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Welcome to the Fall/Holiday Issue! What a fabulous time of year here in central South Carolina! September brings together school chums, football fans, an occasional cool breeze and wonderful outdoor events like the annual Italian Festival (p. 55). Festivals and fairs make every weekend in October something special, and Hayrides, Hauntings, Tricks, Treats and Trunks will keep the kiddies delighted (p. 56)! And then the exciting and glorious holidays of November and December arrive! We love to celebrate here in the Midlands... we had to expand our events calendar this year! Throughout Discover Columbia, you'll find everything good, happy and fun about Greater Columbia! You're going to love it! Kathy Gardener, Publisher kathy@gardenerguides.com 4

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Holiday Dining Guide p. 8 Arts & History p. 14 For Kids p. 24 Love of Learning p. 26 Moving to Greater Columbia p. 28Maps p. 31-33 Shopping p. 36 Holiday Gift Guide p. 38 The Great Outdoors p. 42 Events p. 46 Happy Healthy Columbia p. 60-63 Published September 2012 (c) Gardener Publications, LLC 803-798-6960 | kathy@gardenerguides.com Kathy Gardener, Publisher Carmen Rhone, Graphic Design Tina Jeffcoat, Distribution Rachel Manuszak, Research This content celebrates everything good, happy, and fun about the Greater Columbia area. We gather information from sources we deem reliable, however we urge readers to check with the business or organization to confirm dates, times, and locations. A digital copy of this magazine is available on our website, www.hugerstreet.com, where all website links are active. That’s an easy and super-convenient way to verify information at the source.

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Go-Karts

Miniature Golf

Laser Tag Fun House

Bumper Boats Frankie’s Grill

Batting Cages 50’ Drop Zone

Rock Wall Arcade & More!

140 Parkridge Drive U Exit 103 0ff I-26 (Harbison Blvd.) U 803.781.2342

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Columbo's The Doubletree Hotel, situated in the heart of Greater Columbia at I-20 and Bush River Road, has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and is the most elegant hotel in suburban Columbia. Columbo's, its casually classy restaurant, is a favorite of locals as well as hotel guests, with an emphasis on Southern cuisine, including daily specials. Shrimp and Grits, Carolina Crab Cakes and Pulled Pork BBQ are popular as well as char-grilled steaks, salmon and unique pasta entrees. Columbo's chic bar/lounge area offers a relaxing spot for conversation, and a weekday happy hour with drink specials - try their homemade potato chips! Ad - Inside Front Cover.

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Walking through the doors of Inakaya is like walking into a neighborhood restaurant in Tokyo. The decor is incredibly authentic and the sushi chefs and staff are very friendly. Inakaya is known for fresh sushi but their menu includes traditional Japanese dishes as well - there is something for everyone. Sashimi omakase is a specialty (pictured) and serves 4 people. After dining at the O'Neill Court location, step next door to Tsubaki, Columbia's only true karaoke bar! 803-699-2626 or 803-731-2538. Ad page 10.

It's not all fun, games and great music at Jillian's in the Vista (although we love it for those things!) Jillian's has a culinary side too. Try their Sausage & Chicken Pasta, featuring Andouille Sausage, served with their "crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside" grilled flatbread. Bet you didn't know that Jillian's bakes their own bread and pizza dough! They feature a huge selection of beer, including Thomas Creek IPA, brewed right up the road in Greenville, SC. Lunch and dinner. www.jillianscolumbia.com 803-779-7789 Ad below.

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Ruth’s Chris Besides being known for the best sizzling steaks on the planet, Ruth's Chris' entree accompaniments are just as memorable. This autumn, treat yourself to their Sweet Potato Casserole featuring a pecan crust - incredibly delicious! Although their signature steaks are the stars of the menu, think of Ruth's Chris when you want lobster, lamb chops, chicken or shrimp, too. Same amazing quality, from the folks who own the "memorable dining experience". Ruth's Chris is located inside the Hilton Columbia Center hotel, close to the State House, the University of South Carolina and next door to the convention center. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. 803-212-6666. www.ruthschris.com Ad on back cover.

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Sato Steakhouse Offering the Japanese version of a dinner show, Sato has been entertaining Columbia diners for over 30 years with the best hibachi chefs in town. Patrons gasp at the antics of these comical and talented jugglers as they watch their dinners being prepared on a sizzling grill. But did you know that Sato also employs a dedicated creative sushi chef? The sushi bar is available for seating, or diners can order sushi to accompany their meals served at the hibachi tables. Located near Fort Jackson. 803-782-1064 www.satosteak.com Ad page 14.

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Simply the best smoked turkeys and hams available in Greater Columbia... for family meals or for holiday gettogethers. Easy to slice and serve, ready to eat! Get your holiday dinner from Little Pigs BBQ on Alpine Road where they smoke their meats until they are tender and full of that good smokey flavor. Chosen by Southern Living magazine as the best barbeque in South Carolina. Lunch barbeque buffet Wednesday - Sunday; dinner barbeque buffet Thursday - Saturday. www.littlepigs.biz 803-788-8238 Ad page 11.

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LIBERTY TAP ROOM The Freedom Burger features cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, fried egg, pickles, lettuce & tomato... it spells freedom from the ordinary! All burgers are Certified Angus BeefÂŽ served on your choice of an onion roll or pretzel roll with fresh homemade chips. Liberty Tap Room is open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Opening soon - their 2nd Columbia location on the shores of Lake Murray. Enjoy the same fabulous Liberty Tap Room menu with a view of beautiful Lake Murray. Inside dining and large outside decks. www.libertytaproom.com 803-461-4677 Ad page 3.

Hola Mexico Delucca's Manuel Salazar and his family welcome everyone to their authentic Mexican restaurant in Northeast Columbia, where the food is fresh and the service is fast and super-friendly. A full bar, outdoor dining and a sparkling dining room await the Hola Mexico customer. They serve Mexican fare like burritos and tacos to truly gourmet Mexican cuisine like Camarones a la Plancha (grilled shrimp) and Carne Asada (ribeye). Open for lunch and dinner. www.holamexico.mx 803-834-3014 Ad page 47.

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Italian Grill & Pizzeria Now in his new location with twice as many tables, unwind with relaxing dinner music and candlelight. Try Delucca's for wonderful entrees including the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, prepared with fresh lump crab meat with a drizzle of homemade remoulade sauce, served over whipped potatoes, fresh sauteed vegetables and with a house salad. Homemade pizza is a specialty. Lunch and dinner. www.deluccas.com 803-926-5255 Ad page 11.

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Original Pancake House Piping hot and fresh from the oven, the Original Pancake House serves their specialty, Apple Pancakes. Covered with cinnamon glazed apples on top, you'll smile when the server Well known for the best breakfast in town, the Original Pancake House is located in Forest Acres. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 803-782-6742 originalpancakehousencsc.com Ad page 49.


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Pearlz "The original, eclectic little oyster bar". One of the Vista's busiest spots, Pearlz Oyster Bar is known for its raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry recipes and regional favorites. As part of the Sustainable Seafood Initiative, eating at Pearlz is good for both the palate and the planet. A full-service bar serving the coldest beers and unique, refreshing cocktails, Pearlz has become a favorite happy hour meeting spot for both locals and visitors alike. Pictured is their New England Lobster Roll featuring freshly made lobster salad, a top split bun and house chips. Open 7 days from 4pm. 803-661-7741 www.pearlzoysterbar.com Ad page 3.

Miyo’s

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Beautiful, healthful food is served at all restaurants within the M Group - Miyo's, M Vista, M Cafe and M Fresh. With locations throughout Greater Columbia, you're always near a a location and a memorable dining experience. Pictured is Crispy Flounder Filet with mango & sweet chili sauce. Hours vary with each location. Visit www.miyos.com Ad page 51

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Mudbones

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Enter the Louisiana bayou, where the folks are fine and the food is GAR-ON-TEED delicious! Mudbones serves a variety of Cajun and Creole inspired dishes with just the right amount of kick. From all-you-can-eat crablegs to cajun boiled crawfish to a host of fresh local seafood entrees, Mudbones' menu is served both for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Pictured is Jambalaya Pasta, a jazzy mixture of shrimp, chicken & spicy sausage, ham, Creole Jambalaya spices and cheese tossed with penne pasta. OOO-WEE! 803-749-3004. www.mudbonesswampshack.com Ad page 21. K. Gardener

Mr. Friendly’s

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Mr. Friendly's is a Five Points institution... everybody loves it and has for 15 years! Each creative dish is presented as a work of art as the restaurant celebrates a love of food and its preparation. Pictured is Mr. Friendly's Famous Bacon-Wrapped Angus Filet Mignon with French Quarter Pimiento Cheese, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables. The dining room offers intimate candlelit seating and walls decorated with local original art, and outdoor seating is also available. Lunch and dinner. 803-254-7828 www.mrfriendlys.com. Ad page 13.

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Mint Julep Northeast Columbia's favorite little bistro offers some of the finest Southern cuisine in the Midlands. Starters include Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimento Cheese and Palmetto Fritters and among entrees you'll find Southern Fried Chicken, Steaks, Pasta and Seafood. Pictured is their Chicken Roulade, a panko crusted chicken breast stuffed with spinach and sundried tomatoes, and topped with a creamy swiss cheese sauce. Join in the fun at the Mint Julep bar where people gather to gab, watch sports and listen to live music. 803-419-7200 www.mintjuleprestaurant.com Ad page 9.

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Pancho’s

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An exceptional Mexican restaurant near Fort Jackson, Pancho's atmosphere is fun and its food is authentic. Large painted murals and a "village courtyard" design give this establishment a unique niche... good food inspired by the best dishes south of the border as well as a Mexican village ambiance. A large full bar serves the area's best margaritas. Open for lunch and dinner seven days. 803-738-9511. Ad page 6

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Doubletree’s New Year’s Eve Gala Doubletree Hotel by Hilton is offering an incredible New Year’s Eve package to ring in 2013! Check in early to one of their sophisticated newly furnished guest rooms. Then head to Columbo’s lounge for pre-holiday specials beginning Chelsea’s at 5pm. Enjoy one of your complimentary cocktails... get Restaurant ready for the big night ahead! Remember... you won’t The latest culinary addition to downtown Main Street is have to drive home! Beginning at 7:30pm, you’ll enjoy a Chelsea’s restaurant, located across from City Hall. cruise-style grand buffet featuring stations for fresh This upscale bistro specializes in seafood, but offers fabulous seafood, carved beef, sizzling stir fry, shrimp & grits, plus steak and chicken entrees as well. The pastry chef creates all salads, special side dishes and holiday favorites! Enjoy an her desserts from scratch. including Sweet Caroline’s Peanut incredible flaming dessert station! Dance the night away Butter Pie, featuring a homemade graham cracker crust, with Bill Tolbert & the BTU’s, enjoy party hats & favors chocolate ganache and spanish peanut topping - truly and a champagne toast at midnight! Finally head to your a masterpiece and a generous portion that begs spacious guest room, snooze in the next morning, and then to be shared! Lunch & dinner. Ad page 12 get up to a made-to-order special breakfast. Late check-out too! $229 per couple inclusive! Ad page 2

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Mark Rothko. American (born Russia), 1903-1970 No. 8, 1949; oil and mixed media on canvas.

