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Columbia On the Move 
January 2019


City's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, Drew Wellness Center's Community Health Fair, Greenview Park's Praise Dance Showcase, Holiday ICE and more!
Pictured above: Guests skating at Columbia's Holiday ICE. The City's outdoor ice skating rink is open at Columbiana Centre through Monday, January 21, 2019.


F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on T W I T T E R
F O L L O W on I N S T A G R A M

31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The City of Columbia’s 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019, at 4 pm at MLK Park, the City of Columbia and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation announced.

Chief executive officer and founder of Serve & Connect, Kassy Alia, will serve as this year's keynote speaker. Alia founded Serve & Connect — a nonprofit organization focused on promoting community resilience and well-being through transformative police and community partnerships — in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015.

Under her leadership, Serve & Connect has grown from a hashtag to a movement for change, touching countless lives in South Carolina. Alia was featured on the TODAY show for her efforts to promote a positive relationship between the police and community.

The annual celebration will begin at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene Street. Winners of the Honor the Dream Food Drive and recipients of the Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards Program will be announced.

A Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating the historic marker honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at 3 p.m. at the corner of Harden and Greene streets prior to the annual celebration.

Members of the Alpha Psi Lambda and Omicron Iota Lambda chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will lead the ceremony.

For more information about the City’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, contact Shireese M. Bell at 803-545-3100 or
Kassy Alia, Chief executive officer and founder of Serve & Connect

Free Community Health Fair to be Held at Drew Wellness Center

The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center will host a free Community Health Fair on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The health fair will include free health screenings, an activity zone and exhibitors.

Health and wellness organizations interested in participating in the health fair can register to be an exhibitor by contacting Diane Betz at

The deadline to register as an exhibitor is Friday, January 11, 2019.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the center located at 2101 Walker Solomon Way.

For more information, contact Diane Betz at

Community Recreation Centers to Operate on Adjusted Weekend Schedule

Community recreation centers in the City of Columbia will operate on an adjusted Saturday schedule beginning January 5, 2019 due to staff development and training sessions scheduled for staff

The facilities will open from 2:30-6 p.m. on the first Saturday during the months of January, February and March. Those dates are:
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019
The adjusted schedule will only apply on the first Saturday of the month (January through March 2019) at the following recreation centers:
  • Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center
  • Greenview Park
  • Hyatt Park
  • Lorick Park
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
  • Pinehurst Park
  • Woodland Park
Regular Saturday hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

Lorick Park Closed For Renovations

Lorick Park will be closed through mid-February due to a renovations and tree removal project designed to improve access to the community center and upgrade exterior park amenities.

The renovation project will include new parking; resurfacing the outdoor basketball courts; storm water improvements; new benches and trash receptacles; upgrades to park signage; and upgrades to the park’s playground and splash pad.

In order to ensure the safety of the public, the park will be closed during the renovations. Guests may visit Hyatt Park located at 950 Jackson Ave. during this time.

The project is expected to be completed in February 2019. 

The new playground and splash pad are expected to be completed by Spring 2019.

For more information, call the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

Columbia's Holiday ICE Open Through January 21

Holiday ICE, the City of Columbia’s outdoor ice skating rink, is open through Monday, January 21, 2019.

Don't miss the chance to join the fun at Columbia's coolest family-friendly attraction. 

Holiday ICE is open at the following times:

Regular Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m. 

Admission Fees (includes skates) (Monday through Sunday)

  • $10 (Youth and Adults)
  • $8 (Active Duty Military with ID and Seniors age 55 and up)
For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

New Year's Resolution Membership Special

The Charles R. Drew Wellness Center is offering a New Year’s resolution membership special to help you with your wellness journey.

Adults age 18-49, seniors age 50 and older and families of up to four people can save on a yearly membership when they sign up during the month-long special.

New Year’s Resolution Membership Special Rates
ADULT (18-49): $210
SENIOR (50+): $160
FAMILY (Up to 4 people): $325

For more information, call the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center at 803-545-3200.


Praise is What I Do: Praise Dance Showcase

Greenview Park invites the public to a praise dance showcase on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
The Praise is What I Do: Praise Dance Showcase will feature several groups that will perform mime, praise, step, hip hop and modern dance.

The dance showcase will be held from 2-5 p.m. at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street.

For more information, call Greenview Park at 803-754-5223.

After-School Program Offered for Youth

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department’s After-School Program is open for youth ages 5-12.

Children will have the opportunity to participate in sports, games, arts & crafts, field trips and appearances from special guests on a weekly basis. 

The program will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, during the school calendar year. (The program follows the Richland School District 1 school calendar).

Children must be between ages 5-12 as of July 1, 2018, to participate.

The cost for the program is $30 per week, per child. Snacks will be provided. Special activities may include an additional fee.

All payments are to be made at the site of the participant’s program. Each week’s fees are due prior to the participant’s week of care. 

