Columbia Star

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

The Historic Melrose Art in the Yard will be held Sunday, November 20, noon–4 p.m. spread over several city blocks. The event will be followed by live music featuring local performing artists, Admiral Radio, starting at 4:30 p.m. Information and maps will be available on Facebook and Instagram.

Midlands Clay Arts Society Holiday Sale will be held Thursday, December 1, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday, December 2, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Stormwater Studios, 413 Pendleton Street.

Richland Library will host Made with Love, a display featuring 20 homemade quilts that will be donated to local community non-profit organizations, such as the Ronald McDonald House, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, and Quilts of Valor, at its Main location, 1431 Assembly Street. The exhibit will run through Friday, November 11.

Shandon United Methodist Church will open its new Great Hall Art Gallery November 28 with artworks by church member and professional artist Rebecca Penland. The Opening Reception will be Wednesday, November 30, 6–7:30 p.m., Great Hall Gallery, Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine Street.

The 2023 Cottontown Art Crawl will be held Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, noon–6 p.m., downtown Columbia. All artists who wish to participate (including previous CAC participants and artists who reside in Cottontown) must complete an application by Friday, November 18. Selected artists will be notified January 1, and there is no fee to participate.


Community Book Drive will be held through November 30, State Farm, 141 S. Shandon Street, Ste. E Books will be wrapped and given to kids December 10 and 17. 803-767-4152.


Saint Michael Lutheran Church will host a dedication recital for its recently installed E. & G.G. Hook Pipe Organ, Opus 359—1865, Saturday, November 19, 2 p.m., 400 River Road. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. 803-781-0229.

Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms will be presented by Columbia Mom November 12, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Segra Park, 1640 Freed Street.

The Washington Street UMC’s Racial Justice Action Team will host the University of South Carolina’s SC63: Our Story Matters Presentation and Exhibit Sunday, November 13, 5–7 p.m., Threatt Hall, 1401 Washington Street.


Brookhaven HOA’s Annual Fall Craft Vendor Fare will be held November 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., North Springs Park, 1320 Clemson Road. For a vendor application or more information please send an email to Subject Line Craft Fare.

West Columbia’s 6th Annual Fall Back Fest will be held Friday, November 4, 5:30–9:30 p.m., 100 Block of State Street, West Columbia.

Irmo International Festival will be held April 30, 2023, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Irmo Community Park, 7473 Church Street, Irmo.

The Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society will hold its 2022 54th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show Friday, November 18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, November 20, noon–5 p.m., Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road.

The Stews will headline the third annual Colaroo micromusic festival November 16, 7–10 p.m., Santee Avenue between Harden and Blossom Street (Hootie Boulevard) in Five Points.


The City of Cayce will hold its annual Christmas in Cayce Drive-Thru, Carols Along the Riverwalk, and Christmas Traditions Holiday Open House, December 1–3. Christmas in Cayce Drive -Thru will be held December 1, 6–8 p.m., Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th Street. Carols Along the Riverwalk will be held December 2, 6–8 p.m., N. Ave Entrance to the Cayce Riverwalk. Christmas Traditions Holiday Open House will be held December 3, 6–9 p.m., the Cayce Historical Museum, 1800 12th

Wingard’s Market will host its Holiday Soiree and Open House Friday, November 4, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., 1403 N. Lake Drive, Lexington.


Richland Library’s “Books to You” program offers free monthly delivery of library materials to Richland County residents and cardholders of all ages who are physically unable to visit the library due to a disability or long-term illness. All circulating library materials are eligible for homebound delivery, including books in regular or large print, audiobooks, DVDs, or CDs. 803-929-3416 or


Clemson Sandhill Farmers Market is open Tuesdays, 2–6 p.m. through November, 900 Clemson Road, across from the Village at Sandhill.

The Midlands Crafter’s Association will present the 2022 Christmas Craft Show & Holiday Market Extravaganza Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m.–4 p..m. and Sunday, November 13, 12–4 p.m., South Carolina State Farmers Market, South Farmers Shed, 3483 Charleston Highway. 803-553-4912 or


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.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) group meets every fourth Monday, 2–4 p.m., Richland County Library, 7490 Parklane Road. For 803-782-2587 or 803-807-3436.

