University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will present “Artful Lives: Molas of the Kuna” April 9–June 25, a showcase of the textile creations of the Kuna women of coastal Panama in the 19th century. www.cas.sc.edu/mcks or 777-7251. Lowcountry silhouette artist Clay Rice will create portraits for the public 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, South Carolina State Museum. 898-4968 or www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org Palmetto Painters, a SC Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters, will meet Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m., Green Hill Baptist Church, 1734 Augusta Road, West Columbia. www.PalmettoPainters.com or 781-2340. Columbia Museum of Art will host its annual black–tie fundraising gala, Grit Glamour: Rock Roll in Focus Saturday, April 16, 7 p.m.–midnight. columbiamuseum.org/gala
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital is partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to present The Red Carpet Event 5–7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital atrium, first floor. 296-CARE (2273) or 731-4060. Storybook Painting Party will be held at the Carolina Children’s Garden, Clemson Sandhill REC, 900 Clemson Road, Saturday, April 9, 2–4 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org, 459-3212, or www.carolinachildrensgarden.org “Planets for the People,” a sidewalk telescope viewing hosted by South Carolina State Museum staff and the Midlands Astronomy Club will be held 6–9 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in front of Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakery, 1009 Gervais Street. 898-4944 or www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org
“Sip, Shout and Shag to Benefit Camp Kemo,” hosted by students in the University of South Carolina’s College of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management 386 class, will be held Thursday, April 14, 6–10 p.m., The Armory, 1255 Bluff Road. 777-7014 or email@example.com
Greater Columbia Chapter of the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association (USADance) will hold its twice–monthly dances on Saturday, April 9 and 23, Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia, 7:15–10:30 p.m. www.USADance.us
Contra Dance will be held April 16, Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1900 Lincoln Street, 7–10:30 p.m. www.contracola.org or 760-5881.
Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. will host its annual gala April 29, 6–9 p.m., Seventeenth Floor of the Meridian Building, Nelson Mullins. 217-6708.
Promenade in Ridgeway will be held April 9, 10 a.m. firstname.lastname@example.org or 622-3474.
Eighth annual Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, hosted by Riverbanks Society, will be held Friday, April 15, 7–9:30 p.m. www.riverbanks.org
Palmetto Healthy Start is sponsoring its annual Family Health Festival, Saturday, April 30 behind the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 101 Solomon Walker Way, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 296-3780 or 1-888-788-4367.
The 15th annual NatureFest at Congaree National Park will be held April 16–17. 776-4396 or www.nps.gov/cong
Eastover Ruritan’s Bi–Annual Oyster Roast and Boiled Shrimp will be held Saturday, April 9, 5–8 p.m., Hampton Building, State Fairgrounds. 331-3796, 776-3811, 353-2913 or Columbia Cleaners across from VA Hospital.
Cookout for Kids, Epworth Children’s Home annual BBQ fundraiser, will be held Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., 2900 Millwood Avenue. cookoutforkids.terapad.com
South Carolina Midlands Master Gardeners, in cooperation with Historic Columbia Foundation, will host “An Evening with our Gardening History,” a book discussion with design historian
Andrea Wulf Monday, April 11, 6–7:30 p.m., SC Department of Archives and History, 8301 Parklane Road. 782-9960, email mhkelly@ sc.rr.com or www.scmmga.org
Vendors Needed for Sandhill Green Community Yard Sale to be held Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Sandhill REC (Farmers Market location), 900 Clemson Road, (across from Village at Sandhill). www.clemson.edu/sandhill or 699-3190.
Richland County Family and Community Leaders will hold its Annual Spring Council covered dish luncheon Tuesday April 12, 9:30 a.m., Eau Claire Presbyterian Church, 629 Wild Wood Avenue. 788-1282.
Columbia Community Concert Band is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a free concert and reception at Airport High School auditorium, 1315 Boston Avenue, West Columbia, Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. 787-0872 or CCCB.bandlink.org
Gershwin, Liszt and Dvorak wrap up USC Symphony season 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, Koger Center, Assembly and College streets. 251-2222 or www.capitoltickets.com
Carolina Wind Symphony (CWS), will hold a spring concert, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Monday, April 11, 201 Lake Murray Boulevard, Irmo, 7:30 p.m. 260-8165 or email@example.com
South Carolina’s Black Alumni Council (BAC) will host the First Annual Richard T. Greener Scholarship Banquet Saturday, April 9, Seawells, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. 917-5264 or 898-0291.
The Annual FACE (Forest Acres Christian Educators) Oratorium will be held Monday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., North Trenholm Baptist Church auditorium. 738-1464 or 782-9190.
11th Annual Golf Classic and Raffle, sponsored by Brookland–Cayce High School Educational Foundation, will be held Monday, April 11, Charwood Country Club, West Columbia. Shotgun Start will be at 12:30 p.m. Entry deadline is Friday, April 8. 461-5266 or firstname.lastname@example.org Second Annual Palmetto Half Marathon, sponsored by Columbia Regional Sports Council (CRSC), will be held April 15–16, Friday, April 15, 4–8 p.m.; Saturday, April 16, 7 a.m. www.palmettohalfmarathon.com or 206- 3123.
Rotary Club of Lake Murray–Irmo Foundation will host the 2011 Tour de Lake bike rally benefiting the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and other local non–profit charitable projects Saturday, April 23, Saluda Shoals Park. www.tourdelake.com or 920-9542.
Third Annual Walk to Defeat ALS will be held April 9, 9 a.m., Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park. walktodefeatals.org
Second Annual Midlands Bocce Bash will be held Saturday, April 9, Cardinal Newman School, 4701 Forest Drive, 9 a.m. 576-3025, 404-5511 or www.specialolympics.org
Rotary Club of Lake Murray–Irmo Foundation will host the 2011 Tour de Lake bike rally Saturday, April 23, Saluda Shoals Park in conjunction with the Park’s Earth Fair celebration. www.tourdelake.com or 920-9542.
USMC Mud Run will be held April 16. Volunteers are needed, email@example.com or 733- 1123.
The Spiral of Grief Creating a Mixed Media Healing Icon, an all day bereavement retreat, will be held Saturday, April 9, Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Lunch and art supplies are provided. firstname.lastname@example.org
Theatre South Carolina will present Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors April 15–23, Drayton Hall. Show times are 8 p.m. opening night and April 20–22, 7 p.m. on April 16, 3 p.m. on April 17 and 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on April 23. 777-9353 or email@example.com
Toast, Columbia and USC’s premiere improve troupe will perform an evening of improv comedy Saturday April 9, 11:15 p.m., Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady Street. 254-9732 or www.trustus.org