2018-03-16 / Events



Carolina Wildlife Center will host its annual Baby Shower for animals March 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m and 25, 1–4 p.m., Carolina Wildlife Center, 5551 Bush River Road. Visit carolinawildlife.org to view the supply wish list.

Blythewood Animal Hospital and Make a Friend in Animals will host an Annual Spring Heartworm Clinic Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Groomadog, 424 Main Street, Blythewood. 803-606-1136.


Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Arts, will be held Saturday, April 7– Sunday, April 8. www.facebook.com/701CCA/ or twitter.com/701CCA?lang=en.


Francis Burns United Methodist Women will hold its Women’s Day Celebration Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., 5616 Farrow Road.

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is holding Lenten Mini Services Wednesdays through March 28, 12:15–12:45 p.m., 2062 Beltline Boulevard. 803-787-9777.

Woman to Woman: a Salute to African American Clergy and Musicians in recognition of Women’s History Month will be held Sunday, March 18, 5 p.m., Zion Baptist Church, 801 Washington Street.

Out of the Mouths of Babes will be held Sunday, April 8, 3 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 3525 Lucious Road. 803- 466-0974.


Columbia City Ballet will present Cleopatra March 24, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Performing Arts. 803-799-7605 or www.kogercenterforthearts.com.


Mayor Steve Benjamin and the City of Columbia will host the 8th annual Let’s Move! Columbia Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 24, 2–5 p.m., Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. 803-545-3100.

Village Church’s 17th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza at the Jeep Rogers Family YMCA in Northeast Columbia will be held March 31, 11 a.m. www.blythewoodvillage.com or 803-419-0989.

Historic Columbia’s Easter Egg Hunt in the Gardens will be held Saturday, March 24, 10–11:30 a.m., Seibels House & Gardens, 1601 Richland Street. HistoricColumbia.org or 803-252-1770 ext. 23.

Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church (SGPC) will hold a number of special services during Holy Week this year, including March 25, Palm Sunday, 8:30 and 11 a.m., traditional service in sanctuary with palm processional, plus 11 a.m., AWE contemporary service in Light House; March 29, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m., communion service in sanctuary; March 30, Good Friday, “The Weeping Tree” cantata with orchestra, choir, and drama, 7 p.m. Tenebrae service in sanctuary; April 1, Easter Sunday, 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service in front of SGPC, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. traditional services in sanctuary, and 11 a.m. AWE contemporary service in Light House, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington. www.saxegotha.org.

Grace United Methodist Church, 410 Harbison Boulevard, will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt March 31, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Avenue, will celebrate Evensong at 5 p.m. Palm Sunday, March 25. www.stmartinsinthefields.com.

St. John’s Lutheran Church Services Lent and Holy Week services include Palm Sunday Lakeside Procession of the Palms, March 25, 9:30 a.m.; Maundy Thursday Service, March 29, 7 p.m.; Good Friday Tenebrae Service, March 30, 7 p.m.; Easter Sunrise Lakeside Service, April 1, 7 a.m.; Easter Festival Holy Communion Service, April 1, 9:30 a.m., 213 St. John’s Church Road, Lexington. www.stjohnslexington.com.

Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 6911 Two Notch Road, will hold its annual Easter Drive Thru Drama Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 7–8:30 p.m. 803-788-2220 or 803-622-2105.

Easter Egg Hunt and children’s book drive will be held Saturday, March 31, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., First Christian Church, 2062 Beltline Boulevard.


The City of Columbia urges citizens to participate in Earth Hour 8:30–9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 24. The City Of Columbia has encouraged all employees to turn off all nonessential lights and equipment when leaving their work sites Friday, March 23 in order to help observe Earth Hour the following day. Citizens are also encouraged to join in the effort to increase energy by turning off lights and unplugging nonessential appliances using electricity in their homes. 803-545-3020.


The City of Cayce will host the second annual Soiree on State April 14, 12– 8 p.m., along State Street, from Michaelmas Avenue (M Ave.) to Railroad Street. Artist, food, and community vendor applications are currently being accepted. RMoody@caycesc.gov or 550-9506.

The eight Annual River Rocks Music Festival will be held Saturday, April 14, noon–8 p.m., along the banks of the Congaree River next to Founders Park. The New Orleans’ funk band, Dumpstaphunk, will headline the 2018 festival. riverrocksfestival.com.

Tartan Day South Celtic Festival will be held March 22-25, Historic Columbia Speedway, Cayce. www.tartandaysouth.com.


