Palmetto Motorsports Complex gets adrenaline pumping with miles of bike, kart, and ATV racing terrain. During the two-day adventure, families are free to whiz around the 1/5–mile clay kart track, churn through the ATV and bike sand drag, or practice extreme parallel parking in the mud pit. Young aspiring riders can settle into their seats and tear up the pee-wee track, whose small layout can be viewed in its entirety by parents, or navigate the small jumps, berms, and tabletops on the beginner motocross course. Pros wrestle with ramps and jumps on advanced courses such as the Palmetto Supercross SX track, amble down the 5.5-mile and 7.5-mile one-way trails, or take a break with the family to quell hunger with burgers, hot dogs, and drinks from the concession stand.
Discover World Cuisine promotes local agriculture through a series of community programs that highlight locally sourced ingredients as well as the restaurants and cafeteria food fights that use them. The consortium of chefs, sommeliers, and foodies hosts cooking classes and dinners throughout the summer months that spotlight dishes from Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Organic food and wine festivals also feature international nibbles as well as live music and giveaways.
Proceeds from the events support Discover World Cuisine’s community outreach program, which partners with area schools to introduce kids to new foods and help them develop healthy eating habits. Classroom sessions balance hands-on instruction with activity sheets to teach students to select and prepare low-cost, nutritious meals.
Under the supervision of licensed instructors, the aspiring stylists at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology clip, polish, and primp beauty-seekers as they prepare to become tomorrow's star stylists. Strand sculptors adjust face drapes with a cut and style treatment. Trim back encroaching bangs or let tresses tumble gracefully downward with a thermal styling that uses a curling iron to leave ringlets, a flat iron to create linear locks, or the 9 iron to remove errant golf balls caught in unruly coifs. Alternatively, fingers overworked from typing and toes worn out from extended runs of "This Little Piggy" can seek solace in a mani-pedi. Technicians trim and buff nails before decking them out in a digital decoration of your choice.
Dawson Hill, the founder of Columbia Area Piano Lessons, honed his musical skills at Emerson College, where he earned a degree in performing arts. Now, he teaches students of all experience levels to coax music from the ivory keys, even composing their own tunes. Students can opt to study classical music, jazz songs, blues, and other genres.
Students glide slowly across the gleaming wood floors of Columbia Tai Chi Center, their controlled purposeful movements sihouetted in natural light from a window. Wesley Adams, the director and head instructor, leads students through the moving meditation that is Tai Chi, helping students find balance and peace as they learn the ancient discipline. Wesley also offers Q-Ex Mindful Movement classes, a contemporary fitness program that draws on the ancient practices of Tai Chi and Qigong to help build strength and reduce stress. All his classes are small, with a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio to ensure all students can benefit from personal attention and no one student hogs all the relaxation.
Redbird Studio and Gallery helps fill creative voids with clay- and ceramics-based classes, courses, and afterschool programs. Inside the facility, students of assorted skills, ages, and backgrounds work alongside each other, swirling together ideas and techniques while crafting personalized masterpieces. Dedicated instructors consistently dish out tips and encouragement, and for extra inspiration, visitors may stop by the attached gallery to browse its collection of professional pieces.