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. Open to all active and retired federal employees and spouses in Richland and Lexington counties. Guest speaker will be Sandy Ward of BlueCross BlueShield.
PARENTS OF PRE-TEENS: Help your children ages 10-13 fight back against drugs, sex, alcohol and gangs. (803) 771-2212
SOCIALLY INTELLIGENT SISTERS: Meet new people for social activities, travel and more. Marie, (803) 743-5866
WOODFIELD PARK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION: 7:30 tonight at Woodfield Park Baptist Church, 1834 Morninglo Lane.
GREATER WOODFIELD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7:30 p.m. the second Monday monthly at Petersen Presbyterian Church, 8131 Brookfield Road.
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
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: R&B line dancing, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays; wear smooth-soled shoes, $5; members, $2.50. Salsa socials, lessons and dancing, 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays monthly, $5, members, $3. Afternoon aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Shag dance lessons and more, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; $4, members, $3. Qi Gong, 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. 1650 Park Circle, (803) 779-1971
U.S. AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION: Greater Columbia Chapter dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Semi-formal; nonalcoholic drinks, refreshments and snacks will be available. Complimentary dance lesson, 7:45-8:15 p.m. Admission, $8; USADance members, $5. www.usadance.us
CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arsenal Hill Park building, 1900 Lincoln St. (Lincoln and Laurel streets). Live music by Anna's Bananas., caller will be Shelley Worman. New dancers workshop 7-7:30 p.m. No partner necessary; bring clean, soft-soled, nonmarking shoes; $8, discounts available. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance. (803) 796-8935; www.contracola.org
BUS TRIPS: 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 TRIPS: Asheville, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 19; $149 (includes lunch and admission to Biltmore House and Gardens). Charleston, July 10; tour, lunch and shopping, $92 All trips have a nonrefundable deposit of $25. (803) 776-9127 or e-mail email@example.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, 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Owl Prowls, 7 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 18. Christmas Bird Count, 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Free; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, or go to www.nps.gov/cong.
ADVENTURE CAROLINA: Congaree River trip, 2 p.m. Saturday. Adventure Carolina is at 1107 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-4505
ELECTRIC TRAINS EXHIBIT: 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1-8 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 24, 25) at Village at Sandhill (between Reed's Jewelers and Learning Express Toys). O-gauge 12x28-foot layout will operate three loops of trains simultaneously through a miniature village. Bob Chiles, (803) 665-5352 or Dave Kasprzyk, (803) 318-8773
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES
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. Thursday, 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
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
DIGITAL PHOTO COURSES FOR BEGINNERS: Basic Editing Part II, 10 a.m.-noon today; Basic Photography, Printing Photo Illustrations, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. $40 each; bring your camera or a CD or DVD to edit. All classes meet at Village Artists, Village at Sandhill. (803) 699-8886
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
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd., is accepting registration for the following classes. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $239. Intermediate Motorcycle, 6-8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; $139. Experienced Motorcycle, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; $79. Defensive Driving, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; $69. 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. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 3; $60 (ages 60 and older, $30). Introduction to Computers II, for those who have completed the Introduction to Computers class, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 4; $60 (ages 60 and older, $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.
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
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. today at the State Library, 1430 Senate St., room 309. Guests will include Mike Creel and Lynn Kelly (newly revised edition of "South Carolina's Dog: The Boykin Spaniel") and Ben McC. Moise ("Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden"). Free, bring a bag lunch. Books will be available for sale and signing. www.sccenterforthebook.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
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
GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP: 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Young Chef's Academy, 7320-I Broad River Road, Irmo. All materials provided to make a gingerbread house to take home, $40 per family (includes hot cider and Christmas music). (803) 749-0670
THE HUB: Community learning center for at-risk and low-income students and adults, provides free tutoring, life courses, college and career planning and a computer lab with free Internet access. Hours of operation are 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at 1234 St. Andrews Road. Sponsored by Right Direction Christian Center. (803) 798-1230; www.rightdirection.info
MANGO LANGUAGES: Online language courses now available at the Lexington County Public Library System. Patrons may choose from Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and ESL for Polish, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese speakers (with more to come). (803) 785-2680; www.lexlib.sc.us
YOGA WITHOUT WALLS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Kershaw Recreation Department, 1042 W. Dekalb St., Camden. Monthly fee, $36. (803) 425-6009. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Genova Family Karate, 130-C Business Center Drive, Elgin. Monthly fee, $25. (803) 736-4777. 6:55-7:55 p.m. Thursdays at the Camden Library, 1304 Broad St.; donations accepted. (803) 425-1508. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturdays at City Hall park, 1000 Lyttleton St., Camden. Thursday and Saturday sessions held outdoors, weather permitting. www.yogawithoutwalls.net
VISUAL ARTS CLASSES: 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays, Crescent Lake, Blythewood. LaDonna Dixon, (803) 735-9982
FALL ARTS PROGRAMS: Columbia Parks and Recreation department is offering Open Studio/Clay at the Arts Center, 1932 Calhoun St. $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.
