Picky Eaters Group designed to help parents, kids
By KRISTINE SHAFFER
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Registered and licensed therapist
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
1, 2010 -- Does your child refuse every time he or she is offered
a new food? Do your kids turn up their noses to certain food textures?
Do they slowly eliminate foods from their already limited diet?
If your child does this, he or she is a picky eater. For the parents
of picky eaters, it can be a daily struggle just to find something
that these children will eat.
therapists at East Cooper Medical Center are planning a six-week
Whole Body Approach Group for these families. The program starts
on July 7 and runs through Aug. 11. Experts will work with both
the parent and the child to assess why food is so challenging, and
fill the parent's toolbox with techniques to gradually expand his
or her healthy choices.
we eat affects everything: our mood, behavior, health, growth and
our ability to concentrate. It is important for children to eat
foods that are all colors of the rainbow, including a variety of
fruits and vegetables. It is also important that children are involved
in making their food choices.
New group for boys and girls ages 5 to 7 and their parents.
When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 7 through
Where: East Cooper Medical Center.
Cost: $90, which includes curriculum for parents.
Picky Eaters Group is for parents who are interested in making a
lifestyle change to help alter the way their family eats, especially
those picky eaters. We will educate parents and kids about exploring
healthy choices and having fun getting messy in the kitchen. Parents
and their children will become a team at making mealtime successful.
Whole Body Approach is a positive, family-centered approach that,
along with oral motor play and sensory enjoyment, will build your
child's trust, confidence and motivation to try new foods. The therapists
will help parents and children find their specific roles in cooking
and eating. We will focus on building a reciprocal relationship
between parent and child where the parent sets the direction and
the child sets the pace. Parents will learn how to stretch foods
from the familiar to the "new," using simple variations
with core diet foods.
come join us for a six-week group that is designed to empower parents
and children that eating can be about fun, language, learning, love
and laughter! To enroll, please contact the Pediatric Rehabilitation
Center with East Cooper Medical Center at 416-6636 and speak with
therapist Kristine Shaffer about your participation.
of fireworks, food and fun for Independence Day
By ANN THRASH, editor
1, 2010 -- Maybe it's the fact that the Fourth of July falls on
a weekend, but it seems like there are more Independence Day festivities
and activities this year than there are stars and stripes on Old
Glory. Some are returning favorites, but there are a few new celebrations
in the mix as well. Without further ado, we'll kick off your long
weekend today with this go-to guide to the fireworks, food and fun
planned all over the Lowcountry.
Point: The arrival of a new airplane on Friday on the flight
deck of the Yorktown kicks off the Independence Day weekend celebration
at Patriots Point. The plane is a Douglas EA-3B Skywarrior that
was first introduced in 1956. The Skywarrior, one of the largest
aircraft designs to operate from an aircraft carrier, is scheduled
to arrive by barge around noon, and a crane will lift it onto the
aircraft carrier's flight deck. Then, on Sunday, July Fourth, the
largest fireworks display in the Lowcountry gets launched from the
Yorktown beginning at 9:15 p.m. Katbandoo will perform from 7 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Visitors can get $5 off regular ticket prices beginning
at 4 p.m. Snacks, sandwiches, sodas and water will be available
for purchase landside from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; no alcohol will be
served or allowed on the premises. Tickets/more
At press time, tickets were still available for the Charleston RiverDogs'
Fourth of July game with the Asheville Tourists, which will conclude
with the RiverDogs' traditional fireworks show. The gates open at
5 p.m. and the game starts at 6:35 p.m. Parking will be free, and
kids 12 and under attending the game will get a voucher for a free
hot dog, soda, and chips. For the grownups, there's "the World's
Largest Sweet Tea Party," featuring Wadmalaw Island-based Firefly
Sweet Tea Vodka. Tickets for the whole shebang at the Joe range
in price from $7-$16; children 3 and under get in free without a
info or call 577-3647. The RiverDogs are an underwriting partner
Celebration: The S.C. Aquarium will host a holiday celebration
beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the docks overlooking the harbor
- a great spot for watching the Patriots Point fireworks if you're
downtown. Starting at 7:30 p.m., guests will enjoy barbecue from
Jim 'N Nick's, music and more. Tickets include beer, refreshments
and food. Adult tickets are $55 for nonmember adults and $25 for
nonmember children ages 3-11; for members, tickets are $45 for adults
and $20 for children ages 3-11. Kids 2 or younger get in free. Reserve
a space by calling 577-FISH (3474). The aquarium is an underwriting
partner of CharlestonCurrents.com. Read
more details of the festivities here.
