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Tuesday, March 31

PMI SC Midlands Chapter "Dinner Event"

Midlands Technical College, Northeast Campus, 151 Powell Street, Columbia, SC 29203

Ticket Price: $20, including dinner Core Skills for Facilitating Project Meetings *Have you ever led project meetings that have been de-railed by conflicts, confusion, lack of buy-in or poor participation? *Overcome these barriers and others by learning core facilitation skills leading to effective and successful project meetings. Speaker: Jerry Horan For twenty years, Jerry has worked as an IT & Business Process Consultant. In this capacity, Jerry has consulted for a variety of companies, including Covansys (CSC), and RCG Information Technology, Inc., and BCBSSC. Past clients include Walgreens, Kraft Foods, Hewitt & Associates, Alliant Foodservice, and TransGuard Insurance. In the past 15 plus years of facilitating, he has led sessions on Strategic Planning, Process Improvement, Change Management, Requirements Gathering, Process Mapping, Problem Solving, and Building Consensus.

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Wednesday, April 01

Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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Thursday, April 02

April First Thursday at Tapps!

Tapp's Arts Center

Join us for a closing party of Youth Art Month. Get a drink and listen some music in the garden by Dr. Roundhouse (http://www.reverbnation.com/drroundhouse), find out the winning works of the Palmetto Pride contest, and celebrate the talent of Columbia's K-12 artists!

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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Friday, April 03

Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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Homeschool Friday | Robert Mills House as a Seminary

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

Few people realize that the Robert Mills House was never used as a private residence; shortly after it was completed, the home was turned into a seminary. This program will explore the history of the site as a seminary and other religious educational institutions. 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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PBC Easter Events

Pinewood Baptist Church

PINEWOOD, SC - Pinewood Baptist Church will have Good Friday Service April 3 at 6:30 PM. Easter Sunday Services for April 5, will be as follows: Sunrise Service at 7:15 AM, breakfast at 7:45 AM, Sunday School at 9 AM, and Morning Worship Service at 10 AM. 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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Saturday, April 04

Bunny Hop 5K at the Downtown YMCA

1420 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201

A 5k that starts and ends at the Y through historic Downtown Columbia. Benefits the Y’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 the top 3 male and female finishers and age group awards! Packet pickup day before or an hour before race begins. $25 registration includes t-shirt, ages 6 and up. Register and more info at http://www.columbiaymca.org

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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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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Resurrection Run 5k and Power Walk

4801 Forest Drive Columbia, SC behind First Citizens Bank is registration

Resurrection Run 5k and Power Walk is an event to assist the less fortunate widow. This is our 14th year of sponsoring the race. It commemorates the run/walk that Mary, Peter, John and others made to and from the empty tomb of Jesus on Resurrection Day. All proceeds from this event are used to provide service, ministry and outreach for these widows. Will you help us again this year, help them? The sponsor of the race is ATC Life Changing Ministrie; atclifechangingministries.com

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Sumter County Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Swan Lake Gardens

The Sumter County Recreation Department and The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Sumter presents its Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Swan Lake Gardens on Saturday, April 4, 2015 beginning at 10:00am. This is a great family event with age appropriate egg hunts, contests and a visit from the Easter Bunny to fill the day with Easter cheer! This event is free and open to all children up to 12 years of age. For more information call the Recreation Department at (803) 436-2248. There will also be various Contest and Events: Age Group The Best Decorated Easter Bonnet or Cap 2 & Under The Best Decorated Easter Tricycle/Bicycle 3 & 4 Old The Best Decorated Easter Bicycle 5-6 Years Old The Best Decorated Easter Egg (Limit of 5) 7-9 Years The Best Decorated Easter Hat or Cap 10 – 12 Years

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PBC Easter Events

Pinewood Baptist Church

PINEWOOD, SC - Pinewood Baptist Church will have Good Friday Service April 3 at 6:30 PM. Easter Sunday Services for April 5, will be as follows: Sunrise Service at 7:15 AM, breakfast at 7:45 AM, Sunday School at 9 AM, and Morning Worship Service at 10 AM. 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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Hopefest

930 Longtown Road, Columbia SC 29229

Come celebrate the Easter season at Hopefest! This will be a fun, exciting event geared toward connecting with families and kids in the Northeast Columbia community and surrounding. Everyone is invited out for a time of fun, fellowship, and FREE food. We will see you there! Check out some more things we will be having at our event: (ALL FREE) *egg hunt *inflatables *full petting zoo *pony rides *giveaways/prizes *facepainting *sno cones *cotton candy *bbq cook off

