Galentine’s Day (Feb. 13) has been the unofficial (but still pretty official) time to gather your girl group and celebrate the lovely ladies in your life for the last10+ years.
Valentine’s + Galentine’s Day are very Americanized holidays — however other countries have days dedicated to love, too. Finland celebrates Ystavanpaiva, a day for both friends + lovers, and China recognizes Singles’ Day in November to celebrate self-love. In Wales, they celebrate San Dwynwen on Jan. 25. During this holiday, lovers exchange handcrafted wooden spoons. In the Philippines, so many couples wish to get married on Valentine’s Day that it has become popular to participate in a mass wedding. That’s a whole lotta love.
☕ For the best-teas ○ Head out to Loveland Coffee’sLovely Ladies Galentine’s pairing for a night out to enjoy dessert night with coffee and tea pairings + themed baked goods and chocolate.
🥂 For the cup clinkers ○ Sip on champagne today (Feb. 11) at the Galentines Party at Immersion from 6-9 p.m. ProTip – If you want to get any feelings out pre-Valentine’s Day, there will be a piñata waiting for you.
💪 For the fitness femmes ○ Join Barre3 for an outdoor leisurely afternoon of cheese, prosecco + stretching during theirprosecco tasting picnic yoga.
🛍️ For the shopaholics ○ Shop til you drop with all the local vendors at Soda City Market Saturday morning.
Weather ○ 64º | Scattered thunderstorms | 40%chance of rain
Coronavirus ○ On Mon., Feb. 15,the Columbia VAwill host a vaccination site at the Colonial Life Arena from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for veterans(65 years and older). Appointments are required and can be made by calling 1-800-776-4000. (WIS)
Biz ○ Hollow Creek Distilleryis expanding and is currently under construction on a new 5,000 sqft production facility, which will house an 800 gallon still. The six-year-old, locally owned distillery is located just off Highway 378 on Rocky Ridge Road. (Soda City Biz Wire)
Announced ○ The COMET announced that applicationsare being accepted for The COMET Academy’s spring session, a five-week leadership program for those interested in understanding how public transit works. Space is limited for the free program and the deadline to apply is Feb. 24.
ComingSoon ○ Clean Juice Forest Acresis coming soon to the Cardinal Apartments complex off Forest Drive. The new juice bar will offer certified organic drinks and is currently hiring for the opening at the end of March.
Civic ○ The City of Columbia’s Design/Development Review Commissionwill host a virtual meetingtoday at 4:00 p.m. View the agenda hereand access the virtual meeting here.
Community ○ Richland County Recreation Commission is sharing some love with the senior community (50+) today. Stop by one of the five locations for health and wellness information, PPE, and Valentine’s Day gifts (while supplies last). ❤️
SodaCitizen ○ Alex Blocker from Irmo High School International School for the Arts has been selected as a 2021 United States Senate Youth Program Scholarshipwinner by the South Carolina Department of Education. The junior is one of two South Carolina students chosen for the program that works with 100+ students nationally. This year the week-long study of the federal government will be held virtually. (Cola Daily)
BlackHistoryMonth ○ DYK that Richard T. Greener was the first African American professor at UofSC? Greener worked at the university from 1873 through 1877, taught philosophy, Latin, and Greek, and was also the first African American graduate of Harvard University. Visit his statue on campus outside of the Thomas Cooper Library and learn more about his story here.
TBT ○ Check out this vintage photo of Columbia Metropolitan Airport a la 1965. Part of the Richland Library Russell Maxey Photograph Collection, it depicts a terminal grand opening, balloons and all. 🎈Ⓟ
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Mardi Gras is coming soon and while we may not be in NOLA, we can still celebrate locally. One of the most iconic parts of Mardi Gras is the food, so if you’re craving cajun cuisine, Motor Supply announced that it is bringing back its Mardi Gras menu for a limited time. 🎭
Now through Feb. 15 dine on some delicious crawfish gnocchi, duck gumbo + more and let the good times roll.
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Drink ○ Cheers to 50 Years| Thurs., Feb. 11 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | $25 | The SC Bar Foundation celebrates 50 years with a virtual mixology class. 🍸
Dish ○ February Harvest Dinner| Thurs., Feb. 11 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | City Roots Farm | $85 | Enjoy a family-style, four-course, farm-to-table dinner with wine pairings. 🍽️
Talk ○ Let’s Talk Race| Thurs., Feb. 11 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join the discussion on race, equity, and inclusion with Richland Library. Register for more information.
Arts ○ Reopening Reception – Guided Tours| Thurs., Feb. 11 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | UofSC McKissick Museum | Free | Stroll through new exhibits on display. Space is limited; reserve your timed ticket on Facebook. 🖼️
Network ○ ReNu Connections – Networking for Women| Thurs., Feb. 11 | 4-6 p.m. | ReNu Physical Therapy and Wellness, 403 E. Main St., Lexington | Free | Take some time to meet new people and make business connections. 🤝
FeaturedEvent ○ On the Table Insights + Impact| Thurs., Feb. 11 | 12-12:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | For the last three years, thousands of community members have voiced their opinions during On the Table conversations. Tune in to learn how these conversations are transforming our community, one conversation at a time. Ⓟ
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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