It is really hard to believe that May is over, isn't it? It went way too fast, but now that it is officially the first day of June, you should start planning for these awesome upcoming June events:
June 4th- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens at The Nickelodeon. Based on a novel from Stieg Alarsson's best-selling trilogy, "Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and rebellious computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger's (Sven-Bertil Taube) teen niece (Ewa Fröling), only to uncover dark secrets about Vanger's powerful family." I've heard great things about this film, and plan to check it out myself. It runs through June 10th.
June 5th- Art in the Park: newly-refurbished Quinine Hill Park is located on the corner of Forest Drive and Beltline Blvd. The event is from 10 am- 4 pm this Saturday, and there will be food, drinks, live music and local art.
June 5th- See Spot Run 5K Run/Walk: This inaugural event will be held at Riverfront Park in downtown Columbia. All proceeds will benefit The Humane Society. There are lots of fun post-race activities, and dogs are welcome! Click here for more details or to register for the event.
And also June 5th, (wow, there's a lot going on in Columbia this Saturday!)- Ribs & Renaissance: I attended this event the past 2 years and it is really fun. There are street vendors, lots of live entertainment, tons of stuff for kids, and a Rib cook-off. There is also a juried arts & crafts show. I would go for no other reason than to hear the Hyatt Park Community Drum Line--I mean, who doesn't love a good drum line, for real?
June 7th- The Melting Pot Ladies' Night Out: Are you as enamored of the cheese fondue at Melting Pot as I? Or maybe it's the chocolate that does it for you--either way, this is an amazing deal: cheese, salad, entree and chocolate, plus 2 signature cocktails for ONLY $35 per person. This really is a deal! Follow them on Twitter to receive a coupon for free chocolate. Call (803) 731-8500 to make a reservation.
June 11th- Pack Rats Grand Opening!: Pack Rats is the newest vintage and handmade store in Columbia. It is located at 2009 Greene St, between Sammi's Deli and 5 Points Tattoo. Click here to see their blog and here to see their Facebook page. I can't wait to check it out.
Some photos of things in the shop, via here-- (I'm loving the wall color!):
And June 13th- Township Auditorium Community Open House: everyone is welcome Sunday afternoon for behind-the-scenes tours, an art fair on the street, and entertainment from local groups; admission is FREE and free hot dogs and sodas will be served! Go check out the newly-renovated Township.
Whew-that's a lot. What else will be keeping you busy in June?