NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION: Columbia Chapter 87 of NARFE luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Friday at Seawell's, 1125 Rosewood Drive. Attorney Jan Warner will speak. Open to all active and retired federal employees and spouses in Richland and Lexington counties.
HOWARD SCHOOL COMMUNITY CLUB: 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Arsenal Hill Center, 1800 Lincoln St. Purpose of the club is to preserve the memory of Howard School and the Howard School Community.
FORT JACKSON PRIOR LANDOWNERS DESCENDANTS REUNION: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Post Conference Room at Fort Jackson. Guests will be Debbie Bloom, director of local history at the Richland County Public Library and Lael Hoopes, who surveyed the 26 Fort Jackson cemeteries as an Eagle Scout project. Lunch with the troops, $4.25 (bring a $5 bill or exact change). (803) 361-3637 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW GROUPS FORMING: Discussion group, social group, preteen youth group, life skills group, Bible study and more. Meet others with similar interests; call (803) 771-2212 after 6 p.m.
GARDENDALE/GRENADIER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Seven Oaks Elementary School, 2800 Ashland Road, Irmo. Guest speaker will be Realtor Roger Hinson who discuss the current real estate market. Open to all residents of the Gardendale, Gardendale Estates and Grenadier subdivisions; only residents who have paid their 2009 dues will be eligible to vote and participate in any official activities of the association. (803) 798-1198
COLDSTREAM GARDEN CLUB: 9:30 a.m. Monday at the home of Donna Denton. Program will be on propagation and cuttings of old roses. All Coldstream residents are invited to attend. (803) 772-7831, (803) 955-3605
SEVEN OAKS ARTS LEAGUE: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Irmo. Guest speaker will be artist Don Zurlo.
RICHLAND DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane Road. Guests and visitors welcome, e-mail email@example.com.
WOODFIELD PARK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION: 7:30 tonight at Woodfield Park Baptist Church, 1834 Morninglo Lane.
PALMETTO PERSONAL COMPUTER CLUB: 6-8:30 tonight at Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Brandolyn Pinkston of the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs will discuss how they use computers to protect folks from scams, erroneous advertising and identity theft. Special Interest Groups meet before the main meeting; SIGs include Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Windows, Advanced Users and Beginner/Intermediate Users. www.palmettopc.org
HOPKINS COMMUNITY AWARENESS CRIME WATCH: 7 p.m. Monday at Richland County Sheriff's Department, Region 1 Headquarters (behind Lower Richland High School). Guest speaker will be Janice Oates of the office of health and nutrition at the S.C. Department of Education. (803) 783-6278
WESTOVER ACRES COMMUNITY CRIME WATCH CLUB: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, U.S. 378, West Columbia. Guest speaker will be West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton. Catered meal by Shealy's Barbecue will be served at 6 p.m.; $8. Fees should be sent to Fay Prince, 2413 Robin Crest Drive, West Columbia SC by Wednesday. (803) 796-0588
AGES 18 AND YOUNGER
PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Palmetto Step Team, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays. 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR ALL AGES
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Visitor center open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. Nature photographers workshop, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday; reservations required. Congaree Campfire Chronicles, guided tours through the forest as costumed interpreters re-enact life in the flood plain, Friday and Saturday, 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. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, or go to www.nps.gov/cong.
INTRO TO FLY FISHING: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Conducted by the Federation of Fly Fishers and Saluda River Trout Unlimited; $35 (includes lunch). Open to ages 13 and older, class is limited to 15 participants. Registration required; call (803) 606-7871
RIVERFRONT PARK: Outdoor story hour for families, 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 28 in the Brick Amphitheater (bring a cushion or blanket on chilly nights). Family Learn to Fish Day, Monday. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult age 18 and older. Meet at the park's north end parking lot at 9 a.m. or noon; pregregistration required, e-mail email@example.com. The park is at 312 Laurel St. (off Huger Street).
