DYK? 2021 was designated by the World Health Organization as the International Year of Health and Care Workers in appreciation for their dedication to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. In honor of this specially-designated year + World Health Day coming up on April 7, we’re thanking all healthcare workers, including the local staff at Palmetto Primary Care Physicians (PPCP). 🧑⚕️
Some of the 500+ team members on-staff with Palmetto Primary Care Physicians | Photo provided
Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, by the numbers: • 25: How many years PPCP has been around. • 3: How many independent primary care practices PPCPstarted with. • 43: How many practices PPCP has now across the Midlands, and Grand Strand areas. (It’s now the largest independent multi-specialty physicians group in SC.) • 500: The number of medical and non-medical team members on staff with PPCP across all its locations — read: a *lot* of healthcare heroes to be thankful for this year.
Because PPCP’s team of physicians, advanced practitioners, clinical + non-clinical staff are ingrained in the communities they serve — many work, live + play right here in COLA — when medical situations like COVID-19 arise, these folks work tirelessly to continue to provide local patients with the care that they deserve.
Plus, as an independent physicians group, PPCP isn’t affiliated with any one hospital, which means that their medical providers work with patients to choose the best medical treatment plans, specialists, and service options for them.
Number ○ 127. The number of townhomes the Point at Chestnut project is planning to bring to the Chestnut Hill Plantation development in Northwest Columbia. The site plans will be discussed April 5 by the Columbia Planning Commission. If approved, Tier Homes will begin development off Long Creek Drive. 🏡 (Post and Courier)
Edu ○ The application for scholarships from the Midlands Technical College Foundationwill remain open through April 15. The foundation will award over $100,000 in scholarships to 100 students. More information is available here.
Coronavirus ○ Sixteen and 17-year-olds who are looking to schedule a Pfizer vaccine appointment through Prisma Health will have to call the COVID-19 hotline instead of using MyChart. Vaccine appointments are available at Gamecock Park.(ABC Columbia) ○ For those eligible for Phase 1A or 1B, Lexington Medical Center still has several vaccine appointments available. Register here. Ⓟ 💉 ○ After the rollout of Phase 1B, Nephron Pharmaceuticals’drive-thru vaccine site in West Columbia (open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) has continued to see an increase in patients lining up to get their Moderna shots. Call 803-381-1045 to set up an appointment.Ⓟ
ComingSoon ○ A new Food Lion is coming to Garners Ferry Road (across the street from Tractor Supply Company). The grocery store is expected to open this month. 🍎 (WACH Fox)
Ranked ○ No. 40. South Carolina’s ranking in a recent WalletHub study of states with the highest and lowest tax burden. Rankings were determined by key indicators including property taxes, income taxes, sales tax + more. In the study, New York ranked with the highest burden and Alaska ranked with the lowest. 💵 (WalletHub)
WaterCooler ○ ICYMI,AllSouth hosted a Twitter poll allowing fans to choose which local non-profit would receive a $1,000donation if the women’s basketball team made it to the Final Four. The team won 62-34 over Texas on Tuesday and Senior Resourceswas selected to receive $1,000 from AllSouth. Go Gamecocks. 🙌 Ⓟ
Local ○ Have you heard of the newest dating app in COLA? We hear it’s super saucy.Check it out. 🔥Ⓟ
Arts ○ Artisphere, presented by TD Bank, is happening May 7-9 in Greenville, SC. This year’s festival will feature 100+ artists and be safe, small, and socially distanced, spanning four blocks of S. Main Street. The festival is ticketed + gated this year in order tomanage crowd size — tickets are available now. 🎨 Ⓟ
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Hey seafood lovers, the soft shell crabs are in. Yesterday, we noticed that Motor Supply, Spotted Salamander, and Rosewood Market(currently sold out until Friday) received their first crabs of the season + we figured we’d help spread the yummy news.
Do you know of another restaurant who’s currently serving soft shell crab? Send us an email and let us know and we’ll be sure to give an update.
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Show ○ Billy Strings | Thurs., April 1-Sun., April 4 | Times vary | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | $39+ | Kick off the spring concert season with this Bluegrass musician. 🎶 ○ Machine Funk — Tribute to Widespread Panic | Thurs., April 1 | 8 p.m. | Main Course | $10+ | Jam to your favorite hits from artists like Led Zeppelin + Black Sabbath. 🎸 ○ If Birds Could Fly | Thurs., April 1 | 7 p.m. | O’Hara’s Public House | Free | Enjoy live music with your dinner. 🎤
Outdoors ○ We Are All Family Festival | Thurs., April 1-Sun., April 11 | 5-10 p.m. | Charles W. Johnson Stadium, 1920 Two Notch Rd. | $2.50 | The biggest carnival to ever hit Columbia with fun for all ages. Add on an all-day rides wristband for $21.50. 🎡
PlanAhead ○ Oyster Roast at The Hall on Senate’s End| Sat., April 10 | 5-8 p.m. | The Hall at Senate’s End, 320 Senate St. | $60 | Menu includes 4 food stations and local craft beer. 🦪Ⓟ ○ Easter Morning Brunch | Sun., April 4 | 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. | Main Course, 1624 Main St. | Main Course is having an Easter morning brunch buffet including a carving station and live music — now accepting RSVPs, so hop to it. 🐰 Ⓟ ○ Live on Lincoln | Sun., Apr. 18 | 5-7 p.m. | The 1200 Block of Lincoln Street | Pricing varies | Enjoy the last event of Artista Vista 2021 on the cobblestones of Lincoln Street with live entertainment and dinner provided by Blue Marlin. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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