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Hopefest

930 Longtown Road, Columbia SC 29229

Come celebrate the Easter season at Hopefest! This will be a fun, exciting event geared toward connecting with families and kids in the Northeast Columbia community and surrounding. Everyone is invited out for a time of fun, fellowship, and FREE food. We will see you there! Check out some more things we will be having at our event: (ALL FREE) *egg hunt *inflatables *full petting zoo *pony rides *giveaways/prizes *facepainting *sno cones *cotton candy *bbq cook off

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Sunday, April 05

Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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PBC Easter Events

Pinewood Baptist Church

PINEWOOD, SC - Pinewood Baptist Church will have Good Friday Service April 3 at 6:30 PM. Easter Sunday Services for April 5, will be as follows: Sunrise Service at 7:15 AM, breakfast at 7:45 AM, Sunday School at 9 AM, and Morning Worship Service at 10 AM. 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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Easter Sunday Jazz with The Terence Young Experience

Rue 77 (1301 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201)

This Easter Sunday Terence Young, one of Columbia’s well-known jazz guitarists, will host Easter Sunday Jazz featuring The Terence Young Experience on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Rue 77 in downtown Columbia (1301 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC). Tickets are $15 in advance; table and seating reservations are available. This high-energy, entertaining jazz group performs a set that can be described as a concoction of old and new school R&B, Soul and Smooth Jazz hits; and you never get the same thing twice. The Terence Young Experience is a great introduction to jazz for those who have not yet gained an appreciation for the genre, and a welcomed fix for the jazz and music enthusiast. The audience will enjoy relatable, fun, feel-good tunes that will make them want to get up and dance. There will be delicious food, a trendy yet casual atmosphere and good vibes, the perfect way to end a holiday. Tickets may be purchased online at easterjazz.eventbrite.com or by calling 803-730-5544. For more information about The Terence Young Experience visit www.terenceyoungmusic.com.

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Easter Sunrise Service at the State House (front steps)

SC State House, 1101 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

You are invited to the 2015 Resurrection Sunday Sunrise Service at the State House (front steps). April 5: 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM All are welcome to this community celebration of Christ's resurrection! Come and bring someone with you. Seating available on the front steps. For more information, please call (803)765-9711, x203 LOCATION: 1101 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201 INCLEMENT WEATHER LOCATION: Elmwood Ave Church of God, 1427 Elmwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29201 TO VIEW POSTER: http://www.elmwoodcog.org/#!upcoming-events HOST CHURCH WEBSITE: http://www.elmwoodcog.org/#!

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Tuesday, April 07

Providence Cooks!

Providence Orthopedic Hospital, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd., Columbia - Main Lobby

This award winning cooking class is more than just another demonstration. This is the key to making heart healthy food a flavorful staple in your diet. From tailgating to a multi-course holiday meal, this is by far Providence Hospitals’ most popular community class offering. Join our chefs, registered dietitian, and special guests for the next Providence Cooks! class, offered on the 1st Tuesday of most months of the year. Each class is $20 per person. Pre-registration is required, so please call 803-256-5381 or (toll free) 877-256-5381 to register.

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Wednesday, April 08

Peer Critique Happy Hour (Part III)

Peer Critique is right around the corner, take the challenge and bring in your work. You'll thank us later :) Every other Wednesday, Tapp’s is hosting an informal evening of drinks and constructive discussion about your peers' artwork. This is an effort to foster community, possible collaboration, but most importantly, peer review. You do not have to show work to participate, but we do want you to be active in the discussion. Informal peer critique allows artists to externalize compositional and conceptual thinking, changing the platform of self-reflection and fostering activation from a community of practice. Tapp’s wants to build this community of peers to strengthen Columbia’s creative class. We plan on doing so by providing a central space to develop a collective critical analysis of art. Please note: We want a serious (but fun) review. We don’t want to tell people that their artwork is ‘pretty’, or ‘interesting’ (we know we’ve got a whole city of talent already), we want to challenge artists to push the boundaries of their creative practice. We want artists to be charged with a spectrum of emotions at the end of the night [anger, lust, determination, inspiration, happiness…], so that in two weeks, they come back with something into which we can really sink our teeth. Bring work in any media, and make this routine, your insight can only help someone become a better artist.

