Fundraiser for Blue Cactus family
John Michael Culclasure, the son-in-law of Blue Cactus owner Lloyd Reese, died recently. The restaurant is a popular Five Points eatery combining Korean, Cuban and vegetarian-friendly cuisine. Friends of the restaurant have set up a fundraising page, https://rally.org/helpjulie, to raise money for his wife, Julie, and family. Jake’s of Columbia also is setting up a fundraiser for the family Thursday. A Facebook page, www.facebook.com/helpjulie, has been created to keep friends informed.
Brookland Foundation sponsors free Diabetes Academy
Bookland Foundation Health & Wellness Program will host the Diabetes Academy with Executive Chef Dominicke Haymon 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Brookland Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Learn how to prepare healthy meals for individuals living with diabetes. Lunch provided. Call (803) 744-7914
It’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) time!
Spring has arrived and so has the time for signing up for a local CSA. That’s when local farms box fresh fruits and veggies for you at a convenient drop-off point. Check out individual websites for pricing, terms and delivery sites.
Beef it up
The Columbia International Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Cantey Building, State Fairgrounds. Learn about different cultures and taste the exotic flavors of world cuisine. This year’s focus is on South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Tickets are $4 in advance from the festival office at 610 Pickens St., (803) 799-0103, $5 at the gate, $1 children age 6-12, free for active military personnel with ID card. Festival times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 13; noon-6 p.m. April 14. www.cifonline.org
Take a Dirt RoadTrip (aka Lowcountry Farm Tour) April 20 on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands and McClellanville. $30 per carload for LLF members, $35 per carload for non-members. Info at www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org
Place your orders now for the Big Nosh! Pre-order delicious Jewish delicacies such as whitefish salad, kugel, knish, brisket, corned beef, pastrami and chopped liver in advance of the festival at Tree of Life Congregation 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 21. Park-and-ride shuttle 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. Tree of Life is located at 6719 N. Trenholm Rd., www.bignosh.org
Wine and Unwind and meet artist Heidi Darr-Hope, 5:30-7 p.m. April 25 at Capital Senior Center/Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle at Maxcy Gregg Park. (803) 779-1971, ext. 12. www.CapitalSeniorCenter.com
Raise a glass and support Habitat for Humanity. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Rd., Lexington, hosts a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity 6:30 April 26. Wine and cheese and beer, tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. (803) 359-2444 Tuesday through Thursday for information.
Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Party is April 20. Tickets are on sale now for the Champagne Tasting ($75 per person, 11 a.m. at Bonterra Dining and Wine Room, 1829 Cleveland Ave) and Mowtown@Uptown ($125 and $7, 6:30-11 p.m. at Founders Hall, 100 North Tryon Street) events at www.charlottewineandfood.org
Chef Francois Fisera hosts cooking classes at Fleur de Lys Home Culinary Institute. Friday and Saturday, Maryland soft shell crab; April 16, 19, rabbit; April 23, spring appetizers; April 26, chardonnay tasting; April 30, mussels. Fleur de Lys is at 3001 Millwood Ave. (803) 765-9999 or fleurdelyscolumbiasc.com