Community calendar

June 25, 2014 

THURSDAY

“AGE & INTUITION”: Opening reception for Lee Monts’ solo exhibition, 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the Main Gallery at City Art, 1224 Lincoln St. The show features a year of selected paintings created for the artist’s 50th birthday and will be up through July 26. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-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. Thursday 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. Thursday 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.

“MISS NELSON IS MISSING!”: The rowdy kids in Room 207 don’t have a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways. Hammond School’s Hawk Ridge Players production of the James Marshall classic begins promptly at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Bank of America Theatre on the Hammond campus, 854 Galway Lane. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Free. (803) 776-0295, ext. 2002; http://hammondschool.org

“MURDER AT THE FAMILY REUNION”: 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Theatre Rowe at Columbia Dinner Theatre, second floor, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. The Hooper family reunions are never a dull event. How could they be? Everyone hates each other. Despite all the family backstabbing and infighting, everyone likes to please rich Uncle Louie. Once a year, the Hoopers try to bury the hatchet in the hopes of gaining a little favor in Uncle Louie’s last will and testament. But this year, they might want to bury the hatchet in Uncle Louie when he shows up with his new friend, Daisy. Tickets are $28-$30. (803) 200-2012

THE VOLUNTEERS: 7 p.m. Thursday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. The six-member group, one of four performing components of the U.S. Army Field Band, specializes in contemporary and patriotic music. Formed in 1981, the band tours around the country performing at festivals, sporting events and Veterans hospitals. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, the concert is free and open to the public.

FRIDAY

QUILTING AND KNITTING EXPO: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Two days of shopping fun for anyone who quilts, knits or sews. More than 30 vendors with fabrics, yarns, buttons, notions, patterns, gifts and more to sell. Hand dyed wool fabrics and yarns to inspire your creativity. Sewing machines and long arm machines available for test drives. $6 admission, free parking. Go to http://quiltersgallery.net for a $1 discount coupon.

FRIDAY NIGHT FISH FRY: 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Eau Claire Community Council, 830 Wildwood Ave. Music, games, face painting, demonstrations and community information. Eat in or takeout, dinners are $10 and include fish, coleslaw or pasta salad, sweet potato fries, bread, iced tea or lemonade; sandwiches with tea or lemonade, $4.50. Desserts and snacks available, $1-$2. Tickets available at http://eauclairecommunity.org or call (803) 420-2106. Proceeds will benefit neighborhood action programs of the Eau Claire Community Council.

CAROLINA PANTHERS ROAD SHOW: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Panthers’ linebacker Thomas Davis, defensive tackle Colin Cole and cornerback Josh Norman are scheduled to appear. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet the TopCats cheerleaders, the official mascot, Sir Purr and the Purrcussion drumline. The free event will include interactive games, the Play 60 Kids Combine, music, food, giveaways and more. The first 300 fans in line will have the opportunity to get autographs from the players. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

4th FRIDAYS!: 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Main Street, downtown Sumter. Live music featuring Danny Woods and the Party Prophets. (803) 436-2640; http://downtownsumter.org

“MURDER AT THE FAMILY REUNION”: 6:45 p.m. Friday, Theatre Rowe at Columbia Dinner Theatre, second floor, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. The Hooper family reunions are never a dull event. How could they be? Everyone hates each other. Despite all the family backstabbing and infighting, everyone likes to please rich Uncle Louie. Once a year, the Hoopers try to bury the hatchet in the hopes of gaining a little favor in Uncle Louie’s last will and testament. But this year, they might want to bury the hatchet in Uncle Louie when he shows up with his new friend, Daisy. Tickets are $28-$30. (803) 200-2012

“DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.”: Workshop Theatre production, Friday through Sunday in the A.C. Flora High School Auditorium, 1 Falcon Drive. A family show designed for children of all ages, there will be six performances, 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are $15; students and children, $10. (803) 799-6551; http://workshoptheatre.com

SOUNDS OF SUMMER: Featuring Terence Young and the Finesse Band, 8 p.m. Friday 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, a non-profit organization that provides services for battered women and children in Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland Counties. Tickets available at http://sistercare.com or by calling (803) 926-0505.

“THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS”: 8 p.m. Friday 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. (803) 204-8544; http://chapintheatre.org

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” 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

USC SUMMER CHORUS: Performance of Mozart’s “Requiem,” 7:30 p.m. Fridayin the School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.

PRIME TIME IN THE PARKS: 8-11 p.m. Friday at Greenview Park, 6700 David St., and MLK Park, 2300 Greene St. 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

“THE LADIES OF LADY STREET LATE NIGHT CABARET”: 11 p.m. Friday 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.

SATURDAY

QUILTING AND KNITTING EXPO: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Shopping fun for anyone who quilts, knits or sews. More than 30 vendors with fabrics, yarns, buttons, notions, patterns, gifts and more to sell. Hand dyed wool fabrics and yarns to inspire your creativity. Sewing machines and long arm machines available for test drives. $6 admission, free parking. Go to http://quiltersgallery.net for a $1 discount coupon.

FAMILY FUN DAY: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. Visit the Market Pavilion inside the Corbett Building to shop for local products during the grand opening of Five Rivers Market, an indoor farmers and specialty market; grab lunch at Dupre at the Market or from a food truck; The SC. Dept. of Agriculture’s commodity boards will have free samples of Certified SC products such as local peanuts, peaches, watermelon, pork and beef, while supplies last. AGAware, an AgSouth Farm Credit program designed to educate the next generation of farmers will be there with “Counting Collards,” a demonstration booth featuring learning stations to simulate agriculture lending, crop production and the crop sales experience in a hands-on environment; there will also be games and activities for children. (803) 734-0328

KIDS DAY AT THE MARKET: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at 1st Market (First Nazareth Baptist Church Farmers Market) in the Millwood parking lot across from the church. Fun and educational activities for children include face painting, health treats, information on healthy food choices and more. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. SNAP/EBT and senior vouchers. (803) 254-6232

SOUTH CAROLINA UNEARTHED: New natural history exhibit opens Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. The exhibit will showcase a variety of specimens from the museum’s collection of animals that once inhabited South Carolina, featuring a wide array of fossil animals including the American lion, long-nosed crocodile and saber-toothed cat. Included with museum general admission or membership. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 pm. Sundays. Admission is $7; age 62 and older, $6; ages 3-12, $5; age 2 and younger, free. (803) 898-4921; http://scmuseum.org

LEARN TO DRAW IN THE SPIRIT OF INK: Ink wash drawing workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 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

STORYTIME WITH MELISSA STOVER: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Books on Broad, 944 Broad St., Camden. Stover’s debut book, “Monkeys Taste Like Chocolate,” was written after the sudden passing of her daughter and will be available for purchase and autographing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Asthma Fund and the Carissa Stover Educational Fund. The independent book store and coffee shop is open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m.-4 pm. Saturdays. (803) 713-7323; http://booksonbroad.com

WOMEN OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR: 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." JoAnn Zeise, curator of history at the State Museum, will put the lives of women in the 18th century in context by exploring their roles in society and the creation of republican motherhood. While looking at women from all kinds of racial and social backgrounds, Zeise will focus on several South Carolina women whose lives and actions made great contributions to the war effort and the creation of our new country. Free with museum general admission or membership. http://scmuseum.org/exhibits

TEACH THE CHILDREN: 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Library, North Main Branch, 5306 N. Main St. A celebration of the 50th anniversary of 1964’s Freedom Summer will feature songs and history recitals by local youth and a presentation by Dr. Ahmad R. Washington, challenging today’s youth to continue the works of those civil rights pioneers. Special guest will be state Sen. Kay Patterson. (803) 786-1051

COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN AIRPORT CRUISE-IN: 5-9 p.m. Saturday on the top level of the airport parking garage in front of the main terminal. Cars, music, food and fun. Free admission and complimentary parking. Rain date will be 5-9 p.m. July 19. (803) 822-5020 or email l.douglas@columbiaairport.com

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

“THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS”: 8 p.m. Saturday 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. (803) 204-8544; http://chapintheatre.org

SUNDAY

“THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS”: 3 p.m. Sunday 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. (803) 204-8544; http://chapintheatre.org

USC SUMMER CHORUS: Performance of Mozart’s “Requiem,” 4 p.m. Sunday in the School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.

