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SEVEN OAKS ARTS LEAGUE: 7 tonight at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Irmo. Guest speaker will be Mary Bentz Gilkerson, a professor with the Columbia College art department.

CROOKED CREEK ART LEAGUE: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Crooked Creek Park art room, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Guest artist Betsy Long will give a demonstration on digital scrapbooking.

FOREST ACRES NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Bridgewood and North Trenholm Road. Guest speakers will be Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and Forest Acres Police Sgt. Lori Tumlin. Memberships, $5 per family. For more information, e-mail

RICHLAND COUNTY FAMILY AND COMMUNITY LEADERS: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sandhill Research and Education Center Lake House, off Clemson Road. Speaker will be Sonoco recyclable education specialist Jan Hiller. Salad luncheon, door prizes, fashion and craft show. RSVP to Addie Mae Jones, (803) 788-1282.

PUBLIC FORUMS: 7-8:30 tonight at the Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane Road and 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Region 1 Sheriff Substation, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd. Richland County residents are invited to speak out and learn about stormwater ordinances, buffers and proposed bagging of yard debris. (803) 576-2065 or e-mail



DOUBLE DUTCH: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning tonight at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2300 Greene St. Basic skills for boys and girls ages 4 and older. (803) 733-8452


PALMETTO GOLD CLUB: Seminars, classes, workshops, luncheons, game nights, book and coffee clubs, bingo and other activities for ages 55 and older at the Palmetto Activity Center, 105 Summit Centre Circle, across from Summit Middle School. (803) 865-6516

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Tai Chi, 9 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m. Fridays. Yoga, 11 a.m. Wednesdays (beginners); 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays (multilevel); 10 a.m. Thursdays (advanced); 1:30 p.m. Fridays (neuropathy). 1650 Park Circle, (803) 779-1971

CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arsenal Hill Park building, 1900 Lincoln St. (Lincoln and Laurel streets). Live music by Cabin Fever!, caller will be Kenny Greer. New dancers workshop 7-7:30 p.m. No partner necessary; bring clean, soft-soled, nonmarking shoes; $8, discounts available. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance. (803) 796-8935;

BUS TRIP: Asheville, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 19; $149 (includes lunch and admission to Biltmore House and Gardens). All trips have a nonrefundable deposit of $25. (803) 776-9127 or e-mail


SAFE BOATING CLASS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 26 at Flotilla Island (at the end of Johnson Marina Road), Ballentine. Offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the course is designed for boaters of all ages and experience; $35. Seating is limited, call (803) 781-7150 or (803) 749-9269 to reserve your spot.

OLD CAR DROP-IN: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at Fuddruckers, 1801 Bush River Road. Registration fee, $10; dash plaques to the first 75 registered vehicles, dance to music from the '50s and '60s, door prizes, trophies. Alcohol-free event sponsored by the Columbia Classic Chevy Club. (803) 333-0396

WILDFLOWER WALK: 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 26, at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Participants on ranger-led walk will learn to identify different plants, discuss their medicinal qualities and wildflower folklore; $5. (803) 772-1228

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Visitor center open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Congaree Campfire Chronicles, guided tours through the forest as costumed interpreters reenact life in the floodplain, Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 25, 26; Oct. 23, 24. Two-hour tours depart every 15 minutes 5:30-7:30 p.m. Guided canoe trips, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, or go to

UNEARTH PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Amateur photographers may submit color and black and white prints until 5 p.m. Friday. Pictures should be taken at Saluda Shoals Park in the categories of general nature, human nature, black and white and digital creativity. Sponsored by the Saluda Shoals Foundation and the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in adult and junior divisions. Call (803) 772-1228 or go to for contest rules.

