Almanac

MEETINGS

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (NARFE): Columbia Chapter 87 luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Seawell’s on Rosewood Drive. Open to all active and retired federal employees and spouses.

PALMETTO PERSONAL COMPUTER CLUB: 6-8:30 Thursday, Jan. 10, at Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, Maxcy Gregg Park. Special Interest Groups (Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Windows and advanced users) meet 6:15-7:15 p.m. www.palmettopc.org

GREATER WOODFIELD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Petersen Presbyterian Church, 8131 Brookfield Road. Guest speaker will be Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. (803) 787-7705

MOMS CLUB OF COLUMBIA NE: 10 a.m. the third Friday monthly at Seacoast Church, 1955 LeGrand Road. Service-oriented group for stay-at-home moms. Meetings are open to mothers and children. Call (803) 419-1054 or go to www.columbiamoms.org

MOMS CLUB OF COLUMBIA-C: 10 a.m. the third Thursday monthly at Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Drive. Newcomers and children welcome. www.columbiamoms.org

SUPPORT GROUPS

CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 p.m. the third Monday monthly at Palmetto Health Richland, 9 Medical Park. (803) 781-6395

“GROWING THROUGH DIVORCE”: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 26, at Shandon UMC, 3407 Devine St. $14, includes book fee; participants are expected to attend all sessions. Pre-registration required, deadline is today. (803) 256-8383, ext. 115 or e-mail acox@shandon-umc.org

HOBBIES/RECREATION

AGE 18 AND YOUNGERFOR ADULTS

BRIDGE CLASS: “Play of the Hand,” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 12-March 8, at Columbia Bridge Club, 2725 Cypress St. $60, includes book. (803) 807-1859

BELLY DANCING POWER LUNCH: 12:15-12:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Pine Grove Community Center, 937 Piney Woods Road. Pack a lunch and shimmy off the extra pounds, $79 month; $99 for five weeks. (803) 754-6720, ext. 200

AEROBICS: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at St. Andrews Park, 920 Beatty Road. Open to ages 18 and older, $30 month; students with ID, $20. (803) 772-6598

FOR SENIORS

IRMO CHAPIN RECREATION COMMISSION: Senior Fitness, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Jan. 30, Feb. 1-27 and March 3-31, at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, (803) 345-6181. Senior Fitness I, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 31, Feb. 4-28 and March 3-31 at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, (803) 772-3336. $27; resident fee, $14. Senior Fitness II, 9:45-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 31, Feb. 5-28 and March 4-27 at Seven Oaks Park. $20, resident fee, $7. Senior Line Dancing at Seven Oaks Park, 9:45-11:15 a.m. Mondays and 10:45-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, today through Jan. 31, Feb. 4-28 and March 3-31. $25; resident fee, $12. Twenty-six session class meets Mondays and Thursdays, today through March 31, $48, $35. (803) 772-3336

SENIOR TRAVEL AND EXCURSIONS: Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is sponsoring a day trip to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte; departure time is 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, returning at 5 p.m. Registration is $33, resident fee, $20; deadline is Sunday, Jan. 13. Trip to the Rock Hill Telephone Museum, Wednesday, Jan. 30. Depart 8:30 a.m. from Crooked Creek Park, 9 a.m. from Seven Oaks. $33; resident fee, $20; deadline is Monday, Jan. 28. Call Seven Oaks Park, (803) 772-3336 or Crooked Creek Park, (803) 345-6181.