Advance registration required for most programs
ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Kids Cozy Corner for all ages, 10:30 a.m. today and Thursday, Dec. 17. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Fabulous Fruit Arranging for adults, 3 p.m. Saturday. A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Read with Curious George for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Mind Games for adults, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22; keep your wits sharp with Sudoku, chess or crosswords. 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: Germs, Germs, Germs! for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Kids Krafts: Great Gift Wrap, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday; ages 6-8 learn how to make their own gift wrap. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230
NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Green Bling, 3:30 p.m. today; plastic bottle and soda can craft projects for ages 9-12. Book Group for adults, 7 tonight. Family Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Hey! Listen to This! stories and songs for all ages, 10 a.m. Monday. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Choo, Choo!, 11 a.m. Wednesday; train-themed stories and crafts for ages 3-5. Holiday Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. hip2crafts for adults, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575
BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Fridays. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806
COOPER BRANCH: Toddler Story Time for you and your 2-year-old, 10:30 a.m. today. Nature Crafts for the Holidays, 3:30 p.m. today; story and craft session for ages 6-12. Knit Wits, knitting basics for teens, 6 p.m. Tuesday; all materials provided. 5317 N. Trenholm Road, (803) 787-3462
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays. Get Your Resume Ready for adults, 6 tonight. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Book Group for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17; selection is Fannie Flagg's "Standing in the Rainbow." Lights, Camera, Action: Christmas Classics for all ages, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; decorate Christmas cookies and settle in to enjoy some of the season's classic cartoons. Tuesday Times: Let's Build A Gingerbread House for ages 6-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22. Game On! Smash Bros. Brawl for teens, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29; challenge your friends in this action-packed video game. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855
NORTH MAIN BRANCH: Snowflakes, Stories and Songs for all ages, 2 p.m. today. Silver Screen for ages 55 and older, 11 am. Fridays.; grab a friend and watch a movie together. Twixt 'n' Between, 12:30 p.m. Saturday; ages 9-12 get a taste of fantastical fiction to ghost stories and everything in between. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hooked on Crocheting for ages 9-12, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; bring your hook and yarn to learn the basics of crochet. Already know how? Share your creations and expertise. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Teen Otaku Association, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; join your friends for anime videos, refreshments and fun. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734
EASTOVER BRANCH: Hands on Art: Holiday Edition for all ages, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Game On! Video Game Challenge sessions for all ages, 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584
WHEATLEY BRANCH: Holiday Happenings, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17; stories, songs and craft session for ages 3-5. 4931 Woodrow St., (803) 799-5873
MAIN LIBRARY: Bringing Down Your Brick Wall for adults, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays; discussion of family history research, a genealogy podcast and computers to get you started. Preschool Story Time, 3:30 p.m. today; stories, songs and fingerplays for ages 3-5. Mother Goose Hands on Art for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Friday; dress for a mess. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Wii Are the Champions!, video game challenge for ages 9-12, 3 p.m. Saturday. Story Time for you and your child ages 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Mondays; join your friends for anime videos, refreshments and fun. Mysterious Library Society for all ages, 6:30 p.m. Monday. Now I Am One!, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; stories and songs for you and your child ages 12-23 months. Hey! Listen to This!, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Teen Otaku Association Anime Marathon, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084
CAMDEN BRANCH: Baby Story Time for ages 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Enjoying the Internet for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. today. XL3 computer class (XL2 is a prerequisite), 2:30-4 p.m. Monday. After School at the Library, 4 p.m. Tuesday; ages 8-12 will read Jan Brett's "The Gingerbread Boy," then decorate and snack on their own. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Reader's Story Time for homeschoolers ages 5-8, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Lunch Bunch Stories, 1 p.m. Wednesdays; ideal for ages 4-5 who enjoy the library after preschool. Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; selection is Kate Morton's "The House at Riverton." Using Publisher 2003 for Greeting Cards, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. Enjoying Word 2003, basic word processing for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 19 and 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508
