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Monday, December 22

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Sing-Along Messiah

Washington Street United Methodist Church

Columbia’s annual Sing-Along Messiah will once again be celebrated in the beautiful, historic sanctuary of Washington Street United Methodist Church. Sing-Along Messiah was founded in 2002 by Arletta Raley on the principle that everyone in the metropolitan Columbia area, and anyone willing to travel to Columbia, should have an opportunity to sing some part of Handel’s Messiah at least once a year. Sing-Along Messiah was established also on the heartfelt tenet of many people who have performed Messiah throughout their lives, that no Christmas season music is ever truly complete without it. Messiah, by G.F. Handel, is perhaps the best known and most popular sacred oratorio ever written. In its entirety, it is comprised of 53 individual selections presented as orchestral symphonies, choruses, recitatives, and arias, divided into 3 sections. Sing-Along Messiah includes all of Section 1 and “Hallelujah” from Section 2. The service lasts approximately an hour. Sing-Along Messiah features a 20-member orchestra and a core choir to lead the singing of the choruses. Singers in the core choir have historically represented many local choirs and groups, and we entreat new and repeat singers to join. The soloists this year are Maria Beery, Soprano; Sara Beth Shelton, Alto; Michael Gray, Tenor; and Eric Kessler, Bass. Returning to the podium for the twelth consecutive year is Dr. Lillian Quackenbush. True to its name, Sing-Along Messiah patrons are invited to join in the singing of choruses, with no rehearsal required, and without regard to how much or how well they sing. Everyone may stand, sit, sing, or listen in any combination that best fills the heart with the music of Messiah and the true meaning of Christmas. Sing-Along Messiah is an extraordinary night of worship, a gift to the community from Washington Street Church. To optimize seating, please arrive early. Nearby parking, with directional signage, is readily available. Scores are available for loan as you enter the Narthex. Admission is free but donations are requested. For additional information, about the event or choir participation, please visit our website, www.singalongmessiah.org, or email event director Angela Powers at angela@wsmethodist.org.

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Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Tuesday, December 23

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Wednesday, December 24

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Saint John Baptist Church 17th Annual Christmas Eve Hopeful Dinner & Worpship Service

Saint John Baptist Church, 3404 West Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC 29204

Saint John Baptist Church along with our community partners invites everyone to join us as we celebrate the season and give thanks to the goodness of God. Come and receive a message of hope and then join us for a traditional Christmas meal. The event is free and open to the public. Free Transportation to the event is also being provided. You must call the office by Monday, December 22nd to schedule a pick-up. 803-254-4170.

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Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Thursday, December 25

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Judaism 101

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

We invite you to learn about Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life cycle ceremonies in this FREE class series at the JCC. Judaism 101 is for those who are curious about Judaism and want to learn more about this ancient religion in a no-pressure, casual environment. Come learn about what your Jewish neighbors believe and celebrate. This FREE class is intended for curious members of faiths other than Judaism; everyone is welcome! November 6, 20, December 4, 18, and January 8 at 6:30 pm FREE Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18ZeU3m1TditUUbD16uhLGqRy4LP_5DDt2oTkcz2dwdA/viewform

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Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Friday, December 26

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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District 9 Basketball Officials 18th Annual Christmas Tournament

Crestwood High School and Chestnut Middle School in Sumter, SC

The District 9 Officials 18th Annual Basketball Tournament will be held Dec. 26, 27 and 29. Games will be played at Crestwood High School and Chestnut Oaks Middle School in Sumter, SC. We have 18 boys and girls basketball teams participating in this year’s event which features local teams from the Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Williamsburg, and Richland counties. We are extremely excited to have Hephzibah high school from North Carolina as a new participant to our tournament as well as two international boys’ high school teams from Australia, the Euro Lions and the Euro League. We hope you will make the time to come out to support our youth and enjoy the talent that these teams have to display.

