NASHICON ANIME CONVENTION: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.; $15. http://wwwnashicon.com
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Schedule includes Nano Days, today (museum opens at noon) and Monday; Environmental Science, Tuesday; Biotechnology, Wednesday; Computer Science,Thursday; Engineering, Friday; Robotics, Saturday. Admission, $9.50; ages 62 and older and military with ID, $8.50; members and children age 1 and younger, free. (803) 779-3100; http://www.edventure.org
COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: 12:30-6 p.m. today in the Cantey Building at the State Fairgrounds. Showcase of music, culture, food and performing arts. $5; ages 6-12, $1; active duty military admitted free with ID. Parking, $2. (803) 799-3452; http://www.cifonline.org
SWIM CLINIC: 2-5 p.m. today at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Safe Kids Midlands and volunteers from the USC swim team will offer a water safety course for ages 4-6. Sessions will consist of 30 minutes pool time and 30 minutes out of the water. Free, but space is limited, so call (803) 296-2273 to register. Children should arrive wearing swimsuits; McDonalds will provide towels and goggles to each registered child.
CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, 2:30-5 p.m. today at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). $10; ages 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504
COMMUNITY YOGA CLASS: Free yoga basics, 3-4:15 p.m. Sundays at Sun Spirit Yoga Wellness, 735 Meeting St., West Columbia. (803) 233-0055; http://www.sunspirityoga.net
“CELEBRATE LIFE!”: 6 tonight at Lexington Baptist Church, 308 E. Main St. Christian musical featuring the 200-voice Lexington Community Choir and the Lexington Baptist orchestra, the presentation is free and no tickets are required. (803) 996-8807
SPRING BREAK CAMP: 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Wednesday in the gardens and grounds of Historic Columbia. Old-fashioned fun and games for ages 8-12. $50; members, $40. Register at http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2012/04/02/events/spring-break-camp
DIGITAL DARKROOM: 6-9 p.m. Monday and April 9 at the Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Road. Hands-on project assignments; working knowledge of computers is required; $89. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
EARLY COLUMBIA LECTURE SERIES: “Part II: The Capital City Rebuilds, 1865-1914” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through May 1 at the Seibels House, 1601 Richland St. $10 per class or tour (optional bus tour, 2-5 p.m. April 15). This week’s topic will be “Reconstruction and Healing.” (803) 252-1770; http://www.historiccolumbia.org
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Sponsored by the S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, clinic will address family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation). Information at (803) 799-6653, ext. 158; http://www.scbar.org/clinics
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Free. (803) 345-0158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BEGINNERS SQUARE DANCE CLASSES: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. $7 per class (first lesson, free). (803) 791-9767
TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS: 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2701 Heyward St. Requested donations vary depending on category — adult, senior, student, family. (803) 647-9283; http://www.taoist.org
CERAMICS CLASSES: 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays through May 9 at Martin Luther King Park, 2300 Greene St., ages 7-13. free. Sponsored by the City of Columbia. (803) 545-3093
“THE OTHER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION”: 6 p.m. Wednesday in room 005 at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business, 1705 College St. Free screening of the documentary will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker, Roy Germano. (803) 777-7397
CITIZEN SAFETY AWARENESS PROGRAM: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Participants will learn to be aware of the surroundings at home, work and inside their vehicles, as well as how to defend themselves and escape in the event they are attacked. Cost is $25, includes safety awareness kit (chemical pepper aerosol spray). Limited to 35 students, ages 16 and older. Lexington County residents will be given preference. Register at (803) 785-2400.
COOK-A-PIG: Lexington County resident deputies are conducting a fundraiser to benefit S.C. Special Olympics. Ten-pound barbecued Boston butts will be available for pick up between 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Price is $40. Call Red Bank resident deputy Nick Parker at (803) 785-1459 or email email@example.com to order.
CHRISTIAN NIGHT OF FELLOWSHIP: 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday at The Plex, 741 Fashion Drive, Village at Sandhill. Sponsored by City of One King, the event will include arcade games, bounce houses, unlimited roller skating, open turf field activities, DJ, vendors, concessions, screening of “The Passion” and more. Advance tickets $6; $8 at the door. (803) 463-4615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMILY FUN NIGHT: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Z Factor Dance & Fitness Studio, 7201-D Parklane Road. Free. (803) 419-9133; http://www.zfactordancefitstudio.com
TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at IT-oLogy, 1300 Gervais St., Suite 200. Original animated designs, interactive games and robotics by Greater Columbia BDPA students, Keenan High School robotics team, IT-oLogy Open Source IT lab, Lake Marion High School and Technology Center, Holly Hill-Roberts STEM magnet school and St. James-Gaillard Elementary. Sponsored by the Greater Columbia Black Data Processing Associates. (803) 261-1422
FIRST AID FOR YOUR PET: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Protect your pet by learning basic first aid and lifesaving techniques; $69. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
BATESBURG BUSINESS ASSOCIATION FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, downtown Batesburg. Flower and garden goods, vendors and more. Children’s activities at Southern Occasions on North Oak St., include games, crafts, rides, tea party and Easter Dress Up contest and 1 p.m. Easter Parade; admission $1; ride/game tickets, $1. Proceeds help fund revivalization of the historic Batesburg business district. (803) 622-6368
BANK OF AMERICA’S “MUSEUMS ON US” WEEKEND: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. April 8 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Bank of America cardholders enjoy free admission the first full weekend monthly. (803) 779-3100; http://www.edventure.org
LUNCH AND LEARN: 1-2 p.m. Monday at Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Tours With Faye informational session on Alaska trip slated for Sept. 8-17. Space is limited, so call (803) 397-4187 for reservations; lunch will be provided.
