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Film, Talks/Lectures
“MLK: A Call to Conscience" a Tavis Smiley Reports Special - Screening & Discussion
A screening of the Tavis Smiley Reports Special “MLK: A Call to Conscience,” on one of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's most notable speeches, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.”The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the speech, originally given on April 4, 1967. Following the one-hour showing will be a Q & A session led by a well-informed panel including Dr. David Crockett, Professor at USC; Ty dePass, a Simple Justice #BlackLivesMatter activist; Meeghan Kane of Benedict College and editor of Auntie Bellum; and David Matos, President of Carolina Peace Resource Center, Co-sponsored by Carolina Peace Resource Center, this is the fifth in a series of Community Conversations sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. All are welcome!
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Auction, Fashion Show/Bridal, Food/Tasting
11th Annual Angels Tea
This event will include a silent auction and champagne, tea and luncheon, and a fashion show. All are welcome to attend. To reserve tickets to this event please use the link provided.
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2017 Midlands Go Red For Women Luncheon
Let’s unite to prevent heart disease and stroke. Our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Get informed about the risks of heart disease and stroke. Know the red flags. Know your heart health story. Go Red For Women inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives. United, we are working to improve the health of women in your community It’s time to put our hearts into it and Go Red For Women, so please join us at this year’s luncheon. Individual ticket sales will start in early 2017. Please contact our staff at for additional information.
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Walking, Benefit/Fundraiser
2017 Midlands Heart Walk
The American Heart Association's mission is to build healther lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Our Heart Walk is that mission in action. Come and join over 5,000 walkers to promote physical activity and heart healthy living all while raising critical funds for our lifesaving mission. Online registration will open in November. For additional information please email
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Family/Child, Fair/Festival, Expo/Trade Show, Children
2017 Midlands Summer Camp & Activities Fair
The popular Midlands Summer Camp & Activities Fair returns on April 1st to Drew Wellness Center in Columbia! For 2017, expect bigger and better camps, activities and FUN! FREE ADMISSION & ACTIVITIES! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Presented by Macaroni Kid Columbia & Lexington, this FREE event offers kids activities GALORE! Our 2016 event had over 500 attendees! Yes, we were blown away! Expect lots of inflatable fun, face painting, toddler and kids activity zones, tons of make-and-take summer camp crafts, balloon animals and so much MORE! While the kids are having FUN, parents can visit our sponsors, vendors and summer camps who wil be sharing their products and services and summer camp information. So join us and "Plan your Summer Camp Activities all in One Day! Click here to view highlights from the 2016 Midlands Summer Camp & Activities Fair ATTENDEES WILL: •Register to win educational prizes (free products and services, free summer camp) •Free facepainting, scavenger hunt, arts & crafts, activities and more •Meet admissions professionals, current students and parents from local Preschools and Elementary •Get a free copy of Midlands Kids’ Directory Summer Camp Edition •Learn how to find the right program for your child •Explore different types of day camps, overnight camps, schools, educational philosophies and special programs •Find out about the admissions process, when to apply and what schools look for in applicants •Learn more at
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Rap/Hip Hop
2017 World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day
Presented by Love, Peace & Hip Hop (LPHH), the City of Columbia, and WellCare Healthy Connections, “World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day,” now in its fifth year, brings a new name and logo to the annual festival while keeping LPHH as the parent organization, and later in 2017, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that will encompass many events throughout the year. Kid ‘N Play will headline the 2017 “World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day” in Downtown Columbia on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Main and Laurel Streets along with three other national artists – Lil’ Ru, Big Bub and Positive K. Rounding out the line up is Columbia’s own Cole Connor, the Dynamic Rockers B-Boy Dance Crew, the Charismatic Dance Troop, Grand Prize Winners From Last Year, DJ Prince Ice of The Big DM and Hot 103.9 and the winner of Hot 103.9’s Rock the Mic contest. With positive, message-oriented music suitable for all ages, Kid ‘N Play’s most successful singles were 1989's "Rollin' with Kid ‘N Play,” "Funhouse” and "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody.” Love, Peace & Hip-Hop (LPHH) founder FatRat Da Czar said, “This year’s headliner was a tough choice, but going into year five of the festival, we really wanted to focus on fun. Kid ‘N Play personify just that.” Love, Peace & Hip-Hop will also host a week of events starting the week before the festival including a graffiti mural unveiling on Millwood Avenue, EdVenture Children’s Museum Kick-Off Party, Allen University’s Hip-Hop Studies Conference, a beat battle at New Brookland Tavern and LPHH Founder and regional hip-hop artist FatRat Da Czar’s book release of Da Cold Warrior and album re-release to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Da Cold War trilogy at Tapp’s Art Center. “World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day” brings the amazingly creative art form of hip-hop to Main Street through hands-on art exhibits, educational activities, live music, dance performances and more! The festival brings 10,000+ attendees of all ages and races to enjoy the best and brightest live performers, DJs, B-Boy dance crews, hip-hop visual artists and craft, fashion and food vendors. In addition to offering food, fun and music, Love, Peace & Hip-Hop annually donates all soft drink and water proceeds to two non-profit organizations that offer direct services to the community. This event was created to ensure that hip-hop, represented properly, can