Community Tidbit

  • Wednesday, September 11, 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 Metro North Church (5:30-6:30 p.m.) at 109 Central Avenue in Goose Creek; Moncks Corner Medical Center (11 a.m – noon) on N. Live Oak Drive, and the Bridge at Charleston located at 2590 Elms Plantation Blvd. in  North Charleston (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.).
For more information, please contact Cawana Tisdale at (843) 571-2641.
Pancake Breakfast to Benefit The ARK
The public is invited to a Flapjack Fundraiser on Sept. 21 to benefit The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services.
The event is hosted by the Charleston Southern University Psych Club. It will be held 8 -10 a.m. at Applebee’s, 1310 North Main Street in Summerville. The $5 ticket includes pancakes, sausage and a drink.
Tickets may be purchased from any member of the CSU Psych Club, or by calling Prof. Christine Sinisi at 843-863-7150 or The ARK at 843-832-2357. Tickets may also be purchased online at http://TheARKofSC.org.
For more information on The ARK’s programs, call 843-832-2357 or email info@TheARKofSC.org, or visit, http://TheARKofSC.org.
Ladies Auxiliary steak night first and third Saturday
The Ladies Auxiliary VFW holds steak night the first and third Saturday of every month. The cost is $10.
The Auxiliary’s regular monthly meeting is the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m.; trivia nights are held on the first and fourth Mondays of the month.
Shrine Club announces Friday dinners
The public is invited every Friday night to the Berkeley Shrine Club: a spaghetti dinner is set for every first Friday; a potluck dinner is every second Friday; a fish fry is every third Friday; and a steak dinner is every fourth Friday. The cost of each dinner varies.
Call 761-8515 or 761-3639 for more information.
Fleet Reserve meets monthly
The Fleet Reserve Association Lowcountry Branch 269 holds its monthly General Assembly meeting on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at 99 Wisteria Road in Goose Creek. 
For more information, please contact the home at (843) 569-2692 or visit www.fra.org.
Mental illness support group meets weekly
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Berkeley is a weekly support group for those who suffer from a mental illness and for those whose friend or loved one does. 
The support group meets every Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church (510 St. James Avenue) in the All Ministers Center (behind the church) in Room 5 from 7-8 p.m. 
Everyone is welcome to visit and support those with mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder. 
If you have any questions, you may contact Pat Merriam at dbsaberkeley@comcast.net or (843) 569-7563.
Kiwanis Club meets first and third Tuesday
The Moncks Corner Kiwanis Club meets at 8 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the conference room of the Holiday Inn Express (505 R.C. Dennis Blvd. in Moncks Corner).
Everyone with a concern for children is welcome. Visit www.MoncksCornerKiwanis.org for more details.
Church fundraiser Sept. 20
A Ham Bog for Missions will be held at Bonneau PH Church (116 Black Oak Road in Bonneau) on Friday, Sept. 20 from 5-8 p.m.
Dine in or carryout. Donations will help the church meet its global outreach goal. Bring your family and invite a friend!
Call (843) 825-3687.
First Steps meeting Sept. 17
The Berkeley County First Steps Partnership Board encourages the public to attend its meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the media room of the Fishburne Educational Center at 6215 Murray Drive in Hanahan. 
County residents who attend the meeting can learn more about the results of the First Steps to School Readiness program in the county as well as future plans. 
For further information contact executive director Adrienne Troy Hamilton, or program coordinator Stephanie Olazabal at berkeleyfirststeps@hotmail.com, or by calling (843) 863-3030.
NAACP meets monthly
The Moncks Corner NAACP monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is on Aug. 19 at the Masonic Lodge on new Hwy. 52 in Moncks Corner.
Lions Club barbecue cook-off Sept. 20
The 17th Annual Berkeley Barbecue Cook-Off sponsored by the Moncks Corner Lions Club will be held Sept. 20-21 at the Old Santee Canal Park. 
This year’s main event will feature cooking a case of Boston Butts. There will also be judging of pork ribs and chicken thighs. 
All events will be included in the scoring to determine the grand champion. 
Entertainment this year will be provided by Custom 4 and Friends.
Anyone interested in participating please contact Don Saturday at (843) 899-7933 or at email dsaturday@aol.com.
Red Cross seeks volunteers
The American Red Cross is always in need of disaster trained volunteers who respond to the needs of those individuals devastated by disasters, such as home fires and floods.
The Red Cross is also in need of volunteers trained to help in our community in the event of a large scale disaster such as a hurricane.
Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer should visit www.redcross.org/carolinalowcountry and click on volunteer to register for one of our upcoming classes. All classes are free and open to the public.
Classes will be held on Sept. 10 from 6 – 9 p.m.; Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to Noon; Oct. 8 from 6-9 p.m.; and Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to Noon.
All classes will be held at the American Red Cross Carolina Lowcountry Chapter at 8085 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.
Tenth annual ‘Pawker Run’ Sept. 14
Rev up those hogs and rockets and get ready to put the wind in your face.
The annual Pawker Run benefit motorcycle ride for the Frances R. Willis SPCA and Animal Shelter in Dorchester County is Sept. 14.
Now celebrating its 10th year of helping homeless and neglected four-legged friends, this year’s ride is shaping up to be quite the event, say Pawker Run organizers.
The registration/donation fee is $20 per participant and includes a high quality, completely redesigned T-shirt, a well-stocked gift bag, and a barbecue dinner and homemade dessert at the end of the ride, event coordinator and chairman Chuck Botts said. 
In addition, members of the Hunley Camp No. 143 will be on hand at the Shrine Club with a full-sized replica of the Hunley on display. Music will be provided by local rock band the Double Nought Spies.
Registration starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Dorchester Shrine Club, located at Beech Hill Road in Summerville. The ride is from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and starts and ends at the Shrine Club. Prize awards, dinner, and entertainment will follow.
The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 15.
For more information call 871-3820 or go to the website at www.summervillespca.org.
Free tax prep program seeks volunteers

The AARP Tax-Aide program in Berkeley County is seeking volunteers to train as tax counselors to assist at its Goose Creek site.
This program provides free personal income tax counseling and electronically filed tax return preparation to low and middle income tax payers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Last tax season we assisted hundreds, and with other counties, thousands of our neighbors.
Volunteers of all backgrounds and ages are welcome, and you do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer nor do you need to be a retiree. Familiarity with the IRS tax forms is helpful but the availability of a laptop computer is a must.
There is an IRS qualified training program where tax counselors receive extensive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing an IRS test. There will also be additional training in computer tax preparation. Training materials will be available after Thanksgiving 2013.
Counselors will help customers one-on-one at tax sites and are expected to be available for at least four hours per week during the Feb. 1 – April 15, 2014 tax season. It's a great way to learn new skills, assist in helping others, and become more involved in your community.
Register with AARP at login.aarp.org/online-community/loginform.action before Sept. 15 to get training materials and join our Tax-Aide Team, or call Pat Merriam at (843) 270-7881.

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