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Tuesday, April 21

Mended Hearts Support Group

2701 Laurel Street, Classroom 3, Columbia - Providence Health Education Center

Mended Hearts is a national non-profit organization made up of nearly 18,000 individuals in 300 chapters nationwide who share their stories by volunteering their time to visit patients in the hospital. Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, volunteers that are all past heart patients, meet to connect with others in order to answer questions and provide comfort to current heart patients dealing with the same situation. There is no fee to participate in this support group.

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Transitions: Night at Thirsty Fellow

621 Gadsden Street, Columbia SC 29201

Help support Transitions. Join us at the Thirsty Fellow Pizzeria and Pub to raise money to end homelessness! From 5pm-8pm, Mention this ad and Thirsty Fellow will donate 10% of their proceeds to Transitions. Good food and a great cause!

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Early Columbia Lecture Series, Part II

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Early Columbia Lecture Series is back by popular demand! Part II, “The Capital City Rebuilds,” covers Columbia from 1865 to 1914, and it kicks off on the evening of April 14, running through May 19. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of Columbia Revisited, leads the series.

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Thursday, April 23

Wine Women & Shoes

Stone River

What do a Sauvignon Blanc and strappy stiletto have in common? What platform pump pairs perfectly with a Pinot Noir? Find out by joining Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia, SC on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at one of Columbia’s premiere event venues, Stone River, as we partner with Wine Women & Shoes to host the first ever fundraiser that pairs fine wines with fabulous shoes in the Midlands! This smart, sophisticated, one-of-a kind event combines a wine tasting with a highly anticipated marketplace filled with designer shoes, clothing, jewelry and accessories to purchase followed by a glamorous fashion show. Throughout the night guests can bid on several amazing live auction lots or purchase a chance to win thousands of dollars of fine wine, jewelry, shoes, clothing and more! Splurge to be part of our VIP party for early access to the evening’s hottest items, an upgraded swag bag and other exclusive perks made available only to our VIP’s! Don’t forget about our fabulous SHOE GUYS, they are sure to be the hit of the party! Join us as we sip, savor and shop to raise money for critically ill or injured children and their families. Only a limited number of VIP and general admission tickets will be sold. Be sure to buy yours today before this party sells out! For more information or to purchase your tickets visit www.winewomenandshoes.com/columbiasc.

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Artista Vista

Vista art galleries

Artista Vista, The Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns from Thursday, April 23 – Saturday, April 25, 2015. Vista artists and galleries will open their doors from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 23 (for Art Night), and for regular gallery hours April 24 – 25 for this free, signature Vista gallery crawl. Additionally, the Vista Guild will install another new public art sculpture called, “Cedars, Fog” by Vista artist Stephen Chesley. The sculpture is made of salvaged materials from the demolition of City Garage and the sculptures title references the rich heritage of South Carolina’s coast and has an acoustical element that alludes to the fog. An internal chime within the sculpture is tuned to replicate the bell of a coastal fog buoy, according to Chesley. The sculpture will be unveiled on Thursday, April 23 during Artista Vista at its permanent home on Lady Street near Lincoln Street. Across Lady Street from “Cedars, Fog,” Artista Vista galleries can take in “Connecting Volumes,” a sculpture by Klaus Hartmann and Reiner Mahrlein from Kaiserslautern, Germany, which was installed and unveiled at Artista Vista 2014. In its 24th year, Artista Vista will feature regionally and nationally renowned artists, as well as local artists from the Midlands. Participating galleries will have performance art inside or near their location. Attendees can chat with gallery owners and artists while taking in paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewelry. Participating Galleries and their Exhibitions • City Art (1224 Lincoln Street): Solo exhibition of original works by Adrian Rhodes in the main gallery. Rhodes uses printmaking as the core of a mixed media practice and has shown her work throughout the Carolinas. Cindi Saad will also show and sell her handcrafted jewelry. Doug and Bunny Williams will play live music Thursday evening. Other City Art galleries will feature select regional artists. • Ellen Taylor Interiors (1012 Gervais Street): Featuring new and original artworks for gallery artists Thursday – Saturday. Don Russo will play live music Thursday evening and Ellen Taylor Interiors will serve specialty cocktails and wine. • if ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln Street): Exhibiting New monotypes by Columbia artist and Columbia College art professor Mary Gilkerson. Mary Gilkerson is a long-time mainstay of the Columbia art scene as an artist, art professor and art writer who teaches at Columbia College and is represented by if ART Gallery. In addition to the Gilkerson exhibition there will be work by approximately two dozen gallery artists on view Thursday-Saturday. • Lewis + Clark (1001 Huger Street): “Empty Objects, Tin Things and Incandescence,” an exhibition of handmade lamps, diamoramas, robot heads, chandeliers and more. Thursday evening, Lewis + Clark will serve “interesting beverages.” The exhibition will continue through May 30. • One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger Street): Showing glass blowing demonstrations Thursday evening with regular gallery hours Friday and Saturday. • Studio Cellar (912 Lady Street): Studio Cellar art instructors will display their artwork. Artista Vista attendees can also take in live painting and participate in a paint-along class at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening. The bar will be open Thursday-Saturday. • Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 (808 Lady Street): Thursday evening watch studio artists participate in “Gossip.” Based on the children’s game of Gossip, where a phrase is secretly passed from one player to the next, the artists have used visual art in place of words. In partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art, the museum’s curator, Will South, chose a piece from the museum’s Charles Curran exhibit, which is currently on display. South shared this inspiration piece with the first Vista Studios artist only, who was given three weeks to create a work of art and pass the new piece to the next artist. Each artist had three weeks to complete a work inspired from the image received. Artista Vista attendees are invited to see these works by Vista Studios resident artists Eileen Blyth, Stephen Chesley, Heidi Darr-Hope, Pat Gilmartin, Robert Kennedy, Susan Lenz, Sharon Licata, Laurie McIntosh, Michel McNinch, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong, David Yaghjian and visit their studios, which will be open. “Our annual Artista Vista is a unique event that highlights so much talent in the Midlands and beyond,” said Sarah Lewis, executive director of the Vista Guild. “The Vista has a rich history that began with artists. Now many of these artists as well as talented fresh faces help run and facilitate Artista Vista each spring and it’s exciting to meet and mingle with these artists while enjoying their work.” Artista Vista is free for attendees, and free parking is available in the Vista’s parking decks located on Lincoln Street near Lady, Park Street near Pendleton, and Lady Street near Wayne Street on Thursday, April 23 from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. The Vista, Columbia’s premier art neighborhood, has been a force in keeping the Midlands’ art scene thriving through the past three decades. The modern Vista has its roots in the 1980s when artists began to move their studios to the area’s affordable warehouse space. Today’s restaurants, shopping and nightlife in historic buildings in the Vista are still driven by the Vista’s art-filled history. Stay tuned to www.ArtistaVista.com for event maps and plans as galleries finalize their Artista Vista shows and as the Vista Guild announces installation artists and sites complete gallery and installation exhibition information. For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Sarah Lewis at (803) 269.5946.

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McDaniels Golf Classic

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia

Join Palmetto Health Foundation for the 25th McDaniels Golf Classic, benefiting Palmetto Health Cancer Centers! This year’s event will kick-off on Thursday, April 23, 6-9 p.m., with an auction and reception at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The evening will include a seated dinner, open bar and mobile bidding on silent and live auctions items, including great getaways and fantastic dining packages. Auction reservations are available for $175 each. You can also reserve a table for eight with a table sponsorship for $1,500 (limited number available). The golf tournament will follow on Friday, April 24, at Ft. Jackson Golf Club. Golfers will take to both the Old Hickory and Wildcat courses for a day on the links and enjoy a delicious steak dinner at the end of the tournament. You can get involved by donating an auction item, becoming a sponsor, reserving a ticket for the auction or playing in the tournament. See complete details at McDanielsGolfClassic.org.

