GOOD NEWS: Park for two hours for free in Charleston Nov. 24-Jan. 1

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Staff reports  |  The city and county of Charleston are offering two free hours of parking at participating garages during the holiday season, starting on Thanksgiving and ending on New Year’s Day.

Garages participating in the “holiday magic” present to area shoppers include the those at the visitor’s center, 34 St. Philip St., Concord-Cumberland, East Bay-Prioleau.  According to the flyer, “additional automated garages are participating,” but you won’t be able to see a list of them until later this week at this link.

Each voucher is limited to one vehicle.  It is not valid during “special event rates.”

In other Good News:

A Christmas Carol.  The holiday classic returns again as Charleston Stage’s musical adaption opens Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 20 at the Dock Street Theatre.  This show, featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, will put you in the Christmas spirit with four spectacular new musical production numbers. With Christmas card sets, hundreds of colorful costumes, a live orchestra, and a professional cast, ring in this holiday season with this spectacular production filled with visual marvels and special effects—including flying spirits and a ravishing holiday musical score. For tickets and more information, go to

New Subaru.  Hats off to East Cooper Meals on Wheels which won a 2018 Subaru Outback from Subaru of America Inc. as part of the company’s Share the Love national effort of donating to local causes.  The company donated 50 cars across the country for being in business for 50 years.  The donation will allow ECMOW to deliver meals and companionship to more people.  More info:  ECMOW.

Libraries to reopen.  Two public libraries damaged by Hurricane Irma will open by Dec. 1.  The West Ashley Library, 45 Windermere Blvd., will reopen Nov. 27, while the Folly Beach Library, 55 Center Street, will resume operations Dec. 1.

Big gift.  The S.C. Aquarium’s Early Learning Initiative has received a $150,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to enhance a distance learning program.  Since 2013, the foundation has committed $225,000 to the aquarium’s Watershed Campaign, which includes the early learning program.  The grant will help fund Kids Coast, a play-based learning area within the Aquarium.

Another big gift.  Congratulations to the International African American Museum which last week announced a $500,000 pledge from the New York-based Gilder Foundation.  According to published reports, the museum has raised more than 60 percent of its $25 million private fundraising goal.  The museum plans to open at Gadsden’s Wharf on the Cooper River in 2020.


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