STILL MOVIN’ BALANCE CLASS: 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 20 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. Multidimensional set of activities that focus on balance, strength, aerobic and cognitive capacities, offered through USC’s Arnold School of Public Health Exercise Science Department. Class size is limited to 15 participants. $75; Lourie Center Full Members, free. (803) 779-1971; http://louriecentersc.com
BIG GRAB 43-MILE YARD SALE: Daybreak to dusk Friday from Blythewood to Ridgeway to Winnsboro (or Winnsboro to Ridgeway to Blythewood, if you’re coming the other way). Community members and businesses set up booths along the route and in their respective towns to offer one-of-a-kind treasures. Food vendors and restaurants as well as overnight accommodations along the route. For information, call the Blythewood Arts Center, (803) 550-9323; the Ridgeway Cotton Yard Market, (803) 337-2023; or the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, (803) 635-4242.
Never miss a local story.
ARTIST SALON – VIRGINIA SCOTCHIE: Noon Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Ceramic artist Virginia Scotchie will discuss her colorful spheres on display in the CMA’s Dubose-Poston Reception Hall. Free with membership or admission. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
IF ART GALLERY: Artists reception, 6-9 p.m. Friday at 1223 Lincoln St. Meet and greet Marcelo Novo (“Paintings 2012-2014”) and Eric Miller ( “The Technology of Bricks”), works by the artists will be on exhibit through Sept. 27. (803) 238-2351; http://ifartgallery.blogspot.com
CAYCE CENTENNIAL KICKOFF PARTY ON THE CONGAREE: 6-10 p.m. Friday (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) at Guignard Brick Works, 100 Granby Crossing (just across the Blossom Street Bridge). Headline band will be Tokyo Joe, food and beverage vendors, chairs and blanket welcome, but no coolers, please. Additional parking will be available around B-C High School, with free trolley rides from the parking area to the Brick Works and back throughout the evening. (803) 665-3676 or email email@example.com
JAZZ UNDER THE STARS WEEKEND: Free concerts 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the north lawn of the State House (Gervais Street side). This year’s theme is Saluting the Jazz Divas. Friday’s concert will feature Scott Ferguson and his 4 Cats in the Doghouse; master musicians and up and coming players from across the state will perform on Saturday. Come early for free swing dance classes by the Richard and Breedlove Dance Duo, 6-7 p.m. both nights. After-parties and jam sessions are slated for 10 p.m.-1 a.m. both nights at Le Cafe Jazz, 930 Laurel St. $25 in advance; couples, $45; $40 per person at the door. The weekend wraps up with Crosspollination … An Evening of Blues and Jazz, featuring Drink Small and Skipp Pearson, 7-10 p.m. Sunday at Le Cafe Jazz; advance tickets are $35; $40 at the door. Call (803) 400-1879; http://jazzunderthestars.webs.com
BACH FEST: 7:30 p.m. Friday in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. The Columbia Baroque Soloists will perform the Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4 and 5; Handel’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Sammartini’s Concerto for Recorder. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door; students are admitted free. http://sc.edu/music
“LAST STOP CHAPIN”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sept. 14. A small-town boy must choose between his dreams and the realities of life. Directed by Jocelyn Sanders. Tickets are $18; seniors, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. http://chapintheatre.org
NICKELODEON: “Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS,” 11 p.m. Friday at 1607 Main St. Part of The Nick’s First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion series, the film is R-rated. Tickets are $10. (803) 254-8234; http://nickelodeon.org
BIG GRAB 43-MILE YARD SALE: Daybreak to dusk Saturday from Blythewood to Ridgeway to Winnsboro (or Winnsboro to Ridgeway to Blythewood, if you’re coming the other way). Community members and businesses set up booths along the route and in their respective towns to offer one-of-a-kind treasures. Food vendors and restaurants as well as overnight accommodations along the route. For information, call the Blythewood Arts Center, (803) 550-9323; the Ridgeway Cotton Yard Market, (803) 337-2023; or the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, (803) 635-4242.
EDVENTURE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Bank of America’s Museums on Us weekend, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders are admitted free; regular admission applies for additional guests. (803) 779-3100; http://edventure.org
ELECTRONIC RECYCLING AND SHRED EVENT: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Group, 1200 Colonial Life Blvd. Materials include TVs, DVD players, VCRs, fax machines, copiers, gaming systems, phones, microwaves, stereo equipment and up to five bags or boxes of office-quality paper products. Open to residents of Richland and Lexington counties. http://keepthemidlandsbeautiful.com; (803) 733-1139
CAYCE CENTENNIAL FAMILY FUN DAY: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Granby Gardens Park, (City Hall Complex). Bounce houses, dunking booth, water slides, face painting, snow cones, a visit from Cinderella and have your picture taken with a Cayce fire truck.
