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CALENDAR, July 17+:   Reggae, ladybugs, history and books

CALENDAR, July 17+:   Reggae, ladybugs, history and books

Reggae Nights concert series.  James Island County Park.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with performances starting at 8:30 p.m. for this county concert series with Jah Works, July 21; and Mystic Vibrations, Aug. 4. (NEW) Ladybug release:  Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will release 150,000 ladybugs into the gardens 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22, 3550 Ashley River Rd., Charleston. […]

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REVIEW:  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

REVIEW: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Reviewed by Michel Hammes: “In another intriguing tale from the author of A Man Called Ove, you meet a collection of characters living in an apartment complex in Britain. Elsa is a young girl trying to find her way in a world where she doesn’t fit. Her grandmother is her best friend and with a penchant for mischievousness- the two often get up to trouble in hilarious ways.”

FEEDBACK: Hollings helped stir nation to confront hunger

FEEDBACK: Hollings helped stir nation to confront hunger

Herbert J. Hartsook: ‘Thank you for drawing attention to the continuing problem of hunger.  Years ago, state senator Isadore Lourie said that Senator Hollings “put a spotlight on that issue probably as the only man in the state at that time that could have done it. …  He had the prestige and the stature and a tremendous political following in the state.  I think through that mechanism and through the force of his dynamic personality, he was able to get the conscience of South Carolinians stirred up and concerned.””

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Reenactors model conquistador clothing. NPS photo.

HISTORY:  Explorer Juan Pardo

S.C. Encyclopedia  |  Juan Pardo was born in Cuenca, Spain, in the first half of the sixteenth century. He traveled to Spanish Florida in the fleet of General Sancho de Archiniega in 1566 as the captain of one of the six military companies sent to reinforce the colony founded by Governor Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565. Captain Pardo’s company was the only one from the Archiniega expedition posted to the Spanish town of Santa Elena, which was located on present-day Parris Island, South Carolina.

FOCUS:  Tri-county must make free college aid application a priority

FOCUS:  Tri-county must make free college aid application a priority

By John C. Read, special to Charleston Currents  |  We, as a culture, don’t expect high school seniors to write a check or hand over a wad of cash to cover their college tuition.

The lucky ones have parents who do so, but most everyone else can only afford to continue their education with the help of federal grants, student loans and work-study funds. For juniors and seniors considering their future, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the first steps they should take, even if they believe college is out of reach. It’s how the government allocates financial aid, and there is far more of it available through grants and scholarships than most families realize.

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The design of the new library in Mount Pleasant’s Carolina Park.

GOOD NEWS:  Library makes progress on new Bees Ferry branch

Staff reports  |   Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) will hold a community meeting in West Ashley on July 24 to share updated planned designs for a new library that will be built near West Ashley High School in the Bees Ferry area.  The one-hour meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Drayton Hall Elementary School cafeteria, 3183 Ashley River Rd., Charleston

MYSTERY PHOTO:  A place you won’t forget

MYSTERY PHOTO:  A place you won’t forget

A reader tells us that if you drive by this place, not only will you never forget it, but you’ll feel like you’re a Halloween version of the movie Groundhog Day.   No way, this friend tells us, that he would ever venture down this driveway – even in the daytime.  We’ll tell you this:  It’s in South Carolina.  But where?  Send your best guess to:  editor@charlestoncurrents.com — and make sure to include the name of the town in which you live.  Please also write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.

SPOTLIGHT: Charleston Green Commercial

SPOTLIGHT: Charleston Green Commercial

Charleston Green Commercial is a full-service commercial property management company that pays attention to detail, provides exceptional personal service and is committed to adding value to buildings.

CALENDAR, July 10+:  Business training, concerts and more

CALENDAR, July 10+:  Business training, concerts and more

Coming events around the Lowcountry:
* Unveiling McLeod Plantation, weekly
* How to write business plans, July 13
* Reggae Nights concerts, July 21
* Financing a small business, Aug. 3
And lots of listings for farmers markets … take advantage of the summer bounty!

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REVIEW:    Lockdown by Laurie R. King

REVIEW:    Lockdown by Laurie R. King

Linda Stewart: Career Day is to be the defining moment of Principal Linda McDonald’s tenure at Guadalupe Middle School.  This struggling school has dealt with so much bad press over the last year – the murder of a former student, the disappearance of a sixth-grader.