Contemporaries, a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate group, is hosting a call for entries for its ninth annual Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year (CAY) Soirée and Silent Auction, designed to increase awareness of and support for emerging artists in South Carolina and to promote the Contemporaries’ membership. Three-dimensional work must weigh less than 50 pounds and two-dimensional work must measure no more than 60 inches in either direction, including the frame. Artists can submit up to two entries. Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 29, at 5 p.m. www.columbiacontemporaries.com/CAY.
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The Columbia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated will celebrate its annual Founder’s Day and Awards Banquet Saturday, February 18, Brookland Banquet & Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. 758- 2882 or 446-8939.
Friends of the Richland County Public Library and the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies will host a book discussion and signing by Silas House, 6 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, Main Library, 1431 Assembly Street. www.myRCPL.com/friends or 777-2340.
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.
The Souper Bowl of Caring is underway for the 7th annual campaign at SCBT. Bank branches statewide will collect funds through February 29. www.SCBTonline.com.
Annual Cinderella Project, sponsored by the S.C. Bar Young Lawyers Division which provides gently worn formal, bridesmaid and prom dresses for young women who lack the financial resources to buy a gown for their high school prom. Donations are being accepted through February 24 and can be dropped off at any of the following Columbia-area locations – Junior League of Columbia Headquarters, 2926 Devine Street; M Boutique, 2820 Devine Street; Richardson Plowden, 1900 Barnwell Street; Lexington Town Hall, 111 Maiden Lane, Lexington; Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, 1248 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo; Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Avenue, Chapin; W. Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1006 12th Street, Cayce. A boutique will be held Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m.-noon, USC School of Law, 701 Main Street to give girls an opportunity to “shop” for dresses at no cost. Girls from all area schools are invited to attend and must bring their school ID. www.scbar.org/cinderella or 576-3736.
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 email@example.com.
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. www.crr.sc.gov or 737-8094.
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. 896-9182 or www.RegOnline.com/SCHousingForum.com.
Ashland UMC Women’s Retreat, What’s In Your Purse? will be held Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. 798-5350, ext 14 or www.ashlandumc.com.
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. 771-4408 or www.shandonpres.org.
Greater Columbia Chapter of the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association (USADance) will hold its annual Valentines Dance Saturday, February 11, Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia, 7:15-10:30 p.m. www.USADance.us.
Relax, It’s OK 2B Single Valentine’s Gala will be held Saturday, February 11, 7 p.m.- midnight, Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset
Boulevard, West Columbia. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 386-7114.
Friday Night Dances are scheduled for winter/spring 2012, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Friday January 27, February 17, 24, March 9, 23, April 13, and 27, Capital Senior Center, Maxcy Gregg Park, 1650 Park Circle. 779-1971 or www.capitalseniorcenter.com.
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Columbia Music Festival Association (CMFA) will hold the 30th annual Lize Wessels Pub Night February 4, 7:30 p.m., CMFA ArtsSpace, 914 Pulaski Street. 771-6303 or cmfa5678Online.com.
Columbia Doll and Bear Show will be held Saturday, January 28, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., SC State Fairgrounds, Rosewoods Building, Main Gate, 1200 Rosewood Drive. www.knightshows.com or 783-8049.
Animal Protection League and the Lower Richland Ruritans will host a joint BBQ pork or chicken fundraiser dinner Saturday, February 11, 4-7:30 p.m., Lower Richland Ruritan Hut on Rabbit Run behind Lower Richland High School. 767-3715 or 369-9538.
22nd Annual Midlands Heart Ball will be held February 18, 2012, 6-11 p.m., Township Auditorium. www.heart.org/midlandsscheartball or 806-3091.
12th wedding give away is being hosted by University of South Carolina HRTM 362 and the Inn at USC. In order to enter the contest, all couples must be currently engaged and one or both must be affiliated in some way with USC. Couples must submit their love story and explain why they feel as though they are most deserving of them all, to WeddingAtUSC@gmail.com as soon as possible (at least 500 words with a picture of couple included or a three minute video). Winners must turn over complete control of the wedding to the class and Inn at USC, but in return will be rewarded with a wedding at no expense to them.
Palmetto Health Heart Hospital will host Second World Record Zumbathon as part of 29HeartDays Heart Month Celebration 8:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 4, Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center, 1000 Blossom Street. 29HeartDays.com or 296-CARE (2273).
South Carolina 4th Annual African American Men’s Health Forum, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held Saturday, February 4, Brookland Banquet and Conference Center in West Columbia, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration is free for the first 500 men who pre-register by calling 877-227-9398 or cancerhealthforums.org.
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Palmetto Painters, a SC Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters, will meet Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m., Green Hill Baptist Church, 1734 Augusta Road, West Columbia. 781-2340 or www.PalmettoPainters.com.
