BOBBY HOUCK: Solo performance by Houck (of The Blue Dogs), 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Equitable Arcade Building, 1332 Main St. Other events include a book signing of “POTUS” by Greg Holden and Arcade businesses and studios will be keeping later hours for the event.
MEET THE CHIEF: 6 p.m. Thursday at Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St. City Councilman Moe Baddourah will serve as host for a meet-and-greet with Columbia’s new police chief, Skip Holbrook. Light refreshments will be served.
TAPP’S ART CENTER:First Thursday on Main, 6-10 p.m. Thursday at 1644 Main St. “Cola: Inked” tattoo art show will showcase Columbia residents, their unique tattoos and the stories behind them. The exhibition (running through June 28) will also feature original works by artists influenced by or part of the tattoo community. The Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Music Spotlight will present five innovative ensembles; beginning at 7:15 p.m. and alternating between the Skyline Room and the Fountain Room bar. Cast members from Trustus’ upcoming “Evil Dead The Musical” will provide a sneak preview of the production beginning promptly at 6:45 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
TEEN HEALTH SUMMIT:8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Ave. Sponsored by Palmetto Health, the free event helps teens learn the consequences of risky behavior, which often increases during the summer. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend educational sessions on sexuality, health and nutrition, bullying and more. There will be separate sessions for parents. Registration and parent/guardian permission required. Lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A and the day will conclude with an ice cream social from Baskin-Robbins. Free transportation is available for the Lower Richland community. Pick-up times and locations are 7 a.m. at Webber Elementary, 140 Webber School Road, Eastover and 7:30 a.m. at Lower Richland High, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins. (803) 296-2273; online registration at http://phteenhealthsummit2014.eventbrite.com
ADULT STUDENT DAY AT MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: 9 a.m.-noon Friday at MTC’s Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd., Wade Martin Building, Room 104. Meet faculty, staff and current students; learn about financial aid opportunities and high-demand jobs; apply to the college (application fee waived) and enjoy refreshments. Pre-register and view the day’s schedule at http://midlandstech.edu/visit
“CRUISIN’ ON THE RIDGE”: 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Ridgeway. The 70th anniversary of D-Day will be observed with a 6 p.m. parade (WWII veterans are invited to attend and meet at The Cotton Yard by 5:30 p.m.), a classic car and truck cruise-in, music and more. (803) 337-3316, (803) 361-2013
SOUTHERN GUITAR FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION: Friday through Sunday at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. The festival will open at 7 p.m. Friday with a performance by Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan; followed by Southern Guitar Festival faculty — double bass virtuoso Craig Butterfield, Teri Forscher-Milter (flute), Sloan’s Duo (Mandy Sloan on saxophone and Steve Sloan on guitar) and Marina Alexandra. The 7 p.m. Saturday concert will feature classical, Latino-American and flamenco music by Ivan Resendiz and Siulviu Ciulei. Tickets for each concert are $20; students, $15. Go to http://southernguitarfestival.com for advance tickets and a complete schedule.
SINGER/SONGWRITER ART GARFUNKEL: 8 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Show will feature songs, stories and a Q&A period. All seats are general admission. Tickets are $65; doors open at 7 p.m. No backpacks or outside food or drink will be allowed in the museum. Tickets available at http://columbiamuseum.org
MEN’S HEALTH DAY : 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., ground-floor auditorium. The day will begin with health screenings from 7-9 a.m. Those who qualify can receive free screenings for prostate cancer, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and body fat. During breakfast, which begins at 9 a.m., health professionals will discuss a variety of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testosterone health, stroke and diabetes. Registration is required and additional screening times are available; (803) 296-2273
STORYFEST SC KICK-OFF: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Summer reading program exposes families to children’s authors and the art of story featured at all of South Carolina’s public libraries. The day’s events will feature presentations by authors Nina Crews and Brian Lies, storytelling, crafts, face painting, visits from popular characters, photography fun for young adults with a green screen booth and props. Sponsored by the State Library.
