Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Confederate Relic Room: Free Lunch and Learn Lecture Friday, April 24 at 12:00 Confederate Rel

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Confederate Relic Room: Free Lunch and Learn Lecture

Friday, April 24 at 12:00
Confederate Relic Room: Free Lunch and Learn Lecture featuring Jerry Morris as Confederate veteran Frank Mixson, author of the SC Confederate classic, “Reminiscences of a Private." Private Frank Mixson’s honest, vivid, tragic and humorous wartime memoirs are a true treasure of South Carolina military history, and this presentation of his memories commemorates the 150th anniversary of the final surrender of Confederate armies in the field. More info here.

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The Art of Ballet | The Dancer's Art

Friday, April 24, 2015 | 7:30pm
Explore the magic of ballet's beauty as Ann Brodie's Carolina Ballet works through the intensive repertoire of dance from the classic Russian ballet to the bright speed of the American ballet idiom! It will be followed immediately by a gala to help benefit this wonderful ballet. Tickets available here.

A Salute to the Silver Screen

Sunday, April 26, 2015 | 3pm
A wonderful program of dance from the incredible glory days of Hollywood's Golden Era! This beautiful production is also a celebration of the 25th Silver Anniversary of the Center for Dance Education so come out and support a wonderful cause! Tickets available here.

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Sparkleberry Country Fair - Clemson Sandhill Research & Education Center

Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 9 a.m.
It’s a good time for the whole family at the Sparkleberry Fair. Come enjoy; parachute jumpers, petting zoos, sheep shearing, local entertainers, master gardeners, model trains, rocket launches, a parade, hot air balloon, military vehicles, antique tractors, classic cars, remote control airplanes, hay rides, amusement rides, pony rides, herding sheep dogs, climbing wall, animal exhibits, saw mill, dog competitions, arts and crafts, flight simulators, farm animals, tractor races, helicopter and much, much more! There is even a 5K run/walk on Saturday April 18th at 8A.M. Go to sparkleberrycountryfair .org for more information on the fair and 5K run. Admission $5 a car load. See ya there!

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Heroes and Dragons' Pop Culture Emporium Sale!

April 25 - 27, 2015 | 12pm - 6pm
This signature event is Heroes and Dragons' biggest sale of the year! There will be over 250,000 items on sale to pick through and choose from! With all of the new collections they've purchased over the winter, this selection will be their greatest! 10,000 trades and graphic novels, 15,000+ Dollar comics for $.50, long boxes for $50, 2,000 books in their $2 room for $1, and more toys than you can shake a stick at. Get Marvel, DC, or Star Wars Legos sets, action figures, statues and trading cards! There's just too much to list so come on down to Heroes and Dragons for the best sale of the year.More information here.

Caymus Vineyards Wine Dinner | Ruth's Chris

Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House invites you to join us as we raise a glass in celebration of our American heritage. Featuring premium selections from Caymus Vineyards and the Wagner Family of Wine – including the highly revered Caymus Vineyards, Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon – paired alongside five courses inspired by classic steakhouse dishes, this is sure to be an evening your palate won’t soon forget. Make your reservation here.

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Blessing of the Fleet | Memorial Waterfront Park

Sunday, April 26, 2015
The 28th Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival is on Sunday, April 26th and it is not an event to miss! This highly anticipated festival pays tribute to the shrimping and fishing industry of Mount Pleasant, thanking them for the work they do and the money they bring in throughout the year. The festival will include a boat parade, live music, crafts, and more free activities like face painting and kid's activities so come on over to Mount Pleasant to help send off the shrimping and fishing boats this year! More information on the activities available through the week are available on Mount Pleasant's website.

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Celebrate Shandon: A Neighborhood Festival

Sunday April 26, 2015 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Held on the grounds of Shandon United Methodist Church, this neighborhood celebration features a free hamburger and hot dog cookout (from 4:30pm – 5:30pm), bouncy castles and slides, face painters and games for the kids, live music and more. Whether you live in Shandon or not, stop by and join in the fun! Free admission. 3407 Devine Street. Visit the Shandon UMC website.

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Florida Georgia Line | Colonial Life Arena

Thursday April 30, 2015 | 7:30pm
Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line will be making their headline debut at Colonial Life Arena with Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard on the Anything Goes Tour 2015.Tickets available here.

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Artista Vista

Thursday April 23,2015 - Saturday April 25, 2015
In its 24th year, Artista Vista will feature regionally and nationally known artists, as well as local artists from the Midlands. Participating galleries will have performance art inside or near their location. Attendees can chat with gallery owners and artists while taking in paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewelry. More info here.

