PUBLIC SPEAKING: Dolphin Toastmasters club holds an open house. 5-7 p.m., Olde North Charleston Meeting Place, 1077 East Montague Ave., North Charleston.


Business seminar: Charleston County government holds a free workshop on how to do business with the county. 3-5 p.m. Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, Room B-339. Topics include the county procurement process; business support services; networking. Register at

May 5

ESTATE WORKSHOP: Charleston County holds an estate administration and probate process workshop. 10 a.m.-noon. Charleston County Historic Courthouse, Grand Courtroom, 84 Broad St., Charleston. The scheduled speaker is Probate Judge Irvin G. Condon. Free. Register by calling 958-5030.

May 6

Salute to the Military: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce holds its annual "Salute to the Military." 5:15- 8:30 p.m., Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive, Charleston. Scheduled keynote speaker is Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. $65 for civilians; $45 for military. For details, call 805-3097 or go to

INTERMODAL CONTAINER YARD FORUM: Army Corps of Engineers public meeting on Palmetto Railways' proposed container-handling train yard at the former Navy base and a study that will assess the economic, environmental and social consequences of the project. 6-8 p.m. Military Magnet Academy, 2950 Carner Ave., North Charleston. Participants include the Army Corps, Palmetto Railways and a private consultant on the study. Go to

May 7

RETIRED EDUCATORS: Charleston County Retired Educators' Association meets. 11 a.m. Cherokee Place United Methodist Church, 2105 Cosgrove Ave., North Charleston.

PROPERTY RIGHTS: Bastiat Society of Charleston panel discussion: "This Land is My Land? A Discussion on Property Rights in South Carolina." 6-7 p.m. Broken Egg Cafe, 99 S. Market St., Charleston. Scheduled speakers are Dana Beach, founder and executive director of the Coastal Conservation League; Ashley Landess, president of the S.C. Policy Council; and developer Vince Graham of The I'On Group.

May 14

RETIREMENT FORUM: The Charleston chapters of the Society of Financial Service Professionals and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors retirement forum. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Embassy Suites Hotel, North Charleston. $35 members; $65 others. Call 725-1475.