Community calendar

June 18, 2014 

THURSDAY

MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE: “Despicable Me,” 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

SCIENCETELLERS: “Dragons and Dreams!”, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Blythewood Library, 218 McNulty Road, Bythewood. Interactive science storytellers teach by telling a story intertwined with basic science principles; audience members will be encouraged to help the performers present their experiments and tricks.

WINE AND UNWIND LECTURE: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Film producer/director Bud Ferillo will present a screening of his documentary “When the Bough Breaks,” an examination of the state of literacy in South Carolina. Wine and refreshments will be served. Suggested donation, $5. (803) 779-1971, ext. 12; http://louriecentersc.com

JUNETEENTH HISTORIC CELEBRATION: Reception 6-9 p.m. Thursday 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

ALEXANDER KORSANTIA: 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the DuBose Poston Reception Hall at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Korsantia, featured guest artist at the Southeastern Piano Festival, will perform compositions by Beethoven, Copeland and Chopin. Cash bar. Tickets are $40; CMA members, $30; students, $10; available at http://capitoltickets.com

“SIMPLE CINDY, A FULL FLEDGED MUSICAL?”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday 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

FRIDAY

GEMS OF THE LOWER RICHLAND CORRIDOR: 9 a.m. Friday, 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

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

LOURIE CENTER DANCE PARTY: 7-10 p.m. Friday 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

“SIMPLE CINDY, A FULL FLEDGED MUSICAL?”: 7:30 p.m. Friday 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

PRIME TIME IN THE PARKS: 8-11 p.m. Friday at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Ave., and Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Ave. Columbia Parks and Recreation’s free late night program provides a fun and safe environment for ages 13-18 with games, sports, music, refreshments and more. (803) 545-3020; http://columbiasc.net/parks-recreation

NEWBERRY COMMUNITY PLAYERS: “Kiss Me, Kate,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday 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”: Friday through July 26 at Trustus Theatre’s Thigpen Main Stage, 520 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. June 29, July 13, 20; 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. 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

OMG OF HOMEOWNERSHIP WORKSHOP: 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday 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

ABOUT BOATING SAFELY: Boating safety course, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Flotilla Island, 2390 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin. Certified by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and taught by U.S. Coast Guard instructors, the course is designed for boaters of all ages and experience. In South Carolina, boaters younger than 16 are required by law to pass an approved boater education course before operating, without supervision, a personal watercraft or a boat powered by a motor with 15 hp or more. Fee is $30; class size is limited to 24 students; students younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult enrolled in the course. Registration deadline is Thursday. Successful graduates will be awarded the S.C. Boater Education Card; many insurance companies offer discounts to graduates of the boating education course. Register at http://dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.html

YOUTH EDUCATION FIELD DAY: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 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

E-WASTE RECYCLING: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Chapin Baptist Church, 950 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Open to Lexington and Richland County residents, the event is sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Pratt Recycling and YP Cares. Electronics accepted include computers (laptops, minitors, 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). No refrigeration units or appliances that contain freon. Gently worn shoes will be collected for distribution to microenterprise partners through Funds2Orgs and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe and house their families. (803) 733-1139; http://keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org

FOCUS: LOWER RICHLAND WORKSHOPS AND EXPO: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday 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

BUTTERFLY COUNT : 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday 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.

“DINOSAURS: A BITE OUT OF TIME”: Opening Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Exhibit will feature robotic dinosaurs, ranging in size from half-scale to life size, hands-on activities including a controllable duck bill dinosaur, dinosaur dig box and dinosaur puppet booths for kids. $15; age 62 and older, $13; ages 3-12, $11 (includes regular museum admission). The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (803) 898-4921; http://scmuseum.org

WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew’s Lutheran 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. Saturday 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 Thursday. $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

COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART: “Women Artists: The Other Side of the Picture,” noon Saturday at 1515 Main St. Film featuring artists Doris McCarthy, Judy Chicago, Joyce Weiland, Jane Ash Poitras and The Guerrilla Girls, the “terrorists” of the art world, discuss the dearth of women’s artwork in major galleries and examine the social history of women in the fine arts. $12; military and age 65 and older, $10; students, $5; members and children 5 and younger, free. The museum is open noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org

REAL PEOPLE: MAKING REAL DECISIONS IN REAL TIME: 1 p.m. Saturday 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, William 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

CHRISTOPHER WATSON: Book signing, 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Books on Broad, 944 Broad St., Camden. The Lowcountry writer will sign copies of his first murder mystery novel, “The Handyman,” set in Charleston. http://booksonbroad.com

“SIMPLE CINDY, A FULL FLEDGED MUSICAL?”: 2:30 and 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. (803) 351-6751

SUMMER SOULSTICE HIGH-SPEED BIKE RACE: 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 5 Links Crossing Drive in Cobblestone Park, Blythewood. More than 90 professional cyclists will compete on a .5 mile multi-turn course. Amateur races open to all skill levels. http://prereg.com

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Second Nature, 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; 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

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Wesley Memorial UMC, 2501 Heyward St. (Heyward and Queen streets). Live music featuring ContraForce, Doug Singleton will be the caller. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. Bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music & Dance, admission is $8; students with student ID, $5. (803) 760-5881; http://contracola.org

NEWBERRY COMMUNITY PLAYERS: “Kiss Me, Kate,” 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday 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”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre’s Thigpen Main Stage, 520 Lady St. The campy adaptation of Sam Rami’s ’80s cult classic films, complete with music runs through July 26. 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, June 29, July 13, 20 and 27; 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

SUNDAY

“SIMPLE CINDY, A FULL FLEDGED MUSICAL?”: 2:30 p.m. Sundayat 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

NEWBERRY COMMUNITY PLAYERS: “Kiss Me, Kate,” 3 p.m. Sunday 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

MONDAY

SAFE SITTER BABYSITTING COURSE: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., ground floor classrooms D and E. Designed for ages 11-14, the course will provide information on nurturing child care techniques, safety precautions and how and when to call for help. Each particpant will receive a Safe Sitter Basics manual, completion card and a T-shirt. Fee is $75, registration is required and space is limited. 803) 296-2273; http://palmettohealth.org

FALL PREVENTION 101: 10-11:30 a.m. Monday at the Gilbert-Summit Senor Center, 409 Broad St., Gilbert. Kelly Ward, aka “The Fall Prevention Lady,” will demonstrate mobility techniques and exercises (most can be done at home and even while seated). Workshop is free; each participant will receive a video and booklet. Seating is limited, call (803) 892-5745 to reserve a spot.