ADVENTURE CAROLINA: After-work kayak trip, 6 p.m. Tuesday; 5:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 1. Saturday activities include 8 a.m. basic and whitewater kayak classes; noon tube launches and 2 p.m. Congaree River trips. Sunday trips include Saluda River, noon and Congaree River, 2 p.m. Adventure Carolina is at 1107 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-4505



MUSIKGARTEN: Early movement (Mommy & Me) class for ages 1 1/2-3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Ballentine Community Center, 1009 Bickley Road, Irmo. $40 per month plus $35 activity kit fee. (803) 754-6720, ext. 231

THE ART ELEMENTS: Read and Craft Time, 11 a.m.-noon or 12:45-1:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday monthly at 301-4 Rice Meadow Way. Story and related craft for children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers. $10; $7 for early registration (Mondays). Art Club for elementary school students meets 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. $20 per session for drop-ins, $70 per month. Reservations required. Home School Art Class, 1-3 p.m. the fourth Thursday monthly. $20 per child, two or more, $15 each (includes materials). (803) 419-4434

HANDWRITING CAMP: Conquering Cursive, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Oct. 2-23; for students in grades 3 and up. Classes meet at Sylvan Learning Center, Village at Sandhill. (803) 741-0999

SATURDAY MUSIC ACADEMY: 9 a.m.-noon for ages 7-12, 2-5 p.m. for ages 13-18, twice a month beginning Sept. 26. Preregistration, $20; tuition is $100 per month plus $50 registration and $50 material fee (preregistration fee will be applied to tuition). Classes meet at GMG Music Center, 1053 Sparkleberry Lane Extension. (803) 206-8939;

DANCE CLASSES: Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop, Tuesdays at Caughman Road Park, 1800 Trotter Road, Hopkins. Ages 3-4, 5:55-6:25 p.m.; ages 5-6, 6:30-7 p.m.; ages 10 and older, 7-7:45 p.m. A session for boys in grades 2-5 will meet 5-5:45 p.m. $20 per month. (803) 783-0400


AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEARTSAVER CPR, AED TRAINING: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Amicks Ferry Fire Station, 960 Amicks Ferry Road. $25, includes textbook (book must be picked up by Friday, Sept. 25). Offered by the Chapin Area Fire Service; participants who complete the course will receive two-year AHA certification. (803) 345-1015

UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE'S PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM: 7-8 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 170 St. Andrews Road. Guest speaker will be Gloria McDonald, program manager for the Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders Program at the S.C. Lt. Governor's Office on Aging. Free. (803) 798-2776;

MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION: Harbison Campus, 730 College St., is accepting registration for fall classes. eBay Trading Certificate, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17, $349; Clock Repair I, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, $149; Photography at Riverbanks, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 26; 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, $79. (803) 732-0432 or go to

GARDENING WORKSHOP: Clemson University Cooperative Extension Services Master Gardeners will offer tips on growing winter vegetables, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, at the Ballentine Community Center, 1009 Bickley Road. Free, but space is limited, call (803) 754-6720, ext. 231, to preregister.

SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Interfaith learning program for ages 50 and older meets 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 17, at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. New this fall: "A Brief History of Africa in 9 1/2 Chapters," "Understanding South Carolina Government," "The Science of Baseball," "Lesser-Known Women of the Bible," "A Study of Southern Fiction" and "Basic Digital Photography." Regular class offerings include bridge, classic movies, creative writing, quilting and Spanish. Lunch is available for $6.50, followed by entertainment or a speaker. Tuition for the 10-week program is $25. (803) 731-9394

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. (803) 772-3847

LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SOUTHERN SEMINARY: Lecture and book signing by the Rev. Art Simon, founder of Bread for the World, 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, Stavros Lecture Hall, 4201 N. Main St. Free; RSVP at

BEGINNERS BALLROOM DANCING: Ballroom, Latin and social dancing, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. $6; couples, $10 (10 weeks payable in advance). Preregistration required, call (803) 791-9881 or e-mail johnkay

DULCIMER WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity UMC, 115 Blythewood Road, Blythewood. Sponsored by the Dulcimores of Blythewood, the workshop will be led by national dulcimer champion Joe Collins. Classes for beginner, novice and intermediate/advanced players. $40 in advance, $45 at the door; includes 5 p.m. concert featuring Collins. (803) 754-8279; (803) 786-2661

UNWRAPPING YOUR CREATIVE GIFTS: Increase your ingenuity, innovation and creativity through brain and memory exercises and other techniques, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 29, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Call (803) 513-5643 or e-mail to register.