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Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Saturday, December 27

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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District 9 Basketball Officials 18th Annual Christmas Tournament

Crestwood High School and Chestnut Middle School in Sumter, SC

The District 9 Officials 18th Annual Basketball Tournament will be held Dec. 26, 27 and 29. Games will be played at Crestwood High School and Chestnut Oaks Middle School in Sumter, SC. We have 18 boys and girls basketball teams participating in this year’s event which features local teams from the Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Williamsburg, and Richland counties. We are extremely excited to have Hephzibah high school from North Carolina as a new participant to our tournament as well as two international boys’ high school teams from Australia, the Euro Lions and the Euro League. We hope you will make the time to come out to support our youth and enjoy the talent that these teams have to display.

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Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Sunday, December 28

District 9 Basketball Officials 18th Annual Christmas Tournament

Crestwood High School and Chestnut Middle School in Sumter, SC

The District 9 Officials 18th Annual Basketball Tournament will be held Dec. 26, 27 and 29. Games will be played at Crestwood High School and Chestnut Oaks Middle School in Sumter, SC. We have 18 boys and girls basketball teams participating in this year’s event which features local teams from the Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Williamsburg, and Richland counties. We are extremely excited to have Hephzibah high school from North Carolina as a new participant to our tournament as well as two international boys’ high school teams from Australia, the Euro Lions and the Euro League. We hope you will make the time to come out to support our youth and enjoy the talent that these teams have to display.

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Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Monday, December 29

District 9 Basketball Officials 18th Annual Christmas Tournament

Crestwood High School and Chestnut Middle School in Sumter, SC

The District 9 Officials 18th Annual Basketball Tournament will be held Dec. 26, 27 and 29. Games will be played at Crestwood High School and Chestnut Oaks Middle School in Sumter, SC. We have 18 boys and girls basketball teams participating in this year’s event which features local teams from the Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Williamsburg, and Richland counties. We are extremely excited to have Hephzibah high school from North Carolina as a new participant to our tournament as well as two international boys’ high school teams from Australia, the Euro Lions and the Euro League. We hope you will make the time to come out to support our youth and enjoy the talent that these teams have to display.

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Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Tuesday, December 30

Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Wednesday, December 31

Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Tapping the New Year at Flying Saucer Columbia

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Columbia; 931 Senate St. Columbia, SC 29201

Tap in the New Year with Flying Saucer Draught Emporium starting at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. The night will feature first-release tappings from Tradesman Brewery, including Tradesman Bricklayers Red, Chocolate Coconut, Circuit Breaker, Sweet Potato Pie Brown, and Welders Agave. The night will also include entertainment by DJ Ray, party favors and a Champagne toast to ring in 2015.

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Famously Hot New Year 2015

Main Street Columbia SC

Famously Hot New Year, South Carolina’s largest free New Year’s Eve celebration, announces plans for the street party of the year in downtown Columbia and the Midlands of South Carolina on Dec. 31, 2014. In its fourth year, as always, Famously Hot New Year 2015’s free street party will feature live music on stage by major national acts, framed by the South Carolina State House. This year, the #FHNY celebration will be headlined by American treasures The O’Jays. With 24 top-10 hits spanning their 50-year career, including the popular, danceable “Love Train,” the O’Jays will keep the crowd moving until midnight. This year’s opening act includes the upbeat, indie-pop band MisterWives, who recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform their hit single, “Reflections.” Local reggae/rock favorites Lefty at the Washout will kick off the concert at 7:30 p.m. After the crowd of tens of thousands counts down to 2015 at midnight, Famously Hot New Year will again feature the most colossal New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the two Carolinas, which will light up the night with the picturesque South Carolina State Capitol in the backdrop. “Famously Hot New Year attracted 26,000 people last year,” said Mayor of Columbia Steve Benjamin. “A third of our guests were from outside of Richland County and 10 percent of our attendees were from outside of South Carolina. They’re joining us in the capital city because the event is free, safe and really fun way to party into the New Year. We know that we have an unequaled quality of life here in the Midlands of South Carolina, and we’ve put together a lineup of entertainment and events for Famously Hot New Year 2015 that will offer locals and tourists plenty of exciting options for ringing in the New Year.” In its fourth year, Famously Hot New Year has expanded event happenings and details that will make the celebration an unforgettable experience in the days surrounding the New Year, including: - The Famously Hot Main Street Crit: This successful race is teaming up with FHNY 2015 on Dec. 31, 2014 with a Kids Fun Run at 3 p.m., a 5K at 3:30 p.m. and an Elite 8K with professional runners at 4:45 p.m. - City of Columbia Parks & Recreation’s WOW New Year’s Eve Carnival: Free admission to games and rides for kids of all ages from 5 – 11 p.m. on Dec. 31. - Comfort Zone: Take a break from dancing in the streets with regional food and drink vendors and plenty of seating at Lady and Main Streets, as well as easy access to Budweiser’s Alert Cab service. - VIP Crescent Lounge: Guests may opt to purchase tickets to the VIP Crescent Lounge for open bar, catering, indoor amenities and exclusive parking. - Famously Hot New Year and The COMET: FHNY is working with The COMET with the goal of extending their holiday schedule to offer New Year’s Eve transportation services to cover the travel needs before and after Famously Hot New Year. - More ways to enjoy Columbia and the Midlands: City of Columbia’s hospitality districts and their members and businesses will create special menus and offers in the days surrounding Dec. 31. For more information, follow Famously Hot New Year on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, @FamouslyHotNYE and #FHNY, or visit FamouslyHotNewYear.com.

