NEW GROUPS FORMING: Discussion group, social group, preteen youth group, life skills group, Bible study and more. Meet others with similar interests; call (803) 771-2212 after 6 p.m.
PALMETTO PERSONAL COMPUTER CLUB: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Special Interest Groups meet before the main meeting; SIGs include Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Windows, Advanced Users and Beginner/Intermediate Users. www.palmettopc.org
COLUMBIA CAMERA CLUB: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Informal photo critique at 6:30 p.m., followed by Tim Huebel's presentation, "Photographic Artistry Close to Home." (803) 786-7022, www.columbiacameraclub.com
LEXINGTON GENEALOGY ASSOCIATION: 3 p.m. Sunday at the Palmetto Collegiate Institute and Gardens, 104 Hendrix St., Lexington. (803) 359-9247
AGES 18 AND YOUNGER
PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Palmetto Step Team, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Open to ages 10-14; $35 per month. Grasshoppers soccer for ages 2-3, 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, ages 4-5 meet 4:30-5:15 p.m. $40 per month, equipment provided, bring a water bottle. Preregistration required. Classes meet at 105 Summit Centre Circle. (803) 865-6516
DOUBLE DUTCH: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2300 Greene St. Basic skills for boys and girls ages 4 and older. (803) 733-8452
PALMETTO GOLD CLUB: Seminars, classes, workshops, luncheons, game nights, book and coffee clubs, bingo and other activities for ages 55 and older at the Palmetto Activity Center, 105 Summit Centre Circle, across from Summit Middle School. (803) 865-6516
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Tai Chi, 9 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m. Fridays. Yoga, 11 a.m. Wednesdays (beginners); 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays (multilevel); 10 a.m. Thursdays (advanced); 1:30 p.m. Fridays (neuropathy). 1650 Park Circle, (803) 779-1971
BUS TRIP: Asheville, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 19; $149 (includes lunch and admission to Biltmore House and Gardens). All trips have a nonrefundable deposit of $25. (803) 776-9127 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR ALL AGES
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Visitor center open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Congaree Campfire Chronicles, guided tours through the forest as costumed interpreters re-enact life in the flood plain, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23, 24. Two-hour tours depart every 15 minutes from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Guided canoe trips, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, or go to www.nps.gov/cong.
HEAD OF THE BROAD ROWING REGATTA: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Richland County Rowing Center, 1600 Garner Lane (past Riverside Golf Center). Food and beverages will be available for sale, picnics and chairs welcome. Regatta will feature college, youth and masters competing 12 events over a 4000-meter course. Rowing at 10, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; sprints at 2 p.m. Free. www.columbiarowingclub.com or e-mail email@example.com
ADVENTURE CAROLINA: After-work kayak trips, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Saturday activities include 8 a.m. basic and whitewater kayak classes; noon tube launches and 2 p.m. Congaree River trips. Sunday trips include Saluda River at noon and Congaree River at 2 p.m. Adventure Carolina is at 1107 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-4505
TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Harbison State Forest, 5500 Broad River Road. Free event will feature riding skills instruction, escorted trail rides, lunch. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Helmets and closed-toe shoes required. Register online at www.friendsofhsf.org or call (803) 422-6428
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES
AGES 18 AND YOUNGER
MUSIKGARTEN: Early movement (Mommy & Me) class for ages 1 1/2-3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Ballentine Community Center, 1009 Bickley Road, Irmo. $40 per month plus $35 activity kit fee. (803) 754-6720, ext. 231
PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Youth ballet classes, Tuesdays at 105 Summit Centre Circle. Ages 3-5 meet 5:30-6:15 p.m.; ages 6-9, 6:15-7 p.m.; ages 9-12, 7-7:45 p.m.; $40 per month. Beginning violin lessons for students in grades 1-5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring your own violin, preregistration required, $60 for six-week session. Short Chefs cooking and nutrition class for ages 4-7, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays. $50 for a four-week session, includes chef's hat, apron and recipe book. (803) 865-6515
