'A Time for Awakening'

What: Five-day retreat will focus on working with Henk Brandt to develop the power of mindfulness, coming closer to an intimate, har-monious life, and with Carolyn Rivers to identify heart callings, a potential or longing many carry inside.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 9:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 2.

Where: Sophia Institute Studios, 297 East Bay St.

Price: $595.

More Info: 720-8528 or www.thesophiainstitute.org.

Shopping spree

What: All sororities and college ladies are invited to take advantage of the fun and fashion at the Sorority Shopping Spree at Butterfly Consignment Boutique. Free refreshments, free makeovers and raffle ticket drawings every hour for gift certificates totaling $200. Discounts for college students only.

When: 4-8 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Butterfly Consignment Boutique, 482 King St.

More Info: 577-8404 or www.butterflyconsignments.com.

Fashion event

What: Robin Lewis, CEO of Robin Report and vice president of Vantage Marketplace, will speak on "The New Rules of Retail: Competing and Serving in the World's Toughest marketplace," at Fashion Group International of Charleston's first retail event.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

Where: Renaissance Charleston Hotel Historic District, 68 Wentworth St.

Price: $45 for FGI members, $65 for nonmembers.

More Info: 696-2688 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/209520.

Shopping kickoff

What: The kickoff to the eighth annual Shopping With Friends event. Along with decadent desserts, drinks and entertainment, Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant will be giving each guest $30 fashion bucks that can be applied to any purchase made that night.

When: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 2.

Where: Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant, 916 Houston Northcutt Blvd.

Price: $10 donation requested.

More Info: 747-2273 or www.aids-services.com.

Job Search Workshop

What: Job coach Jacqueline Cooney, MeadWestvaco human resources director, will cover deal- ing with the emotion of change and transition; developing your job-hunting strategy; how to use the Internet in the job search; creating a great resume and cover letter; interview preparation; and professional appearance. Registration required.

When: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3.

Where: Greater Summerville Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, 402 N. Main St.

Price: $20.

More Info: 763-7333 or www.c4women.org.

Homes for the Holidays

What: The Coosaw Creek Women's Club sponsors event, which benefits People Against Rape and Metanoia Young Leaders. Participants will tour eight homes decorated for the holidays. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey will open the event.

When: Christmas Boutique and Holiday Cafe open 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; tour runs 1-5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Where: Coosaw Creek Country Club, 4110 Club Course Drive.

Price: $20, children under 12 free.

More Info: 224-2962 or www.coosawcreekwomensclub.org.

Wine Under the Oaks

What: Visitors sample fine wines and gourmet foods from featured Lowcountry chefs. Guests also can enjoy live music. Area culinary-themed crafts will be available for sale, and Boone Hall Farms will sell all the wines available for sample.

When: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 4.

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant.

Price: $30-$35.

More Info: 764-2323, ext. 321, or http://boonehallplantation.com/events_wine.php.

Share the Table

What: Share the Table will benefit the Center for Women, Lowcountry Food Bank, East Cooper Community Outreach, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Women Making a Difference. Designers will decorate tables for local celebrities' personal styles. A silent auction on holiday centerpieces will be held. Dec. 2-4: guests vote on favorite table for $3/vote. Dec 4: workshop and silent auction.

When: 5 p.m. Dec. 4.

Where: Ethan Allen, 1905 U.S. Highway 17.

Price: Donation.

More Info: 971-4338.

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