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.


The 15th Annual Jack D. Oliver Sr. Memorial Blood Drive will be held Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Jack Oliver’s Pool, Spa and Patio, 3303 Forest Drive.


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.

Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, author, songwriter, drummer of Hootie & the Blowfish will be signing copies of his new memoir Swimming With The Blowfish— Hootie, Healing, and One Hell of a Ride (Diversion Books) at Barnes & Noble at Richland Fashion Mall Saturday, December 10, 12–2 p.m.


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.

Students at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies are holding their annual poinsettia sale. Poinsettias may be purchased at the center greenhouse, 916 Mount Vernon Church Road, Chapin, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


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.

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.


The Columbia VA Health Care System (VAHCS) will host a Hiring Fair December 10, noon–2 p.m., Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road.

Lexington-Richland School District Five will hold its 2023 Teacher Recruitment Event January 7, 8:30–11 a.m. in-person event and virtual. Candidates must register before the event at


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.


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


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

The Governor of South Carolina has again proclaimed the entire month of December Wreaths Across America Month in South Carolina and encourages all South Carolina to remember our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of America and to Honor those who have chosen a life of service to our state and nation, and to teach our children that the cost of freedom is dear. The 16th The Annual Statehouse Wreaths Across America Ceremony will be held at noon, Monday, December 12, South Carolina Veterans Memorial on the Assembly Street Side of the Statehouse Grounds. Delivery of the Fort Jackson National Cemetery Memorial Wreaths will be at 8 a.m., Saturday, December 17, by South Carolina’s own WP Rawl and Sons Trucks, escorted by the American Legion Riders, The Patriot Guard Riders, and multiple other Veteran Group Riders. The 14th Annual Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery will be held at noon, December 17, 4170 Percival Road.


Registration is now open for Electronic Notaries Public for notaries who are interested in performing electronic notarization.

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will commemorate December 7, 1941, Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m., 301 Gervais Street.

The City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities will be accepting applications for the 2023 NxLevel Micro Entrepreneur and 2023 FastTrac Growth Venture courses from January to March. In person classes will held January 26–March 30, 6 p.m., Busby Street Community Center, 1735 Busby Street.

Catherine Ladnier will tell the story of the HMT Rohna at noon, Friday, December 16, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum 301 Gervais Street.

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