2018-01-12 / Events



“Quilted Fascinations,” a show of quilted art by Janet Swigler, will be exhibited through January 22, 2018, in the social hall of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, 2701 Heyward Street. It can be viewed during the church office hours of 9:15-1:45 Monday-Friday (799-0845) or by appointment. The public is invited to a reception Sunday, January, 7, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the UUCC social hall.

Call for Artists! Registration for Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 CCA, is now open. Deadline to register is January 18, 2018. Columbia Open Studios will take place Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, 12–6 p.m. www.columbiaopenstudios.org.

The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) will open Seen and Heard, a free exhibition at Tapp’s Art Center (1644 Main Street), featuring photography and portraiture by a diverse group of women and girls from across the Midlands region February 1–22, 2018. Opening night February 1 will include a free reception with light refreshments beginning at 5:30 p.m., with an artist panel beginning at 6:30 p.m. 803-978-2474.

South Carolina State Museum will present Requiem for Mother Emanuel opening, Saturday, January 27. scmuseum.org.


Metropolitan Opera Company of New York will hold auditions in Columbia Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m., Wright- Spears Center for the Arts at Columbia College.803-787-0287.


Brookland Baptist Brotherhood will honor three “Drum Majors in The Movement” during its 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday program, Saturday, January 13, 9 a.m., 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. 803-776-8072.

Kingsmen Breakfast will be held Saturday, January 13, 8–10 a.m., Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road. www.ChristianLifeColumbia.com.

IF Blythewood will hold a one day event Saturday, February 10, 8:30 a.m., Sandy Level Baptist Church, 408 Blythewood Road, Blythewood, S.C. register.ifgathering.com/event/ifblythewood.

Saxe Gotha AWE Worship Team will hold a Night of Prayer & Worship Sunday, February 2, 7 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington. www.saxegotha.org.

Chappelle Memorial AME Church, 1101 Pine Street, will host its annual Martin Luther King Day program Monday, January 15, 11 a.m. 803-254-7911.

Jones Memorial AME Zion Church, 2400 Barhamville Road, will celebrate its Annual Women’s Day Sunday, January 14 during the 11 a.m. worship service.


The closing time for neighborhood and community recreation centers in the City of Columbia will be adjusted during the month of January, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced. Facilities will be closing at 5:30 p.m. during the month of January on the following dates— Tuesday, January 16, Thursday, January 18, Tuesday, January 23, Thursday, January 25, and Tuesday, January 30. 803-545- 3100.


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.


Chi Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. along with the Project Aspiration Foundation will host its 2nd Annual Black History Bowl February 17, 9:30 a.m., Irmo High School Auditorium. The competition is for students in grades nine–12 from area high schools, churches, and community groups. The purpose of the competition is to celebrate the contributions of African Americans in American history. 803-371-2851.


Valentine’s Dance with Heart ’n Soul will be held Friday, February 9, 7–10:30 p.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. 803-779-1971 or www.louriecentersc.com.


South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) is extending its Saturday hours in preparation for the state’s new driver’s licenses and identification cards, including REAL IDs, next year. Beginning Saturday, January 6, 2018, the six offices that currently operate two Saturdays a month from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. will open for two Saturdays a month, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. for limited services. The six Saturday offices include Aiken, Charleston – Leeds Avenue, Greenville – Saluda Dam Road, Lexington, and Rock Hill. Beginning Saturday, March 3, 2018, these six offices will open every Saturday (besides those connected to holidays, such as Memorial Day) for the foreseeable future. www.scdmvonline.com.


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.

Family Promise of the Midlands will celebrate its third anniversary with a gala fundraiser February 10 at Stone River in West Columbia. www.familypromisemidlands.org or 803- 832-4765.

The nationally renowned expert on antique silver, the Charleston Silver Lady, and her Southern Pearls, will host a fundraising event to benefit South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) January 28, 2–4 p.m., William L. Yates Conference Center, 1000 Center Point Road. 803-256-2900 or www.sccadvasa.org.


Irmo Smiles will host Dentistry From The Heart providing adults with free dental care January 27, 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m., 7321 St. Andrews Road, Irmo. www.dentistryfromtheheart.org.

Trenholm Park Health Fair will be held Saturday, February 3, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Trenholm Park. 803-787-0216 or richlandrec.com.


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.

Robert Burns Society of the Midlands will host its 40th Annual Robert Burns Dinner Saturday, January 27, 6:30 p.m., Seawell’s, 1125 Rosewood Drive. RBSM.org.


The University of South Carolina will host a series of public events in commemoration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. January 18–21, including the university’s School of Law will open the festivities with a film screening of Rikers: An American Jail followed by a panel discussion Thursday, January 18, 6 p.m., Honorable J. Karen Williams Courtroom, School of Law building, 1525 Senate Street; annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration breakfast Friday, January 19, 7:30 a.m., “The Zone” at Williams-Brice Stadium; “Freedom Rings: An artistic celebration of the life of Dr. Martin L. King Jr.,” Sunday, January 21, 6 p.m. Koger Center. 803-777-9943.

