-CHURCH/CHARITY First Presbyterian Church will hold lunch service each Wednesday in Jackson Hall at 1324 Marion Street. Lunch 11:30 a.m. –12:15 p.m. followed by a program until 12:50 p.m. Hot meal $6; soup and salad $5. Free parking. 799-9062.
A Spa for the Lady’s Soul Women’s Retreat for senior high girls and older will be October 2, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road. www.ashlandumc.com or 798-5350, ext. 14.
Going Beyond conference will be held October 8–9, Shandon Baptist Church, 5250 Forest Drive. 800-254-2022.
Blessing of the Animals will be held Sunday, October 3, 4 p.m., Ashland United Methodist Church – outdoor picnic shelter, 2600 Ashland Road. 798-5350.
P.O.W.E.R to Win Conference 2010: Prayer Obedience Worship Energy Reward will be hosted by the Brookland Baptist Young Adult Ministry October 8–10, Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. 843-830-5891 or 803-238-9045.
Shandon Presbyterian Church Taizé Contemplative Service, will be held 5:30 p.m. Sundays October 3–November 7, church sanctuary, 607 Woodrow Street. www.shandonpres.org or 771-4408.
2010 Word Explosion will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, October 14–16. Speakers, October 14, Kenneth Copeland, 7 p.m.; October 14, Chaplain Downing, 9 a.m., Bill Winston, 10:30 a.m., Kenneth Copeland, 7 p.m.; October 16, Bill Winston, 9 a.m., Kenneth Copeland, 10:30 a.m. www.kcm.org
-DANCE A Father–Daughter dance will be held Saturday, October 23, 5–9 p.m., hosted by YMCA Trailblazers, part of the YMCA Indian Guides Program, Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, Lexington. Tickets are $40 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter. 359-3376 ext. 15.
Contra Dance, sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance, will be held October 9, 7–10:30 p.m., Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1900 Lincoln Street. info@contracola. org, www.contracola.org, or 787-1592.
Ross Holmes Big Band Dance will be held at the Capital Senior Center, Friday, October 15, 7:30–11 p.m. 779-1971.
-FESTIVALS St. David’s Episcopal Church, Northeast Columbia will hold a Fall Festival Friday, October 1, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 2, 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 605 Polo Road. 736-0866 or www.stdavidscolumbia.org
Rebekah’s Garden, Inc. will host a Fall Festival October 16, 9 a.m., 927 Leesburg Road. 647-1557.
-FUNDRAISER Get Wild at Riverbanks ZOOfari annual fundraiser will be held October 2. Timed presentations will occur every half–hour until the live auction at 9 p.m., covered pavilion, Safari Camp, www.riverbanks.org.
The Eighth Annual Songbird Café Event, presented by Sistercare, will be Thursday, October 7, Leaside, 100 East Exchange Place, 8 p.m. www.sistercare.com or 926-0505.
Connect for the Cause Yoga–Thon, hosted by Amsa Yoga, will be held Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., 140 Pelham Drive next to Woodhill Mall, to raise funds to provide free yoga classes for women cancer survivors. www.thelibbyrossfoundation.com
-GARAGE SALE Columbia Pastoral Counseling Center Second Annual Garage Sale, will be Saturday, October 16, 7:30 a.m.–noon, Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow Street. www.shandonpres.org or 771-4408.
-HALLOWEEN Hall of Horrors held at the Cayce–West Columbia Jaycees’ Hut, 1153 Walter Price Street, Cayce, needs volunteers for the October 8–31 event. www.hallofhorrors.com, danny@hallofhorrors. com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Riverbanks Boo at the Zoo will open Friday, October 15, and run nightly October 15–17 and October 22–30, 6–9 p.m. nightly. www.riverbanks.org
-LECTURE University of South Carolina’s annual Buchheit Family Lecture with speaker Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent for CNN, will be Wednesday, October 6, 7 p.m., Belk Auditorium of the Darla Moore School of Business. 777-7118 or email@example.com
-LITERACY Reach Out and Read–South Carolina will host the 6th annual Read and Romp Family Benefit Event Sunday, October 10, 1–4 p.m., SC State Museum. Admission is $10 per child; adults and non–participating children under 2 are free. 434-2523, toll free 877-367- 8839 or www.reachoutandreadsc.org
Literacy Summit, hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation will be held Saturday, October 16, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly Street. www.yourfoundation.org.
-MEETINGS Columbia Parkinson’s Support Group meets the third Sunday of every month, 3 p.m.–4 p.m., Lexington Medical Park Auditorium. www.columbiaparkinsonsupportgroup.org
Columbia’s Crossroads Career Network meets Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m., in RM 269, Eastminster Presbyterian Church. www.crossroadscareer.org.
North Main Columbia Business Association holds Coffee Talk Thursday mornings 7:30–9:30 a.m., NCBA office, 2965 Main Street.
Millwood Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will meet Sunday, October 10, 2–4 p.m., Spring Valley Country Club house, 300 Spring Valley Road. 783-0239.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Columbia Chapter 87, will hold its monthly luncheon meeting Friday, October 8, 11:30 a.m., Seawells Restaurant, Rosewood Drive. Luncheon will be $13 per person. The meeting is open to all active and retired federal employees and spouses in Lexington and Richland Counties.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight loss program, meets every Friday at the Capital Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. 779-1971.
