All ages are invited to take art classes at Culture Arts Specialist Art Center, Parks and Recreation, 1928 Calhoun Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Call 803- 545-3093. Fax: 803-343-8744, www.ColumbiaSC.net.
Palmetto Painters, a SC Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters, will meet on Saturday, October 12, at 10:00 a.m. at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road.The program will be painted cookies; bring small, clean or new brushes. There will be small program and supply fee. For additional information, call Pam at (803) 781-2340; visit our web site: www.PalmettoPainters.com; or "like" us of Facebook.
First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross Wednesday, October 23, 1–6 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org or 799-9062, ext. 261.
The Asbury United Methodist Women of Asbury Methodist Church, 1005 Asbury Drive, Columbia, SC 29209, will host a Fall Garage Sale Saturday, October 12, 2013, in the Social Hall. The sale will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 12 noon. A vegetable soup and cornbread lunch will be served from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon for eat-in or take-out. The cost of the meal is $5. Contact: Church office - 776-7237
The Brotherhood of Life Changing Ministries invites you to its Men’s Day Program on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. Elder Alfred Muller of Columbia, SC will be the speaker. The church is located at 928 Kennerly Road, Irmo, SC. The Elect Lady Gert Thompson is the pastor. FMI call (803) 776-3390.
Wednesdays@First Lunch Service will be held Wednesdays at First Presbyterian Church,1324 Marion Street, lunch served at 11:30 a.m.; speaker 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. Hot meal $6; soup and salad bar $5. 799-9062.
2013 Christmas Craft Show and Holiday Bazaar with Silent Auction to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank at Lexington Middle School (Cafeteria) Saturday November 2, 2013, from 9-2 Over 50 Crafters and Vendors from around the Midlands. 553-4912.
Stedfast Chr istian Center will hold its Community Feeding Saturday, September 28, 12–2 p.m., 5200 Fairfield Road. 786-9129.
The Brotherhood of Life Changing Ministr ies will hold a Men’s Day Program Sunday, October 20, 4 p.m., 928 Kennerly Road, Irmo. 776-3390.
The Salvation Army of the Midlands has teamed up with Ed Robinson Cleaners for a clothing drive through Monday, September 30. Visit an Ed Robinson store location, grab a bag, fill it with clothes, bring it back to an Ed Robinson location. The folks at Ed Robinson will deliver the bagged clothing donations they receive to The Salvation Army Family Store at 1312 North Millwood Avenue. Participating Ed Robinson store locations include 2551 Forest Drive, 4903 Forest Drive, 800 Sparkleberry Lane, 317 Royal Tower Drive, and 1615 North Beltline Blvd. www.salvationarmyusa.org.
NAMI South Carolina State Conference will be held September 27, 5:30 p.m., and September 28, 9 a.m., Embassy Suites, 200 Stoneridge Drive. 252-8700.
First South Carolina Statewide Step Show Competition will be held October 3, 7 p.m., Benedict College HRC Arena. www.scstatewidestepshow.com.
11th Annual SwampFest Events will be held at Congaree National Park October 5, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. www.congareeswampfest.com.
Lower Richland Ruritan Club will have its Famous Fish Fry & Yellow Grits Fundraising Meal September 28, 2013. Plates are $8 per adult and $4 for children. Eat in or take out between 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. at the Lower Richland Ruritan Club house on Rabbit Run behind Lower Richland High School. For orders, call Pam at 369-9538.
Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter’s annual golf tournament will be Oct. 6-7 at The Windermere Club in Blythewood. The tournament’s party and silent auction at Windermere will be Sunday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 for a couple. Tickets are available at palmettoplace shelter.org. The golf tournament will be Monday, Oct. 7. Golf foursomes are $400, and include tickets to the Sunday night party.
