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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.

Midlands Clay Arts Society Spring Sale will be held Friday, June 2, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Stormwater Studios, 413 Pendleton Street.


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.

Carolina Summer Music Conservatory will offer intensives in brass, jazz, percussion, guitar, piano, strings, voice, woodwinds with opportunities to study repertoire and develop musicianship skills June 18–24, USC School of Music, 813 Assembly Street.

University of South Carolina Marching Band will host several clinics available to high schoolers of different ages—June 18–19: Carolina Rhythm; June 22–24: Carolina Lead (Drum Majors); June 25–26: Carolina Spin, USC Copenhaver Band Hall, 326 Sumter

University of South Carolina School of Music’s Carolina Opera Experience camp for fifth–11th graders will be held June 26–30.

University of South Carolina School of Music’s Beginner Piano Camp will be held June 26–30, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Experienced piano students, age nine to 14, are invited to Camp Creativity, July 10-14, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., USC School of Music, 813 Assembly Street.

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive camp will be held July 8–18, USC School of Music, 813 Assembly Street.

USC String Project Camp for grades three through high school will be held July 17–21, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., 851 Park


Life Living Ministries Men’s Ministry, Prisma Health, Columbia Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, James Sanders-Grey Eyes Bonding Co., and Project Unity will host Unity in the Community June 10, 12–4 p.m., Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Avenue.


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.


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

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.

The Seventh Annual Taste on the River will be held Tuesday, June 13, 5:30–9 p.m., Stone River, 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia.


Mid-Carolina Daylily Society Daylily Show and Sale will be held Saturday June 3, 1–4 p.m., Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1005 Asbury Drive.


Richland School District One will hold its Summer Job Fair Thursday, June 15, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., C.A. Johnson High School’s gymnasium, 2219 Barhamville Road. Register by June 14 at


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.

The 282nd Army Band will be at the S.C. State House to provide a concert filled with patriotic music May 29, 1–2 p.m. The concert, which is open to the public, will also feature members of the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Parris Island. There is no admission to attend.

Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Jason E. Kelly and post Command Sgt. Maj. Erick Ochs will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Moment of Remembrance at the Fort Jackson Cemetery, May 29. There will also be patriotic music provided by the 282nd Army Band and Fort Jackson personnel will render a 21-gun salute.

The City of West Columbia City Hall will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.


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.


Patriotic concert will be held May 28, 4 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.

Southeastern Piano Festival Opening Celebration Concert will be held Sunday, June 11, 4 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall.

Southeastern Piano Festival Guest Artist Showcase: Roman Rabinovich will be held Monday, June 12, 7:30 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall.

Southeastern Piano Festival Guest Artist Showcase: Ying Li will be held Tuesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall.

Southeastern Piano Festival Guest Artist Showcase: Anthony de Mare will be held Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall.

Southeastern Piano Festival Guest Artist Showcase: John O’Conor will be held Thursday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall.

Southeastern Piano Festival will conclude a week of concerts with the winners of the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition performing showstoppers Saturday, June 17, 7:30 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall.


A.C. Flora Class of 1973 50th Reunion will be held August 5.

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


Camp Discovery in Blythewood will host Mindfulness Walks on the following dates—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


Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host three free teen nights for Columbia’s youth, Prime Time in the Parks—Glow Golf Party at James Clyburn Golf Center, 2091 Slighs Avenue, June 23, 8–11 p.m.; Family & Friends Field Day at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road, July 21, 7– 0 p.m.; and Teen Pool Party at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, august 4, 7–10 p.m. 803-545-3100


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.

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

Lourie Center will host Water Fitness Classes for Adults at Maxcy Gregg Pool, 1651 Park Circle, Tuesday May 30–Saturday September 2—Classes include Shallow Water Fitness, Mondays–Thursdays, 9–9:50 a.m.; Deep Water Fitness, Mondays–Thursdays, 10–10:50 a.m.; and Aqua Zumba, Mondays/Saturdays, 9–9:50 a.m. 803-779-1971 or

Brookhaven HOA will present an Education Night, “Basic Estate Planning/Probate,” June 8, 7–8 p.m., at North Springs Community Center, 1320 Clemson Road.

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