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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.

Columbia Art Center is accepting artists for its 2019 Art Along the Trail showcase at Riverfront Park now through Sunday, July 1. Columbia Art Center and park rangers with the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department have partnered to offer an interactive visual and performing arts experience Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., south end of Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street. 803-545-3093 or


Richland One will offer students and adults 134 camps and programs to fill the summer. SOAR camps and enrichment programs will be held June 10-August 1, including June 10- 13, Rockets, Robots and Remotes; June 17–20, Hey Good Looking—What you Got Cooking?; June 24–27, Masterpieces: Music, Melody, Rhythm and Rhyme; July 8–11, Happy Birthday America! Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Democracy; July 15–18, Meteorites and Starry Nights; July 22–25, Standing in the Sun—Living My Best Life; July 29–August 1, Soaring to the School Year!


Chappelle Memorial AME Church will hold its annual Women’s Day celebration on Sunday, May 26, 10:30 a.m., 1101 Pine Street.

City Baptist Jubilee Choir Union will hold its Annual Banquet Friday, July 19, 7–10 p.m., Levi C. Chavous Conference Center, 5335 Ridgeway Street. 803-463-8773 or


In observance of Memorial Day, the City of Columbia offices will be closed on Monday, May 27. All garbage, recycling and yard trash collection routes will remain on regular schedule.


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


The Atlantic Institute and the Blue Moon Ballroom will host For the Love of Art & Books Fair Saturday June, 15, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Blue Moon Ballroom, 554 Meeting Street, West Columbia.


Botany Walk on the Historic Horseshoe is held the third Tuesday of each month, 11 a.m.–noon—A walk around USC’s Horseshoe, with seasonal observations of the flowers, shrubs, and trees, led by staff from the USC Herbarium. Meet on the steps of McKissick Museum. 803-777-8196.


Charles R. Drew Wellness Center will host a free health fair for seniors ages 50 and older Wednesday, May 29, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 2101 Walker Solomon Way. 803-545-3200.

Aspen Dental is offering free dental care for local veterans as part of its Healthy Mouth Movement Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Columbia (Harbison and Sandhill), Lexington, and Sumter.


Summer Learning Challenge Kickoff featuring Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats will be held Saturday, June 1, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Richland Library Sandhills, 763 Fashion Drive. 803-587-3637


Riggs Partners will hold its 22st annual CreateAthon event to benefit Midlands and Upstate area nonprofits October 17-18. CreateAthon is a 24-hour creative marathon during which professionals provide marketing services to nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis. Application deadline is July 15.


Carolina Bay Farms has begun an onsite farmers’ market first and thrid Saturdays, May–September, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., 5301 Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins. 803-422-4929.

Asbury United Methodist Women’s biannual Garage Sale will be held Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., 1005 Asbury Drive and Leesburg Road. 803-776-7237.


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.

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council’s (“CRC”) Board of Directors and the 2019 Annual Luncheon Planning Committee will hold the 55th Anniversary Luncheon and Awards Presentations Wednesday, June 12, 12–1:30 p.m., Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. 803 -733-1134.


Memorial Day Wreath Laying at the Vietnam Wall at Memorial Park will be held May 27, 1 p.m., corner of Gadsden and Hampton street.

The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will participate in the tenth annual Blue Star Museums program to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families this summer. The Relic Room will be offering the free admission to military personnel and up to five family members every normal day of operation this summer, 301 Gervais Street. The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.


City of Columbia’s Summer Movies Series begins Friday, June 7. Movies will be shown every other Friday night June 7–August 2, 7:45 p.m., amphitheater at Earlewood Park, 1113 Recreation Drive. The following movies are free and open to the public—June 7, Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG); June 21, Spider- Man: Into the Spider- Verse (PG); July 5, Bumblebee (PG-13); July 19, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (PG-13); and August 2, Captain Marvel (PG- 13). 803-545-3100.


Taylor Festival Choir will present the Requiem Op. 9 by Maurice Duruflé Saturday, May 25, 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter Street.

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra “Koncert for Kids” Concert will be held Sunday, June 2, 3:30 p.m., Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 5637 Bush River Road. or 803-400-3540.

City of Columbia’s live outdoor summer concert series at Finlay Park returns June 8. The free Summer Concert Series will be held 7–10 p.m. on the following dates—June 8, The Original G-Man (formally of the Sugar Hill Family) and the Peace & Love Band; June 22, The Mighty Kicks; July 6, Pieces of a Dream; July 20, The Drifters Tribute Band; and August 3, Tony Terry, Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. 803-545-3100.


