Monday, Jan. 8
Explorations in Clay: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St. This course is designed for students in middle and high school who have an interest in working with clay and learning a variety of techniques and processes. $90. 803-545-3093.
Tuesday, Jan. 9
Are You Good to Go? 6:30-8 p.m. at Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St. No one really likes to think about death, but there are many good reasons to plan ahead and make sure your wishes are taken care of before you find yourself in a health crisis. This is a presentation on preparing for end-of-life issues. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
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Trojan Labor Information Session: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St. Join assistant branch manager Malcolm Davis as he provides an overview of the Trojan Labor hiring process. Trojan Labor is currently recruiting more than 50 positions for facility management at the University of South Carolina. Two forms of ID required. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 10
Goodwill Job Training Information Session: 10-11 a.m. at Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St. Hear details about job training that Goodwill offers here in the Midlands. A Goodwill representative will provide information about program requirements, start dates and the selection process. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
Richland Library Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St. Every Wednesday, local farmers will offer fresh, seasonal selections for purchase, everything from squash and sugar peas to honey and greens. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
Pruning: 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Richland Library Ballentine, 1200 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo. Let Richland County Master Gardeners show you the correct techniques, tools and appropriate time to prune shrubs, roses and other woody plants in your landscape. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
Kids in Print Create-A-Thon: 3:30-5 p.m. at Richland Library Sandhills, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia. Would you like to see your art, poetry or stories published in our annual Kids in Print magazine? Get your creative juices flowing with art and writing prompts in a marathon session before our Jan. 17 submission deadline. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
New Year’s Resolutions: 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Richland Library St. Andrews, 2916 Broad River Road. This is a time for reflecting on 2017 and setting goals for 2018. Bring your old 2017 calendar or planner. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
Improve Your Throwing Technique with Pots: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St. Under the expert tutelage of our instructor, students will learn some of the trade secrets to throwing good pots. Students must be able to center and throw pots prior to class. Registration fee covers instruction, supplies and administrative costs. Classes meet Wednesdays for 6 weeks. $90. 803-545-3093.
Two Artists One Painting – Mixed Media Class: 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St. The goal of this course is to introduce the possibilities of two different artists coming together to create one painting. Each person will explore other levels that the painting can reach through someone else’s vision to make it better or worse. Registration fee of $65 is due Jan. 3. 803-545-3093.
Thursday, Jan. 11
Midlands Technical College Admissions Information Session: 3-4 p.m. at Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St. Are you thinking of enrolling in college? Do you have questions about the admissions process? The session will cover the various programs of study that are offered, the application process and information on purchasing books for the first day of class. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
First-Time Homebuyer Seminar: 6-7:30 p.m. at Richland Library Ballentine, 1200 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo. The seminar will cover topics, such as understanding the price of a home that you can afford, selecting a home that matches your lifestyle, the ins and outs of a real estate contract and how a home inspection can impact the closing of a contract. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
Design under $5: Duct Tape Bags: 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Richland Library Sandhills, 763 Fashion Drive. Create works of art and home décor for less than $5 using common household items. All materials are provided. Free. www.richlandlibrary.com.
Opening Reception for Dustin Farnsworth’s ‘The Devil’s Work:’ 7-9 p.m. at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701 Whaley St. Sculptor Dustin Farnsworth of Montreal, Canada is our last Artist-in-Residence for 2017. Farnsworth creates visceral and cerebral portraiture of today’s youth. His solo exhibition will feature work made during his residency that expands upon his most recent studio practice and body of work. Free for members, $5 for non-members.
Friday, Jan. 12
Home Building and Remodeling Expo: 2-7 p.m. at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Discover new resources and companies to help you update and maintain your home – from the smallest design details to the largest additions, and everything in between. Free. http://www.homeshowcenter.com/ticketdiscount/columbia
“New Strength in You” Youth Conference: 7 p.m. at Jones Memorial AME Zion Church, 2400 Barhamville Road. We will have a praise party. There will also be workshops at 10 a.m. Jan. 13. Free. Call 803-394-1563.
Saturday, Jan. 13
Home Building and Remodeling Expo: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Discover new resources and companies to help you update and maintain your home – from the smallest design details to the largest additions, and everything in between. Free. http://www.homeshowcenter.com/ticketdiscount/columbia.
Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Join us for a historical walking food tour in the famously hot Vista. Enjoy delicious tastings at five top restaurants with cool history between each stop. Historic Columbia Guides are trained and certified. $38 to $43. www.twogalsfoodtours.com.
Music for a Cause: SC Philharmonic benefits Curing Kids Cancer: 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Enjoy the works of Schwantner, Ellington, and Bernstein during the South Carolina Philharmonic’s performance of West Side Story. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Gamecocks Curing Kids Cancer. Tickets range from $23-$53. Call 803-251-2222 to purchase. http://bit.ly/musicforacauseCKC.
Stamped Copper Earrings Workshop: Noon to 4 p.m. at Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St. Make your own pair of stamped copper earrings. Learn the proper method for stamping designs onto your earrings. All ear wire, tools and material is included in registration. Registration deadline Jan. 5. $70. 803-545-3093.
Kingsmen Breakfast: 8-10 a.m. at Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road. Be encouraged as you worship, laugh together, receive prayer and pray for each other. Men of all ages are invited. Please let us know how many you will be coming with. Sign up in lobby or contact Gary Shull at 803-238-7795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Sunday, Jan. 14
Home Building and Remodeling Expo: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Discover new resources and companies to help you update and maintain your home – from the smallest design details to the largest additions, and everything in between. Free. http://www.homeshowcenter.com/ticketdiscount/columbia.
