Yoga, climbing, surfing and more this weekend

Ashley Bell (foreground, with microphone), an instructor at Mission Yoga and Gaea Yoga Center, helped lead a free yoga class on the aircraft carrier Yorktown last year and will teach a free, 50-minute class at Wild Blue Ropes on Saturday.

Free yoga meets a rope challenge course for a local cancer cause this Saturday morning.

The local Lululemon Athletica store, which has put on some remarkable mass, free yoga events since opening two years ago, is reaching out to an array of venues this year for its "Masika" (Sanskrit for monthly) yoga tour.

Saturday's will be under the Wild Blue Ropes course on James Island at 9 a.m. The free, 50-minute class will be taught by Ashley Bell, an instructor at Mission Yoga and Gaea Yoga Center.

Although the class is free, Wild Blue Ropes will be accepting optional donations for Camp Happy Days, a foundation that helps children and teens with cancer.

After the yoga class, Wild Blue Ropes will be offering climbing for $25, half off the fee for advanced courses, with $5 of that fee going to Camp Happy Days. Yogis who want to climb are urged to bring closed-toed shoes.

Other locations for the Masika series this year have been Midtown Upstairs, Collective Coffee and the rooftop of the South Carolina Aquarium.

Bell, who helped lead a free yoga class on the aircraft carrier Yorktown last year, says she's excited to teach and climb at the ropes course on Saturday.

"I play like a big kid, so this is right up my alley," says Bell.

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Grommets, or groms, is surfer lingo for kids who surf, and it's going to be all about them this weekend.

The annual D.J. McKevlin's Gromfest, sponsored by McKevlin's Surf Shop and the Southern South Carolina district of the Eastern Surfing Association, will be held Saturday and Sunday at The Washout on Folly Beach.

Age categories for "dudes" and "wahines" include age 11 and under for shortboard, age 12-14 shortboard, age 15-18 shortboard and age 14 and under for longboard. The event also will include a "Push 'n' Surf" for the "littlest groms who need a little help catching a wave." or

It's a rare weekend these days when the Charleston area has only one race going on, but it is the middle of summer, where one of the few decent places to run are on the beach. So it's an ideal time for a beach run.

In its 22nd year, the Isle of Palms Beach Run, which originated as the Sand Shark Run, has been a summer staple, first as a four-miler, then as a 5K, and for the third year, as both a 5K and a 10K.

Last year's event drew a decent crowd of 316 runners and walkers, not counting Youth Run participants.

On Saturday, the 5K and 10K start at 8 a.m., while the Youth Runs, including a 100-yard dash, half mile and mile, begin at 9 a.m.

Late race registration and packet pick-up is at The Windjammer on Ocean Boulevard. The fees are $30 for the 10K, $25 for the 5K and $10 for the youth run.

The family of the late Sydney Ann Haggerty is holding a basketball camp, the Sydney Ann's Summer Shootout, Monday through July 24 at West Ashley High School.

The camp will be for boys and girls, ages 7-14, of all skill levels and include two sessions, one at 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and another 1-5 p.m. The cost is $60 for either the morning or afternoon session or $100 for both.

Sydney's father, Shaun Haggerty, is offering the camp with other volunteer coaches to raise money for CrossBridge Family Ministries in Mount Pleasant, a faith-based nonprofit that helps families coping with critical medical emergencies.

After Syndey's diagnosis with a rare condition in utero, Haggerty and his wife were put in touch with CrossBridge.

"They were literally a godsend," says Haggerty, a math teacher and assistant varsity basketball coach at West Ashley High School who has run other camps for 15 summers.

CrossBridge paid for the couple to receive counseling as well as basics, including meals in the hospital. Its volunteers also put the Haggertys in touch with a funeral home operator who did not charge them for Sydney's funeral.

"I owe so much to CrossBridge for our healing," Haggerty says.

For more, call 864-986-9344 or email

On Saturday, a 47-year-old mental health therapist from Mount Pleasant embarks on a crazy adventure.

Jay White plans to ride his one-speed bike from his native Rock Hill to New York in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of his great-grandfather doing the same 10-state, 800-mile trip in 1939, when the World's Fair was being held in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

His great-grandfather, James Spratt White II, who was 61 at the time, did it to promote both Rock Hill and the cycling community.

"The story of his bicycle trip has been known and talked about widely around Rock Hill for years. I never knew him, but my father did. He (Jay's great-grandfather) died when my dad was about 10 or 11 years old. He owned a bicycle shop in Rock Hill his entire life, so he was a big fan of cycling."

White says he also plans to promote Rock Hill and cycling, though "the only real business I am promoting is the outfit 'Historic Rock Hill.' "

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.