Lourie Center and Logan Lap Quilters have partnered to bring an exhibition of handmade quilts at The Gallery at City Hall, 1737 Main Street. The show opened Monday July 6 and continues through Friday August 28. The Gallery at City Hall is open weekdays, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held Thursday August 6, 6–8 p.m. www.louriecentersc.com.
Village Artists Art Gallery and Village at Sandhill will host Palate-to-Palette evening of food, art and music Friday, August 7, 6–8 p.m., 631-8 Promenade Place. 699-8886.
The Final 1st Fridays Show will premier some of South Carolina’s best photographers in Photographers Delight at The Haven Coffeehouse, 121 E Main Street, Lexington, Friday, August 7, 6–9 p.m. 808-5328 or www.facebook.com/1stFridaysinLexington.
Throughout the month of August, all Remington College cosmetology programs are providing free haircuts to kids 17 years of age and under. To schedule an appointment, call The Salon at Remington, 607 Bush River Road, at 214- 9062. Walk-ins are also welcome. Hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. ; Saturday, 8:30–11 a.m. and 12–1 p.m. (walk-ins only).
ECPI University, including its College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, will host its Campus Discovery Day open house Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., 250 Berryhill Road, Suite 300. www.ecpi.edu.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will host the 6th Annual Back-to-School Drills & Skills Clinics for youth ages six–17, August 3–7, Basketball Clinic: boys ages six–nine, Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue; boys ages 10–13, Greenview Park, 6700 David Street; boys and girls ages 14–17, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2300 Greene Street; girls ages six–13, Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road. Tennis Clinic: boys and girls ages six–17, Columbia Tennis Center, 1635 Whaley Street. Golf Clinic: boys and girls ages six–17, James E. Clyburn Golf Center, 2091 Slighs Avenue. Soccer Clinic: boys and girls ages six–17, Capital City Stadium, 301 S. Assembly Street. Cheerleading: girls ages six–13, Greenview Park, 6700 David Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2300 Greene Street. Registration ends Tuesday, July 28. 545-3100 or gate.columbiasc.gov/back2schooldrills.
Sales Tax Holiday weekend in South Carolina will begin Friday, August 7 at 12:01 a.m. and end Sunday, August 9 at midnight. dor.sc.gov.
SC Bar Young Lawyers Division, in conjunction with the Cooperative Ministry, is collecting backpacks and other school supplies for donation to schools and students throughout the state for its annual Backpack and School Supply Drive. Supplies are being collected through Thursday, August 14, and can be dropped off at the following locations: South Carolina Bar, 950 Taylor Street; Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, 1310 Gadsden Street; J. Lewis Cromer & Associates, LLC, 1418 Laurel Street, Suite A; Turner Padget Graham & Laney, 1901 Main Street, Suite 1700; Brie Rust Russell, Attorney at Law, 1720 Main Street, Suite 105; or Richland County Solicitor’s Office, 1701 Main Street, Suite 302. www.scbar.org/School-Supplies.
American Red Cross will host the following blood donation opportunities August 1–15: American Red Cross Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull Street, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m.–2 p.m.; WIS-TV Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, 300 Palmetto Health Parkway Drive, August 6, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, August 2, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; WIS TV/Lexington Urgent Care, 811 West Main Street, August 6, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Lexington United Methodist Church, 309 East Main Street, August 10, 2–7 p.m.; LMC Extended Care, 815 Old Cherokee Road, August 13, 1–5 p.m.; Life Care Center of Columbia, 2514 Faraway Drive, August 4, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Palmetto Health Richland Medical Center, 3301 Harden Street, August 5, 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Town Center Apartments, 5 Lake Carolina Way, August 5, 2–7 p.m.; WIS-TV, 1111 Bull Street, August 6, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.; WIS-TV, Plex Indoor Sports, 741 Fashion Drive, August 6, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; USC- School of Medicine, 6311 Garners Ferry Road, August 7, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Palmetto Health Baptist Medical Center, 1501 Sumter Street, August 12, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.; Colonial Life Arena- Summer Blood Drive, Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln Street, August 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Palmetto Health Greystone, 293 Greystone Boulevard, August 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Palmetto Health Home Care, 1400 Pickens Street, August 13, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; AgFirst Farm Credit Bank— Bank of America Plaza, 1901 Main Street, August 14, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.. redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS (1- 800-733-2767).
