Red White & Blues Wine Walk in Irmo Thursday, May 24 | 6 – 9pm Enjoy a beautiful evening of wine, food and live music in the Irmo Town Park

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Red White & Blues Wine Walk in Irmo

Thursday, May 24 | 6 – 9pm
Enjoy a beautiful evening of wine, food and live music in the Irmo Town Park! Featured will be vendors, restaurants and live entertainment in the gazebo! Register here.

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May Lunch and Learn | Black Skin, Red Coats: The Revolutionary History of the Carolina Black Corps

Friday, May 25, 2018
During this month's Lunch and Learn program at the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, Gary Sellick will examine the history of the Corps of former slaves organized by the British during their occupation of South Carolina, 1780- 1782. He will review the reasons behind their recruitment, some of the key members of the unit and how they served the British in South Carolina. He will wrap up by looking at the Corps’ history after they were evacuated from South Carolina when the British left Charleston in December 1782. You are invited to bring your lunch to enjoy while listening. FREE. More here.

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Synchronious Fireflies : Congaree National Park

May - June
Updated May 23. The Synchronous Fireflies became active on the evening of May 16. The fireflies were still very active last night (Tuesday, May 22) from around 8:30pm till around 9:45pm. The final day for extended hours for the Harry Hampton Visitor Center and for the Fireflies Trail to be staffed will be Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day). The Visitor Center will be open until 10:00pm nightly through that date. Many visitors have been coming out to see the event the past few nights, with cars parked along the road all the way to near the Longleaf Campground on some evenings (about a 2-mile roundtrip walk to the Fireflies Trail). We are expecting that the crowd sizes will be the same or larger the rest of the week and through Memorial Day Weekend. More here.

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Night Out for a Cure

Friday, May 25, 2018
This evening will feature great brews, raffles, and incredible live music at Swamp Cabbage Brewery from 6-10pm! $1 from each Swamp Cabbage brewed draft sold during this event will be donated to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. More here.

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See the Rocky Shoals Spider Lily from Riverfront Park

For the next few weeks, we can enjoy a view of lovely white lilies growing in clumps out in the Broad River from Riverfront Park off Huger Street in downtown Columbia. If you like unique natural sights, this is one that is extraordinary and beautiful. Or put you kayak in and paddle to them for a great look-see!

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Hairspray | Town Theatre

Through Saturday, May 26, 2018
The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. Hurry, only a few performances left! Read more here.

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Memorial Day Dinner Feast at Rioz

Monday, May 28, 2018
Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse offers guests an unparalleled dining experience, served in the spirit of southern Brazilian-style cooking. Feast on an assortment of mouth-watering sliced meats served tableside, and help yourself to fresh seafood and sushi on the BEST salad bar in town, for just $26.95 during Rioz’ special Memorial Day offer! Valid Monday, May 28 only, at Rioz’ Columbia location. More here.

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Brewing Up Business @ Columbia Craft

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Enjoy a happy hour networking opportunity at Columbia Craft Brewing Company! "Brewing Up Business" is designed to attract professionals in the greater Columbia area who want to enhance their professional network in the laid-back atmosphere of top area breweries. More here.

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Vista Queen Fundraiser

Friday, May 25, 2018
Trustus Theatre's Annual Fundraiser, Vista Queen, is back for it's 20th year! Come watch this year's lovely contestants: Scott Hall, Barry Wheeler, James Roper, Bobby Bloom and Eric Boatwright. Doors and the Trustus Bar will open at 6pm and the show will begin at 7pm. Tickets here.

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New Richland One Career Magnet Programs Enrolling for 2018-19

From kindergarten through 12th grade, Richland One is on the fast track to preparing its students for careers in well-paying, in-demand jobs in engineering, tourism, government and entrepreneurship. This fall the district will offer career readiness programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and parents can start enrolling their children now. To enroll, contact W.J. Keenan High School Principal Vondre’ Whaley at 803-714-2500 or vondre.whaley@richlandone.org. More here.

Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4D | SCSM

Saturday, May 26, 2018
The South Carolina State Museum presents Ice Age: No Time For Nuts in 4D beginning Saturday, May 26. Join Scrat, Ice Age’s resident nut-crazed sabre-toothed squirrel, as he time travels in his zaniest adventure to date! More here.

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Beef Jerky Outlet

This Memorial Day, treat your family and guests to some premium quality beef jerky, popcorn, and other delicious snacks available from Beef Jerky Outlet! You’ll love shopping at Beef Jerky Outlet, with their wide assortment of jerkies, sauces, spices and pickled products – many of which are available to sample in store! Beef Jerky Outlet is located at 1260 Bower Parkway between the Regal Cinemas and Bonefish Grill. More here.

