Today Tea Ladies What: The Tea Ladies of the St. James Goose Creek Parish meet on the third Thursday of each month. Their mission is to promote the history, culture and beautification of the parish.

When: 6-7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month

Where: Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 7381 Rivers Ave.

More Info: 797-0301 or visit

Friday K of C Book Sale What: The Knights of Columbus, Council 9475, will hold a 99-cent book sale at the Shoppes at Seaside Farms, 1952 Long Grove Road (Rifle Range and IOP Connector). All books, both hardcover and paperback, will be 99 cents, and the proceeds will support the Knights’ philanthropic projects. Book donations at the site will be accepted.

When: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 18-26

Where: Shoppes at Seaside Farms, 1952 Long Grove Road

Price: 99 cents More Info: 971-8622

Memorial marker What: The Riverland Terrace Garden Club will dedicate a new Blue Star Memorial Byway Marker to honor the armed forces. The program will include a color guard presentation by the Washington Light Infantry and a military tribute by retired Adm. Robert Beasel. The marker is in front of the Plymouth Fire Department. All past and present military and those wishing to honor them are welcome.

When: 10 a.m. May 18 Where: Plymouth Park, 78 Plymouth Ave., James Island.

Price: None More Info: Respond to Beth at 377-6465.

Women in Defense What: The Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter presents Cheryl Hoskins, firearms and physical techniques branch chief for the federal Law Enforcement Training Center, as speaker for the May meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18 Where: Carrabba’s, 2150 Northwoods Blvd.

Price: $20 member/$25 nonmember.

More Info: 329-4100 ext. 1100 or

Shag party What: Every first and third Fridays of each month, join the East Cooper Shag Club for a free shag party. Shag lessons in the evening and dancing all night long. Hosted by DJ Jim Bowers. Come in early for the Shag Early Bird Dinner Specials (show up before 6:30 and receive 20 percent off).

When: 7-11 p.m. May 18 Where: Zeus Grill & Seafood, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

Price: Free Ballroom Dance Club

What: Charleston Ballroom Dance Club holds dance lessons, followed by a dance party. Private and group lessons also are available.

When: 7:30-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Where: Charleston Ballroom Dance Club, 1632 Ashley Hall Drive

Price: $5 members $10 nonmembers

More Info: 871-6575 or www.ballroomdancecharleston

Saturday Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild

What: Make Decorative Braid: Bring scissors, two C-clamps, duct tape, strong yarn/string. Group meets third Saturdays of most months. Programs vary, and you’ll always be able to connect with other fiber artists. Visitors/new members welcome.

When: 1-3 p.m. May 19 Where: Bees Landing Recreation Center, 1580 Ashley Garden Blvd.

Price: Free Jane Austen Society

What: Theater Professor Evan Parry from the College of Charleston will speak on “Adapting Jane Austen for the Stage” at the monthly meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America (South Carolina Region). All are welcome.

When: 1:30 p.m. May 19 Where: Berkeley Electric Cooperative, 3351 Maybank Highway

Price: Free More Info: 406-4735 or

La Leche League benefit What: The Whole Family Breastfeeding Celebration and “Funraiser” is a fun family gathering with a potluck. This family celebration also is a fundraiser event and silent auction, which benefits La Leche League of Charleston, with the money staying with the local group and community.

When: 7 p.m. May 19 Where: St. Andrew’s Church, 440 Whilden St.

Price: Free More Info: 388-5895 or

Sunday Area Tarot Society What: Bring your favorite deck, oracle, runes or whatever you use for divination. All levels are wel-come. The Charleston Area Tarot Society is a local group that meets once a month to discuss, practice and learn more about the art of Tarot. Discussions include reviews of Tarot decks and books. Group also takes time at the end of each meeting to do readings for each other.

When: 2-4 p.m. May 20 Where: Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave.

Price: A $2 donation is requested.

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S.C. Genealogy Society What: C. Michael Phillips, assistant head of reference/interlibrary loan and PASCAL coordinator at the Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, focuses on the tools, both traditional print and electronic, he has used to trace his family’s history. Examples of specific search techniques in WorldCat, and Google Scholar, among other electronic resources, and the content of these resources will be discussed. Guests welcome.

When: 2:30-4 p.m. May 20 Where: Masonic Center, 1285 Orange Grove Road

Price: Free More Info: 767-3775 or htm

Monday Beginner bridge lessons

What: The American Contract Bridge League, with support from Lindsey Butler and the Greater Charleston Duplicate Bridge Club, is making a special offer available to a limited number of new players. Participants will receive eight lessons from certified ACBL instructors Polly and Richard Pekruhn, along with a one-year membership in the ACBL.

When: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, through July 2

Where: Church of the Holy Cross-Sullivan’s Island, 2520 Middle St.

Price: $49 More Info: 800-264-2743 (CODE: CHARLES1)

NARFE What: Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight will speak at the Summerville National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meeting. All active and retired federal civilian employees, spouses, surviving spouses and their guests are welcome.

When: 1:30 p.m. May 21 Where: Dorchester Senior Center-Summerville Faith Sellers Center, 312 N. Laurel St.

More info: Contact Barbara Bryan at 873-5773 or Visit

Tuesday Argentine tango What: Beginner-intermediate lessons offered by local dancers.

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays Where: MUSC Harper Student Center, 45 Courtenay Drive

Price: $5 per session More Info: 345-4930 or Or email Nina Fair at ninafair@bellsouth. net.

Wednesday What: A new fundraising volunteer group working on behalf of Wounded Nature: Working Veterans Opportunity to network and make new friends. Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday each month.

When: 10-11 a.m. May 23 Where: Wounded Nature: Working Veterans, Bush Law Firm 3 Broad St.

Price: Free More Info: 440-452-1042 or

Scholarship luncheon What: The Charleston County Retired Educators Association will hold its regular meeting in the Fellowship Hall at Cherokee Place Church. High school students who have been selected to receive the association’s scholarships will be recognized at the Red, White and Blue luncheon. The association invites all retired educators in the tri-county area to become members and attend its meet- ings.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 23 Where: Cherokee Place United Methodist Church, 2105 Cosgrove Ave.

Price: None Thursday, May 24 Allaboard Toastmasters

What: Allaboard Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Thursdays each month. If you’d like to have confidence in speaking in public, learn listening skills and thinking on your feet, you are welcome to attend.

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 24 Where: First Baptist Church, 141 St. James Ave.

Price: Free More Info: Call Sharon at 797-0301 or allaboard.toastmasters

Monday, May 28 Memorial Day event

What: The American Legion Post 179 will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The keynote ad-dress by Col. J.L. Hutto, professor of military science at The Citadel.

When: 11 a.m. May 28 Where: Live Oak Memorial Gardens, 3093 Ashley River Road

Price: Free More Info: 571-1405 or

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