GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Open to age 5 and older, children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center at 8:15 a.m., wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Water and snacks recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them. Register in advance by calling (803) 776-4396
E-WASTE RECYCLING: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at CrossRoads Middle School, 6949 St. Andrews Road, Columbia. Items accepted include computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners), TVs, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones, stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems. Open to Lexington and Richland County residents only. Sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful and the town of Irmo. (803) 733-1139; www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
S.C. BOTTLE CLUB SHOW AND SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Meadowlake Park Center, 600 Beckman Road. Small antiques and collectibles will be sold, also. Admission is a donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. Sponsored by the S.C. Bottle Club and the Cayce-West Columbia Sertoma Club. (803) 629-8553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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COLUMBIA ANIMAL SERVICES: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Animal Shelter, 127 Humane Lane. Special adoption rates for Valentine’s Day — a special two-for-one rate will be applied to any adopted pair of cats and/or dogs and a $14 discount will be applied to any single adoptions. All animals are spay/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed. Dogs are tested for heartworms and cats are tested for feline leukemia and FIV. (803) 776-7387. To view adoptable pets, visit www.petfinder.com
WOODROW WILSON FAMILY HOME REOPENING: Saturday through Monday at 1705 Hampton St. Opening day festival, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Tours, food trucks, live music, crafts and shopping. Festival tickets are free; tour tickets are $8; youth, $5; Historic Columbia members, free. Home and garden tours, 1-5 p.m. Sundayl free admission to the grounds (crafts for the kids and shopping); tour tickets are $8; youth, $5, HC members, free. President’s Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday; Free admission to the grounds, crafts for the kids and shopping. Home and garden tours, $8; youth, $5; HC members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org
LAKE MURRAY POLAR PLUNGE: Fundraiser for Special Olympics South Carolina, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Lake Murray Recreation Area on the Lexington side of the dam (entrance is at the intersection of S.C. 6 and Corley Mill Road). Registration begins at 10 a.m., there will be a costume contest at 11 a.m. and the plunge is at noon. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $50 in donations which will include an event T-shirt and refreshments. Co-sponsor is the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. www.firstgiving.com/so-sc/lake-murray-plunge
E-WASTE RECYCLING: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Forts Pond Elementary School, 7350 Fish Hatchery Road, Pelion. Lexington County Solid Waste Management will be accepting computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners), TVs, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones, stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems. Open to Lexington County residents only; no commercial waste will be accepted. (803) 785-3340; www.lex-co.sc.gov/recycling
BEAD AND JEWELRY SHOW: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Brookland Banquet and Event Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Beads, jewelry, beading supplies, gifts, gems and minerals. Admission, $3 (good for both days); students and children age 12 and younger, free. www.americangemexpo.com
“PUSS IN BOOTS”: Columbia Children’s Theatre production, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Tickets are $10; seniors and active duty military, $8; age 3 and younger, free. All tickets for the 7 p.m. performance will be $5. (803) 691-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
FIRING ON COLUMBIA COMMEMORATION: Noon Saturday on the West Columbia side of the Gervais Street bridge. The annual event depicts the Gen. William T. Sherman’s 1865 fusillade on the capitol city. Confederate sharpshooters will be on the Columbia side of the bridge. Billy Williams, a World War II veteran and Silver Star recipient will participate in the first firing. Sponsored by the General Wade Hampton Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. (803) 237-4409
HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE EDUCATION AND ENROLLMENT: 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. No appointment necessary; to enroll, bring your Social Security number, as well as your family members’ SSN (or document numbers if you are legal immigrants); family members’ birthdates; your last four pay stubs, W-2 forms or “Wage and Tax Statements; policy numbers for any existing health insurance plans; and information about any employer-provided health insurance for which you and your family would qualify. (803) 231-6383; www.richlandlibrary.com/cca
NEFERTITI’S GOLDEN SPA: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. In celebration of the exhibition, “Tutankhamen: Return of the King,” it’s an afternoon of pampering for women of all ages. Guests will learn ancient Egyptian beauty secrets as well as a few modern day ones. A series of stations with attendants will show participants how to use and make some of the concoctions; upon entering, women will receive a goodie bag to collect their handmade beauty treatments as they proceed through the stations. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $12; $10 for museum members (includes general admission and admission to the King Tut exhibit). Space is limited, call (803) 898-4999 or go to scmuseum.org for reservations.
