Author: Sarah Katherine Shearin
This weekend, it's time to blaze nature trails, have fun on Lake Murray, enjoy summer food and kick off Fourth of July week a little early. Here are five 'famously hot' things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend:

Paddle on Lake Murray at sunset
Get Your Gear On guides take you on a trip around Lake

Big news at Riverbanks Zoo! There are three new additions to its animal collection's male western lowland gorilla and two Caribbean flamingo chicks.

Ajari
Ajari, 12, is the first gorilla to make his home at the Zoo since the arrival of Mike, 28, and Chaka, 21, in 2004. Ajari was born at San Diego Zoo
Tune into C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 this weekend, and you'll catch features on Columbia, SC, its rich history, culture, state and more.

Book TV in Columbia, South Carolina will air on C-SPAN2 and American History TV in Columbia, South Carolina on C-SPAN3, so there will be plenty of opportunities to explore
Student activists march on the South Carolina State House grounds in 1961. Photo courtesy of Cecil Williams
In 2012, the mayors of seven Southeastern cities, including Columbia, SC, decided to collaborate on a yearlong initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement of