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New radio station with a mission comes to town

By VIRGINIA FRIEDMAN and WILL MOREDOCK
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EDITOR'S NOTE: A new low-power, commercial-free radio station is coming soon to Charleston. While it won't reach beyond the peninsula, all area residents will be able to listen to its offerings through the Internet.

AUG. 25, 2014 -- There was a great party at the Royal American last night, but it was a party with a purpose. More than 100 people turned out to raise money to launch OHM Radio, a low-power FM station in the Holy City.

OHM Radio is the brainchild of Media Reform SC, a group of local educators, entertainers, writers and activists who think Charleston deserves better than the corporate media that we watch, hear and read every day. They decided that the best way to reform the media was to join them, but to join them with noncommercial, nonpartisan, nonsectarian programming that includes the voices not usually heard in corporate media.

Think about it. You turn on the radio in your car, your kitchen, your bathroom and the programming is free. How democratic is that? The radio is broadcast over the public airways. The Internet is a marvel, sure, but the average monthly cost is $70 to $80. There are people in our community without an Internet connection, but they have a radio.

In all likelihood, they are listening to corporate radio. Not only is corporate radio programming filled with noisy, tasteless and distracting advertising, but it is programming by the numbers. It is programming produced by giant media conglomerates that own both the media and the distribution channels and they make programming decisions based on volume and scale - not on the content.

Clear Channel Communications, for example, owns 850 stations across the country - six of them in the Charleston area. Clear Channel's subsidiary, Premiere, programs for those 8500 stations which reach some 245 million listeners a month. They are the McDonald's of the radio world. Listeners are not getting local programming from their neighborhood Clear Channel station. Their neighborhood station is getting pretty much the same programming with little variation as their other 849 stations.

OHM MEETING ON SEPT. 8

There will be an organizational meeting for OHM Radio volunteers and supporters at ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Drive, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 8. If you have something to offer to this bold and progressive venture, come out and join us.

What you hear in Miami is what you hear in Minneapolis -- the same from Denver to Detroit, from Chicago to Charleston. This makes sense to the executives and shareholders of Clear Channel, but not to the people of America's towns and cities who hear nothing of themselves, of their own voices, their own music, their local concerns on corporate radio.

Charleston is blessed with some of the finest musicians in the region, musicians who never get their music played on corporate radio. But you will hear them on OHM Radio. And you will hear more.

OHM Radio will educate and inform on topics of local interest, with insights and opinions you would never hear from corporate broadcasters. We intend to provide local programming that promotes sustainability, democracy and a healthy community. We will broadcast programming that reflects and strengthens the diverse cultural fabric of the Charleston community. We will draw on the talents and resources of local scholars to explain our community and our world, and to talk about Charleston's unique history, politics, music and food.

At Media Reform SC, we have a broadcast permit to operate at 96.3 on the FM dial. We have a building permit to raise our tower and 501(c)3 tax exempt status to raise money for OHM Radio. Now what we need to bring this vision to life is smart and talented people, willing to donate their time and talent to OHM Radio. We are talking about people with technical, management and programming skills, but also accountants and attorneys who can help us negotiate the complicated maze of tax law and other issues.

At OHM Radio, we are growing democracy and community, not our bottom line, and we would like for you to join us.

Producer and director Virginia Friedman is a former vice president of the College of Charleston. Author Will Moredock is a longtime columnist and observer of South Carolina politics.

End of Second Reconstruction having consequences now

By ANDY BRACK
Editor and publisher
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AUG. 25, 2014 -- After the Civil War came Reconstruction, a few years of federal control of the South until it could be trusted to govern itself.

During this period in South Carolina (1865-1877), freed slaves were elected to Congress as Republicans and all sorts of new progress broke out until the white elites figured out how to recapture power and to, ultimately, clamp down on former slaves through harsh Jim Crow laws.

Now comes "The New Racism," a fresh article in The New Republic which focuses on recent leadership and policy changes in Alabama. It posits the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 helped to lift the vestiges of Jim Crow and segregation so African Americans could share in the freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution.

ON WHY FERGUSON ISN'T ORANGEBURG

Charleston historian Jack Bass wrote a book on the Orangeburg Massacre, a 1968 protest at S.C. State University that left three African American men dead and injured 28 others.

