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Issue 2.32 | Monday, March 1, 2010 | Spring is around the corner


BILINGUAL BULL:
Charleston Stage will bring Spanish into the spotlight this month with a bilingual version of the classic children's story "Ferdinand the Bull." Among the stars are (from left) Justin Tyler Lewis as Duquito Danilo, Christopher M. Diaz as Ferdinand the Bull, Lindsey Lamb as Cochina the Pig and James Lombardino as Duque Dodo. Get show dates and ticket info in our calendar. (Charleston Stage photo)


TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Share story, support our library

CURRENTS

:: Time to stop only cutting

FEEDBACK
:: Send us your opinions, letters

THE LIST
:: Eat & Run

GOOD NEWS
:: Mt. Pleasant, HALOS, 'Wheel' visits

ALSO INSIDE

___:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next
___:: REVIEW: Send us your recommendations
___:: HISTORY: Two Micheaxs
___:: QUOTE: Galbraith on immortality
___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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TODAY'S FOCUS
Share your story, help support library in challenging times

By CYNTHIA BLEDSOE
Acting executive director, Charleston County Public Library
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com

"The library is one of the best services provided in Charleston. … The services and resources (the library) provides are vital in keeping a well-informed and educated community. Especially in these hard economic times, the library provides access to resources that many would not otherwise have. Over the past two years, I've noticed increased use in these services." -- Lori Kothera, West Ashley resident and library patron

MARCH 1, 2010 -- Mrs. Kothera is right.

Charleston County Public Library's 16 locations serve as much more than just community and educational hubs, they increasingly are becoming a lifeline for many struggling county residents.


Bledsoe

Facing layoffs, furloughs and personal economic setbacks, Charleston County residents come to the library desperately needing help to find job openings, to write resumes, to gain computer and Internet access, to submit online employment applications and to receive computer training. Additionally, a record number of residents are checking out DVDs or CDs. More books are being checked out and more families are utilizing our resources to help save money, further their education and enrich their lives.

Despite dramatic double-digit increases in the demand for services, the library's budget has been cut in the past two years by nearly $700,000 by the county and state, both facing their own economy-driven financial difficulties.

The shortfalls prompted a hiring freeze, cuts in spending for new library materials and reductions in operating expenses, but that hasn't been enough. In February, the library's board of trustees made a tough decision to cut hours to compensate for the 16 percent vacancy rate and the inability to properly staff branches for the nearly 750 hours they are currently open each week. Beginning April 1, the larger, regional libraries will close on Sundays, and the Main Library will close an hour earlier - at 8 p.m. - on Mondays through Thursdays. The Main Library will remain open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Even as we face increased public demand with less money, CCPL is committed to ensuring that the services provided to patrons aren't compromised. Libraries are in a unique position in most communities because they are accessible, free to the public and available to anyone, regardless of where they live, their education or their income.

Most people agree libraries are vital to a thriving community, but a recent state study quantified the library's value by using a national- and state-approved formula to calculate the retail cost patrons would have paid for services received, materials lent or classes and programs attended. In Charleston County, every dollar of county tax money used for library operations in Fiscal Year 2008 returned $7.80 worth of services to county residents, or a 780 percent return on investment.

And, just last year, "Library Journal" magazine named CCPL one of the best libraries in the country, placing it in the top 3 percent of the 7,115 library systems surveyed nationally. That recognition is a testament to this community's support of CCPL.

As part of an initiative by the S.C. Association of Public Library Administrators, residents statewide are being asked how libraries have impacted and enriched their lives. Please tell us what you think by going to the library's Web site- - www.ccpl.org -- and clicking on the "Library Bucks" banner. We want to hear from you. And, if you haven't visited a library recently, please stop by. I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

Cynthia Bledsoe, acting executive director of Charleston County Public Library, has worked in the library field for more than 30 years. She joined CCPL in 1999 and, before that, worked for library systems in Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina. She, her husband and two cats live in West Ashley.

CURRENTS
Cut out the cutting: Budget from perspective of state's poor
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

MARCH 1, 2010 - Maybe state lawmakers should think about how their budget proposals look to someone who doesn't earn much.


