2017-12-01 / Events



Columbia Animal Shelter will be closed Saturday, December 2. The shelter is having upgrades done to their computer and phone systems. Due to this project, there will be no access to phones or computers which will impact all operations. If you have an emergency you can call the City’s Customer Care Center at 803-545-3300.

PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services) 2017 Graduation will be held December 3, 3:30 p.m., 300 Senate End. www.paals.org.


Rehoboth United Methodist Church (UMC) will host its first Family and Friends event Sunday, December 3, 3 p.m., 6911 Two Notch Road. 803-788-2220 or www.rumcsc.com.

Brookland Baptist Brotherhood will honor three “Drum Majors in The Movement” during its 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday program, Saturday, January 13, 9 a.m., 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. 803-776-8072.


Save our Sons Saturday Character Club meets Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Harmony Project & the Burton Education Foundation, 1810 Court Plaza. 864-349-9754 or www.latchkeyinc.net.


Chi Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. along with the Project Aspiration Foundation will host its 2nd Annual Black History Bowl February 17, 9:30 a.m., Irmo High School Auditorium. The competition is for students in grades nine–12 from area high schools, churches, and community groups. The purpose of the competition is to celebrate the contributions of African Americans in American history. 803-371-2851.


Darla Moore School of Business will hold its 37th Annual Economic Outlook Conference (EOC) Friday, December 8, noon–4 p.m., University of South Carolina Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street. events@moore.sc.edu or 803-777-7311.


The City of Columbia, Richland School District One, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation have kicked off the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank. The food drive ends December 8. The public can drop off donations at the following locations—City Hall, 1737 Main Street; Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street, Suite C; Columbia Tennis Center, 1635 Whaley Street; Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way; Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Drive; Emily Douglas Park, 2500 Wheat Street; Greenview Park, 6700 David Street; Hampton Park, 117 Brandon Avenue; Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road; Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue; Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant Street; Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Avenue; Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2300 Greene Street; Melrose Park, 1500 Fairvew Road; Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road; St. Anna’s Park, 1315 Liberty Hill Avenue; Sims Park, 3500 Duncan Street; Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway; City Human Resources, 1225 Lady Street; Columbia Fire Department Headquarters, 1800 Laurel Street; Columbia Police Department Headquarters, 1 Justice Square; City of Columbia Satellite Payment Center, 3905 Ensor Avenue; Public Works, 2910 Colonial Drive; and Washington Square Payment Center, 1136 Washington Street. 803-545-3100.


Midlands Heart Ball will be held January 19, 2018, State Fair Grounds, Cantey Building 1200 Rosewood Drive. midlandsheartball.heart.org. Midlands Heart Walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association, will be held March 24, 2018, Colonial Life Arena. midlandsheartwalk.org.

Midlands Go Red For Women Luncheon will be held Friday, May 18, 2018, 11 a.m., USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street. t-Ciara.Gray@heart.org.

Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) will host its annual Time for Art Holiday Gala Saturday, December 9, 7–10 p.m., Tapp’s Arts Center, 1644 Main Street. www.eventbrite.com/e/time-for-art-holiday-gala-tickets- 36958579105.

Spring Valley Rotary Club is holding its annual Young Plantations Pecan sale through late December. Through this annual fundraiser the club provides $40,000 in support to local Columbia non-profits including Harvest Hope Food Bank, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Transitions, the Lourie Center, and many others and provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Spring Valley and Ridgeview High Schools. 803-873-0254, or www.springvalleyrotary.com.

SC’s 3rd Strike Out HD (Huntington’s Disease) Bowling Bash will be held Saturday, December 9, 2:30–5 p.m., Royal Z Lanes, 8512 Two Notch Road. Includes 2 hours of bowling and shoe rental. www.hdsa.org/columbiascstrikeouthd.

Boston Butt Annual Fundraiser Sale by the Lower Richland Ruritans, $30 for Christmas meal. Call or text Pam at 369-9538 or email at pamc@thecolumbiastar.com Deadline to order is December 17. Ready for pickup at the L.R. Ruritan Clubhouse December 21.


South Carolina’s 64th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will be held on December 2, 9:45 a.m. in Downtown Columbia. This year’s parade theme is “A Superhero’s Holiday!” Applications for participation and sponsorship information can be found at www.carolinacarillon.com.

Christmas in Cayce events will include Carols Along the Riverwalk, Cayce Riverwalk Park, N Avenue Entrance, Riverwalk Pavilion, Friday, December 1, 6:30–8 p.m.; War Between the States Lantern Tours, Saturday, December 2, 6–9 p.m., Cayce Historical Museum; Christmas Traditions at Cayce Historical Museum’s Annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 2, 6 p.m. 550-9520 or www.caycesc.gov.