ELGIN BRANCH: After School at the Library for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. today. Get Set Ready to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 11:15 a.m. Mondays. After School at the Library, 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17; after reading Jan Brett's "The Gingerbread Boy," ages 8-12 can decorate and snack on their own. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881
The Lexington County Library schedule was not available
KENNERLY ROAD BAPTIST: Handel's "Messiah," choral presentation, 6 p.m. Sunday at 1526 Kennerly Road. Free, nursery will be provided. (803) 732-9797
CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: "A Holiday Spectacular," music and drama presented by the children's choir, 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2700 Bush River Road. www.christianlifecolumbia.com
McGREGOR PRESBYTERIAN: "Lessons, Carols and Anthems of the Nativity," 11 a.m. Sunday at 6505 St. Andrews Road. Child care provided for ages 6 and younger. (803) 781-2391
ST. ANDREWS BAPTIST: Holiday concert, 5 p.m. Sunday at 230 Bush River Road. Program will feature "A Christmas Carol Gallery," a cantata by Larry Shackley.
ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN: "The Many Moods of Christmas," 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 6952 St. Andrews Road. Free, no tickets required. Nursery provided for ages 5 and younger. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210
LAKE WATEREE BAPTIST: "Hope Has Hands," choral presentation, 10 a.m. Sunday at 5856 River Road (at the Dutchman Creek Bridge), Ridgeway. (803) 337-2838
NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN: "Sing We All Noel," featuring the Chancel Choir and Celebration Orchestra, 8:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday at 601 Polo Road. Free.
ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL: Stations of the Creche, Advent service, 5:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday at 605 Polo Road. Wednesday service will be followed by supper in the parish hall, $4; families of four or more, $13. Call (803) 736-0866 for reservations.
NORTH TRENHOLM BAPTIST: "A Night in Bethlehem - A Hands-On Holy Land Experience," 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at 6515 N. Trenholm Road. Register at www.ntbc.org or call (803) 787-2133
EAU CLAIRE PRESBYTERIAN: Joint Christmas service with Park Street Baptist, 6 p.m. Sunday at 629 Wildwood Ave. (803) 252-6434
GREENLAWN BAPTIST: "Christmas Hang-Ups," musical presentation by the children's and youth choirs, 11 a.m. Sunday at 6612 Garners Ferry Road. (803) 776-4074
MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST: Christmas concert featuring the Magnifiers Choir, 4 p.m. Sunday in McGill Hall, 1830 Main St. Reception follows. (803) 779-0610
SHANDON UNITED METHODIST: Love Feast, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3407 Devine St. Traditional gathering features fellowship, candlelight, Lessons and Carols. (803) 256-8383
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST: Gospel music workshop and concert, Friday and Saturday at 1725 Gervais St. Free registration begins at 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday; workshop choir concert, 6 p.m. Saturday. (803) 665-3645
ZION MILL CREEK BAPTIST: Holiday musical featuring the Lower Richland High School Orchestra and the Southeast Middle School Chorus, 5 p.m. Sunday at 97 Mill Creek Parkway. (803) 776-2250
LEXINGTON BAPTIST: Among seasonal events are "When He Came ... When He Comes," at 6 p.m. and "The Christmas Story in Carols & Poetry," presented by the Marathon Singers Senior Adult Choir at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The church is at 308 East Main St., Lexington; complete schedule of events at www.lexingtonbaptist.org
ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH: Annual Christmas Cantata: "The Promise of Light" by Joel Raney, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Life Center. Reception follows evening performance. Free. 1130 St. Peter's Road, Lexington. (803) 359-2470; www.stpeterslex.com
MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER
LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY AND DUTCH FORK CHORAL SOCIETY: Handel's "Messiah," 7:30 p.m. Saturday at McGregor Presbyterian Church, 6505 St. Andrews Road, Irmo. "Messiah" singalong, 7:30 p.m. Monday at Chapin UMC, 415 Lexington Ave., Chapin. Both performances are free. www.lmso.org
"CHRISTMAS BELLES": Contemporary Southern comedy, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 19 at Chapin Community Theatre. 107 Columbia Ave. $12; seniors, $10; students, $8. (803) 345-6181; www.chapintheatre.org
CAMDEN COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: Holiday concert and visit from Santa, 3 p.m. Sunday at Camden High School, 1022 Ehrenclou Drive.
