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
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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 email@example.com 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”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday at the FiIne 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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
“MARVIN’S ROOM”: 7 p.m. Saturday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.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
REPTICON: Reptile and exotic animal show, 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
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
“I DO! I DO!”: Newberry Community Players dinner theater musical, 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
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
“MARVIN’S ROOM”: 3 p.m. March 9 and 16, 8 p.m. March 13-15 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo.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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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