ADVENTURE CAROLINA: After-work kayak trips, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. 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 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 through Oct. 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 monthly. 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
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION: Harbison Campus, 730 College St., is accepting registration for fall classes. Basic Quilting: Table Runner, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 15-Nov. 5; $79; Defensive Driving, 78:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17; $69. Interior Redesign Certificate, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, Oct. 20-Nov. 12; $219. Redesign Your Home, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 20-Nov. 3; $99. Childhood Growth & Development, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; $20. Child Development Program Administration, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; $20. Photographic Composition, 6-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 26-28; $89. Spanish II, 9:30-21:30 am. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 30; $129. Sewing II, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17; $99. eBay and Beyond: Sales, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17; $99. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Northeast Campus, 152 Powell Road, is accepting registration for fall classes. Event and Wedding Planning II, 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, Oct. 12-26; $333. Getting Paid to Talk, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday10/14; $39. Fruit and Vegetable Carving I, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 7; $99. www.mtctraining.com
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. Beginner watercolor, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays through 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 email@example.com
DYSLEXIA SIMULATION WORKSHOP: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sandhills School, 1500 Hallbrook Drive. Free, but reservations are suggested; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 695-1400
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd., is accepting registration for fall classes. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $239. Defensive Driving, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; $69. Spanish I, 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 20; $129. French 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 15; $129. German I, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 15, $129; Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17, 18; $239. Intermediate Motorcycle, 6 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17; $139. Experienced Motorcycle, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18; $79. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24, 25, $239. Introduction to Motorcycle Repair, 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 4; $149. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21, Nov. 1; $239. www.mtctraining.com
RICHLAND 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Offering high school diploma, GED test preparation, HSAP remediation, WorkKeys, skills lab, English as a Second Language and adult basic education. Also accepting registration for community education classes - Introduction to Computers, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 15-Nov. 10; $60, seniors, $30. Introduction to Computers II, 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 11; $60, seniors, $30. Digital Photography, 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 9; $30. eBay the Right Way, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 1-10; $30. All classes meet at the W.R. Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Call (803) 736-8787, ext. 301, or go to www2.richland2.org/tech/rogerscenter.
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; Breakfast for your Brain, for ages 50 and older, 8-8:45 a.m. Thursdays through 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. 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.
S.C. CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Speaker @ the Center Series, noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at the State Library, 1430 Senate St., room 309. Tom Moore Craig ("Upcountry South Carolina Goes to War"); Susanne Stone Johnson and Robert Allison Johnson ("Bitter Freedom: William Stone's Record of Service in the Freedman's Bureau"). Free, bring a bag lunch. Books will be available for sail and signing. www.sccenterforthebook.org
FREE NOTARY PUBLIC SEMINAR: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Richland County Administration Building, 2020 Hampton St., second floor. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Information at www.scsos.com; preregister by calling (803) 734-0629 or e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, is accepting registration for fall classes. Cake Decorating Certificate, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 30 and 6-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7; $109. Cake Decorating I, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 30; $79. www.mtctraining.com
ADULT EDUCATION AND ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays (GED) and Wednesdays (ESL) at Gilbert Primary School, 520 Main St., Gilbert. Free; child care will be provided by the GPS Parenting Center. (803) 821-1400
LEXINGTON 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Certified Nursing Assistant class, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 17; $575. Also 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.
SWORDS OF CAROLINA: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road. Joe Long of the S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will give a talk about sabers and other swords in the Palmetto State's social and military history. He'll describe and demonstrate saber training as practiced by the antebellum militia. For ages 12 and older. (803) 785-2680
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, 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Computer Basics: Microsoft Word 2007 Overview for adults, 10:30 a.m. Friday. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Ask a Fireman!, 3:30 p.m. Saturday fire prevention tips and a tour of a fire truck for ages 3-12. Pajamarama Bedtime Stories for all ages, 7 p.m. Monday. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Mind Games for adults, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 27; keep your wits sharp with Sudoku, chess or crosswords. Book Banter for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday; selection is "How Starbucks Saved My Life" by Michael Gates. Read with Curious George, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; stories, songs and fingerplays for all ages. Getting Your Ideal Job for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; job placement expert Oscar Robinson helps you identify your skills, write winning resumes, apply successful interviewing skills and utilize proven follow-up techniques. Computer Basics, Introduction to Computers for adults, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Stark Raven Mad: Big Read Film for adults and teens, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20; join your friends for a special screening of "Murders in the Rue Morgue." Style Me Up for teens, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; a representative from Remington College will bring you up to speed on a career in cosmetology. Computer Basics, Basic Internet for adults, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675
