To register for programs at the Lowcountry Senior Center, 865 Riverland Drive, next to James Island County Park, call 762-9555. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The center is managed by Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Unless otherwise noted, events are free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

Special events

Lowcountry Blues Bash: The Blues Bash is an annual festival featuring 12 days of more than 40 acts in 20 venues across the Lowcountry. Featured will be Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the center. Seating is limited.

Annual Oyster Roast: Annual oyster roast will be 2-5 p.m. Feb. 19 at Bowen's Island Restaurant. Adults are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Children ages 6-12 are $8 in advance, $12 at the door. Children ages 5 and under are free. Price includes oysters, hot dogs and sodas. Beer and wine cash bar. All ticket proceeds benefit the Lowcountry Senior Center. Tickets can be purchased at center or by calling 762-9555.

Educational programs

Great Decisions: Discuss the state of foreign policy today with Dr. Jack Porter, The Citadel, political science department. Jan. 24, 2-3:30 p.m., "Making Sense of Multilateralism." Suggested reading material is available at the center's front desk to take home.

Ancient Art History: Explore the world of art history with Dr. Michael Haga, assistant dean, College of Charleston, School of the Arts. Jan. 19, 2-3 p.m. "Creating a Dynasty: Augustus."

Savvy Shopping: In today's economy, you can never have too many shopping and saving tips. Receive tips and insights as well as helpful consumer advice. Join Shannon Brigham, Charleston Savvy Shopper columnist with The Post and Courier, Jan. 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Feng Shui: It is a new year and a perfect time to declutter and organize your home. Danielle Kovach Gilbert, feng shui architect, shares ways to use decluttering and organization to recharge and revitalize your life. Jan. 20, 2-3:30 p.m.

Pet Helpers: Find out more about Pet Helpers on James Island with Erica Marcus, volunteer & off-site adoption coordinator. Jan. 24, 10-11 a.m.


I-CARE Counseling: I-CARE volunteer counselors have been trained to help with Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and Medicare and insurance fraud issues. Appointments are available Tuesdays in January, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Call for an appointment.

Computer classes

Advanced Internet & Email: Prerequisites: Basic Computer Workshop & Introduction to Internet and Email. This course consists of four classes and a workbook to keep. Mondays and Wednesdays: Jan. 23-Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Register in advance.

Introduction to Internet & Email: Pre-requisite: Very comfortable using the mouse. This course consists of four classes and a workbook for you to keep. Mondays and Wednesdays: Jan. 23-Feb. 1, 3-4:30 p.m. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Register in advance.

Very Basic Computer Workshop: This is geared to beginners. No experience necessary. Jan. 19, 24 and 26, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Register in advance.

Language Arts

The Writing Circle: Led by author Kathleen Fox on the second Wednesday of each month. The fourth Wednesday is led by group members. Jan. 25, 2-4 p.m.

Women's Writing Group: Share stories in a respectful and supportive environment. Jan. 19, 1-3:30 p.m.


Art Basics: Discover the basics of art using drawing and water-based paints. This class is for all levels. Materials are included, but bring pencils and a few brushes for use. Led by artist Hannah Heyward. Thursdays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 9-11 a.m. $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers.

Beginner Acrylic Painting: Learn basic drawing, perspective and acrylic painting techniques. Works include landscapes and/or beachscapes. Led by artist Kim McDermott. Supply list available. Saturdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 11, 9-11 a.m. $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers.

Clubs & Social

Wine Club: Join the wine club for a relaxed, social evening. Features New York Finger Lakes wines. Jan. 26, 5:30-7 p.m. No charge, but participants take turns purchasing the wines to be tasted each month. Register in advance.

Veterans Social Group: This group is for veterans from all branches of the military to get together and socialize. Jan. 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free for members. Nonmembers must accompany a member.

Health & Wellness

Living Well: Join this workshop designed for people with diabetes, arthritis, asthma, heart, back or other ongoing health conditions. Learn new ways to take charge. This six-week workshop is free for members and nonmembers. A $15 donation covers the cost of the book you keep.

--Lowcountry Senior Center: Tuesdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21, 12:30-3 p.m.

--Mount Pleasant Hospital, Room 2116: Tuesdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 21, 3:30-5 p.m.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Learn tools to manage your role in caring for family members, locate resources and meet others facing the same challenges. A $10 donation covers the cost of the book you keep. Lowcountry Senior Center: Mondays, Jan. 23-Feb. 27, 4-5:30 p.m.

Healthy Living with Diabetes: Designed for people with Type 2 diabetes. Learn to better manage symptoms and blood glucose, balance food, exercise, medication, stress and gain support from others with diabetes. Mondays, Jan. 23-Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This six-week class is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Participants are required to have a copy of the book "Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions," which may be purchased from the center for $15.

Grief and Coping: Grieving is a process that takes time, and many individuals grieve in different ways. Elena Bell, MSW, Medical University of South Carolina, presents "Coping With Grief: Theory and Practice." Jan. 25, 5-6 p.m.