2017-11-17 / Events



Columbia Animal Shelter will be closed Saturday, December 2. The shelter is having upgrades done to their computer and phone systems. Due to this project, there will be no access to phones or computers which will impact all operations. If you have an emergency you can call the City’s Customer Care Center at 803-545-3300.


Grace United Methodist Church, 410 Harbison Boulevard, will hold a Hot Dog Supper 6 p.m., Friday, November 17, followed by the movie Do You Believe at 7 p.m. 803-732-1899.

University of South Carolina nursing students will host a Baby Shower for Birthright clients and other pregnant girls and women in the community, including baby clothes, health care items, games, refreshments, and more, Sunday, November 19, 1–3 p.m., Birthright office, 1405 Gregg Street. 803-413-7182 or georgia@birthrightofcolumbia.com.

Brown Chapel AME will celebrate its 167th church anniversary Sunday, November 26, 3 p.m., 808 Barnes Street.

Family Thanksgiving Communion will be held Wednesday, November 22, 7 p.m., Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road. www.ChristianLifeColumbia.com.


Save our Sons Saturday Character Club meets Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Harmony Project & the Burton Education Foundation, 1810 Court Plaza. 864-349-9754 or www.latchkeyinc.net.


Darla Moore School of Business will hold its 37th Annual Economic Outlook Conference (EOC) Friday, December 8, noon–4 p.m., University of South Carolina Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street. events@moore.sc.edu or 803-777-7311.


Blessings Galore Vendors’ Fair will be held Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Boulevard. 803-788-1858.

SC Oyster Festival and $2 Historic House Tours will be held Sunday, November 19, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. scoysterfest.com.


The City of Columbia, Richland School District One, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation have kicked off the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank. The food drive ends December 8. The public can drop off donations at the following locations—City Hall, 1737 Main Street; Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street, Suite C; Columbia Tennis Center, 1635 Whaley Street; Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way; Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Drive; Emily Douglas Park, 2500 Wheat Street; Greenview Park, 6700 David Street; Hampton Park, 117 Brandon Avenue; Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road; Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue; Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant Street; Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Avenue; Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2300 Greene Street; Melrose Park, 1500 Fairvew Road; Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road; St. Anna’s Park, 1315 Liberty Hill Avenue; Sims Park, 3500 Duncan Street; Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway; City Human Resources, 1225 Lady Street; Columbia Fire Department Headquarters, 1800 Laurel Street; Columbia Police Department Headquarters, 1 Justice Square; City of Columbia Satellite Payment Center, 3905 Ensor Avenue; Public Works, 2910 Colonial Drive; and Washington Square Payment Center, 1136 Washington Street. 803-545-3100.


Midlands Heart Ball will be held January 19, 2018, State Fair Grounds, Cantey Building 1200 Rosewood Drive. midlandsheartball.heart.org.

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.


South Carolina’s 64th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will be held on December 2, 9:45 a.m. in Downtown Columbia. This year’s parade theme is “A Superhero’s Holiday!” Applications for participation and sponsorship information can be found at www.carolinacarillon.com.

The 32nd Annual Vista Lights will kick off the 2017 Midlands Holiday Season Thursday, November 16, 5–10 p.m., Lincoln and Park streets closed to auto traffic 5–10 p.m., and Gervais Street in the heart of the Vista closed to traffic 6–10 p.m. New this year—Vista Lights will feature a Kids Zone for 2017 with activities for children, face painting, balloon artists, and more on Lincoln Street. The evening’s highlight will be a tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Gervais and Lincoln. Be there by 6 p.m. to see the music and dance performances before the main event, the tree lighting. Prettier than Matt will play on stage immediately following the tree lighting and then Soda City Jazz Band will begin at 8 p.m. VistaColumbia.com.

Operation Turkey is an annual outreach ministry of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church. Members will prepare and deliver over 1,000 Thanksgiving Day meals to people in need in the community. On November 22 and 23, volunteers will prepare and deliver meals to the needy. To volunteer for this ministry or to make a donation, please contact Eve Barker at missions@saxegotha.org. www.saxegotha.org.

Christmas in Cayce events will include the 40th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by The Woman’s Club of Cayce Thursday, November 30, 6 p.m.; Carols Along the Riverwalk, Cayce Riverwalk Park, N Avenue Entrance, Riverwalk Pavilion, Friday, December 1, 6:30–8 p.m.; War Between the States Lantern Tours, Saturday, December 2, 6–9 p.m., Cayce Historical Museum; Christmas Traditions at Cayce Historical Museum’s Annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 2, 6 p.m. 550-9520 or www.caycesc.gov.

Reindogs and Elves, a holiday costume contest for canines and elves will be held at the Carolina Children’s Garden, 900 Clemson Road Sunday, December 10, 2-4pm. www.carolinachildrensgarden.org.

Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet will present The Nutcracker, Thanksgiving week at The Township Auditorium—Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 22, 10 a.m.; Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 26, 3 p.m. 803-576-2350 or 803-771-6303.


Open enrollment for individual health insurance began Wednesday, November 1, and this year’s open enrollment period for the Affordable CareAct (ACA) has been shortened to 45 days, ending December 15. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina offers 24 plans available for individuals and families. www.SouthCarolinaBlues.com.


New Life Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual bazaar/yard sale Saturday, November 18, 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 2316 Julius Felder Street, Cayce. 803-796-7606.


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.


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.

Freeman Sundays @ 3 concerts will be held November 19, February 4, and March 25, 3 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly Street. sc.edu/music/freeman or 803-777-4280.

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra Classics in Time Concert will be held Sunday, November 19, 3:30 p.m., Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College Street, Irmo. www.LMSO.org or 803-400-3540.

