BLUEGRASS AND COUNTRY MUSIC HOEDOWN: Sunday at Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile, 2212 State Park Road, Santee. Music lineup includes the Claude Lucas Bluegrass Band, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m.; between the Lucas band sets, Norm LeBlanc will take the stage; the Jordan Igoe Band closes out the day from 2:15-4 p.m. Free; lawn chairs and blankets welcome at the outdoor event. (803) 824-2000; http://lonestarbbq.net
OPERATION THANK YOU: 1 1-6 p.m. Sunday in the food court at Dutch Square Center, 421 Bush River Road. Come by and sign a message of support and encouragement on cards that will be delivered to deployed service members, veterans, wounded warriors and military families. The ninth annual event at the mall has a goal of 10,000 cards. http://operationthankyou.org
“THE 39 STEPS”: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave., Sumter. Written by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan, the adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie will test the skills of four actors who portray a myriad of characters. Tickets are $15; students, seniors and military, $12. (803) 775-2150
PALMETTO CONCERT BAND: Memorial Day concert, 4 p.m. Sunday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Soloist will be Metropolitan Opera soprano Kelly Cae Hogan. Free.
FAMILY FEST 2014: 4 p.m. Sunday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Outdoor festival and Memorial Day tribute. Free gospel concert featuring James Fortune & Fiya as well as local church, community choirs and ensembles. Outdoor food court, rides and children’s activities, free diabetes, prostate and blood pressure screenings; tribute to fallen veterans and Posting of the Wreath ceremony at 6 p.m.
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY: 10 a.m. Monday at the American Legion Memorial Monument at the Chapin Branch Library, 129 Columbia Ave. Guest speaker will be William B. “Bill” Dukes, chairman of Honor Flight SC. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony at the American Legion Post 193 home, 102 Lexington Ave., Chapin.
MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM: 11 a.m. Monday at Mabry Memorial Park, U.S. 378/76, east of Shaw AFB, Sumter. Sponsored by the Sumter County Veterans Association. Keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. William “Dutch” Holland.
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE: 1 p.m. Monday at Columbia’s Memorial Park, Gadsden and Hampton streets. Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 303. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and Lt. Col. Bill Connor will speak.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE: 7 p.m. Monday at Mount Hermon Lutheran Church, 3011 Leaphart Road, West Columbia. The service will feature the Sandlapper Singers who will present a selection of patriotic songs; all veterans and their branches of service will be recognized. A reception will follow. (803) 794-6430 or (803) 920-4087
BON VOYAGE, MONET: 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. The museum’s “The Seine at Giverny” by Claude Monet is being loaned to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, for an exhibition titled “Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River.” CMA Curator Victoria Cooke will give a talk in the galleries about the painting and a reception will follow in the atrium. $10; free for CMA and Alliance Francaise members and students. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
GUIDED TRAIL RUN: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. The ranger-led 3.5-mile runs are for runners who are interested in trail running but may be unfamiliar with the park’s trails. Meet at the Mountain Bike Trailhead and bring water. Free with park admission — $2; age 15 and younger free (must be accompanied by an adult); discounted admission of $1.25 to S.C. residents age 65 or older or disabled and to active duty S.C. National Guard. Pre-registration required; deadline is Monday. (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
PERSONAL FINANCE WORKSHOP: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). “Investing 101 — Building the Basics with Investments,” Ed Falco, financial advisor with Edward Jones, will discuss the key features of bonds, stocks and mutual funds, the importance of asset allocation and the impact of inflation on long term goals. (803) 779-1971; http://louriecentersc.com
RHYTHM AND BLOOMS: John Wesley Satterfield, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Riverbanks Zoo’s Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase. (803) 779-8717; http://riverbanks.org
FIVE AFTER FIVE CONCERT SERIES: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday at the Five Points fountain, Saluda Avenue and Harden Street. Weaving the Fate will perform (and celebrate the release of their new album) as well as Death of Paris. Free and open to all ages. Family friendly activities such as bubbles and sidewalk chalk will be available for kids. http://fivepointscolumbia.com
COUNCIL CHAMBERS TOURS: The City of Columbia wraps up its 30-minute tours of the remodeled council chambers at 12:15 p.m. Friday at 1737 Main St. No more than 30 people can take any single tour. Call Staci Richey at (803) 545-3328 to book a slot.
