FORT JACKSON PRIOR LANDOWNERS DESCENDANTS REUNION: 9 a.m. Saturday in the Post Conference Room at Fort Jackson. Guests will be Debbie Bloom, director of local history at the Richland County Public Library and Lael Hoopes, who surveyed the 26 Fort Jackson cemeteries as an Eagle Scout project. Lunch with the troops, $4.25 (bring a $5 bill or exact change). (803) 361-3637 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
GARDENDALE/GRENADIER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION: 6:30 tonight at Seven Oaks Elementary School, 2800 Ashland Road, Irmo. Guest speaker will be Realtor Roger Hinson who discuss the current real estate market. Open to all residents of the Gardendale, Gardendale Estates and Grenadier subdivisions; only residents who have paid their 2009 dues will be eligible to vote and participate in any official activities of the association. (803) 798-1198
SEVEN OAKS ARTS LEAGUE: 7 tonight at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Irmo. Guest speaker will be artist Don Zurlo.
FRIENDS OF THE CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA LIBRARY: Annual meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday at 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. (803) 600-3502
WESTOVER ACRES COMMUNITY CRIME WATCH CLUB: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church, U.S. 378, West Columbia. Guest speaker will be West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton. (803) 796-0588
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
ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL LEAGUE: Registration continues through Tuesday, Oct. 27, for boys and girls ages 6-11. All games and Saturday practices will be held at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Game nights will be Mondays (ages 8-9); Tuesdays (ages 6-7); and Thursdays (ages 10-11). Registration is $45; $40 for each additional child. Pick up a form at the church or register online at www.saxegotha.org, (803) 359-7770, ext. 20
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
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 email@example.com
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.
INTRO TO FLY FISHING: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Conducted by the Federation of Fly Fishers and Saluda River Trout Unlimited; $35 (includes lunch). Open to ages 13 and older, class is limited to 15 participants. Registration required; call (803) 606-7871
RIVERFRONT PARK: Outdoor story hour for families, 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 28 in the Brick Amphitheater (bring a cushion or blanket on chilly nights). The park is at 312 Laurel St. (off Huger Street).
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
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
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
SPOOKY CRAFT STUDIO: Halloween dolls sewing class for ages 7 and older, 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday or Sunday at 3220 Murray St. $18; $15 for siblings; includes all materials. (803) 708-2591 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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
FIVE WISHES - I DID IT MY WAY: Discussion of advance directives, the Five Wishes and end-of-life planning by attorney Dr. Judith Whiting 3 p.m. Sunday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle. Free, presented by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of S.C. (803) 787-9585
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION: Harbison Campus, 730 College St., is accepting registration for fall classes. Basic Quilting: Table Runner, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays throughNov. 5; $79; Defensive Driving, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; $69. Interior Redesign Certificate, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 12; $219. Redesign Your Home, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 3; $99. Childhood Growth & Development, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; $20. Child Development Program Administration, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; $20. Photographic Composition, 6-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 26-28; $89. Spanish II, 9:30-21:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 30; $129. Sewing II, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17; $99. eBay and Beyond: Sales, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17; $99. 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
CARING FOR CREATION CONFERENCE: 2-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, Ndoki Lodge, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Free conference will feature representatives from natural resource agencies, conservation groups and churches educating citizens on ways to becoming better Earth stewards. Exhibits, literature, networking opportunities and door prizes. Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 22. Sponsored by the Richland County Conservation Commission and the Richland Conservation District. (803) 576-2080; (803) 576-2083
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 email@example.com
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Northeast Campus, 152 Powell Road, is accepting registration for fall classes. Fruit and Vegetable Carving I, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 7; $99. www.mtctraining.com
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 drawing and watercolor media class, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 31-Dec. 5; $100. (803) 269-2826 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd., is accepting registration for fall classes. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $239. Intermediate Motorcycle, 6 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; $139. Experienced Motorcycle, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; $79. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25, $239. Introduction to Motorcycle Repair, 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 4; $149. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31, Nov. 1; $239. www.mtctraining.com
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, today through Nov. 10; $60, seniors, $30. Introduction to Computers II, 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through 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 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. 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.
S.C. CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Speaker @ the Center Series, noon-1 p.m. today at the State Library, 1430 Senate St., room 309. Tom Moore Craig ("Upcountry South Carolina Goes to War"); Susanne Stone Johnson and Robert Allison Johnson ("Bitter Freedom: William Stone's Record of Service in the Freedman's Bureau"). Free, bring a bag lunch. Books will be available for sail and signing. www.sccenterforthebook.org
FREE NOTARY PUBLIC SEMINAR: 7 tonight at the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St., second floor. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Information at www.scsos.com; preregister by calling (803) 734-0629 or e-mail email@example.com.
