Columbia Star

1963        Celebrating 60 Years      2023



Columbia Animal Services will celebrate Be Kind To Animals Week by hosting an adoption special for only $5 through May 13, 127 Humane Lane.

W.J. Keenan Animal Science Class will host its final Dog Grooming Event of the School Year Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., 361 Pisgah Church Road. 864-932-5667.


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

Art Smart Academy, 7106 Broad River Rd, Irmo, June events include—Every Friday night is Kidz Night-In, 7 p.m., June 2 Pasta Painting, June 9 Father’s Day Surprise, June 16 We all Scream for Ice Cream, June 23 National Pink Flamingo Day, June 30 Clay and Fish; Summer Camp starts the week of June 5—Half Day Sessions (8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 1:30–5:30 p.m.)or Full Day Sessions (8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) Full-Time Summer Camp (10 weeks, Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.) is available—June 5–9, Surf’s Up Aloha and 3D Sculpture “Dino Dig;” June 12–16, Harry Potter-y Camp and Under the Sea 3D Coral Reef; June 19–23, Lego-Mania and Peace, Love & Pottery; June 26–30, Deep Space Sparkle and Cupcakes in Paradise.


Eagle Aviation at Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) will host “EAA Ford Tri-motor Tour” through May 14, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. each day.

South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation Open House will be held Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Hamilton-Owens Airport, Hangar Y-1, 1400 Jim Hamilton Boulevard.


Richland One’s Summer SOAR program will be held June 5–July 21. Programs and activities offered for students at all grade levels include sports, robotics, music, visual arts, theatre, science, technology, math, reading and more. Register at

Parks and Recreation Department will host Summer Kayak Camps for children ages eight to 16, June 5–August 1, Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street.

Parks and Recreation Department will host a Tennis Camp for children ages six to 14, June 12–July 28, 1635 Whaley Street. 803-733-8440.

Parks and Recreation Department will host a Kids Summer Art Camp for children ages five to 16, June 5–August 11, Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street. 803-545-3093.

Parks and Recreation Department will host Summer Golf Camp for children ages eight to 16, June 5–8, James E. Clyburn Golf Center, 2901 Slighs Avenue. 803-255-8920.


The City of Columbia Solid Waste Division is offering expedited collection services for move out piles during the months of May, June, and July. Residents can call the Solid Waste main office at 803-545-3800 to report a pile for collection. Solid Waste will collect the pile on the same day. Items in these piles can include clothing, dishes, kitchen tools, and utensils, furniture, bedding, storage bins, artwork or wall hangings, mops, brooms, or other cleaning tools, and bulky plastics (i.e. coolers, buckets, or bathroom garbage pails).

Columbia Police Department Foundation and the Columbia Parks and Recreation to hold the Second Annual Police, Parks & Pedals Community Bicycle Initiative Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m., T.S Martin Park, 2700 Edison Street.


Community Dancing for Busy People is held the second and fourth Saturday of the month, 6–7:30 p.m., The Barn, 600 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. $7 donation. 803-747-0508 or 803-356-2170.


Brookhaven HOA’s Annual Spring Craft Vendor Fare will be held May 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., North Springs Park, 1320 Clemson Road. Looking for unique vendors with handmade jewelry, accessories, pottery, clothing, artwork, handbags, woodworking, crafts, ornaments, wreaths, sweets, etc. For an application or more information please send an email to, subject line: Craft Fare.

Food Truck Festivals of America will host The 8th Annual South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival Saturday, May 27, at the South Carolina State Fair.


Keep the Midlands Beautiful’s (KMB) annual shoe drive fundraiser continues through May 31. Anyone can help by dropping off gently worn, used, and new shoes at any time at KMB’s office, 1305 Augusta Road, West Columbia. 803-733-1139 or

52 Windows: An Evening of Art to Benefit Mirci will be held 6–9 p.m., Thursday, May 18, 701 Whaley.

Columbia, S.C. Senior Resources will host a 50/50 Split Reverse Raffle. Tickets are on sale now at and in person at 2817 Millwood Avenue. There will be a live drawing event held at River Rat Brewery June 22, 5:30 p.m.