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Rooftop Rhythms Spring 2015

Richland Mall 3400 Forest Dr

WHAT: Warmer weather means the return of Rooftop Rhythms, hosted by the City of Forest Acres. This popular, free neighborhood event will take place twice this spring, April 23 and May 21 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. As always, this family-friendly evening will feature live music and lots of free children’s entertainment. Forest Acres restaurants will have dishes available for purchase. Stay tuned to Facebook as more restaurants are added. Admission is free. Food, beer, wine (by Liquid Assets) and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Cash only, please. SCHEDULE: Thursday, April 23 6-9 p.m. — The Root Doctors Thursday, May 21 6-9 p.m. – The Business will have the crowd dancing and singing the night away. WHERE: The rooftop of Richland Mall, at the corner of Beltline Boulevard and Forest Drive (3400 Forest Drive). MORE: Families can bring lawn chairs and blankets to settle in and enjoy the tunes. Children will enjoy free balloon art by Joey Young, face painting by SarahDippity, magic by John Tudor, Shutterbooth photo booth with fun photo props and a bounce house and obstacle course. Please, no coolers or pets. Rooftop Rhythms is hosted and funded by the City of Forest Acres. Learn more Rooftop Rhythms at www.facebook.com/RooftopRhythms.

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Friday, April 24

Remington College Columbia Campus holds Prom Night Makeover; free salon services

Remington College Columbia Campus

Remington College Columbia Campus wants to send high school students off to prom in style by offering free salon services through its Prom Night Makeover event. This is Remington College’s sixth annual Prom Night Makeover promotion. Students in the Remington College Cosmetology Program will provide students headed to prom with free updos, manicures, pedicures, and makeup for girls; guys can get a haircut. All Prom Night Makeover services will be done in The Salon at Remington, located at 607 Bush River Road. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling 803-214-9062. Posted by Wellons Communications on behalf of Remington College

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Artista Vista

Vista art galleries

Artista Vista, The Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns from Thursday, April 23 – Saturday, April 25, 2015. Vista artists and galleries will open their doors from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 23 (for Art Night), and for regular gallery hours April 24 – 25 for this free, signature Vista gallery crawl. Additionally, the Vista Guild will install another new public art sculpture called, “Cedars, Fog” by Vista artist Stephen Chesley. The sculpture is made of salvaged materials from the demolition of City Garage and the sculptures title references the rich heritage of South Carolina’s coast and has an acoustical element that alludes to the fog. An internal chime within the sculpture is tuned to replicate the bell of a coastal fog buoy, according to Chesley. The sculpture will be unveiled on Thursday, April 23 during Artista Vista at its permanent home on Lady Street near Lincoln Street. Across Lady Street from “Cedars, Fog,” Artista Vista galleries can take in “Connecting Volumes,” a sculpture by Klaus Hartmann and Reiner Mahrlein from Kaiserslautern, Germany, which was installed and unveiled at Artista Vista 2014. In its 24th year, Artista Vista will feature regionally and nationally renowned artists, as well as local artists from the Midlands. Participating galleries will have performance art inside or near their location. Attendees can chat with gallery owners and artists while taking in paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewelry. Participating Galleries and their Exhibitions • City Art (1224 Lincoln Street): Solo exhibition of original works by Adrian Rhodes in the main gallery. Rhodes uses printmaking as the core of a mixed media practice and has shown her work throughout the Carolinas. Cindi Saad will also show and sell her handcrafted jewelry. Doug and Bunny Williams will play live music Thursday evening. Other City Art galleries will feature select regional artists. • Ellen Taylor Interiors (1012 Gervais Street): Featuring new and original artworks for gallery artists Thursday – Saturday. Don Russo will play live music Thursday evening and Ellen Taylor Interiors will serve specialty cocktails and wine. • if ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln Street): Exhibiting New monotypes by Columbia artist and Columbia College art professor Mary Gilkerson. Mary Gilkerson is a long-time mainstay of the Columbia art scene as an artist, art professor and art writer who teaches at Columbia College and is represented by if ART Gallery. In addition to the Gilkerson exhibition there will be work by approximately two dozen gallery artists on view Thursday-Saturday. • Lewis + Clark (1001 Huger Street): “Empty Objects, Tin Things and Incandescence,” an exhibition of handmade lamps, diamoramas, robot heads, chandeliers and more. Thursday evening, Lewis + Clark will serve “interesting beverages.” The exhibition will continue through May 30. • One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger Street): Showing glass blowing demonstrations Thursday evening with regular gallery hours Friday and Saturday. • Studio Cellar (912 Lady Street): Studio Cellar art instructors will display their artwork. Artista Vista attendees can also take in live painting and participate in a paint-along class at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening. The bar will be open Thursday-Saturday. • Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 (808 Lady Street): Thursday evening watch studio artists participate in “Gossip.” Based on the children’s game of Gossip, where a phrase is secretly passed from one player to the next, the artists have used visual art in place of words. In partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art, the museum’s curator, Will South, chose a piece from the museum’s Charles Curran exhibit, which is currently on display. South shared this inspiration piece with the first Vista Studios artist only, who was given three weeks to create a work of art and pass the new piece to the next artist. Each artist had three weeks to complete a work inspired from the image received. Artista Vista attendees are invited to see these works by Vista Studios resident artists Eileen Blyth, Stephen Chesley, Heidi Darr-Hope, Pat Gilmartin, Robert Kennedy, Susan Lenz, Sharon Licata, Laurie McIntosh, Michel McNinch, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong, David Yaghjian and visit their studios, which will be open. “Our annual Artista Vista is a unique event that highlights so much talent in the Midlands and beyond,” said Sarah Lewis, executive director of the Vista Guild. “The Vista has a rich history that began with artists. Now many of these artists as well as talented fresh faces help run and facilitate Artista Vista each spring and it’s exciting to meet and mingle with these artists while enjoying their work.” Artista Vista is free for attendees, and free parking is available in the Vista’s parking decks located on Lincoln Street near Lady, Park Street near Pendleton, and Lady Street near Wayne Street on Thursday, April 23 from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. The Vista, Columbia’s premier art neighborhood, has been a force in keeping the Midlands’ art scene thriving through the past three decades. The modern Vista has its roots in the 1980s when artists began to move their studios to the area’s affordable warehouse space. Today’s restaurants, shopping and nightlife in historic buildings in the Vista are still driven by the Vista’s art-filled history. Stay tuned to www.ArtistaVista.com for event maps and plans as galleries finalize their Artista Vista shows and as the Vista Guild announces installation artists and sites complete gallery and installation exhibition information. For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Sarah Lewis at (803) 269.5946.

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Columbia Baroque Concert "SPRING FLING"

Concert Hall, Spears Center for the Arts, Columbia College

Bask in musical sunshine and celebrate spring with the music of bird songs, rebirth and eternal spring on the paradise island of Délos. The program features works by Vivaldi, Marais, d’Anglebert and de la Guerre. PERFORMERS: Brittnee Siemon, mezzo soprano; Jean Hein, recorder; Mary Hostetler Hoyt and Erika Cutler, Baroque violins; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; and Jerry Curry, harpsichord

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2015 Gardening Symposium

Historic Columbia celebrates the arrival of spring with our annual Gardening Symposium! Enjoy an expanded, two-day event that blends hands-on sessions and presentations by respected gardeners and horticulturalists to help you cultivate your gardening skills. This year’s symposium includes presentations and workshops by Dr. William C. Welch; Sara VanBeck, author of Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733-1940; Jenks Farmer, plantsman and author of Deep Rooted Wisdom; and HC’s Director of Grounds Evan Clements.

