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NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION: Columbia Chapter 87 of NARFE luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 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 Richland County Probate Judge Amy McCullough.

GREEN DRINKS COLUMBIA: 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Kelly's Deli and Pub, 1001 Washington St. Sponsored by Keep the Midlands Beautiful and the Sierra Club John Bachman Group, the event is an opportunity for eco-friendly individuals to network, socialize and discuss environmental issues in an informal setting. (803) 733-1139

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

COLUMBIA CAMERA CLUB: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Capital Senior Center, Maxcy Gregg Park. (803) 786-7022



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 tonight at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). $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


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, Jan. 16, 23, 30; and Sundays, Jan. 24, 31. Owl Prowls, 7 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 15 and 29. Free; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, or go to

ADVENTURE CAROLINA: Congaree River trip, 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9; Edisto River trip, noon Saturday, Jan. 16; Roll Class (indoor pool), 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23; Saluda River trip, 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Adventure Carolina is at 1107 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-4505

ELECTRIC TRAINS EXHIBIT: 5-8 tonight and Friday, 1-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday 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

DENNY TERRACE COMMUNITY CENTER: Offering the following adaptive activities at 6720 Bishop Ave. Green Thumb Gardening for all ages, 10 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday monthly; free. Family and Friends Night Out for ages 18 and older, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays; free. Kaleidoscope Craft sessions, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 14, 21, and 28; $15 per family. Victory Veterans Activity Room event for all ages, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15; free. Family Games and Activities, 10 a.m.-noon the fourth Saturday monthly beginning Jan. 23; free. Valentine's Day Dance for ages 18 and older, 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. (803) 754-6720, ext. 204, 209 and 214



FRIARSGATE PARK: Group guitar lessons for ages 7 and older will meet 3:30-4:15 p.m. beginning Tuesday, individual lessons 4:30-5 p.m.; $40/$80. Accepting registration beginning Saturday for basic tap and ballet classes for ages 3-12. Classes will meet 6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays beginning in late January/early February; registration is $45 for a one-month session. The park is at 1712 Chadford Road, Irmo. (803) 732-3220

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;

DANCE CLASSES: Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop, Tuesdays at Caughman Road Park, 1800 Trotter Road, Hopkins. Ages 3-4, 5:55-6:25 p.m.; ages 5-6, 6:30-7 p.m.; ages 10 and older, 7-7:45 p.m. A session for boys in grades 2-5 will meet 5-5:45 p.m. $20 per month. (803) 783-0400


MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE CONTINUING EDUCATION: Harbison Campus, 730 College St., has announced its spring class schedule. Defensive Driving, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9; $69. Basic Photography, 9-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Jan. 11-25; $129. Spanish I, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 19-March 23, $129. Quilting Techniques, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 21-March 11; $99. Spanish I, 9-11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 21-March 25; $129. eBay Basics, 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 25-March 1; $119. Defensive Driving, 5-10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 26, 27; $69. Fiction Writing, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 26-March 2; $129. Register at

SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Adventures in Learning for ages 50 and older, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through 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

MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Northeast Campus, 152 Powell Road, has announced its spring class schedule. Defensive Driving, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23; $69. Register at

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

INTRODUCTION TO HEBREW: 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 6:15-7:15 p.m. Mondays through March 8 (no classes Jan. 18 or Feb. 15) at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 4827 N. Trenholm Road; $18. Sunday lecture series, 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 31; "We Can Have Health Care Without Killing Grandma," with Sam Baker. (803) 782-2500

HISTORIC COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES: "People, Places and Progress of Columbia: The Capital City Rebuilds, 1865-1914" with historian Warner Montgomery. Lectures will be 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 9 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St.; $55; members, $45. Optional bus tours, 2-5 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 10, 24, 31. Lecture and tour package, $80; members, $65. Reservations online at or call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24.

SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Wednesdays throughMarch 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 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.

MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Beltline Campus, 316 S. Beltline Blvd., has announced its spring class schedule. Spanish III, 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 6-Feb. 24; $129. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9, 10; $239. Defensive Driving, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 and Wednesday, Jan. 13; $69. ESL - Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary, 6-7:25 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 11-April 26; $300. ESL - Advanced Reading and Vocabulary, 6-7:25 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 11-April 26; $300. ESL - Spoken American English, 6-7:25 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 12-April 22; $300. ESL - Intermediate Grammar and Writing, 6-7:25 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 12-April 22; $300. ESL - Advanced Grammar and Composition, 6-7:25 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 12-April 22; $300. Intermediate Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23; $139. Mastering Digital Photography, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Wednesday, Jan. 27; $89. Spanish I, 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 25-March 15; $129. Beginner's Motorcycle, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30, 31; $239.

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.

ZUMBA CLASSES: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 25, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road; $25. Call (803) 530-4289 or e-mail to register

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.

MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia, has announced its spring class schedule. Private Pilot Ground School, 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 27-April 14; $169.

ZUMBA FITNESS CLASSES: 9-9:50 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through 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

HOPKINS PARK: Basic drawing for ages 12 and older, 6-7 p.m. Mondays through April 26; $10. Ceramics classes for ages 12 and older, 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 6-April 28; $20. Spades tournament for ages 12 and older, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 7-April 29; $2 entry fee. All activities at 100 Hopkins Park Road, Hopkins. Lee Davis, (803) 783-9374

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 close at 5 p.m. today for the New Year's holiday. The library will reopen Saturday.


The Kershaw County Library will be closed Friday for New Year's.

CAMDEN BRANCH: After School @ the Library stories and crafts, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. 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. Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508

ELGIN BRANCH: Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Feb. 22 (except Jan. 18). Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Feb. 22 (except Jan. 18). 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881


The Lexington County Library will close at 5:30 p.m. today for the New Year's holiday. The library will reopen Saturday.

IRMO BRANCH: "Mr. Lincoln and His War," discussion and book signing by John Chandler Griffin, 7 p.m. Tuesday. 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880


GRACE UNITED METHODIST: Watch Night service, 6:30 tonight at 410 Harbison Blvd. (803) 732-1899

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.

OAK GROVE BAPTIST: Retirement banquet for the Rev. Willie J. Goodwin, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Spring Valley Country Club, 300 Spring Valley Road. (803) 865-7186

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

GILL CREEK BAPTIST: Watch Night service, 10 tonight at 2116 Cushman Drive. (803) 754-6616

LOWER RICHLAND WATCH NIGHT SERVICE: 9:45 tonight at Hopkins Park, 150 Hopkins Park Road. Speaker will be the Rev. Sammy Wade; event will feature a Kwanzaa memorial candlelight service, Linton & Louise Smith, Kairos and the Sons of Unity, followed by a fireworks display.

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

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

ZION MILL CREEK BAPTIST: New Year's Eve Watch Night service, 10 tonight at 97 Mill Creek Parkway. (803) 776-2250

CALVARY BAPTIST: "Biblical Answers to Dan Brown's 'Lost Symbols'," led by Michael Hoggard, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at 1724 W. Main St., Lexington. Free, a love offering will be taken. Seating is limited, call (803) 359-6753 to reserve a spot.




HEALTHY NEW YEAR'S FITNESS PARTY: 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Music and dancing, floor and water aerobics, personal training, water therapy, fitness screenings, nutritional information and more. Free, but a $10 donation will be accepted to support health and wellness initiatives of Benedict College and the City of Columbia. (803) 705-4963