City to Host Go Red Columbia Day Party
in honor of
National Wear Red Day
What:  The public is invited to participate in the City of Columbia's Go Red for Women Day Party that will include a press conference, community photo op, health screenings and heart health information to help and support the women affected by heart disease, the number 1 killer of women. The event is free and open to the public. Come join us for a “party with a purpose”.

This year’s event will be held on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 7, 2020. The Go Red Columbia Day Party will be hosted by Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine. The Go Red for Women movement encourages awareness of this issue and action to help save lives. Both men and women are encouraged to wear red the day of the event. 

Where:  Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way Columbia, SC 29204.

Who:  Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine, American Heart Association Representatives, City Officials, Heart Disease Survivors, and Community Leaders.

The public and media are invited to attend.

When:  Friday, February 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm until 2:00 p.m.


For more information, please contact the Public Relations, Media and Marketing Department at 803-545-3020.
2020 Black History Month Trivia Bowl
What: 2020 Black History Month Trivia Bowl

Where: Busby Community Center, 1735 Busby Street

When: Saturday, February 29 at 1 p.m.

Who: Teams of 4 - ages 11 - 17

Cost: Free admission

For more information, contact the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
Black History Month Movie Series
What: Join us at Busby Street Community Center for the Black History Movie Series. Every Thursday in February at 6 p.m. Limited seating will be provided so bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. Light refreshments will be served as well!

Where: Busby Street Community Center, 1735 Busby Street

When: Every Thursday for the month of February

Cost: Free admission

For more information, contact the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
City of Columbia’s 3 rd Annual Black History Heritage Ball
What:  The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at its 3 rd Annual Black History Heritage Ball on Sunday, February 23 from 4-7 pm at Greenview Park. The event will include live entertainment and dinner.

Who: The Heritage Ball is open to all adults age 18 and older.

Where:  Greenview Park, 6700 David Street, Columbia, SC 29203

When:  Sunday, February 23 from 4-7 p.m.

Cost: Admission to the Black History Heritage Ball is $10 . Dinner will be provided. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR . To purchase a ticket with cash or a debit/credit card, visit Greenview Park or the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office located at 1111 Recreation Drive.

Dress: African print dresses, shirts or pants, or semi-formal attire encouraged. 
 
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
Miracle League of Columbia Spring Baseball League Registration Has Kicked off and Ends February 22
Registration for the Miracle League of Columbia’s Spring baseball season for children ages 5 and older will end February 22, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.

The baseball program provides a safe and enjoyable team sport experience for kids and young adults with mental and physical disabilities and limitations.

There is no fee to participate. Games will be held at the Miracle League field at Owens Field Park, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd. League play will be held on Saturdays at 9 am beginning March 7.

To register, visit www.miracleleaguecolumbia.com .

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
Registration Period Open for City’s Spring Adult Sports Leagues
The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for adult kickball and adult softball leagues. 

Registration Information
Adult Kickball (Coed)
AGES: 18 and older
FEE: $300 per team
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Feb. 28
SEASON: Begins Monday, March 16; Games played on Monday or Wednesday nights


Adult Softball (Men’s, Law and Coed leagues)
AGES: 18 and older
FEE: $300 per team
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, Feb. 28
SEASON: Begins Monday, March 16; Men’s League play will be held on Tuesdays; Coed League play will be held on Sundays; Law League play will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights

Registration forms are available online at www.ColumbiaSC.net/parks-recreation .

Registration forms are also available at any City recreation center or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

Make checks and money orders payable to the City of Columbia.

For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
Drew Wellness Exercise Schedule
Upcoming Events
Mayor Benjamin Partners with Columbia Parks and Recreation and Public Safety Agencies for Black History Month Basketball Tournament
What:  Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia Parks & Recreation and several public safety agencies have joined together for the Black History Month Basketball Tournament in a regional approach to build strong, lasting relationships with youth and the community.
Who: Members with the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department, Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the SC Highway Patrol will compete in a friendly game of basketball. The event will also feature a Hot Shot competition with youth.
 
When: Sunday, February 16 at 1 p.m.
Where: Greenview Park, 6700 David Street

Admission: The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
Columbia Art Center to Celebrate African American Culture in February
What: The Columbia Art Center will celebrate African American culture and history through a display of paintings, sweet grass baskets, and more as part of its next installment of its Worlds of Creativity Series on Thursday, February 6. Guests can also enjoy performances from several artists.

The purpose of the monthly cultural arts series is to expose guests to various cultures in the City through art and music. This event is free to public and family friendly!

Where: Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, Columbia, SC

When: Thursday, February 6 from 6-8 p.m.

Who: General public

Cost: Free admission

For more information, call the Columbia Art Center at 803-545-3093.

