COLDSTREAM GARDEN CLUB: 9:30 a.m. Monday at the home of Betty Aycock. Olivia Watkins will demonstrate Christmas flower arranging. All Coldstream residents are to attend. (803) 772-7831; (803) 781-2620
COMMITTEE FOR THE RESTORATION AND BEAUTIFICATION OF RANDOLPH CEMETERY: Meeting and holiday drop-in, 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Modjeska Simkins House, 2025 Marion St. If you have family members buried in Randolph Cemetery or are interested in volunteering, RSVP to Maeward Belk at (803) 786-5659 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION: Columbia Chapter 87 of NARFE luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Seawell's, 1125 Rosewood Drive. Open to all active and retired federal employees and spouses in Richland and Lexington counties. Guest speaker will be Sandy Ward of BlueCross BlueShield.
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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
WOODFIELD PARK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Woodfield Park Baptist Church, 1834 Morninglo Lane.
DAV/DAVA, CLAYTON DUNHAM CHAPTER 28: 6 p.m. Tuesday at 511 Violet St., West Columbia. Visitors welcome. (803) 796-7122
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
BUS TRIPS: 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 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. Guided canoe trips, 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Owl Prowls, 7 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 18. Christmas Bird Count, 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. 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
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION: Harbison Campus, 730 College St., is offering Cake Decorating II, 6-9 p.m. Monday; $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 firstname.lastname@example.org
DIGITAL PHOTO COURSES FOR BEGINNERS: Basic Editing Part I, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday; Basic Editing Part II, 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Dec. 10; Basic Photography, Printing Photo Illustrations, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 12. $40 each; bring your camera or a CD or DVD to edit. All classes meet at Village Artists, Village at Sandhill. (803) 699-8886
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Northeast Campus, 152 Powell Road, is offering the following classes. Defensive Driving, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; $69. Digital Storytelling, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; $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. 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 - 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.
S.C. CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Speaker @ the Center Series, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the State Library, 1430 Senate St., room 309. Guests will include Mike Creel and Lynn Kelly (newly revised edition of "South Carolina's Dog: The Boykin Spaniel") and Ben McC. Moise ("Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden"). Free, bring a bag lunch. Books will be available for sale and signing. www.sccenterforthebook.org
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: Closed through Sunday for maintenance; reopening 9 a.m. Monday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Mind Games for adults, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 22; keep your wits sharp with Sudoku, chess or crosswords. Book Banter for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Read with Curious George for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. What's a Duck to Do?, stories and a craft about our flying friends for ages 3-12, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Kids Cozy Corner for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Dec. 10, 17. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Dec. 12, 19. Fabulous Fruit Arranging for adults, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. 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. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Bird Shoes for ages 9-12, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; bring an old pair of shoes and make a special holiday treat for the birds. Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for adults, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Germs, Germs, Germs! for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Kids Krafts: Great Gift Wrap, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16; ages 6-8 learn how to make their own gift wrap. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230
NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Germs, Germs, Germs! for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Hey! Listen to This! stories and songs for all ages, 10 a.m. Monday and Dec. 14. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 15. Green Bling, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10; plastic bottle and soda can craft projects for ages 9-12. Book Group for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Family Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Choo, Choo!, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15; train-themed stories and crafts for ages 3-5. Holiday Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. hip2crafts for adults, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. 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 you and your 2-year-old, 10:30 a.m. today and Thursday, Dec. 10. Read-a-Thon for Harvest Hope, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, all ages are encouraged to sign up to read in 15-minute intervals, check out S.C. folktales and stories in Spanish and English and meet Harvest Hopes Cool Can Sam. Bring canned goods or non-perishable foods for the food bank. Book Group for adults, 10 a.m. Monday; selection is "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris. Readers' Theater for ages 9-12, 6:30 p.m. Monday; read-aloud session of scary, silly and true stories and plays. Nature Crafts for the Holidays, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10; story and craft session for ages 6-12. Knit Wits, knitting basics for teens, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15; all materials provided. 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. Thursdays. "Hopkins: Images of America" for adults, 7 tonight; book signing featuring authors Ann Drayton Lister and Virginia Hook McCracken. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Get Creative! Cookies to Go for adults, 2-4 p.m. Saturday; bring your favorite recipe on an 8 1/2x11 sheet of paper and leave with new ones to try. Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Get Your Resume Ready for adults, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Tuesday Times: Card Game Fever for ages 6-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Book Group for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17; selection is Fannie Flagg's "Standing in the Rainbow." Lights, Camera, Action: Christmas Classics for all ages, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; decorate Christmas cookies and settle in to enjoy some of the season's classic cartoons. Tuesday Times: Let's Build A Gingerbread House for ages 6-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Game On! Smash Bros. Brawl for teens, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29; challenge your friends in this action-packed video game. 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 and Thursday, Dec. 17. Silver Screen for ages 55 and older, 11 am. Fridays.; grab a friend and watch a movie together. Lights, Camera, Action: Holiday Cheer for all ages, 2 p.m. Saturday; enjoy a treat and a holiday movie. N is for Nutrition and H is for Health, 11 a.m. Monday; nutritionist and health expert Ken Wallaces guides adults through information on food labels and offers health tips, Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Snowflakes, Stories and Songs for all ages, 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Twixt 'n' Between, 12:30 p.m. Saturday; ages 9-12 get a taste of fantastical fiction to ghost stories and everything in between. Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. Hooked on Crocheting for ages 9-12, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16; bring your hook and yarn to learn the basics of crochet. Already know how? Share your creations and expertise. Teen Otaku Association, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; join your friends for anime videos, refreshments and fun. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734
EASTOVER BRANCH: Lights, Camera, Action for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; bring the family for a special screening of "A Muppet Christmas Carol." Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Hands on Art: Holiday Edition for all ages, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. Game On! Video Game Challenge sessions for all ages, 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584
WHEATLEY BRANCH: Holiday Happenings, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17; stories, songs and craft session for ages 3-5. 4931 Woodrow St., (803) 799-5873
MAIN LIBRARY: Bringing Down Your Brick Wall for adults, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays; discussion of family history research, a genealogy podcast and computers to get you started. Preschool Story Time, 3:30 p.m. today and Thursday, Dec. 10; stories, songs and fingerplays for ages 3-5. Cuenta Centos, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; bring the family for a bilingual story and craft session. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Teen Advisory Board, 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child ages 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Monday and Dec. 14. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Mondays; join your friends for anime videos, refreshments and fun. Now I Am One!, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Dec. 15; stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months. An Afternoon of Puppets for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Computer Basics: E-mail Basics for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for all ages, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This!, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Dec. 16. Computer Basics: Basic Internet for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Great Books Discussion Group for adults, 7 p.m. Wednesday; selection is "Life of Nicias" by Plutarch. Hands on Art for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11; dress for a mess. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Dec. 12, 19. Wii Are the Champions!, video game challenge for ages 9-12, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Mysterious Library Society for all ages, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. Teen Otaku Association Anime Marathon, 10 .am.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084
CAMDEN BRANCH: Baby Story Time for ages 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Enjoying PowerPoint 2003 for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday. XL2 computer class, (XL1 is a prerequisite). 2:30-4 p.m. Monday. After School at the Library for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Readers's Story Time for homeschoolers ages 5-8, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Lunch Bunch Stories, 1 p.m. Wednesdays; ideal for ages 4-5 who enjoy the library after preschool. Enjoying the Internet for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. XL3 computer class (XL2 is a prerequisite), 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. After School at the Library, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15; ages 8-12 will read Jan Brett's "The Gingerbread Boy," then decorate and snack on their own. Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16; selection is Kate Morton's "The House at Riverton." Using Publisher 2003 for Greeting Cards, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. Enjoying Word 2003, basic word processing for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 19 and 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508
ELGIN BRANCH: 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, 11:15 a.m. Mondays. After School at the Library for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. After School at the Library, 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17; after reading Jan Brett's "The Gingerbread Boy," ages 8-12 can decorate and snack on their own. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881
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RIVERLAND HILLS BAPTIST: "The Music of That Night," holiday concert, 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at 201 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo. Doors open at 6:15; free admission. www.riverlandhills.org
ST. PETER'S CHURCH: Festival of Lessons and Carols, 7 p.m. Saturday at 1529 Assembly St. International and classic carols followed by a reception.