Midlands Heart Walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association, will be held March 24, 2018, Colonial Life Arena. midlandsheartwalk.org.

Midlands Go Red For Women Luncheon will be held Friday, May 18, 2018, 11 a.m., USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street. t-Ciara.Gray@heart.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia will host Bowl for Kids’ Sake Friday, March 30, 6–9:30 p.m., Anchor Lanes, 1057 Lake Murray Boulevard, Irmo. www.bbbsgc.org/bfks.

St. Katherine’s Ladies Philoptochos 71st Annual Bake Sale + Luncheon will be held Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1931 Sumter Street. 803-461-0249.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department will participate in Columbia’s 12th St. Baldrick’s Event Saturday, March 24, 1–5 p.m., Carolina Ale House in the Vista, 708 Lady Street. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds lifesaving children’s cancer research. Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, alongside other brave teams, will come together for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to have their heads shaved in solidarity with children battling cancer to raise money. www.stbaldricks.org.


Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers will present “Sowing Seeds for the Miracles of Tomorrow,” the SC Garden Jamboree Friday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Saluda Shoals Park. lcmgv.org.

Columbia Garden Club will hold its annual Spring Plant and Tree Exchange Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m., Forest Park Shopping Center parking lot, 4711 Forest Drive. cgcplantexchange@gmail.com.

Historic Columbia’s Gardening Symposium, South Carolina’s Early Horticultural History will be held Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street. HistoricColumbia.org or 803-252-1770 ext. 23.

Ikebana Exhibit and Tea will be held Wednesday, March 21, noon–4 p.m. Demonstration will be 1–2 p.m., tea will be 2–4 p.m., 1605 Park Circle. 787-7217.

The 7th Annual Herb Festival will be held at Lexington County Museum, 321 Fox Street, Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Annual Festival of Gardens, hosted by Columbia Green, will be held May 4 and 5, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., 2710 Gervais Street. www.columbiagreen.org.

Historic Columbia’s Gardening Symposium will be held Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Carriage House at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street. HistoricColumbia.org.

W. Gordon Belser Arboretum will host its monthly open house Sunday, March 18, 1–4 p.m., 4080 Bloomwood Road. Arboretu@mailbox.sc.edu


Historic Columbia’s Dollar Sunday will be held Sunday, March 18, 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m., Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street. HistoricColumbia.org


NAMI Education meetings are held second Tuesday of each month at Trenholm Road Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road, 6–7:30 p.m., Room 110. info.namimidcarolina@gmail.com.

Weekly meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families is held every Thursday, 7–8 p.m., ACOA Club, 2015 College Street. thelaundrymatattheacoaclub@gmail.com.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) monthly luncheon meeting is held 11:30 a.m., second Friday of each month, Seawell’s on Rosewood Avenue. 803-796-3106.

School Counselors/Technical College Advisors Luncheon, sponsored by Allen University, will be held Tuesday, March 20, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Chappelle Hall Gallery, 1530 Harden Street. 803-758-2708 or www.AllenUniversity.edu.

Midlands Green Business (MGB) Networking Breakfast will be held Friday, March 23, 7:30–9:30 a.m., Ndoki Lodge at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. www.midlandsgreenbiz.com.

City of Columbia Zoning Department will host an open house event for citizens and business owners to review the draft of the new zoning ordinance Tuesday, March 27, 5–7 p.m., Eau Claire Print Building. www.weplantogether.org.

South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority will hold a meeting of its Board of Directors March 21, 8:30 a.m., 1201 Main Street, Suite 1600. 803-737-0268.


Matthew Ganong will perform a weekly series of piano and organ concerts Thursdays, noon, Anglican Church of the Epiphany, 2512 N. Beltline Boulevard. ganong@bellsouth.net.

Annelies (Anne Frank), performed by Colla Voce and the Avanti Trio, will be held April 29, 2018, 3 p.m., Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive. 803-777-5369.

Bach Around the Clock will be held May 11, 2018, noon–midnight, St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Avenue. 803-777-5369.

A Mother’s Day Dinner and African-Inspired Performance will be held Sunday May 13, 4–6:30 p.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. www.louriecentersc.com.

Sundays with Steinway with Dr. Robert Jesselson and Dr. Charles Fugo In Concert will be held Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m., Rice Music House, The Village at Sandhill. 803-254-2777


The Scottish Rite Center, 7230 Garners Ferry Road, will host a Massing of the Colors Ceremony Sunday, March 18, 3 p.m. 803-920-8089.


