If you threw a New Year’s Eve shindig (or maybe snagged a couple of bottles from the bar on your way out), you may be asking yourself in the cold, unforgiving light of 2014: What the heck am I supposed to do with all this leftover champagne? The easy answer is drink it, of course. I was recently listening to an episode of Splendid Table on NPR, and Ed McCarthy, author of Champagne for Dummies, was listing his favorite picks for sparkling wines and was downright, well, bubbly about the stuff and how you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy it. He drinks it almost every day, and while I won’t go that far, I definitely am of the idea that opening a good bottle of anything is occasion enough. But maybe you went a little cheap on those bottles for your party, though, (probably the reason you have so much left over, Scrooge), and you really don’t relish polishing them off. In that case, just brunch it up with some orange juice for the classic mimosa, cranberry juice for a festive Poinsettia, or (my personal favorite) grapefruit juice for a change of pace. You can get more creative than just throwing some citrus in too. If you’ve got some Guinness around, fill a glass halfway with it and float some champagne on top for a Black Velvet. You could go through several bottles by making a punch for your next party. Or you could use the cheap stuff to perfect your cocktail skills with some classics like the French 75, Bellini or Kir Royal.
Volunteer Now for the World Beer Festival
In case you haven’t heard, the World Beer Festival is coming back to Columbia for the sixth year on Jan. 18. I give you notice now so that you can mark your calendars, and also because if you want a really unique beer festival experience, you should sign up now to volunteer for the festival. Volunteers can pick which shift they would like to work and earn some swag including a festival T-shirt and a six-month subscription to All About Beer magazine (the host of the festival). Most importantly, volunteers are all invited to the private afterparty where you know there will be some really great beers available for tasting. You can find out more info about volunteering for the festival at allaboutbeer.com.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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.
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
Donate Plasma Today & Be Somebody’s Hero For Life. You could earn up to $400 a month! Program and fees vary per location. Contact your local center today. 803-736-5888. Click here for more info