Arts & Entertainment

Hundreds of thousands of purple martins flock to Lake Murray’s Bomb Island

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One more Cayce 12,000 Year History Park tour in August

Cayce-Tour-3 Show Caption Hide Caption Cayce-Tour-2 Show Caption Hide Caption Cayce-Tour Show Caption Hide Caption Cayce-Tour-1 Show Caption Hide Caption There is a magnitude of history in Cayce, with its 12,000 Year History Park. A guided summer tour  took place on Congaree Creek, which is in the park, Saturday. And mark your calendars, there is one more guided tour left…

Columbia Police Department holds annual National Night Out Kickoff

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Transitions Homeless Center residents’ artwork showcased at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

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35 tomato entries judged for Sustainable Midlands Tasty Tomato Festival

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Puppy Bar Crawl raises funds for Pawmetto Lifeline

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Second night of South Congaree Championship Rodeo is Saturday

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Planning underway for Columbia’s first Soda City Duck Race

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Midlands Media Group continues growth, acquires new radio station

MMG Show Caption Hide Caption The Dude sign Show Caption Hide Caption MMG sign Show Caption Hide Caption Karamie Sullivan photos. It’s been two years since Midlands Media Group was formed, and the company has been growing ever since. Within the first two years the business acquired 94.3 The Dude (WWNQ), Cola Daily, the e-commerce site ColaDailyDeals.com, and created an…

State Museum offers free general admission to children 12 and under

WHO: South Carolina State Museum WHAT: The South Carolina State Museum is providing *free general admission to children 12 years old and younger starting Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, August 12. Guests can explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibits like Fill in the Gap, Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection, 1967-2017 and South Carolina and Reconstruction, 1865 –…

USC Dance Marathon claims several awards at Miracle Network Leadership Conference

USCDM leadership team Indianapolis. Contributed by Miracle Network Dance Marathon.  University of South Carolina Dance Marathon claimed several national awards at the 2018 Miracle Network Dance Marathon Leadership Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference welcomed over 950 student leaders, university administrators, and hospital foundation staff involved in Dance Marathons that fundraise for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all over…

Lexington Recreation Commission day camp offers summer fun for kids

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West Columbia’s Brookland, a first-class development, ready for first residents

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Midlands stay-at-home mom competing on ABC’s Jeopardy Thursday night

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Columbia’s Town Theatre bringing Beauty and the Beast to the stage

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Columbia presents free screening of Jumanji at Finlay Park

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Local artist, “The Chicken Man” thankful for his Columbia fans

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Topgolf Swing Suite coming soon to Columbia’s Main Street

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West Columbia “murder and mystery” walking tour scheduled for July 27

J.R. Fennell addressing West Columbia City Council There’s a lot of history on the streets of West Columbia. And there will be a State Street Historic Tour conducted by J.R. Fennell, director of the Lexington County Museum. The tour is scheduled for 8 p.m. July 27. beginning at the Amphitheater on the West Columbia Riverwalk. The walking will include State…

Riverbanks Zoo’s lion cubs planned to debut in outside exhibit this week

Photos provided by Riverbanks Zoo. Riverbanks Zoo announced Tuesday afternoon that the three-month-old lion cubs, born April 10, will soon be available for the public to see. The three cubs are now large enough to explore their outdoor habitat. The cubs now weigh a little more than 30 pounds each, and took their first steps outside Monday morning under the…

Summer Jam concert Friday to benefit programs for veterans with PTSD

Military supporters and all Midlands residents who enjoy live music are encouraged to attend the Big Red Barn Retreat’s Summer Jam, this Friday evening at DOKO Meadows Park in Blythewood. The benefit will be raising money for the Big Red Barn retreat, which provides free therapeutic services to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other combat-related stresses. Veterans…

Exhibit shows off artistic talents of Columbia Police Department employees

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Brookland Beach Bash at West Columbia Riverwalk is Saturday

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