FAMILY NIGHT AT EDVENTURE: 5-8 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly; admission is $1. EdVenture Children’s Museum is at 211 Gervais St. (803) 779-3100; http://www.edventure.org
ADULT CERAMICS CLASSES: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, April 10-May 15 and 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, April 12-May 17 at Martin Luther King Park, 2300 Greene St.; 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, April 14-May 19 at Greenview Park, 6700 David St. Sponsored by the City of Columbia. $30; call (803) 545-3093 to register.
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL FOR SENIORS: 9 a.m.-noon April 11 and 18 at Midlands Technical College’s Harbison Campus, 7300 College St., Irmo. Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, including building worksheets, formatting, formulas, editing, printing and more; $89. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
COYOTE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 11 at the Lexington County EMS Training Facility, 407 Ball Park Road, Lexington. Coyote population is on the rise and experts from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources will discuss management, what is legal for reducing the population and coyote research at the Savannah River Site. A consultant from the S.C. Trappers Association will demonstrate trapping techniques. $10, includes lunch, send checks to Lexington SWCD, 123 Park Road, Lexington 29072 by Friday.
W8 2 TXT WEDNESDAY: 3-5 p.m. April 11 at the Subway restaurant, 6801 St. Andrews Road. In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, troopers from the S.C. Highway Patrol will offer safe driving information and distribute W8 2 TXT wristbands while supplies last. Students may sign the virtual Pledge Wall through midnight April 30, to be counted in a high school challenge to win free subs from the entire school from Subway. http://www.w82txtpledge.com
WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES: 6 p.m. April 12 at the Columbia Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Sponsored by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, men are asked to walk a mile in high heels (bring your own) to rally the community against sexual violence. (Women are welcome, too, but they don’t have to sport stilettos.) Registration through April 9, $20. Includes T-shirt, goody bag and entrance to the after party at the Tin Roof, 1022 Senate St. http://www.stsm.org
GUIDED ELMWOOD CEMETERY TOURS: The second Thursday monthly through September. Conducted by the Historic Columbia Foundation, tour options include “Secrets From the Grave” iconography tour at 7:30 p.m. and moonlight tours at 8 and 8:30 p.m. The iconography tour will allow participants to study symbols found on markers and headstones. Admission is $10 for adults, children, $5; members, $5/$3. Reservations recommended, limit 25 per tour. Registration at http://cemeterytours.eventbrite.com
CERAMICS CLASSES: 5-6 p.m. Fridays, April 13-May 18 at Martin Luther King Park, 2300 Greene St. Ages 7-13, free. Sponsored by the City of Columbia. (803) 545-3093
FIRST AID: 6-10 p.m. April 13 at Midlands Technical College’s Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. General principals of first aid, covering medical, injury and environmental emergencies; $45. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
CPR: 8 a.m.-5 p.m . April 14 at Midlands Technical College’s Airport Campus, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia. CPR/AED for adult, children and infants using the most current AHA guidelines; certification is valid for two years; $79. (803) 732-0432; http://www.mtctraining.com
BARK TO THE PARK AND FESTIVAL FOR THE ANIMALS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 14 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St. Walk registration 9 a.m., one-mile walk for pets and their people begins at 10:30 a.m. Festival highlights include vendors, rescues, adoption events, live entertainment, contests, people food and K-9s in Flight. Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit homeless pets in the Midlands. Register at http://www.barktothepark.com
COOKOUT FOR KIDS: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 14 at Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Ave. Barbecue from award-winning S.C. cook teams, live music, bake sale, vintage cars and more. Chicken or pork plates with sides, $10; Boston butts, $30. Plates may be purchased at the event, but pre-orders are preferred. Sponsored by the Epworth Children’s Home Alumni Association, proceeds go directly to Epworth Children’s Home. Information and preorders, email email@example.com
RAKU FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 14 at the City of Columbia Art Center and Backman Gallery, 1932 Calhoun St. Raku demos, throwing, hand-building; meet the artists; pottery and artwork for sale by local artists; glaze, fire and take home your own raku creation. (803) 545-3093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RIVER ROCKS 2012: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. April 14 at Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St. Conservation demonstrations, paddling tours, stand-up paddleboard race, children’s activities, food trucks, beverages, live music (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Sol Driven Train, Shovels and Rope, Drink Small). Proceeds benefit the Congaree Riverkeeper’s effort to protect the Broad, Saluda and Congaree rivers. Advance tickets, $12 at http://www.etix.com; $15 at the gate.
