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Columbia Animal Services will hold a St. Patrick’s Day pet adoption special for $17 March 15–16, Columbia Animal Services, 127 Humane Lane. 803-776-7387.


701 Center for Contemporary Art is accepting proposals for its Youth Summer Art Workshops 2019. Have a cool art workshop idea you want to teach? Let CCA know. CCA will offer five weeks of summer camp sessions designed for ages six–17. Sessions are one week, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Session 1—June 24–28; Session 2— July 8–12; Session 3—July 15–19; Session 4—July 22–26; Session 5— July 29–August 2. Deadline to submit proposals is January 31, 2019. or 803-319-9949.

701 Center for Contemporary Art will present its 9th annual Columbia Open Studios, a free, self-guided tour of artists’ studios in the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties, April 6–7.

Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA), will be held Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 7, noon–6 p.m. The free, self-guided driving tour features artists spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties. A ticketed preview party will be held Thursday, April 4, 7–9 p.m., 701 Whaley’s Olympia room.


Columbia Art Center is accepting registrations for its four-day mixed media Spring Break Art Camp for children ages five–12 April 15–18, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., 1227 Taylor Street, Suite C. 803-545-3093.


First Calvary Baptist Church will hold a one day revival Sunday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1401 Pine Street. 803-752-0080.

The women of First Calvary Baptist Church will host Women in Missions and Ministry, a symposium, Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 1401 Pine Street. 803-752-0080.

The Palmetto Friends Gathering, an annual fellowship and educational event, will be hosted this year at Columbia Friends Meeting March 15–17, 120 Pisgah Church Road.

Women of First Calvary Baptist Church will present a two-day Women in Missions and Ministry Symposium and Revival Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., First Calvary Baptist Church, 1401 Pine Street. 803-752-0080.

Lisa B. Productions of Life Living Ministries Church will present the Gospel stage play Get Off Me! Friday, March 22, 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 6708 Two Notch Road.

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


City of Columbia urges citizens to participate in Earth Hour Saturday, March 30, 8:30–9:30 p.m., joining hundreds of millions of other cities, businesses, and organizations across the globe. City of Columbia has also encouraged all employees to turn off all non-essential lights and equipment when leaving work sites Friday, March 29 in order to help observe Earth Hour the following day. City of Columbia will host a Twilight Nature Walk at the North Side of Riverfront Park, 4122 River Drive. This prelude to Earth Hour is limited to 25 people, and will be held 6:30–7:30 p.m. 803-545-3020.

Columbia City of Women launch, celebrating the strong, courageous, and driven women who have made our city better, will be held Sunday, March 31, 6–8 p.m., Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street.

City of Columbia Public Space Public Life Survey will be held Thursday, March 28, 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.,


The SC Legislative Black Caucus, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter will host the Second Annual Minority Health Summit Saturday, April 6, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia.

The South Carolina Archives & History Foundation (SCAHF) and the South Carolina Department of Archives & History (SCDAH) will host the annual statewide conference on historic preservation Friday, April 26, Archives & History Center, 8301 Parklane Road.


Line Dance workshop will be held Saturday March 23, 9a.m.–3:30 p.m., Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin Parlor, 710 Meeting Street, West Columbia. 803-796-6477 or

Every Thursday Shag night at Bill’s shag lesson are held 9–9:30 p.m.; Shag Dance, 9:30–11 p.m.; Line Dance lessons second and third Thursday, 6–8:30 p.m.; Partner dance lessons first and fourth Thursdays, 7–8:30 p.m., Bill’s Pickin Parlor, 710 Meeting Street, West Columbia. 893-796-6477 or

Columbia City Ballet will present The Sleeping Beauty March 30, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.


VillageChurch’s 17th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza at the Jeep Rogers Family YMCA in Northeast Columbia will be held April 20, 11 a.m.


Devine In Bloom, a fashion event presented by the Devine Street Association, will be held April 11, 6–7 p.m., Riverside Community Church, 2925 Devine Street. 803-608-6161.


Deckle Edge Literary Festival will be held Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. Visit for various times and locations of events.


Cookout for Kids, BBQ Fundraiser for Epworth Children’s Home, will be held Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Avenue.


Dr. Kerry White Brown of White Brown Orthodontics, with offices in Columbia, Orangeburg, Greenville, and Florence, through Smiles Change Lives will hold a Screening Day March 30 to screen children in the greater Columbia area currently waiting to receive braces through the nonprofit program, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., White Brown Smiles, 224 O’Neil Ct, Suite 13.

Birthright Baby Shower, hosted by USC student nurses, will be held March 31, 1–3 p.m., 1316 Richland Street. 803-413-7182 or


Columbia Luncheon Club hosted by the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council, meets the first Friday of each month, 12–1:15 p.m., Columbia Chamber, 930 Richland Street. 803-733-1134.

