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Life

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Six Situations and How to Handle Them with Your Child-Free Friends
By Anne Postic
Thursday, May 29, 2014 |
Illustrations by Jason Crosby
“Why can’t we be friends?
Why can’t we be friends?
I seen you ‘round for a long long time
I really ‘membered you when you drink my wine”



Sing it with me. Whether you are a parent or enthusiastically child-free, you may have found yourself humming this tune and thinking of a friend on the other side of the fence. Why can’t we be friends? Funny you should ask. The reality is a stark contrast to what we read in magazines and online: We can be friends. And I have the social life to prove it.

Friends don’t change, but their lives and schedules do. Want to keep your crew? Learn how to navigate the changes. Here are a few situations you may have encountered, and how to handle them without losing
a friend.


The Situation: My friends invited us to an afternoon picnic, and we were sure our kids were included. When we got there, they seemed surprised to see us all.

Handled: First of all, avoid this one in the future by asking if kids are included. Never assume. If you don’t want to make your host feel uncomfortable by asking, try this. “We’d love to come, but we aren’t ready for a sitter to keep little Joe. Please keep us on your list for next time!” This response allows your friend to accept your regrets graciously, but it also opens the door to, “Oh! Please bring him. We’d love to mop up little Joe’s drool!”


The Situation: Our friends invited us over, and asked us to bring the rug rats, but their house isn’t child friendly at all. They didn’t have a single outlet cover and there were lamps on all the tables!

Handled: Accept that your children are your responsibility, and that your friends had good intentions. They wanted to see you, but childproofing a house just isn’t on their radar — nor should it be. There may be some places that aren’t a lot of fun for you with your toddler and that’s just fine. One surefire way to make people think you are a good parent and your child is an angel is to make sure is to make sure your adorable monster’s behavior doesn’t affect them. Screaming child? Slip outside. In fact, learn to anticipate the whininess and go home before it happens. Keep an eye on your progeny and don’t let them break anything. Too many breakables? Make plans elsewhere with your friend or get a sitter.




The Situation: I used to love going out to eat with friends, but our toddler won’t allow me to eat or talk to them. She demands all of our attention.

Handled: Invite your friend over for a glass of wine or three after your children are asleep. There are times in every child’s life when they aren’t meant for restaurants. If you can’t afford a sitter or don’t have a good one, get take out and eat at home. You know how people say television isn’t a babysitter? Lies. Pull out the DVD collection or get on Netflix — in limited amounts.

The real problem is when you start using mind-numbing media as a teacher. Walt Disney makes an excellent, inexpensive babysitter, as long as you are a room or two away, so you won’t have to listen. Speaking of babysitters, use them. Yes, they are expensive and yes, it can be hard to let go, but that “me time” thing is no joke.


The Situation: My friend stopped calling me once I became a parent. I feel really hurt.

Handled: Call your friend, and make sure you have time to spend with her that isn’t all about you and your brood. It’s normal to want to be friends with other parents when you become one. After all, we look to our friends for sympathy, advice and commiseration, not to mention company for our children. But when your kid gets a little older, you are going to miss your friends. There will come a time when you want to talk about anything but kids. If you must talk about your baby, make sure the story is funny, not too gross, and in no way implies that parenthood is the only true way to nirvana. Yes, parenthood is magical. Duh. But you must know happily fulfilled people who are child-free.


The Situation: I’ve been staying home with our children or have been limiting my hours at work. I feel out of the loop and, frankly, a little stupid when I try to keep up the pace in a conversation with my child-free pals. What happened to me?

Handled: You are already winning, because you’ve noticed the difference. You aren’t stupid. (Well, unless you were already stupid before you had children, because that sticks.) You may be a little tired, and not at the top of your conversational game. Remember that people love listeners, too, and keeping up with what’s going on in your field — or your friend’s — can’t hurt. You may think you never want to work again. You may change your mind, so keep your options open. And read a book every now and then. Too tired to talk? Ask questions about your friend’s life. You can’t go wrong.


The Situation: I just had a baby. I post pictures and updates, but no more than one a day or so. My friend posts daily rants on her own page about how she hates seeing pictures of people’s gross kids all over Facebook and Instagram. Is she talking to me?

Handled: Ask her if she knows how to unfollow or hide people from her feed and if she understands that social media is optional. Kidding. Don’t go there. Just hide her from your feed and forget about it. This isn’t about you.



There are times when parenting is all-consuming, and it’s hard to think about anything else. Baby care takes up all your time, toddlers sap your energy, grade schoolers need rides everywhere — and teenagers will steal your soul, if you aren’t careful. It may be a cliché, but you do need time for yourself. Making and keeping child-free friends is worth the effort, because if you don’t, one day, you’ll really miss them.

That fence between parents and the child-free? There’s no reason on earth not to make it a gate. But you may want to add a child-proof latch so your little one doesn’t trample your friend’s herb garden and pull on her dog’s tail.


Tips for Child-Free Friends of Breeders


• Let them talk about their kids. Try to be amused. But don’t suffer in silence if they go on too long. A well-placed “Did you see Eva’s latest blog about City Council in Free Times? Crazy stuff!” can steer the conversation in a more interesting direction.

• Offer to meet them in child-friendly places, like for coffee in the park. Or be the friend who asks, “What time do the kids usually go to sleep? Can I come over and pop some popcorn while you put them to bed and we can chat after?” Most parents love that friend.

• If you truly can’t stand kids, don’t force yourself to be around them. Your feelings will show and the parents may be hurt.

• If you do invite kids to your place, consider getting a couple of Wiggles DVDs from the library and pick up some washable markers and construction paper, just in case.

• If your friend with children is truly insufferable, like the type who berates you for not childproofing your home, she may just be a jerk. Chances are she wasn’t that great as a friend before, was she? Some friendships aren’t meant to be.

• Try to keep in touch. One day, your friend will get back to normal and you’ll want to be there!

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Family Finance

Ready, Set, Spend!

Seven Steps to Financial Literacy for Kids
By Kevin Oliver
Thursday, May 29, 2014 |
Your children don’t have any money that you haven’t given them, unless they are old enough to babysit, mow yards or get a summer job. Still, they end up with cash from birthdays, Christmas gifts or an allowance. Teaching them what to do with their money is an essential step in their development — and doing it now can help them avoid pitfalls and problems later in life.

Start Early

It’s never too early to start incorporating money management into a child’s day, and even very young children can learn the basics.

“The sooner these concepts are taught, the better,” says Anna Burns, coordinator of legislative and public affairs at the South Carolina Department of Education. “Children in grades K-2 can be taught some of the basic concepts in financial literacy such as taking responsibility for personal financial decisions and considering the alternatives and consequences of financial decisions.”

You can teach monetary concepts through board games such as Life or Monopoly. Also, you can reinforce both math and financial skills by using coins for counting games. To teach your child about saving, consider opening a savings account in the child’s name or giving them a piggy bank in the shape of their favorite animated character.

Repeat Often

Take every opportunity that presents itself to reinforce monetary lessons. A trip to the store can become a teachable moment as you compare prices, quantities, and stick to a predetermined budget for spending. If you want to keep a child busy for an hour and get them to really think about what they’re spending, give them a few dollars and set them loose in the dollar store. They’ll study every item and make their own decisions about what to spend the money on, never realizing they’ve just learned a lesson on making financial choices.

“Parents should talk to children about the various ways to earn, save and spend money,” Burns says. “Opportunity cost, what one will lose or gain by making a choice about what to buy or not, can be part of a conversation with small children.”

Set Limits

As soon as your child begins to accumulate funds of their own, they’ll naturally want to spend the money. That’s OK, but make sure to have them set aside a portion of everything they receive. A savings account will keep the funds far enough away to avoid impulse purchases and offer an opportunity to explain compound interest as the child sees the bank statements each month.

Set Goals

What’s the use of saving if you have no idea what you want to use the money for, and if you get everything you want right away, why save? These are questions that can be answered by helping your child set goals for their spending and saving. Do they really want an expensive gadget or toy? Show them the cost, then work to see how long they’ll need to stockpile their allowance or other income to make the purchase.

Let Them Splurge

It seems to contradict the above sentiment, but if you don’t let your child spend frivolously on occasion, when they get out on their own they’ll take all that pent-up want and do it anyway, with more significant consequences. Once they’ve saved a bit, blowing a few of those dollars on the latest video game or some candy is OK; the aftermath can teach kids about buyer’s remorse and remind them that saving for something that they really need is much more rewarding and lasting.

Set Them Up to Succeed

Credit cards are the biggest financial danger lurking in most teenagers’ futures, with many receiving their first plastic when they head off to college. Interest rates, making payments over time, and not spending more than you can pay back quickly are all good lessons for children to learn prior to that first card in their name.

“The decision to provide children with credit cards should be based on their demonstrated understanding of the appropriate use of credit, interest rates and debt,” Burns says. “In the end, it is a family decision if the child is a minor or a personal decision if the student is old enough.” A prepaid Visa or Mastercard is a good, safe way to start that process. If they get a checking account the difference between a debit card and a credit card is another aspect of card use to cover.

Set the Example

Kids do what they see you doing. If your financial house is not in order — you make impulse purchases regularly, you have no savings account, and you budget week-to-week — it may be hard to get your children to understand concepts such as saving and frugal spending. The same lessons apply no matter what your age, so make sure you can lead by example when it comes to your money and your children will follow in your financial footsteps.



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Learning

So, Your Child Bombed Out of School?

Schools, Corporate Centers and Private Tutors Offer Parents a Range of Options
By Elizabeth Catanese
Thursday, May 29, 2014 |
By Elizabeth Catanese

School’s out, and Junior’s grades weren’t exactly top of his class — or even in the middle. Actually, the words “below grade level” have been bandied about. Maybe your daughter’s A’s aren’t straight enough, Junior’s C’s are the gentleman’s variety and you fear they’ll both end up under the Gervais Street Bridge some day, begging for change from Vista shoppers.

Marginal grades are no joke — and Junior’s not alone. In 2013, the National Education Association found that only 35 percent of South Carolina fourth-graders are proficient in math and 28 percent in reading — and those numbers drop by several points for eighth-graders. Almost a full quarter (23.5 percent) of the state’s high school students fail to graduate on time. So Junior’s need for remediation is nothing unusual. But if you want to shore up his knowledge over the summer or get him a jump on next year’s, where do you turn?

All local districts offer options for high schoolers to make up one or two course credits. Richland One maintains face-to-face instruction at C.A. Johnson, while other districts have credit recovery programs that take place online (though attendance at a brick-and-mortar site is still sometimes required). In most cases, students need to have legitimately failed a course to enroll. Your best bet: Call your school’s guidance department, ask some questions and expect to fork over $100 to $125 per credit.

If your child isn’t actually failing, but still needs a summer pick-me-up, you have other options, including Sylvan Learning Center, Kumon and Mathnasium. Most work like this: Students are tested and evaluated, and there is a discussion of their grades, their needs and your goals. This culminates with a detailed learning plan tailored to fill the gaps in your child’s knowledge, according to the specifically designed curriculum and teaching method unique to that center. It’s worth your time to browse their teaching philosophies before you shell out the cash.

And shell out you will. Sylvan’s testing alone costs $199, with sessions at $47.99 each — and they usually recommend two a week. (And don’t expect that your child will learn algebra in two weeks if he didn’t learn it over the course of a year.) But don’t despair — there’s financing available. You’re paying for what are usually certified teachers who have proven success and a familiarity with Common Core standards. And it all comes with a 3-1 student-teacher ratio, which would be unheard of in a public school classroom.

“We don’t want [the students] back,” says local Sylvan representative Tricia Wade. “We love them, but we want to help them become independent workers and thinkers.”

Sylvan demands heavy parental involvement, with a touch-base meeting for every 12 hours of tutoring and daily homework.

Mathnasium works much the same way. Like Sylvan, introductory testing identifies gaps in a child’s knowledge; Mathnasium’s testing is both written and oral. A learning plan is developed, with students doing worksheets that build to mastery. With a 4-1 student-teacher ratio, the tutor can, as local franchise owner Jason Elliston says, “step back” and “not hover.”

“We make math make sense,” he says, with Mathnasium methods focusing on “number sense” rather than letter grades and rote memorization. “Just like a gymnasium works out the body, we want to work out the mind.” But he’s honest: depending on the gaps in your child’s knowledge, he may not be able to bring him to grade level over one summer. “If his gaps are too far back, we may not get there,” he says. And this isn’t a nickel-and-dime operation. Rates are monthly, rather than per session, with drop-ins welcome.

As the center expands, Elliston and his wife, April, plan to hire more teachers and enlarge their course offering, which now runs from second grade to Algebra II.

Another option is to bypass the world of binders, standardized testing and learning prescriptions with a private tutor. A tutor offers one-on-one instruction where and when Junior needs it. You can hover or stand back. And unlike a corporate center, a private tutor can tailor lessons. Local mom Janet Walkup prefers using a private tutor for her son because of flexibility and cost — significantly less than a corporate center’s, without the tacked-on testing fees.

So where do you find someone who is (a) qualified, and (b) not a convicted felon/serial killer? Ask Junior’s teachers, his guidance office and his buddies’ parents for tutors who pass muster. Email local university departments, but be wary: Graduate degrees don’t magically confer teaching skills.

When it comes to finding tutors online, Eduboard.com and Wyzant.com are reputable sites, and there are many others, also; just make sure to do your homework. Check references to rule out unqualified pretenders, look for specialists (writing tutors rather than writing-and-10-other-subject tutors), and negotiate expectations beforehand. Make sure their teaching style meshes with your kid’s learning preferences.
Expect to pay anywhere from $25 per hour on up for quality help.

Whatever you choose, public school teachers, corporate learning center representatives and private tutors all cite hard work as the determining factor in any child’s success. If your child wants to get into Princeton or just avoid a life of vagrancy and crime, the first lesson to learn is: Yes, you can, if you put in the effort.

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Activities

Smart Apps for Smart Moms

10 Apps to Help You Keep Life on Track
By Amanda Ladymon
Thursday, May 29, 2014 |
Armed with an endless to-do list, moms are always on the go.

You would probably call me “old school”: I have two paper calendars where I jot down schedules and accomplished tasks in the kitchen, along with a spiral day planner, and tons of Post-it notes with to-do’s scattered around the house.

Sometimes, it has proven less than efficient, as wayward scraps of paper disappear. And communicating and scheduling for other family members continues to grow more complicated. With a new wave of tech-savvy apps readily available — and free in many cases — I started looking for a more streamlined approach.

My first search led me to Cozi, an all-inclusive tool for family life and planning for both computer and mobile devices. The Cozi dashboard lets you manage multiple calendars, keep task and shopping lists, and get quick tips on a variety of topics like green living, travel planning and nutrition. Signing up was easy and quick. The web page layout and accessibility is very user-friendly and, in a way, fun — even for the less tech-savvy. This app works on both your home computer and mobile device, syncs up with multiple family users, and is the highest rated “all-inclusive” family app.

If you have more specific interests or needs, here are 10 free apps to help you keep your family healthy, happy and on time.

Financial Tracking

Mint
mint.com
You link Mint (created by financial services company Intuit) to your bank accounts, credit cards, investment accounts, and insurance companies. Mint pulls in all your transactions and offers methods to categorize your spending and track financial goals. The Wall Street Journal calls it “the best online tool for personal finance.” Available for home computers and all mobile devices at mint.com.

Child Tracking

GPS Tracking Pro
gps-tracking.android.informer.com
With over 5 million downloads and a 4.5-star rating, this Android app makes locating loved ones via cell phone easy. Using a GPS map, each family member has a user icon — it’s easy and free. Android only. Search child-tracking app in Google Play on your mobile.

Medical

WebMD Baby
webmd.com
I’ve used this app for researching ailments of my daughter, who is under 2. Both the website (webmd.com/baby) and the app have the same information. Mobile app available for Android and iOS.

iTriage Mobile Health
itriagehealth.com
iTriage is a mobile database that allows you to check symptoms and gather information about potential illnesses or conditions. Also offers one-click access to urgent care centers and free clinics, as well as one-touch dialing for emergency situations. You can take iTriage further by creating an online account, linking your medical information as well as your providers so everything you need as reference is always in your pocket. Free for iPhone, iPad and Android.

I’m Expecting
healthymagination.com
This is my second pregnancy and second app I have used. I enjoy getting the weekly updates on development stages and upcoming doctor visits. You can also track and record symptoms, weight gain, belly bump pics and more. Available for Android and iOS.

Shopping

ShopSavvy
shopsavvy.com
This highly regarded app helps you shop and price compare with barcode scanning system to help you decide if you want to purchase locally or online. Caters to users as a personalized shopping experience. Available for home computers, Android and iOS.

Grocery IQ
groceryiq.com
Similar to Shop Savvy, but meant just for grocery shopping — make your list, organize items by aisle in your favorite store, barcode scan, price compare and more. Available for home computer, Android and iOS.

Miscellaneous

Google Calendar
google.com/calendar
If you want the easiest way to keep an online calendar that can be privately shared with anyone of your choosing, this is it. Available for home computer, Android and iOS.

Mom Maps
mommaps.com
Need to find a fun, kid-friendly activity or place to go? This is the app for you. Use anywhere using a GPS or navigation-based system. Available for Android and iOS.

Pandora
pandora.com
Love it. Use it daily. This streaming, personalized online radio app offers child-protected stations, including Disney Movie songs, classical music, and much more. Use it on your home computer or any mobile device.

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Best of Columbia

Best of Columbia 2013 Nominees

By Free Times
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 |

Voting is now closed. Winners here.

 


2013 Best of Columbia Nominees

2nd Wind Heating and Air
$2.49 Dry Cleaners
@116 Espresso and Wine Bar
@drinkblogrepeat
@rickcaffeinated
@prodigalsam
@tryjen
104.7 WNOK
14 Carrot Whole Foods
2 Fat 2 Fly
2108 State Street
32 Degrees
42 Magnolia
701 Center for
Contemporary Art
90.5 WUSC
93.5 WARQ
96.7 Steve FM
99.3 WXRY
Abberly Village
Academy Sports
Addams Bookstore
Adventure Carolina
ADT
Agape Senior Center
Al-Amir
Alibabas Pipe Emporium
Ally & Eloise Bakeshop
AMC Dutch Square
American Burglar and Fire Alarm
Andrews Auto Service
Andy Spreeuwers - 8 Sins Tattoo
Arabesque
Archer Avenue
Arizona Steakhouse
Art Bar
Artizan
Ashley Furniture
Aspyre at Assembly Station
Baan Sawan
Baldwin Driver Training
Band of Horses (The Township)
Banfield Pet Hospital
Bangkok Restaurant
Bar None
Barking Lot Dog Park at Saluda Shoals
Basil Thai
Beezer’s
Bella-Riley’s Salon and Spa
Ben Hoover (WIS)
Ben Tanner (WIS)
Best Buy
Beth Dickerson - Capelli Studio
Big Al’s Taxi
Bikram Yoga Columbia
Blue Cactus
Blue Fin Seafood Restaurant
Blue Marlin
Blue Moon Landscaping
Blue Ribbon Cab Company
Blue Sky
Bohemian
Bojangles’
Bombay Grill
Bombshell Beauty Studio
Bonefish Grill
Bone-In Artisan BBQ
Bones Rugs and Harmony
Brent Johnson (WTCB106.7)
British Bulldog Pub
Brittons
Broad River Trace
Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Company
Buffalo Wild Wings
Bug Outfitters
Burnette’s Cleaners
Bus System
Café Caturra
Café Strudel
California Dreaming
Camon
Camp Bow Wow
CanalSide Lofts
Can’t Kids
Cantina 76
Capelli Salon
Capital City Cab Company
Capital City Cycles
Capital Club
Capital Hyundai
Capital Karate
CarMax
Carolina Ale House
Carolina Crossfit
Carolina Fine Jewelers
Carolina Wings and Rib House
Carrabba’s
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Casa Linda
Catch 22
Cellar on Greene
Celtic Works
Center for Dance Education
Checker Yellow Cab
Chick-fil-A
Chili’s
Chipotle
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chris Compton
CiCi’s Pizza
City Art
City of Columbia Dog Park
City Roots
City Yoga
Clark’s Termite and Pest Control
Cline’s Salon Vista
Club EdVenture
Cock ‘n Bull Pub
Cola’s
Coldwell Banker
Colonial Life Arena
Columbia Ballet School
Columbia Children’s Theatre
Columbia City Ballet
Columbia Classical Ballet
Columbia College
Columbia Conservatory of Dance
Columbia Driving School
Columbia Marriott
Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia Tai Chi Center
Columbiana Grande
Columbia’s Greek Festival
Complete Car Care
Concord Park
Congaree National Park
Constan Car Wash
Continued revitalization of Main Street
Conundrum
Cook-Out
Cool Beans
Cool Care Heating and Air
Copper River Grill
Coye Jones - Bella Riley’s Salon
Critter Coiffures
Crust Bakehouse
Cupcake
Cycle Center
D’s Wings Cayce
Danielle Howle
Dano’s
Darci Strickland (WLTX)
Darcy Del Priore - Devine Street Tattoo
Darius Rucker (Tin Roof)
Dawndy Mercer Plank (WIS)
Death of Paris
Delaney’s
Delhi Palace
Deluxe Cab
Dem’s Fine Jewelers

Department of Revenue hacking
Devine Foods
Dick Dyer
Dick’s Sporting Goods
DiPrato’s
DJ Ray’s Karaoke (The Saloon)
Doc’s Barbeque and Southern Buffet
Doctor’s Care
Doctor’s Express
Dog Daze
Don Taylor - Copper Finch Tattoo Company
Downtown Church
Dr. Patrick Daley
Dr. Tom Trinkner
Drip
Dust to Dust Green Burial
Dutch Fork Driving School
Earlewood
Earth Fare
East West Karate
ECPI University
Ed Robinson Laundry and Dry Cleaners
Ed’s Editions
EdVenture
Egg Roll Chen
El Burrito
Electing Mark Sanford to Congress
Elie’s Mediterranean Cusine
Embassy Suites
Emily Douglas Dog Park
Ernest Lee (“The Chicken Man”)
Essex Homes
EXIT Realty
Firehouse Subs
Firestone
fitsnews.com
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Five Points Animal Clinic
Flying Saucer
Forest Acres
Four Paws Animal Clinic
Frank’s Car Wash
free-times.com
Fuse Massage Therapy
Galeana Chrysler, Jeep, Kia
Gamecock Stop
gamecockcentral.com
gamecocksonline.com
Garnet and Black Traditions
Gene Love Plumbing
Genova Family Karate
Gervais and Vine
Get Your Gear On
Gibson’s on Devine
Goatfeathers
gogamecocks.com
Gold’s Gym
Good Life Café
Gore Salon
Gov. Nikki Haley
Granby and Olympia Mills
Granby Crossing
Granger Owings
Grecian Gardens
Green’s Beverages
Groomingdale’s
Groucho’s
Groucho’s Deli
Gudmundson & Buyck
Gus Sylvan - State Farm
Guy Landscaping
Half Moon Outfitters
Hampton Hill Athletic Club
Hampton Inn Downtown Historic District
Hampton Street Vineyard
Handpicked
Hannah Horne (WIS)
Harbor Inn
Harley Haven
Harper’s
Harvest Hope Food Bank
Hay Hill Services
Heartbreakers
Hemingway’s
Henry’s
Henry’s NE
High Life Smoke Shop
Hilton Columbia Center
Hip-Wa-Zee
Home Advantage Realty
Home Pest Control
Honda Cars of Columbia
Hot Dog Heaven
House of Frames and Painting
Hudson’s Smokehouse
Hunter-Gatherer
If Art
IHOP
Il Giorgione
Immaculate Piercing
Inakaya
Indie Grits Festival
Ironbrew Coffee
Jack’s Custom Cycles
Jadeveon Clowney
Jake’s
James Stark (WLTX)
Jamie Scott Fitness
Jason’s Deli
Jeffers McGill
Jewelry Warehouse
Jim Gainey
Jim Gandy (WLTX)
Jim Hudson Automotive Group
Jimmy John’s
Jimmy Sauls - Allstate
Jimmy’s Mart
Joe Gorchow (WIS)
Joe Pinner
Joe Turkaly
John Farley (WIS)
Jonathan Oh (WOLO)
Jonathon Rush (WCOS 97.5)
Judi Gatson (WIS)
Just the Thing
Kaminer Heating and Cooling
Kay Jewelers
KD’s Treehouse
Keg Cowboy
Kenny Chesney w/ Zac Brown Band (Williams Brice Stadium)
Knotty Headz
Kristian Niemi - Rosso Trattoria Italia
Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith Pottery
Lake Carolina
Lake Murray
Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe
Larry Hembree
Larry Lucas - State Farm
Laser Chicken Ultimate Karaoke
Laurel Crest Retirement Center
Lexington Driving Academy
Lexington Dry Cleaning
Lexington Florist
Lexington Medical Center
Lexington Urgent Care
Libby’s
Liberty on the Lake
Liberty Taproom
Lillian McBride
Linda’s Carraoke
Little Pigs
Lizard’s Thicket
Longhorn Steakhouse
Loose Lucy’s
Los Bellos Portales
Loveland Coffee
M Vista
Mac’s on Main
Mad Platter
Mai Thai
Main Moon
Main Street Café
Manifest Discs
Marble Slab Creamery
Marcus Lattimore
Mark Sanford
Marshall Brown
Marty Rae’s
Mast General Store
Matt Lee (WARQ 93.5)
Maurice’s BBQ
Mayor Steve Benjamin
McAlister’s Deli
McAngus Goudelock and Courie
McDonald’s
McDonnell and Associates
McKay Cauthen Settana and Stubley
McKissick Museum
McNair Law Firm
MEDCare Urgent Care
Mediterranean Tea Room
Meetze Plumbing
Mellow Mushroom
Midlands Technical College
Midtown Fellowship
Mike Davis - Terra
Mikel Rumsey - Bombshell Beauty Studio
Mill Creek Pet Food Center
Miss Cocky
Miss Saigon (Town Theater)
Miyabi Japanese Steakhouse
Miyo’s
Modern Exterminating
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Mojitos Tropical Cafe
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
Morganelli’s
Moseley’s
Motor Supply Co.
Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe
Mr. Tint
Mungo Homes
Musician Supply
Natural Vibrations
Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough
New Brookland Tavern
NewSpring Church
Next to Normal (Trustus)
Nickelodeon
NOMA Dog Park
Non(e)such
Nonnah’s
Nuttall Tire and Battery
Occo Skin Studio
Ole Timey Meat Market
Olive Garden
Oliver Gospel MIssion
Once Upon a Child
Opening of Cross Hill Market
Original Pancake House
Ouch Studio
Outback Steakhouse
Outspokin
Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health Baptist
Palmetto Health Richland
Palmetto Pediatrics
Palmetto Pig
Palmetto Pro Tint
Papa Jazz
Paradise Ice
Pasta Fresca
Pavlov’s
Pawley’s Front Porch
Pawmetto Lifeline
Peak and Fowler
Pearlz Lounge
Pearlz Oyster Bar
Pecknel
Pediatric Associates
Pet Supplies Plus
Pets Inc.
PetSmart
Pinch
Pizza Hut
Platinum Plus
Plaugh House
Pointe West Apartments
Polliwogs
Providence Hospitals
PT’s 1109
Publick House
Publix
Punjabi Dhaba
Pupcakes
Rainy Day Pal Books
Randy Scott
Real Mexico
Red Fraley
Red Lobster
Redbird Studio and Gallery
Regal Sandhill Stadium 16
Reggie Anderson (WLTX)
Revente
Rice Creek Family Dentistry
Richland County election debacle
Richland Library
Rick Henry (WIS)
River Runner
Riverbanks Zoo
Riverwalk Park
Robin Gottlieb - Bombshell Beauty Studio
Rockaway Athletic Club
Roe Young - State Farm
Rosewood
Rosewood Animal Clinic
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Rosewood Florist
Rosewood Hills
Rosewood Market
Rosso Trattoria Italia
Roundabouts Consignments
Rumsey Construction and Renovation
Rush’s
Russell and Jeffcoat
Ruth’s Chris
S.C. Rep. James E. Smith
SakiTumi
Salsa Cabana
Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina
Salty Nut Cafe
Saluda River Club
Sam’s Fine Wines and Spirits
San Jose
Sandhills Pediatrics
Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs
Sarah and Susie’s Grooming
Sato Japanese Restaurant
Say Brother
SC State Farmers Market
scenesc.com
Scratch ‘n’ Spin
Sean McGuinness (“That Godzilla Guy”)
Sesquicentennial State Park
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Shandon
Shandon Baptist Church
Shandon Presbyterian
Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic
Shane Anderson -
Animated Canvas
Shannon Purvis Barron - Indigo Rose
Sharky’s
Shaw’s Taxi
Shealy’s BBQ
Sheraton
Sid and Nancy
Signature Transportations
Sims Music
Sistercare
Smashburger
Snappy Car Wash
Social
Soda City Market
Solar Solutions
Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar
Something Special Florist
Songs for a New World (Workshop Theater)
Sonitrol
South Carolina Confederate Relic Room
South Carolina Equality
South Carolina State Fair
South Carolina State Museum
Southern Pottery
Southern Strutt
Southern Vistas
Southlake Cycles
Spa 131
Sparkle Car Wash
Speakeasy
Spice Junction
Sportsman’s Warehouse
Spring Valley Heating and Air
St. Pat’s in Five Points
Star Music
Starbucks
State Street Pub
Steven Diaz
Steve Varholy (WXRY 99.3)
Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community
Strawberry Skys
Strobler
Subway
Summit Cycles
Sun Ming
Sun Spirit Yoga and Wellness
Superior Plumbing and Gas
Sustainable Midlands
Sylvan’s
Taco Bell
Takosushi
Tapp’s Arts Center
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
Tea Pot Chinese
Terminix
Terra
Texas Roadhouse
The Backpacker
The Bird Dog
The Blossom Shop
The Book Dispensary
The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands
The Cigar Box
The Fresh Market
The Friends Club
The Glo Room
The Gourmet Shop
The Jam Room
The Kraken Gastropub
The L Word
The Oak Table
The Pizza Joint
The Southern Strutt
The Tobacco Merchant
The Twitty Triplets (Trustus)
The Vista
The Whig
The Wolfe Company
The Woody
The Wurst Wagon
thestate.com
Thirsty Fellow
Thomas Crouch
Three Rivers Festival
Thunder Tower
Harley-Davidson
Tiffany’s Bakery
Tim Peters -
Motor Supply Co.
Tin Roof
Tio’s
Todd & Moore
Tomato Palms
Tonic Day Spa
Total Wine and More
Town Theatre
Township Auditorium
Trader Joe’s
Transitions homeless center
Travinia’s Italian Kitchen
Tripp’s Fine Cleaners
Tropical Grill
True BBQ
Trustus Theatre
Tsubaki Restaurant Lounge
Tsunami
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson
Uncle Louie’s
Unforgettable
University of South Carolina
Uptown Gifts
Urban Nirvana
US Lawns
Utopia
Utopia Food and Spirits
Villa Tronco
Village Idiot
Vincent Sheheen
Vino Garage
Vista Commons
Vista Smiles
Vista Studios/Gallery 80808
Von Gaskin (WIS)
WACH (Fox)
Waffle House
Weaver Systems
Weaving the Fate
Wescott Acres
Wet Nose Oasis
Whit-Ash
Whole Foods
Wild Hare
Wild Wing Cafe
Wilde Wood Downs
WIS (NBC)
wistv.com
WLTX (CBS)
wltx.com
WOLO (ABC)
Woodcreek Farms
Workshop Theatre
World of Beer
wxryfm.org
Yamato
Yesterdays
YMCA
Yoga Masala
Yoghut
Yumilicious
Zaxby’s
Zorba’s



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Forrest Wood Cup Best Fish Tale Contest

By Free Times
Monday, July 7, 2014 |
Free Times is offering readers the chance to win:

a limited-edition Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Tour diecast boat valued at $200,
one-year FLW membership,
a kid's rod and reel combo,
assorted baits,
Plano tackle bag and
6 V.I.P. seats at the Forrest Wood Cup weigh-ins.


Submit your best "fish tale" for your chance to win!

Email your story to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Type "Fish Tale" in the subject line.



Fishing League Worldwide's Forrest Wood Cup will be held Aug. 14-17 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina.


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Bites & Sights: Columbia, SC Visitors Guide

Bites & Sights Columbia SC Visitors Guide Summer 2014

By Free Times
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 |

Ah, Famously Hot Columbia. During the summer, you might find yourself wanting to stay inside where it’s cool — and the city offers many nicely air-conditioned bars and fine restaurants. Want to soak in some sun instead? Grab some ice cream or frozen yogurt (see page 18 for Dessert listings) and check out the Three Rivers Greenway, where breezes off the river will cool you off a bit.

To cool off, you might also want to check out one of the city’s two breweries (see page 13) — soon to become three breweries when Swamp Cabbage Brewing opens this summer. Longtime Columbia brewpub Hunter-Gatherer, too, has announced it’s building a full-scale brewery following a recent change to state law that removes some of the barriers for craft brewers.

Summer also brings the Tasty Tomato Festival, held Saturday, July 19, this year at City Roots urban farm; visit tastytomatofestival.com for more information.

And of course, the region is dotted with farmers markets offering local produce, meats and cheeses, flowers, crafts and homemade items; check out
free-times.com for market listings.



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Best of Columbia

Vote for Best of Columbia 2014

By Free Times
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 |

The polls are now closed. Look for winners on August 13!



And the nominees are ...
@116 Espresso and Wine Bar
@drinkblogrepeat (Nick McCormac)
@sammyrhodes (Sammy Rhodes)
@theshoptart (The Shop Tart)
@yesevamoore (Eva Moore)
@yungsandcassy (Bakari Lebby)
104.7 WNOK
14 Carrot Whole Foods
2 Chix Pickin
2 Fat 2 Fly
2nd & Charles
2nd Wind Heating and Air
32 Degrees
42 Magnolia
5 Star Limo
701 Center for Contemporary Art
76 and Sunny
8 Sins Tattoo
90.5 WUSC
911 Driver Training
92.1 WWNU
93.5 WARQ
94.3 WWNQ
96.7 Steve FM
99.3 WXRY
Aaron Shealy (Allstate)
Abberly Village
ABC Driver Training
Academy Sports
Ace Hardware
Addams Bookstore
ADT
Advanced Disposal
Adventure Carolina
Aero Plumbing
Agape Medical Mart
Agape Senior
Al-Amir
Alan Boyle (Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar)
Alibabas Pipe Emporium
Allsouth Federal
Credit Union
Allstate
Ally & Eloise Bakeshop
Alodia’s Cucina Italiana
Amber Willoughby (Carmen! Carmen!)
AMC Dutch Square
American Florist
Amos Lee (Township Auditorium)
Andrew Touzel (Fuse Massage)
Andrews Auto Service
Andy Spreeuwers (8 Sins Tattoo)
Andy’s Deli
Animated Canvas Custom Tattoo
Antai Gourmet Asian
Arabesque
Archer Avenue
Ard’s Container Service
Art Bar
Artizan
Ashley Chessick (Irmo Hair Studio)
Ashley Furniture
Aspyre
Assembly Street Renovations
Atlas Road Crew
Baan Sawan
Baldwin Driver Training
Banfield Pet Hospital
Bank of America
Bar None
Barking Lot Dog Park
at Saluda Shoals
Baseball stadium project
Basil Thai Cuisine
Baskin Robbins
BB&T
Beach Loveland (Loveland Coffee)
Beezer’s
Belk
Ben Hoover (WIS)
Ben Tanner (WIS)
Best Buy
Beth Dickerson (Capelli Studio)
Big Red Box
Bikram Yoga Columbia
Birdhouse Rooms and Gardens
Blazing Copper
Blue Cactus
Blue Fin Seafood Restaurant
Blue Marlin
Blue Moon Landscaping
Blue Ribbon
Cab Company
Blue Sky
Blue Tapas Bar and Cocktail Lounge
BlueCross BlueShield
BodySmith Fitness
Bohemian
Bojangles’
Bollin Ligon
Bombay Grill
Bombshell Beauty Studio
Bonefish Grill
Bone-In Artisan BBQ
Bourbon
Brent Johnson (WTCB 106.7)
Brent Lundy
British Bulldog Pub
Brittons
Buffalo Wild Wings
Bull Street Project
Burger Tavern 77
Café Caturra
Café Strudel
California Dreaming
Calypso
Caribbean Grill
Camon
Camp Bow Wow
CanalSide Lofts
Cantina 76
Cantina 76 on Main
Capelli Salon
Capitol City
Cab Company
Capital City Cycles
Capital Club
Capital Karate
Capitol Places
CarMax
Carmen! Carmen!
Carolina Ale House
Carolina Crossfit
Carolina Fine Jewelry
Carolina Honda Powerhouse
Carolina Pottery
Carolina Wings and Rib House
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Casa Linda
Cassell Brothers Heating and Cooling
Caughman’s Meat’n Place
Cellar on Greene
CFS Offroad
Charleston Cooks
Checker Yellow Cab
Chelsea Winford (Occo Skin Studio)
Chick-fil-A
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chris Metcalfe (World of Beer)
CiCi’s Pizza
Cigars LTD
City Art
City Councilman Cameron Runyan
City of Columbia
Dog Park
City Market Antiques
City Roots
City Yoga
Clark’s Termite and Pest Control
Cline’s Salon Vista
Cock ‘n Bull Pub
coladaily.com
Cola’s
Cold Stone Creamery
Coldwell Banker
Colonial Life Arena
Columbia Arts Academy
Columbia Ballet School
Columbia Children’s Theatre
Columbia City Ballet
Columbia Classical Ballet
Columbia College
Columbia Conservatory of Dance
Columbia Eye Clinic
Columbia Marriott
Columbia Martial Arts and Fitness
Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia Powersports
Columbiana Grande
Columbia’s Greek Festival
Complete Car Care
Concord Park
Congaree Riverkeeper
Congaree State Bank
Connor Shaw
Conquest Brewing
Constan Car Wash
Conundrum
Music Hall
Cook-Out
Cool Beans
Copper Beach
Copper Penny
Copper River Grill
Corey Miller (WACH)
Cosmic Ray’s
Cottontown
Cover 3
Coye Jones (Bella Riley’s Salon)
Cracker Barrel
Crust Bakehouse
Cupcake
Cycle Center
D&D Cycles
Dance Dept.
Danielle Howle
Dano’s Pizza
Darci Strickland (WLTX)
Darius Rucker (Colonial Life Arena)
Dave Grillo (Cantina 76)
David Adedokun
Dawn Staley
Dawndy Mercer Plank (WIS)
Defender Shooting Sports
Delaney’s
Delhi Palace
Delucca’s
Devine Eyes
Devine Foods
Devine Street Tattoo
Dick Dyer
Dick Smith Group
Dick’s Sporting Goods
DiPrato’s
Discount Tire
DJ Ray’s Karaoke
Doctor’s Care
Dog Daze
Don Taylor (Red Lantern Tattoo)
Dr. Adam Brantley (Devine Dentistry)
Dr. Crosby Livingston
Dr. Thomas Hoffman (Hoffman and Strauss)
Drip
D’s Wings
Earlewood
Earth Fare
Ed Robinson Laundry and Dry Cleaning
Ed’s Editions
Eddie Kane (Copper Finch Tattoo Company)
Edna’s
EdVenture
EF Martin Mechanical
Egg Roll Chen
Egg Roll Station
El Burrito
El Poblano
Elgin Veterinarian Hospital
Elie’s Mediterranean Cusine
Elite Vapors
Embassy Suites
Emily Douglas
Dog Park
Enterprise Car Sales
ERA WIlder
Eric’s San Jose
Essex Homes
Express Oil Change
Eye on Gervais
Famously Hot
New Year’s Eve
Firehouse Subs
Firestone
First Citizens
First Community Bank
First Class Limo
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Trustus Theatre)
Five Points Animal Clinic
Flying Saucer
Forest Acres
Four Paws Animal Clinic
Frank’s Car Wash
Frank’s Discount Tire
Freeway Music
free-times.com
gamecockcentral.com
gamecocksonline.com
Garden Bistro
Garner’s Natural Life
Garnet and Black Traditions
Gene Love Plumbing
Genova Family Karate
Gervais and Vine
Get Your Gear On
GNC
Goatfeathers
gogamecocks.com
Gold’s Gym
Golden Chopstix
Golden Motors
Good Life Café
Goodwill
Goodyear
Gov. Nikki Haley
Granger Owings
Grapes and Gallery
Grecian Gardens
Green Earth Services
Green’s Beverages
Gregory Garrett (formerly of 7 Doors Salon)
Groomingdale’s
Groucho’s Deli
Group Therapy
Half Moon Outfitters
Hampton Street Vineyard
Handpicked
Harbor Inn
Harley Haven
Harvest Hope Food Bank
Hawg Scooters
Heathwood
Hemingway’s
Henry’s
Henry’s NE
Herndon Chevrolet
Heros and Dragons
HH Gregg
High Life Smoke Shop
Hilton Columbia Center
Hip-Wa-Zee
His House
Home Depot
Home Pest Control
Hot Dog Heaven
Hudson’s Smokehouse
Hunter-Gatherer
if ART
IHOP
Il Giorgione
Immaculate Piercing
Inakaya
Indie Grits Festival
Indigo Rose Tattoo
Irmo Tire and Auto
Ivy House
Antiques Mall
J. Gumbo’s
J. Spencer Shull (Jellykoe)
Jack Oliver Pool, Spa and Patio
Jade Moon
Jake’s
James Pickle (British Bulldog Pub, Ruth’s Chris, Uncle Louie’s)
James Stark (WLTX)
Jason’s Deli
Jeffers-McGiIll
Jennifer Brown (Bliss Massage Studio)
Jersey Mike’s
Jessica Ocha (The Wired Goat)
Jessica Skinner
Jewelry Warehouse
Jiffy Lube
Jim Gandy (WLTX)
Jim Hudson Automotive Group
Jimmy John’s
Jimmy’s Mart
Jocelyn Locascio (Occo Skin Studio)
Joe Gorchow (WIS)
Joe Pinner
Joe Turkaly
John Farley (WIS)
John Legend (Township Auditorium)
Jonathon Rush (WCOS 97.5/ WVOC 100.1)
Jos. A. Bank
Josh Roberts and the Hinges
Josh Streetman (Motor Supply Co.)
Judi Gatson (WIS)
Just the Thing
Kaminer Heating and Cooling
KC’s Hot Dogs
KD’s Treehouse
Keep the Midlands Beautiful
Keg Cowboy
Keller Williams
Kelly Nash (WCOS 97.5/WVOC 100.1)
Kelly’s Deli and Pub
Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles
Kleen Kare Cleaners
Knotty Headz
KORE Sport Cycles
Kristian Niemi (Bourbon)
Kyle Smith Pottery
Lake Carolina
Lake Murray
Lake Murray Driving Academy
Lake Murray Marina
Lake Murray Treasures
Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe
Larry Hembree
Larry Lucas (State Farm)
Le Peep
Len Kiese (WIS)
Leon Lott
Les Miserables (Town Theatre)
Lexington Driving Academy
Lexington Dry Cleaning
Lexington Firearms
Lexington Medical Center
Lexington Medical Center Urgent Care
Libby’s of Lexington
Liberty on the Lake
Lighthouse Marina
Lillian McBride
Linda’s Carraoke (Art Bar)
Lindy Helms (Occo Skin Studio)
Little Lambs and Ivy
Little Pigs
Lizard’s Thicket
Longhorn Steakhouse
Loose Lucy’s
Los Bellos Portales
Loveland Coffee
Lowes
Lucky’s Burger Shack
Luke Bryan (Tin Roof)
M Vista
Mad Platter
Maduro Room
Mai Thai
Main Moon
Main Street Café
Mandy Applegate (Urban Nirvana)
Manifest Discs
Marble Slab Creamery
Marco’s Pizza
Marcus Lattimore
Mark Ziegler (Five Points Salon)
Marshall Brown
Marty Rae’s
Mary & Martha
Mary King (WIS)
Mast General Store
Maurice’s Piggie Park
Mayor Steve Benjamin
McAlister’s Deli
McDonald’s
McDonnell and Associates
McKay, Cauthen, Settana & Stubley
McKissick Museum
McNair Law Firm
MEDCare Urgent Care
Mediterranean Tea Room
Meetze Plumbing
Mellow Mushroom
Menchie’s
Michelle Schreiner (Drip)
Midlands Honda
Midlands Technical College
Midtown Fellowship
Mike Davis (Terra)
Mikel Rumsey (Bombshell Beauty Studio)
Mill Creek Pet Food Center
Miss Cocky
Miyabi Japanese Steakhouse
Miyo’s
Mobile Attic
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Mojito’s Tropical Cafe
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
Morgan Faulkenberry (State Farm)
Morganelli’s
Motor Supply Co.
Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Café
Mr. Tint
Mungo Homes
Musician Supply
Nationwide
Natural Vibrations
NBSC
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Nest
New Brookland Tavern
NewSpring Church
Nickelodeon
Nicky’s Pizzeria
Nifty Gifty
Nightcaps
NOMA Dog Park
Nonnah’s
Nutrition Warehouse
Nuttall Tire and Battery
Occo Skin Studio
Of Montreal (Columbia Museum of Art)
Olando “Opie” Patterson (Goatfeathers)
Old Mill Antique Mall
Old Mill Brewpub
Ole Timey Meat Market
Olive Garden
Olympia and Granby Mills
Once Upon a Child
One-Eared Cow Glass
Opening of local craft breweries
Original Pancake House
Ouch! Piercings and Tattoos
Outback Steakhouse
Outspokin’
Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union
Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health Baptist
Palmetto Health Richland
Palmetto Pediatrics
Palmetto Pig
Palmetto Pride Landscaping
Palmetto Pro Tint
Palmetto Smiles
Palmetto State Armory
Palmetto Thrift
Pam’s Front Porch
Papa Jazz
Paradise Ice
Pascon Roll Off Container Service
Pasta Fresca
Pavlov’s
Pawleys Front Porch
Pawleys Front Porch Truck
Pawmetto Lifeline
Pearlz Lounge
Pearlz Oyster Bar
Pecknel
Pediatric Associates
Pet Supplies Plus
PETS Inc.
PetSmart
Pinch
Pink Lotus Yoga Center
Pita Pit
Pitas
Pizza Man
Planet Fitness
Planet Vapor
Platinum Plus
Platinum West
Plaugh House
PODS
Pointe West Apartments
Polliwogs
Pope-Davis Tire and Auto
Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen
Portfolio Art Gallery
Preppy Puppies
Prettier than Matt
Providence Hospital
PT’s 1109
Publick House
Publix
Punk Monkey Comics
Pure Barre
Quaker Steak and Lube
Queens of the Stone Age (Township Auditorium)
Rachel Allen (Drip)
Ragtime (Trustus Theatre)
Real Mexico
Red Bowl Asian Bistro
Red Door Tavern
Red Lantern Tattoo
Redbird Studio and Gallery
Refusing Medicaid expansion
Regal Sandhill Stadium 16
Reggie Anderson (WLTX)
Revente
Rick Henry (WIS)
Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse
River Rat Brewery
River Runner
Riverbanks Zoo
Riverwalk Park
Robbie Mundo (British Bulldog Pub)
Robin Gottlieb (Bombshell Beauty Studio)
Rockaway Athletic Club
Roe Young (State Farm)
Rosewood
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Rosewood Florist
Rosewood Market
Rosewood Market Deli
Rosso Trattoria Italia
Roundabouts
Row Gallery
Ruby Tuesday
Rumsey Construction and Renovation
Rush’s
Russell and Jeffcoat
Rusty Anchor
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Ryan Ditman (@116 Espresso and Wine Bar)
S.C. Rep. James E. Smith
SAFE Federal
Credit Union
SakiTumi
Saluda River Club
Sam’s Fine Wines and Spirits
San Jose
Sandhills Pediatrics
Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs
Sansbury Eye Center
Sarah and Susie’s Grooming
SC Medical Store
SC State Credit Union
scenesc.com
Scratch ‘n’ Spin
Sean McGuinness (“That Godzilla Guy”)
Security Pro
Sesquicentennial
State Park
Seven Senses
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Shalimar Curry House
Shandon
Shandon Baptist Church
Shandon Presbyterian
Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic
Shane Anderson (Animated Canvas)
Shannon Purvis Barron (Indigo Rose Tattoo)
Sharky’s
Shaun Phillips (Palmetto Sports Massage)
Shaw’s Taxi
Shealy’s BBQ
Shear Xpectations
Sheraton
Shooter’s Choice
Shrek the Musical (Town Theatre)
Sid and Nancy
Signature Transportation
Silver City Comics
Silver Spoon Bake Shop
Sims Music
Sistercare
Smashburger
Social Bar and Lounge
Soda City Farmer’s Market
Solar Solutions
Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar
Something Special Florist
South Carolina Equality
South Carolina
State Fair
South Carolina State Museum
Southern Children
Southern Pottery
Southern Pride Plumbing
Southern Strutt
Southern Vistas
Garden Center
Sparkle Car Wash
Speakeasy
Spectacle Tinting
Spice Junction
Sportsman’s Warehouse
St. Pat’s in Five Points
Stagbriar
Star Music
Starbucks
State Farm
State Street Pub
Steve Spurrier
Steve Varholy (WXRY 99.3)
Still Hope Episcopal Retirement Community
Strawberry Skys
Strobler
Studio Cellar
Summit Cycles
Sun Ming
Sunset Car Wash
Sustainable Midlands
Sweet Frog
Sylvan’s
Taco Bell
Takosushi
Tapp’s Arts Center
Taste of Jamaica
TCBY
TD Bank
Terminix
Terra
Texas Roadhouse
Thailand Restaurant
The Backpacker
The Blossom Shop
The Book Dispensary
The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands
The Cigar Box
The Flight Deck Restaurant
The Fresh Market
The Friends Club
The Glo Room
The Gourmet Shop
The Heritage at Lowman
The Jam Room
The Kingsman
The Kraken Gastropub
The Mamas and the Tapas
The Oak Table
The Pizza Joint
The Pour House
The Reggae Grill
The Restoration
The Southern Belly
The Southern Strutt
The Vista
The Vitamin Shoppe
The Whig
The Wired Goat
The Woodlands
The Woody
The Wurst Wagen
thestate.com
Thirsty Fellow
Thomas Crouch
Thomas Ravenel
Thrift Avenue
Thunder Tower
Harley-Davidson
Tiffany’s Bakery
Tilted Kilt
Tim Miller (WIS)
Tin Roof
Tio’s
Tobacco Merchant
Todd & Moore
Total Wine and More
Town Theatre
Township Auditorium
Trader Joe’s
Travinia’s Italian Kitchen
Travis Rayle (Rosso Trattoria Italia)
Tripp’s Fine Cleaners
Tripp’s Lock and Key
Tropic Aire
True BBQ
Trustus Theatre
Tsubaki Restaurant Lounge
Tsunami
Tyler Ryan
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson
Unbound
Uncle Louie’s
Unitarian Universalist
University of South Carolina
Unwine
Uptown Gifts
Urban Nirvana
US Lawns
USAA
Vaping Zone
Vector Security
Vibrations
Vicky Harriman (Carmen! Carmen!)
Villa Tronco
Village Idiot
Vino Garage
VIP Limo Service
Vista Studios/Gallery 80808
WACH (Fox)
Waffle House
Waste Management Services
Weaving the Fate
Well Pets
Wells Fargo
Wescott Acres
Wet Nose Oasis
Wheel Source
Whit-Ash
Whole Foods
Wild Hare
Wild Wing Café
Wildewood Downs
Will Green (The Whig)
Williams-Sonoma
Wine Down
Wings and Ale
WIS (NBC)
wistv.com
WLTX (CBS)
wltx.com
WOLO (ABC)
Woodcreek Farms
Workshop Theatre
World of Beer
Yamato
Yesterdays
YMCA
Yoga Masala
Yoghut
You, Me, and Us
Young’s True Value Hardware
Zaxby’s
Zorba’s


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Finlay Park Summer Concert Series

By Free Times
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 |


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Get Ahead

Get Ahead: Guide to Career Advancement Summer 2014

By Free Times
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 |


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Best of Columbia

Best of Columbia 2014 Nominees

By Free Times
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 |

It's time to vote for Best of Columbia 2014!