“DINOSAURS: LAND OF FIRE AND ICE”: Saturday through Sept. 14 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Exhibit utilizes new research to create distinct dinosaur environments. In the “Land of Fire,” visitors experience the home of the Triceratops and T-Rex. Children don insect costumes to buzz through a volcano with oozing lava or a swampy bog, and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. A frozen trip across the “Land of Ice” introduces visitors to a Troodon and Edmontosaurus, who made their home in cold climates. Activities include climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide and hopping across stepping stones over an icy river. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $11.50; age 62 and older and military with ID, $10.50; members and children age 1 and younger, free. (803) 400-1166; http://edventure.org
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY HIKE:9 a.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Guided 2-mile walk on the newly resurfaced Sandhills Trail. Participants should meet at the park office and are encouraged to dress appropriately for being outdoors as well as bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Free with park admission, which is $2; age 15 and younger, free; $1.25 for S.C. residents 65 or older or disabled and to members of the S.C. National Guard. Registration deadline is Thursday. Call (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com
VETERANS SEMINAR: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Baptist Conference and Event Center, 1218 Lyon St. The Fort Jackson National Cemetery staff will present a video seminar on veterans’ and their families’ benefits. A continental breakfast will be provided. (803) 254-5651
FREE COMMUNITY CARNIVAL AND BBQ: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Virginia College, Columbia campus, 7201 Two Notch Road. Event will include games, bounce house, face painting, hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches. (803) 509-7178
FAN APPRECIATION DAY: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Garnet and Black Traditions, 228 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce. Meet Stephon Gilmore, enjoy music, food and children’s games. Gamecock and Bills memoriabilia will be available for purchase and signing. Only GBT items are eligible for autographs, one item per person, please. (803) 457-7400
MID-CAROLINA DAYLILY SHOW AND SALE: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Garden Club Council Building, 1605 Park Circle. Hundreds of modern daylily hybrids in competition, as well as re-blooming daylilies for your own garden. Free admission. (803) 776-0474; http://ahsregion15.org
CAR AND TRUCK DROP IN: 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Larry’s Giant Subs, 2001 Augusta Highway, Lexington. Sponsored by Poor Boy Cruisers, All-Star Pizza Company and Larry’s Giant Subs. (803) 957-3781
1st ANNUAL USO STYLE HANGAR DANCE: 6 p.m. Saturday, Hangar Y-1, at Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport, Hanger Y-1, 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. Dance under the stars to the sounds of the Dick Goodwin Big Band. A barbecue dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the band will start at 7:15 p.m. Open to age 18 and older, 1940s military or civilian dress encouraged. WWII veterans plus a guest receive free admission as a way of saying “thank you.” A donation of $25 per person and $45 per couple at the door. Sponsored by the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 513-8187.
SOUTHERN GUITAR FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION: 7 p.m. Saturday at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. Classical, Latino-American and flamenco music featuring Ivan Resendiz and Siuviu Ciulei. Tickets are $20; students, $15. Go to http://southernguitarfestival.com for advance tickets and a complete schedule.
