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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: Semi-formal New Year's Eve dance, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). $25; $30 at the door (includes live music, dinner buffet and champagne toast. (803) 786-2049

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


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 today and Friday) 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



PENMANSHIP CAMP: 1-3:30 p.m. Monday 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. (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 at Palmetto Health Baptist Auditorium, 1501 Sumter St. Two-day course for ages 11-14 will provide information on nurturing child care 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


SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Adventures in Learning for ages 50 and older, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 5-March 9 at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. New classes include "What's the Difference? A Look at Four Faiths," "America's Future in the World," "Justice from Bar and Bench," "World Class Music in the Midlands," "Dog Daze, Doggone It," "Rome: From Augustus to the Barbarians," "Things Collected: Antique, Vintage and Treasures," "Beautiful Places: A Celebration of S.C. Parks" and a beading class. Ongoing favorites include beginning and intermediate Spanish, bridge, art, quilting, classic films, creative writing and day trips. 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

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

SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Wednesdays, Jan. 6-March 3 for ages 55 and older in the Leisure Ministries Building at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. Offering yoga, bridge, acrylic and watercolor painting, music (handbells, dulcimers, singing for fun, stories of famous operas, history of jazz and swing), history (Germany in the '20s and '30s, the Middle Ages, holidays of the Hebrew Bible, great biographies), American fiction, creative writing, travel, "Creative Stew," "Volunteerism" and "Controversies in Constitutional Law." Classes meet at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch and speaker at noon, $7 (reservations required). Tuition for unlimited classes, $25. (803) 779-4449

GROUP FITNESS PROGRAMS: Sessions for new exercisers begin the first week in January at Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. SIT (Seat Inspired Training), 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; MYYOGA, 9 a.m. Mondays; M.E.L.T. (More Exercise, Less Time), 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Body Balance, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (803) 545-3200 or go to for membership information.

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.

ZUMBA FITNESS CLASSES: 9-9:50 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Jan. 4-Feb. 22, at Lexington Baptist Church Family Life Center, 111 Efird St., Lexington. $55 (preregistration required). Zumba is a combination of hip hop and Latin rhythms with easy to follow dance moves. Also offering early morning aerobics, lunchtime fitness classes, strength training, pilates and low-impact cardio. (803) 996-8440 or go to and click on the recreation link.

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

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 today through Sunday for Christmas

ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Read with Curious George for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675

SANDHILLS BRANCH: Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Game On! Smash Bros. Brawl for teens, 3 p.m. Tuesday; challenge your friends in this action-packed video game. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855

EASTOVER BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584

MAIN LIBRARY: Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Monday; join your friends for anime videos, refreshments and fun. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084


The Kershaw County Library will be closed through Friday for Christmas.

CAMDEN BRANCH: Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Reader's Story Time for homeschoolers ages 5-8, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. Lunch Bunch Stories, 1 p.m. Wednesday; ideal for ages 4-5 who enjoy the library after preschool. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508

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


The Lexington County Library will be closed today through Monday for Christmas.

CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Book Discussion for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; selection is "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier. 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia, (803) 794-6791

SWANSEA BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. 49 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519


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

COLUMBIA CROSSROADS NORTHEAST: Christmas Eve candlelight communion service, 5:30 p.m. today at 9930 Longtown Road. (803) 708-8454

FORT CLARK BAPTIST: Usher board president Jannette Boyd will preach her initial sermon 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 421 Veterans Row, Elgin. (803) 438-5071;

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

ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL: Christmas Eve services, 5:30 p.m. today and 11 tonight; Christmas Day service, 10:30 a.m. Friday at 605 Polo Road. (803) 736-0866

VILLAGECHURCH: Women of Purpose study of John Rosemond's "Parenting By the Book," 9:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Fridays monthly beginning Jan. 8, at 514 Rimer Pond Road, Blythewood. $25, includes all child care and expenses. Call (803) 419-0989 or e-mail to register.

ANTIOCH BAPTIST: Combined Watch Night service with the congregation of St. Thomas Reformed Episcopal Church, 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at 5715 Koon Road. (803) 786-0119

FAIR LAWN UNITED METHODIST: Christmas Eve candlelight communion, 6 tonight. The church is at 9203 Wilson Blvd. (803) 754-2070

NEW BEGINNING BAPTIST: New Year's Eve Watch Night service, 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at 9601 Caughman Road. Breakfast will follow. (803) 695-1195

SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN: Christmas Eve family service with children's pageant, 5 p.m. today; candlelight communion, 8 and 11 tonight at 607 Woodrow St. (803) 771-4408;

STEDFAST CHRISTIAN CENTER: Watch Night service, 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at 5200 Fairfield Road (across from Alcorn Middle School). (803) 786-9129

ZION MILL CREEK BAPTIST: Christmas at the Creek, 10 a.m. Friday at 97 Mill Creek Parkway. The Word, Dance and Ministries will be featured. New Year's Eve Watch Night service, 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. (803) 776-2250

LEXINGTON BAPTIST: Candlelight celebration service, 6:30 tonight at 308 E. Main St., Lexington.

SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN: Christmas Eve candlelight communion and traditional children's music service, 4 p.m. today; Alternative Worship Experience (A.W.E.), 5:30 p.m. in the youth building; traditional family service, 7 tonight; traditional Vespers service, 11 p.m. All services (except for 5:30 p.m.) will be held in the sanctuary, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. (803) 359-7770

STATE STREET BAPTIST: Christmas Eve service, 5:30 p.m. today at 1420 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-6123



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


RICHLAND NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1987: 22-year reunion, 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday at The Coop, 1100 Key Road. Advance tickets through today $100, guests, $50; at the door, $110/$60.