Sam Jam: The Charleston County Park and Recreation Department
is hosting this new event at the Mount Pleasant Pier at the foot
of the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant. The East Coast Party Band
will play beach music for dancing, and visitors can buy goodies
and beverages, including "made-to-order sandwiches and hand-spun
milkshakes," at the pier café. This would be another
great spot for taking in the fireworks at Patriots Point. The gates
at the pier will open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10, and only 800 tickets will be sold, so get them
in advance. Tickets/more info: 795-4386 or online
Southern Celebration: This July Fourth get-together at the Wentworth
Mansion downtown features classic Southern fare with modern twists
from Circa 1886 Executive Chef Marc Collins. After dinner, guests
will have access to the mansion's cupola, which offers panoramic
views of the city, to watch Charleston's fireworks displays. Things
get cooking at 7:30 p.m. on the lawn with food and the music of
jazz soloist Michael Meseck. Listen to this menu: peach vinegar
coleslaw; grilled corn and bell pepper soup; hoppin' John salad
with pecan vinegar dressing; heirloom tomato with basil dressing;
Carolina peel-and-eat shrimp; whiskey baked beans; buttermilk fried
chicken; pork tenderloin sliders with honey mustard pepper barbecue
sauce; RC Cola cake; raspberry Key lime popsicles; and watermelon
parfaits. The cost is $70 per person, including a glass of champagne,
but excluding tax, gratuity and additional beverages. Reservations:
at Magnolia: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has come up with
a neat way to celebrate the Fourth. A diverse group of storytellers
will be located around the site to share lessons from American and
Lowcountry history in the distinctive setting of one the nation's
oldest gardens. There will be plenty of free popcorn, snow cones
and watermelon, and military families will be admitted free all
day. Storytellers' topics will include the Revolutionary War, the
Drayton family, Carolina Gold rice, the Civil War, the plantation's
historic camellias, the Charleston earthquake of 1886, the Charleston
Renaissance of the 1920s, the civil rights movement, the African-American
experience at Magnolia, and brickmaking. More
Music on the Green: Freshfields Village at Kiawah Island is
offering two free concerts this weekend as part of the Music on
the Green series. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, the Coconut Grove
Band will play R&B, rock, standards and popular island tunes.
On Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy the calypso, reggae, beach
and rock sounds of the Island Trio. Bring a blanket or beach chair.
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Why Apple is a cool
in 1997 thanks to an investment by Microsoft - remember that? -
Apple is poised to become the largest tech company in terms of market
capitalization. Its iPad has created a new market and kicked competitors,
such as Cisco, to release competitive products over the next few
months. The iPhone 4.0 is getting good reviews, in spite of antennae
problems and AT&T's inability to provide
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open permanent textile gallery in October
Museum plans to open a 2,000-square-foot permanent textile gallery
on the museum second floor this fall to give the public more access
to its textile collection, noted as one of the finest collections
of historic textiles and clothing in the Southeast. The installation
will not only expand public and scholarly access to the collections,
but also will enhance the museum's ability to focus on specific
topics such as particular historical periods, fashions, and the
important role of women in Lowcountry history.
gallery is scheduled to open on Oct. 14. It will feature conservationally
sound casework to house the textiles, specialized case lighting
and mounts, and interactive experiences for adults and children.
