Zest & Gusto

What: Poetry and short story readings. Have fun and be creative in speaking to groups. Seating is limited.

When: Third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. starting Sept. 15.

Where: Panera Bread, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Price: Free.

More Info: Rich Gomez at 571-1920 for reservations

Scottish dance lessons

What: No partner needed.

When: 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Where: Felix Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle.

Price: Free.

More Info: 810-7797.

Ballroom lessons

What: Learn a variety of ballroom dances in a group setting. Dances rotate each week. Stay for weekly practice party; you will rotate partners to practice the dances.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Where: Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 1706 Old Towne Road.

Price: $10 per person.


La Leche League

What: La Leche League of Charleston/West Ashley is open to all mothers and expectant mothers interested in learning more about breastfeeding or have questions. Babies, preschoolers and toddlers are welcome. LLL is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization offering education, information, support and encouragement to women wanting to breastfeed.

When: 10:15 a.m. Sept. 16.

Where: John Wesley United Methodist, 626 Savannah Highway.

Price: Free.

'I Love a Piano' Gala

What: Black-tie gala fundraiser features the instrument in its many incarnations -- classical, four hand, jazz and more. Performers will include The Rudy Waltz, Wayne Helmly, Jessica Minahan and Laura Ball.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 16.

Where: Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

Price: $50.

More Info: 888-718-4253 or


Jane Austen Society

What: This monthly meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America (South Carolina Region) will feature the opportunity to view the Regency-era literature collection of the Charleston Library Society. All are welcome.

When: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 17.

Where: Charleston Library Society Building, 164 King St.

Price: Free.

More Info: 406-4735 or

BBQ Fundraiser

What: The Tri-county Blue Star Families will hold a BBQ Dinner. Door prizes, silent auction, raffle items and speaker. Entertainment by Just Good Enough. Proceeds will go to purchasing Stocking Stuffers for deployed troops.

When: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17.

Where: American Legion Post 166, 116 Howe Hall Road, Goose Creek.

Price: $10 at door; $8 in advance.

More Info: 553-5454.


Genealogical Society

What: Mark Geesey will present "Genetic Genealogy: Investigating Your Genes to Understand your Heritage" at a Charleston chapter of S.C. Genealogical Society meeting. Using examples from his own family research, he will illustrate aspects of genetic genealogical research and discuss the relationships he found between people and the history of the area in which their ancestors lived. He is a research scientist at the Medical University of South Carolina. His talk is geared to the non-scientist and will explain general aspects of genetic genealogy.

When: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18.

Where: Masonic Center, 1285 Orange Grove Road.

More Info: 766-2133 or


Administrative Pros

What: International Association of Administrative Professionals Charleston chapter will meet. Dinner: 6 p.m. ($10; RSVP by Sept. 16). Program: Rosalie Dellenbach presents Communication Across Generations.

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

Where: Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive.

Price: Dinner $10; program free.

More Info: 218-5151.


Tango lessons

When: 7:30-8:30 p.m. beginner class; 8:30-9:30 p.m. practice. Tuesdays.

Where: MUSC Wellness Center, 45 Courtenay Drive.

Price: Free.

More Info: 345-4930.


88 Club

What: The 88 Club of Mount Pleasant meets with a speaker presenting a program.

When: 7 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Where: Page's Okra Grill, 794 Coleman Blvd.

I'On Artists Guild

What: The Community of I'On Artists Guild meeting. All local artists are welcome to join/attend. You do not have to be an I'On resident to join.

When: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21.

Where: I'On Creek Club, 44 Saturday Road.

More Info: Joanne Walsh at 856-0639.

Charleston Ski Club

What: Monthly meeting of the Greater Charleston Ski Club. Club organizes many social functions and events. Multiple snow skiing trips are organized for the winter months.

When: 6 p.m. Sept. 21, third Wednesday of each month.

Where: Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road.

Price: Free.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

What: Arts For Fitness looks for the best in the field and has brought to the South a higher level of training and understanding of martial arts. Representing Rigan Machado in the state of South Carolina. Machado is an 8th-degree Black Belt and eight-time world champion.

When: 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Where: Arts For Fitness, 3545 Mary Ader Ave.

More Info: 556-4391 or

Saturday, Sept. 24

Arts & Crafts Show

What: The Island Crafters Guild is hosting its 22nd annual Arts and Crafts show. Crafters are being sought. The spaces are indoors and outdoors, 10'x10', $45. Sponsored by the Island Crafters Guild.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24.

Where: Fall on the Island Arts and Crafts Show, School Hall at Nativity, 1061 Folly Road.

Price: $45 booth fee.

More Info: Contact Nancy at 559-9975.

Decorative Painters

What: Charleston Chapter of Decorative Painters meets. The group paints in all media and styles of painting. Refreshments follow with a scheduled program of painting.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month.

Where: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1150 E. Montague Ave.

More Info: Jean Littlejohn at 559-5176.

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