University of South Carolina School of Music December Events include—USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1314 Marion Street and Sunday, December 3, 7 p.m., Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street; Youth Choir Winter Concert Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall; New Voices: USC Student Composers Concert Saturday, December 2, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Suzuki Strings at USC Holiday Music Performances Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m., Rice Estate; Sunday, December 3, 1:30 p.m., The Atria; Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m., The Atria; and Sunday, December 10, 2:30 pm, Presbyterian Home of S.C.; USC Symphony Orchestra: Famous Last Words Monday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts; USC Men’s and USC Women’s Chorus Concert Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., Main Street United Methodist Church, 1830 Main Street; USC Jazz String Recital Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Campus Orchestra Concert Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Music; Saxophone Ensemble and Quartets Performance Thursday, December 7, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Courtney Bryan Open Lecture-Demo: “Black Women Rock Art Music: Collaborations, Composition, and Social Justice” Thursday, December 7, 2:50 p.m., School of Music, Room 232; Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium “Inspiration, Improvisation, and Art Activism in the Compositions of Courtney Bryan” Friday, December 8, 1:10 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Lecture: “Black Women’s Collaborations and Composing in the Key of Social Justice” Friday, December 8, 7 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business; Graduate Vocal Ensemble, Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Carolina LifeSong Initiative Student Recital Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; USC String Project Concert Sunday, December 10, 3 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Music; Congaree New Horizons Band Concert Wednesday, December 13, 7 p.m., Copenhaver Band Hall, 324 Sumter Street; Congaree New Horizons Band Jazz Night Thursday, December 14, 7 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Pre-college Cello Class Recital Saturday, December 16, 3:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; and Columbia Baroque Winter Holidays Celebration Friday, December 19, 7 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall. www.columbiabaroque.com.

Dixieland Jazz Concert will be held 2:30–5 p.m., Sunday, December 3, Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. www.carolinajazzsociety.com.


The State of South Carolina is seeking nominations for the South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award through January 19, 2018. The award recognizes outstanding contributions toward the protection, conservation, and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources. 803-898-4132 or scdhec.gov/environment/docs/eac/2016_ SC_ Environmental _Awareness_ Award_ Nomination_ Form.pdf.

Lexington County Choral Society will hold the first concert of its 22nd Spectacular Season, along with special guests The Lexington District One Honors Children’s Choir Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, 7:30 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington. www.lexcochoralsoc.org.


W. Gordon Belser Arboretum will host its monthly open house Sunday, November 19, 1–4 p.m., 4080 Bloomwood Road. Arboretu@mailbox.sc.edu.


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.


The Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society will hold its 2017 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show Friday, November 17, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, November 19, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. 803-736-9317 or www.cgams.org.


Girls on the Run of Columbia will host its 5K event November 18, 8:30 a.m., Historic Columbia Speedway, 2107 Charleston Highway, Cayce. www.gotrcolumbia.org/5K.


Alcoholic’s Anonymous call anytime 24 hours a day at 843-254-5301.


Historic Columbia and the new owners of a recently rehabilitated circa-1915 bungalow will share the story of a four-year long search for their perfect home. The Hollywood Rose Hill Behind-the-Scenes tour will be in downtown Columbia’s Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood December 5, 6–7:30 p.m. 803-252-7742 ext. 15.


Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of day and overnight trips for adults age 50 and older through its 2017 Senior Trips Program, including Holiday Lights/Shopping Trip to North Charleston Tanger Outlets, Monday, December 4; Key West and Cozumel Cruise, Monday, December 11–Friday, December 15. www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs /senior/trips or 803-545-3100.


The Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is offering the seasonal flu vaccine at no cost to veterans. At Dorn VAMC, Veterans can visit their Primary Care Clinic, Medical Clinic, or Community-Based Outpatient Clinic to get their flu shot during scheduled appointments or on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Remington College, 607 Bush River Road, is offering free salon services for veterans throughout the month of November. Veterans Day is November 11, but during the whole month, veterans can get a free service at the Columbia campus salon. This includes a haircut, shampoo and set, thermal style, makeup application, or facial. 803-214-9062 or remingtoncosmo.com.


The Turning Pages adult literacy tutoring program will sponsor “Authors for Literacy Book Signings” Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. www.facebook.com/pg/turningpagesSC/about/?ref=page_internal.

The Lourie Center, in partnership with Columbia’s Gye Nyame Ensemble, will present “Echoes of the Past, Present, and Future: An African Experience,” Saturday, November 18, 6–7:15 p.m., 1650 Park Circle. 803-779-1971 ext. 103 or www.louriecentersc.com.

Pottery Workshop for Children will be held Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., City of Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street. 803-545-3093.

Sewing Basics classes will be held Saturday, November 18 and Saturday, December 9, 12–4 p.m., Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street. 803-545-3093 or bloliver@columbiasc.net.

Mindful Eating for Health and Happiness workshop will be held Saturday, November 18, 9:30–11:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 213 St. John’s Church Road, Lexington. 860- 816-4236 or stjohnsmeditation@outlook.com.

Griefshare will be held Sunday, January 7–Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2–4 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington. 803-359-7770 ext 63.

The City of Columbia offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017. All garbage and recycling pickup scheduled for Thursday, November 23, 2017 will be rescheduled for pickup on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. All garbage and recycle pickup will resume to regular schedule on Friday, November 24, 2017. Police, Fire, and Rescue Services may be reached by calling 9-1-1. City residents are encouraged to download the free “Columbia, SC Solid Waste” app for iPhone or Android for weekly collection reminders and holiday schedule changes. Residents can also sign up for other notification options online at http://columbiasc.net/solid-waste/recycling/waste-wizard.

For additional information, please contact the Solid Waste Division at 803-545-3800.

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