Wine, Women, & Shoes

Thursday, April 23 | 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Two things that make us grin: wine & shoes. Now put them together and support the Ronald McDonald House… does it get any better? More info here.

Third Thursday Comedy at Tapp's Art Center

April 23rd, 8pm-11pm

Join us for a Homegrown Comedy Show with headliner Topher Riddle! Topher has opened for Doug Stanhope, Dave Stone and numerous other professional touring comedians. He is joined by fellow Columbia Comics for a fun evening of laughs, entertainment and! of course, beer. Tapp's Arts Center has partnered with Soda City Stand Up to bring you laugh-out-loud comedy shows every third Thursday in the Skyline room. As Milton Berle said, 'laughter is an instant vacation', so treat yourself every month with levity and a cold beer. $4 advanced $5 day of show. Tapp's website.

Happy Hubble 25 | SC State Museum

Friday April 24, 2015 5pm - 10pm

A special event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope with live webcast from the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, a viewing of Hubble Skies in the planetarium, sidewalk astronomy outside the museum, hands-on astronomy activities and more. Museum website here.

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Passion for Fashion & Parkinson’s Awareness | The Waterford

Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 2pm – 4pm
Food, Fashion & Fun! Door Prizes Galore! Help out a great cause with your passion for all things fashionable and gorgeous. They'll be great food, trendy runway looks and door prizes that you gain entry to with just your ticket! Visit the Waterford's Passion for Fashion boutique just in time for Mother's Day! Portion of proceeds benefit Columbia Parkinson’s Support Group! For more information call (803) 699-1121.

Family Fishing Clinic | Aiken State Park

Saturday April 25, 2015
Family Fishing Clinics are designed to introduce the basics of fishing to the young and old. Come learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast, fish and more! Pre-registration for the clinic is required. Class is limited to 25 participants. Click here to register.

Kids Day of Lexington

Saturday April 25, 2015
Bring your children to Virginia Hylton Park for a day of fun with bounce houses, Columbia Children's Theatre, meet your favorite mascot, and all totally FREE! More info.

Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival | Hopkins Middle School

Saturday April 25, 2015 11am - 6pm

This annual family festival features Sweet Potato Contest and craft show, praise dancers, mime, step team, drum line, health fair, live bands, arts & craft games and carnival for the children, Prissi The Clown with face painting and more! Musical guests include The Williams Brothers, Terrance Young Band, The Chosen Ones, Three Bridges and Women of Strength. Curtis Wilson will serve as emcee. More info here.

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SC Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

Sunday, April 26 | 12:00PM – 5:00PM

Get excited for the first ever food truck festival in South Carolina! Come check out a delicious array of cuisine from 20 food trucks from the Columbia, Charleston, Hilton Head and Charlotte! Wide selection of craft beer too! SC State Farmers Market {3483 Charleston Highway} More info here.

Kite Festival | Jewish Community Center

Sunday April 26, 2015 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Let's go fly a kite... up to the highest heights! Family fun, fabulous prizes, free beverages, and food truck rodeo. 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.More info here.

Concertos & Cupcakes | Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra

Sunday April 26, 2015

Featuring the winners of the 2015 LMSO Young Artist Competition. Concert also includes Bach's Fugue in G minor and Schumann's Symphony No. 4. There will be a cupcake and lemonade reception following the concert to honor our soloists and celebrate the end of the 2014-15 LMSO season. Come experience a full symphony orchestra in a more intimate setting. Concert is Free! Donations gratefully accepted.More info.

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Family Connection of SC Gala

Sunday April 26, 2015 6pm-9pm

We would like to extend an invitation for you to attend our annual benefit gala. Tickets are $75, but special pricing is available for parents of children with special needs. All proceeds from the event benefit Family Connection of SC. Guests attending the benefit concert (featuring The Mustache Brothers) will also enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction and a diverse, committed group of community leaders who care about children with disabilities and special healthcare needs and their families. It would be an honor to have you be part of our special night. Hall at Senate's End. Click for tickets.

LCARC - ICRC Senior Sports Games

Wednesday, April 29 - Saturday May 2, 2015

Promoting healthy lifestyles for seniors through fitnesss, sports and the spirit of competition! Events are for men and women ages 50+ and include bowling, horseshoes, bocce, track & field events, and MORE. Join in on the fun and make this year’s games bigger and better! Contact Dena Long for more information 772-3336. More info here.

