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First Day Festival 2019 Organizers Are Collecting School Supplies for Columbia Children in Need @ Segra Park
Jul 18 – Aug 4 all-day

YNotU2, Inc., WFMV 95.3 FM radio, and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s Office are collecting school supplies to benefit families of local children as part of this year’s First Day Festival 2019 now through the day of the event, Sunday, August 4. The free annual festival will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Segra Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies, 1640 Freed Street in Columbia. Supplies may be dropped off at Unity Karate, 7949 Broad River Road in Irmo prior to the event and at Segra Park during the event.

YNotU2 founder Kimani Davis says the festival’s main goal is to reduce the financial burden parents often face when purchasing school supplies. “Removing some of those scary back-to-school roadblocks can offer families a lot of encouragement,” Davis says.

Davis explains that “family partnerships are strengthened and excitement over the upcoming school year is boosted” when finances aren’t a major concern.

This year, festival volunteers aim to fill 2,500 book bags and need:

No 2 Pencils 3×5 index cards Loose-leaf paper
Pens (black, blue, red) Pocket folders (prong & no prong) Highlighters
Large pink erasers 1, 2, and 3-inch binders Composition notebooks
Dry erase markers Pencil sharpeners Glue sticks
Crayons Dividers Black Sharpies
Markers Pencil boxes or pouches Sharpies (any color)
Post it notes Blunt tip & pointed scissors Small erasers
Hand sanitizer Graph paper

Sponsorship opportunities are also available at several levels:

• Sponsor a Child – $10
Provides a child with one book bag filled with school supplies.

• Title Sponsor – Monetary or In-kind donation $3000 and above
Includes: Booth at the First Day Festival
Submission of marketing material in all backpacks
Live mention during the event
Company literature in community grab bag
Company recognition on marketing material
Appreciation acknowledgement
Covered vendor space

• Platinum Sponsor – Monetary or In-kind donations from $2000 – $2999
Includes: Community grab bag
Live mention during the event
Company literature in community grab bag
Company recognition
Appreciation acknowledgement
Covered vendor space

• Gold Sponsor – Monetary or In-kind donations from $1,000 – $1999
Includes: Community grab bag
Live mention during the event
Company literature in community grab bag
Company recognition
Appreciation acknowledgement
Covered vendor space

• Silver Sponsor – Monetary or in-kind donations $500 – $999
Includes: Company literature in community grab bag
Company recognition
Appreciation acknowledgement
Covered vendor space

• Community Partner – Monetary or In-kind donation $250 – $499
Includes: Company recognition
Appreciation acknowledgement
Covered vendor space

Festival organizers request that all sponsorship and vendor fees be submitted and paid for by July 31 to ensure the event runs smoothly.

First Day Festival activities will include arts and crafts, face painting, free hair care for girls, resources and information from community vendors, free health screenings and vision tests, free kids fingerprinting, and a kids’ zone equipped with bounce houses and more.

To volunteer services for any of the above or to request sponsorship or donation information, contact Mr. Kimani Davis by email at, or by phone at 803-372-2511. Also visit the event’s Official Facebook page,

Heathers, The Musical @ Trustus Theatre
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 10:00 pm

Book and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe
Based on the film written by Daniel Waters
Directed by Dewey Scott-Wiley
Music Direction by Randy Moore
Choreography by Grayson Anthony
JUNE 28 – JULY 27, 2019

You’ve been asking us for it, and we’re going to give it to you: Heathers, The Musical! Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under.

Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”) and Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde), Heathers The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt, and (at times) harrowing new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers will be one of Columbia’s most popular musicals of the summer. Are you in, or are you out?

Harbison Heat Concert @ Harbison Theater
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (HT@MTC) is hosting a summer concert event that begins outdoors in the afternoon and moves inside in the evening. Join MTC Showoff Finalists, The Mobros, and Josh Roberts and the Hinges for “Harbison Heat,” happening Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 4 PM – 9 PM at HT@MTC.

Beginning at 4 PM, there will be an assortment of flavors from local food trucks in the shaded area behind HT@MTC, and MTC Showoff finalists playing originals and covers for the community to celebrate summer. The Showoff finalists include Howling Child (Cassandra Ward), Kierra Gray, and Leven (Christopher Jackson). In addition, representatives from the college will be on-hand to answer enrollment questions or assist in the application process. There are no tickets required for this outdoor part of the event.

The food trucks will include The Blended Bakery, Haute Dog Lady, ME SO Hungry, and beverages from Ed’s Bartending Service. Sarah Dippity will also be on hand for fun face painting and interactive activities for kids of all ages.