MARCELO NOVO GALLERY TALK: 2 p.m. Saturday at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St. Novo’s “Paintings 2012-2014” will be on exhibit through Sept. 27. (803) 238-2351; http://ifartgallery.blogspot.com
INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT: 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Join the Midlands Astronomy Club to explore the evening sky in the museum’s new observatory. Free and open to the public, the rest of the museum will be closed. (803) 849-4921; http://museum.state.sc.us
“LAST STOP CHAPIN”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Sept. 20 and 3 p.m. Sept. 14. A small-town boy must choose between his dreams and the realities of life. Directed by Jocelyn Sanders. Tickets are $18; seniors, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. http://chapintheatre.org
EDVENTURE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Bank of America’s Museums on Us, noon-5 p.m. Sunday at 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders are admitted free; regular admission applies for additional guests. (803) 779-3100; http://edventure.org
CAYCE CENTENNIAL HISTORY DAY AND BIRTHDAY PARTY: 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Cayce Historical Museum (City Hall Complex). Time capsule opening and burial of a new one, birthday cake, re-enactors, free museum tours, 1914 children’s games and more.
JOHN WAGNER AND FRIENDS: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Concert will feature John Wagner, professor of music emeritus at Newberry College; Kimberlee Turnbough, piano instructor and staff accompanist at Newberry College; and Brenda Leonard, North Greenville University. The program will include works by Krzystof Penderecki and Beethoven as well as popular songs played in jazz style by Wagner, Shawn Hair, Jared Poole and Martin Giles. Free; a reception will follow. Tickets are available at the box office; call (803 276-6264 or http://newberryoperahouse.com for reservations.
CORNELIA FREEMAN CONCERT: 3 p.m. Sunday in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Chamber music series features members of USC’s music faculty. Series tickets are $50; senior citizens, USC faculty and staff, $40. Single tickets are $12 and $10; student admission is $5. (803) 576-5763; http://sc.edu/music/freeman
HEALTH FAIR: 7-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Union UMC, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach Ministries will perform screenings for age 18 and older. Free screenings include blood pressure, glucose, lipid profile, LDL, HDL and triglycerides (12-hour fast required for blood work); Vitamin D evaluation, $40; thyroid panel, $32; flu shots, $32. Call (803) 781-3013 to schedule an appointment.
FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: $1 admission, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. (803) 779-3100; http://edventure.org
ENGENUITY SC’s SCIENCE CAFE: 6 p.m. Tuesday at SpeakEasy, 711 Saluda Ave. Speaker will be human health and nanotechnology expert Sally Tinkle, Science and Technology Policy Institute member, whose research focuses on emerging nanotechnologies, environmental exposures and real-world application. Free; open to age 21 and older. http://engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe
REFLECTIONS OF ITALY INFORMATION SESSION: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Learn more about the group trip scheduled for April 13-22, 2015. Free. (803) 732-0432; http://midlandstech.edu/cce
SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Fall semester begins Wednesday at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. Classes meet 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 5. New offerings include Behind the Scenes with local TV personalities; Myths, Truths and Rumors of the Civil War; Friedman’s Fables; This Life I Have Lived; and Operatic Surprises. Returning favorites are classic movies, short stories, handbells, WWII jazz and swing, travel trekking, creative writing, beginner and advanced classes in bridge, yoga, dulcimers, French, ukulele, acrylic and watercolor painting. $25 tuition for unlimited classes. Luncheon speakers at noon; lunch, $7. (803) 779-4449; http://shepherdcentercolumbia.org
SHRED EVENT: 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at the SAFE Federal Credit Union, 65 Oswego Highway, Sumter. Accepting up to four boxes of personal documents to be shredded; also accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank and Food for the Soul.
