Today Free Tax Prep Program

What: The AARP Tax-Aide program is seeking volunteers to train as tax counselors. This program provides free personal income tax counseling and electronically filed tax return preparation to low- and middle-income tax payers. Train for four days late January and contribute four hours/week for the 10-week tax season.

When: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 24, 25, 28, 29

Where: Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway

Price: Free training and IRS certification

More Info: Register at or call Charleston District Coordinator JoAnne Hicks at 723-6218 or email

‘Hunt & Habit’ Exhibit

What: The Charleston Museum presents this original exhibition in the Historic Textiles Gallery. The exhibit includes women’s and men’s riding habits, hats and accessories from the 19th and early 20th century. Setting the background for the garments is a beautiful early 19th-century hunt board which could be carried to the porch for breakfast service, laden with Lowcountry favorites. Guns, typical of those used in local hunts, a side-saddle and period equestrian fashion plates round out the display.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through April 21

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: Included with admission

‘Eternal Vigilantes’

What: This exhibit of sculptures, drawings and paintings by Karole Turner Campbell will commemorate agents of change in the African American culture.

When: Through March 31

Where: Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture, 125 Bull St.

Price: free

More Info: 953-7610

‘14 Presidents’

What: The Karpeles Manuscript Museum is opening a new exhibit for the new year. “The 14 Presidents Before George Washington” runs through April. There are two dozen items that explore often overlooked aspects of the Revolutionary War and Early National period. Free parking and admission.

When: Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays), through April

Where: Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St.

Price: Free

More Info: 853-4651 or

January Lunch & Learn

What: New health care policies will change small business benefits now and during the coming years. To understand the upcoming changes, join the Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce for the January Lunch & Learn with Marshall Beckham of Maybank & Beckham, Insurance Brokers.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 24

Where: Sea Islands Chamber of Commerce, 2817 Maybank Highway

Price: Free

More Info: 793-1234 or

Friday ‘Internment’

What: Patriots Point Institute Naval & Maritime Museum invites the public to attend a special symposium titled “Internment in Times of War.”

When: 10 a.m. Jan. 25

Where: Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road

Price: Free

More Info: 881-5994 or

‘The Secret Garden’

What: Based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the story of Mary Lennox, a spoiled, 11-year-old orphan who is returned to England to live at her uncle’s mansion. Mystery unfolds as Mary discovers family secrets and a hidden garden. Will Mary learn that caring for something as simple as a garden can unlock the key to her heart and soul? Presented by Charleston Stage.

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 3-5 p.m. Jan. 26, 27, Feb. 2, 3

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: Adults $22.50, seniors (60+) $22.50, students (25 and under) $22.50

More Info: 577-7183 or

Little Shop Of Horrors

What: Little Shop of Horrors has made audiences scream with laughter for years.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Jan. 25

Where: American Theater, 446 King St.

Price: $20-$28

More Info: 793-1972 or

Saturday ‘Fashion Accessories’

What: To complete the look, the correct fashion accessory is as important as the garment itself. From the collections of the Charleston Museum, Fashion Accessories, a two-part exhibition, will look at these clothing additions that really did complete the image for fashionable men and women for three centuries.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 26-May 12

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: Included with general admission

More Info: 722-2996 or

Gullah Rag Quilting

What: Join Sharon Cooper-Murray, aka the Gullah Lady, for a lecture and hands-on workshop about the folk art tradition of rag quilting. Cooper-Murray is on a mission to preserve this disappearing art form, which she learned from elderly Gullah women from Wadmalaw and Johns Island. Feed and grain sacks were combined with rag strips to make these unique quilts. This quilting tradition, which dates to the antebellum period, was passed from generation to generation until recent years.

When: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 26

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: $40/member, $45/nonmember

More Info: 722-2996, ext. 235 or


What: The second annual Shuck-A-Rama Oyster Roast features Southwood Band, oysters, chili, beer, wine included. The Brain Injury Association of S.C. is the only nonprofit organization in the state that provides support to individuals with brain injury and their family members.

When: 5-8 p.m. Jan. 26

Where: Gold Bug Island Hall, 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd.

