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The Garden Club of Charleston’s annual walking tour supports the club’s continuing garden projects around the city of Charleston. (Photo/Provided)
The Garden Club of Charleston's 78th annual Walking Tour of Private Houses & Gardens will be 2 to 5 p.m. April 5-6. The tour will include some of Charleston's finest houses and gardens in the historic district and feature flowers arranged by members of The Garden Club of Charleston. Tickets are $45 and available at www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org. All proceeds benefit The Garden Club of Charleston’s continuing projects, including maintaining the gardens at the Manigault House, the Heyward-Washington House, the Gateway Walk, the Healing Garden at MUSC, the Museum Courtyard Garden and the garden at the Historic Confederate Home.
Crisis Ministries will host a screening of Pursuit of Happyness to raise awareness of homelessness. The 2006 film starring Will Smith is based on the true story of Christopher Gardner, a homeless, single father trying to make ends meet. The movie will be shown at 6 p.m. March 14 at the American Theater, 456 King St. A $12 donation is suggested. Popcorn and soft drinks are included, and a cash bar is available. Seating is limited; tickets are available online or at the door.
Gardner will speak at the shelter’s annual Food Shelter Hope fundraising event April 18 at the Riviera Theater. A reception and live auction will follow. Individual tickets are $150 and VIP tickets are $500. Call Molly Thompson at 843-737-8384 to purchase tickets.
Legare Farms is taking reservations for its annual Rent-A-Chick program. Families can rent two baby chicks for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, the chicks are returned to the farm to live with the other chickens in the farm’s flock. Chicks are available for pick up March 29-30 and April 12-13. Advance reservations are required. The cost is $25 per pair and a $10 deposit is required. Each family will receive care instructions, food for the two weeks and the box for the chicks to live in. The children are given a coupon for a dozen eggs for when their chicks begin laying. The Rent-a-Chick program is part of Legare Farms Education Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating the people of the Lowcountry about the importance of agriculture. To reserve chicks, call 843-559-0788.
Raising Canes sponsored a field trip for local elementary school children. (Photo/Provided)
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in North Charleston sponsored a field trip for more than 125 Goodwin Elementary students at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Raising Cane’s also provided lunches for the students. As a Title I School, Goodwin Elementary educates a high percentage of low-income students. Just recently, Raising Cane’s earned the distinction of No.1 Quick Service Restaurant Chain in the Nation for 2012, according to the authoritative Sandelman & Associates Quick-Track study.
Windwood Family Services is joining forces with nine Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the Charleston area for the third annual March “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign. The campaign will culminate in the nationwide event, Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on March 27.
During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Windwood Family Services at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant. Then on March 27, all area Jersey Mike’s restaurants will donate 100% of the day’s sales to Windwood Family Services. For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.jerseymikes.com/mog.
The Charleston RiverDogs’ front office staff volunteered at Windwood Farm Home for Children on Feb. 28, helping with maintenance of buildings on the campus as part of the RiverDogs’ monthly Staff Volunteer Day. After completing the maintenance work, RiverDogs staffers joined in a kickball game with the children of Windwood Farm.
Fridays will be all red at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park during the upcoming Charleston RiverDogs season as the family friendly General Dynamics Land Systems-Force Protection Red Shirt Friday returns for 2013. All fans who wear red shirts to the game on Friday will save $1 off the purchase of their ticket at the box office. That dollar can then be donated to benefit the charity Canines for Veterans.
The RiverDogs players, manager and coaches will wear special red jerseys for every Friday night’s home game. This year’s Friday jersey will feature a new red digital camouflage design. Those jerseys will be auctioned at the conclusion of the season with the proceeds benefitting Canines for Veterans, a Charleston-based program that provides quality trained dogs to veterans with disabilities.
