ROCKBRIDGE BAZAAR: Noon-5 p.m. today at the Rockbridge Club, 4135 Rockbridge Road. (803) 622-8435
STEAM TRAIN TRIPS: 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. today at the South Carolina Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. Coach tickets, $15; open air car, $20. (803) 712-4135; http://www.scrm.org/ridethetrainpage.html
SECOND SUNDAY STROLL: 2 p.m. today at Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road. Historic Columbia Foundation guided walking tour of the Heathwood neighborhood. $6, age 17 and younger, $3; HCF members, free. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-up registrations accepted.
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MIDLANDS CROP WALK: 2 p.m. today at the State House, Main and Gervais streets. Registration begins at 1 p.m.; 75 percent of the funds raised will go to Church World Services’ international hunger relief efforts and 25 percent will go to Harvest Hope Food Bank. http://www.churchworldservice.org/site/TR/2012FallCROPHungerWalk/TR-Fall2012?pg=entry&fr_id=1581
HISTORIC CAMDEN LYCEUM SERIES TALK: “Civil War Naval Operations and Shipwrecks in South Carolina,” 3-5 p.m. today at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, 222 S. Broad St., Camden. Free copies of this year’s Archaeology Month poster will be available and light refreshments will be served. http://www.historic-camden.net
“COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY”: USC Theatre Department production, 3 p.m. today at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. $18; USC faculty and staff, military and seniors, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551
LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: All-American concert featuring the Dick Goodwin Quintet, 3:30 p.m. today at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Free. (803) 400-3540; http://www.lmso.org
CATHEDRAL CONCERT: 5 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. 1100 Sumter St. Free Veterans Day concert will feature the 246th U.S. Army Band. (803) 771-7300; http://www.trinitysc.org
CHAPIN VETERANS DAY PARADE: 9 a.m. Monday at Boland’s Hardware, 745 Chapin Road. Parade will include a presentation at the Veterans Memorial and a 10 a.m. celebration at Chapin Elementary School. Sponsored by the Chapin American Legion Post 193.
COLUMBIA VETERANS DAY PARADE: 11 a.m. Monday at Sumter and Laurel streets, ending at Pendleton Street, near the State House. The parade will be led by Vietnam veterans and vets from the Wounded Warrior Project will be in attendance. A special recognition ceremony, hosted by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Washington and Sumter streets. Free parking in the Sumter Street parking garage until 3 p.m. (803) 545-3100
SUMTER VETERANS DAY PROGRAM: 11 a.m. Monday at the Sumter County Courthouse, Main Street, Sumter. Keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. Lawrence Wells, commander of the 9th Air Force at Shaw AFB. (803) 494-2894
DRAWING IN THE AFTERNOON: 4-6 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 3 at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Basic techniques of perspective, composition and lighting; bring a pencil, paper and erasers to the first class; $99. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
SANDHILL FARMERS HOLIDAY MARKET: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. In addition to regular market fare, there will be locally handmade gifts, decorations, arts and crafts, live music. Rain date will be Nov. 20. (803) 699-3190; http://www.clemson.edu/sandhill
“THE AMERICANS ON HELL’S HIGHWAY”: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. Film and discussion on World War II’s Operation Market Garden; a discussion led by Janson Cox, executive director of the S.C. Cotton Museum, will follow. Free.
DEFENSIVE DRIVING: 6-10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Eight-hour course consists of lectures, films and classroom demonstrations; successful completion will remove four points on your South Carolina drivers license (except for DUI) and may reduce insurance costs. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
ANTI-HAZING FORUM: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Room 112 at Sloan College, USC. Guest speaker will be Jimmy Hammock, International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Sponsored by the Kappa Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma and the Zeta Theta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. (803) 406-8792
FALL FAIR FOR SISTERCARE: 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday, The Hall at Senate’s End, 320 Senate St. Sponsored by students from USC’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, the event will feature food, live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit Sistercare of South Carolina. Tickets are $15; $8 for children; special packages available for military, students, seniors and families. (803) 777-7014; http://www.sistercarefair.com
“THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL ABOUT LOVE”: 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17-18 in the Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center at Benedict College; $5. http://www.benedict.edu
“COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY”: USC Theatre Department production, 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. $18; USC faculty and staff, military and seniors, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551
AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday at Living Word Assembly of God, 2034 Augusta Highway, Lexington. $14; AARP members, $12; active duty military, reservists, veterans and their families, free. Register by calling (803) 772-1181.
RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOP: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the Cayce-West Columbia Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Participants will learn the basics of rain garden design and installation and get hands-on experience by planting the final rain garden at the library. Limit 25 attendees; $25 (includes lunch and supplies). (803) 785-8634; http://www.lex-co.sc.gov
VISTA LIGHTS: 5-9 p.m. Thursday at more than 60 galleries, shops and restaurants in the Congaree Vista. Tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., Gervais and Lincoln streets. Free parking in all three Vista garages, free parking at the State Museum with shuttles to the Vista. Pedestrian-only traffic on Gervais Street from Assembly to Gadsden and Lincoln and Park streets, between Senate and Lady. (803) 269-5946; http://www.vistalightssc.com
THANKSGIVING “SOUPER”: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road and New Kirk Presbyterian Church, 491 Langford Road, Blythewood. Simple meal of soup and crackers is offered as an opportunity to reflect on hunger and homelessness. $2; tickets include a Chick-fil-A food coupon. Proceeds will benefit programs at the Women’s Shelter.
PERSONAL SAFETY CLASS FOR WOMEN: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Free class for females ages 12 and older will be led by Sgt. Diane Paavel of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Limit 40 participants, teens should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Registration required, call (803) 785-2504 or email email@example.com.
“LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL”: 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. Three-D Players production; $8, students, $6. Tickets sold at the door; cash only.
THE DOCTORS LOUNGE: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Fundraiser for The Free Medical Clinic will feature musical entertainment ranging from bluegrass to jazz performed by local physicians; silent auction, refreshments and open bar. $40 in advance; $50 at the door. (803) 727-7150; http://www.doctorslounge.eventbrite.com
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: Real estate issues and foreclosures, 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the Southeast Branch of the Richland County Public Library, 7420 Garners Ferry Road. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono program. (803) 799-6653, ext. 158
“COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY”: USC Theatre Department production, 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday at Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene St. $18; USC faculty and staff, military and seniors, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-2551
“THE ROSE TATTOO”: 8 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 18 at the USC Lab Theatre, 1400 Wheat St. Department of Theatre and Dance production. Tickets are $5; available at the door only. (803) 777-9353
GEM, MINERAL AND JEWELRY SHOW: Friday through Nov. 18 at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road (I-20, exit 106). Sponsored by the Columbia Gem & Mineral Society, the show will feature jewelry, beads, loose stones, fossils, minerals, gold, silver and tools for sale; rock collection displays and lapidary demonstrations. Hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Nov. 18. Admission, $4; ages 12 and younger and all military and dependents, free. (803) 736-9317; http://www.cgams.org
“ARSENIC AND OLD LACE”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Arts at Shandon presentation; $5 suggested donation. (803) 771-4408
THE SENSATIONAL EPICS: Dance to beach music and more, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). $15; $20 at the door. Age 21 and older, BYOB and snacks (snacks and sodas will be available for sale). (803) 779-1971
COMEDIAN JAMES GREGORY: 8 p.m. Friday at the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. $28-$35. http://www.harbisontheatre.org
CPR: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia; $85. BLS Healthcare Provider CPR/AED for adults, children and infants, qualification is good for two years. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the Dent Middle School gym, 2721 Decker Blvd. Vendor spaces available, $20 (includes table). (803) 699-2750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at CrossRoads Middle School, 6949 St. Andrews Road. Lexington County residents may drop off computers (and accessories), TVs, DVD players, VCRs, fax machines, printers, copiers, gaming systems and more. (803) 733-1139; http://www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
CHEF MARION FOLK HOLIDAY APPETIZER CLASS: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ballentine Community Center, 1009 Bickley Road, Irmo. $20, includes all supplies. Space is limited, call (803) 781-2031 to register.