The incident, which predated the highly-publicized shootings at Kent State University in 1970, got comparatively little media attention, unlike the fatal shooting of an unarmed black youth in Ferguson, Mo., by a white police officer that led to international headlines.
In an interview this week, Bass said he thought the Orangeburg Massacre and events this month in Ferguson, Mo., were similar because they were both out of the ordinary.

The anomaly in Ferguson (population 21,203; 29 percent, white; 67 percent, black) is that most majority-black towns don't have mostly-white police forces, he said. And in South Carolina, the massacre was an anomaly because the state generally dealt with desegregation in a non-violent way, he said.

"If you take away Orangeburg, everything else was pretty peaceful."

But also in both places, some bad judgments were made, Bass added.

"In Ferguson, it was my impression that you had a bad local police force, poorly trained. They had all of that equipment and, I guess, figured they ought to use it," he said. "In Orangeburg, you had a lot of confusion -- five different law enforcement agencies -- the National Guard, Highway Patrol, sheriff's office, city police and SLED. All five were operating on different [communication] frequencies."

Also, he noted, some of the training of law enforcement authorities wasn't considered good because officers in Orangeburg were authorized to shoot if they felt their lives or colleagues' lives were in danger instead of a protocol of not shooting until authorized by a senior officer.

"You really kind of had a recipe for disaster" in Orangeburg, he said.

-- Andy Brack

As a result in Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and other Southern states, blacks gained elective office like never before. Slowly, the spoils of power --better roads, schools and health care -- started being shared in poor, underserved communities. Blacks had power at the voting booth. White politicians paid attention to them. Blacks and white moderates changed the South, attracting economic development, progress and even Northern retirees.

But as the Alabama-themed article illustrates how white Republicans calculated that by splitting moderate white Democrats from power through gerrymandering districts and outpoliticking them at the polls, they could marginalize African American legislators, reduce their power and, in the end, retake statehouses and retake control. In turn, they could erode progressive reforms characterized as the "Second Reconstruction" in The New Republic article.

The 2010 legislative elections in Alabama decimated white Democratic moderates. Then came legislation that allowed $40 million of public money for private school vouchers. There was an anti-immigration bill, a measure to require voters to show a photo identification to vote, a major anti-abortion bill, looser gun laws, tighter welfare restrictions and rejection of federal money to expand Medicaid to poor people through the Affordable Care Act.

Sound familiar? It should. The same kinds of things have been going on in South Carolina since 1994 when House Republicans made a backroom redistricting deal with black Democrats to make white districts whiter and black districts blacker, often referred to as "bleaching" and "packing," respectively. The result: the GOP took control and hasn't looked back since. After the 2002 election, the GOP took over the S.C. Senate.

"Whether you call it 'packing' the black districts or 'bleaching' the white districts, we've suffered from it for far longer in South Carolina than they have in Alabama," said House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia.

Past redistricting also has protected black and white incumbents so that there are a lot of faces around today that were around 20 years ago. Blacks actually picked up legislative seats, going from 18 House seats in 1994 to 26 today and seven Senate seats in 1994 to 10 today.

But all black legislators here, save one, are Democrats, now the minority party. They don't share power. It's the same across the South. In 1994, almost all black state legislators -- 99.5 percent, according to research by David Bositis, served in majority parties. Today? Only 4.8 percent are in the majority party.

"Our political clout is not what it was because we are not in the majority party," said Rutherford. "And the Republicans have found a way to code things so that they don't have to use race. They code it in a way back home so that people know what they're talking about."

He pointed to the recent law requiring voters to show photo ID because of "voter fraud." Even though there have been practically no instances of voter fraud, the language of fraud suggested such a law might chill turnout for blacks, the bulk of people impacted by the law, he said.

If you don't think the South is at the end of a Second Reconstruction, recall some photos. Compare the 1963 images of the white power structure trying to thwart desegregation -- a police dog attacking a teenager or a fireman spraying peaceful protesters -- to images you see coming out of Ferguson, Mo., just this month. It's unsettling, to say the least.