THE ART ELEMENTS: Read and Craft Time, 11 a.m.-noon or 12:45-1:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday monthly at 301-4 Rice Meadow Way. Story and related craft for children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers. $10; $7 for early registration (Mondays). Art Club for elementary school students meets 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. $20 per session for drop-ins, $70 per month. Reservations required. Home School Art Class, 1-3 p.m. the fourth Thursday monthly. $20 per child, two or more, $15 each; includes materials. (803) 419-4434
HANDWRITING CAMP: Conquering Cursive, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Oct. 23; for students in grades 3 and up. Classes meet at Sylvan Learning Center, Village at Sandhill. (803) 741-0999
SATURDAY MUSIC ACADEMY: 9 a.m.-noon for ages 7-12, 2-5 p.m. for ages 13-18, twice monthly. Preregistration, $20; tuition is $100 per month plus $50 registration and $50 material fee (preregistration fee will be applied to tuition). Classes meet at GMG Music Center, 1053 Sparkleberry Lane Extension. (803) 206-8939; www.gmgmusiccenter.com
DANCE CLASSES: Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop, Tuesdays at Caughman Road Park, 1800 Trotter Road, Hopkins. Ages 3-4, 5:55-6:25 p.m.; ages 5-6, 6:30-7 p.m.; ages 10 and older, 7-7:45 p.m. A session for boys in grades 2-5 will meet 5-5:45 p.m. $20 per month. (803) 783-0400
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION: Harbison Campus, 730 College St., is accepting registration for fall classes. eBay Trading Certificate, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17, $349; (803) 732-0432 or go to www.mtctraining.com
SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Interfaith learning program for ages 50 and older meets 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 17, at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. New this fall: "A Brief History of Africa in 9 1/2 Chapters," "Understanding South Carolina Government," "The Science of Baseball," "Lesser-Known Women of the Bible," "A Study of Southern Fiction" and "Basic Digital Photography." Regular class offerings include bridge, classic movies, creative writing, quilting and Spanish. Lunch is available for $6.50, followed by entertainment or a speaker. Tuition for the 10-week program is $25. (803) 731-9394
BEGINNERS BALLROOM DANCING: Ballroom, Latin and social dancing, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. $6; couples, $10 (10 weeks payable in advance). Preregistration required, call (803) 791-9881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Tai chi, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, bring a water bottle; $40 for a four-week session or $12 per week. Yoga for beginner to intermediate ages 18 and older, 9-10 a.m. Saturdays $40 per month, bring a mat and water bottle. Seniors 1-2-3, 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, four-week course focusing on balance, joint mobility and flexibility for ages 55 and older; $40 per month. Ballroom dance classes, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Mondays, wear soft-soled shoes; $60 per couple for a four-week session. Line dance classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, bring a water bottle; $40 for a five-week session. Dancing Through the Ages for ages 55 and older, 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays; $35 per couple or $10 per week, wear comfortable clothing. No experience necessary for dance classes. All sessions meet at 105 Summit Centre Circle. (803) 865-6516
VILLAGE ARTISTS GALLERY: Art classes at 631-8 Promenade Place, Village at Sandhill. Beginner watercolor, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 5; $100. Beginner drawing and water media class, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 31-Dec. 5; $100. (803) 269-2826 or e-mail email@example.com
DYSLEXIA SIMULATION WORKSHOP: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Sandhills School, 1500 Hallbrook Drive. Free, but reservations are suggested; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 695-1400
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK LECTURE SERIES: 7-8 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Audiovisual presentation followed by a Q&A session; free, no reservations required. The topic will be "Bacteria in Tom's Creek: Numbers, Sources and Implications" with USC's Buz Kloot. (803) 776-4396, ext. 0 or www.nps.gov/cong
UNWRAPPING YOUR CREATIVE GIFTS: Increase your ingenuity, innovation and creativity through brain and memory exercises and other techniques, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through, Oct. 29, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Call (803) 513-5643 or e-mail email@example.com to register.