-MOVIES Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, sponsored by AMC Entertainment (AMC), Autism Society, and Sensory Friendly Films® will be shown October 2, 10 a.m., AMC Dutch Square 14, 421 Bush River Rd., Unit 80. www.autismsociety. org/sensoryfilms.
-MUSIC Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra concert will be held October 3, 5–6 p.m., Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd., Irmo. www.lmso.org or 781-8846.
16th Annual Columbia Blues Festival, hosted by Word of Mouth Productions, will be held Friday, October 1, and Saturday, October 2, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. 708-4500 or www.columbiabluesfest.com
Arts at Shandon presents Matthew Jones on xylophone with friends, Friday, October 22, 7:30 p.m. 607 Woodrow Street. www.shandonpres.org or 771-4408.
2010 Free Times Music Crawl will be held Saturday, October 2, at five participating venues in Columbia’s Vista, beginning at 7 p.m. 765-0707 ext. 138 or firstname.lastname@example.org
-NEIGHBORHOODS Moving Richland County Neighborhoods Forward will host its 6th Annual Neighborhood Planning Conference Saturday, October 2, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., South Carolina Department of Archives and History (8301 Parklane Road). www.rcgov.us or 576-2176.
Fire Safety Day, hosted by The Home Depot at Sandhills, will be held Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Home Depot parking lot, 285 Forum Drive. 783-1267.
-OUTDOORS The 17th Edition of the Women’s Outdoor Recreation Retreat, sponsored by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, will be October 8–10, Hickory Knob State Park near McCormick, S.C. www.scwf.org or 256-0670.
-PETS Howlin’ for Halloween, Half–Price Cat Spays. For the month of October, The Humane Society is offering half price ($20) spay surgeries for female cats. Cat must be three months–seven years old and weigh a minimum of three pounds. Rabies and distemper vaccines are required for surgery. Application online www.humanesc.org, or come by office at 121 Humane Lane.
Pampered Pet Party, hosted by the Humane Society, will be Monday, October 4, 4–8 p.m., Preppy Puppies, 2313 N. Beltline Blvd. 783- 1267 ext. 17 or email@example.com
-REUNIONS Ft. Jackson 2010 Prior Landowners Reunion will be held October 16, 9 a.m., McCrady Army National Guard Training Center, Ft. Jackson, 5405 Leesburg Rd, Eastover.
-SPORTS Palmetto Health Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Walk for Life and New 5K Race for Life will be Saturday, October 2, Finlay Park. Proceeds will benefit Palmetto Health Breast Center. Runners register online palmettohealthfoundation.org
-SUPPORT GROUP NAMI Mid–Carolina, The National Alliance on Mental Illness invites individuals with a mental illness to participate in Connections support groups. 733-9592. www.namimidcarolina. org
Double Trouble, a group for mental illness and substance abuse, meets Fridays, 6:30 p.m., 427 Meeting Street, West Columbia. 727-4631.
Wee Remember, a support group sponsored by Palmetto Health Baptist, for parents grieving a pregnancy loss or early infant loss, meets 6:30–8 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of each month, Palmetto Health Baptist’s Pastoral Counseling Seminar Room. 296-5636.
-THEATRE “Dream” magic show with Brandon Wagster will be held at Workshop Theatre, 1136 Bull Street, Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9. 799-4876 or www.workshoptheatre.com
-WALKS Hearts and Hands Forever Walk, sponsored by Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Richland, will be held 3–4:30 p.m., Saturday, October 10, Riverfront Park. In case of rain, the event will be held in Palmetto Health Baptist Auditorium, 1501 Sumter Street, first floor. 296-5636.
Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence will be held Saturday, October 9. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the walk begins at 9 a.m., Finlay Park (930 Laurel Street). firstname.lastname@example.org, www.columbiasc.net, or 545-4418.
-WORKSHOPS Capital Senior Center’s annual Fall Festival and Health Fair will be held Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 1650 Park Circle. 779-1971.
Mini–Med School, an outreach program of the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine, will be held four Tuesdays in October, 6:30–8 p.m., 6311 Garners Ferry Road, M-II Classroom, Building No. 3. 733-3200, www.med.sc.edu, or email email@example.com
Literature Class, Hearing Short Stories, taught by Jack Dillard Ashley, professor emeritus at USC, will be held at the Capital Senior Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 5–November 11, 2–3:30 p.m. 779-1971.
Good Grieving: Strategies for Coping with Loss will be presented by Rev. Charles Pollock at the Alliance’s annual meeting October 10, 3–5 p.m., Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle 787-2979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Naval Academy admissions officials invite all interested middle and high school students to attend an admissions information forum in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, October 3, 2–5 p.m., Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, N.C. Check–in begins at 1:30 p.m. 410-293-1858 or http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Raleigh %20NC.pdf
Techniques, Technology, and To–Do’s, a free how–to program providing solutions to lowering energy costs at home and in the office, will be held Monday, October 18, 6–7:30 p.m., 701 Whaley Street, Olympia Room, Second Floor. email@example.com
The Many Faces of Dementia, a two hour free program, sponsored by Heartstrings Hospice and Comfortkeepers, will be held at the Haven Tuesday, October 19, 6–8 p.m. 788-4633.