Andy Brack is editor and publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report. If you have a funny quip about a politician, send it along so we can share it. You can reach Brack at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.

FEEDBACK

Snarky cracks not likely to have an effect

To the editor:

Most of the cracks you cited were belittling and rather nasty. However, politics being what they are, nice, polite putdowns are not likely to have any effect.

Your bringing up Australia reminds me of the time when I was American Vice-Consul in Western Australia and monitored Sir Robert Menzies' appearances [the prime minister] in Perth during the 1964 Federal election. Menzies was a vain, arrogant and pompous bully who squashed anyone who got his dander up.

The first event I attended was a rally held in the square that fronted the main post office, a monumental building whose portico was held up by massive columns. Sir Robert (pictured at right) stationed himself on the top step and began to speak. I managed to infiltrate his entourage, so I stood within ten feet of him. The rally got off to a bad start. The sound system didn't work.

Menzies, perhaps in jest, remarked that "Labor saboteurs" must have cut the wires. Underlings quickly repaired the damage and Menzies launched into his boilerplate speech. One of the issues in the election was the projected purchase of an untested American fighter plane that Labor claimed was an unnecessary boondoggle. A leather-lunged redheaded heckler, dressed in working clothes and holding a rolled-up newspaper, yelled over and over, "What about the", and he gave the model number of the fighter. Menzies finally turned and bellowed, "Well, what about it?" The heckler replied, "It isn't even off the drawing boards." Menzies measured him and said, "Well, my friend, it doesn't look like you are off the drawing boards either".

Later that day Sir Robert, pictured at right, was scheduled to lay a corner stone at the University of Western Australia. Sir Robert stood poised with trowel and cement. The cloth was lifted. Much to everyone's surprise, a bust of Labor leader Arthur Calwell was revealed. Menzies was unfazed. He slapped a dollop of cement on top of the bust and intoned, "I declare this stone well and truly laid." I found out years later that Menzies actually respected Calwell. In fact, one could say that they were friends. But politics are politics.

If Menzies had one redeeming quality it was his devotion to the Queen. When she made a royal tour I watched the welcoming ceremony on television. John McEwen, leader of the Country Party, and Calwell carried dignified and respectful greetings from their parties. Then it was Menzies' turn. He became maudlin . He concluded by reciting "Passing by; mercifully he didn't try to sing it. When he came to the last lines, "I did but see her passing by, but I will love her 'til I die," he was practically in tears. I swear the Queen winced.

Embarrassed she might have been, but the Queen rewarded Menzies by awarding him into the Order of the Thistle. My wife and I saw the induction ceremony in a newsreel. Once again, Menzies almost wept. Someone in the audience yelled, "Cor, it's Robin 'Ood". A few days later, I was listening to parliamentary debates on radio. Menzies was bloviating. Eddie Ward, a Labor bombthrower, shouted, "Bob, they should have given you an Oscar instead of the Thistle." For once Menzies was flummoxed. Instead of tossing a barb in reply he broke down and laughed.

And speaking of Sen. Hollings, who can forget "Tommy, you full of ....... prunes."

-- John H. Wilde, Greenwood, S.C.

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MONEY

Learning about South Carolina's Inland Port
By KYRA MORRIS, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

AUG. 25, 2014 -- Efficient, green, productive, more successful than predicted and with safer highways - are all ways to describe the South Carolina Inland Port. Why and what is this "inland port" anyway? Since I am not in the business of shipping or trade, my only knowledge of the inland port was conceptual. I knew that BMW had a facility in Greer, S.C., and somehow the automobiles needed to reach Charleston's port. So what's the big deal?

I recently went on a trip to the S.C. Inland Port with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and learned more about it. Our bus left Charleston at 10 a.m. on a Thursday and, except for a slight traffic problem just east of Columbia, the ride was very smooth. I noticed fewer tractor trailers on the highway and guess what? The Inland Port is part of the reason for that.

