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University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum’s exhibition Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection, will run through August 5, 2nd floor, North Gallery, corner of Pendleton and Bull street. 803-777-7251 or

The City of Columbia Art Center, Parks and Recreation Department is currently looking for artists who wish to participate in “Art Along the Trail” Saturday October 14. Specifically, artists are wanted who are willing to share their art with others. There is no fee for artist participation.


St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, with Rev. Tula Henson, rector, holds services Sundays, 10 a.m., 900 Calhoun Street. 803-765-1519 or

Wednesdays@First Lunch Service—First Presbyterian Church lunch service is each Wednesday; lunch served at 11:30 a.m., brief service 12:20–12:50 p.m. Hot lunch $6; soup and salad $5. Jackson Hall, 1324 Marion Street. 799-9062.

Redeemer Northeast Church is a new church meeting at Jeep Rogers YMCA, 900 Lake Carolina Drive, Sundays, 10 a.m.

The Atlantic Institute and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will host an Iftar dinner at UUCC, 2701 Heyward Street, June 2, 7:30 p.m. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast by not consuming food or water until after sundown. Once the sun sets Iftar—or fast breaking— dinners take place each night. This is an important time not only for those who participate in Ramadan because of their faith but also an important time to share this tradition with friends from different backgrounds over delicious food and through lively conversation.

City Baptist Jubilee Choir Union will hold its 95th anniversary Sunday, July 9, 2:30 p.m., Temple Zion Baptist Church, 1174 Heyward Brockington Road. 803-754-0933.

City Baptist Jubilee Choir Union will hold its annual banquet Friday, July 14, 7–10 p.m., Seawell’s Catering, 1125 Rosewood Drive. 803-463-8773.

Kingsmen Breakfast will be held Saturday, June 10, 8–10 a.m. Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road. 803-238-7795 or

Vacation Bible School 2017 will be held Sunday, June 18–Wednesday, June 21, 6–8 p.m., North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 North Trenholm Road, for ages four through grade eight completed.


Midlands Fatherhood Coalition (MFC) of Lexington is currently seeking local fathers to participate in father-focused programs and weekly peer group sessions that provide assistance, education, and support to help men be responsible fathers for their children. 803-996-2114 or

Sesquicentennial State Park will offer children’s nature programs, “Wild Wednesdays” June 7, 14, and 21, 10 a.m., Two Notch Road, Northeast Columbia. The Wednesday morning programs will focus on plants and animals found at the park. 803-788-2706 or

Cayce Field Days, an interactive field day, will be held Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24, 10 a.m.–noon, Memorial Park, 1605 State Street, Cayce.

Community Awareness Day will be held Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Emmanuel Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 1723 Blue Ridge Terrace. 803-708-9937.

Mayor Benjamin’s Second Annual Father’s Day Cookout will be held Sunday, June 18, 3–7 p.m., Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road. 803-545-3100.

Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day™ at Virginia College will be held Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., V’s Student Cosmetology Services at Virginia College, 7201 Two Notch Road, Suite 1000C. 803-509-7154


Columbia Alumnae Chapter (CAC) of Delta Zeta will host its first Wonder Bowl bowling tournament June 3, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Anchor Lanes, Irmo. The Wonder Bowl will benefit Camp Wonder Hands, a Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital summer camp for deaf and hearing impaired children. Deadline to register is May 10.

Lourie Center’s Wine Tasting Event, “A Somm-er Affair with Summer Wines,” will be held Thursday, June 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m., 1650 Park Circle. Tickets may be purchased at


Business Expo and Employment Fair will be held Saturday August 5, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Florence Civic Center, 3300 West Radio Drive, Florence, S.C. 843-245-8048.


Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is coming back to Richland County. The goals of the program are to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and to support South Carolina’s small farmers. The program allows low income senior citizens—age 60 and older—to purchase fresh, nutritious, unprocessed fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs. The program will be available between May and October 15. Participants are awarded $25 in the form of five checks of $5 to spend at authorized farmers’ markets and stands. Checks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Vouchers will be issued—St. John Baptist Church, 3404 W. Beltline Boulevard, June 3, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.; Grace United Methodist Church, 410 Harbison Boulevard, June 5, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.; Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 8801 Bluff Road, Gadsden, June 6, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.; Delta Life Development Center, 5307 Fairfield Road, Columbia, June 8, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.


NAMI Education meetings are held second Tuesday of each month at Trenholm Road Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road, 6–7:30 p.m., Room 110.

Weekly meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families is held every Thursday, 7–8 p.m., ACOA Club, 2015 College Street.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) monthly luncheon meeting is held 11:30 a.m., second Friday of each month, Seawell’s on Rosewood Avenue. 803-796-3106.

The Kingville Historical Foundation will host its first annual banquet, Saturday, June 3, 5 p.m., The Medallion Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road. Admission tickets can be purchased at Jazza Barber Shop, 6300 Garners Ferry Road. 803-622-5137.

South Carolina State Employees Association Annual Meeting will be held June 3, 9 a.m., SCSEA Office Auditorium complex, 421 Zimalcrest Drive.

Columbia Sertoma Club and Upstairs Audio & Video will present Political Corruption in S.C., a dinner and discussion with John Crangle and Ashley Landess, Monday, June 19, 5–8 p.m. Dupre’s, 300 Senate Street. 803-513-3357.


The City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series will kick off on Friday, June 2 at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. Movies will be shown Friday nights, June 2–July 28. The following movies are free and open to the public: June 2, Star Wars: Rogue One; June 9, Moana; June 16, Angry Birds; June 23, Ghostbusters; June 30, The Secret Life of Pets; July 7, Sing; July 14, Finding Dory; July 21, Zootopia; July 28, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Pre-show activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Movies will begin at sunset. 803-545-3100.

Summer Drive-In Series, presented by What’s Next Midlands, will be held monthly at Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce—Saturday, June 17: Throwback Night ( Grease); Saturday, July 22: Horror Night ( The Shining); and Saturday, August 12: Star Wars Night ( Rogue One). Gates will open at 7 p.m. for each event, and the movie will start shortly after sundown.


South Carolina State Museum will have $1 admission during First Citizens First Sunday, June 4.

June 2, at the monthly “Lunch and Learn” session in the Education Room of the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in Columbia, James Scott will give a presentation on his latest book, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor. The book tells the story of the bold strike that started right here in Columbia in our nation’s darkest hour, and ended with just the morale boost that America needed. The 45-minute presentation begins at noon, is open to the public and is free of charge.


The Five Points Association will host the 19th annual Five After Five, a free and family friendly outdoor concert series in the heart of Five Points, at the fountain, June 4, July 2, and August 6, 4:30–9:30 p.m.

The Anglican Church of the Epiphany, 2512 Beltline Boulevard, holds an organ and piano recital under the direction of Matthew Ganong every Thursday at noon. Free and open to public.

The University of South Carolina School of Music’s SAVVY Chamber Showcase concert will be held Monday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., Richland Library, 1431 Assembly Street.

“100 Strong” John Work Chorus concert of the Booker T. Washington Foundation will be held Sunday, June 25, 6 p.m., 1400 Booker T. Washington Way on the University of South Carolina’s campus. 803-765-0514.

Bel Canto Singers Bahamas, Spring Tour Concert will be held Saturday, June 3, 6:30 p.m., St. Simon St. Jude Episcopal Church, 1110 Kinley Road, Irmo.

Chicago’s CHEER-ACCIDENT will be in concert at The Infinite Room, Tapp’s Art Center, Tuesday, June 20 7:30 p.m. 803-250-1295 or

Country music singer Easton Corbin will perform a free concert on the weigh-in stage at Colonial Life Arena Sunday, August 13, 4 p.m. before the world’s premier bass anglers weigh their final-day limits at the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup – professional bass fishing’s world championship.

