“IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR”: Educational symposium, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Eau Claire High School, 4800 Monticello Road. Dr. Montrio Belton will deliver the keynote address. Sessions on relationships, sex, Common Core standards, cyberbullying and an educational forum on the Affordable Care Act. Sponsored by the Richland County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (803) 315-8962
COMMUNITY MEETING: 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church, 2604 Lower Richland Blvd. The event will include discussion of Lower Richland issues and concerns; information on the Affordable Care Act; voter registration/information updates and free voter photo IDs will be provided by the Richland County Voter Registration & Election Commission. Refreshments will be served. (803) 318-8857
“MUSEUMS ON US” WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders will be admitted for free; regular admission applies to additional guests. $11.50; age 62 and older and military with ID, $10.50; members and children 12 months and younger, free. (803) 779-3100; http://edventure.org
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ART DAY: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Celebration of South Carolina art and artists will feature a day of hands-on activities, artist demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours of the art collection, live music and more. Free with museum general museum or membership. http://scmuseum.org
HOSPITAL OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, 400 Palmetto Health Parkway. Hospital tours, samples of fresh, local food that will be served at the hospital; musical entertainment and a keepsake. (803) 434-4482; http://experiencebaptistparkridge.com
PARTY ANIMALS MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday at City Roots, 1005 Airport Blvd. Gates open at 11 a.m., the parade starts at noon (staging begins at 9:30 a.m.); festival will feature music, food and beverages for sale and a kids zone. $10; children age 12 and younger and dogs will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit The Animal Mission in its efforts to provide free and discounted spay/neuter programs across the Midlands. (803) 929-6650; http://partyanimalsmardigras.com
S.C. CORNBREAD FESTIVAL KICKOFF: 11 a.m. Saturday at C.A. Johnson High School, 2219 Barhamville Road. Live music, refreshments, speakers; followed by the Miss S.C. Cornbread Festival pageant at 5 p.m. The kickoff is free; tickets to the pageant, $5 at the door. Sponsored by the North Columbia Business Association, the festival is planned for March 29 in the 2800 block of North Main Street.
SPAGHETTI DINNER: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of Dentsville Baptist Church, 6708 Two Notch Road. Tickets are $7, includes entree, salad and garlic bread (drinks will be served for dine-in only); delivery orders 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Conducted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, proceeds will help the church rebuild its sanctuary. Advance tickets available at the RCSD Headquarters, 5623 Two Notch Road; RCSD Region Two Headquarters (Columbia Mall), 7201 Two Notch Road or by calling (803) 576-3441. Any leftover tickets will be sold at the door.
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; http://richlandlibrary.com/cca
“PETITE ROUGE — A CAJUN RED RIDING HOOD”: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Family-friendly outdoor Zydeco-driven musical based on the classic fairy tale. $5; age 3 and younger, free. (803) 772-1228; http://icrc.net/saluda-shoals-park
PALLADIUM SOCIETY CHILI COOK-OFF: 5-8 p.m. Saturday at in the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds. Advance tickets are $30; $25 for Historic Columbia members; Palladium 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; http://historiccolumbia.org
BATTLE OF THE BADGES: Charity basketball game and dinner, 5 p.m. Saturday 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 the hoops contest. 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. Saturdayin 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; http://newberryoperahouse.com
PALMETTO OPERA PRESENTS “CARMEN”: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Peformance by Teatro Lirico d’Europa, the performance will be sung in French with English supertitles. Tickets are $45; children, military and students, $35. Come early for a 6 p.m. pre-show chat with Giorgio Lalov, founder and executive director of Teatro. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com
OPERA AT USC: “L’ESIR D’AMORE”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Italian language performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera. Tickets are $25; seniors, USC faculty, staff and military, $20; students, $7. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com
“STATUS UPDATE”: 8 p.m. Saturday at USC’s Lab Theatre, 1400 Wheat St. (Booker T. Washington Building). After months of research on the increasing dominance of social media and technology in our world, graduate student Kat Martin scripted the side effects of life in the Internet age. $5. (803) 777-3685
“MUSEUMS ON US” WEEKEND: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders will be admitted for free; regular admission applies to additional guests. $11.50; age 62 and older and military with ID, $10.50; members and children 12 months and younger, free. (803) 779-3100; http://edventure.org