HAPPY HOUR HISTORY TOUR: 5:30-7 p.m. Friday. Historic Columbia guided tour meets in the Publix parking lot on Gervais Street, exploring the history of the Congaree Vista, a residential, light industrial, mercantile and transportation district. $25; Historic Columbia members, $20 (includes cocktails at Saki Tumi and appetizers along the way). Reserve a spot by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at http://historiccolumbia.org
EAST COAST ENTERTAINMENT BAND BASH: 6-11 p.m. Friday at Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. Free outdoor concert celebrating the entertainment agency’s 20th anniversary will feature the Finesse Band, Men of Distinction and Right to Party. (803) 957-7744, ext. 2
SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL OPEN CAR AND TRUCK SHOW: 9 am.-3 p.m. Saturday at Spring Valley High School, 120 Sparkleberry Lane. Registration, 9 a.m.-noon, participant judging ends at 2 p.m., awards at 3 p.m. Trophies, door prizes, auction, 50/50 drawing, food, entertainment and dash plaques for the first 100 cars. Sponsored by the Capitol City Corvette Club and instructors and students of the SVHS Automotive Program. Registration before May 31 is $20; $25 the day of the show; all high school student entries free. Proceeds will benefit the SVHS Automotive Program. (803) 240-1364; http://capitolcitycorvetteclub.com
LET’S MOVE! END OF SCHOOL BASH: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Drew Wellness Center Greenway, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Community cookout, scavenger hunt, line dancing, face painting, exhibitors, prizes, games, music, “Meet, Greet and Play” with former Gamecock football and NFL players. Free. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net
RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road. It’ll be a Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor jam session featuring Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. Free; rain location is Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. http://rhythmontheriversc.com
SHAG AND LINE DANCE: 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Friend Building, 901 Friend St., Newberry. Fundraiser for the Newberry Opera House will feature live music by The Headliners, food, beer, wine, dancing and an auction. Tickets are $40 and include practice line dance session at 7 p.m. Friday. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com
QUILTING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays, June 5-26 at Mayes Park, 4100 Trenholm Road. The City of Columbia Art Center classes will cover new techniques, creative skills, accurate cutting and color placement. Participants will need to bring their own sewing machine. Registration is $45 and ends June 2. (803) 545-3093; http://columbiasc.net
BOBBY HOUCK: Solo performance by Houck (of The Blue Dogs), 6-9 p.m. June 5 at the Equitable Arcade Building, 1332 Main St. Other events include a book signing of “POTUS” by Greg Holden and Arcade businesses and studios will be keeping later hours for the event.
TAPP’S ART CENTER: First Thursday on Main, 6-10 p.m. June 5 at 1644 Main St. “Cola: Inked” tattoo art show will showcase Columbia residents, their unique tattoos and the stories behind them. The exhibition (running through June 28) will also feature original works by artists influenced by or part of the tattoo community. The Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Music Spotlight will present five innovative ensembles; beginning at 7:15 p.m. and alternating between the Skyline Room and the Fountain Room bar. Cast members from Trustus’ upcoming “Evil Dead The Musical” will provide a sneak preview of the production beginning promptly at 6:45 p.m. Email email@example.com for details.
