Community calendar

July 16, 2014 

WEDNESDAY

“MURDER RIDES AGAIN”: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bubble Tea Cafe, 1260 Bower Parkway, Suite A6. Theatre Rowe production of James Daab’s Wild West murder mystery. Tickets are $32; http://brownpapertickets.com

THURSDAY

MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE: “Planes,” 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

RENOVATION RODEO: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cottontown neighborhood. Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society takes its tour series to Vino Garage, 2327 Main St., for light hors d’oeuvres as well as beer, a wine tasting and a discount on growlers. Renovation Rodeos highlight old homes and buildings in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the site. $5; free for Palladium Society members. Register at http://historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-7742, ext. 15.

OF WHAT THE MASSES SING – SONGS OF GOD, SONGS OF MEMORY: 6 p.m. Thursday at The Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Soprano Jacquelyn Stucker, pianists Susan Zhang and Mark Husey perform music by Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copland.

FAMILY SHELTER THEATER BENEFIT: “Peter Pan,” 7 p.m. Thursday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Tickets are $15. Established in 1979, the mission of Family Shelter is to provide emergency shelter to homeless children and their parents and help residents build life skills needed to regain independence. http://eventbrite.com

“EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Thursday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. The production is based on the Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” film series with some Broadway show tunes and a little audience participation. Participants can purchase tickets to the “Splatter Zone,” for gore galore (you get a Trustus T-shirt). Tickets are $27, seniors and military, $25; students, $20; half-price Student Rush tickets available 15 minutes prior to curtain. Splatter Zone tickets are $36. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org

FRIDAY

LET’S MOVE! COLUMBIA DANCE PROGRAM: 9 a.m.-noon Friday at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2300 Greene St. Led by a local dance instructor, ages 5-12 will learn the history and moves of a variety of dance styles including jazz, ballet, hip-hop and African. Sessions for ages 5-8 will be 9:10-10:15 a.m., with a break from 10:15-10:30 a.m., classes for ages 9-12, 10:30-11:45 a.m. with dismissal at noon. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and Let’s Move! Columbia. (803) 315-4964

AARP SMART DRIVER PROGRAM: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday at Lexington Leisure Center, 108 Park Road, Lexington. Completion of the program enables any participant age 26 or older to receive a discount on their automobile insurance. Bring a sack lunch. $20; AARP members, $15. Register by calling (803) 957-7979

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Crafts fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday in the rec room at Christopher Towers, 1805 Devine St. Offering foods, ceramics, jewelry and fabric, knit and crochet arts; beadwork demonstration, Christmas card photographer. (240) 291-6709; jmagnusson48@gmail.com

“PETER PAN”: 7:30 p.m. Fridayat Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Ever dreamed of flying away to Neverland? Here’s your chance. Just think lovely thoughts and away you go with Peter, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Michael and John. Along the way, you’ll meet the Lost Boys and a tribe of Indian braves led by Tiger Lily. Tickets, $15-25. (803) 799-2510; http://www.towntheatre.com

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

“EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Friday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. The production is based on the Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” film series with some Broadway show tunes and a little audience participation. Participants can purchase tickets to the “Splatter Zone,” for gore galore (you get a Trustus T-shirt). Tickets are $27, seniors and military, $25; students, $20; half-price Student Rush tickets available 15 minutes prior to curtain. Splatter Zone tickets are $36. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: “Chicken Run,” 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 admission, popcorn and drinks. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net

SATURDAY

LEXINGTON ARTISANS MARKET: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 7, 211 American Legion Drive, Lexington. More than 20 Midlands artisans with pottery, paintings, handmade sterling silver and copper gemstone jewelry, candles, photography, needlework, woodworking, art glass and fiber baskets. Free admission and parking. A silent auction featuring sports and entertainment memorabilia will be held throughout the day with a portion of the proceeds going to Post 7 and its programs. (803) 606-5250; http://scartisansmarkets.com

STATE HOUSE TOURS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 30 at 1100 Gervais St. Open for free self-guided and guided tours; hourly guided tours begin at 10:30 a.m. http://columbiaauthority.com

