SUPERHEROES FUN FEST: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Meadow Lakes Park, 524 Beckman Road. Event for pre-schoolers through fifth-graders. Free games, food and treat bags; costume contest. Sponsored by Chosen 2 Conquer International Ministries. (803) 319-5171; http://chosen2conqueronline.net
HALLOWEEN DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Friday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). 2014 Carolina Beach Music Awards Hall of Fame inductees the Sensational Epics will perform classic hits from the ’60s and ’70s. Open seating, reserved tables available with a single purchase of six or more tickets. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Costumes are optional but encouraged and several prizes will be given for best costumes. BYOB and snacks; soda and ice will be available for sale. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door; age 21 and older. (803) 779-1971 or order online at http://louriecentersc.com
FREEDOM FUND DINNER: 7 p.m. Friday at the St. John Baptist Church, Holistic Wellness Center, 230 J.W. Neal Circle, Hopkins. The Lower Richland Branch of the NAACP’s 22nd annual dinner will feature S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who will speak at 7:20 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Recognition for awards will be made by S.C. Rep. Joe Neal. $20 donation requested, with proceeds going to the Lower Richland NAACP Scholarship Fund. (803) 776-2792 or (803) 776-1836
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“DRACULA – BALLET WITH A BITE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. Columbia City Ballet production has become a Halloween cult classic. Tickets are $15-$42; $15-$39 for seniors, military and students. http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=13
“THE OTHER PLACE”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Richard and Debbie Cohn Trustus Side Door Theatre. Sharr White’s psychological thriller begins a four-show season of programming that explores living with challenges. “The Other Place” offers a look at mental decline and the struggle to maintain a sense of identity. Tickets are $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org
“’TIS THE SEASON”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Chapin Firehouse Theatre, 102 Lexington Ave., Chapin (American Legion Post 193). You know the drill, as soon as Labor Day is over, it’s nonstop HalloweenThanksgivingChristmasNewYear’s. Chapin Theatre Company production follows cul-de-sac denizens as they try to wade through the holidays. There will be a costume contest at intermission. Tickets are $10; http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html or at the door.
STATE MUSEUM GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 301 Gervais St. (Special members-only preview sale from 8-9 a.m.) Variety of fun and unusual props and graphics from previous exhibits, framed panels from traveling exhibits, office supplies, furniture and more. At noon, purchase a black bag for $5 and fill it with anything left over from the sale. http://scmuseum.org
REVOLUTIONARY WAR FIELD DAY: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. Skirmishes at 1:30 p.m., encampments, fife and drum mini concerts, colonial games for children, period fashion show and house tours. Admission is $8; seniors (62 and older) and military, $6; ages 6-12, $4; younger than 6, free. Family rate, $20 (two adults and three children younger than 12). Free parking. (803) 432-9841; http://historic-camden.net
REPTICON: Reptile and exotic animal expo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Breeders and vendors will offer animals, merchandise, supplies and more. There will also be seminars and raffles. Tickets are $10; ages 5-12, $5; younger than 5, free. VIP and advance tickets available at http://repticon.com/columbia
REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN: Photo memorial exhibit, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at the State House, Main and Gervais streets. The exhibit honors the 88 South Carolina service members who have died during the war on terror. Doors open at 10 a.m., a short program will begin at 11 a.m. The exhibit will move to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center where it will remain on display through Nov. 19.
“JACK AND THE GIANTS”: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Marionette Theatre, 401 Laurel St. Giants are supposed to be big, mean, and nasty. They eat anyone who crosses their path. But Flinch isn’t like other giants. He's constantly picked on by his bigger brothers for being sweet, caring and ... a vegetarian! When he sneaks away from his home, he befriends a poor young boy named Jack. Soon he’s found a new home, but his bigger brothers won’t let him go that easily. Tickets are $5.75. (803) 252-7366; http://cmtpuppet.org
THE MET: LIVE IN HD: Bizet’s “Carmen,” 12:55 p.m. Saturday at the Regal Sandhill Stadium 16, 450 Town Center Place and the Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14, 1250 Bower Parkway. Tickets are $24; seniors, $22; children, $18. http://www.fathomevents.com/event/met1415-carmen-live
DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fountain in Five Points (Harden and Greene streets). Mariachi band, performance of Mexican folk dances and other cultural activities. Participants may share a prayer, light a candle or place a memento on the Day of the Dead altar honoring those who have departed before us. Sponsored by Palmetto Luna Arts.
