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
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
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Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: