Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson will host an inaugural “Hogs and Dogs for American Heroes” fundraiser Saturday, August 30, 11 a.m., 190 Pontiac Business Center Drive, Elgin, to benefit the Columbia-based service dog training organization, PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services). www.paals.org.
The Columbia Museum of Art will host an exhibition of the most famous and beloved of American illustrators, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, on view October 17, 2014–January 8, 2015. columbiamuseum.org.
John Temple Ligon’s lecture on Jasper Johns, show opening and artist talk, will be held Friday, September 5, 6–8 p.m., 17 West North Street, Greenville. gallery-seventeen.com.
Congaree National Park is seeking entries for the 12th Annual SwampFest Student Art competition. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, this year’s art competition theme is “Wilderness is closer than you think.” Students are asked to submit art to their teachers, depicting a close-up view of plants, animals or recreational opportunities found within the Congaree National Park Wilderness. Students in grades K-eight may submit art from any medium to their teachers. Teachers can mail entries to SwampFest Art Competition, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, S.C. 29061 or drop off entries in person at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday. All entries are due no later than Wednesday, September 24. 647-3965 or email Lindsay_ Compton@nps.gov.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg will speak about his latest book, Wilson, and sign books at Historic Columbia Sunday, September 7, 3 p.m., 1616 Blanding Street. 252-1770 ext. 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brett’s Rainbow Bereavement Camp, sponsored by Palmetto Health Hospice, will be held Saturday, October 11, Westwood High School, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood. Camper applications are due by Friday, October 3. 296-3100 or CampSite.PalmettoHealth.org.
The national Sons of Spanish-American War Veterans will hold its 78th national convention in Columbia the weekend of August 29–31. Some events will be open to the public. www.ssawv.org.
Lourie Center’s End of Summer Dance will be held Friday September 19, 7:30–10:30 p.m., 1650 Park Circle. 779-1971 or www.louriecentersc.com.
City of Cayce will host the Cayce Centennial Celebration Weekend September 5–7, with Centennial Kickoff Party on the Congaree Friday, September 5, 6–10 p.m., Guignard Brick Works, 100 Granby Crossing; Family Fun Day, Saturday, September 6, 12–5 p.m., Granby Gardens Park (City Hall Complex); and History Day and Birthday Party, Sunday, September 7, 2–5 p.m., Cayce Historical Museum (City Hall Complex).
The Mad Platter’s 8th Annual Paint the Platter Pink! will be held September 24, 4–9 p.m. to raise funds for Palmetto Health’s Walk for Life, 3101 Millwood Avenue. 771-8080.
ICA Engineering, Inc. will host a Cornhole Tournament at River Rat Brewery, 1231 Shop Road, Sunday, October 5, 2 p.m., to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. www.ICACornholeTournament.com.
Inez Tenenbaum will receive the 2014 Global Vision Award at a black-tie gala at the Columbia Marriott Thursday, October 16. www.columbiawac.org.
Lexington County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale will be held September 26–28, Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 12–5 p.m., S.C. State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia.
Columbia Garden Club Fall Plant Exchange will be held Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m., 4711 Forest Drive (Parking Lot of Forest Park Shopping Center). 261-7471 or columbiagardenclub.com/events/plant-exchange.html.
The March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter is accepting applications for 2015 community grants. Organizations interested in applying should request an application by emailing SCGrants@marchofdimes.com. Applications are due by 3 p.m., September 5.
Columbia Green is accepting grant proposals until October 1, 2014 for its two grant awards, the Neighborhood Grant and Tree Initiative Grant. columbiagreen.org.
Health Screening will be held at Trenholm Park September 6, noon–4 p.m. healthycolumbia.org or 667-9630.
Columbia Museum of Art will present the final Kress Anniversary Lecture with Rebekah Compton, assistant professor of Renaissance and Baroque art at the College of Charleston’s lecture “The Glory of Color: Pigments in Early Florentine Altarpieces,” Friday, August 29, noon, Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street. columbiamuseum.org.
Third annual Martha’s Market will be held Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Union United Methodist Church Family Ministry Center, 7582 Woodrow Street, Irmo. 781-3013 or www.unionunitedmethodist.org.
First Market (First Nazareth Baptist Church Farmers Market) will be held Saturdays through November 22, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Millwood Parking Lot across from the church. 254-6232.
Seeds of Hope Farmers Market is held Thursdays, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow Street parking lot.
The Big Grab — 43 Mile Yard Sale will be held all day, September 5 and 6, from Blythewood to Ridgeway and into Winnsboro. 550-9323, 337-2023, or 635-4242.