The Lourie Center will hold its Annual Fall Festival Friday, October 4, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Highlights include representatives from over 25 senior service vendors and community organizations, flu shots courtesy of Walgreen’s Pharmacy, free diabetes and prostate health screenings courtesy of Palmetto Health (preregistration encouraged), free carotid artery disease screenings, free blood pressure screenings, a chili luncheon buffet at a nominal charge, special appearance by University of South Carolina’s Cocky, door prizes throughout the day, and performances by the Congaree New Horizons Jazz Combo, Elvis impersonator Phil Urban, and demonstrations by the Lourie Center’s exercise and dance classes. To register for the Palmetto Health Diabetes and Prostate Screenings, call Care Call at 803-296-2273.
“Libraries for Literacy” program, a partnership with Reach Out and Read, sponsored by Richland County Public Library, the Central Carolina Community Foundation, and the United Way Midlands, will kick off October 1, 9:30 a.m., Richland County Library Main location.
For information about these exhibitions and events at the S.C. State Museum, please call (803) 898-4952 or visit scmuseum.org. General admission to the museum is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children. Children two and under are admitted free.
The University of South Carolina announces a special performance by the University Gospel Choir. Under the direction of Dr. Carl R. Wells, the Gospel Choir will present A Musical Showcase of the Evolution and Development of Black Music in America on Tuesday, October 1, at 7 p.m., in the Booker T. Washington Auditorium of the University Of South Carolina School Of Music. For more information, call Dr. Carl R. Wells, 803-777-9560.
Join The Palladium Society for great music, food, and the best silent auction in Columbia when Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ returns to the Robert Mills House. This year’s auction will raise funds for the final stage of the rehabilitation of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, scheduled to reopen in early 2014. Visit historiccolumbia.org. Questions? Contact Amy Kinard at 803.252.7742 ext. 11 or email@example.com.
Congaree Bluegrass Festival set for October 5 This family-friendly event will be held from 11 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. October 5 at Granby Gardens Park located in the Cayce City Hall Complex at 1800 12th Street, Cayce. The festival will feature bluegrass performances along with free tours of the Cayce Historical Museum and a play area is available for children and food vendors will be on hand to serve up popular festival food—hot dogs, french fries, bar-b-que, hamburgers, and more. The event will be held rain or shine. The festival is a free event. Bring your lawn chairs, but no coolers or pets, please. Bring a canned good or a non-perishable food item for God’s Helping Hands and Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Glenn Miller Orchestra Set will play at an Honor Flight Tribute Show November 3, 3 p.m., Columbia’s Township Auditorium. World War II and Korean War veterans may obtain two free tickets by calling Honor Flight SC at 803-582-8203. Tickets for the general public will be available through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. honorflightsc.com.
Benefit concer t for Deacon Clarence Lyles will be held October 19, 4 p.m., Gethsemane Baptist Church 443 Road Ninety Nine, Blair, S.C.
Columbia Choral Society Fall Concer t will be held October 6, 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1512 Blanding Street. www.columbiachoralsociety.org.
SC Works Columbia Open House will be held Thursday, October 10, 2013, 4–7 p.m., 700 Taylor Street. www.midlandsworks.org.
The W.J. Keenan Class of 1983 will hold their 30- year reunion on October 11-13, 2013. If you have any questions, please call (803) 605-3378 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brookland-Cayce Class of 78 35th Reunion will be held Saturday, November 9, 7 p.m., Stone River in West Columbia. $40 per person. www.bchs1978.com for registration and information or email@example.com for any questions.
The W.J. Keenan Class of 1974 is in the process of planning its 40th reunion, to be held in June 2014. All classmates are asked to contact J. Quarles at 706- 831-7010.
Holocaust Survivor Morr is Glass, sponsored by the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust, will speak Thursday, October 17, at Beth Shalom Synagogue.
Family Connection of South Carolina, a statewide nonprofit organization that provides support, resources and information to families of children with special healthcare needs, will host its 14th annual Columbia Buddy Walk to raise awareness for individuals with Down syndrome at 1 p.m. October 20 at Sesquicentennial State Park.
Palmetto Youth Football and Cheerleading registration ages 5-12 for the 2013 season will be Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and Sundays, 2–5 p.m., Trenholm Park, 3900 Covenant Road. 787-0216 or 865-0515. Cheerleading contact, 422-7660.
Color Me Rad 5K returns to Tie-Dye Runners with Color September 28, 8 a.m., Colonial Life Arena. colormerad.com.
