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2015-01-30 / Events



University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will present Power in Native Art: American Indian Aesthetic and Artistic Sovereignty on February 6, 2015, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the museum’s second floor south gallery, University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe. 777-2876.

Crossings, an art performance event for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Burning of Columbia, created and facilitated by South Carolina artist Candice Ivy, will be held on Columbia’s Main Street Tuesday, February 17, 6 p.m., closing the official commemoration ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the Burning of or


St. John Neumann School will host its annual blood drive Tuesday, February 10, 12–6 p.m., SJN School Gym, 721 Polo Road. Donors can register for a donation time online at, using sponsor code NEUMANN.


Washington Street United Methodist Church, Columbia’s oldest continuous congregation, will hold a service of remembrance to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia’s first church February 15, 11 a.m., 1401 Washington Street. 256-2417 or

Beth Shalom Synagogue will celebrate interfaith harmony and Black History Month, featuring Rabbi Capers Funnye Jr., February 6, 11 a.m.; 7, 9:45 a.m.; and 8, 10:15 a.m., 5827 N. Trenholm Road. 782-2500.


Columbia will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia with a symposium Tuesday, February 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Columbia Museum of Art; SC Department of Archives & History will unveil a historical marker to commemorate the burning at the corner of Main and Gervais streets at 4 p.m.; official commemoration ceremony will begin in Boyd Plaza, 1500 block of Main Street, 5 p.m.


Lourie Center will present a Valentine’s Dance Concert featuring Heart ’n Soul Friday, February 13, 7–10:30 p.m., 1650 Park Circle. or 779-1971.


The 2015 Cayce Festival of the Arts will be held April 11, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Guignard Brickworks, Knox Abbot Drive,

First Annual Charity Eyeball Music Festival will be held Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., parking lot at the office of Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates, Optometry & Ophthalmology, 1818 Hampton Street.

And Still I Rise: A Celebration of African American Artists in honor of Dr. Maya Angelou will be held February 1–7. Seven days of arts events in multiple venues around Columbia. Twenty artists and ensembles in 15 arts events. Artists appearing include South Carolinian Jonathan Green, Poet and Civil Leader Nikki Giovanni, and rising-star operatic soprano Angela Renee Simpson. Ensembles from Columbia City Ballet, Brookland Baptist Church, USC, Benedict College, Allen University, and local high schools, performing in a grand Gospel Concert, Choral Concert, and in events with featured artists.


Friends of the School of Music will sponsor a Musical Feast January 31, 6 p.m., 300 Senate Street. 576-5763 or frontoffice@

Historic Columbia and Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours will partner to host historical food tours in the Vista February 7 and March 7, 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. or 360-0578.


Mardi Gras Fun Fest Fundraiser will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 900 Calhoun Street, Saturday, February 7, 6 p.m. 765-1519.


Great Backyard Bird Count will be held Saturday, February 14, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Carolina Children’s Garden on the Clemson/Sandhill campus in northeast


Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, City of Columbia officials, American Heart Association representatives, and leaders from local businesses, neighborhoods and civic organizations invite the public to recognize National Wear Red Day to help honor and support the women affected by heart disease Friday, February 6, 12 p.m., City Hall, 1737 Main Street, Council Chambers.


ECPI University will host the South Carolina Midlands Job Fair Tuesday, March 3, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street. or 727-1302.


Junior League of Columbia will host the 18th annual one-day rummage sale, Clean Sweep February 7, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Cantey Building at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.


GIC (Greater is Coming) Business Referral Network hosts networking to share referrals, business ideas, and information regarding local business community in a fun, friendly, Christian environment, Southern Wesleyan University, Columbia Campus, 1021 Pinnacle Point Drive, 6–7 p.m., second Thursday of every month. 743-6900.


Dixieland Jazz Concert will be held 2:30–5 p.m., Sunday, February 1, Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. 432-1504.

City Baptist Jubilee Special Choir will hold a Black History Concert Saturday, February 21, 5 p.m., Temple Zion Baptist Church, 1174 Heyward Brockington Road. 754-0933.

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra “Across the Footlights” concert will be held Sunday, February 15, 3:30 p.m., Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College Street, Irmo. or 400-3540.


The Lourie Center is seeking nominations for the first Senator Isadore E. Lourie Award for Excellence in Service to Seniors. The award will be presented at a luncheon ceremony April 25. Nominations are open to individuals, companies, or community groups that have made a significant impact on the lives of South Carolina seniors. Nominations are due January 30. or Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle.


South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation open house will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday February 14, Hamilton- Owens Airport.


Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands expert on philanthropy, is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year through March 16. Interested students should visit to view eligibility criteria and complete their online application.


