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

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.


Jerry Emanuel will be joined by 19 other authors at a book signing Saturday, December 10, 2–4 p.m. at the main Lexington Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington.

Author Linda Rui Feng will discuss her debut novel Swimming Back to Trout Fish River Thursday, December 8, 6–7:30 p.m., Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly Street.


Washington Street United Methodist Church (WSUMC) will hold a complimentary breakfast for those in need Saturday, December 3, 8:30–10:30 a.m., 1401 Washington Street.


The City of Columbia will present the Arbor Day Proclamation at Logan Elementary School December 2, 9 a.m., 815 Elmwood Avenue.


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

Columbia’s Comedy Countdown at The Corley Mill House will be held Saturday, December 31, 10 p.m., Corley Mill House, 221 Corley Mill Road, Lexington.


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.

Lower Richland Ruritan Club’s Boston Butt Roasts (precooked 8-10 lbs., $40) will be ready the afternoon of December 22 at Lower Richland Club House, 1521 Rabbit Run, Hopkins. Text 803-602-2760 to order yours.


December Virtual Health Care Clinics are held every Thursday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly Street.


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.

South Carolina State Fair will welcome the holiday season with the return of Carolina Lights, its annual downtown drive-through holiday lights show through December 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.


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.


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.

Palmetto Chamber Orchestra will present its Holiday Concert Columbia Celebrates Sunday, December 18, 6 p.m., Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3005 Devine Street.

Choirs of Carolina will hold a free concert of seasonal favorites, audience sing-a-longs, and time-honored classics. Friday, December 2, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 4, 6 p.m., Shandon Presbyterian Church.


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


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


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.

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