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Saturday, April 25

Artista Vista

Vista art galleries

Artista Vista, The Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns from Thursday, April 23 – Saturday, April 25, 2015. Vista artists and galleries will open their doors from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 23 (for Art Night), and for regular gallery hours April 24 – 25 for this free, signature Vista gallery crawl. Additionally, the Vista Guild will install another new public art sculpture called, “Cedars, Fog” by Vista artist Stephen Chesley. The sculpture is made of salvaged materials from the demolition of City Garage and the sculptures title references the rich heritage of South Carolina’s coast and has an acoustical element that alludes to the fog. An internal chime within the sculpture is tuned to replicate the bell of a coastal fog buoy, according to Chesley. The sculpture will be unveiled on Thursday, April 23 during Artista Vista at its permanent home on Lady Street near Lincoln Street. Across Lady Street from “Cedars, Fog,” Artista Vista galleries can take in “Connecting Volumes,” a sculpture by Klaus Hartmann and Reiner Mahrlein from Kaiserslautern, Germany, which was installed and unveiled at Artista Vista 2014. In its 24th year, Artista Vista will feature regionally and nationally renowned artists, as well as local artists from the Midlands. Participating galleries will have performance art inside or near their location. Attendees can chat with gallery owners and artists while taking in paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewelry. Participating Galleries and their Exhibitions • City Art (1224 Lincoln Street): Solo exhibition of original works by Adrian Rhodes in the main gallery. Rhodes uses printmaking as the core of a mixed media practice and has shown her work throughout the Carolinas. Cindi Saad will also show and sell her handcrafted jewelry. Doug and Bunny Williams will play live music Thursday evening. Other City Art galleries will feature select regional artists. • Ellen Taylor Interiors (1012 Gervais Street): Featuring new and original artworks for gallery artists Thursday – Saturday. Don Russo will play live music Thursday evening and Ellen Taylor Interiors will serve specialty cocktails and wine. • if ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln Street): Exhibiting New monotypes by Columbia artist and Columbia College art professor Mary Gilkerson. Mary Gilkerson is a long-time mainstay of the Columbia art scene as an artist, art professor and art writer who teaches at Columbia College and is represented by if ART Gallery. In addition to the Gilkerson exhibition there will be work by approximately two dozen gallery artists on view Thursday-Saturday. • Lewis + Clark (1001 Huger Street): “Empty Objects, Tin Things and Incandescence,” an exhibition of handmade lamps, diamoramas, robot heads, chandeliers and more. Thursday evening, Lewis + Clark will serve “interesting beverages.” The exhibition will continue through May 30. • One Eared Cow Glass (1001 Huger Street): Showing glass blowing demonstrations Thursday evening with regular gallery hours Friday and Saturday. • Studio Cellar (912 Lady Street): Studio Cellar art instructors will display their artwork. Artista Vista attendees can also take in live painting and participate in a paint-along class at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening. The bar will be open Thursday-Saturday. • Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 (808 Lady Street): Thursday evening watch studio artists participate in “Gossip.” Based on the children’s game of Gossip, where a phrase is secretly passed from one player to the next, the artists have used visual art in place of words. In partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art, the museum’s curator, Will South, chose a piece from the museum’s Charles Curran exhibit, which is currently on display. South shared this inspiration piece with the first Vista Studios artist only, who was given three weeks to create a work of art and pass the new piece to the next artist. Each artist had three weeks to complete a work inspired from the image received. Artista Vista attendees are invited to see these works by Vista Studios resident artists Eileen Blyth, Stephen Chesley, Heidi Darr-Hope, Pat Gilmartin, Robert Kennedy, Susan Lenz, Sharon Licata, Laurie McIntosh, Michel McNinch, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong, David Yaghjian and visit their studios, which will be open. “Our annual Artista Vista is a unique event that highlights so much talent in the Midlands and beyond,” said Sarah Lewis, executive director of the Vista Guild. “The Vista has a rich history that began with artists. Now many of these artists as well as talented fresh faces help run and facilitate Artista Vista each spring and it’s exciting to meet and mingle with these artists while enjoying their work.” Artista Vista is free for attendees, and free parking is available in the Vista’s parking decks located on Lincoln Street near Lady, Park Street near Pendleton, and Lady Street near Wayne Street on Thursday, April 23 from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. The Vista, Columbia’s premier art neighborhood, has been a force in keeping the Midlands’ art scene thriving through the past three decades. The modern Vista has its roots in the 1980s when artists began to move their studios to the area’s affordable warehouse space. Today’s restaurants, shopping and nightlife in historic buildings in the Vista are still driven by the Vista’s art-filled history. Stay tuned to www.ArtistaVista.com for event maps and plans as galleries finalize their Artista Vista shows and as the Vista Guild announces installation artists and sites complete gallery and installation exhibition information. For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com or call Sarah Lewis at (803) 269.5946.

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Kids' Day 2015

Virginia Hylton Park 111 Maiden Ln, Lexington, SC 29072

The 15th annual Kid’s Day of Lexington will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Virginia Hylton Park in Lexington. Kid’s Day, hosted by Palmetto Chiropractic Center, is free and open to the public and is intended to educate families on health, safety and environmental issues. Free food and drink are available. Last year more than 20,000 people attended Kid’s Day of Lexington. "Our community needed a family event and we wanted to make it a day of learning mixed with fun,” said Dr. Jason Yoder of Palmetto Chiropractic Center. “Kid's Day has grown each year into a wonderful event for families to spend time together while learning and playing without emptying their wallets." 2015 KID’S DAY OF LEXINGTON OFFERS: - Spinal, Speech, Dental and Hearing screenings - Child ID kits - Internet safety tips - Bike safety clinics - Jump houses and stage entertainment - Student's class work & educational showcase - Summer program information - Car seat checks - Exhibit by Lexington County Library Additionally, families will find plenty of entertainment including characters Ronald McDonald, USC's Cocky, Clemson Tiger, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Walter’s Pals from Bi-Lo, Smokey the Bear and many more. Kid’s Day will also feature face painting, dunking booths and more. B106 will broadcast live from Kid’s Day. Hotdogs, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Blue Bell ice cream, Salsarita’s chips and salsa and Jelly Belly jellybeans will also be available for families—all for free. “We’ve been honored to host Kid’s Day of Lexington for so many years,” said Dr. Jud Heldreth of Palmetto Chiropractic Center. “We always have an amazing turnout and this year, we’re excited to offer more giveaways, food, entertainment, and of course safety info for families, than ever before. It’s always a fun spring day in Lexington at Virginia Hylton Park.” 100 percent of all proceeds raised by Kid’s Day of Lexington will benefit the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and Dickerson Center for Children. For more information about Kid’s Day of Lexington, please visit www.lexingtonkidsday.com or call Palmetto Chiropractic Center at (803) 356-8554. Follow Kid’s Day of Lexington on Facebook.

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FREE HOMEBUYERS SEMINAR

The Church of God, 11443 Garners Ferry Rd Eastover, SC 29044

The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America ("NACA") is a non-profit community advocacy and home ownership organization. NACA's primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable home ownership. NACA has made the dream of home ownership a reality for thousands of working people by counseling them honestly and effectively, enabling even those with poor credit to purchase a home or modify their predatory loan with far better terms than those provided even in the prime market. NACA's incredible mortgage program offers no down payment, no closing costs, no perfect credit, no PMI, and at a below market interest rate. NACA is offering a free seminar soon in your area. Please join us at our next event by registering on our website at www.naca.com or by call 888-302-6222.

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A Walk In Our Shoes: Transitions Homeless Awareness Walk and Tour

Transitions - 2025 Main Street

We would like to invite you to participate in our 3rd Annual Homeless Awareness Walk and Tour, “A Walk in Our Shoes”! On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Transitions in partnership with Zion Community Foundation will host this event to raise awareness of homelessness in our community, and to raise money to support our efforts to help those in need. The event will begin at 10:00am with 2.5 mile Awareness Walk around the perimeter of the Transitions facility. Get tickets at https://transitionswalk.eventbrite.com!

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Total Fitness Boot Camp

Charles R. Drew Wellness Center

Register Deadline March 21, 2015 1-hour cardio and strength training session every Saturday cost $35 for members and $40 for Non-members will be held at Charles R. Drew Wellness Center

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2015 Gardening Symposium

Historic Columbia celebrates the arrival of spring with our annual Gardening Symposium! Enjoy an expanded, two-day event that blends hands-on sessions and presentations by respected gardeners and horticulturalists to help you cultivate your gardening skills. This year’s symposium includes presentations and workshops by Dr. William C. Welch; Sara VanBeck, author of Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733-1940; Jenks Farmer, plantsman and author of Deep Rooted Wisdom; and HC’s Director of Grounds Evan Clements.

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Basket Weaving Workshop

1928 Calhoun Street

Appropriate for ages 12 & up. Registration fee: $60 (payable to Bonnie Geiger) Registration deadline: April 11 Class Size: minimum of 5 participants and maximum of 10 participants allowed.

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2015 Walk MS: Columbia

Riverfront Park: 312 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other - a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we've made and to show the power of our connections. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 18,00 people living with MS in North and South Carolina. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Every connection counts. Register now, connect with others and start fundraising today at www.walkMS.org or by calling 704-525-2955. Check-in opens at 8am. The walk starts at 9am. Modern Automotive is the title sponsor.

