CAMERON RUNYAN OPEN HOUSE: 5-7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 1737 Main St. Come meet your city councilman; for more information or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 545-3061
CHILDREN’S CONCERT: 10 a.m. Tuesday 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.
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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 through May 6 at the Seibels House & Garden, 1601 Richland St. Tuesday’s session “Boom, Bam, Boom,” will cover the capital city’s growth from the 1920s-1940s. $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
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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
“HELLO, DOLLY!”: Wednesday through April 6 in the Westwood High School auditorium, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood. Inaugural Blythewood Community Theater production, show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; military with ID, $13.50; seniors and children age 12 and younger, $10; available at http://brownpapertickets.com, at the door or at the Blythewood Arts Center, 152-B Blythewood Road.
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
BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2-May 7, at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Designed by Stanford University for people living with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease and mental health issues. Topics include developing an action plan to improve your health, exercising safely, healthy eating, talking to your doctor and dealing with difficult emotions. Space is limited, call (803) 898-0760 to sign up.
SWING SHIFT BIG BAND: 6 p.m. Thursday, room 006, USC School of Music, 813 Assembly St. Free concert will feature a performance of “The Borg Suite,” composed by New York jazz composer James Perry — a multi-movement work featuring the ensemble’s director Bryson Borgsted on saxophones, flute, clarinet and piccolo. http://sc.edu/music
COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART: Touring and Tasting, 6 p.m. Thursday at 1515 Main St. Doug Aylard from Vino Garage will introduce Asian-inspired wines and Japanese sakes, followed by a guided tour of the museum’s “Japan and the Jazz Age” art deco exhibit. $65; CMA members, $55. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
BULL STREET CANDLE-LIGHT REMEMBRANCE: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Department of Mental Health Bull Street campus, 2100 Bull St. Columbia mental health advocacy groups will gather in front of the Babcock Building for a candle-light 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
COLUMBIA OPEN STUDIOS PREVIEW PARTY: 7-10 p.m. Thursday at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St., 2nd floor. Meet the artists and sponsors of the tour at a reception with cash bar and refreshments. $10; members, $5. http://columbiaopenstudios.org
“HELLO, DOLLY!”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Westwood High School auditorium, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood. Inaugural Blythewood Community Theater production. Tickets are $15; military with ID, $13.50; seniors and children age 12 and younger, $10; available at http://brownpapertickets.com, at the door or at the Blythewood Arts Center, 152-B Blythewood Road.
“THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE”: Thursday through Sunday 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. (803) 775-2150
“THE SUNSHINE CLASS SOCIAL COMMITTEE”: 6:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Columbia Dinner Theatre, second floor, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Theatre Rowe production provides a peek at the quarterly meetings of the Sunshine Sunday School Class Social Committee from Bethel Baptist Church in south Georgia. The former committee chairperson met with an unfortunate accident in front of a local bingo parlor, resulting in comedic power struggles among the six remaining committee members. $25, (803) 200-2012; http://scdinnertheatre.com
PALMETTO OPERA: 8 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Three internationally acclaimed American singers (Walter Cuttino, Diana Amos and Jacob Will) headline the performance of Puccini, Gilbert and Sullivan and popular Broadway classics. Part of the Baker and Baker: Art of Music series. Happy Hour begins at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m.; cash bar. Tickets are $10; CMA members, $8; students, $5. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
4th ANNUAL FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT: Friday (rain date, April 11) at the Gibson Road Soccer Complex, 400 Duffie Drive, Lexington. Carnival with games, prizes, food and fun, 6-8 p.m. Special Needs Twilight Egg Hunt, 7 p.m.; Early Bird Egg Hunt for age 3 and younger, 7 p.m.; Flashlight Egg Hunt for age 12 and younger, 8:25 p.m. shotgun start. Free event will feature more than 100,000 plastic eggs filled with candy/prizes. Parking available at First Baptist Church, 415 Barr Road, free shuttle to site. http://lcrac.com
FLAMENCO DANCE CLASSES WITH LIVE GUITAR: 7-8 p.m. Fridays through April 25 at Harbison Recreation Center, 106 Hillpine Road. $48 for four classes or you can drop in any Friday at $15 per class. Email email@example.com for more information.
SUMTER JAZZ ENSEMBLE: 7 p.m. Friday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., Sumter. All seats, $10. (803) 436-2500; http://sumtersc.gov/sumter-opera-house
STATE MUSEUM STAR PARTY: Two-day stargazing celebration, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Congaree National Park’s Cedar Creek Boat Landing will be the site of the Friday event. The park is at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Stop by the Hunter Gatherer, 900 Main St., for the Saturday party. Both are free and open to the public. http://scmuseum.org
“THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIR(L)Y (STOOPID) TALES”: Late Night Date Night performance for adults, 8 p.m. Friday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, Suite 57, 3400 Forest Drive (Richland Mall). Kent Stephens’ musical takes the audience on a riotous trip through fairy tale land where familiar characters and events collide in unexpected and humorous ways. Tickets are $10; seniors and active duty military, $8. There will be a cash bar. Advance tickets available at (803) 691-4548; http://columbiachildrenstheatre.com
SWINGIN’ AT THE BIG APPLE: 8 p.m.-midnight Friday at the Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St. A night of dancing, history and fun, presented by the Historic Columbia Foundation and the Palmetto Swing Dance Association. Come early for the 7 p.m. swing dance lesson. $8; HCF and PSDA members, $5. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NAMI MID-CAROLINA AWARENESS WALK: 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Department of Mental Health 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
SPRING COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Richland Northeast High School, 7500 Brookfield Road. Entertainment, children’s activities, sports competitions, foreclosure prevention and fair housing clinic, health information and voter registration. Sponsored by the Richland Northeast High School Improvement Council.
FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 1500 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Shred360 will be on site, accepting office quality paper products. No hazardous materials, metals or plastics. Staples, paper clips, binders and notebooks are acceptable materials and don’t have to be separated. (803) 794-8180
COLUMBIA OPEN STUDIOS: Free, self-led driving tour of Midlands artists’ working studios, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. April 6. Presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art. http://columbiaopenstudios.org
BLUEGRASS AND GOSPEL FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at the Sumter Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty St., Sumter. Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will feature food, drinks, music and fun. Performers will include Palmetto Blue, Subject to Change Bluegrass, The Hinson Girls, High Ridge Bluegrass Gospel, Southern Express Gospel and Ash Breeze. Tickets are $12, age 12 and younger admitted free with paying adult. No coolers or alcohol, please. (803) 464-4492 or email email@example.com
WILD GAME DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION: 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Old McCaskill Farm, 377 Cantey Lane, Rembert. Dinner, live bluegrass by FairJam and cash bar. Tickets are $35; couples, $65 — available at First Community Bank, Mid Carolina Credit Union or First Citizens Bank in Kershaw County. Proceeds will benefit the West Wateree Rotary Club scholarship fund for graduating Lugoff-Elgin High School seniors. (803) 427-6320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“THE SUNSHINE CLASS SOCIAL COMMITTEE”: 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Dinner Theatre, second floor, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Theatre Rowe production provides a peek at the quarterly meetings of the Sunshine Sunday School Class Social Committee from Bethel Baptist Church in south Georgia. The former committee chairperson met with an unfortunate accident in front of a local bingo parlor, resulting in comedic power struggles among the six remaining committee members. $25, (803) 200-2012; http://scdinnertheatre.com
STATE MUSEUM STAR PARTY: Stargazing celebration, 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday outside the Hunter Gatherer, 900 Main St. Free and open to the public. http://scmuseum.org
“RUNAWAY RUNWAY”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. Competitive fashion show in which designers re-imagine post-consumer trash into creative, sustainable fashion treasures. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the live fashion show co-hosted by Katrina Blanding and Cyrus Frakes; in-show entertainment will be provided by designers, models, electronica duo We Roll Like Mad Men and DJ Goldfngr. The fundraiser allows the Columbia Design League (a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate) to bring speakers from around the nation and around the corner to engage, challenge and inspire appreciation of the impact of design on our lives. General admission tickets are $25; Show Level tickets are available for $75 and include floor access, refreshments, wine and beer and after-party admission. http://columbiadesignleague.org
COLUMBIA OPEN STUDIOS: Free, self-led driving tour of Midlands artists’ working studios, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art. http://columbiaopenstudios.org
$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; http://scmuseum.org
CHAMBER INNOVISTA CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Sunday in room 206 of the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. The program will feature Kaija Saariaho’s “Changing Light” and selections from “The Great American Songbook.” Tickets are $15; senior citizens and students, $5. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com or at the Koger Center box office, Greene and Park streets.
SONYA WHITE’S ALL ABOUT ENGLISH GARDENS: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 301 W. Liberty St., Winnsboro. Music by Susan Douglass Taylor, refreshments by the Cornwallis House Tea Company, Summer Day Gift Shop, Hay Hill Garden Market (plants) and Fairfield County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer plant and gardening questions. $25 donation to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation. (803) 608-5510 or email email@example.com
MASSING OF THE COLORS: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Scottish Rite Center, 7230 Garners Ferry Road. Patriotic ceremony will feature military units, ROTC and JROTC units, veterans groups, Boy and Girl Scouts and other youth groups presenting their colors. Guest speaker will be Medal of Honor recipient retired Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston.
“OUR LIVES OUR VOICES OUR MUSIC”: 7 p.m. April 8-11 and 3 p.m. April 12 at the Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center, Benedict College. The production, directed and written by Benedict professor of theater, Charles David Brooks III, will feature the Benedict Fine Arts Department and the Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are $3 and will be available at the door.
COMMUNITY SHRED EVENT: 3-6 p.m. April 9 at SAFE FCU, 5388 Augusta Road, Lexington. Protect your identity by destroying personal documents; limit four boxes. Also accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank and Food for the Soul.