FOR ALL AGES

BRIDGE CLASSES: 4-6 p.m. Mondays, ages 10-17; sessions for ages 18 and older, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $70, includes textbook. Richland County Recreation Commission is offering the classes at Ballentine Community Center, 1009 Bickley Road, Irmo; Upper Richland Community Center, 260 Campground Road; and Pine Grove Community Center, 937 Piney Woods Road. (803) 754-6720, ext. 200

IRMO CHAPIN RECREATION COMMISSION: Woodcarving, guitar (beginner through advanced), early-bird aerobics, morning yoga, aerobics/yoga combo, pilates, belly dancing, women’s fitness boot camp, Jazzercise, aerobics/body sculpting for ages 14 and older at Crooked Creek and Seven Oaks Parks. Call (803) 345-6181, (803) 772-3336 or go to www.icrc.net.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS

AGES 18 AND YOUNGER

CHILDREN’S FINE ART CLASSES: Mondays through May 12, at Quail Racquet Club, 4927 Quail Lane, Forest Acres. Students in grades 1-3 meet 3:30-4:45 p.m.; session for grades 4-8, 5-6:30 p.m. Frances Nelson, (803) 787-6951; www.francesmnelson.com

FOR ADULTS

BETH SHALOM ADULT EDUCATION ACADEMY: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 21 (no classes Feb. 14) at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 4827 Trenholm Road. Introduction to Hebrew II, 7-7:55 p.m.; prior class in Hebrew is required. Our Traditions Treasures: Jewish Sacred Literature, 8:10-9 p.m. Introduction to the Study of Talmud, 7-7:55 p.m. (some previous exposure to rabbinic literature is desirable) $70; members, $60. The Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov, 8:10-9 p.m., $70; members, $60. Registration deadline is Tuesday. (803) 782-2500

SKILLS LAB: Math, language arts and reading skills for ages 22 and older, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Anna Boyd School, 7900 Brookmont Lane. Free; call (803) 935-0124 to register

MISSIONS STRATEGY SEMINAR: Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 17-19, at Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road. “Together for God’s Greater Glory,” will focus on reconciliation in the church and mobilization of the African-American church for missions. Register at www.ciu.edu/missionstrategy/

FINE ART, DRAWING AND PAINTING: Adult classes, 10-11:45 a.m. Mondays through May 12 at Quail Racquet Club, 4927 Quail Lane, Forest Acres. Frances Nelson, (803) 787-6951; www.francesmnelson.com

LEXINGTON 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Certified Nursing Assistant classes, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 29-April 4; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, Feb. 11-March 11 at Granby Education Center, 1407 Dunbar Road, Cayce. Also offering GED preparation in Cayce, Swansea and at Midlands Technical College, WorkKeys, high school diploma, ESL and GED online. (803) 739-4048, (803) 926-5754

W.R. ROGERS ADULT EDUCATION CENTER: Offering GED test preparation, high school diploma credit, WorkKeys, skills lab, English as a Second Language and adult basic education. Students may enroll 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays at 750 Old Clemson Road, or online at www2.richland2.org/tech/rogerscenter or by calling (803) 736-8787, ext. 317. WorkKeys is offered 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 17. Free, registration is required. Skills lab meets 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; free, open to ages 22 and older. Registration required. Also accepting registration for computer classes. $60; seniors ages 60 and older, $30. Introduction to Computers meets 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 11. Introduction to Computers II will meet 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 11.

LEXINGTON DISTRICT 1 ADULT EDUCATION: GED, high school diploma and English as a Second Language classes. Sessions are held at the Lexington Applied Technology Center, 2421 Augusta Highway. (803) 359-4036

FOR SENIORS

SHEPHERD’S CENTER AT THE LOWMAN HOME: Thursdays, Jan. 10-31 at 2101 Dutch Fork Road, White Rock. Coffee and fellowship, 9:15 a.m.; morning worship, 9:45. Classes offered include A Personal Look at Religion and What is the Military? at 10:20 a.m.; New Inroads in Healthcare and Sports for Spectators follow at 11:30 a.m. $10 for two programs. Buffet lunch, 12:30 p.m., $6. (803) 781-2995

SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Winter session, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays through March 11 at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road, $25. Classes and activities include CSI: Columbia (experts in ballistics and chemical analysis, crime scene photographer and other forensic sciences), Many Beliefs — One World (a comparative religion class), bridge, art, quilting and more. Catered lunch from Lizard’s Thicket, noon-1 p.m., $6; reservation deadline, Mondays. (803) 731-9394

SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Winter session, Jan. 18-March 12, at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. On the schedule: blood pressure checks; coffee and fellowship, bridge for all levels, 9 a.m.; E-Z exercise, 9:15 a.m.; acrylic and watercolor painting, 9:30 a.m.; 10 a.m. classes include Beginning Dulcimer, Classic Movies and Great Stars, Handbells, History of World War II, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Magic of Memories, Modern History, Great Mysteries of the Bible and Edible Italian. Advanced Dulcimer, Culture and Politics, Fall of the Roman Empire — Rise of Christianity, History and Architecture of English Churches and Senior Health Issues meet at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at noon, $7; reservations required. Afternoon sessions include Music is Fun and Bridge, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fee is $21 per semester. (803) 779-4449

FOR ALL AGES

THOUGHTFUL PAWS: Dog obedience class, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 12 and Tuesdays, Feb. 19-March 25, at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Pet owners ages 14 and older will learn positive command training, grooming, nutrition, crate training, how to address behavioral problems and more. The first class is orientation for owners only; do not bring pets. Dogs must be at least four months old and have received all their shots including rabies vaccination. $98; resident fee, $80. Call (803) 356-7468 before the first session.

USC SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Accepting registration through Wednesday for the Community Music Program spring semester. Private lessons in voice, piano, woodwind and brass instruments, percussion, strings and classical guitar. Program will feature 12 lessons at the School of Music on Assembly Street. Voice students must be at least 14 years of age; piano students, ages 6 and older; all other instruments, ages 10 and older. Tuition for 30-minute lessons is $230; hour-long classes, $400. Tuition discount available for two students from the same family taking half-hour sessions, $200 per person. Classes are scheduled weekly after school and in the evenings. Day classes available for adults and home-schooled students. (803) 777-4281; www.sc.edu

CAROLINA MUSIC ACADEMY: Offering private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, violin, clarinet and saxophone at 5220 Clemson Ave. in Forest Acres. (803) 738-0920

GED AND ENGLISH CLASSES: 9-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays except school holidays at Gilbert Primary School, 520 Main St., Gilbert. Participants may start the classes at any time. (803) 892-1255 or e-mail icarter@lexington1.net

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

IRMO CHAPIN RECREATION COMMISSION: Special Therapeutic Activities in Recreation (S.T.A.R.), meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Free program is for ages 5 through adult with disabilities whose needs are not met by traditional recreation programs. Pre-register no later than the Monday before the session. Jazz Aerobics for ages young adults with disabilities, 6-7 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 25 and March 3-April 21 at Seven Oaks Park. $28; resident fee, $15. Creative Artist, four session of crafts classes for ages 5 through adult, 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 30. Projects allow participants with disabilities to work on fine motor skills; $33, resident fee, $20. (803) 772-3336. Crooked Creek Park is offering free Movie Night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, for individuals with disabilities and their families. Bring a blanket for comfortable viewing of a PG-rated film. The park is at 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. (803) 345-6181

UNION UMC TOTS, PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE: 8:45-11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday, Jan. 14-18, at 7582 Woodrow St., Irmo. 5K classroom open house 9:15-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. (803) 781-0630

HOMESCHOOL FRIDAYS: 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, “Ironclads and Ironies: Naval Adventures in Charleston.” Sessions meet the second Friday monthly at the S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, 301 Gervais St. Free interactive program of military history lectures and special activities is open to students of all ages and their parents. Lessons will progress from the American Revolution through World War II. (803) 737-8095 or go to www.crr.sc.gov

HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. All S.C. residents born after June 30, 1979, must successfully complete a hunter education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources before receiving a hunting license. The free course, led by a DNR instructor, will include classroom instruction and hands-on experience in hunter safety and hunting techniques, ethics, hunter/landowner relations and basic wildlife management principles for ages 11 and older. (803) 345-6181