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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Thursday, April 09

Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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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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Speaking of Your Health: Pretty Shoes...Ugly Feet

Providence Orthopedic Hospital, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd. Columbia, SC 29203 (I-77 at Farrow Road)

The price of high fashion can extend beyond what you pay at the register! Don’t let your pretty shoes become a major pain. Moore Center for Orthopedics foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Bret Smith, will discuss many common sources of foot and ankle pain that may be related to footwear, along with available treatment options. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. There is no charge for this event. Please call (toll free) 877-256-5381 or online at http://bit.ly/Pretty-Shoes to register. Thursday, April 9th 6:30-7:30 pm Providence Orthopedic Hospital, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd., Columbia – Classrooms 1 & 2

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POV Presents: I Am Cuba at Tapp's 2nd Thursday Cinema

Tapp's Arts Center

Tapp’s Art center and Point of View Film Series present a monthly screening featuring the rare, the beloved, the cult classic, the hard-to-swallow- all those films that engage and sustain a film lover’s passion for the cinema. Grab some popcorn, candies, and a couple beers, take a seat in the chairs provided, or bring your own (couches ARE welcome), and join us every 2nd Thursday for a communion of silver screen rapport. Next Screening: I Am Cuba: “I Am Cuba” is an anti-American propaganda film, made as a Cuban-Soviet co-production, that has been snatched from oblivion, restored, and released in the United States as a presentation of Martin Scorsese and Francis Coppola. Since the film’s prediction of a brave new world under Fidel Castro has not resulted in a utopia for Cubans, who suffer under one of the world’s most dismal bureaucracies, the film today seems naive and dated – but fascinating. –Roger Ebert Runtime: 140min. Point of View meets in the Skyline room of Tapp's Arts Center the second Thursday of each month. Our screening will start promptly at 7pm. Admission: $5.00 Popcorn, snacks, soda, beer & wine available for purchase.

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Friday, April 10

Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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Saturday, April 11

701 CCA Presents: Columbia Open Studios

April 11-12, 2015 701 Center for Contemporary Art presents the 5th anniversary of Columbia Open Studios, a free, self-led driving tour of artists’ working studios spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties, showcasing the Midlands’ brilliant visual art community. This weekend-long tour allows the public to meet and interact with the artists in a variety of unique studio environments. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. Preview party at 701 Whaley April 9, 7-9 p.m. Visit www.columbiaopenstudios.org for more information. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/352696508237582/

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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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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4th Annual “It’s All About Herbs” Festival at the Lexington County Museum

The Lexington County Museum is located at 231 Fox Street, Lexington, SC

4th Annual “It’s All About Herbs” Festival at the Lexington County Museum Presented by The Herb Bunch of Lexington, SC Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9am – 4pm The Lexington County Museum is located at 231 Fox Street, Lexington, SC *Free Admission *Plant sale with numerous varieties of herbs and other plants grown especially for our festival *Three limited seating, $5 ticketed educational seminars: 1. Donna ( Bundrick) Griffin, marketing/ PR for Rawl Farms will present a cooking demonstration. 2. Rudy Mancke, a well-known SC naturalist will speak. The topic will be announced at a later date. 3. Barbara Whittaker will provide a grilling pizza with herbs demonstration. *A special event will be our “TEA TIME”, a $15 ticketed, limited seating event featuring teas and delicacies will be presented by our members. *A silent auction fundraiser to support our causes *Food vendors offering special yummy and delicious foods for the whole family * An array of herb related/natural items will be available for sale by local vendors * The Fox House will be open for viewing all day and the museum will provide a free tour at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the festival: Provide a scholarship for a Lexington County student for an education in the field of Horticulture; Help maintain a Colonial Herb Garden on the grounds of the Lexington County Museum; Help provide professional herbalists to educate the Lexington Community on the many uses of herbs for cooking, growing, crafting and medicinal purposes. For ticket pre-purchasing contact: Patricia Gates, 803-530-7530. patricia.gates@oit.edu. Visit us at: www.facebook.com/theherbbunch https://www.facebook.com/events/1443972945836444/?source=1

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2015 Cayce Festival of the Arts

Guignard Brickworks, Knox Abbot Dr., Cayce, SC

The 2015 Cayce Festival of the Arts will be a one-day arts and crafts show held on April 11, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Guignard Brickworks on Knox Abbot Drive in Cayce, S.C. The show will feature artists, crafters and authors/writers from South Carolina and the surrounding states. The event is free to the public and family friendly. It is organized by the Cayce Avenues Neighborhood Association; net proceeds from the event will benefit a local charity of the association's choosing. If you'd like more information about the event, contact us at cayce.avenues.assn@gmail.com. If you're interested in submitting an artist application, please visit the Artist Info page. If you're interested in sponsoring the event, please visit the Sponsor Info page. http://caycefestivalofthearts.blogspot.com/