@116 Espresso and Wine Bar
@drinkblogrepeat (Nick McCormac)
@sammyrhodes (Sammy Rhodes)
@theshoptart (The Shop Tart)
@yesevamoore (Eva Moore)
@yungsandcassy (Bakari Lebby)
104.7 WNOK
14 Carrot Whole Foods
2 Chix Pickin
2 Fat 2 Fly
2nd & Charles
2nd Wind Heating and Air
32 Degrees
42 Magnolia
5 Star Limo
701 Center for Contemporary Art
76 and Sunny
8 Sins Tattoo
90.5 WUSC
911 Driver Training
92.1 WWNU
93.5 WARQ
94.3 WWNQ
96.7 Steve FM
99.3 WXRY
Aaron Shealy (Allstate)
Abberly Village
ABC Driver Training
Academy Sports
Ace Hardware
Addams Bookstore
ADT
Advanced Disposal
Adventure Carolina
Aero Plumbing
Agape Medical Mart
Agape Senior
Al-Amir
Alan Boyle - Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar
Alibabas Pipe Emporium
Allsouth Federal Credit Union
Allstate
Ally & Eloise Bakeshop
Alodia’s Cucina Italiana
Amber Willoughby (Carmen! Carmen!)
AMC Dutch Square
American Florist
Amos Lee (Township Auditorium)
Andrew Touzel (Fuse Massage)
Andrews Auto Service
Andy Spreeuwers (8 Sins Tattoo)
Andy’s Deli
Animated Canvas
Antai
Arabesque
Archer Avenue
Ard’s Container Service
Art Bar
Artizan
Ashley Chessick (Irmo Hair Studio)
Ashley Furniture
Aspyre
Assembly Street Renovations
Atlas Road Crew
Baan Sawan
Baldwin Driver Training
Banfield Pet Hospital
Bank of America
Bar None
Barking Lot Dog Park
at Saluda Shoals
Baseball stadium project
Basil Thai Cuisine
Baskin Robbins
BB&T
Beach Loveland (Loveland Coffee)
Beezer’s
Belk
Ben Hoover (WIS)
Ben Tanner (WIS)
Best Buy
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if ART
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Len Kiese (WIS)
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Lexington Driving Academy
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Mark Ziegler (Five Points Salon)
Marshall Brown
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Mayor Steve Benjamin
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Mill Creek Pet Food Center
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Nationwide
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Refusing Medicaid expansion
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thestate.com
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All the World’s a Stage

Renowned Children’s Author-Illustrator Set for Columbia Exhibition
By Heather Green
Thursday, May 29, 2014 |
Soda City is teeming with creative juices these days. Whether you’re checking out our local museums, taking the family to a ballet or simply strolling down Main Street, Columbia’s art scene is on the upswing for both adult and youth audiences. So it should be no surprise that Richland Library and the Columbia Museum of Art are teaming up to bring Anita Lobel, one of the most talented and beloved children’s authors and illustrators, to Columbia. (Full disclosure: I work at the Wheatley branch of the Richland Library.)

When one thinks of the legendary author-artist, beautifully illustrated picture books filled with rich colors and traditional stories instantly come to mind. Since 1965, Lobel has authored and illustrated more than 50 children’s books. Her memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award and On Market Street is a Caldecott Medal honor book, which she created with her late husband, Arnold.

Born in Cracow, Poland, in 1934, Lobel survived a Nazi concentration camp and moved to New York with her parents in 1952. A true artist, Lobel also has experience in theater and textile design. Although her amazing and sometimes difficult past is reflected in her work, Lobel prefers to tell stories that are pleasant and spiritual for the reader. She chooses not to ruminate on her survival but to highlight her celebrated art and stories.

She is no stranger to Columbia, having previously visited Richland Library and participated in the Annual Augusta Baker’s Dozen Storytelling event hosted by Richland Library and the University of South Carolina.

Lobel has befriended many area librarians, including Leslie Tetreault, manager of the Richland Library Children’s Room.

“Ms. Lobel’s books are part of the canon of the most important, highest quality books for children," Tetreault says. “Her picture books are wonderful for sharing with young children.”

The exhibit will be in the Gallery at Main, on the Garden level of the Main Library and in the Education Gallery at the museum.

It contains more than 70 pieces of art and 30 books from throughout Lobel’s career. Roughly two-thirds of the art will be in Richland Library’s downstairs gallery with the rest on display at the museum. There will be a joint Scavenger Hunt/Gallery Guide for the entire exhibit that will lead visitors from one location to the other.
The exhibit, on loan from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Texas, runs through Aug. 17.

There are also two opportunities to meet and connect with Lobel. A book signing and reception will be held in the main library’s Bostick Auditorium on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. On June 21, Lobel will discuss her work at a gallery talk beginning at 1 p.m. at the Richland Library and moving to the Columbia Museum of Art at 2:15. A book signing will follow.


A Lobel sampler


Artwork from these works will be on display during the show. This is a good selection of books to give you a taste of Anita Lobel’s work before exploring the full exhibit.

Hello, Day!
Anita Lobel
Greenwillow Books, 40 pages, $16.99
Ages: Pre-K

Illustrated with pencil, watercolors, and other media, Hello, Day is a colorful work of art introducing animal sounds. It begins with a rooster who welcomes us at sunrise with a “Cock-a-doodle-doo!” and ends with an owl just getting ready to begin his night as the moon rises. A beautiful book that’s entertaining for any listener or reader — a wonderful read-aloud.

Nini Here and There
Anita Lobel
Greenwillow Books, 32 Pages, $16.99
Ages: 3-7

Lobel’s cat, Nini, makes a special appearance in Nini Here and There. Seeing her owner packing for a trip, Nini knows something’s up and feels anxious about the possibilities. Once she’s zipped into her carrier, she’s on her way from New York to Vermont for a summer vacation. During Nini’s catnap, she dreams of floating on a cloud and riding an elephant. All anxiety is gone when she arrives at her destination with her owner, her food, and a nice window sill for Nini to watch the day. It’s not her home but at least she’s not alone.

On Market Street</strong>
Arnold Lobel (author) and Anita Lobel (illustrator)
Greenwillow Books, 40 pages, $16.99
Ages: 4-8

Inspired by the 1977 Children’s Book Week poster designed by Lobel herself, On Market Street is a unique, and beautifully illustrated take on the alphabet. When you’re on Market Street there are so many delights, it’s hard for little ones to decide what to buy. Beginning with apples and ending with zippers (my personal favorite), each purchase is beautifully adorned on the shopkeepers themselves. A Caldecott Medal honor book. — Heather Green, Richland Library



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Music & DVD Reviews: Okee Dokee Brothers, Django Jones

By Kevin Oliver
Thursday, May 29, 2014 |
Through The Woods
The Okee Dokee Brothers
CD and DVD boxed set
Okee Dokee Music

Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing are a pair of GenXers who play guitar and banjo and make fun songs for kids in the folk tradition, so taking a stroll through the music of the mountains in the Eastern U.S. is a natural fit. Guests such as musician David Holt of Asheville, N.C., Hubby Jenkins of the band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and venerable kiddie folkies Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer all make appearances on the album tracks, which are mostly new compositions inspired by traditional mountain music.

Even without the accompanying DVD, the music alone is worth the walk through the gentle breezy style of Mailander and Lansing. From the easy gait of the title tune through the up-tempo dance of “Jamboree” and the inadvertent music theory lesson of “Out of Tune,” the message here is one of fun and feeling free to enjoy the great outdoors.

Various instruments and percussion pieces make themselves known throughout, from the unusual ‘bones’ Hubby Jenkins plays in the traditional “Big Rock Candy Mountain” to the washboard, banjo and fiddle. Other traditional elements are incorporated as well, such as setting “Hillbilly Willy” to the tune of “Old Dan Tucker,” making the whole affair seem like a month-long family hootenanny.

The DVD component is what sets this apart from just another kid’s music album featuring vintage music instruments and favorite songs, as Lansing and Mailander set off on a trek along the Appalachian Trail, stopping along the way to learn about mountain music and play a few tunes with those they come across. There is a five-minute segment with Holt, who shows off such unusual instruments as the mouth bow and the bones, demonstrating each briefly. A visit with the Wright Family shows off a group of talented kids the same age as the video’s target audience playing a pretty slick “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” And a session on a Virginia porch with banjo player Elizabeth LaPrelle yields several humorous ad-libbed musical moments.

Many of the album songs are included in the DVD footage, either as set music video style pieces or in passing during their travels and visits to others. The “Jamboree” footage in the Floyd County General Store is especially fun, and the segment on songwriting with Mailander and Lansing offering up intentionally bad song ideas to each other is hilarious and instructive at the same time, showing kids it’s OK to fail repeatedly and that often a good idea can come out of those failures.

It’s that kind of subtle lesson that the Okee Dokee Brothers are best at — playing music and having fun, while still making a point about friendship, feeling free to go adventuring, stopping to enjoy the wildlife (including a visit with some adorable wild ponies), and being playful with each other while going on an adventure that will serve to inspire families to try their own.

D is for Django
Django Jones
Deputy Jones Records

When an indie-rock band decides to start making music for kids, it isn’t always the natural progression many of them might think. Just because you are starting to have kids of your own doesn’t mean your music will translate to the kinder-core set. Former members of the band Girlyman took that plunge after disbanding their adult efforts and Django Jones is the result.

“P-O-P” is an effective, upbeat dance-along with actual Jiffy Pop percussion that’ll have kids bouncing around like popcorn, but much of the band’s lyrical content may be too dense and complicated for the littlest ears. Their lack of simplicity is an asset in the instrumental side, however, with layered arrangements filling up the group’s sprightly pop sound nicely. Gypsy jazz fans might be disappointed to know that the “Django” referenced in the band name and album title is a pet chihuahua, not the legendary guitarist, by the way.

Put this one on in the car or during those ‘get the sillies out’ moments when all the kids want to do is flail around and have fun, but don’t expect them to sit down and listen intently for too many minutes at a time otherwise.

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Kids Calendar: June-July-August 2014

By Free Times
Thursday, May 29, 2014 |

Ongoing


Blooming Butterflies
EdVenture Children’s Museum

edventure.org

May 4-Oct. 6. A 2,500-square-foot enclosed habitat designed to showcase the lifespan of over 20 species of butterflies.

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice
edventure.org
June 7-Sept. 14. View landscapes from the Cretaceous Period and touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. Children can wear insect costumes while buzzing through volcanoes and swamps, learning about different ecosystems along the way.

EdVenture Family Night

EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org

Second Tuesdays. $1 museum admission between 5 and 8 p.m.


Gladys’ Gang
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Free monthly program includes story time and creative studio activity.

Lowes Build and Grow
lowesbuildandgrow.com
June 14 – Aug. 23. Begins at 10 a.m. on select Saturdays. Children build small toys from their favorite movies using provided material. First clinic features Toothless from How to Train your Dragon. Call a nearby location for details.

Parents’ Survival Night

The Little Gym

Select Fridays and Saturdays. Parents call it a break from the kids. Kids call it a break from their parents. That sounds like a win-win situation.

Passport to Art
Columbia Museum of Art

columbiamuseum.org

Second Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. Free open-studio program for families with activities corresponding with one of the museum’s exhibitions.

Toddler Tuesdays
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. for children 12 months to 5 years old. Some activities include arts & crafts, easel painting and playing in the sandbox. Free with admission or membership.

June


Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College
icrc.net

June 1. Children showcase classic Disney story in Midlands Technical College’s Harbison Theatre.

Storytime: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Barnes & Noble (Midtown at Forest Acres)
June 4. Celebrate the caterpillar’s 45th birthday with coloring and other hands-on activities. For ages 4 and up.

Build a Riding Lawn Mower Workshop
Home Depot

workshops.homedepot.com
June 7. Free, hands-on workshop for children aged 5 through 12 at which they build a pint-sized riding mower. Participants receive certificate of achievement, workshop apron and commemorative pin. Call store for details.

Gladys’ Gang: Let the Fur Fly
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
June 4. Want your child to be the next Picasso? This class will teach them basic art terms like color, line, shape and texture. Free monthly program includes story time and creative studio activity.

Puss in Boots
Columbia Marionette Theater
cmtpuppet.org
June 7-Aug. 30. Columbia’s favorite child-focused puppeteers take on the tale of the feline with the famous footwear.
Passport to Art: Stripes, Spots, and Scales

Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
June 8. Afternoon where families view painting by Shelley Reed, while creating their own patterned animal portrait. Noon to 3 p.m. Family tour of museum also available at 1 p.m.

Columbia Mini Maker Faire
EdVenture Children’s Museum
makerfairecolumbiasc.com
June 14. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., crafters, engineers and artists of all ages will convene to show off their skills. And to mess with cool toys, of course. Explore your inner inventor.

The Commedia Snow White
Columbia Children’s Theatre
columbiachildrenstheatre.com
June 13-22. The Spaghetti and Meatball Players are back for a fifth hilarious summer! Join Pantalone, Arlequino, Rosetta, Columbina and Punchin as take a bite out of the classic tale of forbidden fruit.

July


Build a Bug House Workshop

Home Depot

workshops.homedepot.com
July 5. Free, hands-on workshop for children aged 5 to 12. Call a nearby location for details.

Family Fishing Clinics
dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/fishingclinic
July 12, July 13, July 19. Learn the basics of fishing from S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources volunteers. Knot tying, lure selection and casting techniques will be covered. Participation is open to children ages 4 and above.

Gladys’ Gang: Red, White, Blue and You
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
July 9. Teaches children basic art terms (line, shape, etc.) with an emphasis on color and pattern usage in museum pieces. Free monthly program includes story time and creative studio activity.

Kids Fun Night: Skyhawks Carnival
Hammond School
hammondschool.org
July 12. Hammond School mini-carnival from 6 to 10 p.m. where children can make their own tie-dye shirts and masks. Includes a magic show and balloon animals. Register in advance online.

Passport to Art: Patriotic Portraits
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
July 13. Make a self-portrait using patriotic colors. Noon to 3 p.m. Family tour of museum also available at 1 p.m.

Kids Fun Night
Hi-Wire Trampoline Park
hammondschool.org
July 25. Off-site trampoline field trip. Dinner provided by Hammond School prior to departing from campus. Register in advance online.

August


Gladys Gang: Alphabet Animals
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Aug. 6. Kids will get inspiration from picture book author Anita Lobel’s exhibition, All the World’s a Stage, then head back to the studios to create part of their own picture book.

Passport to Art: Go Team!
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Aug. 10. Inspired by the exhibit Cheer for the Home Team. Boost your team spirit and create your own masterpiece using team colors.

Jubilee Festival of Heritage
Mann-Simons Cottage
historiccolumbia.org
Aug. 23. Features hands-on demonstrations from skilled artists and craftsmen and vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise. Music ranges from African drumming to R&B, jazz and gospel.

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Health

What You (And Your Kids) Need to Know About Guns

Even If You Don’t Have Guns, Your Kid’s Friends Might
By Free Times
Thursday, May 29, 2014 |
By Jenny Munro

Kids see guns everywhere.

They see them on television where gun deaths are commonplace, in electronic games where characters repeatedly die violent deaths, in their home or at friends’ houses. Government statistics show nearly half of all homes have guns.

With that kind of exposure, gun-safety experts say even children from homes without guns need to learn about safety. Even if you don’t have a gun, chances are your kids’ next play date could be in a home where guns are present.

Geri Allison of Columbia says she does not want her kids around weapons but wants them to know enough to be safe.

“I just want them to know not to touch a gun and not to stay around other kids if they have guns,” she says. “Kids seldom mean to hurt someone with a loaded gun, but you never know what will happen.”

Kelly Powers, a gun-owning father of two, said he expects about 60 percent of the homes around his have guns. His son, 10, already uses firearms; his daughter, 6, is not much interested in them.

The most important lesson of gun safety for his children: “The first thing I do is I practice gun safety. I set the example myself,” Powers says.

“I do keep my guns locked up,” he says. The only exception is an unloaded handgun he has for home protection. That gun is never in his house if he’s not there, but his children also know not to touch it without him.

Powers’ son’s first gun was a BB gun — and it came with plenty of instruction on how to hold it, shoot it and never to point it at anything he didn’t plan to hit. The boy now has firearms of his own, which are kept locked up except when in use.

Paul Payne, a Columbia father of a 6-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter, says, “My son’s had a BB gun for about a year. I started out with a BB gun as a kid.” The boy was taught not to point the gun at anything he doesn’t plan to shoot and to put the gun down while climbing over a fence. He uses the BB gun only when Payne is supervising.

“I think it’s so much better to teach a child about guns,” he says, adding that he’s allowed the boy to sit in his lap and pull the trigger on “a real gun.” Because his son has been around guns, “he doesn’t think it’s anything special.”

Payne said his son once found his unloaded handgun in his car’s glove box and reported that there was a real gun in the car. After removing the pistol, Payne now keeps his handguns with his hunting guns in a locked gun cabinet.

Parents may not know whether their child’s friends have unsupervised access to guns and experts say they need to check that out.

Powers and Payne both said they understand if any parents of their children’s friends ask if their firearms are secured safely. No parent should mind unless they do not secure their firearms safely.

Although gun injuries among children are hard to track, a Yale University study released in January and published in the Journal of Pediatrics reported 20 children a day are victims of shootings.
Twenty-nine percent of those shootings are accidents and 75 percent of injuries in those accidents were sustained by children under 10.

About 89 percent of unintentional shooting deaths of children occur in the home when a child finds a gun and begins playing with it, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Basic rules of safety should be taught to all children regardless of whether parents plan to teach them to use a gun eventually. The first and most important lesson is that a gun is not a toy: It is designed to hurt or kill. Powers says when his son shot his first deer they discussed how guns would do the same thing to people.

“Educate them,” Powers says of children whose parents don’t own guns. Kids may be exposed to guns away from home so they need to know the safety rules. “All you can do is educate them.
There’s nothing else to do,” he says.

But that instruction may not be enough.

In a 2001 study, published in Pediatrics, researchers watched through a one-way mirror as 64 boys between 8 and 12 explored a room in which an inoperative .38-caliber handgun was hidden in a drawer inside a cabinet.

During the 15-minute scenario, 48 found the gun. Although more than 90 percent said they’d had some instruction in gun safety, two-thirds of those who found the gun handled it and one-third of those who found it pulled the trigger. Only one child went to tell an adult about the gun — and the others teased him about it.


Rules for Kids and Parents


According to a Yale University research study, more than 1,600 children under 10 are injured or killed each year in the U.S. in an accident involving a gun. Whether you have a gun or not, teaching kids gun safety is critical. Parents also have a responsibility to keep guns safely secured. For both parents and children, these rules, according to KidSafe, should be unbreakable.

For Kids

• If you find a gun, stop.

• Don’t touch the gun at all.

• Leave the area. That will keep you safe if someone picks it up.

• Tell a responsible adult — your parent, another relative, a teacher, a neighbor.

• If a friend wants to show you the gun, say “no” and leave right away if you are close to home. Or call your parent for a ride and talk about what happened as soon as you’re picked up.

• If someone at your school threatens you or talks about bringing a gun to school, tell an adult like a teacher, a guidance counselor or the principal as soon as possible. Also, tell your mom or dad.


For Parents

• Store guns in a locked location, unloaded and out of reach and sight of children.

• Store ammunition in a separate locked location.

• Keep the keys and combinations hidden.

• Ensure all guns are equipped with effective, child-resistant gun locks.

• If a visitor has a gun in a backpack, briefcase, handbag or an unlocked car, provide them with a locked place to hold it while they are in your home.

• Talk to your kids and their caregivers.


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Health Listings

By Free Times
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 |
For check-ups, vaccines, boosters and general wellness, you need a trusted family practitioner or pediatrician in your life. And there’s a lot more to staying healthy than just having a regular doctor. Here are some resources to get you started.

Advanced Dentistry Columbia
1701 St. Julian Place, 254-6763
www.advanceddentistrycolumbia.com
Super-friendly, family owned practice led by Dr. Nicholas Gee.

Ballentine Pediatrics
11134 Broad River Rd., 732-0920
www.ballentinepediatrics.com
Christian-oriented practice.

Ballentine Family Dentistry
3533 Dreher Shoals Rd., 732-3001

Camden Family Care
1017 Fair St.,424-1260
www.camdenfamilycare.com

Carolina Children’s Dentistry
7701 Trenholm Rd., 736-6000
www.carolinachildrensdentistry.com
Serving children from toddlers to age 18.

Carolina Pediatrics
Downtown: 2113 Adams Grove Rd.,
256-0531
Irmo: 7033 St. Andrews Rd., 376-2838
www.carolinapediatrics.com

Carolina Teen Health
carolinateenhealth.org
Questions about sex and STDs answered in a teen-oriented format.

Child Care Services
www.scchildcare.org
An arm of the Department of Social Services, this childcare.sc.gov is an online hub with information on everything from child-care center licensing to Head Start programs. Also see related site scchildcare.org.

Children’s Dental Groupof South Carolina
7210 K Broad River Rd., Irmo, 781-5141
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Children’s Dental Group of South Carolina is the fastest growing children’s dental office in Columbia, offering oral conscious sedation for a more pleasant dental experience. We gladly accept insurance and Medicaid for ages 1-21.

Chapin Family Practice
1612 Chapin Rd., 345-3414
www.chapinfamilypractice.com

Children’s Choice Pediatrics
6108 Garners Ferry Rd., 647-1265
www.childrenschoicepeds.com

Chrysostom Family Dentistry
3308 Platt Springs Rd., 350-9124
drdeno.com

City of Columbia Community Gardens
www.columbiasc.net/communitygardens
Five-by-12-foot publicly owned plots available for lease to residents and organizations. Cost is $20 per year.

Columbia’s Cooking!
www.cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking, 576-5636
Healthy cooking classes for kids 9 and older and adults.

Colonial Family Practice
3930 Devine St., 256-1511
www.colonialfamilypractice.com
Part of a Sumter-based practice group.

Creative Cooking
creativecookingsc.com
Classes and camps for children ages 3 to 12.

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
www.eatsmartmovemoresc.org
Offers events, live training and web training to assist local organizers in creating, managing and maintaining obesity prevention programs. 

Ellis, Green & Jenkins Pediatric Dentistry
8905 Two Notch Rd., 788-9353
www.wecaredentalsc.com

Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina
Downtown: 1910 Gregg St., 931-0100
Hardscrabble: 300 Rice Meadow Way, 227-7777
Irmo: 7611 St. Andrews Rd., 724-1100
Lexington: 3630 Sunset Blvd., 239-1600
Northeast: 1721 Horseshoe Dr., 788-7884
Southeast: 813 Leesburg Rd., 783-4433
www.fmcofsc.com
Private family practice group.

Five Points Pediatric & Walk-in Care
1228 Harden St., 748-7002, www.ecchc.org
Part of the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers.

Girls on the Run
www.gotrcolumbia.org
Inspires pre-teen girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through a fun curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Hutchinson Family Dentistry
209 W. Main St., 359-0566
www.hutchinsonfamilydentistry.com

Kids First Dental
2700 Broad River Rd., 772-4949
www.kidsfirstdentalsc.com

The Kids Group
206 Medical Cir., 796-9200
www.thekidsgroup.com

Kool Smiles
5422 Forest Dr., 753-8064
www.mykoolsmiles.com

Lake Murray Pediatric Dentistry
740 Old Lexington Hwy., 345-2483
www.lakemurraypediatricdentistry.com

Lakeside Pediatrics
811 W. Main St., Suite 205 (Lexington)
www.lakesidepediatric.com
Led by Dr. Douglas Luberoff; part of the Lexington Medical Center network.

Lexington Family Practice
www.lexmednetwork.org
The Lexington Family Practice network is an umbrella group of the Lexington Medical Center.

Lexington Medical Center
www.lexmed.com
A frequent winner of Best Hospital in Free Times’ Best of Columbia poll.

Dr. Samuel J. Marsh Pediatric Dentistry
2302 Bush River Rd., 798-8675
www.wemakekidssmile.com

Medcare Urgent Care Center
110 Medical Cir., 509-7316
medcareurgentcare.com

Midlands Orthopedics
1910 Blanding St., 256-4107
www.midlandsortho.com

Moore Orthopaedic Clinic
Columbia: 14 Medical Park, 227-8000
Columbia: 114 Gateway Corp., 227-8000
Lexington: 104 Saluda Pointe Dr., 227-8000
www.moorecenter.net

Northeast Children’s Dentistry
147 Summit Cir., 865-1421
www.northeastchildrensdentistry.com

Palmetto Health
www.palmettohealth.org
A frequent contender for Best Hospital in Free Times’ Best of Columbia poll.

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
7 Richland Medical Park Dr.
www.ch.palmettohealth.org
A state-of-the-art children’s hospital with comfortable family-centered spaces, age-appropriate play areas and therapeutic diversions to help reduce stress and encourage healing.

Palmetto Health Family Medicine Practices
Harbison: 190 Parkridge Dr., 407-3857
Irmo: 190 Parkridge Dr., 749-0693
Lakeview: 1316 N. Lake Dr., 358-1191
Northeast: 115 Blarney Dr., 736-6262
South Hampton: 5900 Garners Ferry Rd., 695-5450
Twelve Mile Creek: 4711 Sunset Blvd., 356-3609
University: 4311 Hardscrabble Rd., 419-6334
www.palmettohealth.org
Family practice wing of Palmetto Health.

Palmetto Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
Downtown: 140 Park Central, 779-4001
Harbison: 16 Woodcross Dr., 732-0140
Lexington: 1970 Augusta Hwy., 358-2370
Northeast: 74 Polo Rd., 788-4886
Rice Creek: 300 Rice Meadow Way, 788-6360
www.palmettopediatric.com
Affiliated with Richland, Baptist, Palmetto Richland Children’s and Lexington Hospitals.

Palmetto Smiles
139 Whiteford Way, 951-9100,
www.palmetto-smiles.com

Pediatric After Hours Care
114 Gateway Corporate Blvd., 865-4900
Open 6-10 p.m., Mon-Fri; 2-8 p.m., Sat-Sun.

Providence Hospitals
Downtown: 2435 Forest Dr.
Northeast: 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd.
www.providencehospitals.com
Another of Columbia’s top-flight hospital systems.

Providence Northeast Family
114 Gateway Corporate Blvd., 788-6508
www.providence-nefc.com

Rice Creek Family Dentistry
101 Rice Bent Way, 788-2676
www.ricecreekdmd.com

Safe Kids Midlands
7 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 7186
www.safekidsmidlands.org
Dedicated to decreasing the number of injuries to children. Offers information on safe car-seat practices, product recalls, safety with household products and more.

Smile Columbia
690A Columbiana Dr., 781-9090
www.smilecolumbia.com

South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
www.teenpregnancysc.org
Provides information and resources for teens, parents, educators and community organizations.

South Carolina Dental Center
2020 Laurel St., 254-4543
www.southcarolinadentalcenter.com

South Lake Family Dental
1223 S. Lake Dr., 520-5580
www.southlakedmd.com

Sterling Sharpe Pediatric Center
4605 Monticello Rd., 252-7001
www.ecchc.org
Part of the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers.

Teen Talk
www.palmettohealth.org/teentalk, 296-2273
Offers numerous resources for teens, including Teen Talk newsletter, peer-to-peer discussions and an ask-an-expert program.

USC Family Medicine Center
3209 Colonial Blvd., 434-6113
www.familymedicine.med.sc.edu
Offers complete care for children and adults with a focus on prevention.

USC Sports Medicine Center
Two Medical Park, Suite 104, 434-6812
www.uscsportsmedicine.com
Open to athletes at all levels — recreational to high school, college and professional.

Vista Smiles
515 Richland St., 779-9666
www.vistasmilesofcolumbia.com
Offers full range of family dental services with advancing technology in a welcoming environment.

Wellspring Family Medicine
114 Gateway Corporate Blvd., 865-9655
www.wellspringfmed.com

Wild Smiles
203 N. Lake Dr., 356-1606
www.wildsmiles.net

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Activities Listings

By Free Times
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 |
With the myriad options for children’s programming on television these days, it’s tempting to plop your kid down in front of the flat-screen to keep him or her occupied. But kids like to be active, and we know you dig that whole quality-time shebang. So we have put together a select list of places where you and junior can play … and play together.

All4Fun Party Rental
all4funbouncehouses.com
Rents bounce houses and slides.

Art Smart Academy
7320 Broad River Rd., 667-9912
artsmartacademy.com
Walk-in pottery and painting, birthday parties and more.

Asheland Art Camp
Tapp’s Arts Center: 1644 Main St., 738-2770
Offers camps in drawing, painting, printmaking and more.

Bouncerific
921 Longtown Rd., 865-7939
bouncerific.com
No, Bouncerific isn’t a place to send your kid to learn to be a doorman; it’s an indoor party and play center for kids and families. Inflatable bouncers, slides, dress-up, games, more.

Capital Karate
capitalkaratesc.com
Develops character, discipline and focus as well as physical conditioning and skills.

Carolina CrossFit
1804 Blanding St.
carolinacrossfit.com
Offers kids’ Crossfit classes.

Chuck E. Cheese’s
1775 Burning Tree Dr., 772-0435
chuckecheese.com
The motto of the nationwide family entertainment center chain: Where a kid can be a kid. Often home to birthdays, play groups and school fundraising events, Chuck E. Cheese’s features games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment for all ages.

City of Columbia Parks & Recreation
columbiasc.net/parksandrec
Family-friendly Columbia boasts 52 public parks where your wee ones can run and jump and skip and play, plus a host of community gardens, three swimming pools, one splash pad water park, and a public skate park. The city also offers a host of youth sports and outdoor environmental programs.

Colonial Life Arena
801 Lincoln St.
coloniallifearena.com
When Disney princesses and the Sesame Street gang come to Columbia, this is where they play.

Columbia Arts Academy
787-0931
columbiaartsacademy.com
The largest music school in the state of South Carolina, the Columbia Arts Academy boasts a large and qualified staff to train your kids in electric and acoustic guitar, voice, piano, bass, drums and year-round rock band classes.

Columbia Blowfish
254-3474
blowfishbaseball.com
Take ‘em out to the ballgame: During the summer months, Capital City Stadium hosts the Columbia Blowfish, which play in the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate wood-bat summer league. And, yes: They sell peanuts and Crackerjack.

Columbia Children’s Theatre
3400 Forest Dr, 691-4548
columbiachildrenstheatre.com
Professional theater company for young audiences and families.

Columbia Marionette Theatre
401 Laurel St., 252-7366
cmtpuppet.org
Founded in 1988 by famed puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son John, the Columbia Marionette Theatre has established itself as a premiere children’s theater in South Carolina. Its mission is to entertain and educate children and adults through the long-standing tradition and artistry of puppetry.

Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main St., 799-2810
columbiamuseum.org
Offers plenty of fun programming for kids, from its Passport to Art semi-monthly open studio program to its weekly Wee Wednesday art exploration sessions to its summer camps and school programs.

Confederate Relic Room
and Military Museum
301 Gervais St., 737-8095
www.crr.sc.gov
For more than a century, the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum’s has collected and preserved the military history of this state.

Congaree National Park
776-4396
http://www.nps.gov/cong
This 22,000-acre park boasts the largest old-growth, floodplain forest on the continent. It’s also an International Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area and a National Natural Landmark. Activities include hiking, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, nature walks and more. Located in Hopkins, 20 miles southeast of Columbia.

Cottle Strawberry Farm
2533 Trotter Rd., 695-1714
cottlestrawberryfarm.com
This 30-plus-year-old strawberry farm tucked in southeast Columbia is open to the public every spring — usually from April through May, and sometimes into June. Mmm … freshly picked strawberries.

CrossFit Vista
1125 Lady St., 600-5134
warriorfitnesssc.com
CrossFit Kids is a strength and conditioning program used by many athletic teams, martial arts schools and P.E. programs. A great way to address childhood inactivity and obesity. Also has a location in Blythewood.

Dreher Island State Recreation Park
3677 State Park Rd., 364-4152,
southcarolinaparks.com
Located 30 miles northwest of Columbia in Prosperity, the Dreher Island recreation area consists of three islands encompassing 12 miles of shoreline on Lake Murray. Especially popular for fishing and boating, Dreher Island also offers lakefront camping, cabin and villa rentals, water skiing and picnicking.

Drew Park Splash Pad
2101 Walker Solomon Way
drewwellnesscenter.com
Sure, there’s a playground, a jogging track and a gazebo, but you’re coming here to get wet in the gigantic spray pad and lighted fountain. (Many of the city’s public parks offer smaller spray pools, too.)

EdVenture Children’s Museum
211 Gervais St., 779-3100
edventure.org
The South’s largest children’s museum, with more than 70,000 square feet of cool stuff to keep the kids occupied.

Flying High Academy
flyinghighacademysc.com
Dance, tumbling, gymnastics and cheerleading programs.

Frankie’s Fun Park
140 Parkridge Dr., 781-2342
frankiesfunpark.com
This Harbison-area entertainment center packs three go-kart tracks, three 18-hole mini-golf courses, batting cages, bumper boats, an arcade, a 5,000-square foot multi-tiered laser tag arena and a super-tall drop zone that says “In your face, gravity!” into 14 acres filled with fun for all ages. What, do you hate fun or something?

Freeway Music Lessons Studio
790-9933
freewaymusic.net
Teams with top teachers throughout the state to create fun and customized lessons for students. Teaches guitar, bass, strings, woodwinds, trumpet, trombone, drums, piano, voice, ukulele, mandolin, as well as preschool and rock band classes.

Harbison State Forest
896-8890
www.state.sc.us/forest/refharb.htm
If you didn’t know it was there, you’d never expect to find 2,177 acres of forest along the sprawling mess that is Broad River Road. But there it is — one of the largest public green spaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the eastern United States. Features more than 16 miles of roads and trails (popular for biking) and a canoe landing.

Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission
icrc.net
The Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission offers kids sports, programs and activities at Crooked Creek Park, Saluda Shoals Park and Seven Oaks Park.

Laugh N Leap
3125 Bluff Road, 647-9601
laughnleap.com
Need to buy or rent an inflatable bounce house, water slide, dunk tank or obstacle course? Laugh N Leap has you covered.

Lexington County Recreation Commission
lcrac.com
Offers youth sports, programs and activities at parks, playgrounds and activity centers in Lexington County.

Lexington County Soccer Club
lexingtoncountysoccerclub.org
Live in Lexington Country? Think your kid’s the next Ronaldo? Sign him or her up with this club team, which offers playing options from recreational to elite traveling squads.

Lexington School of Music
711 E. Main St., 929-7867
lexingtonschoolofmusic.com
Offers flexible schedules for lessons on guitar, voice, bass, piano and more.

Little Gym
2005 N. Beltline Blvd., 738-1115
thelittlegym.com
The Little Gym is an experiential learning and physical development center offering children’s physical activities centered on movement, music and learning.

Little Loggerheads Swim School
littleloggerheads.net
Offers morning, afternoon and evening swim lessons for children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years.

The Mad Platter
3101 Millwood Ave., 771-8080
mymadplatter.com
Art, studies have shown, makes kids smarter. So take your tykes here, a paint-your-own pottery studio, where they can throw clay, paint plates and explore their creative sides.

Mad Science
midlands.madscience.org
Offers a wide variety of fun science programs at birthday parties, summer camps, pre-schools and more.

Monkey Joe’s
171 Newland Rd., 788-1102
monkeyjoes.com/columbia
For kids, Monkey Joe’s offers a place to monkey around, with wall-to-wall inflatable slides, jumps, climbing walls and obstacle courses. And for parents, there’s comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi, concessions and sports on large, flat-screen TVs.

My Gym
110 Forum Dr., 788-1230
my-gym.com
A non-competitive gymnastics and play center keeping children healthy by making fitness fun.

Owens Field Skate Park
Jim Hamilton Blvd.
The 14,500-square-foot custom concrete park, when it opened in 2010, replaced a small skate park many local skaters considered bogus. Ramps, bowls, rails, more.

Palmetto Children’s Music
palmettochildrensmusic.com
Offers Music Together classes — Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for infants through five-year-olds and the grownups who love them.

Palmetto Falls Waterpark
3381 Marion Ave., 751-3475
fortjacksonmwr.com/waterpark/
Tucked just inside of Fort Jackson’s Gate 2 entrance, Palmetto Falls Water Park offers a 10,000-square foot family pool, two water slides, a 600-square foot splashdown pool, a 2,500-square foot kiddie pool, a lazy river stretching 800 feet, and a snack bar. Open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays during the summer.

The Patch
3807 Augusta Hwy., 359-3276
This Gilbert strawberry patch is open for picking during strawberry season, typically April through May.

Patchwork Playhouse
1508 Columbia College Dr., 333-0372
patchworkplayers-sc.com
A long-running children’s theater featuring child-sized puppets and actors.

Plex Indoor Sports
plexindoorsports.com
There are two locations of this local indoor sports complex franchise: The Sandhills location, by the Village at Sandhill, offers indoor soccer, basketball courts and a skate park; the Irmo location, off the Peak exit on I-26, features a ice rink, an indoor soccer field and an remote-controlled car track. Both locations offer summer camps, birthday party packages, after-school programs and youth sports.

Richland County Recreation Commission
richlandcountyrecreation.com
Offers youth sports, programs and activities at parks, playgrounds and activity centers in Richland County.

Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens
500 Wildlife Parkway, 779-8717
riverbanks.org
It’s a natural fact that kids love animals. And Riverbanks Zoo — one of the nation’s finest, according to TripAdvisor — offers plenty of ‘em, from elephants to gorillas to ibexes to an aquarium and reptile complex stocked with fish, frogs, lizards are more. Riverbanks also offers myriad educational programs, day camps, overnight adventures and other fun kids’ events.

Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Rd., 731-5208
icrc.net
Situated on 270 acres downstream from the Lake Murray Dam, Saluda Shoals features a popular water park, an environmental education center, canoe trips, nature hikes, biking trails, fishing spots, picnic shelters, art exhibits, summer camps, health and wellness programs, meeting facilities and more. Good trout fishing, too, if your wee ones are into that.

Samurai Karate Studio
samuraikaratestudio.net
Offers classes for children and adults, as well as conducting stranger-danger and anti-bully workshops.

Sesquicentennial State Park
9564 Two Notch Rd., 788-2706,
southcarolinaparks.com
This 1,419-acre park features a 30-acre lake surrounded by trails, picnic areas and campsites. Also offers boating, fishing, swimming, meeting facilities and trails. Trails include a 6.1-mile mountain bike trail, a 1.9-mile nature trail, and a 3.5-mile walking and jogging trail.

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais St., 898-4921
scmuseum.org
The South Carolina State Museum, named one of the top three museums in the Southeast by readers of Southern Living, offers a wide variety of kids programming, such as camp-ins, birthday parties, summer camps and living history re-enactments.

Talbot Swim School
792-7298
talbotswimschool.com
Before you can run, you gotta walk, right? Well, before you go to the pool, you gotta learn to swim, and Talbot Swim School offers private lessons year-round.

Topspin Racquet and Swim Club
topspinsc.com
Clay tennis courts in Lexington offering family clinics.

Trenholm Little League
eteamz.com/trenholmbaseball
Fun, intensive baseball league. Parents can choose clinics only or clinics and team play. Fall and spring seasons.

Trustus Theatre
520 Lady St., 254-9732
trustus.org
Offers customized acting classes with individualized instruction.

