HOME WORKS: Repair blitz planning meetings, 6:30 tonight at Benedict-Allen Community Development Center, 2001 Two Notch Road. Pizza and soda will be served. Need teen and adult volunteers to help repair homes of the elderly and disadvantaged in the greater Columbia area on Saturday, April 28. (803) 781-4536 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST TUESDAY REPUBLICAN CLUB: Noon Tuesday at Tronco’s on the State Fairgrounds. U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint will be the guest speaker. Lunch, $12; deadline for reservations is today. (803) 787-8789
COLUMBIA NORTHEAST LIONS CLUB: 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays monthly in the fellowship hall at Windsor UMC, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. New members welcome. Fred Leven, (803) 736-5423
TWO NOTCH TOASTMASTERS: 7- 8:15 a.m. Fridays at Lizard’s Thicket, 10170 Two Notch Road. Free breakfast for first-time guests. Caroline Meyer, (803) 782-8844
PALMETTO CENTER FOR WOMEN:
Support group for those caring for elderly parents, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays through April 25 at 1510 Barnwell St. $55; members, $40 (registration is required). Women and Adult ADHD, 7- 9 p.m. at 1441 Main St.; facilitator will be Dr. Joel Sussman, a specialist in the treatment of childhood ADHD. $35; members, $25 (registration is required). Call (803) 252-2151 or go to www.palmettocenterforwomen.org
KERSHAW COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER: Health Resource Center offers the following support groups at 124 Battleship Road, Camden. Caregivers, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, April 10, 24. National Federation of the Blind, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Cancer Patients and Survivors group forming, information meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12; pre-registration preferred. Diabetes, 7 p.m. April 16. Stepping Stones grief support group, 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19.(803) 424-0461 www.kcmc.org; email@example.com
AGE 18 AND YOUNGER
SWIMMING LESSONS: For ages 6 months and older, on the hour 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 14-28 in the Godbold Center at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. $45 per monthly session; all classes and instructors are American Red Cross certified. Infant/toddlers, preschool, levels 1-6, 10 and 11 a.m.; preschool, levels 1-6, noon and 1 p.m. Go to www.columbiacollegesc.eduor call (803) 786-3717
RICHLAND COUNTY RECREATION COMMISSION: Dye that special Easter egg, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday April 7 at Blythewood Park. Open to ages 3- 12. $3, includes all supplies. Call (803) 691-9786 by Friday to register. Easter Candy Pickup, 6-6:45 p.m. Friday, April 6 at St. Andrews Park. Free. Parents are encouraged to come out with the kids and let them gather as many goodies as they can carry. Call (803) 772- 6598 by Saturday to sign up.
RICHLAND COUNTY RECREATION COMMISSION: Spring break camps for ages 5-13, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 9-13 at Forest Lake, (803), 787-5000; Friarsgate, (803) 732-3220; North Springs, (803) 736-6070; and Polo Road parks, (803) 736-1657. $75 for the week or $20 a day for children registered in the afterschool program; $80/$22 for those not registered. Deadline is Friday, April 6.
BRIDGE CLASSES: Accepting enrollment for beginner, intermediate, advanced classes and introduction to duplicate play. Flexible schedule offered by ACBL accredited teacher DaMaris Rorie, (803) 776-9023; (803) 446-4642.
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Coffee and Conversation, 2-4 p.m. Thursdays; no fees or dues. Sociable Singles, 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, informal gathering and activities for single adults ages 50 and older; no fees or dues. Tours with Faye: “Frames,” living gallery drama at Bob Jones University, Thursday, April 5, $65; Festival of Flowers at Biltmore House and Gardens, Tuesday, April 10, $105. Workout After Work aerobics classes meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also offering low-impact and deep-water running aerobics, qi gong, tai chi, exercise classes for those with arthritis or balance problems, Jazzercise and more. Shag class, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays; salsa social, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays monthly; ballroom dancing for beginners, 5:15 p.m. Thursdays, three levels of line dance and more. Fees vary. Friday night dance, 8 p.m.; live band, bring your own snacks. The center is at 1650 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. (803) 779-1971; www.capitalseniorcenter.com
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Women’s Health: An Oral Health Perspective, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 4 at the Northeast Technology Center, 151 Powell Road. $49. (803) 732-0432 or www.mtctraining.com
NORTH SPRINGS PARK: Beginner salsa dance class for ages 18 and older, $40 per person. Yoga for beginners, free for ages 18 and older. 1320 Clemson Road. (803) 736-6070
SENIOR TRAVEL CLUB: Two Fridays monthly at Polo Road Park, 730 Polo Road. Free membership for ages 50 and older, cost of day trips varies. Call (803) 736-1657 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to join and receive a travel schedule.
SENIOR EXERCISE CLASSES: 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Ongoing sessions offer cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance and fall prevention. (803) 787-5156
VALUE WINES: Zin and Pizza, 5-7:30 p.m. Friday at Vino 100, 120 Sparkleberry Crossing; five great Zinfandels and pizza from Za’s Brick Oven Pizza. Reservations requested, www.vino100Columbia.com.$10 per person, $5 for Wine Club members. Easter Food and Wine Pairings class, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; sample specially selected wines and taste traditional Easter fare, including lamb and ham. Limited to the first 12 participants. $15 per person, $10 for Wine Club members. (803) 699-9122
PALMETTO CENTER FOR WOMEN: Vegetarian Cooking School, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays through May 22 at 1441 Main St. Watch, learn and dine, $120; members, $80. Registration required; call (803) 252-2151 or go to www.palmettocenterforwomen.org.
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE:
Airport campus — Trend Haircuts, 9 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Sunday; advance registration, $50; add $20 for same day registration. Harbison campus — Hair Braiding, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday; $149 plus $25 for LLR certification exam. (803) 732-0432; www.mtctraining.com
ERSKINE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY:
Old Testament 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and April 28. Worship and Preaching 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, April 14, May 5. All classes meet at 1500 Lady St. (803) 799-9062; www.firstprescolumbia.org;www.erskineseminary.org/academics
RICHLAND DISTRICT 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Offering diploma classes, GED preparation and English as a Second Language. Accepting registration 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays at Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. (803) 736-8787, ext. 317
FOR ALL AGES
SKIN/MAKEUP STYLE WORKSHOP: 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Faces by Oasis Model/Talent Management, 4949 Two Notch Road; $125. (803) 462-0704, (803) 960-4084 or e-mail email@example.com.
ART CLASSES: Mondays in Forest Acres. Fine arts classes for students in grades 1-7; drawing and painting for adults, Monday mornings. (803) 787- 6951; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTSCOPE SPRING BREAK CAMP: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 9-13 at Oasis Promotions Dream Center, 4949 Two Notch Road. Modeling, dance, drama, personal development, etiquette for boys and girls ages 8-15. $110, extended hours available. (803) 462-0704
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS: Offered by UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. Accepting applications for grants up to $5,000 for children’s health care services not fully covered by health insurance. Services include speech or physical therapy, psychotherapy sessions, medical equipment (wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, eyeglasses), orthodontia and dental treatments. To be eligible, children must be 16 or younger, families must meet economic guidelines, U.S. residents and be covered by a commercial health insurance plan. Applications available online at www.uhccf.org.
LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP): Wateree Community Actions Inc. will be operating the program to assist Richland County residents with winter fuel and electricity bills through April 15. Joann Richardson, (803) 353-3822
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA): Wateree Community Actions Inc. is offering free income tax preparation for residents in Richland and Kershaw counties. Richland residents may call (803) 353-3822, (803) 786-4250, (803) 783-4500; Kershaw, (803) 432-3411.
Advance registration required for most programs
SANDHILLS BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Go Fly a (Mini) Kite, craft session for ages 6-10, 3:30 p.m. Saturday. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230
NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736- 6575
BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Friday. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806
LAKE WATEREE BAPTIST: SonRise at the Lake, 6:45 a.m. Sunday, April 8 behind the church, 5856 River Road, near Dutchman Creek Bridge on the Lugoff side of the lake. Breakfast will be served following worship. “Day Three,” an Easter musical will be performed by the choir at the 10 a.m. service. (803) 337-2838
NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN: “Jesus Paid It All,” a musical featuring the Chancel Choir and Celebration Orchestra, will be presented at the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at 601 Polo Road. Maundy Thursday service, 7:30 p.m. April 5. Good Friday, 7:30 p.m. April 6. Easter Sunday will feature traditional services at 9 and 11 a.m. April 8; Spanish-language service at 4 p.m. and the contemporary service, 4:23 p.m. (803) 788-5298
REHOBOTH UNITED METHODIST: “The Week That Changed the World,” Easter drive-through drama, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 6911 Two Notch Road (across from Best Buy). Enter south from Two Notch Road by way of the Decker Boulevard and Parklane Road intersection. (803) 788-2220
RIVER OF LIFE INTERNATIONAL WORSHIP CENTER: Fish fry and hot dog supper, 7 p.m. Friday at 2630 Clemson Road. Fish plates, $6.50; hot dog plates, $3. To order, call (803) 786- 7610 or (803) 309-4935. The youth ministry will also sponsor a yard sale at 7 a.m. Saturday at same location. Proceeds from both events will go to the Youth Conference fund.
