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Fort Jackson Community Events

Chris Laskowski7/22/2015  |  Categories: Community; Events
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Living near Fort Jackson can prove itself a special privilege, as it connects you with your neighbors in the Columbia community. Fort Jackson is constantly striving to create a sense of unity within the area, and establishes events to help carry this out. These events range from weekly fitness classes, to meetings that help children get involved in the community. Fort Jackson also holds several special events each month, to help gather interest of the nearby public. Below is a list of a few weekly events that Fort Jackson holds, as well as some of the special events that are coming in the near future.

Weekly Fitness Classes
Fort Jackson is very concerned with the well-being and health of those within their community, and have created several weekly classes that are open for people to experience and utilize. They have weekly classes from Monday-Saturday. These fitness classes include but are not limited to: Circuit Training (Monday), Zumba classes (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday), Gym-Step Fitness classes (Tuesday and Wednesday), Cardiobox (Thursday), Insanity classes (Thursday), Soul Cycle Spin classes (Friday), Yoga classes (Saturday), and Walk-it-out Speed Walking classes (Saturday). For more information on these classes, prices, contact information, and locations, see the Fort Jackson community calendar (link provided at the bottom of this article).

Weekly Events for Children
Fort Jackson also places high priority on making a good impression on the children in the nearby area. It is clear, in Fort Jackson’s approach, that they believe today’s youth is tomorrow's future. They have set up several activities for children to learn and play together on a weekly basis. Each Tuesday, children ages 2-5 have an opportunity for story time at the library, where they get to hear stories, sing songs, and enjoy a small activity. On Wednesdays, the Bright Honeybee Explorers playgroup meets. This group is open to active duty, retired service personnel, and qualified family members. Bright Honeybee Explorers playgroup is a group designed to help children improve their social, cognitive and motor skills. This group is for parents with newborns to 3 years old children. For ages up to 12, every Thursday is a Musical Movie Thursday. This group meets from 3:30 to 5:30, and they are shown either a “G” or “PG” rated movie. Also on Thursdays, at the library, newborns through 5-year-olds are encouraged to take advantage of the Evening Story-time, where they can come to hear stories and sing songs.

Upcoming Special Events
On Thursday July 23rd, Fort Jackson will be hosting a Budgeting, Banking, and Checkbook maintenance class. This class will explore many of the services and products offered at most banks and credit unions. It will cover areas from selecting a checking account to balancing your checkbook, and everything in between. If you have an interest in learning about these topics, this class is for you. On Friday July 24th, The Fort Jackson Army Community Service will host a Drop-In to celebrate the 50th birthday of Army Community Service. Everyone from the Fort Jackson community area is encouraged to attend this drop-in. Also on the 24th, there will be a bowling outing at Century Lanes Bowling Center for families enrolled in the EFMP program. Make sure to RSVP if planning to attend the bowling outing.

There will be an Auto Craft Car and Bike Show open to the public on Saturday, July 25th. This event is free, and will be held at Patriots Park. Please make sure to register your vehicle, if you plan to show it off.

On Saturday August 1st, there will be a Fort Jackson boxing tournament. This tournament is free admission. If you, or someone you know, is interested in boxing contact Mike Garcia @ 803-751-3486.

For more information on these events and more, visit the Fort Jackson calendar at

Thinking about moving to Lake Carolina? Check out our list of new homes near Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force base.

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4th of July at and around Lake Carolina

Chris Laskowski6/22/2015  |  Categories: Events
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Lake Murray Fireworks & Boat Parade

Fireworks: Lake Murray is located about a half hour from Columbia and about 45 minutes from Lake Carolina. They have a 4th of July celebration that is worth making the trip for, including South Carolina’s largest fireworks display. This choreographed show will be accompanied by a patriotic concert airing on B106.7 FM. The best places to watch the firework show are Dreher Island State Park ($2/person admission) and the two parks located at the Lake Murray dam ($3/car admission).

Boat Parade: The Capital City Lake Murray Country is trying to break their all-time record this 4th of July with over 150 boats and inclusion. They are even going to break the record in the Guinness Book of World Records! And you can be a part of the 26th annual celebration. The parade will be held on the 4th, starting at noon at Bomb Island with a path that heads toward the Dam. Registration is open until June 25th and can be done over the phone, through email, mail or at the Visitor Center. For more information on the celebration at Lake Murray, visit

Columbia Blowfish Baseball Game

With a 7:05PM game start, wind down your holiday with the Columbia Blowfish as they take on the Florence Redwolves. Kids under age 12 can bring their gloves to play catch on the field with the Blowfish players from 6 to 6:30 PM. The Blowfish have a new stadium with a capacity for 3,000, Wrigley Field style box seats, leftfield lawn seating and bowl seating that provides an intimate ballpark experience. Following the game there will be Independence Day fireworks at dusk! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Lexington County Peach Festival

About 30 minutes from Columbia and 45 minutes from Lake Carolina sits the town of Gilbert, who will host the Lexington County Peach Festival. Not only have they been around for an incredible 57 years, but they are recognized as hosting one of the most successful and prestigious events of its kind in the Southeast United States. Are peaches the Queen of all Fruits? We will let you decide! This years festival is held on July 4th, kicking off with a parade at 9:30 AM with events and activities that go on until 10 PM in the evening, ending with a tremendous firework display. Live entertainment, over 100 art and craft exhibits, an antique car show, a Revolutionary War Re-enactment, tractor show, children’s rides and speciality peach treats and dishes are all a part of the day’s events. For more information on the festival, visit

Slide the City in Columbia, SC

Slide the City is a huge water party that is coming to Columbia! What exactly does that mean? Imagine speeding down a 1000 foot slip and slide with music, dancing, food drinks, prizes and more! You can bring water buckets, floaties, water guns and of course your swimsuit to make the day even more fun and soak up all the sun (and water) you can! Squirt, spray and splash all day long. For more information, visit

Don’t worry! This isn’t all that is going on around the area on the 4th of July. Celebrate Independence day however you want to, with fireworks, barbeque, parades and of course, some sunshine! Lake Carolina is a great place to celebrate any holiday. Thinking about relocating?

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