The College of Charleston Center for Creative Retirement, 9 Liberty St., has a number of winter programs. Membership dues for September-December are $30. Tuesday meetings: St. Joseph's Family Center, 1695 Wallenberg Blvd., West Ashley. Study groups meet at various venues: $10 members, $20 non.

Contact Claire Robinson at 953-5488 or email robinsonc@cofc.edu. Checks may be mailed to Center for Creative Retirement, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424; or sign up at a meeting.

Sept. 20: 1 p.m., "Impact of the Cruise Industry on Charleston," Dana Beach, director, S.C. Coastal Conservation League; 2:30 p.m., "Charleston's Community Theatre: New Season," Emily Wilholt, Charleston Theatre Association.

Sept. 27: 1 p.m., "China, the U.S. and World Trade," Dr. Stephen Silver, department of business administration, The Citadel; 2:30 p.m., "A Female Colonial Rice Planter," Patricia Henley, amateur historian.

Oct. 4: 1 p.m., "Economic Role of the Port for the Future of the Tri-County," Byron Miller, director, public relations, SPA; 2 p.m., "The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," Fred Rosenberg, CCR member.

Oct. 11: Board meeting. 1 p.m., "An African Safari," Stanley and Karen Whitman, CCR members; 2:30 p.m., "2011-12 Politics in Charleston: Mayoral Race and Presidential Primaries," Robert Behre, The Post and Courier.

Oct. 18: 1 p.m., "A New Approach to Community Development," Bill Stanfield, president, Metanoia, community development agency in North Charleston; 2:30 p.m., "Human Trafficking," Sister Mary Thomas Neal, Sisters of Charity's liaison to U.N.

Oct. 25: 1 p.m., "Charleston's Children's Garden Project," Darlena Goodwin, Clemson; 2:30 p.m., "Procrastination for all Ages," Dr. Jennifer Baker, philosophy department, College of Charleston.