GARDEN CLUB COUNCIL OF GREATER COLUMBIA: 10 a.m. Monday at the Garden Council Building, 1605 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. Board meets at 9 a.m., refreshments at 9:30; program will be "Blue Star Memorial Markers: Where and Why" by Betty Gourdin, state chairman of the Garden Club of South Carolina.
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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
BUS TRIPS: Biltmore day trip, Saturday, Nov. 28; $88 (includes lunch, admission to Biltmore House and Gardens, winery). Limited to first 40 paid reservations. Charleston day trip, Saturday, Dec. 5; $45 (due Nov. 28). Includes holiday shopping, James Island Holiday Festival of Lights; leave Columbia Place Mall at 8 a.m., return 9 p.m. Limited to first 30 paid reservations. Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City, June 12-18, $569 per person double, triple, $549; single, $838. $75 deposit payable now; balance due April 9. (803) 754-3095; (803) 736-6219
BUS TRIPS: Asheville, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 19; $149 (includes lunch and admission to Biltmore House and Gardens). Charleston, July 10; tour, lunch and shopping, $92 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. 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.
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES
AGES 18 AND YOUNGER
"GREEN" HOLIDAY DECORATIONS: 2:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sandhill Farmers Market (main entrance to the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center). Children can create edible turkeys from fruits and vegetables, holiday ornaments from natural and recycled materials or pet baby lambs; free. Live music by Keith Tracy. Extra ornaments will be sold at the Sustainable Holiday Celebration Nov. 30, 701 Whaley; proceeds will benefit Carolina Children's Garden. www.carolinachildrensgarden.org
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. Thursday, Dec. 17.. $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
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
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEARTSAVER CPR, AED TRAINING: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Amicks Ferry Fire Station, 960 Amicks Ferry Road. $25, includes textbook (book must be picked up by Friday, Nov. 27). Offered by the Chapin Area Fire Service; participants who complete the course will receive two-year AHA certification. (803) 345-1015
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION: Harbison Campus, 730 College St., is offering the following courses. Defensive Driving, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; $69. Fruit and Vegetable Carving II, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 19; $99. Instant Piano for Busy People, 6-9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30; $79. Cake Decorating II, 6-9 p.. Monday, Dec. 7; $29. Register at www.mtctraining.com
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Ave. Free, lunch will be provided. Facilitators will be Alexzena Irving Furgess, president of the Jones-McDonald Neighborhood Association and vice president of the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods. Call (803) 799-8241 to reserve a spot.
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 offering the following classes. Defensive Driving, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; $69. Digital Storytelling, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; $59. Register at 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
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd., is accepting registration for the following classes. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $239. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5, 6; $239 Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12, 13; $239. Intermediate Motorcycle, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; $139. Experienced Motorcycle, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13; $79. Defensive Driving, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Dec. 14, 16; $69. 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 - 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. Introduction to Computers, 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 3; $60 (ages 60 and older, $30). Introduction to Computers II, for those who have completed the Introduction to Computers class, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 4; $60 (ages 60 and older, $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.
GREENERY WORKSHOP: 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding St. Sponsored by the Historic Columbia Foundation, the workshop is $20; $15 for members (participants will create a decoration to take home). (803) 252-1770, ext. 24
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
AARP SENIOR DRIVING CLASS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today and Friday (must attend both sessions), at 1201 Main St., Suite 1280. $14; members, $12. Certificate of completion can be submitted for insurance rate reduction. (803) 765-7370
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. Stanley F. Lanzano ("True Places: A Lowcountry Preacher, His Church and His People"). Free, bring a bag lunch. Books will be available for sale and signing. www.sccenterforthebook.org
SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Sponsored by the Stephen Ministry; registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 30. (803) 359-7770, ext. 18.