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Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Thursday, January 01

Judaism 101

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

We invite you to learn about Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life cycle ceremonies in this FREE class series at the JCC. Judaism 101 is for those who are curious about Judaism and want to learn more about this ancient religion in a no-pressure, casual environment. Come learn about what your Jewish neighbors believe and celebrate. This FREE class is intended for curious members of faiths other than Judaism; everyone is welcome! November 6, 20, December 4, 18, and January 8 at 6:30 pm FREE Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18ZeU3m1TditUUbD16uhLGqRy4LP_5DDt2oTkcz2dwdA/viewform

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Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Friday, January 02

Winter Break at the JCC

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Winter Break at the JCC

306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

Ages: 2-15 7:30 am - 5:30 pm December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30, & January 2 Safe, fun, & professional. Your kids will have fun with swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, Gaga, and more! JCC Member: $30 per day | Community: $45 per day Contact Melanie for more information: melanier@jccolumbia.org | 803.787.2023 ext. 206

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Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Saturday, January 03

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Sunday, January 04

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Monday, January 05

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Tuesday, January 06

Historic Holiday House Tours

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site are all decorated for the holiday season! Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in each house as part of our regularly scheduled tours.

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Thursday, January 08

Judaism 101

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

We invite you to learn about Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life cycle ceremonies in this FREE class series at the JCC. Judaism 101 is for those who are curious about Judaism and want to learn more about this ancient religion in a no-pressure, casual environment. Come learn about what your Jewish neighbors believe and celebrate. This FREE class is intended for curious members of faiths other than Judaism; everyone is welcome! November 6, 20, December 4, 18, and January 8 at 6:30 pm FREE Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18ZeU3m1TditUUbD16uhLGqRy4LP_5DDt2oTkcz2dwdA/viewform

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Judaism 101

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

invite you to learn about Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life cycle ceremonies in this FREE class series at the JCC. Judaism 101 is for those who are curious about Judaism and want to learn more about this ancient religion in a no-pressure, casual environment. Come learn about what your Jewish neighbors believe and celebrate. This FREE class is intended for curious members of faiths other than Judaism; everyone is welcome! January 8 at 6:30 pm FREE Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18ZeU3m1TditUUbD16uhLGqRy4LP_5DDt2oTkcz2dwdA/viewform

