It's happening right here in your community
-ART The Columbia Museum of Art is hosting "Children of Hope," an exhibit that displays artwork created by children with cancer and blood disorders. Exhibit runs through October 2. www.columbiamuseum.org
new long- term exhibit, Southern Traditions
, showcasing pieces by artists native to South Carolina.www.columbiamuseum.org
Columbia Museum of Art is now hosting
Constantine Manos' A Greek Portfolio
-BOOKS The South Carolina State Library's
Center for the Book will host Speaker
@ the Center, featuring authors with new releases from the USC Press. Sessions are Aug. 28, Sept. 9, Oct. 16, Nov. 6, and Dec. 11, 12 pm- 1 pm in room 309 of the administrative building of the South Carolina State Library on 1430 Senate Street. For list of authors or more information, visit www.sccenterforthebook. org
First Citizens Econ Book Club will be held September 9, 5:30- 7 pm at the Breed Leadership Center, Columbia College. Barbarians at the Gate Dinner is free but participants must RSVP by noon September 8. E- mail hmeyers@ moore.sc.edu or call 803-777- 8677.
Friends of the Richland County Public Library will host best- selling historical fiction author Jacquelyn Cook September 14, 3 pm in the Bostick Auditorium of the Main Library. 929- 3475.
-CHURCH/CHARITY The Children's Trust Fund of SC is recruiting volunteers to serve as reviewers on its Citizen Review Panel for the 2008- 2009 Community- Based Child Abuse Prevention Grants. The Review Panel will participate in the grant review process on September 9, 9 am- 4 pm. Apply at www.childrenstrustfundsc. org/Citizens-Review- Panel-Application; for more information call Nanette Huneau at 744-4040.
First Presbyterian Church continues with its Wednesdays at First Lunch service in Jackson Hall. Lunch 11:30 am- 12:20 pm followed by a speaker and ending at 12:50 pm. Hot meal $6, soup and salad bar $5. Free parking.
North Point Community Church will be holding a church- wide yard sale fundraiser September 6, 7 am- 2 pm. www.northpointonline.org
-DANCE/ENTERTAINMENT Lower Richland Ruritans will hold a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, September 6, 4 pm- 7 pm. Eat in or take out dinners available at the LR Ruritan Club house on Rabbit Run directly behind Lower Richland High School. $7 donation.
-FAMILY/KIDS Kiwanis Club of Lexington will host a 5k RUN/FunWALK September 13, 7:30 am in front of the Lexington Town Hall on Maiden Lane $15 for adults, $10 children (under 12 yrs).
-HEALTH The Senior Exercise Program at Eastminster Presbyterian Church is held M- W- F, 9 am- 10 am.
-MEETINGS The Palmetto Paddlers, Inc. meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Luther Lee Building on Lincoln Street. Everyone is welcome to attend. Call 345-2002 for directions or visit www.palmettopaddlers.org
Lexington Entrepreneurs Club meets at 6 pm on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, at Uno Chicago Grill on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington. Contact Jennifer Hensley at 582-9688 or e- mail email@example.com
The Professional Women's Network meets for breakfast at Lizard's Thicket on Forest Drive the first and third Thursday of each month at 8 am. 477- 6551.
The Business Association of Columbia meets at the Summit Club Wednesdays at 7:30 am for breakfast and conversation. Contact Summers Duffie at SCANA Communications, 217-7092 or www.columbiabusiness.org
The Columbia Parkinson's Support Group meets on the third Sunday of every month, 3 pm- 4 pm, Lexington Medical Park Auditorium. 604-0061 or www.columbiaparkinsonsupportgroup. org
Palmetto Personal Computer Club will meet on September 11, 6 pm- 8:30 pm. www.palmettopc.org
-MUSIC Dr. Einar Anderson, Artistic Director of the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, will be holding auditions for violins, violas, cello and string bass. Limited positions in brass/wind sections. For information or to make an appointment to audition, contact Sylvia Howell, 359-4929 or www.lmso.org
Fifth Annual Main Street Latin Festival will be held September 6, at the 1400 block in Downtown Columbia.
-PLANTS The Sandhill Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm- 7pm through November 25 at the Red Barn at Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center. Call 788-5700 x3.
-REUNIONS A Navy reunion will be held for former crewmembers who served on the U.S.S. Sylvania (AKA-44 and AFS-2), September 19- 21 in Wilmington, NC. Contact John D. Pierce at (616) 897- 5178.
The Dorman High School class of '88 is searching for classmates for its 20- year reunion September 19- 20. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864- 578-6761.
Spring Valley High School will hold a weekend reunion for the class of 1988 October 3- 4. For information visit http://sv1988.myevent.com/.
-SPORTS Ridge View High School will host the 2008 Ridge View Athletic Department Golf Tournament September 29, 12:30 pm, at Oak Hills Golf Club on Fairfield Road. Event will raise money for the RVHS Athletic Department. Contact Brian Rosefield at 983-4942 or Ridge View HS at 699-2999 x 234.
The 9th Annual Viking Golf Tournament will be held September 19, 10 am at The Country Club of South Carolina at Crickentree. Cost is $400/Team of 4, $100/individual player in advance for cart and green fees, box lunch, cook out, beverages and prizes. www.richland2.org/svh
-THEATER Town Theatre opens its 90th Season with West Side Story, September 5- 27. www.towntheatre.com
Workshop Theatre will hold auditions for "Les Liasions Dangereuses" September 14, 6 pm and September 15, at 7 pm in the theatre at 1136 Bull Street. www.workshoptheatre.com
Town "A Tun Tah Ce ha rtrisetmwialls "host auditions for will be held September 7- 8, at 7:30 pm. Please contact Sandra Willis at 799-2510 for more information.
-TRAINING/EDUCATION Science Café will be held September 9th, 6 pm at Za's Pizza on Devine. www.engenuitysc.com
Community Empowerment Conference, sponsored by Midlands Community Development Corporation, will be held September 10- 11, 2008, at C.R. Neal Dream Center, 2430 Atlas Road, Columbia. www.midlandscdc.org or 726-0566.
Midlands Audio Institute will be offering a variety of Fall courses in the areas of music recording and music business. As part of Midlands Technical College Continuing Education's Audio Engineering Certificate Program, students can become certified in less than 12 months. Available courses are Intro to Audio, Music Business, and Studio Recording I. For dates and times, contact 732-0432 or www.mtctraining. com/signup.htm
-VOLUNTEERS Rolling Readers, a non- profit children's literacy organization, is seeking volunteers to read aloud or tutor children. The ongoing program will be held at local schools, after school programs, shelters, children's homes and churches. If interested, contact director Darlene Paradise or Myra Chacon at 765-2555 or rollingreaderssc@bellsouth. net
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands would like volunteers age 18 and older to help answer the 24 hour Crisis Line and provide hospital accompaniment. Please apply for a position by September 19. Fall Training will be October 4, 5, 11 and 12. For times and more information, contact 790-8208 or email email@example.com
The World's Largest Truck Convoy, a one- day celebration to help raise money for Special Olympics, will hold South Carolina's event Saturday, September 6 at Public Safety Headquarters, 10311 Wilson Blvd., Blythewood. www.worldslargesttruckconvoy.com