-ART The Village Artist Gallery will host Go Figure the newly formed N.E. Columbia artists group that provides live models that members can draw or paint Monday evenings, 6:30 pm, Village at Sandhill. 699-8886.
Columbia Museum of Art presents prominent collection of African–American art, “The Chemistry of Color: Contemporary African–American Artists,” through May 9 at 1515 Main Street. 799-2810.
Columbia Design League will present Runaway Runway 2010 April 23 at 701 Whaley St. www.runawayrunway.net
The Congaree Vista will present the 19th Annual Artista Vista April 22–24, 5 pm–9 pm, in the district of Columbia. www.ArtistaVista.com
-BOOKS Richland County Public Library will host the 24th Annual A(ugusta) Baker’s Dozen: A Celebration of Stories April 23–24 at 1431 Assembly St. 929-3400.
-CHURCH/ CHARITY Xpress Faith Columbia will be presented April 23–25, 7:30 pm, at Spring Valley Baptist Church. 736-0624.
Pisgah Lutheran Church will host Paws for a Cause May 1, 10 am–3 pm, at 1350 Pisgah Church Rd. 359-2223.
-COMMUNITY Historic Earlewood will host the Earlewood Reunion, its centennial celebration, May 1, 11 am–6 pm, in Earlewood Park.
Plantation Storage, 810 Sparkleberry Lane will hold Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, May 8, 10 am–4 pm, with annual yard sale for the public. Refreshments served from 11 am–1 pm. For information contact Brad at 699-6600. Event is open to the public as well as Plantation Storage customers. Reservations must be made by May 1. Office open Monday– Saturday 9 am–6 pm.
Historic Columbia Foundation will host Family Day: Gardens in Bloom April 24, 12 pm–2 pm, at 1616 Blanding Street. 252-1770, ext. 24
-FESTIVAL Richland County Recreation Commission will host the 2010 Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival April 24, 11 am–6 pm, at the Hopkins Adult Activity Center. 776-2778.
-FOOD/WINE Ribs & Renaissance 2010 is now accepting applications for indie artists in its NoCoCrafts show. www.eauclairecommunity.org
Central Carolina Community Foundation’s 16th Annual Central Carolina Food and Wine Festival will be April 30, 7 pm, at the Medallion Center. 254-5601 ext. 327
Historic Columbia Foundation will host a Mother’s Day Brunch May 9, 11 am–1 pm, at 1601 Richland St. 252-1770.
Main Street Marketplace will be held every Friday in May and June, 10 am–2 pm, at the corner of Main & Hampton Street. 779-4005 ext. 2042.
The West Metro Rotary Club will hold its sixth annual chili cook–off April 24, 11 am, on the campus of Glenforest School.
-FUNDRAISERS South Carolina Autism Society will host its signature fundraiser, Strides for Autism, May 15. www.scautism.org/strides
The Alzheimer’s Association will host its 1st annual Forget–Me–Not Ball May 14, at the Columbia Marriott. 791-3430.
The Women’s Shelter Spring Birthday Jubilee will be April 24, 3 pm–6 pm, at 3425 N. Main St. 322-0672.
The Eau Claire High School Alumni Association will presents its 4th Annual Black Tie Weekend of Events June 11–13. www.eauclairealumni.org
USC Naval ROTC will sponsor a Fallen Heroes Memorial 5K Run/Walk April 24, 7:30 am–11 am, at 513 Pickens Street.
-GARDEN St. Martin’s–in–the–Fields Episcopal Church will hold its Annual Plant Sale April 24, 9 am–1 pm, at 5220 Clemson Avenue in Forest Acres. 787-0392.
South Carolina Iris Society will hold its 50th Standard Flower Show Saturday, April 24, 1 pm–4 pm, 1605 Park Circle, Columbia.
-MEETINGS Columbia Parkinson’s Support Group meets the third Sunday of every month, 3 pm–4 pm, at Lexington Medical Park Auditorium (next to Lexington Medical Center Hospital). www.columbiaparkinsonsupportgroup.org
The Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau will host the arrival of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated’s 65th Annual Meeting of the Mighty Sixth District, April 29–May 2, at the Columbia Marriott Hotel. 240-2734.
Columbia’s Crossroads Career Network meets Wednesdays, 8:30 am–10 am, in RM 269 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. www.crossroadscareer.org.
-MUSIC Columbia Barbershop Harmonizers, a male chorus/ensemble, all types of music in the Barbershop Quartet style, is seeking male singers. Meets Thursdays, 7 pm at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. 798-1538.
CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series will be held each Saturday, April 24–June 12 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater.
South Carolina Bach Choir and Orchestra will host a concert April 25, 4 pm, at Lutheran Seminary Christ Chapel. 414-6805.
The Palmetto Artist Series will present Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass April 24, 7:30 pm, at 6952 St. Andrews Road. 732-2273.
The Palmetto Panorama Steel Band Festival will premier May 16, 2 pm–7 pm, at Finlay Park. palmettopanorama.com
Congaree New Horizons Band Concert will be held May 2, 4 pm at the USC School of Music recital hall. 777-4278
Palmetto Concert Bands Memorial Day Concert will be held May 23, 7:30 pm at the Koger Center for the Arts. 777-4278
-PARKS Congaree NatureFest 2010 will be April 24, 10 am–5pm, at Congaree National Park. 776-4396 ext. 0
-REUNION Dentsville High School is having an All Classes Reunion the weekend of July 16–18 at Woodlands Country Club. 699-9507.
The Columbia High Class of 1945 will hold its 65th reunion April 24, 11:30 am, at the Country Club of Lexington at 1066 Barr Road.
-SPORTS MedNeed of SC will present its third annual Charity Golf Tournament May 3, 9 am, at Oak Hills Golf Club. 735-9830.
Richland One Middle College Foundation will host the Educator’s vs. The World Golf Tournament and Business Expo networking event April 24, 8 am, at the Northwood’s Golf Course, 201 Powell Road. 738-7114.
Providence Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler will be May 1 at 8:30 am. www.HeartAndSoleRun.com
-SUPPORT GROUP NAMI Mid–Carolina, The National Alliance on Mental Illness invites individuals with a mental illness to participate in Connections support groups. Family support groups are also offered. 733-9592.
Double Trouble, a 12 Step group for mental illness and substance abuse, meets Fridays, 6:30 pm at 427 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. 727-4631.
-TRAINING/EDUCATION Historic Columbia Foundation will host Happy Hour History Tours of Columbia’s historic Vista district each Friday April 9–May 21 from 5:30 pm–7 pm. 252-1770 ext. 24.
South Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition–free, virtual public school serving students across the state, will host free information sessions April 24 & 29, May 25 & 26. www.ConnectionsAcademy.com
-VOLUNTEERS Rolling Readers, a non–profit children’s literacy organization, seeks volunteers to read aloud or tutor reading to children. 733-7323.
Turning Pages, formerly the Greater Columbia Literacy Council, seeks volunteer tutors to help adults with reading, math, English language, or computer skills. 240-2441.
-WALK BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina will host its fourth annual National Walk @ Lunch Day on April 28. 264-4612.
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