#DYK that last year’s Greek Festival brought in over 170,000 attendees? Unfortunately, this year the famous Soda City event has been cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns with large crowds + such close proximity to one another.
🇬🇷 | The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia began in 1936 when a small group of Greek immigrants started worshipping together. By 1939, the congregation had a frame house for their services.
○ Yesterday, DHEC releaseda new dashboard, which provides detailed data from the county-level to look at the impacts of COVID-19 in SC. This new dashboard was developed by DHEC’s data analysts, GIS specialists + epidemiologists using information gathered through the agency’s expansive coronavirus monitoring resources. View the dashboard here.
○ Participating banks across SC distributed$5.7 billion in small business loans as part of the Paycheck Protection Program funded by the CARES Act. The program, which lasted for ~90 days, aimed to help small businesses continue to pay their employees during the COVID-19 shutdown. (Metro Columbia CEO)
○ SC ranks eighth of states whose COVID-19-related unemployment claims are recovering the quickest.According to a recent report, there are currently 17.8 million Americans unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in total. (WalletHub)
○ As of Monday, all 81 of South Carolina’s school districts have been approved to proceed with reopening plans, whether those plans are for in-person or online instruction. There are 17 districts that haveopted to begin classes in one week, while 31 others have pushed back the first day to September 8 + other districts are somewhere in between. (Post and Courier)
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CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Columbia’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Quarantine has had us all in its COVID-covered claws for the last 5 months. Many of us have made it through the entire Disney+ catalog two or three times by now, and the kiddos are still running rampant through the halls of our homes, turned school and office.
This month we’re gonna make quarantining a thing of beauty for one lucky winner by hooking them up with the ultimate Labor Day prize pack.
What’s in the prize pack? Get ready to haul home $250 in free groceries in your brand new Yeti Tundra Hard Haul Cooler. As you walk in the door, enjoy the fact that sports are back and playing on your new flat screen TV. Oh, did we mention you’ll be grilling steaks on your new Big Green Egg grill while the casserole is baking in your new Le Creuset cast iron set? We’re even tossing in a Sonos Move so you can take your family’s favorite jams from the living room to the backyard.
Our Ultimate Labor Day Weekend Giveaway will be open for entry to anyone living right here in COLA as well as any of our sister citiesnow through August 30, 2020. One grand-prize winner will be chosen at random and announced right here in our newsletter on Monday, August 31.
How to enter: Head over to our site and enter your email address and zip code. You can enter up to once per day + share our giveaway with your friends to earn additional chances to win.
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ComingSoon ○ Republic Biergarten and Kitchenwill open in the former Flying Saucer location in the Vista, located at 931 Senate St. The new sports bar is expected to open within the next two weeks. 🍺(Cola Daily)
Announced ○ SC Codes, a statewide program aimed at providing free access to code education, announced Kaity Miller as its new program director. The program currently offers eight modules with free content available to anyone in SC with an interest in computer programming. 💻
Cause ○ Columbia Animal Serviceswill be waivingadoption fees on Aug. 14 for dogs, cats + kittens. The “clear the shelter” event runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Check out some of the animals available for adoption here. 🐱 (WLTX)
Ranked ○ In a recent WalletHub survey, SC ranked 50 on a list of the best and worst statesto have a baby. The survey accounted for factors such as cost + health care accessibility.Massachusetts ranked first while Alabama was ranked last.(WalletHub)
Dish ○ The War Mouthis now offeringno contact delivery service from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday within a 3-mile radius of the restaurant.
NowOpen ○ Have you tried Tasty as Fit? Now open at 3001 Millwood Ave., their smoothies recently got some love from Devine District, whose lucky residents are within walking distance to the healthy grab-n-go restaurant. 🍓Ⓟ
WaterCooler ○ Four local middle school students becamenational champions at the AAU Track and Field Championships this past weekend. The 11 and 12-year-olds, Paris A., Madison R., Peyton H., and Olivia T. became the youngest group of females from SC to win a national championship in the 4 x 400 AAU relay. Congrats! 🎉 (WLTX)
Health ○ Young women not only have changing bodies and health needs, they also experience new emotional and social pressures. Prisma Health gynecologist Dianna T. Gurich, MD, shares five reasons to see a gynecologist before age 21. Ⓟ ○ Unfortunately, a global pandemic doesn’t mean other major issues – like the opioid crisis – go away. CEO and President of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Lou Kennedy was recently interviewedabout how COVID-19 has exacerbated the opioid crisis + what hospitals can do to help. Ⓟ
Suffragettes greet guests at the entrance to “A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics” | Photo courtesy of the South Carolina State Museum
It’s been 100 years since women gained the right to vote. South Carolina State Museum’s new exhibit, A Voice of Her Own: South Carolina Women in Politics, explores the history behind the women’s suffrage movement through stories about women leaders – from tribal chiefs to the state’s first female Governor.
The museum is offering “future voters” (a.k.a. kids 12 and under) free admission through Aug. 23 so they can have a better understanding of the anniversary’s significance.Ⓟ