Columbia Star



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.


Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is offering Back-to-School Membership Special of 30 percent off through August 31. 803-545-3200.

Richland Two will host “Step-Up to Sixth” or “Fresh Start” to help sixth and ninth graders to get a head start on the new school year. On August 18, district middle schools will host Step-Up to Sixth (9 a.m.–12 p.m.) and high schools will host Fresh Start (8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.) to help ease the transition from elementary to middle school or middle to high school.


American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1422 Washington Street gymnasium, August 16, 12–6 p.m. 803-799-9062, Ext. 261.


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.

Atlantic Institute on a Tour of Faiths will be held Sunday, August 13, 4 p.m., Temple Osireion, 909 Shull Street, West Columbia; Sunday, August 20, 11 a.m.,The Greater Columbia Baha’i Center, 2020 Assembly Street; and Friday, August 25, 6:30 p.m., Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road.

Chappelle Memorial AME Church, 1101 Pine Street, will hold its annual revival August 13, 6 p.m.; August 14-16, 7 p.m. 803-467-5212.

Zion Baptist Church will observe Youth Day Sunday August 13, 10:45 a.m., 801 Washington Street. 779-2809.

Stedfast Christian Center’s Family and Friends Day will be held Sunday, August 20, 10 a.m., 815 Ashley Street. 803-786- 9129.

St. James A.M.E. Church, Wheeler Hill, 413 Henderson Street, will celebrate its 146 Church Anniversary Saturday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, August 13, 10 a.m.


PARK(ing) Day, an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created, and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out. The City of Columbia, in partnership with the American Society for Landscape Architects and One Columbia for Arts and History, will help facilitate Park(ing) Day Friday, September 15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. To Par(k)ticipate—get the application; plan your park; get the necessary insurance, or if you are an artist or with an arts organization, contact One Columbia (803-254-5008 or for support; complete the application; submit the application by 5 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017; apply to bag meter by noon, Friday, September 8, 2017.


Sesquicentennial State Park will offer Eclipse 101 programs Saturdays, August 12 and 19, 10 a.m., Two Notch Road. 803- 788-2706 or

Modern Woodmen will host The Total Eclipse Tailgate noon–4 p.m., Monday, August 21, Touchdown Zone 2, 1064 Key Road. 803-252-0914 or email

Historic Eclipse in the Gardens will be held Monday, August 21, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street. Be part of history and witness the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 with Historic Columbia at Historic Eclipse in the Gardens. Historic Eclipse in the Gardens will feature an outdoor area for eclipse viewing, live music, children’s entertainment, tours of the historic Robert Mills House, and more. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blanket and/or chair. or 803-252-1770 ext. 23.

City Park Rangers will host a Total Eclipse Party Saturday, August 19, 4–7 p.m., Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street. 803- 545-3100.

Sesquicentennial State Park will host an eclipse viewing party and guided eclipse paddle Monday, August 21, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 803-788-2706 or


Rosewood Art & Music Festival is accepting submissions for the 2017 festival to be held September 30. Category of work includes digital art, drawing, fine craft, graphic & printmaking, installation, jewelry, mixed media, musician, performance, photography, sculpture, upcycled art, and writing. Application deadline is midnight August 15, 2017.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council at Columbia, S.C., and the Divine Nine Foundation of Columbia, Inc. will hold the 2017 Greek Explosion Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, Benedict College. 803-470-5610.


Barnes & Noble Midtown at Forest Acres will host an event to raise funds for the Columbia Writers Alliance Annual Conference: “Putting it into Words, Our Voices, Visons, and Values” Saturday, August 19, 12–4 p.m., 3400 Forest Drive. Student writers, ages 11–18, are invited to attend the conference and share their creative writing talents through original compositions that reflect the Emanuel Nine tragedy. or 803-466-6550.


Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Clemson Cooperative Extension to host a series of gardening workshops designed to give participants the tools needed to start and maintain a healthy garden. The free workshops are open to beginner and experienced gardeners, and will be held at 10 a.m. at the Earlewood Park Community Center, 1113 Parkside Drive on the following Saturdays: August 26—What Vegetables Grow in Fall and Winter in South Carolina; September 16—Incorporating Fruit in Your Garden; October 21—Canning & Preserving; November 18—Starting Seeds. 803-545-3100.


Historic Water Balloon Battle will be held Friday, August 18, 5:30–7 p.m., Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street. Using water balloons, guests will break into teams to learn about military tactics through history and battle on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens. After the water battle, relax with drinks and light appetizers on the grounds of the historic site. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. or 803-252-1770 ext. 23.


Employ SC job fairs to serve South Carolinians affected by the suspension of the VC Summer nuclear reactor project will be held Monday, August 14, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, 916 Mt. Vernon Church Road, Chapin; and Tuesday, August 16, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street.