ADULT EDUCATION AND ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays (GED) and Wednesdays (ESL) at Gilbert Primary School, 520 Main St., Gilbert. Free; child care will be provided by the GPS Parenting Center. (803) 821-1400
HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: "People, Places and Progress of Early Columbia, 1600-1850," six-part lecture series 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 20. Lectures, led by Warner Montgomery, will be at the Seibels House & Garden, 1601 Richland St. The series will also include bus and walking tours to historic sites, 2-4:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 18; tours depart from the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Sunday's tour will include the Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery and Randolph Cemetery. Lecture only, $60 (members, $45); lecture and tour, $80 and $65. Tuesday's topic will be "In God We Trust: Columbia's First Churches." Call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or go to www.historiccolumbia.org for reservations.
RICHLAND 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Offering high school diploma, GED test preparation, HSAP remediation, WorkKeys, skills lab, English as a Second Language and adult basic education. Also accepting registration for community education classes - Introduction to Computers, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 15-Nov. 10; $60, seniors, $30. Introduction to Computers II, 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 11; $60, seniors, $30. Digital Photography, 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 9; $30. eBay the Right Way, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 1-10; $30. All classes meet at the W.R. Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Call (803) 736-8787, ext. 301, or go to www2.richland2.org/tech/rogerscenter.
SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Offering bridge, gardening, creative writing, a study of Southern fiction, acrylic and watercolor painting, music (handbells, dulcimers, singing for fun, stories of famous operas, history of jazz and swing), senior health and wellness, classic movies, German history, Islam, New Testament Gospels, planning your future and travels through the Middle East. Classes meet at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road; lunch and speaker at noon, $7 (reservations required). Membership is $25 per quarter, ages 55 and older may take one or all classes. (803) 779-4449
FINE ART DRAWING AND PAINTING CLASSES: Mondays and Tuesdays at Quail Lane Racquet & Swim Club, 4927 Quail Lane. Drawing and watercolor, mixed media painting, 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays. Drawing and oil, acrylic and mixed media painting, 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. www.francesmnelson.com
"MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE 21st CENTURY": 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 11 in the Leisure Ministries Building at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. Each week a speaker will focus on ways to recognize mental disorders and how to deal with them. Free. (803) 779-4449
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Fall sessions include a Shakespeare literature course featuring Jack Dillard Ashley, 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 15; beginners' cribbage, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Breakfast for your Brain, for ages 50 and older, 8-8:45 a.m. Thursdays through Nov. 5; $5 for CSC members; $15 for nonmembers; limit 20 participants. All other activities are free for CSC members; $20 per year for non-members. (803) 779-1971
RICHLAND 1 ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES: Adult literacy, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; free. English as a Second Language, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; fees vary. GED preparation, 9 a.m.-noon Mondays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at various sites in the community. Students cannot be currently enrolled in high school, $50. High school diploma, 8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; half credit, $25, full credit, $50. For ages 17 and older with 16 credits. HSAP math prep, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; $25. Child care training, 6-9 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 3-18, $40. All classes meet at the Adult Education Office, 2612 Covenant Road, unless otherwise noted. Call (803) 343-2935 to register.
ART BASICS: 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Art Shack Gallery Cafe, 2701-A Rosewood Drive. Six-week session taught by Mary How covers fundamentals of drawing, painting and clay; $150 (includes materials). (803) 269-8730 or go to www.angelfishcreations.com to register.
LEXINGTON 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Offering GED preparation at Gaston and Swansea, WorkKeys, high school diploma, English as a Second Language and GED online. Classes meet at Granby Education Center, 1407 Dunbar Road, Cayce. (803) 739-4048
FOR ALL AGES
ART CLASSES: Enrolling all ages, Art Shack Gallery and Cafe, 2701-A Rosewood Drive. (803) 799-9409 or go to www.artshackgallery.com to register.