U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., 
Charlotte, N.C., 704-391-3900
usnwc.org
OK, so the U.S. National Whitewater Center isn’t in Columbia; it’s a little more than an hour north in Charlotte. But it’s worth the trip up I-77: An official Olympic Training Site for whitewater slalom racing, the nonprofit U.S. National Whitewater Center is a huge outdoor adventure and environmental education center dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles and developing environmental stewardship. Offers whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines and more.

YMCA
columbiaymca.org
The YMCA in downtown Columbia was one of the first 50 Ys in the United States. It now has five branches — including locations in Northeast Columbia, Lexington, Irmo and Orangeburg —with which to provide childcare, camps and after-school programs.

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Learning Listings

By Free Times
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 |
Sometimes your kids hit it off with their teachers; sometimes they don’t. Every child learns differently and has different interests, whether those are music and art or math, science, architecture or astronomy. And then there are special situations — struggling learners or exemplary learners — where some additional help might be needed outside the classroom. Here are some resources to get you started.

Aim High Education
4561 Hardscrabble Rd., 788-6894
www.aimhigheducationsc.com
Customized after-school education programs and tutoring.

The Afterschool Zone
www.theafterschoozoneacademy.com
Offers afterschool pickup from Lexington/Richland 5 and Richland 1 schools. Students engage in physical and educational activities.

Aspire Early Learning Academy
1103 B Ave. (West Columbia), 834-4976
www.aspireearlylearningacademy.com
Pre-K program using the Creative Curriculum, a nationally approved curriculum based on the ideas of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Be Great Academy
500 Gracern Road, 231-3100
www.portal.begreatacademy.com
After-school program operated by Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands.

Bright Start
720 Gracern Rd., 929-1112
www.brightstartsc.com
Provides quality comprehensive services to all individuals with special needs and developmental delays.

Challenger Learning Center
2600A Barhamville Rd., 929-3951
www.thechallengercenter.net
The Challenger Learning Center of Richland County School District One is an aeronautics- and space-themed learning program designed to provide interactive learning experiences, integrating science, technology, engineering and math curricula with 21st century life skills.

Covenant Christian Academy
3120 Covenant Rd., 787-0225
Infuses a Biblical worldview into academics, athletics and arts.

Discovery Program of South Carolina
8807 Two Notch Rd., 419-0126
www.discoveryprogramsc.org
Noted as a program of excellence with the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), the Discovery Program helps those struggling to learn — whether via learning disabilities or other learning disorders — to become independent students.

Glenforest School
www.glenforest.org
Works with K-12 students who have not thrived in traditional learning environments, including students with dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder or other developmental challenges.

Hammond Plus Programs
854 Galway Lane, 695-8624
www.hammondschool.org
In addition to being a top college-prep school, Hammond offers a wide array of after-school classes for children and adults.

Head Start
1400 St. Andrews Rd., 898-2550
A comprehensive school readiness program serving kids 0-5 that has a strong focus on ensuring that they start school ready to learn.

Heathwood Hall
3000 S. Beltline Boulevard, 231-7710
heathwood.org
Offers a wide range of summer programs, from outdoors to athletics and academics.

Lango South Carolina
www.facebook.com/langokidssc
At Lango, your child will learn another language, make developmental strides, explore other cultures. At various Midlands locations.

The Language Buzz
1921 Henderson St., 252-7002
www.thelanguagebuzz.com
A unique foreign language learning center that promotes the early command of languages through language immersion, contextualized learning, and the learning and acceptance of different cultures.

Mathnasium
www.mathnasium.com
Offers math help for students from grades 2 through 12.

My Amigos
www.myamigosbec.org
Language immersion programs for ages 30 months to 5th grade.

Pearson Professional Centers
107 Westpark Blvd., 798-3001
Offers GMAT testing.

Provost Academy South Carolina
400 Arbor Lake Dr., 735-9110
www.sc.provostacademy
A tuition-free, online-only public high school. Live online classrooms give students the ability to includes the ability to participate in discussions and ask questions.

REACH
www.reachgroup.org
A support group for Columbia-area home schoolers; provides information and activities, offers information about academic résumés and transcripts.

Richland County First Steps
2008 Marion St., 256-7237
www.rcfirststeps.org
Works with kids, parents, schools and childcare providers to promote health, literacy and school readiness in young children.

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Life Listings

By Free Times
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 |
Life is full of tough questions. Is your 4-year-old ready for a sleepover? Should your 12-year-old be on Snapchat? How do you talk to your 16-year-old about sexting? Teach your children well, or so the song says — and here’s how you can help them learn how to live.

ASY Counseling Services
1825 St. Julian Pl., 254-1210
asycounseling.com
Providing quality mental health services to children and families in the Columbia area.

Behavior Consulting Services
3227 Sunset Blvd.
behaviorconsultingservices.com
Serves children with a variety of special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, behavioral difficulties and academic difficulties.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia
bbbs.org
Oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. Serves children ages 6 through 18.

Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands
bgcmidland.org
Formed in 1959, operates 31 clubs, eight summer camps and a teen center serving youth and families from Fairfield, Lexington and Richland Counties.

Children’s Chance
609 Sims Ave., 254-5996
childrenschance.org
Children’s Chance’s mission is to improve the quality of life of children and families who are dealing with the trauma of pediatric cancer.

Children’s Trust of SC
1634 Main St., 733-5430
scchildren.org
Aims to promote healthy, nurturing relationships between children and adults — because strengthening families is the best way to prevent abuse, neglect and unintentional injuries.

Christian Counseling Center
1500 Lady St., 779-1995
christiancounseling.ws
Offers counseling on a variety of topics; also offers spiritual and religious counseling. Offered by First Presbyterian Church.

Columbia Counseling Center
900 St. Andrews Rd., 731-4708
columbiacounseling.accountsupport.com
A Christian perspective on counseling.

Crossroads
Counseling Center
130 Whiteford Way, 808-1800
solutionsforlife.org
Counseling for adults, adolescents, children and marriages.

Family Connection of South Carolina
2712 Middleburg Dr., 252-0914
familyconnectionsc.org
Statewide organization of parents helping parents of children with disabilities, developmental delays, and chronic illnesses.

Family Service Center of South Carolina
2712 Middleburg Dr., 733-5450
fsconline.wordpress.com
A multi-service non-profit agency offering adoption services, consumer credit counseling, child dental clinics, an eye care clinic and more.

Lake Murray Counseling Center
7511 St. Andrews Rd., 781-1003
lakemurraycounseling.com
Offering counseling for children’s and adolescent issues.

Leadership Institute at Columbia College
columbiacollegesc.edu/leadership_inst/
Girls Empowered and LEAD residential programs.

Lexington-Richland Anti-Drug Abuse Council
Lexington County: 1068 S. Lake Dr., 726-9400
Richland County: 2711 Colonial Dr., 726-9300
lradac.org
Alcohol and drug abuse authority offering a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs, including child and adolescent programs.

Mental Health America of South Carolina
1823 Gadsden St., 779-5363
mha-sc.org
Assists those with mental illnesses and their families through education and advocacy.

NAMI Mid Carolina
1823 Gadsden St., 20-2916
namimidcarolina.org
Local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Palmetto Counseling Associates
1911 Gadsden St., 254-9767
palmettocounseling.com
Holistic approach emphasizes not only psychology, but also social, physical and spiritual well-being.

SC Childcare
scchildcare.org, childcare.sc.gov
Clearinghouse of information on childcare licensing and childhood development programs.

South Carolina Youth Advocate Program
140 Stoneridge Dr., Ste. 350, 779-5500
scyap.com
Nonprofit child-placing agency offering training, support and compensation to qualified families who provide a home to a foster child.

Three Rivers Behavioral Health
West Columbia: 200 Ermine Rd., 791-9918
West Columbia: 2900 Sunset Blvd., 796-9911
threeriversbehavioral.org
Provides comprehensive residential treatment for children and adolescents providing treatment for psychiatric and chemical dependency related illnesses.

University of South Carolina Speech and Hearing Research Center
1601 St. Julian Pl., 77-2614,
sph.sc.edu/shc/
Provides a variety of evaluation and treatment programs for individuals of all ages.

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Best of Columbia

Vote for Us! Best of Columbia 2014 Campaign Materials

By Free Times
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 |

It's time to campaign for Best of Columbia!


Voting: June 11-27

Winners announced:
August 13 issue


Promote your business and campaign to win! Being nominated for Best of Columbia offers you an unique marketing opportunity to promote your business and attracts more business. Free Times encourages nominees to get most of the campaign time by using these free, ready-to go marketing resources. Below are logos for your use.

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Tour of Homes 2014 Plan of the Week

By Free Times
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 |
For a copy of the 2014 plan book featuring 44 homes, contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia
columbiabuilders.com
(803) 256-6238 | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



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Tour of Homes 2014: Post the Most and Win!

$50 Gift Certificates to Mr. Friendly's, The Mediterranean Café and Stone Fire American Grill
By Free Times
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 |


Like the Tour of Homes on Facebook to get updates on the event in your newsfeed and to be able to tag the event in our Post the Most photo contest.

1) Like the Tour of Homes on Facebook.

2) Take pictures of homes in the TOUR OF HOMES. Try to get the TOUR sign with house number in each shot, if possible.

3) Post your pictures to Facebook and tag the TOUR OF HOMES in each picture.


Each photo posted and tagged is an entry in drawing held that day.

Contest days are May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 and a winner will be drawn each day.

Daily prize is a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant: Mr. Friendly's, The Mediterranean Cafe and Stone Fire American Grill.

See Official Rules.

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Tour of Homes 2014 Planbook

By Free Times
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 |


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Best of Columbia

It’s Time to Campaign for Best of Columbia 2014!

By Free Times
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 |


Nominations: April 16-May 2
Final voting: June 4-20
Winners announced: August 13 issue


Promote your business and campaign for nominations! Being part of Best of Columbia offers you an unique marketing opportunity to promote your business and attracts more business. Free Times encourages local businesses to get most of the campaign time by using these free, ready-to go marketing resources. Below are logos and Facebook cover images for your use.


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Artfields Ticket Giveaway

By Free Times
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 |

Email your name and a daytime phone number to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to be entered in a drawing for a pair of tickets to Artfields in Lake City April 25-May 4.







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Family Finance

Does Your Child Have a Bad Credit Score?

By Kara Meador
Thursday, March 27, 2014 |
Sifting through the mail, you come across a prescreened credit card for your son. It’s disturbing since he’s only 3 years old.

When a West Columbia woman found herself in a similar predicament, she called the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs out of fear that her child’s identity had been hijacked.

It turned out to be a good call. An identity thief had indeed stolen her child’s ID.

“We found a credit report existed for her child,” says Carri Grube Lybarker, an administrator with the Consumer Affairs department. “We will now have to go through the [credit] report with a fine-tooth comb to see all the vendors, so we can start disputing all the accounts.”

Oddly, this Midlands mom is lucky. The problem with child identification theft is that most parents don’t realize it has happened until their kids grow up and apply for a student loan or car loan and are rejected because a thief has trashed their credit.

“In South Carolina, we have an above-the-national-average amount of children’s identity theft going on,” says Grube Lybarker.

A Social Security number is the holy grail for identity thieves. And when the state’s Department of Revenue was hacked in 2012, thieves obtained millions of them.

Questions to ask before you hand over your kid’s SSN


• Why do they need it?

• Is there another identifier you can use or can you submit just the last 5 digits?

• Who will they share it with?

• What policies do they have in place to protect it?

• How long will they keep it?

• How will they dispose of it?

Other tips
• Ask children if they have put their birth dates, address or other personal information on social media sites. If so, remove it.

• When traveling with a laptop, tablet or other device, keep it with you or locked in the hotel safe.

• Keep birth certificates, passports, diplomas, bank information and other important documents in a locked container or file cabinet.

• For more information, contact the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs Identity Theft Unit at www.consumer.sc.gov/consumer/IdentityTheft/Pages/default.aspx
But parents are asked to give this sensitive information away frequently. From preschool, to summer camps, to a trip to the hospital, every time you put your kid’s SSN or birth certificate out there, you’re putting them at risk. Unfortunately, a lot of activities require sensitive identification documents to register.

“My sister just had to do that for her kids’ soccer,” Grube Lybarker says.

Grube Lybarker suggested that her sister ask if team administrators would take the last five digits of her child’s Social Security number instead.

Instead of just blindly handing information over, Grube Lybarker says you should ask why it’s needed, how long they will keep it and how they dispose of it. When you send a Social Security number over the Internet, she says check and make sure the site is encrypted.

While computer hacking gets a lot of press, Grube Lybarker warns parents that identity thieves are frequently not high tech — more often, she says, they are the people you know.

“If you have domestic helpers, caretakers, nannies, gardeners, sitters, don’t leave your personal information out and don’t carry yours or your kids’ Social Security numbers in your wallet. If you lose your wallet, it’s all gone.”

SC Kids are More at Risk


In the case of the West Columbia mom whose child’s identity was stolen, she believes her case could be related to the S.C. Department of Revenue breach, or the breach of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).  

DHEC was hacked in 2010. Two years later, approximately 3.8 million Social Security numbers, nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers and 657,000 business tax filings were compromised when the state Department of Revenue was hacked.

Grube Lybarker says while child identity theft has been a problem in the Palmetto State for years, the recent breaches put a spotlight on potential problems.

“Now that we’ve had the Department of Revenue breach where that information was stolen ... to where it could get sold on the Internet, it (child identity theft) could be much more of an issue,” she says.

Added Measures


A bill is currently under consideration in the state Legislature that would allow a guardian of a minor under the age of 16 to request that credit reporting agencies create a file that contains the child’s personal information and then freeze the credit report until the child comes of age.
Currently, under state law, adults can freeze their reports.

“Why can’t children have a proactive measure to prevent somebody from being able to create a record on their behalf without their permission, without their consent?” Grube Lybarker asks.

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Health

Been There, Done That: Living With Autism

Advice for Parents, from Parents
By Allison Caldwell
Thursday, March 27, 2014 |
Everywhere you go, you see families doing seemingly mundane things — going to school, the market, the movies. But for families raising a child with autism, mundane is a goal to be worked toward.

“Autism has changed our entire world,” says Midlands mom Jennifer Jett.

A surprising number of families have had their world changed by autism, the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. One in 88 children — and one in every 54 boys — falls somewhere on the autism spectrum, according to Autism Speaks. (The CDC estimates 1 in 110.) Despite this prevalence, people with autism and the disability itself are still widely misunderstood, making April’s Autism Awareness Month particularly important.

Common Experiences, Different Perspectives


“My son with autism is 7 now; he was diagnosed at age 3-and-a-half,” says Jett, a teacher in Lexington District One. “McLane’s biggest challenges are speech and social interaction. He also has sensory issues with clothing: no collars, tags or zippers allowed. Sometimes it takes some time to get out the door.”

Margie Williamson’s 12-year-old son was diagnosed at 17 months.

“At that age, he wasn’t capable of telling me his basic wants and needs,” Williamson says. “I never knew if he was hurting or if he was hungry. He also was having multiple seizures per day, which were difficult to control.”

“I’ve learned how to love unconditionally, have the patience of a goddess, and be a voice: not only for my child, but for others who face the same situations,” says Williamson, executive director of The Arc of South Carolina, a disabilities support organization.

Susan Kastner’s son, Andrew, was diagnosed at age 4. He’s 19 now, and a high school senior. Kastner is a board member for the South Carolina Autism Society.

“Andrew’s greatest challenge right now is social interaction,” Kastner says. “Poor social interaction limits all other aspects of life: friendships, employment, group activities.”

“Autism helped me learn that a parent has to be firm and direct in communication,” she says. “Autism and parenthood have helped me become a better negotiator, and have refined my priorities and values. I’m able to live with a little more uncertainty about some situations, because I don’t have immediate solutions.”

Christie Fleming has a 12-year-old daughter with autism, diagnosed at age 3.

“I think the most difficult part of being 12 and being in middle school with autism is that we’re not in an area where it’s OK to be a little bit different,” says Fleming, a program director at The Arc of South Carolina. “Unfortunately, some kids still have a tendency to behave in very cruel ways towards others who are different.”

The Urge to Wander


A common manifestation in children with autism is an urge to escape. Some evidence suggests that they are running away from disturbing sounds or sensory overload. But whatever the cause, it is extremely dangerous.

Richland County is a member of the Project Lifesaver program, which has 1,200 affiliated agencies in 45 states. It uses GPS to help to track autistic children, adults with Alzheimer’s and others who may be lost and bring them home more quickly.

But for many parents, the omnipresent fear of their child escaping, hurting themselves or having a seizure is a constant companion.
“PTSD is a real concern for parents of children with autism,” Fleming says. “In the early years, a parent can go weeks, months or even years without a full night’s sleep.”

Parents of autistic children have their resolve forged in fire.

Says Fleming: “I’ve had to learn to rely on myself during hard times and tough situations, and I’ve seen firsthand what the support of a proactive parent can do for a struggling child. If you never give up on them, they learn to never give up on themselves.”

Resources for Special Needs Families


These organizations offer information, support and services.

Able South Carolina
able-sc.org
Predicated on the idea not of “helping” people with disabilities, but rather on the concept of self-empowerment. Focused on empowering people with disabilities to live active, self-determined lives.

The Arc of South Carolina
arcsc.org
Provides advocacy, service coordination, person-centered planning, recreational events, health services and more for parents, families and adults with special needs.

Autism Academy of South Carolina
arcsc.org
Founded in 2010, this not-for-profit school offers intensive, individualized instruction to students with autism-spectrum disorders. Learn more online and arrange a visit to the Columbia campus.

Autism Speaks
arcsc.org
Leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Bright Start, LLC
arcsc.org
Provides comprehensive services including early intervention, service coordination, speech therapy and more.

Early Autism Project
arcsc.org
A leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for ages 20 months to 21 years.

Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc.
arcsc.org
This statewide network provides parent-to-parent connections and access to community resources including training and support programs.

Parents Reaching Out to Parents of South Carolina, Inc.
proparents.org
A parent training and information center for families of children with special needs.



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Life

Fighting Fire With Fire

Social Media Tools Help Battle Cyberbullying
By Kevin Oliver
Thursday, March 27, 2014 |
Bullying and harassment have moved online to text messaging and social media. file photo
If you’re the parent of a teen or even pre-teen, chances are pretty good that they are active in some sort of social media, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Ask.fm, or, at the very least, old-fashioned text messaging. Just as most of their other offline behaviors have translated to the digital spaces, bullying and harassment have also moved online.

Short of monitoring your child’s digital presence 24/7, what’s a parent to do? And what, if anything, can a child do to prevent or report such unwanted contacts?

For a general understanding of what kids do online and why, the new book It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens is an invaluable starting place for parents; the book is based on extensive research that examines behavior from teens’ own perspectives.

But for the more specific problem of cyberbullying, there are specific tools. Online social media sites like Facebook have developed their own anti-bullying tools and a number of mobile apps have also sprung up. And as the campaign against cyberbullying has grown, social media has played a big role in awareness.

Facebook Tools and Third-Party Apps


With more social media choices available, teens are diversifying their habits with sites like Snapchat and Instagram. But they aren’t abandoning Facebook entirely; rather, they tend to just use it less frequently. And, according to the Pew Research Center, it is still the most used site.

Last fall, Facebook announced the Anti-Bullying Hub as part of its Family Safety Center. In conjunction with Yale and other institutions, it offers helpful tips on actions to take, including ways to report bullying and notify other users of it, as well as ways to delete bullying-related content and filter or block users. Laid out in an easy-to-understand graphic interface that’s kid-friendly but not dumbed down, it’s a welcome offering from the site that can be the source of many cyberbullying incidents.

Third-party developers have stepped in to offer their own ways of combating cyberbullying. SafetyWeb.comk has a Find Help app on Facebook that not only allows reporting of violations, but also connects to safety and support organizations that address bullying, suicide, depression, substance abuse and LGBT issues.

For younger children who may just be starting out on social media or other online activity, one useful and even entertaining app is Internet Safety with Professor Garfield. Through a storyline featuring the cartoon cat and his friends, users both “Try” and “Apply” techniques to prevent becoming a victim of cyberbullying.

Blocking the messages and preventing the bullying in the first place is the aim of Word Bully, an Android app that monitors for thousands of words and phrases that might be considered threatening or vulgar, and it allows users to add custom lists of words to monitor and blacklisted individuals so that all of their messages are monitored regardless of content. The app monitors both inbound and outbound communication, and using Trick or Tracker technology via GPS you can even locate your child’s physical location any time.

If you’re a parent who just wants help in keeping up with what your child is doing and who they are doing it with, an app such as GoGoStat.com’s Parental Guidance is invaluable. The app notifies parents of status messages with certain keywords that might indicate unsafe activity, shows the age and location of any new friends, photos posted and tagged of your child, and any personal details. There is also an “Emergency Reports” option to print out for law enforcement if necessary, providing key evidence and information in the event of an investigation.

For general iPhone use, the Destructive Issues app provides useful information to both teens and parents in one easy to navigate interface. Covering what they refer to as “the top 20 issues facing youth today,” it is meant as an educational tool, not a reporting or blocking mechanism.

The best mechanism to stop cyberbullying is kids themselves showing zero tolerance and reporting whether it’s directed at them or others. It’s not the easiest thing for a child to speak up to adults and authority figures, but when adults show them trust, recognize the problem, and offer solutions, the result will be a safer, more conscientious generation of cyber-citizens.

Anti-bullying Goes Viral


The same mechanism driving cyberbullying is also one of the most successful weapons against it. Social media videos and campaigns have gone viral themselves, bringing much-needed awareness to the issue.

• One unintentional anti-bullying video is the famous Amanda Todd clip in which the 10th-grader details the bullying she endured over several years. Shortly after she posted it in the fall of 2012, Todd committed suicide. That clip was used by brothers Benny and Rafi Fine in a powerful bullying edition of their Teens React YouTube series that records teen reactions to various media sources, where it has more than 12 million views.

• Advice columnist and activist Dan Savage started the It Gets Better series of videos in reaction to the suicide of 15-year old Billy Lucas in 2010 after Lucas was bullied for being gay. It has evolved into the It Gets Better Project, which includes scores of videos from public figures and celebrities echoing the core theme of support for those coming out and assuring them there is a future for them.

• The Canadian modeling agency STRUTT Central produced a video called The Cyber Bullying Virus, which highlights the “disease-like effects” of cyberbullying on teenage girls; it has more than a million views. — Kevin Oliver


Snapchat and Cyberbullying


There’s no real way to know how many users are on Snapchat, their ages or gender, as the company carefully safeguards that information. Somewhere between 5 million a day and 30 million overall users seems a good bet. But one thing is certain: Snapchat is where your kids are likely spending their time on social media.

The immediacy and impermanence of the app is what makes it so popular among kids and, ironically, a hotbed of activity for cyberbullies. Because pictures, messages and videos are only available for 10 seconds, they are gone long before the average teen thinks to grab a screenshot to show to parents or officials. But bullies know what they are doing and are quick to grab embarrassing or harmful content and re-send it.

What’s the answer for concerned parents? Snapchat has a users guide for parents that outlines what your child should and should not be doing with the app and what options (like find by phone number) they can opt out of as a security measure. It’s worth the download. — Laura Haight


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Learning

Outsmart Your Kids

Summer Camps Keep Kids Learning
By Anna Gelbman Edmonds
Thursday, March 27, 2014 |
If your kids are anything like mine, they’re looking forward to summer as a cartoon and video game marathon. Outsmart them this year by giving them the opportunity to learn to make their own cartoons and video games. Summer camps aren’t just about crafts and nature walks anymore.

The lazy, hazy days of summer vacation disrupt the cycle of learning, lead to forgetting and force teachers to review old material when students return to school in the fall. Achievement test scores typically decline between spring and fall. Harris Cooper, director of the Program in Education at Duke University, says the summer effect is more pronounced for math than reading because out-of-school environments provide more opportunities to practice reading skills than math.

Columbia offers children of all ages a wide spectrum of camps that emphasize fun while mixing in learning.

Who doesn’t want to be an astronaut? The Challenger Learning Center offers astronaut, rocket, robotic and aviation camps led by certified science teachers. Children in grades 3 through 12 get to build real rockets and robots, take pilot training lessons in flight simulators and visit an e-Planetarium. Parents have said they feel left out of all these cool activities, so this year the center is offering a family day.


Kids build real rockets, robots and take pilot training at The Challenger Learning Center. Courtesy photo

With all that fun, how much learning is taking place? Carolyn Donelan, the center’s lead flight director, says: “Whenever you’re truly learning something, there’s a certain level of frustration. We have kids who struggle building and programming robots and rockets, but we work with them and warn them up front they’ll get frustrated. That’s what science is: figuring out what works and what doesn’t.”

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics offers iTeams, a free four-day computer science, technology and entrepreneurship camp for middle school students. This year they’re adding a musical component where campers will be learn to turn almost any object, such as a banana or a piece of paper, into a musical instrument. Their GoSciTech is a week-long residential summer camp that provides a hands-on experience for rising 8th-, 9th- and 10th-grade science and tech enthusiasts.

“Our summer programs are academically challenging and interactive,” says Randy LaCross of the Governor’s School. “We want participants to walk away having learned something while having fun.”

Fun isn’t usually what comes to mind when kids think of history. But Historic Columbia boasts that word-of-mouth referrals result in repeat campers bringing their friends every summer. Education Coordinator James Quint says the hands-on and outdoor activities teach kids between the ages of 8 and 12 about life in the area dating from the early 1800s to the 1960s.

Crafts and games related to those earlier periods reinforce the South Carolina and U.S. history lessons this age group receives in school, without having to memorize dates and battle sites.

Creative thinking and problem solving skills get a workout at The Columbia Museum of Art, which offers several different camps each summer. Language arts, social studies, history, technology, music and geology are all incorporated while addressing different mediums, techniques and art genres. Says Kristin Stafford, education programs coordinator: “We even sneak some math and science in.”

The great thing about art is that it touches on almost every subject in some way. For example, geometry is required to determine human proportions and perspective. Mythology incorporates history, literature, and geography, which students then connect to popular culture.

In addition to the camps mentioned above, many schools, colleges, libraries, museums and parks offer fun summer camps that keep both young minds and bodies active. Most camps have fees, but they vary widely. Many camps offer needs-based scholarships, though you usually have to inquire. Here's our comprehensive look at Columbia-area summer camps.

Ways to Avoid the Summer Slip
Harris Cooper, director the Program in Education at Duke University, offers some tips for parents to help their kids keep learning alive through the summer:

• Look for academic-related activities. Local libraries have summer-long reading programs for all ages. Local museums, art galleries, zoos, and theaters run one-time and continuing camps and events. Local businesses, television/radio stations and factories often provide educational tours.

• Plan an educational-themed summer trip. If you’re headed to a national park, take advantage of ranger-led geological or historical tours. Have your child read a book about where you are going before you leave. If you’re still thinking about where to vacation, find out what your child will be studying in the coming school year and visit a related site.

• Talk to a teacher in your child’s next grade. Find out what books your child might read over summer to be prepared for the coming year. If your child is an emerging or beginning reader, ask the teacher to suggest books you can read to and with them. Ask what the content of the math curriculum will be and then visit a local teachers’ supply store.


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Media

Apps for Kids

Coding for Kids; Clumsy Ninja; MindSnacks
By Free Times
Thursday, March 27, 2014 |
Hopscotch: Coding for Kids
Hopscotch Technologies, Free
Ages: 9-12

Hopscotch is one of the best apps that Richland Library’s Tween Advisory Group has reviewed. Using an iPad, children can input their own instructions or code and watch as the instructions come to life on the screen. This app allows 9-12 year-olds to explore logic, sequencing and problem-solving. Since its content is user-driven, there is no end to what your child can create. The latest update also allows you to check out other people’s projects and share your own. — Heather McCue and the Tween Advisory Group,
Richland Library

Clumsy Ninja
NaturalMotion, Free
Ages: 8 and up

You are the sensei training the hardest working but clumsiest ninja in the class. The app uses simulation technology that makes our clumsy ninja incredibly expressive and lifelike. You interact by making him walk, run, jump and eventually setting him on his ninja path. You win points by accomplishing tasks and then spend them on upgrades, or you can — naturally — purchase new clothes and virtual gems (the currency of the game) through in-app purchases. You get rewarded with a high five when Clumsy successfully completes a task. For iOS devices. — Laura Haight

MindSnacks Brain Games
MindSnacks, Free
Ages: Everyone

Although it looks like a child’s game, the programming behind MindSnacks can really help anyone learn the fundamentals of nine languages from Spanish to Mandarin Chinese. Planning a vacation? You and your child can learn some basic language skills together. The game is free and includes your first lesson. After that, lessons are available individually for 99 cents $4.99 for an entire 50-lesson pack. The app adjusts the rate of interactivity based on your pace. If you miss word recognition in a particular pattern subsequent segments highlight the troublesome words. These are startup games designed to work as a supplement, but they can instill an interest in language (maybe even in you!). MindSnacks offers programs in Portugese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and an SAT vocabulary test prep. For iOS devices. — Laura Haight

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Book Reviews

That is NOT a Good Idea!; Hokey Pokey; Dogs of War
By Free Times
Thursday, March 27, 2014 |
That is NOT a Good Idea!
Mo Willems
Harper Collins, 48 pages, $17.99
Ages: Baby to 6

It’s no secret that kids and parents alike love Mo Willems. His latest book, That Is NOT a Good Idea!, is destined to become a new favorite. Using the framework of a silent movie, a sinister-looking fox offers to escort an innocent mama goose on a walk into the woods. All the while, her goslings chant: “That is NOT a good idea!” The story continues with the pair stopping by the fox’s kitchen. Finally, the anticipation reaches a fever pitch, but don’t be too sure that you know how this story will end. — Heather McCue, Richland Library

Hokey Pokey
Jerry Spinelli
Random House Children’s Books, 285 pages, $15.99
Ages: 9 to 12

One morning, Jack wakes up and realizes that everything has changed. He blames the feeling on the loss of his beloved bike, Scramjet, to the “girl.” But Jack is determined to make things right. With the help of his amigos, he tries to recover his prized possession and himself. Slowly, though, he comes to understand something essential has been lost and that he may no longer belong in Hokey Pokey. In this novel, Spinelli pays tribute to childhood. Whether it’s Cartoons, where classic cartoons play constantly on a giant TV screen, or Tantrums, a small hut where you can let it all out, he has crafted this world with reverence and care. Hokey Pokey is a new coming-of-age classic and the perfect title to share with your tween. —Heather McCue, Richland Library

Dogs of War
Sheila Kennan and Nathan Fox
Scholastic, 208 pages, $12.99
Ages: 13 and up

Battlefields require the strictest loyalty, and America’s service dogs have historically been up to the challenge. Sheila Keenan’s three short stories depict American soldiers in World War I, World War II and Vietnam, with each story focusing on a different specialty of dogs of war. From the trenches of Germany to the snow plains of Greenland and the jungles of Vietnam, each narrative covers a lot of historical bases, from the circumstances of returning veterans to the equipment used by soldiers in each conflict. Keenan’s not the only one who did her research: Nathan Fox’s dynamic and colorful artwork is immediately immersive and builds empathy in every detail. — Thomas Maluck, Richland Library


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Music & DVD Reviews

Ella Jenkins; Rainbow Beast and the Rock Band Land Rockers; LEGO Star Wars
By Kevin Oliver
Thursday, March 27, 2014 |
123s and ABCs
Ella Jenkins
Smithsonian Folkways

The grand matriarch of children’s music, Ella Jenkins’ latest album is her 34th for the Smithsonian Folkways label over a period of 56 years. Her simple style lends itself to music for children. With little more than a gently strummed guitar and a vast repertoire of children’s folk songs from around the world, Jenkins is able to capture the attention and participation of any group of kids instantly.

This new release is a collection of her songs about counting and the alphabet. It’s perfect for young children just starting out with their numbers and letters, as the recording features groups of children accompanying Jenkins, thereby providing plenty of sing-along opportunities for listeners.

There are classic rhymes such as “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” and “One Potato, Two Potato” that many parents will know. Those with diverse cultural backgrounds will appreciate the international reach of tracks such as “Counting in Swahili” or “The Rabbi Teaches ABCs.”

Ella Jenkins is a national musical and educational treasure, and this collection will introduce her to a new generation of families.

Tales From the Monstrosity Scrolls
Rainbow Beast and the Rock Band Land Rockers
Rock Band Land Records

Kids and music go together so well that sometimes it’s easy for adults who make music for children to forget that, for kids, it is almost never a spectator sport.

Getting up, getting busy, dancing, singing and banging on stuff is all possible when you combine kids and music they enjoy. The members of Rainbow Beast are part of a San Francisco music school program called Rock Band Land, where the students come up with characters, storylines and melodic ideas, and the band hammers out the details for a regular recital that undoubtedly rocks harder than any school band function, ever.

This set gathers together some recent results from Rock Band Land, but it could just as easily be the new Flaming Lips or Of Montreal album — it’s that weird and wonderful. Imagine Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl jamming with Robyn Hitchcock and Jeff Mangum and you’d come close to the absurd psychedelic romp of songs such as “The Little Big Easy” or “Oliver In The Wrong Cast.”

Rarely does a children’s album rate as high on the hip-ometer with moms and dads as it does with the kids who insist on infinite listening sessions. Now the indie-rock generation’s next generation has a band they can listen to — together.

LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles
20th Century Fox

With the massive success of The LEGO Movie, the long-running animated LEGO videos like this are sure to get snapped up even more quickly. This DVD is part of a series of episodes combining the Star Wars franchise with the LEGO framework. As in the film, there are plenty of inside jokes for parents to chuckle at, such as a cameo appearance from Billy Dee Williams. And the action is more than fast-paced enough to keep kids’ interest.
There are two episodes included here that originally aired on the Cartoon Network: The Phantom Clone and Menace of the Sith. But that’s about it — no extra content, special features, or anything else on this budget-priced DVD. At least it will help tide the kids over until the Lego Movie sequel comes out.

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Calendar

Columbia SC Kid’s Events: Spring 2014

By Free Times
Thursday, March 27, 2014 |
This is by no means a comprehensive list — institutions like the Columbia Museum of Art, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Riverbanks Zoo, Richland Library and the city and county parks departments offer myriad events for kids on a daily basis. Check the Events section at free-times.com/events and select the Children & Teens category for weekly listings or visit the websites of institutions offering children’s programs.

Ongoing


Blooming Butterflies
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
May 4-Oct. 6. A 2,500-square-foot enclosed habitat designed to showcase the lifespan of over 20 species of butterflies.

EdVenture Family Night
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Second Tuesdays. $1 museum admission between 5 and 8 p.m.

Family Storytime
Richland Library
edventure.org
Held on various days at all branches of the Richland Library. Call your local branch for meeting times.

Gladys’ Gang
Columbia Museum of Art
edventure.org
Free monthly program includes story time and creative studio activity.

Little Red Riding Hood
Columbia Marionette Theater
cmtpuppet.org
Runs through May 17. With a variety of puppetry techniques and plenty of humor, Little Red Riding Hood is an irreverent take on the classic fairy tale.

Make Your Move
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Exhibit explores the origins of the world’s best-loved games through oversized game pieces and play areas that give children a chance to explore the fun of strategic play.

Parents’ Survival Night
The Little Gym
thelittlegym.com/columbiasc
Fridays. Parents call it a break from the kids. Kids call it a break from their parents. That sounds like a win-win situation.

Passport to Art
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Second Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. Free open-studio program for families with activities corresponding with one of the museum’s exhibitions.

Toddler Take Over
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
First Monday of every month. Kids ages 1 to 5 play freely throughout the museum with kids of their own size.

March


Ringing Bros.’ Legends
Colonial Life Arena
coloniallifearena.com
March 27-30. See amazing, awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder. See mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a unicorn, a Pegasus and a woolly mammoth.

April


Backyard Bugs: Wildlife Tracks
Riverbanks Zoo
riverbanks.org
April 3. Explore the different tracks and signs of animals in your own backyard. Ages 2-5.

Earl Yerrick Memorial Aircraft Static Display
Hamilton-Owens Airport
April 12. Military aircraft, vintage military and civilian aircraft as well as public-use aircraft on display. Scavenger hunt for kids 6-18. 771-7915.

EDDIE’s Spring Break Camp
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
April 14. Features exciting activities, games, crafts and hands-on activities that will have your camper learning and loving it. Ages 3-12.

Family on Safari: Spring Fling Edition
Riverbanks Zoo
riverbanks.org
April 11. Overnight adventure. Celebrate spring through animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, crafts and more. Dinner, snack and breakfast provided.

Gladys’ Gang
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
April 2: Jazzy Japan. Free monthly program includes story time and creative studio activity.

Homeschool Day
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
April 15. For home-schooled children ages 4 and up and their parents. Combines an exploration of the galleries and a studio project. This month’s theme: Japan and the Jazz Age.

Kid’s Day of Lexington
Virginia Hylton Park
lexingtonkidsday.com
April 26. Free festival educates families on health, safety and environmental issues.

Spring Break Zoo Camp
Riverbanks Zoo
riverbanks.org
April 14-18. Children ages 5 to 9 explore the splendor and significance of rainforests during a week-long tropical safari. 

The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales
Columbia Children’s Theatre
columbiachildrenstheatre.com
March 28-April 6. A musical comedy based on the award-winning book of mixed-up fairy tales.

Tales from Beatrix Potter
Township Auditorium
April 25. You and your child will watch in merriment as characters like Jeremy Fisher, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Peter Rabbit come to life in Carolina Ballet’s adaptation of this favorite children’s classic.

May


Gladys’ Gang
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
May 7: Chihuly’s Fire. Free monthly program includes story time and creative studio activity. June 4: Let the Fur Fly.

Homeschool Friday
Historic Columbia
historiccolumbia.org
May 2. From butter churning to silver polishing, practice the skills 19th century children needed to prepare for adulthood.

Meet the Maker: The Secret Species Project
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
May 3. Marius Valdes, creator of Zoo Valdes, will join EdVenture to teach guests how to create a portrait of their own Secret Species.

Passport to Art: Spinning Fast!
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
May 11. Learn about thaumatropes as you make one in this free monthly open studio program for families. (Hint: A thaumatrope popular toy from the Victorian era.)

Shrek the Musical
Town Theatre
towntheatre.com
May 2-24. Your favorite green ogre ... in a musical.

June


CMA Teen Academy: Drawing 101
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
June 16-20. Explore drawing in a variety of different mediums. Topics include a live clothed model, traditional human proportions, perspective, and still-life. Ages 13-18.

The Commedia Snow White
Columbia Children’s Theatre
columbiachildrenstheatre.com
June 13-22. The Spaghetti and Meatball Players are back for a fifth hilarious summer! Join Pantalone, Arlequino, Rosetta, Columbine, and Punchin as take a bite out of the classic tale of forbidden fruit.

Gladys’ Gang
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
June 4: Let the Fur Fly. Free monthly program includes story time and creative studio activity.

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Activities

Summer Camp, Then and Now

Why We Got Away with So Much More Than Our Kids Do
By Anne Postic
Thursday, March 27, 2014 |


Illustrations by Jason Crosby

Some things never change. Camp is freedom, often the first taste kids get. Back at home, parents enjoy their own delicious freedom. We can listen to our music, as loud and as late as we want. We can sleep in without guilt, and enjoy glorious days not nagging anyone to do anything. We don’t have to worry, because the kids’ freedom is tightly controlled and, with activities available every waking hour, they sleep too well to get into too much trouble.

Camp is still a place to grow and change, but back in the day, there was a little more freedom, thanks in part to a lack of technology. All of the following stories are true, though they may have been exaggerated over years of retelling. What’s the fun of a good camp story if you can’t embellish?

Young Love and Poison Ivy


Then: Remember those mixers with the boys’ camp across the lake? They were fraught with sexual tension, fueled by bug juice and the sweet taste of independence. One former camper in her 40s recalled how some girls would sneak onto the boys’ bus after a square dance, riding back to their camp for a few precious moments with a summer love. How did they get back? By walking through the woods, usually with the male suitor’s flashlight, using recently obtained camping skills to find her way.

Now: Yeah. Probably not gonna’ happen. Can you imagine what kind of lawsuit a camp could face if the parents heard about this? Besides, why sneak into the boys’ camp when you can just text each other all night with an illicit cell phone? Though many camps are banning them, there are always ways to sneak in forbidden items.

Contraband or Care Packages


Then: There were lists of things to leave at home, some understood, some sharply contested by campers. In the ‘80s, legions of pre-teens railed against the unfairness. “What? No Walkman? How will I listen to my Midnight Star tape?!” And don’t forget the cigarettes of the ‘70s, carefully stashed in a clay piñata. Candy was smuggled in a hollowed-out Hardy Boys book.

Now: Parents send care packages, and candy is not the taboo it once was. An iPod is a lot smaller than a Sony Discman, so music players are common. And those cigarettes? Nobody smokes anymore, so a camper would never be able to get away with smoking them, even if they could get them into camp.



Snake Bite? Who Knew?


Then: You got sick, and your teenaged counselor walked you up the hill to the infirmary, recalled one camper from the ‘80s. As far as she knew, her parents were never informed. They didn’t have an answering machine, and snail mail would have been pointless. She relaxed for a day or two, with minimal attention from the camp nurse. It felt like a mini vacation, because the sheets were nicer and there was air conditioning via an ancient window unit. The nurses were nice, but definitely not Mom.

Now: Parents are notified immediately if a camper gets sick, and are asked if there are any special instructions. Is it possible we are raising a generation of children who believe the common cold merits major attention? Maybe.

Summer Reading That Wasn’t on the Book List


Then: One camper recalled her friends sneaking a copy of Judy Blume’s Forever into the infirmary. Do you remember Forever? It was Judy Blume’s foray into feminist erotica. No, really. Published in 1975, this book was all kinds of dirty, with a responsible nod to birth control and emotional health. Not the most appropriate reading for a 12-year-old, but probably not the worst, either.

Now: Who still has books? How does a kid read dirty books these days anyway, given that anything they download onto an e-reader will show up on their parents’ credit card bill? Also, no way would a sick kid be left alone long enough to read 224 pages of porn.

What Nose Ring?


Then: One 12-year-old camper in the ‘70s ran an ear-piercing clinic, piercing ears right and left all summer long, with no formal training and minimal sanitation, and never got caught. Where did she get the earrings? What about the piercing equipment? With no way to boil the equipment, why did no one lose an ear? What did the parents do when their daughters came home with pierced ears? Who knows? Adults didn’t pay as much attention back then.

Now: The piercing clinic would be shuttered immediately, as soon as the first girl outed the piercer by posting a pic on Instagram. The renegade piercer would not be invited back to camp, and all of her clients would be treated with antibiotics for potential infection.



Water Safety Now Means Having a Pool


Then: Speaking of mystery infections, does anyone remember those fizzing drops counselors put in campers’ ears when they got out of the lake? The preventative. Why were we allowed to swim in water in the first place if we might contract a mysterious ear infection?

Now: A lot of camps have pools: We can only hope the water is still cold enough for campers to experience the discomfort meant to teach them a life lesson. True story: Some camps have heated pools. Kids today don’t stand a chance.

Without Email and Instagram, a Week Apart Really was a Week Apart


Then: Some kids spent six weeks at camp without writing their parents once. The parents had no idea if their own carefully penned letters were received, let alone read and treasured.

What did you love about camp?

“I loved falling out of a canoe and holding a chicken and having it poop on me. I didn’t like how cold it was.” — Rowan, 8

“Horseback riding!” — Catie, 7

“Everything!” — Grayson, 13

“Making new friends.” — Cannon, 10

“What I love about camp is the food! I love walking into the dining hall and finding a fresh, hot loaf of Greystone’s famous bread! I get to meet new people every week at a different table. Greystone has the best food!” — Addie, 11

“My favorite thing about Camp Tonawandah is all the activities you can try, like cooking, dance, tennis, archery, princess class, secret agent, and horseback riding! Every day is a new adventure!” — Emma, 11
Now: Kids still don’t write, even though email is easy. Why? Because they’re having fun. Many camps allow parents to send email, which is great, because they don’t have to sweat writing ahead of time to ensure that their camper hears from them within a day or two of the beginning of camp. Also, many camps post pictures of campers online every single night, so parents can obsess over every nuance of their children’s facial expressions and body language. “Look! He’s smiling!” quickly gives way to, “But honey, aren’t his shoulders a little raised? Doesn’t he look a little tense?” Of course he does. He’s carrying a canoe over some rocks and trying to keep his feet in flip-flops.

What Hasn’t Changed


The friendships, goofy activities with little practical use, bonding (especially now that cellphones are on the way out at a lot of camps), minimal communication between kids and their parents, the clean, slightly mildewy smell, and the sweet taste of freedom. According to the American Camp Association, the top five activities are still swimming, arts and crafts, challenge and ropes, archery, and lake activities like kayaking and canoeing. The standard songs are the same, consistent from summer to summer and camp to camp.

As a parent, after camp you can still look forward to a trunk with only the top layer of clothing having been disturbed, very little communication from your camper, a box or two of crafts with limited use (lanyard, anyone?), and a kid who feels better about himself than when he left. Even if it is a little sanitized, independence is still the crucial element of the camp experience.

Camp Isn’t Cheap, But What Is?


What about the cost? Camp is expensive. According to the American Camp Association, the average cost of a week at camp is $690, with some camps charging as much as $2,000 per week.

Broken down, those fees are not as high as they seem, since they are all-inclusive. After all, kids at home all summer cost money, too.

Child care can cost $10 to 15 per hour, or $80-120 per day. Day camps can cost $150-$800 per week.

Most activity-focused day camps in Columbia, including those at the Columbia Museum of Art, EdVenture and Trustus Theatre, are around $150 per week, but specialty camps, including those with a science focus, can be much more expensive.

Food: Sending a pre-teen to camp could be a deal, given the sheer quantity of food they consume. Besides, you won’t have to spend time cooking it!

Transportation: At home, parents spend time and money taking kids to various places to swim, hang with friends or just get out of the house. At camp, these things are included.