AT THE LIBRARY

Advance registration required for most programs

RICHLAND COUNTY

ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Computer Comfort: Introduction to Computers for adults, 7 p.m. Monday. Hey! Listen to This! stories and songs for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Book Banter discussion group for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday; selection is “The Fencing Master” by Arturo Perez Reverte. Now I Am One!, stories and songs for children 12-23 months old, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Computer Comfort: Basic Internet for adults, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Let’s Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 15 and 29. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. Snow Day story and craft session for ages 3 and older, 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Whistle a Happy Tune with Gary Phifer, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19; all ages. Computer Comfort: MyRCPL for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675

SANDHILLS BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Book Group for adults, 7 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17; selection is “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines. Kids Kraft for ages 5-10, design a trading card and swap it with a friend, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. CSI: South Carolina for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24; join author and retired forensic photographer Rita Shuler for a discussion and signing of “Carolina Crimes” and “Murder in the Midlands.” Lights, Camera, Action for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29; bring the family for a special screening of “The Neverending Story,” rated PG. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230

NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Hey! Listen to This! stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Mondays (except Jan. 21). Book Club for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10; selection is “Flags of Our Fathers” by James Bradley. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Wanna Trade Art?, artist trading card session for ages 9-12, 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Parade of Nations: Celebrate China for families, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Celebrating Family for adults, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; learn how to plan a successful family reunion. Let’s Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575

BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This! stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Fridays. What Do Animals Do in Winter?, story and craft session for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Lights, Camera, Action for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19; bring the family for a special screening of “Happy Feet,” rated PG. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806

COOPER BRANCH: Book Group for adults, 10 a.m. Monday; selection is “Heat” by Bill Buford. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 14 and 28. Let it Snow! stories and songs for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Let’s Speak English for adults, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. 5317 N. Trenholm Road, (803) 787-3462

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. An Evening with the Southeast Puppets for all ages, 7 p.m. Monday. Mother Goose Story Time for children 12 months and younger, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Let’s Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 15. Now I Am One!, stories and songs for children 12-23 months old, 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Artist Trading Card Session for teens, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Domestic Violence Awareness for adults, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10; learn how to prevent, identify and take action against domestic abuse. A Feast of Food and Film for adults, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; sample Irish cuisine and enjoy a screening of “The Secret of Roan Inish.” Computer Comfort: Introduction to Computers for adults, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Hey! Listen to This! stories and songs for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 17. Third Thursday Book Group for adults, 7 p.m. Jan. 17; selection is “Thirteen Months” by Charles Frazier. Computer Comfort: Basic Internet for adults, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Journey Through the Blues for teens, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; performance by Walter Liniger is co-sponsored by the Humanities Council. Computer Comfort: MyRCPL for adults, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855

NORTH MAIN BRANCH: Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today and Thursdays, Jan. 17, 31. SAT tips and strategies for teens, 6:30 p.m. Monday. Hey! Listen to This! stories and songs for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Teen Screen, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; join your friends for a screening of “Transformers.” Let’s Speak English for adults, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Silver Screen, 11 a.m. Fridays beginning Jan. 11; great movies for ages 55 and older. Jr. Page Turners Book Club for teens, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 But Will You Just Listen?, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14; discussion of the generation gap for males ages 9 and older. Teen Screen, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16; join your friends for a screening of “Ghost Rider.” King and Queen for a Day for ages 6-9, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17; bring a parent or special grown-up for stories, activities and a craft fit for royalty. Teen Screen, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23; join your friends for a special screening of “Spider Man 3.” Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29; selection is “When All Hell Breaks Loose” by Camika Spencer. Teen Screen, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30; join your friends for a special screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734

WHEATLEY BRANCH: Lights, Camera, Action for all ages, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; bring the family for a special screening of “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie,” rated G. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. 931 Woodrow St., (803) 799-5873

