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Animal Protection League Annual Benefit Auction will be held Saturday November 4, 6–10 p.m., Medallion Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road. 803-603-5443 or

Columbia and Lexington Animal Services will host a Halloween Adoption Special with adoption fees reduced to $31 Friday, October 27–Tuesday, October 31, Columbia Animal Services, 127 Humane Lane, Columbia; and Lexington Animal Services, 321 Ball Park Road, Lexington. 803-776-7387 or 803-785-8149.


New York Times Children’s Book Author and co-host of Fox and Friends Ainsley Earhardt will hold a book signing for the book Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3400 Forest Drive.


Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church (SGPC) Worship Arts Ministry will hold its annual “Music Sunday” Sunday, November 5, 11 a.m., 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington.

Revival Services will be held Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, October 22, 10:30 a.m., Temple Baptist Church, 806 Universal Drive. 803-776-3913 or


Every third Saturday in September Keep the Midlands Beautiful, along with thousands of South Carolinians, volunteer to clear trash from our beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps. Due to Hurricane Irma, the cleanup has been postponed until Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.–noon. This year, participants will again clean the banks of the Lower Saluda River. 803-733-1139 or


The Future Scholar 529 College Savings plan is hosting Future Scholar Holler Facebook Sweepstakes, which will award lucky Clemson University and University of South Carolina football fans game tickets, memorabilia signed by the coaches and $529 in Future Scholar college savings. Through October 20, parents are invited to enter the sweepstakes by posting a public photo to their personal Facebook page of their child or family decked out in USC or Clemson gear with the hashtag “#FutureScholarHoller.” One fan from each school will be randomly selected to win a prize pack and a $529 Future Scholar contribution. Entrants must be the parent or guardian of a current or potential Future Scholar beneficiary, who must be a legal resident of South Carolina under the age of 18 (infants to high school seniors).


A ceremony dedicating a historical marker and a flag pole will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 5 , Olympia Community Cemetery. The celebration will (1) Honor the historical significance of the cemetery and the Olympia- Granby Community and (2) Honor all veterans of the Mill Villages who lie in repose in the cemetery and all veterans everywhere.


SCE&G residential customers can schedule a free Home Energy Check-up, valued at $250, to help improve the energy efficiency of their homes and manage their energy consumption. To learn more about SCE&G’s Home Energy Check-up program and schedule an appointment, visit or call 877-510-7234.


The Midlands Crafter’s Association in conjunction with Lexington Middle School will present the 2017 Christmas Craft Show and Holiday Bazaar November 4, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Lexington Middle School, 702 N. Lake Drive, Lexington S.C. 803-553-4912 or

UofSC Fall Literary Festival 2017 will be held October 26, October 31, and November 9, 6 p.m., Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, Thomas Cooper Library.

Blessings Galore Vendors’ Fair will be held Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Boulevard. 803-788-1858.


Five Points Association will present the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points Saturday, October 21, noon–6 p.m., intersection of Greene Street and Pavilion Avenue.

Bubbie’s Brisket & Bakery Jewish Food Extravaganza will be held Sunday, November 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. 803-782-2500 or

A Soup-er Celebration will be held October 28, 12–2 p.m. with all you can eat home-made soups, bread, beverage, dessert for $10 (check or cash), plus old-fashioned, homemade, take-out bake sale, hosted by Shepherd’s Center, 3401 Trenholm Road. Entertainment by Blue Serenade Orchestra.Order tickets by October 25 at 779-4449 or

Mayor’s Campaign Against Breast Cancer Isabel Law Breakfast will be held Friday, October 20, 6–9 a.m., City Hall Parking Lot, 1737 Main Street. 803-545-3546.

The annual College of Education Homecoming BBQ will be held Friday, October 27, 6–8 p.m., Wardlaw Courtyard. Please RSVP by October 24.


Midlands Heart Ball will be held January 19, 2018, State Fair Grounds, Cantey Building 1200 Rosewood Drive.

Midlands Heart Walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association, will be held March 24, 2018, Colonial Life Arena.

Midlands Go Red For Women Luncheon will be held Friday, May 18, 2018, 11 a.m., USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Annual Walk will be held Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m., Spirit Communications Park. and select Columbia Walk or 1-800-272-3900.

Jukebox Memories for Alzheimer’s will be held Friday, November 17, 7 p.m., Seawall’s. or 803-917-5502.

Halloween Zumbathon® for Meals on Wheels will be held Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.–noon, Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. or 803-772-3336.


Bravo Blythewood, the Town of Blythewood, and the Doko Meadows Park Foundation will present the Palmetto Citizens Amphitheater Grand Opening and Dedication Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m., Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood.


City of Columbia’s “Spooktacular Halloween Party” will be held Tuesday, October 31, 5–9 p.m., at Dutch Square Mall, 421 Bush River Road. 803-545-3100.

VillageChurch will present the 13th Annual Lake Scare-O-Lina, a family friendly Fall festival, Sunday, October 22, 4–6 p.m., Jeep Rogers Family YMCA in Lake Carolina. or 803-419-0989.

SAFE Columbia purple pumpkin party will be held Sunday, October 22, 3–5 p.m., 1110 Kinley Road, Irmo (Episcopal Church of St. Simon & St. Jude). RSVP is required by October 18 in order to participate.

“Rock the Lott” Halloween Trunk or Treat, sponsored by Richland County Sheriff’s Department, will be held Tuesday, October, 31, 6–8 p.m., 1701 Westchester Drive (Columbia High School Parking Lot).