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION: "People, Places and Progress of Early Columbia, 1600-1850," six-part lecture series 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 20. Lectures, led by Warner Montgomery, will be at the Seibels House & Garden, 1601 Richland St. The series will also include bus and walking tours to historic sites, 2-4:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 18; tours depart from the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Lecture only, $60 (members, $45); lecture and tour, $80 and $65. The Sunday tour will include the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Seibels House and Friday House. Tuesday's topic will be "Sitting Squarely in the Center: Columbia Becomes the United States' First Planned City." For reservations, call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or go to

SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Offering bridge, gardening, creative writing, a study of Southern fiction, acrylic and watercolor painting, music (handbells, dulcimers, singing for fun, stories of famous operas, history of jazz and swing), senior health and wellness, classic movies, German history, Islam, New Testament Gospels, planning your future and travels through the Middle East. Classes meet at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road; lunch and speaker at noon, $7 (reservations required). Membership is $25 per quarter, ages 55 and older may take one or all classes.(803) 779-4449

FINE ART DRAWING AND PAINTING CLASSES: Mondays and Tuesdays at Quail Lane Racquet & Swim Club, 4927 Quail Lane. Drawing and watercolor, mixed media painting, 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays. Drawing and oil, acrylic and mixed media painting, 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays.

"MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE 21st CENTURY": 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 11 in the Leisure Ministries Building at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. Each week a speaker will focus on ways to recognize mental disorders and how to deal with them. Free. (803) 779-4449

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Fall sessions include a Shakespeare literature course featuring Jack Dillard Ashley, 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 15; beginners' cribbage, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; healthy cooking, noon Mondays through Sept. 28; Breakfast for your Brain, for ages 50 and older, 8-8:45 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 5; $5 for CSC members; $15 for non-members; limit 20 participants. All other activities are free for CSC members; $20 per year for non-members. (803) 779-1971

RICHLAND 1 ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES: Adult literacy, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; free. English as a Second Language, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; fees vary. GED preparation, 9 a.m.-noon Mondays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at various sites in the community. Students cannot be currently enrolled in high school, $50. High school diploma, 8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; half credit, $25, full credit, $50. For ages 17 and older with 16 credits. HSAP math prep, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; $25. Child care training, 6-9 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 3-18, $40. All classes meet at the Adult Education Office, 2612 Covenant Road, unless otherwise noted. Call (803) 343-2935 to register.

ART BASICS: 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Art Shack Gallery Cafe, 2701-A Rosewood Drive. Six-week session taught by Mary How covers fundamentals of drawing, painting and clay; $150 (includes materials). (803) 269-8730 or go to to register.

MORTGAGE DEFAULT, FORECLOSURE PREVENTION WORKSHOPS: 1-3:30, 5-7:30 p.m. today at Suggs & Kelly, 500 Taylor St. in the Community Vista Room and 9-11:30 a.m., noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Real Estate School of South Carolina, 101 Medical Circle Drive, West Columbia. Homeowners should bring the following documents: current mortgage statement and any other legal documents; recent pay stubs and/or other proof of household income (SSI, VA, child support); recent utility bill, bank statement; and tax return with W-2 forms. Free, but preregistration is required; call (877) 300-9343 or register at

S.C. CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Speaker @ the Center series, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the State Library, 1430 Senate St., room 309. Stephen G. Hoffius, co-editor of "Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches of Chlotilde R. Martin" will speak. Free, bring a bag lunch. Books will be available for sale and signing.

LEXINGTON 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Offering GED preparation at Gaston and Swansea, WorkKeys, high school diploma, English as a Second Language and GED online. Classes meet at Granby Education Center, 1407 Dunbar Road, Cayce. (803) 739-4048


ART CLASSES: Enrolling all ages, Art Shack Gallery and Cafe, 2701-A Rosewood Drive. (803) 799-9409 or go to to register.


Advance registration required for most programs


ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Kids' Cozy Corner, story time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Teen Game Time, join your friends for a round of video games, 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Turtles are Cool!, 4 p.m. today; ages 3-12 can learn more about turtles with Stacy Jensen from Sesquicentennial State Park. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 7 tonight. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Mind Games for adults, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday; keep your wits sharp with Sudoku, chess or crosswords. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Read with Curious George for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. This Little Piggy Went to the Library, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24; stories and craft session for ages 3-12, Computer Basics: Basic Internet for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Simply Savvy Scrappin' Part I for adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 29; save your special memories in scrapbooks, materials included. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675