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VISUAL ARTS The Columbia Museum of Art is a cultural gem located on Main and Hampton Streets in downtown Columbia. The museum is a captivating architectural conversion, transformed from an urban department store into a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries. The permanent collection includes world-class examples of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque Art, Impressionism, and Modern Art. The museum recently opened Modern & Contemporar y Art from the Collection which features over 30 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures including works by Jasper Johns, Howard Thomas, Sally Mann and Edward Ruscha. This fall, the museum proudly presents Mark Rothko, The Decisive Decade 1940-1950: From September 14, 2012-January 6, 2013, you can view one of the 20th century’s most influential and worldrenowned artists, Mark Rothko. Classified as an abstract expressionist, he rejected such labels. The first significant exhibition of his works in the state, this showing features almost 40 increasingly surrealistic and abstract works. “Automatic drawing” (meant to represent the energy of things felt rather than the reality of things seen) and the influence of such writers and thinkers as Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, and T. S. Eliot are all visible influences in this collection. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 AM5 PM, first Fridays 11 AM-8 PM, Saturdays 10 AM-5 PM, and Sundays noon-5 PM. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission charged. 1515 Main Street. 803-799-2810. www.columbiamuseum.org


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Get Inspired! See Works of Art at: McMaster Gallery at USC 1615 Senate Street 803-777-4236 artsandsciences.sc.edu/art /mcmaster_gallery

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Goodall Gallery at Columbia College 1301 Columbia College Dr 803-786-3899 www.columbiasc.edu

Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden For almost 30 years, Pearl Fryar has been rescuing “throwaway” plants from compost piles at local nurseries and transforming them into living sculpture. Now internationally recognized for its artistry and contribution, the garden boasts more than 300 plants complimented by “junk art” scattered throughout the garden. Mr. Fryar’s personal determination has inspired hundreds of thousands of visitors since he began planting. He said in 1993,“I like to let people see what they want to in my plants. The creativity comes in making a shape that speaks to me in one way but may say something else to everyone else.” The garden is open 10 AM-4 PM Tuesday-Saturday year-round. Guided tours can be arranged. Admission is free; donations (in part to support local scholarships!) are requested. 145 Broad Acres Road, Bishopville, SC. For more information, contact info@pearlfryar.com. www.pearlfryar.com ©

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South Carolina State Museum 301 Gervais Street 803-898-4921 southcarolinastatemuseum.org 701 Center for Contemporary Art 701 Whaley Street 803-779-4571 www.701cca.org Tapps Art Center 1644 Main Street 803-988-0013 www.tappsartscenter.com Village Artists at Village at Sandhill 631 Promenade Place 803-699-8886 www.thevillageartists.com

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Carolina Ballet 803-771-6303 www.carolinaballet.net www.cmfaonline.org e Nutcracker: Nov 23 & 25 at the Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St.

Columbia College Department of Music 803-786-3810 www.columbiasc.edu Opera Scenes: Nov 12 at the Spears Center for the Arts, 1301 Columbia College Drive, 7:30 PM. Lessons & Carols Choral Concert: Nov 29 at College Place United Methodist Church, 1801 Colonial Drive, 7:30 PM. Chamber Ensemble Concert: Dec 3 at Spears Center Concert Hall, 7:30 PM.

Columbia City Ballet 803-799-7605 www.columbiacityballet.com Dracula: Ballet with a Bite: Oct 25-27 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street. Educational Outreach Program: Holiday Celebrations Around the World: Dec 6-7 & 13-14 at the Koger Center. Nutcracker: Dec 8-16 at the Koger Center. Columbia Classical Ballet 803-252-9112 www.columbiaclassicalballet.org La Bayadere: Oct 12 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street. e Nutcracker: Nov 30-Dec 2 at the Koger Center. USC Dance Company 803-777-5636 www.cas.sc.edu/dance SC Dance Festival performance: Oct 5 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street, 7:30 PM. Fall Concert: Nov 2-3 at the Koger Center, 7:30 PM. Student Choreography Showcase & Wideman/Davis Dance Concert: Nov 27-30 at Drayton Hall eatre, 1214 College Street, 6 PM.

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Lake Murray Symphony 803-400-3540 www.lmso.org Wine & Waltzes with a Touch of Italy: Sept 28 at e Saluda Shoals Park River Center, 5605 Bush River Road, 6:30-9:30 PM. UNEARTH: Oct 7 at Saluda Shoals Park, 5-6 PM. Sunday Concert I: Nov 11 at Harbison eater at Midlands Tech, 7300 College Street, Irmo, 3:30-5 PM. SC Philharmonic 803-771-7937 www.scphilharmonic.com Masterworks 1, e Killer B’s: Sept 14 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street, 7:30 PM. Masterworks 2, Mozart & More: Oct 13 at the Koger Center, 7:30 PM. Masterworks 3, Made In the USA: Nov 9 at the Koger Center, 7:30 PM. USC School of Music 803-777-4336 www.music.sc.edu/events.html Too many events for complete list. Please check the website. Columbia Baroque Soloists: Sept 7 at the School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly Street, 7:30 PM.

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Legally Blonde Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? September 14-29

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Brighton Beach The Color Purple Songs for a March 15-30 New World Memoirs January 11-26 Wild Party, 2012

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Cornelia Freeman Concert Series: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, & Oct 7 at the School of Music Recital Hall, 3 PM. USC Symphony Orchestra: Sept 20, Oct 16, & Nov 13 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street, 7:30 PM. Southern Exposure New Music Series: Sept 28 & Oct 26 at the School of Music Recital Hall, 7:30 PM. USC Gospel Choir: Oct 9 at the School of Music Recital Hall, 7:30 PM & Nov 11, location TBD, 3 PM. US Coast Guard Saxaphone Quartet: Oct 22 at the School of Music Recital Hall, 6 PM. Arnold Schoenberg’s melodrama “Pierrot Lunaire”: Oct 26 at the School of Music Recital Hall, 7:30PM. Opera at USC: “Don Giovanni”: Nov 2 & 3 at Drayton Hall eatre, 1214 College Street, 7:30 PM & Nov 4, 3 PM. Palmetto Concert Band: Nov 18 at the School of Music Recital Hall, 4 PM. Carolina Band in Concert: Nov 27 at the Koger Center, 7:30 PM. An Evening of Chamber Music: Nov 28 at School of Music Recital Hall, 7:30 PM. ©

Theatre Chapin Community eatre 803-240-8544 www.chapintheatre.org Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Oct 19-Nov 3 at Harbison eater at Midlands Tech, 7300 College Street, Irmo. Columbia Children’s eatre 803-691-4548 www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com 3400 Forest Drive, Forest Acres Goodnight Moon: Sept 21-30. e Christmas Doll: Nov 23-Dec 2. SC Shakespeare Company 803-787-2273 www.shakespearesc.org Pride & Prejudice: Oct 17-27 at the Finlay Park Amphitheatre, 930 Laurel Street, 8 PM. (Tentative.) eatre South Carolina 803-777-4288 www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea Looking Over the President’s Shoulder: Sept 12-15 at Drayton Hall eatre, 1214 College Street. e Importance of Being Earnest: Oct 5-13 at Drayton Hall

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eatre. August Snow: Oct 11-14 at Lab eatre, 1400 Wheat Street. Compleat Female Stage Beauty: Nov 9-17 at Longstreet eatre, 1300 Green Street. e Rose Tattoo: Nov 15-18 at Lab eatre. Town eatre 803-799-2510 www.towntheatre.com 1012 Sumter Street e Music Man: Sept 14-Oct 6. e Winter Wonderettes: Nov 23-Dec 8. Trustus eatre 803-254-9732 www.trustus.org 520 Lady Street, Downtown Columbia Next to Normal: Sept 7-29. I Am My Own Wife: Oct 5-20. Next Fall: Oct 26Nov 10. [title of show]: Dec 7-Jan 12.

Village Square eatre 803-359-1436 www.villagesquaretheatre.com 105 Caughman Street, Lexington Forbidden Broadway: Sept 21-Oct 7. Disney’s e Little Mermaid JR.: Nov 2-18. Workshop eatre of SC 803-799-6551 www.workshoptheatre.com 1136 Bull Street Legally Blonde: e Musical: September 14-29. Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: November 9-24. Edward Albee's classic is a harrowing descent into the private lives and painful secrets of two couples thrown together for an evening. George is an associate professor of history who has turned to alcohol to deal with his vicious wife Martha, whose appetite for administering abuse knows no bounds. Invited to the couple's home for late-night drinks are new professor Nick and his naive wife Honey, where over the course of the evening, the polished veneer of the hosts tarnishes grotesquely and audiences are taken through one literate and profane night in the pathological marriage of two tortured souls.

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As one of the original 13 states, the South Carolina legislature has had a long and colorful history. Tour the current South Carolina State House where the legislature has met since 1903. Beautiful architecture, stained glass, wood carvings, an interior view of the dome, portrait paintings of historical figures, House and Senate chambers and the interesting story of the building itself are waiting to be discovered. The building is open Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM. Tours are available. Free of charge. Located at Main & Gervais Streets. 803-734-2430. www.scstatehouse.gov

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Follow the people, places, and progress of Columbia over three centuries within five downtown Historic Columbia Foundation sites, including house museums open for guided tours Tuesday-Sunday. Discover how communities are connected through history with a series of self-guided walking tours, web-based tours, even an app! Admission charged. 1616 Blanding Street. 803-252-7742. www.historiccolumbia.org Buried under the ancient oaks and magnolias of Trinity Cathedral’s Churchyard are some of South Carolina’s most distinguished governors, bishops, and heroes of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Churchyard can be viewed at any time. Free of charge. 1100 Sumter Street. 803-771-7300. www.trinitysc.org The African American Monument, the first of its kind on any of the nation’s state house grounds, was designed to recapture the rich history of African Americans and their contributions to the state of South Carolina. Free of charge. Located at Main & Gervais Streets on the east side of the State House.

