FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING AND E-WASTE RECYCLING: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today at Shred360, 431 Western Lane, Irmo. Accepting office quality paper products for shredding. Electronic waste includes computers, printers, laptops, speakers, radios, keyboards, monitors, TVs. No household appliances,batteries or tires. Limit five boxes or bags. (803) 233-1823; www.shred360.com
CURATOR’S CHOICE LECTURE SERIES: Noon today in the Graniteville Room at the Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene St., USC. McKissick Museum’s chief curator of folklife and fieldwork Saddler Taylor’s topic will be “Enjoyin’ the Shade: A South Carolina BBQ Primer.” Bring a bag lunch. (803) 777-7251
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PARENTS NIGHT OUT: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday 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
ST. PATTY’S DAY BASH: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Town Center, Lake Carolina. Green beer, Irish food, live music, face painting, food, decorated golf cart contest. www.lakecarolina.com
CHILI COOKOFF AND BEER TASTING: 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., Sumter. Live entertainment, 25 beers to taste and plenty of chili. $30. (803) 775-0908. Proceeds benefit the museum.
COLUMBIA CHORAL SOCIETY SPRING CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 1416 Broad River Road. $12; seniors, $10; students, $5. (803) 933-9060; www.columbiachoralsociety.org
FREE COMMUNITY WELLNESS WEEKEND: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Check out the heated indoor pool, walking track, weight and cardio room, basketball court, water aerobics, kickboxing and more. Get the latest information on food/nutrition, personal training and goods and services at the Health and Wellness Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. (803) 545-3200
SELF-DEFENSE CLASS: For females ages 14-19, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Polo Road Recreation Center, 730 Polo Road. Conducted by female officers with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Free, but preregistration is required; call (803) 446-8605.
HOMEBUYERS WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Benedict College Business Development Center, 2601 Read St. (Two Notch Road and Read Street, across from the Benedict football stadium). Call (803) 705-4631 or (803) 705-4696 to register.
JEWELRY BEADING CLASS: Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Our Hands Together Artisan Market, 101-A Ballentine Park Road, Irmo. Easter/spring necklace class for all ages; $20 (includes all supplies). (803) 749-0011; www.ourhandstogether.com
CREATE IT DISCOVERY DAY: 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday at IT-oLogy, 1301 Gervais St. Accepting registration from Midlands students in grades 9-12 for information technology career info and activities. Register at www.hrsm.sc.edu.
SUNDAYS AT LOWMAN: Pianist Agenes Wan in concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, New Life Chapel, the Heritage at Lowman campus, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Free, but call (803) 451-7414 to reserve a seat.
AN AFTERNOON WITH A STEINWAY: Pianist Rhonda Richardson, 3 p.m. Sunday in the Community Room, Village at Sandhill. Free, but seating is limited, call (803) 254-2777 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot
COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS GALA: 4 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 2062 N. Beltline Blvd. Bach birthday celebration will feature food, silent auction and performance by the Columbia Baroque Soloists. Tickets, $25; advance sales only. (803) 727-8555; www.columbiabaroque.com
RICHLAND 101: 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at various locations. Free course on how Richland County government works. Register by calling (803) 676-2062.
ADVENTURES IN LEARNING: 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through May 15 at Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews, Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road. Classes, activities and lunch for ages 50 and older. Three classes per day for the session, $25; catered lunch and entertainment, $6.50. Registration Tuesday and March 27 at (803) 731-9394 or www.shepherdscenterofstandrews.org
TAPESTRY EXHIBITION: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 and 24 in the Hoefler Gallery, the Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Collection of more than 60 needlepoint tapestries depicting an event in the life of Christ or other Christian themes. Free, groups welcome. Preregistration required; call (803) 451-7414; www.theheritageatlowman.org
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
BEGINNERS SQUARE DANCE CLASSES: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. $7 per class (first lesson, free). (803) 791-9767
SOCIAL MEDIA & YOUR BUSINESS: 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Free. (803) 732-0432; www.mtctraining.com
“IS THE EARTH OUR MOTHER? — AN INTERACTIVE INTRODUCTION TO ECOFEMINISM”: Presentation by Cassie Premo Steele, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 101 at the Green Quad Learning Center, USC. presented by Sustainable Carolina. (803) 777-2093; www.sc.edu/green
BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: 7 p.m. Wednesday at USC’s Russell House Ballroom. Advance tickets, $10; $12 at the door. Available at Half-Moon Outfitters, 2912 Devine St., or http://www.halfmoonoutfitters.com/bmff/product
SMALL BUSINESS TAX WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. $35; call (803) 732-0432 or go to www.mtctraining.com to register.
TASTE OF LAKE MURRAY: 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road. Presented by Lexington Medical Center, the fundraiser for the Fourth of July celebration at Lake Murray will showcase 17 area restaurants, live music by the Palmetto Groove Party Band and an auction. Tickets are $45, available at the Lake Murray Visitor Center, 2184 N. Lake Drive; online at www.tasteoflakemurray.com or by calling (803) 781-5940, ext. 0.
COMMUNITY SMARTSHRED EVENT: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23 at USC’s Russell House. Prevent identity theft by shredding bank statements, canceled checks, financial reports, credit card receipts and more. Sponsored by Sustainable Carolina and Eco Reps. www.environ.sc.edu
MATHEMAGICS: 7 p.m. March 23 in room 153 at USC’s Gambrell Hall. Prof. Arthur T. Benjamin combines his love of mathematics and magic, resulting in lighting-quick calculations and feats of mathematic agility. Free and open to the public. Check out www.carolinascienceoutreach.org for information on Dr. Benjamin’s March 24 backgammon workshop.
ARTS AT SHANDON: Shandon Players performance of “Doubt,” 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24, at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. $18; includes 6:30 p.m. barbecue dinner. Play only, 4 p.m. March 25; $10. Child care available, $10 per child; $20 for two more more children. www.shandonpres.org; (803) 790-4423
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Spring dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. March 23 at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). $5; BYOB and snacks. www.capitalseniorcenter.com; (803) 779-1971
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIPS CONFERENCE: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24 in the Bible Way Church of Atlas Road Dream Center, 2430 Atlas Road. Keynote speaker will be Family Court Judge Gwendolyn Young Smalls. $15; for ages 9 and older; registration includes continental breakfast and lunch. Sponsored by the Richland County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (803) 315-8962
MODEL TRAIN SPRING SHOW: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1715 Broad River Road. (803) 438-2087
RAKU POTTERY WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 24 at the City of Columbia Art Center, 1932 Calhoun St. Instruction in preparation of pottery, alternative firing methods, glazing and horsehair applications and hands-on participation. $75 ($60 instructor fee, $10 registration and preworkshop preparation fee, $5 glazing application). Limited to 12 participants. (803) 545-3093 or email email@example.com
FREE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: 9:30 a.m. March 24 at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Tips and techniques by Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association experts David Hartfield and Don and Joan Wuori. Bring your own camera and equipment plus your favorite photo work for critiquing. Limited to 40 participants, so call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, for reservations.
PERSONAL SAFETY, SECURITY AND SELF DEFENSE SEMINAR: For women only, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 24 at First Christian Church, 2062 Beltline Blvd. Free; sponsored by the Preceptor Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. (803) 782-3201, (803) 798-9053
RCRC’S COTTONTAIL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Games, crafts, Easter candy, music by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, food concessions and more. Egg hunts for ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-10 will be held 1-2 p.m. Park admission is $2; ages 15 and younger, free. (803)754-6720, ext. 273; www.richlandcountyrecreationcom
A TOUCH OF FAITH REUNION CONCERT: USC student gospel choir performance, 3-5:30 p.m. March 24 in Rutledge Chapel, Sumter and Pendleton streets. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies in collaboration with the Offices of Alumni Relations and Multi-Cultural Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina, the event is free. (803) 528-9260
SOUL TRAIN FESTIVAL: 4-8 p.m. March 24 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Live entertainment, dance and soul food contests, best ’70s outfit and more. Free. (803) 363-8246
OLD CAR DROP IN: 4-8 p.m. March 24 at Fuddruckers, 1801 Bush River Road. Family-friendly event will feature music from the ’50s and ’60s, door prizes, 25-25/50 cash drawing, trophies, dash plaques to the first 75 registered vehicles and more. Entry fee, $10. Rain date March 31. Sponsored by the Columbia Classic Chevy Club; proceeds will benefit the Children’s Garden of Columbia and other charities. (803) 356-2784; (803) 333-0396
GREATER COLUMBIA CHAPTER OF THE U.S. AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION: 7:15-10:30 p.m. March 24 at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Casual dress; non-alcoholic drinks and refreshments will be available. Complimentary dance lesson, 7:45-8:15 p.m. $10; USADance members, $7; students, $5. www.usadance.us
DINING WITH FRIENDS DESSERT FINALE: 8 p.m. at the Zone, Williams-Brice Stadium, 1127 George Rogers Blvd. Gourmet desserts, coffee, live entertainment, open bar and a silent auction for ages 21 and older. Proceeds benefit the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina. Tickets available by making a donation at a hosted party; online at www.abfsc.org or at the door (donors who make a minimum gift of $25 receive a complimentary ticket to the Dessert Finale).