TEEN HEALTH SUMMIT: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 6 at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. Sponsored by Palmetto Health, the free event helps teens learn the consequences of risky behavior, which often increases during the summer. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend educational sessions on sexuality, health and nutrition, bullying and more. There will be separate sessions for parents. Registration and parent/guardian permission required. Teens who register before May 31 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 shopping spree at Columbiana Center. Two additional $250 shopping sprees will be given away. Lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A and the day will conclude with an ice cream social from Baskin-Robbins. Free transportation is available for the Lower Richland community. Pick-up times and locations are 7 a.m. at Webber Elementary, 140 Webber School Road, Eastover and 7:30 a.m. at Lower Richland High, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins. (803) 296-2273; online registration at http://phteenhealthsummit2014.eventbrite.com
ADULT STUDENT DAY AT MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: 9 a.m.-noon June 6 at MTC’s Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd., Wade Martin Building, Room 104. Meet faculty, staff and current students; learn about financial aid opportunities and high-demand jobs; apply to the college (application fee waived) and enjoy refreshments. Pre-register and view the day’s schedule at http://midlandstech.edu/visit
“CRUISIN’ ON THE RIDGE”: 6-8 p.m. June 6 in downtown Ridgeway. The 70th anniversary of D-Day will be observed with a 6 p.m. parade (WWII veterans are invited to attend and meet at The Cotton Yard by 5:30 p.m.), a classic car and truck cruise-in, music and more. (803) 337-3316, (803) 361-2013
SOUTHERN GUITAR FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION: June 6-8 at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. The festival will open at 7 p.m. June 6 with a performance by Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan; followed by Southern Guitar Festival faculty — double bass virtuoso Craig Butterfield, Teri Forscher-Milter (flute), Sloan’s Duo (Mandy Sloan on saxophone and Steve Sloan on guitar) and Marina Alexandra. The 7 p.m. June 7 concert will feature classical, Latino-American and flamenco music by Ivan Resendiz and Siulviu Ciulei. Tickets for each concert are $20; students, $15. Go to http://southernguitarfestival.com for advance tickets and a complete schedule.
SINGER/SONGWRITER ART GARFUNKEL: 8 p.m. June 6 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Show will feature songs, stories and a Q&A period. All seats are general admission. Tickets are $65; doors open at 7 p.m. No backpacks or outside food or drink will be allowed in the museum. Tickets available at http://columbiamuseum.org
MEN’S HEALTH DAY: 7-11 a.m. June 7 at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., ground-floor auditorium. The day will begin with health screenings from 7-9 a.m. Those who qualify can receive free screenings for prostate cancer, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and body fat. During breakfast, which begins at 9 a.m., health professionals will discuss a variety of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testosterone health, stroke and diabetes. Registration is required and additional screening times are available; (803) 296-2273
STORYFEST SC KICK-OFF: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Summer reading program exposes families to children’s authors and the art of story featured at all of South Carolina’s public libraries. The day’s events will feature presentations by authors Nina Crews and Brian Lies, storytelling, crafts, face painting, visits from popular characters, photography fun for young adults with a green screen booth and props. Sponsored by the State Library.
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY HIKE: 9 a.m. June 7 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Guided 2-mile walk on the newly resurfaced Sandhills Trail. Participants should meet at the park office and are encouraged to dress appropriately for being outdoors as well as bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Free with park admission, which is $2; age 15 and younger, free; $1.25 for S.C. residents 65 or older or disabled and to members of the S.C. National Guard. Registration deadline is June 5. Call (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
VETERANS SEMINAR: 10 a.m. June 7 at the Bethlehem Baptist Conference and Event Center, 1218 Lyon St. The Fort Jackson National Cemetery staff will present a video seminar on veterans’ and their families’ benefits. A continental breakfast will be provided. (803) 254-5651
CAR AND TRUCK DROP IN: 5-8 p.m. June 7 at Larry’s Giant Subs, 2001 Augusta Highway, Lexington. Sponsored by Poor Boy Cruisers, All-Star Pizza Company and Larry’s Giant Subs. (803) 957-3781
“DINOSAURS: LAND OF FIRE AND ICE”: June 7-Sept. 14 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Exhibit utilizes new research to create distinct dinosaur environments. In the “Land of Fire,” visitors experience the home of the Triceratops and T-Rex. Children don insect costumes to buzz through a volcano with oozing lava or a swampy bog, and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. A frozen trip across the “Land of Ice” introduces visitors to a Troodon and Edmontosaurus, who made their home in cold climates. Activities include climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide and hopping across stepping stones over an icy river. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $11.50; age 62 and older and military with ID, $10.50; members and children age 1 and younger, free. (803) 400-1166; http://edventure.org
SOUTHERN GUITAR FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION: 7 p.m. June 7 at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. Classical, Latino-American and flamenco music featuring Ivan Resendiz and Siuviu Ciulei. Tickets are $20; students, $15. Go to http://southernguitarfestival.com for advance tickets and a complete schedule.