CORPS OF DISCOVERY TOUR: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cayce Historical Museum, 1800 12th St., Cayce. Four-hour guided tour will include the Saxe Gotha town site, town of Granby site, Fort Congaree II site, Fridig's Ferry (Friday's Ferry) and the Fort Granby site. $20, includes membership to the Saxe Gotha Historical Society. (803) 739-5385
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, is accepting registration for fall classes. Cake Decorating Certificate, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 30 and 6-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7; $109. Cake Decorating I, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 30; $79. www.mtctraining.com
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
LEXINGTON 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Certified Nursing Assistant class, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 17; $575. Also 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
ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Kids' Cozy Corner, story time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Teen Game Time, 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Getting Your Ideal Job for adults, 7 tonight; job placement expert Oscar Robinson helps you identify your skills, write winning resumes, apply successful interviewing skills and utilize proven follow-up techniques. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Computer Basics, Introduction to Computers for adults, 7 p.m. Monday. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Stark Raven Mad: Big Read Film for adults and teens, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; join your friends for a special screening of "Murders in the Rue Morgue." Read with Curious George, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; stories, songs and finger plays for all ages. Style Me Up for teens, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; a representative from Remington College will bring you up to speed on a career in cosmetology. Computer Basics, Basic Internet for adults, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Mind Games for adults, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; keep your wits sharp with Sudoku, chess or crosswords. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675
THE LINK, BALLENTINE: Hey! Listen to This!, 11 a.m. Fridays; stories and songs for all ages. 1321 Dutch Fork Road, (803) 781-5026
SANDHILLS BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Now I Am One!, 10:30 a.m. Monday stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months.. Let's Speak English for adults, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. At Your Library: Database Training for Home-schooled Children ages 6-12; 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays (sign up for one session only). Kids Kraft: Monster Mash for ages 6-8, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Rats, Cats and Bats, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; ages 3-12 are encouraged to wear costumes for stories, crafts and games at a not-so-spooky Halloween celebration. Garden Like a Master: Lasagna Gardening for adults, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; prepare vegetable and perennial beds using a simple layering technique. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230
NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Free Legal Clinic for adults, 6:30-8:30 tonight; lecture and Q&A session on starting a small business. Calling All Wild Things! for ages 3-5, 11 a.m. Friday; create your own Wild Thing costume in celebration of the release of the film version of "Where the Wild Things Are." Family Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays, Game Day, Dungeons and Dragons for teens, noon-5 p.m. Saturday; challenge your friends (beginners and advanced players welcome). Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Poe's Spooks and Specters, 3:30 p.m. Monday; ghost stories and craft session for ages 9-12. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Mondays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Halloween Festival for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24; games, books, face-painting and crafts, Stark Raven Mad, Big Read Film for adults and teens, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; join your friends for a special screening of "The Pit and the Pendulum" starring Vincent Price. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575
BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Halloween is Here, story time for ages 3-12, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806
COOPER BRANCH: Digital Photography for teens, 6-7:30 p.m. Monday; photographer Robin Smith can show you how to capture the best shot. Stark Raven Mad Big Read Book Discussion for adults and teens, 6:30 p.m. Monday; selection is "Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe." (Teens-only session 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.) Knit Wits, 6 p.m. Tuesday; knitting expert Boykin Exum teaches the basics (all materials provided). Family Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 22, 29. Classical Guitar with Marina Alexandra for adults, live concert, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Halloween Hoedown for ages 6-12, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; join your friends for square dancing, apple bobbing and stories. 5317 N. Trenholm Road, (803) 787-3462
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. today. Thursday Book Group for adults, 7 tonight; selection is "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. Third Computer Basics: Basic Internet for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Tuesday. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Mondays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Stark Raven Mad for adults and teens, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; the Columbia Marionette Theater presents a special adaptation of "The Tell-Tale Heart and Selected Stories" by Edgar Allan Poe. Blue Bird Banter for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; learn how you can help preserve our native birds. Get Creative! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) for all ages, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; all other materials provided. Computer Basics, Microsoft Word 2007 Overview for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Ghosts Galore, craft and story session for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31; costumes welcome. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855