“DRACULA – BALLET WITH A BITE”: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. Columbia City Ballet production has become a Halloween cult classic. There will be a costume contest during the performance. Then sink your teeth into the after-party at the Main Street Pub at the Sheraton on Main Street; there will be a live DJ, drink specials and a late-night menu. $5 cover goes toward the CCB’s Educational Outreach Program. Tickets are $15-$42; $15-$39 for seniors, military and students. http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=13
“THE OTHER PLACE”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Richard and Debbie Cohn Trustus Side Door Theatre. Sharr White’s psychological thriller begins a four-show season of programming that explores living with challenges. “The Other Place” offers a look at mental decline and the struggle to maintain a sense of identity. Tickets are $20; students, $15. (803) 254-9732; http://trustus.org
“’TIS THE SEASON”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Chapin Firehouse Theatre, 102 Lexington Ave., Chapin (American Legion Post 193). You know the drill, as soon as Labor Day is over, it’s nonstop HalloweenThanksgivingChristmasNewYear’s. Chapin Theatre Company production follows cul-de-sac denizens as they try to wade through the holidays. Tickets are $10; http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html or at the door.
REPTICON: Reptile and exotic animal expo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. Breeders and vendors will offer animals, merchandise, supplies and more. There will also be seminars and raffles. Tickets are $10; ages 5-12, $5; younger than 5, free. VIP and advance tickets available at http://repticon.com/columbia
REVOLUTIONARY WAR FIELD DAY: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. There will be an 18th century Anglican Church service at 10:30 a.m., followed by skirmishes at 1:30 p.m., encampments, fife and drum mini concerts, colonial games for children, period fashion show and house tours. Admission is $8; seniors (62 and older) and military, $6; ages 6-12, $4; younger than 6, free. Family rate, $20 (two adults and three children younger than 12). Free parking. (803) 432-9841; http://historic-camden.net
FIRST CITIZENS FIRST SUNDAY: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Thanks to First Citizens Bank, general admission to the museum is $1 the first Sunday of every month. For an additional price, guests can experience the museum’s new planetarium and 4D theater, as well as the Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time exhibit. (803) 898-4921; http://scmuseum.org
CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Enjoy jazz, ragtime and swing with Dick Goodwin (trumpet), Doug Graham (clarinet), Bruce Clark (trombone), Reggie Sullivan (bass), Jim Hall (drums) and Aletha Jacobs (piano). $10; age 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504; http://sites.google.com/site/carolinajazzsociety
LEXINGTON COUNTY VETERANS PARADE: 3 p.m. Sunday, beginning at Butler and Hagood streets, down Main Street, to South Lake Drive and ending at the County Administration Building, downtown Lexington. Grand Marshals will be the Military Order of World Wars, D-Day veterans and members of American Legion Post 7; a memorial service will follow at the Veterans Monument. (803) 785-1454.
BLYTHEWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Dedication ceremonies for two iconic structures will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at 100 McNulty St., Blythewood. Clara’s Sandwich Shop and Tom and Tallie Boney’s Dairy House have been relocated to the grounds of the Langford-Nord House for preservation. Music and an ice cream social will follow. Structures will be open noon-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.
“SUNDAY WITH OUR STARS”: 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Wavering Place Plantation, 427 Adams Hayne Road, Eastover. The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation will host a benefit on the grounds of the antebellum plantation, featuring catered hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment by Govies and an open bar to support the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. The school is the state’s public, residential high school in Greenville for artistically gifted students. Tickets are $50; available at http://gsafoundation.publishpath.com/Default.aspx?shortcut=wavering-place-event&__m=685
USC SCHOOL OF MUSIC JAZZ COMBOS RECITAL: 3 p.m. Sunday in the W.W. “Hootie” Johnson Performance Hall at the Darla Moore School of Business, 1014 Greene St. Free.
TAI CHI CLASS: 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Outdoor sessions for age 10 and older, beginners and experienced participants, help you reconnect with yourself and nature while de-stressing to prepare for the week ahead. Meet at the park office, wear comfortable shoes and clothing that allows freedom of movement, bring water. $15 per person; adults must accompany children age 15 and younger. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, the deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE: 4 p.m. Sunday on the steps of the State House, Main and Gervais streets. Special music and a dove release will be part of the ceremony remembering lost loved ones. Presented by All Seasons Hospice.