The South Carolina Inland Port opened in October 2013. It extended the Port of Charleston's reach 212 miles inland to Greer. To accommodate BMW, the port made the decision to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This turned out to be a pivotal decision instantly making the port a favorite destination for truck drivers and shippers from all over the Southeast. A truck driver can arrive at the port at 2 a.m., deliver a container, pick up an empty, get some rest and get back home several days ahead of time, compared to driving all the way to Charleston. The container will make it to Charleston in the same amount of time and with potentially less cost than if the driver drove it all the way. In fact, the driver may have the opportunity with the time saved to get another container to the port to be delivered to Charleston before he would have even been able to get back home under the old delivery method.

If a container is delivered to the Inland Port before 4 p.m., it will be able to be on that day's rail service and delivered to Charleston by the next morning. There is an intermodal track that takes containers to the Norfolk Southern's main rail line. Norfolk Southern's direct line to Charleston makes it a perfect partner for the port and the facility is located along the Interstate 85 corridor between Charlotte and Atlanta where Norfolk Southern operates additional rail yards. Rail service maximizes tonnage moved per gallon of fuel for importers and exporters, helping them save costs and lowers their carbon footprint.

The inland port provides regional shippers with an additional benefit -- the access to empty containers. A driver can take a full container off the truck, put an empty on and be on the way to get another load much faster than before. If shippers are short of containers, they can send trucks to Greer for the containers they need to move their goods.

The inland port provides shippers with access to more than 95 million consumers within a one-day drive. International freight movements are much more efficient between the Port of Charleston and companies located across the Southeast. This is important for Charleston and South Carolina to compete in the global economy. The inland port already proved its ability to enhance economic investment in the South Carolina Upstate where BMW, Michelin and other international manufacturers operate. The total impact though is yet to be seen. It has only been operating for less than a year!

Although I am glad that shipping goods is more efficient for both time and cost, my favorite, and granted selfish take away from the inland port is fewer trucks on the road between Greenville and Charleston! They aren't gone but there are markedly fewer which allows us to enjoy better commerce and safer highways. Happy travels!

Kyra Morris, a Certified Financial Planner, is CEO of Morris Financial Concepts, Inc., in Mount Pleasant. A national leader in the financial planning profession, she has been named several times by leading magazines as one of the country's top financial planners. More.

Community responds by adopting lots of pets perma
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CHARLESTON, SC - People came out in droves over the last week to adopt 286 animals after hearing Charleston Animal Society's urgent plea to help ease the shelter's overcrowding issue.

"What a difference five days and a lot of love from the community can make," Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer Joe Elmore said Sunday. "Last week, we had animals in cages lining the hallways. Now, thanks to 286 adoptions, we can breathe a little easier, at least for a little while."

The Animal Society facility, which is located at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston, is built to house 230 animals, but in the past two weeks, 251 dogs and 464 cats in need of homes had been brought to the animal rescue organization.

To help with the overcrowding, Charleston Animal Society offered free adoptions on all animals. On Saturday, 96 animals were adopted, a single-day adoption record for August.

Even with these adoptions, Charleston Animal Society is caring for 170 animals in its shelter, and has more than 300 others in its Lowcountry-wide foster family network, waiting for their turn to be adopted.

"We are so proud of our community's commitment to keeping Charleston the Southeast's first No Kill Community," Elmore said, "This week's outpouring of support is just one of many examples we see every day. Thank you to everyone for caring for our local animals."

Spend just $3 to get from airport to downtown

CARTA's North Area Shuttle Service (NASH) now offers $3 one-way bus service from the airport to the Charleston Visitor Center in downtown Charleston every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The cost for a cab? About $30.

The new daily service makes stops at the North Charleston Visitor Center and Tanger Outlets on its southbound routing. The northbound leg is a direct connection from downtown to the airport.

"It's an incredible deal and extremely convenient, both coming and going," said interim CARTA Executive Director Jeff Burns. "You don't have to ask a friend to drop you off, you don't have leave your car in a parking lot for days if you don't want to, and you have a chance to save money."

Upon arrival downtown, CARTA offers the free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) to numerous destinations, including The Citadel, Medical University of South Carolina, Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston Place, the South Carolina Aquarium and the corner of King and Broad streets.

"It's high time that public transportation was viewed as a viable alternative in this region, and the NASH Express is an example of the benefit this type of transit can offer," Burns said of the route, which features state-of-the-art hybrid-electric buses.

