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Karpeles exhibit

What: The Karpeles Manuscript Museum is opening a new exhibit for the new year. “The 14 Presidents Before George Washington” runs through April. There are two dozen items that explore often overlooked aspects of the Revolutionary War and Early National period. Free parking and admission.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday (closed Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays), through April

Where: Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring St.

Price: Free

More Info: 853-4651 or

Martin E. Sullivan

What: Local artist Martin E. Sullivan will present a collection of images of objects and people from around the Lowcountry, captured with both digital and film cameras and transformed into custom prints using the cyanotype process in his exhibit “Cyanotype: Old, New Photography.” The cyanotype process is an old printing format, historically used to create blueprints.

When: Through Feb. 28; reception 6-8 p.m. Jan. 11

Where: The Meeting Place, 1077 E. Montague Ave.

Price: Free

More Info: 740-5854 or


Civil War Show

WHAT: The 20th annual Lowcountry Civil War Show and Sale is a once-a-year event that features more than 250 tables of authentic Civil War memorabilia and artifacts for sale, including firearms, swords, documents, currency, uniforms, books and relics. Free appraisals are available all weekend by Rafael Eledge of “Antiques Roadshow,” so bring in that old sword, musket, newspaper or other relics.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 5 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 6

WHERE: Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant,

PRICE: $8 for adults; children 12 and under free; early buyer passes are available Friday for $25 each

MORE INFO: Mike Kent at 770-630-7296 or email

Bull’s Island

What: This island has 16 miles of trails that cross the island along freshwater impoundments and into the maritime forest, making it the perfect destination for a day of hiking. The seven miles of beach are part of the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline on the east coast and allows for unparalleled shelling, beach-combing and exploring. And the Boneyard Beach at the north end of the island is a natural masterpiece.

When: 10 a.m. Saturdays, through March 30

Where: Garris Landing Pier, State Road S-10-1170

Price: $40/adult, $20/ 12 and under

More Info: 884-7684 or

Gourd Bird House Class

What: Students will learn how to create a decorative bird house from a gourd. The course is part of the Center’s Family Artisan Series, which emphasizes nature-inspired crafts. Materials will be provided and children under age 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

When: 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 5

Where: Caw Caw Interpretive Center, 5200 Savannah Highway

Price: $10, $8 for Charleston County residents

More Info: 762-8089 or

Hampton Plantation

What: Get out of the house and walk the trail. Join a ranger for a 1.25-mile hike along the rice field trail. This easy hike will take you through several ecosystems that will show how the landscape and wildlife has changed over the 250 years this land has been known as Hampton Plantation.

When: 10-11 a.m. Jan. 5

Where: Hampton Plantation State Park, 1950 Rutledge Road

Price: Free

Gullah Geechee

What: Explore Charleston’s African heritage through language, foodways, a walk through former rice fields, and more. A registered and paid chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Pre-registration required.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Jan. 5

Where: North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd.

Price: Fee: $9/$7 CCR Discount

More Info: 795-4386 or

Become a Teacher

What: Join the American Board and learn more about how you can change careers and become a certified teacher in South Carolina.

When: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. sessions Jan. 5

Where: Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.

Price: Free

More Info: 202-261-2639 or or

CSO’s ‘Time Machine’

What: The Charleston Symphony Orchestra takes the audience on a musical time machine. This educational and interactive program explores the stages of Franz Joseph Haydn’s composing life. The performance features CSO principal horn player, Brandon Nichols, who has been a member of the CSO since 1989. Join them as they take on works from the “Father of the Symphony” himself.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, if available.

More Info: 723-7528 or


Home School History

What: Fins, feathers and fur. What different kinds of coats do animals wear? Explore the animal kingdom through animal mounts and jarred specimens. These programs feature a field trip class, a chance to go through the museum and an activity. Reservations recommended.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Jan. 8

Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.

Price: Free for Museum members and free with admission ($10/adults, $5/children, under 3 free)

Blood drive

What: The First Presbyterian Church of Moncks Corner will host a Red Cross blood drive. Child care will be provided and all donors will enjoy a meal of Brunswick Stew and corn bread.

When: 2-7 p.m. Jan. 8

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 419 W. Main St., Moncks Corner

Divorce Support Group

What: Increase your sense of well-being. Discover practical ways to move beyond the trauma of a divorce while receiving peer support in a Christian environment.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 26

Where: Grace United Methodist Church, 1601 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Price: $30

More Info: 224-2381 or

Not Fiction Book

What: Not Fiction Book Discussion features “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt.

When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8

Where: Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.

Early Childhood

What: Experience the benefits of Early Childhood Education. Join group for a hands-on experience of a day in the life of an Early Childhood student at Addlestone Hebrew Academy followed by a roundtable discussion with expert educators.

When: 7-8 p.m. Jan. 8

Where: Addlestone Hebrew Academy, 1639 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd.

Price: Free

More Info: 571-1105 or

Step Up for Israel

What: Israel is constantly in the public view, but there is much more to the Jewish state than meets the eye. This series will help viewers to discover core Israeli values and success stories, explain why Israel is consistently in the headlines and provide answers to the hardest questions about Israel.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 8

Where: Synagogue Emanu-El, 5 Windsor Dr.

Price: Free to the public

More Info: 614-6487


Become a Teacher

What: Join the American Board and learn more about how you can change careers and become a certified teacher in South Carolina.

When: 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. sessions Jan. 9

Where: Summerville Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville

Price: Free

More Info: 202-261-2639 or email or

Thursday, Jan. 10


What: While appropriate for traditional business development, this class is designed to provide those in nontraditional businesses with the ability to develop sustainable enterprises. The class provides students with the necessary understanding to develop a successful business plan, while providing examples of creative businesses in our region.

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-March 14

Where: Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave.

Price: $149 in advance, $199 after Jan. 9

More Info: 740-5854 or

Tactical Urbanism

What: Join Enough Pie for a lecture by Mike Lydon on Tactical Urbanism, a lighter, quicker, cheaper approach to improving urban spaces through collaborative efforts. Hosted by Enough Pie, a nonprofit supporting creative placemaking on the Upper Peninsula through community programming, development initiatives and tactical urbanism.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 10

Where: Other Brother Ent./Stage Presence Event Rentals, 2201 Mechanic St.

Price: Free

More info: visit the event page on Facebook

Restaurant Week

What: The next installment of Charleston Restaurant Week is set for Jan. 10-20. The event, executed by the Charleston Restaurant Association (CRA), is one of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area. It is an opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price. Three items for $20, $30 or $40.

WHEN: Jan. 10-20

Where: Charleston restaurants

Price: $20, $30, $40

More info: www.charleston

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