Greater is Coming (GIC) Business Referral Network meets the second Thursday every month, 6:30 p.m., Southern Wesleyan University Columbia Campus. 743-6900.
League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area Public Policy Luncheon will be held Thursday, September 18, 11:45 a.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. Carla Damron, executive director – SC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, will discuss “The Homeless in the Midlands.” Reservations for lunch required by September 16. SusanBJames@sc.rr.com.
South Carolina Midlands First Responders and Military Service Members Night of Remembrance will be held Thursday, September 11, 4:30 p.m., SC Midlands First Responders and Military Service Members Remembrance Memorial (adjacent to Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street).
South Carolina State Museum has new hours, including extended hours every Tuesday. The entire museum, as well as the new planetarium, observatory and 4D theater will be open every Tuesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Planetarium shows will play on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. 4D movies will play on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. scmuseum.org.
The National Convention of the Battle of the Bulge Veterans is hosting its annual convention in Columbia this weekend and will visit the South Carolina State Museum for a public meet and greet 2–5 p.m., Sunday, August 31. scsmuseum.org.
Cornelia Freeman Concert Series will be held Sunday afternoons, 3 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall, 821 Assembly Street. www.sc.edu/music/freeman.
The City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department Summer Concert Series will continue through August 29 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. Mike Stone & The Kritikal Band has been rescheduled for Friday, August 29, 7–10 p.m.; Karaoke Idol finals will be held Friday, August 29. 545-3100 or www.columbiasc.net.
Westwood Marching Band Invitational will be held Saturday, September 20, 6:45 p.m., featuring Richland District Two high school bands, Westwood High School, 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood. 691-4049 or www.westwoodbands.org.
Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) will present Music Break, Wednesday, September 3, 5:30 p.m., Music Farm Columbia, 1022 Senate Street. Music Break connects local musicians with business leaders for a unique evening of networking and entertainment. www.ourcor.org/music-break.
University of South Carolina School of Music Wind Ensemble’s 2014-15 concert season will include concerts Monday, October 6, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts; Monday, November 3, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts; Thursday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., Moore
School Performance Hall; Friday, February 13, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts; Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Moore School Performance Hall; Monday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. www.sc.edu/music
Congaree National Park will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Saturday, September 6 with special programs. All programs are free and begin at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. 776-4396 or www.nps.gov/cong.
Sesquicentennial State Park’s “Hike with a Ranger” will be held Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m. “Fall Nature Walk” will be held Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m. 788-2706 or email@example.com.
Keep the Midlands Beautiful in partnership with Pratt recycling and YP cares will host an electronics waste recycling event Saturday, September 6, 9 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company, 1200 Colonial Life Boulevard West. The following electronics will be accepted: computers (laptops, monitors, CPU’s, keyboards, printers, scanners), TV’s, copiers, VCR and DVD players, fax machines, telephone systems, cell phones; household electronics including stereos, radios, PDAs, and electronic game systems. keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org or 733-1139.
Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (VBOB) reunion will be held August 31, Marriot Hotel. vbob.org.
Banquet for B.O. Butler over 30s will be held Sunday, August 31, 1 p.m., Scott’s Branch High School, 9253 Alex Harvin Highway, Summerton, S.C. 803-485-7115 or 803-478-8779.
City Year Columbia AmeriCorps members will kick off a year of full time service in three schools Friday, September 12, 11:30 a.m., lobby, 1201 Main Street. 727-1578 or www.cityyear.org/columbia.
Ayusa International is looking for Columbia, South Carolina host families for its exchange student program. www.ayusa.org or 1-888-552-9872.
South Carolina Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its 10th Annual Columbia Out of the Darkness Community Walk October 26, Columbia Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street, 2–4 p.m. www.outofthedarkness.org, or 667-9853.
SC Team Hope Walk for Huntington’s Disease at Finlay Park will be held Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. 983-2052 or www.hdsa.org/thwcolumbiasc.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport will host its 5th and Final Runway Run 5k Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m., Columbia Metropolitan Airport’s runway.
Richland R.U.N.S., a charity road race that celebrates all of Richland County — Rural, Urban, Neighborhoods and Suburbs, will be held Saturday, October 4, 7:45 a.m., Jim Hamilton – L.B. Owens Airport. www.rcgov.us or 576-2050.
Still Movin’ Balance Class, sponsored by The Lourie Center and the University Of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health’s Exercise Science Department, will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 4–November 20, 9–10 a.m. (no class October 23 or November 4), Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. 779-1971 or www.louriecentersc.com.