Jenks Farmer will be guest speaker at the 12th Annual Blythewood Community Gardening Event sponsored by the Blythewood Garden Club Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Media Center, Blythewood High School, 10901 Wilson Boulevard, Blythewood. 803-786-2049.

Atlantic Institute of South Carolina will hold its Annual Peace and Dialogue Awards Dinner Tuesday, April 30, 6 p.m., Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street.


Dixieland Jazz Concert, presented by The Carolina Jazz Society, will be held Sunday, April 7, 2:30–5 p.m., Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle.

Palmetto Opera will present A Concert of Best Loved Operetta Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m., Spears Recital Hall, Columbia College.

Women’s History Month Organ Recital will be held Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street.


W. Gordon Belser Arboretum will host its monthly open house Sunday, March 17, 1–4 p.m., 4080 Bloomwood Road.


Dreher Class of ’69 Reunion will be held March 29, Senate’s End, 300 Senate Street. $50 per person (by March 15). Send checks to or contact for more info: Sonny Franks, 5264 Silver Creek Drive, 30047. 770-923-9933


The BIG Event, a student-led day of service to show gratitude to the Columbia community through service projects, will be held March 30, 9 a.m., Greene Street Fields on the campus of the university. 803-410-1778 or


Midlands Heart Walk will be held Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m., Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln Street. 803-545-3020.

Vulcan Materials Company will host the 8th annual Quarry Crusher Run March 23, 8 a.m. at its Columbia quarry near the Olympia neighborhood. From a starting line at 611 Rosewood Drive, the race route goes past granite cliffs to the bottom of the quarry, then back to the top.

Sesquicentennial State Park will host its 11th Annual Palmetto Campout Saturday, April 13–Sunday, April 14. Application deadline is March 29.


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


Capital City/Lake Murray Country will launch a campaign, Staycation Week, June 21–30, 2019.


South Carolina Humanities and Smithsonian Institution will present the traveling exhibit, Crossroads:Change in Rural America at the national historic Harriett Barber House in Hopkins through March 23. Open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 803-788-7186.


United Way of the Midlands’ annual Volunteer Week will be held Monday, April 8–Saturday, April 13 in honor of National Volunteer Month. Visit United Way’s online Volunteer Center at to learn more and register for Volunteer Week projects. Registration for Volunteer Week projects opens Wednesday, March 6 and closes Thursday, April 4.


Columbia Art Center will present Pysanka (Ukrainian egg created with a written wax technique) one day workshop Saturday, March 23, noon–2 p.m., 1227 Taylor Street, Suite C. 803-545-3093.

Columbia Art Center will present Plarn Crocheting one day workshop Wednesday, March 20, 6:30–8:30 p.m., 1227 Taylor Street, Suite C. 803-545-3093.

Lourie Center Midlands Lifelong Learning Spring 2019 Classes will include Drugs: Relief and Misery in Humankind, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1–1:50 p.m., March 18, 20, 25, and 27; Nuclear Energy: Costs, Benefits, and Environmental Hazards, Mondays and Wednesdays, 2– 2:50 p.m., March 18, 20, 25, and 27, 1650 Park Circle. 803-779-1971 or

Columbia Art Center will present The Contemplative Photographer (Level 1) four session workshop Wednesdays, April 4–25, 6–8 p.m., 1227 Taylor Street, Suite C. 803-545-3093.

Columbia Art Center will present Much More than a Drum three day workshop Saturdays, April 27, May 18, and June 8, 10 a.m.noon, 1227 Taylor Street, Suite C. 803-545-3093.

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department, Benedict College, Columbia Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and the SC Highway Patrol will present a free community forum on policing in our city Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Benedict College’s Swinton Campus Center, 1616 Oak Street. 803-545-3100.

City of Columbia’s Parks Rangers will host a variety of free ranger-guided programs, including Spring Birding Walk, Sunday, March 17, 1 p.m., Riverfront Park (north), 4122 River Drive; Meet the Rangers, Tuesday evening series: March 12 and 19, 6 p.m., Riverfront Park (south), 312 Laurel Street; One City, Two Canals & Three Rivers, Sunday, March 24, 1–2 p.m., Riverfront Park (south), 312 Laurel Street; Spring Tree I.D., Tuesday, March 26, 6–7 p.m., Riverfront Park (north), 4122 River Drive; Fish Passage Tuesday, Tuesday, April 2, 6 p.m., Riverfront Park (north), 4122 River Drive. 803-545-3100.

Columbia Parks & Recreation Department and AARP will host a free educational workshop for caregivers Wednesday, March 27, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Busby Street Community Center, 1735 Busby Street. 803-545-3100.

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