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Light and organic jewelry from White Rose Artisans Boutique! These gorgeous necklaces, earrings and bracelets are made from Chirala beads and orange peel. Each of the ‪orange peel ‪jewelry‬ pieces have been repurposed from discarded orange peels! A delicate process of dehydrating, dying and handcrafting produces these artistic eco-friendly and lightweight colorful pieces - perfect for summer! More info at the White Rose website.

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North Charleston Arts Festival

Wednesday May 1 - Thursday May 9, 2015 |
Main Event May 2 - May 3, 2015

It's the 33rd Annual North Charleston Arts Festival! From humble beginnings as a one-day community celebration at Park Circle, the event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in South Carolina featuring nine full days of free and ticketed programming throughout the City and surrounding area. The annual event unlocks our imaginations and gives all residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy local, regional, and national artists presenting nearly 200 quality performances, exhibits, and activities in the areas of performing, visual, media, and literary arts. And you're invited! Tickets and more info here.

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Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe is NOW OPEN! Gorgeous drinks and desserts... DRAFT WINE BAR!

Kaminsky's Now Open! Food Lover Events! Oyster Roast! Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival! It's April Foodie News!

Come visit the website that will help you get the most out of your next night on the town... FOODIE NEWS! Check out everything good, happy and fun about EATING IN GREATER COLUMBIA!
Click here and get those taste buds revved!
LAST WEEK TO USE THE J PETERS DEAL FOR FREE CROISSANTS OR SHE CRAB SOUP WITH ENTREE. CLICK HERE.

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MORE MUSIC

Music at Sandhill
Free concert is held each Friday evening from 7-9. Free rides and balloon art begins at 6pm for the kids.
Friday April 24, 2015
Business plays dance party tunes... come shake a tail feather! More here.

Rooftop Rhythms
Thursday April 23 from 6pm - 9pm. Featuring The Root Doctors on the roof of the Richland Mall. More here.

Five After Five in Five Points kicks off their season on Thursday April 23 from 6:30pm with music by Susto and The High Divers. More here.

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Friday April 24th Todd Coleman Band
Saturday, April 25th, 2015 | Vince McKinley

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Rhythm on the River kicks off the season with Randall Bramblett. More here.

Liberty on the Lake Live music this Saturday afternoon, 4pm - 8pm!
Friday, April 24 | RONNIE HOPKINS 8-11PM
Saturday, April 25 | SANCTUARY BLUES BAND 3-7 PM
Sunday, April 19 | STEVIE MAC 3-7PM

Old Mill Brewpub Located in the Old Mill in Lexington
"Shag & Beach Party"
Every Tuesday 7pm-10pm on their open deck. With your hosts Bob Patterson and Jimmy Davis. Come join the fun!!!
Every Thursday Red Fraley | 7pm - 10pm
Friday April 25th | Rocksiders 8pm-11pm
Saturday April 26th | Jeff Liberty 8pm-11pm

Pearlz Upstairz Above Pearlz Restaurant on Gervais St. Very cool, intimate club.

Tsubaki. Columbia's Only True Karaoke Bar, next to Inakaya on Oneil Court in NE Columbia. Come make your own music! [Specials include $10 buckets of domestic beer, daily specials. Private Karaoke Rooms (for you and your pals to belt those tunes out) available! Open Tuesday - Sunday at 6pm! 224 Oneil Court. (803) 736-7474

Quadrivium, an evening to celebrate the convergence of science and music from 7 – 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the SC State Museum. The event will feature a special live music performance choreographed to celestial images projected on the planetarium dome. The performance will include music by the Trinity Cathedral Chamber Singers, an organ improvisation, the South Carolina Philharmonic and there will be showings of A Trip to the Moon, a short silent film that follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon. Hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages will be available. More here.

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If You're Gonna Act Like a Rockstar, You Need to Ride Like a Rockstar!

This summer, treat yourself and your best buds to a concert experience like no other. First, choose your show at the TWC Arena in Charlotte:
June 6th: Barry Manilow
June 8th: Taylor Swift
June 11th: Kenny Chesney
July 7th: Imagine Dragons
July 18th: Sam Smith
August 29th: Motley Crue
Second, reserve your ride - with Signature Transportation. Signature has been the choice of true-life rock stars, having chauffeured concert performers for Live Nation and AEG Live for over 20 years.. These guys definitely know how to treat you like a rock star... Website here.
Third, call those friends of yours and get them to save the date.