Advance registration required for most programs
IRMO BRANCH: Toddlertime for ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. today; Wednesdays, Oct. 21, 28; and Thursdays, Oct. 22, 29; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:30 a.m. Between the Lines, book discussion for students in grades 3-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Books and Beyond, story and craft session for students in grades 5K-2, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8; session for grades 3-5 meets at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Teen Time, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10; American Red Cross basic first aid workshop for students in grades 6-12. Movie Afternoon for students in grades 5K-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Club for ages 7-14, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Lapsit, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27; stories, rhymes and songs for you and your child 11 months and younger. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27. Paw-sitive Reading, 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27; students in grades 5K-2 are paired with tutors and therapy dogs who listen to them read to help improve reading, comprehension and communications skills as well as building confidence and self-esteem. Teen Time, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; students in grades 6-12 are invited to dress in costume for the Little (Coffee) Shop of Horrors. 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880
CHAPIN BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child, 18-25 months, 11 a.m. Fridays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Books and Beyond, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; session has a Halloween theme for students in grades 1-5. 129 N.W. Columbia Ave., (803) 345-5479
WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Homeschoolers Research Series for ages 6-12, 1 p.m. Thursdays. Movie Afternoon for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Toddlertime for ages 23 months and younger 10 a.m. Mondays; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:45 a.m. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Creative Dramatics I for ages 6-9, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Juvenile Book Discussion for ages 9-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Bedtime Story Time, craft and stories for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. 1500 Augusta Road, (803) 794-6791
GASTON BRANCH: Teen Program for grades 6-12, 6 p.m. Monday. Preschool Story Time for ages 1 1/2-4, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Books & Beyond for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 8, 22. Friends of the Gaston Library Fun Day for all ages, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208
SWANSEA BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Books & Beyond for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.. Teen Time, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; students in grades 6-12 are invited to dress as their favorite vampire and drop in for a bite. Halloween program for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. 9 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519
SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Mondays. Books & Beyond, story and craft session for students in 5K through fifth grade, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. . Teen Time for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia. (803) 785-3050
LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY: Toddlertime for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. today; session for 24-35 months meets at 11:30 a.m. Books & Beyond, stories and crafts for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. today. Airplane Fun, model airplane and remote control car demonstration for all ages, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Between the Lines book discussion for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Registration for the next session of Lapsit, Toddlertime and Preschool Story Time begins Monday, Oct. 19. Dia de Los Muertos, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; all ages are encouraged to come in costume for bilingual story time, music and food. So the Story Goes, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; ghost stories for ages 6 and older. Music and Movement for ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:30 a.m.; session for ages 3-6, 3:30 p.m. 5440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600
GILBERT-SUMMIT BRANCH: After-School Program, 2:40 p.m. today; students in grades 3-5 can learn to play chess. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-25 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays. Books & Beyond, 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; stories and activities for ages 6 and older. 110 Broad St., (803) 785-5387
PELION BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Books & Beyond, 4 p.m. Tuesday; stories and activities for ages 6 and older. Teen Time for students in grades 6-12, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Family Movie Morning, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child, 18-25 months, 10 a.m. Wednesday and Oct. 14. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday and Oct. 14. Teen Book Discussion for grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 Books & Beyond, story and craft session for grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Teens & 'Tweens for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. 203 Armory St., (803) 532-9223
CHAPIN BAPTIST: "Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David," Bible study for women, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays in The Pointe, 950 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Free child care; call (803) 345-2414 to register.
CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: "The Jesus Letters, a Study of Revelations, Chapters 2 and 3," 8-9 a.m. Sundays through Nov. 1 at 2700 Bush River Road. Child care available for ages 11 and younger. (803) 798-4488; www.christianlifecolumbia.com
NORTHSTAR CHRISTIAN CENTER: Women's conference, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 711 Longtown Road. Registration $20; includes snacks, lunch and door prizes. A canned food and paper products drive will be held in conjunction with the conference. www.northstarcolumbia.org
FAIR LAWN UNITED METHODIST: Country Store, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 9203 Wilson Blvd. Event will feature flea market, silent auction, frozen casseroles and baked goods. Craft and vendor tables available for $20 (outside) and $35 (inside). www.fairlawnumccolumbia.com
COLUMBIA JEWISH FEDERATION: Dinner to recognize annual Distinguished Service Award winner Jerry Kline, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center. $25 per person. Reservations: (803) 787-2023.
ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL: Blessing of the Animals, 4:30 p.m. Sunday at 605 Polo Road. Event will take place in the breezeway between the sanctuary building and parish hall. All pets must be on a leash or in a container.(803) 736-0866; www.stdavidscolumbia.org
BISHOPS MEMORIAL AME: Barbecue dinners will be sold 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at 2221 Washington St. $8; includes chicken, hash and rice, string beans, coleslaw, rolls and cake. (803) 254-6686
GILL CREEK BAPTIST: Sanctuary choir anniversary celebration, 5 p.m. Sunday at 2116 Cushman Drive. (803) 754-6616
GREENLAWN BAPTIST: Neighborhood prayer walk, 9 a.m. Saturday. Coffee, juice and muffins will be served at 8:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall, 6612 Garners Ferry Road. (803) 776-4074
TEMPLE BAPTIST: Helping Hands garage sale, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at 806 Universal Drive. Open to the public; table rentals are $10; two for $15. Table rental proceeds will help the critically ill. Call (803) 776-3913 to reserve a table.
LEESVILLE UNITED METHODIST: Sanctuary is open 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays for silent prayers. The church is at 510 Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville. (803) 532-3817
NORTHSIDE BAPTIST: Busy Woman's Luncheon, "How to Live a Grace-Filled Life," featuring Maralee McKee, noon-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at 1303 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Advance tickets available through Wednesday; $5, includes box lunch. (803) 796-9786; www.northsidebaptist.org
ST. JAMES LUTHERAN: Holiday craft bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1358 S. Lake Drive (S.C. 6), Lexington. Homemade jellies, jams, baked goods, handmade crafts, children's items and more. Takeout chicken stew dinners will be available 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for $5. (803) 359-2122
ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN: Missions Market, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 1130 St. Peter's Road, Lexington. Handmade items, vendors, craft and country store, fresh vegetables, bake shop, garage sale, photography studio. Lunch will be available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit LICS, Asian Project and missionaries. (803) 359-2470; www.stpeterslex.com
MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER
CONGAREE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at Granby Gardens Park, Cayce. Performances by The Dillards, Bill Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass, Sugarloaf Mountain Boys, Darlene and Reflections of Bluegrass, Easy Pickin's, Anne and Shellie & the UGgB. Food and craft vendors, banjo and guitar contests, children's activities, band scramble contest, exhibits from the Cayce Historical Museum and free museum tours. No pets or coolers, please. (803) 796-9020
CAROLINA DOWNHOME BLUES FESTIVAL: Today through Saturday at 18 venues (47 performances by 28 acts) in Camden. Sponsored by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, the festival gets under way at 5:30 p.m. today with Wanda Johnson, Shrimp City Slim and Dr. Pickup at The Venue on Broad, 1020 Broad St. $10 wristband required but it's also good for the evening at The Old Armory Steakhouse, Sam Kendall's, The Crescent Grille and Davis & Sons. Complete performance schedule at www.bluesbash.com/camden. Friday and Saturday wristbands, $15 each; three-day pass, $35; available at the FAC, Blues Kiosk, participating venues or online at www.fineartscenter.org.
CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Guest performer will be clarinetist Pete Neighbor. $8; ages 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504
JAZZ AT THE VILLAGE: 2-4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 25, Town Center Commons, Village at Sandhill (Clemson and Two Notch roads). This week's performers will be Clear Vision.