The 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence, hosted by the City of Columbia, will be held Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m., Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. Registration is now open at columbia.sc.gov/StopTheViolence. Deadline to preregister is Wednesday, October 9.
The Inaugural Bojangles Charity Bike Race to benefit Special Olympics, sponsored by The Richland County Sheriff ’s Department, Special Olympics South Carolina, Bojangles, South Carolina State Parks, Knights of Columbus, and Summit Cycles, will be held Saturday, September 28, at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road, 9 a.m. BojCMBR@gmail.com or 518-6022.
Palmetto Health is sponsoring the annual “Hearts and Hands Forever Walk” from 3-4:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, at Riverfront Park. The one-fourth mile memorial walk is designed for anyone whose life has been touched by the loss of a baby, either through miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, neonatal or newborn death. For more information, call 803-296-5636 or visit PalmettoHealth.org.
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.
Need a mental health suppor t group? Meetings are held Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 427 Meeting Street, West Columbia. 739-5712 or www.SCSHARE.com.
Double Trouble in Recovery, a self-help 12 step group for people with mental, emotional, and substance use problems, meets Mondays at 12:15 p.m., SC SHARE, 427 Meeting Street, West Columbia. 739- 5712.
“Growing Through Divorce” Support Group to assist people who are approaching divorce or who have divorced, will meet at Shandon United Methodist Church beginning October 8 and continuing for eight consecutive Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m. A $14 fee is payable at the first session. Pre-registration is necessary. Contact Anne Cox: 803-256-8383 ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Columbia Foundation’s Happy Hour History Tour ser ies returns to Main Street Fridays, September 27 and October 4 and 11, beginning at the South Carolina State House at Main and Gervais Streets and explore architectural styles spanning three centuries that speak to the tastes, interests and aspirations of persons living and working in South Carolina’s second state capital. 252-1770 ext 23 or email@example.com.
American Legion Post 215, 2432 Chappelle Street, is open seven days a week, 5 p.m.-until..., cash bar and kitchen. Open to veterans and non-veterans. 765-0175.
The 5th.. Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony at The Fort Jackson National Cemetery is to be held at noon on Saturday, December 14, 2013. This ceremony is to honor and remember the veterans who served us so well. There will be approximately 2800 grave sites needing wreaths this year. The cemetery is located at 4170 Percival Road, Columbia SC 29229. Parking will be at the Blue Cross Blue Shield parking lot on Percival Road. The cost of each wreath sponsorship is $15. For more information or to volunteer to help, please contact Carol Davis at email address firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (803) 739-2774. Donations can be mailed to Wreaths Across America P.O. Box 3356, West Columbia, SC 29171
Caris Healthcare wants you... If you are interested in volunteering for your local hospice, please contact Michelle Robinson, volunteer coordinator, 794- 4141 or email@example.com.
Andrew F. Branca, an attorney and nationally-recognized expert in the law of self-defense, will be holding a seminar on “Stand-Your-Ground” and other important facets of South Carolina self-defense law in Columbia on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Participants will leave the seminar armed with the legal knowledge and analytical tools necessary to apply the law of self-defense in a practical and actionable way to situations that arise in their daily lives.Register to attend the conference here: http://is.gd/76hUdj
Technical Assistance Workshop will be held Saturday, September 28, 8:30 a.m., Allen University, Math/Science Building, Gibbs 101, 1530 Harden Street. pico.library.musc.edu/MidlandsTAW/.
G and H Educational Foundation, Inc. will host Praxis I Workshops September 28, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; October 26, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; November 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Benedict College Technology and Learning Center, 1903 Two Notch Road. firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-864-7903.
Saturday Leadership Academy for girls in grades four through seven will meet beginning Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m.–noon, Benedict College Community Learning Center, 1903 Two Notch Road. 610- 864-7903 or email@example.com.
Riverbanks ZOOfar i will be held Friday, September 27, with a selection of fantastic fare and cool cocktails, encountering animals up-close, and supporting wildlife conservation at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 7 p.m. www.riverbanks.org.