USADANCE AZALEA BALL: 7:15-10:30 p.m. April 14 at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center, 680 Cherokee Road, West Columbia. Semi-formal event, non-alcoholic drinks and refreshments will be available for sale and a complimentary dance lesson from 7:45-8:15 p.m. $10; members, $7. http://usadance.us
SECOND SUNDAY STROLL: 2 p.m. April 15, meet at the corner of Gervais and Assembly streets for a walking tour of The Vista. $6; ages 17 and younger, $3; Historic Columbia Foundation members, free. Reservations, (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or email email@example.com
CHEFS ON THE SHOE: 5:30-10 p.m. April 16 at the USC McCutchen House and Horseshoe. Local chefs will showcase signature dishes, live music, raffles, silent auction and more. $25; students, military and seniors, $15; ages 10 and younger, free. Sponsored by the festival planning class of the School of Hotel Restaurant Tourism Management, proceeds will benefit the Jules Pernell Memorial Scholarship Fund. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE: 9 a.m.-noon April 17 and 18 at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. $14; AARP members, $12. Call (803) 788-1858 to reserve a space.
BENEDICT COLLEGE CITIZENS COMMUNITY POLICING ACADEMY: Training orientation, 6-8 p.m. April 17 in the multipurpose room of the Benedict Business Development Center, 2601 Read St. Free program gives participants a working knowledge of community policing techniques and local law enforcement; regular classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 17. Open to Richland County residents, age 18 and older; seating is limited, call (803) 705-4756 or (803) 705-4696 to register.
W8 2 TXT WEDNESDAY: 3-5 p.m. April 18 at the Subway restaurant, 1027 W. Dekalb St. (U.S. 1 South), Camden. In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, troopers from the S.C. Highway Patrol will offer safe driving information and distribute W8 2 TXT wristbands while supplies last. Students may sign the virtual Pledge Wall through midnight April 30, to be counted in a high school challenge to win free subs from the entire school from Subway. http://www.w82txtpledge.com
FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6:30-8 p.m. April 18 at the Richland County Library, 1431 Assembly St. Sponsored by the S.C. Pro Bono Program, clinic will address criminal law issues and expungements. Information at (803) 799-6653, ext. 158; http://www.scbar.org/clinics
WINE AND CHEESE BENEFIT: 6:30 p.m. April 20 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington. Advance tickets, $15; at the door, $20. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. For reservations and tickets, call (803) 359-2444, Tuesdays-Thursdays.
ARTS AT SHANDON: The Upton Trio in concert, 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Free, but donations accepted. (803) 771-4408
EXPLORING THE 1940 CENSUS: Free workshop, 10 a.m.-noon April 20 in Room 309 at the State Library Administration Building, 1430 Senate St. Wi-Fi and laptop connections will be available. (803) 734-8625
ARMIES THROUGH TIME: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21 and 22 at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St., Camden. Re-enactors, uniform and weapon exhibits, artillery demonstrations and more. “Battle of the Ages,” 2 p.m. April 21 will feature a mix of warriors from all eras. Admission is $8; seniors and military, $5; ages 6-12, $4. Family package (two adults and three children younger than 12), $25. Save $2 when you purchase tickets by April 20. (803) 432-9841; http://www.historic-camden.net
CAYCE RIVERWALK PARK TOURS: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 21 at the comfort station (N Avenue entrance to the park). Naturalist Rudy Mancke will lead the leisurely tours of the Riverwalk trail, pointing out plants, animals and geology of the area. The 10 a.m. tour will be geared for children and nature gifts will be provided to each participant; children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, but space is limited so advance registration is required. Call (803) 796-9020 by April 13.
CHILDREN’S DAY: Noon-2 p.m. April 21, Churchill at St. Andrews Apartments, 82 Fox Run Lane (near Irmo). Sponsored by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Churchill at St. Andrews Apartments Neighborhood Watch Group, the event will include K-9 Unit and bike safety demonstrations and fingerprint identification cards for children who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. (803) 513-4958
SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL: 2-6 p.m. April 22 at Maxcy Gregg Park, 1806 Blossom St. Music and dance performances, demonstrations, make-and-take arts and crafts, vendors, information on classes and workshops, raffles, drawings and more. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. Exhibitor fee, $25; reservations deadline is Friday. (803) 545-3100