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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

NEW GROUPS FORMING: Discussion group, social group, preteen youth group, lifeskills group, Bible study and more. Meet others with similar interests; call (803) 771-2212 after 6 p.m.

NEWCASTLE CONCERNED CITIZENS INC.: 7 tonight at the Northeast Branch of the Richland County Public Library, 7490 Parklane Road. Guest speaker will be State Sen. Darrell Jackson. (803) 754-3095

GARDEN CLUB COUNCIL OF GREATER COLUMBIA: 10 a.m. Monday at the Garden Council Building, 1605 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. Alan Mehrzad, the Congaree Riverkeeper, will discuss protecting rivers and creeks and the role of a riverkeeper. Board meets at 9 a.m., refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m.

PUBLIC FORUM: 7-8:30 tonight at the Region 1 Sheriff's 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 pio@rcgov.us

HOBBIES/RECREATION

AGES 18 AND YOUNGER

PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Palmetto Step Team, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays; demo class Wednesday. Open to ages 10-14; $35 per month. Grasshoppers soccer for ages 2-3, 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, ages 4-5 meet 4:30-5:15 p.m. $40 per month, equipment provided, bring a water bottle. Preregistration required. Classes meet at 105 Summit Centre Circle. (803) 865-6516

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

FOR ADULTS

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

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 sheyrdav@hotmail.com

FOR ALL AGES

OLD CAR DROP-IN: 4-8 p.m. Saturday 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 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Participants on ranger-led walk will learn to identify different plants, discuss their medicinal qualities and learn 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. Tree Treks, 1:30 p.m. today and Wednesday; guided ranger tour along the 2.4-mile boardwalk as you become acquainted with the floodplain and learn about trees that flourish in the wetlands. Congaree Campfire Chronicles, guided tours through the forest as costumed interpreters reenact life in the floodplain, Friday, Saturday and Oct. 23, 24. Two-hour tours depart every 15 minutes from 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. This Sunday's activities include Birds & Branches at 9:30 a.m.; Weston Lake wilderness hike, 12:30 p.m.; Cruising the Creek, 1:30 p.m., a 2.5-mile hike along Cedar Creek on the Kingsnake Trail, meet at the Cedar Creek canoe access on South Cedar Creek Road. At 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, you may join a ranger for a stroll down the Sims Trail to Wise Lake., bring your fishing gear and S.C. fishing license if you'd like to wet a line. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, or go to www.nps.gov/cong.

ADVENTURE CAROLINA: After-work kayak trips, 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 at noon and Congaree River at 2 p.m. Adventure Carolina is at 1107 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-4505

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES

AGES 18 AND YOUNGER

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

PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Youth ballet classes, Tuesdays beginning Oct. 6 at 105 Summit Centre Circle. Ages 3-5 meet 5:30-6:15 p.m.; ages 6-9, 6:15-7 p.m.; ages 9-12, 7-7:45 p.m.; $40 per month. Beginning violin lessons for students in grades 1-5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring your own violin, preregistration required, $60 for six-week session. Short Chefs cooking and nutrition class for ages 4-7, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays. $50 for a four-week session, includes chef's hat, apron and recipe book. (803) 865-6515

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 Saturday. 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; www.gmgmusiccenter.com

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

FOR ADULTS

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). Offered by the Chapin Area Fire Service; participants who complete the course will receive two-year AHA certification. (803) 345-1015

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; (803) 732-0432 or go to www.mtctraining.com

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

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

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@bellsouth.net

PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Tai chi, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, bring a water bottle; $40 for a four-week session or $12 per week. Yoga for beginner to intermediate ages 18 and older, 9-10 a.m. Saturdays $40 per month, bring a mat and water bottle. Seniors 1-2-3, 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, four-week course focusing on balance, joint mobility and flexibility for ages 55 and older; $40 per month. Ballroom dance classes, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Mondays, wear soft-soled shoes; $60 per couple for a four-week session. Line dance classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, bring a water bottle; $40 for a five-week session. Dancing Through the Ages for ages 55 and older, 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays; $35 per couple or $10 per week, wear comfortable clothing. No experience necessary for dance classes. All sessions meet at 105 Summit Centre Circle. (803) 865-6516

VILLAGE ARTISTS GALLERY: Art classes at 631-8 Promenade Place, Village at Sandhill. Color Theory, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; $50. Landscape, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 3; $100. Beginner watercolor, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 5; $100. Beginner drawing and water media class, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 31-Dec. 5; $100. (803) 269-2826 or e-mail villegeartists@villageatsandhill.com