WEDNESDAYS AT TRINITY: Free concert series, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 11 in Satterlee Hall on Senate Street. Lunch is available from noon-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m.; $6. This week's performance will feature the USC Concert Choir. (803) 771-7300; www.trinitysc.org
REID'S ROCKIN' AT THE RACEWAY: Free concert series, 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays at the Historic Columbia Raceway, 2001 Charleston Highway (U.S. 321), Cayce. This week, the Root Doctors take the stage. (803) 794-6504
GOSPEL SINGING: Sonrise and the Mildand Quartet in concert, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. Refreshments will be served and a love offering will be accepted. (803) 657-5373
BROOKLAND-CAYCE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1984: 25-year reunion, Saturday, Oct. 10, at American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. Casual dress. $45 per person. Greta Baughman Swink, (803) 739-9433 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
LOWER RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL: Classes of 1977-1982, Friday through Sunday http://lowerrichlandalumni.myevent.com
C.A. JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959: 50-year reunion, Nov. 27-29. Call James Kelly Jr., (803) 754-3312; Bangwa Frances Hill-Fair, (803) 772-3824; or Mary Harrison Bowden, (803) 254-6675 for more information.
SONG BIRD CAFE JAM SESSION: 7 tonight at Leaside, 100 E. Exchange Blvd. Annual fundraiser for Sistercare will feature Doug Jones (Craven Melon), Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish) and Ken Block and Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel). Tickets are $100 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Sponsored by Lexington Medical Center, BlueCross BlueShield of S.C., Southern Way Catering and Hampton Athletic Club. (803) 926-0505; www.sistercare.com
FRIENDS OF THE IRMO BRANCH LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 6251 St. Andrews Road. Books, tapes and CDs at bargain prices. Preview sale for members, 3-6 p.m. Friday; memberships available at the door. (803) 798-7880, ext. 4.
GREEN COCKTAIL PARTY: Keep the Midlands Beautiful 20th anniversary celebration, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Nelson Mullins Rooftop, 1320 Main St. Tickets are $40; includes live music by Billy Sloan and food by The Blue Marlin. (803) 733-2526 or go to www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
ART IN THE GARDEN: 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Wingard's Nursery and Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. $20, advance sales only, includes music by Elliott and the Untouchables, food and beverages by Dupre Percival. Works by Suzanne Wilkins, Melony Stuckey, Michael Bell, Sally and Don Rash, Michel McNinch and Laura Torres, Melissa Cook, Lauren Maurer. Proceeds will benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. Parking at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, shuttle buses will be provided. www.wingardsnursery.com or call (803) 359-9091
CHARITY CUT-A-THON: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at A Special Tee's Salon, 5209 Forest Drive. All haircuts $15; prizes, giveaways. Proceeds will benefit The Therapy Place, a provider of traditional and innovative therapy programs for children with special needs in the Midlands. (803) 318-2939; www.thetherapyplace.org
SCOA CARES FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Crickentree Golf Club, 1084 Langford Road, Blythewood. Shotgun start at 10 a.m., lunch and fellowship at 2 p.m. $375 per four-member team, includes breakfast and lunch and a raffle ticket for each player. Proceeds will benefit the uninsured and underinsured oncology/hematology patients in the Midlands served by S.C. Oncology Associates. Registration deadline is Friday; call (803) 461-3117 or go to www.sconcology.net
PALMETTO PAINTERS: Members art auction, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Green Hill Baptist Church, 1734 Augusta Road, West Columbia. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Sistercare. (803) 781-2340
THE ARTFULL BRAS PROJECT: Fifty original works of art will be on display 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 9, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Pieces & Patches, 711-H E. Main St., Lexington. Meet the artists 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. The bras will be auctioned later this month, with proceeds going to Best Chance Network, a program that helps uninsured or underinsured women ages 40-64 who met income guidelines and need to be screened for breast and cervical cancer. (803) 359-3442
COTTON BRANCH FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 10, at Parkland Plaza (near Bi-Lo), Cayce. The organization was founded in 2004 to provide refuge for abused and neglected farm animals. (803) 736-2176; www.cottonbranch.org
ROTARY CLUB OF LEXINGTON OYSTER ROAST: 5 p.m. Saturday at Virginia Hylton Park, Lexington. Live music by Mama's Home Cookin', all you can eat oysters, Beaufort stew, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, soft drinks, beer and wine (with ID); $30. Sponsorships available, proceeds will benefit programs that support the ideals of Rotary. Tickets available from any Lexington Rotarian, at Nationwide Insurance, 4586 Sunset Blvd., or at the door. (803) 600-5227 or www.lexingtonrotaryclub.com
RIVERBANKS ZOOFARI - A TOAST TO THE COAST: 7 p.m. Saturday at Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Food, beach music by the Fabulous Kays, live and silent auctions. $85; members, $75. Tickets at www.riverbanks.org/zoofari
A FINE AFFAIR: Ronald McDonald House Charities fundraiser, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the Columbia Marriott. Live music, dinners and desserts, live and silent auction. Charlie Glasgow Memorial Golf Tournament, Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Woodcreek Country Club, 300 Club Ridge Road, Elgin. E-mail email@example.com for tickets and information.
