Monday, Dec. 4
A Night with Bill Browder, “Going Head to Head with Russia”: 5:30-7 p.m. at W. W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, 1014 Greene St. Bill Browder, author of best-seller “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice,” is joined by a panel of experts to discuss corruption and human rights in Russia. Free. Register at Browder2017.eventbrite.com.
USC Symphony Orchestra: Famous Last Words: 7:30-9 p.m. at Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Phillip Bush joins the USC Symphony Orchestra on Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Bush is a pianist of uncommon versatility with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. General public $30; senior citizen/USC faculty and staff $25; children under 18 and non-USC students with ID $5; USC Students free with student ID.
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Me Too: A Community Response to Sexual Harrassment: 6:30-8 p.m. at Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. A group of panelists plan to discuss community resources, legal rights and policy solutions as well as how our community can work to address the issue of sexual harassment. Free.
Salsarita’s Food Drive for The Salvation Army: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill, 1033 Roberts Branch Pkwy. Suite 101. Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill will be hosting a food drive for The Salvation Army of the Midlands. They are looking for nonperishable items, especially peanut butter, baby formula, pasta, juice and canned fruits or vegetables. Free.
Vigil for Dreamers: 1 p.m. at New Mt. Zion AME Church, 103 Cromer Road. The interfaith team of SC United with Immigrants has organized an interfaith prayer vigil at New Mt. Zion AME Church. People of faith will pray for Dreamers and for Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act before DACA expires on March 5. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Acres 14th Annual Sweet Seasons Celebration: 5:30-9 p.m. at Forest Park Shopping Center, 4711 Forest Dr. This year’s event will feature live music from The Tams, a traditional tree lighting, pictures with Santa and a performance by Palmetto Performing Arts. The event is sponsored by the City of Forest Acres and the Forest Acres Restaurant and Merchant Association. Free. www.ThinkForestAcres.com.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Hollywood Rose Hill Bungalow: 6-7:30 p.m. at Hollywood Rose Hill, address will be given to registrants before the event. Join Historic Columbia and the new owners of a recently rehabilitated, circa-1915 bungalow as they share their story of a four-year long search for their perfect home. $20 for HC members, $25 for non-members. http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events
USC Dance Student Choreography Showcase: Dec. 5-8, 7:30 pm- at Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College St. Under the direction of Cindy Flach, our gifted student choreographers will showcase original works as part of their training in the completion of degree requirements. $15-22. dance.sc.edu.
Wednesday, Dec. 6
Melanie Penn: A Folk/Pop Journey Through the Christmas Story: 7-8:30 p.m. at Lexington Presbyterian Church, 246 Barr Road. Join us for a special evening with Melanie Penn as she leads us on a folk/pop journey through the Christmas story. Children are welcome to come in pajamas, and Frances McFarland, LPC’s children’s ministry director, will give a children’s pajama devotional as part of the evening. Free. www.melaniepenn.com
Thursday, Dec. 7
Jingle & Mingle - Art Party: 6-8 p.m. at Land Bank Lofts, 1401 Hampton St. Enjoy a tour of historic Land Bank Lofts Art Gallery and fill your stockings in the Exclusive Small Art Market filled with wonderful gift items, just in time for the holidays, All priced $5-$50. Live entertainment, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free. http://www.southcarolinaartists.com/exhibiting-locations.html
Friday, Dec. 8
Annual Holiday Craft Fair: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Christopher Towers , 1805 Devine St. Christopher Towers Crafters invites you to our annual craft fair. There will be demonstrations of bow making artistry and mat making, hanging displays of paintings and a collection of hand-stitched quilts. Free. 240-291-6709.
River Rat Brewery Annual Oyster Roast and BBQ: 7-10 p.m. at River Rat Brewery, 1231 Shop Road. Join us at River Rat Brewery for our annual Oyster Roast and barbecue. Your $45 ticket will include admission to this private event, you will receive 3 beer tickets, oysters, barbecue, baked beans, slaw, shuckers and gloves. Price is non-negotiable, there will be no refunds for cancellations. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-rat-brewery-oyster-roast-and-bbq-tickets-39697176323
Saturday, Dec. 9
EdVenture’s Festivals of Sharing: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at EdVenture, 211 Gervais St. EdVenture will share the symbols, traditions and customs that enrich this season of light for so many families. Join us to learn about holidays celebrated around the world. Free with membership or regular admission. 803-779-3100.
