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NOV. 6, 2008 -- "The Oprah of the Lowcountry": That's how one woman described the Center for Women, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is helping women succeed personally and professionally every day. We are the leading resource and development center for women in the tri-county area.
At the Center for Women, we work hard to create programs that address real needs and provide down-to-earth, practical information and networking opportunities not found elsewhere. For example, in 2008 we launched a new series called "You Can Do It!" offering in-depth workshops on a variety of topics from "Selling on eBay" to "Living Your Best Life."
We listen carefully to what Charleston women want and respond with targeted programming. And we understand the hectic and busy lives of women and the need for educational programs and networking closer to home, so we have expanded and are now conducting programs in the Summerville and East Cooper areas.
Most of our programs involve finding local women who are subject-matter experts and have a track record of success in a particular area. Often, we pull several experts together and present panel discussions. Our "Women Writers Forum," a new monthly series on the art and business of writing, is another example of how we create and deliver relevant programming.
There's an excitement and enthusiasm from workshop participants that comes from learning and networking with other interested women. Here's what several of them have told us recently about our programs:
"Thank you! I've been meaning to join the Center for a couple of years, and now I see what I've been missing. This morning's workshop was one of the best things I've ever done for myself."
"Just keep the programs coming. The reception was welcoming, the room comfortable, the length of the program was perfect, there was plenty of time for Q&A and the choice of speaker was excellent."
"I am always amazed that you gather a great group of women. I love the events at the Center for Women. I appreciate the opportunity to attend and everything you do."
All self-employed women, business owners or simply anyone wanting to make more contacts in the community should plan to attend our Seventh Annual Entrepreneurs Networking Event on Monday, Nov. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Citadel's Holliday Alumni Center on Hagood Avenue. Our guest speaker, Terry Haas from HGTV's "Designed to Sell," will talk about how she used networking to build a career in Atlanta real estate and then skyrocketed to hosting a nationwide TV show. During a "speed networking" session, participants will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business to 30 new contacts. The cost to attend is only $10 for Center for Women members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is requested by calling The Center for Women at 763-7333, or you can register online at http://www.c4women.org.
You do not need to be a member to attend Center for Women programs and events, but members do receive a discount for fee-based programs. Personal memberships start at $35 per year and business memberships start at $250 a year. Business members receive listings and links on our Web site, promotion in our e-newsletters and quarterly publications as well as other benefits. Visit the "Join Now" page at http://wwwc4women.org for details.
NOV. 6, 2008 -- Tuesday's transformational national election had some results and impacts you might not have realized:
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Bank of America has awarded a $7,000 grant to the Gibbes Museum of Art to give students from Title One schools - those with a high population of low-income students - a chance to visit the museum free during school field trips. To participate in the program, called "Title One Goes to the Gibbes," teachers from designated Title One schools in the tri-county area must participate in arts education workshops at the Gibbes and use the learning tools on the museum's Web site, www.gibbesmuseum.org, in the classroom.
"The Gibbes Museum of Art is committed to developing multidimensional education and outreach programs that expand the concept of the museum experience for everyone," said museum Executive Director Angela D. Mack, "Key to this mission is promoting student education through the arts. The current financial climate at many schools makes field trips to cultural institutions cost-prohibitive, and so this generous grant from the Bank of America will help to minimize what has become a serious gap in arts-based education for public school students."
Jim Braunreuther, fine-arts coordinator for the Charleston County School District, commended the partnership between the Gibbes and Bank of America. "These are just the kinds of partnerships that we need for arts education: the business community working together with leaders in the arts to provide teachers and students access to dynamic arts programs," he said.
Quick, what's the state spider?
You might know that South Carolina has an official state dance, the shag. But did you know that we also have a state spider? A state beverage? A state gemstone? We'd tell you what those things are, but it would be more fun to round up the family and head over to the Charleston Museum on Nov. 8 for the Celebrate South Carolina Family Fun Event. At the program, you'll discover the stories behind our state symbols and other fun facts about the Palmetto State.
The program, which runs from 10 a.m. until noon, features crafts and activities for the whole family, including learning to shag, sampling Lowcountry-grown tea and more. It's all part of the museum's Second Saturday series, which offers a different themed event each month, with demonstrations and crafts projects designed to make history and learning fun for kids of all ages.
The event is free for museum members and free with regular museum admission of $10 for adults, $5 for children (those under 3 get in at no cost). More info: http://www.charlestonmuseum.org or email@example.com.