MAIN LIBRARY: Computer Comfort: Introduction to Computers for adults, 6-7:30 tonight and 2-3:30 p.m. Friday Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Teen Advisory Board meeting, 3:30 p.m. Saturday; get involved with the TAB, which meets monthly to discuss ideas for programs, develop content for the Teen Central Website and spread the word about library happenings. Pete Kramer’s inspirational paintings based on photographs taken in Nigeria will be on display through Sunday. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Mondays except Jan. 21. Computer Comfort: Microsoft Word 2007 for adults, 2-4 p.m. Monday and Jan. 14; call early to register for the two-part workshop. Mother Goose Story Time for babies 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Literary Discussion Group for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesday; selections are “The Waughs: Alexander Waugh” and “Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family.” Computer Comfort: Typing for adults, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 23; self-paced lessons and activities to improve speed and accuracy. Hey! Listen to This! stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Teen Otaku Association, 5 p.m. Wednesdays; anime videos, refreshments and fun. Great Books Discussion Group for adults, 7 p.m. Wednesday; selection is “Guests of the Nation” by Frank O’Connor. Now I Am One!, stories and songs for children 12-23 months old, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Computer Comfort: Basic Internet Skills for adults, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 and 2-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Send in the Clowns for ages 2-10, 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11; craft session with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus clown. Get Research Ready — History Day Project for middle school students, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; tour and hands-on workshop on using library resources. FireWise Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; foresters from the S.C. Forestry Commission will have tips on preventing wildfires, equipment display and interactive exhibit. Afternoon of Puppets for all ages, 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Let’s Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16. Lunch and Listen Music Series for all ages, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17; performance by folk singer and songwriter Fran Sanderson. In the Center Ring for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18; visit with circus dogs from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus. Literary Discussion group for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22; Rosemary Reisman will lead a discussion of the works of Muriel Spark. Computer Comfort: Basic Internet Part II for adults, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24; available to those who have completed the Basic Internet course. Steps and Stories, dance-based story time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Computer Comfort: E-mail Basics for adults, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31; create a free Web-based e-mail account and learn how to use it. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084

LEXINGTON COUNTY

IRMO BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday. Family Movie Night for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday. Books and Beyond, stories and crafts for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Toddlertime for ages 1-2, 10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 14, 28 and Thursdays beginning Jan. 17; sessions for ages 2-3 meet at 11 a.m. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 15 and Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16. Reading Buddies, skills improvement for students in 5K through second grade, 4 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16. Lapsit for ages 11 months and younger, 9 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 17. Teen Gaming Afternoon for students in grades 6-12, 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880

CHAPIN BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Toddlertime for ages 1½-3, 11 a.m. Fridays. 129 N.W. Columbia Ave., (803) 345-5479

CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Basic Internet Workshop for adults, 6:30 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Toddlertime for 23 months and younger, 10 a.m. Mondays; sessions for ages 2-3 meet at 10:45 a.m. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Creative Dramatics, games and improvisation for ages 9-12, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Book Discussion for adults, 10 a.m. Wednesday; selection is “The Innocent Man” by John Grisham. Book Discussion for ages 9-12, 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11; selection is “Chasing Vermeer” by Blue Balliett. Lunch and Learn for adults, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23. Teen Time for students in sixth grade and older, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Bedtime Story Time, slightly spooky bilingual stories for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Advanced Internet Workshop for adults, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. 1500 Augusta Road, (803) 794-6791

GASTON BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 2-4, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Books and Beyond story and craft session for students in 5K through fifth grade, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Family Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208

SWANSEA BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11 a.m. Fridays. Books and Beyond, craft and story session for students in grades 1-4, 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. 199 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519

SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Books and Beyond, stories and crafts for students in 5K through fifth grade, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Teen Program for students in sixth grade and older, 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia. (803) 785-3050

LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY: Between the Lines, book discussion for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Basic Internet Workshop for adults, 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Book Discussion for adults, 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15; selection is “Gap Creek” by Robert Morgan. Lapsit for 11 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 15. Toddlertime for ages 2-3, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 15; 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 17. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 15; 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16. Toddlertime for ages 1-2, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16; 11:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 17. Book Discussion for adults, 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17; selection is “Marley and Me” by John Grogan. Book Discussion for adults, 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28; selection is “The Boleyn Inheritance” by Philippa Gregory. 440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600

PELION BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Teen Time for ages 12 and older, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Books and Beyond story and craft session for students in 5K through fifth grade, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Toddlertime for ages 1½-3, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Teens and ‘Tweens for students in sixth grade and older, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Books and Beyond for students in grades 1-5, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. 203 Armory St., (803) 532-9223

FAITH

TABERNACLE OF PRAISE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES OF IRMO: Anniversary celebration, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1484 Shady Grove Road. Service will feature the TOP Praise and Worship Ensemble and the Rev. Jimmie Dibble of Nu Nation Ministries in Swansea, as guest speaker. (803) 740-5009

LEXINGTON BAPTIST: “Girls’ Night Out,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at 308 E. Main St., Lexington. Singer/songwriter Donna I. Douglas will discuss “Winks From God: How God Reveals Himself in Our Everyday Lives.” Tickets are $8, available at the church office, 202 Efird St., and at the door. (803) 359-4146

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER

CAROLINA JAZZ SOCIETY: 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the Capital Senior Center, Maxcy Gregg Park. $7; ages 18 and younger, free. (803) 432-1054

AUDITIONS: Greater Columbia Children’s Choir and Chamber Choir, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Main Street United Methodist Church, 1830 Main St. Partial scholarships available; go to www.thegccc.org or call (803) 776-0544.

WEDNESDAYS AT TRINITY CONCERT SERIES: “Coffee Cantata” of J.S. Bach, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St. Concerts are free, lunch available in Satterlee Hall noon-12:30 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m., $5. Upcoming: Doug Graham and Friends, Jan. 16; USC Cello Choir, Jan. 23; pianist Marina Lomazov, Jan. 30. (803) 771-7300

CONCERT CHOIRS OF KERSHAW COUNTY: Auditions and registration for the 2008 season will be 5-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County music studio, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. Openings in all groups, Concert Choir (middle schoolers), Chamber Choir (high school and adult women). The Children’s Choir (grades 3-5) has been reorganized into separate groups for boys and girls; no audition required, just registration. Students auditioning for the concert and chamber choirs will be asked to sing “America” or another simple song in a comfortable key. There will be a monthly tuition fee, but partial scholarships are available. (803) 425-7676, ext. 300; (803) 776-0544

HEART OF COLUMBIA CHORUS: New chapter of Sweet Adelines, women’s barbershop harmony chorus, meets 7-10 p.m. Thursdays at Lexington Baptist Church, 308 E. Main St., Lexington. (803) 732-9960, www.heartofcolumbia.com

GOSPEL SINGING: The Christian Singers and the Standridge Family in concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Midland Gospel Singing Center, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. A love offering will be accepted. (803) 657-5373

FINE ARTS CENTER OF KERSHAW COUNTY: Works by Columbia artist Lee Breuer will be on display Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 25, in the Bassett Gallery, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. Opening reception 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday. (803) 425-7676, ext. 300 or www.fineartscenter.org

S.C. ART TEACHER INVITATIONAL: On exhibit through Monday, Feb. 4, at Goodall Gallery, Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive. Artists’ reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Exhibitors include Angel Allen, Robin Boston, Jim Campbell, Jackie Chalfant, Rusty Jewell, Karen Mixon, Carlee Myers, Alvin Staley, Carlyn Tucker and Carol Washburn. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (803) 786-3088

CLASS REUNIONS

DREHER HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI: Seeking classmates 1978-81 to help with planning 2008 reunion. Elaine Robinson Norwood, (803) 673-6082 or e-mail elante61@peoplepc.com with contact information.

RICHLAND NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1988: Planning its 20-year reunion. If you are a member or have contact information on a classmate, send an e-mail to squirecola@yahoo.com; put “1988 class contact” in the subject line.

