Lexington/Columbia, S.C. Things to do April 13 - 19, 2012

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April 13 - 19, 2012


Disney on Ice - Toy Story 3: Colonial Life Arena

Thursday April 12, 2012 - Sunday April 15, 2012

Have you heard the buzz? The toys are back in town! The blockbuster movie, Toy Story 3, and memorable moments from Toy Story and Toy Story 2 are hitting the ice in this sensational live production. Visit the Colonial Life Arena website for details.

Vista Block Party: Alive After Five - A New Concert Series from Jillians

Tonight Thursday April 12, 2012 5:30pm

Come back to Jillians in the Vista each Thursday this Spring for the best in Columbia's outdoor concert scene! The series continues this Thursday with the Holiday Band - the Southeast's premier party and dance band! All proceeds from Vista Block Party will be donated to St. Baldrick's, an organization that raises money for Children's Cancer Research. Free admission and free parking! Make this event a Thursday tradition!

Contemporaries' Artist of the Year Soirée: Columbia Museum of Art

Friday April 13, 2012 7pm

The ninth annual Contemporaries' Artist of the Year Soirée honors emerging artists from across South Carolina. This event provides artists with an opportunity to showcase their art and allows attendees to bid on contemporary works of art. The Soirée includes artwork by SC artists, a silent auction, music, food, open bar and performance vignettes. Visit the CMA website for details.

Backpacking 101: The Backpacker

Saturday April 14, 2012 8:45am-10am

The Backpacker is offering a free clinic covering "Shelter Options, Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Pads". If you cherish a good night's sleep while in the great outdoors, this is the class for you! Light refreshments provided. To register, email them at: columbia@backpackerqualitygear.com or call 803.799.7571 (please include your phone number in your email). For all upcoming classes and events, visit The Backpacker's website.

Spring 2012 Raku Festival: Backman Gallery and Art Center

Saturday April 14, 2012 11am-5pm

Here is a chance to learn and experience the world of Raku pottery. Watch live demonstrations of pottery throwing and hand building, glaze your own piece, fire it and take it home, meet the potters, purchase pottery! Also, learn about taking pottery classes while there. See the flyer for the event.

Cook-Out for Kids: Epworth Children's Home

Saturday April 14, 2012 11am - 4pm

Cook-out for Kids, an annual BBQ fundraiser sponsored by the Epworth Alumni Association will be held April 14, 2012 on the beautiful campus of Epworth Children's Home. The event features award winning cook teams from around South Carolina. A family event, the day includes a Bake Sale, great eclectic music performed by The Main Street Connection, and a display of 30 beautifully restored A-Model Fords presented by the Palmetto A's, a vintage car club. Chicken and pork BBQ plates are $10 each and whole, cooked Buston Butts sell for $30 each. Pre-orders are preferred, but tickets will be sold the day of the event. To order tickets or for more information, email epworthalumniassociation@gmail.com or call 776-9380.

Touch a Truck: SC State Farmers Market

Saturday, April 14, 2012 10am - 2pm

A Junior League of Columbia fundraiser and family event, Touch a Truck will be held at the new SC State Farmer's Market. The market will be transformed into a world of big rigs and heavy machinery for young and old alike to see up close! Kids have the opportunity to explore big vehicles like fire trucks, cement trucks, bulldozers and school buses and meet the fine people who build, protect and serve the Midlands.
This community event also features family-friendly entertainment, plus information on healthy eating from the Junior League of Columbia's Kids in the Kitchen.
Mascots, face painting, and other amusements round out the fun. Admission: $6 per person (Children 1 and under are free with a paying adult.) Tickets sold at the event. Visit the
Junior League's website for info.

Celebrate Shandon: A Neighborhood Festival

Sunday April 15, 2012 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Held on the grounds of Shandon United Methodist Church, this neighborhood celebration features music by the Lifeline Band, a free hamburger and hot dog cookout (from 5pm - 6pm), bake sale, cotton candy, Baskin Robbins ice cream, moon jumpers and games for the kids 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.

Concerts this Week at Township Auditorium

Sunday April 15, 2012 Merle Haggard
Monday April 16, 2012 CAKE
Tuesday April 17, 2012 Daughtry

Visit the Township website for details.