In addition to the NASH change, CARTA announced a number of other service tweaks this week.

Learn more here.

Charleston Watersports Week kicks off Sept. 5

The inaugural Charleston Watersports Week will offer more than 20 water-based activities across the area from Sept. 5 to 14.

Charleston Watersports Week was created to use the area's natural environment in promoting one of the best assets for sports travel events, waterways and ocean fronts, according to a press release. The initiative includes a unique combination of venues, accommodations, restaurants, attractions and tour companies spread out over the entire Charleston region. Programming ranges from standup paddleboarding competitions to sunset excursions for groups.

During this area-wide week of activities, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will offer a variety of water-related recreational and social activities, ranging from competitions to paddling and fitness programs to Shaggin' on the Cooper. The park agency's water activities for the week include:

  • Sept. 6: Cooper River Challenge Fishing Tournament at the Mount Pleasant Pier, Stand Up Paddleboard Trips at James Island County Park, Sea Kayak Classes at James Island County Park
  • Sept. 7: Dog Day Afternoon at Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark
  • Sept. 8: Youth Paddlesports team at James Island County Park
  • Sept. 8 and 9: Stand Up Paddleboard Fitness at James Island County Park
  • Sept. 8-11: Yoga Unplugged at James Island County Park
  • Sept. 9 and 10: Youth Stand Up Paddleboarding at James Island County Park
  • Sept. 13: Shaggin' on the Cooper with the Ocean Drive Party Band at the Mount Pleasant Pier
  • Sept. 18: Stand Up Paddleboard One Design Race Series at James Island County Park

To register for individual programs listed above, visit www.CharlestonCountyParks.com, or for more information on additional activities, visit www.watersportsweek.com.

RECOMMENDED

Girl Genius: Agatha Awakes
By Phil and Kaja Foglio

There is a dichotomy that must be deal with when reading this graphic novel by Phil Foglio and his daughter Kaja. On the one hand it is nice to see a strong and smart female protagonist in this or pretty much any genre. On the other hand, there is something almost lascivious in the cartoonish way in which this character is drawn. The opportunities to see her display her courage and intellect seem to be about even with those where an excuse is created to strip her down to her undergarments. Still, this clockwork story of a girl who has a hidden talent for inventing sentient, arcane machines is imaginative and a lot of fun. Foglio's artwork is cartoony but charming and alive. The characters can be a bit contrived, but they are easily likable or despicable, as the case may be.

-- Darryl Woods, Main Library

Find this and similar titles from Charleston County Public Library. This item is available as a book, audio book and downloadable eBook. To learn more or to place a hold, visit www.ccpl.org or call 843-805-6930.

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South Carolina Educational Radio Network

The South Carolina Educational Radio Network (SCERN) began broadcasting in 1972 when WETR (90.1) Greenville signed on the air, the first transmitter site of what became an eight-transmitter, statewide public radio network. As of 2002 transmitter sites included Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Sumter, Aiken, Conway and Rock Hill. These sites have allowed SCERN to fulfill its mission of providing continuous public radio programming to more than three hundred thousand people per week in three states.

SCERN began as a unit of the South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) commission, under the guidance of Vice President William D. Hay, and continued into the twenty-first century to be governed and licensed by this commission. SCERN has benefited from its association with SCETV since, as each SCERN transmitter site began operations, SCETV transmission towers and engineers were in place to support SCERN transmissions, allowing SCERN to offer statewide public radio service before most states were able to do so.

Since 1995 SCERN has used computer automation systems and content partnerships to offer NPR news, various music formats, and entertainment programming. Automation allowed SCERN to move to a 24-hour operation day in 1996, while content partnerships have resulted in programming such as the Clemson University program Your Day and Arts Daily with the South Carolina Arts Commission. In addition, SCERN is home to Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, the recipient of two Peabody awards. The program debuted in 1980 and is currently the longest-running jazz series on public radio.