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Fairfield Behavioral Health Services 18th Annual 5K Run/Walk

Fairfield County Magestrite

This is an annual public event that raises awareness about the dangers and negative impact of alcohol abuse and underage drinking that can affect the individual, family, and community. Your participation will encourage community support for substance abuser prevention and recovery, as well as promote healthy lifestyles.

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Fire & Iron MC 3rd Annual Poker Run-Benefit for Nedwick Family

VFW Post 8738 424 Cedarcrest Dr., Lexington, SC 29072

Station 115 will hold its 3rd annual poker run to benefit Andrew and Amber Nedwick Family. Amber is the wife of a fellow Irmo firefighter, she was involved in a very serious automobile accident on January 14, 2015. After having surgeries to repair two broken femurs and a broken hand, Amber has managed to work hard through rehab and return home to Andrew and their infant daughter. All proceeds will be donated to offset medical costs to the family ***You do not have to ride a motorcycle to participate*** ALL pre-registrations are through PAYPAL (send to: fimcstation115@gmail.com) Please include name of rider(s), t-shirt size, and phone number.

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FREE WOMEN'S ASSAULT AWARENESS & SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR

LIFEFORCE Karate & Self-Defense, 7808 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia, SC 29209

Columbia, SC – April 25, 2015 -- LifeForce Karate & Self-Defense, located at 7808 Garners Ferry Road, with respect to Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will be conducting a Women's Assault Awareness & Self-Defense Seminar on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. as a FREE community service. "Assault awareness and risk reduction are two major pieces of the personal protection puzzle," according to Billee Purvis, chief instructor at LifeForce Karate & Self-Defense. "The other major pieces are mental readiness and physical preparation to defend one's self, or one's loved ones if necessary. Confronting issues head on and practicing responses can help make your personal protection more effective." Participants will be introduced to simple methods to improve awareness, simple but effective risk reduction strategies, verbal self-defense & boundary setting, and last but not least, physical self-defense techniques based on natural gross-motor movements. Participants must be female, 13 years of age or older. Space will be limited to the first 25 registrants. Please call (803) 783-KICK (5425) to register by phone or use our Contact Us online form. Each participant must register individually. LifeForce Karate & Self-Defense conducts programs in Contemporary-Traditional Karate and M-Power Defense. LifeForce Karate & Self-Defense conducts free, or very low cost, self defense seminars from time to time as a service to our community. Location : LIFEFORCE Karate & Self-Defense, 7808 Garners Road, Columbia, SC 29209 Instructors : Billee Purvis & Sugarr Banks Contact : 803-783-5425; lifeforcekarate@hotmail.com Wear loose comfortable/athletic clothing. Please, be prepared to remove shoes before walking onto training floor.

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Sunday, April 26

PBC Hosts Lynda Randle in Concert

Pinewood Baptist Church

PINEWOOD, SC - Pinewood Baptist Church will host Lynda Randle (www.lyndarandle.com) in concert Sunday, April 26 at 6:30 PM. Lynda Tait Randle, as Bill Gaither has fondly introduced her for over a decade, was born in the inner city of Washington, D.C. She is the middle child of seven and feels blessed to have had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home with her parents, Nathel and Maxine Tait. Despite being led to the Lord at the young age of 12, it would be years later before she really experienced the freedom from bondage that only God could give. Music became a way out of pain and heartache for Lynda and as a result of this God-given gift, many doors of opportunity have opened up for her. Lynda’s distinct alto voice has created opportunities for her to minister across the United States and around the world. Her gift has allowed her to share the stage with musical legends, from Andre Crouch to Gladys Knight. Lynda has opened for national sporting events and has had the distinct honor of being a musical guest for a Billy Graham crusade. She has been a favorite on the Gaither Homecoming Series and Videos. Her two most requested songs are “God on the Mountain” and “I’m Free.” In 2005, she won a Dove Award for her album, “A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson.” While many may know Lynda as a singer, songwriter, author, and TV personality, her most cherished roles are that of wife to Michael Randle and mother to her two precious daughters, Patience and Joy. 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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Greater Columbia Record Fair

Columbia Museum of Art

RECORDS! LIVE MUSIC! ART! BEER! HOTDOGS! WAFFLES! Sunday, April 26 from Noon - 5pm FREE ADMISSION!!! Pop-up Beer Garden provided by the fine folks of The Whig!!. KC Hotdogs and the The Belgian Waffle Truck will be there too! Also ART!!! The Columbia Museum of Art will have Charles Curran: Seeking the Ideal on exhibition. Entertainment! We got it! Daniel Machado Stefanie Santana DJ Sets from Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul and more to come!

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Kite Festival

Sunday, April 26 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Free Family fun, fabulous prizes, free beverages, and food truck rodeo Text MyJCC to 80310 for a chance to win a free 3 month gym and community membership! Everyone is welcome! First 50 kids get free kites! Free entry with a non-perishable food item donation. Food donations will be given to Harvest Hope & Jewish Family Service. Organization: Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center (Kahn JCC) Website: jcccolumbia.org Address: 306 Flora Drive, Columbia, SC 29223 Contact: Melanie Pace, (803) 787-2023 ext. 206, melanier@jcccolumbia.org

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Tuesday, April 28

Early Columbia Lecture Series, Part II

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Early Columbia Lecture Series is back by popular demand! Part II, “The Capital City Rebuilds,” covers Columbia from 1865 to 1914, and it kicks off on the evening of April 14, running through May 19. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of Columbia Revisited, leads the series.

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Friday, May 01

Woodfield Enrichment Center's 25th Anniversary Celebration

Woodfield Enrichment Center, 2540 Kneece Road, Columbia, SC 29223

Woodfield Enrichment Center, Inc is a full service child development center that has served the community and its children for 25 years! In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, Woodfield will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Celebration on May 1 and 2, 2015. On May 1, there will be a night of tribute to the center's current and past student and staff members followed by a family fun day on May 2. The theme for this glorious event is "Remembering the Past while Guiding the Future: It Takes a Village." The events are open to the public. Woodfield is accepting donations and conducting a raffle. Please contact Mrs. Otha Gipson at 803.865.7151 with any questions, comments or concerns.

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Homeschool Friday | Games of the 19th Century

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

Homeschool students will participate in several 19th-century games as they learn what it was like to be a kid 150 years ago. Get ready to have fun and give up those video games for a couple of hours! All homeschool students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia’s Homeschool Friday programs. Each month’s program includes hands-on activities while students learn and explore different themes and historic sites.

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Saturday, May 02

Rosewood Crawfish Festival Crawfish Challenge

Rosewoof Crawfish Festival

Curious about the new CrossFit workout craze? Check it out at this year’s Rosewood Crawfish Fest. CrossFit Soda City is excited to present the 2015 nd Crawfish Challenge. The Crawfish Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 2​ during the Rosewood Crawfish Festival in Columbia S.C.. The competition will consist of a men’s and women’s division along with 4 individually Scored WODs (Work Out of the Day) including the “CrawDaddy 5k Dash”. “ CrossFit Soda City is excited to bring the Crawfish Challenge back to the rd​ Rosewood Crawfish Festival for the 3​year in a row. The last two years have been incredible and we are looking forward to putting on a great competition for the Crawfish Festival crowds throughout the day. Come see what functional fitness training can do for people of all fitness levels,” said CrossFit Soda City Owner and Coach, Josh Lehew. The four events will test the ten recognized domains. They are: Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance and Accuracy. The workouts will allow athletes from different backgrounds to all showcase their individual talents. “ The 2014 Crawfish Challenge was a great way to spend a Saturday. With a wide range of events from a 5k run to max clean and jerk, all athletes got a chance to showcase personal strengths and discover weaknesses. While CrossFit is gaining popularity, this event showcased a well-run competition and showed the community what it is all about. I had an awesome time spending the day with friends and meeting athletes from all across South Carolina. I have to say a plate of crawfish was excellent recovery fuel and I can’t wait to tackle this years events,” said the 2014 Crawfish Challenge winner, Sam. M. Challenge your physical ability while getting pumped to the sounds of Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The 2015 Rosewood Crawfish Festival headliner. Like Food and Beer? There will plenty of appealing options for you to reward yourself after completing the Crawfish Challenge. Craw Fish Challenge Registration: $75 until 11:59 p.m. April 19th, 2015 $90 from April 20th-until close of Registration th Registration closes on Monday, April 27​ T-Shirts​To be guaranteed a shirt you must register no later than Monday, April th​ 20​. You will receive instructions in your confirmation email to verify your division, date of birth and T-shirt size Please register through this link https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=189454&stype=-101&sVi ew=day or send payment via PayPal to ​Josh@crossfitsodacity.com Sign in will begin at 7 a.m. and the challenge will take place from 8 a.m.- 4p.m. Winners will be announced and claim prizes on the main stage at the end of the event. Prizes for the top 3 male and female winners include gifts from Nutrishop Columbia, Bikram Yoga, Carolina Fitness Magazine, Green Room Events and many more!

