TUESDAY, JUNE 14
PICKLEBALL: 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Trenholm Park, indoors. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, even though it is 50 years old. It is a fusion of tennis, badminton and ping pong. Equipment provided. Round-robin style of play each week. Good for all ages, but mostly those 18 to 99 play at this weekly event. Free. 3900 Covenant Road. (803) 787-0216, http://richlandcountyrecreation.com/centers/trenholm-park/
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15
“WILD WEDNESDAYS:” 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sesquicentennial State Park. A series of Wednesday morning programs in June will focus on the many plants and animals found at the park. Each week kids will explore a new topic as they uncover the fascinating secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through hands-on activities. For ages 6-10; dress for the outdoors. Adults must accompany children. $5 per program, advance reservations required at (803) 788-2706 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 9564 Two Notch Road, Northeast Richland.
THURSDAY, JUNE 16
SINK OR SWIM COMEDY SHOW: 8-10 p.m. Thursday at Tapp’s Arts Center. Soda City Stand Up and Tapp’s Arts Center are teaming up for the Sink or Swim “No Set List” Comedy Show – as in, no set list and no prepared material. Comedians are given a random list of topics one hour before showtime. They have to think up jokes for each topic within the time allotted. Then, they perform them for you. $5 in advance, $7 on the day of the show. 1644 Main St. www.tappsartscenter.com
FRIDAY, JUNE 17
HISTORIC HAPPY HOUR/VICTORIAN TAILGATING PARTY: 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Join Historic Columbia for happy hour and try your hand at some 19th century outdoor games. Participants will have a chance to play bocce, croquet, hoop & stick, and graces while sipping on a cold drink. For ages 21 and older. $15 Historic Columbia members, $20 non-members. www.historiccolumbia.org
SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Riverfront Park. Bring the family to the park for a family movie Friday nights through July 29. This week’s show is “Muppets Most Wanted.” Pre-show activities begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by the featured movie at sunset. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. No glass containers and alcoholic beverages allowed. Free; presented by the city of Columbia. 312 Laurel St.
11TH ANNUAL WEEKEND WITH THE PROS: Friday and Saturday on Lake Murray. S.C. Rough Riders hosts this annual event, with this year’s featured guests, pro wakeboarders Shaun Murray, Josh Palma, Danny Harf and Kent Hartshorn. Limited wakeboarding lessons both days, free demonstrations at 2 p.m. Saturday by the pros at Dead Man’s Cove at Rocky Creek and the Chapin In Water Boat Show at The Frayed Knot (1701 Dreher Island Road, Chapin) are part of the weekend activities. More than 1,200 spectators and 280 boats attended last year’s event. A more detailed scheduled and details about wakeboarding lessons: www.southcarolinaroughriders.com
>>> AT THE MUSEUM
“RACE: ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at S.C. State Museum. On this first anniversary of the Emanuel AME Church killings in Charleston, this exhibit is especially relevant. It explores a cultural and scientific look at race throughout history and the reasons we should celebrate our differences. It will address the topics of race from three different perspectives: science, history, and everyday experience. $13.95 adults 13-61; $12.95 seniors (62 and older); $11.95 children (3-12). Museum member pricing is $4 per person or members may use the blockbuster tickets that came with their membership. 301 Gervais St. www.scmuseum.org
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
COLUMBIA SHRIMP & GRITS FESTIVAL: 6-11 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Marriott Hotel. Area restaurants will compete in Columbia’s first Shrimp & Grits Festival. One restaurant will be named “Columbia’s Best Shrimp & Grits” by a panel of judges. There also will be a “People’s Choice” winner. Celebrity guest judge Marcus Lattimore will attend, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Marcus Lattimore Foundation. $50, available at columbiashrimpandgrits.com. 1200 Hampton St.
PADDLE FOR A CURE: 10 a.m. Saturday, meet at Wateree River Bridge. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is holding its fifth annual event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. The 7.2-mile scenic paddle heads down the Wateree River. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. $30, includes t-shirt and lunch. Bring your own kayak or canoe; a limited number of kayaks will be available to borrow. Transportation to the Wateree River Trailrace will be provided. Details: email@example.com, http://www.facebook.com/rcsdpaddleforacure or call Investigator Trish Odom, (803) 576-3093.
SUNDAY, JUNE 19
STEP BACK IN TIME: 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Residents of Richland and Lexington counties can take a guided tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1, the third Sunday monthly. This month, visit the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome. Purchase tickets at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding St. www.historiccolumbia.org