LONGLEAF MEETING: 1 p.m. Founder's Hall at Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road, West Ashley. The U.S. secretary of Agriculture will be in Charleston to make what a department staffer called a major announcement of an initiative involving forests. Secretary Tom Vilsack will be part of a group of federal officials conducting listening sessions as part of President Barack Obama's Great Outdoors Initiatives. The session will highlight efforts to restore longleaf pine in the Lowcountry. The tree is the centuries-old native. It grows in savannas that hold 300 varieties of native plants and myriad birds, 170 species of reptiles or amphibians, and 36 mammals. Longleaf stands once dominated the Southeast coast, but have been chopped away for commercial timber, farming and development. The federal officials will hear from a panel of Lowcountry conservationists about local ideas in preservation, including the Nature Conservancy's efforts to restore longleaf pines in the Francis Marion National forest. The meeting is one of a number at specifically selected locations around the country. It is free and open to the public.

SCHOOL BOARD: 5:15 p.m. 75 Calhoun St. Charleston County School Board is slated to give final approval to its proposed budget for the 2010-11 school year. The budget wouldn't increase taxes but includes furlough days for teachers and administrators.

'OFF THE GRID': 6-7:30 p.m. Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Free. The library's "Off the Grid" series will continue with music from Ten Foot Polecats and Jeff Norwood. 805-6842.

AWENDAW BUDGET: 7:30 p.m. Awendaw Town Hall, 6971 Doar Road. The town will hold the second reading of its revised budget proposal.


TOWN HALL MEETING: 7 p.m. Citizen Hill website Sen. Mike Rose, R-Summerville, will hold an online Town Hall meeting. Participants can ask questions, and Rose will discuss issues they choose. People can join the discussion by creating a free account on the site and using a Google Moderator program that appears below the video box. A free account also must be created to use the moderator. "All you do is type in a question and then vote on what other questions you would like to see me answer," Rose said in a letter to constituents. "This way, I know which issues I should address first."

FREE CONCERT: 6:30-9 p.m. Night Heron Park, Kiawah Island. Enjoy music by zyedco musician J.J. Caillier. 768-9166.

STARLIGHT CINEMA SERIES: 9 p.m. Freshfields Village at the crossroads of Kiawah and Seabrook islands. Each Wednesday in June, Freshfields Village will host an open-air movie. This week's film is "Up." 768-6491 or


FESTIVAL IN THE PARK: 2 p.m.-dusk. Old Santee Canal Park, 900 Stony Landing Road, Moncks Corner. Guests can enjoy a classic car show, live music and entertainment, food, crafters, an art show, fireworks and more during this event sponsored by the town of Moncks Corner and the Berkeley County YMCA. 761-9622.

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION: 5-8 p.m. N. Main Street and W. Richardson Avenue, Summerville. Free admission. Celebrate the Fourth of July during the annual Red, White and Blue on the Green event, which will feature live music by the Bad Moon Band, jump castles, games, a parade and more. The event is sponsored by Summerville DREAM 821-7260 or