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For over a century, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has collected and preserved the military history of this state. Columbia’s oldest museum presents the state’s martial tradition from the Revolutionary War to today’s War on Terror. Visitors explore the military campaigns in which South Carolinian soldiers have participated over the past 300+ years! Bold Banners: Early Civil War Flags of South Carolina displays some of the earliest flags representing units from across South Carolina. Approximately 13 flags, some recently conserved and never before seen on display, are on exhibit until September 29, 2012. See the Civil War jump off the screen in Civil War in 3D, the museum’s latest exhibit, now through June 2, 2013. Conflict Zone (photography exhibit covering the wars in Afghanistan and Irag): Nov 9, 2012-Feb 23, 2013. Admission charged. Open Tues-Sat 10AM-5PM and the first Sun evey month 1-5PM. 301 Gervais Street (State Museum Building). 803-7378095. www.crr.sc.gov

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The US Army Basic Combat Training Museum on Fort Jackson details the progress of US Army training since thenCamp Jackson opened in 1917. Open Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM, closed weekends and federal holidays. Free of charge. Building 4442, Jackson Boulevard, Fort Jackson. 803-751-7419. www.jackson.army.mil The South Carolina Military Museum is located at 1 National Guard Road. 803806-4440. www.scmilitarymuseum.com 21


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SC State Museum The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls

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The South Carolina State Museum features four large floors filled with fascinating exhibits, many of them hands-on, telling the story of South Carolina through the disciplines of art, history, natural history, and science/technology. One of a series of new exhibits marking the observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War is Naval Warfare on the Coast and Failed Attempts to Take Charleston. The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls details the life of an extraordinary man, born a slave, who lived to be elected to the US Congress: through January 2013. The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic and Bull Street: Life Behind the Wall explores mental health and its institutions and patients: Sept 1Oct 14. Open Tues-Sat 10 AM-5 PM and Sun 1-5 PM. Admission charged. 301 Gervais Street. Call 803-898-4921 for more information. www.museum.state.sc.us

The McKissick Museum, located in the historic Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina, features permanent collections including the Baruch Silver Gallery and Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World. Get Cocky! celebrates athletics at USC and its affect on student experiences: Aug 11-Dec 14. The Ultimate Vacation: Watching Other People Work imparts the history of factory tours and the development of corporate relations and consumer buying: Sept 8-Dec 18. Open Mon-Fri 8:30 AM-5 PM and Sat 11AM-3PM. Free of charge. 816 Bull Street. 803-777-7251. artsandsciences.sc.edu/mcks

The Lexington County Historical Museum almost transports visitors back in time. Structures and furnishings construct the life of Lexington residents from 1770 through the Civil War. Exhibits feature locally made artifacts, like handcrafted furniture and handsewn quilts. Walking Halloween Night Tour & Ghost Stories: Oct 18-19. Call for times. Christmas Open House with volunteers in period dress to answer questions, even more open structures, and refreshments: Dec 9, 2-5 PM, FREE. Open Tues-Sat 10 AM-4 PM and Sun 1-4 PM. Admission charged. 231 Fox Street, Lexington. 803-359-8369. www.lex-co.com/museum.html 22

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Walk through the history of the early eighteenth century SC Midlands’ “back country” at the Cayce Historical Museum. Museum exhibits highlight colonial trade, agricultural development, and transportation and also feature Native American exhibits dating back thousands of years! Holiday Open House with tour guides in period costumes, local entertainment, and lantern tours through the woods with Civil War-era scenes: Dec 1, 6-9 PM, FREE. Open Tues-Fri 9 AM-5 PM and Sat-Sun 2-5 PM. Admission charged. 1800 12th Street, Cayce. 803-7395385. www.cityofcayce-sc.gov/visiting

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The Governor’s Mansion Complex has housed the state’s governors since 1868. A tour includes the state dining room, two drawing rooms, the library, and the smaller Palmetto Dining Room—all furnished with period antiques. Two additional homes grace this lovely 9-acre complex. Governor’s Mansion. Tours free by reservation all year long. 800 Richland Street. Call 803-737-1710 for more info. www.scgovernorsmansion.org

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Dec 21 & 21, 2012. Enjoy the decorated halls of the historic Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion by candlelight on a guided tour. As the sesquicentennial of the Secession approaches, we will glimpse into the lives of Columbians in 1860. Musical entertainment, children’s activities and interpretation of the houses will reflect the uncertainty of life in the South from viewpoints of enslaved workers to those of wealthy planters. Eenjoy carriage rides through the Robert Mills historic district. Call 803.252.1770, ext. 24

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Hey Kids! Here’s your chance to become a South Carolina State Fair Ambassador of Agriculture! Ambassadors get special treatment at the Fair. They’ll receive their very own blue ribbon signifying to other fairgoers that they are an Ambassador and they’ll get a special picture taken at the SC Department of Agriculture’s exhibit in the Cantey Building October 10-21, 2012. To get started, log on to www.scstatefair.org and look for the From Field to Fair icon, follow the directions, play the games, print and head to the fair with your completed passport! Bring it to the SC Department of Agriculture’s exhibit in the Cantey Building to be initiated into this great program! Find out more and get started at www.scstatefair.org.

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Frankie’s Fun Park

Fun Park in Columbia serves up great rides, great food, and great times! Attractions include Mini Golf, a Road Course, Batting Cage, Laser Tag, Rookie Track, Drop Zone, Bumper Boats, Fun Slide, a Rock Wall, Fun House, Monaco Slick Track, and an awesome Arcade! 140 Parkridge Drive—take the Harbison Boulevard Exit (#103) off of I-26 and turn left onto Harbison. Then, turn left onto Parkridge. Frankie’s is open Mon-Sat from 10 AM-Midnight & Sunday from Noon-Midnight. They’re open year-round, but call for specific hours of operation as attractions and times vary. 803-791-2342. www.frankiesfunpark.com


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Make sure your tots get the most out of their holiday break at the YMCA’s

Holiday Camps! Days are filled with fun activities like swimming, crafts, games, and crazy challenges. Dates, times and activities vary by location. Visit www.columbiaymca.org. And don’t miss Breakfast with Santa! The highlight of the season for many children is whispering their dearest wish into the kind, assuring ear of jolly old Saint Nick. This year, don’t just settle for a few seconds on his lap and a flash among the hurried masses at a shopping mall. Drop in, have some breakfast, make some Christmas crafts with your child, and introduce them to Santa Claus! Call 803359-3376 for details and registration. www.columbiaymca.org November 3rd: EdVenture Children Museum’s 3rd annual family-friendly farm festival, Farmville! Through unique handson learning experiences, children will see the concept of farm to market to table in action by getting up-close-and-personal with farm animals, farm machinery, fresh produce, and local farmers who bring us the food that keeps us healthy. Families will discover what foods and products are raised right here in South Carolina and learn the science behind the agricultural technology of tomorrow. Admission applies. EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street. 803-799-3100. www.edventure.org

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LOVE OF LEARNING Passport to Art: Columbia Museum of Art This FREE monthly open studio program is for families and includes creating an art project together, and then a tour of the Museum. Noon - 3pm. 803-799-2810 Sunday Sept. 9 - Feathery Friends Sunday Oct. 14 - Spooky Places Sunday Nov. 11 - Autumn Impressions Sunday Dec. 9 - Blurred Lines

Moms & Family Expo! This event is all about making life more enjoyable and less stressful for you during pregnancy and through motherhood! Learn how to take care of yourself and have a little fun in the process! There will a book swap, stress relief & kids’ safety classes, Mom-preneur classes, Dad’s Corner, give-ways, and much more! Oct. 28th. 1-5 PM. Admission charged. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street. 803-238-9315. www.belliesbabesbigkids.com Here While Serving our Country? March into any Richland County library location! Military personnel assigned temporary duty in Richland County can stop by and gain access to more than 1.3 million resources including books, e-books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, video games, CDs, audio-books, electronic databases, and more. Present ID & assignment orders. For info call 803-799-9084 or visit www.myrcpl.com.

Find out more about one of the world’s most-enjoyed hobbies at the annual AMROC Christmas Show, November 29 from 4-8 PM and December 1 from 10 AM-4 PM for FREE! There will be two floors of layouts and a yard full of trains! AMROC can help you learn more about building, improving, and running trains with regular meetings and work sessions; work on layouts; and attend special events and club trips! Regular meetings are held Thursdays 79 PM. Arsenal Hill Park, 1800 Lincoln Street. www.amroc.org

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The Art of Clay! This class provides an outlet for the mature adult (over the age of 50) who would like to explore the world of pottery through a basic 4 week course. The course is designed to provide a brief overview for the students. All tools and materials are provided. At the end of this short course students have the option to participate in Open Studio or take one of the 6 week courses which are offered by the Art Center to further their enjoymjent and understanding of the world of clay art. Minimum for class is 3 and maximum is 10. Class registration $50. Meets on 1-3 pm. For more information Celebrate this autumn with the Historic Fridays contact: Brenda Oliver Columbia Foundation. Their annual bloliver@columbiasc.net or 545-3093. Scarecrows in the Garden presents handcrafted scarecrows created by local businesses, organizations, individuals and families. From totally wacky to very traditional, these works of art add a touch of whimsy to the Foundation's historic gardens. Opens September 30, 2012. For information, visit www.historiccolumbia.org or call 803-252-7742.

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WHY CHOOSE GREATER COLUMBIA? It’s Warm!

It’s sunny! It’s famously hot! It certainly isn’t cold. The average high in July is 92 (our hottest month!), and our coldest month (January) only dips down to 55 degrees! We bask in the sunshine more than 200 days each year and get very little, if any snow!

It’s Good for Kids!

With solid public schools (some ranked best in the state!) forward-thinking children’s programs, and excellent private schools, Greater Columbia students achieve impressive SAT and ACT scores year in and year out. We are home to the University of South Carolina (the state’s It’s Fun! Boating and fishing are fine flagship university!), Columbia College, Benedict College, and Allen University! on Lake Murray and Lake Wateree. Hiking

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is great at Congaree National Park, Harbison State Forest, or on the statewide Palmetto Trail. Throw a stone and you’ll hit one of our great city and county parks. We love our USC Gamecock baseball (the #1 National Champions 2010 and 2011!), football, and basketball games. And, Greater Columbia is at the center of the recreation capital of the universe: South Carolina! Hop in your car and, a mere 2 hours later, turn up on a seaside beach or a mountain hiking trail!

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are home to the beautiful, state-of-the-art Columbia Metropolitan Airport; a UPS hub; Interstates 26, 20, and 77; are near the port of Charleston; and the Midlands Workforce Development Board helps train and staff companies here. We are a “rightto-work” state.

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statewide and regionally for our outstanding health care facilities. Nine It’s Sophisticated! As the hospitals and the USC School of Medicine cultural hub of our state, Greater Columbia are here. is home to the a world-class art museum; 3 ballet companies; the South Carolina Email me if you need any info. I’m always Philharmonic; the Lake Murray Symphony; glad to be of help and direct you to the jazz, bluegrass, and blues organizations; right place! kathy@gardenerguides.com two wonderful library systems; top-notch theater and one of the country’s best You’re going to love it! zoological and botanical gardens!