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK LECTURE SERIES: 7-8 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly through Dec. 2 in the auditorium at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Audiovisual presentation followed by a Q&A session; free, no reservations required. The Oct. 7 topic is "Bacteria in Tom's Creek: Numbers, Sources and Implications" with USC's Buz Kloot. (803) 776-4396, ext. 0 or www.nps.gov/cong

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 through, Oct. 29, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Call (803) 513-5643 or e-mail hmcintosh@saxegotha.org 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. Tuesday's topic will be "First Families: The Foundations of Columbia's Landed Gentry." The Sunday, Oct. 4, tour will include the Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery and Randolph Cemetery. Call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or go to www.historiccolumbia.org for reservations.

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. www.francesmnelson.com

"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 nonmembers; 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 www.angelfishcreations.com to register.

MORTGAGE DEFAULT, FORECLOSURE PREVENTION WORKSHOPS: 9-11:30 a.m., noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday 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 www.savemyhomeworkshops.org

S.C. CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Speaker @ the Center series, noon-1 p.m. todayat 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. www.sccenterforthebook.org

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

FOR ALL AGES

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

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Advance registration required for most programs

RICHLAND COUNTY

ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Kids' Cozy Corner, story time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. today. Teen Game Time, join your friends for a round of video games, 3-5 p.m. today. This Little Piggy Went to the Library, 3:30 p.m. today; stories and craft session for ages 3-12, Computer Basics: Basic Internet for adults, 7 tonight. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Simply Savvy Scrappin' Part I for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday.; save your special memories in scrapbooks, materials included. Read with Curious George for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675

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

SANDHILLS BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 am. and 3:30 p.m. today.Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Now I Am One!, 10:30 a.m. Monday; 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. Tuesday. At Your Library: Catalog Training for homeschoolers ages 6-12 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230

NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Now I Am One!, 10:30 a.m. today; stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months. Family Story Time, 11 a.m. Saturday. Hip2crafts for adults, 3:30 p.m. Saturday; gathering features something different every month. Bring a portable project - beading, altered art, knitting, crochet, macrame, drawing, Artist Trading Cards or embroidery. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Monday. Weekly Wednesday Chapters for ages 9-12, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575

BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Horsing Around, 4 p.m. Tuesday; 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. today; stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months. Family Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Knitwits for ages 12 and older, 6 p.m. Tuesday; all materials provided. "Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch: Capt. E.J. Smith on the Titanic" for adults, 7 p.m. Wednesday; 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. today. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Game On! Mario Kart for teens, 3 p.m. Saturday; get behind the wheel and challenge your friends in this high-energy video game. Japanese tea ceremony for adults, 3 p.m. Saturday; 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. Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Monday. Mother Goose Story Time for ages 12 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855

NORTH MAIN BRANCH: Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 6:30 tonight and 11 a.m. Monday. Silver Screen, free movie for adults ages 55 and older, 11 a.m. Friday. Mind Your Manners, 4 p.m. Friday; discussion of tea etiquette for teens. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesday. Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; selection is "Just Too Good to Be True" by E. Lynn Harris. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734

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

MAIN LIBRARY: Mother Goose Story Time for babies up to 12 months, 10:30 a.m. today.. Business Students Unite!, 7 tonight; join your friends and meet 19-year-old author Isam Fukui ("Truancy" and "Truancy Origins"). Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Ask Mr. Smartypants for adults, 3 p.m. Sunday; annual meeting of the Friends of the RCPL will feature discussion and book signing with Lane Filler, author of "Ask Mr. Smartypants." Toddler Story Time for you and your 2-year-old, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Monday; 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. Tuesday; bring work history including dates of employment and company contact information. "I Have a Problem With That: From the Cradle to Prison" for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday; Cynthia Pryor Hardy leads a panel discussion with community leaders on possible solutions for at-risk African-American youth. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 am. Wednesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084

KERSHAW COUNTY

Camden Branch will be closed today for staff development.

