MONDAY, OCT. 26
GLAM PROGRAM: PRUNING SHRUBS AND TREES: 6 p.m. Monday at Lexington Main Library. As you drive down the street, you will notice homeowners busily pruning their shrubs. Little do they know but many of them are doing it wrong. Learn how to prune your plants to make them healthier and more beautiful. 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. www.gardenlikeamaster.com
TUESDAY, OCT. 27
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USC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson Hall, Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. On the program: J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, Mozart’s Symphony 29, Cynthia Folio’s new work, “Winds for Change” for flutes, strings and percussion. 1014 Greene St.
WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BREAST CANCER: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at main Richland Library. Join Drs. Feili Tu-Keefner and Swann Arp Adams to learn some basic information about cancer prevention screening and treatment. Participants will learn some simple ways to help have a healthier lifestyle. They’ll also show you how to find and use accurate and up-to-date health information web sites about breast cancer. 1431 Assembly St.
THURSDAY, OCT. 29
ROOFTOP RHYTHMS: 6-9 p.m. Thursday on the rooftop of Richland Mall. This free family-friendly evening, featuring live music and free children’s entertainment, will honor Forest Acres Police Officer Greg Alia, who died Sept. 30 in the line of duty. Kassy Alia will speak, and The Other Store will sell T-shirts to raise money for his family. Also on tap are free balloon art by Joey Young, face painting by Sarah Dippity, magic by John Tudor, Shutterbooth photo booth and hula hoops with Lunatrix. Forest Acres restaurants will have dishes available for purchase. 3400 Forest Drive. www.forestacres.net/rooftop-rhythms
HARRY POTTER BOOK NIGHT: 6 p.m. Thursday at Richland Library’s Blythewood branch. Summoning all Hogwarts fans for a magical evening of wizardry, tricks and spells. 128 Mcnulty Road, Blythewood.
DRACULA: BALLET WITH A BITE: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Koger Center. Blood, fangs, and death are just a few of the things you will find in this favorite Halloween cult classic. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, we see Count Dracula continue his seductive reign of terror with his Brides of Darkness in Transylvania. 1051 Greene St. (803) 777-7500, http://columbiacityballet.com
FRIDAY, OCT. 30
>>> HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS
BOO AT THE ZOO: Final night! 6-9 p.m. Friday at Riverbanks Zoo. Put on your cutest costume and head over to the zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular! Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and much more. Adults (ages 13 and up), $13.95; children (ages 2–12), $11.50; ages 2 and under, free; military and seniors ages 62 and older, $12.95. 500 Wildlife Parkway. (803) 779-8717, www.riverbanks.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 31
13TH ANNUAL SWAMPFEST: This annual Lower Richland event, rescheduled from earlier this month because of flooding, takes place on two sites in and around Congaree National Park in Hopkins. Live music, food, vendors, special exhibits, and South Carolina’s only national park will be in the spotlight. Free shuttles run between the entertainment stage and the park throughout the day. Rain or shine. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Old Mount Moriah Church, 1001 Old Bluff Road, Hopkins; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for park activities, 100 National Park Drive, Hopkins. www.congareeswampfest.com
EDVENTURE’S HALLOWEEN HAPPENING: 4-8 p.m. Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum. Put on a costume, grab your friends and make your way to this family-friendly, safe Halloween celebration. Enjoy a graveyard scavenger hunt, ghoulish green slime, pumpkin smashing, mad science and scary amounts of candy. Adults: $4 (including members) Children: free. 211 Gervais St. www.edventure.org