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Sunday, January 11

Craft & Kvell

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

JCC: Craft & Kvell Sunday, January 11, 2015 | 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Do you have a pile of photos you want to get into your scrapbook? Have you been pinning things on Pinterest but haven’t had a quiet moment to do any crafting? Is your yarn stash getting a little out of hand? Bring your projects to the JCC for a day of fun crafting with new and old friends at our Craft & Kvell. We’ll provide table space, light refreshments, and a raffle to win a prize pack – you bring your paper, yarn, deco mesh, paints, die cutter – or whatever else you use to create! Please RSVP so we can have enough tables out for everyone! Invite a friend! $3 JCC Members | $5 community Please RSVP to the JCC - Call us at 803.787.2023 Future Dates: Sunday, March 8, 2015 Sunday, May 17, 2015 Sunday, August 23, 2015 Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Second Sunday Roll: Bus Tour of Civil War Sites

Meet at the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Columbia's antebellum and Reconstruction era structures—including churches, hospitals, armories, governmental buildings and private homes—offer testimony to this tumultuous chapter in our nation's history. Learn about Columbia during the early years of the war and about the fateful night of February 17, 1865 when thirty percent of the city's structures were lost to fire. Step-off at the State House and count the iron stars marking where Union cannonballs hit the building.

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Sunday, January 18

PBC Hosts Squire Parsons in Concert

Pinewood Baptist Church

PINEWOOD, SC - Pinewood Baptist Church will host Squire Parsons (crossanchorquartet.com) in concert Sunday, January 18, at 6:00 PM. Squire Parsons attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music in 1970. He has served as interim music director, church soloist, elementary school music teacher, high school band director, and in 1975 he became the baritone singer for the Kingsmen Quartet. In 1979 Squire went into solo ministry. In addition to being one of America’s best loved soloists, Squire is a prolific songwriter. In 1981, his song, “Sweet Beulah Land” was voted “Favorite Song of the Year” by the Singing News. Some of the other gospel classics written by Parsons include: “Master Of The Sea”, “Oh What A Moment”, “The Broken Rose”, “He Came To Me”, “I Call It Home”, “I Sing Because”, “Hello Mama”, “I’m Not Giving Up”, and “I Go To The Rock”. Many gospel recording artists and groups have recorded at least one of his songs. In 1999, Squire was honored by his alma mater, West Virginia Institute of Technology with an honorary Doctorate of Humanities. On October 9, 2008, Squire was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s, “Hall Of Fame”, in Pigeon Forge, TN. Since 1975 Squire has been a part of the Singing At Sea Cruise and the January Bible Study Cruise with Templeton Tours of Boone, NC. Squire has also been a part of the popular “Gaither Homecoming” video series. Mr. Parsons was ordained at his home church, Trinity Baptist, in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1979. Squire and his wife Linda, live in Leicester, NC. They have four adult children. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served after the concert. A love offering will be received, and a nursery will be provided. Pinewood Baptist is located at 10 East Fulton Street (Highway 261), Pinewood, SC 29125-0176. For more information, please contact the church office at (803) 452-5373 or visit the website at www.pinewoodbaptist.org.

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Dollar Sunday at Historic Columbia

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic house museums for just $1! Visit the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or the Mann-Simons Site. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tours begin at the top of the hour from 1 pm - 4 pm. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

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Saturday, January 24

Red Shoe Run

Hand Middle School

Lace Up! Bundle Up! And get ready to run! Join us for the 9th Annual Red Shoe Run on Saturday, January 24, 2015. This flat and fast USATF Certified 10K run and 5K run/walk through the beautiful Shandon Neighborhood benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC. Pre-register online at www.strictlyrunning.com by January 5, 2015 to receive an early registration rate and be guaranteed a long-sleeve event shirt. Race day registration will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. The 10K run will begin at 8 a.m. and the 5K run/walk will begin at 8:15 a.m. For more information about the 2015 Red Shoe Run visit our Facebook or Twitter, or email Jessica@rmhcofcolumbia.org. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, donor or volunteer for next year's event, please contact Jessica Albert, Marketing and Communications Manager at Jessica@rmhcofcolumbia.org.