PUSS IN BOOTS”: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Marionette Theatre, 401 Laurel St. A whimsical retelling of the classic fairy tale, complete with a shape-shifting ogre and of course, a feline in a spiffy pair of boots. Tickets are $5.75. (803) 252-7366; http://cmtpuppet.org

FOOD TRUCK RODEO: 1-6 p.m. Saturday on the green space at First Citizens Bank, Lady and Main streets. Proceeds will benefit SavingEliza, a fundraiser for a clinical treatment trial for Sanfilippo Syndrome. http://savingeliza.com

“MUSIC FROM COLONIAL SOUTH CAROLINA”: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. An exploration of chamber music featuring Columbia Baroque performing works by Handel and Corelli. Free with membership or admission. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org

“MURDER AT THE FAMILY REUNION”: 6:45 p.m. Saturday, 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 may 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: Daniel D and Urban Instrumentalist, 7-10 p.m. Saturdayat 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

OF WHAT THE MASSES SING – SONGS OF GOD, SONGS OF MEMORY: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St. Soprano Jacquelyn Stucker, pianists Susan Zhang and Mark Husey perform music by Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copland. Free.

“EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. The production is based on the Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” film series with some Broadway show tunes and a little audience participation. Participants can purchase tickets to the “Splatter Zone,” for gore galore (you get a Trustus T-shirt). Tickets are $27, seniors and military, $25; students, $20; half-price Student Rush tickets available 15 minutes prior to curtain. Splatter Zone tickets are $36. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org

SUNDAY

SUMMER ART SALE: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday at Over the Mantel Gallery, 3142 Carlisle St. Featuring 100 original paintings by 30 talented artists at affordable prices. (803) 719-1713

CAROLINA BRIDAL SHOWCASE: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. One-stop shopping for your big day. Sample cakes, check out bands and DJs, compare photographers, dress shops and more. Tickets $10. http://columbiabride.com

DOLLAR SUNDAY AT HISTORIC COLUMBIA: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding St. Richland and Lexington County residents are invited to take a guided tour of one historic house museum for $1 (with a valid ID). Tour options are the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or the Mann-Simons Site. General admission prices apply for additional houses. $8; age 65 and older, active duty military and students, $6; members and age 5 and younger, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; http://historiccolumbia.org

“MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY)”: 2 p.m. Sunday at the Regal Sandhill Cinema 16, 450 Town Center Place. For the first time in more than three decades, the guys will be performing live on stage together at London’s O2 Arena. Rebroadcasts at 7:30 p.m. July 23 and 24. Tickets are $18. http://tickets.fandango.com

“MURDER AT THE FAMILY REUNION”: 4:45 p.m. Sunday, 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 may want to bury the hatchet in Uncle Louie when he shows up with his new friend, Daisy. Tickets are $28-$30. (803) 200-2012

MONDAY

PUSS IN BOOTS”: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. Monday at the Columbia Marionette Theatre, 401 Laurel St. A whimsical retelling of the classic fairy tale, complete with a shape-shifting ogre and of course, a feline in a spiffy pair of boots. Tickets are $5.75. (803) 252-7366; http://cmtpuppet.org

TUESDAY

DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 6-10 p.m. Tuesday and July 23 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Two-session class stresses defensive driving techniques through lectures, videos and classroom demonstrations. Bring a pen or pencil to class. Fee, $79. (803) 732-0432; http://midlandstech.edu/cce

UPCOMING EVENTS

“MONTY PYTHON LIVE (MOSTLY)”: 7:30 p.m. July 23 and 24 at the Regal Sandhill Cinema 16, 450 Town Center Place. For the first time in more than three decades, the guys will be performing on stage together at London’s O2 Arena. Tickets are $18. http://tickets.fandango.com

MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE: “Muppets: Most Wanted,” 10 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. July 24 at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter; $1. (803) 436-2616; http://sumteroperahouse.com