The Mobros will kick the concert off at 6:30 PM inside the theatre. The Mobros are a duo from Camden, SC who have gained regional success with releases like “Walking with a Different Stride,” “Carrie Ann,” and more. Their funky music is frequently heard in venues across the state.   

Josh Roberts and the Hinges will close out the evening and headline the main event. Josh Roberts and the Hinges are a 4-piece band out of Charleston, S.C. known for their raw, gutsy sound. Their powerful style includes blues, country, punk, and soul that links harmonies with Roberts’ coarse guitar. Their sound is uncompromising, and they have played hundreds of shows across the country.

Wild Summer’s Night Auction & Wild Game Feast @ Columbia, SC
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

To a crowd of nearly 400 people, we will be auctioning off just about anything anyone could ever want! There are beautiful works of art; jewelry; guided birding and wildlife-watching trips; hunting and fishing excursions, both in South Carolina and other amazing places; guided river and kayak tours; hunting and fishing equipment; and much more. Event will include live & silent auctions, prize drawings & games, wild game feast, open bar, and much more!

MITCHELL LEE @ 1626 on Main
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm

1626 on Main is thrilled to host Mitchell Lee in concert on July 20th!!
We cheered him on when he was on THE VOICE and we can’t wait to cheer him on in person! Tickets are $10 on Eventbrite or $15 at the door. As always food and drink will be available for purchase.

About Mitchell Lee:
This South Carolina singer/songwriter has come a long way since the days of sneaking in his guitar to the barracks at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Just before graduation, Mitchell’s mother unexpectedly passed away, drastically altering Mitchell’s plans. Mitchell decided to put his dreams of dental school on hold and explore his new-found passion as a performing musician.

Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection @ McKissick Museum
Jul 22 – Dec 16 all-day

McKissick’s abstract art from the 1960s and 1970s makes an appearance in our third floor lobby. Expect to see bold colors and geometric shapes on display.

Tech & Creative Arts – Middle School: 6th – 8th Grade @ IT-oLogy
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – Jul 26 @ 4:00 pm

Tech & Creative Arts camp will allow campers to get inspired from contemporary art to design and create wearable technology using FLORA circuit boards with Arduino and text-based coding. Campers will use electronics, circuits, LEDs, sensors, conductive fabrics, copper tape and other fluorescent materials for crafting e-Textile wearables. Their final project will be worn in a collaboration with campers from i am art creative art center. Together, all students will collaborate and utilize their creativity, leadership and communication skills to host a live, choreographed performance.

The Tech & Creative Arts camp presentation and performance will be held on Friday, July 26th at 3:00pm in the IT-oLogy theater on the 1st floor.

Campers and their parents will be amazed what will be accomplished at the end of this exciting, fast paced, hands-on week. Students will leave with new innovative ways to design and collaborate through technology and creative arts.

2020 Census Hiring Event @ Irmo Library
Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm

The 2020 Censes is now hiring! We will be presenting information on how to get hired with the 2020 Census. We will also be providing application assistance.

Naranon Meeting @ Anglican Cathedral Church of the Epiphany
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind.

When you come into the family group, you are no longer alone, but among true friends who understand your problem as few others could. We respect your confidence and anonymity as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome.

Our program, which is not a religious one but a spiritual way of life, is based on the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon. We’ve found that the working of these steps will bring the solution to practically any problem. We urge you to take this program and its twelve steps seriously. It has been as helpful to us as the Narcotics Anonymous program is to the addict. We only ask for the wisdom and courage to see ourselves as we really are, to do something about ourselves with the help of a Higher Power as we understand this, and for the grace to release our addicts with love and cease trying to change them.

Keep an open mind and attend as many meetings as possible. Feel free to share during the meeting. You may ask questions after the meeting. You’ll soon make friends and will feel very much a part of the group.

With the understanding that addiction is a disease, and the realization that we are powerless over it, as well as over other people’s lives, we are ready to do something useful and constructive with our own. Then, and only then, can we be of any help to others.

Southeast Richland Water and Sewer Community Meeting @ Gadsden Park Community Center
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A community meeting will provide details on the Southeast Richland Water and Sewer Project.
The project, which will serve portions of Southeast/Lower Richland with water and wastewater services, will extend the County’s existing water system and connect new sewer customers to the County’s existing wastewater treatment facility. Residents will have the opportunity to sign up for utility services at the meeting. For more information, contact the Richland County Utilities Department at 803-401-0050.