USC's McKissick Museum will present an exhibit of photography by Michael Freeman through May 27 that portrays the land of the Sudan. www.meridian.org/ARTS/Sudan/welcome.html
The Trenholm Artists Guild meets the second Monday of each month from September until May at 7 pm at the Forest Lake Recreation Center. On May 8 Judy Jarrett will speak. www.trenholmartistsguild.org
Columbia Children's Theatre will present Puss in Boots May 12-20 at the Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center. 691-4548 or www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
MIRCI (Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.) will host the 22nd Annual Low Country Shrimp Boil May 18, 5-7 pm at the MIRCI offices, 3809 Rosewood Dr. Call Julie Ann Avin, 786-1844.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will hold Operation Inasmuch, a one day community mission blitz involving more than 150 people in 21 different projects. Call Janet Lockhart, 779-4018.
Pavlovich Dance School is offering Nutcracker Boot Camp June 5-July 20. Students will learn choreography, be fitted for costumes, and be precast for roles thus eliminating the need to audition for ballet in the fall. The summer dance program offers techniques and repertory classes taught by professionals who trained in Russia and The Royal Ballet. Nutcracker Boot Camp will take place at Pavlovich Dance School, 25 Forest Lake Place, Monday through Thursday. Ages three and one half to adult are welcome. Call 782-8847.
Contra Dance in Columbia will meet May 6 at the Arsenal Hill Park Building from 7:30-10:30 pm. New dancers workshop is 7 pm. www.contracola.org or 796-8935
Time to Dance featuring slow dance and swing is being offered free by Sal and Janice DiMaria of Fred Astaire dance fame at St. Joseph Parish Hall/Gym each Friday, 10 am-11 am.
Palmetto Center for the Arts Summer Intensive for Advanced Dance Students will be June 19-23 Monday-Friday, 10 am-2:30 pm. There will be three technique classes including ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, and African dance. Call Anne Richardson, 803-699-2800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greater Columbia Chapter of the US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association will hold dances May 13 and 27 from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center. Visit www.USADance.us or call Patricia Hill, 803-781-5248.
Contemporary Ballet will present Dare to be Moved May 24-June 3 at the Columbia Music Festival Association, 914 Pulaski Street. Call 771-6303 or email email@example.com for tickets.
Richland County Democratic Women and Richland County Democratic Party will host a meet the democratic candidates running for statewide office May 7, 4-6 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church Gymnasium. 803-790-1101.
The Midwife Advisory Council will meet May 17 at 10 am with the oral examination of candidates for midwife licensure to follow the meeting. Call Robert Barnwell, 545-4370.
Charles R. Drew Wellness Center offers year-round water safety classes. Call Scot Riley, 545-3100
SC Division of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will sponsor a Spring Tea May 12 at the Capital City Club. Cathy Novinger, who was diagnosed with the disease, last year will speak. 779-8388
Palmetto Health will sponsor A Women's Health Dinner May 12, 6-8 pm. Palmetto Health will also sponsor a Women's Health Day May 13, 8 am-2 pm. To register, call 296-2273.
The Town of Eastover will host the 28th Annual Parade and Barbeque Festival May 4-6. 803-353-2281
Forest Acres Festival will be May 13, 10 am-4 pm at the AC Flora Athletic Field. It is a free family event featuring Blue Highway and Bill Well and The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. It is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Forest Acres and the City of Forest Acres. It is a family event with music, carnival and pony rides, rock climbing wall, face painting, food from local restaurants, and artists and artisans.
The Richland County Public Library will host a book discussion and signing with Georgia Herbert Hart May 23 at 10 am in the Bostick Auditorium of the Main Library. 929-3457
The Palmetto PC Club meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6 pm at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church Christian Life Center. palmettopc.org/index.html
The Business Association of Columbia/BAC meets in the Summit Club, Wednesdays at 7:30 am for breakfast and conversation. Membership is by invitation. Contact Summers Duffie, 753-5015.
The Old McGraw Community Meeting will be May 8, 6:30 pm at Old McGraw Church. Contact Ethel Vance, 353-5290.
Town Theatre will hold auditions for Peter Pan May 6, 11 am and May 7 and 8, 7 pm. 799-2510
Columbia Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will present the Rockaway Revue May 20 at 5 pm at the Columbia High School Auditorium. Call Julia Campbell, 803-754-0514
The Columbia Film Society/Nickelodeon Theatre will hold its 2006 PRIDE Film Festival May 18-22 at Nickelodeon Theatre, 937 Main Street. www.nickelodeon.org or 254-8234
Columbia Harmonizers male chorus/ensemble, all types of music in barbershop quartet style meets Thursdays, 7:30 pm at Shandon United Methodist Church. Call Joe Solito, 783-8475.
The Sterling Chamber Players will hold a concert May 18, 8 pm at Sterling Center, 320 Senate St. 252-2001
ETV will be giving away a 1957 Thunderbird convertible. Individuals can enter to win until June 18. 1-800-856-8535 or www.myetv.org.
Workshop Theatre will present Pump Boys and Dinettes May 5-20. 799-6551.
Town Theatre will present Camelot May 5-21. 799-2510
Columbia Sailing Club will hold an all day co-ed sailing clinic May 13. 261-3391 or 933-1303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Congaree Land Trust Canoe Trip on the Broad River will be May 7. 803-988-0000
Charlotte Eagles professional soccer team will host a summer soccer camp for kids ages 5-14, June 5-9 at Willow Lake Church in Blythewood. 754-1122 or www.CharlotteEagles.com.
The Sixth Annual Lake Murray Triathlon will be May 21 at Dreher Island State Park on Lake Murray. Those interested may pick up a packet at Palmetto Fitness Equipment, 720 Chris Rd. or register at www.set-upinc.com.
The First Annual Kid's Triathlon (ages 6-14) will be held at The Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center May 21 beginning at 2 pm. Call Lori Lapin, 513-2325 or email LLapin@sc.rr.com.
Palmetto Health Baptist will offer Safe Sitters babysitting classes 9 am-3:30 June 21-22, July 12, 13 and 26, 27 for 11-14 year olds. 296-2273
The SC Women's Business Center with Bible Way Community Development Corporation will present a seminar How to Start Your Own Business in SC May 10, 9 am-noon at Bible Way Baptist Church of Atlas Roads CR Neal Center. 803-461-8900
The SC Bar Young Lawyers Division is offering a revised edition of its Your Guide to Magistrate's Court. For a free copy, contact Tara Smith, 799-6653, ext. 146.
City Year's annual service day is May 13, 8 am-1 pm. 254-3349 or email email@example.com
The SC Historical Society will hold its spring home tour May 21 in Kingstree, SC, 11 am-4 pm. 843-723-3225, ext. 11
Wren Creek will host 2006 Parade of Homes June 10-25. www.columbiabuilders.com
North Columbia Community Yard Sale sponsored by Rotary Club of North Columbia will be at Stone Manufacturing, 3452 N. Main Street May 6, 7 am until... All proceeds go to scholarships for Eau Claire High students.