What: Volunteers are needed at Lowcountry Orphan Relief to help sort clothes, package children’s orders and many other duties. You may volunteer for one hour or several hours/days. Students (age 13 years and older) can fulfill their service hours while providing a critical service in organizing and packaging necessities for children in need. Call ahead to volunteer.

When: 9 a.m. through Dec. 31

Where: Lowcountry Orphan Relief, 1850 Truxtun Ave.

More Info: 747-4099 or www.lowcountryorphanrelief.org

What: The Karpeles Manuscript Museum exhibit consists of two dozen items that explore the history, theory and success of mystery and spy novels through the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Fleming and Dorothy Sayers. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and James Bond are featured in these manuscripts.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, through Dec. 28

Where: Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St.

Price: Free

More Info: 853-4651

What: This series is in conjunction with National Aging in Place Week, sponsored by the S.C. Aging in Place Coalition and presented by its Speakers Bureau to educate people in how to prepare to remain independently, comfortably and safely in their residences as they age.

When: Noon-1 p.m. Oct. 11

Where: North Charleston United Methodist Church, 1125 E. Montague Ave.

More Info: 744-6669 RSVP or ncumc1125@att.net

What: Live music and beverages available for purchase. Outside alcohol or coolers are prohibited. No preregistration required. Old You will perform.

When: 4 p.m. Oct. 11

Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive

Price: Free with regular park gate admission

More Info: 795-4386 or www.ccprc.com

What: East Cooper Breakfast Rotary’s Oktoberfest 5K Run-Walk benefits East Cooper Community Outreach.

When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 11

Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Harry M. Hallman Boulevard

Price: $30-$35

More Info: 224-4878 or www.oktoberfest5krun.net

What: Dress up like a SuperHero or bring your Super Power. The 2012 fall fundraiser is a chance to extend a welcome to learn more about the organization and stories of individuals and families who have participated in the programs. This is an over-age 21 event and will feature live music from DJ United and food and cocktails from local restaurants. All proceeds benefit the work of the Sustainability Institute.

When: 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 11

Where: Hibernian Hall, 155 Meeting St.

Price: $40-$75

More Info: 529-3421 or www. sustainabilityinstitutesc.org

What: Books, DVDs and CDs will be available with prices starting at $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardback books. Items include mysteries, romances, classics, children’s books, histories, cookbooks, nonfiction.

When: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 12; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 13; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14

Where: Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road

Price: $1

More Info: 805-6882 or www.charlestonlibraryfriends.org

What: Join this hands-on event that incorporates the mission of the Red Cross and highlights lifesaving skills of the Charleston County fire personnel. Learn compression-only CPR, support our troops by sending holiday cards experience a disaster shelter and help our community prepare for a disaster. Local firefighters will showcase their lifesaving skills in an active competition.

When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12

Where: North Charleston Convention Center, 5055 International Blvd.

Price: Free

More Info: 764-2323 or www.lowcountryredcross.org

What: St. Paul’s Academy is presenting its 33rd and final Halloween Extravaganza. Enjoy the House of Horrors, Haunted Hayride, Kiddie Hayride, Kiddie Haunted House, Paintball, Rock Wall, Kiddie Games and more.

When: Oct. 13, 19 and 20; gates open at 6 p.m.

Where: 5139 Gibson Road, Hollywood

More Info: 889-2702 or http://halloweenextravaganza.org

What: Guests in their best formal wear will taste authentic Indian cuisine prepared on-site by master chef Anil Kumar from Washington, D.C., and watch Dances of India performed by Nalanda School of Dance led by Indira Satyapriya from Ohio.

When: Tickets are on sale for the Oct. 13 event

Where: Embassy Suites North Charleston, 5055 International Blvd.

Price: $50

More Info: For tickets, call 571-3082 or 849-9240 or 670-3600 or www.indiaassociationofgreater charleston.com

What: The third annual Avondale 5K Run + Walk for Special Kids will benefit the Charles Webb Center which is a nonprofit, day-care center that serves children with developmental disabilities and special needs. Triangle Char and Bar is hosting the After Party with live music, food and drinks.

When: 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13

Where: Triangle Char and Bar, 828 Savannah Highway

Price: $30

More Info: 377-1300 or www.avondale5K.com

What: The Friends of the Berkeley County Library will hold the annual Fall Book Sale. books will include recent fiction, cookbooks, gardening, history, home repair, books for children and teens as well as DVDs and CDs. Most books will be priced from 25 cents to $2. Donations may be dropped off at any of the six library branches. A receipt is available upon request.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 13

Where: Berkeley County Library, 325 Old Moncks Corner Road, Goose Creek

more info: 572-1376

What: This craft fair, sponsored by the Tri-County Master Gardeners Association, will host more than 35 vendors of handmade crafts, including stained glass, jewelry, pottery, wood work, a blacksmith demonstration and more. There will be a contest to select 2013’s “Autumn on the Ashley” logo.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13-14

Where: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Ashley River Road

Price: Free

More Info: 571-1266

What: See the beauty behind the beast at the Animal Forest Vulture/Turkey Habitat.

When: 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Dec. 22

Where: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road

Price: Free with price of admission

More Info: 852-4200 or www.southcarolinaparks.com/ctl/ introduction.aspx

What: Gospel recording artists IV Christ will perform. Also appearing will be Grammy-nominated vocal artist Pamela Bowman of Augusta.

