Columbia Star



Dog Walk—Woof Walk Wag, hosted by SQ Rescue, will be held October 14, Columbia Country Club.

South Carolina Wildlife Federation is holding its 16th Annual Photography Contest. Send your best pictures capturing the beauty of South Carolina’s nature. You may submit entries in three categories: Carolina Critters, Scenes of South Carolina, and Backyard Habitat. Entry fee is $15, and the deadline for entries is October

Pawmetto Lifeline, a local no-kill animal shelter committed to reducing pet overpopulation in the Midlands, will host the 12th Annual Fur Ball Moonlight Gala, Saturday, October 20, 7 p.m., Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.


Columbia Art Center and park rangers with the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host the 2018 Art Along the Trail showcase at Riverfront Park Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., north end of Riverfront Park, 4122 River Drive. In the event of rain, the showcase will be rescheduled for Saturday, October 27. 803-545-3093.

City Art Gallery, 1224 Lincoln Street, will host the South Carolina Watermedia Annual Juried Exhibition October 6–November 26 with opening reception and award ceremony Saturday, October 6, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Through Native Eyes Artwork and Identity, a part of Columbia Art Center’s Cultural Art Series: Worlds of Creativity, will be held Thursday October 4, 6–8 p.m., Columbia Art Center, 1227-C Taylor Street. 803-545-3093 or parks-recreation.


Columbia Metropolitan Airport, in partnership with the South Carolina Airports Coalition, will co-host the 2018 Small Business Fly-In for DBEs, women-owned businesses, veteran–owned businesses, and small local business enterprises, Thursday, October 25, 4–7 p.m.,The Landing by RJ, 1832 Airport Boulevard, Cayce. The Fly-In will provide opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners to network with airport leaders and learn about bid opportunities. 803-261-4180.

Stephanie G. Winckler, Author and illustrator of The Best Girlfriends Ever children’s book will host The Best Girlfriends Ever Honors Awards in celebration of women in the community that use their platform to give back to others and to raise awareness to Rett Syndrome, Saturday, October 27, 1–5 p.m., LTW Premier Rental Hall, 7201 Parklane Road, Suite C.


Bible Way Church of Atlas Road will host “Church and Community Day; Celebrating 50 Years on Atlas Road” Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., A.C. Jackson Wellness Center, 2608 Atlas Road. 803-917-4653.

Crescent Hill Baptist Church will celebrate 85 years of ministry with a homecoming October 7, 10:30 a.m., 2659 Two Notch Road.

Shandon Presbyterian Church’s Outreach Ministry will host “fill a truck” for Harvest Food Bank in honor of National Hunger Action Month. Look for the classic Chevy Cheyenne pickup in the church parking lot, 607 Woodrow Street and help fill it with nonperishable food donations for Harvest Hope 10 a.m. –4 p.m. Saturday, September 29 and 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Sunday, September 30.

Friends and Family Day will be held at Zion Baptist Church Sunday, September 30, 11 a.m., 801 Washington Street. 803-779-2809.

Kingsmen Breakfast will be held Saturday, October 13, 8–10 a.m., Christian Life Church, 2700 Bush River Road.


Columbia will host the 2018 United States Conference of Mayors Fall Leadership Meeting September 27–29. A community block party will be held Friday, September 28, 6:30–10 p.m., 1600 block of Main Street.

The 27th annual Anita Hill Party to encourage women and men to stand up and speak out for justice and equality, will be held Tuesday, October 23, 5:30–8 p.m., 701 Whaley Street.


Columbia City Ballet will hold auditions for Nutcracker Sunday, October 7, 1 p.m., Columbia Conservatory of Dance, 1545 Main Street. 803-799-7605.


The 8th annual Rosewood Art and Music Festival will be held September 29, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Rockaways, 2719 Rosewood Drive.

Palmetto Health Foundation is asking for donations for the 29th Festival of Trees, a signature fundraising event benefiting Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital to be held November 16–18 at the South Carolina State Museum. Auction item commitment forms are due by Friday, October 19, 5 p.m.

The City of Cayce and the Cayce Historical Museum will host Congaree Heritage Day of Unity October 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Cayce Historical Museum, 1800 12th Street, Cayce.

The City of West Columbia will host its 3rd Annual Fall Back Fest on the 100 Block of State Street on Friday, November 2, 6–9 p.m.