National Economic Development Week, the City of Columbia, the Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc., and the Integral Development Group, LLC will host the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Veranda at North Main, a new fifty-eight (58) unit senior apartment building for persons 55 and older, Friday, May 31, 12 p.m., 3700 North Main Street. 803-545-3020.


Congaree National Park will offer extended hours at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center for the 2019 synchronized fireflies May 10–May 27. During synchronization, Harry Hampton Visitor Center will be open until 10 p.m. or 803-776-4396.

Sesquicentennial State Park is offering a National Trails Day Hike Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m., Two Notch Road. Participants are invited to join a park ranger for a guided two-mile hike on the Sandhills Hiking Trail. 803-788-2706 or


Airport High School’s Classes of 1964 and 1965 will hold their Annual Class Reunion May 25, 6 p.m., Country Club of Lexington. Dannette Tumblin Bickley—269-9063, dannette@; Amelia Bowers Price—794-7073,


City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its 2019 Summer Youth Basketball League. Children ages eight–18 can play in the summer league, which begins Monday, June 10. The last day to register is Friday, May 24. Registration forms are available and can be submitted at any community recreation center or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 1111 Recreation Drive, Columbia, SC 29203. 803-545-3100.

Jumpers for Jesus 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and Community Family Fun Day will be held June 1, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Meadowlake Park, 600 Beckman Road. 803-783-1499.

First Tee of Columbia has partnered with Nephron Pharmaceuticals to host its third annual fundraising golf tournament Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m., Cobblestone Park Golf Club, 1298 University Parkway, Blythewood.

Recreational swim season for the City of Columbia’s outdoor pools and splash pads/spray pools will begin Saturday, May 25. Both Maxcy Gregg Pool and Greenview Pool will open 10 a.m.–7 p.m. on opening day (May 25) and 2–6 p.m., Sunday, May 26. Both pools will be open for recreational swimming on the following holidays— Memorial Day (May 27), Independence Day ( July 4) and Labor Day (September 2), 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Pool Schedules—Maxcy Gregg Pool, 1655 Park Circle, Monday–Thursday, 1–7 p.m.; Friday, 1–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, 2–6 p.m. Greenview Pool, 6700 David Street, Monday, 1–6 p.m.; Tuesday–Friday, 1–5:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, 2–6 p.m. Splash Pad/Spray Pools Locations—the following spray pools will be open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4–6 p.m., closed Sundays—Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Avenue; Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road. The following spray pools will be open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 4–6 p.m., closed Saturdays and Sundays—Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley Street; Emily Douglas Park, 2500 Wheat Street; Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Road; Melrose Park, 1500 Fairview Road; Sims Park,3500 Duncan Street; and St. Anna’s Park, 1315 Liberty Hill Avenue. Drew Park splash pad, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, will operate the following hours— Monday–Saturday, 12–8 p.m.; closed Sundays.803-545- 3100 or


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.


Free Music Therapy Workshop for Veterans, active duty service members, and their families will be held June 8, 10 a.m.–noon, Big Red Barn Retreat, 8024 Winnsboro Road.

Lourie Center will offer a summer water aerobics program for adults, in cooperation with Maxcy Gregg Pool. Classes begin Tuesday May 28 and will continue all summer through the month of September. 9 a.m. classes include either Shallow Water Aerobics or Aqua Zumba—classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 10 a.m. Deep Water Aerobics classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 1650 Park Circle.

The City of Columbia’s Community Development Department will host an All Access Columbia workshop, giving citizens information about neighborhood leadership, financial education, homeownership, and home maintenance, Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Solomon Way. 803-545-3373.

Life in a Cold War missile silo: free lecture will be held Friday, May 31, noon, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, 301 Gervais Street.


Spring into Wild Adventures with Riverbanks Zoo and Garden—Girl Scout Overnight: Nature’s Night Owls May 24 and June 1; Members’ Night Out May 24 and June 21, after-hours and for members only (no guest passes, please), 6 p.m.; Ice Cream Social June 1, 1–2:30 p.m.; Family on Safari: Camping 101 June 1; Party for the Planet: World Oceans Day June 8, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; Summer Camp June 10–August 16; Twilight in the Garden June 14, July 19, and August 16, 6 p.m.

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