During the month of March, HALOS is asking supporters to make a donation for summer camp to ensure children who have been victims of abuse and neglect are safe and engaged in healthy activities during the summer by providing scholarships to local camps and programs. At a cost of $5.50 per day, a child can spend 10 weeks at camp. Donations can be sent to HALOS at 3366 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405 or visit www.charlestonhalos.org for more information.
The project competition from the Berkeley County Kids Who Care wraps up Thursday at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. The mission of Kids Who Care is to raise the environmental awareness in Berkeley County by administering an environmental project competition in the schools and working as a resource to upgrade environmental science teaching.
Making the 2012 Fishing for Miracles donation were, from left, Brian Vaxmonsky, co-chairman; John Gourdin, co-chairman; Jay Brown of Coastal Conservation Association; Skip Sawin, Charleston’s Rigging & Marine Hardware FFM sponsor; Dr. Steven McSwain of MUSC; and Dr. Fred Tecklenburg of MUSC. (Photo/Provided)
Fishing for Miracles will celebrate its 20th anniversary as a local nonprofit, volunteer-based fishing tournament that benefits the MUSC Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina. Fishing for Miracles has donated more than $600,000 to those causes. This year’s tournament is Aug. 15-17.
On Dec. 17, 2012, Fishing for Miracles presented the 2012 contribution to MUSC Children’s Hospital and CCA in the amount of $27,000. Funds will be used by CCA to promote the future conservation of marine resources and by MUSC Children’s Hospital PICU toward the purchase of a Telemedicine cart. The Telemedicine cart uses state-of-the-art cameras and stethoscopes that allow pediatric specialists to remotely examine patients in emergency situations.
Shine, Shimmer & Shag benefiting Lowcountry Orphan Relief will be 7-11 p.m. April 6 at Memminger Auditorium. Tickets are available online.
First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina is offering two scholarships of $2,000 to qualified applicants furthering their education or pursuing a second career.
Select Health, the state’s largest Medicaid health plan, serves more than 255,000 First Choice members in all 46 counties. The application is available online.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston County School District on Thursday will commemorate a new education initiative, “Composition and Critique.” This is a pilot program written by Dr. James Braunreuther, fine arts coordinator for Charleston County School District, and is the result of a partnership the Charleston Symphony Orchestra has with the CCSD made possible through the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program. It allows children to discover parallels between composition in writing and music.
During two-month residencies, three local composers work with students at three different schools to compose musical motifs that represent characters in a selected book — a process intended to increase student awareness of the points of good writing, emphasized in the new Common Core Standards of English Language Arts. At the close of the program, the students gather at a concert venue to attend the performance of their three versions of the book with musical motifs performed by musicians of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Participating schools are Whitesides Elementary, Springfield Elementary and A.C. Corcoran Elementary. The services of this program are provided to the schools at no cost. The schools must only provide the transportation of the students to the Charleston County School of the Arts in North Charleston for the final performance.
Charleston based Wounded Nature – Working Veterans is heading to the Superstorm Sandy impact area to assist in cleanup and beach restoration efforts. Rudy Socha, CEO of Wounded Nature – Working Veterans, is recruiting veterans and volunteers from across the country to work in Gateway National Park March 20-22. Gateway National Park was hard hit by the storm and much of the park has remained closed since. Volunteers and donors can find more information at www.woundednature.org.
Stroll the Historic Old Village of Mount Pleasant from 1-5 p.m. April 21 on this self-guided home, garden and art tour. Ticketholders will visit Old Village homes, sample food prepared by local chefs, listen to music and view art created for sale by local artists. Tickets are $45; $35 for groups of 10 or more. Proceeds support the American Red Cross, Carolina Lowcountry Chapter. Visit www.lowcountryredcross.org to purchase tickets.
The Folly Beach Pub Crawl is noon to 5 p.m. on March 16. Event-goers will “crawl” to 10 different pubs and restaurants on Folly. Proceeds from the event benefit three Folly Beach charities: Surfrider Foundation, Save the Light and Folly Angels. For more information about the Folly Beach Pub Crawl, visit www.visitfolly.com.