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: 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
MANGO LANGUAGES: Online language courses now available at the Lexington County Public Library System. Patrons may choose from Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and ESL for Polish, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese speakers (with more to come). (803) 785-2680; www.lexlib.sc.us
YOGA WITHOUT WALLS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Kershaw Recreation Department, 1042 W. Dekalb St., Camden. Monthly fee, $36. (803) 425-6009. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Genova Family Karate, 130-C Business Center Drive, Elgin. Monthly fee, $25. (803) 736-4777. 6:55-7:55 p.m. Thursdays at the Camden Library, 1304 Broad St.; donations accepted. (803) 425-1508. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturdays at City Hall park, 1000 Lyttleton St., Camden. Thursday and Saturday sessions held outdoors, weather permitting. www.yogawithoutwalls.net
VISUAL ARTS CLASSES: 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays, Crescent Lake, Blythewood. LaDonna Dixon, (803) 735-9982
FALL ARTS PROGRAMS: Columbia Parks and Recreation department is offering Open Studio/Clay at the Arts Center, 1932 Calhoun St. $70, includes one bag of clay ($60, without clay; additional clay $12.50 for 25 pounds). Group mini-course, $3 per person plus $15 for clay. (803) 545-3091
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
Richland County Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday for Thanksgiving. All branches will reopen Friday, Nov. 27.
ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Kids Kozy Corner for all ages, 10:30 a.m. today. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Let's Speak English for adults, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesday.. Mind Games for adults, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday; keep your wits sharp with Sudoku, chess or crosswords. Read with Curious George for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 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: Book discussion for adults, 1 p.m. today; selection is "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams. Family History Workshop: Preserving Your Family Treasures for adults, 6:30 tonight. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Let's Speak English for adults, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday. At Your Library: Search Engine Training for homeschooled students ages 6-12, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (register for one session only, please). 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230
NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Giving Thanks!, Thanksgiving stories and craft for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Computer Basics: E-mail Basics for adults, 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Monday. Crochet for Today, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday; ages 9-12 can make a scarf, bookmark or small bag. Family Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575
BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Fridays. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806
COOPER BRANCH: Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. today. Family Movie Matinee for all ages, 1 p.m. Saturday; enjoy popcorn, drinks and "The Wizard of Oz." Family Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 5317 N. Trenholm Road, (803) 787-3462
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. today. Third Thursday Book Group for adults, 7 tonight; selection is "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer" by James Swanson. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Giving Thanks!, Thanksgiving stories and craft for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Get Creative! Holiday Flower Arranging for adults, 2-4 p.m. Saturday; bring your own container, all other materials provided. Computer Basics: E-mail Basics for adults, 3:30 p.m. . Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Pajamarama Bedtime Stories for all ages, 7 p.m. Mondays. Now I Am One!, for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 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. Mind Your Manners, discussion of tea etiquette for teens, 4 p.m. Friday. Mmm...mm, Good! for ages 9-12, 11 a.m. Saturday; teen chef DaQuam Pinckney shares quick and easy recipes for holiday treats. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesday. Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; selection is "She Had it Coming" by Mary Monroe. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734
EASTOVER BRANCH: Game On! Video Game sessions for all ages, 2-5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Turkey Time story and craft session for ages 3-5, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584
WHEATLEY BRANCH: We Gather Together story and Thanksgiving craft session for ages 6-8, 10:30 a.m. Monday. 4931 Woodrow St., (803) 799-5873
MAIN LIBRARY: Toddler Story Time for you and your 2-year-old, 10:30 a.m. today. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 6:30 tonight. Pinot and the Parks for adults, 7 tonight; join the Friends of RCPL for a glass of pinot or hot cider and a discussion of "Beautiful Places: The Timeless Beauty of South Carolina State Parks" with photographer jon o. holloway and author Cal Harrison.Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Mondays; anime videos, refreshments and fun. Now I am One! for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084
Kershaw County Library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, for Thanksgiving