A peaceful week alone? Priceless.


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Columbia SC Spring 2014 Calendar of Events

By Free Times
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 |

Bites & Sights
Where to Eat: Bites
What to Do: Attractions
Where to Drink: Nightlife
Where to Stay: Accommodations
Calendar of Events



Bruno Mars performs at the Colonial Life Arena on June 13.

OK, you’re in town, now where’s the action?

For comprehensive events coverage on a week-to-week basis, pick up a copy of Free Times at one of hundreds of locations throughout the city. But to get you started, we’ve compiled some of the major concerts, exhibitions and other cultural highlights of what’s happening between now and June, when the next Bites & Sights hits the streets. Dates are subject to change. For more information, please contact the specific venue or organization.

For more things to do, go to free-times.com/events.

Museum Exhibitions


Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
May 16-Sep. 14. A collection of approximately 40 large-scale black and white paintings of animals posing as people, including a wall-length mural.

Japan and the Jazz Age
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Through April 20. The story – through art – of the innovation that came from a clash between the old and the new, when geisha become flappers and ancient origami cranes transformed into sleek, gold statuettes.

Mama Let’s Make a Moon
South Carolina State Museum
scmuseum.org
Through June 29. Illustrations from artist Clay Rice’s most recent children’s book, Mama Let’s Make a Moon.

Meiji Magic
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Through May 18. Imperial porcelain from Japan from the collection of Alex and Barbara Kasten.

April


The Addams Family
Koger Center for the Arts
broadwayincolumbia.com
April 28-29 Yeah, yeah, we have no doubt the singing and dancing in this adaptation will be good. But it sucks that Thing only appears to open up the curtain.

Artista Vista
The Vista
artistavista.com
April 24-27. Columbia’s oldest and most celebrated gallery crawl.
Columbia International Festival

South Carolina State Fairgrounds
cifonline.org
April 5-6. Long-running annual international food and culture festival offers bazaars, ethnic foods, national exhibitions, a fashion show, cultural performances and culminates in a parade of nations. This year, the festival gives a special emphasis to the countries of South Asia.

Eau Claire Fest
Eau Claire Town Center
facebook.com/EauClaireFest
April 26. Formerly the Ribs and Renaissance Festival, the Eau Claire festival celebrates the North Columbia neighborhood with a marketplace, music and food.

Indie Grits Festival
indiegrits.com
April 11-20. So much more than just a film festival. This Nickelodeon Theatre-curated and -directed event, which screens gritty films from Southern filmmakers at venues throughout downtown, also packs surprisingly exciting concerts, a Slow Food Columbia eat-and-greet, a hand puppet slam and a hip-hop family day.

Olympia Fest
olympiafest.com
April 26. History, gravel quarry tours, family activities, arts, crafts, live music, more.

River Rocks Festival
Riverfront Park
riverrocksfestival.com
April 12. Yes, River Rocks is a music festival, boasting easygoing rock bands, but it also supports the Congaree Riverkeeper’s efforts to keep our rivers clean.

Runaway Runway
Township Auditorium
columbiadesignleague.org/runaway-runway
Apr. 5. One man’s trash is another’s haute couture, as this recycled fashion show proves.

Sparkleberry Country Fair
Clemson Extension, Northeast Columbia
sparkleberryfair.com
April 25-26. Like the South Carolina State Fair, except way smaller: Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, etc. Plus, in true country style, lots of tractors.

Tartan Day South
Historic Columbia Speedway
tartandaysouth.com
April 3-6. A celebration of all things Celtic.

May


Black Expo
Colonial Life Arena
coloniallifearena.com
May 15-17. Features more than 200 exhibitors and vendors, as well as seminars, workshops, youth activities, a health fair and local and national entertainment.

Camden Cup
Camden Polo Field
cityofcamden.org
May 5. For real, Camden is home to the second oldest polo field in the nation. Go see some dudes on horses hit a hard little ball.

Lexington Wine Walk
lexingtonwinewalk.com
May 10. Held on the 100 block of East Main Street in Lexington, the Lexington Wine Walk offers wine tastings, hors d’ouevres and live music. Fundraiser for the Lexington Beautification Foundation.

Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Rosewood Drive
rosewoodcrawfishfest.com
May 3. Come hungry. The annual Crawfish Festival cooks up more than 7,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish, taking over Rosewood Drive for a whole day. Stuff yourself with Cajun and Creole cuisine in addition to samples from Rosewood restaurants. It’s a feast for the ears as well, with four stages dominated by ‘90s alt-rockers and up-and-coming locals.

South Carolina Book Festival
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
scbookfestival.org
May 16-18. South Carolina’s premier literary festival. Workshops, readings and literary discussions.

June


Bruno Mars
Colonial Life Arena
coloniallifearena.com
June 13. Love him or hate him, Bruno Mars has ridden Prince-isms and Michael Jackson-isms — not to mention a great deal of talent — to the top of the pop star game. Big get for Columbia.

Columbia Fashion Week
columbiafashionweek.com
June 18-21. Who says Columbia doesn’t have style? Go get dazzled at a few displays on the runway and attend special events like the annual Beautiful People Party.

Conductors Institute
Koger Center
conductorsinstitute.com
June 8-21. Aspiring conductors come to town from all over the country and beyond to hone their craft. Conducting sessions are open to the public.

Lake Murray Independence Day Celebration
Lake Murray
lakemurraycountry.com
June 28. Boat parade and fireworks extravaganza.

South Carolina Black Pride
southcarolinablackpride.com
25-29 Like the annual Pride festival, but black-oriented.

Southeastern Piano Festival
sepf.music.sc.edu
June 15-24. Standard lore has it that Columbia is dead in the summer. Tell that to the audiences at the Southeastern Piano Festival, who flock in to see some of the nation’s most talented up-and-coming pianists.


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Columbia SC Accommodations

Where to Stay
By Free Times
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 |

Bites & Sights
Where to Eat: Bites
What to Do: Attractions
Where to Drink: Nightlife
Where to Stay: Accommodations
Calendar of Events



The Sheraton Hotel in downtown Columbia is chock full of Gothic revival-style details. file photo

Downtown
USC
South Main St.


The 1425 Inn
1425 Richland St., 252-7225
the1425inn.com
Exquisite bed-and-breakfast near the heart of Columbia. Amenities: smoke-free; Southern-style porch; full breakfast.

Affordable Suites Deluxe
150 Stoneridge Dr., 779-7000
Just off I-126; extended-stay friendly. Amenities: Business center; fitness room; free breakfast; free Wi-Fi; pets allowed; smoke-free; meeting facilities.
 
Chesnut Cottage
1718 Hampton St., 256-1718
chesnutcottage.com
The wartime home of author Mary Boykin Chesnut; once visited by Jefferson Davis. Amenities: Complimentary breakfast; free Wi-Fi; pets allowed; smoke-free.
 
Clarion Hotel Downtown
1615 Gervais St., 771-8711
clariontownhouse.com
On the Five Points end of Gervais Street, the 160-room Clarion is still only three blocks from the State House, a half-mile walk from Finlay Park and a quick taxi ride to the Vista. Built on the grounds that housed Sherman’s Columbia headquarters, the Clarion is also home to Carolina’s Restaurant, which offers a delicious Southern-food lunch buffet and a bomb-ass Sunday brunch. Amenities: Family rooms; room service; free Wi-Fi; outdoor pool; free ground-level parking; free airport shuttle; exercise room.
 
Country Hearth Inn
621 S. Assembly St., 252-2000
countryhearth.com
Good luck getting a room in October: This 45-room hotel is one block from the State Fairgrounds and a quarter-mile from Williams-Brice Stadium. Equidistant from both Five Points and The Vista, though you’ll probably need to cab it to both. Amenities: Smoke-free rooms; free Wi-Fi; on-site parking; complimentary breakfast.

Courtyard Columbia
Downtown at USC
630 Assembly St., 799-7800
marriott.com
Located at the tail end of Assembly Street, the 189-room Courtyard Columbia Downtown is a stone’s throw away from all sorts of action, equidistant from both the high-class Vista and the fun-loving Five Points. It’s also close to Williams-Brice Stadium and several arts venues (Colonial Life Arena, Koger Center, Columbia Museum of Art), fine restaurants (California Dreaming, Moe’s) and more. Should you feel like throwing your own party, the hotel’s only a block away from Green’s. Amenities: Smoke-free rooms; room service; free Wi-Fi; mini-fridge; fitness center; outdoor swimming pool; restaurant; on-site parking; free airport shuttle.

Embassy Suites
Columbia Greystone
200 Stoneridge Dr., 252-8700
columbiagreystone.embassysuites.com
Just outside downtown Columbia, off I-126. Offers courtesy shuttle service to USC, the Vista, Five Points, Main Street. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; exercise room; meeting facilities; business center; smoke-free rooms; indoor pool.
 
Extended Stay America Columbia West
450 Gracern Rd., 251-7878
extendedstayhotels.com
Just outside downtown Columbia, off I-126. Ideal for extended stays. Amenities: Fully equipped kitchens; business center; fitness room; pets allowed.
 
Homewood Suites by Hilton
250 Greystone Blvd., 239-4663
Just outside downtown Columbia, off I-126. Amenities: Business center; fitness room; complimentary breakfast; free Wi-Fi; indoor pool.
 
The Inn at USC
1619 Pendleton St., 779-7779
innatusc.com
An elegant boutique hotel located on the campus of the University of South Carolina in the heart of downtown, The Inn at USC boasts 117 first-class guestrooms and suites, each outfitted with deluxe amenities (including wireless Internet and premium cable — score!). The Inn is conveniently surrounded by Columbia’s academic, government, business, cultural and historic districts. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; exercise room; free Wi-Fi; banquet facilities; parking garage; smoke-free rooms; on-site dry cleaning services; library.

Marriott Columbia
1200 Hampton St., 771-7000
marriottcolumbia.com
The 300-room Marriott is not only one of the largest but also one of the best rated in the Capital City. And with good reason — the 14-floor behemoth is located at the corner of Main and Hampton in the heart of downtown, providing easy access to just about everything, from local government offices to local art havens to fine dining. Dig those delicious buffets, too! Also offers a cultural concierge service assisting visitors with tickets to arts and cultural events. Amenities: Exercise room; room service; indoor restaurant, lounge and sports bar; indoor pool; free airport shuttle; valet covered parking; free Wi-Fi.

Sheraton Columbia
1400 Main St., 988-1400
sheratoncolumbiadowntown.com
Housed in the historic Palmetto Building, built in 1913, the 135-room Sheraton is chock full of Gothic revival-style details. That’ll please the locals, sure, but travelers will appreciate the ground-floor Starbucks kiosk and lounge area; plus, there’s a bar on the roof, a bar in the old bank vault, and a restaurant in the basement with a pretty good bar. The high-class hotel is near some high-class entertainment, too; it’s also just a block from the Columbia Museum of Art and within striking distance of the Vista, Five Points, USC and just about everything else. Amenities: Airport shuttle; lounge; exercise room; business center; valet parking; public Wi-Fi (not free).

Studio Plus
180 Stoneridge Dr., 771-0303
Just outside downtown Columbia, off I-126. Specially designed for extended stays. Amenities: Fully equipped kitchens; pets allowed.

The Vista
Riverfront
State Street
Vista West


Hampton Inn Historic District
822 Gervais St., 231-2000
hamptoninncolumbia.com
The 122-room Hampton is located right in the heart of the Vista, giving walking access to rock clubs (Art Bar), dance clubs (Jet Nightlife), swanky bars and chic shops, not to mention walking distance to the Congaree River. Double points for its location near Liberty Tap Room. Rated as one the top three hotels in Columbia by Yahoo! Travel. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; exercise room; business center; free Wi-Fi; outdoor pool; non-smoking floors.

Hilton Columbia Center
924 Senate St., 744-7800
hiltoncolumbia.com
Columbia’s newest high-rise hotel, the 222-room Hilton Columbia Center, is literally in the center of the Capital City — right in the Vista and just a brisk walk to campus and a quick taxi or bus ride to Five Points and Main Street. Also close by: Riverfront Park and the South Carolina State Museum. The Hilton building is also home to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Amenities: Non-smoking rooms; business center; on-site notary public; lounge; exercise room; outdoor pool; parking garage with valet parking; full-service bar.

Holiday Inn Express
501 Taylor St., 744-4000
hicolumbiasc.com
Just outside the Vista and down the street from Finlay Park, the Holiday Inn Express offers 86 all-suite rooms. It’s right on top of a bevy of entertainment options — from dance clubs to rock clubs to high-flown social clubs — and eateries, from low-brow (McDonald’s) to highfalutin (Blue Marlin) and everywhere in between. Also close to West Columbia and the trendy Vista West area. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; business center; exercise room; free Wi-Fi; outdoor pool; smoke-free rooms.

SpringHill Suites Columbia
511 Lady St., 978-2333
marriott.com/caesh
Located near the corner of Pulaski and Lady, the brand-spanking-new, 132-room SpringHill Suites is within walking distance of everything the Vista has to offer, from fine dining (Gervais and Vine, Motor Supply) to chic nightlife (Art Bar, Blue, Rust) to fine arts (Trustus Theatre, Koger Center) and ways to appease the crap out of your kids (EdVenture Children’s Museum). Amenities: Free continental breakfast; free Wi-Fi; indoor pool; fitness center; non-smoking rooms.

Staybridge Suites Columbia
1913 Huger St., 451-5900
staycolumbiasc.com
The newly built, 93-room Staybridge Suites is close to everything — but a quick ride away from Riverbanks Zoo, The Vista, Five Points and the University area — while removed enough from the associated clamor. Located on Huger Street, it’s also close to Interstates 26 and 277, offering quick access to Columbia’s suburban shopping centers. Bonus: It’s a quick walk to scenic Riverfront Park. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; free wi-fi; business center; indoor convenience store; fitness center; swimming pool.

Five Points
Devine Street
Rosewood
Olympia


The Inn at Claussen’s
2003 Greene St., 765-0440
theinnatclaussens.com
You won’t find a swimming pool here, but you will find a charming brick hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places with 28 rooms, many recently renovated and each individually decorated in contemporary or traditional design. Located in the heart of Five Points, Claussen’s is a brief walk to a fantastic record store (Papa Jazz), an amazing burrito establishment (El Burrito) and a host of fine restaurants (Garibaldi’s, Saluda’s), cool clothiers (Sid and Nancy, Salty’s) and other hipster hangouts (Goatfeathers, The Gourmet Shop). Don’t bet on booking a post-St. Pat’s Festival room, though. Double-plus points for the complimentary wine served in the lobby every evening. Amenities: Free continental breakfast; free guest parking; non-smoking rooms; free Wi-Fi; lounge.

Northeast
Forest Acres
Fort Jackson
Blythewood
Camden


Bloomsbury Inn
1707 Lyttleton St. (Camden)
803-432-5858
bloomsburyinn.com
You want to be pampered? This is the place. The focus is on elegance, history and uncompromising detail in this 1849 home where South Carolina author Mary Boykin Chesnut penned her famed Diary From Dixie. Gourmet breakfast, luxury accommodations. Three miles from I-20.

Camden House Bed & Breakfast
1502 Broad St., 803-713-1013
www.camdenhouse.us
Completed in 1832, this four-room bed-and-breakfast is in the heart of downtown Camden. You’ll get classic comforts such as a Southern breakfast, afternoon tea, and a wine and cheese happy hour along with such modern amenities as wireless Internet and a swimming pool.

Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia North
8105 Two Notch Rd., 736-5600
Centrally located at the intersection of I-77 and Two Notch Rd, one mile from I-20 and 10 minutes from I-26. Business center, fitness room, free Wi-Fi, smoke-free.

Holiday Inn Express Suite Blythewood
120 Creech Rd., I-77 Exit 27, 803-333-0315
Located off I-77, Blythewood Road Exit 27, the Holiday Inn Express is roughly equidistant from Lake Murray to the northwest and Fort Jackson to the southeast.

Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia-Northeast
2320 Legrand Rd., 788-8850
Located off I-77 near the intersection of Farrow and Rabon roads, the Residence Inn is just around the corner from Providence Hospital Northeast and minutes away from Fort Jackson. Spacious suites come fully equipped with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker, as well as wireless Internet access.

Harbison/Irmo
Lake Murray
Lexington
St. Andrews


Comfort Suites Lexington
325 W. Main St. (Lexington), 996-2000
A 100 percent non-smoking hotel, Comfort Suites Lexington also offers 32-inch flat-screen TVs with premium channels and a DVD player; free wired and wireless high-speed Internet access; cordless speakerphone with voice mail; a hair dryer; microwave and more.

Hilton Garden Inn
434 Columbiana Dr. (Harbison), 407-6640
Business-friendly rooms equipped wireless, high-speed Internet. Guestrooms have refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and cable TV. Also offers fitness room, pool and laundry facilities.

Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia Airport
500 Chris Dr. (West Columbia), 391-4000
Columbia’s first eco-friendly non-smoking hotel designed for LEED certification, the eco-friendly rooms boast flat-panel TVs and ample work space; the hotel also offers meeting spaces, business and fitness centers, and a high-energy sports bar on the ground level.

Hyatt Place Columbia Harbison
1130 Kinley Rd. (Harbison), 407-1560
Spacious and upscale, minutes from downtown, state offices, USC, Columbia Conference Center, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, sporting venues, Lake Murray, Columbia Metropolitan Airport and some of the best dining and shopping in the Columbia area. Free continental breakfast, complimentary fitness center, free Wi-Fi.

Wingate By Wyndham Columbia
108 Saluda Pointe Court (Lexington), 957-5000
lexingtonwingate.com
Situated at the intersection of I-20 and Highway 378. Offers free Continental breakfast; high-speed, wireless Internet access; high-quality mattresses and pillows; in-room safe; 24-hour business center; fitness room; and whirlpool.
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Bites & Sights: Columbia, SC Visitors Guide

Columbia SC Nightlife

Where to Drink
By Free Times
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 |

Bites & Sights
Where to Eat: Bites
What to Do: Attractions
Where to Drink: Nightlife
Where to Stay: Accommodations
Calendar of Events




Liberty Tap Room in the Vista offers 75 tap and bottled beer varieties to choose from. file photo

Do you love the nightlife? Love to boogie on the disco ‘round? Or maybe you love rock ‘n’ roll, and putting dimes in the jukebox?

Or maybe you’re just looking for a place to watch the big game, or to take your special friend for a quiet (or not-so-quiet) night on the town. 

No matter your preference, Columbia’s diverse nightlife scene has you covered. Whether it’s the beer list at Flying Saucer, the cozy bar at The Kraken, the people at Art Bar, rock ‘n’ roll at New Brookland Tavern or near-nightly night jazz at Speakeasy, there’s plenty of entertainment in these parts for all tastes and ages (well, all ages over 21, anyway). And if you live in the ‘burbs — yeah, there are plenty of places to drink there, too.

And even if you think you know the local scene, keep in mind that things are always changing — clubs open, close, change formats or managers, etc. So it’s a good idea to take a fresh look around every now and then — or just pick up your weekly issue of Free Times — and make sure you haven’t missed out on a new place you might love.

Downtown
Main Street
South Main/USC
North Main


Back Porch on Gervais
1616 Gervais St., 960-2585
Elegant bistro with a swanky bar. Sometimes hosts bands; porch has heaters.

Le Cafe Jazz
930 Laurel St., 400-1879
You want jazz? Stop by this jazz club in Finlay Park.

Cantina 76
Downtown: 1301 Main St., 764-1769
This Devine Street joint is abuzz with young women in cocktail dresses, couples on dates who come for the fancy tacos and stay for the excellent margaritas, made in all shapes, flavors and sizes with top-shelf tequilas. Family-friendly, too.

Columbia Soundstage
1800 Blanding St., 397-3895
thecolumbiasoundstage.com
Warehouse-type space near the Township hosts large hip-hop concerts and dance parties.

Hunter-Gatherer
900 Main St., 748-0540
huntergathererbrewery.com
More than the token local microbrew joint, H-G boasts awesome bartenders, scrumptious entrées and an excellent beer and liquor selection. Looking to impress your local-hipster date? You can’t go wrong here. Live jazz on Thursdays, too.

The Oak Table
1221 Main St., 563-5066
theoaktablesc.com
Come for the modern American cuisine, or just come for the deep bar and fantastic cocktails, including the rye-based Mac-hattan and the gin-based French Shogun.

The Palace II
6920 N. Main St., 834-4673
An upscale R&B club for the “prestigious and elite.”

Sheraton Rooftop Lounge
1400 Main St., 988-1400
Not for the acrophobic, the Sheraton’s hip Rooftop Lounge boasts a classy clientele, fine libations and desserts, plus a beautiful view of the Capital City.

Sheraton Vault Martini Bar
1400 Main St., 988-1400
Nestled within the bank’s original safe, the Vault Martini Bar is a popular hotspot for those who insist upon their martinis stirred, not shaken, and with a twist of sophistication.
 
The Vino Garage
2327 Main St., 834-3392
This Earlewood wine and beer shop also hosts a lot of tastings of hard-to-come-by wines and beers.

The Whig
1200 Main St., 931-8852
thewhig.org
The Whig used to be Columbia’s cool-kids-only bar, but its dollar-slice Mondays and cheap-taco Tuesdays have broadened its clientele to Greeks and Main Street urban professionals. Still has that rad jukebox.

Wine Down on Main
1520 Main St. Suite 1B, 673-4810
This small, cozy wine bar is charming and unassuming, offering select beers and complimentary hors d’oeuvres in addition to a large selection of traditional and offbeat wines.

The Vista


Art Bar
1211 Park St., 929-0198,
artbarsc.com
Art Bar’s been around for more than 21 years now, but it still hasn’t grown up: It’s still the same eclectic non-corporate nightspot it’s always been. Cool but never pretentious. Looking for that hot derby girl? She’s probably here.

Blue.
721A Lady St., 251-4447
Blue, a tapas bar and cocktail lounge, features Columbia’s only ice bar and draws in big crowds for its popular ’80s night on Wednesdays. Cozy late-night spot as well.

Carolina Ale House
708 Lady St., 227-7150
carolinaalehouse.com
Southeastern grille-and-grog chain offers good eats, a good beer selection and plenty of televised sports. Features the Vista’s hottest rooftop bar and plenty of fun drink specials.

Flying Saucer
931 Senate St., 933-9997
beerknurd.com
If you love beer, you’ve been to Flying Saucer. (You’re probably already a Beer Knurd, too.) If you love beer but haven’t been to Flying Saucer, you’re missing out on a hundreds-deep beer list stocked with beers you’ve never heard of, and beers you’ve only heard about in legend.

Gervais & Vine
620A Gervais St., 799-8463
gervine.com
Gervais & Vine offers a sophisticated yet approachable atmosphere for its exquisite Southern fusion tapas. Its extensive wine selection separates it from most of Columbia’s metropolitan haunts, and the diversity and daring of the menu make it hard to dislike.

Jet Nightlife
700B Gervais St., 708-8208
jetnightlife.com
Jet Nightlife offers a touch of big-city nightlife in lil’ ol’ Columbia, what with its bottle service, contemporary EDM DJs and VIP areas.

Jillian’s
800 Gervais St., 779-7789
jillianscolumbia.com
Games! TVs! Food! Beer! Housed in the historic Train Depot Building built in 1860, Jillian’s has been serving up entertainment in the heart of the Vista since 1997. Offers an arcade, billiard tables, a ping-pong table, and walls of huge flat-screen televisions, as well as an extensive list of imports, domestics, cocktails and libations. Also presents live music and entertainment.

Kelly’s
1001 Washington St., 254-4464
If this converted fire station reminds you of Five Points, it’s probably because its owners cut their teeth working for places like Group Therapy and Jungle Jim’s. These Gamecock fans host regular acoustic performances in addition to karaoke and open mic contests.

Liberty Tap Room
828 Gervais St., 461-4677
libertytaproom.com
Attention hipsters: If you’re looking for that hot roller derby girl, you might have taken a wrong turn. (She’s at Art Bar.) Young professionals, however, should find much to enjoy here between the clientele, much-acclaimed menu and massive beer list, which offers 75 tap and bottle varieties to choose from.

Lucky 13
920 Lady St., 764-4317
Feeling lucky? Try this new Vista nightclub, which boasts regional DJs, laser lights and weekend drink specials. VIP and bottle service, too, if you’re a real baller.

Mojitos Tropical Café
1004 Gervais St., 779-1717
Last year, 400,000 Americans visited the communist island of Cuba thanks to an easing of travel restrictions. If you want to visit a tropical nightlife paradise serving up delicious Cuban food, however, it’s a lot easier to just head to this enticing Vista locale.

Nonnah’s
930 Gervais St., 779-9599
nonnahs.com
Best known for its desserts, Nonnah’s is a good place to stop for coffee and drinks after dinner or a show.

The Oyster Bar
1123 Park St., 799-4484
oysterbarcolumbia.com
Serves up Gulf oysters, steamed and raw. The dressed-down atmosphere, excellent service and better-than-average beer selection will keep you coming back. Best of all? They shuck, you eat.

Pearlz
936 Gervais St., 661-7741
pearlzoysterbar.com
As an oyster bar, Pearlz specializes in all things bivalve mollusk. But its hip, trendy ambience and signature martinis make it a hotspot for Columbia’s young, urban professional crowd.

Pearlz Upstairs
936 Gervais St., 661-7741
pearlzoysterbar.com
Pearlz’ new upstairs lounge is a hotbed for hot local jazz, and, like its downstairs big brother, a hotspot for Columbia’s young, urban professional crowd.

PT’s 1109
1109 Assembly St., 253-8900
pts1109.com
You could live your whole life in Columbia and not know this gay bar exists, and, frankly, its regulars probably wouldn’t mind all that much. Conversely, this haunt is a treasure to the folks who frequent it.

SakiTumi
807 Gervais St., 931-0700
sakifresh.com
Sushi, sake and salacious servers ... what else could you want out of an über-hip Vista sushi bar?

Social
918 Gervais St., 603-4313
socialcolumbiasc.com
A hot new Vista hotspot, Social gets weird on the weekends, hosting paint parties, ice parties, inflatable wonderland parties, foam parties and all manner of events at which to get turnt.

Thirsty Fellow
621 Gadsden St., 799-1311
thirstyfellow.com
Launched by Willie Durkin — formerly of Shannon’s, Sneakers and Durkin’s — Thirsty Fellow serves up eclectic, delicious pizzas and offers a full bar.

Tin Roof
1022 Senate St., 771-1558
tinroof.com
Named Best Bar by Free Times readers in the 2013 Best of Columbia poll. Its calling cards: live music, good food and a laid-back atmosphere. Open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and into the night.

Tsunami
700-C Gervais St., 312-9911
tsunamicompany.com
Two chic sushi bars within two blocks of each other in the Vista? Be still our beating hearts! Tsunami’s elegant, contemporary atmosphere and ample seating area complements its extensive sake, wine and beer selection.

Uncle Fester’s
522 Devine St., 748-9897
While most of the Soda City’s bars are closing up shop on Sunday morning, this watering hole between Palmetto Pig and Todd & Moore keeps the party going. Always packed with a diverse clientele.

Uncle Louie’s
1125 Park St., 933-9833
Its no-frills, no-nonsense attitude has endeared this unassuming watering hole to a loyal legion of regulars, but there’s always room for more.

Wet Willie’s
800 Gervais St., 779-5650
wetwillies.com
How can you not love a bar that specializes in grain alcohol slushies? Er, excuse us, daiquiris.

The Wild Hare
902-B Gervais St., 929-0374
wildharesc.com
Three-time winner of the Best Sports Bar in the Best of Columbia poll. Serves up hefty portions of some hefty selections (try the potato cakes!), and earns points for televisions and attractive wait staff. Down-to-earth crowd.

Wild Wing Café
729 Lady St., 252-9464
wildwingcafe.com
Sure, Wild Wing Café has sandwiches, salads and soup, but the obvious draw is their 33 flavors of wings. If you can’t decide on one, get the sampler platter. Also boasts a ton of TVs, a party atmosphere and a steady stream of regional rock bands.

The Woody
808 Lady St., 779-9663
Named after popular Columbia oldies disc jockey Woody Windham, The Woody is a popular Vista spot for shag and salsa dancing, as well as a welcoming spot for partiers who aren’t in their 20s. You have to duck through an alley, but don’t let that ward you off. Offers nightly drink specials.

World of Beer
902F Gervais St., 509-6020
thevista.wobusa.com
Lagers and porters and stouts (and pales and ales and bocks), oh my! World of Beer offers more than 500 beers, stocking something for aficionados and neophytes alike. Wine and cigars, too, plus live music on the weekends. The suds bring the masses in, but the living-room atmosphere keeps ‘em coming back.

Five Points
Devine Street
Rosewood
Olympia


The Back Corner
634 Harden St., facebook.com/the-back-corner
Where does porn star Ron Jeremy hang out when he’s in town? At this Five Points ravery.

Bar None
620 Harden St., 254-3354
Open from happy hour until sunrise, Bar None is the last refuge of the late-night lush and the service industry worker. Try the smoked wings, when they’re available.

The Bird Dog
715 Harden St., 799-0611
It’s called The Bird Dog, ostensibly, because hanging on its walls, right next to mounted deer heads, are soft-hued paintings of hunting dogs staring pensively — tentatively, even, waiting for their prey to emerge — into wooded lakes. If that sounds like the setup for a Southern bar, well, it is: Drinks, often cheap and big, are served in Mason jars.
 
Breakers
801 Harden St., 771-6360
One of the biggest draws to Dr. Rocco’s was its outdoor patio, which offered an ideal Five Points people-watching spot. Breakers, now in the old Dr. Rocco’s space, keeps the patio, but the inside bar got an upscale makeover.

Cantina 76
2901 Devine St., 708-6004
cantina76.com
This Devine Street joint is abuzz with young women in cocktail dresses, couples on dates who come for the fancy tacos and stay for the excellent margaritas, made in all shapes, flavors and sizes with top-shelf tequilas. Family-friendly, too.
 
CJ’s
749 Saluda Ave., 748-8694
Its retractable exterior wall opens to reveal the Five Points fountain plaza, thus making CJ’s a great spot for taking in this colorful corner of Columbia.
   
Cock N Bull Pub
326 S. Edisto Ave., 251-4474
As British as you’ll get in Rosewood. Popular and laid-back, this neighborhood favorite has a small but stellar beer menu, and lots of soccer on TV.

Concocktions
724 Harden St., 256-8860
Offers exactly what you’d want from a Five Points sports bar: Cheap drinks, good vibes, sports. Stays open late. Live DJs, too.

Cover 3
711 Harden St., 533-7030
The Cover 3 is a zone defensive scheme in football with three deep coverage zones covered by two cornerbacks and one safety. It’s also a bar in Five Points in the old Bey’s spot.

Delaney’s
741 Saluda Ave., 779-2345
Delaney’s is as Irish as it comes here in the Bible Belt. Of course it has Guinness, but it also has quite an assortment of classy imports and plenty of good ol’ Irish grub. Wicked friendly staff, live music and a vibrant atmosphere round out the package — but get there early, as it fills up fast, especially on pint nights.
 
Foxfield Bar & Grille
406 Howard St., 728-0420
Even the spirits are organic at this local green bar; offers organic wines, beers, sake and liquors. Creative cocktails, too. Sometimes hosts punk shows.
  
Goatfeathers
2017 Devine St., 256-3325
Goatfeathers is the ideal habitat if you’re looking for that dark and mysterious, film-noir kind of ambience. The delicious food and gourmet desserts, perennially attractive staff, romance-conducive lighting and convenient Five Points locale make Goatfeathers one of Columbia’s all-time favorite hangouts.
  
Group Therapy
2107 Greene St., 256-1203
grouptherapybar.com
Columbia’s quintessential college bar, with cheap drinks, loud music and an outdoor oasis to escape the crowd. Group wrote the book on college partying in Columbia.

Henry’s
2865 Devine St., 708-4705
henrysgrillandbar.com
Henry’s champions the traditional neighborhood bar — and, equally importantly, brings terrific bar food. Comfortable and classy.

The Hookah Spot
617 Harden St., 661-8337
Grab a couch, sidle up to a hookah and get your smoke on.

Jake’s
2112 Devine St., 252-5253
jakesofcolumbia.com
Meet the new Jake’s — same as the old Jake’s. But that’s a good thing: The renewed Five Points institution is as friendly as ever, and offers the same variety of televised sports and multiple bar stations. Even better: Jake’s is bringing rock ‘n’ roll back to its hallowed hall.

Kildare’s Irish Pub
724 Harden St., 256-1390
Not, as far as we can tell, affiliated with the mid-Atlantic Irish pub chain of the same name. Nor, as far as we can tell, as frat-tastic as Jungle Jim’s, which used to occupy the space, was. We bet it’s busy on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Kraken Gastropub
2910 Rosewood Dr., 955-7408
Rosewood’s hip new bar, The Kraken has a great draft beer selection and signature beer-based cocktails along with a swanky menu and cozy-cool vibe.

Lucky’s
2100B Devine St., 929-1118
For the Vista experience in Five Points, Lucky’s is your place — good wine and beer selection and an outdoor patio.

Moosehead Saloon
2020 Devine St., 708-4984
A rock ‘n’ roll country bar. Kind of like Coyote Ugly. A little. Kind of.
 
Nicky’s Pizza
2123 Greene St., 748-9661
Need a slice to fuel another late night in Five Points? Drop by Nicky’s. Grab a beer while you’re there, too.

Nightcaps
2722 Devine St., 771-6575
An out-of-the-way place with respect to Five Points, Nightcaps has a pool table, a big-screen television, comfy lounge chairs and a good late-night atmosphere. A popular haven for those not ready to let the night end.
 
Pavlov’s
2000B Greene St.
Tucked behind the Salty Nut, Pavlov’s is a long-time stomping ground of college revelers and serves as hallowed ground for many in the fraternity and sorority circles.
 
Pawleys Front Porch
827 Harden St., 771-8001
Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Pawley’s is primarily known for its behemoth and fantastic specialty burgers, but it also caters to a late-night crowd on weekends. Especially good for game days, as it shows football games on its huge screen on its even huger deck.
 
Pinch
640 Harden St., 708-6838
Like Lucky’s next door, Pinch offers Vista atmosphere at Five Points prices. On-tap beers are rotated frequently, and frequently feature high-class offerings.
 
The Pour House
800 Harden St., 932-3033
Next to the always overflowing Group Therapy, The Pour House has a good drink selection at prices that won’t send you to the poor house.
 
Publick House
2307 Devine St., 256-2207
Exceptional beer selection, challenging trivia, hip music selection, über-friendly staff, good burgers and the best raw fries around.
 
Rockaway Athletic Club
2719 Rosewood Dr., 256-1075
Exquisite burgers, low-key atmosphere and a nice, amply stocked bar. Plus, lots of sports on TV and a corner nook with arcade games.
 
Salty Nut Cafe
2000 Greene St., 256-4611
Hooray! The Salty Nut, closed for about a year after an arsonist torched it, has re-opened, and reclaimed its rightful place as a favorite Five Points watering hole. Yes, you can still throw peanut shells on the floor.

Sharky’s
636 Harden St., 799-8337
A favorite Five Points hangout since 1985, Sharky’s has repeatedly nabbed the Best College Bar award in Free Times’ Best of Columbia issue. House favorites: Bud Light, Jack Daniels and kamikaze shots with Southern Comfort. After the partying, Sharky’s keeps things safe by offering free cab rides.
 
The Southern Belly
1332 Rosewood Dr., 799-5212
southernbellybbq.com
Still-pretty-new Rosewood hangout offers live music and a stocked bar to go with its laid-back feel and slow-cooked ‘cue.

Speakeasy
711 Saluda Ave., 255-0869
delaneysspeakeasy.com
Now home to live jazz more nights of the week than not, Delaney’s classy, hip younger sibling also boasts a fine liquor selection, great beers and a top-notch staff, as well as fine cigars and comfy leather couches. Also hosts the Science Café series.
 
The Tavern on Greene
2002C Greene St., 252-7265
Perhaps unfairly labeled as a hippie bar — though it is especially welcome to Dead, Spread and Phish heads — the Tavern on Greene is a late night hangout for local musicians and party people alike. An underrated and often overlooked Five Points institution.
 
The Thirsty Parrot
734 Harden St., 708-4768
Like Jimmy Buffett? You’ll most likely dig this place, which offers fine burgers and spirits in an easygoing atmosphere.
 
TLC Sports Bar and Grill
936 S. Stadium Rd., 251-3087
Built to withstand even the toughest of game days, this ultimate Gamecock bar, located within a stone’s throw of Williams-Brice, offers enough food, drink and fun to satisfy even the most orange-blooded Clemson fan.

Utopia
3830A Rosewood Dr., 733-2222
Cozy is the name of the game here — this Rosewood neighborhood bar offers an off-the-beaten-path haven for eating, drinking, catching up with friends and taking in some tunes from its frequent guest singer-songwriters.
 
Village Idiot
2009 Devine St., 252-8646
villageidiotpizza.com
Columbia’s quintessential college-town pizza joint in a pub atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to enjoy delicious fare, cold beer, wallet-friendly weekly specials and a heaping helping of revelry. Serving New York-style pizza since 1990. Dine in, pick up or delivery, and menu also features salads, sandwiches and wings.

Yesterdays Restaurant and Tavern
2030 Devine St., 799-0196
yesterdayssc.com
A great place for an undergrad to take his or her squeeze out for dinner without maxing out the credit card. Good food, above-average beer and liquor selection. Bar in the back has its own entrance on Devine Street. A veritable Columbia landmark since 1978.

State Street
Vista West
West Columbia/Cayce


@116 Espresso & Wine Bar
116 State St., 791-5663
116state.com
A coffee shop that serves gourmet food and booze? Be still our beating hearts! Dig those specialty cocktails; also serves an extensive assortment of wines. Small, but cozy. A good date spot.

Bogart’s
530 12th St., 791-4617
A friendly Triangle City neighborhood bar. Free pool on Saturdays.

Callaway’s Bar & Grill
2410 Augusta Rd., 926-1199
Pool tables, big-screen TVs and food: What more do you want from a sports bar?

Conundrum Music Hall
626 Meeting St., 250-1295
conundrum.us
A hub for avant-garde music, offering weird, wild and wonderful avant-jazz, contemporary classical and out-there prog ensembles. Stocks beer and wine, but no liquor.

Deeanne’s Sports Bar
1306 Charleston Hwy., 739-2303
A private sports bar in West Columbia.

New Brookland Tavern
122 State St., 791-4413
newbrooklandtavern.com
New Brookland Tavern is best known for being Columbia’s go-to spot for live local, regional and national live music, but it’s a damn fine bar, too, offering a fine array of specials and a bar stocked with much more than Pabst Blue Ribbon served up by friendly staff.

Platinum West 
1995 Old Dunbar Rd.,
theplatinumplus.com
Exactly like Platinum Plus, but in West Columbia.

Red Door Tavern
134 1/2 State St., 708-6066
Housed in the renovated space formerly occupied by the Red Tub, Red Door is a deli and late-night spot on State Street, offering cheap drinks and pub food. Host local art and local acoustic musicians, too. Plus: Pinball!

Rooster’s Den
1215 Augusta Rd., 794-8200
A members-only bar in Triangle City.

The Skyline Club
100 Lee St., 822-8608
Where do you go in Columbia if you want to do the Boot-Scootin’ Boogie? This line-dancing bar near the airport, that’s where.

State Street Pub
136 State St., 796-2006
An across-the-bridge institution, State Street Pub wins its crowd with pool, cheap beer, sports and plenty of charm. Loads of beers on tap. You’ll need to be a member, but you should be.

Northeast
Forest Acres
Fort Jackson
Blythewood
Camden


Ale House Lounge
12 Tommy Circle, 771-0161
An off-the-beaten-path hole-in-the-wall not without its charms.

Comedy House
2768 Decker Blvd., 798-9898
comedyhouse.us
Regional and national comedy acts stopping by regularly. Offers a full menu with steak, shrimp, chicken, burgers, sandwiches and appetizers.

Hooters
7711 Two Notch Rd., 419-3456
hooters.com
The same people who justify buying Playboy for the articles probably justify going to Hooters for its food. A guy’s hangout if there ever was one, Hooters is famous for its wings and women — both of which can get pretty hot.

Kwagga
108 Columbia Northeast Dr., 865-2859
A South African sports bar. No. Really.

The Mouse Trap
2711 Middleburg Dr., 799-2120
One of this town’s hidden gems, the bar is located beneath an office building in Middleburg Park. Perhaps its location is why it’s frequented by local celebrities such as former Gamecock football players, but the real draw is its incredible comfort food.

Off the Rail
10327 Two Notch Rd., 708-4817
Nightly shot specials.

The Pizza Joint
3246 Forest Drive, 454-1743
thepizzajoint.net
Come for the pizza, stay for the surprisingly highfalutin beer selection. Hey, your bar options are limited in Forest Acres.

Polliwog’s
10005 Two Notch Rd., 736-5775
polliwogsc.com
This state-of-the-art sports bar offers an attractive selection of viewing and dining possibilities. And if you hate sports, there’s always karaoke.

Salsa Cabana
2005 N. Beltline Blvd., 787-1052
This weekend spot is one of the few places in town where you can go to find authentic salsa music, dancing and flair.

Salud!
1101 Broad St., 425-4850
Taqueria and tequila lounge is the place to catch live jazz in Camden.

Serenity
301 Rice Meadow Way, 736-8228
Serenity now! A country-ish restaurant by day and lounge by night.

Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar
841-4 Sparkleberry Lane, 788-6966
solsticekitchen.com
Named Best Neighborhood Bar in northeast Columbia by readers in the 2013 Best of Columbia poll, and for good reason: It’s a great place to relax with a fancy cocktail.

Taps Pub & Restaurant
104-B Columbia NE Dr., 699-4657
Patriotically themed pub.

Tsubaki
224 10 O’Neill Ct., 736-7474
Love karaoke? You’ll love Tsubaki, where the karaoke is as authentically Japanese as next-door Inakaya’s sushi.

The Venue
1020 Broad St., 713-8333
This laid-back venue is the place to catch live music in Kershaw County, offering everything from singer-songwriters to popular local and regional rock acts.

Wild Wing Café
480 Town Center Place, Suite 2;
865-3365, wildwingcafe.com
Sure, Wild Wing Café has sandwiches, salads and soup, but the obvious draw is its 33 flavors of wings. If you can’t decide on one, get the sampler platter. Also boasts a ton of TVs, a party atmosphere and a steady stream of regional rock bands.

Harbison/Irmo
Lake Murray
Lexington
St. Andrews



Baja Broiler
1345 Old Chapin Rd., 356-0040
bajabroiler.net
Freshly made Southwestern food and wings, weekly karaoke and occasional live music on the weekends make this a Lexington County hotspot.

Bentley’s Beach House
1605 N. Lake Dr., 808-7263
A popular stop for Lexington locals located near the Lake Murray Dam. Family-friendly; cheap eats, cheaper drinks.

British Bulldog Pub
1220 E10 Bowers Pkwy., 227-8918
thebritishbulldogpub.com
A British pub in the middle of Irmo’s urban sprawl? Rad. A dinner menu of traditional U.K. cuisine is augmented with specials on Guinness and Irish whiskeys, but the Bulldog doesn’t forget us Yanks, offering basketball (and soccer, too) on big-screen televisions and multiple, cold domestics.

Buckets II
114 Glassmaster Rd., 520-8375
Hot grill, cold brews. Need we say more?

Carolina Ale House
277 Columbiana Dr., 407-6996
carolinaalehouse.com
Southeastern chain grille-and-grog offers good eats, a good beer selection and plenty of televised sports.

Carolina Wings & Rib House
105 Northpoint Dr., 356-6244
carolinawings.com
What can we say about this Columbia institution? There’s one in almost every neighborhood, they carry a good selection of bottled beers, and the assortment of buffalo wing flavors is enticing, too.

Copper River Grill
1230 B8 Bower Parkway, 749-4647
copperrivergrill.com
Copper River Grill is a destination drinking spot for the entire Irmo/St. Andrews area. A super-large bar area means you’ll always have someplace to sit, but it still gets crowded the later the night progresses. Extensive menu along with beer, wine and specialty cocktails like the Copper River Caramel Apple Martini and the Killer Whale Chocolate Martini.

Corner Pocket
489 Piney Grove Rd., 731-0403
Karaoke, cover bands and lots of pool. (Hence Corner Pocket. Get it?) Wannabe pool sharks are welcome — but be ready to meet your match.

Exclusive Reggae Bar & Grill
1004 Zimalcrest Dr., 798-2119
exclusivereggaegrill.com
If I and I been away from the island too long, this bar provides a taste of Jamaica, mon.

Finz Seafood House
211 Chapin Rd., 941-7148
Nothing fishy about this cozy Chapin watering hole, which often books singer-songwriters and small cover bands.

Goodfellas Grill & Bar
7608 U.S. 378., 951-4663
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to hang out at a laid-back bar in Lexington.

Hemingway’s
7467 St. Andrews Rd., 749-6020
A neighborhood institution in Irmo for years, Hemingway’s has been the watering hole of choice there for several reasons. Not content to do just one thing well, Hemingway’s is a sports bar, a great restaurant and a nice little music club all rolled into one. Papa would approve.

Hooters
5195 Fernandina Rd., 407-9464
hooters.com
The same people who justify buying Playboy for the articles probably justify going to Hooters for its food. A guy’s hangout if there ever was one, Hooters is famous for its wings and women — both of which can get pretty hot.

Keg Cowboy
108 E. Main St., 520-0404
kegcowboy.com
A retail store, yes, but one with its own craft beer tavern — with some seriously adventurous stuff — and its own outdoor garden. Lovely.

Liberty on the Lake
1602 Marina Rd., 667-9715
Yo dog, we heard you love Liberty Tap Room so we put a Liberty on the lake so you can Liberty at the Lake. Offers all the accoutrements of Liberty’s downtown drinkery with the added scenery of Lake Murray. Forty-eight beers on tap. Forty-eight!

