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Riverfront walks and favorite holiday traditions top our week’s event picks

Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park
Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park File photo

TUESDAY, NOV. 22

>>> AT THE LIBRARY

MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at Richland Library Main. Are you thinking of enrolling in college? Do you have questions about the admissions process? Learn more from Denado Dickson, Midlands Technical College associate director of outreach, on enrollment steps. 1431 Assembly St. Register at http://www.richlandlibrary.com/evanced-registration/49681

>>> MUSIC

FALL JAZZ @701 WHALEY: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at 701 Whaley. Cheri Maree and “Special Delivery” will perform in the latest installment of Jazz @ 701 Whaley. Maree is a Columbia native now based in Atlanta. Affectionately known as The Love Goddess,” she is an international recording artist, humanitarian and transformational speaker. She has shared the stage with Grammy Award winning artists such as Patti Labelle, Al Jarreau, Brian McKnight, Ashford and Simpson, Hootie and The Blowfish, Dianne Reeves and more. $15 cash at the door. 701 Whaley St. Food and drink available for purchase.

>>> RECREATION

KNOWING THE NIGHT: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Riverfront Park. Stretch your legs on a city park ranger-led walk at Riverfront Park beside the Columbia Canal. Now that the days are shorter, we want you to know that our park is still a great place for an evening stroll. Free. Participants should meet at the Riverfront Park (north) parking lot, 4122 River Drive. (803) 545-3100

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23

>>> HOLIDAYS

ANN BRODIE’S CAROLINA BALLET PRESENTS: “THE NUTCRACKER:” 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Township. Share the holiday magic of Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet annual production of “The Nutcracker.” More than 125 young dancers and a full orchestra and chorus make this the way to start your holiday season. Doors open one hour prior to show time. Others shows through Sunday. $15.50; ticket prices vary depending on performance date. 1703 Taylor St. www.thetownship.org

HOLIDAYS LIGHTS ON THE RIVER: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday at Saluda Shoals Park. Visitors to Saluda Shoals Park will follow a 2.5-mile route along a curved road decked out with more than 1 million lights and 400 animated displays. There are new displays and activities this year, including a new ice rink. $15 per car; separate charges from $1 to $10 for some activities. Enter at east entrance, 6071 St. Andrews Road. http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights

THURSDAY, NOV. 24

>>> RECREATION

MAIN STREET ICE: 5-10 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Plaza. Enjoy a bit of the big city with Main Street ICE, Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, which is back for a fifth season. Opening day rate of $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under. Main and Hampton streets. Other days, times and admission details: (803) 545-3100 or http://www.ColumbiaSC.net

FRIDAY, NOV. 25

>>>MUSIC

PATRICK DAVIS AND HIS MIDNIGHT CHOIR: 9 p.m. Friday at Music Farm Columbia. The Camden singer who brought us the rowdy Gamecock tailgate anthem “Just a Big Ole Cock” will be playing with his Midnight Choir for one night only. For ages 16 and older. $20-$25. 1022 Senate St. www.musicfarm.com

SATURDAY, NOV. 26

>>>RECREATION

THANKSGIVING WILDLIFE WALK-IT-OFF: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park. Come waddle with us on a city park ranger-lednature walk and work off that Thanksgiving feast. Free. Participants should meet at the Riverfront Park (South) parking lot, 312 Laurel St. (803) 545-3100

SUNDAY, NOV. 27

>>>HOLIDAYS

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS: 7 p.m. Sunday at Koger Center for the Arts. Enjoy the signature music of the season and multimedia effects in this shown, part of this year’s Broadway in Columbia season. $49-$69. 1051 Greene St. 1051 Greene St. www.kogercenterforthearts.com

>>>ON STAGE

NICK CANNON AT THE COMEDY HOUSE: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Comedy House. Cited by People Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Successful Young People in Hollywood,” Nick Cannon proves focus and hard work pays off. Creator, producer and host of MTV’s “Wild N Out” and a host of NBC’s favorite “America’s Got Talent!” Cannon will be at the Comedy House for one night only. $25-$35. 2768 Decker Blvd. www.comedyhouse.us

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