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

ELGIN BRANCH: Get Set Ready to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Baby Story Time for ages 2 and younger, 11:15 a.m. Monday. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881

LEXINGTON COUNTY

IRMO BRANCH: Toddlertime for ages 1-2, 9:30 a.m. today and Wednesday; 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 tonight. Lapsit, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday stories, rhymes and songs for you and your child 11 months and younger. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Paw-sitive Reading, 4 p.m. Tuesday; 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. 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880

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

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

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

SWANSEA BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. 9 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519

SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Teen Time for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Friday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Monday. 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. today and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; sessions for 24-35 months meet 11:30 a.m. today and 9:30, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Lapsit for you and your child 11 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. 5440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600

GILBERT-SUMMIT BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-25 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; ages 3-5 meet at 11:15 a.m. 110 Broad St., (803) 785-5387

PELION BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesday. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child 18-25 months, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. 203 Armory St., (803) 532-9223

FAITH

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; www.christianlifecolumbia.com

INTERNATIONAL PRAISE CHURCH OF GOD: Revival services, 9:45 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at 5071 Percival Road, Elgin. Revivalist will be the Rev. Larry Richardson. (803) 788-1942

FAIR LAWN UNITED METHODIST: Country Store, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9203 Wilson Blvd. Event will feature flea market, silent auction, frozen casseroles and baked goods. Craft and vendor tables available for $20 (outside) and $35 (inside). www.fairlawnumccolumbia.com

I. DeQUINCEY NEWMAN UNITED METHODIST: "Secrets Forgiven," a theatrical production sponsored by the United Methodist Women of the church, 5 p.m. Saturday at 7801 Wilson Blvd. (at the entrance of Meadowlake subdivision). Admission to the play is free, a concession stand will be open at 4:45 p.m. and during intermission; proceeds will support the Clarke-McClary Needy Fund for families in crisis and other ministries. (803) 786-9894

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

STEDFAST CHRISTIAN CENTER: Community feeding, noon-2 p.m. Saturday at 5200 Fairfield Road. Fun, fellowship and a free meal. (803) 786-9129

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

BISHOPS MEMORIAL AME: Barbecue dinners will be sold 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2221 Washington St. $8; includes chicken, hash and rice, string beans, coleslaw, rolls and cake. (803) 254-6686

CHRIST LUTHERAN: Christ Closet Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at 1323 Winyah Drive. Books, linens, kitchen items, clothes, toys. Proceeds will benefit outreach projects including phone cards and Bibles for the military, clothes and monetary donations for hurricane victims, community dinners and other needs.

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST: Pastor's appreciation celebration, 5 p.m. Sunday at 4727 Roberts St. Guest speaker will be Bishop Gehazel Williams of Family Life Worship Center, Aiken. (803) 786-2524

GREENLAWN BAPTIST: Neighborhood prayer walk, 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Coffee, juice and muffins will be served at 8:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall, 6612 Garners Ferry Road. (803) 776-4074

MOUNT NEBO BAPTIST: Annual Women in Black with White Corsage, 3 p.m. Sunday at 8801 Bluff Road, Eastover. Men are asked to wear a black suit, white shirt and black tie. Dinner will be served. RSVP the Rev. Sammy Wade, (803) 776-7830

NEW BEGINNING BAPTIST CHURCH OF COLUMBIA: Consecration service, 8:30 a.m. Sunday at 9601 Caughman Road. Sunday School at 9 a.m., Sunday worship at 10:15. (803) 695-1195

TEMPLE BAPTIST: Helping Hands garage sale, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at 806 Universal Drive. Open to the public; table rentals are $10; two for $15. Table rental proceeds will help the critically ill. Call (803) 776-3913 to reserve a table.

ZION PILGRIM BAPTIST: Family and Friends Day concert presented by the Mass Choir, 6 p.m. Saturday at 1609 Zion Ave.

LEESVILLE UNITED METHODIST: Live and silent auction, 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday at 510 Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville. A Taste of LUMC, featuring recipes from "Cooking with Style" will be held during the auction.

MOUNT ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST: Children of Praise Choir 40th anniversary celebration, 3 p.m. Sunday at 1908 Wilkinson St., Cayce. (803) 796-6776

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER

AUTUMN CONCERTS AT ST. PAUL'S: 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays through Nov. 8 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull St. Free, followed by a reception. Sunday's performance will feature The Three Baritones. (803) 779-0030; www.stpaulscolumbia.com

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 country, blues and Southern rock with Lucas War Hero. (803) 213-2035

COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St. Violinist Mary Hoyt will join the ensemble as guest artist. Concert Conversations, 7 p.m. $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 Swing Set Band.