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Did you know, Education Weekly’s national report card, Quality Counts, ranked South Carolina 15th in the nation overall; 7th in Standards, Assessments, & Accountability; and 1st in the teaching profession! Since 2003, more than 2000 knowledge-based jobs have been created through our state’s Centers of Economic Excellence Program and CNBC ranked ours the sixth best workforce in the nation based on quality and availability of workers and workforce training, according to the SC Department of Commerce! www.scmindsatwork.com

Columbia city parks are undergoing major improvements! This year, the City of Columbia is spending almost $7 million to upgrade and repair 11 of our 54 parks, including Earlewood and Maxcy Gregg Parks. When completed, Earlewood Park will serve as Parks & Rec headquarters with a new community center, an improved playground, and upgraded tennis courts. Just over 100 years old, Maxcy Gregg Park is gaining a new saltwater pool. ColumbiaParksAndRec.net

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Northwest This area is comprised of places like Irmo, St Andrews, Harbison and Ballentine. Great schools and convenience to I-26. Lexington • Richland School District Five

North Home to Columbia College as well as older neighborhoods, this part of Columbia is undergoing renewal projects including beautification and park enhancements. Richland School District One

Blythewood Known for its horse farms, rural beauty, good schools and convenience to I-77, Blythewood is popular with familes and those seeking an idyllic setting. Richland School District Two

Northeast This area of the Midlands is Downtown popular with families for its Older neighborhoods where excellent schools and its homes with character are recreational resources. This maintained by those who love area is near Fort Jackson and older architecture stand beside military families are fond of this buildings of modern design for area. those looking for an upscale Richland School District Two stylish intown residence. Richland School District East One Charming established Lexington neighborhoods with mature This town just west of West Metro trees and winding lanes, this is Columbia is the fastest Cayce, West Columbia and Columbia’s first suburban area. developing area and is popular Springdale make up this area Shandon, Forest Acres, with families for its schools across the river from Rosewood and Lake Katherine and small town charms. downtown Columbia. Older are located here. Absolutely Lexington School District neighborhoods built from the gorgeous in the spring. One 1940’s and new homes too. Richland School District One Lexington School District Two Lake Murray 50,000 acre Lake Murray reaches into four counties and is minutes from Chapin and Lexington. 8000 homes front the lake. Lexington • Richland School District Five & Lexington School District One

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WHY CHOOSE GREATER COLUMBIA? Forbes magazine named Finlay Park Kathy Gardener

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In Richland One, Reading Rocks! Make plans to join Richland One students, parents and employees for the district’s annual Reading Rocks! literacy celebration on Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the campus of W.G. Sanders Middle School, 3455 Pine Belt Road, Columbia. Events and activities will include a literacy parade, authors and other celebrity guests, book giveaways, entertainment and more! Admission is free. For more information, call the Richland One Office of Communications at (803) 231-7504.

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Richland One Evening High School Have you dropped out of a Richland One high school? Do life circumstances prevent you from going to school during the day? Consider the Richland One Evening High School. The Evening High School, which serves students ages 16-20, operates from 4:00-8:10 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Recognized as a model program by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, the Evening High School enables students to work, meet family obligations and, upon meeting the requirements, graduate from high school. For more information, call Kerry L. Abel in the Richland One Office of Dropout Prevention at (803) 790-6763 or (803) 553-0072.

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'TIS THE SEASON TO SHOP! malls and centers Columbia Place: is Northeast Columbia’s enclosed mall with over 100 stores and eateries. 7201 Two Notch Road. Another Reason to Go: Now through Dec 31, 2012, make a care package donation to an activeduty soldier serving overseas. See mall office or shopcolumbiaplace.com Columbiana Centre Mall: Located in northwest Columbia, this enclosed mall is anchored by Belk, Dillards, JC Penney, and Sears and features a large food court and scores of specialty stores. 100 Columbiana Circle. Another Reason to Go: “Family Fun Days,” held regularly, offer children 7 and under a puppet show, a make and take art project, Kindermusic, story-time, puzzles, and more. FREE. See website for dates: www.columbianacentre.com Dutch Square Mall: All roads lead to Dutch Square, South Carolina’s first and favorite mall, featuring Belk and Burlington Coat Factory, specialty stores, and a 14screen movie theater. 421 Bush River Road. Another Reason to Go: The John Miranda Art Gallery features the works of local artists, from quirky to traditional. dutchsquare.com

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Richland Mall: is in the heart of Forest Acres, near Fort Jackson with Belk, Barnes & Noble, restaurants, and cinema. 3400 Forest Drive. Another Reason to Go: The Farmer's Market is on Wednesdays through Oct 31, 2012 on the Rooftop Parking Deck from 3-7 PM. Trenholm Plaza: is in the heart of Forest Acres, near Fort Jackson with SteinMart, Books-A-Million, Fresh Market, specialty stores, and restaurants. 4840 Forest Drive. Another Reason to Go: The Original Pancake House, celebrating over 50 years of the finest ingredients, freshest batters, and awardwinning recipes! Village at Sandhill: is Northeast Columbia's 300-acre perfect mix of living, shopping, dining, and entertainment! Charming streetscapes, town center, and distinctive architecture featuring Academy Sports & Outdoors, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Belk, JC Penney, Books-AMillion, boutiques, and a 16-screen cinema. Another Reason to Go: Enjoy free outdoor concerts September 7 (Square Roots) and September 21 (Right to Party), fabulous holiday events, and weekend train rides. www.villageatsandhillonline.com/events

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boutique shopping City Center: Downtown shopping is making a comeback. Gift shops, an outdoor store, art galleries, and specialty stores are new additions to downtown. Another Reason to Go: Chelsea’s Restaurant, across from City Hall. Also downtown’s Mingle & Jingle celebration on December 6, 2012. Congaree Vista: an eclectic mix of businesses line Gervais Street and its side streets, near the heart of the city. Here you’ll find galleries, over 45 restaurants, nightclubs, and shops offering American crafts, antiques, and more. Another Reason to Go: Visit Jillian's where you can eat, drink and play (14 billiard tables, an amazing game center), watch sports, and dance the night away with a completely unique experience. www.jilliansofcolumbiasc.com Devine Street: Upscale shops line Devine Street in the Shandon neighborhood on the east side of Columbia, beyond Five Points. Here you’ll find unique retailers offering apparel and accessories for men, women, and children, as well as furniture, gift ware, and home decor. Another Reason to Go: A Devine Night Out (December 13, 2012) is an extravagant holiday event where 40+ stores welcome guests from 5-8 PM for an evening of shopping, socializing and festive cheer. “After Party” follows. Five Points: near the University of South Carolina, Five Points is home to retail shops, restaurants, and nightclubs and appeals to the young crowd with places to buy hip clothing, art, gourmet foods, wine, and jewelry. Harden and Devine Sreets.

Another Reason to Go: Cellar on Greene offers their famous Giant Wine Sale & Tasting every other Saturday from 12-2 PM with at least 30 wines open for your enjoyment! www.cellarongreene.com Lexington's Old Mill: On Main Street in Lexington, this historic conversion on a 40 acre pond is now home to a mix of restaurants, shops, galleries, and more. Another Reason to Go: This building and its location are fun to visit to admire the restoration and the picturesque setting.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Rugged outdoorsy type on your list? Head to the Backpacker to shop for gear, clothing and nifty stocking-stuffers. Pictured is the Patagonia Men’s Synchilla Snap-T Pullover... he’ll look good and feel warm, cozy and loved... a win-win! Ad page 42.

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Peace, love and Belladonna’s. This unique shop offers gift ideas that help you spread a bit of calm as well as cheer. Pictured is the Heart Centered candle - it reminds us to stop and take a moment to center ourselves during a busy and hectic work day, holiday season, or daily schedule. Its soft lavender color is a reminder to seek peace and tranquility in the midst of our fast paced lives. These candles are made using essential oils with love and care, in the USA. The candle holder is hand carved soapstone from India, and is in the receiving position. This combination of heart openness and receiving reminds us to be open to the beauty that surrounds us on a daily basis, no matter where we are, how much we need to get done, or how hectic our schedules may seem. Ad page 48.

Need a hostess gift or a contribution to a pot-luck? Impress everyone with your good taste with cupcakes from Cupcake in the Vista! Pictured: Salted Caramel Chocolate - Sink your teeth into a moist chocolate chocolate chip cake with smooth caramel cocoa cream cheese icing. The icing is rolled in gold sugars & sea salt. Drizzled with caramel and dark chocolate ganache. A sweet and salty sensation! Ad page 26.

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Carolina Honda

Start the adventure of a lifetime on a 2012 Honda CRF50 for only $1540! There’s a good reason Honda’s CRF50F is probably the world’s most popular beginner bike. A whole bunch of great reasons, actually. First, its bulletproof engine develops the kind of smooth, easy-to-use power first-timers really need. Its three-speed transmission with automatic clutch is newbie-friendly, and its tough suspension stands up to the use (and abuse!) of first-time riders. The CRF50F has features like an adjustable throttle limiter so you can tailor the power to your rider’s skills. That kind of thoughtful engineering, longterm overall quality and a whole lot more are what make the CRF50F a Honda. Put the biggest smile on someone’s face this holiday season! Available at Carolina Honda Powerhouse. Ad page 25.

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City Market Antiques

Southern Bedding Southern Bedding of Columbia offers their customers high quality South Carolinamanufactured mattresses and furniture. Carolina Furniture Works bedroom set is available in cherry or espresso finish and includes bed, dresser, mirror, chest and nightstand. Pictured: Southern Bedding’s own Presidential luxury firm mattress with reversible, pillow top. Ad page 37.

Some folks seem to have everything, don’t they? And when we try to come up with a useful gift, we’re totally stumped. Start thinking about something that will help them remember special times from the past - head to City Market Antiques for a huge collection of nostalgic and fun gift ideas, from Scooby Doo lunch boxes to Shirley Temple dolls; from antique furniture to baby buggies! Ad page 41.

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Museum Shop

This year, give a unique and memorable gift from the Columbia Museum of Art's world-class collection with affordable reproductions of priceless artworks: wooden puzzles, posters and postcards, boxed note card sets, note cubes, and more. Or give a gift handcrafted by local artisans with Museum Shop Originals including wood turned pieces, pine needle baskets, woven scarves, mosaics, mouse pads, pottery, glasswork and jewelry. Check out the Kid’s Room – chocked full of toys, puzzles, kits and books for all ages – all designed to nurture a child’s creativity and imagination. Pictured is Grimm’s 12 piece Wooden Rainbow. $81 Ad page 23.

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Pearly Whites! Workshop Theatre Beautiful white teeth... imagine gifting that this holiday season! Dr. Charles Flowers is offering a special on teeth whitening through December 31, 2012. He and his knowledgeable staff will create a set of upper and lower molds and provide 2 tubes of whitener... enough to keep your smiley gift recipient showing off their sparklers for most of the upcoming year! $175. Ad page 60.

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“Let me entertain you!” Give your favorite theatre-goer a membership to Workshop Theatre! They’ll enjoy 5 wonderful shows and remember your thoughtfulness throughout the theater season. 20122013 season: Legally Blonde: The Musical; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Brighton Beach Memoirs; The Color Purple; Songs for a New World. Memberships: $55 $80. Or treat them with tickets to a particular show you know they’ll like! How about for the babysitter who allowed you to see a show? Ad page 17.


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Austrian Travel Poster 1930's - Beautifully framed and ready for hanging. If you have a love of Art Deco, of travel art or European scenery, or someone on your gift list does, this poster is perfect! Very good condition. 763 Meeting St Antique Mall. www.763antiquemall.com 803-796-1516 Ad page 40.

This holiday season, consider gifts that support our local economy! Shop the State Farmers Market for Certified South Carolina Specialty Food Products that will delight the gourmet cook on your list. Examples: Artisan Foods’ jams, jellies and preserves; Black Maize salsa; Carolina Plantation Rice; Charleston Original Sauces; May's Unique Vinaigrette; Mother Shucker's Cocktail Sauce; Palmetto Pepper Potions (pictured): Trenholm Venom, Molten Golden, Larynx Lava, Daily Red; Sallie's Greatest: Strawberry-Basil Jam, Peach-Mint Jam, BlueberryLavender Jam. Ad page 50.

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Here’s the perfect gift for the young couple or loving spouse... a gift card from Ethan Allen. Imagine the fun they’ll have choosing something useful, unique and of enduring beauty for their home. They’ll long remember your thoughtfulness when they admire their special chair, table or accessory from Ethan Allen! Play Santa in a big way this year with a gift card from Ethan Allen. Ad page 39.

