Local picks: Jelly Belly RV at Tic Toc Candy Shoppe
Inspired Admin3/28/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Local Happenings
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The Jelly Belly RV will be making a stop at the Tic Toc Candy Shoppe this Sunday as a part of its nationwide tour! This is a great, fun chance to get the whole family out on a Sunday afternoon to taste some jelly beans and play games!

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The event will run from 11 am - 3 pm at Tic Toc Candy Shoppe in 5 Points. You can find more information on the Tic Toc Facebook page or website.
Now playing: Assassins at the Trustus Theatre
Inspired Admin3/28/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings; Singles
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Stephen Sondheim's Assassins is now playing at the Trustus Theatre! Noted as "perhaps the most controversial musical ever written," Assassins winds through the experiences of nine people who assassinated (or attempted to) the President of the United States.

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If you're looking for an excellent and interesting night out at the theatre, this is definitely the show to see.  Assassins is showing at the Trustus Theatre through April 16, and you can get more information about showtimes and tickets on their site.
Local picks: Oyster-Shrimp Roast
Inspired Admin3/28/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Local Happenings; Singles
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The semi-annual Oyster-Shrimp Roast will be hosted by the Eastover Ruritan Club on April 9 from 5-8 pm! Tickets are $25 in advance at $30 at the door, and it's definitely well worth it. For more information check out the event page or contact Taylor Wells (taylorwwells@yahoo.com).
Local picks: Columbia City Ballet's 50th Anniversary Gala
Inspired Admin3/28/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Local Happenings; Singles
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The Columbia City Ballet is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this season and will hold a gala on May 7 to honor it! The performance will include stars from the Columbia City Ballet both past and present, featuring Black Swan dancer Sarah Lane.

Columbia City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.

There are a variety of ticket packages available and you can get more information online
This weekend: Columbia International Festival
Inspired Admin3/28/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Local Happenings; Singles
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The 16th annual Columbia International Festival is going on this weekend! When 'the world comes to Columbia,' you'll get to see artifacts from over 60 countries, taste local delicacies in the International Food Court and experience the Culture Entertainment and Fashion Show. This is an event not to miss out on!

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This year's theme is "Parlez-vous Francais? The French Connection." With a focus on Francophone countries, this year's festival is sure to be an interesting one!

The Columbia International Festival runs from April 2-3 at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. Get more information at the festival's official website.
This weekend: Downtown Columbia Triathlon
Inspired Admin3/23/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Fitness & Wellness; Local Happenings
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The Downtown Columbia Triathlon is happening this weekend! Head over to the Blatt PE Center at the University of South Carolina to see the triathlon kick off.

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Check out their website for more information and results from last year's triathlon - this is an event to see!

Go stargazing: Planets for the People
Inspired Admin3/9/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Local Happenings; Singles
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Looking for something to do tonight? Head over to the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House for "Planets for the People" - a free event hosted by the State Museum and the Midlands Astronomy Club.

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There will be a sidewalk telescope viewing, beer, and fun! Stargazing runs from 6-9 pm - and you've got no excuse to go! Great for families, singles, and anyone looking for a fun evening under the stars.

Head to the museum's website or call 898-4944 for more info.

Recipes for National Peanut Lovers Day
Inspired Admin3/9/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Singles
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National Peanut Lovers Day sounds pretty delicious to us. It's an excuse to make a peanut-inspired dessert, some peanut noodles, or add peanut butter to just about anything! Whether you're hosting a peanut party or just looking to eat festively throughout the day, here are some of our favorite recipes featuring peanuts for any time of the day:

Peanut Butter Pancakes
Peanut Butter Banana Fig Breakfast Bake

Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Banana & Caramelized-Chili Bacon Sandwich
Peanut and Butternut Squash Soup

Spring rolls and quick peanut sauce
Puppy chow
Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites
Thai Peanut Pumpkin Hummus

Thai Chicken Wrap with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Easy-Peasy Peanut Noodles with Chicken

Super easy peanut butter chocolate slice
Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
Peanut Butter Swirled Brownies
Recipes for National Ravioli Day
Inspired Admin3/9/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Singles
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It's National Ravioli Day! Did you even know that one existed?

No matter, here are a few delicious recipes for all sorts of ravioli... make them for your family, a date, a dinner party - they're all tasty and festive!

Shiitake and Arugula Ravioli

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli
Apple Cheddar Ravioli
Crisp Ravioli with Quick Roasted Tomato Sauce
Open ravioli with butternut squash and amaretti

What's your favorite kind of ravioli? What will you be making for dinner tonight?
Just opened: Chick-fil-A in Five Points
Inspired Admin3/9/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Local Happenings; Singles
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We've got a new Chick-fil-A serving up delicious food in Five Points! Located at 901 Harden Street, they're bringing their classic dishes to our neighborhood as well as hosting community events and family nights.

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And even better - Chick-fil-A has just launched a new Banana Pudding Milkshake, available now through June 4... definitely something to try the next time you stop in!
Coming soon: Columbia Jewish Film Festival
Inspired Admin3/9/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings
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The Columbia Jewish Film Festival is happening at the Nickelodeon Theatre from March 26-30.

Featuring films such as For My Father, Anita, La Rafle, and Berlin '36, the festival has a solid lineup of interesting films. This is definitely an event to check out!

For more information, head to the Nickelodeon's site.
Coming soon: Indie Grits
Inspired Admin3/9/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings; Singles
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The Indie Grits Film Fest, featuring student films, shorts, and tastings from local chefs, is happening soon at The Nickelodeon Theatre! The "signature event" of the Nickelodeon, this is an event not to miss - beginning on April 13.

For more information, head to the Nickelodeon and Indie Grits sites.
Columbia Blues Festival
Inspired Admin3/7/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings; Singles
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Head over to the Township Auditorium this Sunday for the 3rd Annual Columbia Blues Festival! The event, starting at 6 pm, features blues greats like The Manhattans, Mel Waiters, Latimore and Sir Charles Jones.

Tickets can be purchased at the Township Auditorium box office or online via Ticketmaster.

More information on their website.

Get one: awesome alarm clocks
Inspired Admin3/7/2011  |  Categories: Families, Kids & Pets; Singles
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Having some trouble waking up in the morning? What about an awesome new alarm clock to help the process?! Apartment Therapy's got a list of 10 awesome alarm clocks that we think will help you bounce out of bed every morning!

See the full list on their site.
Try it: chocolate cupcakes with flaming strawberries
Inspired Admin3/7/2011  |  Categories: Singles
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Planning a dinner party and looking for the best way to impress your guests? Try this - chocolate cupcakes with flaming strawberries, from Sprinkle Bakes.

Delicious and a spectacle - perfect for your next event!

Find the recipe and more photos on her blog.
Inspired Lounge @ Arts & Draughts
Inspired Admin3/7/2011  |  Categories: Local Happenings; Singles
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Thanks to everyone who came out to the Columbia Museum of Art this weekend for Arts & Draughts featuring the Inspired Lounge!

It was a great event, check out some photos below:

Like what you see? The rest are up on our Facebook page.
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