THE LINK, BALLENTINE: Hey! Listen to This!, 11 a.m. Fridays; stories and songs for all ages. 1321 Dutch Fork Road, (803) 781-5026
SANDHILLS BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today. Pumpkins with Attitude for all ages, 6:30 tonight. 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. American Girl Tea party for ages 9-12, 6:30 p.m. Monday; bring your doll and discuss your favorite books. Let's Speak English for adults, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Campfire Stories for ages 3-5, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; wear your pajamas and bring your sleeping bag. At Your Library: Database Training for Home-schooled Children ages 6-12; 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays (sign up for one session only). Stark Raven Mad: Big Read Book Discussion for adults and teens, 7 p.m. Wednesday; selection is "Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe." Kids Kraft: Monster Mash for ages 6-8, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Rats, Cats and Bats, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; ages 3-12 are encouraged to wear costumes for stories, crafts and games at a not-so-spooky Halloween celebration. Garden Like a Master: Lasagna Gardening for adults, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; prepare vegetable and perennial beds using a simple layering technique. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230
NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Book Group for adults, 7 tonight; selection is Suze Orman's "2009 Action Plan." Family Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays, hip2craft for adults, 3:30 p.m. Saturday; bring a portable project and connect with other crafters. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Mondays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Free Legal Clinic for adults, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; lecture and Q&A session on starting a small business. Calling All Wild Things! for ages 3-5, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16; create your own Wild Thing costume in celebration of the release of the film version of "Where the Wild Things Are." Game Day, Dungeons and Dragons for teens, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17; challenge your friends (beginners and advanced players welcome). Poe's Spooks and Specters, 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19; ghost stories and craft session for ages 9-12. Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Halloween Festival for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24; games, books, face-painting and crafts, Stark Raven Mad, Big Read Film for adults and teens, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; join your friends for a special screening of "The Pit and the Pendulum" starring Vincent Price. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575
BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Halloween is Here story time for ages 3-12, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806
COOPER BRANCH: Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 10:30 a.m. today. Personal Safety and Self Defense for adults, 6 tonight. Family Movie Matinee for all ages, 1 p.m. Saturday; enjoy popcorn, drinks and a special screening of the G-rated "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Reader's Theater for ages 9-12, 6:30 p.m. Monday. Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Digital Photography for teens, 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19; photographer Robin Smith can show you how to capture the best shot. Stark Raven Mad Big Read Book Discussion for adults and teens, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19; selection is "Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe." (Teens-only session 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.) Knit Wits, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20; knitting expert Boykin Exum teaches the basics (all materials provided). Family Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 21, 28, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 22, 29. Classical Guitar with Marina Alexandra for adults, live concert, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Halloween Hoedown for ages 6-12, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; join your friends for square dancing, apple bobbing and stories. 5317 N. Trenholm Road, (803) 787-3462
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 19:30 a.m. Thursdays. Computer Basics: My RCPL for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday; tour the Web site and learn about the library's online resources, including the catalog, databases and downloadable audio books. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Mondays. Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Cooking Up Some Fun: After School Snacks, 4 p.m. Tuesday; ages 6-12 will learn how to make healthy and great tasting after school snacks. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Third Thursday Book Group for adults, 7 p.m. Oct. 15; selection is "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. Computer Basics: Basic Internet for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday, Oct. 20. Stark Raven Mad for adults and teens, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; the Columbia Marionette Theater presents a special adaptation of "The Tell-Tale Heart and Selected Stories" by Edgar Allan Poe. Blue Bird Banter for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; learn how you can help preserve our native birds. Get Creative! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) for all ages, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; all other materials provided. Computer Basics, Microsoft Word 2007 Overview for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Ghosts Galore, craft and story session for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31; costumes welcome. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855