Established in 1915, Five Points is commemorating its 100th year as downtown Columbia’s original village neighborhood. Some events will include: a revamped Five After Five concert series, every fourth Thursday through August; the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale, August 7–9; The Bar Stool Classic, August 28; JerryFest, October 4; The 29th Annual Chili Cook-Off, November 7; A Starry Night, December 3. fivepointscolumbia.com.
Historic Columbia’s first Water Balloon Battle will be held Friday, August 21, 5:30 p.m., grounds of Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street. 252-1770 ext. 23 or historiccolumbia.org.
Hunger Project, Spring Valley Baptist Feeds 70,000 will be hosted by Spring Valley Baptist Church Saturday, August 22, 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Spring Valley High School. This hunger project will involve hundreds of people assembling over 100,000 healthy meals (lentil casseroles) that will help feed hungry people right here in our own community. www.springvalleybaptist.com/projects. Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church (SGPC) will hold a special Night of Worship Sunday, August 23, 6 p.m., in its Light House auditorium, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington. www.SaxeGotha.org.
Kingsmen Breakfast will be held Saturday, August 8, Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road, 8–10 a.m. 238-7795 or email@example.com.
Gullah “Amazing Grace” Tour with Anita Singleton- Prather will be held at First Christian Church, 2062 N. Beltline Boulevard, August 2, 5 p.m. www.knowitall.org/gullahnet/gullah/index.html.
St. James AME Church, 413 Henderson Street, will celebrate its 144th church anniversary Sunday, August 9, 3 p.m. 691-6618 or 799-3645.
The 2015 South Carolina State Fair announces call for entry registrations for the 2015 Competitive Exhibits, including Fine Art, Student Art, Agriculture, Flowers, Home & Craft Department. Competitive Livestock Exhibits include Cattle, Dairy goat, Sheep, Smallstock, Swine, and Youth horse. All competitions require pre-registration which is open now through September 1. To complete a registration form, please visit the South Carolina State Fair website at www.scstatefair.org.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will open a Family History Center at the church’s Stake Center, 1330 Whippoorwill Drive, West Columbia, August 29, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. for the benefit of those interested in doing genealogy or learning how to start this hobby. Family Discovery Day Event will also be held; light refreshments will be available. Family History consultants will be on hand to assist in research. 791-5366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pro-Family Rally in support of faith’s liberty, family values, forefather’s constitution, and future of our nation, will be held August 29, 11 a.m., S.C. State House. 843-287-2600 or profamilyrally.org.
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Classic car and arts show will be held August 22, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Road. 732-2273.
State Parks in South Carolina, partnering with the South Carolina Food Bank Association, will hold a 5-month long food drive to help fill pantries and feed the hungry. The program “Hunger Takes No Vacation” invites people to drop off unopened, non-perishable food items and goods to collection bins at nearby state parks. The parks will send those donations to the official food bank in their region. The statewide effort officially kicked off Wednesday, July 1, and will end Monday, November 30. A special “Pack a Park Truck” event will be held on July 25 to drive up more awareness and donations. email@example.com or 254-4432, ext. 1129.
Diamond Gridiron Tailgate, fundraiser sponsored by the baseball and football programs of A.C. Flora High School, will be held with auction night August 7, and a golf tournament August 8, 2:30 p.m., Columbia Country Club. www.diamondgridiron.com.
Richland County Master Gardener Training Course, led by Clemson Extension personnel, will be held Fridays, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., August 7–December 4, Spring Valley Presbyterian Church. 125 Sparkleberry Lane. 865-1216.
First Market (First Nazareth Baptist Church Farmers Market) will be held Saturdays through November 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 254-6232.
Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 6911 Two Notch Road, will hold a rummage sale Friday, July 31, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. and Saturday, August 1, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., and a spaghetti dinner Saturday, August 1, noon–3 p.m. 463-2328.