THE LINK, BALLENTINE: Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 11 a.m. Fridays. 1321 Dutch Fork Road, (803) 781-5026

SANDHILLS BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 am. and 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Book Group for adults, 1 p.m. today; selection is "The Year of Fog" by Michelle Richmond. Free Legal Clinic: Filing for Bankruptcy for adults, 6:30 tonight; 30-45 minute presentation and an open Q&A session. Call (803) 799-4015, ext. 158, to register. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Now I Am One!, 10:30 a.m. Mondays; stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Teen Craft: Duck Tape Creations, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. At Your Library: Catalog Training for home-schoolers ages 6-12 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230

NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Now I Am One!, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays; stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months. Computer Basics: E-mail Basics for adults, 6:30 tonight. Go Domino!, 3:30 p.m. Friday; ages 9-12 will learn the game and create art with dominoes. Family Story Time, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Comics and Graphic Novels for teens, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Mondays. It's Raining Meatballs!, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; ages 6-8 celebrate the release of the movie version of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Weekly Wednesday Chapters for ages 9-12, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Hip2crafts for adults, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26; gathering features something different every month. Bring a portable project - beading, altered art, knitting, crochet, macrame, drawing, Artist Trading Cards or embroidery. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575

BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Attention Babysitters!, 6:30-7:30 tonight; teens learn how to select books to keep their charges occupied. Horsing Around, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29; horse stories and a craft for ages 3-12. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806

COOPER BRANCH: Now I Am One! 10:30 a.m. Thursdays; stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months. Pajamarama Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 7 tonight. Reader's Theater, 6:30 p.m. Monday; ages 9-12 read stories and plays out loud; prepare to have fun, no stage experience necessary. Family Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Knitwits for ages 12 and older, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29; all materials provided. "Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch: Capt. E.J. Smith on the Titanic" for adults, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30; Howard Burnham traces the story of transatlantic steam navigation and gives his spin on the maritime disaster. 5317 N. Trenholm Road, (803) 787-3462

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays. Third Thursday Book Group for adults, 7 tonight; selection is "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Tuesday. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Puppetpalooza, 11 a.m. Saturday; all-ages puppet show followed by a puppet-making session. Get Creative! Scrapbooking Mini Books for adults, 2-4 p.m. Saturday; all materials provided. Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Mondays. Mother Goose Story Time for ages 12 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Game On! Mario Kart for teens, 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26; get behind the wheel and challenge your friends in this high-energy video game. Japanese tea ceremony for adults, 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26; Reiko Blackwell interprets the principles of Japanese philosophy through the ancient tradition. There will also be a kimono display; call (803) 772-6675 to register. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855

NORTH MAIN BRANCH: Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. Mondays. Silver Screen, free movies for adults ages 55 and older, 11 a.m. Fridays. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Mind Your Manners, 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25; discussion of tea etiquette for teens. Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29; selection is "Just Too Good to Be True" by E. Lynn Harris. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734

EASTOVER BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Game On! Video Game Saturday for all ages, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 26. 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584

MAIN LIBRARY: Start-Up 101 for adults, 9:30 a.m. today; James R. Pettit of the Small Business Development Center will discuss personal analysis, legal structures, business plans, financing your business, licensing and registration. Mother Goose Story Time for babies up to 12 months, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Afternoon of Puppets for all ages, 4 p.m. today. Download Workshop, NetLibrary and Overdrive for adults, 6:30 tonight. Steps and Stories, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; dance-based story time for all ages. LinkedIn, Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Teen Idol Auditions, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Facebook and Twitter __- Oh My! An Introduction to Social Networking for adults, 3 p.m. Sunday. Toddler Story Time for you and your 2-year-old, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Mondays; join your friends for anime videos, refreshments and fun. Now I Am One!, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months. Get Your Resume Ready for adults, 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays; bring work history including dates of employment and company contact information. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 am. Wednesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Business Students Unite!, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24; join your friends and meet 19-year-old author Isam Fukui ("Truancy" and "Truancy Origins"). Ask Mr. Smartypants for adults, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27; annual meeting of the Friends of the RCPL will feature discussion and book signing with Lane Filler, author of "Ask Mr. Smartypants." "I Have a Problem With That: From the Cradle to Prison" for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29; Cynthia Pryor Hardy leads a panel discussion with community leaders on possible solutions for at-risk African-American youth. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084


