The Children’s Trust of South Carolina has opened registration for the 2012 Picasso Project student art competition for students grade 6-12. Registration will close February 29, 2012. scchildren.org.
Palmetto Painters, a SC Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters, will meet Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m., Green Hill Baptist Church, 1734 Augusta Road, West Columbia. 781-2340 or www.PalmettoPainters.com.
First Presbyterian Church Wednesday lunch and speaker series is held 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Jackson Hall, 1324 Marion Street. Free parking. 799-9062.
Church Women United of Columbia luncheon will be held Friday January 27, Brookland Baptist Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, sign in 10:30 a.m., lunch 11 a.m., buffet cost $15. 738-0865.
Reformation Lutheran Church will host a special film presentation of Bullied: A Student, A School, and a Case That Made History, Friday, January 27, 7 p.m., Reformation Lutheran Church 1118 Union Street at River Drive. www.reformationlutherancolumbiasc.com.
Palmetto State Parents of Multiples (PSPM) is accepting registrations for its annual convention, The Great Escape, to be held March 2-3, Clarion Hotel, Gervais Street hosted by the Greater Columbia Area Mothers of Twins Club (GCAMOTC). scpspm.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One day symposium exploring the topic of Religion in the Civil War will be held Saturday, January 28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the South Carolina Historical Society. www.crr.sc.gov or 737-8094.
Commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sponsored by the University of South Carolina, will be held January 12-16 with a series of special events for the community. Symposium at USC School of Law auditorium, sponsored by Black Law Students Association,“ Building Pipelines to the Future: Advancing to the Next Level, Fulfilling the Dream, Advocating for the Future,” 6 p.m. January 12. Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., January 13, the Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. Martin Luther King Jr. evening concert series, 6 p.m., January 15. 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will be held January 16 with hundreds of university students uniting for service projects around the Columbia community. www.sa.sc.edu/communityservice/mlk/ or 777-3854.
The 2012 Palmetto Affordable Housing Forum, sponsored by the S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority will be held April 18-19, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. www.RegOnline.com/SCHousingForum.com or 896-9182.
A Class Act! will host The Festival of Healing and Spiritual Awareness January 20-22, The Coop, 1100 Key Road beside Williams Brice Stadium, 9:45 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday and 10:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday. 864-233-3033 or www.thefestivalofhealing.com.
Commemoration of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Friday, January 13, 7 p.m., Second Nazereth Baptist Church, 2336 Elmwood Avenue. 569-7932 or 446-0296.
Arts at Shandon’s tradition of a January dance with Nelson Jarvis, nationally known caller featured for traditional square dancing, line dancing, and the Texas two step, will be held Saturday January 28, 7 p.m., Shandon Presbyterian 607 Woodrow Street. www.shandonpres.org or 771-4408.
Greater Columbia Chapter of the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association (USADance) will hold its twicemonthly dances Saturday, January 14 and 28, 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 January 14, Arsenal Hill Park Building, 1800 Lincoln Street, 6:15-10:30 p.m. www.contracola.org or 760-5881.
Tanglefoots Square Dance Club will host a square dance introduction party January 19, 7 p.m., Union UMC, Irmo. Subsequent lessons will be $5 per night Thursdays, 7 p.m., Union UMC. 749-6898 or 356-3801.
Vardell Oyster Roast and Beaufort Stew will be held Saturday, January 21, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Cayce/West Columbia Jaycee’s Hut, 1153 Walter Price Road at 12th Street, Cayce. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit The Friends of the Animals and Camp Hope. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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22nd Annual Midlands Heart Ball will be held February 18, 2012, 6-11 p.m., Township Auditorium. www.heart.org/midlandsscheartball or 806-3091.
The Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia will meet January 23, Garden Council Building, 1605 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. The Board will meet at 9 a.m., refreshments prepared by Gardendale Garden Club will be served at 9:30, program will begin at 10 a.m.
Martin Luther King Day Health Carnival will be held January 16, noon-4 p.m., Grace Christian Church, 5010 Monticello Road. email@example.com or 822-3513.
Free Hearing Health Seminar to learn about advanced treatments for severe to profound hearing loss, sponsored by Cochlear Americas, will be held Saturday, January 21, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Columbia, Greystone, 200 Stoneridge Drive. www.hearinghealthseminar.com or 877-HEAR-THIS toll free.
PalmettoPride will hold its annual PalmettoPride Grants luncheon to honor 2011-2012 grant recipients Wednesday, January 18, noon, Seawell’s, 1125 Rosewood Drive. www.palmettopride.org.
South Carolina Advocates For Epilepsy will meet Sunday, January 22, 2-4 p.m., Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church. 843-991-7144.
