Yoga event to raise money for substance abuse programs

Yoga instructor Ken Immer, who himself once struggled with substance abuse, will join instructors Mark Knowles and Gail Corvette in leading the 50 Friends yoga event Saturday morning in Mount Pleasant.

After raising $8,000 for a local drug and alcohol abuse program from one group yoga event last year, the organizers of 50 Friends hopes to build on that success this weekend.

The second annual 50 Friends will be Saturday, beginning with registration at 10 a.m. and class at 10:30 a.m. at Lighthouse Church, 177 Gregorie Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant.

The “50 Friends” refer to the people who commit to raising a minimum of $250 each for the Charleston County Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, commonly known as The Charleston Center, which is a self-sustaining substance abuse program that encompasses prevention, intervention, education and treatment.

The goal for this year’s event is $13,000.

But you don’t have to raise $250 to participate. Those who donate $10 or more can take the class. The latter will face the inner circle of friends during the class, taught by seasoned yoga instructors Mark Knowles, Gail Corvette and Ken Immer.

Admission includes a healthy fresh food buffet and prizes for those who raise the most funds.

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Traffic heading to the beach on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend can be the worst of the year.

Another alternative is going to an island with little beach to speak of. Daniel Island’s Family Circle Tennis Center will host the Live a Better Life Health & Fitness Expo, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event is free. (The rain date is Sunday.)

The event features activities for all ages, including games for children, face painting, a climbing wall and tennis, Zumba and fitness demonstration by Gaia Fit and Gold’s Gym. Exhibitor will include fitness centers, health care providers and healthy food purveyors.

This event is part of a year-long series, “Live a Better Life: Focus on Wellness,” sponsored by The Daniel Island News. Other events include a weekly run/walk on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. leaving from Pierce Park Pavilion and monthly educational seminars covering many health topics.

Everybody knows about Race for the Cure, a pink-festooned 5K usually held in October for breast cancer awareness and raising money for breast cancer-related programs and research. It is among the most popular 5K series in the nation.

So it’s no surprise that a night-time version of it, held in May, is drawing similar interest.

In its second year in Charleston, Rock Pink features pink LED lighting, pink glow necklaces, pink body paint, a pink costume contest and a pink race T-shirt. More than 500 people have already signed up for the event, to be held 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

The ’80s cover rock band, Retro Vertigo, will play at the start and finish of the race.

Registration is $32. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Lowcountry.

More of a morning runner and walker?

West Ashley High School DECA is hosting the inaugural A Dash Thru the Den at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on West Ashley High’s campus.

First, what is DECA? Previously known as Delta Epsilon Chi and Distributive Education Clubs of America, it is an international association of high school and college students and teachers working to prepare leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and other business areas.

The event was created, in part, to help raise funds to pay for members of DECA to attend the annual International Career Development Conference. Fees range from $20 for West Ashley students and faculty to $30 for race day registration.

While this column favors the outdoors, getting out can mean going in.

Agape Senior is partnering with Citadel Mall and the Charleston Area Senior Citizens for the Sandlapper Senior Walk for Health and Fitness 8 a.m. to noon May 28 at the mall.

While supplies last, pre-registered participants age 55 and older, will receive a free T-shirt. All participants will receive giveaways and coupons from mall stores, as well as be eligible to win larger prizes.

In addition to the one-mile walk, there will be many educational opportunities for seniors, including information on medication safety, free blood pressure checks, advice on avoiding senior scams, and much more.

To pre-register, or for questions, contact Rebecca Whetsell at or (843) 696-6987.