NORTH MAIN BRANCH: Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today. P.E.E.R. Pressure for teens, 4 p.m. today; girls learn how to use positive, energized, exerted reactions in dealing with everyday concerns. Computer Basics: Basic Internet for adults, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. Monday. Silver Screen Movies for ages 55 and older, grab a friend and enjoy a free movie, 11 a.m. Fridays. Re-vamp my T-shirt for teens, 3 p.m. Saturday; bring your own tee for a little customization, all other materials provided. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesday. Hooked on Crocheting for ages 9-12, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; bring your hook and yarn to learn the basics or show off your latest creation. Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; selection is "What Doesn't Kill You" by Virginia DeBerry. Fall Festival for all ages, treats and costume contest, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734
EASTOVER BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Game On! video game challenge for all ages, 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Tricks or Treats?, story and craft session for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; Oct. 31 (costumes encouraged). 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584
WHEATLEY BRANCH: Halloween Fun, join your friends ages 6-12 for a spooky Saturday, 4 p.m. Oct. 31; costumes encouraged. 4931 Woodrow St., (803) 799-5873
MAIN LIBRARY: Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. "Where the Wild Things Are" movie release party for all ages, 6 tonight. Hands-on Art for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Friday; dress for a mess. What Kind of Animal is That? for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Whereabouts of Sherlock Holmes for adults, 3 p.m. Sunday. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Wii Happy Hour for all ages, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Mondays. Mysterious Library Society for all ages, 6:30 p.m. Monday. Tuesday Morning Literary Discussion for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesday; selection is "Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor" by Brad Gooch. Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-12 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Computer Basics: Typing, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. RCPL Teen Idol vocal competition, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 24, 31. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Meet the Music Makers for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Computer Basics: E-mail Basics for adults, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Puppets with Bite for all ages, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. Mister Poe's Nightmares for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084
CAMDEN BRANCH: Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Enjoying the Internet Computer Class for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday. XL2 Computer Class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Monday; XL1 class is a prerequisite. After School at the Library: Learn about Mexico, 4 p.m. ; ages 8-12 will make candy skulls in preparation for the Day of the Dead. Pajama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Reader's Story Time for home-schooled students ages 5-9, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Lunch Bunch Stories for ages 4-5, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Library Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; selection is "Beside a Burning Sea" by John Shors. Enjoying the Computer, 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; computer basics for adults. XL3 Computer Class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26; XL2 is a prerequisite. After School at the Library: Halloween Prep, story and craft session for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, Yoga for adults and families, 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508
ELGIN BRANCH: Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Baby Story Time, 11:15 a.m. Mondays; stories and songs for you and your child age 2 and younger. Teens Teaching Tweens, 4 p.m. Monday; ages 8-12 are invited to join Sarah Catherine Smith and make a friendship bracelet. After School at the Library: Learn about Mexico, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; ages 8-12 will make candy skulls in preparation for the Day of the Dead. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-788
IRMO BRANCH: Books and Beyond, story and craft session for students in grades 3-5, 4 p.m. today. Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Club for ages 7-14, 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Lapsit, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays; 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. Paw-sitive Reading, 4 p.m. Tuesdays; 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. Toddlertime for ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays; and Thursdays, Oct. 22, 29; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:30 a.m. 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
CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Homeschoolers Research Series for ages 6-12, 1 p.m. Thursdays. Juvenile Book Discussion for ages 9-12, 4 p.m. today. Toddlertime for ages 23 months and younger 10 a.m. Monday; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:45 a.m. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Creative Dramatics I for ages 6-9, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Bedtime Story Time, craft and stories for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. (803) 794-6791
GASTON BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 1 1/2-4, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Books & Beyond for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208
SWANSEA BRANCH: Teen Time, 3:30 p.m. today; students in grades 6-12 are invited to dress as their favorite vampire and drop in for a bite. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Books & Beyond for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Halloween program for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. 9 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519
SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Books & Beyond, story and craft session for students in 5K through fifth grade, 3:30 p.m. Friday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Monday. 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: Between the Lines book discussion for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. today. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 tonight. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Registration for the next session of Lapsit, Toddlertime and Preschool Story Time begins. 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: Books & Beyond, 2:45 p.m. today; stories and activities for ages 6 and older. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-25 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. 110 Broad St., (803) 785-5387
PELION BRANCH:. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 tonight. Family Movie Morning, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Books & Beyond, story and craft session for grades 1-5, 4 p.m. today. Teens & 'Tweens for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. 203 Armory St., (803) 532-9223
OUR LADY OF THE HILLS CATHOLIC CHURCH: S.C. Catholic Charismatic Conference, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 23-25, at 120 Marydale Lane. Opening Mass Friday evening; talks on Saturday featuring the Revs. Tom Forrest and Michael Cumbie. Mass and healing service Saturday evening, Registration information, (803) 309-2480, e-mail email@example.com
BETHEL AME: Intercessory prayer conference, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at 819 Woodrow St. Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m.; lunch will be served. (803) 361-6149
CENTRAL BAPTIST: "Challenges of Christian Women and Living an Abundant Life," 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Flossie L. Montgomery. Registration, $10. (803) 252-3742
FIRST CALVARY BAPTIST: American Baptist Churches of the South, Area III convention, Friday and Saturday at 1401 Pine St. Fall revival, 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Devotions begin a 7 p.m.; evangelist will be the Rev. Clifford A. Jones of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte. (803) 256-3670
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST: Youth day, 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 1237 House St. Guest speaker and vocalist will be Miriam "Pearl" Kinloch. (803) 799-8906
WASHINGTON STREET UNITED METHODIST: Dawsey Class book, CD and movie sale, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at 1401 Washington St. (803) 256-2417
LEXINGTON UNITED METHODIST: Festival of Tables, 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 in Wesley Hall, 309 E. Main St. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with music by the Lexington High School Orchestra. Live auction following. Tickets are $12; proceeds will benefit Bethlehem Center, LICS, Sistercare, Killingsworth Home, Rural Missions at Johns Island, Wallace Family Life and the Nancy K. Perry Women's Shelter. (803) 520-6111
WILLIAMS AME: Men's celebration and worship experience, 4 p.m. Sunday at 1323 North Lake Drive, Lexington. Guest speaker will be Warren Bolton, associate editor of The State newspaper.
MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER
THE LEARNING STATION: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. Interactive concert sponsored by the S.C. Association for the Education of Young Children. Adults, $6; children, $4. (843) 359-9583; www.scaeyc.org/familyconcert.html/
COLUMBIA BLUES FESTIVAL: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday at Martin L. King Park, 2300 Greene St. Performers include Samuel James, Eddie Turner, Mac Arnold & Plate Full o' Blues, Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, Elliott and the Untouchables and Duke Robillard. Free; food and beverage concessions on-site, so no coolers, please. www.columbiabluesfest.com
COLUMBIA COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chapin United Methodist Church, 415 Lexington Ave., Chapin. Free. Canned food items will be collected for the We Care Food Pantry.
SANDLAPPER SINGERS: "American Faces" concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Dreher High School auditorium. Guest performances by the Dick Goodwin Quintet and Sam Grosby, winner of the group's Katie Quackenbush Vocal Scholarship. A reception will follow. Adults, $15; ages 60 and older and military, $12; students, $5. (803) 381-5481
LA BOHEME MEETS THE THREE BARITONES: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the Dreher High School auditorium. presented by the Palmetto Opera. Tickets are $30; students, $10. (803) 776-0526
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 performance will feature the Dick Goodwin Quintet.
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 feature pianist Lucy Dinkins. (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, American Gun takes the stage. (803) 794-6504
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.
GREATER COLUMBIA DISABILITIES FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Golden Hills Golf and Country Club, 100 Scotland Drive, Lexington. $300 per foursome; includes lunch and registration at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m. (captain's choice). Proceeds benefit clients of the Richland/Lexington Disabilities and Special Needs Board. (803) 252-5179, ext. 394
BREWS, BLUEGRASS AND BARBECUE: 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Sumter and Calhoun streets. Beer, wine, barbecue, live music by the Papa String Band and steel drums featuring Chis Lee. Door prizes, photo exhibit. $30; proceeds benefit the Family Shelter. (803) 771-7040
MASQUERADE DE MACABRE: Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries Black and White Ball, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Oct. 30. Food, silent auction, museum tour, mask contest and silent auction for a Chihuly glass bowl. $50 per person; Contemporaries and museum memberships available in advance. (803) 799-2810
ANIMAL PROTECTION LEAGUE: Benefit auction, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. $45, includes heavy hors d'oeuvres (vegan and vegetarian options), beer, wine soft drinks; $50 at the door. Deadline for advance tickets, table reservations ($300 for a table seating eight) and donations for live or silent auctions is Saturday, Oct. 24. (803) 603-5443; www.aplsc.org
COOPERATIVE MINISTRY: "Hold My Hand" fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct,. 22, at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. Event will feature a reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:45 and the presentation of the Outstanding Community Service Award to Jim "Soni" Sonefeld of Hootie and the Blowfish. $45; couples, $80. Tickets available at www.coopmin.org; (803) 799-3853 or at the door.
