FLAG PLACEMENT CEREMONY: 1 p.m. Sunday 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. Sunday at the Katie and Irwin 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
NEWBERRY COLLEGE SINGERS AND MADRIGALS: 3 p.m. Sunday 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
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OPERA AT USC: “Hansel and Gretel,” 3 p.m. Sunday 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, 3 p.m. Sunday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $17; students and seniors, $15; available at http://villagesquaretheatre.com
BAKER & BAKER PRESENTS ART OF MUSIC: Tabla master Rahul Pophali, 6 p.m. Sunday 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. Monday 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
RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday at 500 Wildlife Parkway; active duty and retired military personnel with a military ID card will receive 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. Tuesday at Sumter and Laurel streets, south on Sumter Street and ending at Pendleton Street, near the State House. (803) 545-3100; http://columbiasc.net
“THE SAILOR” DEDICATION CEREMONY: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park, 700 Hampton St. A bronze statue honoring all South Carolinians who served in the United States Navy in World War II be unveiled. The statue, created by Camden artist Maria Kirby-Smith, is a gift from Columbia native Henry W. Crede in memory of Crede’s shipmates who were killed during the war. U.S. Rep. James Clyburn will deliver the main address and Columbia mayor pro tem Brian DeQuincey Newman will accept the gift on behalf of the city and present the Key to the City to Crede’s grandson. Military and World War II vintage music from the Dick Goodwin Brass Quintet will begin at 2:30 p.m.
SNACK & LEARN – HEALTHY, FIT ’N FRUGAL: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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. Tuesday 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. Tuesday at Booker T. Washington auditorium (Wheat Street between Sumter and Pickens streets). The choir, directed by Dr. Carl Wells, is joined by 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. Tuesday at Trinity Baptist Church, 2003 Charleston Highway, Cayce. America’s top-selling female comedian Chonda Pierce and Grammy Award winner Jason Crabb bring 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
TAMEIKA ISAAC DEVINE OPEN HOUSE: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 1737 Main St. City Councilwoman will meet with constituents, for more information or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 545-3061
USAF HERITAGE BRASS QUINTET: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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
EDWIN McCAIN: 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $37.50; groups, $32.50 each. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com
FREE LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Noon-1 p.m. Thursday at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). As people age and change, so do their nutritional needs. Nutritional deficiencies can result when medicines react with certain foods or suppress appetite. Some medications can bind to nutrients, preventing the nutrients from being properly absorbed and used by the body. Nutrition drinks, alcohol, nutritional supplements or herbal products can all interact with medications. Nivia Green, LPN from Senior Health Associates will discuss medication safety and nutrition. Refreshments will be provided to those who RSVP, call (803) 779-1971; http://louriecentersc.com
SPEAKER @ THE CENTER: Noon-1 p.m. Thursday 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
LEARNING TO LAUGH AGAIN: 7 p.m. Thursday 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
USC UNIVERSITY CHORUS: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. Concert will feature the Columbia premiere of Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.” Free, but donations will be accepted. (803) 777-1983; http://sc.edu/music
THE SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS: 8 p.m. Thursday at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $35; groups, $28 each. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday 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
BEST OF PHILANTHROPY AWARDS: 6-9 p.m. Thursday 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. Friday 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
IF ART GALLERY: Leslie Hinton’s “Agoraphobic Sunrise” exhibition will be up through Dec. 6 at 1223 Lincoln St. Artist reception, 6-9 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours are 11 a. m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 239-2351; http://ifartgallery.blogspot.com
CMA JAZZ ON MAIN: “Celebrating the Great American Songbook,” 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m.; cash bar. Tickets are $35; CMA members, $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
“CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN”: Lexington County Arts Association presentation, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Road, Lexington. Tickets are $17; students and seniors, $15; available at http://villagesquaretheatre.com
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE NEW MUSIC CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Friday in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free concert will feature sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri, tabla player Abhijit Banerjee and work by local artists who traveled and worked in India –painter Fairoozan Abdalla and photographer Edward Shmunes.
“ACTS THE 3-MAN SHOW”: 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Live action drama based on the powerful New Testament book. Tickets are $15. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210; http://sapc.net/ministries/worship-arts/pas
MTC PAGE TO STAGE FALL PLAYWRIGHT FESTIVAL : 8-10 p.m. Friday 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,” 8 p.m. Friday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $18; USC faculty, staff, military and those age 60 and older, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551; http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea
“COMEDY OF ERRORS”: 8 p.m. Friday at the Ritz Theare, 1511 Main St., Newberry. Newberry Community Players youth theater production of Shakespeare’s classic with a modern twist. Tickets are $12; students and seniors, $6; groups of 10 or more, $4. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com
“WHITE CHRISTMAS”: 8 p.m. Friday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Adaptation of the classic film with songs by Irving Berlin. $25; age 65 and older, active military, college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; http://towntheatre.com
HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1001 12th St., Cayce. Baked goods, Christmas gifts, lunch (homemade chicken salad and vegetable soup) will be available.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 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
FINANCIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP: 9-11 a.m. Saturday 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
AMERICA RECYCLES DAY: Electronic waste recycling and shred event for Lexington and Richland County residents, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at CrossRoads Middle School, 6949 St. Andrews Road. Accepting computers and accessories, TVs, stereos, VCRs, DVD players, power tools, radios, fax machines, microwave ovens, telephones, pagers, answering machines, stoves, washers, dryers, bicycles, metal door frames, metal chairs, metal shelves, lawn mowers (must be free of gas and oil), refrigerators, air conditioning units, car and light truck tires, bike or wheelbarrow tires (limit eight per family), waste cooking oil and documents to be shredded. (803) 733-1139; http://keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
E-WASTE RECYCLING AND HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION: Lexington County residents only; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday 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 Monday 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.
