Friday, May 16
Soft rock/party band The Boomers perform as part of the Music at Sandhill presented by Grow Financial Credit Union, 7-9 p.m. Friday on Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill, Two Notch and Clemson roads. Children’s activities, including balloon artist Nick Propst, free rides and games, will begin at 6 p.m. www.villageatsandhill.com
The 2014 S.C. Book Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. More information, along with a detailed schedule, is available at www.scbookfestival.org.
Don’t miss the final two performances of the Arts at Shandon May Chamber Music Festival Series, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Friday’s show will feature players from the South Carolina Philharmonic; Saturday’s show will feature soprano Diana Amos, Erika Cutler on violin, Robert Jesselson on cello, and Lynn Kompass and Phillip Bush on piano. Tickets are $10. (803) 790-4423, ext. 127
See two new exhibitions at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. “Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed” and “Cheer for the Home Team! Animal Mascots in the Collection” open Friday and run concurrently through Sept. 14. “Animal Instinct” adds a contemporary twist to the Old Master tradition of painting, and “Cheer for the Home Team” explores the role of animals who serve as college mascots. Both exhibitions are family friendly. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for students, and free for museum members and children five and younger. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org
Saturday, May 17
Support the Richland Library and learn about all it has to offer at The Literary Vine, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St. Sponsored by the Richland Library Friends, the adults-only event will feature an evening of wine, beer, music and food. Several S.C. Book Festival authors and the Reggie Sullivan Trio will be on hand to entertain as guests enjoy food from local restaurants. Richland Library staff will be available to demonstrate the library’s downloadable resources, including eBooks, eMagazines, audiobooks, 3D MakerBot printer, music and foreign language apps and the ready animator. Tickets are $50 for the general public and $30 for current Richland Library Friends members. You may join the Richland Library Friends to support your library and save money on your ticket price. http://richlandlibrary.com/events
The Columbia Black Expo returns for its 17th year, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Attractions include a health and wellness pavilion, kids’ corner, seminars, local talent, food and more. Celebrity guests will be Michael Baisden and Bow Wow. Tickets are $15 for ages 6 and older and free for children five and younger. www.coloniallifearena.com
Elvis impersonator Rick Alviti will rock the Newberry Opera House, 8 p.m. Saturday at 1201 McKibben St. Tickets are $37.50. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com
If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, check out the Forest Acres Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the A.C. Flora Athletic Field, 1 Falcon Drive. The free carnival will offer pony rides, animal mascots, face painting, magic shows, music and more. Food and drink will be available from local restaurants. Sponsored by the City of Forest Acres and the Rotary Club of Forest Acres. www.facebook.com/fafestival
Sunday, May 18
Ride the Rockton, Rion and Western Railway on a Historic Train Tour at the South Carolina Railroad Museum, 4 p.m. Sunday at 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. Stops will include historic points of interest, including a restored country store. A reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres will be included. Tickets are $50, and proceeds will benefit the renovation of the historic Mt. Zion Institute campus buildings in Winnsboro. Tickets can be purchased at the Cornwallis House Tea Co. at 141 S. Congress St. in Winnsboro or online at www.mtzioninstitute.com under the events tab.
Watch fashionably dressed dogs (and their style savvy humans) strut down a runway in a fundraiser for Pets Inc. and SC Pride. Doggie Style Week’s Puppies and Tiaras, beginning at 2 p.m. at TLC Sports Bar and Grill, 936 Stadium Road near Williams-Brice, will award a grand prize of $250 to the doggone cutest pair. The audience also will be able to weigh in during the three rounds of competition by voting with dollar bills. The fabulous emcees are female impersonators Jazlyne Lefaris, Carla Cox and Anaya Devour. Admission is $5; register your dog for $5, and bring along pet food donations for Pets Inc. The show begins at 3 p.m. Search “puppies and tiaras” on Facebook for more details.
Thursday, May 22
Rooftop Rhythms returns, 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday on the rooftop of Richland Mall, Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive. This free, family-friendly event will feature children’s activities, live music and fare from local restaurants (beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for sale — cash only, please). This week’s performance will feature the Finesse Band from 6-9 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but coolers and pets are not allowed. Hosted and funded by the city of Forest Acres. http://farooftop.com
If you missed it at Trustus Theatre (or if you just want to see it again), catch “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday through May 24 at the Environmental Education Center Outdoor Deck at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. This Trustus Theatre performance is a collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron. Tickets are $15; proceeds will support future construction of Nature’s Theater at the park. Seating is limited; call (803) 213-2025 for tickets.
Riverbanks Zoo’s Botanical Garden presents Rhythm and Blooms every Thursday in May from 6-9 p.m. at 500 Wildlife Parkway. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase. (803) 779-8717; http://riverbanks.org
Don’t miss the last concert of the Five After Five concert series, 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday at the fountain in Five Points. Seventy Six and Sunny performs. The event is free and open to all ages. www.fivepointscolumbia.com