VillageChurch will present the 14th Annual Lake Scare-O-Lina, a family friendly Fall festival, Sunday, October 21, 4–6 p.m., Jeep Rogers Family YMCA in Lake Carolina. or 803-419-0989.

Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church will host a Fall Festival Sunday, October 28, 4–6 p.m., 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington.

The Lourie Center will hold its 2018 Fall Festival Friday October 5, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., 1650 Park Circle. The Lourie Center’s Wheels shuttle bus will provide free transportation to the center from Christopher Towers, Finley House, and Marion Street Apartments residences 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

The 7th Annual Newberry Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., 1650 Dusty Road Newberry. 803-276-2855 or

The 2018 Irmo Okra Strut presented by Lexington Medical Center will be held Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 at Irmo Community Park, 7507 Eastview Drive Irmo.

JerryFest in Five Points: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Jerry Garcia will be held Sunday, October 7, 2 p.m., Five Points fountain.


One of Columbia South Carolina’s March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will return for its 20th year November 1, 6:30 p.m., Marriott in downtown Columbia.

Columbia Presbyterian Community, 700 Davega Drive, Lexington, will host its 3rd Annual Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser Street Fair and Yard Sale October 13, with the yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. and street fair and booths opening at 10 a.m. The event goes until 1 p.m. 803-227-8931 or

2018 Blues, BBQ & Oysters to benefit Family Shelter and St. Lawrence Place will be held Saturday, September 29, 7–11 p.m., The Rockbridge Club, 4135 Rockbridge Road.

Teen Challenge fundraiser will be held October 20, 4–7 p.m., Windy Acres Farm, 2135 Clarkson Road, Hopkins. All proceeds will be donated to Teen Challenge, an addiction rehab program.


S.C. Orchid Society will present its Summer and Fall Distinguished Orchid Speaker Series through the third Sunday of each month through October. The Society meets at 12:30 p.m., Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia Building, 1605 Park Circle. 803-606-1224 or


Columbia Green Grant Committee is accepting grant applications for two grant programs, Neighborhood Beautification Grant and Tree Initiative Grant with awards from $500 to $3,000. Non-profits, churches, parks, homeowner associations, and schools in the Columbia metropolitan area can apply. Deadline is October 1, 2018. Find applications and guidelines at


The City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink will open on Thanksgiving Day with a new name and a new location. Columbia’s Holiday ICE, formerly known as Main Street ICE, will kick off a new ice skating season Thursday, November 22 at the Columbiana Centre. The rink will remain open until Monday, January 21, 2019. 803-545-3100.


Sustainable Midlands will host the 11th Annual Sustainable Holiday Market Monday, November 26, 4:3–8:30 p.m., 701 Whaley , 701 Whaley Street.

The 70th Annual Trinity Bazaar will be held October 20, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 1100 Sumter Street.


University of South Carolina School of Music public events for October include—Graduate Vocal Ensemble Recital Tuesday, October 2, 6 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; USC Jazz Faculty Concert—Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Ronald Davis Faculty Tuba Recital— Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; USC Choirs: First Thursday on Main Concert—Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m., Main Street United Methodist Church, 1830 Main Street; Sarunas Jankauskas Guest Artist Clarinet Recital—Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; The Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium Series—Friday, October 5, 1:10 p.m., School of Music, Room 232; USC Symphonic Winds Concert: West Meets East— Sunday, October 7, 4 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts; Clifford Leaman, saxophone, and Joseph Rackers, piano, Faculty Recital—Monday, October 8, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Marcìa Porter, soprano, Guest Artist and Lynn Kompass, piano, Faculty Recital—Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.; School of Music Recital Hall; The Luise E. Peake Music & Culture Colloquium Series—Friday, October 12, 1:10 p.m., School of Music, Room 232; Freeman Sundays @3—Sunday, October 14, 3 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Opus Two Recital: William Terwilliger, violin and Andrew Cooperstock, piano—Monday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Swing Shift Big Band Concert—Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Parker Quartet Concert—Thursday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Parker Quartet Master Class—Friday, October 26, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Fall Festival for Young Pianists: A Musical Adventure through Time—Saturday, October 27, 1–3:30 p.m., USC School of Music Building; Parker Quartet and Friends Family Concert—Sunday, October 28, 5 p.m.; Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, 1051 Greene Street; Duo Ostinato Guest Artists Recital—Monday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; Steven Spooner Guest Artist Master Class— Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m., School of Music Recital Hall; USC Symphony Orchestra—Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts. Lexington County Choral Society’s 23rd consecutive season will include a Holiday Concert Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1; Celebrate Musice Friday, January 18; Mardi Gras and more Friday, March 1, 2019; and Celebrate Love Friday, May 10, 2019. These evening concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m., Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington.