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Festival of Roses Road Race with the Orangeburg YMCA

Orangeburg Fine Arts Center 649 Riverside Drive Orangeburg, SC 29115

5k, 12k, Double Down (17K) and Kids Fun Run at the beautiful Edisto Gardens in Orangeburg. This race has an event for all fitness levels! All proceeds benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign Campaign, which lives by its mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities each day by never turning anyone away who cannot afford a YMCA program or Y-service. For fees, to register and more info visit http://www.orangeburgymca.org

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Relay for Life-Lexington County

River Bluff High School

Relay for Life-Lexington will be held SATURDAY, May 2, 2015 at River Bluff High School. Relay For Life teams are committed to finishing the fight against cancer and raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission. Teams and individuals can sign up for the Relay For Life event by visiting www.RelayForLife.org/lexingtonsc or by calling 1-800-227-2345.

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Sunday, May 03

PBC Homecoming & Golden Age Day

Pinewood Baptist Church

PINEWOOD, SC - Pinewood Baptist Church will have Homecoming and Golden Age Sunday May 3, 2015, beginning with Sunday School at 10 AM followed by the Morning Worship Service at 11 AM. All seniors will be honored. Special music will be provided, and a covered dish lunch will follow the morning services. All are welcome, and a nursery will be provided. Pinewood Baptist is located on Highway 261 in Pinewood, SC. For more information, please contact the church office at (803) 452-5373 or visit the website at www.pinewoodbaptist.org.

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The Big Nosh

6719 North Trenholm Road, Columbia SC 29206

The Big Nosh Tree of Life Jewish Cultural Festival Sunday, May 3, 2015 Tree of Life Congregation 6719 North Trenholm Road Columbia, SC 29206 11 am – 3 pm Free Onsite Parking FREE Admission The sixth annual BIG NOSH event will celebrate “everything Jewish”, including food, entertainment, and education. Eat in or take out mouth-watering Jewish foods such as bagels, deli offerings, matzah ball soup (Jewish penicillin), stuffed cabbage, brisket, baked goods, and more. Enjoy local music, make a challah, and participate in a model Passover Seder. Plus, get a look at Israel, celebrate Jewish holidays and life cycle events, and tour the Temple sanctuary with hands-on activities and discussion groups. The BIG NOSH supports Habitat for Humanity, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Cooperative Ministries, the Family Shelter, the Red Cross Blood Drive, and other community programs. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Temple Office (803) 787-2182 www.bignosh.org

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Tuesday, May 05

Early Columbia Lecture Series, Part II

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Early Columbia Lecture Series is back by popular demand! Part II, “The Capital City Rebuilds,” covers Columbia from 1865 to 1914, and it kicks off on the evening of April 14, running through May 19. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of Columbia Revisited, leads the series.

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Thursday, May 07

701 CCA Artist Reception - Shannon Rae Lindsey, winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014

United States

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is excited to announce that 701 CCA’s January/February artist in residence is Shannon Rae Lindsey, winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014. In 2014, the center presented the second installation of the 701 CCA Prize presenting finalists Andrew Blanchard of Spartanburg, Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston. The 701 CCA Prize 2014 is a competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. The Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The three finalists’ work was shown in the 701 CCA Prize 2014 exhibition, which opened October 30, 2014, and ran through December 21. The three finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Boston, Mass.; Brad Thomas, director of residencies and exhibitions at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, N.C.; and Hannah Davis, gallery and exhibitions manager at Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, S.C. As winner of the 701 CCA Prize, Lindsey receives a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA in the 1200 sq. ft. live/work unit; consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication. Her residency will focus on the creation of new works for a solo exhibition that will open May 7 with an artist’s reception, 7-9 p.m. and run through June 21. Lindsey’s residency will also include programs focusing on community outreach and engagement. Lindsey (b. 1985) last year received her MFA from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and in 2008 earned a BFA from the University of South Florida. She teaches art as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina. Her work has been included in some 20 exhibitions in Florida and South Carolina. Lindsey is an interdisciplinary artist who explores drawing, painting, sculpture and installation with unconventional materials and processes.

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701 CCA Artist Reception - Shannon Rae Lindsey, winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014

United States

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C., is excited to announce that 701 CCA’s January/February artist in residence is Shannon Rae Lindsey, winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2014. In 2014, the center presented the second installation of the 701 CCA Prize presenting finalists Andrew Blanchard of Spartanburg, Shannon Rae Lindsey of Columbia and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston. The 701 CCA Prize 2014 is a competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger. The Prize’s purpose is to identify and recognize young South Carolina artists whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit. The three finalists’ work was shown in the 701 CCA Prize 2014 exhibition, which opened October 30, 2014, and ran through December 21. The three finalists and winner were selected by an independent jury consisting of Barry Gaither, director and curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists in Boston, Mass.; Brad Thomas, director of residencies and exhibitions at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, N.C.; and Hannah Davis, gallery and exhibitions manager at Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, S.C. As winner of the 701 CCA Prize, Lindsey receives a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA in the 1200 sq. ft. live/work unit; consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication. Her residency will focus on the creation of new works for a solo exhibition that will open May 7 with an artist’s reception, 7-9 p.m. and run through June 21. Lindsey’s residency will also include programs focusing on community outreach and engagement. Lindsey (b. 1985) last year received her MFA from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and in 2008 earned a BFA from the University of South Florida. She teaches art as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina. Her work has been included in some 20 exhibitions in Florida and South Carolina. Lindsey is an interdisciplinary artist who explores drawing, painting, sculpture and installation with unconventional materials and processes.

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Friday, May 08

Columbia Green 24th Annual Festival of Gardens

Wildewood Neighborhood - 90 Mallet Hill Rd. Columbia, SC 29223

The 24th Annual Columbia Green Festival of Gardens will be held Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th, 2015. This year’s tour will feature at least twelve gardens, offering a variety of sizes and styles in the WildeWood neighborhood. The tour will again feature a Tea Party with garden related demonstrations, Master Gardeners and Marketplace vendors. WildeWood began as a planned community and covers 1,600 acres which is buffered by Sesquicentennial State Park. You may remember WildeWood was the site of the 2006 Festival of Gardens. Plan now to tour this beautiful neighborhood in the middle of a booming Northeast Columbia.

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Saturday, May 09

Columbia Green 24th Annual Festival of Gardens

Wildewood Neighborhood - 90 Mallet Hill Rd. Columbia, SC 29223

The 24th Annual Columbia Green Festival of Gardens will be held Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th, 2015. This year’s tour will feature at least twelve gardens, offering a variety of sizes and styles in the WildeWood neighborhood. The tour will again feature a Tea Party with garden related demonstrations, Master Gardeners and Marketplace vendors. WildeWood began as a planned community and covers 1,600 acres which is buffered by Sesquicentennial State Park. You may remember WildeWood was the site of the 2006 Festival of Gardens. Plan now to tour this beautiful neighborhood in the middle of a booming Northeast Columbia.

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Community Yard Sale

1501 Kennerly Road, Irmo, SC 29063

The Northwest YMCA is hosting a Community Yard Sale scheduled for Saturday May 9th We are currently selling spaces in our parking lot for $10 (YMCA members) and $15 (non-members). As a promotion, you can purchase one space & get an adjoining space for additional $5 (members) $8 (non-members), with a maximum reserve of 4 spaces. All proceeds for the sale benefit the Columbia YMCA Annual Campaign fund. The Annual Campaign provides memberships and programs for families in our community. Sellers may make additional contributions to the campaign from the sale of their items. Please contact the Northwest Y at 1501 Kennerly Road, Irmo, SC 29063, 803-407-8007 for additional details.

