The Lexington Police Department will be conducting a free child safety seat check at the Lexington Wal–Mart Supercenter, 5566 Sunset Boulevard from 9 am–noon. The public is invited to have local law enforcement officers check for proper installation of their child’s safety seat. Call Sgt. Jay Koon, 359-6260.
The Catalinas, who wrote the song Summertime’s Callin’ Me , will be among four great bands to healine the SC State Museum’s summer fundraiser, Beach Music Blast 2005 , presented by Elliott Davis and SC Bank & Trust tonight. In addition to the Catalinas, the event will include the O’Kaysions, the Holiday Band, Still Cruzin’ and beach DJ Billy Smith.
Tickets are $30 the day of the show. Call 898-4935, or purchase at any SC Bank and Trust location statewide.
Columbia Action Council presents the Summer Concert Series with the local latin jazz orchestra, Sabor, from 7 pm–10 pm. Food and beverages, both alcoholic and non will be available. No alcoholic beverages, glass containers, pets, grills, and radios are allowed to be brought into the park. 343-8750 or www.columbiaactioncouncil.org.
The Greater Columbia Chapter of the US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association will hold a dance tonight, 7:30 pm–10:30 pm at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. A complimentary dance lesson with professional instructor will be from 7:40 pm–8:30 pm. $5 for members. $8 for non members. www.USADance.US
First Presbyterian Church of Columbia will hold an American Red Cross drive from 10 am–3 pm in the small dining room at 1324 Marion Street. 799-9062, ext.261
The ECKANKAR, religion of light and sound of God worship service at 7210L Broad River Road will include an open discussion. The topic will be the Laws of Freedom: Detachment. Robert Schoolcraft will be the speaker. 1-866-413-8889 or www.eck-sc.org
Congaree National Park needs volunteers for the Congaree National Park Butterfly Count June 25. Volunteers will meet at 9 am and count until 3 pm. Training will be June 12, 1–3 pm and June 18, 10 am–noon. Call Theresa Yednock, 776-4396, ext. 21.
Richland Democratic Women will meet at the Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane Road, at 5:30 pm. The speaker is Dr. David Doty who will speak on the use of hydrogen as a fuel source. 865-2263
Summer of Science at the State Museum begins today. Call 739-2122 or visit www.madscience.org/columbia
Bethel A. M. E. Church will hold The Summer Singing Experience for children beginning today. Call 750-0303.
Register your children today for USC’s Summer Young Artists Workshop (YAW) for rising students in grades 1–3 and 6–8. USC’s YAW camp, Drawing, Painting, and More will be held weekly 8:30 am–noon from June 20 to July 8. The weekly camps will be held at McMaster College. Call Lisa Williams at 926-4846 or 777-3137.
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Express your artistic persona and teach someone to read. In celebration of International Literacy Month , the Greater Columbia Literacy Council in cooperation with House of Frames and Painting invites the artistic community to submit works to a Juried Art Show centered on the theme of literacy. Entries are limited to not more than two works and must arrive by August 22, 2005. Entrants must be 15 or older. Entry fee is $25. 765-2555 or wwwliteracycolumbia.org
The Greater Columbia Community Relations Council , an organization committed to improving race relations and promoting community harmony will host its 41st Annual Luncheon at Seawell’s, 12:30 pm–2 pm. For ticket reservations, call 733-1130.
Columbia Museum of Art’s young professional group The Contemporaries popular Third Thursday pARTies returns this evening from 6 pm–9 pm on Boyd Plaza outside the museum’s main entrance. Live music by Salt Creek and Lundy Band plus food from Garden Bistro, soft drinks, wine, and beer are available for purchase. The event is $5. To become a member call 799-2810 or visit www.columbiamuseum.org.
The Columbia Star hits the stands today and is in the mailbox of its subscribers. You can have The Columbia Star delivered to your mailbox each Friday for only $20 in Richland/Lexington Counties and $25 outside the counties. Call today, 771-0219 or send a check to P. O. Box 5955, Columbia, SC 29250 with the form on page 6.