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Saturday, January 31

Mavis Staples

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. 7300 College St. Irmo, SC, 29063

A civil rights icon with a voice that made Bob Dylan propose, GRAMMY award-winning R&B singer Mavis Staples has brought joy to fans of her pop and gospel ballads throughout a legendary career spanning 60 years. A close family friend of MLK Jr., Staples gave soulful voice to the equality crusade of the 1960s with her siblings as The Staple Singers, belting "message" songs like "Long Walk to D.C." and the original gospel hits "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers, Staples’ new GRAMMY-nominated album One True Vine, produced by indie band Wilco’s frontman Jeff Tweedy, features new pop-gospel hits like her sunny rendition of Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That." Recently named NYC public radio WFUV’s Artist Of The Year, Staples will rock the house during this special show – don’t miss out! $28.

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Friday, February 06

Homeschool Friday | Columbia in the Civil War

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

As Columbia remembers the 150th anniversary of the fire that swept through the city upon the arrival of the Union army in February 1865, we will look at the role Columbia played during the Civil War. During this program, students will explore the industries, people, and events surrounding Columbia in the Civil War.

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Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. 7300 College St. Irmo, SC, 29063

With popular standup routines that skewer everything from Christmas letters and chain-smoking parents to elderly celebrities, Kathleen Madigan guarantees stomach-clenching laughs in this teens-and-up show. An American Comedy Award winner, Madigan is a regular on the late-night talk show circuit and stars in her own HBO and Comedy Central Presents specials. She is currently nominated for another ACA, among up-and-coming greats like Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Kevin Hart and Patton Oswalt. Don’t miss her musings on jailbird friends, rural Missouri and taking “Gap model pics” with Newt Gingrich. $28

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Saturday, February 07

The Archaeology of Sherman's March through South Carolina

Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt,S.C.29081

There will be a tour of the Rivers Bridge Battlefield followed by talks by Dr. Steven Smith on his GPS mapping of the Rivers Bridge battlefield and by the archaeological tracing of Sherman's march across S.C. Afterward there will be a reception with snacks.

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Thursday, February 12

Artists for Africa Postcard Art

Embassy Suites-Greystone Blvd

Postcard art is original, postcard-sized works by established and emerging artists. Known within the art world as the most exciting and affordable way to add to a collection, postcard art offers a unique opportunity for buyers to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork for less than a round of cocktails (give or take a martini). Most importantly, by participating in Postcard Art for Artists for Africa, artists and collectors are supporting a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing an alternative arts education to orphans and vulnerable children in some of Africa's most desperately deprived city slums. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/972695.

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Saturday, February 14

Valentine’s Day Cinema: The African Queen

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. 7300 College St. Irmo, SC, 29063

Channel your inner Humphrey Bogart – or Katharine Hepburn – during our third annual Valentine’s Day Cinema event. Join us in the lobby for champagne and sweets and expect a delightful evening filled with 1950s romance, World War I action and – the real reason we’ll all be there – the incredible chemistry between Bogey and Kate, sparring in all of their cinematic glory. $15.

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American Heart Association's 25th Annual Heart Ball

South Carolina State Museum

With over $140,000 raised in 2014 and more than 350 guests in attendance, our Midlands Heart Ball is considered one of the oldest and most prestigious black-tie events in Columbia! The Heart Ball seeks to exceed standards of funding & community participation this year. Guests will enjoy over $30,000 in Silent & Live Auctions along with seated dinner and live music to celebrate the culmination of a year-round campaign to raise critical funds to advance our lifesaving mission.

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Sunday, February 15

Bus Tour of Civil War Sites

Meet at the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Columbia's antebellum and Reconstruction era structures—including churches, hospitals, armories, governmental buildings and private homes—offer testimony to this tumultuous chapter in our nation's history. Learn about Columbia during the early years of the war and about the fateful night of February 17, 1865 when thirty percent of the city's structures were lost to fire. Step-off at the State House and count the iron stars marking where Union cannonballs hit the building.