Price: Tickets $35 prior to event and $45 at the door

More Info: 877-824-3228 or

Swamp Angel

What: The fourth annual Swamp Angel Oyster Roast is sponsored by the Fort Johnson Community Foundation. Ticket prices include oysters, chili, hot dogs, desserts and lemonade (BYOB). Featuring guest speaker Doug Bostick, local author and historian.

When: 5-8 p.m. Jan. 26

Where: Fort Johnson Estates Civic Club & Pool, 400 Trapier Drive

Price: See website

More Info: 209-7433 or

Sunday Oyster Festival

What: The Lowcountry Oyster Festival has been named one of the “top 20 events in the Southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. Highlights include the oyster-shucking and oyster-eating contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a children’s area complete with pony rides and jump castles and a food court showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants.

When: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 27

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road

‘Sweet’ 16th Auction

What: Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, a nonprofit organization providing educational, health and direct outreach services to people in need on James, Johns and Wadmalaw islands, will host its 16th annual auction and luncheon. The event includes a silent and live auction, musical entertainment, dinner, wine and a cash bar. Charleston and surrounding area residents are invited to attend.

When: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 27

Where: Marriott Charleston, 170 Lockwood Blvd.

Price: $75

More Info: 559-4109 or

Monday Social Motion Info Night

What: Social Motion Skills is for any child who functions near grade level and exhibits social integration difficulties. Wendy Dawson, founder and executive director of Social Motion Skills based out of Houston, will be in the Lowcountry to talk about this program. These classes are available in Charleston through Charleston Children’s Therapy Center. Spring semester will begin in February.

When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28

Where: Trident Academy, 1455 Wakendaw Road

Price: Free

More Info: 569-4546 or

Tuesday Toddler Tuesday

What: Enjoy storytime with a zookeeper, learn fun facts about animals all while having some hands on fun.

When: 11 a.m. Tuesdays

Where: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road

Price: Free with the price of park admission

More Info: 573-8517 or

Creature Feature

What: It’s not nighttime. It’s not scary. And it’s not on television. No monsters here. This live Creature Feature just might make you laugh. Meet “Ellie” the opossum as she helps you discover how fascinating the only North American marsupial is.

When: Noon Tuesdays, through Feb. 26

Where: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road

Price: Free with price of park admission

More Info: 573-8517 or

Become a Teacher

What: Join the American Board and learn more about how you can change careers and become a certified teacher in South Carolina.

When: 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29

Where: Sangaree Library, 595 Sangaree Parkway Blvd.

Price: Free

More Info: 202-261-2639 or email or

Writing Business Plan

What: A priority for an entrepreneur who is considering starting a business is to have a comprehensive business plan. The plan serves as a road map as well as a requirement for funding. SCORE will have professionals on hand to assist you so your business plan will support the success of your start-up.

When: 6-9 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 5

Where: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave.

Price: $60

More Info: 727-478 or

Winter Lecture Series

What: The South Carolina Historical Society presents its sixth annual Winter Lecture series, “South Carolina: First and Foremost.” The series will focus on South Carolina milestones that were first of their kind in the United States or the world. The eight-week lecture series, which began Jan. 22, covers the state’s landmark achievements.

When: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 22-March 12

Where: First Baptist Church of Charleston, 61 Church St.

Price: $85 for members/$90 for nonmembers

More Info: 723-3225, ext. 11 or www.southcarolinahistorical

Wednesday Football Fanatics

What: Have a super time decorating a football and a making pennant. These classes are designed for toddlers (18 months-3 years) and a parent, grandparent or friend to play and explore in the Charleston Museum. Each program includes four craft projects as well as fingerpaints, a puppet stage, a sandbox and more.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Jan. 30

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: $6/members, $9/nonmembers

Become a Teacher

What: Join the American Board and learn more about how you can change careers and become a certified teacher in South Carolina.

When: 4 p.m. Jan. 30

Where: Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.

Price: Free

More Info: 202-261-2639 or email or

Thursday, Jan. 31 Birds of Prey

What: Buy one, get one free ticket to Birds of Prey Center for South Carolina residents for the month of January. Tickets must be purchased at the Center.

