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NO COINCIDENCE. Police talked Saturday morning with a man at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge along East Bay Street. You may have noticed an increased presence lately of panhandlers. Andy Brack today talks about the problem below and what you can do about it. (Photo by Andy Brack.)






   

 

Let's restore our sense of place in West Ashley

By CHARLIE SMITH
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SEPT. 29, 2013 -- At the Sept. 23 Charleston City Council meeting, Mayor Joe Riley spoke at length about how the proliferation of a single land use, such as bars and nightclubs, can lead to the deterioration of the healthy mix of land uses in adjoining neighborhoods.


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Quoting Jane Jacobs, the mayor made the point that the proliferation of bars and nightclubs in the North King Street area had begun to cause livability issues in the adjoining residential areas. I could not help but concur with Mayor Riley, but the example that came to my mind was not Upper King Street, but Savannah Highway. The culprits were not bars and nightclubs, but automotive dealerships and related uses that seem to claim every square inch of available land on the Savannah Highway corridor ... land that once supported businesses that made our adjoining neighborhoods livable, walkable and safe.

Even just a few years ago, we still had Bi-Lo at the end of Betsy Road. Kerr Drug was still at the Wappoo and Savannah Highway intersection. The produce shed was still in use and Kmart had most everything we might need in an emergency. These businesses and many others like them are now gone. As a result, the basic needs of the neighbors in these areas can no longer be met without getting into a car and adding more traffic to an already overburdened Savannah Highway.

One thing has become more obvious than any other in the recent and well-publicized Turky's Towing dispute that has now spilled over into city council. Our neighbors have finally stood up and said no to businesses that are a threat to our community and which have no place in our neighborhood.

This is a welcome turn of events which will hopefully continue. Unfortunately, there are other people involved in the discussion, such as our city councilman Bill Moody. They don't seem to grasp the broader discontent now being expressed by the neighbors (a.k.a. voters) who are tired of these commercial intrusions. In the Turky's Towing case, Mr. Moody has preferred to stay focused on his perceived business liaison role rather than on his primary role as advocate for the neighbors.


Memorial site for nine Charleston firefighters who died in 2007 in the Sofa Superstore fire on Savannah Highway. The property owned by Turky's Towing is adjacent.

The Turky's Towing case was simply the last straw for the neighbors who had hoped to find an advocate in their councilman and instead found an opponent. Public officials (and candidates for public office) must decide in matters such as this if they are going to serve their constituents or serve the more powerful business interests against the constituents.

Remembering that "We all do better when we all do better," I'm going to hope that we can step back from the most recent unpleasantness and find a solution that does not involve a towing company/impound lot being forced onto our neighborhood. We need a solution that restores our sense of place in our neighborhood and which values human beings over the opposing business interests that would do harm to our neighborhoods.

There have been some discussions recently of a compromise that would allow a local automobile dealer to purchase the Turky's Towing property and to trade it to the city for property on which to replace the fire station at Savannah Highway and Markfield Road. So long as the ingress and egress to and from Pebble Road is permanently eliminated, this is a reasonable compromise and would be supported. The purchase of the property for a farmer's market and daytime venue would also work.

The people of the DuPont community are not uncompromising and they are not unwilling to negotiate. What they are unwilling to do is to be dictated to without having had any voice in the dramatic changes happening to our neighborhood.

West Ashley Realtor Charlie Smith serves on the Charleston County Planning Commission.

Don't contribute to panhandling problem

By ANDY BRACK
Editor and publisher
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SEPT. 29, 2014 -- Surely, it was just a coincidence.

On Friday, a caller to the Charleston Police Department wondered what was being done -- or whether anything could be done -- about the seemingly increased number of panhandlers around town, particularly some who seem to be working in shifts at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge and near the bridge over the Ashley River on the Crosstown.

On Saturday morning, two squad cars were parked in the right lane under the bridge "interviewing" a man who looked like he had been asking for money from people in cars stopped at the bridge off-ramp.

"Not a total coincidence," one city official later told us.

We didn't think so.

