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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

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.

COLUMBIA CAMERA CLUB: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Capital Senior Center, Maxcy Gregg Park. This month's meeting will feature the Annual Project Image Contest around the theme of night. (803) 786-7022

HOBBIES/RECREATION

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

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

BUS TRIP: Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City, June 12-18, $569 per person double, triple, $549; single, $838. $75 deposit payable now; balance due April 9. (803) 754-3095; (803) 736-6219

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

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Visitor center open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. 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.

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. Halloween Trip to Graveyard Island, 2 p.m. Saturday. 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

AGES 18 AND YOUNGER

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. Thursdays, Nov. 19, and Dec. 17.. $20 per child, two or more, $15 each; includes materials. (803) 419-4434

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

FOR ADULTS

AARP DEFENSIVE DRIVING CLASS: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Thursday, Nov. 12, (must attend both sessions) at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Successful completion of the course may qualify drivers for an auto insurance discount. $14; AARP members, $12. Call (803) 345-6181 to reserve a spot.

JIM FLEMING LECTURES: The archaeologist and biblical scholar will speak 6-7:15 p.m. Monday at Union UMC, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. His topic will be "Why Some Prayers Can Be Answered As We Wish"; Wednesday, noon-1:15 p.m., he will discuss "Why Some Prayers Cannot Be Answered As We Wish." (803) 781-3013. Fleming's programs at Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St., are scheduled for 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesday - "Guidance in Silence and Waiting"; 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, "The Teaching Methods of Jesus"; and "Guidance in Uncertainty of Choice," 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. (803) 256-8383

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at North Springs Recreation Center on Clemson Road. Free instruction will be led by Lt. Heidi Scott of the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Ages 21 and older, wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes and bring a water bottle. Sponsored by the Northeast Women's Club. Space is limited, call (803) 446-8605 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

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

FEED YOUR KIDS RIGHT: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 7, in the auditorium at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. Speaker will be Dr. Ann Kulze. $10, register online at www.heathwood.org; (803) 231-7718

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 drawing and watercolor media class, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 5; $100. (803) 269-2826 or e-mail villegeartists@villageatsandhill.com

MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd., is accepting registration for Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $239. www.mtctraining.com

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK LECTURE SERIES: 7-8 p.m. Wednesday 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. Jim Landmeyer of the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss groundwater as a source of water to floodplain trees in the park. (803) 776-4396, ext. 0 or www.nps.gov/cong

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 - 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 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.

TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION: Free lecture, 6:45 tonight at the Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Mary Lou Williams, (803) 474-3744; www.tm.org

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

WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT MEDICARE: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, 321 S. Lake Drive, Lexington. Free, but seating is limited, call (803) 359-0872 or e-mail info@insuresc.com by Wednesday, Nov. 11, to reserve a space.

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

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP: 3 p.m. today, Breed Leadership Center, Room 105, at Columbia College. Don Dixon and Marti Jones will lead the workshop and then perform at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Lounge. Both events are free. www.columbiasc.edu

FALL ARTS PROGRAMS: Columbia Parks and Recreation department is offering Introduction to Pottery and Intermediate Pottery, 7-9 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 7 at the Arts Center, 1932 Calhoun St. $25 registration, $55 to instructor. Open Studio/Clay, $70, includes one bag of clay ($60, without clay; additional clay $12.50 for 25 pounds). Group mini-course, $3 per person plus $15 for clay. (803) 545-3091

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

All branches of the Richland County Public Library will be close Thursday, Nov. 5, for Staff Education Day.

ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Kids' Cozy Corner, story time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. today. Teen Game Time, 3-5 p.m. today. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675

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

SANDHILLS BRANCH: Rats, Cats and Bats, 3:30 p.m. today; 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 tonight; prepare vegetable and perennial beds using a simple layering technique. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230

NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Family Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575

BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Friday. Halloween is Here, story time for ages 3-12, 3:30 p.m. Friday. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806

COOPER BRANCH: Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. today. Halloween Hoedown for ages 6-12, 3:30 p.m. today; join your friends for square dancing, apple bobbing and stories. 5317 N. Trenholm Road, (803) 787-3462

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Get Creative! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) for all ages, 7 tonight; all other materials provided. Computer Basics, Microsoft Word 2007 Overview for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Ghosts Galore, craft and story session for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday; costumes welcome. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855

NORTH MAIN BRANCH: Silver Screen Movies for ages 55 and older, grab a friend and enjoy a free movie, 11 a.m. Friday. Fall Festival for all ages, treats and costume contest, 3 p.m. Saturday. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734

EASTOVER BRANCH: Tricks or Treats?, story and craft session for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday (costumes encouraged). 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584

