Families can get a sneak peak at what Christmas morning may look like Saturday during Wonder Works' Holiday Elfstravaganza.

The free event at the local toy shop's store at 975 Savannah Highway in West Ashley will showcase the season's latest toys Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Included are appearances by Mattel's Thomas the Tank Engine Train and Cheong Choon Ng, the inventor of the Rainbow Loom toy.

Kids can get hands-on experience with the loom in a special activity tent for $5. Proceeds will benefit four local charities: Keys for Hope, Hugs for Harper, Blessings for Becky and Paintings by Liz.

In other areas, kids can make ornaments and decorate cookies. Every child will be given a free toy to take home.

Wonder Works has played host to the event for the past two years in recognition of Neighborhood Toy Store Day, which was established by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association to encourage families to shop for holiday toys at local shops.

Island hopping

The Obstinate Daughter, an Italian-Lowcountry fusion restaurant, is firmly planting its feet on Sullivan's Island come January.

The new restaurant in the former Atlanticville space at 2063 Middle St. has brought in Jacques Larson as executive chef, though he's not leaving his post as the head chef of Wild Olive on Johns Island.

His menu at The Obstinate Daughter will feature Italian staples such as pizza and pasta, small plates and a raw bar.

While the island locale has inspired a casual ambiance, a release said The Obstinate Daughter will match the standard set by Larson's work at Wild Olive.

The name of the establishment draws on Sullivan's Island's Revolutionary War history. After Fort Sullivan defeated a British invasion in 1776, a political cartoon characterized the fort as “one of the obstinate daughters of America,” according to the release.

Whale of a Sale

The Junior League of Charleston will hold its annual Whale of a Sale fundraiser starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Omar Shrine Temple near Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant.

The organization collects donations of furniture, electronics, clothing and more from local homes and businesses to be sold at the bargain sale. Proceeds allow the Junior League to fight poverty.

Sub set

Jersey Mike's Subs is adding two locations in North Charleston this month. The first will open Nov. 13 at 9500 Dorchester Road, and the second will follow Nov. 20 at 5070 International Blvd.

The Dorchester Road shop will celebrate the opening with a fund-raiser for Fort Dorchester Elementary School. It will give vouchers for free subs to those who donate a minimum of $1.

In the past six years, Jersey Mike's franchises have doubled to six locations in the Charleston market. The sandwich chain has 750 U.S. restaurants.

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