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HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR: 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Vendors will offer information on nutrition, meal preparation, cancer awareness, health care reform, self-defense classes and fitness demonstrations as blood pressure, visual, cholesterol and BMI screenings. (803) 545-3200; http://columbiasc.net
Will they raise the roof?
AN EVENING WITH HABITAT: 6-10 p.m. Thursday at 701 Whaley. Fundraiser for Central SC Habitat for Humanity will include a Lowcountry Southern dinner from Hudson’s Catering, a silent auction featuring handcrafted items using recycled and reclaimed wood materials from Habitat’s ReStore, awards presentation and recognition of homeowners who have paid off their mortgages. Tickets are $50. (803) 252-3570; http://habitatcsc.org
Smokin’ at the Farmers Market
COMMISSIONERS CUP BBQ COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL: Friday and Saturday at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. More than 40 teams will compete for the State Barbecue Championship title and other prizes. The festival kicks off with the “Anything Butt” contest, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, this year’s challenge is chicken wings. The Blue Iguanas will perform on the Farm Bureau Music Stage. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., you can sample barbecue or purchase large amounts to take home; there will be children’s activities, too. While the festival is free, ticket prices range from $2-$35 for food samples. Canned food donations will be accepted for Harvest Hope Food Bank. http://agriculture.sc.gov