Main Street Café
131 E. Main St., 808-5886
mainstreetcafelexington.com
This little Greek restaurant is tucked into a storefront space on Main Street in downtown Lexington. With happy hour specials and live local music several nights a week, it’s a great way for Lexington residents to enjoy dinner and some entertainment without having to travel into Columbia.

McCary’s Sports Bar
851 Bush River Rd., 551-5680
Typically places high in the annual Best of Columbia poll, and for good reason: Good selection, good atmosphere.

Outt Saloon
1573 S. Lake Dr., 359-0458
Private sports bar in Red Bank. Hosts live music.

Platinum Plus
362 Jacob Rd., 731-0555
Good (or bad): The girls at Platinum Plus take their clothes off. Better (or worse): Platinum Plus serves booze.

Rusty Anchor
1925 Johnson Marina Rd., 749-1555
rustyanchorrestaurant.com
Sliding glass doors opened most of the year offer a great view of Lake Murray. And live entertainment on The Quarterdeck outside jazzes up the summer months.

Schooners
6226 Bush River Rd., 661-6138
schoonersbarandgrill.com
On the eastern shores of Lake Murray by the confluence of Bush River Road, North Lake Drive and Lake Murray Boulevard, Schooners is a simple unassuming bar and grill, offering daily specials, cheap wings, televisions and live music.

Tipsy Toad Tavern
103 Beaufort St., 932-4470
A godsend to the culturally deprived lake area, the Tipsy Toad features a good beer selection and Vista-style atmosphere.

Tsunami
1290 Bower Pkwy.,407-3873
tsunamicompany.com
Like its sister Vista location, Tsunami’s elegant, contemporary atmosphere and ample seating area complement its extensive sake, wine and beer selection.

The Wild Hare
5122 Bush River Rd., 213-1300
wildharesc.com
A sports bar with plenty of TVs, pool tables and dartboards, this location also offers an outdoor bar area with a sand volleyball court. Named Best Sports Bar in the Best of Columbia poll for three years running.

Wild Wing Café
1150 Bower Pkwy., 749-9464
wildwingcafe.com
Sure, Wild Wing Café has sandwiches, salads and soup, but the obvious draw is its 33 flavors of wings. If you can’t decide on one, get the sampler platter. Also boasts a ton of TVs, a party atmosphere and a steady stream of regional rock bands.

Wings ‘n’ Ale
154 Ellis Ave., 359-4475
Specializing in wings, beer and pool, Wings ‘n’ Ale has an ample supply of all three. If you’re looking for a place where the odds of getting a table are better than making a masse shot, this is it. Classic and modern rock flows as freely as the brew. Not your khaki and button-down crowd.



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Bites & Sights: Columbia, SC Visitors Guide

Columbia SC Attractions

What to Do
By Free Times
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 |

Bites & Sights
Where to Eat: Bites
What to Do: Attractions
Where to Drink: Nightlife
Where to Stay: Accommodations
Calendar of Events



New markers along Main Street highlight important events in Columbia’s civil rights history. Photo by Patrick Wall

Columbia is full of history — and historical attractions. Even the Publix in the Vista carries a whiff of Civil War history, occupying a building that once printed Confederate currency. But it’s not just war sites that you need to see: Statewide, South Carolina has 1,300 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our attractions aren’t all ancient, either — see, for example, the monument to Hootie & the Blowfish in Five Points.

This year, the city has been concentrating on its civil rights history, a lot of which happened in downtown Columbia. There are now seven markers along Main Street commemorating key local events and people, among them Sarah Mae Flemming, a black domestic worker who was accused in 1954 by a bus driver of sitting in the whites-only area; the incident preceded the famous Rosa Parks incident and led to a significant court ruling after the NAACP filed a lawsuit on Flemming’s behalf.

Columbia’s biggest attraction of all is the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, which draws approximately 1 million visitors per year. Opened in 1974, the zoo occupies 170 acres along the Lower Saluda River and houses some 2,000 animals in natural habitat exhibits; 70 of those acres are devoted to Riverbanks Botanical Garden, which features woodlands, gardens, historic ruins, plant collections and a visitor facility.

Other top destinations in the city include the South Carolina State Museum, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Congaree National Park, the Columbia Museum of Art, Three Rivers Greenway, Colonial Life Arena, the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, the Robert Mills Houses and more.

The Columbia Museum of Art explores fascinating Art Deco works with Japan and the Jazz Age, which runs through April 20. The South Carolina State Museum is showing the exhibition Mama, Let’s Make a Moon, which features illustrations from Clay Rice’s children’s book of the same name. EdVenture Children’s Museum showcases the life cycle of 20 types of butterflies in Blooming Butterflies, which is on view until October. Disney on Ice comes to the Colonial Life Arena April 17 through 20. And the Township Auditorium has John Legend on April 16, Old Crow Medicine Show on April 24 and The Ultimate Doo Wop Show on May 3.


Downtown
USC
South Main 


It used to be that Main Street was overlooked as an entertainment district, but things are changing downtown. In addition to all the history you can soak up at the State House, there’s a burgeoning cultural life, too. The Soda City farmers market is bustling on Saturday mornings; Columbia’s home of independent film, the Nickelodeon Theatre, is on the 1600 block of Main Street; Drip Coffee services downtown dwellers’ caffeine addictions and provides a much-needed meeting spot; Good Life Café offers awesome raw vegan; The Whig is one of the hippest bars in town; and the Columbia Museum of Art has a steady stream of exhibitions and events to help keep culture alive downtown. There’s also a Brazilian steakhouse, Cowboy. Coming soon: The Hub, which will bring 1,200 new residents to the area. Bottom line: One step at a time, things are happening downtown.

Just south of the State House is a string of establishments catering largely to university types and state employees. Among the options within a few-block radius: Indian and Middle Eastern food; coffee; sandwiches; frozen yogurt; hot dogs; ice cream; bagels and locally brewed beers at Hunter-Gatherer.

African-American History Monument
State House grounds 
The backstory of this monument goes back to 1994, when state Sen. John Courson put forward a grand bargain that would link removing the Confederate Flag from the State House dome (but keeping it on State House grounds) with creating an African-American history monument. That initial proposal didn’t pass, but eventually a compromise came together and the monument was dedicated in 2001. A citizens’ committee reviewed proposals from more than 40 artists and selected Colorado artist Ed Dwight from among them. The result is a 12-panel sculpture representing key aspects of the African-American experience. 

Busted Plug Plaza 
1400 Block of Taylor St. 
It’s still on Taylor Street now, but it won’t be for long. Artist Blue Sky’s giant metallic fire hydrant needs a new home, as its host, AgFirst, is moving from Taylor to Main Street. City Council has tentative plans to move the sculpture to Finlay Park and build a splash pad next to it.

Columbia Museum of Art 
Main and Hampton streets, 799-2810 
columbiamuseum.org
Exhibitions! Concerts! Beer! The museum’s traveling exhibitions span the full range of art history, while its permanent collection emphasizes European fine and decorative arts. Of course, the art is always a key draw when you’re talking about an art museum, but there’s also a ton of other events happening here: the 20-something-oriented Arts & Draughts series, the acclaimed Chamber on Main series, plus lots of lectures, films and more.

Conquest Brewing
947 S. Stadium Rd., 712-3063
conquestbrewing.com
Columbia’s first production craft brewery, opened in 2013, has a tasting room open Wednesday through Sunday.

Elmwood Cemetery
501 Elmwood Ave.
OK, so maybe hanging out in a cemetery isn’t your idea of fun. But this cemetery is full of history — and Civil War history in particular. Established in 1854, Elmwood Cemetery covers 168 acres and includes an area dedicated to Confederate soldiers. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Finlay Park 
930 Laurel St., 545-3100
Truth be told, Finlay Park (opened in 1991) has seen better days, as it’s become the city’s unofficial haven for the homeless. Nonetheless, it can still be a good place for a walk amid the hustle of downtown, and kids love its two play areas. It could also get a boost with the move of the Busted Plug sculpture and an accompanying splash pad. Also hosts occasional concerts and festivals. Located behind the Assembly Street post office. 

Governor’s Mansion 
800 Richland St., 737-1710 
scgovernorsmansion.org
Built in 1855 as a residence for officers of the Arsenal Military Academy, Gen. Sherman’s troops spared the building at the end of the Civil War and it became the official Governor’s Mansion in 1868.

Hampton-Preston Mansion 
1615 Blanding St., 252-7742
historiccolumbia.org 
Built in 1818, the Hampton-Preston Mansion opened for tours in 1970; its rooms reflect the Federal period to the early postbellum years. 

Koger Center 
1051 Greene St., 777-7500
koger.sc.edu 
The Koger Center is operated by USC and has served as Columbia’s primary facility for the performing arts since 1989. Seats just over 2,000. 

Mann-Simons Cottage 
1403 Richland St., 252-7742
historiccolumbia.org 
One of only a few houses in South Carolina owned by free blacks in antebellum days and preserved as a historic house museum. Celia Mann and her descendants owned the house from the mid-19th century until 1970. The house serves as the focal point for the annual Jubilee Festival. 
  
McMaster Gallery
1615 Senate St., 777-7480
www.cas.sc.edu/art
A small, unassuming gallery tucked away inside USC’s Department of Art, McMaster is nonetheless a gem of the city’s visual arts scene. Features student and faculty exhibitions along with contemporary traveling shows.

McKissick Museum
USC Horseshoe, 777-7251
www.cas.sc.edu/mcks
Offers exhibits relating to the cultural, political and natural history of South Carolina and the southeastern United States.

Modjeska Monteith Simkins House
2025 Marion St.
Built between 1890 and 1895, this one-story cottage was the home of Modjeska Simkins, a leader in South Carolina’s civil rights movement and the first woman to serve as state secretary of the state NAACP. At a time when blacks could not stay at city hotels, Simkins’ home offering a gathering space and lodging for many civil rights figures, including Thurgood Marshall.

Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main St., 254-8234
nickelodeon.org
Specializing in foreign and independent films, the Nickelodeon moved into the spot of the former Fox Theatre on Main Street in 2012. Also presents the popular annual Indie Grits Film Festival.

Palmetto Trail
palmettoconservation.org
Conceived in 1994 as a statewide series of linked trails, the Palmetto Trail features 315 miles of completed paths thus far. In the Midlands, the 7.5-mile Capital City Passage is an urban section of the trail going from Riverfront Park to Fort Jackson.

Ponder Art Gallery
(Benedict College)
1600 Harden St., 705-4605
benedict.edu
Features works by black artists.

Randolph Cemetery
Elmwood Ave. at I-26
historicrandolphcemetery.org
Founded on land purchased from Elmwood Cemetery in 1872, Randolph Cemetery is the first cemetery established specifically for Columbia’s black community. Prior to the cemetery’s founding, blacks were buried along with poor whites near the river in a potter’s field. But in 1871, 19 local black leaders came together to establish a respectable place for burial for blacks; it is named in honor of Senator Benjamin Franklin Randolph.

Renaissance Cultural Arts Center
renaissancefoundationsc.org
To be located on the corner of Sumter and Taylor streets in the building once occupied by the Bethel AME Church, the Renaissance Cultural Arts Center aims to be a focal point for arts and history downtown.

Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden 
I-126 at Greystone Blvd., 779-8717
riverbanks.org 
From reptiles to birds and everything in between, Riverbanks Zoo is by far Columbia’s biggest tourism draw. Home to more than 2,000 animals and a 70-acre botanical garden, Riverbanks also sports a 3-D theater, a ropes course and hosts popular annual events such as Boo at the Zoo, Brew at the Zoo and Lights Before Christmas. 
  
Robert Mills House and Garden 
1616 Blanding St., 252-7742 
historiccolumbia.org
The Robert Mills House is best known for its namesake, who also designed the Washington Monument. Open for tours, it is one of only five National Historic Landmarks in the city. 

South Carolina State House 
Main Street at Gervais Street 
scstatehouse.net
More than 50 years after its original inception in 1851, architect Charles C. Wilson finally completed the building, calling it “one of the most notable buildings of the world.” Others disagreed, with one legislative observer calling the dome “nothing short of a miserable fraud.” Call 734-2430 or visit scstatehouse.net for tour information. 

Seibels House 
1601 Richland St., 252-7742 
historiccolumbia.org 
Built in the late 18th century, the Seibels House now serves as the Historic Columbia Foundation office and is a popular spot for weddings. Historic Columbia was chartered in 1961 to prevent the loss of the Robert Mills House and now is involved in many aspects of historic preservation in Columbia.  

Soda City Market
1500 Block of Main Street
stateplate.org
Held every Saturday morning, the Soda City market was launched by former state Agriculture Commissioner candidate Emile DeFelice. Offers sustainably produced meat and produce, as well as fresh bakery items, crafts and other locally produced goods.

Sylvan Building 
1500 Main St. 
Where’s the Sylvan Building? Just look for that old clock at the corner of Main and Hampton streets. Built between 1868 and 1870, The Sylvan Building was the first large building constructed in Columbia after Union soldiers burned the city on Feb. 17, 1865. Now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 

Tapp’s Arts Center
644 Main St., 988-0013
tappsartscenter.com
Tapp’s Arts Center officially opened in 2011 and has become a focal point for Main Street’s move toward cultural relevance. Presents visual arts exhibitions and offers artist studios. Also hosts a range of arts-related events and is available for rentals.

Town Theatre
1012 Sumter St., 799-2510
towntheatre.com
Built in 1924, Town Theatre is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest continuously operating community theater building in the country; presents family-friendly musicals and other productions.
 
Three Rivers Greenway
riveralliance.org, 765-2200
Columbia has come a long way on its riverfront development in the past few years, and the designation this spring of the Three Rivers Greenway as a National Recreation Trail underlines the point. The Three Rivers Greenway provides 9.5 miles of linked river access and will eventually cover 12 miles in Columbia, Cayce and West Columbia. The completed Cayce and West Columbia portions of the Greenway are already popular for walking and running, and the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre hosts outdoor concerts and more.

Township Auditorium
1703 Taylor St., thetownship.org
First opened in 1930, the 3,000-plus-seat Township Auditorium has hosted such artists as Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, Pink Floyd and The Clash. Reopened in 2010 after a $12 million facelift, the Township brings everything from R&B, country and rock acts to wrestling, comedy and dance.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral & Cemetery
1100 Sumter St.
Originally dedicated in 1814, Trinity Episcopal grew into a new building in 1847, one designed by Edward Brickell White and modeled after York Cathedral in England. Today, it’s one of the nation’s 20 largest Episcopal churches in the country and recently completed a major renovation. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice James F. Byrnes and six governors are buried in its cemetery.

Tunnelvision
Taylor and Marion streets
Artist Blue Sky’s Busted Plug is moving from this location because its host, AgFirst, is moving its offices. But will they paint over the mural? We doubt it. Tunnelvision, a 1975 wall mural of a road running through a tunnel, is an iconic piece of local public art. Don’t drive by this thing when you’re stoned unless you feel like totaling your car. 

USC Horseshoe 
900 Block of Sumter St., 777-8161 
Little do most of the frolicking young college students on the gorgeous USC Horseshoe know — or care, probably — that Robert Mills, the nation’s first federal architect, designed several buildings there, as well as the Maxcy Monument, named for the first president of the college, Jonathan Maxcy. 

Woodrow Wilson Family Home 
1705 Hampton St., 252-7742
woodrowwilsonhome.com
Woodrow Wilson’s family didn’t spend much time in Columbia, but we have to take what we can get. The family moved to town in 1870, moved into the home in 1872 and left two years later following a dispute over mandatory chapel service between Wilson’s father and the Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he taught. After years of renovations, the home re-opened Feb. 15.

Workshop Theatre
1136 Bull St., 799-6551
workshoptheatre.com
A popular community theater that has been branching out in recent years with increasingly ambitious works.


Vista
Riverfront
State Street
Vista West


If Five Points is Columbia’s primary haven for college students, then the Vista offers the same for post-college professionals. This converted warehouse district is largely known for its many dining options and art galleries, but it also sports some key attractions such as the Colonial Life Arena, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the South Carolina State Museum, as well as nightclubs, a theater and a grocery store (converted from a former Confederate printing plant). Home to such popular annual events as Vista Lights (a holiday season kick-off party), Artista Vista (a three-day gallery crawl in the spring), Viva La Vista (a food festival) and Art Bar Agora, the Vista also has an increasing number of residential options.

Just across the Gervais Street bridge sits an eclectic mix of nightspots, galleries, gift shops and restaurants. With its cheap rent, West Columbia has many of the amenities of its sister city across the river, with fewer hassles.

The Big Apple
1000 Hampton St., 252-7742
historiccolumbia.org
A debate still rages as to whether the phrase “The Big Apple” came to New York City from jazz or from horse racing (a 1930s N.Y.C. sports column was called “Around the Big Apple”). For Columbia’s sake, let’s go with the jazz theory: Once a local synagogue, The Big Apple later was turned into a juke joint where, in 1936, blacks invented a new dance, the Big Apple. Now popular for events and receptions.

Colonial Life Arena
801 Lincoln St.
Charge by phone: 1-877-489-2849
General Info: 576-9200
coloniallifearena.com
The 18,000-seat Colonial Center is the largest arena in South Carolina, hosting major concert and entertainment acts and serving as the home for USC men’s and women’s basketball.

Columbia Marionette Theater
401 Laurel St., 252-7366
cmtpuppet.org
Located near Riverfront Park, the Columbia Marionette Theater was founded in 1988 and presents children’s productions ranging from traditional fairy tales to educational shows. In 2009, founder Allie Scollon received a top national puppetry award.

EdVenture Children’s Museum
211 Gervais St., 779-3100
edventure.org
The South’s largest children’s museum, with more than 70,000 square feet of cool stuff to keep the kids occupied.

Riverfront Park
Laurel at Huger Street, 545-3100
columbiasc.net
Separating the Historic Columbia Canal and the Congaree River, Riverfront Park is a popular jogging and walking trail encompassing 167 acres just west of Huger Street.

South Carolina State Confederate Relic Room & Museum
301 Gervais St., 737-8095
www.crr.sc.gov
Believe it or not, the Confederate Relic Room actually has much more than Civil War memorabilia, with artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War to World War II. Located in the former mill that also houses the South Carolina State Museum.

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais St., 898-4921
southcarolinastatemuseum.org
Housed in the historic Columbia Mill building (built in 1893), the South Carolina State Museum has permanent and rotating exhibitions covering South Carolina’s cultural history, natural history, science, technology and art. The museum also brings in non-South Carolina-related blockbuster exhibitions.

Three Rivers Greenway
riveralliance.org, 765-2200
The Three Rivers Greenway will eventually provide 12 miles of linked river access to citizens of Columbia, Cayce and West Columbia. The completed portions of the Greenway are already popular for walking and running, and the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre hosts outdoor concerts and more.

Trustus Theatre
520 Lady St., 254-9732
trustus.org
Columbia’s leading progressively oriented theater company.


Five Points
Rosewood
Olympia
Southeast


Five Points is a college student’s playground, but it’s also much more. Home to the annual St. Pat’s festival — which draws thousands of music fans and partiers every year — Five Points offers an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and bars where you’ll find everything from coffee, hip clothes, books and records to deli sandwiches, burritos and more. And with the coveted tree-lined bungalows of Shandon just up the street, Five Points and Devine Street also have options for the post-college crowd, including numerous locally owned clothing stores and other retail spots, as well as several dining options.

Not far away in Rosewood, you’ll find a burgeoning residential and retail area anchored by Publix and sprinkled with eclectic spots to grab a drink such as the Kraken, Cock ‘N’ Bull Pub and Rockaways. Rosewood has its own signature events, too, among them the Rosewood Crawfish Festival and the Tasty Tomato festival.

Over in the historic mill village of Olympia, you’ll find a dynamic community space at 701 Whaley — which houses the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, a farmers market and hosts numerous local events — and Carolina Stadium, home of the Gamecock baseball team.

701 Center for Contemporary Art
701 Whaley St., 779-4571
701cca.org
Opened in the fall of 2008, the 701 Center for Contemporary Art has become an integral part of the local arts scene, hosting cutting-edge visual arts exhibitions, artist talks and more.

Carolina Stadium
431 Williams St.
University spokespeople will tell you that USC’s shining new baseball stadium (which opened in 2009) is located in the Innovista district, but locals know the area as Olympia. Regardless of where you place it, the 9,000-seat baseball stadium is indeed a bang-up place to watch USC’s always-strong team. And while your inner accountant might moan and grown as you’re shelling out all that cash on concessions, your inner environmentalist can take pride in the stadium’s hydrogen-powered scoreboard — yes, really.

Congaree National Park
nps.gov/cong, 776-4396
No, Congaree National Park is not in Rosewood, but if you head out Rosewood Drive to Bluff Road and keep going for 18 miles, you’re there. This 22,000-acre park boasts the largest old-growth, floodplain forest on the continent. It’s also an International Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area and a National Natural Landmark. Activities include hiking, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, nature walks and more. Located in Hopkins, 18 miles southeast of Columbia (S.C. 48 from Bluff Rd. or exit 5 off I-77).

Five Points Fountain 
Harden Street and Saluda Avenue 
The Five Points Fountain is a nice place to hang out with your coffee or lunch; it’s also ground zero for the Five Points After Five concert series, which presents local and regional bands on an outdoor stage. 

Five Points Retail
Five Points is for strolling, dining and shopping. Retail options are wide, encompassing everything from unique gifts at Portfolio Art Gallery to hip clothing and accessories at Sid and Nancy. When night falls, there are plenty of places to get your groove on, too (see Nightlife).

Hootie Monument
Remember that band with the song “Hold My Hand” that came out in the mid-’90s and sold an ungodly number of records? Those guys were from Columbia. Head to Santee Avenue, look at the big metal sculpture and read all about the many musical exploits of Hootie & The Blowfish. 

Shops on Devine
Just up the hill from Five Points on Devine Street are a string of high-quality, locally owned boutiques. From eco-friendly children’s clothes at K.D.’s Treehouse to ultra-cool furniture at Bohemian Home and high-end fashion at Pout and VanJean, Devine Street merchants specialize in some of the most unique and eclectic offerings in the city.

South Carolina Military Museum
1225 Bluff Road, 806-4440
scmilitarymuseum.com
Dedicated to honoring South Carolina’s National Guard and its citizen soldiers throughout history, from the late 17th century to the wars of the 21st century.

Visanska-Starks House
2214 Hampton St.
Featured on HGTV’s If Walls Could Talk, this historic home was built around 1900 and is located on Hampton Street in Historic Waverly. Barrett Visanska (1849-1932) — a Polish jeweler and founder of the Tree of Life Congregation — bought the house in 1913. John J. Starks, president of Benedict College, bought the house in 1938.

Vista Marketplace
711 Whaley St., vista.locallygrown.net
Held every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Offers locally grown food, locally made wares and brunch.

Williams-Brice Stadium
1125 George Rogers Blvd., 777-4271
uscsports.cstv.com
Situated close to both Rosewood and Olympia, Williams-Brice Stadium is party central during football season, with fans spilling into both Five Points and the Vista after games. Since being built in 1934 by the Works Progress Administration — you know, that leftist agency started by FDR — Williams-Brice has served as the site of lots of drunken football revelry, a U2 concert and an appearance by Obama and Oprah during the 2008 campaign.


Northeast
Forest Acres
Fort Jackson
Blythewood
Camden


Home to the wonderful Sesquicentennial State Park, the Northeast also sports several golf courses, farmers markets, the enormous Village at Sandhill retail complex, the expansive Lake Carolina residential development and top-notch schools that keep residents coming.

Cobblestone Park Golf Club
280 University Club Parkway (Blythewood), 714-2620
cobblestoneparkgolfclub.com
A 27-hole golf course formerly known as the University Club. Features panoramic views with rolling hills and beautiful oaks and pines.

Columbia Children’s Theatre
3400 Forest Drive, 691-4548
columbiachildrenstheatre.com
A nonprofit, professional theater offering educational and entertainment opportunities to children and families.

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton St., Camden, 803-425-7676
fineartscenter.org
Presents community-oriented theater, music, dance and exhibitions, as well as the annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival. 

Fort Jackson Museum
4442 Jackson Blvd., 751-7419
jackson.army.mil/Museum
Acquires and exhibits Fort Jackson-related artifacts dating to the fort’s founding in 1917.

Golf Blythewood
1084 Langford Rd. (Blythewood), 754-8600
golfclubsc.com
With its winding streams, towering hardwoods and picturesque lake, this course has been consistently ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best places to play in South Carolina. Designed by Ken Killian, the course is challenging but also playable for golfers at all levels.

Golf Club at Crickentree
1084 Langford Rd. (Blythewood), 754-8600
golfclubsc.com
Operated by the Golf Club of South Carolina, Crickentree is a meticulously maintained course along Lake Carolina. Has hosted the U.S. Open qualifying round, the USGA Junior Tournament, Columbia’s City Amateur tournament and numerous tour events.

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
historic-camden.net
We’ll spare you the suspense: The Americans got their asses handed to them at the 1780 Battle of Camden. Some 233 years later, though, we’re over it. Hosts a Battle of Camden Remembrance Day each August, Revolutionary War Field Days each November and other events throughout the year.

S.C. Archives and History Center
8301 Parklane Rd., 896-6100
scdah.sc.gov
Popular for researching family history. With a wealth of local, state and federal documents, the center encourages the general public as well as scholars, students, lawyers and others to make use of its resources, and staffers are on hand to help speed your search. The center also presents exhibitions and public programs, and has a gift shop.

Sesquicentennial State Park
9564 Two Notch Rd., 788-2706
southcarolinaparks.com
This 1,419-acre park features a 30-acre lake surrounded by trails, picnic areas and campsites. Also offers boating, fishing, swimming, meeting facilities and trails. Trails include a 6.1-mile mountain bike trail, a 1.9-mile nature trail, and a 3.5-mile walking and jogging trail. Located 13 miles northeast of Columbia on Two Notch Road.

South Carolina Railroad Museum
110 Industrial Park Rd. (Winnsboro), 803-712-4135
scrm.org
Everybody loves trains, right? Take an hour-long ride, stroll through historic train cars and check out the hats, whistles and other train paraphernalia in the gift shop.

U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum
4442 Jackson Blvd., 751-7419
Commemorates Fort Jackson’s prominent role in training American soldiers by acquiring and exhibiting artifacts dating to the fort’s founding in 1917.

Village at Sandhill
481 Town Center Place, 419-0235
villageatsandhillonline.com
Located off I-20 (Exit 80, Clemson Road), the Village at Sandhill is a testament to the growth of Columbia’s Northeast region. Primarily a massive retail development — with major stores including Aeropostale, American Eagle, Bath and Body Works, Belk, Books-A-Million, Gamestop, Gymboree, Rice Music House, Victoria’s Secret and many more — the Village at Sandhill also boasts residential living, a popular movie theater, numerous dining options and community events, including outdoor concerts.

The Windermere Club
1101 Longtown Road East, 786-7888
windermereclubsc.com
Designed by Pete Dye, the Windermere course prides itself on having as many truly unique, memorable holes as possible. On this course, that’s 13 out of 18 — and no two holes are remotely alike. A driving range and practice green offer opportunities to sharpen your game before you hit the course.


Lake Murray
Lexington
Harbison
Irmo


For visitors to the area, the key draw in this part of town is Lake Murray, where you’ll find more than 500 miles of shoreline along South Carolina’s largest man-made lake. Lake Murray offers a wide range of seasonal recreation options — including sailing, fishing (especially striped bass), camping and hiking — and a huge July 4 fireworks display. Public access is limited to the few parks and marinas scattered around the lake, so keep that in mind as you make your plans. A popular recent restaurant addition is Liberty on the Lake.

There’s more to the area than the lake, however. Among your options: Saluda Shoals Park, which features a wetlands preserve; Harbison State Forest, a great place to bike; and Seven Oaks Park, with a full-service recreation complex.

If you’re looking for cultural offerings, among your options are the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra and the Chapin Community Theatre, which has been serving the area for more than 25 years. For Columbians from all areas of town, the sprawling Columbiana Centre Mall and its surrounding big-name retailers make it a necessary stop. Good schools and neighborhoods round out the package for residents.

The Caddy Shak
381 Pilgrim Church Rd., 356-2239
mycaddyshak.com
Driving range and a par-three course at the StoneBridge Golf Club. On 381 Pilgrim Church Road, off Highway 6 near Lake Murray.

Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center
1120 Fort Congaree Trail, 227-3030
cayce.lexingtoncountytennis.com
A massive complex hosting tournaments and offering year-round lessons.

Chapin Community Theatre
107 Columbia Ave., Chapin, 240-8544
chapintheatre.org
What originated informally in the late ‘70s as a few friends staging no-frills plays has become a staple of Lexington County’s cultural life. Currently raising funds for a new building.

The Club at Rawls Creek
2121 Lake Murray Blvd., 781-0114
golfrawlscreek.com
Built in the 1970s and renovated in 2006 with an ultra-dwarf Bermuda grass called MiniVerde, which makes the greens fast. In addition to the course, there’s the Creekside Bar and Grille and facilities for weddings, parties and events.

Congaree Riverwalk
riveralliance.org, 765-2200
We’re still waiting for Columbia to finish its portion of the Three Rivers Greenway, but the Lexington County sections are already done. The completed Cayce and West Columbia portions of the Greenway are popular for walking and running, and the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre hosts outdoor concerts and more.

Crooked Creek Park
1098 Old Lexington Highway (Chapin), 345-6181
icrc.net
“Crooked Creek” makes this park sound like it’s a dirt path next to a trickle of water. Actually, it’s got a 53,000-square-foot community center with a full gym and racquetball courts, along with tennis courts, athletics fields, picnic areas and walking trails.

Dreher Island State Recreation Area
3677 State Park Rd.  
Exit 91 off I-26, 803-364-4152
southcarolinaparks.com
Located 30 miles northwest of Columbia in Prosperity, the Dreher Island recreation area consists of three islands encompassing 12 miles of shoreline on Lake Murray. Especially popular for fishing and boating (Lake Murray is a top destination for striped and largemouth bass), Dreher Island also offers lakefront camping, cabin and villa rentals, water skiing and picnicking. 

First Responders Wall of Remembrance
lexingtonsc.org
Dedicated in 2008, this memorial to 9/11 was made from steel from Ground Zero in New York City.

Frankie’s Fun Park
140 Parkridge Dr., 781-2342
frankiesfunpark.com
Kids’ stuff? Hardly. This Harbison-area entertainment center packs three go-kart tracks, three 18-hole mini-golf courses, batting cages, bumper boats, an arcade, a 5,000-square foot multi-tiered laser tag arena and an super-tall drop zone that says “In your face, gravity!” into 14 acres filled with fun for all ages. What, do you hate fun or something?

Gibson Pond
241 Gibson Rd., 359-1027
scgreatoutdoors.com
These 15 acres in the Town of Lexington offer walking trails, kayaking, picnic tables and a scenic overlook.

Golden Hills Golf & Country Club
100 Scotland Dr., 957-3355
goldenhillsgolf.com
Located in the Town of Lexington, Golden Hills is an 18-hole championship course designed by golf architect Ron Garl. Considered challenging yet playable for all levels, the course is among the highest-rated in the Midlands.

Harbison State Forest
state.sc.us/forest/refharb.htm,
896-8890
If you didn’t know it was there, you’d never expect to find 2,177 acres of forest along the sprawling mess that is Broad River Road. But there it is — one of the largest public green spaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the eastern United States. Features more than 16 miles of roads and trails (popular for biking) and a canoe landing.

Lake Murray
lakemurraycountry.com
lakemurray.com
Located a few miles northwest of downtown Columbia, Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre lake offering boating, camping and other recreational activities. Lakemurraycountry.com lists public access points, as well as marinas and landing spots. Good striped bass fishing during the season.

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra
lmso.org
Think there’s no culture when you get outside downtown? Think again. Led by artistic director Einar Anderson, the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra was conceived in 2001 and held its first concert in 2004.

Lexington County Museum
U.S. Highway 378 and Fox St. Lexington, 359-8369
www.lex-co.com/museum
Founded in 1970, the museum complex encompasses seven acres and features 36 historic structures focusing on the early history of Lexington County, from 1770 until the Civil War.

Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve
scgreatoutdoors.com/park-peachtree.html,
254-9046
Sadly, the geological wonder known as Peachtree Rock — a triangular-shaped top-heavy sandstone formation that had stood on its pointed base for millions of years — fell recently, likely due to rain and years of vandalism. The good news? You can see the formation lying on its side, as well as Little Peachtree Rock and the rest of this beautiful 460-acre preserve, which has the only waterfall in the coastal plain. Located off S.C. 6 in southern Lexington County near Swansea.

Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden
riverbanks.org
If you live downtown, you’ll likely enter the zoo from its Greystone Blvd. entrance off I-26. But if you live west of the Congaree River, you can enter from Sunset Boulevard (Highway 378) in West Columbia. This entrance will take you right to the zoo’s beautiful, 70-acre botanical garden.

Saluda Shoals Park
icrc.net, 731-5208, 213-2050 (weekend)
Situated on 270 acres downstream from the Lake Murray Dam, Saluda Shoals features a popular water park, an environmental education center, canoe trips, nature hikes, biking trails, fishing spots, picnic shelters, art exhibits, summer camps, health and wellness programs, meeting facilities and more. Good trout fishing if you like to wade. 

Seven Oaks Park
200 Leisure Lane, 772-3336
icrc.net
Built in 1973 and located in the St. Andrews area, Seven Oaks Park is a full-service recreation complex offering fitness, athletics and cultural arts programs. Features a dance studio, art gallery, picnic areas, tennis courts, walking trails and more.

State Farmers Market
Exit 115 off I-26
scstatefarmersmarket.com
Relocated to Lexington County from Richland in 2010, the South Carolina State Farmers Market has a lot more space than it used to — space for vendors, shoppers and parking. Open Mon-Sat 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun noon to 6 p.m.

Village Square Theatre
105 Caughman Rd., Lexington, 359-1436,
villagesquaretheatre.com
Community theater from the Lexington County Arts Association.

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Bites & Sights: Columbia, SC Visitors Guide

Bites & Sights Columbia SC Visitors Guide Spring 2014

Dining, Attractions, Nightlife and Accommodations
By Free Times
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 |


Where to Eat: Bites
What to Do: Attractions
Where to Drink: Nightlife
Where to Stay: Accommodations
Calendar of Events



The problem with releasing Bites and Sights quarterly is that it’s hard to freeze Columbia’s restaurant scene at one point in time: Something great is always just about to open. And this spring, especially, there’s a wealth of imminent new restaurants. Here are some of the eateries planning to open within the next month:

• Bourbon, a Main Street Cajun-Creole restaurant run by Kristian Niemi of Rosso Trattoria (and erstwhile of Gervais and Vine and Mr. Friendly’s) 

• Sizzle, a bacon-centric Five Points restaurant

• A new Al-Amir location at the corner of Main and Laurel Streets, right across from City Hall

• Savalis Restaurant and Lounge, a Southern restaurant in the former Mac’s on Main location

Just in the past few months, Main Street welcomed a new location of the amazing raw vegan restaurant Good Life Café — and it features a full bar. Also, a chain restaurant called PDQ just decided to go ahead and perfect what everyone orders anyway: chicken tenders.

Don’t overlook Columbia’s longtime restaurants, either, whether it’s the meatloaf at Yesterdays or the chorizo tacos at La Estrella.

Looking for some fun springtime eating? Check out the Slow Food at Indie Grits celebration April 13. Part of the award-winning Indie Grits film festival, the event brings together local chefs and sustainable local ingredients — plus a potluck. Visit indiegrits.com for more information.



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Disney on Ice Ticket Giveaway

By Free Times
Monday, March 24, 2014 |
Send your name and a daytime phone number to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to be eligible for a free pair of tickets to Disney's Rockin' Ever After at the Colonial Life Arena April 17-20.



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Win Circus Tickets!

By Free Times
Friday, March 21, 2014 |
Send your name and a daytime phone number to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to be eligible for a pair of free tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey presents Legends at Colonial Life Arena March 27 through 30.



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Summer Camps Guide

Columbia SC Camps 2014

By Free Times
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 |

Listings updated June 9

Broadway Bound Voice & Dance Lessons
Tuesdays and Thursdays June 10- July 31. $25 per session. Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Company: 1315-C Gadsden St. 457-1126, broadwayboundmtc.com.

Broadway Bound Mid-Week Masters
Multiple sessions July 2-30. Open to all levels of experience and ability. Ages 12-19 $40, 7-11 $30, 5-6 $15. Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Company: 1315-C Gadsden St. 457-1126, broadwayboundmtc.com.

Broadway Bound Monday Monologues (and Scenes!)
Multiple sessions July 7-28.  Explore new characters. Learn memorization and audition techniques. Develop your body language and feel at ease on stage. Ages 12-19 $40, 7-11 $30, 5-6 $15. Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Company: 1315-C Gadsden St. 457-1126, broadwayboundmtc.com.

Broadway Bound Deux Flappers Camp
Aug. 4-8.  For experienced tappers ages 10-13. Work on upstyle musical theatre tap and kickline combinations. $115. Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Company: 1315-C Gadsden St. 457-1126, broadwayboundmtc.com.

Broadway Bound Flapper Camp
Aug. 4-8.  For experienced tappers age 14 and up. Work on upstyle musical theatre tap and kickline combinations. $150. Broadway Bound Musical Theatre Company: 1315-C Gadsden St. 457-1126, broadwayboundmtc.com.

Camp Half-Blood: A Percy Jackson Camp
June 23-27, July 21-25. For ages 8-12. In the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, explore artwork inspired by the mythology of Ancient Greece and create your own artifacts. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Carolina Journalism Institute
June 25-29. For middle and high school students. Five-day high school journalism summer camp, enhancing knowledge of editing, writing, designing and production techniques. $255 ($225 before May 16). Courtyard Marriot: 630 Assembly St. sc.edu/cmcis/so/cji/index.html.

Carolina Opera Experience
July 7-10. For grades 5-10. Learn the art of props, make-up, costumes, scenery and musical preparation; culminates in public performance. $190. 777-5369, sc.edu/music/summer-programs.

Carolina Summer Music Conservatory
June 8-15. For grades 9-12. Intensive one-week training focusing on individual performance and chamber music. Master classes, chamber music coaching offered in wind, percussion, piano and voice students. Limited scholarships available. $450-$725. 576-5893,
sc.edu/music/summer-programs.

Cartooning Creatures
July 7-11 For ages 8-12. Go on an adventure around the CMA galleries—sketching, drawing, and printing animal-inspired cartoons and characters. Bring your drawings to life working with tech experts from IT-oLogy to use 3D printing. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Art Center
Mixed Media Theme Camp

June 16-20. For ages 5-9. While working with various types of mixed media, students will create projects reflecting the theme of summer camp. Students will be able to explore using clay to create pottery pieces. $85. Art Center: 1928 Calhoun Street. 545-3093,
ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation.

Columbia Art Center Mixed Media Art Camp
July 14-18. For ages 5-9 While working with various types of mixed media, students will create projects reflecting the theme of summer camp. Students will be able to explore using clay to create pottery pieces $85. Art Center: 1928 Calhoun Street. 545-3093, ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation.

Columbia Art Center
Pottery Explorations Camp

June 23-27, July 21-25 For grades 10-14. Campers will be able to devote a full week to working with clay and creating pottery. The full process of working with pottery will be explored from the basic creation to the finished product. $85. Art Center: 1928 Calhoun Street. 545-3093, ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation.

Columbia Art Center Mixed Media
Theme Camp

June 16-20. For grades 5-9. While working with various types of mixed media, students will create projects reflecting the theme of summer camp. Students will be able to explore using clay to create pottery pieces. $85. Art Center: 1928 Calhoun Street. 545-3093,
ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation.

Columbia Children’s Theatre Camps
Dates and prices TBD. The Children’s Theatre offers a variety of programs covering several disciplines for different age groups. Children’s Theatre at Midtown Forest Acres: 3400 Forest Dr. 691-4548,
columbiachildrenstheatre.com.

Columbia Museum of Art Photography Camp
July 14-18. For ages 8-12. An exploration in imagery and learn a variety of photography and transfer techniques. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art Teen Academy: Drawing 101
June 16-20. For ages 13-18. Explore drawing in a variety of different mediums. Topics include a live clothed model, traditional human proportions, perspective, and still-life. $190; $152 for members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Columbia Museum of Art Teen Academy: Wearable
June 23-27. For ages 13-18. Explore contemporary and traditional techniques and materials in jewelry making, textiles, and clay as wearable art in this fine craft studio course. $190; $152 for members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org..

Columbia Museum of Art Teen Academy: Sculpting with Clay 101
July 7-11. For ages 13-18. Learn the tools of the trade with both additive and subtractive techniques. Explore clay through large scale hand-building and learn the newest technology in 3D printing with ceramics. $190; $152 for members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Crooked Creek Park Fused Glass Camp
July 7-11. For ages 5-18. Learning how to cut, shape, layer, and embellish your designs is an extraordinary experience. We’ll guide you through the basics, encouraging you to free your imagination as you select your design ideas, glass and embellishments. $165. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Crooked Creek Park
Stained Glass Window Camp

July 7-11. For ages 5-17. Campers will create and design a full four-pane stained glass window. Children will be closely supervised as they learn how to cut glass, and create a bright whimsical original design. Grouting will be done on the last day. $165. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Creative in Clay
July 21-25. For ages 8-12. Go on an artful animal safari all around the Museum—sketching, painting, and forming zoomorphic masterpieces. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810,
columbiamuseum.org..

EdVenture EDDIE’s Spring Break Camp
April 14-18. For grades 3-12. Keep your child’s brain engaged during their vacation — activities, games, crafts and hands-on activities that will have your camper learning. $40 daily; $185 weekly; extended sessions add $50 per week. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 799-3100, edventure.org.

EdVenture Culinary 101 Camp
June 2-6, July 14-18. Ages 5-7. Campers will be guided through the culinary arts and introduced to flavor, cutting techniques, recipes and more. $195; extended sessions add $50 per week. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

EdVenture Edible EdVentures Camp
June 9-13, July 21-25. Ages 3-4. Campers will enjoy a unique week of using food to discover architecture, math and science. Campers will create delectable insects, devour their way through the layers of the earth and plant their own gardens. $195; extended sessions add $50 per week. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

EdVenture Giggle Science Camp
June 2-6, July 14-18. Ages 3-4. Campers will experience the joy of scientific discovery by working directly with real lab equipment in EdVenture’s BioInvestigations Lab. $195; extended sessions add $50 per week. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100,
edventure.org.

EdVenture Storybook Smashup Camp
July 7-11. Ages 3-4. Discover the science, technology, engineering, and math hidden in the pages of your favorite children’s books. $195; extended sessions add $50 per week. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

EdVenture Camp Chef
June 16-20, July 7-11. For ages 11-12. Take your cooking and baking skills to the next level as you cook tasty treats and savory dishes. Campers will explore the science behind food, learn essential cooking methods and bring home recipes that the whole family will love. $195; extended sessions add $50 per week. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100,
edventure.org.

EdVenture Global Chef Camp
June 23-27, Aug. 4-8. For ages 8-10. Texplore exciting global cuisine, discover the food cultures of exotic locations, and make our very own global dishes. $195; extended sessions add $50 per week. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100,
edventure.org.

Freeway Recording Camp
June 13-14. Learn about pre production, recording, post production, leave with your own recording from Columbia’s premier recording studio. $100. Archer Avenue Studios: 810 Lyttleton St. freewaymusic.net.

Freeway Music Camp
June16-19. Learn to write, record and perform parts to original songs with the help of some of the state’s most seasoned musicians. $250. Freeway Music Northeast: 101 Rice Meadow Way 1; Freeway Music Forest Acres: 10 Calender Ct. freewaymusic.net.

Girls Rock Columbia
Dates TBA. Week-long day camp that exists to foster a community of girls ages 8-18 through music, performance, and various workshops. The program cultivates self-confidence, challenges gender stereotypes, and promotes positive female relationships, creativity, and leadership. Cost TBA. girlsrockcolumbia.org.

Gladys’ Time Travelers
June 16-20. For ages 4-7. Follow the CMA’s beloved grasshopper, Gladys, through time on a tour of our galleries. Explore different time periods through art and document your travels by creating artifacts of your own. $135; $108 for members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Go Gladys Green!
July 7-11. For ages 4-7. Hop all around the CMA galleries with Gladys and meet all of her animal friends. Use recycled materials to create your own insect-inspired pieces.  $135; $108 for members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Guitar Muse Guitar Camp
July 7-11, Aug. 4-8. Ages 7 and up. Open to all guitar styles and levels. The camp will focus on finger style guitar techniques and chords. Students will learn how to read music using standard notation and tablature. $150 plus $25 registration fee. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. GuitarMuseSC.com.

Hall Johnson Summer Camp
July 6-11. For high school choral students. The week is filled with choral rehearsals and musicianship classes taught by nationally recognized conductors, guest artists, scholars, and music educators.  $250-$400 Allen University: 1530 Harden St. 376-5787.

Helen Hill Media Education Center Stop-Motion Movie Camp
Multiple sessions. For ages 8-12. Students learn basic stop motion animation techniques working in groups producing their own film scenes which will be compiled into one movie by HHMEC instructors. Nickelodeon Theatre: 1607 Main St. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Helen Hill Media Education Center
Youth Documentary Film Camp

Multiple sessions. For ages 13-16. Students learn creative and innovative techniques of producing thought-provoking documentaries, by producing and directing their own documentaries that affect local issues such as poverty, racism, access to healthy food and health care.  Nickelodeon Theatre: 1607 Main St. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Healthy Hands Cooking Kids Cooking Camps
Dates and locations vary. Held for 3 hours a day for four days in a row with your choice of either morning or afternoon sessions (as offered by your local instructor).  healthyhandscooking.com.