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Active Military & Veterans Ride | SC Railroad Museum in Winnsboro

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Active military and veterans and their families will be honored by the SC Railroad Museum with a free train ride. Take a one hour scenic excursion through bucolic Fairfield County on a train pulled by a historic former U.S. Air Force locomotive. Tickets here.

Enjoy SC: Encore

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Enjoy SC will bring back some of its most engaging arts organizations and performers for one last series of events on the State House grounds. Soda City's Saturday market will move up Main to the 1200 block so that attendees can "Conduct the Phil" (S.C. Philharmonic) with Enjoy SC. More here.

CMC Rhythm on the River Concert Series

Saturday, May 26, 2018
This Saturday will feature Travelin' Kine, a Red Dirt/Americana band from Charleston, SC, along with band Finnegan Bell. Featured Food Truck is Wolf Pizza, and Ed's Bartending Service will be there with beverages. More here.

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Amplify! Life | Phones, Alerting Devices & More

Grab life by the phone! The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program serves SC residents who have a hearing or speech challenge. The equipment in the program includes enhanced phones and alerting devices, and people who qualify for the program are provided equipment to use for as long as they remain in the state and have landline phone service. Find a phone with everything you need to communicate on your own and in your own way at SCEDP. See more here.

Hopelands Summer Concert Series | Aiken

Monday, May 28, 2018
The Hopelands concert series is intended to bring a variety of performances to Aiken and the surrounding area, and admission is free. This weekend will feature the Aiken Civic Ballet Company, South Carolina’s longest continuously operating dance company. More here.

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Military Mondays | Quaker Steak & Lube

Recharge and refuel at “The Lube”! The motor-themed restaurant’s menu includes premium eats, including some of the finest wings around, great cocktails, bottled and draft beers. Plus, with a game room, virtual simulators, bowling alley and arcade, there’s always something fun happening! On Mondays, military personnel can enjoy $1 games of bowling at Beltline Lanes and Gaming next door! More here.

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Kids Night at East Bay Deli

Wednesdays
Every day, East Bay Deli serves up traditional New York-style deli favorites at its locations in downtown Columbia and West Columbia. The West Columbia location also holds a Kid’s Night every Wednesday where, from 4-9pm, kids eat for FREE (limitations apply), and they hold a special event on the final Wednesday of the month. May's Kids Night will feature Emeralds Artistry Balloon Twisting! More here.

Senior Health Fair

Wednesday May 30, 2018
The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center will host a free health fair for seniors ages 50 and older in recognition of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Event will include free health screenings, activity zone and exhibitors. Guests can enter to win prizes including a Fitbit, NutriBullet, gift certificates, exercise equipment and more! More here.

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Help Wanted :: Marketing Assistant

Local publishing company is looking for a high-energy person to interact with clients and prospects. Excellent communication skills a must :: writing emails, making outgoing phone calls, record-keeping. Entry level position with room for advancement. Work with small team in West Columbia office. Mon. - Fri. 8:30am - 5pm. If interested, please send email to kathy@gardenermedia.com.

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Live Music!

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Pearlz Upstairz Lounge | Tombo Grille | Vacchios | Home Team Tavern | Liberty Tap Room on the Lake

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Regina Belle | City of Lancaster

Thursday, May 31, 2018
American singer-songwriter and actress, Regina Belle, will perform live on the campus of USC-Lancaster in the Bundy Auditorium, located in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building. Belle is known for her singles, "Baby Come to Me" (1989) and "Make It Like It Was" (1990), "Without You" (1987) and "A Whole New World", the main theme of the Disney's animated feature film Aladdin (1992) with Peabo Bryson. More here.

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StoryfestSC 2018 | South Carolina State Museum

Saturday, June 2, 2018
StoryfestSC is an annual event celebrating family reading. It connects South Carolina families with books, storytellers, authors and illustrators. Activities emphasize early literacy skills in a fun, interactive way. StoryfestSC is the kickoff event for the statewide Summer Reading Program held in all public libraries. The event is free of cost for families. Participants can listen to storytellers, enjoy readers’ theatre and puppet shows, visit community partner tables, participate in a craft activity, meet an author, receive a giveaway book, and share the love of reading with their family members. More here.

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2018 Shrimp & Grits Fest

Saturday, June 9, 2018
You decide who has Columbia’s best shrimp and grits! Many area restaurants have shrimp and grits on their menus; now’s your chance to find out who really has the best. There will be a winner selected by a panel of judges, and a winner in the “People’s Choice” division. Tickets include unlimited shrimp and grits samples from participating restaurants, live music, and door prizes! More here.

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Celebrate Father's Day at Ruth's Chris Steak House

Sunday, June 17, 2018
This Father's Day, treat Dad to a signature steak dinner, some fresh seafood, or a specialty entree from Ruth's Chris! Book your table for Sunday, June 17th and let Ruth’s help you make this Father’s Day special, with a celebratory meal in honor of the men you love most. Make a reservation here.

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