The majority of funding for SCERN is secured through listener memberships to the ETV Endowment of South Carolina. Remaining funding is secured through corporate underwriting and an annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today, the network is called SCETV Radio and can be found online here.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Michelle Maher. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

BROADUS

New treatment for pets


West Ashley's Charleston Veterinary Referral Center now offers a new cancer therapy for cats and dogs called electrochemotherapy, or ECT. As highlighted in this picture provided by the business, it delivers trains of electrical pulses to cancer cells shortly after injection of chemotherapeutic drugs. The pulses open pores in membranes of tumor cells, which helps the animals absorb the drugs. According to a press release, the practice is the first in the Southeast to offer ECT treatment.

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Issue 6.44 | Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
Hints of fall in the morning air

FOCUS
New radio station has a mission

BRACK
Iimpact of end of Second Reconstruction

MONEY
Learning about S.C.'s inland port

GOOD NEWS
Lots of pet adoptions, $3 airport ride

HISTORY
S.C. Educational Radio

SPOTLIGHT

catherine e. lafond, p.a.

FEEDBACK
Snarky comments to no effect

REVIEW
Girl Genius: Agatha Awakes

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Midtown Productions' new season

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New season

Midtown Productions recently opened its 2014-15 season with "The Exonerated," a play that looks at what it means for someone to be stripped of their freedom for years, but then to be released.

Other coming productions:

  • "Brooklyn Boy," Oct. 2-19. The regional premier for this work by Donald Margulies, the play tells the story of a novelist thrust into the limelight when his book becomes a bestseller, but his father's health brings him back to his old neighborhood.

  • "4000 Miles," Nov. 13-30. This Pulitzer Prize finalist by Amy Herzog follows the story of a man seeking solace after a major loss on a biking trip.

  • "Les Miserables" (school edition), Dec. 12-21. The Broadway classic has been adapted to meet the needs of young performers, ages 12 to 19.

  • "I Ought to be in Pictures," Jan. 22 to Feb. 7, 2015. This Neil Simon comedy finds a struggling screenwriter encountering his estranged 19-year-old daughter.

  • "Becoming Dr. Ruth," April/May 2015. This newly-released show will be a regional premier. It showcases the career of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a pioneering radio and TV sex therapist.

    Learn more about the Midtown Productions and its performances on James Island here.

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The Exonerated: 8 p.m., Through Sept. 6, Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road, James Island. Midtown Production presents this legal thriller on multiple dates. Tickets are $16 to $20. Learn more.

Learn about bird illustrators: 5:30 p.m., Aug. 26, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston. Museum archivist Jennifer McCormick will lead special tour on bird illustrators Alexander Wilson, Mark Catesby and John James Audubon. Only 10 places available. More.

Stono River Park meeting: 6 p.m., Aug. 26, St. John's High School, 1518 Main Road, Johns Island. Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will hold the second public meeting on property near Limehouse Bridge that is undeveloped and may be turned into a county park. More.

Hitchcock movie marathon: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Aug. 29, St. Andrews Regional Library, West Ashley. The library will offer the best of Alfred Hitchcock in this day-long marathon.

Deluge concert: Gates open at 3 p.m., Aug. 31, RiverDogs Stadium, Charleston. Some 300,000 gallons of water, three bands and fun are part of this outdoor, water-themed concert that features Kat Robichaud (finalist, The Voice) and her band as headliners at 6:30 p.m. More: DelugeCharleston.com.

(NEW) Jazz on the River: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Aug. 31, Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave., North Charleston. The Liberty Hill Improvement Council will offer this North Charleston Music Festival to allow people to hear sounds of local musicians, dance, enjoy food and more. More.

Be Fit Charleston: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 6, Old Towne Creek County Park, Charleston. There will be a fall fitness festival, farmers market, fun-run, water slides, boot camp and more at this activity-filled day. Cost: $10.
Carolina Green Fair: Noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 21, James Island County Park, James Island. The Carolina Green Fair features conservation education through fun and inventive demonstrations, interactive play and music, and education shared by experts in their field. Come celebrate "being green" while enjoying beer, food, music and artisans from the Lowcountry! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers, outside food, or beverages permitted. Admission is free, thought it costs $1 per person to get into the park.

(NEW) 2nd Monday concert: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 8, Recital Hill, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St., College of Charleston. The Second Monday Series at the College of Charleston will open with baritone David Templeton and pianist Robin Zemp offering music from Schumann, Ravel and Verdi. Tickets: $15 for adults; $10 for students.

