Columbia Star

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In an effort to bring more structure and enhance life-saving practices within the facility, the City of Columbia Animal Services will be changing its hours of operations effective July 5. The new hours of operations for public service will be Monday–Friday 12–5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The shelter will remain closed on Sunday. This change will allow shelter staff to implement higher standards of best practices and allow personnel time to prepare for public operations, resulting in greater customer service.


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

The Project: A 2022 Call for Art is the Koger Center’s annual artistic competition that supports the work of South Carolina visual artists and is now accepting submissions. Each year, one chosen artist will receive a $500 stipend, gallery space and staff support resulting in a free public display in the Upstairs Gallery of the Koger Center. Submissions for this year’s project will be accepted through August 15. Submissions can be made at


The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) will suspend Route 97, which provides service to Batesburg-Leesville in Lexington County, beginning July 1.


Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews Zoom “Summer Camp” for ages 50+ will be held weekly through 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.

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.

Call for Vendors for Historic Columbia’s 44th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History and Culture to be held Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., grounds of the Mann-Simons Site.

•July 4th

In observance of July 4/Independence Day Holiday, the City of Columbia offices will be closed on Monday, July 4. Solid Waste routes for Monday, July 4 will be moved to Tuesday, July 5 and Tuesday routes will be moved to Wednesday, July 6. Emergency police, fire, and rescue services may be reached by calling 9-1-1.


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.

Rotary Club of Columbia East meets Tuesdays at noon at Seawell’s Restaurant near the State Fair Grounds.


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.


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

The Big Red Barn Retreat will hold its Fifth Annual Fall Jam at the Ballpark 2022 concert October 8, 5 p.m., Segra Park: Home of the Columbia Fireflies. Tickets go on sale July 1 at


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.


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. ambassador.


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

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