Lighthouse Day on Sullivan's

The National Park Service will celebrate National Lighthouse Day at the Sullivan's Island Light on Aug. 8.

An open house will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the grounds of the Coast Guard Historic District at 1815 I'On Ave., Sullivan's Island.

The historic district represents events in U.S. maritime history from 1895 to 1962. Commissioned in 1962 as the last lighthouse to be built in the U.S., the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse replaced the original Charleston Harbor light (Morris Island lighthouse), which was built in 1876.

Plans are in the works to get the lighthouse placed on the National Register, as it was declared eligible for nomination in 2007.

The lighthouse grounds, quarters' cupola and boat house will be open to the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 8. Because of safety concerns, only the base of the lighthouse will be open. A Coast Guard representative will speak about lighthouse maintenance at 11 a.m. The nonprofit Save the Light organization will report on the progress of preserving the Morris Island lighthouse. Refreshments will be served. All activities are free and open to the public.

Call the park at 883-3123.

Habitat installs home sprinkler

The East Cooper Habitat for Humanity has installed its first residential fire sprinkler system into a Habitat home on Bobo Road in the Dunes West area.

The sprinkler system was a collaborative effort among Rehau Manufacturing, Ferguson Enterprises and Homesafe Fire Protection. The maintenance-free fire sprinkler is valued at $1,800 and was installed by Homesafe Fire Protection.


Bridge workshop to improve play

An upcoming workshop for intermediate players will focus on analyzing hand values and determining how best to "tell your partner what you've got."

Sessions will be at the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan's Island, 9:30-11:30 a.m. as follows: Mondays, Aug. 10 and 17, the finer points of takeout doubles; and Mondays, Sept. 14 and 21, revaluing your hand as the bidding progresses.

Participants will be involved in discussions and the play of prepared deals. Instructors are Polly and Richard Pekruhn. The $50 cost for the four-session workshop includes relevant handouts.

To register, contact Polly Pekruhn at 278-1619 or or Lindsey Butler at 881-0818.

Free dental clinic to be maintained

East Cooper Community Outreach has created an advisory council to help maintain and supervise its free dental clinic. The clinic, which served 1,460 patients last year, serves the uninsured and impoverished.

The council will recruit dentists to the clinic and help coordinate emergency and restorative dental care.

The clinic is open 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Restorative care is offered Monday through Friday by appointment. To receive restorative care, patients must be East Cooper residents who are uninsured and live at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.

Contact Jack Little at 849-9220, ext. 14, or visit

Franke schedules chorus rehearsal

Franke at Seaside will hold its first chorus rehearsal for its Christmas concerts 3:45-5:15 p.m. Sept. 8. This is the fourth season. All singing parts are needed, but there is a strong need for altos.

Call coordinator Gertrude Boyd at 881-9691 or director Anita O'Donnell at 654-5973.

Your Neighbors

India Fest slated at Marion Square

The India Association of Greater Charleston, a nonprofit organization, will host India Fest 12:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Marion Square.

The nonticketed event will include vendors selling authentic Indian cuisine, such as masala dosa (vegetable crepes), tandoori chicken and chicken varuvel (nonvegetable).

There will be dance performances, yoga demonstrations and henna tattoos.

Team In Training sessions planned

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training Program invites participants to fight against blood cancers by raising funds and training as a group to run or walk a full or half-marathon in honor of local patients.

The comprehensive TNT program includes weekly team training sessions under the direction of a certified coach, mentoring from previous members, and clinics on nutrition, shoes and gear, injury prevention and safety. After four to five months of training, team members will be prepared to run or walk a full (26.2 mile) or half (13.1 mile) marathon. Members can choose from events across the country, from Orlando to Myrtle Beach.

Local information meetings will be in the auditorium of the MUSC Wellness Center (45 Courtenay Drive) on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., Aug. 15 at 10 a.m., and Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

Call 881-8176 or visit