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At the Movies: Presented by the SC Philharmonic with Musical Director Morihiko Nakahara

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

Did your heart swell the first time you heard the “Moon River” harmonica solo in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Does the Jaws theme still strike a nerve? Bring the whole family and revisit the film scores that gave you goose bumps, tickled your funny bone and created lasting memories in the movie house. $28. Tickets and more info at HarbisonTheatre.org.

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TOUCH A TRUCK, presented by the Junior League of Columbia

State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, South Carolina

The 6th annual Touch A Truck event will transform the State Farmers Market into a world of big rigs and heavy machinery for young and old alike to see up close! Kids will have the opportunity to explore exhibits like fire trucks, law enforcement vehicles, bulldozers, agricultural machinery, and antique military vehicles, as well as meet the men and women who build, protect, and serve the Midlands. This community event also features family-friendly entertainment, public safety information, plus healthy eating activities from the Junior League of Columbia's Kids in the Kitchen. Mascots, face painting, and other amusements will round out the fun. Saturday, April 11, 2015 10:00 am to 2:00 pm State Farmers Market 3483 Charleston Highway West Columbia, South Carolina Admission is $6 per person or $20 for a family 4-pack of tickets. Children under 2 are free with a paying adult.

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Steam Punk Jewelry and Jewelry Box Workshop

1928 Calhoun Street

Appropriate for all ages. Registration fee: $60 (includes all materials) Registration deadline: March 28 Class size: Minimum 4 participants and maximum 12 participants allowed.

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2015 Women To Work Economic Empowerment Seminar

Midlands Technical College, Harbison Campus - Continuing Education Auditorium 7300 College Street, Irmo, SC 29063

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter presents its 2015 Women To Work Economic Empowerment Seminar. Women To Work seeks to empower, encourage, engage, and enhance women to develop and nurture their personal and professional goals and to become a consistent contributor to their communities. In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, we are partnering with Regions Bank, to provide two 30-minute seminars focused on The Importance of Saving and Protecting Yourself from Identify Theft. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Sunday, April 12

701 CCA Presents: Columbia Open Studios

April 11-12, 2015 701 Center for Contemporary Art presents the 5th anniversary of Columbia Open Studios, a free, self-led driving tour of artists’ working studios spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties, showcasing the Midlands’ brilliant visual art community. This weekend-long tour allows the public to meet and interact with the artists in a variety of unique studio environments. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. Preview party at 701 Whaley April 9, 7-9 p.m. Visit www.columbiaopenstudios.org for more information. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/352696508237582/

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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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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Tuesday, April 14

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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Tapp's Culture Shake Presents: Songversations

Tapp's Arts Center

Remember all those times you listened to your favourite song in the car? You'd sit and try to decipher the hidden meaning? Then you'd wonder why the artist wrote it? What they were feeling? What it all really meant? April 14th, Tapp's invites you to do just that. Join us at for a night of enriching entertainment as songwriters take the stage to share with you an intimate look into the meaning behind their original music. The show begins at 7:00pm Tickets are $5

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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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Wednesday, April 15