Heathwood Hall
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

June 16-20. Grades 2-4.Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. This course is designed to merge the two. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall ABC’s of Etiquette
July 28-Aug.1. Ages 3-4. Learning manners and safety is fun in this interactive week. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Artists in Action Camp
June 9-13. Grades 2-4.Come learn, create and be inspired in this active art camp. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Adventures in the Garden
June 9-13. Grades 2-4. Learn about planting, harvesting and cooking with various foods grown at Heathwood Hall. $165. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Book Buddies Camp
June 23-27. Grades K-2. Each day we will celebrate a favorite picture book character, from Ladybug Girl to Curious George. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Chess Camp
June 2-6. Ages 5-15. For beginners to intermediate level players. $265-$420. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Dance Camp
July 7-11. Ages 3-6. Children will experience and learn new and exciting dance genres. They will have the opportunity to learn ballet and jazz dance techniques. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710,
heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall College Essay Workshop
June 9-13. For grades 11-12. Individual and group guidance in writing the perfect college entrance essay. $250. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Comic Book Creations
July 14-18. For grades 4-12. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Fancy Friends Camp
June 16-20. For ages 3-6. Fun for fans of Fancy Nancy books. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Graphic Novel Workshop
June 23-27. For grades 4-8. Learn how to create your own graphic story — from plot planning and storyboarding, to choosing your medium and creating the illustrations .$150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd.
231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Leadership Skills for Middle School Boys
June 9-12. For grades 5-8. This camp is designed to help middle school boys learn and practice skills which are needed to develop as leaders, gain friends and personal influence in a positive and productive way. $120. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Make It & Take It Camp
June 16-20. For grades 2-5. Dream it! Plan It! Make It! Take It! Join Lower School teachers Kim Bain and Natalie Ashenfelter as we invent to our heart’s content. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710,
heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Philosophy I Camp
Online course. For grades 11-12. This course explores traditional philosophical issues. $500 plus books. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Spanish Review
June 23-27, July 28-Aug. 1. For grades 8-12. Games, skits and teamwork make this Spanish review fun!. $300. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Storybook Adventures Camp
July 14-18. Ages 3-6. Storybook characters provide fun themes for each day’s fun activities. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall Study Skills Camp
July 21-25. For grades 5-7. All the tools for an organized and successful school year are taught and provided in this camp. $250. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall World Religions Camp
Online course. For grades 10-12. This course is designed to focus on the commonality between different religious traditions. $500 plus books. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heathwood Hall You Take the Cake!
July 14-18. For grades 3-4. This session introduces basic baking and decorating techniques while giving young chefs the added skills they need to make their cupcakes special. $150. Heathwood Hall: 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. 231-7710, heathwood.org.

Heroes and Villains
July 7-11 For ages 8-12. Learn the basics of comic book creation as you sketch, develop storylines, and ink your own comics. Gain basic design concepts and skills in figure drawing and perspective. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Historic Columbia’s Presidential Summer Camp
June 23-27, July 7-11. For ages 8-12. Take an adventure in time. History will come to life through interactive games. $200; $160 members. Robert Mills House: 1616 Blanding Street 252-1770, historiccolumbia.org.

Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center
June 9-Aug. 15. Weekly day camp. 787-2023, jcccolumbia.org.

Mad Platter Camp Van Gogh Go
For ages 3-6, 7-9, 10-plus. Various week-long art camps in a variety of themes and topics. Visit website for complete listing. $75-$165. The Mad Platter: 3101 Millwood Ave. mymadplatter.com.

Redbird Studio & Gallery Summer Clay Camp
June 9-12, June16-19, June 23-26, July 7-12, July 14-17, July 21-24, July 28-31. For ages 5-15. Camp Includes: Hand building and the pottery wheel. Other activities: painting, drawing, games, snack and making your own camp T-shirt. $150. Redbird Studio and Gallery: 2757 Rosewood Dr. 727-2955, redbirdstudioandgallery.com.

Re-Purposed
July 14-18. For ages 8-12. Find inspiration by incorporating recycled and found materials into your art, exploring both 2D and 3D techniques.  $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Seven Oaks Park Arts Camp
June 25-27. For ages 6-13. Basic drawing, pen and ink drawing, basic watercolor and advanced watercolor, basic acrylic, basic oil, pastel, oil and chalk, as well as 3-D art. Supplies are provided for all classes. $85. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory Ballet Intensive
July 13-Aug. 1. For stuents 11 years and older. Designed for students pursuing excellence in ballet technique and artistry. $2,500 residential; $1,400 commuter. University of South Carolina Band and Dance Hall: 324 Sumter St. 777-7264, artsandsciences.sc.edu/dance.

South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory Jazz & Contemporary Intensive
July 13-Aug. 1. For stuents 11 years and older. Designed for students pursuing excellence in jazz and contemporary training. $2,500 residential; $1,400 commuter. University of South Carolina Band and Dance Hall: 324 Sumter St. 777-7264, artsandsciences.sc.edu/dance.
South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory

Princess Camp
June 16-20, June 23-27. For ages 4-6, 7-10. Classes include a variety of dance forms such as classical ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, and musical theatre, as well as special classes in acting, make-up, and dance arts and crafts. $210. USC Dance Program Studios: 324 Sumter St. 777-7264, artsandsciences.sc.edu/dance.

Southern Pottery Summer Pottery Camps
Eight sessions beginning June 9. For ages 6-11, 11-15. Three hours a day for five days. Wheel throwing and hand-built clay projects. $210; $190 before May 1. Southern Pottery Studio: 3105 Devine Street. 251-3001, southern-pottery.com.

Symphonic Safari
June 23-27. For ages 4-7. Feel the rhythm of the jungle in this music-inspired camp. Look high and low for furry and slimy friends in the museum and create your very own musical instruments and works of art inspired by the animals you find. $135; $108 for members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Town Theatre Camps
June-July. Various ages. Several camps available , mostly revolivng around acting and theatre. Theatre: 1012 Sumter St. 799-2510, towntheatre.com.

Trustus Theatre
June 9-Aug. 8. Camps for grades 3-12. trustus.org.

University of South Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series: Adventures in Graphic/Digital Design
June 8-13, July 6-11. For grades 9-12, 6-9. Create original graphic design pieces with edge and impact using the industry standard tools in the Adobe Creative Suite. Partial scholarships available. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

University of South Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series: Adventures in Law & Crime
June 22-27. For grades 6-9. Learn about concepts of the court system, criminal investigation, defense and prosecution. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

University of South Carolina - University of South Carolina Fashion Camp
June 10-14. Ages 10-18. Project Runway-style fashion camp. $550. Carolina Coliseum: 708-2772,
hrsm.sc.edu/fashioncamp.

University of South Carolina Science & Technology Enrichment Program
July 7-11. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Investigate the world of science through interactive hands-on units. Rising 6th graders explore: Energy + Force & Motion. Rising 7th and 8th graders explore: Genetics and Earth Structures. Online application also available at USC Marketplace - Science & Technology Enrichment Program. $25. Northside Middle School, 157 Cougar Dr., West Columbia. 777-2883. tiny.cc/STEP2014.

University of South Carolina School of Music
Drum Major Clinic

June 19-21. For high school students. Instruction and leadership classes, with an emphasis on developing fundamentals and advanced field conducting techniques. $99. University of South Carolina Band and Dance Hall: 324 Sumter St. 777-4278, sc.edu/music/summer-programs.

Summer Day Camp
July 14-18. For ages 8-14. Daily group music instruction culminating with a Friday afternoon concert. $125. University of South Carolina String Project: 851 Park St. 777-9568, sc.edu/music/summer-programs.

University of South Carolina Summer Drama Conservatory
June 7-27. For grades 1-12. Providing aspiring theatre artists with a challenging, stimulating and fun training and performance experience. Four age divisions. $200-$600. 777-1277, artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea.

Walk Like an Egyptian
June 16-20. Learn to walk like an Egyptian all around the CMA galleries! Crack the Pharaoh’s code and create your own papyrus scroll. $160; $128 for members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org..

What’s Your Story
June 16-20. For ages 8-12. Learn how the pros write and illustrate picture books. $160; $128 for members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

math & science

Challenger Center Astronaut Academy
June 9-12. For ages 8-12. Explore robotics and rocketry and aviation as you prepare for your first mission! Campers will construct a robot and a model rocket with an engine that they can keep after launch. They will also fly a full Space Mission, visit the e-Planetarium, and fly planes with our flight simulators. $180. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Learning Center Intro to Aviation
June 9-10, June 11-12.  For ages 11-14, 14-18. $75. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Learning Center
Aviation Academy

June 2-5. For ages 11-14. Let our certified flight Instructor guide you through pilot training lessons on our flight simulators. $75. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Learning Center
Intermediate Aviation

June 23-24. For ages 11-18. Let our certified flight Instructor guide you through pilot training lessons on our flight simulators. $75. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Learning Center
Advanced Aviation

June 25-26. For ages 11-18. Let our certified flight Instructor guide you through pilot training lessons on our flight simulators. $75. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Center Intro Robotics Camp
July 14-15. For ages 9-14. Camp participants will build robots to keep. $100. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Center Advanced Robotics Camp
July 16-17. For ages 9-14. Camp participants will build robots to keep. $100. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Center Advanced Robotics Camp
July 24. For ages 9-14. Camp participants will build robots to keep. $50. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.



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Menu Guide

Menu Guide 2014

By Free Times
Thursday, February 27, 2014 |


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2014 USC Baseball Preview

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Learning

A Computer for Every Kid?

Checking In on Midlands’ One-to-One School Computing Programs
By Kara Meador
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
Students set up their iPads during Pleasant Hill Middle’s 1:1 roll-out at the beginning of the school year. Courtesy photo
Like toy soldiers, they line up by the hundreds shoulder to shoulder. Instead of standing at attention, these students sit legs outstretched, backs pressed rigidly against the wall, Chromebooks on their laps. Westwood High School students joined millions from across the globe in December to participate in “Hour of Code” week.

“Every student was really engaged and learning actual coding,” says Donna Teuber, technology integration coordinator at Richland District Two.

The students are not deciphering intercepted emails for the NSA; coding means writing computer programs. Teuber points to this exercise as one way her district’s 1:1 (pronounced one-to-one) program is inspiring students to be active participants in learning.

The 1:1 initiative means that every student is issued a digital device with appropriate software and that the school offers Internet access. It means middle school students in Blythewood can talk with students their age in a classroom in India. Eighth graders in Lexington can create iBooks and students in downtown Columbia can design graphic art.

Richland Two completed its 1:1 rollout in August. Teuber says that in a little over a year and a half nearly 21,000 students in grades 3 through 12 were given Chromebooks or iPads.

“It’s not about the device, it’s having the tools and resources to move students forward,” Teuber says.

More Engaged Students


In Lexington One, an English teacher was taken aback when a student asked to rewrite a paper. Exemplary work, the student’s paper had been posted on a secure Lexington High School blog. When the teacher asked the student why she wanted to redo her paper, the student said that after reviewing her article online she noticed a few mistakes; she also wanted to rewrite the ending.

Patrick Hanks, director of instructional technology for the Lexington One district, asked the teacher how many times one of her students had ever asked to rewrite a paper they’ve already turned in during her tenure. The teacher replied, “Never.”

“A student’s work is no longer confined to the eyes of the student and the teacher who is grading it,” Hanks says. Work is now placed on school blogs, shared in folders — and, if OK’d by parents — placed on the school’s YouTube channel.

“The students care that their work will be viewed by grandparents and friends and that makes them more engaged,” Hanks says.

Cost and Sustainability Concerns


Lexington One started implementing its 1:1 initiative during the 2010-2011 school year. Currently 19,000 middle and high school students in the district have been given iPads.

Lexington One Chief Information officer Jeff Salters admits introducing anything new on the scale of 1:1 doesn’t happen without headaches. Salters says one of the biggest roadblocks his district encountered was having enough bandwidth and the infrastructure needed to accommodate so many devices. The district is not alone.

There are concerns over how to pay for 1:1 and discussion on whether it’s sustainable. The program is expensive. A state Education Oversight Committee that makes educational spending recommendations to the S.C. General Assembly is asking legislators for $30 million dollars per year for at least the next few years to help improve wireless Internet access in schools statewide. That’s about $20 million dollars more than lawmakers currently spend on Internet needs, according to a recent report.

Ida Thompson, director of instructional technology services with Richland One, says paying for the devices and the infrastructure is an issue.

While District One does not have a designated 1:1 initiative, district officials say all of its students have access to devices even if they are not assigned one. Thompson says in District One it’s up to the schools to decide which devices and software to buy and schools pay for the tablets out of their budgets.

An educational technology consultant from Lexington, Wendy Gallagher, helps guide educators on how to implement 1:1 effectively. On her blog (gen-iexplorer.blogspot.com), she posts some headlines taking note of various technology efforts throughout the state.

“It’s about preparing our future leaders for a career path that we have not even imagined,” Gallagher says.

Gallagher uses a surfing analogy to describe why South Carolina should embrace the technological revolution. “We can choose to ignore it and be swept away or embrace this concept to be a part of the innovative ride.”

On her blog, Gallagher encourages students, parents and teachers to “Catch the wave!”

It’s a crest District Two’s Teuber is ready to ride. “There’s no going back to paper and pencil. Everything is digital and online now.”


A study reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education points to small but statistically significant benefits to computer-aided instruction. One study sampled 1,600 students in 15 high schools and two middle school in large urban school districts. At the end of the school year, students in classrooms using a computer-based curriculum scored slightly higher on their pre-algebra and algebra skills than students in traditional math classrooms. Educators and parents looking for research on what works in the classroom can view federally reviewed studies in the What Works Clearinghouse at ies.ed.gov/ncee/WWC.


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Health

Backpack Stats

Many Kids Struggle Under Heavy Loads
By Kevin Oliver
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
Digital initiatives are lightening the backpacks of students in some school districts, but in others the heavy burden remains. If your kids are still lugging around massive backpacks, you know the problems they pose. In Lexington One, the trend is toward less use of books and more integration of online resources in conjunction with iPads, with the net effect that upper-grade students need only an iPad and a notebook or two in their bags. In some other districts, however, many kids are still struggling under backpacks. Following are some tips for parents whose children have yet to ditch those heavy loads.

Backpack weight by grade


Backpacks get heavier as kids advance in grade and their homework increases. A Consumer Reports survey in New York City in 2009 found:

Grade: Weight
2-4: 5.0 lbs
6: 18.4 lbs

— Consumer Reports video of the weigh in: consumerreports.org

Cutting the weight


• Remove a textbook or two and have the child carry them, this will balance the weight in front of them and behind them

• Talk to your child’s teachers about which books need to come home when, and which ones can stay at school.

• If they must have numerous textbooks for homework every day, look into getting an extra set to keep at home.

• Review school policies about stopping at lockers or in classrooms to avoid your children having to carry all of their books all day.

Train to carry your pack


Health Children.org – a website created by the American Society of Pediatrics — recommends that children do back strengthening exercises — like abdominal crunches, planks and quadrupeds — to be better able to support their daily burden. Learn how to do them properly here: healthychildren.org

Choosing the right backpack


• Wide, padded shoulder straps
• Two shoulder straps
• Padded back
• Waist strap
• Lightweight backpack
• Rolling backpack (not allowed in some local school districts)

As a general rule, children should carry no more than 15 to 20 percent of their body weight in a backpack. Make sure the straps are snug so that it’s closer to the back and not pulling downward on the child, and put heavier items at the bottom and in the middle to even out the load.

— American Society of Pediatrics (healthychildren.org)

A tale of two backpacks


My own daughters are a perfect example of the backpack safety issue and especially the difference in the elementary and upper grade level loads as they are in Lexington One. My youngest, Anna, is in 5th grade, while Emily is a 7th grader with an iPad. On a recent afternoon I emptied their respective bags and here’s what I found:

Anna’s backpack
(a mid-size zippered traditional backpack with big straps and a couple of zippered sections):

1 math textbook
2 library books
1 folder with various take-home papers and artwork
1 school agenda/spiral notebook/calendar
1 composition notebook
1 plastic pencil/crayon box, full of crayons
1 zippered bag, full of pencils
1 insulated lunch bag with freezer block,
various containers of food
Total weight: 10 lbs.

Emily’s bag
(a thin, lightweight mesh bag with shoelace-sized strings for straps)

1 iPad
1 notebook
2 pencils and a pen
Total weight: 3 lbs.

Anna’s is well within the recommended 15-20 percent of her weight recommendation, but the difference in contents between hers and Emily’s is striking. Emily has several of her textbooks on the iPad, and does a good bit of e-book reading from our local library. A lighter load is a clear benefit to moving from textbooks to tablets.

What do you know about your kids’ backpack?


A Texas study involving 745 students found 96 percent of parents had never checked their child’s backpack weight and 34 percent had never checked the contents of their child’s backpack.

More Resources


Cool infographic on backpack attacks: edudemic.com/heavy-backpacks/

Texas study on parental awareness: adc.bmj.com/content/88/1/18.full.pdf+html

Backpack safety written for kids: kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/school/backpack.html




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Calendar

Kid’s Calendar: February-March 2014

Events in Columbia
By Free Times
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
This is by no means a comprehensive list — institutions like the Columbia Museum of Art, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Riverbanks Zoo, Richland Library and the city and county parks departments offer myriad events for kids on a daily basis. Check the Events section at free-times.com/events and select the Children & Teens category for weekly listings or visit the websites of institutions offering children’s programs.

Ongoing


EdVenture Family Night
EdVenture Children’s Museum
http://www.edventure.com
Second Tuesdays. $1 museum admission between 5 and 8 p.m.

Family Storytime
Richland Library
http://www.richlandlibrary.com
Held on various days at all branches of the Richland Library. Call your local branch for meeting times.

Little Red Riding Hood
Columbia Marionette Theater
http://www.cmtpuppet.org
Runs through March 22. With a variety of puppetry techniques and plenty of humor, Little Red Riding Hood is an irreverent take on the classic fairy tale.

Parents’ Survival Night
The Little Gym
http://www.thelitthegym.com/columbiasc
Fridays. Parents call it a break from the kids. Kids call it a break from their parents. That sounds like a win-win situation.

Passport to Art
Columbia Museum of Art
Dates vary. Free monthly open-studio program for families with activities corresponding with one of the museum’s exhibitions.

Shake, Rattle and Read!
EdVenture Children’s Museum
http://www.edventure.org
Wednesdays and Saturdays. Half an hour of storytelling, public poetry, music.

Snowville
EdVenture Children’s Museum
http://www.edventure.org
Through Feb. 23. Strap on some ice skates and pack your mittens for a frosty, fun-filled trip to Snowville. Crawl through an ice tunnel, climb a snow-capped mountain, sled down a snowy hill, or visit the Penguin Observation Station.

Tiny Taste Buds
EdVenture Children’s Museum
http://www.edventure.org
Once a month; dates vary. Kids learn about nutrition and practice making and eating healthy snacks in this cooking lab.

Tiny Tots University: Mini Musicians
EdVenture Children’s Museum
http://www.edventure.org
Through Feb. 22. Children will enjoy music and movement while singing songs and playing games and instruments that reinforce and encourage creative development.

Tiny Tots University: Zumbatomic
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Through Feb. 22 High-energy dance class designed to increase focus and coordination skills while boosting kids’ metabolism and self-confidence.

Toddler Take Over
EdVenture Children’s Museum
http://www.edventure.org
First Monday of every month. Kids ages 1 to 5 play freely throughout the museum with kids of their own size.

Toddler Tales
Riverbanks Zoo
http://www.riverbanks.org
Every Thursday. Stories, songs and an adventure at the zoo.

February


1st Oratorical Contest
W.J. Keenan High School
http://www.richlandcountydeltas.org
Feb. 22. An opportunity for middle school students to express themselves through public speaking.

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate & Princess Adventure
Colonial Life Arena
http://www.coloniallifearena.com
Feb. 19. Mickey and Minnie go on an adventure of swashbuckling and promenades as kiddy worlds clash.

DREAM BIG Youth Conference: Male Edition
Greenview Park
http://www.columbiasc.net
Feb. 8. Aimed at equipping young men in middle and high school with the tools they need to succeed — in school and in life.

Homeschool Friday: Shaping Richland and Lexington Counties
Lexington County Museum
http://www.historiccolumbia.org
Feb. 7. Learn how the midlands developed through a joint program between Historic Columbia Foundation and the Lexington County Museum

Gladys’ Gang: Animal Forms!
Columbia Museum of Art
http://www.columbiamuseum.org
Feb. 5. Journey through the galleries learning about form as you look for different animal sculptures. Then make an animal portrait.

Family on Safari
Riverbanks Zoo
http://www.riverbanks.org
Feb. 15. Participants will enjoy dinner at the zoo followed by an exciting program featuring animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, crafts and more.

Nefertiti’s Golden Spa
South Carolina State Museum
http://www.scmuseum.org
Feb. 15. Enjoy a mother-daughter day getting pampered like ancient Egyptian royalty. Guests also will have the opportunity to tour Tutankhamun: Return of the King.

Puss in Boots
Columbia Children’s Theatre
http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
Feb. 7-16. The classic tale retold in the Old South.

Sweet on CMA
Columbia Museum of Art
http://www.columbiamuseum.org
Feb. 8. Get creative at art stations throughout the museum and make a valentine for that someone special.

Teddy Bear Clinic
EdVenture Children’s Museum
http://www.edventure.org
Feb. 22. Learn how to stay healthy by checking your teddy bear’s pulse, listening to its heartbeat, checking its vision, and more.

March


The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales
Columbia Children’s Theatre
http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
March 28-April 6. A musical comedy based on the award-winning book of mixed-up fairy tales.

Gladys’ Gang: Picture Me — Silly!
Columbia Museum of Art
http://www.columbiamuseum.org
Mar. 5. Monthly program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the theme.
Passport to Art: Krazy Kimonos

Columbia Museum of Art
http://www.columbiamuseum.org
Mar. 9. Get inspired by the exhibition Japan and the Jazz Age, then create a kimono of your own.

Oliver Twist
Town Theatre
http://www.towntheatre.com
Mar. 29, 30. Youth musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale of struggling orphans.

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Life

Stay Calm and Be the Parent

Tips and Strategies for More Effective Discipline
By Allison Caldwell
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
When it comes to discipline, there are as many methods and opinions as there are parents and children. From the terrible twos to the troubling teens, every parent struggles with setting limits and enforcing age-appropriate consequences when those limits are tested or broken. The lack of consequences is at the heart of the recent “affluenza” case in Texas and raises questions and concerns for all parents. But if your desire to set limits leads you to constantly threaten, cajole or plead for desired behaviors, there might be a better way.

“Starting with limits and consequences is starting at the wrong end of things,” says Dr. Cheri Shapiro, research associate professor and associate director of the Institute for Families in Society at USC (ifs.sc.edu). “Start with what they do right. As adults we enjoy working with those we respect, who also respect us in return. It’s no different at home. Create an atmosphere of warmth with encouragement and descriptive praise.”

Positive Parenting


Shapiro has spent the better part of her career researching and putting evidence-based techniques into practice through Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program. It’s a series of interventions based on five principles of positive parenting:

• A safe and engaging environment

• A positive learning environment

• Assertive discipline

• Realistic expectations

• Parental self-care.

“It’s a skill to learn how to play by yourself while mommy is busy,” Shapiro says. “People assume that kids should do certain things, but children don’t learn those skills unless they’re taught. Instead of limits, I like to set clear expectations. When problem behaviors continue, attaching brief consequences that truly fit the crime can be very powerful. Naturally occurring consequences provide another chance for children to behave positively when they encounter the same situation.”

Here’s one strategy to try at home.

“Make clear, calm requests,” Shapiro says. “When you ask a child to do something, get close. Get their attention. Simply state what you want them to do and wait for them to respond. When they respond positively, acknowledge it right away with a specific ‘thank you.’ When they don’t, repeat the request, calmly and clearly. If they refuse a second time, that’s when the consequence comes in. The whole idea is to get down on their level — literally. It changes the whole interaction. Parents tell me it’s such a relief to learn that they don’t have to shout to get their way.”

Expect the Unexpected


Stacey Watts, a parenting coach in West Columbia, says it’s important for parents to be focused and consistent.

“The most common mistakes parents make is trying everything either out of frustration, lack of know-how or exhaustion,” says Watts, who holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina and founded a company called Happily Parenting in 2012. “This is a problem because of the lack of consistency,” she says. “We live in such an age of instant gratification that parents feel if their means of discipline doesn’t yield a turn-around right away, then they must try something new. Parents need to stick it out. They should establish themselves as the leaders in the home, be calm, consistent and communicate expectations.”

When your strong-willed child starts pushing your buttons, calmly assume your leadership role and clearly communicate your expectations.

“Children need parents who are on the same page,” she says. “They need to know that yes means yes and no means no, no matter which parent they go to.”

Parents should understand that it’s not unusual for children to act out and disobey them.

“It’s free will, and we all have it,” Watts says. “Anticipate it, expect it, and prepare for it, and your parenting will be a much more natural and enjoyable experience.”

In other words, expecting it makes you that much better prepared to deal with it.

“Parents who aren’t thrown by the things their children do can handle even the most outrageous situations,” Watts says.


Discipline 101: Quick Tips for Parents


Be realistic in your expectations and set clear, age-appropriate boundaries. Being aware of a child’s physical, social and emotional development can help parents. The best resource for child development is a child’s pediatrician. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has excellent web resources at healthychildren.org.

Be consistent. Children do best when they know what is expected of them.

Do what you say you are going to do and hold your ground. Hold fast to the repercussions you have established. Give consequences that you are willing and able to enforce.

Allow natural consequences to occur. If a child is not in danger, let them cope with appropriate consequences.

Be honest and open. If your child is in trouble, don’t gloss over the reality of the situation. Help them take personal responsibility. Continue to show your love in difficult situations to maintain their sense of security.

Label the behavior, not the child. Focus on the child’s actions rather than labeling the child’s character.

— Source: Birley Wright, prevention specialist at Children’s Trust of South Carolina (scchildren.org).

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Activities

Five Questions to Ask Before You Say Yes to Chess (Or Any Other Activity)

Plus: Tips to Keep It Together
By Anne Postic
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
Soccer, ballet, flute, tennis, archery, pottery, choir, drama, fencing, swimming … the options are endless. Somewhere in the big book of parenting that none of us ever actually read, there’s a section that says your kid must be an achiever. Academics aren’t enough. They need team sports for socialization, dance for balance, drawing workshops for art appreciation, and cooking class, so they can feed themselves one day. They’ll need to list extracurricular achievements on college applications. Don’t you want your kid to go to college? What’s wrong with you?

And don’t forget: Extracurriculars are fun! Every kid begs to take karate, or cello, or some activity you never dreamed they’d enjoy.

How do you decide when to say yes, when to say no and when to say, “You have to?” Ask these five questions:

Will it fit your schedule?


If you can’t get your daughter to Tai chi, it doesn’t do her any good. Find activities that are close to home, your job or your child’s school to make it easier. Consider your family’s personality. Will it work better for you to schedule as many activities as possible on the same days, so you can enjoy blocks of time together, or do you prefer to spread them out, so you can have family dinner every night?

Pro Tip: Don’t pick swimming unless you bounce out of bed easily, really early and with an aggressive grin on your face.

Is it about him or me?


Do you want your son to play tennis because you picture yourself with the amazing strength of Venus Williams or is he dying to pick up a racket and feel the joy of a solid forehand, at any level? Make sure your kid is interested, because he won’t participate if he isn’t. Most kids are tired after school. If the feeling isn’t there, all the practice in the world won’t make your child an Olympic fencer.

Pro Tip: Unless you are the rare exception, your kid isn’t going pro, so let go of your dream. Sign up for your own tennis lessons if it’s that important to you.

Is it one of those things they just need to do?


I don’t care how much they hate it; piano lessons are good for them. Some kids will love it and become concert pianists, but there’s nothing wrong with making a kid to take a year or two of music lessons for his own good.

Pro Tip No. 1: Forcing a kid to take a private lesson is a lot easier, with less potential for humiliation, than forcing something public like baton twirling, no matter how good it is for hand-eye coordination.

Pro Tip No. 2: You really can’t make a teenager do anything.

Can you afford it?


Kids’ activities come with a cost. There are fees for participation up front, but don’t forget about equipment, potential travel (here’s looking at you, club soccer) and extra training. Some hobbies, like horseback riding, can get really expensive at higher levels. Can you afford a horse?

Pro Tip: In most places, dance lessons are free for boys. Yes, free. Had I known this, my older sons would be wearing tap shoes today instead of cleats.
Can you commit to the level of participation required?

Until your child can drive herself and stay home alone overnight (i.e., when she is 32), this is about you. Before you agree to let him try out for Pippin, check the schedule. If you’ll be out of town the week before the show, it can’t be done. Kids need to honor team commitments, and you have to help.

Pro Tip: Individual lessons are easier to schedule than group or team activities. A solo accordion lesson can be rescheduled with a little notice. A soccer tournament cannot.

Now you’re well on your way to knowing when to say when. You’re teaching your kids a valuable lesson about finding balance. Can’t handle calligraphy class until next semester? The world will keep on turning.

Tips to Keep It Together


1. Make a family calendar everyone can access, online or on the fridge, to avoid conflicts.

2. Talk to your spouse, even if you are separated, even if you hate each other, before scheduling something new.

3. Send a scheduling email each week. My husband and I work, and our schedules change daily. It helps to decide who’s driving who, when and where, and put it in writing.

4. When there is a conflict, notify coaches and teachers as soon as possible.

5. Carpool whenever possible to give yourself a break. 

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Media

Music & DVD Reviews

Songs from a Journey with a Parrot; Ballads for the Age of Science; Boy Meets World
By Free Times
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
Songs from a Journey with a Parrot
Magdeleine Lerasle, artist; Paul Mindy, arranger; Aurélia Fronty, illustrator
The Secret Mountain

This beautiful project is both a book and an audio disc, using traditional music of Brazil and Portugal to create a wonderfully artistic piece of entertainment for children that transcends language and culture.

From Rio to Porto, Lisbon to Bahia, the journeys here are actual as well as figurative, with the musical accompaniment coming from Brazilian and Portuguese lullabies and nursery rhymes.

The book illustrates each song with richly rendered yet simple settings, providing the song titles in Portuguese and then a brief English translation of the main lyric so little ears can follow along while still being able to understand what’s going on in the song. The last section of the book provides an “About the Songs” section for more reading, and full Portuguese and English lyrics side by side along with notes on each song.

There are counting songs and story songs, and some are just as ribald or gruesome as anything from the Brothers Grimm or Mother Goose. In “Carolina’s Eyes” they sing, “Carolina’s eyes are green, like limes / Carolina’s eyes are black, like coal / Carolina’s eyes, I hold them in my hand.”

In “The Doves of Catarina,” a girl begs her mother not to hit her for breaking a jug. It’s the most soothing of subject matter at times, but the lilting acoustic tones of the music make up for that with gentle sounds and intricate arrangements of sambas, fandago, bossa nova, and more performed on indigenous instruments by a group of musicians obviously familiar with the material.

Ballads for the Age of Science
Hy Zaret and Lou Singer
Argosy Music Corporation

If you were of a certain age in 1961, you might remember the albums in this box set from their original release at the time, as six different topical collections of educational songs. Composers Hy Zaret and Lou Singer wrote 72 songs for children to learn about nature, science, and other stuff in what we now refer to as STEM (science, tech, engineering and mathematics) in schools.

Folk singer Tom Glazer and a female duet partner, Dottie Evans, recorded the first albums, and the duo Marais and Miranda recorded the two Nature albums, while pop singer Dorothy Collins took on the Experiments set with songs such as “Do I Have a Shadow?”

Millennials who are raising their kids on They Might Be Giants might recognize a couple of the songs, as the band has covered “Why Does the Sun Shine?” in what, after listening to the original, appears to be a fairly faithful rendition. A copy of the songbook for all six albums can be downloaded online (argosymusiccorp.com) so you and your little scientist can sing along.

Boy Meets World: The Complete Collection
Lions Gate

First airing on television in the early 1990s, Boy Meets World followed a group of friends growing up, first as elementary schoolers and later as tweens, but as the show progressed over its 10-year run, the characters were allowed to age with the audience. Like a better-produced batch of after-school specials, Boy Meets World took on on the basics like honesty, friendship and loyalty, but it wasn’t afraid to focus on more controversial topics such as cults, God, abuse and more, with the later college episodes even tackling sex, alcoholism and marriage.

This isn’t for young kids, with the exception of the first few seasons, but the overall series is a much better alternative to the sassy attitude-driven fare that passes for live action children’s programming these days.

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Media

Books

Copycat Bear!; 1001 Fun Ways to Play; This Is the Rope and More
By Free Times
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
Copycat Bear!
Ellie Sandall
Tiger Tales, 32 pages, $14.99
Ages: 6 and under

Blue and Mango are best friends and do everything together. There’s only one problem — Blue is a big bear and Mango is a small bird. Blue wants to do everything Mango does, including flying, singing and nesting in a tree. Fed up with his copycat friend, Mango flies away to be alone but soon realizes that he misses his friend Blue. A fun read-aloud to young children, Copycat Bear! teaches little ones all about true friendship and the differences in all of us.
— Heather Green, Richland Library Wheatley

1001 Fun Ways to Play
Susan Elisabeth Davis and Nancy Wilson Hall
Weldon Owen, 240 pages, $16.95
Ages: Parents of children up to 6 years old

This engaging book from Gymboree Play & Music is packed with ideas for fun and easy ways to build school readiness skills through play. Sections are organized by age, and an index allows parents to look up activities by materials needed. Each activity addresses developmental milestones, starting from birth. Playful suggestions range from “Wow with Shadows” for newborns to “Design a Family Crest” for kindergarteners. 1001 Fun Ways to Play is highly recommended for new and seasoned parents alike. — Georgia Coleman, Richland Library

This Is the Rope
Jacqueline Woodson and James Ransome (illustrator)
Nancy Paulsen Books, 32 pages, $16.99
Ages: 7 to 12

This story follows a South Carolina family as they migrate north to New York City. The connecting thread is the rope. In the hands of a young girl in the South, it is a jump rope. The rope transforms through the generations — securing luggage, drying laundry or holding the banner for a family reunion. Until, in the hands of a granddaughter, it becomes a jump rope once more. Jacqueline Woodson and James Ransome create a celebration of the hopes of a family and its history. I recommend this book to any family that has taken a chance to live their dreams. Like the rope, I imagine it will be passed from family member to family member and cherished. — Heather McCue, Richland Library

Divergent
Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books, 487 pages, Hardcover $17.99 / Paperback $9.99
Ages: 13 and up

Beatrice Prior has lived her entire life under the rules and social customs of her born faction, the Abnegation (the selfless). But now that she’s about to turn 16, she’s forced to decide whether she will stay with Abnegation or join one of the other four factions, effectively turning her back on her parents and the only life she’s known. Just as Beatrice begins to believe that she’s made the right choice, she discovers a dangerous secret that could compromise her safety and forever change the way she looks at the faction system. Fans of dystopian teen fiction will love Divergent. As the first book in a trilogy, Divergent is an exciting, fast-paced story that will reel you in during the first chapter and keep you spellbound until the last page. — Christina Fuller Gregory, Richland Library

This is What Happy Looks Like
Jennifer E. Smith
Poppy, 416 pages, $17.99
Ages: 13 and up

A misaddressed email brings together 17-year-old Ellie O’Neill and famous teen actor Graham Larkin. Soon the teens begin exchanging emails, quickly becoming e-Pals. When Graham convinces his director to film his newest movie in Ellie’s idyllic hometown of Henley, Maine, the two finally meet face-to-face. As they learn more about each other they discover that neither of their lives is as perfect as they seem. Ellie lives in a beautiful town, but is hiding a secret, while Graham has fame and fortune he feels alienated from friends and family. Together, they begin to discover that they are not defined by life’s circumstances and that it’s up to them to decide what “happy” looks like. A follow-up to Jennifer E. Smith’s popular novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, this is a charming and endearing story about first love and friendship. — Christina Fuller-Gregory, Richland Library

Rime of the Modern Mariner
Nick Hayes
Viking, 336 pages, $32
Ages: 13 and up

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner gets updated for a modern setting in Hayes’ graphic adaptation. A grizzled sailor tells the tale of a fateful trip where stray wreckage and garbage lost at sea attacked his ship and sanity. The book is a lengthy poem with one line or beat per page, with mesmerizing art throughout. Panels and art are laid out to flow easily and suggest the rhythm of the poem, not unlike a Dr. Seuss book, and with no less a universal theme than the survival of our species. — Thomas Maluck, Richland Library

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Media

Apps for Kids

Sago Mini Forest Flyer; I Can Animate
By Free Times
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
Sago Mini Forest Flyer
Sago Sago, Free
Ages: 2-6

In this playful and charming app, children help Robin fly through the forest, breakdance, eat cupcakes and make new friends. Play is open-ended with no way to go wrong, making it perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. The forest changes (with free updates) to match the season. Forest Flyer is sure to be a hit with young children, but sensitive parents who may be put off by a silly scene featuring a tiny bit of Robin poo might want to steer clear. — Georgia Coleman, Richland Library

I Can Animate
Kudlian Software, $2.99
Ages: 13-18

Grab a few dry erase markers, a dry erase board, and start creating! I Can Animate is a fantastic app that gives teens the power to make their own stop-motion animation. The easy-to-use interface allows teens to snap pictures during each stage of the drawing process and turn those images into original animations. An integrated instant-playback feature enables the creator to upload and share their work via email or social media. I Can Animate is a fantastic app for teens who love drawing, film editing or content creation. — Christina Fuller-Gregory, Richland Library


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Listings

Media Listings

By Free Times
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
Your kids are surrounded by media — everything from Snapchat, video games and the Internet to traditional media such as books, magazines, comics and movies. It’s your job to help them navigate this ever-shifting landscape, taking the best of what’s out there and avoiding excesses. Visit medialit.org for helpful media literacy resources.

Barnes & Noble
Forest Acres: 3400 Forest Dr., 787-5600
barnesandnoble.com
The mega-chain bookstore stocks tons of reading material for kids, sure, but it also hosts kid-friendly events — storytimes, games, etc. — too.

The Book Dispensary
710 Gracern Rd.,798-4739
mybookdispensary.com
The best books, often, are ones that have been treasured and cared for, and Columbia’s oldest specializes in pre-loved books.

Books-A-Million
Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr., 782-4475
Harbison: 275 Harbison Blvd., 749-9378
Northeast: 164 Forum Dr., 788-4349
booksamillion.com
The mega-chain bookstore stocks tons of reading material for kids, sure, but it also hosts kid-friendly events and a teen book club.
Ed’s Editions
406 Meeting St., 791-8002
edseditions.com
This family-owned bookstore carries a wide variety of used books and is a nigh-yearly winner in the Free Times Best of Columbia awards.

Gamestop
gamestop.com
When coupled with strong parental and teacher involvement, educational video games can actually improve literacy skills, while other games can improve hand-eye coordination, memory formation and strategic planning. So if junior is doing well in school, it might not hurt to let him have Minecraft.

Heroes and Dragons
510 Bush River Rd., 731-4376
Like video games, comic books, too, provide benefits, stimulating the imagination and creativity. So don’t toss your kids’ Avengers comics.
Lexington County Library
Main Branch: 5440 Augusta Rd., 785-2600
Batesburg-Leesville: 203 Armory St., 532-9223
Cayce-West Columbia: 1500 Augusta Rd., 794-6791
Chapin: 129 NW Columbia Ave., 345-5479
Gaston: 214 S. Main St., 791-3208
Gilbert-Summit: 405 Broad St., 785-5387
Irmo: 6251 St. Andrews Rd., 798-7880
Pelion: 206 Pine St., 785-3272
Swansea: 199 N. Lawrence Ave., 785-3519
South Congaree: 200 Sunset Dr., 785-3050
lex.lib.sc.us
Books are invaluable to a child’s development. The 10-branch Lexington County Library system stocks tons of books for kids, but will also help your child understand them, too. Offers classes, book clubs, homework help, kids’ events and much more.

Manifest
1563 Broad River Rd., 798-2606
From music and games to T-shirts of rock, pop and hip-hop artists, Manifest is always looking out for the latest youth trends.
Papa Jazz Record Shoppe
2014 Greene St., 256-0095
Has your kid been humming Led Zeppelin lately? It might be time to introduce him or her to the wonders of used vinyl.

Rainy Day Pal Books
711 E. Main St., 951-2780
Located on the bottom floor of Lexington’s historic Old Mill, Rainy Day Pal Used Books is known for its wide selection, and it specializes in children’s books.

Richland Library
Main Branch: 1431 Assembly St., 799-9084
Ballentine: 1321 Dutch Fork Rd., 781-5026
Blythewood: 218 McNulty Rd., 691-9806.
Cooper: 5317 N. Trenholm Rd., 787-3462
Eastover: 608 Main St., 353-8584
North Main: 5306 N. Main St., 754-7734
Northeast: 7490 Parklane Rd., 736-6575
Sandhills: 1 Summit Pkwy., 699-9230
Southeast: 7421 Garners Ferry Rd., 776-0855
St. Andrews: 2916 Broad River Rd., 772-6675
Wheatley: 931 Woodrow St., 799-5873
myrcpl.com.
Like the library system across the river, the 11-branch Richland County Public Library system stocks tons of books for kids, but will also help your child understand them, too. Offers classes, book clubs, homework help, kids’ events and much more. Also check out its Teen Center.

Rolling Video Games
rollingvideogamescolumbia.com
Rolling Video Games delivers what it promises: a mobile video game theater stocked with the latest titles available for birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, whatever.

Silver City Comics
538 Knox Abbott Dr., 791-4021
Remember what we said about Heroes and Dragons? Ditto for Silver City.

South Carolina State Library
1430 Senate St., statelibrary.sc.gov
The South Carolina State Library is home to the South Carolina Center for the Book, which co-sponsor adult and adolescent literary events, such as the South Carolina Book Festival, the State Library Read-In, Letters About Literature, and many workshops.

Thomas Lee Hall Library
4679 Lee Rd., 751-5589
fortjacksonmwr.com/library
Military kids don’t have to go off-post to find a great library.

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Family Finance

Budgeting for a New Year

Making the Most of Your Family Income
By Heather Green
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
Give children an allowance and guide them through the process of saving and spending.
Feeling a holiday hangover? You are not alone — for many, the holidays mean too much food, too much fun and definitely too much money spent. December credit card bills are rolling in and your bank account might be looking a bit empty after the gluttonous holiday season. Getting back on track might be a top New Year’s resolution. Or perhaps you recently lost a job or had a major life shift and need to refocus. No matter the cause, here are a few helpful hints from local families and experts to help get back on track in 2014.

There are many reasons families may need to re-evaluate their budgets, from life changes to illness to other hardships. We talked to three local moms, all of whom learned how to re-evaluate their monetary priorities and accommodate life’s big surprises.

Laney and her husband have two children. Their family finances took a hit when her husband unexpectedly lost his job in November 2012. (Laney did not want her last name used for this article.)

Callie Cromer’s husband Clay recently left the Coast Guard to pursue a career in Christian ministries. He is currently attending graduate school. They have two children: James, 3, and Caleb, 2.

April Sampson was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and is receiving chemotherapy treatments. She and her husband have two children: Summer, 14, and Lela, 9.

Budgeting is a Learning Process


Jason Langdale, a financial consultant for First Community Bank, advises families that budgeting is a learning process. No one masters it in one or two months. He suggests that families review budgets each month and revise as needed.

“No one gets the budgeting process right the first time and that expectation causes people to give up,” he says. “Begin small by tracking your monthly income and expenses and grow from there.”

Going from a two-person income to a single one can be especially difficult.

Laney knows this all too well: In November 2012, her husband unexpectedly lost his job.

“Needless to say, we were pretty scared,” she says. “His salary was our main income — providing everything from the house to health care.”

Laney and her husband knew they had to re-evaluate their finances and make a list of priorities. Despite having a full-time job, Laney had no health insurance through her employer, so health insurance became a top priority, along with food and their house.

Laney, a self-identified “non-generic eating snob,” says she had to get over the stereotypes of generic labels and foods. The days of free-range snacks were over and only essential foods were purchased. Her two children started taking their lunches to school.

“What it costs to eat two days at school can pay for almost a week and a half of sandwiches,” she says.

Another plus for Laney: “This has actually become an added bonus as we are totally able to monitor what they are eating.”

Callie Cromer’s husband’s job change was planned, so, unlike Laney, they had some time to save for their change in direction.

“We had the benefit of seeing far enough down the road to really plan well for it,” says Callie Cromer. “We chose to save like crazy for the last year-and-a-half he was in the Coast Guard ... we began learning how to live on less, so when our income decreased it wasn’t such a shock.”

Cromer’s family began prioritizing their needs as a way to estimate living expenses. They also moved into an apartment to cut housing expenses. Each month, they deposit savings into their checking account and pay their rent, groceries and insurance. When extras pop up, she and her husband communicate to make sure their finances are in check.

They’ve found that they can save money by going out less — and that this also cuts down on stress.

“Having preschoolers means going out to eat is usually a hassle, so we do most of our meals at home,” Cromer says. “It’s healthier and cheaper.”

Both Laney and Cromer agree that budgeting has resulted in healthier eating habits for their families — an additional positive outcome.

A year into the budgeting lifestyle, Cromer advises that everyone in the family understand the goals and be committed and disciplined.

Expert Langdale agrees: “Know where your money is going each month and keep a general budget, knowing what funds you may need in the future.”

Planning is important, but flexibility is also required. Langdale advises that families stay committed to the process, keep track every month and take some time to review what worked and what did not.

What Should Children Know?


Should our children know when we are facing a financial hardship? How much is too much when talking about family finances?

Langdale encourages parents to include their children in general budget discussions but cautions against involving young children in stressful money talk. He suggests starting with a piggy bank and discussing the value of money. Give children an allowance and guide them through the process of saving and spending. As children grow, have them open up a savings account at a local bank and encourage teens to take on part-time jobs.

