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Columbia Animal Services is hosting an adoption special for only $25 through December 31, Columbia Animal Services, 127 Humane Lane.


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


The City of Columbia’s Solid Waste Department will be working a regular schedule for the upcoming Christmas holiday and New Year’s. Solid waste collections will be picking up Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2. 803-545-3800.

In observance of the Christmas holiday, the City of Columbia’s buildings and offices will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26. In observance of the New Year’s holiday, city buildings and offices will be closed Monday, January 2.


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. mill-tickets-474725515797

West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day, featuring iMAGINE STEAM Festival, will be held Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Registration is open.


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.


W. Gordon Belser Arboretum will hold an open house December 18, 1–4 p.m., 4080 Bloomwood Road. and Wilmot Avenue.


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

Dr. Lilly Filler, chair of the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust, will deliver the keynote address at the 16th Annual Isadore E. Lourie Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the State House Monday, December 19, 6 p.m.

The 282d Army Band and Fort Jackson will hold its Annual Home for Holidays Concert December 22, 7 p.m., Koger Center of the Arts. There is no charge or ticket required.

Jones Memorial Church will hold its Christmas Cantata entitled “The Greatest Gift Given!” Saturday, December 17, 3 p.m., 2400 Barhamville Road. 803-254-8786.


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


Palmetto Opera’s Madama Butterfly will be performed by Palmetto Opera Sunday, January 29, 3 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.


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 honor those who have chosen a life of service to our state and nation, as well as teach our children that the cost of freedom is dear. 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.

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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