CAMDEN BRANCH: Baby Story Time for ages 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. today. Enjoying the Internet computer class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. today. Roald Readers, 4 p.m. Tuesdays; ages 10-14 will celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday this month by reading "The Twits." Pajama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Reader's Story Time for ages 5-8. 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Lunch Bunch Stories for ages 4-5, 12:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Enjoying PowerPoint 2003 computer class for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 26. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508

ELGIN BRANCH: Roald Readers, 4 p.m. today; ages 10-14 celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday by reading "The Twits." Get Set Ready to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Baby Story Time for ages 2 and younger, 11:15 a.m. Mondays. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881


IRMO BRANCH: Chess Club for grades 6-12, 10 a.m. Saturday. Talk Like a Pirate Day, 3 p.m. Saturday; grades 6-12 are invited to dress like a pirate and enjoy a screening of "Goonies." Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Club for ages 7-14, 3:30 p.m. Sunday; participants should read the rule book before dueling and bring their own dueling supplies. Free legal clinic on wills, estates and probate, 7 p.m. Monday. Lapsit, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays; stories, rhymes and songs for you and your child 11 months and younger. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Paw-sitive Reading, 4 p.m. Tuesdays; students in 5K through second grade are paired with tutors and therapy dogs, reading aloud to improve reading, comprehension and communication skills, building confidence and self-esteem. Master Gardening Series, Composting the Easy Way, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Toddlertime for ages 1-2, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; sessions for ages 2-3 meet at 10:30 a.m. Happy Healthy Kids presents Get Healthy and Stay Healthy for all ages, 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880

CHAPIN BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child 18-25 months, 11 a.m. Fridays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. 129 N.W. Columbia Ave., (803) 345-5479

WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Juvenile Book Discussion for ages 9-12, 4 p.m. Friday. Toddlertime for ages 23 months and younger 10 a.m. Mondays; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:45 a.m. Creative Dramatics II, 4 p.m. Mondays; theater games and improvisation for ages 10-13. Bedtime Story Time, craft and stories for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Creative Dramatics I for ages 6-9, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. 1500 Augusta Road, (803) 794-6791

GASTON BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 1 1/2-4, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Books & Beyond for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208

SWANSEA BRANCH: Teen Time for ages 12-18, 3:30 p.m. today; craft activity using pony beads. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Books & Beyond for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday. 9 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519

SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Senior Movie, 10 a.m. Friday; screening of "Nanny McPhee." Books & Beyond, story and craft session for students in 5K through fifth grade, 3:30 p.m. Friday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Mondays. Adult Book Discussion, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; selection is "While My Sister Sleeps" by Barbara Delinsky. Friends of the Library meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Teen Time for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. Family Movie, 11 a.m. Saturday, Si Mountain." 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia. (803) 785-3050

LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY: Toddlertime for you and your child age 12-23 months, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays; and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; sessions for 24-35 months meet 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and 9:30, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Between the Lines book discussion for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. today. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Lapsit for you and your child 11 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Dementia 101/Alzheimer's Disease, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24; discussion led by Heather Sawyer Liafsha of Homecare Solutions Unlimited, for ages 15 and older. 5440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600

GILBERT-SUMMIT BRANCH: Books & Beyond, 2:45 p.m. today; stories and activities for ages 6 and older. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-25 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays. 110 Broad St., (803) 785-5387

PELION BRANCH: Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 tonight. Family Movie Morning, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Books & Beyond, story and craft session for grades 1-5, 4 p.m. today. Teens & 'Tweens for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Monday. Toddlertime for you and your child 18-25 months, 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. 203 Armory St., (803) 532-9223


CHAPIN BAPTIST: "Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A Study of David," Bible study for women, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays in The Pointe, 950 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Free child care; call (803) 345-2414 to register.

CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: "The Jesus Letters, a Study of Revelations, Chapters 2 and 3," 8-9 a.m. Sundays through Nov. 1 at 2700 Bush River Road. Child care available for ages 11 and younger. (803) 798-4488;

FIRST BAPTIST IRMO: Back to School Bash, 7 p.m. Saturday at 7068 Nursery Road. Sponsored by the Student Ministry, the event will feature music by Tony Byroads and the Undivided, free food and prizes. (803) 781-1345;

MACEDONIA EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN: Finale lakeside worship service 8:30 a.m. Sunday at 49 Macedonia Church Road, Prosperity.