Reindogs and Elves, a holiday costume contest for canines and elves will be held at the Carolina Children’s Garden, 900 Clemson Road Sunday, December 10, 2-4pm. www.carolinachildrensgarden.org.

14th Annual St. Nicholas Festival will be held Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, 724 Buff Street, West Columbia. 803-926-8744 or www.stnicholasfestival.org.

Five Points will celebrate the season at the annual holiday event, A Starry Night Friday, December 1, 4–8 p.m. Patrons can stroll through all of their favorite Five Points stores to enjoy sales and specials during a night full of holiday cheer. fivepointscolumbia.com.

Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church (SGPC), 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, Christmas schedule includes—Advent Sundays December 3, 10, 17, and 24, 11 a.m.; Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services, 11 a.m., Children’s Service for Families in the sanctuary featuring SNL Children’s choirs; 5:30 p.m. A.W.E. Contemporary Service in Light House Auditorium; and 7 p.m., Traditional Family Service in sanctuary; Music Drama—December 1 and 2, Lexington County Choral Society Christmas Concerts “Sounds of Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., in sanctuary; December 16, 7 p.m. and December 17, 11 a.m., “Forever Gloria” Cantata; December 3, Children’s Christmas Celebration, 9:45–10:30 a.m.; New Year’s Eve Services December 31, 8:30 and 11 a.m., Traditional Worship and 11 a.m. A.W.E Contemporary Service. www.SaxeGotha.org.

Historic Columbia December 2017 events will include— Holiday House Tours through Saturday, December 31, Robert Mills House & Hampton-Preston Mansion, Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 4 p.m.; tours of the Hampton-Preston Mansion will be offered Tuesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. , 1616 Blanding Street; Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Hollywood Rose Hill Bungalow Tuesday, December 5, 6–7:30 p.m., Hollywood Rose Hill; Second Sunday Roll: Lower Richland, Sunday, December 10, 2–3:30 p.m., meet at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills; Robert Mills House Volunteer Training, Monday, December 11, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Robert Mills House; Candlelight Tours & Carriage Rides, Friday, December 15, 6–9 p.m., Robert Mills House & Hampton-Preston Mansion; Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 16, 8–11 a.m., Robert Mills Carriage House; Dollar Sunday Woodrow Wilson Family Home Sunday, December 17, 1–4 p.m., meet at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills. historiccolumbia.org.


NAMI Education meetings are held second Tuesday of each month at Trenholm Road Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road, 6–7:30 p.m., Room 110. info.namimidcarolina@gmail.com.

Weekly meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families is held every Thursday, 7–8 p.m., ACOA Club, 2015 College Street. thelaundrymatattheacoaclub@gmail.com.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) monthly luncheon meeting is held 11:30 a.m., second Friday of each month, Seawell’s on Rosewood Avenue. 803-796-3106.


Greenlawn Memorial Park and Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park will host the 27th Annual Candlelight Remembrance Service and Luminary Display Saturday, December 2, 5:30 p.m., in the chapel of the funeral home, 845 Leesburg Road. www.thompsonsfuneral.com.


Matthew Ganong will perform a weekly series of piano and organ concerts Thursdays, noon, Anglican Church of the Epiphany, 2512 N. Beltline Boulevard. ganong@bellsouth.net.

Freeman Sundays @ 3 concerts will be held February 4, and March 25, 3 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly Street. sc.edu/music/freeman or 803-777-4280.