be the medium through which all ages and races can come together for a day of peace, love, unity and having fun – all to support our community. As the event continues to grow in size and scope, the planning for this year’s “World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day” is guided by a diverse advisory committee that boasts an inclusive array of local community representatives from the fields of business, education, healthcare, arts, entertainment, media, marketing, advertising, event planning and publishing. "Similar to how we unite spectators on [World Famous] Hip-Hop Family Day,” explained Czar, “I wanted to unite the city’s protectors and promoters of the culture by moving towards a committee system." In its fifth year, Love, Peace & Hip-Hop will extend its mission to provide support, through charity and awareness, to non-profit organizations that offer direct services to the community. This year, efforts are being expanded in education, economic development, art, family stability and healthcare – the latter of which is evidenced by the 2017 title sponsor WellCare of South Carolina. LPHH is proud to work with a healthcare company that manages care services for families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. Serving as the title sponsor for “World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day” for the third year, WellCare of South Carolina will provide information on its Medicaid and Medicare benefits and help SC Healthy Connections members with recertification for Medicaid health care coverage. “We are honored to be mission is to have the community together for a day of peace and unity, which aligns with WellCare's drive to support the health and well- being of our members, their families and communities at large,” said Kathy Warner, WellCare’s State President of South Carolina. Festival Details: Love, Peace & Hip-Hop Presents “World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day” Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017 Time: 11am-5pm Location: Main and Laurel Streets, Downtown Columbia Price: FREE Artist Line Up: 4pm - Kid ‘N Play (Headliner) 3:30pm – Positive K, Big Bub, Lil’ Ru 3pm - Grand Prize Winners From Last Year 2:30pm – Cole Connor 2pm – Dawn Staley’s Innersole Presentation 1:30pm – Dynamic Rockers 1pm – Charismatic Dance Troop 12pm – Hot 103.9 Rock the Block Winner 11am – Welcome/DJ Prince Ice
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3rd Annual South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Food Truck Festivals of America is rolling back into Columbia, SC for the 3rd Annual South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival. Taking place on Saturday, April 29th, this years festival is even bigger and better. Over 30 local food trucks will be serving up everything from fall-off-the-bone-BBQ and spicy bratwurst to modern popsicles and custom cupcakes. And for the perfect pairings, over 20 craft brewers will be on site with 50+ of their favorite brews! Some of the participating food trucks include: Buck's Grill, Crave CupCake Boutique on the GO, Eric's Que LLC (modern barbecue), King of Pops (refreshing popsicles), Lowcountry Lobster, The Wurst Wagon. General admission is from noon-6pm. $5 gets you into the festival where you can let your taste-buds try all the delicious eats (this price is online exclusive)! But for those foodies who want a little more, there will be a special V.I.P. hour from 11am-noon. For $20 (also an online exclusive), you get unlimited water, a free dessert, and EARLY ENTRY. A list of all participating trucks and breweries will be available online at as the festival approaches, along with complete information and ticketing options. And to stay on top of all festival updates, please follow @FTFofAmerica on twitter and “like” us at
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Walking, Running, Animals, Benefit/Fundraiser
4 Legged 4K
Chappell Smith & Arden will host a 4k walk/run for owners and their pets May 6th 2017! All of the proceeds will go to Homeward Bound Pet Rescue. There will be special pet vendors, prizes, pet adoptions and much more! Please register today by contacting Susan Hancock at 803-509-5848 or $10 registration fee includes runner and pet (limit 2 dogs please) with a bandanna for your furry friend! Homeward Bound Pet Rescue is an all-volunteer, 501c3 nonprofit animal rescue in the Columbia/Irmo area of South Carolina. Their goal is to make a difference in the community by rescuing stray, homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs, from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer provide for them. They do not have a facility, therefore their dogs stay in foster homes until adopted. They accept all breeds, sizes, and ages into the rescue and provide all necessary veterinary care, including spay/neuter & routine vaccinations, food,& supplies needed to care for each pet until adopted.
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Children, For the Family, Family/Child
4th Annual Midlands Kids Fest & Summer Camp Fair
Join us Saturday, April 1st from 10-4 pm at the FREE 4th Annual Midlands Kids Fest & Summer Camp Fair at the Jamil Temple in Columbia, South Carolina! Register for your free tickets at Learn about amazing local businesses & fun summer camps. Kids can enjoy free bounce houses, face painting, photo booth, balloon animals, performances, activity zones, caricature drawings, and so much more! Special guests throughout the day include Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol, Queen Elsa & Princess Anna, Aurelia the Mermaid, Poppy Troll, and PJ Masks! A special thank you to sponsors Absolute Total Care, Art Smart Academy, Ben Lippen School, Camp McCall, Childrens Dental Group of SC, Columbia SC Moms Blog, Cricket Wireless, KJS Tutoring Services, R & S Inflatables, Southeastern Institute, and Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Irmo! Limited vendor space is available! Seeking family-friendly businesses and summer camps. Contact for more information. Visit for event updates and giveaways.
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Children, For the Family, Benefit/Fundraiser, Food/Tasting
4th Annual Pull for Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull
Teams will compete to see who can pull a fire truck in the fastest time to raise money for Curing Kids Cancer to benefit the Children's Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders Clinic at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. Each team pulls in honor of a child fighting cancer. Join us for fundraising, food, fun and fire trucks.
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