According to a museum press release, the gallery was inspired by
exhibitions of similar focus, including those at London's Victoria
and Albert Museum, and was made possible by contributions from foundations,
private donors and the museum's Friends and Needed Supporters (or
gallery will offer rotating exhibits. When it opens this fall, the
exhibit will be "Threads of War: Clothing and Textiles of the
Civil War," a museum contribution to the community's commemoration
of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Other upcoming textile
exhibits will cover historic clothing (men's, women's and children's
clothing and accessories), decorative needlework (quilts, samplers,
embroideries, household textiles, and other assorted stitchery),
and militaria (uniforms and flags).
program offering health info to help moms
Health of South Carolina is now part of the national "text4baby"
program, a mobile phone information service designed to promote
the health of pregnant women and their babies. Pregnant women who
sign up for the text4baby service receive free text messages with
tailored health information according to the due date of their baby.
Text4baby continues through a baby's first year with text messages
also being sent to new mothers who are enrolled in the program.
mortality is a very serious issue in South Carolina, particularly
in areas where access to prenatal care is limited," says J.
Michael Jernigan, president and chief executive officer of Select
Health. "Text4baby provides an easy, innovative way for mothers
in underserved populations to receive beneficial health information
that can significantly improve their health as well as the health
of their child."
text4baby messages focus on a variety of health issues critical
to maternal and child health, including birth defects, prevention,
immunization, nutrition, seasonal flu, oral health and safe sleep.
During pregnancy, moms receive messages about what to expect at
different stages of the pregnancy as well as tips emphasizing the
importance of prenatal care. The messages also connect women to
prenatal and infant care services and resources in their area.
Health serves nearly 200,000 members in South Carolina and is the
only Medicaid health plan in the state to participate in the text4baby
program as an outreach partner. Over 575 women in South Carolina
have signed up to receive text4baby messages since the program began
in February 2010. Text4baby is an educational program of the National
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. To sign up for the text4baby
service, pregnant or new moms should text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish)
TV show to focus on eco-friendly local gardens
Green Gardens" is the topic of the month on "Living Green,"
Charleston County government's 30-minute green lifestyles TV show,
in July. The show airs on WTAT Fox 24 and My TV Charleston each
show will feature local community gardens, family farms and self-sustaining
restaurants. Guests include Clair Xidis, manager of the Elliotborough
Community Garden; Amy Dabbs, community horticulture agent, Clemson
Extension; Andy Buskirk, Ambrose Family Farm; and Jacques Larson,
executive chef at Wild Olive Restaurant.
will air on Saturdays in July from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on WTAT (Comcast
channel 6) and from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on My TV Charleston (WMMP,
Comcast channel 13).
show is funded through a $236,498 U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant
given for Charleston County's continuing participation in its Project
Impact Partnership Program, which aims to reduce local air and water
pollution through public education programs.
Youth Exchange program needs host families
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club is seeking two local families
to host a high school exchange student from Brazil for three months
each, beginning in January. The student, a 17-year-old girl named
Isabella, speaks good English and aspires to have a career in the
already have a host family for her from the day she gets here until
Jan. 1-5 (about five months)," says Dimi Matouchev, the club's
youth projects chairman. "We are looking for two more families
to host Isa for about three months each - January to the end of
March, and April through the end of June/beginning of July."
Matouchev says you do not have to be a Rotarian to host a student,
nor do you have to have a student that you want to send abroad.
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Carolina barbecue is slowly cooked, hand-pulled or shredded pork
that is flavored with a tangy sauce and usually served with side
dishes such as rice, hash, cole slaw, sweet pickles, white bread,
and iced tea. Barbecue often is served on festive occasions such
as holidays, family reunions, weddings, church and community fund-raisers,
football tailgating parties, and political meetings. It varies widely
across the state with respect to cooking methods, cuts of pork,
sauce type, and side dishes served. Barbecue is often the topic
of friendly debate since many South Carolinians have strong preferences
for particular types that reflect the cultural character and identity
of specific regions or places.
the pork is cooked in an open pit fueled by hardwood coals. The
pit usually is a rectangular cement block structure of variable
length, about three feet high and five to six feet wide, with either
iron or steel rods across the narrow width. Openings at floor level
allow for refueling and air circulation control. Hot hickory or
oak coals are placed at the bottom, and the meat is suspended above
the coals on the rods. The pit usually is housed in a shelterlike
building with partially screened walls. Many restaurants have converted
to gas or electric cookers and abandoned the open pit because it
is labor intensive and the cost of wood is high. There is an endless
variety of portable cookers, and the design of each is as much a
point of pride as is the barbecue.
whole hog typically is cooked in the coastal plain regions, while
shoulders, hams, or Boston butts are used in the Piedmont. There
are at least four basic sauce types. Watery thin and fiery hot pepper
and vinegar concoctions dominate the Pee Dee region, while the upstate
and Savannah River areas favor peppery tomato or milder ketchup-based
sauces. A yellow-mustard-based sauce is favored in the Midlands.