When: During January

Where: Center for Birds of Prey, 4872 Seewee Road

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Women’s Leadership

What: Stake Your Claim: How to position yourself for breakout performance. Your professional success is not based on luck. It has everything to do with your ability to clearly define and commit to what you want and then to orchestrate the progress necessary to get there. The reality is that both you and your organization prosper when you take charge of your professional growth.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 31

Where: Center for Women, 129 Cannon St.

Price: $35

More Info: 763-7333 or

Friday, Feb. 1 Paint the Town Red

What: Paint the Town Red, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is an initiative to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Summerville Community Acupuncture will be giving free acupuncture to all women wearing red.

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 1

Where: Summerville Community Acupuncture, 127 S. Main St.

Price: Free

More Info: 810-1225 or

Charleston Couture

What: Join curator of textiles Jan Hiester for one last tour of Charleston Couture, an original Charleston Museum exhibition showcasing the area’s finest garments and accessories from the 1770s to the 1970s, before it closes on Feb. 10.

When: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: Free for Museum members and free with admission ($10/adults, $5/children, under 3 free)

More Info: 722-2996 or

‘War of 1812’

What: The Karpeles Manuscript Museum will display a special exhibit, “The War of 1812,” to coincide with the symposium on that subject which will take place at the old Exchange Building on East Bay Street. It will be in addition to the current exhibit on the “14 Presidents before George Washington.”

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 1, 5-8, 12-15

Where: Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St.

Price: Free

More Info: 853-4651

Clusters for Kids’ Sake

What: Clusters for Kids’ Sake is a fundraiser supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of CYDC, a donor-supported volunteer organization that helps Lowcountry children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with proven results.

When: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1

Where: Goldbug Island, Coleman Boulevard

Price: $25/single; $45/couple

More Info: 266-5218 or

Saturday, Feb. 2 Boating Safety Course

What: Learn basic navigation, legal requirements of boating, how to operate your vessel safely and required safety equipment. The program is presented by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-08.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 2

Where: U.S. Coast Guard Station Charleston, 196 Tradd St.

Price: $35

More Info: 373-2256, contact Kelly Duncan at or

Women’s Writers Forum

What: Learn from panelists how to prepare for an editor, how to get the biggest bang for your buck, the different roles an editor can play, the role of a writing group in the development of a book. Bring your own writing samples for evaluation, too. Ellie Maas Davis, Mary B. Johnston, Signe Pike.

When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 2

Where: Center for Women, 129 Cannon St.

Price: $25 members, $35 nonmembers

More Info: 763-7333 or

Blue Oyster Bash

What: This Lowcountry Style Oyster Roast and BBQ event will feature live music by The Blue Dogs. Help Friends raise money for MUSC Children’s Hospital. Enjoy “art in progress” as local artisans demonstrate their skills. The silent auction will feature packages to pamper and items to entice every guest. Blue Oyster Bash VIPs are welcome an hour early to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a “schwag bag.” The bar will feature beer, wine and special “Blue Cocktail.”

When: 6-10 p.m. Feb. 2

Where: Founders Hall, 1500 Old Towne Road

Price: $50, $65 and $125

More Info: 991-4510 or

Noam Katz Concert

What: Rabbi Noam Katz will perform a concert. Katz is a song leader, performer, prayer leader, educator, actor and storyteller who shares his high-flying energy and soulful melodies with audiences throughout North America, Africa and Israel.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 2

Where: Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, 90 Hasell St.

Price: $10/adults, $5/12 years and under, $30/family rate

More Info: 723-1090 or

Chase After a Cure Gala

What: Go “Around the World” with Chase After a Cure at the fifth annual gala benefiting childhood cancer research. This year’s black-tie optional gala has an international flavor of decor, food and music featuring the Cuban jazz Gino Castillo Quartet. The ticket price includes food from Wasabi of Charleston, Rue de Jean, Al Di La and Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill, plus an open bar and live and silent auctions.

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 2

Where: Marriott Charleston, 170 Lockwood Blvd.

Price: $100 per person

More Info: 804-761-4144 or

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