Interested in learning about relationships and dating?

Able South Carolina is offering a one-day class on dating and relationships for people with disabilities this Wednesday, February 18 from 2-4pm:

  • Do you want to meet some new friends or start a new relationship, but aren’t sure where to start?
  • Do you know how to tell if your relationship is a healthy one?
  • Would you like some tips on using social media to make connections in a safe way?

Click here for more information!

Memorial Day Concert: Palmetto Concert Band – FREE!

Looking for some free music to accompany your Memorial Day Celebration? Come to the Palmetto Concert Band performance!

Sunday, May 25 at 4 pm

Koger Center

1051 Greene St, Columbia, SC 29201

Offering a welcome assist to your patriotic celebration, the Palmetto Concert Band — made up of professional and semi-professional players from throughout the Carolinas and Georgia — plays its Memorial Day Concert at the Koger Center. – See more at:

Palmetto Concert Band

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Indie Grits Festival – FREE Opening Night Party!

Check out the Indie Grits Film Festival Opening party TONIGHT from 6-11 PM in the back Parking Lot behind the Nickelodeon Theatre (1607 Main St. Cola).

Admission is FREE! There will be live music, tasty food and drinks for purchase, and other activities at this FAMILY FRIENDLY event!

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For a full list of events (including FREE and FAMILY-FRIENDLY activities) happening as part of the Indie Grits Festival over the next 2 weeks, check out!

Bark To The Park: Walk and Festival for the Animals


  • April 5, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Event Hours : Registration 9am; Walk 10:30am
  • Fee : Registration $25 (Only if you walk)
  • Pets Allowed
  • Food Vendors

    Finlay Park

    930 Laurel ST Finlay Park
    Columbia, SC 29201

More details click here!

Join us at the Bark to the Park Walk and Festival for the Animals and help us raise money to save homeless pets in the Midlands! Each year over 11,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in the Midlands’ shelters due to lack of space and resources. You can help make a difference and literally save lives by participating in the Bark to the Park Walk and Festival.

All of the proceeds from the event go directly to the mission of saving pets from death row. Get involved today by raising money to walk or even form a team. Every dollar helps and there are great prizes to be won by top fundraisers! The walk will be followed by a festival where there will be fun for the whole family, including contests and prizes for you and your four-legged friend and entertainment by K-9’s in Flight, a fantastic disc-dog team made up entirely of shelter dogs!

Columbia Open Studios (Free!) – April 5-6

Interested in art?

Check out the FREE Columbia Open Studios Tour April 5-6!

From the event website:

Columbia Open Studios is a weekend-long, free tour of artists’ studios in the Greater Columbia, South Carolina area, including all of Richland and Lexington counties.

April 5 – 6, 2014

Pick up a copy of the guide in the April 2 issue of the Free Times or view online.

Preview Party on Thursday, April 3rd, 7-10pm at 701 CCA. Buy tickets now and join us!


NAMIWalk Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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Every journey begins with that first step! As NAMIWalks celebrates our 12th Anniversary in 2014, we are proud to be the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in America! Through NAMIWalks’ public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing how Americans view persons with a mental illness. This is leading to ensuring that help and hope are available for those in need. Please join us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time

When: Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Where: Historic Bull Street Campus

Go to to sign up!

One Book, One Columbia: PTSD and The Great Santini

From the Free Times website:

The struggles of the Meechams in The Great Santini are familiar to many current and former military families. Counselor Jennifer Miller, whose own experiences in Iraq left her suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, will speak frankly about the difficulties facing those with PTSD and their families.

Date(s): Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Hours: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Venue: Richland County Public Library, Main Branch
Address: 1431 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone: 929-3478
Website: – See more at: