The Columbia Fireflies’ Final Homestand

The Columbia Fireflies will be bringing their season to a close September 14-19th, and they encourage you to come out to one of their final home games. There are several promotions, giveaways, and theme nights to look forward to throughout the week, so grab your baseball cap and support Columbia’s own minor league baseball team. The Fireflies will be playing The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers all week with a home field advantage.

Irmo’s Bistro Serves Up Unique Experiences

The Irmo area used to be exclusively the domain of chain restaurants, but change has come to the lake-adjacent suburb as its residents look for more unique local dining options. Bistro On The Boulevard offers an experience with high-end food fare in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy live music and kick back with a creatively prepared dinner served along with Bistro’s unique wine offerings.

How to Go Organic and Maintain That Turf Lawn

Nowadays, more and more of us are eating organic and thinking about sustainability in everything we do. One of the best places to start is on the lawn, which we are told we must bombard with chemicals for a carpet of lush, green grass. In fact, taking an organic approach to lawn development can create a beautiful sea of thick, healthy, green grass without the toxic chemicals that are ultimately unhealthy for every living being.

Reggaetronic is back!

Last year didn’t go quite how we hoped (you know, the whole pandemic thing), but that won’t slow us down this year. It’s time to celebrate our 9th year with incredible music and amazing vibes on Lake Murray. If you’ve never been to Reggaetronic, it’s something you need to see to understand. But, we’ll do […]

5 Ways to Show Love to Nature in Your Community

As the weather warms up, more people are spending time outside – a great way to get to know their communities while also enjoying nature. While we are outside, we can show our appreciation for nature’s beauty and resources by keeping our communities clean. Showing love to nature in your community helps develop an appreciation for the world around you. It also feels good to know you are doing what you can to help protect natural resources in your community.

The Midlands’ Top Ten Custom Home Builders and Remodelers

Left: Gallup & LaFitte Design-Build ranks no. 1 among custom builders in the Midlands. Right: No. 1 remodeler Capital Kitchen & Bath won Best Kitchen Remodel at the 2020 Columbia Remodelers awards.   Each year the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina recognizes the top ten builders and remodelers in the Midlands. This list […]

High School Artist Hopes to Spark Conversations Around Domestic Violence

The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) has chosen the winner for its latest community art contest. The theme, “What It Means to be a Man” was chosen because of the societal constructs about manhood that drive intimate partner and sexual violence that are prominent in the world today. The winner’s work is currently being used in SCCADVASA’s marketing materials, including billboards (pictured above). One such billboard will be on display throughout April 2021 on Devine St in the Five Points area of Columbia.

Nonprofit Uses Art to Engage Teens in Healthy Relationship Conversations

Do you think creative expression is a doorway into making change? The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) does, which is why their community art contests go hand in hand with their mission to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in South Carolina. SCCADVASA serves as the collective voice promoting the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in South Carolina by raising awareness, advocating for effective policies, and providing extensive training and technical assistance to member organizations’ advocates and allies. Other than legal programs, they do not work directly with survivors.

Hive Community Circle Offers Safe Space for BIack Indigenous Survivors of Color (BIPOC)

“Nothing for us, without us”, is the driving philosophy for Ashley Thomas, founder of The Hive Community Circle. Since 2015, when The Hive was founded, Thomas used this philosophy to relate her deeply personal experience as a survivor of sexual assault to assist other women and girls who have been through similar experiences. The Hive Community Circle is an advocacy group for women and girls who have survived sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking in South Carolina. It focuses on culturally-specific services for the Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) community.

3. Improve My Mental Health in 2021

This time last year, the world looked excitedly toward the year 2020, but before the third month was over, the entire world had taken an unexpected and strange twist. The twists kept twisting, with events beyond our collective wildest imaginations occurring at a rapid pace. Tough challenges and unbelievable acts of humanity were the new […]

2. Save More, Spend Less in 2021

The importance of saving more and spending less has never been more evident as it was during the year 2020. Since an unexpected force upended people’s lives, routines, and even their savings accounts, having an extra money cushion is a 2021 resolution everyone should have on their list. More money is not always a guarantee […]