Historic Columbia has announced programming and events for May 2023—Main Street Walking Tour, Sunday, May 14, 1 p.m., Boyd Plaza, 1515 Main Street; Free Sundays Presented by Richland County, Sunday, May 21, 1–4 p.m., Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, 2025 Marion Street; Historic Columbia Summer Camp—Kid Curator Camp, Session 1: June 12–16, Session 2: July 10–14, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. daily, Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street; Historic House Museum Tours—Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street, Wednesday–Sunday, 3 p.m.; The Museum of Reconstruction Era at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, 1705 Hampton Street, Wednesday–Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Sunday, 1:30 p.m.; Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, 1615 Blanding Street, Wednesday–Saturday, 12 p.m., Sunday, 1:30 p.m.; Journey to Freedom: Mann- Simons Site and Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, 1403 Richland Street, Wednesday–Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Sunday, 3 p.m.; Garden Tours—Seibels House, 1601 Richland Street, Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday, 1–4 p.m.; Hampton-Preston, 1615 Blanding Street, Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday, 1–4 p.m.


Lexington Medical Center will host a hiring event at Segra Park Friday, May 19, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., 1640 Freed Street.


Bethel United Methodist Church, 4600 Daniel Drive, will host a community yard sale May 12 and 13, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. both days.

The Brookhaven Community Annual Spring Yard Sale will be held May 20, 8 a.m.–2 p.m., areas around Cogburn, Meadow Springs, Westmoreland, Coralbean Way, Schofield, and Wilkinson Drive.

Vintage Market Days of Midlands Upstate S.C., “It’s A Party” will be held at The South Carolina State Fairgrounds, August 11–13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Sunday, in both The Cantey and Goodman Buildings, located inside the entrance of the South Carolina State Fairgrounds off Rosewood Drive.


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

Lower Richland Ruritan Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., Lower Richland Club House, Rabbit Run, Hopkins.

The Busby Street Community Center hosts the Aces Bridge Club every Monday, 10 a.m., 1735 Busby Street. 803-476-0933.


The Town of Chapin along with American Legion Post 193 will jointly host a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 29, 10 a.m., Chapin Town Hall.

In observance of Memorial Day, the City of Columbia offices will be closed on Monday, May 29. Solid Waste will be operating on regular schedule.


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.


Blythewood High School Future Business Leaders of America and Shred360 will host their second Free Shred Event of the school year Friday, May 26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Blythewood High School (North Gate Entrance) Football Stadium (Visitor’s Side).


A.C. Flora Class of 1973 50th Reunion will be held August 5, 6:30–10 p.m. Please contact Mary Bellios at 615-482-3713 for more information.

Dreher High School Class of 1983 will hold its 40th reunion Saturday, June 24, 6:30–11 p.m. For more information, please contact Mary Broadwater, Sheila Morant James or Tammy Young at

Lexington High School Class of 1978’s 45th Class Reunion will be held Saturday, May 20, Hite/Dooley Family Reunion Building, 825 Two Notch Road, Lexington.


Camden Fire Department, Kershaw County Fire Service, and Lugoff Fire Department are partnering with Beulah United Methodist Church, the community of Charlotte-Thompson, and the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association to honor and recognize the centennial of the Cleveland School fire Tuesday, May 16, 6 p.m., Camden Revolutionary War Visitors Center, 212 Broad Street, Camden. The anniversary recognition service will be held Wednesday, May 17, 10 a.m. 410 Cleveland School Road, Camden.


The Therapy Place, Inc. will host the Miracles in Motion 5K: Walk, Run & Roll Superheroes Edition, presented by The City of Forest Acres, Saturday, May 13, 8:30 a.m., 3620 Covenant Road.

Camp Discovery in Blythewood will host Mindfulness Walks on the following dates—May 18, June 1, 15, and 22, 9 a.m.


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


Mother’s Day Brunch at The Corley Mill House is bringing some of the best comedians in the southeast to Columbia Sunday, May 14, 11 a.m., The Corley Mill House. 221 Corley Mill Road, Lexington.


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

VFW Post 641 and Auxiliary of Columbia meets every second Sunday, 3–4 p.m., 534 South Beltline Boulevard. 803-782-5943 or


Richland County Parks and Recreation will host its Summer Enrichment program June 5–August 4, 8 a.m.–12 p.m., 2611 Grant Street. 803-255-8161.

Mushrooms and Melliferous Plants Workshop will be held at the Saluda Riverwalk Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 650 Candi Lane.

Bees and Blooms Workshop will be held Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Southeast Park, 951 Hazelwood Road.

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