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What better way to say “Happy Holidays” than with a bakery box packed full of mouth-watering cupcakes from Cupcake Paradise in Irmo? Choose a dozen from their daily fresh-baked selection in a wide assortment of flavors and real fruit fillings... Ad on page 40.

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September 28-30: Whether you’re looking for planters, hanging plants, vegetable plants, fertilizer, yard art, or garden decor, the Midlands Fall Plant & Flower Festival will have just about everything you could need! Whether you’re a novice or a ”seasoned” gardener, you’ll find something wonderful. Fri-Sat 6 AM-6 PM & Sun Noon-5 PM. Free admission. Held at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia. 803-734-2210. www.agriculture.sc.gov/midlandsplantandflowerfestival Tennis anyone? The Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission recently opened its state-ofthe-art Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center off 12th St Extension in Cayce. It features include a Stadium court, 7 QuickStart Courts, 23 Regulation Courts, clubhouse and pro shop. Courts and parking lot are lighted, with the facility open some days until 10pm. Open to the public, with 2-hour court rentals from $3 - $5. Call them at 803.227.3030. The Lexington County Tennis Complex on Oak Drive in Lexington also offers play on 21 lighted courts. 803.957.7676. www.lcrac.com/tennis

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Enjoying the outdoors is always a great idea, but some activities are more fun, more convenient, and just plain safer if you’re properly prepared! For the motivated camper, hiker, and all-around outdoorsperson, try these “Backpacking 101” classes from the The Backpacker. How to Pack Your Pack & Clothing: Layering for Three-Season Backpacking: Sat, Sept 8 from 8:45-10 AM & Mon, Oct 1 from 6:30-7:45 PM. Tents & Sleeping Bags: Sat, Sept 15 from 8:45-10 AM. 1215 Wayne Street. 803-799-7571. www.backpackerqualitygear.com Exercising pets provides the perfect FUN way to get out and get moving. Try an outing to one of these great spots with your four-legged friend-and make sure you’re both moving! Barking Lot Dog Park at Saluda Shoals Park is an open, grassy area where dogs can run offleash: 5605 Bush River Road, 803-731-5208. NOMA Dog Park at Earlewood Park is also an open, grassy area where dogs must be leashed: 11111 Parkside Drive, 803-545-3100. Granby Park doesn’t have a designated dog park, but waste bags are provided: 100 Catawba Street, 803-545-3100. Sesqui Dog Park at Sesquicentennial State Park is a 2-acre, fenced area with waste bags provided. 9564 Two Notch Rd. 803-788-2706

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Welcome Fall/Holiday campers! Jellystone Park at Riverbottom Farms is ready for you! Spend a relaxing weekend - they’ll keep the kids (and adults) entertained! Events are for registered campers only, so call 803-568-4182 for reservations or visit www.riverbottomfarms.com. Sept 21-23: Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff! Chili Cook Off & Craft Sale to benefit the SC Autism Society, Pot Luck Chili Supper. Sept 28-30 & Oct 5-7: Halloween No Scare Weekends! Pumpkin Painting or Ceramics, Trick’r’Treating, Glow Hayride, Flashlight Bone Hunt. Nov 22-25: Thanksgiving in the Park! Thanksgiving Dinner, Carolina vs. Clemson, Pancake Breakfast to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. Dec 29-Jan 1: New Years Celebration! Hoppity Horse Races, Karaoke New Year’s Eve Party, Fireworks over the Ponds

GET A LOAD OF THIS! Calling all gardeners! As you begin (if you haven’t already!) work on your fall beds, consider Riverbanks Zoo & Garden’s wonderful ComPOOst program. 1500 pounds of elephant, zebra, and giraffe manure is deposited every day, and creating compost takes about three months. Available year round by the pint or two-gallon container, and by the truckload at certain times of year (I guess when the animals are eating a lot!) Check www.comPOOst.org for those specifics and more information about the comPOOst process. All proceeds benefit conservation at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.

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for sitting in the outdoor shade or outdoor concerts, and benches and picnic tables. 1249 Lexington Avenue, Irmo. Free.

Dreher Island State Park Fish, launch your boat, take a trail walk or enjoy a picnic under one of the 13 shelters at this state park, located on the shores of 50,000 acre Lake Murray. Admission charged. 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC. www.southcarolinaparks.com

Sesquicentennial State Park Situated in the middle of the Sandhills region, Sesqui features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. 9564 Two Notch Road. Admission charged. www.southcarolinaparks.com

Finlay Park Finlay Park hosts a dramatic waterfall and stream cascading down landscaped terraces to the park lake. Relax in porch-style swings or take a walk/jog/bike around the lake. An extensive play area is also available for kids. 930 Laurel Street. Free.

OUR RIVERS The Saluda River and Broad River meet in a churning rush of rapids, and then combine to form the Congaree River. Kayaking, canoeing, walking, biking, and nature exploration are just a few possibilities for fun on and along the rivers.

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Located in suburban Lexington, this park is popular with picnickers and walkers. This 15acre, heavily wooded park boasts an easy-tofollow loop trail, picnic shelters, restrooms, Riverfront Park and Columbia Canal The flat, easy-walking, 2 ½-mile Park and and a fishing dock. Canal path follows the old towpath of the 241 Gibson Road, Lexington. Free. Columbia Canal, which was used to tow cargo barges during the 19th century. Benches for Irmo Town Park resting make this the perfect place to relax and Northwest of suburban Irmo, this beautiful enjoy the Broad River. In the spring, you can park is situated off Lake Murray Boulevard. see the rare spider lilies blooming out among Picturesque landscaping includes a stream the rocky shoals. 312 Laurel Street Free. with lush water plants and flowers, a gazebo ICRC.NET

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Over sixteen miles of roads and trails weave through the pine and hardwood forest, crossing wandering streams and descending through leafy glades to the Broad River.the Forest boasts almost twenty miles of trails for walking, jogging, hiking, and bicycling that range from moderately easy to difficult. A landing located near the Broad River provides access for kayaks and canoes. Located off Broad River Road in Harbison. Admission.

The Saluda River Saluda Shoals Park Saluda Shoals Park is a premier, natural, environmentally sensitive riverfront park that invites visitors to experience the treasures of the Saluda River through exceptional educational, recreational and cultural opportunities. Located along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, this 400 acre regional park offers the following amenities– • Paved/unpaved trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding • River Observation Deck • Boat Ramp/Canoe/Kayak Launch • Picnic Shelters • 11,000-square-foot Environmental Education Center and Exhibit Hall • 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art conference facility, the River Center 5605 Bush River Road. 803-731-5208. Admission charged. www.icrc.net

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden The Botanical Garden’s natural Woodlands Walk and River Trail leads to historic mill ruins from the 1800s and offers an unparalleled view of the Saluda, its rushing waters, kayakers and interesting wildlife. Enter the Botanical Garden at 1300 Botanical Parkway just off US Highway 378 from Interstates 20 and 26 in West Columbia or walk across the Saluda River footbridge from the Zoo. 803-779-8717. Admission charged. www.riverbanks.org

The Congaree River West Columbia Riverwalk & Cayce Riverwalk and Extension Enjoy the tranquil Congaree from the west side of the river. The Riverwalk offers beautiful views of the Congaree from its lighted paved paths, bridges, boardwalks and overlooks.Restrooms available. Entrances off State Street Bridge in West Columbia and off Axtell Drive and State Street in Cayce. www.riveralliance.org/3rg.html

Congaree National Park South Carolina’s only national park, Congaree National Park preserves one of the largest and oldest original hardwood bottomland forests in the United States. Enjoy some fresh air and experience hiking and paddling. Rangerguided hikes and canoe trips can be reserved, or take a quiet walk on the 2.5 mile boardwalk loop. 100 National Park Road Hopkins, SC. Free www.nps.gov/cong

Granby Park 24 acres, river-accessible recreation, off-path trails for mountain bikes and runners, and views of the Congaree River from bridges, boardwalks, overlooks, and a ½ mile of lighted paths accommodating all levels of physical ability. Located at the end of Catawba Street, off Huger Street, Columbia. Free. www.riveralliance.org/3rg.html ©

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unearth is a very unique celebration of the arts. It kicks off on Friday, October 5th when the SC Shakespeare Company performs. Far from your typical art show, unearth presents its 30+ juried artists on Sunday October 7th from 1pm - 5pm along woodsy paths at Saluda Shoals Park. One turn in the trail may take you to a watercolorist demonstrating her techniques as she paints the river scenery before her. Another jog in the path takes you to a string quartet set up in the trees, playing Mozart. Walk a bit further and you reach a woodcarver, displaying her wares and explaining her cra. e festival truly lives up to its title, "unearth, a Celebration of Naturally Inspired Art.” Visitors may participate in various workshops and demos. At 5pm on Sunday, the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra performs. Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. 803-731-5208. www.icrc.net

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Stress-LESS with Belladonnas!

This season is joyous, but there’s no denying it’s hectic. Between lists of presents, trips to the Post Office, holiday play dates, and family functions it can seem there’s hardly time to breathe! Belladonnas Shoppe & Salon is here to help you relax, re-center, and take care of you! Try Kundalini Yoga to increase awareness, character, consciousness, and strength every Thursday from 7-8:15PM. Guided meditation every first Friday of the month from 7-8 PM can help you de-stress and relax! Spiritual Living classes are held on the second Friday of each month from 7-8 PM. Join the Drum Circle on the last Saturday of each month from 6-7 PM to learn about drumming, drum styles, drum care, drum speak, and even how to meditate while drumming. Delve into your inner self with Shamanic Journeying Group classes on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:45-8:15 PM. Call or visit their website for more information on each class! 612 St. Andrews Road. 803765-0450. www.belladonnasgifts.com

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October 8-13 Experience Northeast! This week-long event invites all Greater Columbia residents and visitors to experience the sights, bites, fun faces, and cool places in the Northeast. The week begins with a wine, food, and art event at two of Northeast Columbia’s premier hotels, followed by Sandhills Day in conjunction with the local farmers market. Mid-week events include Northeast Nightlife and diNE Out Night. The week finishes off with a family fun night including a kid’s costume contest and the finale event, Latinos y Mas Community Festival sponsored by Verizon. Various businesses will be hosting individual events throughout the week with specials, discounts, and deals and various prizes will be given away valued over $1,000. For info visit www.springvalley.patch.com. October13 2nd Annual Latinos y Mas! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the diversity of Greater Columbia communities at this FREE family-friendly multi-cultural event. Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, arts & crafts, a live DJ, cultural dance, international foods, fashion, demonstrations, and much more! Speak to Verizon Wireless about possible employment opportunities and learn about the cultural diversity here in Northeast Columbia. 11 AM-4 PM. North Springs Park, 1320 Clemson Road. ©

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The SC State Museum proves oldies can be goodies. These Signature Events are back! Fall Heritage Festival & Pickin' Party: Oct 13, 10 AM-4 PM. Celebrate our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bountiful heritage at this annual event! Classic Southern food, down home Carolina music, and traditional folk art talent are available all day with Moonshine and Muscadines that night (for adults only! Regular admission is charged inside. Winter Fest: Dec 15-Jan 1, 2013. Enjoy family fun this holiday season with crafts, movies, and fun activities for all ages! SC 301 Gervais Street. 803-898-4921.

