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Weekly Top Ten: What's Happening in the Midlands

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Looking for something to do this weekend? We've got you covered with a great variety of offerings in this week's Top Ten Events in the Midlands!

From music to film, history to rodeo, and much more, there's plenty to do for all ages and interests. Here's a small sampling of ways you can get out and enjoy all the Midlands has to offer in the coming days!

Singin' in the Rain - Opening Night Celebration
A Lotta Talent and A Little Luck: A Celebration of Stanley Donen
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 6 p.m. Tours Begin, 7 p.m. Picnic, 8 p.m. Screening
Hollywood Park, Columbia SC
Admission: Free

Columbia, SC native Stanley Donen is the last of the notable directors from Hollywood's golden age still living. In celebration of his 90th birthday, the Nickelodeon Theatre is hosting a citywide celebration of Donen's work. Recipient of an honorary Academy Award in 1998, Donen, who worked closely with Gene Kelly, directed such classic films as Singin' in the Rain, On the Town, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

The series kicks off this Saturday with an outdoor screening of Singin' in the Rain in Hollywood Park – the same neighborhood where Stanley grew up. Beginning at 6 p.m., Historic Columbia will lead walking tours through Stanley's neighborhood, including his childhood home! At 7 p.m., everyone will converge at Hollywood Park for a picnic and a DJ before screening Singin' in the Rain at 8 p.m.

The celebration continues at the Nickelodeon Theatre over the next five weeks with a lecture and screenings of classic Donen films with pre-film discussions led by local film experts and enthusiasts. Check out the FULL SCHEDULE.

Robert Newton, III Musical Memorial: A Celebration of Life, Music & Spirit
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 3-7 p.m.
Five Points Fountain, Columbia, SC
Admission: Free

Join Columbia's music community as they honor the life and times of "Guitar Guru" Robert Newton through a community concert this weekend. The free concert is open to the community and will feature internationally-known artists, local musicians and Newton's students. An integral part of the Five Points music scene for decades, Newton passed away on July 8. Follow the concert Facebook page for updates on performing artists, and tune in to Awareness on WIS-TV this Sunday at 11 a.m. for a preview.

Ultimate Challenge NIGHT OPS Mud Run
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 7 p.m.
The Leatherneck, Gaston, SC
Registration: $225 Team of 4; $125 Team of Two

Like the USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run? Then you'll LOVE the Ultimate Challenge NIGHT OPS Mud Run!For the First time ever, The Leatherneck course will be converted for night operations, with 20 obstacles illuminated with chem lights and luminescent paint. Think you've got what it takes? PROVE IT! Proceeds benefit the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation. Volunteers and cheerleaders are welcome!

Blythewood "Doko" Rodeo
Friday, July 25 - Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 6 p.m. Gates Open, Live Music; 8 p.m. Rodeo
Blythewood Community Center Park
Admission: $12 Advance, $15 At Gate, $5 Ages 6-12, Free for Buckaroos 5 & Under

Families of all ages will enjoy a Wild West atmosphere surrounded by bulls and steers, live music from Trent Jeffcoat & Dallas Reese, BBQ, boiled peanuts and a variety of rodeo delights including Bronco busting, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and more!

Guardians of the Night 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:30 p.m.
Plex Indoor Sports at The Village at Sandhill Sandhill, Columbia, SC
Registration: $25

This night event offers a fun, flat, fast-paced race and an opportunity to run alongside Richland County Sheriff's Department K-9 Deputies and their K-9 partners. Awards will follow along with the opportunity to meet and greet with the K-9 Unit

Bluegrass at the Historic Haynes
Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 4:30 p.m. Jam Session, 6:30 p.m. Open Stage, 7 & 8 p.m. Shows
Historic Haynes Auditorium, Batesburg-Leesville, SC
Admission: $7

Enjoy some of the best Bluegrass in the Midlands at the Historic Haynes Auditorium! This month's feature: New Bluegrass Gospel Connection & Bluegrass Junction!

Summer Concert Series featuring Mystic Vibrations
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 7-10 p.m.
Finlay Park, Columbia, SC
Admission: Free

Pack your blanket, lawn chairs and coolers, and head out to Finlay Park to enjoy an evening of reggae under the stars!

Farm to Table July Harvest Dinner
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:30-9:30 p.m.
701 Whaley, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $60 (Includes wine pairings and four courses.)

Farm to Table brings the community together through agri-tourism, local food and local chefs, who are experts in bringing the freshest ingredients to the table in creative and unique ways. Resident Chef Kristian Niemi will be testing out a new restaurant concept at the July Harvest Dinner! Ticket includes opening cocktails, wine pairings and four courses.

Asylum Doctor with Dr. Charles S. Bryan
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Robert Mills Carriage House, Columbia, SC
Admission: Free (Reservation requested.)

Join Historic Columbia for a book signing and special presentation by Dr. Charles Bryan discussing the highlights of his new book, Asylum Doctor: James Woods Babcock and the Red Plague of Pellagra, as well as information he uncovered during his research. Asylum Doctor is a biography of an unsung South Carolinian's role in responding to a deadly scourge, told against the backdrop of mental health history. This event is free, but registration is requested.

Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time
Through January 22, 2015
South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC
Admission: Varies by Age, Membership

Journey back in time when monsters walked the earth, swam in the seas and soared through the skies! The exhibit features several robotic dinosaurs, strange creatures from prehistoric times, a fossil rub station, a dinosaur dig box, dinosaur puppet show booths for kids, and more! 

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