BUSINESS BASICS: The Charleston chapter of SCORE holds a free workshop, “Are You Ready to Start a Business?” 9-11 a.m. Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston. Must register:

ENGINEERS WEEK: Charleston Engineers Joint Council annual Engineers Week banquet. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., Charleston. Scheduled speaker is Christer Wikstrom, director of manufacturing engineering for Volvo Cars USA. $45; $25 for students. Go to or contact Karl Krull at

GRANT GROUP: Charleston Association of Grant Professionals meets. Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Free. Call 843-452-4492; email

HISTORIC PROPERTIES WORKSHOP: Charleston County holds a public workshop to identify potential properties in unincorpoated areas for inclusion on the updated Historical and Architectural Survey. 6:30 p.m. Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston. Staff will give overview of historic preservation efforts at the county and a description of the survey. Call 843-202-7203 or email

RETIREMENT PLANNING: Charleston County School District Community Education Program two-part retirement planning course. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wando High School, 1000 Warrior Way, Mount Pleasant. $49. Advance registration required. Call 843-881-8272 or go to Community Education link at

ECONOMIC FORECAST: Dorchester County/Greater Summerville Chamber of Commerce 2016 economic forecast and annual awards meeting. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bethany United Methodist Church, 118 West 3rd St. South, Summerville. Scheduled speaker is economist Stephen Slifer of Daniel Island-based NumberNomics. $45 for members; $70 for others. Contact Alana Burke at

WAGE THEFT CLinic: Charleston County Public Library and South Carolina Legal Services hold a legal clinic, “Wage Theft and Recovery.” 6 p.m. Cooper River Memorial Library, 3503 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Scheduled speaker is SCLS attorney Stephanie M. van der Horst. Free.

MARKETING HELP: The Charleston chapter of SCORE holds a workshop on how to analyze markets and competition, segment markets and position products to maximize sales and profits. 6-8 p.m. Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston. $20. Register at

CENTER FOR WOMEN: Center for Women’s 2016 conference, “Passion. Power. Purpose.” Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Scheduled keynote speaker is Tory Johnson, author of “Shift for Good” and a “Good Morning America” contributor. Go to

CONSERVATION FORUM: S.C. Aquarium Watershed Fund and the Center for Humans and Nature hold an installment in the Holland Lifelong Learning series. Topic is, “Why Do Zoos and Aquariums Matter?” 5:30-7 p.m. The American Theater, 446 King St., Charleston. Scheduled participants include Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence; Jeanne Gang, architect and MacArthur Fellow; Jeffrey Bonner, president of the St. Louis Zoo; Scott Corwin, founder of IMPACTS Research; Alejandro Grajal, senior vice president for conservation and education at the Chicago Zoological Society; Kevin Mills, CEO of the S.C. Aquarium; and Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. $20 for students; $30 for S.C. Aquarium members; $40 for others. An optional $65-$80 dinner follows at the William Aiken House, 456 King St. Reservations required. Call 843-577-3474 or go to