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South Carolina Arbor Day is Friday, December 7, 2012

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Plant a tree this fall or winter! They provide cooling shade on hot summer days, give us oxygen to breathe, clean pollutants from the air, provide food and homes for wildlife, and beautify your property. Fall planting is best so the roots become established before leaves emerge in Spring. What types of trees do best in Greater Columbia? Keep the Midlands Beautiful suggests 10 trees in its Midlands Tree Palette, 6 of which are native to the South. The chart can be found on their website: www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org, along with many helpful tips and resources. Also, the Urban Tree Care booklet is available from the SC Forestry Commission. Call 803896-8800 and request a copy. Have a green thumb? Richland County is currently looking for folks to serve on the Richland County Appearance Commission. Call 803-576-2080.

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Recycling - Good for the Garden! Lexington County Solid Waste periodically has shredded wood mulch available for purchase at the Edmund Landfill by residents, businesses and municipalities. This mulch is well-suited for use around trees and gardens or along water ways, trails, and erosion control areas. The cost for residents is $10 per load (about 2.8 cubic yards). For businesses and municipalities, the cost is $20 per ton. Call ahead for availability. 803-755-3325. www.lex-co.com/solidwaste.html Grinding of the Greens The Grinding of the Greens Christmas tree program runs annually from December 26 through the second or third week in January. Free Christmas tree mulch made from the recycled trees is made available to the public at a minimum of two locations in early to mid January. Visit www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org or call 803-733-1139 The Carolina Yardstick Workbook Download the Carolina Yardstick Workbook and learn how to create attractive and healthy yards by working with South Carolina's environment, rather than against it. It covers topics ranging from learning to put the right plant in the right place and watering efficiently to mulching, composting, recycling grass clippings and yard debris, and managing yard pests. www.clemson.edu/extension/natural_resources/water/carolina_yards/ or call the Home & Garden Information Center toll free 1-888-656-9988 (SC residents only) Monday-Friday, 9 AM-1 PM. Š 48 DISCOVER COLUMBIA


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Sustainable Carolina University of South Carolina

We all love Gamecock football around here, but that isn’t all USC contributes to Greater Columbia! Of its many community-focused organizations, Sustainable Carolina, is a collaborative organization of students, faculty, staff, and community members whose mission is to educate and transform the campus and community by promoting collaborative relationships among students, faculty, staff, and community members for exploring and implementing the changes required to create a sustainable society. At games this fall, look out for “Tailgate Recycling” volunteers at the Sustainable Carolina tent. They’ll be passing out (and later recollecting) recycling bags to encourage recycling for tailgate areas! So, stay green and GO ‘COCKS! www.cas.sc.edu/greenquad

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celebrate—well, anything! Each season, the spectacular Spirit crew put on a number of public cruises for all to attend! Look out for these seasonal cruises and details on their website! The Fall Fever cruise celebrates the beautiful colors of the changing season. Celebrate this season’s special holidays and events on the

Labor Day, Halloween, Veteran’s Day, and Christmas Light cruises! The Spirit is also a wonderful venue for unforgettable private functions. Contact Ken and crew for a truly one of a kind event! Call 803-730-3044 or visit www.lakemurraycruises.com!

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On September 21 & 22, the US Army’s Spirit of America is coming to Columbia! This FREE, live show depicts our nation’s history through the eyes of American soldiers through historical reenactments, music, and precision drill exercises. Using direct historical accounts as source material, Spirit of America is a riveting celebration of the strength of the United States Army and its history. Order tickets online or by calling the venue. Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. 803-576-9200. coloniallifearena.com

One of the best ways to spend a day in Columbia is at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden! Rated a Top 10 Zoo in the United States and number 4 by TripAdvisor, Riverbanks is home to more than 2,000 animals, with more than 350 species originating all over the world! Visit the Kangaroo Walkabout, experience the African Plains, and sneak an exotic peek at Lemur Island! Get even closer with Adventure Tours or brave the Sky-High Safari vertical ropes challenge! Daily park hours 9 AM-5 PM. Admission varies. 500 Wildlife Parkway. 803-779-8717. www.riverbanks.org

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September 28 (6-11 PM) & 29 (9 AM-5 PM): The 39th Annual Irmo Okra Strut returns as “the nation’s original celebration of Okra!” Head out to Irmo Town Park and enjoy this two day event featuring a street dance (Mustang Sally, all female country and R&B and Rob Crosby, country), parade, arts and crafts, rides and amusements, petting zoo, and lots of festival food. Attendance for the celebration is estimated at 55,000 annually. 1249 Lexington Avenue, Irmo. 803-3313875. www.irmookrastrut.com

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HONORING THE TROOPS Shaw Air Force Base Online Media Gallery

American troops comprise just about 1% of the population. They and their families have chosen to dedicate their lives to this great nation. The organizations below provide opportunities to support the troops and their families. Air Compassion for Veterans helps provide transportation of wounded warriors, veterans, and adversely affected family members to specialized medical facilities and services when the military cannot. www.AirCompassionForVeterans.org America’s VetDogs uses guide and service dogs and innovative technology to help disabled veterans return to life after injury. www.VetDogs.org The Fisher House Foundation provides a “home away from home” for military families to be close to loved ones during hospitalization and treatment. www.FisherHouse.org Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to wounded warrior and service member families. www.OperationHomefront.net The PenFed Foundation seeks to prevent medical emergencies of military personnel and families from becoming financial hardships. www.PentagonFoundation.org The USO facilitates countless programs from the “Mobile USO” and “USO in a box” at remote bases to gaming systems for deployed troop morale and “Operation Phone Home.” www.USO.org The Wounded Warrior Project offers a broad spectrum of programs designed to meet the unique needs of injured service members. www.WoundedWarriorProject.org To support our military at Fort Jackson, visit www.fortjacksonmwr.com and contact the Donations Coordinator at 803-751-3647 or jackson.dfmwr.giftanddonations@usarmy.mil. To support our military at Shaw Air Force Base, visit www.20thfss.com/sponsorship and contact the Commercial Sponsorship Coordinator at 803-895-3710 or sponsorship@20thfss.com. To support our military at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, contact the Community Outreach Coordinator at 960-2501.

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Haiti Children Project

Haiti Children Project In 2003, Wade McGuinn traveled to Jeremie, Haiti on a mission trip, and it was there he discovered his lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calling. Since then, Wade has led many mission trips to Cuba, Honduras, Vietnam and Mexico. In 2005, while in Haiti, he was taken to the home of a local man, Jean Renal Alexander, who was caring for 8 abandoned children in his home while barely able to care for himself. When Wade returned home to Lexington, he and his wife Janet felt inspired to care for these children. A short time later they founded the

Haiti Children Project. Their first task was to plan a building to house orphaned children and provide the opportunity for a better future for them. In 2010, after 32 months of construction, dozens of teams, and donations too many to list, the new HCP orphanage was completed and the children moved in during a dedication ceremony. Today, resources can provide care for 39 children. But this 6,500 sq ft facility can house up to 100 kids! Additional financial help is needed to continue to feed and clothe the children and pay for elementary and secondary schooling, as there are no free public schools in Haiti, the poorest country

in the Western Hemisphere. Learn more about how you can help at www.haitichildrenproject.org. phone: (803) 513-0114 e-mail: wade@mcguinnhomes.com Home Works of America

This time of year is all about hope, togetherness, and love. It's a good time to think about helping those less fortunate. The Midlands of South Carolina is the birthplace of phenomenal organizations that effect change for the good in the lives of many people, not only here at home, but in places across the hemisphere.

Home Works of America In the late 1980's, Hank Chardos of Irmo SC accompanied his oldest daughter on a summer mission trip sponsored by the Methodist Church called Salkehatchie. They repaired homes for a week in the Santee, SC, area. He returned from that experience with amazement at the exuberance and compassion the teens displayed working in the hot summer sun. Eventually, Hank founded an organization with the express purpose of enabling teens, with the assistance of adults, to repair homes of the elderly and the disadvantaged. Teens of all faiths are welcomed, with prayer as their binding force. Home Works does both oneday and week-long sessions and is established in SC, GA, NC, AL, LA and Peru. Through 2011, Home Works of America has repaired over 1600 homes with the help of almost 30,000 volunteers. October 20, 2012 - One Day Blitz Repairing 20 Homes! Vist their website for a list of needed items or to give money donations, 98% of which is spent directly on the program (named a SC Secretary of State Angel). homeworksofamerica.org (803) 781-4536 Email: H.Chardos@homeworksusa.net

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September - December 2012 Events Recurring Events First Thursdays on Main: This organic collection of local businesses has grown from 15 people standing on a sidewalk to gatherings of more than 1000! These monthly gallery crawls celebrate opening night for Main Street galleries, feature performance acts and even classic car shows, and celebrate a sense of business, prosperity, and community here in Greater Columbia! 5:30-9 PM. FREE! Find each month’s theme and details at www.firstthursdaysonmain.com! Historic Columbia Robert Mills Historic District Walking Tours: Guests can enjoy the charm of this downtown neighborhood as they walk past some of Columbia's oldest remaining homes, observing some of the significant architectural features found in the area. Meet at 1616 Blanding Street. 803-252-1770. www.historiccolumbia.org Rhythm on the River: On Friday nights from September 7-October 5, head out to the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater and enjoy a diverse line-up of local and regional performers! Relax and enjoy these FREE community events from 6-9 PM. 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia.

SEPTEMBER 5-9 8th Annual Jazz Under the Stars: Join Skipp “Pops” Pearson and special guests for 3 special nights of free jazz performed on the north lawn of the South Carolina State House. 7-9 PM. Free admission. 803-400-1879 www.jazzunderthestars.webs.com Skipp Pops Pearson

7 Music at Sandhill 2012: Square Roots (acoustic rock) performs in the Town Center Common! Opening act at 6 PM & show at 7 PM. FREE. Two Notch Road & Clemson Road in Northeast Columbia. www.villageatsandhillonline.com 13-16 26th Annual Greek Festival: Keftedes, Spanakopeta, Baklava, oh my! The Greek festival is back, with food, folk dancing, culture, tours, and more! Browse food and novelty vendors, gaze upon the brand new Holy Trinity sanctuary, and browse local vendors. Times vary. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, corner of Sumter and Calhoun Streets. 803-461-0248. www.columbiasgreekfestival.com

16 Blythewood Jazz Festival: Wind down your Sunday with the soothing sounds of Jazz with the Blythewood Jazz Orchestra! 2 PM-Sundown. 1509 Lorick Road, Blythewood. www.townofblythewoodsc.gov 21 Music at Sandhill 2012: Right to Party (beach/party band) performs in the Town Center Common! Opening act at 6 PM & show at 7 PM. FREE. Two Notch Road & Clemson Road in Northeast Columbia. www.villageatsandhillonline.com 21-22 Spirit of America: Enjoy this FREE musical performance by the US Army! See page 50. 27 Ron White’s The Moral Compass Tour: Don’t miss the chance to see this cigarsmoking, scotch-drinking funnyman at the Township Auditorium! Whether it’s immigration, pop stars and celebrities, American drug policy, women, or booze, “Tater’s” riffs will irritate and rile—but you won’t be able to stop laughing! Show starts at 7 PM. Ticket prices vary. 1703 Taylor Street. 803-576-2350. www.thetownship.org 28 ZOO fari: The wildest event in town, ZOOfari is Riverbank Zoo & Garden’s premier fundraiser. Experience the zoo and its wildlife by twilight, savoring an exquisite dinner and cocktails, and catch your prey at silent and live auctions. 7 PM. 500 Wildlife Parkway. 803-779-8717. www.riverbanks.org

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14 Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade opens! See page 14. 15-30 (weekends) Tour of Homes: This is Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia event is Columbia’s largest open house of new homes, a scattered-site showcasing many different builders and developers. 803-256-6238. www.columbiabuilders.com


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5th Annual Italian Festival & Bocce Tournament It isn’t every Saturday you get to see Roman Centurions in authentic old world soldier attire marching through the street of Columbia—just this one! Traditional features of the festival are back as well, including authentic Italian cuisine, desserts, and beverages; an Italian Fresh Market & Auto Exhibit; a Grape Stomping; and even a Trevi Fountain all our own! Back for the second year will be the delightful Italian and swing music of Ray Massa’s “Euro Rhythms!” New this year, enjoy comedy & juggling wrapped into one act by “The Fettucini Brothers!” 11 AM-10 PM. Main Street, downtown Columbia. 803-772-0164. www.osiacolumbiasc.org

30 Scarecrows in the Garden: Kick off the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit with the Opening Reception! Find out about more Scarecrows events on page 27.

