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Go Columbia: Best bets, July 9 and beyond



CRAFT & DRAFT TURNS 2: Join the day-long celebration, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, July 9, as Craft & Draft celebrates a second year. Local breweries will feature beers on tap, including Bierkeller, Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, Conquest Brewing Co., and River Rat Brewery. Food trucks — KC Hot Dogs, The Wurst Wagen, and The Belgian Waffle Truck — and a beer garden will be set up in the back parking lot. 2706 Devine Street, www.craftanddraftbeer.com


FAMILY FUN DAY: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the State Farmers Market. Shop for local produce and Certified SC products, sample treats from our commodity boards, enjoy music from a local DJ and a kid’s area. There will also be food trucks on site. Admission and parking are free. 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia. Elizabeth Shuler, (803) 734-0328, eshuler@scda.sc.gov, agriculture.sc.gov.


VALHALLACON CONVENTION: 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The Valhallacon Convention of South Carolina features artists, dealers, gaming, cosplay contests, a formal dance, a glow stick party and more. Grant George, who’s voiced several heroic voices in popular anime titles, will host four interactive panels with his wife Jessica Gee-George, another veteran voice actor and known in the anime world. $20. For whole weekend, $30. 1101 Lincoln St. www.valhallaconsc.com



SECOND SUNDAY VEGAN BRUNCH: 10:15 a.m. Sunday, July 10, at Good Life Cafe, 1614 Main St. This will be in conjunction with the Columbia Vegan group. goodlifecafe.net

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PASSPORT TO ART: ROUND AND ROUND IT GOES: Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Columbia Museum of Art. Learn about tondos (circular paintings) and other art “in the round” as you create your own Renaissance-inspired work of art. A “roundabout” tour of the galleries is at 1 p.m. Free with admission. 1515 Main St. (803) 799-2810, www.columbiamuseum.org



AN EVENING WITH TOM POLAND: 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at Gaston Branch Library. Enjoy an evening with author Tom Poland for a nostalgic look at Georgia and South Carolina before development, outsiders and modern conveniences brought about dramatic change. A veteran journalist and Southern storyteller, Poland has been writing about the disappearing rural south for nearly four decades. His latest book, “Georgialina: A Southland as We Knew It,” brings to life the fading – and often forgotten – character of the South. 214 S. Main St., Gaston. (803) 791-3208, tompoland.net