The Main Street District will hold its 21st Annual Meeting and Celebration Monday, November 7, 5:30 p.m., Bourbon Lounge, 1214 Main Street. RSVP by Wednesday, November 2 to or 803-233-0620. There is no charge to attend.

Rotary Club of Five Points meets Fridays, 1–2 p.m. For weekly meeting location and speaker, see


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.


UofSC’s premier jazz ensemble, Left Bank Big Band, will perform November 9 at 7:30 in the School of Music Recital Hall. 803-777-4280.

Opera at USC will present The Crucible, the Pulitzer Prize winning opera by Robert Ward, November 4-5, Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College Street.

Carolina Jazz Society concert will be held Sunday, November 6, 2:30–5 p.m., Heyward Street United Methodist Church, 2501 Heyward St., Columbia. Enjoy traditional, New Orleans style jazz, ragtime and swing. $10 adults, free to those 18 and younger., or contact Red Smith (803) 432-1504.

Heart ’n’ Soul will perform standard oldie goldie classics and more music November 18, 6 p.m., The Hall, 304 Senate Street.

SC Philharmonic will perform Prokofiev’s Piano November 5, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.

Rod Foster and Company’s Motown Live will be November 10, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.

Broadway in Columbia will presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas November 25, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.

Soda City Jazz Festival will be held November 27, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.


Family Connection of South Carolina will host Buddy Walk 2022 November 6, 12–2 p.m., Saluda Shoals Park Athletic Fields. Participants are encouraged to fundraise online throughout October, which is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The West Columbia Police Officers’ Foundation (WCPOF) will host its 9th Annual Golf Tournament at Golden Hills Golf Club November 17, 10 a.m.


The City of Columbia is accepting nominations for the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards, a program recognizing exemplary displays of committed service to the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Applications are available at or at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, 1111 Recreation Drive. Applications must be returned by the following methods—by mail to the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Kevin Crawford II, 1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29201. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, December 9, 2022; or submit completed application as a PDF file to


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

The SC Youth Advocate Program is available 24 hours a day for foster families. 800-882-5513 or


The University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance will present Small Mouth Sounds November 11–18, 8 p.m., Longstreet Theatre, 1300 Greene Street.

John Tudor’s Magic Workshop will held Saturday, November 19, 12–2 p.m., Columbia Children’s Theatre, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive.

Broadway in Columbia will present Elf the Musical November 8 and 9, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.

Joe Gatto’s Night of Comedy will be coming to the Koger Center for the Arts November 12, 7

Leanne Morgan’s Big Panty Tour will be coming to the Koger Center for the Arts November 18, 7 p.m.


VFW Post 641, 534 South Beltline Boulevard, open 5–11 p.m., Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday; 5 p.m.–12 a.m., Friday and Saturday; hosts Shag/Dance Wednesdays, 7–11 p.m. and Karaoke Fridays, 7–11 p.m. 803-782-5943 or

Fulmer Middle School will host a special recognition event for veterans and there families, Veterans Day, November 11, 10 a.m., 1614 Walterboro Street, West Columbia. 803-822-5660.

VFW Post 641 is Honoring Our Veterans November 11, 1 p.m., 534 South Beltline Boulevard. 803-782-5943 or

VFW Post 641 will host a Thanksgiving Dinner Drive collecting non-perishable food items through November 15. Drop off times are Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., 534 South Beltline Boulevard. 803-782-5943 or

VFW Post 641 will gather in support of the Carolina v Clemson Football Game November 26, 534 South Beltline Boulevard. 803-782-5943 or

Golden Corral will honor our nation’s heroes with a complimentary “thank you” meal Monday, November 14, in recognition of Veterans Day. or


The Fourth Annual American Revolution Symposium will be held November 19, SC Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road. or 803-896-0339.

Richland County Parks and Recreation will host two one-day workshops at the Columbia Art Center—Paper Lanterns Workshop will be held Wednesday, December 7, 6–8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, December 14, 6–8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Face Jugs Workshop will be held Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Turning Pages will hold its first in-person Tutor Training Workshop in two years Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m., 2062 North Beltline Boulevard.

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