Registrations are accepted at the following locations:

Edisto Park
1914 Wiley St.
Emily Douglas Park
(Teen Program Grades 6th -8th)
2500 Wheat Street
Greenview Park
6700 David St.
Heathwood Park
800 Abelia Road
Hyatt Park
950 Jackson Ave.
Katheryn M. Bellfield Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center
2611 Grant St.
Lorick Park
1600 Lorick Ave.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
2300 Greene St.
Melrose Park
1500 Fairview Drive
Sims Park
3500 Duncan Street
St. Anna’s Park
1313 Liberty Hill Ave.
Woodland Park
6500 Olde Knight Parkway
For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

Columbia Art Center

iPhone Photography Workshop

Learn the best tips, tricks and techniques to master iPhone Photography! This workshop will teach you how to take photos using different lighting, the principles of composition and creative techniques in a variety of different settings. This workshop is open to any model iPhone.

Date: Saturday, January 12, 19 and 26, 2019 from 1 -3:30 pm

Location: Columbia Art Center, 1227-C Taylor Street, Columbia, SC  29201

Registration fee: $90 

Maximum class size: 10 participants; Minimum: 3 (Suitable for teens and adults)

Instructor: Erdal Cabas

Crochet Basics Workshop

Are you interested in learning how to crochet? In this introductory course, students will learn the basics of crocheting so that you can create your own crochet pieces of art. 

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 6-8 pm

Location: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor Street, Ste. C, Columbia SC  29201

Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Maximum class size: 10 participants; minimum of 3 participants.

Instructor: Bohumila Augustinova
The Art Center offers several workshops and classes throughout the year on a variety of topics including copper jewelry, basket weaving, crochet, photography, pottery and more.

For more information, call Brenda Oliver at 803-545-3093. To download a registration form and view a full list of workshops, click the link below.
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Let's Move! Columbia

Recipe of the Month: Antipasti Penne

Are you looking for a healthy and budget-friendly meal? Check out this recipe for a delicious and spicy antipasti dish.

  • 12 ounces whole-grain penne
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces soppressata or salami, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • One 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, strained and quartered
  • 6 stuffed Spanish queen olives, halved, plus 2 tablespoons brine
  • One 14-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 4 to 5 fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup of 1/2-inch chunks fresh mozzarella
  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add the pasta and cook according to package instructions; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the soppressata and cook, stirring, until blistered and the oil turns reddish, about 3 minutes. Add the artichoke hearts and olives and stir to coat. Add the tomatoes, the reserved pasta water, basil leaves and 2 tablespoons of olive brine. Bring to a simmer and cook until most of the water evaporates and the sauce thickens slightly, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce and mozzarella to the pasta in the pot and stir to combine. Divide among 4 bowls and garnish with more basil.
To view this recipe and more, visit Food Network online.

10 Tips: Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruits

It is possible to fit vegetables and fruits into any budget. Making nutritious choices does not have to hurt your wallet. Getting enough of these foods promotes health and can reduce your risk of certain diseases. There are many low-cost ways to meet your fruit and vegetable needs.

Celebrate the season
Use fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season. They are easy to get, have more flavor, and are usually less expensive. Your local farmer’s market is a great source of seasonal produce.

Why pay full price?
Check the local newspaper, online, and at the store for sales, coupons, and specials that will cut food costs. Often, you can get more for less by visiting larger grocery stores (discount grocers if available).

Stick to your list
Plan out your meals ahead of time and make a grocery list. You will save money by buying only what you need. Don’t shop when you’re hungry. Shopping after eating will make it easier to pass on the tempting snack foods. You’ll have more of your food budget for vegetables and fruits.

Try canned or frozen
Compare the price and the number of servings from fresh, canned, and frozen forms of the same veggie or fruit. Canned and frozen items may be less expensive than fresh. For canned items, choose fruit canned in 100% fruit juice and vegetables with “low sodium” or “no salt added” on the label.

Buy small amounts frequently
Some fresh vegetables and fruits don’t last long. Buy small amounts more often to ensure you can eat the foods without throwing any away.

Buy in bulk when items are on sale
For fresh vegetables or fruits you use often, a large size bag is the better buy. Canned or frozen fruits or vegetables can be bought in large quantities when they are on sale, since they last much longer.

Store brands = savings
Opt for store brands when possible. You will get the same or similar product for a cheaper price. If your grocery store has a membership card, sign up for even more savings.

Keep it simple
Buy vegetables and fruits in their simplest form. Pre-cut, pre-washed, ready-to-eat, and processed foods are convenient, but often cost much more than when purchased in their basic forms.

Plant your own 
Start a garden — in the yard or a pot on the deck — for fresh, inexpensive, flavorful additions to meals. Herbs, cucumbers, peppers, or tomatoes are good options for beginners. Browse through a local library or online for more information on starting a garden.

Plan and cook smart
Prepare and freeze vegetable soups, stews, or other dishes in advance. This saves time and money. Add leftover vegetables to casseroles or blend them to make soup. Overripe fruit is great for smoothies or baking.

For more tips on nutrition, physical activity, shopping and more, visit's Tip Sheets.


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