FRIENDS OF THE RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Book sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the RCPL Operations Center, 130 Lancewood Road. Preview sale for Friends members, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday. Memberships, $25; available at the door.
FALL WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Lake Carolina's Village Green. Silent auction, live music, food samplings and wines from around the world. Presented by Homeowners Mortgage, all net proceeds will benefit Children's Charities of the Midlands. $35; VIP admission is $60, which includes an after-party. www.lakecarolina.com
LOWCOUNTRY SHRIMP BOIL: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc., 3809 Rosewood Drive. Tickets are $15 and include shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes and onions combo, coleslaw and iced tea. Drive-through available. Live music by Sugar Daddy, door prizes will be awarded. Proceeds benefit MIRCI's programs that secure housing and provide services to homeless persons with mental illness or dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse). (803) 786-1844, ext. 195.
LEGION AWARENESS BENEFIT: Friday and Saturday at Cayce Memorial Post 130, 402 Naples Ave., Cayce. Flea market and bake sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Ceremonial Flag Burning (proper disposal of nonserviceable flags) at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Spaghetti dinner, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday; eat in or take out, $8. All proceeds go toward veterans programs, military families and community support. (803)794-7624
HOLLOW CREEK COMMUNITY CLUB CHICKEN BOG: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at 2701 Priceville Road, Gilbert. Adult plates, $6; children's, $4. Eat-in or takeout. Country store and bake sale. Tickets available at the door or by calling (803) 892-6501
PETS INC. DOG'TOBERFEST: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at 300 Orchard Drive, West Columbia. Vendor booths, festival games, professional pet photography, bake sale. Howlerween costume contest begins at 1 p.m.; registration fee, $10. All proceeds will benefit the shelter animals at Pets Inc. (803) 739-9333, www.petsinc.org
FRIENDS OF THE CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA LIBRARY: Bag of Books sale, library hours through Sunday at 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. $5 buys a plastic bag to fill; $10 buys a canvas bag. (803) 794-6791
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
BOO AT THE ZOO: 6-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Oct. 23-30, at Riverbanks Zoo. Family-friendly Halloween event will feature trick or treat trail, Frankenstein's Foam Zone, DJ dance party and more. Costumes encouraged for ages 12 and younger. $8; members, $6; advance sales only, no tickets will be sold the night of the event. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org
CANALAPALOOZA ... COLUMBIA CANAL, INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THE FALL LINE: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Riverfront Park, Laurel and Huger streets. Free family event features guided tours, lectures, exhibits, kayaking demonstrations and more. Picnics, chairs, bikes and skates welcome. www.columbiagreen.org
DORN VA MEDICAL CENTER: Open house, hosted by the center's nursing service, 1-6 p.m. Saturday in the main lobby of the Medical/Surgical Building, 6439 Garners Ferry Road. Entertainment, refreshments, tours and more. (803) 776-4000, ext. 7260
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.
GET FIT, GET HAPPY: Senior wellness expo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive (off Rabon Road). Free health screenings, exhibits, speakers, door prizes and fitness demonstrations. Flu shots will be available for a small fee. (803) 787-2023, ext. 206
COLUMBIA GARDEN CLUB FALL PLANT EXCHANGE: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Forest Park Shopping Center, 4711 Forest Drive. Perennials, herbs, trees, shrubs and rootings. www.columbiagardenclub.com
LOWER RICHLAND HERITAGE CORRIDOR FARMERS MARKET: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday at 215 Hopkins Road and Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins Fresh crops, food prep demonstrations, entertainment. No stall fees or commission charges. (803) 776-5317
HOLLYWOOD-ROSE HILL NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC: 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday at Hollywood Park, 216 S. Gregg St. The Neighborhood Association will provide fried chicken and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Music by the V-Necks. Adults, $5; children, $1; families, $10. Rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 25.
TOWN OF LEXINGTON FALL FOOD DRIVE FOR HARVEST HOPE: Today through Sunday at the following locations: Town of Lexington Municipal Complex, Maiden Lane; Bi-Lo on Columbia Avenue; Food Lion on North Lake Drive; Kmart on West Main Street; and Walmart on Sunset Boulevard. The food bank has an immediate need for canned meats, vegetables, soups and fruits, canned ready-to-eat meals, peanut butter in plastic jars, rice and dry beans. Cans with pop-tops, if available, are especially welcome. www.harvesthope.org
FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE: 5-9 p.m. Saturday 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.