Several community events are taking place in the coming weeks, including a Councilman’s annual public address and an African American History Month celebration. For a list of all upcoming Richland County happenings, visit www.rcgov.us and scroll through the “Events” section.

  • Free showing of “Rosenwald” film, 7 pm, February 23, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College Street, Irmo. Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson, District 2, invites the public to attend a free showing of “Rosenwald,” a documentary that follows the remarkable relationship between Jewish businessman Julius Rosenwald and historic educator Booker T. Washington and their success in building schools for African American children throughout the Southeast, some of which existed in Richland County. Richland County Government, Richland County Conservation Commission and the Jewish Federation of Columbia are sponsors of the event.
  • Pine Grove Rosenwald School African American Celebration, 10 am-2 pm, February 25, Pine Grove Community Center, 937 Piney Woods Road, Columbia. Richland County and the Richland County Recreation Commission are two of the many sponsors of an upcoming family day at the historic Pine Grove Rosenwald School. Attendees can walk through the original school building and enjoy a dramatization presented by students from Richland School District One. Food, music, games and other entertainment are all part of this event that celebrates the history of Richland County’s last standing Rosenwald school. For more information, call the Pine Grove Community Center at 803-213-1296.
  • Richland 101, 6 pm-8 pm, Mondays and Thursday, March 9-April 10 at various locations. Residents are invited to participate in the 2017 edition of Richland 101, a free, annual course that teaches residents the basics of Richland County Government. This year’s classes will take place at a variety of facilities, such as the new Coroner’s Office, the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, the Emergency Operations Center and the Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport. Speakers include elected officials and representatives from different County departments. A special graduation ceremony will be held for participants at the Columbia Museum of Art, one of the many local institutions funded by Richland County. Class size is limited. For more information and to register, visit www.rcgov.us/Residents/Richland101.