Have fun!

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Prosperity's Hoppin'

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Prosperity, once known as Frog Level, is going to be Hoppin’ with Arts & Antiques on Saturday, May 2. Over 35 vendors, from juried fine arts and crafts to flea market finds, will fill the town square. Local art stores and an art center will also celebrate art. Antique stores with fine furniture to collectibles will spill out onto the sidewalks for you to enjoy. Check out the classic car show and take an historic architecture walking tour with a town historian. Fun activities for children and festival food, as well as local restaurants, will make your day just perfect. More information on their website.

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Pickin' & Piggin' | Saluda Shoals Park

Saturday May 2, 2015 11am-3pm

Come out to Saluda Shoals Park for a world class barbeque cook-off and music celebration! Savor the flavor of award winning "Q" from more than twenty of South Carolina's best barbeque cookers while enjoying great live music by great live music fromsinger/songwriter and slide guitarist John Emil in a beautiful outdoor setting! $10/per person advance; $12 per person day of the event; $5/children 12 and under. Barbeque served 11:00 a.m. til it's all gone! John Emil will play from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets: Purchase Online or call 803-772-1228.

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Blue Ridge Fest | Pickens

Friday May 8, 2015
Blue Ridge Fest on Main Street in Pickens, is set to bring out the best in great entertainment to raise money for 12 local charities. On May 8, Fest-goers will be entertained by Johnny Tillotson (“It Keeps Right On A Hurtin’”), Shirley Alston Reeves with The Shirelles Tribute, and the Swingin’ Medallions (Double Shot of My Baby’s Love) with their classic sound. Add to this the Largest Cruise-in In the Upstate, drawing in hundreds of classic cars, and you have the ingredients for Great Times for Great Causes. Join us for one of the Upstate’s major charity events. Purchase advance discounted tickets online. For more information, visit blueridgefest.com.

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11th Annual Wings & Wheels Air Festival | Fairfield County Airport

Saturday May 9, 2015 10 AM - 3 PM

WHAT A SHOW! Sky diving demonstration. Vintage aircraft, law enforcement & emergency vehicles! Take a helicopter or fixed wing plane ride (fee). Cruise-In Antique Car Show! Kids games & inflatables! Food and Arts & Crafts vendors & exhibitors! Free admission & parking. Sponsored by the Fairfield County Aeronautics Commission. Fairfield County Airport 1291 Runway Road. For information and vendor registration contact the Chamber of Commerce 803 635-4242 or fchamber02@truvista.net

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Comic Etta May!

Saturday May 9, 2015 | Cocktail/Social Hour (cash bar) at 6:30PM | Show at 7:30PM

What's the best way to describe Etta May? "Minnie Pearl with a migraine." To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass. This is a hilarious one-woman show from the princess of polyester. Ripped directly from the life story of one of America's funniest women, it's a night of gut-busting, seam-splitting laughter! Etta May is the star of the sell-out tour "Southern Fried Chicks," a regular on CMT, and winner of the prestigious Female Comic of the Year award. She's a seasoned performer with national appeal. Etta May's huge fan base makes her a favorite of XM & Sirius radio's comedy channels plus the syndicated Bob & Tom show. To be held in the USC Lancaster Bundy Auditorium
Tickets are $15 (plus tax). Rated PG-13. Call the Box Office at 803-289-1486, or purchase tickets online at: www.LancasterCitySC.com/PerformingArts

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Disco Dash 5K and Boogie Youth Run

Saturday May 16, 2015

Join Richland County Recreation for fun at Caughman Road Park. The Boogie Youth Run (non-competitive) allows children to run on a walking trail with no traffic. The 5K race includes an awards luncheon in the gym following the race and participants will enjoy Groucho's Deli box lunch. Participants in both races will receive a cool tie-dye shirt (while supplies last). Register before May 8th and save $. For info go to richlandcountyrecreation.com

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Jillian's Dog Days of Summer

Sundays | 1pm - ?

Do you have a dog? Do you enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a few drinks, some good food, and hanging out with other dog lovers?
Each Sunday, Jillian's in the Vista will be opening up their back deck and yard for you and your pet to enjoy a relaxing time together. All dogs are welcome, well behaved dogs are welcomed off leash. We will have water bowls for our canine friends and awesome wait staff to serve you! So get down for Jillian's Dog Days of Summer!! Open every Sunday afternoon out back from 1pm - until.... Come experience a laid back afternoon with your furry companions! Visit the Jillian's Facebook page for more information.

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