HISTORIC COLUMBIA’S SECOND SUNDAY ROLL: Guided bus tour of Columbia’s sacred sites, 2 p.m. Sunday beginning at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. Attendees will visit some of the capital city’s historic sacred sites and their cemeteries, including First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Columbia and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Admission is $12; youth, $6. HC members, $8; youth, $4. Reservations are required, call (803) 252-1770, ext. 23 or email email@example.com
ADVENTURES IN LEARNING: Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews begins its summer session, 9:30-11:15 a.m. June 10-July 15 at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. New classes include Book Talk, SC Politics from World War II Until Yesterday at 5:30 p.m., Mark’s Story of Jesus, In the News, Improvised Line Dancing and Fun with Calligraphy (limit 12 in this class). Ongoing classes are Quilting, Creative Writing, Art Studio: Self-directed and Bridge for Fun. Catered lunch will be available for $7; RSVP by Tuesday. Registration for two classes per day for the entire session is $15. (803) 731-9394; http://shepherdscenterofstandrews.org
SCIENCE CAFE: 6-7:30 p.m. June 10 at Speakeasy, 711 Saluda Ave. Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, AT&T Distinguished SmartState Chair in Cancer Equity and a national leader in health disparities research will speak. She is working on developing statewide partnerships to increase minority access to care, improving access to technology that enhances delivery of care and raising health literacy across all populations. Sponsored by EngenuitySC. http://engenuitysc.com/sciencecafe
CHILDREN’S NATURE PROGRAMS: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 11-July 2 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Programs will focus on the many plants and animals found in the park. Each week children will explore a different topic as they uncover the secrets of birds, insects, mammals and more through hands-on activities. $5 per participant per program; registration ends two days prior to each program. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors. Designed for children ages 5-12, adults must accompany children. (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE COMMUNITY SHRED EVENT: 3-6 p.m. June 11 at the Clemson Road branch of SAFE Federal Credit Union, 100-4 Forum Drive, Village at Sandhill. Bring up to four boxes of items — financial statements, cancelled checks, credit card statements and credit card pre-approval letters, payroll stubs, insurance forms, old tax returns, forms from doctor’s offices, etc. They will also be accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank.
CELEBRATE FREEDOM FOUNDATION FESTIVAL AND CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. June 11 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Morihiko Nakahara and the S.C. Philharmonic will salute the U.S. Army Special Forces with performances of “Ballad of the Green Berets” and other patriotic favorites — “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Hymn to the Fallen,” (from the movie “Saving Private Ryan”). Tickets are $12, groups of 10 or more, $10 each. (803) 254-7445; http://scphilharmonic.com
MEET THE CHIEF : 6 p.m. June 12 at Woodlands Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway. City Councilman Moe Baddourah will serve as host for a meet-and-greet with Columbia’s new police chief, Skip Holbrook. Light refreshments will be served.
CEMETERY TOURS: Historic Columbia’s tours of Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave., are back; they will be conducted June 12 and the second Thursday each month through September. There are two guided tour options — the Secrets From the Grave tour starts before dark at 7:30 p.m. to allow for study of the iconography symbols on many of the markers and headstones in the cemetery. The Moonlight Cemetery tours at 8 and 8:30 p.m., discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent Columbia citizens from the 19th and 20th centuries. Bring a flashlight. Tickets are $12, age 17 and younger, $5; HC member adults, $8; HC member youth, $4. Tickets are available by calling (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; online at www.historiccolumbia.org or email email@example.com
SANDHILLS STROLL: 10 a.m. June 13 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the park’s half-mile Jackson Creek Nature Trail; participants will uncover some of the secrets of the forest and its interesting inhabitants. Suitable for age 5 and older. Registration deadline is June 11. $5; seniors and children age 15 and younger, $3 (includes park admission); free to Park Passport Plus holders. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors; insect repellent, sunscreen and water are recommended. (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“LET’S GO TO THE PREVIEWS”: 8 p.m. June 13 at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. Favorite local performers will present glimpses of the 2014-2015 season with bits from “Oklahoma!”, “White Christmas,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Always Patsy Cline,” “Sugar,” (based on “Some Like It Hot”), “Spamalot” and maybe the summer offering “Peter Pan.” General admission is $10 (includes popcorn and a soft drink). Tickets available by calling (803) 799-2510, online at http://towntheatre.com or at the box office.
E-WASTE AND HHW RECYCLE DAY: 9 a.m.-noon June 14 at 2515 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia (old Quincy’s location, enter from Chris Drive). Lexington County residents only. Electronics accepted include computers (laptops, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners); TVs, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones, household electronics (stereos, radios, PDAs and electronic game systems). Limit eight items per visit (no refrigeration units of any kind. Household hazardous waste will also be accepted, but you have to preregister at (803) 785-3340 or email email@example.com by WednesdayJune 4. HHW includes lawn and garden products, cleaners and degreasers, pool and spa chemicals, glues and adhesives, solvents, thinners and corrosives, mercury items (thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent tubes, etc), PCB ballasts, fire extinguishers and paint (oil or latex, 5-gallon limit). Items not accepted include ammunition, fireworks, asbestos, commercial grade chemicals, medical sharps or pharmaceuticals, oversized batteries or radioactive materials.
COLUMBIA MINI MAKER FAIRE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. The family friendly celebration will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, alternative energy, unique handmade crafts, music, local food and educational workshops. Admission is $11.50 per person and includes museum exploration; free for EdVenture members. Tickets available at http://makerfairecolumbiasc.com or at the door.
BUTTERFLY IDENTIFICATION TRAINING: 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 14 at Congaree Swamp National Park, 100 National Park Road. Get ready to identify and count butterflies for the North American Butterfly Association’s annual butterfly count 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 21. The identification session will involve a short introduction to butterflies in Congaree and basic identification skills followed by a short hike to practice new skills. The NABA count is a day of field observations along the park’s trail system and within various habitats. Come for all day or part of the day. Free; advance registration required for both programs, all ages and experience levels welcome. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sun protection, bug spray, water, snacks and a sack lunch (June 21) are recommended. Binoculars are recommended but not required; a limited supply will be available for use during the programs. Register by calling (803) 776-4396.
FAMILY HEALTH FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 14 at Granby Gardens Park, 1800 12th St. Ext., Cayce. Sponsored by Palmetto Healthy Start, the event will celebrate children and families through games, music, food and activities for all ages. Free health screenings will be provided and health and safety information booths will be onsite. Bring blankets, chairs and tents. Free transportation will be provided to Healthy Start participants. To arrange transportation, call (803) 296-3780. More information at http://palmettohealth.org/healthystart
ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 14 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. A river celebration with boating and tubing for all ages, live music, vendor displays of the latest paddle sports gear and a hot dog lunch. $5 per person in advance, $10 day of the event. (803) 213-2056 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM: 1 p.m. June 14 at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Discussion series in conjunction with the museum’s new temporary exhibit, “The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina.” Dr. Anthony J. Scotti Jr., a history instructor at Midlands Technical College will discuss the importance of the Revolution in South Carolina and highlight some key battles. Free with museum general admission or membership. http://scmuseum.org/exhibits
RHYTHM ON THE RIVER: 6-9 p.m. June 14 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, 109 Alexander Road. Danielle Howle + Firework Show will take the stage. Free; rain location is Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. http://rhythmontheriversc.com
“SIMPLE CINDY, A FULL FLEDGED MUSICAL?”: June 14-22 at On Stage Productions, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Join Cindy as she wants to go to the ball but all of the fairy tale characters get lost along the way, which could ruin her evening. Tickets are $8; children, $5. The children’s production is written by Robert Harrelson, directed by Ryan Rodgers, with music composed by 13-year-old Sydney Porth. Show times are 7:30 p.m. June 14, 19 and 20; 2:30 p.m. June 15, 22; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 21. (803) 351-6751
LADIES DAY ON THE LAKE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17 at Lighthouse Marina, 1925 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin. Sponsored by the Lake Murray Association, the annual training event is a fun day of learning boating, trailering and safety skills on the shore and waters of Lake Murray. Limited to 32 participants, age 17 and older. $35, includes refreshments, lunch and drinks. Register at lakemurrayassociation.com or call (803) 331-8355.