With our temperate climate, strong tourism economy and vibrant downtown, it's surprising that more people don't hold cardboard signs to ask for money. It's not, in case you didn't know it, against the law. Yes, there is a law against soliciting -- selling things like palmetto roses and the like -- without a business license. But it's not illegal to ask for donations on public property if you're not being aggressive or violent or breaking any other city ordinance.

"I was told any law against panhandling would be unconstitutional because it falls under the First Amendment," said police spokesman Charles Francis. In other words, someone asking for a donation has the right to do so through free speech protections.

One city official told us that some of the panhandlers aren't truly homeless -- that they have places to live, but beg as a livelihood. Many of the truly homeless seek help at shelters, such as the new One80 Place. And if they're not from the area, they may be just passing through, testing the waters before heading south for the winter.

We're told that police and other city officials are very aware of folks asking for money. And so far, about all that can be done officially is to discourage them from being in one location, like the police were doing Saturday.

But if it bothers you, you can do something -- and tell your friends to do the same: Don't roll down your windows and give to those asking, despite seeing gut-wrenching, hand-lettered signs that might say the bearer is a homeless veteran or describe how the person is stuck here from Alaska.

"Those gangs at the base of the bridge-- that's been a lucrative stop for them. Don't contribute to the problem by contributing," a city official said.

If those asking for donations don't get money, it won't be in their financial interest to stay. If you want to do some good, make a contribution to a church that has a homeless ministry or give directly to One80 Place.

But if you just have to give them something, go buy some meal vouchers at a local restaurant and distribute vouchers instead of money. We're told that many of the frauds asking for money don't want vouchers. But those who need help appreciate them.

One thing that we as a community should not do is to start criminalizing homelessness like some communities have. Instead of throwing people in jail for sleeping on benches or requiring groups that want to feed the homeless in parks to have permits, our city, the most polite in the nation, should listen to the people who are having a tough time and try to figure out ways for them to get the help they need.

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This week's issue of Statehouse Report included two pieces that you might find of interest. First, there's a news story on down-ballot races for constitutional officers, which includes a look at Sullivan's Island resident Ginny Deerin, who is running for secretary of state. Next is a column that outlines why it's important to broaden the state's tax base -- to be fairer in our taxation policy and to smooth out rollercoaster cycles that can wreak havoc in a variety of ways.

Andy Brack is editor and publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report. If you have a funny quip about a politician, send it along so we can share it. You can reach Brack at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.

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Kaynard Photography

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on Kaynard Photography, a business run by contributing photographer Michael Kaynard of West Ashley.
Kaynard Photography grew from Michael's love of walking the streets of the Charleston's historic district. It developed into a passion for capturing everything Charleston through a camera lens. Kaynard can be seen walking the streets of Charleston many days from dawn to darkness. He calls his work "At Street Level." His photos are available for viewing and sale at kaynardphotography.com.

Now headquartered at 114 East Bay Street in the W. Hampton Brand Gallery across from Rainbow Row in the Charleston Historic District.

ON MONEY

Thinking about ways to grow your personal happiness
By KYRA MORRIS, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

SEPT. 29, 2014 -- Robin Williams recently committed suicide. He was not only one of the most capable actors and comedians of our time, but he was also respected for the character of his person. He had plenty of money and apparently people around him who loved him. His money and wealth did not provide him with happiness.

This spoke to me. I am a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, and my job is to help people use their financial resources to achieve personal goals and aspirations that hopefully make them feel fulfilled and, yes, happy. So what makes people happy, and what is the role money plays?

There are several studies that relate happiness and money. One study created a happiness scale. It associated one's salary to their level of happiness. What is surprising about this study there is no consistency between happiness and high salaries. Once the salary is enough to provide emotional well-being, beyond that point money is less of a variable - even with salaries above $500,000.

There is a set of results that shows people who spend money on experiences are more often happier than people who spend money on material goods. The theory is that consumer spending on things leaves us wanting more. David DeSalvo, a contributing journalist for Forbes Magazine points out though that this is not an absolute truth. If someone spends money on disappointing experiences or experiences that don't accurately affect who they are, they may not end up any happier than before. On the other hand a consumer may purchase a piece of original art done by a local artist, and it brings her joy to see it regularly as she goes about her daily routines.

"Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue."

-- Victor Frankl, author of "Man's Search for Meaning"

Laura Rowley, author of Money and Happiness, writes that money can be associated with feelings of stress, joy and freedom. The key to financial happiness is aligning money with your own core values. The good life can be had when you spend money in ways that provide you with your authentic purpose. She says start with what you believe in your heart. Look at your own life, your own thoughts, your own beliefs, and your own practices.

Do you have subconscious beliefs that control how you view and use money? Money can be used in so many ways. How does it make you feel to get out of debt, save for a rainy day, invest for the future, take a friend to lunch, buy a new outfit, or donate to your favorite charity? Money used in ways that provide us with purpose, meaning, or deep life experiences have a direct correlation with the ensuing of happiness. A famous psychologist wrote "you're not going to find the meaning of life hidden under a rock written by someone else. You'll only find it by giving meaning to life from inside yourself." Therefore, if you spend money on things that fulfill your sense of purpose and that add to your own life's meaning, your sense of happiness is also enriched.

In my research for this article, I found some other things to share about happiness and money. The idea with these is to help you identify things that may provide or stimulate happiness and also some items that were at the bottom of the happiness scale. It appears that we have to work on our own self-awareness and clarity of purpose to know how to apply our money towards happiness:

1) Engaging in satisfying work or activities.

2) Avoid negative events and emotions.

3) Be aware of how you spend your time and your money.

4) Get or stay involved with supportive social connections.

5) Avoid long commutes to work.

6) Find a place that you enjoy and relax in that place for at least 20 minutes a week.

7) Have fresh flowers in your house or office regularly.

8) Gratitude - acknowledge daily the blessings that exist in your life .

9) Take a Sabbath -- a day when you don't turn on your cell phone, return emails, or catch up on work.

Robin Williams' story tore at my heart strings. It is not an amount of money or the accumulation of wealth itself that brings happiness. It is our ability to use money in ways that align with our personal values, and to fulfill our life's purpose, our dreams, and our ambitions. My authentic wish is for your personal happiness to ensue!

Kyra Hollowell Morris, a Certified Financial Planner, is CEO of Morris Financial Concepts, Inc., in Mount Pleasant. A national leader in the financial planning profession, she has been named several times by leading magazines as one of the country's top financial planners. More.

Wanted: Men to wear high heels and march

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My Sister's House is looking for a few good men to "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," the annual Tri-County event that's part of a similarly-named international day to promote men's participation in speaking out against domestic and sexual violence. During the event, men march in women's high-heeled shoes to protest sexual and domestic violence.

This year's local event, which will be led by the Garrett High School Marching Band, will start at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 11 at the Park Circle Community Center in North Charleston. Registration begins an hour earlier, or you can register online here. Tickets are $25 each.

This year's event, themed "Man to Man: Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence," will feature Charleston radio personality Geno Jones as guest speaker. The walk will help raise money for a new shelter.

My Sister's House is recruiting men of all ages to march in women's high heeled shoes, in order to protest sexualized violence & domestic violence, to educate our community members about the serious issues surrounding domestic violence, and to raise money for our new shelter!

My Sister's House, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization, got started in 1980 to provide services to women and children who courageously deal with domestic violence, according to a news release. All funds from the event will benefit the charity and directly help local victims of domestic violence and their children.

The shelter houses up to 36 women and children who suffer abuse in the Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties in South Carolina.

Aquarium features "Salvage for our Seas" art installation through Jan. 15

Marine animals come to life through recycled metal, tools and old engine parts in the South Carolina Aquarium's newest art installation, Salvage for our Seas.

The exhibition, on display through Jan. 15, 2015, features sculptures by Charleston artist Daniel Miner that represent the Lowcountry's diverse animals and landscapes.