When: 4 p.m. Oct. 13

Where: Morris Street Baptist Church, 25 Morris St.

Price: Free

More Info: 723-0408

What: Make-A-Wish South Carolina is holding Wine, Brew, and Wishes Too! The event will feature tastings of more than 100 fine wines from around the world and craft beer from six local and regional breweries, Lowcountry cuisine, a silent auction and live music by Yee Haw Junction. All proceeds from the event will be used to grant wishes to Lowcountry children with life-threatening medical conditions.

When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13

Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Harry M. Hallman Boulevard

Price: $25

more info: www.sc.wish.org

What: Charleston County School of the Arts’ Jazz Band is presenting its annual Jump, Jive and Wail extravaganza. Bring the entire family for an evening of jazz music, dancing, food and non-alcoholic beverages.

When: 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 13

Where: Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed, 375 Meeting St.

Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

More Info: 529-4990 or https://www.ticketriver.com/event/ 4687-jump--jive-&-wail-2012

What: Charleston Baby Show features baby retail items, pediatricians, hospitals, day-care centers, nanny services, family insurance needs, new homes real estate agents and more.

When: 1-5 p.m. Oct. 14

Where: The Charleston Hippodrome, 360 Concord St.

Price: $5 for adults and $5 for children 5 and up; kids under 5 are free

More Info: 577-3474 or www.scaquarium.org/Visit/calendar.aspx

What: All-you-can-eat oysters, hot dogs and chili, live music from Bill Carson & Friends and a surprise auction at this fundraiser presented by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Proceeds will support Association for the Blind’s “Refocus” Program, Charleston Area Senior Citizens, Charleston Dental Clinic, Crisis Ministries, Florence Crittenton S.C. programs and HIV/AIDS Ministry of the Diocese of S.C.

When: 2-5 p.m. Oct. 14

Where: Bowen’s Island, 1800 Bowen’s Island Road

Price: $25 adults, $10 children age 6-12, free for children under age 5

More Info: 723-8818 or www.ststephenscharleston.org/

What: Halos is hosting an Oyster Roast to raise funds to support programs for child victims of abuse and neglect. Guests will enjoy oysters, drinks and music, overlooking Shem Creek. There will be activities for children. Ticket price includes oysters, beer, wine, jambalaya and desserts from Barbara Jean’s and hot dogs for kids. All proceeds benefit Halos and support programs for abused and neglected children and their caregivers.

When: 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 14

Where: Cottage on The Creek, 130 Mill St.

Price: $25; kids under 10 are free.

More Info: 953-3714 or www.charlestonhalos.org

What: Johnifer Q. Fashion will present the 30th anniversary celebration of the College of Charleston Gospel Choir, featuring gospel artist Sam Dennis, the Sam Dennis Singers and other celebrated alumni soloists.

When: 5 p.m. Oct. 14

Where: Mount Zion AME Church, 5 Glebe St.

More Info: 797-6537 or http://bit.ly/RXba1k

What: Classes to brush up knowledge of basic Italian grammar and to step in the intermediate level of the “Bel Paese” language. Italian traditions and customs will be discussed and a little taste of Italian goodies.

When: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 15

Where: Bees Landing Recreation Center, 1580 Ashley Garden Blvd.

Price: All classes are eight weeks and $64/person.

More Info: 402-4571

What: Children will make friends, learn the French language and experience French culture. Recommended ages 2-5.

When: 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through Dec. 4

Where: Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St.

Price: $5-$7

More Info: 853-8962 or www.explorecml.org

What: Learn basic estate planning, wills, living trusts, probate and how to get started making a plan. Taught by local attorney Evan Guthrie.

When: 6 p.m. Oct. 16

Where: Berkeley County Library-Daniel Island Branch, 2301 Daniel Island Drive

Price: Free

More Info: 926-3813 or www.ekglaw.com

What: Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers a cappella group performs Lowcountry spirituals.

WHEN: 7:15 Tuesdays, through Oct. 30

Where: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

Price: $15

More Info: 577-4634 or http://anncaldwell.com

What: Vendors and contractors can learn about selling to the federal government. How the government buys your products or services. Steps you must take to qualify to sell to the government. Preference programs for which you may qualify.

When: 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 17

Where: Small Business Development Center, 5900 Core Ave. Suite 104

Price: $25

More Info: 740-6160 or www.localsmallbusiness.org

What: SCORE hosts an interactive workshop to provide small business owners with the tools to develop the most effective sales strategy to support growing the business.

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

Where: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave.

Price: $25

More Info: 727-4778 or www.score285.org

What: Join group for a night of food, friends, drinks and dancing. Hundreds of prizes will be auctioned for The Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets include drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing and live music by Plane Jane.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17

Where: Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road

Price: $100 per couple

What: The USAF Academy Band’s Falconaires Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary big band jazz. The 18 airmen-musicians in the “Glenn Miller” perform annually for more than 50,000 people at civic and military functions. The concert is free, but advance tickets are required. For tickets (limit six), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: N. Charleston Cultural Arts Department/P.O. Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419, or pick them up at the Cultural Arts Department office at North Charleston City Hall.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 19

Where: Sterett Hall, 7th St.

Price: Free; advance ticket is required

More Info: 740-5854 or http://bit.ly/culturalarts

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