PATRIOTIC SINGSPIRATION: 4-5 p.m. Sunday at the Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. Celebration in song of the birth of our nation and the freedoms we enjoy. (803) 781-3013

27th ANNUAL CAROLINA CELEBRATION OF LIBERTY: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, 1306 Hampton St. One of the biggest patriotic celebrations in the Southeast features a cast of 400, the 282nd Army Band from Fort Jackson, thousands of flags, balloons and indoor fireworks. Free admission, but tickets are required. The performances will be broadcast on S.C. ETV stations at 7 p.m. July 4. (803) 217-3250; http://fbccola.com/liberty

TUESDAY

246th ARMY RESERVE BAND: Patriotic concert, 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Free, but tickets are required; limit four. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com

WEDNESDAY

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE: “Nut Job,” 10 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. July 3 at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter; $1. (803) 436-2616; http://sumteroperahouse.com

FREEDOM FESTIVAL: 1-10 p.m. July 4 at Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch Roads. Sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, the event will feature balloon art, car show by the Wildhorses Mustang Car Club, exhibits by the Richland County Sheriff’s department, 1-4 p.m.; live music by Ronnie McDowell, 6-8:30 p.m. and Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band, 8-9:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display

STAR SPANGLED SYMPHONIC SALUTE: 6-9 p.m. July 4 at Saluda Shoals park, 5605 Bush River Road. Children’s activities begin at 6 p.m., a concert by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra starts at 8 p.m., featuring a range of music from Broadway songs to patriotic tunes to sing-alongs. Check out the food truck rodeo with food and drinks available for purchase. Parking, $5.

TORCHLIGHT TATTOO: 8 p.m. July 4 at Hilton Field, Fort Jackson. Formal ceremony features a cannon salute to each state and territory in the United States, music by the 282nd Army Nand and a 30-minute fireworks display, as well as games, crafts and rides for families with small children. Arrive early for the best seats and parking. Access to the fort may be through Gate 2 (Forest Drive/Strom Thurmond Boulevard), Gate 4 (Percival and Boyden Arbor roads) or Gate 5 (Leesburg Road). Ages 10 and older must have a valid state or government issued identification card for entry. Vehicle drivers must possess a valid driver’s license, valid proof of insurance and registration. Motorcyle riders must wear a DOT approved helmet, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long-sleeved shirt/jacket and reflective vest or clothing. Food and drink concessions will be available beginning 4 p.m. Pets, grills, alcoholic beverages, firearms and personal fireworks are not permitted and cooolers are not allowed in the bleachers (lawn chairs and blankets welcome for use in the field).

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: “Rio 2,” 8:30 p.m. July 4 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 admission, popcorn and drinks. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net

EDVENTURE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: It’s that time again, free admission for one Bank of America cardholder July 5 and 6 at 211 Gervais St. Additional guests will pay regular admission. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $11.50; military (with ID) and age 62 and older, $10.50; members and children younger than 1, free. (803) 779-3100; http://edventure.org

“MURDER AT THE FAMILY REUNION”: 6:45 p.m. July 5, 10-11, 19, 24-25; 4:45 p.m. July 6 and 20, Theatre Rowe at Columbia Dinner Theatre, second floor, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. The Hooper family reunions are never a dull event. How could they be? Everyone hates each other. Despite all the family backstabbing and infighting, everyone likes to please rich Uncle Louie. Once a year, the Hoopers try to bury the hatchet in the hopes of gaining a little favor in Uncle Louie’s last will and testament. But this year, they mightmay want to bury the hatchet in Uncle Louie when he shows up with his new friend, Daisy. Tickets are $28-$30. (803) 200-2012

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: The Episodes, 7-10 p.m. July 5 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

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

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