Brack

The House Ways and Means Committee last week approved a $5.1 billion budget recommendation that will be the focus of legislative debate starting next week. Due to the tepid economy, state revenues aren't robust. In fact, the budget is $5.1 billion - more than a billion less than just a couple of years back. What's worse is that budget writers started out $98 million behind coming into this year because they have to make up an end-of-year shortfall from last year.

Unfortunately, that's just the tip of the iceberg. For 2010-11, there's about $200 million in lower revenues because people are buying less, among other things. Additionally, budget writers have to find another $266 million to get balanced because they have to pay for required reserve funds, debt, homestead exemptions for seniors, employee health insurance increases, inflation and more.

The proposed solution by the House Ways and Means Committee is relatively simple: Deep cuts, including $84 million to public K-12 education; $87 million to colleges; and $77 million for mental health and disability services. Most state agencies will suffer 15 percent to 20 percent cuts - and this is after recent tough years, layoffs and more.

From a poor person's perspective, state government is cutting programs and services that will hurt them disproportionately, compared to people with means. Lawmakers are considering slicing school textbooks, kindergarten, health care for poor children and prescription drugs for poor seniors.

What's not happening, in the larger scheme of things, are cuts that would impact people with means. About the only thing that will happen to rich families is they may have to pay higher college tuition - but compared to the poor, they can afford it.

If state lawmakers want to be responsible in how they budget for everyone in South Carolina, they need to do more than just cut. They should consider making life a little tougher for people with means, too. They could get rid of the car sales tax cap so rich people who buy luxury cars pay more than $300 in sales tax. They could add a high income tax bracket to make the income tax more progressive. They could alter homestead exemptions for all seniors by providing for the tax break based on people's income. And they could get rid of some of the $2.5 billion in sales tax exemptions for special interests.

Cutting isn't the only tactic in the legislature's arsenal. Lawmakers need to remember that in the coming weeks.

* * *

STATE LAWMAKERS are gung-ho about banning drivers from sending text messages while driving. From a political standpoint, it's a way to, ahem, send the message that it is unsafe to drive and text at the same time.

The problem, according to recent experience, is that such a ban doesn't work in real life. According to Newsweek, the ban isn't working in Missouri. State troopers have only written 11 tickets over five months for texting offenders. Why? Because "law enforcement often can't tell the difference between illegal phone jockeying and someone rooting around for change."

More than likely, our lawmakers will ban driving while texting. But be leery of politicians making a big thing of it. Because it will mostly be hot air. Then again, what's new?

* * *

WITH ELECTION DAY just eight months away, the most interesting news from Winthrop University's recent poll was how most people weren't familiar with the eight people who want to be governor. Of the candidates in the race, 70 percent of those polled were not familiar with any of the four Democrats and two of the four Republicans. Just over half weren't familiar with Attorney General Henry McMaster. And 30 percent didn't know of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who also posted the highest unfavorable ratings at 27 percent.

Bottom line: Candidates need to spend a lot of money on ads to let people know who they are; the candidate with the most money will have a better chance of getting better known.

Andy Brack is also publisher of Statehouse Report, where this commentary first was published. He can be reached at brack@statehousereport.com.

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SPOTLIGHT
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GOOD NEWS
Town earns state award for workforce housing efforts

The town of Mount Pleasant has won the S.C. Housing Achievement Award from the State Housing Finance and Development Authority for its efforts in workforce housing. It's the second time in less than a year that the town has been recognized for its accomplishments in workforce housing; in August, it earned the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Municipal Achievement Award.

"Mount Pleasant is well deserving of the Palmetto Housing Achievement Award for their work to implement creative strategic planning tools to ensure diverse housing options for its citizens," said Lowcountry Housing Trust Executive Director Tammie Hoy. "In a time where affordably priced housing is needed now more than ever, Mount Pleasant staff and its leadership continue to be proactive in planning for its future by promoting mixed-income mix-use development opportunities that will provide housing options for individuals and families of all incomes."

Workforce housing is a relatively new term embraced nationally by planners, government administrators, housing activists and some developers. It refers to homes providing affordable housing opportunities for gainfully employed essential workers such as police officers, firemen, teachers, nurses, office workers and medical technicians.

In order to qualify for a workforce housing unit in a neighborhood developed under the town's Planned Development/Workforce Housing zoning district, a family of four must not make more than $72,350 (or 120 percent of the median family income). Their monthly mortgage payments cannot exceed 35% of their gross monthly income. Two developers are set to move forward with 10 workforce housing units near Whitehall Terrace and 15 workforce housing units near Chadbury Village on Six Mile Road.

CBT to collect birthday gifts for kids during 'Cat in the Hat'

When Charleston Ballet Theatre's production of "The Cat in the Hat" opens this weekend, audiences will have the chance to spread some birthday cheer to kids in need through a ballet company partnership with the Birthday Presence Foundation . It aims to enrich the lives of impoverished children by offering them lasting birthday memories.

A drop-off box will be in the lobby of the Black Box Theatre, 477 King St., during the full run of the Dr. Seuss classic. Audience members are asked to bring inexpensive gifts for boys and girls ages 10 to 14. Educational gifts such as books and supplies are welcome.

Performances of "The Cat in the Hat" are set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 6 and March 13; a 3 p.m. show on March 7 is already sold out. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Buy tickets by calling 723-7334 or clicking here.

Tennis tournament will benefit summer camp program

A pro/am tennis tournament at the I'On Club this month will support the HALOS Summer Camp Program for abused and neglected kids in Charleston County. The second annual "Hits for HALOS" tournament takes place March 20 and March 21 at the club. Admission is free.

The tennis tournament will couple 28 amateur players with a rotation of 14 pros from around the Southeast for ten round-robin sets followed by a playoff. The festivities on March 20 will include a wine tasting, silent auction, and spectator party where soft drinks, beer, and Firefly Vodka will be served. The event will also feature live music by the local band Chewbacca.

In addition to silent auction donations, financial contributions supporting the cause are welcome.

The HALOS Summer Camp Program sends at least 80 children annual to local summer camps - typically a public recreation, arts, sports, or music day camp. Children may also attend Youth Summer Leadership Programs or visit colleges. All of the participating children have histories of maltreatment and are involved with the Charleston County Department of Social Services.

For additional information, silent auction item donations, sponsorship or contribution opportunities, go to http://www.charlestonhalos.org.

'Wheel of Fortune' to hold local auditions March 13, 14

The popular game show "Wheel of Fortune," co-hosted by Myrtle Beach's own Vanna White, is bringing its Wheelmobile to Citadel Mall for a contestant search this month. The Wheelmobile is a 39-foot Winnebago that tours nationwide in search of contestants for the show, which is the top-ranking game show on TV.

The contestant searches will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 13 and March 14 inside the mall in front of Dillard's. Applications will be handed out near the center court area adjacent to the event space beginning one hour before each show begins. Shows will begin at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. According to information from the show, "There is no need to arrive hours in advance of the event. Everyone who attends the event will be able to submit an application. We will select participants to come to the stage and audition via a random draw."

Applications will be put in a drum and pulled out at random. Five contestants at a time will compete in a version of the show's "Speed-Up Round." Each person who comes up to the stage will be evaluated as a potential contestant. Final auditions will be held at a later date. The show will also reserve some slots in the final auditions for people who attended the event but did not make it up to the stage.

For more on the contestant search and requirements, click here.

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SC ENCYCLOPEDIA

André Michaux
François-André Michaux

André Michaux was born on March 7, 1746, at Satory, France, son of the farmer André Michaux and Marie-Charlotte Barbet. Interested in plants from an early age, Michaux in 1785 was commissioned as royal botanist with the mission of finding useful plants for France in America. Originally landing in New York, he arrived in Charleston on September 21, 1786. The city became his base of operations as he ranged over North America as far south as Florida and as far north as Hudson Bay.


Bigleaf magnolia

The Carolina mountains were among his favorite areas for botanizing. South Carolina plants first described or collected by Michaux include the Oconee bell, the big leaf magnolia, native cane, blue-eyed grass, and the Carolina willow. In all, Michaux was the authority for 188 species native to the Carolinas. In 1790 Michaux was trapped in Charleston by the French Revolution and the freezing of his funding. However, he bore no grudge against the French Republic, becoming a strong supporter of the revolution. A member of the Agricultural Society of South Carolina, Michaux also worked to acclimate foreign plants, mostly Asian, in America. Notable examples include the camellia, the mimosa from Persia, the gingko tree from China, and the crape myrtle from India. Michaux's 111-acre botanical garden near Charleston became a popular visiting spot for city residents.