MIDLANDS PLANT AND FLOWER FESTIVAL: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 10-12 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 13 at the State Farmers Market, 3485 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. More than 130 booths offering plants, lawn furniture, yard art and whatever else you need to beautiful your lawn and garden. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a wagon. (803) 394-9831; http://agriculture.sc.gov
GREEK LADIES BAKE SALE AND LUNCHEON: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 10 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1931 Sumter St. The St. Katherine’s Philoptochos Society’s 67th annual event will feature chicken souvlaki plates for $8; new this year: pastitsio (seasoned ground beef layered with noodles and topped with a Bechamel sauce) plates, $8; Greek salad with bread and tea, $6. The bake sale offers too many homemade Greek pastries, cookies and cakes to list and they’ll also be selling custom Easter baskets and small pans of frozen spanakopita. Call ahead for dinner pick-up, 4-6 p.m.; orders will be taken 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 7 through noon April 10. (803) 252-6758, ext. 4; fax 254-6197 or order from http://stkatherinesphiloptochos.org. Proceeds will benefit local, national and international charities.
CHAMPAGNE AND PEARLS — AN EVENING WITH MIKIMOTO: April 10 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Aaron C. Reed, SVP at Mikimoto (America) Ltd., shares the story of one man’s quest to uncover the secret of the cultured pearl. Doors open at 6 p.m., the lecture starts at 6:15; a champagne and scotch reception will follow, along with a Mikimoto trunk show. $40; CMA members, $30. http://columbiamuseum.org
HISTORIC COLUMBIA’S CEMETERY TOURS: The second Thursday of each month, April through September at Elmwood Cemetery. The Secrets from the Grave tour starts before dark at 7:30 p.m. to allow attendees to study the iconography symbols found on so many of the markers and headstone in the cemetery. Moonlight Cemetery Tours, at 8 and 8:30 p.m., will examine the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. $12; age 17 and younger, $6; HC members $8 and $4. Tickets available at (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; http://historiccolumbia.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“A MIXED BAG”: 7:30 p.m. April 10 at Red Bank United Methodist Church, 2909 Old Barnwell Road. Performances by soprano Tina Stallard, Greater Columbia Children’s and Chamber Choir, Chamber Choir of Kershaw County and the Dreher High School Choir. Part of the Light the Way Concert Series, proceeds will benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. Tickets are $20; students and seniors, $10. http://lightthewaysc.com
HISTORIC COLUMBIA GARDENING SYMPOSIUM: “Growing Your Gardening Skills,” April 11 and 12. Reception and presentation by Amanda McNulty, host of SCETV’s “Making It Grow,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 11 at Senate’s End, 316 Senate St. Gardening workshops will be held April 12 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1618 Blanding St., beginning at 9 a.m.; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants will rotate through all three 45-minute workshops in small groups allowing for more personal interaction and attention. Offerings will be Discovering the Hidden Potential of Your Garden, Successful Container Gardening and Choosing Plants that Thrive in the Midlands. Vendors and garden pros will be onsite April 12; following the workshops, Historic Columbia’s horticulture staffers will guide participants through the newest garden at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Registration is $45 for one day, $75 for both days; HC members, $40/$65. (803) 252-1770, ext. 27; http://historiccolumbia.org
KEMOPALOOZA: 7-11 p.m. April 11 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Sponsored by the Palmetto Health Foundation, the event raises funds and awareness for Camp Kemo programs of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital with music, food and a silent auction. This year’s event will feature entertainment by Prettier Than Matt and the A-Town A-List band. Tickets are $40; couples, $70; or you can purchase a Pay It Forward ticket for $40; the ticket will be donated to a family with a child undergoing cancer treatment. http://kemopalooza.org
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. April 11 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Live music by the Dancetimers. Admission is $10; $7 for Lourie Center members with membership cards. Open to the public age 21 and older; BYOB and snacks; hot coffee will be provided. (803) 779-1971; http://louriecentersc.com
HISTORY DAY: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 12 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. The day will feature military and civilian reenactors, archeology presentations and crafts, history movies, C.S.S. Hunley discussions, Gullah folk music presentation (and participation). Dr. Mary Ann Solesbee, author of the Sal and Amanda children’s book series will be reading from (and signing copies) of her latest, “Sal and Amanda Take Morgan’s Victory March to the Battle of Cowpens.” Free with museum admission or membership. http://scmuseum.org/events
BETTER CHOICES, BETTER HEALTH WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 15-May 20, at St. Martin De Porres School, 2229 Hampton St., Designed by Stanford University for people living with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease and mental health issues. Topics include developing an action plan to improve your health, exercising safely, healthy eating, talking to your doctor and dealing with difficult emotions. Space is limited, call (803) 898-0760 to sign up.
WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES: 6:30 p.m. April 17 at the State House, Main and Assembly streets. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and an after-party at the Tin Roof gets under way at 8 p.m. Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands organizes the annual fundraiser to support survivors of sexual violence. Men and boys don heels and platform shoes for the walk to get a sense of what survivors experience navigating legal and medical systems after an assault as well as dealing with the personal trauma resulting from an assault. Women and children may participate as well, registration is free for age 12 and younger. Guys, if you can’t find anything flattering in a size 13 or aren’t sure how to women walk in those things, check out http://stsm.org/tips-walking-her-shoes