Since Laney’s children are older, they found out from hearing others’ speak about their father’s job loss — a fact that Laney wishes she had handled better. After learning that her children knew about their hardship, Laney reassured her two children that things might change but that she and her husband would minimize those changes for their children. The kids would still have their drama and drum lessons; it was very important for Laney to make sure that her children were not giving up the hobbies that they love.

April Sampson also included her children in on family budget talks. Sampson is honest about her cancer diagnosis, and she wanted her two daughters to know that their family’s needs would change.

“I think it’s important for them to understand the financial realities of our situation and they were immediately on board,” she says.

Since her two children are older, Sampson believes that her two daughters grasp the situation.

“I think it is important that they understand that we only have a certain amount of money coming in, and we have certain bills that have to be paid and we only have so much money to spend on other things.”

She adds, “Lela even agreed to only ask Santa for two things (this year), which — for her — is a big deal.”

Cromer feels that her two sons are too young to understand the ins and outs of living on a strict budget. She adds, however, that her kids “have done well with the lifestyle change. As long as they get to play, have plenty of attention and their basic needs met, they’re living the good life.”

Financial Tips


Jason Langdale, a financial consultant with First Community bank, offers these tips to families starting out with a budget.

• Begin budgeting for holiday expenses in January. Use Christmas Clubs or savings accounts.

• Put your budget on paper so you can see where your money is going each month.

• Find an accountability partner to help you stay on track. A spouse or friend can gently remind you of your budgeting promises and can hold you accountable.
Successful budgeting requires consistency and accountability.

• Do not use high interest credit cards but do use points from credit cards to buy holiday gifts. Pay off credit cards each month.

• Use cash as much as possible so that you can actually “feel” what you’re spending.

• Use free software such as Mint.com to track your spending.

• Talk to your children about the importance of money. Start small with a piggybank and move up to savings accounts as they get older. Have them assist in the process by clipping coupons.

• Find a free financial planner in your community. Seek help and guidance from reputable sources.

Growing Savers


Looking for some ideas to help your kids understand money? The Richland Library’s Growing Savers program teaches children about financial literacy and educates families about saving money.

Heather McCue, children’s librarian, suggests that children can learn to make choices between needs and wants. Talking to your children about those differences is a huge step.
“Research has shown that, just like reading and books, your children are looking to you when it comes to money,” McCue says. “Giving them the opportunity to practice making choices is a good first step.”

Even Lunch Money, Columbia’s own Kindie Rock band, wrote a song for the Growing Savers program. Download “Shake, Shake My Piggy Bank”
from Richland Library’s site at richlandlibrary.com/saving-money.

Need some book recommendations for teaching kids about money?


Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells (ages 3-7)
Benny’s Pennies by Pat Bisson (ages 3-7)
The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey (ages 5+)
In Business with Mallory by Laurie B. Freidman (ages 7+)
Mr Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis (ages 8-12)
— Heather Green

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Tantrums & Triumphs

Tantrums & Triumphs

By Free Times Readers
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |
Send your tantrum or triumph to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

There’s nothing like being woken up in the middle of the night by a little person yelling, “There’s pee all over me!” One day I’ll get a full seven hours of sleep a night, right?

This is a rant to Richland County School District One: What’s up with all these half days and closed days? Are you aware that most parents have jobs?

Yeah, now that you’re a teenager, I know you’re embarrassed to be seen walking with your parents in the mall. Well, we’re not all that happy about having to drive you there either.

Hey, remember all those birthday presents we gave you over the years? How about remembering to send us a birthday card one of these years.

My child for three weeks straight: I can’t wait to be out of school. My child on the second day of Christmas break: This break is ruined. I’m bored.

The good news: My teenage daughter is smarter than I am. The bad news: My teenage daughter is aware that she’s smarter than I am.

Kudos to my son for enlisting the help of the neighbor kids to clean his entire room when I held his Xbox controller for ransom. True leadership. Why do it yourself when you can get others to do it for you?

My husband bought my 3-year-old the explicit/parental advisory version of a CD. I figure she can’t understand it at all, right? Much like when our parents bought us Madonna & Prince. We’re parents of the year!

Elf on the Shelf: Thanks for highlighting what a gullible child I’ve raised for the past 7 years.

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FT Parent February 2014: PDF

By Free Times
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 |



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Restaurant Week Columbia: Jan. 9-19

Participating Restaurants
By Free Times
Thursday, January 2, 2014 |


Alodia’s
2736 North Lake Dr., Irmo/Ballentine
803-781-9814

Blue Marlin
1200 Lincoln St., The Vista, Columbia
803-799-3838
bluemarlincolumbia.com


Carolina Ale House
277 Columbiana Dr., Irmo/Harbison
803-407-6996
carolinaalehouse.com

Carolina Ale House
708 Lady St., The Vista, Columbia
803-227-7150
carolinaalehouse.com


Cellar On Greene
2001D Greene St., Five Points, Columbia
803-343-3303

Figaro, The Dining Room
1117 Boyce Street, Newberry
803-276-0101

Gervais and Vine
620-A Gervais St., The Vista, Columbia
803-799-8463

Harpers Restaurant
700 Harden St., Five Points, Columbia
803-252-2222

Il Giorgione Pizzeria & Wine Bar
2406 Devine St., Columbia
803-521-5063
ilgiorgione.com
Eat at Gio’s


Liberty Tap Room
828 Gervais St., The Vista, Columbia
803-461-4677

Liberty on the Lake
1602 Marina Rd., Irmo/Ballentine
803-667-9715

Lizard’s Thicket
818 Elmwood Ave., Downtown Columbia
803-779-6407

Lizard’s Thicket
501 Knox Abbot Dr., Cayce
(803) 791-0314

Lizard’s Thicket
3147 Forest Dr., Columbia/Forest Acres
(803) 787-8781

Lizard’s Thicket
402 Beltline Boulevard, Columbia
(803) 738-0006

Lizard’s Thicket
1824 Broad River Rd., Columbia
803-798-6427

Lizard’s Thicket
2240 Airport Boulevard, West Columbia
803-796-7820

Lizard’s Thicket
7938 Garners Ferry Rd., East Columbia
804-647-0095

Lizard’s Thicket
7620 Two Notch Rd., Columbia
803-788-3088

Lizard’s Thicket
4616 Augusta Rd., Lexington
803-785-5560

Lizard’s Thicket
7569 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia
803-732-1225

Lizard’s Thicket
621 West Main Street, Lexington
803-952-3555

Lizard’s Thicket
10170 Two Notch Rd., Columbia
803-419-5662

Lizard’s Thicket
711-1 University Village Dr., Blythewood
803-451-8400

Midlands (inside the Columbia Marriott)
1200 Hampton Street, Downtown Columbia
803-771-7000

Moe’s Grapevine
4478 Rosewood Dr.
Columbia/Rosewood
803-776-8463

MoMo’s Bistro
2930 Devine St., Columbia
803-252-2700

Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Café
2001-A Greene St., Five Points, Columbia
803-254-7828

Motor Supply Company
920 Gervais St., The Vista, Columbia
803-256-6687

The Oak Table
1221 Main St., Downtown Columbia
803-563-5066
theoaktablesc.com


Pearlz Oyster Bar
936 Gervais St., The Vista, Columbia
803-661-7741

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse
410 Columbiana Dr., Irmo/Harbison
803-708-3151

Ristorante Divino
803 Gervais St., The Vista, Columbia
803-799-4550
ristorantedivino.com


Rosso Trattoria Italia
4840 Forest Dr., Columbia/Forest Acres
803-787-3949

Rue 77
1301 Assembly St., Downtown Columbia
803-708-4785

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
924-A Senate St., The Vista, Columbia
803-212-6666

Saluda’s
751 Saluda Ave., Five Points, Columbia
803-799-9500

Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar
841 Sparkleberry Ln., Northeast Columbia
803-788-6966

Terra
100 State St., Cayce
803-791-3443

Tombo Grille
4517 Forest Dr., Columbia/Forest Acres
803-782-9665

Villa Tronco
1213 Blanding St., Downtown Columbia
803-256-7677

Yesterday’s Restaurant
2030 Devine St., Five Points, Columbia
803-799-0196
yesterdayssc.com



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Get Ahead

Get Ahead: Guide to Career Advancement Winter 2014

Hot Jobs for 2014 and Financial Advice for Non-traditional Students
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 |


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Bites & Sights: Columbia, SC Visitors Guide

Bites & Sights Columbia SC Visitors Guide Winter 2014

By Free Times
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 |


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Feature

Caring Kids

Moving from Me-Me-Me to Social Responsibility
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
USC Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Staley gives sneakers to kids through the nonprofit Innersole. Courtesy photo
Pieces and parts of toys from holidays past litter the bottom layer of the toy box. The torso of an Optimus Prime Transformer lies mixed in with Doc McStuffin’s medical kit and empty video game cases.

In the background, kids — whipped into a frenzy by a barrage of television commercials — scream, “I want that, I want that!” Amid the cacophony, a glum voice proclaims, “Santa never gets me what I want.”

As the blood rushes to your face, you wonder if your kids truly realize how blessed they are. Do they understand that not everyone watches Disney Channel on a flat-screen TV? That for some, relieving hunger isn’t as easy as running to the freezer, grabbing a Hot Pocket and nuking it in the microwave?

Some of the kids without flat-screen TVs — or even homes — live here in the Columbia area. In Richland County, there are 1,754 homeless students. This number fluctuates, but it is steadily going up. Richland County School District One’s homeless count is up 22 percent over the 2011-12 school year.

A federal law, the McKinney-Vento Act of 1987, provides federal funds for a number of services to homeless students. This inspires school districts to maintain an accurate census to ensure homeless students can get the services available. But no matter how you figure the numbers, there’s a good chance a student in your kid’s class lives in a shelter, a hotel, the back of a car or on the streets.

How can you encourage your children to be more socially conscious, to move from “I want” to “I want to help,” not only around the holidays, but all year round?

Be The Change

One of the most decorated players in women’s basketball history says if you want to inspire change, lead by example.
Hall of Famer and USC Basketball Coach Dawn Staley is encouraging everyone to “Be The Change.”

“We’re challenging everyone to help us do 50,000 acts of random kindness this year,” Staley says.

When a young person lets military personnel cut ahead of them in the fast food line, or simply opens the door for a stranger, they post their good deeds and pictures on Twitter at SC_WBB_RAoK or on Facebook here. It’s a low-budget way for kids to do something good, think of others over themselves, and in turn take a step toward becoming a better person.

Circle of Giving

Laura Long, a Midlands mom with a 16-year-old daughter, says, “As parents, we all need to start teaching our children at an early age to truly give. Not just going to Walmart with the parents’ money and buying a present. Children need to work for the money or give away a toy that is near and dear to them.”

For Long and her daughter, Katherine, volunteering with Circle of Giving has become a holiday tradition.

“Our family has all we need and so many families struggle to put food on the table —much less presents under the tree,” Katherine says.

Circle of Giving is a joint effort between Eastminster Presbyterian Church and The Cooperative Ministry. Over the holidays, children living in shelters and transitional housing are bussed to the church where they can pick out gifts for their immediate family.

While the goodies are fun, people who take part will tell you the most important aspect of the program has nothing to do presents. During Circle of Giving, young volunteers serve the kids from the shelters as they shop. It opens discussion and enables the kids on both sides to get to know one another.

Katherine Long says, “Children at any age can understand how important it is to help other families.” Studies show Long is right.

Behavior is Learned

Kelly Mulvey, assistant professor with the Department of Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina, says while toddlers may appear selfish when they grab a toy out of another kid’s hands and proclaim “mine, mine, mine,” that’s not the whole story.

“Studies show even infants don’t like seeing inequality,” Mulvey says.

Communication plays a key role in a child’s early moral development, according to Mulvey.

“If you explain to a child that if they don’t share, it will hurt the other child’s feelings or harm will occur, even young children can use that information to make fair and just decisions,” Mulvey says. Conversely, “If a parent says you must share with this child, but doesn’t explain why the child is being asked to share, the child will have a harder time processing the information.”

Theresa Adams’ 12- year- old son Avery was born with a giving gene. “He’s been active in helping me gather gifts for Operation Christmas Child at church,” says the Lexington mom, “buying gifts for needy kids at Christmas, donating things to Goodwill, and gathering food for food drives at school.”

Avery says: “It makes me feel really good inside — kinda warm — to be able to help people who don’t have much. I just like to help.”

Adams says in her family, it’s not about what you spend, ”It’s as simple as [when] someone is sick, you take them food. That is just what you do.”

Innersole

Coach Staley’s playbook also includes her nonprofit called Innersole. Born in poverty in Philadelphia, Pa., Staley recalls how a new pair of sneakers could do a lot toward positive self-esteem and motivation. The confidence that came with her new sneakers and a lot of hard work on the basketball court helped pull her out of poverty. Now she’s hoping that Innersole — which provides donated sneakers to children need them — can help build the same confidence and motivation in a new generation of young people.

Staley says she’s blown away by the number of kids who have collected sneakers with their parents’ help and encouragement.

“Innersole went deeper than someone helping someone else who was less fortunate,” she says. “It’s changing generations, parents showing their kids something a little different ... it’s giving first.”

Staley’s three-stall garage is now a shoe warehouse thanks to moms like Kellah Webster. Webster, a big fan of Staley’s, used Innersole as a teaching opportunity when her nieces and nephews visited her family’s Lowcountry home a few months ago. She loaded the kids into the car and went sneaker shopping. When one of her nieces became enamored with a pair of sparkly, silver sneakers, Webster explained, “It’s not about us ... that’s not what we’re doing today. The point of the trip is not about you.”

Kids learn many things: how to make a jump shot, how to beat the hottest video game on their iPad and how to nuke fast food in the microwave. They can also learn how to lend a hand up to others, how to care for others in need and share their good fortune with the less fortunate. After all, as Teresa Adams says, “It’s just what you do.”


Looking for ways to open 
your child's eyes?


• Spend a few hours visiting someone you know. Is there an elderly neighbor who will be alone during the holidays?

• Kids 15 and older can volunteer to help serve meals at The Oliver Gospel Mission.

• Gather warm coats and take them to The Salvation Army or The Cooperative Ministry.

• Most importantly, mark a date on your calendar for three or six months from now. Many charities have almost too much help at this time of year. Call the charity then to see how you can help out.


County programs put focus on youth homelessness


Chances are, someone in your child’s class is homeless.

This isn’t a trend that’s going away. The number of homeless students identified in Richland School District One and Two has increased annually over the last seven years. Last year, District Two served 554 homeless students — up from 64 in 2006; District One served 1,200.

Organizations are struggling to keep up with the area’s needs. Sometimes kids are turned away if a shelter doesn’t have space or if the shelter’s mission doesn’t mesh with the child’s specific situation.

You can learn more about homelessness in our area at a free forum sponsored by the Richland Public Library. “Living on The Edge; Youth Homelessness” will be Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. at the main branch; a second event will be held in March. Learn more at richlandlibrary.com.

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Health

Holiday Angst

Is Your Stress Affecting Your Kids?
By Heather Green
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
Molly Ledford, mom to two school-aged kids, likes to help her children work on their Halloween costumes. Courtesy photo
Fall. It’s one big holiday extravaganza. From Halloween candy to holiday shopping, how many months of gluttony and overspending must one family endure? Add in the parties, trick-or-treating, school recitals, office gatherings, and other obligations and the stress level multiplies. What parents may not realize is how children are influenced by their stress.

Dr. Jenny Savitz-Smith, a licensed professional counselor, says that children easily pick up on parental stress and understand that something is off. “A child may sense that their parent is stressed or unhappy and may think it is something that the child did wrong. In some cases, children may act out more by becoming more angry or sad in reaction to their parents’ emotions.”

Savitz-Smith suggests not putting too much pressure on yourself and family during the holiday season and cautions parents to look out for erratic mood swings and temper tantrums. These may be symptoms that the holiday season is too overwhelming and stressful for your child.

The stressors are easy to identify: memories of idyllic holidays of your youth and wanting to create that same picture-postcard memory for your children, time pressures, financial demands running headlong into financial realities, and the inherent pressures of family — sometimes broken ones, sometimes non-traditional ones, sometimes interfaith ones — that often reveal inherent conflicts.
Solutions can be hard to come by, harder still to stick to.

Stay on schedule

Like adults, children get stressed when their schedules and structured days are extremely altered. Melissa Sanderson, mother of two, believes staying on schedule is important. “Sometimes I find that, like me, the kids are exhausted from trying to make it to all the fun events that go along with these great holidays,” she says. “So, moods start swinging and they aren’t their normal chipper selves!”

Keeping children on routine helps ease the fatigue and irritability caused by too many holiday activities. Like Sanderson, Graham Duncan, a divorced dad, tries to limit his daughter’s holiday stress by keeping life as normal as possible, no matter how busy life is around them.

“Friday night is movie night so we try our best to stick to that even if we’re away from home,” he says.

Having to decline a few holiday parties and activities in order to stick to a family routine may ease stress for everyone. Choose a few fun holiday activities and invitations and then allow some family downtime to recoup.

Set a budget and expectations to meet it

When did gift giving morph into thousands of dollars of debt? Before setting your alarm for Black Friday, make sure you have a budget in mind. Consistently talk to your children about gift expectations and the amount of money that gifts cost. Setting those expectations early can save both you and your child a lot of holiday stress. Dr. Savitz-Smith says less may be better. “Children do not need an inordinate amount of money spent on them. If parents stay within a budget, it will cause less stress and less tension in the home.”

Be realistic

Starting out the holiday season with too many unrealistic expectations of a perfect holiday with glistening snow and pumpkin-spice perfection only leads to holiday hangovers. Molly Ledford, mom to two school-aged kids, says togetherness is most important in her family. “Helping the kids figure out how to make their Halloween costumes, watching the Thanksgiving parade (and trying to hide that the school marching bands move me to tears), wearing hats and sweaters, celebrating the love we all have for each other” is what matters most.

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Learning

Holiday Gifts for Teachers

Keep it Simple, Inexpensive and Personal
By Amanda Ladymon
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
Some teachers don’t like the clutter of “stuff” in their room, so stick with something like a holiday ornament for the tree or something that is child-safe and easy to store away for certain times of the year. File photo
The holidays are when we say thank you to everyone who has made a difference in our lives, which makes this time of year special but equally stressful. Hard-working teachers are making that difference every day. So, how do we show our appreciation for their services with limited time, money or resources?

Keep it simple.

A 2008 holiday stress poll by the American Psychological Association showed that more than eight out of 10 Americans anticipate stress during the holiday season. Households with children anticipate even more stress than those without.

The main source of this stress? Money and gift buying.

Depending on your child’s age and what type of school they attend, there could be a lot of teachers — homeroom, art, gym, foreign language, music — to thank. Some parents choose to focus one gift on the homeroom teacher, while others divvy out a little something for everyone.

The choice is entirely up to you and no hurt feelings will result from either decision.

Most of the time, teachers pay no notice to what their peers received from parents. Deana Rennick, mom and high school art teacher, says she is “simply happy to get a thank you note.”

If you prefer to send a gift, make it small, simple and inexpensive. Send the same gift to all the teachers in your child’s life; it’s OK.

So, what do teachers want? Local teachers offer several ideas:

• If you are short on time and budget, then a handwritten thank you card is always nice. Many teachers appreciate the consideration and simplicity of a card.

• Another quick option is a $5 or $10 gift card to places where they can purchase supplies for their classrooms such as Staples, Office Depot or Barnes & Noble. In some cases, homeroom moms band together and collect money from each parent to purchase a gift for the teacher. Often the teacher is aware of this arrangement and “gives a list of preferred places they like to shop and eat, or a preferred gift they would like,” according to Jill Whitaker, a mother of three. Bare minimum, you give a cash donation to the homeroom mom, the teacher gets what they asked for and everyone’s happy.

• For nontraditional gift-givers, crafty types or parents who have extra time on their hands, Pinterest is the first place to start in searching for that unique handmade idea. But avoid making items that are large or potentially hazardous to keep in the classroom. Some teachers don’t like the clutter of “stuff” in their room, so stick with something like a holiday ornament for the tree or something that is child-safe and easy to store away for certain times of the year.

• Another way to give is by volunteering with the class. For example, a local librarian mom donates one hour per week of story time. A local mother of three shared a gift idea that also aids education. In her child’s homeroom class, each student brought in a book from home, writing their name and a brief note in the book. The books were then donated to help build the classroom library. It’s a special and unique way for kids to participate in a gift for the teacher.

Of course, you can never go wrong with baked goods. Hint: chocolate.

No matter which option you choose, keep it simple, practical and affordable. Teachers do not expect gifts to be super elaborate or expensive — really, they don’t expect to receive gifts at all. Sometimes a simple thank you is all it takes.


The Five-Minute Thank You


Pressed for time? Here are quick grab-and-go ideas:

• Grab a gift card at a local retail store, restaurant or while grocery shopping. Publix has racks with dozens of local and chain gift cards right by the front door.

• Buy a box of 20 thank you or holiday cards (stick with general holiday themes) with matching envelopes and make it thoughtful by including a handwritten note from you and your child.

• Buy mini-truffle four-piece boxes. They sometimes include a little place to write a thank you on top.

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Life

Holiday Horror Stories

Drunks, Fights, Jail, Yay! It’s the Holidays!
By Anne Postic
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
Remember that there is no perfect holiday. File photo
Which is worse? A blowout fight with the in-laws or a blowout baby diaper in Santa’s lap?

How about a loud toddler requesting “Copacabana” in church? Or you saying the worst thing at the worst time, totally by accident, as your family looks on in horror?

Which is worse? Hiding Dad’s arrest from the kids on Christmas Day or postponing the holiday for a couple of days, because the kids will never know?

Some of those things are too hard (or disgusting) to talk about, even years later, but some people don’t mind sharing the memories.

My worst Christmas ended with me in the bathtub sipping (okay, guzzling) wine and watching Grey Gardens on my laptop. The details are none of your business. My worst Thanksgiving? There was vomit. Also not a story I care to share.

I will share a story about a holiday disaster we avoided, thanks to the clear thinking of my husband. I have a thing about Santa Claus. He’s real, he’s awesome, and he occasionally needs a little help from parents. My husband didn’t always agree with my view, so I had to go overboard to prove how great Santa could be.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring ... except me.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds ... while I chewed carrots and spit them on the sidewalk in front of our house. The sight of chewed carrots would prove that reindeer had been there and enjoyed the heck out of the snacks we provided. My husband tucked a newspaper under his arm and made the same joke he always makes after a big meal.

His droll little mouth drawn up like a bow ... to the bathroom he went, not the slightest bit slow. But I stopped him. What would be even more impressive on the front lawn than chunks of chewed carrot? Post-digested carrot, of course! My idea was brilliant, the perfect way to make this Christmas epic, as the kids say.

What to their wondering eyes would appear? Not a sleigh, not St. Nick, but the poop of reindeer!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf ... but my husband wisely refused. As my little round belly shook with laughter like a bowl full of jelly, he was steadfast. I kept pushing, until he reminded me that Daddy in jail on Christmas morning would be way worse than the absence of reindeer poop on the lawn. I relented.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk ... wait. I was the jerk. I was sent to bed, knowing I had narrowly avoided a lump of coal in my stocking.



I’m not the only parent who knocks back a few during the holidays. Josephine Bogart remembers one December in her pre-school years when her mother told her father Charles to take a can of spray snow and decorate the windows. He did as he was told, merrily spraying holiday cheer on the front window of their home, spelling out “Merry Christmas Charles” for all the neighbors to enjoy. (No, we aren’t using real names here!)

Then there was the Christmas I spent triple to have that one Very Important Toy overnighted to my home by a savvy Ebayer who knew slackers who’d waited too late would pay through the nose to avoid ruining Christmas.

A friend of mine found herself in the same bind, but got some great advice. The toy her son had to have wouldn’t arrive until the day after the big day. “Miranda?” her mom asked. “Do you remember the Christmas when y’all were 4 and 6 and Mimi and Pop-Pop came and surprised you?”

My friend remembered that happy holiday well. “Sweetheart, that wasn’t Christmas. They couldn’t get there until the 27th. We lied.” Was my friend stupid? How did she miss Christmas? Her mother explained, “All you have to do is keep the kids away from television and people for a few days. They’ll never know.” Try it. They aren’t as smart as you think they are.


Real Advice to Avoid Holiday Hell


• Plan ahead. The younger your children, the more time you should allow for mishaps.

• Talk things over early with your partner, so you know each other’s holiday expectations. Never assume.

• Don’t drink too much.

• Drink just enough.

• Be kind but assertive with grandparents and other relatives about what works for your family.

• Secure the tree to the top of the car, so you don’t lose it on the highway. When you get home, check the tree stand twice for leaks and stability.

• Book childcare early to make sure you have enough relief during what can be a stressful season.

• Enjoy your family and friends. The perfect gift or meal doesn’t make a perfect holiday. People do.

• Remember that there is no perfect holiday.

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Religion and Spirituality

Merry Hanukkah!

Celebrating the Holidays in Mixed-Faith Households
By Anna Gelbman Edmonds
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
Deb and David Tedeschi are raising their children in a Jewish home. Photo by Sean Rayford
For parents of different cultural and spiritual backgrounds, determining which holidays to observe and how to celebrate them can be a challenge. How can interfaith families navigate religious holidays with their children and maintain peace on earth?

“We live Jewishly,” says David Tedeschi, 49. He is Catholic and his wife Deb, 46, is Jewish. David didn’t convert to Judaism, but the household functions as a Jewish home. He attends temple regularly with Deb and their two sons, Louis 13, and Daniel, 11, but goes to church with his parents when he visits them.

There are no Christmas trees or Easter baskets in the Tedeschi home, but they enjoy those things when visiting with David’s family. “It’s a sacrifice sometimes,” David says. “I have felt it or feel it more [at some times] than at other times, but I’m very happy with the choices we’ve made.”

The boys are kept home from school in observance of the high holy days of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

“We made the decision that raising the children in one faith was better than raising them with no faith at all,” says Deb.

Spencer and Keagan Herring, both 30, of Irmo, were each raised in Protestant homes. Today Keagan’s leanings are agnostic while Spencer studies all religions. Several of his tattoos are religious symbols; icons, such as Buddha and Virgin Mary, are displayed around their home. “I take a little bit from all of them,” says Spencer.

The Herrings have friends and family members of various religious faiths. Sharing the holidays with them is an opportunity for their daughter Kira, 5, to experience and learn from all of them.

Expecting their second child in February, the family celebrates Christmas with a tree and presents because it’s fun but they don’t actively bring the traditional Christmas story into their home. Kira is learning that it’s fundamentally a Christian holiday, but that’s not the focus in their home. They spend Easter, Christmas and other traditionally religious holidays with family.

“We gear the religious holidays toward the children,” says Spencer.

The Herrings believe it’s best to expose their children to a diversity of religions, encourage their curiosity and give them a neutral base from which to determine their own spiritual path when they’re older.

Barbara Soblo, 51, is an atheist. Her family celebrates traditionally religious holidays in secular ways, with Christmas trees, Easter baskets and family dinners. She and her husband are science teachers. They and their two children also make up their own holidays, such as practice Thanksgivings (to stretch the stomach in preparation for the real thing), random full moon parties, and unbirthdays. They also celebrate school holidays and science-related phenomena. “The pagan celebrations — solstices, equinoxes and moons — are random excuses to eat cake,” she says.

“Food is a large part of all holidays,” says Rev. Roy Mitchell, Chaplain and Director of Church Relations at Columbia College. “Food was how the ancients communed with God or the gods.” Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Baha’is and people of nearly all faiths incorporate food into their celebrations. Food will always be a way to bring families together on holidays, no matter what their belief system.

“It’s about raising children consistently,” says David Tedeschi. “Make a plan and stick to it.”


Strategies


Holidays can be stressful under the best of circumstances, but couples with different religious and cultural backgrounds often face added challenges. Here are some strategies to help get through the holidays peacefully:

• Communication is key. Don’t assume everyone is on the same page about decorations, traditions, menus and religious services.

• Teach and learn. The more you understand about your spouse’s religion or culture, the more you can appreciate what holds importance and why.

• Blending aspects of the different holidays is wonderful, but don’t expect a full merge. A hybrid experience can be developed over time as you learn what does and does not work.

• Disagreements about holiday traditions are inevitable. When the disagreements are counterproductive or linger year after year, consult a clergyperson or family counselor for help.

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Family Finance

Two Little Letters, One Big Message

Learning to Say ‘No’
By Kevin Oliver
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
“To enable them to turn into a responsible human being, sometimes you have to say no even if you want to give them everything they want.” File photo
No. It’s such a small word, but it can be a big deal.

That’s especially true when the fall signals the coming of cooler weather and the inexorable rush to the gift-giving and gift-receiving season.

Children in particular can be sucked into “I want” mode much more easily this time of year with all the new games, toys and other products advertised for them. So as a parent, it’s important to know when and why you sometimes need to use those two little letters.

Financial adviser Ben Rast of The Rast Group in Columbia says managing the gift monster comes down to setting expectations and sticking to them.

“I’m a fan of lists,” he says. “Prepare an initial list — it’ll be a long one. Go through it with them and whittle it down to what they really want.” The process teaches children how to make choices, just as you do at the grocery store with your lists that help you spend less money on impulse items as you shop for the essentials.

“It is an issue of self-control,” Rast explains. “You can acquire that different ways, but understanding that you can’t have something today, you have to wait for it — that is where the parents want to wind up with their kids.” The key is to make this a year-round effort, not just during the holidays, so that it doesn’t come as a shock or a shift in policy from mom and dad.

“Teaching kids ‘don’t buy now, wait’ doesn’t come naturally to them,” Rast adds. “Giving them an incentive for that waiting is a good opportunity to develop that skill.” He doesn’t have a problem with parents simply saying ‘No’, either.

“We are not here to be their friend, but to be their parent,” Rast says. “To enable them to turn into a responsible human being, sometimes you have to say no even if you want to give them everything they want.”

The issue is more complex than just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, though.

“Budgeting for the holidays should be a little flexible, not like budgeting for most things,” Rast says. “Have guidelines but don’t make them inflexible — there has to be leeway because, let’s face it, we’re dealing with the individuals on earth we are closest to and love the most.” He adds that it is wise to appoint a ‘captain’ or point person in the family to do the majority of the financial stuff.

“Typically in a marriage there is someone more capable with budgeting, so they should be the ones keeping track,” Rast says. “There is room for compromise, even some errors, but contain them and you’ll be fine. Take an approach with guidelines that are comfortable and that you can afford, and allow for a process of adjustment.”


A Time to Learn, Not Just to Spend


Ever wonder if you’re the only one out there worrying about your holiday budget? If you cruise the local blogosphere, you’ll find yourself in good company.

Lexington mom blogger Kati Horton of LexingtonMommy.com says that her readers had a pretty good discussion about this very topic last year.

“We had a conversation about how to handle presents on the blog last Christmas,” Horton says. “There were several suggestions, but they all boiled down to putting parameters on it ahead of time, setting proper expectations for your children and not letting them think they are getting 57 presents under the tree.” Horton also suggests turning the big purchases into opportunities for personal growth.

“If there is something they really want and it is expensive, even if you do have the money to buy it, there is an opportunity to turn the purchase into a life lesson,” She says. “Number one, they are not the only 13-year-old without a cell phone. Number two, you can allow them to earn their own money to buy it.”

Horton concludes that mom and dad need to be the decision makers in this instance, and stick with the decision.

“Parents should never feel guilty about a decision you feel strongly about, like this one,” she says. “Children should know that the world is not going to tell you ‘yes’ for the rest of your life.”


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Learning

Learning Listings

Help Your Kids Develop Their Interests
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
Each child has different interests— from math to science, from foreign languages to outer space. File photo
Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic, sure — but what if your child has trouble with the three Rs? Or what if your child shows exemplary skill in them? Each child learns differently, and each child has different interests — from math to science, from foreign languages to outer space. To help your kid learn, check out the following.

Aim High Education
4801 Hardscrabble Rd., 788-6894
aimhigheducationsc.com
Customized after-school education programs and tutoring.

The Afterschool Zone
theafterschoozone.com
Offers afterschool pickup from Lexington/Richland 5 and Richland 1 schools. Students engage in physical and educational activities.

Aspire Early Learning Academy
1103 B Ave. (West Columbia), 834-4976
aspireearlylearningacademy.com
Pre-K program using the Creative Curriculum, a nationally approved curriculum based on the ideas of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Be Great Academy
500 Gracern Road, 231-3100
begreatacademy.com
After-school program operated by Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands.

Bright Start
720 Gracern Rd., 929-1112
brightstartsc.com
Provides quality comprehensive services to all individuals with special needs and developmental delays.

Brookland Academy
1054 Sunset Blvd., 796-7525
brooklandbaptist.org
Child development center operated by Brookland Baptist Church; for children ages six weeks to 4. Offers 4-K.

Challenger Learning Center
2600A Barhamville Rd.
929-3951, thechallengercenter.net
The Challenger Learning Center of Richland County School District One is an aeronautics- and space-themed learning program designed to provide interactive learning experiences, integrating science, technology, engineering and math curricula with 21st century life skills.

Discovery Program of South Carolina
8807 Two Notch Rd., 419-0126
discoveryprogramsc.org
Noted as a program of excellence with the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), the Discovery Program helps those struggling to learn — whether via learning disabilities or other learning disorders — to become independent students.

Glenforest School
glenforest.org
Works with K-12 students who have not thrived in traditional learning environments, including students with dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder or other developmental challenges.

Hammond Plus Programs
854 Galway Lane, 695-8624
hammondschool.org
In addition to being a top college-prep school, Hammond offers a wide array of after-school classes for children and adults.

Head Start
1400 St. Andrews Rd., 898-2550
A comprehensive school readiness program serving kids 0-5 that has a strong focus on ensuring that they start school ready to learn.

Lango South Carolina
langosouthcarolina.com
At Lango, your child will learn another language, make developmental strides, explore other cultures. At various Midlands locations.

The Language Buzz
1921 Henderson St., 252-7002
thelanguagebuzz.com
A unique foreign language learning center that promotes the early command of languages through language immersion, contextualized learning, and the learning and acceptance of different cultures.

Mathnasium
mathnasium.com
Offers math help for students from grades 2 through 12.

My Amigos
myamigosbec.org
Language immersion programs for ages 30 months to 5th grade.

Pearson Professional Centers
107 Westpark Blvd., 798-3001
Offers GMAT testing.

Personal Pathways to Success
scpathways.org
Provides educational and career planning resources.

Provost Academy South Carolina
sc.provostacademy
A tuition-free, online-only public high school. Live online classrooms give students the ability to includes the ability to participate in discussions and ask questions.

REACH
reachgroup.org
A support group for Columbia-area home schoolers; provides information and activities, offers information about academic résumés and transcripts.

Richland County First Steps
rcfirststeps.org
Works with kids, parents, schools and childcare providers to promote health, literacy and school readiness in young children.

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Life

Life Listings

Finding Answers to Tough Questions
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
Life is full of tough questions. Is your 4-year-old ready for a sleepover? Should your 12-year-old be on Facebook? How do you talk to your 16-year-old about sexting? Teach your children well, or so the song says — and here’s how you can help them learn how to live.

ASY Counseling Services
1825 St. Julian Pl., 254-1210
asycounseling.com
Providing quality mental health services to children and families in the Columbia area.

Behavior Consulting Services
3227 Sunset Blvd.
behaviorconsultingservices.com
Serves children with a variety of special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, behavioral difficulties and academic difficulties.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia
bbbs.org
Oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. Serves children ages 6 through 18.

Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands
bgcmidland.org
Formed in 1959, operates 31 clubs, eight summer camps and a teen center serving youth and families from Fairfield, Lexington and Richland Counties.

Children’s Chance
609 Sims Ave., 254-5996
childrenschance.org
Children’s Chance’s mission is to improve the quality of life of children and families who are dealing with the trauma of pediatric cancer.

Children’s Trust of SC
1634 Main St., 733-5430
scchildren.org
Aims to promote healthy, nurturing relationships between children and adults — because strengthening families is the best way to prevent abuse, neglect and unintentional injuries.

Christian Counseling Center
1500 Lady St., 779-1995
christiancounseling.ws
Offers counseling on a variety of topics; also offers spiritual and religious counseling. Offered by First Presbyterian Church.

Columbia Counseling Center
900 St. Andrews Rd., 731-4708
columbiacounseling.accountsupport.com
A Christian perspective on counseling.

Crossroads Counseling Center
130 Whiteford Way, 808-1800
solutionsforlife.org
Counseling for adults, adolescents, children and marriages.

Family Connections of South Carolina
2712 Middleburg Dr., 252-0914
familyconnectionsc.org
Statewide organization of parents helping parents of children with disabilities, developmental delays, and chronic illnesses.

Family Service Center of South Carolina
2712 Middleburg Dr., 733-5450
fsconline.org
A multi-service non-profit agency offering adoption services, consumer credit counseling, child dental clinics, an eye care clinic and more.

Kennedy Drivers Training School
Box Turtle Court, 318-4264
kennedydriverstraining.com
Started in 1998 after the company owner taught her own teenagers to drive.

Lake Murray Counseling Center
7511 St. Andrews Rd., 781-1003
lakemurraycounseling.com
Offering counseling for children’s and adolescent issues.

Leadership Institute at Columbia College
columbiacollegesc.edu/leadership_inst/
Girls Empowered and LEAD residential programs.

Lexington-Richland Anti-Drug Abuse Council
Lexington County: 1068 S. Lake Dr., 726-9400
Richland County: 2711 Colonial Dr., 726-9300
lradac.org
Alcohol and drug abuse authority offering a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs, including child and adolescent programs.

Mental Health America of South Carolina
1823 Gadsden St., 779-5363
mha-sc.org

NAMI Mid Carolina
namimidcarolina.org
Local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Palmetto Counseling Associates
1911 Gadsden St., 254-9767
palmettocounseling.com

SC Childcare
scchildcare.org, childcare.sc.gov
Clearinghouse of information on childcare licensing and childhood development programs.

South Carolina Youth Advocate Program
779-5500
Nonprofit child-placing agency offering training, support and compensation to qualified families who provide a home to a foster child.

Three Rivers Behavioral Health
West Columbia: 200 Ermine Rd., 791-9918
West Columbia: 2900 Sunset Blvd., 796-9911
threeriversbehavioral.org
Provides comprehensive residential treatment for children and adolescents providing treatment for psychiatric and chemical dependency related illnesses.

University of South Carolina Speech and Hearing Research Center
1601 St. Julian Pl., 77-2614
sph.sc.edu/shc/
Provides a variety of evaluation and treatment programs for individuals of all ages.

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Health

Health Listings

Keep Your Kids Fit as Fiddles
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
For check-ups, vaccines, boosters and general wellness, you’ll need a family practitioner or pediatrician. File photo
If your kid has a legitimate emergency, you take him or her to the emergency room. If your kid has a bad case of the sniffles, you go to an urgent care facility. But for check-ups, vaccines, boosters and general wellness, you’ll need a family practitioner or pediatrician. Here’s a list to help get you started, along with a list of dentists, orthopedists and other health-related resources to keep your kids fit as fiddles.

Advanced Dentistry Columbia
1701 St. Julian Place, 254-6763
advanceddentistrycolumbia.com
Super-friendly, family owned practice led by Dr. Nicholas Gee.

Ballentine Pediatrics
11134 Broad River Rd., 732-0920
ballentinepediatrics.com

Ballentine Family Dentistry
3533 Dreher Shoals Rd., 732-3001

Camden Family Care
1017 Fair St.,424-1260
camdenfamilycare.com

Capital Children’s Dental Center
655 St. Andrews Rd., 252-7775

Carolina Children’s Dentistry
7701 Trenholm Rd., 736-6000
carolinachildrensdentistry.com

Carolina Pediatrics
Downtown: 2113 Adams Grove Rd., 256-0531
Irmo: 7033 St. Andrews Rd., 376-2838
carolinapediatrics.com

Carolina Teen Health
carolinateenhealth.org
Questions about sex and STDs answered in a teen-oriented format.

Child Care Services
childcare.sc.gov
An arm of the Department of Social Services, childcare.sc.gov is an online hub with information on everything from child-care center licensing to Head Start programs. Also see related site scchildcare.org.

Children’s Dental Group of South Carolina
7210 K Broad River Rd., Irmo, 781-5141
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Children’s Dental Group of South Carolina is the fastest growing children’s dental office in Columbia, offering oral conscious sedation for a more pleasant dental experience. We gladly accept insurance and Medicaid for ages 1-21.

Chapin Family Practice
1612 Chapin Rd., 345-3414

Children’s Choice Pediatrics
6108 Garners Ferry Rd., 647-1265
childrenschoicepeds.com

Chrysostom Family Dentistry
3308 Platt Springs Rd., 350-9124
drdeno.com

City of Columbia Community Gardens
columbiasc.net/communitygardens
Five-by-12-foot publicly owned plots available for lease to residents and organizations. Cost is $20 per year.

Columbia’s Cooking!
cpcp.sph.sc.edu/cooking, 576-5636
Healthy cooking classes for kids 9 and older and adults.

Colonial Family Practice
3930 Devine St., 256-1511
colonialfamilypractice.com
Part of a Sumter-based practice group.

Creative Cooking
creativecookingsc.com
Classes and camps for children ages 3 to 12.

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina
eatsmartmovemoresc.org
Offers events, live training and web training to assist local organizers in creating, managing and maintaining obesity prevention programs. 

Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina
Downtown: 1910 Gregg St., 931-0100
Hardscrabble: 300 Rice Meadow Way, 227-7777
Irmo: 7611 St. Andrews Rd., 724-1100
Lexington: 3630 Sunset Blvd., 239-1600
Northeast: 1721 Horseshoe Dr., 788-7884
Southeast: 813 Leesburg Rd., 783-4433
fmcofsc.com
Private family practice group.

Five Points Pediatric & Walk-in Care
1228 Harden St., 748-7002
ecchc.org
Part of the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers.

Girls on the Run
gotrcolumbia.org
Inspires pre-teen girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through a fun curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Hutchinson Family Dentistry
209 W. Main St., 359-0566
lexingtonscdentistry.com

Kids First Dental
2700 Broad River Rd., 772-4949
kidsfirstdentalsc.com

The Kids Group
206 Medical Cir., 796-9200
thekidsgroup.com

Kool Smiles
5422 Forest Dr., 753-8064
mykoolsmiles.com

Lake Murray Pediatric Dentistry
740 Old Lexington Hwy., 345-2483

Lakeside Pediatrics
811 W. Main St., Suite 205 (Lexington)
lakesidepediatric.com
Led by Dr. Douglas Luberoff; part of the Lexington Medical Center network.

Lexington Family Practice
Ballentine: 1846 Dutch Fork Rd.,781-3843, lfp.lexmednetwork.org
Irmo: 7037 St. Andrews Rd., 732-0963, lfp.lexmednetwork.org
Lake Murray: 2006 Augusta Hwy., 785-4747, lfplakemurray.lexmednetwork.org
Lake Ridge: 557 Columbia Ave., lakeridge.lexmednetwork.org
Lexington: 122 Powell Dr., 957-0780, lfp.lexmednetwork.org
Northeast: 76 Polo Rd., 699-7255, lfpnortheast.lexmednetwork.org
Sandhills: 811 W. Main St., 358-6420, sfm.lexmednetwork.org
Spring Valley: 229 Longtown Rd., 419-4949, svfp.lexmednetwork.org
West Columbia: 3314 Platt Spring Rd., 791-3494, lfpwestcolumbia.lexmednetwork.org
White Knoll: 5535 Platt Spring Rd., 951-1880, lfpwhiteknoll.lexmednetwork.org
The Lexington Family Practice network is an umbrella group of the Lexington Medical Center.

Lexington Medical Center
2720 Sunset Blvd., 791-2000
lexmed.com
A frequent winner of Best Hospital in Free Times’ Best of Columbia poll.

Dr. Samuel J. Marsh
Pediatric Dentistry
2302 Bush River Rd., 798-8675
wemakekidssmile.com

Medcare Urgent Care Center
110 Medical Cir., 509-7316
medcareurgentcare.com

Midlands Orthopedics
1910 Blanding St., 256-4107
midlandsortho.com

Milestones Pediatrics
120 Wildewood Park Dr., 788-7882

Moore Orthopaedic Clinic
Columbia: 14 Medical Park, 227-8000
Columbia: 114 Gateway Corp., 227-8000
Lexington: 104 Saluda Pointe Dr., 227-8000

Northeast Children’s Dentistry
147 Summit Cir., 865-1421
northeastchildrensdentistry.com

Palmetto Health
palmettohealth.org
A frequent runner-up for Best Hospital in Free Times’ Best of Columbia poll.

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital
7 Richland Medical Park Dr.
ch.palmettohealth.org
A state-of-the-art children’s hospital with comfortable family-centered spaces, age-appropriate play areas and therapeutic diversions to help reduce stress and encourage healing.

Palmetto Health Family Medicine Practices
Harbison: 190 Parkridge Dr., 407-3857
Irmo: 190 Parkridge Dr., 749-0693
Lakeview: 1316 N. Lake Dr., 358-1191
Northeast: 115 Blarney Dr., 736-6262
South Hampton: 5900 Garners Ferry Rd., 695-5450
Twelve Mile Creek: 4711 Sunset Blvd., 356-3609
University: 4311 Hardscrabble Rd., 419-6334
palmettohealth.org
Family practice wing of Palmetto Health.

Palmetto Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
Downtown: 140 Park Central, 779-4001
Harbison: 16 Woodcross Dr., 732-0140
Lexington: 1970 Augusta Hwy., 358-2370
Northeast: 74 Polo Rd., 788-4886
Rice Creek: 300 Rice Meadow Way, 788-6360
Affiliated with Richland, Baptist, Palmetto Richland Children’s and Lexington Hospitals.

