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


Noir at The Bar at the Aristocrat will be held October 27, 7 p.m., 1007 Washington Street. Noir at the Bar Columbia takes place just before Halloween and features eight published authors reading approximately eight minutes each. The event is hosted by local mystery author Raegan Teller and Chris Maw of Special Events with Chris.


The South Carolina State Fair will return October 13–24. After adapting to a free, drive-through fair in 2020, the fair will once again welcome guests in person for 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, rides, and entertainment.


Central Carolina Community Foundation has postponed On the Table due to rising COVID-19 cases. The community focused, conversation-based initiative will take place March 6–12, 2022.

The 14th Annual Palmetto Peanut Boil will be held Saturday, October 9, noon–6 p.m., 2900 block of Devine Street. All proceeds will benefit Animal Mission’s free spay and neuter program, and the city animal shelter.

South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association will host Restaurant Week Columbia October 14–24.


Tokyo Joe will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a breast cancer research fundraiser Friday, October 29, 6 p.m., Icehouse Ampitheater in Lexington.

S.C. First Responders Appreciation Corvette Style fundraiser to benefit Project Unity USA will be held Saturday, October 9, 1–5 p.m., 421 Bush River Road.

Leeza’s Care Connection! will host its annual fundraising event, Dare2Care, November 11, 7–10 p.m., R2i2 Conference Center, 763 Fashion Drive.


Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers will hold a Fall Plant Sale October 8–10 at Midlands Plant and Flower Show at the S.C. State Farmers Market, 3438 Charleston Highway.


Historic Columbia’s October event and programming slate includes—Exhibit, Scarecrows in the Garden through Sunday, October 31, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Robert Mills House Gardens; Lourie Lectures with Keith Mearns Wednesdays in October, 1–2 p.m., Hampton- Preston Mansion and Gardens; Storytime in the Garden—Thursday, October 14, 2–2:45 p.m. and 3:15–4 p.m., Robert Mills House and Gardens; Trunk or Treat— Friday, October 22, 5:30–7 p.m., Robert Mills House and Gardens; LGBTQ Columbia History Initiative, Famously Hot SC Pride! Saturday, October 23, noon-7 p.m., Main Street; Palladium Bluegrass, Bidding and BBQ Thursday, October 28, 7–10 p.m., Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens; Plant Sale October 29-30, 4–5:30 p.m., Robert Mills House and Gardens; Historic House Tours (all Historic Columbia house tours begin at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills) Robert Mills House—3 p.m., Wednesday–Sunday; Hampton-Preston Mansion— noon, Wednesday–Saturday and 1:30 p.m., Sunday; The Museum of the Reconstruction Era—10:30 a.m., Wednesday–Saturday, and 1:30 p.m., Sunday; Mann- Simons Site—1:30 p.m., Wednesday–Saturday and at 3 p.m., Sunday.


Words & Wine: A Monthly Readers’ and Writers’ Social will host its third “Books for Gifts” event Thursday, November 18, 6–8 p.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle.

Community Yard Sale will be held Saturday, November 6, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Lower Richland Ruritan Hut, 1521 Rabbit Run, Hopkins. Text 803-369-9538 or 803-260-3488 for table or outdoor space.


The FriendShip will hold a special program on “Physical Flourishing” with guest speaker Lisa Smarr. She will share chair exercises and share free resources, events, and programs Richland County Recreation Commission has for seniors. This program will take place Wednesday, October 13, 2 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church. 803-602-6434.


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.


The Big Red Barn Retreat will host its annual Fall Jam at the Ballpark concert benefiting veterans and first responders, Saturday, October 9 at Segra Park: Home of the Columbia Fireflies.

Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser, Sunday, March 20, 6 p.m., Bourbon Restaurant, 1214 Main Street; Bang on a Can All-Stars, Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business.


Family Connection of South Carolina’s Buddy Walk 2021 will be held beginning Sunday, October 24, 2 p.m. Family Connection will host the first segment of a multi-day virtual celebration at


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, coworkers, and special individuals sharing and learning about the joys, frustrations, opportunities, and challenges of ADD/ADHD. The goal is to give hope and support. To join bi-weekly Zoom meetings, visit


Homes for the Holidays Tour in the Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods will be held Sunday, December 5, 1–5 p.m.

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