>>> GET OUTDOORS!
Lace ’em up and go
MAIN STREET ICE: Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink will be open 5-10 p.m. Thursday in Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Opening day price, $8. Then it’s open 1-10 p.m. Friday. Regular hours through Jan. 19 will be 4-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 1-9 p.m. Sundays. Special operating hours Dec. 15-Jan. 2 will be noon-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and noon-10 p.m. Fridays. Closed Christmas Day, open until midnight New Year’s Eve. Adults, $10; age 12 and younger, active duty military and seniors age 55 and older, $8. (803) 545-3100
>>> CCA PRIZE FINALISTS
Karen Ann Myers
701 CCA PRIZE 2014 ARTIST TALK SERIES: 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley. Meet finalist Karen Ann Myers, associate director at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston and an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston. (803) 319-9949; http://701cca.org
Mastering mall traffic
DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 6-10 p.m. Dec. 2-3 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
>>> AT THE SCHOOLS
It’s Panda Claus!
PANDA CLAUS MARKET: 3-7 p.m. Dec. 3 at East Point Academy Elementary, 1401 Leaphart St., West Columbia. Food vendors, local crafters, face painting, free pictures with Santa, prize raffles and more. Free admission. East Point Academy, a charter school in Lexington 2, is the first Chinese immersion school in South Carolina. A list of participants is at https://facebook.com/events/536416409837054