Columbia Star

1963        Celebrating 60 Years      2023



Alexandra’s Art Studio, 111 Sparkleberry Crossing Road, offers adult classes, kids classes, kids camps, and art class groups. Visit


WOW Performing Arts Camp, where campers will explore the art of acting, writing, directing, and producing a play/film script. For campers ages eight-13. The camp will be held June 20–August 5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., WOW Performing Arts Center (PAC), 8907 Two Notch Road, Suite F.

Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews Zoom “Summer Camp” for ages 50+ will be held weekly June 21–August 25, 11 a.m.


Able South Carolina and Hire Me SC will host the 7th Annual Employer Summit, scheduled during National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Registrants can attend in person at the Philips Market Center in West Columbia, or online through the event’s virtual platform.


NoMa Warehouse will host SolFest RollFest, a music and bicycle festival featuring Columbia’s first bike-powered stage, Saturday, July 2, 12–6 p.m., Earlewood Park.

Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary of Batesburg-Leesville will host its first ever Columbia VegFest Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Segra Park.

The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival will be held Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., in the historic, community-driven neighborhood of Cottontown in Columbia’s North Main District.


Spring Valley Rotary Club meets every Thursday, 1–2 p.m., Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road in Northeast Columbia. To learn more about membership, contact Brian Dunphy at 803-920-4751.

The Golden K Kiwanis Club of Columbia meets every Wednesday, 9:30–10:45 a.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle.

Forest Acres Rotary Club meets the first four Wednesdays of the month, 1–2 p.m., St Michaels of All Angels, 6408 Bridgewood Road off Trenholm Road.

The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority ( The COMET) townhall styled meeting will be held Monday, June 20, 6 p.m., Adult Activity Center, 8620 Garner’s Ferry Road, Hopkins. This date is rescheduled from the May meeting, which was postponed due to inclement weather. 803-743-1126.


Olympia Mill Village Museum, “The Story of Olympia Mill Village Life in 1920s,” Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., 1170 Olympia Avenue.


Make Music Columbia will be held Tuesday, June 21, Koger Center for Performing Arts, Green Street and Assembly Street. Make Music Columbia happens each year on the summer solstice and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music.

Cola Concerts will present Old Crow Medicine Show at the Township Auditorium Saturday, September 10, 8 p.m., 1703 Taylor Street.


State Farm Insurance with agent Elnora Hubbard will hold a ribbon cutting June 24, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 141 S Shandon Street, Suite E. 803-767-4152.


Community Car Seat Safety Check will be held Saturday, June 18, 9–11 a.m., The Therapy Place, 3620 Covenant Road. Register at While advance registration is helpful, it is not required, and walk-ins are welcome.


American-Italian Military Society 1940’s Canteen Dance; American Legion Post 7 Hall, 211 Legion Drive, Lexington, South Carolina 29072; Saturday, June 25, 6-9:30 p.m.. A nostalgic 1940’s dance featuring music, entertainment, memorabilia, a canteen with snacks and non-alcoholic drinks at ’40’s prices, door prizes, and more. Period dress is encouraged but not required. Come and dance the night away or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment. $15 RSVP or $20 at the Door (limited number); Free for WWII Veterans; Purchase tickets online at or email pss_ for more information.

The Iota Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will hold its Ladies of Distinction Tea: Centennial Edition Sunday, June 26, 2:30 p.m. Register at BIT.LY/LODT2022.

State Farm Insurance with agent Elnora Hubbard will host Christmas in July July 24, 1–5 p.m., 141 S Shandon Street, Suite E. 803-767-4152.


First Annual Fred Lamphere Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 20, Fort Jackson Golf Club, hosted by the Richland Sertoma Club, benefiting Camp Sertoma of S.C. and Alston Wilkes Veteran’s Home—Columbia.

The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition will host The Daddy & Me 5K certified 5K course at Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo, Saturday, June 18, 8 a.m. There will also be a one mile “fun run.”

Richland Post 215 will host its First Annual PBL Night Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m. (with Legion Game beginning at 7 p.m.), Heathwood Hall Baseball Field.


PalmettoPride, South Carolina’s anti-litter organization, has created a new leadership program for South Carolina teens with its Youth Ambassadors. This new initiative seeks applications from South Carolina students ages 14–18 who are active in litter prevention in their communities. The benefits of being a PalmettoPride Youth Ambassador will include statewide recognition, college application and resume building, community service hours, and a $1,000 scholarship. Applications for the school year 2022-2023 are due August 15.


Promise of Serenity NAR-ANON Meeting (For families and friends of addicts) is held every Monday, 6 p.m., Angelican Church of the Epiphany, 2512 N. Beltline Boulevard. or

ADD/ADHD Support Group of the Midlands (—The people involved with this local support group are parents, families, co-workers, and special individuals sharing and learning about the joys, frustrations, opportunities, and challenges of ADD/ADHD. The goal is to give hope and support. To join bi-weekly Zoom meetings, visit


South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will participate in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a national program that provides free admission to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day, through Labor Day, September 5, 301 Gervais Street. Find the list of participating museums across the country at


City of Columbia’s Community Development department and its partners will host a homeownership focused session June 23, 5–8 p.m., of All Access Columbia Busby Street Community Center, 1735 Busby Street.

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