Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to email@example.com.
Members of the greater Charleston community are invited to “One Big Gathering Under the Tree,” a celebration in honor of the Angel Oak. Organized by the Lowcountry Open Land Trust in cooperation with numerous Johns Island congregations, schools and civic organizations, the fellowship dinner is 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The intention is to honor the tree’s legacy as a place of spiritual power, cultural history and unity. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish or a dessert to share; admission is free.
The event is part of the Preserve Angel Oak campaign launched in July to secure 17 acres of rural land adjacent to the ancient live oak tree. To date, nearly 10,000 individuals worldwide have donated funds to the campaign. Blackbaud and Piggly Wiggly have contributed along with the Historic Charleston Foundation, among others.
The afternoon will feature art of the Angel Oak created by students from Haut Gap Middle, Charleston Collegiate, Angel Oak Elementary, Frierson and Mount Zion schools. Parking will be available at St. John’s Episcopal Church and Haut Gap schools.
Guests are encouraged to upload existing photos or those taken during the dinner and post them on Instagram using #PreserveAngelOak. Photos will help supporters far and wide share in the celebration.
The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center is hosting The Wild Women Blue Party 6:30-9 p.m., Nov. 13, poolside at The Spa at Charleston Place. Tickets are $100. Attire is blue cocktail — the color of child abuse prevention. Purchase tickets online.
|Visitors to Charleston County waterparks helped divert more than 16,300 pounds of waste from area landfills. (Photo/Provided)|
Over the summer, visitors to Charleston County waterparks helped divert more than 16,300 pounds of waste from area landfills. Through compost bins set up on site in place of trash cans, park patrons made a huge difference in their local environment this summer by diverting leftover food and serving ware from the landfills. Instead, this waste will be composted and part of it returned to enrich the parks.
Composting efforts were introduced in 2012 at Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s largest waterpark, Whirlin’ Waters in North Charleston. This summer, composting efforts were expanded to Splash Island Waterpark in Mount Pleasant and Splash Zone Waterpark on James Island.
Nearly all waterpark serving ware — including straws, cups, forks and plates — was replaced with compostable materials. Then, waterpark visitors placed nearly all their waste into specifically marked bins. These items were collected and taken to a composting site by local partner Food Waste Disposal LLC, where the waste will eventually break down.
Waterparks are not the only CCPRC facilities where discarded items are collected — event planners also recently introduced this stewardship practice to the park system’s festivals. At the Lowcountry Cajun Festival on James Island, nearly 95% of the event’s waste has been diverted from landfills since 2012.
Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association is hosting the 15th Charleston Fine Art Annual this weekend with receptions 5-8 p.m., Friday at member galleries: Anglin Smith Fine Art, Corrigan Gallery, Dog & Horse Fine Art, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Helena Fox Fine Art, Martin Gallery, Robert Lange Studios and The Sylvan Gallery. Following the reception is a ticketed preview at the Gibbes Museum of Art of its Art on Paper Fair.
From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, 16 artists from the member galleries will be painting in Washington Park to raise funds for the participating Charleston County High School art departments. There will be a juried show of works from students at those schools, juried by professionals in the community. The art teachers at each school choose two students, and the works are displayed in the galleries until the day of the event. There will be winners chosen that day and announced at 11:30 a.m. The paintings made in the park by the gallery artists will be part of a silent auction in the individual galleries over a month’s time.
Charleston Marriott Hotels are hosting a Halloween on the Harbor Boat Cruise tonight. The cruise departs from Patriots Point at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and include beer, wine and food from California Dreamin’. All proceeds benefit Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. Purchase tickets at the door at 6:30-7 p.m.
More than 130 golfers turned out to support Pinewood Preparatory School for the 15th annual Golf Classic at Legend Oaks Golf Club. Presented by BB&T, the Golf Classic netted nearly $19,000 to support Pinewood's academic programs.
