CHARLESTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD: 5:15 p.m. 75 Calhoun St. The school board is set to give its proposed 2009-10 school year budget approval. The proposed operating and debt service budgets included a tax increase and were approved on first reading. But the board directed officials to return with a budget that didn't increase taxes or cause classrooms to suffer. Some of the ways officials have suggested balancing the budget include additional furloughs for employees and cutting magnet school transportation.
DEVELOPMENT IN AWENDAW: 6 p.m. Town Hall, 6971 Doar Road. Developers will discuss plans for the 322-acre Nebo Tract at an Awendaw Planning Commission meeting. The property is surrounded by forest on both sides of U.S. Highway 17 and borders the Fairlawn tract, a 7,000-acre chunk of land.
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Seeks Input: 6:30 p.m. Hollywood Town Hall, 6322 S.C. Highway 162. Public comment will be heard in Hollywood regarding the future of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. A National Heritage Area, the corridor was designated by Congress in 2006 and extends from Wilmington,N.C., south through coastal South Carolina to Jacksonville, Fla. It is home to a unique culture, with traditions first shaped by captive Africans from West Africa and continued by their descendents. A management plan is being developed by the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. The planning effort is expected to take about three years and will determine the direction of the corridor for the next 10 to 15 years. Those unable to attend meetings can submit comments by visiting the NPS planning web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/guge. For more information contact Michael Allen at 881-5516 ext. 12, or visit the Corridor's Web site at www.nps.gov/ guge.
growth and development: 10 a.m. to noon. Charleston County Library, 68 Calhoun St. The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors will host a forum on growth and development in the Charleston area. The Charleston Commercial Corridor Design Review Board is scheduled to review the latest plans for the Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Corp. PUD, a development on Johns Island that was known until recently as Angel Oak Village. The meetings is at 5 p.m. on the top floor of 75 Calhoun St.
Charleston Harbor Fest 2009: Harbor Fest kicks off Friday in downtown Charleston and lasts until June 29. The festival will include tall ship tours, an air show, concert, parties, family boat-building contest, sailing lessons, pirates and more. For a full schedule of events and list of tall ships scheduled to appear, go to www.charlestonharborfest.org.
FREE SKATEBOARDING DAY: 1-5 p.m. Mount Pleasant Skatepark, 391 Egypt Road. The Mount Pleasant Recreation Department celebrates "Go Skateboarding Day" by offering free access to the skatepark, as well as free drinks and snacks. Participants must bring their own skateboards and safety equipment. For more information, call 856-2196 or go to www.townofmountpleasant.com.
CAROLINA DAY COMMEMORATION: 10:30 a.m. White Point Gardens on The Battery. Free. The annual Carolina Day Commemoration and Celebration will begin with a parade from Washington Park to White Point Gardens and will be followed by a wreath- laying ceremony, a performance by the Charleston Community Band, remarks by Tom Horton and ringing of church bells. Learn more about the commemoration at www.charlestoncommunityband.org.