Indie Grits Film Festival

Nickelodeon Theatre 1607 Main St

Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival in Columbia, S.C. for DIY media-makers, will take place April 15-19, 2015, and for the first time, the festival will have a theme: “Future Perfect.” Additionally, 2015’s Indie Grits will feature visual artists with a connection to the Southeast whose work will enhance Columbia’s public spaces during the festival for a multi-faceted exhibit, thanks to funding by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ninth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art-house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina’s capital city, will feature five full days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. Indie Grits has twice been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. In addition to competition films screening at the Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp’s throughout the festival, Indie Grits has several special events planned. Indie Grits 2015 schedule of events (stay tuned to IndieGrits.com as events and times are finalized): • Wednesday, April 15 o 6-11 p.m.: Opening Night Party, Boyd Plaza. Free admission for this popular party. Enjoy live music by Charlotte-based Hectorina, curated pop-up cinema in the Mini-Cine (made of a recycled shipping container) and more. • Thursday, April 16 o 6-9 p.m.: Future Perfect: This year’s artists will show their visual artworks installed in venues up and down Main Street. o 8 p.m.: Fork & Spoon Records will celebrate their fifth anniversary with an artist showcase at Music Farm. • Friday, April 17 o 9 p.m.: Back by popular demand, Toby Lou brings his Weekly Revue variety show from New Orleans to Columbia at the Big Apple. o 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.: All-night taco party at The Whig • Saturday, April 18 o A full day of events including Kindie Grits and its animation workshop for children, Hip Hop Family Day, the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, and the Indie Grits Closing Party. • Sunday, April 19 o Slow Food at Indie Grits brings the best chefs in Columbia together as they each prepare a dish that features local, sustainable ingredients. o Indie Grits will screen the juried film competition winning films in single programs throughout the afternoon at The Nick. Additionally tech enthusiasts will enjoy gaming opportunities at Indie Bits with indie games placed in various venues around Main Street. And Indie Grits attendees will also find tech events at ConvergeSC and POSSCON, as their conferences overlap with Indie Grits in downtown Columbia. “Forty percent of attendees from last year’s Indie Grits lived outside of Columbia, and we want to do more to attract even more out-of-town participants,” said Seth Gadsden, co-director of Indie Grits Film Festival. “Our participant and attendance numbers are growing each year, but folks tell us again and again that they want to be able to attend more Indie Grits events while they’re in town. So a five-day format will concentrate all the events you’ve come to love about Indie Grits, plus some events we’re adding, like our brand-new artist residency program and art exhibitions. We’re hoping a jam-packed festival will mean that more people will bring a critical mass to downtown Columbia during Indie Grits.” For more information on Indie Grits, visit www.indiegrits.com or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at Seth@IndieGrits.com, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter and Facebook. ###

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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Thursday, April 16

Indie Grits Film Festival

Nickelodeon Theatre 1607 Main St

Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival in Columbia, S.C. for DIY media-makers, will take place April 15-19, 2015, and for the first time, the festival will have a theme: “Future Perfect.” Additionally, 2015’s Indie Grits will feature visual artists with a connection to the Southeast whose work will enhance Columbia’s public spaces during the festival for a multi-faceted exhibit, thanks to funding by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ninth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art-house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina’s capital city, will feature five full days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. Indie Grits has twice been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. In addition to competition films screening at the Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp’s throughout the festival, Indie Grits has several special events planned. Indie Grits 2015 schedule of events (stay tuned to IndieGrits.com as events and times are finalized): • Wednesday, April 15 o 6-11 p.m.: Opening Night Party, Boyd Plaza. Free admission for this popular party. Enjoy live music by Charlotte-based Hectorina, curated pop-up cinema in the Mini-Cine (made of a recycled shipping container) and more. • Thursday, April 16 o 6-9 p.m.: Future Perfect: This year’s artists will show their visual artworks installed in venues up and down Main Street. o 8 p.m.: Fork & Spoon Records will celebrate their fifth anniversary with an artist showcase at Music Farm. • Friday, April 17 o 9 p.m.: Back by popular demand, Toby Lou brings his Weekly Revue variety show from New Orleans to Columbia at the Big Apple. o 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.: All-night taco party at The Whig • Saturday, April 18 o A full day of events including Kindie Grits and its animation workshop for children, Hip Hop Family Day, the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, and the Indie Grits Closing Party. • Sunday, April 19 o Slow Food at Indie Grits brings the best chefs in Columbia together as they each prepare a dish that features local, sustainable ingredients. o Indie Grits will screen the juried film competition winning films in single programs throughout the afternoon at The Nick. Additionally tech enthusiasts will enjoy gaming opportunities at Indie Bits with indie games placed in various venues around Main Street. And Indie Grits attendees will also find tech events at ConvergeSC and POSSCON, as their conferences overlap with Indie Grits in downtown Columbia. “Forty percent of attendees from last year’s Indie Grits lived outside of Columbia, and we want to do more to attract even more out-of-town participants,” said Seth Gadsden, co-director of Indie Grits Film Festival. “Our participant and attendance numbers are growing each year, but folks tell us again and again that they want to be able to attend more Indie Grits events while they’re in town. So a five-day format will concentrate all the events you’ve come to love about Indie Grits, plus some events we’re adding, like our brand-new artist residency program and art exhibitions. We’re hoping a jam-packed festival will mean that more people will bring a critical mass to downtown Columbia during Indie Grits.” For more information on Indie Grits, visit www.indiegrits.com or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at Seth@IndieGrits.com, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter and Facebook. ###

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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Friday, April 17

Jane Addams Award Gala

Seawell's

The 11th annual Jane Addams Award Gala will be held Friday, April 17, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at Seawell’s. The event, which is hosted by Midlands Technical College students and alumni, honors South Carolina community members and organizations for their outstanding work in the area of human services. Funds raised will help support students not covered by traditional financial aid. General admission tickets are $35 and $10 for students. For more information and to register, visit www.janeaddamsgala.com.

