What: Magnolia Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting. After the business meeting, Darlena Goodwin, executive director, will discuss Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project. Lunch will be served by member hostesses.
When: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 12
Where: Berkeley Electric Co-op, 3351 Maybank Highway
What: Masters Studios Karate offers group classes and private lessons for students of all ages and build self-esteem and confidence while improving physical fitness, flexibility, self-control and general well-being. There are programs and classes for every experience level, from beginner to advanced, with separate classes allowing students to progress at their own pace.
When: Noon-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Where: Masters Studios of Self-Defense, 1888 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd.
Price: Call for program details
More Info: 766-4376 or http://mastersstudios.com
What: Allaboard Toastmasters meets at the First Baptist Church 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. Call Sharon at 843-797-0301 for more information.
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 12 Where: First Baptist Church, 141 St. James Ave.
Price: Free More Info: 797-0301 or http://allaboard.toastmastersclubs.org/
What: Instructor Stephen Duane teaches an intermediate and beginner swing dance lesson, followed by a dance party.
When: Intermediate lesson, 7:15 p.m.; Beginner lesson, 8 p.m.; Dance party, 8:45 p.m.
Where: Spirit Moves Studio, 445 Savannah Highway
Price: $10 More Info: 557-7690 or http://roaringtwentieshotjazzdanceclub.com
What: The Charleston Junior Women’s Club’s annual fundraiser will feature live music from Brotherman, shag lessons, BBQ with all the fixings, beer and wine, and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit My Sister’s House. Ticket price includes food and adult beverages.
When: 7-11 p.m. April 14 Where: Gold Bug Island Hall, 1560 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
Price: $30 More Info: 860-4288 or http://www.cjwc.org
What: The Polish American Society of Charleston will host a Polish Picnic 1-4 p.m. April 15 at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. Members and guests are invited to attend. Bring your own food, blankets and chairs.
When: 1-4 p.m. April 15 Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Harry M. Hallman Boulevard
Price: Free More Info: 224-9493 or http://www.polishcharleston.org
What: The annual meeting of the Eliza Lucas Pinckney Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will include reports given by chapter officers and committee chairs. Visitors and guests are welcome.
When: 2 p.m. April 15 Where: Old Exchange Building, 122 East Bay St.
What: The Charleston Chapter of the SC Genealogical Society meeting will feature Wevonneda Minis, a local, state, and national family history researcher/speaker who will present “1940 Census: What Genealogists Need to Know.” Minis is a staff writer for The Post and Courier and writes the weekly genealogy column, Kinship. Included in the presentation will be how best to access it, what’s different about the 1940 census and advantages of this census over previous ones. Guests are welcome.
When: 2:30-4 p.m. April 15 Where: Masonic Center, 1285 Orange Grove Road
Price: Free More Info: 767-3775 or www.charleston.scgen.org/index.htm
What: Monthly meeting features forum of Republican Primary candidates. Buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. for $15. Meeting starts at noon.
When: 11:30 a.m. May 16 Where: Holiday Inn Charleston-Mount Pleasant, 250 N. Highway 17
More Info: 849-6106
What: Juliana Harris from the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs will speak about phone and tax scams. All active and retired federal civilian employees, spouses, surviving spouses and their guests are welcome. Visit www.NARFE.org
When: 1:30 p.m. April 16 Where: Dorchester Senior Center-Summerville Faith Sellers Center, 312 N. Laurel St.
What: Six-week Beginner Series starts April 9. Focus on the movements that compose the basics of the belly dance vocabulary. Move with grace and power as you isolate muscles you never thought you had. No prior dance experience needed and all sizes, shapes and ages are welcome.
When: 6-7 p.m. Mondays, April 9-May 14
Where: Catalyst Creative Arts Studios, 13 Amy Elsey Drive
Price: $66 More Info: 724-9929 or www.catalystcreativearts.com
What: The International Association of Administrative Professionals Charleston Chapter will hold a Recruitment Meeting. Dinner (RSVP by April 13) at 6 p.m. followed by a program at 6:45 p.m. Special guests: International Vice President Judith Yannarelli, CAP-OM, and S.C. State President Peggy Magruder, CAP-OM.