Each piece is an original interpretation by Miner who transforms expired engine parts and shop equipment into detailed sculptures using a hand-held plasma cutter, which delivers 30,000 degrees of precision-cutting heat. Miner individually draws and handcrafts each piece, sealing them with a multi-stage powder coating. Miner's work reflects his passion for preserving and protecting our natural world. His pieces include sea turtles, mahi, sailfish, and tarpon.

Visitors to the Aquarium have the opportunity to reserve and later purchase Miner's artwork displayed in Salvage for our Seas, with a portion of the proceeds directly supporting conservation and education programs at the Aquarium. Salvage for our Seas is included with general admission to the Aquarium.

You can rent your home for more days now and still get lower tax rate

State lawmakers this year broadened a state law to allow owners to receive a 4 percent legal residence tax exemption for renting their properties. Prior to this year, owner-occupied properties could rent homes only 14 days a year to get the lower rate. The new law extends the period to 72 days, according to the Charleston County Assessor's Office. The change isn't retroactive

Some owners who did not previously qualify for the legal residence exemption because they rented their property more than 14 days may now qualify for the exemption. Owners who believe they are in that category must file an application to receive the exemption. Owners who believe they fall into that category should apply as soon as possible as applications for the exemption soar after tax bills are mailed. The 4 percent legal residence is available on the Charleston County website.

Homeowners renting a property that is already qualified for the legal residence exemption must promptly notify the Assessor's Office in writing of the rental. Notification is required even if the property is rented for less than 72 days. If the owner does not notify the assessor and is later found in violation of the statute, back taxes and substantial penalties will apply, the office said..

  • If you have questions about the new law, the form and information that's required, contact the assessor's office at 843-958-4100 and select option 1.
RECOMMENDED

The Girls of August
By Anne Rivers Siddons

In The Girls of August, Anne Rivers Siddons crafts a short, emotionally-charged novel, perfect for an end-of-summer beach read or road trip. This is a novel about women -- how women interact and react. This is also a story about loss, about family and about friends. The Girls of August group began over 20 years ago with four women -- Melinda, Rachel, Barbara and Maddy, who shared the same challenges of being married to medical students. They gathered together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each subsequent year on a remote island. The tradition continued until the tragic death of Melinda in a car accident.

Melinda's husband Teddy eventually remarries a 20-year-old named Baby, and he convinces Rachael, Barbara and Maddy to continue the ritual with his bride at her beach home on Tiger Island off the coast of Charleston. The Tiger Island setting is remote except for a few resident enclaves of Gullah people. After a few days on the island, it is obvious the women are not getting along and have drifted apart with the death of Melinda. Baby the Bride is too young and the girls feel like they are on vacation with a child instead of a close friend. Each one of them has deep-rooted problems that soon surface and keep you enthralled to find out how they will be resolved.

-- Kathi McGregor-Ouzts, Edgar Allan Poe Branch Library

Find this and similar titles from Charleston County Public Library. This item is available as a book, audio book and downloadable eBook. To learn more or to place a hold, visit www.ccpl.org or call 843-805-6930.

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Allendale County

EDITOR'S NOTE: Allendale County, which is less than two hours by car from Charleston, has one of the nation's highest poverty rates. Almost two in five people live below the federal poverty level.

Formed in 1919, Allendale is South Carolina's youngest county, yet it contains the oldest known human habitation in the state. Archaeological investigations in Allendale have found evidence of human settlement dating back more than sixteen thousand years. These prehistoric people used "Allendale Chert" in making stone tools.

Europeans began arriving in the area in the 1750s, settling at Matthews Bluff on the Savannah River and Jackson's Branch, a tributary of the Salkehatchie. Other families settled along the headwaters of the Coosawhatchie and its tributaries. In 1759 they organized Coosawhatchie Church, which became Beech Branch Baptist Church. Cattle herding and farming were the mainstays of the pioneer economy.