SCIENCE CAFE: 6-7:30 p.m. June 10 at Speakeasy, 711 Saluda Ave. Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, AT&T Distinguished SmartState Chair in Cancer Equity and a national leader in health disparities research will speak. She is working on developing statewide partnerships to increase minority access to care, improving access to technology that enhances delivery of care and raising health literacy across all populations. Sponsored by EngenuitySC. http://engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe
CHILDREN’S NATURE PROGRAMS: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 11-July 2 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Programs will focus on the many plants and animals found in the park. Each week children will explore a different topic as they uncover the secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through hands-on activities. $5 per participant per program; registration ends two days prior to each program. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors. Designed for children ages 5-12, adults must accompany children. (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
FREE COMMUNITY SHRED EVENT: 3-6 p.m. June 11 at the Clemson Road branch of SAFE Federal Credit Union, 100-4 Forum Drive, Village at Sandhill. Bring up to four boxes of items — financial statements, cancelled checks, credit card statements and credit card pre-approval letters, payroll stubs, insurance forms, old tax returns, forms from doctor’s offices, etc. They will also be accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank.
CELEBRATE FREEDOM FOUNDATION FESTIVAL AND CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. June 11 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Morihiko Nakahara and the S.C. Philharmonic will salute the U.S. Army Special Forces with performances of “Ballad of the Green Berets” and other patriotic favorites — “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Hymn to the Fallen,” (from the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”) Tickets are $12, groups of 10 or more, $10 each. (803) 254-7445; http://scphilharmonic.com
E-WASTE AND HHW RECYCLE DAY: 9 a.m.-noon June 14 at 2515 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia (old Quincy’s location, enter from Chris Drive). Lexington County residents only. Electronics accepted include computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners); TVs, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones, household electronics (stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems). Limit eight items per visit (no refrigeration units of any kind. Household hazardous waste will also be accepted, but you have to preregister at (803) 785-3340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by June 4. HHW includes lawn and garden products, cleaners and degreasers, pool and spa chemicals, glues and adhesives, solvents, thinners and corrosives, mercury items (thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent tubes, etc), PCB ballasts, fire extinguishers and paint (oil or latex, 5-gallon limit). Items not accepted include ammunition, fireworks, asbestos, commercial grade chemicals, medical sharps or pharmaceuticals, oversized batteries or radioactive materials.
COLUMBIA MINI MAKER FAIRE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. The family friendly celebration will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, alternative energy, unique handmade crafts, music, local food and educational workshops. Admission is $11.50 per person and includes museum exploration; free for EdVenture members. Tickets available at http://makerfairecolumbiasc.com or at the door.
BUTTERFLY IDENTIFICATION TRAINING: 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 14 at Congaree Swamp National Park, 100 National Park Road. Get ready to identify and count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Association’s annual butterfly count 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 21. The identification session will involve a short introduction to butterflies in Congaree and basic identification skills followed by a short hike to practice new skills. The NABA count is a day of field observations along the park’s trail system and within various habitats. Come for all day or part of the day. Free; advance registration required for both programs, all ages and experience levels welcome. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sun protection, bug spray, water snacks and a sack lunch (June 21) are recommended. Binoculars are recommended but not required; a limited supply will be available for use during the programs. Register by calling (803) 776-4396.
FAMILY HEALTH FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 14 at Granby Gardens Park, 1800 12th St. Ext., Cayce. Sponsored by Palmetto Healthy Start, the event will celebrate children and families through games, music, food and activities for all ages. Free health screenings will be provided and health and safety information booths will be onsite. Bring blankets, chairs and tents. Free transportation will be provided to Healthy Start participants. To arrange transportation, call (803) 296-3780. More information at http://palmettohealth.org/healthystart
ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. A river celebration with boating and tubing for all ages, live music, vendor displays of the latest paddle sports gear and a hot dog lunch. $5 per person in advance, $10 day of the event. (803) 213-2056 or email email@example.com
RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: 6-9 p.m. June 14 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road. Danielle Howle + Firework Show will take the stage. Free; rain location is Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. http://rhythmontheriversc.com
LADIES DAY ON THE LAKE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17 at Lighthouse Marina, 1925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin. Sponsored by the Lake Murray Association, the annual training event is a fun day of learning boating, trailering and safety skills on the shore and waters of Lake Murray. Limited to 32 participants, age 17 and older. $35, includes refreshments, lunch and drinks. Register at lakemurrayassociation.com or call (803) 331-8355.