TRINITY UNITED METHODIST: “The Last Supper,” dramatic presentation featuring the Passover meal and Holy Communion, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at 155 Blythewood Road, Blythewood. (803) 786-1637
COMMUNITY EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE: 7 a.m. Sunday, April 8 at Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens, 2603 Two Notch Road. In case of rain, the event will be held at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2659 Two Notch Road. (803) 254-5549
SHANDON BAPTIST: “Come to the Cross,” contemporary worship service, 7:30 p.m. Friday3/30 at 5250 Forest Drive. “He’s Alive!” service featuring the Celebration Choir, Orchestra and soloists, 6 p.m. Sunday. Easter services at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8. (803) 782-1300
CRESCENT HILL BAPTIST: Joyful Sound, North Greenville University’s Baptist Student Union Ensemble, in concert, 6 p.m. Sunday at 2659 Two Notch Road. (803) 254-5549
EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN: Holy Week services, 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday; Maundy Thursday candlelight communion, 8 p.m. April 5; Good Friday, noon April 6; Easter Sunday, 6:30, 8, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. April 8. Child care provided at both Palm Sunday services; Thursday, April 5 and the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services on Easter. The church is at 3200 Trenholm Road. (803) 256-1654, www.eastminster-pcusa.org
TRENHOLM ROAD UNITED METHODIST: Holy Week services, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday; Maundy Thursday,
$6. (803) 425-7676, ext. 300 or www.fineartscenter.org
“DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL”: Production by the Ridge View High School drama department, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through April 6 at the school, 4801 Hard Scrabble Road. Pre-performance entertainment at 6:45 p.m., with a fireworks display after the show April 6. Advance tickets are $8; $10 at the door. (803) 699-2999, ext. 376
KERSHAW HIGH SCHOOL: Classes of 1964-69, Saturday, April 28 at the Camden Shrine Club. All alumni are invited; $30. Registration deadline is Monday, April 9; call Jerry Whitley, (803) 960- 4982 or email@example.com.
A.C. FLORA HIGH SCHOOL: Class of 1987 is planning a 20-year reunion. Call Pamela Williams Rice at (803) 609-1962 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
BELK CHARITY DAYS: Friday and Saturday at the Columbiana Center, Midtown at Forest Acres and Dutch Square stores. Participating nonprofit organizations will sell $5 tickets through Saturday. Ticket purchasers will receive a two-day shopping pass with a 20 percent discount on regular and sale items in most areas of the stores (15 percent discount in the home department). Limited exclusions apply; in addition, ticket holders will receive an Early Bird offer that entitles them to a $5 discount on any purchase of $5 or more from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday (with no exclusions). Organizations will receive the entire $5 for each ticket sold in advance of the event. Donations collected during the event will be distributed equally among the groups. SUMMIT MIDDLE PARKWAY SCHOOL BAND BOOSTERS: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at The Original Italian Pie in the Village at Sandhill. A portion of the evening sales will benefit the band program. Dine in, takeout and gift card purchases qualify.
BIG BBQ BASH: 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Blythewood Community Center, Blythewood Road. Fundraiser to benefit the Blythewood High School Band. Plates of pork barbecue, hash, coleslaw and tea, $8; whole butts (preordered), $25. Tickets will be sold Saturday at the Food Lion and IGA in Blythewood, or call (803) 786-1417.
FIVE GUYS LAW ENFORCEMENT GOLF TOURNAMENT: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at Fort Jackson’s Wildcat Course on Semmes Road. Shotgun start at noon, lunch and dinner provided, evening social with door prizes from 5-7 p.m. Four-member team, captain’s choice format; $150 per player or $600 per team (limited to 34 teams). Participants will also receive goody bags with tournament golf shirts, balls and other gifts. Sponsored by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, proceeds will benefit the S.C. Special Olympics. Call Capt. Joe Pellicci, (803) 576–3025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
EGG HUNTS ETC.
COMMUNITY EGG HUNT: 2 p.m. Sunday at Blaney Elementary School, 1621 Smyrna Road, Elgin. Hosted by Partners in Education and sponsored by Target Distribution Center, there will be prizes awarded for the best Easter outfit.