URBAN PADDLE AND COUNTRY PICNIC: 1-5 p.m. March 25 at the Shop Road bridge (next to the animal shelter). easy trip down Gills Creek to Bluff Road and back. Following the paddle, from 3-6 p.m., the Gills Creek Watershed Association will host a barbecue picnic at Millaree Hunt Club (off Bluff Road), featuring live music, beer and wine, games for kids and a nature walk from 4-5 p.m. Advance tickets are $30; children, $10; adult tickets the day of the event will be $35. Proceeds benefit the Gills Creek Watershed Association. (803) 727-8326 or www.gillscreekwatershed.org
WINE, DINE & DESIGN: 7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Fashion show fundraiser to benefit the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind will feature fashion guru Steven “Cojo” Cojocaru. $40 (includes two complimentary beverages), tickets range from $20 (standing room only) to $200 (6 p.m. VIP reception); or you can arrive fashionably late for the 9 p.m. VIP after-party (tickets are $35). (803) 445-6216; www.winedineanddesign.org
EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES: “Part II: The Capital City Rebuilds, 1865-1914” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 27-May 1 at the Seibels House, 1601 Richland St. $10 per class or tour (optional bus tour 2-5 p.m. April 15). March 27 topic will be “The Civil War Refuge and Disaster. (803) 252-1770; www.historiccolumbia,org
PERSONAL SAFETY SEMINAR: 6:30 p.m. March 27 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1430 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Free, open to ages 18 and older; sponsored by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington Woman’s Club and Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Reservations, (803) 785-2504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“WHY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MATTER”: 7 p.m. March 28, at Cardinal Newman School, 4701 Forest Drive. The Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Nuzzi will discuss the historic successes of Catholic schools and examine challenges facing the schools in the next decade. Free, sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of SC/Midlands and Cardinal Newman School. (803) 782-2814
GLOBAL EDUCATION DAY: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 30 in the Cantey Building at the State Fairgrounds. Kickoff to the 17th annual Columbia International Festival March 31-April 1. Sixty national exhibits plus an on-stage cultural/educational presentation during each tour (tour times are 9-11 a.m., 10 a.m.-noon and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Student admission $5; teachers and chaperones, free. (803) 799-3452; www.cifonline.org
FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT: 8 p.m. March 30 for ages 12 and younger at the Gibson Road Soccer Complex, 301 Duffie Drive, Lexington. Hang around after the hunt for a screening of the movie “Hop.” Bring flashlights, baskets/bags for the hunt and lawn chairs or blankets for the movie. (803) 359-9961, ext. 227; www.lcrac.com
COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: 10:30 a.m.-7 pm. March 31 and 12:30-6 p.m. April 1 in the Cantey Building at the State Fairgrounds. Showcase of music, culture, food and performing arts. Advance tickets, $4 (available at the festival office, 610 Pickens St). at the gate, $5; ages 6-12, $1. April 1 admission is free with March 31 wristband; active duty military admitted free with ID). Parking, $2. (803) 799-3452; www.cifonline.org
MAKE AND TAKE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 31 in the Our Hands Together Artisan Market parking lot, 101-A Ballentine Park Road, Irmo. Artisans will have supplies on hand for participants to make jewelry, writing pens, upcycled/recycled items and children’s crafts. Free. (803) 749-0011; www.ourhandstogether.com
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31-April 7 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Schedule includes Nano Days, March 31-April 2; Environmental Science, April 3; Biotechnology, April 4; Computer Science, April 5; Engineering, April 6; Robotics, April 7. Admission, $9.50; ages 62 and older and military with ID, $8.50; members and children age 1 and younger, free. (803) 779-3100; www.edventure.org
NASHICON ANIME CONVENTION: 10 a.m.-midnight March 31 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 1 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Preregister online through Saturday, $15; at the door, $20 for both days, $15 for one day. www.nashicon.com