“TAKING ROOT: THE SUMMER BROTHERS AND THE HISTORY OF POMARIA NURSERY”: Opening reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 18 at McKissick Museum on the USC Horseshoe. Dr. James Kibler of the Ballylee Nature Conservancy and Dr. David Shields of USC’s Department of English will discuss the nursery that thrived from the 1840s-1870s in central South Carolina. The exhibit will be up June 12-Sept. 20 in the museum’s 2nd floor North Gallery. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 777-2876; http://artsandsciences.sc.edu
JUNETEENTH HISTORIC CELEBRATION: Reception 6-9 p.m. June 19 at the Historic Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Guest will be artist Jonathan Green. Part of FOCUS: Lower Richland, a celebration of S.C.’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor. Free, registration is requested. http://sercosc.org
SPEAKER @ THE CENTER: Noon-1 p.m. June 19 at the State Library, 1500 Senate St. Robert C. Clark and Tom Poland will discuss their pictorial essay, “Reflections of South Carolina, Volume 2.” Free and open to the public, bring your lunch. Books will be available for purchase and signing. (83) 734-8666; http://statelibrary.sc.gov
GEMS OF THE LOWER RICHLAND CORRIDOR: 9 a.m. June 20, beginning at the Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Five tour options — Historic Sites, Congaree National Park, Equestrian Outing, Plantation and Farms or Historic Cemeteries. Farm-to-Table Feast, 12:30-3 p.m. at Wavering Place Plantation, 427 Adams Hayne Road, Eastover. Part of FOCUS: Lower Richland, a celebration of S.C.’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor. Free, registration is requested. http://sercosc.org
VETERANS WELCOME HOME AND BENEFITS FAIR: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20 at Fort Jackson’s Weston Lake Recreation Area (check in at the Community House). Free event for OEF/OIF/OND combat veterans and their families will feature gate bass, paddle boats, lunch, games, face-painting, swimming, benefits information and door prizes. Sponsored by the Dorn VA Medical Center, reservations are required, the deadline is June 18. Call (803) 776-4000, ext. 7303 or 7243
KRESS ANNIVERSARY LECTURE SERIES: Noon June 20 at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Elise Effmann Clifford, head of paintings preservation at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco discus the questioned attribution of the CMA’s “View of the Molo” by Canaletto.
OMG OF HOMEOWNERSHIP WORKSHOP: 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21 at Midlands Technical College, Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Development Department, the workshop is designed for first time buyers, long term owners and DIYers with classes on credit, home buying, gardening, maintenance and more. Participants can take up to two classes. (803) 545-3373; http://www.columbiasc.net
YOUTH EDUCATION FIELD DAY: 9 a.m.-noon June 21. Meet at the Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, for a trip to Congaree National Park, followed by a local history skit, hayrides, exploring historical inventions, hands-on soap making, corn grinding, potato banking and a take-away agriculture project. Part of FOCUS: Lower Richland, a celebration of S.C.’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor. Free, registration is requested. http://sercosc.org
FOCUS: LOWER RICHLAND WORKSHOPS AND EXPO: 9 a.m.-noon June 21 at St. John Baptist Church, 230 Reverend Neal Circle, Hopkins. Discussions with historians, preservation/conservation entities and organizations on promoting the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor, displays and demonstrations; followed by a 12:30 p.m. lunch at the Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Part of FOCUS: Lower Richland, a celebration of S.C.’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor. Free, registration is requested. http://sercosc.org
BUTTERFLY COUNT: 9:30-4:30 p.m. June 21 at Congaree Swamp National Park, 100 National Park Road. The National American Butterfly Association’s annual butterfly count is a day of field observations along the park’s trail system and within various habitats. Come for all day or part of the day. Free; advance registration required, all ages and experience levels welcome. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring sun protection, bug spray, water, snacks and a sack lunch. Binoculars are recommended but not required; a limited supply will be available for use during the programs. Register by calling (803) 776-4396.
WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21 at St. Andrew’sLutheran Church, 1416 Broad River Road. Crafts, food, music and a home culture fashion show by members of Columbia’s refugee families. Sponsored by Lutheran Services Carolinas. (803) 461-2683
SANDHILLS STROLL: 10 a.m. June 21 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the park’s half-mile Jackson Creek Nature Trail; participants will uncover some of the secrets of the forest and its interesting inhabitants. Suitable for age 5 and older. Registration deadline is June 19. $5; seniors and children age 15 and younger, $3 (includes park admission); free to Park Passport Plus holders. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Meet at the park office and dress appropriately for being outdoors; insect repellent, sunscreen and water are recommended. (803) 788-2706 or email email@example.com