Take a Trip: Charleston Wine+Food Festival
Inspired Admin2/23/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings; Singles
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The Charleston Wine+Food Festival is happening March 3-6, and it's definitely worth the weekend away!

There will be a variety of events, including tastings, expert panels, and casting for a new season of Top Chef!

Get more details on their website and book your tickets soon - they're going fast!

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Host an Oscars party
Inspired Admin2/23/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Local Happenings; Singles
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The Oscars are this Sunday night! Why not watch them in style - host an Oscars party! Watch the celebrities all glammed up in LA, hear about the best films of the year from James Franco and Anne Hathaway, and decorate with these awesome themed popcorn holders from Akimbo!

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And for snacks, try these film-inspired menus from Epicurious! Our favorites are the Black and White cookies (for Black Swan), Chocolate Guinness Goodness (for The Fighter), Bacon Cheddar Quick Bread (for True Grit), Smoked Turkey and Stilton Sandwiches (for The King's Speech) and Meatball Sliders (for Toy Story 3).

What are you planning for the Oscars?

South Carolina Poetry Initiative
Inspired Admin2/23/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings
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Aspiring poet? The deadline to submit for the annual South Carolina Poetry initiative is March 14!

There will be top poem winners as well as a People's Choice award, and all will appear in The State in April.

Check out more details and get writing!
Get out: wine tastings
Inspired Admin2/23/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings; Singles
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Looking to get the most out of your weeknights? Check out these tasting events being held all around town! Courtesy of The State, here's a digest of weekly wine tastings, some with food as well. It's the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and try something new in Columbia!

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Our suggestions:

Cellar on Greene: Two pizzas and a bottle of wine for $25 every Thursday 
Connoisseurs Corner: Taste 4 wines with light appetizers for $5 every Friday from 5:30-7:00
Mo Mo's Bistro: Free wine tastings at 6:00 pm every Wednesday

Check out the rest of the list here!
St. Pat's in Five Points
Inspired Admin2/23/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Local Happenings; Singles
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The Five Points will be kicking off St. Pat's events with an official launch on March 4! The event will include Irish-themed entertainment, green tie dyeing, an outdoor show and the 4th Annual Battle for St. Pat's.

Other Five Points St. Pat's events include the inaugural St. Pat's Pageant on March 12 and St. Pat's in Five Points on March 19.

Get more information on their website!

Make them yourself: Valentine's Day Treats
Inspired Admin2/9/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings
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With Valentine's Day coming up, there are loads of recipes we want to try - in particular, desserts! This time of year is filled with sweets - from chocolates in all of the shops to baked goods, and here are some of our favorites for you try this year:

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Chocolate Heart Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
White Chocolate Cheesecake
Chocolate Tart
Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes
Macarons with Amaretti and Mascarpone
Meringue Heart with Citrus Curd-Cream
Red Velvet Coconut Cake


DIY: Patterned chalkboard refrigerator
Inspired Admin2/9/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Singles
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We're loving this idea from Apartment Therapy - it's a great way to add a little creative spice to your kitchen! It's a bit of work, but a fun do-it-yourself project with great results.

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Check out all the steps here.

Would you make your refrigerator into a chalkboard? It certainly makes it easier to keep notes on the fridge - magnet-free!
Local picks: Be sweet to your heart
Inspired Admin2/9/2011  |  Categories: Good Works; Local Happenings
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Looking for a good excuse for some heart-healthy baking? Enter the 8th annual Be Sweet to Your Heart bake-off! The event, sponsored by Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, features a variety of heart-healthy treats from pudding to cake to beverages in professional and non-professional categories. Winners selected will receieve cash prizes. Entries must be submitted by 11:00 am on February 22, the day of the contest. Judging begins at 12:30.

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Head to 28heartdays.com for more information on the contest as well as tips, giveaways, and more!
Fun for a cause: Girls Night Out
Inspired Admin2/9/2011  |  Categories: Good Works; Local Happenings; Singles
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The 9th annual Girls Night Out, one of Columbia's premier fashion events, is happening this Thursday, February 17!

The event, hosted at EdVenture Children's Museum features a fashion show as well as food, desserts and specialty drinks from local vendors.

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All proceeds benefit educational outreach programs of the museum. So, if you're looking for a fun night out, get your tickets now - enjoy yourself and benefit a good cause! For more information and ticket prices, head to their website.
Singles: Get Pic'd
Inspired Admin2/9/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings; Singles
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Come out to Wild Wings Cafe on Monday, February 14 for a special singles event with Get Pic'd! All participants will be able to get professional profile photos done at the event while mingling with local singles.

The event runs from 7:00-10:00 pm, get more information here.
See it: Alice in Wonderland
Inspired Admin2/9/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Local Happenings
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Starting Friday, the Columbia Children's Theatre will be putting on a special run of Alice in Wonderland! This is a great classic to see with friends or family, and definitely one to bring the kids out for. The show runs through February 20.

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And, a special treat, the theatre will be hosting the Mad Hatter's Un-Birthday Party on Saturday, February 19 at 6:00 pm. With food, games and souvenirs, it'll be a great event for the whole family! Head to their website to purchase tickets in advance.
Staycation for Valentine's Day
Inspired Admin2/9/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings
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Looking for a little escape for Valentine's Day without having to leave the city? Consider a staycation! Make Columbia into your vacation destination - and start with a special package like this one, the Valentine's Day Package at the Clarion Downtown.

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The package, which gets you a room from Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14, includes champagne, chocolates, a late checkout and breakfast for two. Pricing starts at $139.99.

More information available online.
Local picks: Last Train Home
Inspired Admin2/2/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings; Singles
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For one night only, see The Last Train Home for free at the Nickelodeon! The screening will be held at 6:00 pm tomorrow, Thursday February 3.

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The film features Changhua Zhang and Suqin Chen, a couple from a rural Sichuan village in China. After leaving their children behind to work in Guangdong, a larger city, they start working to make their way back home to their struggling family. Critically acclaimed after its 2010 premiere at Sundance, it's a thought-provoking piece of work - not a screening to miss.

Head to their website for more information and other future screenings.

Get together: Superbowl party
Inspired Admin2/2/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Singles
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The Superbowl is coming up this weekend, and what better way to enjoy the game than to throw a Superbowl party - complete with festive snacks! Keep it family friendly or spice it up, here are some recipes to make sure your gameday party is a hit:

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Soft pretzel bites
Mini spinach pockets
No-bake Samoas
BBQ sweet potato chips
Salted peanut caramel clusters
Loaded nacho dip

What are your favorite party snacks?
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