Palmetto Smiles
139 Whiteford Way, 951-9100,
palmetto-smiles.com

Pediatric After Hours Care
114 Gateway Corporate Blvd., 865-4900
Open 6-10 p.m., Mon-Fri; 2-8 p.m., Sat-Sun.

Pediatric Dentistry
8905 Two Notch Rd., 788-9353
wecaredentalsc.com

Providence Hospitals
Downtown: 2435 Forest Dr.
Northeast: 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd.
Another of Columbia’s top-flight hospital systems.

Providence Northeast Family
300 Long Pointe Ln., 462-7193
providencehospitals.com

Rice Creek Family Dentistry
101 Rice Bent Way, 788-2676,
ricecreekdmd.com

Safe Kids Midlands
7 Richland Medical Park Dr., Suite 7186
safekidsmidlands.org
Dedicated to decreasing the number of injuries to children. Offers information on safe car-seat practices, product recalls, safety with household products and more.

Smile Columbia
690A Columbiana Dr., 781-9090
smilecolumbia.com

South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
teenpregnancysc.org
Provides information and resources for teens, parents, educators and community organizations.

South Carolina Dental Center
2020 Laurel St., 254-4543
southcarolinadentalcenter.com

South Lake Family Dental
1223 S. Lake Dr., 520-5580
southlakedmd.com

Sterling Sharpe Pediatric Center
4605 Monticello Rd., 252-7001
ecchc.org
Part of the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers.

Teen Talk
palmettohealth.org/teentalk, 296-2273
Offers numerous resources for teens, including Teen Talk newsletter, peer-to-peer discussions and an ask-an-expert program.

USC Family Medicine Center
3209 Colonial Blvd., 434-6113
familymedicine.med.sc.edu
Offers complete care for children and adults with a focus on prevention.

USC Sports Medicine Center
Two Medical Park, Suite 104, 434-6812
uscsportsmedicine.com
Open to athletes at all levels — recreational to high school, college and professional.

Vista Smiles
515 Richland St., 779-9666
vistasmilesofcolumbia.com
Offers full range of family dental services with advancing technology in a welcoming environment.

Wellspring Family Medicine
114 Gateway Corporate Blvd., 865-9655
wellspringfmed.com

Wild Smiles
203 N. Lake Dr., 356-1606
wildsmiles.net

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Activities

Activities Listings

Where You and Your Kids Can Play … and Play Together
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
EdVenture is the South’s largest children’s museum. Photo by Daniel Coston
With the myriad options for children’s programming on television these days, it’s tempting to plop your kid down in front of the flat-screen to keep him or her occupied. But kids like to be active, and we know you dig that whole quality-time shebang. So we have put together a select list of places where you and junior can play … and play together.

All4Fun Party Rental
all4funbouncehouses.com
Rents bounce houses and slides.

Art Smart Academy
732o Broad River Rd., 667-9912
artsmartacademy.com
Walk-in pottery and painting, birthday parties and more.

Bouncerific
921 Longtown Rd., 865-7939
bouncerific.com
No, Bouncerific isn’t a place to send your kid to learn to be a doorman; it’s an indoor party and play center for kids and families. Inflatable bouncers, slides, dress-up, games, more.

Capital Karate
capitalkaratesc.com
Develops character, discipline and focus as well as physical conditioning and skills.

Carolina CrossFit
1804 Blanding St.
carolinacrossfit.com
Offers kids’ Crossfit classes.

Chuck E. Cheese’s
1775 Burning Tree Dr., 772-0435
chuckecheese.com
The motto of the nationwide family entertainment center chain: Where a kid can be a kid. Often home to birthdays, play groups and school fundraising events, Chuck E. Cheese’s features games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment for all ages.

City of Columbia Parks & Recreation
columbiasc.net/parksandrec
Family-friendly Columbia boasts 52 public parks where your wee ones can run and jump and skip and play, plus a host of community gardens, three swimming pools, one splash pad water park, and a public skate park. The city also offers a host of youth sports and outdoor environmental programs.

Colonial Life Arena
801 Lincoln St.
coloniallifearena.com
When Disney princesses and the Sesame Street gang come to Columbia, this is where they play.

Columbia Arts Academy
787-0931, columbiaartsacademy.com
The largest music school in the state of South Carolina, the Columbia Arts Academy boasts a large and qualified staff to train your kids in electric and acoustic guitar, voice, piano, bass, drums and year-round rock band classes.

Columbia Blowfish
254-3474, blowfishbaseball.com
Take ‘em out to the ballgame: During the summer months, Capital City Stadium hosts the Columbia Blowfish, which play in the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate wood-bat summer league. And, yes: They sell peanuts and Crackerjack.

Columbia Children’s Theatre
3400 Forest Dr, 691-4548
columbiachildrenstheatre.com
Professional theater company for young audiences and families.

Columbia Marionette Theatre
401 Laurel St., 252-7366
cmtpuppet.org
Founded in 1988 by famed puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son John, the Columbia Marionette Theatre has established itself as a premiere children’s theater in South Carolina. Its mission is to entertain and educate children and adults through the long-standing tradition and artistry of puppetry.

Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main St., 799-2810
columbiamuseum.org
Offers plenty of fun programming for kids, from its Passport to Art semi-monthly open studio program to its weekly Wee Wednesday art exploration sessions to its summer camps and school programs.

Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
301 Gervais St., 737-8095
www.crr.sc.gov
For more than a century, the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum’s has collected and preserved the military history of this state.

Congaree National Park
776-4396, nps.gov/cong
This 22,000-acre park boasts the largest old-growth, floodplain forest on the continent. It’s also an International Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area and a National Natural Landmark. Activities include hiking, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, nature walks and more. Located in Hopkins, 20 miles southeast of Columbia.

Cottle Strawberry Farm
2533 Trotter Rd., 695-1714
cottlestrawberryfarm.com
This 30-plus-year-old strawberry farm tucked in southeast Columbia is open to the public every spring — usually from April through May, and sometimes into June. Mmm … freshly picked strawberries.

CrossFit Vista
1125 Lady St., 600-5134
warriorfitnesssc.com
CrossFit Kids is a strength and conditioning program used by many athletic teams, martial arts schools and P.E. programs. A great way to address childhood inactivity and obesity. Also has a location in Blythewood.

Dreher Island State Recreation Park
3677 State Park Rd., 364-4152
southcarolinaparks.com
Located 30 miles northwest of Columbia in Prosperity, the Dreher Island recreation area consists of three islands encompassing 12 miles of shoreline on Lake Murray. Especially popular for fishing and boating, Dreher Island also offers lakefront camping, cabin and villa rentals, water skiing and picnicking.

Drew Park Splash Pad
2101 Walker Solomon Way
drewwellnesscenter.com
Sure, there’s a playground, a jogging track and a gazebo, but you’re coming here to get wet in the gigantic spray pad and lighted fountain. (Many of the city’s public parks offer smaller spray pools, too.)

EdVenture Children’s Museum
211 Gervais St., 779-3100
edventure.org
The South’s largest children’s museum, with more than 70,000 square feet of cool stuff to keep the kids occupied.

Frankie’s Fun Park
140 Parkridge Dr., 781-2342
frankiesfunpark.com
This Harbison-area entertainment center packs three go-kart tracks, three 18-hole mini-golf courses, batting cages, bumper boats, an arcade, a 5,000-square foot multi-tiered laser tag arena and a super-tall drop zone that says “In your face, gravity!” into 14 acres filled with fun for all ages. What, do you hate fun or something?

Flying High Academy
flyinghighacademysc.com
Dance, tumbling, gymnastics and cheerleading programs.

Harbison State Forest
896-8890
state.sc.us/forest/refharb.htm
If you didn’t know it was there, you’d never expect to find 2,177 acres of forest along the sprawling mess that is Broad River Road. But there it is — one of the largest public green spaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the eastern United States. Features more than 16 miles of roads and trails (popular for biking) and a canoe landing.

Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission
icrc.net
The Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission offers kids sports, programs and activities at Crooked Creek Park, Saluda Shoals Park and Seven Oaks Park.

Laugh N Leap
647-960, laughnleap.com
Need to buy or rent an inflatable bounce house, water slide, dunk tank or obstacle course? Laugh N Leap has you covered.

Lexington County Recreation Commission
lcrac.com
Offers youth sports, programs and activities at parks, playgrounds and activity centers in Lexington County.

Lexington County Soccer Club
lexingtoncountysoccerclub.org
Live in Lexington Country? Think your kid’s the next Ronaldo? Sign him or her up with this club team, which offers playing options from recreational to elite traveling squads.

Lexington School of Music
711 E. Main St., 929-7867
lexingtonschoolofmusic.com
Offers flexible schedules for lessons on guitar, voice, bass, piano and more.

Little Gym
2005 N. Beltline Blvd., 738-1115
thelittlegym.com
The Little Gym is an experiential learning and physical development center offering children’s physical activities centered on movement, music and learning.

Little Loggerheads Swim School
littleloggerheads.net
Offers morning, afternoon and evening swim lessons for children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years.

The Mad Platter
3101 Millwood Ave., 771-8080
mymadplatter.com
Art, studies have shown, makes kids smarter. So take your tykes here, a paint-your-own pottery studio, where they can throw clay, paint plates and explore their creative sides.

Mad Science
midlands.madscience.org
Offers a wide variety of fun science programs at birthday parties, summer camps, pre-schools and more.

Monkey Joe’s
171 Newland Rd., 788-1102
monkeyjoes.com/columbia
For kids, Monkey Joe’s offers a place to monkey around, with wall-to-wall inflatable slides, jumps, climbing walls and obstacle courses. And for parents, there’s comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi, concessions and sports on large, flat-screen TVs.

My Gym
110 Forum Dr., 788-1230
my-gym.com
A non-competitive gymnastics and play center keeping children healthy by making fitness fun.

Owens Field Skate Park
Jim Hamilton Blvd.
The 14,500-square-foot custom concrete park, when it opened in 2010, replaced a small skate park many local skaters considered bogus. Ramps, bowls, rails, more.

Palmetto Children’s Music
palmettochildrensmusic.com
Offers Music Together classes — Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for infants through five-year-olds and the grownups who love them.

Palmetto Falls Waterpark
3381 Marion Ave., 751-3475
fortjacksonmwr.com/waterpark/
Tucked just inside of Fort Jackson’s Gate 2 entrance, Palmetto Falls Water Park offers a 10,000-square foot family pool, two water slides, a 600-square foot splashdown pool, a 2,500-square foot kiddie pool, a lazy river stretching 800 feet, and a snack bar. Open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays during the summer.

The Patch
3807 Augusta Hwy., 359-3276
This Gilbert strawberry patch is open for picking during strawberry season, typically April through May.

Patchwork Playhouse
1508 Columbia College Dr., 333-0372
patchworkplayers-sc.com
A long-running children’s theater featuring child-sized puppets and actors.

Plex Indoor Sports
plexindoorsports.com
There are two locations of this local indoor sports complex franchise: The Sandhills location, by the Village at Sandhill, offers indoor soccer, basketball courts and a skate park; the Irmo location, off the Peak exit on I-26, features a ice rink, an indoor soccer field and an remote-controlled car track. Both locations offer summer camps, birthday party packages, after-school programs and youth sports.

Richland County Recreation Commission
richlandcountyrecreation.com
Offers youth sports, programs and activities at parks, playgrounds and activity centers in Richland County.

Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens
500 Wildlife Parkway, 779-8717
riverbanks.org
It’s a natural fact that kids love animals. And Riverbanks Zoo — one of the nation’s finest, according to TripAdvisor — offers plenty of ‘em, from elephants to gorillas to ibexes to an aquarium and reptile complex stocked with fish, frogs, lizards are more. Riverbanks also offers myriad educational programs, day camps, overnight adventures and other fun kids’ events.

Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Rd., 731-5208
icrc.net
Situated on 270 acres downstream from the Lake Murray Dam, Saluda Shoals features a popular water park, an environmental education center, canoe trips, nature hikes, biking trails, fishing spots, picnic shelters, art exhibits, summer camps, health and wellness programs, meeting facilities and more. Good trout fishing, too, if your wee ones are into that.

Samurai Karate Studio
samuraikaratestudio.net
Offers classes for children and adults, as well as conducting stranger-danger and anti-bully workshops.

Sesquicentennial State Park
9564 Two Notch Rd., 788-2706
www.southcarolinaparks.com
This 1,419-acre park features a 30-acre lake surrounded by trails, picnic areas and campsites. Also offers boating, fishing, swimming, meeting facilities and trails. Trails include a 6.1-mile mountain bike trail, a 1.9-mile nature trail, and a 3.5-mile walking and jogging trail.

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais St., 898-4921
scmuseum.org
The South Carolina State Museum, named one of the top three museums in the Southeast by readers of Southern Living, offers a wide variety of kids programming, such as camp-ins, birthday parties, summer camps and living history re-enactments.

Talbot Swim School
792-7298, talbotswimschool.com.
Before you can run, you gotta walk, right? Well, before you go to the pool, you gotta learn to swim, and Talbot Swim School offers private lessons year-round.

Topspin Racquet and Swim Club
topspinsc.com
Clay tennis courts in Lexington offering family clinics.

Trenholm Little League
eteamz.com/trenholmbaseball
Fun, intensive baseball league. Parents can choose clinics only or clinics and team play. Fall and spring seasons.

Trustus Theatre
520 Lady St., 254-9732
trustus.org
Offers customized acting classes with individualized instruction.

U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte, N.C., 704-391-3900
usnwc.org
OK, so the U.S. National Whitewater Center isn’t in Columbia; it’s a little more than an hour north in Charlotte. But it’s worth the trip up I-77: An official Olympic Training Site for whitewater slalom racing, the nonprofit U.S. National Whitewater Center is a huge outdoor adventure and environmental education center dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles and developing environmental stewardship. Offers whitewater rafting and kayaking, flatwater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip lines and more.

YMCA
columbiaymca.org
The YMCA in downtown Columbia was one of the first 50 Ys in the United States. It now has five branches — including locations in Northeast Columbia, Lexington, Irmo and Orangeburg —with which to provide childcare, camps and after-school programs.

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Media

Music & DVD Reviews

Plus: Apps for Kids
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
The Dirty Socks Come Clean
Self-released CD

One of the things I sometimes lament about kid’s music is that there isn’t enough of it that’s comparable to the grownup music I tend to listen to even in the presence of my children, some of which has inappropriate content in the lyrics even if the music’s good.

Enter a band such as New York ensemble the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, whose varied approach resembles the kind of variety band that populates many bars and nightclubs — except for the lyrics, which are aimed squarely at the very underage set.

Appropriately named, the Funtime Band’s sound is full of funky grooves from reggae and rock to R&B and even a little country-music twang. They’re more than competent musicians, meaning if you don’t pay attention to the lyrics it’s almost like listening to Sublime or No Doubt when they drop into a ska-like style on a song such as “National Hiccup Day.”

It’s those lyrics that will keep your children from doing the eye-roll thing when this album comes on the car stereo; how can they possibly tune out when the band starts singing about “Garbage Bugs” or “Robots From the Fourth Dimension”?

Don’t come looking for any educational value with this release, but for good clean fun, it’s hard to beat.

Mister G
ABC Fiesta!
Self-released CD

Want to introduce Spanish to your kids in a way that won’t make them feel like they are learning something in the process? Parent’s Choice award winner Mister G has made a career in kids music by offering bilingual, entertaining songs, and his latest is another wonderful collection that straddles English and Spanish in a fun way.

Centered around a theme of literacy, songs such as “Quiero Leer” (“I Want to Read”) celebrate reading as a way into other worlds of stories and characters. The title track features a call and response Spanish-English listing of terms — “read,” “write,” “stories,” “books” — set to a lilting Caribbean rhythm. But there’s fun too. Other songs such as “Vamos A La Playa” celebrate days at the beach, while “Bongo Bongo” is an ode to the healing, relaxing power of music.

Mister G expresses his thoughts over an intoxicating mixture of Caribbean, reggae and acoustic folk that’s sure to reach the involuntary muscle centers in children, making them move and dance even as the language lessons sink in.

Liberty’s Kids: The Complete Series
DVD
Mill Creek Entertainment

If you have been lucky enough to discover this animated series on local television’s Cookie Jar TV segments any Saturday morning, you already know how entertaining and historically accurate it is.

This new DVD collects all 40 episodes of the show, which revolves around two very different teenagers in the midst of the American Revolution. Not content to simply chronicle battles and the war effort, it also addresses cultural changes and other issues surrounding the birth of our nation, featuring many of the real historical figures of the time such as Ben Franklin, George Washington and John Adams.

The animation is classic two-dimensional but very well done, and the voice talent is staggering. Main voices include Dustin Hoffman, Walter Cronkite, Annette Bening, Michael Douglas and Billy Crystal, while Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Stiller and even Norman Schwarzkopf make appearances via supporting characters.

This is an excellent, informative and engaging way to augment the history lessons kids get in class through first-rate storytelling that’s intelligent and well-structured while still simple enough for even younger children to understand and appreciate.

Apps for Kids


Endless Alphabet ($4.99)
Originator (iOS)
Ages: 3 - 7

This fun and beautifully designed app is sure to be a hit with young children and parents alike. Kids will enjoy hearing letters make their sounds as they drag and drop them into a variety of interesting words. After a word has been spelled, silly monsters illustrate its meaning in a way that children can easily understand. Endless Alphabet provides an entertaining way for children to grow their vocabularies while practicing letter recognition and letter sounds. — Georgia Coleman, Richland Library

Graphing Calculator ($1.99)
Appcylon (iOS)
Ages: For teens

One of Time’s Top 10 Back-to-School iPhone Applications, this free app allows students to ditch the bulky, expensive graphing calculators of the past. Students can graph multiple equations at a time and email results. A free alternative for math students. — Heather Green, Richland Library Wheatley

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Books

Some Monsters are Different; The Wild Book; This is What Happy Looks Like
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
Some Monsters are Different
David Milgrim
Henry Holt and Co., 36 pages, $16.99
Ages: 3 to 5

Some monsters like to talk and some monsters are quiet. Some monsters like bath time and some monsters would rather stay dirty. This very silly and fun picture book teaches young children (and reminds adults) that everyone is unique and although we don’t all love the same things, we’re all special and valued. With simple text and fun monsterrific illustration, even the littlest listeners will enjoy this read-aloud. — Heather Green, Richland Library Wheatley

The Wild Book
Margarita Engle
Harcourt Children’s Books, 144 pages, $16.99
Ages: 10 and up

Fefa is a Cuban girl growing up in the early 1900s. The doctor diagnoses her with “word blindness” and says she will never read or write. Her mother refuses to believe the doctor and deals with Fefa’s dyslexia by simply presenting Fefa a blank book. She is to practice patiently writing in her book each day. School and the teasing of other children assail Fefa’s self-image, but her dogged determination and her mother’s encouragement keep her learning. When kidnappers threaten the lives of her siblings, Fefa is able to decipher information in the ransom note that the adults have missed. The love and strong family ties shine throughout this novel written in verse. — Becky Dickey, Richland Library Southeast

This is What Happy Looks Like
Jennifer E. Smith
Poppy, 416 pages, $17.99
Ages: 13 and up

A misaddressed email brings together 17-year-old Ellie O’Neill and famous teen actor Graham Larkin. Soon the teens begin exchanging emails, quickly becoming e-Pals. When Graham convinces his director to film his newest movie in Ellie’s idyllic hometown of Henley, Maine, the two finally meet face-to-face. As they learn more about each other they discover that neither of their lives is as perfect as they seem. Ellie lives in a beautiful town, but is hiding a secret, while Graham has fame and fortune he feels alienated from friends and family. Together, they begin to discover that they are not defined by life’s circumstances and that it’s up to them to decide what “happy” looks like. A follow-up to Jennifer E. Smith’s popular novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, this is a charming and endearing story about first love and friendship. — Christina Fuller-Gregory, Richland Library

Rime of the Modern Mariner
Nick Hayes
Viking, 336 pages, $32
Ages: 13 and up

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner gets updated for a modern setting in Hayes’ graphic adaptation. A grizzled sailor tells the tale of a fateful trip where stray wreckage and garbage lost at sea attacked his ship and sanity. The book is a lengthy poem with one line or beat per page, with mesmerizing art throughout. Panels and art are laid out to flow easily and suggest the rhythm of the poem, not unlike a Dr. Seuss book, and with no less a universal theme than the survival of our species. — Thomas Maluck, Richland Library






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Media Listings

Places Where the Mind and Imagination Can Be Nurtured
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
Barnes & Noble
Forest Acres: 3400 Forest Dr., 787-5600
Harbison: 278-A Harbison Blvd., 749-9009
barnesandnoble.com
The mega-chain bookstore stocks tons of reading material for kids, sure, but it hosts kid-friendly events — storytimes, games, etc. — too.

The Book Dispensary
710 Gracern Rd.,798-4739
mybookdispensary.com
The best books, often, are ones that have been treasured and cared for, and Columbia’s oldest specializes in pre-loved books.

Books-A-Million
Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr., 782-4475
Harbison: 275 Harbison Blvd., 749-9378
Northeast: 164 Forum Dr., 788-4349
booksamillion.com
The mega-chain bookstore stocks tons of reading material for kids, sure, but hosts kid-friendly events — storytimes, games, etc. — too.

Books Revisited
7366A Two Notch Rd., 865-9990
booksrevisitedsc.com
A quality source for quality used books; also hosts storytimes, book clubs, writing workshops and more.

Ed’s Editions
406 Meeting St., 791-8002
edseditions.com
This quaint, family-owned bookstore is a nigh-yearly winner in the Free Times Best of Columbia awards.

GameStop
gamestop.com
A recent study, ABC News reported, from the Education Development Center and the U.S. Congress-supported Ready To Learn Initiative found that a curriculum that involved digital media such as video games could improve early literacy skills when coupled with strong parental and teacher involvement. The key was having educational video games, but video games also improve hand-eye coordination, teach basic skills, improve multitasking and can promote exercise and social play. There are some 15 GameStop locations in Columbia, so buy Junior that Zelda title if he does well in school, OK?

Heroes and Dragons
510 Bush River Rd., 731-4376
Like video games, comic books, too, provide benefits, stimulating the imagination and creativity. So don’t toss your kids’ Avengers comics.

Lexington County Library
Main Branch: 5440 Augusta Rd., 785-2600
Batesburg-Leesville: 203 Armory St., 532-9223
Cayce-West Columbia: 1500 Augusta Rd., 794-6791
Chapin: 129 NW Columbia Ave., 345-5479
Gaston: 214 S. Main St., 791-3208
Gilbert-Summit: 405 Broad St., 785-5387
Irmo: 6251 St. Andrews Rd., 798-7880
Pelion: 206 Pine St., 785-3272
Swansea: 199 N. Lawrence Ave., 785-3519
South Congaree: 200 Sunset Dr., 785-3050
lex.lib.sc.us
Books are invaluable to a child’s development. The 10-branch Lexington County Library system stocks tons of books for kids, but will also help your child understand them, too. Offers classes, book clubs, homework help, kids’ events and much more.

Rainy Day Pal Books
711 E. Main St., 951-2780
Located on the bottom floor of Lexington’s historic Old Mill, Rainy Day Pal Used Books is known for its wide selection, and it specializes in children’s books.

Richland Library
Main Branch: 1431 Assembly St., 799-9084
Ballentine: 1321 Dutch Fork Rd., 781-5026
Blythewood: 218 McNulty Rd., 691-9806.
Cooper: 5317 N. Trenholm Rd., 787-3462
Eastover: 608 Main St., 353-8584
North Main: 5306 N. Main St., 754-7734
Northeast: 7490 Parklane Rd., 736-6575
Sandhills: 1 Summit Pkwy., 699-9230
Southeast: 7421 Garners Ferry Rd., 776-0855
St. Andrews: 2916 Broad River Rd., 772-6675
Wheatley: 931 Woodrow St., 799-5873
myrcpl.com.
For many years running, the Richland County Public Library won the Best Place to Expand Your Mind category in the Free Times Best of Columbia awards. Like the library system across the river, the 11-branch Richland County Public Library system stocks tons of books for kids, but will also help your child understand them, too. Offers classes, book clubs, homework help, kids’ events and much more.

Rolling Video Games
rollingvideogamescolumbia.com
Rolling Video Games delivers what it promises: a mobile video game theater stocked with the latest titles available for birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, whatever.

Silver City Comics
538 Knox Abbott Dr., 791-4021
Remember what we said about Heroes and Dragons? Ditto for Silver City.

South Carolina State Library
1430 Senate St.
statelibrary.sc.gov
The South Carolina State Library is home to the South Carolina Center for the Book, which co-sponsor adult and adolescent literary events, such as the South Carolina Book Festival, the State Library Read-In, Letters About Literature, and many workshops.

Thomas Lee Hall Library
4679 Lee Rd., 751-5589
fortjacksonmwr.com/library
Military kids don’t have to go off-post to find a great library.

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Calendar

Events Calendar

By Free Times
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
Santa's Gingerbread Jamboree is at EdVenture on Dec. 14. File photo
See more kids events

Ongoing Events


Aladdin
Columbia Marionette Theatre
cmtpuppet.org
Through Dec. 16. Shows on Saturdays and third Mondays. An impoverished young ne’er-do-well rubs a magic lamp, befriends a genie.

EdVenture Family Night
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Second Tuesdays. $1 museum admission between 5 and 8 p.m.

Family Storytime
Richland Library
richlandlibrary.com
Held on various days at all branches of the Richland Library. Call your local branch for meeting times.

Parents’ Survival Night
The Little Gym
thelittlegym.com/columbiasc
Fridays. Parents call it a break from the kids. Kids call it a break from their parents. That sounds like a win-win situation.

Shake, Rattle and Read!
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Wednesdays and Saturdays. Half an hour of storytelling, puppetry, music and movement activities, finger plays and more. For kids 12 months-5 years.

Toddler Take Over
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
First Monday of every month. Kids ages 1 to 5 play freely throughout the museum with kids of their own size.

December


Backyard Buds: Plants are Nature’s Gift
Riverbanks Zoo
riverbanks.org
Dec. 5, 12. Use nature’s bounty to create some herbal balms, sachets and dips. Discover all the ways plants are used in our everyday life. For ages 3-4.

Discovery Day: Wonderful Wanderers
Riverbanks Zoo
riverbanks.org
Dec. 4, 7. Migration is a remarkable thing that many animals do to survive the cold winter months. From geese to butterflies to whales, we will explore the journeys these wonderful wanderers take! For ages 2-5.

Discovery Day: Wonderful Wanderers
Riverbanks Zoo
riverbanks.org
Dec. 18, 21. The North Pole is an incredible place full of ice. Children will learn all about polar bears, wolves, seals and more as they survive truly chilly conditions all year-round. For ages 2-5.

Disney’s Cinderella Kids
Town Theatre
towntheatre.com
Dec. 2-13. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love!

Family Night at EdVenture
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Dec. 10. Second Tuesday of every month.

Festivals of Sharing
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Dec. 7. Multicultural event for children will feature holiday celebrations around the world.  Discover Lunar New Year, Carnival, Las Posadas, Epiphany and Feast of St. Nicholas through activities and performances.  

Gilded Creatures
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Dec. 8. Free program focused on snowy landscapes.
Gladys’ Gang: It’s a Bluesy Winter

Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Dec. 4. Learn all about value and color in the galleries. Then, in the studios, make your own wintery masterpiece filled with the color blue. For ages 2-5.

Movers & Shakers
Richland Library, Main Branch
richlandlibrary.com
Dec. 20. Get ready to move and shake, shake, shake while listening to stories, songs and more.

New Year’s Eve at Noon
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Dec. 31. Columbia’s only ball drop for kids.

Santa’s Gingerbread Jamboree
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Dec. 14. Bring the whole family to decorate cookies with Santa in a holiday winter wonderland.

Tiny Taste Buds
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Dec. 6. Explore the wonderful world of food! It’s never to early to learn about nutrition. Practice making (and eating) healthy snacks in Taste Buds, EdVenture’s cooking lab.

Winter Workshops
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Dec. 21. Three different fun, creative workshops for kids: Snow Day (grades 1-3), All That Glitters is Gold (grades 4-6) and Glass Works (grades 7-12).

January


Gladys’ Gang: 1, 2, 3, Create With Me!
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Jan. 8. Slimy, smooth, rough! Learn about the different types of textures in the galleries. Then, in the studios, create a textured piece using an impasto technique! For ages 2-5.

It’s Black and White
Columbia Museum of Art
columbiamuseum.org
Jan. 12. Make a black-and-white-patterned scratchboard.

Movers & Shakers
Richland Library, Main Branch
richlandlibrary.com
Jan. 17. Get ready to move and shake, shake, shake while listening to stories, songs and more.

Tiny Taste Buds
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Jan. 3. Explore the wonderful world of food! It’s never to early to learn about nutrition. Practice making (and eating) healthy snacks in Taste Buds, EdVenture’s cooking lab.


Toddler Take Over! Featuring Tales for Tots
EdVenture Children’s Museum
edventure.org
Jan. 6. Toddler Take Over is designed to allow young children to play freely throughout the museum with kids of their own size!

Tut’s Tea Party
South Carolina State Museum
scmuseum.org
Dec. 7. This Egyptian-themed afternoon tea party for children (and the special adults in their life) will feature crafts, party games and an array of tea party food appealing to children.

Winter Fest
South Carolina State Museum
scmuseum.org
Dec. 21-Jan. 4. Highlights of Winter Fest include special movie screenings, musical performances, seasonal Star Labs, holiday crafts and, of course, several visits from Santa himself.


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The Side Line

The Side Line: USC v. Clemson

By Free Times
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 |


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The Side Line

The Side Line - USC vs Coastal Carolina

By Free Times
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 |


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Holiday Guide

Columbia SC Holiday Guide 2013

Gift Ideas and Holiday Events in Columbia, Irmo, Lexington, West Columbia and Cayce SC
By Free Times
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 |


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Main Street Crit

Columbia's Only Night Race!
By Free Times
Monday, November 18, 2013 |


Email your name and a daytime phone number to
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to win an entry package
for the Main Street Crit on Nov. 23 in Columbia.
Winner will be notified Friday, Nov. 22.

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The Side Line

The Side Line - USC v. Florida

Can the dark-horse Gamecocks Ride to Atlanta?
By Free Times
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 |


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The Side Line

The Side Line - USC vs Mississippi State

By Free Times
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 |


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FT Parent Winter 2013

Caring Kids: From Me-Me-Me to Helping Others
By Free Times
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 |


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Bites & Sights: Columbia, SC Visitors Guide

Bites & Sights Columbia SC Visitors Guide Fall 2013

By Free Times
Friday, October 25, 2013 |


Fall in Columbia means — well, let’s be frank: For most people, it means college football. The city is awash in garnet and black, and Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding areas fill with some 120,000 fans for each home game. And college football, fortunately, means tailgating food. Many local restaurants offer tailgating packages — for starters, check out Compton’s Kitchen, Doc’s Barbeque, Fancy That Bistro and Catering, Seawells and Thirsty Fellow.

Fall also brings a slew of events, many of them centered around eating and drinking. A great recent addition to the fall lineup is Incarnation Lutheran Church’s Oktoberfest, which runs Oct. 11-13 on the church’s 3005 Devine St. grounds. It offers lots of beers on tap, including German classics like goses and hefeweizens from breweries near and distant; and there’s no finer place to tuck in to a jaeger schnitzel and some rotkraut. Also, there’s usually someone dressed like Martin Luther wielding a big hammer.

The popular Five Points Chili Cookoff, now in its 27th year, is Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; scores of teams compete to cook the best batch of chili, and you get to gorge yourself on the results. (And drink beer on the street, which might as well be Columbia’s official pastime.) Also on Nov. 9 is the Korean Festival, where you can stock up on homemade kimchi.

If you’re into local food and farmers dining, Motor Supply Co. bistro hosts a twice-yearly weeklong celebration
known as Harvest Week. During the week of Oct. 15-20, stop by the Vista restaurant to meet the people who grow
and raise the foods served there, and try out some wonderful drink specials and foods.

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Win Tickets to Columbia City Ballet’s “Dracula”

By Lisa Willis
Monday, October 21, 2013 |
Email your name and a daytime phone number to
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
for a chance to win tickets to see Melrose Place's Grant Show in Columbia City Ballet's presentation of Dracula, Oct. 24-26 at the Koger Center.

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The Side Line

The Side Line: USC v. Kentucky

By Free Times
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 |

Read The Side Line Blog

D’OH! | In Isabelle Khurshudyan’s awesome story about USC football embracing yoga, Pilates and other alternative training methods (p. 20), we incorrectly attributed a quote about yoga’s rehabilitational advantages to USC coach Grady Brown. It was Dara Brown, the yoga instructor quoted in the story, who said it. We regret the error.



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Bites & Sights: Columbia, SC Visitors Guide

Bites & Sights Fall 2013

By Free Times
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 |

Fall in Columbia means — well, let’s be frank: For most people, it means college football. The city is awash in garnet and black, and Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding areas fill with some 120,000 fans for each home game. And college football, fortunately, means tailgating food. Many local restaurants offer tailgating packages — for starters, check out Compton’s Kitchen, Doc’s Barbeque, Fancy That Bistro and Catering, Seawells and Thirsty Fellow.

Fall also brings a slew of events, many of them centered around eating and drinking. A great recent addition to the fall lineup is Incarnation Lutheran Church’s Oktoberfest, which runs Oct. 11-13 on the church’s 3005 Devine St. grounds. It offers lots of beers on tap, including German classics like goses and hefeweizens from breweries near and distant; and there’s no finer place to tuck in to a jaeger schnitzel and some rotkraut. Also, there’s usually someone dressed like Martin Luther wielding a big hammer.

The popular Five Points Chili Cookoff, now in its 27th year, is Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; scores of teams compete to cook the best batch of chili, and you get to gorge yourself on the results. (And drink beer on the street, which might as well be Columbia’s official pastime.) Also on Nov. 9 is the Korean Festival, where you can stock up on homemade kimchi.

If you’re into local food and farmers dining, Motor Supply Co. bistro hosts a twice-yearly weeklong celebration
known as Harvest Week. During the week of Oct. 15-20, stop by the Vista restaurant to meet the people who grow
and raise the foods served there, and try out some wonderful drink specials and foods.



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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Ticket Giveaway

Win Tickets to See Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Oct. 2 at the Township Auditorium
By Lisa Willis
Friday, September 20, 2013 |
Grace Potter
Register to win tickets to see Grace Potter & the Nocturnals on Oct. 2 at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC.

Email your name and daytime phone number to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Be sure to put "Grace Potter" in the subject line.

By entering, you'll be subscribed to our free weekly events newsletter, FT Weekend.

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Your New Home

Your New Home 2013

By Free Times
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 |


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The Side Line

The Side Line - USC vs Vanderbilt

New Back City: Fresh Faces Key to USC's Ground Game
By Free Times
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 |

 



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Viva La Vista

By Lisa Willis
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 |


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Cultural Season

Columbia SC Arts Calendar 2013-14

Cultural Season
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 |

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The Side Line

The Side Line - USC vs UNC

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 |

By James Harley

Gamecocks Poised to Pound Overrated Bulldogs

 



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Win Tickets to See The Wailers

Viva La Vista is Sept. 7
By Free Times
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 |
The Wailers

Register to win tickets to see The Wailers at Viva La Vista!

The Vista’s largest tailgate party is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Send your name and email address to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a chance to win tickets. Be sure to put “The Wailers” in the subject line of your email.



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Your New Home

Your New Home 2012

By Free Times
Friday, August 23, 2013 |


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College Survival Guide

The Unofficial College Survival Guide

Or, How to Navigate Your Newfound Freedom
By Free Times
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 |


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Best of Columbia

Best of Columbia 2013: Goods & Services

By Free Times Readers
Friday, August 16, 2013 |

Each year since 1989, Free Times has surveyed its readers on the best that Columbia has to offer, from food and nightlife to music, the arts, shopping and lifestyle options. The result is the most comprehensive and popular local reader survey — the real, original Best of Columbia poll.

Here you’ll find a complete list of 2013 winners, along with links to our full editorial coverage of the winners and our writers’ picks.

The Best of Columbia Goods & Services 2013

Best New Car Dealership
Jim Hudson Automotive Group

Runner-up: Honda of Columbia

Best Used Car Dealership
Jim Hudson Automotive Group

Runner-up: CarMax

Best Motorcycle Store
Harley Haven

Runner-up: Thunder Tower
Harley-Davidson

Best Auto Repair
Nuttall Tire and Battery

Runner-up: Firestone

Best Driving School
Columbia Driving School

Runner-up: Baldwin Driver Training

Best Window Tinting
Mr. Tint

Runner-up: Palmetto Pro Tint

Best Hair Salon
Bombshell Beauty Studio

Runner-up: Urban Nirvana

Best Hair Stylist
Robin Gottlieb, Bombshell Beauty Studio

Runner-up: Beth Dickerson, Capelli Salon

Best Day Spa
Urban Nirvana

Runner-up: Occo Skin Studio

Best Yoga Studio
City Yoga

Runner-up: Bikram Yoga Columbia

Best Tattoo Artist
Darcy Del Priore, Devine Street Tattoo

Runner-up: Shannon Purvis Barron, Indigo Rose

Best Piercing Studio
Immaculate Body Piercing

Runner-up: Knotty Headz

Best Furniture Store
Whit-Ash Furnishings Inc.

Runner-up: Marty Rae’s

Best Pet Supply Store
PetSmart

Runner-up: Pet Supplies Plus

Best Kennel or Pet Boarding Facility
Camp Bow Wow

Runner-up: Wescott Acres

Best Pet Groomer
Mill Creek Pet Food Center

Runner-up: Groomingdale’s

Best Veterinarian Clinic
Four Paws Animal Clinic

Runner-up: Shandon-Wood Animal Clinic

Best Dog Park
Barking Lot Dog Park at Saluda Shoals

Runner-up: City of Columbia Dog Park

Best Hospital
Lexington Medical Center

Runner-up: Palmetto Health Richland

Best Urgent Care
Doctor’s Care

Runner-up: Lexington Urgent Care

Best Pediatric Care
Palmetto Pediatrics

Runner-up: Sandhills Pediatrics

Best Dentist
Vista Smiles

Runner-up: Rice Creek Family Dentistry

Best Place to Work
University of South Carolina

Runners-up: Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health

Best After-School Program
Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands

Runner-up: Club EdVenture

Best Martial Arts School
Capital Karate

Runner-up: Genova Family Karate

Best Contemporary
House of Worship NewSpring Church

Runner-up: Shandon Baptist Church

Best Continuing Education Institution
University of South Carolina

Runner-up: Midlands Technical College

Best Local Insurance Agent
Jimmy Sauls, Allstate

Runner-up: Larry Lucas, State Farm

Best Law Firm
Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough

Runner-up: McNair Law Firm

Best Heating and Air Service
2nd Wind Heating and Air Conditioning

Runner-up: Kaminer Heating and Cooling

Best Plumbing Repair
Meetze Plumbing

Runner-up: Gene Love Plumbing

Best Landscaping Company
Blue Moon Landscaping

Runner-up: Hay Hill Services

Best Real Estate Agency
Russell & Jeffcoat

Runner-up: Coldwell Banker

Best Home Builder
Mungo Homes

Runner-up: Essex Homes

Best Retirement Community
Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community

Runner-up: Agape Senior Center

Best Hotel
Hilton Columbia Center (The Vista)

Runner-up: Hampton Inn Downtown Historic District

Best Local Clothing Store
Sid and Nancy

Runner-up: Bohemian

Best Alternative Clothing
Loose Lucy’s

Runner-up: Sid and Nancy

Best Jewelry Store
Handpicked

Runner-up: Jewelry Warehouse

Best Smoke Shop
The Cigar Box

Runner-up: Natural Vibrations

Best Gift Shop
Just the Thing

Runner-up: Non(e)such

Best Pottery Studio
Mad Platter

Runner-up: Southern Pottery

Best Florist
Blossom Shop

Runner-up: Rosewood Florist

Best Bakery
Publix

Runner-up: Cupcake

Best Place for Fresh Meat and Seafood
Ole Timey Meat Market

Runner-up: The Fresh Market

Best Place for Fresh Produce
South Carolina State Farmers Market

Runner-up: Soda City Market

Best Natural Foods Store
Whole Foods

Runner-up: Rosewood Market

Best Beer and Liquor Store
Green’s Discount Beverages

Runner-up: Morganelli’s

Best Wine Store
Total Wine and More

Runner-up: Green’s Discount Beverages

Best Store for Used Books
The Book Dispensary

Runner-up: Ed’s Editions

Best Consignment Store
Revente

Runner-up: Once Upon a Child

Best Car Wash
Frank’s Car Wash

Runner-up: Constan Car Wash

Best Dry Cleaner
Tripp’s Fine Cleaners

Runner-up: Lexington Dry Cleaning

Best Pest Control
Terminix

Runner-up: Home Pest Control

Best Home Security Provider
ADT

Runner-up: Sonitrol

Best Gamecock Store
Garnet and Black Traditions (Jewelry Warehouse)

Runner-up: Addams Bookstore

Best Cycle Shop
Outspokin’

Runner-up: Cycle Center

Best Car/Cab Service
Checker Yellow Cab

Runner-up: Capitol City Cab

Best Outdoors/Camping Gear Store
The Backpacker

Runner-up: Mast General Store

Best River Outfitter
Half Moon Outfitters

Runner-up: Adventure Carolina

Best Sporting Goods Store
Dick’s Sporting Goods

Runner-up: Todd & Moore



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Best of Columbia

Best of Columbia 2013: Clubs & Bars

By Free Times Readers
Friday, August 16, 2013 |

Each year since 1989, Free Times has surveyed its readers on the best that Columbia has to offer, from food and nightlife to music, the arts, shopping and lifestyle options. The result is the most comprehensive and popular local reader survey — the real, original Best of Columbia poll.

Here you’ll find a complete list of 2013 winners, along with links to our full editorial coverage of the winners and our writers’ picks.

The Best of Columbia Clubs and Bars 2013

Best New Bar or Club
Liberty on the Lake

Runner-up: The Kraken Gastropub

Best Bar or Club
Tin Roof

Runner-up: Art Bar

Best Bar to Go to with Only $10 to Your Name
The Whig

Runner-up: Uncle Louie’s

Best Place to Pick Up Guys
Tin Roof

Runner-up: Art Bar

Best Place to Pick Up Girls
Tin Roof

Runner-up: Art Bar

Best Bathroom Wall Wisdom
Art Bar

Runner-up: New Brookland Tavern

Best Bar Trivia
Flying Saucer

Runner-up: Publick House

Best Bar Service
Speakeasy

Runner-up: World of Beer

Best College Bar
Salty Nut Cafe

Runner-up: Jake’s

Best Dance Club
The Woody

Runner-up: Art Bar

Best Neighborhood Bar - Downtown/The Vista
Thirsty Fellow

Runner-up: Liberty Tap Room

Best Neighborhood Bar - Five Points
Delaney’s

Runner-up: Jake’s

Best Neighborhood Bar - Shandon/Rosewood/Forest Acres
Cock n’ Bull Pub

Runner-up: Henry’s

Best Neighborhood Bar - Harbison/Irmo
The British Bulldog

Runner-up: Carolina Ale House

Best Neighborhood Bar - West Columbia/Cayce
New Brookland Tavern

Runner-up: @116 Espresso and Wine Bar

Best Neighborhood Bar - Lexington
Mellow Mushroom

Runner-up: Wild Hare

Best Neighborhood Bar - Northeast
Solstice Kitchen

Runner-up: Polliwogs

Best Outdoor Deck
Carolina Ale House

Runner-up: Pawleys Front Porch

Best People-Watching Bar
Art Bar

Runner-up: Liberty Tap Room

Best Gay Bar
Art Bar

Runner-up: PT’s 1109

Best Adult Entertainment Venue
Platinum Plus

Runner-up: Heartbreakers

Best Sports Bar
Carolina Ale House

Runner-up: Thirsty Fellow

Best Happy Hour
Pearlz Oyster Bar

Runner-up: Cantina 76

Best Beer Selection
World of Beer

Runner-up: Flying Saucer

Best Craft Beer Selection
World of Beer

Runner-up: Flying Saucer

Best Margarita
Cantina 76

Runner-up: Monterrey’s Mexican Restaurant

Best Specialty Drink
Motor Supply Company

Runner-up: The Oak Table



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Best of Columbia

Best of Columbia 2013: Music

By Free Times Readers
Friday, August 16, 2013 |

Each year since 1989, Free Times has surveyed its readers on the best that Columbia has to offer, from food and nightlife to music, the arts, shopping and lifestyle options. The result is the most comprehensive and popular local reader survey — the real, original Best of Columbia poll.

Here you’ll find a complete list of 2013 winners, along with links to our full editorial coverage of the winners and our writers’ picks.

The Best of Columbia Music 2013

Best Concert
Darius Rucker at Tin Roof

Runner-up: Kenny Chesney at Williams-Brice Stadium

Best Music Venue
Colonial Life Arena

Runner-up: Township Auditorium

Best Blues or Jazz Club
Hunter-Gatherer

Runner-up: Speakeasy

Best Karaoke
Linda’s Carraoke

Runner-up: DJ Ray’s Karaoke

Best Local Band
Weaving the Fate

Runner-up: Say Brother

Best Local Solo Artist
Danielle Howle

Runner-up: Chris Compton

Best CD Store
Papa Jazz

Runner-up: Manifest

Best Store For Vinyl
Papa Jazz

Runner-up: Manifest

Best Musical Instrument Store
Sims Music

Runner-up: Pecknel

Best Recording Studio
The Jam Room

Runner-up: Strawberry Skys



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2406 Devine St., 803-521-5063
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1332 Rosewood Dr., 803-667-9533

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Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln St.
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The Vista, Columbia

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300 State St., 803-794-6634

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