HOLIDAY JOY MARKET AND RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Providence Presbyterian Church, 1112 Hummingbird Drive, West Columbia. Handmade items in all price ranges including wooden signs, knitted scarves, jewelry, wreaths, candles, original art, ornaments, spice mixes, holiday pillows, aprons, totes (on-site monogramming available); breakfast, lunch, bake sale and food gifts. Proceeds will support the church’s community outreach efforts. (803) 794-6766
BBQ & BLUEGRASS: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday in the South Shed at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. Barbecue and other regional foods prepared by top S.C. restaurants and food trucks, antique farm equipment exhibit, emergency vehicles, military tribute and live music featuring Balsam Range, Flatland Express, the Pine Hill Ramblers, the String Benders and Rabon Creek. Gates open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $10; students, $5; children younger than 12, free. Sponsored by Five Rivers Market, the S.C. Department of Agriculture and 92.1 FM The Palm/894.3 FM The Dude. (803) 707-4627; http://scbbqandbluegrass.com
IF ART GALLERY: Leslie Hinton’s “Agoraphobic Sunrise” exhibition will be up through Dec. 6 at 1223 Lincoln St. Gallery talk, 2 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours are 11 a. m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 239-2351; http://ifartgallery.blogspot.com
SOUTH CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC: “Marina Plays Tchaikovsky,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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
UU COFFEEHOUSE: Singer/songwriter Dayna Kurtz, 8 p.m. Saturday at 2701 Heyward St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets (reservations), $15; $17 at the door; students, $3 at the door with reservations. (803) 200-2824; http://uucoffeehouse.org
THEATRE SOUTH CAROLINA: “Our Town,” 8 p.m. Saturday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Tickets are $18; USC faculty, staff, military and those age 60 and older, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551; http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea
“COMEDY OF ERRORS”: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Theare, 1511 Main St., Newberry. Newberry Community Players youth theater production of Shakespeare’s classic with a modern twist. Tickets are $12; students and seniors, $6; groups of 10 or more, $4. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com
“WHITE CHRISTMAS”: 8 p.m. Saturday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Adaptation of the classic film with songs by Irving Berlin. $25; age 65 and older, active military, college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; http://towntheatre.com
BUBBIE’S BRISKET & BAKERY: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. Traditional Jewish foods and baked goods including brisket, corned beef sandwiches, stuffed cabbage, matzah ball soup, sweet and sour meatballs, falafel, noodle kugel, Israeli salad, potato knish, tzimmes, kasha varnishkes, baba ganoush, challah, homemade kosher pickles, kid’s meals, rugalach, mandel bread, cakes and more. (803) 782-2500; http://bethshalomcolumbia.org/bubbies-brisket-bakery
HEALTH SCREENING AND INFORMATION SESSION: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Greenview Baptist Church, 101 Isaac St. Conducted by Palmetto Community Health Service, screenings for breast and prostate cancer will be conducted with information on diabetes, arthritis and healthy aging. Dr. Crystal Johnson-Davis will be able to answer OB-GYN questions. Call (803) 419-9764 to reserve a spot.
CINÉCOLA FILM FESTIVAL: “Ernest et Celestine,” 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Animated film based on the children’s books by Belgian author-illustrator Gabrielle Vincent, directed by Stephane Aubier, Vincent Pater and Benjamin Renner. Free. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER: 3 and 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $45; groups, $38. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com
THEATRE SOUTH CAROLINA: “Our Town,” 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 19-21; 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
“COMEDY OF ERRORS”: 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Ritz Theare, 1511 Main St., Newberry. Newberry Community Players youth theater production of Shakespeare’s classic with a modern twist. Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 21, 22 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23. Tickets are $12; students and seniors, $6; groups of 10 or more, $4. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com
“WHITE CHRISTMAS”: 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Adaptation of the classic film with songs by Irving Berlin. Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 20-22, 28; Dec. 4-6 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23, Dec. 7. $25; age 65 and older, active military, college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510; http://towntheatre.com
LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Salute to Norway celebrates the 200th anniversary of Norwegian independence with a concert featuring music by Norwegian composers – Grieg, Halvorsen and Svendsen. Sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy and the International Festival of Columbia. Free, but donations will be accepted. (803) 400-3540
USC MEN’S CHORUS: 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, 1000 B. Ave., West Columbia. Free.