Richland Library will host its 2017 Summer Learning Challenge (SLC) Wrap-Up Party Saturday, August 19, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly Street; and 3–4 p.m., Richland Library Sandhills, 763 Fashion Drive. 803-587-3637 or

A new art exhibit, Burd Brains, is coming to Richland Library Gallery at Main, 1431 Assembly Street, featuring the work of artist-in-residence Marius Valdes, August 11–October 13. or 803-587-3637


Seeds of Hope Farmer’s Market—Mr. and Mrs. Abraham McFadden, family farmers from Clarendon County, will bring fresh fruits and vegetables to Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow Street, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. each Thursday through August. or 803-771-4408.

Multiples of the Midlands (The MoM Club) will host its fall/winter consignment sale Saturday, August 26, 7 a.m.–noon, Health and Wellness Center, Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Boulevard/Highway 378, West Columbia.

United Methodist Women’s annual sale will be held at Shandon United Methodist Church gym, Friday, August 18, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 19, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. 803-463-7411.


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.


Summer Drive-In Series, presented by What’s Next Midlands, will be held monthly at Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce—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.


Columbia Museum of Art will present the summer exhibition That ’70s Show: Cool Art from the Collection, featuring rarely seen works from a decade-sized slice of the CMA collection of contemporary art, on view through Sunday, September 17.

Columbia Museum of Art will offer reduced admission pricing for the duration of building renovations, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2018. Museumgoers gain entry for half the regular amount: Adults are now $6, seniors and military $5, and students $2.50. Children six years old and under remain free.


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 be held at Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street, 7–10 p.m. August 12 (R&B)—S.O.S. Band. 803-545-3100.

Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery (HHDR) Hearts & Hands Harmony, a South Carolina Benefit Concert will be held Thursday, August 24, 6:30 p.m., Spirit Communications Park.


CA Johnson High School graduating class of 1967 will celebrate its 50th class reunion October 6–8, 803-463- 8773 or

Dreher High Class of ’68, please contact Beth Grimes Williams with your email address for information on the upcoming Class of ’68 reunion scheduled for April 6, 2018. or 803-960-1432.


Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation (RCSF) will host the Annual Leon Lott Golf Classic Monday, September 18, 8 a.m., Columbia Country Club, 135 Columbia Club Drive, Blythewood. or 803-429-6659.

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting applications for the fall session of the Miracle League of Columbia baseball program. Registration is open to area youth ages five and older, and there is no fee to participate. Games will be held at the new Miracle League field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Boulevard. The last day to register is Friday, August 18.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation’s “Jailbreak Escape Urban Challenge Run – Fifth Time’s The Charm” will be held Saturday, August 19, 8 a.m., Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. 803-785-8230 or

Tai Chi for Health Classes will begin September 11 and will be held Mondays, 6:30–8 p.m., McGregor Presbyterian Church, 6505 St. Andrews Road, Irmo; Thursdays, 6:30–8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia; and Tuesday and Thursdays, 9–10 a.m., South Carolina Education Association, 421 Zimalcrest Drive, Columbia. or 803-727-9576.

The Five Points Association and the Babcock Center Foundation will host the 9th Annual Long’s Bar Stool Classic, 5 p.m., September 8. The Long’s Bar Stool Classic is an 8-hole putt-putt bar crawl with proceeds benefiting the Babcock Center Foundation.

FLW Foundation will hold Unified Fishing Derby for youth anglers Saturday, August 12, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Cohen Campbell Fish Hatchery, 2726 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host Columbia Team Hope Walk September 9, 10 a.m., Irmo Community Park, Irmo.


Historic Columbia’s Main Street Walking Tour will be held Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tour begins in front of the State House. Get to know South Carolina’s capital city during the Total Eclipse Weekend and take a guided walking tour of Columbia’s Main Street with Historic Columbia. Offering more than 150 years of architectural trends, Columbia’s Main Street is a physical legacy of its citizens’ aspiration and accomplishments. See the city’s oldest “skyscraper,” an IBM-punch-card-inspired office building, and the State Capitol. Walk through Columbia’s first indoor shopping mall and learn how an old department store became an art museum. or 803-252-1770 ext. 23.


NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program will be held Wednesdays, through September 13, 6–8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. 803-206-2916 or

Wood Burning Basics workshop will be held Saturday September 16, 12–4 p.m., 1227 Taylor Street. Registration deadline is September 1. 803-545-3093 or

City of Columbia Planning & Development Services Department will host a presentation of the DRAFT Capital City Mill District Area and Corridor Plan Thursday, August 17, 6–8 p.m., 701 Whaley in the Grand Hall. or 803-545-3222.

Mountain Dulcimer Workshop, sponsored by the Dulcimores of South Carolina, will be held Saturday, September 30, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Blythewood.


Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will host its first Farm to Fork dinner Thursday, August 31, 6 p.m.

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