SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Free. (803) 345-0158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS: 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2701 Heyward St. Requested donations vary depending on category — adult, senior, student, family. (803) 647-9283; www.taoist.org
HANDCRAFTED DOLLHOUSES EXHIBIT: Through Feb. 14 at Our Hands Together Artisan Market, 101-A Ballentine Park Road, Irmo. Kit and scratch-made dollhouses by the Palmetto Miniature Club. The shop is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 749-0011; www.ourhandstogether.com
EXPLORE THE ARTS — DRAWING: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 28 at Woodland Park, 6500 Old Knight Parkway. $10 registration plus $35 instruction fee. Class size limited to 10 students. (803) 545-3093; email email@example.com
HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION VIP TOURS: 50th anniversary behind-the-scenes tours include Woodrow Wilson Family Home and the Lorick House, 1705 and 1727 Hampton St., 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday. $20; HCF members, $15; includes tour and cocktails. (803) 252-7742, ext. 12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LUNCH AND LEARN: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). This month’s program is “Dementia, Depression and the Donut Hole.” Free; bring a bag lunch, beverages will be provided. Call (803) 779-1971 to reserve a spot.
EXPLORING WATERCOLOR TEXTURES AND TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP: 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. $15 registration plus $60 instruction fee. Limited to 10 participants. (803) 545-3093; email email@example.com
WORKS BY RENEE STOUT: Open dialogue and artist reception, 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Ponder Fine Arts Gallery, Benedict College. Display will be up through March 16. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. (803) 705-4768
CRUMB PIECING QUILT BLOCKS: 6-8 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 16 at Midlands Technical College, Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. $49; call (803) 732-0432 or register at www.mtctraining.com
FREE FRIDAYS AT THE ZOO: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 24 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Richland and Lexington residents receive free admission with a valid driver’s license or property tax statement as proof of residence. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org
COLUMBIA WOMEN’S SHOW: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 11 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Premiere event will feature fashion shows, workshops, celebrity guests, seminars and vendors. $8; students and military with ID, $5; ages 6-12, $4; two-day pass, $12. $1 off adult admission with three canned food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. with college ID, ages 6-12, $4; www.columbiawomensshow.com
FIRST AID: 6-10 p.m. Friday at Midlands Technical College, Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. $45; call (803) 732-0432 or register at www.mtctraining.com
“PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL”: 7 p.m. Friday and Feb. 11, 17, 18; matinees at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 18; 3 p.m. Feb. 12, 19 at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 2nd level, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive. Ages 3 and older, $8. (803) 691-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
THE ART OF MARRIAGE CONFERENCE: 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road. $49 per couple, includes six video sessions, manual, materials, snacks and buffet lunch on Feb. 11). Registration deadline is Wednesday. Tickets at www.wmhk.com/artofmarriage-2012.htm or (800) 965-9324
VALENTINE’S DANCE PARTY: 7:30-11 p.m. Friday at Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Classic ’50s and ’60s hits by the Heart ’n Soul band. Doors open at 7 p.m. BYOB and snacks, soft drinks will be available for purchase. Advance tickets $15; $20 at the door. (803) 779-1971
“THE MAGICAL WORLD OF VERSAILLES”: Columbia Baroque Soloists concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Spears Fine Arts Center concert hall at Columbia College. Concert Conversations at 7 p.m. $12; seniors, $10; students, $6. (803) 727-8555
BIRDING PROGRAM: Birding basics workshop, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, Congaree National Park. Arrive 15 minutes early; wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather; bring a snack, water bottle and binoculars (The park has a limited number of binoculars available on a first-come, first-served basis). Open to ages 5 and older, children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance by calling (803) 776-4396, ext. 0.
