CREATIVE JOURNEY FOR COMBAT VETS: 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Arts Center, 1928 Calhoun St. The program offers art resources in pottery and painting to those combat veterans who would like to channel their energies. Sessions meet the third Friday monthly; there is no charge and all supplies are provided. (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com
CLAY RICE EXHIBIT: Friday through June 29 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Original hand-cut illustrations from Rice’s new children’s book, “Mama, Let’s Make a Moon.” Free with museum admission or membership. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (803) 898-4921; http://scmuseum.org
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. On Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., you can sample barbecue or purchase larger 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
“WHO KILLED THE BOSS?”: 6:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Columbia Dinner Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive. Theatre Rowe production follows the folks at National Universal Technology Services (NUTS, get it?) as they prepare for the annual company party. Menu is your choice of chicken marsala or sauteed tilapia with Chardonnay sauce, rice pilaf, sauteed squash and zucchini, tossed salad, rolls, desserts, tea. Tickets are $30; students, military and seniors, $27. (803) 200-2012
WELL TEMPERED CLAVIER MARATHON: 7 p.m. Friday at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St. In celebration of J.S. Bach’s 329th birthday, Matthew Ganong, artist in residence for Patrons/Friends of the Arts at Ebenezer, will play all 48 preludes and fugues from memory. Spectators may come and go between pieces and can enjoy food provided by the Wurst Wagen and beer from Conquest Brewery, both local businesses. The performance is free. (803) 765-9430, ext. 17
PALMETTO ARTIST SERIES: “You Amaze Us Tour” featuring Selah, Mark Shultz and J.J. Heller, 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Tickets are $15. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210; http://sapc.net/pas
ARTS AT SHANDON: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free concert will feature organists Bill McNair, Charles Frost and clarinetist Susan Steedman. (803) 771-4408
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”: Columbia City Ballet, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Tickets are $16, $29 and $39. Mad Hatter PJ Party, 6 p.m. Friday, crafts, pizza, meet the performers and more; $25 per person. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com
“LADIES OF LADY STREET LATE NIGHT CABARET”: 11 p.m. Friday at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. An entertaining mix of female impersonation, celebrity illusions, showgirl costumes, comedy, glamour and live singing. Vista Queen Emeritus Patti O’Furniture will lead a cast featuring Paris LeFaris, Stevie Nicks impersonator Jamie Monroe and others. Doors and the bar open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $15; available at http://trustus.org or at the door.
RUN FOR BLUE 5K FUN RUN/WALK FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. $25; family or team of four, $70. T-shirts and swag bags available while supplies last. The Ronny Train’s initial fundraiser gets a jump start on April’s Autism Awareness Month; all proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. (803) 673-7443; http://theronnytrain.org
GREAT COLUMBIA QUEST: Historic Columbia’s 3rd annual citywide scavenger hunt, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Teams of two will meet at the Carriage House at Robert Mills and follow clues that test their knowledge of local art, architecture and history on their way to various historic sites and monuments downtown. Teams will have three hours to solve puzzles and complete challenges for points (you may travel on foot or bike). Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place teams as well as teams with the best name and best costume. Registration is $10 and includes a shirt and goody bag for each team member and admission to a finish line party with snacks, drinks and awards. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; http://historiccolumbia.org
SPRINGTIME AT THE GARDEN FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Get expert advice on keeping your backyards in bloom, how to manage pesky seasonal pests and see what’s growing on at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. Garden-related activities, more than 40 vendors offering plants, tools, jewelry and garden art; children’s activities and performances by indie band Lunch Money (10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) Free with paid admission or zoo membership. (803) 779-8717; http://riverbanks.org
SPRING PLANT FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Kershaw County Farmers Market, Church and Rutledge streets, Camden. Plants, handmade yard art, birdhouses, seed exchange and Master Gardeners will answer your questions. http://kcfarmersmarket.org
FAMILY HISTORY EVENT: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. Clemson University Libraries and Richland Library have partnered to host a one-day family history themed event. Funded by a Knight Foundation grant, the session will focus on discovering ancestral roots, preserving the past and making new family memories. Things get going with a family story time, followed by a talk by local author Dinah Johnson, whose book “All Around Town” explores the photography of Richard Samuel Roberts. Lunch will be catered by Albert’s Deli and attendees can browse the various informational tables set up around the auditorium. A photo booth will be available so families can step in and create new memories and take home a fun photo strip. After lunch, there will be the opportunity to digitize family history materials, including photos, recipes, etc. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver that allows the materials to be added to the Walker Local and Family History Center’s digital collections. Free, no registration necessary. (864) 656-0229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMISSIONERS CUP BBQ COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 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. You can sample barbecue or purchase larger 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
HAY BALE GARDENING: 11 a.m. Saturday at The Farmer’s Shed, 2514 Augusta Highway, Lexington. Learn a unique way of growing vegetables and get ready for summer’s bounty. Call (803) 996-9122 to register.
YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL EXPO: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road. Clinics, games, music, food and more. Youth baseball for boys ages 9-14, youth softball for girls 8-14 and City Sluggers instructional baseball for ages 4-8. Transportation will be provided from St. Anna’s and Martin Luther King Parks. Registration is $25. Scholarships are available; verification must be shown to receive assistance. Equipment will be provided by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. Registration forms available at http://columbiasc.net or may be filled out at the Earlewood Park office, 1111 Parkside Drive. (803) 545-3100
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”: Columbia City Ballet, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Tickets are $16, $29 and $39. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com
DINNER AND A SHOW: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. In addition to an elegant dinner, attendees will see “Hairspray” performed by the Palmetto Center for the Arts theatre students. Sponsored by the Richland Northeast Education Foundation, proceeds will help sponsor teacher and student grants. Tickets are $30; students, senior citizens and military, $20; couples, $50. (803) 699-2800
“WHO KILLED THE BOSS?”: 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Dinner Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive. Theatre Rowe production follows the folks at National Universal Technology Services (NUTS, get it?) as they prepare for the annual company party. Menu is your choice of chicken marsala or sauteed tilapia with Chardonnay sauce, rice pilaf, sauteed squash and zucchini, tossed salad, rolls, desserts, tea. Tickets are $30; students, military and seniors, $27. (803) 200-2012
UU COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC SERIES: Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, 2701 Heyward St. (Heyward and Woodrow streets). John Boling performs on the side stage at 7 p.m.; former Columbia resident Hannah Miller opens on the main stage at 8 p.m., followed by Barrett Smith. Adult tickets are $15 with a reservation; $17 at the door; high school and college students, $3. Children through eighth grade are admitted free. Homemade desserts, organic coffee, tea and sodas will be available from the kitchen, BYOB for beverages not available in the kitchen. Reservations: (803) 200-2824; http://uucoffeehouse.org
LEXINGTON BRIDAL EXPO: 1-5 p.m. Sunday at DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road. Local wedding professionals and consultants, door prizes, one-stop bridal planning and shopping, refreshments. Tickets are $10. http://bridecitybridalshows.com (use promo code 140323Expo for a $2 discount).