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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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Happy Hour History Tour | Five Points

Meet at the Five Points Fountain, Harden & Greene Streets, Columbia, SC 29205

Enjoy a Capital City cocktail with a twist as our popular Happy Hour History Tours return every Friday from April 17 through May 8. Get to know Five Points like never before on this guided walking tour, complete with cocktail and appetizer stops along the way. It's the perfect way to start your weekend! Tour admission includes two adult beverages and appetizers along the way; participants must be 21 or older to enjoy adult beverages. Reservations aren’t required but are encouraged as these tours tend to sell out, and walk-up registrations will only be accepted if space permits.

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Indie Grits Film Festival

Nickelodeon Theatre 1607 Main St

Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival in Columbia, S.C. for DIY media-makers, will take place April 15-19, 2015, and for the first time, the festival will have a theme: “Future Perfect.” Additionally, 2015’s Indie Grits will feature visual artists with a connection to the Southeast whose work will enhance Columbia’s public spaces during the festival for a multi-faceted exhibit, thanks to funding by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ninth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art-house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina’s capital city, will feature five full days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. Indie Grits has twice been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. In addition to competition films screening at the Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp’s throughout the festival, Indie Grits has several special events planned. Indie Grits 2015 schedule of events (stay tuned to IndieGrits.com as events and times are finalized): • Wednesday, April 15 o 6-11 p.m.: Opening Night Party, Boyd Plaza. Free admission for this popular party. Enjoy live music by Charlotte-based Hectorina, curated pop-up cinema in the Mini-Cine (made of a recycled shipping container) and more. • Thursday, April 16 o 6-9 p.m.: Future Perfect: This year’s artists will show their visual artworks installed in venues up and down Main Street. o 8 p.m.: Fork & Spoon Records will celebrate their fifth anniversary with an artist showcase at Music Farm. • Friday, April 17 o 9 p.m.: Back by popular demand, Toby Lou brings his Weekly Revue variety show from New Orleans to Columbia at the Big Apple. o 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.: All-night taco party at The Whig • Saturday, April 18 o A full day of events including Kindie Grits and its animation workshop for children, Hip Hop Family Day, the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, and the Indie Grits Closing Party. • Sunday, April 19 o Slow Food at Indie Grits brings the best chefs in Columbia together as they each prepare a dish that features local, sustainable ingredients. o Indie Grits will screen the juried film competition winning films in single programs throughout the afternoon at The Nick. Additionally tech enthusiasts will enjoy gaming opportunities at Indie Bits with indie games placed in various venues around Main Street. And Indie Grits attendees will also find tech events at ConvergeSC and POSSCON, as their conferences overlap with Indie Grits in downtown Columbia. “Forty percent of attendees from last year’s Indie Grits lived outside of Columbia, and we want to do more to attract even more out-of-town participants,” said Seth Gadsden, co-director of Indie Grits Film Festival. “Our participant and attendance numbers are growing each year, but folks tell us again and again that they want to be able to attend more Indie Grits events while they’re in town. So a five-day format will concentrate all the events you’ve come to love about Indie Grits, plus some events we’re adding, like our brand-new artist residency program and art exhibitions. We’re hoping a jam-packed festival will mean that more people will bring a critical mass to downtown Columbia during Indie Grits.” For more information on Indie Grits, visit www.indiegrits.com or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at Seth@IndieGrits.com, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter and Facebook. ###

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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Saturday, April 18