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Sunday, May 10

Second Sunday Stroll | Columbia’s Civil Rights History

Tour meets at the South Carolina State House, Gervais & Main Streets, Columbia, SC 29201

In South Carolina's capital city, courageous student activists, attorneys, and civil rights organizations waged a tenacious campaign to transform our community. Facing stiff opposition, these freedom fighters took action and forever changed a city, state, and nation. Explore Columbia's rich Civil Rights history in this walking tour down Columbia's Main Street, the site of many sit-ins, protests and marches where African American fought for self-determination and equality.

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Tuesday, May 12

WomenHeart Support Group

2001 Laurel St, Columbia

WomenHeart Columbia is a local chapter of the women’s support network for heart disease survivors, provided exclusively by Providence Hospital. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, women heart disease survivors come together to meet and offer support to each other, as well as, enjoy educational talks by healthcare professionals. There is no fee to participate in this support group.

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Early Columbia Lecture Series, Part II

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Early Columbia Lecture Series is back by popular demand! Part II, “The Capital City Rebuilds,” covers Columbia from 1865 to 1914, and it kicks off on the evening of April 14, running through May 19. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of Columbia Revisited, leads the series.

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Thursday, May 14

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29201

One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours! Grab your flashlight as we tour one of Columbia's oldest cemeteries and discover centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within Elmwood Cemetery's acres of carefully planned grounds. The perfect after-work activity, our cemetery tours are an event the whole family will enjoy. Choose from two tour options every month through September: • Secrets from the Grave Tours, 7:30 pm: Join us before dark to study the symbols found on many of the markers and headstones in this historic cemetery. • Moonlight Cemetery Tours, 8 & 8:30 pm: Tour Elmwood Cemetery and discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia's 19th and 20th centuries.

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Friday, May 15

Extend into Summer with Hammond Summer Programs!

Hammond School

Extend into Summer with Hammond Summer Programs on Friday, May 15 from 3 PM - 5 PM at the Edens Football Stadium on Hammond's campus. All families are invited to attend this event free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Don't forget to bring your swim suit and towel! Children will have an enjoyable afternoon with bounce houses, water slides, balloon animals, cotton candy, and much more!

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Saturday, May 16

Blazerfest

Ridge View High School

The Ridge View High School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is sponsoring its Annual Blazerfest on Saturday, May 16, 2015. This year is special because it marks Ridge View’s 20th Anniversary. Blazer Fest is a community outreach event that highlights various service organizations and businesses in the Northeast Columbia area. The event will feature live entertainment, food concessions, business vendors, music and the children's area filled with bounce houses and games. The festival will feature "Ridge View Lane", an exhibition of outstanding academics, sports and extracurricular programs at Ridge View High School. We invite you to come out and join us for a fun-filled day in the sun. If you have any questions, concerns or need additional information please contact Lahassanda Brown by email at lahassanda@hotmail.com.

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Sunday, May 17

Craft & Kvell

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

JCC: Craft & Kvell Sunday, May 17, 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, August 23, 2015 Sunday, October 18, 2015

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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, May 19

Mended Hearts Support Group

2701 Laurel Street, Classroom 3, Columbia - Providence Health Education Center

Mended Hearts is a national non-profit organization made up of nearly 18,000 individuals in 300 chapters nationwide who share their stories by volunteering their time to visit patients in the hospital. Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, volunteers that are all past heart patients, meet to connect with others in order to answer questions and provide comfort to current heart patients dealing with the same situation. There is no fee to participate in this support group.

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Early Columbia Lecture Series, Part II

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Early Columbia Lecture Series is back by popular demand! Part II, “The Capital City Rebuilds,” covers Columbia from 1865 to 1914, and it kicks off on the evening of April 14, running through May 19. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of Columbia Revisited, leads the series.

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Saturday, May 23

Acting Classes for Children & Adults Taught By Star Actor

South Carolina Film Institute

Acting classes will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the South Carolina Film Institute. Children’s classes are 12pm-4pm and adult classes are from 4pm-8pm. 2927 Devine Street Suite 130 Columbia, SC 29205 The classes will be taught by Javon Johnson who is a professional actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright who is dedicated to sharing his expertise with aspiring and established artists. Javon has taught acting and stage combat at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his M.F.A. He’s also a member of SAG, AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors Equity Association, and The Dramatist Guild. Javon Johnson has appeared in movies and television shows including Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Dogma, Prison Break, The Poker House, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, and Survivor’s Remorse. Whether you’re a professional or inexperienced actor, Javon Johnson will work with you to enhance your creative intellect and strategically develop the mental endurance needed to maintain discipline in pursuing your acting goals! His workshops cover set etiquette, scene study, character development, auditioning, script analysis, cold reads, and industry standards. http://www.nytimes.com/movies/person/528642/Javon-Johnson

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Jailbreak 5k

Lexington County Sheriff's Department, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, SC 29072

Family Fun For Everyone! The Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation’s 9th annual “Jailbreak 5K” will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The race begins at 8:00 am. Registration is $25.00 through May 22, and $30.00 on race day. Online registration for the event can be completed at www.strictlyrunning.com (799-4786). For more information, call Lee Marshall at 513-2007. All proceeds go to support professional law enforcement services in Lexington County.

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Saturday, May 30

2015 Fight For Air Climb

Capitol Center - 1201 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201

The Fight for Air Climb is a vertical climb that challenges participants to climb up the 25 floors (479 steps) of the Capitol Center in downtown Columbia. It is a professionally timed and ranked event that gives participants the opportunity to compete against the clock and conquer the tallest building in the city. Whether your goal is to win the event, or just make it to the top, we guarantee you’ll walk away with a brand new appreciation for your lungs! Proceed raised will support the American Lung Association in its mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, particularly through local research and advocacy programs. Those that want to join the ALA in its mission and support the Fight for Air Climb, but may not plan to climb stairs, are invited to participate as a Virtual Climber. If you will not be in Columbia on May 30th, or have health conditions which make stair climbing inadvisable, this is another opportunity to be a part of the event. To learn how you can help support or participate the Fight for Air Climb, become a virtual climber, or form a climb team, please contact Melissa Goforth, Area Manager, at 803.779.5864 or via e-mail at MGoforth@LungSC.org . You may also visit the Fight for Air Climb site at www.ClimbColumbia.org

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Run Red Bank 5k, 10k and Kids Fun Run

Lexington Family YMCA 401 YMCA Rd. Lexington, SC 29073

Come run, jog, or walk with us in Run Red Bank! The course is welcoming to beginners and pros alike and is USATF certified. Families and kids are welcome! Proceeds benefit the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which lives by its mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities each day by never turning anyone away who cannot afford a YMCA program or Y-service. Cash prizes to each of men’s and women’s winners of the 5K and 10K! Start/finish at Lexington YMCA. Register and more info at http://www.columbiaymca.org

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Run Red Bank 5k, 10k and Kids Fun Run

Lexington Family YMCA 401 YMCA Rd. Lexington, SC 29073

Come run, jog, or walk with us in Run Red Bank! The course is welcoming to beginners and pros alike and is USATF certified. Families and kids are welcome! Proceeds benefit the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which lives by its mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities each day by never turning anyone away who cannot afford a YMCA program or Y-service. Cash prizes to each of men’s and women’s winners of the 5K and 10K! Start/finish at Lexington YMCA. Register and more info at http://www.columbiaymca.org

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Ride For a Life for the United Cerebral Palsy of SC

United Cerebral Palsy of SC 1101 Harbor Dr., West Columbia, SC 29169

PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT THIS ORGANIZATION & MAD HATTERS RC. IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAVE GIVEN, UCP of SOUTH CAROLINA, A COUPLE OF GOOD DONATIONS FROM OUR EVENT THAT WE HELP CO-SPONSER WITH UCP of SOUTH CAROLINA. WE ARE HELPING THEM OUT AGAIN THIS YEAR. THE STATE DOES VERY LITTLE TO HELP OUT THIS ORGANAZATION. UCP OF SOUTH CAROLINA DOES AN AWESOME JOB FOR THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE MEMBERS OF THIER FAMILY THAT ARE AFFECTED. NO MATTER HOW BIG OR HOW SMALL YOUR DONATION IS, IT WILL HELP THEM OUT TO KEEP DOING THE GOOD THAT THEY ARE DOING.