Jazz Great - Houston Person - Live! Senate's End

Sunday April 15, 2012

Think Jazz Columbia continues it’s Sunday Jazz at Senate’s End Series on April 15th as they present legendary saxophonist Houston Person. From Florence, South Carolina and a former student at SC State University, Mr. Person will be sharing his tremendous jazz talent at Senate’s End located at 300 Senate Street here in Columbia. Music begins Sunday afternoon at 1:30. It’s a great line-up that will also feature USC’s Carolina Alive and Think Jazz Orchestra. With a music charge of only $4 this is a tremendous deal! A Southern brunch will be available from 10:30 A.M. until 3. Visit ThinkJazzColumbia.com or call Senate’s End at 803-748-4184 for more info.

A Week of Remembrance: A Celebration of Jewish Culture

Sunday April 15, 2012 - Saturday April 21, 2012
Opera-tunity Foundation and the USC School of Music will present a very special project: A Week of Remembrance....a Celebration of Jewish Culture. The University of South Carolina (USC) Symphony Orchestra and the USC Choirs under the direction of Maestro Donald Portnoy and Larry Wyatt will offer the South Carolina premiere of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin and begin a week-long tribute to Jewish culture. They will be joined by The York County Choral Society, David Lowry conductor. This production honors those who were interred in the World War II concentration camp at Terezin, sometimes called by its German name of Theresienstadt. For a complete schedule of the week's events, visit the
Opera-tunity Foundation's website.

The Food & Wine Festival: Flight of Philanthropy

Tuesday April 17, 2012

Central Carolina Community Foundation is pleased to invite you to attend the 18th Annual Central Carolina Food and Wine Festival Gala Event. The Wine Festival has served as the annual fundraiser for Central Carolina Community Foundation since 1994. Now in its 18th year, the Festival’s events draw more than 700 attendees from the greater Columbia area each year to enjoy fine wines, delicious food, live music and networking opportunities. This year's theme promises an evening of fun as guests enjoy in-flight beverages and a menu featuring delectables from some of the Midlands' best restaurants and caterers — and even a food truck. Held at The Medallion Center. Visit the electronic invitation for details.

Leading Ladies Caberet: Comedy House Theatre

Tuesday April 17, 2012 - Wednesday April 18, 2012
Looking for something quirky and fun? Leading Ladies Cabaret is a celebrity impersonator show, starring “America’s Got Talent” contestant, Dorae Saunders. You’ll see the top female impersonators in the South perform to today’s best music and artists. Elaborate costumes appear on every number. Celebrity illusions that will amaze you. Cabaret is song, dance, and humor. Everyone is welcome! Visit the
Comedy House Theatre's website for more.


Thursday April 19, 2012 6pm-10pm

The 2012 KEMOPALOOZA will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 6 -10 p.m. at Saluda River Club's Chickawa Outdoor Center (644 Corley Mill Road). KEMOPALOOZA is a night of fun, food, an auction and musical entertainment. Proceeds benefit CAMP KEMO Programs. For more information, please contact Priscilla Young at 803.434.6021 or visit palmettohealthfoundation.org.

Midlands Plant and Flower Sale: State Farmers Market

Thursday, April 19 - Sunday, April 22, 2012

Over 100 vendors offering plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, growncovers, hanging baskets, yard furniture, concrete statues, fruits and vegetables, bird houses, all types of yard and garden equipment. This is the place to get all you'll need for a successful and happy garden this year. Food vendors. Make a day of it! Free admission and free parking. Thurs - Sat 8am - 6pm; Sun 12 - 5pm. Visit the Department of Agriculture website.

A Behanding in Spokane: Trustus Black Box

Thursday April 19, 2012 - Saturday April 28, 2012

In Martin McDonagh's first American-set play, Carmichael has been searching for his missing left hand for almost half a century. Enter two bickering lovebirds with a hand to sell, and a hotel clerk with an aversion to gunfire, and we're set for a hilarious roller coaster of love, hate, desperation and hope. Go to Trustus' website for details.


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