WHEATLEY BRANCH: Halloween Fun for ages 6-12, 4 p.m. Saturday; costumes encouraged. 4931 Woodrow St., (803) 799-5873

MAIN LIBRARY: Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 3:30 p.m. today. Mister Poe's Nightmares for adults, 7 tonight. Computer Basics: Typing, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084

KERSHAW COUNTY

CAMDEN BRANCH: Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. today. Yoga for adults and families, 6:45 tonight. Ghoulies, Goblins, Ghosties and Bloodcurdling Tales; Legends and Ghost Stories, 7 p.m. Friday. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508

LEXINGTON COUNTY

IRMO BRANCH: Toddlertime for ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays; Wednesday and Nov. 18; ages 24-35 months meet at 10:30 a.m. 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 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 build confidence and self-esteem. Teen Time, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12; students in grades 6-12 will watch the latest anime and create their own manga. Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Club for ages 7-14, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Chess Club, all skill levels in grades 6-12, 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Teen Time Craft Zone for grades 6-12, 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880

CHAPIN BRANCH: Books and Beyond, 5:30 p.m. today; session has a Halloween theme for students in grades 1-5. Toddlertime for you and your child, 18-25 months, 11 a.m. Fridays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 1 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 18. Books & Beyond - Thanksgiving, for students in grades 1-5, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Christmas Tree Decorating Party for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30; stories, refreshments and a very special guest. 129 N.W. Columbia Ave., (803) 345-5479

CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Homeschoolers research session for ages 6-12, 1 p.m. today. Toddlertime for you and your child 23 months and younger, 10 a.m. Mondays; sessions for ages 24-35 months meet at 10:45 a.m. Creative Dramatics II for ages 10-13, 4 p.m. Mondays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Creative Dramatics I for ages 6-9, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Movie Afternoon for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Between the Lines, book discussion for ages 9-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Bedtime Story Time, craft and stories for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia, (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. Thursdays, Nov. 4, 19. Teen Program - String Art for grades 6-12, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208

SWANSEA BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Books & Beyond, story and craft session for grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. Teen Time - Shall We Dance?, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19; students in grades 6-12 can learn line dancing steps for fun and exercise. Thanksgiving program for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. 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 grades 5K-5, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Teen Time for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20; watch some Utube video clips and make a craft. 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia. (803) 785-3050

LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY: Lapsit, stories, songs and rhymes for you and your child 11 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Nov. 5. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Toddlertime for ages 24-35 months, 9:30, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Nov. 5. Books & Beyond story and craft session for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Storytime for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Teen Book Club - Pizza and Pages for students in grades 6-12, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. Between the Lines, book discussion for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19; selection is "The Dog Who Thought He Was Santa Claus" by Bill Wallace. Teen Time cooking session for students in grades 6-12, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Anime Kessha for students in grades 6-12, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. 5440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600

GILBERT-SUMMIT BRANCH: After-school chess lessons for students in grades 3-5, 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Nov. 10. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Nov. 10. Books & Beyond, story and activity session for ages 6 and older, 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. 110 Broad St., (803) 785-5387

PELION BRANCH: Books & Beyond story and craft session for students in grades 5K-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Teen Time for students in grades 6-12, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Family Movie Morning for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. Teen Book Discussion for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Teens & 'Tweens for students in grades 6-12, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. Books & Beyond, stories and crafts for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18. 203 Armory St., (803) 532-9223

FAITH

UNION UNITED METHODIST: Dinner and silent auction to benefit the preschool and kindergarten, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Wesley Building, 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. Dinner by Macaroni Grill, auction will feature class-decorated gifts and themed baskets. Tickets are available in advance. $10; ages 4 and older, $6; ages 3 and younger, free. (803) 407-0986

BISHOPS' MEMORIAL AME: Women's Missionary Society hat show and luncheon, noon Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2221 Washington St. (803) 254-6686

DENNIS CHAPEL BAPTIST: Anniversary banquet and pastor's recognition program, 7 p.m. Friday at Ariel's Special Event, 1734 Mobile Ave., West Columbia. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Ricky Ezell, pastor of Central Baptist Church and moderator of the Gethsemane Baptist Association; musical guest will be Terence Young. (803) 691-2074

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST: Helping to Heal ministry will sponsor a fundraising gala to benefit its domestic violence programs. The event will be 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the church's family life center, 1237 House St. Tickets are $15. (803) 528-3990

NEW BEGINNING BAPTIST: Church dedication and anniversary service, 3:30 p.m. Sunday at 9601 Caughman Road. Speaker for the anniversary service will be the Rev. Fred Coit of Ridgewood Missionary Baptist Church; the Rev. Michael Baker of Greater St. Luke Baptist Church will deliver the dedication message. (803) 695-1195

SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN: Contemplative Taize worship services, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 29 at 607 Woodrow St. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org

SHANDON UNITED METHODIST: Choral Evening Prayer and Service of Healing, 5 p.m. Sunday at 3407 Devine St. (803) 256-8383

SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN: Stephen Ministry hope and remembrance service, 3-5 p.m. Sunday at 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. (803) 359-7770, ext. 18

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER

CAPITAL CITY BIG BAND: 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Hoefler Gallery, The Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road, Chapin. Free; call (803) 451-7414 for reservations.

ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH MUSIC MINISTRY: Capella Antiqua will perform the "Pope Marcellus Mass" by Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Gallery Choir will sing Maurice Durufle's "Requiem" at 7 p.m. Monday. The church is at 1529 Assembly St. (803) 799-0036

CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). $8; ages 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504

FINE ARTS CENTER OF KERSHAW COUNTY: "Claire Bryant and Friends," chamber music series, 7 tonight; cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35; students, $15. Finally Friday outdoor concert, 6-8 p.m. Friday, featuring Rusty, KT and Buddy. Trick or treating, games, costume contests for adults and children. Free. Both events at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. (803) 425-7676, ext. 300; www.fineartscenter.org

FIRST FRIDAY AT VILLAGE ARTISTS: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Village at Sandhill. Reception featuring works by Lori Starnes Isom, Rachel Parker and Barbie Mathis. (803) 699-8886; www.thevillageartists.com

WEDNESDAYS AT TRINITY: Free concert series, 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays 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 feature the Dick Goodwin Quintet. (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, Justin Smith takes the stage. (803) 794-6504

CLASS REUNIONS

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.

FUNDRAISERS

VENETIAN ELEGANCE MASQUERADE BALL: 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Fashion show, jazz with Terence Young. Tickets are $25 and $35 (reserved seating). Proceeds benefit the Life Skills Empowerment Center, an organization for foster children and at-risk youth whose parents are incarcerated. (803) 454-5244

HOLIDAY GREENERY SALE: Accepting orders through Monday for wreaths, door swags, garlands and centerpieces to benefit St. Lawrence Place. Items may be picked up at Trinity Episcopal Church the first week in December, or can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Pick-up items range from $20-$35; direct delivery prices are $30-$75. Order at www.stlawrenceplace.org/cms/node/115 or call (803) 256-3999.

INSPIRE LIFE, BREATHE FREE WOMEN'S HEALTH LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. Event will feature a silent auction, fashion show, guest speaker Dawndy Mercer-Plank of WIS-10. Tickets are $35; proceeds benefit the American Lung Association. (803) 779-5864; www.breathefreeluncheon.org

KOREAN FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1412 Richland St. Food and festival games, noon-7:30 p.m.; event will also feature tae kwon do demonstrations, folk dances, drum dance, rock wall, trackless train, obstacle course, children's crafts and more. All proceeds will be matched and benefit local charities.

DRIVE ONE FOR HABITAT GOLF TOURNAMENT: Monday, Nov. 9, at the Fort Jackson Golf Club. Four-player Captain's Choice scramble. Registration at 8:45 a.m., putting contest at 9:15; shotgun start at 10 a.m. Entry fee of $100 includes green fees and cart, clinic with the golf pro, continental breakfast and lunch catered by Hudson's Barbecue. Prizes awarded to top teams; closest to the pin, longest drive, beat the pro and golf trivia competitions. Working that day? Arrangements can be made for a soldier or veteran to play in the donor's name. Tournament sponsorships still available starting at $200. Proceeds will benefit Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity. (803) 252-3570, ext. 101 or e-mail menglish@habitatsc.org

MASQUERADE DE MACABRE: Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries Black and White Ball, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday. Food, silent auction, museum tour, mask contest and silent auction for a Chihuly glass bowl. $50 per person; Contemporaries and museum memberships available in advance. (803) 799-2810

ANIMAL PROTECTION LEAGUE: Benefit auction, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St. $50, includes heavy hors d'oeuvres (vegan and vegetarian options), beer, wine soft drinks. (803) 603-5443; www.aplsc.org

BREWS, BLUEGRASS AND BARBECUE: 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Sumter and Calhoun streets. Beer, wine, barbecue, live music by the Papa String Band and steel drums featuring Chris Lee. Door prizes, photo exhibit. $30; proceeds benefit the Family Shelter. (803) 771-7040

LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK: Community celebration and fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will be 7 tonight at Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road. In addition to the walk, there will be music, food and family activities. Registration begins at 6 p.m.; online registration at www.lightthenight.org/sc