During the Revolutionary War, armies marched up and down the Savannah River and partisan fighters conducted raids. The Pipe Creek Light Horse, a patriot cavalry force consisting of men from what came to be Allendale and Hampton Counties, established a camp at Matthews Bluff. In March 1779, patriots fleeing the disastrous Battle of Brier Creek in Georgia floated on logs or swam across the Savannah River; their commander, General John Ashe, took refuge at Matthews Bluff. In April 1781, the Battle of Wiggins Hill near Burtons Ferry ignited bloody conflict among neighbors.

After the Revolution, the area became more settled, with Baptists, Lutherans, and Methodists each establishing churches in the vicinity. Great Salkehatchie Baptist Church at Ulmer was organized in 1790. St. Nicholas Lutheran Church was founded around 1800. A log building housed Swallow Savannah Methodist Church around 1816. The buildings of Smyrna Baptist Church, organized 1827, and Antioch Christian Church, organized 1833, remained standing at the start of the twenty-first century.

In the antebellum era, Allendale made up the southern third of Barnwell District. With the arrival of cotton and the cotton gin in the 1790s, landowners adopted the plantation system and slaves soon made up the majority of the population. Steamboats, pole boats, and cotton boxes plied the Savannah River during the era, and Allendale was the site of several boat landings. One steamboat line stopped at Matthews Bluff, while a competitor stopped at neighboring Cohens Bluff. Boats also stopped at Johnson's Landing and Little Hell.

During the Civil War, General William T. Sherman's army marched through Allendale County. Union troops spared the Erwinton Plantation house because it was being used as a hospital for malaria sufferers. Brigadier General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick set up headquarters for his Union cavalry at Roselawn. Confederates staged their strongest resistance against Sherman's march to Columbia at Rivers Bridge on the Salkehatchie; the resistance crumbled when Union troops crossed at Bufords Bridge and attacked the Confederates' right flank. In the post-Civil War era, the area continued to rely on an agricultural economy and an African American labor force. As late as 2000, African Americans made up almost seventy-five percent of the population.

Allendale County was formed in 1919 from parts of Barnwell and Hampton Counties because of the inconvenience of traveling to the courthouse in Barnwell or Hampton. The first courthouse was all but destroyed by fire in May 1998. Construction on a new courthouse incorporating the exterior shell of the old began in August 2002.

In the mid-twentieth century, the local economy benefited from travelers along U.S. Highways 301 and 321. Construction of the Savannah River Site, a nuclear weapons production plant, brought more economic opportunity to the area. Robert E. McNair practiced law in Allendale from 1948 until he became governor in 1965. The Salkehatchie Regional Campus of the University of South Carolina opened in Allendale in 1965. However, the opening of Interstate 95 deflated the tourism economy, the end of the cold war led to downsizing at the Savannah River Site, and an agricultural depression drove many farmers out of business. A handful of manufacturers, however, provided some light through the economic gloom, including Scotsman, Clariant, Mohawk, Collum's Lumber, International Apparel, Fairfax Dimension, and Corbett Plywood.

Allendale County entered the twentieth-first century facing a series of economic and social challenges. The county had the lowest per-capita income and the lowest median household income in South Carolina during the final two decades of the twentieth century. More than one third of the individuals and well over one fourth of the families lived in poverty. Half of the families had a female householder with no husband present. In the 1990s, twenty-six percent of births in the county were to teenage mothers. The county also had the highest infant mortality rate and the lowest percentage of high school graduates in the state. In 1999 the South Carolina Board of Education authorized the state to assume management of the Allendale County schools until goals for improvement were met.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Daniel McDonald Johnson. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

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Issue 6.49 | Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
Can we bottle the smell of tea olives?

FOCUS
West Ashley's sense of place

BRACK
Don't contribute to the problem

ON MONEY
Growing your happiness

GOOD NEWS
Men in heels, art exhibit, tax break

HISTORY
Allendale County

SPOTLIGHT

Kaynard Photography

FEEDBACK
Send us your letters

REVIEW
The Girls of August

BROADUS
Win tickets -- where is this

THE LIST
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  • Make a hearty stew
  • Watch a movie classic
  • Clean the house
  • Take a nap
  • Do an arts project
  • Organize your photos
  • Play a game
  • Visit the aquarium or a museum
  • Bake something delicious

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NEW ON THE CALENDAR

(NEW) Greek Fall Festival: Oct. 3-5, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race Street, Charleston. Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing and culture at this second annual fall festival, which complements its spring festival. Learn more.