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Friday, June 05

The Fortitude Foundation and the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc present the 15th Annual Scholarship Gala

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

I invite you to join me in celebrating our 15th Annual Scholarship Gala on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This is our signature fundraising event and your continued support is always appreciated. Tickets are $35 and we will have live music by Terence Young Project, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and lots of other special treats!

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Saturday, June 06

The Fortitude Foundation and the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc present the 15th Annual Scholarship Gala

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

I invite you to join me in celebrating our 15th Annual Scholarship Gala on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. This is our signature fundraising event and your continued support is always appreciated. Tickets are $35 and we will have live music by Terence Young Project, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and lots of other special treats!

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Tuesday, June 09

WomenHeart Support Group

2001 Laurel St, Columbia

WomenHeart Columbia is a local chapter of the women’s support network for heart disease survivors, provided exclusively by Providence Hospital. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, women heart disease survivors come together to meet and offer support to each other, as well as, enjoy educational talks by healthcare professionals. There is no fee to participate in this support group.

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Thursday, June 11

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29201

One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours! Grab your flashlight as we tour one of Columbia's oldest cemeteries and discover centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within Elmwood Cemetery's acres of carefully planned grounds. The perfect after-work activity, our cemetery tours are an event the whole family will enjoy. Choose from two tour options every month through September: • Secrets from the Grave Tours, 7:30 pm: Join us before dark to study the symbols found on many of the markers and headstones in this historic cemetery. • Moonlight Cemetery Tours, 8 & 8:30 pm: Tour Elmwood Cemetery and discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia's 19th and 20th centuries.

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Monday, June 15

4th Annual Columbia Fashion Week

Various Locations Downtown Columbia

Style is out, FASHION is in! Now in its fourth year, Columbia Fashion Week (formerly Columbia Style Week) has become one of the city’s most anticipated community events. Featuring multiple days and nights of high fashion by designers from all over the world, live entertainment, chic mixers and parties, exclusive shopping, and fashion education, the Mayor of Columbia has proclaimed June 15th – 20th Columbia’s official fashion week. Visit www.columbiafashionweek.com for the complete line up of events.

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Tuesday, June 16

Summer Harvest Week at Motor Supply Co Bistro

920 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Explore eccentric combinations of farm-to-table food and drink at Motor Supply Co. Bistro during Harvest Week, June 16-21, 2015. Accomplished Executive Chef Wes Fulmer presents bold flavor pairings in locally sourced, limited-edition dishes, while Head Barman Josh Streetman mixes an eccentric, celebrated cocktail menu. Kick off the week by mingling with Motor Supply’s year-round local purveyors at ‘Meet the Farmer Happy Hour’ Tues., June 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 920 Gervais St. Columbia, S.C. 29201. 803-256-6687; www.motorsupplycobistro.com. @motorsupply; #HarvestWeek.

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Mended Hearts Support Group

2701 Laurel Street, Classroom 3, Columbia - Providence Health Education Center

Mended Hearts is a national non-profit organization made up of nearly 18,000 individuals in 300 chapters nationwide who share their stories by volunteering their time to visit patients in the hospital. Every 3rd Tuesday of each month, volunteers that are all past heart patients, meet to connect with others in order to answer questions and provide comfort to current heart patients dealing with the same situation. There is no fee to participate in this support group.

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4th Annual Columbia Fashion Week

Various Locations Downtown Columbia

Style is out, FASHION is in! Now in its fourth year, Columbia Fashion Week (formerly Columbia Style Week) has become one of the city’s most anticipated community events. Featuring multiple days and nights of high fashion by designers from all over the world, live entertainment, chic mixers and parties, exclusive shopping, and fashion education, the Mayor of Columbia has proclaimed June 15th – 20th Columbia’s official fashion week. Visit www.columbiafashionweek.com for the complete line up of events.

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Wednesday, June 17

Summer Harvest Week at Motor Supply Co Bistro

920 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Explore eccentric combinations of farm-to-table food and drink at Motor Supply Co. Bistro during Harvest Week, June 16-21, 2015. Accomplished Executive Chef Wes Fulmer presents bold flavor pairings in locally sourced, limited-edition dishes, while Head Barman Josh Streetman mixes an eccentric, celebrated cocktail menu. Kick off the week by mingling with Motor Supply’s year-round local purveyors at ‘Meet the Farmer Happy Hour’ Tues., June 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 920 Gervais St. Columbia, S.C. 29201. 803-256-6687; www.motorsupplycobistro.com. @motorsupply; #HarvestWeek.

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4th Annual Columbia Fashion Week

Various Locations Downtown Columbia

Style is out, FASHION is in! Now in its fourth year, Columbia Fashion Week (formerly Columbia Style Week) has become one of the city’s most anticipated community events. Featuring multiple days and nights of high fashion by designers from all over the world, live entertainment, chic mixers and parties, exclusive shopping, and fashion education, the Mayor of Columbia has proclaimed June 15th – 20th Columbia’s official fashion week. Visit www.columbiafashionweek.com for the complete line up of events.

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Thursday, June 18

Summer Harvest Week at Motor Supply Co Bistro

920 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Explore eccentric combinations of farm-to-table food and drink at Motor Supply Co. Bistro during Harvest Week, June 16-21, 2015. Accomplished Executive Chef Wes Fulmer presents bold flavor pairings in locally sourced, limited-edition dishes, while Head Barman Josh Streetman mixes an eccentric, celebrated cocktail menu. Kick off the week by mingling with Motor Supply’s year-round local purveyors at ‘Meet the Farmer Happy Hour’ Tues., June 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 920 Gervais St. Columbia, S.C. 29201. 803-256-6687; www.motorsupplycobistro.com. @motorsupply; #HarvestWeek.

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4th Annual Columbia Fashion Week

Various Locations Downtown Columbia

Style is out, FASHION is in! Now in its fourth year, Columbia Fashion Week (formerly Columbia Style Week) has become one of the city’s most anticipated community events. Featuring multiple days and nights of high fashion by designers from all over the world, live entertainment, chic mixers and parties, exclusive shopping, and fashion education, the Mayor of Columbia has proclaimed June 15th – 20th Columbia’s official fashion week. Visit www.columbiafashionweek.com for the complete line up of events.

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Friday, June 19

Summer Harvest Week at Motor Supply Co Bistro

920 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Explore eccentric combinations of farm-to-table food and drink at Motor Supply Co. Bistro during Harvest Week, June 16-21, 2015. Accomplished Executive Chef Wes Fulmer presents bold flavor pairings in locally sourced, limited-edition dishes, while Head Barman Josh Streetman mixes an eccentric, celebrated cocktail menu. Kick off the week by mingling with Motor Supply’s year-round local purveyors at ‘Meet the Farmer Happy Hour’ Tues., June 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 920 Gervais St. Columbia, S.C. 29201. 803-256-6687; www.motorsupplycobistro.com. @motorsupply; #HarvestWeek.

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4th Annual Columbia Fashion Week

Various Locations Downtown Columbia

Style is out, FASHION is in! Now in its fourth year, Columbia Fashion Week (formerly Columbia Style Week) has become one of the city’s most anticipated community events. Featuring multiple days and nights of high fashion by designers from all over the world, live entertainment, chic mixers and parties, exclusive shopping, and fashion education, the Mayor of Columbia has proclaimed June 15th – 20th Columbia’s official fashion week. Visit www.columbiafashionweek.com for the complete line up of events.

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Saturday, June 20

Summer Harvest Week at Motor Supply Co Bistro

920 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Explore eccentric combinations of farm-to-table food and drink at Motor Supply Co. Bistro during Harvest Week, June 16-21, 2015. Accomplished Executive Chef Wes Fulmer presents bold flavor pairings in locally sourced, limited-edition dishes, while Head Barman Josh Streetman mixes an eccentric, celebrated cocktail menu. Kick off the week by mingling with Motor Supply’s year-round local purveyors at ‘Meet the Farmer Happy Hour’ Tues., June 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 920 Gervais St. Columbia, S.C. 29201. 803-256-6687; www.motorsupplycobistro.com. @motorsupply; #HarvestWeek.

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4th Annual Columbia Fashion Week

Various Locations Downtown Columbia

Style is out, FASHION is in! Now in its fourth year, Columbia Fashion Week (formerly Columbia Style Week) has become one of the city’s most anticipated community events. Featuring multiple days and nights of high fashion by designers from all over the world, live entertainment, chic mixers and parties, exclusive shopping, and fashion education, the Mayor of Columbia has proclaimed June 15th – 20th Columbia’s official fashion week. Visit www.columbiafashionweek.com for the complete line up of events.