VILLAGE OF HOPE FELLOWSHIP: Harvest Feast, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; vendors, youth activities, ribs and chicken dinners will be available for sale at 3000 River Drive. Family Fun Day, 9 a.m. Sunday; a cookout will follow the service. (803) 732-7538

LIVING WATER SCHOOL OF MINISTRY: Accepting applications through Friday, Sept. 28, for 2009-10 session. Classes meet at 2229-D Decker Blvd. (803) 699-9346

BELL MEMORIAL BAPTIST: "Healed Without Scars" women's conference, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at 7205 Farrow Road. Free, but registration is required, lunch will be provided on Saturday; call (803) 622-1403.

BETHLEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH OF COLUMBIA INC.: Revival services, 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Sept. 24, at 1218 Lyon St. A lecture series on the privileges and responsibilities of church membership will be held at 6:15 nightly. (803) 254-5651

FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY DELIVERANCE TEMPLE: Women of Strength anniversary program, 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 7330 Monticello Road. Guests include New Dimension, Todd Mickens & the Sons of Unity, The Gospel Originals, Blessed and Reverence. Doors open at 5 p.m.

ST. MARK BAPTIST: Community workshop, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at 2700 Chestnut St. Topics will be parenting, community services, childhood obesity, nutrition, swine flu and diagnosing ADHD. Friends and Family Day, 10 a.m. Sunday. (803) 931-8811

UNITY MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Jubilee Choir anniversary celebration, 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 110 Greenlake Drive, Hopkins. (803) 776-5266

SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN: Becky Tirabassi's "Burning Hearts: Prayer, Purity & Passion," free program for high school and college students, 7:30-9 tonight in the Light House auditorium, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Limited seating. Adult programs, "Talking to God," 7-9:30 p.m. Friday and "Listening to God," 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, will meet in the sanctuary. $20 per person for both sessions. (803) 359-7770;

LEESVILLE UNITED METHODIST: Sanctuary is open 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays for silent prayers. The church is at 510 Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville. (803) 532-3817



COLUMBIA CHORAL SOCIETY: 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St. Concert is in conjunction with the Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists convocation. (803) 933-9060;

ARTISTS ROUND TABLE: Fall exhibit opening reception, 5-9 p.m. Friday at Vista Studios Gallery 80808, 808 Lady St. The show will run through Tuesday, featuring works by Melissa Crook, Richard Glover, Pat Stone, Sandra Carr, Ellin Baskin, Keith Tolen, Sam Compton, Carl Craighead, Benira Sutphin, Sue Shrader, Brenda Schwarz Miller and Lee Monts. Meet the artists 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. (803) 609-3479;

SOUNDS OF THE SHOALS: Fall concert series, 3-5 p.m. Sundays in September at Saluda Shoals Park Riverfront. Concerts are free, but $5 parking fee applies. This week's entertainment will feature folk and rock with Brent McDonald. (803) 213-2035

COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St. Violinist Mary Hoyt will join the ensemble as guest artist. Concert Conversations, 7 p.m. General admission, $10; seniors, $8; students, $5. (803) 256-8383, ext. 118

JAZZ AT THE VILLAGE: 2-4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 25, Town Center Commons, Village at Sandhill (Clemson and Two Notch roads). This week's performers will be the Ross Holmes Band.

ARTS AT SHANDON: The Mozart Project, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Performance will feature Tina Stallard, Mark Rattray, Lynn Compass, Neil Casey, Connie Gee and David Gee. $10; includes post-concert dessert reception. (803) 771-4408


A.C. FLORA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1986: Class reunion barbecue, Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park. Greg O. Henry, (803) 348-0132

BROOKLAND-CAYCE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1984: 25-year reunion, Saturday, Oct. 10, at American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. Casual dress. $45 per person. Greta Baughman Swink, (803) 739-9433 or e-mail

LOWER RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL: Classes of 1977-1982, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4.


