Community events

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

WHO: Camp Happy Days presents the 5th Annual Charleston Bed Race

WHen: Sunday, April 27, at noon

WHERE: Hampton Park at 30 Mary Murray Drive, Charleston, S.C.

Details: The Fifth Annual Charleston Bed Race will be held at Hampton Park in Downtown Charleston. The purpose of this annual event is to raise money for childhood cancer through the nonprofit organization Camp Happy Days. The Bed Race will begin with a parade of decorated beds through Hampton Park at noon and then the heated two-block race will begin at 1:00 p.m. Beds will race in a time-trial fashion two beds at a time and at the end of the race, awards will be given in a variety of categories. Entry is free for spectators and there will be a Kids Zone, beer and wine tents and food trucks on site. For more information, visit www.charlestonbedrace.com. This year’s Charleston Bed Race sponsors include: Marchant Chevrolet, Moes Southwest Grill, Brown and Brown, Adams Outdoor and New South Brewing.

Republican Women’s Luncheon

WHAT: East Cooper Republican Women’s Luncheon Meeting

WHEN: Monday, April 28, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The main dining room of the Franke at Seaside Campus, 1200 Franke Drive, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (Off of the Rifle Range Road)

DETAILS: Guest Speaker will be Jonathan Hoffman – he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security and Domestic Terrorism in Washington with the Bush administration, and he is an adjunct professor at the Citadel and at Charleston School of Law where he teaches national security, immigration and military justice law. Lunch is $15. For reservations on or before April 24, please call Karen Koerner at 843-849-0442 or e-mail 12koerner1@aol.com.

Alzheimer’s Workshop

What: Mount Pleasant, S.C. and Lutheran Homes of S.C., in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association S.C. Chapter and Respite Care Charleston, present an Alzheimer’s Workshop: Fostering Creativity and Enrichment in Dementia Care. E

When: May 20, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Rodenberg Hall at Franke at Seaside

Details: Explore holistic care approaches and innovative tools you can use to enrich the lives of people living with dementia at home or in a residential community and their partners in care.

Learn how to incorporate creative storytelling; music, art, pet therapy and other creative programs as part of your comprehensive approach to therapeutic care.

Learn to create a positive environment for those with dementia by attempting to walk in their shoes through the Virtual Dementia Tour, offered by Second Wind Dreams.

Cost is $10 for family caregivers and $35 for Social Work and Activity Professionals seeking CEU’s. To register for this event, please contact April Dillon, Community Outreach director at 843-856-4713.

K-4 orientation

What: James B. Edwards School of Global Leadership Kindergarten Orientation Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 6, from 5:30-6 p.m.

Where: JBE Library.

Details: The orientation will include a presentation and Q and A regarding the school as well as the kindergarten program. Kindergarten teachers will be available to answer any question you may have. The orientation is intended for parents only.

Camp Invention

What: Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its week-long summer program! Led by local educators, elementary school children are immersed into fun-filled, exciting activities that reinvent summer fun.

Throughout the week, children work together to solve real-world challenges that prepare them for the 21st century.

When: June 23-27

Where: Buist Academy

Details: Discounts available – register today. Call 800-968-4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.

Trident United Way

What: The Trident United Way Corporate Volunteer Council is holding their 4th Anniversary Celebration

When: Tuesday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at MWV (4401 Belle Oaks Drive, North Charleston).

Details: Featured speaker Francis Johnson, president of Johnson and Johnson, Inc., will share stories about the company’s culture of volunteerism and why he feels it exists and even flourishes at Johnson and Johnson.

Whether you already have this type of culture or are trying to develop it – all should be able to glean some ideas and action items from Fran’s experiences. Complimentary lunch will be provided by Roly Poly.


What: Community invited to free recital

When: 7:30 p.m., April 28

Where: Chapel at Franke at Seaside, 1885 Rifle Range Road.

Details: The Charleston Music Club will present the College of Charleston Musical Theater in a free performance followed by refreshments.

If you have questions, please call 843-442-4835 for additional information.

Christian Men’s Depression Anonymous

What: Members share their struggles, experience, strength and hope, and work the 12 steps to help overcome the illness.

Details: Email cmda01@aol.com or call 843-457-2473.