CAMDEN BRANCH: Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. today. Enjoying PowerPoint 2003 Computer Class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. today. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Reader's Story Time for ages 5-8, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. Lunch Bunch Stories for ages 4-5, 1 p.m. Wednesday. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508
ELGIN BRANCH: After School @ the Library, 4 p.m. today; hemp jewelry workshop for ages 8-15. Get Set Ready to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 1:15 a.m. Mondays. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881
Lexington County Library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, for Thanksgiving
IRMO BRANCH: Toddlertime for ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. today; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:30 a.m. Chess Club, all skill levels in grades 6-12, 10 a.m. Saturday. Teen Time Craft Zone for grades 6-12, 3 p.m. Saturday. 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880
CHAPIN BRANCH: Books & Beyond - Thanksgiving, for students in grades 1-5, 5:30 p.m. today. Toddlertime for you and your child, 18-25 months, 11 a.m. Friday. Christmas Tree Decorating Party for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30; stories, refreshments and a very special guest. 129 N.W. Columbia Ave., (803) 345-5479
CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child 23 months and younger, 10 a.m. Mondays; sessions for ages 24-35 months meet at 10:45 a.m. Creative Dramatics II for ages 10-13, 4 p.m. Monday. Bedtime Story Time, craft and stories for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia, (803) 794-6791
GASTON BRANCH: Books & Beyond for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. today. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208
SWANSEA BRANCH: Teen Time - Shall We Dance?, 3:30 p.m. today; students in grades 6-12 can learn line dancing steps for fun and exercise. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Thanksgiving program for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesday. 9 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519
SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Teen Time for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Friday; watch some Utube video clips and make a craft. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Mondays. 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; sessions for ages 24-25 months meet at 11:30 a.m. today and 9:30, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Between the Lines, book discussion for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. today; selection is "The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa Claus" by Bill Wallace. Teen Time cooking session for students in grades 6-12, 2 p.m. Saturday. Anime Kessha for students in grades 6-12, 3 p.m. Sunday. 5440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600
GILBERT-SUMMIT BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Books & Beyond, story and activity session for ages 6 and older, 2:45 p.m. today. 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 for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesday. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Books & Beyond, stories and crafts for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. today. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. 203 Armory St., (803) 532-9223
RIGHT DIRECTION CHRISTIAN CENTER: Free Thanksgiving dinner, 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, at 3506 Broad River Road. Co-sponsored by Virginia Wingard UMC and Taco Bell. (803) 798-1230
REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD, VICTORY TEMPLE: Seventh anniversary celebration, 5-8 p.m. Saturday at 7116 Firelane Road. (803) 429-6998
SUTTON BRANCH BAPTIST: Pastor's anniversary appreciation, 3 p.m. Sunday at 420 Sutton Branch Road, Lugoff. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Herbert Bracey of Sandy Run Missionary Baptist Church in Jefferson. (803) 438-4811
WINDSOR UNITED METHODIST: Barbecue and bake sale, 11 a.m. Saturday at 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Plates, $10 (barbecue, green beans, baked beans, roll, dessert and drink); cooked Boston butt (3-4 pounds), $25. Tickets available at the church office. Proceeds will benefit the general operating fund. (803) 788-1858
ANTIOCH BAPTIST: Thanksgiving prayer service, 7 p.m. Wednesday at 5715 Koon Road. (803) 786-0119; www.abccolumbia.org
FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY DELIVERANCE TEMPLE: Hat and talent show, 3 p.m. Sunday at 7330 Monticello Road. (803) 754-9795
EBENEZER LUTHERAN: Theologian in Residence series, 7 tonight at 1301 Richland St. The Rev. John Hoffmeyer will discuss "Christian Discipleship in a Consumer Society." (803) 765-9430
GUNTER'S CHAPEL BAPTIST: Empowered Women of Service formal high tea luncheon, 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 1631 Windover Road. $12; children, $6. (803) 786-1171
SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN: Contemplative Taize worship services, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 29 at 607 Woodrow St. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org
ZION PILGRIM CHAPEL: Carolina Gospel Singers 67th anniversary celebration, 5 p.m. Sunday at 258 Old Bluff Road, Hopkins. (803) 695-7522
MOUNT ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Church anniversary celebration, 2 p.m. Sunday at 1908 Wilkinson St., Cayce. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Yancey Martin of Second Mount Beulah Church, St. Matthews.
