Easter child adoption celebration planned

A Chosen Child Adoption Services will host an Easter Adoption Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m.-noon April 9 at the "Tot Lot" area of North Charleston Wannamaker County Park.

It is an opportunity for adopted children and their families, birth parents and adoption professionals to come together in a casual setting and get to know one another. Prospective parents interested in adoption and families awaiting placement also may attend.

There is no fee for the event, but there is a $1/person park admission. Children should bring their Easter baskets if they plan to participate in the egg hunt. Call Heather Bertauski at 821-4455 or Denice Fisher at 851-4004.

Yeamans Park Church hosts Spring Tea Room

Yeamans Park Presbyterian Church in Hanahan will host a Spring Tea Room from April 14-16.

The menu includes soups, sandwiches, chicken salad, shrimp salad, quiche and a large selection of desserts. There also will be a gift shop and a Lowcountry plant sale.

The church is at 5931 Murray Ave., and the tea room will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Call 744-2268.

Moncks Corner church to host Lenten services

Community Lenten services are being held each Wednesday during Lent at Moncks Corner United Methodist Church, 200 North Live Oak Drive.

The worship service takes place in the sanctuary 12:30-1 p.m., with lunch being served in the Fellowship Hall at noon and 1 p.m. at a cost of $3.50.

Seven local churches are participating. The services will conclude April 20.

Diabetes training sessions planned

Heart & Soul is hosting a Project Power Diabetes Ambassador Orientation Session for a number of area churches.

Project Power is an American Diabetes Association initiative targeting blacks.

A session will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 9 at the Jeanene Batten Community Center, 3742 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, next to Burns Elementary. The training session will be facilitated by Dr. Ida J. Spruill, MUSC College of Nursing and former nurse manager for Project SuGar.

Contact Carrie Whipper at cwhipper@palmettoproject.org or 303-1972 or Julie Gathers at jgathers@palmettoproject.org or 266-5686.

Dorchester to observe National Library Week

Dorchester County Library is celebrating National Library Week on April 10-16.

Visit www.dcl.lib.sc.us.

Gala event planned for dialysis patients

Dialysis Clinic Inc. will host 46 community events around the nation to heighten the awareness of chronic kidney disease.

The Charleston area event is "Dine and Unwind," a a gala being held 6-8 p.m. April 14 at Military Magnet High School, 2650 Carner Ave. in North Charleston.

The event is free for dialysis patients (with one guest each) in the tri-county area, but they must RSVP through their clinic social worker.

The event will feature dinner with a dialysis-friendly menu, prepared by culinary arts students from Military Magnet. The patients will be given a copy of the recipes to take with them to make at home. There will be music and dancing. The waiters and waitresses for the evening will be dialysis staff who can answer kidney-disease-related questions. Call Jennifer Payton at 723-7227 or 813-3068.

Homeowner, consumer advocacy forum on tap

Family Services Inc. will host a free Homeowner and Consumer Advocacy Forum at 6 p.m. April 7 in North Charleston City Council chambers, 2500 City Hall Lane. A panel featuring experts in the consumer protection industry will provide information and resources to consumers and homeowners on how they may address various issues related to credit, debt and mortgage loans.

Registration is required. Call Carolyn Lecque at 735-5524 or 735-7862.

Carolina Film Alliance sets fundraiser Sunday

The Carolina Film Alliance will hold a fundraiser 5-8 p.m. April 10 at the Hippodrome IMAX Theatre, 360 Concord St., next to the S.C. Aquarium downtown.

The event is part of the alliance's continued efforts to support film production in South Carolina.

The fundraiser will include a live and silent auction offering several one-of-a-kind items and opportunities.

Admission is $10 for CFA members, and $20 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be offered. Visit www.carolinafilm.com.

Dorchester library to host workshop

The Dorchester County Library will host "Let's Reminisce and Write: Recording Family Histories and Anecdotes" at 10:30 a.m. April 11 at the Seago Library in Summerville.

Harriet Little, freelance writer, historic researcher and amateur genealogist, will be the presenter. Her workshop focuses on reminiscing, making notes and providing individuals with the tools to write their family's story.

This workshop is free, but registration is required. Call 871-5075 or check the library calendar at www.dcl.lib.sc.us.

Great Cloth Diaper Change event set

Lowcountry Diaper Parties by Everything Birth and the city of North Charleston will host The Great Cloth Diaper Change at noon April 23 at the Felix C. Davis Community Center at Park Circle.

The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the modern cloth diaper. The event is expected to set a world record for the most cloth diapers ever changed simultaneously.

Follow the challenge at www.facebook.com/greatclothdiaperchange and www.facebook.com/lowcountrydiaperparties as well as on Twitter at www.twitter.com/clothrecord. For updates, visit greatclothdiaperchange.com.

Gospel choir to present Ten Year Retrospective

The CSO Gospel Choir celebrates its second decade with music highlighting the choir's first 10 years in a debut performance conducted by guest conductor Nathan L. Nelson.

"Roots: A Ten Year Retrospective" will be performed at 5 p.m. April 17 at Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St., downtown Charleston.

The choir will present a musical retrospective in association with the group's founder, Lee Pringle, who produced the choir's first 10 years of performances.

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students (ID required at door), with discounts for groups of 10 or more at www.csogospel.com or cash or check at door up to one hour before concert time.

Palmetto Islands Park to host Pet Fest in April

Pet Fest will feature a weekend of exhibits, demonstrations, experts, entertainment and more 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9-10 at Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant.

Pet Fest provides an opportunity for local pet organizations and businesses to showcase their causes, products and services in a fun, pet-friendly environment.

Admission is $5 per day. The first 500 visiting dogs each day will get treats at the gate. Parking is limited. Children 12 and under, Gold Pass members and leashed pets are free.

Call 795-4FUN (4386) or visit www.ccprc.com/petfest.