CAMERON RUNYAN OPEN HOUSE: 5-6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 1737 Main St. Meet your city councilman; for more information or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 545-3061.

TUESDAY

FALL PREVENTION 101: 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Kelly Ward, aka “The Fall Prevention Lady,” will demonstrate mobility techniques and exercises (most can be done at home and even while seated). Workshop is free; each participant will receive a video and booklet. Seating is limited, call (803) 772-3336 to reserve a spot.

THE NATURE OF SUMMER: Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday on the patio in front of McKissick Museum, 816 Bull St. Bring your lunch and enjoy Rudy Mancke’s discussion of all things nature and summer. Feel free to bring items of interest (no live animals, please) for Rudy to examine. (803) 777-7251

WEDNESDAY

FALL PREVENTION 101: 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Swansea Senior Center, 197 Lawrence Ave., Swansea. Kelly Ward, aka “The Fall Prevention Lady,” will demonstrate mobility techniques and exercises (most can be done at home and even while seated). Workshop is free; each participant will receive a video and booklet. Seating is limited, call (803) 568-4545 to reserve a spot.

CHILDREN’S NATURE PROGRAM: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Ages 5-12 will uncover the secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through hands-on activities. $5; registration deadline is Monday. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

BARBARA BROWN TAYLOR: Author, Episcopal priest and professor of religion will visit Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Wednesday. The event gets started at 5:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception in Satterlee Hall; from 6-7 p.m., there will be a book reading, talk and Q&A session, followed at 7 p.m. by a book signing. Taylor’s most recent book, “Learning to Walk in the Dark,” as well as “Leaving Church” and “An Altar in the World” are available for purchase at the Trinity Cathedral Bookstore. Bookstore hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. (803) 771-7300; http://trinitysc.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

“AGE & INTUITION”: Artist Lee Monts’ solo exhibition features a year of selected paintings created for his 50th birthday, June 26-July 26 in the Main Gallery at City Art, 1224 Lincoln St. An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. June 26. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 252-3613; http://cityartonline.com

MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE: “The Smurfs 2” 10 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. June 26 at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter; $1. (803) 436-2616; http://sumteroperahouse.com

FALL PREVENTION 101: 10-11:30 a.m. June 26 at Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 brooks Ave., West Columbia. Kelly Ward, aka “The Fall Prevention Lady,” will demonstrate mobility techniques and exercises (most can be done at home and even while seated). Workshop is free; each participant will receive a video and booklet. Seating is limited, call (803) 939-9311 to reserve a spot.

DEMENTIA DIALOGUES: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 26-July 10 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Free five-part course is designed to educate individuals who care for those who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. Ryan Simmons, MHA, CSA, will lead the course; a certificate of completion will be presented for each of the five sessions and a Dementia Specialist Certificate at the completion of all five sessions. Recommended for CNAs, PCAs, nurses, families, activity directors and anyone who interacts with individuals with dementia. Preregister by calling (803) 779-1971, ext. 12.

SOUNDS OF SUMMER: Featuring The Terence Young Experience, 8 p.m. June 27 at 701 Whaley, 701 Whaley St. Doors open at 7 p.m.; heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. Advance tickets, $25; couples, $40; $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit Sistercare. Tickets available at http://sistercare.com or by calling (803) 926-0505.

“THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS”: June 27-July 13 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Chapin Theatre Company production of a Hope-Jones-Wooten comedy ( “Dearly Beloved,” “Christmas Belles” and“Mama Won’t Fly”). Tickets are $18; students, seniors and military, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. (803) 204-8544; http://chapintheatre.org

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” 8:30 p.m. June 27 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

USC SUMMER CHORUS: Performances of Mozart’s “Requiem,” 7:30 p.m. June 27 and 4 p.m. June 29 in the School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.

UNBELIEVABLE BATS: 7:30 p.m. June 27 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Program will focus on the myths and facts about these misunderstood animals. Visitors will learn about the adaptations bats have for survivial and look around the park for a glimpse of the creatures in action. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors, insect repellent is recommended; adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Fee is $5; seniors and age 15 and younger, $3; includes park admission. Free for Park Passport Plus holders. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday. (803) 788-2706 or email http://sesqui@scprt.com

“THE LADIES OF LADY STREET LATE NIGHT CABARET”: 11 p.m. June 27 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Quartet of the best in female impersonators on the Thigpen Main Stage – Vista Queen Emeritus Patti O’ Furniture, Dorae Sanders, Chanel Stevens and Blair Williams. Show features a mix of female impersonation, celebrity illusions, showgirl costumes, comedy, glamour and singing. Doors and bar open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15; available at http://trustus.org or at the door.

LEARN TO DRAW IN THE SPIRIT OF INK: Ink wash drawing workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 28 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Suitable for beginner and intermediate students age 16 and older; bring drawings or images to translate. $60; members, $48 (includes all supplies). (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org

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