Helping Out for Sept. 3, 2014

Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

Charleston Hogs for the Cause, a fundraiser for families of children being treated for brain cancer, is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at The Grove at Patriots Point.

The music lineup includes Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, Austin, Texas-based rock ’n’ roll group Heartless Bastards, New Orleans’ Soul Rebels Brass Band, Whiskey Shivers bluegrass band, and Sol Driven Train and Dead 27s from Charleston.

Pitmasters include Rodney Scott of Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Jimmy Hagood of Food for the Southern Soul, John Haire of Nick’s BBQ, Conyers Family BBQ in Manning, Aaron Siegel of Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, Mark Behr of Sweatman’s BBQ and Lynn and Norton Hughes of Shuler’s Bar-B-Que.

Hogs for the Cause, which has partnered with several hospitals nationally, including MUSC Children’s Hospital, has given grants to more than 200 families in need in six years.

The Charleston Green Fair will include a kid zone with Charleston Fun Factory and an eco-carnival with activities and games from local nonprofit organizations. (Photo/Provided)The seventh annual Carolina Green Fair is set to take place noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at James Island County Park.

Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department will highlight the county’s green initiatives, such as recycling and composting, and educate residents on ways to make their homes and businesses more eco-friendly. Student projects from the Green Fair Community Stewardship Project will be on display at the festival.

Additionally, attendees can take part in park attractions such as the climbing wall, slacklining and mountain biking. The event will include a kid zone with Charleston Fun Factory and an eco-carnival with activities and games from local nonprofit organizations. Cooking demonstrations and food will be available, as well as a health and fitness area.

The Run or Dye 5K will take place Sept. 20 at the Exchange Park in Ladson. For every volunteer up to 100 volunteers, $50 will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center. For more information about volunteering, call 843-266-5239 or send email to Louis Kines.

King of Pops will host its second annual Pop-Off fundraiser to celebrate the final days of summer and the start of the school year. Proceeds will benefit The Green Heart Project and its farm-to-school programs in the Charleston area. The event is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Holy City Brewing, 4155 Dorchester Road.

There will be live music, food trucks, a raffle and a cornhole tournament. The NFL regular season kick-off will be streamed live, and the event will include a kid zone with jump castles, slip ’n’ slides and water guns.

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