RELAX, IT’S OK 2B SINGLE VALENTINE’S GALA: 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Advance tickets, $20; $25 at the door. (803) 386-7114
VALENTINE’S DANCE: 7:15-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Casual dress; non-alcoholic drinks, refreshments and snacks available for sale; complimentary dance lesson, 7:45-8:15 p.m. $10; students, $5; USADance members, $7. www.usadance.us
SECOND SUNDAY STROLL: 2 p.m. Sunday, meet at MLK Park, 2300 Greene St., for a walking tour of the Lower Waverly neighborhood. $6; ages 17 and younger, $3; Historic Columbia Foundation members, free. Reservations, (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BEGINNER WALTZ AND SHAG LESSONS: Sundays at Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. No prior dance experience required, no partner necessary. Waltz lessons, 3:30-5 p.m.; shag lessons, 5-6 p.m. for six weeks. $5 per class. (803) 791-9767
FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: 5-8 p.m. Feb. 14; $1 admission to EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. (803) 779-3100; www.edventure.org
USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: “Amore,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Koger Center for the Arts. Concert will feature guest soloists Diana Amos, Daniel Cole, Lori Celeste Hicks, Tommy Watson and the Benedict College Concert Choir. $25; seniors, USC faculty and staff, $20; students, $8. (803) 251-2222; www.capitoltickets.com
KEEPING UP WITH THE LEGISLATION: 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 15 at the State Library, 1500 Senate St. Users will view bills, track actions and versions, find contact information on legislators and committees and more. Free. Register at www.statelibrary.sc.gov
“COME SEE YOUR ARMY” TOUR: 8:45 a.m. Feb. 16 at Fort Jackson. Six-hour tour will include Basic Combat Training graduation, troops training observation, opportunity to shoot the M16A2 simulator, lunch in an Army dining facility (bring $4.55) and Q&A session. Advance reservations required by Wednesday; call (803) 751-1474
SMALL BUSINESS TAX WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Midlands Technical College, Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. $35. Register at (803) 732-0432 or www.mtctraining.com
SPEAKER AT THE CENTER: Noon Feb. 16 at the State Library, 1430 Senate St., Room 309. Discussion of “Palmetto Portraits Project” with Paul Matheny III and Josephine Humphreys. Free; bring a bag lunch. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. Information at http://readsc.org
UNIVERSITY CHORUS: “Songs for the Soul,” 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the USC School of Music recital hall, 813 Assembly St. Free.
S.C. BOTTLE CLUB SHOW AND SALE: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 18 at Meadowlake Park, 600 Beckman Road. Admission is a donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. (803) 629-8553 or email email@example.com
ARTS AT SHANDON: “Angela Blalock and Friends,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free, but donations welcome. (803) 771-4408.
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER DANCE: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Live music by the Dance Timers. $5; BYOB and snacks. (803) 779-1971
PARENTS NIGHT OUT: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Jeep Rogers Family YMCA, Lake Carolina. Youngsters ages 14 and younger will enjoy swimming, crafts, group games and more. $25; members, $15 (includes dinner). Preregister at the front desk. (803) 451-8439
GREAT AMERICAN BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, Congaree National Park. Arrive 15 minutes early; wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather; bring a snack, water bottle and binoculars (The park has a limited number of binoculars available on a first-come, first-served basis). Open to ages 5 and older, children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Register in advance by calling (803) 776-4396, ext. 0. Info at www.birdsource.org/gbbc
MTC OPEN HOUSE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 18 at Midlands Technical College’s Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. Campus tour, admissions information, free assistance completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Register at www.midlandstech.edu/openhouse
COLLEGE GOAL SOUTH CAROLINA: Financial aid workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly St. Free help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Register at www.collegegoalsc.org
MARDI GRAS: Noon-10 p.m. Feb. 18 at City Roots Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd. Walking parade through the Rosewood area, 3 p.m.; come early and register your dog for the walk, $5 with all proceeds going to the Animal Mission spay/neuter program. The Benedict College percussion marching band will lead the procession. Krewes encouraged, go to www.mardigrascolumbia.org After the parade, stick around for the party, 12 bands, food and drink. Party tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate.
CONTRA DANCE: 6:15-10:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Arsenal Hill Park building, 1800 Lincoln St. Live music by the Hungry Monks, caller will be Marolyn Floyd. Beyond Beginners workshop, 6:15-7 p.m.; new dancers workshop, 7-7:30 p.m. No partner necessary; bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. $8. (803) 760-5881; www.contracola.org
PALMETTO CONCERT BAND: 8:45 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Free.
CHILI COOK-OFF, CAR AND BIKE SHOW: 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Carolina Ale House, 277 Columbiana Drive. Registration, $30; proceeds benefit the Lexington County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association. (803) 429-3889 or (803) 446-7942