(NEW) National Diversity Conference: Oct. 11-12, College of Charleston. The National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni and the college will host its 2014 diversity conference to discuss building partnerships to support youths of promise. Keynote speaker is Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Lots of events and a celebration. More.

(NEW) Breast cancer book-signing: 5 p.m. Oct. 15, Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., Charleston. Author Marjorie Belson will discuss breast cancer survival and recovery during a book-signing for "Nothing is Promised," her story that chronicles her story and her joy of survival. Learn more.

(NEW) Fences: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-18, 23-25, and 30-Nov. 1, with 3 p.m. matinees on Oct. 19 and 26, South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning play by August Wilson will be reprised here with tickets at $20. More.

(NEW) Annual Family Picnic: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 26, Dill Sanctuary, James Island. The Charleston Museum will hold its annual family picnic with fried chicken, ham and lots of good food, as well as bluegrass music, a nature walk, children's games, hayrides and more. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children.

OTHER NEAT EVENTS

Play by Euripides: 7:30 p.m., Through Sept. 30, Emmett Robinson Theatre, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street, Charleston. The College of Charleston's Department of Theatre and Dance will stage a modern interpretation of Euripedes' "The Bacchae" with a 24-person cast. Tickets are $10 to $15. More.

Piano series to open: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 30, Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston. Israeli pianist Ran Dank will open the 2014-15 Season of International Piano series with a performance of Chopin and Liszt to mark his Charleston debut. Dank has also become the director of piano studies at the college. Admission is $20; free for students. More.

Women Painting Women: Through Sept. 30, Principle Gallery: Charleston, 125 Meeting Street. Some 86 paintings by 73 female artists from around the world showcase the female form. More.

Wine Down Wednesdays: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 1, 15 and 29, Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. You can get another sneak peek at a future county park and enjoy a wine social at the same time. Formerly Ashem Farm, the 67-acre estate has open fiends and lots of live oaks. More.

Latin American Festival: Noon to 6 p.m., Oct. 5, Wannamaker County Park. Live Salsa and Merengue music will fill the air as families enjoy authentic food, craft items, kids' activities, and much more. Featured performers will include UltimaNota, Bachata Flow, Capoeira Charleston, Buen Ache Dance Company, DJ Luigi Bravo and more.

Brewsdays: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. Building on the success of Wine Down Wednesdays, Charleston County Parks will offer live music, eats and beer with this new event for the beer crowd. Cost: $6 per person, not including food and drink. More.

Speaker on Middle East: 6 p.m., Oct. 8, Citadel Holliday Alumni Center, Charleston. The World Affairs Council of Charleston will host the first of a new season of speakers when Dr. Barbara Sude, a think tank analyst, will discuss "The Multiple Crises in the Middle East: Where are they headed and what can Washington do about them?" Social reception starts at 5:15 p.m. Go to this Web site for ticketing and other information.

Oktoberfest Run/Walk: 6 p.m., Oct. 9, Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will host its annual Oktoberfest 5K run and walk the club's fundraising efforts to give bikes to Toys for Tots at Christmas and Rotary Happy Feet which provides shoes to East Cooper children in need. Fees are $25 to $35. A party will be after the race. More.

Zombie pub crawl: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Oct. 18, at restaurants and bars in North Charleston's Park Circle area. Holy City Brewing will offer the fourth annual Pint of Hope Zombie Pub Crawl as a fundraiser to help Lowcountry AIDS Services. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. More

An Evening with Joseph McGill: 6 p.m., Nov. 1, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston. The organization will present an evening with the historic preservationist to benefit the Slave Dwelling Project that works to preserve existing slave dwellings. Tickets, which are $50, include a cabin tour by McGill and garden tour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. prior to the reception. More.