As sauce types differ from place to place, their uses also vary.
Some use sauce for basting the meat while it is cooked; others douse
the meat with sauce after it is cooked; and sometimes the meat is
served without sauce, allowing consumer discretion. Sauces often
are derived from secret family recipes, and each sauce has a strong
barbecue restaurants serve one or two side dishes, while all-you-can-eat
barbecue buffets in the coastal plain regions include a wide assortment
of regional specialties. These may include greens such as turnip,
mustard, or collard; baked beans, green beans cooked in fatback,
or butter beans; peas such as crowder, field, or black-eyed; sweet
potatoes; fried okra; and sweet or creamed corn. Barbecued and fried
chicken, pork skins, ribs, and banana pudding are other common buffet
selections. Regional specialties such as chicken bog and liver hash
are served in the Pee Dee, while the northeastern Piedmont is known
for its hash barbecue and chicken stew. Many barbecue restaurants
post a familiar sign urging patrons not to waste food: "Take
all you want, but eat all you take." Most cater to families
and rarely serve alcoholic beverages.
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us cold, but if that isn't working, try something more practical,
like these tips from SCE&G. They'll not only help you keep your
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- Set your
thermostat to 78 degrees or higher in the summer. If you plan
to be away for several hours during the day, consider turning
your thermostat up several degrees beyond 78.
advises against turning your AC off completely if you're going
to be out of town for several days. "Since South Carolina
summers are so humid and part of your HVAC unit's job is to remove
humidity from your home, you'll want the unit to run periodically
when you're gone to reduce humidity and prevent mold from accumulating,"
the utility states. SCE&G recommends setting the thermostat
to 83-87 degrees if you're on an extended trip.
- Keep your
interior doors open to promote proper air flow. This can also
help your HVAC unit run more efficiently and achieve a more comfortable
temperature within your home.
- Use ceiling
fans in conjunction with your AC. They can allow you to set your
thermostat a few degrees higher than the recommended 78-degree
setting. Ceiling fans do not cool a room, but can circulate air
to make you feel cooler. Just remember to turn them off when you
leave the room.
- Be sure
the vents in your home are clean and are not blocked by furniture,
rugs or other obstructions. Move furniture away from heating and
inspect your duct work for any leaks or tears; repair any leaks
as soon as possible. Also, visually inspect your windows and doors.
Update the caulking on exterior windows and the weather stripping
on exterior doors as needed to help keep cool conditioned air
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that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable
Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)
War Kayak Trip: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 3, Charleston
Harbor. Spend a morning on Independence Day weekend paddling a sea
kayak in historic Charleston Harbor and getting a look at patriot
sites along the way, including Fort Sumter and the Battery. Sponsored
by Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. Meet at CCPRC
Headquarters. Open to age 16 and up. Cost: $40 for Charleston County
residents, $48 nonresidents. and travels up the Wappoo Cut with
views of patriotic Ft. Sumter and the Battery. To
register, click here.