Winning teams included:
- First: Ward Katsanis, Mark Bowers, John Lamar, Kevin Thompson
- Second: Mike Barnhill, Nick Barnhill, Brooks Varn, Ben Sloane
- Third: Jim Chickarello, Doug Chickarello, Jeff Chickarello, JB Bradley
- Fourth: Ryan Templeton, Seth Davis, Matt Schneider, Austin Rogers
- Fifth: Duncan Mcgoogan, Pete McLaughlin, Sam Zingales, Jason Wall
- Sixth: Jairy Hunter, David Smoak, Bob Merryman, Charles Smoak
In addition, individual prizes were awarded:
- Longest Drive (Male): Jeff Chickarello
- Longest Drive (Female): Michaela McAuley
- Closest to the Pin: Brooks Varn
Charleston SUP Safaris and Flipper Finders hosted the SUPer Scary SUP Race last Saturday. (Photo/Provided)
- Men's Elite 10k — first place: Mike Evatt (58:10), second place: Cory Taylor (59:27), third place Barclay McCurdy (1:03)
- Women's Elite 10k — first place: Jenny Alderman (1:09)
- Men's Recreational 5k — first place: Justin Schaay (37:33), second place: Ashley Starkey (39:33), third place: Rick Anson (43:55)
- Women's Recreational 5k — first place: Beth Lovett (41:56), second place: Teresa Rogers (42:12), third place: Katie Rowe (44:05)
- Kid's Race — first place: Beatrice Criscuolo, second place: Prudence Criscuolo
- Dog Race — first place: Justin Shaay and Star, second place: Sarah Coleman and Lizzy, third place Bubba Catoe and Fred
HandPicked's annual Charity Day shopping event is 7-10 a.m. Saturday. Shoppers can browse jewelry, scarves, gifts and accessories for 20%-50% off. HandPicked partners with a local charity in each community in which its stores are located. Charity Day sales feature all items in stores 20%-50% off and are open only to ticketholders. All $5 ticket sales are donated to the charity partners. Locally, HALOS is the local charity partner and receives 100% of all ticket sales. The charity partner with the most ticket sales will have the donation matched by HandPicked. Tickets can be purchased at either local store in Belle Hall Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant or on King Street before or the day of the event. Shoppers who spend $50 will have their $5 ticket price taken off their purchase.
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is taking the fight against homelessness to the streets Thursday and Friday with its 14th annual Stand Down Against Homelessness from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Armory Park in North Charleston. The annual event, sponsored in partnership with Goodwill Industries, provides medical and dental screenings and assistance, clothing, food, haircuts, and job and legal counseling for thousands of homeless persons in the greater Charleston area. The event is open to the entire community.
The City of North Charleston will host its annual Veterans Day tribute from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 11 at Park Circle. Last year, more than 500 veterans in attendance were honored.
The Department of Defense and the Veterans Day National Committee once again selected North Charleston as a Regional Site for Veterans Day 2013. North Charleston is one of two regional sites in the state of South Carolina and has received this designation for three consecutive years. All veterans in attendance will be recognized and will receive a specially designed commemorative coin. To receive a coin, veterans are urged to RSVP no later than Nov. 4 by calling 843-740-5801, 843-745-1028 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to the ceremony, at 9:30-10:30 a.m., a story swap will be held in the Felix Davis Community Center. Veterans will have an open opportunity to share memories and stories about their service with fellow veterans. Veterans wishing to speak should RSVP to 843-740-5850.
Lunch for all event attendees will be provided immediately following the ceremony. Retired Col. Myron C. Harrington Jr. will be the event’s keynote speaker. Harrington graduated from The Citadel in 1960 and was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1961. He would go on to serve his country in the Vietnam War.
A child in Mlondwe, Tanzania, collects dirty water from an existing water source. (Photo/Provided )
“Tanzania is a natural choice for Water Missions International to establish another country program,” said Water Missions International Founder and CEO George Greene III. “It connects the geographic gap between our existing country programs in Africa, and also presents a great need for sustainable safe drinking water solutions that we feel Water Missions International is positioned to address.”
The country provides a great opportunity for Water Missions International to expand its TradeWater program, a management model designed for communities that lack the necessary capacity to maintain a community-managed safe water solution. Solar-powered treatment systems will also be featured as they are the ideal solution for rural Africa.
Water Missions International originally began work in Tanzania in 2002 with a community-based safe water project and has since provided engineering consultation. Currently the organization has three safe water projects in progress. The first shipment to Water Missions International – Tanzania will take place in the beginning of December and will include solar panels, pumps, treatment equipment and supplies to stock the program for projects.
On Tuesday, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey presented a donation of 500 tickets to local veterans and military families for the North Charleston Pops “Military Salute” concert on Saturday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Representatives from the Charleston County Veterans Affairs Office accepted the donation. Tickets to the show can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
The S.C. Nurses Foundation will host its fifth annual Nurses Care Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday at James Island County Park. Cost is $25 with T-shirt; $30 with sweatshirt. Proceeds from the event will go toward nursing scholarships. Pre-event registration forms and sponsorship information are available online.