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Columbia Animal Services will host a March Madness Adoption Special through Monday, April 8, 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 Columbia SC Visitors Center has partnered with One Columbia for Arts and Culture to host artist popups outside of the VC on weekends through July 28, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sundays, 1120 Lincoln Street.

The Historic Melrose Art in the Yard will be held Sunday, May 5, 1–5 p.m., with art, food and live music at a family friendly event.


St. David’s Episcopal Church will hold a Sung Tenebrae, or Song of Shadows, Friday, March 29, 7 p.m. in the sanctuary, 605 Polo Road.

Easter services at St. David’s Episcopal Church will be held Sunday, March 31, 6:30 and 10:30 a.m., 605 Polo Road.

The 64th Annual Community Easter Sunrise Service, started by the Lower Richland Ruritans, Thompson Funeral Home, and Greenlawn Cemetery will be held Sunday, March 31, 7 a.m., 845 Leesburg Road. This year six churches will be participating along with special music by a bag piper, a harpist, and hymns led by Levon Stack. A community breakfast will be served after the service 8 a.m. in the fellowship hall at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1005 Asbury Drive.


In observance of Good Friday, the City of Columbia’s buildings and offices will be closed on Friday, March 29.

Public Works Solid Waste Division will hold a Compost Giveaway Saturday, April 6, 8 a.m.–12 p.m., City Compost Site, 121 Humane Lane.

City of Columbia’s Community Development Department will celebrate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 50th anniversary Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m., USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street.


Palmetto Scottish Country Dance (for all ages) is held every Monday, 6–7:45 p.m., Eastminster Presbyterian Community Life Center. 803-309-0495.

Adult Ballet Classes are held Thursdays, 7 p.m., Columbia Music Festival Association, 914 Pulaski Street. This is a beginner class, but all are welcome to come ages 12 and up. 803-269-2438.

The Ly-Ben Dance Alliance will host the Ubuntu Dance Festival April 20 and will consist of three parts: The Masterclasses will be held at the Columbia Music Festival Association, 914 Pulaski Street 9 a.m.–2 p.m., with auditions for the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive at 2:30 p.m.; “Dance Free Day” Community Dance Classes will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Park and two other centers TBD 9 a.m.–1 p.m., for ages 2 years old through adults; The Ubuntu Dance concert will be held at the Cottingham Theater on the Columbia College campus at 7:30 p.m. 803-216-1953 or


Brookhaven HOA’s Annual Spring Craft Vendor Fare will be held May 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., North Springs Park, 1320 Clemson Road. For a vendor application or more information, send an email to, subject line: Craft Fare.

The Columbia Food & Wine Festival will be held April 24–28. Tickets are on sale now and details are available at

The Second Annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be held Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., McGregor Presbyterian’s Lawn and Learning Garden, 6505 St. Andrew’s Road, Irmo.

Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity will host its first annual Brew 2 Build Craft Beer Festival April 5, 5–8 p.m., Segra Park.


Columbia Green will host its 31st annual Festival of Gardens Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, 12:30–4 p.m., Hampton Ridge, off Old Woodlands Road.

South Carolina Iris Society will hold its 60th South Carolina Iris Society Flower Show Happy Iris Cinco De Mayo May 4, 1–4 p.m., Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 1005 Asbury Drive.

The 12th Annual Herb Festival hosted by The Herb Bunch will be held Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., on the grounds of Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox Street (Hwy. 378), Lexington.

Mirci’s 52 Windows: An Evening of Art to Benefit the Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc., will be held Thursday, May 9, 6–9 p.m., 701 Whaley.


The South Carolina Air National Guard 169th Medical Group will host a Community Health Expo Saturday April 6, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center, 8620 Garners Ferry Road, Hopkins. 803-647-8208.


Midlands Clay Arts Society Spring Sale will be held Thursday, April 4, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday, April 5, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Stormwater Studios, 413 Pendleton Street. Follow Midlands Clay Arts Society on Facebook and Instagram.

The Market at Richland Library is open 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Wednesdays through October 30, Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly 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.

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 Golden K Kiwanis Club of Columbia meets every Wednesday, 9:30–10:45 a.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle.

The Rotary Club of Columbia meets every Monday, 12:30–1:30 p.m. at Seawell’s Restaurant across from the State Fair Grounds.

Ikebana International Chapter 282 meets the third Wednesday of each month, September through May, 9:30 a.m., Garden Club Council Building, 1605 Park Circle. 803-799-7368.

Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOS), a peer led group, not a place for someone who is in crisis of suicide, meets the first Tuesday of every month, 7–8:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church 1715 Broad River Road. 803-622- \1512 or If you are in crisis, call or text 988 or text TALK to 741741.

The Midlands Chapter of The Hearing Loss Association of America will meet April 20 with a panel of professionals to deal with the subject of “Hearing Loss: Who Me?” 1 p.m., Lexington County Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington.

Eau Claire Rotary Club meets each second and fourth Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Lenoir Rhyne Student Union (2nd floor), 4201 N. Main St. and Wildwood.


Salute From The Shore will return July 4 for its 15th Annual Patriotic Flyover in celebration of Independence Day. Patriotic beachgoers will be dazzled with planes from across the state, featuring F-16s from McEntire Joint National Guard Base (provided by 169th Fighter Wing), C-17s from Charleston Air Force Base, and privately owned Vintage Aircraft. The plane flight path will span the length of South Carolina’s coastline.


Olympia Mill Village Museum, the story of “Life in the Olympia Mill Village in the 1920s.” Free admission, Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.–4 p.m., 1170 Olympia Avenue. Museum includes the Olympia School Annex, the Mill House Museum, and 15 outdoor exhibits.


The Carolina Jazz Society concert will be held Sunday, April 7, 2:30–5 p.m., Heyward Street United Methodist Church, 2501 Heyward Street.


CREW Network Foundation Scholarships are now available. The scholarship program supports female students as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate. Applications will be accepted until April 15 at


Congaree National Park’s 2024 Synchronized Firefly Viewing Event will be held May 16-25, offering the public opportunities to witness this magical natural phenomenon. Passes will be required to enter the park on event nights and will be awarded through a lottery system hosted through This year’s pass lottery will begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 4, and will remain open for one week, ending at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 10.

The Vista Neighborhood Association (VNA) will host its Second Annual Alley Golf Tournament Saturday, April 6, 2–6 p.m. This unique event will feature three mini-golf holes strategically set up in different Vista alleyways. 864-616-8836.


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


The USC Department of Theatre and Dance will present Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit, April 5-12, 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with additional 3 p.m. matinee performances Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, Drayton Hall, 1214 College Street. Tickets may be purchased at

The Betsy Blackmon Dance Program at the University of S.C. will host the Complexions Contemporary Ballet for a collaborative performance with the USC Dance Company at the Koger Center for the Arts, April 6, 6:30 p.m., 1051 Greene Street. Tickets may be purchased at


Lexington County Ag and Art Tour will be held Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, June 16, 1–4 p.m.


New Morning, a South Carolina-based nonprofit organization working to expand access to affordable contraceptive and family planning services across the state, will host its 6th annual Access for All: A Reproductive Health Summit April 25–26, Columbia Marriott.

Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews Spring Session of Adventures in Learning begins April 16, Ashland United Methodist Church, 2600 Ashland Road.

Vietnam helicopter pilots to tell their stories Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at a special event, “Angels from the Air: Vietnam Helicopter Pilots,” at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, 301 Gervaist Street.

Brookhaven HOA will present an Education Night, Steps for a Great Luscious Green Lawn, April 11, 7–8 p.m., North Springs Community Center, 1320 Clemson Road.

The Arc of South Carolina, The Arc of the U.S., Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), Delta Air Lines, and Enterprise Holdings will co-host Wings for All® Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m., CAE Airport, 3250 Airport Boulevard, West Columbia. The Wings program provides a chance for people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families to rehearse the airport experience and board an airplane, many for the first time.

Turning Pages SC will hold a volunteer Tutor Workshop Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Columbia office, 2062 N Beltline Boulevard.

WOW Performing Arts Center & AGI Entertainment will hold The Industry Bootcamp April 1–7, WOW Performing Arts Center, 8907 Two Notch Road, Suite F.

City of Columbia Community Development Department, and South State Bank will hold A Homebuyer Workshop Wednesday, April 17, 6–8 p.m., Earlewood Park, 1113 Recreation Drive.

Free workshop From Cattle to Cotton will be held Friday, April 5, 9–11 a.m., Carter Farm, 1836 St. Matthew Church Road, Eastover.


Painters, potters, quilters, writers, musicians, storytellers, bakers, and other local artisans are invited to apply to be featured in the annual S.C. Ag + Art Tour, which Richland County will host in June. Artisans have until 5 p.m., April 15 to apply online at

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