“I DO! I DO!”: Newberry Community Players dinner theater musical, 1 p.m. Sunday 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; http://newberryoperahouse.com
$1 SUNDAY AT THE STATE MUSEUM: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at 301 Gervais St. Admission is $1 the first Sunday monthly. (803) 898-4999; www.scmuseum.org
“PETITE ROUGE — A CAJUN RED RIDING HOOD”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Family-friendly outdoor Zydeco-driven musical based on the classic fairy tale. $5; age 3 and younger, free. (803) 772-1228; http://icrc.net/saluda-shoals-park
CELTIC WOMAN: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. The all-female Irish ensemble brings “The Emerald Tour” to Columbia as part of a 65 city tour. Tickets are $49-$111.80. (803) 576-2356; http://township.org
PANEL DISCUSSION — HOMELESS AND HUNGRY: 3 p.m. Sunday at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., second floor. In conjunction with the photo exhibition “Jan Banning: Down and Out in the South,” the panel will feature Carrie Draper, director of policy and community outreach, USC Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities; Shirley Gossett, volunteer, Food Not Bombs; Denise Holland, CEO, Harvest Hope Food Bank; and Paul Moore, co-chair, Washington Street Soup Cellar. (803) 319-9949
OPERA AT USC: “L’ESIR D’AMORE”: 3 p.m. Sunday at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Italian language performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera. Tickets are $25; seniors, USC faculty, staff and military, $20; students, $7. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com
“SPIRALS OF LIGHT”: “Music of Meira Warshauer,” classical music concert, 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Tree of Life Congregation, 6719 N. Trenholm Road. Part of the Light the Way project, a nonprofit organization serving as a creative way for professional musicans to benefit the homeless. The event will also feature the premiere of Jack Burkheim’s poem, “Figment of My Imagination.” Tickets are $20; students and seniors, $10. Benefits will go to the Columbia Family Shelter. http://lightthewaysc.com
“STATUS UPDATE”: 8 p.m. Sunday at USC’s Lab Theatre, 1400 Wheat St. (Booker T. Washington Building). After months of research on the increasing dominance of social media and technology in our world, graduate student Kat Martin scripted the side effects of life in the Internet age. $5. (803) 777-3685
RICHLAND 101: A free course on the basics of Richland County government will meet 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, March 3-27. Classes will cover a range of subjects to give attendees insight into how tax dollars are used to provide services to residents. Course will include a ride on a COMET bus, tour of the detention center, guide to emergency services and a tour of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. To register and view a schedule, go to http://rcgov.us or call (803) 576-2062
LEXINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY CITIZENS’ ACADEMY: Applications are being accepted for the next session, meeting 7 p.m. Tuesdays, March 4-May 13. Applicants must be age 18 and older, reside in Lexington County and have no serious crime conviction. Call (803) 785-2557; http://www.lex-co.com/sheriff/Application%20Public%20Safety%20Citizens%20Academy.pdf
THE FINANCIAL STATUS OF WOMEN IN 2014: 6 p.m. Thursday in Breed Leadership Center at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. Event will highlight the most recent Shriver Report on the unequal status of women; WIS’ Judi Gatson will moderate a panel discussion on the conditions that impact the financial stability of women in Columbia and surrounding communities. Registration is not required but RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for planning purposes.
BEER 101: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays through March 27 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Explore the history and production of various styles of ales and lagers and enjoy a variety of beer tastings. $40 or $12 per class. Open to members and the public age 50 and older. Pre-registration is required. (803) 779-1971; http://louriecentersc.com/activities/regular-classes/
ADULT STUDENT DAY AT MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: 9 a.m.-noon Friday in the student center commons area of the MTC Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd. Meet faculty, staff and current students, learn about financial aid opportunities and high-demand jobs; apply to the college (application fee waived). Pre-register and view the day’s schedule at http://www.midlandstech.edu/visit. (803) 822-6714
AARP SMART DRIVER PROGRAM: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday at the Lexington Leisure Center, 108 Park Road, Lexington. Completion of the program enables any participant age 26 and older to receive a discount on their automobile insurance. $20; AARP members, $15. Bring a sack lunch. Call (803) 957-7979
ST. PAT’S IN FIVE POINTS KICKOFF: 5-7 p.m. Friday at the fountain (Harden and Greene streets). Children can help with the traditional dyeing the fountain green. Entertainment by the Rince N’ah Eireann Irish step dancers, DJ Scott Padgett and bagpipers in traditional Irish garb. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be March 15 this year.