NORTH MAIN BRANCH: Computer Basics: Basic Internet for adults, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. Mondays. Silver Screen Movies for ages 55 and older, grab a friend and enjoy a free movie, 11 a.m. Fridays. Teen Otaku Association, 4 p.m. Friday; anime videos, refreshments and fun. Beginner Embroidery, 5:30 p.m. Friday; E. Star Dantzler is set to teach the basics to ages 9-12. Wii Are the Champions for all ages, 4:30 p.m. Monday; challenge your friends to a round of video games. Stark Raven Mad: "The Tell-Tale Heart and Selected Stories," 6:30 p.m. Monday; adapted and performed by the Columbia Marionette Theater. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Yes! You Can Go to College! for teens, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 am.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. P.E.E.R. Pressure for teens, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; girls learn how to use positive, energized, exerted reactions in dealing with everyday concerns. Re-vamp my T-shirt for teens, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17; bring your own tee for a little customization, all other materials provided. Hooked on Crocheting for ages 9-12; bring your hook and yarn to learn the basics or show off your latest creation. Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; selection is "What Doesn't Kill You" by Virginia DeBerry. Fall Festival for all ages, treats and costume contest, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734
EASTOVER BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Teen Bling, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday; all materials provided to make some pretty unique jewelry. Game On! video game challenge for all ages, 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Tricks or Treats?, story and craft session for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; Oct. 31 (costumes encouraged). 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584
WHEATLEY BRANCH: Halloween Fun, join your friends ages 6-12 for a spooky Saturday, 4 p.m. Oct. 31; costumes encouraged. 4931 Woodrow St., (803) 799-5873
MAIN LIBRARY: Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Big Read: Film Screening of "The House of Usher," for adults, 6:30 tonight. Let The Wild Rumpus Begin! for all ages, stories songs and art featuring characters from "Where the Wild Things Are," 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Computer Basics: E-mail Basics for adults, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Garden Like a Master: Fall Planting Season for adults, 3 p.m. Sunday; updated planting techniques and survival strategies for newly planted trees and shrubs. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Afternoon of Puppets for all ages, 4 p.m. Monday. Wii Happy Hour for all ages, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays. Teen Otaku Association, 608 p.m. Mondays. Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-12 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Big Read: Book Discussion for teens and adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; discussion of "Great Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe." Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29. Great Books Discussion Group for adults, 7 p.m. Wednesday; selection is "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. "Where the Wild Things Are" movie release party for all ages, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Hands-on Art for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16; dress for a mess. What Kind of Animal is That? for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The Whereabouts of Sherlock Holmes for adults, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Mysterious Library Society for all ages, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Tuesday Morning Literary Discussion for adults, 10 a.m. Oct. 20; selection is "Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor" by Brad Gooch. Computer Basics: Typing, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. RCPL Teen Idol vocal competition, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 24, 31. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Meet the Music Makers for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Puppets with Bite for all ages, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Mister Poe's Nightmares for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084
CAMDEN BRANCH: Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Yoga for adults and families, 7 tonight and Thursday, Oct. 29. Enjoying Word 2003 computer class for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. XL1 Computer Class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Monday. After School at the Library: Kid's Garden Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday; ages 6-12 are invited to help plant the fall garden. 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 home-schooled students ages 5-9, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Lunch Bunch Stories for ages 4-5, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Teen Advisory Group, 4 p.m. Wednesday; food, fun and conversation for ages 12-15. Enjoying the Internet Computer Class for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 16. XL2 Computer Class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19; XL1 class is a prerequisite. After School at the Library: Learn about Mexico, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20; ages 8-12 will make candy skulls in preparation for the Day of the Dead. Library Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21; selection is "Beside a Burning Sea" by John Shors. Enjoying the Computer, 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; computer basics for adults. XL3 Computer Class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26; XL2 is a prerequisite. After School at the Library: Halloween Prep, story and craft session for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508
ELGIN BRANCH: After School at the Library: Pumpkin Fest, story and craft session for ages 6-10, 4 p.m. today. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Baby Story Time, 11:15 a.m. Mondays; stories and songs for you and your child age 2 and younger. Teens Teaching Tweens, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19; ages 8-12 are invited to join Sarah Catherine Smith and make a friendship bracelet. After School at the Library: Learn about Mexico, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; ages 8-12 will make candy skulls in preparation for the Day of the Dead. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-788