South Carolina’s 64th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade will be held on December 2, 9:45 a.m. in Downtown Columbia. This year’s parade theme is “A Superhero’s Holiday!” Applications for participation and sponsorship information can be found at


Allen University will host its Fall Career Fair for Full & Part – Time Jobs and Internships Monday, November 6, 1–4 p.m., John Hurst Adams Gymnatorium, 1517 Pine Street. 803-255-4742 or 376-5704.

Job Fair will be held Tuesday, October 24, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road. 678-863-0425 or


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 Newcomers’ Club of Greater Columbia will hold its next luncheon Thursday, October 26, 11:30 a.m., Spring Valley Country Club, 300 Spring Valley Road. 750-6695 or


Historic Waverly Neighborhood Association will present a screening of the documentary film, Come Home to Waverly, Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m., First Calvary Baptist Church, 1401 Pine Street. 803-315-7861.


Matthew Ganong will perform a weekly series of piano and organ concerts Thursdays, noon, Anglican Church of the Epiphany, 2512 N. Beltline Boulevard.

Freeman Sundays @ 3 concerts will be held November 19, February 4, and March 25, 3 p.m., USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly Street. or 803-777-4280.

Dr. Ronald H. High will conduct a Vocal Music Workshop for Church Soloists Saturday, October 21, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Mt. Olive AME Church, 216 Blue Ridge Terrace Lane. 803-719-0413.

Dixieland Jazz Concert will be held 2:30–5 p.m., Sunday, November 5, Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park.

Palmetto Chamber Orchestra will present Italian and Spanish Extravaganza with works by Vivaldi, Ravanello, Rossini, and Granadas Sunday, October 22, 7 p.m., Katie and Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive. 803-787-2023.

The Michael Miller Band will be in concert Saturday, October 21, 6–9 p.m., The Backyard Café, 940 Old Barnwell Road, West Columbia. 803-951-0405 or

The USC Symphony Orchestra will perform best-loved works by Beethoven and Mozart Monday, October 30, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. 803-251-2222 or

Opera at USC will present Mozart’s comic La Finta Giardiniera Friday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 5, 3 p.m., Drayton Hall Theatre, 1214 College Street. or 803-777-5369.

Bruce Xu, 14-year old music prodigy will perform an organ recital Friday, November 10, 7 p.m., Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street.


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.


River District Sidewalk Sale, a Community Sidewalk Sale in the historic section of West Columbia, presented by The River District Merchants Association, will be held November 3 and 4, River District, Historic Section of West Columbia.


Annual Fall Camellia Show will be held at the SC State Fair Cantey building Friday, October 20, 7 a.m.–noon. Rules for entry: exhibitor/docs/flowers/ Camellia_ Blooms_ Show.pdf.

The Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society will hold its 2017 50th Annual Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show Friday, November 17, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, November 19, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road. 803-736-9317 or


Spes Technologies will host the 2017 SC WOD for the Fallen as well as the SC Run for the Fallen. Scheduled for November 4–5, the third annual SC Run for the Fallen takes place over 120 miles from Charleston to Columbia. The race dedicates each mile to a fallen South Carolina soldier with an American Flag and biographical card to honor their memories. The end of the race is signified by a 5K that ends at the State House with a short ceremony.

City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its youth winter basketball and adult coed volleyball leagues, including Youth Winter Basketball for ages eight–17, registration deadline Friday, November 17; season begins in December; Adult Coed Volleyball for ages 18 and older, registration deadline Friday, October 27; season begins November 13. Registration forms are available at or Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 1111 Parkside Drive. 803-545-3100.


Frontotemporal Disorders Support Group for Caregivers will meet Tuesday, October 24, 6:15–7:30 p.m., Colonial Gardens, 3565 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia. Please RSVP: 803-796-2556 to Marsha Clayman.


Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of day and overnight trips for adults age 50 and older through its 2017 Senior Trips Program, including Cherokee Indian Casino, 6 a.m.–8 p.m., Thursday, November 2; Senior Beach Retreat, Monday, October 16–Thursday, October 19; Holiday Lights/Shopping Trip to North Charleston Tanger Outlets, Monday, December 4; Key West and Cozumel Cruise, Monday, December 11–Friday, December 15. /senior/trips or 803-545-3100.


The Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center is offering the seasonal flu vaccine at no cost to veterans. At Dorn VAMC, Veterans can visit their Primary Care Clinic, Medical Clinic, or Community-Based Outpatient Clinic to get their flu shot during scheduled appointments or on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Group will host Employment Law Seminars Wednesday, October 25, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m., Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Columbia Office, 1201 Main Street, 24th Floor.,® a nationwide counseling service for homeschoolers, will host a two-day homeschool parent conference October 27–28, 6–9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Faith Presbyterian Church, 1811 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo. -for-grading-sc17.

The Turning Pages adult literacy tutoring program will sponsor “Authors for Literacy Book Signings” Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Lexington County Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington.

The Lourie Center, in partnership with Columbia’s Gye Nyame Ensemble, will present “Echoes of the Past, Present, and Future: An African Experience,” Saturday, November 18, 6–7:15 p.m., 1650 Park Circle. 803-779-1971 ext. 103 or

The 20th Annual Civil War Symposium will be held November 3 and 4, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 8301 Parklane Road. 803-896-0339 or

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