The South Carolina movie premier of Patriocracy will be held Wednesday, January 18, 6 p.m., Great Columbia Chamber of Commerce auditorium, 930 Richland Street. 251-2726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra & the USC Dance Company will present The Joy of Dance performance art program Sunday, February 19, 3:30 p.m., Harbison Theater at Midlands Technical College. LMSO.org.
Sundays at Lowman Concert Series, presented by the Heritage at Lowman will feature pianist Elisa Moskovitz Sunday, January 15, 3 p.m., New Life Chapel in the Wellness Center on the Heritage at Lowman campus. 451-7414.
“Rocketman,” a Tribute to Sir Elton John, presented by Tokyo Joe, will be held Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. 251-2222 or www.koger.sc.edu.
Lexington County Choral Society and the Music and Creative Arts Program of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church will present Chad Martin, organist in concert Friday, January 20, 7:30 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. www.lexcochoralsoc.org
Campus Discovery Day, an open house, will be held at ECPI University, including its School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, 250 Berryhill Road, Suite 300, Saturday, January 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.ecpi.edu/lander/ecpi-university-discovery-day/.
South Carolina District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, January 28, Wright Spears Center for the Arts at Columbia College. 787-0287.
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Midlands Heart Walk will be held March 24, 2012, 9 a.m.-noon, Colonial Life Arena. 806-3092 or www.Midlandsheartwalk.com
Cupid’s Chase 5k Run, sponsored by Community Options will be held February 11, Finlay Park, 8 a.m. email@example.com or 750-8998.
The first annual 5K Run to the Plate sponsored by Brookland Cayce High School Baseball Team, will be held Saturday, February 4, 9 a.m. at Brookland Cayce High School. Packet pick-up will be Friday, February 3 4-6 p.m., Brookland Cayce High School gymnasium. 739-4651 or www.strictlyrunning.com.
Gridiron Alumni would like to bring alumni football to the whole state of South Carolina. Teams from Columbia, Flora, Hammond, Heathwood Hall Episcopal, Irmo, and other area teams are forming now. Games are scheduled for March and April, but spots and game dates fill up fast. www.gridironalumni.com or 530-410-6396.
Sixth Annual Red Nose Run will be held Saturday, January 28, 10K 8 a.m., 5K 8:15 a.m., all races start and end at Colonial Life Arena. www.StrictlyRunning.com.
Auditions for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will be held 7-9 p.m., Sunday, January 15, and Monday, January 16, Workshop Theatre. 799-4876. Larry Hembree’s Big Fat Gay Redneck Wedding Extravaganza to help raise money for the Nickelodeon Theatre will be held at the Capitol Senior Center Friday, February 3, 7 p.m. 1650 Park Circle. ww.nickelodeon.org.
The Arcade Mall on Main Street has an interesting basement area that once housed “Columbia Down Under,” a series of shops, bars, and eateries that operated in the early 1970s. Historic Columbia Foundation is offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of “Columbia Down Under” in honor of the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, January 19, 7-10 p.m., Equitable Arcade Building, 1332 Main Street. www.historiccolumbia.org.
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“Lunch and Learns” are being held at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, second Thursday, 11:30 a.m. 779-1971.
Columbia Museum of Art welcomes Pulitzer Prize winner and museum member Steven Naifeh for a champagne reception, lecture, and book signing Friday, January 20, 6 p.m. for his new biography with Gregory White Smith, Van Gogh: The Life. columbiamuseum.org.
Business Grant Writing II Training Camp, an initiative of the Carolina Encouragement Center, will be held Tuesday, January 31, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 3:30-7:30 p.m., Carolina Encouragement Center Training Center, 1815 Gervais Street. 931-8881.
Columbia Shepherd Center sponsors 18 classes for the mature and eager to learn. Topics include Ancient Israel prophesies, visual & musical arts, painting, bridge, conversation, histories, literature, travel, writing and yoga; also enjoy blood pressures checks, fellowship and a $7 optional lunch (reservation by Monday 10 a.m.), 3401 Trenholm Road. 779-4449 or www.shepherdscenterofcolumbia.com.
S.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor two free legal clinics in the Columbia area in January. January 24, bankruptcy law issues, 6:30-8 p.m., Lexington County Public Library-Irmo Branch, 6251 St. Andrews Road. January 31, real estate issues and foreclosures, 6:30-8 p.m., Lexington County Public Library-Main Branch, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. www.scbar.org/clinics or 799-6653, ext. 158.
Free Fridays in January and February for residents of Richland and Lexington counties at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Bring a valid driver’s license or property tax statement for proof of residency. 779-8717 or www.riverbanks.org.