FUNDRAISERS

CHAPIN GROUNDHOG BALL: Saturday, Feb. 2. Inaugural event will feature dinner at the homes of volunteer hosts and proceed to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 735 Old Lexington Highway, for dessert, drinks and a silent auction. Tickets are $50, deadline is Monday; call (803) 345-1543. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Chapin Community Endowment Foundation.

NIGHT ON THE NILE: 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Columbia Museum of Art, Main and Hampton streets. Fundraiser marks the museum’s 10th year on Main Street as well as the opening of the exhibition, “Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.” Advance tickets for the black-tie event are $150, $175 at the door; includes cocktails, live music, body painting, magic, preview performance of “Cleopatra” by the Columbia City Ballet, silent auction and more. (803) 343-2210 or go to www.columbiamuseum.org.

GREATER IRMO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RED CARPET GALA: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Radisson Hotel Columbia and Conference Center, 2100 Bush River Road. Tickets are $100, includes open bar, dinner and dancing to the Andrew Thielen Big Band. Cocktail hour, 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by dinner and awards presentations. Corporate table sponsorships still available. Tickets may be purchased at the chamber office and at the door. (803) 749-9355

BARBECUE BENEFIT: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Blaney School, 1621 Smyrna Road, Elgin. Meal tickets, $6; raffle tickets, $1. Proceeds will help offset medical expenses for Clyde Key. Call (803) 438-6195, (803) 428-4288 or e-mail clydekeytrustfund@yahoo.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS

GRINDING OF THE GREENS: Keep the Midlands Beautiful Christmas tree recycling through Friday, Jan. 11 at the following locations: Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road; Hollow Creek Tree Farm, 228 Windmill Road, Gilbert; Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane; Par Tee Golf Driving Range, 3209 Charleston Highway, West Columbia (daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.); City of Columbia Compost Facility, 121 Humane Lane (weekdays 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.); Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin (daily 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.); Fort Jackson Recycling Center, Lee Road, Building 6568; Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5508 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. Mulch will be offered to the public beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. For distribution sites and recycling guidelines, go to www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org.

A GRAND AFFAIR: Exposition of products and services for adults ages 55 and older, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in the Cantey Building at the State Fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free. Sponsored by Palmetto Health’s PrimeTimes, this year’s event will feature information on nutrition, investments, insurance, travel, volunteer opportunities, health services, retirement living options, home improvements and recreation. There will be food vendors, stage activities, health screenings and hourly door prizes; grand prizes include a Capital Tours travel package and a group cruise aboard the Southern Patriot. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items or donations for Harvest Hope to help feed needy seniors. Booths are still available, call (803) 296-5978

BILL OBERST AS LEWIS GRIZZARD: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. The performance will feature new material consisting entirely of Grizzard’s own words. Tickets are $25; students, $20. Reservations are recommended, call (803) 425-7676, ext. or go to www.fineartscenter.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday.

COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT DAY: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, Lower Richland High School auditorium, 2615 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins. Sponsored by Juveniles Upholding Morals & Principles of Society, the inaugural event will feature a performance of the play “The Measure of a Man,” written and directed by Eugene Washington. Free. (803) 447-1291

TRIP TO NIAGARA FALLS AND TORONTO: June 16-21. $575 per person (double occupancy) includes motor coach transportation, six nights lodging, six breakfasts and four dinners, guided tours, Niagara-on-the Lake, Queen Victoria Park, Casa Loma, Fallsview Casino, Maid of the Mist cruise and more. $75 deposit due Tuesday, Jan. 15; balance due Tuesday, April 1. Travel protection, $45. Mail deposit to Joan Mobley, Niagara Falls Trip, 237 Devoe Drive, Columbia, SC 29223-4642. (803) 754-3095 or e-mail jmobley2@aol.com

January 3, 2008  State (published as The State)  Columbia, South Carolina
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