The City of Columbia’s live Outdoor Concert Series will return June 3 to Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street, 7–10 p.m. June 3 (R&B)—Ruben Studdard; June 17 (Variety)—The Boomers featuring Vaughn Penn; July 1 (Jazz)—Dante Lewis featuring David P. Stevens and Mike Stone (fireworks at 10 p.m.); July 15 (Beach/Variety)—Ocean Breeze; July 29 (Variety)—The Voltage Brothers; and August 12 (R&B)—S.O.S. Band. 803-545-3100.


Limitless Sports’ 16th Annual Special Needs Ski Event will be held Friday, June 23, 9 a.m., 2000 Johnson Marina Road, Chapin. Lunch (with ice cream dessert) will be provided. or 803-933-6118.

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department registration for the City’s Adult Basketball League is now open for men and women age 18 or older. Registration will close Friday, June 2. League play will be held June 11–August 2. Games will be played Mondays, 6–9 p.m. and Sundays, 2–8 p.m., Greenview, 6700 David Street or Martin Luther King Jr., 2300 Greene Street parks. or 803-545-3100.

The Xtra Inch, in partnership with the First Choice Medicaid health plan, will hold First Choice Fit® Marcus Lattimore youth football camps for boys and girls ages five–17, July 22, 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Heathwood Hall School, 3000 S. Beltline Boulevard. 1-843-569-4643 or

Richland County Sheriff’s Department will host the 5th Annual Ryan Rawl Memorial Event in honor of Deputy/1st Lieutenant Ryan Rawl, Tuesday, July 4, 7 a.m., Sumter Street side of the Statehouse, 1100 Gervais Street.

Third annual Sweat It Out 5K run/walk will be held June 3, 7 a.m., Old Woodlands Park, 6500 Old Knight Parkway.

Sesquicentennial State Park will hold National Trails Day Hike Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m., Two Notch Road in northeast Columbia. 803-788-2706 or


Divorce Care for Men and Women will be held Wednesdays through July 19, 7–9 p.m., Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road. or 803-606-2999.


Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (HT@MTC) sixth season will give audiences the opportunity to mix and match their favorites from the lineup in order to create the Flex Pass, save their seats for the perennial sell-out S.C. Philharmonic Pops performances, or make sure they are front and center for the National Theatre Live (NTL On Screen) screenings. Package and pass options are available at


Aspen Dental will offer free dental care for local veterans as part of its Healthy Mouth Movement Saturday, June 24, Aspen Dental Harbison, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Aspen Dental Garner’s Ferry, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Aspen Dental Lexington, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.


Introduction to Sumi-e/Chinese Brush Painting Workshop will be held Saturday, June 10, 1–4 p.m., Edisto Discovery Park. Registration deadline May 26. 803-545-3093.

Jewelry Classes will be held Wednesdays June 14, 21, 28, and July 12, 6–8 p.m., Art Center, 1928 Calhoun Street. 803-545-3093.

City of Columbia Community Development Department will host a Homebuyer Workshop Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Drive. or 803-545-3373.

Summer Water Aerobics programs for adults will be offered by the Lourie Center, in cooperation with Maxcy Gregg Pool, through September 30. Shallow Water Aerobics classes meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9–9:50 a.m.; Deep Water Aerobics classes meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10–10:50 a.m.; Aqua Zumba classes meets Saturdays 9–9:50 a.m.

Allen University will host a Technical Assistance Workshop to help participants develop the essential “how-to” skills needed to prepare good grant applications Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m., Gibbs Hall. 803-376-5718.

The Fatherless Daughters Network Six City Tour will be Columbia, for girls 13-19, June 10, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., The Gala by JW, 533 Clemson Road; and June 11, 3 p.m., Richland Library Sandhills , 763 Fashion Drive.

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