RICHLAND COUNTY RECREATION COMMISSION: Easter Egg Hunt, 4:30- 5:15 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Blythewood Park; open to ages 1-10. Free, (803) 691-9786. Hunt in the Dark, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, April 6 at North Springs Park. Ages 9-10 with school ID, $3. (803) 736- 6070. Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at Eastover Park; find the golden egg and win a prize. Free, ages 5-12. (803) 353-7137
COTTONTAIL FESTIVAL AND EGG HUNT: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Carnival games, crafts, face-painting, giant slide and moon bounce; plus cuddly bunnies from the Southern Pride Rabbit and Cavy Club. Park admission is $2 for adults; $1 covers all children’s activities. www.richlandcountyrecreation.com
THE GREAT EGG HUNT: 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at Lake Wateree Baptist Church, 5856 River Road, next to Dutchman Creek Bridge. Games, activities and hot dog lunch. (803) 337-2838
COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the State Fairgrounds. Adults, $5; ages 6-12, $1; ages 5 and younger, free. Tickets are good for both days; parking $2. Activities include food and entertainment, national exhibits, bazaar, parade of nations, cultural demonstrations, fashion show and more. (803) 799-2352 or www.cifonline.org
KIDS DAY COLUMBIA: 5-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Finlay Park. Friday events include rides, petting zoo, food, summer camp signup and a screening of “Happy Feet” at 6:30 p.m. (bring lawn chairs and blankets). On Saturday, there will be a Magical Costume Parade at 9:45 a.m. (two laps around the park), model train open house 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Arsenal Hill Park building, Lincoln and Laurel streets, rides, petting zoo, food and more. Free admission, tickets available for food and amusements, sold in 50- cent increments ($5 per sheet). Sponsored by the Columbia Action Council, (803) 343-8750
service of worship and music, featuring John Rutter’s “Requiem” 7 pm. Thursday, April 5; “The Service of the Seven Last Words,” noon-2:30 p.m. Friday, April 6. Easter Sunday will feature a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at Eastminster Presbyterian, 3200 Trenholm Road, followed by traditional worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary at 3401 Trenholm Road. (803) 254-6695
MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER
CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: Dixieland jazz concert, Dick Goodwin, 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. $7, adults; ages 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1504
“THE CHEROKEE: BEYOND THE TRAIL OF TEARS”: Original production by the Palmetto Center for the Arts literary arts, dance, theater and visual arts students, 7 p.m. Friday at the Richland 2 auditorium, 7500 Brookfield Road. $4, students and senior citizens, $3.
ROOFTOP RHYTHMS: Free concert series, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays in April on the roof of Midtown at Forest Acres. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome; no coolers, please. Beverages will be available for sale with 25 percent of the concessions going to the Forest Acres defibrillator fund. Sponsored by the Forest Acres Restaurant and Merchants Association, door prizes will be awarded and a Taste of Forest Acres sampling event will be held at the final concert. On the schedule: The Diesel Brothers (Southern rock), April 5; Jimmy Farr Orchestra (big band and swing), April 12; The Whatever Band (rock/blues), April 19; and Mighty McFly (high-energy ’80s cover band), April 26.
FINALLY FRIDAY: Concert series opener featuring The Pound, 6 p.m. Friday at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. www.fineartscenter.org
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”: 7 tonight through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. County. Tickets are
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EVENTS: Neighbors publishes meeting and event information from neighborhood, recreational, civic, social and educational organizations. Send announcements to The State, Events Almanac, 1401 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201; email@example.com; or fax 771-8430, attention Neighbors. Please include a name and contact phone number.
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PEOPLE & ORGANIZATIONS: Send news about community awards and recognition, as well as needs of community organizations, to The State, Events Almanac, 1401 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201; firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax 771-8430, attention Neighbors. Please include a name and contact phone number.
DEADLINES AND DETAILS: The deadline is Wednesday, for consideration for the following week’s Neighbors. Items are published free on a space-available basis. We try to honor requested dates of publication but cannot guarantee them. Incomplete information will not be published. Questions, call (803) 771-8415.Caption: (1) by SPECIAL TO THE STATE – `TOM SAWYER’ – Courtney Haynes, Connor Etcheson, Alex Burke and Bailey Haynes will perform in Town Theatre’s musical production of Mark Twain’s classic tale ‘Tom Sawyer.’ Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and tickets are $5. The theater is at 1012 Sumter Street in Columbia.