Columbia Museum of Art will host the 2012 Gala, the CHAIRity Ball, Friday, April 27, 7 p.m.-midnight to celebrate opening night of the museum’s spring exhibition, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design. columbiamuseum.org/gala.
Remington College-Columbia Campus will hold a blood drive Monday, March 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 607 Bush River Road. 800-448-6405 or www.3Lives.com.
SOaR Aviation Aerospace Summer Camp, sponsored by the Celebrate Freedom Foundation and open to all sophomore and junior high school students in the State of South Carolina, will be held at the University of South Carolina July 15-20. Only 50 applicants will be accepted. Applications are due by March 31. www.thecelebratefreedomfoundation.org.
Angry Birds LIVE!! The High Flying Physics Camp will be held June 11-15, 1-4 p.m., Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia, for students in grades 6-12. glenforest.org or 796-7622 ext. 222.
Camp “Skillz”: Teaching Social Skills & Life Skills to Kool Kids will be held June 11 – 28; Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia, for students ages 5-16. glenforest.org or 796-7622 ext. 222.
Reading Discovery Camp What Lurks Behind the Pages will be held June 18-22, 1-4 p.m., Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia, for students in grades 2-6. glenforest.org or 796-7622 ext. 222.
Math, Laughs & Video Games Camp will be held June 25-29, 1-4 p.m., Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia, for students in grades 6-12. glenforest.org or 796-7622 ext. 222.
Fashion Camp at USC will be held June 4-8, Columbia Style Week and June 11-15, for ages 10-18, Coliseum, 700 Assembly Street. www.hrsm.sc.edu/fashioncamp.
Create IT Discovery Day for students in ninth, tenth, 11th, and 12th grades, will be held Saturday, March 17, 1-4:30 p.m. at IT-oLogy, 1301 Gervais Street. www.it-ology.org or 354-5735.
Suddeth Automotive will offer a free Women’s Car Care Seminar Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m.,1410 North Millwood Avenue. 256-2110 or www.SuddethAuto.com.
The Great Columbia Quest and Contest, a city-wide scavenger hunt inspired by The Amazing Race, sponsored by Historic Columbia Foundation will be held April 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. www.historiccolumbia.org.
The Salvation Army of the Midlands will offer Leveraging Literacy, a new reading program for students in grades three, four, and five at no cost. Open house meetings for information and enrollment purposes will be offered Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Cecil A. Tillis Family and Training Center, 2111 Simpkins Lane. www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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.
Xpress Faith Columbia, a 100 voice praise and worship choir and orchestra, will be presented at Spring Valley Baptist Church, 91 Polo Road, March 23, 24, and 25, 7:30 p.m. 736-0624 or www.xpressfaithcolumbia.com.
Keepin’ It Real Ministries will hold its 7th Annual Anniversary Celebration Easter Sunday, April 8, 3 p.m., Finlay Park, followed by the distribution of necessary items and a meal for the homeless. www.keepinitrealministriessc.blogspot.com or 406-0724.
A Celtic Masswill be held at St. Martin’s Sunday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. with music from Ireland and Scotland, 5220 Clemson Avenue. www.stamartinsinthefields.com or 787-0392.
Virginia Wingard Memorial UMC will host a free concert by the Sandlapper Singers at the church on March 18, 6 p.m., 1500 Broad River Road. 772-0794.
Fourth Annual Dunbar ADHD Program Conference will be held Friday March 9, Palmetto Health Richland Auditorium, sponsored by Dept. of Pediatrics, Dunbar ADHD Program, USC School of Medicine. 409-8355.
International Plastic Modelers’ Society Mid-Carolina (IPMS) will hold its 2012 regional contest Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., S.C. National Guard Armory, 1225 Bluff Road. swampfoxmodelers.com or 606-0920.
Greater Columbia Chapter of the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association (USADance) will hold its twice-monthly dances Saturday, March 10 and 24, Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia, 7:15- 10:30 p.m. www.USADance.us.
Beginner’s Square Dance Weekly classes begin Tuesday March 20, 7-9 p.m., Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. 791-9767.
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Strut Your Junk at Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show, sponsored by Columbia Design League, will be held Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m. Registration deadline is April 6. www.columbiadesignleague.org.
The Junior Woman’s Club of Lexington will host its annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m., Country Club of Lexington. jwclexingtonsc.webs.com.
Cookout For Kids BBQ fundraiser for Epworth Children’s Home will be held Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Epworth Children’s Home Campus, 2900 Millwood Avenue. 256-7394.
South Carolina’s Most Wanted Motorcycle Club is partnering with the South Carolina Autism Society to host the Second Annual Poker Run March 31, 10 a.m., Jack’s Custom Cycles in Lexington. 397-3117 or www.scautism.org.
The Nurturing Center, a private, non-profit therapeutic treatment center for child abuse and neglect, will hold its 5th Annual Chords for Kids Benefit Concert, 5 Points Pub, Friday, April 13, 7 p.m. www.thenurturingcenter.org or 771-4160 x17.
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church will hold its 15th Annual Book and Barbecue Sale Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 6408 Bridgewood Road. 782-8080.
