Calendar of Events

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Alzheimer’s support groups continue
The local Alzheimer’s Association has three caregiver support groups in the area held at different locations on the second Monday of each month.
Locations are the Goose Creek library (5:30-6:30 p.m.) on Old Moncks Corner Road, Moncks Corner Medical Center (11 a.m – noon) on N. Live Oak Drive, and the Otranto Road library (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) in North Charleston.
For more information, please contact Cawana Wilson at (843) 571-2641.
Art Guild show begins Feb. 25
The Berkeley Art Guild will present a show at Cypress Gardens Feb. 25 to March 3. The exhibit will have works of oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels of local artists, with some prints and originals for sale. 
The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 
For more information call Loretta at (843) 553-0515, or visit www.cypressgardens.info or berkartguild.org/index.html
Friends book sale set for Saturday
The Friends of the Berkeley County Library will hold a Book Lovers Book Sale on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Sangaree Library (595 Sangaree Parkway in Summerville) from from 9 a.m. to Noon. 
Everyone is invited. For more information, please call 695-1208. 
‘Breath of Spring’ March 1-3
The Breath of Spring Flower Show at Cypress Gardens will be March 1-3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.
The show’s theme this year is “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” with Daffodils, Camellias and other flowering plants.
Creative flower arrangements include table designs, door arrangements, and miniatures designs. Entries can be made Feb. 28 from 8-11 a.m.
For details on entering the show visit sites.google.com/site/ourflowershow. Call Loretta at (843) 553-0515 for more information. 

Fundraising effort under way
The Take One to Help One Organization has announced a fundraising effort to repair the roof of an elderly, longtime resident of Moncks Corner.
For more information contact Willie Powell at (843) 709-0673.
First Steps to hold meeting, election
The Berkeley County First Steps Partnership Board encourages the public to attend its annual meeting at 6 p.m. on March 14 in the Berkeley County School District boardroom at 229 East Main St. Moncks Corner. 
Berkeley County residents who attend can learn more about the results of the First Steps to School Readiness program in the county as well as future plans.  In addition the board will elect new members. 
The Berkeley County First Steps Partnership Board encourages the public to submit nominations to the Berkeley County First Steps Board of Trustees.  Nominees should reside or be employed in Berkeley County. 
Nominations should be submitted to Berkeley County First Steps Office 901 Island Park Drive Suite 201, Charleston, SC 29492. For a list of seats available, nomination forms and more information contact Stephanie Olazabal at berkeleyfirststeps@hotmail.com, www.berkeleyfirststeps.org, or by calling 416-8277.
Candidate forum Saturday
FreedomWorks has announced that it will be hosting a candidate forum for South Carolina’s First Congressional District from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport/Convention Center in North Charleston.
For more information contact wneal@freedomworks.org.
Master Gardener booth Feb. 23
A Master Gardener booth will be at Central True Value in Moncks Corner on Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring two cups of dry soil for a soil test ($6). Results will be sent back to you in two to four weeks.
Gun Show returns
The Charleston Gun and Knife Show will return to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson on Feb. 16 and 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Red Cross volunteers needed
The American Red Cross is actively recruiting volunteers. Sign up for the class by visiting www.lowcountryredcross.org or by calling (843) 764-2323.
Tax aid sessions announced
AARP Tax Aid sessions have been scheduled at the Berkeley County Library Goose Creek and Farmers and Merchant Bank in Moncks Corner (221 East Main Street), on Monday and Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment at Farmer’s and Merchant. Call (843) 761-0390 or (843) 270-7881 for an appointment.
Free wellness classes continue
Roper St. Francis Families for a Healthy Heart program teaches easy ways to be healthy and active. The program is offering a series of free wellness classes to be held at Howe Hall AIMS school in Goose Creek from January to April.
A health fair and kick-off event for the program was held in January at the school.
“Understanding Your Cholesterol” is set for Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Other classes are March 9, March 21, April 11 and April 27.
Free computer classes continue at TTC
The Public Computer Center at Trident Technical College’s Berkeley Campus is offering the following computer courses to the public, free of charge.
• Thursday, Feb. 14: Microsoft Word, 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 16: Microsoft Word, 11 a.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 19: Microsoft Excel, 3 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 21: Microsoft Excel, 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 23: Using Smart Gadgets, 11 a.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 26: Using Microsoft Templates, 3 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 28: Questions and Answers, 3 p.m.
All course participants will need to bring a USB flash drive to save their work.
The Berkeley Campus is located at 1001 S. Live Oak Dr. (Hwy 17-A) in Moncks Corner. The Public Computer Center is located in the Learning Resources Center (Library), Room 106C. Please call 899-8029 to register or for more information.    
Fundraiser to benefit BHS band
The Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, is proud to partner with the Berkeley High School band to host a “Flapjack Fundraiser” on Saturday, Feb. 16.
All proceeds raised will go toward purchasing new storage equipment for the instrument room.
“We are honored to assist the Berkeley High Band in its fundraising efforts and look forward to seeing many friendly faces in support of our local musicians,” said Michael Olander, President and CEO of the Apple Gold Group. “Join us at our Moncks Corner location to help the band achieve its goals while enjoying a tasty pancake breakfast.”
The fundraiser will be hosted by the Applebee’s restaurant located at 640 Rembert C. Dennis Blvd. in Moncks Corner starting at 7 a.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased by contacting Eva Herndon at (843) 452- 4657. Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.
Volunteers needed for St. Stephen event
The Advocating and Building a Community (ABC’s) 4 the CURE Organization is planning its first Diseases Education and Prevention Fair: 12 Ways for Healthier Days for April 20.
The event will promote healthy living, and will be held at St. Stephen Middle School.
Volunteers are needed to model fruits and vegetable costumes, and ads are now for sale to honor the memory of a loved one in the event’s souvenir booklet.
For more information, email ABCs4theCURE@gmail.com or mail questions to PO Box 155, Russellville, SC 29426.
Canning Coaches wanted
 Do you want to share your canning knowledge with your friends and neighbors? Become a Clemson Extension Canning Coach.
Canning Coaches are canners experienced in boiling water canning of acid food like fruits and pickles, and pressure canning of low-acid foods like vegetables, meats, fish, and poultry. This year’s Canning Coach training will take place during the month of March.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Gayle Williford at ( 843) 719-4140 ext. 116 or e-mail gwillif@clemson.edu.

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