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Air show, celebrities and wildlife walks among our top Columbia events, May 16-21

The USAF Thunderbirds perform at a previous Shaw Air Expo.
The USAF Thunderbirds perform at a previous Shaw Air Expo. File photo/The State

MONDAY, MAY 16

>>> FOOD

MIDLANDS FARM TO RESTAURANT WEEK: All this week offers a celebration of locally grown foods served at local restaurants, with nearly 20 restaurants participating. The week culminates with a Midlands Farm Tour in Lexington County on Saturday. Admission for farm tour and other details: www.midlandsfarmtour.com

TUESDAY, MAY 17

>>> RECREATION

WILDLIFE WALKS: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Riverfront Park. The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is offering guided walks for area residents to discover the diverse wildlife and learn about the history of some of the city’s parks during the month of May. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and field guides as well as any essentials like water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hats and sturdy walking footwear. Free. 312 Laurel St. Meet at Riverfront’s Laurel Street parking lot. (803) 545-3100

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

>>> AT THE MUSEUM

ART MUSEUM DAY: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia Museum of Art. Join the Columbia Museum of Art for the seventh annual Art Museum Day. Check out the museum’s collection and “Spoken: African-American Art” for free. 1515 Main St. www.columbiamuseum.org

THURSDAY, MAY 19

>>> IN THE GARDEN

15TH ANNUAL LEXINGTON COUNTY MASTER GARDENER TOUR: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday; various locations. Visit six gardens in the Irmo area and learn about the plants from Lexington County Master Gardeners. One garden will feature gardening demonstrations and presentations regarding hardscapes and low maintenance gardening. $25; free for military with ID; purchase at http://lcmgv.org. Event runs through Saturday, rain or shine.

FRIDAY, MAY 20

>>> NATURE

WINGS ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA: A BIOBLITZ: 9 a.m. start Friday at Congaree National Park. Become a citizen scientist at BioBlitz, part of a nationwide effort to engage people with their area parks. Several events are planned Friday, and again Saturday, at Congaree National Park, from guided bird walks and exhibits to lectures and evening owl prowls. Some other S.C. national park sites and state parks also are featuring programs. Free. 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. www.nps.gov/cong

ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Discover simple ways to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable animals. Guests are invited to participate in fun, educational adventures focusing on wildlife conservation and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction) initiative – a nationwide effort to protect the threatened species. Activities free with paid zoo admission: adults, $13.95; children, $11.50; military and seniors, $12.95. 500 Wildlife Parkway. www.riverbanks.org

SATURDAY, MAY 21

>>> SPECIAL EVENTS

BLACK EXPO: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. A week of activities culminates in Saturday’s main event, featuring celebrity guests – among them media correspondent/actor Terrence Jenkins, actress Quvenzhane Wallis and R&B recording artist KeKe Wyatt – seminars, vendors, live entertainment and more at this popular expo, in its 19th year. $15 general admission. 1101 Lincoln St. Prices and locations of related events leading up to Saturday’s events vary. The week’s events and other details: http://blackexposouth.com/columbia-black-expo/

THUNDER OVER THE MIDLANDS: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter. This air show will feature the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force precision-flying demonstration team, and the Black Daggers, the official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team. Military aircraft will be on display. The show runs through Sunday. Free. www.shawairexpo.com

8TH ANNUAL SPRING VALLEY CAR SHOW: 9 a.m. Saturday at Spring Valley High School. Open car and truck show with 23 classes awarding 46 class trophies and six special trophies. Food, auction, door prizes also are on tap. Entry is free to high school student vehicles. 120 Sparkleberry Lane, Northeast Richland. $20 pre-registration, $25 day of registration, free for spectators. (803) 240-1364, www.capitolcitycorvetteclub.com

>>> AT THE MUSEUM

MINI MAKER FAIRE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum. This one-day, family-friendly event celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, music, science and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for resourceful, creative people who like to tinker and love to make things. Free with museum admission. Adults and children, $11.50; seniors (62 and older), military and educators (with ID), $10.50; children under 2, free. 211 Gervais St. www.edventure.org

>>> FESTIVAL

SC CORNBREAD FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. Saturday at Spirit Communications Park. This festival pays homage to a staple of Southern cuisine. Among highlights: a kids’ corner, cornhole tournament, classic car show, cornbread cook-off, eating contest, live entertainment and more. $6-$11. 1500 Hampton St. 1500 Hampton St.

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