University of South Carolina School of Music December Events include—USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert Friday, December 1, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1314 Marion Street and Sunday, December 3, 7 p.m., Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street; Youth Choir Winter Concert Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall; New Voices: USC Student Composers Concert Saturday, December 2, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Suzuki Strings at USC Holiday Music Performances Saturday, December 2, 2 p.m., Rice Estate; Sunday, December 3, 1:30 p.m., The Atria; Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m., The Atria; and Sunday, December 10, 2:30 pm, Presbyterian Home of S.C.; USC Symphony Orchestra: Famous Last Words Monday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts; USC Men’s and USC Women’s Chorus Concert Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., Main Street United Methodist Church, 1830 Main Street; USC Jazz String Recital Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Campus Orchestra Concert Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Music; Saxophone Ensemble and Quartets Performance Thursday, December 7, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Courtney Bryan Open Lecture-Demo: “Black Women Rock Art Music: Collaborations, Composition, and Social Justice” Thursday, December 7, 2:50 p.m., School of Music, Room 232; Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium “Inspiration, Improvisation, and Art Activism in the Compositions of Courtney Bryan” Friday, December 8, 1:10 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Lecture: “Black Women’s Collaborations and Composing in the Key of Social Justice” Friday, December 8, 7 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business; Graduate Vocal Ensemble, Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Carolina LifeSong Initiative Student Recital Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; USC String Project Concert Sunday, December 10, 3 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Music; Congaree New Horizons Band Concert Wednesday, December 13, 7 p.m., Copenhaver Band Hall, 324 Sumter Street; Congaree New Horizons Band Jazz Night Thursday, December 14, 7 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Pre-college Cello Class Recital Saturday, December 16, 3:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; and Columbia Baroque Winter Holidays Celebration Friday, December 19, 7 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall. www.columbiabaroque.com.

Dixieland Jazz Concert will be held 2:30–5 p.m., Sunday, December 3, Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. www.carolinajazzsociety.com.

Columbia Community Concert Band will present Sounds of Christmas December 15, 7:30 p.m., Airport High School Auditorium.

Colla Voce Christmas will be held December 15, 7:30 p.m., Anglican Church of the Epiphany, 2512 North Beltline Boulevard. 803-777-5369.

Annelies (Anne Frank), performed by Colla Voce and the Avanti Trio, will be held April 29, 2018, 3 p.m., Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive. 803-777-5369.

Bach Around the Clock will be held May 11, 2018, noon–midnight, St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Avenue. 803-777-5369.

Palmetto Opera will present The Barber of Seville February 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. www.palmettoopera.org.

Lexington County Choral Society’s “Sounds of Christmas” concert will be held December 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington. www.saxegotha.org or www.LexCoChoralSoc.org.

Christmas Music Vesper program will be held Sunday, December 17, 6 p.m., Sidney Park CME Church, 1114 Blanding Street.

Eddie Huss and Friends Benefit Concert, will be held at Shandon United Methodist Church Sunday, December 17, 5 p.m., 3407 Devine Street. www.shandon-umc.org or 803- 256- 8383.


The State of South Carolina is seeking nominations for the South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award through January 19, 2018. The award recognizes outstanding contributions toward the protection, conservation, and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources. 803-898-4132 or scdhec.gov/environment/docs/eac/2016_ SC_ Environmental _Awareness_ Award_ Nomination_ Form.pdf.

Lexington County Choral Society will hold the first concert of its 22nd Spectacular Season, along with special guests The Lexington District One Honors Children’s Choir Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, 7:30 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington. www.lexcochoralsoc.org.


Dreher High Class of ’68, please contact Beth Grimes Williams with your email address for information on the upcoming Class of ’68 reunion scheduled for April 6, 2018. bethgwilliams@bellsouth.net or 803-960-1432.


The registration period for City Hoops, the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s instructional youth basketball program for boys and girls ages four through eight, is open through Friday, December 15. The program is an opportunity for youth to have fun and learn basketball fundamentals. Registration forms are available and can be submitted at any community recreation center or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203. www.columbiasc.net-parks-recreation or 803-545-3100.


Alcoholic’s Anonymous call anytime 24 hours a day at 843-254-5301.


Historic Columbia and the new owners of a recently rehabilitated circa-1915 bungalow will share the story of a four-year long search for their perfect home. The Hollywood Rose Hill Behind-the-Scenes tour will be in downtown Columbia’s Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood December 5, 6–7:30 p.m. 803-252-7742 ext. 15.


Vets Christmas Charity Ride for William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center will be held Sunday, December 10, Carolina Honda, off Interstate 20 at Exit 70. 803-776-4000, ext. 7260 or www.vetsride.org.


The Turning Pages adult literacy tutoring program will sponsor “Authors for Literacy Book Signings” Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. www.facebook.com/pg/turningpagesSC/about/?ref=page_internal.

Griefshare will be held Sunday, January 7–Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2–4 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington. 803-359-7770 ext 63.

The City of Columbia’s Community Development Department will host a two-part Homebuyer Workshop Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, December 6, 6–8 p.m., Richland County Library Assembly branch, 1431 Assembly Street. gate.columbiasc.gov/hbw2017/ or 803-545-3373.

Columbia Art Center and the City’s Park Rangers will host a Lantern Workshop Saturday, December 2 in preparation for the Winter Solstice, 2–4 p.m., Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street, Suite. C. 803-545-3100.

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