By/for the homeless
SILENT VOICES: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main St. An evening of spoken word and musical acts performed by homeless artists. Silent auction, 6-7 p.m.; performance at 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Presented by Homeless Helping Homeless Columbia. (803) 360-9784; (803) 318-6985
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All decked out
HISTORIC COLUMBIA HOLIDAY TOURS: Friday through Jan. 4 at the Historic Columbia homes (Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site). Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. $8; youth, $5; Historic Columbia members and age 5 and younger, free). The houses are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (last tour starts at 3 p.m.) and 1-5 p.m. Sundays (last tour starts at 4 p.m.). Closed Mondays and major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). (803) 252-8842; http://historiccolumbia.org
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Come see the lights
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 5-9 p.m. Friday through Dec. 30 (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Music in Motion lights spectacular, Jingle Bell bonfire, snow every night and you can visit with Santa from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 23. Some of the zoo’s indoor exhibits will remain open – Gorilla Base Camp, Koala Knockabout and Riverbanks Farm. Tickets are $10, ages 2-12, $8. Riverbanks members are eligible to receive one free visit with their current membership card and picture ID; guest passes are not accepted. To avoid long lines, purchase your tickets in advance online at https://etickets.riverbanks.org/eTickets/LightsBeforeChristmas/tabid/161/Default.aspx