Palmetto Friends Gathering, an annual statewide fellowship weekend for Friends (Quakers), will be held January 27-29, Camp Kinard near Batesburg-Leesville. www.palmettofriends.org or 843-365-6654.
Midlands Coin Club Meeting will be held Thursday, February 9, 6:30 p.m., Richland County Public Library, St. Andrews Regional Branch, 2916 Broad River Road. www.midlandscoinclub.com
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.
“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.
Living Fountains, a Christian singing group from Lexington, will host a monthly Southern Gospel concert Saturday, January 28, Round Hill Baptist Church, 7 p.m., 230 Persimmon Lane, Lexington. 996-2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carolina Jazz Society will host a Dixieland Jazz Concert 2:30-5 p.m., Sunday, February 5, Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. 432-1504.
SC Federation of Music Clubs (SCFMC) will award $4,000 in music scholarships Saturday, March 10 (postmark deadline: February 24), Columbia College. Music students grades six–college juniors enrolled in any school (public, home, college) in Richland or Lexington counties and who have studied music privately for two or more years may audition. Piano Solo–grades 6-8; 9-11; and 12 $200 each; college freshmen-juniors $400. Piano Concerto–grades 6-8;9-11 $200 each. 419-2990.
City of Columbia is accepting submissions for the 22nd Annual Summer Concert Series in Finlay Park, held every Saturday night during the months of June, July, and August, 7-10 p.m. Bands interested are asked to submit a media kit, including a recent photograph, live recording, and bio of band. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m., Friday, March 16. Mail entries to City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Administration Office, Attn: Kim Mitchell, 1932 Calhoun Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or email to email@example.com. 545-3117.
The Arts at Shandon will present Angela Blalock & Friend in concert 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 17, Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow Street. 771-4408.
Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation will present Story Time Jazz Hour at St. Peter’s Catholic School in Neglia Hall Tuesday, January 31, 2 p.m. 252-8285 or KPreston@StPeters-Catholic-School.org
Devine Street Association Sidewalk Sale will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, January 28. 608-6161.
Chief Justice Jean Toal of the South Carolina Supreme Court will be special guest speaker during St. Peter’s Catholic School’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week Thursday, February 2, 6-8 p.m., St. Peter’s Cardinal Bernardin Center, 1529 Assembly Street. 957-1431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airport High School is accepting nominations for its Alumni Wall of Honor. Nominations are to be submitted to Joni Coleman at Airport High School no later than February 10. Jcoleman@lex2.org.
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.
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.
Third annual “Race for the Place” 5K run/walk will be held Saturday, February 11, 8 a.m. The race route is in the Shandon area; the start line is at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. www.stlawrenceplace.org or www.strictlyrunning.com.
The 13th Annual CAPS (child and parent) Soccer Clinic will be held Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., USC Outdoor Soccer Complex, Stone Stadium, 1300 Whaley Street. 254-5996 or www.childrenschance.org.
Junior Tennis League ( JTL) is holding registration for Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, and Newberry counties for summer tennis program for children sixth to 12th grades. Registration dates are February 4-May 4. www.juniortennisleague.org or 951-1888.
Senior Resources will participate in the national 2012 March For Meals campaign beginning with the 9th annual 5K Run & Walk at Riverbanks Zoo March 3, 7:30 a.m. www.seniorresourcesinc.org.
Red Bank 5K – Lexington will be held Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. to benefit Lexington YMCA’s Partners with Youth Campaign. www.runredbank.com or 348-1984.
Columbia Parkinson’s Support Group meets the third Sunday of every month (except June) 3-4 p.m., Lexington Medical Center Hospital, Lexington Medical Park Auditorium, 2720 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. 604-0061 or www.columbiaparkinsonsupportgroup.org.
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.
Romeo and Juliet will be performed January 27, 8 p.m., and January 28, 11 a.m., USC Lab Theatre, 1400 Wheat Street. www.cas.sc.edu/thea
Birthright of Columbia a pro-life emergency pregnancy service staffed by volunteers, will begin training for office volunteers beginning Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. and will run two successive Tuesdays, 1405 Gregg Street. 765-0165 or agillhorton. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Lunch and Learn” is being held at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, second Thursday, 11:30 a.m. 779-1971.
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.
Iota Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will host its 8th Annual Youth Symposium Saturday, March 10, John H. Adams Gymnatorium on the campus of Allen University. 331-6761.
Millcreek Greenhouses will host a workshop on medicinal herbs Saturday, January 28, 11:30 a.m., featuring Robin McGee, community herbalist, organic gardener, herbal medicine-maker, writer, and herbal educator, 2324 Leesburg Road. 776-0441.
City of Columbia Art Center, 1932 Calhoun Street, will host a workshop on the essentials of Japanese pottery Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 545-3093 or email@example.com.
Board of Trustees of Lexington School District Two will hold its Annual Winter Workshop Saturday, January 28, 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., Board Room of the District Education Center, 715 Ninth Street, West Columbia. www.lex2.org.
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.