BLYTHEWOOD AFTER FIVE: 5:30-7 p.m. July 24 at Doko Manor, 171 Langford Road, Blythewood. Join Mayor Mike Ross in welcoming the new town administrator, Gary Parker, and speak with him on a one-on-one basis. Register in advance at http://blythewoodchamber.com

“MURDER AT THE FAMILY REUNION”: 6:45 p.m. July 24-25, 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 may want to bury the hatchet in Uncle Louie when he shows up with his new friend, Daisy. Tickets are $28-$30. (803) 200-2012

“EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. July 24-26 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. The production is based on the Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” film series with some Broadway show tunes and a little audience participation. Participants can purchase tickets to the “Splatter Zone,” for gore galore (you get a Trustus T-shirt). Tickets are $27, seniors and military, $25; students, $20; half-price Student Rush tickets available 15 minutes prior to curtain. Splatter Zone tickets are $36. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org

EXCEL GRAPHICS: 9 a.m.-noon July 25 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Graphs are powerful tools for visually representing important numeric data and can be created simply in Excel. Fee, $79. (803) 732-0432; http://midlandstech.edu/cce

LET’S MOVE! COLUMBIA DANCE PROGRAM: 9 a.m.-noon July 25 at Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway; Aug. 1 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St.; and Aug. 8 at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson St. Led by a local dance instructor, ages 5-12 will learn the history and moves of a variety of dance styles including jazz, ballet, hip-hop and African. Sessions for ages 5-8 will be 9:10-10:15 a.m., with a break from 10:15-10:30 a.m., classes for ages 9-12, 10:30-11:45 a.m. with dismissal at noon. Sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and Let’s Move! Columbia. (803) 315-4964

TOWN OF BLYTHEWOOD “DOKO” RODEO: July 25 and 26 at Blythewood Community Center Park on Community Road. The event starts at 6 p.m. with live music (Trent Jeffcoat, July 25 and Dallas Reese, July 26). International Professional Rodeo starts at 8 p.m. with competition in eight rodeo events. You can test your skills by riding a mechanical bull. Food vendors and children’s activities. Sponsored by Wilson Car Sales. Advance tickets are $12 ($15 at the gate); age 12 and younger, $5; age 4 and younger, free. http://blythewoodrodeo.com

DOWNTOWN SUMTER 4th FRIDAYS!: 6:30-9 p.m. July 25 in the green space across from the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. Concert featuring Too Much Sylvia. Food and beverage concessions will be on site. (803) 436-2640; http://downtownsumter.org

PRIME TIME IN THE PARKS: 8-11 p.m. July 25 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

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: “Monsters vs. Aliens,” 8:30 p.m. July 25 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

WOMEN AT HEART EARLY HEALTH SCREENINGS: 7-10 a.m. July 26 and Aug. 6, 13, 20 at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., ground floor, Classrooms D and E. Screenings will include a fasting lipid panel, blood pressure, body mass index, fasting glucose as well as weight and waist circumference. Health screenings require a 12-hour fast. Participants are encouraged to register early because screening appointments are limited. (803) 296-2273; http://palmettohealth.org

CPR: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26 at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. BLS Healthcare Provider CPR/AED for adults, children and infants is taught using the most current guidelines for healthcare providers and emergency response personnel. Qualification is good for two years. Fee, $85. (803) 732-0432; http://midlandstech.edu/cce

WELLNESS DAY: 9 a.m.-noon July 26 at Stedfast Christian Center, 5200 Fairfield Road. Health screenings, nutrition sessions for the entire family and immunization information for all school-age children. Free. (803) 786-9129

BACK TO SCHOOL SPLASH: 10 a.m.-noon July 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1201 Mohawk Drive, West Columbia. Snow cones and supervised trips down the water slide, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., followed by a hot dog lunch and drawings school backpacks, back to school items and gift cards to Walmart and fast food restaurants. (803) 794-7777

BLYTHEWOOD IVY LEAGUE PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM: 10 a.m.-noon July 26 at Brookland Baptist Church Northeast, 1203 Summit Parkway. Guest presenters will be Dr. Leslie Bessellieu, psychologist; Dr. Tanya Seawright, internist, Renada Weathersbee, zumba instructor; and Olisa Ashford, first lady of Journey UMC. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. RSVP by July 20 to blythewoodakas@gmail.com

