Columbia Star

1963        Celebrating 60 Years      2023



Rikard & Protopapas is hosting a month-long donation drive in support of Pawmetto Lifeline. The firm encourages the Columbia community to bring the supplies listed below to its office on 2110 N. Beltline Boulevard through July 29— 39-gallon black trash bags, tall white kitchen trash bags, paper towels and toilet paper, canned dog and cat food, any brand, paté or ground style, dry dog and cat food, any brand, liquid laundry detergent, bleach, Dawn dish soap, postage stamps, ink pens, copy paper and colored paper, metal collapsible dog crates and plastic cat carriers, dog and cat toys, batteries AAA or AA, gift cards to Staples, Wal-Mart, or Target, scoopable cat litter, towels, wash cloths, sheets, blankets, and comforters (no pillowcases), brooms and dustpans.


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


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.


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.


Grace United Methodist Church, 410 Harbison Boulevard, will host Mr. Martin of Martin Farms in Orangeburg as its farmer for this year’s Farmers Market Thursdays, 4–6 p.m. 803-732-1899.


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

Columbia Chamber’s flagship leadership program, Leadership Columbia, is requesting proposals for the LC Class of 2023 class project. Each year, the LC Class chooses a project that can create a positive impact on the community. To submit a proposal, an organization must be a nonprofit located within the Chamber’s six-county area: Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Kershaw, Calhoun, and Newberry Counties. Proposals must be submitted online no later than Friday, August 12, 5 p.m.


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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