“’TIS THE SEASON”: 4 p.m. Sunday at the Chapin Firehouse Theatre, 102 Lexington Ave., Chapin (American Legion Post 193). You know the drill, as soon as Labor Day is over, it’s nonstop HalloweenThanksgivingChristmasNewYear’s. Chapin Theatre Company production follows cul-de-sac denizens as they try to wade through the holidays. Tickets are $10; http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html or at the door.
USC WIND ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. An evening of electro-acoustic music featuring works for electronics and wind ensemble by Edgar Varese, Mason Bates and Steven Bryant. Steve Meyer and Paul DeCinque will be guest conductors. Free.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 6-10 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 5 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
EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES, PART 1: 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. This week’s lecture is Columbia’s First Schools; $10. Registration is not required but space may be limited; reserve a spot at http://historiccolumbia.org or by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23.
“RIFFTRAX LIVE: ANACONDA”: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Regal Sandhill Stadium 16, 450 Town Center Place and Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14, 1250 Bower Parkway. The crew from “MST 3000” are set to skewer one of the great snake movies of the ’90s (just how many were there?) – starring Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube. Tickets are $12.50, available at http://fathomevents.com
LADIES’ NIGHT OUT: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Kick off your holiday shopping with handmade gifts crafted by local artisans – Bohumila Augustinova, Cindy Saad and Kelly Wenner (jewelry); Clay Burnette (baskets and scarves), Alicia Leeke (scarves and stationery), Mary Ann Ehasz (mosaics) and Mary Catherine Kunze (purses). Music by DJ Alejandro, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, cash bar. You can have your gifts professionally wrapped for free while you check out the “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera” exhibit. $10; members, free (join or renew your membership and get in free). Sponsored by Earth Fare. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
THE MET: LIVE IN HD: Bizet’s “Carmen,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Regal Sandhill Stadium 16, 450 Town Center Place and the Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14, 1250 Bower Parkway. Encore screening of the Saturday broadcast. Tickets are $24; seniors, $22; children, $18. http://www.fathomevents.com/event/met1415-carmen-live
ART BLOCK BASH: Noon-7 p.m. Thursday at 3142 Carlisle St. Four galleries and studios will be open – Kemp Interiors Design Studio, Over the Mantel Gallery, Studio Carlisle and Viridian Gallery & Studio. Original paintings, pottery, woodworking and jewelry by 40 local artists, as well as furniture, lamps and accessories. (803) 791-1713
WORKS IN PROGRESS AT McCAA’S TAVERN: 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. Almost There party celebrating the restoration project will feature a photography exhibit by Cynthia Davis-Fussell. Entertainment, samplings of 18th century fare, beer and wine cash bar. Tickets are $40; couples, $70; and include a complimentary first libation ticket. All proceeds will benefit Historic Camden and the restoration of the John McCaa House, circa 1794. Reservations by Friday are encouraged but you can still pay at the door. (803) 432-9841 or email email@example.com
PALLADIUM SOCIETY’S RENOVATION RODEO: Melrose Heights home tour, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Presented by Modern Exterminating, the Renovation Rodeo features old homes and buildings in the Columbia area that have been refurbished and renovated while staying true to the roots and history of the site. $5; Historic Columbia Palladium Society members, free – includes refreshments. Advance registration required, address and location details will be sent to registrants before the event. (803) 252-7742, ext. 15; http://historiccolumbia.org
AN EVENING AT THE FARM: 6 p.m. Thursday at The Farm, 3248 U.S. 21 South, Ridgeway. Fundraiser will feature live music and a meal catered by the Blue Marlin (steamed oysters and seafood as well as non-seafood options). Dress is business casual. Proceeds will benefit Christian Assistance Bridge, a service agency providing emergency aid to individuals and families in need; the agency is a collaborative effort of local churches, individuals and support organizations and serves those in ZIP codes 29016, 29229 and 29130. Tickets are $50; sponsorships available. Order tickets at http://christianassistancebridge.com
FREE COMPUTER COURSE: Lexington 1 Adult Education program is offering a free course in Microsoft Word, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Rosenwald Community Learning Center, 420 Hendrix St. Lexington. Age 18 and older. Call (803) 821-2950 to register. Information at http://lexington1.net/adulted
GUN SAFETY PRESENTATION: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). A safety officer from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and a gun safety expert will discuss topics such as proper gun storage, safety rules for cleaning guns, laws and regulations for owners, gun safes and locks. No weapons are included in the presentation, nor are they allowed to be brought in (with the exception of law enforcement officers). Offered in partnership with Saving Lives Through Ryan, an organization dedicated to teaching firearms safety. Free and open to the public. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 779-1971.
