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

The Historic Melrose Art in the Yard will welcome nearly one hundred artists and artisans to show and sell their original work in the historic, downtown Columbia neighborhood Sunday, April 10, noon–5 p.m. Information and maps will be available on Facebook and Instagram.


The South Carolina Trucking Association (SCTA) is accepting entries for 2022 Truck Safety Awards. To enter, members must complete an application and submit comprehensive safety records from 2021. Entry forms can be found at Deadline to enter February 28.


The Brookhaven HOA is sponsoring an Education Night each month for the community. The sessions will be held on the second Thursday of the month, 7–8 p.m., North Springs Community Center, 1320 Clemson Road. Seating is limited so please RSVP ( February 10, 2022 “Real Estate Trends for 2022 and What it Means to You” presenter Cindy Louma, ExP Realty, LLC realtor; March 10, 2022 “Solar Power For Your Home” presenter Lewis Pinkton; April 14, 2022 “Business Implementation,” presenter Donte Pickens.


The fourth annual Cottontown Art Crawl will be held Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., with the main host station at 2200 Sumter Street. Visit CAC’s Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.

Karan Kendrick, Hollywood actress will headline Allen University’s 16th Annual UNCF “A Mind Is…” Scholarship Gala & Richard Allen Awards Friday, February 11, 6 p.m., Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.


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 Columbia Garden Club 2022 “Flowers with Friends” Symposium will be held Thursday, February 17, 10 a.m., Central Energy, 2030 Gregg Street, in the BullStreet District.


Dental assisting instructors and students from Fortis College will provide free dental care to kids in need from the community at its annual “Give Kids A Smile” event Saturday, February 5, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., 246 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 101.


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.

Words and Wine, a monthly readers’ and writers’ social, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 15, 5–7:30 p.m., Badd Boys Café, 2711 Middleburg Drive.


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.


Heart ’n’ Soul Band concert scheduled for January 14, has been rescheduled for March 18, 6–10 p.m., 300 Senate Street.

The Carolina Jazz Society concert will be held at Heyward Street United Methodist Church, 2501 Heyward Street Sunday, February 6, 2:30–5 p.m.

Palmetto Chamber Orchestra will present a new program

“Happy Birthday, Bach!” March 13, 6 p.m., Incarnation Lutheran Church. 3005 Devine Street.


University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus—Russell House will host an annual walk hosted by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Saturday, February 26. Check-in starts at 10 a.m. and the opening ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., 1400 Greene Steet.

Columbia senior living community, Wildewood Downs, will award three local high school seniors with cash prizes up to $2,500 to assist with their post-graduate plans with its Silver Pen Writing Competition. This year’s submissions are based on the topic—“Provide an example of how you have demonstrated leadership to make a positive impact in your community (family, work experience, school, community, services efforts, etc.). Describe the impact of your efforts and why it was meaningful to you.” Submissions are being accepted for the 2022 Silver Pen Awards through February 11.


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. To join bi-weekly Zoom meetings, visit


BullStreet History tours will be held Saturday, February 12 and will be offered at the top of the hour starting at 9 a.m. and ending with the last tour at 3 p.m. Each tour lasts one hour. Tickets for the general public are available for $50 each. Historic properties discussed on the tour include the Babcock building and adjoining cafeteria buildings, the former Bakery and former Laundry, and the Williams and Ensor buildings. This tour includes visits to some of the recently restored buildings on the campus.

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