Indie Grits Film Festival

Nickelodeon Theatre 1607 Main St

Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival in Columbia, S.C. for DIY media-makers, will take place April 15-19, 2015, and for the first time, the festival will have a theme: “Future Perfect.” Additionally, 2015’s Indie Grits will feature visual artists with a connection to the Southeast whose work will enhance Columbia’s public spaces during the festival for a multi-faceted exhibit, thanks to funding by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ninth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art-house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina’s capital city, will feature five full days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. Indie Grits has twice been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. In addition to competition films screening at the Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp’s throughout the festival, Indie Grits has several special events planned. Indie Grits 2015 schedule of events (stay tuned to IndieGrits.com as events and times are finalized): • Wednesday, April 15 o 6-11 p.m.: Opening Night Party, Boyd Plaza. Free admission for this popular party. Enjoy live music by Charlotte-based Hectorina, curated pop-up cinema in the Mini-Cine (made of a recycled shipping container) and more. • Thursday, April 16 o 6-9 p.m.: Future Perfect: This year’s artists will show their visual artworks installed in venues up and down Main Street. o 8 p.m.: Fork & Spoon Records will celebrate their fifth anniversary with an artist showcase at Music Farm. • Friday, April 17 o 9 p.m.: Back by popular demand, Toby Lou brings his Weekly Revue variety show from New Orleans to Columbia at the Big Apple. o 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.: All-night taco party at The Whig • Saturday, April 18 o A full day of events including Kindie Grits and its animation workshop for children, Hip Hop Family Day, the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, and the Indie Grits Closing Party. • Sunday, April 19 o Slow Food at Indie Grits brings the best chefs in Columbia together as they each prepare a dish that features local, sustainable ingredients. o Indie Grits will screen the juried film competition winning films in single programs throughout the afternoon at The Nick. Additionally tech enthusiasts will enjoy gaming opportunities at Indie Bits with indie games placed in various venues around Main Street. And Indie Grits attendees will also find tech events at ConvergeSC and POSSCON, as their conferences overlap with Indie Grits in downtown Columbia. “Forty percent of attendees from last year’s Indie Grits lived outside of Columbia, and we want to do more to attract even more out-of-town participants,” said Seth Gadsden, co-director of Indie Grits Film Festival. “Our participant and attendance numbers are growing each year, but folks tell us again and again that they want to be able to attend more Indie Grits events while they’re in town. So a five-day format will concentrate all the events you’ve come to love about Indie Grits, plus some events we’re adding, like our brand-new artist residency program and art exhibitions. We’re hoping a jam-packed festival will mean that more people will bring a critical mass to downtown Columbia during Indie Grits.” For more information on Indie Grits, visit www.indiegrits.com or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at Seth@IndieGrits.com, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter and Facebook. ###

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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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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Smile Day: Community Appreciation Event

7210 Broad River Rd. Irmo

Children's Dental Group of South Carolina invites you to a free day of fun for the whole family. Enjoy a fun filled day of free food, rides and games

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Suffering and Heartbreaks Caused by the American Civil War

United States

A tour will be given of the Rivers Bridge Civil War Battlefield. Dr Debbie Wallsmith will discuss the prisons at Andersonville and Camp Lawton. Mrs. Mike Kirby and Phil Gaines will discuss their family connections to the Battle of Rivers Bridge and what it means to them. These talks will be followed by a reception with light snacks.

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Sunday, April 19

Indie Grits Film Festival

Nickelodeon Theatre 1607 Main St

Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival in Columbia, S.C. for DIY media-makers, will take place April 15-19, 2015, and for the first time, the festival will have a theme: “Future Perfect.” Additionally, 2015’s Indie Grits will feature visual artists with a connection to the Southeast whose work will enhance Columbia’s public spaces during the festival for a multi-faceted exhibit, thanks to funding by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ninth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art-house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina’s capital city, will feature five full days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. Indie Grits has twice been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. In addition to competition films screening at the Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp’s throughout the festival, Indie Grits has several special events planned. Indie Grits 2015 schedule of events (stay tuned to IndieGrits.com as events and times are finalized): • Wednesday, April 15 o 6-11 p.m.: Opening Night Party, Boyd Plaza. Free admission for this popular party. Enjoy live music by Charlotte-based Hectorina, curated pop-up cinema in the Mini-Cine (made of a recycled shipping container) and more. • Thursday, April 16 o 6-9 p.m.: Future Perfect: This year’s artists will show their visual artworks installed in venues up and down Main Street. o 8 p.m.: Fork & Spoon Records will celebrate their fifth anniversary with an artist showcase at Music Farm. • Friday, April 17 o 9 p.m.: Back by popular demand, Toby Lou brings his Weekly Revue variety show from New Orleans to Columbia at the Big Apple. o 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.: All-night taco party at The Whig • Saturday, April 18 o A full day of events including Kindie Grits and its animation workshop for children, Hip Hop Family Day, the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, and the Indie Grits Closing Party. • Sunday, April 19 o Slow Food at Indie Grits brings the best chefs in Columbia together as they each prepare a dish that features local, sustainable ingredients. o Indie Grits will screen the juried film competition winning films in single programs throughout the afternoon at The Nick. Additionally tech enthusiasts will enjoy gaming opportunities at Indie Bits with indie games placed in various venues around Main Street. And Indie Grits attendees will also find tech events at ConvergeSC and POSSCON, as their conferences overlap with Indie Grits in downtown Columbia. “Forty percent of attendees from last year’s Indie Grits lived outside of Columbia, and we want to do more to attract even more out-of-town participants,” said Seth Gadsden, co-director of Indie Grits Film Festival. “Our participant and attendance numbers are growing each year, but folks tell us again and again that they want to be able to attend more Indie Grits events while they’re in town. So a five-day format will concentrate all the events you’ve come to love about Indie Grits, plus some events we’re adding, like our brand-new artist residency program and art exhibitions. We’re hoping a jam-packed festival will mean that more people will bring a critical mass to downtown Columbia during Indie Grits.” For more information on Indie Grits, visit www.indiegrits.com or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at Seth@IndieGrits.com, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter and Facebook. ###

