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-ART Palmetto Painters, a SC Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters, will hold its meeting June 13, 10 am, at Green Hill Baptist Church, 1734 Augusta Road, West Columbia, SC. 781-2340.
-CHURCH/CHARITY First Presbyterian Church will hold its weekly lunch and speaker series Wednesdays at 11:30 am- 12:50 pm, 1324 Marion St. Soup and salad $5; hot meal, $6. Free parking available. 799-9062.
Nick@Night at North Point Community Church VBS, for kids entering K- fifth grade, will be June 22- 25, 6 pm- 8:30 pm on 532 N. Brickyard Rd. Pre- register at www.northpointonline.org or 699-1008.
Ashland United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School 2009, Camp EDGE (Experience & Discover God Everyday)will be June 15- 19, 9 am- 12:15 pm. Registration is going on now online www.ashlandumc.com or pick up forms in the church office. The church is located at 2600 Ashland Road. 798-5350 ext. 14.
-DANCE Wideman/Davis Dance Company will perform a Hurricane Katrina- inspired original interpretative work for dance and theater, "Based on Images," May 27- 28, 7 pm, in USC's Drayton Hall Theater. Tickets are available through the Carolina Coliseum box office, via phone at 803- 777-5112, online at www.capitoltickets.com, and at the door.
S.C. Arts Commission is offering grants of up to $7,500 to dance troupes to reconstruct or restage a historically and artistically significant American dance work. Guidelines for the American Masterpieces in South Carolina grants are available at www.SouthCarolinaArts.com. Application deadline is June 15.
-FOOD The Sandhill Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday from April 21- November 24, 2:30 pm, at 900 Clemson Rd. 788-5700.
Trustus Theatre will present From
Mozart, To Merman, To Minnelli, an intimate fundraiser featuring internationally renowned opera singer William Saetre May 22, 7 pm, at the home of Tom Brown in Wildewood. Tickets are $75. 254-9732.
Midlands Parents to take Strides for Autism Saturday May 23 at Finlay Park in downtown Columbia. Registration is at 8 am; walk starts at 9 am. Fun event for families and friends, activities for children, 5K walk around Finlay Park. Funds raised go to South Carolina Autism Society for family support, education, and promoting S.C. based research. 750-6988, ext. 120.
Lower Richland Ruritans will hold a Country Fried Pork Steak Dinner Fundraiser Saturday, May 30, 4 pm- 7 pm at the Ruritan Clubhouse on Rabbit Run behind Lower Richland High School. Adults $7 donation. Eat in or take out. Call Pam at 771-0219 or 776-5033 to reserve tickets. You may also purchase at Cedar Terrace Hardware.
FP ianl fmesettt Xo Parrot Head Club will present to benefit the SC Chapter of Alzheimer's Association June 13, University House, 911 S Stadium Road, 2 pm- 11 pm. www.palmettoparrotheads.com
-GALA The SC Gay & Lesbian Business Guild is hosting its annual Gala May 30 at The Embassy Suites in Columbia. This year's event will be held as a Prom with the theme being "Over The Rainbow." The cost of tickets are $40 for members, $50 for non- members, and $400 for a table of eight. SCGLBG.org
City Year Columbia will celebrate 15 years of service and leadership to the Midlands Community with its Ripples of Hope gala reception May 27 at 6pm at 701 Whaley Street. 254-3349 or www.cityyear.org/columbia.
South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Corporate Roundtable will host its annual gala May 28, 7 pm, at the Township Auditorium. 734-3041.
-MEETINGS Columbia Barbershop Harmonizers, a male chorus/ensemble is seeking male singers and meets Mondays, 7 pm, at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. 798-1538.
Richland Democratic Women meets Monday, June 8, at the Adult Activity Center, 7494 Parklane Road at 5:30 pm. email@example.com Michael Oana will present "April Showers Bring May Flowers" at the "Baby Booming: Budget or Bust!" seminar at the Irmo Library, May 28, 6:05 pm- 7:30 pm. The seminar will be presented by Life Span Consulting. 343-3343.
McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina will present an outdoor lecture by naturalist Rudy Mancke, who will discuss the natural world of summer, Tuesday, June 23, at noon on the patio in front of McKissick Museum on the university's Horseshoe. www.cas.sc.edu/MCKS/ or 777-7251.
-MUSIC The Five Points Association will host Five After Five each Thursday through June from 6:30 pm- 10 pm at the Five Points Fountain, corner of Harden and Greene streets. 446-8929.
University of South Carolina School of Music will present Palmetto Concert Band Memorial Day concert, May 24, 4 pm, Koger Center for the Arts. sepf.music.sc.edu or 576-5763.
Newberry Opera House presents Caesar and the SugarBees, Saturday, May 30, at 3 pm. 276-6264 or www.newberryoperahouse.com
University of South Carolina School of Music will present Southeastern Festival, June 7- 13. Events are open to the public; many are free. sepf.music.sc.edu or 576-5763.
University of South Carolina School of Music offers summer band camp, June 21- 26, for students in grades 7- 12. 777-4278, or e- mail USCBand@mozart.sc.edu
-REUNIONS A.C. Flora High School Class of 1999 will celebrate its 10 Year High School Reunion July 25 at the Vista Room of the Blue Marlin. 467-4664.
Columbia High School Classes of 1958 and 1959 will celebrate their reunion May 30 at Seawells on Rosewood. The fee is $50 per person. 772-2218.
-SPORTS/EXERCISE The Richland County Recreation Commission will host a summer camp for girls ages 7- 14 June 15- 18 at Spring Valley High School gymnasium. 754-7275 ext. 221.
Columbia Ultimate Disc Association's Ultimate Frisbee summer co- ed league will play June 1 to August 1 at Owens Field, Columbia. Register by May 31 at www.columbiaultimate.org
-TRAINING/EDUCATION USC Department of Theatre and Dance is hosting a Summer Drama Conservatory June 8- 29 at USC- Columbia. $150- $550. www.cas.sc.edu/thea
The University of South Carolina College
of Arts and Sciences will host "South
Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times,"
June 4, 8:30 am, in the Daniel- Mickel Center on the eighth floor of the Moore School of Business. saeu.sc.edu/reg/symposium/
-VOLUNTEER Regency Hospice offers free training to adults willing to sit with patients, run errands for families, make phone calls, or help with related office tasks. 765-0099.
The American Red Cross of Central South Carolina is seeking new volunteers to help fulfill its mission of providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. www.CentralSC-RedCross.org or 540-1200.
South Carolina Bar Ask- A- Lawyer program will host an online Web chat May 26 from 5 to 7:30 pm. The public can log on to www.scbar.org/aal and follow the instructions to immediately begin asking questions to attorney volunteers.
Safe Federal Credit Union will host Community Shred It Days June 3, 3- 6 pm at the Camden Branch; June 6, 9 am- noon, at the Clemson Rd Branch; June 10, 3- 6 pm at the St. Andrews Rd Branch. 791-0330, 528-8100 or www.carolinarecords. net