Today

BOOK SIGNING: 6:30 p.m. The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms. Brad Taylor will be available to sign copies of his new spy thriller 'One Rough Man.' www.bradtaylorbooks.com.

Tuesday

NORTH CHARLESTON SCHOOL MERGERS DISCUSSION: 6 p.m. Simultaneously at Zucker Middle, 6401 Dorchester Road; Northwoods Middle, 7749 Pinehurst St.; and Morningside Middle, 1999 Singley St. Charleston County school leaders have scheduled community meetings to discuss the proposed merger, and officials said the meetings will serve as the beginning of a planning process that respects the community's input and perspective.

CREATIVE RETIREMENT LECTURES: 1 and 2:30 p.m. St. Joseph Family Life Center, 1695 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd. The Center for Creative Retirement presents two lectures. The first will be given by Dr. Penny Travis, a retired professor with The Citadel, who will present 'Through a Glass Darkly: Teaching in Kabul 2010.' The second lecture will be given by Dr. Patrick Briggs, a physics professor with The Citadel, on 'Evidence for the History of the Solar System.' 953-5488.

EATING DISORDERS: 5-8 p.m. Auditorium at Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Local experts, patients and families talk about eating disorders and what can be done to treat them. Panel discussion and Q&A.

Wednesday

NORTH CHARLESTON SCHOOL MERGERS DISCUSSION: 6 p.m at Stall High, 7749 Pinehurst St., and 7 p.m. at North Charleston High, 1087 E Montague Ave. Charleston County school leaders have scheduled community meetings to discuss the proposed merger, and officials said the meetings will serve as the beginning of a planning process that respects the community's input and perspective.

ART HISTORY LECTURE: 6 p.m. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. $20 members, $30 nonmembers. The museum presents 'Scandals: A Lecture Series on Famous Crimes in the Art World.' The first installment of the series welcomes journalist and author Christopher Mason, who will explore 'The Art of the Steal: Inside the Sotheby's-Christie's Auction House Scandal.' 722-2706 or www.gibbesmuseum.org.

AWENDAW GREEN BARN JAM: 6-11 p.m. Sewee Outpost 4853 U.S. Highway 17, Awendaw. Free. Music by Rosanna Hendrix, Lobo Marino, Joel Summer and Natasha Akery. Oysters, grilled items and drinks will be sold. 452-1642 or www.awendawgreen.com.

Thursday

'THE HUNLEY' SCREENING: 5 p.m. Old Exchange Building, 122 East Bay St. $20 includes popcorn and soda. Reservations required. The Friends of the Hunley and the Old Exchange Building will host a special exhibition of Civil War-era costumes and models followed by a screening of the TNT film 'The Hunley.' After the film, state Sen. Glenn McConnell will discuss historical and technological advances made since the film was released. 727-2165.

OSCAR GALA: 6 p.m. The American Theatre, 446 King St. $200 per person, $375 couples. Charleston Ballet Theatre will host its annual Oscar Gala fundraiser, which will feature dinner by Fish, awards for Best Dressed, Oscar nominee-inspired ballet performances, comedy routines by The Have Nots!, cocktails by a celebrated mixologist and more. 723-7334 or www.charlestonballet.org.

Friday

'HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE HARRISON': 8:30 p.m. Eye Level Art, 103 Spring St. $15 in advance. In honor of the late former Beatle member George Harrison's birthday, the gallery will gather talented local musicians to perform his music and the music of The Beatles. 425-3576 or www.eyelevelart.com.

Saturday

INTRO TO KAYAKING: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Old Santee Canal Park, 900 Stony Landing Road, Moncks Corner. $3 park admission. Kayak instructor Kathie Livingston will introduce participants to the sport of kayaking and discuss different types of gear, equipment, skills and more. Register by Feb. 18. 693-8842.

'SHUCKIN' FOR SHELTER': 3-6 p.m. Crowfield Golf and Country Club, 300 Hamlet Circle, Goose Creek. $20 in advance, $25 after Feb. 24, $5 ages 6-12. Support the Carolina Youth Development Center and enjoy roasted oysters, barbecue from Sticky Fingers and music by DJ Deyond Spann. 266-5200 or www.cydc.org.

LEUKEMIA BALL: 6:30 p.m. Omar Shrine Center, 176 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant. $125 per person. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society presents its sixth annual Leukemia Ball, a fundraising event that will feature a Wizard of Oz theme, live and silent auctions, music by Steve Jacobs and the East Coast Party Band, gourmet food and a full bar and more. 881-8176 or www.lls.org/scleukemiaball.

SHAG DANCE: 7 p.m.-midnight. Summerville Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd. $5 members, $7 nonmembers. The Summerville Shag Club will host a dance featuring a raffle, cash bar, appetizers and music by DJ Buck Crumpton. 214-0242 or www.summervilleshaggers.com.