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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



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

CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Holiday dance, 8-11 p.m. Friday at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Informal ballroom dancing to live music. $5; setups provided. (803) 786-2049

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: Charleston, July 10; tour, lunch and shopping, $92 All trips have a nonrefundable deposit of $25. (803) 776-9127 or e-mail


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. Free; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, or go to

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



CHRISTMAS COOKIE WORKSHOP: 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Young Chef's Academy, 7320-I Broad River Road, Irmo. All materials provided to create a Christmas cookie bouquet. $20 per child, reservations required. (803) 749-0670

PENMANSHIP CAMP: 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, through Thursday, Dec. 31, at Sylvan Learning Center, Village at Sandhill. Students in grades 3-6 will learn to master cursive handwriting; $145. (803) 741-0999

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. today; $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;

SAFE SITTERS BABYSITTING CLASS: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29, 30 at Palmetto Health Baptist Auditorium, 1501 Sumter St. Two-day course for ages 11-14 will provide information on nurturing childcare techniques, basic lifesaving, safety precautions and how and when to call for help. $50, includes Safe Sitters manual, completion card and T-shirt; participants should bring a bag lunch. Advance registration required, (803) 296-2273.

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

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

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

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.

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 to register.

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


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;

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;

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.

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 to register.


Advance registration required for most programs


The Richland County Library will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 27 for Christmas

ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Kids Cozy Corner for all ages, 10:30 a.m. today. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Mind Games for adults, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday; keep your wits sharp with Sudoku, chess or crosswords. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Read with Curious George for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. 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: Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230

NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Holiday Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. hip2crafts for adults, 3:30 p.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. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. today. Book Group for adults, 7 tonight; selection is Fannie Flagg's "Standing in the Rainbow." Lights, Camera, Action: Christmas Classics for all ages, 2:30 p.m. Saturday; decorate Christmas cookies and settle in to enjoy some of the season's classic cartoons. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Tuesday Times: Let's Build A Gingerbread House for ages 6-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday. 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: Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today. Silver Screen for ages 55 and older, 11 am. Friday; grab a friend and watch a movie together. Teen Otaku Association, 4 p.m. Friday; join your friends for anime videos, refreshments and fun. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesday. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734

EASTOVER BRANCH: Game On! Video Game Challenge sessions for all ages, 2-5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584

WHEATLEY BRANCH: Holiday Happenings, 10:30 a.m. today; 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. today; discussion of family history research, a genealogy podcast and computers to get you started. Teen Otaku Association Anime Marathon, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Mondays; join your friends for anime videos, refreshments and fun. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084


The Kershaw County Library will be closed Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 25 for Christmas.

CAMDEN BRANCH: Baby Story Time for ages 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. today. . Using Publisher 2003 for Greeting Cards, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday. Enjoying Word 2003, basic word processing for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday and 6-7:30 p.m. Monday. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30. Reader's Story Time for homeschoolers ages 5-8, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30. Lunch Bunch Stories, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30; ideal for ages 4-5 who enjoy the library after preschool. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508

ELGIN BRANCH: After School at the Library, 4 p.m. today; after reading Jan Brett's "The Gingerbread Boy," ages 8-12 can decorate and snack on their own. Get Set 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. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881


The Lexington County Library will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24 through Monday, Dec. 28 for Christmas.

IRMO BRANCH: Holiday Story Time for 2-year-olds and younger, 9:30 a.m. today; session for ages 3-5 meets at 10:30 a.m. Family Christmas Movie, 6:30 tonight; enjoy popcorn and a special screening of "Santa Buddies." 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880

CHAPIN BRANCH: Porkchop Productions' "Holly and the Christmas Present" for ages 6 and older, 11 a.m. Saturday. 129 N.W. Columbia Ave., (803) 345-5479

CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Teen "New Moon" Party, 6 p.m. today; students in grades 6-12 can celebrate the release of the second book in the "Twilight" saga with a costume contest, games, trivia and more. Comedy Classics, 5:30 p.m. Friday, screening of "It's A Wonderful Life." Morning Movie for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Book Discussion for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29; selection is "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier. 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia, (803) 794-6791

GASTON BRANCH: Books & Beyond for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. today. Porkchop Productions' "Holly and the Christmas Present" for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208

SWANSEA BRANCH: Teen Time - Wrap It Up, 3:30 p.m. today; students in grades 6-12 can help a senior by wrapping gifts. Porkchop Productions' "Holly and the Christmas Present" for ages 6 and older, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. 49 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519

LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY: Anime Kessha for students in grades 6-12, 3 p.m. Sunday. Adult Book Discussion, 10 a.m. Monday; selection is "Christmas Pearl" by Dorothea Benton Frank. 5440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600

GILBERT-SUMMIT BRANCH: Books & Beyond, story and activity session for ages 6 and older, 2:45 p.m. today. 110 Broad St., (803) 785-5387

PELION BRANCH: Porkchop Productions' "Holly and the Christmas Present" for all ages, 6 tonight. Family Movie Morning for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Books & Beyond, stories and crafts for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. today. Porkchop Productions' "Holly and the Christmas Present" for ages 6 and older, 2 p.m. Saturday. Holiday movie for all ages, 5:30 p.m. Monday; screening of "Shrek Before Christmas" followed by a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 203 Armory St., (803) 532-9223


CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: Family Christmas Eve service with communion, 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at 2700 Bush River Road. Child care available for ages 2 and younger. (803) 798-4488

NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN: Christmas Eve candlelight services, 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at 601 Polo Road. Nursery available for the 4 p.m. service. (803) 788-5298

CENTRAL BAPTIST: Christmas concert, 5 p.m. Sunday at 3625 Clement Road. (803) 252-3742

FAIR LAWN UNITED METHODIST: "A Song is Born," Christmas cantata, 9 a.m. Sunday. Christmas Eve candlelight communion, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. The church is at 9203 Wilson Blvd. (803) 754-2070

NEW WILLIAM STREET BAPTIST: 61st anniversary celebration, 3 p.m. Sunday at 5408 Middleton St. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Leander West of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Blythewood. (803) 735-0140

PARK STREET BAPTIST: Worship choir presentation of "There is Peace in the World Tonight," 6 p.m. Sunday at 2204 Park St. (803) 252-6434

SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN: Longest Night service, 7 p.m. Monday at 607 Woodrow St. (803) 771-4408

ZION MILL CREEK BAPTIST: Christmas production and holiday service presented by the women's fellowship ministry, 7 p.m. Friday in the banquet hall at 97 Mill Creek Parkway. (803) 776-2250

ZION PILGRIM BAPTIST: Christmas celebration, 10 a.m. Sunday at 258 Old Bluff Road, Hopkins.

LEXINGTON BAPTIST: "The Christmas Story in Carols & Poetry," presented by the Marathon Singers Senior Adult Choir at 6 p.m. Sunday. Candlelight celebration services, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24. The church is at 308 E. Main St., Lexington.

STATE STREET BAPTIST: Sanctuary Choir presentation of "The Name... Jesus," 6 p.m. Sunday. Christmas Eve service, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. The church is at 1420 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-6123



"CHRISTMAS BELLES": Contemporary Southern comedy, 8 tonight through Saturday at Chapin Community Theatre. 107 Columbia Ave. $12; seniors, $10; students, $8. (803) 345-6181;

"CHRISTMAS TIME IN CAROLINE": The Ross Holmes Band in concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road; a reception will follow. Free, but donations for the Souper Bowl of Caring will be accepted.

"AMERICAN GRACES" CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Dreher High School auditorium, 3319 Millwood Ave. Performance features choirs from Satchel Ford Elementary, Crayton Middle and A.C. Flora High schools accompanied by the Sandlapper Singers instrumental ensemble. $5-$15, reception will follow. Tickets available at or by calling (803) 381-5481.

ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH MUSIC MINISTRY: Handel's "Messiah, Part I," 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, featuring the Gallery Choir and Chamber Orchestra; followed by Mass at midnight. The church is at 1529 Assembly St. (803) 799-0036

ARPAD DARAZS SINGERS: Holiday concert, 7 tonight at Zion Lutheran Church, 226 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. Free and open to the public.

SOUTHERN BRONZE HANDBELL CHOIR: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lexington Baptist Church, 308 E. Main St., Lexington. Free performance will also feature the Columbia Community Orchestra.


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 Saturday, $90 (guests, $40); Sunday through Thursday, Dec. 24, $100/$50; at the door, $110/$60.


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.


BREAKFAST FOR SENIORS: 8 a.m. Friday 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

SENIOR SOUP DINNER: Noon Friday at the Swansea Senior Center, 179 N. Lawrence Ave., Swansea.