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5-6 Rock Around the Clock: This annual downtown Winnsboro festival begins with a parade Friday at 7 PM, followed by a street dance from 8-11 PM. On Saturday, the fun continues from 10 AM-3 PM with live music, children's amusements, food, arts & crafts, exhibits and a classic car and truck show. Downtown Winnsboro. 803-635-4242. www.fairfieldchamber.sc 5-6 Gaston Collards and Barbeque Festival: In its 30th year, this festival celebrates the South’s vegetable of choice. For the second year in a row, a barbecue competition will elevate this into a truly Southern festival. Come celebrate these delicacies with live entertainment, an auction, a parade, crafts, and more! Times vary. 131 North Carlisle Street, Gaston. 803-796-7725. www.gastonsc.org 5-7 unearth: A Celebration of Naturally Inspired Art! See page 46. 6 Congaree Bluegrass Festival: Granby Gardens will once again be full of the sounds of nationally known bluegrass performers today, including performances by IIIrd Tyme Out, The Blue Iguanas, Carolina Rebels, and Easy Pickin’s! Food and beverages will be available. 11 AM-6 PM. Free, but cans of non-perishable food will be collected for the Harvest Hope Food Bank. 803796-9020. www.congareebluegrassfestival.com

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4-6 16th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival: This blues music crawl in downtown Camden will feature blues artists from around the country! The event is presented by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County and most performances are within walking distance of overnight accommodations and local attractions. Check out the website for the latest lineup! Ticket prices vary & weekend pass available. 803-425-7676. www.fineartscenter.org

10-21 SC State Fair: The enticing smell of corn dogs and candied apples, the whir and whiz of the rides, beauty on display at special flower shows, creativity sparked at home & craft demonstrations, the excitement of a “Famously Hot Chef Showdown,” the sight of exoctic animals at the children’s petting zoo combine for a quintessential American experience you just can’t miss! State Fair Grounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. 803-799-3387. www.scstatefair.org 12-14 Oktoberfest Columbia: Who doesn’t love beer and schnitzel? Celebrate all things German with The German Connection Band, Die Lustigen Musikanten (The Happy Musicians), and bouncy castles for kids! Best of all, authentic German beer and home-cooked German food and pastries will be available for purchase! Times vary. Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3005 Devine Street. www.oktoberfestcolumbia.com 13 Fall Heritage Festival & Pickin' Party at the SC State Museum! See page 47. ©

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27 Northwest Pumpkin Run: This great YMCA 5-K Run/Walk is open to runners of all ages and benefits the Partners With Youth Campaign. A Kids Fun Run is open for kids Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Hall of Horrors under 12, beginning at 8 AM. Registration fees vary. Northwest Family YMCA, 1501 Kennerly Road, Irmo. 803-407-8007. Oct 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 31 | Showtimes vary www.columbiaymca.org Corner of 12th Street & Walter Price Street, Cayce 803-409-9139 | www.hallofhorrors.com 27 Lexington Oktoberfest: “Oktoberfest” doesn’t Brave the horrors of the Dreamworks Toy Factory and always scream “family friendly,” but there’s fun for everyone here! its tortured past, if you dare! Return to the “German Village” or visit the Lexington Family YMCA’s Kids Zone! Best of all? You can keep up-to-date with the Clinton Sease Farm Corn Maze scores at Main Street Cafe’s Football Zone! Enjoy authentic Sept 21-Nov 18 | Tickets sold ‘til hour before closing German food, beer, and music! Noon-10 PM. FREE! Corner of Fri 6-11 PM, Sat 10 AM-11 PM, Sun 2-7 PM South Lake Drive & Maiden Lane. 803-673-6714. 382 Olde Farm Road, Lexington www.lexingtonoktoberfest.com 803-730-2863 | www.clintonseasefarm.com 28 10th Annual Lake Carolina’s Annual Wine Don’t miss this Corn Maze, the Kiddie Corn Maze, the & Food Festival: Enjoy an afternoon filled with live Mist Maze, or SC’s only Marshmallow Maze! entertainment, chef demonstrations, a silent auction, and more as the area’s finest chefs and spectacular wineries meet on the Clinton Sease Farm Deceased Farm Village Green. Proceeds benefit Children’s Charities of the Sept 28-29 & Oct 5-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-31 Midlands. 2-5 PM. Ticket and admission info on website. 100 Lake Dark-10:30 PM Thurs & Sun | Dark-11:30 Fri & Sat Carolina Boulevard, Columbia. 803-461-0915. 382 Olde Farm Road, Lexington www.lakecarolinawineandfood.com 803-730-2863 | www.deceasedfarm.com Experience 2 separate haunts for double the terror: the bloody farmhouse or Deceased in 3D!

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Gilbert’s #1 House of Terror Oct 12-13, 19-20, 26-28, 30-31 | Tickets 7:30-11 PM 739 Harley Taylor Road, Gilbert 803-892-5396 | www.gilberthouseofterror.com Gilbert’s #1 House of Terror is back with 13 new scenes! Are you ready for another terrifying year? Halloween Spooktacular Weekends Oct 12-13, 19-21, & 26-28 Two night minimum stay & deposit required Riverbottom Farms | 357 Cedar Creek Road, Swansea 803-568-4182 | www.riverbottomfarms.com Enjoy Haunted Hayrides, Costume Contests, Trick’r’Treating throughout the Park, Halloween Haunt, Site Decoration Contest, and Breakfast with the Bears! Lake Carolina Scare-O-Lina October 28 | 4 PM The Village Green | 100 Lake Carolina Boulevard 803-461-0915 | www.lakecarolina.com Enjoy a family friendly Fall festival including inflatables, hayride, pumpkin patch, cake walk, lots of candy, and more! Non-scary costumes. FREE & open to the public. ©

2-4 Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival: See why this festival is considered one of the best in the nation! Check out original designs and work from hundreds of artists and craftspeople from all over the nation! Many exhibitors will even demonstrate the process by which they create these beautiful pieces! Fri (10 AM-9 PM), Sat (10 AM-6 PM), & Sun (11 AM-5 PM). Admission charged. SC State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. 336-282-5550. www.gilmoreshows.com 3 Columbia’s 18th Annual Blues Festival: Celebrate one of America’s oldest musical traditions with local, regional, and national musicians. The concert is free and this year will be held in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (right beside Five Points’ annual Chili Cook Off)! The concert is completely FREE and all about the music! 2300 Greene Street. www.wordofmouthproductions.org 3-18 Parade of Homes: This holidaythemed Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia event is a single-site showing of fully decorated and landscaped homes and will be held in Forest Acres, along with special public events to celebrate the season! 803-256-6238. www.columbiabuilders.com

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9 Conflict Zone, a photography exhibit opens! See page 21. 12 Veteran’s Day Parade: One of the Southeast’s largest parades, this brilliant procession will feature veterans’ organizations, marching installations, military equipment and historic vehicles, spectacular floats, motorcycle clubs, high school bands & color guards, and ROTC programs. Begins 11 AM and progresses down Sumter Street, downtown. City of Columbia Parks & Recreation, 803-545-3200.

Tricks, Treats, & Trunks Beakers & Broomsticks Oct 20 & 27 | 5-8 PM EdVenture Children’s Museum | 211 Gervais Street 803-779-3100 | www.edventure.org Enjoy trick’r’treat stations, a costume contest, pumpkin smushin’, a slime lab, spooky science demonstrations, and more! Boo at the Zoo Oct 19-30 | 6-9 PM Riverbanks Zoo & Garden | 500 Wildlife Parkway 803-779-8717 | www.riverbanks.org Children up to 12 yrs. are welcome to wear costumes and enjoy Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, a DJ dance party, and a trick-or-treat trail!

19-20 Sleigh Bell Trot and Stroll: ICRC’s annual nighttime family fun walk and certified 5-K race are held amid the more than a million Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park! Stroll: Nov 19. Trot: Nov 20. Check-in is 5-6:50 PM & Start Time at 7 PM. Registration application and fee information online. 5605 Bush River Road. 803-731-5208. www.icrc.net

Haunted Halloween Oct 31 | 6-9 PM Dutch Square Center | 421 Bush River Road 803-772-3864 | www.dutchsquare.com Enjoy trick’r’treating and a (FREE!) Halloween Festival including games and a costume contest for kids up to 12 yrs. Admission charged for Haunted House attraction.

19-Feb 24, 2013 Snowville: So you thought South Carolina didn’t get snow? Well, at EdVenture’s Snowville, enter a make-believe world of imaginative play, become a scientist and study penguins at the South Pole, or get creative in an igloobuilding activity and create your own snowflake! Children learn about the cool FUN and SCIENCE of snow . Admission applies. EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street. 803-779-3100. www.edventure.org

23 “He sees you when you're sleeping! He knows when you're awake! He knows if you've been bad or good, So be good for goodness sake! Oh! You better watch out!” for Santa’s arrival at Dutch Square Mall! Santa is available the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Bring your own camera and capture this memory with your little one for FREE! For specific dates and times, check www.dutchsquare.com! 803-772-3864 ©

Tricks & Treats October 20 & 27 | Main Events 11 AM-4 PM SC State Museum | 301 Gervais Street 803-898-4921 | www.museum.state.sc.us Receive $1 off when you come in costume (FREE! with admission)! Enjoy balloon art, a Haunted Halloween Party with Goblin Games and spooky prizes, and more! Trunk or Treat Oct 26 | 6-8 PM | Jeep Rogers Family YMCA| 900 Lake Carolina Drive | 803-451-8439 5:30-7 PM | Northwest Family YMCA 1501 Kennerly Road | 803-407-8007 www.columbiaymca.org Put on your best costume and trick’r’treat at the Y! With great music, fun costumes and lots of candy, there is nothing better!

