A new exhibition of florals by Barbara Yongue is at Gallery at Michael’s Café, 1620 Main Street, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. To view the art work is free; on view through early May.
An Art Auction will be held at Beth Shalom Synagogue Sunday, May 22 featuring beautiful framed art in all media starting at $60. The event begins at 6:00–6:45 with a preview and includes horsdoerves, dessert and wine/beer. Reservations are needed. The cost is $12 and $15 at door. Send check to Beth Shalom Synagogue (Art Auction), 5827, North Trenholm Road. For more information, call 782-2500.
Martha Lemasters will be at Barnes & Noble, 3400 Forest Drive, Tuesday, May 17, 6 p.m. reading from and signing copies of her memoir The Step.
Wednesdays@First Lunch Service—First Presbyterian Church lunch service each Wednesday; lunch served at 11:30 a.m., brief service 12:20–12:50 p.m. Hot lunch $6; soup and salad $5. Jackson Hall, 1324 Marion Street. 799-9062.
Redeemer Northeast Church is a new church meeting at Jeep Rogers YMCA, 900 Lake Carolina Drive, Sundays, 10 a.m. redeemernortheast.org.
Lourie Center will host the return of the Sensational Epics for a musical performance and Spring Celebration Dance Friday May 13, 7–10:30 p.m., 1650 Park Circle. 779-1971 or www.louriecentersc.com.
South Carolina Cornbread Festival will be held May 21, 11 a.m., Spirit Communications Park. www.sccornbread.com.
Palmetto Collaborative for Autism and Related Disorders—a partnership between Greenville Children’s Hospital Autism Wonders Program, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Developmental-Behavioral program of USC School of Medicine, and Winston’s Wish Foundation will host the 10th annual Sprummer Celebration Friday, April 29, 7 p.m., Music Farm, 1022 Senate Street. 803-466-8189.
Bella Itialia Lodge 2808 will host Vegas Night Saturday, April 30, 6–10 p.m., Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Avenue. 413-7124 or www.osiacolumbiasc.org.
Blue Lives Matter SC 2016 Benefit Run, Car & Bike Show will be held Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Carolina Ale House, 277 Columbiana Drive.
2016 SC State Fair Rose Show will be held Friday, October 4, 7–10 a.m., with judging at 11 a.m., Cantey Building on the SC State Fairgrounds. www.facebook.com/Greater- Columbia-Rose-Society-561951970527338/ or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Pollinator Garden Workshop, hosted by the Richland County Stormwater Consortium, will be held Wednesday, May 25, 4–5:30 p.m., Clemson/Sandhill REC, Clemson Road. Learn the importance of pollinators while installing a pollinator garden onsite. 865-1216 ext. 116.
Richland County Master Gardeners Association (RCMGA) Plant Sale and Community Education Day will be held at The White Cottage at Sparkleberry Fair, April 30, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Native plants to attract birds, bees and butterflies; garden treasure tent; Ask-a- Master Gardener booth; and garden demonstrations.
Yvonne Russell will open her gardens for an annual tour Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 3–6 p.m., 2400 Bermuda Hills Road. 788-3573.
Palmetto Health will present the 2016 Teen Health Summit Friday, June 10, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Dreher High School, 3319 Millwood Avenue. 803-296-CARE (2273) or www.PalmettoHealth.org/THS.
Lower Richland High School will hold its final blood drive April 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school’s auditorium lobby. This is sponsored by the JROTC that scored a 98.75/100 the highest in the entire 4th Brigade where its Continuous Improvement Project was based on the blood deficit in the Lower Richland community. The goal for this drive is 90 units of blood. Make appointments through the American Red Cross at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767.
The Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI) is holding its annual benefit, 52 Windows, at 701 Whaley Street Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m. The event will support MIRCI’s Housing and Homeless Programs. An evening of art, 52 Windows will feature the works of artists: Marshall Foster, Sam Wilkins, Barrie Tompkins, Stephen Chesley, Michael Story, Irene Tison, Brian Rego, Julia Seabrook Moore, Heather LaHaise, and Missy McIver. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase works by these featured artists in addition to pieces provided by friends of MIRCI. The event will also include a silent auction, heavy hour d’oeuvres provided by Aberdeen Catery, an open bar, and live music by The Knott Trio. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mirci.org, or call (803) 786-1844
The City of Columbia will kick off a free 12-week family wellness challenge beginning Sunday, May 1, to encourage families to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. A kick-off celebration will be held on Sunday, May 1 from 3-6 p.m. at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way for those families who are selected to compete in the challenge. The Let’s Move! Columbia Family Wellness Challenge will be held from May 1 through July 24, and is free and open to the public. Participants must be age 6 and older.
Richland County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Academy Alumni Association Yard Sale will be held Saturday, May 2, 8 a.m.–noon, North Springs Recreation Center parking lot, 1320 Clemson Road. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation which provides funding for bullet proof vests, K-9 equipment, educational scholarships, Kid ID Print, D.A.R.E., Explorer Post 601, Project H.O.P.E., Bike Patrol, and Chaplaincy Program. 351-2651.
Trenholm Park will have a Community Yard Sale Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Trenholm Park. 787-0216.
The 85th Anniversary Season Spring Concert “Jasmine and Jazz” with Columbia Choral Society & Dick Goodwin’s Band will be held Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia; and Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m., Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton Street, Camden. www.columbiachoralsociety.org.
Carolina Jazz Society Dixieland Jazz Concert will be held Sunday, May 1, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. www.carolinajazzsociety.com or 432-1504.
“Quiet Storm Band” will perform Saturday, April 30, 2016, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater. The band will play high-energy dance music, beach, country, and more. This event is sponsored by Faces and Voices of the Midlands. This is a drug and alcohol free event.
Columbia Baroque will present its season finale concert, The Danube, May 13, Recital Hall at the University of South Carolina School of Music, 813 Assembly Street, 7:30 p.m. columbiabaroque.com.
Open House Drop In will be held to kick off the 2016 season at River’s Edge Retreat, Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 1019 Garden Valley Lane. www.riversedgeretreat.org.
Richland Recycles Day will be held Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., SC State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. rcgov.us/richlandrecycles or 803-576-2446.
The Quarry Crusher Run (QCR), one of Columbia’s most unique foot races, has expanded onto the national scene with four dates in four different states for 2016. The series kicked off with Columbia as its premier race April 16, followed by Atlanta, Georgia May 21; Birmingham, Alabama June 11; and Baltimore, Maryland September 24. All races will average around 3.7 miles and will be held in Vulcan Materials Company’s quarries in each state. www.quarrycrusherrun.com.
The 4th Annual Columbia, SC National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Walk will be held Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m., Selah of the Carolinas, 1530 Richland Street. www.nedawalk.org/columbiasc2016.
Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation will host the 10th Annual “Jailbreak 5K Run & Walk” Saturday, May 28, 8 a.m., Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. 785-8230 or www.strictlyrunning.com.
Transitions, in partnership with Zion Community Foundation will host its 4th Annual Homelessness Awareness Walk “A Step in the Right Direction” April 30, 10:30 a.m., 2025 Main Street. 724-1077 or www.homelesswalk16.eventbrite.com.
South Carolina Jaycees will present a Cornhole Tournament to benefit Camp Hope May 21, 10 a.m., CWC Jaycees Hut, 1153 Walter Price Road, Cayce. email@example.com.
Skip To My Lupus will host Walk For A Cure 2016 lupus awareness walk in honor of National Lupus Awareness Month Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m., Earlewood Park. www.skiptomylupus.org
The City’s Office of Business Opportunities (OBO) will host the fourth annual Small Business Week Conference Thursday, May 5, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Spirit Communications Park, 1640 Freed Street. 545-3950 or www.columbiasc.net/obo.
Statewide Coalition will host a Disability Benefits and Employment Workshop May 4, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Lexington Workforce Center, 671 Main Street, West Columbia. www.able-sc.org.
S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor three free legal clinics in Columbia in May, including May 1—End of Life Issues, 1:30–2:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, 120 Marydale Lane; May 12—Elder Law Issues, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle; May 17—Senior and Elder Law Issues, 6:30–8 p.m., Richland Library Northeast Branch, 7490 Parklane Road. www.scbar.org/clinics or 799-6653, ext. 158.