9-11 REMEMBRANCE WALK: 6-7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 845 Leesburg Road. Walk to honor those whose lives were lost on Sept. 11, 2001, survivors and their loved ones. Free. (803) 776-1092; http://thompsonfuneral.com
HISTORIC COLUMBIA CEMETERY TOURS: Sept. 11 at Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave. There are two guided tour options — the Secrets From the Grave tour starts before dark at 7:30 p.m. to allow for study of the iconography symbols on many of the markers and headstones in the cemetery. The Moonlight Cemetery tours at 8 and 8:30 p.m., discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent Columbia citizens from the 19th and 20th centuries. Bring a flashlight. Tickets are $12, age 17 and younger, $5; HC member adults, $8; HC member youth, $4. Tickets are available by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; online at www.historiccolumbia.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“LAST STOP CHAPIN”: 8 p.m. Sept. 11-13, 18-20 and 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. A small-town boy must choose between his dreams and the realities of life. Directed by Jocelyn Sanders. Tickets are $18; seniors, $15; age 12 and younger, $12. http://chapintheatre.org
WOMEN AT HEART EARLY HEALTH SCREENINGS: 7-10 a.m. Sept. 12, 17 and 24 at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., ground floor, Classrooms D and E. Screenings will include a fasting lipid panel, blood pressure, body mass index, fasting glucose as well as weight and waist circumference. Health screenings require a 12-hour fast. Participants are encouraged to register early because screening appointments are limited. (803) 296-2273; http://palmettohealth.org
MUSIC AT SANDHILL: Fall concert series kicks off with beach/party band Men of Distinction, 7 p.m. Sept. 12 on Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill (Clemson and Two Notch roads). Come early at 6 p.m. for free rides, games and balloon artist Nick Propst. Sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union. http://villageatsandhill.com
CMA JAZZ ON MAIN: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. First of the four-concert series will feature Nelson Rangell and the Noel Freidline Trio. Doors open at 7 p.m.; cash bar. Season tickets, $130, CMA members, $90. Individual tickets, $35/$28, students, $5. Premier table seating for six, $300 (includes two bottles of wine); table for four, $200 (one bottle of wine). (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
“MARVEL”OUS MOVIE SERIES: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Sept. 12 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. PG-rated movie starts at dark and will be shown outdoors. Popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be sold to benefit the Friends of Sesqui. Free with park admission – $2; age 15 and younger, free. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome, insect repellent and flashlights recommended. (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
“VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE”: Sept. 12-27 at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, it’s a hilarious adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn’t require familiarity with Chekhov. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org
DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 13 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Defensive driving techniques are stressed through lectures, videos and classroom demonstrations. Bring a pen or pencil to class. Fee, $79. (803) 732-0432; http://midlandstech.edu/cce
MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOP: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Boney Road, Blythewood. Classes for intermediate/advanced, novice and beginner players, followed by a concert featuring guest instructor Ann Lough. Workshop is $40 in advance; $45 at the door. The concert is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Dulcimores of Blythewood. (803) 429-1319; http://dulcimores.com
MARTHA’S MARKET: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Union United Methodist Church, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. More than 50 vendors offering crafts, jewelry, art, homemade goods, soaps, boutique clothing and more. Free children’s activities. Accepting items for Lexington-Richland 5’s Snack Pack Program (canned ravioli, individually packaged fruit cups, juice boxes, granola bars) and receive a free shopping bag. Breakfast and lunch will be available with proceeds going to church missions. http://facebook.com/marthasmarketuumcirmo
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Nature discovery hike, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Take a walk with a volunteer naturalist to look and listen for animals in the forest. Wilderness tree trek, 10 a.m. Sept. 13. Walk with a ranger to explore the old-growth forest along the boardwalk. Programs are free, meet at the Harry Hampton Visitors Center; dress appropriately for being outdoors, bring water and insect repellent. (803) 647-3970; http://nps.gov/cong
B LACK MEN OF SC RALLY AND FAMILY FESTIVAL: Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 13 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Event will present options and solutions for black men to participate in the lives of our youth and our communities. Music, vendors, door prizes and more. Sponsored by Project Unity USA. http://blackmenofsc.org
AN AFTERNOON OF BLUEGRASS: 2-5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road. Performances by musicians from Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor. Refreshments and drawings for three $10 certificates good for the Friends of the Irmo Branch Library book sale slated for Oct. 2-5. Part of the Friends 25th anniversary celebration. (803) 798-7880
SUNDAYS AT LOWMAN CONCERT SERIES: 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in New Life Chapel on the Heritage at Lowman campus, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Performance will feature pianist Soloman Eichner. Free and open to the public, a reception will follow. (803) 451-7414
“ANITA”: 3-5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Nickelodeon, 1607 Main St. Documentary on Anita Hill, whose testimony on sexual harassment she endured while working for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, was a turning point for gender equality. Tickets are $10.
