Hope for Holidays in Moncks Corner

Hope for the Holidays will offer help to those in need in Berkeley County from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Holiness Church in Moncks Corner.

The Hope for the Holidays program will provide free groceries, meals-on-a-budget food demonstrations, clothes, health screenings, haircuts and Christmas toys for nearly 200 families of the Moncks Corner and St. Stephens housing projects. Also included are children from the Moncks Corner campus of the Carolina Youth Development Center and the Callen-Lacey Center for Children, a children's emergency shelter.

Also that day, 16 college scholarships will be issued on behalf of Trident One Stop to eligible Berkeley County residents interested in a degree as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Berkeley County residents who want to work for Boeing or other major employers will also be provided information that day during a one-hour orientation through Trident One Stop. Registration is required; call 843-764-2622.

"Hope for the Holidays" is a ministry outreach program under the umbrella of the FB Foundation and in alliance with S.C. Regional Housing Authority, Trident One Stop, Charleston County Health and Human Services Commission, Trident Literacy Association, Clemson University Extension Services, Beacon Hospice, Cricket Communications, MUSC's Student Health Professionals United in Recognizing Diversity, WJNI 106.3 FM, Grace Magazine and Trinity Church.

Book fair to help First Steps program

Charleston County First Steps will host a Barnes and Noble Book Fair fundraiser for holiday shoppers Friday and Saturday.

Those wishing to donate to First Steps can do so by shopping at any Barnes and Noble during that period.

To make this donation, shoppers should give the First Steps Book Fair number at checkout: 10103612. All Barnes and Noble stores will donate 10 percent to 15 percent of net sales connected with that number over that period to Charleston County First Steps.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, First Steps will host "Caroling for Children" with Oscar Rivers and jazz vocalist Chenoa Franklin at Barnes and Noble, 7620 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. CCFS is a school-readiness initiative helping families get their children up to age 5 ready for first grade.

Small-business forum planned

SUMMERVILLE--A panel discussing the impact of health care reform on small businesses and local government will be held Dec. 17.

Participants will also talk about "insurance companies' true profit margin," how Medicare/Medicaid and people without insurance affect local hospital facilities and doctors, as well as other topics, according to a pamphlet given to The Post and Courier. The discussion is hosted by the Summerville 912 Group, a local chapter of a "principled patriot" activist group stemming from the Tea Party movement.

The discussion takes place at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on North Main Street in Summerville, just off Interstate 26. A $3 fee will be charged. For more information, go to www.summervillesc9-12.com.

Fort Moultrie to mark 200 years

Fort Moultrie turns 200 years old Dec. 19, and the National Parks Service plans to celebrate its big birthday with a living history event that spans the fort's long history.

Park rangers and re-enactors will portray soldiers from 1776 to 1945, the period in which the fort was an active military installation. Three forts have existed on the Sullivan's Island site since 1776, and the current brick fort was completed in late 1809 and abandoned by the Army after World War II.

The Park Service's living history program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 19, with formal presentations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors can note how uniforms, weapons, and other items evolved from the Revolutionary War through the mid 20th century.

At 1 p.m., Lt. Col. Jason Kirk, commander of the Charleston District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will make a brief historical presentation.

The events are free. Fort Moultrie is a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument and opens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on major holidays. For information, call 883-3123.