Around the town
Friends of Richland County Public Library need individuals and businesses to sponsor baskets or donate items for its twelfth annual A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket fundraiser . The silent auction will be held at 7 pm on March 5 in the Bostick Auditorium of the Main Library. There are several ways to help: sponsoring a basket with $100 or more, donating a gift certificate, and attending this event on March 5. This is an opportunity to help the Friends provide support that the library could not otherwise provide. 929-3475
The 15th Annual Midlands Heart Ball presented by Jim Hudson Lexus will be February 12 at the Moore Building on the SC State Fairgrounds at 7 pm. This year’s gala, Renaissance of the Heart will go back in time to a castle banquet, a feast of foods with beverages and dance. A live, silent auction will feature items such as, a cruise, gourmet dinners, an oriental rug, and weekend getaways. This is a formal event. Funds will be raised to fight heart disease and stroke. For more information about the Heart Ball or to purchase tickets, contact Sarah Vann Bonds at 738-9540.
Souper Bowl of Caring will be heldFebruary 5 and 6, 2005 . Plan your Service Blitz activity for February 5 and your Souper bowl collection for February 6. Now is the time to recruit churches and schools in your area to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team. Visit www.souperbowl.org for ideas on a service project. Suggestions are welcome.
The 2nd Annual Sheriff’s Chili Challenge will be held January 29, 11 am–2 pm at the Sheriff’s Department, region one office, located at Lower Richland High school. Prizes will be awarded to teams and individuals. 783-0352
The Richland Northeast High School Cosmetology Department will host a Day of Pampering on January 22 at the high school from 9 am–4 pm. All work will be performed by seniors and juniors and supervised by the instructor, Nancy Riley. Walk–ins only; children are welcome only when receiving services. 699-2866
The Bethel AME Church Married Couples Ministry will hold its annual Retreat February 11–13. Registration is $95 per couple and will cover retreat materials, entertainment, and food Friday night, Saturday morning, and a couples ball Saturday evening. The theme for this year’s retreat is Made to Last Forever . Registration deadline is February 2. 779-0138
Erskine Theological Seminary’s Columbia extension campus will be dedicated on January 16 at 6 pm in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Mark E. Ross will be installed as the first resident professor. Three additional seminars will be offered without charge January 15, 9–11 am in the Thornwell Education Building at corner of Marion and Washington Streets. 799-9062
The Micah J. Jenkins camp of the Sons of Spanish American War Veteran is forming jointly in five states. SC in one of the five. Membership is open to male descendants of Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, and Chief Relief Expedition Veterans, as well as present and past members of the military. There is no requirement to be related to a Veteran to belong to this group. All who are interested are welcome. 781-9831 or Email: Johnnyreb6@aol.com
The Columbia Housing Authority is accepting applications for its Eighteenth Annual Wall of Fame Ceremony until January 21, at 4:30 pm. Application forms can be obtained online at www.chasc.org /cola/WOF.htm or by calling 376-6161. Applications should be mailed or delivered to 1917 Harden Street, 29204, ATTN: Donna Gilbert.
Midlands Tech will hold a class Writing Novels and Short Stories Thursdays, 6-9 pm from January 20–February 24. Learn character development, sense of place, dialogue and the substance, structure and style that make stories sing. Sign up early at Midlands Technical College, Beltline Campus. Register online at Midlandstech.com under continuing education or call 732-5335.
International speaker Barry Powell is scheduled to speak at the next Real Estate Investors seminar in Columbia. on Thursday January 27, 6:30–9 pm at Saluda Shoals River Ctr. on Bush River Road. 206-1935.
The Columbia Harmonizers Chapter of the International Barbershop Harmony Society invites all men who want to sing. Group meets on Thursday evenings, 7:30 pm at the Shandon United Methodist Church. 798-1538
First Presbyterian Church will have a special concert with Dick Goodwin and his jazz quintet in Jackson Hall on January 21, 7 pm. 799-9062, ext. 261.
The SC Philharmonic will perform Be My Valentine February 14, 7 pm at the Koger Center for the Arts. Classical and Broadway favorites will strike the right chords for this special Valentine event. Join Columbia’s Ballroom company in the lobby at 6:20 for Tango demonstrations and lessons. Ladies, don’t forget to wear your red dresses in support of Providence Red Dress night at the Koger. 254-7445
Killian Elementary’s HOSTS Program stills needs weekly volunteer mentors, especially on Wednesdays. Volunteers need to give 30 minutes to one hour once a week during the school day and work with the same student each week to improve reading skills. Call 699-2981 ext. 1047. You can make a difference.
Palmetto Health Hospice will be offering a volunteer training session on January 22 and 29. The training will be held 9 am–4 pm at Palmetto Hospice. Contact Frank Heflin at 296-3143 or (800) 800-238-1884 to register for training program.