WEDNESDAYS AT TRINITY: Free concert series, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 11 in Satterlee Hall on Senate Street. Lunch is available from noon-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m.; $6. This week's guest performer will be pianist Charles Fugo. (803) 771-7300; www.trinitysc.org

STEVE FEE AND THE 7:22 BAND: In concert, 7 p.m. Sunday at Mount Horeb UMC, 1201 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington. $15; youth, $10. (803) 359-3495 or go to www.concertsatmthoreb.com

CLASS REUNIONS

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 gretaswink@gmail.com

LOWER RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL: Classes of 1977-1982, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4. http://lowerrichlandalumni.myevent.com

TO MARKET, TO MARKET

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; www.kcfarmersmarket.org

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

HEALTHY CAROLINA FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday between the gates on Greene Street (in front of the Russell House). Fresh and locally produced vegetables, homemade breads, specialty and handmade items. (803) 777-5400

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 www.citycentercolumbia.sc

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

FUNDRAISERS

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 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 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; www.clubcorpcharityclassic.com

ART WITH A HEART: 5:30 p.m. today 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

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; www.sistercare.com

ROTARY CLUB OF LEXINGTON OYSTER ROAST: 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Virginia Hylton Park, Lexington. Live music by Mama's Home Cookin', all you can eat oysters, Beaufort stew, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, soft drinks, beer and wine (with ID); $30. Sponsorships available, proceeds will benefit programs that support the ideals of Rotary. Tickets available from any Lexington Rotarian, at Nationwide Insurance, 4586 Sunset Blvd., or at the door. (803) 600-5227 or www.lexingtonrotaryclub.com

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 www.riverbanks.org/zoofari

SPECIAL EVENTS

RICHLAND COUNTY APPEARANCE COMMISSION: Appearance Counts Awards, accepting applications through Friday 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 www.rcgov.us or call (803) 576-2065.

BREAST CANCER EVENT: 7-7:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Palmetto Activity Center, 105 Summit Centre Circle. Speaker will be Dottye Wodogaza, nurse navigator/patient educator at the S.C. Comprehensive Breast Center. Sponsored by the Northeast Women's Club, the event is free and open to all women. Laura, (803) 348-7421

SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN CONTEST AND EXHIBIT: Historic Columbia Foundation is accepting entries through Friday 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 www.historiccolumbia.org.

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS THAT MAKE AMERICA GREAT: Sandlapper Singers season kickoff party, 6-8 tonight 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; www.sandlappersingers.org

GIVE & RECEIVE AT STEIN MART: Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3, at the 4840 Forest Drive and 934 N. Lake Drive (Lexington) stores. Bring gently used clothing to be donated to the Salvation Army; volunteers will give out coupons for 20 percent off one regular-priced item (tax receipts will be provided). Donated apparel will help replenish the Family Thrift Store on Millwood Avenue; money earned at the thrift store is used to help those in need. Volunteers are also welcome, register online at www.doingthemostgood.org; click on all volunteer opportunities; and find the Stein Mart event.

HEALTHY HOOPS MIDLANDS CHALLENGE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street. USC head basketball coaches Darrin Horn and Dawn Staley will teach participants how to manage asthma while playing sports. Free basketball lessons, health screenings and asthma education for asthmatic children ages 7-15, parents and siblings. Event will also feature live entertainment, awards ceremony and lunch. Register at www.selecthealthofsc.com or call (866) 466-7772.

A NIGHT OF SACRED CHANTING WITH SHANTALA: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at City Yoga, 2121 College St. Advance tickets $20; $25 at the door. (803) 799-5400; www.cityyogasc.com

'TIL DEATH DO US PART: Tanya Brown speaks in memory of her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Clarion Hotel, 1615 Gervais St. $15; couples, $25 (group rates available). Sponsored by the S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. (803) 256-2900

COMMUNITY LAND TRUST GREENWAYS CONFERENCE: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Lexington Municipal Conference Center, 111 Maiden Lane. Keynote speaker will be environmental health expert Dr. Richard Jackson ("Urban Sprawl and Public Health"). Registration before Monday is $95; $70 for COLT members (after, $120 and $95; group rates and discounts available). Registration includes lunch, refreshments and guided field trips. (803) 996-0023 or www.communityopenlandtrust.org

LAKE MURRAY ASSOCIATION APPRECIATION BARBECUE: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Rusty Anchor/Lighthouse Marina, 1925 Johnson Marine Road. Free admission, barbecue plates with tea, $5 (served from 1-3 p.m.). DJ Keith Brown, cash bar and a raffle. Go to www.lakemurrayassociation.com for tickets.

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