CMA ARTS & DRAUGHTS: 7-11 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Live music, food, beer tasting, cash bar, gallery tour, exhibition tours, dance demo, film screenings, live figure drawing sessions, D.I.Y. art projects, interactive art and scavenger hunts. $8; members, $5; join or renew your membership at the door and get in for free. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
OPERA AT USC: “Hansel and Gretel,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 8 and 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. $25; seniors, USC faculty, staff and military, $20; students, $7. (803) 777-5369; http://sc.edu/music/opera
“CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN”: Lexington County Arts Association presentation, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 7, 8, 14, 15 and 3 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16 at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $17; students and seniors, $15; available at http://villagesquaretheatre.com
“’TIS THE SEASON”: 8 p.m. Nov. 7, 8 and 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Chapin Firehouse Theatre, 102 Lexington Ave., Chapin (American Legion Post 193). You know the drill, as soon as Labor Day is over, it’s nonstop HalloweenThanksgivingChristmasNewYear’s. Chapin Theatre Company production follows cul-de-sac denizens as they try to wade through the holidays. Tickets are $10; http://chapintheatre.org/tix.html or at the door.
GILBERT GREEN HOME WORKSHOP: 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 in the Gilbert Elementary School cafeteria, 314 Main St., Gilbert. WLTX-19 meteorologist Jim Gandy will discuss climate change and how it will affect South Carolina. Other sessions will examine energy conservation, improving air quality in the home, recycling and home improvements that save energy. Children are welcome. (803) 343-1161 or email email@example.com
FALL BAZAAR: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane. Free entertainment and children’s games including Touch a Truck with military, fire, sheriff, construction and farm vehicles; food concessions (barbecue plates, baked goods, frozen dinners); exhibitors and craft sales; children’s yard sale, chili cook-off; gardener’s corner (plants, herbs, garden art plus expert advice from Master Gardeners and Clemson Extension Service); silent auction; used book sale; Log Cabin Art Guild show and sale. Profits will benefit the Thornwell Home for Children. (803) 788-3589; http://svpc.org
CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW AND HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Lexington Middle School cafeteria, 702 N. Lake Drive, Lexington (Augusta Road and U.S. 378). Family event will feature more than 50 vendors and crafters from the Midlands Crafters Association. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. Free admission and parking. http://midlandcrafters.wix.com/christmas-craft-show
FASHION SPREE AND TEA: Noon-2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Shepherd’s Center of Columbia, 3401 Trenholm Road. Tea luncheon, Talbot’s fashion show and dulcimer concert, $10. (803) 778-4449
“BIG APPLE CIRCUS: METAMORPHOSIS”: 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Regal Sandhill Stadium 16, 450 Town Center Place and the Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium 14, 1250 Bower Parkway. Live broadcast from the big top tent in New York’s Lincoln Center; show will feature classic circus artistry such as clowning, juggling and acrobatics along with camels, horses and playful pooches. Tickets are $15; children, $10; available at theater box offices and online at http://fathomevents.com
HISTORIC MASONRY AND IRONWORK PRESERVATION WORKSHOP: 1-4 p.m. Nov. 8 Thompson Cottage, 1623 Richland St. (next to the Seibels House). Workshop will include an education sessioin on techniques for evaluation, repair and restoration of historic building materials, followed by a hands-on practice session. Presented by the Committee for the Restoration and Beautification of Randolph Cemetery, the workshop is one of a series of educational opportunities funded by a grant from the Richland County Conservation Commission. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
STORYBOOK BALL: 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 8 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Children and their grown-ups will enjoy a merry evening filled with themed entertainment by magicians, perfomers and artisans. Balloon art, face painting, live animals, Mat Hatter’s Tea Party and more. Costumes encouraged. $35 per person. http://www.edventure.org