BIG WESTERN DANCE: 7 p.m. Saturday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Intergenerational event will feature fun and instruction in line dancing and square dancing. Sponsored by Arts at Shandon; tickets are $5 (age 5 and older); maximum of $20 per family. (803) 771-4408, ext. 127; www.shandonpres.org
LITTLE BLACK DRESS WINE & CHEESE AFFAIR: 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave., Batesburg. Sponsored by the Woman’s Society of Batesburg Leesville, the event will feature wine, beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds will help fund scholarships for local students. Tickets are $25 and a limited number are available. (803) 413-2437 or email email@example.com
“BREAKING THE BARRIER”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. USC Dance Company presentation of choreography from assistant professor Tonya Wideman-Davis, an original work by faculty member Stephanie Wilkins and guest choreographer Helen Simoneau. Tickets are $12-$18. (803) 777-2551
CONTRA DANCE: 7:30-10:30 pm. Saturday at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. (Lincoln and Laurel streets). Live music by Contraforce; caller will be Gretchen Caldwell. New dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. $8; students with ID, $5. Bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music & Dance. (803) 760-5881; www.contracola.org
“THE OLD SETTLER”: 8 p.m. Saturdayat the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Set in Harlem in 1943, it’s the story of sisters whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new man. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150
“MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Old Chapin Firehouse, 103 Lexington Ave., Chapin. Chapin Theatre Company production is a collection of short theatrical works by award-winning American playwrights, TV writers and novelists. Show is PG-13, not suitable for children. Tickets are $14; age 13 and older, 60 and older and active military, $12. (803) 240-8544; www.chapintheatre.org/motherhood.html
WOODROW WILSON FAMILY HOME REOPENING: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at 1705 Hampton St. Home and garden tours, 1-5 p.m.; free admission to the grounds (crafts for the kids and shopping); tour tickets are $8; youth, $5, HC members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org
“THE OLD SETTLER”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Set in Harlem in 1943, it’s the story of sisters whose lives are changed by the arrival of a new man. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150
LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Valentines from France, 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Selections by Berlios, Bizet and Faure. Free. https://lmso.org/season/.sunday-concert-series-2
WOODROW WILSON FAMILY HOME REOPENING: Celebrate President’s Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at 1705 Hampton St. Free admission to the grounds, crafts for the kids and shopping. Home and garden tours, $8; youth, $5; HC members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org
BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 25 at Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. The workshops are designed by Stanford University for people living with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or lung disease. Topics include developing and action plan to improve your health, exercising safely, healthy eating, talking to your doctor and dealing with difficult emotions. Space is limited, sign up by calling (803) 898-0760.
SPEAKER @ THE CENTER: Noon-1 p.m. Thursday at the State Library’s Center for the Book,1500 Senate St. Book talk and signing by Charleston author Mark R. Jones (“Doin’ the Charleston: Black Roots of Black American Music & the Jenkins Orphanage Legacy”). Free and open to the public; bring your lunch and learn more about the Palmetto State. www.readsc.org/events
EDVENTURE AFTER DARK: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Adults can have fun at the museum, too. There will be glow-in-the-dark manicures and body paint, laser tag and light graffiti as well as beer, wine, pizza and networking. Tickets are $20 (includes two drinks); available at http://www.edventure.org. Proceeds will benefit the Yes, Every Child fund, EdVenture’s commitment to providing underserved families with access to the museum for only $1 per person.
“THE 39 STEPS”: Friday through March 1 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Combine an Alfred Hitchcock espionage thriller with the style of Monty Python and you get Patrick Barlow’s manically theatrical comedy. A cast of four will become more than 150 difference characters in the Tony Award winning whodunit. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 7 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12-$18; on March 1 there will be a half-price late night performance at 11 p.m. Presented by the USC College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Theatre and Dance. 777-2551
SWINGIN’ AT THE BIG APPLE: 8 p.m.-midnight Feb. 21 at the Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St. Swing dance lessons will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8; Historic Columbia and Palmetto Swing Dance Association members, $5. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org
LEXINGTON’S RACE AGAINST HUNGER: Feb. 22 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. 5K fitness run/walk begins at 8:15 a.m.; 10K run starts at 8:20 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run is slated for 8:25 a.m. Registration for the 10K is $35; 5K and fun run, $20. Race day registration, 6:40-7:40 a.m. in the gym behind the main building. 100 percent of the profit feeds the hungry. (803) 359-7770, ext. 20; www.lexrah.org
ROSE PRUNING WORKSHOP: 9 a.m. Feb. 22 in the rose gardens of Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Harden street side. Members of the Greater Columbia Rose Society will also have information in roses suitable for the Midlands, where to buy them, how to plant and care for them and yes, pruning them. Free and open to the public; rain date will be March 8. (803) 786-6654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TWO-MILE HIKE AT SESQUI: 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Guided hike will focus on fitness, so participants must be able to walk two miles at a moderate pace.Free with park admission of $2; $1.25 for S.C. residents age 65 and older or disabled and members of the S.C. National Guard; children age 15 and younger are admitted free — an adult must accompany children 15 and younger. Preregistration is required, the deadline is Wednesday. (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
HEALTH EVENT: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22 at First Nazareth Baptist Church, 2351 Gervais St. Presentations on the Affordable Care Act, end-of life issues and medication safety, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Navigators will be on hand to help with Marketplace Insurance sign-up. Health screenings, visiion checks and attorneys will discuss living wills and powers of attorney. Free; sponsored by the Institute for Health Care Improvement — USC Chapter, Healthy Columbia, First Nazareth and the S.C. Commission for the Blind.