AUTUMN ATTIC SALE: Noon-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the former Gifts on Broad, 1041 Broad St., Camden. Furniture, decorating accessories, gently used clothing, books, framed prints, boutique. Proceeds will benefit the Community Medical Clinic, which provides free medicine and medical care for uninsured residents of Kershaw County. (803) 432-7673

HARMONY SCHOOL OYSTER ROAST AND SILENT AUCTION: 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at 3737 Covenant Road. Event will feature steamed oysters, several varieties of homemade chili, live music by Danielle Howle, Reggae Infinity, J'Ouvert and The Project. Items in the silent auction include travel accommodations, jewelry and artwork. Advance tickets, $30; $35 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Harmony School and Children's Chance. (803) 787-1899; www.harmonyauction.blogspot.com

STEPPIN' OUT TO SHOP: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Stepping Out Dance Studio, 5175 Sunset Blvd., Lexington (behind McAlister's Deli). More than 25 vendors plus door prizes and refreshments. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Stepping Out Dance Studio's company dancers. (803) 808-7766

LEXINGTON TECHNOLOGY CENTER HEALTH OCCUPATION STUDENTS OF AMERICA YARD SALE: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2421 Augusta Highway, Lexington. All proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. (803) 821-3000

SPECIAL EVENTS

BOO AT THE ZOO: 6-9 p.m. Friday 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

PAST RESIDENTS OF HENDLEY HOMES: Friday through Sunday, Nov. 6-8. Activities include bowling at Royal Z Lanes, 8512 Two Notch Road, 8 p.m. Friday; Green's Barbecue, 5310 Farrow Road, 9 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m. worship Sunday at New Samaritan Baptist Church, 930 Huger St.; following the services, the Columbia Housing Authority will offer a tour of Rosewood Hills, homes built on the former Hendley Homes site. Margaret Smalls, (803) 754-4872

CHILI COOK-OFF: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on Beaufort Street in Chapin. Free admission; sponsored by the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce. (803) 345-1100

REVOLUTIONARY WAR FIELD DAYS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8 at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 S. Broad St., Camden. Battle of Camden, 1:30 p.m. Saturday; Battle of Hobkirk Hill, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. British, Patriot and Hessian camps depict military life, civilian camps feature period crafts demonstrations and colonial lifestyles; children's activities, round table discussion, 18th-century church service, merchants of Sutlers Row and more. Admission, $10; military and seniors ages 65 and older, $8; ages 6-12, $4. Family ticket (two adults and three children ages) 12 and younger, $25; group rates available. No pets, please. Free parking. (803) 432-9841; www.historic-camden.net

RIVERBANKS BOTANICAL GARDEN FALL BULB SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Bog Garden Plaza or order online at www.riverbanks.org

SPIRIT OF LAKE MURRAY FALL CRUISES: Saturday, Nov. 7, Lake Murray Marina and Yacht Club, 1600 Marina Road, Irmo. Family lunch cruise, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Adults, $15, ages 2-10, $10. Dinner cruise, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Adults, $39.50; ages 2-10, $29.50. (803) 730-3044; www.spiritoflakemurray.com

RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT DARESCREAM NIGHT: 5-9 tonight in the Baskin-Robbins parking lot, 4711 Forest Drive. Dunking booth, face painting, karate demonstrations, bike safety course, police vehicles and D.A.R.E. trucks, poster contest, Halloween costume contest, shag and line dancing demonstration and instruction. Sheriff Leon Lott and School Resource Officers will be behind the counter, serving up ice cream treats.

HISTORIC COLUMBIA FOUNDATION SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN: Exhibit will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today through Saturday at the Robert Mills House and Garden, 1616 Blanding St. Vote for the People's Choice Award until noon Saturday. www.historiccolumbia.org.

JINGLING BROS. CARNIVAL AND CANDY CIRCUS: 5-9 p.m. Saturday at Life Springs Worship Center, 5630 Platt Springs Road, Lexington. Parking, games and rides are free; small fee for food and drinks. (803) 947-2221; www.lswc.com

FREE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE CHECKS: 210 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at The Lexington County Auxiliary Building, 605 W. Main St., Lexington. (803) 785-8634

WEST METRO HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS: Accepting entries through Wednesday, Nov. 18. The parade is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Sponsorships available. Entry forms at http://parade.westmetrochamber.sc

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AND BOCCE TOURNAMENT: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Finlay Park. Music, car and motorcycle show, food, puppet show, games, entertainment, vendors and a street dance featuring the Sensational Epics. Free; food and beverage concessions require tickets. Participation in the bocce tournament requires a fee and signup onsite. (803) 600-3720

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