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Donate blood on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and become a “Columbia Lifesaver” for patients in need
Saving lives isn’t just for superheroes. Everyday citizens in our community are capable of sharing the gift of life.

The community is invited to answer the call of patients in need by donating blood at the 10 th Annual Columbia Lifesavers Blood Drive on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

The City of Columbia partners with the American Red Cross Board of Directors each year to join forces during an often critical time for blood collections following the holidays. Severe winter weather also impacts blood drives in other areas.

Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help save a patient’s life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to their loved one.

To make an appointment or to learn more visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code “famouslyhot.” Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App , call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at www. redcrossblood.org/rapidpass or use the Blood Donor App.

A blood donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 16 years of age with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Senior Bingo Social
The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department will host free Bingo Senior Socials on the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the
Busby Street Community Center, 1735 Busby Street. 

Join us for fun, games and surprises!

For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 803-545-3100.
News in Review
City of Columbia Recognized Winners, Sponsors of Dream Keeper Scholarships Program During 32 nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Winners were announced on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the 32 nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located at 2300 Greene Street. Hundreds of people gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of the of late civil rights leader and recognize those who are committed to serving others.

Fifteen nominations were received for the Dream Keeper Scholarships Program, which recognizes exemplary displays of voluntary service and academic achievement. The total amount of funds donated for scholarships increased from last year. Thanks to an increase in sponsorships, ALL students were able to receive awards, which included scholarship winners and runners-up.

The winners of the Dream Keeper Scholarships are:

Elementary School Winner:
·        1 st Place; $100 Jackson Singleton, (Center for Knowledge)

Middle School Winners:
·        3 rd Place; $100 Darius Moye, (Wilson Hall)
·        2 nd Place; $175 Kianne Chavis-Rutledge, (Southeast Middle School)
·        1 st Place; $250 Justus Sumpter, (Kelly Mill Middle School)

High School Winners:
·        3 rd Place; $250 Micah Washington, (South Carolina Association of Independent Homeschools)
·        2 nd Place; $500 Sierra Sumpter, (Ridge View High School)
·        1 st Place; $1000 Nia Burton, (Dreher High School)

The following students received $50 awards:
·        Jasmine Alexander-Coleman (Westwood High School)
·        Taylor Bloomfield (Spring Valley High School)
·        Caley Bright (South Aiken High School)
·        Cerrin Crawford (Blythewood High School)
·        Jalen Jennings (White Knoll High School)
·        Alyssa Mihlbauer (Sumter High School)
·        Madison Pollock (Dutch Fork High School)

The Sponsors for this years’ program were:
·         $500 Alpha Psi Lambda Chapter & Omicron Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
·         $500 The Josiah Caden Jenkins Memorial Scholarships. Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins established the scholarship in memory of his great-nephew Josiah Caden Jenkins
·         $300 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation Committee
·         $500 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia Inc.
·         $250 Henri Baskins
·         $250 Cromartie Law Firm, LLC
·         $250 Assistant City Manager Henry Simons
·         $200 City Manager Teresa Wilson
·         $200 Director Randy Davis, Parks and Recreation, City of Columbia
·         $200 Combined ($100 a piece) Columbia Police Department (Chief William H. “Skip” Holbrook and Deputy Chief Melron Kelly)


The annual celebration began at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Community Center, 2300 Greene Street. A Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating the historic marker honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was held at 3 p.m. at the corner of Harden and Greene streets on Monday, January 20. 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 Kevin B. Crawford II at 803-545-3100 or Kevin.Crawford@columbiasc.gov .
North Columbia Community Leaders Hosted Peace Walk
On Sunday January 26th at 2 p.m., the North Columbia Youth Empowerment Initiative, in collaboration with the Booker Washington Heights Neighborhood Association, hosted the “Empowerment for Peace” walk. The community-led event is intended as a call for unity and action following a series of violent crimes in the 29203 zip code during the holiday season. The event was supported by Serve & Connect, Columbia Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and the City of Columbia Parks & Recreation Department.

After the presentations, attendees walked from the All-Stars Baseball Field through the Booker Washington Heights Neighborhood, including North Pointe Estates and Colony Apartments, with stops where youth and local leaders shared words of empowerment and peace. The walk ended at the Katheryn Bellfield Cultural Arts Center located at 2611 Grant Street.
Parks and Recreation Department Luncheon
(Photo Gallery)
Park of the Month
Lorick Park
Lorick Park has a community center, basketball courts, a baseball diamond, picnic shelters and a spray pad. The community center has a game room and offers access to computers with Internet access. The Lorick Park community center is open:

Where : 1600 Lorick Avenue

Contact : 803-695-5207

Hours :
Monday through Thursday : 2 pm-9 pm,
Friday : 2 pm-8 pm,
Saturday : 10 pm-8 pm
Sunday : 2 pm-7 pm.