Feast of Our Lady set for Sept. 21
The Bicol Association of Charleston will celebrate its annual Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia on Sept. 21 with a banquet and Catholic Mass at the Navy's Short Stay Outdoors Recreational Facilities in Moncks Corner.
This annual celebration in honor of the Virgin Mary, the miraculous patroness of the Bicol Region in the Philippines, is the 32nd year for the Filipino Commmunity in the Lowcountry.
Activities will start with an 8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Goose Creek in honor of "Our Lady of Penafrancia.” After the mass services, participants will convoy to Short Stay for luncheon and a day of activities. A luncheon will be at the Short Stay convention Center at 11 a.m.
A traditional fluvial procession on Lake Moultrie will follow. After the procession, a traditional mass in Filipino, incorporating Filipino songs, will follow at the Short Stay Ashley Pavilion.
For more information, call Bicol Association President Nancy Samson at (843) 572 0699; Vice President Nilda Chapman at 552- 0330; or Secretary Jerome Bien at 553-0334.
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 Otranto Road library (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) in North Charleston.
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.
DayLily Club meets Sept. 22
The LowCountry DayLily Club will hold its Sept. 22 meeting at Berkeley Electric Co-operative (551 Rembert Dennis Blvd. in Moncks Corner) at 2:30 p.m.
The guest speaker this month is Harvey Gibson, Charleston County Environmental Management Compost Superintendent.
Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting. Refreshments are served.
For additional information, please contact Perry Gaskins at (843) 336-3433 or Brenda Davis at (843) 761-8062.
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 email@example.com 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 Friday
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.
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.
Ronald McDonald benefit Oct. 27 in Cross
Sportsman’s Bar and Grill will host a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. until midnight.
Eight great bands will perform headlined by the legendary Momma and The Redemption. Momma’s very special guest include The Port City Prophets, Dick’s Hat Band, The Howlin ‘ Pack, Starling, Susie Summers, Billy Bluevane and the Throbbers, and Cade Style.
There will also be vendors, great food, contests and more. A full day admission is $10.
Free Computer Classes
The Public Computer Center at Trident Technical College’s Berkeley Campus is offering the following computer courses to the public, free of charge.
• Thursday, Sept. 19: Microsoft PowerPoint Part 1, 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 21: Working with Digital Cameras, 11 a.m.
• Tuesday, Sept. 24: Microsoft PowerPoint Part 2, 3 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 26: Questions and Answers, 3 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 28: Working with Hyperlinks, 11 a.m.
All course participants will need to bring a USB flash drive to save their work.
Berkeley Campus is located at 1001 S. Live Oak Dr. (Hwy 17-A), 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.
The Public Computer Center was funded by a U.S. Department of Commerce grant to increase broadband education, awareness, and training and access.
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. 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.
Festival vendors sought
Goose Creek is seeking arts/craft vendors, food vendors and sponsors for its “2013 Fall Festival” on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center.
For more information about the festival, call the Goose Creek Community Center at 569-4242. Businesses or community organizations interested in sponsorship should email Cheryl Heiselman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Arts/craft vendors can email Sylvia Reid at email@example.com for more information.