NORTHEAST FARMERS MARKET: 2:30-7 p.m. Thursdays at Lake Carolina Town Center. Fresh fruits and vegetables, free-range meats, farm fresh eggs, flowers, plants, baked goods, local honey, certified organic produce and more. (803) 565-6676

KERSHAW COUNTY FARMERS MARKET: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 12 at West DeKalb and Church streets, Camden. (803) 432-9071;

SANDHILL FARMERS MARKET: 2:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 24 at the entrance to Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. Locally grown produce, meat, poultry, dairy products, honey, shrubs, flowers, plants, baked goods and more. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. (803) 788-5700

MAIN STREET MARKETPLACE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 30, Columbia Museum of Art's Boyd Plaza, Main and Hampton streets. Fresh produce, baked goods, specialty gifts, art, photography and handmade crafts. Free shuttle service courtesy of City Center Partnership is available in the area bounded by Gervais to Elmwood and Assembly to Marion streets. (803) 779-4005, ext. 2042 or go to

ALL-LOCAL FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 701 Whaley St. (in the yellow building). All natural or organic produce, meat, chicken, eggs, grains, honey, flowers and milk from South Carolina farmers. Vendors will offer baked goods, sauces, goat-milk soaps and lotions, handmade items and more.

FARMERS MARKET AT RIVERBANKS BOTANICAL GARDEN: 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays through October in the parking lot at 1300 Botanical Parkway (off U.S. 378), West Columbia. Homegrown fruits, vegetables, homemade breads, jams, soaps and other items. (803) 779-8717

COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. Fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers; WIC and USDA Senior Citizen vouchers accepted. (803) 463-1588

OLD MILL FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at 711 E. Main St. Lexington (upper parking lot). Fresh local produce, organic produce, plants, baked goods, meats, eggs, milk and products from members of the S.C. Specialty Foods Association. (803) 957-3602


CENTRAL CAROLINA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: 25th anniversary celebration, 6:30 tonight at Leaside, 100 E. Exchange Blvd. The foundation serves 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and community leaders to areas of need. Tickets are $25; available at; (803) 254-5601, ext. 327; or at the door.

USMC ULTIMATE CHALLENGE MUD RUN: 7:30 a.m. Saturday at McCrady Training Center, 6405 Leesburg Road, Eastover. All-terrain team race over 4.2 miles with 30 obstacles (will require swimming, crawling, climbing and jumping). Fundraiser sponsored by the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation will help support local Marines and their families who have been wounded or killed while serving on active duty. Profits from the race also fund scholarships and local events promoting the Marine Corps in the community. Registration is $40 per person (four-member teams); deadline is today. Register online at

CLUBCORP CHARITY CLASSIC: Fundraiser for the Special Olympics of South Carolina, Muscular Dystrophy Association and ClubCorp's Employee Partners Care Foundation. Olympiad reception, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Capital City Club, 1201 Main St., 25th floor. Event will feature prizes, food tastings from famous Olympic sites and specialty cocktails. Drink Small and The Lovehandles will perform; $50 per person. A golf tournament is set for Monday, Sept. 28, at Cobblestone Park, 5 Links Crossing Drive, Blythewood. Captain's Choice format, 11 a.m. shotgun start. $75; four-player team, $300. (803) 256-2000;

S.C. HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL: Luncheon and panel discussion, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the Capital City Club, 1201 Main St., 25th floor. Julia Lopez-Robertson, Diana Sen, John Villamil and Maria Bravo will discuss "Upward Mobility Through Education." The foundation supports the REACH (Role models Encouraging Academics and Challenging Hispanics) project, scholarships, El Jardin artistic initiative and other causes. Tickets are $35,

RIVERBANKS ZOOFARI - A TOAST TO THE COAST: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Riverbanks Zoo, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Food, beach music by the Fabulous Kays, live and silent auctions. $85; members, $75. Tickets at

MARGARITAVILLE NIGHT: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at The Haven in the Summit, 3 Summit Terrace. Jimmy Buffett-style cookout sponsored by the Palmetto Parrot Heads, tickets are $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association Columbia Memory Walk. RSVP by Tuesday, (803) 788-4633

HICKORY RIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Region 1 Richland County Sheriff's Office, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd. Proceeds will benefit communities in the area. (803) 776-9401

ART WITH A HEART: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, on the rooftop of the Meridian Building, 1320 Main St. Benefit art show hosted by the office of Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough will feature work of more than 30 local artists. $10; couples, $15. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room. (803) 254-0118.