Registration for Lexington District Two 4K, 5K, and first grade will begin February 4, 7:45 a.m.–3 p.m., Brookland-Cayce Grammar No. 1, Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center, Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, Pineview Elementary, Saluda River Academy for the Arts, and Springdale Elementary schools.

University of South Carolina alumni, students and supporters will head to the Statehouse Wednesday, February 4, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. for Carolina Day and meet with elected officials from their districts to discuss the key role higher education plays in meeting South Carolina's future workforce demands and the importance of keeping a college education affordable. or 800-476-8752.


CREW Midlands will hold the following luncheon dates and speakers at the Capital City Club: February 3, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Energizing the Midlands – SC Energy Industry with speaker Serena Burch, SCANA; March 3, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Positioning for Success – 2015 Midlands Economic Forecast with panel led by Mike Briggs, Central SC Alliance; April 7, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Retail Therapy – Industry Trends with speaker Jodie McClean, Edens; May 5, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Revitalizing Columbia – Adaptive Re-Use Projects, panel discussion.


Little League baseball and softball registration is open at Trenholm Park. Register in person at Academy Sports+Outdoors (Sandhills) January 17, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., or at Trenholm Park January 24 and 31, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Registration closes February 1.

The Color Run will be in Columbia March 28, 10 a.m., Finlay Park.

Walk Like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Columbia will be held March 22, Saluda Shoals Park. Registration is 2 p.m.; opening ceremony, 3 p.m. or 748-7333.

Disco Dash 5K and Fun Run, hosted by Richland County Recreation Commission, will be held Saturday, May 16, Caughman Road Park. 741-7272 ext. 141.

Senior Resources will hold it 12th Annual March for Meals 5K Run & Walk - The Wild Run February 21, 9 a.m., Timmerman Trail, Cayce. This race will benefit Meals On Wheels and Meals programs for

Freezin’ For A Reason Lake Murray Polar Plunge will be held Saturday, February 14, SCEG Lake Murray Recreation Park, Intersection of Highway 6 and Corley Mill Road, Lexington. USC - Gamecock Polar Plunge will be held Saturday, February 21, Maxcy Gregg Park, Blossom Street.


Need a mental health support group? Meetings are held Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 427 Meeting Street, West Columbia. 739-5712 or

Double Trouble in Recovery meets Sundays, 2 p.m., ACOA Club, 2015 College Street. A self-help 12 step group for people with mental, emotional, and substance use problems.

Lourie Center hosts a monthly Grief Support Group the fourth Monday of each month, 2–3 p.m. or 779-1971 ext. 12.


American Legion Post 215, 2432 Chappelle Street is open six days a week (closed Wednesday), 5 p.m.– until with cash bar. Open to veterans and non veterans. 765-0175.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 641 fish fry/band will be held Saturday February 28, fish fry 4–7 p.m., band 7–11 p.m., 534 South Beltline Boulevard. 782-5943.


The American Cancer Society is having a recruitment campaign for its Road To Recovery program in the greater Columbia area. Through this program, volunteers provide free transportation for local cancer patients in need of a ride to and from cancer treatment. Anyone interested in volunteering must have a good driving record, valid driver’s license, automobile insurance, and a vehicle in good working condition. or 843-744-1922.

The Inclement Weather Center is in need of help during the winter season. Volunteers are needed to help greet clients, handout blankets and sheets, help with registration and direct traffic to specific areas (bathrooms, beds, etc.), 191 Calhoun Street, near the River Walk off of Laurel Street. Most volunteers are needed 5:30–7:45 p.m. and 5:30–7:15 a.m. The center is only open on days when the temperature is 40 degrees or below, and volunteers are needed sporadically throughout the next several months.


Lourie Center, partnering with the University Of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health’s Exercise Science Department will hold “Still Movin’,” a ten-week program designed to improve balance in older adults, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9–10 a.m., January 29–April 14 (No class March 10 or 12), Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. 779-1971 or

Annual Federal Bureau of Investigation “Black History Program” will be held Thursday, February 12, noon, Brookland Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. 551-4200.

Maximized Leader Seminar with Dr. John Maxwell will be held Saturday, February 28, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Medallion Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road. 794-6504 or

African American Genealogy Jamboree Jubilee Roadshow “Bringing the Celebration from the Motherland Home to South Carolina” will be held Friday, February 6, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., John Hurst Gymnatorium, 1530 Harden Street. 255-4742.

Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Fridays, held on the first Friday of each month, will include February 6, Columbia in the Civil War; March 6, Schools in the 19th Century; April 3, Robert Mills House as a Seminary; and May 1, Games of the 19th Century, gift shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street. or 252-1770 ext. 26.

Small Business Health Insurance Opportunities Forum will be held Thursday, February 12, 5:30 p.m., Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, 930 Richland Street. small-businessinsurance


Free Fridays in January and February at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will receive free admission to the zoo and garden every Friday during the months of January and February. 779-8717.

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