Auditions for “Matching Up Mabel”: 7 p.m. at Firehouse Theater, American Legion Post 193, 102 Lexington Ave., Chapin. What do you do when your mother-in-law moves in with you? Find her a new husband! The girls from Heck the Dolls are back in this new comedy by Lou Clyde. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Free. Contact Jim DeFelice at JBDeFelice@att.net.
Tuesday, Jan. 16
Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group: 2-3 p.m. at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5530 Sunset Blvd. Support group for people who have Pulmonary Fibrosis and/or their caregivers meet every third Tuesday of each month. Free. www.pulmonaryfibrosisfoundation.org/support group.
Trailblaze Challenge Information Meeting: 6-7 p.m. at Half Moon Outfitters, 2912 Devine St. Trailblaze Challenge is a 28.3 mile hike in one day on the Foothills Trail. Participants raise funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Limited to 75 registrants. Free. http://SCtrailblazechallenge.org.
Adventures in Learning: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews at Ashland Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road. The Shepherd’s Center Adventures in Learning is an all-volunteer interfaith learning program for people aged 50 and above. $35 registration fee covers nine weeks of classes that begin on Jan. 16. http://www.shepherdscenterofstandrews.org/.
Tuesday Night History Walk: 6 p.m. at the south end of Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Walk along the canal and the historic waterworks buildings and discover how our waterways served the city in years past. Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring binoculars, field guides, water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Free. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
Thursday, Jan. 18
Trailblaze Challenge Information Meeting: 6-7 p.m. at Half Moon Outfitters, 2912 Devine St. Trailblaze Challenge is a 28.3-mile hike in one day on the Foothills Trail. Participants raise funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Limited to 75 registrants. Free. http://SCtrailblazechallenge.org.
USC MLK Law Forum & Film Screening: “Rikers: An American Jail”: 6-9 p.m. at USC School of Law, 1525 Senate St. Presented by the Black Law Students Association, this documentary film screening explores the human crisis and toll of mass incarceration. After the screening, Judi Gatson of WIS TV, will moderate a panel discussion in the J. Karen Williams Courtroom on the ground level of the School of Law. Free. www.sc.edu/mlk.
Friday, Jan. 19
USC MLK Commemorative Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m. at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium, 1125 George Rogers Blvd. This year’s breakfast features commemorative video presentations, a performance by the Touch of Faith student gospel group, a keynote by Henrie Monteith Treadwell, the first African-American student to be admitted to the University of South Carolina in September 1963 and a presentation of the university’s Social Justice Awards. $5 for students, $10 for faculty, staff and the public. www.sc.edu/mlk.
A Bright Room Called Day at Trustus Theatre: 8 a.m. at Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. Tony Kushner’s epic, fantastical and witty play, “A Bright Room Called Day,” challenges us to face the world’s evils, both large and small, so we may stop the unthinkable from ever becoming normal again. $20-28. http://trustus.org/event/a-bright-room-called-day/.
“Celebration of Family and Friends” Concert: 7 p.m. at USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Columbia Baroque celebrates the friendships of G.P. Telemann with J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel as we perform their vocal and instrumental works. Stay for birthday cake celebrating Bach’s 333rd birthday year. $15 in advance; $20 at the door; students free with ID. www.columbiabaroque.com.
Saturday, Jan. 20
“Growing into the Family Historian”: Genealogy Workshops: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site, 264 Governor Aycock Road. Learn how to decipher colonial handwriting and discover important resources for conducting genealogical research available at the library and archives. $10-20. 919-242-5581.
Trailblaze Challenge Information Meeting: 10-11 a.m. at Half Moon Outfitters, 2912 Devine St. Trailblaze Challenge is a 28.3 mile hike in one day on the Foothills Trail. Participants raise funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish South Carolina. Limited to 75 registrants. Free. http://SCtrailblazechallenge.org.
Winter Nature Walk: 2 p.m. at Riverfront Park, 4122 River Drive. Walk with a ranger to discover clues about the natural world at the north end of Riverfront. Meet at the north end of Riverfront Park, 4122 River Drive. Free. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100..
January Trail Work Day: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Harbison State Forest, 5600 Broad River Road. We will be continuing our efforts on the Lost Creek Trail...removing some roots to improve flow and reduce trail creep. Gather at the Ed Center. Bring gloves, snacks and water. We will have tools. Free. www.trees.sc.gov.
Sunday, Jan. 21
Freedom Rings: An artistic celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr.: 6-8 p.m. at Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Local artists will capture the spirit of Dr. King and his legendary words through poetry, dance, song and music. $10. www.sc.edu/mlk.
Sundays with Steinway: 3-4:30 p.m. at Rice Music House, 470 Town Center Place, Unit 16. An Afternoon of ragtime and popular piano music performed by world renowned Artist Scott Kirby. Free. 803-254-2777 or www.ricemusichouse.com/concerts.
Christopher Berg Faculty Guitar Recital: 3 p.m. at USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. For this concert, Christopher Berg performs music by J. S. Bach, Leo Brouwer, Alexandre Tansman and more. Berg has performed in Carnegie Recital Hall and Merkin Hall,in addition to hundreds of recital and concerto appearances throughout the country. Free. http://sc.edu/music.
“Quilted Fascinations” Exhibit: 9:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday from Dec. 11 to Jan. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, 2701 Heyward St. “Quilted Fascinations,” a show of quilted art by Janet Swigler, will be exhibited. The body of work uses images from the artist’s surroundings and nature’s organic shapes that have been enlarged and abstracted.
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