No Stress Art Workshop

When: Thursdays beginning April, 24, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Where: James Island Charter High School

Cost: $75 only. Plus supplies.

Lung disease support group

What: In partnership with MUSC Health, the American Lung Association in South Carolina has added another lung disease support group to the Charleston area. Known as Better Breathers Clubs, the support groups are free and open to anyone suffering from a chronic lung disease and their family, friends and caretakers.

Where: MUSC Health Building located at 4480 Leeds Place West, North Charleston, S.C.

When: Every third Wednesday of the month from 6-7 p.m.

Details: During the meetings, group members will have the opportunity to connect with lung disease patients and their families and learn about their conditions from health care professionals in a supportive environment. Visit www.lungsc.org, or call Susan Raynor at 843-214-0073.

Quick Fit Boot Camp

What: Wando Community School is offering bootcamp fitness classes.

When: Starting April 28

Where: Sullivan’s Island School(old Whitesides) Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6:30-7:05 p.m.

Details: Kettlebells, fitness balls, dumbbells, steps, stability balls and more are used to get this fantastic workout in only 35 minutes. Get lean and burn calories in this versatile program with instructor Vicki Walker. Register before any class. Equipment provided. Call 843-345-2900 or email vickiofw@aol.com for more info.

Mental health

What: A free 12-week course for family and friends of those with serious mental illness. The course is taught by trained NAMI family members.

When: Thursdays through May 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, 1129 Park West Blvd.

Details: Contact Mary or Charles Olimpio at 843-856-0955 or colimpio@comcast.net. There is no registration fee and materials are provided.

88 Club

What: 88 Club of Mount Pleasant meeting

When: First and third Wednesdays, 7 a.m.

Where: Page’s Okra Grill on Coleman Boulevard

Details: Each meeting has a speaker presenting interesting and timely programs. The group has about 40 active members and is always looking for more.

Women at work

What: Women at Work Charleston monthly coffee

When: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 8:30-9:30 a.m.?Where: Page’s Okra Grill

Details: Women at Work Charleston is a professional networking group.

Book club?

What: The Mount Pleasant Men’s Reading Group

When: Last Thursday morning of each month, 9:30 a.m.

Where: The Atlanta Bread Company in Towne Centre.

Details: The group is looking for new members and also welcome guests. If you enjoy reading, please join. The group differs from the standard reading foremat in that each member discusses a different book. Call Bob Guerin at 843-971-1754 for more information.

Postpartum support

What: Postpartum Support Charleston support group for women who are suffering or who have suffered from postpartum depression.

When: The first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m.

Where: East Cooper Medical Center, 2000 Hospital Drive, Mount Pleasant, second floor conference room, Room #2132

Details: For questions, email contact@ppdsupport.org or call 843-410-3585.

Embroiderers’ Guild

What: Magnolia Chapter EGA Embroiderers’ Guild of America

When: Second Sundays, 1 p.m.

Where: The Meeting Place, 1077 Montague St., North Charleston

Details: For more information, call Evelyn W. at 843-852-0093.

Stamp collectors

WHAT: Any one, male or female youth or elders interested in Philately or willing to explore the hobby

WHEN: The third Thursday of each month from 7:30-9 p.m.

DETAILS: You do not need to be a professional – just have an interest in stamp collecting either U.S. or foreign postage stamps. The group is small and easy-going, engaging in talking about stamps, exchanges duplicate stamps or helping new club members to get started in the hobby. There is no charge to join or belong. Come as you are able and get to recognize the excitement and the educational value of the hobby which is shared by thousands. For more details, please contact Richard Foreman at 843-884-4398 or gofigure-1@comcast.net.?

Needlepoint Guild

What: Charleston Chapter ANG (American Needlepoint Guild)

When: Every Tuesday, 10 a.m.

Where: St. Andrews Parish, 2604 Ashley River Road (Highway 61 North)

Details: For more information, call Ann W. at 843-875-5562.

Round dancing

What: Round dance lessons

When: Mondays, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Park Circle, North Charleston

Details: No experience needed. Lessons on waltz and two-step and move into advanced rythms, like rumba, cha-cha and jive. Cost is $5 per person. To pre-register or for more information, call Jack and Genie Whetsell at 843-747-5431 or email jackgenie@msn.com or call Doris and George White at 843-553-7965 or email whiteharbor@att.net.

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