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Mystic Vibrations, 7-10 p.m. July 26 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Karaoke Idol will start at 6 p.m. June 14, 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

GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT K9 5K RUN/WALK: 10:30 p.m. July 26 at the Village at Sandhill, Clemson and Two Notch roads. The race will begin at the Plex, 741 Fashion Drive and end at the fountain in the Town Center Commons. Richland County Sheriff’s Department K9 officers and their assigned K9s will participate in the run. Following the race, the K9 unit will be on hand for interaction during the award ceremony. Entry fee is $25; early registration 8-10 p.m. July 26. Proceeds will benefit the Richland County Sheriff’s Department K9 unit. (803) 309-9413 or email khoover@rcsd.net

CAMERON RUNYAN OPEN HOUSE: 5-6:30 p.m. July 28 at City Hall, 1737 Main St. For more information or to schedule an appointment with the city councilman, call (803) 545-3061.

STEELY DAN: 8 p.m. July 29 at The Township, 1703 Taylor St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $57-$125 (four ticket limit); available at the box office and http://ticketmaster.com.

MAXWELL: 7:30 p.m. July 30 at The Township, 1703 Taylor St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $46-$77 (eight ticket limit); available at the box office and http://ticketmaster.com

MOVIES AT THE OPERA HOUSE: “The Lego Movie,” 10 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. July 31 at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter; $1. (803) 436-2616; http://sumteroperahouse.com

BREW AT THE ZOO: 7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Sample beer from domestics to imports to speciality microbrews, meander through the zoo or hang out in the plaza and listen to live music by Whiskey Tango Revue.. Event will be held rain or shine for the 21 and older crowd. Advance tickets are $40; $50 at the gate; Riverbanks Society members, $30. Designated driver tickets, $15 at the gate (includes unlimited soft drinks). Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks. (803) 779-8717; http://riverbanks.org

SUMMER DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, (Maxcy Gregg Park). Heart ’n Soul will be playing classic hits from the 1950s and ’60s. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; BYOB and snacks, soft drinks will be available for purchase. Advance tickets, $15; $20 at the door. Reserved tables available with a single purchase of at least six tickets. Proceeds will support programming at the Lourie Center. (803) 779-1971; http://louriecentersc.com

“THE MAGICAL LAND OF OZ”: Aug. 1-3, 8-10 at the Old Chapin Firehouse, 102 Lexington Ave., Chapin. Chapin Theatre Company production of the musical based on the classic L. Frank Baum book. Performances at 8 pm. Aug. 1, 2, 8, 9; 3 p.m. Aug. 3, 10. (803) 240-8544; http://chapintheatre.org

ARTS & DRAUGHTS: 7-11 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig, musical performances by Shallow Palace, Stagbriar, Bo White Y Su Orquesta and Banditos. D.I.Y. art projects, interactive art, scavenger hunts and tours. Sponsored by The Whig, WXRY and Free Times. $8; members, $5 (join or renew your membership and get in free). (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org

USC SUMMER CHORUS II: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 4 p.m. Aug. 3 in the School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Performances of Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” and “Te Deum” by Dvorak. Free. (803) 777-5369

STANDING IN THE GAP COMMUNITY FORUM AND FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2 at Francis Burns United Methodist Church, 5616 Farrow Road. Food, educational forums, health screenings and more; free. Join your neighbors’ efforts to enrich the 29203 community. (803) 361-4146; (803) 237-0697

PARENTS NIGHT OUT: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 2 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkeay. Park your kids ages 4-11 at the zoo for animal encounters, pizza, popcorn, a kid-friendly movie and more. $25 per child, $20 per child for Riverbanks members. Reservations deadline is July 26 at http://riverbanks.org

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Daniel Lewis, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 2 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

MUSEUMS ON US: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2 and noon-5 pm. Aug. 3 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders are admitted free the first full weekend monthly . Regular admission applies to additional guests. (803) 779-3100; http://edventure.org

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