COINS, CURRENCY AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. (Pickens and Whaley streets). Admission to the Midlands Coin Club show is free. (803) 781-0065
RUNWAY RUN: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, 3250 Airport Blvd., West Columbia. 5K race and kids fun run to benefit USO South Carolina. Advance registration through Thursday, $30; military, $20; JROTC, $15; kids fun run (K5 through fifth grade), $10. http://www.runwayrun.com/registration
COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Jehovah Baptist Church, 1540 Frye Road. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., diabetes and blood pressure checks, information on breast cancer awareness, PSA testing, food and nutrition. (803) 786-2112 or email email@example.com
CELEBRATE ART IN LEXINGTON: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Cafe Chartier, 711 E. Main St., (lower level, Old Mill) Lexington. Benefit for arts education in Lexington will feature a gathering of artists, musicians, singers, dancers, actors and poets, silent auction and cash bar. $5 at the door or donation of $5-$10 worth of art supplies (see the wish list at http://www.artinlexington.com).
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 30 at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (closed Nov. 22, Dec. 24-25). Santa’s Village, giant snow globe, Music in Motion, Jingle Bell Bonfire and snow. $10; ages 3-12, $8 (advance tickets, $8 and $6); one free visit with Riverbanks membership card and picture ID; guest passes not accepted. Parking on the zoo side only. (803) 779-8717; http://www.riverbanks.org
CONTRA DANCE: 6:15-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln St. 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; students with ID, $5. (803) 760-5881; http://www.contracola.org
COMEDIAN GRANDMA LEE: 8 p.m. Saturday, The Comedy Zone at the Clarion Hotel, 1615 Gervais St. Fundraiser for the Animal Mission’s spay and neuter voucher program, tickets are $25. Event will feature refreshments and cash bar. Reserve advance tickets by calling (803) 776-7387.
S.C. OYSTER FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-6 pm. Nov. 18 at the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion, 1615 Blanding St. Fresh oysters, steamed and fried (other foods and beverages will be available for sale). Live music all day, featuring Tokyo Joe, Black Iron Gathering, Reggie Sullivan Band, Rival Brothers, Tom Hall & the Plowboys; 1 p.m. celebrity shucking contest; children’s rides, arts and crafts vendors; historic house museum tours, noon-2 p.m., $2. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pawmetto Lifeline. Advance tickets $5; $10 at the gate; ages 12 and younger, free. http://www.scoyster.com
CITY FALL FESTIVAL: 2-5 p.m. Nov. 18 at the North Main Community Garden, 2700 River Drive. Local growers, businesses and community members will exhibit healthy cuisines, holiday treats, food, music and crafts. Sponsored by the City Parks and Recreation department. (803) 545-3100
PALMETTO CONCERT BAND: Fall concert, 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Free.
HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION HOUSE TOURS: The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and the Mann-Simons Site will be decorated for the holidays and tours will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 31 (except Dec. 25). $6; children, $3. (803) 252-7742; http://www.historiccolumbia.org
HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 21-Dec. 31 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Drive-through lights display features Dazzling Dancing Forest, Victorian Village with carolers, hayrides and boardwalk stroll. $10 per car, 15-passenger vans, $20; buses, $35. (803) 772-3903; http://www.icrc.net
TURKEY TROT: 7:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at Golden Hills Golf and Country Club, 100 Scotland Drive, Lexington. 5 and 2.5 mile races, 1 mile kids fun run. $30; race day registration $35; fun run, $15. Proceeds benefit the Bodyshop Athletics high school prayer breakfast. http://www.bodyshopathletics.com
5K TURKEY DAY RUN: 8:45 a.m. Nov. 22, begins and ends at the Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. USA Track & Field certified 5K run and 1K walk support Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands. $30/$15; $35/$20 race day. Online registration at http://www.strictlyrunning.com; race day registration 8-8:30 a.m.