SUMTER COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: 4 p.m. Sunday at Patriot Hall, in the Sumter County Cultural Center, 135 Haynsworth St., Sumter. The performance is free and open to the public. (803) 436-2260
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 5:30-7 p.m. Monday at the Batesburg-Leesville branch of the Lexington County Library, 203 Armory St., Batesburg. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, attorney Bryn C. Sarvis will discuss wills, estates and probate issues. The format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Spring session of “Adventures in Learning” begins Tuesday at Ashland Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road. Classes meet 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 20. New offerings include Constitutional Law: Supreme Court Cases, A Study of Short Stories, Computers for Beginners, Poetry: Something Old and Something New, The American Revolution in the Southern Colonies: Decisive Theater of the War, Uganda as a Case Study for Post-Colonial Africa, Happiness: Discovering Key Strategies, Fun with Calligraphy, The Crusades, All That Jazz and Readers’ Circle. Ongoing classes include Art, Bell Ensemble, Bridge, Creative Writing, Great Movies and Great Stars, Quilting, Line Dancing and Tai Chi. Registration for three classes per day for the entire session, $25. Catered lunch with entertainment will be available for $7. (803) 731-9394; http://shepherdscenterofstandrews.org
RALLY FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS: 11 a.m. Tuesday at the State House, Main and Gervais streets. Entertainment, speakers, spirit contest and more. Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round athletic training and competition for over 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
LIGHTS OF HOPE: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the State House steps (Gervais Street side). Luminarias will spell out the word HOPE and Willie Lee Garvin, a cancer survivor from Eastover, will share her cancer journey. The lights honor those who have survived or are fighting cancer; you may be part of this event by making a $10 contribution for each luminaria to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. http://acscan.org/stateloh
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Richland Library, Main Branch, 1431 Assembly St. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the clinic will cover family law issues, including divorce, custody visitation and support. Free; format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Richland Library, Northeast Branch, 7490 Parklane Road. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the clinic will cover criminal law issues and expungements. Free; format typically consists of an overview followed by a Q&A session. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
“SONGS FROM THE HARP”: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. Kipper Edens Ackerman, along with other local musicians, will perform a benefit concert for The Sounds of Grace, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring peace and healing through music by placing musicians in health care and hospice facilities and classrooms for children with special needs. Box and orchestra tickets are $20; balcony, $15. (803) 436-2500; http://sumtersc.gov/sumter-opera-house
“THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE”: Thursday through March 30 and April 3-6 at the Sumter Little Theatre, 15 Mood Ave., Sumter. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. $10; students, seniors and military, $8; age 6 and younger, $6. General audience tickets go on sale Monday. (803) 775-2150
“ PRIDEFUL POSSESSIONS: A SOUTH CAROLINA SILVER SAMPLER”: A new permanent exhibit opening March 28 at the Robert Mills House showcases rarely displayed pieces from Historic Columbia’s museum collection and will investigate makers, sellers and consumers of silver in Columbia and Richland County during the late 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibit is shown as part of the guided tours of the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Tours run at the top of the hour Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. $8; youth, $4; free for HC members. http://historiccolumbia.org
“LEO TWIGGS’ SHIFTING SYMBOLS”: March 28-April 29 at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St. Exhibition will feature work from the last three years not shown before in Columbia. An artist’s reception will be held 6-9 p.m. March 28 with a gallery talk at 1 p.m. March 29. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. (803) 238-2351 or email email@example.com
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”: 7:30 p.m. March 28, 29 and 3 p.m. March 30 at the Ritz Theater, 1511 Main St., Newberry. Production features performers from the Newberry Community Players and Imagination Alley’s Children’s Theater. $10; students, $6; groups of 10 or more, $5 each. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com
THE M.O.M. SALE: 7 a.m.-noon March 29 at Brookland Baptist Church, 1006 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Sponsored by the Multiples of the Midlands, the sale will have gently used infant and children’s clothing (preemie-14), maternity clothing, toys and equipment, books, furniture and more. (803) 318-0410; http://multiplesofthemidlands.com
HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE EDUCATION AND ENROLLMENT: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 29 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
