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Flip Flops & Soap Boxes: Issue Voting in the United States @ McKissick Museum
Jan 14 – Jun 13 all-day

Most people are familiar with the Democratic and Republican Parties in the United States. However, party affiliation is not the only factor people use to decide how to vote. Many voters choose candidates based on specific issues, like abortion or gun control. Historically, some of the biggest issues for voters have been the economy, the Vietnam War, and busing to integrate schools during the Civil Rights movement. Flip Flops & Soap Boxes explores the variety of ways American voters have communicated their opinions on these and other issues in the past

In Cotton High and Low: The History of a Carolina Cash Crop @ McKissick Museum
Jan 14 – May 4 all-day

Cotton has changed significantly from its humble roots as a plant growing wild in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world to its position today as the primary fiber in textiles. It has influenced the history of agriculture, labor, race, and gender, not only in the US South, but around the world. Explore the material culture of cotton through these lenses, beginning with the natural history of the plant itself and progressing to the social effects of its cultivation in the US South.

Hardware Craft Day! @ Southern Custom Doors & Hardware
Feb 16 all-day

CALLING ALL CRAFTY PEOPLE! Come build your very own Jewelry organizer! We will have a large assortment of Cabinet knobs and pulls to choose from, as well as wooden back boards in 3 different finishes.

All knobs and pulls will be available to purchase separately, if you have a small project you are working on. We will have some matching sets available as well, for anyone looking to complete a piece of furniture or replace the cabinet hardware in a small bathroom.

We will be open from 11am – 4pm
It’s Free to come look around!
$20 to build a Jewelry organizer (this includes the board, up to 6 pieces of hardware)
$5 assembly up charge
The individual cabinet hardware will range in price

Saturday Roll | Civil War Sites @ Robert Mills Carriage House
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Explore Columbia’s Civil War Sites with Historic Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 16 during our Weekend Strolls and Rolls program presented by Seed Architecture.

Columbia’s antebellum and Reconstruction era structures—including churches, hospitals, armories, governmental buildings and private homes—offer testimony to this tumultuous chapter in our nation’s history. Learn about Columbia during the early years of the war and about the fateful night of February 17, 1865 when 30 percent of the city’s structures were lost to fire. Step-off at the State House and count the iron stars marking where Union cannonballs hit the building.

The tour will meet at the Robert Mills Carriage House located at 1616 Blanding Street. Space is limited.

Shelby Raye Trio @ 1626
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Shelby Raye is a native of Chapin, SC. Growing up on the waters of beautiful Lake Murray, the small-town lifestyle is evident in the twangy soulfulness of this pint-sized powerhouse’s vocals. Never one to be put in a box, her passion for music of all genres has burned a hole in her soul which she consistently seeks to fill with new experiences and sounds.
Nominated for the following awards at the Carolina Country Music Awards 2019
Female Artist of the Year
Country Album of the Year
Humanitarian Award
Free to the public
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Dollar Sunday | Mann-Simons Site @ Mann-Simons Site
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Every third Sunday of the month, residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1 on Dollar Sunday!

This month, visit the exhibits at the Mann-Simons Site, the home to the same African-American family for nearly 130 years. The house will be open for guests to tour at their own pace, and guides will be available to answer any questions. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome!

President’s Day Tours | Woodrow Wilson Family Home @ Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Feb 18 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Join Historic Columbia on Monday, Feb. 18 for tours of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction to see how his time in Columbia may have influenced his decisions as President.

Normally closed to the public on Mondays, there is no better way to mark President’s Day than by taking a tour of the only Presidential site in South Carolina. The Woodrow Wilson Family Home is also the nation’s only museum dedicated to interpreting the post-Civil War Reconstruction period. During the height of Reconstruction, Woodrow Wilson’s parents built this house, the only one they would ever own. Although the home has changed hands many times since the teenaged future president lived here, it stands as a reminder of how our city struggled to rebuild itself in the post-war era.

Naranon Meeting @ Anglican Cathedral Church of the Epiphany
Feb 18 @ 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.

Words & Wine @ The Lourie Center
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Words & Wine: A Readers’ and Writers’ Monthly Social is held the third Tuesday of the month at the Lourie Center from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Each month a featured author gives a 30 minute presentation then holds a book signing.

Light refreshments and wine are provided. A $5 donation at the door is requested.

Patricia McNeely is the featured author for February. Patricia McNeely is Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, where she taught writing and reporting for 33 years in the School of Journalism. Before joining the faculty, she was a reporter and editor for three South Carolina newspapers: the State, the Columbia Record and the Greenville News. She is the author of “Sherman’s Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas… and the Burning of Columbia;” “Eyewitnesses to General Sherman’s Campaign in the Civil War;” “Lincoln, Sherman, Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold;” “Knights of the Quill: Confederate Correspondents and their Civil War Reporting;” “Handwritten Recipes and Memories from America’s First Families;” “Fighting Words: the History of the Media in South Carolina;” and “Palmetto Press: the History of South Carolina’s Newspapers.”

Music is provided by Ken Baldwin and Igor Agafonov / Guitarists and Composers. Ken & Igor are an extraordinary duo. Baldwin, a finger-stylist, is more grounded in an Americana acoustic guitar whereas Russian born Agafonov has the gift of instrumental improvisation with a style that’s steeped in jazz and fusion music. Their portfolio is a collection of fifty original compositions that stem from complex instrumentals, to lyrical melodies and humorous songs from the far side.

Sponsors: Trader Joe’s—Columbia, Rob Akers, and Rob Trevett.

RFPs and RFQs: The Alphabet Soup of Procurement @ Richland County Administration
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

RFPs and RFQs: The Alphabet Soup of Procurement
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20
2000 Hampton St. (Health Building), Suite 3014

Putting together a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quote (RFQ) can be challenging. Are you looking for ways to create a potential winning bid document? If so, this is the workshop for you. Learn about the do’s and don’ts when you are preparing your bid documents. For more information, call 803-576-1540. To RSVP, email Registration is required.