Kick February to the curb this weekend

Despite cool and wet conditions in past years, LifePoint Race for Life, formerly the Gift of Life race, has drawn hundreds of runners to James Island County Park.

I think it’s safe to say most of us are sick of February 2015.

This weekend, which ushers in March and its promise of longer, warmer, sunnier days, offers several options to kick February to the curb.

And while forecasts for Saturday are far from balmy, what better way to challenge yourself and three friends than by signing up for a run to benefit a great cause.

The 10th annual LifePoint Race for Life, a fundraiser for the federally designated “organ procurement organization” for most of South Carolina, will feature a 10K, 5K, half-mile fun run, Kids Zone and Vendor Village on Saturday morning at James Island County Park.

LifePoint actively provides organ, tissue and eye donor services to 62 hospitals throughout the state.

Mark Johnson, media relations coordinator for LifePoint, says he hopes to build on the success of last year’s event that drew 660 registrants and raised $15,000. New this year is a “couch potato” entry, in which people can donate $20 and not leave “the comfort of their home.”

At Saturday’s races, Johnson hopes to draw 1,000 registrants and raise $20,000. The event also will mark the first public appearance of the LifePoint/Donate Life SC mascot, Chance The Donor Dog.

The event features a kids zone opening at 8 a.m., a 10K at 8:15 a.m., a half mile fun run at 8:45 a.m. and 5K at 9:30 a.m.

The cost is $45 for the 10K, $35 for the 5K, or $60 for both races. The half mile fun run is $30.

The event also raises awareness for the importance of registering to be an organ donor. As of early February, 123,158 people were on the national waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant. Of those, 856 are in South Carolina.

Registering to be an organ donor is simple and easy to do. Provide your legal consent on the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry either online at or at or at any South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles when obtaining, renewing or changing your driver’s license and identification information.

The East Cooper Land Trust weds two seemingly dissimilar Lowcountry winter traditions, one new and one old, with its Race & Roast event Sunday at Oakland Plantation.

The fourth annual event kicks off with a 5K trail run on the 132-acre, privately owned plantation at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

After the run, runners and nonrunners can enjoy an oyster roast 1-4 p.m. Sunday on the lawn next to Oakland’s historic plantation house. Music will be by Flatt City.

Tickets for the race and roast are $55, $40 for only the roast, and less for children.

The East Cooper Land Trust is a community-supported organization devoted to conserving natural spaces. By working with landowners, the land trust strives to enrich urban communities with accessible natural spaces and preserve the rural character of surrounding coastal communities. This is primarily accomplished through conservation easements and land donations.

For those who do enough yoga to be challenged to do an “inversion,” aka headstand or handstand, it can be a frustrating experience.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, Jivamukti Yoga Charleston will hold a workshop, The Core of Inversions, at its studio in Mount Pleasant, 320 W. Coleman Blvd.

Yoga teacher and local Jivamukti co-owner Jeffrey Cohen says the workshop will be “a challenging, fun and exciting exploration into the mechanics of inverting your body.”

“That means mobility, strength, ease, health, good digestion, less dependency on medication until your dying day,” says Cohen.

“(This is) not for fancy moves, show-off chops or above average acrobatics. This workshop is about experiencing the joy that is highly correlated with turning upside down. Everyone can engage and strengthen the techniques that lead to a daily inversion practice,” says Cohen, adding that problems and injuries will be addressed in the workshop.

The workshop, which costs $30 in advance and $35 day of, is for all levels.

As it kicks off its plan to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2016, The Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw will hold a Grand Reopening 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 7.

The staff will be presenting expanded programming, introducing new birds and opening the newly constructed entrance to the center’s campus directly from U.S. Highway 17.

Activities for the day will include guided walking tours featuring new birds, flight demonstrations and “vulture restaurant” observation experiences, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the Avian Medical Clinic and Oil-spill Response Facility.

Basic entry fee is $15. Refreshments will be available for purchase and parking is free.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.