USC GOSPEL CHOIR: 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Francis Burns United Methodist Church, 5816 Farrow Road. Free.
AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Still Hopes, 1 Still Hopes Drive, West Columbia. Completion of the program enables participants age 26 and older to receive a discount on their automobile insurance. $20; AARP members, $15; bring a sack lunch. Register by calling (803) 739-5015
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
VA CLAIMS WORKSHOP AND DIRECTOR’S LISTENING FORUM: 5 and 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Columbia VA Regional Office, 6437 Garners Ferry Road. Workshop will provide veterans with information on the disability claims process, enrolling in and navigating the e-Benefits online application and allow additional opportunities for veterans’ feedback regarding VBA operations and the local regional office. Staff will be available to help veterans file claims or learn more about their benefits. Easily accessible parking will be available directly in front of the office.
RECONSTRUCTING HOME ART SHOW: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main St. Event will feature artwork by Transitions clients, food, drink, music and more. Tickets are $40; proceeds will benefit Transitions homeless recovery center. http://transitionssc.org/help/reconstructing-home
COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART: Lecture, “Robert S. Duncanson: 19th Century African-American Master,” 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in Lorick Auditorium, 1515 Main St. Sponsored by the Friends of African American Art and Culture, the free lecture is presented in celebration of the museum’s gift of Duncanson’s oil painting, “Landscape with Fantastic Architecture.” http://columbiamuseum.org
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: ROCK WITH RACHMANINOFF: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Guest artist Adam Golka will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor and the orchestra will present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Tickets are $30; seniors, USC faculty and staff, $25; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; http://capitoltickets.com
“JODI COBB’S ‘STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND’”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. National Geographic LIVE! presentation of the photographer’s work. Tickets are $18; available at http://harbisontheatre.org
“JEKYLL & HYDE”: 3 and 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Broadway musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Tickets are $40; groups, $35. (803) 276-6264; http://newberryoperahouse.com
ENGENUITY SC’S IGNITE! 2014: 5-8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium, 1125 George Rogers Blvd. Celebration of innovative ideas will feature keynote speakers, networking, cocktails and light supper, with voting for the 2014 Ignite! Ideas Contest. Reserved seats, $75. http://engenuitysc.com/ignite
USC CAMPUS ORCHESTRA CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the W.W. “Hootie’’ Johnson Performance Hall at the Darla Moore School of Business, 1014 Greene St. Free.
CAROLINA ALIVE CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE COLUMBIA AREA: Public policy luncheon, 11:45 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Melissa Reed, vice president for Public Policy and executive director of Planned Parenthood Health System and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina Action Funds will discuss “The Battle Continues: Legislative Issues Still Facing S.C. Women in Making Reproductive Choices.” Catered lunch available for $10 per person (reservations required by Nov. 17) or bring your own brown bag lunch. (803) 256-6822 or email email@example.com
VISTA LIGHTS: 5-9 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Congaree Vista. Signature open house with artistic performances, live music and dancing, tree lighting, horse-drawn carriage rides, showcase of galleries, shops and restaurants offering refreshments and shopping discounts. Pedestrian-only traffic on Gervais Street from Assembly to Gadsden; and Lincoln and Park streets, between Senate and Lady (Gervais and Lincoln streets will be closed to traffic from 6-10 p.m.) Free parking in Vista garages. http://vistalightssc.com
FREE COMPUTER COURSE: Lexington 1 Adult Education program is offering 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
USC MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CHORUS: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the W.W. “Hootie’’ Johnson Performance Hall at the Darla Moore School of Business, 1014 Greene St. Free.
JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 21-Dec. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. More than one million twinkling lights, animated images representing zoo residents, jingle bell bonfire, Santa visit, Music in Motion lights spectacular and nightly snowfall. Closed Nov. 27, Dec. 24 and 25. Tickets are $10; ages 2-12, $8; children younger than 2, free. Guest passes not accepted for Lights. (803) 779-8717; http://www.riverbanks.org/events/lights-before-christmas.shtml
TRANSFORMING OUR YOUTH GALA AND SILENT AUCTION: 7 p.m. Nov. 21 (silent auction starts at 6 p.m.) at the Lexington County Municipal Conference Center, 111 Maiden Lane, Lexington. Semi-formal fundraiser sponsored by Center for Community and Family Transitions. Tickets are $40 and include food, fun, shopping and dancing (entertainment by Two Gentlemen & A Lady). (803) 935-1716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“FOLLOW ME DOWN: PORTRAITS OF LOUISIANA PRISON MUSICIANS”: 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the North Wing auditorium at McKissick Museum, 816 Bull St. Film screening and Q&A with producer-director Ben Harbert of Georgetown University. Part of the Music History Colloquium Series, co-sponsored by USC’s African-American Studies Program and the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department. Free.
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: Nov. 21-Dec. 20 on the Thigpen Main Stage at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Five actors will play numerous roles throughout the performance, while creating a live musical score. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $22; military and seniors, $20; students, $15. Half-price Student Rush Tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. (803) 254-9732; https://trustus.org/show.php?show_id=74