“THE MOUNTAINTOP”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Fictionalized account of the final evening of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life presented by Charleston’s PURE Theatre. Tickets are $22; http://www.harbisontheatre.org/2014/05/the-mountaintop/
UU COFFEEHOUSE: Singer/songwriter Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith hit Columbia for an 8 p.m. Nov. 8 concert at 2701 Heyward St. Advance tickets (reservations) are $15; $17 at the door; students, $3 at the door with reservations. Door open at 7 p.m. (803) 299-2824; http://uucoffeehouse.org
FLAG PLACEMENT CEREMONY: 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at Woodridge Memorial Park, 138 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. Knights of Columbus of Corpus Christi Church will post flags on the graves of veterans. A light lunch will be provided at the reception following the ceremony. (803) 730-3614
VETERANS RECOGNITION: 1-4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive. Veterans and their families are invited to spend the afternoon swimming, playing, eating and relaxing – it’s the JCC’s way of saying thank you to veterans for dedicating a time in their lives to serving their country. There will be an indoor swim party, bounce house, arts and crafts and hot dogs. Professionals will be on hand to take to veterans about medical and employment related issues and transitioning back to the community. Photos from recent Midlands Honor Flights will be featured. (803) 787-2023; ext. 220
RESPONSIBLE BARTENDING – TIPS CERTIFICATION: 1-6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St. Irmo. Must be 21 years old to attend. TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) certification is normally required by an establishment before an employee can work behind the bar. Certification upon completion of test at end of class; $100. (803) 732-0432; http://midlandstech.edu/cce
NEWBERRY COLLEGE SINGERS AND MADRIGALS: 3 p.m. Nov. 9 in the New Life Chapel on the Heritage at Lowman campus, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Part of the free Sundays at Lowman concert series, performances will be followed by a reception in the Hoefler Gallery. (803) 451-7414
BAKER & BAKER PRESENTS ART OF MUSIC: Tabla master Rahul Pophali, 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. $12; members, $10; students, $5. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
COOKING HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Free class will feature registered dietitian Ashley Raash from DHEC’s Office of Public Health Nutrition, who will lead participants in cooking a fun, healthy dish to add to your holiday table. Call (803) 545-3200 to register. http://drewwellnesscenter.com
ISLANDS OF NEW ENGLAND TRAVEL INFORMATION SESSION: 6-7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Trip is scheduled for June 12-19, eight days, 11 meals, round-trip air from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. Free orientation will whet your appetite for the trip with highlights including Providence, Newport, Boston, Plymouth Rock, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown and more. (803) 732-0422
RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11 at 500 Wildlife Parkway; active duty and retired military personnel with a military ID card will reeive free admission in honor of Veterans Day. Regular admission is $13.95 for adults, $11.50 for ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. (803) 779-8717; http://www.riverbanks.org
CITY OF COLUMBIA VETERANS DAY PARADE: 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Sumter and Laurel streets, south on Sumter Street and ending at Pendleton Street, near the State House. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net
SNACK & LEARN – HEALTHY, FIT ’N FRUGAL: 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. $15, includes supplies and snack. (803) 732-0432
EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES, PART 1: 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. The final lecture of the series is on the Columbia Canal; $10. Registration is not required but space may be limited; reserve a spot at http://historiccolumbia.org or by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23.