IRMO BRANCH: Books and Beyond, story and craft session for students in grades 5K-2, 4 p.m. today; session for grades 3-5 meets at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Teen Time, 3 p.m. Saturday; American Red Cross basic first aid workshop for students in grades 6-12. Movie Afternoon for students in grades 5K-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Club for ages 7-14, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Lapsit, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27; 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, Oct. 20, 27. Paw-sitive Reading, 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27; students in grades 5K-2 are paired with tutors and therapy dogs who listen to them read to help improve reading, comprehension and communications skills as well as building confidence and self-esteem. Toddlertime for ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 21, 28; and Thursdays, Oct. 22, 29; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:30 a.m. Teen Time, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; students in grades 6-12 are invited to dress in costume for the Little (Coffee) Shop of Horrors. 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. Books and Beyond, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; session has a Halloween theme for students in grades 1-5. 129 N.W. Columbia Ave., (803) 345-5479
WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Homeschoolers Research Series for ages 6-12, 1 p.m. Thursdays. Movie Afternoon for all ages, 3:30 p.m. today. Toddlertime for ages 23 months and younger 10 a.m. Mondays; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:45 a.m. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Creative Dramatics I for ages 6-9, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Juvenile Book Discussion for ages 9-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Bedtime Story Time, craft and stories for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. 1500 Augusta Road, (803) 794-6791
GASTON BRANCH: Books & Beyond for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. today and Thursday, Oct. 22. Friends of the Gaston Library Fun Day for all ages, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Preschool Story Time for ages 1 1/2-4, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208
SWANSEA BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Teen Time, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; students in grades 6-12 are invited to dress as their favorite vampire and drop in for a bite. Books & Beyond for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Halloween program for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. 9 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519
SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Mondays. Books & Beyond, story and craft session for students in 5K through fifth grade, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Teen Time for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia. (803) 785-3050
LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY: Between the Lines book discussion for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Registration for the next session of Lapsit, Toddlertime and Preschool Story Time begins Monday, Oct. 19. Dia de Los Muertos, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; all ages are encouraged to come in costume for bilingual story time, music and food. So the Story Goes, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; ghost stories for ages 6 and older. Music and Movement for ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:30 a.m.; session for ages 3-6, 3:30 p.m. 5440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600
GILBERT-SUMMIT BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-25 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays. Books & Beyond, 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15; stories and activities for ages 6 and older. 110 Broad St., (803) 785-5387
PELION BRANCH: Teen Time for students in grades 6-12, 6 tonight. Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Family Movie Morning, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Teen Book Discussion for grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Toddlertime for you and your child, 18-25 months, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Books & Beyond, story and craft session for grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Teens & 'Tweens for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. 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; www.christianlifecolumbia.com
COLUMBIA JEWISH FEDERATION: Dinner to recognize annual Distinguished Service Award winner Jerry Kline, 7 tonight at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center. $25 per person. Reservations: (803) 787-2023.
SPRING VALLEY BAPTIST: Singles event, 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at the church, 91 Polo Road. Chili cook-off, $10 at the door. Tina, (803) 309-9783
BETHEL UNITED METHODIST: Community picnic, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday at 4600 Daniel Drive, Forest Acres. Bounce house, clown, face painting, music, balloons, dunking booth, free hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks. (803) 787-3058; www.bethelcolumbia.com
GREENLAWN BAPTIST: 125th anniversary celebration Sunday at 6612 Garners Ferry Road. Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., worship at 11 a.m., followed by a covered-dish dinner. (803) 776-4074
MOUNT HOREB UNITED METHODIST: Men's group 39th annual barbecue, 8 a.m. Saturday at 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia. Traditional mustard-based barbecue: carryout plates (pork or chicken with hash, rice and slaw) or buffet, 11 a.m. until sold out; $8, child's plate, $5. Chopped pork by the pound, $8; chicken halves, $4; sandwiches, $3. One pint sides: hash, $4; slaw, $3.50; rice, $2. The women of the church will hold a bake sale. Proceeds benefit missions projects and scholarships. (803) 796-4421, (803) 356-4177
TEMPLE BAPTIST: Helping Hands garage sale, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday 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.
SHANDON UNITED METHODIST: Choral evening prayer and service of healing, 5 p.m. Sunday at 3407 Devine St. (803) 256-8383; www.shandon-umc.org
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
ST. JAMES LUTHERAN: Holiday craft bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1358 S. Lake Drive (S.C. 6), Lexington. Homemade jellies, jams, baked goods, handmade crafts, children's items and more. Takeout chicken stew dinners will be available 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for $5. (803) 359-2122
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 autumn jazz with Melody Parker. (803) 779-0030; www.stpaulscolumbia.com
THE LEARNING STATION: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. Interactive concert sponsored by the S.C. Association for the Education of Young Children. Adults, $6; children, $4. (843) 359-9583; www.scaeyc.org/familyconcert.html/
COLUMBIA BLUES FESTIVAL: Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Martin L. King Park, 2300 Greene St. Performers include Samuel James, Eddie Turner, Mac Arnold & Plate Full o' Blues, Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, Elliott and the Untouchables and Duke Robillard. Free; food and beverage concessions on-site, so no coolers, please. www.columbiabluesfest.com
CARMINE CARUSO INTERNATIONAL JAZZ SOLO TRUMPET COMPETITION: 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the USC School of Music recital hall. Winners will be announced at the free 7:30 p.m. gala concert at the Koger Center, 1051 Greene St.