CORNELIA FREEMAN CONCERT: 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Chamber music series features members of USC’s music faculty. This week’s performers will be Christopher Berg, Craig Butterfield, Jesse Jones, Marina Lomazov, Joseph Rackers, J.D. Shaw and David Cutler. Tickets are $12; senior citizens, USC faculty and staff, $10; students, $5. (803) 576-5763; http://sc.edu/music/freeman
FAMILY BOARD GAMES: 5-8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road. Game night for children of all ages and adults run by the South Carolina Area Role-players and Board-gamers (SCARAB). Pizza and soft drinks will be served. Part of the Friends of the Irmo Branch Library 25th anniversary celebration. (803) 798-7880
PUBLIC POLICY LUNCHEON: 11:45 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. Carla Damron, executive director of the SC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, will speak on “The Homeless in the Midlands.” Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. $10; lunch by Food for Thought, reservations required, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 16
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: “Russian Extravaganza!”, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Season opener will feature cellist Zuill Bailey and performances of works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. Tickets are $30; senior citizens, USC faculty and staff, $25; students, $8. (803) 252-2222; http://capitoltickets.com or at the Koger Center box office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
“OKLAHOMA!”: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Special preview performance to benefit the Palmetto Health Richland Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Clinic. Tickets are $15; sponsorships available from $100-$1,000. (866) 933-2873 or email email@example.com
BLYTHEFEST: 5-9 p.m. Sept. 19 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 20 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Boney Road, Blythewood. Food, silent auction, bake sale, book sale, live entertainment, local vendors, children’s games and rides, face painting and kids’ costume contest. Free admission
USC WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT: 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free concert will feature performance of James Stephenson’s “The Devil’s Tale,” conceived as a sequel to Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” conducted by D.M.A. candidate Tremon Kizer. Free.
LEGENDS: Sept. 19-28 at One Stage Productions, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Country music revue from Broadway to the Grand Opry. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18; senior citizens, military and students, $16; youth, $14. http://onstagesc.com
END OF SUMMER DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. Carolina beach music, oldies, classic rock ’n roll, featuring DJ Rick Wrigley (aka DJ Johnny Fox), who, during the 1960s, broadcast his “Nightbeat Show” from a small radio booth at Doug Broome’s Drive-In. Age 21 and older, tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. BYOB and snacks. (803) 779-1971; http://louriecentersc.com
WOMEN AT HEART EARLY HEALTH SCREENINGS: 7-10 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Screenings will include a fasting lipid panel, blood pressure, body mass index, fasting glucose as well as weight and waist circumference. Health screenings require a 12-hour fast. Participants are encouraged to register early because screening appointments are limited. (803) 296-2273; http://womenatheart2014.eventbrite.com
BLYTHEFEST FAMILY FUN RUN: 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Boney Road, Blythewood. One-mile untimed run/walk from Trinity to Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School. Trophies will be awarded to the school with the highest number of students participating and to the school with the highest number of total participants. Registrants may indicate which school they’re supporting when they sign up. Entry fees are $10; $30 maximum per family. All proceeds will benefit Trinity’s missions and outreach that serve the Blythewood Community – Salkehatchie, Habitat for Humanity, Christian Assistance Bridge, Trinitree and more. Register at http://blythefest.com/fun-run through Sept. 19; register by Wednesdayy for a free T-shirt. Late registration will be held 5-7 p.m. Sept. 19 and 8-8:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the church. Stay to enjoy the Blythefest festival with food, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, silent auction and children’s activities.
STEAM PUNK JEWELRY WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Participants will work with metal findings and gears to make wearable art. Bring a lunch. Registration is $60 (includes all materials) and must be received by Saturday. (803) 545-3093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GALLERY TALK: 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St. Meet Eric Miller, whose exhibition, “The Technology of Bricks” is on display at the gallery through Sept. 27. (803) 238-2351; http:/ifartgallery.blogspot.com
CORNELIA FREEMAN CONCERT: 3 p.m. Sept. 21 in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Chamber music series features members of USC’s music faculty. Program will feature “Duet for Double Bass and Piano,” “The Lake at Evening” and “The Lake at Night,” both from “To Be Sung Upon the Water,” “Auf dem Wasser zu singen” and String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor.” Tickets are $12; senior citizens and USC faculty and staff, $10; student admission is $5. (803) 576-5763; http://sc.edu/music/freeman
EGG BASKET WORKSHOP: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. Workshop provides all materials and expert instruction for each participant to complete a reed basket of their own. Bring a lunch. Class size is limited to 10. Registration fee is $65; due by Sept. 13. (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com