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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.

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.


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.


The City of Columbia’s Solid Waste Department will modify its schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Solid waste collections normally picked up on Thursdays will be moved to Wednesday, November 23, and pick-up will return to normal Friday, November 25. 803-545-3800.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the City of Columbia’s buildings and offices will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.

The City of West Columbia City Hall will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, and will resume regular hours Monday, November 28. Sanitation schedules may differ on certain routes. There will be no yard trash pick-up Thursday or Friday.


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.


Spring Valley Rotary Club will hold its annual Young Plantations Pecan Sale through December 17. Contact Diane Junis at 803-873-0254, or by email at to connect to a Rotarian who can deliver your order.


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

Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Christmas cantata, “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” Saturday, December 10, 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, 10 a.m., 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington.

Santa’s Mailbox is back in the City of West Columbia, Carraway Park, 212 Hudson Street, West Columbia. Children can bring their letters or use the provided postcards at Santa Post Office and drop them in Santa’s mailbox. Santa’s mailbox accepts letters through December 14 for a response by Christmas. Santa will pick two letters mailed by November 30 to be read by Mrs. Claus at the City’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting December 2, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street.

Gov. Henry McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster will host the 56th Annual Governor’s Carolighting Sunday, November 20, 6 p.m., South Carolina State House.

South Carolina State Fair will welcome the holiday season with the return of Carolina Lights, its annual downtown drive-through holiday lights show December 3–26 (closed Christmas Day) at the Lexington Medical Center Fair Park at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.


City of Columbia Community Development Department and Office of Business Opportunities will host a Resource Fair Wednesday, December 7, 5–8 p.m., Busby Street Community Center, 1735 Busby Street.


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

Midlands Clay Arts Society will host its 2022 Holiday Sale December 1, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; December 2, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; and December 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Stormwater Studios, 413 Pendleton Street. Facebook at MidlandsClayAts.


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.

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.


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.

USC Symphonic Winds Concert will present “Light” Monday, November 21, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.

Carolina Jazz Society will host a free Christmas concert Sunday, December 4, 2:30–5 p.m., Heyward Street United Methodist Church, 2501 Heyward Street.


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. Join monthly in-person and virtual meetings,

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

Eastminster Presbyterian Church will host two support groups—Divorce Care and Grief Share—Sundays, 6 p.m., 3200 Trenholm Road. Divorce Care Group will meet November 27 and December 4. Grief Share Group will meet December 11 and 18. There will also be a special time of worship for those who are grieving during Eastminster’s Peace Service December 11, 4 p.m.


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

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

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

Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews will offer “Learning Takes No Holiday,” a free 10-week series of Zoom presentations, via Zoom created in partnership with the Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro, N.C., beginning November 30 and run through January. The full schedule is available by sending an email to

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