War Tours: 4 p.m. Thursdays in July, Heyward-Washington
House, 87 Church St. The museum house will offer the special tours,
which focus on the connection the house and its previous residents
had to the Revolutionary War. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (free
for Charleston Museum members). Reservations not needed. More info:
722-2996, ext. 235.
and Farming Course: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays for nine weeks,
beginning in June. The Food and Farming Entrepreneurship Course
is offered by FastTracSC and Clemson Extension for those who are
interested in becoming food-system entrepreneurs (urban/rural farmers,
local food artisans, chefs/caterers, bakers, food media, processors,
etc.). Cost: $145. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONGOING AND SOON
Theatre Camp: July 5 to July 16 and July 19 to July 30,
Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road. Kids ages 8 to 13 can
learn about acting, singing, dancing and various aspects of production
in a professional theatre setting. The studio is the educational
arm of Midtown/SheriGrace
Productions. Session one (July 5 to July 16) meets 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.; session two (July 19 to July 30) meets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Both sessions will end with a musical performance for family and
friends on the second Saturday of camp. Registration/more info:
Island Sampler: 9 a.m. to noon July 10, Lighthouse Inlet
Heritage Preserve. The program is a half-day session of the Charleston
County Park and Recreation Commission's Master Naturalist program.
CCPRC naturalist Keith McCullough, lead instructor of Charleston's
Master Naturalist Program, will teach the group the importance of
undeveloped areas on barrier islands and improve students' identification
skills of seabirds, shorebirds and songbirds, as well as the many
plants and animals of dune systems, salt marshes and maritime forests.
Pre-registration required. Cost: $10 Charleston County residents,
$12 nonresidents. Open to ages 16 and up. To
register, click here.
Glass Workshop: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 6 and 5:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 13. The Charleston Museum and Blue
Heron Glass are offering the workshop, in which students will learn
how to cut glass to a pattern, the basics behind the science of
fusing glass (melting compatible glasses together), and how to embellish
with fused accents to create a crazy-quilt effect. Students
will have a decorative 8-inch panel to take home. The workshop
begins at the museum with a tour of Crazy Quilts. The
rest of the workshop will take place at Blue Heron Glass in West
Ashley. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Advance
registration required. Cost: $75 museum members, $90 nonmembers
(includes all supplies). Register
online here or call 722-2996, ext. 235.
Info for Vets: 6 p.m. July 13, Trident Technical College,
7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston (in Building 920, the College
Center). Trident Tech will offer an information briefing designed
specifically for veterans and their families. The event will include
presentations about admission; registration; financial aid, including
veterans educational benefits; the Veterans Upward Bound program;
and the VETS Center. College staff will be on hand to answer questions
after the briefing. While the session is geared toward veterans,
it's open to anyone interested, and is free. More info: 574-6882.
Café: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 16, Gibbes Museum
of Art, 135 Meeting St. Society 1858, a new group for young professionals
who support the Gibbes with social and educational programs tailored
for up-and-coming art patrons, will celebrate Bastille Day with
food from 39 Rue de Jean, can-can dancers, absinthe, a French-art-inspired
scavenger hunt, and a guest appearance by Marie Antoinette. Tickets:
$25. To purchase or learn more, call 722-2706, ext. 22, or go
Up West Ashley: 7 p.m. July 19, Orange Grove Elementary
Charter School, 1225 Orange Branch Road. Stand Up West Ashley, an
effort of the city's Old Charles Towne District Task Force, will
have its first meeting to talk about needs and goals for residents
of District 9, the Old Towne area of Charleston. All community members
are invited to meet their neighbors and community leaders and share
their ideas and concerns about crime prevention, beautification,
livability, safety tips and more. More
AND Good?: 6:30 p.m. July 28, Charleston Cooks, 194 East
Bay St., downtown. Holistic chef and gRAWnola
creator Ken Immer will lead a cooking class titled "Delicious
AND Good for You?" featuring easy recipes and ideas to raise
the "health quotient" of your kitchen without sacrificing
flavor or taking extra time and effort. Menu includes cucumber and
avocado soup, grilled vegetable pilaf with sprouted quinoa, summer
slaw with kale and arame, saucy Brussels sprouts, and Key lime pie.
Cost: $60. Register
online or call 722-1212.
CYP Summer Soiree: 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 6,
Francis Marion Hotel, corner of King and Calhoun streets. The Charleston
Young Professionals group will host its "Summer Soiree - the
Black Tie, Blue Jean Event," featuring food, drinks, networking
opportunities, giveaways and music from DJ Doug in the Carolina
Ballroom. Cost: $60 CYP members, $75 nonmembers. Tickets/more
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