COLUMBIA DANCE ACADEMY: Holiday performance, 5 p.m. Saturday at the Henry Ponder Fine Arts Center. 1600 Harden St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. $10; special rates for church groups of 15 or more. (803) 787-5115
"AMERICAN GRACES" CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, in the Dreher High School auditorium, 3319 Millwood Ave. Performance features choirs from Satchelord Elementary, Crayton Middle and A.C. Flora High schools accompanied by the Sandlapper Singers instrumental ensemble. $5-$15, reception will follow. Tickets available at www.sandlappersingers.org or by calling (803) 381-5481.
WASHINGTON STREET UMC: Advent organ series, noon today at 1401 Washington St. Ralph Rozier. Christmas Joy, 9 and 10 a.m. Sunday. (803) 256-2417
ARPAD DARAZS SINGERS: Holiday concerts, 7 tonight at St. David's Episcopal Church, 605 Polo Road and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Zion Lutheran Church, 226 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. Free and open to the public. www.adsingers.org
COLUMBIA CHORAL SOCIETY AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: "Messiah, Part I," 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3600 Devine St. $12; seniors and students, $10. www.columbiachoralsociety.org
PALMETTO ARTIST SERIES: 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, "The Many Moods of Christmas," featuring the Worship and Arts Ministry at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. Free. (803) 732-2273, ext. 210, or www.sapc.net/pas
WEDNESDAYS AT TRINITY: Community carol sing, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Averyt Hall, 1100 Sumter St. Lunch is available from noon-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m.; $6. (803) 771-7300; www.trinitysc.org
SOUTHERN BRONZE HANDBELL CHOIR: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Lexington Baptist Church, E. Main St., Lexington. Free performance will also feature the Columbia Community Orchestra.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL: Black and Gold Gala, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday at The Coop, 1100 Key Road. $25. (803) 261-3199, (803) 252-0889
RICHLAND NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1987: 22-year reunion, 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Dec. 26, at The Coop, 1100 Key Road. Advance tickets through Dec. 19, $90 (guests, $40); Dec. 20-24, $100/$50; at the door, $110/$60. www.richlandnortheast87.org
"BABES IN TOYLAND": Dance Theatre of Columbia production with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the S.C. Autism Society, Friday through Sunday at Spring Valley High School, 120 Sparkleberry Lane. Tickets are $15; blocks of 10 for the same show, $120. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday (the 1 p.m. sensory-friendly performance is free for families with an autistic member; reservations required) and 3 p.m. Sunday. (803) 788-7517
ELVES FROM CATIE: Stuffed elf dolls in a variety of holiday ensembles including worker elf and reindeer elf; $20 at Cromer's, 1700 Huger St. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
STORYBOOK CASTLE: 9:30 a.m.-noon today and Friday for scheduled groups; 4-7 p.m. today and Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Saturday for all visitors, Midtown at Forest Acres. Free literacy promotion for all ages will feature "America's White Table" by Margot Theis Raven; "A Good Day" by Kevin Henkes; "Elmer" by David McKee and "Old Number Nine" by Raymond Copp. (803) 754-6720, ext. 206
"A GIFT TO THE FUTURE": Lower Richland Youth Development Organization Christmas program, 2 p.m. Sunday at Veighle Chapel Baptist Church, 2400 Leesburg Road. Speaker will be Moses Grant; entertainment by the Temple of Yahshua Choir and Lower Richland youth. (803) 238-0331
BREAKFAST FOR SENIORS: 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Denny Terrace Community Center, 6429 Bishop Ave. Sponsored by the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Chick-fil-A, Harmony Care Hospice and Home Instead Inc. (803) 772-8505