HOLY APOSTLES ORTHODOX CHURCH: St. Nicholas festival and Russian Christmas fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 724 Buff St., West Columbia. Hymn concerts at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., ethnic foods and gifts, holiday cookies, bookstore, children's activities and more. All profits will benefit the Cooperative Ministry of Columbia. www.stnicholasfestival.org
LEXINGTON BAPTIST: Among seasonal events are "The Best Christmas Present Ever," presented by the Young Musicians children's choir at 6 p.m. Sunday; "The Christmas Story in Carols & Poetry," presented by the Marathon Singers Senior Adult Choir at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20; and the musical "When He Came ... When He Comes," at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. The church is at 308 East Main St., Lexington; complete schedule of events at www.lexingtonbaptist.org
MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER
"CHRISTMAS BELLES": Contemporary Southern comedy, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 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 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. Friday 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 today at 1401 Washington St. Jennifer Zoeliner will be the featured organist. Sounds of Christmas II, 4 p.m. Sunday. (803) 256-2417
FORT JACKSON'S 282nd ARMY BAND: Holiday concert, 5 p.m. Sunday at Maj. Gen. Robert B. Solomon Center, Fort Jackson. Free and open to the public. www.fortjacksonmwr.com
ARPAD DARAZS SINGERS: Holiday concerts, 4 p.m. Sunday at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3005 Devine St.; 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at St. David's Episcopal Church, 605 Polo Road. Free and open to the public. www.adsingers.org
COLUMBIA CHORAL SOCIETY AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: "Messiah, Part I," 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3600 Devine St. $12; seniors and students, $10. www.columbiachoralsociety.org
CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). $8; ages 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504
COLUMBIA COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lexington Baptist Church, 308 E. Main St., Lexington. Canned goods and non-perishable food items will be collected for Lexington Interfaith Community Service.
"A BABY CHANGES EVERYTHING!": Celebration of the birth of Jesus, 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Mount Horeb UMC, 1201 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington. Free, nursery for ages 5 and younger. (803) 359-3495 or go to www.concertsatmthoreb.com
BRIAN FREE AND ASSURANCE: Southern gospel group in concert, 7 tonight 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 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
LEMONS AID NIGHT OF TALENT: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the International Praise Church of God, 5071 Percival Road, Elgin. Fashion show, local artists Regina Skeeters, Tyrus Goodwin & Arischa Conner and Christian comedian Akintude. Free, but monetary donations, non-perishable food items and Christmas gifts will be accepted for the six children of Mertyse Lemons, ages 3-18. www.lemonsaid.org
EVENING OF ELEGANCE GALA: 7 p.m. Friday at the Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. Pre-gala reception at 6 p.m., Sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia Inc., proceeds will benefit mentoring and scholarship programs for at-risk youth. Ticket information at (803) 432-0320
SENIOR HOLIDAY BALL: 6-10 p.m. Friday 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 at the Blythewood Community Center, 311 Blythewood Road. Sponsored by the Blythewood Youth/Church/Civic Committee. (803) 754-0501
WORLD AIDS DAY OBSERVANCE: Reception, 6 p.m. Friday at Cecil Tillis Center, 2111 Simpkins Lane. Program featuring DHEC's Reginald Scott and Deadra Lawson-Smith of the S.C. HIV/AIDS Council, will follow. Evening will feature entertainment and door prizes; free admission. (803) 251-1789
DAWN STALEY GRANDPARENTS BREAKFAST: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Brookland Baptist Church Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. www.selecthealthofsc.com