Strictly Running will host the Labor Day Run to the Devine Street, 5 points, and Shandon Neighborhood areas Monday, September 1, 7:30 a.m. 803-799-iRun.
South Carolina Philharmonic will host the sixth annual Golfing with the Phil Monday, September 15, 12:15 p.m. shotgun start, The Members Club at Woodcreek, Elgin. SCPhilharmonic.com/Golf or 771-7937.
Need a mental health support 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 meets Sundays, 1 p.m., ACOA Club, 2015 College Street. A selfhelp 12 step group for people with mental, emotional, and substance use problems.
Anger Management Group meets Thursdays, at 6 p.m., 427 Meeting Street, West Columbia. Learn multiple techniques for managing triggers and gaining control of emotions. 739-5712.
Sistercare holds a weekly, free teen counseling group for girls ages 13-17 encouraging teens to have healthy dating relationships free of domestic violence. 926-0505.
American Legion Post 215, 2432 Chappelle Street is open six days a week (closed Wednesday), 5 p.m.– until with cash bar. Open to veterans and non veterans. 765-0175.
A free seminar for veterans and their dependents on the subjects of VA Appeals and Service Connection will be presented Tuesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m., American Legion Post six, 200 Pickens Street. 788-9498.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Charles P. Murray Jr. Post 641 Men’s Auxiliary will host Western Night Saturday September 27, 6 p.m., 534 South Beltline Boulevard, 782-5943.
Main Street United Methodist Church will host Sunday worship and commemoration service for Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge 33rd reunion Sunday, August 31, 11 a.m., corner of Main and Richland streets.
Sunset Felines is in urgent need of reliable folks to spare one hour per week to assist with feeding several cat colonies in West Columbia. Morning or late afternoon shifts available. Ideal for retirees or those with flexible schedules. Also need foster homes and forever homes for adoptable cats. Must have transportation. firstname.lastname@example.org or 794-5686.
Life Force Karate Studio will put on a demonstration September 6, 11 a.m., Dorn VA Hospital. Boy Scouts will also be there to visit the veterans. 606-8955.
Shepherd’s Center of Columbia starts fall semester September 10, 3401 Trenholm Road. Hourly classes 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. New classes include Behind the Scenes with local TV personalities, Myths, Truths, and Rumors of the Civil War, Friedman’s Fables, This Life I Have Lived, and Operatic Surprises. Returning favorites: classic movies, short stories, handbells, WWII jazz and swing, travel trekking, and creative writing. Beginner and advanced classes in bridge, yoga, dulcimers, French, ukulele, acrylic, and watercolor painting. Luncheon speakers, 12 p.m. Lunch available, $7. www.shepherdcentercolumbia.org.
The I-CARE Program (Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referral for Elders) of the Central Midlands Area Agency on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource Center will conduct an educational seminar on starting Medicare Wednesday, September 16, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Central Midlands Council of Governments office, 236 Stoneridge Drive. 376-5390 ext. *309 or *312.
Homeschool Fridays at Historic Columbia will be held the first Friday of each month. September 5, History of Media in Columbia and Richland County, gift shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street; October 3, Mourning Customs of the 19th Century, gift shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street; November 7, Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency, Woodrow Wilson Family Home, 1705 Hampton Street; December 5, Main Street Tour, South Carolina State House, intersection of Gervais and Main streets. historiccolumbia.org or 252-1770 ext. 36.
The SC Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor three free legal clinics in September. September 4, End of Life Issues, including health care powers of attorney, living wills, DNR orders, powers of attorney, funeral planning and cremation, 6:30–8 p.m., Richland County Library NE Branch, 7490 Parklane Road; September 18, End of Life Issues, including health care powers of attorney, living wills, DNR orders, powers of attorney, funeral planning and cremation, 6:30–8 p.m., Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly Street, September 25, Wills, Estates and Probate Issues, 6:30–8 p.m., Richland County Public Library SE Branch, 7421 Garners Ferry Road.799-6653, ext. 158.
South Carolina State Library will offer a free bring-your-own lunch and learn session on Internet and library resources to be ready for elections, South Carolina legislative topics and laws, and United States government contacts Thursday, September 18, noon–1 p.m., 1500 Senate Street. 734-8625 or email@example.com.
Cooperative Ministry will host a free one hour healthcare workshop Friday, August 29, 10–11 a.m., The Cooperative Ministry, 3821 W. Beltline Boulevard. 799-3853.
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department will host the fall session of the Real Women Workshop Saturday, September 27, 9 a.m., Greenview Park. 754-5223.
Riverbanks ZOOfari, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s premier fundraiser, will be held Friday, September 26, 7 p.m. www.riverbanks.org.