WREN, Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network, will host a non-partisan Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Tuesday, April 10, 9 a.m., USC Alumni Center. scwren.org.


Dreher High Class of ’68, please contact Beth Grimes Williams with your email address for information on the upcoming Class of ’68 reunion scheduled for April 6, 2018. bethgwilliams@bellsouth.net or 803-960-1432.

Contact Gayle Poppell at Gayle@gaylepoppell.com for information about Brookland Cayce High School Class of 1968 50th reunion to be held March 24, 2018.

Dreher Class of 63’s 55th reunion is planned for Friday, April 20, 7–11 p.m., Rockbridge Club, 4135 Rockbridge Road. Classes from 1962–64 are also invited. The cost including hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and band is $60 per person due by April 2. Make checks payable to Dreher Class of ’63, and mail to 4711 Forest Drive, Ste. 3. Box #117, Columbia, SC 29206. Facebook—Dreher High School Class of ’63 Reunion. Email— 63dreher@gmail.com. Phone—803-728-0239.

Columbia High School Class of 1963 will hold its 55th Reunion Saturday, May 19, Seawell’s, 1125 Rosewood Drive, 6–10 p.m. Cost is $35 per person; please send money to CHS ’63 Reunion, PO Box 2044, Irmo, SC 29063. E-mail dollymiller@sc.rr.com, or call Jimmy Brigman 803-727 2089.

Dreher High School Class of 1956 will hold a reunion at Forest Lake Club, noon, April 7. The evening before, the group plans an informal get-together around 6:30 p.m. at The Mouse Trap 803-782-1819 or 843-355-9747.


Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands will host Walk A Mile In Their Shoes Thursday, April 12, 5:30–8 p.m., South Carolina State House Grounds. www.walkamilesc.com.

Palmetto Health Foundation Golf Classic, presented by Aflac, will be held Friday, April 20, Ft. Jackson Golf Club. 803- 434-7275 or PHFGolfClassic.org.

The First Tee of Columbia has partnered with the Karcher Group and B-Squared to host its second annual fundraising golf tournament Friday, March 23 at the Cobblestone Park Golf Club, 1298 University Parkway, Blythewood. www.thefirstteecolumbia.org/golf-outing.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department will host the 9th Annual Midlands Joe Strong Bocce Bash to support Special Olympics South Carolina, Sunday, March 18 (rain date March 25), 12 p.m., Earlewood Park, 1113 Parkside Drive. 803-360-2446 or www.so-sc.org.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walks will be held April 7, 9 a.m., Finlay Park. www.namiwalks.org/midcarolina.

Columbia Sailing Club registration is now open for it’s 2018 summer sailing program offering seven weeks of sailing sessions for all experience levels, ages seven–17. Sessions will be held Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and are one-week in duration beginning June 11–July 27. www.familyid.com/organizations/columbia-sailing-club-junior-program or 770-238-9813.


Alcoholic’s Anonymous 24 Hours 803-254-5301.


Excelsior Academy’s (a local resource center for homeschool families) advanced drama class will perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. April 28, 2 and 6 p.m., A.C. Flora High School, 1 Falcon Drive. 803-220-8258.


Columbia Art Center will hold Spring Break Art Camp for children ages five-12 April 2–6, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 1227 Taylor Street, Suite. C. 803-545-3093.

Dipping, Pouring and More (Glazing) will be held Saturdays, March 17 and April 7, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street, Suite. C. 803-545-3093.

Explorations in Clay (Middle & High School) will be held through December 11, Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street. 803-545-3093.

Historic Columbia’s South Carolina’s African American Lawyers and their Legal Education will be held Wednesday, March 28, 6–7 p.m., University of South Carolina, School of Law, 1525 Senate Street. HistoricColumbia.org or 803-252-1770 ext. 23.

Personalized Medicine: What, Why, How? will be held Thursdays, April 4–April 30, 1–2 p.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. 803-779-1971 or www.louriecentersc.com.

Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center is partnering with the Brain Injury Association of SC to sponsor a free Tai Chi at the Park class for traumatic brain injury survivors and their families Tuesday, March 27, 6–8 p.m., Irmo Community Park, 7505 Eastview Drive at the Palmetto Health Amphitheatre. 803-434-6231.

The FriendShip will host A Spring Tweet: A Special Program for Bird Lovers Thursday, March 22, 2:30 p.m., 2827 Wheat Street. 803-602-6434.

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