Columbia Classic Chevy Cruise-in and Toy Drive: Noon to 4 p.m. at Woodberry Plaza, 3254 Augusta Road. Columbia Classic Chevy Club will host a Cruise-In. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to be donated to Lexington Interfaith Community Services and South Congaree Police Department. For more information call Mike at 803-957-9737. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Murray Country Visitors Center, 2184 N. Lake Dr. The Historic Lorick Plantation House steps back in time to Christmas season 1840 for our annual Holiday Open House. Free.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Reindogs and Elves 2017: 2-4 p.m. at Carolina Children’s Garden, 900 Clemson Road. The third annual Reindogs and Elves is a midlands holiday celebration of the human-canine connection. Costume-clad canines and their owners parade and compete for prizes in the Carolina Children’s Garden. $10 for preregistered dogs, $15 for onsite dog registration. Free otherwise. www.carolinachildrensgarden.org
Holiday Pops: 3:30 p.m. at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St. Do you hear what we hear? The S.C. Philharmonic plays your favorite holiday classics and some contemporary, snowy surprises! $30. Harbisontheatre.org
Second Sunday Roll | Lower Richland: 2-4:30 p.m. at The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding St. Join Historic Columbia on an adventure though Lower Richland County during our Second Sunday Roll. This bus tour will travel past historic sites that date to the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. $8 for adult and $5 for youth for members; $12/adult and $6/youth for non-members. https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Virginia College Holiday Fest with Santa: 5-7 p.m. at Virginia College in Columbia, 7201 Two Notch Road. Virginia College in Columbia will host its second annual Holiday Fest with Santa. The community is invited to join Virginia College for family-friendly activities and holiday cheer, including photos with Santa and writing thank you notes for military troops in partnership with Operation Gratitude. Free. https://vc.edu/columbia
Friday, Dec. 15
Colla Voce Christmas: 7:30-9 p.m. at Anglican Church of the Epiphany, 2512 North Beltline Blvd. For 30 years Dr. Larry Wyatt has been performing Christmas concerts with the USC Concert Choir. Colla Voce, under Dr. Wyatt, performs a similar program of his favorites from these concerts. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 803-777-5369.
2017 Nativity Exhibition: Dec. 15 5-8 p.m., Dec. 16 2-5 p.m. and Dec. 17 3-6 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 1130 Calvary Church Road, Swansea. Over 300 nativity displays from around the world. Santa’s Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping. Free.
All Aboard the Polar Express: 2-4 p.m. at Hammond School, 854 Galway Lane. Come enjoy the sixth annual Polar Express. Hot chocolate, train rides with the Carolina Choo Choo and arts and crafts are a must to welcome the winter holidays. Free. Contact Auxiliary Programs at 803-776-0295, ext. 2002 for more information.
Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides: 5:30-9 p.m. at Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. Visit the decorated halls of the historic Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Before or after your house tour, enjoy a carriage ride through the Robert Mills historic district. Free for HC members, $12 for adult non-members and $8 for youth non-members. Carriage rides $8 per person. http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events
Saturday, Dec. 16
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours will host two walking historical food tours in the Vista. Tickets are $38-43 depending on number in your party and can be purchased at twogalsfoodtours.com.
An Evening with Sensitive Santa: 5-7 p.m. at EdVenture, 211 Gervais St. Children with Autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing differences are invited to a sensory-friendly time with Santa. This program offers families with children who have developmental disabilities the chance to have photos taken with Santa in a calm, less intimidating environment. $11.50 per person, ages 2 years and older. Edventure.org
Breakfast with Santa: 8-11 a.m. at Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. Reservations are required. HC members: $15 for adults, $7 for youths. Non-members: $18 for adults, $9 for youths. Free for kids 3 and under. http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events
Sunday, Dec. 17
Christmas Music Vesper Program: 6 p.m. at Sidney Park CME Church, 1114 Blanding St. The public is cordially invited to attend a Christmas Music Vesper program featuring Dr. Ronald H. High and guest musicians. This program is in memory of Mrs. Rebecca Edmonds, a former member of First Nazareth Baptist Church in Columbia. Free.
Eddie Huss and Friends Benefit Concert: 5 p.m. at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. Eddie Huss and Friends Benefit Concert, will be held at the Shandon United Methodist Church. An offering will be taken for Cooperative Ministers of Columbia. Free. http://www.shandon-umc.org/