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Eto Otitigbe: Ruptured Silence

701 Whaley St

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition, Ruptured Silence, by New York resident Eto Otitigbe. Ruptured Silence is the title of a performance originally conceived by Wideman/Davis Dance that examined contemporary perspectives about the confederate flag, a bygone symbol, and its usage as an intimidation tool. Otitigbe chose to adopt Ruptured Silence as the title of his solo exhibition at 701 CCA. The exhibition includes a series of sculptures, video experimental drawings that are alternative representations of familiar themes and objects. While in residence at 701 CCA, Otitigbe will collaborate with Wideman/ Davis Dance to develop Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs, a new media and dance performance installation that explores the deconstruction of a southern civil rights memento, the confederate flag. Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbols and Signs will be performed March 27 and 28 at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with an open rehearsal on March 19, 1-5pm. During his residency, which ends March 29, Otitigbe will also create a temporary public sculpture, Passing Point, for outside on the Wayne St. side of 701 Whaley. Passing Point, which is inspired by elephant ear woven baskets from the Gullah people, creates a dialogue between mathematics, experimental architecture, and cultural traditions that are underrepresented in much of South Carolina’s public art. The piece, which includes multiple points of entry, allows visitors to insert themselves into a shared experience. Otitigbe will present an artist talk on Passing Point, Sunday, March 15, 3 pm. Eto Otitigbe is a polymedia artist whose practice investigates issues of race, technology, politics, and shared experiences. He creates opportunities for people to reflect and socialize; his projects can be experienced as a creative protest, a cultural artifact, or sculptural intervention. Otitigbe uses his creative practice to construct knowledge constellations that chart his identity and experiences as a Nigerian-American-Artist-Engineer-DJ, to suggest a few. Otitigbe studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts (BS, 1999) and Stanford University, Palo Alto, California (MS, 2003). He earned an MFA in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute, Berlin & New York (2012). For further inquiries, contact info@701cca.org or call Sheldon Paschal (803) 319-9949. 701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org.

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Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase

711 Whaley, Columbia, SC

The Midlands’ finest eco-conscious chefs will serve small bites featuring sustainably produced ingredients at this popular culinary fiesta, presented by Slow Food Columbia. Guests will enjoy tastings by 17 chefs, a Slow Food community potluck, tunes by the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul and a cash bar with craft beers and great wines by The Whig. Entering its fifth year, Slow Food at Indie Grits has been a sold-out smash hit described as “laid-back,” “family-friendly,” and “a can’t miss event for foodies and green enthusiasts.” An official partner event of the Nickelodeon Theater’s 9th Annual Indie Grits Festival. For more information, contact info@slowfoodcolumbia.org. Tickets on sale March 1 at http://www.indiegrits.com. @slowfoodcola @indiegrits. Tickets: $25/$20/$10

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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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Pathways to Adventure (PAC) Day

243 Riverchase Way, Lexington,SC, 29072

What is Pathway to Adventure Community Day (PAC Day) all about? Come out on April 19, 2015 there's going to be an event at Columbia First SDA Church that will be rewarding and exciting. We want you to come out and learn some new skills, good information that will be beneficial, take part in classes,and fellowship with one another. To register for this event or get more information please go to www.pacday.org. See you there!!

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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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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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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

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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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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Saturday, April 25

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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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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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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Saturday, May 02

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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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

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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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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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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