RICHLAND COUNTY RECREATION COMMISSION YARD SALE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Trenholm Park, 3900 Covenant Road. Proceeds from $10 table rentals will be donated to the Cooperative Ministry. (803) 754-7275, ext. 220.

LEXINGTON COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St. (parking entrance on U.S. 378 across from Bojangles). Gardening info, local garden artists, great plants at great prices. Proceeds benefit the Sam Cheatham Scholarship and other Master Gardener activities.

ROTARY CLUB OF LEXINGTON FUN FEST GOLF TOURNAMENT: 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Country Club of Lexington, 1066 Barr Road. Shotgun start at 12:30 p.m., four-player Captains Choice flighted by total team handicap; $300 per team. Sponsorships available. First and second place prizes for each flight, longest and straightest drive contests, closest to the pin on par 3s. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club community service programs. (803) 753-7717;

SONGBIRD CAFE JAM SESSION: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Leaside, 100 E. Exchange Blvd. Annual fundraiser for Sistercare will feature Edwin McCain, Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish) and Ken Block and Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel). Advance tickets are $100 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Sponsored by Lexington Medical Center, BlueCross BlueShield of S.C., Southern Way Catering and Hampton Athletic Club. (803) 926-0505;


BACK-TO-SCHOOL CELEBRATION: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday at First Choice Community Center, 3315 Broad River Road. Select Health and community groups have teamed up to offer free school supplies, health screenings, entertainment and food. The center will house health benefit educators, seminars about Select Health plans and benefits, preventative health care information and bilingual representatives for those needing language assistance and information about local outreach programs. (803) 731-1207

RICHLAND COUNTY APPEARANCE COMMISSION: Appearance Counts Awards, accepting applications through Friday, Sept. 25, for the following categories: front yard beautification, sustainability efforts such as creative composting, edible gardens and water conservation. Winners will receive a gift certificate to continue their landscaping efforts and attend a Richland County Garden party. Applications at or call (803) 576-2065.

SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN CONTEST AND EXHIBIT: Historic Columbia Foundation is accepting entries through Friday, Sept. 25. Scarecrows will be showcased Oct. 1-31 at the Robert Mills House and Garden, 1616 Blanding St. Entries are $20 each, multiple entries accepted. Exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Vote for the People's Choice Award until noon Oct. 31. Prizes include cash, trophies and gift certificates. Register at the Museum Gift Shop, 1616 Blanding St. or

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS THAT MAKE AMERICA GREAT: Sandlapper Singers season kickoff party, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Dreher High School auditorium, 3319 Millwood Ave. Free event will be a virtual road trip with samplings of regional cuisine, activities and entertainment. (803) 735-7188;

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION: 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbia, 2701 Heyward St. Sponsored by Harmony School, Columbia Religious Society of Friends and Carolina Peace Resource center, event will feature arts and crafts, music, dancing and a Pennies for Peace drive by the students at Harmony School. The pennies will be used for education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. (803) 381-2607

AUTUMN AUCTION DINNER BUFFET: Tuesday at Seawell's, 1125 Rosewood Drive. Sponsored by Christian Women's Connection, the event will feature a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A live auction will also be held. Guest speaker will be Gary Kosak, author of "For Zion's Sake." $20; send checks made payable to CWCC, to P.O. Box 1834, Irmo, SC 29063 by today.

RIVER SWEEP: Cleanup of the Lower Saluda River at Riverbanks Zoo, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Meet at the west end of the parking lot by 8:45 a.m. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, dress for the weather and bring work gloves if you have them; Keep the Midlands Beautiful will provide trash bags, bug spray, water and latex gloves. (803) 733-1139

WOMEN AT HEART FORUM: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Event activities include heart healthy recipe samples, fitness demonstrations, stress management techniques, vendors, informational exhibits and two "Ask the Doctor" sessions. Lunch will be available to those who pre-register. Free heart health screenings, 7-10 a.m. today through Saturday by appointment only. Screenings include a fasting lipid panel, blood pressure, body mass index, fasting glucose as well as weight and waist circumference; call (803) 296-2273. Sponsored by Palmetto Health and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.