DROP AND SHOP: 10 a.m. Nov. 23 at Art Smart Academy, 7320 Broad River Road (Kennerly Crossing), Irmo. Half-day or full-day art marathon for children while parents shop. Printmaking, painting, clay ornaments. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3-6 p.m., $30; includes lunch. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $50; includes lunch, dinner and a movie. (803) 667-9912; http://www.artsmartacademy.com
TRAIN RIDES WITH SANTA: 9:30, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 24-Dec. 15 at the S.C. Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. First class, $20 (all tickets); coach, $12; children, $9; age 2 and younger, free. Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa. (803) 712-4135; http://www.scrm.org
USC STUDENT CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE: “Fragments of Light,” will feature original works by student dancers, 6 p.m. Nov. 27-30 at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. $18; USC faculty, staff, military and seniors, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-5112
WIDEMAN/DAVIS DANCE: “Based on Images,” original work by USC Dance program’s professional dance company in residence, 8 p.m. Nov. 27-30 at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. $18; USC faculty, staff, military and seniors, $16; students, $12. (803) 777-5112
MIDLANDS CLAY ARTS SOCIETY HOLIDAY SALE: Noon-8 p.m. Nov. 29, 30; noon-4 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 at Gallery 80808, 808 Lady St. An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Nov. 29. Free admission, cash and checks only. (201) 839-6386; http://www.facebook.com/midlandsclayarts
“IT’S TIME TO GET INVOLVED”: Fundraiser for the Family Resource Center’s abuse prevention and counseling programs, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, 607 Broad St., Camden. Tickets for the dinner and silent auction are $25; couples, $40. (803) 425-4357
“ONCE UPON A CHRISTMASTIME”: 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bull and Blanding streets. Dinner theater performance, $16. Call (803) 779-0030 for reservations. Regular performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 2; general admission tickets, $5; available at the door. Accepting donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank.
LEXINGTON COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY: Holiday concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. $20; age 65 and older, $15; students, $6. http://www.lexcochoralsoc.org
PASSING THE TORCH AWARDS GALA: 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Renaissance Foundation event will recognize servant leaders under the age of 50 who have made significant contributions by improving the quality of life within the state. Keynote speaker will be film director Anthony Hemingway (“Red Tails”). Tickets are $65; military, $50; students, $25. (803) 733-5634
ABWA HOLIDAY GALA: 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. $25; proceeds will benefit the Midlands Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association scholarship fund and educational activities. (803) 957-6734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOP WITHOUT KIDS: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Barclay School, 4702 Colonial Drive. $25 per child; siblings, $10 each. Arts and crafts for children while parents shop. Barclay is a private school for students with diverse learning issues so special needs students are welcome. Space is limited, call (803) 629-6318 to register.
BANK OF AMERICA’S "MUSEUMS ON US" WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 2 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders enjoy free admission the first full weekend monthly. (803) 779-3100; http:///www.edventure.org
HEALTH, WELLNESS AND EDUCATION EXPO: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Bluff Road Park, 148 Carswell Drive. (803) 776-8698
CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, 120 Marydale Lane. Games, holiday foods, cultural activities, silent auction, entertainment and family activities, $3. A dinner will cap off the day, tickets are $7. (803) 772-7400
DECK THE TRAIL: Kickoff to the Holiday Walking Tour of Lights, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate and stroll along the Columbia Canal decorated for the season.
GALA FOR A GREENER MIDLANDS: 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Holiday Inn, 110 McSwain Drive, West Columbia. Black-tie optional fundraiser to benefit Keep the Midlands Beautiful will feature a silent auction, dinner and awards program followed by dancing; $75 (table sponsorships available). (803) 733-2526; http://www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
BREAKFAST WITH ST. NICHOLAS: 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 2 at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, 120 Marydale Lane. $5; (803) 772-7400
HOLIDAY LIGHTS, A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSICAL TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Chapin United Methodist Church, 415 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Dutch Fork Choral Society holiday concert is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.
WOODROW WILSON FAMILY HOME HARD HAT TOURS: 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at 1705 Hampton St.; $6. (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email email@example.com
(ALMOST) LIVE FROM THE 92nd STREET Y: Lecture by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive. Suitable for age 16 and older. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. (803) 787-2023