COLUMBIA COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Chapin United Methodist Church, 415 Lexington Ave., Chapin. Free. Canned food items will be collected for the We Care Food Pantry.
SANDLAPPER SINGERS: "American Faces" concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the Dreher High School auditorium. Guest performances by the Dick Goodwin Quintet and Sam Grosby, winner of the group's Katie Quackenbush Vocal Scholarship. A reception will follow. Adults, $15; ages 60 and older and military, $12; students, $5. (803) 381-5481
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 performance will feature the New Century Salon Orchestra.
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 performance will Constance Gee (viola), Katie Taylor (harp), and Jennifer Parker Harley (flute). (803) 771-7300; www.trinitysc.org
REID'S ROCKIN' AT THE RACEWAY: Free concert series, 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays at the Historic Columbia Raceway, 2001 Charleston Highway (U.S. 321), Cayce. This week, Brian Connor takes the stage. (803) 794-6504
BROOKLAND-CAYCE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1984: 25-year reunion, Saturday at American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens St. Casual dress. $45 per person. Greta Baughman Swink, (803) 739-9433 or e-mail email@example.com
C.A. JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959: 50-year reunion, Nov. 27-29. Call James Kelly Jr., (803) 754-3312; Bangwa Frances Hill-Fair, (803) 772-3824; or Mary Harrison Bowden, (803) 254-6675 for more information.
GREEN COCKTAIL PARTY: Keep the Midlands Beautiful 20th anniversary celebration, 6-8 tonight at Nelson Mullins Rooftop, 1320 Main St. Tickets are $40; includes live music by Billy Sloan and food by The Blue Marlin. (803) 733-2526 or go to www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org
FRIENDS OF THE RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Book sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the RCPL Operations Center, 130 Lancewood Road. Preview sale for Friends members, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Memberships, $25; available at the door.
WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT: Breast cancer awareness event, Tuesday at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 200 Stoneridge Drive. Exhibits and silent auction begin at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers will be actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker ("L.A. Law"). Tickets are $35. Proceeds will benefit Lexington Medical Center's Cancer Care Fund. (803) 936-8850; www.lexmed.com
ART IN THE GARDEN: 7-10 p.m. Friday at Wingard's Nursery and Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. $20, advance sales only, includes music by Elliott and the Untouchables, food and beverages by Dupre Percival. Works by Suzanne Wilkins, Melony Stuckey, Michael Bell, Sally and Don Rash, Michel McNinch and Laura Torres, Melissa Cook, Lauren Maurer. Proceeds will benefit Lexington Interfaith Community Services. Parking at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, shuttle buses will be provided. www.wingardsnursery.com or call (803) 359-9091
FALL WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Lake Carolina's Village Green. Silent auction, live music, food samplings and wines from around the world. Presented by Homeowners Mortgage, all net proceeds will benefit Children's Charities of the Midlands. $35; VIP admission is $60, which includes an after-party. www.lakecarolina.com
LEGION AWARENESS BENEFIT: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16, 17, at Cayce Memorial Post 130, 402 Naples Ave., Cayce. Flea market and bake sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Ceremonial Flag Burning (proper disposal of nonserviceable flags) at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Spaghetti dinner, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday; eat in or take out, $8. All proceeds go toward veterans programs, military families and community support. (803)794-7624
PALMETTO PAINTERS: Members art auction, 11 a.m. Saturday at Green Hill Baptist Church, 1734 Augusta Road, West Columbia. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Sistercare. (803) 781-2340
FIDO DOG RESCUE GARAGE AND BAKE SALE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at His House, 554 Meeting St., West Columbia. Holiday decorations, clothes, appliances, furniture, computer equipment and more.
FRIENDS OF THE CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA LIBRARY: Bag of Books sale, library hours through Sunday, Oct. 18, at 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. $5 buys a plastic bag to fill; $10 buys a canvas bag. (803) 794-6791
THE ARTFULL BRAS PROJECT: Fifty original works of art will be on display 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Pieces & Patches, 711-H E. Main St., Lexington. Meet the artists 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. The bras will be auctioned later this month, with proceeds going to Best Chance Network, a program that helps uninsured or underinsured women ages 40-64 who met income guidelines and need to be screened for breast and cervical cancer. (803) 359-3442
COTTON BRANCH FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Parkland Plaza (near Bi-Lo), Cayce. The organization was founded in 2004 to provide refuge for abused and neglected farm animals. (803) 736-2176; www.cottonbranch.org
A FINE AFFAIR: Ronald McDonald House Charities fundraiser, 7 p.m. Monday at the Columbia Marriott. Live music, dinners and desserts, live and silent auction. Charlie Glasgow Memorial Golf Tournament, Tuesday at Woodcreek Country Club, 300 Club Ridge Road, Elgin. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and information.