ROUND HILL BAPTIST: Fall renewal services, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at 230 Persimmon Lane, Lexington. Guest speaker will be Richard Blackaby; music will be provided by Dawn Smith Jordan on Sunday and the Called Quartet on Monday. (803) 359-3504
MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER
PALMETTO ARTIST SERIES: "Awaken the Dawn Tour" featuring Keith and Kristyn Getty, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. $15; season tickets, $45. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210, or www.sapc.net/pas
"THE MANY PHASES OF BLACKNESS": 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant St. $10 (groups of eight or more, $8). Presented by New Life Productions and the city of Columbia Parks and Recreation. (803) 238-5497, (803) 255-8164
WASHINGTON STREET UMC: Jennifer Zoellner in concert on the newly renovated Ralph Rozier E.M. Skinner organ, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1401 Washington St. Free, a reception will follow the performance. (803) 256-2417
PALMETTO CONCERT BAND: 4 p.m. Sunday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Guest performers will be the Triangle Wind Ensemble. Free. www.palmettoconcertband.org
BLUEGRASS CONCERT: Bill Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass, 7 p.m. Sunday at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, 1000 B Ave., West Columbia. Free. (803) 796-5948
STERLING CHAMBER PLAYERS: Glinko's Trio Pathetique and Brahms' G major violin sonata, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Canal & Senate, 300 Senate St., in the Vista. Cabaret seating, cash bar will be open before and after the concert. Advance tickets, $12; at the door, $15. (803) 252-2001 or www.sterlingchamberplayers.org
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: Black and Gold Gala, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at The Coop, 1100 Key Road. $25. (803) 261-3199, (803) 252-0889
RICHLAND NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1987: 22-year reunion, 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Dec. 26, at The Coop, 1100 Key Road. Advance tickets through Dec. 19, $90 (guests, $40); Dec. 20-24, $100/$50; at the door, $110/$60. www.richlandnortheast87.org
C.A. JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959: 50-year reunion, Friday through Sunday, 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 CHAPIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Awards gala and auction, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Ave. (I-26 and Fernandina Road). $40; members, $35. Includes live and silent auctions, DJ T.J. McKay, food and drink. (803) 345-1100
SLEIGH BELL TROT: 7 p.m. Tuesday, nighttime 5K run and family fun walk at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Check-in, 5-6:45 p.m. (park entrance will close at 5 p.m.) Race, $30; fun walk/run, $5 (ages six and younger, free). Parking at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church with shuttles to the park. Participants will get a sneak peek at Holiday Lights on the River. Proceeds will benefit the Saluda Shoals Foundation. (803) 731-5208
FROGMORE FROLIC: 6-10 p.m. Friday at the National Steeplechase Museum, 200 Knight's Hill Road, Camden. $25; ages 14 and younger, $12. Steamed oyster appetizers, Frogmore stew (aka Lowcountry boil), desserts, cash bar. Music by Wooden Ship. Proceeds will benefit the museum and the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. (803) 425-7676
VFW POST 641 LADIES AUXILIARY: Flea market and yard sale, 8 a.m. Saturday at 534 S. Beltline Blvd. Tables for rent, vendors and shoppers wanted. Proceeds will help veterans and their families. (803) 772-5682
FREE TO BREATHE 5K WALK: 10 a.m. Saturday at the West Columbia Riverwalk and Amphitheater, Alexander Road (next to New Orleans Restaurant). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., welcome rally at 9:30. Race day registration $20. Post-race health expo, children's activities and silent auction. Sponsored by the Christopher Conner Foundation, Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina, proceeds will benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership's research, education and awareness programs. (803) 920-6913