ONGOING

Yappy hour and more. Charleston County Parks will offer dog-friendly, after-work socials at James Island and Palmetto Islands county parks a dozen times over the summer. At James Island, Yappy Hour will be held starting at 4 p.m. with live music on Oct. 16. At Palmetto Islands, dogs, owners and musicians will appear with food trucks in Pups, Yups and Food Trucks on Oct. 23. More.

TEDxCharleston is accepting applications through October 14 for speakers and performers for its 2015 event. Next year's theme: "Embrace chaos." More.

Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

9/29: Smith: West Ashley
9/22: Haynes: Hurricane Hugo
9/15: ECCO's 25th
9/8: Riley on responsibilities
9/1: Sabine: RiverDogs' photo essay

8/25: Friedman, Moredock: New station
8/18: No pets, kids in hot cars
8/11: Ruff: County's greenbelt plan
8/4: Holling: Watkins's book

7/28: Fordham: Literacy program
7/21: Troy: Dolphin's new owner
7/14: Waronsky: Message focus
7/7: Devaney: Winning poster prize
7/1: Dodge: Take 5 campaign

6/16: Pritchard: Anti-cruelty effort
6/9: Wentworth: Palmetto Poem
6/2: Mullins: Play on bishop's murder

DOUG BOSTICK:
CIVIL WAR HISTORY

9/8: The "Immortal 600"
8/11: The inhuman threat
7/14: Nearly impregnable
6/9: Prisoners to Charleston
5/12: Change of command
4/14: Charleston capture?
2/10: Attack of the Hunley
1/27/14: Bleak conditions

ANDY BRACK

9/29: On panhandling
9/22: Why we vote on Tuesdays
9/15: Watkins offers romp on Trace
9/8: DaPore on putting people first
9/1: On finding column topics

8/25: End of 2nd Reconstruction
8/18: Humor and politics
8/11: Gov's race interesting
8/4: Letters to a camper

7/28: Writer says S.C. like Africa
7/21: Problem with chamber
7/14: On being fair
7/7: Do more on civil rights
7/1: Great trip to Wyoming

6/16: All about chiggers
6/9: Hollywood drama at capitol
6/2: D is for dysfunctional

LAFOND, McQUAGE:
ON SENIORS

8/4: There's an app for that
6/2: It takes a virtual village
5/19: Common IRA traps to avoid
4/7: Medication check-up
3/3: Read your deed
2/3/2014: Driving and being older

12/2: On the Personal Property Memo
11/4: Your time: great gift for seniors
10/7: Let's celebrate aging
9/3: Medicaid and your future
8/5: More on estates, wills
7/1: Estate planning myths
6/3: Pensions for wartime vets
5/6: Revocable Living Trusts
3/4: Resources to help seniors cope
2/4: On life estates
1/7: Next step in health care

KYRA MORRIS: MONEY

8/25: S.C. Inland Port
7/28: Your digital assets
7/1: Tax credits, deductions
5/26: Social Security conversation
4/29: Community ag/fisheries
3/24: Let's invest in Charleston
2/24: Getting beyond jitters
1/27/14: Financial independence

12/23: And now there is hope
12/2: The "thanks" of Thanksgiving
10/28: Impact of rising bond market
9/30: What happens when rates rise

LEIGH SABINE:
PLUFF MUD KIDS

9/15: Great run/walks for family
8/18: Edisto day trip
7/21: Great reading places
6/16: Picking berries, making jam
5/26: Art and music for kids
4/21: ArtFields for kids
3/17: Spring break ideas in S.C.
2/17: Four great outings for limited times
1/20: Upstate wonders

12/16: More holiday fun
11/18: Winter activities to do
10/14: Four ways to preserve history
9/16: It's harvest time
8/19: Kids giving back

7/15: Childrens' museums
6/17: Interactive adventures
5/20: Birds, bees, butterflies
4/15: Signs of spring abound
3/18: Great local parks
2/18: What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventure

PALMETTO POEM

8/4: Lamkin: A rose for my mother
7/7: Amaker: Out of breath
6/9: Wentworth: Path to the Beach

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