Porter-Gaud hosts noted author Walls

Noted author Jeannette Walls, whose "The Glass Castle" has spent 75 weeks on the New York Times best-sellers list, will speak 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Wendell Center on the campus of Porter-Gaud School. This forum is open to the Greater Charleston community, and a book signing will follow. Copies of "The Glass Castle" will be available for purchase at that time.

Critics have called the memoir "spectacular," "extraordinary," "incredible" and "riveting." It has sold more than 1.5 million copies, been translated into 16 languages and is being made into a movie by Paramount. Its numerous awards include the Christopher Award, the American Library Association's Alex Award and the Books for Better Living Award.

In "The Glass Castle," Walls describes growing up in the desert of the American Southwest and then in a West Virginia mining town with her three siblings and the brilliant, unorthodox, irresponsible parents who manage at once to neglect them, love them and teach them to face their fears.

The inspirational book has been taught at universities in courses on literature, psychology, parenting, child development and poverty. Walls has spoken at colleges, corporations and business associations about overcoming hardship and the keys to turning adversity to your advantage.

Registration taken for parenting classes

Registration is under way for the Fall 1-2-3 Magic, Effective Discipline for Children classes being offered by Susanne S. Jeter, M.Ed., at 27 Gamecock Ave., Suite 202, Charleston.

There will be four class sessions beginning Sept. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This program offers parents skills to get their children to stop doing what they don't want them to do and to start doing what they want them to do.

The cost for each session will be $35 or an advance payment of $125 for all four sessions. Space is limited and advance registration required.

Contact Susanne S. Jeter at 852-5259 or 607-9449.

Kindermusik holds registration for fall

Lowcountry Kindermusik is taking registrations for the new fall 2007 session of music and movement programs for young children.

All activities are based on the most recent early childhood research results and designed to enhance every aspect of a child's development. Programs include "Village," for babies newborn-18 months," Our Time," for toddlers 18 months-3 1/2 years, "ABC, Music and Me," for children 2-4 years, and "Family Time," where families with multi-age children from newborn-6 years can participate together in one class.

Class locations include West Ashley, James Island, Hanahan and Summerville.

Call Carol Smith at 769-0637 or visit www.lowcountrykindermusik.com.