GAMECOCK POLAR PLUNGE: Fundraiser for Special Olympics South Carolina, 6-10 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Maxcy Gregg Park pool, 1650 Park Circle. A minimum of $50 must be raised in order to plunge; plungers who raise $500 will receive a hoodie; $1,000 rates an embroidered robe. Dress up as a group or as an individual — there will be prizes. Register at http://so-sc.org/event/usc-polar-plunge/
SPRING VALLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION: Annual fundraiser, 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at The Members Club at Wildewood Tennis Center, 90 Mallet Hill Road. Live and silent auctions, catered Italian dinner, wine/beer cash bar, entertainment. The academic booster organization of Spring Valley High School provides resources to teachers and students that normal education funding does not. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. www.supportspringvalleyhigh.org
UU COFFEEHOUSE: 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at 2701 Heyward St. (Heyward and Woodrow streets). Doors open at 7 p.m. with Melissa Mummert performing on the side stage. At 8 p.m., it’s Chris Compton and the Ruby Brunettes. Daniele Howle and her band + Firework Show will take the stage at 9:15. A student and musician Q&A will be held following the show. Adult tickets are $15 in advance ($17 at the door); high school and college students, $3; eighth-graders and younger will be admitted free. (803) 200-2824; www.uucoffeehouse.org
TRINITY CATHEDRAL CHAMBER SINGERS: Southern Exposure New Music Series, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Rescheduled from Feb.11, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1-51 Greene St. The program will feature a salute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (“Camelot,” “Paint Your Wagon,” “Gigi,” “Brigadoon,” “My Fair Lady”). Joining the orchestra will be the Sandlapper Singers and soloists from the USC School of Music. Tickets are $30; seniors, USC faculty and staff, $25; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com
J.S. BACH SACRED CANTATA: “How Beautifully Shines the Morningstar,” 10 a.m. Feb. 23 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St. Sung in German by the Chancel Choir along with soprano soloist Serena Hill LaRoche and the Ebenzer Festival orchestra, led by Cantor Thomas J. White. (803) 765-9430
EDWARD RICE — FORTRESS SERIES: Gallery talk, 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. (803) 238-2351
SHUCKIN’ ON THE SHOALS: 4-7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Environmental Education Center at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Saluda Shoals Foundation fundraiser will feature oysters (don’t forget your oyster knife and gloves), smoked chicken and rice gumbo, beer, wine and a benefit auction. (803) 213-2036; www.saludashoalsfoundation.org
MAKE IT, BAKE IT, GROW IT, SEW IT: Live auction to benefit the Shepherd’s Center of Columbia, noon-2 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Leisure Ministries Building at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church. (803) 779-4449; www.shepherdcentercolumbia.org
VALENTINES FOR VETS: 9 a.m. Feb. 28 in the Media Center at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. Veterans are invited to share their memories and teach students some history. Veterans should arrive 8:15-8:45 for registration and the first session will begin at 9 a.m. (803) 530-2840
PALLADIUM SOCIETY CHILI COOK-OFF: 5-8 p.m. March 1 at in the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds. Entry deadline is Feb.; 25; $20 entry fee covers one chili entry plus two tickets (cook and one guest). Just tasting? Advance tickets are $30; $25 for Historic Columbia members; Paladium Society members, $15; all tickets $30 at the door (includes all you can eat and drink — chili, wine and beer). Proceeds will benefit Historic Columbia. (803) 252-7742, ext. 11; www.historiccolumbia.org
BATTLE OF THE BADGES: Charity basketball game and dinner, 5 p.m. March 1 at Gilbert High School, 840 Main St., Gilbert. Fundraiser for the Make A Wish Foundation will feature a team of Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies against a team of personnel from Lexington County Public Safety (fire service, emergency medical services and 911 communications center). Tickets are $8; includes spaghetti dinner, performance by magician John Tudor and hoops. Tickets available at Fire Station 8, 103 Main St., Gilbert; Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Price’s Country Store, 540 Peach Festival Road, Gilbert Middle School and Gilbert High. (803) 518-3073
“I DO! I DO!”: Newberry Community Players dinner theater musical, 6:30 p.m. March 1, 8; and 1 p.m. March 2, 9 in the Newberry Community Hall, 1209 Caldwell St., Newberry. The event is designed as if attendees are at an anniversary reception and will include gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts (cash bar). Tickets are $42; groups of 10 or more, $35 (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com
THROWING FOR BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATES: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 5-April 9, at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Class provides opportunities for the students who want to learn about throwing pottery and those who want to brush up on their skills; maximum of nine students age 16 and older. $80; registration deadline is Feb. 20. (803) 545-3093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERMEDIATE HAND BUILDING: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 6-April 10 at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Class will focus on more advanced hand building techniques such as working with different clays, using advanced decorative techniques and multiple shape projects. Participants are required to have a pottery tool kit; open to students age 16 and older. $80; includes all other materials. Registration deadline is Feb. 20. (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com
THROWING FOR BEGINNERS: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 11-April 15, at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Class provides opportunities for the students who want to learn about throwing pottery; maximum of nine students age 16 and older. $80; registration deadline is Feb. 20. (803) 545-3093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org