BREAST CANCER EVENT: 7-7:45 p.m. Monday at Palmetto Activity Center, 105 Summit Centre Circle. Speaker will be Dottye Wodogaza, nurse navigator/patient educator at the S.C. Comprehensive Breast Center. Sponsored by the Northeast Women's Club, the event is free and open to all women. Laura, (803) 348-7421
HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN: Exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31 at the Robert Mills House and Garden, 1616 Blanding St. Vote for the People's Choice Award until noon Oct. 31. www.historiccolumbia.org.
GIVE & RECEIVE AT STEIN MART: Today through Saturday at the 4840 Forest Drive and 934 N. Lake Drive (Lexington) stores. Bring gently used clothing to be donated to the Salvation Army; volunteers will give out coupons for 20 percent off one regular-priced item (tax receipts will be provided). Donated apparel will help replenish the Family Thrift Store on Millwood Avenue; money earned at the thrift store is used to help those in need.
A NIGHT OF SACRED CHANTING WITH SHANTALA: 7 p.m. Friday at City Yoga, 2121 College St. Advance tickets $20; $25 at the door. (803) 799-5400; www.cityyogasc.com
WALK AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Free; register by calling (803) 454-3046 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Late registration at 8 a.m.
FALL MARKET DAY AND CRAFTS FAIR: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. Space rentals (15x15) are $30 for antique dealers; $25 for general vendors; and $15 for nonprofit organizations. Registration forms and payment due at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Donated items in good condition will be accepted until Thursday, Oct. 8. www.historic-camden.net or call (803) 432-9841
FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS: 7:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at Round Hill Baptist Church, 230 Persimmon Lane, Lexington. Free assessments by Lexington Medical Center Community Outreach will include blood sugar, iron, cholesterol and tryglycerides, PSA for men 50 and older. Participants must be at least 18 years old and fast for 10-12 hours prior to screening. Call (803) 359-9130 for an appointment. Flu shots for ages 18 and older or will be offered for $30. Medicare Part B accepted, no appointment necessary.
FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, U.S. 378, Lexington. Sponsored by the YMCA Trailblazers, the event is open to all fathers and daughters ages 18 and younger. DJ, refreshments, gift and souvenir portrait for each daughter. A limited number of tickets will be sold; $40 a couple and $10 for each additional daughter. Call (803) 359-3376, ext. 15 to register.
'TIL DEATH DO US PART: Tanya Brown speaks in memory of her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Clarion Hotel, 1615 Gervais St. $15; couples, $25 (group rates available). Sponsored by the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. (803) 256-2900
COMMUNITY OPEN LAND TRUST GREENWAYS CONFERENCE: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Lexington Municipal Conference Center, 111 Maiden Lane. Keynote speaker will be environmental health expert Dr. Richard Jackson ("Urban Sprawl and Public Health"). Registration is $120; $95 for COLT members (group rates and discounts available). Registration includes lunch, refreshments and guided field trips. (803) 996-0023 or www.communityopenlandtrust.org
LAKE MURRAY ASSOCIATION APPRECIATION BARBECUE: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Rusty Anchor/Lighthouse Marina, 1925 Johnson Marine Road. Free admission, barbecue plates with tea, $5 (served from 1-3 p.m.). DJ Keith Brown, cash bar and a raffle. Go to www.lakemurrayassociation.com for tickets.