Pending anymore out-of-season, late frost situations, we will all be spending more time outdoors.
That means it’s the prime time for pollen, bees, and getting your garden started. And If you don’t have a green thumb, then maybe you can get your front yard looking fresh, green, and spring ready with new plants.
We saw a question on Reddit recently about where to find plants + garden supplies locally. So we figured now would be a good time to dig in, especially since the capital city has a variety of locally owned shops to check out, including the newest one — Leaf Lovers Plant Shop in Lexington.
Share the word with a master gardener, hopeful green thumbs, and people who love shopping local. If you have any gardening tips and tricks, send them our way.
Weather ○ 83º | Sunny | 0%chance of rain
Development ○ The master plan for a new neighborhood in Northeast Richland, off Two Notch and Spears Creek Church roads, is available for public review. The county’s Community Planning and Development Department will review the plan on April 22 and public comments on the plan will be accepted until April 23. (CRBR)
Coronavirus ○ Columbia Place Mall will be used for a Community Vaccination Center this month to administer approx. 1,000 shots every day through a partnership with the State of South Carolina and the White House. The site is expected to be up and running by Wed., April 14. (WLTX) ○ Lexington Medical Center is now acceptingwalk-ins for COVID-19 vaccinations at the hospital auditorium (2728 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia) and at the Brookland Baptist Church (1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia) vaccination event from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. The Pfizer vaccine is available at both locations to those 16 or older. (Cola Daily)
Arts ○ April is Jazz Appreciation Month + National Poetry Month and to celebrate, Richland Library is hosting Evening Arts: Jazz and Poetry with Eboni Ramm and Friends on Fri., April 9 from 7-8 p.m. The virtual event is free and will feature local musical guests, including Mark Rapp, Jake Holwegner, Edwin G. Hamilton, and Gino Castillo.
Cause ○ Midlands-native Mary Martha Greene will launch her cookbook, “The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All” on May 3 at the Market at 701 Whaley from 5-8 p.m. and will donate a portion of the book sales to MIRCI. Greene has been a long-time volunteer with MIRCI’s Youth Drop-In Center and has shared the recipes with the youth at the center.
Apply ○ Mark Anthony Brewing will hire approx. 300 employees at the new, state-of-the-art facility in Richland County and is recruiting for various positions, including lead brewers, maintenance technicians-electrical, maintenance technician-mechanical, and packaging operators. Sign up for application updates here.
Home ○ If this weather makes you feel like taking spring cleaning up a notch, now might be the time to work on those home projects you’ve been putting off. AllSouth can help you plan for unforeseen expenses or even help you set up a Home Equity Line of Credit. Learn more about a HELOC + the costs of common home improvement projects here.🏠Ⓟ
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Bojangles decided to get in on the March Madness brackets to find the best biscuit choice. We are going into the final week of the voting competition and the final two picks are the exclusive Cajun Filet Biscuit + the fan favorite, The Uva.If you recall, The Uva was the trending, accidental creation from local sports reporter Mike Uva.
Voting is happening now, which you can participate in here.
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Dish ○ Drive Through Fair Food| Tues., April 6-Sun., April 11 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | SC State Fairgrounds Gate 6 | Price of purchase | Get a fix of all your favorite fair foods without leaving the comfort of your car. 🌭
Talk ○ 2021 Spotlight on Agriculture and Forestry| Tues., April 6 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | City Roots Farm | $55+ | Learn about 1 of the top industries in our state. 🥬 ○ Chamber Issues Forum| Tues., April 6 | 8-9 a.m. | Virtual | Free | The Columbia Chamber Partners discuss local, regional, and federal issues facing the business community. 💻
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.
1. Read to students virtually 📚 Join Boys and Girls Club as a guest reader for elementary students. Learn more + register.
2. Assist at the Salvation Army Family Store 🛍️ Sort donations, hang clothes, move furniture, clean, and assist on the sales floor. Learn more + register.
3. Participate in the Changemaker Challenge *Virtual Youth Project* 🎨 Join Youth Volunteer Corps in partnership with Student Rebuild in the Changemaker Challenge to identify + honor local community heroes using creativity and online art tools. Learn more + register.
4. Provide contactless delivery with Meals on Wheels 🚙 Help deliver hot meals to elderly and disabled adults throughout Richland County. Learn more + register.
5. Support a Collection Drive 🧤 Your purchased items will be shipped directly to United Way.Learn more.
6. Lift Up an Educator 🍎 Help thank our educators by writing an encouraging note or card + dropping it at United Way of the Midlands (1818 Blanding St.) during business hours or in the mail. Learn more.