PARENTS OF PRE-TEENS: Help your children ages 10-13 fight back against drugs, sex, alcohol and gangs. (803) 771-2212
SOCIALLY INTELLIGENT SISTERS: Meet new people for social activities, travel and more. Marie, (803) 743-5866
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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
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: R&B line dancing, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays; wear smooth-soled shoes, $5; members, $2.50. Salsa socials, lessons and dancing, 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays monthly, $5, members, $3. Afternoon aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Shag dance lessons and more, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; $4, members, $3. Qi Gong, 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. 1650 Park Circle, (803) 779-1971
U.S. AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION: Greater Columbia Chapter dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Casual dress; nonalcoholic drinks, refreshments and snacks will be available. Complimentary dance lesson, 7:45-8:15 p.m. Admission, $8; USADance members, $5. www.usadance.us
BUS TRIPS: Charleston day trip, Saturday, Dec. 5; $45 (due Saturday). 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.
ADVENTURE CAROLINA: Congaree River trip, 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 12 Adventure Carolina is at 1107 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-4505
ELECTRIC TRAINS EXHIBIT: 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1-8 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 24, 25) at Village at Sandhill (between Reed's Jewelers and Learning Express Toys). O-gauge 12x28-foot layout will operate three loops of trains simultaneously through a miniature village. Bob Chiles, (803) 665-5352 or Dave Kasprzyk, (803) 318-8773
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES
AGES 18 AND YOUNGER
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 today). 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. Instant Piano for Busy People, 6-9:30 p.m. Monday; $79. Cake Decorating II, 6-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7; $29. Register at www.mtctraining.com
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, 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
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. David C. Shelley, park education coordinator will discuss geology and geomorphology of the park. (803) 776-4396, ext. 0 or www.nps.gov/cong
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 through Dec. 9; $30. eBay the Right Way, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 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.
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
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.
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. (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
THE HUB: Community learning center for at-risk and low-income students and adults, provides free tutoring, life courses, college and career planning and a computer lab with free Internet access. Hours of operation are 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at 1234 St. Andrews Road. Sponsored by Right Direction Christian Center. (803) 798-1230; www.rightdirection.info
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
ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Closed Tuesday through Sunday, Dec. 6, for maintenance; rereopening 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675
THE LINK, BALLENTINE: Hey! Listen to This!, 11 a.m. today; stories and songs for all ages. 1321 Dutch Fork Road, (803) 781-5026
SANDHILLS BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Monday. The library will be closed 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday for shelving reconfiguration. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230
NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Family Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575
BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. today. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Pajamarama Bedtime Stories for all ages, 7 p.m. Monday. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855
MAIN LIBRARY: Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Mondays; anime videos, refreshments and fun. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084
All branches of the Kershaw County Library are closed today for Thanksgiving.
ELGIN BRANCH: Get Set Ready to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 1:15 a.m. Monday. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881
All branches of the Lexington County Library are closed today for Thanksgiving.
CHAPIN BRANCH: Christmas Tree Decorating Party for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday; 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. Monday; session for ages 24-35 months meets at 10:45 a.m. 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia, (803) 794-6791
SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Monday. 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia. (803) 785-3050
GRACE UNITED METHODIST: Hanging of the greens, 7 p.m. Wednesday; dinner at 6:15 p.m. The church is at 410 Harbison Blvd. (803) 732-1899
WEST COLUMBIA FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: Fifth Sunday gospel singing, 6 p.m. Sunday at 350 Wattling Road. Performance by The Believers from Sumter. A love offering will be received.
IN HIS PRESENCE MINISTRIES: Decade convocation, 7 tonight and 10 a.m. Saturday at Family Outreach Word and Worship Center, 631 Sparkleberry Lane. (803) 865-6693
ANTIOCH BAPTIST: Youth Day, 8 a.m. Sunday at 5715 Koon Road. Guest speaker will be Schrendria Robinson. (803) 786-0119; www.abccolumbia.org
GREATER PHILADELPHIA BAPTIST: Installation service for the Rev. Earthly Haskell, 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 618 Prescott Road. (803) 760-5101
SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN: Contemplative Taize worship service, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday at 607 Woodrow St. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org
MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER
"CHRISTMAS BELLES": Contemporary Southern comedy, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 3-19, at Chapin Community Theatre. 107 Columbia Ave. $12; seniors, $10; students, $8. (803) 345-6181; www.chapintheatre.org
"TO TOUCH GOD'S HANDS": 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant St. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation and S.C. Black Pride Inc., in conjunction with World AIDS Awareness. $10; groups of eight or more, $8 each. (803) 238-5497 or (803) 255-8164
FIRST FRIDAY AT VILLAGE ARTISTS: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4, at 631-8 Promenade Place, Village at Sandhill. Meet artists Paula Grooket, Pat McNeely, Carl Crawford and Peggy Nunn. (803) 699-8886
WASHINGTON STREET UMC: Advent organ series, noon Thursday, Dec. 3, at 1401 Washington St. Jennifer Zoeliner will be the featured organist. (803) 256-2417
THE PRIMITIVE QUARTET: In concert, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Lake Murray Baptist Church, 1001 U.S. 378 West, Lexington. Free. (803) 957-5925
BRIAN FREE AND ASSURANCE: Southern gospel group in concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Life Springs Worship Center, 5630 Platt Springs Road, Lexington. Free, doors open at 6 p.m. (803) 957-2221; www.lswc.com
LEXINGTON COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY: Season opener, "The Joy of Christmas," featuring the Lexington 1 Children's Honor Choir, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3, 4, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. $15; seniors and military, $12; students, $5. (803) 359-8794; www.lexcochoralsoc.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
TURNING PAGES BOOK FAIR: Today and Saturday at Barnes & Noble, Midtown at Forest Acres, Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive. Children's activities include photos with Rudolph, story time, candy canes, Christmas cards for the troops. Ten percent of bookstore and cafe purchases will be donated to Turning Pages (formerly the Greater Columbia Literacy Council). (803) 240-2441
SUSTAINABLE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday 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
GEM, MINERAL AND JEWELRY SHOW: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday 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
SENIOR HOLIDAY BALL: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle. Semiformal event for ages 50 and older, with music by the Touch of Love Band. Tickets are $10; advance sales only, available at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Administration office, 1932 Calhoun St., and Capital Senior Center. (803) 733-8510
GREATER BLYTHEWOOD COMMUNITY CRAFT/GARAGE SALE: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Blythewood Community Center, 311 Blythewood Road. Inside tables; $10 (advance registration and payment required). Outside tables are $5; payable the day of the sale. Sponsored by the Blythewood Youth/Church/Civic Committee. (803) 754-0501
DAWN STALEY GRANDPARENTS BREAKFAST: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Brookland Baptist Church Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. www.selecthealthofsc.com