Tastebuds Expand at Restaurant Week Columbia

Chris Laskowski1/26/2015  |  Categories: Columbia
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Restaurant Week South Carolina was an eleven day celebration entirely dedicated to extraordinary cuisines, unique dishes and delectable menus from the best South Carolina has to offer. With 72 communities divided into five different regions, almost the entire state participated in this annual tradition.

Columbia falls within the Central Midlands region, with 24 restaurants that participated, some with multiple locations within the community. No tickets were required, but reservations were highly recommended as most of the establishments tend to fill up very quickly. Other regions include Coastal Charleston, Grand Strand, Lowcountry and Upstate. You can see all of the restaurants that participated, contact information and their menus by clicking here.

According to Restaurant Week South Carolina, Restaurant Week’s goal is to position South Carolina as one of the top culinary destinations in the nation by increasing awareness of the many dining opportunities available in the state, as well as stimulating business and revenue for restaurants throughout South Carolina. Just about all of the establishments offered deals and special discounts throughout the eleven day event, in hopes of giving everyone a little taste of what they offer.

But you didn’t have to just stay in Columbia to enjoy the vast variety of cuisines and menus. Traveling to other communities was encouraged, and many do just that. Hotels are on board with the event, so lodging accommodations and packages were available if you planned on making a trip.

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Red Shoe Run: Get Active for a Great Cause!

Chris Laskowski1/26/2015  |  Categories: Events
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If you’re looking for a way to get active, help your community and do something that the whole family can get involved with, the Red Shoe Run is a perfect option. With both 10k and 5k options, you can lace up and bundle up and get ready to hit the starting line. Held on January 24th, this is the 9th annual Red Shoe Run that has been held in Columbia. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia, which makes it that much more special. You can know that your donation is helping those in your community that are in need of assistance.

Ronald McDonald House charities are located all over the country, all with the same mission. Each year, they help families stay together, rest and refresh when they have children receiving medical care. They hope to take the burden off these families by providing a place for them to sleep, eat and give one another moral support during tough times of illness.

Participants may pre-register for the race at www.strictlyrunning.com up until January 5th or you can register the day of the race from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. The 10k begins at 8 a.m. and the 5k run/walk begins at 8:15 a.m. The run/walk takes place throughout the Shandon Neighborhood of Columbia. A great opportunity to get together with family, friends or coworkers that supports a wonderful cause.

For more information about the run or the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia, click here or visit www.rmhcofcolumbia.org/RedShoeRun.

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Change Up Your Weekend with the Columbia City Ballet

Chris Laskowski1/13/2015  |  Categories: Columbia
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With so many different ways to explore Lake Carolina and the surrounding areas, you might not realize all of the different events, programming and activities it has to offer. The Columbia City Ballet is a hub of southern charm, sophistication and elegance that brings together the art and love of dance. It is both a place for entertaining audiences and high-end training for dancers.

Founded in 1961, it is proud of it’s ballet that not only travels around the country to perform, but that also stays local to wow audiences from all over. Throughout the year, they are known for dazzling performances at least 18 times a year at their home, the Koger Center, in Columbia. They have a long record of excellence, with dozens of shows under their belt such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.

Their next production will be ‘Off the Wall & Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green,’ on January 31st. The Columbia City Ballet also offers educational outreach programs for schools, special events that include shows and wine tastings and exceptional tours from their ballet program that can be seen in several cities and states.

For something unique and different to do, the Columbia City Ballet has something for every member of the family, offering a family-friendly environment with a southeastern, hometown feel. You can purchase tickets online or at the box office. For the entire schedule of shows that the Columbia City Ballet will be offering into 2015, click here.

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Make a Splash at the Polar Bear Plunge!

Chris Laskowski1/6/2015  |  Categories: Community
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This will be the 11th year that Lake Carolina hosts the Polar Bear Plunge, a chilly charity event that raises money for Children’s Charity of the Midlands. A $10 donation is required in order to participate, and residents are more than welcome to make the splash with teams of family, friends and coworkers. The event starts at 10am at Sunset Park on January 10th, with lots more than just cold water waiting for them. Music, prizes, pizza, donuts, coffee and hot cocoa are all a part of the fun.

The plunge will also have fun contest categories for participants to get excited about. Best individual, best team, youngest and oldest polar bear are just a few of the divisions that you can get creative with. Even with the super low temperature of both the water and the air, it’s for a good cause, and worth taking a dip.

All of the money raised goes to Children’s Charities of the Midlands, a 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the health, welfare and education for South Carolina’s youth. Residents of all ages are invited to participate, as long as they feel their swimming skills are strong enough. In the past, participants have ranged in age from 5 to 78 years old, making it a great way to get together with others in Lake Carolina and start off the New Year.

$2500 has already been collected this year by Lake Carolina resident Gary Matthews' team, The Chippenwhales. “We love the community we live in and certainly feel blessed to have landed here,” said Matthews. “It warms our hearts to combine bringing people together to have some fun and helping out the less fortunate children of our area. We hope the word spreads and similar events pop up across the area. Overall, I have seen that people in general are very charitable.”

Matthews holds a brunch before the plunge so that family and friends can get prepared and in a festive spirit to face the chilly water. It also serves as a great opportunity to raise more money for Children’s Charities of the Midlands.

Lake Carolina looks forward to the event and invites residents and friends to join the fun on Saturday morning. Enjoy a day of raising money for charity and starting your new year off with a splash!

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