Chamber workshop to focus on workplace violence
Not all violence at the workplace is mass murder. Harassment, threats, bullying, domestic violence, stalking, intimidation and emotional abuse can all happen on the job, and a Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce workshop on Nov. 12 will offer businesses a chance to learn about effective prevention, intervention and responses to these issues.
The program will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the chamber offices, 2750 Speissegger Drive, North Charleston.
According to information from the chamber, participants will hear from a local business owner about his own experience with workplace violence; get an overview of the causes, warning signs and triggers; learn about the elements of effective prevention programs; and discuss conflict management, discipline, discharge, effective communication and crisis intervention techniques. Experts will also provide information on how to recognize and survive an "active shooter" incident.
Panelists include Steve Romano, a former FBI agent and nationally recognized private consultant and trainer, and the Rev. Rob Dewey, senior chaplain of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy.
The cost of the workshop is $65 per person, with a $45 chamber member discount price for those registering before Nov. 7. More info: Jill Galmarini, 805-3015.
Sneak a peek at new CofC arena
Members of the community can get their first look inside the new Carolina First Arena during an open house on Nov. 18. The free preview, hosted by the College of Charleston, will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the arena, 301 Meeting St.
The family-oriented open house includes free food and beverages, arena tours, giveaways, a meet-and-greet with CofC players and coaches, and games for the whole family.
The college's mascot, Clyde the Cougar, will be on hand to help three lucky guests take a half-court shot with a chance to win $5,000. Names will be drawn at 5 and 7 p.m. from guests who sign up at the door; a third name will be selected at 6 p.m. among those who register in advance via the College Calendar at http://www.cofc.edu.
What's the big (business) idea?
If you've got a great idea for a business but don't have the bucks to get started, you might be able to win $5,000 in seed money in the New Ideas for a New Carolina Business Contest.
The contest, now in its fourth year, was developed by the New Ideas Dream Team, a coalition of representatives from SC Launch!, New Carolina - South Carolina's Council on Competitiveness, FastTracSC, ThinkTEC and other organizations across the state that are working to promote innovation at a grassroots level and encourage entrepreneurship in the state.
The winners will be announced at the ThinkTEC Innovation Summit in Charleston on Feb. 11. The grand-prize winner gets not only $5,000, but a scholarship to a FastTrac entrepreneurial program, tickets to the Innovation Summit and access to a team of mentors to help develop the winner's idea.
There will also be four prizes of $2,500 each that come with a FastTrac scholarship and Innovation Summit tickets, and five $1,000 honorable-mention awards.
For more information on the contest and past winners' ideas, go to http://www.NewIdeasSC.com. The entry deadline is Dec. 2.
Dr. Catherine McCottry, now 87, was a leader in the drive to integrate Charleston hospitals in the 1960s and was the first black woman to practice obstetrics and gynecology in Charleston.
She was born Catherine Mae McKee on Feb. 3, 1921, in Charlotte. McCottry attended Barber Scotia Junior College at Concord, N.C., before enrolling at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. She later became that school's first alumna to earn a medical degree.
McCottry graduated in 1945 from the Howard University School of Medicine and trained in several residencies, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1946 she began practicing medicine in her hometown and was the first black woman physician there. She received her professional license in 1950. She married Turner McDonald McCottry, a Charleston native and graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.
Moving to Charleston in 1952, McCottry joined her husband, who established a general practice with obstetrics and gynecology services. He became chief of staff at the McClennan-Banks Memorial Hospital. The couple were Charleston's first African-American team of physicians.
Catherine McCottry became noted for her direct patient care services. She retired from practicing medicine in the early 1970s but continued her medical service in other forums.
Throughout her career McCottry emphasized public health education, especially for sickle-cell anemia, which affects primarily blacks. She served as chairperson for the health committee of the African-American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. Many of her educational initiatives addressed young women. McCottry implemented prenatal-care counseling programs for pregnant teenagers. McCottry also taught young adults about hypertension and stress reduction.
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Nathalie Dupree, a Charleston resident who's an internationally known cookbook author and expert on Southern food, offers five tips for getting organized for Thanksgiving dinner, which is three weeks from today:
1) Strategize: Plan your menu. Make it doable in the amount of time that you have.
2) Customize: What you don't have time to cook, purchase. Scan magazines for ways to add your signature to store-bought items (i.e., top a purchased pumpkin pie with gingered whipped cream).
3) Prioritize: Do as much as you can ahead of time. Try to cook a dish for Thanksgiving every weekend or one night a week while cooking dinner. Wrap carefully, mark and freeze.
4) Organize: Sort dishes, silverware, napkins, etc., now. Wash any that are dusty from storage whenever there is room in the dishwasher or washing machine for a small addition, and do it in batches this way, rather than waiting until the last minute and having the machine full when you need it.
5) Finalize: Cook what must be fresh all or part of the way the night before. Remember, if you can buy it frozen or have it carry-out from a restaurant, from mashed potatoes to dressing and turkey, the chances are it can be made ahead and reheated by you.
More info: http://www.nathaliedupree.com
"No errors of
opinion can possibly be dangerous in a country where opinion is left free
to grapple with them."
-- William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), Charleston-born poet, historian and novelist.
Food Bank Oyster Roast: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Maritime Center, Charleston. Charitable Society of Charleston's 16th annual fund-raiser for Lowcountry Food Bank featuring beach music band The Embers. Tickets: $25 (includes oysters, hot dogs, chili and nonalcoholic beverages; beer and wine will be offered for $2 and $4 per ticket, respectively). More info: http://www.charitablesocietyofcharleston.org.
CSO Backstage Pass: 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., Charleston. Palmetto State native Robert Moody will be guest conductor for an unusual concert. The evening's most distinctive piece will be Mason Bates' "Rusty Air in Carolina," which uses electronics performed on laptop computer and drum pads to bring the white noise of katydids and cicadas on a Southern summer night into the concert hall. $25. More info/tickets: http://www.charlestonsymphony.com.
Celebrate South Carolina Family Fun Event: 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 8, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston. Learn about local and state history through crafts and demonstrations. See Good News for details.
Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel: 8 p.m. Nov. 11, Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St., Charleston. The company from Madrid, Spain, incorporates modern flair with a traditional flamenco repertoire. Cost: $15-$60. Tickets: at the Gaillard, through Ticketmaster at 554-6060, or at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Preventing Workplace Violence: 7:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 12, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, North Charleston. Learn about effective prevention, intervention and responses to a variety of forms of violence in the workplace. See Good News for details.
Holiday Festival of Lights: Nov. 14 through Jan. 4, James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, James Island. Millions of sparkling lights and hundreds of imaginative displays line a 3-mile drive through the park. Also includes marshmallow-roasting and activities for kids, gift shop and walking trail through Winter Wonderland. More info: http://www.holidayfestivaloflights.com.
Grinch in Toe Shoes: Charleston Ballet Theatre's production of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." Performances at 7 p.m. Nov. 14; 11 a.m., Nov. 15 and Nov. 22; and 3 p.m., Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 at Charleston Ballet Theatre, 477 King St., Charleston. Part of CBT's Children's Series, sponsored by the Wachovia Foundation, the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the McNair Law Firm. $20 adults, $10 children. More info: 723-7334 or http://www.charlestonballet.org.
Oyster Roast: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16, Bowens Island Restaurant, 1870 Bowens Island Road. Event benefits the outreach ministry of the Rural Mission. Enjoy the traditions of Bowens Island, food, music and a great sunset. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Order through the mission at 768-1720 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More info: www.ruralmission.org.
Sustainable Design: 6 p.m. Nov. 18, Charleston Visitor's Center Theater, 375 Meeting St., Charleston. Part of the Lulan Sustainable Community Lecture Series. Speaker Nathan Shedroff, chairman of the MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, will give a talk titled "Design is the Problem and the Solution: The Future of Design Must Be Sustainable." More info: http://www.lulan.com/lulan/series.php.
New Arena Open House: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Carolina First Arena, 301 Meeting St., Charleston. Community's first look at College of Charleston's new arena. See Good News for details.
"Old Hickory" Talk: 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., Charleston. Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek magazine, discusses his new book "American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House" as part of the Fulghum Lecture Series at The Citadel. Fundraiser for the S.C. Historical Society. $25. More info: http://www.citadel.edu.
HCF Benefit Rug Sale: Nov. 20-23, Aiken-Rhett House, 48 Elizabeth St., Charleston. Peter Pap, a nationally renowned expert on Oriental rugs who frequently appears on the popular PBS series "Antiques Road Show," will exhibit some of the world's finest rugs at the sale. Portion of proceeds will benefit the Historic Charleston Foundation. Free and open to the public. Preview showing 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 20; show and sale hours 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 22; noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 23. More info: 723-1623 or visit http://www.historiccharleston.org.
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