USC GOSPEL CHOIR FESTIVAL OF SPIRITUALS: 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at Booker T. Washington auditorium (Wheat Street between Sumter and Pickens streets). The choir, directed by Dr. Carl Wells, is joined by renowned opera singers; Jacob Will, associate professor of voice; and one of his students, Shaquille Hester, senior voice major. Free. http://sc.edu/music
LEARNING TO LAUGH AGAIN: 7 p.m. Nov. 11 and 13 at Trinity Baptist Church, 2003 Charleston Highway, Cayce. America’s top-selling female comedian Chonda Pierce and Grammy Award winner Jason Crabb will bring two evenings of laughter, music and ministry. Presented by 89.7 FM WMHK and Muse Concerts and sponsored by Feed the Children, doors open at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $20; Gold Circle, $26. (885) 223-1008; http://museconcerts.com
USAF HERITAGE BRASS QUINTET: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band tours the Mid-Atlantic and New England region, performing classical to jazz to popular music, bringing its brilliant brass sound to all music genres. Free. http://sc.edu/music
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 13 in the SC Oncology Building, 166 Stoneridge Drive (take the zoo exit off I-126). Palmetto Painters will offer hand painted or hand made items for special folks on your holiday list. (803) 781-2340; http://palmettopainters.com
SPEAKER @ THE CENTER: Noon-1 p.m. Nov. 13 at the State Library, 1500 Senate St. Rachel Haynie, author of “First You Explore: The Story of the Young Charles Townes”) will discuss her biography of the Nobel Prize-winning inventor of the laser. Free, bring your lunch; books will be available for purchase and signing. (803) 734-8666; http://statelibrary.sc.gov
BEST OF PHILANTHROPY AWARDS: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 13 at 701 Whaley. Central Carolina Community Foundation and Columbia Metropolitan Magazine will celebrate the individuals, businesses and groups who have made significant contributions to the community, demonstrating the true meaning and value of helping others. Honorees are Michelle James, individual champion; Heart ’n Soul Band, group champions; Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, local business champions; Richland Northeast High School HOPE 365, student champions; and St. Lawrence Place, winner of the David W. Robinson Catalyst Award. Tickets are $50 and include a cocktail reception . Proceeds will support the operations of the Central Carolina Community Foundation and its efforts to promote, facilitate and increase philanthropy in the community. http://yourfoundation.org
BLYTHEFEST CHARITY GOLF OUTING: 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at Cobblestone Park Golf Club, 280 University Parkway, Blythewood. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; driving range and putting green will be open for players. 10 a.m. shotgun start, four-player teams, prizes for first and second place overall score, best pink ball score and closest to the pin on par 3’s. $75 per player, includes lunch. Proceeds will benefit local missions work of Trinity United Methodist Church. (803) 807-0030
MTC PAGE TO STAGE FALL PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL : 8-10 p.m. Nov. 14 at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Productions of “The Break Room,” written by London Smalls and directed by Stacey Keller; “The Pearly Gates of Broadway,” written and directed by Emily Brown; “Corday,” written and directed by Crystal Cooper; and “Untitled,” written by Chris Pendergrass and directed by Jake Salter. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10; available at http://harbisontheatre.org
THEATRE SOUTH CAROLINA: “Our Town,” Nov. 14-22 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 19-21; 3 p.m. Nov. 16; 3 and 8 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $18; USC faculty, staff, military and those age 60 and older, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551; http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea
FINANCIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP: 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Columbia Community Development office, 1225 Lady St., second floor. Learn the importance of banking, budgeting, saving and building your credit. Register at (803) 545-0280; http://columbiasc.net
E-WASTE RECYCLING AND HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION: Lexington County residents only; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 15 at Springdale Baptist Church, 357 Wattling Road, West Columbia. Electronics accepted for recycling 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. Household hazardous waste items will accepted including lawn and garden products, cleaners and waxes, 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 and latex). HHW items must be pre-registered by Nov. 10 in order to drop off at the event. Call (803) 785-3340 or go to http://www.lex-co.sc.gov/recycling. Items not accepted include unregistered items, ammunition, fireworks, asbestos, commercial grade chemicals, medical sharps or pharmaceuticals, oversized batteries or radioactive materials.
POLYMER CLAY JEWELRY WORKSHOP: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Columbia Art Center, 1928 Calhoun St. Class size is a minimum of four and a maximum of 12 students. Fee is $50, includes all materials. Registration deadline is Saturday. (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com
SOUTH CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC: “Marina Plays Tchaikovsky,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Pianist Marina Lomazov will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 is also on the program. Concert’s Music for a Cause Partner is Epworth Children’s Home. Tickets are $23-$53; available at the Koger Center box office, 806 Park St., or http://capitoltickets.com
FREE COMPUTER COURSE: Lexington 1 Adult Education program is a free course in Microsoft Excel, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Rosenwald Community Learning Center, 420 Hendrix St. Lexington. Age 18 and older. Call (803) 821-2950 to register. Information at http://lexington1.net/adulted
CHAIR CANING: 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 17-Dec. 8 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Learn to repair or replace a hand-caned chair seat. It’s easy, but you’ll need to transport your piece to class each week. Technique taught is for a square or rectangular seat. See the materials list on the web site for additional instructions and required supplies. Fee is $99. (803) 732-0432; http://midlandstech.edu/cce