45th ANNUAL COTTONTAIL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 29 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. $1 per child, includes games, rides, activities and 1 p.m. egg hunt. Concessions will be available. Sponsored by the Richland County Recreation Commission, park admission is $5; age 15 and younger, free. (803) 741-7272
REAL WOMEN WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. March 29 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, the workshop will offer empowering tools in the areas of spirituality, health and finances. Host will be Tressia from the Cocoa Classy Digital Magazine. Free and child care is provided for ages 5-12; registration deadline is Wednesday. (803) 754-5223
S.C. CORNBREAD FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 29 at 2800 N. Main St. and Newman Street. Live music starts at noon with the MoBros, Orquesta McCuba, the Finesse Band, the Fantastic Shakers, the Root Doctors and the Swingin’ Medallions. The 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m.; other attractions include a cornbread cook-off, a cornbread eating contest, car show, cornbread toss, line dancing, door prizes and plenty of children’s activities. Accepting canned food donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Admission is $5; age 12 and younger, 70 and older, free. Sponsored by the North Columbia Business Association. (803) 786-7232; http://sccornbreadfestival.com
SHEARING TIME AT OLD McCASKILL’S FARM: 1-6 p.m. March 30 at 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert. Annual sheep shearing, border collie demo, spinner, weaver and quilters, blacksmith, working saw and grist mills, farm fresh concessions. $4; age 2 and younger, free. http://oldmccaskillfarm.com
“DOGS (AND CATS) ROCK!”: 3 p.m. March 30 at Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. Students and teachers from the Columbia Arts Academy pay tribute to the music of KISS in full makeup and local dance rock band Chick Flix will close out the show; face painting for the kids. Free admission, silent auction and raffle with all proceeds to benefit Pets Inc. (803) 787-0931; http://columbiartsacademy.com
A.W. DUO CONCERT: 6 p.m. March 30 at the Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), 1512 Blanding St. Russian pianist Alyona Aksyonova and American cellist James Waldo perform classical muisic and contemporary works. Suggested donations of $15 for adults and $10 for students, will benefit Transitions, the project designed to end Midlands homelessness.
CAMERON RUNYAN OPEN HOUSE: 5-7 p.m. March 31 at City Hall, 1737 Main St. Come meet your city councilman; for more information or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 545-3061
EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES: “The 20th Century: Columbia Celebrates 200 Years,” takes Columbia from 1914 to the present. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of “Columbia Revisited,” will lead the series. Lectures will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 1-May 6, at the Seibels House & Garden, 1601 Richland St. $60; $35 for students; Historic Columbia members, $50 or $10 per class. Registration is not required but space may be limited. Reserve your spot by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or visit http://historiccolumbia.org
SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Spring classes, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2-May 28 at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. New classes include Ukulele, World Amazing Bridges, Personal Memories, What You “Auto” Know, British History: 1815-1914, Palmetto State Historical Sites, S.C.’s Archeological Sites and Constructive Disagreement Skills. Returning classes are Classic Movies, Yoga, Dulcimers, Handbells, Acrylic and Watercolor, Bridge, Travel, French, Creative Writing, Luncheon Speakers and Field Trips. A bonus Thursday class, Beginning Watercolor and Acrylic will meet 9 a.m.-noon. $25 for unlimited classes or visit a class for free. Register at (803) 779-4449; http://shepherdcentercolumbia.org
BULL STREET CANDLELIGHT REMEMBRANCE: 6:30 p.m. April 3 at the DMH Bull Street campus, 2100 Bull St. Columbia mental health advocacy groups will father in front of the Babcock Building for a candlelight vigil honoring those who worked, lived, received and provided treatment at the historic site since its opening in 1828. Free, rain or shine, open to the public. (803) 779-5363
NAMI MID-CAROLINA AWARENESS WALK: 8:30 a.m. April 5 at the DMH Bull Street campus, 2100 Bull St. 5K walk to support education, advocacy, encourage research and fight the stigma of mental illness in South Carolina. (803) 206-2916
CHILDREN’S CONCERT: 10 a.m. April 1 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. The USC Symphony Orchestra and Cirque de la Symphonie — performance by mesmerizing circus artists choreographed to classical masterpieces. $5 per child; $5 per chaperone or adult. For tickets, call (803) 251-2222 or purchase in the lobby the morning of the concert.
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE: 7:30 p.m. April 1 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. The USC Symphony Orchestra and Cirque de la Symphonie — performance by mesmerizing circus artists choreographed to classical masterpieces. $30; seniors, USC faculty and staff, $25; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com