National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) South Carolina will host a fundraiser for Alton Cooper Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-noon, Eastover Town Hall. 353-8476, email@example.com, or www.transplants.org.
Spring Fling at Rebekah’s Garden, 927 Leesburg Road, will be held April 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with arts and crafts from local folks along with food, games, and fun. An Herb Class will be held 10 a.m., container planting demonstration 11:30 a.m. 647-1557.
Sandhill Plant and Flower Market will be held Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 900 Clemson Road (across from the Village at Sandhill. Plants, flowers, annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, grass, trees, house plants, gardening supplies, yard art and Master Gardeners. Free admission. Rain date: April 14. Vendor information www.clemson.edu/sandhill, 699-3190, or 788-5700.
Greater Irmo Democratic Club will meet Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Zorba’s Greek Restaurant, 6169 St. Andrews Rd. 429-5807.
South Carolina Advocates for Epilepsy will celebrate International Epilepsy Awareness Day Monday, March 26. Buffalo Wild Wings will be donate a portion of the proceeds from that evenings’ receipts to SAFE. Stop by 5-8 p.m., get a SAFE coupon, and help raise epilepsy awareness. 843-991-7144.
Bob Knox’s Big Band will hold a benefit concert for Roseanne Dickerson March 12, 7 p.m., Greenlawn’s Fellowship Hall. 776-4074.
Columbia Baroque Soloists Gala “Happy Birthday, Johann” will be held Sunday, March 18, 4 p.m., First Christian Church, 2062 N. Beltline Blvd. 727-8555 or ColumbiaBaroque.com.
Columbia Teen Rock Band class program will host a family friendly concert Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m., Jillian’s in the Vista. www.columbiaartsacademy.com or 787-0931.
The Arts at Shandon will present a full orchestra and soloists with Shandon Presbyterian Chancel Choir in “The Death of Jesus” Good Friday, 7 p.m., April 6, 607 Woodrow Street. www.shandonpres.org or 771-4408.
Clemson-NASA Asteroid Challenge, an online contest for middle school students is being held through March 30. www.clemson.edu/psych/ugrad/nasa-challenge.
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.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society has opened registration for this year’s walk in Columbia. Walk MS: Columbia will be held Saturday, May 5, State Museum, 301 Gervais Street. To register, visit WalkingForMS.org, or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS.
The sixth annual National Walk @ Lunch Day, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies will be held Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is encouraging workers to participate by wearing comfortable shoes to work and walking for at least 30 minutes during their lunch break. 264-4612.
11th Annual Resurrection Run 5K and Power Walk, sponsored by Life Changing Ministries, will be held Saturday, April 7, 7:30 a.m. www.active.com or 781-0801.
The Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament sponsored by Midlands Baptist Association (MBA) will be held Monday, March 12, 8:45 a.m., Oak Hills Golf Club, 7629 Fairfield Road. Net proceeds will support the Haitian relief efforts. 600-2315 or mbaSCgolf@yahoo.com.
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.
Neuropathy Support Group meets the last Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7 p.m., Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3005 Devine Street. 782-5823.
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Guided Nature Tour of Cayce Riverwalk Park hosted by Dr. Rudy Mancke, will be held Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 796-9020 or www.cityofcayce-sc.gov.
Great American Cleanup, sponsored by Keep South Carolina Beautiful and PalmettoPride, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful, Inc., is being held through May 31. www.palmettopride.org or 877-725-7733.
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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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org or 545-3093.
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands will offer a free, day-long training to help define the spectrum of sexual violence, list the effects of sexual violence, including symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, describe the manifestation of sexual violence in the rural and Latino communities, including the needs and barriers experienced by survivors of sexual violence in those populations, and understand cultural competence, specifically one’s own beliefs and how that manifests itself in the work that he/she does and its effects on survivors Friday, March 30, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Hal Kohn Memorial Library 1100 Friend Street, Newberry. email@example.com or 790-8208.
Benedict-Allen CDC will host a workshop for prospective homebuyers Saturday March 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Benedict College Business Development Center, 2601 Read Street. 705-4631 or 705-4696.
Nature Photographer’s Workshop will be held at Congaree National Park Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. 776-4396, ext. 0 or www.nps.gov/cong.
Former Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin will speak at the Circle of Influence Leadership Summit Friday, March 30, 12:30 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 1615 Gervais Street. www.imarawoman.com.
Personal Safety, Security & Self Defense, a symposium for women, sponsored by Preceptor Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigman Phi, will be held Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., First Christian Church, 2062 Beltline Blvd. firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Market, To Market: Brand Awareness Equals Business Success, a marketing seminar, will be held Tuesday, March 13, 10-11:30 a.m., 4th Floor Conference Room, USC Technology Incubator, 1225 Laurel Street. www.uscbiz.net.
Dr. Arthur Benjamin, the “Mathemagician” will visit Columbia Friday, March 23, 7 p.m., Gambrell Hall (Room 153) on the University of South Carolina Campus. www.carolinascienceoutreach.org/mathemagics.html, or 843-344-1605.