“MARVIN’S ROOM”: Friday through March 9, 13-16 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical Colege, 7300 College St., Irmo. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and March 8, 13-15; 3 p.m. March 9 and 16. Tickets are $18; students age 13 and older, seniors 60 and older and active duty military, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html
CARS 2 DREAMS CAR SHOW: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 8 at the Camden Recreation Department, 1050 Dekalb St. Live entertainment, food, alcohol-free event. Prizes for Best in Show, Best Truck, Best GM, Ford, Mopar, non-Big 3, Top 40. Entry fee $10, registration 8-11 am. Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville. http://cars2dreams.com
REPTICON: Reptile and exotic animal show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9 at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Vendors, breeders and educators will offer animals, merchandise, cages, supplies, live and frozen feeders and expert advice. Tickets are $10; ages 5-12, $5; age 4 and younger, free. http://repticon.com/columbia.html
HIGH SCHOOL ORGANISTS COMPETITION: 10 a.m. March 8 at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. Prizes of $1,000, $500, $300 and $250 will be awarded. Sponsored by the Greater Columbia Chapter of AGO (American Guild of Organists) to promote the art of pipe organ performance. Free and open to the public.
WATEREE OUTDOOR LIFE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 8 at the FIne Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. Outdoor exhibitions will feature demonstrations in fly fishing, falconry, Labrador retrievers and Boykin spaniels. Live music, local artisans and craft makers, food and drink vendors. $5; ages 6-16, $3; age 5 and younger, free. http://cityofcamden.org
JOHN TUDOR’S MAGIC WORKSHOP: 1-4 p.m. March 8 at Columbia Children’s Theatre, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, second level. Interactive hands-on class for children age 6 and older. Adults are welcome to stay and watch but not required to; seating is limited so each child may have individual attention. $20 (includes all special materials). (803) 691-4548
MARDI GRAS GALA: 6:30-11 p.m. March 8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road. Music, live auction, complimentary beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the Dickerson Center for Children. $100 per person. (803) 791-1511; http://dickersoncenter.org
“I DO! I DO!”: Newberry Community Players dinner theater musical, 6:30 p.m. March 8 and 1 p.m. March 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; http://newberryoperahouse.com
PASSPORT TO ART: “Krazy Kimonos,” noon-3 p.m. March 9 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Free open studio program for families. This month’s session, inspired by the exhibition “Japan and the Jazz Age,” will feature the creation of a patterned printed kimono. A themed family tour will be held at 1 p.m.; or take a self-guided tour of CMA. http://columbiamuseum.org
SUNDAYS AT LOWMAN CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. March 9 in the Wellness Center’s New Life Chapel on the Heritage at Lowman campus, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin. Concert will feature Tom White, cantor of Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Free and open to the public, a reception will follow in Hoefler Gallery. (803) 451-7414
MOMMY AND ME ART CLASS: 10-11 a.m. Mondays, March 10-31, at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Creation of art pieces in clay and drawing for children ages 2-5 and a parent. Registration is $50; deadline is Friday. Minimum class, five children and parents; 10 children and parents, maximum. Registration and information, email@example.com
BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 18-April 22 at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. 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 an action plan to improve your health, exercising safely, healthy eating, talking to your doctor and dealing with dangerous emotions. Space is limited, call (803) 898-0760 to sign up.
ENGENUITYSC SCIENCE CAFE: 6-7:30 p.m. March 11 at Speakeasy, 711 Saluda Ave. Science Cafe is a free, informal talk in a casual pub environment; they meet the second Tuesday monthly. Dr. Jamie Lead, one of the world’s top nanoscience researchers, focuses on the scientific, technological, health, economic, legal and societal behaviors and effects of nanoscience. http://engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe
CHILDREN’S POTTERY WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (ages 5-9) and 2-5 p.m. (age 10 and older) March 15 at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Participants in the one-time pottery workshop will make up to two projects which will be completed. Minimum of five and maximum of 15 students in each session. $35, includes materials and supplies. Registration deadline is March 10. firstname.lastname@example.org
KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL: The Richland County Sustainability Office is teaming up with KTMB in offering 55-gallon rain barrels for $60 and compost bins for $50. Regular prices are $150 and $100. To order, call (803) 733-1139 or order online at http://www.enviroworld.ca/midlands ; orders must be placed by 5 p.m. March 8. You can pick up your barrels, bins and accessories from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 22 at the Gamecock BI-LO shopping center, 4464 Devine St.
BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22 at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. Participants will make a woven tote bag during the workshop; class size is limited to a minimum of five and maxiumum of 10. Registration fee is $60 (includes all materials) and the deadline is March 8. email@example.com
PAALS UN-GALA: 7 p.m. March 22 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services charity event has food, beverages and entertainment on par with a formal gala, but with a more relaxed and casual atmosphere. This year’s theme is a Parrot Head party — “Dog-Aritaville.” Games, music by the Tsunami Wave Riders, live and silent auctions and more. Tickets are $40 if purchased by March 8; $60 after and at the door. http://paals.org