE PROGRAMS: 10 a.m. Wednesdays through July 2 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Programs will focus on the many plants and animals found in the park. Each week children will explore a different topic as they uncover the secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through hands-on activities. $5 per participant per program; registration ends two days prior to each program. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors. Designed for children ages 5-12, adults must accompany children. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

“TAKING ROOT: THE SUMMER BROTHERS AND THE HISTORY OF POMARIA NURSERY”: Opening reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 18 at McKissick Museum on the USC Horseshoe. Dr. James Kibler of the Ballylee Nature Conservancy and Dr. David Shields of USC’s Department of English will discuss the nursery that thrived from the 1840s-1870s in central South Carolina. The exhibit will be up June 12-Sept. 20 in the museum’s 2nd floor North Gallery. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 777-2876; http://artsandsciences.sc.edu

SPEAKER @ THE CENTER: Noon-1 p.m. June 19 at the State Library, 1500 Senate St. Robert C. Clark and Tom Poland will discuss their pictorial essay, “Reflections of South Carolina, Volume 2.” Free and open to the public, bring your lunch. Books will be available for purchase and signing. (83) 734-8666; http://statelibrary.sc.gov

MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE: “Despicable Me,” 10 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. June 19 at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter; $1. (803) 436-2616; http://sumteroperahouse.com

JUNETEENTH HISTORIC CELEBRATION: Reception 6-9 p.m. June 19 at the Historic Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Guest will be artist Jonathan Green. Part of FOCUS: Lower Richland, a celebration of S.C.’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor. Free, registration is requested. http://sercosc.org

“SIMPLE CINDY, A FULL FLEDGED MUSICAL?”: 7:30 p.m. June 19, 20; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 21; 2:30 p.m. June 22 at On Stage Productions, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Join Cindy as she wants to go to the ball but all of the fairy tale characters get lost along the way, which could ruin her evening. Tickets are $8; children, $5. The children’s production is written by Robert Harrelson, directed by Ryan Rodgers, with music composed by 13-year-old Sydney Porth. (803) 351-6751

GEMS OF THE LOWER RICHLAND CORRIDOR: 9 a.m. June 20, beginning at the Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Five tour options — Historic Sites, Congaree National Park, Equestrian Outing, Plantation and Farms or Historic Cemeteries. Farm-to-Table Feast, 12:30-3 p.m. at Wavering Place Plantation, 427 Adams Hayne Road, Eastover. Part of FOCUS: Lower Richland, a celebration of S.C.’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor. Free, registration is requested. http://sercosc.org

VETERANS WELCOME HOME AND BENEFITS FAIR: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20 at Fort Jackson’s Weston Lake Recreation Area (check in at the Community House). Free event for OEF/OIF/OND combat veterans and their families will feature gate pass, paddle boats, lunch, games, face-painting, swimming, VA benefits information and door prizes. Sponsored by the Dorn VA Medical Center, reservations are required, the deadline is June 18. Call (803) 776-4000, ext. 7303 or 7243

KRESS ANNIVERSARY LECTURE SERIES: Noon June 20 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Elise Effmann Clifford, head of paintings preservation at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco discus the questioned attribution of the CMA’s “View of the Molo” by Canaletto.

LOURIE CENTER DANCE PARTY: 7-10 p.m. June 20 at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Classic favorites by the Capital City Big Band, open seating, reserved tables are available with a single purchase of six or more tickets. Bring your own drinks and snacks, mixers and ice will be available for sale. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Proceeds will support programming at the Lourie Center. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. (803) 799-1971, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays; http://louriecentersc.com

NEWBERRY COMMUNITY PLAYERS: “Kiss Me, Kate,” 8 p.m. June 20, 21 and 3 p.m. June 22 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Play within a play as the main characters are actors in a musical version of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Tickets are $25; groups of 15 or more, $19. Tickets available at the box office, (803) 276-6264 or http://newberryoperahouse.com

“EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL”: June 20-26 at Trustus Theatre’s Thigpen Main Stage, 620 Lady St. A campy adaptation of Sam Rami’s ’80s cult classic films, complete with music. Patrons wishing to become more involved in the action may purchase Splatter Zone seats where they will be splashed with “blood” from the stage. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays (except June 22); no performances the weekend of July 4. Tickets are $27; military and seniors, $25; students, $20; Splatter Zone tickets. $36. Student Rush tickets available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: “Turbo,” 8:30 p.m. June 20 at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Come early at 7 p.m. for face painting, games, surprises and fun for the whole family. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net

OMG OF HOMEOWNERSHIP WORKSHOP: 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21 at Midlands Technical College, Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Development Department, the workshop is designed for first time buyers, long term owners and DIYers with classes on credit, home buying, gardening, maintenance and more. Participants can take up to two classes. (803) 545-3373; http://www.columbiasc.net

YOUTH EDUCATION FIELD DAY: 9 a.m.-noon June 21. Meet at the Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, for a trip to Congaree National Park, followed by a local history skit, hayrides, exploring historical inventions, hands-on soap making, corn grinding, potato banking and a take-away agriculture project. Part of FOCUS: Lower Richland, a celebration of S.C.’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor. Free, registration is requested. http://sercosc.org

FOCUS: LOWER RICHLAND WORKSHOPS AND EXPO: 9 a.m.-noon June 21 at St. John Baptist Church, 230 Reverend Neal Circle, Hopkins. Discussions with historians, preservation/conservation entities and organizations on promoting the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor, displays and demonstrations; followed by a 12:30 p.m. lunch at the Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Part of FOCUS: Lower Richland, a celebration of S.C.’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor. Free, registration is requested. http://sercosc.org

MUSEUM ROAD SHOW: 9:30 am.-4 p.m. June 21 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Local experts will be on hand to offer informal appraisals of fine art, textiles, military memorabilia, furniture, jewelry and much more. Limit four items per person. Tickets are $20 for the first item, $30 for two items, $35 for three items and $40 for four items. Members: $15, $25, $30, $35. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (803) 898-4999 or at the door. http://scmuseum.org/exhibits

BUTTERFLY COUNT : 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 21 at Congaree Swamp National Park, 100 National Park Road. The National American Butterfly Association’s annual butterfly count is a day of field observations along the park’s trail system and within various habitats. Come for all day or part of the day. Free; advance registration required, all ages and experience levels welcome. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring sun protection, bug spray, water, snacks and a sack lunch. Binoculars are recommended but not required; a limited supply will be available for use during the programs. Register by calling (803) 776-4396.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21 at St. Andrew’sLutheran Church, 1416 Broad River Road. Crafts, food, music and a home culture fashion show by members of Columbia’s refugee families. Sponsored by Lutheran Services Carolinas. (803) 461-2683

SANDHILLS STROLL: 10 a.m. June 21 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the park’s half-mile Jackson Creek Nature Trail; participants will uncover some of the secrets of the forest and its interesting inhabitants. Suitable for age 5 and older. Registration deadline is June 19. $5; seniors and children age 15 and younger, $3 (includes park admission); free to Park Passport Plus holders. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors; insect repellent, sunscreen and water are recommended. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

REAL PEOPLE: MAKING REAL DECISIONS IN REAL TIME: 1 p.m. June 21 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Discussion series in conjunction with the museum’s new temporary exhibit, "The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina." John McCabe, member of the State Museum Foundation Board, will focus on South Carolina partisan, political and continental army leaders. Subjects will include Francis Marion, Winger Danger Thompson, Henry Laurens and others who faced internal struggles pitting neighbor against neighbor. Free with museum general admission or membership. http://scmuseum.org/exhibits

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