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Sunday, June 21

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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Summer Harvest Week at Motor Supply Co Bistro

920 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201

Explore eccentric combinations of farm-to-table food and drink at Motor Supply Co. Bistro during Harvest Week, June 16-21, 2015. Accomplished Executive Chef Wes Fulmer presents bold flavor pairings in locally sourced, limited-edition dishes, while Head Barman Josh Streetman mixes an eccentric, celebrated cocktail menu. Kick off the week by mingling with Motor Supply’s year-round local purveyors at ‘Meet the Farmer Happy Hour’ Tues., June 16, 5:30-7:00 p.m. 920 Gervais St. Columbia, S.C. 29201. 803-256-6687; www.motorsupplycobistro.com. @motorsupply; #HarvestWeek.

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Monday, June 22

Mission: History Summer Camp

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

History will come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds and houses of Historic Columbia. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure in time as we explore what it was like to live in the past! Each day, kids will have a mission to explore a different aspect of history including food, archaeology, music, art, storytelling and even silent film through games, crafts and play.

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Tuesday, June 23

Mission: History Summer Camp

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

History will come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds and houses of Historic Columbia. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure in time as we explore what it was like to live in the past! Each day, kids will have a mission to explore a different aspect of history including food, archaeology, music, art, storytelling and even silent film through games, crafts and play.

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Wednesday, June 24

Mission: History Summer Camp

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

History will come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds and houses of Historic Columbia. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure in time as we explore what it was like to live in the past! Each day, kids will have a mission to explore a different aspect of history including food, archaeology, music, art, storytelling and even silent film through games, crafts and play.

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Thursday, June 25

Mission: History Summer Camp

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

History will come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds and houses of Historic Columbia. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure in time as we explore what it was like to live in the past! Each day, kids will have a mission to explore a different aspect of history including food, archaeology, music, art, storytelling and even silent film through games, crafts and play.

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Friday, June 26

Mission: History Summer Camp

Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

History will come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds and houses of Historic Columbia. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure in time as we explore what it was like to live in the past! Each day, kids will have a mission to explore a different aspect of history including food, archaeology, music, art, storytelling and even silent film through games, crafts and play.

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Saturday, June 27

2015 Midlands Baby, Kids & Family Expo

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

The Midlands Baby, Kids & Family Expo returns to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Last year, hundreds of families came out for a full day of learning and fun! The Expo focuses on sharing essential resources regarding safety, health & wellness, pregnancy, special needs, education, and other important family topics, products, and services. The 2015 Expo fills both floors of the Convention Center with exhibits, workshops, and fun, interactive activity zones. Free admission and free activities for the whole family focusing on learning, pampering, and fun to include crafts, fitness zones, health screenings, bounce houses, face painting, stage performances, and much more. A special thank you to our sponsors: BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid Palmetto Parent St. Peters Catholic School South Carolina Virtual Charter School For more information please contact info@CarolinaFamilyExpos.com.

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Thursday, July 09

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29201

One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours! Grab your flashlight as we tour one of Columbia's oldest cemeteries and discover centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within Elmwood Cemetery's acres of carefully planned grounds. The perfect after-work activity, our cemetery tours are an event the whole family will enjoy. Choose from two tour options every month through September: • Secrets from the Grave Tours, 7:30 pm: Join us before dark to study the symbols found on many of the markers and headstones in this historic cemetery. • Moonlight Cemetery Tours, 8 & 8:30 pm: Tour Elmwood Cemetery and discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia's 19th and 20th centuries.

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Tuesday, July 14

WomenHeart Support Group

2001 Laurel St, Columbia

WomenHeart Columbia is a local chapter of the women’s support network for heart disease survivors, provided exclusively by Providence Hospital. Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, women heart disease survivors come together to meet and offer support to each other, as well as, enjoy educational talks by healthcare professionals. There is no fee to participate in this support group.

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Friday, July 17

60th Annual Beaufort Water Festival

1014 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

This year, Beaufort, S.C., celebrates the 60th anniversary of its Beaufort Water Festival (#BFTWaterFestival), a 10-day annual event that captures the coastal town’s Lowcountry culture and cuisine. With activities and events for everyone, the 2015 festival takes place from July 17 through July 26. To learn more about the festival and the town that Coastal Living readers named “American’s Happiest Seaside Town”, visit www.BeaufortSC.org and www.bftwaterfestival.com.

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Saturday, July 18

60th Annual Beaufort Water Festival

1014 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

This year, Beaufort, S.C., celebrates the 60th anniversary of its Beaufort Water Festival (#BFTWaterFestival), a 10-day annual event that captures the coastal town’s Lowcountry culture and cuisine. With activities and events for everyone, the 2015 festival takes place from July 17 through July 26. To learn more about the festival and the town that Coastal Living readers named “American’s Happiest Seaside Town”, visit www.BeaufortSC.org and www.bftwaterfestival.com.

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Repticon Columbia Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Jamil Temple 206 Jamil Rd. Columbia, SC 29210

Repticon Columbia is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Hours: Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am) Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry) Admission: Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets

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Bump, Baby & Kidz Expo

Trenholm Park Gymnasium, 3900 Covenant Road, Columbia, SC 29204

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: JEANETTE DEMPSEY PRODUCER BUMP, BABY & KIDZ EXPOS 803.381.7733 bbkexpos@gmail.com www.bbkexpos.com Macaroni Kid Columbia - Producers Seeking Local & National Sponsors for their First Annual Consumer Oriented Trade Show Columbia, SC – Macaroni Kid Columbia producer of the first annual "Bump, Baby & Kidz Expo" invite the most trend setting baby and children product manufacturers and service providers to participate in their consumer oriented trade show to be held at Trenholm Park Gymnasium, 3900 Covenant Road, Columbia on July 18 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Bump, Baby & Kidz Expo is a one-of-a-kind, one-day event for "hip moms, trendy tots and posh children" presenting all things baby and children in an atmosphere attractive to manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike. This exclusive event is expected to draw more than 300 attendees and focuses on safety, education, health, fashion, design trends, products and services appealing to Columbia families. The Bump, Baby & Kidz Expo uniquely combines aspects of both a trade show and a consumer show. Manufacturers may use Bump, Baby & Kidz Expo as a vehicle to launch new products, build relationships with potential vendors, create profitable co-op opportunities and obtain valuable consumer input for use in product development and targeted marketing. Consumers with a knowledgeable baby and children market awareness will be able to find the latest products and most desired fashion lines that will ensure their children’s individuality. Generally trade shows are strictly reserved for manufacturers and consumer shows for retailers. We feel we have created a formula that successfully brings together the best of both worlds. This show is unique in that it affords opportunities for just about anyone interested in the rapidly expanding up to the minute, high-quality segment of the prenatal to school years market. This one day event is expected to showcase the latest and ultimate products and services displayed in 50+ booths. An array of items will be featured for baby and children safety, education, health & beauty and wellness. There will also be safety demonstration, children entertainment, pregnancy & babywearing fashion show, train rides, meet & greet with characters, face painting and much more!. The Bump, Baby & Kidz Expo will be the "must attend" baby and children event of the season. Health Providers, Hospitals and Manufacturers are encouraged to participate on any of several levels; sponsorships, exhibits or promotions. For more information on Bump, Baby & Kidz Expo or to reserve your space now, contact Jeanette Dempsey at 803.381.7733 or by e-mail at bbkexpos@gmail.com.

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Sunday, July 19

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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60th Annual Beaufort Water Festival

1014 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

This year, Beaufort, S.C., celebrates the 60th anniversary of its Beaufort Water Festival (#BFTWaterFestival), a 10-day annual event that captures the coastal town’s Lowcountry culture and cuisine. With activities and events for everyone, the 2015 festival takes place from July 17 through July 26. To learn more about the festival and the town that Coastal Living readers named “American’s Happiest Seaside Town”, visit www.BeaufortSC.org and www.bftwaterfestival.com.

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Repticon Columbia Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Jamil Temple 206 Jamil Rd. Columbia, SC 29210

Repticon Columbia is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Hours: Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am) Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry) Admission: Adults - $10, Children (5-12) - $5, Under 5 - Free Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets

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