Book signing: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 18, Blue Bicycle Books, King Street, Charleston. Author Andra Watkins will sign copies of her 2014 novel, "To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis." More: AndraWatkins.com

(NEW) Autumn on the Ashley: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 19-21, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston. More than 50 vendors are expected to exhibit wood carvings, paintings, textiles, pottery, jewelry and more at this crafts fair, held in the past in October. More.

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Author submissions sought: Through Sept. 1. Join a forum for self-published authors and readers, and submit family-friendly content to Steven Schwengel, Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, 29401. Submissions must be family-friendly and include the author's name, phone number, email and postal addresses. Authors of approved submissions will be invited to present their works during 4- to 8-minute presentations September 25. This event is not a sales forum, but a literary exchange for authors and readers More: phone 843-805-6943.

Yappy hour and more. Charleston County Parks will offer dog-friendly, after-work socials at James Island and Palmetto Islands county parks a dozen times over the summer. At James Island, Yappy Hour will be held starting at 4 p.m. with live music on Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. At Palmetto Islands, dogs, owners and musicians will appear with food trucks in Pups, Yups and Food Trucks on Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. More.

Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

8/18: No pets, kids in hot cars
8/11: Ruff: County's greenbelt plan
8/4: Holling: Watkins's book

7/28: Fordham: Literacy program
7/21: Troy: Dolphin's new owner
7/14: Waronsky: Message focus
7/7: Devaney: Winning poster prize
7/1: Dodge: Take 5 campaign

6/16: Pritchard: Anti-cruelty effort
6/9: Wentworth: Palmetto Poem
6/2: Mullins: Play on bishop's murder

DOUG BOSTICK:
CIVIL WAR HISTORY

8/11: The inhuman threat
7/14: Nearly impregnable
6/9: Prisoners to Charleston
5/12: Change of command
4/14: Charleston capture?
2/10: Attack of the Hunley
1/27/14: Bleak conditions

ANDY BRACK

8/18: Humor and politics
8/11: Gov's race interesting
8/4: Letters to a camper

7/28: Writer says S.C. like Africa
7/21: Problem with chamber
7/14: On being fair
7/7: Do more on civil rights
7/1: Great trip to Wyoming

6/16: All about chiggers
6/9: Hollywood drama at capitol
6/2: D is for dysfunctional

LAFOND, McQUAGE:
ON SENIORS

8/4: There's an app for that
6/2: It takes a virtual village
5/19: Common IRA traps to avoid
4/7: Medication check-up
3/3: Read your deed
2/3/2014: Driving and being older

12/2: On the Personal Property Memo
11/4: Your time: great gift for seniors
10/7: Let's celebrate aging
9/3: Medicaid and your future
8/5: More on estates, wills
7/1: Estate planning myths
6/3: Pensions for wartime vets
5/6: Revocable Living Trusts
3/4: Resources to help seniors cope
2/4: On life estates
1/7: Next step in health care

KYRA MORRIS: MONEY

7/28: Your digital assets
7/1: Tax credits, deductions
5/26: Social Security conversation
4/29: Community ag/fisheries
3/24: Let's invest in Charleston
2/24: Getting beyond jitters
1/27/14: Financial independence

12/23: And now there is hope
12/2: The "thanks" of Thanksgiving
10/28: Impact of rising bond market
9/30: What happens when rates rise

LEIGH SABINE:
PLUFF MUD KIDS

8/18: Edisto day trip
7/21: Great reading places
6/16: Picking berries, making jam
5/26: Art and music for kids
4/21: ArtFields for kids
3/17: Spring break ideas in S.C.
2/17: Four great outings for limited times
1/20: Upstate wonders

12/16: More holiday fun
11/18: Winter activities to do
10/14: Four ways to preserve history
9/16: It's harvest time
8/19: Kids giving back

7/15: Childrens' museums
6/17: Interactive adventures
5/20: Birds, bees, butterflies
4/15: Signs of spring abound
3/18: Great local parks
2/18: What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventure

PALMETTO POEM

8/4: Lamkin: A rose for my mother
7/7: Amaker: Out of breath
6/9: Wentworth: Path to the Beach

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