Columbia Museum of Art will be open with free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 15, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., 1515 Main Street. columbiamuseum.org.


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 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.

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.

Palmetto Opera will present The Barber of Seville February 2, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street. 803- 252-2222 or www.kogercenterforthearts.com.

Columbia Baroque 10th Anniversary Season “Celebration of Family and Friends” will be held Friday, January 19, 7 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly Street. www.columbiabaroque.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.

Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) is accepting applications for the 2018 Wall of Fame nominees until January 26. The Wall of Fame honors past residents who have made successful achievements in their lives. The honoree will be recognized at a ceremony April 9. www.chasc.org.


Keep the Midlands Beautiful will have Grinding of the Greens Mulch Giveaway Saturday, January 13, 8:30 a.m. until the mulch runs out, Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, and South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. 803-733-1139 or www.KeepTheMidlandsBeautiful.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.


Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands will begin door to door cookie sales January 12, with booth sales beginning February 23. www.gssc-mm.org.


Spes Technologies will sponsor Lighthouse for Life’s third annual Run for Her Life 5k GLOW. The race is scheduled for March 10, 2018 and will take place at Saluda Shoals Park in Irmo. New for this year and adding to the uniqueness of the event is a 7pm start time. Additional supporting events include “Fight back with Joy” January 20 and “Encounters of Hope” February 10. Lighthouse for Life’s mission is to bring awareness to, help prevent, and rehabilitate victims of human/sex trafficking all over South Carolina. lighthouseforlife.org.

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is offering a New Year’s resolution membership special for new or returning members during the month of January. Adults age 18-49, seniors age 50 and older and families of up to four people can save on a yearly membership when they sign up by January 31. New Year’s Resolution membership special rates are adults 18-49, $210; seniors 50+, $160; and family (up to four people), $325. 803-545-3200.

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.

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its Youth Baseball and Softball Programs. Boys ages 3-15 and girls ages 12 and under can participate in the program. The last day to register is Friday, February 16. Registration forms are available at any City recreation center or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 1111 Parkside Drive. 803-545-3100 or olfrancis@columbiasc.net.

City of Columbia’s Parks Rangers will host a variety of history and nature walks to include the popular Canal History Walk at Riverfront Park during the month of January, including Winter Nature Walks, Saturday, January 20 and 27, 2 p.m., 4122 River Drive; and One City, Two Canals & Three Rivers, Sunday, January 28, 4 p.m., 312 Laurel Street. 803-545-3100.

The Great Amazing Race will take place at Sesqui State Park Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m. www.greatamazingrace.com.

NAMI Walks kick-off event will be held Thursday, February 1, 12 p.m., Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road. www.namiwalks.org.

Sesquicentennial State Park, Two Notch Road, will offer a “Wild Winter Walk” Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m. 803-788- 2706 or sesqui@scprt.com.


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


Sewing Basics Class will be held Saturday, January 20, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 9, 12–4 p.m., Columbia Art Center, 1227-C Taylor Street. 803-545-3093 or www.ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation.

Stamped Copper Earrings Workshop will be held Saturday, January 13, 12–4 p.m., Columbia Art Center, 1227-C Taylor Street. 803-545-3093 or www.ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation.

Transform Furniture in a Day Workshop will be held Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Columbia Art Center, 1227-C Taylor Street. 803-545-3093 or www.ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation.

Dave Ramsey Solutions’ Financial Peace University (FPU) will be held beginning Sunday, January 21, 6 p.m., Columbia Crossroads Church, 2723 Ashland Road. www.fpu.com/1055120.

Richland Library will present Adulting 101 during January programs, including Landlord/Tenant Legal Clinic Workshop—January 16; Lifeskills: Home Tools—January 17; Chart Your Financial Future—January 18; How to Find a Job Online—January 20; How to Create a Powerful Resume— January 22; There's an App for That? How to Save Big & Pay Less Using Your Phone—January 23; AARP Driver Safety Course—January 26; Consumer Law Legal Clinic—January 30; and Employment Opportunities with Richland School District One—January 31. 803-587-3637 or estoll@richlandlibrary.com.

Tai Chi for Health Classes for Beginners begins the week of February 5. Monday evenings, 6:30–8 p.m., McGregor Presbyterian Church, 6505 St. Andrews Road, Irmo; Thursday evenings, 6:30–8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2701 Heyward Street; Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9–10 a.m., South Carolina Education Association, 421 Zimalcrest Drive. www.taoist.org or 803-727-9576.

The Atria at Forest Lake offers a professionally led support group for caregivers whose relatives have Alzheimer’s disease. The group’s next meeting will be noon Tuesday, January 16, 4405 Forest Drive. Darrius Graves, MSW, will be the speaker with an educational presentation on “Caring for the Caregiver.” 803-790-9800.

Jim “Snake-Hunter” Knight will share stories from Vietnam at the next Lunch and Learn program at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum January 26. crr.sc.gov.

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