SUSTAINABLE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 at Historic 701 Whaley. Event is a celebration of local arts, crafts and food vendors and a fundraiser for student environmental projects. Holiday wine and food samplings, 701 Center for Contemporary Art exhibit and more. (803) 381-8747; www.sustainablemidlands.org
SHANDON TURKEY TROT: 8 a.m. Saturday beginning and ending at Hand Middle School, 2600 Wheat St. 8K run and 4K fun run/walk. Sponsored by the Shandon Neighborhood Association, proceeds will be used for neighborhood beautification projects. Register at www.strictlyrunning.com
PALMETTO HOLIDAY SHOWCASE: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Black-tie gala, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; single tickets, $90. Silent auction of decorated Christmas trees and holiday items, with proceeds going to the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina. (803) 254-5223; www.palmettoholidayshowcase.com
HEART OF COLUMBIA CHORUS: The chorus is raising money to purchase wreaths for the 350 graves at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The greenery is $15; make checks payable to Wreaths Across America and mail to Heart of Columbia Chorus, c/o Frances Kuhlbars, 213 East Passage, Columbia, SC 29212. Donations are due Monday; a simultaneous wreath-laying ceremony at national cemeteries is set for noon Saturday, Dec. 12. (803) 732-9960
LAW ENFORCEMENT BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT AND TOY DRIVE: Friday through Sunday, Dec. 4-6, sponsored by the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Inaugural women's tournament will be played at a site to be determined; team registration $250 plus two new toys per player ($125 deposit due Friday). Ninth annual men's tournament will be held at Spring Valley High School, team registration $425 plus two new toys per player ($225 deposit due Friday). Cpl. Fred Brantley, (803) 600-5819; www.rcsd.net
TURKEY DAY RUN: 3K and 8K races Thursday, Nov. 26, starting at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. Proceeds will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. Preregistered 8K runners and walkers will receive a T-shirt, entry fee will be waived for children who bring canned food items for Harvest Hope. Register at www.strictlyrunning.com; on-site registration 8-8:55 a.m. 8K race starts at 9 a.m. and will take participants through downtown Columbia, across two bridges, through West Columbia and Cayce, finishing at the starting line. 3K family fun run starts at 9:15 a.m. www.bgcmidland.org
CHRISTMAS MAKE AND TAKE FOR CHARITY: 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Village Artists, Village at Sandhill. Four art stations will be set up for ages 4 through adult, admission allows one item to be made at each station (origami hanging ornaments, painted glass balls, bookmarks and Christmas cards). Family admission is $5 or a nonperishable food donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (803) 699-8886
SQ RESCUE GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 1727 Laurel St. All proceeds benefit animal care and adoptions. Pickup available for donated items, call (803) 788-1889 and leave a message.
CAROLINA/CLEMSON OFFICE PAPER RECYCLING CHALLENGE: Drop off office paper at any of Lexington County's 11 collection/recycling centers 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (be sure to put it in the cart representing your favorite team); Lexington County Solid Waste Management will weigh all the bins to determine the winner. Locations at www.lex-co.com/solidwaste/
COMMUNITY WELLNESS WEEKEND: Saturday and Sunday at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way (off Harden Street). Free workouts 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday (pool, basketball court, cardio and weight equipment). Saturday activities include cooking classes and a health fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (803) 545-3200
GEM, MINERAL AND JEWELRY SHOW: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27, 28; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Sponsored by the Columbia Gem and Mineral Society, the show will feature 24 retail vendors, collector exhibits, lapidary demonstrations and more. $7; military, $6; ages 62 and older, $5; ages 12 and younger free (includes admission to the museum with an additional fee for special exhibits). www.cgams.org