The talk in Columbia over the next few months is going to be all about whether city taxpayers should fund a minor-league baseball stadium. Mayor Steve Benjamin is gunning hard for the project, and has scheduled a series of community meetings about it.
Need a crash course? Here's Free Times' overview of the recently released feasibility study on a baseball stadium at Bull Street. And here's a December piece in which we examined some upsides and downsides to the idea.
And here's the schedule of community meetings released Jan. 8 by the mayor's office. It is subject to change:
Thursday, 09 January 2014
8:00 AM: Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
#AskMayorB Town Hall (tentative)
Monday, 13 January 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: District I Community Forum | Earlewood Park Community Center
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
4:00 – 5:30 PM: Baseball in Columbia | Live presentation from City Hall
Thursday, 16 January 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: District II Community Forum | Cecil A. Tillis Center
Friday, 17 January 2014
1:00 PM: Rotary Club of Five Points
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
12:00 PM: City Council’s Public Hearing and First Reading
6:00 PM: 2014 State of the City Address
Thursday, 23 January 2014
5:30 PM: Columbia Council of Neighborhoods
Sunday, 26 January 2014
11:00 AM: Viewing of Awareness
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 5-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
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