Returning to France in 1796, Michaux wrote the first systematic botanical description of eastern North America, Flora Boreali-Americana (1803). Based on Michaux's personal observations, it includes descriptions of many South Carolina plants. Michaux died on Madagascar in November 1802 while accompanying a French expedition to the South Seas.

François-André Michaux was born on August 16, 1770, the son of André Michaux and Cécile Claye. As a young man, François accompanied his father on many of his early explorations. As an adult, he returned to Charleston, arriving on October 9, 1801, in the midst of a yellow fever epidemic. He caught the disease but survived. While in Charleston, Michaux arranged the liquidation of his father's botanical garden, sending plants and seeds back to France and transferring the land and remaining plants to the Agricultural Society of South Carolina, of which he, like his father, was a member. … After returning to France, Michaux visited Charleston again while engaged in a project from 1806 to 1808 to find North American trees with useful lumber that could be acclimated in France. … Michaux died on October 23, 1855, at his home in Vaureal, France, and was buried on its grounds.

-- Excerpted from the entry by William E. Burns. 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.)

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THE LIST
Eat & Run

The Historic Charleston Foundation's upcoming Festival of Houses and Gardens includes a neat program called "Eat & Run" Luncheon Lectures. These lively talks feature a variety of speakers along with a light lunch and a brief tour or hands-on experience related to the day's topic. Here are five Eat & Run programs that offer great opportunities to learn more about our city and its history. All begin at 11:30 a.m. at the historic Capt. James Missroon House, 40 East Bay St., overlooking the harbor. The cost is $45. For reservations (required), click here or call 722-3405.

  • March 25 -- Jan MacDougal, author of "Charleston in Bloom," will identify indigenous flora in Charleston, as well as plants with a local provenance.

  • March 29 -- "What's Cooking in the Lowcountry?" Staff from Charleston Cooks! will share insights into local cuisine.

  • April 1 -- One of the iconic elements in a Charleston garden is its ironwork, as local garden guide Ann Andrus explains in "Charleston's Ironwork: An Art Form All Its Own."

  • April 8 -- Jim Martin, director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy, presents "What Makes a Charleston Garden So Special?"

  • April 16 -- Local cookbook author Catherine H. Forrester shares the best of her grandmother's secrets in "Entertaining at Home, Charleston Style."

QUOTE
On immortality

"If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error."

-- John Kenneth Galbraith, U.S. economist (1908-2006)

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CALENDAR: THIS WEEK

"Lowcountry Boil": Various dates and times, March 4 through March 27, PURE Theatre, Upper Lance Hall, 150 Meeting St., downtown (on the grounds of the Circular Congregational Church). Writer/director R.W. Smith describes "Lowcountry Boil" as "part 'Pulp Fiction,' part 'Clerks' and all Charleston." It's a sequel to "Horse Tranqs & Carriage People," but PURE says you don't have to have seen that show to enjoy this one. The March 4 show is a Pay What You Can Preview; March 5 show includes a complimentary beer tasting with Charleston Beer Exchange. Tickets range in price from $20-$30 and are available online or by calling 811-4111.

Southern Politics: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 3 and 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 5, The Citadel. Author and former Alabama congressman Glen Browder will speak on race and Southern politics. The March 3 event is an author presentation and book signing; Browder is the author of "Stealth Reconstruction: An Untold Story of Racial Politics in Recent Southern History" and "The South's New Racial Politics." The March 5 event is a panel discussion during the Symposium on Southern Politics, an examination of the 2008 elections. More info.

Yuriy Bekker and Friends: 7 p.m. March 5, Christ Episcopal Church, Mount Pleasant, and 4 p.m. March 7, St. John the Beloved, Summerville. "Orchestral Section Highlights" is an intimate, musician-led performance that takes the audience through each section of the orchestra. The program will showcase the wind, brass and string sections individually, as the entire orchestra as well. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students. Purchase online, at the Gaillard Auditorium Box Office, or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Dogmore Stew Festival: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 7, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Lowcountry Animal Rescue sponsors the festival, which includes a silent auction, prizes, a pet fashion show, dog training and grooming demos and more. Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, Frogmore stew and desserts along with admission to the plantation and gardens. Cost: adults $17 ($20 at the gate); $10 for ages 6-12; $5 for ages 3-5; free for age 3 and under. Well-behaved, leashed pets get in free. Buy tickets at local All is Well locations (Summerville, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, James Island) or by calling 343-8063.

Lee Brothers Book Signing: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 7, Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., downtown. Celebrated Southern food pros Matt and Ted Lee will sign copies of their latest book, "Simple Fresh Southern," which features recipes with Deep South flavor and healthy, everyday ingredients (easy ambrosia; cherry tomato and soybean salad; Caesar salad with catfish "croutons," etc.). Peanuts will be boiled and beer will be served. Free and open to the public. More info: 722-2666.

"Whistler's Women": 3 p.m. March 7, Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St., downtown. The Charleston Chamber Opera and the Gibbes will present an afternoon of opera in the rotunda, the setting for the "Whistler's Travels" special exhibition. Soprano Patrice Tiedemann, mezzo soprano Lara Wilson and baritone Paul Soper will explore the life and loves of artist James McNeill Whistler (who was married but had several lovers, one of whom bore him several children and another of whom raised his son by yet another woman). The clever mix of art song, opera and theatrical flair will include the music of Debussy, Saint-Saens, Mahler, Gilbert & Sullivan and others. Tickets: $10 museum members and students; $20 nonmembers. Buy online, at the museum store or by calling 722-2706, ext. 18.

CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON

(NEW) "Ferdinand the Bull": 7:30 p.m. March 12, 3 p.m. March 13 and March 14, Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., downtown. Charleston Stage will present a bilingual version of the funny, family-oriented musical about a bull who doesn't want to fight and butt heads like all the other bulls - he just wants to take care of his beloved flowers. Charleston Stage says, " 'Ferdinand the Bull' is an exuberant romp about being yourself and refusing to be bullied into acting like someone you're not. Kids and adults will love the clever wordplay, comical characters and lively music." Tickets: $19 adults, $15 students. Available online or by phone at 577-7183.

Stiletto Stampede: 10 a.m. March 13, Houston Northcutt Boulevard, Mount Pleasant. An offbeat 100-yard dash in which contestants must wear 3-inch heels (both male and female). The top male and female finishers get $5,000 from Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant, and Charleston Magazine will give $1,000 to the runner with the best costume. Post-race food and entertainment offered in the Whole Foods parking lot. Proceeds from the run benefit MUSC Children's Hospital. Race fee: $30. Entry form/more info.

Party for the Parks: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 13, Ashley Avenue overlooking Colonial Lake, downtown. "Amusement on the Avenue," sponsored by the Charleston Parks Conservancy, will feature live music from the Flatt City bluegrass band, the Plainfield Project and DJ Trailmix along with roller skaters, breakdancers, jugglers and hip hop dancers. Food provided by Oak, Muse, the Bagel Shop, Queen Street Grocery, Taco Boy, Closed for Business and La Fourchette; there will also be a cappuccino bar by Royal Cup and a tasting for a new vodka from Firefly. Event is open only to those age 21 or older. Tickets: $55 in advance, $75 at the event. More info.

Museum House Furniture Tours: 4 p.m. March 18 and March 19, and 10 a.m. March 20, Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church St. downtown. The Charleston Museum's Heyward-Washington House will host furniture-focused tours with special information on the significant 18th-century English and Charleston-made furniture collection housed there. Visitors can learn about Charleston cabinetmakers, locally harvested and imported wood, and the influence of Thomas Chippendale. Reservations not required. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (free for museum members). More info: 722-2996, ext. 235, or visit online.

Economic Outlook Conference: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24, Charleston Area Convention Center. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's annual Economic Outlook Conference will feature an 18- to 24-month look ahead at the region's key economic sectors. Keynote speaker is Matt Martin, senior vice president and Charlotte regional executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Cost: $95 chamber members, $150 nonmembers. Registration/more info.

(NEW) CSO Backstage Pass: 7 p.m. March 25, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., downtown. Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents a concert titled "Beyond Belief," which will include classical and contemporary pieces all tied to Greek mythology. The show is casual, interactive and intimate and will last about an hour. Tickets: $25 adults, $5 students with valid student ID. Available at the door the day of the show beginning at 5 p.m. or online.