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17 42rd Annual Marion du Pont Scott Colonial Cup: Since its inception in 1970, this pinnacle of the national steeplechase circuit has attracted fans from across the globe. Family activities include Jack Russell Terrier races, mule wagon rides, a carousel, a patriotic flag mural, and military equipment displays in the Infield, and the Paddock Shoppes retail village behind the Grandstand. gates open at 9 AM. Tickets available in advance. 200 Knights Hill Road, Camden. 803-432-6513. www.carolina-cup.org

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The Story Columbia’s Colonial Life Arena is one of only 14 stops on this celebration of Christmas through carols and “Musical Journey from Genesis to Revelation.” Christian artists Mark Hall (from Casting Crowns), Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Matthew West, Nichole Nordeman, Selah, and others bring to life the greatest love story of all, the Bible. 801 Lincoln Street. 803-576-9200. www.coloniallifearena.com

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Nov29 & Dec 1 AMROC Christmas Show: Enjoy this annual model train event! See page 26.

DECEMBER 1 59th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade: Don’t miss this Greater Columbia tradition! For times and this year’s details, visit www.carolinacarillon.com! 1 Holiday Open House at the Cayce Historical Museum! See page 23

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2 West Metro Parade of Lights: Join in as West Columbia heralds the Christmas season with the Midlands’ only nighttime parade! Floats, bands, animals, clowns, even fire trucks will be decked out with Christmas lights! 5:30-7:30 PM. FREE. 12th and Meeting Streets, Cayce. 803-794-6504. www.westmetroparade.com 8 Arts Center Open House: View the City of Columbia Arts Center during their annual open house. Tours are provided and pottery is for sale. 10 AM-5 PM. FREE. Arts Center, 1932 Calhoun Street. 803-691-9339. www.columbiaparksandrec.net 8 Christmas Sampler & Peddler Craft Shows: Enjoy a visit from Santa and Ella the Elf, local entertainment, and door prizes as you peruse this fantastic local and regional arts and crafts show. All items are hand-made, making for the perfect gift or decoration. 9 AM-3 PM. Sampler Show: Lexington Leisure Center, 108 Park Road, Lexington: 803-957-7828. Peddler Show: Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Avenue, West Columbia: 803-939-9309. www.lcrac.com 9 12th Annual Carolina Honda Powerhouse Vets’ Christmas Charity Ride! See page 52. 9 Christmas Open House at the Lexington County Historical Museum! See page 22. 15-Jan 1, 2013 Winter Fest at the SC State Museum! See page 47. 31 New Year’s Eve Carnival: Commemorate 2012 and ring in 2013 as a family with rides (tickets sold), karaoke, entertainment, exhibits. games, food vendors, and a fireworks display at 9 PM! All ages are welcome. 4-9 PM. FREE. Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. 803-691-9339. www.columbiaparksandrec.net 31-Jan 1, 2013 Famously Hot New Year: Last year, the premier New Year celebration was a huge success, and this year’s event promises to be even better with a national recording artist headlining, free general admission (and multiple exclusive, ticketed areas!), the VIP Crescent Lounge, an even larger area with more entrances and vendors, even more entertainment, police and private security throughout, and a spectacular midnight fireworks display and Palmetto Drop! Monday 7:30 PM-Tuesday 1:30 AM. Main Street, Downtown Columbia. www.famouslyhotnewyear.com

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Lights Before Christmas Nov 17-Dec 30 | 6-9PM 500 Wildlife Parkway | 803-779-8717 | www.riverbanks.org Back for its 25th year, Lights Before Christmas will shine throughout with more than a million lights and animated images! Take a photo with Santa, roast marshmallows and sip cocoa at the Jingle Bell Bonfire, and enjoy the only place in Greater Columbia where it snows every night! Christmas in Cayce Nov 19 | Various locations & times 803-796-9020 | www.cityofcayce-sc.gov Kick off this rich local Christmas tradition on Thursday with the 35th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and a community reception and watch as Cayce City Hall dazzles with the Lights of Cayce! On Friday, enjoy Caroling Along the Cayce River Walk & on Saturday, visit the Cayce Historical Museum for their Annual Holiday Open House & War Between the States Lantern Tours! Holiday Lights on the River Nov 21-Dec 31 | see ad above Fantasy of Lights Dec 1-31 | Sun- Thurs, dusk-9 PM & Fri-Sat, dusk-10 PM Swan Lake-Iris Gardens | 822 West Liberty Street, Sumter 803-436-2640 | www.sumtersc.gov More than 150 gorgeous acres are illuminated at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, one of SC’s largest lighted displays! This free event boasts more than a million lights and 150 lighted figures! Harborside Lights & YMCA 5K Dec 7 | 6 PM Lake Carolina Town Center | 300 Long Pointe Lane 803-461-0915 | www.lakecarolina.com Kick off the holiday season with live entertainment, horse-drawn

carriage rides, hayrides, photos with Santa, holiday treats, millions of twinkling lights, more than 1200 luminaries, and dozens of decorated trees! Also, join the Jeep Rogers Family YMCA for a 5K Run/Walk among the lights!

Holiday Concerts & Pageants Columbia College “Lessons in Carols” Choral Concert Nov 29 | 7:30 PM College Place Methodist Church | 4801 Colonial Drive 803-786-3810 | www.columbiasc.edu USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert Dec 2 | 6 PM Shandon United Methodist Church | 3407 Devine Street 803-777-6614 | www.music.sc.edu 25th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant Dec 6-9 | Thurs-Fri (7:30 PM), Sat (2 & 5 PM), Sun (4PM) First Baptist Church of Columbia | 1306 Hampton St 803-256-4251 | www.fbccola.com USC Suzuki Strings Winter Concert Dec 8 | 7:30 PM School of Music Recital Hall | 813 Assembly Street 803-777-6614 | www.music.sc.edu Palmetto Mastersingers’ Christmas Concert Dec 13-14 | 7:30 PM Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College | 7300 College Street, Irmo 803-765-0777 | www.palmettomastersingers.org Living Fountains Annual Christmas Concert Dec 15 | 7 PM Round Hill Baptist Church | 230 Persimmon Lane, Lexington 803-996-2181

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HEALTHY COLUMBIA An inspirational and fun afternoon for all women! Are you or someone you know a breast cancer survivor? Register now for your spot on the runway at the 2012 Shoot for the Stars Breast Cancer Survivors' Fashion Show. You'll receive a free natural makeover and you'll have a blast as you strut your stuff down the runway at the SC State Museum on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Special Guest Speaker and Emcee is Shondia McFadden-Sabari, who is a survivor and an inspiration to all women. If you are a Survivor and would like to participate in the show, email photos.by.teresa.spires@gmail.com no later than October 25. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and all proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Fashion show participants are admitted free. Sunday October 28, 1-5 PM. SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street. 803-800-3078. www.photosolutions-sc.com

Heart-Healthy Holiday Cooking Think of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah... you pictured food, didn't you? Treat your family and guests this year to traditional holiday fare, but make an effort to prepare your food with less sodium (to help protect their tickers and reduce their chances of developing high blood pressure and heart disease). Simple methods to bake and cook your way to better health (products available online: healthyheartmarket.com): Change Your Baking Soda and Baking Powder: Regular baking soda and baking powder are loaded with sodium, but it comes without it. Switch to potassium bicarbonate (food grade) or low-sodium baking soda or powder. Hot Wings: One of your favorite party foods is hot wings, right? Try a bottle of Mr. Spice Hot Wing Chicken Wing Sauce no salt! Meat Marinades without Salt: Instead of using bottled marinades from the grocery store, try citrus juice marinades (lemon, lime or orange) for a special entree, or let your meat soak in a fruit flavored vinegar like pomegranate balsamic. A lot of kick and no salt! Cranberry Sauce: Make your own without salt - cook up some fresh cranberries with sugar, water - toss in pecans, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice and you'll love 'em. It's super fast and you won't miss the salt. To find out more about the consequences of a diet high in sodium, visit www.cdc.gov. Providence Cooks! at Providence Hospitals offers Q&A with a registered dietician, cooking demonstration from an executive chef, and an online recipe box for your use. Take the first step toward healthy eating on Sept 27 with Providence Cooks! Boost Your Body, featuring info on how you can eat to boost your metabolism and keep burning calories all day long. 6-8 PM. Registration fee charged. Providence Hospital Downtown Cafeteria, 2435 Forest Drive. To register call 803-865-4653 or visit www.providencehospitals.com. 60

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HEALTHY COLUMBIA Few would argue tobacco cessation isn’t important, but many do argue it’s too expensive! Impossibly expensive pills and treatments can make quitting seem impossible, but it isn’t! The SC Tobacco Quitline is absolutely free. Any SC resident can call from 8 AM-3 AM every day of the week for phone and Internet counseling support. Callers construct a personalized quit plan with their own Quit Coach, and residents without health insurance may be eligible for FREE nicotine gum or patches! Call today to reclaim your health, your life, and your wallet! 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-7848669) or www.scdhec.gov

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Taking the Mystery out of the Medicare "AWV" “Annual Wellness Visits” (new to Medicare recipients) are not a physical exam, but a meeting during which you and your doctor develop a personalized prevention plan to improve your health and prevent disease. During your visit, the staff and doctor review your history, obtain measurements (like height, weight, blood pressure, and body mass index), and review your medications and any care you currently get from other health care providers. An AWV assesses your functional ability and safety (including any cognitive impairment, depression, and specific health conditions or needs) and constructs a schedule for needed screening and preventive services. Call 803-788-7884 to find out how Family Medicine Centers of SC (as an in-network provider for Medicare) provides all of these services at NO CHARGE to you! ADVANCED FERTILITY OFFERS MONTHLY FREE FERTILIY SEMINAR. FEATURING DR. GAIL WHITMAN-ELIA. Tuesdays- September 11th, October 2nd, November 13th and December 4th, 6:00 pm. When you are dealing with fertility issues, the best information empowers you to understand your options. The leading Midlands’ fertility specialist, Dr. Gail Whitman-Elia, offers a monthly series of free infertility information seminars on selected Tuesday evenings at Advanced Fertility’s state-of-the-art new facility, 2324 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC. This popular series takes attendees through the potential causes for their fertility challenges as well as the latest therapies to treat them and help couples start or expand their families. Attendees receive a free practice DVD, ovulation wheel and relaxation CD for attending. Dr. Whitman-Elia and her team not only offer the highest standard of care but also a high level of compassion to help couples throughout the process. She is available for brief private discussions immediately after the presentation. The Tuesday evenings are: September 11th; October 2nd; November 13th and December 4th. Call 803-939-1515 to reserve your seat today. www.ivfwecare.com

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Adult Caregiver? Heading Out of Town? Give Your Loved One an Enjoyable Respite Stay at Morningside of Lexington! Everybody likes a change of scenery... a break from the everyday. Your loved one will enjoy a Respite Stay at Morningside with the same Five Star Service and amenities as Morningside's residents do. And with no minimum stay, they can join Morningside for a weekend, a few days or even a few weeks. They'll love the beautifully furnished one-bedroom apartment (equipped with emergency response system), daily social, recreational and educational programs, three nutritious home style meals each day, housekeeping and laundry services, and the support of Morningside's caring staff. $175 per day. Call Morningside of Lexington now to take a tour or book your reservation. 803-957-3600

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