Shandon United Methodist Women will hold their 10th Annual Treasure Sale Friday and Saturday, August 14 (8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.) and 15 (8 a.m.–1 p.m.), 3407 Devine Street. Each day at lunch hotdogs will be sold with all the fixings.
Sesquicentennial State Park will offer “Movie Night” Friday, August 14, 8:30 p.m., movie will be Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite Star Wars costume. Summer Nature Walk will be held Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m. (pre-registration is required for Summer Nature Walk). Sesquicentennial State Park is located on Two Notch Road in Northeast Columbia. 788-2706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia Arts Academy and Jam Room Studio will host a Client Appreciation Weekend August 7–9, 3630 Rosewood Drive. Friday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1–6 p.m. jamroomstudio.com or columbiaartsacademy.com.
1915 (A Night of Memories) 2015 “The Old Columbia High School Centennial Reunion” will be held August 29, 5 p.m.–12 a.m., National Guard Armory (across from Williams Brice Stadium). Cost is $40 per person, $65 per couple. Tickets are available June 1–August 1. Make checks payable to: CHSC (Columbia High School Centennial), CHSC, 1168 Peninsula Drive, Prosperity, SC 29127. Attire is casual.
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for its City Kickers Soccer League. Children ages three–14 can play in the youth soccer program. Registration deadline, Sunday, August 16. City Kickers Soccer League season begins week of September 14. Registration forms available at Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 1111 Parkside Drive. 545-3100 or www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/athletics.
The James E. Clyburn Golf Center, a LPGA-USGA Girls Golf site, will host free golf clinics for girls ages five–18, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. every other Saturday through October 1, 2091 Slighs Avenue. 255-8920 or www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/athletics/golf.
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for several fall adult sports leagues including men’s softball, coed softball, and coed kickball. To register, visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s Administration Office at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203 or call 545-3100.
10th Annual Media/Blowfish Softball Game will be held Saturday August 1, 5:30 p.m., Lexington County Baseball Stadium. email@example.com.
God Cares Charities will sponsor its 2nd annual community 5K Run/Walk at Finlay Park August 8, 7:15 a.m. Proceeds will be used to help expand and further the outreach programs and the community development efforts of the God Cares Charities urban initiative. www.godcarescharities.org.
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 2015 Senior Trips program. Adults age 50 and older can travel by charter bus to several locations throughout the year. The charter bus departs from the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. Apple picking in Hendersonville, N.C., Tuesday, September 15; Senior Beach Retreat, Monday, September 28–Thursday, October 1; Western North Carolina, Tuesday, October 13–Thursday, October 15; Charlotte Christmas Show, Tuesday, November 17; Myrtle Beach Holiday Show, Tuesday, December 8. www.columbiasc.net/parks-ecreation/programs/senior/trips, pick up a registration form at 1111 Parkside Drive, or call 545-3100.
Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tours, sponsored by Historic Columbia, will be held Thursday, August 13, 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m., Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Avenue. 252-1770 ext. 23.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015, Historic Columbia will offer active duty military personnel and their families free tours of its historic house museums as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Historic Columbia provides tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Site, and Woodrow Wilson Family Home every day of the week except Mondays. Tours depart at the top of the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1–4 p.m., Sunday. historiccolumbia.org.
Hiroshima Peace Vigil will be held on the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 7–8 p.m., Columbia Museum of Art Auditorium, 1515 Main Street. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed to staff the 6th annual Summer Celebration of Water, a family-friendly, festival experience on the water, Saturday, August 22, 12–3 p.m., Riverfront Park. 785-8201 or www.summercelebrationofwater.com.
Broadway at USC: Musical Theatre Workshop, for ages 12–20, hosted in partnership with South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, will be held August 1–8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., USC Dance Studios, 324 Sumter Street. 777-0704 or artsandsciences.sc.edu/dance/mtw.
Lunchtime Lecture Nutritional Supplements for Optimal Health will be held Thursday, August 13, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. 779-1971 ext. 12 or www.louriecentersc.com.
Toucan Tuesdays are continuing at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, offering buy-one, get-one park admission, Tuesdays this summer, with a donation of two cans of food to Harvest Hope Food Bank. www.riverbanks.org.