Carolina Jazz Society’s Dixieland Jazz Concert will be held Sunday, October 7, 2:30–5 p.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle.

The Lourie Center will host the Sensational Epics Band for a live performance and Halloween Dance Friday, October 26, 7–10:30 p.m., 1650 Park Circle.

The City Baptist Jubilee Choir Union will host a concert Saturday, October 20, 3 p.m., Second Nazareth Baptist Church, 2300 Elmwood Avenue. 803-463-8773.


The City of Columbia will host two public open houses to kick off the first round of public engagement for Columbia Compass, the ten-year update to the City of Columbia’s comprehensive plan—Wednesday, October 3, 5–8 p.m., Richland Library Main, Auditorium, 1431 Assembly Street; and Thursday, October 4, 5–8 p.m., Eau Claire Print Building, 3907 Ensor Avenue.


Columbia Parks & Recreation Department and the Midlands Master Naturalist Association will host Moth Night Friday, October 5, 7–10 p.m., Granby Park, 100 Catawba Circle. 803-545-3100.


Public Safety Forum, sponsored by Representative Ivory Thigpen, will be held Monday, October 1, 6:30–8 p.m., Brookland Northeast Baptist Church, 1203 Summit Parkway.


In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week and Bullying Prevention Month, self-esteem advocate and Inspirational Artist TiffanyJ has established the Inaugural Buddies, Not Bullies Rally led by self-esteem mascot Super Beauty to be held Sunday, October 7, 5 p.m., S.C. State House, 1100 Gervais Street.


Airport High School Education Foundation will sponsor a Tennis Tournament September 29, Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce.

The 2018 Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence will be held Saturday, October 6, 9:30 a.m., along the City of Columbia’s Vista Greenway Extension in Finlay Park. 803-545-3020.

Columbia WALK to End Hydrocephalus will be held September 29, 10 a.m., Villages at Sandhill.


McNair Center for Entrepreneurism at Columbia College will host its fourth annual kickoff event Tuesday, October 2, 5–7 p.m., Harrelson Student Services Center off Colonial Drive. 803-786-3649.


Narconon can help with overcoming addiction in families. 1-800-431-1754.


John Tudor’s Magic Workshop will be held October 6, 3–5 p.m., Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive. or 803-691-4548.

Stage play, Guns, a dramatization about gun violence awareness, will be held Saturday, October 6, 2 and 7 p.m., Life Living Ministries, 6708 Two Notch Road. 803-404-0478.


United Way is looking for volunteers to support the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) for the 2018-2019 school year. MRC is a tutoring initiative that helps pre-kindergarten through second-grade students improve their reading proficiency and language development. Individuals who can volunteer 30 minutes a week between mid-September or early October 2018 through May 2019 are needed.


Lourie Center is launching Midlands Lifelong Learning Program, including Diseases of Famous People, Tuesdays October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 1–1:50 p.m.; Classically Columbia: Musical Understanding, Tuesdays October 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2–2:50 p.m.; Cyber Security, Wednesday, October 3 and Thursdays October 11, 18, and 25, 1–1:50 p.m.; Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda: Your Life,Your Future, Wednesday October 3 and Thursdays October 11, 18, and 25, 2–2:50 p.m., 1650 Park Circle. Register by calling 803-779-1971 or

Ebru: The Turkish Art of Marbling, a cultural painting class hosted by the Istanbul Cultural Center, will be held Saturday, October 13, 1–3 p.m., Columbia Parks & Rec Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street. 803-386-4377.


Events at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden—NOVA Cub Scout Small Group Overnight: Conserving Wildlife, September 28, overnight NOVA experience exploring the zoo’s role in conservation and how you also can take action for wildlife; Cub Scout Day: Nova Wild, September 29, spend a fun-filled day at the zoo working toward Cub Scout electives; Boo at the Zoo, October 19–30; Pumpkin Smash, November 3; Riverbanks Run, November 17; Lights Before Christmas, November 17–December 30.

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