Dock Street Reopening: 6 p.m. April 1, Dock Street Theatre. Gala concert planned by Spoleto Festival USA for the reopening of the theatre after three years of renovations. Performances include a sneak peek of the Spoleto opera "Flora," which was first performed at the Dock Street in 1736. Events include champagne reception, performance and seated dinner. Tickets range from $250 to $1,000. Call 579-3100 or buy online.

Hat Ladies Easter Promenade: 11 a.m. April 3, Meeting Street between Broad and South Battery, downtown. Members of the Hat Ladies and their families will take their annual elegant stroll down one of the city's most recognizable streets in honor of hat-wearing traditions. Free. More info online or call 762-6679.

Kiawah Art and House Tour: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 9, Kiawah Island. The 10th annual tour, sponsored by the volunteer group Gibbes, etc., benefits the Gibbes Museum of Art. Tour features six homes that have distinctive art collections and dramatic views of the salt marsh, creeks, ocean and woodlands. Tickets: $55 per person (includes tour, light refreshments throughout the afternoon at the Cassique clubhouse, and an admission pass to the Gibbes Museum of Art valid through Dec. 30. Buy at the Gibbes Museum Store, online, or by calling 722-2706, ext. 21.

House & Garden Tours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 and April 10, downtown Charleston. The Garden Club of Charleston offers its 75th annual walking tour of private homes and gardens in the Historic District. Homes also feature flowers arranged by garden club members, and refreshments will be served in one of the gardens. All proceeds benefit the garden club's year-round maintenance of several public gardens, including those at the Manigault House, the Heyward-Washington House, the Gateway Walk and the Healing Garden at MUSC. Tickets: $35. Details: Online or 530-5164.

Talk by Christo: 5:30 p.m. April 13, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., downtown. Internationally known artist Christo will visit talk about his work in a slide presentation and lecture sponsored by the Gibbes Museum of Art. Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, have collaborated throughout the world on large-scale art projects using fabric, including wrapping the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24½-mile-long Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York's Central Park. Tickets (in advance only): $25 for museum members, $35 for nonmembers, and $15 for students (with ID); available at the Gibbes Museum Store, by calling 722-2706, ext. 22, or online through April 6.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

7/1: Shaffer: Picky Eaters Group
6/28: Bender: Fishy Fourth
6/24: Belden: Society 1858
6/21: Stevenson: Summer reading
6/17: Handel: On Jim Fisher
6/14: Reeves: Summer dress
6/10:Martin: Garden tips
6/7: Dubrofsky: Green homes
6/3: McCutcheon: Young pros
5/31:
McFaddlin: Health benefits
5/27: Ledbetter: Senior riders
5/24: Myers: Microloan's impact
5/20:
Gadson: Rural Mission's needs
5/17: Bender: Bocce bashing
5/13:
DeMarco: Homeless help
5/10:
Spencer: Ending violence
5/6: Westmeyer: Fish to buy
5/3:
Maas: Spoleto tips

THRASH ARCHIVES

3/4: Green mowers
2/25:
Get outdoors
2/18:
Local guide book for kids
2/11:
Reviewing Jenny's book
2/4:
MSNBC looks at success
1/21:
Tell Mt. Pleasant
1/14:
Winter plant tips
1/7:
New books

BRACK ARCHIVES

3/1: Cut all of the cuts
2/22:
A look at summer camps
2/15:
School district Einsteins
2/8:
About mules
2/1:
Bauer should get out
1/28:
Gibbs at White House
1/25:
Friend's new show
1/18:
Rockwell painting
1/11:
Palmetto Priorities
1/4/10:
Piggly Wiggly visit

BUSINESS INDIGO

2/4: Advice on working with Boeing
1/21: Co-working group
1/7: Free library text questions

LIST ARCHIVES

3/4: Tickets still left
3/1:
Eat & Run
2/25:
RiverDogs' auction
2/22:
Recycling bins
2/18:
Designer data
2/15:
SC Olympians
2/11:
Prohibition cocktails
2/8:
Tops for Charleston
2/4:
Sweet treats
2/1:
Free at SEWE
1/28:
Artists' gift
1/25:
Sharks at Aquarium
1/21:
Church turns 100
1/18:
3 helping Haiti
1/14:
Civil War lectures
1/11:
5 for King Day
1/7:
New at SEWE
1/4/10:
Staying warm

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