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Dollar Sunday at Historic Columbia

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic house museums for just $1! Visit the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or the Mann-Simons Site. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tours begin at the top of the hour from 1 pm - 4 pm. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

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Tuesday, February 17

Columbia Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia

Boyd Plaza, 1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Join us for a commemoration of one of the most significant events leading to the end of the Civil War, of the destruction of the city and the suffering endured by SC and its citizens during Sherman's March, but also pointing to a rebirth of both Columbia, SC and the nation, unified and free, that led to the prosperity and freedoms we enjoy today. Featuring comments by elected officials and historians; performances by Benedict College Concert Choir, Sandlapper Singers, dancers and artists; and a reading by Columbia's Poet Laureate, the Columbia, SC community will reflect on this defining moment in the city's history. Following the commemoration ceremony, explore exhibits, performances, tours, music, readings and more on Main Street.

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Columbia Burning: A Sesquicentennial Reappraisal

Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Presented in conjunction with the University of South Carolina’s History Center, Institute for Southern Studies and Graduate School, and the Columbia Museum of Art as part of Columbia Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia, this symposium includes discussions with scholars who are generating new work on the burning of Columbia with the goal to shed fresh light on the meaning of the events of February 17, 1865 as an example of urban disaster and recovery and examines the role of public history/public intellectuals in shaping and advancing civic dialogue to deal with difficult pasts, as well as the role of the academy in preparing students for community and public engagement.

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Friday, February 20

Swingin’ at the Big Apple

The Big Apple, 1000 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Historic Columbia and the dance team of Richard Durlach and Breedlove will step back in time at the historic Big Apple to present a night of swing dancing. Join us for dance lessons from our instructors from 7 - 8 pm, and then stay for an open dance with the special guests from the Palmetto Swing Dance Association until 11 pm.

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Saturday, February 21

The Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off Presented by Music Farm Columbia

Music Farm Columbia, 1022 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Before it was famously hot, Columbia was famously burned. Capitalizing on the Burning of Columbia theme, The Palladium Society invites cooks to use the 150th anniversary of this monumental event as inspiration for original pots of chili. Presented by Music Farm Columbia, the Cook-Off features tastings of a variety of chili recipes and local beers, judging by local celebrities, live music and prizes. Enter your chili recipe or join us as a taster and help choose the best chili in Columbia!

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Saturday, February 28

African-American Soldiers in South Carolina during the Civil War

Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt, S.C. 29081

A tour of the Rivers Bridge Civil War battlefield will be given followed by talks by Mr. Dan Bell on the African-American involvement in the Battle of Rivers Bridge and by our featured speaker, Mr.Joseph McGill, on the life of an African-American soldier in S.C. during the the Civil War. Afterward there will be a reception with snacks.

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Sunday, March 08

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. 7300 College St. Irmo, SC, 29063

When a new bride tries to find wives for her six woodsmen brothers-in-law, things go hilariously wrong. Set in 1850s Oregon, this musical, based on the classic 1950s film, will take audiences on an energy-packed, romantic ride into the frontier days of petticoats and suspenders, wood chopping and barn raising. Broadway in its classic form – twirling skirts, high-stepping boots and crowing crowds – will leave you with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. $28.

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Craft & Kvell

Katie & Irwin Kahn JCC, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia SC 29223

JCC: Craft & Kvell Sunday, March 8, 2015 | 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Do you have a pile of photos you want to get into your scrapbook? Have you been pinning things on Pinterest but haven’t had a quiet moment to do any crafting? Is your yarn stash getting a little out of hand? Bring your projects to the JCC for a day of fun crafting with new and old friends at our Craft & Kvell. We’ll provide table space, light refreshments, and a raffle to win a prize pack – you bring your paper, yarn, deco mesh, paints, die cutter – or whatever else you use to create! Please RSVP so we can have enough tables out for everyone! Invite a friend! $3 JCC Members | $5 community Please RSVP to the JCC - Call us at 803.787.2023 Future Dates: Sunday, May 17, 2015 Sunday, August 23, 2015 Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Sunday, March 15

Dollar Sunday at Historic Columbia

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic house museums for just $1! Visit the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or the Mann-Simons Site. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tours begin at the top of the hour from 1 pm - 4 pm. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

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