COOPERATIVE MINISTRY: "Hold My Hand" fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. Event will feature a reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:45 and the presentation of the Outstanding Community Service Award to Jim "Soni" Sonefeld of Hootie and the Blowfish. $45; couples, $80. Tickets available at www.coopmin.org; (803) 799-3853 or at the door.
THE NURTURING CENTER: 20th anniversary celebration, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at 1332 Pickens St. The event will feature a children's area with games and activities, live entertainment, dedications to volunteers and more. The Nurturing Center is a private, nonprofit treatment center for child abuse and neglect. www.thenurturingcenter.org
PALMETTO GARDEN CLUB OLD ROSE SHOW: Wednesday in the Ellison Building at the State Fair. Entries accepted 7:45-10 a.m. (enter gate 11 on Bluff Road). All entries must be placed by 10:45 a.m., judging at 11 a.m. Old garden roses must have been introduced before 1950 or be of an undetermined introduction date. (803) 782-8325; www.scstatefair.org
BOO AT THE ZOO: 6-9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 16-18 and 23-30, at Riverbanks Zoo. Family-friendly Halloween event will feature trick or treat trail, Frankenstein's Foam Zone, DJ dance party and more. Costumes encouraged for ages 12 and younger. $8; members, $6; advance sales only, no tickets will be sold the night of the event. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org
HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN: Exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31 at the Robert Mills House and Garden, 1616 Blanding St. Vote for the People's Choice Award until noon Oct. 31. www.historiccolumbia.org.
WALK AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: 9 a.m. Saturday at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Free; register by calling (803) 454-3046 or e-mail email@example.com. Late registration at 8 a.m.
YOUNG SURVIVAL COALITION DROP-IN: 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Nonnah's, 930 Gervais St. Local breast cancer survivors are forming a local chapter of the national organization dedicated to reaching young women who are premenopausal at the time of diagnosis and providing support, networking and education. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FALL MARKET DAY AND CRAFTS FAIR: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. Space rentals (15x15) are $30 for antique dealers; $25 for general vendors; and $15 for nonprofit organizations. Registration forms and payment due at 4:30 p.m. Friday. www.historic-camden.net or call (803) 432-9841
GET FIT, GET HAPPY: Senior wellness expo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive (off Rabon Road). Free health screenings, exhibits, speakers, door prizes and fitness demonstrations. Flu shots will be available for a small fee. (803) 787-2023, ext. 206
COLUMBIA GARDEN CLUB FALL PLANT EXCHANGE: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Forest Park Shopping Center, 4711 Forest Drive. Perennials, herbs, trees, shrubs and rootings. www.columbiagardenclub.com
HOLLYWOOD-ROSE HILL NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC: 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Hollywood Park, 216 S. Gregg St. The Neighborhood Association will provide fried chicken and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Music by the V-Necks. Adults, $5; children, $1; families, $10. Rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 25.
S.C. NATIONAL GUARD AIR-GROUND EXPO: Saturday and Sunday at the McEntire Joint National Guard Base, 1325 South Carolina Road, Eastover. Free, gates open at 9 a.m. both days; demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. Event will feature the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team jumping at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., educational displays, climbing wall, interactive equipment, F-16 fighter jet demonstration, F-22 Raptor flyover and a tactical demonstration featuring an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. www.scguardnow.net
FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, U.S. 378, Lexington. Sponsored by the YMCA Trailblazers, the event is open to all fathers and daughters ages 18 and younger. DJ, refreshments, gift and souvenir portrait for each daughter. A limited number of tickets will be sold; $40 a couple and $10 for each additional daughter. Call (803) 359-3376, ext. 15 to register.
'TIL DEATH DO US PART: Tanya Brown speaks in memory of her sister, Nicole Brown Simpson, 6-8:30 tonight 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 OPEN 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 is $120; $95 for COLT members (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 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.