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 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.


The Columbia Chamber’s Leadership Columbia Class of 2024 (LC24), in partnership with Serve & Connect, will hold a block party to celebrate the opening of Serve & Connect’s new headquarters at 8131 Brookfield Road Sunday, April 28, 3–7 p.m.


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.


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 Main Street Jazz Fest presented by ColaJazz Foundation will be held Saturday, May 11, 2–9 p.m., 1700 block of Main Street.

Midlands Coin Club’s Coin, Currency & Collectibles Show will be held Friday, May 10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Embassy Suites by Hilton, 200 Stoneridge Drive.

Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary will host the third annual Columbia VegFest Sunday, May 5, 12–4 p.m., City Roots Farm.


The Living Wright Foundation will hold its second annual Bees & Blossoms Spring Fundraiser Thursday, May 23, 6 p.m., The Hall at Senate’s End, 320 Senate Street.


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 2024 South Carolina Orchid Show and Sale will be held Friday, April 26, 1–6 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Garden Council of Greater Columbia Building, 1605 Park Circle.


The Friends of the Irmo Branch Library’s Spring Book Sale will be held Thursday–Saturday, April 25–27, in the library’s community room, 6251 St. Andrews Road.


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.

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.

Midlands Coin Club meets the second Thursday of ever month.


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.


Palmetto Chamber Orchestra will present Classical Masterminds April 28, 4 p.m., Johnson Music Hall in Darla Moore School of Business on the University of South Carolina Campus.


March of Dimes’ largest fundraiser—March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement will be held Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m., S.C. State Fairgrounds.


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


Gene Washington Productions will present Coach, A Documentary Film Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m., Brookland Health and Wellness Center, 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. 803-786-1051.


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.


In partnership with Portraits for Portraits, ESNTL Headshots, a leading photography studio in Columbia is making a contribution to veterans transitioning to civilian life by offering free professional headshots as they seek new career opportunities. The event is ongoing for service members who are transitioning from the military.


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

Learn for Pleasure at Columbia Shepherds Center classes for the 50-advanced. Wednesdays through June 5. 803-779-4449.

Shepherd’s Center of Columbia’s Spring 2024 Lunch Adventures in Learning lunch speakers will include Tony Ganong will share how the S.C. State Museum began May 1; Tom Poland, local author, will tell about Georgialina: A Southland As We Knew It; S.C. Consumer Affairs representative will bring an update on our world as consumers May 15; Dick and Winkie Goodwin will entertain on piano and trumpet May 22; and Jim Haynsworth will share a tour of the S.C. Military Museum May 29. Programs are held at noon and lunch is available for $10 and must be ordered prior to each event. The Shepherd’s Center of Columbia is located at 3401 Trenholm Road. 803-779-4449 or

Brookhaven HOA will present an Education Night May 9, 7–8 p.m., North Springs Community Center, 1320 Clemson Road. Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will share information on some of its programs. Seating is limited, please RSVP to Subject Line: Education Session to reserve a seat.

Catherine Ladnier will present “Tribute to a Jewish Soldier,” Friday, April 26 as part of the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum’s regular Noon Debrief series, 301 Gervais Street.

Richland One families and early childhood educators can learn how to prepare children from birth to four years old for school during the district’s 7th Annual Early Learners Conference. The free event will be held Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Columbia High School, 1701 Westchester Drive. 803-231-7159.

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