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The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is hosting its 10th annual gala, themed “Viva O Carnaval,” from 8-11 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Visitor Center bus shed. The scene will be a Rio de Janeiro block party, including cocktails, food and entertainment from Brazilian band Malandro Soul, and the art of capoeira.
Proceeds from the event will be used to support scholarships for Title One school field trips, museum admissions, educational day camps and programming for underserved and special needs children and their families. Tickets are $100 per person, which includes a $65 tax-deductible donation.
Rein and Shine is holding its annual Barn Raiser to increase awareness of the program in the Charleston area and raise money to support its equine therapy programs from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 5. The event will include food, live music, live and silent auctions, and activities for children. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Located in Awendaw, Rein and Shine is a nonprofit dedicated to providing an alternative method of healing for children and adults with physical, emotional, social or cognitive disabilities.
The Sustainability Institute is hosting its ReThink Series from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 2 at SpaceCraft Studios, 8 Avondale Ave. in West Ashley. Attendees can create eco-friendly and upcycled decorations and costumes for the Sustainability Institute’s upcoming SuperHero Soiree fundraiser.
The fourth annual Avondale 5K Run & Walk for Special Kids, benefiting The Charles Webb Center, is set for Oct. 12. Last year, 450 participants raised nearly $50,000 for the center. The race will kick off at 8:30 a.m.
Runners and walkers will start on Magnolia Road in front of Triangle Char and Bar and will make their way through the streets of the West Ashley neighborhood. Strollers and dogs are welcome. The after-party is at Triangle Char and Bar, 828 Savannah Highway, with live music, all-inclusive food and drinks.
The Charles Webb Center is a nonprofit day care center that serves children from 6 weeks to 10 years old who have developmental disabilities and special needs. In an effort to raise awareness about the center’s children, runners and walkers are given the option to sponsor a child. The team with the most funds raised in the name of a child will receive a private party for 25 from Triangle.
Cost is $30 for race registration, which includes a T-shirt, the race and entry to the party, and $35 for day-of registration; non-race participants can attend the party for $20.
The sixth annual Dogtoberfest is 1-5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Freshfields Village near Kiawah Island. The free event, which brings together pet rescue organizations from around the Lowcountry, includes meet-and-greets with local rescue groups; wine tasting ($15 per ticket, includes a commemorative wine glass); craft beer and food; entertainment; vendors; a pet costume contest; and a blessing of the animals.
Proceeds benefit participating pet rescue organizations, including: Shih Tzus and Furbabies, Grateful Golden Retriever Rescue Low Country, Greyhounds Pets of America – Charleston, Carolina Coonhound Rescue, Pet Helpers, Water’s Edge Animal Rescue, Lowcountry Lab Rescue and Cavalier King Charles Rescue. Learn more via email or at 843-768-3875.
The American Cancer Society and three local salons will host a Cut-a-Thon from 2-7 p.m. Friday with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Survivors Suite. Participating salons will offer salon services to raise money to purchase new wigs for the Survivor’s Suite.
Participating salons are:
- Attitudes Salon, 843-821-9011, 1580 Old Trolley Road Suite G, Summerville (in Ridgeway Plaza)
- Vanity Salon, 843-216-7181, 1909 Highway 17 North, Suite T, Mount Pleasant (Bi-Lo Shopping Center)
- The Healing Boutique and Paul Mitchell The School Charleston at Roper St. Francis, 843-958-2613, 2085 Henry Tecklenberg Drive, Charleston (inside St. Francis Cancer Center)
Water Missions International, in partnership with Operation Blessing and with air assistance from the Mexican military, has sent four water treatment systems to Acapulco, Mexico, in response to flooding that has killed 97 people and impacted thousands more.
The systems have the capacity to serve the daily drinking water needs of more than 20,000 people total across the state of Guerrero. Safe drinking water helps protect against life-threatening diseases including cholera, typhoid and diarrhea, which are a severe threat in the aftermath of heavy floods.
Marine wildlife conservationist and artist Guy Harvey will be at Palmetto Moon in Mount Pleasant on Oct. 5 to celebrate the new store’s opening and raise money for the S.C. Aquarium. During the week leading up to the event, Palmetto Moon and Harvey will donate $2 for every Guy Harvey item sold in Palmetto Moon stores.