When: 6-8:30 p.m. April 16 Where: Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive
More Info: 218-5151 or www.charleston-iaap.org
What: The Community of I’On Artists will hold their membership meeting at 9:30 a.m. April 18 at the I’On Creek Club in I’On. The featured artist will be Dee Beard Dean.
When: 9:30 a.m. April 18 Where: I’On Creek Club, 44 Saturday Road
More info: Joanne Walsh at 856-0639
What: Mount Pleasant MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month through May. MOPS is a program for moms and their children, ages 5 and under, to get connected. Moms will have a chance to socialize with other moms, have a discussion time, and participate in creative activities, while their children are cared for.
When: 9:30-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month through May
Where: The Church at Life Park, George Browder Boulevard
Price: $50 semester; $90 year More Info: 654-7600 or www.mops.org
What: The women of the East Cooper Newcomers Club invite members, guests, new residents and recent retirees to attend their monthly luncheon meeting at 10 a.m. May 18 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at 2668 Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant. Former College of Charleston basketball coach Bobby Cremins will speak.
When: 10 a.m.-noon April 18 Where: East Cooper Newcomers Lunch, 2668 N. Highway 17
Price: $15 More Info: 416-8543
What: Toastmasters is the best way to improve your leadership and communication skills as well as network with others in your area. Area members are made up of professionals, students, retirees and those looking for their next career. Learn skills that will help you be more successful in your chosen endeavor and comfortably give and receive constructive feedback in a safe environment. All visitors are welcome.
When: Noon-1 p.m. April 18 Where: Webster University, 5300 International Blvd.
Price: Free More Info: 760-0323
What: Coastmasters is part of Toastmasters International. Join our meetings to enhance your speaking, listening and leadership skills, and meet new people in your community. Guests who do not work in the Federal Complex should contact Joyce.Martell@noaa.gov to be added to the Visitor List.
When: Noon-1 p.m. first and third Wednesday of every month
Where: NOAA Coastal Services Center, 2234 S. Hobson Ave.
Price: Free More Info: 740-1160
What: Buddhist teachings on meditation and daily life help improve relationships, reverse bad habits and develop a peaceful mind. Discussion on free e-book: Modern Buddhism.
When: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Where: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.
Price: $10/$5 students and seniors
More Info: 814-4766 or http://meditationinsouthcarolina.org
What: The Tea Ladies of the St. James Goose Creek Parish meet on the third Thursday of each month. The group meets at 6 p.m. at Smokey Bones. It mission is to promote the history, culture and beautification of the St. James Goose Creek Parish.
When: 6-7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month
Where: Smokey Bones, 7250 Rivers Ave.
More Info: 797-0301 or goosecreektealadies.com
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. April 6 Where: Zeus Grill & Seafood, 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
What: Lots of fun, great exercise and fantastic music. The dance starts with a beginner lesson at 7:30 p.m. and goes until 10:30. No partner needed. Wear something comfortable that you can run and jump in. The band is Shady Groove and the caller is Kenny Greer. Sponsored by Charleston Folk.
When: 7:30-10:30 p.m. April 20 Where: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St.
Price: $8 More Info: 364-1976 or http://charlestonfolk.weebly.com/
What: Live music. No partner needed. No prior experience necessary. Arrive early for tutorial.
When: 7:30 p.m. April 20 Where: Felix Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle
Price: $8 More Info: 224-3610 or http://charlestonfolk.weebly.com/
What: The Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild, an affiliate of the Handweavers Guild of America, meets on the third Saturday of most months. Programs vary, and you will always be able to connect with other fiber artists. Visitors/new members from entire Charleston area are welcome.
When: 1-3 p.m. April 21, May 19, June 16
Where: Bees Landing Recreation Center, 1580 Ashley Garden Blvd.
What: The 54th Massachusetts Re-enactment men of color is seeking new members. A recruiting meeting will be held. Women interested in joining also are welcome.
When: 2-6 p.m. April 21 Where: Seashore Farmers Lodge, 1840 Sol Legare Road
Price: Free More Info: 408-7727 or joseph_mcGill@nthp.org
What: The Charleston Music Club will present its free annual student awards recital followed by refreshments.
When: 4 p.m. April 22 Where: Franke at Seaside Rodenberg Hall, 1885 Rifle Range Road
Price: Free More Info: 795-7842 or http://charlestonmusicclub.org